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We are told that there is a difference between extremist Islam and peaceloving normal Islam.

 Judging by their behavior, Muslims are anti-West, anti-Democracy, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-Buddhist, and anti-Hindu. Muslims are involved in most of the conflicts going on in the world: in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, East Timor, India, Indonesia (2 provinces), Kashmir, Kazakastan, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Macedonia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Russia-Chechnya, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda and Uzbekistan. Muslims practice terrorism, intimidation, criminal acts, hijra, taqiyya, bribery and stealth jihad in Western countries. And Muslim Sunnis and Muslim Shiites battle each other in most of the Middle East.

Doesn't this mean that extremist Islam is the norm and peaceloving normal Islam is extremely rare?

"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism.
      "For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan."   (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.)

The Palestinian leadership, including Ahmed Shukar and Yasser Arafat, has openly admitted Palestinian "peoplehood" is a fraud; See here.

 
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"It should be remembered that in 1918, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain and France were handed more than 5,000,000 square miles to divvy up and 99% was given to the Arabs to create countries that did not exist previously. Less than 1% was given as a Mandate for the re-establishment of a state for the Jews on both banks of the Jordan River. In 1921, to appease the Arabs once again, another three quarters of that less than 1% was given to a fictitious state called Trans-Jordan."   (Jack Berger, May 31, 2004.)

The total for all the 22 Arab League countries is 6,145,389 square miles (SM). By comparison, all 50 states of the United States have a total of 3,787,318 SM. Israel has 8,463 SM, about one-sixth of that of the State of Michigan. Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan are Muslim but not Arab and are not included.
     World Arab population: 300 million; World Jewish population: 13.6 million; Israel's Jewish population: 5.4 million.  (Dr. Wilbert Simkovitz, http://dehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/apr04/0223.html)
"... during the late 1940s, more than 40 million refugees around the world were resettled, except for one people. They [Palestinian arabs] remain defined as refugees, wallowing 60 years later in 59 UNRWA refugee camps, financed by $400 million contributed annually by nations of the world to nurture the promise of the "right of return" to Arab neighborhoods and Arab villages from 1948 that no longer exist."  (Noam Bedein, Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2009.)
Some 900,000 Jews left behind $300 billion in assets when they were forced to flee for their lives from the Arab countries in the 1940s. They hold deeds for five times Israel's size.  (Independent Media Centre, Winnipeg)
Re Israel's irrevocable ownership of Israel, Samaria, Judea, the Golan and Gaza: "Nothing that Israel's legal system says can change the facts that: (1) the legal binding document is the Mandate of the League of Nations and (2) the obligations of the Mandate are valid in perpetuity."  (Professor Julius Stone)
"By 1920 the Ottoman Empire had exercised undisputed sovereignty over Palestine for 400 years. In Article 95 of the treaty of Sevres, that sovereignty was transferred to England in trust for a national homeland for the Jews. The local Arabs had never exercised sovereignty over Palestine and so they lost nothing. Their rights were fully protected by a provisio in the grant: '...it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine...' The proviso has been fully observed by the Israelis. Since 1950 the Arabs have built some 261 new settlements in Judea and Samaria — more than twice as many as the Jews, but you never hear of them. They fill them with Arabs from Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan and by the grace of God they become Palestinians. Allahu Akbar! The Arabs call Judea "the West Bank' because they would look silly claiming that Jews are illegally living in Judea."  (Comment by Wallace Brand on Martin Peretz "Narrative Dissonance" The New Republic, July 1, 2009)

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia [rabies] in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

"A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property — either as a child, a wife, or a concubine — must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

"Individual Moslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome." (Winston Churchill, The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan, Vol II, pages 248-250, 1899.)

Two Imperatives: "To ensure its long term survivability as the Jewish nation-state, Israel has to deal effectively with two imperatives: The Geographic and the Demographic. The first imperative calls for Israeli control (i.e. sovereignty) over all the territory east of the coastal plain up to the Jordan River—to prevent intolerable risks to its physical survival; the second imperative calls for significant reduction of the Arab presence in the territory under Jewish sovereignty to forestall the emergence of an intolerable demographic threat to its dominant Jewish character." (Martin Sherman; see here and here.)
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July-December 2018

What we are talking about in the July–December 2018 Issue

  1. THE THEME OF THIS ISSUE (Lipkin)
  2. PART 1: NATIONALISM VERSUS GLOBALISM
  3. Global Warming (Isaac, Driessen, Michaels, Washington Times, Goudsmit, Avery, Dunn & Bast)
  4. Open Borders, Unrestricted Immigration (von Spakovsky, Fazel-Zarandi & Feinstein & Kaplan, Admin, Lott, Bensman)
  5. PART 2: CAPITALISM VERSUS SOCIALISM
  6. Socialism: Definitions Versus Practices (Epstein, Mitchell, Hunt, Goodman, Thornton)
  7. Democratic Party Moves to Socialism. Some Consequences (Puissegur, DeWeese, Jones, Discover The Networks, Greenfield, Block, Shapiro, Berdichevsky, Leibler, McQuillan)
  8. PART 3: GLOBAL JIHAD
  9. Salafists in the USA (Turnquist, Cleveland, Van Zile, Rabb, Gastfreund-Schuss, Klein, Feoktistov)
  10. Salafists in Europe (Litsas, Mead, Meotti, Murray, Graff)
  11. Salafists in the Middle East (Marquardt-Bigman, Goulet, Spyer, Landau)
  12. Salafists in Asia (Soufan Group, Spencer, Hope, Blakkarly )
  13. PART 4: PUBLIC RELATIONS AND HISTORY
  14. Putting Israel's Foot Forward (Fawstin, Caschetta, Phillips, Welton, Medad)
  15. History Section (Sharpe, Bresky, Dunetz, Gerstenfeld, Feith, Spencer)


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.



THE THEME OF THIS ISSUE

This issue we tackle, in a small way, aspects of some large topics — Nationalism versus Globalism and Capitalism versus Socialism. We examine how avowed Marxists and pious Muslims have banded together to destroy our political system and our personal freedoms.

Part 1 examines the return of the notion of a single government planet-wide. To bring it about we would need to restructure our society and our values. Part 1 looks at the pressure to stop global warming (GW) and open all our borders. Doing so will move us closer to a one-world government.

Cleaning the atmosphere of carbon dioxide can not be done in bits and pieces, here and there. It needs to be done over the entire globe. The infra-structure in any one place needs to be connected to the network infrastructure. Once developed, a single network managed by some entity such as the United Nations is a global government in all but the name. In this way, dedicating ourselves to stopping GW would help bring about a single state.

If we start even in a small way to have open borders, we will be downgrading one essential characteristic of a sovereign state. Then too, if we rid ourselves of the idea that a sovereign nation has the right to decide which outsiders can reside within its borders, then we have no way to curtail the entry of people that don't have our values or want to abide by our laws.

Part 2 looks at socialism, defining it as best we can and exploring some of its practices. It also discusses the morphing of the Democratic party from liberalism to a political entity that is anti-Semitic, anti-family, anti-religion except perhaps Islam, and against our major values of personal freedom in speech and action. A few years ago, the Democrats promised to unite all groups by underplaying differences in skin color, religion, ethnic group and other features. Instead, we have morality by stratification. White people are told to go sit at the back of the bus and admit, despite their record of advancing civilization spectacularly, that they are worthless. We are being taught to value groups selectively, instead of assessing individuals according to what they have accomplished.

Part 3 looks at what's happening to Resurgent Islam's mission to make sharia law universal. What's happening in the States, in Europe, the Middle East and in the Far East.

The issue ends with Part 4 with sections on Public Relations and History.

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PART 1: NATIONALISM VERSUS GLOBALISM

In simple language, Rabbi Aryeh Spero describes nationalism as a good thing, contrasting it with globalism. He writes:

"... the preponderant meaning of nationalism is patriotism and love of country and the basic reading of America-First is exactly what President Trump has in mind: placing American job workers first; placing America's military and American lives first; putting America's security and the protections of its citizens first. And, that is how it should be! When asked to choose, we should always place our family and country first. The opposite of that is globalism or trans-nationalism. Those who purposely conjure up Nazi phraseology of "blood and soil" to describe American nationalism are propagandists. The Left, and neocons, should stop hijacking and re-defining the American language.

In contrast, Macron and Germany’s Merkel are globalists, European socialists. They are strong advocates for a European Union that erases borders between European countries; so that when a jihadist enters one country he is blithely free to enter another country. The leaders of these countries willingly forfeit their economic autonomy to bureaucrats in Belgium who decide everything, from business regulations, weights, measures and slogans. This is a total loss of national sovereignty. It has resulted in a severe diminution of those cultural and traditional values and rituals that determine a country’s identity and end up erasing its history."

Nationalism is easy for us to understand. Living in America, we constantly act out our constitutionally-granted freedoms. We incorporate the rights and responsibilities intrinsic to our nation's culture in what we do and how we do it on a daily basis. We use institutions that stem from the principles established when the USA was created. Kinship, community, patriotism are not meaningless terms. On the 4th of July, while eating hot dogs and ice cream, watching fireworks, joshing with friends and ignoring the harangues of the local politicians, kids are participating in the unique experiment that is America. Other nations, mostly Western, have some of the same life styles and culture. Some, such as the Islamic countries, are based on very different notions of what is worthwhile doing, what is good and what is bad. China in Asia had pretty much adopted our economics, while restricting the Chinese population in all aspects of their lives.

Globalism is harder for us to understand, if only because there are few things to point to that are the fruits of globalism. We know globalists believe in the efficiency of a single government uber alles. We know that in a globalist world there is no tension between the individual's self-interest and the good of the collective — the community won hands down when such an administration came into being. We know that globalists push for a single set of rules and regulations and behaviors around the world. They float the happy idea that this united world government would be flat in the sense that all would be equal. But details are hard to come by. Equal in what? Opportunity? Privileges? Obligations? Clout? Ask for specifics and that's when things get fuzzy. The hope-and-wish fairies take over. In a landscape that has few identifiable structures, speculation and fantasy are hawked about as reliable forecasts of the future. It is likely that that the system will be two-tiered, with the majority of the population on the bottom tier, and an upper tier where the managers, organizers and decision makers reside. We are reassured, however, that differences in life style, education, ideology and expectations won't matter. All will be equal.

Given the absence of real examples, hypothetically, how do you create a democratic globalist world? One possible model in the small is the United Nations, which was created in the hope that rational beings who differed in ideology, culture, life style and language could come together calmly in a civilized environment to work out their differences peacefully. Given the hopes at its birth and the prodigious resources it soon commanded, the UN was perhaps the likeliest to demonstrate that a flat-global world order, where all are equal and all are respected, was possible.

Less than a century later, we see the results of this globalist ideology put into practice. The UN has become a poisonous politicized plaything of one-worlders, with Islamic objectives a major component. A large factor in causing the UN's deterioration is that Muslims, after centuries of being backward and inconsequential in human development, became unbelievably rich. They used some of their oil wealth to try to make Islam mightier than all other religions and sharia law the law of all people everywhere. The Arab group of countries acting in a united fashion — not the usual way of interacting back home in the Middle East — distorted the hopes of the original plan for the UN. They demonized Israel, making hate the norm. They co-opted media people. With pocket change, they could sway the several hundred people that run the European Union.

When not engaged in excoriating Israel, the major administrators in the UN engaged in practices that made them an unsullied example of corruption. They made sure their children could live in 24-caret golden nests, while most of their co-religionists barely survive starvation and disease. I suspect that, whatever the real-life particular circumstances are — whenever and whatever — any democratic globalist world is doomed to inefficiency, strife and stagnation.

We have also witnessed some of the diverse efforts by globalists to bring their vision of a perfect world to fruition. As Ted Belman (IsraPundit, November 20, 2018) wrote:

"There is no question but that there is a movement afoot that seeks to create World Government. They do so by creating institutions such as the UN, the ICC, The Paris Agreement re controlling climate change, the UN Immigrant Compact, UN and EU blasphemy laws, political correctness. and so on and so forth."

Here are some explanatory videos.

"What Is A Globalist?" here.

"Elite Snakes FEAR Populism and Nationalism" here. It discusses how globalists pick and choose from the judicial systems of other countries, ignoring the will of their own people.

"UN To Make Criticism Of Mass Migration Illegal Hate Speech" here. Marcel de Graaff talks about the UN proposal to criminalize criticism of mass migration as hate speech. "No to Marrakesh! — The UN's Sinister Blueprint for Globalist Migration Hell" here has more detail.


The articles in Part 1 examine two areas that are the foot soldiers of the globalist ideology: global warming and open borders.

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GLOBAL WARMING

"Blaming mankind gives socialists an excuse to seize control of the energy industry, and wield complete control of every aspect of the global economy." — Daniel F. Melton (NC native, comment, here.)

Man-made global warming (GW), known also as Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) or Climate Change, is such a wonderful reason for restructuring the world. One doesn't even have to whisper this has anything to do with globalism. Just talk about the coming climate disaster if we don't act decisively. Obviously, ameliorating the climate can not be done in spurts and patches. It needs to be done globally. Once the infra-structure is in place, it will be no end useful — to clean up medical problems, provide welfare, educate children in a standard set of beliefs, prevent unsafe and unkind practices, and other useful endeavors. One won't have to speculate about what a global world would look like. A global economy will be in place, complete with a ruling class called 'management'.

Fortunately, more and more quality articles are appearing that question Global Warming assertions that for far too long have captured the headlines, if not the data. One such features Mark Levin interviewing Dr Patrick Michaels. It points out that almost every computer model predicts far too much global warming, so they need "adjustments." As the sarcastic article by Lewis Morris "UN: It's Climate Doomsday, and We Mean It This Time" (here) points out, because of the faulty models, doomsday warnings have also been way off, starting with the Doomsday article in Newsweek in April 1975 warning us about the coming Ice Age (here.)

Aside from questioning data, more attention is being paid to our energy options. At one end of the options spectrum, we continue to largely use fossil fuels; at the opposite end, we convert completely to plentiful replenishables: solar power, wind power and water power (SWW as a group). Using SWW would seem the way to go. Unfortunately, SWW are nowhere near ready to fuel our economy. Solar power will remain an adjunct source until there's a way to store the captured sun power to use when the sun isn't shining. So as Vijay Jayara's article "The Dawn of Climate Realism: Coal Surges Amid Climate Rhetoric" (here) points out, there's been a surge in using coal. The last election would indicate the American public isn't keen on paying out money to curb carbon dioxide emission; and this attitude is a trend, not a short-term spike (See James Taylor: "Election Slaughter for Climate Activism" here.) I note that the elephant in the room, nuclear energy, is scarcely mentioned.

Arguments against the idea that GW is due to greenhouse gases, particularly CO2, have been compiled in a video called "How A Theory About Climate Became A Political Ideology" here. Scientists speak out why they negate the theory. Of interest is the history of what started the conjecture that we were soon to suffer from Global Warming. Would you believe Margaret Thatcher was one of the people responsible?

Other informative videos are:

Tim Ball, "The Climate Change Hoax" here. Ball suggests that climate change data have been falsified to bolster the call for a Global World.

Nobel Laureate in Physics Iver Glaever warns that global warming is a pseudo science here.

"Prof. Don Easterbrook Crashes the Global Warming Party" here details NASA's and NOA's retroactive tampering with the data. How does he know? He examined the original data before it was 'adjusted.'

Nobel Laureate Dr Kary Mullis explains why "Climatology is a 'Joke'" here.

Mark Steyn talks about Michael Mann's fraudulent hockey stick here. Steyn was sued by Mann for daring to question his graph.

Steve Gorham cautioned here: "Contrary to what your political leader, professor, and newspaper tell you, global warming is dominated by natural factors. As a result, thousands of climate and energy laws across hundreds of nations, all summed together, are not going to have a measureable effect on Earth's temperatures."

In this video here, meteorologist John Coleman, who founded the Weather Channel, explains how climate change become a political and environment agenda item which uses science that is not valid. "A great scientist named Roger Revelle had Al Gore in his class at Harvard and the Global Warming campaign was born. Revelle tried to calm things down years later, but Gore said Revelle was Senile and refused to debate. ..."

The previous issue — as well as earlier issues — laid out facts contradicting AGW assertions. In the current issue, we focus on some of the activists urging that we must stop AGW now, before it's too late.


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POPULIST REVOLT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

by Rael Jean Isaac

It is curious that we hear so much about the large number of people agreeing that there is Global Warming (GW) and we should do something about it; yet this attitude isn't reflected in how they vote. Last year, Canadian voters in Ontario voted in Doug Ford, who had emphasized that he would cancel the carbon tax imposed by Justin Trudeau. In Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm needed to walk back from his strong support of the Paris climate agreement. Rael Jean Isaac writes about President Emanuel Macron of France, perhaps the best-known politician who has agreed to increase the use of renewable sources of energy, in his case to 20% of France's total energy. This means France needs at great cost to reduce its current 75% dependency on nuclear power to 50%, even though nuclear power doesn't send carbon into the atmosphere. If the current unrest is an indicator, the French don't see it his way.

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WHAT'S NEXT FOR U.S. CLIMATE AND ENERGY POLICIES?

by Paul Driessen

This article by Paul Driessen is an excellent summation of how Global Warming Warners (GWW) are being ignored as we continue to obtain most of our energy from fossil fuels. Concurrently, some countries have swapped promises and plans — NOT actions — to reduce the use of fossil fuels for hard cash from GW believers. As Driessen cites some major locales where voters have rejected plans for reducing carbon-based fuels, we learn about some of the activists that are behind these proposals.

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GLOBAL WARMING SCIENTISTS SCRAP REAL SCIENCE, BOW BEFORE PRESIDENT OBAMA INSTEAD

by Patrick Michaels

We know that one-world ideologues are among those that broadcast the immediate dangers of what others consider the natural increase — followed by natural decrease — of global temperatures that has been going on for eons. We are familiar with the tightly-bonded inner circle of climate scientists that has promoted the dangers of man-made global warming in op-eds and in published papers with unscientific certainty. (Michael Mann, creator of the infamous hockey stick, has been so prominent a warming warner, I'm tempted to call it Mann-made global warming.) The group has had a large hand in the authoritative reports on Climate Change issued by the IPCC of the United Nations.

Patrick Michaels focuses on another group of major believers in the certainty that we are in the throes of a major global warming crisis, namely, scientific organizations such as the AAAS, or, more precisely, the officials and managers of theses societies, who speak in the name of the society. I have written how the administrators of the AAAS spend much of the organization's scientific and monetary capital on alarming politicians and the public about GW (see "Scientizing Politics" here). Michaels points out that using ethanol as fuel and being certain greenhouse gases are leading to severe global overheating are several areas where, despite the amount of contradictory evidence, the AAAS has added its weight to one side of the debate.

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GEORGE SOROS: AL GORE'S SUGAR DADDY

a Washington Times editorial

This Washington Times editorial focuses on George Soros' money contributions to Al Gore's 'educating' the public on the dangers of global warming. It was a lot of money but it was only a part of Soros' various donations to persuade the public to make sacrifices to stop global warming. The article points out that Gore's climate predictions was often very wrong, which didn't stop him from broadcasting his next alarm.

Michael Bastasch of Technocracy News here described the Soros-Gore transaction this way:

Former Trilateral Commission member Al Gore secretly took millions from George Soros to push climate change. What's the game plan here? To propagandize the American public into accepting global warming propaganda that had nothing to do with real science and everything to do with a secret political and economic agenda. When the selling got tough, Gore then ridiculed 'deniers' by claiming that they should be punished for not agreeing with him. — TN Editor

Several articles add detailed information about George Soros. One, called "Forget The Us President, George Soros Is One Scary Man" and published by Australian Daily Mail says of him here:

"George Soros is a Hungarian-American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is multi billionaire who began his career looting the estates of Nazi Death Camp victims. George Soros is one of the most powerful men on Earth. ... since 1979 his foundation network has dispensed an estimated $5 billion, best known in the political arena for his funding and promotion of Radical Left wing causes within the US and abroad including Australia. He views himself as a Messiah of a New World Order."

See also, "George Soros Funding Reveals True Motivations of People's Climate March" by Tyler O'Neil here. This was touted as another of Soros's contributions to helping fight GW, but, as O'Neil writes, "The presence of many non-climate organizations leading the march suggests that the People's Climate March (like the March for Science and the Women's March before it) is more about opposing President Donald Trump than about supporting a single issue."

And don't miss the 1998 video here, when Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes interviewed Soros about his collaboration with the Nazis when he was 14 years old. Soros told Kroft that he has no regrets or sense of guilt. Since then, he and many of his hired hands have denied it ever happened, 'it' being his collaboration with the Nazis or the interview or maybe both.

"The Truth About George Soros' Radical Vision To Remake The Entire World" here provides quotes directly from Soros on his political and economic attitudes. He doesn't like capitalism, free markets and nationalism. He is working towards "A global system of political decision-making that will implement a new global economic system and govern global economics." I wonder who he sees as making the decisions?

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A POLITICAL SCHEME

by Linda Goudsmit

Riddle me this riddle. What is the Riddle of Climate Change?

The question: What climate does climate change change?

The answer: The political climate, of course.

As Linda Goudsmit points out, "Radical leftist political ideologues have taken control of legitimate environmental concerns and torqued them to promote their own agendas."

If we might add to Goudsmit's analysis with a specific example: officials of the UN, which is a powerful voice in promoting the dangers of GW, have articulated how GW is useful to the UN in a larger context.

Their thinking seems to be that the fear of GW helps make people more willing to accept changing from abundant carbon-based fuels to unreliable insufficient replaceable energy. Fighting GW in general and replacing carbon-based fuels specifically are significant steps leading to the UN's ultimate goal of a one-world government. Fighting GW, especially if they are to fight on several fronts, needs planet-wide organization and resources. And the UN has the multinational resources to handle creating the necessary infrastructure. Read for example António Guterres, UN Secretary-General (here) who said:

"The answer lies in the Total Transformation of our economies, and this is achievable." and "We have set out six issues for you to focus on: investment in clean technology; carbon pricing; The Energy Transition; risk mitigation; augmenting the contribution of sub-national actors and business; and mobilizing finance."(emphasis added)

Read also "U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare," here:

At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

"This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution," she said.

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IPCC 'KNOWS' LESS ABOUT FUTURE CLIMATE TODAY THAN IT 'KNEW' IN 1998

by Dennis Avery

The previous article speaks generally of political groups with political agendas that make use of GW as a persuasion tool. Dennis Avery's article focuses on an agency of the United Nations that is a powerful voice in promoting the dangers of GW. He addresses specifically the UN's IPCC. To quote www.ucsusa.org: "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess climate change based on the latest science."

The article pokes holes in the notion that we have increased our information on what is causing globe warming, other than knowing that global temperatures change from hot to cold to hot in slow cycles. It explains the heightened alarms that recur every 25-30 year. Perhaps most importantly, it demonstrates the increase in warming that started to occur as rural temperature sensors became urbanized because the land surrounding the sensors was being built up. "The raw data for the rural sites showed only one-fifth as much warming as the urban sites." We'd expect that the results would be adjusted to negate the additional urban heat. Shockingly, "the officially 'adjusted' data shows both rural and urban instruments closely matching the urban record!"

Errors introduced by urbanization of the places where the temperature sensors were installed are also discussed here in a video of an interview with Anthony Watts, a meteorologist. Watts' paper, "A brief history of climate panic and crisis... both warming and cooling" is here. Watts tracks the fluctuating opinions regarding warming and cooling from 1895 to 2014. The accompanying graph indicates that GW advocates "take any change and claim it's going to go on forever and kill everyone, ..."

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THE IPCC IS STILL WRONG ON CLIMATE CHANGE. SCIENTISTS PROVE IT

by John Dale Dunn and Joseph Bast

John Dale Dunn and Joseph Bast write about two recent reports that deal with climate change: (1) the ICPP report published by and endorsed by the UN and (2) the NICPP report published by a non-governmental international panel of scientists. The two reports differ widely in their conclusions. The IPCC reports a dangerous amount of atmospheric heating. A global heat catastrophe is nigh upon us. We must ban fossil fuels immediately, the ban to be "enforced by the United Nations," if need be. In contrast, "the NIPCC report finds that while climate change is occurring and a human impact on climate is likely, there is no consensus on the size of that impact relative to natural variability, the net benefits or costs of the impacts of climate change, or whether future climate trends can be predicted with sufficient confidence to guide public policies today. Consequently, there is no scientific basis for the recommendation that the use of fossil fuels should be restricted."

As Dunn and Bast point out, "The NIPCC views the claim that human greenhouse gas emissions are causing climate change to be a hypothesis to be tested, not a preordained conclusion." The NIPCC members are scientists who are themselves qualified to judge the merits of the data in context; the IPCC members are politicians, who rely on a cadre of climate scientists who are certain that the existence of AGW has been settled.

The differences in approach and on reliance on authority instead of data are demonstrated in excruciating detail in an article in Climate Science and Policy Watch (CSPW) entitled "Heartland Institute and its NIPCC report fail the credibility test," here. The article claims that "The NIPCC does not employ the same rigorous standards and approval process used by the IPCC to ensure its assessment reports are accurate and inclusive," an assertion that is hard to track because the link to the source is broken. The responses to the article, both pro and con, are of extreme interest; they highlight major differences in approach and level of arrogance. They also clarify some major issues. As one of the comments says, "I don't think science is up for a vote. It's either provable through repeatable results or it is not." That's not the same as relying on the same manipulated models, time and again.

It is also amusing to watch Climate Science Watch make blanket assertions couched as thoughtful comparisons of IPCC versus NIPCC scrutiny of their respective reports.

Anyone willing to bet the UN will change its mind about banning coal and oil and gas soonest? Anyone worried that if the UN is willing to use force to ban carbon-based energy while they don't have that power, how would they behave were they in control of our lives?

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OPEN BORDERS AND UNRESTRICTED IMMIGRATION

People are familiar with the fact that the growth in the immigrant Muslim population in Europe is rapidly overwhelming the native population. Fewer understand that the same process is developing momentum in the United States. The news media have tended to soft pedal the extent and consequences of illegal entry.

A comprehensive definition of open borders is to found here. For all practical purposes, when people talk about open borders, they are describing the influx of illegal immigrants at the southern borders of the United States. We are mostly confronted by immigrants from Central and South America, but, judging from the prayer mats and Korans found at the borders, these unvetted immigrants include an unknown number of Muslims.

The articles below attempt to characterize illegal immigrants. The difficulties are obvious. To determine how many people are in the United States, one can't just ask someone 'are you illegal' and expect an honest answer, although, bizarrely, that is how the census obtains its information. Other areas also suffer from the basic imprecision in identification, as when determining whether "anchor babies" are legal according to the Constitution. In other determinations, the "illegal" category may or may not include people who overstay their visas and other illegal ways that are different in character from crossing the border surreptitiously. Determining crime rate is a case in point.

This is an excellent framework video:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/sw8e7ee2fqc


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BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: A FUNDAMENTAL MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT

by Hans von Spakovsky

Who is a citizen?

The XIV amendment, Section 1 states, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and SUBJECT TO THE JURISDICTION THEREOF, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.

Hans von Spakovsky explicates the second requirement of the 14th Amendment. He points out that "It is just plain wrong to claim that the children born of parents temporarily in the country as students or tourists are automatically U.S. citizens: They do not meet the 14th Amendment’s jurisdictional allegiance obligations. They are, in fact, subject to the political jurisdiction (and allegiance) of the country of their parents. The same applies to the children of illegal aliens because children born in the United States to foreign citizens are citizens of their parents’ home country."

So it is that 'anchor babies' are not legally citizens. Nor are the children of illegal aliens. In fact, as Spakovsky points out, "American Indians and their children did not become citizens until Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924. There would have been no need to pass such legislation if the 14th Amendment extended citizenship to every person born in America, no matter what the circumstances of their birth, and no matter who their parents are."

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YALE STUDY FINDS TWICE AS MANY UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS AS PREVIOUS ESTIMATES

by Mohammad Fazel-Zarandi, Jonathan S. Feinstein, and Edward H. Kaplan

Since 2003, the number of illegal immigrants in the US is said to be between 8-12 million. It's not clear how this figure takes into account new births, deaths, overstays, departures and conversion to legal status. How was the figure obtained? The census asked people and the took the response as truth.

This article reports a new study at Yale by the authors. It estimates the number of illegals as some 22 million. The investigators used paper trails, with data from "deportations and visa overstays, and demographic data, including death rates and immigration rates." The actual study, "The number of undocumented immigrants [illegal aliens] in the United States: Estimates based on demographic modeling with data from 1990 to 2016," by Mohammad M. Fazel-Zarandi, Jonathan S. Feinstein, Edward H. Kaplan, PLOS, September 21, 2018, is available here.

The Center for Immigration Studies, which describes itself as "an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization" disputes the Yale findings. In an article entitled, "New Estimate of 22 Million Illegal Immigrants Is Not Plausible" here, using data on number of births reported and number of school admissions of illegals, the Center suggests the Yale group has overestimated the number of illegals in the USA. On the other hand, anecdotal evidence of school and emergency room overcrowding suggests even the 22 million estimate might be too conservative. This is backed up by information issued by the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform (see here.)

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MORE THAN HALF OF NON-CITIZENS ON SOME FORM OF WELFARE

by Admin

Proponents of open borders make much of the putative fact that illegals do the work citizens won't do. Other groups suggests immigrants are skilled and educated and necessary to make up for our lack of professionals, an argument that is hard to sustain when referring to immigrants from e.g., Somalia, which devotes much more effort training terrorists than physicists. Relatively few people know how much of our welfare budget goes to support legal immigrants to the USA. This article reports that some 51% of the immigrants, many of whom are low-skilled and not able to speak English, are on some sort of welfare. The number increases to 76% counting immigrant-headed households with children. This is so, despite the fact that a legal requirement of immigration is that the immigant be self-supporting or have guaranteed support. These numbers are for legal immigrants only. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reports that "In 2017, the total cost of illegal immigration for the United States – at the federal, state, and local levels – was approximately $116 billion. FAIR arrived at this number by subtracting the tax revenue paid by illegal aliens – about $19 billion – from the total economic impact of illegal migration, $134.9 billion"

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UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, U.S. CITIZENS, AND CONVICTED CRIMINALS IN ARIZONA

John R. Lott, Jr.

The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) in February 2018 published a monograph on the prison population of Arizona state prison. The investigators determined crime rates and types of crime committed by legal vs illegal residents in Arizona. They concluded that "Undocumented immigrants are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans. They also tend to commit more serious crimes and serve 10.5% longer sentences, more likely to be classified as dangerous, and 45% more likely to be gang members than U.S. citizens." Download the monograph at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3099992.

This study has been questioned for several reasons. Many in the media are certain that illegal aliens commit less crimes than the average American. This was answered in "CNN Repeats Myth That Illegals Commit Less Crime Than Citizens" here. Others, including the Cato Institute, raise concerns on how illegality was determined. Lott responded in an article called "Responding to Cato’s and others’ attacks on our research regarding crime by illegal immigrants" here.

I encourage readers to determine what's correct for yourselves, bearing in mind that number of crimes and rate are different measures. Similarly, there are subcategories in illegal alien, legal alien and citizen. Results will change, depending on which subgroups are counted together in a single major category.

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TERRORIST TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES SOUTHERN BORDER

by Todd Bensman

There is a good deal of contention surrounding the possibility that potential and already-trained terrorists are entering the States illegally via America's porous borders. We've known for years that prayer rugs and Korans have been found on the southern border, but for every article that asserts there are networks smuggling in terrorists, there are many more that deny it. Of course, one YES with facts against many NOs based on non-relevant assumptions is more compelling.

Articles on infiltration by terrorists via America's borders continue to be relatively sparse, particularly those backed by official data. The headline of Geoffrey Grider's August 2016 article was, "Sunni Muslim Extremists Are Infiltrating The United States With The Help Of Alien Smugglers In South America And Are Crossing U.S. Borders With Ease, According To A U.S. South Command Intelligence Report." He cited Army Col. Lisa A. Garcia, a Southcom spokeswoman. "'Networks that specialize in smuggling individuals from regions of terrorist concern, mainly from the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the Middle East, and East Africa, are indeed a concern for Southcom and other interagency security partners who support our country’s national security,' Garcia told the Washington Free Beacon."

Todd Bensman points out some highlights from the US State Department's annual "Country Reports on Terrorism" by the agency's Bureau of Counterterrorism. It focuses on how specific Latin American countries help or hinder the transit of terrorists.

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PART 2: CAPITALISM VERSUS SOCIALISM

We do actually have a hint of what a socialist future will be like. The lynchpin of our society, its nuclear cluster, is no longer the family. Instead, as the voices for equality currently preach, congregation is stratified by race, by gender, by age, by transgender, by wealth. Values are frozen and must be certified as politically correct. Outlier opinions are discouraged. All white men are secret KKKers, no question. All women are chronically outraged, sharing a feminist view, the elements of which are defined by self-chosen leaders. Children are to be taught the facts of transgender life early so they grow up knowing they can change their identity at will. Criticism of Islam, however factual, is not allowed because it's religious hatred. On the other hand, anti-Zionism, which veers more and more to plain old-fashioned Jew-hate, is understandable and forgivable. Steven King, a Republican Congressman from Iowa was immediately rebuked for 'racist remarks' and lost his committee seat in the House. But people run out the clock, and then some, figuring out if an obviously hate-loaded remark by a Congress newbie is really anti-Semitic. The last two Democratic party platforms just missed having anti-Jewish planks many Democrats demanded.

We seem to be in a vindictive period of time. In today's version of the noble savage, non-white races and other select groups get a chance to clobber white males and their compliant females. The iconic image: a remorseful white man trailing meekly behind a fist-raised bitter non-white. If we conform to what the news media consider virtuous, a white man with the proper attitude no longer sees himself as burdened with the need to bring the backward races into modern times. No indeed. Nowadays, he feel guilty that his ancestors benefited from their labor.

In Part 1, Nationalism versus Globalism, we spoke of global warming (GW) having a striking ability to persuade otherwise rational people to adopt a single-administration across the globe because that would make the fight against global warming more efficient. But GW is not tethered to one-worldism or any other ideology. It is simply a trumpet blasting out a tune that engenders fear; and as such it can induce people to take a variety of ideologies seriously.

When interviewed about his book “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change here, Marc Morano said:

"Everything is done as a tactic of fear in order to get action. This started in the 1960s with the modern environmental movement.

" [...] [T]hey use this hysteria for the different environmental scares in the 1970s, whether it’s resource scarcity, over-population, rain forest clearing, et cetera.

They will say, “We need a global solution; we need global governance; we need wealth redistribution; we need sovereignty threatening treaty, or some kind of economic activity limiting.” No matter what environmental scare in the past that they tried to scare people with, it was the same solutions they’re proposing now.

"In the book, I go back and show over and over that global warming is merely the latest scare they’re using to get their agenda. I show Naomi Klein, who’s an adviser to Pope Francis, who wrote 'Capitalism vs. the Climate.' I interviewed her for the book. She actually says that they would be seeking the same solutions even if there was no global warming and that essentially, capitalism is incompatible with a livable climate. She actually urges people, 'We need to jump on this because solving global warming will solve what we’ve been trying to achieve all along.'

"They’re open about it. They use the climate scare tactics to achieve their ends. And in order to get those ends achieved, they have to hype and scare. It’s been a very effective strategy because they’ve bullied Republican politicians, who should know better, into at least submissiveness and silence and/or activism, when you come to the case with John McCain and even Mitt Romney."


The papers in Part 2 deal with two areas: (1) the various definitions of socialism versus socialism as practiced. (2) The current shift to socialism — progressivism as it is called — and likely consequences.

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SOCIALISM: DEFINITIONS VERSUS PRACTICES

When we talk about individual freedoms of speech and behavior, we don't usually define the specifics. It's more operational, mostly defining boundary conditions:'you can do what you want but you can't tread on my toes' and 'you can say what you want but you can't yell fire in an occupied building.'

Defining Socialism is different. Definitions are specific, unique, and seldom intersect with one of the other definitions of socialism. Thus given four people who define socialism differently, each can consider himself a socialist, but would insist the other three haven't got it right. Now mix in some of the components and defining socialism can get difficult.

These are dictionary definitions of capitalism (also called: free enterprise or private enterprise or private ownership):

"An economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned and development occurs through the accumulation and reinvestment of profits gained in a free market."

"An economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange, characterized by the freedom of capitalists to operate or manage their property for profit in competitive conditions."

These ignore state-imposed constricting regulations. Large-scale health and welfare programs that take from one group to give benefits to another contaminate a purist definition. But whether in actual practice or as a goal, there's a large separation between capitalism and socialism, which is defined as:

"An economic theory or system in which the means of production, distribution, and exchange are owned by the community collectively, usually through the state. It is characterized by production for use rather than profit, by equality of individual wealth, by the absence of competitive economic activity, and, usually, by government determination of investment, prices, and production levels."

"The stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles."

In actual practice, the individual has little or no control of a system which is said to be held in common by all the members of the collective. But it is an attractive notion, even if only available in the fairy tale land of perpetual sunshine and hot blintzes, that members of the community not be aggressively engaged in competition. Working for a communal objective seems oh so civilized. A socialist society does sound like a noble idea.

But where do we have an actual and viable example of a socialist society in which its members thrived and were fulfilled? For a short while, the Israeli socialist kibbutz seemed to serve. Driven by lofty ideas of equality and eager to redeem their ancient homeland, highly educated Jews from Europe learned how to dig out rocks and manipulate worn-out soil to support agriculture. Ultimately, human nature and economics did this experiment in. When Israel traded in Marxist equality for capitalist individualism, its economy blossomed, its people showed amazing creativity. What was most surprising was that when Israel adopted capitalism, which, according to socialist ideology, is selfish and dog-eat-dog, the outcome was surprisingly beneficial for mankind. Admittedly, pure economics was likely tempered by Jews taking obligation to the community seriously for millennia. But whatever the reason, the results were astonishing.

Contrariwise, wherever Marxist ideologues were in control, most of the people went hungry, with relatively few living lavishly and happily. Although socialism is usually defined as one-tiered, with all working to capacity for a common good, in practice, socialism is usually two-tiered, with the majority of the population on the bottom tier, equally miserable, and those in actual control on a small upper tier. The hoi polloi are encouraged to live vicariously through these elitists. It is the large-scale version of the Obamas flying from Washington to New York in a plane used exclusively by them to eat a lobster or two, while more and more of the ordinary people in the country were trying to decide whether they should cut down on food or health care.

I assume that the rich and famous and secure and tenured who advocate socialism take it for granted that they will be in the top tier, safe from the harshness of a socialist society.

Whether socialism is liked because it offers supposedly free goodies or whether the notion of all laboring for a collective good is inspiring, one rule of thumb holds up. As Lee Edwards points out, "Socialism is a rigid ideology that always ends in tyranny." (See here.)

Liz Wheeler's article "Three Reasons That Socialism Has Never Worked" is here and her article "Political Iatrogenics - Why Socialism Doesn't Work" is here. The ditty "Countries where Socialism Doesn't Work" is here.


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THE PERILS OF SOFT SOCIALISM

by Richard A. Epstein

The Hoover Institution, which initially published Richard A. Epstein's article, wrote that "Richard Epstein dissects the shallow theology behind the new strain of socialism that makes the unfounded claim that capitalism and private markets make us unfree..." It is indeed the case that Epstein carefully elucidates why socialism, whatever its guise, can not succeed. He provides the reasons why, as the recent report by the Council of Economic Advisors concluded, "socialism cannot succeed even in democratic societies." Some of the comments to the original article are attached. They describe specific cases where socialism didn't just fail but put the citizens of the country in danger. Other observations reinforce Epstein's analysis.

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A PRIMER ON THE FOLLY (AND EVIL) OF SOCIALISM

by Daniel J. Mitchell

Daniel Mitchell has written an easy-to-read primer on socialism vs a free market economy. It makes clear that socialism means different things to different people; and seldom do results come anywhere near early hopes and expectations. It touches on types of socialism, on wealth redistribution, interventionism, profits and property rights. Mitchell uses writings by Mark Perry to explain the importance of incentives, and market-determined price setting. But ultimately, he suggests, socialism fails for psychological reasons. As Mark Perry put it, "Socialism does not work because it is not consistent with fundamental principles of human behavior. …it is a system that ignores incentives. …A centrally planned economy without market prices or profits, where most of the property is owned or controlled by the state, is a system without an effective incentive mechanism to direct economic activity." Further, "Socialism fails because it kills and destroys the human spirit…" The article ends with an informative video featuring Dan Hannan speaking at Oxford U.

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'DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM': A MYTH AND AN OXYMORON

by Geoffrey P. Hunt

Geoffrey Hunt writes a plain-speaking, mind-jolting article pointing out what the fuzzy socialist happy statements really mean in practice. Take, for example, "the promise of a pure economic democracy, where the means of production are owned and managed by 'the people.'" Hunt tracks it from theory to pracice: "How would 'the people' organize enterprises to produce industrial and consumer goods or deliver transportation and energy, let alone toilet paper, flour, and drinking water? They wouldn't. That's the whole point of the collapse of Venezuela, where socialism really means a corrupt collective run by a narrow military junta, where productive enterprises have been stolen by the state, and then extinguished. And nothing works, for anyone." Hunt traces how failures of socialism lead to totalitarianism, which is not the kind of kind society socialism envisions.

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WHY IS ANYONE A SOCIALIST?

by John C. Goodman

John C. Goodman expresses the puzzlement many people feel: why is anyone a socialist? He tries out several possibilities, pointing out the discrepancy between theory and reality. He concludes that "what motivates the left in this country, ... isn’t their love of the welfare state. It’s their hatred of capitalism." Now all we need to do is figure out why people living in the comforts of capitalism hate it and long for the miseries of socialism.

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TALKING MILLENNIALS OUT OF SOCIALISM

by Bruce Thornton

Bruce Thornton asks, "Can a generation marked by privilege and arrogance be reasoned with?" He's talking about those people in their twenties and thirties that are enthusiastic about socialism. They know it treats everyone as an equal, and power resides in the people. They don't know or discount that socialism has failed everywhere and taken a huge toll in human life and human suffering.

Thornton writes that "...Marxism and progressivism both assume that the knowledge useful for politically organizing a state or society is 'scientific,' comprising principles and techniques that are beyond ideology and universally true. [...] Hence the need for enlightened technocratic elites to control social institutions and use power in order to rationally arrange human existence more justly and efficiently." Thornton makes the point that "the flaw in this thinking was first identified by contemporaries of Plato, whose Republic imagined a utopia of elite Guardians educated to exercise totalitarian control over society." Marxist ideology, like earlier utopian versions, can't handle human nature, self-interest and factionalism; it can only suppress them. Thornton suspects that many of the millennials, functionally illiterate, undisciplined and living on a "high level of material existence, safety, and comfort" will have a bewildering time when the bill for our "unfunded liabilities, mountains of government debt, and unsustainable entitlement spending" comes due.

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THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MOVES TO SOCIALISM. SOME CONSEQUENCES

In the USA, socialism has made major inroads in education. The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) held the attractive promise of consistent and integrated teaching across the country, replacing the responsibility of the individual states to initiate and monitor k-12 education. It has also, unfortunately, promoted socialist values. Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil (here) observe that "[t]he original idea for Common Core originated as part of UN Agenda 21 (UNA21) ..."

UNA21 is often blandly described as detailing non-binding goals to benefit both the physical and human environment. These goals are to be implemented at all levels of government: local, national and international. At the other end of the spectrum, it is seen as a floor plan for building a one-world government run by the U.N. Statements from U.N. officials throughout the years have reinforced the notion that the U.N. believes its mission is to redistribute wealth, reconstruct national economies, and create a one-world administration.

Most writers on UNA21 deride critics and alarmists and historians such as Newt Gingrich for overstating the dangers of UNA21 and under understanding its goals. But there are others such as the Democrats Against U.N. Agenda 21 (here) who say:

"In a nutshell, the plan calls for governments to take control of all land use and not leave any of the decision making in the hands of private property owners. [...]"

"U.N. Agenda 21 cites the affluence of Americans as being a major problem which needs to be corrected. It calls for lowering the standard of living for Americans so that the people in poorer count ries will have more, a redistribution of wealth. [...]"

"It's time that people educate themselves and read the document and related commentary. After that, get a copy of your city or county's General Plan and read it. You will find all sorts of policies that are nearly identical to those in U.N. Agenda 21. Unfortunately, their policies have advanced largely unnoticed and we are now in the end game."

A plank in the 2012 Republican National Committee's platform stated, "We strongly reject the U.N. Agenda 21 as erosive of American sovereignty.'

Agreement with the critics of UNA21 depends on how much the reader is willing to connect the dots of some specific happenings; as an example, Prez Obama using new unauthorized EPA regulations to take over vast swatches of Western land for the government, freezing coal leases on public land and stopping oil and gas drilling. Map this on UNA21 statements encouraging a government to take control of public land, and its emphasis on using 'clean' fuels rather than carbon-based energy. As Thorner and O'Neil write:

The United Nations Agenda 21 has quietly changed the makeup of our cities and rural areas through highly questionable tactics, clothed in lofty adjectives such as “smart growth” and “sustainability.” [...]

Agenda 21 activists have quietly initiated laws that allowed the government to confiscate our land, water, private property, and wilderness areas. Their ultimate goal is to strip Americans of personal rights and freedoms, creating a socialist future and eventually a one-world government. [...]

A necessary path to obtain thse desired changes must include the indoctrination of children through education."[emphasis added]

The Universities, from ivy-league to state universities, assume the virtue of socialism and the virulence of capitalism. This conviction has been incorporated into the mentation of both faculty and students. They are unchallenged by their school's administrators, who, whether acting out of similar conviction or governed by sheer passivity, have done nothing to stop the harassment of anyone — student, visiting speaker or professor — who speaks for sovereignty, freedom of speech or capitalism. Along with the Marxist ideology and its conviction it is acting in a noble manner has come some of socialism's least noble practices, particularly anti-Semitism. The content of the courses offered in a socialist milieu has also been affected. Marion Ingeborg Andrews, who survived Hitler's reign of terror, is quoted in "Woman Born in Hitler's Germany Tells Liberals They Remind her of Nazis," here: “It saddens me that we are teaching garbage in the schools and in the college. We don't teach history anymore." Learning about the history of feminism may be interesting but it isn't a substitute for a course in history that integrates happenings and events with a country's culture and civilization and future.

In politics, from picking school boards to presidential elections, there are splits. Not really simple binary splits. Instead, it's as if the yes's to a whole set of seemingly unrelated statements are the elements in the 'democratic' cludge or the 'republican' cludge, not mixed between them. Each cluster containing a bunch of beliefs, which rarely intersect with the beliefs in the opposing cluster. Sometimes it's difficult to see how the elements of the cluster are themselves related. On the left, unfettered immigration is approved, but why is this linked to the enthusiastic approval for raising taxes hugely on the rich, as if removing their money is removing sin from an unrepentant? Providing illegal aliens with the same benefits citizens receive is an 'of course'; and there's a generous number of freebies. Scientific societies worry that the Trump government's exclusion of Muslims from countries that train terrorists will reduce the number of scientists, as if these immigrants had scientific training. There they are, all these objectives tucked in a single belief cluster.

Liberalism in the Democratic party, the once unsullied party of liberalism, has eroded. The Democratic party has been taken over by extremists who are very different from the typical liberal a half century ago, who sincerely believed in a live-and-let-live philosophy. No, I haven't forgotten that revamping nationalism started before the 1960s, but the typical democrat that I knew was a nice-guy liberal, who believed in free speech and self determination. Today's socialist theology may be a watered-down Marxism but its impact on its adherents is traditional. They hate Jews. And, as Marxists railed against the capitalist ruling class, so do the Democrats disrespect both white men and white women and expect whites to agree with them and not bolt the party, even though it might make middle-of-the-road democrats very uneasy. They want porous borders, that being the quickest way to introduce groups of people that in theory will vote democratic. There is the added benefit that many of them will be on welfare or in other ways be dependent on the government, which, with the help of the illegal invaders, they will control.

We have seen a surprising alliance between pious Muslims and the believers in socialism, who are mainly secular — two groups that aside from their Jew-hate have almost nothing in common. Indeed, they take exactly opposite views on equality for women in the workplace and in society in general, on multi-gender identities, on emphasizing race, gender and age strata versus control by tribe and clan. Rather than live-and-let-live, we see more and more intolerant behavior: demolishing public and out-of-favor historic statues; joining up with violence-prone Antifa to riot and demolish property; shaming and jeering at a disliked person in public places. We seem to be starting to repeat the fervor and chaos of the French revolution instead of following our legal and Constitution-based system of government. Wherever will it end?

The Trump administration is trying to reverse socialist notions that the State knows best and should control the behavior of individual Americans. The blatant offers of freebies for votes — can anyone forget the video featuring the gap-toothed black lady yelling, "Everybody in Cleveland got an Obama phone" here — are reduced, with people apparently preferring jobs to handouts. But the media still favor the creators of chaos.

Perhaps the most unexpected feature of the new Democrats is their increasingly vocal hatred of Jews, usually expressed as antipathy to Israel or to Zionism. Aside from overt anti-Semitism having become as rare as a case of measles, the political side of the enormous effort to create the modern state of Israel should have aroused socialist empathy. Much of the effective work in recreating a habitable homeland was done by Jews imbued by socialist ideas of equality: everyone was to work as hard as possible for their collective goal. It is true that rather than follow the Russian plan to spread Marxism globally, they chose to prove the worth of Marxism by bringing one state into being. But the fact remains that it was in part their ideology that helped them succeed.

It is likely that the Jew-hate we see in the far Left stems from their investment in cooperating with Muslims, whose hatred of Jews is endemic. But the more recent history of Israel may also have contributed. As is typical in socialist countries, the initial ground-breaking efforts were followed by the ascendancy of a socialist bureaucracy that was better at shifting blame than finishing jobs efficiently in a timely fashion. Certainly, trying the unknown and the unplanned was discouraged. There are still too many dictatorial bureaucrats but as Caroline B Glick writes here, "In the past 25 years, Israel's economy has changed from a socialist command economy to a free-market economy and today Israel's GDP per capita is higher than Japan's."

As an aside, we might mention that the second major motive for creating a homeland was religious. Religious Jews came to the Holy Land to redeem their ancient homeland, although many religious Jews favored living there but waiting for the Messiah to come before recreating a state. In truth, there was never a time there weren't some Jews living in the land of the Jews, usually under horribly adverse conditions. Other religious Jews figured they'd get a head start on the Messiah. They supplied the moral and spiritual glue for the Zionist enterprise operative in Israel. It has helped create a country where helping others and spontaneous kindness are important virtues. At the same time, it has helped lead to behavior that is impractical if not downright stupid; for example, in wartime, the IDF warns the Arab enemy their homes are soon to be bombed. Such weak retaliation has the effect of training the Arabs, improving their ability to attack Israel the next time.


This set of papers tracks the unchecked breakup of the Democratic Party into splintered forms of socialism. Classic communism saw a binary conflict: the exploited workers and the exploiter owners and managers. With the advent of identity politics, we now have many groups of victims, unified in their opposition to the current administration but wraggling for position among themselves. Whistleblower Editor David Kupelian has pointed out here that "Identity politics says what matters most isn’t what you believe, but who you are. But this is a flagrant repudiation of the original notion of the American identity, wherein what we hold in common isn’t our ethnicity or skin color or sexual hang-ups, but love of a shared history and reverence for certain transcendent values."

Splitting the university population as well as the general population into gender and race cohorts has had an impact on the courses taught and the type of personality that is developed. Tactics developed by Saul Alinsky to help communities that lacked power have morphed into street and dorm theater, teaching pampered students how to be victims needing comfort zones. Stuffing the separate groups of victims into one bag, where the official histories of oppression of the various certified strata bind together and reinforce each other, is based on the socialist theories of stratification and intersectionality.

In this video, Heather MacDonald speaks on the Diversity Delusion, one of the offshoots of intersectionality, on campuses. This delusion asserts that any disparity — for example, in number of males to females in a particular field or department — must be the result of discrimination, not individual choice or circumstances. There is much concern that there be diversity in skin color and gender, but almost no concern about admitting students that can't hack the course. The disappointing output, an inadequate professional, is attributed to discrimination, not ability. The emphasis on making sure each of the valued cohorts are tapped equally or by proportional representation rather than working to make the final product superior has corrupted even prestigious organizations such as the National Science Foundation, which is squandering its funds to study intersectionality in STEM instead of studying areas than would benefit science.

(Another MacDonald video is available here.)

As socialistic values eat up Democratic liberalism, unexpected likes and dislikes develop. There is marked sympathy in the main street media for Antifa terrorists and a growing lack of sympathy for Israel. We hear nasty Jew-hating statements from people in positions of authority, the likes of which were last heard before World War 2. Only now, it is members of Congress with foul mouths, not KKKers. What's worse, the rest of the Democratic congressmen don't kick the haters off their committee assignments. Instead, they sit around dissecting the quackings of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, trying to determine if these utterances were really and truly for sure anti-Semitic or just some statements made in ignorance.

Some of these consequences are examined in the papers below, in particular, the activities of Jews forced to reexamine their political connections and their subjective identities are emphasized.


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WHEN DID THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BECOME SOCIALIST?

by Leon Puissegur

Leon Puissegur provides excellent guidance in tracking the recent history of the Democratic Party as it descended into Socialism. He starts his detailed analysis in 1944 with Norman Thomas's much-cited remark that under the guise of liberalism, the "Democratic Party has adopted our platform." Please note that the quote has been challenged for authenticity by PolitiFact (not an impartial source of information, itself). On the other hand, Ronald Reagan used some of the quote and Thomas spoke often of what the two major parties had borrowed from the Socialist Party. Whatever the case, as Puissegur points out: "The Socialists in the United States did not achieve their full move towards making the Democratic Party more of a Socialist Party until they got a very good foothold in the 1960's," when they followed Saul Alinsky's advice "that to change a society, one had to first infiltrate the major institutions, the school, the media, the churches, the entertainment industries, the labor unions, and the three branches of government..."

Given the large number of ambiguous ways to hide the influence of the communist ideology on the Democratic Party, we'd suggest additional starter readings. The first is by Scott S. Powell, who wrote in 2015 in "Why the New Left Is Now the Democratic Party," here:

"The New Left counterculture did not end when the troops came home from Southeast Asia. It went mainstream, with many of the 60s radicals becoming professional revolutionaries who would go on to work in the knowledge industry: the universities, foundations, and the media and special interest activist group. [...]

By the 1980s a third of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives supported the budgetary priorities and the foreign policy advocated by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), the leading revolutionary Marxist think tank in the United States, located Washington, D.C. [...]

By 2008, the long march through the institutions resulted in the New Left being deeply entrenched in constituencies that provided a bedrock of support and policy positions for the Obama presidential campaign. And while Barack Obama had a very unconventional background punctuated by associations with Marxists and anti-American radicals throughout his life, and an extreme left-wing voting record, the major media, now enveloped with political correctness, made little effort to report on his background or examine his substantive qualifications.

See also "Time to Rebrand the Democratic Party as Socialists" by Alex Markovsky, here. He writes:

Whether its policies are called liberal or progressive, or democratic, in terms of the issues and, especially in terms of tactics, the party became a plagiarizing scum of Lenin’s faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party (RSDLP), or Bolsheviks, which coincidently also had “democratic” in its party name. A commonality of the ideological vocabulary of the Democratic Party leadership with Marxism; visceral hatred of capitalism and seductive promises of miraculous fulfilment of egalitarian dreams leaves little doubt about the Party becoming the source and spirit of a Marxist awakening.

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PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS AND SOCIALISM DO NOT MIX

by Tom DeWeese

The goal of changing America to a socialist country is not always openly announced; in fact, the opposite is more likely. A particular law or regulation can stress putative goals that are totally unobjectionable, in fact, highly desirable. They may seem to contribute to free enterprise or to a clean environment, but the under-the-cover intent is different. Tom DeWeese writes about a plan to change the bulk of housing to community complexes and high rise apartments. The policy is called Smart Growth for local community development. It has been endorsed by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). (Wouldn't you assume NAR would enthusiastically promote private house rather than compounds?) Tom DeWeese works through such a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing scenario.

On a personal note, I googled 'smart growth and urban planning.' I was on page 3 before I found the first negative article and was up to page 5 for the next few. One of them was a fascinating essay by James Shinn (see here) written in 2015. He had this to say: "High rise residential structures have exploded all over San Francisco, but the gridlock and prices just seem to be getting worse and worse." Apparently San Francisco was an early convert to urban smart growth. Come to think, more recently, it went big on being a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants (see here) and a home for the homeless (see here) and within an amazingly short time created a cesspool by the sea, where all sorts of diseases can be picked up with little effort.

My google search even dragged up a master's thesis entitled "The Link Between Smart Growth In Urban Development And Climate Change." It concludes

"By using the concepts of smart growth and specifically focusing on pedestrian friendly [emphasis added] and other alternative transportation friendly development, those entities involved in policymaking decisions have the ability to manage the challenges facing urban areas. Reducing the impact of anthropogenic activities needs to make its way on to the environmental sustainability agenda."

Dear me, here I thought we'd reached the ultimate in lunacy with the new congressman Cortez's plan to eliminate airplanes. This joker would even deprive us of cars. Will motorized wheelchairs be the next target?

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SAUL ALINSKY’S 13 TRIED-AND-TRUE RULES FOR CREATING MEANINGFUL SOCIAL CHANGE

by Josh Jones

Saul Alinsky, has been called a Machiavellian, meaning that he was cynical, cold-blooded and deceitful like Niccolo Machivelli, a 15th Century Italian diplomat, who wrote that any way to retain political power was acceptable. Personality characteristics aside, Alinsky, on the contrary, focused on how to gain power and change conditions. How do you change an unsafe workplace or political group or social organization if you don't have a lot of money or resources or expertise or an influential membership. Saul Alinsky's answer was: use what you have, go with what you know and understand. Alinsky's rules are neutral; anyone can apply them. In his time, he helped communities that have few ways to help themselves out of dismal and often dangerous conditions. He is best known today because of his street-theater approach, his ability to overload situations and organizations, using their own rules of operation against them. Building on his teachings, it is the Left that has made most use of his approach to civil warfare. Barak Obama, another community organizer, cited him as an influence in his book, Dreams from My Father. Hillary wrote her college thesis about him. Alinsky may have been tough and ruthless, but it is likely he would disapprove the violence the Left encourages.

Additional information about Alinsky is available in Theresa Riley's "Who is Saul Alinsky?" here. See also this video featuring Dinesh d'Souza, Ralph Benko of the Alinsky Center and David Alinsky, son of Saul Alinsky and Chairman of Alinsky Center talking about Saul Alinsky:


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ANTIFA

by Discover the Networks

The Antifa is predominantly a Marxist anti-Fascist movement operating in the US and Europe. Discover the Networks writes mostly about Antifa in the US, where Antifa acts as "a revolutionary Marxist/anarchist militia movement that seeks to bring down the United States by means of violence and intimidation." In ideology it is the reverse of the nationalistic, white supremacist extreme-right. In practice, they are much alike, except that the neo-Nazis have declined in number since the heyday of the KKK, attracting only a few thousand members, while Antifa enjoys large-scale funding and hundreds of thousands of members, many of whom have served as mercenaries to provoke riots.

This is an exceptional article. It is exceptional in that it paints a well-documented detailed portrait of the Antifa Movement. It is exceptional because, unlike most articles about Antifa, it does not exhibit a sympathy for what is basically a thuggish terrorist organization. Unlike Antifa's media boosters, this article doesn't cut Antifa a lot of slack just because Antifa claims to fight 'fascism.' Or fights what it claims to be fascism.

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AS THE DEMOCRATS GO SOCIALIST, THEY GO ANTI-SEMITIC

by Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield tracks the early involvement of nascent socialism with anti-Semitism. Socialists didn't invent Jew-hate, but they've found it useful. Sometimes the anti-Semitic rhetoric has been hostile and overt, sometimes it is dressed in generalities and is academic sounding. Whatever the wrapping, the Jews have always been odd-man out, making, as Greenfield points out, highly acceptable "scapegoats for the failures of their [Socialist] economic programs." Recent denunciations of Judaism in Congress suggest excoriating Jews isn't going to go away. As Greenfield says, "Jews are a small and controversial minority. That makes them a good target for socialists, national and international, to make it seem as if their extremism only threatens the Jews." A good point, a subtle point, an important point. The Jew may be the first to be attacked, but not often does the attack stop there.

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THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT AND ANTISEMITISM

by Joshua S. Block

The Far Right, the David Dukes of the world, have always been identified as Jew-haters. But, as Joshua Block point out, Jew-hate from the left is more intimidating. Block focuses on a major socialist tool: "intersectionality", which he defines as "the radical academic theory that holds that all forms of social oppression are inexorably linked." Academics, media people and leftist politicians have incorporated intersectionality into their thinking as a major revelation. Block writes, "intersectionality has forced artificial coalitions between causes that have nothing to do with each other — except a hatred for their fellow students who are 'privileged' because they are white, heterosexual, and especially Jewish.

This is an illuminating article from someone I would guess is a liberal Democrat. I must correct one statement Block assumes to be true, namely "President Trump’s silence in the wake of Charlottesville". He wasn't. President Trump condemned both sides for the violence, "equating the white supremacists on one side with the 'alt-left' on the other side." (See here.)

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THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS BECOME THE PARTY OF ANTI-SEMITISM. HERE'S WHY.

by Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro's article focuses on two topics. The first talks about the coming to Congress of three far-left Democrats: Cortez the fool; Omar who speaks bluntly and takes the brunt; and Tlaib who appears rational in comparison. This graphic from The Peoples Cube captures these three newbies perfectly:

3 new dems

The second topic is an explanation why, "[i]n areas where Jews are successful, then, anti-Semitism and intersectionality theory often merge." It's elegant. There's even a good chance it's right. The far Left does like its ideation simple. "Me Tarzan, you Jane." "Me exploited, You exploiter."

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AMERICAN JEWS' PARADOXICAL ALLEGIANCE TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

by Norman Berdichevsky

Norman Berdichevsky wrote this article a decade ago asking why Jews voted overwhelmingly for ultra-liberal causes such as those sanctioned by the Democratic Party. Why did they ignore the hostility to Israel espoused by Leftist groups? Today, with Jew-hate heard without effective rebuke in Congress and remembering Prez Obama's open hostility to Israel throughout his years in office, the question is still valid, and the predilection of the Jews for far-left liberal organizations even more puzzling. Some Jews avoided the inconsistency of voting for Jew-hating Democrats by deciding they were for 'Social Justice" and Israel was not; this allowed them to feel virtuous in becoming strongly anti-Israel. Other Jews joined organizations such as J-Street, a cancer on the body Jewish. J-Street uses a lot of words to declare its love of Israel but its single unswerving effort is to create a state for the Arabs, no matter that this would likely destroy the Jewish state. This is a position wholly in keeping with the Democratic Party's strong support for the Arabs, one of their approved victim groups. As Berdichevsky writes:

"More than twenty years ago, Lucy Dawidowicz, one of the most respected and prominent historians of the twentieth century and author of the aptly named "What is the Use of Jewish History?" lamented the lopsided and continued illogical and self destructive political support of a large majority of American Jews for the Democratic Party."

More simply put, are American Jews meshuggah?

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THE DISINTEGRATION OF AMERICAN JEWRY

by Isi Leibler

Until a couple of decades ago, "American Jews' attachments to Israel and Judaism were synonymous and liberal political forces were Israel’s strongest supporters..." However, as Isi Leibler puts it, "the far Left has become viciously anti-Israeli, even supporting terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah and depicting Israel as an imperialist occupier." How has this affected the leaders of Jewish organizations, many if not most of whom are liberals? Leibler notes that "[a]side from ZOA head Morton Klein, not a single mainstream Jewish leader had the courage to stand up and protest Obama’s bias against Israel and constant bracketing of Israeli defensive actions as morally equivalent to the actions of terrorists." When Donald Trump was elected, his pro-Judaism versus the ever-growing Democratic Party anti-Semitism should have made the choice for these Jews obvious. Instead, they seemed to direct all their anger at Trump. J-Street, many Reform movement leaders and some supposed Jewish organizations such as the far Left Anti-Defamation League have weakly defended Israel if at all, while many of them have strongly spoken out defending the Arab terrorists that plague Israel. They certainly haven't countered the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rants coming from the far Left, arguments that have persuaded many young Jews, who themselves have little knowledge of Israel.

"Twenty years ago, it would have been inconceivable to have any other than delusional Jewish fringe groups attacking Israel. Today, especially on campuses, it requires courage to even stand up against these perverted anti-Israeli Jews." Leibler's sober assessment is that "[u]ntil there are Jewish leaders who are fully committed to supporting Israel during these critical times rather than primarily concerned with displaying their tolerance toward those who seek our destruction, the disintegration of the non-Orthodox American Jewish community will proceed unimpeded."

This video cogently makes the point that many students on college campuses have been turned against Israel. Filmmaker Ami Horowitz sounds off about the clueless students, who have been taught that Hamas is OK, It was published on May 23, 2016 on Fox News. (Note: This is flaky. If it won't play, google using "Hannity Ami Horowitz Hamas" as keywords and it will.)

This video is called "Why Does The Left Hate Israel?" and features Dave Morrison.

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DEMOCRATS NEED ANTI-SEMITES TO WIN

by Karin McQuillan

There is a disparity in numbers of hate crimes between blue states and red states. Surprisingly, the numbers are higher, much higher, in the more liberal states. In an earlier version of this article, Karin MeQuillin wrote:

"Democrats rely on anti-Jewish voting blocks to win elections. Hispanic immigrants are 30-40 percent antisemitic, three or four times the national average. Blacks are twice the national average, 20-30 percent antisemitic. Our millions of new Muslim immigrants are doubly antisemitic, by religion and by the legacy of the Third Reich."

"The Democrat Party can’t win with only the votes of decent people. They need the haters, so they’re fine with the hate."

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PART 3: GLOBAL JIHAD

Hoping for some sort of peace, Israeli governments have tended to be officially silent about the legitimate Jewish claim to the Land of the Jews. This has allowed the variegated Arabs and other ethnic groups who morphed into the Palestinian people half a century ago to promulgate the fantasy that some or all of the Land of Israel is theirs (see here).

The keystone of pro-Palestinian advocacy and activity is the belief that Israel is occupying Arab land. The boundaries of the land are vague, but it is unquestioned that the Israelis hold Samaria and Judea (the West Bank) captive. Any and all Arab attempts to regain its land, no matter how barbaric, are therefore understandable and excusable. There's only one small problem with this strongly-held belief: it is not a fact. Let me try it this way:

It is a fact that some Jews have always lived in the Land of Israel over the millennia, no matter who had control of the area. Before Israel became again a sovereign state, most recently the Ottomans — Muslim but not Arab — held the land for four hundred years until 1917, when they lost it in World War 1 to the Allied Forces, principally Britain, France, Italy and Japan.

It is a fact that Jews started migrating back to their ancestral home in ever larger numbers in the nineteenth century, when the land was still under Ottoman control. Most of the other 50 ethnic groups in the region spoke Arabic, but weren't Arab.

It is a fact that when the Jews revitalized the economy of this desolate and sparsely populated area, Arabs from neighboring part of the Ottoman Empire were attracted into the region (see here).

It is a fact that as part of the breakup of the Ottoman Empire the Jews, by an irrevocable trust created in 1920 in San Remo and signed by all the members of the League of Nations by 1923, were given title to what is now Israel, Samaria and Judea (AKA the West Bank), Gaza and part of the Golan (see e.g. here, here and here as starters). Altogether, this constituted less that 1/10 of 1% of the Ottoman's Middle East holdings. The remaining 99.9% was divided up into Arab states.

It is a fact that the British, under the aegis of the international community via the League of Nations, contracted to be mandatory (trustee) of the San Remo trust, to administer the area and help the Jews create the infra-structure for a state. Britain called the region destined to become the Jewish state Palestine.

It is a fact that it was the Jews that were considered to be the Palestinians — the Palestinian Post would become the Jerusalem Post, the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The Arabs refused to be called Palestinian; they insisted they were Syrian, as in Ottoman times.

It is a fact that in 1948 the newly-declared State of Israel was attacked by its Arab neighbors: Transjordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. Egypt gained Gaza; Transjordan was able to grab Samaria and Judea and a piece of Jerusalem.

It is a fact that the land Jordan seized in 1948 was Jew-free for 19 years, because Jordan kicked out or killed the Jewish inhabitants, while inviting in neighboring Arabs.

It is a fact that under Russian guidance Yasir Arafat created the 'Palestinian people' in 1964 (see here) under the leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The charter did not claim the people or the land then under Jordanian rule, i.e., Samaria and Judea and a piece of Jerusalem. It did not claim Gaza, then under Egyptian rule.

It is a fact that in 1967, 19 years after some of their land was stolen and occupied by Jordan, Israel was again attacked by the Arabs. The Jews were able to reclaim their land: Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip. Jerusalem was reunified. Israel also gained control of the Sinai Peninsula, which it later returned to Egypt.

It is a fact that the Palestinian Arabs did not rule the land during these 19 years from 1948 to 1967; Jordan did. During these 19 years, the Palestinian Arabs did not request that it be made into a state for them.

It is a fact that when Jordan lost the area in 1967, the Palestinian Charter was revised in 1968. It now claimed that Samaria, Judea and eastern Jerusalem were Palestine and the Arabs living there were Palestinians.

It is a fact that Jordan had eliminated a Jewish presence in Samaria and Judea in 1948, but the Jews still owned the land. It is a fact that Palestinian Arabs act as if there were never Jews in Samaria and Judea until 1967. It is a fact that the Palestinian Arabs insist the Jews didn't reclaim their own land in 1967 but came in to the West Bank as occupiers of Arab land. A very fragile claim.

It is a fact that when the Jews recovered Samaria, Judea and eastern Jerusalem in 1967, a factoid was fashioned that the brutal and unfeeling Jews had occupied Palestinian land. And there isn't an ignorant but tenderhearted friend of the Palestinians that doesn't believe it with complete certitude.

I would recommend YJ Draiman's "Jews Return To Their Homeland" here for a comprehensive presentation, with links for further reading. Also, the entire January-June 2016 issue of Think-Israel (see here.) is a set of articles on the biblical, the historic and the legal right of the Jews to the Land of Israel; and if that isn't sufficient, there is their right by conquest, after being invaded by their Arab neighbors.

NOTE: I have been asked how can it be that Arabs block out history before 1967 and, at same time, insist they have been on the Land since Canaanite times. In the same way, I suppose, that they can insist there was no holocaust, yet use pictures of dead Jews killed in a concentration camp but label them pictures of dead Arabs killed in 1948 in Al-Dawayima by you-know-who (see here).

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SALAFISTS IN THE USA

Creeping jihad in the US hasn't stopped. In fact, it's enlarging its repertoire. There a take-over of the fast-food carts in NYC by the Halal crowd. They only sell halal-certified food. They have blocked out people selling ordinary fast-foods. They proselytize for Islam. And some of the money they make from selling halal food goes to their kind of charity; it goes to Muslim organizations that see to it that the money reaches terrorists. (See the full-length video Soft Jihad In USA here.)

There are more training centers in the USA, training the next generation of Muslim terrorists locally. We won't need to import them pretty soon. And the Muslim Brotherhood, which is yet to be declared a terrorist organization, continues, unhampered, to attempt to weaken, if not destroy, its enemies, i.e., the part of mankind that isn't Muslim. (See here.)

In this set, we also look at some of Santa's little helper, like the Arab Christians who act as shills for the Muslim Christians, helping them to convince Western evangelicals that the Arabs are the good guys, the Israelis are evil. But the biggest story is that some of the work traditionally done by Muslims to demonize Israel is being done by Jews — Jewish IfNotNow; Jewish history teachers and Jewish parents of pupils at Newton High School; Durham North Carolina's mayor, City Council and synagogue; J-Steet, Peace Now, Jewish Voice for Peace and New Israel Fund. All Jewish. All using their energy and brains and Jewish money to destroy Israel (and ultimately themselves) in the name of social justice and human rights. Did I mention the huge number of socialist Jewish academics promoting far-left, anti-Israel causes? These JINOS (Jews In Name Only) are only weakly rebuffed by the craven responses of many of the major Jewish organizations.

How did we get to this point?


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SHARIA LAW IN AMERICA

by Richard Dale Turnquist

Richard Turner has provided us with a relatively concise yet understandable description of both Sharia law and Taqiyya (to lie to protect Islam). They are fundamental to Islam and, for the most part, unacceptable to a country such as USA, which is governed by our own Constitutional Law. Contrary to American law, wife beating is allowed in Sharia Law and homosexuality is not. Turnquist points out a growing problem: Muslims are demanding the use of sharia law in our legal system, and American law courts are beginning to allow their decisions to be based on Muslim law. Turnquist provides us with examples where "some judges are rendering judgments based on Sharia law even when those judgments are in clear conflict with Constitutional protections."

Turnquist doesn't deal with the oft-made assertion that Muslims using sharia law in an American court is the same as Jews going to a Rabbi for a legal decision. It is emphatically not so. Resolving a dispute by Rabbinic law is, in effect, a contract between the two parties to abide by the Rabbi's decision. A Beth Din (a Rabbinic Court) is outside the American legal system, and, obviously, it can't be utilized in cases that ordinarily come to a criminal court.

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HERE ARE HORRIFYING THINGS THE MEDIA’S NOT SHOWING YOU FROM INSIDE THE NEW MEXICO TERRORIST COMPOUND

by Margo Cleveland

As a interesting experiment, google "new mexico compound", open the items listed one at a time and search for 'islam' 'muslim' and 'jihad.' There is likely to be one reference to 'muslim', zero for the other terms. This article by Margot Cleveland for The Federalist makes it obvious that terrorist training compounds are yet another way to carry out jihad in the US. What makes the New Mexico one unique is that it was training children to be snipers, and apparantly acclimating them to harsh conditions. It's unusual because most Muslim compounds in the USA train adults. Teaching very young children to kill is more typical of the Middle East, particularly in the areas controlled by Hamas and the Palestine Authority.

These are videos that amplify the information:

Children are trained to be terrorists. Siraj Wahhaj is the son of an imam with possible links to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Click here.

Secret Tunnel Discovered At New Mexico Compound Where 11 Kids Were Kidnapped. Click here.

22 Jihad Camps Inside the US? Ryan Mauro talks about the Disturbing Islamic Prophecy Behind Them. Click here.

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FOMENTING EVANGELICAL HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL

by Dexter Van Zile

Dexter Van Zile describes his experience attending a "Christ at the Checkpoint Conference (CATC), a biennial event organized by Bethlehem Bible College, an outpost of Christian anti-Zionism located in Beit Jala." The sponsors and speakers assert that "Evangelical support for Israel hinders the ability of Christians in the Middle East to live in peace and share their faith in Muslim-majority countries in the region." These Christian Arabs also encourage the Western attendees to believe "Jews and their homeland as an obstacle to all that is good in the Muslim and Arab Middle East."

As an aside, have you noticed that when you force these humanitarians to document their wild statements, you learn that the major torture Israel inflicts is long waits at checkpoints. Maybe that's why the Arab advocacy to evangelicals group calls itself Christ at the Checkpoints.

For these Christian Arabs, demonizing Israel and whitewashing Muslim Arab tyrants and jihadists is how the game is played. Unfortunately, anti-Zionism has worked on a growing number of evangelicals. Their attitude has become that of the anti-Israel mainline Protestants, but it hasn't made life easier for the Christians living in Arab countries in the Middle East.

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EVANGELICALS VISIT WEST BANK TO SEE LIFE — AND CHRISTIAN FAITH — ON THE OTHER SIDE

by Dan Rabb, with live link to an analysis by Dexter Van Zile

Taking Westerns to be instructed by highly skilled Arab propagandists like the Tamimi family in Nabi Saleh is an important weapon in the effort to sway American evangelicals away from their strong support of Israel. Dan Rabb writes about one such tour, when Evangelical Protestants visited the town of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank. It is part of the larger effort by the Christ at the Checkpoint people to convince evangelicals that the Palestinians are the ones they should support. Dexter Van Zile has written an examination of Rabb's article. It is called "RNS Publishes Fictionalized Account Of Meeting In Nabi Saleh." It is available here.

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SOWING SEEDS OF ISRAEL-HATRED AT JEWISH SUMMER CAMP

by Deborah Gastfreund-Schuss

Deborah Gastfreund-Schuss writes about camp counselors imbued with the desire to heal the hurts suffered by the Palestinian Arabs at the hands of the Israelis. They belong to yet another Jewish I-hate-Israel group, IfNotNow, which allows them lots of latitude in developing ways to help the Arabs. Many planned to co-opt the young campers in their charge. Can't you just see the moppets returning home, shaking their tiny fists, demanding of their parents that Israel stop occupying the tewartowies, that Israel stop tortewing Arab children.

Some history: it was May 1948 and the sovereign state of Israel came into being. There was great joy and the bitter knowledge that had Jews a place to go to during the Nazi years, many many more Jews would have survived. Here it is three quarters of a century later and an uncounted but not insignificant number of Jews are willing to kill off Israel because they have bought into the Arab fantasy that Israel is occupying Arab land. Not only are they willing to have Israel destroyed, they are eager to inculcate other Jews, as ignorant as they are themselves, with their virtuous stand for social justice for the Palestinians. And there seems to be nothing to bar their way. Too many Jews in position of authority, even those with a strong grasp of the history and politics of the region, refuse to take a firm stand. It doesn't seem that the counselors eager to restructure young campers in their own image were sacked.

A comment to this article informs us that "Tamimi and Janna Iyyad, 2 Palestinian teens who live with daily pain and suffering. They are not terrorists. They are kids who want freedom." It's hard to think of another description that would be as far from the truth (see Van Zile's article above). Ahed Tamimi, the fearless maiden that kicked and mauled IDF soldiers while the cameras click, safe in the knowledge that her victims are forbidden to respond. I wonder if this spinelessness of Israeli politicians contributes to the demonization of Israel — after all, nowadays it's hard to find an unprotected group that you can hit and not be rebuked. Israel is truly a gift for frustrated haters.

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EXPOSÉ: REJECTED BY CAMP RAMAH, IFNOTNOW TRIES THE BACK WAY TO SPREAD ANTI-ISRAEL MESSAGE

by Zvika Klein

The previous article on IfNotNow laid out the general problem of using counselors for propaganda. In this article, Zvika Klein focuses on the details. What makes IfNotNow so evil is that, like pedophiles, it preys on children, using trusted camp counselors to do the indoctrination. As one of the comments points out, there's no official response to the false claim that Judea and Samaria are Arab. Why isn't there? Why doesn't the Israeli government speak out? Why doesn't it tell the world that in 1920 at the San Remo Conference this territory was put into an irrevocable trust for the Jewish People? In fact, territory on the East Bank of the Jordan also became Jewish. By the time the document was signed by the member states a couple of years later, Britain had put 80% of the land assigned to the Jews under "administrative control" of the Hashemites; it is now called the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It is a fact that every single country belonging to the League of Nations signed the document. And that trust is still in power, transferred from the League to the United Nations.

Why don't they remind the world of some actual facts of history? Jews and Arabs and another 50 ethnic groups had been living in the land in poverty and squalor under the Ottomans. The Jews started coming in ever larger numbers in the 1800's to redeem their historic homeland. As Winston Churchill pointed out, 95% of the Arabs came after 1905, attracted by the economic opportunities. The Jews were the "Palestinians" when the Brits were given administrative control of the Palestine Mandate in World War 1, when the Ottoman Empire lost the Middle East. Jordan attacked the newborn State of Israel in 1948 and seized Judea, Samaria and the eastern part of Jerusalem. The Jews regained their land when the Arab States again attacked Israel in 1967. The Israeli paratroopers entered the Old City, June 7th, 1967. BTW, has anyone noticed that history only begins in 1967 according to the historians who claim that Israel conquered Arab Land and OCCUPIED it. They know it was Jewish land; why don't they let you know the Jews already owned it?

The land never belonged to the Palestinian Arabs. It belonged to the Ottomans for hundreds of years and then to the Jews. Yes, the Jews are occupying the land, just as you occupy your home.

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EMAILS REVEAL HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS PLOTTING TO HIDE THEIR POLITICAL BIAS FROM PARENTS

by Ilya Feoktistov

Newton Massachusetts is an affluent community, with educated parents and a large Jewish population, yet for years it has allowed its schools to teach Jew-hate and Islamophilia to its schoolchildren. The Outreach Center of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University distributed "The Arab World Studies Notebook", a blatantly non-factual pro-Palestinian distortion of the history, geography and events in the Middle East, to school teachers in local communities including Newton (see here). Ilya Feoktistov's organization, Americans and Peace and Tolerance, has written for years on the biased material emanating from Islam-promoting sources and, most surprising, how protective school administrators and teachers have been of this material, which can easily be determined to be egregiously incorrect. (See here.) In this article, Feoktistov writes of emails that confirm that "a group of public school history teachers in the posh Boston suburb of Newton pledged to reject the 'call for objectivity' in the classroom, bully conservative students for their beliefs, and serve as 'liberal propagandist[s]' for the cause of social justice." What makes this even more bizarre is that a number of the teachers involved, such as David Bedar, are themselves Jewish as are some of the community's parents who ignore the false information in the name of 'social justice.'

But that's not the end of it. As Jerry Gordon wrote in the New England Review, October 3, 2018,

"The non-profit teacher training group Primary Source is one of New England’s major private providers of public school teacher training on Israel and the Middle East. As it turns out, Primary Source is funded by the government of Qatar through Qatar Foundation International. Qatar, which is also a major funder of the genocidal terror group Hamas and other terror organizations, has spent millions of dollars on influencing what is taught in American K-12 schools."

You can read more about Qatar's pernicious role in Feoktistov's article entitled, "How Foreign Terrorist Funders Get U.S. Public Schools To Teach Anti-Jew Propaganda" here.

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SALAFISTS IN EUROPE

Muslim clerics have said that Europe will be conquered by the wombs of Muslim women. By means of hefty immigration, by immigrant Muslim women having many children, and Muslim men taking multiple wives, the Muslin population in Europe grows rapidly, while Europeans don't have children in replacement numbers. To make things worse, most politicians support Islamic demands and complaints, while ignoring the native Europeans. In fact, depending on circumstances, someone stating a fact not friendly to Islam can be sued for offending Muslims. The Muslims spend a good deal of effort marginalizing the natives; they hate Jews in particular, and show it both in hate speech and barbaric action. They are the major authors of hate crimes against their neighbors and then they are hurt that people don't understand it is the Muslim community that is the real victim of Muslim terrorism and everyone is just being islamophobic (see here.) The first paper of this set sees a way of stopping the flood of immigrants into Europe; it would also limit the number of jihadists that infiltrate the West.


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JIHADISM, THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, AND THE “FRONTIER STATES”

by Spyridon N. Litsas

We start with Dr Litsas's article which emphasizes that violence is intrinsic to Islam; it's not a barnacle that can be scraped away. Setting aside Greece's current 'vassal' status vis-a-vis the European Union, Litsas suggests a new strategy, one based on available resources. Both Greece and Israel "are both willing and able to safeguard western interests in the Eastern Mediterranean, a region with an upgraded geostrategic importance. In upgrading the conventional role of the 'frontier state,' Greece and Israel can maximize security for the region." This means they can help control the flow of refugees, which the jihadists use to shield the entry of their personnel into the Eastern Mediterranean region. This is important because "[J]ihadists make use of the continuous flow of refugees into Greece through the Aegean corridor in order to gain access to the West."

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INCREDIBLE SHRINKING EUROPE

by Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead states quite clearly that Europe is declining as a force in world affairs. Economically it is barely growing; its birthrate is markedly declining; and politically it is badly divided. By increasing transnational cooperation, the European Union (EU) was supposed to strengthen Europe's ability to compete with the US and China, but this isn't happening. And, as anti-EU countries gain power, they weaken the European Union even more.

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MASS MIGRATION: "THE FATAL SOLVENT OF THE EU"

by Giulio Meotti

In the article above, Walter Russell Mead doesn't address the influence of mass migration on Europe's decline. But Giulio Meotti cites another Mead's essay entitled "Why Italy Dares to Turn Away Refugees: Rome is reacting to a rising problem, but to EU elites such ideas remain unthinkable," (see here). The title says it all. In another essay, "Immigration Is Still Radioactive" (see here), Mead focused on unskilled immigrants, immigrants from Islamic backgrounds, and illegal immigrants. He commented that "no other issue, not even economic inequality, drives such a deep wedge between elite and mass opinion." Meotti's similar assessment is that "[t]he entire European political consensus is fracturing under the seismic impact of the migrant wave." Europe already has security challenges, with almost 1,000 people injured or killed since 2014 in terrorist attacks. Almost 10% of the Jews have been forced out of their houses primarily because of Muslim immigrant harassment. If Europe can't take control of its borders, it is likely to be overwhelmed by African migrants by mid 21-century. Yet Italy, Spain and Hungary have been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights for deporting migrants. If Europe isn't allowed to stop immigrants from coming in, "European democracies risk their own 'decomposition.'"

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THE EU'S DANGEROUS NEW CONFIDENCE GAME

by Douglas Murray

Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff gave a seminar where she rightly called Muhammad a pedophile — what else do you call a 56-year old man who 'marries' a 6-year old girl? She was sued by a Saudi lawyer and the Vienna Regional Criminal Court found her "guilty of 'disparaging religious doctrines." Eventually her case was heard by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). As Douglas Murray puts it, "The court ruled that the right of people to express themselves under Article 10 did not supersede the right of other people 'to have their religious feelings protected' (under Article 9)."

To muddle up the situation even more, ECHR asserted that the "effects of the impugned statements, to a certain degree, depended on the situation in the respective country where the statements were made, at the time and in the context they were made." To put it another way, "it means that, at least in cases of blasphemy, truth is not a defense." And the standards used to test acceptability are arbitrary and after-the-fact. Further, as one reader commented, "This ruling will apply to Muslims only, because you won't see offended Fundamentalist Christians rioting, assaulting, raping and destroying like you will offended Muslims. They are holding the peace of Europe for ransom." Another reader pointed out that if a Christian were to feel offended by someone denying Christ and took his case to court, "he would run the risk of being fined and sent to jail himself, because his very complaint would be found offensive by Muslims."

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FRENCH MANIFESTO CALLING TO 'DECLARE OBSOLETE' VIOLENT QURANIC VERSES SPARKS FURY FROM ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT, WRITERS IN ARAB MEDIA

by Y. Graff

A major threat to peace in Europe is Muslim agitation fueled by the anti-Semitic surahs of the Koran. When Mohammad was in Mecca, despite his efforts, he gained few converts. He praised Jews, but they refused to convert to Islam, his new religion. When he moved to Medina, he changed his message. The new writings spewed Jew-hate. Jews were descendants of "apes and pigs" and should be killed. Mohammad encouraged his followers to slaughter, loot and vandalize, an easy route to wealth that attracted many. Captives had only one of three choices: convert to Islam, pay jizya (a yearly tax) for the privilege of staying alive as second-class citizens, or be slaughtered or enslaved. This also increased the number of believers.

Y. Graff writes of a Manifesto composed in France, motivated by the notion that it would reduce Muslim incitement if the Koran verses calling for killing the Jews were eradicated from the Koran, or at least ignored. This sparked strong reaction from Islamic clerics. Some suggested the Koran was totally peaceful. Others said people were misreading it. They blamed attacks on the Jews on the Jews, because the Jews disrespected the sacred Koran. The consensus was that not a single surah, not a single verse, not a single letter of the Koran could be declared obsolete.

What is amusing about this indignation is that, as the imams already knew, the earlier surahs with their kind words about the Jews are already ignored. Mohammad declared them null and void when he moved to Medina; he swelled the ranks of believers in Islam by urging violence to spread the new religion. We call the process of retiring the early verses abrogation. Stephen Coughlin book called Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad explains this important process (see here.). The Koran can not be understood without it.

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SALAFISTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was the big story of the region for a very long time, as the age of a news story is calculated. Khashoggi was said to be a journalist and a political moderate, whose life was taken by Saudi Arabia for internal political reasons. The outrage of the media was awesome. It was only after the initial verbal thunder bolts quieted down did a more factual and quite different, presentation become possible.

The villain in the piece was Saudi Arabia, believed to have authorized the killing. In the Middle East, there is a see-saw, with Saudi Arabia on one end, Iran on the other. If one is up, the other perforce is down. So even a murder that isn't remotely connected to Iran, becomes connected because anger directed against Saudi Arabia benefits Iran. The other articles are definitely connected to Iran.


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KHASHOGGI WAS A VICTIM OF SAUDI TERROR. HE WAS ALSO A KEEN SUPPORTER OF PALESTINIAN TERRORISM

by Petra Marquardt-Bigman

Petra Marquardt-Bigman writes on Jamal Khashoggi's murder, pointing out: "There's no justification for his murder. But don't whitewash what he believed: his commitment to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, his hope that Israel would 'die by force', and the anti-Semitic Islamists with whom he spent his final days." Jamal Khashoggi was a sometime journalist, a longtime member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a full time jihadist propagandist, an every time defender of Hamas, a longstanding friend of Osama bin Laden and Azzam Tamimi, and, as a good Muslim, an unswerving hater of Jews. When he was killed in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, his murder was blamed on the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who, ironically, is a major figure in the attempt to effect reforms to bring Saudi Arabia into modern times. The media went ape. They had not managed such extreme indignation for any of the 860 journalists arrested, jailed, tortured and in some cases executed in Iran by its theocratic government between 1979 and 2009 (see here). Nor did they react as strongly to the jailing of some 251 journalists around the world in 2018. Note however that, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 70% of these journalists were charged with belonging or aiding terrorist organizations (see here), so comparison to those jailed in Iran is invalid. It is possible that what made this killing different from all others is that it was likely authorized by the Saudis, and the majority of the media are still in step with ex-Prez Obama's favoring Iran in the struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for control of the Middle East.

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YEMEN’S WAR IS A DANGEROUS PROXY IN IRAN’S GLOBAL BATTLE

by Nathalie Goulet

Yemen was not exactly an enterprising country, but the Shiite Houthi rebels, Iran's proxy in Yemen, have in the last decade turned it into a disaster area, highlighted by starvation and a cholera epidemic. They have taken over Sana, Yemen's capital, and use it as a base from which to lob missiles coming from Iran into Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. They have also attacked Saudi oil tankers in the Red Sea. What is particularly deplorable is that the Houthis have recruited Yemen's children as soldiers as well as committing "atrocities against thousands of Yemeni civilians, including women and children, who have been victims of illegal executions and death under torture." Yet many a western politician and media person views Saudi Arabia as the villain and the Houthi terrorists as the good guys. The Washington Post, for example, gave the leader of the Houthis a platform. Nathalie Goulet writes that to make peace in Yemen, we need first to "to recognize the enemy for what it is: a regionally dominant but globally dangerous Iranian proxy acting as a terrorist army." Then "we must shut down its fundraising and supply lines from Iran and its proxies around the world. Failure to do so would be one of the biggest geopolitical — and humanitarian — failures of our time."

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ANALYSIS: THE LOGIC BEHIND IRANIAN MOVES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by Jonathan Spyer

Jonathan Spyer notes that Tehran’s ballistic missiles appear to be its preferred weapon, but it is cautious in its choice of targets. He has come up with a fascinating observation, namely, Iran "prefers to strike directly at weak enemies, while acting against stronger ones through proxies." He provides us with recent events in Yemen and Syria that back up his thesis that Iran confronts weak enemies directly, but uses the Lebanese Hezbollah when facing Israel and the Houthis when targeting Saudi Arabia. Israel no longer subscribes to this fiction and "Israeli aircraft [has] began openly targeting Iranian facilities in Syria." With America's involvement in the area, "the US will need to decide whether retribution will be inflicted only on the proxies, or on those sending them." Spyer implies hitting at Iranian personnel directly would be a winning tactic.

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THE WORLD SHOULD BACK TRUMP'S STRATEGY ON IRAN

by Emily B. Landau

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was sold to the American people by Prez Obama as a way to slow down Iran's developing a nuclear bomb. It did no such thing; Iran bragged that it was moving along on its plans both in building bombs and making missiles to drive the bombs to Iran's enemies. President Trump has followed in Iran's footsteps in ignoring the JCPOA's agreements and has also reinstalled sanctions. Many politicians, particularly in Europe, hold to the fantasy that pressuring Iran will cause her to become more hardline. Emily Landau disagrees. She recognizes that sanctions "are not a perfect tool, [and] ... have a mixed record." On the other hand, the number of strategies short of military action are limited, and economic pressure is the best of the lot. Looking ahead, she warns that "if the pressure does bring Iran to the table, a good result will critically hinge on effective negotiation strategy and tactics, internalizing important lessons from the failed negotiation that led to the JCPOA."

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SALAFISTS IN ASIA

In this section we attempt a broad brush treatment of jihad and salafism in the Far East. Al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent, AQIS, is thriving. The more it expands its influence, the narrower it constricts the practice of Islam by the locals to the extremely pious form of Islam known as Wahhabism. It is embedding itself gently among the locals and is carefully restructuring its organization with the aim of becoming a major player in global jihad.

Australia has relatively few Muslims, but there are early signs of their tradition procedures to take over a host country. In China, the Muslim Uyghurs of XinJiang are at loggerheads with the Chinese government. Just as the Chechen rebellion began as a movement to separate from Russia and later expanded its Islamic jihad connections — Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, spent a half year with Chechen terrorists being trained by them — so have many Uyghurs transited from wanting independence to Islamic global terrorism. Japan presents the interesting case of having the reputation of having no problems with Muslims. That statement appears to be true; but the reasons are yet to be determined.


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extracts from AL-QAEDA IN THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT (AQIS): The Nucleus of Jihad in South Asia

by the Soufan Center

The Soufan Group provides strategic security intelligence services to governments and multinational organizations. In January 2019 they issued a report on Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, AQIS as it is called. Its activities extend throughout South Asia, which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. AQIS's activities in Myanmar are also included in the report. We in the West naturally tend to focus on terrorist activity in the West, and al-Qaeda has not called much attention to itself recently. But it is very active and effective in South Asia. And that is what the Soufan report is about.

We are posting the Executive Summary and the Key Findings of the Report. The Report notes: "The principal success of AQIS has been its ability to rewrite the global jihadist narrative from a regional perspective, what the authors refer to as the ‘Glo-cal’ jihad: a narrative that has local roots but global aspirations." With its "deliberate strategy of shunning coercion and its rejection of brutal Islamic State tactics, AQIS is attempting to reach out to local leaders and broader community members within the Muslim world. The emphasis on tolerant rules, like abstaining from attacking noncombatant Buddhists, Christians, and Hindus, is a strategic move to gain support from less radical jihadi outfits operating in South Asia and elsewhere. This al-Qaeda Central Command (AQC) strategy, of which AQIS is an integral part, is a calculated attempt to regain the leadership of global jihad and provide al-Qaeda with momentum as it seeks to capitalize upon the momentary demise of IS." This approach has brought AQIS both new recruits and support from local populations.

Disheartening, isn't it?

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MUSLIMS DEFY COURT ORDER TO DEMOLISH ILLEGAL RELIGIOUS COMPOUND, SAY THEY’RE NOT BOUND BY AUSTRALIAN LAW

by Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer writes of an Australian Muslim who has disobeyed a court order to demolish an illegal compound on his property. He claims he only obeys sharia law.

This is this video of a Muslim rampage in Sidney Australla because of anger at an anti-Muslim film. It is similar to the one revved up by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an important Islamic theologian, because some Danish cartoonists had drawn pictures of Muhammad. That wasn't spontaneous — it happened some weeks after the cartoons appeared. We don't know about this uprising.

This is a video of reactions to a politician in Parliament making a strong if somewhat inaccurate case that Australia should reduce Muslim immigration. The TV commentator and the speaker and his many critics in Parliament are polite. I point this out because, if courteous speech even about push-button topics is the rule, it isn't the media and politicians that are teaching the Muslim public to voice the angry tone of the Sydney riot.

Otherwise things seem quiet and, if there is some unease in the general population because of Muslim terrorism and sharia law, there is equally pleasant relations between Muslims and their neighbors.

What makes these stories of Muslim defiance and anger, unusual is that, generally speaking, Muslims don't start acting up until they are some 5-10% of the population. At the moment, Muslims are around 2.2% of the Australian population; they are some 600,000 out of a population of 24 million.

In an article in the January-June 2018 issue of Think-Israel, Hugh Fitzgerald cites Peter Hammond's observations in his book Slavery, Terrorism and Islam:

  • When the Muslim population remains under 2% in a country, they will be seen primarily as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to other citizens.
  • As the Muslim population reaches 2% to 5%, they begin to recruit from ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, within prisons and street gangs.
  • From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food and increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature such food on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply.
  • The violence increases when the Muslim population reaches 20%.
  • After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues.
  • At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare.
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THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF GLOBAL ISLAMIC EXTREMISM TO CHINA

by Joseph Hope

Most Muslims in China get along with the Communist government and practice their religion mostly unhindered. But the Muslim Uyghurs of XinJiang have plagued the Chinese Administration with guerrilla fighting for separatism and independence that has expanded with the Uyghur formation of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) to horrible deeds of Islamic terrorism in and outside the country, many of which are in behalf of al-Qaeda jihadist objectives (see for example, Colin P. Clarke and Paul Rexton Kan, here). As Clarke and Kan wrote, "If a more violent and lethal insurgency does indeed develop in Xinjiang, it could jeopardise China’s prized 'Belt and Road Initiative,' the centerpiece of Xi Jinping’s foreign and economic policy." China has responded harshly with mass arrests, sending hundreds of thousands to re-education camps and diluting the percent Uyghurs by importing Han people into Xinjiang.

With this as background, Joseph Hope writes, "While China has traditionally been threatened by a predominately domestic separatist movement, it appears that the war in Syria and the global influence and attention of the Islamic State has given China’s domestic terror groups the opportunity to expand and network with other groups in China’s regional neighbors. [...] China is becoming increasingly concerned with connections between its Uighur populations and radical groups in its Central Asian neighbors."

China's projected defense budget will be used to construct "military bases and logistics support hubs" and perhaps "to protect the growing number of Chinese citizens and professionals living and working in the Pacific region, particularly throughout East and Southeast Asia and around the South China Sea, as well as potentially in the Indian Ocean and South Asia." This suggests China is "aiming to become the predominant power in the Pacific, usurping the United States." This will put her in the eye of expat Uyghur Islamists as well as other terrorist groups. Hope points out that "as the U.S. and China focus on the Pacific, both nations may be facing essentially the same terror threat." Cooperation between the U.S. and China is a future possibility.

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SHADOW OF SURVEILLANCE LOOMS OVER JAPAN'S MUSLIMS

by Jarni Blakkarly

It is apparently a well-known fact that Japan has no problems with its Muslim population. Solutions distributed on social media sites attribute this to Japan not giving Muslims citizenship or permanent residency, or allowing the Koran written in Arabic to be imported. Nor will it rent houses to Muslims. Snopes and PolitiFact, arbitrary arbiters, have debunked these claims, which are indeed false. In fact, as they point out, the application forms for citizenship and for permanent residency do not ask for one's religion. Nor does the government keep statistics on the number of Muslims in Japan. There are mosques in Japan and and Korans can be imported. As they point out, Japan's Constitution says, “All of the people are equal under the law and there shall be no discrimination in political, economic or social relations because of race, creed, sex, social status or family origin." Armed with this evidence, the fact checkers made the sweeping statement that Japan was not keeping Muslims at bay; in fact, they suggested, its immigration policies may have helped Muslim growth.

As usual, they ignored some other equally salient facts. Discrimination can be done by people as well as by governments; some people make an art form out of foot-dragging. The Japanese are a homogeneous people, with no ideological fondness for a melting pot of different ethnic groups. They don't welcome foreigners with open arms. And they won't pretend they should accept strangers because the West decrees multiculturalism is politically correct. Nu, so call them racist, call them islamophobic. Big deal. They want things they want to be done to be done pronto and to be done in the way they want them done. Even small things. So it rankles a foreigner that the cleaner wanted him to pick his clothes only on a particular day. So petty. So silly. So what. It is a fact that, perhaps due to cultural differences or more likely because many a Japanese is not keen on foreigners, many foreigners living in Japan have had problems, some large and prolonged, in service and in house rentals.

The fact checkers made the dubious assumption that if government forms didn't ask about religion, no particular group was of interest to the government. Jarni Blakkarly writes about an alternative way to keep an eye on people: blanket surveillance. There was a leak in 2010 which revealed the police were keeping tabs on some 72,000 Muslims out of the 100,000 or so Muslims living in Japan [Note: more recent estimates put the number at around 170,000]. Some Muslims challenged the legality of this broadband spying on the grounds that it violated their right to privacy. The courts awarded them compensation but didn't declare the spying illegal. The argument continues; security measures, which many deem excessive, continue. There haven't been terrorist incidents in Japan, but the Islamic State beheaded two Japanese hostages in 2015. That didn't encourage the public to ask for reduced surveillance. It should also be noted that Japan plans a data base on foreign residents working in Japan. It will integrate information now scattered among different agencies.

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PART 4: PUBLIC RELATIONS AND HISTORY


PUTTING ISRAEL'S FOOT FORWARD

The first article in this set points out how not to do advocacy. A couple deal with sources disseminating pro-Palestinian propaganda. The others have pointers to sources that are factual and useful. An additional source is the January-June 2016 issue of Think-Israel, which deals with Israel's biblical, historic, legal right to the Land of Israel (see here.) For a short summary, see here.


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FROM COUNTERING ENEMY PROPAGANDA TO PROMOTING IT

by Bosch Fawstin

As part of the current nonsense the West sprouts — inferior cultures aren't inferior and superior cultures aren't superior — the West continues to echo Islam's lie that "Islam means peace." Bosch Fawstin points out that we do this "no matter what Muslims do, no matter what horrors we witness with our own eyes." Admittedly, believing Islam is benign is also encouraged by the enormous amount of entertainment propaganda produced that paints Islam pretty. Fawstin points out a curious fact: for all the fluff talk about Islam, Hollywood has never "had a Muslim play the lead in one of their blockbuster action films." "They can’t get away with it. And they know it." So they draw the line at putting "their millions where their mouths are."

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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR PALESTINE STUDIES: RAMALLAH ON THE HUDSON

by A. J. Caschetta

A. J. Caschetta aptly describes Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies (CPS), as "an Ivy League clearinghouse for PLO propaganda and the demonization of Israel. [...] The faculty members who comprise the center’s experts are rivaled only by the faculty of Birzeit University] for their anti-Israel advocacy." CPS's 'academic' achievement has been: "spreading the three key elements of PLO propaganda: minimizing terrorism, delegitimizing Israel, and altering history. [...] Clearly, the CPS fosters an atmosphere that encourages anti-Semitism."

Caschetta might also have mentioned that when Columbia went looking for a head for its Israel and Jewish Studies Institute in 2004-5, Rhasid Khalidi served on the search committee. And when Columbia's President, Lee Bollinger, was forced to investigate Khalid's rabid hostility to Israel, 3 of the 5 members were known to be anti-Israel; Khalidi was exonerated.

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WE MUST PUSH BACK AGAINST THE BIG LIE PEOPLE TELL ABOUT ISRAEL

by Melanie Phillips

One would suppose that if there is one authority that wouldn't stoop to creating its own set of facts to support a point of view, it would be a high level official voice of the Government. Yet, as Melanie Phillips points out, Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to voice false assertions about Israel's very legal settlements in Samaria and Judea. Then too, people often make some vague reference to international law and then sprout fanciful statements in its name. Melanie Phillips puts it this way: "One of the most startling aspects of the demonisation of Israel is the use of international law as a key weapon. ... it [Israel] is falsely painted as fundamentally illegitimate and guilty of repeated illegality and breaches of international norms."

A new book by two international lawyers, Matthijs de Blois and Andrew Tucker, called Israel on Trial: How International Law is being Misused to Delegitimise the State of Israel deals with this misuse. This is from the summary at Amazon:

Since the 1970’s, the idea has developed that international law requires resolution of the Arab/Israeli conflict by creating a State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, and borders based on the “1967 lines” - the so-called “two-state solution”. Israeli settlements are regarded by many as illegal and an impediment to this solution.

This book reviews international law regarding self-determination, statehood, territorial sovereignty, human rights and the right to self-defense. It argues that the two-state solution as defined by the UN is not required by international law. The authors examine how international law has been used and misused over the last century with regard to the Arab/Israeli conflict. They argue that the historical context of the creation of the State of Israel, especially the Mandate for Palestine, is too often ignored.

The Arab states, the Palestinian leadership and the European Union have all played a role in enabling the UN to become a platform for lawfare against Israel: policies and resolutions that use the language of international law but, in fact, undermine the existence of the Jewish State and have disputable basis in international law. Lawfare is problematic because it undermines the international legal order itself.

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MINORITIES WHO FIGHT FOR ISRAEL

by Rabbi Levi Welton

Rabbi Levi Welton interviewed a group of Israelis who are in the USA as part of an effort to counteract the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. What makes them different is that not one of them is Jewish. One is a Arab, one a Druze and two are Christians. They have volunteered to talk at college campuses, where, effectively, Jewish Israelis are blocked from speaking. Anti-Israel activists have highjacked the concept of Intersectionality which has it that the different grievances of victim groups — women, blacks, gays, and so forth — can be commingled and reinforce each other. Israeli Jews, and more and more, American Jews are not recognized as a legitimate victim group — talk about irony! They are effectively barred from making arguments for their position; they are automatically considered to be against social justice.

One of the Israelis, Yusef Haddad, is an Arab, who was slated to speak at Harvard right after the interview with Rabbi Welton. When he was in the army, he was in the Golani Brigade, serving as a commander over a unit of Jews. He wrote an essay called "It's Time I Break My Silence" that rebuts the claims by Breaking the Silence (BTS), an anti-Israel group of ex-Israeli soldiers. BTS asserts the IDF is immoral in how it behaves towards the Arabs in the Territories and they have vague, unsubstantiated stories to prove it. (An example of BTS's reliability can be found here.)

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THIRTEEN HASBARA ESSENTIALS

by Yisrael Medad

Yisrael Medad describes historic and geographic points that should be emphasized. Right now, too many people believe falsely that (1) Britain gave Arab land to the Jews and that (2) the Jews seized Arab land in 1967. In the first case, after the Ottomans lost the Middle East by siding with the losing side, Germany, in World War 2, England and France, acting as agents of the winning side, divided up 99.9% of the land into Arab states. They left a tiny area for a future Jewish state. Before the legal document specifying this could be signed by all the members of the League of Nations, Britain cut away the land on the east side of the Jordan River — almost 80% of the land assigned to the Jews at San Remo in 1920. They gave it to the Hashemites to "administrate"; it is now called the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In the second case, the Arabs invaded the new state of Israel in 1948, and were able to hold onto Judea, Samaria and a piece of Jerusalem. The Arabs invaded again in 1967 and this time, Israel was strong enough to take back land that was theirs.

Donald Rich described it this way: (Click here.)

The biggest myth is that Israel was created in 1948. What is now known as Israel was created as Palestine in Treaty of Sevres (1920) which formalized the San Remo conference agreements to create Syria, Mesopotamia (now known as Iraq) and Palestine (with a British mandate to govern Palestine until it could govern itself). Palestine was created as “a national home for the Jewish people”. This treaty was confirmed by the new Turkish government after the Turkish War of Independence in the Treaty of Lausanne (1924).

Palestine gained its independence from British rule in 1948, renamed itself to Israel and was invaded the next day by the surrounding Moslem countries. The resulting war is often called the Israeli War of Independence, but was actually a war between Israel, which had already gained its independence when the British ended their mandate, and its neighbors.

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HISTORY

Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938 is usually taken as the start of the active phase of the Final Solution during the Nazi monomaniacal and unrelenting war against the Jews. There were nasty anti-Jewish attacks well before Kristallnacht, even in America. Back before the beginning of World War 1, Leo Frank, a Jew, was hanged in Atlanta, Georgia. He was arrested for raping and murdering a girl who worked in the factory he managed. The mob tore into the jail and hung him. It was later discovered the girl was raped by the factory's black janitor. It stands out because it was a singular happening. And yes, we did have hideous denunciations of Jews well before Kristallnacht. I remember Father Coughlin as almost as scary as Hitler. When I was a child, if I heard either one on the radio, I'd quickly change stations.

Because of the horrors of the Holocaust, Jew-hate in the West lessened after World War 2 (WW2). Certainly, blatant and overt anti-Semitic remarks were considered inappropriate. Practices such as quotas for Jews in universities were dropped or reformulated as widening access to the particular college by sex, pigmentation and geographical location. Because the number of seats can't be stretched, in effect, that reduced the number of those admitted solely on merit, so Jews were still impacted, although probably not as much. In Europe, Muslim 'refugees' from the Middle East brought Jew-hate with them. As they overwhelmed country after country, anti-Semitic speeches and 'incidents' increased.

In the USA to date, we have not had serious demonization of the Jews. By serious, I mean that eliminating Jews from German life and culture became eliminating Jews. Demonizing Jews by politicians and media led to this:

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What we do have is politicians in Europe and Canada castigating Israel. Even in the US, there's been the 'sudden' emergence of anti-Semitic politicians everywhere from town councils to Congress. Their staying power is what is nervous-making. Only a whiff of racism was sufficient to dislodge Republican Steve King from his seat on a congressional committee. But the polite letters of protest at the blatant anti-semitism voiced by new congressmen who are far left and/or Muslim have been ignored.

What is different these days from the days of the Nazis is that while few if any Jews subscribed to the Nazi credo, nowadays too many Jews are willing to let Israel be destroyed for its supposed oppression of the Palestinians. Many of them are college students, groomed by generations of academics who favored one variant of Marxism and socialism or another. These youthful products of socialist ideology don't require factual information to become ardently anti-Israel; a few simple sentences that play on their pride in being virtuous humanitarians suffice. They march with Muslims and socialists who also claim to be humanitarians and civil righters but are more adroit at carrying out their actual agendas. They swell the ranks of Jew-hating organizations that claim to be Jewish such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Jewish Voice for peace (JVP), IfNotNow, the New Israel Fund, Peace Now and J Street. Let us hope they don't need tomorrow the Jews they scorn today.

The articles in this set sample historical moments from Biblical times on up, some genocidal, some examples of ethnic cleansing.


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THE GOLAN HEIGHTS: HISTORY AND BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE

by Victor Sharpe
with an addendum written by Wayne Blank

Victor Sharpe asks: "What is the history of the Golan Heights and what is its overwhelming biblical significance to the reconstituted Jewish state?"

He starts at the beginning, with the biblical books of Joshua and Numbers, when the Golan Heights were part of biblical Bashan. The Golan Heights and Gilead, the northeastern part of today's Jordan, were taken from the Amorites and settled by the tribes of Manasseh, Gad and Reuben before the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan to defeat the Canaanites, whose land included Samaria and Judea.

The history of the Golan is one where the Jews were often driven from the land in blatant examples of ethnic cleansing and just as often returned and resettled there. The Golan is where King Ahab fought the army of Aram and won. The Golan was resettled after the Babylonian Exile, when the Jews returned to their homes. The Golan was resettled yet again at the end of of Hasmonean Period. And so it went through the ages. The Jews always returned to their homeland.

In our day, during the San Remo Conference of 1920 part of the Golan was deeded in trust to the Jewish People as part of the land projected for a Jewish state. By the time all the members of the League of Nations signed the Trust in 1923, England and France had illegally removed that part of the Golan from the Trust; they also cut away 80% of the land intended for the Jews — — and gave it to the Hashemites to govern The other 99.9% of the Middle East was cut into different Arab states. Israel regained the Golan in 1967, when it was attacked by its Arab neighbors. The Golan was officially annexed by Israel in 1980.

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REMEMBERING THE 1929 HEBRON MASSACRE

by Ben Bresky

Hebron is the second holiest place in Judaism. It is the site of the first Jewish community. It is where Abraham purchased a field for Sarah's burial. It is where the Cave of Machpelah is located. Except for Rachel, the fathers and mothers of the Jewish people — Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah — are buried in the Machpelah. David was anointed king in Hebron. The Jews lived there continuously since Biblical times except when they were expelled by invaders. They were expelled by the Crusaders in 1100 C.E. They returned in 1260. They fled the Ottoman pogrom in 1517 and returned in 1540, living there despite plagues, pogroms and poverty until 1929.

On the Sabbath, August 24, 1929, as Ben Bresky writes, "mobs of Arabs broke into Jewish homes, torturing, raping and murdering 67 people. Their bodies were mutilated and their homes looted." Some Arabs saved Jews; most attacked them. Arabs slaughtered their Jewish neighbors. Synagogues were vandalized. Torah scrolls in gold and silver casings were looted. The Jewish hospital, which treated the Arabs, was ransacked. A few Arabs were later tried in court. Jewish witnesses were able to identify "former Arab friends as those that participated in the massacre." Most of the accused Arabs received light sentences; and the British commuted the sentences of most of those found guilty. Exactly three rioters were executed. Not surprisingly, the Arabs had no shame about the riot. In fact, "there was a general strike the day of the executions;... Arab school children demonstrated." The British expelled the Jews — for their own safety, of course.

Ben Bresky writes, "Although tensions existed in the city between Jews and Arabs over generations, daily interaction was a fact of life." So why the riots? Different rumors that riled the Arabs have been mentioned. A reasonable supposition is that Haj Amin Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem, used the riots as a way "to consolidate Arab factions by whipping them into a frenzy over a common enemy." Husseini later conspired with Hitler, concocting ways for the Germans and the Arabs to kill off the Jews in Europe and the Middle East.

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70 YEARS AGO THE EXODUS 1947 BECAME ISRAEL’S FIRST SHIP OF STATE

by Jeff Dunetz

Britain failed monumentally to fulfill its contractual obligations to help the Jews create the infra structure of a state in Mandated Palestine. Instead they worked with the Arabs before and during World War 2 to limit the entry of Jews into their homeland, thus dooming "thousands of Jews who could have escaped the Holocaust to death." The way they treated the newly liberated survivors of the Holocaust is yet another heartbreaking example. Jeff Dunetz recounts the story of what happened to the thousands of refugees that sailed on the Exodus 1947 from Nazi Germany anxious to leave the places they had experienced the horrors of the Holocaust for a new life in their homeland. British destroyers intercepted the ship, ramming it and damaging it. The Jewish refugees fought back in what an unequal fight and were soon subdued. In Haifa, the Brits transferred the Jews to three "caged prison ships" that took them back to Europe, where they were forcibly taken ashore and "transferred to displaced persons camps in Germany." As Jeff Dunetz writes, "Seventy years ago, the British appeased the Arabs, denied Jews entry into the Holy land and sent them back to the Germany from which they had just escaped. Today the US, Britain and their European allies are still appeasing radical Islamists, their terrorism, their call for the destruction of Jewish State, and the anti-Semitic hatred they teach their children." But there is a difference. The Jews have Israel.

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EXPOSÉ: HOW THE NETHERLANDS RED CROSS FAILED THE JEWS

by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld

Manfred Gerstenfeld interviewed Regina Gruner, formerly of the Netherlands Red Cross, (NRC) to determine what the NRC did for the Jews and political prisons during the Nazi occupation of Holland during World War 2. The answer is little or nothing. The NRC set up a committee to send food and medicine to transit camps but weren't, for the most part, able to get permission. "The general attitude of the NRC board was to accept the German measures against the Jews and the prohibitions against helping them." Some members in NRC branch offices helped Jews but "[t]he highest Dutch officials under the German authorities tended to accommodate themselves to the circumstances. [...] Moreover, the London Committee and the Dutch government-in-exile did not consider humanitarian relief for deported Jews and political prisoners a priority. Regina Gruner also pointed out: "The Information Bureau of the NRC had as task investigating what had happened to those who 'did not return.' It sent cold formal statements to surviving next of kin. The NRC office saw no need for special support for the surviving Jews. In this, it again failed in its humanitarian mission.” After the war the Dutch government did little to help repatriated survivor, who had "nothing left – no housing, no work - and their social network had been destroyed." A sorry record.

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OSLO AT 25: A PERSONAL VIEW

by Douglas Feith

Douglas Feith was one of the American participants in the diplomatic negotiations between Israel and Yasir Arafat's Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) which produced the documents known as the Oslo Accords. These were signed at the Clinton White House in 1993. The public had been told that Yasir Arafat was sincerely ready to sign a peace treaty with Israel, whereby the Israelis gave up land and the Arabs gave them peace. The Israeli negotiators knew this mutuality was a fantasy but wanted to separate themselves from the unruly hate-filled Arabs occupying the Territories. Such a separation can done in many ways; the Israeli politicians chose the one most detrimental to Israel.

Feith writes:

"Perhaps the most important misperception about Oslo is that it is – or was – a peace process, a two-sided affair, a matter of give-and-take in which each side’s promises depended on fulfillment of the other’s promises. My view, as a witness to some of the relevant history, is that it was a kind of unilateral Israeli withdrawal."

The Israelis ended up with less land, more administrative headaches and greater responsibility for the welfare of the Palestinian Arabs. Arafat and his band of terrorist thugs acquired respectability, access to European money and good will, as well as unsupervised land where they could train terrorists and turn out hand-made explosives. Israel scrupulously kept its side of the bargain; the Arabs never began to keep theirs. Aside from Israel's withdrawing unilaterally from Gaza in 2005, the previous Oslo withdrawal in 1993 is Israel's most stupid mistake diplomatically and geographically. Its main result was more acts of terrorism and more Israeli dying at the hands of terrorists, while the Arabs gained confidence they would some day be successful at destroying their enemy.

What comes across in Feith's writing is that there were good men in Washington that tried to dissuade Israeli peace-seeking politicians from pursuing a disastrous course, but they could not. He has hopes that the Trump administration might elect to pursue new options.

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LONDON: MUSLIMS SCREAMING GENOCIDAL CHANT ABOUT MURDERING JEWS SHOUT DOWN JEWISH SPEAKERS AT KRISTALLNACHT VIGIL

by Robert Spencer

“Kristallnacht” took place November 9-10, 1938.

Walter Bingham memories of Kristallnacht serves as the Foreword to Rober Spencer's essay on the origin of "Khaybar Khayber" shouted to disrupt a a recent Kristallnacht vigil. Bingham wrote:

Kristallnacht was a long-before meticulously prepared so-called German popular and spontaneous uprising. Within hours, Kristallnacht, also known as the night of the broken glass, was launched. This name symbolized the final shattering of Jewish existence in Germany. During that night, all synagogues in Germany, Austria and the by-now Nazi occupied Sudetenland, western Czechoslovakia, were set alight, the sacred Torah scrolls damaged, valuables plundered, 7,500 Jewish shops and other property were destroyed and 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps. After Kristallnacht, the Nazi regime made Jewish survival in Germany impossible.

I saw it all on that fateful morning in November when I arrived at my school, which was situated on the synagogue premises. More people than usual were in the streets and smoke hung in the air. The fire department allowed the flames to consume the synagogue, and instead used their water to cool neighboring non-Jewish property to prevent it from damage. The onlookers seemed to enjoy the sight.

Eighty years later, when people gathered to remember Kristallnacht in London, they were shouted down by Muslims and their supporters chanting Khaybar, Khaybar. Robert Spencer explains the historic significance of this chant. It goes all the way back to Mohammad's time. As Spencer points out, "when modern-day Muslims invoke Khaybar, they are recalling an aggressive, surprise raid by Muhammad which resulted in the final eradication of the once considerable Jewish presence in Arabia. To the jihadists, Khaybar means the destruction of the Jews and the seizure of their property by the Muslims."

From Kaybar to Kristallnacht. From Muslims who killed Jews to Nazis who killed Jews. And now again to Muslims who want to kill all Jews, starting with those living in Israel. Oi.

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FEATURED STORIES

January-June 2018

What we are talking about in the January–June 2018 Issue

  1. Theme of the January-June 2018 Issue 
  2. Countering Jihad In America (Arie, Ibrahim, Korol)
  3. Illegal And Pseudo-Legal Immigration (Williams, AMAC Staff, Asbury, Baumann)
  4. Factoring In Academia In The Growing Separation Between Diaspora And Israeli Jews (Gerstenfeld, Hirshfeld, Troy, Nelson, Hazony&Bellos)
  5. Recognizing Jerusalem As Israel's Capital (Ciprut, Bolton, Kilpatrick)
  6. Israel And India (Jerusalem Post Staff, Rajiv, Borschel-Dan, Fitzgerald)
  7. Arabs And Palestinian Arabs (Kedar, Milliere, Glick, Meir-Levi)
  8. Muslims And Europeans (Meotti, Bawer, Breitbart London, Milliere)
  9. Thwarting The Growth Of Salafism (Yayla, Yemini, Rosenthal, Ibrahim)
  10. Cooling Off The Arguments Of A Global Holocaust (Christy, Friends of Science, Crockford with Background by Kummer)
  11. History Section (Tessler, Liphshiz, Levy, Pollock, Rafizadeh)
  12. Blog-Eds (January-June 2018 Blog-Ed)


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.



THE THEME OF THIS ISSUE

"In every country where Muslims are in the minority they are obsessed with 'the rule of law' and minority rights. In every country where Muslims are the majority there is no 'rule of law' [except sharia*] nor minority rights." — source uncertain

"When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles." — Frank Herbert, Children of Dune, page 164.

[*] bracketed phrase added for accuracy

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COUNTERING JIHAD IN AMERICA

Islamic stealth jihad may no longer have the active support of the White House but it continues to invade America's infrastructure, preaching and practicing hate against America, Israel and nationalism, often in league with other anti-American groups. In Congress, Congressman Keith Ellison, himself a Muslim with links to Hamas, supports Antifa attacks against Trump (see here). Among the universities, ivy-league Columbia University is an egregious example of universities becoming centers for pro-Palestinian political activism (see here). Anti-Israel, anti-Jewish, pro-Arab propaganda is disguised as scholarly lectures and credible research. In religious practice, across America, from coast to coast, imams, presumably properly vetted before they came to the States and not considered extremists, tell their congregants, many of whom are Americans, to kill Jews (see here). It is in fact difficult to find any part of the American infrastructure that has not been infiltrated.

This set of articles focuses on three areas where, increasingly, attempts are being made to resist Islamic jihad's penetration of America's infrastructure: the judiciary, the security agencies and our educational system. People can be brought to the white heat of indignation that an Arab child has lost its life because of the difficulties its parents encountered getting out of the Middle East war zone to Europe, but the response to Muslim infiltration of the American infra-structure is tepid. Part of this is due to a lack of publicity. Part is due to the Obama administration active support of infiltration and vigorous tamping down debate, discussion and eliminating information on Islamic terrorists from government databases. And part is due to well-written (but misleading and often dead wrong) claims about the innocence of such Islamic practices.


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IDAHO TAKES MAJOR STEP TOWARD BANNING COURTS FROM USING SHARIAH LAW

by Benjamin Arie, February 25, 2018

When discussing the use of sharia in American law courts, we need to make explicit what exactly is referenced. A Muslim may have willed distributing his money unfairly among his children because in Sharia women are second-class citizens. An American law court will treat this as it would his choosing to leave all his money to a hospital or to his cat. Nor are we talking about a religious court — a Catholic court, a Jewish court, a Lutheran court — outside of the American court system, where the opposing sides agree to argue their grievance and accept the decision of the religious court. What is at issue is whether an American judge in an American court can base his decision on Muslim law instead of the American Constitution. As one consequence of the use of Sharia law, when a Muslim wife sues for divorce, the wife automatically loses financially and often she would also lose her children.

For years little was written about the increasing number of USA law courts that were using sharia law in civil cases involving Muslims. But in the last few years, some states have responded by banning the use of sharia law in the courts. Benjamin Arie writes about Idaho's recent ban on the use of sharia law in Idaho's law courts. Some lawyers and politicians have objected to the law, noting that judges and politicians already swear to uphold the Constitution. Unfortunately, the oath of office too often was ignored during previous administrations.

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TRUMP RETURNS "JIHAD" TO INTELLIGENCE. But will it reverse decades of entrenched indoctrination?

by Raymond Ibrahim, December 20, 2017

In 2008, Steve Coughlin, a counterintelligence expert in the Koranic basis of jihad and a government contractor, was fired. His job had been providing factual information on sharia to the military. Many other experts on Islamic terrorism were, in Steve Emerson's words, "banned from speaking to any U.S. government counterterrorism conferences." In 2009, on orders from the White House, data bases in our intelligence agencies were systematically gutted of information about terrorist connections with Islam. Intelligence agencies could collect emails and telephone calls from private citizens, but they were forbidden to snoop around mosques, a locale where like-minded terrorists often connect and develop their plots.

Years later, we learned from Pamela Geller (here) that "[n]ot only did the Obama administration scrub counter-terror programs of jihad and Islam, ... his administration scrubbed the records of Muslim terrorists. [...] An agent of the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, for 15 years, Philip Haney, reported (February 5, 2016) that after the Christmas Day underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, tried to blow up a crowded passenger jet over Detroit, 'President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to connect the dots. He said, 'This was not a failure to collect intelligence; it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.' [...] His words infuriated many of us because we knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw material — the actual intelligence we had collected for years, and erase those dots. The dots constitute the intelligence needed to keep Americans safe, and the Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away."

John O. Brennan, Prez Obama's chief counterterrorism advisor and later his head of the CIA, successfully toned down assessments of the extent of Islamic jihad in American, making sure that the root cause of terror jihad was not systematically explored. In 2013, Rowan Scarborough wrote an important article on the consequences of not having information on potential terror attacks available:

"It is not just the case of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a radicalized jihadist whom the FBI questioned in 2011 and cleared of terrorism links. [Tsarnaev went on to kill and injure people at the Boston Marathon.] At least five Muslims have attempted mass destruction in the U.S. since 2009, undetected beforehand by law enforcement and the intelligence community." (see here.)

A reader of the Scarborough article, raymondvilla, commented, "Never in the history of the world, has a nation under threat, been ordered NOT TO NAME OR IDENTIFY THE ENEMY. Patriots for 50,000 years have cried out the name of the enemy they saw approaching. But laws, made by the enemy within, have forbade Americans from doing this. One of the most shocking evils in this century surely."

This underscores the importance of President Trump's recent order to return "jihad" to Intelligence. As Raymond Ibrahim writes below, "According to the new strategy document, 'The primary transnational threats Americans face are from jihadist terrorists and transnational criminal organizations'; the document also vows to 'pursue threats to their source, so that jihadist terrorists are stopped before they ever reach our borders.'"

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WAR IN THE CLASSROOM

by Tabitha Korol, January 8, 2018

The July-October 2017 issue of Think-Israel featured an article by Rafael Medoff on the "Arab World Studies Notebook, a propaganda tract "depicting Israel as the aggressor in every Arab-Israeli war and praising Muslim conquerors throughout the ages for their 'gentle treatment of civilian populations.'" (See here.) Considering how much money Saudi Arabia has invested in Harvard, it is not surprising that the text is distributed by the Harvard Outreach Center of the Center for Middle East Studies. Receiving no satisfaction from school boards, parents who recognize the danger of this indoctrination have resorted to suing the local school administration. In Chatham, New Jersey, a mother is suing because "the teaching of Islam veered consistently away from a factual overview to flirt repeatedly with religious indoctrination." The children were also given videos to watch at home. These were "replete with biased, chastising statements encouraging the students to follow the Quran and become Muslim." (See here.) In this article, Tabitha Korol discusses some textbook and video sources used by schools teaching about Islam. As Korol notes, "This generation of children is being fed an egregiously biased version of an ideology that is incompatible with democracy and corrosive to our beliefs, morals, and ideals. Let us be clear: their ultimate purpose is the conversion of our children."

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ILLEGAL AND PSEUDO-LEGAL IMMIGRATION

The influx of illegal and pseudo-legal immigrants from South and Central America is well-documented. They cross the border illegally or they come as tourists and have 'anchor' babies in the States, creating a to-date unchallenged mechanism for chain-pulling-in the baby's very extended family. Others come to the border bringing their young children and depend on sympathy to get across. A high number of these adults are young men, not women, so it is not certain the children are theirs. All claim they are political refugees. They are not. They are here for economic reasons. With their entry, we've begun to see a high rise in middling to quite horrible crimes and a large increase in incarceration, welfare, medical and educational costs. There is also additional health costs to Americans, in that the immigrants bring communicable highly-contagious diseases we have just about eliminated in the States. There's been encouragement of local terrorism, and often forcible incorporation of local young people into MS-13 gangs.

The number of Korans and prayer rugs scattered around at our borders indicate that an unknown number of Muslims are coming in under cover of the larger group of Hispanics. Unlike the illegal Hispanics who 'hide' by living in large Hispanic communities, these Muslim infiltrators simply disappear. It is feared they make up the components of 'secret cells', waiting for orders to commit acts of terror. Other Muslims enter legally from the Middle East but come from countries known to be strongly salafist, with a history of promoting Islam by acts of terror. The media, which are generally for open borders, airbrushes reality by describing these infiltrating Muslim terrorists as 'innocent undocumented immigrants'. The administration is attempting to ban at least those from several countries such as Somalia that are known to be terrorist training centers.

Many Muslim immigrants comes in legally under the US Refugee Resettlement program, a government-funded program that is very quietly administered by the State Department, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security. The program was started in 1980 by the then-president Jimmy Carter; it has been continued by every administration since then. Well over three million refugees have been brought in for permanent resettlement (see here). Of the 100,000 refugees resettled here in 2014, some 40% were Muslim (see here). The Office of Refugee Resettlement has issued a cheery detail-free overview (see here). The immigrants are said to have been securely vetted initially by UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency (see here) but in many cases, even their real names remain unknown. The program uses local Christian religious groups — and even a Jewish group, HIAS — as their "welcome wagon." To watch an eye-opening interview with an administrator involved on the state level, click here. The program is reported as costing more than $1 billion yearly, but considering the salaries paid to the large number of UN, federal and state employees involved, the real cost is likely to be much higher, even ignoring welfare and medical benefits paid in perpetuum.

Frankly, it is not clear whether there is a single central administration coordinating a number of resettlement programs or whether there are several independent programs. For example, the State Department has a resettlement program that deals just with Syrian refugees. Typically, UNHCR tries to repatriate the refugees or integrate them in the host country. Resettlement is done to a third country only if the other two ways are impossible. Nayla Rush writes, "The United States is welcoming Syrian refugees only from the 22,427 who made it through UNHCR referrals; it is not considering the remaining 4,368,012." (See here.) However, with regard to the amount of money involved, she also points out, "The United States has donated $4.5 billion to UNHCR since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011."

According to the State Department these refugees coming to the States "have been subject to the highest level of security checks" by UNHCR but as Rush points out, "Americans are asked today to welcome Syrian refugees without hesitation and have total faith in the refugee resettlement program." Considering the amount of guess work and reliance on probabilities in the initial vetting as well as the known environmental instabilities in the Middle East, it is dangerous to take third-party reassurances at face value.

Supporters of open borders and unvetted immigration are in administrative control in many cities and states and on the federal level, so hard data are often hard to come by. This set of articles looks at the general problem of illegal immigration as best they can.


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IMMIGRATION LIES AND HYPOCRISY

by Walter E. Williams, January 31, 2018

While countless articles wallow in the misery of the adults and children who come to the States illegally, Walter Williams raises larger issues that affect all who live in the US, legally and illegally. "Does everyone in the world have a right to live in the U.S.? Do Americans have a right to decide who and under what conditions a person may enter our country? Should we permit foreigners landing at our airports to ignore U.S. border control laws just as some ignore our laws at our southern border?" All countries have the right to decide on these questions. Even the US. And if we have the right to make decisions about who and when and why foreigners can come into our country, it follows that we can exclude those that don't meet our requirements. We can exclude them before, during and after they enter illegally. This isn't a game where you win by reaching the goalpost. Come to think of it, even in games, you need to play by the rules.

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HOW MUCH DOES ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION COST YOU?

by AMAC Staff, September 17, 2016

Determining the fiscal costs of illegal immigration must, by the nature of the subject, rely on estimates. So, in any study, it's important to know what components were analyzed and whether the results are in line with what we can see for ourselves in communities hosting illegals. One group that is credible, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) (see here), publishes articles on illegal immigration, both statistical and informational. FAIR published a study September 27, 2017, written by Matt O'Brien and Spencer Raley, that estimates the annual cost of the some 12.5 million illegal immigrants and the 4.2 million citizen children of illegal immigrants to taxpayers at the federal, state and local levels at $116 billion (see here). A PDF copy is available here. There were complaints that pegging the number of illegals at 12.5 million was too high. Raley pointed out in an article in The Hill here that:

... this is based on the same criteria used by other credible research organizations like Pew Research. However, for ideological reasons, Pew leaves out illegal immigrants who are beneficiaries of programs like Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood of Arrivals. Failing to count these individuals falsely suggests there are fewer illegal immigrants in the country today than in the past and inappropriately lowers the costs associated with the illegal immigrant cohort.

Proponents of open or at least relaxed borders often point out that illegals work and pay taxes. True, but note that about a third of the illegals work off the book, paying no taxes. The money returned by those who do pay taxes falls far short of government expenses incurred on the state and federal levels. FAIR calculates that total governmental expenditures add up to $135 billion annually. But illegal immigrants only contribute about $19 billion in taxes, leaving a net deficit cost to taxpayers of $116 billion. Were we to factor in private charities and the monetary burden this additional population places on our private educational, welfare and medical groups, obviously the proportion the illegals pay in taxes would be an even smaller percent of the money it actually costs to take care of them.

Often in examining costs, what is overlooked is the disparity of the impact on the individual states relative to the cost burden to the federal government. Jordan Candler in an article called "Illegal Immigration Is an Economic Bludgeon", January 18, 2018, sums up the O'Brien and Raley data on the state-federal differential this way (see here):

The federal government absorbs $46 billion in outlays, while state and local governments dole out $89 billion. At the same time, $15.4 billion in taxes goes to the federal government, whereas just $3.5 billion goes to state and local governments. In other words, as the Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard put it, "State and local governments are getting ravaged by the costs," and "The federal government ... is getting off easy."

"In 2013," O'Brien and Raley add, "FAIR estimated the total cost to be approximately $113 billion. So, in under four years, the cost has risen nearly $3 billion. This is a disturbing and unsustainable trend." Indeed. Democrats rail against what it would cost to build a wall on our southern border. But the truth is that, even if we use the highest cost estimates, the wall would cost far less than what existing illegal immigrants already cost taxpayers every year. That will only continue to worsen if judicial activists and illegal immigration enablers continue to make mitigation elusive.

In this article the Staff of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) sums up some of the pertinent information in a user-friendly way. It is a good introduction to a complex problem.

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THE COST OF PERMANENT PATIENTS

by Neal Asbury, May 9, 2013

This article by Neal Asbury is a specific example of the general statements about the actual cost of harboring illegal aliens. It describes the medical costs of treating the illegal alien without health insurance back in 2013. As Asbury writes, "A 2007 report by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that in a four-year period, about 99 percent of those who used Emergency Medicaid were determined to be immigrants that entered this country illegally." It hasn't gotten better. The increase in the number of illegals has only added more pressure on an already dysfunctional system.

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THE TRUTH BEHIND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, AS TOLD BY A CALIFORNIA NATIVE

by Beth Baumann, April 16, 2018

People understand that the money it costs to care for illegal aliens is money coming out of their pockets. People feel the agony of the family that loses a child to the barbaric cruelty of some illegal. Their sympathy is immediate and genuine. But it's harder to feel compassion (or even interest) for the more prosaic interactions that over time erode the feeling of neighborliness and community that most of us take for granted. Beth Baumann describes her mother's car accident. No one died. No one was even badly hurt. Her mother's car was hit by a drunk driver. But this is where ordinary expectations went out the window. The man who hit her mother was an illegal driving drunk without a license and without real insurance.

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FACTORING IN ACADEMIA IN THE GROWING SEPARATION BETWEEN DIASPORA AND ISRAELI JEWS

Much is being said about the reduced interest Americans Jews, especially young American Jews, have in Israel. Accurate or not, young American Jews, as do other college age Americans, display an ignorance of European history in general, not just Judaism and its recent history. The dumbing down of academic rigor as their professors promote globalism and socialism is turning out graduates chock full of humanitarianism and politically-correct mantras, with little actual integrated information or structured understanding. Some of what they are taught is indeed anti-Semitic, disguised as anti-Zionism. Israel is bad because Israel is gungho nationalist and many of our academics have shown a remarkable ability to ignore the horrors directly attributable to Marxism. They have reverted to a belief in the virtue of a global government, one world with no borders. Doubtless, such a world would be run by dedicated and gifted administrators such as those now running the U.N. or the E.U.


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A NEW TWIST FOR ACADEMIC HOLOCAUST DISTORTERS

by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, January 6, 2018

There is one area some academics, Jews in the West and Israeli Jews do see eye to eye. Ironically, these academics, who should be knowledgeable, instead are among the leaders of the minimization of the Holocaust. Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld cites Professor Israel Charney's observations, "These Holocaust distorting scholars have firmly decided not to see the victimization of the Jews in the Holocaust as a major event in human history. The agonized fates of the Jewish victims, because they are Jews, is nowhere to be experienced in these seemingly advanced intellectual analyses. Yet the Nazis themselves tell us over and over again explicitly that they hate Jews." Draining the Holocaust of emotion is quite a feat! But to what purpose?

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CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM AND PSEUDO-INTELLECTUAL COMPLICITY

by Rachel Hirshfeld, December 11, 2017

Anti-semitism on campus has some curious components. It certainly exists. Hostility to campus Jews occurs sometimes subtly, but as time goes by it has become more openly aggressive. Perhaps because college administrators can't cope, they often deny there's a problem. They claim the campus is safe, except perhaps for justifiably repelling questionable ideologies. But that's the problem. Free and uninhibited expression of any and all points of view is no longer in fashion. The progressive bullies have proclaimed that Israel is evil and backtalk is not treated kindly. Rachel Hirshfeld writes of the repressive atmosphere Jews on campus encounter. She also discusses the defects of a Stanford University report that stacked the deck in selecting which type of student to study and so, unsurprisingly, minimizes the degree of antisemitism, presenting "a highly inaccurate and misleading account of antisemitism on campus."

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HOTOVELY'S FAUX PAS: TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICAN JEWS

by Gil Troy, November 28, 2017

This article by Gil Troy writes about what happened at Princeton when Hillel canceled a speech by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely after she voiced some home truths about American Jewry. An interview with Hotovely can be seen here.

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THE MIDDLE EAST STUDIES ASSOCIATION IS FUNDAMENTALLY ANTI-ZIONIST

by Cary Nelson, December 26, 2017

In the previous issue of Think-Israel, we examined the American Library Association and its pro-Palestinian proclivities. Cary Nelson wrote this report after observing two panels at a Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference. We introduce it with some comments from an Editorial Note entitled "The Non-Political MESA Hijacked By Palestinian Agenda" from Israel Academia Monitor: (see here)

MESA ... passed a resolution at the 2014 annual business meeting affirming "that calls for institutional boycott, divestment, and/or sanctions are protected free speech and legitimate forms of non-violent political action; it affirms the right of MESA members to engage in open and transparent discussion of the boycott of Israeli academic institutions in the context of the Annual Meeting and other forums." Simply put, the non-political association has bent over to help the Palestinians.

This should come in no surprise as over the years, MESA has shown a strong pro-Palestinian bias. For instance, the group became involved with Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) [see here] which was established in 1998 to promote Palestinian studies and exchange among scholars interested in Palestinian affairs. PARC boasted that in the latest MESA annual meeting it had 50 fellows and board members [see here] who participated 63 times throughout the conference. PARC also sponsored some of the MESA panels. [...]

In contrast, in 2005 MESA objected to an academic boycott of Israeli universities. Professor Ali Banuazizi, the then president of MESA wrote "The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) is writing to express its profound disagreement with the recent decision of the Association of University Teachers (AUT) calling on its members to 'refrain from participation in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, or joint projects' with Haifa University and Bar Ilan University, in Israel. We strongly urge the Association to withdraw or rescind this resolution to boycott these universities and blacklist their faculty at the very earliest opportunity... We find thoroughly objectionable the call of the AUT to refrain from any and all scholarly interaction with the entire professional staff of two universities because of the policies of the state in which they are situated." All this changed in recent years. [...]

The pattern is clear. Professional associations are taken over by Palestinian activists and their sympathizers who maneuver the agenda toward attacking Israel while preventing any serious debate on the troubled Middle East.

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ZIONISM AND THE CHANGING GLOBAL STRUCTURE

by David Hazony and Adam Scott Bellos, December 12, 2017

David Hazony and Adam Scott Bellos write that "American Jews are re-litigating the twentieth century, while Israelis are living the twenty-first." American Jews raise conundrums, Israelis work out the problems in a project as they push it along. Hazony and Bellos write, "Israel has made its choices: security over messianic peace-seeking, capitalism over socialism, pragmatism over utopia. The country exists, and its foundations are now stronger than those of many other developed democracies. American deliberations about Israel's 'right to exist' suggest a surplus of spare time and an absence of imagination. Israelis do not struggle with the questions that grip American Jews because they have been resolved, by choice or by history, or left permanently unanswered, which is also an answer." Israelis are charging full steam ahead. This is an essay to think about.

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RECOGNIZING JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL'S CAPITAL

When President Trump declared that the US would finally follow through on the US decision to move its embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, few believed him. After all, previous presidents had taken advantage of the loophole that kept the Embassy in Tel-Aviv for six months, then another six month, and then again. Friends of the Religion of Peace warned that the peaceful Islamites would become unpeaceful at such an insult. Did the US not understand the Arabs had owned Jerusalem since forever? When it became clear that Trump meant what he said, the State Department went into walk-slow-and-stall mode. They virtuously pointed out that it would take a while (at least until the Democrats returned from Capistrano) to find a site, to build, to relocate the people. Amazingly, when they finally grasped that Trump was serious, it took all of no time. What a little bit of push will do!


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JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S CAPITAL — AND THAT'S A FACT

by Jose V. Ciprut, January 5, 2018

UNGA Item 5 draft resolution A/ES-10/L.22 submitted on December 19, 2017 expressed the anger of the UN members with changes in the status of Jerusalem. Jose Ciprut observes that the UN may object but, in analogy to Galileo's assertion that earth revolves around the sun no matter what the authorities declare, so it is true that Jerusalem is Israel's capital, no matter what the UN might wish. In a larger context, Ciprut points out that their methods may be updated but "...Islam is working to promote its own interests and priorities in the bosom of Western civilization, using atavistic mentalities and depleted worldviews to endogenize claims that are not only historically and geographically false but also rhetorically misleading."

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TESTIMONY OF JOHN R. BOLTON ON MOVING THE U.S. EMBASSY IN ISRAEL

by John R. Bolton, November 9, 2017

John Bolton testified in Congress on what moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem means and doesn't mean. First, proximity to the host government facilitates diplomatic relations. Moreover, we would be doing in Israel what we do in the other countries of the world, namely, we place our embassy in whatever city the country declares is its capital. Nor does it jeopardize negotiations on Jerusalem's final status, although time and reality have discarded several previous notions, such as the one that Jerusalem be internationalized. Putting it bluntly, Bolton said, "Moving the Embassy may produce new talking points for those who have never reconciled themselves to Israel's existence in the first place, but it will not 'cause' any change in the existing geopolitical state of play." Including the efforts called the 'peace process.'

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ON MOVING THE AMERICAN EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM

by William Kilpatrick, December 12, 2017

William Kilpatrick recalls how many doomsayers there were when the US announced it was moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. European politicians, Arab leaders, clerics from many a church. Even the Pope chimed in. They all warned of the dire consequences — we didn't want to rile up the Muslims, did we? But why would they expect the Arabs to go berserk? They have been reassuring us for years that Islam was a religion of peace. The moral of the story? As Kilpatrick says, "As Islam expands its global reach, it's becoming increasingly evident that the 'don't-do-anything-to-provoke-them' policy isn't working, and never will."

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ISRAEL AND INDIA

The monstrous attacks of the Arabs on Israel are mirrored in the attacks of the Indian Muslims on the Hindus in India. In an early version of a two-state solution — it was supposed to create peace by separating Muslims and Hindus when India became independent in 1947 — a large piece of India was used to create the Islamic state of Pakistan. It made no difference. Muslim terrorism has continued unabated. Yet India stayed pro-Palestinian in the UN. As this set of articles point out, things are changing.


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REASONS FOR THE CHANGE IN INDIA'S ATTITUDE TOWARD ISRAEL

by Jerusalem Post Staff, January 9, 2018

Despite the murderous harassment of Indian Hindus by Indian Muslims, India has been strongly pro-Palestinian, even though it gained them no advantage in the UN. Nor have the Indian Muslims become more tractable about their claim to Kashmir. But things have begun to change. The degree of shift is shown by the visit made by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel, the first such visit by an Indian leader. Aside from both countries suffering from Islamist terrorism, Israel and India share similar values and goals, as well as an interest in utilizing advanced military and agricultural technology.

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INDIA AND ISRAEL: STRATEGIC PARTNERS ON THE MOVE

by S. Samuel C. Rajiv, January 30, 2018

This is the executive summary of S. Samuel C. Rajiv's article:

"India and Israel elevated their bilateral relationship to that of a 'strategic partnership' in July 2017. While agriculture and opportunities for cooperation in the innovation economy hogged the limelight during both the prime ministerial visits, the defense/security peg of the partnership continues to have the greatest traction. The two countries hope to take it forward with an ambitious agenda that includes joint manufacturing as well as joint research and development."

This isn't empty politician-speak. Rajiv's article supplies us with impressive details.

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CALCUTTA PRO-ISRAEL RALLY BY FAR-RIGHT HINDU MOVEMENT

by Amanda Borschel-Dan, February 15, 2018

Amanda Borschel-Dan describes a 70,000 people pro-Israel rally that took place in Calcutta, India. The occasion marked "the tenth anniversary of the founding of the far-right, anti-Muslim Hindu Samhati nationalist movement." They passed a voice resolution asking the Indian government to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Hindu Samhati founder Tapan Ghosh spoke of similarities between Israel and India, both having struggled fiercely to obtain an independent homeland, both having been viciously attacked time and again by Muslims, both having been forced to fight against Islamic expansion. The photos accompanying the article are compelling.

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ARE INDIAN MUSLIMS REALLY A SPECIAL CASE?

by Hugh Fitzgerald, February 1, 2018

Hugh Fitzgerald responds to a Chinese writer, Ding Gang, who writes that the Muslims in India have not been radicalized as they have in the rest of the world, implying that Indian Muslims are different than their co-religionists elsewhere. Fitzgerald cites Peter Hammond's observations in his book Slavery, Terrorism and Islam:

  • When the Muslim population remains under 2% in a country, they will be seen primarily as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to other citizens.
  • As the Muslim population reaches 2% to 5%, they begin to recruit from ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, within prisons and street gangs.
  • From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food" and increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature such food on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply.
  • The violence increases when the Muslim population reaches 20%.
  • After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues.
  • At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare.

Fitzgerald points out that circumstances — such as the partition that reduced the number of Muslims in India — have made for superficial differences, but Indian Muslims have done more than their fair share of appalling acts of terror.

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ARABS AND PALESTINIAN ARABS

"The Arab world will fight Israel to the last Palestinian. That's all they are walking munitions and objects of exploitation." —Dave man, Jun 25, 2010

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE ARAB COUNTRIES AND PALESTINIAN ARABS

By the start of World War in 1914, the Ottomans (Muslim but not Arab) had dominated the Middle East, the south-west part of Europe and North Africa since the 13th and 14th centuries C.E. They sided with the Germans in the war and so lost most of their land holdings. At San Remo in 1920, the international community, as embodied in the League of Nations, fostered three mandates to spell out the redistribution of the Middle East. Two mandates became the start of carving Arab states from 99% of the land. They often disregarded family and clan affiliations when establishing borders between the new Arab states.

The third mandate, the Palestine Mandate, reserved the remaining 1% in an irrevocable trust for a Jewish homeland in recognition of the historic association of the Jewish people and the land. Before it was signed 2 years later, Great Britain split off 78% of the Mandate land, the territory on the east side of the Jordan, to be administered by the Hashemites; this is now the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan. See Myths and Facts here for an excellent writeup.

1920 - Original territory assigned to the Jewish National Home
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1922 - Final territory assigned to the Jewish National Home
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Since 1922 by international agreement and as an irrevocable trust, the Jews legally (and biblically and historically and by right of conquest) own all of Samaria, Judea, Gaza, much of the Golan and what became the state of Israel in 1948.

Israel's neighbors invaded the new State of Israel in 1948. Israel managed to survive but she lost Gaza to Egypt. Jordan seized Samaria and Judea (AKA the West Bank) and the eastern part of Jerusalem, which had a large Jewish population. Jordan killed or kicked out all the Jewish inhabitants, razing their synagogues, and filling the Jewish homes with Arabs.

In 1964 by fiat, Yassir Arafat, with Russia's help, created an entity that had never existed: the Palestinian people, complete with an ancient history, which they would frequently alter. The Arabs living under Jordanian and Egyptian rule were specifically excluded from being considered Palestinians. It was only when the Arab countries invaded Israel again in 1967, and Israel regained Samaria, Judea and eastern Jerusalem, that Arafat redefined the Palestinian people to include the Arabs that lived under Jordanian and Egyptian rule since 1948. The Palestinian people eventually included Arafat and his band of thugs (the Palestine Liberation Organization), the terrorist organizations Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, the local Arabs who had become Israeli citizens, the local Arabs who lived in Samaria, Judea and Gaza and the 1948 Arab refugees scattered in various Western and Arab countries, Samaria, Judea and Gaza.

The Jews lost control of an intrinsic part of their land during the 19 years from 1948 to 1967 of Jordanian and Egyptian rule. Had that not happened, the Arabs would still hate Israel and keep trying to destroy it. But the "Palestinian people" and their fanciful history would not exist. The Jews would never have left, so they would not be returning as "occupiers." Arab propagandists would be deprived of an effective way to make counter-claim to Jewish land. They would have to make do with the Arab refugees of 1948, who lived well everywhere on charity while refusing to live anywhere but the Jewish state. But because of these 19 years where the Arabs had a toehold on land, the Arab could brew up countless geographic and historic fables that, with the help of a uncritical media, have won sympathy for these very special victims. In an inversion of reality, Israel has been branded as the occupier of land belonging to another people.

The "Palestinians" have been able to do what no Arab country has been able to do militarily: convince many who are gullible or willfully ignorant that they own the land of Israel, while killing Jews without arousing the full power of the IDF.

The major Arab countries are now engaged in a life-and-death struggle among themselves. They have withdrawn much of their support, moral and financial, from the Palestinian Arabs.

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REGARDING THE OFT-PROPOSED PALESTINIAN STATE, CONSIDER THESE FACTS:

  • Arab refugees living in Samaria and Judea, where the Palestinian State is to be installed, are excluded from citizenship in the proposed new state.
  • The 1959 Arab League Decree #1547 disallowed Palestinians from becoming citizens of Arab countries, thus perpetuating their status as 'refugees' ad infinitum. Even if they were allowed citizenship in the new state, millions have already lived in host Arab countries for generations and many have gone to Western countries — so these millions would be unlikely to return.
  • No Jew will be allowed to live in the Palestinian State, not even the most dedicated Marxist Jews.
  • It is unlikely that many Arab citizens of Israel will leave to live as do those unlucky enough to be living under Hamas or the Palestinian Authority (PA)

  • Hamas and the PA spite each other, attack each other or talk about reconciling. Over and over again.

So will there be one Palestinian State or two? Who exactly will be the citizens of the new state(s) of Palestine that would be entitled to the millions of dollars the world lavishes on the 'Palestinians'?


Brigitte Gabriel on the history of Islam
Hypocracy Over Gaza by Pat Condell



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WHY DO THE ARABS HATE THE PALESTINIANS SO?

by Mordechai Kedar, March 5, 2018

The Arab world hates Israelis because the Koran tells them to hate Jews. They hate Israel because Israel is a modern, free, vibrant and democratic country, adjectives that describe none of the Arab countries. And, to make matters worse, Israel is full of Jews. Paradoxically, the Arabs also hate Israel's arch enemy, the Palestinian Arabs, who migrated from these Arab countries to where the Jews lived. As refugees fleeing Israel, these Arabs gained the sympathy of the world. Mordechai Kedar points out that they live better than all other refugees, receiving free food, education and medical care for themselves and their descendants. And they don't pay municipal taxes. Many have enough surplus to sell some of their food intake and rent out their homes. Moreover, Arabs are wary because Palestinian Arabs have a propensity to try to take over host countries such as Lebanon and Jordan, where they were repelled at the cost of thousands of lives. And the part of the Arab world that see "Israel as the only hope in dealing with Iran is not happy at the expectation that it must mortgage its future and its very existence to the internal fighting between the PLO and Hamas." In sum, "the Arab world has realized that there is no solution that will satisfy those who have turned 'refugee-ism' into a profession, so that the 'Palestinian problem' has become an emotional and financial scam that only serves to enrich the corrupt leaders of Ramallah and Gaza."

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TWILIGHT OVER THE "PALESTINIAN CAUSE"

by Guy Millière, December 21, 2017

Guy Millière points out that the "Palestinians are the first people invented to serve as a weapon of mass destruction of another people." The European Union has become their main source of money; the UN has puffed up their illusion of being a country; and the global media and foreign politicians endorse their claim to be an actual people with geography and a history — a history they continually rewrite. They claim to own Samaria and Judea because Jordan conquered this part of Israeli in 1948 and held onto it for 19 years before Israel reclaimed it. They have never shown any sign of wanting to — or having the capability to — create the infrastructure of a viable state. They were created and continue to be supported to try to kill off Israel. But circumstances in the Middle East have changed. Sunni Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia under threat of Shiite Arab countries such as Iran need Israel alive. So there is no need for the Palestinian Arabs. It will be interesting to see if the "Palestinians" can continue to breathe on their own, when the life support provided by Arab countries directly and via the UN are withdrawn.

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THE PALESTINIANS' RACE TO THE BOTTOM

by Caroline B. Glick, January 8, 2018

The Palestinian Authority appears to be riding high. It got 128 nations to vote against the US recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This included India, which has been creating significant ties with Israel. But support for the PA by India, as by other countries, has been eroding. As Caroline Glick writes, "The problem for the PLO/PA is that the world has changed fundamentally while they were busy embracing terrorists and getting away with it." Arab countries that cluster around Saudi Arabia fear the growing threat from Iran. They need help. It doesn't take much to realize that while "the Palestinians keep playing their old tricks, Israel is becoming a more and more significant regional and global power and the nations of the world aren't interested in weakening Israel when Israel is helping them survive and prosper."

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PALESTINIAN STATE WILL NOT ACCEPT PALESTINIAN REFUGEES

by David Meir-Levi, September 25, 2011

David Meir-Levi discusses some of the shocking revelations the Palestinian leadership made as far back as 2011 about the character of their projected state. While others may talk about a Palestinian state bringing peace, PA President Mahmoud Abbas sees the future state becoming a member of the UN as a way to pursue legal claims against Israel. In no way will it end their physical aggression against Israel. The most surprising information is that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the Palestinian state! "It would not only apply to refugees in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan or the other 132 countries where Abdullah [the PA's Ambassador to Lebanon, Abdullah Abdullah] says Palestinians reside. Abdullah said that 'even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens.'"

Think about it: Palestinian Arab refugees now living where the Palestinian state will be located will continue to be Palestinians but not citizens of the Palestinian State. Around half of the inhabitants of Samaria and Judea are refugees, and they will continue to remain stateless. The Arab refugees living in various Arab countries will remain stateless as will the Arab refugees living in the West as non-citizens. Kinda puts an end to the notion that what will solve the refugee problem is that Israel cut out a significant piece of its historical self to create a Palestinian state. And of course, UNRWA is expected to continue the support of the refugees.

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MUSLIMS AND EUROPEANS

How Europeans are contributing to their own cultural demise:

Douglas Murray on the Strange Death of Europe

Muslims in Germany


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JIHADIS LIVING ON SUPPORT PAYMENTS FROM THE EUROPE THEY VOWED TO DESTROY

by Giulio Meotti, March 10, 2017

One popular theory claims that if we surround Muslims with love, they will abandon their fiendish bloodthirsty religion and become civilized. Giulio Meotti discusses one example of how the theory operates in practice: "the jihadis' use of European cradle-to-grave entitlements to fund their 'holy war'". Known terrorists and their families have received "jobs, homes, public assistance, unemployment benefits, relief payments, child benefits, disability payments, cash support." This hasn't changed their mission to destroy Europe. In fact one Islamist "urged the faithful to seek unemployment benefits to devote full-time to war against the 'infidels'". As Meotti says, "The cycle of welfare and jihad needs to be stopped. Now."

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FEMINISM, SWEDISH STYLE

by Bruce Bawer, February 8, 2018

There is an anomaly that makes most people sneer or chuckle. Feminists who bridle at the slightest slighting of Western women have no problem with Muslim women being treated as chattel in the Middle East and even in Western countries. Bruce Bawer writes of Swedish bureaucrats that speak proudly of their scrupulous promotion of gender equality but accept Islam's sexual inequality. This attitude has consequences that go beyond downplaying feminist principles when they conflict with Muslim customs. It goes further than favoring the husband when a Muslim couple divorce. Bawer cites a case where a Muslim man raped a Swedish child. Because the authorities respected Muslim customs, he was given a suspended sentence; the welfare of the child was ignored. The real problem is that by allowing Muslim men in Sweden to act as they would in their home countries, Swedish law and customs get short shrift. Swedish citizens in Sweden are being judged by Sharia law, not Swedish laws and customs.

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6,000 CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS IN MUSLIM GROOMING GANG 'HOTSPOT' SANDWELL IN FIVE YEARS

from Breitbart London, January 11, 2018

These are three news items that appeared in Breitbart London about Muslim gangs preying on mainly white British children, grooming them for prostitution. The comments in the news items are also well worth reading; they add details and sharpen the image.

The scandal is that Muslim grooming gangs have been active for years across the country but the police have ignored the practice, even though the grooming involved child rape and human trafficking as well as addicting the children to drugs and alcohol. It is said the police feared being called racist or islamophobic were they to take action. Or they feared there'd be a backlash against the Muslim community. Even now, rather than using the word Muslim, the grooming gangs are often described as Asian. What is new is we are just now learning how many cities are involved. Initially, the practice appeared to be confined to the city of Rotherham, where some of the groomers were prosecuted almost a decade ago. It is also becoming clear that many thousands of children were raped over the years and the authorities — police and politicians — preferred ignoring complaints and silencing whistle-blowers to dealing with the problem, because it involved Muslims.

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ISLAMIC ANTI-SEMITISM IN FRANCE: TOWARD ETHNIC CLEANSING

by Guy Millière, February 16, 2018

Guy Millière provides us with examples of how pervasive attacks on Jews have become across France. French Jews have become so insecure that many are leaving the country. It is not just the physical attacks, which are often barbaric and are almost always committed by Muslims. It is the non-response of French politicians and journalists, who tamp down appropriate responses, rather than broadcast the outrages. To be fair, as Millière points out, "In France, telling the truth about Islamic anti-Semitism is dangerous. For a politician, it is suicidal. ... It is almost impossible to win an election without the Muslim vote." It is also a fact that instead of worrying that their country is being taken over by the Muslims and speaking out against Islam, many French mouth the same hatred of the Jews as do the Muslims.

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THWARTING THE GROWTH OF SALAFISM

Mordechai Kedar, "The Muslim Mind", June 9, 2016.

Steven Emerson and Pete Hoekstra pointed out in 2016 that terrorism was growing in lethality and geography (see here). Terrorism is increasing exponentially and is planet-wide.

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This analysis was released in 2016. It is based upon extensive research, sources and multiple databases, including the University of Maryland Global Terrorism Database.

Whenever there's an act of terror, it is often explained in specifically personal terms or because of local events both by the perpetrator and by the news media. It is seldom attributed to a profound belief in fundamental Islamic principles.

Terrorists in Israel use weapons at hand, explosives and blazing kites, stones, cars and knives. The Palestinian Arabs are said to have no other ways to fight an occupying power. They focus on destroying the State of Israel and killing the Jews. But ultimately, it's a slice of the same cake. The goal is the same as it is anywhere else: to kill, convert or tax all infidels and make sharia law the law everywhere. Terrorism in Israel — as is terrorism elsewhere — is the product of the Islamic ambition to gain control of all non-Muslim countries.

Terrorists in the Western countries claim to kill because of bruised egos; supposedly they have been marginalized or ignored or singled out. The close connection between terror act and basic belief is probably most easily seen in the rationale for raping Western women because of their immodesty, an important precept anchored in Mohammad's teachings.

In the Far East, in India, Muslim terrorism is attributed to grievances over who owns the land. In medieval times, the Muslims conquered different parts of India. (From around 1000 C.E. to around 1500 C.E, they killed, according to Growth of Muslim population in India by Profesor Kishori Saran Lal, some 80 million Hindus in the process.) And salafists insist that once land is taken by Muslims, it is Muslim forever and ever. China has less of a problem, perhaps because China has been as brutal and indiscriminate as the terrorists, retaliating instantly and repeatedly. Japan has no acts of terror. They don't let many Muslims into the country; and Islamic proselytizers are deported. Street theatre, where hundreds of Muslims come and pray on the streets paralyzing traffic as they do in New York City, isn't allowed.

Acts of terror don't just happen. However the individual terrorist explains his murderous act, he has been trained or persuaded to do acts of terror because the salafist mission is to model the world according to Mohammad's precepts and actions.

In Islam, as in other religions, there is a spectrum of belief from mainly secular to extremely devout. There is a truism that is often ignored when some new shocking act of terror occurs, namely, the more pious the Muslim, the more likely is he to commit or condone an act of terror.

The salafist message hasn't changed: Mohammad was the perfect man and whatever he said after he came to Medina and whatever he did — his marrying a six-year old child, for instance — should be followed. Phrasing and implementation may have been somewhat 'modernized' but Islam is anchored in what was established in the 7th Century C.E. Denis MacEoin (January 5, 2018 here) explained the basic structure currently motivating Islam's mission this way:

" ... the Salafi style of fundamentalist Islam, based on a demand to return to the practices of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the first three generations of his followers (salaf means "predecessors"), was already underway from the early years of the twentieth century, notably through the work of the Egyptian writer Rashid Rida. For Rida, and later for Salafis down to the Islamic State enterprise, reform meant turning away from the Western models that had inspired new legislation, and back to the earliest days of Islam as embodied in the Qur'an, the ahadith (sayings and acts of the prophet), and the biographies of Muhammad. In 1928, another Egyptian, the schoolteacher Hasan al-Banna, established the Muslim Brotherhood, the leading revivalist movement in Islam since the 1920s, which remains to this day a major international force for reviving fundamentalist Islam."

A major reason for the Palestinian lust for death and destruction is the PA educational structure, which is run by UNRWA. It is not geared toward peaceful coexistence. As Marcus Sheff wrote here:

The PA curriculum rejects negotiations with Israel to achieve Palestinian statehood. According to the textbooks, the only solution is victory via resistance and defeating Israel once and for all."

Sheff described how training for becoming killing machines starts early.

Young Palestinians are taught that martyrdom for boys and girls is a life goal, that dying is better than living, and that jihadis the pinnacle of ambition. Those who risk their lives by taking up arms are praised and those who choose the path of non-violence are denigrated as cowards. In science lessons, gravity is taught through the image of a boy with a slingshot targeting soldiers. Math exercises instruct students to calculate number of martyrs in Palestinian uprisings.

The new PA curriculum is packed with wording, imagery and ideology likely to create prejudices, misconceptions, stereotypes, misunderstandings, mistrust, racial and national hatred, and religious bigotry. As for gender equality, women are not equal in life, only in their value as martyrs in death.

A video entitled "Clip #5491 Terror Show At A Gaza Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony; Islamic Jihad Leader To Israelis: We Are Not Terrorists, Don't Force Us To Kill You" was posted May 30, 2016 by Memri here.
This video posted by the Clarion Project April 2, 2018 is called "Mommy sent me to die."

Even now, there are a few sparks of light in the huge murky pool where Muslims are inculcated with hate. Noor Dahri (a self-described Salafist) was raised to hate Israel and Jews. Now he believes there is no contradiction in being a practicing Muslim and Zionist. See here. But it it is more than likely it will take a massive effort reeducating Muslims and their groupies. This would need to include not allowing PA or UNRWA personnel or salafist mullahs teach the young.


This set of articles contains various ideas on cutting off oxygen to the ideational brain that directs the arm of terrorism.


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TO TRULY FIGHT TERROR, COUNTER SALAFIST JIHADIST IDEOLOGY FIRST

by Ahmet Yayla, April 2, 2018

Both Sunnis and Shiites preach adherence to the dictates of Mohammad and the Koran. In this article Ahmet Yayla focuses on Wahhabism, a 19th Century version of Islamic fundamentalism promoted by Sunni Saudi Arabia, which emphasizes affirming the primacy of Allah, following Islamic law precisely and promoting Islam by violent jihad. He describes the problem this way: "... it is essential we understand that if we cannot neutralize or counter the ideology behind these [terrorist] attacks, which is Salafist jihadism stemming from Wahhabism, there will always be new attacks regardless of the security precautions we take." Yayla points out that for many years Saudi Arabia took the lead in pouring huge amounts of money into building mosques around the world that are run by hate-spouting clerics, distributing textbooks biased towards salafism and recruiting foot soldiers for terror. He concludes "that regardless of the political costs and outcome, there is no true dealing of jihadi terrorism without countering the Salafist jihadist ideology."

The Saudis have recently started restraining their imams. We should do the same. Inciting for terror and training willing adherents to wage war on the West are not part of the freedom religions are guaranteed. Yayla proposes that imams be vetted and Islamic textbooks scrutinized for hate content. This is excellent advise but won't be easy, considering that much of the media and the public have been conditioned to deny that terror committed by Muslims stems from the fundamental ideology of the Religion of Peace. Nevertheless, attacking salafist ideology is a necessary component in the fight against Islamism.

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WHY CAN'T WE MAKE PEACE? BECAUSE PALESTINIAN ELITES HAVE NO INTEREST IN DOING SO

by Ben-Dror Yemini, February 21, 2018

Generally speaking, this essay is about the support systems of respectable organizations that cosset Muslim terrorists and shield their acts of terror from effective punishment. Ben-Dror Yemini speaks specifically of the Palestinian Arab terrorists who have chosen their enemy wisely. They blame Israel for all their woes. This wins them "honor, money and prestige" from multiple Jew-hating groups, including academic organizations that deny factual history in favor of Arab fables; Western media that cooperate in creating fake videos that purport to show Israeli soldiers beating defenseless Arabs; feminist groups that rail against Israel making people go through security checkpoints while ignoring that Muslim women are treated like chattel throughout the Muslim world; humanitarian groups that expend all their pity on the Palestinians, leaving none for starving Africans or the girls brutalized by Boko Haram; and the NGOs that use their semi-official positions to berate Israel for expelling illegal 'jobs' immigrants while ignoring Islam's bestial treatment of homosexuals. These groups perpetuate Arab intransigence.

Yemini suggests ordinary rational people expose this overblown Palestinian discontent by comparing it to the horrors that do exist in the world. He also suggests withdrawing support for these who feed on the conflict — "from elite Palestinian leaders flying around the world in first class and elegant suits to academics paid to write a flood of studies on the feasibility of the right of return, to tunnel operators in Gaza, and families who depend on stipends for sons killed in terrorist attacks (shahids)." He might have added that destroying the twisted logic of the respectables that shield the Palestinian Arab terrorism industry would go a long way toward substituting sense for nonsense.

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT US?

by Vic Rosenthal, July 5, 2018

This article by Vic Rosenthal sharpens our information on the resources the handlers of Islamic terrorists rely on for ideas, affirmation and whitewashing their activities. How to thwart this outpouring of resources for Palestinian terrorism? Alexi, a reader of this article said it well, "Fighting propaganda is HARD. It requires an all hands on deck, let no quarter be given hammering of the truth against the millions of falsehoods. There is no falsehood too small to go unchallenged and uncorrected."

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ELIMINATE ISRAEL, ELIMINATE ISLAMIC TERRORISM?

by Raymond Ibrahim, March 2, 2018

It is certainly true, as the articles by Ben-Dror Yemini and Vic Rosenthal above make clear, that Jew-haters pour much money into promoting the notion that the Palestinian Arabs are preyed upon by Israel. But this is a propaganda tool, aimed at making the victim of Arab terrorism — Israel — be viewed as the cause of terrorism. This inversion of predator and victim is very different than the supposition that one can eliminate Islamic terrorism by eliminating the putative cause, Israel. As Raymond Ibrahim so clearly explains, the source of Islamic terrorism is the salafic mission to have every infidel make one of three choices: "conversion, subjugation/jizya, or the sword." This is another way of saying there is nothing Islam's enemies (and that means every non-Muslim) can do in the way of pacification, appeasement or bribery to change resurgent Islam's goal. Eventually, when we can not think of any other useless remedy, we might recognize that to stop Islamic terror, we need to stop the spread of Islam. Firmly and effectively. Hopefully by reeducation but more likely by viewing Islam as a political enemy rather than a peaceful religion, and by suffocating the sources of its resources.

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COOLING OFF THE ARGUMENTS OF A GLOBAL HOLOCAUST

The virtues of solar and wind power are so strongly asserted, many people are puzzled that the current administration supports the use of coal and fossil fuel. Sun and wind are everywhere, clean, free and they won't give out. All true. Unfortunately, the claim that renewable power is capable of providing the total energy we need to run our world is not true. There is still much to be done before energy from renewable sources can be stored so it is continuously available without random or cyclic interruptions (see here). So it is not surprising that in 2016, as an example, the total world energy used for electricity, heat and transportation came from 80% fossil fuels, 10% biofuels, 5% nuclear and 5% renewable — hydro, wind, solar and geothermal. (See here.) Moreover, environmentalists reject the use of nuclear power to fill the gap renewables can't handle. So, realistically, eliminating the use of fossil fuels, as the Obama administration tried to do, is premature.

Nevertheless, the blanket assertion that a global holocaust is imminent so we must stop using coal and rely only on clean fuel for our energy continues to be hyped by the media plus a large number of our information gatekeepers plus the UN plus many of our ideological environmental science experts. Many scientists expert in other fields — though not the 97% claimed — also urge that the use of fossil fuels be stopped. And what is perhaps most surprising: the consequences of global warming have been presented so alarmingly that many a civilian is willing to sacrifice his own comfort for the greater good and supports using huge sums of money for global action on the climate.

What is rarely asked in the debate on climate change is why the emphasis on global warming, where we can do so little to ameliorate the situation without going into pre-industrial stasis? Why is it prioritized ahead of pressing problems we currently have the ability to solve? Perhaps we should stop arguing versions of known facts and/or resting our case on random phenomena that are blamed on global warming. Perhaps we should instead look at the political consequences that would certainly occur should we change our life style and governmental administration.

We may not be able to change climate but we can do much to change global politics. And maybe this is what it is really about. Perhaps the salient factor is the large group of vocal and prestigious academicians and politicians in high places in the West that want to unite countries within some variant of socialist ideology as one world without borders. It goes without saying they have never lived in a non-democratic country. To further their actual agenda, they too hammer the claim that mankind is specifically and uniquely responsible for the rise of greenhouse gases.

Whatever else climate control would do or not do to cool the atmosphere, it is a lever to to get people to do what needs to be done to create a planet-wide infrastructure. The running of an interconnected set of agencies organized on a global level would be delegated to some planet-wide agency, a pseudo-government that would be given overwhelming financial resources, thus enhancing its political power. Blaming humans and their use of fossil energy as the predominant, if not the only significant, factor in global warming adds the element of guilt, always a good motivator for action.

The reasoning is simple enough. Climate control can't be done in patches and bits. It needs a central controlling agency, a planet-wide administrative structure with an integrated infrastructure to handle the problem. This agency would have the power to dictate what life-style practices need to be accentuated or eliminated — to stop pollution, of course. Once in place, such a planetary structure would be found useful for handling world-wide epidemics and other medical issues, for standardizing education and controlling proper behavior, enabling food distribution — you name it. And voila, we would have a de facto single global government.

Had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election, large-scale planetary activities to fight climate change would have begun almost immediately. In fact, the 2016 Democratic Platform (DP) dated July 21, 2016, p45, reads: "We believe the United States must lead in forging a robust global solution to the climate crisis. We are committed to a national mobilization, and to leading a global effort to mobilize nations to address this threat on a scale not seen since World War II." From the beginning these would affect every community and every corporation (DP, p27-29). Such a political enterprise would be unable to do anything meaningful to solve climate change. But it would have the power to redistribute wealth and to control our lives.

What would likely evolve would be a two-tier political entity, where the elite occupy the top tier. The rest of us would be on the bottom tier, equally dependent on the government and equally miserable, equally deplorable. It would be rather like the functioning Marxist model in eastern Europe or perhaps even like the Muslim model with heredity clan and tribal leaders on top, with all others subjected to the leadership's interpretation of the Koran. For a real nightmare, imagine having the characters now running the U.N. or the E.U. in control of your life. It is the goal toward which the globalists have steadily been working.

In the April-June 2017 issue, Think-Israel had a set of articles on global warming here. They made the point that blaming global warming on humans and their industrial activities ignored important features of the oceans, the interior of the earth, the atmosphere and the sun. It is sensible to not waste money that would be better spent on doable projects that obviously benefit the environment. This current set follow up on some points made previously. Until we actually have a continuous source of renewable fuel, using fossil fuel to meet the energy needs of our modern world is more important than satisfying a globalist ideology. Even with such 'selfishness' we can do much to take care of tractable problems like upgrading electrical grids and transportation structures. Judith Curry (see here) talks about a pragmatic response to climate change. It includes accelerating energy innovation, building resilience to extreme weather [greenhouse gas atmospheric warming may already be reducing the severity of the projected start of another ice age] and 'no regrets' pollution reduction. She points out these have "near-term socioeconomic and environmental benefits" without committing to "costly policies with minimal impacts on climate, policies with adverse, unintended consequence."


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TESTIMONY, U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE & TECHNOLOGY

by John R. Christy, March 29, 2017

It is asserted by the elite of climate science that global warming is due mainly if not exclusively to humans and their activities which load the atmosphere with CO2. Their models are based on this 'fact' and ignore the multitude of non-linear processes that are continuously in play. To bring their modeling results closer to reality, climate scientists have taken to including interactions of atmospheric CO2 and extra greenhouse gases. But this widens the gap between model results and measured temperature. John Christy makes a simple but important point when he presents actual data that indicate that in recent decades "the consensus of the [climate] models fails the test to match the real-world observations by a significant margin." If they have not been accurate predictors of "climate variation and change" when we can check results, why, he asks, should we base future policy decisions on them?

Christy is one of many qualified scientists who are uneasy about the heavy explanatory burden CO2 has been made to carry, while other plausible reasons for global warming are ignored either because they go against the notion that humans are responsible for global warming or because there is no good way of measuring them. These scientists have been locked out by establishment climate scientists from publishing in establishment trade journals and don't have access to a sympathetic media. The very people that lock them out of these information sources then say that because these scientists don't publish in establishment-approved journals, their results are spurious, or even worse, amateurish. Nevertheless, these scientists raise serious questions about man-made global warming and suggest other lines of investigation.

A good way to start learning about other potential factors influencing our climate is to read an article by Makia Freeman entitled "10 Prominent Scientists Refuting AGW (Manmade Global Warming) with Solid Research" available here. Freeman's article contains many links to excellent videos. In one video, David Evans probes the alarming overestimation of warming by climate models (see here). In another, Nobel Laureate physicist Ivar Giaever makes the case that global warming is pseudo science (see here). Professor Carl-Otto Weiss here calmly asserts the ultimate heresy: "Spectral analysis of Climate Data shows all Climate Change is due to natural Cycles." A favorite way for the tight bunch of climate scientists that determine climate change doctrine to ignore an alternative opinion is to accuse the scientist who holds that opinion of not being a practicing climate scientist. It's hard to dismiss Dr. Judith Curry as an outsider, she having been a prestigious professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and still very active in the field. She and Michael Mann, a member of the inner circle of establishment climate science and the creator of the notorious hockey stick shtick, offer their very different points of view in very different ways of expressing themselves (see here). Her talk was calmly factual, providing details and nuances. Mann ignored all but his certainties. He often used words like "irreversible" and "absolute" as in "absolute melting of the ice sheets." I wonder if he seriously believes his assertions that global warming is responsible for drought, wild fires, floods, homeless polar bears and terrorism.

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CLIMATE CHANGE MYTHS AND FACTS

by Friends of Science

Sometimes manmade global warming is called Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) because the projected coming global holocaust is said to be due to people. They breathe out and they contaminate the atmosphere by using fossil fuels. Or it's fuzzed up and called Climate Change, where the only temperature change is from hot to hotter. In either case, many assertions have been made about the cause and the effects of global warming that have no factual support. This article by the Friends of Science Society presents ten such incorrect statements about manmade global warming.

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STARVING POLAR BEARS: THE FAKE NEWS FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

by Susan Crockford, with Background by Larry Kummer

Susan Crockford writes of the relationship — actually, the non-relationship — of animal death and global warming. She decries the new fad of seeking out a sick or starving polar bear and attributing his condition to global warming this way:

"We finally have this year's example of the new fad of claiming every polar bear that died of starvation (or on its way to starving to death) — and caught on film — is a victim of climate change.

"One starving bear is not scientific evidence that man-made global warming has already negatively affected polar bears but it is evidence that some activists will use any ploy to advance their agenda and increase donations."

"if sea ice loss due to man-made global warming had been the culprit, this bear would not have been the only one starving: the landscape would have been littered with carcasses."

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HISTORY SECTION

This set starts with the discovery of ancient Jewish coins at the Temple Mount that might have been used for tithing. It then moves on to the 19th century practice in Tzarist Russia of forcibly inducting children into the army. The other essays are about more familiar topics, the non-neutrality of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the behavior of dedicated Muslims when they have the power. The final essay by Majid Rafizadeh is a must read. It documents the ongoing and intense brutalization, terrorization and humiliation of Iranians by their own clerical leaders to ensure that Sharia law is obeyed and Islam is practiced as dictated by Mohammad and stored in the post-Mecca suras of the Quran.


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5 RARE JEWISH COINS DISCOVERED BY TEMPLE MOUNT PROJECT

by Itzchak Tessler, May 21, 2018

Itzchak Tessler writes about coins discovered around the Temple Mount that "are some of the first minted by Jews... [they] are dated to the end of the 4th century B.C." "The coins were inscribed with the letters 'YHD,' or Yehud, the Aramaic name for the First Persian Empire's province of Yehud—roughly equivalent to the older biblical kingdom of Judah." The area had been called Judea for thousands of years, until someone figured out it would be easier to claim Jews had no historic affiliation with the West Bank than persuade even the most ignorant of the ignorant that Jews didn't come from Judea. These coins were not found in situ where the surround would provide additional information about them. As explained in the Sun Sentinel here, "the Temple Mount Sifting Project, an archaeological initiative [was] started in order to sift thousands of tons of dirt illegally excavated and dumped in the Kidron Valley by the Islamic Waqf in 1999. The Waqf excavations compromised the archaeological integrity of the Temple Mount and sparked outrage in Israel, leading many to suggest that the Waqf was intentionally attempting to eradicate evidence of two Jewish Temples that stood on the Mount for more than 800 years." Tessler's article provides more information on the Waqf's lack of respect for Judaism's holiest site.

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A CENTURY-OLD SIBERIAN SYNAGOGUE WAS BUILT BY ABDUCTED CHILD SOLDIERS. IT'S BACK IN JEWISH HANDS

by Cnaan Liphshiz, February 2, 2018

This article by Cnaan Liphshiz was spotted by my cousin Ruth, who lives in Israel. Liphshiz describes the career of Herzl Tsam, who was kidnapped into the Russian army as a child and retired forty-one years later as a captain. In retirement, he participated in building a synagogue in Tomsk. The article resonated for us because the paternal grandfather of both our mothers (who were sisters) had been captured at age 7 and kept in the Russian army for 25 years.

The article set me to recalling what I remembered of my mother telling me of my great grandfather. Articles I've read lately say that when young children were forced into army service, they were educated until they were 18, old enough to be inducted into the regular army, to start serving their 25 years. From the information I have on my great grandfather, I'd suggest that in at least one case, the child was captured, started serving in the army in some capacity and was released 25 years later. I've reconstructed some dates in my great grandfather's life using information in the stories my mother told me and some old pictures to support my assertion. I am in the process of writing it up.

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HOW THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS FAILED THE JEWS

Janet Levy, December 28, 2017

Using material from "Humanitarians at War: The Red Cross in the Shadow of the Holocaust," a recent book written by Gerald Steinacher, Janet Levy writes, "The international Red Cross and the Vatican conspired to aid thousands of Nazi war criminals and collaborators, including German SS officers Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele. Its wartime record is even worse." The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) knew about the death camps as early as 1941, but did not voice its knowledge. "The Nuremberg trials exposed the depth to which the ICRC and the Swiss government turned a blind eye to German atrocities, making their 'humanitarian neutrality' a fiction. Unfathomably, ICRC officials viewed Germans as war victims and even criticized 'undue Jewish influence' manifested in what they viewed as the 'vengeance' of the Nuremberg trials." The ICRC is no longer so obvious in its sympathies, but no one would suggest it favors Israel against the Palestinians or is even close to neutral. As an example, Sever Plocker in an April 2017 article here wrote that "Jacques De Maio, who heads the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation to Israel and the PA, asserts: 'There is no IDF order to shoot suspects to kill,' while at the same time warns of the humanitarian damage caused by occupation." This statement echoes Palestinian propaganda, not actual facts.

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WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS AND JEWS WHEN ARABS RULED JERUSALEM

by Richard Pollock, December 12, 2017

The title is something of a misnomer. In 1948 when the Jews declared the formation of the sovereign state of Israel, five of Israel's Arab neighbors invaded Israel. Jordan was able to seize and hold the eastern part of Jerusalem, which included the Jewish Quarter and the Temple Mount area, as well as Samaria and Judea (AKA the West Bank). When the Arabs again invaded Israel in 1967, Israel retook this land and Jerusalem was unified. Richard Pollock writes about how objects and installations sacred to Jews and Christians and cemeteries were treated by the Arabs during the 19 years Jordan occupied Jewish land.

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HISTORY LESSONS FROM YEARS UNDER ISLAMISM

by Majid Rafizadeh, February 17, 2018

In this importantl essay, Majid Rafizadeh describes the changes that occurred in just a generation in Iran after the Shah was overthrown with the connivance of the then US president Jimmy Carter. Iran went from a free and modern society to a totalitarian state which subjected its citizens to extreme brutality in order to obtain complete submission to sharia law. Iranians continue to live in fear as the mullahs strive to return Iran to the grotesque piety of Mohammad's Islam. A reader, Linda Goudsmit, made an interesting observation: "Extremely powerful article - should be required reading for every liberal and every apologist for Islam and open borders. If Majid Rafizadeh had identified the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, Muslim Student Association etc as soldiers in today's jihad against the West he would have exposed how the same methods used against his father's generation are being used today against the trusting West to conquer them."

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JANUARY-JUNE, 2018 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

There is a separate file that is the index for the articles on the Blog-Ed page. You can access an article immediately from this index by clicking on the item in the index.

To access the Index, click the "Blog-Eds List" box in the Blue Strip on the top of the Blog-Ed page.

Different Blog Ed pages will be down intermittently until the Archive structure is in place. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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FEATURED STORIES

November-December 2017

What we are talking about in the November–December 2017 Issue

  1. The Balfour Declaration (Lipkin, Gold, Mandel, Schiffren)
  2. Muslim Brotherhood (Lipkin, Ghoraba, Hewitt, Zahran)
  3. Muslims In USA  (Hohmann, Hausman, Tolkan, Johnson, Bawer)
  4. Muslims In Europe (Kern, Bawer, Kern, Mamou, Meotti)
  5. Muslims in Israel (Hertz, Bryen, Somes, Weinberg, Baker)
  6. Communicating Noise, Not Signal (Gordon, Friedman, Isaac)
  7. History Section (Rogers, Borschel, Ibrahim, Huggler, Groiss)
  8. Blog-Eds November-December 2017 Blog-Eds


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.



THE BALFOUR DECLARATION

The Balfour Declaration was a significant benchmark in the formation of today's Israel. It was stated in a letter sent to Lord Walter Rothschild, a leader of the Jewish community in England, by the British Foreign Secretary, Alfred Balfour, during World War 1, while the land was still the Syrian Palaestina province of the Ottoman Empire. (See here.)

November 2, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur James Balfour

A video on the letter and the history and politics surrounding its transmission can be found here.

This section presents information on the Balfour Declaration. Further details of its lodgings historically and geographically and ideologically in the history of modern Israel can be read in the January 2016 issue of Think-Israel, beginning here.


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THE BALFOUR DECLARATION IN CONTEXT OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE MODERN STATE OF ISRAEL

by Bernice Lipkin, December 21, 2017

The Children of Israel became a people when they left Egypt and settled on land ranging down from the Mediterranean and extending over to a large swatch of land on the east side of the Jordan river. The Romans eventually destroyed the Jewish Kingdom and various conquerors added the land to their domains over the centuries. But the territory was never again homeland to any people until modern times, when in the 1800s Jews returned in increasing numbers to their homeland. They, and the Jews who had always maintained a presence there, were able to redeem their Land, a land they yearned for during the two millennia of the Diaspora. The Balfour Declaration was a significant benchmark in the formation of today's Israel. It was an early confirmation that the effort to reestablish a Jewish homeland had the blessings of important members of the international community. Equally important, it encouraged the Jews that this time their efforts would succeed.

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THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION

by Amb. Dore Gold, October 31, 2017

The Balfour Declaration was an early formal statement by Britain of its commitment to what was already occurring, namely, Jews were returning to redeem their ancient homeland. The letter, sent with the prior approval of the Western allies, gave voice to Britain's commitment to the Jews reestablishing a national home in their ancient homeland. The language of the letter was incorporated into the text of the Palestine Mandate, which passed into international law in 1922. Dore Gold emphasizes three important points: "1) the significance of the Balfour Declaration and its standing as a commitment assured by international law; 2) The participation of the Yishuv [the local Jewish community] during the Second World War on the side of the Allied Powers; 3) Great Britain's dishonorable retreat from the obligations of the Balfour Declaration and its failure to reward its faithful ally."

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A CENTURY SINCE THE BALFOUR DECLARATION

by Daniel Mandel, November 5, 2017

Daniel Mandel points out that "[t]he Balfour Declaration was the first step on the political road to reversing two millennia of Jewish statelessness and exile which had resulted in the Jews being the most dispersed and persecuted minority in history." Certainly, as Mandel points out, Israel "was not anyone's gift to the Jews. The Jews of Palestine sacrificed scarce blood and treasure to obtain and preserve their independence from five invading Arab armies and internal Palestinian Arab militias ..." Mandel also rebuts another argument: the Arabs and their proponents have complained that giving the Jews some land was unfair to the Arabs, or retroactively, the Palestinian Arabs. One must admit that it is true that the Arabs took possession of only the remaining 99.99% of the Middle East as a free gift for which they didn't have to fight — except among themselves.

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COLUMBIA PROFESSOR RASHID KHALIDI MOANS ABOUT BALFOUR

by Mara Schiffren

When Rashid Khalidi lived in Beirut, he was unofficial spokesman for the PLO. As professor at Columbia and the University of Chicago, his mission has been to promote Islam. In Chicago, when ex-Prez Obama was on Woods Fund board, he helped funnel money intended to help the disadvantaged to the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), which was run by Khalidi's wife; some of these funds were used to create propaganda to vilify Israel. Obama has written how Khalidi influenced his own views. In this article, Mara Schiffren writes of Khalidi, now a professor at Columbia, and his speech on 'The Balfour Declaration from the Perspective of its Victims.' The speech was unsurprising. Khalidi, like Abbas and other Arab revisionists, revamped the history of Palestine around the time of the Balfour Declaration to suit his argument that the British had declared war against the Palestinian people (who didn't then exist). He spoke of the Arabs as the indigenous population of then Palestine, although it was the Jewish inhabitants of the area that were usually the ones called Palestinian, because they were the ones that invented agricultural techniques, organized the Philharmonic Orchestra, started the Palestinian Post and served in the army as the Palestine Brigade. As Schiffren writes,

"The lecture epitomized the politicization of contemporary Middle East studies: by twisting a legitimate topic—the Balfour Declaration—into anti-Zionist, anti-Israel propaganda, Khalidi distorted the past in order to influence the present. His ahistorical claim that the Jewish people are not the indigenous population of Israel is a transparent effort to delegitimize Israel as a Jewish state. There should be no room in academe for such hucksterism masquerading as scholarship."

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THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

It speaks to the creativity and imagination of politicians and media people that, with all the evidence available that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization, they are still able to quibble, misdirect and assert that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a terrorist group.


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ASSESSING THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD PROPERLY

by Bernice Lipkin

Bernice Lipkin rejects the argument made by ex-Prez Obama and lately by the CIA that we should not identify the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as a terrorist organization. Nor does she find what is said to be the legal definition of a terrorist organization adequate, or even appropriate. She suggests using an operational definition of terrorism. What is the organization's ideology as translated into action? What has it accomplished? What does the organization plan to do? Who does it hang out with? What groups does it support, or is supported by? She suggests the criteria proposed in two recent reports are better at determining that organizations such as the MB are terrorist.

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IBRAHIM MUNIR, THE MAN WHO KEEPS THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ALIVE

by Hany Ghoraba, December 12, 2017

Hany Ghoraba writes about an Egyptian, Ibrahim Munir, a little-known but very important member of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). Munir became a member of MB at an early age and has been hands-on in many of the MB organization's activities. He was imprisoned in the early 1950s for taking part in a foiled attempt to kill Egypt's then leader, Gamal Abd al-Nasser. After his release and his move to London in the early 1980s as a political refugee, he developed MB's global network, making London "its political and financial base," its global headquarters. In London, he "established a web of connections using his diplomatic skills and contacts in the British government." He has continued to foster a major but little-advertised MB connection with global consequences: he has maintained the strong ties Sunni MB has had with Shi'ite Iran since the early 1940s. More recently, using subtle threats that the Muslim community would become violent should MB be officially labeled a terrorist organization, he kept MB "from being banned in the United Kingdom in 2014 after then-Prime Minister David Cameron ordered an investigation into the Brotherhood's activities in Britain and Egypt." His skills in taqqiyya and double talk were evident when he defended Hamas's acts of terrorism while claiming Hamas didn't violate international law. Ghoraba writes that without Munir's diplomatic, financial and media skills, by now MB would have lost their money and media support and likely would have disbanded. I find it interesting that in America the MB is using governmental networking and specious arguments to prevent the US labeling MB a terrorist organization.

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STOPPING THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD'S STRATEGIC PLAN TO INFILTRATE AMERICA

by Mark A. Hewitt, December 22, 2017

Mark Hewitt tracks plans made by the Muslim Brotherhood and by ex-Prez Obama to increase Muslim participation in America. In 2004, while conducting a search at the Annandale Virginia house of Ismail Elbarasse, a fundraiser for Hamas, the FBI discovered boxes of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) material, including a plan whereby the MB would infiltrate North America. "Phase One [was the] Phase of discreet and secret establishment of leadership; and Phase Two [was the] Phase of gradual appearance on the public scene and exercising and utilizing various public activities. Establishing a shadow government (secret) within the Government." In the fall of 2008, Barack Obama, then Democratic candidate for the Presidency, issued a staffing order to hire "Arab Muslims over Arab Christians for the top jobs." Plans for a "Muslim Outreach" program were given to agency directors and department heads, including NASA, the CIA and Education. In November 2008, President Elect Obama's "administration officially extended a welcome to the Muslim Brotherhood." His Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, "stressed her belief that 'we must increase outreach not simply to American Muslims, but to Muslims around the world.'" As Hewitt writes, "When Mrs. Clinton stepped down from her position, Huma Abedin [Clinton's Deputy Chief-of-Staff and daughter of MB members] was allowed to take five boxes of 'physical files' out of the State Department that include records described as 'Muslim Engagement Documents.'" Hewitt makes the novel suggestion that Clinton's 33,000 deleted emails were her correspondence with MB. Whether that will prove to be the case or not, it is probable that Obama's Muslim policy — including his forbidding the FBI to surveil mosques — is yet to be intellectually absorbed by the public.

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WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THE QATAR CRISIS

by Mudar Zahran, July 10, 2017

Mudar Zahran attributes the current rift between Saudi Arabia (SA) and Qatar to a difference of opinion about the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). "Qatar is the main financier of the MB group not only in Jordan but the world." Qatar is also close to Jordan, which has been allied with the MB since the 1950s. In fact, in Jordan, MB is "registered as a charity, a political organization, and a private business. While the king bans secularists and liberals for a mere tweet, the MB owns its licensed satellite TV network and daily paper in which they consistently preach terrorism and death to America and the Jews." Recently, Jordan has appeared to be trying to appease SA, while continuing a defamation campaign against SA and President Trump. Zahran believes that Qatar "will have to give up the MB eventually. Once that happens, Jordan could face serious consequences..."

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MUSLIMS IN USA

Marxists/Socialists and Muslims and their allies continue to infiltrate US infrastructure. Muslim terror attacks have increased in number but the public's initial reactions of horror are quickly dampened by the media and politicians. Marxists continue to take over academic societies, although there has been some legal counterattacks. The bizarre cooperation of feminist groups and pious Muslim women who advocate sharia law, which regards woman as chattel, may be starting to come apart. The Ahmadi Muslim community are unquestioningly moderate and active proselytizers of their emphasis on peace. One essay explores the consequences of their not making it known that they are statistically insignificant and have little influence on mainstream Muslim behavior or ideology.


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MUSLIMS TEAM WITH ANTIFA TO OBLITERATE CRITICS OF 'RELIGION OF PEACE'

by Leo Hohmann, October 30, 2017

Antifa, a misnomer if ever there was one, stands for anti-fascist and was started in Europe to counter fascism. It now could serve as a prototype of how to stifle free speech and intimidate people. Its 'spontaneous' happenings have been funded by people like George Soros, which immediately tells us Antifa is not out to do America good. Leo Hohmann provides examples of how Antifa is using confrontation, riots, protest and intimidation to cancel events across U.S on free speech. As do so many extremist 'liberal' groups, this fascistic group works with organized Muslims to prevent opinions they do not share and facts they do not like from being transmitted. As Hohmann puts it, "The travesty is that the anti-free speech leftists and Muslims conduct their operations against the First Amendment under the faux argument that they want to promote dialogue."

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SMOKE AND MIRRORS CONFRONTING TERROR IN THE US

by Matthew M. Hausman, J.D., November 27, 2017

Sayfullo Saipov, a Muslim from Uzbek, now living in the Muslim community in Paterson, N.J., drove a truck through a crowd in New York City on Halloween, 2017. Matthew Hausman uses the response of the politically correct politicians and media as an example of how "secular westerners still do not seem to comprehend the implications of Islamic doctrine that divides the world into two halves — "dar al-Harb" (the house of war) and "dar al-Islam" (the house of submission)." There are no other categories. The only end point resurgent Islam envisions is "the submission or elimination of all whom they consider to be infidels." The response of the Main Stream Media of course was as usual to muddy the waters so that the meaning of the attack is blurred. They wrote as if their major worry was that Muslims would suffer a backlash, knowing that this doesn't happen. They also know this false concern is an effective technique to prevent people from giving serious consideration to how to respond to the salafists.

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THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION: THE P.A.'S PAL

by N. Leonard Tolkan

Over the years, there have been a growing number of instances where a small group of Marxist and/or Muslim activists take over a professional society, then speak and act in its name. Early on, they joined committees where they could call for social justice — mostly on behalf of the Palestinian Arabs. In the process, they could flay Israel. More recently, they identify as strongly with the BDS movement against Israel, continue to be avowed pro-Palestinian but are better funded. They also aim at taking over higher positions in the society. A recent example has been the American Studies Association (ASA), where some of its members gained power and then used their position to use the prestige of the ASA on behalf of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. An article in The Tower (see here) describes these machinations this way:

"The evidence shows that members of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel [USACBI], a movement which promotes BDS in the United States, have sought to take over the ASA and similar associations," Jerome Marcus, of Marcus & Auerbach LLC, the lead counsel for the plaintiffs, said. Among the defendants in the lawsuit are Sunaina Maira, Neferti Tadiar, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Jasbir Puar, and Steven Salaita, who are leaders of USACBI. [See http://chelm.freeyellow.com/confront.html for bios.]

"This case is about the illegal, hostile takeover of a non-profit, academic association by leaders of an anti-Israel group," explained Jennifer Gross of the Louis D. Brandeis Center, another attorney for the plaintiffs. "Through a series of misrepresentations and breaches of duty, USACBI activists obtained positions of trust in the ASA, and then abused those positions in order to capture and exploit the assets of the ASA to advance the agenda of the BDS movement.

[...] Because the membership of ASA is generally opposed to boycotts, the USACBI activists who ran for positions on the ASA board hid their support for BDS. The one activist who acknowledged his support for BDS lost his election.

[...] Once the BDS activists were in position they manipulated the association's rules in order to pass the anti-Israel boycott resolution.

"Lawsuit: BDS movement engineered takeover of American Studies Association" by William A. Jacobson is a detailed analysis of how academics used their positions to promote BDS against Israel specifically. (See here.)

Below the radar, such hostile take-overs have been going on for several decades. The main difference is that, finally, there has been some pushback instead of passive acquiescence. An early example was the corruption of the American Library Association. This was the introduction to N. Leonard Tolkan's article, when it was first published in 2003.

"Most people would say their public libraries are apolitical and desire only to educate the public by encouraging the purchase of books of varying points of view, providing they are not hate literature and providing they have their facts straight. So isn't it surprising to find that the American Library Association (ALA) — the oldest and largest and probably the most influential society of librarians in the world — apparently considers it has a duty to bash Israel and support the 'Palestinian' cause. N. Leonard Tolkan, the author of this article, is a veteran librarian who, for obvious reasons, chooses to remain anonymous."

NOTE: This article was originally published in the September-October 2003 issue of Think-Israel.org. Only the formatting has changed. The original article as is can be retrieved at http://www.think-israel.org/tolkan.ala.html.

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LINDA SARSOUR ACCUSED OF ENABLING SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST WOMAN WHO WORKED FOR HER

by Benny Johnson

Linda Sarsour has not been timid in demonizing Jews and declaring she supports sharia law and Islam's treatment of women. Yet the far-left feminist movement has continued to treat her as a strong supporter of women's rights. But recently, another Muslim, Asmi Fathelbab, has accused Sarsour of enabling a male co-worker to harass her sexually when she worked at the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) in 2009. When Fathelbab complained "Sarsour threatened legal and professional damage if she went public with the sexual assault claims." After Fathelbab left AAANY, Sarsour would contact her employers. As Fathelbab puts it, "I haven't been able to obtain a steady job since 2009 ..."

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TAQIYYA, AHMADI STYLE

by Bruce Bawer, November 27, 2017

Bruce Bawer writes of the "Ahmadiyya, a small Islamic sect that actually preaches everything that Islam as a whole pretends to stand for: love, peace, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of all humankind. It rejects terrorism, violent jihad, and the concept of 'abrogation' whereby later, nastier passages of the Koran are considered to trump earlier, nicer bits." The largest group of Ahmadi live in Pakistan. Even there, they constitute a minuscule percent of the population. Altogether, the Ahmadi are about 1% of the Muslim world population, totaling 10-20 million worldwide. Writings about the sect usually emphasize how they suffer physically in some Muslim countries from attacks by main-stream Islam. Or their temperate views are praised. Bawer explores other aspects. He notes that they are activist proselytizers. Members of the Ahmadiyya Community are often the ones that run rallies declaring that terrorism is not part of Islam's teachings. When they do so, it is unfortunately a fact that this small group acts as if they speak for the majority of Muslims. They distribute a booklet called True Islam, where jihad is described as a non violent inner struggle, not the meaning jihad has for the 99 plus percent of Muslims that are not Ahmadi. When they say that Islam categorically rejects lying, they are not being truthful. When they persuade people that they are instructing them in authentic Islam, they are lying, which is against their own teachings. By presenting their own views as mainstream, they white-wash mainstream Islam and contribute to the growth of a religion that is, in the main, the opposite of what they preach.

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MUSLIMS IN EUROPE

If the articles below are an indication, there's intensification but no major change in the relations between the members of the different religious groups. Non-assimilating Muslims continue to recreate the turbulence and disorganization of the countries from which their families fled, the Jews are leaving and the Christians practice dhimmitude or have lapsed into paralysis.


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HOW MANY MUSLIMS IN EUROPE? PEW'S PROJECTIONS FALL SHORT

by Soeren Kern, December 14, 2017

In as volatile a situation as the current "refugee" influx into Europe, we should expect some underestimate of the number of Muslims that are in Europe. But it is shocking to find how big Pew's underreporting of the actual numbers is. The Pew report compounds its misunderstanding of the situation by suggesting that even if the Muslim population triples in the next 30 years, there will still be more non-Muslims than Muslims in Europe. As Soeren Kern points out, "The Pew report entirely ignores the key issue of how Europe will integrate tens of millions of Muslim migrants whose values — including anti-Semitism, polygamy, female genital mutilation and honor violence — cannot be reconciled with those of Europe's Judeo-Christian and liberal-democratic heritage." Given that polygamy will increase the Muslim population a lot more than honor killings will reduce it, the Muslim population will continue to grow so rapidly that Europe will be even less able to cope with the aliens than it is now.

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BRITAIN: THE "ISLAMOPHOBIA" INDUSTRY STRIKES AGAIN

by Bruce Bawer, December 20, 2017

Bruce Bawer critiques a recent report published by the Runnymede Trust on islamophobia. Although it is presented as a serious academic document, it is routine Muslim apologetics and has no depth in its analyses. It blames Western racism for all problems from Muslim criminal behavior to Muslim poverty. It ignores the connection between Islamic theology and "jihad, sharia, the caliphate, the systematic subjugation of women, the execution of adulterers and apostates and gays." It discusses anti-Semitism, but ignores that the recent sharp increase in Jew-hate is largely due to Muslim incitement. It sees honor killings and female genital mutilation (FGM) the moral equivalents of western domestic violence and child abuse. This ignores that while Islam allows, even requires, wife beating, the West condemns it. As Bawer concludes, the report "... would not merit any comment at all if the Runnymede Trust were not taken as seriously as it is in the corridors of British power."

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EUROPE: THE ISLAMIZATION OF CHRISTMAS: "AN UNBEARABLE, INVOLUNTARY SUBMISSION TO ISLAM"

by Soeren Kern, December 24, 2017

For centuries, Europe and Christianity were symbiotic. Now, Europe's churches practice a lukewarm Christianity and Europe's politicians have gone belly-up to appease the growing Muslim population. The ordinary European, if not brain-washed by the nobility of making his country multicultural, appears bemused, if not entirely paralyzed. Soeren Kern highlights how far this process of European dhimmitude has come by examples of the muting of Christmas in Europe out of deference to Muslim 'sensitivity.'

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FRANCE: ESCALATING MUSLIM ANTI-SEMITISM

by Yves Mamou, November 16, 2017

Yves Mamou writes about two types of Muslim anti-Semitism. There's the hard-core Jew-hate that leads to acts of terrorism and there's soft Jew-hate that accuse Jews as being behind any accusation of Muslim wrongdoing. Not so long ago in France, associating Islam with anti-Semitism would land the speaker in court. Now, the problem is so extensive, it can't be hidden. "One out of every three racist crimes committed in France in 2016 was against Jews — who make up less than 1% of the population. ... [and] the overwhelming majority of the attackers are Muslim." Physical attacks, intimidation and fear-creation have corroded the Jewish neighborhoods. As a result, Jews have left the country or at least have moved out of once stable neighborhoods that now are populated by large numbers of uncivilized Muslims.

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FRANCE: MUSLIMS IN, JEWS OUT

by Giulio Meotti, November 15, 2017

The article above is about large-scale group dynamics that have impacted the lives of many Jewish communities in France. It differentiated the type of religous Jew-hate that underlies open acts of terror and the more seething type of Jew-hate that sees a Jewish conspiracy whenever a Muslim is blamed or accused of an immoral or criminal act. This article fills in details on a more personal level. Giulio Meotti writes of Jews leaving French suburban communities which used to have heavy concentrations of Jews, abandoning their neighborhoods to the Muslims who moved in and made life insecure and often impossibly awful for the Jews. Decades ago, some of these Jews were forced to flee French-speaking Middle East countries and, now, once again they need to pick up and leave. This time, many are returning to the Middle East, to Israel. The comments on the article are, for the most part, thoughtful and well-worth reading. Many make the point articulated by Yehoshua Friedman, one of the commentators, "Europeans did not want 6 million Jews. Now they will get 60 million Muslims."

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ARABS IN ISRAEL

The Arabs in Israel? Arab woman may be treated as chattel at home, but as human shields, they and their children have become a major weapon of war and propaganda. At the same time, less use is being made of the earliest successful Arab propaganda weapon, the 1948 Arab refugees. They continue to thrive and multiply as wards of the UN. But, increasingly, people are asking for a realistic count of how many refugees there are and how the funds donated to them have been used. Israel is doing better at thwarting Palestinian incursion and take-over of Jewish land. And the Israeli public is less sanguine about the possibility of peace, given the profound Arab hatred of the Jewish state. Perhaps the comedy team, Latma, acting as Arabs, says it best, "We lie about the facts. The facts. The facts. Because it works. It works."


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CHILDREN DYING TO KILL

by Eli E. Hertz

Eli Hertz describes how the Arabs in Gaza, Samaria and Judea sacrifice their children voluntarily and with pride by sending them out as suicide-murderers, where the children die while killing Jews. The desire to be a shahid is inculcated in the youngsters from the time they are toddlers. The Arab leadership sees this as a win-win. If the Israelis wound or kill an Arab child, the news media excoriates Israel. If the Israeli soldier flat out refuses to harm the child, he or those near him are likely to pay for this decision with their lives. As Hertz says of this monstrous practice, "A criminal Palestinian Arab leadership, along with cowardly and intimidated Palestinian parents on the West Bank and Gaza, exploit their children to engage in armed conflict — in opposition to values held by the rest of the civilized world and in flagrant violation of international law and common decency."

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PALESTINIANS: WHERE HAVE THEY GONE?

by Shoshana Bryen, December 26, 2017

Shoshana Bryen suggests this might be a good time "to review the number of Palestinian 'refugees' in the world and the world's obligation to them." Almost every refugee around the whole wide world is resettled well within a decade. Except the Palestinian Arab refugees. They are the only ones in the world that can 'inherit' their refugee status from their (great)(grand)parents. In fact, there are currently only around 30,000-50,000 who actually fled Israel in 1948, when the armies of the Arab states invaded. Yet some 5 million Arabs (6 million, if you believe the PA), most of whom have never been in Israel, have, as wards of UNRWA, access to free food, housing, education and medical care. And the numbers increase year by year. What is more bizarre, when an actual count was made in Lebanon, thousands of these refugees didn't seem to exist. In Lebanon, UNRWA, the agency that handles these refugees, receives money, on a per head basis, for 440,957 refugees. But only around 174,530 were there when they did a counting. 60% of the refugees had gone missing. How did these refugees disappear? Where has all the extra money gone? And why did UNRWA claim a budget shortfall? Millions more Palestinian Arab refugees live in Jordan, Syria, Gaza and the West Bank. We can expect missing refugees there also.

Far from being a mystery, the discrepancy may have a simple explanation. It has always been understood that the number of persons counted as refugees was inflated. (Read here.) Deaths are not reported. Local Arabs signed up as 'refugees' for the benefits; and their progeny continue to receive them. Moreover, after 1967 when Israel recovered Samaria and Judea, UNRWA added stateless persons to its refugee list. Besides the sloppy ways the list of refugees has been incremented, 'ghost-counting' was inflated because "Jerusalem Palestinians are double-counted — once as Palestinian Authority residents and once as Israeli Palestinians. And more than 100,000 babies born abroad are registered as West Bank residents." The count is further increased because Arabs who have become citizens of Arab countries or who live abroad are still counted as refugees. In other words, even the refugees available for counting are overestimated. And the higher figure that includes 'the missing' was never close to accurate. Again, where did the money go?

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BAR MITZVAH FOR BOY RESCUED FROM ARAB VILLAGE

by Mordechai Sones, November 28, 2017

It is an open secret that there are many Jewish girls, usually from lower-class or dysfunctional families, marrying Arab boys, who court them and treat them like royalty. Until they marry and the woman goes off to live with him in his all-Arab village. Suddenly, she's treated like a Muslim woman - as chattel, as an undervalued slave, who can be beaten whenever her husband chooses, good for nothing but to keep house and produce children. (see the video "Maya, Daughter of Hamas Sheikh" here.) Mordechai Sones writes of such a woman who asked a rescue organization, Yad L'Achim, for help after she almost died from abuse. The rescue mission was successful and, bringing the story into the present, her son just became Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall. Another article by Sones is about a young man raised as Muslim in eastern Jerusalem who dreamt of becoming a 'shahid,' He discovered he was Jewish — his Jewish mother having married a Muslim. Slowly he began to exploring Judaism and completely changed his lifestyle. (see here.)

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CLEANING UP EAST JERUSALEM

by David M. Weinberg, November 17, 2017

David Weinberg writes of ways the Jerusalem municipality is protecting Israeli sovereignty in the eastern part of Jerusalem against Palestinian Authority incursion. Early this November, cleaning crews, protected by police, came into the area for a "sweep and clean" session. They hauled away "abandoned vehicles, piles of garbage, and rubble from ruined buildings. They took down dangerously placed signs and illegal sheds. They erased graffiti, fixed broken street lights, and painted road safety markings." They also checked that people under house arrest were actually at home. Clean-up should certainly improve the lives of ordinary residents but many people saw this as "part of a broader plan to ensure effective and equitable Israeli rule over a united Jerusalem." Edging out PA authority and asserting Israeli sovereignty is being done by "demarcating the area of activity of the municipal street cleaner, the youth counselor at the local community center, the building inspector, the road engineer, the policeman and the social worker, who provide services for the residents and are clearly identified with Israeli institutions." Whether local schools in the area will use Israeli or Palestinian curricula is another area of struggle. "Some [parents] support the introduction of the Israeli curriculum into schools so as to broaden their children's educational and professional horizons, while those affiliated with the PA wish to preserve the Palestinian curriculum due to its national characteristics." [What a polite way to describe incitement to terrorism!] In addition, tax collectors and building inspectors can play a role in encouraging quiet orderly neighborhoods not racked by constant riots. As Weinberg writes, "When multiple families in a clan are hit hard for back taxes and utility bills, as well as for social security fraud, the neighborhood suddenly goes quiet and the disturbances peter out."

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BACK TO ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATIONS? SOME BASIC TRUTHS

by Amb. Alan Baker, November 14, 2017

If you don't already understand that the Arabs nurse a profound and likely intractable hatred towards the Jewish state and will do whatever they can to destroy Israel, you can learn by inference from Amb. Alan Baker's list of conditions that must come into existence to have peace between Israel and the local Palestinian Arabs. He points out that peace is impossible in the current atmosphere, in which the Arab leadership disregards the promises made when signing the Oslo Accords, in which the Arab leadership incites the populace and encourages them to hate the Jews and in which they continue to deny Israel's right to exist. Their attempts to win a state by diplomatic means underscores that their professions of wanting a negotiated peace are insincere. Nor has the international community done anything to encourage Arabs to change. International organizations continue to accept Arab professions of peace while ignoring their hostile activities towards Israel. Baker cautions the US to understand that without a real change in Arab attitudes and behavior, the Israeli public will have no inclination to enter into negotiations. Bitter experience, he might have added, has made the Israeli public wise, if not their leadership.

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COMMUNICATING NOISE, NOT SIGNAL

Two of this set of articles describe major information sources that we can no longer rely upon. The third, the article by Matti Friedman, describes how social media sources can scoop classic news and TV and thus control initial perceptions.


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THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA'S MISDIRECTION ON JERUSALEM

by Evelyn Gordon

Distorting, lying, minimizing, trivializing, eliminating context, omitting important information, rewriting history and geography, attributing affect and beliefs diametrically opposite to the actual ones for both Arabs and Jews, and ignoring the devotion of the Jewish people to Jerusalem for thousands of years! In this gem of an essay, Evelyn Gordon describes how The New York Times and other prominent media sources have used all of these sleazy tactics to defend their silly assertion that Jerusalem hasn't been all that important to the Jews over the centuries. I wonder if these once-reputable information sources have taken as their model of reliability UNESCO, which simply one day decided to believe that the Temple Mount wasn't Jewish. Is it possible that institutions, like people, can manufacture false memories in their declining years? Is the New York Times suffering from Falzheimers?

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THE WORLD'S MOST POTENT BAD ACTORS

by Rael Jean Isaac

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that are "potent bad actors" are international organizations with lofty mission statements on public policy and human rights. They claim to be impartial "champions of human rights" but in fact, have an unacknowledged anti-Israel mission. Rael Jean Isaac writes about Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI), NGOs that use their credentials to demonize Israel. They ignore facts and geographic/historic context. Israel does, after all, do an admirable job continuing to be democratic and humane, despite living in a dangerous neighborhood, surrounded by Muslim states that abide by the primitive 'religious' notions of their bloodthirsty founder. These NGOs have a simple formula: Israel can do no right, the Arab states and the Palestinian Arabs no wrong. Their message is constant, although they dress it in trendy contexts.

Isaac writes that these sort of NGOs are now also going after bigger game: propagandizing for and physically enabling Middle Eastern and African migrants to breach Europe's borders. In their zeal, they have ignored legal requirements and physical safety. "[H]uman rights NGOs operating in the Mediterranean [...] [are] in effect partnering with human smuggling rings." Isaac notes other ironies in this ill-considered gambit. "The NGOs draw upon Europe's feelings of guilt for its colonial past and above all for the Holocaust. ...Yet it is precisely the huge wave of Moslems, the vast majority of migrants, with their entrenched anti-Semitism, that will ensure that Jews are forced to flee a hostile Europe."

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IN WAR, THE BATTLE TODAY IS LESS ON THE GROUND THAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA

by Matti Friedman, December 14, 2017

Matti Friedman is a reporter and columnist who in recent years has begun to reflect on how the media have reported events involving Israel. Much more often than not, reporters have blatantly been biased against Israel, shaping the actual facts — emphasizing some, omitting much — into a weapon to injure Israel's reputation. In this article he reviews a book by David Patrikarakos with the intriguing title, War In 140 Characters. Patrikarokos writes of the early 1990s and on, when the digital landscape was beginning to become the important battleground. People's perceptions were what counted, not the events themselves. The story transmitted by the social media might be supported by (embellished) information from the actual physical battleground or the information necessary to win that particular information battle might be total fabrication. Friedman points out that the Middle East pious Muslims such as Hizbollah and those running the Islamic State have shown first-rate talent in gaining attention and convincing a global audience of the authenticity of their messages.

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HISTORY SECTION

In addition to examining some historical events, this sections speaks of some new discoveries of ancient artifacts and some recent uncovering of art and texts from the Holocaust.

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People look over record book from 1836 that is displayed at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. These documents along with more than 170,000 other pages are part of a recently discovered trove of Jewish materials from Lithuania thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

During the Holocaust, the Nazis destroyed books and stole art produced and/or owned by the Jews. More than 170,000 pages of textual material was found in the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania. The story is here. And some of the painting stolen by the Nazis have been discovered and a small fraction of these have been returned to the families of the Jewish owners. The section has an article on one such art collection.


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ANCIENT TOMB DOOR WITH STUNNING MENORAH CARVING REVEALED IN ISRAEL

by James Rogers, December 19, 2017

James Rogers writes of the recent display of an ancient tomb door with a carving of a menorah that was found in Tiberias in 2010. The Umayyads used the door as a base for a pillar inside a mosque. The mosque was destroyed by an earthquake in 1068. In the Crusader era, the door was part of a complex where they produced sugar. The building collapsed at the beginning of the thirteenth century. Other recent discoveries include a 1500-year-old Christian mosaic in Ashdod (see article below) and the 3200-year old skeleton of a pregnant woman in the Timna Valley. A section of the Western Wall has been uncovered; it was hidden for 1,700 years. And some experts "believe they have found the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, which was the home of Jesus' apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip." Some new evidence supports dating Christ's tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Roman era.

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WHERE MACCABEES OVERTHREW IDOLATRY, EARLY GEORGIAN CHRISTIAN MOSAIC UNCOVERED

by Amanda Borschel-Dan, November 23, 2017

Amanda Borschel-Dan writes about a mosaic excavated in Ashdod, at the ancient city of Ashdod-Yam. It provides archaeologists with several firsts. There is evidence in Jerusalem that Georgians were in Israel in the Byzantine period, but this is the first Georgian church or monastery discovered on the Israeli coast. It is the earliest known use of the Georgian calendar in the world, Georgia itself not excepted. The inscription on the mosaic is in Greek and states that the church's construction was started in 292 according to the Georgian calendar (the year 539 CE.) And it is the first solid evidence "for the tradition connecting Peter the Iberian to Ashdod-Yam." Peter was a bishop. The Bir el Qutt inscriptions discovered in 1953 and written in Georgian script are evidence that he founded the first Georgian monastery in Bethleham. This new mosaic supports the tradition that Peter was affiliated with Ashdod.

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WHEN AND WHY THE WEST BEGAN TO 'DEMONIZE' MUHAMMAD

by Raymond Ibrahim, November 2017

The standard take on the Crusades is that they were attempts to colonize the peaceable Islamic states in the Middle East. Karen Armstrong, a well-known white-washer and apologist for Islam, explained, "Ever since the Crusades, people in the west have seen the prophet Muhammad as a sinister figure...The scholar monks of Europe stigmatised Muhammad as a cruel warlord who established the false religion of Islam by the sword." Raymond Ibrahim points out that this is historically incorrect. The West began to loath the prophet of the "Saracens" for his bloody ways starting at or very soon after Mohammad's conquests began. They were repulsed by his senseless brutality and his extravagant killing of villagers and monks, who took no part in his battles. As knowledge of Islamic theology became more detailed, the Arab paradise was describes as a "sexual brothel", "Allah was denounced as an impostor deity" and Mohammad as "a cruel warlord". By the time of the Crusades, these and similar depictions of Islam had a four-hundred year history.

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PRECIOUS NAZI ARTWORKS HIDDEN FOR DECADES REVEALED TO THE PUBLIC

by Justin Huggler, November 1, 2017

The occasion for this article was a recent exhibition of prime art works collected by a Nazi dealer and not shown until recently. Justin Huggler writes that many of these were simply looted from their Jewish owners by the Nazis and many were confiscated under the pretext that they were degenerate art. "While hundreds of the works in the collection are suspected of being stolen by the Nazis, only six have so far been identitied as looted, and only four returned to their rightful owners."

What Huggler writes about this specific collection is also true for the many paintings hanging in private collections and museums over the world: Many of them were looted from Jewish owners. Many people who currently own them thought the sale legitimate. Many knowingly bought and sold them directly or via laundering through several exchanges. The chaos created by the Nazis is still with us.

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REFLECTIONS ON DEIR YASSIN, THE NAKBA, AND WAR CRIMES

by Dr. Arnon Groiss, November 22, 2017

Arnold Groiss uses two recently-published books with different viewpoints — one by Eliezer Tauber and one by Adel Manna — to provide context for the Deir Yassin massacre in the 1968 war. Israel's Arab neighbors invaded the newborn Jewish State expecting an easy victory and a wholesale slaughter of the Jews. The Arabs lost and labeled the reality Nakba, disaster. Most of the Arabs in Israel fled the country either through fear or from orders of the Arab leaders during the invasion. The inhabitants of Deir Yassin were unique because they stayed and fought from their houses until the end. According to Tauber, the Israelis resorted to house-to-house fighting, "storming in while shooting. This resulted in many casualties, including non-combatants." War is ugly but house-to-house fighting is SOP and not a massacre. Except for one incident, those that surrendered were unharmed (see here). Manna describes the scenes in Deir Yassir in detail but ignores that "the surviving inhabitants of [Jewish] Kfar Etzion, for example, were massacred after their surrender." The embroidered alleged massacre boomeranged in that the "mention of Deir Yassin brought about mass flight or hasty surrender of villagers elsewhere..."

Manna claims Israel had a premeditated policy of ethnic cleansing, which Groiss says is totally wrong. Israel's Arab policy for Arabs that did not flee was predicated on the explicit instructions of the Hagana's Commander-in-Chief Israel Galili: "Acknowledgment of the full rights, needs, and freedom of the Arabs in the Hebrew state without any discrimination, and a desire for coexistence on the basis of mutual freedom and dignity." And indeed, the Arabs that didn't flee became citizens of the new state, with voting rights and the same rights as any other citizen. In the same war, in stark contrast, the Arabs who conquered Judea and Samaria (relabeled the West Bank) and some of the eastern part of Jerusalem destroyed entire localities and expelled their populations to the last person. "Not a single Jew was left in Gezer, Revadim, Ein Tzurim, Masuot Yitzhak, Mishmar Hayarden, or Nitzanim after their surrenders [...] The Jewish presence in the areas occupied by the Arabs during the war was totally eradicated. All Jewish lands were taken over by the Arab authorities, leaving them completely 'Judenrein'."

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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2017 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

There is a separate file that is the index for the articles on the Blog-Ed page. You can access an article immediately from this index by clicking on the item in the index.

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Please note that The Blog-Ed pages for November-December 2017 are not currently available.

Different Blog Ed pages will be down intermittently until the Archive structure is in place. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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FEATURED STORIES

July-October 2017

What we are talking about in the July–October 2017 Issue

  1. Theme of this Issue (Lipkin)
  2. Muslim Apostates (Joshi, Rizvi, Silas, Muehlenberg, Cline)
  3. Converts to Islam (Esman, Hoffman, Arasli)
  4. Lone Wolf Terrorists (Lipkin, Lenarz, Poole, Goudsmit, Gartenstein-Ross)
  5. Political Islam (Medoff, Harrod, Levy, Roy, Poller, Darwish)
  6. {Palestinian Arabs On The Temple Mount (Gerstenfeld, Silverberg, Elder of Ziyon, Shulman, Frisch)
  7. Arabs In Israel And The Territories (Weinberg, Ziri, Merkley, Shragai, Joffe, Greenfield)
  8. Israel's Legal Reponse To The Arab Problem (Ettinger, Beres, Baruch, Baker)
  9. Muslims In USA (Shaw, Bergman, Spencer, Peyser, Fitzgerald)
  10. Muslims in Europe (McCarthy, Kern, Watson, Milliere, Bawer, Kouri)
  11. Public Relations (Greenfield, Klein, Cravatts, Kedar)
  12. History Section (Shragai, Ben-David, Loewenberg, Ross, Izikovich, Cohen)
  13. Blog-Eds July-October Blog-Eds


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.


THE THEME OF THIS ISSUE
This issue is about Islam and how it affects the religious practices and lifestyles of Muslims everywhere. A Rule of Thumb that holds up well (no pun intended): the more pious the Muslim, the more likely he is to promote Islam by marginalizing the natives of his host country, by putting sharia law above the law of the land, by terrorizing the public into passivity and a willingness to be dhimmi, by insisting his demands be met and, if his scheme doesn't work, playing the victim.
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MUSLIM APOSTATES

Leaving one's religion, whether to atheism or to another religion is never easy. For a Muslim, it is particularly difficult, even if the ex-Muslim is not living in a Muslim country that punishes apostasy with death. The general Muslim community has no sympathy and his family is often blamed for this, which puts another emotional burden on the apostate. The ex-Muslim is leaving not just religious values, but an entire configuration of attitudes toward his community and the outside world. Tanveer Ahmed, a psychiatrist living in Australia, has written, [It] "is one of the biggest barriers to the reform of Islam, that Muslim identity is so tightly wrapped up in the expression of self. We may see hijabs and beards as external markers but they are fashion accessories to an inner outfit of historical injustice, moral superiority and a barely disguised middle finger to Anglo-Saxon, mainstream Australia." (see here.) This set of articles deal with this issue, including two scholarly articles on apostasy in Islam, one from the Muslim perspective, one from the Christian perspective.

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LEAVING ISLAM IN NORTH AMERICA

by Hrishikesh Joshi

The more a Muslim country conforms to the precepts in the Koran, the harsher the punishment for leaving Islam. Moreover, there is strong grassroots support for the death penalty for apostasy. So it is unlikely that someone leaving Islam will find support from his family, friends or community. Hrishikesh Joshi writes about leaving Islam in the West. Even in the USA and Canada, many simply hide their atheism rather than confront family pressure or hostility towards his family. Hrishikesh Joshi writes of an support organization for ex-Muslims, which helps many. Considering the hostility of many on the Left to religion in general, we'd expect liberals to support Muslims leaving the mosque. Liberals certainly applaud a Christian becoming an atheist. But the attitude toward a Muslim leaving Islam is one of suspicion and anger. The Liberal is more likely to support the religious hierarchy and deny that practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) exists.

In a related area, this is a video where students support religious freedom for Muslims, not Christians.

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APOSTACY IN ISLAM

by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi

This is an authoritative paper on the laws of apostasy, particularly as applied to a convert of Islam. It was written by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, a Muslim scholar. It is important in that it counteracts the glib phrases Muslim proselytizers throw around such as 'There is no compulsion in the religion.' From Rizvi, we learn the 'if's' and 'but's' that change the conditions under which this actually applies. Rizvi deals with apostasy by Muslims that sign up voluntarily or by being born into a Muslim family and then decide to leave the 'only true religion.' If you follow him on his narrow path of reasoning, it sort of makes sense, sort of, that the only punishment that can possibly apply to the ex-Muslim is death. It helps if you believe as he does that "If a person is raised in a society which protects his soul from the impurities of atheism (kufr) and polytheism (shirk), or if a person is shown the Right Path and accepts it willingly — can such a person reject the Islamic faith?" As the Prophet Muhammad himself said, "Every child is born with the believing nature (al-fitra), it is his parents who make him into a Jew or a Christian."

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THE PUNISHMENT FOR APOSTASY FROM ISLAM

by Silas

This is a sister article to the one by Ayyid Muhammad Rizvi above on Islamic law on apostasy, but written from a Christian rather than a Muslim perspective. A scholar who goes by the nom de plume of Silas writes on the consequences of leaving Islam. For 1400 years, the sentence for apostasy has been clear and unambiguous: death by execution for a man, life imprisonment for a woman. They have insulted Islam.

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ISLAM, APOSTASY AND THE DEATH PENALTY

by Bill Muehlenberg

Bill Muehlenberg writes that there are 12 countries — all of them Islamic — that punish apostasy with the death penalty and in another, Pakistan, blasphemy is punishable by death. Every other human on the planet — i.e. non-Muslims — has three choices: convert to Islam, become a dhimmi (a second-class citizen) or die. That is Islam's policy. When facts on the ground become propitious, Muslims will act on what their religion requires. Muehlenberg rejects current fallacious arguments that this doesn't represent "real" Islam by citing some pertinent Islamic books. This is a shorter but information-filled essay that nicely sums up what the articles above elaborate in detail.

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AN UNNECESSARY DICHOTOMY

by Edward Cline

In what might well become a classic essay, Edward Cline writes about the impact of Islam on a believer, even one who later rejects it. Islam is weirdly different in its strong grip even on those who knew it only as children. His 'case study' is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a well-known Muslim apostate and women's rights activist. In recent years, she has modified her previous outright rejection of Islam because of its practices. In 2015, Ali wrote an article suggesting that "[t]o defeat the extremists for good, Muslims must reject those aspects of their tradition that prompt some believers to resort to oppression and holy war (here). Her current suggestions are how to bring Islam into the modern era and make it, truly, a religion of peace [emphasis added]. Whatever the dynamics that are going on in Ali's psyche, as Cline makes clear, Ali can't strip Islam of its intrinsic features and expect a gutted version with no theological-political legs to stand on to attract people looking for an all-encompassing super-power that at best tells them what to do and too often gives them permission to do the monstrous things they want to do.

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CONVERTS TO ISLAM

It is a fact that the majority of terrorist acts are committed by converts. Why this is true is speculation based on available data. The monograph at https://www.icct.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/ICCT-Schuurman-Grol-Flower-Converts-June-2016.pdf discusses the literature on the overrepresentation of "converts to Islam in Islamist militancy and foreign fighting." It tentatively proposes several hypothesis:

(1) "Most converts, radicalised or not, are disillusioned to some degree with modern or Western life and have displayed some form of anti-social or stigmatised behaviour, such as alcohol or drug abuse, before converting. Such background factors therefore do not appear to be discriminating variables when it comes to accounting for how and why some converts to Islam embrace extremism and militancy."

(2) [They are] "targeted by extremist networks" and the influence of friends and partners with radical views."

(3) "Findings also emphasize the role that "inspirational preaching" can play."

The authors of the monograph don't feel there is yet sufficient data to come to firm conclusions.

The articles in this section examine aspects of the issue. One in particular, the essay by Jahangir Arasli, integrates data and context into a coherent summary. He doesn't disagree that the future terrorist has particular stresses, but the question is: what impels him to Islam? As Arasli writes, "The problems causing this crisis might be psychological, personal, social, or of a combined nature. But whatever the source of the problem, the individuals came to see conversion to Islam as a remedial solution to their troublesome life experiences." And does he see Islam as a benign religion that will calm him or as one authorizing rage and violence? The article makes an excellent starting point for more research into a subject that we must understand because it is vital to our security.


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CONVERTS TO ISLAM AS JIHADISTS

by Abigail R. Esman, July 17, 2017

Abigail R. Esman writes about American and European converts to Islam. Surprisingly, native-born converts to Islam are "are four times more likely to become terrorists than those who are born Muslims." Most of these are women. Converts, particularly women, are actively recruited by terrorists organizations because they "operate freely in Europe, Asia, and North America without arousing the suspicion of security authorities." And they recruit others. This is making for new thinking in the counter-intelligence community on how to handle this new threat.

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ANSWERS TO WHY PEOPLE BECOME TERRORISTS

by Bruce Hoffman

Bruce Hoffman discusses the multiple possible and probable reasons why people become terrorists. He concludes, "At the start of the war on terrorism a dozen years ago the enemy was clear and plainly in sight. It was a large terrorist organization, situated mostly in one geographic location, and it was led by an identifiable leader. Today, when the borders between domestic and international terrorism have blurred, when our adversaries are not only identifiable organizations but enigmatic individuals, a complete re-thinking of our counterterrorism policies and architecture is needed."

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VIOLENT CONVERTS TO ISLAM: GROWING CLUSTER AND RISING TREND

by Jahangir E. Arasli

Jahangir E. Arasli provides us with an excellent historical overview, pointing out that the 9/11 attack "marked the beginning of a new stage of overt, broad confrontation of the Global Jihad Movement (GJM) against the Western world." The membership of the GJM is planet-wide. Arasli's descriptions of individuals who converted to Islam and became jihadists illustrate the "wide range of individuals, activities, and operational patterns" in the amalgamation of future converts, converts to Islam and Muslim immigrant communities in the GJM. There is sufficient evidence to start making some general statements of who is likely to convert, why he chooses Islam and how this leads to acts of terrorism.

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THE MYTH OF THE "LONE WOLF" TERRORIST

by Julie Lenarz

Julie Lenarz provides us with information on terrorists who were labeled 'long wolf' but were nothing of the sort. She sums up her article this way: "In an interconnected world, so-called 'lone wolf' jihadists are almost always part of a lethal pack. And they will continue prowling for prey, undeterred, until we recognize them as such." It might be hard to convince those who, despite all the evidence, cling to the belief that each act of terrorism is unique, unaffiliated, local and random.

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TO MAKE A WESTERNIZED TERRORIST: COMBINE RESURGENT ISLAM AND AMERICAN SOFTHEADEDNESS

by Bernice Lipkin

[This is a reposting of an article that first appeared on Think-Israel April 30, 2013. Part 5 includes a section on the economic reasons why Lone Wolf and Small Group Terrorism using locals would increase, as it has, compared to spectacular and expensive stunts like using a flotilla to gain entry to Gaza. This was the introduction:]

Bernice Lipkin examines the determined efforts of jihadists, aided and abetted by an Administration that is an adherent of the ideology of "progressivism." An unforeseen consequence has been the emergence of the Westernized Muslim terrorist, who is native to the West or who has lived here much of his life. The Lone Wolf and small group terrorists, provided they are imbued with passionate commitment, have advantages over the imported jihadist. They have local knowledge and already "fit" into the environment. The most compelling reason for large terror organizations to utilize them is that it is cost-effective. As Lipkin points out, "Supplies are cheap and terror enthusiasts are plentiful. With reduced need for a large cast, synchronous operations and complicated equipment, the 'script writer' can more easily mock up a plot to use at an oncoming event that will guarantee attention." "There is likely to be more opportunity for roughly scripted rather than rigidly choreographed direction. The field workers may be given the plot and left to work out the details. Or some tasks may be carefully timed and others left for improvisation depending on the circumstances." Until America changes its ways, Islam's activities on behalf of Islamic supersessionism will continue.

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'LONE WOLF,' OR 'KNOWN WOLF'? THE ONGOING COUNTER-TERRORISM FAILURE

by Patrick Poole

[This is a reposting of an article that first appeared on Think-Israel, October 24, 2014. This was the introduction:]

Patrick Poole writes about other consequences of the fallacious belief that we need to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) rather than fight devout Muslims willing to be extremely violent in the service of Islam, sustained by the certainty that Mohammad would approve of what they do. Poole makes the case that far from being untraceable nonentities, "terrorist actors are almost always part of a network who were involved in recruiting and tasking terrorist activity." As evidence, he writes of cases we've all heard of. As one example, Russian Intelligence had alerted the FBI that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers who blasted people watching the Boston Marathon, was a radical Islamist. He was also readily tied to the near decapitation of three Jews, one of whom was said to be Tsarnaev's best friend, in what may have been a terrorist 'rite of passage'. But there was no follow-up. Major Hasan at Fort Hood is another example. I don't know what else Hasan could have done to alert people that he was fanatical about protecting his people, other Muslims. Yet the army authorities ignored all indications because he was a Muslim. Which raises another question: why would the Obama administration lay the blame for terrorist acts on everything but what the Koran decrees is acceptable behavior in the service of Islam?

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SELF-RADICALIZATION IS A LEFTIST OXYMORON

by Linda Goudsmit

The term Lone Wolf suggests that with no pre-history of radicalism or dedication to Islam or urging by his family, friends or a jihadi group, some one wakes up one morning, suddenly suffering from — as Daniel Pipes calls it — Sudden Jihad Syndrome. The opposite is true. Linda Goudsmit points out, "Radicalization is an interactive social phenomenon. Radicalization happens socially in mosques. Radicalization happens socially in cultural centers. Radicalization happens socially in prisons. Radicalization happens socially in schools. Radicalization happens socially in homes. Radicalization happens socially on social media. Radicalization is not a monologue - it is a dialogue with Islam and there are no lone wolves." She points out that what characterizes the terrorist isn't being Muslim per se. It is being Muslim, following sharia law strictly and being imbued with the desire to make the whole world Islamic; in other words, Muslim terrorists are very pious Muslims.

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LONE WOLVES NO MORE; THE DECLINE OF A MYTH

by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross writes of the growing skepticism that a single terrorist or a small group of terrorists are unaffiliated with a larger group that bolsters their morale, acts as handlers, trains them directly or and/or provides training material and instructs them how to use the equipment they need to carry out terrorist attacks. Nevertheless, the rate of rejection of the 'Lone Wolf' myth is so slow, I fear it will be a long time before we really understand that lone wolves are the foot soldiers of groups of salafists, who may have tactical differences but who are all dedicated to total war on everyone in the world who has not yet recognized that Islam is the master religion and sharia the law that must be followed.

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POLITICAL ISLAM

Islam is of course a religion. It does, however, demands of its adherents that they strive to make Islam the supreme religion in the world. The consequences have been — even disregarding for a moment its encouragement of acts of terror and violence — that Islam has been intrusive, disrupting the lives of people of other religions or no religion to an extraordinary degree. This set of articles is about the political aspects of Islam and some of the ways the very people that should be guarding our cultural mores and our lifestyle are corrupted.


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BIASED TEXTBOOKS TURNING YOUNG AMERICANS AGAINST ISRAEL, RESEARCH SHOWS

by Rafael Medoff

Pro-Palestinian propaganda described as "educational" is no longer confined to the lectures of Arab and far-left academics on college campuses. Rafael Medoff discusses anti-Israel bias in high-school text material, in particular the Arab World Studies Notebook, a 540-page volume of "unabashed propagandizing" and false information. The Notebook is ubiquitous. Some parents have complained at local schools and the Notebook has been withdrawn in several schools. But there has been no general withdrawal. In fact the book's author, Audrey Parks Shabbas, "has claimed the Notebook has been distributed to more than 10,000 teachers, and 'if each notebook teaches 250 students a year over 10 years, then you've reached 25 million students.'" The Editor's Addendum contains a 2003 letter pointing out problems with The Arab World Studies Notebook. They have yet to be corrected! And the Notebook continues to indoctrinate school age children.

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GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY STUMPS FOR THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

by Andrew Harrod

Many a University has been corrupted by Middle East 'donations' but Harvard, Columbia and Georgetown stand out for what they are willing to do for Arab money. President Bollinger of Columbia had the chutzpah to place Rashid Khalidi, one of Columbia's virulent Arab Jew-hating professors, on the search committee for the Chair of Modern Jewish Studies. The Harvard Kennedy School has been caught disseminating anti-Israel "work books" to high school teachers across New England. In this article, Andrew Harrod tells us of one of Georgetown University's attempts to whitewash the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), a major enabler of terrorism around the world. It was at an event called "Post-Arab Spring Middle East: Political Islam and Democracy," where speakers were willing to say that the MB "is traditionally a reformist, gradualist movement [which] is working on social change." Unbelievable, no? The moderator for the conference is the Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU), Jonathan Brown, who at another occasion tried "justifying the practice of slavery within Islam." This may all sound like moronic comedy, but it isn't funny. It corrupts educational faculty and they in turn no longer know how to teach students to think rigorously and impartially and base conclusions on evidence.

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MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD POLITICAL INFILTRATION ON STEROIDS

by Janet Levy, October 8, 2017

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has ambitious goals and the determination and resources to have a good shot at success. To make Islam supreme MB does whatever is necessary. It has talented operatives who can create working relationships with political leaders and it has assassins and terrorists, when it needs to pressure people to accept dhimmitude. In the USA, as Janet Levy writes, it "has focused on infiltrating all levels and branches of the U.S. government. More recently, the Muslim Brotherhood presence within the American political landscape has intensified, accelerated, and become more visible with the establishment of several nonprofit political action organizations." They are also running some of their people as candidates for Congress and state governments. This would increase their political clout, which they can supplement with well-placed donations to media, academics and politicians. They can hire people to turn out slick propaganda emphasizing their "multiculturalism and moderation. They work hard at achieving their goals and they don't waste time looking for "moderate Muslims". They leave that up to those who would like to deny that Islamic extremists have anything to do with Islam.

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POLITICAL ISLAM AFTER THE ARAB SPRING: BETWEEN JIHAD AND DEMOCRACY

by Olivier Roy

Some people still hold the view that terrorism and rioting and havoc by Muslims has nothing to do with Islam. This article by Olivier Roy is very much in keeping with such main stream writing on Islamization; i.e., terrorism is due to marginalization, poverty, feelings of rejection, anything but the direct action dictated by the Koran. Roy's view of Political Islam, to date, has had the predictive power of zero.

According to Wikipedia.org:

Roy wrote widely on the 2005 civil unrest in France, rebutting the suggestion that the violence was religiously inspired. He argues that Islamism is merely the rubric under which troubled youth enact their violent inclinations. A view adamantly opposed by Roy's intellectual rival, Gilles Kepel.

According to Judith Miller, in the wake of the September 11 attacks Roy argued that militant Islamism of the type represented by Al Qaeda had peaked and was fading into insignificance.

His book Secularism Confronts Islam (Columbia, 2007) offers a perspective on the place of Islam in secular society and looks at the diverse experiences of Muslim immigrants in the West. Roy examines how Muslim intellectuals have made it possible for Muslims to live in a secularized world while maintaining the identity of a "true believer." But Roy's thesis is not based in reality. At best it describes some atypical Muslims. As we learn more about Muslim terrorists, their families, their life style and their absorption of the teachings of the Koran, it becomes more obvious that Roy's image of a religious Muslim living harmoniously in Western secular society is invalid.

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THE ISLAM IN ISLAMIC TERRORISM: THE IMPORTANCE OF BELIEFS, IDEAS, AND IDEOLOGY

A book review by Nidra Poller, October 17, 2017

This is a review of a recent book written by Ibn Warraq, entitled 'The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: the Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology'. The public has been conditioned to react as directed 'to the lethal narrative strategy of jihad conquest. They do not think rationally, they react Islamically to assaults of all varieties, on all levels, from hijab fashion that they glorify to atrocious murders that they cover with flowers, candles and denial. The intellectual ravages are concealed behind a curtain of consensus.' Poller writes that Ibn Warraq, himself an apostate, firmly states that the 'beliefs, ideas, and ideology' of the subtitle of The Islam in Islamic Terrorism, are enshrined in the Koran, extended in the hadith and sunna, clarified and confirmed by certified Islamic scholars, and translated into action from generation to generation, from the time of Islam's prophet to the present day." In sum, "Islamic ideology gives the jihadi the framework within which to exercise his brutalized will." And no stack of rosy portraits of Islam will change what has been the bitter truth since Islam came into being.

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THE OLD ARAB FEAR TACTIC THAT CAME TO WASHINGTON

by Nonie Darwish

Nonie Darwish writes about political Islam as practiced by such groups as the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS from a point of view that is not often considered by Westerners, i.e., its impact on the stability and future of the Arab countries. Darwish also discusses how favorite "tactics of the Arab media — to accuse people of collusion in order to silence any opposition — have now moved into US mainstream media regarding Trump and Russia, which the US media would apparently like to regard as their new "enemies." These are the same media that defend sharia law and inaccurately insist that Muslim terrorists who shout "Allahu Akbar" have "nothing to do with Islam." What next!

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PALESTINIAN ARABS ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT

JDF capture Temple Mount

We all know this picture from 1967 when the Jews won back a piece of Jerusalem from the bad guys, the Jordanians, who had snatched it two decades before, just when the modern State of Israel was born, or, as some say, reincarnated. Do we also know that General Moshe Dayan, the Jewish guy with black cloth masking his lost eye, let the Arabs keep control of the Temple Mount, which is located in the piece of Jerusalem that the Jordanians had snatched? Big mistake. The conquered Arabs stopped being worried the Jews would do unto them as they would have done unto the Jews, had they won the Six-Day War. They started asserting their right to destroy Jewish archaeological finds at the Temple Mount and restrict Jews from coming there. So we had the ugly contrast of Arab children playing soccer on the Mount, while Jews stoop to all sorts of ruses to be able to pray at the holiest site in Judaism without being arrested. Now after only a half century, the Israeli Administration has forbidden soccer-playing. How long will it be before Jews can freely pray on the site of the Second Temple?

WATCH: Israeli police enforce 'no soccer playing' rule on Temple Mount, October 11, 2017.

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RECURRING PATTERNS: THE TEMPLE MOUNT RIOTS

by Manfred Gerstenfeld, August 6, 2017

Manfred Gerstenfeld brings us up-to-date on the latest rioting on the Temple Mount: the Arabs stabbed two Israeli Druze policemen with weapons they had hidden in the al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel installed metal detectors to prevent Arabs from storing weapons in their mosques to have them on hand the next time they decide to stab someone. (Consider how many people in the Waqf had to know about the weapons and did nothing.) Palestinian preachers, angry at this restriction on their right to kill, stirred up their audience. The Arabs dutifully rioted. As it does too often, Israel foolishly backed down and removed the metal detectors. The riots continued.

Arab excuses change seasonally or because of some event, but the Palestinian Arab response is constant: rioting, nasty behavior, terrorism. If it didn't do so much damage, it would be a bore. Having the PA authorities start recurrent riots using some available excuse is such a recurrent pattern. Having the Arabs hide weapons in mosques, hospitals, UNRWA schools is a recurrent pattern. Having the foreign press blame the Jews is a recurrent pattern. Getting the Israelis to give the Arabs more concessions is getting to be less of a recurrent pattern. Who knows, maybe someday the Israelis will act like normal humans and stop the Arabs' obnoxious behavior. Now that might bring peace.

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THE TRUTH BEHIND THE TEMPLE MOUNT CONTROVERSY

by Mark Silverberg, August 1, 2017

Mark Silverberg considers some facts others ignore. Fact: the policemen that were stabbed were there to protect the site and the worshippers in the Mosque. Fact: it is a desecration to bring weapons to the Temple Mount. Fact: installing electronic security is done routinely in Mecca and Medina as it is in any important or populated place that would attract terrorists. Fact: many mosques have security installations. So why the uproar? Silverberg suggests that "[t]he essence of the struggle relates to a culture of hatred in Palestinian society that refuses to grant Jews in Jerusalem (specifically) and in Israel (in general) any status other than d'himmitude as non-Muslim subjects who must pay the jizya or head tax for protection in an Islamic-controlled Palestine that would stretch from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. This is consistent with Islamic doctrine that states that any land once under Muslim control is an endowment that must inevitably revert to Muslim rule." Abbas and the Palestinian Authority — the good terrorists — have continuously exacerbated this core Islamic belief. Even the Nazis tried to hide their massacring of Jews. The Arabs rejoice openly. Each murder of a Jew or even a non-Muslim is seen as an occasion to gleefully celebrate. Arab mothers celebrate the suicide-murders of their own children. Arab children grow up dreaming of becoming martyrs. Under these conditions, Israel's withdrawing the metal detectors can only be seen as an Arab victory, giving them the confidence to try more disgusting acts of terror in the future.

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APPLYING HONOR/SHAME TO THE METAL DETECTOR FIASCO

by Elder of Ziyon, July 24, 2017

Elder-of-Ziyon sees this latest manifestation of Arab irrationality as yet another example of the Muslin honor and shame culture at work. That Israel had the power to close the Temple Mount for a couple of days would be "a source of deep shame that has been buried for years by the fantasy of Waqf control." So what does a barbaric honor/shame culture do? Meditate? Review its lifestyle? See what it can reasonably salvage from the situation? Not when it can restore its sense of superiority by making Israel look like a loser. Elder-of-Ziyon points out, "The PA's reaction is completely bonkers by any normal yardstick. If the world wasn't so reflexively 'pro-Palestinian' it wouldn't coddle the crazy demands, but the Palestinians have made an art form of these kinds of crazy demands that end up sounding reasonable over the years of constant repetition." Maybe it's time for Israel to act the grown-up. It's time to stop feeding the fantasies of what one reader called "The People Who Never Were in a Country That Never Was".

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NEW YORK TIMES MISLEADING ABOUT TEMPLE MOUNT RIOTS

by Richard H. Shulman, July 25, 2017

Richard Shulman points out that Jordan recently violated rules of diplomatic immunity by retaining a guard of the Israeli Ambassador. The guard had thwarted an terrorist attack, killing the terrorist. It was quietly straightened out eventually. The media made no buzz over what can still be a bad precedent internationally. Jordan incurred no bad press.

Shulman also has an interesting take on this puzzling fact: "The media keep falsely accusing Israel of violating international law. The Arabs keep violating international law, but the media mostly overlooks it." How do the media make this work? Shulman suggests that "the media often describes Palestinian Arabs as 'outraged.' It gives no explanation for that, leaving the incorrect impression that they might have justification and that maybe Israel mistreats them." The Arabs have learned the media are on their side, no matter what the facts are. This is certainly true in how the media reported the Temple Mount riots. It is certainly true in larger issues, where the media act as if the Palestinian Arabs own Samaria and Judea. Were they to check with their own fact-checking department, they would learn that Samaria and Judea belong to the Jews in an irrevocable trust by international law. I suppose we won't be seeing Israel reclaim its own land any time soon, if it was willing to jeopardize its security on the Temple Mount because the Arabs rioted.

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ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS CRUCIAL FOR PEACE

by Prof. Hillel Frisch, July 24, 2017

As Professor Hillel Frisch writes, "Regardless of its direct security merits, Israel's decision to place metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount has been transformed by adversaries and Israel alike into an issue of sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Power-sharing there has always constituted a slippery slope to disaster. The murder of two Israeli policemen at the Temple Mount is an appropriate moment to rectify the situation by reasserting Israeli sovereignty over the holy site."

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ARABS IN ISRAEL AND THE TERRITORIES

It is frequently said that the Arab population in the Territories is helpless to stop the barbaric acts of the PA and Hamas leadership. It would be more accurate to say that they have the same attitude towards Israel as their leaders. They rejoice when Jews are murdered and often volunteer as suicide-murderers. They see nothing wrong in kidnapping Israeli soldiers; they build tunnels to get at the IDF. They lend themselves as human shields to protect missile sites. As this video shows, they corrupt their children and train them as assassins.


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EXPLOITED BY THE ENEMY

by David M. Weinberg, April 21, 2017

Jews and Arabs may live as neighbors but there is a big divide in their lifestyles and attitudes. This extends to large matters such as how much control someone should have over his own life and how much he can decide his own future. And it applies to what are considered 'weaknesses' in some societies: having compassion to one's enemies, showing kindness to strangers and helping those who need help. David Weinberg writes about the way some Arabs have paid back the medical treatment they received in Israel. Way back in 2005, people was shocked when an Arab girl who was having her face treated for massive burns was caught attempting to smuggle in explosives, so that she could blow up the people helping her. People were flabbergasted. It made no sense. To really twist the knife, she spoke enthusiastically about how many Jewish children she had hoped to kill. Nowadays, having women and even children attempt to smuggle in explosives and weaponry has become commonplace. David Weinberg worked at a medical center, where, at any time, Arab children from Gaza were a quarter of the patients. He tells the tale of a Arab who was the best match for his brother who needed a bone marrow transplant. Security was concerned because the older brother was a terrorist, but the medical staff overcame government and security objections and the Arab child got his transplant. News media don't let such incidents ruin their constant cry that Jews are evil.

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NEW UNRWA TEXTBOOKS FOR PALESTINIANS DEMONIZE ISRAEL AND JEWS

by Danielle Ziri, September 28, 2017

Danielle Ziri writes that schoolbooks in UNRWA schools have variations on three themes when talking about Jews: "delegitimization, demonization and indoctrination to violent struggle." Palestinian Arab children are taught that the Western Wall, Rachel's Tomb and even the Tomb of the Patriachs, where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah are buried, are Muslim holy places. Israel as a name is seldom used. Children are prepared for future war against the Jews. Killing Jews is a worthy goal. Considering that half of UNRWA's large budget goes to education, that's a lot of money going into poisoning the minds of Palestinian Arab children. The final irony is that UNRWA is an agency of the United Nations, which was created so that governments could resolved disputes peacefully.

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CAN CHRISTIANITY TAKE ROOT AGAIN IN THE ARAB WORLD?

by Paul Merkley, July 3, 2017

The future of Christianity in the Middle East is not promising. Paul Merkley writes that Christians, many of whose ancestors were living in the Middle East (ME) centuries before Muhammad, have been forced by Muslim mobs to flee their homes. They are welcome only in Israel, the one ME country where their numbers are growing. In Iraq in 1947, there were 4.7 million Christians. Now there are 200,000. They are persecuted by ISIS and by anti-ISIS groups. The local Kurds are hoping to create their own homeland, and the Christians remember the Kurds' attempted genocide of the Assyrians in the 1930's. Nor are the Europeans interested in their plight. So even if parts of Iraq are reclaimed from ISIS, it isn't likely the Christians will be returning to their homes.

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THE FABRICATED PALESTINIAN HISTORY

by Nadav Shragai

Saeb Erakat is the chief negotiator for the Palestinian Arabs. Saeb Erakat claims Canaanite descent. It is not unusual for the local Arabs, most of whom migrated into what is now Israel and the Territories within living memory, to claim kinship with one ancient people or another. Not letting actual history deter them, many claim linkage to ancient people who have been extinct for centuries. "As the argument goes, the Palestinians, by virtue of their being descendants of the Canaanites, or the Philistines, or the Jebusites, are the real indigenous nation that sprung organically from this land." It would be amusing except that after a while, the local Arabs begin to believe their own lies and get very annoyed at anyone who prefers the truth.

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PALESTINIAN SETTLER-COLONIALISM

by Dr. Alex Joffe, September 3, 2017

As Alex Joffe writes, "Evidence shows Palestinian Arabs descend primarily from three primary groups: Muslim invaders, Arab immigrants, and local converts to Islam." The Jews, on the other hand, "are the indigenous population of the Southern Levant; historical and now genetic documentation places Jews there over 2,000 years ago, and there is indisputable evidence of continual residence of Jews in the region." It would be accurate to say that it was the incoming Arabs that practiced colonialism, not the Jews.

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THE WAR FOR JERUSALEM

by Daniel Greenfield

When the modern state of Israel was born in 1948, her neighbors invaded, intending to take over the country and rid themselves of the Jews, once and for all. Jordan was more successful than the others. She managed to take control of a big chunk of the eastern part of Jerusalem as well as Samaria and Judea. It was during this time that the newish United Nations began to show how well it would carry out the dream of creating a space where countries could work out differences without going to war. Its way of handling Jews versus Arabs set a pattern. Jordanian Muslims shooting at Jews were ignored. Muslims building illegally were ignored. Jews daring to add to their houses were chastised. Jordan destroying Jewish synagogues, using grave stones as steps to the latrines and kicking out or killing every Jew in the newly-conquered piece of Jerusalem and the Territories was as pure an example of ethnic cleaning as there is. Yet no one objected. Certainly not the U.N.

Daniel Greenfield explores how differently the Jews and Arabs were treated. Another way of saying it is: the politicians condoned the Islamization of Jerusalem and did what they could to make it happen. We've progressed to where Jewish settlements (that is, Jewish towns and cities in Samaria and Judea) are considered obstacles to peace. What they mean is the Jewish residents are obstacles to giving away Jewish land. When Jordan joined the other Arab countries and invaded Israel again in 1967, Israel begged Jordan to stay out. Like so many with his political make-up, Moshe Dayan really didn't want to liberate Jerusalem. But Jordan went to war, lost and the secular Jews were stuck with having to handle their own property. What is puzzling is why the Jewish politicians and administrators continue go along with the pattern of unfairness the representatives of the governments of the world have established. Why don't they grow up and enjoy the gift of land that belongs to them?

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ISRAEL'S LEGAL RESPONSE TO THE ARAB PROBLEM

The Arabs loot, murder Jews with knives, guns and cars, kidnap citizens, set fires destroy orchards and steal cars. Israel responds, sort of. She jails murderers, and then pays for them to study for college degrees. She releases thousands of murderers for a couple of Jews or Jewish bodies. But, little by little, she is becoming stronger and more sensible. She is beginning to reclaim houses the Jordanians took from the Jews and filled with Arab squatters from neighboring countries. She is even working on stronger legal punishments against acts of terror. Slowly, little by little, she is beginning to accept her sovereign claim to the Territories and is beginning to act as normal people do when they are under attack.


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CONCESSIONS TO PALESTINIANS: CHOKING OR INFLAMING TERRORISM?

by Yoram Ettinger, October 03, 2017

Yoram Ettinger examines the patterns of Israel's concessions to the Palestinian Arabs. Do these actions contribute to peace or increase acts of terror? The consequences of some of her actions were predictable. She released Palestinians from jail, many there for committing grotesque murders. As you would expect, the rate of recidivism was very high. She gave the Arabs control of an aquifer, an important asset in a water-short area. They promptly destroyed it. She kicked all the Jews out of Gaza in a pointless unilateral move. The Arabs destroyed the greenhouses and used the extra space to make home-made weapons of war. Hamas and other terrorist groups moved into the vacated space. Land for peace doesn't work. It's time to try something else, this time taking into account the safety of Jewish citizens.

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ISRAEL'S RELEASE OF SECOND RAMALLAH LYNCH MURDERER VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL LAW

by Prof. Louis René Beres

When two Israelis lost their way and drove to the Police Station in Ramallah, the Arab police turned them over to the gathering mob, which lynched and slaughtered the Israelis and ate their body parts. Israel has recently released the second of these monsters. Professor Louis Beres says it just right: this "is wrongly exculpatory, legally contrived, and nationally self-destructive." He points out, "A core element of longstanding international law is the rule Nullum crimen sine poena, or "No crime without punishment." He points out the consequences of releasing this criminal.

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ARAB SQUATTERS EVICTED FROM JEWISH PROPERTY IN JERUSALEM

by Hezki Baruch, September 5, 2017

Hezki Baruch writes a factual account of the reclaiming of a Jewish house occupied by Arab squatters. I wonder how many readers understand how rare such a story is. When Jordan invaded the new state of Israel in 1948, it gained control of the eastern section of Jerusalem, as well as Judea and Samaria (aka The West Bank). It killed and/or evicted every Jew from the area. It invited Arabs in from the neighboring areas to take over Jewish property. Israel regained the land when her Arab neighbors invaded again in 1967. But the Israeli authorities did not do what was right and just, namely, evict the Arab squatters and allow the Jews to reclaim their property. Instead, it has been a painfully slow and expensive process for Jews to reclaim their property, one house at a time. Either the Jews have had to buy out the Arab squatter or sue him in court; and the media, of course, portray the Arabs as the 'victims'. I had occasion to visit the area on an AFSI-conducted tour in 2002 and wrote about it in an article entitled "The Settlements Revisited" (see here.)

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HIJACKING THE LAWS OF OCCUPATION

by Amb. Alan Baker, September 3, 2017

Amb. Alan Baker points out, "The language of occupation law has been politicized, and partisan political expressions such as 'Occupied Palestinian Territories' have become common language by the UN and by such humanitarian organizations as the International Red Cross. This terminology has no legal basis and prejudges ongoing, agreed-upon, and internationally-endorsed negotiation issues between Israel and the Palestinians. Their use by humanitarian organizations such as the International Red Cross is incompatible with its own constitutional principles of neutrality and impartiality." Baker reviews other occupations and annexations, suggests that the "the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the main repository and arbiter of the [Geneva] conventions, have given themselves an overly wide and liberal margin in interpreting accepted factual definitions in the international instruments" and concludes that "the actual and unique factual, political, legal, and historic situation of the territory [Judea and Samaria] ... sets it apart from the simplistic international definitions."

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MUSLIMS IN USA

In the States, salafists are doing honor killing and FGM. But they are also paying attention to propaganda. They haven't abandonned their aim of having sharia rule the world, but they are painting an image of forward-thinking feminists and progressives who welcome diverse points of view in a multicultural society. Of course, once sharia is imposed, the feel-good imagery will be stripped away.


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LINDA SARSOUR CALLS FOR US MUSLIM JIHAD AGAINST ASSIMILATING

by Barry Shaw, July 9, 2017

Linda Sarsour in her own person appears to be a blend of the rigidly pious Muslim and the extremely progressive Socialist. She is completely devoted to jihad and sharia law, while speaking in favor of identity politics, multiculturalism and a fuzzy sort of Marxism. She is a strong believer in Islam, which treats woman as second class citizens, yet, paradoxically, she is in the forefront of the liberated woman's-rights movement. As a good and pious Muslim, she hates Israel, as does the new Far Left. Barry Shaw observes that "Sarsour has been hiding her agenda behind the cloak of liberal progressivism but, occasionally, her real identity emerges." She told her Muslim audience in a recent speech that their priority was not to assimilate and please any other people or authority. "Our top priority is to please Allah and only Allah."

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THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: PEDDLING SHARIA AS SOCIAL JUSTICE

by Judith Bergman, March 30, 2017

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) seems to be working on changing its image, if not itself. Judith Bergman tells us about the new MB. Its spokesmen claim to be tolerant, non-judgmental and believe in diversity. Either they've given up on believing in the conformity that Islamic sharia law imposes or they are lying. The spiritual leader of the Brotherhood, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, talks about a "non-violent conquest of non-Muslim lands." He says he believes in a gradual importation of sharia law. Despite the new slogans, he reassures us that when sharia does take over, hands will still be chopped off for theft, apostates will still be killed, and woman will still be beaten at their husband's whim. As the title of Judith Bergman's article says, the Muslim Brotherhood is peddling Sharia as Social Justice.

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MICHIGAN MOSQUE PAID DOCTOR TO PERFORM GENITAL CUTTINGS ON GIRLS

by Robert Spencer, June 14, 2017

In 2012, a report by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that roughly 513,000 women and girls in the United States were at risk of undergoing FGM, which was more than twice an earlier estimate based on 1990 data. In 2016, Unicef estimated 200 million women in 30 countries had undergone the painful procedure. Spencer writes about a mosque that is said to have paid a Muslim docter to perform FGM on young Muslim girls.




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WE'RE SO AFRAID OF MUSLIMS WE'RE IGNORING DOMESTIC 'HONOR KILLINGS'

by Andrea Peyser

Andrea Peyser presents some recent cases of honor killings that took place in the USA. Fathers killed their daughters because the girls didn't want to marry men chosen for them or because they wanted to be and dress like other girls in the West. It's estimated that there's a couple of dozen honor killings a year in the States, but they receive little publicity and are often mislabeled as ordinary domestic violence.

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A TRIBUTE TO KAREN ARMSTRONG, HISTORIAN

by Hugh Fitzgerald, July 24, 2017

Hugh Fitzgerald writes about Karen Armstrong, a well-known apologist for Islam. She goes in for interfaith harmony and preaches the doctrine of "let's all get along.' She talks about a Charter for Compassion but she has a sharp enough tongue for those who challenge her vapid statements and meaningless prattle. She also has stories that she claims are about real events in Islamic history. In her version, Christians carried on murderous crusades against innocent Muslims. She writes that Muslims stopped trying to conquer countries in Europe once they lost Granada, their last stronghold. In the time stream most of us live in, while the Muslims did lose Granada, they were busy taking over in Greece and Albania and Rumania and Hungary and pitting their strength against the gates of Vienna. She would have it, as do other Islam apologists, that the Christians of Spain gave both the Jews and the Muslims the choice of convert or leave or die around the same time. The Jews were indeed given those options in 1492. The Muslims were not. They stayed on, free to practice their religion, free to work and trade and more around freely. She spins her stories as if both the Jews and the Muslims were twinsies in suffering, as if both groups were expelled from Spain on the same date. But, as Fitzgerald informs us, "Karen Armstrong has sympathy for the Jews in Spain only insofar as that sympathy can be transferred to the real objects of her pity, the Muslims, and she will do nothing to help readers to recognize the difference in the two cases, that of the Jews being one of undeserved mistreatment, that of the Muslims a matter of geopolitical prudence."

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MUSLIMS IN EUROPE

In Europe, Muslim salafists get a lot of help from Europe's politicians and leaders, who filter reality through their vision of multiculturalism and diversity being the keys to a well-run society. These leaders don't even try to do anything while Islam and Sharia law take over their countries. In England, lower class children were groomed for years for prostitution and the police ignored it for fear of being accused of islamophobia. It was an open secret, but the Mainline Press did not inform the public. Nowaday, people don't talk much about honor crimes of murder because the media tend not to label them as such. The politicians denied there were 'no-go' zones but people found out about them. Sweden has become the rape capital of the world since the Middle Eastern "refugees' started arriving. It's not hard to figure out that the more Muslims there are in a country, the higher is the crime rate. European natives who want to preserve their culture have to struggle not only against the activities of the Muslim migrants but their own politicians and their own media. There is no united front.


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ISLAM AND THE JIHAD IN LONDON

by Andrew C. McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy reports that just as in the States, the media in England are the last to suspect that a Muslim running down a city street knifing people and yelling Allah Akbar is acting out of religious fervor, not poverty or rejection or a lack of self confidence. As in the States, they see the mosque as the equivalent of a church or synagogue, a place to pray. They don't seem to understand that a mosque in the West, as are mosques around the world, is "a center for sharia indoctrination, assimilation resistance, and anti-Western politics." Many Muslims in England have polygamous marriages and earlier marriages. They also have a high birth rate. The result is they are producing children at a much higher rate than the natives. In 2004 Bernard Lewis said Europe would be Islamic by the end of the century. Such population comparisons make his prediction likely.

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GERMANY: WAVE OF MUSLIM HONOR KILLINGS

by Soeren Kern, June 4, 2017

Soeren Kern lists a couple of dozen honor attacks that occurred in Germany in some five months in 2017. Men murdered their wives, girl friends and daughters for the Islamic crime of disobedience. This is likely the tip of the iceberg because, as Kern points out, police, politicians and the media don't want to inflame the public by letting people know the truth. He writes, "Increased censorship by the police and the media, aimed at stemming anti-immigration sentiments, makes it impossible to know the names and national origins of many victims or perpetrators, or the true circumstances surrounding many murders, which often appear to be honor killings but are downplayed as "domestic disputes." The fact that honor killings common in the Middle East are prevalent in Europe suggests that the Muslim immigrants have made little adjustment to their way of life to conform to the mores of European culture.

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NEW STUDY FINDS MUSLIMS & LEFTISTS RESPONSIBLE FOR VAST MAJORITY OF ANTI-SEMITIC HATE CRIME

by Paul Joseph Watson, August 25, 2017

In the USA, the media persistently write that right-wing groups such as the KKK, not the left-wing BLM and Anti-Fa, are the ones responsible for anti-Semitic hate crimes. In contrast, Paul Joseph Watson reports, "A major new study has found that left-wingers and Muslims are responsible for the overwhelming majority of anti-Semitic hate crime in several different European countries." It is more than likely that this is also true in the States but it doesn't get reported because it contradicts the prejudices of the press.

Muslims complain they are the major target of hate-crimes. This notion is reinforced by the media, which tend to report the number of crimes committed as a percent increase over the previous year rather than as percent of the total number committed in a particular category of hate. Thus, if in one year there are 10 hate crimes against a particular ethnic group, and the next year there are twenty, then the media can 'truthfully' say there's a 100% increase. The majority of the media reported a shocking increase in anti-Arab crimes based on Race/Ethnicity or Ancestry. But relative to the total number of hate crimes in this category, 4216 victims in 2015, only 1.1% were victims of anti-Arab bias. Note also we don't how many of these were crimes against property, not person. In comparison, 53.2% of the total number of crimes in the Bias Against Race category were because of anti-black bias; 18.7% of the total number of crimes were because of anti-white bias. Of the 1402 Anti-Religion hate crimes committed, 21.9% were victims of anti-Muslim bias, but many more, 52.1%, were victims of anti-Jewish bias. These figures come from
https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2015/topic-pages/victims_final/. It was not reported, but I'd be willing to bet many of the anti-Jewish hate crimes were committed by Muslims.

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GEERT WILDERS AND THE SUICIDE OF EUROPE

by Guy Millière

Guy Millière wonders why so many politicians and media play 'blame the victim.' They blame Geert Wilders, the Dutch political leader, for violence when the violence is directed against Wilders. It doesn't come from Wilders. Like President Trump, he is the victim of unswerving hate. In his case, it is because he has been warning the Dutch that if they continue their generous immigration policy, they will lose their freedom and control of their country to Islam. It was so hard to find a reason to charge Wilders with a political crime, the prosecutors resorted to misinterpreting some words from a speech he once made. People don't want to hear the truh; it's too frightening. But ignoring what the Muslims are doing doesn't stop them from ethnically cleansing entire neighborhoods of the Dutch natives who once lived there.

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NORWAY'S DHIMMI-IN-CHIEF

by Bruce Bawer, July 3, 2017

Bruce Bawer paints us a picture of Erna Solberg, head of the Conservative Party in Norway and current Prime Minister. As Bawer puts it, "When it comes to Islam, she's always been a first-class dhimmi." For her, "Muslims are always the victims and Norwegians the bad guys," no matter what the facts are. Despite the damage Muslims do in Norway, Erna chortles on about "Norway as a place where Muslims and non-Muslims live together in harmony, and warned about certain unnamed mischief-makers at both 'extremes' who seek to sow division." Bawer wonders if, by 'division', she means the body parts "strewn all over promenades in Nice, bridges in London, and concert arenas in Manchester," courtesy of Muslim terrorists.

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SHARIA POLICE: GERMAN COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF ISLAMIST 'BROWN SHIRTS'

by Jim Kouri

After "a series of radical Islamist attacks, rapes and assaults," apparently the Germans feel they need help in controlling their recent immigrants. As Jim Kouri writes, a "criminal court in Germany has given its blessing for a quasi-squad of Muslim refugees and immigrants to act as de facto Sharia police." As a result, a merry band of faith cops have harrasing Muslims and non-Muslims to make them conform to sharia law. "Germany's political leaders are tolerating what amounts to a parallel German universe; one that allows Muslim immigrants and refugees to take the law into their own hands, often with tragic consequences."

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THE JEWASHING OF GEORGE SOROS: MILLIONS OF JEWS ARE ANTI-SEMITIC FOR CALLING OUT AN ANTI-SEMITE

by Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield describes some things about George Soros's history that likely helped make him the loathsome Jew-hater he is today. "There's no denying that George Soros is a warped and twisted man. Especially when it comes to the Jews. But he's also the money man behind a great deal of leftist activism. Especially anti-Israel activism." And so such truth-seekers as the staff of the New York Times decry "'Israel's War Against George Soros'. That's right up there with Poland's war on Nazi Germany." "According to the New York Times, criticizing an anti-Semite whose Jewishness can only be found with a DNA analysis is anti-Semitic, but attacking millions of Jews defending themselves against genocide isn't." Greenfield points out that when not blaming Soros's victims, the Times is Jewashing Jew-haters. The New York Times may have been started by Jews but it is ending up as an instrument to destroy Judaism.

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ISRAEL-BASHER, BIASED HISTORIAN CANNOT HEAD CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY

by Morton A. Klein, October 24, 2017

Mort Klein writes about another Jew who has become a bitter enemy of the Jews and Israel. What makes this case so bizarre is that this Jew, David Myers, is head of "the prestigious Center for Jewish History (CJH), in New York." Mort Klein recounts many facts that would more than qualify Myers to be a hoodie, either a grand-pooh-bah of the KKK or the chief speaker at the start of yet another well-funded anti-Fa riot. As Klein writes, "The Center for Jewish History should be led by an honest, carefully accurate historian or other executive — not by hostile-to-Israel propagandist David N. Myers."

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UNMASKING STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE

by Richard Cravatts, September 19, 2017

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) can be considered a predecessor of groups such as Anti-Fa, except SJP has an exclusive focus: how to destroy Israel. They are good at street theater and confrontation. They flunk on facts and honest information. As Richard Cravatts writes of them:

"SJP has a long history since its founding in 1993 of bringing vitriolic anti-Israel speakers to their respective campuses (now numbering over 200 with chapters), and for such collateral activities as sponsoring the pernicious Israeli Apartheid Weeks, building mock 'apartheid walls,' and sending mock eviction notices to Jewish students in their dorms to demonize Israel and create empathy for the Palestinian Arab cause."

SJP is not a model for how to hold rational civilized discussions on college campuses.

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DEPRESSING CONCLUSIONS TO BE DRAWN FROM THE SAD STORY OF THE KURDS

by Mordechai Kedar, October 23, 2017

In contrast to the Palestinian Arabs, who are not a people, but a propaganda tool created from the scratchings of Yasar Arafat's pen, the Kurds are a legitimate people. One would think that if any group merits a sovereign country, it is the Kurds. Mordechai Kedar points out that they "are the largest ethnic entity in the world, which does not have a state of its own." In recent years they have been the most important force fighting against ISIS. 90% of the Kurds support independence. Yet Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria say no, as do the USA and Europe. Why? There's oil in that area. Lots of oil. That's why.

For Israel, the expectations of the Kurds and the nay-saying by the neighboring Arab countries is a lesson Israel should take to heart. Because of the Iranian threat, the anti-Iran Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt have become much more friendly to Israel. In Israel this has been greeted by some as the start of a strong union if only Israel accepts Arab peace proposals and establishes a Palestinian State. Kedar suggests that once the Iranian threat dissipates, no matter how much Israel helped the anti-Iran coalition, the warmth of the Arab countries will also dissipate. Kedar concludes, "Israel must not jeopardize its existence, security and interests by placing them in bankrupt Arab insurance companies."

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SECOND TEMPLE-ERA MIKVEH DISCOVERED UNDER AL-AQSA MOSQUE

by Nadav Shragai

Nadav Shragai writes, "Al-Aqsa mosque was destroyed in an earthquake in 1927. As it was being rebuilt, the British archaeologist Robert Hamilton documented the excavation of its foundations. He hid away the findings that the waqf found inconvenient. Today, thousands of findings, including a seal with the inscription "From Gibeon to the king" unearthed by Dr. Gabi Barkai and Zachi Dvira, shed light on the Temple Mount's Jewish period." This article and the next one discuss artefacts and structural details of the First and Second Temples.

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SECRETS UNDER THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY

by Lenny Ben-David

"Jews believe that the "foundation rock" beneath the Dome of the Rock is atop Mt. Moriah, the site of the binding of Isaac. King Solomon built his Temple upon the rock in the tenth century before the Common Era (BCE), but it was destroyed in 587 BCE by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Seventy years later, the second Temple was built by Jews returning from Babylon with King Cyrus's blessing. Years later it was rededicated by the Maccabees in approximately 160 BCE after its defiling by the Seleucids." It too was destroyed, this time by the Romans. When the Muslims invaded and captured Jerusalem, they built a mosque — the al-asqa mosque — on the area of the Temple Mount, as a symbol of their dominance. In 1927, much of the mosque collapsed. Robert Hamilton and another English photographer took advantage of the reconstruction period to photograph under the mosque. Hamilton promised the Waqf that he would make 'no mention of any findings that the Muslims would have found inconvenient' such as findings from the time of the Jewish Temples. The photographers documented the mosaics, passageways, cisterns, and lumber that apparently were part of the Temples." The photos in this article are some of those photographs.

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HOW AN EARTHQUAKE IN 1546 MADE THE "KOTEL" POSSIBLE

by Meir Loewenberg, July 4, 2017

Over the centuries, the area around the remains of the Second Temple was built up, blocking access to the Temple Mount walls. Meir Loewenberg tells us that what made the Kotel, the Western Wall, accessible was a massive earthquake in 1546, which destroyed many of the houses that had blocked access. The ruler at the time, Sultain Sulamein, had the ruins cleared and a small area was prepared where some hundred Jews could pray at a time. It was used in times of crisis. They started holding daily services there in the middle 1800s. When the Jews took possession of the Temple Mount, they reconstructed the area, making it accessible for thousands.

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HOW A NETWORK OF CITIZEN-SPIES FOILED NAZI PLOTS TO EXTERMINATE JEWS IN 1930s L.A.

by Steven J. Ross, October 8, 2017

As the Nazis started gaining momentum in Germany in 1933, a group of Nazis held their first meeting in Los Angeles. It was a time that many 'wannabe Nazi; groups were being formed, to rant about overthrowing the government and killing the Jews. Leon Lewis, a Jewish lawyer, decided to investigate these anti-Semitic groups. He recruited a small number of people, all but one of whom were Christian, to go undercover and join every Nazi and fascist group in the city. The initial plan was to find evidence for illegal activities and turn the evidence over to the police. Steven Ross tells us that soon after infiltrating the groups, they discovered a plot to take control of the armories in the vicinity. Lewis notified several of the Police, local FBI and Sheriffs. He was shocked to find they were all sympathetic to the nazi groups, seeing the radical lefties as the real threat. Between 1935 and 1945, they uncovered several plots. One was to kill a couple of dozen actors. Others were to kill Jews, steal munitions from the Armories and blow up military installations. Unable to make the authorities act, the citizen-spies were able to get some of these plans canceled by making the Nazi members worry about internal leaks and betrayals.

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MY AUNT HAD A DINNER PARTY, AND THEN SHE TOOK HER GUESTS TO KILL 180 JEWS

by Gili Izikovich, July 13, 2017

Gili Izikovich writes about a German journalist, Sacha Battyany, who discovered one day many years after the War ended that his aunt made a lunch party and afterwards took her guests out to kill Jews. He began an investigation into his family that lasted years. He interviewed family members, traced his grandfather's history, read a diary his grandmother kept, even talked to someone that was at the lunch. He also explored "the connection between his grandmother, Marita, and an Argentinean woman named Agnes Mandel, a Jewish refugee from the village in which the two grew up, one as the daughter of the local nobleman and the other as the daughter of village Jews who were murdered." The result was a book. "The picture that emerges from the book is well-rounded, moving from the personal to the historic, as it emerges that the victim and the criminal are part of the same family."

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'THERE WAS NO MASSACRE AT DEIR YASSIN'

by Shimon Cohen, July 18, 2017

There is supposed to have been a massacre of Arab residents by Jews during the Arab invasion of the new-born State of Israel in 1948. Arab who lived in Deir Yassin have reported there was no massacre. It was a hoax perpetrated by Arab leaders to incite the local Arabs. It boomeranged in that it make many Arab residents so fearful that they fled out of the country. Like the Rachel Corey and Al-Dura hoaxes, which have also been exploded, the Deir Yassin "Massacre" lives on in Arab mythology. Shimon Cohen writes about Professor Eliezar Tauber's new book on Deir Yassin.

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JULY-OCTOBER, 2017 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

There is a separate file that is the index for the articles on the Blog-Ed page. You can access an article immediately from this index by clicking on the item in the index.

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Please note that The Blog-Ed pages for July-October 2017 are not currently available.

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April-June 2017

What we are talking about in the April–June 2017 Issue

  1. Introduction (Lipkin)
  2. Scientizing Politics  (Richards, Lipkin, Burke, Frank)
  3. Tracking Islamic Takeovers (Duke, Cline, MacEoin, Kent, May)
  4. Samaria and Judea (Lowe, Traiman, ben Tzvi, Baker, Sherman)
  5. What do we do about Iran? (Rubin, Bryen, Brodsky, Kia, Kowsar)
  6. JINO Jews (Jews In Name Only) (Roman, Greenfield, Friedman, Uniyal, Rossomando)
  7. History Section (Dym, Bogdanor, Zuroff, Rose, Grobman, Farahat, Faigenbaum-Golovin, Chabin)
  8. Blog-Eds (April-June 2017 Blog-Eds)


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.


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THE THEME OF THIS ISSUE

We live in an odd time. A divisive time. For some, Donald Trump's election was a win for American values. For others, it was an unbearable impediment in what had been a fairly smooth transition to a global society, a utopia where national difference and borders were no longer a threat to peace because there were no national borders that mattered. Had all gone as planned, administrative control would eventually shift to some international body, a larger version of the European Union perhaps. Or maybe the UN or some similar structure. Concern for the environment would be used to quiet any objections individual groups might raise while the core of global control was being firmed up. There would likely be an internal struggle to decide which pigmented group would actually be in charge. It has been a given for years that whites had to be cut down to size. In the last decade we went from reducing pride in American exceptionalism to degrading the white race, eradicating 'white privilege'. One would suppose that WASPS would not smilingly expose themselves to a future of being powerless, discriminated against in the society they created and having to fight for any sort of equal treatment. But many many whites in the western countries had been persuaded to see their demotion as a good thing. They agreed with ex-Prez Obama that putting the USA and its dominant culture down a peg or two was a top priority.

In an augmented EU or a herniated UN-type government, the odd-couple symbiosis of global socialists and religion-focused Muslims would likely continue, despite their very different value systems.

The Muslims might no longer be a solid block but even when divided, they have common goals they are furthering using their oil money. They would certainly continue their religious mission to install sharia law everywhere. Success would mean a de facto global Caliphate. Whether an Iranian or a Saudi Arabian would be the Caliph they would decide later. They also have a common interest in preventing the West from exploiting its own oil and gas resources or restricting the expansion of Muslim communities.

The globalists also want to unify the world, but with a socialist agenda in redistributing wealth. The dream of many an academician and politician in the West is to unite countries within a socialist unification. Protecting the environment and undoing global warming are the levers currently being used to pry open a massive global effort to fight climate change and eliminate human practices said to be polluting the atmosphere. The stated policy of the Democratic party in the USA (2016 Democratic Party Platform, July 21, 2016, p45) is to lead this global enterprise. Given the complexity of the task, an over-the-whole-world government would be needed to organize the project. Surprise, surprise — such a government would also have the infrastructure to control the global economy and handle welfare and healthcare. At the moment, the envisioned control mechanism seemed to be a global glob, a fuzzy sort of socialism where the majority of people are dependent on the government and the super rich are the milk cows providing renewable money. Not all the very rich. Not the politician and administrators who run the show, of course. What appears to be envisioned by the globalists is more a two-tiered socialism where a small elite class lives for us, takes vacations for us, flies in comfort in their own planes for us — an expanded version of the Obamas taking vacations that cost millions while access to jobs and health care and education for the middle class diminished.

Into what some had seen as a marvelous future, Brexit and then Trump were the proverbial wrench in the machinery. In the USA, under the Trump administration, it is a time of rage, crumblings, new mottoes and simultaneously a time of satisfaction, sharpenings and new adhesions. The re-seating of reporters in the White House news briefings was emblematic — dissing the wise elders of the New York Times and allowing unvetted scamps from nowhere with no lineage to warm the best seats! It brings up the image of the unwashed commoner being allowed into Andrew Jackson's White House. Shockingly uncouth. But Trump is succeeding in overturning many of the arbitrary and ill-advised decisions of the previous administration. Nevertheless, to assume that the government's oligarchical power structure is being dissolved may be premature. Already we've seen some of Trump's choices bringing into power those who happily served in the Obama administration.

The Trump administration may end up as a brief stop on the road to socialism but it is at least a pause. Individualism, nationalism and free choice might yet survive. It's too soon to do an analysis. And so this issue of Think-Israel is a jumble of comments on some chunks that are coalescing in the chaos.


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SCIENTIZING POLITICS

We have become accustomed to some politicizing of science. Savvy scientists have adjusted by linking their research to one politically important cause or another, however shaky the connection. In climatology it's easier to get funding and have your papers appear in the proper trade journals if you conform to the views promulgated by a group of climatologists that are politically powerful and act as arbiters for the field. (For an interesting take on at least one of the arbiters, look at a video featuring Mark Steyn, who has been sued by the climatologist Michael Mann for defamation, here.) Now we are seeing the reverse. Not only is science being used to bolster and promote particular political goals, but many in the role of politician or evangalist or advocate is himself a scientist or science administrator. Believers in man-made global warming base their messages of environmental doom on scientific 'facts', but often these facts ignore contrary evidence, exceptions, areas of uncertainty and a multitude of possible environmental contributors to climate. The stated goal is to halt global warming. Whether the final solution is taxing western economies down to some degraded, barely-functional level or us installing a "one world government" to control climate, the end result will restructure our political system and limit our freedom of action. As Gary Stix wrote back in 2012, "Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe," here. It is of little comfort that "Seven In 10 Brits Support 'World Government' To Protect Humanity From Global Catastrophes," (Ian Johnston 23May2017, here.)

For an excellent video on major topics in climate science and climate change, see here.

Alarmists sneer at contrary views by skeptical scientists, claiming they aren't really in the field. Listen to Dr. Judith Curry, a leading Earth and Atmospheric Sciences scientist and her sober talk on the current 'data versus dogma' polarization here.

Do 97% of Climate Scientists Really Agree? See here.

This video talks about Al Gore and how the global warming scare began. See here.


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POLITICS DISGUISED AS SCIENCE: WHEN TO DOUBT A SCIENTIFIC 'CONSENSUS'

by Jay Richards

This is a very wise and a very sensible article by Jay Richards who suggests caution in accepting the premise that we are rapidly heading towards a global overheating of the earth. To avoid this, it is argued, we must overhaul our economy and politics and put ourselves in the hands of some global governmental institution such as the United Nations. Richards points out that a consensus that there is warming doesn't tell us about agreement or non-agreement on how much warming there is and what is causing this warming. He writes that "A consensus should be based on solid evidence. But a consensus is not itself the evidence. With well-established scientific theories, you never hear about consensus. No one talks about the consensus that the planets orbit the sun, that the hydrogen molecule is lighter than the oxygen molecule, ... The very fact that we hear so much about a consensus on climate change may be enough to justify suspicion."

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SCIENTIZING POLITICS

by Bernice Lipkin

Bernice Lipkin writes of the infusion of supposedly rock-solid scientific information into political arguments by supporters of Anthropogenic [man made] Global Warming (AGW) and the growing investment of scientists in participating in social activism, not as individuals but as scientists. She contrasts the modes of behavior when the scientist is acting as advocate and when he is behaving as a scientist.

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MOVING BEYOND IMPASSE IN CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATIONS

by Katie L. Burke

In a most polite, politically acceptable way, Katie Burke lists some of the most commonly used ways to sell a product. Specifically, how can a scientist learn to persuade in ways that have been scientifically-determined to work? Stripped down, these tactics teach how to engage the audience, including emphasizing what you and the audience have in common. Be local in scale and approach. Talk about how AGW hurts them and their families. Let the audience know that the social groups important to them, the people they admire and trust, accept there's a problem with the climate changing. In fact, everyone except maybe a small number of foolish and ignorant deniers know there's a problem, and who wants to associate with them, anyway. Remember, the less intelligent the audience, the more (simple) pictures and slogans the better. And, for pity sakes, like any good politician, try out your speech on your own focus group before you go before a bunch of civilians.

There are some obvious tips that might be added to the list.

Don't waste your time explaining the difference between short-time weather and long-term climate. Any unusual weather patterns or odd events can be — and have been — blamed on man-made excessive warming. So let the audience tell you what they have or haven't seen in years. Don't reject these notions. You don't have to actually lie; just be suggestive.

Accentuate the positive; eliminate the negative. Push renewable energy sources, natural stuff like wind and sun. Don't talk about how these aren't close to ready to supply our energy needs.

Play up the horrors of excessive heat and how it's harmful to their family's health. Don't mention that the actual data don't support the idea that irreversible heating is just around the corner. They need to be roused. Tomorrow may be too late, if we don't stop our bad habits.

Coo in a dignified manner. Your body language and voice tones should say: You are doing the right thing joining us. You already share our values. Let's face it, guys. We humans are the reason why it's getting hot. And we have to do something about it. Together.

Share with them something related to AGW and supposedly not widely known that they can use next day in the office or while waiting for the kiddies to finish the game.

Content matters some. Delivery matters a lot.

This isn't education. This is salesmanship. Don't confuse the two. Your academic degrees are for show.

Choose your words carefully. Words have baggage. Labels count. Nuances are a sign of weakness. Keep it simple. (I wish there was a word like Mantrasize.)

It is interesting that Burke tells speakers not to follow the example of the Organizing for Action (OFA) group, that has been selling Climate Change by attacking conservative politicians directly. It has been, in Burke's opinion, a failure. I'd be interested on her take on why George Soros' OFA is interested in raising the alarm on Global Warming. I'd be hard-pressed finding anything Soros has done to strengthen America or protect it.

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WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE CLAIM THAT "97% OF CLIMATE SCIENTISTS AGREE" ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING?

by Neil L. Frank

If you google terms such as consensus 97% scientists global warming, almost all articles in the return list will report or cite reports that some 97% of climate scientists agree that there is global warming. Some articles go beyond the basic statement and add unsupported commentary and interpretation, often stressing the dangers of global warming. Few studies break down the summary numbers into distributed degree of support. Nor do the summaries tell us how many support the alarmists' certainty that a heat holocaust is around the corner. Neil L. Frank has posted one of the few papers that put the consensus mantra in context. He raises such issues as: how were the questions phrased, how reliable is it to infer attitude from an abstract, and what, exactly, were the scientists agreeing to. These are important considerations that the bald statement that '97% agree there's global warming' doesn't address. In fact, given how the data were obtained and the absence of "denier" articles in US journals, it is surprising the investigators didn't find 100% agreement.

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TRACKING ISLAMIC TAKEOVER OF WESTERN COUNTRIES

The set of articles below deal with some symptoms and indicators of the advancement of Islam's conquest of Western host countries. When the pious immigrant Muslims and their children born in Europe feel confident enough to exert their Allah-given rights of superiority, they start small by demanding hallel food in schools and hospitals and want any pig signs and drawings removed from books to piggy banks. As they progress, they demand substituting their political, cultural, educational and lifestyle values for what the native have or might want. They aren't blending in or giving into multicultural pressures, so anything that looks like assimilation is given publicity, sometimes prematurely. They encourage hate-the-Jews wherever they go. What's most ominous, they are working toward criminalizing criticism of Islam, which, in Muslim countries, is already treated as blasphemy. In another example not dealt with in these articles, Eileen Toplansky writes of artists and writers, so courageous in not visiting Israel to support BDS, who surrender up their freedom at home (American Thinker, 23apr17, here):

European writers, artists and museum directors admit that they are accepting their dhimmi status by:

  • removing the art work "Persepolis" because it combines a Persian Islamic rug and a female head.

  • veiling antique Roman statues in the Vatican to avoid offending Iran's visiting President Hassan Rouhani.

  • censoring London's Mall Gallery exhibition titled "Passion for Freedom" because it shows a family of toy animals living in an enchanted valley while in the background another set of toy animals are dressed as ISIS, ready to invade the idyllic view. The installation entitled "ISIS Threatens Sylvania" was eliminated because of its alleged "inflammatory" content.

  • withdrawing a portrait of the Prophet of Islam from the Victoria and Albert Museum of London because a group of Muslims protested.

  • scrapping the dedication of a new section of the Louvre in Paris concerning the artistic heritage of Eastern Christians. Recall that Eastern Christians have been systematically decimated by the Islamic State but the Louvre caved to fear.

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MUSLIM 'REFUGEE' CALLED INTEGRATION SUCCESS — THEN SLIT HIS BOSS'S THROAT

by Selwyn Duke

Assimilation of the Middle Eastern refugees in Germany has been often asserted, but actual examples are hard to come by. So when a hair salon in Herzberg, Germany, hired a refugee Syrian, this was hailed as an example of successful integration. Then he slit his boss's throat. Selwyn Duke points out that, as much as the Germans deny it, there isn't any integration. "In fact, the only successful integration going on is that of many Germans, who've been integrated into delusion." 'They are just like us,' just isn't so. The multiculturalists build sand castles of diversification and integration and the Muslim immigrants wash them away, time and again.

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BRITONISTAN, OR DECONSTRUCTING BRITAIN

by Edward Cline

Edward Cline chronicles some of the multitude of changes the Muslims are forcing on the British, who not too long ago were confident enforcers of their own views of what constitutes civilized society. No longer. While terrorist groups insist they are the ones responsible for the ever-increasing terror attacks committed by Muslims, British politician deny it is "Islamic terrorism." The list of cowardly caving-ins in every aspect of Western life grows daily.

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ISLAM IN THE HEART OF ENGLAND AND FRANCE

by Dennis MacEoin

In the USA, successive administrations have been seeding the country with a steady influx of Muslims, distributing them everywhere (See here.) To date, given the size of the States, except for acts of terror, the impact hasn't been felt. But Britain and France are models of what happens when small colonies of Muslims grow to a size where they become confident enough to actively threaten the way of life of the natives. Dennis MacEoin writes about the city of Birmingham, which is said to be the most radicalized in England — some wards in the city are almost entirely Muslim and some public schools are controlled by Islamic religious leaders, who preach hate and intolerance. Terrorist attacks have increased sharply the past five years over all of Britain. Reports note there is a clear link "between highly-segregated Muslim areas and terrorism." France may be in worse shape. It has some 751 no-go zones, where French law is ignored. In general, the response to Islamist criminality is weak. To date, we in America haven't strayed from the path that doomed Europe — we continue to go along with the increasing demands of Muslims in school and the work place.

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MUSLIM EXTREMISTS DRIVE ANTI-SEMITIC VIOLENCE IN WESTERN EUROPE

by Simon Kent

Simon Kent writes about a new report that indicates Muslims are "major perpetrators of anti-Semitic violence in Western Europe." "Attitude surveys corroborate this picture in so far as anti-Semitic attitudes are far more widespread among Muslims than among the general population in Western Europe." While right-wingers may be severely anti-Semitic, the report indicates it is left-wingers who not only have strong anti-Semitic views but carry out hostile attacks.

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LETTING FREEDOM FADE

by Clifford May

In this article, Clifford May discusses self-censorship, an accurate indicator of how much the media recognize that speaking out against salafists might be bad for their own well-being. He notes that Canada is considering criminalizing any criticism of Islam, true or false. It is a pursuit that radical Islam has pursued for years. As May writes, "Canada's Muslim reformers understand that what is being contemplated is not so different from a blasphemy law. And they know the impact such laws have had in other countries."

Recently, a 52-year old convert to Islam created terror havoc at the House of Parliament. Aside from his obvious motivation, he left no explanation why he did what he did when he did. Douglas Murray (see here) has speculated what working journalists would want to know and how criminalizing 'Islamaphobs' would hamper them.

Would we be allowed to ask who ISIS are inspired by? The question must linger. It must be hovering over the mind of many a Canadian journalist as they ponder the terrorist attacks that have previously taken place in their country and wonder how they would go about reporting an attack such as that in Westminster last week.

Would they be allowed to say that the perpetrator was a Muslim? Would they be allowed to say that he was a convert? Would they be allowed to mention the Wahhabi point? Or would this tread into the realm of the "Islamophobia". Let us assume that they would be allowed to mention these things in print. Would they be allowed to go any farther? Would they be allowed to ponder in opinion columns or quote people in reportage who said that Masood and indeed ISIS had not got their ideas from nowhere? Would they be allowed to say that there is a tradition of violence within the Islamic religion, which has sadly permitted just such actions for a rather long time. Or would they have to lie?

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SHILLY-SHALLYING ON SAMARIA AND JUDEA

People who do not side with settlement demonizers focus on proving that Israeli Jewish settlements aren't evil and that settlements won't thwart peace. Some even dare say — in the face of a high-pressure campaign against Jewish settlements and settlers that has co-opted the moral high ground — that settlements are legal and settlers are ordinary Israeli citizens, which they are. And so we present some well-written articles on the actual status of the Israeli settlement policy.

That's not where the focus should be. It should be on how to reunite Israel and the territory that Jordan took in 1948 when she invaded the new state of Israel, territory that Israel recovered in 1967, when Jordan again invaded Israel. Israel needs to absorb the Territories and carry out the second half of the Middle East's exchange of populations. The first half happened in the 1940s and 1950s when the Arab countries expelled their Jewish populations. The 800,000 Jewish refugees quickly became full-fledged citizens of the State of Israel.

Martin Sherman is courageous enough to point out that it's time to act on the obvious. Any half measure — a two-state solution or a single bi-national state — will lead to Israel's loss of its Jewish character and likely its sovereignty. In the end, depending on what Israel does, the Land of Israel will end up either Jewish OR Muslim. It can not be both. If this seems too drastic a conclusion, consider that in a two-state solution, the Arabs will not allows Jews to live in their state. But in Israel, with a Jewish population of 6.5 million and where the Arabs are citizens, the number of Israeli Arabs has already grown from the 200,000 counted in the 1949 census to 1.8 million today. (In fact, the most popular boy's name given to Israeli newborns, Jews and Arabs combined, continues to be Mohammad, Times of Israel.) A binational state would start today with the additional 4.5 million or so Arabs living in Samaria, Judea and Gaza plus an unknown number of the 6 to 7 million Palestinian Arabs living in Arab countries and elsewhere. To see what this would mean, consider what the relatively small proportion of Muslims coming into Europe has already done to erode native European culture and civilization.

These videos are but a few of the many available that explain what is legal, namely, the Jews legally and irrevocably own the Jewish land allocated to the Jews by the international community at San Remo in 1920. (See the January-June 2016 issue of Think-Israel below for details, here.) The fact that so much effort has been expending on demonizing the settlements by the members of Peace Now and other treasonous JINOs (Jews In Name Only) suggests that they, like many others, ignore the stipulations of the various agreements and would like to create conditions that would make it easier to illegally gift the Arabs with Samaria and Judea. Many of them dream that this is the first step in an Arabs take-over of all of Israel.


our legal rights


Professor Avi Bell of U San Diego


Edwin Black is author of "IBM and the Holocaust"


Prof Eugene Kontorovich, professor at Northwestern Law


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ISRAEL'S NEW SETTLEMENT POLICY: EVALUATED AND EXPLAINED

by Malcolm Lowe

Malcolm Lowe describes the current policy of the Israeli government on new construction in Jewish towns in Samaria and Judea. What is not new is that "All the settlements created by Israel before the Oslo accords are legitimate, including the new Israeli housing estates created in the extended boundaries of Jerusalem." New construction must be contained within the current construction lines; "the establishment of new wildcat outposts" is not permitted. The new stipulation is that new settlements are allowed but only when they are the legal substitutes for towns believed to be legal when they were built but subsequently shown to have private Arab ownership, so the Jews, who had bought their homes in good faith, had to abandon the sites. Lowe doesn't mention that the freeze on Jewish construction during the Oslo negotiations was for three months only. Yet Israel maintained a freeze on construction in the Territories, even in areas that, under the most idiotic giving away of land, would remain Israeli. The Arabs are yet to carry out any of their contractual promises, yet Israel has perpetuated a crippling restriction on itself. This noble self-sacrifice has not made the local Arabs any more willing to accept a Jewish state. Curiously, while any new Jewish building is greeted with 'international' outrage and is minutely monitored, the Arabs have no such restrictions in the areas they control. A deeper mystery is why Jewish officials remain silent about their legitimate claims to the land, affording the Arabs the opportunity to sprout all sorts of fantastic claims without hinderance.

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ISRAEL BALANCES US PEACE PUSH WITH GOAL OF BOLSTERING SETTLEMENT ENTERPRISE

by Alex Traiman, June 14, 2017

Israel is in a bind of its own making. By its foolish policy of curtailing building in areas of Samaria-Judea directly under its control, even by the Oslo Accords, it made itself vulnerable to foreign meddling. Every few years, when the diplomats can prop up some Arab 'leader' they can designate as 'peace partner', the world engages in a ritualistic 'peace process.' The Arabs are adamant that they won't give up a centimeter of 'their land', or they make some peaceful noises but everyone knows they won't keep any contractual obligation. Israel, on the other hand, makes generous, often self-destructive, concessions. Why would a diplomat waste breathe trying to persuade the Arabs, when the Jewish concessionists are so eager to screw themselves? It's a no-brainer that the 'peacemakers' will push only Israel for concessions. What has changed over the years is, as Alex Traiman writes, that pressure has built up for more housing in the Territories. As a spokesman for Hebron said, "We have hundreds of families on a waiting list. We haven't built anything new since 2005," Moreover, it's hard to convince Israelis that the Territories are under some evil Jewish occupation, when it's their friends and relatives who, except for the chronic terror attacks, vandalism and looting by the Arabs, are living ordinary lives in Samaria and Judea. In the words of an Israeli spokesman of a settlement, "Within Israel, most people understand that the 450,000 Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria are an irreversible fact."

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ARE ISRAELI "SETTLEMENTS" ILLEGAL?

by Orit ben Tzvi

In response to the assertion of a New Zealand lawyer that the Jewish settlements are illegal, Orit ben Tzvi has encapsulated some of the main points for what by now should not need restating: the Jewish communities in Samaria and Judea (aka the West Bank) are legal. When the Allied forces defeated the Ottoman Empire in World War 1, in recognition of the historic connection of the Jews and their ancient homeland, a small portion of the Ottoman land was set aside at the San Remo conference of 1920 as a future Jewish state. Samaria and Judea, as well as Israel 'proper', Gaza and much of the Golan are in perpetual, irrevocable trust for the Jewish people. The 1922 Mandate for Palestine was based on the San Remo Resolution. As ben Tzvi points out, "The only binding resolution of international law, a resolution which has never been countermanded, is the 1922 Mandate for Palestine." The rest of Ottoman land, some 99.9% of the Middle East, was given to the Arabs. It is a sorry fact that before the international community in the person of the League of Nations voted on this law in 1922, Britain excluded the land on the East side of the Jordan river (75% of the land allocated for a Jewish state) from the Jewish domain, giving it to the Hashemites to administer. Over the years until she withdrew from "Palestine" and the Jews finally got their state in 1948, she violated her oath to help the Jews develop the infrastructure of a viable state. She sided with with the Arabs, even helping the Nazis exterminate Jews by not letting them come into "Palestine." ben Tzvi also discusses the other points raised by the initial rejection of Israel's ownership of the land. For further information, go to the January-June 2016 issue of Think-Israel (see below).

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THE LEGAL RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

by Amb. Alan Baker

Alan Baker has written a brilliant summation of the legal ways available to respond to terrorism, whether local or international. Failed ways of dealing with terrorism include appeasement and negotiation. As Baker writes, "The enhanced ideological element of today's terrorism, seeking in many instances to enhance the rule of Islam throughout the world, defies any logic of negotiation or specific legislative or social change. This "zero-sum" form of terror knows no means of conciliation or compromise. It cannot be negotiated. It needs to be addressed assertively."

Nations have begun more effective measures — attempting to dry out the terrorist's money supply and increasing punitive measures. Israel, relatively late in the day, has increased its counter-terror legislation. "It increases punishments for organizers of terrorism and enables courts to convict terror cell leaders more easily."

But in truth, even these measures have fatal defects:

(1) When the terrorist leaders and inciters of terror are the very same people that are in charge, such as is case with Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority (PA), the lower-level criminal may be more easily imprisoned but the organizers and resource-suppliers have no fear of punishment. Even though the PA leaders brag openly of paying the family of terrorists and educate the Arab children to practice terror, they remain in power.

(2) Enough persistent acts of terror — synchronized, sequenced or random — will, after a while, overload any legal system that relies on careful investigation and identification, followed by a fair trial and multiple appeals.

(3) An unintended consequence of using the state's "crime budget" mainly to stop acts of terrorism before they occur and deal with those that they don't catch ahead of time is that there is little left to deal with 'normal' low-level crimes: small-amount embezzlement, fraud, petty theft, graft, battery and abuse. In the long term, allowing small-time crime to grow undeterred may be as damaging to the State as acts of terror.

Baker makes a case for stronger measures for quelling incitement internationally, but this is a formidable job, unlikely to be successful in the short term. In the next article below, Martin Sherman considers the need for Israel to expel the local Arabs. Demographic reasons aside, these Arabs are from the same pool as the Arabs that commit acts of violence. Transferring these Arabs either to their own sequestered State in some portion of the vast land holding of the Arabs or giving them citizenship in the Arab countries where they now reside would seem to be a way, both benign and efficient, to empty the pool where terrorism festers. And it would better the lives of the Arab refugees, who have living temporary for some four generations.

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MARTIN SHERMAN VS. CAROLINE GLICK — ON SOVEREIGNTY

by Martin Sherman

Martin Sherman speaks plainly on maintaining Israel as a sovereign nation, a Jewish state. He point out what's wrong with a partial or an entire absorption of the Arabs, limited autonomy, and other attempts at dealing with a recalcitrant group that doesn't wish to assimilate, while maintaining the character of the State as Jewish. If Israel is to survive, she must carry out two operations in synchrony. As Sherman writes, "She must satisfy two imperatives: the geographic and the demographic. The first of these imperatives calls for Israeli control (i.e. sovereignty) over all the territory east of the coastal plain up to the Jordan River—to prevent intolerable risks to its physical survival; the second imperative calls for significant reduction of the Arab presence in the territory under Jewish sovereignty to forestall an intolerable demographic threat to its dominant Jewish character.

In practice, this means: she must annex all of Samaria and Judea; they are, after all, hers legally. And she must carry out the second stage of a population transfer, which was begun when the Arab countries kicked out or killed their Jewish inhabitants in the 1940s. The Jews fled, forced to leave behind their property and valuables. The Arabs do not have to suffer by a transfer. Many implementations have been suggested, from 'buying' citizenship in one of the Arab countries to moving to Jordan or some other area in the vast space once owned by the Ottomans. (The suggestion by Lewis and Bernice Lipkin is to be found here.) In moving, he would be bettering his present condition.

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BUT WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IRAN?

Our biggest, most dangerous concern is that rogue countries, Iran and North Korea, have or will soon have sophisticated, long-range nuclear weapons. The Trump administration has begun paying attention to North Korea. But the Mullahs of Iran are a wily bunch. They look exotic, not pudgy; they have the veneer of religion to clock their evil plans; they appear to be better at intimidating, persuading and bribing than North Korea; they have the sympathy of much of the media, having persuading news distributors that they should be able to do what they want to do.

Under consideration right now is the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), that was said to solve our problems with Iran's nuclear ambitions. The JCPOA was to change the pace of Iran's progress toward acquiring nuclear bombs, and to make her more responsible when she eventually acquired such weaponry. The JCPOA is a curious document that is said to be binding on the United States, even though it is not a treaty. Congress didn't act on it. They did take a vote on whether to continue to debate it, which isn't the same thing at all. It is not even an executive agreement. It was passed internationally in a unique way. The representative of the involved countries (P5+1) and Iran did gather together in Vienna, Austria. But no one signed it. No one consented with raised hand. And the deed was done. (See here.)

The Iranian theocrats are a very large threat. At the least, they can use their technology to de facto control the Middle East. If they realize their dreams, they will possess nuclear missiles that can wipe out Israel in one blast and reach the USA to knock out much of America. For a thorough examination of the Iran Deal, see the July-October 2015 issue of Think-Israel.org here.


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THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: WORSE THAN WE THOUGHT

by Michael Rubin, April 25, 2017

Now that the smoke has dissipated and the mirrors swept away, it is becoming even more obvious that the JCPOA is a danger to our national security. As Michael Rubin put it, "it is long past time for Congress to demand the testimony of John Kerry, his chief of staff and top aides, in order to understand just what risks they were willing to inflict on the United States of America for what appears increasingly to be a Potemkin agreement."

To put it bluntly, ex-Prez Obama could not have done more to aid Iran carry out its plans for world domination. He told bold lies to maintain the fiction that the JCPOA was working out. He dropped charges against people illegally procuring US microelectronics and other equipment for Iran. He avoided Congressional supervision. He misrepresented the deal, describing it as a way to control Iran's nuclear productivity, while Iran was clearly stating it would brook no involuntary inspection and it would not curtail its own nuclear plans. And, as Claudia Rosett has pointed out (here), he committed the USA to "facilitate exchanges and visits to nuclear power plants outside of Iran." Let's spell this out: Iranians can legally come and examine our work on nuclear fusion, from whence cometh hydrogen bombs. A reader of her paper, Really Mike, pointed out "there is a secret codicil to Annex III, Section D, item 8, pages 4-5. It says: 'to help the Iranians decide which nuclear plant to visit, the US will provide complete architectural and engineering drawings for each facility under consideration.'"

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LOOKING THE WRONG WAY ON IRAN

by Shoshana Bryen, June 29, 2017

Thanks to Shoshana Bryen discussion of recent Middle East history, we can cut through all the misleading information the Obama Administration fed us about how the West was restraining Iran's nuclear and political ambitions. An improbable patchwork coalition of Shiites, Iraqi and Iranian, with America help, has been fighting the Islamic State, battling for Mosul and helping Bashar Assad continue to reign in Syria. While the West focuses on what to do about Syria, Iran, with help of its ally Hezbollah, is quietly taking over the "Shiite Crescent", the northwest route from Iran to the Mediterranean Sea, pushing Sunni Syrians out as it progresses. In the southwest, Iran generously supports the Houthi rebels in Yemen. And, as Bryen writes, "Iranian weapons brought in through Sudan and Eritrea threaten the stability of Sunni Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, lining the Mediterranean Sea opposite NATO's Southern Command." Obama's "make nice" strategy has not made Iran less aggressive. The Iranian mullahs do not see themselves as pariahs. They see themselves as the protector of Shiite Islam, and however the West rationalizes its concessions to Iran, the mullahs have used the resources given them to solidify control of more and more of the Middle East.

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IRAN'S CHALLENGE TO AMERICA IN SYRIA

by Matthew RJ Brodsky

This article by Matthew JR Brodsky emphasizes Iran's strong reinforcement of Shiite Syria. It also underscores Bryen's point in her article above that Iran is working on many fronts, successfully so, to become the major power in the Middle East. Brodsky concludes that the USA's focus on ISIS and somewhat on Syria is too narrow. He writes, "Iran remains on the march and poses a greater long-term strategic threat to the United States and its allies than does ISIS.... for the United States, the war in Syria should be more about Iran than ISIS."

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MIDDLE EAST PEACE HINGES ON REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN

by Shahriar Kia

Iran is steadily growing in power. But she has some serious problems. Shahriar Kia writes about the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) a highly visible group that opposes the current Iranian regime. They recently held a meeting, in which the NCRI president, Maryam Rajavi, said the Iranians are suffering from Mullah rule. As she put it, "The Iranian society is simmering." American conference speakers suggested that declaring the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to be a terrorist group would be a good move. Kia writes that "[f]ormer and current members of Congress from both sides of the aisle in the U.S., along with a very prominent Arab world figure, were among the many others also seeking regime change in Tehran." Many believe that the goal of ridding "the world of Tehran's criminal mullahs" would already be attained, had the West not "adopted a disastrous policy of appeasement vis-à-vis Iran."

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THE SLOW DESTRUCTION OF IRAN'S WATER SUPPLY

by Nik Kowsar

A major problem for Iran is environmental. Because of unregulated over-extraction of the available water supply, she is losing her water supply. In the 1980's, simple techniques in controlling water distribution were beginning to pay off, and farming became more reliable, But, as Nik Kowsar writes, "The Islamic Republic has literally killed a large number of aquifers and alluvial plains, and blocked the rivers that fed these aquifers through its compulsive dam-building." During Rafsanjani's presidency, suggestions by experts on how to recharge aquifers were ignored. Kowsar writes of his own experience attempting to change water management during Mohammad Khatami's administration. The main result of his efforts was that he had to flee the country. Land erosion and water loss continue.

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JINO JEWS: JEWS IN NAME ONLY

As the Far Left showed more and more of its core hatreds, Israel was demonized by politicians, the media and Jews whose real religion is Marxism and/or Globalism. Thanks to the new Trump administration, things are somewhat better at the US State Department and some pro-Israel information is reaching the public. But the tepid Jews and the JINOS, Jews in Name Only, either don't fight back or fight against Israel. Inverting reality, Jews are called the bad guys, and the terrorists are said to be the victims. This video makes the point.


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UNDER TRUMP, ISRAELI VICTIMS OF TERROR AT LEAST GET GENUINE CONDOLENCES

by Gregg Roman

Gregg Roman's article points up a notable fact: the US is no longer treating terrorist activity against Israel as if Israel were somehow at fault and should not respond to brutal attacks. Obama's leaving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alone in the middle of an official meeting to go off to have his supper was a calculated insult. His attitude was mirrored in how the American State Department behaved towards Israel directly and in the United Nations whenever Israel was attacked and responded. Considering that Israel is the USA's most reliable ally in the Middle East, the changing attitude towards Israel is obviously intelligent.

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GERMANY: PUBLIC OUTRAGE FORCES TV NETWORK TO AIR 'CENSORED' ANTISEMITISM DOCUMENTARY

by Vijeta Uniyal

Vijeta Uniyal writes about a documentary on anti-semitism in Europe — "Chosen and Ostracised — The hatred of Jews in Europe" — that a German network was reluctant to show. As Uniyal writes, "Anti-Israel campaign has some powerful political backers within the European ruling establishment. The documentary reveals that European governments contribute nearly €100 million each year to supposed charities and NGOs that run anti-Israel and anti-Semitic campaigns. The facts uncovered in the documentary will undoubtedly cause some embarrassment to leading German charities that turn a blind eye to antisemitic incitement peddled by their local partners operating in Israel and elsewhere." The pressure from the public was sufficient to make the Geman network run it. But, apparently, it is again 'unavailable.'

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THE ONE LESSON OF THE HOLOCAUST

by Daniel Greenfield

Despite the genuine sense of shock and anguish people experience visiting Holocaust museums and other memorial buildings, the impact of these memorials on increasing the determination of Jews and non-Jews to defend Jews currently under attack from Resurgent Islam and its allies has been minimal. Instead, Jews have generally put their hopes in promoting tolerance, to the point of becoming a danger to themselves. As Tom Umland, a reader of the original publication, commented, "Tolerance of that which ... in reality is intolerable or leads to the intolerable reflects only the hope of Jews that they themselves will also be tolerated - for once... It's an error of an overly simplistic understanding of their reality. That excessive or unthinking 'tolerance' can act to actually promote intolerant perspectives in others seems surprising at first but unchallenged attitudes lead to complacency. Sadly there are almost too many complacent Jews who take thinking about the Holocaust to be sufficient response to its reality. Glad to see that there are others who perceive more deeply. Yes, it can 'happen again', it already has, but not against Jews, thanks to Israel."

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FAMOUS NOVELISTS 'CONFRONT THE OCCUPATION' IN THE WEST BANK

by Mattie Friedman

Matti Friedman writes about the silliness of some American writers who hopped over to Israel, spoke (not necessarily literally) to some Arabs, and heard yet again of the horrors of having to wait at checkpoints. The Westerners swallowed all they heard and, without wasting time to check out the facts, hurried home to write about the effect the awful Israeli occupation has on Palestinian Arabs. A reader, Mendel, said about this article: "Well meaning fools. The Arabs have been playing the left for suckers for years. Much as the Soviets did 60+ years ago." But why, I wonder, do so many of these useful idiots have to be Jews? During Israel's retaliation in Gaza in 2014, Israel was urged to be more proportionate; which in practice would mean either building the Gazan Arabs the bomb shelters their leaders had not bothered doing OR destroying Israeli bomb shelters so more Jews would be killed to even things up. Similarly, in comparing the relative large proportion of (Leftist) Jews who criticize Israel to the total number of Jews versus the relative small number of articulate critics coming from the huge number of people belonging to other religions, shouldn't some Jewish Jew-haters retire, just to even things up?

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PANELISTS PROVE JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE IS NEITHER

by John Rossomando

The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is another anti-Israel organization that wears a Jewish name. Founded two decades ago, it is focused on destroying Israel but it often changes its arguments, dressing its message in the latest in trendy Jew-bashing. At a recent panel discussion, John Rossomando tells us, JVP made it clear than Israel can not be allowed to exist because "... the problem is with the ideological foundation of the state itself: Zionism. Zionism at its core is white supremacy." A panelist, an Ethiopian Jew, lamented Israel's racist policy regarding Ethiopian Jews. She saw no irony in the fact that Israel rescued thousands of Ethopian Jews, who were living in primitive conditions, insecure, constantly in fear of their hostile neighbors. In a relatively short time Israel taught them how to thrive in the modern world. This panelist should be lamenting that the unrestricted freedom Israel gave her unfortunately also gave her the freedom to join groups which don't encourage her to accomplish much of anything. As a proper Marxist organization, JVP encourages 'minority' groups to feel 'victimized' and act down-trodden.

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HISTORY SECTION

Starting with some historic betrayals, this issue's History Section transits via Alex Rose's article to the history of the fallacious Arab claims to Jewish land. An article on the history of the Muslim Brotherhood, a major source of global instability, follows. The Section ends with the use of new techniques to clear up ancient mysteries.


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BRITISH JEWS TO MAY, CORBYN: SUPPORT PALESTINIAN STATE TO GET OUR VOTES

by Susie Dym

The Jewish Board of Deputies (BoD) is urging British leaders to establish a Palestinian state! This is not as surprising as one might think, given its history since its founding in the 1750s. Susie Dym reviews its less than admirable history of failure to support Jewish integrity and growth.

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REZSŐ KASZTNER: THE MAN WHO BETRAYED 400,000 JEWS

by Paul Bogdanor

Paul Bogdanor writes of Rezso Kasztner, who aided the Nazis by not informing the Hungarian Jewish community that they were being tricked into going quietly to a concentration camp. Kasztner is certainly not worthy of the whitewashing now going on, which describes him as an "unknown hero" of the Holocaust. His actions were not heroic, but a disorganized community in denial of activities that hinted at their coming doom certainly didn't help matters.

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FULL JUSTICE REQUIRES PUNISHMENT

by Efraim Zuroff

From the end of World War 2 on, the level of specific proof was so high that relatively few Nazis have been punished for their crimes against the Jews and others. For a while, prosecutors believed things would change if they reduced the criminal charge to 'accessory to murder', which carried a lesser "penalty in Germany of five to fifteen years in prison." It hasn't worked because of a prolonged appeals system, where several convicted Nazis died before their appeals were exhausted. Because of its high cost and low yield, there is now pressure to abandon use of this accusation. Efraim Zuroff, however, suggests that the value of such prosecution to public education and historical documentation makes it worthwhile to retain the law.

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THE ROOT CAUSE

by Alex Rose

Alex Rose justifiably takes issue with Martin Kramer's article on the Balfour Declaration, which claimed that Great Britain had no authority to dispose of the land, i.e., the vast land area of the Middle East (ME), which had belonged to the Ottoman Empire until it fought on the losing side in World War 1 (WW1). Actually Arabs and pro-Arabs don't mind that the Arabs gained control of 99.9% of the ME. It's the paltry one tenth of one percent (Israel, including all of Jerusalem, Samaria, Judea, Gaza and much of the Golan) then known as Palestine and in trust for a Jewish State that bothers them. Rose demolishes the myths that Britain promised what was then called Palestine to the Arabs as well as to the Jews and that therefore the Arabs were cheated out of their land. The cheating Britain did was to renege on its contract to help the Jews build up Palestine, especially by not allowing Jews who managed to escape the Nazis to enter Palestine, legally set aside as the future State of Israel by the legal follow-ups of the Balfour Declaration: the San Remo Conference and the Palestine Mandate.

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THE MYTH OF JEWISH THEFT OF ARAB LAND

by Alex Grobman, Ph.D.

Alex Grobman has written a detailed and historically-accurate article exploding the oft-asserted Arab fabrication that the Jews stole land belonging to the Arabs. If the listener is ignorant, the Arabs will claim they had owned areas of great wealth and productivity in Palestine. In actuality, those Jews who returned to their homeland in the late eighteen hundreds found a small number of people from some fifty ethnic groups living in unsanitary conditions on mosquito-infested land that had lost its topsoil and had turned into swamp or desert. Yet, when the Jews bought this land, paying top dollars to often absentee owners, and, against all odds and after many failures, developed a thriving agriculture, the Arabs claimed they were cheated. The returnees also found a moribund economy and frequent raiding of defenseless villages by the Bedouins. They took steps to correct the situation both for themselves and the local Arabs. These improvements were not important to the wealthy Arab leadership, who happily sold large amounts of land to the Jews, but condemned establishing a Jewish homeland on land they continued to regard as theirs.

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THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, FOUNTAIN OF ISLAMIST VIOLENCE

by Cynthia Farahat

The Obama administration with a straight face and full knowledge of the Muslim Brotherhood's ideology and terror activities claimed the Brotherhood was not extremist. Without equivocation, Cynthia Farahat points out that "The Muslim Brotherhood has operated as a terrorist entity for almost a century." And it has given rise to both open terrorist organizations such as Hamas and the Islamic State and "respectable" front organizations such as CAIR. Farahat writes of its history from its inception almost a century ago. It uses whatever tool is necessary: it hobnobs with powerful politicians, it funds social causes, it assassinates enemy leaders and bombs civilians, it creates riots and havoc — it instigated riots globally because some cartoonists had drawn an image of Mohammad. It has adherents on campus, in the Government and in all strata of society. With its huge supply of money, excellent organization, infra-structure and its dedication to making Sharia law the law of every land, it is a threat to the Far West, the Far East and all countries in between.

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MULTISPECTRAL IMAGING REVEALS BIBLICAL-PERIOD INSCRIPTION UNNOTICED FOR HALF A CENTURY

by Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin et al

This article by Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin and associates is about a way to read the writing on ancient shards, where the writing is no longer visible in ordinary light. Consider the implications for reassessing ideas that were based on less evidence. As one sentence in this article says, "There are almost 20 words on the recto with a changed reading (half of the total!)" There have been many articles summarizing this new approach to examining ordinary shards uncovered at archaeological sites. Some explain the technique; some its implications, some link it to political points-of-view. The article presented here is the original one. Considering that so many politicized scientists are spending their time promoting their political ideas, we thought it would be interesting to read a scrupulously performed and well-written account of a scientific study with a significant result.

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ON THE GENETIC TRAIL OF THE BENE ISRAEL

by Michele Chabin

The Bene Israel is a Jewish community that lived in India for several hundred years. Their history was unknown and when they came to Israel, their being Jews was questioned by the Israeli Rabbinate. Chabin writes how modern tools used in studying population genetics were used to delve into the Bene Israel's pre-Indian history. The techniques used can't tell who specifically is Jewish and it isn't certain when the community came to India. It may have been as early as two millennia ago, perhaps even earlier, in 175 BCE. By comparing members of the Bene Israel to samples from various Jewish groups as well as to non-Jewish groups in India and Pakistan, the researchers could conclude that "the Bene Israel have significant Jewish ancestry that likely originated from a group of Jews from the Middle East."

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APRIL-JUNE, 2017 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

There is a separate file that is the index for the articles on the Blog-Ed page. You can access an article immediately from this index by clicking on the item in the index.

To access the Index, click the "Blog-Eds List" box in the Blue Strip on the top of the Blog-Ed page.

Please note that The Blog-Ed pages for April-June 2017 are not currently available.

Different Blog Ed pages will be down intermittently until the Archive structure is in place. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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FEATURED STORIES

January-March 2017

What we are talking about in the January–March 2017 Issue

  1. This Issue's Theme
  2. Fake News (Schow, Keefer, Allcott&Gentzkow, Kupelian)
  3. Leaders of the 'Spontaneous' Riots (Vadum, Discover the Networks, Sperry, Barnes)
  4. National Insecurity Issues (Timmerman, Sellin, Harsanyi, McCarthy)
  5. Trivializing and Denying, With Sweden's Woes a Prime Example (Bawer, Fjordman, Morefield)
  6. Succour Thine Enemy, Endanger Thine Own (Barron, Miller, Leahy, Savage, Romirowsky)
  7. Jews Who Hate Jews (Plaut, Greenfield, Leibler, Danan, Grobman)
  8. History Section (Greenwald, Yad Vashem, Shaer, Rubin, Balint, Linde)
  9. Blog-Eds January-March Blog-Eds


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.



THE THEME OF THIS ISSUE

This issue expands the section devoted to examining Propaganda and Public Relations. This issue we talk about lies — lies by omission, lies by puffery, lies by denying the obvious and observable, lies by trivialization, lies by turning oneself into a living lie. Lies by downplay, lies made out of whole cloth, lies by distortion, lies by willful misinterpretation and other such forms of fakery. They are seldom discrete. They overlap, they bump over each other, they change form, they compress becoming dense mantras, or expand into puffed-up lunacy. We can't cover every area, of course. That would take a 3-volume treatise. We start by trying to pin down what qualifies as fake news and some of its consequences.


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FAKE NEWS

Fake News is a new term for an old malady. It's new enough that its borders are still fuzzy. Is fake news just a superabundance of typos and minor accidental errors? The news media pounced on President Trump for saying there was an immigrant riot the night before he spoke about a riot (actually, Trump was referring to a video he saw about the riot), while ignoring that Sweden has a real problem with its Middle Eastern refugees, who refuse to assimilate.

Or is fake news the equivalent of a less than a full understanding of the significant facts? We saw this when citizens of some Muslim countries were suddenly restricted from using their visas to come to America. The news media labeled them immigrants and ignored that the targeted countries were notorious for breeding terrorists and that's what we wanted to keep out.

Or, sliding along the scale from innocent error to deliberate lying, is fake news a distortion of some of the facts and omission of others? In any investigation, the facts are not all equal in value. After all, what makes a doctor a good diagnostician is his ability to pull out the significant facts from a welter of data. Yet, from another perspective, the facts considered significant are unlikely to be the same in both right wing publications and leftist ones. Nationalist publications will likely give facts different weights than do globalist ones. An organization devoted to identity politics is unlikely to highlight the same information as an organization designed to unite all around American core values. One might ask: when does emphasis on particular facts while ignoring other significant facts become distortion?

Or does fake apply only to the far end of the graph, where 'facts' are invented and informational items are trimmed and pasted together to form a complete distortion of reality? A notorious recent example (examined below) was when a former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, who had either retired or been dismissed from MI-6, was paid, it is said by Jeb Bush and/or other GOPers, for an unsubstantiated and implausible account of Trump's purported relationship to Russian leaders, including his supposed activities in Moscow when he was there as judge of a beauty pageant. Some items were contradicted by documented facts and the activities didn't fit Trump's way of doing things, yet John McCain passed the report on to the FBI and several journalists. Despite admission by Democratic leaders that the Trump-Russia collusion is fake ("Democrats Admit Trump-Russia Collusion Is Fake Finally" here), it has become part of the Democratic credo, accepted as truth. These are the same people that were not outraged when Hillary Clinton, with Prez Obama's approval, helped make it possible for Russia to acquire control of one-fifth of all of the USA's uranium production capacity, (NY Times, 23April2015).

It might be a while to come to a consensus on what constitutes fake news. But it is obvious that with undisciplined social media and agenda-promoting press and TV people, the spread of false assertions has clearly become more extensive. It doesn't help that supposedly reputable news sources make a habit of running headlines and inlines that are opposites in content. Assessing information has often become a bewildering chore, damaging our ability to make intelligent assessments of situations.

This set of articles makes a try at defining fake news and then judges its different impacts in several situations. A nice low-keyed video worth viewing is "How to Spot Fake News" from FactCheck.org here,


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THE 4 TYPES OF 'FAKE NEWS'

by Ashe Schow

Characterizing fake news is not easy, if at all doable. In this article, Ashe Schow presents a reasonable way of discriminating fake news. A story that is completely made up is obviously fake news, while satiric stories are assumed to be fake but hope to cleverly make a point. Ashe includes other categories that are less clear. One thing is certain: if one considers why a story was written in addition to its actual compilation of facts, analysis can get very complicated.

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OUR MAN IN LONDON: THE SCANDAL OF THE 35-PAGE 'INTELLIGENCE DOSSIER' DIRECTED AGAINST DONALD TRUMP

by Prof. Michael Keefer

Does fake news affect opinion? We start with this article by Michael Keefer on the impact of a recently published dossier on President Trump's supposed collusion with Russia to win the presidency. Keefer focuses on plausibility in assessing the truth-value of the dossier. Too many people think as did Andrei Soldatov, writing in The Guardian, "despite all these failings ["factual confusion, unverifiable details"], Steele's representation of Kremlin procedures and motivations "sounds about right...whatever the truth of Putin's connections with Trump, makes it all pretty scary." Keefer concludes, "I would describe this reasoning—according to which a document whose analytical method is problematic and whose evidential basis is variously confused, unverifiable, highly questionable, or wholly absent, can nonetheless be accepted as plausible—as mental debris. If any categorical distinction can be made between thinking of this order and the kind of arguments that sent accused witches to the stake in the 16th and 17th centuries, I should like to know what it might be." The dossier may be implausible and unverifiable, but some, even in the media, have accepted it because it says what they want to hear.

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND FAKE NEWS IN THE 2016 ELECTION

by Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow. And a Separate Summary by Charles Hartwell

Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow did a controlled study investigating the impact of false stories on the 2016 election. Their results indicate that false defamatory stories about Hillary Clinton did not cause her to lose the election. And exposure to pro-Trump fake stories had almost no effect. In sum, fake news had virtually no impact on the election results. The introductory Executive Summary by Charles Hartwell is an independent article summing up Allcott and Gentzkow's detailed analysis of their experimental design and results. The influence of fake news might, of course, differ in other circumstances. Clearly, a search for patterns determined by examining the impact of false and/or misleading information in particular events and conditions would be a useful investigation.

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FROM FAKE NEWS AND FAKE MEDIA TO FAKE HISTORY AND FAKE TRUTH

by David Kupelian

David Kupelian considers the long term effects of fake news. He discusses how the Mainstream Media' (MSM) "has become the very enemy it condemns." "[C]oncern over 'fake news' [has become] a new weapon for attacking opposing viewpoints, 'conspiracy websites'" and [...] legitimate news." "Much, if not most, of what America's 'mainstream media' report today as news is either misleading or flat-out false." Thanks to a biased and corrupted media, too many believe a video caused the attack on the American compound in Benghazi and that anthropogenic global warming is a settled science and can not be questioned. Kupelian points out that "fake news, when codified over time, becomes fake history." What make this possible are the underlying assumptions that have conditioned our thinking; i.e., Islam is a religion of peace, America is a deeply racist nation, capitalism is inherently predatory, etc., etc. And this trend is increasing.

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LEADERS OF THE 'SPONTANEOUS RIOTS', RALLIES, RANTS AND RUMORS AGAINST A TRUMP PRESIDENCY

Marches, rallies and 'spontaneous' gatherings that deteriorate into riots are the most visible signs of discontent. They seems so down-to-earth, accidental clumpings of people attracted to a particular place on a particular day. If the media agree with the purpose of the gathering, the entire congregation is praised as serious and discerning. However, with patience, one can find internet videos of interviews of ordinary folk that haven't a clue why they are marching, or, maybe, they went to the wrong rally. Many are there to promote identity agendas. For others, it's a Fourth of July happy type of celebration, whatever the date. Others vent and growl on cue, when the cameras shine on them. Most walk placidly, carrying posters that, surprise, surprise, just happen to be just like those carried by half a hundred of their neighbors.

Nidra Poller said this about the highly publicized Woman's March that took place January 21, 2017, "The self-appointed female nation, outraged by the words and deeds of the new president, took to the streets on the 21st of January, the day after the inauguration. Protesters marched in a compact mass estimated at 700,000 to a million in Washington DC, with another million tallied in national and international sister marches[...]The world's media gushed with enthusiasm over the movement's scope and message, which was clicked into contemporary history on its own terms, in the name of women's dignity." Using sharia-devout Linda Sarsour as anchor, Poller provides a sobering analysis of the tainted ideology behind this seemingly virtuous movement. ("Feminine Spring," February 16, 2017, see here.)

One worrisome phenomenon in the turbulent and emotional acting out of anger at Donald Trump being elected president is the set of people who are reacting like sophomoric seniors. It isn't just trust-fund babies and IQ 80s, it's supposedly rational beings that run respected scientific organizations. People considered worthy of being elected to the prestigious honor society, Sigma Xi, are planning to join the March for Science in April. At least some of them are. It's not clear what they are marching for. Or against. But march they will.

Marches, even riots, often look staged. As they should. Too many are carefully contrived and coached. In addition to the uniform rants and foul-mouth ravings against the new administration, they share fixed sources of money and organization. The Trump administration realistically acknowledged (Newsmax, March 22, 2017) "there are people working in the government who are likely part of what has been called the 'deep state' — an inner core of Obama loyalists seeking to stop the Trump presidency." This section records some reality about the actual leadership of the discontented.

George Soros
George Soros

See also: "Everything George Soros Doesn't Want You To Know" on Soros using religious organizations to corrupt their belief system.


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SOROS'S SMEAR SCRIPTS: WELCOME TO THE VAST, MEGA-FINANCED LEFTIST ASTROTURF CAMPAIGN AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP

by Matthew Vadum. A Discover the Networks addendum lists some of Soros' groups that also target Israel

Matthew Vadum writes of astroturfing where participants attempt to stack a public forum or townhall with their members to dominate the questions asked and appear to be the majority opinion. They are taught to denounce Trump's attempts to prevent terrorists from entering the US as unvetted refugees by following a slick script designed to elicit sympathy and ignore facts. Criminalize, islamophobia, xenophobia, pregnant mothers afraid to get prenatal care (aka illegal aliens), justice and love are important words in their vocabulary. As Vadum observes, "This language is reminiscent of communist revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara's famous statement that 'the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love.'" The object is to convince Congressmen that they speak for the majority. The contacts listed in the script are members of organizations funded by George Soros. Another Soros-funded institute, The Center for Social Inclusion, teaches "Democratic congressmen how to smear their opponents as racist." The Center "practices the same pathological mixture of Marxism and identity politics that President Obama was raised on. The group was founded based on the assumption that America is an evil structurally racist country that systematically oppresses everyone who is not Caucasian." Repeated often enough, the belief that whites are racists becomes inculcated. As Vadum says, using the racist smear "to shut down open debate over government spending is a fascistic frontal assault on freedom of thought and expression that takes Alinskyite sliminess to new depths."

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LINDA SARSOUR

by Discover The Networks

DiscoverTheNetworks provides us with the history of Linda Sarsour, the quintessential islamophile. She labels people as islamophobic even if they have much reason to find Muslim terrorism loathsome. Like any pious Muslim, she will allow no criticism of Islam, warranted or not. A feminist in a hijab, she has won praise from the news media who either don't know her evil history or don't care. I always wonder about devout Muslim female believers in sharia law — say, someone like Huma Abedin's mother who works for a sharia takeover of the West — what would happen if sharia law were to win out? Will they go happily back to a sequestered harem, the chattel of their husbands or male relatives? Or do they envision a two-tiered Islam, with the commoners completely controlled by Mohammad's preachings, while the elites are allowed to run their lives as they see fit. It would be the Islamic equivalent of the two-tiered Socialism our political Marxist elite expected to come about, with Hillary elected as proxy for Obama's third term.

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HOW OBAMA IS SCHEMING TO SABOTAGE TRUMP'S PRESIDENCY

by Paul Sperry

All the fervor and energy and dedicated effort that people expected from Barack Obama during his presidency is finally being manifested, now that Obama is back to being a community organizer. With lots of money available to him and thousands of devoted globalists and socialists ready to be moles in the new administration or activists around the country, Obama and his live-in advisor/handler/motivator, Valerie Jarrett, are ready to run his new organization, variously described as deep state or shadow state, from his new home in Washington.

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THE MEDIA, OBAMA, AND THE DEEP STATE

by Robert Barnes

Robert Barnes writes of the Orwellian fashion in which the media attempt to restrict the meaning of "fake news" or "deep state" to to the needs of their own ideologies and agendas. Or they ignore the term; or deny, for example, that the deep state exists. Yet the notion of a power group setting up a structured organization running counter or in parallel with the official government has been studied for more than a half century. Working with intelligence sources, often government agencies, media implementers of the deep state's mission malign political people like Trump of Flynn, broadcasting innuendo loosely based on surveillance by these government agencies. Trump may have made the first cut into seriously looking into the deep government and its spying activities by suggesting that the "illegal intercepts and illicit leaks of those intercepts should be the scandal, not incredulous reports of collusion [e.g., with Russia] unsupported by the legally innocent conversations found on those intercepts." A major figure in the current deep state is ex-President Obama, who is putting to use his experience initiating spy operations on American citizens during his time in office.

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NATIONAL INSECURITY ISSUES

The anti-Trumpists scored a victory in getting rid of Michael Flynn, an ardent and savvy enemy of Salafist Islam. Two separate consequences have resulted.

First: Flynn was replaced by Gen. McMaster as National Security Advisor. Unfortunately, McMaster seems to be more concerned with downplaying Islamic terrorism than in dealing with it. He has distanced jihad terrorism from "true" Islam, ignoring that jihadists are pious Muslims acting in accordance with the Koran. They are enjoined to fight the infidel until the whole world embraces sharia law. As Robert Spencer has pointed out (here), "One cannot defeat an enemy that one does not understand, much less one that one refuses to understand. ... When one's duties include national security responsibilities, one has a professional duty to know the enemy or do due diligence to know the enemy. To fail to do so makes one professionally negligent in one's duties."

Second: when the news media revealed the surveillance conditions underlying the conclusion that Michael Flynn had unauthorized interactions with the Russian ambassador to the US, it popped open a large can of worms: members of the Obama administration appear to have been spying on the Trump election team for some time, as they have on journalists, congressmen and other American citizens. The story is that they were looking at foreign infiltration and just happened to listen to the Americans on the other end of the telephone or email. That doesn't explain, why, as they did with Flynn, they released the names of the Americans, a felonious act. Will these illegal activities be ignored as they were in the Obama administration?


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THE NEXT NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MUST BRING HIS OWN STAFF

by Kenneth R. Timmerman

When the Obama administration started, we were treated to a whole new vocabulary such as throw him under the bus, which described an activity the administration, unfortunately, would routinely indulge in. The Trump administration is barely in place and we need to learn a new vocabulary: the Deep State, political operative and shadow warriors, terms describing the malevolent activities ex-President Obama and his cronies have initiated. As Kenneth Timmermnan writes, "Want to know who broke the law by leaking information gleaned from a highly-classified U.S. intelligence program to monitor foreign diplomats about Michael Flynn? ... start by looking at former CIA director John Brennan, an Obama political operative." The president who spent quality time on the golf course during his presidency has suddenly become hard-working and politically involved. His first mate is the former CIA director, John Brennan, infamous for defining Islamic jihad as a spiritual journey and welcoming members of the Muslim Brotherhood into Federal agencies. Together, they have stuffed NSA with political operatives of their own choosing. To date, they have 'destroyed Michael Flynn before he could destroy them.' Clearly, President Trump needs to watch his back.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO DISCREDIT RADICAL ISLAMIC IDEOLOGY?

by Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D.

Lawrence Sellin writes that Lt. Gen McMaster, who replaced Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor, has a weak strategy for defeating Resurgent Islam, which is working without let-up to replace Western democracy with sharia law. Unlike Flynn, McMaster views Islam's salafist ideology as a distortion of the true Islam. Actually, it is a valid expression of Mohammad's view of the world and his desire to put Islam above all other religions in the world. McMaster's solution is information warfare against what he sees as non-authentic Islam. However, as Sellin points out, "Pumping out more counter-propaganda, while leaving the sources of the ideology free to go about their dirty business" [is] "counter-productive."

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DEMOCRATS SHOULDN'T DISMISS NUNES' SPYING CLAIMS SO QUICKLY

by David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi writes of the growing evidence that President Trump, while he was a Presidential candidate and when he was President-elect, and his transition team were under surveillance by the Obama administration. Within the context of keeping tabs on foreigners, it is legitimate to record the conversations of Americans on the other end of the phone. What is not legitimate is uncovering the names of the Americans, when the conversations have no foreign intelligence value. What is appalling is disseminating the information. In a companion piece entitled "Here's Why Nunes' Obama Spying Revelations Are Such A Big Deal," Mollie Hemingway writes, (see here): "It matters not whether the Trump team were officially the targets, whether the targets were designed to obscure the real targets, or whether it truly was incidental collection." What is important is:

1) Information was collected on the Trump team by Obama administration agencies.

2) This information had no reason to be shared in intelligence reports to Obama officials.

3) Obama officials may have flouted legally required attempts to minimize and mask personal identifying information.

4) This had nothing to do with Russia.

To put it bluntly, as James Rosen wrote: ("Potential 'Smoking Gun' Showing Obama Administration Spied On Trump Team, Source Says," 24mar2017, here) "Republican congressional investigators expect a potential 'smoking gun' establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week [...] The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump ..."

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SUSAN RICE'S WHITE HOUSE UNMASKING: A WATERGATE-STYLE SCANDAL

by Andrew C. McCarthy

The media and such mags as The New Yorker have done a yeoman job minimizing the significance of Susan Rice's having intelligence-gathering agencies openly write out the names of Americans who had turned up in a report she got on Russian activities in this countries. In this article Andrew McCarthy makes the very important point that it is the intelligence agency — in this case it was the combined effort of three intelligence agencies — that writes the report that decides, with due regard to privacy issues, whether it is necessary to reveal the name when an American is mentioned. They rarely find it necessary. Susan Rice was not an investigator or collector of information, only a receiver, and, given the nature of the material, would know from context who the people were. So why would she ask for the names in clear, if not to make the leaking and utilization of the information more effective? And she did have Obama's backing. Herman Cain (here) in discussing McCarthy's article writes, "They could have told her no, of course, but she was the National Security Adviser and she worked directly for the president. Were they likely to tell someone with that kind of standing no?"

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TRIVIALIZING AND DENYING THE OBVIOUS, WITH SWEDEN'S WOES A PRIME EXAMPLE

Sweden has long seen seen itself as the best place to live, with personal freedom and government backup. Donald Trump pointed to Sweden's problems with its immigrant Muslims, incorrectly saying he'd seen a riot on TV, when what he'd seen was a TV discussion about Sweden. Surely, news editors and publishers know that Malmo is the rape capitol of the world, and that the Swedes are being terrorized by Muslim immigrants. Yet Trump's mistake became the high point of many articles flaying him and denying that anything was amiss in Sweden. When riots broke out shortly thereafter, the misplaced emphasis by the news media on Trump's mistake while denying Trump's important points — the high crime rate and lack of adaptability of the Muslim "refugees" in Sweden — became an excellent example of techniques that characterize some news now labeled 'fake news.' The sudden focus on Sweden brought to light that some Swedes, like other Westerns, were having belated buyer's remorse about their Muslim immigrants from the Middle East and Africa.


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LAST NIGHT IN SWEDEN

by Bruce Bawer

This essay by Bruce Bawer can be read just for pleasure. But it does have a moral. It tells the story how the news media and politicians yet again lambasted President Trump, this time for saying Sweden had problems with its Muslim immigrants. Those who insist that Sweden is a model of civic harmony got their comeuppance when soon afterwards there was yet another ugly eruption by the migratory adherents of the religion of peace. The politicians continue to pretend there's no problem, while civilized living in Sweden's cities disintegrates. Bawer points out that the newscasters could have gotten the real story if they'd interviewed truth tellers. Instead they provided us with a neat example of news that is fake because it denies observable truth.

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SWEDEN: FROM ABBA TO ALLAH

by Fjordman

Fjordman paints a picture of a people who are under attack both by the foreign immigrants they have generously allowed into their once happy country and by their own native leaders who continue to deny the havoc the Muslims have caused. As he points out, "Swedes are ... attacked as an ethnic group [by the immigrants], but they are aggressively barred [by the native Swedes] from identifying and defending themselves as a group of people with a shared heritage and shared interests.." As a result, "[i]n just two generations, Sweden has become an increasingly dysfunctional and crime-ridden country. The main cause of this negative transformation is non-European mass immigration." Fjordman highlights the bizarre attitude, common not only in Sweden but in other Western countries including the USA, of condemning legitimate criticism of Muslim behavior while condoning nasty remarks about the native culture.

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SWEDE DEMOCRAT LEADERS PEN WSJ OP-ED IMPLORING AMERICANS TO AVOID THE MISTAKES SWEDEN MADE

by Scott Morefield

It may be true that by careful selection, one can prove that Swedes still believe their country is still Utopia or, contrariwise, that they are living fearful lives, harassed by a foreign clump of Muslims that doesn't assimilate and doesn't live by Sweden's rules of civility. That doesn't make the two opinions equally valid. Crime statistics validate the argument that Sweden has serious problems. And as Scott Morefield points out, the growth of the Swedish Democratic Party — it is Anti-European Union and advocates a severe reduction in immigration — is another indication that many Swedes are repudiating Sweden's immigration policy. Swedes have been suffering from having tried to absorb a religious group that refuses to assimilate, or even to live their own way but without threatening Sweden's native population. The pattern of Islamic aggression — riots and rapes — may be different than in Israel, where Muslims knife, stone, crash vehicles and snipe at individuals and small groups, but the result is the same: the country's citizens are fearful, angry and resentful.

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SUCCOUR THINE ENEMY, ENDANGER THINE OWN

The public has become more aware of the incoming Muslims in their neighborhoods because the newcomers have rapidly increased the crime rate and spread diseases not seen for years. The incomplete and mostly irrelevant response of left-leaning politicians and opinion-makers has been to push "compassion" and argue that "America is a country of immigrants." This may be true, but our immigrant ancestors that came through Ellis Island were sent back if they were diseased. Moreover, they needed someone to vouch they would not be a burden on the public treasury.

Articles in this set are concerned with how the government has been using religious organizations to 'welcome wagon' incoming refugees. It's been a win-win for the organizations that provide a veneer of godliness and for the Obama administration and its Islamic, Marxist, globalist and multidiversity adherents, eager to seed the USA with Muslims. The only losers have been ordinary American citizens, both in dollars and in security. Additional information is available in "Refugee Resettlement: The lucrative business of serving immigrants," written by James Simpson, published in July 2015 by Capital Research Center (CRC) and archived at https://capitalresearch.org/article/refugee-resettlement-the-lucrative-business-of-serving-immigrants/. A PDF version is available here. The impact on people neglected by or harmed by the religious groups who are busy caring for Muslim "refugees" is also examined.

Video Source: "https://needtoknow.news/2017/04/whistleblower-reveals-un-planned-invasion-refugees-us-already-underway/", March 22, 2017:

US: A Missouri woman is interviewed by radio-show host, Josh Tolley, and tells how she became involved in her state's refugee-immigration program and how the program is far more extensive and advanced than most people realize. She describes how the UN, under the heading of Agenda 2030, is planning immigration into the US similar to what is happening in Europe. The goal is to create chaos and lay the foundation for breaking the US into smaller political units with equal UN representation — and the end of America as a sovereign nation. -GEG

This video is an absolute must for understanding an insidious government program that brings in Muslims each year to all parts of the United States. In it, a Missouri official points out, the process to make the 'refugees' U.S. citizens starts immediately. They receive social security and free housing, free medical care, free food. They are not vetted. In fact, in many cases, their real names are not known. Many leave the area and there is no further information about them. The program was started by the Carter administration and was continued by every administration since then.


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SUPPING WITH THE DEVIL: WHEN RELIGIOUS LEADERS TREAT WITH SUPPORTERS OF ISLAMISM

by Babs Barron

Babs Barron wrote this essay because of her unease viewing the collaboration of the Reform Synagogues Movement of which she is a member with Citizens UK, "a coalition of faith groups that include extremist Salafist and Muslim Brotherhood organizations." Together this inter-faith coalition brings Syrian refugees into the UK. It references a video that gives us a sense of what some participating Jews think this is all about. Filled with pride in what they are accomplishing, they ignore the elephant-sized problem that, thanks to the orientation of Citizens UK, too many of these "refugees" will, sooner or later, be a danger to the Jews and Christians who have so willingly come to their aid.

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HIAS SHOULD RETURN TO ITS ROOTS

by Abraham H. Miller

Abraham Miller writes, "The Jewish roots of HIAS go back to rescuing Jews from the Russian pogroms of the 19th century. Its role as a lifeline for Jews who had nobody else to help them is prominently displayed in its fundraising pitched to Jews, but the word 'Hebrew' might 'offend' the Muslim refugees from the Middle East that HIAS is now busy resettling in America." Like the Christian organizations that participate in settling Muslims in the USA, they are well-paid by taxpayers' dollars. After three months, they can dump the "refugees" on governmental welfare, which again comes out of the taxpayers' pockets. Miller suggests it's time for HIAS to return to rescuing European Jews, victims of the co-religionists of the Muslims that HIAS is "rescuing."

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UNHOLY ALLIANCE: CHRISTIAN CHARITIES PROFIT FROM $1 BILLION FED PROGRAM TO RESETTLE REFUGEES, 40 PERCENT MUSLIM

by Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Leahy provides us with statistics about the cost of bringing in "refugees." The USA spends hundreds of millions of dollars resettling refugees across the USA, and providing many of them with free food, shelter and education indefinitely. The initial resettlement of the entering refugees is often handled by voluntary agencies (VOLAGS), who are handsomely paid for their services. Five of the top nine VOLAGS are Christian. After 3-4 months, the VOLOG can turn the refugees over to the local welfare office. The monetary rewards are so great that often traditional charity efforts are neglected, while a VOLAG concentrates resettling refugees. Over time, "more than a million Muslims have been brought to the United States through this program." As the number of Muslim refugees increases, the danger that some of these migrants from the Middle East may be potential terrorists increases. As more Muslims invade the USA, the public is being forced to confront this problem because they commit obscene crimes — raping children as young as a five — and re-introducing diseases not seen in a long time.

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DESPITE SETBACKS FOR ISLAMIC STATE, EGYPT'S COPTIC CHRISTIANS REMAIN AT RISK

by Sean Savage

Sean Savage write of one example of the terrorism that Christians are subjected to in many Arab countries. He writes of the Egyptian Copts, who are being terrorized and often slaughtered, victims of the Islamic State (IS). They are also targeted by followers of the Muslim Brotherhood because of their minority status and because Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has protected them. Many Christian churches in the West are committed to resettling Muslim Arabs from the Middle East. Or they side with the Palestinians Arabs, actively aiding BDS activities. Why do they take so little interest in the fate of their co-religionists in the Middle East?

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THE NATURE OF QUAKER EDUCATION

by Asaf Romirowsky

Quakers for peace is about as accurate as Islam is a religion of peace. Quakers may sound quaint and their thous and thees are charming but their best schtik is hate, with particularly hateful words directed towards Judaism. They have produced some highly virulent anti-Jewish propaganda. In this article, Asaf Romirowsky contrasts the Quaker reputation for promoting peace with their day-to-day advocacy for Banning, Divesting and Sanctioning (BDS) Israeli goods and products and otherwise isolating Israel from normal relations with other countries. YogiRUS said of this article: "The Quakers and their Washington lobby, the America Friends Service Committee, are one of the oldest, dishonest, and hypocritical anti-Israel operations in the nation's capital. They are involved in virtually every anti-Israel effort, always to remain anonymous, especially in recruiting other church groups to their cause. They are, beneath their pacifist camouflage, as anti-Semitic as they come. In effect, they are major supporters of the BDS movement and many Jews are unaware of this fact. By doing so, they underwrite terrorism. Kindly read [this article] carefully and forward it to many others. This is really important."

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JEWS WHO HATE JEWS

I was reading in the Jerusalem Post about Csanád Szegedi, a far-right Hungarian politician, who, as is typical for European anti-Semites, trivialized the Holocaust, was certain Jews were evil foreigners, and blamed them for anything and everything that is wrong with the world. Then he discovered he was one of them, the Jewish people, a people he despised (see here). One fact, small in the scheme of things, and his world view changed completely. It made me wonder if the inverse also works. Is there some small but weighty conviction, some shard of ideology, working in the minds of Jews who hate Jews, Judaism and Zionism? Is there some idea stuck in the Jewish anti-Jew's mind that swamps awareness of the amazing civilizing and moral impact Jews have had on humanity? Is there some ideological notion that can make him ignore how small Jewish 'crimes' are relative to the deeds of so many other countries? Bernie Sanders, for example, who was born around the time of the Holocaust, was apparently brainwashed for life in his hippy days so that forever after he has been promoting the interests of Hamas and Islam and Marxism against Israel and Judaism and nationalism. This section has other examples of Jews who don't identify as Jews except when needing credentials to be critical of Jews.


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ANTI-ISRAEL MARXIST JEWS AT TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

by Steven Plaut

Steven Plaut, who died January 17, 2017, was a Princeton-trained economist and professor of economics at University of Haifa. He was a most incisive critic of the stupidity of Israeli politicians and the fatuous fantasies of Jewish academics who filtered facts through their Marxist anti-Jewish ideology. His articles, both serious and humorous-sarcastic, were brilliant and on-the-mark. This article from 2011 is about Yoav Peled at Tel Aviv University. This article details Plaut's shrewd observation: "The worst enemy of radical Marxist pseudo-academics seems to be even more radical Marxist pseudo-academics."

I've no idea if they are related but I have just come across a video of an interview by Tavis Smiley with Miko Peled, a Jewish activist for the Arabs, who has recently written a biography of his father and himself. Pelo gifts Smiley with a nicely-voiced summary of the Arab fraudulent claim to Jewish land (see here). He seems to have no knowledge of modern Israel's history and the Jewish legal and moral right to the land of Israel, which includes Samaria and Judea (AKA the West Bank.) He certainly ignores facts that can, for example, be found in the January-June 2016 issue of Think-Israel, (here below). Or do historic and legal facts mean nothing when compared to whatever drives him to help the Arabs destroy Israel?

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AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE PUSHES LETTER PROMOTING ISLAMIC TERROR STATE

by Daniel Greenfield

In the USA, the Muslim Brotherhood has a single objective: to replace US law with Sharia law. To fulfill its mission, it does whatever will work, from generating Muslim-defense groups, making the lives of Jewish students on campus miserable to encouraging 'lone-wolf' acts of terror. One of their spin-offs is Hamas. Another is the notorious Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). It is well-known ISNA is a front for collecting money for Hamas. Yet, as Daniel Greenfield tells us, the American Jewish Congress (AJC) and ISNA have formed the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, which promotes the Islamic version of peace between Jews and Arabs: Israel gives up land, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas take and take — until there is no Israel.

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AMERICAN LIBERAL JEWISH LEADERS FUEL ANTI-SEMITISM

by Isi Leibler

Isi Leibler writes of the "crass political exploitation of their Jewish identity by American leaders of purportedly 'nonpartisan' mainstream Jewish organizations" in behalf of a 'progressive' anti-Trump political agenda. As Leibler writes, "... liberal Jewish leaders have declared a hysterical war against the Trump administration. Led initially by the Anti-Defamation League but rapidly joined by the Reform and Conservative wings of the Jewish community, many Jewish community leaders have exploited their positions to endorse a vicious campaign in which Trump is portrayed as a satanic anti-Semite promoting fascism and racism, representing the antithesis of Jewish values. This, despite the reality that his presidency highlights an unprecedented acceptance of Jews at the highest levels of government. ... in promoting their personal political agenda and vulgarizing and demonizing Trump while posing as Jews motivated by religious principles, they are hypocritically exploiting their leadership positions and fueling anti-Semitism. ...This becomes even more stark in contrast to the eight years of Obama's administration, during which not a single condemnation was uttered against the outrageously biased statements in relation to Israel." It is bitter irony that "... today, the prime global anti-Semitic threat emanates not from neo-Nazis but from the witches' brew of far-left and Muslim anti-Jewish incitement, which has transformed many American university campuses into hotbeds of anti-Semitism." I wish I could say that Leibler exaggerates. It is more the case that, if anything, he has understated the childish antics of America's Jewish leadership.

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ISRAELI POLICE: FBI ASSISTED IN ARREST OF JCC BOMB THREAT SUSPECT

by Deborah Danan

We're conditioned to discovering yet another intellectual Jew or academic Jew who can dish out Jew hate every bit as ugly as what comes from non-Jewish Marxists, globalists and Muslims. We are still in the head-shaking stage when we learn that yet another leader of a large Jewish organizations is working hard to bring in unvetted Muslims and/or is contributing to anti-Israel 'Jewish' organizations, while defending Muslim Brotherhood organizations. But what is unique among Jewish anti-Jews is the recent arrest of an 'ordinary' Jew who sent out a large number of bomb threats to Jewish schools and centers, disrupting the lives of Jews around the globe, engendering fear and paralyzing normal activities. The suspect, Michael Kaydar, a teenager, is a dual citizen of the US and Israel, and lives in Ashkelon, Israel. He used Google voice to sound like a woman, paid in Bitcoin, which isn't registered, and tapped into relays. In this article, Deborah Danan emphasizes the attention-getting aspects of making bomb threats. She cites articles by Brian of London that emphasize possible political agendas. Whether these are sufficient explanation, or even part of the explanation, we have yet to learn.

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THE PERVASIVE ASSAULT ON ISRAEL BY JEWS: WHY DOES THIS HATRED PERSIST?

by Alex Grobman

Visualizing Jewish Jew-hate as a virus, to quote from a citation in the article, "[t]hose infected with the virus exaggerate Israeli sins real or imagined, while excusing or rationalizing Palestinian Arab anti-Semitism and outrages against Jews." But why? Alex Grobman examines several possibilities. Noting that "[i]dentification with the aggressor is the defense mechanism by which one adopts the perspective of one's abuser," hating Jewishness can, in many cases, be the ticket to inclusion. This may explain "why Jewish self-hatred is so pervasive within institutions to which belonging carries prestige. From campus groups with popular coeds to elite private colleges to social registries, to think tanks to insider punditry, to Israel's Europhiles..." Grobman suggests ways to counter anti-Israel bias by presenting accurate information to specific questions. He suggests we ignore the Jewish self-haters and work with "organizations fighting against the delegitimization, and prepare ourselves and our children with the knowledge to fight back."

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THE JAPANESE HERO WHO SAVED MY GRANDFATHER FROM THE NAZIS

by Dovid Greenwald

Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat assigned to the Japanese Consulate in Lithuania. Defying his government's restrictions on visas, he issued transit visas to Lithuanian Jews to escape to Japan. Dovid Greenberg meditates on Sugihara's bravery and goodness and the impact he had on future generations of the Jews he saved. Sugihara's home in Lithuania is now a museum, maintained as a tribute to a brave man who did what was right.

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PHOTOGRAPHING THE WARSAW GHETTO: ALBUM OF A GERMAN SOLDIER

from Yad Vashem

The Warsaw Ghetto uprising took place in the spring of 1943 when the Polish Jews that had been forced into the Ghetto resisted the efforts by German soldiers to move them to Treblinka. Before this final act of resistance, many German photographers had come to the Ghetto and recorded the sheer misery suffered by the Jews who were starving, freezing and without medical care. Here are some of the pictures that have been preserved at Yad Vasham and other places.

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THE HOLOCAUST'S GREAT ESCAPE

by Matthew Shaer

Matthew Shaer writes of a story told about the escape of some Jewish prisoners from Ponar, a Nazi concentration camp near the city of Vilnius in Lithuania in World War 2. They had been part of a group forced to disinter and cremate the skeletons of Jews previously killed by the Nazis. The Germans were losing the war and wanted to erase all signs of what they had done. But no one knew how the Jews had escaped, so the story was considered a fable. Richard Freund, an American archaeologist, and other scientists, studying aerial photos and contour maps, and using tomography, have uncovered the escape route: the prisoners had, slowly with small scoops, dug a 3-foot wide tunnel under the woods past the barbed-wire fence.

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LETTERS SHOW ONE AMERICAN JEW 'SAVED MULTIPLE WORLDS' DURING SHOA

by Debra Rubin

Debra Rubin writes of one American Jew, who saved family members and their friends trying to escape from Europe during the Nazi period. America had a quota in effect. Moreover, as sponsor, he needed to demonstrate he had the financial means to support them, so they would not be a burden on the USA. The quota was not as restrictive in Cuba or Argentina, but the cost of a visa was very high.

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IMMIGRANTS PRESERVE EARLY HISTORY OF STATE OF ISRAEL

by Judy Lash Balint

About the time that Steven Spielberg got started recording the reminiscences of Holocaust survivors, Aryeh Halivni founded Toldot Yisrael (Chronicles of Israel) to record personal histories of Jews who lived through the Mandate period and the early years of the State of Israel. Judy Lash Balint writes of some of these recountings of raw history.

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50 YEARS LATER, AMMUNITION HILL HERO RECALLS KEY BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM

by Steve Linde

As written in Wikipedia, "Ammunition Hill (Hebrew: Giv'at HaTahmoshet) was a fortified Jordanian military post in the northern part of Jordanian-occupied East Jerusalem and the western slope of Mount Scopus." It was seized by the Jordanians, who invaded the new-born state of Israel in 1948, severing the connection between Western Israel and Mount Scopus. Steve Linde writes of some of the IDF heroes of the 1967 Sixth Day War who recaptured this part of Israel, when Jordan, together other Arab countries, again invaded Israel.

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JANUARY-MARCH, 2017 BLOG-EDS

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FEATURED STORIES

July-December 2016

What we are talking about in the July–December 2016 Issue

  1. Our Most Surprising Election (Lipkin)
  2. Islamic Infiltration And The Process Of Takeover (Civilus Defendus, Belman, Pipes, Maceoin, Bat-Yeor, Williams)
  3. Islam In Europe (Condell, Prepper-forum, Daftari, Mcfadyen-Pallenberg, Dathan, Meotti, Buri, Levy, Freund)
  4. Jihad In America (Mclaughlin, Cutler, Counterjihad, Sperry, Bakhtavar, FuzzySlippers)
  5. Groups That Hit on Jews (Grobman, Harari, Geller, Korol, Israel-Academia-Monitor, Glick, Hornik, Ordman)
  6. Arab Refugees Old and New (Roth, Katz, Roosevelt, Gordon, Kouri, Inbari)
  7. Libya, Islamic State, Iran (ZeroHedge, Kouri, Kedar, Ross-Blackman, Daoud, Fleitz, Spyer)
  8. Politically Correct (Shulman, Sherman, Hausman, Loris, Prelutsky)
  9. History Section (Blum, Karsh, Bedein, Rogatchi, Foreign-Affairs)


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.


OUR MOST SURPRISING ELECTION:

Based on this observation, I was cautiously optimistic before the election: attendance at any Donald Trump get-together was huge and enthusiastic; Hillary Clinton could barely fill a gym and many of the photos taken there were photoshopped to show fill-in people. But Trump's incontestable win was a dream wish and a most welcome reality.

Ahead of the election, savvy watchers of election day illegalities were wary of illegals and others being trekked from voting site to voting site. Warnings were issued: look for a bunch of people that doesn't look like locals and who have come with a "handler". Viewers were encouraged to follow them to their next voting place; to report them immediately and to take pictures. (REF: Project Veritas). Moreover, there are already reports from early voters that they voted 'Trump-Pence', but when they checked the results, the vote now read 'Clinton-Kaine.' Unfortunately, electronic voting machines can be rigged. Some technical people in India have been circulating information about possible fraud in their elections for several years. In the US, we apparently have a similar problem. As one indication, the SmartMatic machine comes from a company owned by George Soras. We were cautioned that a way to thwart machine rigging was to demand a paper ballot. By law, a voter is entitled to receive one. Concern that a voter's wishes would be ignored by a variety of techniques was not a paranoid idea — in the 2012 election, for example, several counties in swing states had more votes registered than there were people living in these counties — it helped Obama win.

Before the election, Trump was excoriated for refusing to say he would unconditionally accept the election results; Hillary, in contrast, assured us she would not quibble with the count. After the election, things changed rapidly and rabidly, with Hillary indirectly and Prez Obama, both directly and indirectly, trying to foment a "grass roots" rebellion against the election results.

What's important is that America may have been stopped from its precipitous fall into economic and political ruin. The salafists and the globalists and the Marxists have weakened so much of the country's judicial, academic, political and media institutions, it is unlikely that one man can undo the damage in one, even two, terms. But the efforts to weaken America and destroy Israel will certainly slow down if not completely stop. And for that, we should be grateful.


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ISLAMIC INFILTRATION AND THE PROCESS OF TAKEOVER

Every few years we post an article on the correlation of the number of Muslims in a host country and their increasing demands for perks and power until they are strong enough to take over. These articles are general observations about the process of takeover — and what cultural features of Islam and the West contribute to Islam's success.

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4 STAGES OF ISLAMIC CONQUEST

by Civilus Defendus

This article is one of the core articles on Liberty versus Sharia on the Civilus Defendus website. As they write:

Sharia rejects freedom, embraces discrimination, condones misogyny, promotes subjugation and is eternally in conflict with infidels, with you and me. Muslims fare little better under this barbaric, dogmatic form of totalitarianism. No amount of political correctness, muticulturalism or moral equivalence will actually improve Sharia — it must be rejected outright.

Consider the 1400 year history islamification of Egypt, North Africa, Central and SE Asia and the current assault on nations across the globe including France, Kenya, the UK and US. Consider the murder of Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and both Muslims and non-Muslims by the followers of Islam as a dark and ominous glimpse into the future. We must take a stand to end the creeping annihilation of liberty and culture; to stop this islamic conquest. To not stand up is moral cowardice.

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TRUMP CALLS MUSLIM MIGRATION "THE ALL-TIME BIGGEST TROJAN HORSE"

by Ted Belman, September 26, 2016

Ted Belman describes the invasion of Europe by hordes of Muslims as a Trojan-horse tactic: the followers of Islam appear harmless but when the opportunity arises, they wage civil war against the natives, who by then have been lulled into inactivity or are too weak to oppose the Muslims. He makes the important point that because Islam has always refused to accommodate any other religious group and have maintained superior power by ruthlessly destroying competing groups, over the centuries they have kept control over the countries they have conquered.

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DENYING ISLAM'S ROLE IN TERROR: EXPLAINING THE DENIAL

by Daniel Pipes, Spring, 2013

Daniel Pipes writes of a major problem that impedes the West from intelligently fighting back against the salafists, namely,"[t]he establishment denies that Islamism—a form of Islam that seeks to make Muslims dominant through an extreme, totalistic, and rigid application of Islamic law, the Shari'a—represents the leading global cause of terrorism when it so clearly does." He substantiates his argument with examples of denial both in the USA and Europe. The more interesting question that Pipes tackles is: why the denial of the obvious?

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THE IMPACT OF ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM ON FREE SPEECH

by Denis MacEoin, June 19, 2016

Free speech and freedom of expression appear to many of us as "there" as the air we breath. But the last few years have demonstrated, once again, that Thomas Jefferson was right when he urged the need for eternal vigil to safeguard freedom and independence. Denis MacEoin writes of the censorship of our freedom of speech by various sharia-promoting Muslim groups and Western groups that kowtow to Islam either out of conditioned conformity to political correctness or fear of reprisal, should they oppose Muslim teachings. MacEoin writes how "perceived irreverence towards Islam" is avenged and how anger toward the Muslim community that nurtures jihad is averted by Muslims claiming the Muslim community is the real victim. To date, it has too often been a winning combination.

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EUROPE'S COMPASSIONATE HATRED OF ISRAEL

by Bat Ye'or, December 22, 2016

There is one generalization that holds up: wherever Muslims come, hatred of some group, likely a minority, spikes. Hate crimes increase, many of them committed by the Muslim immigrants, others by natives of the host country, who are predisposed negatively against the minority and/or who, like good dhimmis, accept Muslim attitudes as part of their acceptance of (selective) diversity. In this article, Bat Ye'or details a specific example: Europe's hatred of the Jews of Israel. And some consequences.

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MULTICULTURALISM: A FAILED CONCEPT

by Walter Williams, June 29, 2016

Multiculturalism and diversity is a brilliant slogan. It sounds so civilized; so encouraging of harmony among people brought up in different environments, with different lifestyles and different values. In practice, it is a numbing phrase designed to subdue realistic "bad thoughts" about other groups, designed to encourage feelings of guilt in those that intuitively don't buy the hype. In practice, it is much used to persuade people to accept bad political gestures — to accept people who are unacceptable. As Walter Williams points out, it is oblivious to the fact that the different cultural values are not equally good. Multiculturalism is doomed to fail without mutual respect and tolerance. When the political system is working, the West encourages individual rights and freedom; while, for the most part, immigrant Muslims have no intention of conforming to the mores of the host country, or even meeting it half-way. Unfortunately, the virtue of believing in the equality of ideas stops people from reacting, and by the time they act — as Angela Merkel has finally seen the havoc wrought by yet another idea that thrives in academia, but is a menace in the real world — it's too late. In this case, the Muslims have taken over.

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ISLAM IN EUROPE

Hijrah is Jihad by large-scale immigration of Muslims to another country. In the main they resist assimilation but appear to fit in while their numbers grow sufficiently so they can begin to implement a takeover of the host country. Hijrah has been practiced quietly for decades in Europe. Except when a Muslim is outed as outrageously manipulating welfare benefits or turning native children into prostitutes, this method of takeover is mostly ignored. More recently, infiltration has increased sharply as Europe has welcomed refugees from Syria and other Middle East war zones. This may satisfy the egos of European leaders that they are being virtuous but it has proven to be a bad decision in several ways. First, it has provided a means for actual terrorists to come into Europe, with a sharp increase in acts of terror. Second, the new "refugees" have mainly been adult, working-age males, who account for the major increase in crimes and rapes in the countries that welcomed them. This video called "Europe's Last Chance" by Pat Condell is an excellent summation of what the so-called Muslim "refugees" are doing to destroy the European lifestyle.


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WHAT IS HIJRAH?

by 1skrewsloose

This is an excellent summary of Hijrah as presented on the Prepper Forum. Hijrah was practiced initially by Mohammad himself, who left Mecca and went to Medina, where he began violent jihad against infidels. Today it is used to describe an invasion of a country by Muslims purporting to be peacefully intentioned. It is a way of infiltrating a host country with more and more Muslims until there are enough Muslims to start activities to take over the country. The article also includes a video by Dr. Bill Warner on Hijrah.

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MAJORITY OF PARIS ATTACKERS ENTERED EUROPE POSING AS REFUGEES

by Lisa Daftari

Lisa Daftari points out a specific danger in allowing unvetted refugees to enter a host country: it provides an easy route in for single terrorists and for a group of terrorists, who maintain contact and keep on schedule via cellphone and social media. Included are readers' comments that find these facts relevant to the Obama's administration's encouragement of unvetted Syrian and Somali "refugees" in the US.

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GERMAN ASYLUM SEEKERS REFUSE TO WORK INSISTING 'WE ARE MERKEL'S GUESTS'

by Siobhan Mcfadyen and Monika Pallenberg

As Siobhan Mcfadyen and Monika Pallenberg write, "ASYLUM seekers in Germany are refusing to undertake work to counteract boredom - using Chancellor Angela Merkel's generous hospitality as an excuse." This has been underplayed by the media, perhaps because the almost universal reaction has been open disgust. As one reader, Rick Nash, writes, "Ya Its not Merkel Of Germany Or Justin of Canada's Money being spent on them its our hard earned Tax money being wasted on them while we work day and night the f muslims refugees enjoy free hotel with hot halal food free cellphones and lap tops to all their multiple wives and their many kids many young strong men who are so disobedient and lazy? shower them with with welfare money Nice while we have to struggle everyday at work??? Good job our political correct leaders very nice". Angela Merkel herself has stated that "only 1 in 10K new migrants is employed."

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EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEFS ORDER THE BRITISH PRESS NOT TO REVEAL WHEN TERRORISTS ARE MUSLIMS

by Matt Dathan

A recent report from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that "the British media be barred from reporting the Muslim background of terrorists." Matt Dathan writes that the report is concerned that "when the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators' motivation is downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations." ECRI's concern for the Muslim community is certainly heartwarming, even if its comprehension of what's going on is limited.

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MEET THE WESTERN CHARLATANS JUSTIFYING JIHAD

by Giulio Meotti

Giulio Meotti writes about several current-day European philosophers that have taken up the cause of Islamic jihad, or, at the very least, justify Muslim barbaric behavior. It is a given that capitalism and the West are bad, hence Jihad is praiseworthy in that it is a way of countering the power of the West, of leveling the field. One of these philosophers, Michel Onfray, has become popular not only with the at-home French but also with French jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq, presumably when they have some quiet time to read and aren't busy butchering their enemies. Like Barack Obama, Onfray puts much of the blame for whatever event is under discussion on George W. Bush. Other philosophers, sounding much like sociologists, excuse jihad for reasons such as 'revenge for humiliation', rootlessness, and inequality. And like the sociologists, they feel no obligation to check their generalities against the facts.

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FRENCH ISLAMISM AND THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: A BRIEFING BY GUY MILLIÈRE

by Joshua Buri

Joshua Buri summarizes a talk given by Guy Millière on the large increase in radical Islamic groups in France. Moreover, some of the major ones are no longer freelance but have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Aside from the increase in network linkages, there are more no-go zones and a prison system that allows Islamic preachers to attract potential jihadists. In addition, more people are "returning from the Middle East with radical beliefs and training." As terrorists have become more organized, politicians appear less able and less willing to handle these new developments. Yet people are reluctant to complain, given that they will be labeled fascist and racist and can be fined for criticizing Islam.

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ANTI-SEMITISM WAS REQUIRED, ANTI-ISLAMISM IS VERBOTEN

by Janet Levy

The 'sensitivity' of the Germans to the huge influx of Muslim immigrants is extraordinary — they tolerate the refusal of the Muslims to adapt to the German lifestyle, their destruction of property and high rate of crime, their refusal to work, their attacks on women. German politicians and police play down Muslim anti-social behavior, to the point of eliminating "'rape' from police reports." Some people assume that the Germans are being super-kind to make up for their fiendish cruelty to the Jews during World War 2. Using statistics on the current German attitudes toward Jews, Janet Levy points out that "a large percentages of Germans still harbor harsh, anti-Jewish sentiments" while adopting a "policy of acceptance and tolerance toward Muslims." Add to that the favoritism Germany extends to Muslim countries at the UN. Levy suggests that Germany's attitude toward the Muslims "may actually mask an underlying anti-Semitism that stubbornly remains despite the passage of time."

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AS THE EU CRUMBLES, ISRAEL SHOULD REJOICE

by Michael Freund, October 5, 2016

The might of the Europe Union (EU) continues single-mindedly to be turned against Israel. It also exerts more control over the member states than originally intended. Michael Freund points out that the Brexit movement, where the Britain electorate voted to leave the Union, is the start of the dissolution of the EU. He argues that this is a good thing for Israel. Some of the member states of the EU are more friendly to Israel than the EU allows them to be. And second, it means "a return to the idea of the nation-state, which has served as the basis of modern Western civilization." This can only benefit Israel, which could serve as prototype of what a nation-state can accomplish.

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JIHAD IN AMERICA

Fifteen years ago on a Tuesday, the eleventh of September, Resurgent Islam caught our attention long enough to announce dramatically that it was at war with us. Unlike the immediate impact Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor had in World War II and despite the growing number of terrorist attacks, it's not clear that the majority of Americans, even now, are aware we are at war. There are those who believe Muslims are just like anyone else and consider it islamophobic to single out the relatively few Muslims who exhibit extreme behavior. After all, out of the billions of Muslims on the planet, it is only some 10-15% estimated to be involved in acts of terror. They believe in the Moderate Muslim Majority as passionately as once they believed in the tooth fairy. They are incorrigible.

Another group, a very large group, many of whom are avid readers of the MSM such as the New York Times, recognize that Muslims who blow up malls or shoot their colleagues are indeed 'extremists'. This group is even willing to call terrorists 'terrorists' if they commit the act of terror locally. But they blame these acts of terror on outside factors. These poor souls are acting out their misery or their rage or their low self-esteem. They are poor. They are psychologically or socially or medically damaged. They are Muslims who are angry because society marginalized them or ignored them or because their marriages are dysfunction. Why call them terrorists? This attitude is fostered by a large group of bought media people and academicians.

Because so many opinion-makers have trivialized the problem, there has been no outcry that Muslims associated with Islamic terrorist front groups are welcomed into the White House and our security agencies. As I write this, it is finally coming out in the MSM that Huma Abedin helped Hillary Clinton, her boss, in using private servers for State Dept official business. What is less stressed is that she is the child of high-level members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization devoted to replacing Western values with Sharia law by any and all means, from infiltrating America's infrastructure to funding acts of terror. She herself worked for many years for a Muslim organization devoted to promoting sharia in the West. This information has been available for years. In fact in the July-August 2012 issue of Think-Israel, we had an article called "In The Matter Of Vetting People In High Places" that highlighted the fact that Huma, given her family connections, could not possibly have passed the vetting all government security positions receive. But apparently she passed or bypassed the vetting required by law. Another section in the 2012 issue, the Girls of the Brotherhood, contained more information on the entanglement of Huma and the Abedin family in terrorist groups.

In addition, there is a third group fighting on the side of the salafists and doing great damage to our country. These are the self-censors. It is epitomized by the NY Times which invokes freedom of speech to show contempt for religions other than Islam. Thus, the Times waxed poetic about Serrano's insulting Christ in Piss photograph. They had no fear of publishing cartoons of Jews dressed in Nazi uniforms stepping on or over a poor waif representing the powerless Palestinian. But the Times avoids provoking Muslims. The public is encouraged to be concerned with Muslim 'sensitivities'.

To add to the difficulty, the Obama administration has been importing 'refugees' from countries such as Somalia and Syria, countries that breed and train terrorists. Despite official reassurances, there is no way that these immigrants can be adequately (or even minimally) vetted. They are, in the main, men in the age group that become members of ISIS, al-Qaeda and other terror organizations. They are overwhelmingly Muslim; hardly any of them are Christian. They have started making significant contributions to crime statistics all over America.

And we've seen the growth of the 'grass roots' riots. They are selective. They only occur when a member of the majority (a white, particularly a policeman) kills a member of the black minority. They are not spontaneous nor are they generated locally. 70% of the arrested Charlotte rioters were from outside North Carolina. Similarly, previously in Ferguson, only 1 of the 51 people arrested was a local. The instigators at Ferguson were bought and paid for by George Soros (Washington Times, 14Jan2015), who is determined to do to Americans what he did to Hungarian Jews, when he betrayed them to the Nazis. These outside instigators waited in the hotel for the situation to ripen. Then they picked off the targets of the 'spontaneous riot': vandalizing local shopkeepers, looting, demolishing local businesses. These riots are becoming a major tool in denigrating western standards and intimidating local governments.

An effective response has been slow in coming. The Obama administration is clearly pro-Muslim and Prez Obama himself has made no secret of the fact that he wishes to clip America's wings. And the damage done by present-day academics and judges by deflecting the concerns of the public is yet to be fully assessed — we may not see the full impact until today's college students take over the government and the economy in the future. Here too, what has received the least attention has been the damage done by the self-censors, the timid publications that fearlessly slam the West and Israel, while softpedaling the barbaric behavior of the salafists. They have a direct and probably measurable impact on many of their readers.

Depending on what parameters and signs and symptoms you find significant, you can decide that we are finally waking up to our danger; or you can point at indicators that show we remain sound asleep, while the salafists poke holes into our judiciary and educational systems and media channels and fill them with Islamic propaganda on the beauty of the Islamic way of life. Are we falling in deeper into the hole Islam and its Marxist buddies are digging? Or are we coming to grips with Salifism and starting to wake up?


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SYMPATHY FOR REFUGEES WEARING THIN IN MAINE

by Tom McLaughlin

Tom McLaughlin presents a clear picture of well-meaning, humane, civilized individuals in transition in their attitudes toward refugees. He described a townhall meeting set up by Catholic Charities Maine to gain support for bringing in Muslim refugees from Somali and Syria. McLaughlin himself is knowledgeable about jihad. Nevertheless, in a meeting intended to make people sympathetic to housing, feeding and accepting refugees in Maine, he was clearly pleased the audience was low-keyed and polite, not angry and emotional. He described one member of the audience as a man who became "rambunctious and interrupted" the propagandist on the podium to point out "that schools incur enormous costs to provide ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers for refugee children." Later, a reader wrote, "A day after the rambunctious man was driven from the meeting room by those who insist upon a certain blindness, pipe bombs went off in Manhattan and New Jersey, and a crazed Somali screaming 'allahu-akbar'" brandished his machete and slashed several innocent bystanders in St. Cloud, Minnesota. No one was killed, thankfully, and the rambunctious man, and a few impertinent town criers, are now vindicated.

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WEAPONIZED IMMIGRATION

by Michael Cutler

Michael Cutler writes of the importance in controlling borders and points of entry such as airports to counter terrorist attacks from outside-the-country terrorists. Unfortunately, immigrants coming from the same pool as potential terrorists usually have little paper documentation and there is no way to conduct field investigations to determine immigration fraud and bogus background stories. That means there is no real way to vet immigrants coming in as refugees from countries such as Somalia and Syria, where numerous terrorists live and train. The growing crime statistics confirm that the backgrounds of these Middle-Eastern immigrants is of serious concern. The difficulty is not reduced by officials arguing compassion and charity as reasons to ignore a realistic danger to America's security.

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STATE DEPARTMENT: UM, ISIS AGENTS ARE POSING AS REFUGEES

by Counter Jihad

Counter Jihad provides us with a case study documenting how ISIS terrorists have successfully blended in as refugees in Middle East refugee camps while, for a long time, the State Department tried to reassure the public that there were no terrorists among the refugees. Forced to back down from that assertion, they now claim their vetting process is adequate to keep terrorists out of America. Another lie. If the article minimizes anything, it is in implicitly suggesting ISIS is the main terrorist problem, just as, a few years back, al-Qaeda was the focus. In point of fact, there are hundreds of terrorist groups, of all sizes and resources, competing to see which can do the most damage to the infidel, or to Muslim sects with somewhat different ideology.

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BOMBING SUSPECT IS NO LONE WOLF, BUT A TERRORIST WITH A FAMILY OF SYMPATHIZERS

by Paul Sperry

Every time there is a terrorist attack, there is a slight arousal in the general public. Then like a candle lit with a damp match, the flame sputters and goes out. And the chant is repeat: this guy is not affiliated with real genuine Muslims. This is just a random act. But in truth, lone wolf terrorists seldom are without help and support from the mosque, clerics, family, TV and videos, and salafist groups that study the Koran. New York bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami said he received instructions from terrorist leaders. In this article, Paul Sperry focuses on the help and "spiritual" support the lone-wolf often receives from his family.

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MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD'S TIES TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

by Slater Bakhtavar

The Muslim Brotherhood has never hidden its strong efforts to replace Western practices with sharia law. It has conducted jihad in the West from stealth infiltration of western infrastructure — the Western media, judiciary, academic institutional, K12 educational textbooks and church groups. inter alia — and it has financially supported Hamas and other terrorist groups. It has developed a network of political friendships in many countries and it is capable of ginning up riots over a cartoon of Mohammad. It has many front groups, which, during Obama's administration have gained entrance to the White House and our security agencies. It has also been able to secure government positions for members of its front organizations. It is a measure of its success that Huma Abadin, a member of one of its leading families was privy to top secret information at the State Department, when Hillary Clinton was in charge. And had Clinton won the presidency, Abadin would be one of the people in control of the White House.

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GENERAL FLYNN: MILITARY FIRED ME FOR CALLING OUR ENEMIES RADICAL JIHADIS

posted by Fuzzy Slippers

The New York Times (NYT, 3Dec2016) noted that Lt. Genl Flynn has "argued that the United States faced a singular, overarching threat, and that there was just one accurate way to describe it: "radical Islamic terrorism." Clearly not the view of NYT. Nor that of Prez Obama. Flynn, himself, speaks clearly on the danger of radical Islam, flying directly into the stormy indignation of the many Muslim and pro-Muslim groups that would like to suppress his insights. He has, however, the backing of the collective opinion of counter-terrorism experts and specialists on Islamic law. And it is hard to dismiss the growing number of terrorist incidents as random acts of terror by free-lancers, when so many of the terrorists and their families move between the USA and fundamentalist Muslim countries, where adherents are trained to follow the dictates of the Koran precisely. Perhaps under Trump's administration, it will now be allowed to link Islam and jihad in the same sentence in government data bases, and specialists on Islam will not lose their jobs for daring to say that Islam's holy documents dictate that pious Muslims practice jihad and live by sharia law.

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CAMPAIGNS AND GROUPS THAT HIT ON JEWS IN THE USA AND IN ISRAEL

Are you surprised to learn that some of these groups are Jewish?


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EXPOSING THE MYTH OF AN APARTHEID ISRAEL

by Alex Grobman

Alex Grobman writes about one of the more despicable lies anti-Jews, Jews and non-Jews, tell: they denounce Israel as an apartheid state. In this essay, he attacks them both for their ignorance and false statements and for the damage they do to Israel's reputation. The essay is also a thorough discussion of the features of apartheid as once practiced in South Africa and why it is inapplicable to Israel. As Grobman points out, "Apartheid is a legal system of segregation based on color, with a white majority in control of the government. Under apartheid, people of color could not vote, hold office or travel freely in their own country." That doesn't describe Israel. The apartheid concept has also been severely distorted in an attempt to cover very different situations: dealing with illegal African migrants that are not refugees but who come for economic benefits; and governing some 4% of the Arabs living in the Territories. Israel is always depicted as treating the Israeli Arabs badly so it is puzzling that these put-upon citizens of Israel will not give up their citizenship to live under the rule of the Palestinian Authority. Very puzzling.

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HALF A YEAR ON, DUMA 'SUSPECT' FOUND INNOCENT OF ALL CHARGES

by Orli Harari

After much brouhaha and insistence that there was evidence to indict several Jewish settlers for the crime of firebombing the home of Saad Dawabsheh in the Arab village of Duma on July 31, 2015, and causing the death of Dawabsheh, his wife and their 18-month old baby, all the suspects have been released except for one, Amiram Ben-Uliel, who, together with an unnamed minor, was indicted on January 3, 2016. Eye witness reports were found faulty; it was known that the Dawabsheh clan had been engaged in a nasty feud with another clan for years; there was no reason to go as far as the middle of the village to find a random target; and the external evidence made it unlikely a stranger in the village would have survived. There have been similar torchings of Dawabsheh clan houses before and after the July 2015 torching and these were ruled Arab arson, yet the only investigation made for the July firebombing was to find evidence against several Jewish settlers. Orli Harari describes what happened to one of the suspects.

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JEWISH LEADERS FUNDING BDS

by Pamela Geller

Just a few years ago, the claim that the head of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), would fund the New Israel Fund (NIF), which openly funds vicious anti-Israel organizations and supports the BDS campaign to destroy Israel, would be rejected as scurrilous nonsense. Today, given our experience with the interacting anti-Israel organizations that call themselves Jewish and say they are working to benefit Israel but whose deeds promote Israel's destruction, it comes as a bitter fact but not as a surprise. Pamela Geller provides us with information on some of the people behind the UJA's support of NIF. Additional material from JCCWatch records actual amounts supporting several traitorous Jewish organizations, citing the UJA's JCF's annual reports. The only mystery left is why would Jews willingly support groups that operate to destroy Israel? Are these Jews just simple idiots easily manipulated by Israel's enemies or is the answer darker?

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THE ADL, HIAS AND J-STREET ARE BEYOND THE PALE

by Tabitha Korol

J-Street, New Israel Fund (NIF) and B'Tselem are known to be notoriously anti-Israel, but UJA, HIAS and ADL are old-time Jewish institutions and we don't expect them to be spending their time on projects that harm Jews, both as Jews and as American citizens. Admittedly, ADL has never been more than lukewarm protective of Jewish interests but never has it been as overtly hostile as now. ADL's new chief is intemperate in criticizing Israel and protecting Muslims. Moreover, the ADL is directly lobbying against "laws that would obstruct the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS), claiming it suppresses academic freedom and inhibits Islamic speech." If that weren't bad enough, UJA, HIAS and ADL are currently promoting the importation of unvetted Arabs from sharia-compliant countries, seeding them everywhere. Why would any Jewish organization, or any organization that cared about Americans, help bring in Muslims bent on hijra (jihad by immigration)? Tabitha Korol tells of her experience trying to learn why. To say that the Jewish Federation and ADL were not forthcoming about their support of migrants coming from Arab countries that are chock full of terrorists is an understatement. It suggests they suspected donors might not feel their money was well-spent or even minimally contributing to their safety. As Korol put it, "Why are HIAS, Catholic Charities, World Churches, ADL and other multiculturalists saving the predators instead of the prey?" What we are seeing in not just a foolish waste of money; we are witnessing an invasion designed to soak up available welfare and destabilize America.

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SIMONA SHARONI, FORMER ISRAELI SCHOLAR PROMOTES FALSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ISRAEL

by Israel-Academia-Monitor

Some sixty five years ago, and for many years after that, in academia, the conservatives I knew were, for the most part, boring and humorless, and often openly anti-semitic. The liberal leftists were the defenders of tolerance, accepting all ethnic groups, and with a great sense of humor. But now the Democratic party that represents them has been taken over by a dour, constrictive group of people on the very far left. They are David Duke-style haters of those not conforming to their ideology. They consider their Marxist-based ideology, wrapped in euphemisms, the only acceptable policy. It is as if the current far left and the ordinary republicans have swapped places, with the lefties adopting anti-semitism as a core value — although they claim to be directing their animosity only at Israel and Zionism. They chant the same false pro-Palestinian slogans and know nothing of Israel's legal and historic ownership of the Land of Israel (see Think-Israel, jan-jun 2016 issue). They blithely talk about Israel's occupying Palestinian land and breaking international law, with not an iota of knowledge of the actual situation or applicable laws. This suggests they have little actual expertise and knowledge of the Middle East, despite their claims to be scholars. It suggests their enmity isn't based on fact but is a product of their political ideology. The chatter of these new democrats is rife with socialism's putative desire for a uniformity of wealth and a cargo-cult belief in a never-ending supply of freebies. They snicker at nationalists and patriots. They are believers in a global world order (which, to unbelievers, looks much like tired discredited old socialism). They believe they are working for a new and better way of life. Incongruously, they makes common cause with Radical Islam, whose medieval ideas of a good life includes mutilating girls and treating women like chattel, killing gays, chopping off hands for minor crimes and not tolerating any religion but their own.

This article is an editorial note from the Israel Academic Monitor about a faculty member in Gender and Women's Studies, who uses a fanciful analogy between the Palestinian as victim and her studies on rape to preach her activist ideology inside and outside the classroom. Academic freedom protects teaching and expressing a point of view presumably based on scholarship in the subject matter. It does not cover statements on other matters. Yet she claims academic freedom covers her non-academic activities, while insisting she is immune from investigation by those who seek the records pertaining to her hire by her university and conferences attended under the Freedom of Information Act.

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TWILIGHT OF AMERICAN JEWRY

by Caroline B. Glick

The previous article dealt with the radicalization and partiality of many of America's academics, one dreadful consequence being that many Jewish students now feel threatened and insecure in the toxic environment created by hostile pro-Muslim professors. The plight of the Jewish students can be seen as one aspect of what is happening, more generally, to American Jewry. After World War 2, when the events of the Holocaust became known and overt anti-Semitism was viewed as being in bad taste, American Jews prospered. The Jews were prominent in the professions and business. They were good citizens. They fit in well with the relaxed secular casual style of interaction they encountered. The liberality and neutrality of the Democratic Party suited most of them. But times have changed. The Democratic party has been taken over by illiberals, who are both anti-Jewish and pro-Muslim. More and more, Jews who are Democrats find themselves forced to conform or confront. If they support Israel, they feel the anger of the current leaders of the party: those involved in the BDS movement, those promoting an Israel-hating Iran and those who, favoring a global world order, regard Israel as a nationalist enemy. On the Republican side, neither the party or its members — aside from a smattering of Klansmen, skinheads and neo-nazis — are anti-Israel. Nor have Republican Jews been coerced into agreement with the fluctuating power plays of the election. Yet many prominent Jews pointlessly lambasted Donald Trump, even after he became the Republican candidate for president. Observing that the majority of the Jews are Democrats and they have lost political power — the anti-Semites that control the Democratic party almost succeeded in writing a plank in the Democratic platform proclaiming they sided with the Palestinian Arabs in the Palestinian versus Israel controversy — Caroline Glick, in a gloomy but possibly realistic prediction, writes of the twilight of American Jewry.

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HUGE HACK EXPOSES SOROS'S WAR ON ISRAEL

P. David Hornik

George Soros plays no favorites between the USA and Israel. He's out to destroy both. In the States, he works closely with Muslim groups; some of his billions have gone to weaken various counterterrorism measures that were intended to fight Muslim jihad (John Rossomando, IPT News, 7oct2016; algemeiner, 10oct2016). He worked to promote the Iran Nuclear Deal. He sponsored the out-of-town rioters in the Black Lives Matter Ferguson and Charlotte NC 'protests', designed to cause community destabilization and public mistrust of the police (plantfreewill.com, 23sep2016). His electronic SmartaMatic voting machine, used at many voting places, has been shown to be untrustworthy. He is a strong supporter of groups such as J Street and New Israel Fund, which call themselves Jewish, but whose efforts are aimed at destroying Israel and Zionism. Such an agenda is not surprising in an individual who, as a teenager, worked with the Nazis to rat out Jews and steal their property. It was, he has said, the happiest time of his life. In this essay, P. David Hornik focuses on Soros' funding of organizations that attempt to damage Israel directly.

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A LIST OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO PROPERLY BOYCOTT ISRAEL

by Michael Ordman

It must be admitted that the campaign to boycott Israel's products and service has been haphazard, cherry picking some areas, ignoring others. In the interest of providing information on how to carry out a more effective boycott, Michael Ordman has written a complete guide to Israeli products and services so that the dedicated boycotter can perform the activities needed to properly boycott Israel. Unfortunately, as comprehensive as Ordman's guide is, it has missed some products made in Israel, the Bible, for one. A video on how to deal with that omission is available here.

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ARAB REFUGEES OLD AND NEW

The Arab refugees of 1948 were organized by clan and tribe. Steadily, from the early years of the 20th century, they had come as individuals in large numbers into Mandated Palestine where there were jobs. Many maintained their ties to their home countries. Over the years, as they became perpetual refugees with access to free medicine, education and food, they were rebranded as Palestinian refugees and have become corrupt, manipulating the refugee system, often keeping a job and/or citizen status while continuing to receiving UNRWA perks. In turn, they are prevented from living normally by the restrictive rules of their host countries and political administrations. The Arab leaders insist that, unlike any other refugee in the world, they can be resettled permanently nowhere but in Israel; they insist that even those 'refugees' whose (great) grandparents fled Israel when the Arabs invaded in 1948, have the right of return. A particularly egregious example is the Palestinian Authority (PA), which receives billions of dollars to benefit the local population, 40% of which are Palestinian refugees. The PA has refused to take responsibility for these refugees. In fact, the PA has announced that when there is a Palestinian state, these refugees will not be allowed to be citizens, nor will the PA provide them services.

Many of the new refugees from Syria and other Middle East war areas are genuinely in need of help. But much of the relief effort has not focused on women and children but on able-bodied men, used by their leaders to invade European countries and now, thanks to an Obama initiative, the USA. They disrupt the host countries, terrorizing the natives and soaking up the available welfare. Many have a 'world owes them a living' attitude; they are anti-social and increasingly responsible for the minor and major crimes in the host countries. They also make an excellent cover for terrorists to enter Western countries. The migrants have been, overwhelmingly, Muslim men, while Christians and Yazidis remain in the war zones, preyed upon by the different sides in the ongoing conflicts.

In the West, in addition to the immigrant terrorist manpower, there is increasing use of Muslim native-born or long-term residents that are capable of functioning as 'lone wolves'. As Ryan Mauro has pointed out (Mauro: Counterjihad 28Nov2016, and Kirby: LifeZette, 23Mar2016), there are some 22 compounds providing guerrilla training in the US and 70 percent to 80 percent of U.S. mosques are estimated "to have ties to radical Islam, either from the textbooks they use or the content of the sermons that imams preach." These facilities are reinforced by TV sermons and Muslim outreach groups that act as talent scouts.

While terrorist training and activities are becoming more decentralized, the Palestinian Authority, a major center of training and terror activities, is unraveling. The discontent in the populace, refugee and not, has led to civil unrest throughout the Territories. It is a reasonable prediction that if this insurrection boils up into sustained civil warfare, the end result will be another "Arab Spring", i.e., a takeover by whatever group (or takeovers split among several groups) is the most religiously fundamental and bloodthirsty.

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WERE THE ARABS INDIGENOUS TO MANDATORY PALESTINE?

by Sheree Roth, Fall, 2016

In 1938, well before Israel became a state, William Ziff published The Rape of Palestine, in which he provided evidence indicating that the British, who were by Mandate honor-bound to help the Jews develop the infrastructure for a state, instead, did all in their power to keep Jews out of then Mandated Palestine, and thwart their efforts at statehood. This included allowing Arabs to commit acts of terror and come in freely, while they hunted down Jews, who were illegal according to the illegal British regulations. Sheree Roth points out the importance of the book is that it substantiates later scholarly works indicating that the Arabs were Johnny-come-lately and not indigenous and not returnees. They came because the "Jewish settlers made it an attractive and prosperous place."

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ARAB REFUGEES

by Samuel Katz

This is Chapter 2 of Samuel Katz's book, 'Battleground.' It is a meticulous account of the history, the politics and the dynamics of the creation of that unique entity: the Arab, now the Palestinian, refugee. As Samuel Katz writes, "The Arabs are the only declared refugees who became refugees not by the action of their enemies or because of well-grounded fear of their enemies, but by the initiative of their own leaders. For nearly a generation,[Battleground was published in 1973] those leaders have willfully kept as many people as they possibly could in degenerating squalor, preventing their rehabilitation, and holding out to all of them the hope of return and of 'vengeance' on the Jews of Israel, to whom they have transferred the blame for their plight." Almost a half century later, conditions have deteriorated even more: there is little work on creating the infrastructure of a civilized community and there is more emphasis on the barbaric murder of Israelis.

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ARAB AND JEWISH REFUGEES

by Eleanor Roosevelt

After the death of her husband, President Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt was a human rights activist, promoting the civil rights of blacks and of women. She urged the United States to join the United Nations, which was envisioned as a permissive environment in which countries could settle differences peacefully and in a civilization fashion. She also had a weekly radio show and wrote a daily newspaper column called "My Day." This article is the My Day column of March 23, 1956. Roosevelt recognized then what is still not well-understood: for there to be even the start of relations leading to peaceful coexistence, the Arabs need to accept that Israel exists, that it is a Jewish State and that it will continue to be a Jewish state.

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THE PALESTINIAN 'REFUGEE' DODGE

by Evelyn Gordon

Nowadays, as Evelyn Gordon writes, while the Palestinian refugees continue to receive generous UN help, the new refugees from the wars in the Middle East suffer from inadequate facilities in Middle East countries. Gordon points out that the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Samaria and Judea (aka the West Bank), despite receiving billions of dollars to benefit the local Arabs, has refused to take responsibility for the heredity Palestinian refugees, who constitute a large part of the local population. This is hardly fair, considering how useful they have been as a prop for anti-Israel, pro-Arab propaganda. Much of the sympathy the world lavishes on the Palestinians is because people pity the refugees, who, thanks to the leadership in the Arab countries and the Territories, have remained 'homeless' these many years.

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OBAMA'S DHS DETECTION OF REFUGEE FRAUD A SHAMBLES

by Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri writes about determining refugee fraud, one duty of The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was set up to protect America from terror attacks. When the House of Representatives requested a report on asylum claims, including "the extent to which DHS and DOJ have designed mechanisms to prevent and detect asylum fraud," results indicated that some key information was not being captured for the individual application, and DHS has not implemented assessment of "fraud risks across the asylum process, in accordance with leading practices for managing fraud risks." In such circumstances, vetting Muslim refugees can not be done thoroughly.

This video points out another problem with DHS and other security agencies: by executive decree from the Obama administration, these agencies scrubbed references to radical Islamic terrorism; i.e., the information on Islam, jihad and Muslim in security databases has been purged. (This is not a joke.)

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THE FRAYING PALESTINIAN POLITICAL ENTITY IN THE WEST BANK

by Pinhas Inbari, August 2, 2016

The present-day leadership of the Palestinian Authority (PA) doesn't have as firm a grip on the Territories as did Yassir Arafat. Pinhas Inbari details some new dynamics in three major cities under PA control: Hebron, Nablus and Ramallah. There are, for example, direct challenges to PA rule; there are attempts to link up with Iran or Jordan; there are attempts to organize NGOs into a political force. And in some places, there is a complete collapse of administrative organization and government. Inbari warns, "The fragmented Palestinian West Bank will be a weaker entity than the weak states that collapsed in the Arab Spring. When the Palestinian entity collapses, the vacuum will be filled by the negative forces that have become the nightmare of the world."

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LIBYA, ISLAMIC STATE, IRAN

LIBYA: Libya is a study in When Amateurs Meddle, from murdering Gaddafi to dealing with the consequences inadequately. The Response Action Network summed up the final House report on the Benghazi attack in 2012 this way: "The final report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi found that senior members of the Obama administration, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and senior White House adviser Ben Rhodes, twisted the facts during and after the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, to preserve the illusion that the threat of terrorism was fading, just weeks before President Obama's re-election." (ResponseAction, June 28, 2016.)

There is much of the story of the 9/11 2012 Benghazi terror attack that is still known only in sketchy detail (see "The Benghazi Smudge-Out," Sep-Oct, 2012; the second half of the source text contains additional notes on the attack and the aftermath): why wouldn't Clinton allow the security detail to carry guns in America's Cairo embassy and why was she already apologizing for the Life of George movie that the Obama administration insisted was responsible for fomenting unrest in Cairo and violence later in Benghazi; in August 2012, why did Clinton not renew the contract with the ex-Seals who were providing excellent security for the U.S. ambassador in Libya, and why did she then hire a group of local al-Qaeda-affiliates, who fled when the terror attack began; why was ex-Seal Tyrone Woods forbidden to go help defend his fellow Americans (he did anyway and lost his life); why did Obama not sign the papers to dispatch the planes that were standing by, ready to come to help the US personnel fighting off the terror attack? Did Clinton and Obama stay in the Incident Room and watch the attack on the compound in real time or did they leave?

ISLAMIC STATE: A year and a half ago, this was an accurate description of the Islamic State. It was written by Mordechai Kedar, who, in a more recent article (see below), describes the Islamic State in decidedly different terms because IS's circumstances have changed so radically.

The organization called Daesh appeared on the Middle Eastern stage in the middle of 2014, although it was founded 14 years earlier as the Iraqi arm of Al Qaeda. The world paid the organization scant attention until it suddenly began to take over wide areas of northwestern Iraq and eastern Syria with record speed. At first, international attention focused mainly on the videos in which the organization's soldiers were seen butchering foreign journalists.and even now, the world considers this group of Jihadists a terrorist organization, despite the fact that in June 2014, that organization declared itself a state, "Islamic State" and began calling its leader a Caliph.

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Islamic State is growing by leaps and bounds, more and more organizations are joining it and more and more people are adopting its ideas. This state did not exist a year and a half ago, but it has metamorphosed into the latest thing in international politics. It is a serious threat to Western civilization and if the West does not begin serious military action, the danger will turn into an existential one. The longer the West waits to respond, the harder, longer and dearer the war — and yes, it is going to be a real war — against Islamic State. ("Daesh: It's not an Organization, It's a State," 9Jul2015)

IRAN: Although Prez Obama made Iran's hegemonic expansion a key feature of his foreign policy, as Bob Blackman, M.P., UK House of Commons, has said ("It Does No Good to Expect the Best from Iran," 2Aug2016): "Through its repeated test-firings of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, its provision of weapons to foreign conflict zones, and its general antagonism toward Western powers and the world community, the Islamic Republic has clearly been violating the 'spirit' of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement concluded by Iran and six world powers last July. Various indicators have included a rising tide of executions and politically motivated arrests, as well as Tehran's undiminished sponsorship of terrorism and its escalating involvement in the affairs of Middle Eastern countries including Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon. According to the well-reasoned conclusion in a July 18 UN report, Tehran's activities are still at odds with the interests of most democratic nations. Whereas the Western powers had hoped to provide concessions in order to promote the evolution of a kinder, gentler and friendlier Islamic Republic, what they got instead was a regime that is taking advantage of a financial windfall to go on doing whatever it wants, while also crying foul any time anyone dares to criticize and oppose it."


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BRITISH PARLIAMENT CONFIRMS LIBYA WAR WAS BASED ON LIES

by 'George Washington'

As this article concludes: "the Libyan war [2011] was based on fake intelligence, was carried out for reasons having little to do with national security or protecting civilians, destroyed a nation and created a 'shit show', spread terrorism far and wide, and created waves of refugees." By murdering Gaddafi, who had renounced hostilities against the West in favor of negotiation, the US taught other Muslim dictators it didn't pay to placate the USA. Even worse, because the US did not secure these arsenals, Gaddafi's huge stock of weaponry was looted and these weapons ended up in the hands of different groups of terrorists all over the Middle East, increasing warfare and terror and, in general, increasing the destabilization of the region. To bolster Obama's 2012 election propaganda that terrorism had been significantly reduced, senior US officials, including Hillary Clinton, played down the burgeoning terrorism. This included ignoring the pleas for help by Ambassador Stevens and the US Government personnel working in the CIA compound in Benghazi when local terrorists attacked. (See next article below.)

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OBAMA-CLINTON CIA GUN-RUNNING OPERATION IGNORED IN HOUSE BENGHAZI REPORT

by Jim Kouri, July 1, 2016

The final House report on the Benghazi attack in 2012 wrote of the political underpinnings of the Obama administrations failure to protect the US personnel in Benghazi before and during the terrorist attack. But as Jim Kouri writes, the House report says little about the Obama administration's gun running of Gaddafi's guns to the Syrian rebels. Another question is why Obama failed to sign off on orders to send available and ready rescue teams to the besieged US personnel, when they were attacked by a hoard of local terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda.

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ISLAMIC STATE, LTD

by Mordechai Kedar, December 18, 2016

Both Syria and Iraq are successfully fighting back against the Islamic State. Just a few months ago, Islamic State was vicious and sadistic and growing rapidly. It is still vicious and sadistic but it has lost significant amounts of land and resources. It is still dangerous. Mordechai Kedar notes that what is happening "to thousands of IS fighters is what happened 15 years ago to the earlier version of avant-garde Jihadism, that is, al Qaeda. On October 7, 2001, less than a month after 9/11, the war began against Mullah-led Afghanistan, which had become al Qaeda's host state." In that war, al Qaeda's infrastructure was destroyed but its scattered members formed new branches in many Middle East countries. Similarly, "we are in the midst of the process of the export of jihadists from the Islamic revolution to all four corners of the globe, with emphasis on those with Islamic populations, as those residents extend a friendly welcoming environment to Jihadists, provide them with easy access to ways of enlisting more militants, and offer available shelter in case government law enforcers look for suspects."

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ISIL'S VIRTUAL PLANNERS: A CRITICAL TERRORIST INNOVATION

by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross And Madeleine Blackman, January 4, 2017

The main news media like the idea of an supposedly independent "lone wolf" act of terror — they don't have to figure out how to absolve the peaceful religion of Islam yet again. But "lone-wolf" attacks don't just happen. They have to be scripted and detailed; equipment, props and extra actors need to be supplied and coordinated. Finally, the last piece in the chain, the suicider, needs to be motivated and more or less trained to carry out his/her role (see, e.g., To Make A Westernized Terrorist, Part 5, here). This may involved direct contact with the handler, but, depending on the simplicity of the plot, direction and inspiration can often be done long distance without actual contact, by what Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Madeleine Blackman call "a virtual planner." "Planners are integrated into ISIL's geographical command structure ... according to their nationality and linguistic skills, and are tasked with planning attacks in familiar areas. The available social media and ease of communication have facilitated 'virtual contact' and extended ISIL's reach. "[A]daptations in jihadists' external operations efforts are outpacing states' efforts to find effective ways to counter them."

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IS ISIS DISTRACTING US FROM A MORE SERIOUS IRANIAN THREAT?

by David Daoud, November, 2014

David Daoud wrote in 2014, "In its quest for global cooperation in the fight against ISIS, the U.S. and its partners are turning to Iran for help. But it is the ayatollahs, not the caliphate, that the West should be worried about." Here it is years later and the US continues to believe it can work with imperialistic Iran for mutual benefit. The Iranian leaders use our fear of ISIS to gain concessions and flip from appearing to be civilized to having fear-inducing temper tantrums. But they have never changed their minds that the West and Israel as their enemies and they haven't stopped working on ways — everything from terrorism, conventional warfare, directly or by proxy, to nuclear bombs — to destroy us. Iran's aim to cripple the West and destroy Israel is all of a piece with its plans to control the entire Middle East, and probably beyond. Iran is much more of a threat than ISIS is.

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YES, TRUMP'S GOING TO DUMP THE IRAN DEAL

by Fred Fleitz, November 14, 2016

The JCPOA (better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal) was passed with a show of silence at the UN, a non-vote in Congress and a flurry of self-congratulatory nonsense by the Obama administration that covered up that the USA had committed itself to helping Iran gain access to information about hydrogen fusion while Iran committed itself to doing just what it wanted to do, even to the point of it being the one to collect the 'evidence' that would show whether or not it was cheating on the deal. Fred Fleitz tells us why the Nuclear Agreement is not binding and why it should be "either discarded or substantially renegotiated,". In addition, he specifies the terms of a meaningful nuclear agreement.

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PATTERNS OF SUBVERSION: IRANIAN USE OF PROXIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by Jonathan Spyer, September 5, 2016

Jonathan Spyer writes about the Iranian support of "proxies in major conflicts in the following areas: Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories. In addition, there is evidence that Iranian agencies are active among Shi'i populations — as yet without major effect — in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action adopted in October of 2015 has produced no major impact on the pattern of Iranian regional commitments. However, the release of tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief has enabled the Iranians, who were in some danger of overstretch, to now freely commit to supporting more strongly their various allies and proxies in the Middle East."

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POLITICALLY CORRECT

When the speeches by the eminent authorities who have taken it upon themselves to regulate various aspects of our lives are blather while factual informative reports are suppressed or distorted, Houston, we have a problem.

The dynamics of Political Correctness (PC) seem simple enough. People are encouraged by their peers, their teachers, by the media to go with the flow, where the flow is controlled by whoever or whatever group has the muscle to psych out the timid. He or they can then decide what opinions are worth having, what speech mannerisms are acceptable. These are politically correct.

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four provided a vivid example of how restricting vocabulary limits freedom of thought. As George Carlin concluded, "Political Correctness is Fascism pretending to be Manners."

This video, "The History Of Political Correctness," is important background information on how our intimidation by PC came to be. What is surprising is that our most supposedly ethical and 'caring' posture is grounded in Marxist philosophy and its purpose was to suppress undesirable speech, where those in charge defined undesirable.

(Occasionally, the video stops working on my computer but is directly available at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjaBpVzOohs
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujdG7TxX40w)


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ASSESSING PERES

by Richard H. Shulman

Richard Shulman offers us two assessments of Shimon Peres, who died at the age of 93 on September 28, 2016. The first is by Steven Plaut, who noted "that for most of his career, Shimon Peres was a great man." Unfortunately, he "spent his last 25 years committing Oslo, endangering the very existence of Israel with his delusions." The second assessment, by Peter Baker of the New York Times, is just what one would expect from someone who shares the New York Times rigidly left ideology. Shulman refutes Baker concisely and to the point. Also included are some quotes from Peres, collected by Roger A. Gerber and Rael Jean Isaac under the title: What Shimon Says: Shimon Peres In His Own Words and available from Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI) at
https://www.afsi.org/pamphlets/WhatShimonSays.pdf

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ISRAEL IN WONDERLAND

by Martin Sherman, October 7, 2016

In the second half of his life, Shimon Peres rarely let facts overshadow his fantasies. It was as if he truly believed that 'wishing will make it so.' At his funeral and in most of the media, the eulogies had the same lack of ballast. As Martin Sherman puts it, "The demise of Shimon Peres unleashed a tidal wave of mendacity and hypocrisy that underscores the dominance the delusional dictates of political correctness have over political discourse in (and on) Israel." Sherman's examples would be amusing if the thinking they represent weren't so dangerous to Israel's security.

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A DIASPORA MENTALITY OR A JEWISH DISEASE?

Know before Whom you stand - and conduct your politics accordingly

by Matthew M. Hausman, December 14, 2016

Muslim front organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist organizations have co-opted many a rabbinical group, especially those groups that are committed to trendy social and humanitarian causes, disregarding their obligation to safeguard "the religious and national integrity of the Jewish people." Matthew Hausman discusses one such situation, where the Muslim group CAIR, an anti-Jewish group committed to advancing sharia law in the West, persuaded rabbis to act as their agents in suppressing a synagogue discussion on radical Islam, when knowledge of Muslim tactics is very important to maintaining the security of the Jewish community. How do we explain rabbis who worry about Muslim sensitivity (an important word in the vocabulary of PC) when what is needed is "Jewish assertiveness, support for Israel, and criticism of radical Islam"? Hausman includes an interesting discussion of how the Diaspora mentality, strong during the Roosevelt presidency, continues to encourage "self-rejection and identification with hostile critics."

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CLIMATE DATA DENIERS ARE TRYING TO 'BORK' TRUMP'S EPA TRANSITION LEADER

by Nicolas Loris, December 1, 2016

Nicolas Loris writes about Donald Trump's pick for head of the EPA. Myron Ebell will cut back on the out-of-control regulations the EPA generated during the Obama administration. Moreover, he will take a non-believer's view of current policy on global warming. As Loris writes, "As costly as our current energy and climate policies are to the economy (they would cost the U.S. a net loss of 400,000 jobs and up to $2.5 trillion), they are projected to have negligible impacts on global temperatures—even if you believe the questionable climate models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). When judged by their actual effect, it becomes clear that the real goal of international climate policies is a power and money grab that no one, not even its most vocal supporters, believes will have much impact on the climate."

A comment by Richard Willson pretty much summed up most of the arguments that had convinced many of us. He wrote:

"The C02 anthropogenic global warming (CAGW) hypothesis has not withstood the test of time. CAGW is based on predictions of the flawed, 1980's vintage global circulation models that have failed to match observational data both prior to and since their fabrication. Climate changes continually and is determined by natural forces - primarily small variations in solar radiation - that humans have no significant control over.

The CO2 content of the atmosphere is a response to climate change, not a cause of it.

There is no reason to sabotage the world's developed economies and relegate the third world to poverty by failing to use fossil fuels, the most cost effective form of energy. Renewable energy currently provides less than 5% of total usage at great taxpayer subsidy expense, and only that when the wind blows and the sun shines, and it will be a very long time before it is available in quantities and at costs that can replace fossil fuel"

He didn't mention how the data were processed. Remember the hacked emails from British climate scientists a few years back? One programmer cheerfully admitted that when he multiplied two negative numbers and got a negative number, he knew just what to do. He tossed out sensor data (where any one sensor covers a very large area) until he got a positive result. I also found troublesome what was to be done with all the money and power to be given the UN to help control climate. I could understand if efforts were devoted to developing face masks that broke down CO2 or long-lasting diapers that blocked the methane from cow farts or distributing rafts for polar bears made homeless when polar ice melts. But I don't understand giving my money to a third-party so other countries can continue pouring CO2 into the atmosphere. That doesn't make much sense.

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THINGS NOBEL & NOT SO NOBLE

by Burt Prelutsky, November 14, 2016

With tongue resting comfortably in cheek, Burt Prelutsky explores the wisdom of the choices made by those who select common earthlings for prestigious Nobel prizes. And then there's the question: how do they do it? Until Prelutsky mentioned it, I'd never wondered how "they determine that those who write prose or poetry in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, Russian, Icelandic, Polish, Nigerian, Egyptian, Portuguese, Hungarian and Hebrew, are worthy of the million-dollar windfall?" How indeed, considering the vast number of obscure poets and novelists writing in languages unlikely to be the mother tongue of any one on the committee. While I'm still trying to come up with a solution that will have the Committee finish examining the combinatorics in time to hand out the next big prize, Prelutsky is on to politically important people who may sound PC but have been shown up as totally corrupt by their own emails. One thing you can say, the amounts of money the Clintons got for selling influence was on a scale befitting those that held high office in a powerful country. Pikers with other people's money they are not. As William Stoecker commented, "the Nobel prizes are part of a larger pattern. The elites, and especially their slimestream media whores, give prizes, titles, and accolades to one another to convince the dumbed down sheeple that they are ruled over by the most saintly and brilliant people imaginable, when the truth is the exact opposite."

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HISTORY SECTION

In addition to Holocaust material, we have a study in contrasts: Israel's taking in Holocaust survivors and the Jewish refugees expelled from the Arab countries when Israel was reborn and its rescue of the Jews held captive in Entebbe versus its signing onto the Oslo Accords and then expelling the Jews from Gaza.

An interview with James G. McDonald, first US \ ambassador to Israel, from May 12, 1952, when Israel was taking in all the Jewish refugees being expelled from the Arab countries, young, old, healthy, ill:

Israel's terrible mistake, the expulsion of the Jews from Gush Katif in Gaza in August, 2005:


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ENTEBBE AND A SAD FOURTH OF JULY

by Ruthie Blum, July 4, 2016

Some of us remember the Israeli rescue of the Jewish hostages in Entebbe on July 4, 1976. The mission coincided with the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in the USA. TV and radio time was so finely choreographed that it was initially hard finding details about Israel's amazing feat. Ruthie Blum bemoans the fact that in today's Israel, "the ability or will to execute such missions, rather than negotiate with and capitulate to terrorists' demands, has diminished considerably." As she says, nowadays, Israeli teachers and television teach that "peace is a goal, rather than a byproduct of victory."

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WHY THE OSLO PROCESS DOOMED PEACE

by Efraim Karsh

Efraim Karsh recounts the history of the Oslo Accords, the first of which was officially signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on September 13, 1993. They stand out "as the starkest strategic blunder in [Israel's] history." They have been no better for the local Arabs living in Samaria, Judea and Gaza, currently subjugated to "the corrupt and repressive PLO and Hamas regimes." They have erased "the astounding economic boom [that] begun under Israel's control [1967]". The core problem continues to be that the Palestinian Arab's view of the Oslo process has never changed; it was seen "not as a springboard to peace but as ... a 'Trojan Horse' designed to promote the organization's strategic goal of 'Palestine from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea' — that is, a Palestine in place of Israel." The Arabs and their European backers and the UN continue to ignore the PLO's violations of their contractual obligations. The obligations the Accords impose on Israel jeopardize Israel's security, especially now that so many Israeli Arabs have become radicalized and treasonous, while the Arabs in the Territories focus on a variety of hate-filled suicide and missile attacks against Israel, which do nothing to better their own lives. Though Karsh is hopeful that someday the Territorial Arabs might begin to "value the virtues of coexistence," I believe the more recent history of Arab repudiation of the Oslo Accords in favor of making deals with a politicized UN makes it all the more urgent that Israel formally free itself from the dead weight of the Accords.

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REMEMBERING HILLEL KOOK: A GIANT OF 20TH CENTURY JEWISH HISTORY

by David Bedein

David Bedein reviews "Shake Heaven & Earth: Peter Bergson and the Struggle to Rescue the Jews of Europe" by Louis Rapoport. Hillel Kook (aka Peter Bergson), during World War 2 (WW2), came to the USA to organize efforts to rescue Jews from being slaughtered by the Nazis. He was "a man of with tremendous organizational agility, who operated under the worst of hostile circumstances," including battling establishment Jews led by Rabbi Stephen Wise, who was persuaded by President Roosevelt not to make WW2 a Jewish war, as if one of Hitler's major objectives was not to exterminate Jews and Judaism.

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RUSSIA AND RAOUL WALLENBERG: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

by Inna Rogatchi

The details of the death of Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, remains a mystery. Inna Rogatchi suggests the answer may be found in the Russian Presidential Archive. She rejects the authenticity of the evidence available in the biographies and diaries of several prominent Russians and offers another answer to the mystery of Wallenberg's death. She believes it is unfinished business until "three elements are implemented:[...]admission, apology and compensation."

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WHAT HEIDEGGER WAS HIDING: UNEARTHING THE PHILOSOPHER'S ANTI-SEMITISM

a review essay from Foreign Affairs, November/December 2014

Martin Heidegger has been regarded as a most influential Western philosopher since the publication of his Being and Time in 1927. He was an adherent of the Nazi party from 1933 until its termination and never renounced it, its deeds or its ideology. It was known he was anti-Semitic but his admirers dismissed — and continue to dismiss — his anti-Semitism as being part and parcel of the 'times' or a defect in his character, and not intrinsic to his philosophy. But as this review of Peter Trawny's Heidegger und der Mythos der jüdischen Weltverschwörung (Heidegger and the Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy) makes clear, a reexamination, prompted by the discovery of Heidegger's Black Notebooks, indicates that he had his own polished idiosyncratic version of standard Nazi cant. As did the Nazis, he believed the Jews were thwarting the German race from fulfilling its destiny. No matter what he knew of the concentration camps and the condition of the Jews, he regarded the Germans as the real victims, because of Jewish manipulation.

What is happening now in Germany seems a fitting ending to the Holocaust. Having rid themselves of their loyal and productive Jewish population, the Germans are now being overwhelmed by immigrant Muslims, who believe in the superiority of Islam and who, for centuries, have practiced large-scale genocide even more ruthlessly than the Germans have, except perhaps in the Nazi era.

See also: Adam Kirsch, "Heidegger Was Really A Real Nazi," Tablet Magazine, September 26, 2016, here; and Richard Wolin, "National Socialism, World Jewry, and the History of Being: Heidegger's Black Notebooks, Jewish Review of Books," Summer 2014, here.

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FEATURED STORIES

January-June 2016


THE OCCUPIED LAND OF ISRAEL

This issue examines the legal and historic rights of the Jews of Israel to the Land of Israel.

What we are talking about in the January–June 2016 Issue

  1. INTRODUCTION (Lipkin)
  2. PART 1: GENERAL ARTICLES
  3. QUESTION 1. THE PALESTINIANS: 
  4. Who Are the Palestinian People? (Sagamori, Hertz, Dann, Sharpe, Kaufman, Mandelbaum)
  5. What Is The History Of the Ancient Kingdom Of Palestine? (Simpson, Ronen, Berlyn, Brand, Gottheil)
  6. Why Invent The Palestinian People? (Reilly, Steele, Brand, Yee, Bukay)
  7. QUESTION 2. THE HISTORY OF AND THE CLAIMS TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL: 
  8. What Is The History Of The Palestinian Arabs In Israel? (Plaut, Cherson&Molschky, Bukay, Goldreich, Galili, Green, Lipkin)
  9. What Is The History Of The Jews In The Land Of Israel? (Chweidan, Fishman-Duker, Grigg, Fitleberg, Katz, Marcus, Green, Elder of Ziyon, Margolit)
  10. What Are The Palestinian Arab Claims To The Land Of Israel? (Auster, Korol, Rabinowitz, Auerbach, Berlyn)
  11. What Are The Jewish Claims To The Land Of Israel?  (Mehlman, Rose, Gannon, Gold&Helmreich, Duke)
  12. What Are The Specific Jewish Claims To Samaria And Judea, where the settlers live?) (Neuwirth, Yid-With-Lid, Ettinger, Katz, Dunn, Cravatts, Kaganovich&Butler, Iannone)
  13. QUESTION 3. ARAB MEDIA PROPAGANDA: 
  14. What Are The Techniques Used To Demonize Israel And The Jews? (Cravatts, Meir-Levi, Lademain, Lademain, Miller, Shulman, Lipkin, Levy, zombie, Lipkin, Solomon)
  15. Answering Those That Denigrate Zionism (Benzimra, Anbar. Grobman, Terry, Devolin, Merkley, Gimpel)
  16. Answering The Canard That Jews Stole And Are Occupying Arab Land (Shusteff, Kasnett, Karsh, Zebulon, Plaut, Baker, Ha'ivri)
  17. Arguments Derived From The 'Jews Stole Arab Land' Assertion (Brand, Gilsan, Leiter, batMelech, Bukay, Muir, Lipkin)
  18. QUESTION 4. ISRAELIS WANT A PERMANENT SEPARATION FROM THE ARABS. ARABS WANT TO DESTROY ISRAEL: 
  19. Will Current Peace Processes Bring Peace? (Aumann, Neuwirth, Berlyn, Rose, Bialkin, Tzoref, Lipkin, Sharon, Sagamori)
  20. The Destabilizing Impact of the Perpetual Arab Refugees (Halevi, Bernstam, Rosett, Dann, Abrahams)
  21. Alternative Ways to Reduce Hostilities Between Arabs and Jews (Brand, Lipkin, Sherman, Barnes, Lipkin&Lipkin, Shulman, Neuwirth, Faybyshenko, Shamrak, Hausman, Honig)
  22. What's Holding Up An Effective Solution? (Hinderaker, Shifftan, Gordon, Sharpe, Carew, Sherman, Jacobson, Lerner, Hacohen)
  23. PART 2: APPLICABLE LEGAL CONCEPTS AND PERTINENT LEGAL DOCUMENTS
  24. Relationships Among Pertinent Legal Documents Confirming Jewish Ownership Of Land Of Israel (Hertz, Belman, CILR, Grief, Rose, Auerbach)
  25. Applicable Legal Concepts And Terminology (Grief, Brand, Zebulon, Diker)
  26. Israel's Legal Ownership Of The Land of Israel: Significance And Implications (Hausman, Green, Brand, Benzimra, Shifftan, Shifftan, Belman, Hertz)
  27. Does Israel Own Judea And Samaria? Are The Settlements Legal? (Lacey, Brand, Rostow, Benzimra, Brand, Belman, Shragai, Grief)
  28. International Law and the 4th Geneva Convention (Kontorovich, Shulman, Grief, Kontorovich, Dann, Isaac, Shifftan, Shifftan, Hertz)
  29. Later UN Resolutions (Benzimra, Brand, Hertz, Grief, Baker)
  30. Israelis Are Occupying Jewish Land, Not Arab Land  (Stone, Grief, Grief, Belman, Shifftan)
  31. A FINAL THOUGHT (Lipkin)


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.



INTRODUCTION: THE OCCUPIED LAND OF ISRAEL


by Bernice Lipkin

Resurgent Islam wants to dominate the world. Israel is in the way. So Israel has to be taken out of the game. Outright invasion and conventional war haven't worked, so the salafists are doing other things — everything from demonizing Israel in the press and in academia to terrorizing Israeli citizens using Arab women and children, a clever adaptation of lone-wolf tactics. Neo-Marxists, globalists, multiculturalists and some main-line churches are big supporters, either because of their own intrinsic Jew-hate or hate of Israel for showing how successful an independent nation-state can be. NGOs and media people, academics and politicians, including those running the European Union, have been more than worth their hire. Self-hating Jews, many of whom identify with Utopian visions — Marxism or globalism or some other anti-Jewish ideology — use their Jewish credentials to persuade the ignorant they know what they're talking about. It hasn't helped those resisting Muslim domination that the USA twice elected a Muslim who is openly helping Iran take over the Middle East.

In the first World War, the Ottomans, who ruled all of the Middle East, sided with Germany, which lost the war. Consequently, backed by the League of Nations, the Ottoman land was divided up by the victors, mainly England and France. These actions were authorized by the League of Nations in the form of contractual mandates. Britain received a Mandate for Mesopotamia (Iraq). France handled Syria and the Lebanon. The third Mandate, the Palestine Mandate, put the region of the Bible into an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people. When the League was dissolved, its legal authorizations remained unchanged but were handed over to the United Nations.

The Arabs were gifted with 99.9% of the area. The original intent was to have a single Arab state, but this proved impractical. After some iterations, the Arab States of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kuwait, TransJordan, Bahrain and Qatar were created. Turkey was set. Many of these states had artificial borders, ignoring the dominant relations — family, clan and tribal — in the area (Gabriel Scheinmann, 2013).

The third Mandate, the Palestine Mandate, was unique in that it took heed of the special relationship of the Jews and their ancient homeland. This amounted to less than one percent of the Middle East for a future state. And then, before the League could vote on the land division, the Brits gave 78% of the land destined to be the Jewish State — the region on the east bank of the Jordan River — to be administered by Abdullah, son of Hussein, the Sharif of Mecca. It was initially called Transjordan and now is the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

In 1948, after the end of the Second World War, Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Iraq and Lebanon declared war and invaded the just-born State of Israel. Most of the Arabs living in Israel fled — the total is estimated at anywhere from 300,000 to 400,000 up to 700,000 Arabs, with the low end being most probable (Samuel Katz, Eretzyisroel.org). The 1949 Census counted 160,000 Arabs still living in Israel.

The Arab refugees were given a UN relief agency all to themselves, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Any one who had lived in Mandated Palestine for at least two years before fleeing in 1948 could register. The refugees were called "Palestine refugees", not Palestinian refugees. They served as a wonderful propaganda ploy. Posters of sad-faced refugee children hung in the UN building in NYC; they received more sympathy than the victims of Nazism and Fascism. In 1967, Arabs fleeing the Territories when the Arabs again attacked Israel were added to the refugee register. UNRWA also supports "internally displaced persons" living in Israel, Samaria or Judea. Unlike all other refugees who are mostly settled within a decade, the UNRWA Arabs and their descendants became, and continue to be, refugees in perpetuum.

All other refugees over the whole world that are helped by the UN share a single agency, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR supports every refugee world-wide, including the Palestinian refugees UNRWA doesn't handle, and on a smaller per capital budget. In 2013, UNHCR cared for over 42.9 million people, including the refugees from the current war in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East (Brett D. Schaefer and James Phillips, 2015).

UNRWA only supports those Arab refugees that live in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank) and Gaza. As of 2012, UNRWA supported approximately 4,950,000 registered patrilineal descendants, and 30,000-50,000 original UNRWA refugees from 1948 (WikkiPedia, 2016). There are said to be more than 7 million Palestinian Arab refugees in toto world-wide. This is an amazing demographic, considering that there was a total population (Muslims — Turks, Arabs, Circassians, Bosnians, Syrians, etc. — Christians, Jews) estimated anywhere from 200,000 to 350,000 in 1860 in the area that is now Israel, the Territories and Jordan! UNRWA no longer has a compelling reason to exist (Emanuel Marx, Middle East Quarterly, 2012). UNRWA's staff no longer serves the typical immediate needs of refugees. There is no reason why it is still the major supplier of food, housing, education and medical care for the "refugees." It also has become a major source for teaching hostility and hate towards Israel. It instills in the local Arabs the belief they own Mandated Palestine and have the right to return to Israel.

In 1950, the UN General Assembly considered that "the reintegration of the refugees into the economic life of the Near East, either by repatriation or resettlement" [emphasis added] was "essential in preparation for the time when international assistance is no longer available, and for the realization of conditions of peace and stability in the area;" (U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) res. 393 (V), Dec. 2, 1950, (1).) So it should be a good thing that, as of 2013, 40% of the refugees supported by UNRWA have full citizenship in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. However, they have not had to relinquish their refugee benefits and status, and they continue to swell the refugee count. Other reasons for the spectacular increase in the number of Palestinian "refugees" in 60 years are these: many Arabs living close to refugee camps have registered as refugees for the extensive refugee benefits (Samuel Katz, Eretzyisroel.org), deaths are not reported and the birthrate of the Palestinian refugees is many times the rate in Western countries.


 

IN 1964, YASSIR ARAFAT, HEAD OF THE PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION (PLO) created a people, calling them the "Palestinian Arab People". Initially, the Palestinian people were the Arabs living in Israel. The local Arabs living in the Territories — Samaria, Judea and Gaza, which were then under Jordanian and Egyptian control — were excluded, as were the Arabs in Jordan. Israel gained back the Territories in 1967 and when the Palestinian Charter was revised in 1968, the Arabs in the Territories became "Palestinians." As Article 5 of the Palestinian National Charter (PNC) of 1968 states:

"The Palestinians are those Arab nationals who, until 1947, normally resided in Palestine regardless of whether they were evicted from it or have stayed there. Anyone born, after that date, of a Palestinian father - whether inside Palestine or outside it - is also a Palestinian." (Avalon. Palestinian National Charter)

This is much the same as the definition of a UNRWA Palestine refugee, except there's no minimum residency specified, yet neither the original Palestine National Charter of 1964 nor the Palestinian National Charter of 1968 mentions the Palestine refugees as such. Jews who lived in Palestine "before the Zionist invasion" (year unspecified) would be allowed to stay.

On behalf of the new entity, the PLO claimed all the land of the Palestine Mandate as a homeland; i.e., it included all of Israel (including all of Jerusalem), Samaria, Judea, the Golan and Gaza. Thus, Palestine became the Arab name for Biblical Israel; it was coextensive with Mandated Palestine, i.e., the land that was by international law in 1922 intended as the future Jewish Homeland. Articles 19 and 20 (PNC, 1968) are of interest in how the Covenant dealt with facts both legal and existential.

Article 19: "The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time, because they were contrary to the will of the Palestinian people and to their natural right in their homeland, and inconsistent with the principles embodied in the Charter of the United Nations; particularly the right to self-determination."

Article 20: explained why the Jews could not make a similar claim.

"The Balfour Declaration, the Mandate for Palestine, and everything that has been based upon them, are deemed null and void. Claims of historical or religious ties of Jews with Palestine are incompatible with the facts of history and the true conception of what constitutes statehood. Judaism, being a religion, is not an independent nationality. Nor do Jews constitute a single nation with an identity of its own; they are citizens of the states to which they belong."

This ignores that the Arab States in the 1940's and 1950's had forced out their Jews because of their supposed national affiliation with the new state of Israel. Nor does it explain why Palestinians Arabs, who are member of the religion of Islam and claim to be an integral part of the Arab nation, can have an "independent nationality."

The Covenant pledges the Palestinian Arabs to "armed struggle" — with "commando action" as their modus operandi to win back their homeland. Article 27 promises the Palestinian Arabs won't "interfere in the internal affairs of any Arab state" — an unkept promise, considering that the PLO has thuggishly attempted to take over the government in Jordan (1970) and Lebanon (1975). Continuing a trend, in 1990 it supported Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. In fact, while they modestly see themselves as the vanguard that will liberate their homeland, their ultimate objective is to become a part of a comprehensive unity among the Arab states (Article 13).

Not coincidentally, the PLO Covenant was adopted just four years before a second Arab invasion of Israel, which ended with Israel taking or taking back — depending on your point of view — Samaria, Judea and the eastern part of Jerusalem, territory that Jordan had conquered in 1948. Until then, most of the local Arabs had accurately seen themselves as the descendants of Arabs who had come to Israel in the 20th Century, after the British and the Jews created a lively economy. They were well aware, by family names and family history, of the Arab States from which they had migrated. Thanks to propaganda that ignored facts, their children and the world belatedly discovered — and wholeheartedly believed — that the Palestinians were an ancient people, whose land was stolen by the Nazi-like Jewish invaders, who mistreated the indigenous natives, the Arabs. Western pro-Palestinians, including many a churchman, suggested that the Palestinians had few resources to fight mighty Israel, hence they were to be excused for resorting to what in any other group would be considered barbaric and brutal terrorism.

Despite the propaganda, many Arabs seem to know the actual condition of an Arab in Israel. Even after Israel became a State, Arabs have kept coming into Israel by hook and by crook — coming in to work and staying, coming in to marry a cousin and never leaving, sneaking in, or using a passport its original owner no longer needs.


 

USING THE REFUGEES TO CREATE SYMPATHY FOR THE ARAB CAUSE was the first success the Arabs had in their military and media campaigns to kick the Jews out of the Land of Israel. Nevertheless, and despite the words of the Covenant, the Palestine refugees have specifically been excluded from becoming citizens of the envisioned future State of Palestine. The Daily Star reported that the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, Abdullah Abdullah, confirming Mahmoud Abbas's words, has stated that "This would not only apply to refugees in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan or the other 132 countries where ... Palestinians reside... [but] even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens." (Daily Star, September 15, 2011). The Palestinian Authority expects UNRWA to continue footing the bill. Nor will the State allow a Jew to live there, no matter when his ancestors came to Israel.

Since 1967, the core of anti-Israel propaganda is the assertion that the Palestinian Arabs own Palestine. For now, they are willing to take control just of what they call the Palestinian Territories. The Arabs use a simple mantra: the Jews stole Palestinian land and are occupying it. There are many colorful and inventive side streams (David Meir-Levi, May 2006) but the major thrust is the contention that the Arabs are the true owners of the land. In the face of the blasting hostility from the world presses and political leaders, Israel has responded with timidity and appears to have lost confidence in the rightness of its claim (Michael Devolin, January 2014). It doesn't speak up about its ownership of its land. It doesn't voice its history of symbiosis with its ancient homeland. Afraid to fight the enemy to the point of winning, the Israeli elite have turned their anger inward and bully very religious Jews, many of them inhabitants of "settlements," a term that should remind people that they are the closest thing Israel has to the early settlers of modern Israel, the pioneers who came in waves from the 19th century on to redeem the Jewish homeland and who succeeded in creating a state. Ironically, these demonized "settlers" are among the most patriotic segment of the population and many serve in the IDF, requesting assignment to the infantry, the tank corps and other dangerous jobs.

Perhaps because they still hope to process a peaceful settlement with some segment of the Arab world, Israeli leaders have refused to speak up and tell the world about Israel's right to the land. The land belongs to the Jews by right of God's promise to the Jews. The land belongs to the Jews because the moral foundation of the Western world was developed by the Jews in their homeland. The land belongs to the Jews because of the continued presence of Jewish inhabitants in the Land of Israel throughout the centuries. The land belongs to the Jews because of the symbiosis of Jews and the Jewish homeland — the land went to rack and ruin when they weren't there in sufficient numbers to tend to it. The land belongs to the Jews because of the devotion of the Jews, who, over the centuries, have remembered their homeland daily in their prayers wherever they were. The land belongs to the Jews because international law, recognizing the special relationship of the Jews and their homeland, put the Jewish homeland in an irrevocable trust for the Jews, which continues to this very day. The land belongs to the Jews by right of conquest — the Jews bested the Arab invaders who came to destroy them.

The world needs a strong Israel to fight the war resurgent Islam is waging. Israel's elected officials need to regain confidence to fight global terrorism appropriately in their part of the world. The emphasis on a peace process, which is designed to take nibbles out of the tiny Jewish state, is going in the wrong direction. The Oslo Accords and the Gaza Retreat have already placed organized, hostile and unmonitored groups of Arabs inside Israeli land, where they can easily sustain an effective terror campaign and where they put Israel's water supply at risk. It is time to consider realistic alternatives to the "peace process", which saps Israel's strength and goes nowhere.

"Arab and Jewish Refugees — The Contrast" (Eli E. Hertz, MythsandFacts.org, 2007) is a well-detailed article on how the Arab leaders caused the creation of both Arab and Jewish refugees when the modern State of Israel came into being. Most of the more than 800,000 Jews that were forced to flee from the Arab countries were absorbed in the new Jewish state even though it had few resources, and got no help from the UN. The Arabs that fled from Israel when ordered to leave by the Arab countries that invaded Israel in 1948 are still not permanently resettled after more than sixty years in the Arab countries that host them. There are almost no Jews left in Arab countries. Why not implement the second half of an ordinary population transfer, and resettle the Arab refugees in some part of the vast Arab land holdings, where they can live on their own, rather than as dependents of the UN?


 

THIS ISSUE OF THINK-ISRAEL EXAMINES ONE TOPIC AND ITS IMPLICATIONS: the claim that Israel is occupying land that belongs to the Palestinian People. Obviously, we have a point of view. We assert that by any valid measure the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews. We further assert that it is the Arabs who are trying to dispossess the Jews.

In this undertaking, we used articles from Think-Israel, starting from 2002 when Think-Israel was established until the present. Viewed in the aggregate, it is spooky how many stories from way back could have been written today in 2016, with little or no change. Are we in an early decade of another hundred year war? Or is it because our recent and current leaders have insisted that Islam is a peaceful religion and refuse to say Jihad and Islam in the same sentence? In either case, we have not started to fight back seriously.

There is overlap in content among the article, in part because we tried to pick a variety of presentations, from those suitable for the casual reader that wants to get the 'gist' of the matter to those with the information required by someone charged with the responsibility of presenting an accurate and detailed lecture to a classroom or a jury. Altogether, they constitute a very small part of the large number of articles, both relevant and excellent, that we have presented over the years. Look them up. Read them. It will be an enriching experience.

The articles below divide into two parts: general articles and legal arguments:

PART 1: General Articles That Address Several Questions:

1) Who are the Palestinians people and what is the history of their ancient kingdom of Palestine?

2) What is the history of the Palestinian Arabs and what is the history of the Jews in the Land of Israel? What are the claims of the Palestinian Arabs and what are the claims of the Jews in Israel?

3) Question 3 describes Arab and media propaganda tricks and suggests how to counter them. Most of the papers provide facts and insights. Perhaps when Jews learn to present these truths with the vivid imagery that Arabs and their sympathizers do so well, people will finally understand the facts of the matter.

4) Israelis want a permanent separation from the Arabs. Arabs take their mission to destroy Israel seriously. So a peace process that has Israel giving up land while keeping an expanding Arab population in Israel is ineffective, if not suicidal. Are there better alternatives?

PART 2: Applicable Legal Concepts And Pertinent Legal Documents:

Relationships among the pertinent legal documents confirming the Jewish ownership of the Land of Israel

Applicable legal concepts and terminology

Israel's legal ownership of the Land of Israel: significance and implications

Does Israel own Judea and Samaria? Are the settlements legal?

International law and the 4th Geneva Convention

Later UN Resolutions

Israelis Are Occupying Jewish Land, Not Arab Land


SUMMARY:

There Is No Palestinian People. The so-called Palestinians are part of the Middle East's Arab population, with no difference in ethnicity, culture, religion or foundational history. Their life-style in any Muslim country depends strongly on how closely their leaders (the country's "president" or king, their clerics, their tribal rulers, the heads of their clans) subscribe to trying to imitate the mores and practices of early Islam. They came into Israel, as in many other countries, as invaders; the sum total of their contribution to civilization has been to carry out multi-level jihad to reduce non-Muslims to dhimmi status under the rule of sharia law.

Sovereignty. After the Romans destroyed the sovereign Jewish State of Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people, the area was conquered and under the rule of Arabs, Christians, Persians and an assortment of Muslim groups for the next two millenia. Currently, the instant-mix assortment of Arabs and other Muslims who call themselves the Palestinian People claim the Territories are their country, and, when talking among themselves, they claim Israel itself as their country. But they are neither ancient nor indigenous. There has never been an independent sovereign entity called Palestine. Even more generally, from Roman times on, at no time did any people (re)establish a national homeland under Arab rule or any one else's sovereign rule, until the Jews returned to redeem their land.

The Jews Own The Land Of Israel. They own the land by irrevocable International Law; by Bible; by History; by creating the Moral Foundation for the Western World there; by always Maintaining a Presence there; by their Devotion; by teaching their children to Never Forget Their Ties To The Land; by Talking about it and Including it in their Prayers (they prayed seasonally for rain in Israel when they had been living thousands of miles away for hundreds of years); by steadfastly Keeping the Commandments under changing conditions; by Celebrating its Festivals And Fast Days And Holy Days without pause; by creating a meaningful substitute for service to the Temple on the Mount; by finally Redeeming a Land that had fallen on hard times; by Creating a Vibrant Society; by Retaking on the Burden of figuring out how humans can balance personal growth and community responsibility; and if these reasons don't convince, by the way most all other people have gained land: by the Right of Conquest.

In Short: the Jews of Israel own the Land of Israel: Israel, Samaria, Judea, Gaza and the Golan. The Arab invaders are illegally occupying this land. This issue of Think-Israel provides substantiation and clarification, using facts, observations, history and analysis.



PART 1: GENERAL ARTICLES

QUESTION 1: THE PALESTINIANS

Who are the Palestinian People?

What is the history of their ancient kingdom of Palestine?

Why invent the Palestinian People?


Who are the Palestinian People?

The invention of the Palestinian people is the keystone of the successful propaganda campaign that insists that Israel is occupying the homeland of the Palestinian people, inheritors of the ancient land of Palestine. It is so pervasive and commonplace a notion that it goes unquestioned. It's one of the store of items that millions of people take for granted. Successive Israeli governments know better, but desperate to paper together some sort of peace between Jew and Arab, they don't challenge this factoid. Their silence has brought them more and more unbridled terrorism by the local Arabs; and more and more overt hate displayed by Palestinian sympathizers around the world.


Return to What We Are Talking About


WHO ARE THE PALESTINIANS?

Yashiko Sagamori, November 25, 2002

Yashiko Sagamori asks the right questions about the obscure birth of the Palestinian people. This was one of the first articles to puncture the false claim that the local Arabs were a people, separate from other Arabs. Arab propagandists have spun a web of lies, bestowing a fictitious history to a mixed bag of Arabs, 95% of whom had come into Israel in the 20th century legally and illegally because of the new economic opportunities made possible by the British and the Jews. Yashiko Sagamori asked reasonable questions that would apply to any place calling itself a state. The pro-Arab weavers of fantasy may persuade the ignorant and those prone to see evil in anything Jews do. But they can't answer these questions truthfully because the pseudo-people, the Palestinians, have no country of origin called Palestine. There may be minor differences in accent or style of life because of where they came from but in the main they are indistinguishable from other Arabs in religion, history, food, and culture.

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THE PALESTINIANS: A PEOPLEHOOD BASED ON A BIG LIE

by Eli E. Hertz, March 31, 2008

This is a very excellent review of the facts about the "Palestinian People" and their short but violent history. Eli E. Hertz notes that "[m]ost so-called Palestinians are relative newcomers to the Land of Israel." How true. If they were truly indigenous, their huge jump in population in a relatively short time under poor environmental conditions would be the biggest demographic miracle in history. Also, why was there no mention of a (indigenous) "Palestinian people" until Israel captured the Territories after it was invaded by the neighboring Arab countries? As Hertz writes, "Suddenly a separate Palestinian peoplehood appeared and claimed it deserved nationhood — and 21 other Arab states went along with it."

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A DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

by Moshe Dann, September 30, 2009

Crafty Yasser Arafat is the one credited with deciding that the Arabs weren't going to destroy Israel by fighting the Jews head on. So he invented the Palestinian people, who, he claimed, were native to Palestine (a state that had never existed). Ignoring that this "people" were mostly natives of the neighboring Arab countries, he declared Israel was occupying Palestinian land. Ergo, these newly-branded Palestinians were justified — and here the media and many a mainline church agreed with him — in doing anything and everything to regain their land. As Moshe Dann points out, "the fraud worked!" "The success of 'Palestinianism' is a tribute to what money, influence and Jew-hatred will buy and attract." It's time this hoax was exposed.

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THE COUNTERFEIT ARABS

by Victor Sharpe, November 18, 2013

Victor Sharpe provides us with an excellent and concise history of "the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians." Far from being a unique people, they are no different from the Arabs in the states that neighbor Israel. And, in fact, almost all of their ancestors came into present-day Israel and the Territories after 1900 from these countries, after the Jews began returning to their homeland in large numbers. "[T]here is no such thing as a Palestinian people; no such thing as a Palestinian history; and no Palestinian language exists. There has never been any independent, sovereign Palestinian state in all of recorded history — let alone an Arab independent state of Palestine." What is remarkable is that, without a shred of evidence, they have convinced so many that they are the original inhabitant of the land and that the Jews, who are the indigenous natives, are occupying Palestinian land. Lest you discount this history because the author is Jewish, Sharpe provides statements by Arabs and other non-Jews that the Palestinians are not a people and descriptions of how desolate and underpopulated the land was before the Jews came to redeem their homeland.

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OF COURSE THE "PALESTINIANS" ARE AN INVENTED PEOPLE

by Jerome S. Kaufman, December 11, 2011

In this article, Jerry Kaufman sums up what Newt Gringrich said a week before. In actuality, the Palestinians are a fake people. They had not developed into a people over the centuries. Those we called Palestinians have no identity distinct from the general Arab population. In fact, as Kaufman records, prior to the birth of the State of Israel during Britain's control of the area, it was the Jews that were the 'Palestinians", not the Arabs. They published the Palestinian Post (later changed to the Jerusalem Post); and they formed the all-Jewish Palestinian Brigade that fought as part of the British Army in World War 1.

In fact, even the separation of the population as Arab or Jew is inaccurate; Arabic is a major language spoken in the area, but the people were of many ethnic groups. The 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica lists half a hundred groups living in Mandated Palestine — Beduins, Circassians, Jews, Christians, Arabs, Assyrians, Chaldeans, etc. There was no group called Palestinian or one that called itself Palestinian. Michael Curtis of the BESA Center puts it this way in an essay entitled "Palestinians: Invented People" (BESA Center Perspectives Paper # 157, December 20, 2011. Available here.)

"...no independent Palestinian state has ever existed, let alone one that manifested a 'Palestinian identity.' A few examples can illustrate this. The first Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations in the area met in February 1919 to consider the future of the territory formerly ruled by the Ottoman Empire, which dissolved after World War I. The Congress declared: "We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, moral, economic, and geographical bonds." The celebrated scholar Philip Hitti, testifying before the Anglo-American Committee in 1946, stated there was no such thing as Palestine in history, "absolutely not." The United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), in its September 3, 1947 report, remarked that Palestinian nationalism, as distinct from Arab nationalism, was a relatively new phenomenon. It concluded that Palestinian identity was part of a rich tapestry of identities, mostly predicated on Arab and Islamic solidarity.

"The Palestinians themselves reached the same conclusion. Palestinian spokesperson Ahmad Shuqeiri told the UN Security Council in 1956 that Palestine was nothing more than southern Syria. The head of the Military Operations Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Zuheir Muhsein, declared on March 31, 1977, "Only for political reasons do we carefully underline our Palestinian identity. ...the existence of a separate Palestinian identity is there for tactical reasons." The PLO, in its own Charter or amended Basic Law (article 1), states that Palestine is an integral part of the Arab nation. That "Arab nation" never included a state known as "Palestine." Indeed, the inhabitants of the general Palestinian area were not subjects of an Arab nation but of the Ottoman Empire, which ruled the area from 1516-1918. This was the last recognized sovereign power in the area. The area of Palestine was a district of the Empire, officially a vilayet (province), not a political entity. No independent Palestinian state has ever been established, nor was there a single administrative or cultural unit of Palestinians. Arabs in the area were not different in any way from other Arabs in the Middle East. Nor was Israel established on the ashes of any state other than the Ottoman Empire.

"On the other hand, a sovereign Jewish state existed prior to the rise of the Roman Empire. While the Romans destroyed the Second Temple, changed the name of the land to Syria Palestina, and banished the Jews from Jerusalem, this did not eradicate all Jewish presence in the area. Moreover, the Jews in the Diaspora maintained a strong consciousness of the historical connection of the Jewish people to Palestine — a connection that was acknowledged in the League of Nations mandate."

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THE ARABS IN THE HOLY LAND — NATIVES OR ALIENS?

by Dr. Harry Mandelbaum, May 25, 2009

This is a much-amplified version of an essay first posted in March 2003. Using information from various sources, many of them Arab, this essay makes clear that the Palestinians are not native to Palestine. They are not an ancient people. They are not a people. Advertised as the original natives of a (never-existent) state of Palestine, they are the most successful scam the Arabs have ever run in their obsession to destroy Israel.

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What is The History Of The Ancient Kingdom Of Palestine

It's impossible to write actual details about the existence of an ancient kingdom that never existed. At least it is for anyone who respects facts. The Arabs have a gift for appropriating Jewish history and filling in the blank spaces with moon dust. We don't have that talent, so we offer, instead, these articles which contain in-your-face facts on history and migration patterns that indirectly confirm this statement: the "Palestinian people" did not arise from a Palestinian homeland in Israel or anywhere else. For the most part, they are Arabs that came, legally and illegally, in large numbers from the neighboring Arab countries after settler Jews opened up new economic opportunities and especially between 1917 and 1948 when the British ignored their entry but suppressed Jewish immigration.


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THE TRUTH ABOUT "PALESTINE"

by Steven Simpson, July 13, 2010

Nowadays many a propagandist talks about Palestine as if such a sovereign political entity exists anywhere except in the fancy-filled illogic of Jew-haters. It doesn't exist. What's more — it never did. The fallback position of these Jew-haters when forced to admit the facts is: but the land belongs to the natives that were driven out or marginalized when Israel became a state. Again, this is wrong. Most of these "natives" came into the land after the Jews and the Brits created economic opportunities — or are the descendants of those that did. Steven Simpson provides us with an excellent history of the development of the "Palestine" myth, which has become one of the more important ways to attack the legitimacy of the Jewish state. Unlike the notion that the Palestinian Arab homeland is Palestine, the legitimacy of Israel is warranted by history, morality, international law and the rules of conquest.

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HADRIAN'S CURSE — THE INVENTION OF PALESTINE

by Tsafrir Ronen, May 14, 2008

Tsafrir Ronen bluntly provides us with some historic facts that are usually ignored by diplomats formulating a fantasy of two people living side by side in peace, when the reality is that one of these people — the Palestinian Arabs — is not an authentic people. They were invented as a way to challenge the Jewish people's return to their land. As Ronen writes, "[t]his is the essence of the Arab propaganda war, which is intended to steal the identity of Eretz Yisrael and to transform it into Palestine, and by such means to turn the Jewish people into occupiers of Eretz Yisrael. That's the whole story." Who says so? The Palestinian Arabs. Their very own leadership says so. Openly. And in print. Read some of their statements in this article.

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THE HISTORY AND MEANING OF "PALESTINE" AND "PALESTINIAN"

by Patricia Berlyn, February 15, 2004

This is a tightly woven excellent review of the badly-misused terms: Palestine and Palestinians. Having no history to speak of — the families of most of the Arab inhabitants of Israel and the Territories came there after 1900 — the Arab leadership claimed the geographic (not political) region of the Ottoman Empire called Syrian Palestine was actually once their kingdom.

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WAS THERE A PALESTINIAN ARAB NATIONAL MOVEMENT AT THE END OF THE OTTOMAN PERIOD?

by Wallace Edward Brand, September-October 2011

During the 400 years in which the Ottomans ruled what later was known as Mandated Palestine, there was no Palestinian state, no Palestinian people and no Palestinian Arab nationalist movement among the local Arabs and other Muslims and non-Muslims. Yet some 40 years later, Yasir Arafat proclaimed there was a Palestinian people and Palestine had always been their land. Wallace Edward Brand examines whether there is evidence of a nationalist movement in the period between the end of Ottoman rule after World War 1 and the artificial creation of Palestinian peoplehood, during the time that the Jews were building the infrastructure of a State and redeeming their ancient homeland.

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THE SMOKING GUN: ARAB IMMIGRATION INTO PALESTINE, 1922-1931

by Fred M. Gottheil, Winter, 2003

Palestinian Arabs base their claim to Israeli land on "deep and timeless roots in that geography and that their own immigration into that geography has at no time been consequential. To challenge that contention, then, is to challenge their self-selected criterion for sovereignty." Fred Gottheil not only challenges that assertion but demonstrates the likelihood that many of the Palestinian Arabs migrated — or are descendants of those who migrated — to Mandated Palestine and continue to this day to migrate to Israel to take advantage of economic conditions made available by the British Mandatory Government and the Jews. His facts and figures are in line with what Winston Churchill — well-informed about the British Mandate — said about the Arab influx into Israel: "far from being persecuted, the Arabs have crowded into the country and multiplied."

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Why Invent The Palestinian People?

Once the question is raised, the "because" becomes evident: these people are called Palestinians, so obviously Palestine must belong to them. Knives and rocks and hideous murders of Jewish women and children are the only weapons these poor victims have to oust the Israeli invaders. So whatever they do to regain their land, the world forgives them. Articles in this section add a more basic reason for the continued antagonism to the Jews, no matter how much Israel caters to the local Arabs. According to the Qu'ran, the Jews have no right to the Land. So any way of destroying Jewish credibility and their physical presence is virtuous.


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WHY INVENT THE PALESTINIANS?

by Robert R Reilly, January 17, 2012

Robert Reilly asks a critical question: why were the Palestinian people invented? The short answer is they serve as a political ploy, as visual aids to keep us focused on the unfairness of a nascent Israel surviving invasion by her neighbors. Their suffering becomes justification for the Arab doing any loathsome deed to drive the Jews out. The assertions that the Arabs Palestinians own the land, that they were driven from their homes, that they are Cinderella and Israel is cruel step-mother are latter-day accretions. The basic issue is that by the rules of Islamic theology, Jews have lost their right to the Holy Land. As Reilly puts it, "... Jewish sovereignty in Israel is incompatible with the Qu'ran..." Therefore they must not be allowed to be a sovereign power.

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THE NARRATIVE OF PERPETUAL PALESTINIAN VICTIMHOOD

by Shelby Steele, September 22, 2011

Shelby Steele discusses the Arab war against the Jews, in which the Arab aggressors have successfully persuaded themselves and others that they are "victims of colonialism, ... victims of white supremacy." What is so thought-provoking about this essay is that Steele homes in on the power of a "poetic truth", a fantasy powerful enough to counter factual reality. As he points out, "Poetic truths ... are marvelous because no facts and no reason can ever penetrate. Supporters of Israel are up against a poetic truth," one that is supported by the West, which "lacks the moral authority" to speak the truth. We must counter the Arab narrative and Steele indicates some procedures for restating the narrative.

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SOVIET RUSSIA, THE CREATORS OF THE PLO AND THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

by Wallace Edward Brand, January-February 2010

If Yasser Arafat was the father of the Palestinian People, Russia was its mother. Wallace Edward Brand writes about the role Soviet Russia played in literally creating the Palestinian People in 1964 and in establishing Yassir Arafat as its leader. He bases much of this on the revelations of Major General Ion Mihai Pacepa, who has been vetted and certified as a credible source. Creating the "Palestinian" people as a propaganda weapon to counter Israel's ownership of Mandated Palestine has also been confirmed by many Arab sources (cf. here.)

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WHAT IS "PALESTINIAN LAND" AND WHO ARE THE "PALESTINIANS"?

by Dafna Yee, January-February, 2007

People casually use the terms "Palestinian" and "Palestinian Lands" without realizing they are adopting a lie conceived by the P.L.O. and perpetuated by a pro-Arab media. They are subscribing to the notion that Israel exists on Palestinian land. It is, as Yee writes, "aiding Israel's sworn enemies in their goal to replace Israel with 'Palestine.'" In this essay Dafna Yee untangles some of the history of how some local Arabs became the "Palestinians." And why historically and geographically there is no such thing as Palestinian land.

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ISLAM AND THE OTHER: THE AL-WALA' WAL-BARA' DOCTRINE

by David Bukay, February 23, 2014

Steele's article above on the Palestinian cultivation of victimhood is a special case of how Muslims view their relationship to all other religions and groups. What powers the Muslims' shameless attempts to destroy non-Muslims physically and culturally rather than live peaceably with them is the al-Wala' wal-Bara' doctrine. Muslims see themselves as peaceful and non-Muslims as aggressors. So Muslims must defend themselves. David Bukay describes it this way: "...Muslims can viciously attack at almost every possible opportunity while crying out they are victims of oppression and aggression. They can perpetuate obscene inhuman acts of violence, terrorize and intimidate, while they accuse the other of colonialism, apartheid, racism, and Islamophobia." In this binary world, "... it is the right against wrong; and it is the pious against the evil-doers; it is Paradise or Hell. There are no legitimacy, consensual recognition and acceptance of the other, unless he becomes Muslim or he is subdued to Islamic rule."

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QUESTION 2: THE HISTORY OF AND CLAIMS TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL

What is the history of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel?

What is the history of the Jews in Israel?

What are the Palestinian Arab claims to the Land of Israel?

What are the Jewish claims to the Land of Israel?

What are the Jewish claims specifically to Samaria and Judea (aka the West Bank)?


What is The History Of The Palestinian Arabs in the Land of Israel?

"Palestinian" history is fabrication on a grand scale. Much of it is an appropriation of the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel. When they can't sell the notion that the Palestinian Arabs are a discrete people, Arab fabricators dust off another fantasy: after the Arabs conquered the land in Mohammad's time, they intermarried with the locals, who voluntarily converted to Islam, and all lived happily in a fruitful and peaceful land until the Jews came. The closest applicable history is this: the Arab followers of Mohammad (NOT Palestinians) conquered Palestine in 636 CE. They held it until 661 CE, when the Umayyad Caliphate of Damascus took control. The Abbasids took control in 750 CE and then the region was governed by a number of Arab semi-autonomous rulers until the Fatimids gained control in 1098, to lose the land almost immediately to the Crusaders. That was the end of any sort of Arab rule. From then until World War 2, the area was ruled by different Muslim and Christian groups, with the Ottoman Turks ruling it from 1516 until World War 1. We could extend the term Arab to include any Muslim rule, but then we get further and further from any Palestinian specificity. The Arabs from Arabia were one of some 50 ethnic groups that lived in the area, which deteriorated more and more into a moribund land of rocks and sand by the 20th century, when waves of Jews came to redeem their homeland.


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A FEW UNFASHIONABLE FACTS WORTH KNOWING ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST

by Steven Plaut, January-February, 2005

This essay is strictly facts — no interpretation. Steven Plaut accurately makes the point that "Palestine was stolen from the Jews by the Arabs and not the other way around." Articles in Think-Israel — as well as much of the background page — have made the same points in different ways. And we will keep repeating the truth until the Arabs and their buddies stop lying.

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PALESTINIANS: THE INVENTED PEOPLE

by Y.K.Cherson and Rachel Molschky, appendix by Dr. Rivka Shpak Lissak, January 9, 2014

Y.K Cherson and Rachel Molschky recount the non-history of the Palestinian Arabs. They seem to have been known to no one in earlier civilizations. The Assyrians knew the Jews. They didn't know the Palestinians. The Babylonians didn't write about them. In Roman writing and sculptures and friezes, there's no mention of Palestinians. Isn't that odd, considering that the Romans and the Jews mixed it up in exactly the same spot for years? And then one day, Yasser Arafat said, "Let there be Palestinians." And the world immediately believed in this miraculous birth. There is an addendum by Dr Rivka Shpak Lissak that deals with the question: when did the Arabs come into "Palestine." Note, we said Arabs, not Palestinians.

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FOUNDING NATIONAL MYTHS: FABRICATING PALESTINIAN HISTORY

by David Bukay, May-June, 2012

  As David Bukay points out, "By appropriating to themselves the values, traditions, and historical facts that belong to the Jews, Palestinians have managed to fabricate a 'legitimate' history and political traditions out of nothing while denying those of Israel." Quite an achievement, particularly when so much of their version is absurd, using historic and geographic facts in a farcical fashion. For example, they claim with a straight face that Jesus the Jew — born well before Islam was invented and the Arabs invaded the area — was their first shahid (martyr). And make no mistake. They have convinced many purportedly educated and knowledgeable people that this is so. At least, their Western comrades, including churchmen, have raised no objections.

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A TOUR OF PALESTINE; THE YEAR IS 1695

by Avi Goldreich, August 4, 2007

When you read this, you might — as I did — hear a pin popping an over-inflated balloon. The global main stream media, the leftists of Israel, including some who govern the country, and the (un)paid Arab-aiders have hidden the facts under reams of false information. And here comes irrefutable evidence from the very long period which started whe the Muslims conquered the Land of Israel in the 7th Century C.E. until the Jews in the late 19th century returned in droves to redeem the Land, joining the Jews who had never left Israel. During this period, the Arabs had taken a thriving and productive land and turned it into an unproductive rock-strewn wilderness (rather like what they are doing in Gaza today). Avi Goldreich writes of a 17th century book which, simply by describing the reality of the time makes us aware that the Land of Israel was then unfruitful and had few inhabitants. And of those inhabitants, the Muslims were a minority, a small minority. As Winston Churchill noted many years later, some 95% of the Arabs in Israel and the Territories migrated into Palestine in the 20th century to coattail on the Jewish enterprise.

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THE BIG MAP OF THE EMPTY LAND

by Zeev Galili, February 10, 2009

In 1878, less than a hundred and fifty years ago, what is now Israel, Gaza, Samaria, Judea, the Golan and Jordan was a "desolate arid wilderness, almost empty." It was barely able to sustain the estimated 100,000 to 250,000 Arabs, Bosnians, Circassians, Jews, Christians and other scattered groups who lived there. Zeev Galili writes of a map done at the time, showing all the settlements and their sizes. It is a guide to a realistic estimate of the population at that time.

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THE LAND OF ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM IN 1900

by Elliott A. Green, November-December 2004

Elliot Green writes of a time — all of a hundred years ago — when there was no such entity as Palestine, let alone a Palestinian people. There was not even such a thing as Arab nationalism. As they had from Biblical times, Jews lived in the Land — then an undifferentiated part of the Ottoman Empire — and were not called occupiers. Arabs lived there and were not called owners.

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A FRAUDULENT HISTORY OF PALESTINE

by Bernice Lipkin. September 29, 2002

This is an examination of a history text disseminated on many Arab websites and some neutral sites that provide historical documents on the Middle East. It is said to have been produced by a group of Jewish scholars, an anonymous group that calls itself Jews for Justice in the Middle East. We think it's a fraud.

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What is The History Of The Jews in the Land of Israel?

"Whereas there is irrefutable archeological, ethnographic and literary proof that Jews have inhabited Israel since time immemorial, there is no similar evidence of an ancient, indigenous Palestinian people. To compensate for their lack of historicity, the Palestinian Arabs deprecate the Jewish connection to Israel with lies and distortions that are often repeated by their supporters on the left.

"They contend, for example, that the Jewish People originated in Europe and that the Temple never stood in Jerusalem. They claim that the Jews were complicit in the Crusades, although Jews suffered far worse than anyone else at the hands of the Crusaders. They argue that the archeological record, which is so rich in linguistic, cultural and architectural evidence of ancient Jewish life in Israel, is simply the product of Zionist propaganda. In so doing, they project their own lack of national bona fides onto the only people with a continuous link to the land. "The audacity of such claims is truly Orwellian." (Matthew Hausman, May 2013, here.)

This set of articles reviews the history of Jews in the Land of Israel and their treatment in Arab countries.


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HISTORY OF JEWISH SOVEREIGNTY OVER ISRAEL OVER 3000 YEARS

by Roy Chweidan, March-April, 2010

This article was written to counter the pernicious and widespread myth that the Arabs pre-date the Jews in Israel. Depending on the gullibility of the audience they claim to be the early Canaanites; or Philistines; or they claim that in Temple times it was a Palestinian state filled with Palestinians like Jesus and his mother Mary; or they claim they intermarried with the natives when they conquered the land in Mohammed's time, and this is the next best thing to being native themselves. They ignore that 90-95% of them came after 1900 into what is now Israel and the Territories. Roy Chweidan presents a short summary of the actual history of Israel starting in the period of the Judges. There are also two appendices: European Coalition for Israel, "90th Anniversary Of The San Remo Conference," April 25, 2010; and Eli E. Hertz, "Jerusalem," March 17, 2010.

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JERUSALEM, CAPITAL OF THE JEWS: THE JEWISH IDENTITY OF JERUSALEM IN GREEK AND ROMAN SOURCES

by Rivkah Fishman-Duker, November 2008

As Rivkah Fishman-Duker writes, by the early second century CE, when Tacitus wrote his history, it is clear that the narrative of the circumstances of Jerusalem's foundation had become standardized among Greeks and Roman writers. Descriptions of the Temple are always part of the accounts of Jerusalem and Judaism. In addition to physical descriptions, Fishman-Duker describes the religious aspect of the Temple, which differed radically from Greek and Roman paganism. Their accounts range from the factual to the libelous and bizarre. As Fishman-Duker writes, "The references to Jerusalem in these classical texts not only demonstrate the historical attachment of the Jewish people to Jerusalem, but also contribute to our knowledge of Jews and Judaism in the ancient world."

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IN DISCUSSING JERUSALEM, HISTORY MATTERS

by Jenny Grigg, May-June 2005

Jenny Grigg highlights the major periods in the history of the city of Jerusalem, pointing out that not only is it Judaism's holiest site and capital of Jewish states both in ancient times and in modern times, but there has been a Jewish presence there for some 3000 years. As for the Palestinian Arabs, their claim to the city "seems to be based solely on their desire to possess it." Paradoxically, to ensure that people of all religions can worship in Jerusalem freely requires that Jerusalem remain under Israel's sole rule.

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GAZA'S HISTORY AND THE JEWS

by Gary Fitleberg, July 8, 2005

Many feel Gaza has little connection with the Jews. Gary Fitleberg recounts the history of Gaza, including some material from that well-known reference book: the Bible. It was part of the territory allocated to the tribe of Judah. Samson brought down the Temple of Dagon in Gaza. After Jerusalem fell, it was an important Jewish center during many invasions and changes of ruler. It certainly has more affiliation with the Jewish people than many people realize.

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THE JEWISH PRESENCE IN PALESTINE

by Shmuel Katz, November-December, 2010

This essay — a chapter from Shmuel Katz' Battleground: Fact and Fantasy in Palestine — makes the point that the Jews didn't create a homeland in recent times. Israel has been their homeland for thousands of years. They needed to regain it and redeem it. And that too took thousands of years, though during that time, no matter how hard the local conditions and how oppressive the rulers, there were always some Jews living in the Jewish homeland. By the mid-1800s while still under Ottoman rule, the entire region that was to become Mandated Palestine after World War 1 was Darfur-poor, economically a derelict and practically empty of people. Katz writes that the total population — Jews and non-Jews — at that time is estimated at 50,000-100,000 people. The millions of Arabs currently in Israel and the territories are mostly 20th century immigrants and their descendents. Katz makes it clear that the "historic ownership [of Palestine] by the Arab people or by a 'Palestinian entity' is a fiction fabricated in our own day." It is about time the Arab propaganda that claims the Palestinians/Arabs are the natives and/or a "Palestinian/Arab nation" who have been dispossessed by the invasion of the Jews is recognized to be the fantasy that it is.

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ISLAM AND THE JEWS: THE STATUS OF JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MUSLIM LANDS, 1772 CE

by Jacob Marcus, January-Febraury, 2008

"In 1772," Jacob Marcus wrote, "a Muslim scholar in Cairo was asked how Jews and Christians should be treated." This text is his reply. It is in keeping with earlier Muslim practices (see, e.g., Andrew G. Bostom (ed.), The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History) and indicates a continuity in discrimination against Christians and Jews throughout Islamic history. It certainly calls into question modern spins on Muslim intolerance — that it is due to their unhappiness with what Israel and America are doing; that it is due to a few irrational fanatics on the fringe of the religion; that it is due to Muslim shame at being left behind by western technology and science; and that it is due to modern dictatorships and would disappear if democracy — usually defined as the right to vote, which many Muslim dictatorships already have — was adopted in Muslim countries.

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THE FORGOTTEN OPPRESSION OF JEWS UNDER ISLAM AND IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL

by Elliott A. Green, December 1, 2008

Elliott Green writes, "Contrary to what many Jews and other people have believed, conditions in Muslim lands were often worse for Jews than in Christendom". They were subject to the extortion tax levied on all infidels, but they were singled out as the enemy and as inferior beings in the Quran and ever after were ranked at the bottom of the social structure, living in fear and humiliation over the centuries. It was particularly poignant to see this in Jerusalem, where, as Chateaubriand wrote, "these legitimate owners of Judea [are] slaves and strangers in their own land." Ignoring history, or perhaps banking on the general ignorance of their readers, writers such as Professors Walt and Mearsheimer speak of the innocent Arabs hounded by the Jews, a neat inversion of reality.


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THE RICHEST JEW IN DAMASCUS, 1816

by Elder of Ziyon, October 31, 2008

Another myth is that until the Jews came back in numbers to their homeland, Jews had lived harmoniously under Arab rule. Circumstances varied but, as in this article, he was always a dhimmi. What The Elder of Ziyon describes is a page out of the diary kept by James Silk Buckingham on his travels. He was entertained in Damascus by the local prime minister. The guests included a Jew, described by Buckingham "as the wealthiest and the most powerful of all present", a personage who managed the machinery of government. Yet as a Jew, he was dhimmi. The other guest sat or stood; the Jew sat on the ground.

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LETTER FROM JERUSALEM, 1947

by Chedva Margolit; foreword by Steve Kramer, April 28, 2008

As Steve Kramer writes in his foreword: "Nothing is more appropriate on the 60th anniversary of Israel's Declaration of Independence than reading the words of a young Jewish wife who left America and came to Israel for love of Eretz Yisrael." This essay is to be treasured.

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Arab Claims To The Land Of Israel

Palestinian Arabs claim the land because they claim they are the descendants of the Philistines and/or the Canaanites. But the Arabs didn't conquer the area until the 7th Century CE and by then the ancient Philistines and Canaanites were dead thousands of years. They also claim they own the area specifically designated by the British as Palestine and once the southern part of the Ottoman province of Greater Syria. But there were few Arabs living there (see here). The area was economically depressed and there were relatively few people living there, counting everyone. The inhabitants were some fifty ethnic groups, practicing some half dozen religions. The official language was Turkish. Arabic, the language of the Koran, was, according to Wikipedia, used mainly for religious practices. Moreover, much of the land was owned by absentee landowners, not the locals. The present-day Arabs in Israel and the Territories can't even claim to have married the long-time inhabitants, because most of today's Arabs or their great granddaddies came into the area after 1900. So their major claim is that it's their land because they say so. That may enough for the U.N., the E.U. and other such fair-minded groups, but it's not much of an argument.

If a Palestinian sympathizer tells you Jesus was a Palestinian, remind him Jesus was born a hundred years or so before the Romans conquered Israel and renamed it "Syria Palaestina", hoping, as do the Arabs today, to eradicate the attachment of the Jews to their homeland. From then through the Ottoman period, it was geographically the southern part of the Syrian province. Politically, it was nothing. The Brits revived the name Palestine for the area, and the Jews called themselves Palestinians, until the creation of the State of Israel. If the Palestinian sympathizer tells you that there was a country/state/kingdom called Palestine that is now occupied by Jews, understand that he thinks you are ignorant enough to believe anything.


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HOW STRONG IS THE ARAB CLAIM TO PALESTINE

by Lawrence Auster, August 30, 2004

Lawrence Auster examines the Arab claim to Palestine. He points out that the Arabs — and that includes the 'Palestinians' — are not native to Palestine and their control of Palestine has long been over. Besides, Arab control was sandwiched in among conquests by other ethnic groups that also were not indigenous to the region. Auster also demolishes the Arab claim that the Jews stole their land. As he writes, "The claim is laughable coming from the Arabs, who conquered and reduced to slavery and penury ancient peoples and civilizations stretching from Persia to the Atlantic; who rejected an Arab state in Palestine alongside the Jewish state under the 1947 partition plan and then sought - unsuccessfully - to obliterate that nascent Jewish state; and who never even spoke of a distinct Arab state in Palestine until the founding of the terrorist Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1964, sixteen years after the founding of the state of Israel."

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A CASE OF MYTH-TAKEN IDENTITY

by Tabitha Korol, April 30, 2012

  Muslims haven't tried to change their barbaric ways. Instead, as Tabitha Korol writes, they have concealed them; whitewashed them; spoken bald-faced lies; intimated critics by yelling Islamophobia at any negative remark about Islam, no matter how accurate, no matter how mild; vandalized and destroyed religious emblems and places and renamed areas (calling Judea and Samaria the West Bank) in order to delegitimize their victims and deprive them of visual and verbal confirmation of their history. Like parasites they present other people's histories as theirs — which, I suppose, is understandable, given their own history. Korol presents some of their fantastic claims and refutes them with facts.

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PEQUOTS, PEKI'IN AND PALESTINIANISM

by William Rabinowitz, September-October, 2011

William Rabinowitz paints a searing picture of a not-too-bright current-day Jewish college student, who has absorbed a pro-Palestinian attitude from his teachers, the local Muslim students and the TV and newspapers and can faultlessly repeat the party line. Rabinowitz responds with very different answers to someone who had been indoctrinated to believe that the Palestinians are indigenous to Israel and own the land. Rabinowitz seems to specialize in humor-coated history, wrapping little-known historic facts in whimsy. In this essay, he points out that after the Jews were defeated by the Romans and through the thousands of years of the diaspora, there was always a Jewish presence in Israel He writes about the Jews of Pek'in, Israel, a community where Jews have been in continual residence for the last 2 and 1/2 millenia. It is a fact that has been obscured as attention is usually focused on the immigration of Jews starting in the 19th century to redeem their ancient homeland.

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PALESTINIAN IDENTITY THEFT

by Jerold S. Auerbach, November, 2011

With the connivance of the United Nations, the Palestinian Arabs have had free reign to attempt "to rob Israel of its history, heritage, and homeland." As Jerold S. Auerbach points out, "Plundering Jewish history and claiming Israeli land is, of course, the raison d'être of Palestinian existence." They have claimed Abraham was a Muslim, as was Jesus and presumably all the Jews living in Israel at the time of the Second Temple. They have claimed they have been in Palestine for eons, ignoring that most of the "Palestinians" came to what is now Israel and the Territories after 1900. The latest outrage is claiming "the Dead Sea as Palestine's own 'heritage site.'" While attempting to steal Israel's identity and history, they go well beyond the usual identity theft. They also claim Israelis have no history; Jews never had a Temple; they never had sovereignty in Israel

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TWELVE BAD ARGUMENTS FOR A STATE OF PALESTINE

by Patricia J. Berlyn, December 12, 2002

There is always the argument thrown up — so ok, there's nothing special about the Arabs who are living in Israel and the Territories. But they deserve their own place, don't they? Even the U.S. went from a position of not negotiating with the PLO in 1991 — which was and is and will be a terrorist organization committed to destroying Israel — to its current promotion of such a state in just 10 years. In this article, Patricia Berlyn critically examines the current reasonable-sounding arguments that are put forth by the well-meaning and not so well-meaning as reasons to establish a PLO state for the Palestinian Arabs.

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Jewish Claims To The Land Of Israel

The homeland of the Arabs and the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians is the Arabian Desert. The Homeland of the Jews is the Land of Israel. When England and France wrote up the Mandates rights of the Jewish People to their national home." This is exactly right. It should be required reading for every self-styled maven, journalist, politician, ethicist and humanist — including the Jewish leaders of Israel — who thinks he knows Middle Eastern political history, when his information is, more often than not, anectodal and received from dubious sources.

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THE JEWISH RIGHT TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL

by Alex Rose, November 6, 2003

Alex Rose writes of the time of the Balfour Declaration, when the resolve of the English to create a Jewish state was strongly asserted by influential members of the British Cabinet. He also examines the Arab case against the creation of the Jewish State, showing that their arguments were and are invalid. Jews have claims to their land biblically, by their unbroken ties to the land historically, and by their reclamation of their homeland.

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ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO THE LAND

by Sean Gannon, November 30, 2007

November 2 marks the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the letter that laid out Britain's intent to help establish a Jewish State. Sean Gannon writes about the Declaration in context of the Arab argument that the Jewish claims have no legitimacy. Its language was later incorporated into the League of Nations' Mandate, which put the land irrevocably in trust for the Jewish people. The Trust was passed on to the League's successor, the United Nation. It has not been abrogated.

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AN ANSWER TO THE NEW ANTI-ZIONISTS: The Rights Of The Jewish People To A Sovereign State In Their Historic Homeland

by Dore Gold and Jeff Helmreich, November 16, 2003

Dore Gold and Jeff Helmreich's article touches many of the concerns raised in ignorance or out of hate by those who reject the notion that the Jews, long a people forced out of their home and subject to the wills of others, have returned home. And are doing remarkably well.

I have some quibbles with Gold and Helmreich's otherwise accurate account. It is true that many Arabs have done less well than other groups. But the authors could accurately have noted that Arabs are favored in civil suits by the judiciary. And they have a larger share of many service budgets, sometimes because of conditions they themselves have created. For example, due to the generation after generation marriages of close cousins, many Arab children have genetic defects. What this means is that spending by well-baby clinics is for kidney dialysis machines for the Arab children and lolly pops for the Jews. And the statement that "Israel was built as a haven for Jewish refugees fleeing persecution" is an inadequate explanation. It is true that if the state of Israel had existed in the early 1940s, more Jews would have escaped the Holocaust. And persecution and pogroms in the Diaspora were a fact of life (or more often, death) over the centuries. But the primal instinct that led Jews to come to their ancient homeland was to fulfill their identity as a people. As Gold and Helmreich write, "Throughout Jewish history, national independence was perceived as a condition for Jewish self-fulfillment. Redemption was tied to the idea of return."

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JERUSALEM: OUR REDEEMABLE RIGHT: JEWS HOLD LEGAL SOVEREIGNTY OVER ISRAEL'S ENTIRE CAPITAL CITY

by Michael C. Duke, December 2, 2010

Michael Duke writes about the legal foundation stone of Israel's right to Israel and the Territories — including all of Jerusalem — and about a lawyer who spent a quarter of a century determining precisely that the Jews are the legal owners of all of Jerusalem. The document is the San Remo Resolution of 1920; the lawyer is Jacques Gauthier, an expert in international law. San Remo did not just set the future for Mandated Palestine — which the Jews have redeemed and partially reconstituted — but it also mandated the future Arab states of Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Later, other modern Arab states were carved out of the vast expanse of the Middle East by the same authority. That trust passed to the U.N. when the League of Nations was dissolved. The U.N. has not gained respect for its embarrassing embrace of the Arab attempt to delegitimize Israel but even the U.N. must realize it can not break an irrevocable trust with Israel as beneficiary by trying to give away Biblical Israel and some of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Arabs without simultaneously destroying the basis for the Arab Middle East.

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Specific Jewish Claims To Judea And Samaria, Where The Settlers Live

Samaria and Judea and the Golan, as well as Gaza, are integral parts of the Land of Israel. However, because so much venom has been spent denying the legitimacy of Jewish towns (AKA settlements) in the Territories, we include some specific information about the Settlements and the Settlers.

(From the May-June 2009 Introduction to articles on the Territories, slightly revised)

These articles are about the bravest of the brave: the settlers, Israel's staunch nationalists. They know it's their land and they plan to live there, despite the dangers and the hardships, during the times their government encourages them and during the times the government, at the bidding of foreigners, harasses them.

Thanks to years of conditioning, the Po' Palestinians have the sympathy of the West and their terrorism is excused, while almost everyone is emotionally certain that the villains, the main obstacles to peace, are the Jewish settlers (a sneer is obligatory when you say settlers).

Jordan conquered Samaria and Judea and the eastern part of Jerusalem in 1948, when the Jews fought off the first Arab invasion of Israel. Many of the settlers are Jews who returned to the area when the Jews took the area back after the second Arab invasion of Israel in 1967. The settlements are their towns and villages and cities and trailer camps and compounds. Why are these patriotic Jews demonized? Perhaps because they can't be persuaded by Arab-aiding nonsense. They know that this land is Jewish: by God's will, by the Bible, by history, by devotion, by never completely leaving the land over the centuries, by international law that established an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people, and by conquest after fighting off the invading Arabs.

With all the facts on Israel's side, how does one promote the claims of a non-people, the Palestinians? Simple. First: Demonize the "settlers". Then no one will complain when you steal Jewish land. Second: Call Judea and Samaria the West Bank. It's easier to pretend that a place called the West Bank belongs to the Palestinians than to try to claim that the Palestinians own Biblical Israel.


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JUDENREIN PALESTINE?

by Rachel Neuwirth, November-December 2004

Rachel Neuwirth briefly traces the history of Judea and Samaria over the centuries. She points out that "[t]he Jewish presence there has been continuous, except for 19 years from 1948 to 1967 when the area became judenrein" under Jordan's rule. "After the 1967 war, the Jewish people have simply been returning to the land from which they were forcibly expelled during the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948-49."

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HOW HEBRON BECAME OCCUPIED TERRITORY

by Yid-With-Lid, December 29, 2007

The 4000-year old city of Hebron in Judea, Judaism's second most holy city, is the site of the Machpelah, the Cave of the Patriachs, where Abraham and Sarah are buried. The Jews lived there no matter what the political climate throughout the centuries. In 1929, when rumors started to spread that the Arabs were planning to attack the Jews, many Jews refused to believe it. Sammy Benoit (Yid with Lid) writes of the massacre in August, 1929. Arabs, who for years had been friendly neighbors, turned vicious and, encouraged by the mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, slaughtered the Jewish population. The British removed the Jews from the city, not the Arabs — an early example of rewarding terrorism. The Jews were denied permission to return to Hebron. After 1967, when Israel regained the city and against the opposition of the local Arabs and their own government, Jews began to resettle in Hebron. Since then, the Jews continue to be harassed by the Arabs and by the Israeli government, which make no secret of the fact that it favors the Arab population of Hebron in any dispute.

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JUDEA AND SAMARIA — A WAKEUP CALL

by Yoram Ettinger, August 8, 2009

Yoram Ettinger devotes this article to a recap of some important historical facts about Samaria and Judea — Biblical Israel — and to explaining the region's importance to Israel's security needs as articulated by American military leaders. As he pointed out in a previous paper that to talk about: "[d]efensible borders for the Jewish State on the one hand, and a giveaway of the mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria on the other hand, constitutes a deadly oxymoron." The current paper adds substance to that conclusion.

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ON THE RIGHTS OF 'SETTLERS'

by Shmuel Katz, December 27, 2007

When Shmuel Katz writes history, he writes from his own knowledge and experience — he's been there, done that. Here he cuts through the claims by the Arabs and their sympathizers that the major obstacles to peace are the Jewish settlements in the Territories. Very simply and very accurately, Katz explains that these settlements are indeed legitimate: "the Mandate remained the defining document for governing Palestine." As he puts it, "From the point of view of international law these settlers are as legal as any resident of Manhattan or of Shreveport, Louisiana." He points out that the second clause of the Geneva Convention of 1949 — the one that dealt with occupied territories — makes it clear that it does not apply to the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria: "because Jordan was not a sovereign possessor but an illegal invader, and similarly was Egypt an illegal invader of Gaza. Israel liberated both areas, restoring them to the territory of the Palestine Mandate of 1922."

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OUTPOSTS: RULE OF LAW, OR LAW WITHOUT RULES?

by Moshe Dann, June 10, 2009

Thanks to the groundwork laid by Peace Now and other anti-Jewish groups like them, many descendants of Jewish settlers of European stetlach and Christian descendants of settlers of the Wild West are convinced that Israeli settlers are the major reason there's been no peaceful resolution between Jews and Arab States Arabs Palestinians Mahmoud Abbas. They are certain the settlers in the Territories are chronically and stubbornly in violation of the Law. The lowly outpost is perceived as particularly evil, perhaps because it is easier to demolish than Ariel, a settlement city of some 20,000. So the outpost — often a single trailer or two — has come to stand as a symbol of all Israeli building on supposedly Arab land. Moshe Dann points out that when the State shows bias against Jewish Israelis, "when government officials don't apply the law equitably, the authority of the state is undermined." His examination is particularly appropriate when one realizes that Arabs are taking over land and building illegally with enormous help from the European Union and Arab countries and without a murmur of disapproval from a cowed Israeli government.

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THE COGNITIVE WAR AGAINST ISRAEL IN THE SETTLEMENT DEBATE

by Richard L. Cravatts, September-October, 2012

Do the Jewish state and the Territories belong to the Jews? The question was brought into prominence in 2012 by a report issued by a committee of Israeli legal experts, chaired by Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy. The jurists focused narrowly upon the legality of Jewish settlements in Samaria and Judea — affirming that towns and villages in Samaria and Judea are indeed legal, thus undermining the demonization of "settlements" by those who fear that Jews living in the "West Bank" (as they ahistorically call it) will make it harder to give away Jewish land to the Arabs. In place of the capricious and often malicious treatment of Jewish citizens living in the towns and villages of Samaria and Judea, it recommends easing regulations, halting scheduled demolitions and planning building as the population grows.

Richard Cravatts spells out some collateral implications of the Levy Report. It makes clear that the world has been fed a fanciful tale by the Arabs. It calls an intellectual halt to the fallacious anti-Israel propaganda promulgated by hostile Western politicians, diplomats and media for whom "the perennial victim status of the long-suffering Palestinians trumps any sovereign rights of Israel regarding its borders, security, and even its survival in a sea of jihadist foes who yearn for its destruction." Thus, Samaria and Judea (aka the West Bank), Gaza, and the eastern part of Jerusalem have been untruthfully called "Arab" land and Israel the "occupier", oppressing the po' Palestinians, who have no way to fight for their rights except with rocks, knives and explosives against the enemy, in the person of Jewish babies asleep in their cribs, Jewish toddlers in their beds and Jewish children at school.

As of 2016, the Jews of Samaria and Judea are still not treated as first-class citizens. Nor has the Israeli government popularized the Levy report, which addresses what Israeli leaders have known since Israel acquired permanent title to Samaria and Judea almost a hundred years ago. I hope it doesn't take as long for Western leaders to accept the truth of the Levy report as it took for the Vatican to admit officially that the earth revolves around the sun — it finally conceded this in 1992, 359 years after Galileo was condemned for speaking the truth.

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WHY WE SUPPORT ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS

by Daniel Kaganovich and Michael Butler, March, 2004

When all the arab-promulgated arguments are shot down, the nuisance-value one remains: "Yeah, so they're not legally or historically entitled to it, so maybe some of them came in illegally just yesterday, but if you give the territories to these 'Palestinians' there will be peace." This presupposes that removing Jewish settlements will reduce friction. Daniel Kaganovich and Michael Butler argue that removing the source of the "friction" (Jews) will not make a dent in the ideology that causes it. It will only encourage its spread."

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AT PEACE IN ISRAEL

by Carol Iannone, January 25, 2006

Shiloh, north of Jerusalem, is another town destined to be given as a free gift to the Arab terrorists, should Ehud Olmert have his way in the next few weeks. Carol Iannone writes of a chance visit she made to Shiloh some years back. She captures its atmosphere perfectly. Of her first sight of the town, she writes, ".. there was something extraordinary about its placement against the emptiness of the landscape, something dreamlike about the way it stood shimmering in the open, sun-filled air." She describes her visit to the young settler couple thus, "... there was just a pervasive contentment. So far from being belligerent fanatics hysterically claiming their entitlements, this couple possessed modesty and humility, and conveyed a sense of quietness and assuredness and peace." "I felt strangely at home there as well. The land of the Bible is my country too, I felt. There is even a Shiloh in America, where men also staked their lives on their vision of nationhood."

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QUESTION 3: ARAB MEDIA PROPAGANDA

What are the techniques used to demonize Israel and the Jews?

Answering Those That Denigrate Zionism

Answering The Canard That The Jews Stole And Are Occupying Arab Land

Arguments Derived From The 'Jews Stole Arab Land' Assertion


From Lies Of Omission To Theatrical Hoaxes

This section focuses on media tricks and techniques.

A major technique is suppressing pertinent facts that put a different coloration on assertions by Arabs and their media buddies. In the Quotation Section above, there is an item about Zahir Muhsein of the PLO executive committee, who admitted that Palestinian "peoplehood" was a fraud. The newly created people were a collection of Arabs from different clans in the Arab countries. What was claimed to be the ancient kingdom of Palestine had been, for hundreds of years, the geographical name for the southern part of the Syrian province of the Ottoman Empire. The usual pro-Arab rebuttal to Muhsein's devastating admission is to point out that he happened to prefer being counted among the Syrians Muslims — as if he were an outlier. What the rebuttal ignores, as pointed out by Tsafrir Ronen here, is that he was not unique. Many, if not most, of the Palestinian leadership, at the inception of the Palestinian people, felt the same way.

As another example, the Israeli Arab leader, Mohamed Kanana, makes much of the statement, "Twenty percent of the population [mostly Arabs] own only 3 percent of the land." Perfectly true. But as Jared Israel writes (see here), "He [Kanana] leaves out a crucial fact: Jews make up 80% of the population of Israel but own only 3.5% of the land!"

Bald-faced lies are often used. They range from the libelous — claiming Gazans are impoverished (here) and claiming that Israel is responsible for the physical and psychological problems suffered by Palestinian children (here) — to the ludicrous, such as the claim that Mossad uses animals and birds to spy on their neighbors (here.) A couple of the articles point out some of the major ways used to mislead the uninformed. We also document some of the more serious hoaxes perpetrated by the Arabs and/or their media aiders — from doctored tourism to manufactured massacres.


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HOW TO GET THE WORLD TO HATE ISRAEL

by Richard Cravatts, August 4, 2008

When an event or a process defies logic — it couldn't happen but it has — it is often helpful to ask: were this a planned manipulation, how could it have come about. Richard Cravatts sequences a set of propaganda procedures that would explain how Israel came to be seen as an apartheid occupier of another people's land — a statement that is contrary to fact. He does all but ask who might be pushing the buttons. I'd vote for the Muslim Brotherhood and/or Saudi Arabia.

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THE ARAB PROPAGANDA WAR AGAINST HISTORY

by David Meir-Levi, May-June 2006

Arab propaganda is simple but effective. It makes easy-to-digest assertions in a convinced and convincing manner and then repeats them ad nauseum until they become generally accepted. David Meir-Levi has prepared a list of these lies — lies that have been exposed as lies time and again. Yet the Arabs and the pro-Arab media continue to promulgate these lies, despite the fact that they should know better. Maybe they do. Certainly, we should be wary about accepting the word of any Middle-East "expert" who talks about Israeli "occupation" of "Palestinian" land.

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BE YE THE ENEMY'S FOOL?

by Paul Lademain, January 14, 2012

[2016 NOTE: The two articles, this and the next one below, by Paul Lademain complement each other and provide excellent advise for countering the skillful way the pro-Arab media create the framework for inculcates negative attitudes about Israel.]

Here be words of wisdom on how to designate areas, places and people, when labels are sensitized political statements. Paul Lademain provides us with simple rules that allow us to fight Israel's fight when we speak of events in the Middle East. Lademain's instructions have the added bonus that we will be speaking accurately and won't have adopted the meretricious language used by Israel's enemies. You will find ways to add to the list. I, for one, was alerted when a well-meaning supposed advocate for Israel said, "He is a Hamas activist." I corrected him, pointing out that the correct term is Hamas terrorist. As Lademain says, "Be ye not fools, O Israel." Master his examples. You'll be surprised how soon they become automatic, and other people repeat your language choices.

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ON THE USES OF LANGUAGE IN CONFLICTS AND WARS

by Paul Lademain, February 7, 2014

Paul Lademain has some sensible advise for those who do public relations for Israel. They may seem obvious but Israelis don't seem to understand how they reinforce Arab propaganda, when for example, they call Judea and Samaria "disputed territory." Jews shouldn't be disputing that the "West Bank" is Jewish (which, by the way, should always be called by its proper name: Samaria and Judea). They should know it is Jewish and say so. In this essay, Lademain suggests Jews stop using Arab terms that have the wrong denotation: occupiers, illegal settlements, extremist when terrorist will do nicely. Settler has become a pejorative term. Don't use it. Simple, isn't it? He also suggests learning actual history. For instance, Yasser Arafat "confessed that he had no intention of complying with the terms of the Oslo Accords when he signed them. That being the case, his signature means nothing because he rejected the agreement while pretending to agree to its terms and this pretense renders the agreement void." Simple, isn't it? And oh yes, when someone expects you to collapse in defeat by yelling international law, make them define whhich one they are talking about. And make them try to link their argument to it. That's not so simple.

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THE ART OF MISLEADING

by Yvette Alt Miller, May-June, 2010

Short, direct, informative, this essay by Yvette Alt Miller lays out common ways the media avoid telling the truth. Presenting it in such a way that is easily dismissed. Or telling it partially. Her examples are actual instances of bias against Israel. Miller suggests readers practice finding instances of these tricks, to better understand what they are being fed by the media. My prime example would be the New York Times, which managed to downplay the ongoing Holocaust in World War 2. Most newspapers may not be as clever hiding such a big story but the omission and trivialization of Prez Obama's close friendships with a slew of Marxists before he was nominated come close. This is a very useful reference.

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THE NEW YORKER ON ISRAEL

by Richard H. Shulman, July-August, 2004

In May, The New Yorker published an article by Jeffrey Goldberg demonizing the Jews who live in the territories. It slanders the Jews and absolves the Arabs by its choice of value words and selective details — details that give us a distorted picture instead of an understanding of what's going on in Israel's heartland. Richard H. Shulman analyzes Goldberg's article in detail.

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HOAXES

by Bernice Lipkin, November-December, 2010

Bernice Lipkin writes that "...the Arabs and their pro-peace marxist Pals are excellent at creating realistic hoaxes. With the help of the lackey-media, these hold up, at least until someone looks at them carefully. Or until someone takes a photo of the directors setting up the hoax.

"What is also becoming clear is that apparently it is as easy for the hoaxsters to fool themselves as it is to fool anyone else. They begin to believe their own lies. The world then can not be trusted. Whoever doesn't agree with them must be lying. Whoever denies Arab claims is conspiring against the Arab world. It can't possibly be that they themselves are not credible. This is not a mentality that is attuned to progress or new knowledge. It won't reject ideas that don't stand up to experience. Indeed, the opposite is true. The world and all within it must conform to the notions the Arab know to be true. There is no room for argument."

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AN ANTI-ISRAEL TOURISM SUBTERFUGE

by Janet Levy, April 9, 2014

Snookering Rachel Corrie into believing she was in "Palestine" to protect the locals was small potatoes compared to the current Tourist Flimflam. Combine the respectability of Harvard; the illusion that the tourist is taking the trek that Abraham or maybe it was Jesus or somebody like that there took; eye-rolling pious wishes to promote peace between Abraham's children (as if Mohammad were an uncircumcised Jew); and an efficient tourist agency that organizes comfortable trips with congenial fellow-travelers directly to authentic Arabs on the West Bank and even, titter, titter, Gaza — how can an ordinary middle-class tourist on the yokel-level information-wise not believe that what he sees and what he hears must be the straight story. And that's the cleverness that beats all. A marvelous illusion, where some truth and a big helping of lies are put together to encourage the visitor to become a supporter of the Arab narrative: the "Palestinians" own the West Bank (and the rest of Israel), which the Jews are currently occupying — real history and geography be damned. Janel Levy provides us with the details of a current scam, worked by the seemingly respectable and having all the cleverness of an excellent con. The returnees will become live 'witnesses' to a great injustice, never realizing they've been had.

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A TAXONOMY OF FRAUD: THE REUTERS' PHOTO SCANDAL

by zombie, July-August 2006

This is a compilation of doctored and fraudulent pictures taken recently in Lebanon by different cameramen and utilized as anti-Israel propaganda. They have been classified and analyzed by zombie of the zombietime website. This article is both fascinating and instructive.

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THE BLOGGERS TAKE ON THE QANA "MASSACRE"

by Bernice Lipkin, July-August 2006

On July 30th, Israel returned fire against Hezbollah rockets launched from Qana in Lebanon. Civilians were killed, including children. Hezbollah declared it a massacre; the pitiful pictures of dead children were shown around the world; and Israel was once again castigated. But within hours, people began suspecting what happened at Qana was a hoax, not a "massacre." Some bloggers examined the photos of the massacre carefully; others noticed other bloopers and inconsistencies. And the careful plot to discredit Israel began to unravel.

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THE BLACKOUT — A HAMAS-ALJAZEERA CO-PRODUCTION / STAGED GAZA BLACKOUT PICTURES

by Martin Solomon, January-February, 2008

These pictures of the Gaza blackout are instructive. There is no way that the pathos-filled pictures could have made their way to print without the collusion of Arab photographers, who took them at angles that hid the light and the truth. The news editors are equally culpable. They presumably knew that the Gazans were not in an electricity blackout. They knew that creating hoaxes is an often-used tool in Arab propaganda. Why did they print the Israel-demonizing pictures without verification?

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Answering Those That Denigrate Zionism

Zionism=Judaism
Anti-Zionism=Anti-Judaism


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THE JEWS: A PEOPLE, A NATION, A STATE

by Salomon Benzimra, March 7, 2006

Considering how often Zionism is used as a derogatory epithet by bigots, it is sad how little these people actually know about "Zionism, its origins and its natural achievement in the birth of the State of Israel." In this excellent essay, Salomon Benzimra explains the multi-faceted nature of Zionism and its centrality for Jewish peoplehood.

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MISOJUDAISM AND ANTI-ZIONISM

by Michael Anbar, March-April, 2005

Zionism is often thought to be a recent movement and, according to some, no longer of significance. In this insightful essay, Michael Anbar argues that "Zionism is a non-separable, fundamental aspect of Judaism — an aspect without which Judaism loses its meaning as a national culture. Eliminating Zionism and the hope for the Messiah leaves Judaism without its soul, leaving a dead skeleton of bare rituals." Perhaps that is why Jew-haters try so hard to rid Judaism of its Zionist convictions.

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INTRODUCTION TO NATIONS UNITED: HOW THE UNITED NATIONS IS UNDERMINING ISRAEL

by Alex Grobmam, Jul-Aug, 2009.

Dr. Alex Grobman is a historian who writes on contemporary issues affecting the Jewish community. In his book, Nations United: How The UN Undermines Israel and the West (2006) he focuses on the gross hostility the U.N. has shown toward Israel. This essay is the Introduction to the book. It lays out the context — the centuries-long Jewish attachment to Israel and the Jewish return to reclaim and restore its land, the mission we call Zionism. And it characterizes Anti-Zionism, which, promulgated by obsessive Arab bloc voting in the U.N., became international in scope. As in the rest of the book, the writing is direct and the ideas comprehensive.

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ZIONISTS AND THE LAND

by Hilda Terry, April, 2004

This article could be entitled Zionism in Action. In a few lines, Hilda Terry sketches out a picture of what life was like in way back then, when Jews started coming in large numbers to Palestine in the late 19th century to redeem their homeland. Drawing on family stories and letters, she writes about the early Zionists and their battle to bring the Land of Israel back to life from the place of swamps, sand and rocks it had become. They purchased "unlivable land nobody else wanted" and that only at outrageous prices. Their enterprise boosted a near-dead economy and attracted Arabs from the neighboring country. When Israel gained Samaria and Judea and Gaza in 1968, Israel improved the quality of life of the local Arabs, until the Arab leaders stopped her. As Terry writes, "Gaza was a place where even the earlier Egyptian soldiers had been shocked by the shabby barefooted natives wading in freely flowing open sewage. Stuck with the unexpected custody of this sorry Arab town, Israel immediately began building new homes with electricity and plumbing for their new charges." Israel reduced infant mortality in the Territories and taught the Arabs more efficient and more productive ways to farm. But the Arab leadership, then as now, was interested in destroying Israel, not improving the lives of the ordinary Arabs.

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ANTI-ZIONISTS: A MAJORITY FOR EVIL

by Michael Devolin, April 21, 2013

Michael Devolin explains the animus against Zionism as well as ever I've seen it done. As he writes,

"Western journalists have portrayed religious observance, especially Jewish observance, as something shameful and an embarrassment for their envisioned type of intellectual. ... Zionism has become their Exempli gratia in the war they have made against all things Jewish. Therefore Zionism is never mentioned as a practical and ancient commandment of the Torah, a commandment as conspicuous and practical as the prohibitions against stealing and murder; instead it is transmogrified as a Jewish evil simply because the political and expansionist objectives of Islam and Christianity have always been given more precedent in the press than the right of the Jew to live safely and securely in the land of Israel."

Zionism is nothing more or less than our ancient connection to our land. We are obligated to redeem it, should it — as it did during centuries of foreign and Ottoman rule — fall on hard times. It's a matter of family affiliation and affection. It isn't a symbol. It is symbiosis. To thrive, Jews need their Land. The Land of Israel needs them.

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THE ANTI-HISTORY THAT SUSTAINS ANTI-ZIONISM.

by Paul Merkley, July 29, 2015

In recent years, the mainline Protestant churches — joined by the niche Quakers and Mennonites — have wholeheartedly subscribed to the political BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign intended to destroy Israel. Simultaneously, ignoring history, Bible and cultural differences, their theology now asserts that it is not the Jews but the Palestinian Arabs, a 'people' that, in 1964, sprung full-grown and in an instant from Yasir Arafat's brow, that are the ancient Israelites. Paul Merkley writes of this bizarre inversion of factual history. There is one other notable correlation with the churches adopting this Arabian counter-history. As Merkley pointed out previously (here), the United Churches of Christ "has lost approximately 300,000 members (about 20% of its membership) since 2005, the year when its convention passed its first divestment resolution." Indeed, the rate at which the Methodist, Episcopal and Lutheran churches have also lost members makes the designation "Mainline Protestantism" questionable.

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ISRAEL ADVOCACY OR ZIONIST EDUCATION?

by Jeremy Gimpel, July-August, 2013

Elliott, a reader of the original article, said, "Great article! This really gets to the heart of the PR issue. We have a great product, we just need to sell it as well as we do Intel chips and Israeli tech know-how..." If we were to continue to describe what Jeremy Gimpel says in marketing terms, it would be that what is needed is not just being pro-Israel but being a passionate Zionist and making that clear to everyone. Israeli politicians talk about security when they should telling the world about their enthusiastic commitment to redeem their ancient homeland. Some promoters have even gone totally ahistoric and promote bikinis, beaches and surfing, as if those were Israel's reason for being. It is the passion that Israelis have for their Land that people need to hear. Then they will understand why Israelis are, despite the religion-based hatred of their neighbors and the mindless propaganda to demonize Israel, a people happy to be living in the Jewish state.

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Answering The Canard That The Jews Stole And Are Occupying Arab Land

If there's anything most people are sure about regarding the Arab-Israeli hostilities, it is that the Arabs own the Land. Therefore it follows that, somehow or other, the Jews illegally got hold of it. How exactly this came about is seldom explored. That the neighboring Arab countries invaded Israel time and again is not emphasized. That when the Jews fought back successfully, they took back land that already was legally theirs is ignored. On the contrary, once the belief that the Jews were in the wrong was solidly embedded in 'global consciousness', other derogatory ideas became plausible: the Jews must have taken the land by illegal aggression; the Arabs are refugees and it must be because of the Jews; the Jews must be treating the conquered people badly because that's what conquerors do, etc., etc. As Max Singer put it in his article "Thieves Get No Sympathy," here:

In emotional terms, thieves don't have rights, even to security. How could we expect support for a "thief's" assertion that the victim shouldn't use illegal means to recover his land, that he, the "thief," needs stolen property to protect his security, or that consideration should be given to the citizens the usurper has settled on the stolen land?

Our demand for "defensible borders," for example, is heard as "Israel needs to keep Palestinian land in order to defend itself." This doesn't grab Europeans who don't even worry much about being able to defend themselves, much less Israel.

The Palestinians, by contrast, are heard as saying, "we are a proud and ancient people; our land was stolen by colonialist foreigners, and we will fight until we get it back." The reply that they are fighting too dirty, or that Israel needs the land to protect its security, doesn't carry much emotional weight.

Given the core indictment, it didn't take much to charge the Jews with additional crimes. They didn't just steal the land and milk its resources, as the Europeans did in the West and in the Far East. They stayed and made their home there, or as the Arabs would have it, they turned the Arabs into refugees and are occupying the land they stole.

In 2003, during George W. Bush's administration, the peace process was refurbished by the Quartet (the US, some members of the UN, the European Union and Russia) and renamed the Roadmap. For the first time, the US Gov't itself called the Territories (Samaria and Judea — aka the West Bank — and Gaza) "occupied." This implied that the Arabs in the Territories were long-time inhabitants, a conclusion that ran counter to the facts. Serious Arab immigration has started after the Jews began coming back in large numbers to redeem their homeland. Some 95% of the Arab inhabitants had come as immigrants after 1905 — they had never had roots in the land. In fact, despite pro-Palestinian claims that Israel was treating the "Palestinians" terribly, Arabs have been pushing their way into Israel and the Territories to live. Well over 400,000 Arabs had entered the Territories since the Oslo Accord of 1993 as tourists, workers and spouses and never left. Few questioned why people would want to live in a country that treated them badly. Few asked how the Jews could be occupying Palestinian land, when not even the Arabs had ever owned the land, except for some years after the Muslim invasion of 672 CE.

Singer's solution for fighting the keystone Arab's argument is a good one:

[...] Entrenched anti-Israel sentiment will not be moved until we state that we are a proud and ancient people; that the disputed land is our homeland, and was ours historically; that the land was assigned to us by the League of Nations, and we will fight to protect our country.


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THE MYTH OF "OCCUPIED" TERRITORIES

by Boris Shusteff, May-June, 2009

Boycotters and all those who sympathize with the po' Palestinians because Israel is "occupying" Palestine should read this essay by Boris Shusteff. In simple terms, he makes clear that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews. The San Remo Conference of 1920, confirmed by the League of Nations in 1922, "gave" the Jews the part of the Ottoman empire that encompassed the ancient Jewish homeland, just as it "gave" the Arabs all the rest of the part of once Ottoman Empire that we call the Middle East. The land allocated to an eventual Jewish state was much less than 1% of the Middle Eastern land area; it included what is now Israel, Samaria, Judea, Gaza, the Golan and Jordan as a solid block. The specifics of the allocations were written as three separate mandates (Syria, Iraq, Palestine) to be carried out by the Mandatory powers: Britain and France. Between the San Remo Conference in 1920 and the authorization by the League of the Palestine Mandate contract in 1922, Britain split off 78% of what was to be Jewish land — the land east of the Jordan river that is now Jordan — to be administered by the Arab Hashmites. After the United Nations was formed in 1945, the League of Nations was dissolved in 1946, transferring all its assets to the UN. The treaties deposited with the League of Nations and the trusts and the legal status of countries created by League of Nations' Mandates were transferred to the United Nations. There has never been a binding resolution passed by the Security Council changing the ownership of Mandated Palestine, nor, by the legal doctrine of estoppage, can there be. The San Remo Conference action that made the Jewish people the owners of Mandated Palestine remains the applicable international law.

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THE MYTH OF STOLEN ARAB LAND

by Israel Kasnett, July 20, 2008

With this essay by Israel Kasnett, we add to our store of articles on Israel's irrevocable right to Mandated Palestine with information on the view of the Peel Commission of 1937 on the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate. The Commission confirmed the large increase in Arab population in Palestine since 1920. It states: "Jewish immigration and subsequent economic growth in Palestine led to increased Arab immigration from other countries by those seeking economic opportunity."

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WHAT OCCUPATION?

by Efraim Karsh, July-August, 2002

 This essay by Efraim Karsh is exquisitely detailed yet very understandable. It dissects the misleading and fallacious threads that are woven together into the charge that Israel is occupying Palestinian Arab land. As the title says, "What occupation?" In addition to demolishing the non-factual Arab "narrative", Karsh defines precisely what is really keeping the pot boiling: "It is not the 1967 occupation [of the Territories] that led to the Palestinians' rejection of peaceful coexistence and their pursuit of violence. Palestinian terrorism started well before 1967, and continued — and intensified — after the occupation ended in all but name. Rather, what is at fault is the perduring Arab view that the creation of the Jewish state [in 1948] was itself an original act of 'inhuman occupation' with which compromise of any final kind is beyond the realm of the possible." As Karsh makes clear, the Palestinian Arabs regard the lawful establishment of the State of Israel itself as the original sin, even though Israel was at the time located in a very small part of its lawful entitlement.

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WHO'S ZOOMIN' WHOM?

by Michael Zebulon, January-February 2008

As part of this essay, Michael Zebulon provides facts about Britain's unlawful severing of the land east of the Jordan River. Indeed, Zebulon has the gift of making it fun to learn some necessary information we should all know about "Palestine" and the "Palestinian people". The Arabs have another kind of gift — they have been able to invent a people — the Palestinians — and a country called Palestine, where this people is said to have dwelt from ancient times. Never mind that there is no P sound in Arabic, so ironically, having a suspected terrorist say Palestine is an effective shibboleth. But we have the facts of geography and history available and they are an excellent way to counter the Arab fantasy. We simply need to speak up.

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OUT WITH THE OCCUPIERS!

by Steven Plaut, October 28, 2009

The belief that the Arabs own the Land that is Israel and the Jews do not is a political version of Goldilocks and the three bears. The Jews owned it too long ago and too short a time ago. But the Arabs who conquered the area at the rise of Islam — well, that's just the right time ago. Another popular pro-Arab argument is that it has "been nearly 1,900 years since Jews exercised sovereignty there — and it is absurd to argue that any group still has rights to land they last governed such a long time ago." Steven Plaut turns that argument on its fez with a few home truths. For one, If recency wins, then the birth of modern Israel trumps because the last time the Arabs held the land was much earlier. And even then, it was Arabs, not Palestinian Arabs, in charge. It's a pleasure to watch a logical mind spell out the implications of the fanciful nonsense the Arabs dish out. There is an appendix from MidEast Web for Coexistence that provides a "Brief History of Israel And Palestine."

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EXPOSING HOW POST-ZIONISTS MANIPULATE HISTORY

by Avi Beker, July 2010

Ever read a book or a gang-up of books, proving something you know in your bones is wrong? The arguments dazzle and seem too weighty to push aside. It is only later that you have that 'hey-wait-a-minute' moment, when you notice a gap, an inconsistency, a puzzling omission. This is roughly what has happened to the history of newly-reborn Israel and its 1948 war of survival, when it was attacked by its Arab neighbors, intent on destroying the non-Arab state. The story was told accurately at first. Then the New Historians revised the interpretation of these events and announced that the original version was a myth. The issue was not, they declared, Israel's remarkable accomplishment: redeeming Jewish land and constructing a free and democratic Jewish state in a relatively short amount of time. The issue was that through no fault of their own, the local Arabs suffered severely in 1948 and it was all because of what Israel did intentionally.

Using the New Historian Benny Morris as both focus and foil, Avi Becker recounts distortions, misinterpretations and down-right lies told by the New Historians. What made these whoppers so pernicious is that Israel was cast as a figure of evil, which needed to atone for its sins. It was put on the defensive in political negotiations. These accusations were eventually used to try to delegitimize Israel. Benny Morris was a key figure in framing the features of the New History; he fashioned a strong base on which others constructed ever more-outlandish interpretations. It is ironic that it would be Morris who later put a stop to this nonsense by supplying essential information the New Historians had omitted: First, the Arabs saw the 1948 War as just another battle in their unswerving religious Jihad over the centuries to become top dog over all other religions. Second the Arabs, not the Jews, started the 1948 war and, by this action, rejected a partition resolution that would have given them land. Ironic.

The truth that the Arabs don't own the Land of Israel and the Territories is just beginning to crack the cement of lies cast around the historic events. It doesn't help that many readers, who were, for their own reasons, so eager to accept the New Historians' lies, will be just as motivated to ignore the truth.

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HOW CAN WE HELP WIN THE INFORMATION WAR?

by David Ha'ivri, January 10, 2012

David Ha'ivri writes in particular about distributing information about the Jewish citizens who live in Biblical Israel. But his advise is of general value to improve Israel's ability to communicate. As he says, "The problem is mainly that Israel's advocates are not addressing the particular issues for which Israel is under attack. By avoiding and not responding to the accusatory claims, it appears that Israel doesn't have a good answer." The comments in the original Ynet article serendipitously illustrate how to provide right answers. Someone pushes the incorrect but frequently-used "Israel is violating international law in occupying the West Bank." Knowledgeable readers respond appropriately. New points are raised and answered. A reader, "Gee" from Zikron Yaakov, puts Israel's ownership of Samaria and Judea succinctly this way:

"First under international law for it to be 'occupied' it needs to meet two conditions. The 'occupier' has to not have a legal claim to the land. The second part is the people claim need to have said legal claim.

Gaza, Judea and Samaria meet neither condition. Our claim to the land is enshrined in the UN Charter and the Covenant of the League of Nations - so we do have legal claim to the land.

Then there is the little fact that the Arabs do not have any legal claim to the land. Nobody on this planet has managed to date to produce said legal claim. So the Arabs are squatting on the land illegally. So much for the claim of international law."

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Arguments Derived From The 'Jews Stole Arab Land' Assertion

This section examines other matters, including some that are ignored, once the notion that the Jews are occupying Arab land is firmly established. For example, if someone is convinced that the Jews are occupying Palestine — I've made people laugh in derision by telling them the easily-verified fact that the Jews are occupying their own, not Arab, land — then it is a short step to believing the Jews must be responsible for all those millions of Arab refugees. Few suggest the actual and obvious: most Arabs left because their leaders told them to leave and because they feared the Jews might do unto them as they would have done to the Jews, should they have won the war(s). As another consequence, people are not outraged that the Arab refugees now in their fourth to sixth generation — medicated, fed, housed and educated on our money and growing from a few hundred thousand in 1948 to 7-8 million — are still with us, when almost every other refugee in the whole wide world is (re)settled within a decade. The Arab refugees are a wound that has not been allowed to heal in the normal manner, which is say, by settling the refugees in other parts of Arab Land. They continue to serve as a propaganda ploy that the Jews occupy their land.

There were, actually, two sets of refugees created around the time that Israel became a state. Everyone know about the Arabs. Few know about the more numerous Jewish refugees, who were kicked out of the Arab countries, fleeing mainly to Israel to avoid being killed. They were absorbed by Israel and helped to resettle without any help from the U.N. These Jews left behind an enormous amount of property and personal goods worth billions and billions of dollars. In contrast, the claim of so many Arab refugees that they left behind much land and prosperous farms in Israel when they fled the war zone is not in sync with the actuality that under the Ottomans very few Arabs held private property in Syria Palestine and most of those that did lived elsewhere and were unlikely to have become refugees. (See here.) Until the Jews came and revitalized the Land of the Jews, the Arabs, along with every other ethnic group in Palestine, lived in squalor. Most were landless laborers or tenant farmers on land that produced little. They had nothing much to leave behind. Those Arabs that came after the Jews created economic opportunity came for jobs, not because they had wealth to invest. Yet the circular reasoning persists: if an Arab lives less well than a Jew, it must be that the Jews must have taken away the Arab's property. Clearly, until the thinking public truly understands that the Jews took nothing away from the Arabs — except perhaps the Arab delusion that Islam should reign above all religions — all sorts of collateral crimes can be attributed to the Jews. And the global public will excuse Arabs for committing barbaric acts against the evil Jews.

Foster the belief that the Palestinian Arabs own the land of Mandated Palestine and even many a churchman will feel anything the Palestinians do to regain their land is justified. (see here). After all, they only have guns, rocks and knifes to fight against a well-equipped Israeli army.

The media and politicos have bought into "returning" Arabs some of their land, so there is much discussion about where the proposed Arab state will be located. There is less said about the question: is there to be one Arab state, two or three? After all, 78% of the land that was to be Jewish was cut away illegally by the British and given to the Arabs to administer. They now call it Jordan. Then there is Gaza, abandoned by the Jews in a moment of idiocy. It is ruled by Hamas and is a training ground for terrorism for several bloodthirsty groups. Will that stay independent or be linked to the Palestinian entity? And if so, what if the locals again vote to be ruled by Hamas?

As another matter, ignorant tweeters and journalists are sure the Land was always called 'the West Bank' and that the Jews quite recently invented fancy names for it. Judea and Samaria may sound vaguely familiar, but there is no impetus to identify them as the very accurate names of the region since ancient times.

Until Syria became a war zone, there were always voices raised urging Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria. Jewish security concerns are still ignored, because who wants to help a thief hold onto his stolen land? Maybe when people are open to listening to the truth, that attitude will change.


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A REPLY TO AMBASSADOR SEVJE

by Wallace Edward Brand, August 10, 2011

The Norwegians seem to have no concept of the world-class proxy war taking place in the Middle East: the Palestinian Arabs, both those controlled by the Fatah Terror Group and those in Gaza under the thumb of the less polished Hamas, are the foot soldiers of resurgent Islam. The terrorist activities they practice in Israel are eventually emulated and exported. On the other side, Israel, not by its own choice, has been thrown into the front lines and given the role of defending Western values of fair play and 'live and let live.' Ironically, some of those who should be most grateful haven't a clue. One such is Norway's Ambassador to Israel, Svein Sevje, who condemns Norwegian terrorism against Norwegians but condones Arab terrorism against Jews. This is based, he claims, on Israel's occupation of Arab land. He, as do others, also discounts the improved economy, education and medial care that Israel brought to a blighted area. Wallace Brand responds in this essay with the actual facts about the so-called Israeli occupation.

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OCCUPATION AND GENOCIDE

by Pat Gilsan, March-April, 2004

I've read a lot of accusations that Israel treats its Arab population despicably, even brutally. But when it comes to specifics, the only problems adduced are the fence to keep out terrorists and being stopped at checkpoints. Pat Gilsan brings up an interesting point. Why, she asks, if Israel is so awful, why are Arabs coming from all over the Arab world to Israel, and staying, legally and illegally. As she says, "Nobody leaves a good place to come to a bad place." She also answers the Arab claim that Israel is occupying land belonging to the 'Palestinian people' and counters with facts that show that the only genocide has been by the Arabs and perpetrated against the Jews. The solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict? "The answer is not to give up land. The answer is to transfer the Arabs."

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QUESTIONS REASONABLE PEOPLE ASK ABOUT ISRAEL AND YESHA

by Yechiel Leiter, May 10, 2007

Yechial Leiter does an excellent job explaining why Israel and Yesha (Samaria, Judea and Gaza) belong to the Jewish people by history, by religion, by unbroken affiliation, by international law and by conquest. By the same token, he explains why this land does not belong to the Palestinian people. Part of the explanation is that there is no Palestinian people, there never was a Palestinian nation and there never was a state of Palestine. Among the errors he corrects is the notion that the correct name for the land on the western bank of the Jordan is the West Bank, suggesting that the Jews who call it Samaria and Judea recently invented these names. The opposite is true — the area was called Samaria and Judea from biblical times until Jordan named it the West Bank when it invaded Israel in 1948.

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TWO STATES IS A FRAUD

by Drora bat Melech, March 10, 2015

Drora bat-Melech is an Israeli whose parents and grandparents were authentic refugees. Together with some 150 to 250 thousand other Jews, they were forced to flee from Iraq in the 1940s-early 1950s, even though the Jews had lived in Iraq for some 2500 years, more than a thousand years before the Arab invaders conquered the area. Not only were they kicked out, leaving most of their possessions and real estate behind, they had to pay the Arab government for the privilege of being allowed to leave alive. The scene was replayed in the other Arab states. The Jews received no help or compensation from the U.N., but the new state of Israel absorbed them and made them citizens. Bat-Melech was a refugee from Iraq but she was an 'aboriginal' in Israel because in 1922 their ancient land was restored to the Jews in recognition of their historic attachment to it; it was held in trust until they could develop the infrastructure and population to be a state. In 1948, when the neighboring Arab states invaded the new state of Israel, Arabs who fled — many of them left on orders of their leaders, and expected to return as soon as Israel was demolished — were placed into camps in Arab states, in Gaza and in Samaria and Judea, when these was under Jordanian control, where they were treated as aliens and denied citizenship. Unlike any other group of refugees ever, they were given refugee status in perpetuum, they and their descendants, even those "refugees" who had come brand new to Mandated Palestine just a couple of years before they fled as refugees.

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PALESTINIAN MYTHS: THE RIGHT OF RETURN OF THEIR REFUGEES

by David Bukay, January 29, 2014

David Bukay writes of a myth the Arabs have fostered: that the Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 and who were relabeled as Palestinians are entitled to return to their homes, they and their children and their grandchildren and their great grandchildren. Retroactively and much later than the events of 1948, their supposed loss of what is now the State of Israel came to be labeled nakbah, a disaster. They had no problem ignoring that the local Arabs never were in control of the land. They simply covered the facts with a fantasy that their identity, hitherto proudly Syrian, was always Palestinian. Their fantasy and their status as refugees would ordinarily have disappeared in a few years, except for the fact that they were put on lifetime support by the UN and given an agency, UNRWA, that tends exclusively to their needs, sustaining them physically, educating them, medicating them and keeping their fantasy fresh.

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"A LAND WITHOUT A PEOPLE FOR A PEOPLE WITHOUT A LAND"

by Diana Muir, March-April, 2008

"A Land Without A People For A People Without A Land" has it exactly right. Note that it says A People, not People. An alternative version makes the meaning even clearer: "a country without a nation" in need of "a nation without a country."

Using the high estimate, in 1890, there were some 500,000 people (some 50 ethnic groups, including Jews, Christians, Arabs and other Muslims) in the desolated Ottoman territory that would become the portion of mandated Palestine west of the Jordan river and that included today's Gaza, Israel, the Golan, Samaria and Judea. A staple in the Arab list of grievances is that the early Zionist immigrants were shocked to find that the land wasn't empty — implying there was a thriving Palestinian population that Israel subjugated. Diana Muir concludes that certainly it was known there were some people on the land. A land without a people means the territory "was without a national character". The notion of a Palestinian national identity "only developed in reaction to Zionist immigration." She tracks the origin of the phrase and its use as anti-Zionist propaganda.

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WHEN BUSH COMES TO SHOVE

by Bernice Lipkin, April 14, 2003

If Samaria and Judea and Gaza are Palestinian Land, not Jewish land, then the political arbiters of morality are right to help the Palestinians regain their land. The latest international threat to Israel's sovereignty and security comes from the road map issued by the Quartet. It is Oslo all over again, but more virulent — instead of negotiations, it would impose dangerous restrictions on Israel. The UN, the EU and Russia didn't fight Iraq. Apparently, Israel is more their size.

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QUESTION 4: ISRAELIS WANT A PERMANENT SEPARATION FROM THE ARABS. ARABS WANT TO DESTROY ISRAEL

Every peace process calls for Israel to give up land, making it easier for Arabs to attack her, while she keeps an expanding and hostile Arab population. Does that address Israel's concerns?

How do we deal with the initial supposed reason for Arab hostility: the plight of the Arab refugees of 1948 and 1967? Their rapidly expanding numbers alone are enough to destabilize any plan.

Are there better alternatives to solve the Arab-Israel hostilities than unrealistic "peace processes"?

What's delaying an effective solution?


Will Current Peace Processes Bring Peace?

Peace process arguments have little to do with core concerns on either side. Arabs bring up the ongoing plight of the unsettled refugees, soft-pedaling that the 1948 and 1967 Arab refugees won't be allowed to become citizens in the projected Palestinian state. They argue that they want the return of their land, when what they want is an expanded base, a place like Gaza, from which to launch more effective attacks against Israel. The Jews argue their need for security — thus implicitly admitting they know that giving up land won't bring peace. They talk security and not the passionate love of the land most Israelis feel. Their leaders say they are willing to share the land. This feeds the world's certainty that the land belongs to the Arabs.

Current peace processes offer Israel one of two options: a bi-national state or two neighboring states, one Jewish, one Arab. Either one means the local Arabs can proceed with less hindrance to try to destroy Israel. Either one means less land available for growth of Jewish communities, while the Arab population expands rapidly. Either one means eventually the Arabs are in control and the Jews are dhimmis, dead or converted to Islam. This is suicidal.

Actually, there is no real difference between the choices. A bi-national state of Arabs and Jews would soon be under Arab control, because Israel already allows Arab family reunification and ignores the presence of Arabs who enter illegally or who overstay their visa. As the Arabs gain political control through larger population numbers, intimidation, bribery and the help of their Western friends, they will, as they have done in every other host country, demand social services, regulations and laws customized to favor Islam. This will be the case whether or not a bi-national state would accept a sizable number of UNRWA's "refugees". The conundrum is this: according to the Arabs, Israel is supposed to take in any and all of the over seven million refugees that wish to return. On the other hand, Fatah and most Arab countries insist that these refugees can not be citizens of a Palestinian state. And such a state would still have a hostile Hamas-controlled Gaza as a neighbor. In the two-neighboring states option, the Arab state would be ethnically cleansed of Jews, as Gaza is now. And if Fatah or any like-minded group is in power, it will not accept any Arab refugee. On the other hand, the reduced-in-size Jewish State would have an expanding Arab population and a continuation of Israel's policy of allowing a continuous influx of Arabs, including many of the supposed descendants of the 1948 and 1968 refugees. How long would it remain Jewish?

A peace treaty that would be worth while for Israel's to sign would:

  • Stop the expansion of the 1948 "refugee" population. Disperse the current refugees to an area or areas of Arab Land.
  • Increase the separation between Jewish land and Arab land sufficiently so that terrorists have minimal access to Israel.
  • Keep Israel in the Land of Israel and the Land of Israel in Israel.
  • Show as much consideration and respect for Israel and its concerns as it does for the Arabs and their demands.

These conditions would need to be in place prior to "peace" and easily enforceable because treaties with the Palestinian Arabs are worthless.


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THE BLACKMAILER'S PARADOX: ARAB-ISRAEL NEGOTIATIONS ARE A GAME

by Prof Yisrael Aumann, July-August, 2010

Professor Yisrael Aumann applies game theory to how to negotiate with Arabs. In the Blackmailer's Paradox, it is the side that doesn't flinch, that makes unreasonable demands and doesn't compromise, that walks home with the goodies. To date the Arabs have played the game better, convincing Israel to be the one that must compromise. Aumann suggests some necessary changes in Israel's negotiating stance. Of course in real life, the problem is more complex. Negotiation implies a willingness to compromise. Unfortunately, the Arabs aren't just unreasonable — the goal of Islam's leaders is to destroy Israel, no matter what the costs. But Aumann is certainly right that the Israelis need some street smarts.

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THE ARAB WAR ON ISRAEL: THE MORASS OF MIDDLE EAST DIPLOMACY

by Rachel Neuwirth, May 11, 2006

This is an important paper that explicates the many levels on which the peace process is ill-conceived. It makes understandable why, despite years of trying and the efforts of diplomats, political leaders, analysts and media people to solve the "Israeli-Palestinian" conflict, the result has been a failure. One reason is that their focus was "on the mechanics of implementation," while fundamental information was ignored. They never investigated the basis of the claims of the newly-minted Palestinian people. Nor did they seem to know about Israeli's irrevocable legal claim to Mandated Palestine. Rachel Neuwirth suggests that the "fallacy of the ongoing political dogma [the creation of a Palestinian state] should be recognized" and an approach based on historical/legal truths should be substituted.

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FALSE PREMISES

by Patricia Berlyn, July-August, 2007

Over the years, we have seen each peace negotiation for ending the Arab war against Israel put the burden of making headway on concessions by Israel. This appears a reasonable, even fair, activity only because it is anchored in the commonly-held deep-seated conviction that a Jewish State is at fault by just being in the Middle East, which is otherwise Muslim (if one ignores all the other minority religious and ethnic groups in the Arab states). However, for true understanding, it isn't enough to know the facts. You need to know what pseudo-reality the facts demolish. Patricia Berlyn provides us with both: the non-facts that too many believe and the actual facts. As applied to the prototypic Peace Process, she breaks the major premise into component and derivative assertions, which are also false, and provides us with actual facts why this is so. If you are so used to the fantasy that has been created about the Arab-Israeli conflict that your first reaction is to deny Berlyn's "Reality" remarks, may I suggest you check the facts out before rejecting them. Preferably in an authoritative source.

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FORGOTTEN COVENANTS

by Alex Rose. May-June 2009

For generations, Western Middle East "experts" have urged Israel and the West to start "dialoguing" with Hamas. At stake is whether Hamas will openly acquire the windfall money the USA is giving the Palestinian Arabs. Hamas has acted as the spoiler, openly refusing to recognize Israel as legitimate, while offering a truce with a 10-year expiration date, providing that Israel first settles the millions of Arabs who claim descent from the original ~420,000 Arab refugees. The PLO appears to be more accommodating to Western views, but basically it is just as vicious as Hamas. In this essay, Alex Rose reviews two fundamental Palestinian documents: the charters of Hamas and the PLO. Hamas's Charter, which says that its mission is to eradicate Israel, is phrased as a religious compulsion, and hence can not be revoked. The PLO charter is a political document, which has often been said to have been revoked — but never has. Both make clear that the Palestinian Arabs regard the destruction of Israel as their mission, and they continue to steadfastly affirm this intent both in word and deed. This will not change, no matter how much the West denies reality or trivializes Muslim core values.

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THE PREREQUISITE FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST: ARAB RECOGNITION OF THE LEGITIMACY OF ISRAEL

by Kenneth J. Bialkin, March-April 2010

THE peace process — it seems always to apply only to the Arab Israeli conflict — certainly hasn't lacked high-level presidential involvement, from the Elder Bush to Obama, plus the presence of the U.N., the E.U. and their cohort of diplomats and politicians. Nevertheless, as Kenneth J. Bialkin puts it: "A peace process which rests upon Israel's unilateral concessions is doomed to fail — unless and until the world also demands that the Arab states (including the Palestinians) recognize Israel's legitimacy and sovereignty, explicitly and openly. ... This is the most important prerequisite for peace." As the previous article by Rose suggests, this would require a rejection by both Hamas and the PLO of their foundation eschatology. And a rejection of the Koran's decrees against Jews. Obviously, politicians and diplomats find pressuring Israel to make concessions a far easier task than trying to convince Muslims to betray fundamental convictions.

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PEACE CANNOT REST ON INJUSTICE

by Judah (Yehuda) Tzoref, November-December 2004

We are so used to hearing "human rights" associated with the Arab encroachment of the Land belonging by every legitimate measuring stick to Israel that it comes almost as a shock to read Judah Tzoref's valid argument that Arab aspirations can not be fulfilled by depriving the Jews of their right "to human and national equality."

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TO CARRY OUT THE MANDATE FOR PALESTINE

by Bernice Lipkin, November-December, 2012

  Bernice Lipkin summarizes some of Israel's recent history of trying to make peace when the Palestinian Arabs don't want peace and have made no effort to cooperate. It is time to stop these attempts to obtain the currently unobtainable. She suggests that it's time to stop appeasing terrorists and go back to nation-building as the San Remo Resolution anticipated. Suggestions for additional reading materials are provided.

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THE AGENDA OF ISLAM - A WAR BETWEEN CIVILIZATIONS

by Professor Moshe Sharon, December 24, 2003

Professor Sharon asserts that the war between two civilizations — "between the civilization based on the Bible and between the civilization based on the Koran" — started a long time ago. It will continue as long as Islam is bound by its holy books, as long as it has the imperative to rule the world. In consequence, peace as understood in Judaism or Christianity, is impossible between Islam and other religions, cultures and civilizations. It puts the current diplomatic ways of obtaining peace between the Arabs and the Jews in the same category as attempting to square the circle. It is possible to envision a secession of hostile activities by Muslims, but that won't come about by a peace process in which Islam is enlarged rather than constrained.

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DE PROFUNDIS

by Yashiko Sagamori, May 2004

The previous article by Moshe Sharon spoke of large group dynamics that are based on antithetic religious principles. This article by Yashiko Sagamori investigates these cultural differences as acted out on the personal level. Sagamori makes the simple but profound observation that the more humans believe they resemble each other, the less do they understand their cultural differences. Take us and the Muslims.

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The Destabilizing Impact Of The Perpetual Arab Refugees

BACKGROUND:

Refugees are usually resettled either back to where they came from or in other countries within a few years. The only exceptions are the Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 and their multi-generation descendants. After 60 plus years, they are still refugees. UNRWA, the UN agency that supports these refugees and only these refugees, provides lifetime welfare benefits, rather than focusing on resettlement.

There are two UN agencies dedicated to handling refugees. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was established on a temporary basis to deal with the Arabs who fled the new state of Israel when it was attacked by its Arab neighbors in 1948, as soon as the State of Israel came into being. Additional refugees were added in 1967, when Arabs fled when the Arab countries again invaded Israel. Over the years Arabs labeled "internally displaced persons", Arabs who live in Israel, Samaria or Judea, have also been registered as "refugees". The original group of refugees has increased enormously, starting with an estimated 300-400,000 to 750,000 refugees, and is now over 7 million. UNRWA handles only the Arab refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Samaria and Judea (the West Bank), and Gaza, which totals 5.49 million people. The other UN agency, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), handles every other refugee in the world, including the Palestinian refugees not handled by UNRWA.

Brett D. Schaefer and James Phillips of the Heritage Foundation compared the two agencies this way (March 5, 2015):

"As of July 1, 2014, UNRWA reported a staff of 30,252 to support 5.49 million persons (5.09 million 'registered refugees' and 398,229 'other registered persons') in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip. UNRWA reported expenditures of $1.1 billion in 2013, including $678.9 million in regular budget expenditures ($206 in total budget expenditures per individual and $125 in regular budget expenditures per individual).

"UNHCR reported a staff of 7,735 in 2013, a 2013 budget of $5.34 billion, and budget expenditure of $2.97 billion to support more than 42.9 million refugees, internally displaced persons, and 'others of concern' to UNHCR in more than 100 countries ($124 of total budget per individual or $69 in budget expenditure per individual)."

THIS SECTION EXAMINES TWO FACETS of the problem of the Palestine refugees: (1) the enormous increase rather than diminution of the number of refugees over the years, and (2) the relationship of the refugees and the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs (also see previous section on the peace process):

(1) Put simply, stopping the exponential growth of Arab refugees, a festering problem, means reexamining the role of UNRWA. UNRWA hasn't reduced the number of refugees. Quite the opposite. UNRWA has grown the Arab refugee problem into a large, almost intractable, problem. In conjunction with Muslim clerics and political leaders, they have instilled in their charges the certainty that the Land belongs to them. They have carefully cultivated an attitude of revenge. They have nurtured a cult of death, helping to train their clients in techniques of terrorism from the time they are toddlers. Instead of dissolving their client's refugee status and making them independent, they have made the refugees dependent and incapable of running their own lives. UNRWA needs to be separated from the Arabs it has psychologically crippled.

Israel solved the problem of the Jewish refugees from Arab lands — it made them citizens and helped them reconstruct their lives as Israelis while keeping what they wanted of their old customs and traditions. Though Israel was a new country and a poor country, it did this with no help from the U.N. The wealth and real property the Jews left behind when they were forced to flee is still in the hands of the Arab states.

The Arab countries have resources to solve the other refugee problem. The refugees live in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, but there are 22 Arab states, which could take in groups of these Arabs, depending on their resources. Or they could finance the construction of a Palestinian Arab state somewhere within the 99.99% of the Middle East the Arab own. It could be much larger than Israel and the Territories and still be a tiny portion of the land the Arabs have. At this point, someone is sure to say: but don't you understand, the Arab refugees want to return to their homeland, just as the Jews did over 2000 years of the Diaspora. The answer is that it is a publicist's dream but a complete lie to say that Israel belongs to the Palestinian people. There is no Palestinian People. There never was a Country or State that was called Palestine. They have no claim to land that most of them came to after the Jewish Aliyah made the area economically attractive. The land was owned by the Ottomans for hundreds of years before the Europeans conquered it in WW1, not by Arabs.

It is ludicrous that so many local Arabs have kept their benefits-rich refugee status while living under Arab governance in Gaza, Samaria and Judea. It is pathetic that their pretending that their environment and culture is alien to what they had before their (great) grandparents left Israel — a few miles down the road — is accepted by their logic-deficient and history-ignorant sympathizers.

(2) As the American Friends Service Committee, a pro-Arab group, writes: "The Palestinian refugee issue is at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict."

  • Establishing a Palestinian State in the Territories would give the Palestinian Arabs a state of their own, thus negating the argument that the Jews were occupying the Palestinian Homeland. It's been assumed that a Palestinian State would provide a permanent home for the Arab refugees now scattered in several Arab states.
  • But the establishment of a Palestinian State will not bring peace.
    • The leaders of the Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority continue to insist that all the Palestine refugees have the right to be repatriated to Israel. They have openly said they intend to continue hostilities until the refugees return to their homes in what is now Israel.
    • Pro-Arab sympathizers such as the Holy Land Principles Org write (see here): "If their [Arab refugees's] right to return to Israel is respected, they will thus be able to choose the option most appropriate to them, i.e. return to Israel, take the nationality of a new Palestinian state or resettle in a third country." In point of fact, the Palestinian Authority has already firmly stated that the refugees will not be allowed to become citizens of this Palestinian State anymore than they have been allowed to become citizens of all other Arab states except Jordan, where, despite their citizenship, they are still counted as refugees. Nor can they elect to resettle permanently in a third country. They can't even elect to settle in the particular Arab country from which they or their (grand)parents migrated to Mandated Palestine, often just a few years before they fled. They are now UNRWA-registered refugees and as such, they are an important asset for the Arabs to use to fight Israel. The Arab countries don't want to settle the refugees permanently because they want millions of refugees invading Israel.
    • Israel would be foolhardy to let in even some of the refugees because they have been indoctrinated to work towards making Israel part of the Palestinian State; i.e., destroying the Jewish character of Israel.
    • Considering the importance of continued Jihad and global conquest in the Muslim culture, there may be no political or educational way to peaceful relations.

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THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEES ON THE DAY AFTER "INDEPENDENCE"

by Jonathan D. Halevi, December 2010

Hard statistics are hard to come by. But In 1948, what would become the new State of Israel (and not including the Golan, Gaza, Judea and Samaria) had somewhat less or much less (depending on the estimate) than 690,000 to 736,000 permanent Arab residents. (See MidEastWeb.) After the Arab invasion of the new-born State of Israel in May 1948, subtracting the couple of hundred thousand Arabs that remained, and accepting the artificial inflation due to double ration cards, not reporting the dead, registration of Arabs in the Territories and poor Arabs in the Arab host countries that had never been to Israel — there were at the very most — 595,000 refugees, well below the number of Jews who were forced to flee the Arab countriess. In August 1948, the U.N. estimated the number of Arab refugees needing help at 330,000. The U.N. now supports around 5 million people [as of 2010], the putative original refugees and their multi-generation descendants. As of 2016, the number of refugees registered with UNRWA plus those living elsewhere is well over 7 million.

Jonathan Halevi does an excellent job of making us understand Arab thinking on the right of return of the Palestine Arabs to Israel. In essence, even if a sovereign Palestinian Arab state were to be established, this would have no impact on changing the status of the Palestine refugees. The Arabs have locked themselves into a refusal to accept anything but an unfettered return of the more than seven million Arab "refugees" to Israel before they consider ending their armed struggle with Israel. This is reinforced by their interpretation of Resolution 194 and additional resolutions of the General Assembly of the U.N., although none of these resolutions are binding. In this context, note that PA Chairman Abbas has stated that the Arab refugees will not be allowed to become citizens of any future state of Palestine.

Ignoring for the moment that Israel is a sovereign country, perfectly capable of deciding for itself who it will allow in, the rejectionism of the Arab leaders appears to leave only one path for the registered refugees: if the refugees can't be citizens of a Palestinian state and the Arab leaders in the different Arab states continue to reject any "resettlement of the refugees in any Arab state, the Arab Peace Initiative essentially leaves each refugee with no choice but to go to Israel itself." The Arab states now hosting the 'refugees' are a way station in which to collect the refugees and strengthen them to work to take over Israel when they to go back to their old homes in Israel — Halevi cites a 2010 poll of Palestinians where the majority agree that "Palestinians must work to get back all the land [i.e. Israel] for a Palestinian State. Those that think that inundating Israel with even thousands, let alone millions, of Arabs is the humanitarian thing to do and downplay that it will destroy Israel should give consideration to creating a destabilizing precedent. Give this a thought: after World War Two there were millions and millions of refugees (see here and here); many of them were resettled in new places. What if these refugees and their children and their grandchildren and their great grandchildren began to demand the right of return?

We have added an appendix using part of an article written by Eli E. Hertz in 2012 and entitled "UN Resolution 194 and the 'Right of Return.'" Additional legal assessments of Resolution 194 and the right of return are: Ruth Lapidoth, "Do Palestinian Refugees Have a Legal 'Right of Return' to Israel?'", available here, Ruth Lapidoth, "Security Council Resolution 242: An Analysis of its Main Provisions," here and Constantine Kaniklidis, "The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: The Evidence", available here.

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PALESTINIAN PROLETARIAT

by Michael S. Bernstam, December 2010

Michael Bernstam describes Gaza, with its eight UNRWA refugee camps as "a totalitarian paramilitary camp at war with its neighbors and other Palestinians." Typically, refugees are helped over an immediate crises and encouraged to resettle somewhere or other in a timely fashion. In contrast, UNRWA, the agency established in 1949 exclusively for the Arab refugees, has continued to provide generous handouts, medical care, education and social services to the children and grandchildren and great grandchildren of the original refugees. UNRWA, with its complete welfare program for an ever-expanding clientele living in 59 refugee camps scattered over several Arab countries and in the Territories, has thwarted economic development, destroyed opportunities for peace in the Middle East, and created, along the way — both metaphorically and literally — a breeding ground for international terrorism." Keeping these professional refugees on the dole has prevented them from developing a nation-state. It follows that the best way to improve their lot would be to abolish UNRWA.

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GAZA BEDFELLOWS: UNRWA AND HAMAS

by Claudia Rosett, January 8, 2009

Claudia Rosett puts the essential facts about the Gaza populace bluntly, "In the current violence of Gaza, we are seeing the fruition of one of the most bizarre creations of modern diplomacy: a UN-supported welfare enclave for terrorists." and "Hamas has been running Gaza as a territory reduced to basically two industries: aid and terrorism." Strip out the fantasy that Hamas is mostly a beneficent social services agency. Strip the cunning propaganda that there's something so unique about the "Palestinian" Arabs that, unlike any other group of refugees in the world, they are never to be resettled anywhere but in the land they claim as their own and until then they are entitled to the services of an entire U.N. agency just for them. Strip out diplomat language that tries to hide that the United Nations has been corrupted. And you are left with the essentials Rosett states so well. Instead of being a force to encourage civility and human rights, the U.N. has become another forum for promulgating Arab propaganda and bankrolling terror.

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FRAUD! UNRWA EXPOSED

by Moshe Dann, December 7, 2004

Unlike all other groups who have become refugees temporarily, the refugee status of the Palestinian Arab is artificially maintained by the United Nations Relief and Welfare Agency (UNRWA). The problem is not just political. As Moshe Dann writes, "... UNRWA receives funding from terrorist organizations (including al Qaida connected) and [UNRWA's] 'refugee camps' are major centers of terrorism." And terrorism is not the way to promote peaceful co-existence.

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ENDING UNRWA AND ADVANCING PEACE

by Elliott Abrahams, December 19, 2011

UNHCR, an agency of the United Nations, has helped millions of refugees since WW2 to find new homes in a timely fashion. Refugeehood isn't transferable to the next generation. UNHCR handles all refugees except the Arabs refugees, who have an agency, UNRWA, dedicated to them and their children and (great)grandchildren, with no termination point in sight. Unlike all other refugee groups, they have been preserved as refugees until they can return to their homes in Israel. UNRWA feeds them and provides them with education and medical services. It also allows them to be inculcated with hate toward Israel and trained as terrorists. Elliott Abrams makes the case that "Palestinian refugees should be handled by UNHCR with the intention of resettling them. That process should begin with a redefinition of who is a refugee entitled to benefits, so that benefits are based on need rather than on status." It would improve life for them. It might even improve the chances of peace in the Middle East. (For additional material on UNRWA and how it keeps the refugee problem from being resolved, see the exchange of comments at the end of the article.)

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Alternative Ways To Reduce Hostilities Between Arabs And Jews

An immediate solution to being besieged to give up land would be to annex Samaria and Judea. Israel has international law on its side, as well as Biblical promise, and an extraordinary history of devotion to the homeland: there were always Jews living in Israel despite having to endure dreadful hardships and Jews kept its memory alive for 2000 years when living in the Diaspora. In recent times, Israel created a modern state out of a malaria-infested, rock-strewn wasteland, a state that in a few short years has benefitted the entire world with innovative electronics and medical techniques. It has served as an instructive example of how to live civilized when barbarians want to reduce you to their level. Even demographic trends are in its favor. It also has the reality underlying the creation of most countries — it conquered the land fair and square, regaining more of its own land each time the Arab countries invaded Israel to demolish it.

The problem is that Israel is still groggy from years of believing that it must cater to world opinion. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the luxury of deferring action. As the first of this set of articles points out, the world, with Israel in the foreground, is in the midst of the latest jihad by resurgent Islam. It must rid itself of Fifth-Column Arabs in Israel and curtail the growth of the Arab population so that it doesn't reach the "take-over" stage of Muslim control of a foreign host. (See Richard Butrick's article in the January 2013 Think-Israel issue here.)

Annexation is a short-term solution. A better solution and one that gives the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians their own land is to give them their own place(s) within the vast land area the Arabs own. See e.g., Section 1 of the September-October 2010 Issue. This will require regional support — but, after all, the Arab states were responsible for the local Arabs becoming refugees. In fact they created two sets of refugees: Arab and Jewish.

This set of articles examines alternative solutions that have a chance of succeeding because they are based on realistic goals and historically good solutions.

Some suggest that money be given to individual families to assist them to set up in an Arab country — they would be given a sufficient dowry to make them attractive to the Arab state they were negotiating with.

Others suggest the Palestinian Arabs now living in the various Arab states stay where they are but have their status changed so they become citizens of the respective states.

As a third-way: give the Palestinian Arabs, including the refugees, a large tract of Land in Arab Land — Saudi Arabia and Sinai have been suggested. Fence it in. Help them farm if they wish. Help them set up infrastructure, if they wish. Spend the money that now goes on fences in Israel and UNRWA salaries and terrorist training camps on helping the Palestinians truly learn how to run a state. And if they prefer terror and murder and adding nails dipped in rat-poison to their explosives, let them do it — to themselves. Their choice.


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THE THIRD WAVE

by Wallace Edward Brand, May 28, 2010

Muslim leaders have persuaded the current American administration that their jihad against the West is America's fault because it supports Israel. The Arab jihad against Israel is Israel's fault because it inhibits Arab nationalism. Blaming Islamist violence in Afghanistan and Iraq and the nuclear threat in Iran on Israel's supposed occupation of Arab land conveniently forgets that the Arabs were massacring Jews in the Holy Land well before Israel was a state — "Palestine" was never a state — during the time when Jew and Arab lived equally in squalid conditions under the Ottoman rule. As Wallace Brand makes clear in this essay, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is just another manifestation of the Third Wave of jihad by a resurgent Islam. The Islamists have again begun a religious war around the world, aiming at world dominance. "Terror in the West is not caused by US support for Israel; terror all over the world is the result of Islamist imperialism."

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THE CASE FOR POPULATION EXCHANGE

Lewis Lipkin, October 15, 2002

Lewis Lipkin defines population exchange as "the legal and enforced exchange of populations so as to eliminate conflict by eliminating contact." He notes that "[p]opulation exchange is not a new idea. Sometimes a complete separation is the only way that two groups unable to live together can get on with their lives. It might be time to complete the separation of the Jews and the Arabs. The Jews were evacuated from Arab countries when Israel was born. Maybe it's time to do the second half of the transfer: move the Palestinian Arabs to Arab countries." If it is moral and not racist to contemplate the removal of hundreds of thousands of Jews, who have legitimate ownership, from Samaria and Judea, it is not racist to transfer Palestinian Arabs to one or more Arab states. There are, moreover, practical reasons. First, were an Arab state to be established in Samaria and Judea, it would, like Gaza, become yet another area from which to launch attacks against Israel. Second, as Lipkin points out, "The neck between the 1967 border and Netanya on the Mediterranean coast is less than 10 miles. There is no depth to defend against external attack — against external attackers that are supported by 5th columns that can draw on some 2 million internal enemies. Neither the geographic situation or the demographics are acceptable." As we have seen, any Israeli concession encourages the diplomats of a hostile Europe and UN to pressure Israel to give up yet more land. And if the Palestinian Arab population is not resettled in Arab Land, the Peace Diplomats will pressure Israel to allow a sufficient number of alleged 1948 "refugees" to come live in Israel, where they can more easily work to destroy it.

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THE PALESTINIAN PROBLEM: A REAL SOLUTION

by Martin Sherman, September-October 2010

For political reasons, UNRWA has provided the Arab refugees of 1948 and their descendants with lifetime welfare when the goal — as it is for all other refugees — should have been (re)settling them permanently as soon as possible. To rehabilitate the Arab refugees, Martin Sherman advocates (1) eliminating UNRWA and (2) removing the anti-refugee discrimination in citizenship, employment and housing practiced by the Arab states that currently host the refugee camps. For those Palestinian Arabs living in the Israeli Territories — Samaria and Judea (the West Bank) and Gaza — he recommends that Israel and such international donors that wish to participate give them generous financial help to relocate to Muslim countries as individuals, not under the control of their leaders. A 2004 poll indicated over 70% would take such a deal. It would also financially benefit the countries that accept them. For Israel, it would be cheaper than the enormous military costs it currently incurs to defend itself from neighboring Palestinian states. And for the international community, especially the European Union, the money they invest in the Palestinians might actually benefit the community.

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THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE

by Robert S. Barnes, March 9, 2006

Decisions about giving up land that actually belongs to Israel have been based on false assumptions about demographics and the belief that West Bank Arabs feel strongly about the land. Robert Barnes suggests that a realistic alternative strategy should be explored, i.e., encouraging Arabs to emigrate. He discusses some practical considerations that would make this plan feasible.

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AN ALTERNATIVE 2-STATE SOLUTION

by Bernice Sacks Lipkin and Lewis Edward Lipkin; appendix by Richard H. Shulman

It would be suicidal for Israel to allow a Palestinian state to be carved out of Biblical Israel, particularly one that would control a major component of her water supply and is capable of shooting missiles everywhere in Israel. But there remains the festering problem of a growing Palestinian refugee population living on cradle-to-coffin debilitating welfare, taught to hate Israel and the West and used as pawns to make claim to Jewish land. The Editors of Think-Israel propose that the Palestinian Arabs — those from the refugee camps and those residing in the Territories — be helped to establish a viable state within the land given to the Arabs by the League of Nations when the Ottoman Empire was dissolved. The state would be physically well-separted from Arab population centers and legally independent of the Arab country that previously owned the land. Within their state, the Palestinian Arabs would have complete control of their politics, education, culture and living style. Given recent political developments in the Middle East where Israel's military and technological strength is a major asset, the strengthening of Israel's appreciation of its own religious roots and a growing disbelief in the reliability of supposedly impartial external organizations, this is a propitious time to create such a state.

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A NEW PLAN FOR RESOLVING THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT

by Richard H. Shulman, September-October 2010

Richard Shulman's plan for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict takes into consideration Israeli Arabs as well as the Arabs living in the Territories. The plan lays down a sequence of feasible steps that are primarily Israel's responsibility: beginning with changing Israel's attitude and policy of doing anything and everything for a peace that can't come about under prevailing conditions. Israelis need to start thinking with their heads and start basing their actions on their own interests and their actual experience with the Arabs, not on the wishful thinking or the frank anti-Zionism of ignorant foreign diplomats, politicians and media. Some changes are obvious: favoring the Arabs no matter what the merits of their case in police actions and in the judiciary needs to stop; Arab sedition in Israel and in the Territories is no longer to be tolerated; the Oslo Accords are to be nullified and Jewish areas in the Territories are to be annexed. It is much less clear whether eventually expulsion will be required. Discussions before hand should consider that it would violate Israel's concept of civil rights as well as creating much opposition. On the other hand, "[e]xperience shows that a large Muslim minority is not compatible with majority survival." It does not help resolve the conflict for the U.S.A. to pressure Israel to make peace while ignoring Islam's goal of destroying Israel. In fact, America herself needs to make changes in how she reacts internally to Muslim demands and infiltration. She needs to recognize that the fight against global Islamic jihad must be fought globally.

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A WIN-WIN SOLUTION TO THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT

by Rachel Neuwirth, July 26, 2004

Scraping away false facts that serve as base for unworkable peace proposals to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, Rachel Neuwirth uses significant factual data on land availability to propose a resolution that would benefit the Palestinian Arabs as well as the Israelis; namely, transfer the Palestinian Arabs to their own place in a sparsely inhabited part of an Arab country such as Saudi Arabia.

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A PALESTINIAN STATE IN SAUDI ARABIA

by Gennadiy Baruch Faybyshenko, July 24, 2009

Gennadiy Faybyshenko notes that the Saudi Arabian Initiative — which provides for the creation of a Palestinian state inside Samaria and Judea and the return of enough Arabs to almost double Israel's Jewish population — would mean the end of Israel. That won't do. But given the Saudi concern for their Palestinian brethren and given that Saudi Arabia is huge but sparsely-settled, a comfortably-sized state for the Palestinian refugees could be set up in some small portion of Saudi Arabia. Refugee problem: solved! A state for the Palestinians: created! And, that, according to the Obama administration, is the key to peace and harmony in the Middle East.

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THE SINAI OPTION — THE ROAD TO PERMANENT PEACE!

by Steven Shamrak, January-February, 2006

Steven Shamrak envisions giving the Palestinian Arabs a larger land area than what they have now by relocating them in the Sinai Desert. The separation between them and Israel would be beneficial to both groups.

UPDATE: RE Shamrak suggestion: in 2015-6, Sisi of Egypt offered the PALs a home in Sinai. They rejected it. Right now, they can walk to Jewish neighbors and slaughter them. Sinai would be inconvenient.

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THE DEATH OF OSLO AND THE REBIRTH OF JORDAN-IS-PALESTINE

by Matthew Hausman, March 11, 2012

Matthew Hausman elegantly demolishes the notion that the Oslo Process was a vehicle for peace, and suggests an alternative procedure — declaring Jordan, which already has a Palestinian Arab majority, as the Palestinian state. He makes clear that the Jews have had a historic and religious attachment to their homeland for thousands of years and in point of fact never completely left it. The Palestinian Arabs, in contrast, "had no ancestral connection", nor were they a nation or a people. They were mostly immigrants from the neighboring countries, attracted by the economic opportunities created by the Jews and the British. That being the case, moving them to nearby Jordan does not sever them from their homeland. Just the opposite — it gives a motley group of Arabs, the local Arabs and for the millions living in the refugee camps in the various Arab countries, land that could become their homeland.

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(TRANS)JORDAN IS PALESTINE

by Sarah Honig, August 6, 2009

The British were given the administration of the Palestine Mandate to aid the Jews settle Palestine as a homeland. Instead, the Brits gave the administration of the portion of Palestine east of Jordan River — some 78% of the Land of Israel — to the Hashemites. Over time, the Arab rulers called the area Transjordan and now it's the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the majority of its inhabitants are Palestinian Arabs. Sarah Honig writes about Jordan, pointing out some home truths.

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What's Holding Up An Effective Solution?

It is Paul Lademain's contention that Israel's leaders — he doesn't think highly of them — are not dealing correctly with the Arabs encroaching on Jewish land. He bluntly diagnoses what's wrong with Israeli governments wanting to demonstrate kindness to their enemy more than showning concern for their own people. As he wrote in ("Israel's Leadership is ignorant of Law", (Nov 21, 2009):

Arabs, especially those educated in the US, apparently understand British law better than today's Israelis and one of the most importa