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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 25 of some 30 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.
Doesn't this mean that extremist Islam is the norm and 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 Yasir Arafat, has openly admitted Palestinian "peoplehood" is a fraud; Read This (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw).
"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
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 refuges 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, Golan, Samaria, Judea 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)|
|"More Americans need to become familiar with the concept of baseline budgeting. In simple terms, if an agency's budget is $100, and they are expecting an increase of $10.00 next year, but they only get $8.00, politicians characterize that as a $2.00 cut in spending. Concerning the entire $1.2 trillion in 'cuts' engendered by the sequester, it must be understood that they are not really cuts at all. They are really a lowering of the projected increase in federal spending going forward. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cuts through the fog. 'For the 2014-2023 period, deficits in CBO's baseline projections total $7.0 trillion. With such deficits, federal debt would remain above 73 percent of GDP —far higher than the 39 percent average seen over the past four decades,' it reports. Thus, over the next decade, we are 'cutting' our way to adding another $7 trillion of debt to the $16-plus trillion we have already amassed. As far as the administration, Democrats and their media enablers are concerned, any attempt to mitigate that 'paying-for problem' will turn America into a Third World nation of vegetable eaters. Yet the simple truth remains inarguable: absent the genuine entitlement reform critically necessary to get our spending under control, we are headed for national bankruptcy. At that point, even vegetables may be a luxury item. [..] over the next decade, we are 'cutting' our way to adding another $7 trillion of debt to the $16-plus trillion we have already amassed.' (Arnold Ahlert, February 19, 2013)|
Those readers who receive our bimonthly email to access feature articles directly already know that the co-founder of Think-Israel, Lewis Edward Lipkin, M.D., died September 24, 2013. He would have been 88 November 2, 2013.
We -- me, his children and his grandchildren -- have the consolation that he had the pleasure of playing with his first great grandchild and knew another was on the way. He had a good sense of humor (I know this because he always laughed at my puns), an encyclopedic memory, and was very insightful. He was both a technician and a theoretician. He brought together linguists, engineers, computer scientists and biologists to tackle problems in the brand-new field of computer-aided diagnosis. He was a first-rate diagnostician and biologist, a teacher that made his students want to understand, not memorize, and the guy you went to when you were stuck on a technical problem. He was brought up secular, but once he started studying, he evolved into a frummie. He passed on his love of history and photography to some of his descendants and his love of reading to all of them. He was very special.
There was no September-October 2013 issue of Think-Israel.
What we are talking about in the November–December 2013 Issue
In contrast to dramatic and overt terrorist attacks, stealth jihad in the USA works under the radar, quietly invading our educational system, our law courts and our media in their effort to supplant the U.S. Constitution with Sharia law. Salafists such as the Muslim Brotherhood make use of obvious non-terrorist means to destroy America. They persuade malleable politicians to declare Islam a peaceful religion and that any contrary assertion is criminal. They attack the legitimacy of Israel, a front-line state thwarting Islamic ambitions. They accustom Americans to eating halal food and accepting the notion that making life convenient for Muslims is more important than practicing our way of life. Despite their low numbers, Muslims exercise inordinate influence because of their money and unswerving, non-negotiable dedication to their cause. They influence gate-keepers and individual politicians, including those in the White House. They terrorize Western institutions into self-censorship. They weaken the US army. This section focuses on some of their recent activities.
Halal meat is meat butchered and prepared according to Muslim law. It is somewhat akin to rudimentary kosher, but with less attention paid to the animal's state of health. In Britain, schools and hospitals surreptitiously use halal meat to feed school children and hospital patients. Supermarkets sell unlabeled halal meat. In this article, Audry Russo makes us aware that unlabeled Halal meat is now in US supermarkets and restaurants. This should not be a matter of indifference, because buying Halal meat includes paying a sum of money for charity that often goes directly to terrorist groups.READ MORE
Peter Farmer describes the pre-World War 2 purges by Joseph Stalin, when "...members of the intelligentsia, senior government bureaucrats (nomenklatura), professionals, land-owning farmers (kulaks), members of the military and anyone else suspected of being an enemy of the state were swept up in the wave of suspicion and mutual distrust." As one consequence, "Stalin's purges left the Soviet Union utterly ill-equipped to fight the Second World War... More often than not, ... able commanders and leaders were replaced by ideologically-reliable but militarily-incompetent Communist Party hacks." Today in the USA, we are witnessing "the coerced retirements, resignations, and firings of senior flag/general officers presently occurring throughout the upper reaches of the U.S. military." Moreover, "U.S. military personnel [are] being indoctrinated to hold favorable but historically-inaccurate views of Islam, they are being taught that traditional American and Judeo-Christian values have no place in the military... Military chaplains report that they are being pressured - in some cases, against their religious vows - to perform homosexual marriages; ...certain administration officials want proselytizing by Christians outlawed within the ranks, but no such prohibition has been put forth for Islamic initiatives of the same kind." The US armed forces is not the place to encourage "political expediency" and anti-American ideology.READ MORE
American and British universities have become factories churning out Jew haters, all done under the guise of social justice, fair play and helping the underdog. Joseph Puder examines a particularly virulent locale -- Ireland, a country that seemingly would have much in common with Israel, both having been treated shabbily by England, both struggling to lift themselves up with little capitalization or oil, gas or mineral wealth. But no, the support the Irish once gave the new state of Israel in 1948 has been replaced by a virulent and surprising anger at Israel (code for Jews).READ MORE
This essay by Stanley Fish makes the point that boycotting academics and universities in countries viewed as oppressive is not within the definition of academic freedom, which is "freedom to engage in teaching and research free from the influences or pressures of politics." The university is not a political forum. Academic freedom doesn't give educators the right to promulgate their political ideology in the classroom. This doesn't mean a professor must ignore his strong political and humanitarian beliefs and opinions. It does mean the academy is not the appropriate place for displaying his concerns. In this essay, Fish has the disciple to ignore the blatantly inaccurate justifications for urging a boycott of Israeli academics. He doesn't make the obvious point that it is only Israel that is under the gun. He doesn't argue that the boycotters are anti-Semitic (though I believe the instigators and all the "activists" except the low-information malleable student-disciples are Jew haters). He sticks to the point under discussion: academic freedom is "the freedom to pursue scholarly inquiry, not the freedom to advance justice and equality on university time." It is a simple and narrow argument in the same way that the First Amendment is a simple statement for expansive freedom of speech.READ MORE
Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretary-general of Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami party and known as the "Butcher of Mirpu", was finally brought to trial in February 2013 and sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting hundreds in the 1971 Bangladesh war of independence, including beheading a poet and raping a girl. He and the Jamaat party cooperated with the Bangladeshi army, which slaughtered civilians in the millions. In Bangladesh they wanted him dead and after a large and sustained protest, the Bangladesh Supreme Court convicted Mollah of war crimes and sentenced him to death. In the USA, as Ryan Mauro writes, The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is lobbying the US Government to pressure Bangladesh to stop prosecuting the 1971 war crimes. They might succeed. Prez Obama trusts ICNA's advice and often consults with them; and they are outreach partners of the FBI and Homeland Security.READ MORE
Discover The Network provides evidence that the Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA) insists that everyone should live under Sharia. ICNA's goal is to destroy America and turn it into a Muslim state. It has ties with Hamas. It is one of the groups that helps the Muslim Brotherhood teach Muslims "that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions." Thanks to urging by ICNA, inter alia, this administration ordered the FBI to purge everything in their databases that Islamic supremacists deemed offensive. As Dwight C. Holton, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, wrote, "I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated." Against such touching concern for Muslim sensitivity, we can only ask: if information about the Tsarnaev family hadn't been purged from the FBI databases, would the Boston Marathon massacre have happened?READ MORE
Howard Rotberg doesn't speculate whether the President and his closest advisers are dedicated Muslims or Muslim sympathizers. Instead, he asks: if Radical Islamists were running the government, what would a Salafist president do? He describes likely operations such an Administration would initiate... Gulp!READ MORE
With the turbulence in the Middle East and all the slaughter
among Muslim groups, and Iran close to having the nuclear muscle
to bully the entire region, isn't it odd that the European Union
and the Obama Administration focus on the peace process between
Israel and the
Arab states, the
the Palestinian Authority,
Abbas, elected head of the PLO, Abbas, the
out-of-office president of the PLO? Does it seem the
Administration is thinking about currently important issues?
It reminds me of a cartoon -- by Vargas, I think -- eons ago: two women are seated in a subway car. The car is empty except for a naked woman seated opposite them. One of the women whispers to the other, "Look at her chapped hands." Is the peace process anything but a side show in the tumult of the region?
Isn't it curious that when uncivil war broke out across the Middle East, mighty America was so fearful of Arab violence, it shut down 22 of its embassies. Yet it forced Israel to release Arabs who brutally massacred Jews, knowing they will again prey on Jews. Do the clowns who were elected to run our country really have their minds on the essentials? Does the Obama Administration have Israel's back? It acts as if it had a knife aimed at Israel's back. Or a nuclear bomb.
Another image comes to mind. It a photo taken in the late 1930s. England and France thought they had avoided war with Germany by appeasing Hitler's demands. England and France forced the Czechs to cede Sudetenland, the area of Czechoslovakia where the majority of the inhabitants were German speakers, to Germany. In doing so, they disregarded that Hitler had in earlier negotiations demanded autonomy for Germans in Poland and Hungary as well as in Sudetenland. The Munich Agreement was signed on September 30, 1938, with Hitler agreeing to make no further demands. However, by March, 1939, Germany had incorporated Sudetenland and Hitler's soldier moved into what was left of Czechoslovakia. England and France had to fight Germany anyway, a stronger and more confident Germany.
Another association comes to mind. While Rome burned, the Emperor Nero sang as he played the lyre. Nowhere have I read that Nero thought that were he to produce the right music, he could solve the problems of the Roman Empire. In contrast, Prez Obama is fixated on the notion that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the linchpin of Middle East instability. And he thinks his tinkering will solve everything.
Avi Bell's essay on "The Facts Of Life In The Middle East" (http://www.israpundit.com/archives/56671) has the ring of truth to it. He writes:
If Israel refuses to negotiate, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because it refuses to negotiate.
If the Palestinians refuse to negotiate, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because the Palestinians can see negotiations with Israel are pointless.
If Israel makes preconditions to negotiations, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because it is trying to avoid negotiations.
If the Palestinians make preconditions to negotiations, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because the Palestinians have to force Israel to be serious in the negotiations.
If Israel makes no offer of peace, that proves Israel is not interested in peace.
If the Palestinians make no offer of peace, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because the Palestinians can see that making offers of peace with Israel are pointless.
If Israel makes an offer of peace and the Palestinians reject it, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because Israel is not willing to make the kind of offer the Palestinians would accept.
There are variations on this, e.g.,:
If Arabs make war, but offer to end it, that proves that Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in peace, because the Arabs offered peace. (Thomas Friedman/Arab "peace" initiative)
If Israel makes war, but offers to end it, that proves that Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in pece, because Israel made war. (Defensive Pillar, Lebanon II, etc.)
If Arabs attack, that proves Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in peace, because Israel provoked the Arabs to attack.
If Israel attacks, that proves Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in peace, because Israel attacked.
If Palestinians carry out acts of terrorism, that proves that Israel is mistreating the Palestinians, because the Palestinians feel they have no choice but to carry out acts of terrorism.
If Palestinians try to carry out acts of terrorism, but Israel foils them, that proves that Israel is mistreating the Palestinians, because Israel is carrying out anti-terror actions against the Palestinians even while there is no terrorism.
If Palestinians don't try to carry out acts of terrorism, that proves that Israel is mistreating the Palestinians, because the Palestinians are good and innocent and Israel uses terrorism as an excuse to mistreat Palestinians.
The peace process is to be carried out by two groups, one of which has sworn to kill off the other. The Arabs have never swerved from their desire to rid the Middle East of Israel. So what's to negotiate? Whether the Arabs will be allowed to kill 50,000 Jews or only 5,000 Jews? Will the sides haggle on whether the land the Arabs take over will be turned into training camps for terrorists and factories for making explosive belts or just manufactories?
Does anyone see it as peculiar that Sec-State Kerry, the American "honest broker", praised the recalcitrant Arabs and was well -- how shall I put this? -- extremely undiplomatic with the Israelis? Even though the Israelis had been so cooperative they released Arab terrorists just to persuade Abbas to come to the table. I wonder what getting them to sit in the chairs will cost Israel?
This brings up another point: are the Arabs so sure of their standing with the American Administration that they don't need even to pretend to wish for peace? Instead, Abbas demanded the return of his heroes, killers of Jews, and Kerry, the toothy fairy, made his wish come true. To me. the ugliest consequence of each plunge by Israel into peace-seeking is that she slowly has become accustomed to sacrificing her children, her pride and her sense of integrity, as Daniel Greenfield says in an essay below, on the "alter of peace." Why can't Israel just say no to Obama? Other countries on the planet, large and small, powerful or with no real resources, have no trouble doing so. Being cooperative on the Peace Process isn't going to make Obama stop Iran from manufacturing nuclear weapons. If the Israelis have been caving on concessions to the Palestinian Arabs in the hope that Obama will finally handle Iran effectively, they should by now recognize that it ain't going to happen. Obama will just keep stringing them along.
All in all, the focus on the Peace Process of 2013-14 makes little sense. I suspect it will make even less sense to future historians. Unless Israel makes the mistake of leaving Samaria and Judea to her enemies. Then it will be known as the beginning of the demise of Israel.
Emanuel Winston wrote about an important point that Peace Process proponents ignore: signing a permanent treaty with infidels is against the Koran. Muslims are forbidden to keep to a treaty's terms for more than ten years. In the Islamic prototype of how to make and break an agreement, Mohammed "made that treaty while he was militarily weak so he could worship at Mecca. But, in two years he returned with a strong army, broke the 10 year treaty, brutally murdered and decapitated all the men, captured and enslaved the women and children of the Banu Quraizah Tribe." The treaty of Hudaibiya is still in force. Yassir Arafat told his Arab audience in Arabic he would break the Oslo Accord when he was stronger. He said this the same day he signed the Accord. Whenever a new regime takes over an Arab country, it is expected that all prior treaties will be broken. Egypt signed a cold peace with Israel after the 1973 Yom Kippur War when its invasion of Israel failed. When the Muslim Brotherhood finally took over after the Arab Spring, they voiced their determination to abrogate the treaty with Israel, which had netted them the whole of the Sinai. Even when treaties are not dramatically broken, the Arabs don't stick to the terms. They have gained many Israeli concessions over the years, but they remain committed to their holy war for Islam. Abbas still brags of his intent to destroy Israel, not making a real peace with it.READ MORE
Asaf Romirowsky and Nicole Brackman make the point that the Middle East has changed considerably since 1973, after the Egyptians lost the Yom Kippur War. The countries of the region are embroiled in their own problems and life-and-death conflicts. The splinter wars and the fallout from the Syrian civil war affect many countries in the region. Egypt is busy suppressing the takeover threat from the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptians and other groups engaged in fending off hostile groups or trying to overthrow some current government don't have the time even to pretend concern for their Palestinian cousins. As one Hezbollah fighter said, "Let the Palestinians liberate their country themselves." Actually, the IDF has been the major prop for maintaining both the Palestinian Authority and the throne of the Jordanian King, but it would be unreasonable to expect the IDF to fight for the "Palestinian" cause. The reality is that in the global media, the Palestinian liberation narrative is still important but in the Middle East, it is a known scam, having nothing to do with real life. The White House and its enthusiastic Secretary-of-State Kerry seem to be the last to know this. Maybe someone should tell them.READ MORE
John Kerry has achieved something no other American secretary-of-state has. As Jerold Auerbach writes, Kerry's one-sided abominable behavior towards the Israelis and his multiple fiascos have made the Jew-hating Jim Baker, Secretary-of-State in the 1990s, look like a nice guy in comparison. Kerry ranted against the Jewish settlements and told the U.S. Senate to ignore what the Israelis were telling them. If he knows anything about the San Remo conference that gave Palestine Mandated land to the Jews, just as other Mandates created many of the Arab states, it wasn't reflected in his treatment of the Israeli delegation. His bellicose behavior set the right tone for a peace process that is not a peace process. "Most ominously", as Auerbach writes, "he now seems willing to sell Israel for a mess of Iranian diplomatic pottage."READ MORE
David Gerstman discusses how the media and Western politicians distorted the motivation and behavior of the principle parties involved in the Peace Process. They retroactively redefined what Israel's borders should be. They blithely accepted that the Palestinian state would be Jew-free. They painted an inaccurate -- in fact, contrary-to-fact -- picture of Netanyahu as hardliner and discounted Israeli concessions. But they accepted Abbas' actual recalcitrance as indication that he was protecting the Palestinian right of return. Why have another Arab state if the Arab refugees will not be citizens of the new state! They have ignored Israel's authentic claims and demonized the Jewish settlers in the Territories, whose presence there made it harder to give away the land to the Arabs. It was left to Israeli journalists to point out that idolizing murderers of Jews is not a sign of intent to forgo terrorism. In fact, the core problem -- that the Arabs do not accept the Jewish state and are intent on destroying it -- is softpedaled. In short, the press and politicians, including Sec-of-State Kerry, act as devoted fans of a particular ball team, cheering the Arabs on to victory.READ MORE
As we learn from the story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son,"G-d did not want human sacrifices. The peace process does." In this essay, Daniel Greenfield discusses the similarity between Israeli politicians who see the butchery of Jews as Israel's sacrifice for peace and the pagan worshipers of Moloch. Except, in the modern State, anyone might become a sacrifice at random" "Everyone," meaning Jews specifically, should accept "our measure of sacrifice and struggle," Prez Obama told Israeli students. To help the process along, he backed the Palestinian insistence that the jailed murderers of Jews be freed. It's all in the cause of peace. The Jewish leaders who collaborated with the Nazis also viewed sending Jews to die because the sacrifice of some was necessary to save others. As the Jews did then, Jewish politicians now do the work for their enemies. As in the concentration camps, each round of deaths weakens the community. Each peace process round makes the next round of sacrifices "save" a more diminished State, a more fractured country. Yet the politicians continue to delude themselves, acting as if they were the ones making the sacrifice. Their excuse: if we don't do something, they will. The notion of holding firm, of refusing to be the sacrificial lamb, seems never to occur to them.READ MORE
To quote from this article: "With the help of prognosticator John R. Miller — former U.S. ambassador-at-large on modern slavery, visiting scholar at the Institute for Government Studies at UC-Berkeley, and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute — we present this memo from the year 2016, which explains what misfortunes might have befallen the Middle East by then." I hope this is irony, not precog history.READ MORE
From Oslo on, Israeli governments have not responded to Arab accusations that Israel is violating international law by building settlements in Samaria and Judea. They fear introducing reality into that long-playing fantasy: the Peace Process. More precisely, they fear being the ones to put a spoke in the mum-mum policy Western politicians cherish: making global peace by putting another Arab state inside Israel.
Recently, the Israeli government was handed a well-phrased current reiteration of some of what became international law at the San Remo Conference almost a hundred years ago: The Jewish people own Judea and Samaria (aka "the West Bank"). The Levy Report has affirmed that the decades-long presence of Israel in Judea and Samaria is not "belligerent occupation." Israel's situation is unique (sui generis) and Israel has the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria. (See, for example, Restoring Israel's rights: the Levy Report.)
To emphasize that having and protecting Israeli communities in Samaria and Judea was far preferable to cleansing the area of Jews, Minister of Economics Naftali Bennett (A-7. 20nov13) reminded his audience at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations of the Israeli's government's expulsion of Jews from Gaza in 2005 and the dreadful consequences. He said, "Leaving Gaza cost 1,000 times more than staying." He might have added that many of the 10,000 Jews forced out of Gaza are not yet permanently resettled and most aren't contributing to the economy as they once did. And this doesn't begin to describe the human misery and the psychological and physical assaults on the families that were made refugees in their own country. Yet the politicians are again playing their shuffle-and-swap games that include moving Jews out of Samaria and Judea or -- an even more grotesque idea -- leaving them undefended in a newly created Arab state. This policy could eventually make some 700,000 to 800,000 Jews homeless and an impossible drain on the economy.
A campaign has started to teach the truth to the Knesset and to the public (see Regavim.) It comes at a time, when the American administration is ignoring the crumbling of the fragile political structures in the Middle East and is, instead, using its power to eat away at land that legitimately belongs to Israel. This misguided mission is more than irrational when you consider it speaks quaintly of two people, Israelis and Palestinians, who need to share the same land, ignoring that new forces, more vicious and more recalcitrant than Fatah or Hamas, are acting as directed by the Koran to use any and all means to put the entire Middle East under Sharia law.
Dror Eydar has suggested that the "[t]he fight against our possession of those parts of Israel that are the most important to our identity as an ancient nation is a fight against the return to Zion (see here). Reducing the number of legal Jewish settlements while ignoring rogue Arab settlements will make an eventual Arab take-over of the land easier. In this essay, Nadav Shragai writes that, finally, some jurors are now counterattacking with the easily substantiated truth: Israel has historical and legal rights to the land. He quotes some of their arguments. Note that Think-Israel, among other blogs, has presented many articles on the Palestine Mandate and the San Remo Conference, which created an irrevocable internationally-guaranteed trust for the Jewish people's ownership of the Land of Israel.READ MORE
Guy Bechor writes about America's ideas of what constitute security requirements for Israel — so that Israel can keep its peace partner from destroying it. These solutions were inadequate decades ago. By now, with more powerful weaponry, a more radicalized Arab population and the splintering of control of the Arab population among competing terrorist groups — some of whom make Hamas look moderate — America's security planning is ludicrous. Some of the new players are war-hardened and experienced al-Qaeda fighters, some are rising stars. All are imbued with strict Koranic Salafist ideology and immune to compromise. These are the groups that will take over Judea and Samaria a minute after the IDF relinquishes control and restructure the behavior and attitudes of the local population to conform to its Salafist mentality. Christian Arabs will not survive and the new Arab peace state, no matter what it promised, will become a secure place -- to launch killer missiles into Israel.READ MORE
The politicians might be forgiven for ignoring Israel's historic and legal claims to Samaria and Judea if these areas were a 'white elephant' that was expensive and contributed little to Israel's security or economy. But as Moshe Dann points out, the residents are productive; they serve as early-warning alerts and first responders when the Arab Salafists start another attack; and they protect Israel's water supply. The settlers say what the politicians are too timid to say: this is our land and we will live on it.READ MORE
In these essays, Rachel and Moshe Saperstein write more of their transitional life that began when the Jewish community was forced out of Gaza in 2005 by its own government. They are finally seeing the start of a real house they are building. Sad to say, the introduction to their last set of essays is still applicable: "Rachel and Moshe Saperstein were among the 10,000 Gazan Jews that became refugees in their own state when, in 2005, the Sharon government expelled all the Jews living in Gaza in the bizarre belief that this would cause their terrorist neighbors to make peace. Left to their own devices and no longer monitored by the local Jews, the Arabs of Gaza used the extra elbow room to train terrorists and manufacture and/or assemble ever more sophisticated weaponry. It is bitter irony that all Israel is suffering from missile attacks from Gaza and this would never have happened if Israel hadn't kicked settler Jews like the Sapersteins out of Gaza in the first place." What is more incredible is that some politicians are eager to repeat the expulsion on a grander scale, this time using the hundreds of thousands of Jewish pioneers living in Judea and Samaria and in the east part of Jerusalem.READ MORE
Isi Leibler recently wrote (Jerusalem Post, December 21, 2013) that PM Netanyahu needed to create a policy about the settlements that said clearly Israel would build in those areas of Samaria and Judea that it will keep and it will not build in those areas that it is expected to give away. But, as Martin Sherman points out, agreeing that Israel will be giving away any of its land gives legitimacy to the Palestinian false claims. Moreover, consenting to giving up land only leads to fruitless and pointless concessions to "coax the Palestinians into a negotiated resolution of the conflict." These measures stiffen "Palestinian intransigence and hence, prolong the conflict, and promote pressures for even more Israeli concessions." Most importantly, tacit consent to a give-away policy is poor tactics that could lead to disastrous consequences: the loss of security for over 80% of the Israeli population, the creation of longer and less defensible borders, and the putting of Israel's main airport at an unacceptable risk of attack. As Sherman puts it, Israel has a simple choice: "between the river and the sea there can only — and eventually will — prevail either total Jewish sovereignty or total Muslim sovereignty."READ MORE
If we were to grade Israel: it does brilliantly in science and technology and in innovative ways to help humanity confronted by a natural disaster. It does less well in standing up for its national identification and its Jewish roots. It flunks in handling external political pressures and showing national integrity and pride. It has been hypnotized by the word "peace" to give up land and act as if it cared for the safety and comfort of terrorist Arabs more than it does for its own citizens. It appears traumatized by the fear of being "isolated" and unloved.
It is encouraging that Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken up clearly of the dangers of a nuclear-empowered Iran. Speaking of the interim agreement reached November 24, 2013, (http://imra.org.il/story.php3?id=62454, November 25, 2013) he said this:
"What was achieved last night in Geneva is not an historic agreement; it is an historic mistake. Today the world has become a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world has taken a significant step toward attaining the most dangerous weapon in the world. For the first time, the world's leading powers have agreed to uranium enrichment in Iran while ignoring the UN Security Council decisions that they themselves led. Sanctions that required many years to put in place contain the best chance for a peaceful solution. These sanctions have been given up in exchange for cosmetic Iranian concessions that can be canceled in weeks. This agreement and what it means endanger many countries including, of course, Israel. Israel is not bound by this agreement. The Iranian regime is committed to the destruction of Israel and Israel has the right and the obligation to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. As Prime Minister of Israel, I would like to make it clear: Israel will not allow Iran to develop a military nuclear capability."
It is unfortunate that Netanyahu continues peace talks with the PLO. They make Israel look weak and foolish. They waste time that would be better spent deciding how to deal with Iran decisively. Often, he still acts as if what he fears most is "European economic strangulation of Israel" [see Section 4, July-August 2013 issue of Think-Israel.org.] Unfortunately, Israel doesn't have the luxury of wasting time on stupidity and yet surviving Muslim-initiated political, military and social assaults, which have become bolder and nastier as time goes on. This section is about changing some of its institutionalized behavior and rethinking some of its policies.
Western Europeans and American Jewry are dying out, the Europeans because they don't breed near as much as their Muslim immigrant population and the Jews because they marry out and too many don't experience anything but a superficial and often boring version of Judaism. Daniel Greenfield writes on the traumatic fact that so many Jews are at best Jews in name only or who equate the current trends in practicing social justice as authentic Judaism. They have never experienced an unselfconscious living Judaism that permeates and gives meaning to their lives. As one reader commented, "Thank you for this excellent article. I grew up believing and still believe that without faith in Divine revelation and the convenant between G-d and Abraham, one could not be a Jew. Far too many supposed Jews are nothing more than Esaus who have cheated their progeny out of this priceless birthright."READ MORE
Ari Sofer writes that it is time the State of Israel shed the habits of the galut, where surviving in a hostile environment was the primary necessity. Certainly, Israel needs to "decisively stamp out terror." But Israelis should start focusing on the liberating goal of redeeming their homeland. The Israeli population needs a change of mindset. As things are now, "those living in front-line communities are made fully aware that if they are ever stupid enough to defend themselves against Arab violence they will face the wrath of the legal system." To be given the means to fight back, they have to be heard by the government, and that means speaking up strongly in the hundreds of thousands. Israelis need to object strongly to the Israeli government speaking of security when they should "clearly and unashamedly insist on [Israel's] claims to this land." It is no wonder that the Arabs who unequivocally state it is their land are believed. A reader of the original posting, Austin, writes: "...This is the very best, the clearest, the most direct, both in the physical sense and the metaphorical sense, of any letter i have previously read in my whole life. What he writes is the very essence of what Israel should be,-but isn't..."READ MORE
Israel has no constitution but muddles along using a patchwork of laws from various eras and countries, a sense of peoplehood and ad hoc responses from crisis to crisis. In this interview conducted by Wollf Bachner, Professor Paul Eidelberg points out that "after witnessing the chaos and confusion that emanates from Israel's current political establishment, [he] authored detailed proposals for political reform and drafted the first Constitution for the State of Israel." It was generally well-received but was ignored by Israel's political elite, which prefers Israel's current system of fragmented proportional representation from among multiple parties. This allows the winning party to choose its coalition parties at will (in the last two elections there were 33 parties that gained some votes) rather than having to stick to policy enunciated ahead of the election. Ariel Sharon's "Likud Party won more than 70 percent of the votes in February 2003, when it campaigned against the Labor Party's policy of unilateral withdrawal from Gaza," yet in August 2005, it itself expelled all the Jews from Gaza. Arab terrorists took over the territory and launched more efficient terror attacks against Israel. Eidelberg points out that it would increase accountability were local representatives elected by local voters in district elections rather than by their place on their party's list. But making Israel truly democratic and politicians accountable is not a local issue. A constitution that ensures democracy is also one that ensures Israel's security and survival. As such, it is important to the West because, "Should Israel fall, there would be nothing to stop the establishment of a new Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean to Asia and the forces of tyranny would be poised to overrun Europe."READ MORE
Israel has been ambiguous about its nuclear capability, neither bragging nor denying. Louis Beres asks whether "nuclear secrecy [is] necessarily in the best survival interests of the Jewish State?" This doesn't mean tell-all or say-nothing. He points out that the value of the bomb is mainly in deterrence, not revenge, and as such, "too much secrecy can sometimes be counter-productive." What is needed is a thorough assessment in Israel not only of how best to utilize its nuclear power but also how it will make its enemies aware of its policy. In today's environment, this means Iran must be clear that Israel doesn't just have first-strike capability but can deliver an adequate response that is invulnerable to an Iranian first-strike by its enemies. Or, Iran may be deterred by plausible threats of "regime targeting." Israel must also convince its enemies that it has the resolve to carry out its military decisions. What is needed is a reassessment of "the substantial security benefits to Israel of 'breaking' nuclear ambiguity."READ MORE
Europe has been Israel's major trading partner. As time goes on, however, the European Union has become sufficiently brazen to use its economic power to try to force Israel to denounce some of its own people and to declare that Jewish communities in Samaria and Judea are illegal. (See for example, Section 4, July-August, 2013, Think-Israel.) Such interference in a sovereign country's activities is not only outrageous, it can be easily countered, as the many suggestions in our previous issue indicate. However, PM Netanyahu seems to consider European trade highly essential. But, as John Reed writes, it is now looking for new trading partners in emerging economies, those who are interested in developing their economics rather than using blackmail to back up their political views. Thanks to Pres Obama using the EU to squeeze Israel — aside from his procrastinating on how to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions — Israel is beginning to question how much it can rely on the American administration.READ MORE
The shallow Western intelligentia and their gung-ho students and Sabeel-ized main churches focus on the unfairness of the Jews being granted a tiny piece of the Middle East, part of the area that has been the keystone of their history and their identity for four thousand years. The same authority, the League of Nations, converted the rest of the 99.99% of the Middle East that had belonged to the Ottoman Empire into Arab states. In doing so they did not take into account clan and tribal affinities or history, as they had when allocating land to the Jews in the Palestine Mandate. We've read many articles suggesting how to split up Israel to make space for that non-people, the Palestinian Arabs. Few articles, to date, have considered redrawing the boundaries of the Arab states, created by other mandates at the same time the Jews were given Mandated Palestine as an irrevocable trust. In this essay, Gabriel Scheinmann suggests that the borders of the Arab states be allowed to be redrawn by current events -- even if it means Balkanization of the area for a while. He does not examine what would happen at the U.N., already thoroughly corrupted by the block of 22 Arab countries voting as one.READ MORE
While the West laments for the professional refugees, the Palestinians, "the funding and media support for the Palestinian cause has dried up in the Middle East." Ali Salim notes that "Arab and Muslim incitement to massacre -- and the provision of arms and ideological support for most of the Islamist and Palestinian terrorist organizations -- have almost completely disappeared while the Arabs are now busy destroying themselves." Millions of authentic refugees are homeless. Hundreds of thousands are dead. We may be making our biggest mistake ever by not stopping Iran's nuclear program while we still can. We could at lest get out of Israel's way so that she could do the necessary. Instead, the Obama Administration's only significant contribution has not been to world peace but to global warming. Sec-State Kerry flies back and forth to the Middle East to rekindle the burnt out Peace Process, a pointless enterprise that can have no significant effect on our current crises, except, probably, to make things worse.READ MORE
Mordechai Kedar writes that since the 1970s, the split between the countries that support the West -- Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Israel and Turkey -- and those that support the Soviets -- Syria, Libya, Iraq and South Yemen -- was stable. Now, "the pro-Western coalition has begun to crumble, and two key countries - Saudi Arabia and Egypt - are searching for a new political crutch." This is in part due to their perception that the Obama White House, by wooing Iran and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, is not concerned with their security. Israelis are also beginning to question the wisdom of pressuring Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, leaving the area open to a terrorist takeover. Moreover, although Kedar doesn't allude to this, the USA, by leaking information about Israel's plans, has continuously thwarted Israel setting up an assault against Iran's nuclear weaponry development. All in all, it is not clear that the United States and the West any longer have a coalition in the Middle East.READ MORE
This is a sister article to the previous article by Mordechai Kedar that spoke of both Saudi Arabia's and Israel's disenchantment with Prez Obama's ineptness -- if not actual refusal -- in stopping the Iranian nuclear bomb program. In this article Jonathan Spyer makes the point that Obama's diplomatic activities, which effectively give the Iranians additional time in which to complete their program, have brought the two countries together in an unspoken alliance. To a Westerner, it is strange to see arch-enemies cooperate. But it is not unusual in the Middle East to be fighting with and against another group at the same time. The Saudis have worked with the Muslim Brotherhood on common educational and proselytizing projects; the Saudis have tried to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood because of political differences. Hamas, the child of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, has been off and on friendly with Syria, which is allied with Shi'ite Iran. As Spyer puts it, "On the face of it, any alliance between Jewish Israel and Salafi Saudi Arabia might appear an absurdity. Israel is a liberal democracy and a Jewish state. Saudi Arabia is a repressive absolute monarchy, based on a particular Salafi Muslim outlook which is deeply anti-Jewish and anti-Christian in nature...Saudi Arabia supports Salafi Islamist forces in both Syria and Egypt. Saudi money finds its way to Salafi elements among the Palestinians. But the areas of commonality are on issues of cardinal importance to both countries."READ MORE
Jim Kouri writes about some happpenings that took place in Syria. The plot was simple enough: the heads of a gang were killed by a rival gang. Some of the first gang took over a Syrian oil field. What made this story so interesting is the set of players and their fractured loyalties. The killers were members of an al-Qaeda group that has taken over parts of Iraq -- you know, the country we made safe for democracy. They used to call their territory the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) but now they are expanding into Syria so they call their turf the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The two men who were killed were commanders in the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a multi-group organization that Prez Obama sees as good-guy rebels, so he sends them supplies to help them fight the Syrian regime. Some of the best soldiers fighting in the FSA are The Al-Nusra in Syria. They are part of a very large gang that calls itself Jabhat Al-Nusra. Al-Nusra is also al-Qaeda and very pious, very Salafist. This December, the FSA and its Al-Nusra contingent took over the Al-Omar oil field which is very large and very productive. This was a big win. They didn't blow it up. They started operating it "after entering into tacit agreements with the Syrian regime [supplying oil and gas to the regime that they are fighting against in return for a fee]." After all, they need the money to fight the regime.READ MORE
This section deals with some people and organizations that work tirelessly so that ultimately Israel will not exist. Shamefully, some are Jewish.
In this article Ben Dror Yemini examines the joining of Jihadists and Marxists to accuse Israel of racism towards the Bedouins. Steven Plaut described the context of this article this way: "The axis of evil, the alliance of jihadi Islamofascism with anti-Semitic Leftism, has a new cause and it is bashing Israel over its supposed mistreatment of the Bedouins in the Negev. Israel, you see, holds the racist opinion that Bedouins have to obey the law and cannot simply seize any parcel of land they want to own and keep it without paying for it. As you know, Israeli leftists believe Arabs should be exempt from obeying the law because they are gosh oh so oppressed. Enforcing any laws for Arabs is racist and discriminatory. Israeli Arabs held violent 'protests' yesterday, demanding that the entire Negev be turned over to the Bedouins, and they were joined by Jewish communists and Israeli Leftists for a Second Holocaust." Lyn Julius has commented that this is an "excellent article, pointing out the exploitation of 'human rights' in order to demonise Israel. The losers are the Bedouin themselves, who are denied an opportunity to move into planned developments. They are being sacrificed to propaganda." How true. In a broader perspective, it is another locale where resurgent Islam is trying to destroy Israel, which is a major block to its plans to dominate all other religions and ideologies.READ MORE
NGOs are a powerful force in manufacturing and choreographing grass-roots riots and in releasing supposedly accurate assessments of how poorly Israel handles human rights issues and how badly it treats the Palestinians. As para-UN organizations, they receive automatic respect and are assumed to be reliable. Joshua Levitt writes about Edward Black's new book, Fanning The Flames, which makes clear that many NGOs may talk human rights but their mission is to weaken if not to destroy Israel. In this article, he writes about Black's investigation of the New Israel Fund (NIF), and its damaging attacks on Israel and the IDF. The NIF is largely supported by foreign donations, particularly from the USA.READ MORE
Irshad Manji is Director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU Wagner College. She describes herself as a "reformist Muslim", but some of what she writes is a defense of Islam and a prescription to reform the non-Muslim world. Paul Murphy examines several statements from her book, The Trouble with Islam today. He notes that because a Muslim invented the guitar or cough syrup or algebra doesn't mean Islam per se was a factor. Moreover, algebra was developed long before Islam existed. As another example, her definition of itjihad has nothing to do with its actual meaning and even less to do with the Koran. In a related example, Murphy point out that Manji makes much of the fact that the Quran doesn't say whether Allah created Adam first, or Eve first. Murphy points out that this isn't a 'proto-feminist' narrative. Mohammad was illiterate and got most of his information about the Jewish and Christian bibles second hand. What is particularlly telling is a statement where Manji writes that "Suppressing Islam for the sake of 'progress' resembles tyranny." As Murphy writes, "That's precisely and the only the kind of 'democracy' that very many Muslims want - from hard-core Militants to Islamists and reactionaries."READ MORE
David Bukay writes of the recent propaganda by the Arabs that the Jews have no historic links to Jerusalem. He emphasizes two facts: (1) [except for the two ancient Jewish kingdoms and the State of Israel] "the Land of Israel has never become a politically independent entity with a distinct identity as a nation; and, ... [(2)] Jerusalem was never the capital city of any empire or any independent regime or nation, and was not even ever an important city to any of the empires that controlled it besides the Jews." As context for this article, Rachel Ehrenfeld wrote, "In his preposterous Christmas greeting, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed: 'Jesus was a Palestinian messenger.' He also used the opportunity to deny the right of the Jews and their State of Israel, to their 3,000 year-old capital city Jerusalem. Carried away by his efforts to delegitimize the Jews and Israel, Abbas went on to say, 'Our prayers are with the...mosques and churches (added emphasis) ... of Jerusalem which remind the world of the Arab identity of our occupied capital." Ehrenfeld added a note to readers: "we wish you a very happy celebration of the anniversary of the birth of the only Jewish settler whose right to call Bethlehem, home, has been never protested throughout the world (until now)."READ MORE
The blogger known as FresnoZionism suggests that the American administration "seems to see a nuclear-armed Iran as a fait accompli, and has decided to make the best of it by aligning itself with the Iranian regime rather than opposing it. ...the decision has been made to appease." Hence all the diplo and media activities — chiseling away at more of Israel's land and planning to create chaos in Israel proper by flooding it with Jewish refugees from Samaria and Judea — to weaken Israel and give Iran time to manipulate its nuclear weapons. Keep this context in mind next time the media try to embroil you in a pity-session for the deprived Palestinians. I disagree with FresnoZionism on one point. He believes Iran will not use its nuclear capability to attack Israel directly but will blackmail and terrorize it (and the other countries in the neighborhood). I don't think that the Iranian mullahs who send at least 100,000 Iranian children out to die as they exploded hidden field mines will worry about retaliation against Iran. They would reason that millions of Iranians should be happy to die to see Israel destroyed. The mullahs themselves of course will be protected in the bunkers.READ MORE
In 1913, Menachem Beilis was accused in Tsarist Russia of the ritual murder of a Christian child. Eli Rubin recounts the fascinating story of corruption where doctors, lawyers, academics, government officials, priests and police were easily persuaded to lie in court and to attest to the guilt of someone they knew was innocent in order to demonize the Jewish people. Despite a "false show of science and scholarship" and a stacked jury, Beilis was eventually found not guilty, but the accusation that Jews committed ritual murder was not condemned. As Rubin points out, "One hundred years later, the blood libel continues to fuel anti-semitic agitation in the former Russian empire, the Middle East and beyond. Now as then, our only weapons against prejudice, lies and hate are unity, truth and justice."READ MORE
When Hitler came to power in 1938, he instituted non-violent repressive measures against the German Jews. KristallNacht, the night of the broken glass, refers to what is considered the start of violent assaults by the Nazis. Synagogues were burned, homes and businesses were destroyed and some 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps. FDR issued a statement condemning the violence, but "the U.S. refused to ease the immigration restrictions it then had in place, constraints that prevented masses of German Jews from seeking safety in America." From Kristallnacht on, conditions worsened. "During World War II, Hitler and the Nazis implemented their 'Final Solution' to the 'Jewish problem,' and carried out the systematic murder of some 6 million European Jews (along with, by some estimates, 4 million to 6 million non-Jews) in what came to be known as the Holocaust."READ MORE
Rafael Medoff recounts how FDR used the FBI and the IRS against Jewish activists. In the wake of the recent revelations that the IRS has targeted Jewish organizations such as Z Street (not to be confused with J street, a team member in Obama's war against Israel), we present a historic reminder that it takes more moral strength than most politicians have to resist using the powers of the Government for their own political goals. During World War 2, the Bergson Group developed an active campaign "to press the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration for the rescue of Jews from the Nazis." The FBI "eavesdropped on the Bergsonites' telephone conversations, opened their mail, went through their trash, and planted informants in the group to steal documents from Bergson's office." They found nothing criminal. "At the same time, the IRS launched a full-scale inquiry into the Bergson Group's finances, seeking to revoke its tax-exempt status." Medoff writes that "[i]n the end, the IRS investigators were unable to find evidence of any wrongdoing. In fact, as the IRS team became familiar with the group's work, they came to sympathize with it, and 'when they finished, [they] made a contribution between them—every one of them gave a few dollars.'" That wasn't repeated during the Obama administration.READ MORE
Some people become angry when others insist that Jonathan Pollard has already spent an inordinate amount of time in jail for spying. Their degree of anger is greater than their knowledge of salient facts. Jonathan Pollard was not actually tried for his crime and the government broke its plea agreement with him. He has been kept in jail far longer than anyone who has committed a similar or worse offense, mainly because of secret evidence that has not been properly assessed. The information he stole was about the military and nuclear capabilities of Israel's unfriendly Arab neighbors and not about American facilities. Nor did his spying lead to any American's death, as did spying by others. Pollard has served ten years in prison for spying and eighteen more because of political pressure. Cal Thomas reminds us once again it is time to release Pollard from prison.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
Matthew Hausman describes the dismal history of the Oslo Accords. The Palestinian Authority hasn't renounced terrorism or stopped antisemitic incitement. In fact, it voices its determination to wipe Israel off the map. "The PA has consistently failed to honor its obligations under Oslo, minimal though they have been compared to the demands placed on Israel. In contrast, Israel has honored her commitments, even when doing so has threatened her security and national integrity." Hausman suggests it is time for "Israel to reject outside pressure in favor of alternatives that make better historical and strategic sense." One alternative that can be rejected is the notion of a two-state solution, which incorrectly "presumes that the conflict is about geography and can be resolved by the creation of yet another independent Arab-Muslim state." Hausman recommends following a course consistent with authentic Jewish values and notes that "any solution that sacrifices Israel's Jewish character is by definition inconsistent with Jewish values." Jewish values have often been twisted and mis-stated to pressure Israel to accept a 2-state solution where Israel loses land and the Arabs do not reform either their behavior or their perception of Israel as the enemy. He cautions that such "attempt[s] to force an unjust solution on Israel based on a false narrative will provide neither truth nor genuine, lasting peace." Israel must reject these fraudulent solutions. "She must not lose sight of the historical justification for her existence or the values that make her both a Jewish state and a vital democracy."READ MORE
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What we are talking about in the July–August 2013 Issue
We seriously fought Salifist Islam from September 11, 2001 until a few days later when Pres. George Bush asserted Islam is a Peaceful Religion. Under Pres Obama, we've retrogressed even more. We are no longer not fighting Islam, we are aiding and abetting its mission to take over our country. Muslims with terrorist affinities are welcomed into the White House and our security agencies. Even though Muslims are responsible for most domestic terrorism, our security agencies are forbidden to spy on mosques, where most terrorist plots are initiated and developed. Muslims are allowed to pay elite universities to whitewash Islam and spread anti-semitism. K12 text-books portray Islam as peaceful. American courtrooms use Sharia law to try civil cases among Muslims; this guarantees that the mother in a divorce case will lose out. To write only incontrovertible facts about Islam's brutality doesn't shelter the author from criticism and harassment. Any criticism of Islam, factual or not, is considered islamophobic. Islamophilics have spent millions to make sure it as traumatizing as is being called a racist. And wot, I ask you, can be worse than that? Answer: being too squeamish to stop the Salafists from working to substitute Sharia law for the Constitution.
Jim Fletcher reviews a new book by Michael Coffman and Kate
Mathieson called Radical Islam
At the Door In the
House. It describes "how deeply radical Islam has penetrated not
only the White House, but educational institutions, interfaith
religious bodies, and with the introduction of Al-Jazeera, even
media." It points out how the Islamic goal of turning America into an
country ruled by Sharia has succeeded on many levels, from co-opting
interfaith partners to do their bidding to making it alright for a
cabdriver to refuse to take a seeing-eye dog in his cab because he
considers dogs unclean. In many ways it underscores what factual blogs
and books have warned for years: resurgent Islam is a well-funded,
well-integrated, well-organized, dedicated movement to make Islam
globally supreme. Perhaps this book will dissipate the benign haze
through which the mainstream media and our own government have taught
us to view Islamic infiltration.
Respect for Muslim sensitivities triumphs over American security once again. Despite the long and unquestioned association of post offices and posters of criminals wanted by the FBI, Muslim terrorists require special handling. As Arnold Ahlert writes, "the FBI announced it will be pulling ads featuring wanted terrorists off Seattle-area buses. Muslims have complained the posters imply 'Muslims are the face of global terrorism.'" Taking down pictures of Muslim terrorists will not banish the fact that they are the face of global terrorism. "Sunni Muslims were responsible for 'about 70 percent' of the 12,533 terrorist murders committed in 2011." But the media much prefers focusing on White Supremacist terror — which accounted for 77 terrorist murders. As Ahlert points out, "Telling the truth about global jihad is becoming a riskier and riskier business." Speaking the truth about Muslim terrorists is no longer a God-given right. It is unacceptable when done by ordinary citizens. Radical Islamic ideology can not be criticized in polite society. And this non-speak is increasingly being reinforced by Government officials. What it doesn't stop is Islamic terrorism.READ MORE
The Council on American Islamic Relations is an unindicted co-conspirator of the Holyland Foundation that supported Hamas. CAIR itself is a creation of the Muslim Brother (MB), for whom it acts as a front. It and other MB fronts are so well thought of by the Obama Administration that they were able to pressure the Government to purge its terrorist data bases so that Muslim and jihad are no longer linkable (see here and here). They also persuaded the Obama Administration to stop spying and carrying out sting operations at mosques. As this article reports, since October 2011, the Government has cut the FBI off from spying where most terrorist transactions take place: Islamic mosques. The NSA now controls an expensively guzzied up modern equivalent of J. Edgar Hoover's blackmail files on everyone. Rightwingers such as Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Prager don't like it but believe government invasion can save us from a terror attacks. Yet consider this: the majority of terror attacks are by Muslims. The radicalization of most Muslims takes place in or is initiated by people at mosques. And as this article tells us, mosques are where FBI agents are forbidden to snoop. So what good is the huge collection of NSA files, which can only tell you the complete history of everyone a particular person interacted with at particular times in particular places, what he bought, where he ate, what porno sites he visited, his thoughts, how he spends his leisure time, who his children hang out with, and so on and so on? Blackmail? Surely not. Our government officials would never stoop so low, would they?READ MORE
Dave Gaubatz writes of a manual that is available in many Western mosques. It gives the lie to the notion that terror attacks in the West are perpetrated by individuals unaffiliated to major terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Rather, we should think of these individuals as they think of themselves — as Soldiers of Allah, acting "in full compliance with the Islamist movement in America." The manual provides budding terrorists with information on what to do and how to do it, should the FBI contact them or come after them.READ MORE
The great city of Detroit, the locus of America's auto industry, has gone bankrupt. John Hayward (see here) blames it on Detroit's "ruling class of politicians and union bosses [which] spent it into oblivion. Absurdly unsustainable pension plans created a towering mountain of unsustainable liability. The city treasury was looted for the benefit of officials and their very special friends, leaving municipal services at a Third World level. Taxes were raised, driving employers away. The auto industry collapsed under the weight of Big Labor's demands." In the current article Frosty Wooldridge adds an important reasons for Detroit's demise: the legal and illegal immigrants who swarmed into the city. They came for the generous freebies Detroit handed out but they had no intention of assimilating. Among them were a large number of illiterate immigrants from the Middle East, who took over neighborhoods where they imposed sharia law, while milking the welfare system. As Wooldridge writes, "Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life." Some say that bankrupt Detroit is a early version of what will happen to the debt-incurring Federal Government. There is of course a major difference — Detroit couldn't print funny money, which the Federal Government is happily doing.READ MORE
Daniel Greenfield has pointed out (see here) that Muslims are no longer an insignificant minority in Europe. Unlike the natives that don't have sufficient new births to sustain their numbers, Muslims have large number of babies and practice their religion to the hilt. Greenfield notes that "[i]n the UK more people attend mosques than the Church of England" and a Egypt-style church burning have been reported from Sweden. Mohammed was the most popular baby name last year, ahead of Jack and Harry. In France, in this generation, more mosques have been built than Catholic churches and in southern France there are already more mosques than churches. Mohammed-Amine is the most popular double name, ahead of Jean-Baptiste, Pierre-Louis, Leo-Paul and Mohammed-Ali...In Belgium, 50 percent of newborns are Muslim and empty Belgian churches are being turned into mosques. The most popular baby name is Mohammed and of the top 7 baby names, 6 were Muslim. A quarter of Amsterdam, Marseilles and Rotterdam and a fifth of Stockholm is already Muslim. The most popular baby name in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague is... Mohammed."
Their domination in other fields has been equally spectacular. They commit crimes out of proportion to their numbers, including rapes and brutal murders. In 2013, Muslims committed all the rapes in Norway. A thousand rapes were reported in Stockholm, Sweden, in the 7 first months of 2013 alone. Some 30% of the victims were girls under 15. 85% of the rapists were not native. In England, Muslims have finally been convicted of running child prostitution rings. They soak up welfare benefits. In Denmark, they are 5% of the population, and receive 40% of the welfare benefits. In German, 80% of the Turkish immigrants are on the dole. In Britain, half the working age Muslim population isn't working; they also had the highest disability rates of any group. They aren't grateful; they feel it is their due that dhimmis support them. Muslims demand halal meat and they demand that schools serve no pork. Many schools and hospitals now serve only halal meat. They have reset school curricula; the holocaust is no longer taught.
As their numbers grow, Muslims have increasingly demanded Europeans conform to their life style and to Sharia law. Most European political and intellectual leaders have responded by caving in to Muslim demands and joining them in vocal anti-Semitism. Simple common sense suggests they should be uniting with Jews and Sikhs every one else who has been subjected to Muslim arrogance to fight the Islamic takeover of Europe. Instead, invoking the nobility of multiculturalism, they are passive as Islam takes control. When Muslims becomes sufficiently strong, multiculturalism will go out of style and uni-cultural Islam culture will dominate.
David Solway has observed that many conservative writers and thinkers have started describing the world we live in as "a world turned upside down" As a variant of Garrison Keillor's 'If you da-de-da, you might be a de-da-de', our world might be described as upside down where "anti-jihadist freedom fighters Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are forbidden entry to the U.K. as disturbers of public order and social peace while avowed terrorists are welcomed into the country and allowed to live handsomely on the public dole." Englishmen, once proud of their individualism and freedom, enforce "the borders of these shariah-controlled zones, applying the rules laid down by the Islamic inhabitants." It's a world where the al-Dura hoax is protected by French courts and Philippe Karsenty is found guilty of presenting evidence of the hoax. Descending to truly black humor, "Iran chairs the UN Conference on Disarmament and Syria was recently a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee." But then the U.N. has been an indecent joke for many years. Meantime, the Religion of Peace is slowly killing off individual freedoms, civility and multicultural tolerance for other religions. It's even having a go at homousian-heteroousian warfare among its own Salafist sects.READ MORE
Abigail Esman writes of the Ibn Ghaldoun Islamic school in Holland, where lying, cheating and stealing appear to be the norm for the administration, the students and their parents. Its directors used "subsidies earmarked for books and local educational school outings to take 200 students and their families ... to Mecca." After-school study groups were used to indoctrinate the children in radicalism and to reject assimilation. A group of its students stole "copies of the national final exam ... and were selling it over the Internet." Parents pressured teachers to pass failing students instead of flunking them. Esman suggests that self-inflicted illiteracy and refusal to assimilate have contributed to the high unemployment rate among Muslims in Holland. The take-home lesson from Ibn Ghaldoun is that "[t]he West must at last demand that its Muslim children be part of our cultural and moral fabric — starting in the classroom."READ MORE
Soeren Kern points out that "[t]he rate of increase of Muslim inmates in British prisons is eight times faster than that of the overall prison population, and the numbers show a clear overrepresentation of Muslim convicts." Aside from underscoring that the Muslim population is not living up to the claim that they are productive citizens, there is the very serious problem "that British prisons are becoming hotbeds for Islamic radicalization." There is an Islamic gang culture that controls the prison drug trade; there is forced conversion of prisoners who fear for their lives; there are al-Qaeda members who serve as role models for the younger inmates; there is the terrorizing of non-Muslim prisoners who don't conform because they eat pork or listen to Western music. As in the USA where radical imams are prison chaplains, little is being done in Britain to stop these practices.READ MORE
Like Geert Wilders who was tried in Holland for the crime of producing a documentary that used quotations from the Koran, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted in Austria for calling Mohammed a pedophile. In this essay she discusses European laws that "criminalize public incitement to 'hatred' against 'a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin'". Slander used to mean speaking or writing a malicious lie with intent to do someone harm. Now, European courts are free to redefine slander as Islam has always defined it in sharia law: slander is whatever is resented by a Muslim, whatever he feels harms him. Whether it is true or false is irrelevant. It can be a criminal offense in countries such as Austria, Sweden, Germany and Britain that don't have Constitutional protection for free speech. She makes the important observation that the Muslim Brotherhood "has been working assiduously since the 1970s to place members of its affiliated organizations in state, federal, and local government here in the United States, and within important transnational bodies and NGOs in the European Union." Under the guise of tolerance, anti-racism and diversity, they are redefining what can be written and spoken about Islamic practices and beliefs. In America, jihad and Islam were removed from the lexicon of FBI training manuals. In Europe, one can go to jail for criticizing Islam. She suggests some ways of fighting this insidious and dangerous trend.READ MORE
Bruce Bawer writes of a municipality in France, Roubaix, where the French administration actively contributes to the ascendancy of "Ilamo-leftism." It helps a "Palestinian charity that collected for Arab orphans; the money goes to children of suicide bombers. The town mosque is run by Salafists; there is a Muslim enclave, which is 'no-go' to non-Muslims. In sum, Roubaix is "a model of rank, shameless official dhimmitude. Roubaix has attained social harmony — if you want to call it that — by selling out completely to the proponents of sharia." What makes Roubaix a shining example of a world turned upside down is that the New York Times recently wrote about Roubaix and its disregard of French law and culture as if it were "some kind of triumph of multicultural concord." The Times reporter, Alissa Rubin, misinterpreted the many signs of Muslim control as indications that Roubaix "has made a point of embracing its Muslim population." Rubin praised Roubaix as "a role model for other French towns and cities" on how to live in harmony. Judging from how Roubaix succeeded, all it takes is to succumb completely to Islam's demands.READ MORE
Peaceful Islam. Let me count the ways:
Burning Christians in their churches in Egypt.
Shooting rockets at children walking to school in the morning in Israel.
Rebels eating the organs of someone they have just slaughtered in Syria.
Gang raping women in England and Sweden.
Setting explosives that amputate the feet of a young dancer in Boston.
Killing hostages in Russia and in China.
Detonating a bus full of tourists in Bulgaria.
There's no end to their peace-loving activities.
They fill the globe.
Apologists for Muslim savagery suggest "its victims as somehow deserving of the jihadist attacks... any Jews killed are payback for the purported Israeli persecution of the so-called Palestinians." This doesn't work when the victims are Buddhists, who are mostly pacifists. Apologists can't claim Buddhists have mistreated Muslims. Moreover, "Buddhism is the pet religion of the media, Leftists, Progressives and Liberals, and even those who are right of center find it hard to dislike Buddhism." Bill Warner speculates that the attacks on Buddhists might have negative consequences, making it more difficult to justify Islam's attacks on other religions. Some people might even rethink their defense of Islam's aggression.READ MORE
Simon Deng, a former Sudanese slave, spoke at the U.N.'s Durban III Conference, which was held in NY in Sept. 2011. Although the Conference was called The Perils Of Global Intolerance, it was a continuation of the virulent anti-Israel lies and ugly distortions heard at the previous Durban conferences. In a remarkable action, Simon Deng spoke out against the real agenda of the Conference. He said:
"The people who suffer most from the UN anti-Israel policy are not the Israelis, but all those people who the UN ignores in order to tell its big lie against Israel; we, the victims of Arab/Muslim abuse: women, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, homosexuals, in the Arab/Muslim world. These are the biggest victims of UN Israel hatred."READ MORE
Daria Solovieva describes some of the more recent attacks in Egypt on the Coptic Christians: looting, burning churches, harassing nuns, killing people. The "reason" this time was Morsi's ouster from the Presidency of Egypt. No one is suggesting the Copts were responsible for booting Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood out of the government, but the Morsi supporters needed some way to show their anger, didn't they?READ MORE
The news about the internecine fights between different colorations of Jihad has concentrated on Egypt and Syria. But the action is much more wide spread. Olivier Guitta writes about what's happening elsenwhere, including Europe, where Hezbollah has encountered little resistance in raising funds from sympathizers and by selling drugsREAD MORE
The European Union (EU) has decided that henceforth its member states are to boycott the three-quarters of a million Israeli Jews living in Samaria, Judea, the Golan and the eastern part of Jerusalem. Yori Yanover wrote in The Jewish Press (July 16th, 2013, here.) that Ha'aretz reported that "the European Union has published a binding directive to all 28 member states forbidding any funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to anyone residing in the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria and in East Jerusalem. In addition, the directive requires that any future deal to be signed with Israel must include an item that determines that the settlements are not part of sovereign Israel and therefore are not part of the deal."
This is not a sudden change in policy. It is a blatant statement of EU practices that have developed over time. These demands are consistent with EU prejudices. As Guy Milliere (see here) points out, "For more than four decades, several European countries, and the European Union itself, have established close and compromising relationships with various regimes in the Arab world. They have become prisoners of what is called Europe's 'Arab Policy' — with full support for the 'Palestinian cause' and 'anti-Israeli' activities and movements, regardless of how thoroughly detrimental these might be to their own survival — as so presented by Bat Ye'or in her prophetic book, Eurabia, published in 2005."
The sanctions themselves may end up as more limited than feared. Or the EU might cherrypick what "illegalities" to ignore and which to be virtuous about. But it is important to realize the intent is to humiliate Israel. Every time Israel signs an agreement with a EU country, it will be agreeing that Jewish settlements are illegal, a statement that is contrary-to-fact, as several papers in this Section discuss. The more general problem is that EU has flat out rejected that Biblical Israel belongs to Israel. The EU has capriciously decided that Israel has no title to land that is Jewish legally, historical, Biblically and by right of conquest.
Many have noted the irony of how the EU ignores Arab terrorism while slamming Israel for imaginary or minor faults. Peter Martino (see here) writes: "The Muslim Brotherhood is embraced as a friend and partner of Europe, but Jewish sportsmen, artists and scientists are considered a dangerous threat to peace in the Middle East. The EU's policies towards Israel and the Jews has become so vicious, dishonest and unfair, that it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the EU is an anti-Semitic organization. The sooner the 'political wing' of this organization is dismantled, and the EU returns to its origin as a free trade organization, the better." Emmanuel Navon (see here) put it this way: "For the European Union (EU), labeling Hezbollah as a terrorist organization amounts to a tough philosophical question. But labeling Israeli products from Judea and Samaria as non-Israeli entails no such travails. While there is no question that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, defining Judea and Samaria as 'occupied territory' is debatable at best."
Moran Azulay (see here) wrote that PM Netanyahu announced that "Israel will not sign additional agreements with EU such as a scientific cooperation agreement, due to the expected EU limitations on the settlements." But this hasn't been followed up by specifics. Nevertheless there is no reason to put up with this treatment, even if the politicians aren't to be trusted. Pleas and polite letters are useless. But there are effective ways to respond.
Caroline Glick (see here) writes that the EU "hopes to coerce Israel into abandoning its legitimate historic claims as the indigenous people of the Land of Israel to the lands allocated to the Jewish people under international law by the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. It hopes to coerce Israel into surrendering its right to defensible borders and voluntarily transform itself into an indefensible strategic basket case wholly dependent on the goodwill of outside powers for its survival." She makes three major suggestions:
David Lev (See here) expands on (2) and suggests boycotting some major European Union projects that features Israel as a central partner and funder — slated to provide some 600 million euros. "Among them is an 80 billion euro project to clean up the Mediterranean by 2020. Horizon 2020 'aims to de-pollute the Mediterranean by the year 2020 by tackling the sources of pollution that account for around 80% of the overall pollution of the Mediterranean Sea: municipal waste, urban waste water and industrial pollution,' the EU said when the project was announced in 2011. Israeli green technology is a centerpiece of the project, with Israeli researchers providing numerous systems to remove pollution from the shores of Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, and northern African countries. At least some of the technologies Israel is contributing to the project were developed by companies and academic institutions located in Judea and Samaria and in areas of Jerusalem liberated in the Six Day War. Considering the financial crisis in many Mediterranean countries, Israel's funding for the project may be a major issue for the continuity of the project. According to the new EU rules, Israel will have to pledge not to supply any of that technology to the project removing a good chunk of the technology contributions Israel was slated to make."
There has been a rash of suggestions on the internet on the proper response to the EU dictum.
What individuals and companies can do on their own:
AFSI advocates a Buy Israel program concentrating on products like AHAVA and SODA-STREAM that come from the Territories.
NOTE: See also the video "The Spring of Judea and Samaria, produced by Ezra Ridgley" here.
In this article, Alan Baker lays out in succinct fashion why the EU's recent directive boycotting Jews living in Samaria and Judea is legally and politically flawed. The EU has ignored the legal documents encouraging these Jewish settlements by the international community and has based its condemnation of the settlements on inappropriate documents such as the Geneva Convention, which are not applicable. Baker points out that "[t]he repeated use by the EU of the term 'occupied Arab,' or 'Palestinian territories' to refer to the area of Judea and Samaria has no basis in law or fact." These conclusions were also part of a petition he drafted for the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, which was sent to the EU. The petition was signed by 1100 jurists, rabbis and diplomats around the world urging the EU to shelve its "legally flawed and incorrect assumptions regarding both the legality of Israel's settlements and the status of the pre-1967 armistice lines as Israel's border." (see here). As Nachi Eyal, director of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, has said: "The world needs to understand that there is a deliberate deception is being perpetrated [by the EU] and that Judea and Samaria belong to the Jewish people by their historic right as well as by law."READ MORE
This article is, in part, a companion article to Ambassador Baker's more general refutation of the European Union's "case" against the Jewish settlements. Melanie Phillips focuses on the San Remo Treaty, which reaffirmed that the land was historically the homeland of the Jewish people, and the Geneva Convention, which the EU misapplied. Phillips calls this "an act of malevolence" "But," she adds, "the fault in large measure surely lies with Israel. For although some may find this incomprehensible, Israel does not make to the world the one case that matters — why Israelis are fully entitled under international law to build their homes in these territories; and exactly how Britain, the EU and the UN have grossly misstated and misapplied that international law." After all, as a reader, Mladen Andrijasevic, asks, "Is it really so difficult to read the San Remo Treaty of 1920, Article 6 of the Palestine Mandate, the UN Charter, Chapter XII, Article 80 and Article 49 of the Geneva Convention and see that Israeli settlements beyond the Green Line are legal under international law?" Phillips suggests reasons why Israel has been remiss. Her assessment needs to be taken seriously. And the situation corrected.READ MORE
As Douglas Murray writes, "The European Union (EU) has again decided that it should dictate Israeli border and security policy." In this essay, he focuses on a particular aspect of this decree: the EU's double standard in that the EU has not taken such a stand on other disputed borders in the world. He writes in particular of Cyprus, a member of the EU, where Turkey illegally annexed the northern area over forty years ago. Even if one doesn't accept Israel's ownership of the Territories, unlike Turkey, it clearly has security and political justification for maintaining control. Yet, while the EU plans economic and academic shunning of Israel, "the EU does not consider it imperative that Turkey should disengage from the illegal occupation of an EU member state." Curious.READ MORE
There's a split in the American Jewish community, in that while some 55% oppose a Palestinian Arab state, other Jews, including organizations such as the American Jewish Congress, which should understand the Palestinian Arabs have no intention of being a peaceful neighbor, continue to promote the Arab cause. Left-leaning Jews have been inventive and creative in doing PR — against Israel. They are major suppliers and vindicators of the BSD (Ban, Sanction, Divest) campaign against Israel. The European Union is reprehensible in ignoring all evil in the Middle East and picking on the one democratic state in all of that vast area: Israel. But, as Ron Jager asks: why do American Jewish groups refuse to help Jewish citizens of Israel who live in Samaria and Judea? As he writes, "If New York Federation-funded agencies can so blatantly boycott children who have lost their parents and siblings to terror, why should we be so surprised when the Europeans adopt a similar policy of boycotting Jews?" There is an addendum on an article by Bill Narvey called "Is The Boston JCRCB Jewish Leadership Really From Boston Or From Chelm?" that wonders how interfaith Jews can join forces with Muslim groups that hate Jews and want to kill them.READ MORE
It seems particularly stupid for the EU to antagonize Israel just as Israel is about to develop its newly-discovered offshore deposits of natural gas. Nevertheless, in split-brain fashion, while the EU is crowing about its plans to humiliate Israel by forcing it to pretend settlements are illegal, another group of EU officials, ignoring EU's righteous convictions, is talking to Israel about linking "Israel's natural gas fields to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline." It is not surprising, as Malcolm Lowe writes, that "the EU took vehement exception to Special Rapporteur Richard Falk's most recent report, aka baseless diatribe against Israel." European politicos are suddenly denouncing boycotts. European officials are reassuring Israel the EU guide lines don't mean what they say, and even if they sound nasty, they are very limited in what they can achieve, and even if they are legal, some European countries (more aware or less ideological) have denounced them. Thanks to the Trade Unions, the Protestant Churches, an anti-Israel press and Arab money, 40% of the Europeans believe Israel "is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians," but the working stiffs in the European governments see it in their national interest to work with Israel. Who will win out: the EU or the EU? Perhaps Israel needs to ask the real EU to stand up and take responsibility for its actions. As an aside, I don't think Malcolm Lowe need worry that with its new riches Israel will behave like a primitive Gulf State. The behavior of Jews, even not very religious Jews, is anchored in the Torah, and not on the mouthing of a 7th century primitive.READ MORE
The treatment by Israel of the Negev Bedouins is a prime example that no good deed shall go unpunished. Israeli has given them the medical support to keep their newborns alive. Bedouin infant medical problems are still high due to long-term cousins marriages but this program has been so successful, it is estimated the Bedouin population will double in 15 years. For at least a half century, Israel has been coaxing the impoverished Bedouins — native to Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Jordan — to live in permanent housing so that the young can receive an education and join the modern world. This has been partially successful. Mandatory education has reduced illiteracy from 95% to 25% in a generation, but higher education is still not a priority goal in the community. The Bedouin have responded to freebies without responsibility by illegally building on state and private land in a sprawling destructive fashion, including taking over public land set aside for parks. Some 40% continued to live in illegal villages, not entitled to electricity, water or trash pick-up. The government will now try the Begin-Prawer 5-year economic development plan for the Negev Bedouins to clear up the issue of land ownership, improve the condition of Bedouin women and ease the Bedouins into Israeli society. It allocates most of its Negev budget to the Bedouins, rather than helping Jews settle the Negev.
Currently, a major problem is that many Bedouins have been radicalized and where once they saw themselves as separate from the Palestinian Arabs, now they identify with them, so their taking over the Negev means they will want to assign it to areas controlled by the PLO. In July many of them rioted because they would have to move off the land they held illegally in the Negev and Galilee. Are they being treated unfairly? Yes. Jewish settlers have their legal homes demolished with no compensation and there are no plans to build new Jewish towns in the Negev, but billions of shekels are earmarked for the Bedouins. They are given thousands of dunam of free land but also resist giving up their illegal buildings. As one reader said, "Israel is a topsy-turvy world, where incredibly Arabs who seek to destroy the state have more rights than the Jews...Amazing!" Another reader, Stop the Insanity!!!!!!!!!, writes, "Only in Israel are the enemy housed and legalized.The PA has a policy of no Jews in their hoped for state.Why O Why does Israel not respond in kind - No Arabs in the Jewish State.Jewish morality can be our worst enemy at times like this.To rid Israel of this 5th column the Arab population must be 'Encouraged' to join their brethren in the Arab countries. Any foolish agreement Israel concludes with the 'non nation' the palestinians must include their transfer to their own lands."
MK Moshe Feiglin recently spelled out what the Israeli Government is doing: "You gave up on the Temple Mount, you gave up on construction in Jerusalem, you have abandoned the Jews in the eastern section of the city, you have frozen construction in Judea and Samaria, and now you've given away the Negev."
The current article discusses both what an Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI) group saw as they traveled through the Negev and the implications of the Israeli Government caving to the Bedouin land-grab of the Negev.READ MORE
Israel has been invaded by a slew of Africans, posing as refugees but actually looking for an easier life than in their native countries. Most are not qualified to work. They have taken over a part of Tel-Aviv, where, as Sarah Honig writes, "[n]umerous murders, robberies and violent rapes are routinely reported in the city's dark seamy underside. Doubtless, way more go unreported." The influx into Israel has mostly been stopped, but, mainly due to the flak from a Marxist press, little has done little to expel a clear and obvious danger to Israeli citizens. As Honig writes, the irony is that the same Left that that wants to kick Israeli citizens out of Biblical Israel, "eagerly espouses whatever weakens Israel be it yielding territory to ever-implacable enemies, importing hostile Arabs, opposing legislation to reduce the danger of being overrun by would-be annihilators or even undermining efforts to deport illegal (often Muslim) Africans."READ MORE
Amir Rapaport (see here) has written of the IDF's new priorities: "the attainment of intelligence superiority, development of knockout fire delivery capability, active defense systems, cyber warfare, and border protection systems, while the ground forces are to be downgraded in importance and priority." Typically, historians complain that Generals seem always to be fighting the last war. But in this case, paradoxically, some experts are concerned that Israel's embrace of innovative new techniques, many of which are robotic, are not suitable if the enemy continues to fight the last war. In this essay, Mark Helprin reports that Israel is preparing for asymmetrical wars such as those Hezbollah and Hamas fight, because its military leaders believe that ground wars with regular armies encountering each other in specific places are a thing of the past. Helprin points out that "[t]he fallacy of this course is ...[that] the Arab confrontation states have coalesced at unlikely times and in unlikely circumstances." Reinforcing this viewpoint, Professor Avi Kober (see here) has written of "the troop-density paradox," in which "low-intensity challenges actually require more troops than high-intensity ones." This would mean that whether the enemy is a seasoned guerrilla force or a regular army fighting openly, men and material are necessary. It seems the wrong time to give up tanks and trained ground troops.READ MORE
Much of the response to Israel's releasing barbaric murderers from jail just to get some illegal and recalcitrant Arabs to come sit and talk yet again, has rightfully been emotional: indignation and anger and demoralization. Demoralized is a very textured word. People become fearful, despondent, uncaring, distraught, terrified, logy, inert, paralyzed, jumpy. A demoralized populace is the very opposite of a citizenry invigorated and full of determination to act: ready for battle, squashing problems as they arise, working around current blocks. And, in this sense, the Netanyahu Gov't, which I respect for helping Israel out of its solipsist socialist inertia into a phenomenally creativity under capitalism, is demoralizing Israelis. In this essay Louis Beres writes of another aspect of the prisoner release. He points out that not only is releasing terrorists "indecent, it is also unlawful." Moreover, in promoting this, the U.S., in the person of Barack Obama, "will be in violation not only of international law, but also the law of the United States. This is because international law is already part of US law (the 'supreme law of the land') by virtue of Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, and also by virtue of a number of landmark Supreme Court decisions." And the worst of it is that Israel, aside from losing its self-respect, will gain nothing but more wide-spread terrorism from this "good-will" gesture.READ MORE
Many have commented on the bitter fact that the Obama Administration successfully pressured Israel to release terrorists who murdered defenseless civilians but has itself refused to release Jonathan Pollard, whose espionage jeopardized no lives yet has been treated worse than spies such as Aldrich Ames, who was directly responsible for the death of Americans. In this article, Jonathan Pollard doesn't speak of the cruel and unusual punishment he has suffered. He argues, instead, that Israel "has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world so befuddled by moral ambiguity that it is willing to dishonor its dead, betray its bereaved, and disgrace its citizens for the sake of political expediency." And the facts are with him.READ MORE
In this essay, Rabbi Pruzansky compares Israel's irrational entering "into negotiations with an enemy sworn to its destruction, when any outcome of those negotiations will redound to its detriment" to the battered wife who can no longer make rational assessments. "Just like the battered-wife blames herself for the violence, thinks she can improve the situation by making unilateral changes, lacks self-esteem, and therefore endures the violence, injury, emotional and verbal abuse and degradation that is her fate so too Israel. ... Only a country that lacks self-esteem willingly surrenders its land to its enemies..." A reader, Phil, commented, "No argument with any of your statements, but if Israel had leaders who would answer the diplomats pressuring Israel by declaring firmly that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish Nation, and not one inch of it is negotiable, I think the pressure would eventually fade, as its futility became apparent. Peace negotiations? Sure. Land negotiations? Never. Not one inch. In this regard, Israel's leaders are indeed to blame, for suggesting that Israel will give up anything for even the chance to talk about peace."READ MORE
Zvi November writes that Israel's leaders do not appear to have the smarts "to explain her legitimate rights, the justice of her cause and rebut the outright lies Arabs have succeeded in spreading worldwide." When they should assert sovereignty over the Territories, they waffle and use loser terms such as "disputed territories." They ignore simple truths that would allow them to set the terms of the discussion; e.g., assert that it is time for transfer the local Arabs to Jordon, which sits on land originally set aside for the Jews and has a Palestinian Arab majority.READ MORE
Some of the articles in this section capture the irrational loathing the world has been conditioned to feel towards the Jews who live in Samaria and Judea, which is Biblical Israel. (It's called the West Bank by those that pretend that there is no connection between the Jews and their ancient homeland.) The Jews living in towns in Samaria and Judea aren't demonized just by outsiders. They have become the Jews of the Jews and the designated victims of the police and judiciary, who don't put a foot wrong when it comes to actual criminals who are Arab.
They do this, despite the fact there are now many articles available that present factual evidence on how the League of Nations divided the Middle Eastern territory of the Ottoman Empire after it was defeated in World War 1. The Balfour Declaration, the San Remo treaties, and the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine reaffirmed that the ownership of Mandated Palestine belongs ONLY to the Jews, just as other Mandates written at the same time created many of the present-day Arab states. (Read an excellent summary here. and google the many articles in Think-Israel on Israel's legal ownership of Samaria, Judea, Gaza and the Golan. See also the Section on the Levy Report in the September 2012 issue here and the video "The Identify Of The Land" here.) Despite the clear evidence, sequential Israeli Governments have not claimed the land to which they have clear and unique title. It is unconscionable that Israel does not assert its legal, historic, Biblical and conquest rights, but passively allows the false assertions that the "Palestinians" own the land to persist. By their actions, Israeli leaders are following in the footsteps of the Europeans, particularly the Brits, who took up themselves the trust to help the Jews develop the means to reinstate their homeland, and instead, did all in their power to prevent the creation of a Jewish state.Dror Eydar ( August 4, 2013, here) calls for a positive and persistent action. As he put it:
"Every diplomatic statement, press conference and political speech needs to emphasize, first and foremost, the historical, religious and moral rights of the Jews to their land. Mr. President of the United States of America, do you believe in the Bible? Do you believe in the promise of this land to the Jewish people? Almost 2,000 years before Islam came to this world, when the forefathers of MKs Zahalka and Tibi were worshipping idols in the Hijaz desert, our own forefathers were walking here and beginning to practice monotheism.
"One thousand six hundred years before Islam, we had a kingdom and Temple in Jerusalem. Twice we were destroyed and exiled, and twice we came back home. Four hundred years before the advent of Islam, the Romans changed the name of Judea to Palestine, after the coastal nation known as the Philistines, who had disappeared hundreds of years previously. The Romans sought to erase the connection between the Jews and their land. Now Arabs of the region call themselves Palestinians and say, 'We were here before you.' This lie must be exposed at every opportunity. Telling this truth is also our chance at achieving true peace."
What is as appalling is that Jews are not allowed to pray freely on their most sacred place, the Temple Mount. It is a morbid example of black irony. Anywhere else in the world (except in Judenfrei Arab countries, there would be an outcry, but here in the country of the Jews, Jews aren't allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, but Arabs may pray, play soccer and come and go freely. The Government is paralyzed for fear the Arabs will riot, and the global media will as usual condemn Israel. Clearly it is necessary to take the guardianship of Jewish holy places away from the Waqf and return it to the Jews. Israel might as well do it right. The world will scream just as loud at half measures or cosmetic changes. More generally, a proper solution, well stated by Alexis Worlock, ("My Answer To Jews Who Oppose Deportation Of The Enemies Of Israel" Facebook, July 12, 2013) is this:
"I'm offended by the sick double standard under which some Jews allow atrocities and outrages to be perpetrated against fellow Jews; and are willing to go so far as to say it's fine for Israel to uproot entire Jewish communities, some after 3 generations, including destroying not only homes and livelihoods but close, lifelong community relationships; destroy farms and greenhouses and synagogues; disinter remains from cemeteries...forcefully enter homes and carry out screaming children...[In August, 2005 — bsl] And all this, in response to these people having done NOTHING WRONG. On the contrary--the Jews of Gaza, who had built with their own hands beautiful, productive, close-knit communities, were evicted ONLY due to the genocidal hatred, acted out in violence, of THEIR NEIGHBORS--the ones who were allowed to remain in Gaza and are given immense financial assistance from Israel and the rest of the world! And once the Jews were forcibly removed from Gaza, it immediately became a launching pad for kidnapping, constant rocket attacks on civilians in Israel proper, and unspeakable acts of terror against any Jews that came within reach, and when they could no longer find Jews, against other Arab Gazans.
"So, when it comes to allowing outrages against fellow Jews...even when it comes to forcibly uprooting innocent and productive Jewish families...the voices of 'Jewish conscience' are oddly silent. But when one suggest that, rather than the innocent Jewish victims of genocidal hate, but the PERPETRATORS be uprooted--suddenly there are all kinds of cries of conscience. Jewish laws of 'kindness and compassion' are suddenly invoked. I'll quote you a Jewish law of kindness and compassion, from the Talmud: 'He who is compassionate to the cruel, winds up being cruel to the compassionate.' [...] The Nazis of today are suddenly presented as the "victims"! Because--while they are trying to massacre every last Jew from the face of the earth, for no crime except the fact of being Jewish... My relatives who were victims of the Holocaust would have loved, would have fallen on their knees in gratitude, to have had the possibility of being merely deported, instead of the unspeakable horrors that were actually done to them."]
To claim Israel's own property as Israeli is apparently a fearful act for the politicians, who don't seem to understand how it would free them from the periodic wastes of time spent negotiating peace with Arabs, who want to see the Jewish state destroyed; they don't want to create a state of their own.
Without Israel's strong assertion that she will not consider a give-away of Biblical Israel, John Kerry, the USA Secretary of State has been free to perform his own version of the Kerry Dance, where he plays the pipes while Abbas calls the tune. A serious question is whether the Peace Process is just stupid or malicious? Are we being danced around because the entire Obama administration has a limited repertoire of ideas and methods or is this just the latest resurrection of a decayed idea that haters of Israel have relied on to destroy the Jewish State? It is possible that the Obama administration is blackmailing Netanyahu — their Chicago-based method of operation is to blackmail or bribe or demonize. Integrity means nothing. Their objective is to further their aims. It may be that Netanyahu believes Israel needs a political settlement to survive. As Evelyn Gordon wisely said, "Once a prime minister convinces himself that the country's very survival depends on an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, the inexorable consequence is that almost no concession is too high to pay for a deal, or even for the faintest chance of one" (see here). It may be that Netanyahu is acting absurdly stupid because his overriding concern is defeating Iran before she drops — or threatens to drop — a bomb, and the USA administration has threatened to block him UNLESS he agrees to whatever nastiness the USA encouraged by Abbas can dream up, he's likely wasting precious time. Given Obama's previous history, he'll string the Israelis along and eventually default on his promises. If he's out to help kill off Israel, he's not going to do anything to help Israel bomb Iran, not matter what he promises and no matter how many terrorists Israel releases.
See also this prescription for an Isaiah State rather than a Pariah State. It is called "An Isaiah State Light To Nations" and features an interview with HaRav David Bar-Hayim entitled "Terrorists for Peace (Talks)."
When the Allies won the first World War, the vast Middle East portion of the Ottoman Empire was divided by a set of Mandates into what would be a single Jewish state and many of the current Arab states. The Mandate for the establishment of the Jewish State was an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people. It was unique in that it was considered a reattachment of the Jews to their homeland. In this way, it differed from the the Arab states, where boundaries were drawn for geographic convenience rather than historic connection. As Alex Rose writes, the British betrayed their trust, and indeed, overtly helped the Arabs by allowing them open immigration, supplying them with arms and adding 80% of the Mandate land to the already enormous area gifted to the Arabs, while they closed Palestine to the Jews who in the 1930's and 1940's were fleeing from the Nazis. Just as in Israel currently, when the Arabs were displeased, they threatened mayhem and the authorities would exclude Jews from their property. The attitude and activities of the French and the US administrations over the years have been more sympathetic to the Arab demands than to the Jewish State, which, despite all, has succeeded in providing a good life and freedom for its citizens, an amazing accomplishment in a region suffering from the twin afflictions of rigidity and chaos.READ MORE
The new "peace" negotiations might be useful, were they to raise the return of Pollard as the price of releasing arab monster. Raising the issue of the return of Jewish property in the Arab countries or suitable compensation would be useful. After all the Arab invaders of the newly-created State of Israel created two sets of refugees. One, Jewish, was absorbed as fully empowered citizens of Israel, the other, Arab, was useful as the face of Arab "suffering" and seemed to have hit the jackpot in that our tax dollars have helped pay for their free food, education, medical care and housing. They didn't use their leisure time to create the infrastructure of a state but moldered in welfare status, with little incentive to work for a living and act independently. Ronald Lipsman reviews the sorry history of the Oslo Accords and the damage the agreement has done to Israel. He concludes that it is "time for Israeli leaders— indeed, for the whole nation — to recognize the futility of Oslo, declare it a dead letter, and pursue a completely different path. It is time for Israelis to recognize reality, stop acting like they lost all the wars that they have won, and initiate a new strategy." The fault for the Oslo failure and the initiative for success lies not with Israel but with the Arabs, who continue to dream of destroying Israel.READ MORE
To hear even many of the people who are friendly towards Israel, the Jewish settlements in Samaria and Judea are a singular shiny large-caret jewel radiating Israeli malevolence and needing no context and no factual explanation to arouse international anger. 'Jewish settlements are evil' is a mantra Jew-haters have succeeded in having added to the world's unquestioned set of incorrect beliefs. Ask people why these settlements are evil. It is so obvious to them, they are surprised you ask. Nevertheless, factually, by international law Jewish settlements in the Territories are to be encouraged and helped to develop. (Google San Remo Treaties and UN charter and view 'Gauthier On Jerusalem' here. Google "Think-Israel.org" for additional articles.)
Yet they are automatically rejected as a sign of Jewish unwarranted expansionism, but "Palestinian" Arab settlements that are indeed illegal invasion, constructed by a phony people claiming a country that never was, are acceptable. If the no-longer legal President of the PA. Mahmoud Abbas, can bluff his way into acquiring most of Samaria and Judea and Eastern Jerusalem, this would mean kicking out three-quarters of a million Jews from their homes because Abbas is not willing to have a single Jew on Arab turf. That is considered reasonable but let the Jews talk of exporting the Arabs to a place of their own in the vast lands bestowed on the Arab States, and the world screams in horror. In this essay, Sarah Honig suggests a non-trivial reason why this is so: it is the ancient refusal to accept a viable Jewish state where Jews can live as Jews.READ MORE
Sherri Mandell is the mother of Kobi Mandell, who skipped school to take a hike with his friend. They were beaten to death by Palestinian Arabs who then smeared their blood over the walls of the cave where they were found. In this essay, she makes clear the discrepancy between the fantasy that the Jews living in the Territories are the reason that there is no peace in the Middle East and the actuality, i.e., that their religious beliefs do not allow the Arabs to come to terms with a Jewish State, no matter what its size.READ MORE
Elad Benari tells the story of Boaz Albert, a wine maker living in Samaria, who understands that Israel must reclaim its land, not give it away. This is not the operational agenda of successive Israeli administrations, who continue to act as if peace will blossom if only they give away another piece of tiny Israel. He has been harassed and even subjected to a taser attack by the authorities, who would never subject an Arab terrorist to such arbitrary treatment. In an Addendum, Boaz Albert explains why he must defy the authorities.READ MORE
Steven Plaut writes about the significance of the Temple Mount for Jews and for Christians. When the Jews reclaimed the Temple Mount in 1967, they stupidly allowed the Arabs to retain control of it. The Arab have taken advantage of the government's fear that Arabs will riot. More and more, with the Government compliance, they block Jewish access to the Temple Mount. Jews are frequently and capriciously banned from the Mount and they are never allowed to pray there. Jews who violate the odious restrictions on their rights to their Holiest Site in their Holiest City of Jerusalem are subject to arrest. Meantime, the Arabs destroy artifacts from previous Temple times to eradicate the ancient and continuous connection of Jews and the Temple Mount. As Plaut says, "the entire legal status quo for the Temple Mount, under which Israel relinquishes control to the Muslim religious authorities, serves as yet another reminder that Jewish self-abasement and cowardice do not win Israel any tolerance or goodwill. The time has come for Israel to make it clear that it will no longer seek peace via gestures of debasement of Jewish dignity nor by auto-suppression of the legitimate religious rights of Jews."READ MORE
This is a concise and precise report prepared by Michael Fuah on the shoddy treatment of Jews who are not allowed by the Israeli Government to access their most holy site. As unbelievable as it sounds, it is a fact that "Jews are barred from entry for weeks on end when demanded by Muslim clerics; that Jews are not permitted to pray, in any manner or form, even in a murmur; that Jews are not permitted to carry prayer books or any books of a religious nature; Jews are not permitted to bow or prostrate themselves; Jews are not permitted access throughout the day; Jews are not permitted to study text; Jews are not permitted to linger," while Arabs have full access to the Jewish Temple Mount. Arabs can pray there, have picnics and play soccer without restriction.READ MORE
Every American administration in recent years that ran into political problems confirmed by low approval rates had an out. They promoted a major distraction that looked like a legacy-sized mission: let's make peace between the Arabs and the Jews. As Haim Shine (see here) points out, "In practice, that meant Israel conceded material benefits to the Arabs while losing self-respect and self-confidence. And making itself more an easy target for the growing Arab violence." Even if the brokers were honorable, even if Israel were to make itself into a basket case for peace — which she has seemed on occasion to be willing to do — and even if the Arabs, including its current spokesman Mahmoud Abbas, the quasi head of the Palestinian Authority, had not declared that the Arabs intend, sooner or later, to eradicate Israel, Warren Manison in this article tells us why the fantasy of two states, one Arab, one Jewish, living side by side in peace (or one inside the other, or one on both sides of the other) is an impossibility.READ MORE
Chloe Valdary writes that America upholds its good name and foundation principles. "[It] realizes that when it comes to its own self-interests, negotiating for peace with those who seek, indeed, live, to see their destruction, is a futile mission." Yet she pressures her most reliable ally in the Middle East, Israel — who also lives by high moral standards — to denigrate her sovereignty by making suicidal concessions to those who work to destroy her. As Valdary says, "It is not Israel's responsibility to convince the leaders of Western civilization to uphold its own standards of justice and truth, nor is it Israel's responsibility to be made to endure a trial and error process of being the 'better, naive' person, which as precedent has shown has only brought death and destruction." "[T]he idea which Israel must aspire to, indeed the idea upon which it was founded, is the national sovereignty of its own people and their right to live in their ancient homeland." Amen to that.READ MORE
This set of essays asks whether Islam, whose ideology advocates aggressive means to dominate over all other religions, rejects any criticism of Islam and treats women and minority groups as chattel or, at best, as dhimmis, is potentially compatible with democratic practices, which encourage inter-group tolerance and freedom for individuals to make their own decisions.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, "[t]here is an unshakable belief in many a Western heart that all humanity hungers after democracy." These optimists see the budding of democracy in the Middle East in the flimsiest of evidence. And yet, as Bernice Lipkin suggests, it may be that "the question whether Islam and democracy are compatible has already been answered. "Consider that the State of Israel has for over sixty years been conducting an unplanned field experiment in social relations. There is a large group of Arabs now living in Israel. Unlike so many of the Arabs in the rest of the Middle East who are illiterate, diseased and live in abject poverty, they receive higher education and health care as do all other Israeli citizens. They are given welfare for their large families ...They live in a country where living among others with different life styles without rioting is the norm. They walk without fear in public parks and gardens yet — except for shop keepers — they object when Jews tread on their turf, or what they claim as theirs, often resorting to violent attacks and murder to make their attitude clear." How much more evidence is necessary?READ MORE
The leaders of the Arab world have never encouraged the practice of democracy in their own land or in ours. They have emphasized submission to Allah and striven to eliminate Israel, which they perceive as a major block to their ambitions. In this essay, Paul Merkley points out that the global animosity to Zionism has been in large part the product of an expensive and long-term campaign the wealthier Arab leaders have waged militarily and through various educational and media conduits. It has no basis in history, but there is wide-spread and unquestioned belief that the Palestinian Arabs are an independent people, indigenous to Israel and the Territories; and the Jews stole their land. Now the Arab leaders are themselves in jeopardy and have a more important concern — their own survival amidst the chaos of civil wars and the overt theological war between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites. I find it of interest that, although there is some talk about expanding participatory government, the major response to the chaos has been to bind the populace even more strictly to Islamic fundamentalism or to secular dictatorship, not to democracy. The good news is that "the issue of Palestine has, at least for the time being, lost its priority among the Arab governing classes. Paradoxically, 'the 'Palestine cause' is growing in potency ... among opinion elites and progressive activists in our part of the world." Why, with all the many critical and interactive problems in the Middle East that are time-sensitive and have a direct impact on America economically and politically, has the American administration chosen to devote its energies to the "peace process", which has been sitting on the sidelines for some time now?READ MORE
The Sunni and the Shia branches of Islam have been arguing theologically and often by open warfare since Mohammed's death about which one should head Islam. Inevitably, one or the other attacks a mosque important to the other side. As Clare Lopez points out, both groups are committed to a rigid authoritarianism, and because there is no possibility of either side backing down, there can only be an endless cycle of coup and retaliation. This is not about winning an abstract point of theology. Each side is aware that whichever side wins will, as Lopez puts it, "unleash holy genocide on every other group not aligned with it...There is no such thing as a 'win-win' concept in Islam." Even in Egypt, "[t]he foundational building blocks of civil society—individual liberty, freedom of belief and speech, genuine universal equality before the law, citizens' participation in their own governance that goes beyond a mere ballot box exercise—are simply not there and cannot develop there as long as so many in Egypt remain in thrall to Islamic law (shariah), to which such concepts are anathema." The mosque in the future will continue as it has since the first mosque in Medina as a political center. Mosques serve as "the central structure in an Islamic society: it is a gathering place, place of worship, and a place for teaching Islamic doctrine—but also a base of operations, military operations, the command and control hub for the commanders of the Islamic armies to plan their next offensives in the incessant wars of conquest." So like obituaries, journalists could compose articles now on mosques destroyed in the future, leaving space to inject the name and history of the specific mosque. The article will not go to waste.READ MORE
Nikolaas de Jong points out "democracy and rule of law have hardly taken root in the rest of the non-western countries," so it is surprising that scholars such as Daniel Pipes assume incorrectly that the current Middle East revolutions are similar to or will have the same outcomes as those that took place in the West. There are essential differences in Islamic and Western cultures that shouldn't be papered over. de Jong quotes Professor David Bukay, who has described Islam as a "tribal collective." As such, it "concentrates on the distinction between Muslims and 'the others', which is characteristic of all tribal peoples." "There are no human rights, no human dignity outside the tribe, and the only goal its members know is the expansion and prolongation of the tribe...In Islam, there are no concept of universal ethics." Only fellow Muslims are treated with respect. "Islam is a unique phenomenon in world history: it is a tribe of civilizational proportions, and its viciousness is to be explained by the tribal mentality that still utterly dominates its adherents." Islamism is not an aberration in Islam; secularism was and is; "a really secular and democratic strain of thought of course never actually developed within Islamic intellectual circles." The prognosis for Islam ever acquiring modern civilized mores is poor.READ MORE
Ali Salim writes that things have soured since the heady days of the Arab Spring and the Middle East is again lagging behind the rest of the world "in social, economic and technological progress." Naturally, it can't be their fault, so they are asking who is responsible. The Saturday people, the Jews, are an obvious choice to blame just as they have been from Mohammed's time on. The Sunday people, Christians, are hated because they were the Crusaders, and "became the hated European imperialists and the hated colonialists," who made the Muslims feel inferior. The imams in the mosques complete the circle, "claiming that Islam's real enemies are the Christians, manipulated by the Jews who control them." They have also been successful in convincing many Western Christians that if they solve the Palestinian problem, "the entire Middle East will metamorphose into paradise and blossom, and everyone will live in harmony forever." "The radical leaders of political Islam ... do not trumpet their plan to take over the world and rule it as Allah's chosen people; instead, they recruit eager agents among the Christians to make life miserable for the Jews." They also recruit Muslims at home and in the West, who, "[d]ispatched by their imams, go on rampages of slaughter and bloodshed in the name of Allah." Salim warns that "the West's ... refusal to listen to and believe what the political Islamist leadership openly says — and its refusal to defend itself — will lead to catastrophe." "The Jews do not fear to show their determination and willingness to fight a life-and-death battle for their continued existence; it is that determination which has made the Islamists avoid confronting them for the present and target the Christians instead." He calls on America to "give up its dreams of a democratic happy ending for the Middle East and start looking reality in the face."READ MORE
Daniel Greenfield points out that since Mohammed's time, the Muslims haven't just conquered other civilizations, they have destroyed the histories and religions and ways of life of these non-Muslims. But this hasn't led to cohesion. Instead Muslim armies "quickly turned on each other. Edward Cline said of this essay, "It goes far in defining the reason why the Middle East, or at least the Muslim part of it, will always be in bloody turmoil." Greenfield responded that Lawrence Auster at View from the Right has an interesting take on this essay: "Islam cannot develop stable, reasonably humane societies because Islam consists of crushing everything but itself. From the beginning, the victory of Islam has meant the suppression of the culture, ethnicity, religion, and all other traditions of the Islamized country. The whole Islamic world thus consists of suppressed cultures/peoples struggling to live within the stranglehold of Islam. The only way this will-to-life can express itself is through eternal civil war against other cultures/peoples. Whichever group emerges victorious becomes the oppressor, using the fist of Islam to keep down all other groups."READ MORE
In an earlier article (see here), Abdulateef Al-Muhlim wrote, "The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered is their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list. The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom, lack of respect for the human lives and finally, the Arab world had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people." In this essay, Al-Mulhim examines why the Arab Spring didn't lead to the betterment of people's lives but to increased hatred between groups in the Arab world and to Arab governments killing their own people.READ MORE
Daniel Wagner and Giorgio Cafiero write about Qatar and Saudi Arabia, two countries in the Middle East that have much in common: they are both vastly wealthy; they both believe that Islam should rule the world and everyone should follow Sharia practices; they both give huge amounts of money to promote their ideology. They should be the best of friends, but they aren't. The Saudis had a bitter separation from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), who had previously often supplied the people skills to implement many a Saudi propaganda project. Qatar then began sponsoring MB, which angered the Saudis. They both support the Syrian 'rebels', but associate with different terrorist groups within the confederacy. In several countries in the Middle East, they spar for power and dominance, while working for common goals.READ MORE
Harold Rhode writes of the issues that divide the Sunnis fighting against the Assad government and why Russia and China have chosen to help him. Rhode notes that the various groups of "Arabic-speaking Sunnis may loathe Syria's Assad, but they also hate and kill each other. Qatar and Saudi Arabia [both Wahhabi fundamentalists and both supporting the "rebels"] passionately hate each other and support different groups within the Islamic opposition groups in Syria. The Qataris, along with the now only nominally secular Turkish Republic, support the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudis support Salafi fundamentalists." Though they may disagree on the nature of the future Caliphate, the vast majority of non-fundamentalists still believe that Sunni Islam must rule and all others must know their place inferior to the Sunnis. Rhode suggests that because there is more of them, "Sunni fundamentalism, in the end, is much more dangerous than Shi'ite fundamentalism, because about 85% of the world's approximately 1.4 billion Muslims are Sunni." Maybe we in the West should just get tickets for a different ballgame.READ MORE
President Obama, with consistently poor intuition and bad taste, has backed the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in Egypt's civil war, despite the fact that when the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) candidate, Morsi, became president, his goal was to enforce Sharia law by any means rather than worrying that much of Egypt's population lives on the edge of starvation. Morsi's notion of statesmanship was to rid himself of all who had opposed the MB. Fundamentally, the Brotherhood is a terrorist organization, pursuing its objectives through any and all means. "In or out of power, the Brotherhood is murderous, intolerant and ruthlessly bent on absolute power." In this article, Daniel Greenfield uses the activities and attitudes of the MB to expand our understanding of what Muslim terrorist outfits are all about.READ MORE
ARE WE GOING INTO SYRIA?
We seem confronted with the strong possibility that we're about to enter the deep and turbulent waters of another war. We might be going into Syria, after having been fed reasons so clumsy as to make conspiracy theorists of us all.
The object of our opprobrium is the Syrian government, which is in the stocks, accused of using nerve gas on its own citizens. I'm not sure if the gravamen is that it used nerve gas or that it used it on its own people. From all reports, we don't actually plan to get rid of the tons of poison gas, which can only be accessed by troops on the ground. And we have no plans to send in ground forces.
The Government and its media have us boxed in an information vacuum, where we get more reassurances than information, where we are told that the Syrian Government's gassing a couple of hundred civilians with neurotoxic gas is evil — and it is — but we are to ignore that the other side, the Syrian Al-Qaeda rebels, held up a bus and decapitated every one of the passengers, including a four week old infant. Admittedly, endangering American soldiers to help Al-Qaeda take over Syria makes me want to barf.
So why are we going into Syria? Because everyone else has tickets for the show? Not good enough. To send them a message? I firmly believe that if you want to send a message, use Western Union. Or a social network. If we are going into Syria to save Prez Obama's credibility, it's way too late for that. If we are going in to show the Alewites the proper way to murder children, we've already done that demo in Waco. All we have to do is send them some of the Waco Texas videos.
Maybe we just want to even out the playing field. In the last few weeks, the mostly Al-Qaeda splinter groups and other Salafists that make up the rebel forces have splintered and are squabbling among themselves, while still doing their thing — decapitation, mutilation and gorging on human organs. So it behooves us to weaken Bashar al-Assad's gang to level things out a bit. If Prez Obama could keep from pulling yet another Snowden and keep his big mouth shut about Israel's tactical plans, maybe Israel could use its pinpoint weapons to take out some of the weaponry the international community condemns.
If we actually want to stop Syria, should we not be in Iran, destroying the much more dangerous nuclear devices Iran is working on? Syria, without Iranian support, wouldn't last long. Otherwise, it does appear we are going into Syria for reasons of honor and celebrity spotlighting, with no effective plan except to kill some Syrians. No exit plan. Not even a Plan A and a half. If other countries, Russia for example, with their own game plans see this as an opportunity to make us waste our young soldiers and expensive high-tech weaponry, it might end up making the Vietnam debacle look like a wise, well-thought out military excursion.
IS EGYPT ON A SEESAW, FLIPPING BETWEEN THE MILITARY AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD?
The nasty Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is fighting the nasty Egyptian military. Who are the bad guys? Thanks to the NY Times we know: it's — are you ready for this? — the Jooz. The headline in the NYT reads Ny Times Blames Israel And AIPAC For Prolonging Egypt's Agony (see here). So what did the Jooz do to create the turbulence in Egypt? They lobbied the American Congress. And it's also what they didn't do. It seems that the Israeli "military had close ties to General Sisi from his former post as head of military intelligence, were supporting the (military) takeover as well. Western diplomats say that General Sisi and his circle appeared to be in heavy communication with Israeli colleagues, and the diplomats believed the Israelis were also undercutting the Western message by reassuring the Egyptians not to worry about American threats to cut off aid." The Jooz, who haven't shown enough gumption to just say NO to Obama wanting them to give Biblical Israel to Abbas, an Arab who has no official position and is "acting" as PM four years after his term of office ended, control the American Congress. Wow. Who knew! And when it's Morsi vs the Military, according to the NYT, Morsi and MB are the good guys. I'll bet you thought the news media was corrupt only when writing about Israel.
In this set we present different opinions on the army takeover. It was probably the right thing to do to get rid of Morsi who was turning Egypt into a state completely dominated by sharia law. BUT it is unlikely to be a turning point to democracy. Fundamentally, the military wants what the MB wants, in perhaps an attenuated manner. But the reality is a totally overwhelmed populace, with an inadequate supply of grain and an unemployment rate that's even worse than ours. So the likelihood is that, sooner or later, unless Egypt regains some stability, the people will turn against this government. My guess is that we may see seesaw cycles, the surge toward believing in MB toggling with believing in military-style efficiency, until some complete crash.
This article is taken from Sarah Palin's Facebook comments on Syria and was posted by Dr. Eowyn, who wrote, "Palin's essay is the best, most intelligent, and most sensible I've seen on the alleged Syrian chemical attack, which Obama — who has done nothing but lie, and lie, and lie to the American people — claims to have been launched by the Syrian government."READ MORE
To put it bluntly, as Edward Luttwak does, "At this point, a prolonged stalemate is the only outcome that would not be damaging to American interests." "Iranian money, weapons and operatives and Hezbollah troops have become key factors in the fighting," So an al-Assad regime victory would increase Iranian and Hezbollah prestige, "posing a direct threat both to the Sunni Arab states and to Israel." "But a rebel victory would also be extremely dangerous for the United States and for many of its allies in Europe and the Middle East." Now would seem the time to waffle and be indecisive. For a change, the American administration seems up to the task.READ MORE
Gary Gambill argues against the notion that arming the 'good guy' Syrian rebels to win will "bring about a peaceful resolution of the conflict." More likely, it will be, as in most civil wars, a war to the death, until one side or the other suffers defeat. Gambill lays out a utility model of war and peace for how the various players in the Syria war might react. But, he notes Syria will need a neutral arbiter when "all of the major players are willing to forgo many of their wartime objectives in favor of a compromise that salvages what is left of Syria's state institutions and economic infrastructure." Being neutral is certainly not the way American Administration acts in Israel, where it pushes on Israel to be the one to make concessions.READ MORE
Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood won the election by a small margin and immediately began changing the country to conform to a harsh Salafist ideology, as it has been doing in other countries it now controls. The Egyptian army seemed to have stopped the spread of Muslim Brotherhood takeovers of military-style regimes just when it looked unstoppable. But instead of accepting its loss of control of Egypt, the Brotherhood fought back, by inciting the people to rebel, which would turn a power transfer into a chaotic civil war. The Army acted immediately, brutally and effectively. Jonathan Spyer points out the fight is about which particular Sunni group is in control. It is not over basic ideology — they are both strong on Sharia. Spyer doesn't believe it's even about the style in which the country is run, secular or overtly theocratic [I disagree with him -BSL]. As for the future, practically speaking, to hold onto power, the army needs Saudi Arabia to pay the bill for imported grain. Otherwise, the country will collapse and the people are likely to flip back to vote in the MB.READ MORE
This article examines the activities of Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman for front organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood and his brother, Amir Bedier. It examines a video interview Ahmed gave recently that is representative of how news can be presented in a subtly slanted fashion — in this case to evoke sympathy for the victims of the Egyptian army crackdown on "demonstrators". Prez Obama likes the Muslim Brotherhood, so his media friends like them, too. The CBS video was hostile to the Egyptian Army and sympathetic to the Bedier brothers, who were not identified as members of the Muslim Brotherhood. We caught Ahmed Bedier out in a big lie, but it isn't known whether the interview was ordered by CBS or whether Ahmed just saw an opportunity and took it.READ MORE
In this essay that was written before the Army takeover, Barry Rubin suggested that the future of Islamist rule in Egypt depended on "whether the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and the more heterogeneous various Salafist groups can cooperate.The Salafists pull the Brotherhood to take stronger action more immediately and may have faith in the larger organization or consider it to have betrayed the revolution. The Salafists operate with a wide deal of autonomy, being able to take extra-parliamentary action ranging from terrorist armed struggle to violent attacks on Christians and other opponents of the regime. The fact that there are now four competing Salafi parties shows the different streams of ideology and strategy." Although the Army currently holds sway, this article shows the complexity of the interactions among the many Salafist groups in the country. And there is no guarantee that they will not again seize power as they have done before.READ MORE
Nonie Darwish has pointed out that "[t]his is the central problem in most Muslim countries: the difficult choice between a man-made, civilian, military, 'infidel' government, and a totalitarian Islamic theocracy." In this essay, Fuad Ajami argues that Gen. El-Sissi "can't solve the age-old troubles of Egypt that nourish political Islam. He can't heal the crushing poverty or herd into some modern utopia a country driven by a Darwinism that leaves the vulnerable without support." Alternatively, the Muslim Brotherhood's brand of all-encompassing Islamic practices is not trusted, although it has made deep inroads, partially by persuasion, partially by terrorist acts. Ajami doesn't believe the downfall of Morsi was due to "young, disaffected elements" but to the support of an "economic titan." Whatever the case, the country is now split in support between the two modes of governing. Egypt has a way to go before it can be pronounced as stable, let alone as economically viable.READ MORE
I would add that to be informative, they should also write about the personal bonding of ordinary people and their land. Several of the essays below do just that.
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.READ MORE
This is a very personal essay by an Israeli. Using her own history, Corinne Berzon provides us with a sketch of the complex world of the Israelis and how they have survived world-wide animosity and local bombings by their unfriendly neighbors. As Berzon writes, "The dichotomy between living in fear and living to the fullest is a very Israeli invention.This fatalism is our version of joie de vivre." Applied to the peace process, she writes, "These new peace talks will fail, just like all the others have. But we will keep smiling and living because the alternative is despair, and as Golda Meir once said: 'Pessimism is a luxury that no Jew can afford.'"READ MORE
David Hornik tackles the question why Israelis — attacked by hostile neighbors in periodic wars, attacked randomly by terrorists and live missiles, and attacked constantly by much of the world's media — are a happy folk. They say so in polls. They live with gusto. But it's not a hedonistic — live every day as your last — sort of happiness. Hornik suggests "the answer is likely to lie in the general Israeli Jewish culture...It is a truism that the Jewish religion and ethos are highly affirmative of earthly life and invest it with great significance." It is also the case that even many of the secular Jews have a Friday night family meal and they enjoy the holidays which aren't just fun but "embody meanings on a national level." As Hornik puts it, "It's not that Israelis feel themselves to be under the shadow of death; it's that they're carried along by the richness of life."READ MORE
Becoming an international non-government organization (INGO) gives a group instant and often unwarranted standing and respectability. Their reports are taken seriously by the media and tribunals, simply because they are a INGO. Rephael Ben-Ari points out there is no accreditation system and no regulations; nor are they accountable to the public. Too many INGO's "prioritize campaigning and advocacy instead of relief and charity" and don't even try to hide their extreme political biases. Some use their position to whitewash and act as a shield for terrorists, particularly Muslim salafists, while lambasting, even demonizing, democracies such as the USA and Israel. Because they can act without scrutiny they can make unsavory deals with local power brokers and terrorists that further their own mission but also prolong and/or expand local problems. All in all, too many of them are giving once noble terms such as peace and humanitarianism and civil rights and human rights and ethics a bad name.READ MORE
This is an account of what happened when, in July, 1943, FDR was told of the Holocaust by an eye witness, Jan Karski. Roosevelt already knew of what was happening to the Jews in the Warsaw ghettos and in the concentration camps, but he was no more swayed to rescue them than were the British Anthony Eden and Winston Churchill. It is ironic that Karski was recently posthumously honored at the White House by President Obama, who refuses to react effectively to Iran's openly-stated plans to destroy the Jewish state.READ MORE
Bernice Lipkin writes of a case where a psychologist, Micah Leshem, has made himself into an object worthy of psychological study. He produced and published a cartoon where Jewish are hacking the body of a presumed Arab. Why the inversion? Arabs hack and mutilate. Arabs decapitate hostages. Arabs remove hands for trivial crimes. Why create a cartoon attributing such brutal practices to Jews? To make the situation still more bizarre, Leshem is himself a Jew. And he lives in Israel, which suffers from Arab barbarism. Whatever motivated him?READ MORE
As Israel's image in the world keeps deteriorating, Dan Illouz suggests her supporters need to start using innovative methods to promote the nation's positive image. "Israel's current strategies in public diplomacy can be summarized into two different schools of thought: the defensive school and the positive school, ... which links it to the state's many great achievements." Illouz argues that "the rebranding that Israel needs is not as the creator of instant text messaging, but as a symbol of freedom in this world, as the consequence of historical justice being done." The Jews are in a position to redeem their ancient homeland. This bond is based on solid facts, not fantasy. He advices that "we start talking about the miracle of the restoration and the great universal values which Israel represents." A novel and sensible idea, indeed. I believe we should also point out that while the Mandate for Israel was seen as restoration, other mandates by the same international authorities created many of the current Arab states by drawing borders on a map, often without regard to tribal and clan loyalties. The Arab states created included Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq.READ MORE
Simcha Jacobovici discusses how Judea acquired the improbable name Palestine. "The area of Judea erupted in a massive Jewish revolt against Rome in 66CE," and in the year 70 CE, the Romans succeeded in destroying Jerusalem and the Second Temple. The revolt was followed by other uprisings, until finally, "in 135 CE, the Romans exiled the majority of the Jewish people and renamed Judea 'Palestina' after the Plishtim, the "Sea People", who had come from the Aegean in the 13th Century BCE and settled along the Mediterranean coast. By the time Judea was called Palestine, the connection to the Plishtim was non-existent. There were no Plishtim. They had died out or been assimilated into the local culture some six hundred years before. Both the history and the misnaming of the region has current relevancy because of the publication of a recent book that has Jesus living in Palestine, a misrepresentation of the geographic and historic facts. As Jacobovici writes, "the people living in Judea at the time of Jesus — including Jesus and all his disciples — would never have referred to their country as 'Palestine'." Syria Palestine officially became a Roman province about a century after Jesus' death.READ MORE
The Middle East before Islam was full of "complicated conflicts among Jews, Christians, and pagans." There was even a Jewish kingdom called Himyar in present day Yemen. Little was known about it for centuries; and scholars argued whether Himyar's monotheism was authentic Judaism. Thanks to new text and archeological findings, we now know that it begun at the end of the 3rd century CE with the conversion of some of Himyar's rulers and lasted some 150 years, ruled by a dynasty of Jewish kings. G.W. Bowersock, a historian and a classicist, has recently published The Throne of Adulis, in which he "shows the ways in which its[Himyar's] rulers attempted to navigate a course through the great-power conflicts of late antiquity and how their efforts ultimately ended in catastrophe. Along the way, he tells a story rife with intrigue, treachery, and ambition, underpinned by scholarly detective work of the most patient and demanding kind." "As in the Cold War in the 20th century, the rivalry between these superpowers was ideological as well as political, and it created allegiances and enmities with far-flung states." As they say, "the more things change ...."READ MORE
Since the start of Islam, Muslims have attacked shrines and religious sites of other religions, for religious, political and propaganda reasons. In a relatively short time, they overcame the Persian Empire and conquered Arabia and North Africa. By 717 CE, their only political rival was Christian Byzantium. Suleliman, the new Caliph of Islam, ordered a major offensive, a holy war, against Constantinople, the capitol city of Byzantium. What was then an enormous force, 120,000 infantry and cavalry and a naval force of 80,000, was assembled. The ground troops arrive at Constantinople, having terrorized the natives on route, killing the men and enslaving the woman and children. The walls of the city were impenetrable so the major effort was left to the navy. Ibrahim writes that "two important factors saved the empire: Arab inexperience at sea warfare and Greek ingenuity [using Greek fire]." The troops were also subjected to famine, freezing weather and harassment from local tribes. New reinforcements were sent out, including, Christian Copts, who promptly deserted, fleeing to Constantinople. Constantinople was saved and did not fall to the Muslims until 1453, "giving an inchoate Europe the needed time to mature, strengthen, and unify."READ MORE
Efraim Karsh provides us with an unflattering but accurate portrait of Thomas Edward Lawrence, the man best known as Lawrence of Arabia. Much of what is accepted about the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire was, as Karsh puts it, an "extraordinary feat of historical deception" that Lawrence "single-handedly produced." (In point of fact, it was a complete fiasco.) Even a biographer such as Scott Anderson who was willing to take Lawrence at his word, acknowledged that "earlier than most, Lawrence seemed to embrace the modern concept that history was malleable, that truth was what people were willing to believe." Karsh assesses Lawrence as "an exceptionally gifted charlatan with a keen eye to networking and self-promotion, who successfully cast his spell on far more senior and accomplished contemporaries, such as Allenby and Winston Churchill..."READ MORE
Lyn Julius writes of little known facts. For example, "at least 13 villas and public buildings around [Cairo's Tahrir] Square (including the present Swiss, German, Canadian, Russian, US, Korean, Bahraini and Algerian embassies) were once the residences of wealthy Jews - properties seized by the Egyptian state." "The World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries estimates that Jews living in Arab countries owned some 100,000 sq km of deeded property, equivalent to four or five times the size of Israel itself." The Jews were expelled in the 1940s and 1950s and never received compensation. In the so-called Arab East Jerusalem, "hundreds of thousands of Arab squatters live [rent-free] on land still owned by the Jewish National Fund" and private Jewish owners. The larger issue is that the European Union and pro-Arab propagandists have made the ethnic cleansing of Jews -- and the stealing of Jewish land and real estate -- acceptable in what they regard as Arab land, while ignoring the genuine claims of Jews to land illegally in the possession of Arabs in Israel and the Territories and in the hands of the Arab governments in Arab countries. Julius asks: who disposed whom? And why is Israel expected to make all the concessions?READ MORE
In WW2, the Allies fooled the Germans into believing their invasion of Southern Europe, scheduled to take place in 1943 in Sicily, was to take place elsewhere. The story reads like one of Ian Fleming's James Bond thrillers. It is in fact a true story and Ian Fleming, the author and an intelligence agent, was part of a group that created the illusion of a courier on a crashed plane who drowned, carrying papers that spelled out details of a landing in Greece and Sardinia. They created documentation authenticating the invented life and used an available corpse for the courier. Daniel Mandel tells the tale.READ MORE
Israel is among the first to offer effective medical and humanitarian aid when a country suffers a disaster such as an earthquake or when a nuclear facility leaks. It is an interesting fact that Israel began the practice soon after it became a state. David Saranga talks of the first such rescue mission; it was done off-the-cuff and without pre-planning or official policy. Greece had been hit hard by a series of earthquakes. By chance, the Israeli Navy, such as it was, was returning home from a training session in the Aegean Sea. The commander of the flotilla requested and received permission to turn back to Greece and do what they could to help. Starting another tradition, they were the first rescue group to arrive. They were able to provide on-the-scene medical assistance -- performing surgery on fractures and delivering premature babies — as well as transportation to the mainland for the seriously wounded. Saranga has a special interest in the rescue operation: his late father, Eliyahu Saranga, was a junior commander on the INS Misgav.READ MORE
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Howard Grief's book, "Legal Foundations and Boundaries of Israel under International Law" was one of the first and one of the most complete explanations of Israel's indisputable sovereign rights under international law to Israel, Samaria, Judea, Golan and Gaza. In his memory, we present two of Howard Grief's papers that appeared in Think-Israel. The first is entitled "Legal Rights And Title Of Sovereignty Of The Jewish People To The Land Of Israel And Palestine Under International Law" from the July-August 2005 issue. The original introduction read:
In this essay, Howard Grief brilliantly fulfills his objective "to set down in a brief, yet clear and precise manner the legal rights and title of sovereignty of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and Palestine under international law." This paper should be part of your armamentarium for the next time you are told that Resolution XXX of the U.N. guarantees the rights of the Palestinian Arabs to YYY.READ MORE
The second article is entitled "The Rights Of The Jewish People Over The Land Of Israel Under International Law" from the January-February 2012 issue. The introduction to the article read:
Howard Grief sets forth the firm legal foundation of Israel being the exclusive owner of the land designated as Jewish by the League of Nations. The Land of Israel — current Israel, Samaria and Judea (aka West Bank), the Golan and Gaza — was given to the Jewish people as a perpetual trust and handed in that condition to the successor to the League of the Nations, the United Nations. This is a clear presentation of the documents that preceded the document of ownership and some of the history of the time. Any whittling away of this trust is illegal, whether it is attempted by a foreign country, the Israeli government or the U.N. itself. The question that remains is why have successive Israeli governments not asserted their claim. For that matter, why woud a Jewish government allow control of the Temple Mount, its most holy site, by the Arabs?READ MORE
This article was original posted in Think-Israel in the
September-October 2009 issue. This was the original introduction:
William Mehlman begins his review of Howard Grief's recent book, The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law: A Treatise on Jewish Sovereignty over the Land of Israel this way:
"With The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law (Mazo Publishers, Jerusalem) Canadian-born Israeli constitutional scholar and lawyer Howard Grief has given us a book that shatters every myth, lie, misrepresentation and distortion employed over the 61 years of Israel's existence to negate the sovereign 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.READ MORE
Some years ago, Wallace Brand became interested in the Arab-Israeli conflict and particularly in the facts used to justify the contention that Israel has illegally occupied Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. To his surprise, he found "that instead of justifying the adjective occupied, close examination of the facts and relevant law resulted in a more accurate designation as liberated. In the current essay, he examines the legal basis of the Levy report, which concluded that Jewish settlements are legal. In fact, the legality of Israel's presence in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem was res judicata as of April 25, 1920, when [at the San Remo Conference] World Jewry received a beneficial interest in the political rights to Palestine that was intended to mature into a legal interest." The policy for the Arab States that were also established at around the same time by other Mandates was to deal with the current Arab inhabitants but the beneficiary for Mandated Palestine was World Jewry. The Mandate thus confirmed a living connection between the Jews and their homeland, extending over some 3700 years. Modern Israel was legally projected to be molded in two stages, where  "Palestine was legally recognized as the Jewish National Home as a prelude to  a reconstituted Jewish State," which would come into being when the Jews were in the majority. Great Britain was designated as the trustee. "This required Britain to give priority to the beneficiary's interest over its own economic and political interests," by developing the conditions for creating a Jewish state. Brand also provides us with the sorry history of Britain's actual performance: it did all in its power to prevent the Jewish state from ever coming into being. Its most contemptible act was to block Jews fleeing from Nazi-conquered Europe from coming into Palestine. None the less, Mandated Palestine is Jewish by international law. I find the current anti-Israel attitude of the U.N. curiously similar to Britain's, in that it ignores that it is trustee of an irrevocable trust with the Jewish people as beneficiary. (See Shifftan's article here.) For the legal ownership of Jerusalem, start with this interview with Jacques Gauthier here. (Google Think-Israel for additional articles.)READ MORE
In recent months, Martin Sherman has taken up various aspects of a recurrent theme: what possesses a presumable intelligent people who have devised many common-sense solutions to economic, health, energy and technology problems to suicidal action for a chimera called "peace", where they give up land that bolsters their security for a peace that is impossible in the current Middle East. Why ever would they allow a terrorist group to control territory that legally belongs to Israel, especially land neighboring Israel's population centers?
Martin Sherman asked in a May 23, 2013 article, "Can the people trust
"Given the mounting dangers to national security that the injudicious adoption of a policy based on political appeasement-cum-territorial concessions has precipitated in the South and North, it seems almost inconceivable that it is again being contemplated in the East where its inevitable failure would have far graver ramifications than elsewhere. Could it be that a government headed by a premier, and composed of a bevy of ministers, senior officials and advisers, who built their political careers on warning of the perils of relinquishing the highlands of Judea and Samaria and control of the Jordan Valley, be the government that does precisely that? The people of Israel are confronting a crisis of credibility. Can they trust the people elected to lead them...?
In "The two-state psychosis: The Oslo Syndrome revisited,"
Sherman wrote that "constructive unilateralism" is better described as "'preemptive surrender', where Israel acquiesces a priori to virtually all Palestinian demands for statehood, in return for absolutely nothing, but [would] shoulder the burden of financing much of their implementation." It will dismantle Israeli settlements, saddling the government with the necessity to relocate 50 times the number of Jews it kicked out of Gaza in 2005. It has not yet provided many of the only 10,000 Gaza Jews with permanent housing, nor are most of these Jews productive and contributing to the economy as they were when they were growing fabulous marketable vegetables and flowers. If in eight years the Government hasn't yet been able to reinstate 10,000 Jews into the economy, how are they going to handle 500,000?
Then came Alan Dershowitz's "Feckless Formula" of a tri-partite
dissolution of Biblical Israel. (See also: "Rebut or retract: A public
challenge to Dershowitz", May 9,2013,
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Rebut-or-retract-A-public-challenge-to-Dershowitz-312710) In the scheme of things, Alan Dershowitz is seen as pro-Israeli. Relative to such questionable Jews as Peter Beinert and Jews that don't even pretend concern for Israel but are 110% pro-Palestinian, he may well be. Sherman shows us why Dershowitz's arguments for a two-state solution are "puerile, prejudicial and paradoxical."
A common theme of self-proclaimed "friends of the Jewish state" is to show concern for the Jewish character of the State of Israel. They worry Jewishness would be lost if Israel holds on to land inhabited by Arabs. They don't worry that in giving up the land incrementally, sooner or later, there will be no Jews left to embody this Jewishness. None of them suggest that Israel should and could keep the Land that belongs to her and give up the Arabs, transferring them to someplace in the vast Arab land holdings, where they would feel right at home because it is home. Like time which runs only in one direction, they see only one course of action: keeping the rapidly growing number of Arabs in Israel and giving up the Territories. Yet, now and in the future, as Sherman writes, "Israel ... does not have the capacity to end the Arab siege, to force peace upon the Arabs. ... The Arab/Muslim hostility ... can only be placated by the Jewish state ceasing to be Jewish."
I find it ironic that in the Palestinian Arab community, which obviously doesn't have independence of life style or freedom, it is the man-in-the-street that is applying the pressure to demolish Israel and not make peace with it, whereas in Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, it is a small number of people — the Administration, and some academics — who espouse an unpopular give-away program that are running the show, even though they ran for office against such a program and know it is against the wishes of the majority.
In Deciphering delegitimization
The current essay continues Sherman's exploration. He asks, if the Government planned to empty Samaria and Judea of Jews, how would they go about it? He creates a frightening, feasible way of shrinking Israel, demoralizing the people and making Israel's enemies even more confident of victory. Does the Netanyahu government plan anything like this? Their current actions in destroying Jewish villages and outposts in the Territories without due process are not reassuring.READ MORE
According to the Oslo Accords, some of Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank) was to be governed by the Palestinian Authority and some, Area C, by Israel. There is, however, an ongoing surreptitious effort by the Arabs to take possession of area C, where the Jews live. They have been establishing illegal "Bedouin settlements, while providing financial and legal support to the residents, who are increasingly identifying with the idea of a Palestinian state." The Israeli government, which ignored the Levy report that Jewish settlements were legal by international law, had done nothing to protect the Jewish residents and has turned a blind eye to the Arab encroachment. This is a fascinating article by Gil Bringer detailing his investigations into who is behind the Bedouin activity. Unsurprisingly, it is the Palestinian Authority, which, from the beginning has never given Israel the peace it promised, while taking advantage of Israel's generously fulfilling its contractual obligations. It is troubling that the Israeli government is not troubled that it is de facto losing control of some of its sovereign land, land that is both Biblical and historically Jewish, land it will need for defense when the Arabs feel ready to attack openly.READ MORE
Matthew Hausman makes an unusual connection, which, once it is articulated makes good sense. He connects Judaism and Jewish nationalism, or rather, he examines the link between Anti-Judaism and the undermining of Jewish nationalist claims. Jew-haters (and this includes many who are Jews by birth) have to deny "that Jews are entitled to sovereignty in their homeland." They need to hack at the awesome stature Jews have as an ancient people that never totally lost contact with their homeland; over thousands of years, they retained their religion and national identity. Jew haters are in a sense forced to claim that Jews are illegal aliens in Israel, with no affinity to the land. This in turn "requires the suppression of Jewish history and acceptance of an incompatible national myth that has no factual foundation." To counter the wealth of archeological, textual and ethnographic evidence that Jews have lived in Israel since ancient times, Jew-haters have resorted to smashing Jewish artifacts, historical revisionism, blood libel and the ignorant assertion that it's all just Zionist propaganda. "The audacity of such claims is truly Orwellian." Hausman suggest that "[a]pologists who stubbornly cling to the fiction that anti-Zionism is not a form of bigotry need to examine the motivations of social and political activists who reject Israel's legitimacy. Those who deny Jewish history, promote a revisionist Palestinian narrative, or falsely accuse Israel of crimes that actually occur in Arab-Muslim society are not acting with purity of impulse."READ MORE
Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never harm you. Really? How about a picture, a faked picture, which becomes a spiked club used to beat you? The picture of the frightened 12-year old supposedly shot at by Israeli soldiers for three-quarters of an hour before he was killed became the Palestinian Atlas holding together every anti-Jew calumny and vilification every imaginative Jew-hater could dream up. The boy's fright and his supposed death was used to justify slitting the throat of a Jewish baby in her crib and decapitating a Jewish journalist working on an assignment. It made it believable that Jews habitually seek out Arab children to kill. Ironically, swap Jews and Arab in the last sentence and you do have an actual fact. After the initial shock, many people soon found more holes in the story than bullet holes in the wall behind the young Al-Dura, but for the most part, seasoned journalists acted as naively as the proverbial country hick and swallowed the hoax whole. After 13 years, it has finally dawned on Israel that the dead child and his wounded father were a big part of the Palestinian victimization story and maybe it would be a good idea to get the truth out. It has done so in a Report that will certainly confirm the suspicions of those who early on wondered how come the bullet holes were circular as they would be if they came from a spot straight in front of the wall, not from the IDF position, or why there was no blood on the ground when the child was supposedly shot in the stomach, at least not until the next day, or why the camera man couldn't take better pictures when he was standing a few feet from the al-Duras? My suspicions didn't need the physical data on bullet track angle. I just knew that if it were my child, I'd be shielding him with my body and he'd be too busy complaining that I was suffocating him to be frightened.
The AlDurah Project is a storehouse of information. It has the raw footage on which the fairytale is based. See it for yourself. Watch the supposedly dead boy's arm come up as he peeks at the camera. Click here.
This next is an excellent video laying out some of the evidence that determined that the al-dura story was a fake.
Freddy Eytan writes about the recent Israeli governmental inquiry into the al-Dura affair, an investigation made some 13 years after the incident happened. Eytan writes, "The report also glaringly reveals one among many examples of the sort of media coverage that is typical in an arena that is undoubtedly one of the most complicated, volatile, and sensitive in the world. The authors of the report have successfully demonstrated how a Palestinian photographer violated the basic tenets of journalistic work, and how a foreign reporter accepted his version of events and his photos wholesale without questioning their reliability for a moment. Clearly, this does not reflect on those reporters who do their work honestly in Israel. Such phenomena, however, exist and must be denounced and uprooted." Considering the current stonewalling and misleading accounts by many mainstream papers, it's going to take another thirteen years for them to come to terms with the truth.READ MORE
When the Muhammad al-Dura story aired on TV some 13 years ago, Shmuel Rosner was working for Ha'aretz, an Israeli newspaper produced by Jews who don't much like Israel and are sympathetic to the Arab cause. Rosner believed the story unconditionally. He suspected the motives of those who didn't accept the story. It took time before the discrepancies started to sway him. He paid attention to the doctor who testified that the scars on the father weren't from IDF bullets but from an operation the doctor performed some eight years before. It says much about the power of the original image, that despite the footage that shows the boy moving his arm after he was "dead", Rosner is only at the point where he suspects he will probably end "with accepting the possibility that Israel might be in the right, after all."READ MORE
The capture of the second Boston Marathon bomber again brings up the question whether to try terrorists in civil court or military court. Which way will maintain due process but get us results effectively and efficiently? If the choice is a civil court, another consideration is making sure interrogators are given sufficient time to use sophisticated, legal but possibly slow ways of gaining information about future plans from the terrorist before he is allowed to lawyer up. Closure for the suffering families of the victims also needs to be considered. The articles below discuss all these aspects.
When a terrorist is captured, usually much of the discussion centers on whether he should be tried in a civil court or a military court. In discussing the legal status of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, Michael Mukasey raises another important issue: why was Tsarnaev's interrogation handled as a criminal matter? There was a FBI-led High Value Interrogation Group (HIG) at his bedside to gather intelligence. Ideally, they would be given sufficient time to substantiate his information and ask follow-up questions. Instead, Eric Holder's "Justice Department order[ed] U.S. Marshals to bring a magistrate judge to [the] hospital to advise him of a right he did not have if he was being questioned for intelligence purposes, and to introduce him to a lawyer with no authority to advise him in connection with such questioning." As Mukasey points out, if "no admission of his or lead from information he disclosed was to be used in his criminal case, then he was no more entitled to a lawyer in connection with such questioning unrelated to his criminal case than he was entitled to a lawyer to close a real-estate transaction." Why was Mr. Holder in such a hurry?READ MORE
Continuing previous practices, the state of Israel tried terrorists in a military court up to 1999; after then it tried people held for acts of terror in civil court. So it has familiarity with both practices. Dov Shefi, who served as an IDF JAG, notes that in a democracy, "one may expect Justice even in a military court," but there are procedural advantages in trying a terrorist in a civil court. But he believes the USA botched the interrogation of Zacharias Moussaoui, arrested in August 2011 and knowledgeable about the forthcoming 9/11 attack. "Once the investigators knew that Moussaoui attended a course of 'limited' flying (waiving lessons for take-off and landing), there could have been and should have been a much more sophisticated investigation without using force." He also believes the trials of the 9/11 al-Qaeda terrorists have gone on far too long. The families of the victims deserve closure. This isn't hypothetical for Shefti. He lost his son in the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center.READ MORE
There doesn't seem to be much likelihood that increasing the machinery to read a vastly increased number of emails will deal adequately with the problem of Islamic terrorism. First, the Government has purged its terror databases of links between Islam and terms such as terror or jihad. So it isn't easy — or maybe not even possible — to obtaining names of people whose emails might provide leads to future terror attacks. Second, the Government has ordered that there is to be no snooping on mosques, which eliminates many excellent leads to aiders, abettors, instigators and trainers of potential terrorists. So what is omnibase giganticus useful for? If you have a particular name or a couple of names, you will learn much about how often he/they communicate, where he/they send attached documents, who do he/they write to most frequently, where he/they write from, etc. — very useful information in learning about your neighbors, your enemies, and particular groups you don't like. And of course, it can be used positively. Suppose a member of CAIR — or of any other Muslim Brotherhood front group that, thanks to the White House, has access to the FBI, Homeland Security or the White House — learns from "casual" conversation that a particular group in the CIA is assigned to look at a particular MB affiliate. All it would then take is a single casually-vetted consultant who could search on the members of the CIA group and pass pertinent information on to the MB. Frankly, if we were to learn al-Qaeda networks have been apprised of moves that were to be directed against them, would we really be surprised?
This essay was published more than a year ago by James Bamford, who was one of a small group of writers who tried to alert us that "...for the first time since Watergate and the other scandals of the Nixon administration—the NSA has turned its surveillance apparatus on the US and its citizens. It has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. It has created a supercomputer of almost unimaginable speed to look for patterns and unscramble codes. Finally, the agency has begun building a place to store all the trillions of words and thoughts and whispers captured in its electronic net. And, of course, it's all being done in secret." The information about NSA collecting private messages came from a former NSA employee, who went public because of the program's warrantless spying on private individuals. No one seemed to care. Maybe no one thought it applied to his private messages. Now, after an NSA contractor released some secret NSA documents to illustrate that anyone with access to the government servers can wiretap anyone, the public has finally reacted.READ MORE
Barry Rubin asks whether bigger is better, security-wise. Specifically, does collecting everybody's emails, phone calls and social network tweets help uncover terrorists? Rubin reminds us it's not the quantity of data bits than counts. We need to understand the enemy and be willing to act on information about potential threats. What does need changing is our mind set. We need to adopt an attitude that is not politically correct toward those that would destroy us. As Rubin puts it, "Isn't it absurd that the United States can't finish a simple border fence to keep out potential terrorists, can't stop a would-be terrorist in the U.S. army who gives a power point presentation on why he is about to shoot people (Major Nadal Hassan), can't follow up on Russian intelligence warnings about Chechen terrorist contacts (the Boston bombing), or a dozen similar incidents must now collect every telephone call in the country?" It's not just absurd. It's useless.READ MORE
In the context of stealth jihad, the March-April 2013 issue of Think-Israel includes material on Salafists who have been allowed into our security agencies and have even been invited to the White House. These Muslims have been successful in having counter terrorist experts dismissed from their jobs. Because of their complaints, American databases on terrorists are now purged so that Islam can not be associated with such terms as terror, jihad and other useful descriptors. Increasingly, their demands "include purges, blacklists, book bans, star chambers, speech codes, mandatory reeducation and official retaliation against federal employees, with the White House setting up a task force authorized to enforce these measures across the federal government." By analogy, it is as if the criminals get to decide which laws apply to them and who will be allowed to prosecute them, knowing that the judges will always back them up. In this essay, Patrick Poole expands on the theme of jihadist infiltration into our security agencies during the Clinton and Bush administration, and more extensively, in the Obama Administration. Perhaps infiltration is the wrong word, because they have been welcomed with open arms by the incumbent President, and our defense agencies have been forced to do the same. Poole's study "poses serious questions as to the efficacy and even security concerns about U.S. government outreach to Islamic groups, which often turn out to be Islamist militants, enemies of Islamic moderation, and even supporters of terrorism."
Since this study appeared, we have learned that NSA databases that collect communications from private citizens are not tightly controlled. Contractors, who may or may not have had extensive vetting, had access to databases which collect information on American citizens, which I assume includes emails from individuals who work in security agencies in the government to their friends and families. Add this to the information available to CAIR, ISNA and MPAC, etc. at our security agencies, we can speculate that the Muslim Brotherhood and perhaps even al-Qaeda have been kept up-to-date on information that might affect them.READ MORE
Re America and China, maybe we can have a new Olympics — who can hack the most emails in the least amount of time. In Syria, — trimming away the meaningless drool of humanitarian concerns, helping innocent civilians, felling dictators, making democracy work — the choice can be stated simply: we can choose to support President Assad, who has used nerve gas to kill his own people (but not us) or we can support the rebels, where many, if not most, of their top fighters are al-Qaeda, with a mission to kill off those that won't submit to Salafist Islam. They also will use whatever is available to kill off Syrian civilians. They'll even eat their organs. Prez Obama seems enamored of the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists in Suits, but they have the same Islamist goal as al-Qaeda: to restore the Caliphate where Islam rules over all. Before we jump in, maybe Obama might reflect on how we senselessly destroyed the Gaddafi regime only to see it replaced by various al-Qaeda fiefdoms and country-wide lawlessness, while Gaddafi's store of weaponry was stolen by the terrorists and is being used to support Salafist takeovers. If we want to do something that's useful, why don't we actually stop Iran before she perfects some nuclear weapon and tests it by bombing our oil supply and/or using a suitcase bomb on an American city.
This is a video about Ahmed,an eight-year-old boy fighting along side the rebels on the front line of Syria's civil war.
There have been so many problems between China and USA that the recent summit of the heads of the two administrations might have been of some significance. But it wasn't expected to be. And it lived up — or down — to its low expectations. As Rachel Ehrenfeld notes, "The U.S. had given up the fight against China's cyber espionage even before Obama had the opportunity, as many hoped, to confront the Chinese president." Sol Sanders concludes that whether this was because of their capabilities or because of the circumstances under which they govern, "Neither party was in a position to tackle the growing list plaguing the relationship between the superpower and the superpower-wannabe." Perhaps if the Summit had come after the NSA scandal became known, the two leaders could have had a bonding experience, life not being happiness-making for either of them at home at the moment.READ MORE
Reuven Berko brings us up to date on the Syrian civil war from an Israeli and a global viewpoint. To put it simply, "Assad is bad and the Islamist revolutionaries are no better, and it doesn't truly make a difference who survives." It is strange that the USA sides with the Syrian rebels, whose goal is a Caliphate, whose center would be Greater Syria and whose announced mission is to destroy Israel before taking on the rest of the world. It is even stranger when it is known that the rebel ranks are filled with volunteers whose allegiance is to al-Qaeda, which is dedicated to putting the USA under Sharia law — something Assad has never threatened.READ MORE
Remember Zayman al-Zawahiri, co-founder of al-Qaeda, the guy who helped bring about 9/11, the guy who advocates attacking "the far enemy" — America. Well, the al-Nusra terrorists, fighting in Syria on the rebel side, are totally devoted to Al-Qaeda and its ideology; they are dedicated to spreading Sharia everywhere. Colin Freeman writes that al-Zawahiri has formally called on them (that's a polite way of saying he ordered them) to start instituting the Caliphate in Syria. Why do we care? President Obama is planning to send weaponry to the Syrian rebels. Of course they will have to sign a pledge that says: 'These weapons will not be given to al-Qaeda. Promise.'READ MORE
If the Syrian situation wasn't confused enough, Lebanon has now
openly introduced itself into the conflict, ready to fight with the
Sunni rebels against Assad and Hezbollah, which controls southern
Lebanon. This is in response to the Hezbollah's spokesman,
Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, admitting that Hezbollah has
been fighting for the Assad regime to defend both Syria and Lebanon
from the Sunni threat. What is clear is that the confrontation is
becoming more binary — Sunni against Shiite (Shiite now
includes Alewites, with differences in doctrine ignored). The
additional factor of the Lebanese Hezbollah fighting against the
Lebanese government on Syrian territory looks very much like a
second civil war, this one displaced to Syria, which is already
fighting its own civil war. E.B. Picali and H. Varulkar discuss the
newest restructuring. It is of interest that when Hezbollah asserted
that "if Syria falls to the rebels, this will be the end of the
Palestinian cause," former Lebanese prime minister Sa'd Al-Hariri
told him harshly that "the age of [using] the Palestinian cause, the
resistance and [our] national unity as something to be bartered with
is over." Moreover, there's a shift in some Palestinian Arabs
groups, in that they are joining the rebel side, despite the fact
that Hezbollah was a big financial and political supporter.
David Mikics writes of a little-known de facto partnership between Adolf Hitler and Hollywood producers, almost all of whom were Jews, in the years after Hitler came to power and before World War 2. Ben Urwand, wrote about it in forthcoming book, The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact With Hitler. Hollywood wanted audiences. "Hitler wanted ... the ability to shape the content of Hollywood movies—and he got it. ... What is shocking and new about Urwand's account is its blow-by-blow description of Hollywood executives tailoring their product to meet the demands of the Nazi regime." Movies depicting the need for a strong leader did well in Nazi Germany. "A film that showed the advantages of democracy over fascism could never be made in Hollywood in the 1930s because of political pressure stemming from Hitler's Germany..." As for Hitler, "[t]he movies he found most inspiring, most magical in the spell they cast on an audience, were made in America." Hitler saw to it that "there would be no reference to the ever-more desperate plight of the Jews under the Nazi rule in any Hollywood film of the '30s." Movies became anti-Nazi of course when the war started but Hollywood's repression of the facts about Jewish persecution continued even during the war years. ... Despite the courageous efforts of screenwriter Ben Hecht to raise public awareness of the Holocaust while it was happening, there was only one reference to what was being done to the Jews in any Hollywood movie made during the war: a 5-minute sequence of a minor courtroom drama called None Shall Escape (1944), in which Nazis shoot a group of Jewish prisoners who fight back while they are being loaded onto a train. ..."READ MORE
Yvette Alt Miller tells the unsavory story of how so many Nazis escaped from Germany and from punishment for their ghastly crimes after the war. The Odessa File might be fictional but Nazi war criminals were helped to start new lives with new identities by such respected institutions as the Vatican and the Red Cross. Professor Gerald Steinacher, an Austrian now living in the USA and author of Nazis on the Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice, writes how they supplied the Nazis with safe houses and forged documents. Some Catholic churchmen saw this as a return to religion (without probing into how genuine the Nazi new-found religiosity was); some saw the Nazis as victims; some cared for nothing except additional bodies to fight atheistic Communism. Whatever their excuse, they aided Nazis to flee Europe. The Red Cross moronically did no checking, they just issued travel documents; Steinacher suggests these were in the tens of thousands. As Steinacher wrote, "this isn't an oversight this wasn't a bureaucratic error." We can judge from current practices of the International Committee of the Red Cross that welcomes the Muslim Red Crescent but won't allow the Jewish Magen David to exhibit a Jewish Star on ambulances in the Territories that the Red Cross attitude isn't new. The International Red Cross has been a bitter enemy of Israel and the Jews for a very long time.READ MORE
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What we are talking about in the March–April 2013 Issue
On March 15, 2013, we were again subjected to a sizable terrorist attack. We were again shocked into the realization that we have a serious problem with Islamic Jihad working to destroy Western culture by acts large and small, from overt terror to quiet infiltration into our infra-structure. It is not that we haven't been kind enough to the Muslim community or that we haven't made enough of an effort to support 'moderate' Muslims. It isn't even, as President Obama seems to believe, that America is too uppity and needs to settle for a more modest position in the world community. The core issue is that Salafist Muslims have declared war on the West and Israel and we are largely ignoring it. They are determined to reshape our culture so that it fits inside their system of theocratic governance and sharia-based life style. Their efforts are aided by academics, politicians and media people who genuinely believe in globalism. They would like to see rule by the small group at the U.N. that represents coalitions of the countries of the world, though not the people of those countries. The machinations of our own Government have been a significant part of the problem.
We present a group of papers concerned with different facets of the problem of Muslim Jihad, Muslim terrorism and Muslim practices as manifested in the Muslim world and in ours. Areas examined in this set are: Islam: our perception versus their practices; the USA government's endorsing and protecting Jihadists; and changing styles of Islamic recruitment and terrorism.
We need information when we ask the hard questions: How do we minimize Islamic terrorism? What solutions are available? Do we need new laws or is it sufficient to start using the ones we have? If the media can no longer be relied on to alert us to the danger of Islamic Jihad, what resources can we substitute? If the schools are anti-American, how do we educate our children? If the Government is, operationally speaking, in cahoots with Salafists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, what do we do? The Jihadists are determined to wipe out our way of life and substitute their sharia-based religion. It's about time we reacted.
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.READ MORE
Citizen Warrior carefully dissects the Muslims we lump together as peaceloving into its components, including those who are peaceloving except when they are rioting; those who look forward to being at peace when the world has readjusted itself to the requirements of Sharia law; those who are peaceloving but are always pushing the envelop, demanding concession at work and at school that suit their lifestyle; those who aren't violent but never speak against rioting and mayhem, and so forth. And there's the more passive Muslims who work by not working and overloading the welfare system, who populate the Muslim enclaves, pay zakat and accept stoning, beheading and mutilation because such punishments are part of their religion. And their religion is immutable. Citizen Warrior notes that even if the peaceloving are in the majority, "it doesn't take a majority to cause serious trouble..." Put another way, if only 10% of the world's Muslim population is violent, that amounts to more than half the entire population of the United States of America.READ MORE
If it weren't so deadly, it would be comical. The perpetrator of the Marathon bombing says very seriously, this is why I did it, and Obama administration officials and CAIR snap back, no. that can't be the reason. no.no.no. The Investigative Project (IPT) tells us that "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is telling investigators he and his brother were motivated by religion to plot their carnage," and high level Government official aren't about to agree that Islam's teachings had anything to do with it. They wouldn't question his explanation if he said he was made to feel different or he was too poor to buy shoes everyone else was wearing. So it is disturbing that the Government and Islamic advocacy groups reject even the possibility that immersing oneself in the teachings of authentic Islam might lead someone to commit an act of terror. Such misplaced certainty makes it unlikely they will look into the "role radical Islam played in past terror plots," no matter how many terrorists proudly try to tell them the truth.READ MORE
Alexander Maistrovoy wrote this article to examine the large increase in the practice of Salafist Islam in Russia. It has spread everywhere from its confines in the Caucasus Mountains to major cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg. Where ever it goes, it deliberately incites rage against the Russians. Serendipitously, the article puts into context the growth of Wahhabism in Chechnyia and Dagestan, the homeland of the Tsarnaev brothers, who exploded two bombs during this year's Boston Marathon.READ MORE
This a companion piece to Alexander Maistrovoy's article above on the growing commitment to Islamic jihad by Muslims all over Russia. This article focuses on the violence in and around Chechnya, itself. As Ben English writes, "the Northern Caucasus Mountains serve as a fertile breeding ground for violent Islamic extremist groups." He recounts some of the atrocities committed by the Muslims of Chechnya. Like the Palestinian Arabs, their culture fosters the development of the mass murderer and the assassin. It isn't true that everybody wants to enjoy their life and take care of their families, just like you and I do. Some cultures are dedicated to a higher calling: the imposition of Sharia law on everybody, using as much violence and barbarity as possible.READ MORE
Raymond Ibrahim writes of a recent fatwa issued by Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, a member of Saudi Arabia's highest religious council: "There is no minimum age for marriage, and that girls can be married 'even if they are in the cradle.'" As Dr. Fawzan says, nowhere is there an minimum age for girls to marry in Sharia. ... Muhammad, Islam's role model, married Aisha when she was 6-years-old, 'consummating' the marriage — or, in modern parlance, raping her — when she was 9." Fawzan does allow for the practical consideration that the child should be capable of handling the weight of the man. But her age and/or an extreme difference in age between husband and wife have no bearing on the matter (no pun intended). As Ibrahim points out, "Sharia law is nothing less than a legal system built atop the words and deeds of a 7th century Arab, whose behavior — from pedophilia and sex-slavery to war mongering and plundering — was very much that of a 7th century Arab." As non-Muslims, we might perhaps regard these savage practices as a monstrously sick joke if so many Muslims weren't intent on inflicting Islam's enlightened views on the rest of us.READ MORE
Stella Paul speaks for many when she writes, "The authorities expect us to report suspicious backpacks, but stay silent as the tomb about the nature of the men who put them there." It is another indicator of what has happened to this country because the Chief Executive has been concerned with protecting the Muslim community from unproven hatred but ignores that the Salafists are actively undermining our way of life as they push their mission of bringing Sharia to America. If they can persuade us to criminalize anti-Islam statements, eventually, we would have no freedom of speech. As it is, the Administration's whitewashing terrorists and sneering at our military and border police is a prescription for demoralizing our troops and making the jihadists confident. Pretending that Islam is a peaceful religion doesn't make it so. It only makes us as stupid as the Jihadists think we are.READ MORE
Bruce Thornton makes clear that the Marxist interpretation of American history and attitudes is no longer an esoteric 'narrative' held by a few obscure intellectuals. It is by now being mouthed by ordinary lower-grade (in the sense of teaching K12) teachers of ordinary American youngsters. Education at this level initiates the implanting of attitudes and opinions that are stored at a level often resistant to later examination. Because Thornton has experienced the impact on his own family, this is not a unanchored theoretic article, though it targets concepts and techniques that need examination. As he points out, "the ideas may be garbled, half-baked, incoherent, and a collection of clichés and slogans. But they are still toxic and effective at transmitting a world-view to impressionable minds." Basically, Thornton alerts us that this is yet another area where the termites munching at our basic freedoms are busily at work. This is an important article that makes clear what's wrong with our current educational system.READ MORE
Matthew Vadum's article is going to be a surprise for many if not most people, no matter how knowledgeable they are about the dirty laws and regulations the government has put in place the last few years. According to the recently-issued Touchstone document on training FBI agents, if a terror suspect is associated with the "humanitarian" wing of a terror group, that doesn't mean the FBI should think he's acting "in furtherance of the organization's illicit objective(s)." Heaven forfend! Of course, this allows a member of a Salafist organization to appear in public wearing its peace and humanitarian burqa, while promoting Islamic terrorism under the hood. But we wouldn't want to hurt his feelings — why he might have to abandon his noble efforts to make us all live under Sharia.READ MORE
Clare Lopez has written a comprehensive examination of how the United States has bolstered and protected the forces of al-Qa'eda and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). In the Middle East, they are establishing Salafist governments, not democratic ones. In the USA, the Brotherhood has been allowed to tamper with America's security. Their ambitious but detailed and well-organized plan is to bring back the Caliphate, where Islam is dominant and believers in all other religions — or no religion — are subservient. Over the years it has spread its ideology by establishing seemingly benign schools, mosques, social and student clubs as well as by exploiting interfaith groups and developing political networks at high levels. Sometimes openly, most often undercover and via a third-party, it has used tactics ranging from quiet infiltration into the host country's infra-structure to using the growing Muslim community to intimidate, riot and terrorize the natives. Its greatest accomplishment may be in fostering a politically correct environment that blames Islamic terrorism on a small group of hijackers and discourages "inquiry about the very Islamic doctrine that al-Qa'eda and hijackers themselves declared to be their motivation." Lopez makes clear why "it is urgent that we recognize this clear and present danger that threatens not only our Republic but the values of Western civilization."READ MORE
The Gaza flotilla of 2010 gained publicity; the flotilla of 2011 didn't get far out of the gate. This year they tried a truck convoy. As Lori Lowenthal Marcus writes, this too was a bust, and a terrible experience for several of the women who were raped. This story has wider implication. First, with respect to the terrorism of the future (see here), it reinforces the likelihood that terror will be small affairs carried out by local Lone Wolves. Second, it reveals what is an open secret, that the naive Western human shields shipped in by organizations such as ISM to Gaza and elsewhere have been raped by the Arabs they have come to help. Khaled Abu Toameh wrote in a related article on a fatwa issued by Jordanian Salafi Sheikh Yasser Ajlouni allowing jihadists to rape women captured during war. "As of now, families of 'pro-Palestinian' activists around the world will have to think ten times before sending their daughters on humanitarian aid convoys." ("Raping Women in the Name of Islam," April 7, 2013)READ MORE
As Y. Carmon and H. Migron write, "Al-Qaeda's effort to recruit Americans for action in the U.S. takes place on two levels." On the ideological level, they try to counteract the "the efforts of moderate Islamic scholars to challenge jihadist and extremist notions." On the practical level, "Al-Qaeda is striving to place the responsibility for jihad in America upon the Muslim community in the U.S. This is instead of having mujahideen come from other parts of the world to attack the U.S., and instead of recruiting American Muslims to fight on other jihadi fronts worldwide." Seems an obvious refinement. We may have seen the fruit of this approach in Boston at the Marathon.READ MORE
Instead of a garden of flowering democracy and respect for human rights, the Middle East is fast becoming a yard full of every variety of Salafist, all of whom preach authentic Islam and Sharia uber alles. The Saudis, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and their cohorts are exerting increasing control. The West, apparently unaware of the danger this is to them, is helping them win. How soon will the people of the Middle East and the West look back with regret for the dictators who were vanquished by the Arab Spring?
The major schism in Islamic theology that produced the Shia versus Sunni differences in religious ideology and practices is also reflected in differences in politics and ideas about government. These differences in turn quite often translate into bloody strife between the two factions, as we see in the current Syrian civil war. But the overwhelming concern for both groups is spreading Sharia globally. The Quran itself is from Allah and thus immutable. The rule of thumb seems to be that Shia and Sunni will fight each other within a Middle Eastern country or even across the region but will cooperate against a perceived enemy such as Western culture or against any non-Muslim religion. (Contrariwise, the West has sided with the Sunni in Syria against the Shiite.) And when engaged in trying to demolish Israel, they become one big happy umma.READ MORE
An act of desperation in Tunisia triggered uprisings in the Arab World that were labeled the Arab Spring, suggesting the advent of democratic freedom for the Muslims of the Arab world. In retrospect, a more accurate label would be the Muslim Brotherhood's takeover of the Arab world. Better still, recalling the movie The Producers that refurbished Hitler, a close ideological relative, Springtime For MB, might be the most suitable. As Ashraf Ramelah writes, "...in Egypt the controlling Muslim Brotherhood is fully exposed as an enemy of the people ...and their pursuit of democracy." Moreover, "they are at the helm of countries militarily surrounding Israel and strategically critical to 'liberate the land of Palestine.' Assuming Assad falls, Lebanon, now dealing with Iran's Hezbollah, and Jordan could be next."READ MORE
Until way too late in the day, USA ignored Assad's growing arsenal of chemical weapons. The other side of the Syrian civil war has also expanded. As Rachel Ehrenfeld and Ken Jensen write, "the salafist terror group, Jabhat al-Nusra, an extension of al Qaeda in Iraq," have been part of the rebel group for well over a year and has attracted Sunni jihadists from around the world. In point of fact, "it has grown in strength to become the leading rebel force in Syria." In other words, while the Obama Administration reassured us not too long ago that al-Qaeda was just about dead, not only is it alive but the USA is helping supply its team mates with armament and train its brothers-in-arms, the Jordanians and Syrian rebels. Anyone want to bet that al-Qaeda is excluded from our supplies? And when al-Nusra gets hold of Assad's store of goodies, does anyone believe they will destroy them unused? Meantime, back on the golf course ...READ MORE
Matthew Brodsky and Michael Johnson provide additional material on the Jabhat al-Nusra Salafist jihadist group, which is fighting the Syrian regime on the side of the rebels, while pledging their allegiance to the al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The U.S. and E.U. are "right to worry about arming any rebel groups in Syria, in part because they fear that weapons could fall into the hands of more Islamist elements and turned against Western allies in the region." Brodsky and Johnson are concerned that the West find a rebel group to support lest "Syria's future will be determined either by al-Qaeda franchises or Bashar al-Asad, his sponsors in Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah." The question is: are there any — let alone a sufficient number of — democratic rebels in the entire region that can hold their own against the Salafist rebels: al-Qaeda, the Saudis and the Muslim Brotherhood?READ MORE
As noted above, in Syria the U.S. is supporting the side of the anti-regime rebels that is loaded with al-Qaeda and other Salafists, none of whom espouse democracy or like the West. In this essay, David Devoss writes about Iraqi Kurdistan, an American success story. For over twenty years, the U.S. has helped build up three Kurdish provinces in Iraq, and the Kurds are sincerely pro-American. "Iraqi Kurdistan now serves as both a homeland for the Kurdish diaspora and a refuge for persecuted Christians." But now "it appears the Obama administration may be willing to sacrifice Kurdish autonomy in return for illusory strategic leverage [with the Iraqi government.]" As Israel Commentary put it, "Kurds Another key ally Obama is about to throw under the bus?"READ MORE
King Abdullah of Jordan was recently interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg, who painted a pleasing picture of him "as a dynamic, young and intelligent leader working to bring Jordan into the 21st century." Goldberg observed him at kingly work, lunching with Bedouin leaders then flying his plane home. David Haivri adds some needed information. The regime is totalitarian and the king is even losing the support of the Bedouins, his core community. The Palestinian Arabs, who have been stripped of their rights, are 70% of the population and would vote him out. Although he has tried to stay on the right side of the Brotherhood, he is rightly concerned the Muslim Brotherhood will depose him, once they have finished off Assad.READ MORE
Jacques Neriah describes the operations of an Iranian terrorist group that was established in Nigeria by Iranian handlers using local Shiite talent, who carry dual passports. "In the first phases they concentrate on the collection of intelligence, and train in the use of weapons and explosives in Iran. In a later phase they will seek to carry out their terrorist attacks through proxies." They focus on pro-Israeli and pro-American targets. Neriah writes that "Shiite communities around the world represent the infrastructure upon which Iran builds its subversive policies worldwide. This has been the case in most terrorist actions carried out by Iranian agents or proxies such as Hizbullah operatives, and Nigeria is no exception." "All these events provide a rare view of the covert war conducted by Israel, the U.S., and its allies against Iran and Hizbullah." It seems a certainty that in Nigeria a single terrorist isn't dismissed as an unaffiliated Lone Wolf.READ MORE
Paul Merkley writes of the treatment of Christians and Jews by Muslims in Middle East countries. When Israel became a state in 1948, the neighboring Arabs vented their rage at such impudence, by forcing the Jews — who had lived in these Arab countries far longer than the Arabs — to flee. Currently, as the Middle East comes under the rule of Salafists, Christians are in jeopardy. In Afghanistan, "Christians are put to death under blasphemy and apostasy laws enforced by a government installed, maintained and subsidized by the West." Elsewhere, as in the Egyptian Coptic community, churches and businesses are burned, Christians are forced to convert to Islam and whole communities flee brutal persecution. Yet the secular Western press and politicos all the way up to the Obama White House ignore the plight of the Copts and pretend the Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood are moderate and tolerant.READ MORE
In article after article, Raymond Ibrahim has been tracking the devastating and unrelenting assault of Islam on Christians by its leaders and its ordinary people. In this essay, he describes the history of the interactions of Islam and the Egyptian Coptic Church — the early history is discussed in Part 1 and the current history is addressed in Part 2. As Wolff Bachner says in his Introduction, "The documentation for Mr. Ibrahim's article does not come from Western historians. It comes directly from the writings of Islamic scholars and historians dating back to the actual events. The faithful recorders of Islamic history never tried to deny or hide the truth. They kept accurate records of the events of the times, unvarnished by any fear of outside criticism or political correctness. To the great Muslim writers, Islam was the only correct religion and they felt no need to apologize for wishing to make it the one faith for all of mankind."READ MORE
Some common-sense ways of looking at Islamic practicesReturn to What We Are Talking About
Muslims start by making small and reasonable-sounding demands. When these are fulfilled, their demands blossom like weeds and grow large, larger and finally grotesque and unyielding. It takes colossal egotism to believe that it is proper for a Muslim to spew hatred at and denigrate all other religions but is within his rights to lash out at anyone criticizing Islam in any way. The same arrogance that is incapable of tolerance to other world views is reflected in the Arab's insistence that Allah speaks exclusively in Arabic, therefore the Koran must be read only in Arabic and not translated. Paul Murphy connects the Arabocentric view with Islam's "long-lasting and ubiquitous" racist behavior. Similarly, spoken through the voice of Interfaith Muslims, what they consider a just and proper jihad is a bizarre kind of sharing. Their ultimate goals are: to replace all laws with sharia; to replace all religions with Islam; and to replace all governments with the Muslim Caliphate.READ MORE
Jake Neuman presents some of Islam's teachings, those currently reaffirmed by their theologians and leaders: to slay for Allah, to do jihad against the infidel, to subjugate women, to hate Jews, to practice pedophilia, to punish minor infractions with mutilation and stoning, to steal from non-Muslims, to murder apostates, inter alia. These are not unavoidable consequences but direct commands. He asks: How can any normal, rational person believe in Islam, how can anyone believe that Islam is a religion? A follow-up question might be: why do our democratic media, academics and political leaders pay Islam respect and work hard to satisfy its intolerant demands on us kaffirs? It is puzzling, isn't it?READ MORE
Zeev Shemer writes of what the civilized world would describe as another senseless killing: "a Jew,[Eviatar Borowski] a father of five was stabbed to death on a street corner by an Arab who he had never met before, wielding a knife, looking for a Jew to kill." My sympathies to the pro-Palestinian media that will have a minor problem in making this appear justified, but there is a larger issue: for the last 40 years, Israel has tried to appease the Arabs. "This pathological approach to Islamists has driven this country to a very dark place." Shemer questions the lunacy of not treating a terror attack as a terror attack. They capture the terrorist, skillfully repair his leg wounds and house him comfortably until the Arabs can swap him for another captured Israeli soldier or free him on humanitarian grounds. Why provide the cult of death Arabs with yet another hero? Oh. Did we mention this murderer, Salam Zaghal, was released from prison a few months ago? He'd been convicted of trying to kill Jews by throwing rocks.READ MORE
Fjordman writes of a proposal legally to ban anti-Feminism "hatred" as akin to racism. Norway's "Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion," run by an anti-racist from Iran, likes the idea. It would join the critical examination of Islam as hate talk. Actually, exploring Muslim attitudes towards women is already verboten socially and in the media. Practically speaking, that means only white men can be directly identified as criminal. Predictably, even though rape has increased hugely — Muslim immigrants consider Nordic women immodest, hence fair game — it would be racist to attribute this to the Muslim attitude towards women. So little or nothing is done. I have one quibble with Fjordman. Astute media readers and listeners in the USA have already figured out that if an alleged terrorist or rapist or family killer is not specifically described as a white man or as having blue eyes and blond hair, it is more than likely it's yet again a Muslim. If we aren't shown his picture, it's almost certain it's a Muslim.READ MORE
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."In other words, 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. READ MORE
President Obama came to Israel and made a nice speech that was well-received. He gets A for delivery, reassurance and stirring the (selected) audience. Richard H. Shulman writes about other factors, many of which were played down by what is often called Obama's poodle media. Shulman weighs and measures Obama's words against what we know from Obama's previous behavior in similar situations. Obama flunks. As Shulman summarizes the essence of the speech, "Close and sober examination of it, however, confirms his anti-Zionism and his demagoguery."READ MORE
Arab pocket money buys a lot of academics. Last year, the Kennedy School at Harvard had a conference on the One-State Solution, an effective way for the Palestinian Arabs to overwhelm the Jews in Israel by sheer numbers. This year Boston University will be doing a variant of the same scheme: a Right of Return Conference, where supposed grown-ups will discuss allowing into Israel some 5-7 million Arabs who claim previous connection to Israel. Richard Cravatts points out that "every one of the participants of the BU conference are part of a retinue of the hate-Israel crowd, a traveling road-show of politicized scholars, propagandists, and pseudo- and non-academic activists with only a thinly-veiled animus towards Israel, Zionism, and Jews in general." Cravatts provides us with excellent portraits of some of the participants, political ideologues, who have long used the Arab refugee as a shield behind which they can safely attack Israel. Oh, that our universities should have come to this!READ MORE
On Nov. 29, 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution for the establishment of Israel as an independent Jewish state. On the 5th day of Iyar (May 14, 1948, Gregorian) David Ben-Gurion flanked by the members of the Provisional Council of State read the Declaration of Independence to the assembled guests. Israel commemorates this singular event yearly on Yom Ha'atzmaut ("Independence Day") by ceremonies and festivities that include honoring the Israeli Defense Force and holding the International Bible Contest. This year Yom Ha'atzmaut fell on April 16, 2013. Ted Belman has posted an English translation of the Declaration.READ MORE
Eric Lichtblau cites the statistics for the number of ghettos and concentration camps during the Nazi era. They are much higher than most people, even scholars, assumed. He also points out that the claims of ignorance by many Germans is specious. A personal anecdote: my husband attended a meeting of pathologists in Germany many years ago. He asked about a concentration camp that had been nearby during World War 2. The local pathologists earnestly claimed they didn't know about murder at the camp. Imagine. Pathologists. And they didn't recognize the smell of burning flesh.READ MORE
Aliza Vitis-Shomron was 14 and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto, where Jews rose up and fought their Nazis captors bitterly and heroically until there were no more Jews left. The rebellion "became a symbol of struggle against impossible conditions, illustrated a refusal to succumb to Nazi atrocities and inspired other acts of uprising and underground resistance by Jews and non-Jews alike." The rebels told her she was too young to fight but she should tell the world "'how we died fighting the Nazis. That is your job now.' She's been doing that ever since, publishing a memoir about life in the ghetto and lecturing about the revolt and its legendary leader, Mordechai Anielewicz."READ MORE
We end this issue with an essay by Victor Sharpe on the Passover. Again in 2013, as for the past 3,300 years, we will eat a ceremonial meal and tell our children the story of how HaShem delivered the Jewish people from their enslavement in Egypt. And He gave them as theirs the Land of Israel in an everlasting Covenant from (using modern names) the Red Sea to the Mediterranean to the Euphrates. This year, as in so many years in the past, there are those who would deny us our patrimony. Again and again they try to persuade us or threaten us to give up our land. "Nevertheless, to give away one inch of the land is a profound rejection of the Covenant made between His people and Almighty God. It is also a strategy of national suicide... And it would not go amiss to remind the increasingly Godless European Union [among others] of Passover's gift to the Jewish people: The promised and undivided land."READ MORE
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What we are talking about in the January–February 2013 Issue
Over the years several studies have correlated the growth of the number of Muslims resident in a foreign country and "the transition from conciliatory Islam to fascist Islam." It is a major theme of R.K. Ohri's book "The Long March of Islam" that we serialized from September-October 2009 to March-April 2011. To set the stage, this is called The Stages of Global Muslim Takeover. The last time we reprinted it was in the January-February 2010 issue of Think-Israel.
Stages of Global Muslim Takeover
In the January-February 2010 issue, we looked at Islamist infiltration in Israel and in the West. What were we doing, if anything, to counter an Islamic takeover? And what outcome could we expect from our actions? A fundamental concern was voiced in an article in that issue by D.L. Adams, "What is our purpose in supporting the creation and growth of societies and governments that are fundamentally opposed to our existence."
In the current issue, we look at Israel, the West and the Arab Middle East and ask: How far has Resurgent Islam infiltrated into our infra structure and perturbed our way of life. And what can we do about it?
We are reprinting this essay by Richard Butrick from the July-August 2011 issue of Think-Israel. It describes the changes in the behavior of Muslims as their numbers increase relative to the rest of the population in a non-Muslim country. While varying in some details, the general picture is the same: the Muslims don't want to 'fit in' or assimilate or just live quietly in their own way. They want to run the show and won't stop until they do.READ MORE
Europe is becoming more and more antisemitic as the Muslim population grows and is overtly anti-Jewish, killing Jews and demonizing them. But their animosity isn't confined to Jews; more and more the Muslims are now bullying the natives. The takeover of Europe proceeds with no sign of an adequate counter response. People flee to the outskirts as Muslim enclaves in the cities grow. Or they move to another country. But there is no fight in them. In the USA there is overt infiltration into agencies such as Homeland Security, the FBI, the CIA and the State Department by Muslims with questionable loyalty to America. Add to this that creating new military weaponry is on hold; appeasement and "containment" are considered good policy. Infiltration is still primarily under the radar —educational textbooks and other sources of information whitewash Islam. It has become clear that Academia's traditional liberalism is too often funneled into hateful acts against "enemy" groups as defined by Marxist professors and into curtailing the rights of free speech by those it calls illiberal. The Muslims are the new blacks, the underdog group that needs protection —and Resurgent Islam have spent a boodle making this happen.
A major problem in the West is not direct or even undercover infiltration. It is a shift in moral ideology —moral relativism is in. Our values are all relative. Our ideologies are all equal, although some ideologies such as Marxism and Sharia may be a tad more equal than others. It's not alright for a Christian child to pray in school; it is alright for teachers to take Christian children to visit mosques, where they put on burqas and pray as do Moslems. Clearly, the acceptance of the equality of all ideologies is undermining our traditional values. But that's only the beginning of its effect on the West. It is also contributing to the non-reaction by the West to the clear and present dangers of Resurgent Islam. The West is unarmed, as Barry Rubin notes, "in ideas, analysis, and understanding." What were once firm convictions anchored in a Judeo-Christian morality have become spongy and soupy. Eventually this results in a society that actually believes that "if you're nice to the terrorists, they'll be nice to you." But a Islamic takeover would not bring reciprocal tolerance. Quite the opposite. It would insist that everyone be governed by the tenets of sharia law.
This is a very personal reaction by Caroline Glick to an encounter with British Intelligentsia, and noteworthy for that reason. The occasion was a debate entitled: "Israel is destroying itself with its settlement policy. If settlement expansion continues Israel will have no future." Caroline's side lost. She expected the debate would argue facts and logic. Instead, the winning side appealed to people's passions. And the English are not noted for innate kind feeling to Jews. What appalled her was that the audience behaved as a mob, when presented by any fact in Israel's favor —not what one would expect "of upper crust, wealthy British people." Methinks, though she knows about British anti-Semitism intellectually, she was shocked by the experience —Brits, known for civil debates, acting like a bunch of rabble rousers from Ramallah.READ MORE
Bruce Bawer has an eye for the details that anchor his sorrowful conclusion that Europeans are fleeing some of their major cities because these are now places the Muslim immigrants have taken over. In recounting a story of a boy who was kicked off a bus because some Muslims objected to his dog, Bawer writes, "The story of that boy and his dog, simply put, is the story of today's Europe in miniature the story of a continent whose natives are increasingly being tormented by Koran-wielding tyrants, and increasingly in flight."READ MORE
Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene write about another of that well-known sub-species of Jew-Hater: the Western and/or Israeli Jews who identify so closely with the Palestinian Arabs, they hate and loath Israel. They have so completely incorporated the ideology of the Arab that they cheer when an Arab terrorist kills a Jew. One of this group, Marcy Jane Knopf-Newman, who has taught English at Arab universities in the Middle East, shows considerable talent in generating novel and fun ways to delegitimize "Israel in the malleable minds of her students." She has now produced a book on how to teach Palestine [sic] to American children that shows her creativity both in presenting ideas and in distorting facts and inventing inappropriate analogies. Her eye is always on the purpose of the book, facts be damned. There is an addendum by Todd Starnes of a recently-described incident where a public school teacher had her students don burqas.READ MORE
Europeans tend to feel guilty over their history of global colonization. (There have been attempts to point out colonization wasn't a one-way street. See e.g., Fjordman's "Europeans As Victims Of Islamic Colonialism" here.). Muslims do not feel guilt over ruling and/or enslaving other people. Their attitude is: if it was once ruled by Islam, it is ours to eternity. Soren Kern writes about a recent example. Once upon a time a long time ago, most of Spain was under Islamic rule and the mosque in Cordoba was its majestic symbol. When the Christians reconquered Spain some five hundred years later, the mosque was converted to a church and a ban was placed on Muslim prayer there. Soeren Kern writes that in the last few years, many Muslims have become radicalized and believe that because they once ruled Spain, it belongs to them forever. As a first step, they demand the right to pray in the church. Church officials point out the obvious —that in a similar but reversed situation —the Damascus mosque was previously a church —the Muslims wouldn't think of giving up the mosque, nor would anyone expect them to do so. But as Kern points out, "as the Muslim population in Spain continues to grow in size (it is expected to nearly double by 2030) and in political influence, history may be reversed earlier than most Spaniards might imagine."READ MORE
The West has the equipment, the weaponry, scientific acumen, modern ideas. Why isn't it making mincemeat of Islamic terrorists? Why is creeping sharia continuing to take over? Using an actual happening as paradigm, Barry Rubin analyzes why the West is so easily intimidated, paying blood money rather than ridding us of bullies that want to reconstruct our entire society to suit themselves. It's our "ideas, analysis, and understanding" that need updating.READ MORE
Paul Eidelberg writes that modern-day 'Islamic fundamentalism' is indeed authentic Islam." It is "Islamism revived" and modeled on the religious-political-lifestyle system developed by Mohammed himself. Jihad —waging offensive war against infidels —is a basic principle of all four schools of Islamic law. Eidelberg notes that "Islam has already invaded Europe. Its goal is nothing less than conquest. And Europe, rotting in nihilism, hedonism, and anti-Semitism, is allied with its gravediggers." He is concerned that in America, "Moral relativism infects the democratic mind and saps the will to overcome the absolutism of the Islamic mind." He believes "the Jewish conception of man's creation in the image of God ... can provide democracy with [the] ethical and rational foundation" it needs to fight an Islamic takeover.
The Arab countries have ethnic, religious and governmental diversity, so one size democracy won't fit all. Even so, it is "only if certain Islamic regimes are conquered and occupied, only if an entire generation of Muslim children is re-educated, only if political power is decentralized and political accountability replaces Muhammadan top-down leadership, can one speak sensibly of democratizing Islam. Merely to eliminate Muslim despots and institute democratic elections will accomplish nothing enduring." His words are as applicable today as when he wrote this essay in 2004.READ MORE
William Kilpatrick has previously written about moral relativism and how it impairs the ability to tell right from wrong. More recently he has focused on another consequence: that it impairs the ability to understand that Islamic ideology is dangerous for the West. As he says, "One of the main reasons Western citizens can't see the obvious about Islam is that they have been subjected to an educational system that insists on the moral equivalency of all cultures and religions, just as it had previously insisted on the equivalency of all value systems... Or, to paraphrase Mark Steyn, the people who brought you Heather Has Two Mommies are about to bring you "Heather has four mommies and a great big bearded daddy." He hopes Christians will start standing up for their cultural heritage instead of allowing the moral relativism that makes our civilization passive while Islam pushes aggressively to replace Western civilization with Islamic Sharia.READ MORE
In this article Edward Cline expands on an article by Daniel Greenfield on the strange affinity of the political Left and Islam. Greenfield observed that "The left views the Islamists as just another front group to be used. The Islamists see the left the same way and in Iran, Egypt and Tunisia, the Islamists have a better track record of getting the better of the left." Cline believes that the Left isn't really clueless about the nature of Islam but there's a dark side that motivates the Left to act "as the janissaries of Islam, as ideologues and Sturmabteilung of another totalitarian system, for the moment tolerated and drafted into Islam's cause to swell the numbers of Islam's brigades and to handle the rough stuff in protests and demonstrations and clashes with the targets of the day." There's certainly good reason to suspect many on the Left cater to the Muslims precisely because they believe the Muslims are capable of exterminating freedom of individual action. But there is still the puzzle that when watching Resurgent Islam in action, how can the Left avoid noticing the glaring inconsistencies between its professed belief system and Muslim ideology. As the editor of the Fahrenheit211 website put it (20Feb13): "Whichever way you look at it here you have a Left political current that says it is for the rights of minorities to be treated equally but supports those Islamic groups that would quite happily kill said minorities. For the democratic Left to work with Islam is about as far away from the promotion of diversity and tolerance than you can possibly get, because Islam doesn't 'do' diversity, Islam only does oppression. In Islam there is no diversity of religion, of politics or of thought."READ MORE
I was watching an oldie called "The Girl from Petrovka" starring Goldy Hahn as a Russian ballerina, who has learned how to survive in Communist Russia. It started me thinking about the Russian Revolution -- of which, admittedly, my actual knowledge is limited. Anyone with real knowledge will probably shudder at the following simplistic summary, but as a rough outline I think it works. First they killed off the Imperials. Then they made sure the 'middle class' didn't interfere with their grand plans: some they killed; some manufacturers, industrialists and land owners joined the Party; some left. When they had leeched out of their system most of those who were creative, efficient and had the ability to organize, they had to contend with everybody else. I wrote down what might be an analogous process here in the States. Of course, it can't happen here.READ MORE
This set of essays progress from the situation as it is now to ways of changing it to Israel's benefit.
This is a compilation by Bernice Lipkin of recent news items and articles that serve to illustrate how far the Arabs has come in terrorizing their Jewish neighbors, intimidating the government and judiciary, stealing Jewish land and taking over Jewish Holy Sites. They have become bold, knowing they won't be challenged.READ MORE
It's eerie how Hamas population control strategy is so like Alinsky Socialist strategy. In this essay Paul Alster outlines how Hamas can have its cake —the Gazans are "under siege, deprived of everyday goods, whose only means of receiving sufficient supplies is through the network of tunnels ... from Egypt" —while eating the supplies it receives directly from Israel. Hamas deliberately limits the cross points to bolster its painting of a people under siege while collecting its share from tunnel delivery. Incidentally, Hamas has some of the weaponry left unsecured when we knocked off Gaddafi of Libya. Isn't it nice to know they aren't all in the hands of al-Qaeda?READ MORE
Mahmoud Abbas the sort-of head of the Palestinian Authority (elections have been delayed three years) requested and received the status of a non-member state. Meaningless, yet useful, in that Abbas will now try to peddle the "notion that the 'international community' was recognizing its claim to every inch of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and east Jerusalem." We can look forward to Palestinian Authority comic SLAPP suits against Israel at the UN. But its unintended consequence is important: it has destroyed the diplomatic "peace process." Since Abbas now has his virtual State, it is pointless for Israel to negotiate borders of a real State. As Barry Rubin writes, "If the Israel-Palestinian situation were to be considered to be like a hand grenade, the 'international community' has just pulled the pin and thrown it away.'" Given the chaos in the Middle East and the internecine and inter-state conflicts, Abbas is likely to get short shrift from other Arab countries that he invites to share his fantasy.READ MORE
Yoram Ettinger writes that "the Israeli constituent demonstrates more realism than Israeli politicians." Most Israelis have learned from experience and "have concluded that security-driven peace supersedes peace-driven security." "A ratio of 65%:33% opposes the repartitioning of Jerusalem in the context of a peace accord; 65%: 31% reject a withdrawal from the Jordan Valley; 68%:28% refuse evacuation of Ariel and western Samaria; 72%:22% insist on retaining control over the blocs of Jewish settlements; 73%:18% disapprove relinquishing control over the Judea and Samaria mountains which dominate Ben Gurion Airport; 67%:22% insist that Israel retains control of the Judea and Samaria Highway 443 connecting Jerusalem to the coastal plain." It's time for the politicians to change their ways.READ MORE
There has never been diplomatic or political question that the city of Ma'ale Adumim, near Jerusalem, would always be Jewish and "attached" to Jerusalem by Area E1. Yet, "for over 10 years, Israel deferred to international requests to delay construction in the area in order to appease the Palestinians." When finally they began the long-delayed construction, the Palestinians falsely accused Israel of denying contiguity between two major areas in a future Arab state. Why would people believe these claims, when Arab leaders such as Mahmoud Abbas have no credibility, having even denied any historical connection between Jews and Jerusalem? Isi Leibler attributes this to the double standards whereby actual wrongdoing by the Palestinian Arabs is ignored but any assertion that Israel is a fault is taken at face value. He also points out that many believe the Arabs out of ignorance and here Israel has been negligent in not making a forceful case for itself.READ MORE
This essay by Richard Shulman is built around two papers representative of those written by academics, diplomats and government administrators who claim to have Israel's interest at heart and want to instruct it for its own good. A Professor Krebs sheds crocodile tears over the Israeli "occupation on the grounds (no pun intended) that it creates a bunker mentality in Israelis. Yosef Kuperwasser and Shalom Lipner, both in the Israeli government, point out insightfully that a fundamental problem is the Arab rejection of a Jewish state in territory the Arabs once held. However, having spelled out that nothing can be resolved until the Arabs accept the notion of a non-Muslim state, they revert to the usual discussion of how Israel can appease the enemy, while hoping that someday they'll change. Richard Shulman rebuts these arguments with commonsense, by carrying the opposition arguments to their logical conclusions and by facts, features somewhat lacking in the referent papers.READ MORE
Giulio Meotti recognizes their merit of the hilltop Youth, the youngster who guard the hilltops of Samaria and Judea, keeping terrorist Arabs from taking over more of Jewish land. As Meotti writes, "They are Israel's most outstanding individuals, instilled with ideals that their government ministers can only envy. They are Israel's last heroes." Why guard the hilltops? When the Arabs attack in force, the ones who control the hilltops will control the area. And how are these young heroes rewarded, these strong-minded patriots who have the temerity to put their own people's welfare first? They are the most reviled of that most reviled group of Israeli Jews —the patriotic Jewish settlers of Samaria and Judea. Yet it is they who understand that it is both craven and pointless to try to appease an enemy whose goal is to kill Jews, no matter how conciliatory the Jews try to be.READ MORE
Dr. Martin Sherman bluntly describes the major failing of Israel's security measures: "Israel's greatest strategic challenge, its gravest strategic failure and its grimmest strategic danger is the conduct — or rather misconduct — of its public diplomacy." To call Israel's public diplomacy (PD) inadequate is to overrate it. Israel's PD infrastructure needs a complete overhaul, not a quick fix. It will take money, encouragement of pro-Israeli groups, change of staff -- and most importantly —a change in attitude. PD should not be treated as an add-on but as "an operational arm of national strategy." Professional diplomats aren't up to the job. Israel needs voices who are dedicated to Israel and who "can identify and articulate the raw truth as to the true origins of the delegitimization of Israel" —"intellectual warriors."READ MORE
Israeli politicians seem to have forgotten the consequences of the disastrous removal of the Jews from Gaza and are making noises again about splitting off more Jewish land in the "interests of peace." In this essay Daniel Greenfield analyzes why giving up Jewish land to terrorists doesn't lead to peace with the Arabs. It's not even an inadequate solution — not even in the short term. It has no relevance to the root cause: Arab religion-based hostility to Jews and Arab ambition to rule the world. There's also another reason for not uprooting the Jews of Samaria and Judea that Greenfield's masterful analysis does not cover. The thriving Gazan Jewish communities were destroyed in 2005 and many if not most are still not settled and certainly are not as productive. If the Government couldn't competently handle less than 10,000 people at huge financial cost let alone the cost in human suffering, how are they going to manage half a million Jewish refugees from Samaria, Judea and Jerusalem?READ MORE
We started this issue with the proposition that the behavior of immigrant Muslims in a non-Muslim host country is governed by the size of the Muslim population. As their population increases, the Muslims become less accommodating. They begin to make increasingly outrageous demands and sculpture the environment to suit themselves, marginalizing the natives. So how does that work when we are dealing with Muslims in a Muslim country?
Some years ago, the Sunni-Shiite philosophic split became low-level warfare, as in the proxy war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, the Sunni moneyman, has been battling it out with Iran, the lead country of the Shi'ites. Thanks to the Arab Spring in 2010 which created (more) instability in a number of countries, the pace picked up and became open and obvious warfare between components of the Sunnis and the Shi'ites.
After months-long demonstrations and strikes, the actual body blows to the Tunisian and Egyptian governments were fairly rapid, especially with the USA butting in in Egypt against the Mubarak Government. Tunisia is still without a government. Unemployment grows, turbulence increases. There is tension between the secular and the fundamentalists, who continue to grow stronger. And, oh yes, a secular opposition leader has been assassinated. The Muslim Brotherhood now runs Egypt.
In Libya, for some reason, Washington saw fit to interfere and help hunt down Moammar Gaddafi, who of all the Arab dictators was the least threat to the West. The rebels included al-Qaeda affiliates, one group of which was later responsible for the Benghazi massacre. Libya no longer has a dictator. Nor does it have much of a functioning government. It is now the locus of small independent fiefdoms, terrorist bands who protect some and terrorize others. No one seems to have thought ahead to secure Gaddafi's vast weaponry stores. Some were destroyed by Hamas in Gaza very simply: they shot them at Tel-Aviv. Gahdafi's weaponry has been showing up in newer Arab Springlets. The USA has been implicated in delivering some of them via Turkey to Syria, to the rebels.
The internecine clashes within many countries, certainly in Libya and Syria, are inaccurately described as a rebel (how romantic!) revolt against government dictatorship. Actually, they are strict fundamentalists fighting against secularists, against nominal Muslims or against not-quite-so fundamentalists. Or they are Sunni against Shiite. Increasingly, both sides are reinforced by weaponry and man power from other countries.
Daniel Greenfield summarizes the recent activity in Arab countries,
which has been helped along by the USA, the EU and the UN, this way:
(16Jan13, "One Hundred Wars," Jewish Press
http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/ daniel-greenfield/one-hundred-wars/2013/01/16/0/?print) "The French are in Mali now, being shot at by Islamists armed with the very same weapons that France airdropped into Libya. Either those or the weapons that France sold to Gaddafi in the preceding period when European countries were competing to be his arms dealers." [..]."Saif Gaddafi went from the toast of European academics to a mass murderer, Gaddafi's opposition went from Al Qaeda terrorists to brave rebels, then the brave rebels, many of whom were actually Iraqis, Tunisians and Jordanians, shot up an American diplomatic mission, hooked up with some of Gaddafi's Tuaregs to take over Northern Mali, shot them up and began carving out their own Islamist Emirate. [..] In two years, the evil ruthless dictators who kill and torture their own people have been replaced by ruthless democratically elected dictators who kill and torture their own people."
When 9/11 happened, we were given the kindergarden level reassurance that what we were fighting was terrorism and that we could visualize this terrorism as being embodied in al-Qaeda and in particular in one man, Osama bin Ladin, leader of al-Qaeda. We were told that when we cut off its leadership, al-Qaeda would soon shrivel away. That notion is no longer tenable. But it is not yet widely understood that in the current major hot spot, the civil war in Syria —as was the case in Libya —many if not most of the experienced fighters in the revolutionary rebel forces are dedicated Salafists. Al-Qaeda is Salafist. The Muslim Brotherhood is Salafist. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are Salafist. They may squabble over nuances, but they all are followers of authentic Islam as practiced by Mohammad. They all work towards a global Islamic Caliphate. And if they win, Syria will become yet another Salafist state.
So yes, we can talk about a Muslim takeover by a subset of Muslims within a Muslim country. It seems to depend less on number of people than on who has the most advanced weaponry, the most experienced man power, renewable resources and dedication. So far the Muslim Brotherhood and like-minded Salafists have been doing well.
It's been over twelve years since Radical Islam violently let us know that it was at war with the West, yet we still am not sure what to call this enemy. Things seem to have settled down to calling them Islamists. It is claimed that Islamists interpret the Koran in an extremist political fashion as against the moderate Muslims who are simply pious people practicing their religion. That makes things tidy. Unfortunately, it is a distinction without a difference. To practice the religion according to the Koran is indeed to be political and try to make all others subservient. Just ask the vocal Muslim clerics in the Middle East and in the mosques around the world.READ MORE
Unconsciously, most of us view others as more imperfect or perhaps as superior replicas of ourselves —with a similar live-and-let-live attitude. This essay by Raymond Ibrahim takes a specific case where such an assumption leads to erroneous conclusions. As he says of the current concern that the Islamists are taking over Egypt: "Islamists are currently evoking the one argument that has always, from the very beginnings of Islam, empowered Islamists over moderates in the Muslim world." The Islamists-Salafists back up their claim to be keepers of the true faith of Islam because they stringently follow Sharia. So any secular Muslim who doesn't want Sharia but calls himself a Muslim automatically loses the debate. What Ibrahim details in the small is mainly true in any Muslim country where the Islamists are in —or close to —control.READ MORE
An Arab leader or cleric may speak about his vision of the future as if his particular notion were the only possible outcome, but in fact, different leaders envision differing governing structures: many long to reinstall a theologically-based Caliphate while, on the other extreme, some envision shackling states together to create a political pan-Arab superstate similar to what Egypt did in the last century. It is easy to map these disparate futures onto the Islamic belief that Islam must be top dog globally, ruling over subservient non-Muslims. It may also be that what these contradictory visions express is an Arab desire for unity among themselves. Unfortunately, as Aaron David Miller writes, Arabs may talk about nation and state but they appear to identify parochially —"it's loyalty to the tribe, family, sect, and religious group that provides the primary source of identity and organization." By stripping away the top level of rigid government control, the Arab Spring brought the tensions among these conflicting identities out into the open, together with the age-old Arab way of dealing with conflicting ideas: murder, rioting and vandalism. Even Miller, who is more optimistic than I am, doesn't expect positive results for a long while. As he points out, unity requires the opposite approach: it needs leaders who think nationally, viable and legitimate institutions and a way of accommodating dissension peaceably.READ MORE
Shoshana Bryen makes the point that Iran has made a sizable investment in supporting Syria's Bashar Assad, but her aspirations are at least regional and her reach is expanding. Bryen points out that "the United States, which has focused rhetorical attention on the Iranian nuclear program, ... has utterly failed to see Iranian activities spread openly across the globe." As she writes, "Whatever the fate of Bashar Assad, Iran is unlikely to abandon its investment in Hezbollah or in other Syrian groups, but Iran's interests go well beyond the Syria/Hezbollah axis. Iranian influence in predominantly Shiite Iraq continues to grow and there are reports of Iran building Iraqi Hezbollah militias as the security situation continues to deteriorate since the American departure in 2011."READ MORE
In the Benghazi festering scandal, while we know the major players, we don't know the actual relationship between them. We know that the result of a CIA hush-hush operation was this: the USA Government was gun running Libyan weaponry to the Syrian rebels as it had to the Libyan rebels against Gaddafi. Quantities of the weaponry ended up with the al-Qaeda fighters who are a strong asset on the rebel side. We know Ambassador Stevens was involved. We know the Syrian rebels were —and are —made to look good compared to the Syrian regime's atrocities. We know the rebellion's strong connections to al-Qaeda were kept quiet. Now, cleverly, the Obama Administration has come out openly for the rebels and, of course, is still officially against al-Qaeda. In a binary world, if al-Qaeda is bad then the other rebels, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and al-Nusrah, an al-Qaeda affiliate, must be good. As Dr Walid Phares points out, they are not. They are as much Salafist as al-Qaeda. Should they control the revolt, the result will be another Islamist regime, which will not hesitate turning these weapons on Americans and other Westerners. He argues for supporting the secularist democratic rebels, of which I'm sure there are some.READ MORE
The previous article by Walid Phares was concerned with the problem of aiding the Syrian opposition without having the money go to the various Jihadist groups who are prominent among those fighting the Syrian regime. This article by Leslie Gelb is specifically interested in avoiding payment to al-Qaeda and its affiliates. Because the two authors raise somewhat different issues, propose somewhat different solutions and because the problem is acute, both articles are presented.READ MORE
Frida Ghitis writes about a terrorist attack that casts light on several moral issues, including the European Union's (EU) selective discrimination in the Middle East. On July 18, 2012, a bus carrying Israeli tourists in the Black Sea resort of Burgas in Bulgaria was attacked by terrorists. It was likely the work of Hezbollah and hard evidence eventually identified Hezbollah as the culprit. But within days of the attack, it was brought home to those who had assumed Hezbollah was on the EU terror list that it was not. Moreover, the EU ruled out putting Hezbullah on the Terror List. The EU insisted there was no tangible evidence to link Hezabollah to terrorism —which was as accurate as asserting there's no evidence to link goldfish to water. For months, there was speculation whether Bulgaria would release its evidence and would it state openly that Hezbollah was to blame. That would put pressure on the EU. On February 5, 2013, Bulgaria did state that Hezbollah was responsible for the terrorist attack on the bus. The EU did not follow suit.
Considering how rapidly the UN and the EU condemn any action by Israel —even when they aren't sure what the circumstances were or even if it actually happened and wasn't another Arab hoax —this does say something about the fear the EU has about riling up the friendly Muslims living in Europe and how unafraid they are of accusing Israel of anything and everything. The EU is making it easier for Hezbollah to terrorize the Lebanese, fight for Iran, harass Israel and raise funds in Europe.READ MORE
Recently, the new Secretary of Defense described the take-home message from President Eisenhower in 1956 forcing Israel to withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula as taking a hard line with Israel. In this essay, Alex Joffe points out that "[t]he brief and ill-conceived campaign of Israel, Britain and France to capture Sinai and the Suez Canal grew in part out of American policy failures. [...] At every turn, the United States waddled into Arab and Muslim politics it did not understand and failed to take Israeli concerns seriously." as Joffe writes, "... forcing allies into concessions is less impressive than successfully exerting pressure on adversaries" should be the lesson learned from the 1956 fiasco.READ MORE
This is a very depressing article. It would be nice if it weren't true, but we know from the first paragraph it is a clear indictment of the pitiful state America has been reduced to in just a few years. In almost Dickensonian fashion, Victor Davis Hanson shows us why this is The Worst of Times for America., "a country on its way to a $20 trillion national debt and a "'lead from behind' foreign policy of managed decline." To compound the problem, Prez Obama has chosen for his cabinet three men on his own level of mediocrity, making it almost a certainty there is little chance of correcting the downward plunge. The silver lining? As Hanson writes: "the worse the U.S. performs, and the lower the American profile abroad, the more the world likes Barack Obama — almost as if to say, 'At last, they're just like us.'" Considering that disorder is enveloping so much of the world, maybe it should be wishing that America was what it was a few years ago, capable of lending it strength, energy and optimism to move the world to exciting new heights, rather than being content to be one among equals, all equally unstable, chaotic and miserable.READ MORE
More on Mohammad al-Durah, the poster boy of the 2nd intifada; an essay on misinformation disguised as fact; and a new perspective on hasbera.Return to Feature Index
Mohamed al Durah death just at the start of the 2000 intifada still serves as the iconic image of how Israel was recklessly injuring innocent Palestinian Arabs. Those who read beyond the headlines later learned it was a hoax, a brilliantly-staged piece of street drama, produced by Arab terrorists and certified by a French commentator who wasn't there and France 2. By geometry and geography, al Durah could not have been killed by the Israel soldiers who were blamed. He was however cowering a few feet away and in directly line to some Arab snipers. What Nidra Poller makes us understand is that al Durah wasn't just justification for the intifada, it has become more global and has served as "reason" for Arabs to kill Jews elsewhere. Moreover, using a staged provocation as justification for ensuring riots and murders became popular and is still in use —witness the recent rioting at American embassies.READ MORE
Roberta P. Seid reviews a book by Sandy Tolan that is used in "some secondary schools... to educate students about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Factually, it is full of errors. Worse, it presumes that "Palestinians lost their homeland or nation in the 1948," disregarding that the local Arabs never owned the land. In fact, they were not morphed into a Palestinian people until the 1960s, when Yasir Arafat declared them so. The appropriate comparison would be between a Arab refugee from the 1948 war who fled to give the invading Arab armies room to kill the Jews and a Jewish refugee from the Arab countries that was forced to flee for his life, leaving his goods and property behind.READ MORE
Paul Eidelberg addresses the "marketing" aspect of Israeli Public relations. It can't be fixed by polishing or small fixes. It is basically flawed. As Eidelberg suggests, when Israel talks up how much they are like other countries, "The more Israel's government seeks to win the approval of the nations, the more it will be despised by the nations." "Such self-abasement betrays their lack of pride in the Jewish heritage, and this is exactly why Israel is so often humiliated." He suggests the more Israel comport itself as a Jewish nation, the more respect it will receive.READ MORE
Thoughts on Israeli Movies and Answering: Who did start the second Intifada?Return to Feature Index
Sarah Honig explores why virtually all Israeli-made films are self-hating and malign Israel. Israelis are pictured as if the films were produced by the Nazi Propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, himself. The Arabs, in contrast, are shown as dedicated, noble and proud. Honig notes that "[i]n their own twisted way it's as if today's Israeli filmmakers had paid heed to Joseph P. Kennedy Sr." threatening Jewish movie executive in 1940 for making anti-Nazi films. This generation of Jewish film makers go beyond the "faint-heartedness of yesteryear's moguls. They .... cynically espouse and hype that enemy's cause."READ MORE
The second intifada broke out in September 2000 —soon after the July Camp David talks failed when Arafat rejected the more than generous Israeli offer —and declined after Arafat died in 2005. Much ink has been spilled reassuring the world that it wasn't the fault of the Arabs that spontaneous suicide-bombing, rioting and vandalism erupted -- it was all the fault of the Jews. The proximal pretext was that the then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon came to the Jewish holy site, the Temple Mount. (Horrors! A Jew on the Jewish Temple Mount in a Jewish country!) Jonathan Halevi has done a meticulous investigation of who is responsible for triggering the intifada. Using Palestinian Arab sources, simple logic, and knowledge of Arafat's modus operandi, he concludes that the intifada was directly instigated and managed by Arafat. This article can be read as a fascinating whodunit, where all the clues lead to a single conclusion. But is it likely to end the myth that it was a sand-roots spontaneous uprising?READ MORE
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What we are talking about in the November–December 2012 Issue
Allowing the Arabs and their European friends to set the agenda, Israel has pursued a useless peace policy, bending over backwards to persuade the Arabs to become genuine peace partners. It has brought them nothing but grief, ever more dead Israelis and more acts of terror against more of their citizens. The world hasn't appreciated that Israel has jeopardized the safety of its own citizens to reduce harm to the Arabs. Instead, the world demands Israel do more "for peace" while asking nothing of the Arabs. How does Israel get back on the right track of making the safety of its own citizens its priority?
This set of papers lay out the first steps of a policy based on reality. At the very least, it protects the character of the Jewish state.
This is Additional Material on San Remo and Israel's ownership of Mandated Palestine:
"The San Remo Mandate" here.
Interview with Howard Grief in Norway March 21, 2011 on
"The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under international Law."
Part 1 is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zkjC7tNOrI
Part 2 is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF4_hM8kbfc
Another set of videos interviewing Howard Grief are at:
Yoram Shifftan has written a series of articles on Israel's ownership of Mandated Palestine by an irrevocable trust to the Jewish people. See e.g., here, here, and here. See also inter alia: Wallace Edward Brand, "Israeli Sovereignty over Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria," here; "A Landmark Work" by William Mehlman here; Michael C. Duke, "Jerusalem: Our Redeemable Right" here; Ted Belman, "Summary Of Israel's Legal Rights To Judea And Samaria," here.
In the box above, google san remo, league of nations, irrevocable trust, mandated palestine, Israel's legal right for a more complete selection of relevant articles on Think-Israel.
This is a superb presentation by Eli E. Hertz of the Legal Aspects of Jewish Rights to the Land of Israel. It begins by asking What is Palestine? It explains the importance of the term Mandate and presents the chronology of the events leading to signing of the document that placed Mandated Palestine in an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people, to develop into a Jewish state. Three facts are of particular importance. (1) The representatives of the League of Nations viewed the Mandate as reinforcing an already existing historic connection between the Jews and their ancient homeland. The Land was theirs by right. The Jews would be redeeming, reconstituting and recreating their national Home in situ. (2) The rest of the Middle East part of the Ottoman Empire (some 99.99% of the land) was cut up into states that were given to the Arabs. In some cases there was a long-established connection to the land. In others, boundaries were arbitrary and were a poor fit to the clans and sects of the various local Arabs living in that particular region. (3) The Assets, Rights and Obligations of the League of Nations were transferred to the United Nations where it came into being. The Palestine Mandate is valid.
The version on Think-Israel was compiled to be viewed as a html file. (If you download it, you also need to download the png files to transfer the photos. Do this with a get hertz.palestinemandate* command.) The original powerpoint presentation can be downloaded here. A presentation that emphasizes the text material is available on the Myths and Facts website: here.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
This is a straight-forward summary of what Mahmoud Abbas' request to the UN General Assembly to upgrade the area controlled by the Palestinian Authority to a state did and did not do. Alan Baker points out that it "neither created a Palestinian state, nor did it grant any kind of statehood to the Palestinians." It has no effect on the situation on the ground between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs, no matter how much significance the media gives the political charade. Unfortunately — and this wasn't within the scope of the article — media distortions are likely to be believed by a public trained to sympathize with Palestinian victimhood.READ MORE
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 provides a thoughtful insight into what is really keeping the pot boiling: "It is not the 1967 occupation 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 was itself an original act of "inhuman occupation" with which compromise of any final kind is beyond the realm of the possible. Until that disposition changes, which is to say until a different leadership arises, the idea of peace in the context of the Arab Middle East will continue to mean little more than the continuation of war by other means."READ MORE
Steven Plaut reduces the entire Arab-Israeli embroilment to two simple statements. First, the international community is certain that were Israel to Remove its Occupation of the "Occupied Palestinian Territories", it would Lower Violence: the ROLV axiom. Even most Israeli politicians pay lip service to this proposition. Second, "the international consensus about removal of Israeli occupation is empirically false and nearly all Israelis, both Jews and Arabs, understand that it is false." Experience has taught them that when Israel gives up territory, as it did in Gaza, the Arabs in the Territories use it to increase their manufacture and assembly of weaponry to use against the Jewish state — not exactly an occupation of high priority, were the Arabs interested in developing the infrastructure of a viable state.READ MORE
Yoram Ettinger chronicles the new thinking in Israel. Playing Russian roulette with the safety of Israeli citizens is no longer considered the way to ensure Israel's security or its survival. Checkpoints along borders are safer than open entry. Monitoring highways decreases the opportunity for snipers to kill people driving by. As reliable polls show: the Israeli public is "top heavy on realism and low on wishful-thinking." Now if only the politicians, the academicians and the media would catch up.READ MORE
Once upon a time, Judaism was a proselytizing religion, winning many converts in the Roman empire. This went on until the newly empowered Christian Church in Rome made it very clear that the Church would destroy Judaism if Jewish proselytizing didn't stop. The Rabbis internalized this stricture so completely that they didn't just stop actively trying to teaching Jewish ideas and practices to non-Jews, they made it downright hard to become a Jew. Israel has been undergoing a similar incorporation of a practice that could prove to be fatal: the notion that she must show her enemies and critics she is highly moral, more moral than her attackers, when she should be focused on winning the war they are waging against her. Daniel Greenfield makes us see how utterly immoral this behavior is. Out-losing the Arabs is suicidal.READ MORE
Caroline Glick points out that "both Israel and the United States are basing their policies towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on false assumptions about the nature of that conflict." The root problem is that the Arabs deny the legitimacy of the Jewish State and Israel contributes to Arab recalcitrance by her gestures of appeasement, which only reinforce the Arab belief that eventually they will destroy Israel. She suggests initiating a policy to: eradicate Hamas rule in Gaza; make clear that the Palestinian Authority was continuing terrorist acts; end Israel's recognition of Fatah; stop Palestinian delegitimization of Israel and Jews; end the construction freeze; and gradually end military rule in the Territories.READ MORE
This is an unrevised reprint of an article that was originally published in the September-October 2010 issue of Think-Israel. This was its introduction:
|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.|
Pro-Palestinian partisans have demonized the Israeli Jews who live in the towns and villages of Judea and Samaria (AKA the West Bank). The logic was simple. They believed the Arab claim that the land was Arab. They expected that eventually the Arabs would be given it. They worried that the Jews were hindering the process by building homes there. Hence propaganda was designed to stop Jews from inhabiting the land. Consider how different the perspective becomes when one pays attention to a simple fact: the Jews own the land by international law in an irrevocable trust. The initial article by Salomon Benzimra summarizes the legal foundations and explains why the Jewish Settlements are legal. (Note also: (1) the September-October 2012 issue of Think-Israel featured a section on the Levy report here; and (2) the Introduction to the previous section in this issue has additional material on the Territories as an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people.)
The other articles in this section address the demonization of the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and the current threat that the Israeli Government will again suicidally move Jews from their homes and businesses as they did in Gaza in 2005.
Though the information has been out there for a long time, the first break in the elaborate and official pretense since Oslo that the Palestinians were a legitimate people and had a legitimate claim was the Levy Report (see the articles in this Section and in the previous issue of Think-Israel), which asked one question: were the Jewish settlements legitimate? Yes, they were and are. (How could they not be when the entire region is legally and irrevocably Jewish?) The Israeli administration, so fearless in rooting out anything the Jewish settlers of Samaria and Judea do that the government can interpret as illegal, has yet to look at the implications of the Levy report. But the genie is out of the bottle. And it is in accordance with the Israeli mind: there is no possibility of peace with an enemy who wants to kill you. They are not interested in negotiating over a few dunams of land.
It should also be pointed out that aside from the Jewish settlements, as Steven Plaut emphasized, "there are no alternative effective ways to prevent the conversion of the West Bank into Hamastan" —which will happen should Israel be insane enough to give the 'Palestinians' sovereignty over any part of the land (see here). Think how different life would be in Israel today if the Jews were still in Gaza, preventing the Arabs from terrorizing Israelis with their missiles.
Salomon Benzimra summarizes the major points of the Levy Report on the legality of the settlements. The Report addressed the problems that stem from incorrectly characterizing Israel taking back its own land as an "occupation." The Report notes that "No 'special rights' were conferred to the Jewish people. The Supreme Council recognized a pre-existing right by calling for the 'reconstitution' of the Jewish National Home in Palestine and not the 'creation' it being clearly understood that it would turn, in time, into a sovereign Jewish State, pending an expected Jewish population majority." This article is essential reading. It goes a long way to correcting the falsehoods the Palestinian Arabs and their ignorant friends in the media have been peddling.READ MORE
So much of the world is able to ignore such minor contributions to the dissension between Israel and her neighbors as Arab youth throwing heavy rocks at people driving by or taking pot shots at them, decapitating Jewish babies and stabbing nearby pedestrians. They don't bother blaming the unrest on such minor inconveniences as missiles lobbed from Gaza or explosives left unattended in pizza parlors. They overlook the home factory production of poison gas and explosive belts in toddler sizes. But they do, as Daniel Greenfield reminds us, rightfully have concerns about WMH — the Weapons of Mass Housing that Jewish settlers have planted on some of the land they occupy. As Greenfield points out, these dwellings are terrifying. They are the real danger to a peaceful solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. President Obama recognizes this. He might ignore trivia like "the gangs of paid rapists assaulting women in Tahrir Square" or the "small mountain of African corpses" in Sudan or Iran building nuclear bombs, but he has drawn the line at the criminal activity exhibited by Jewish settlers, who blatantly erect yet another housing unit in Jerusalem. He has directed his cabinet ministers and countless agencies to give the matter their full attention. We now understand retroactively why he was given the Nobel Peace Price.READ MORE
Israel is renowned for its genuine generosity, even to its enemies. It supplies the welfare kings and queens in the Territories with power, even though workmen are repaid with potshots when they need to repair the electric wires. But there is one group of Israeli citizens the Israeli media and the Israeli left (as well as the European media, the European left, the American media, and the American left) can't tolerate: the Jewish residents of Samaria and Judea and eastern Jerusalem, the so-called settlers. In a way, the name is appropriate. They are the closest thing we have to the Jewish settlers who came in the late 1800s on to redeem their homeland. Miroslav Marinov wipes the tar off a "settler family" in Hebron and let's us see the real people.READ MORE
Rachel and Moshe Saperstein were among the 10,000 Gazan Jews that became refugees in their own state when, in 2005, the Sharon government expelled all the Jews living in Gaza in the bizarre belief that this would cause their terrorist neighbors to make peace. Left to their own devices and no longer monitored by the local Jews, the Arabs of Gaza used the extra elbow room to train terrorists and manufacture and/or assemble ever more sophisticated weaponry. It is bitter irony that all Israel is suffering from missile attacks from Gaza and this would never have happened if Israel hadn't kicked settler Jews like the Sapersteins out of Gaza in the first place. Recently the IDF tried again to contain the missiles attacks. Saperstein writes of needing to seek shelter yet again during Hamas's intensified missile attacks.READ MORE
Before Ariel Sharon threw all the Jews out of Gaza, it was possible to voice all sorts of reasons to do so. But the consequences are beyond dispute: expelling the Gaza Jews was one of the worst — if not the worst — mistakes Israel ever made. It doesn't take arcane reasoning to figure out why it was a mistake. The missiles Hamas lobs from Gaza into Israel are a constant reminder of what happens when you turn over land to a terrorist organization. They reward your generosity by trying to kill you with greater enthusiasm and more deadly weaponry. And they can do it closer to you than ever before. Give up Samaria and Judea and they won't need long-range missiles to hit their targets. They'll literally be right next door to them. Aside from giving terrorists prime shooting positions, we might mention Israel has done a lousy job of resettling the 10,000 internal refugees from the 2005 Gaza fiasco. How do they plan to pay for resettling another 100,000-250,000 more displaced Jews? The wonderment is that an article such as this one by Giulio Meotti should be necessary.READ MORE
The bad news is that a region that was at the same time rigid and unstable has becomes more unstable. And probably more theologically rigid. The good news is it's hard to sustain the insistence that everything that happens in the Middle East is Israel's fault. But the American Administration, the EU and the UN sure are trying. This set of articles describes the current instability and looks at factors that foretell changes that will impact Israel.
Bernice Lipkin summarizes the current state of the Muslim states in the Middle East and suggests some changes that seem likely. The good news is that if Israel can cast off her conditioning that it is up to her to make peace, she should fare well in the changed conditions.READ MORE
Israel forced its own citizens out of their homes in Gaza in 2005. The theory was that giving Hamas control of all of Gaza would turn a bunch of terrorists into sober statesmen. Instead, it made it easier for Hamas to launch missiles at Israelis at closer range. Israel finally invaded Gaza in 2009 to stop the missiles. After ignoring Hamas' attacks for years, the "world" took notice, and immediately pressured Israel into leaving Gaza. Israel left. Hamas began firing missiles into Israel again. It's November 2012 and Israel is again attempting to stop the rocket attacks from Gaza by hitting specific targets, but they didn't launch a ground attack. George Jochnowitz writes about the recent request by Hamas for a cease fire. He argues that Hamas actually was trying to tease Israel into attacking. He points out that operationally the Arabs have since done everything since 1947 to avoid having a state. What they have done with great enthusiasm is act out their hatred of the Jews. It's not at all clear why the Jews continue to pursue the fantasy that giving the Arabs a state in Israel's heartland will induce peace.READ MORE
Barry Rubin declines (in the grammatical and in the political sense) Thomas Friedman's proposition that everybody wants/needs/should have democracy and the proper way to determine whether Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood (which the Egyptians enthusiastically voted into office) has become a democracy is to wait a couple of decades and then see how many members of minority groups are in political and governmental power. This is enclosed within an inappropriate either-or ish context: either Egypt will go democratic a la India or non-democratic as did Pakistan. It must be nice to have such a simple mind. Considering how often Friedman has been way off the mark over the years, I don't blame him for giving his prediction a hefty two decades to ripen before it is tested for accuracy. Or, as is more likely, until people have forgotten all about it as well as his next batches of half-baked absurdities.READ MORE
It's either an ironic curiosity or an indicator of the power of the politicized media that the faux people, the "Palestinians," with their invented history, has everyone demanding they be handed a state cut out of Israel's tiny domain, while the Kurds, a legitimate people with their own language, history and traditions, wanting only to live in their own state instead of being split among three large Arab states, have received little sympathy from the "world." Jonathan Spyer writes of the complicated geo-political situation, now that the current civil war in Syria has given the Kurds the opportunity to gain control of a swath of land in Syria bordering the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq.READ MORE
Every week, Michael Ordman writes a column about new medical innovations or technological developments or how Israel is sharing its discoveries and inventions. This is one such column, chosen at random.READ MORE
We are conditioned to believe we are hostage to the Saudis and other Arab countries to provide the fuel we need to run our factories, businesses, cars and homes because, supposedly, it has become harder and harder to find and develop oil reserves. But as Andrew McKillop explains, the opposite is true. Massive new sources of hydrocarbons have been discovered. For example, "Israel has world class reserves of natural gas with likely or probable oil condensate supply becoming available..." New methods of extraction are also increasing the supply. And there's been a significant "decline of global energy demand". So we should be looking at more energy at lower prices. What hasn't adjusted is the outlook of the oil and gas companies and producers. Or the media. I would add that the thinking of the politicians also needs a realignment with reality. Governments salivating at how much money they'd rake in by taxing the breathe we exhale need to stop focusing on a man-made climate holocaust, which even politicized scientists are starting to admit isn't going to happen. Prez Obama apparently is still planning to reduce the gas our cars use by expensive duds: increasing prices at the pump, making the extracting of coal financially punitive, working with renewables before all the production problems are ironed out or even known, manufacturing klutzy and expensive battery-run cars and keeping the huge reserves we have here in America locked. Mckillup points out that "for Israel, the mega change in global energy that is continually advancing has changed the 'strategic resource thesis' for Israel-Middle East relations."READ MORE
In the context of a review of books on the future of Israel and Western civilization, Ron Lipsman contrasts the notion of a universal world order (controlled by a small aristocracy) that is the model favored in Europe versus the ethnic Nation-State that Israel so impressively embodies. "[T]he tiny outpost of Western Civilization known as Israel" is under ideological attack because of its insistence on being an independent state and is, indeed, a very particularistic and unique entity, whose abilities and enterprise the West needs if it is going to survive. As Lipsman puts it: "Western Civilization is in a battle for survival a contest in which it doesn't seem even to recognize that it is a combatant. Only Israel is aware of the contest because its very survival is constantly and manifestly at stake." He also makes clear that Israel's current strategy of lurching from crisis to crisis, reacting minimally rather than from a coherent plan, is untenable. He summarizes some dismal projections of the future of the sort that Israel will need to counter by developing innovative and appropriate strategies.READ MORE
The section presents possible explanations for Arab/Muslim hatred and feelings of superiority, despite few real-world accomplishments other than waging unceasing war and developing innovative ways to slaughter people. The last of the set examines implications of an attitude that sees itself as immutable and not subject to change. We've seen in places as different as Great Britain and India that when there is a critical mass of Muslims in the host country, Muslims are unlikely to try to be good citizens. They are more likely to insist the host culture modify its way of life to conform to Islamic culture and law.
The psychologist, George Kelly, developed a personality theory that spoke of how an individual construed his "world" and his own place in it. One aspect of the theory was a response that refused to admit the construction was faulty. Instead, like Procrustes in the Greek myth who chopped or stretched people to fit his bed, an individual may cut or stretch facts to fit his ideational system rather than admit he was wrong. Babs Barron applies the theory to how Hamas can't seem to change its ways, even when they bring poor results.READ MORE
Dafna Yee discusses some interesting parallels between terrorism — Israel accepts battering by the local Arabs — and domestic violence, specifically the behavior of the battered woman and her abusive partner. Both have in common the cycles of escalated violence punctuated by inadequate reactions by the victim. Neither type of abusive behavior can be stopped by negotiations or appeasement or working harder for peace. Domestic violence is stopped by a strong authoritative external source. Terrorism is stopped by sufficient counter attack to make the terrorists understand their acts have consequences that will damage them.READ MORE
Wafa Sultan was brought up as a Muslim and trained as a psychiatrist. As an adult, she rejected Islam and is one of the few who had dared to speak and write openly of what's wrong with Islam. Elisabeth Eaves writes about Sultan's newest book which is a psychological analysis of Islam. Out of a deep knowledge of the preachings and practices of Islam, Sultan concludes, "Islam is rotten in its very foundations and a danger wherever it spreads." The article provides an unexpected insight into the thinking of a Westerner with much less experience of Islam. Eaves, describing herself as an optimist, opines that Muslims are capable of reconstructing their present image of their God, whose attributions include being a hater, a humiliator and a harmer. Actually, pious Muslims are committed to modeling themselves on the words and deeds of that most perfect of men, Muhammad. This precludes making structural modifications in the religion.READ MORE
Babu Seseelan writes about the ideological disparity between Islam and Western civilization. Ordinarily, when moving to another culture, the immigrant expects to modify his behavioral practices sufficiently to live in peace with the dominant culture. However, Islam claims to be immutable. It doesn't conform to other ideologies. So the question is: can a Muslim be a good citizen outside of a Muslim country?READ MORE
The Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was founded in 1994-5 by Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad, who previously had worked for the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP). IAP was itself co-founded by Mousa Abu Marzook, a top leader of Hamas, and Sami al-Arian. Ztruth (see here) characterizes al-Arian as "a convicted terror supporter whom CAIR supports to this day." IAP was described in U.S. vs. Sabri as an overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), which launched Hamas. So the genealogy is: MB->Hamas->IAP->CAIR. CAIR came into prominence after 9/11. Ibrahim Hopper, its spokesman, claimed to be speaking for 6-7 million Muslims. A well-researched study by Tom Smith puts the best estimate of the Muslim population at around 1,886,000. (Read this.)
CAIR purports to speak for the Muslim Community. I hope that's not the case. Its two-faced pronouncements are just what you'd expect from a group that lives by Sharia and will do whatever it takes to impose it on everyone. They are good at soft-soaping Jewish and Christian religious leaders but they are equally good at incitement. They villified a non-conformist Muslim author to the point that Muslim clerics called for the man's death. (See the excellent article by Khalid Duran here.) Some of its leaders have been convicted of terrorism and/or aiding terrorists. Yet it indignantly attacks accurate reports of its activities as islamophobic. When Rifqa Bary, born Muslim, became a Christian, she fled from her family in fear for her life, afraid of becoming yet another statistic in the growing number of honor killings in the West. Predictably, CAIR sided with her family (See here).
CAIR makes time for small matters as well as the big ones. They may ignore the hate systematically taught in mosque schools but they certainly keep an eye on how Muhammad is portrayed in other school systems. CAIR-CAN, The Canadian CAIR, has demanded a Jewish school remove a junior high school textbook titled "2000 Years of Jewish History: From the Destruction of the Second Bais Hamikdash Until the Twentieth Century," that accurately portrays Muhammad as a Jew hater. As the BlazingCatFur website put it, CAIR-CAN demanded "the Jewish school submit to Sharia law for insulting Islam's false pedophile prophet Muhammad." (See here.) In a Broward County public school library, they spied a copy of "Islam and Terrorism," by Mark A. Gabriel. CAIR Florida forced an investigation by the School Board and sent Muslim children to spy on the local libraries, looking for Gabriel's book or similar books. Yet with all the work these overworked thought police have, they make time to socialize with government politicos. Robert Spencer reported on a fundraiser attended by Islamist groups and terrorist-affiliates such as Nihad Awad that featured Nancy Pelosi. (See here.)
In this section, we talk about two major stealth jihad operations by CAIR, whose anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism have long been out in the open but are mostly ignored, thanks to CAIR's manipulation of politically-powerful patrons. Known to be a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) front and open about their support of Hamas and Hezbollah, they have taken to giving advice to the Republican Party on outreach to Muslims. (see here). Even worse, the Obama administration has invited members of the MB to the White House, indirectly endowing CAIR with respectability. The Administration's contacts with CAIR are not just third-party. There is a paper trail of visits by members of CAIR to the White House. CAIR has also aggressively sought to negate the Constitution. But perhaps CAIR's promotion of Sharia law will soon become better-known. They have been sued for fraud and for covering up the fraud; the case is due to come to trial soon.
As this introduction was being written, CAIR has endorsed Obama's choice for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. As Marc J. Fink noted wryly, "It's not in America's national security interest to have a Defense Secretary who regularly receives praise from an organization named an unindicted co-conspirator to fund the terrorist group Hamas in America's largest terrorism financing case; an organization officially banned from cooperation with the FBI and cited as an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood in America." (16Dec12, Islamist Watch) For more material about Islamists, see Frank Gaffney's Course in 10 parts on the Muslim Brotherhood at http://muslimbrotherhoodinamerica.com/.
Steve Emerson and John Rossomando write a detailed and documented account of the hundreds of visits by known radical Islamists including CAIR personnel "to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials." "[M]any of these visitors belong to groups [such as CAIR] serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant organizations." Imagine! Resurgent Islam proclaims it is dedicated to warring against the West and prominent members of their organizations are welcome visitors to the White House. To understand how bizarre this is, substitute German Nazis for Islamist organizations and Roosevelt's White House for Obama's White House. Yet the media say nothing and the public slumbers. Write a book with this weird a plot? Naw. Too improbable. It would never sell.READ MORE
In this essay, Clare Lopez tells us how CAIR has gone after the Constitution of the United States of America for interfering with their practice of Sharia law. The Michigan state legislature proposed a bill stating that "no foreign law may take precedence over American law or Michigan state law in a Michigan court room." It mentions no foreign law specifically but CAIR objected and has lobbied against it. Lopez points out that "[t]he reason the Muslim Brotherhood and all other sharia-adherent Muslims cannot accept that sharia provisions that conflict with U.S. law be superseded by Constitutional law in American courts is precisely the notion that Islamic law must dominate all other laws on earth in every respect." She notes "there are also multiple elements of sharia that are utterly antithetical to the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence," including sharia's barbaric mutilations, stonings, lashings and its treatment of homosexuals and women.READ MORE
CAIR is being sued for "fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and intentional infliction of emotional distress" inflicted on several individuals. The brief describes CAIR as "a criminal organization that deceptively holds itself out to the public as the nation's largest Muslim-American civil rights organization." The suit is in behalf of "numerous client-victims who had looked to CAIR for legal assistance, yet the CAIR 'attorney' allegedly handling their cases was in fact not an attorney." Christopher Collins describes the background for the suit and details the charges of fraud and CAIR's cover-up of the fraud. For additional information, there is a Memo of brief here. and a Facts brief here.READ MORE
Islamic preachers use interfaith Jewish and Christian clerics as Trojan horses to create an environment they expect will eventually be controlled by the Muslims. They have different strokes for different folks. Many Jewish interfaithers are so charmed by the notion they are engaging in dialogue, they ignore evidence they are being played for fools. On many campuses Jewish students in Hillel willingly help the Muslims promote sharia, which, if adopted, would reduce these students to dhimmi status (See e.g., here.) It is perhaps appropriately iconic that when the Muslim 'students' at SFSU in 2002 rose up as a major group of campus bullies, fully equipped with Jews-are-monsters posters and a set of procedures on how to harass and repress the Jewish students and intimidate the administration, one of their first acts was to attack Jewish students at Hillel who were demonstrating for peace.
Muslim interactions with Christians is much more elaborate. Except for the minor detail that Muslims slaughter Christian Copts in Egypt and Christian blacks in Africa, Muslims, at least superficially, appear to accept Christianity in ways they don't accept Judaism. They certainly don't constantly inform the world they are going to blow up some Christian nation just as soon as they have the nuclear means to do so. In return, guided by Christian Arabs who blame the Jews for the suffering of Middle Eastern Christians, mainstream Protestant church leaders in America and Europe encourage their members to make friends with the Muslims and to avoid commerce and contact with the Jewish state. While Muslim clerics deny Jews have a history in what they call Palestine, they claim they share Jesus with Christianity. Actually they see him as subsidiary to Mohammad in a revamped narrative where his role is to promote Islam. More recently their tactics to stem Christian appreciation that Christianity's roots are in Judaism have taken a turn to the dark side. Using the argument that the Jews are oppressing the Palestinians, the Arabs and their Christian supporters encourage the Christian laity to makes Jew-hate a virtue. Once that is established, they can operate on an emotional level, where rational argument has no place: The Jews killed Christ and they continue to kill Christ, now reincarnated in the bodies of the suffering Palestinians. Considering that both Jews and Christians are under threat of annihilation by Muslim Arabs, it is a bizarre fact that the Christian Churches in the Middle East are as rabidly anti-Jewish as are the Muslims. Dhimmi Christian leaders adhere to the same hatred of the Jews as do their Muslim masters, Arab Christian clerics being an egregious example.
In this well-documented article, Hillel Zaremba describes how Islamists including CAIR have exploited naive interfaith groups, who don't seem to care whether these Muslim organizations actually practice, or even preach, tolerance for other religions. Many Christian and Jewish groups have openly ignored the evidence that groups like CAIR are not practitioners of interfaith tolerance; quite the opposite, they have only contempt for other religions. These Islamic groups are dedicated to supporting terrorists who prey on Christians and Jews and fundamentalists seeking to make Islam the religion uber alles. It's not clear that the legitimate interfaith groups understand that by their partnering with these Islamists, they are implicitly certifying that the Islamists are reputable. "In an increasingly one-sided sense of tolerance, [the interfaith groups are] embracing the very haters they would otherwise oppose."READ MORE
Since Arafat — and probably before that — Arab spokesmen have taken to denying Jews have any historic connection with Jerusalem, especially the Temple Mount. Based on this reasoning, they have no problem calling selected members of previous generations of Israeli Jews Palestinians. Jesus, for example. Or his Mum. As asserted by noted Arab historians such as Hanon Ashrawi and Mahmoud Abbas (who, for his Ph.D., also proved the Holocaust never happened), statements that Jews never worshipped in Jerusalem show up on Western TV, newspapers and blogs. While they might flunk as historians, it is possible the Arabs have finally made some contribution to humanity: they have given us an idiot-proof test for identifying idiots: i.e., it's anyone who believes them.READ MORE
Paul Murphy writes on InterFaith Muslims. They claim that Mohammad himself practiced non-proselytising interFaith dialogue, but Murphy points out why this is unlikely. Similarly, Muslims claim to "share Jesus", but actually they see him as subsidiary to Mohammad in a revamped narrative where his role is to promote Islam. Far from practicing tolerance, the InterFaith Muslims believe Islam has superseded Judaism and Christianity and, therefore, is the only valid religion.READ MORE
Bruce Bawer describes the plethora of organizations, mostly Christian, that are dedicated "to providing various types of aid, comfort, counsel, and support to the Palestinian people" as constituents of the anti-Israel peace industry. They claim to be working for peace among the different religions in the Middle East but only the Arabs directly receive benefits. Terms such as "Respect and reconciliation, peace and empowerment, hope and healing, freedom and dignity" figure large in their descriptions of themselves. Many claim to hold non-violence in high regard, though many others are openly, even viciously, anti-Jewish, portraying Israel as persecuting the Christ-like Palestinians, whose behavior is never at fault. They state correctly that many Palestinian Christians are leaving the Territories, implying that this is Israel's fault and that Christian flight is unique to that region. They ignore that Christians living in Muslim countries around the global suffer persecution and are fleeing before they are murdered.READ MORE
In this essay, Paul Merkley writes how Arab Christians preaching Ecumenical Liberation Theology have persuaded mainline Protestant church leaders to ignore history, geography and current events and wholeheartedly support the Muslim Arab assertion that Israel is occupying Palestinian land and persecuting the Palestinian people. Starting with various projects to isolate Israel by boycotting her goods, the churches have advanced to where they actively demonize Israel and Zionism. They openly promote Jew-hate on a deep emotional level by resurrecting the imagery of the Jew as Christ-Killer. In the modern version, Israel is the Christ-killer, slaughtering those blameless innocents, the Palestinian people.READ MORE
The Arab Spring may not have blossomed into freedom and democracy but it has changed the rules of engagement between Muslims and Christians in Arab countries that exchanged rule by dictator for rule by ideologues with a rigid adherence to sharia. Christians, who had adapted to dhimmi life in a Muslim country over the centuries, are under new threats to their way of life. Shoshana Bryen presents a novel analysis why some countries can kill wholesale without much international condemnation and others are condemned for killing a single human shield.READ MORE
This section points to some major players encouraging an anti-Israel attitude in the public. The Obama Administration has overtly been attempting to discredit and humiliate Israel, while it is supportive of conditions that promote Muslim infiltration in this country and Islamist takeover in the Middle East. Obama's scorn of Netanyahu set the tone for an attitude that is occasionally quiescent but has never changed. Much of the media have been anti-Israel for decades and change is unlikely, particularly among the larger newspapers. Some think-tanks such as George Soros's CAP promote the Muslim Brotherhood or work to criminalize criticism of Islam, so it not surprising they are anti-Semitic. But there are think-tanks and academics here and in Israel that are just as virulent. It is hard for organizations whose business it is to produce papers or lectures for the public to hide their anti-Israel sentiments. It is less obvious but just as present in respected organizations such as the International Red Cross.
It's been a year since Scott Johnson, in the December 4, 2011 issue of Act for America Houston wrote that "Barack Obama's animus against Israel has been manifest in many ways from the first days of the administration. The administration views Israel as a thorn in its side and an obstacle to better relations with the Arab and Muslim regimes of the Middle East." In this essay, Omri Ceren writes of a specific illuminating example: the speech by Obama's Ambassador to Belgium blaming the Jews for Muslim Anti-Semitism. Gutman's interpretation of Muslim anti-Semitism is in line with the Administration blaming Israel for Arab animosity. Given the Administration's evident inability to correctly gauge what's going on in the Middle East, it is not surprising the Obama policy in the Middle East has been, and continues to be, a bust.READ MORE
Moshe Dann provides us with an excellent analysis of the ICRC's war against Israel. Because of the respect it has earned by its work in other parts of the world, its conclusions on what is happening in Israel and the Territories has been accepted as authoritative. It has dishonestly and in full knowledge of its actual meaning "turned Geneva Convention IV — which was intended to ensure the protection of civilians threatened by war and other conflicts — into a political sledgehammer against Israel." Perhaps someday we will know why they do this and who in the ICRC took up the cause of demonizing Israel.READ MORE
Matthew M. Hausman writes about the obvious but mostly unspoken problem that the media have largely been co-opted by the Obama administration and have abdicated responsibility for alarming the public when the government starts trying to infringe on our freedom and constitutional rights. As Hausman says, this occurs when "...opinion is stated as fact or when information at odds with the publisher's views is distorted or suppressed." The media act upon "ideological loyalties that undercut their independence and neutrality." During the 2012 presidential election, it "downplayed Mr. Obama's dismal economic policies, ignored his crippling divisiveness, glossed over his apologetic treatment of Islamists, and excused, misreported or altogether avoided commenting on his myriad foreign policy blunders. The failure to critically probe the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya offered but one of the most glaring examples of the media's bias although by no means the only one." I wonder how much the self-corruption of the mainstream media correlates with the increased degree to which the public relies on TV headlines for a quickie take on what's happening and on particular blogs and network groups for analyses of what the events mean.READ MORE
Israel and America have their share of organizations that pose as pro-Israel but aren't. J Street and the American and Israeli branches of Peace Now are but two of the more notorious of these. Petra Marquardt-Bigman writes of a new one, Molad, an Israeli think tank determined to provide "quality content" to Israel's intellectual discourse. Unlike most every one else that has examined Israel's belated and inadequate responses to damaging media stories, Molad asserts Israel's hasbara is fine. Nor is the problem the world press, so fair-minded, so neutral. It's Israel's political policy that is at fault. Israel simply isn't trying hard enough to make a peace treaty attractive enough to the po' Palestinians. Clearly, should the Jews offer to vacate Israel, they'd have a fighting chance at an agreement. No matter how idiotically generous previous Israel's Prime Ministers have been, anything else – and this seems to be the only conclusion we can draw from Molad's arguments – just won't do.READ MORE
It is a fact that for many years Benny Morris was a revisionist historian, twisting Israeli history to fit a Marxist interpretation that rejects the State of Israel and Zionism. But then Morris apparently rethought what was happening, and took a crack at being a real scholar, a historian who let events speak for themselves. As Paul Murphy tells us, it was at that point that the Leftist-Marxist revisionist historians denounced Morris, declaring that politics had corrupted his work. In this essay, Murphy examines the writings of Sylvain Cypel, who sees racism as the root evil that "explains" why imperialistic colonists dehumanize the colonised. The early Zionists, returning to their homeland to redeem their land, must have been racists. This is completely non-descriptive of the idealistic Jews of the early aliyahs who practiced self-reliance, not colonialism. But why let facts interfere? As Murphy observes, the Orientalists see the Arab, black or Muslim as the noble savage and the Westerner as his enslaver. By their definition, an Arab or Black can't be a racist; only a westerner can. Sound familiar? Meantime, we can judge how clear-eyed Morris has become by this: "There is a deep problem in Islam. It's a world whose values are different. A world in which human life doesn't have the same value as it does in the West, in which freedom, democracy, openness and creativity are alien... Revenge plays a central role in the Arab tribal culture...."READ MORE
Several Arab countries have over the years identified unusual Mossad agents, spies which we stupid Westerners would have taken for ordinary birds equipped with leg bands so Israeli scientists could study migratory patterns. But the keen Arabs captured the raptors and knew what they were immediately. The last of this set of essays is a recent deliberate hoax, where a photo of a family killed in Syria was recycled, this time the caption claimed it was the Israelis who'd killed them and this time the venue was Gaza. Faking photos have become something of an Arab specialty. Israel was immediately blamed for killing the 12-year old Mohammed al-Dura, and it took a long time before it was determined the IDF bullets would have to have traveled a circular path to strike anywhere near him. On the other hand, the faked Qana massacre was exposed almost instantly by alert bloggers (See here.) Some photographers have unique styles, making it easy to spot their fakes. William Jacobson observed that Abid Katib's shoe fetish gave him away (See here.) The New York Times photographer, Tyler Hicks, liked to strew red rose petals on his posed shots of death and destruction in Lebanon (See here.) A video moderated by Shraga Simmons of some previous Arab faked photos or mislabeled photos is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HBlAf9g6dcb.
Jeff Dunetz recounts the sad fate of some unusual Mossad agents caught spying in Arab states. Sudan recently captured a Mossad agent that was a vulture. We're not talking about his eating habits; it was literally, a vulture. In 2011, the Saudis captured a Mossadi vulture, pictured here. This latest capture recalls the shark Egypt claimed was planted in Egyptian waters by Mossad back in 2010 to scare away tourists. And the Saudis captured one in 2011. Its identification was certain; he was wearing a leg band that read "Tel Aviv University." Enough said.READ MORE
The Israelis are clearly training a variety of spies. This times it's a bee eater caught in Turkey. Michael Dunn describes the latest capture.READ MORE
Anav Silverman presents another case of an Arab photo hoax, where a photo of a family killed in the Syrian civil war is described as a family killed in Gaza. By Jews, of course. Why is it, when faked photography and situational hoaxes are so often done by Arabs, that supposedly reliable news agencies fall for them time and again? (See also the video of some previous Arab faked photos or mislabeled photos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HBlAf9g6dcby, moderated by Shraga Simmons.)READ MORE
Three essays spanning a century, from 1871 to 1987.Return to Feature Index
After the Civil War, Lincoln's Secretary-of-State, William H. Seward, took a world tour. In 1871, he "visited Jerusalem where he described the population, visited the 'Wailing Wall,' even participated in Friday night services, apparently at the Hurva synagogue." In this article, Lenny Ben-Davis presents some excerpts describing the visit from the book Seward wrote about his travels.READ MORE
This essay was submitted by Jack Bloom. It is a letter written by his brother Solomon, an American who was in the Haganah in Israel in 1948 and fought in the War of Independence. Some of Solomon's fellow group of soldiers were among the 35 soldiers of the Haganah that were ambushed in the Judean Hills, while on their way to save Ramat Rachel, which was under Arab siege. None returned.READ MORE
Judy Balint remembers her coming to Washington 25 years ago as one of many who came to speak for the Jews in the Soviet Union, who were not allowed to speak out for freedom. The demonstrators demanded that Soviet Jews who wished to leave the Soviet Union be allowed to do so and those Jews who wanted to stay be allowed to practice Judaism unhindered. It was towards the end of an era when so many Jewish leaders worked for civil rights for others — they were among the most dedicated and effective workers for civil rights for blacks — but ignored the repression of their own people in the Soviet Union. But it was also a time that so many ordinary American Jews dedicated themselves to work for freedom for the Jews in the Soviet Union.READ MORE
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What we are talking about in the September-October 2012 Issue
Smudge-out (noun, verb)
Techniques used to spin an event; i.e., to apply a slant or particular emphasis to information, with intent to deceive or minimize the import of the event. Techniques used in damage control.
A. Was it a riot due to Muslim anger at a movie called the Innocence of Muslims?
This is actually two questions.
Why is the Obama Administration directly implicated? The riot story was certainly not concocted by the terrorists. The Administration started calling it a riot almost immediately. The Administrations knew two hours into the attack that it was unmistakeably a terrorist raid, yet for almost two weeks, they continued to mislead the public by calling it a spontaneous riot.
Why is the Obama Administration directly implicated? Other such weapons from Gaddafi's warehouses have shown up in Sinai, Mali and Syria. It suggests that after the massacre the Administration has tried to prevent it from becoming more widely known that the U.S. is supplying weaponry to the rebel groups fighting Syrian President Assad. Seasoned Al-Qaeda members are a major rebel asset. The Administration can not be seen to be associated with al-Qaeda.
B. Did officials in the Obama administration prevent people going to aid fellow Americans in danger?
This also breaks into two separate issues.
Why is the Obama Administration directly implicated. We know Ambassador Stevens and others had warned that security arrangements in Libya were inadequate. They were allowed to deteriorate further. We know the White House knew within an hour that the worst case scenario had come about and American officials were in danger and desperately needed help. No one other than a very high echelon official could have sent help or withheld help. We know none was sent, despite pleas from the besieged Americans. We know trained fighters were on the ready, waiting for the President to push the GO button. He went to bed, instead. By doing nothing, he denied help to a group of Americans, a group that included an American Ambassador.
Unlike Watergate, this isn't a question of what did the President know and when did he know it. Ordinary protocols and procedures would ensure that the President knew within the hour that the Americans were under siege and within two hours that terrorists had attacked with sophisticated weaponry. The questions are: Who let the massacre run its course? And why?
Because of the nature of the events, the cast of possible culprits is small: the only ones with the authority to order the appropriate personnel either to stand-down or to set in motion the actions required to send help are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Director of the CIA David Petraeus, and the White House, primarily President Barack Obama and possibly his Grey Eminence, Valerie Jarrett. For some actions, only the President could initiate them.
The miracle of the century is that the Obama Administration has managed by smudging the details, distracting the public and blurring the issue to keep the story of the century out of public consciousness. A personal anecdote: after voting, I went over to the table where the Democratic and Republican representatives were handing out literature. I asked, "People comment about Benghazi?" The Republican rep mumbled she's heard something about it. The Democratic party rep said in a puzzled manner, "Ben who?" This article reviews some of the information we have available a month after the Benghazi massacre.READ MORE
Clare Lopez writes of what is well-known to the counter terrorist community: the Obama Administration has been furtively supplying the Syrian rebels with armaments coming from Gaddafi's Libyan store houses. Unfortunately for us, the romanticized rebels include a sizable group of al-Qaeda fighters and are backed by the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia, who are intent on creating sharia-based governments throughout the Middle East.READ MORE
In what appears to be a repeat of our alliances in taking down Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, the Obama Administration, openly siding with the Syrian rebels, is also supplying them with weaponry. It is an open secret that seasoned Al-Qaeda fighters are among the star troops of the "rebellion" against Bashar Assad. In this article, Aaron Klein writes about American recruitment of Jihadists to fight Assad. Meantime, while we act to topple nasty dictators, we ignore that Iran continues to develop nuclear weaponry, which will trump all our good works in making Syria safe for a regressive fundamentalist government.READ MORE
The reader who sent us this article wrote this about
it: "This is the first explanation I've seen that really fits all the details.
It makes no sense that the administration would not jump to the rescue in
case of a mob action OR EVEN a terrorist attack. What's to lose? It would
have been killing Bin Laden all over again. "Yeah there were some remnants
of al Qaeda but we dealt with them!"
However if the administration recognized that this attack was:
(1.) Of unknown size and composition, probably (or known to be) larger than it
appeared and including anti-aircraft weapons; and,
(2.) A very long thread pulled out of the sweater of their illegal (because
not approved by Congressional oversight committees) covert operation.
And then doing nothing regardless of consequences on the ground AND
displaying total disarray afterward, make perfect sense.
Hillary's having taken the blame for the poor 'consulate' (it was actually a
CIA facility) security is just falling on her own sword to protect the boss.
"Talk about a foreign policy reset! Wandering around the world destabilizing governments we don't like for one reason or another AND messing with Russia's national interests is an indescribably bad idea, close to guaranteed to come back at us in U.S. misery within a few years. I don't think Doug Hagmann's closing statement is too strong. At a deeper (yes, deeper than WW III!) level what we see is our president's red line for his policy actions: 'Whatever I think I can get away with.' If he should be reelected — you can still find thoughtful opinions going both ways — then he will be impeached. Possibly immediately as a result of this catastrophic scandal, although much will depend on whether the media continue to bury it. But if not immediately, then later on, probably following some domestic calamity when he goes far enough to scare courage into even Congress."
Andrew Bostom writes about Ansar al-Sharia, the terrorist gang that stormed the American compound in Benghazi and killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Bostom points out that the group is one of many groups — the Saudis, the Muslim Brotherhood, the many fundamentalists engaged in terror — that are working for a Salafist takeover of all the countries in the Middle East. What is puzzling is why — as in Egypt and Libya — are we helping to create yet another regime fully devoted to brutal and totalitarian pre-medieval Sharia law? It may be different than a sort-of secular dictator, but it aims at re-establishing a Caliphate, not a democracy.READ MORE
As Raymond Ibrahim pointed out months ago, "Egypt's longtime banned Muslim Brotherhood the parent organization of nearly every subsequent Islamist movement, including al-Qaeda has just won the nation's presidency, in the name of its candidate, Muhammad Morsi. That apathy reigns in the international community, when once such news would have been deemed devastating, is due to the successful efforts of Muslim apologists and subversive agents in the West who portray the Brotherhood as "moderate Islamists" irrespective that such a formulation is oxymoronic, since to be 'Islamist,' to be a supporter of draconian Sharia, is by definition to be immoderate. Obama administration officials naturally took it a step further, portraying the Brotherhood as 'largely secular' and 'pluralistic.'"
The Brotherhood in the person of Muhammad Morsi has won the presidency of Egypt and much of its parliamentary seats while neutering the military leadership — it still has a cut of the spoils but is without the power to set policy for the country. The Brotherhood snatched some of the classiest weaponry from Libya and if the terror fiefdoms ever coalesce in that under-structured place, they'll probably be in charge. With the active cooperation of Prez Obama, they will take over Syria when Bashar Assad calls it quits, and they have their eye on Jordan. True, there are some lumps in the custard — the Saudis are for the same objectives as the MB and work with them, but aren't fond of the MB; also, some of the terror fiefdoms in Libya aren't keen about relinquishing power to the MB. But, tut, tut. The MB and their buddy Obama are moving right along. The Brotherhood is beginning to show that its relationship to Obama is like that of its kinship to the Saudis: they work together, but the MB has more push, more organization, more planning ability. They seriously want sharia law, a Caliphate, and the Blind Sheikh responsible for the first attack on the Trade Center released. And it's a 24/7 mission. No golf games for them.
The media may echo Obama's claim that the MB are friendly secular sheep; but perhaps even Obama should be wary of the MB's wolfish teeth and claws. Morsi the so-called moderate has made it an early task to subjugate the Christian Copts even more than they are now. He dreams of forcibly converting them all to the religion of peace: Islam. It's not an empty threat, considering that many of the mainstream Western churches are too busy castigating Israel for not being subservient to the local Palestinian Arabs to worry about the fate of Christians in the Middle East. Nor does the MB ambitions stop at Egypt's borders. As Mudar Zahran noted in a Gatestone Institute article in October 2012, "The Muslim Brotherhood has proven itself a strategically patient radical organization that thinks long-term. It has been trying to take control of Egypt since 1928. Now that it does control Egypt, other countries, such as the UAE and Jordan, may already be on its list." Incidently, an excellent video on the history of the MB is available on the FSM website.Return to What We are Talking About Index
We begin this section with what the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) sees as its mission in its own words. Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik cite some pertinent comments made by Mustafa Mashhur, who led the Egyptian MB from 1996 to 2002. They are consistent with what the MB has been saying since its creation in 1928. Can anything be further from the misleading nonsense spouted by the Obama administration and the uncritical media, which insist the MB is secular, moderate and a swell bunch of guys?READ MORE
Matthew Hausman goes beyond the superficiality of the claim that Egypt is now a democracy because people used the ballot box and examines the true nature of the new government in Egypt. In doing so, he makes clear the contrast between the underlying theocracy in Egypt and the republican form of democracy we enjoy in the USA. He spells out the difference between the Muslim desire for totalitarian sharia law to encase people and their institutions and the American desire for freedom of action and self-determination for the individual.READ MORE
Ryan Mauro writes that the United Arab Emirate (UAE) recognizes the threat the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) can be to the Gulf states and is proposing a coalition against both the MB, which is a Sunni product, and the Shi'ite Mullahs of Iran. Even Saudi Arabia — which works with the MB to destroy the Syrian regime — sees the MB as the root cause of unrest and turbulence in the region. Mauro writes that the USA is wrongheaded to support the MB when it should be working with Arab governments to counter MB ideologyREAD MORE
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of al-Qaeda, was in his younger days a member of the Muslim Brotherhood,(MB) leaving it for a possibly more extremist group, but always determined to carry out the mission of the founder of MB to recreate the Caliphate and revive the practice of every minutia of sharia law. On the Arabian Pennisula, Ansar al Sharia (AAS), is the organizational name shared by multiple, more-or-less autonomous groups in Tunisia, Libya and Yemen. It is variously described as a renamed al-Qaeda or as an affiliate of al-Qaeda. One such group committed the Benghazi massacre. As Bruce Riedel points out, Zawahiri has called for al-Qaeda members to go fight the Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime, while urging Sunnis to rely only on al-Qaeda. For an organization the Obama administration reassured us was withering away, it seems remarkably energetic.READ MORE
Now that the Muslim Brotherhood(MB) has taken over the Egyptian government, Yaakov Lappin observes that the next stage is to complete the "Islamization of the Egyptian state and society, before they can turn their sights on their final goal, the creation of a pan-Islamic super-state that will encompass the region, and then wage war on Israel." This has been made clear by several prominent clerics. Sheikh Mohammed Badie, head of the MB, who has called for a "jihad for the recovery of Jerusalem."READ MORE
Lee Smith points out that were Jordon's King Abdullah II's regime to fall, Israel "would lose its remaining strategic partner in the region—having already lost Turkey and Egypt—and face a possible nightmare on its longest border." Abdullah's position is affected by what happens in Syria. "A Muslim Brotherhood victory in Syria could put wind in the sails of Jordan's own Brotherhood party, the Islamic Action Front, and perhaps inspire them to add another Arab state, along with Tunisia and Egypt, to their collection."READ MORE
The Project is a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) plan to infiltrate and defeat the U.S., using a multitude of flexible methods, all coming under the rubric of stealth jihad. It's been known by the Western intelligence communities since the plan was discovered in 2001 accidentally during a raid on Youssef Nada, director of the Al-Taqwa Bank of Lugano, a member and a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood for more than 50 years. but it has never been publicized by the main stream media. (See for example, two articles detailing their methodology and goals by Patrick Poole: from 2006 here and from 2007 here. In this essay Kerry Patton discusses how Glenn Beck is alerting the public with two shows devoted to The Project. (More details are available in the Appendices to his article.) Patton's main point is that it is true that Shi'ite Iran is evil, but that doesn't make the Sunni MB or the Saudis less of an enemy to us.READ MORE
Daniel Greenfield in the persona of Tim Paulin writes as if he were channeling the British poet Tom Neilson Paulin, a doting Palophile, who identifies so completely with the Arab blood lust culture that he has no problem interpreting barbaric behavior as moral and just. Even fun. As a reader, Shiva, notes, "the point is skillfully made: that this is where the current Leftist mindset inexorably and logically leads, to a 21st century re-incarnation of Jew hatred and Nazism." Or, as Tom Paulin said to Al-Ahram Weekly, "I never believed that Israel had the right to exist at all."READ MORE
Bosch Fawstin has described himself as a recovering Muslim. Buy or download his "Faces of Palestine" (see below) and share his insights about the Palestinian Arabs. (For an excellent summary of the history, culture and personalities of the Arabs that says in words what Fawstin's drawings say in images, read "Arabism=racism!" here.)READ MORE
After 9/11, as Daniel Greenfield points out, "[j]ust when Americans had good reason to fear Islam, they were cautioned that such fears were symptomatic of an irrational and bigoted Islamophobia..." The number of Muslim-linked phobias has grown. We now have Khwanophobia (the fear and or hatred of the Muslim Brotherhood), Shi'itophobia and Salafi-phobia, to name but a few. Curiously, no one appears to have been diagnosed with a phobia of non-violent Muslim sects, only "of violent Muslim groups—almost as if there is nothing irrational about those phobias at all."READ MORE
Amil Imani points out that "Islam is a brutal, tribal warrior cult that glorifies jihad and martyrdom." It can't be mellowed into civilized behavior because its culture was molded by its holy books and these are regarded as immutable. Unfortunately, "Islam is a powerful magnet for the masses who are unable to deal with the uncertainties of life and death on their own. It is from this population, many already thoroughly indoctrinated from birth that the majority of die-hard jihadists emerge."READ MORE
It is often argued that Arab hostility to Jews is a modern phenomenon, brought about by the creation of a Jewish state on land the Arabs regard as theirs. Until recently, it is claimed, Jews and Arabs lived harmoniously. Alex Rose informs us this is mythology not history. In point of fact, Jew-hatred has been an integral part of Islam since its inception and it has continued unabated for fourteen hundred years. As Rose writes, "From the days of Mohammed, non-Muslims under Muslim rule were subject to taxation, humiliation, oppression, exile, and murder."READ MORE
Diana West speaks bluntly of what our soldiers are subjected to in Afghanistan, when interacting with their Afghan counterparts. There are actual assaults by our supposed allies. There is the pressure by the American leadership that they behave as dhimmis in this Muslim culture, keeping a low profile and being very respectful. The worst is their exposure to a culture that is stomach-turning, a culture that abuses women, rapes children and tortures animals.READ MORE
"Do the Jewish state and the Territories belong to the Jews? The question was recently brought into prominence 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 (See the article by Richard Cravatts below). 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.
Just as when Newt Gingrich bluntly said that there was no Palestinian people and there had never been a Palestinian state, many are opposed to speaking openly about Israel's entitlement to her land, fearing it will jeopardize the defunct "peace process." Some opponents of the Levy Report, such as David Kretzmer in the Jerusalem Report of July 24, 2012, have claimed Israel was ignoring "international consensus and the considered view of almost all experts in international law." Berman would appear to be advocating that the law be decided by majority vote rather than from legal principles (See Wallace Brand's article on Berman's mistaken view). He may be right that, thanks to the vast amount of propaganda asserting the land belongs to the Arabs, many lawyers, if not the law, are on the side of the Arabs. Nevertheless, over the years, major knowledgeable experts in international law have asserted what the Levy Report states: Jewish settlements are legal (see Ted Belman's article below).
To me, Kretzmer's most ludicrous notion is that Modern Israel is somehow a different entity than the one established on the basis of San Remo and the Balfour Declaration. This ignores the irrevocable trust whereby the League of Nations (LON) gave the land to the Jews for establishing a Jewish State — the trust was transferred to the United Nations when it came into being (See Shifftan's and Brand's articles below). I find the notion that the action of the LON is no longer applicable strange. If it were true, what happens to the legality of the large number of Arab countries — including Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Syria — carved out of the defunct Ottoman Empire, which came into being by the same LON's authority? Scraping the barrel's mouldy bottom, Kretzmer further insists that the intent was for the Jews to establish a homeland [Heimstätter was the term used by Max Nordau as a less of a in-your-face substitute for state] in Palestine, rather than the establishment of Palestine as the home of the Jewish people." Would he argue that the rights the Balfour Declaration granted to existing non-Jewish communities (civil and religious but not political) were to be applied IN some parts of Palestine, but not others?
Some like Jonathan Tobin of Commentary Magazine have taken the centrist position, not disapproving the judicial decision but not abandoning the current way of pursuing peace: "How can Israel hope to bargain for such an outcome [a peace deal] if it is unwilling to state that Jews have every right to live in these towns and villages as well as in Jerusalem?"
It is too soon to know whether the media belief that nothing will suit but that tiny Israel must chop off more of its small space will continue to dominate international thinking and control the actions of the Israeli Government. Here, the general population has been ahead of the officials. It has long since decided the peace process is dead and they might as well hold onto their land.
As more Israelis understand the government has been negligent in not asserting their legitimate rights, perhaps the government will begin to deal with the more important issue: whether peace is more likely to be gained: by giving up Biblical Israel, relocating its Jewish inhabitants — Abbas and other Palestinian Arab leaders insist that any state they control will not have a single Jew living in it — and encouraging the growth of the Arab population in Israel and the Territories OR by formally annexing the Territories and relocating the local Arabs to the neighboring Arab countries. Attention should be directed at the obvious: Israelis are not occupying Israel and the Territories, except in the sense that they live there. They live there legally and morally, by an irrevocable trust guaranteed by international law; by historic association; by Biblical promise; by unbroken devotion to the homeland for thousands of years; by redemption and revival of a land that lay fallow for hundreds of years; by the creation of a thriving State, whose citizens are in ferment, creating innovations in agriculture, industry, science and medicine that benefit everyone in the world and by modern-day conquest, having defeated Arab invaders several times over. The Israeli government suppressing the truth and sacrificing its own people to benefit the Palestinian Arabs will never win accolades from the media; it will just encourage the Jew-haters.
The first articles below are mainly about the legal principles, justifications and ramifications. The later ones discuss other aspects: the sustained anti-Israel propaganda that this report finally negates, and the importance of Israel finally speaking out about what it has known since it acquired permanent title to the land almost a hundred years ago.
Over the years, Think-Israel has examined various aspects of Israel's legitimate ownership of Israel and the Territories. Use the Google box at the top of the home page for articles by Howard Grief, Yoram Shifftan, Wallace Brand, Ted Belman, Martin Sherman, Eli Hertz and terms such as legal, mandate, Palestine and San Remo.Return to What We are Talking About Index
The Elder of Ziyon website posted an English translation of the legal arguments in the Levy Report. Actually, they posted one by Joel, a second by Hadar of CIFWatch that "tidied up" the first and added footnotes and paragraph numbers and a third done by UNISPAL (http://unispal.un.org). This below is the second one posted. All are available at http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2012/07/english-translation-of-legal-arguments.html. Previously only the conclusions and recommendations were available in translation.READ MORE
Wallace Brand writes that the solution to the Arab-Israeli Conflict is usually presented as either a single bi-national state with an Arab majority OR two states, with the Arab state cutting Israel or residing in its heartland. He reminds us there is a third way that is based on rights to the territory granted at San Remo almost a hundred years ago: a single Jewish state. In this article, he discusses the background, details and implications of the momentous San Remo decision.READ MORE
This article by Yoram Shifftan was initially published in the September-October 2004 issue of Think-Israel as a companion piece to his article "Is Israel's Legal System Acting Illegally?" (http://www.think-israel.org/shifftan.legalsystem.html). It emphasizes the lack of awareness of the legal foundation of the irrevocable right of the Jews to what was Mandated Palestine.READ MORE
In this essay Wallace Brand focuses on the principle that law is by judicial process, not by concensus. He discusses the circular argument accepted by many that goes like this: most lawyers disagree with the Levy Report. Therefore those wishing to explain why the Levy report is accurate and the opposition have got it wrong. They should be kept from confusing the public. The critical argument is that the Levy Report is not a new idea thought up by Israel right wingers but a circumspect restatement of what was decided a century ago on how to prepare for a Jewish State. In point of fact, by the time the League of Nations issued the Mandates for Jewish and Arab states, the British had lopped off some 78% of the land intended for an eventual Jewish state and given it over to the Hashemites to administer when no one objected formally, this eventually became transJordan and then Jordan.READ MORE
Avi Bell writes that the Levy Commission "is on solid ground in observing that neither Jordan nor any other foreign state had territorial sovereignty over the 'West Bank' in 1967 and that the territory cannot therefore be 'foreign' for purposes of the law of belligerent occupation. Indeed, had the Levy Commission chosen to so argue, it could have argued cogently that Israel itself was already the lawful sovereign over the 'West Bank' in 1967." He expects that the Report will open up discussion of "the legitimacy of Israel's position under international law after many years in which Israel has been silent about its legal rights."READ MORE
Ted Belman presents the opinions of some eminent jurists that confirm one consequence that Judea and Samaria were given as an irrevocable trust to the Jewish people; namely, that they can build housing and businesses, and public and private institutions upon their land. Those that would help the Arabs try to steal the land are fond of citing the Fourth Geneva Convention (FGC) to claim that Jewish settlements are illegal, but in point of fact, the FGC doesn't apply.READ MORE
Richard Cravatts spells out some of the collateral damage the Levy Report does. 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 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. I hope it doesn't take as long for Western leaders to accept the truth of the Levy report as it has taken for the Vatican to admit officially that the earth revolves the sun — it finally conceded this in 1992, 359 years after Galileo was condemned for speaking the truth.READ MORE
Moshe Dann notes that the Levy Report is Israel's "first authoritative and official opinion on Israel's legal right to Judea and Samaria." This is a fact. What is amazing about it is that Israel's legal right to the Territories was established irrevocably well before there was a Jewish State, yet successive governments, anxious for peace with flaky Arab neighbors, never rebutted the myth that Israel was occupying Arab land. As Dann points out, "Whether or not its recommendations are accepted and implemented, the report is a turning point in how Israel and hopefully the international community understand the critical question: whose land?"READ MORE
This set of articles examines some examples of extreme pro-Jihad media propaganda. While pretending to be impartial, 60-Minutes did an amateurish, one-sided hatchet job on Israel. Their theme was: Christians are leaving the West Bank. It must be Israel's fault. More generally, Cultural Jihadists aren't just verbally protesting messages they consider anti-Islam, they are vandalizing ads, making ad writers very uneasy, especially when, as the last article in the set shows, Islamists don't just talk, they vilify, demonize, destroy and murder what they don't like. And they get away with it. Isn't it about time we countered jihad propaganda more strenuously by attacking political Islam rather than responding?Return to What We are Talking About Index
60 Minutes staff members have made a career of taking nasty jabs at Israel. Not only are these assertions nasty, they range from misrepresentation to outright lies. Their recent report on Christian life in Israel "was sufficiently twisted to promote the Palestinian narrative." They selected Christian dhimmis who talked about Christianity being a Palestinian export! This blithely ignores that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. There never was a Palestinian State. Bob Simon spoke mournfully of the problems of Christians living in the Holy Land, but didn't mention he was talking about Arab-Christians living miserable lives under Muslim Arab rule. In actuality, Christians are wisely fleeing fundamentalist Arab/Muslim countries, while the Christian population in Israel is increasing. Tabitha Korol feels "60 Minutes should apologize and correct its defamation of Israel while exposing the true plight of Christians in the Islamic world." Rots of ruck.READ MORE
As Edward Cline writes, "the de facto imposition of Sharia law on Western non-Muslims is insidiously accumulative." In their unswerving determination to destroy any public message they regard as anti-Islam, cultural Jihadists have singled out the lewd ad –– and that can be anything that shows more female skin than what is visible wearing an ankle-length sack over the head. Edward Cline relates their campaign to "the near psychotic or pathological mindset about women that Islam inculcates in Muslim men." Their religion doesn't encourage respect for women. They grow up believing that women are chattel that lose their value if they lose their chastity. And an immodest woman is fair game for rape and torture –– by them. The connection between the cage-like restrictions on a woman's freedom, honor killings and the permitted raping of any "immoral" woman isn't a coincidence. We might ignore this and mumble multiculturalism were this restricted to their own countries, but unfortunately, they insist their host cultures behave according to their ideas. Or suffer brutal and barbaric punishment.READ MORE
Vincent Gioia writes about how Islamists excel in "the art of intimidation - using freedom in western civilization as a weapon in the battle to rule the world." They are helped by the inability of Westerners to believe people can behave so badly, that in our modern world, some people will do anything to "replace all other religions and governments with Islam and Sharia law." Despite all contrary information, "the news media ... is filled with misinformation about Islam. Despite untold acts of atrocities by Muslims, Islam is still regarded in many circles as "a religion of Peace..." Despite the fact that "[i]In Islamic countries the non-Muslims are treated like second or fifth class people and their populations are decreasing enormously." Despite the fact that high-profile refugees from jihad must have police protection from Muslims who openly and without penalty state they are going to kill the apostates. Vincent Gioa says "we need to engage in the effort [to inform the public] not only through films and videos; we must address the financial culture and reveal the truth about Sharia banking and finance. We must also prepare propaganda [if you can call truth propaganda] that is directed towards the blue collar workers." He suggests such topics that might break through the thick layer of media support that shields the public from hearing about what Islam's stealth Jihad campaign is doing to our country. Above all, as Gioia wisely says, "We must become bigot-proof because any challenge will invite accusations of racism." Why should we inflict the pain of action on ourselves? As Gioia says, "It is simple; we either fight or lose our civilization." And dominance by Islam isn't happiness-making.READ MORE
Paul Harris posted these photographs taken by Hugo Jaeger, the German photographer who was Hitler's personal photographer. They provide us with images hinting at what life was like in Poland for the Jews in 1939-1940 after the German invasion and before the mass extermination of the Jews got underway. They were taken in Kutno, Poland. The Addendum posts the Foreword to the Life magazine presentation of Jaeger's photographs. It was written by Justyna MajewskaJustyna Majewska, who works as a curator at the Holocaust Gallery in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.READ MORE
Annette Keen was born in a Displaced Persons Camp just after World War 2. Her family moved to the USA, where her father, a trained cantor, together with other Holocaust survivors, became farmers. She writes about Yom Kippur 1952, walking with her father silently along the muddy road to the Synagogue the Survivors had built. When they arrived and he had donned his ceremonial robe, her father shared with her some of the agony he felt on Yom Kippur 1939 when, at his father's insistence, he reluctantly fled the advancing Germans, abandoning his own father, who stayed and chanted Kol Nidre. In a few sentences, she makes the incident a parable of the Jew's relationship to HaShem.READ MORE
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What we are talking about in the July-August 2012 Issue
This issue is mostly about revelations, the common ordinary kind, the kind that result from being forced to look at things in new ways because of new happenings. Judging from recent news items, more of the general public seem to have become aware that we have a new enemy we should take seriously.
It isn't really a new enemy. Resurgent Islam has long been using its enormous wealth and its expanding population to try to dominate the world. The Muslim Brotherhood started organizing and planning for a dominant Islam with the entire world adhering to Sharia law over eighty years ago. Muslim theologians, scholars, academics, political leaders, sheikhs and heads of prominent families are passionately dedicated to reestablishing the Caliphate, imposing Sharia law, and in the process, giving every Muslim the feeling of superiority over non-Muslims. But the implications have been ignored by us, the targeted victims.
ISLAMISTS HAVE BEEN BUSILY TAKING OVER EUROPE by rapidly increasing their already large population. They back up their increasing demands by riots, mayhem, terrorism, brutal physical attacks on those they claim have insulted their prophet Mohammad and by inhuman slaughter of civilians, particularly Jewish babies and young children. In Europe, they support their troops — the huge number of humble Muslims with their multiple wives and many children — by sopping up the host State's disposable income in welfare payments. In their own countries the long stable relationship of a Muslim majority and dhimmi minorities is in flux, with Islam stepping up the pace of terrorizing minorities and making it more and more difficult for them to maintain their religious practices. The killing, torturing and burning of their resident Christians and other minorities is on the increase. In America, their quiet infiltration of our infrastructure has been occasionally punctuated by isolated acts of war. Though they began attacking us earlier, 9/11 was a seemingly unavoidable declaration that they meant us harm. Yet we continued to act as if we can make the unpleasantness go away if we ignore it.
We defeated Nazism and Communism. Yet we've been botching the war Islam declared. Aside from sending our soldiers to fight interminable and deliberately limited wars, we've not made a total commitment to fight back. But current events are forcing a change in attitudes. The violent overthrow of dictatorial governments in the Middle East hasn't — as we had been led to believe it would — brought about democracy and freedom. Any more than deposing Saddam Hussein and his entire regime led to a fundamental change in Iraq. All that's happened is that political dictatorships have been exchanged for Islamic dictatorships. The cast of characters participating in the civil war in Syria suggests Syria will be no exception.
In America, despite the reassurances coming from much of the media that the only problem is that the poor Muslims are suffering from Western Islamophobia, our attitudes are changing. The sensational disclosure that American security and administrative agencies have been infiltrated by Islamists is beginning to force us to rethink what we think we know about the Religion of Peace.
Admittedly there's still the bogeyman fear of being called a racist — may it soon join the fear of being called a communist on history's dusty pile of conditioning and control words that have lost their power. But one indicator of the change in attitude is that talking about Islam is no longer totally taboo, even in the face of the well-funded campaign to make any criticism of Islam a crime and to label anyone who objects to Islamicist tactics as islamophobic. We are beginning finally to explore implications. We are starting to connect the dots.
One example has been our shock and amazement when security vetting issues are discussed, voiced as: how the devil did Huma Abedin ever get security clearance?
The government does an exhaustive security examination on people working in sensitive security positions in the government. The inquiry is particularly stringent in wartime, and whether we acknowledge it or not, Islamists, seeking to impose Sharia law globally, have declared war on us. The recent revelations about Huma Abedin's affiliations to the Muslim Brotherhood would seem to disqualify her from her State Department job. A query from Congressmen asking for proof that she — as well as some other political appointees to jobs in sensitive positions — does not adhere to an ideology at odds with our Constitution has been treated as a laughing matter and the legalities are ignored. But it is a gateway inquiry. The situation inspired an examination into the vetting process. Trivializing its importance jeopardizes our way of life, as would giving Sharia law legal standing in American law courts, the topic of the second essay in this section.Return to Feature Index
Bernice Lipkin examines two cases that explore the American security vetting system as it applies to high level jobs in the government: (1) confirming that the legal requirements for being the President are met and (2) doing background checks and examining affiliations of people applying for positions that provide them access to and/or control of classified information and/or security sites. The first case highlights problems that arise because there apparently is no official system in place to confirm that the Constitutional requirements for the Presidency are met. In the second case, the vetting system is in place and is routinely used to check out security issues. In this instance it failed to prevent questionable Islamic infiltration.READ MORE
Laura L. wrote this about Eric Allen Bell's article on how the political parties are handling the growing problem of court decisions being based on Sharia law in American courts rather than on American Constitutional law: "It is the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood front groups to implement sharia law in America and in fact it has been applied in American courts. I'm sick of politicians in both parties treating islam as though it's just another benign religious faith when it is in fact a lethal, totalitarian, imperialistic political ideology. I'm sick of being told we must tolerate and respect an ideology masquerading as a religion, which seeks to forcibly convert, subjugate or kill unbelievers. I'm also sick of alleged conservatives proclaiming their patriotism, adherence to the constitution and their deep commitment to the nation's national security and the preservation of American ideals of liberty and so forth [when their] silence on the civilizational or stealth jihad taking place in America reveals that they are more concerned with advancing their careers than in defending America and preserving our future." Because our law makers are allowing Sharia infiltration into our court system, as Bell points out, Muslim women and children are deprived of equal protection under the law. What is of more general concern is that by allowing sharia law to get its nose into the American courts system, we are opening the way for sharia to override American Constitutional law and determine court decisions in an ever widening sphere — to where it could become de facto law for all of us.READ MORE
These essays are on prominent examples of three sorts of girls of the Brotherhood: a mother and daughter from a family that holds high positions in the Muslim Brotherhood; an American patsy who died believing in a cause she didn't understand, while her savvy Arab and Marxist comrades have found she is more useful dead than alive; and a member of a terror group that springs from the Muslim Brotherhood. In her Arab community, she is glorified as a heroine because she killed and maimed Jews. She couldn't be more honored if she'd received the Nobel prize. But, then again, killing and maiming seem the only things Palestinian Arabs do well.
Perforce, much of the attention is on Huma Abedin of the Abedin family of Muslim stalwarts, who are large-sized cogs in the wheel trying to flatten the West. Huma earned this attention when people became aware that she wasn't just the wife of Anthony Weiner, the sextextist, but was the Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was soon discovered that she was part of a family that have all — including Huma — been actively involved in an organization promulgating Brotherhood supremacist ideology. The Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA) was established by Dr. Abdullah Omar Naseef, a major donor to Al-Qaeda. IMMA proclaims itself "the only scholarly institution dedicated to the systematic study of Muslim communities in non-Muslim societies around the world." How scholarly IMMA is is arguable. What is not assailable is that the Abedins and IMMA have been actively connected to men in Al-Qaeda leadership positions.Return to Feature Index
Jamie Glazov interviews Walid Shoebat on Huma Abedin's ties with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), an organization whose mission is to give Islam global control. Her mother is in the leadership of the Muslim Sisterhood. Her brother and her father, now dead, have been prominent in MB operations. Shoebat points out that it is also peculiar that her family would allow her to marry a non-Muslim, particularly a Jew, "unless Huma has a 'higher calling' and a unique exception was made for her, since she is an ear into top U.S. sensitive information, or Anthony Weiner has converted to Islam or even both." He suggests the U.S. current policy of gaining "what they deem a 'moderate Muslim Brotherhood' ... is like saying that in order to win the Cold War with Russia, that we needed to promote 'Capitalistic-Communism' or during WWII we should have promoted 'pro-Jew Nazism' in Germany." He makes the case that the Islamists understand us better than we understand them.READ MORE
Walid Shoebat interprets for us projects whose names suggest innocuous pursuits carried out by the Abedin family: mother Saleha, head of the Muslim Brotherhood's (MB) Sisterhood branch and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA); father Sayed Zaynul, an author and a launcher of a plan called "Muslim Minorities in the West"; son Hassan, who is also on the board of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS); and daughter Huma, once assistant editor of JMMA and currently Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. There's nothing picayune about the Abedin family's organizational talents. Mama's Sisterhood spans some 16 countries. Papa's publication speaks of recruiting Muslims living in the West to make Islam dominant. We don't have to wait years in the future to determine whether this is true - - we have already seen Islamic Students of North America (ISNA) and Muslim Students of America (MSA) in destructive action on American campuses. Son Hassan's OCIS can boast of having Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the man who can create a full-blown riot with the flick of his finger, as a OCIS Trustee. And Daughter Huma has both an unparalleled view of American policy and the clout to influence it. In this essay, Shoebat emphasizes that while the Abedins are leading figures in the Muslim Brotherhood, they also has a strong connection to the Saudis. In fact, "The House of Saud had used Huma's father Sayed Zaynul Abedin's Muslim Minorities in the West published in 1998 as part of 29 works to construct a plan to conquer the world with Islam."READ MORE
Discover The Networks provides us with a biography and an informative resumé of the achievements of Saleha Mahmood Abedin, a woman who's led a fulfilling life expanding the reach of sharia law around the world. She is a founder of several large organizations and a joiner of others. One, the Muslim Sisterhood, encourages prominent Arab women to promote Muslim Brotherhood ideology in the West by stealth. She's a member in good standing in interfaith and peace groups. A firm believer in Sharia, she promotes the complete subservience of women, child marriage and female genital mutilation. She has translated into English Fatima Umar Naseef's book on how to be a devout Muslim woman. [See Andrew Bostom's article below.] The book, whose views presumably are acceptable to her, views Sharia as saving women from the slavery of man-made laws, from having to decide on her own what type of clothes to wear, what tasks to undertake and what to do with her life. Sharia is her guide. Abedin is also editor-in-chief of JMMA, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, published by the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA). Before becoming Deputy Chief of Staff and aide to the Secretary of State, her daughter Huma worked with her as an editor of JMMA. Another daughter Heba is currently an assistant editor. IMMA was launched and has been supported by Abdullah Omar Naseef, a known financial mainstay of al Qaeda.READ MORE
Andrew Bostom provides us with a well-researched description of the extent of Saleha Abedin's promulgation of the views and practices of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), a "modern traditionalist Islamic jihad movement." Dr. Abedin is Professor of Sociology in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA). She chairs the International Islamic Committee for Women and Child (IICWC) in Amman, Jordan. She is a prominent member of the Muslim Sisterhood, the woman's division of the Muslim Brotherhood. She is a strong proponent of child marriage and clitoridectomy. She midwifed the translation into English of Fatima Umar Naseef's book Women in Islam: A Discourse in Rights and Obligations. The book advocates feminine modesty, where immodesty apparently is whatever might tempt a man. It asserts that a woman's role is primarily that of wife and mother, the one who gives birth to the men who fight in Jihad. The book is anchored in the writings of Sayyid Qutb, an Egyptian writer and a leading member of MB, whose ideology was an extension of the writings of the founder of MB. Both advocated world-wide violent revolution to bring true Islam to all. Bostom makes clear that the views held today "by the entire global Muslim umma's pre-eminent Muslim theologians and scholars" on Jihad and Islamic Jew-hatred are the same as those held by Qutb, and Qutb's views, in turn, "are in full accord with classical Muslim jurists." Considering Dr. Abedin's promulgation of "liberty-crushing Sharia supremacism," "[t]he extent of Dr. Abedin's influence on her daughter Huma Abedin's views and efforts — the latter still a close aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — should long ago have been investigated, clarified, and discussed in the public domain."READ MORE
As Frimet and Arnold Roth write, "Our daughter Malki, murdered at the age of 15 in a restaurant massacre in Jerusalem, was a victim of jihadist hatred and barbarism." Their way of coping was to establish Keren Malki, to take care of Israeli children with special needs, no matter whether they are Christian, Moslem, Jewish, Druze or unaffiliated. In sharp contrast, the entire Arab culture that produced the woman terrorist responsible for Malki's death considers her a heroine, not a monster. She brought death to some and misery to many. She had no positive impact on her own people or changed anything for the better. But actual accomplishments aren't the goal, are they? It's all about feeling superior. The goals of a blood-lust people are seldom ennobling. They destroy what they are incapable of creating. We can ask why do these people play these games that are so grotesque? Perhaps it is because they model themselves on a primitive pedophile who enjoyed destruction. His followers were better at looting than planting, better at demolishing than building. Even today his spiritual descendants don't show the ability to behave in a civilized manner, the way the Roths did. That would take compassion and generosity and disciplined bravery. Not their strong points.
[Note: See the January-February 2012 issue of Think-Israel here for a story on Wafa Al-Biss, another murderous terrorist.]READ MORE
In this essay, Bernice Lipkin brings the information on the sensational death of Rachel Corrie up to date. The emphasis here is on the organizations that, in the name of humanitarianism and peace, recruit patsies such as Corrie, idealistic young exploitables, and use them to further a very different agenda — the delegitimization of Israel, the infiltration of sharia into the West.READ MORE
This set of essays look at the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood that has recently taken power in Egypt as well as other extreme Sunni Islamist groups. In the course of discussing the long list of players now battling in Syria, one of the essays examines Brotherhood participation in the ongoing Syrian civil war.Return to Feature Index
When Syrians rebelled against the rule of President Bashar Assad, it was assumed the well-supplied rebels would soon unseat him. The rebellion has turned into a civil war that threatens to destabilize the region, not just the country. This is in part due to the ideologies of the major players and their plans for the future of the region. Bernice Lipkin provides a summary of the players on the opposing teams and their complex interactions.READ MORE
Barry Rubin begins this essay this way: "No, it sure isn't the age of Aquarius or of Multicultural, Politically Correct love-ins. It's the age of revolutionary Islamism, especially Sunni Islamism. And you better learn to understand what this is all about real fast. Focusing on the Sunni revolutionary Islamist tidal wave, the foundation of knowledge is that there are three types and they are all bad, very bad. A lot of people are going to be misinforming you about this and getting others — never themselves, of course — killed. Rubin is talking about the al-Qaeda style groups, the Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood. This is information you need to have.READ MORE
May Ibrahim records an interview with Ibrahim Al-Zafarani, a former Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leader in Alexandria. The interview is noteworthy in that Al-Zafarani acknowledges that MB's rival, the Salafist movement, is growing. But he attributes it to the MB involvement in politics rather than religious advocacy — as if that hasn't always been true. In the face of slaughter and church-burnings, he claims that "Christian fears are not justified." Al-Zafarani does, however, reveal tantalizing tidbits about the structure of the Egyptian MB and the interrelationships of the various cliques and cadres in the MB. I especially liked that major control is in the hands of a group called the Guidance Bureau. As good as George Orwell was, he didn't come up with anything that Orwellian.READ MORE
The major struggle for dominance in the Middle East is between Saudi Arabia and Iran. After that allegiances and interests become murky; traditional linkages can no longer be relied on. In Egypt, the new President, Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has eliminated potential challengers at least in the short term and has placed the MB in a position to make binding decisions for Egypt. Will the MB ally itself with the Sauds or with Iran? After presenting the arguments on both sides, David Goldman predicts that Egypt will do neither but will, essentially, tread water, while attempting to keep good relations with everyone. Goldman believes that in the long run, "[t]he most probable outcome is that Egypt's military will assert control with Saudi financial backing and suppress the Muslim Brotherhood."READ MORE
Encouraged by anti-Israel NGOs and Israeli marxists, the Arabs in Israel have laid claim to both public and private lands. The illegal spreading out of the Bedouins throughout the Negev has become a serious problem. The Bedouins had moved their herds back and forth across what is now Israel and its neighboring countries for hundreds of years, never establishing permanent habitation. Thanks to their goats, their contribution to agriculture was to render the land barren and unproductive. Now, after the many years it took the Israeli government to persuade them to settle in permanent quarters, they've begun to take over land, ignoring legality and good environmental practices. Similarly, the Palestinian Arabs continue to claim everything in sight as well as denying that Jews had any connection to the land. Their partisans have made similar wild claims, false or exaggerated or misleading, about Arab discoveries in science. And by ignoring facts and suggesting connections that didn't exist, President Obama has given the interaction between President Jefferson and the Muslims a misleading interpretation.Return to Feature Index
Given the timidity of the Government at protesting illegal building by Arabs, it isn't surprising that the illegal grabbing of land by the Bedouins in the Negev has received little official or media attention. The image of the Bedouins as wandering nomads — at least in Israel — has been changing for half a century and has been replaced by the reality of the Bedouins settling down, willy nilly, over the entire Negev. Concomitantly, the Bedouins have been radicalized and as Atara Beck writes, "Those aiming to conquer Jewish land have resorted to destructive behaviour, including 'agricultural crime and theft, extortion through violence and threats, hooliganism in the streets, malls and entertainment centres and environmental pollution.'" They are backed by Peace Now and other radical pro-Palestinian groups, which can be counted on to raise a ruckus whenever the Israeli government tries to stop Arab illegal building or allow Jewish legal building.READ MORE
David Bedein gathers some facts countering the "facts" Arab use to bolster their claim to the town of Susya. What is puzzling is, given that it so easy to determine that the Arab claims are false, why do so many "reputable" academics and journalists go along with the lie? Is it, as one reader commented, that "[w]hat the Arabs and their supporters love to do is use 'creative license' as they come up with their fairy tales, creative license that the anti-Semites of the world love to embrace." What is worse is that so many supporters of the Arab claims are Jews, who would never dream of defending the homes of Jews that live in the Territories and have legitimate claims.READ MORE
The White House's report on President Obama's iftar dinner at the White House breaking bread after Ramadan would indicate that Obama's speech was a model of misdirection, misinformation and missing information. The Press Release said that Obama suggested Jefferson entertaining the Tunisian ambassador might be seen as the first Iftar dinner at the White House. Jefferson did invite the ambassador to dinner but the slant given by the White House is all wrong. Perhaps the speech writers fired the fact checkers in the interests of saving a few kopeks — it would the first austerity measure at the White House in these dismal economic times. In this essay, Lee Cary corrects the misleading implication that relations with the Barbary Pirates were friendly or that the Muslims have contributed much to American history. As one reader, Twoiron, commented, "The two major 'gifts' of Islam to America: 1) the Barbary Pirates, and 2) 9/11/2001." Of further interest: it is amazing to read the difference between 2008 when people tiptoed around the possibility that Obama was Muslim, and a committed Muslim to boot, and today's openly-expressed hostility to this now acknowledged fact — for he [Obama] himself has said it.READ MORE
This is a companion piece to Lee Cary's piece above. Why are we devoting so much space to a single event? Because it is emblematic. Because it is uncomplicated and the features that are lies show up clearly. No judgment is needed. Its lesson needs to be absorbed — and applied to more difficult subjects: the national debt, which is of tsunami height; the economy, which is tanking; the myriad falsifications, such as crediting GM with recovery when the Gov't, which now owns the company, boosted their sales by buying a fleet of cars from them using our money; the printing of money we can't back, so inflation increases. Think of this essay as Understanding. 101.READ MORE
There are many Muslim groupies, employees and devout believers in underdoggery posting a prodigious amount of misinformation on how the Muslims have helped the progress of the human race, inventing everything from the concept of zero in mathematics to windmills. There's only one problem. While these claims would make good material for Scheherazade's tall tales, fact-wise — as this article from WikiIslam makes clear — they just aren't true.READ MORE
This is a morality play of sorts. It chronicles what it takes to make a media person stop ignoring evil. It is the story of Ola Abbas, who saw the brutality of the Syrian government as it sought to stop the hemorrhaging of its authority as the Syrian rebels gained ground. She saw the secret police in action. She saw censorship of anything not promoting the Syrian president. She finally defected — the first. In her defense, she was right to be afraid. Maybe next someone will write why our esteemed Western media had for these many years cooed over Assad and his well-dressed wife. Who pulled their chain?READ MORE
Yarden Frankl describes how a photographer turned the scene of a poorly-attended demonstration against Israel into a compelling shot of Gaza children behind bars. He scrupulously captioned it as coming from an industrial area during a rally. The Independent (UK) newspaper used it with no caption to illustrate an inflammatory article on the treatment of Palestinian Arab minors detained for criminal activities in the Territories. There is an Editor's Addendum on the subject of the newspaper article: "a Report on Palestinian youngsters in the Territories detained in custody". In its own way, the Report is almost as misleading as the faked photo.READ MORE
Jack Engelhard suggests that "[t]he colossus that was called mainstream news media, as in America-hating/Israel-bashing journalism, is being cut down to size. People are catching on to the deceptions that characterize most of our traditional news organizations..." He notes that CNN is way down and many other networks in America, England and Israel are being ridiculed for poor journalism. Things are better but there's still a long way to go: "...truthful journalism can succeed only if we demand nothing less."READ MORE
Many anti-Israel boycotts, sanctions and divestiture (BSD) campaigns are carried out with the financial and advocacy support of mainline churches in the U.S. and Canada, which have for a decade openly involved themselves in a sustained effort to demonize Israel. What is most shocking is that "a number of European governments, plus the United States and Canada, provide funds for these church-based efforts to delegitimize Israel. These tax-payer funds are disbursed as grants to church-based humanitarian NGOs, which then transfer these funds to highly politicized pro-Palestinian NGOs." This article is an excellent summation of the support funneled to the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center and the Holy Land Trust (HLT). The World Council of Churches is a major supporter of the Sabeel Center, organizing activist groups and donating money. The Sabeel Center carries out a rage attack against Israel, using imagery in which the death of Jesus is emotionally manipulated to inflame the target audience against the Jews.READ MORE
Ben Cohen writes of the material prosperity and impoverished souls of a bunch of Jewish bloggers and think-tankers who insist they have the proper view of the Middle East. In their two-dimensional imagery, Israel is ballooned out as mightier than the combined power of all the poor, put-upon Arabs, who are thus justified in whatever they do in their monomaniacal desire to destroy Israel. Many of these Jews have a novel way of inserting themselves into the picture. They see themselves as this generation's samizdat, dissidents willing to sacrifice themselves, intellectual suiciders, so to speak, verbal shields for non-Jews who otherwise might fear being labeled as antisemites. They see themselves as courageously battling a shadowy but persistent menace, the Israel lobby, that, of course, continues to invent dastardly plots to muzzle them. In reality, they have open and generous support from Zionist-hating organizations directly or from pass-through groups aligned with such organizations. They publish what they want with no fear and with wide distribution. They are derivatives of earlier generations but not from the one they claim. They are, instead, the full blooming of the negativity of early anti-Zionists, the Reform rabbis of the 1800s, and the nineteenth-century American Council for Judaism. Some of the present generation of Jewish Jew-Haters can hide their hate better than others, but in general, this generation of anti-Zionists use their Jewish intelligence to say polysyllablically what klutzy neo-nazi skin heads say more bluntly but with just as much fervor and hate.READ MORE
Martin Sherman makes the cogent point that the pursuit of the 2-state solution was an abysmal mistake that has given rise to almost intractable problems, has put Israeli citizens in easy range of Arab missiles, has jeopardized Israel's existence, and has put the possibility of peace at a distance further than ever before. It has also bewildered the two-staters because of the "refusal of reality to conform to their political prescription." He writes about two prominent two-staters: Simon Peres and Gershon Baskin. President Shimon Peres of course will be remembered as the Israeli version of Joe Biden. His inane utterances are the envy of many a comedian. Baskin's crowning achievement was participating in the negotiations that swapped a thousand terrorists, many of whom are recidivists, for the return of Gilad Schalit. He remains Optimist-in-Chief that peace is possible if only Israel ... He is currently begging Prez Obama to stop Israel from striking Iran lest it cause Iran to start a nuclear weapons program. Sherman suggests the two-staters do the honorable thing and retire from political life. I myself would prefer they took the Japanese way of atoning for their dreadful error.READ MORE
The enormous Ottoman Empire collapsed when the Ottomans picked the wrong side in World War 1. Initially, there were to be two states, one region for the Jews which included the Gaza, Golan, Judea, Samaria, today's State of Israel and present-day Jordan. The other 99% of the enormous Ottoman holdings were to become a single Arab state. That soon went by the boards and the Arab area was carved into a group of states, some like Egypt with a long history and coherence, others created by drawing lines on the map of the Middle East. Daniel Mandel recounts some of the history of the British Mandate for Palestine, when Britain was granted the supervisory right by the League of Nations to help the Jews develop their homeland. The goal was a Jewish State, where everyone had civil and religious rights but only the Jews had political rights. The British failed miserably. They had much to contend with, including a recalcitrant group of Arabs that were accustomed to lording over docility-conditioned Christians and Jews. The British handled the situation badly, rewarding the Arabs for bad behavior and punishing the Jews for being cooperative. As Mandel writes, "The land once earmarked for the Jewish National Home, in which Jews were to reside by right, not on sufferance, and to which Britain, in the words of the Balfour Declaration, had pledged 'its best endeavors to facilitate,' had become a country in which Jews could neither freely settle, nor (after February 1940) freely purchase land," ensuring that the Jews remained a minority. When the Jews asserted themselves sufficiently, the British gave up control. The Jews then had only to win approval for Statehood from the U.N. countries and fight off an invasion by its Arab neighbors, and there it was: a sovereign state.READ MORE
The Library of Congress has a collection of pictures taken by photographers who lived in the "American Colony" in Jerusalem between 1881 and the 1940s. Lenny Ben-David presents some of the photographs on the massacre of Jewish families living in Hebron by their Arab neighbors in August 1929. Over the years, we have presented accounts of the Massacre (google hebron massacre under the banner on the home page). Aside from the similarity to current Arab attacks, this was an early example of how authorities react to Arab uprising. When the Arabs slaughtered Jews, the response of the then authorities, the British, was to remove the Jews from Hebron, not punish the Arabs. Why are Westerners so quick to cave to bald barbarism?READ MORE
We started with an examination of some legal requirements. An important issue but a mundane one. The intent was to throw cold water in the face of our complacency. Confronted with the fact that Resurgent Islam is actively engaged in establishing Sharia Law in the West, we have done everything except acknowledge that we must deal with Islamic aggression in a resolute, forthright and aggressive fashion. When told that someone on a high level in the Administration has family in leadership position in the Muslim Brotherhood, our congressmen and media respond that she's a nice person and pooh-pooh security considerations. How inane can one get! We end with a wonderful essay on godliness by Spengler, better known for hardheaded essays on economics and politics. Ponder this as you start preparations for reliving the agony of the destruction of the Temple and approaching the rejuvenation of the New Year.READ MORE
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What we are talking about in the May-June 2012 Issue
The Palestinian Arab Hamas is more openly brutal than the Palestinian Arab Fatah, but both are dedicated to murdering Jews and crushing any political or religious ideology other than Islam. In the same way, being a Muslim and being an Islamist is a matter of style, not ideology. Given a critical mass of people, Muslims will push the envelop, never stopping, never having enough, always aggressive and intimidating — while complaining they are victims of the host culture. Islamists are more obviously aggressive than moderates Muslims, but no different.Return to Feature Index
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.READ MORE
The Arab world insists that the history of ancient Israel and pre-Israel Canaan was the the history of the Palestinian Arabs and not of the Jews. Alex Joffe makes the important observation that this tells us much about how the Arab thinks as well as giving us "an insightful glimpse into the psyche of their willfully duped Western champions." He proceeds to explain that, in the context of Arab mentation and philosophy, what is important is the impact, however ridiculous the Arab assertions might be. It is something worse than a silly lie. It and the hoaxes such as the Jenin massacre and the lies protective of Islam are more ominous. They allow the Arab to acquire a virtual history more to his liking and in portraying the Jew as a modern upstart, brutal to boot, he assuages the guilt of Europeans who still feel complicit in the massacre of the Jews in World War II. Ignoring the absurdity, Europeans pay for conscience-assuagement by presenting the Arab as the innocent victim in a black and white morality play, wherein the Jew as white colonist treats the Arab as native brutally.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
James Zumwalt writes that with women now holding less than 2 percent of seats in the Egyptian parliament and Islamists in power, it is likely that the status of women will take another long step backwards in conformity with Sharia law. Ignoring the possibility a women might seek divorce because of spousal abuse, "Islamists argue [that] increased family law rights for women have been responsible for rising divorce rates and the demise of family unity. Under Mubarak, women were allowed to divorce without the consent of their husbands and were granted limited child custody rights." The age of consent to marriage will likely drop from 18 to 14. And what is truly bizarre, a draft law would allow a husband to have intercourse with his dead wife. But it should not be too unsanitary. He is only allowed intercourse within the first 6 hours after her death. There! Doesn't that make it alright?READ MORE
Robert Reilly refutes a recent op-ed by Reuel Marc Gerecht that made the optimistic black is white argument that Muslim fundamentalists are critical to "the moral and political rejuvenation of their countries" because they will clean the countries of communist ideologies so that eventually the Arab countries will evolve into democracies, just as the Europeans went from theocracy to democracy. As Reilly points out, upheavals don't necessarily lead to improvement. Previous barbaric wars in Islam against non-Muslims and other Muslims tightened Sharia's grip. Not one produced democracy. Moreover, Gerecht ignores that freedom of conscience, a prerequisite for secularism, is absent in Islam. Reilly concludes that the trajectory of Arab governance is unlikely to be heading toward democracy.READ MORE
Babu Suseelan asks rhetorically whether there is room for Jihad in our high-tech modern world. He argues that "[t]hroughout its history, everything Mohammedans have touched has been marred with lies, wars, tyranny, massacre, and terror. Islamic blind faiths and its cruel principles cooked up by Mohammad have violently destroyed our original ethical concepts, moral principles and social structures. In fact, Islam is not a religion, but a closed, rigid political dogma fit only for invasion, war, terrorism, plunder, sex perversion, looting, massacre, oppression, abduction, kidnapping, beheading, and cultural destruction The blind followers of Mohammad have successfully twisted empathy, love, harmony, coexistence, pluralism and religious tolerance into submission, hatred, Jihad War and murder." Quite an indictment. Unfortunately, it isn't hyperbole. Suseelan urges we take drastic action now to secure our future.READ MORE
In the Middle East they are replacing the Arab Spring by the introduction of stricter sharia law. In America they are softening us up to accept Islamic values and Islamic definitions of justice and freedom. And, trust me, Islamic notions of justice and freedom don't come from the Bible. In academia, sensitive areas (read: criticism of Islam) are avoided. Solid scholarship is being replaced with cartoon bubbles of joyful triteness. The media and our children's textbooks assure us Sharia will fit right into America, especially if we ignore the Constitution. The pushers of sharia don't need to burn books that are based on thoughtful integration of established facts. Instead, all that is needed is distraction. It's even working in politics. At the watering holes and in the bars, are people pooling their knowledge of how much America is in hock? Are they worrying about the Administration's shiftless spending of money we don't have? Do they worry that those labeled as millionaires — and that has gone from 2,500,000 to 250,000 and will be 25,000 any month now — have become Orwellian Goldsteins and are being discouraged from fashioning goods and creating jobs? No. The manipulated public is absorbed in decrying the jello-solid linkages that tie the Republican presidential candidate to a woman who lost her job at a company he'd once run — or maybe it was her husband who lost his — and didn't have insurance soooo ... she died of cancer and it's all his fault. Our infrastructure is being chewed away by the termites in our regulation agencies and government is more by decree than by law. Yet we spend our time discussing one distraction after another. Someone was smart enough to answer the accusation that Romney was cruel to his dog by saying, "At least he didn't eat it like Obama did." That stopped that. So another smoke bomb was tossed. And then another. The economy and our debt are not addressed. And the infiltration of sharia is ignored. This set of articles provides some examples of sharia.Return to Feature Index
Nidra Poller examines the arbitrariness of the media's reactions in situations that are fairly similar. They insisted on interviewing Gilad Shalit while he was still in Hamas control but they didn't delay the release of the Arab terrorists by a minute. Consider their very different reactions to the killing of the Libyan Mouamar Gaddafi and the waging of the Iraq war. "The media hated the Iraq 'war.' They loved the Libyan 'liberation.'" So they showed no humanitarian horror at the huge number of collateral deaths and the destruction of property when Gaddafi was slaughtered. There was no talk of "disproportionate force." NATO could do no wrong — at least for a day. In Morocco, Islamists, now called Moderates, are suddenly acceptable, even though they can't be told apart from the bad Islamists of a year ago. So taken are the media with the illusion of a changing-for-the-better Middle East, they are incapable in seeing that the winner is inevitably sharia. They've even used their ability to make an event seem significant on Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and ignored the signs this street theatre is in part courtesy of those promoting Islamization of the Western world. As Poller writes, "[t]he unalterable goal of Islam is to impose sharia" and it never stops. But the media are too entranced by the Siren Song of the world they imagine is being birthed to care.READ MORE
Glossy Islamophilic programs are sprouting up all over the place. Because they are given on campus, they are often taken seriously, though few qualify as scholarly. Georgetown University, for example, has a cottage industry in publishing texts that airbrush the history and ideology of Islam; these fairy tales are sold to the public as authentic information. Jewish Studies programs, in contrast, are usually bolder and explore many aspects of Jewish history and ideology without fear of restriction. So what happens when unfettered scholarship steps on a Muslim toe? Phyllis Chesler writes about what happened at Yale, when its Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) examined "Islamic Judeophobia and specifically ... Iranian genocidal Judeophobia." It took only a few complaints that ISGAP's research was racist for Yale to decided the subject threatened its "scholarly commitments" (read: who needs a bunch of Muslim kids rioting and oil sheiks withdrawing big-bucks funding?) and closed it down. As Chesler concludes, "Antisemtism is as virulent, threatening and genocidal as it has ever been and the need for a Charles Small and an organization like ISGAP, that is not afraid to seek the truth, is more pressing than it has ever been."READ MORE
There are many ex-Muslims who will critically assess Islam but a practicing Muslim willing to adapt his religion to conditions very different than the ones in which it was born is rare. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a physician and a pious Muslim, has declared himself to be such a person. In fact, he started an organization with the promising name of American Islamic Forum for Democracy. It has two important goals: (1) the separation of mosque and state; and (2) maintaining Islam as a religion, not a political ideology. He has recently written a book that Dr. Andrew Bostom examines in this essay. It is disappointing that Jasser asserts, contrary to fact, that the Koran doesn't encourage conversion to Islam, enforced or voluntary; that the Koran does not "sanction the jihad conquest of non-Muslims, including their subjugation and justified humiliation"; that the Koran does not "affirms Islam's triumphant supersessionism, vis a vis both Judaism and Christianity"; that the Koran doesn't encourage the elimination of other religions and their artifacts. If the assertions made by Dr. Jasser on the theory and practice of Islam were true, there would be no need for an organization whose preachings, if followed, would eliminate hostile and bloody Muslim attempts at takeovers of host countries. "No drastic reforms [would be] required of mainstream, institutional Islam."READ MORE
Over the last eighty years, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has devoted its time, resources, energy and money — all of which it has in prodigious amounts — to a single cause. It has outlined general plans, structured and restructured the steps in the plans and refined them. It has developed clever social engineering methods, often using the target country's ideology against itself. In Europe, it takes advantage of the belief in multiculturalism to make Europe support the indigent and highly fertile immigrant Muslims that are bankrupting it. Where ever Muslims have a local majority — at a school, in a neighborhood — they demand their life style be followed; and they will create no-go zones, where non-Muslims are not let in, not even firemen and policemen. In Israel most of children clinics' money goes to treat the ailments of Arab children that are the products of generations of cousin marriages. And the Arabs in the territories expect Israel to provide them with water and power, while they takes pot shots at the men that come to maintain the services. In America it is using our concern for victims and our belief in democracy and freedom for all to force undemocratic practices: installing sharia banking, demanding sharia courts, demanding special perks at work and school, harassing Jewish students at universities and intimidating university administrators so they take no action, building a huge mosque in a largely Christian area, holding up traffic while they pray on busy city streets, forcing jobs to conform to their ideology rather than performing the requirements of the job (clerks refusing to sell alcohol, cab drivers refusing to transport seeing-eye dogs come to mind) and intimidating the media so that media people censor themselves. In the Middle East and in Asian countries where Muslims are the majority, the non-Muslim minorities are treated brutally. All in all, the MB — using a host of implementers, well-wishers and useful idiots — has carefully implemented a complex set of small and large interacting activities across the globe, all in the service of making Islam dominant and inflicting sharia law on all the countries on the planet. A formidable task. But by now, they often know what is likely to work. They know when to efface themselves and when to be bold. They know how to win at the game of power politics.Return to Feature Index
Caroline Glick provides us with a blow by blow description of the events in Egypt from the first hope-filled days when the populace led by idealistic secularists overthrew Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship. Her essay could almost be entitled: How the West was won. Except this is the Arab Middle East and — to get to the bottom line — the good guys lost. Instead, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has emerged as Egypt's dominant power, positioned so it will likely move the Army aside just as it ran circles around the heterogeneous groups who expected the fall of the dictatorship would automatically usher in a secular democracy. The idealists hoped and assumed; the MB had a goal: the formation of a rigidly islamic Egypt that is completely sharia-compliant. It planned realistically and implemented a series of actions designed to reach this goal. Glick isn't telling us a happy-ending Cinderella story but it is important we understand what happened and how it was that the MB, seemingly against the odds, raked in the chips. When things settle down, they will take on their next task: attacking and terrorizing Israel. They will have the use of sophisticated equipment, courtesy of the United States. They will have the services of a well-trained military, courtesy of the United States. They have the good wishes and financial support of President Obama, who sees them as a force for moderation. They will have no problem disregarding the much-praised peace treaty with Israel. It will become just another casualty of the Arab Spring.READ MORE
This is a general summary of what's happening — and what the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is making happen — in a large chunk of the world. "It deals with the nature of the movement in each country, its relations with the various regimes and evaluates its chances of exploiting regional unrest to its own ends. It also examines the Muslim Brotherhood's branches in Western European countries and the implications of its activity for both internal European affairs and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict." ITIC's tone is moderate but you can figure out whether the MB is as moderate as the media proclaim it from small touches such as "In the Palestinian Authority Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, ... in a series of violent military maneuvers it overthrew Fatah and the Palestinian Authority and took political and security control of the Gaza Strip." ITIC updates this summary from time to time and it makes an excellent reference to hold onto.READ MORE
For those of us accustomed to easily-defined separations in ideology and tactics between contending groups, the relationship of Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) can be confusing. They are often at odds and hurling mutual insults, but they are fighting on the same side against the Syrian regime. This essay by Thomas Joscelyn clarifies some of the confusion. The main point to remember is, as Joscelyn writes, "[t]he disagreements between the Brotherhood and al Qaeda are largely tactical, not ideological or strategic." Practically speaking, it suggests they are willing to defer acting on their own differences until their mutual goals are reached. Nor matter how much Islam's apologists attempt to persuade us that the MB are moderate Islamists, Raymond Ibrahim's dictum remains valid: "Moderate Islamist is oxymoronic, since to be "Islamist," — to be a supporter of draconian Sharia — is by definition to be immoderate."READ MORE
Mark Tapson discusses an important new resource to help us fight off Civilization Jihad — a term that describes the non-violent attacks on our civilization and our way of life. The Center for Security Policy (CSP) has developed a series of videos called "The Muslim Brotherhood in America" that details the activities of the MB infiltration and how this furthers their jihad against the West. It examines the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and its spinoffs into our security and regulatory agencies, our military and counter-terrorism groups — and even into the White House, itself. As Tapson concludes, the course is "both an essential guide to comprehending the depth and breadth of the threat posed to America by the MB and a useful plan of action to counter that threat."READ MORE
Will it be by bomb or by starvation? By implosion? By explosion? Or will it end up as splinter groups bickering while the region limps along? One thing seems certain: it is unlikely that the brain-dead recipe Israel has been using — breaking off pieces of itself to maintain peace at an acceptable level of violence — will be even minimally effective anymore. Israel might actually have to use its power rather than keep playing Gulliver tied up by the strings of the Politically-Correct LilliputiansReturn to Feature Index
Much of Egypt's population has little margin between minimal survival and actual starvation. So a rise in grain prices could push the country into chaos. In this essay, Spengler examines the role of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which, in these uncertain times, has increased instability by encouraging demonstrations against Saudia Arabia. This was biting the hand that previously had promised money to feed Egypt. The Brotherhood apparently believes it is better to have a economic crisis now while they can still place blame on the Egyptian military than later, when they themselves are fully in control. Spengler writes that "...Egypt is in a classic pre-revolutionary situation...with a vanguard party ready to dislodge a disintegrating civil society, and replace it with totalitarian party rule at street level. The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest political party, is poised to ride to power on the back of this crisis." Already it controls bread and fuel prices. Already people hoard; commodities are unavailable; and Egypt is running out of cash. An Israeli reader, Aryeh Zelasko, reminds us there is something like a silver lining, a tarnished silver lining, to these ominous clouds: "We [Israelis] are actually very fortunate to have enemies like this. Their hatred for us (and nearly everything else in the world) is so profound that they will even cut their own throat if the blood will annoy us. They are only months away from massive starvation and all they can concentrate on is whom to insult." Or it might be that the Brotherhood just didn't want to waste a good crisis, even a manufactured one.READ MORE
Yaakov Lappin writes about the future of Egypt's cold peace with Israel, which may be finished for several reasons. Since the Arab Spring with the regime change in Egypt and turbulence in Syria, terrorists — Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and al Qaeda-affiliated groups — have installed themselves in the Sinai Peninsula with large caches of munitions, weaponry and rockets and have started firing rockets into Israel. Egypt's army is more concerned about losing control of Cairo than the Sinai; it will confine its struggle with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to Cairo and Egypt's political institutions. The MB, which is beginning to show its power overtly and whose philosophy is to start wars and to attack in order to further Muslim dominance, will welcome a Hamas-Egypt alliance that boldly attacks Israel. After all, the MB fathered Hamas; they share the same ideology. And Hamas, now chased out of Syria, will have more elbow room in which to operate. This means that Israel will no longer confront terrorist attacks just from Gaza, but from Gaza and the Sinai, which are already linked via in-place tunnels. It is ironic that Israel gave up both Gaza and the Sinai unilaterally in the interests of peace and now will likely have a fierce fight to neutralize them.READ MORE
In the arithmetic of the Middle East, an Israeli soldier who kills a single Arab child acting as a human shield for terrorists is committing a crime against humanity and the U.N. convenes its delegates who declare Israel must cease and desist entire operations. By the same math, an Arab country such as Syria may kill its rebellious citizens by the thousands and the same U.N. will spend months negotiating with Syria's king and never get much beyond a stern warning and a decision to reconvene. And Prez Obama, who had no problem killing off the Libyan king, Moammar Gaddafi, who didn't threaten our security, "seems paralyzed:... he is committed to a U.N. process almost certainly doomed to failure; and [more to the point]... he fears taking on the real nemesis in Syria, namely Iran's ayatollahs," who prop up the Assad regime. He doesn't seem to understand that diplomacy will never stop Iran. Iran is actively our enemy, determined to do us serious damage. Allowing her to acquire nuclear capability would have serious consequences locally in the Middle East and globally. Bolton concludes that "we may have to wait for a more resolute president," but events might not wait.READ MORE
In Syria there are some players that care about Syria as Syria. They want to keep the regime. Or change the regime. But for most of the other combatants, the civil war in Syria is a proxy battleground where Sunnis and Shiites duke it out, where Russia shows muscle, where the Muslim Brotherhood tests out a takeover opportunity, where the American administration tries to stack the deck for the MB embedded among the rebels. David Goldman makes the rational suggestion that prolonging the conflict is useful in many way for the proxy players and interested onlookers, including us. And if, per chance, one wanted to deal with Syria, the way to do it is "to beat up the dog's owner, namely Tehran." As he points out, "Iran is the threat, not Syria. The scandal is that the administration has done nothing to neutralize the Iranian threat." How right he is.READ MORE
David Meir-Levi has written a remarkable article exploring the possibility that Israel might soon need to fight a nine-front war, a war where all the barbaric nightmare monsters in the neighborhood gang up on Israel. As he suggests, "Israel now seems to be close to that situation." He looks at Iran, Hezbollah, the Sinai inhabited by various terror groups, Egypt, Hamas, Fatah and Syria. He is even willing to tackle a group many ignore: the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel who are, for the most part, disloyal. And of course, there are the brain-washed Arabs in the Territories.READ MORE
The Middle East may be engulfed in chaos and strife. It may see populations massacred by their own leaders. It may be creating new refugees running for their lives. The governments taking over from the corrupt dictatorships are not what the West and many democrats in the Middle East were hoping to see. They are totalitarian and fundamentalist. But not everyone is upset by the new regimes. Hamas members such as al Skudsi Bin Hookah see this as an invigorating experience, a time of new beginnings and renewed energy to fulfil their mission: to smash anyone and any group of people that stand in the way of their recreating the Caliphate.READ MORE
Much of the initial protection of Muslims came from oil-based friendships of Western leadership with Saudi "royalty." But as time goes on, solidarity with Muslims, compassion for terrorists and contempt for Jews is the way politicians and mainstream churches express Jew-hate. The more timid a government is in confronting the demands of its Islamic population, the more the nasty attacks against Jews increase. As we will read below, what we are beginning to see on California campuses has become pervasive in much of Europe. Moreover, Muslim highhandedness and disregard for anyone else's desires but their own has spread to how they treat the European natives.Return to Feature Index
Norway may be earning itself the title of most overtly anti-semitic country in Western Europe. Its leadership mouths platitudes about having "a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying in schools" but ignores documented attacks on Jewish students. Instead, the politicians lash out at those, such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who complain. Bawer notes that "... while Norwegian officials ... are terrified of offending Muslims, they are not terribly worried about offending Jews." The situation is not improved by the unmitigated stupidity of the Wiesenthal Center in protesting against Islamophobia while ignoring that "a disproportionate number of anti-Semitic acts in Norway are committed by Muslims" who have been taught Jew-hate from childhood. The Center also has had nothing to say about how the reflexive solidarity of Norway's multicultural elite with the Muslims contributes to creating an antisemitic climate. This does not help encourage Norway to change its ways.READ MORE
When the New York Trade Center and a chunk of the Pentagon were destroyed by a bunch of Muslim Arabs, the Muslim community in America was immediately given absolution. Their dancing in the streets and their joy at the destruction were ignored. We were immediately reassured that Islam was a religion of peace. People sheltered them, ran errands for them, invited them to kaffeeklatsches. They were not blamed for the evil done by their coreligionists. In Toulouse, France, recently a Muslim on a motorcycle slaughtered three people and injured many others at a Jewish school. The Muslims are sufficiently numerous there; they don't need protecting. They are increasingly in control of their environment. They can riot and disrupt at will. As Giulio Meotti points out, the Toulouse killing set off antisemitic incidents across France. You can't blame them on publicity in the media. The press has barely mentioned the spate of antisemitic incidents. Seventy years after the Holocaust, now fueled by the unabashed Jew hate of the immigrant Muslims, European antisemitism is again overt and virulent. And Jews are leaving.READ MORE
Soeren Kern writes about another, more recent, incident where Muslims violently protested the public presentation of a cartoon of Muhammad. To sum it up: An anti-Salafist group in Bonn has rally, holding banners depicting Mohammad. Muslims riot and attack German police trying to separate the two sides. Police arrest many Muslims and then release most of them. German politicians talk a good line about the Salafists being anti-democratic, but in general, as Kern puts it, "German authorities have sought to silence the peaceful critics of multicultural policies that allow the Salafists — who say they are committed to imposing Islamic Sharia law throughout Europe — openly to preach violence and hate." One would almost think one was in Israel, where Jewish police almost always defend Arab thieves, vandals and attackers and blame their Jewish victims.READ MORE
There is the old fable about the boy sent to market. He brings back a dog in a brown paper bag and is lectured that he should have put the dog on a leash. The next errand is to bring back bread. He puts it on a leash and drags it along the dusty road. Told the bread should have been tucked in his hat, he comes home with melted butter the next errand. The point is that what is appropriate under previous circumstances may not be currently useful. Bruce Thornton writes of the inappropriate application of the evils of nationalism under Hitler to today's Europe. The politicians pump up the virtues of the European Union (EU), asserting "that supranational institutions and laws would replace the nation-state with its divisive particularities of custom, culture, religion, and language." No such parliament has yet done so, not the League of Nations, certainly not the U.N., and not the E.U. Nor will it, given the individuality of the member nationalities. The differences in attitude and work-ethic have become blatantly obvious in the current currency crisis. The Germans wouldn't bail out Greece unless Greece adopted an austere budget. The result has been greater disparity and little relief for Greece. While some cling to the "utopean dreams of absolute equality, prosperity for all, and a cost-free dolce vita", many have forsaken rosy platitudes and assert it is every country for itself. Thornton points out there is an important lesson here for us in America: "we should take warning and fight against those like Obama who see the EU as a model to follow."READ MORE
[Note that this article was written in 2006. It holds true, except that, on the one hand, Muslims control more enclaves that exclude non-Muslims and, on the other hand, some right-wing politicians who have campaigned against Muslim immigration have actually been elected. These objectors to immigration are thoroughly reviled by the multiculturalists, who continue to dominate the government, the media and the cultural institutions. ]
Until around 1995, the Swedish population was ethnically homogeneous. They looked the same; they thought the same. They had a state envied for its generous benefits for the unemployed and underemployed. But as time went on and more Swedes were seduced away from their Protestant work ethic to a welfare mentality, the State began finding it difficult to sustain a social structure with more-outgo-than-income, and with a growing number of make-work rather than make-money jobs. Some politicos saw — and see — increased Muslim immigration as the solution, even though statistics would indicate this immigration has not contributed income. Instead, it "has greatly contributed to bringing the Swedish welfare state to the brink of bankruptcy." But instead of confronting the damage the massive Muslim immigration had done to the country — "rapidly declining social harmony and increasing insecurity" as well as a high number of robberies, rapes, attacks on Jews, vandalism, arson and increased welfare costs — debate has been almost entirely silenced. As a reader, Zerosumgame, put it, "The government and media are paralyzed by political correctness. So there is little to prevent the increasing influx of unassimilatable Muslim immigrants into Sweden-- as into all of Western Europe — from, as Fjordman writes, 'transforming the continent into a post-Western entity some call Eurabia.'"READ MORE
There is a simple indicator of the power of the Muslims in Europe. The growing power of the Muslim population in western European countries was clearly seen in the recent French election. As Soeren Kern writes, "Muslims cast the deciding vote that thrust Hollande into the Elysée Palace... it is a preview of things to come." 93% of the votes of the resident 5-6 million Muslims who voted (1.7 million votes) went to Hollande. Muslims responded to Hollande's promise of amnesty to some 400,000 illegal Muslims. Muslim residents without French citizenship will be allowed to vote in the 2014 municipal elections. Moreover, the Socialists have promised them generous welfare benefits. Add to these tangible benefits, "[i]n the ideological sphere, Socialists and Muslims generally share a mutual antipathy for traditional Judeo-Christian values. Although many Muslims oppose the secular agenda of the Socialists, most Muslims wholeheartedly support Socialist multicultural dogma, which they are leveraging to promote the Islamization of Europe." Voting as a solid bloc — and they will — they will keep the Socialists in power indefinitely. Or at least, until they feel ready to take power directly.READ MORE
Barbara Barron writes that since Geert Wilders won his case in court, the Dutch government has begun instituting measures that will resist Muslim immigrants taking advantage of the prevailing multicultural ideology to impose its particular lifestyle over Holland. But even if the measures to protect "the rights of all Dutch people against Islamic encroachment" succeed, "Europe and the rest of the non-Muslim world, ... [are] far too ready to cave in to Islam's exaggerated sense of entitlement, far too often underpinned by a subliminal (and sometimes explicit) sense of threat and menace if it does not get its own way." In England, France and cities in Sweden, Muslims infiltrate an area until they dominate it, then declare that it is exclusively for Muslims, no non-Muslims allowed. They continue to expand the enclave by harassing periphery non-Muslims to move out, enlarging the areas where the host Government has no control. "The rest of Europe, if not the world, needs to follow [Holland's] example and soon."READ MORE
This set of articles examines some of Israel's other problems: attacks from the Jewish Left on Zionism; a media that is hopelessly biased against Israel to the point of falsifying news reports; illegal immigration; the festering peace disease, and the need for a Constitution whose internally-consistent integrated rules are based on Jewish principles.Return to Feature Index
This is a call by Martin Sherman for the Zionist endeavor — the reclamation of the ancient Jewish homeland — to be allowed to prosper. This is a call for the voice of the majority of the Israelis to be heard and not be drowned out by, as Sherman puts it, "an insignificant minority view" of post-Zionists who dominate "the legal establishment, the media and much of academia." "Having eviscerated the Zionist political parties of any resolve and self-confidence, and emboldened by the reticent response of their adversaries, the post-Zionists have now set their sights on the symbols of Jewish sovereignty... the spiritual roots of the Zionist movement." Sherman takes the discourse away from the politically correct worry that a Jewish state complete with Jewish symbols and Jewish values might make its Arab citizens uncomfortable, possibly even humiliate them. Sherman points out that "Arabs in Israel who feel their national identity is incompatible with political realities and the conduct of public life have many options. Demanding that the victors relinquish their ethos to accommodate the defeated is not one." Fundimentally, this is a call for Jewish self-respect.READ MORE
Israel has been stabbed by the media so many times for so long and so unjustly, it reacts lethargically if at all. For the most part, it seems to have adopted a 'liars will always be with us' attitude — even when the stories the media distribute aren't just distorted but clearly indicate that the writers and photographers and editors and producers willingly participated in yet another Arab hoax and/or baseless attack on Israel. In this essay, Daniel Greenfield lays out the ideational props the Western reporters move around in different contortions when writing about Israel (the bad guys) and the Palestinian Arabs (white as the driven snow). He does so in a precise and bitterly calm way that is as convincing as it is disturbing. One would like to come up with counter examples. But it hard to do so. Reporters in Israel, whether Jew or Gentile, write as enemies of the State and its people. As for Muslim reporters, they don't even have to be in Israel to supply their readers with nonsensical falsehoods and downright hoaxes about the only place in the Middle East standing strong against the Islamacist's desire to establish a universal caliphate. The Muslims have a mission. What is puzzling is why the Jewish and Christian minions of the Western press act as dishonestly as they do.READ MORE
Guy Bechor writes of a new type of warfare. Africans have been swarming illegally into Israel, increasingly so as time goes bye, not as refugees — although they are so misrepresented — but as economic migrants, wishing to improve their lives. They are unlike the large number of well-behaved Filipinos, Thai, Sri Lankans and other guest workers who fit easily into Israeli society. Instead, like the Muslim immigrants in Europe, the African immigrants, mostly Muslim, are aggressive and confrontational. They invade public parks, harass women, expect free health care and automatic visas, disrupt neighborhoods, commit crimes and create public health problems. It is a sad fact that many NGOs and agencies who don't wish the Jewish state well encourage immigration while charging the government with racism in a well-funded effort to change the demographic balance and make Jews a minority in their own state. There is also the unpalatable fact that these migrants are themselves racist and hold women in low esteem. Bechor points out this influx is a problem that requires urgent attention before it, like America's problem with illegals from Mexico, becomes intractable.
There is an addendum: excerpts from an essay by Nurit Greenger, which fills in some details.READ MORE
Daniel Greenfield writes of Israel's obsession with what is unlikely to materialize: peace with those committed to slaughtering them. Forsaking logic, forsaking reality, forsaking experience with the worth of an Arab promise, forsaking the knowledge that one can't make a binding contract with those who don't believe a contract is binding, feverishly, Israelis continue to pursue peace. "Israel doles out fortunes in money, land and power in exchange for the promise of peace and an end to the violence... tomorrow, always tomorrow." Peace recedes as they approach; irrationally, they — at least their leaders and the leftists — continue to pursue it. There is no way they can create peace — except the peace of death — and there is no way the Arabs will cooperate in a genuine peace. Israelis are so besotted, so hungry to invent rational excuses, they don't listen to themselves coldly cataloguing the facts. They listen to the siren song of the friends of the Arabs, goading them on to try harder, to fashion the mirage of a peace partner, to ignore reality, to blame themselves, to beg for peace. This doggish attitude — the more suicidal the plan, the more it is considered moral — is so ingrained that even when they are given solid evidence that the land is theirs and there is no reason to give it away, they prefer to stay in the comfort zone where they live happily ever after next to their wonderful neighbors, the terrorists of Hamas and Fatah and al-Quada and Islamic Jihad and so forth and so on.READ MORE
Martin Sherman asks why the land-for-peace formula is still proposed, given its "accumulation of past failures" and "the accumulating evidence of its future implausibility?" Devout two-staters attribute the lack of peace to every sort of reason and its opposite. For example, they now claim the unilateral Gaza withdrawal in 2005 was an abysmal failure because it wasn't "the product of a negotiation process the acknowledged impossibility of which was presented as the need for unilateral measures in the first place." But as the 'let's try' wheel has rolled, leaving one peace formula and then another in the mud, Israel is again being encouraged to agree to all Palestinian demands pre-negotiation. This latest is frightening not just because its solemnly-phrased absurdity would lead to intractable problems for Israel and new Arab demands but because it was suggested by some Israelis in prominent positions. Sherman has a suggestion that might actually bring peace to the region: don't push out the Jews from Samaria and Judea; pay the Arabs to leave. By asserting its legal sovereignty over Samaria and Judea, Israel would prevent the area becoming a "giant South Lebanon" — a big step forward.READ MORE
In a real sense a run-away and unelected judiciary has usurped the power Israeli voters believe is invested in the Knesset. It has followed its own ideological interpretations of the Rule of Law. As Paul Eidelberg explains, this is fundamentally due to a lack of a Constitution. Israel doesn't have one. It relies on a set of Basic Laws, ad hoc implementations and the competence and basic decency of its elected officials. Eidelberg argues that what is needed is radical reform of Israel's entire system of governance. "Israel needs leaders committed to the reconstruction of the very foundations of the state, leaders armed with profound knowledge of institutions—the kind needed to make Israel a Jewish commonwealth capable of conquering her enemies." In part 2, Eidelberg provides a detailed example how reviving the Rule of Law would affect the prosecution of public officials on trial for criminal activity.READ MORE
Brandon Marlon points out that modern Israel at 64 had done amazing things in developing ways to help mankind. But, naturally, there are areas that could stand improvement, ranging from customer service to electoral reform. He also suggests major changes in how Israel responds to her hostile neighbors. It is time that she asserted her sovereignty over Biblical Israel.READ MORE
Is there any way to break an New York City upper-west side "hintellectuwell" Jew of his reliance on the New York Times? Is there any way a Jew in Berkeley would go against the tribal customs of the Marxists who decree what is acceptable? Like the hypnotized, they continue to spout what they read, though their own eyes and ears contradict what they are saying. From other sources, they may absorb some facts, but they will never allow themself to follow through on the implications. This is unfortunate because the hate projected by the radical left media against Israel is actually directed at all Jews, even those in NYC and Berkeley.Return to Feature Index
Fjordman disputes the oft-proclaimed assertion that left-wing journalists don't let their personal views influence how they report the news. Simultaneously, they believe that a right wing commentator can not be neutral. As a consequence, the reading public can not be blamed for thinking that mass murderers on the right acted upon the information they received from the right wing, but left wing mass murderers had personal motivations having nothing to do with their informational sources. Together with this self-deception, they imagine themselves saving the masses from the evils of right wing propaganda. It is not a recipe for providing the public with the information it needs to handle real-world crises.READ MORE
David Kupelian argues that far from being an instrument encouraging politeness, civility and sensitivity, political correctness is "an insidious frontal attack on common sense and conscience through language manipulation." As a case in point, the Islamic Jihad that declared war against the West using multiple means including mass terror attacks is called by the American government "man-made disasters, losing in the process all association with Islam, primitive barbarism and religious fanaticism." As Kupelian points out, "our civilization is literally being turned upside-down through the strategic redefinition (and therefore transformation) of our society's operating principles." He provides us with a selection of phrases whose new meaninglessness go far to proving his theme.READ MORE
Aided by enthusiastic reviews in the New York Times and other mainstream newspapers, yet another pretty fantasy about Sharia law has become a best seller. This one by Sadakat Kadri is awash in reverence about the Koran and that most perfect of men, Muhammad, and his purported conversations with Allah. The analytic level of the writing is captured in Kadri's summary: [Muhammad] "had more access to eternal wisdom than any other human being who had lived." What makes this article by Bruce Bawer so enlightening is that in this astringent critique of the Kadri book, he not only lets the gas out of Kadri's book, he also spells out some of the techniques employed by the fabulist writers on the Koran and Muhammed. May it inoculate you against the latest epidemic of sugar-coated propaganda about Islam.READ MORE
Robin Shepherd views BBC personnel as "overwhelmingly in thrall to an obsessive anti-Zionist bigotry which appears to know no bounds." Considering their treatment of Israel, that's actually rather mild. When it comes to Israel, one associates the BBC with the bludgeon, the machete, the hatchet. Allowing for differences in time and place, the BBC treats Israel — and increasingly, Jews — much as Mohammad's marauders treated their chosen victims. They have such blood-letting lust, they even will base a story (aka attack) on the pronouncements of Richard Falk, who, when it comes to Israel, incorporates in himself the viciousness distributed among multiple BBC minions. To really pin down Falk's credentials, allow me to point out he is Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights at the U.N. He is outrageously bigoted even for that organization. He condemns Israel's killing of a single Arab acting as a shield for a terrorist as a heinous crime, but is silent when Fatah kills its own citizens for selling property to Jews or when Hamas severely punishes its own people for deviating from the increasingly harsh superimposition of Sharia law. UN Watch described him well, saying "While [he] appears highly qualified and well versed in the language of human rights, the reality is that his twisted moral vision negates the basic principles of human rights, recasting tyrants, terrorists and teachers of hatred as heroic victims resisting colonialist oppression."READ MORE
The 1940s: The second World War and the Jews. The first Arab invasion of Israel and the Jews.Return to Feature Index
Rafael Medoff writes of the interview he had with Benzion Netanyahu in June 2009, who was in the U.S.A. during the 1940, actively working on gaining support to rescue the European Jews, who were being massacred by the Nazis and their cohorts. Netanyahu was asked about the attitudes and support — or non-support — of the then president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, congressmen and leaders of major Jewish organizations. The interview reinforces what history in retrospect confirms: despite the adoration of the American Jews, "Roosevelt was only superficially sympathetic to the suffering of European Jewry." He had no interest in saving them from certain death. And too many Jews who had reached positions of power in the government and as leaders in the Jewish community did little to push the Administration to rescue the European Jews.READ MORE
In violation of their mandate to help the Jews develop their homeland, the British curtailed Jewish immigration to Palestine as much as they could during the 1930s and 1940s. Sherry Gavanditti writes of two Holocaust survivors who suffered through the evils perpetrated by Nazi Germany and then, together with the other 4500 Jews aboard the Exodus 1947, were subjected to gratuitous cruelty when the British refused to allow the passengers off the boat bringing them to Palestine. The passengers were returned to Europe, to Germany of all places. The two later fought in the Israeli War of Independence, when the newly-created State of Israel was invaded by its Arab neighbors. Gavanditti writes of the meeting of these two men some six decades later.READ MORE
Jerrold Sobel has compiled a graphic image of what he accurately describes "as one of the all time most heinous pogroms ever to have befallen the Jewish people during their remarkable but often calamitous history." It occurred June 1941 in Romania, when the Jews "were isolated and differentiated by the Romanian authorities. To avoid the mobs, houses of Christians were marked with crosses, all Jews were forced to wear the Star of David on their clothing, Jewish men were forced to dig ditches in the Jewish cemetery, Jewish homes and shops were broken into and looted, Synagogues burned, random acts of violence against Jews in the streets were commonplace throughout the city." When the savagery subsided, between 280,00 to 380,000 Jews had been killed.READ MORE
Robert Werdine writes about the attacks by the Arabs in the spring of 1948, even before the State of Israel was declared. The Jewish defenders of one of the settlements in the Etzion Bloc were overwhelmed, surrendered and were slaughtered while they satas prisoners. All the Jews living in Jerusalem's Old City who weren't killed were expelled, the houses and synagogues were deliberately destroyed, and the gravestones in the cemetery on the Mount of Olives broken and used as building material and stepping stones to the latrines. The object was to kill or expel the Jews, so that not one Jew remained. The object lesson was not lost on the Jews, who had little military material or training but understood their choice was to defend themselves or suffer annihilation. For those who know the realities of the Arab assault, the romanticized fantasy of the nakba, where innocent Arabs were thrust out into the world as refugees, loses much in the telling.READ MORE
When Israel became a State, its Arab neighbors invaded it; and in so doing created two sets of refugees. One set consisted of the Arabs who fled Israel as well as each and everyone of their children and their children's children and their children's children's children, plus anyone living in Arab countries with any sort of claim, however flimsy. After more than 60 years, few of the original group are left. But, unlike any other refugee group in the history of the world, their numbers continue to grow because the U.N. declared they are entitled their food, their education and their health care. It's the least it can do to console them for the unhappy fact that they weren't able to destroy Israel. The second group of refugees was created when state-sanctioned mobs in almost all the Arab countries, angry that a bunch of uppity Jews had dared to reclaim land the Arabs knew for sure belonged to them, attacked the Jewish residents. It didn't occur to the U.N. to help these refugees, even though many came of families that had been rooted in the region long before Muslim marauders invaded the Middle East. But then, it wasn't necessary. Israel took them in, and very soon, they were not longer refugees. They were Israeli citizens. Matti Friedman tells the story of some of the Jews living in Aleppo Syria, when Israel became a state.READ MORE
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What we are talking about in the March-April, 2012 Issue
We start this issue with a two-pronged question: What does Islam want to accomplish and how are we in Western culture helping them by self-censorship, complacency and appeasement?
In the 1930s, during the economic crisis before World War 2, the then American President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said we had nothing to fear but fear itself — but in those days, the whole country was involved. Nowadays, many don't seem to know Islam has declared an unending, multi-faceted uncompromising war against us — we act as if this is a debating society and we can talk them to death. In truth, we may have lots to fear and nothing to gain by not fighting back.
Let's start by watching this video:
3 things about Islam
Fred Reifenberg, who sent it in, points out that parts of the text have been strongly inspired by the website: http://www.citizenwarrior.com
Material also came from these sources, which we encourage you to read:
Keep in mind that the adherents to Islam aren't allowed to pick and choose. They can't revise an outdated command by giving it a figurative or milder meaning. A good Muslim — a pious Muslim — follows the Koran without deviation. It is the word of Allah, as given voice by Muhammad, who is himself the best example Muslims have of how to think and behave as a Muslim.
Resurgent Islam's mission to rule the planet is neither haphazard nor short-lived. It has been well-planned. An early objective has been to kill off the growing power of a Jewish presence in the Middle East. When the modern State of Israel survived the onslaughts and invasions by her Arab neighbors, it became a subsidiary objective to cut the ties between Israel and the Jews in the West who contribute to its viability. After years where antisemitism was disapproved by the well-bred and thus pushed under the radar, Jews in the west are now themselves a target. The new antisemitism is mouthed not just by skin-head crazies but by respected academicians at major universities, by mainline churchmen and by minority groups that have been the beneficiaries of the unequaled participation by Jews in the fight for political and social equality.
We have reached the point where many in the West sing the Siren Song of accommodation with the terrorists. As Sarah Honig writes below: "The international community can't wait to whitewash, exonerate, find extenuating excuses for and otherwise legitimize Arab terrorists, lessen their culpability, conceal their ideology, make light of their record, explain away their sins and gloss over their proven malice."
What is perhaps most disconcerting is that so many Jews — particularly those in organizations designed to defend Judaism from its antisemitic enemies — seem oblivious to what's happening. The well-funded and sustained campaign to demonize Israel and marginalize Jews in America is seldom rebutted by one of the major Jewish organizations. It is a benchmark of sorts that the Holocaust has become too controversial for the Jewish Federation. This is discussed by Ahlert's article in this set.
While we play our silly lets pretend that all-is-jolly games, Iran is building nuclear weapons to terrorize the Middle East and silence the West. Locally in Israel, Hamas and Fatah continue to act as they proclaimed in their charters.
"Goals: Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence. Method: Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic... in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished.... Opposing any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine"
This is not much different from Hamas's charter, which reads:
"Israel will exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.... Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.... The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him."
Should the impossible occur and the Arab terrorists — the pious Muslims of today who most clearly emulate Mohammad — mellow their genocidal message, isn't it clear that the pious Arab populace would soon replace them with leaders from the smaller, less media-highlighted groups of devout terrorists, rabidly ready to carry on the Prophet's vision?
The brutal and the bloodiest prepare on the small stage of Israel to take their perfected mission to a larger audience. Yet the West sleeps.Return to Feature Menu
Amil Imani has written an excellent summary of the Islamic threat throughout the world: "Islamists are hell-bent on imposing their Stone-Age system on everyone." They consider it — including their master-slave model for a well-run society and their brutal tactics in achieving their goal — a religious duty, which rids them of guilt and hesitancy. "Islam, by the nature of its very doctrine, appeals to man's baser nature." This is so alien to other religions and to secular humanism, that there is a tendency to disbelieve the reality.READ MORE
Sarah Honig states bluntly what many in the West would like to ignore: "Hamas anchors its Jew-revulsion in the Koran." As the Hamas Charter asserts, "there is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad." Nevertheless, no matter how openly Hamas states its intent, Westerners, with all the evidence against them, continue to act as if Hamas can be gentled, that we can all reason together, if we but make the effort — again. Honig suggests, using the Swiss as example, that either they "know what Hamas is but just [don't] really give a hoot" or ... "don't wish to burden their selective conscience with excess information as per precedents from Third Reich days about other genocidal harangues"READ MORE
Self-censorship is an excellent way to deny the threat of resurgent Islam. If we never get into a confrontational situation, we don't have to think about the consequences of standing up — or not standing up — for our way of life against a group that places no limitations on what it will do to win. One excellent indicator that self-censorship is at work is when Muslims object to the Holocaust being taught, and the school or local school board accede to their demand. Or often, they cut the course or lecture series when no one has yet complained, but they are aware that Muslims objected to it somewhere else. This has become commonplace in Europe, especially England. But it is still fairly new in this country. In this essay, Arnold Ahlert chronicles a recent example that occurred at Purdue University. What makes it particularly appalling is that Jewish Federation, a major Jewish organization, went along with the action.READ MORE
This being the season in which we celebrate the Passover and our deliverance from slavery into becoming a free people, we present Stella Paul's special prayer for deliverance from an American Jewish leadership which for many years has shown itself to be "A clueless bunch of mini-Pharaohs, strutting around proclaiming their moral superiority"... This being the season of the Passover, she frames her prayer in the format of dayena, "It would have been enough, O Lord." Actually, considering the tone of the essay, a better translation might be the Yiddish-English "genug, already." (Enough already!)READ MORE
David Meir-Levi provides us with is a detailed summary of how far the Islamists have come in softening us up so that we won't resist their next phase of attack on western civilization. They have effectively used a variety of procedures from lawfare to terrorism. Almost unnoticed is "the quiet, gradual and peaceful infiltration of Muslim operatives and their supporters into our social, legal, educational and political systems under the guise of legitimate democratic activism..." What makes all of this so depressing is that like lobsters slowly subjected to increasing heat, we seem to adapt and remain quiescent. We show no alarm.READ MORE
Mark Steyn tells us how important Geert Wilders is in the fight for all of us in the West to retain our freedom of speech and thought. Wilders was put on trial for committing the sin of describing Islam accurately in its own words. Unfortunately, in Europe, "[t]hose who seek to analyze Islam outside the very narrow bounds of Eutopian political discourse wind up either banned (Belgium's Vlaams Blok), forced into exile (Ayaan Hirsi Ali), or killed (Fortuyn, van Gogh)." "In 21st-century Amsterdam, you're free to smoke marijuana and pick out a half-naked sex partner from the front window of her shop. But you can be put on trial for holding the wrong opinion about a bloke who died in the seventh century." Fear of Islamic intolerant reactions to what they call Islamophobia — i.e., any criticism of Islam — has made European officialdom intolerant of those of their citizens who question Islam's assessment of itself.READ MORE
Europe is suffering from a plague that has reached epidemic proportions. The plague is not accidental; it's been carefully planned to maximize its impact. The plague carriers are an unruly, contentious group, the Muslim immigrants, who do not wish to associate in a peaceable way with the natives. They wish to dominate and impose their values. The symptoms the natives exhibit are these: they suffer from a loss of nerves, a fear of confrontation, a tendency to appeasement and self-censorship and an inability to exert themselves to reverse the situation. The USA has been infected, and in America as in Europe, many an academician and politician has signed up to help transmit the disease to different target groups. We are beginning to watch our language so as not to offend Muslims; our courts are toying with the idea of accepting sharia law in a limited way; we bleach truthful statements about the ruthlessness of the Muslim conquests out of our textbooks. But the plague has not yet reached an epidemic — and possibly irreversible — level.Return to Feature Menu
Bruce Bawer writes of the Obin study of the impact of Islam on the educational system published in France in 2005. It contains a litany of refusals by Muslim children to participate in anything or eat anything or accept anything or study anything at odds with their religion — this in a country that prides itself on its multicultural integration. Hand in hand with this, the Muslim children were thoroughly-indoctrinated Jew-haters. "Muslim students objected to anything having to do with Judaism. Holocaust denial was common." It noted that "...there is no school in France not even a Jewish school! where Jewish children are safe from the pernicious evil of Muslim Jew-hatred." If anything, the situation has worsened for Jews. France itself is unlikely to remain a democracy much longer, given that this Muslim population is rapidly increasing, they will not assimilate, and the French leadership shows no signs of takings measures to reverse the situation.READ MORE
Whoever is blueprinting the takeover of the West by resurgent Islam must think it is a powerful tool to say exactly what Islam plans to accomplish. Andy Bostom recounts the dream of that patriotic American, Salah al-Sawy, who is willing to live briefly under American law until he has sufficient resources to change things to their proper state, where everyone lives under Allah, and Muslims are in control. Eventually, the Islamic Umma expects to "supercede Western conceptions of human rights as enunciated, for example, in the US Bill of Rights, and the UN's 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights." If they don't succeed, it won't be for want of trying. For "Muslims serving as judges in non-Muslim (including US) legal systems: It is permissible to work as a judge in an infidel nation or a nation which rules by infidel law, even if that leads to ruling by their law, if by so doing one is able to increase the good and decrease the bad as much as possible." As it is said, "he judges by the rulings of the Shari'a as much as possible, even if by a ruse." So now we know.READ MORE
"Because it is now almost axiomatic for American school textbooks to whitewash all things Islamic", Raymond Ibrahim undertakes to gives us a more accurate picture of the Muslim Conquest of the vast land area from the Middle East and Spain to central Asia and India. The inhabitants were offered the usual Muslim choices: conversion, dhimmitude or a fight to the death. This is taught proudly in the Muslim world. But Western textbooks would have you believe the conquered people couldn't wait to accept Islam.READ MORE
A major objective of resurgent Islam is to criminalize any criticism of Islam that any Muslim might object to. Their campaign has been sufficiently successful that we have become infected with the fear of saying anything that can be considered Hate-Islam-speech. It easily overrides our supposedly-irrevocable and guaranteed-by-the Constitution free speech. It has indeed become dangerous to verbalize a whimsical or logical train of thought that might be politically distasteful. Muslims that aren't too squeamish to decapitate a human apparently are too sensitive, too delicate, to be subjected to hurtful words. In this essay Edward Cline describes the stigmata of the disease with which we are afflicted. If virtue still has power, this essay will become a classic.READ MORE
The bedrock of Muslim propaganda is that the po' defenseless Muslims have been victimized by just about everybody. In India, the Hindu is the victimizer, ignoring it's Muslims who commit all the acts of terrorism. In Europe, just by showing displeasure, the Muslims are succeeding in having Holocaust studies removed from the curriculum. In America, the loudly-voiced Muslim claim that they are the chief victim of hate crimes would seem to substantiate their claim that America is irrationally islamophobic. In actual fact, religion-based hate crimes against Jews are more than seven times as frequent as religion-based hate crimes against Muslims (70% versus 9%) — and many of these crimes are committed by the po' defenseless muslims. In Israel and the Territories, the po' Palestinian Arab claim they are victimized by the Jewish government, though, case by case in the courts, Arabs are consistently favored over Jews in any property dispute. In this section we present cases where the Arab is actually the victim — of other Arabs. It is ironic that Arab brutality to other Arabs is ignored, but the world's press calls Israel's killing a human shield a criminal act. It is ironic that Arabs do better in Israeli courts than Arab women in Sharia courts.Return to Feature Menu
Mr. bin Hookah is foreign correspondent and roving reporter for The Gaza Gajeera. In this column, he recounts his experience as an unwilling resident in an Israeli jail these past few years.READ MORE
Israel has been accused of killing a handful of human shields in 2009 in Gaza. Syria has in fact murdered some 12000 of its own citizens within the past year, including some 400 children that were jailed and tortured. Yet the Anti-apartheidniks rage against Israel and ignore Syria's barbaric behavior. Efraim Karsh points out in this essay that Syria's human rights record is not atypical. Apartheidism is endemic in the Arab states — as is religious intolerance, ethnic inequality, racism, gender discrimination, slavery and other practices that Western liberals condemn in theory but ignore when they are done by their proteges, the Muslims of the Middle East.READ MORE
When a culture is built on aggression and conquest, it's not surprising that the same lack of respect for others spills over into family relations and clan interactions, where brutality is also the norm. David Hornik tackles an important subset: Arab on Arab violence. Ignoring the phenomenon allows Arab propagandists to balloon out grievances against Israel that are likely the expression of the resentment Arabs feel against Jews being in control, when in their perfect world, Jews — and everybody else — should be dhimmis. Given their religion-based culture of violence, as Hornik notes, "...the idea that upgrading the West Bank and Gaza to statehood would be a step toward peace, let alone democracy, is surely in need of a reality check."READ MORE
In keeping with the discussions in the previous articles, a grave problem is that Palestinian Arabs are in danger from their own leaders, who consider it is a capital crime to sell property to a Jew. This has had consequences. Sales have been handled between Arab and Jew surreptitiously. They avoid filing papers and out of fear of their own leaders the Arab seller can't own up to the sale. Now the Israeli Supreme Court is jeopardizing the use of this outlet.READ MORE
Moshe Dann writes of the highly discriminatory rulings against Jews in Israeli court cases when a Jew and an Arab have a property dispute, As he notes, "This ruling should send shivers down the spine of everyone who respects the rule of law. It means that Israel's Supreme Court has been compromised by a political agenda that discriminates against Jews. By abandoning the Ottoman rules, the High Court may well have undermined the rule of law, by changing the age-old principles of land occupancy in Judea and Samaria by sudden judicial fiat."READ MORE
A reader of the original article, Michelle Brooks, wrote: "I am always absolutely incredulous to find instances where British laws are broken over and over again without penalty ... Well done Charlotte Proudman for shedding more light on such a dark corner of our judicial system - and for those who will say that Sharia councils are not courts — we know! However, because thousands of vulnerable Muslim women don't know, these operations continue to bring in a steady flow of cash to a sinister bunch who have callous disregard for the welfare of women who are often sent back to their abusive husbands as they haven't been beaten enough to warrant a divorce."READ MORE
As Gadi Adelman points out, acid attacks are not unique to Islam, but they are commonly used in the Islamic culture as punishment or retaliation. In Jewish law, 'an eye for an eye' became the foundation for tort law, where an equivalent monetary recompense was substituted for retaliation. In Islamic countries, one can find recent court decisions where someone found guilty of blinding another has his own eye removed. Acid attacks are commonly used against women and children by husbands and fathers angry that they are not obeyed; and these are seldom punished. I was going to say it was a dog's life for women in Islam, but that's not true. Women don't get eaten. They are just brutalized and regarded as inferior creatures.READ MORE
Arnold Ahlert writes about a ruling under Sharia law that seems insane to Westerners. A young Muslim woman aged 16 was ordered by the court to marry the man who had raped her a year before. The important issue in that culture is not that a young girl suffered psychological and physical damage. What matters is that in losing her virginity before marriage, the victim causes her family to lose honor. So says Sharia. Since Sharia law blames the woman when there's a rape, the family often feels marriage to the rapist is the only way to restore the family's honor — it's that or killing the woman that was raped. In this case, after suffering several months of beatings after marriage, she committed suicide. There is a stark difference between Western and Islamic law and attitudes; and stories such as this one cut through the nonsense that "all cultures are equally viable," all ideologies equally acceptable.READ MORE
Not that long ago, Bangladesh, a Muslim country, was noted for being democratic, secular, tolerant and modern in outlook; the attitude was reinforced by its Constitution. But as in Turkey and in Egypt and Iran, the fundamentalists took over and the country has become conventionally Islamic. Mohshin Habib gives us a look at how the Muslim religion influences some every-day matters.READ MORE
Advocates of the "Push Israel to allow a bunch of hostile Arabs live near, around, in and next to Israel" (AKA "2-state solution") present this as the only possibility outside of the suicidal 1-state solution, where the Arabs would control the state and the Jews — if allowed to live — would be dhimmis. But there are many other possibilities. Over the years, Think-Israel has presented many ideas that would allow the Israelis to build their remarkable country in peace and bring stability to at least a small part of the Middle East. Our own solution is among several suggestions presented in the September-October 2010 issue.Click here to read it inter alia
Below we present two other ideas. We start with factual article that provide context: (1) Who are the Palestinian-Arabs? and (2) How many of them are there in the Territories?Return to Feature Menu
Yoram Ettinger provides definitive information on the origin of the name and region called Palestine and the quite-separate origin of those we now call "Palestinians. The article is noteworthy for using population statistics from various sources. They make it clear, in the words of Dr. Carl Hermann Voss, that "[t]he Arab population of Palestine was small and limited until Jewish resettlement restored the barren lands and drew to it Arabs from neighboring countries." When England was given the League of Nations Mandate to help the Jews develop the area into a Jewish state, she called it Palestine. She betrayed her trust, splitting off the 78% of the territory that was on the east side of the Jordan river to and giving it to the Hashemites to administer, then encouraging Arab immigration into the remainder of the land while making difficulties for Jewish immigrants, "until Arab demography was sufficiently enhanced". Palestinian is a recent name intended to lend support for the false claim that these Arabs are a separate people. But thanks to the multiplicity of cultures, nationalities and races that never assimilated — the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica counted 51 — and the chronic internecine warfare of a volatile and ever changing population in the region, no nation or people had crystallized in all the years since the Arab conquest. Nor had the population increased significantly. "In 1554, there were 205,000 Moslems Christian and Jews in Palestine. In 1800, the total population was 275,000." Then the Jews came. And the Arab population figures increased steeply.READ MORE
The West invests so much media promotion, economic resources, and political capital on the Palestinian Arabs, one would suppose determining reliably how many Arabs actually live in the Territories would be a simple lookup. It isn't. David Ha'ivri lays out the problem and suggestions possible reasons why the data are sequestered. He refers to "reputable, independent studies" that use accurate statistics to estimate Arab population. We suggest googling articles by Yoram Ettinger on demographics to obtain these. To understand the implication of these data, we also include an article by Ettinger contrasting current fertility rates for Arabs and Jews in Israel and the Territories. Most surprising.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
Dr. Kedar has written, "Tribalism, which may be understood as 'loyalty of individuals and groups to a traditional framework, such as a clan, sect, ethnic or religious subgroup', ... forms the basis of much of the social structure of the Arab and Islamic world. ... tribal or family alliances endure intact even after tribal territory has been incorporated into a state system." Building on this observation, Dr. Kedar suggests a novel suggestion for solving the Palestinian Arab problem and thus bringing peace and stability for at least a small part of the Middle East.READ MORE
This set of articles focus on Iran. Complicating a situation that is already in crisis, Prez Obama is playing Russian Roulette with the Middle East, where the blanks are endless sessions of talk and sanctions but no one is stopping Iran's development of nuclear weapons. This set of essays discusses some misleading data that encourages procrastinators to dither and why we should act before we have to confront a nuclear Iran. One of the essays reminds us that lack of resolution also characterizes how we are fighting resurgent Islam in other parts of the globe. Another points out that we won't stop a domestic attack by ignoring that our enemies are ceaselessly working at destroying our way of life.
A modest proposal: If Prez Obama is convinced we can wait and still act effectively when necessary, he has a simple way to convince us: let him allow his children to live incognito in Israel. Is he willing to put something in the pot besides high-falutin' words — and the lives of thousands of Israeli Jews and Middle Eastern Arabs?Return to Feature Menu
Thomas Joscelyn writes that the 2007 NIE report was "flat wrong about Iran's covert work," in that it ignored Iran's ongoing work on "civilian" uranium conversion and enrichment. It did grave damage in that it supported the notion that Iran wasn't all that warlike in its nuclear ambitions, a conclusion many politicians and 'let's give negotiations and sanctions a chance' ideologues, including the present American administration, welcomed. When dealing with a group of fanatics who wasted some 100,000 to 500,000 of their own children, who were sent to blow-up land mines (and themselves), it would seem more intelligent to err on the side of suspicion of Iran's claims of innocence, particularly when it announces its intent to blow up Israel as soon as it has a bomb. Or maybe it will attack the USA directly. Or just cow its neighbors into political surrender. When the bomb goes off or is used as political blackmail, will Obama blame it on Bush?READ MORE
Ephraim Asculai provides the basic facts about Iran's ability to produce nuclear weaponry. We are certain of these facts or, at the very least, can make educated guesses about them. He concludes "Iran has the technical know-how and the facilities to enrich its LEU (3.5 and 20 percent uranium) to high enriched uranium (HEU) of about 90 percent enrichment." "the Iranians can, If the technicians receive the order to do so, quite quickly produce HEU for the first core of a nuclear explosive device."
Brett Stephens in a March 19, 2012 Wall Street Journal article entitled "The Bogus Iran Intelligence Debate" uses a less technical way to make the same point: given that the Iranians have the components, focusing on when they will be ready to produce bombs is bogus. He explains the actual core issue (no pun intended) this way: "You may not be able to divine whether a drinker, holding a bottle of Johnnie Walker in one hand and a glass tinkling with ice in the other, actually intends to pour himself a drink. And perhaps he doesn't. But the important thing, at least when it comes to intervention, is not to present him with the opportunity in the first place. [...] To have sufficient quantities of enriched uranium is, so to speak, the whiskey of a nuclear-weapons program. By contrast, 'weaponization'—the vessel into which you pour and through which you can deliver the enriched uranium cocktail—is merely the glass."READ MORE
Alana Goodman makes a chilling but compelling observation that pierces the unstated belief of many an antisemite that Iran might take over the Middle East, even blast Israel, but they won't attack America. Based on the fact that Hezbollah agents — tools of Iran — are in the USA and have a sufficient network of donors to be effective, she asks, "the argument from the appease-Iran crowd is so counter-intuitive. If there's broad concern about the threat of Hezbollah operatives in the U.S. now, why would we expect them to be less of a threat if they were backed by mullahs with nukes? Or are we just supposed to that pray Israel and our other allies don't do anything that might offend the regime once it obtains nuclear weapons, lest its Hezbollah allies retaliate against us domestically?"READ MORE
Karen McKay reminds us that we are repeating the cut and run tactics we used in Vietnam, instead of staying the course and fighting effectively the war that radical Islam is waging against us. We need also to understand that the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War are not separate wars; they are components of the global war Islam is waging around the world. As McKay writes, "We are at war with an implacable enemy who intends to cleanse the world of Jews and destroy Western civilization. Mealy-mouthed speeches, attempts to excuse or "understand" those who are dedicated to destroying us, and limp-wristed responses to threats—such as negotiations and feel-good sanctions--will doom us. Our enemies respect only strength, decisiveness and fearlessness."READ MORE
Propaganda, public relations statements, harangues and debate arguments are not in themselves either good or bad. It depends on how they are used, when the text is supposed to be factual. It depends on how much — or how little — the writers feel the need to tell the truth. It would be nice if they were constrained to tell "the whole truth, and nothing but the truth," but that doesn't necessarily happen, not even in respected papers such as the New York Times. Often they will tell some of the truth, fudge some of it, distort some, confabulate, lie, generalize a minor incident, ignore significant data, and stretch out a small point to make it seem as the core issue. Some of this, of course, is due to sheer dullness — how many media people were physics or math majors, or even took courses that required logical thinking? But much is deliberate obfuscation and inventive lying with malicious intent. There is one interesting subset: when the object of the media's attention is both guilty and a Muslim. The press utilizes its standard practices of distortion, but now the intent is to minimize the heinous crime. The media can actually sounds kind and understanding. They can make you feel vindictive and ungenerous if you disagree with them.Return to Feature Menu
Responding to a number of people have asked if they can use the introduction of his book License to Murder: The Enduring Threat of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Dr. Alex Grobman had made it available. Here below is a copy. As Kenneth Bialkin, Chairman of the America-Israel Friendship League, puts it, "Dr. Alex Grobman seeks to explore how and why a vicious lie, a warrant for genocide, first written in the early 1900s, aided endemic antisemitism and then morphed into anti-Zionism.READ MORE
One would think that the naming a square in memory of Dr. Dajani. "an Arab physician who treated both Arabs and Jews" before Israel became a state would be a heartwarming story. The Washington Post used it to vilify Israel, distort recent history and revise the Bible to suit Arab propaganda. As Leo Rennert writes, the Post's reporter, Joel Greenberg, "inject[ed] his piece with anti-Israel poison pills in an attempt to undermine the very legitimacy of Israel's nationhood." The Arab invasion of the new-born state is ignored and Israel is made to seem responsible for the Doctor's family leaving. "With Greenberg, the sad tale of the Dajani family is turned into Palestinian victimhood rather than the outcome of massive self-inflicted wounds by Arab leaders. The 1948 debacle was caused entirely by Arab rejectionism, not by Israel's creation." Rennert rightly concludes that its "journalistic selectivity ... tells worlds about the paper's anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian bias in its news columns."READ MORE
We are familiar with lone wolf terrorists, imbued with the peaceful messages of Islam, massacring non-Muslims with no visible instruction from a central planning group. Now we hear of lone-wolf propagandists, who, apparently independently, set up a well-structured hoax, when, usually, a successful hoax requires coordination, planning, money and authority. The al-Dura construction, for example, required one group of Arabs to distract the IDF while another crew faked the death of a 12-year old boy, Muhamad al-Dura. The cameraman, standing near the Arab snipers, reassured the network that the posed shot was of a 12-year old boy hiding behind his father, caught in the crossfire between the IDF and Palestinians. The boy's father told lies that were later discovered. The French network and its anchorman broadcast that the Jews had shot an innocent Arab child. This brilliant hoax fueled a global hatred of Israel, which was immediately condemned as the killer of innocent Arab children. Only later did it become known the Palestinians had shot at al-Dura, and, even now, few know the real story. Simon Plosker writes of this new twist on how to libel Jews.READ MORE
There is one type of occasion that brings out a show of kindness and understanding in the media. When a Muslim slaughters an innocent, the press has a well-practiced, ritualistic procedure to wheedle us into believing the Muslim isn't a monster, just a good guy gone wrong because of social factors. He is another victim of society. If they had their druthers, they would keep it secret that the murderer was a Muslim. A man's religion is considered unimportant if he's a Muslim. Mark Steyn describes the steps in the procedure.READ MORE
On Mount Ebal, where the Jews entered the Land of Canaan some three thousand years, Adam Zertal, an archaeologist, has been excavating what likely is Joshua's Altar, the first altar built in the Promised Land for service to HaShem, in accordance with the instructions recorded in the Bible. Dror Eydar tells an exciting story on two levels. There is the awesome story the excavation is disclosing. The specific objects found, the evidence provided by the debris, the topology of the area — all these say that the rules for sacrifice and kashruth were in place at the beginning of Nationhood. The architecture of the altar, itself, amazingly enough, mirrors the structure of the altar of the Second Temple but precedes it by a thousand years. And there is the less salutory story — this is yet another example where new data are denigrated because they don't support the belief system of the establishment, the established religion in this case being the belief by establishment archaeologists that the Bible isn't history.READ MORE
Norman Berdichevsky writes of the history of the Iraqi Jews — the Babylonian Jews of ancient times — "Like the overwhelming majority of the large Jewish population of approximately 800,000 Jews living in the Middle East in 1948 outside of Palestine," they were "the casualties of modern Arab nationalism and religious extremism." "They are unequivocally the oldest diaspora community going back to the Babylonian captivity after the destruction of the Temple in 586 BCE. They can also claim to be the original Zionists, following the call of Ezra the Scribe to return to the land of their fathers in Judea." Berdichevsky describes their modern flight to Israel from persecution in Iraq and the period of adjustment in an Ashkenazi-dominated society. "It was particularly galling to the older generation that they "had been for many centuries the center of the Jewish world" and "in the course of just a few years [their dominance] was completely liquidated." But integration was helped by shared army experience and today Jews from the Arab countries are prominent in Israeli culture, in politics and in the military, while retaining their ancient traditions. As Berdichevsky observes, "Israelis have learned to live together and to rely less and less on simply being tagged with a label whether ethnic, racial or cultural." A fascinating story.READ MORE
Victor Sharpe writes of two British men, both of whom loomed large in the days preceding the birth of Israel. T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, helped defeat the Turkish army fighting the twilight battles of the Ottoman Empire. He was a proponent of Arab Revolt against the Ottoman, although, given the Arab performance — as in the taking of Beersheva — it would seem the Arabs were after loot not nationalism. Richard Meinertzhagen was not flamboyant, but he was an excellent tactician and "an avowed Christian supporter of Jewish and Zionist aspirations working for the reconstitution of a Jewish state within the ancient, ancestral and biblical homeland." Intertwined with the activities of these men to destroy Ottoman rule was the NILI, a group of young Jews who operated in Turkish territory and acted as dedicated spies for the English. Sharpe writes, "The conquest of El Arish, Gaza, Beersheba and finally Jerusalem would have been almost impossible without the massive amount of information provided by the NILI Jewish underground."READ MORE
Sarah Honig writes of the events of the first full day after the modern state of Israel was declared at 4p.m., May the 14th, 1948, before the Sabbath began. The police, who just the day before were the Mandatory Police, charged their first thief — he had stolen a book. A ship from Europe docked, filled with Jews who just the day before were considered illegal, and the passengers, were now declared legal immigrants. But the new state did not even have that single day to be at peace as it began meeting the demands of sovereignty. Contrary to the myth that Israel was born because of Holocaust guilt, as Honig writes, "The 'Great Arab Revolt' of 1936-39 fomented by the still-revered Haj Amin al-Husseini and financed by Nazi Germany merely delayed Jewish independence." Now, the Arab League, "avidly pro-Nazi", declared war, and the armies of seven Arab states invaded Israel, determined to destroy the newborn, which had, thanks to England's collusion with the Arabs, only a meager amount of military armament and a population that was combat-unready. The Jews survived the onslaught and went on to build up an impressive country. The Arabs remain mired in misery, fixated on destroying the Jewish State.READ MORE
When the U.S.A. abandoned Vietnam, for many of her Vietnamese allies "...hoping to escape Communist persecution and torture there was no choice but to perilously attempt escape by sea." Many perished. Some came within sight of ships from different countries, which ignored their distress signals. One boat was lucky. The passengers were rescued by an Israeli vessel and eventually brought to Israel. 25 years have past. Menucha Chana Levin tells the story of the rescue and the aftermath.READ MORE
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Themes In This Issue
We talk about some new misanthropic and misleading media attacks on Israel and we discuss ways of changing people's attitudes. We spend some time considering the fallout after Newt Gingrich startled everyone by saying what so many knew but wouldn't acknowledge: the Palestinian Arabs are not a people. Israel did not steal their land. We ask: what does it mean that so many in the media knew this, but didn't share their knowledge with their readers. On the contrary, many argued for concessions to the Arabs. Why the long-standing inhibition on bringing the truth to the foreground? Why was the Palestinian People invented?
Given that the Press will stay hostile but more people understand the pro-Palestinian pretense of being a People is just a pretext to justify killing Jews, we ask why doesn't Israel stop her "White-Knight" quest for peace with the Arabs? It's just as bizarre as anything out of Alice in Wonderland. But it's not just ineffective, it's dangerous. Israel owns Samaria and Judea and Gaza legally, as well as morally, by history, by Bible and by conquest. Why not annex them and be in a position to protect her population centers? She can then deal with the resident Arabs as a separate problem, which may require different strategies.
We examine some new insights into the Arab character and how Arabs/Muslims act out Islamic dictates among themselves. Iran is of particular concern in a region where there's little stability outside of Israel. We try again to solve that mystery: is there such a thing as a Moderate Muslim, that we define as one who is pious but doesn't — and doesn't want to — practice jihad against others.
We also has some essays on how Islam is doing stealth jihad-wise. We explore the relationship between what Harvard academics write and what school children are taught as facts about Islam.
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What changes people's minds? The impact of authority figures — favored professors, parents, religious leaders — is a major factor in how opinions are formed. Clever and/or dramatic media presentation may work to set an attitude. Or to help change it. Occasionally, the change seems, paradoxically, both fated to be yet easily attributable to random factors. This segment examines some possibilities.
 Having a well-known figure assert an obvious but ignored truth is especially effective when a once-popular, policy is defunct but no one wants to be the first to say so. Newt Gingrich spoke out forcefully and said what apparently everyone — except those who only read Arab press releases — knew; to wit, there is no authentic Palestinian people. It is a collection of Arabs who came into what is now Israel mostly in the 20th Century from all over the Middle East and was declared a people by Yassar Arafat in 1964. The curious fact is that the bubble didn't immediately burst. The varied reactions are themselves are interest. cbh We discuss the responses in the essay called "Israel's Existential Problems" (see above).
 Another way depends on what, initially, seems to be an unfocused need to do something different. An individual is dissatisfied. He is looking for something he feels he's missing. Often his journey is spiritual or takes the form of making contact with his roots. This is another theme explored below.
 A bold reframing of the structure of the debate will often work.
 An open mind that pays attention to disparities can force a review of long-held attitudes and assumptions. The information that Middle Eastern wealth is aggressively used in ugly and annoying ways to promote Islam in America is not secret. As Ralph Peters has pointed out: "...right now, in 21st-century America, estimates project that at least 70% of mosques and madrassahs in the United States receive Saudi funds, directly or indirectly." "...the Saudis also spend extravagantly on building mosques at the extreme fringes of Muslim penetration to mark the territory for Islam." (Emphasis added.) Nevertheless, the author of the last essay below ignored the evidence — as do many on the Left. He assumed that the local opposition to the erection of a mega mosque in the heart of the Bible Belt was simple bigotry. How he came to a deeper understanding makes a fascinating story. When all is said and done, it is pretty chutzpadic of Saudi Arabia to bleat about tolerance when they won't allow someone of a different religion — not even the American soldiers who protect them in their homeland — to worship openly.Return to Feature Menu
In this article, Jerry Kaufman sums up what Newt Gringrich said. 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. The 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica lists half a hundred groups living in Mandated Palestine — Beduins, Circassians, Jews, Christians, Arabs, etc. There was no group called Palestinian or one that called itself Palestinian. Michael Curtis of the BESA Center puts it this way:
"...no independent Palestinian state has ever existed, let alone one that manifested a "Palestinian identity."READ MORE
"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 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."
Newt Gingrich said forthrightly that there was no such thing as a Palestinian people and they had never owned the land. Bernice Lipkin examines one aspect of the aftermath: the response of the media. In that most of the media have been more or less pro-Palestinian, one would expect they would be shocked and ask for proof. Instead the general response could be summed up as: we know but so what. Let's get on with the peace process. Now why is that?READ MORE
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
The assertions that
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, therefore they should not be a
sovereign power. They should not.
How do you return to what you hardly knew? David Solway recounts his all-of-a-sudden start of a journey to the religion of his birth, Judaism, when 9/11 shocked him out of the accretion of anti-Zionist hate propaganda that had coated him and cocooned him. He realized he had "acted out of mere rote behavior and fortuitous conjecture, out of an unexamined desire to think in accordance with the inferences and presuppositions of my friends and colleagues,..." He realized he'd made the Jew the repository of all he disliked; reacting against himself, he had expelled "himself from his own community." As he travels forward in time, he has shaken off opinions and attitudes he now sees as puerile and/or malignant. A fascinating odyssey.READ MORE
Lyn Julius writes that Israel's pointing out its significant contributions to the advancement of humanity "in technology, science, agriculture, ecology, immigrant absorption" doesn't rebut the negative opinion of Israel held by "grassroots" Europeans. To achieve that, Israel needs to "explode the misconception, commonly held on the Left, that Israel is an outpost of western colonialism and imperialism. Jews were indigenous to the region 1,000 years before the Islamic conquest" in the 7th Century. They lived everywhere in the Middle East without interruption for over two millenia world until the Arabs "ethnically cleansed" the Jews from their ancestral homes in 1948. More Jews than Arabs were made refugees when the Arabs invaded Israel in their attempt to nullify Israel's rebirth. "Jews 'stealing Arab land' is an offensive inversion of reality." Ironically, the Liberal's disregard of Jewish rights while supporting Muslim rights will have the effect of reinstating the Muslims as dominant and the Jews and Christians as inferior dhimmi — which was the relationship of the religious groups imposed by the Muslims when they conquered the Middle East.READ MORE
When this article appeared on Frontpage Magazine, the editor, Jamie Glazov, wrote that he'd invited the author, Eric Allen Bell, to tell his story. "Bell [is] a filmmaker who was recently banned from blogging at the Daily Kos because he wrote three articles that ran afoul of the mindset there, specifically naming 'Loonwatch.com' as a 'terrorist spin control network.'" It started innocently enough when Bell heard that the local folk in Murfreesboro Tennessee — where he was living — were attempting to deny Muslims the right to build a mosque. Anyone even vaguely aware of stealth jihad would know immediately that giving the few local Muslims a place to pray wasn't why the Muslims wanted to put up a huge mosque plonk in the heart of the Bible Belt. It was, in fact, a typical Muslim in-your-face challenge. It is putting up a command center. It is announcing that from now on the Muslims will be pushing for special privileges, intimidating the natives, restructuring the environment for their own convenience and expanding their control of the region. Bell had to find it out the hard way, from first seeing the drama simply as bigotry on the part of the Christians and then slowly discovering there was more to the story. Islam really does pose real life threats to our way of life. Their Koran-based attitude towards women, homosexuals, Jews and infidels — actually, to the entire non-Muslim world — simply can not be aligned with ours, no matter how glib the Muslim presentation, no matter how untrue the accusation that all critics are Islamophobic. Bell's simplistic view has crumpled. As he says, "I support human rights and oppose anything which I perceive to be in violation of human rights." It's been a painful journey, refusing the pablum and opting for strong meat. Discombobulating. And I doubt it is over.READ MORE
The notion of a 2-state solution stays alive, first, because it is coercively presented as the only possible solution: "Give away Biblical Israel to those nice Palestinians OR the bogie man will make you accept a 1-state solution where those nasty Palestinians will outnumber you.." Secondly, the diplomats have put some effort into twisting Israel's arm to accept belligerent neighbors and they believe they are making headway. They haven't really considered alternatives. Bloggers and think-tankers have. Solutions proposed and available on Think-Israel have considered some sort of union with — or transformation of — Jordan; a return to the original Mandate formulation where everyone has human rights protection but only the Jews have voting rights; and a population transfer, where the first stage occurred in the 1940s and '50s when the Jews were driven out of the Arab countries where they had been living even before the Arab invasions in the 7th Century C.E. Think-Israel has formulated a 2-state solution where Israel takes possession of all of its land and the Palestinian state is placed where it belongs — somewhere inside the enormously large Arab land holdings (See here.)
In the present set of essays, Barbara Lerner is convincing in her insight that the best way we have to fight specious Muslim proposals for stealing Jewish land is to begin by appreciating our own Jewish and Christian Biblical roots in Biblical Israel. Several article conclude that the best way to end the refugee problem is to get rid of UNRWA. Martin Sherman suggests helping the individual Arab families relocate.
Any viable solution must recognize that the so-called Palestinians have no valid claim on any part of the Land of Israel — Howard Grief's essay provides the legal substructure that protects Jewish rights in the land — and that Israel would be negligent if it didn't defend its borders and protect its citizens from Arab predators. The best way to do this, as Martin Hausman's article suggests, is to annex the Territories formally.
Thanks to the U.N., there exists a large — and growing — group of stateless Arabs, rejected by the Arab states, regarded as throwaways in the Arab War against the West and a constant source of budding terrorists and terrorist activity. The Palestinians are (not politically) correctly described in several essays below. It would benefit the West to rid the region of this constant irritant by (1) by urging that Arab states where the refugee camps are located to give the refugees citizenship status; or (2) by breaking up the collection of Arabs referred to as Palestinians/Arab refugees into family units, each individually supplied with the means to negotiate for immigrant status in countries that will accept them; or (3) declaring Jordan with its Palestinian arab majority the state of Palestine. Professor Mordechai Nisan of Hebrew University argued the case for this solution in Front Page Magazine. or (4) by giving the Arabs now living in the Territories and in refugee camps a fixed space in some part of the enormous Arab land holdings that is isolated from population centers and where they can determine their own future. They can decide to learn to develop the infrastructure for becoming a state or they can continue to kill each other. It's their choice, providing it doesn't involve harming other people. "An Alternative 2-State Solution" is such a proposal and is available HERE. These and variants should be considered singly and in possible combination.Return to Feature Menu
Howard Grief sets forth the firm legal foundation of Israel being the exclusive owner of the land designated as Jewish by the League of Nations. The Land of Israel — current Israel, Samaria and Judea (aka West Bank), the Golan and Gaza — was given to the Jewish people as a perpetual trust and handed in that condition to the successor to the League of the Nations, the United Nations. This is a clear presentation of the documents that preceded the document of ownership and some of the history of the time. Any whittling away of this trust is illegal, whether it is attempted by a foreign country, the Israeli government or the U.N. itself. The question that remains is why have successive Israeli governments not asserted their claim. For that matter, why would a Jewish government allow control of the Temple Mount, its most holy site, by the Arabs?READ MORE
This a sister paper to Howard Grief's article on the San Remo conference. It was produced by the Canadians for Israel's Legal Rights (CILF) and summarizes the pertinents points.READ MORE
The case for annexing Samaria and Judea — the parts of the Land of Israel that Jordan grabbed as soon as Modern Israel was born — is brilliantly presented by Matthew Hausman. We have reached the point that Israel has this choice: "Either she can continue participating in a farcical 'peace process' that is heavily weighted against her national interests, or she can proactively seize the day and craft a solution that makes sense historically, geographically and legally." I can only add that in reading Hausman's essay I had this thought: when Israel regained control in 1967, she didn't annex Samaria and Judea, fearing the large number of resident Arabs that would be incorporated into Israel. Solving the problem by annexing the land and relocating the Arabs was rejected — it wouldn't be a nice thing to do. Consequently, Israel is now confronted with pressure to give the land to the Arabs, the Arabs they call Palestinian. And should that happen, Jews will not be allowed to live there. Jews will not be allowed in Biblical Israel or in parts of Jerusalem! The Jews living there now will be forced out and will become refugees in what is left of Israel. As they say, be kind to the cruel and you'll end up being cruel to the kind. Your own kind.READ MORE
Are the Palestinian Arabs ready for statehood? David Weinberg points out they are on the dole and have almost no self-generated income. "Over the past 10 years, the Palestinians have received more than $25 billion in international assistance, and the PA itself pulled in more than $4 billion per year in 2009 and 2010." Yet "the PA has a billion dollar budget deficit." They squander water given them by Israel as if they were living in a rain forest and are polluting the common water supply by dumping their untreated waste. They have few organizational, administrative or governmental skills, nor are they eager to acquire them. They think in terms of death and destruction, not building and living in peace. Quel resumé!READ MORE
Barry Shaw paints a picture of the Palestinians that is right on the mark: their illogic, their viciousness, their skill at becoming the world's pet victims. As Shaw writes: "They are trapped in their negative stew of victimhood and brutality. It finds expression in the nonsensical statements of people like Zahar, or those who accuse Israel of being an Apartheid state. Their nonsense, to them, makes sense. Sad tales have their impact. The emotional tale of victimhood is their power."READ MORE
Barbara Lerner writes about the Muslim ambition to become top dog globally, with Islam the supreme religion and all other religions treated as inferior. Destroying Israel seems to be a necessary step. When invading Israel didn't work, Israel's Arab neighbors began waging a stealth war. Their weapons were oil money, taqqiya (creative lying, approved by the Koran, whereby a Muslim could do and say anything and not feel honor-bound to keep his word) and the newly-invented Palestinians would invert reality and become the quintessential victim. They are succeeding in discrediting Israel — which was out of its league at playing their propaganda game — and winning the overwhelming support of the Europeans. Lerner points out that our acceptance of Muslim's assertions and our denigration of our own Jewish and Christian Biblical values earn the West contempt and make the Muslims more confident they will win. "To change their minds, and our future, we need to reject the Palestinian Taqqiya and embrace Biblical Israel."READ MORE
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 transferrable to the next generation. UNHRCR 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 UNWRA and how it keeps the refugee problem from being resolved, see this.)READ MORE
Martin Sherman has long suggested
(See his article
that the best way to eliminate the Arab refugee
problem is to eliminate UNRWA as an intermediary between the refugees
and the outside world. He would provide "doweries" directly to
individual Arab families to give them the means to find new homes in
Arab countries or elsewhere. His latest articles on this are:
"Note to Newt I: Univenting Palestinians"
and "Note to Newt II: Rethinking"
The present essay answers concerns that have been raised and put the features of the plan in sharper relief.
Daniel Greenfield in "Islam Uber Alles" wrote: "The first law of human affairs is force. Before all other laws, the ballot box and appeals to reason is that primal law that enforces submission through violence. Islam is a religion built on that first law, forcing everyone to choose whether they will be the oppressors or the oppressed, whether they will be a Muslim or a Dhimmi." As in the Little Red Riding Hood story, the wolf is showing its teeth, but we in the West still persist in believing it is peaceable while — in a stunning example of a disconnect between awareness and behavior — modifying our styles of life so as not to arouse the volatile fury of the beast. Like parents who are afraid to slap down a screaming destructive child, we reassure ourselves that Islam 'will grow out of it' while the Muslim leaders are slowly but steadily stunting our growth, forcing us into conversion or servility. For us to survive, our lamb leaders will have to forgo their fantasy of us eventually lying down with hungry wolves. The real choice, as Greenfield puts it, is "... between being hated as a despised underclass, as pigs and dogs, by people who have the ability to harm us on a regular basis, or being hated as the cruel persecutors who kept the faithful from extending the Dar Al Islam by people who have to try very hard to be able to hurt us."
Not a sunny picture. And streams of nonsense about giving the Palestinian Arabs an incentive to settle down won't change it. Think of the conversion of Gaza to a terror manufactory since August 2005, when the Israeli government uprooted the Israeli Jews living in Gush Katif, Gaza from their homes and greenhouses and businesses and synagogues, making them refugees who — seven years later — are yet to be fully resettled in Israel.
For me, the story of how an Arab girl repaid free treatment in Israel for her ruined face is emblematic of what to expect from the Palestinian Arabs. Dr Arieh Eldad, a plastic surgeon and a member of the Knesset, told the story in an interview conducted by Jerry Gordon in New English Review in November, 2008:
"I was instrumental in establishing the Israeli National Skin Bank, which is the largest in the world. The National Skin Bank stores skin for every day needs as well as for war time or mass casualty situations. This skin bank is hosted at the Hadassah Ein Kerem University hospital in Jerusalem where I was the chairman of plastic surgery. This is how I was asked to supply skin for an Arab woman from Gaza, who was hospitalized in Soroka Hospital in Beersheba after her family burned her. Usually, such atrocities happen among Arab families when the women are suspected of having an affair.
"We supplied all the needed Homografts for her treatment. She was successfully treated by my friend and colleague Prof. Lior Rosenberg, and discharged to return to Gaza. She was invited for regular follow up visits to the outpatient clinic in Beersheba.
"One day she was caught at a border crossing wearing a suicide belt. She meant to explode herself in the outpatient clinic of the hospital where they saved her life. It seems that her family promised her that if she did that, they would forgive her."
"This is only one example of the war between Jews and Muslims in the Land of Israel. It is not a territorial conflict. This is a civilizational conflict, or rather a war between civilization and barbarism."
Wafa al-Biss was a member of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. She was imprisoned and then released in October 2011 in the first group of the thousand Arab prisoners who were swapped for the kidnapped IDF soldier, Galad Shalit. She has since become a speaker, telling Arab children, "I hope you will walk the same path we took and God willing, we will see some of you as martyrs," At one such rally, her audience carried Palestinian flags and chanted, "We will give souls and blood to redeem the prisoners. We will give souls and blood for you, Palestine."
As you can see from this photo, Israel did a good job repairing Wafa's face. Such a nice looking girl.
Raymond Ibrahim has previously written classic papers on taqiyya, the lying to the infidel that is permitted by Koranic law (e.g., see here). In this essay, he writes about tawriya, a Muslim "doctrine that allows lying in virtually all circumstances including to fellow Muslims and by swearing to Allah provided the liar is creative enough to articulate his deceit in a way that is true to him." It needs also to be differentiated from concept words that mean one thing in Arabic and another in English. For example, as Andrew McCarthy writes in his essay on the Moderate Muslim, "hurriya, Arabic for 'freedom,' connotes "perfect slavery" or absolute submission to Allah, very nearly the opposite of the Western concept."READ MORE
The Salafists are less well known than the Muslim Brotherhood,(MB) but share with them a mission to put Islam in control of the world. Roughly, the Salafists are more fundamentalist than the MB and less willing to cloak their ideology in a modern style in the political arena. They are more likely to speak openly of suppporting violent jihad. In this essay, Raymond Ibrahim writes about Sheikh al-Burhami, a Salafist leader who says clearly "that all notions of peace with non-Muslims are based on circumstance. When Muslims are weak, they should be peaceful; when strong, they should go on the offensive." The model for dealing with infidels is how Mohammad dealt with the Jews of Medina. Initially, when he was weak he spoke peace. When he was strong, he attacked them. Similarly, "Muslims may be tolerant of Egypt's Copts now, and not collect jizya and place them in dhimmitude, until they are more capable just like Palestinians may make peace with Israel now, till they are more capable of waging an offensive." The Supremist goal in Islam doesn't change.READ MORE
The Salafists are less well known than the Muslim Brotherhood,(MB) but share with them a mission to put Islam in control of the world. Roughly, the Salafists are more fundamentalist than the MB and less willing to cloak their ideology in a modern style in the political arena. They are more likely to speak openly of suppporting violent jihad. In this essay, Raymond Ibrahim writes about Sheikh al-Burhami, a Salafist leader who says clearly "that all notions of peace with non-Muslims are based on circumstance. When Muslims are weak, they should be peaceful; when strong, they should go on the offensive." The model for dealing with infidels is how Mohammad dealt with the Jews of Medina. Initially, when he was weak he spoke peace. When he was strong, he attacked them. Similarly, "Muslims may be tolerant of Egypt's Copts now, and not collect jizya and place them in dhimmitude, until they are more capable just like Palestinians may make peace with Israel now, till they are more capable of waging an offensive." The Supremist goal in Islam doesn't change.READ MORE
Now that the Arab spring is here, internal conflicts and external hostilities are breaking out all over the Middle East.
The move to theocratic governments goes hand in hand with the de facto decision of the Western governments to capitulate rather than fight Islamic jihad.
The rule of thumb to predict what the USA will do in any particular situation in the civil wars in the region is this: the present administration will side with the group that is the more theocratic, the more Islamic, the one that has the harsher practice of Islam, the one that most dislikes the USA. In Iran, it supported the mullahs, ignoring the Iranians who gave up their lives to protest a phony election. In Egypt, it helped eliminate a controllable dictator and supported the protesters, where the only well-organized group of rebels was the Muslim Brotherhood. In Libya, American soldiers helped kill off a pro-American dictator. Al-Qaeda is said to be waiting to take over the country. Even if this doesn't happen, the Libyan rebels are in the process of moving from a secular state to one that is strictly Islamic. In Syria, which is important as an expediter of Iranian policy, he does nothing to help the rebels. Turkey's prime minister is pressuring a once secular country to conform to strict Islam, and Prez Obama applauds. The U.N. is equally partial to condemning Israel for killing any Arab but ignores Syria when it mowed down thousands in the city of Hom.
The Arab Spring has done little to ameliorate the lives of the multitude living in dictatorships, many of which still practiced primeval Islam. It did however make obvious the absurdity of the carefully crafted assertion that the Arab-Israeli conflict was the lynch pin of problems in the Middle East. As Guy Bechor pointed out in NYET on February 10, 2012, "The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is marginal compared to the region's real conflicts and its actual influence is limited." It was useful to the Arab leaders who could deflect blame for their countries' problems by blaming Israel.
The articles in this set give us an excellent description of what's going on, including information on the Salafists, who are not well-known in the West. One group of Salafists, the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), once known as Salafi Group for Preaching and Combat, is based in north Africa and is an affiliate of Al-Qaeda. Active since 2002, it routinely kidnaps tourists and aid workers. AQIM is dedicated to overthrowing the Algerian government.
One of the authors was willing to predict outcomes along broader lines: the war between the Sunnis and the Shia. This is not easy to do, considering that alliances are made and broken, as if the participants were in a round-robin dating meet, with 5-minutes to convince another participant of its good intentions. This time it means what it says. Honest.Return to Feature Menu
Gail Winston wrote about this article, "If the Western world could mentally and emotionally absorb the historical facts well catalogued by Yoram Ettinger, we might be able to understand why the Muslim world hates us in the West. Then, therefore, we might be able to live and thrive in our own countries by being strong enough to thwart the Muslim world's main goal and desire in their lives to create a Global Caliphate for and of Islam.
"They would require that we all follow their Shariah Law (strict Islam) or they would simply kill us. It says so very precisely in their Koran. Without this understanding of this basic bestial mode of death cult which they have literally "cultivated", we have little chance of surviving the storms caused by their conflicts which they intend to spread in order to conquer the Western way of life."READ MORE
Speaking about the "Peace Process", Caroline Glick notes that in recent speeches by Gingrich and Perry, "the Republicans have generated ... useful contributions to America's collective understanding of current events in the Middle East." The Democratic Admistration, however, continues policies that are not responsive to the turbulent restructurings in that region. Iran continues to be run by an extremely repressive set of strict interpreters of Islam. And under P.M. Erdogan, Turkey is rapidly regressing to fundamentalist Islam, and the anti-Americanism typical of strongly-Muslim countries. Yet Obama's administration continues to support Turkey, which has an indirect alliance with Iran in mutual sponsorship of Hamas. In effect, Washington is acting as Hamas's protector. So Hamas is reinforced in its determination to destroy the Jewish state. The Administration also continues to maintain its support of Fatah, which more and more openly refuses to accept Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. "Fatah has no reason to compromise since the US will blame Israel no matter what. And Israel has no reason to make concessions since the US will deem them insufficient." Glick concludes that "[f]or the US to secure its interests in the Middle East, it requires leaders who are willing to reassess what passes for common wisdom on both sides of the aisle."READ MORE
In January 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood won two fifth of the seat in the Egypt Parliamentary election. This surprised the believers in the advent of an Arab springtime of democracy. This also surprised the pessimists who knew the MB would eventually take over, but expected it to take longer. The biggest surprise was the strong showing by the Salafists, who are as — if not more — devoted to implementing Sharia in all aspects of civil and political life as the MB. Together, the MB and the Salafists now control the Lower House of Parliament, making the notion of a democratic Egypt an impossibility, while they will see to it that Egypt joins the number of Muslim countries hostile to the West and Israel. We've been fairly well-educated about the Muslim Brotherhood and how it intends to overturn the West and establish a Caliphate. The Salafists groups are less known. J. Millard Burr brings us up to snuff on the Salafist groups: who they are and what we can expect.READ MORE
Avi Jorisch writes about one of the smaller groups of loosely-affiliated terrorists that infest the Middle East and north Africa. The Salafist al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is an affiliate of al Qaeda, and is primarily to be found in Algeria and Mauritania. Its particular goal is to overthrow the Algerian government, but it is expanding its aims as well as the territory it covers.READ MORE
Barry Rubin lays the broad outlines of the Sunni and Shia conflict as it plays out in the various Arab states. As Rubin points out, the tension had been between religious states and more or less secular states. "Once there are Islamist regimes, theology becomes central again, as it was centuries ago." He points out the negative impact on the Palestinian Authority and predicts a possible alliance of Sunni states, independent of both Iran and Turkey.
What is to become of the Arab Spring towards democracy and a 'tolerate your neighbor' attitude? Rubin suspects "the hope for moderation is minimal. In a region when regimes and movements are competing to prove their militancy and loyalty to a radical interpretation of Islam, nobody is going to want to make peace with Israel." So what else is new?READ MORE
These essays suggest that our options for responding to Iran's almost completed development of nuclear weapons have become more limited, particularly because Iran is led by religious fanatics. Their determination to recreate the Caliphate globally trumps any rational deterrence scheme. The essays assume that our leadership is rational and, given the salient facts, will recognize that military action is now necessary . But what if they don't? Or don't have the will to do what's necessary?Return to Feature Menu
With regard to Iran, "the only question is when can Iran produce a nuclear weapon, and the reality is, it is in a position to do so whenever it chooses." As Mark Silverberg notes, "... the policy of the Obama Administration continues to be based on the carrot and stick approach diplomatic engagement with the mullahs coupled with international sanctions and the build-up of a large military and naval presence in and around the Persian Gulf all aimed at compelling the Iranians to abstain from building a nuclear weapon. ... "Israeli military strategists are concerned that the U.S. may be unwilling to undertake ... a [military] strike regardless of how many 'red lines' are crossed by Iran." Iran says it wants to destroy Israel. If Iran is bluffing, the bluff is not about using its bombs but what it targets first: the little Satan, Israel, or the Big Satan, the U.S.A. Even if Iran holds off on its genocidal intentions, it will have the means to control the Middle East. We may dismiss them as a bunch of religious fanatics, but Iran's leaders have a mission that they intend to fulfill, regardless of the cost in human lives, including the lives of a sizable part of Iran's citizenry. As Silverberg says, "We are confronted with a fanatical theological Islamist movement that will accept nothing less than the submission of Western civilization to Sharia law."
What is to become of the Arab Spring towards democracy and a 'tolerate your neighbor' attitude? Rubin suspects "the hope for moderation is minimal. In a region when regimes and movements are competing to prove their militancy and loyalty to a radical interpretation of Islam, nobody is going to want to make peace with Israel." So what else is new?READ MORE
Bruce Thornton notes that "Iran has been killing Americans for 30 years with impunity, from the 241 military personnel killed in Beirut by a suicide bomber, to the hundreds more soldiers murdered in Iraq and Afghanistan by Iranian proxy terrorist outfits trained and armed by Tehran." The American President's weak responses to her growing nuclear capability doesn't signal a change in American's policy of appeasement and weak or empty threats. Moreover, Iran is led by fanatical believers so that ordinary deterrence techniques are not effective. Like it or not, we need to accept that military "force is the 'strong magic' that compels fanatical believers to abandon their murderous ideologies or keep them within their own borders."READ MORE
American spokespeople seem to believe it's a comfort for Israel to know that if Iran strikes, America will then strike Iran. Thatcartoon where the children are gathering sticks for a bonfire and reassure the girl that she can play Joan of Arc. American pyrotechnics after the fact of first strike would only add to the horror. In this essay, Caroline Glick makes clear that President Obama is unwilling to jeopardize his reelection whatever the future costs to Israel and to America. He has intimidated Israel, threatened her and spoken false reassurances to the assembled Jews and Christians at AIPAC. Israel with less resources must strike before Iran makes much more progress. Or sit and wait for whatever happens. America can afford to wait longer before acting. "When one recognizes Israel's short timeline for attacking, one realizes that when Obama demands that Israel give several more months for sanctions to work, what he is actually demanding is for Israel to place its survival in his hands." "Israel will be completely at h Brotherhood, Iran's proxy takeover of Lebanon and Iran's most effective gofer, the Syrian government, Obama "...has adopted policies and taken actions that have endangered Israel militarily on all fronts and in fundamental ways." Naturally, he'd expect Israel to take him on faith.READ MORE
Let's suppose that America really does have a workable plan to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power before it's too late. Suppose we muff the timing. Or suppose — as is more likely — we have no such plan but are hoping for the best. Bernice Lipkin pursues some of the possible scenarios that could be the consequences of ignoring the problem. And other implications.READ MORE
In the early days of the Arab Spring, when all the romantics were sure the small group of idealistic youth who helped started the rebellion would win out, it was considered bad taste to suggest the Muslim Brotherhood would be the ultimate winner. Actually, they've taken control faster than most expected. In the recent critical parliamentary election, the Muslim Brotherhood won about 47% of the seats and the al-Nour party, part of the even more religiously conservative Salafi movement, won 20%. Between the two parties, Islamists are in control of the Lower house of Parliament.
When it seemed the MB would be sharing control with the military,
we read honied tripe about how they'd balance each other (or trip
each other up) and democracy
would triumph. Now that the MB has a goodly hold on the Parliament, it
is demanding the government be dissolved so that the MB can pick the Prime Minister.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood wants government sacked, feb 9 2012.
Egypt was one of the first countries in the Middle East to appreciate Western mores. Even under the Ottomans, it was becoming westernized, with an increasing secular life-style that encouraged secular higher education and alliances with Western countries. With the new theocratic administration that is actively hostile to the West, 100 years of moderation have gone down the tube. But we in the west don't seem to recognize the danger. We've ignored the problem of what will happen to the advanced weaponry the USA gave and is still giving Egypt. The Obama Administration's solution to a potentially dangerous situation has been to downgrade the virulence of the Muslim Brotherhood and declare it moderate.
Though Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt never succeeded in creating a pan-Arab union of the Arab states, in a twisted sense the Muslim Brotherhood can do so. Segments of the MB reside in different countries and may have differences of opinion but they have a common ambition: to resurrect the Caliphate. So there is no assurance that the 1.3 billion dollars worth of advanced weaponry we give Egypt yearly won't end up in other Muslim countries or on a ship carrying dirty bombs. There is even less assurance that Egypt will not abrogate its treaty with Israel. Already Hamas is using the Sinai Desert to develop more ways to attack Israel.
An Arab Spring may not have come to Egypt, but Yusaf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual head of MB, has.
In his first speech he said: "I have hope that Almighty Allah, as I have been pleased with the victory in Egypt, that He will also please me with the conquest of the al-Aqsa Mosque [i.e., Jerusalem], to prepare the way for me to preach in the al-Aqsa Mosque."
As another example of their moderation, note that the second flotilla to Gaza in jun 2011 was coordinated by Muhammad Sawalha, a senior UK-based Muslim Brotherhood figure connected to Hamas.
The King of Jordan is a reasonably accurate sensing device in that he's among the early kowtowers to whatever group of Arabs are likely to take control. He started honoring MB members back in 2010. In America, instead of acknowledging that the MB has straightforwardly declares it wants to destroy Western culture, the American administration is devoted to whitewashing it. We no longer have Islamic terrorists at least semantically, even as Sharia law infiltrates more of our institutions. Our security agencies worry about the possibility that returning American soldiers might be a danger, but give access to our security secrets to known Hamas sympathizers.
Under the guise that
we need to come to terms with a "moderate" Islamic group,
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met in January 2012 with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the highest-level contact between the United States and the Egypt's largest Islamic group.
Upon receiving the blessings of the State Department, as Samara Greenberg writes, "Mohammed Mursi called on Washington to adopt a 'positive position concerning Arab and Muslim causes,' saying its policies in the past were 'biased' — an apparent reference to the strong U.S.-Israel relationship."
The strife that was to usher in a flowering of democracy brought the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) into power "in Egypt, the Gaza Strip, Tunisia, and very probably Libya, where its branches will control the governments. In Jordan, the brotherhood leads the opposition; in Syria, it plays an important role in the revolutionary upheaval." The region is "now overwhelmingly controlled by radical Islamists." Despite the American President certifying to its moderation, the support of its members for violence, its open anti-Semitism and the speeches of this members say otherwise. Barry Rubin offers sensible suggestions on how Israel can best "respond to the brotherhood's new power and threat."READ MORE
Ryan Mauro makes clear how misleading it is to assume that the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is moderate because it is cautious, does long-term planning and constant re-assessment. Its single-minded mission is to reestablish Muslim dominance. If we don't understand this, it is not because the MB has kept it secret. It is us who are deaf, dumb and blind. They keep telling us. They call it gradualism. Of course, they also describe it as their form of "democracy" and "freedom," which, even their spokesmen admit, is a tad different than our concepts. In the West, to those who listen, it's better known as 'stealth jihad.' The basic MB strategy, called The Project, was discovered back in 1982 (See Poole, "The Muslim Brotherhood Project" here for a complete description of The Project.) The MB now has the White House reassuring us that the MB is moderate, but all objective signs suggest it would be injurious to our health to believe in the MB's good will.READ MORE
How much plainer can it be said than how Isi Leibler phrases it: "What those attempting to embrace the Muslim Brotherhood fail to comprehend is that this organization represents one of the most fanatical and dangerous of the radical Islamist groups in the region, with a dark record of violence and terrorism imbedded in its DNA. It is rabidly anti-Western, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic, is committed to imposing sharia law and a global caliphate — and willing to employ any means to further its objectives." If this exaggerates, explain the pressures exerted against the West to accept Sharia law since 9/11. Explain the MB fronts that the MB has started. Consider its alliances with terrorists around the world. Explain the Muslim fingerprints that are everywhere: in insulting us by wanting to build a mosque where they destroyed our financial center; in infiltrating the FBI and Homeland Security and the White House, itself; in instructing our Military; in co-opting banks to make Sharia banking acceptable. Do you really think that the MB has abandoned its mission to conquer the West? Do you really think appeasement will stop them?READ MORE
Andrew McCarthy has written a must-keep essay that really does explain how Islam wraps the Muslim and envelops him, dampening out all other influences. The other essays are contrasts. One is an example of supposedly moderate Arabs who, like Lewis Carroll's snark that turned out to be a boojum, are decidedly immoderate. The other seems actually to be an ordinary American of Arab origin.Return to Feature Menu
Some months ago, Andrew McCarthy wrote that he wasn't sure that was such a thing as a moderate Muslim, but he gave them the benefit of the doubt and wrote as if there were such an animal. Many of us essayists were doing the same. In this essay, he is no longer ambiguous. Nor can we be. A pious Muslim can not be moderate. He can not follow the dictates of the Koran — especially when they are backed and reiterated by respected Mullahs and Muslim theologicians — and at the same time agree that everyone can peaceably practice whatever religion to which he adheres.READ MORE
In the Hunting Of The Snark, Lewis Carroll wrote of the travails of a sea captain and his crew who hunted that hard-to-imagine and harder-to-capture beast, the Snark. In similar fashion, so many who purport to know the crags and crannies of the Middle Easterner's temperment believe there exists a subgenre of devout believers in the Koran who are pious yet who are 'just like us' — involved in normal hopes and ambitions for themselves and their family. Unfortunately as the contours become clearer, we are beginning accurately to define the Moderate Muslim. He is simply an impious Muslim See Here OR he is hibernating, easily incited to rioting and ravaging when his sheikh and/or mullah so commands. The captain discovered his "snark was a boojum", capable of making anyone who meets up with it "softly and suddenly vanish away." In this article, William Sullivan writes of two cases of Palestinian moderates who turned out to be boojums. Me thinks we best start reshaping our beamish response to sharia infiltration, lest we, like the unwary crew member, disappear into the maws of Middle East Islam.
(ADDENDUM: When I finished this introduction, somewhat uneasy that I had drifted too far from a peshat exegesis of Carroll's boojum, I googled snark boojun and to my delight chanced upon "The Snark was a Boojum" at http://jostamon.blogspot.com/2008/05/snark-was-boojum.html. Read it and enjoy.)READ MORE
Maybe, just maybe, Arabs can break out of their self-destructive hatred and envy.
What can one say about this essay except maybe "Wow!" We've learned much about different genres of Arab in the U.S.A.: Arabs who are called moderate because they are indifferent to Islam; quiet-appearing Arabs who are easily made rabid by their leaders; lone-wolf Arab terrorists; organized Arab terrorists; Arabs with grievances; Arabs who push the envelop for special privileges; fanatic Arabs dedicated to destroying American culture and taking over our country; and moles who pretend to believe in democracy but who are actually Muhammad groupies. This essay is by a most unusual Arab. Lee Habeeb is unusual because he is a very ordinary American. He comes with his own baggage and a family history partially rooted in Arab mores but his identity is American. He's another amalgam in the American melting pot of diverse cultures. He suggests an simple test for determining where an Arab's basic loyalty lies: how does he feel about Jews — the regular run-of-the-mill Jew? It doesn't count that he accepts the New York Times Jews who can justify any bad deed done by a minority, unless it was committed by a Jew. It is no test that he is friendly with the traitor Jews who loathe Israel because its very existence makes them aware of their identity problems. How does he feel about the ordinary Jew? And Israeli?READ MORE
In the last issue of Think-Israel, we talked about John Mearshiemer of the University of Chicago, who has used his academic credentials to make Jew-hate mainstream and acceptable. In early March, the Kennedy School of Government — where Mearshiemer's buddy, Steve Walt, holds court — is hosting a conference entitled, "One State Conference: Israel/Palestine and the One-State Solution". A institution once so sensitive that it fired its president for suggesting that girls and boys may have different aptitudes and maybe math wasn't really a girl-thing is holding the academic equivalent of a "Kill the Jews" rally, featuring shoddy academics, notorious for fabricating data and advancing dishonest arguments to delegitimatize Israel.
Harvard's propagandizing was encouraged by a hefty gift from the Saudis, who, as we know, respect the freedom to think independently and to come to heretical conclusions from data. As the World Jewish Daily says of the conference: "Ladies and gentlemen, you should be scared. When the nation's top university hosts a conference dedicated to discussing ways to wipe Israel off the map, well, Boston's Jews may be next."
Considering how weighty the brain power is reputed to be in Cambridge, it is surprising that the basic propaganda technique is so primitive. Essentially as Bruce Thornton's essay points out, the pretext that legitimizes all Palestinian terror is the supposed need to protect the defenseless Palestinians from the big brute Israel. Buy that and Arab terror — its brutality, its blood lust, its preference for preying on women and children, slitting their throats, drinking their blood, shooting them at point blank range, throwing rocks — become understandable, even justifiable.
Why am I spending so much time on these upper echelon schools? It's because they have a respected and influential place in the American educational system. Held in high regard, they can do much damage. As the Yiddish saying goes: A fish starts stinking from its head. It would be bad enough if the attacks on Israel were limited to a single prestigious university, but as the "Poison Ivy League" article points out about Ivy League schools in general: "You cannot slander gays, women or Muslims, but Israelis have become fair game."
To focus on Harvard once more, Harvard gives good value for their Saudi money. Their academic staff has spread fatuous pleasantries labeled as facts about Islam far and wide throughout the school system.
The other articles in the set examine how extensively Islamic propaganda has infiltrated our educational system.
Editor's Addendum, March 20, 2012:
Brigette Gabriel, President, Act for America Education (www.ACTforAmericaEducation.org), announced that the organization has released its textbook analysis report, ""Education or Indoctrination? The Treatment of Islam in 6th through 12th Grade American Textbooks."
"This report shines a bright light on a pattern of errors, omissions and bias in the textbooks reviewed. Our children deserve better. Our children deserve facts and accuracy, not historical revisionism.
To give you just one example of the errors our research uncovered, in discussing the 9/11 attacks, the textbooks typically fail to mention the perpetrators were Muslims or that they acted in the cause of Islamic jihad. In one book the terrorists are portrayed as people fighting for a cause. In just a few years after September 11th, the history of what happened on that tragic day was rewritten in our school textbooks. Omitting this vital information, that jihad was the motivation for the attacks, makes it difficult, if not impossible, for today's young teens, who don't remember 9/11, to really understand what happened that day and why.
To access the report log on to www.ACTforAmericaEducation.org.
There's a video on anti-Israel academics speaking at California State universities. See here.
This is a video on students taken on a field trip to a mosque and urged to pray to Allah. Click here. Read also Stella Paul's article, "When Jewish Boys Bow to Allah" on the same page.Return to Feature Menu
As Steven Plaut writes, "... in a few days it [Harvard] will be restoring a great Harvard tradition dating back to the 1930s: the tradition of hosting Nazis and violent anti-Semites on campus seeking the mass murder of Jews." The show will feature academics whose poorly-substantiated assertions (lies and Quasimodo-like distortions to us common folk) have been deservedly discredited. Unhappily for Harvard's reputation, Jew-hate rain dances are less acceptable than in the 1930's — and this despite the huge sums of money the Muslims has spent to create a climate where Jew-Hate can thrive.READ MORE
Bruce Thornton examines a basic tactic used to delegitimize Israel: the world is called on to help the poor Palestinian deprived of his land by the evil Jews. This inverts reality but it gets a good response, usually from the ignorant. Surprisingly, this theme will serve to structure a conference held at the Kennedy School at Harvard. The School is a feeder at the well-filled Saudi trough and apparently it takes its commitment to its patron seriously, seriously enough to ignore academic standards and a truthful exploration of the facts. The conference is billed as a look at Israel, Palestine and the One State. The thrust is to promote the One-State solution, which — when the spin slows down — will be seen to be an Arab state, with the Jews in dhimmi status — if they are allowed to remain, at all. As Thornton concludes, "The Kennedy School conference, then, is a propaganda exercise the effect of which is to further the Palestinian Arab "phases" strategy for destroying Israel."READ MORE
Richard Baehr makes the point that the insidious anti-Israel poison coming from Harvard isn't unique. Unfortunately, Jew-hate in the form of anti-Israelism is showing up at many of the elite schools, to a greater or lesser degree. When asked why they allow these exercises in hate, the administrators at these schools fall back on the "free speech" defense, That would be fair, if it were applied in the same manner to all hate confabs. But it is hardly likely that "free speech" would be the important issue if the Klu Klux Klan wanted to hold a Day At The Racists.Or if a group of minorities held in fear and servitude in Muslim countries asked to have a Down with the Slave Masters powwow to examine conditions in Saudi Arabia. A cursory examination of the academics invited to speak at Harvard makes clear the organizers aren't aiming at a high level of academic quality. They just need to have the conference, so that later they can cite its findings as authority for anything they want believed by the hoi polloi. Do we really need to let this obscene show of hate run its course?READ MORE
If you thought suggesting that academics have become fancy foot soldiers for introducing Sharia law into this country was over-the-hill alarmist, consider this consequence of various divisions of Harvard University working to convince the country that it isn't the Muslims who are the enemy, it's the Jooz. Janet Tassel presents anecdotes that reveal the pernicious connection between groups at Harvard who are exploiting Harvard's prestigious reputation to promote their political ideology and the Islamic propaganda being mouthed by duped school marms. That they are even able to get away with this: "Muslims from Europe were the first to sail across the Atlantic and land in the New World, starting in 889... [and that]West African Muslims had not only spread throughout South and Central America, but had also reached Canada, intermarrying with the Iroquois and Algonquin nations so that, much later, early English explorers were to meet Iroquois and Algonquin chiefs with names like Abdul-Rahim and Abdallah Ibn Malik." says much of the level of education and gullibility of our teachers. It is also important to note that the Harvard Administration has done zilch to stop this tripe being distributed in their name. What will it take to make them start saying, "I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you."READ MORE
Alyssa Lappen provides us with a general survey of how Islam and sharia law are being taught in American schoolrooms. "In the last two decades, sanitized Islamic history and dogma [has] crept into broad use in U.S. public school books..." Fortunately, there has been some efforts at countering this misinformation. For example, a Texas Board of Education forced textbook publishers to rectify their half-truths and inaccurate portrayals of Islam. Lappen notes that "Islamic forces spent decades stealthily cultivating influence over our nation's public schools and curricula through 'minority' channels afforded by 'textbook adoption.' Other 'adoption state' authorities should perhaps now add teeth to their own Texas-like counter-efforts.'"READ MORE
When the power of the keystroke is abused
In this set of essays, we have a candidate for the most gratuitously nasty story about Israel and a couple on the ooze from the New York Times, the newspaper that holds the record for protecting the religion of peace. Other essays examine wording — words are weapons in the fight to support Israel. Speaking about supporting Israel, when does Israel's hasbara establishment plan to open shop?Return to Feature Menu
This article was written by Yochanan Visser and discusses an article written by a Dutch reporter, Lisa van Heusden, who was living in Israel during her pregnancy. Laura, who sent in this article, is obviously indignant about a mother who complained because she received excellent pre-natal care in Israel. Laura writes:
"This is unbelievable. So Israel's committment to providing the best medical care possible is spun to be some nazi-like desire to produce a master race. What's wrong with these people? Instead of this woman being grateful for the high quality prenatal care she received in Israel and writing a positive article about it, this is the sick way she twists her experience. Whatever Israel does is spun by the media to be something sinister. If it helps earthquake victims in Haiti, Israel is accused of stealing organs. If it provides high quality prenatal care for its citizens, it is attacked for wanting perfection for the chosen people rather than being seen as an example of a modern, progressive society. And "critics" of Israel feign surprise when they are accused of antisemitism, yet we are constantly bombarded by hostile, ugly trash about Israel such as this."
It does seem incredible that a mother — especially one with a viral infection that can interfere with the development of a healthy baby — wouldn't be grateful her child was born healthy. Instead, she complained her baby was born perfect, when he could have had problems from the virus she carried. She was delighted that her son was born with a toe that was too small. As she put it "His personal revenge on the Israeli health system." The mother is a media person. So it must be hard for her to break old habits. She's learned how to make Israel look bad no matter what the circumstances.
Until Lisa came along, there was an iconic joke that best described Israel's always receiving bad press. The joke goes like this:
An Israeli is on vacation and is visiting a zoo in England when he sees a little girl leaning on the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.
The Israeli runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.
Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the Israeli brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly.
A reporter has watched the whole event. The reporter says to the Israeli: 'Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I've seen a man do in my whole life.'
The Israeli replies, 'Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars.
I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt right.'
The reporter says, 'Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a journalist, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?'
The Israeli replies, "I serve in the Israeli army and I vote for the Likud."
The journalist leaves.
The following morning the Israeli buys the paper to see news of his actions,and reads, on the front page:
RIGHT-WING ISRAELI ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH
I have to admit, Lisa's take on Israel wins by a mile.READ MORE
As Phyllis Chesler writes, "On a single day, the New York Times has been known to publish anywhere from two to six anti-Israel articles, editorials, op-ed pieces, and letters. Today, I see a new danger arising in their pages... After spending a year proclaiming the triumph of democracy and the miracle of the Arab Spring and, as PM Netanyahu has just noted, refusing to document the existential danger in which Israel finds herself, the Newspaper of Record has now begun the process of normalizing Islam in North America and Europe. Its pro-Muslim "multicultural" agenda is, paradoxically, another form of racism." What can account for their obsessive concern with the protecting rights for Muslim religion. Perhaps the answer is: cherchez la moneé.
This essay by John Hinderker makes an astute observation about a New York Times practice. It also provides us with yet another indicator to alert us that the Gray Lady speaketh false and/or ignores truth.READ MORE
This is an impressive exploration by Sol Stern of the character and ideology of Hannah Arendt, perhaps best known for her exclaiming how banal evil was, when she saw the very ordinary looking Adolf Eichmann, who was responsible for the killing of thousands of Jews. She was raised as an assimilated German Jew and socialist. After the Nazis rose to power, she became a Zionist. Fleeing to the USA, she still considered herself a Zionist but was soon attacking outstanding heros such as Vladimir Jabotinsky, Peter Bergson and Ben Hecht, calling them fascists and charlatans. They saw clearly the coming Holocaust and were desperately trying to save the European Jews. She didn't help in the rescue effort. Stalin was her hero. She abhorred the idea of an independent Jewish state in Palestine and urged the Jews to establish a binational state controlled by the Arabs, ignoring that the Arabs wanted none of it. In sum, she behaved as a Marxist and a dhimmi, blaming the Jew for the Arab's recalcitrance. She became a confirmed anti-Zionist, supplying many of the criticisms that would become standard accusations for the next generations of Jewish haters of the Jewish state.READ MORE
Uzi Silber describes Jewish self-hatred as Jewish flu, implying it is so varied and involves so many germ types, it is impossible to wipe out entirely. But it can be kept as a low level. Currently, "its modern symptoms are a rejection of Israel's identity as a Jewish state and a dismissal of its right to defend itself militarily, while embracing the goals of its nihilistic Arab enemies." Its adherents, both on the Left and on the Right, broadcast their anti-Jewish messages openly. Read a 'blame the Jews' article which ignores appalling behavior by Arabs, and you can be sure you'd nailed another victim of the Jew Flu.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
Isi Leibler presents another horror story about Israel's incompetence in presenting its case. What is there about the management of ideas that attracts those least able to produce information in a timely and understandable fashion? If only Israel's information officers could handle truthful information as adeptly as the Arabs and their buddies manipulate lies! When they eventually do get around to responding, it's We did not or We did, too. How about going on the offense? It's still the best defense. We understand that the brainy guys are busy elsewhere, but can't they filter the bottom layer a bit better? And oh yes, for the sake of accuracy, stones in this article should be changed to rocks or sharpened stones, depending on which was used — Arab children are well-versed in a variety of weapons.READ MORE
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. Whoops that means that it ain't 'occupied' by us.
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 the illegal 'occupiers' of our lands, not the other way around. So much for the claim of international law."
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Frank Loewenberg writes of a little known story — the conquest of Jerusalem by the Persian King Khosrau II in 614 C.E., with thousands of Jewish soldiers as part of his army. At the time, Jerusalem was the capital of the province of Palaestina Prima of the Byzantine Roman Empire, and its Jewish and Christian subjects were "the victims of heavy taxes, confiscation of property and even forced conversions." When Persia began its rule in Jerusalem, sacrificial service on the Temple Mount was reestablished and Nehemiah ben Hushiel became Jewish governor of Jerusalem. But some three years later, Nehemiah was removed from office and Jews were banned from the city. By 628 C.E., the Byzantine Emperor had regained his lost provinces of Syria, Egypt and Palestine and the Jews of Jerusalem were massacred. A decade later, the Muslims invaded. And began another chapter in Jerusalem's history.READ MORE
In the second World War, the German General Rommel was winning the War in the Middle East. He was stopped at Tobruk in Libya by a delaying action that gave the British Army time to revamp and re-equip, so that it was able later to win at El Alamein, which was "the beginning of the end for the Germans and their Italian allies in North Africa." As Jerry Klinger writes, a chief factor in holding the Germans from moving forward at Tobruk was the incredible fighting by the outnumbered soldiers of the Palestine Brigade, a group of some 400 Jews, "a battalion of mine layers, poorly armed and provisioned, without heavy weapons, or anti-aircraft equipment but with a grim, teeth clenched determination." They withstood the continous attacks by the Germans and in the end, battered and reduced to a quarter of their original number, they were victorious.READ MORE
Avraham 'Ya'ir' Stern was a most unusual terrorist. He was a poet, knowledgeable in Torah and a student of classic Greek and Latin. In the 1930s, he had persuaded the Polish government to help train Jews to wrench Palestine from the control of the British colonial government, but this ended when Poland was invaded by the Germans. He was a man desperate to save European Jewry in spite of the English Government's refusal to let more than a few Jews immigrate to Palestine. (It is bitter ironic that the British were in Palestine because they had been entrusted by the League of Nations to help the Jews create a homeland.) On February 12, 1942, he was caught by the English and shot dead when found. During his life as commander of the Lehi, he was revered by a few and "widely detested by the majority of Jews in Palestine." As the years have passed, more and more people have come to his memorial service. Mitch Ginsburg describes Stern's 'rehabilitation.'
See also the video "Teaching the Legacy of Yair
In September 1982, Arabs living in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian Arab refugee camps in Lebanon were massacred. The Lebanese Forces (LF), a Christian militia, was said to have avenged the assassination by the Muslim Lebanese of the Christian Lebanese leader, Bashir Gemayel. The LF and Israel were allies. In the aftermath of the massacre, much of the blame was levied on Israel, which was accused of not having the foresight to realize that allowing the LF to enter the camp hunting for terrorists hiding there would lead to a massacre. The massacre put an end to the possibility of reconciliation between the Lebanese Muslims and Christians. Franck Salameh suggests that Syria had most to gain from the massacre. "[I]t scuttled the prospects of peace with Israel, it extended the Lebanese war for another decade, it maintained Syria's occupation of the country for another twenty-three years, it tightened its grip over the functioning of the Lebanese state, it continued using Lebanon as a launching pad for Syria's regional settling of scores, and it provided the Alawites with a bottomless private piggy-bank bankrolling their wars-by-proxy."READ MORE
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