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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.htmldehai.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)|
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 this 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
Carol 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
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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 Mohammad 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 Gadhafi 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 Gadhafi, 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. Now 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 Gadhafi'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 Gadhafi. 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 Mohammed 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 Gadhafi'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 Gadhafi 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 Gadhafi, 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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What we are talking about in the January-February, 2012 Issue
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 Center at Harvard. The Center 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
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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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