The media portray Israel as an all-white colonialist state. What’s the real story?
Friday, July 25, 2014
National Review : Mainstream-media outlets in the West love to run photographs of Palestinians, typically looking sympathetic in the ruins of bombed-out buildings.
On the rare occasions when editors include photos of Israelis, the images bear a striking similarity to one another: All the people in them are white.
In reality, Israelis — including thousands of soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) — are not uniformly white or even Jewish.
Consider the commander of the Golani Brigade, one of the country’s elite infantry units, currently fighting in Gaza as part of Operation Protective Edge. Colonel Rasan Alian is an Arab Druse who has served in the IDF for over two decades. Recently wounded in the eye and hospitalized, he returned to the front lines as quickly as he could to lead his men.
In Alian’s own words, quoted in the Israeli press, “I want to go back to Gaza, and get to as many terrorists as possible.”Do you find it intriguing that an Arab abhors Hamas and has spent 20 years of his life defending the Jewish state? Well, CNN doesn’t. Its investigative journalists prefer to malign Israelis as “scum.” Apparently Rasan Alian just isn’t a compelling story.
Or what about Chief Warrant Officer Baynesian Kasahun and Staff Sergeant Moshe Malko, two of the Israeli soldiers tragically killed in combat? They are both black. In fact, peruse the entire list of those who have given their lives to stop Hamas’s reign of terror. There is a lot of diversity there.From all the photos in the New York Times over the past decade, you would never know that more than 125,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel, and many of them have served in the IDF.
Or that, in addition to the Druse, large numbers of Bedouins volunteer to join the Israeli army, even though they are exempt from conscription. Or that Israel and the IDF boast Jews of Middle Eastern descent.
Hamas’s Triumph The terrorist group continues to succeed in libeling Israel and stirring anti-Semitism globally.
National Review : Hamas, with perhaps unwitting help from President Obama, is achieving its war aim: to legitimize Islamic supremacism and Jew-hatred and take it global.
Jews are no longer safe in Europe or even in some places in the U.S.
Who now recalls that when Hamas was elected, the world responded with disgust? Hamas was on everyone’s terrorist list. Flailing, the European Union, Russia, the United Nations, and the United States asked Hamas to recognize Israel, renounce terror, and agree to live by previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas refused. Nevertheless, its image is much improved.Hamas enjoys killing Israelis and Jews — “By God, we will not leave one Jew in Palestine” one of its leaders, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, told Al Jazeera — but thanks to Israel’s self-defense, opportunities for that pleasure are limited. Hamas has successfully terrorized southern Israel (and more recently, central Israel) with its deliberate missile attacks on civilians, and they take satisfaction in that.
But their chief aim and greatest victory is in forcing Israelis to kill Palestinians. It’s almost a matter of indifference to Hamas whether a dead child is an Israeli killed by a Hamas rocket deliberately aimed at a village, or a Palestinian child killed because Israel returned fire and the launcher was located in a kindergarten. If it’s the latter, the child’s image becomes part of the psychological war on Israel.
National Review : As Clausewitz famously noted, “War is the continuation of policy by other means.”
Correspondingly, Israel’s military campaign in Gaza has had two objectives. First, to degrade and deter Hamas rocket teams. Second, to weaken Hamas as a political actor.
On both counts, Israel appears to be finding success.
Rocket strikes from Gaza are decreasing in frequency, and Hamas is suffering major losses. Yesterday, 150 Hamas fighters surrendered to Israeli forces in the strategic Gaza–Egypt border town of Rafah. Most significantly, however, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas is signaling a major split with Hamas.
National Review : Sound bites are usually meant to obfuscate
as much as clarify.
Rarely is one so incisive as the line uttered by
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu the other day about the
difference between Israel and Hamas: “We’re using missile defense to
protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect
This is the ground truth of the latest Gaza War
that gets obscured by the relentlessly repeated stark disparity in
casualties between the Gazans, hundreds of whom have died in the
conflict, and the Israelis.
Each civilian death in Gaza is a tragedy, but who is ultimately
responsible? The moral calculus here is simple. Hamas precipitated the
war and persisted in waging it even when Israel was willing to accept an
Egyptian offer of a cease-fire. Hamas hides its rockets in schools and
places its command bunkers under hospitals. It wants war, and it wants
Joseph Stalin infamously said that one death
is a tragedy, a million is a statistic. Hamas is happy with either a
tragedy (the four kids killed on the beach by Israeli shells last week)
or a statistic (the climbing civilian toll), so long as it is death and
so long as it can be used in the propaganda war against Israel.
Raymond Ibrahim: I first heard of Little Lama’s tragedy in February 2013 while
teaching in Saudi Arabia.
Her story still fills me with sadness because
of the evil some men can inflict on others, and anger due to the light
sentence some of them receive for committing such atrocities. For those
unfamiliar with Lama’s story, this five year old little
girl was raped, tortured, and beaten to death by her father, Fayhan
al-Ghamdi, a well-known Muslim preacher who appeared regularly promoting
Islam on Saudi television.
This tragic story began in the summer of 2011, when Little Lama,
whose parents were divorced, visited her father in Riyadh for what
should have been a joyful two week holiday. Sadly for Lama, her father
defied a court order granting Lama’s mother custody of her till the age
of seven, and kept her despite the numerous pleas of his ex-wife.
December of the same year, Lama’s mother was informed by the Riyadh
police that her daughter was in critical condition at the hospital as a
result of the physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.
In Riyadh, Lama’s mother was told by police officials that her
ex-husband admitted beating Lama with cables and a cane because he
doubted his five year old daughter’s virginity. The
beating was so brutal that Lama was admitted to the hospital with
extensive bruising and burns, a crushed skull, a broken back, ribs and
left arm, and a torn off fingernail.
As if the above beatings weren’t
enough, Fayhan al-Ghamdi also raped his daughter till her rectum was
torn open, which he then attempted to close by burning it. The agony Little Lama suffered at the hands of her father sent her
into a coma, where she remained until October 2012, at which time the
remaining life in her fragile little body was extinguished and her soul
found its way to heaven.
Sudanese Christian woman who escaped apostasy death sentence meets with Pope Francis
Jihad Watch : “Francis
thanked Meriam, who was accompanied by her husband and two small
children, for her ‘testimony of faith’ and ‘perseverance.’”
spokesman said that Francis wanted the meeting to be a “sign of
closeness to all those who suffer due to their faith and practice of
One may hope that his encounter with Meriam Ibrahim will
lead the Pope to reconsider his benign and counterfactual view of
Islamic law, and to realize that her death sentence for apostasy was
based on Muhammad’s words and universally held principles of Sharia. “Meriam lands in Rome, meets Pope Francis,” ANSA, July 24, 2014:
Reporters tell of Hamas attacks from civilian areas, get threats
Jihad Watch : Hamas
appears to be trying desperately to keep the truth from getting out.
is getting out nevertheless, but Hamas need not fear: the United
Nations and the mainstream media will continue to cover for them and
“Gaza reporters’ tweets: Hamas using human shields,” by Lahav Harkov, Jerusalem Post, July 24, 2014: Several journalists from around the world reported seeing
rockets fired from civilian areas in Gaza in recent days, and received
threatening tweets in return accusing them of “informing” the IDF.
On Wednesday, Peter Stefanovic of Australia’s Channel Nine News
tweeted: “Hamas rockets just launched over our hotel from a site about
two hundred metres away. So a missile launch site is basically next
IDF calls out UN for lying about Gaza civilian casualties
Jihad Watch : The
UN has abandoned any semblance of working for peace and trying to
maintain harmony among nations.
Their hatred of Israel has overridden
everything else the organization does and once stood for. “IDF Calls Out UN for Lying About Gaza Civilian Casualties,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, July 24, 2014:
Israel is calling out a United Nations aid agency for
falsely claiming that the Israeli Defense Forces did not permit
civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed today.
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) laid blame for the civilian
deaths on the IDF, claiming it never received approval from the IDF for
an evacuation from the facility.
Hamas was founded in December 1987. In August 1988, it issued a
covenant outlining its mission. The covenant has never been renounced by
Hamas, even though some try to claim it is now merely a historical artifact. Here are nine key takeaways about Hamas, taken straight from its charter.
1.)Hamas isn’t looking to negotiate a peace
deal with Israel. It wants to destroy Israel. Quoting Egyptian Muslim
Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, the charter reads:
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
Islamic State torches 1,800-year-old church after expelling Christians
Jihad Watch : “Friday
at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demands:
Convert to Islam, pay an anachronistic Islamic tax for non-Muslims
known as jizya, leave Mosul, or be killed. But the day before the final exodus, Christians were informed jizya was no longer an option.
The order came to convert, leave, or die.” This “anachronistic Islamic tax” is actually in the Qur’an, which no
Muslim would describe as anachronistic: “Fight those who believe not in
Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been
forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of
Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the
Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an
“ISIS Torches 1800-Year-Old Mosul Church After Expelling Christians,” by Adam Chandler, The Wire, July 22, 2014 : ISIS, which recently rebranded as the Islamic State, has
solidified its control over Iraq’s second-largest city by imposing
Sharia law and expelling Christians who won’t convert to Islam. The end
of last month marked the first time a mass wasn’t held in the city in more than 1600 years. Then, matters got worse. From the Daily Beast:
Christians who fled Mosul say jihadis made them leave most belongings behind, stole what they took along. And there are so many bleeding hearts for Gaza?
Jihad Watch : The
jihadis of the Islamic State believe that the possessions of the
Christians belong to them by right, either as the spoils of war or as
the poll tax (jizya) mandated by the Qur’an:
“Fight those who believe
not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been
forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of
Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the
Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an
“First footage showing Iraqi Christians who fled ISIS-controlled areas,” Al Arabiya, July 23, 2014:
A video Tuesday showed Iraqi Christians who fled parts of
the country that are now under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria (ISIS)Iraqi Christians have fled the northern city of Mosul, Iraq’s
second-largest city, after the militants imposed a deadline on them to
convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.
Many of the Christians said they had to leave most of their
belongings behind and that gunmen had stolen much of what they did
manage to take along. The video shows Iraqi Christians recuperating from their ordeal of
fleeing their home towns, gathering together in a communal area and
sharing in some bread and water.
Sharia Lebanon: Muslima from Australia facing jail for adultery
Jihad Watch : “Her
husband’s family in Sydney has welcomed her being charged and wants the
mother of two children, aged six and nine, to be jailed.
Ms Issa, 29,
travelled to Tripoli on June 20 to see her new boyfriend after recently
separating from her husband. She was about to return home on the weekend
when she claimed she was contacted by Lebanese police informing her she
had been charged with adultery.”
But Lebanon’s Muslims are moderate, so
she only faces a six-month jail sentence, rather than facing being
stoned to death. “Sydney mum Mahassen Issa charged with adultery while on holiday in Lebanon,” by Ashlee Mullany, The Daily Telegraph, July 24, 2014:
A DESPERATE Sydney mother is pleading for help from the
Australian government after she was charged with adultery during a short
holiday in Lebanon. Mahassen Issa’s lawyer said last night she would face court in
Tripoli, Lebanon, today and could face six months jail if convicted. Her husband’s family in Sydney has welcomed her being charged and wants the mother of two children, aged six and nine, to be jailed.
Islamic State “no longer a terrorist organization. It is a full-blown army.”
Jihad Watch : And
it will take a full-blown army to dislodge their new caliphate.
there doesn’t appear at this moment to be a full-blown army that it
situated well enough and up to the task
“ISIS now ‘full-blown army,’ officials warn,” by Kristina Wong, The Hill, July 23, 2014 (From Pamela Geller): Top U.S. officials warned Wednesday that a Sunni
extremist group controlling parts of Syria and Iraq had grown into a
threat that is “worse than al Qaeda.”
“It is al Qaeda in its doctrine, ambition and, increasingly, in its
threat to U.S. interests,” Brett McGurk, a deputy assistant secretary of
State, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. “In
fact, it is worse than al Qaeda.
National Review : Important columns by former attorney general Michael Mukasey and Caroline Glick make the point that in Israel’s defensive war against Hamas, the main thing to focus on is not the missiles; it’s the tunnels.
Perhaps more significantly, they demonstrate that the Obama administration, in its mulish appeasement of the Muslim Brotherhood-Sunni supremacist axis that even Islamic governments (indeed, even the Saudis) are shunning, is subverting a golden opportunity to achieve decisive victory over Hamas – the necessary precondition if there is ever to be a stable Israeli-Palestinian settlement.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Judge Mukasey explains that Hamas’s strategic plan for jihad against Israel hinges on the large and sophisticated network of tunnels into Israel that the terror organization built while ruling Gaza during the years since Israel’s 2005 evacuation. While much attention has been drawn to “Iron Dome,” the Israeli air defense system that has responded to Hamas rocket-fire, the trigger for the Israeli ground offensive was more likely the challenge posed by the tunnel network.
That challenge, Judge Mukasey writes, “became obvious on Saturday when eight Palestinian fighters wearing Israeli military uniforms emerged from a tunnel 300 yards inside Israel and killed two Israeli soldiers in a firefight.” He elaborates:
Remembering Patton’s tactical brilliance by Victor Davis Hanson
National Review : Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days they rolled straight toward the German border.
Patton almost did not get a chance at his summer of glory. After brilliant service in North Africa and Sicily, fellow officers — and his German enemies — considered him the most gifted American field general of his generation.
But near the conclusion of his illustrious Sicilian campaign, the volatile Patton slapped two sick GIs in field hospitals, raving that they were shirkers. In truth, both were ill and at least one was suffering from malaria.Public outrage eventually followed the shameful incidents.
As a result, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was forced to put Patton on ice for eleven key months.
Tragically, Patton’s irreplaceable talents would be lost to the Allies in the soon-to-be-stagnant Italian campaign. He also played no real role in the planning of the Normandy campaign.
Instead, his former subordinate, the more stable but far less gifted Omar Bradley, assumed direct command under Eisenhower of American armies in France.
National Review : There is a mass exodus of Christians from
the Iraqi city of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq.
fanatics who have taken over the city, calling themselves the Islamic
State, issued an ultimatum to the city’s Christians earlier this month,
saying that if they did not leave
by Saturday, July 19, they “must convert to Islam, pay a fine, or face
‘death by the sword.’”
As of Tuesday, most of the city’s estimated 3,000 Christians had fled. Further,
the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, had marked homes and
businesses owned by Christians with a red, painted ن (pronounced
“noon”), the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet and the equivalent to
the Roman letter N. The ن stands for Nasara or Nazarenes, a pejorative
Arabic word for Christians.
The ن is now being shared on social media as a symbol of solidarity with the Iraqi Christians forced to flee their homes. The Catholic blog Rorate Caeli has wrote, the Islamists “mean it as a mark of shame, we must then wear it as a mark of hope. . . . You may kill our brethren and expel them but we Christians will never go away.”
Gazaganda - Who's really winning the Hamas/Israel media war?
National Review : Italian-Palestinian journalist and former MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal caused an uproar this week with comments about American media’s “disgusting” pro-Israel bias.
Ronan Farrow invited Jebreal and the Daily Beast’s Eli Lake to discuss to conflict in Israel. Farrow mentioned Secretary of State John Kerry’s hot-mic comment, in which Kerry sarcastically called Israel’s military policy “a hell of a pinpoint operation.”
He asked his guests what they thought of this gap between “American officials’ public versus private thoughts when it comes to Israel.”
Jebreal responded with a rant about how American media is “disgustingly biased” against Palestinians.
Footage of Hamas Terror Attackers Being Sploded To Kingdom Come
Friday, July 18, 2014
Blazing Cat Fur : IDF forces identified approximately 13 terrorists attempting to
infiltrate Israel through a terror tunnel constructed by Hamas.
tunnel led underground from the southern Gaza Strip towards the southern
Israeli community of Sufa. IDF forces thwarted the terror attack, preventing the terrorists from attacking an Israeli kibbutz.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile team operating
in separatist-controlled territory proximate to Ukraine’s Russian
border. Rebels in this area have a recent record of engaging aircraft.
Second, Ukraine’s government has limited military presence where MH 17 was lost. Third, multiple sources (admittedly of varying reliability)have linked the attack to pro-Russian rebels. Fourth, it takes more than a thug with a grudge to knock down a plane flying 33,000 feet above the Earth.
As I’ve explained before,
any antiaircraft engagement, let alone one at such altitude, takes “the
collection and application of intelligence, the patience to hold fire
until the critical moment, and the use of Russian surface-to-air”
capabilities. The Donetsk rebels are agents of Russian policy. If
they are responsible for downing Flight MH 17, Russia will bear
Malaysia Flight Shot Down U.S. intelligence tracked missile launch.
National Review : A surface-to-air missile shot down a Malaysia Airlines flight in
eastern Ukraine today, killing all 285 passengers aboard, U.S.
intelligence officials have told the Wall Street Journal.
A Ukrainian official has accused
pro-Russian separatists in the area, where the Ukrainian government has
been trying to suppress militants over the past few months, of using a
SA-17 “Grizzly” missile to shoot down the plane. The militants have denied
shooting it down. Reportedly, all three sides of the conflict — the
Russian government, the Ukrainian government, and the Russian-backed
rebels — have SA-17s.
American intelligence agencies told the WSJ
that they aren’t exactly sure where the missile originated, but Fox
News reports that they’ve ruled out the idea of its coming from the
Ukrainian government. They aren’t shy about the possibility of
Russian-government involvement: “If the separatists shot it down, it
couldn’t have been done without Russian assistance,” an official told
The Kyiv Post reports that the Ukrainian state intelligence agency, the SBU, has released recordings of Russian-backed Cossack militants talking on the phone 20 minutes after the crash, explaining how they’d shot down a civilian plane. (One of the militants is allegedly a Russian military-intelligence officer.)
Pakistani Diplomats to the UK Accused of Abduction, Rape
Dawn : The British Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) disclosed a list of the most serious alleged offences committed in 2013 which included representatives from Pakistan accused of child abduction and rape, according to a report published in The Independent.
The accused men were among foreign diplomats suspected of 14 crimes — who are entitled to diplomatic immunity and thus protected from British law.
Two Saudi men were arrested for drink-driving and have escaped prosecution despite the fact that the crime entails brutal lashings in their own country.
A diplomat from Kuwait — where alcohol is banned — was also accused of drink-driving.
FCO minister, Mark Simmonds had on Tuesday presented to the British parliament the list of diplomats, who had allegedly committed ‘serious and significant’ crimes. Read it all here...........
Hurriyet : Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacked a Shiite mosque in Istanbul last week, a human rights association has claimed in report, refuting official statements about the incident.
On July 8, a fire caused significant material damage at the Muhammediye Mosque in the Esenyurt neighborhood of the city. Three Qurans and a 300-volume hadith collection were destroyed in the fire at the mosque, which belongs to the local community from the Ja’farite school of Shia Islam.
Turley’s Human Rights Association (İHD) prepared a report on the incident based on the testimonies of witnesses and official statements.
The findings of the report were announced to the public on July 15 in a press conference at the İHD headquarters in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu neighborhood.
The report quoted Seçkin Çengeloğlu, a local police chief, who ruled out the possibility of arson. He described the fire as “a coincidence” that occurred during a burglary in which the clock of the mosque was stolen by a local drug user acting alone. Read it all here.....
The Daily Star : The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said Thursday it was investigating after finding 20 rockets hidden in one of its vacant schools in the Gaza Strip.
It condemned the incident as a "flagrant violation" of international law and said the rockets had been removed and the "relative parties" informed.
"Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip," the agency said in a statement.
"UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations," it continued.
"This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law." Read it all here.....
Chad : Tormented residents have told how a nuisance neighbour who walked
into a church “dressed like a terrorist” and plagued a neighbour with
references to the murder of soldier Lee Rigby made their lives a misery.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Mohammed Dar,
52, of Ley Gardens, Alfreton, walked into the New Life Church, in
Alfreton, on Remembrance Sunday masked in a headscarf and bandana
enscribed with the words God is Great in Arabic.
Dar also stalked
neighbour Louise Mountford and preyed on her by stating Lee Rigby, who
was murdered by Islamic extremists, had deserved to die. After Dar
was jailed for 24 weeks, a Ley Gardens Residents Group spokesman said:
“His behaviour, extremist views and actions have seriously affected our
quality of life, frightened elderly residents and our children. Read it all here..........
The Truth about Gaza - Hamas’s madness must be exposed.
National Review : Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza
ceasefire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at
Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually
telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges,
so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between us,”
explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to
protect our civilians and they’re using their civilians to protect their
Rarely does international politics present a moment of
such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel–Gaza fighting
described as a morally equivalent “cycle of violence.” This is absurd.
What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting?
Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows Hamas’s
proudly self-declared raison d’être: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.
Apologists for Hamas attribute the bloodlust to the Israeli occupation
and blockade. Occupation? There is not a soldier, not a settler, not a
single Israeli in Gaza. Does no one remember anything? It was less than
ten years ago that worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling
diehard settlers off synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted it
settlements, expelled its citizens, withdrew its military, and turned
every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians.
There was no
blockade. On the contrary. Israel wanted this new Palestinian state to
succeed. To help the Gaza economy, Israel gave the Palestinians its
3,000 greenhouses that had produced fruit and flowers for export. It
opened border crossings and encouraged commerce.
The whole idea was to establish the model for two states living peacefully and productively side by side. No one seems to remember that simultaneous with the Gaza withdrawal, Israel dismantled four smaller settlements in the northern West Bank as a clear signal of Israel’s desire to leave the West Bank too and thus achieve an amicable two-state solution.
And how did the Gaza Palestinians react to being granted by the Israelis what no previous ruler, neither Egyptian, nor British, nor Turkish, had ever given them — an independent territory? First, they demolished the greenhouses. Then they elected Hamas. Then, instead of building a state with its attendant political and economic institutions, they spent the better part of a decade turning Gaza into a massive military base, brimming with terror weapons, to make ceaseless war on Israel.
Algemeiner : Data published by Al Jazeera on Monday shows that in its ongoing
operation in Gaza Israel killed mainly combatant-age males, not women or
children, according to CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle
East Reporting in America, contradicting media reports that tried to
paint Israel’s Operation Protective Edge as indiscriminately killing
In a study published on Monday, CAMERA said that a close read of the data “shows that, as in past hostilities, the fatalities are
disproportionately [compared to the overall population] among young
males, which corresponds with the characteristics of combatants. Males
over 40 years old are also disproportionately represented. Some of the
fatalities in those over 40 years of age likely represent senior members
of terrorist organizations.” Read it all here.........
“India: Dalit Women gang raped by Muslims, commit suicide”
National Daily India : “July
16, 2014 (Agencies) Lucknow: A Dalit Muslim woman was gang raped by
suspected Muslim perpetrators, when a politics of Dalit-Muslim unity is
gradually worsening the situation of Dailts in Uttar Pradesh by their
greedy Muslim counterparts.
A massive outrage broke-out in Uttar
Pradesh Hathras district post a 22-year-old gang-rape victim, who was
set afire after raping, succumbed to her injuries. Furious people of the
district staged protests and burnt the buses, trucks and other vehicles
passing by the roads. They were expressing their fury as police hadn’t
taken any steps against the accused and they were still roaming freely.
Public Protest with the body of the gang rape victim, in a demand to
arrest and punish Muslim Perpetrators.
Uttar Pradesh Police said that on July 12, five men visited the victim
at her husband’s home in Etawah and told her that her brother had sent
them to fetch her. She was to accompany them to her parents’ home in
Purvi Naurangabad near Sikander Rao in Hathras, they said. The
unsuspecting woman went with the five men, who were later joined by two
Telling about the tragedy, victim’s father said that his daughter was
set on fire after being gang-raped. He further revealed that he somehow
doused the fire and rushed her to the hospital, where doctors told him
that his daughter was 90 percent burnt and had very less chances of
The sources have confirmed that Mahila Police Station in-charge also
went to the hospital to record victim’s statement in which she disclosed
the names of the accused.
However, the police didn’t show any haste in
arresting the accused.
However, police lackluster approach in the case has irked the people of
the district and they have begun expressing emotions violently on the
roads. They were present at the roads along with the dead body of the
victim.” Read it all here.............
Gatestone Institute : "The guards don't run the prison, Islam does." — Tommy Robinson, upon his release from prison.
"The state is finding it harder to do its most basic duty, which is to protect the public." — UK Home Secretary Theresa May.
The court heard how he doused his wife with gasoline and set her on fire. His defense attorney told the jurors, "He wasn't being listened to, he wasn't being obeyed."
Tablighi Jamaat -- a fundamentalist Islamic sect opposed to Western values such as democracy and equal rights, but committed to "perpetual jihad" to spread Islam around the world -- is fighting a no-holds-barred battle to build a massive mosque complex in West Ham, a neighborhood in the East London Borough of Newham.
Critics say that attracting investments from Muslim investors is spurring the gradual establishment of a parallel global financial system based on Sharia law.
Islam and Islam-related issues were omnipresent in Britain during the month of June 2014. They can be categorized into three broad themes: 1) The British government's growing concern over Islamic extremism and the domestic security implications of British jihadists in Syria; 2) The continuing spread of Islamic Sharia law in all aspects of British daily life; and 3) Ongoing questions of Muslim integration into British society. Read it all here................
Those “positive achievements” don’t include doing a thing to stop this sort of thing, even in modern, moderate Turkey. “Hostilities at Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey Leave Parishioners Fearing Worse,” Morning Star News, July 15, 2014:
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Members of a
Catholic church in Istanbul fear an attack after Muslims verbally
assaulted and threatened them during a baptismal service and destroyed
church property in the last two months. After two incidents at St. Stephanos Church, parishioners said they
are waiting to see if hostilities will escalate into violence during
what remains of Ramadan, when religious persecution has been known to
increase in Muslim-majority areas.
The annual Ramadan, an Islamic month
of day-time fasting, ends in Turkey on July 28.The two previous attacks have caused some members of an
already small congregation to stop participating in services, at least
temporarily. In May a group of young men under cover of darkness
destroyed audio equipment, stole other items and set a fire in the
building, and on June 15 Muslim intruders pushed their way into the
baptismal service and yelled obscenities, with one brandishing a knife
and threatening to stab a parishioner.
Why comparing Israeli and “Palestinian” death totals is misleading
Jihad Watch : The mainstream media is filled these days with “death toll” counts on
both sides: “Palestinian” deaths numbering well over 200 now, and
Israeli deaths totaling only one — as if this shows that the Israelis
are acting unjustly and the “Palestinian” jihadis are innocent victims.
Here are several key reasons why that is not the case. “Five reasons why
comparing Israeli and Palestinian death totals is a misleading way to
judge the conflict,” by Philip Klein, Washington Examiner, July 16, 2014:
One of the most common and misleading tactics deployed
against Israel by its critics is to compare the number of dead Israelis
and dead Palestinians, and use the figures to portray Palestinians as
victims of Israeli aggression. Vox’s Max Fisher, who is on a campaign to convince people that Israel
bears primary responsibility for the absence of peace in the region,
pushed the argument this week to show that the conflict was “lopsided.”
The Legal Insurrection blog has rounded up other examples of liberals
and critics of Israel making similar arguments emphasizing comparative
National Review : Hamas is an acronym for the Arabic translation of “Islamic resistance movement.” Its logo
blends Palestinian nationalism (flags) with the total destruction of
Israel (painted green) and the physical-theological liberation of
Jerusalem (the Dome of the Rock). The intended narrative is clear: valiant nationalism, geographic liberation, and Islamic purity.
in reality, Hamas is a movement of totalitarian zealots. After winning
elected power in 2006, Hamas proceeded to destroy Palestinian democracy
by massacring its Fatah opponents.Since then, it has allowed Gaza to drown in raw sewage and economic
collapse. And now, a slave to its own ideological idiocy, Hamas is
burying its people in blood.
Over a week ago, Hamas had an opportunity
to avoid this conflict. It could have stopped firing rockets into Israel
and avoided Israeli military reprisals. Instead, it celebrated the murder of Israeli teenagers, ignored political pressures on Netanyahu, and persisted in its rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. Unsurprisingly, Israel responded with force. Hamas
has now doubled down on this strategic stupidity:
hundreds of punishing air strikes, the group rejected a cease-fire
accord brokered by Egypt. Its military wing, made up of the group’s most
fanatical followers, promised an “increase in ferocity.” Netanyahu had
quickly and publicly accepted that cease-fire, doing so against
significant pressure in his own cabinet.
Hamas’s Asymmetric War Killing civilians from behind human shields.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
National Review : The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas today refused
an Egyptian-backed ceasefire to end its war against the Jewish state.
The hallmark of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas rocket
fire is the asymmetric nature of its response to Hamas’s attack.
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, neatly captured his
country’s dilemma: “We use missiles to protect civilians; Hamas use
civilians to protect their missiles.”
Hamas is a kind of
Palestinian version of the bloodthirsty al-Qaeda spinoff ISIS. The same
anti-Western radical-Islamic nihilism animates Hamas combatants. In a
highly illuminating article, Major-General Ed Fitch, who served in the
Canadian Armed Forces from 1966–2009, explains
the challenges faced by Israel:
“Counter-terrorism has reached a level
of complexity, speed, and moral dilemmas the likes of which were
unimaginable a century ago. Post-9/11, Western forces operate in highly
complex environments, with plain-clothed terrorists embedding themselves
among and exploiting their civilian populations.”
Slandering Israel - The Palestinian ‘Genocide’ Lie
National Review : ‘Here’s the difference between us,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on Fox News Sunday.
“We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”
It’s a classic talking point. It’s also objectively true, and that truth is very frustrating for Israel’s critics.
All one needs to do is delve into the muck of Twitter and read the timelines for such hashtags as #GazaUnderAttack and #GenocideInGaza:
“They’re killing the women and children to ensure there won’t be a new generation of Palestine.” “One Holocaust can NEVER justify another.”And let’s not even talk about the globally trending hashtag #HitlerWasRight.
Of course, it’s not just on Twitter. Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the feckless Palestinian Authority, recently condemned Israel for committing “genocide” in Gaza.
For decades, political cartoonists and cartoonish politicians have been jaw-jawing about how Israel now wears the SS uniform.
This too is basically a talking point — and a very old one. But this one is plainly a lie.
If the Israelis are, or have ever been, interested in genocide, they are utterly incompetent at it. As slanders go, it’s almost funny, like the old paranoid delusion that George W. Bush was simultaneously an idiot and a criminal mastermind.
On the one hand, the Israeli military is supposed to be ruthlessly competent and determined to wipe out the Palestinians. On the other, the Palestinian population has grown more than 100 percent since 1970. The population in the Gaza Strip has grown nearly threefold since 1990. The Palestinians themselves expect the population to double over the next two decades. “Genocide” is a loaded political term, but under any remotely reasonable definition, shouldn’t those numbers be going the other way?
In the photo, Azizul is smiling.Eldest son Ammar, 12, expressionless, has his left shoulder gripped tightly by the dad who beat him with a rotan in Sweden and was jailed for it. Is Ammar apprehensive of more beatings ahead? Who knows? As far as anyone knows, there are many in Malaysia who believe caning of children is recommended. “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”
But for not praying?
Second son Adam, 11, is also expressionless, and also has his left shoulder gripped tightly by Azizul. Azizul is clearly a tactile "hands-on" dad and there are no laws against corporal punishment in Malaysia where rotan plants grow wild. Azizul says he'll never return to Sweden. Take that, Sweden! Eldest child, daughter Aisyah, 14, looks calm. Her rotan-administrator is her mother Shalwati who has been sentenced to Swedish jail till September 29. So she will be "free" till after then.
Aisyah holds youngest boy Arif, 7, protectively - she will not let it happen to him, if she can help it.
A strange saga of rotan-wielding normal-looking Malaysians who suddenly found themselves miscreants in far-off Sweden and their weird First World ideas on corporal punishment.
Why was there so much fuss over them, one wonders?
Malaysians who believe in following laws and rules so much, and who were not above making the laws go their way every once in a while.
Suddenly, coming up against strange foreign law-abiding egalitarian societies where our oft-contrived laws, laws conferring privilege from birth, no longer were any use, where the Police and Judiciary were quite, quite impartial – oh, my God! – a strange, strange feeling of unreality, poor things!
Pallywood: Hamas Uses Horror Movie Still of Headless Girl in Miniskirt to Depict Gaza Casualties on Social Media
Eye On The World : Headless girl in a miniskirt? How many girls wearing miniskirts are there in Gaza? Screenshots and a video are in the link.
As Hamas supporters are being called out on Twitter for posting photos
of Syrian casualties from 2012 as victims of the Israeli Army in Gaza in
2014, Israel advocacy group StandWithUs on Tuesday posted a clip from
Hollywood horror flick ‘The Final Destination 4′ that was used to create
another fake that circulated widely on Facebook falsely depicting
Israel killing civilians. More...
The author at a hearing on her case at the Jerusalem District Court, September 18, 2011
Blazing Cat Fur : Held captive to depravity I knelt, gagged and bound, and waited to be
I remember the fusion of the fragrant pines and the stench of
bile trapped under the rag around my mouth. I remember hearing the songs
of the birds and the terrified whimper of my friend. I remember a bright light; a machete glinting in the sun. Beauty and the
beast, sanctity and savagery were the unfathomable backdrop of those
moments, an eternal epoch that has not allowed, like other memories, for
normative absorption with the passing of time. I had never contemplated being brutally murdered. Who does? At only
forty-six years old even death had barely crossed my mind. It was half
an hour of madness so debilitating that even the moments necessary for
preparing myself for death were strangled by the dread of the manner of
my imminent execution. I recall looking to Heaven and begging the sun
not to set, and seconds later witnessing the unthinkable: A human being
hacked to death before my very eyes.
Police are increasingly complaining about attacks and
lack of respect from citizens. A Turkish official from Duisburg tells
why migrants are especially problematic.
Multiculturalism has failed. When the patrolman Kalle B. gets out of his patrol car, he must be
ready for anything. It is mostly minor incidents, but the police
commissioner from Duisburg can quickly end up in an exceptional
Even the slightest occasions can lead to life-threatening
situations: traffic checks, background checks, recording of accidents,
everyday business — everywhere there are dangers for civil servants. …
Often, the police had to withdraw because the situation became too
dangerous and the reinforcements are delayed. “It is becoming
increasingly aggressive in some districts. You think twice whether you
should control the traffic. I’ve had moments where I thought, I hope I
get out of here in one piece,” says Kalle B.
Sharia Sudan demolishes church, bans construction of new churches
Jihad Watch : Islamic
law forbids the Christians who live as subjugated dhimmis under the
hegemony of the Muslims to construct new churches or to repair old ones,
so that their communities will remain in a perpetual state of decline.
“Sudan bans construction of new churches,” Pravoslavie, July 13, 2014 :
Sudan has prohibited the construction of any new church in the country which has been under an Islamic regime since 1989. The Sudanese Minister of Guidance and Religious Endowments Shalil
Abdullah announced that the government will henceforth not issue permits
for the building of churches in the country.
Minister Shalil Abdullah told the press on Saturday that the existing
churches are enough for the Christians population remaining in Sudan
after the secession of South Sudan in 2011. He pointed out that South Sudan is now an independent country with a
majority of its people being Christians, and that the number of
Christians still in Sudan is small.
Israel attacked on 4 fronts, 3 of which it previously withdrew from for “peace”
Jihad Watch : Reuters reported today that “at least one rocket fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel on Monday….The rocket was fired from the area around the southern city of Tyre, Lebanese security sources said.”
AFP noted that “a rocket fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Sunday.” Rockets from Gaza continue to hit Israel despite the Israeli defensive actions.
And according to Al Arabiya, “Egyptian security thwarted on Sunday an attempt to launch two rockets from Sinai at Israel.”
Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in May 2000. Prime Minister
Ehud Barack’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that
Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the
relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the
Israel withdrew from Gaza in September 2005. Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon’s government thought that the withdrawal would
show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an
end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in
the international media. Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula by
1982 as part of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty resulting from the Camp
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s government
thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about
making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against
Israel at the United Nations and in the international media. Israel carried out all three of these withdrawals in pursuit of peace. But peace never came.
Bangladesh: Muslims attack Catholic convent, beat and try to rape nuns
Jihad Watch : Because
the nuns are Infidel women, they can lawfully serve as “captives of the
right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50) for Muslim men.
Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni declared
in May 2011 that “we are in the era of jihad,” and that meant Muslims
would take slaves.
In a subsequent interview he elaborated: Jihad is only between Muslims and infidels. Spoils,
slaves, and prisoners are only to be taken in war between Muslims and
infidels. Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over
countries. This is agreed to by all scholars—there is no disagreement on
this from any of them, from the smallest to the largest, on the issue
of taking spoils and prisoners.
The prisoners and spoils are distributed
among the fighters, which includes men, women, children, wealth, and so
on. “Bangladesh Christians in uproar over convent attack and assaulted nuns,” Catholic Online, July 14, 2014 :
“Palestinian” rep to UNHRC: Israel warns civilians before attacks, we don’t
Jihad Watch : “I am not a candidate in any Palestinian elections,” says Ibrahim
Khreisheh, “so I don’t need to win popularity among the Palestinians.”
In other words, he can speak the truth beyond the endless barrage of
“Palestinian” jihadi propaganda. His claims about Israel are nonsense,
although international bodies are now so anti-Israel that he may be able
to push them at the International Criminal Court; however, he knows
that if he does, there is a much stronger case against the
“Palestinians.” “Envoy to UNHRC on Palestinian ICC Hopes: Israelis Warn Civilians Before Attacks, We Don’t,” MEMRI, July 9, 2014:
Somali convert in Sweden: Sweden might experience a bloody civil war
Jihad Watch : I met lovely Mona Walter
at a press conference in the Danish parliament a short time ago. A
Swedish Ayaan Hirsi Ali in her own way. Being a convert in Islamized
Sweden and even speaking out publicly about it and against Islam is
exceedingly brave. Via 10news.dk, translated from Uriasposten:
She lives in Gothenburg and came to Sweden from Somalia
at age 20 in 1994 … Immediately after her arrival, Mona Walter – that is
her name – was visited by local imams, who explained to the young woman
that she had cover her body and visit the the mosque more often.
she heard how the learned men preached hatred of Swedish society and
holy war against the infidels. She was disappointed and angry. She
wanted to be a Swede, she wanted to be integrated, and she married an
ethnic Swede and broke out of the ghetto and converted to Christianity.
But today she fears for her daughters’ future. Not in Somalia, but in
… Friday, she visited Copenhagen during the presentation of Lars Hedegaard’s book Muhammad’s Girls,
now published in Swedish, which tells a broader story about women’s low
status in Islam and the high levels of violence and rape that follow
from this. … Mona Walter has no doubt that Sweden will be forced into a
bloody civil war within a decade or two, if a public debate does not
take place, and if it does not become possible to criticize the insane
mass immigration to Sweden from Muslim countries.
On the one hand,
negative sentiments against Muslims will grow; on the other hand, the
proponents of Islam and the gangs will get stronger.
There is no moral equivalency between Israel and Hamas
New York Post : Amid the recent troubles between Israel and the Palestinians, many Americans and media commentators are drawing disturbing lines of parallelism between the two societies, asserting a false moral equivalency to the actions of each.
In essence, the claim goes like this: “Both sides are fighting each other with similar degrees of violence; both treat each other equally badly; each side is equally to blame for the violence, and they just can’t come together.”
That notion that there is a moral equivalency between the defensive and targeted actions that the rule-of-law-based Israel is compelled to take, and the proactive and indiscriminate actions that hate-based organizations like Hamas takes, is completely unfair, unfounded and infuriating to supporters of Israel — with good reason.
In fact, there is no moral equivalence between the actions and reactions of Israel and Hamas and the Palestinian community to the violence that has occurred.
Two glaring examples stand out. The first revolves around the difference between Israel’s and the Palestinian community’s reactions to the horrible kidnappings and coldblooded murders of four boys, three Israeli and one Palestinian.
No doubt the loss of these children is one beyond words. Both incidents were abhorrent.
But the reaction on both sides was not the same. How did Hamas and too many diverse parts of the mainstream Palestinian community respond to the kidnap and murder of three young Israelis? They cheered.
The official Hamas spokesman called the kidnappers “heroes.” The mother of one of the suspected kidnappers, Abu Aysha, said, “If he [my son] truly did it — I’ll be proud of him till my final day.”
And is it no wonder, given the vitriolic hatred of Israel that has been preached in textbooks and schools to two generations of Palestinian children. Such propaganda has been propagated by not only Hamas, but by the Palestinian Authority, and has created a perverse mythology throughout Palestinian society that calls suicide bombers “martyrs” and extols kidnappers and murderers as heroes.
Israel in a Morally Sick World - The Left sides with theocracy in the Mideast.
National Review : Let’s drop the names “Hamas” and “Israel” and make a list of the characteristics of two imaginary warring entities. We’ll call them Entity A and Entity B.
Entity A : Declares that its raison d’être is to annihilate Entity B. Sends missiles to explode in the most populated parts of Entity B in order to kill as many civilians there as possible. Uses families and individual civilians as human shields to protect its own leaders from attack. Tortures and kills domestic political opponents.
Has no political or religious freedom and has no freedom of speech, press, or assembly, and no independent judiciary. Is a theocracy. Violently oppresses gays. Saturates its education and airwaves with a demonic hatred of Entity B. Rated a 6 by Freedom House in its 2014 report on freedom in the world. Seven is the worst possible rating. Entity A ranks 6 in freedom, 6 in civil liberties, and 6 in political rights.
Entity B : Recognizes the right of Entity A to an independent existence. Has never begun a war with Entity A. Has never targeted civilians in Entity A. In fact, it has sacrificed soldiers in order to avoid killing Entity A civilians. Domestic political opponents — including even supporters of Entity A — not only have freedom of assembly, press, and expression; they have political parties with representatives in Entity B’s parliament.
Has a completely independent judiciary and freedom of the press, assembly, and religion. Allows gays full civil rights. Has innumerable human-rights groups dedicated to the welfare of people belonging to Entity A. Has no education or broadcasts comparable to the daily hate in Entity A. Its Freedom House rating is 1.5 in freedom (1 is the best possible); 2 in civil liberties; 1 in political liberties.
So, then, with which entity does nearly every government in the world side? Entity A.