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Sunday, 25 January 2015
Imam at mosque where Lee Rigby's killers worshipped sues the BBC for calling him an 'extremist who encourages religious violence'
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A hardline imam at a mosque where the killers of soldier Lee Rigby worshipped is suing the BBC, saying it described him as an 'extremist'. Shakeel Begg, 37, is taking legal action after presenter Andrew Neil said on the Sunday Politics Show that the imam had praised jihad as 'the greatest of deeds'.

Mr Begg, head of the Lewisham Islamic Centre in South-East London, is demanding libel damages and that the BBC doesn't again call him an 'extremist' who 'encourages religious violence' According to the High Court writ, Mr Neil interviewed Farooq Murad, then head of the Muslim Council of Britain, during the Sunday Politics Show in November 2013.

Mr Neil said the East London Mosque in Whitechapel was 'a venue for a number of extremist speakers…who espouse extremist positions' The presenter added: 'This year Shakeel Begg, he spoke there and hailed jihad as the greatest of deeds.'

Mr Begg has said he cannot recall making such a speech at the East London Mosque.

Mr Begg did not deny Mr Rigby's killers – Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22 – attended the Lewisham Islamic Centre in the months leading up to the Woolwich attack.  But he said the Centre had issued a statement expressing 'shock and sadness'.

The BBC last night declined to comment.

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Posted on 01/25/2015 7:53 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 25 January 2015
The rising tide of anti-Semitism
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Per head of population, there were four times more hate crimes against Jewish targets than against Muslims. One Jewish MP, Lee Scott, received five death threats. “They were saying things like, 'You Jewish pig, we’re going to stone you to death’,” he says. “Always on the phone, and always on Monday evenings to my parliamentary office when they knew my staff had left.”

In parts of Britain, this newspaper has found, anti-Semitism is open, unashamed – and supported by the taxpayer. Only 25 miles north of Barnet, in Luton, one of the town’s main mosques, the Luton Islamic Centre, publishes statements on its website describing Jews as the “brethren of swine and pigs” and calling for “victory over the Jews and the rest of the enemies of Islam”.

One text on the “Palestinian Crisis” asks: “How do the brethren of swine and pigs [Jews] have the upper hand over the best Ummah among all the other nations [Muslims]?”

Another text states: “The Jews strive their utmost to corrupt the beliefs, morals and manners of the Muslims.”

After the Paris attacks, the mosque tweeted a lecture by Qadeer Baksh, its imam, saying that Muslims would be caused “much harm” by the “Christians and the Jews, the extremists among them”.

But, surprisingly given its views, an organisation closely linked to the mosque has been awarded public money for projects to rehabilitate Muslim former offenders and to “work with young people” in Luton.

The Ethnic Minority Training Project, chaired by one of the mosque’s trustees and run by an activist at the mosque, has received at least £75,000 from the local council, the Department for Work and Pensions, the EU and other bodies. According to the mosque’s website, it is a “partner” in the project with the Bedfordshire Probation Service and The Mount, one of the local prisons.

Luton is not the only place where groups with alleged links to anti-Semites have collected a subsidy. In 2013, a charity called the Peace Giving Foundation received a lottery grant of £118,000 to run a programme “empowering ethnic minority women”. At the time, the Peace Giving Foundation shared directors (and continues to share an address) with the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA), which sends extremist speakers to mosques and university societies.

Abdurraheem Green, the founder and head of IERA, once demanded that a Jewish man be removed from his sight when preaching at Speaker’s Corner. He has also said that the Jewish homeland is a “myth” and British public opinion is “totally hostage to the Zionist-controlled media”.

Other IERA speakers include Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick, who has called all Jews “filth”. Past members of the group’s advisory board are Hussain Yee, who blamed the Jews for 9/11, and Haitham al-Haddad, who described them as “the descendants of apes and pigs”.

More than £39,000 of the lottery grant has already been paid. The Big Lottery Fund said last night that payment of the remaining £78,000 had been stopped pending an investigation into the Peace Giving Foundation’s “connections”.

One step back from the open bigotry of people like this, it has long been a favourite rhetorical device of anti-Semites to associate British Jews with the behaviour of the Israeli government. 

As it happens, anti-Semitic incidents were already rising sharply in the first half of 2014, before the Israel-Gaza conflict began – but July, when the crisis started, saw an even bigger spike. That month, according to the London mayor’s office for policing and crime, 95 per cent of all hate crime in the capital was directed against Jewish targets.

Given this, Jewish community leaders in north London say they are troubled by a letter from Helen King, assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard, to a local MP saying that supporters of both sides “are increasingly incensed by new incidents in Gaza”, which has “ultimately led to an increase in anti-Semitic incidents and a corresponding rise in Islamophobic offences”.

There have in fact been almost no attacks on Muslims by supporters of Israel, let alone a “corresponding rise”. 

At the 2010 election, Mr Scott and other “Zionist” MPs were targeted for attack leaflets, telephone canvassing and pickets by the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), an extremist group which has often used the Z-word interchangeably with Israeli or Jewish (it described the Talmud as a “Zionist holy book”, though it was written centuries before Zionism existed). MPAC borrows the words of Abdullah Azzam, mentor to Osama bin Laden, to describe itself as a “vanguard” of those who “sacrifice their souls and their blood in order to bring victory to our ambitions and convictions”.

Most of MPAC’s boasting about its huge electoral influence can be easily exposed as blowhard lies, but it may indeed have helped change the outcome in strongly Muslim Bradford East. The incumbent, Labour’s Terry Rooney (not Jewish, but pro-Israeli) lost by 365 votes in the 2010 general election after MPAC distributed thousands of leaflets calling him a Zionist Islamophobe and “warmonger” who could not represent Muslims.

The winner, the Liberal Democrat David Ward, has fulfilled all MPAC’s wildest hopes. In 2013, he was suspended from the Lib Dem parliamentary party after criticising “the Jews” for inflicting atrocities on the Palestinians and questioning Israel’s right to exist. 

During the Gaza conflict last year he stated: “If I lived in Gaza, would I fire a rocket? Probably yes.” His response to Paris: “Je suis Palestinian.” 

 

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Posted on 01/25/2015 7:18 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 25 January 2015
For Anyone Coming In Late, The Story of M Robert Redeker, Who Wrote A "Le Figaro" Article Critical of Islam and Mohammed in 2006 And Has Had To Live in Hiding Ever Since
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Robert Redeker - a clear-sighted French high school teacher, a teacher of philosophy - wrote just one little, lapidary article coolly and rationally describing and criticising Islam, the Quran, Mohammed, and the conduct of Muslims in France.  For that one short article (which was quickly evaporated from the archives of "Le Figaro") he received a deluge of death threats - from Muslims - which drove him into hiding, where he remains.

The wikipedia summary of his story is here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Redeker

A New English Review essay - "The Redeker Case" -  by Hugh Fitzgerald on the subject of Robert Redeker,  and the Muslim assault upon him, can be read here:

http://www.newenglishreview.org/blog_direct_link.cfm/blog_id/2494

Hugh points out that Redeker did not make fun of Mohammed, nor did he invent anything. He described Mohammed exactly as he is described in the Islamic texts; but making it clear he regarded Mohammed's character as deplorable, not as admirable.  "Infidels are not permitted to express any view of Islam that is critical...".

Embedded within that essay is a link to an excellent little article by Robert Spencer, entitled "The Philosopher and the Fatwa", which appeared in Frontpage online on October 2 2006.  

http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=2299

Nidra Poller, whose articles have appeared from time to time at New English Review, wrote a piece on Redeker - "Refugee in His Own Country" - for 'Standpoint' in February 2009.

http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/node/829/full

And for any of our readers who have "woken up" but lately to the dangerousness of Islam, and may not even have heard of M. Redeker, who had to flee into hiding in 2006 pursued by a barrage of death threats from pious Muslims, here is a link at which you can read the offending 'Le Figaro' article - which M. Redeker entitled "Face aux intimidations Islamistes, que doit faire le monde libre?" - en Francais:

http://sebtheb.free.fr/Redeker.html

and here is another link where you can read the article in an English translation; not the most perfect of translations, but it will do.

http://extremecentre.org/2006/09/28/robert-bedeker-english-translation/

"What Should the Free World Do While Facing Islamist Intimidation?"

Here is the final paragraph.  His reference to Benedict XVI is in connection with theatrical displays of Muslim rage that were ginned up world-wide when Benedict, in a speech at Regensburg, quoted a Byzantine emperor's criticism of Islam.

"Hatred and violence dwell in the book with which every Muslim is brought up, the Koran.  As in the Cold War, where violence and intimidation were the methods used by an ideology hell-bent on hegemony, so today Islam tries to put its leaden mantle all over the world.  Benedict XVI's cruel experience is testimony to this.  Nowadays the West has to be called the "free world" in comparison to the Muslim world; likewise, the enemies of the "free world", the zealous bureaucrats of the Koran's vision, swarm in the very centre of the free world."

And things are even worse today, eight years later, than they were in 2006 when Redeker first wrote those words.

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Posted on 01/25/2015 3:11 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Sunday, 25 January 2015
One Australian Infidel Woman's Description of What She Saw At that Muslim Threat Display in Lakemba, Sydney, on 23.1.2015
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She and a number of other non-Muslim Australians - the total number being about twenty, of whom eight travelled with her, and another twelve came independently of the group she was with, but with similar intent - had gone to take a look, to 'fly the flag' by letting the Muslims know that infidel Aussies had 'got their number', and to take their own photographs and record their own impressions, in order to be able to compare what they themselves saw, heard, and recorded, with whatever the official news outlets chose to tell us.

Her account, calm and measured, and with some very telling pictures, can be read in its entirety at this link, at an Islamoaware Australian site called Islam4Infidels.

http://islam4infidels.com/eyewitness-at-lakemba/

A few comments.

Something she notices immediately is that the Muslim rally was focused around the Lakemba war memorial. These sorts of local war memorials, all over the country, are basically Aussie sacred sites.  The Muslims, I am sure, did not choose this location to do their 'grandstanding' by accident.  

She confirms the publicly reported numbers: she thinks that that at least was accurately reported, 800 looked about right.

She also explains that she and the other 20 Australian infidels who were quietly observing and recording proceedings were, at a certain point, removed by the police; when this happened they (our intrepid Aussie observers, or reconnaissance team) were told that it was for their own safety, that the police believed they were going to be attacked.

And this was what shocked her more than anything else.  I quote: "...that we were asked to remove ourselves from a public rally. A rally that was held on Australian soil, in an Australian city, my city. Not only that, we were advised not to return to that area (Lakemba - CM) once we had left.

"I hold the police in the highest regard...but found it incomprehensible that the very police that should be protecting my right to voice my opinions, participate in my freedom of speech, and alone stand in a public street, were the very people removing me...

"By removing us from a suburb and public street that should belong to ALL of us, I was witness to the "Islam will rule your streets" gaining a foothold. And I was disgusted."

More, "I observed my right to remain on a public street being refused.  I was witness to Islamic men giving me death stares and making it well known that they were angry that we were there".

And she says something else that should resonate particularly with the French, and with the Germans of PEGIDA, and with intelligent non-Muslims in every country where non-Muslims still command a sufficient majority.

"I am able to contradict the media's portrayal of what occurred because I was there.

"I personally think more could have been achieved with more people standing by my side, especially if we stood there in silence but there was more of us. (By this she means: the silent, watchful non-Muslims should have numbered at least 1000.  I agree. - CM)

"Why?

"Because our mere presence on what they deem as "their soil" makes them uncomfortable.  You can almost physically see them squirm.'

"And I like that.  Silence, but greater numbers, is far superior. It gives us the upper hand in showing them by the numbers that we aren't accepting of their views, of their Islam.

"By being silent, again provides us with the upper hand, in that the media can't accuse [us] of inciting violence by being antagonistic.  It makes it harder for the media to provide footage of us being aggressive.

"But most importantly,it makes it impossible for the Islamists (sic: the Muslim Mob - CM) to play the victim card."

Thank you, my fellow Aussie.

Thank you, you and the other twenty people who were with you.  Thank you for being there, to fly the flag, and for your insights.

Next time - and there's sure to be a next time - there had better be more of us. A lot more. - CM

 

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Posted on 01/25/2015 12:54 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
A Musical Interlude: I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (Annette Hanshaw)
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Listen here.

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Posted on 01/24/2015 8:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Daniel Sibony: France Cannot Change Islam, But Can Islam Change France?
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Posted on 01/24/2015 8:40 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Pro-Nazi Sentiments In Sharjah During The War
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And note Abdullah bin Faris, who tried to get British citizenship, failed, and then immediately became an advocate for Nazi Germany, but still feigning outward loyalty to England in the presence of the agent for England Al-Razuki

Here.

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Posted on 01/24/2015 5:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Watch “Night Will Fall” about Nazi Atrocities During the Holocaust
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Jewish Children liberated at Auschwitz, February 1945

Source : Archives of the US National Holocaust Memorial

Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

On January 27, 1945 forward units of the 100th Rifle Division of the 1st Ukrainian Front entered the Auschwitz Birkenau death camp precinct liberating several thousand remaining survivors. More than 1.1 million were murdered there by the Nazi SS, 1 million of them Jews.  Among the first groups they encountered in the remaining barracks were children, twins, victims of the ‘angel of death, Dr. Josef Mengele’s sadistic medical experiments.  The Russian troopers in their white camouflage coats hugged and gave them chocolate.  These Jewish children hadn’t felt any humane treatment during their enforced incarceration in Auschwitz.


Earlier in January 1945 the SS blew up the remaining crematoria. An earlier one was destroyed in the lone heroic resistance effort by Jews inside the camp in October 1944 with dynamite secured by Jewish women inmates.  The SS guards assembled more than 60,000 camp inmates  in January 1945 who  sent on a forced death march from which only 12,000 survived.  One of the survivors of that death march was the Nobel Laureate Eli Wiesel who as a youth of 16 was eventually liberated by the US Army at Buchenwald in April 1945. Another Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor was Italian Jewish resistance fighter, chemist and author Primo Levi who received his Nobel award for Literature, posthumously in 2002. Levi fell to his death in his family home in Turin in 1987, some say depressed by the atrocities  he had witnessed. Wiesel’s biographic works about his experience at Auschwitz the forced march and liberation were memorialized in his trilogy Night, Dawn and Day.  Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz: if this is a Man was testimony to the Nazi dehumanization and perseverance to survive and return home.


 Another 5 million Jews didn’t survive.  They were murdered in unspeakable ways in the einstazgruppen slaughter in Russia, death camps in Germany and occupied Europe.  Their fate in the Final Solution was ratified by the SS at the Wansee Conference in Berlin on January 20, 1942. The objective of the SS Conference was to make Europe judenrein.  Among the Six Million European Jews murdered were 1.5 million children.  The Jewish children those Russian troops encountered at Auschwitz on January 27, 1945 were among the lucky survivors.

Israelis at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Source:  AP

Palestinian leads 2015 UN International Holocaust Memorial at Auschwitz Birkenau

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 is the 10th annual UN International Holocaust Memorial Day. Ynet.com  drew attention that this year’s  annual commemoration with be headed by a Palestinian UN official.  Maher Nasser will host the event,  Palestinian to host UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day to be held at the site of the death camps at Auschwitz- Birkenau in Poland.  Nasser was  born in Albrieh, a village near Ramallah. The 25 year UN bureaucrat   held posts in Gaza and  Jerusalem. eHeh HH He  now holds a management position in the UN Department of Public Information.  Ironic  in that the Haj Amin al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, fled to Berlin from Baghdad  following the Farhud, the Nazi-Arab massacre of Jews  in 1941.  The  was welcomed as  Hitler’s house guest during WWII. He  promoted  the genocide of Six Million European Jewish men, women and Children and sponsoring the recruitment of Muslim Waffen SS units in the Balkans.   

UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon will attend.   Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin will lead an Israeli delegation.  Rivlin will speak about the rise of Global Anti-Semitism and the threat of Islamic Jihadism. More than 100 Holocaust and Russian veterans will also attend the ceremonies at Auschwitz. In the Israeli delegation will be former Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom  in 2005 proposed the UN commemoration of the Holocaust  to “honor of the six million Jews, 1 million Gypsies, 250,000 disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.”

The documentary on Nazi crimes,  Night Will Fall

The Auschwitz-Birkenau UN commemoration of the Holocaust may not be televised. However, on the eve of International Holocaust Memorial Day, January 26th,  at 9PM EST, HBO  will show a documentary on  Nazi atrocities , Night Will Fall.   It is based  on archival footage taken by British military photographers and cinematographers following the liberation of Nazi concentration camp, Bergen –Belsen in April 1945.  Famed Hollywood film director Alfred Hitchcock was briefly involved with the original British documentary in 1945.  Marlow Stern in his Daily Beast review of Night Will Fall, Inside Alfred Hitchcock’s Lost Holocaust Documentary,noted how the original project and Hitchock’s involvement came about:

Back in 1945, Sidney Bernstein, the chief of the Psychological Warfare Film Section of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, was commissioned to create the definitive documentary chronicling the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. Bernstein’s aim was, in his words, to “prove one day that this had actually happened” and have it serve as “a lesson to all mankind as well as to the Germans.”

He eventually roped in his good pal, Alfred Hitchcock, to serve as the film’s supervising director. But the horrifying and heartbreaking footage of numerous concentration camps, shot by British, American, and Russian World War II soldiers as they were being liberated, became tangled up in a complicated web of politics and artistic rows. A magnificent new HBO documentary pulls back the veil on the making of German Concentration Camps: Factual Survey.

The eye-opening film-on-a-film, Night Will Fall, will premiere January 26 on HBO. It is narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, produced by Stephen Frears and Brett Ratner, and directed by Andre Singer, who serves as president of The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain.  Singer executive producer  of  the documentaries The Act of Killing and Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss. It was done in concert with London’s Imperial War Museum, and took 18 months of poring over thousands of feet of film to trace the making of the unmade epic.

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The British soldiers found tens of thousands of emaciated prisoners inside the camp, many of whom were on the brink of death by starvation. The camera lingers on piles of naked, skeletal corpses stacked several bodies high, as well as line after line of dead children. A total of 30,000 corpses were witnessed by Allied troops, according to the film. Singer managed to track down several British soldiers who were there, and some break down in tears recalling the horrors.

“It’s very difficult to describe,” recalls survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who was 19 when Bergen-Belsen was liberated. “You’ve spent years preparing yourself to die, and you’re still here. Every British soldier looked like a God to us.”

Alissa Simon in her August 2014 Variety  review of Night Will fall, reported that,  “rather than wait, the impatient American government commissioned [Hollywood director]  Billy Wilder to use their footage [from German Concentration Camps Factual Survey] . Singer includes an excerpt of Wilder’s short film, Death Mills, intended for German and Austrian audiences, and clips from an interview with Wilder.”

Dorothy Rabinowitz in her Wall Street Journal review of Night Will Fall: Nazi Crimes on Film  explains why the original footage of the British film languished in the vaults of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) after excerpts were shown in the Nuremberg Trial of Nazi leaders:

Still, despite the stellar talents and authority of its creators, the film would be stored, rather than seen. Though its footage would provide some of the most damning testimony presented at the Nuremberg war crimes [trials].  It would be housed, from 1952 on, in the archives of the Imperial War Museum. Then four years ago the IWM undertook the enormous task of restoring and digitizing the documentary, along with the long-missing sixth reel. “Night Will Fall,” a new documentary about the historic film, leaves no question as to the reason it was withheld. Its commentators note that the British government then, whose policy was to bar any flow of European Jews to Palestine, was not eager to present a film that would create a great deal of sympathy for these survivors, as such a film surely would.

These graphic revelations of the Nazi final solution atrocities against millions of Jews and others should be a warning of the primary objective of the Global Jihad movement:  the annihilation of Jews, Christians and minority religions sought by Muslim extremists, following the way of Allah.

  

 

 

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Posted on 01/24/2015 3:00 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Radical Islam poses a real, direct threat to the West — including Canada
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It is distressing to witness the waffling and quibbling in both federal opposition parties over Canada’s contribution to the anti-terrorist effort in the Middle East, and even more depressing to note the failure of the opposition to show any recognition of the nature of the intensifying struggle between the West and radical Islam. I have expressed here before my concerns about the steady deterioration of the size and condition of our armed forces (though the personnel are of uniformly high quality). But Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister John Baird have consistently and often courageously recognized the nature of the terrorist threat, and particularly the fraudulence of the arguments calling Israel an apartheid society with no right to exist as a Jewish state.

The recent outrages in Paris have caused the more discerning political leadership and commentariat in many countries to recognize that the Israelis are just a pretextual grievance, because they are in territory the Arabs claim as their own. (This is bunk, as the territory of Israel was always inhabited by some Jews and was previously governed by the British, Turks, Crusaders, Byzantines, Romans, and Jews, and never by Arabs, but that is almost beside the point.) The real enemy is the entire West, not just, or even particularly, Israel.

The associate publisher of the influential Paris newspaper Le Figaro wrote last week in an uplifting “Declaration” that a “new religious war on a planetary scale” has been declared. (The piece evokes Emile Zola’s seminal “J’Accuse” in Georges Clemenceau’s L’Aurore in 1898 during the Dreyfus Affair.) “Islamists massacre Christians in Egypt, Iraq, Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria, all over, in fact,” he wrote. He predicted a “pitiless unleashing of a renascent Islam … by the immense Islamized masses of the Third World and our great metropolises,” motivated by a “hatred of Christianity (that) vastly exceeds all problems of faith. Attacking churches, priests, other religious personnel, and the faithful, Islamists wish to destroy Western civilization, democracy, capitalism, what they call ‘neo-colonialism,’ equality of the sexes, the Rights of Man, all progress as we conceive it. Marx, Lenin, and Stalin have been replaced (as enemies of the West) by Allah and the Prophet. Bellicose imams have taken the places of the political commissars … We weep with our usual crocodile tears for the Copts murdered in Egypt and Christians assassinated in Baghdad as the representatives of the West, European culture, capitalism, neo-colonialism, the dollar and Coca-Cola,” though they antedated the Muslims in the Nile Valley and Baghdad by five centuries, “but we sit by passively with folded arms.”

This elegant and fiery French polemical writer reached his apotheosis with the demand for an end to nauseating platitudes about “Islamo-Christian amity … and the harmonious co-habitation of our three monotheisms, the avoidance of absurd and sometimes odious references to the ‘most sober hours in our history,’ and the cessation of the repentances and cowardices” of the West.

It was stirring stuff and though slightly overstated, he is closer to the mark with claims that all Islam hates and wishes the destruction of the West than are most of our pitiful Western leaders still imputing these incidents to a few malcontents, the pressing of “hot buttons” of Muslim sensitivity, or some new manifestation of Western avarice, patronization of other cultures, or supposedly compulsive belligerency. For five minutes last week, a White House spokesman dangled jerkily like an imperfectly hanged man before the press corps trying unsuccessfully to explain the administration’s aversion to any reference to “Islamist extremism.” I am relieved, and all Canada should be grateful, that Harper and Baird see it plain as the outright evil that all this terrorist activity is. If, as a civilization and an alliance (however tattered), the West recognized that much of Islam is anti-West and if we required that Muslim national and religious leaders condemn violence or suffer onerous consequences for tacitly (or overtly) condoning it, we would swiftly separate the world’s many decent Muslims from the loopies who keep killing Christians and Jews.

The underlying problem has almost nothing to do directly with the West: Muslim countries have failed at self-government almost everywhere, and have had very little success in developing civic values. This is one of the many reasons why both George W. Bush’s crusade for democracy and Barack Obama’s Cairo speech exalting Arab history were nonsense. The democratic choice of Muslim Arab electors is apt to be the anti-democratic, Islamist party, as with Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and, until the army intervened in its constitutional role as conservator of democracy, Algeria. (The Algerian army stopped the free election of an anti-democratic party to preserve democracy, in 1992.) The comparative success of the West gnaws at Muslim sensibilities, and the poor living conditions of many Muslim immigrants in the West aggravate their unhappiness.

There is particular merit to this in France, where those Muslims who had been loyal to France in the Algerian War and fled the independent Algeria for France were shabbily treated. This explains both the greater numbers and greater agitation of the French Muslims than the German-resident Turks, who are styled “guest-workers” and came to Germany under specified conditions and on temporary visas. These are ancillary problems of the post-Christian implosion of much of Europe’s birthrate, but they are temporary phenomena — the birthrate is already starting to rise in some areas of Europe (and not just among Muslims), and so, tentatively, is Christianity. To a large extent, the same lumpen-left that thinks the West is responsible for Muslim attacks on it, that Israel is an apartheid state, that the Roman Catholic Church is just a superstition-mongering humbug, claptrap and hallelujah factory run by septuagenarian celibates and closeted homosexuals, are themselves too dyspeptic or self-obsessed to procreate in self-sustaining numbers. All of these schools of misjudgment are beginning to crumble.

Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair certainly don’t belong in any of these dark holes, and the leaders of the opposition have a duty to oppose. But they are making too much of the exchange of fire between ISIS and Canadian forces in Iraq. The prime minister told the House of Commons that forces were not being sent to the Middle East in ground combat roles, but everyone knew they were entering a war zone and there was always a possibility of hostile encounters. It is specious to claim from this that Harper misled Parliament. Justin Trudeau’s comment in October about Harper “whipping out” our CF-18 jets to show how big they are was gratuitous locker room laddishness that trivialized a serious subject involving risk-taking for a good cause by members of our armed forces (even if Harper’s bellicosity, many decibels above what is altogether credible for a country of such emasculated military force as Canada has become, invites skepticism). And both opposition leaders should stop this nonsense that we can’t distribute aid to refugees at the same time as we participate in the military action against the terrorist forces that apparently inspired the attack on the Centre Block of Parliament that caused the prime minister to take refuge in a broom closet.

More importantly, the entire political and media community in this country, as it apparently has in France, must stop playing little Red Riding Hood with what is an attack on our civilization. Canada is a designated target. Everything that almost all Canadians believe in is being comprehensively assaulted, and distributing blankets and running around with our hair on fire when shots are exchanged in combat zones is not even the start of an adequate response. The United States plunged thoughtlessly into Iraq, and almost as mindlessly, abruptly decamped from it, helping create ISIS. It is somnambulating to the end of the Obama fantasy. Unlike most of his countrymen, the president doesn’t speak of the Islamist threat in realistic terms. But even he understands that the local forces of armed opposition to terror have to be assisted, and American political divisions are no excuse for half-measures and posturing here, or for a failure by our opposition to get to grips with this widespread international problem, especially now that it is active within our country.

First published in the National Post.

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Posted on 01/24/2015 1:17 PM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
In this fight, "We have to also keep our heads" - John Kerry
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Posted on 01/24/2015 1:03 PM by Richard Butrick
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Professor William A. Cook, Whom The Israeli Writer Fails To Properly Diagnose
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After you've read this article, and well before the end, you will have no difficulty, and should not be the slightest bit reluctant, to call Professor William A. Cook, about whom the Israeli author is far too kind, as an obvious antisemite, one who pretends to want to "find out more" but does so only to go through the motions, for a bit of protective cover -- as if he were genuinely fairminded and wanted to find out more, from the israeli side. Clearly that for him is a little act. He's not alone, of course, for there are lots of lunatics on the loose from the Laughing Academy. But let him be the representative of the phenomenon.

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Posted on 01/24/2015 12:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
I don’t want to live under Islamic blasphemy law. That doesn’t make me racist
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Douglas Murray in the Spectator. You should follow the link and read it all. 

I have spent most of the last fortnight debating Islam and blasphemy and wanted to take the opportunity to put down a few unwritten thoughts.

In the immediate aftermath of the Paris atrocities most of the people who thought the journalists and cartoonists in some sense ‘had it coming to them’ kept their heads down.  I encountered a few who did not, including Asghar Bukhari from the MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Committee).  In the aftermath of the atrocity Asghar was immediately eager to smear the cartoonists and editors of Charlie Hebdo as racists.  From what he and others of his ilk have been sending around since, they appear to have dug down into a narrative which now goes something like this: ‘The murders had nothing to do with Islam, Muslims or Islamic blasphemy law.  They certainly had something to do with Western foreign policy or domestic Islamophobia.  But by the way Charlie Hebdo is a racist magazine.’

For the first time, MPAC proved to be ahead of the curve.  Because by the end of the first week after the atrocity more ‘mainstream’ and ‘moderate’ voices joined in with this narrative.  .  . And by this particular standard (ignoring Charlie Hebdo’s attacks on all presidents, popes and politicians) the magazine’s portrayal of Mohammed constituted a clear criticism of Islam, which is uniquely bad because Islam is followed by Muslims and Muslims constitute a cowering and beleaguered minority.

But like most other arguments against Charlie Hebdo in recent weeks what this boils down to is a scramble for a justification for why Islamic blasphemy law must be observed even in Western Europe.

The most shocking scramble came from the Cambridge don Abdal Hakim Murad (‘Tim Winters’ until his conversion to Islam).  Hakim, or Tim, is often held up as a model of moderation, though I have had reason to doubt this claim before.  And now there is even more cause to doubt it, because earlier this week we had him (and remember this is someone regularly held up as one of the great hopes of ‘liberal’ Islam in Britain) using the pages of the Telegraph to argue that the law of the land in Britain should be used to prosecute anyone who blasphemes Islam.  In the UK.  In the 21st century. More on this terrible article fromHugh Fitzgerald here.

Hakim / Tim also went on to describe drawings of his ‘prophet’ as an ‘act of violence’.  We should dwell on that for a moment.  A drawing of Mohammed is an ‘act of violence.’  Taken along with his other claims (about how beleaguered, put-upon and persecuted he thinks Muslims are across Europe) someone who had just delved back into the news after an absence of several weeks might easily come away  with the idea that earlier this month a bunch of cartoonists stormed a mosque in Paris and gunned down Muslims.  Like a lot of other readers of Hakim / Tim’s article, I was also left wondering how many years you would have to go back to find a Cambridge don using the pages of the Telegraph to call for greater state enforcement of blasphemy laws.  

Like I said, read it all. 

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Posted on 01/24/2015 12:41 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Japanese hostage feared killed as government says will not give in to terrorism
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From the Telegraph

Isil jihadists are feared to have beheaded one of two Japanese hostages for whom they had demanded $200 million in ransom in a video released last week.

In an audio tape sent to the family of one of the hostages, Kenji Goto, he appeals for help and say that the other, his friend Haruna Yukawa, has been killed.

As he speaks, Mr Goto is shown in a still photograph, in which he holds up another photograph showing what seems to be Mr Yukawa’s decapitated body with his head lying on his back – a now standard method used by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to display its victims.

“You have seen the photo of my cellmate Haruna slaughtered in the land of the Islamic Caliphate,” he says, addressing the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe. “You were warned. You were given a deadline and so my captors acted upon their words. Abe, you killed Haruna. You did not take the threat of my captors seriously and you did not act within 72 hours.”

Mr Goto then goes on to say his captors have changed their demands. They are no longer asking for money, he says, but for a prisoner exchange.

He says they want the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, who was convicted of taking part in a suicide bombing of the Jordanian capital Amman in 2005, along with her husband, which killed scores of people. Her own suicide belt failed to go off. She is also said to be a sister of Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, a former senior figure in the Islamic State of Iraq, who was killed before it morphed into its current form and was still part of the Iraqi insurgency against the American-led coalition.

The tape lacks the usual high-quality and melodramatic production values of normal Isil videos, and there was an initial suspicion that it might have been faked.

However, Mr Goto’s family, who received the tape on Friday night, are taking it seriously. They have been in regular contact with the kidnappers since he went to Syria in October and disappeared the following month. Isil had previously privately asked for a much lower ransom. 

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Posted on 01/24/2015 12:18 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
American Girl Seeks Travel, Romance with ISIS
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All tears and remorse now, but the judge wasn't buying it. SMN Weekly:

A 19-year-old Colorado woman has been sentenced on Friday to four years in prison for trying to join the Islamic State in Syria.

Shannon Conley, who admitted guilt in wanting to become an ISIS bride and participate in its jihad in the Middle East, is one of the first Americans to be sentenced for conspiracy to support ISIS.

Before sentencing, Conley tearfully told the judge that she never wanted to hurt anyone. She said it was after her arrest that she learned the truth about the ISIS and after reading the entire Quran, she concluded that “the scholars” she had been following in her online research about Islam had distorted the Quran.

She called her situation a “life-altering” experience and said she now renounced jihad.

Conley also pleaded to the judge, saying she is not a threat to society.

But U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore told Conley, “I’m not going to take a chance with you.”

Moore said he doubted Conley’s views had changed, and she needs psychological help. He also sentenced her to three years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service and prohibited her from possessing black powder used in explosives.

Conley was arrested at Denver International Airport in April 2014. Investigators said she told them she was going to Turkey to await word from an ISIS member in Syria, a man she met on the Internet and planned to marry.

Conley received a sentence that was also recommended by prosecutors seeking to send a message of deterrence, but Judge Moore noted during sentencing, “What is it that will cause others to stop” in the future.

Meanwhile, Conley’s lawyer, Assistant Federal Defender Robert Pepin, said he was disappointed with the sentence and noted that the plea agreement imposed limitations on any appeal.

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Posted on 01/24/2015 12:12 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Reports: ISIL Video Claims 1 of 2 Japanese Hostages Beheaded
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USA Today:

The Islamic State reportedly released a new video Saturday claiming one of the two Japanese captives had been beheaded and issuing new demands for the other hostage's release.

In the video, Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto holds a photo that purportedly shows the dead body of the second hostage, Haruna Yukawa. SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based organization that monitors extremist websites, said the video had been distributed across several Islamic State-linked Twitter accounts.

The Japanese government said it is seeking to verify the video, BBC reported. A government spokesman called the apparent execution of Yukawa "outrageous" and "unacceptable," Reuters reported.

The video could not be independently verified. SITE has reported on several Islamic State videos in the past that proved authentic. Kyodo News agency reported the same video had been e-mailed to the wife of one of the hostages.

Patrick Ventrell, deputy spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council, the intelligence community "is working to confirm its authenticity."

He said the U.S. strongly condemns Islamic State for its actions and called for the release of all remaining hostages. "The United States is fully supportive of Japan in this matter," he said. "We stand in solidarity with Japan and are coordinating closely."

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Posted on 01/24/2015 11:59 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Muslim gang barred from gathering in large groups and burning flags after violent outbursts at rallies led by hate preacher Anjem Choudary
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From the Daily Mail

Twelve Muslim men have been banned from gathering in large groups after violent outbursts at a rally led by radical hate preacher Anjem Choudary. Four of the men have been served with a three-year anti-social behaviour order that also prevents them from carrying flags or setting fire to items in protest.

Judge Paul Worsley QC said the orders were necessary to protect members of the public.

He also restricted what eight of the men are allowed to do when attending a Dawah - a public event where Islam is preached. Judge Worsley issued the order at the Old Bailey after hearing a day-long argument from lawyers for the men who suggested the Asbo would breach their right to religious expression.

He ruled: ‘I am entirely satisfied that an order to limit the conduct of these defendants is appropriate in each case. They have proved they are prepared to behave in a way which is totally unacceptable involving violence or threat of violence to members of the public going about their business. I take the view it is necessary for the protection of the public and to ensure crime is not committed that Asbo orders are made.’  

The twelve men named in the orders are Munim Adbul, 33, Mohan Uddin, 37, Mohammed Alamgir, 35, Kamran Khan, 30, Qadeer Ahmed, 29, Mohammed Naseer Khan, 31, Moshiur Rahman, 32, Jalal Ahmed, 26, Yousef Bashir, 34, Mirza Ali, 40, Abu Aziz, 32, and Jordan Horner, 21.

Picture from the Daily Mail, by Jack Taylor

Two of them, Mirza Ali and Abu Aziz, 32, have already left the UK and are believed to be in Syria. All are from Luton and Walthamstow, east London.

Four of the group of Sunni Muslims - Ali, Uddin, Alamgir, and Khan - were involved in an attack on rival Shia Muslims during a protest march in Edgware Road on 10 May. Sectarian violence broke out during the rally, organised by Choudary, at which the hate preacher was calling out for jihad in Syria.

Two men were beaten to the ground as members of the violent mob screamed: 'This is what is going to happen to all Shia' and  'Shias are kaffirs. They are the enemy within. They are evil.'

Under the terms of the Asbo, the four men are banned from participating in any protests if notification has not been given to the local authority or police. They are also banned from burning items on protests except for smoking materials or braziers, carrying a flagpole at protests, or approaching members of the public at protests.

Eight days after the march, all of the group except Horner, Alamgir and Ali, took part in an attack on a football fan as they ran a extremist Islamic stall on Oxford street, central London. The mob cleared the area of Muslim women and children before attacking Andrew White, and handed out Muslim propaganda as their victim was lying prone on the ground.

Following the attack the men began shouting 'f*** the Queen.'

One of the group, Jordan Horner, 31, was already subject to an Asbo for taking part in vigilante patrols in east London calling for a Sharia State in the UK. 

Those involved in the Oxford Street incident are banned under the Asbo from setting up a dawa stall without first having informed the local authority and obtained permission where necessary. They are also banned from performing dawa within 200m of any other stall, performing dawa while displaying a banner or flag save for a two-metre banner, being in a dawa group where a flagpole is held, or being in a dawa group where items are burnt save for smoking materials or braziers.

Under the terms of the order dawa is defined as ‘proselytising in a public place not including a mosque’.

The third restriction, which relates to all twelve, states that they ‘must not be in company with each other when attending any protest, demonstration or rally.’

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Posted on 01/24/2015 3:30 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Robert Redeker: On The Fanatical Muslims Who Wish To Destroy France
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Posted on 01/24/2015 2:58 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 23 January 2015
Egyptian Imam: Europe Will Become One Islamic State
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Demography, Boumediene and Qaddafy and other Muslims know -- and non-Muslims don't want to know, don't want to think about it - is destiny.

Here.

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Posted on 01/23/2015 9:43 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 23 January 2015
Belgium, Integration, Moroccans, Turks
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Posted on 01/23/2015 9:31 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 23 January 2015
Valls Tells Lyceens To "Get Used To Terrorism"
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Posted on 01/23/2015 9:09 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 23 January 2015
Life In Mosul
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Posted on 01/23/2015 9:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 23 January 2015
Sydney, Australia: Muslim Threat Display Mustered 800, Police Kept the Lid On It
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And meanwhile, in another part of western Sydney, around the same time, there was - or was going to be - a protest by some intelligent non-Muslim Sydneysiders who are not happy about the construction in their vicinity of yet another Mohammedan Mob forward operating base/ jihad-incitement-and-recruitment-centre alias 'mosque', but there was no word about that in the news that I could find, so I assume it went off peacefully.

First up, Channel 9 anticipating the two projected rallies, both Muslim and Infidel.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/01/23/08/08/police-to-keep-close-eye-on-dual-sydney-protests

'Anti-Mosque Protest To Be Held in Sydney On Same Night As Prophet Muhammad March'.

'An Islamic group is planning a rally in Sydney's west today to peacefully voice their objections at insults directed at the Prophet Muhammad.

Dear Channel Nine: that should be "their 'prophet' Muhammad".  Because nobody except Muslims calls him a 'prophet'.  Or you could have got around the problem by saying "Muhammad, the founder of their belief system". - CM

'An anti-mosque protest and an Islamic demonstration protesting [against] depictions of the prophet Muhammad (correction: the Muslims' prophet Muhammad - CM) will both be held in western Sydney this evening [Friday 23 January] with police keeping a close eye on both.

'The "Stop the Mosque" protest at Penrith Train Station at 6.30 pm has been organised to rally against the construction of two mosques in the Penrith area, with event organiser Tyler Winchester describing the developments as "a slippery slope for Penrith of terror and crime".

Given the history of Islam over the past 1400 years, and more particularly, what we are seeing in France and the UK, and the number of instances in which mosques have been discovered to be engaged in illegal activities and in the fomenting of hatred and incitement toward violent attacks upon non-Muslims, he is entirely correct.  Where there are mosques sooner or later there is trouble for any circumambient Infidels.  I wonder whether Mr Winchester has read ex-Muslim Sam Solomon's little book, "The Mosque and Its Role in Society". If he hasn't, I think he would find it very useful, along with Sam Solomon's other book, "Al Hijra: The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration". - CM

'The protest follows the Penrith City Council's approval in Octber and November last year for mosques to be built at Kemps Creek and Penrith.  

One must note that this is on the main transport corridor from Sydney westward over the Dividing Range. - CM

'Independent Liberal councillor Marcus Cornish said at the time it would bring more violent crime to the area.

"I grew up in Auburn and their first mosque in 1979 and now they have three and it is not a safe place to walk around at all", he said at a council meeting.

In other words, he has experienced what some call "mosque blight"; he has witnessed Islamisation first hand. According to the official census figures from 2011 Auburn is now at least 42 percent Muslim.  Which is well over the percentage - around ten percent - at which the Ummah tends to really start throwing its weight around. - CM

'Around 200 people have confirmed they will attend the protest.

'Meanwhile, further east in the (heavily Islamified - CM) suburb of Lakemba, a Muslim group by the name of "Our Prophet, Our Honour", will stage a demonstration at 8.30 pm today at Lakemba Train Station, marching against depictions of the prophet Muhammad.

One may note that they don't just object to satirical or comic depictions. They are against all depictions, period. And that ban is a subset of the entirely-orthodox sharia ban on all visual representations of living beings; not just of Mohammed (though he does get special attention), but of any living being, human, animal or mythical. That ban has not always been observed but it is there and it is by no means a dead letter.  - CM

'Known as "Stand United for Prophet Muhammad" the protest is to show the Muslim community's love for their Prophet and to reject the attacks on him.

To draw a picture, any picture, of mohammed, is supposedly to 'attack' him. To criticise him is to 'attack' him. But to murder those who draw the pictures or make the criticism? ...Perfectly halal.  To the Muslim mind, anything other than total submission - by everyone on earth - to their diktats = "attack". - CM

'A statement on the group's Facebook event said: "Stand together to show that we are not phased by these attacks, and continue to love and follow his legacy".

Ah yes, his legacy.  Assassinating critics, assassinating 'apostates', waging jihad fi sabil allah, robbing caravans, attacking and pillaging the peaceful Jewish farmers of the Khaybar Oasis, raping, enslaving, terrorising and mass-murdering anybody who refuses to Submit.  Forbidding music and pictures and wine and ordering the wholesale killing of pet dogs.  Commanding the beating of wives (Quran 4.34) and proclaiming, in the hadiths, that a man shall not be asked why he beat his wife.  Commanding and presiding over and actually carrying out torturings and beheadings of helpless captives.  Wedding and bedding girls as young as nine, just as Mohammed did to little Aisha.  Taking multiple wives - with multiple sex slaves on the side - just as Mohammed did.   Killing non-Muslim men and then seizing their terrified, grieving daughters or sisters or widows, and raping those women and girls and stuffing them into the harem, just as Mohammed did to Rayhana and Safiyya.  Enslaving people and then selling them as slaves, to make money.  Making treaties and then breaking them as soon as one feels strong enough to go in for the kill.  The pious Muslim-to-the-bootstraps jihadis of Islamic State and of Boko Haram and of Al Shabaab are showing us just what happens when people conform to the Sunnah of the so-called 'prophet', that murderous warlord Mohammed, he who is held up to all Muslims everywhere as "an excellent example of conduct" and whose every deed and word - every deed and word - are held to be right and good and permanently worthy of scrupulous imitation. - CM

'Campaign organisers said they have been in constant contact with the police and hope tonight's event is conveyed "in a positive, respectful way".

Is that a threat? - CM

'Almost 500 people are expected to attend the demonstration...".

In the event, they apparently got about 800. I couldn't find out how many attended the infidel rally against the latest lot of mosques.  Here's the ABC 'take' on the Lakemba Muslim threat display.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-23/anti-charlie-hebdo-protesters-take-aim-at-arrogant-west/6043866

'Anti-Charlie Hebdo Protesters Take Aim at "Arrogant West" at Hizb ut Tahrir Rally in Lakemba.

They do so love to call us 'arrogant'; all the while their bearded rage boys and be-zebiba'd jihad gang bosses alias 'clerics' strut and boast and wave sticks and swords on 1001 video clips all over the internet and threaten and sneer and hiss and snarl at us and stamp their feet and shake their fists and wag their index fingers and generally behave with..insufferable arrogance, all puffed up with pride like cane toads, demanding that the world's six billion non-Muslims "submit! - or else!" - CM

'Hundreds of people have gathered in western Sydney to protest against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published an image of the Islamic prophet Mohammed after jihadists murdered 12 staff members.

'Police said about 800 people attended the rally, organised by controversial (sic: dangerous - CM) Islamic group Hizb ut Tahrir in the suburb of Lakemba.

According to official census figures, Lakemba went from 31 percent Muslim in 2001 to 51 percent Muslim in 2011.  It is Sydney's - and Australia's - most heavily Islamised area. - CM

'Four people were arrested, and ten were removed from the area for breaching the peace, Campsie Local Area Commander Superintendent Michael McLean said.

'No charges were laid.

Looks like the cops kept a lid on things, or else the Muslims knew not to push their luck.  I would be curious as to how many police were present and how many were on call for backup should occasion require. - CM

"Throughout the assembly, police were vigilant and at that time removed a number of items which we deemed to be offensive", Superintendent McLean said.

"He would not say what the items were, and declined to detaill the actions of those arrested, but said some of the people were removed for their own safety.

That's interesting. Perhaps some unhappy infidels turned up to let the Muslims know that some Aussies do still believe in freedom of expression. - CM

"I won't comment on whether removed were pro-Prophet or whether they were for or against the cause", he said.

The updated version of the report contains a little more from Supt McLean: - "I took the view that those people who were removed or moved on were being somewhat antagonistic and I took a view that perhaps their safety was at risk."

That sounds as though they were unhappy non-Muslims. - CM

'Many of the protesters held placards pledging their love for Mohammed, who was depicted on the magazine cover holding a sign displaying the words "Je suis Charlie".

'The French slogan became a popular message of solidarity, widely shared on social media and quoted at demonstrations around the world after terrorists (that is: Muslim terrorists seeking to enforce the sharia punishment for 'blasphemy' - CM) attacked the magazine's Paris offices earlier this month.

'One speaker at the Lakemba rally, Sufyan Badar, took aim at what he called the arrogant West.

Ah yes, we are 'arrogant', because we refuse to adore as 'prophet' a slave-taking-and-trading caravan-robbing rapist warlord and gang boss from the 7th century, and refuse to Submit and refuse to obey our allah-appointed overlords, the Muslims, who believe that they are the 'best of people'. - CM

'They force their world-view onto us.

Gee, projection, much.  Nobody asked Muslims to come and live in France or Australia, mate. But since you are  here, then it's our turf and our rules.  Stay in the lands you've already wrecked, and keep yourselves to yourselves - NO piratical raiding and robbing across the borders - and you'll be fine. - CM

"We are the arrogant West and you Muslims have to accept our world view, you have to accept our freedoms...to insult your prophet", he told the crowd.

"But we rejected freedom yesterday, we reject freedom today, and we reject your freedom tomorrow".

Righto, O Slave of the infernal allah.  I get it. You reject freedom. You choose slavery.  So what the bl**dy H*ll are you and your cronies doing in a free country?  You know where Sydney airport is? It's thataway.  Pack your bags and get going, back to the hellpits of the dar al Islam.  And hand over your passport and citizenship papers as you hop on the plane, because you do. not. belong. in. Australia. Or anywhere else in any of the lands of the Non-Muslims, neither in the first world nor the third world.  All of us infidels - black, white, yellow, red, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Pagan, Shinto, Confucian, Taoist, animist, atheist, agnostic - will get on swimmingly without you, and we'd be quite, quite happy to cut off all the means of transport and communication between our turf and yours, so that even if we choose to make naughty pictures of your dead-and-gone gang boss all day long, you won't even know and what you don't know won't hurt you.

But of course, you won't do that, you wont't shove off back to the dar al Islam, the Desolation of Mohammed, because you've come here as colonists, as the vanguard of the ongoing 1400-year-long Muslim campaign to drag everybody else on planet earth down into the Void, turn every place on earth into a ghastly blend of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, and wretched, wretched Pakistan.  And you'd just love to take my daughters and enslave them and rape them and torment them, like your mates in Islamic State are doing to Yazidi and Christian girls in Iraq and Syria, and like your mates in Northern Nigeria have done to hundreds of Christian girls.  That's what you want, Slave of Allah, isn't it?  Free rein to enslave, to rob, to rape, to kill all of us dirty unbelievers.  If only my stupid, blinded government would wake up and see that people like you need to be given the boot. Now.  - CM

'The "survivors' issue" of the magazine, which had a print run of 5 million, sold out within minutes at newsagencies across France (and every one of those newsagencies deserves a medal for their refusal to bow to Muslim threats - CM) and was the subject of strong demand in Australia.

'It caused outrage (that is: 'it was seized upon as a handy excuse to attack the nearest infidel minority populations' - CM) in some parts of the world, including in the west African country of Niger, where at least 10 people were killed, and dozens of churches were burned in response."

There would have been plans afoot among local Muslims to attack and burn those churches anyway.  Charlie Hebdo's cartoon - a cartoon in a magazine that has mocked Christians and Christianity even more loudly and with greater vulgarity than it has ever mocked Islam, Muslims and Mohammed - was just the excuse du jour. 

And now for another 'take' on the Muslim threat display in Lakemba, with a few more details, from Australian Associated Press, one "Karlis Salna" reporting.

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/breaking-news/muslim-rally-to-be-peaceful-respectful/story-fnjbnvyk-1227194476795

'Hundreds at pro-Islam rally in Sydney'.

I observe that it was hundreds, not thousands.  Strikes me that the ummah, in Australia, is generally attempting to keep a somewhat lower profile, at the moment.  Maybe they sense that the Infidels - despite the continual pro-Islam nonsense poured at us from most of our media and many of our politicians - are not happy; are, indeed, getting distinctly cranky.  - CM

'Hundreds of people have gathered at a rally in Sydney's west in protest over negative coverage of Islam and treatment of the Prophet Mohammed.

I refuse to say nice things about a belief system that requires that a/ anyone who tries to leave it must be killed and b/ anyone - adherent or non-adherent - who criticises, questions or mocks it must be killed; and whose adherents do in fact carry out these injunctions, quite frequently.  Negative coverage of such a belief system and of those who carry out its ugly teachings is entirely warranted. - CM

'While police said more than a dozen people were moved on from the rally for breaching the peace, the event was peaceful.

Perhaps the organisers were remembering what happened when they rioted in central Sydney in September 2012, and preferred not to run the risk of dog bites. - CM

'Among the 800 strong crowd in the Muslim enclave of Lakemba (hmmm: so at 51 percent Muslim , and 49 percent non-Muslim, the suburb of Lakemba is now officially to be described as "Muslim"? - CM) placards were held up with the slogan "Je Suis Muslim" or "I am Muslim", evoking the same sentiment that became a touchstone for many in the wake of attacks in Paris.

No. This is a threat. This is the Ummah, the aggressive hive-mind fostered by Islam. - CM

'Organisers of the "Our Prophet, Our Honour" rally said it was intended to be "a peaceful and respectful event" to counter negative coverage of Islam and the lampooning of the Prophet by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The Muslims who, howling allahu akbar,and acting in accord with 1/ canonical Islamic texts depicting the killing of critics of Mohammed and Islam and 2/ canonical Islamic texts inculcating rampant and irrational Jew-hatred and depicting the killing of Jews, gunned down cartoonists in the office of a magazine, in Paris, in the heart of the West, and who also gunned down Jewish shoppers in a supermarket, guaranteed that Islam and Muslims would receive 'negative coverage'.  And no amount of 'spin' and image management will remove that negative impression from the minds of any intelligent infidel who is capable of looking at the deeds of so many Muslims worldwide, and at the content of the Islamic texts, and puts two and two together to make four.  - CM

'Speaking at the rally, outside the Lakemba train station, local Muslim leader Sufyan Badar told the crowd it was also in response to the waves of protests in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

'Mr Badar said the protests in the name of free speech had nothing to do with freedom.

Oh yes they do you thug. - CM

'We also gather to place the politics of the events in France in the correct context", he said. "Freedom is the smokescreen with which Western politicians and media conceal the underlying issues.

"In reality, free speech is one of the many political tools that are used to maintain dominance over the Muslims".

He's projecting. Because his own belief system tells him he is entitled to dominate and domineer over everyone who isn't a Muslim, everywhere, he projects that drive for Total World Domination onto the Infidels. - CM

'Earlier, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned against the rally being used to incite terrorism (sic: being used to incite Jihad; which, in essence, it was - CM) saying he hoped few people would attend.

'Mr Abbott called on more Muslim leaders to distance themselves from "evil things that are done in the name of Islam".

They can't. Because killing apostates, killing 'blasphemers' (that is, those who question or criticise or mock Mohammed or Islam or Muslims - CM), practising polygyny, beating wives, force-'marrying' little girls, taking and trading in slaves, and attacking and seeking either to convert or to subjugate - or to kill - all non-Muslims qua non-Muslims, are all part and parcel of historic, normative Islam, and part of the Sunnah of Mohammed. - CM

'Hamzah Qureshi, a spokesman for the controversial (sic: "seditious", or, Fifth Column - CM) group Hizb ut Tahrir, which helped organise the event, questioned the Prime Minister's comments and the suggestion that the event could incite violence.

"No-one should be asked to apologise for or distance themselves from something they are not responsible for" Mr Qureshi said.

Really? So why are you holding an event that essentially declares your solidarity with the Muslims who murdered the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists?  And why do Muslim mobs all over the world, all the time, exact collective punishment on whatever vulnerable infidels happen to be within reach, whenever other infidels thousands of miles away, infidels of other languages and even other belief systems, are deemed to have done something, anything, that "offends" Muslims?  You demand that we not tar all Muslims with the same brush, that you not be held responsible for things that other Muslims do, even whilst, all the time, Muslims claim the right to tar all Infidels with the same brush, and to hold all Infidels responsible for anything that any other Infidel does or is claimed to have done. - CM

"I would, however, mention that it's interesting that the question of whether a Muslim event will be peaceful or violent consistently seems to come up."

ROFLMAO.  You have to ask why?  Because, Mr Muslim, so many, many Muslim events do turn violent, more consistently so than events organised by members of any other belief system; we have seen such eruptions of Muslim violence in Sydney itself, more than once, besides of course the mobs full of wild-eyed gaping-mawed zebiba'd Mohammedan Rage Boys rioting, burning flags, smashing property, attacking churches and synagogues and temples, lynching defenceless infidels (those two Christians who were beaten and then tossed into a brick kiln by hundreds of Muslims in Pakistan, just a couple of months ago), that appear on the news day after day, week after week, year after year, all over the world. It's called 'pattern recognition', mate.  Statistics and probability.  Other groups do mobs, everyone does mobs from time to time, but the Mohammedan Mob does mob violence - whether in their own lands or anywhere else  - more and worse than anyone else.

And if there hadn't been a vigilant police presence about, if your lot hadn't been put firmly on notice beforehand, Mr Qureshi, I suspect that this particular gathering mightn't have been as 'peaceful' as it was, either.  So quit the whining. - CM

'Police later said in a statement that the event had been concluded peacefully, although 14 people were removed for breaching the peace.  No charges were laid."

So that's that, for the time being. I do hope, however, that every one of the 800 mohammedans who turned up has - unless masked - been photographed by ASIO and/ or the AFP and the images placed in a database for future reference if required. - CM

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Posted on 01/23/2015 8:48 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Friday, 23 January 2015
Walid Al-Husseini, An Atheist Arab ("Palestinian") Now In Paris
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His trajet described here.
 

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Posted on 01/23/2015 5:22 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 23 January 2015
It’s Islamism, Stupid
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An op-ed by Quanta Ahmed, author of In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom and 2014 Ford Foundation public voices fellow with the OpEd Project, advances the heartening thesis that Islam needs to be divorced from Islamism. It also pulls no punches in condemning the Obama administration’s unwillingness to identify Islamism as being the driving force behind terrorism and empowering terrorists and terrorist organizations and regimes. She is both articulate and informed in her belief that the divorce is both necessary and doctrinally feasible. Would that it were so.

Her second paragraph nails the maddening stupidity of the Obama policy of Islamism denial:

Painful scenes have transfixed us as we watch in dismay our tongue-tied administration unable to name our nemesis. Owning the narrative is key in any ideological battle, and as President Barack Obama's administration struggles to name our enemy -- oscillating between "radicals," "extremists" and "terrorists" -- Islamism in its variegated forms shows neither fear nor hesitation in declaring war.

Her opening paragraph is also right on target except, unfortunately, for the last clause.

The Charlie Hebdo massacre demands that we at last acknowledge that the secular pluralistic democratic world is imperiled by Islamism, the dastardly impostor of Islam.

Not that she does not go on to present her case that Islamism is the dastardly imposter of Islam - and certainly we can all agree with the “dastardly”  but “imposter”?

She also nails it by pointing out that even if the Islamism disconnect of the Obama administration is meant to shield Islam, it has just the reverse effect of “sheltering it within Islam’s bosom”:

Islamists -- whether violent as the Islamic State, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, Hamas and Hezbollah, or nonviolent as institutional Islamists -- do not represent Islam. By exposing them, Islam is shielded from blame for their heinous acts, an unwanted burden the faith has borne. (Those straitjacketed by politically correct aphorisms struggle to convince us otherwise.) In avoiding the term Islamism, we shelter it within Islam's bosom.

Would that that statement would somehow brought to the President’s attention. It is powerfully stated. Another powerful point is made about the reverse effect of supporting creeping anti-blasphemy legislation to protect religious sensibilities which “privileges Islamists -- above all beliefs.” And then she notes tellingly that the elevation of Islamophobia by the current administration to the status of a cardinal sin has had the effect that “Islamism has evaded scrutiny through the powerful claims of Islamophobia -- an Islamist creation to shield it from inspection.”

The question of whether Islam can be reformed has been and is a hotly debated issue among scholars and politicians. The problem is that if one relegates the violent supremacist passages of the Koran to being directed only to the historical situation facing the Muslims at the time then there is very little left of atemporal significance. Some 60% of the Koran by some estimates commend violence and supremacism.

But certainly addressing Islamism, the ideology based, mistakenly or not, on the Koran is a necessary first step. As Ahmed forcibly notes, “Owning the narrative is key in any ideological battle.”

Also hammering home the theme that, aberration or not, Islamism must be confronted is Marine Le Penn, the National Front leader - whom some would argue would now win the presidency of France. She has derided French President Francois Hollande for being unwilling to target Islamism as the ideology propelling violent jihad, "France, land of human rights and freedoms, was attacked on its own soil by a totalitarian ideology: Islamic fundamentalism."

The bottom line is not whether or not Islam can really be divorced from Islamism, it is strategically important to target Islamism as the ideological driving force and justification for violent jihadists. It is not just a drones in the air and boots on the ground war it is also an ideological war. If Islamism is not discredited as the violent, inhumane theo-fascist ideology it is, then no matter how many terrorist cells are destroyed it will breed more and more jihadists committing gruesome acts of horror. It is reported that ISIS has now taken to beheading educated women.

The reason why there are Islamists is because there is Islamism. The reason why there are Islamo-fascists is because there is Islamo-fascism. There would have been no Marxists without Marxism. There would have been no Nazis without Nazism. How hard is that?

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Posted on 01/23/2015 3:09 PM by Richard Butrick
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Friday, 23 January 2015
Recollections of Argentine Prosecutor, Alberto Nisman by Ken Timmerman and Dr. Ronen Bergman
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The late Alberto Nisman, Argentine Prosecutor investigator

Source: AFP

On Monday we posted the recollections of Dr. Charles Jacobs who had interviewed the late Argentine prosecutor, Alberto Nisman in Buenos Aires in 2009,  Jewish Hero Found Dead in Buenos Aires.  Veteran Iran watcher and author of Dark Forces; The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi, Ken Timmerman, also published an article in Front Page Magazine article, Death of a Prosecutor. Dr. Ronen Bergman, intelligence columnist for Israeli Daily Yedioth Ahronoth had also published on Ynet.com his opinions of Nisman drawn from interviews when the Argentine prosecutor was in Israel in 2007, “Alberto Nisman was a martyr in the fight for justice.   Dr. Ronen is the author of The Secret War with Iran: The 30-Year Clandestine Struggle Against the World's Most Dangerous Terrorist Power .

Excerpts from “Death of a Prosecutor” –Ken Timmerman, FrontPage Magazine, January 21, 2015:

I got involved in the AMIA investigation early on, and corresponded with Nisman’s first boss on the case, Judge Juan Jose Galeano, who eventually traveled to Washington, DC to meet with me. When Nisman ultimately took over the case and issued his indictment against the Iranian regime, he cited my evidence on more than a dozen occasions.

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Nisman has been under pressure from the Argentinean authorities for years. I contacted him again in 2007 to see if he would be willing to testify before the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York about what he had learned of Iran’s overseas terrorist operations, as part of the Iran-9/11 investigation I was involved in.

After several months of back and forth negotiations, he got back to me to say that his superiors had forbidden him from having any contact with the U.S. court, even though we merely wanted him to present the same evidence he had made public in the AMIA indictment.

Nisman had huge amounts of evidence that has not been made public, including transcripts of intercepts between the Iranian cultural attaché and Iranian expat taxi drivers in Buenos Aires who helped transport explosives used in the bombing, and other intercepts detailing the involvement of the Islamic Republic Shipping Lines and their local agents in conveying the explosives to Argentina.

[…]

No one should underestimate the determination of the Iranian regime to use any means at its disposal to achieve its ends. Whether that means dispatching thousands of Revolutionary Guards fighters to Syria to prop up Assad, or murdering Americans in Iraq to hasten our departure, or providing safe haven and logistical assistance to al Qaeda, or funneling arms secretly to ISIS to stoke a fire they can boast to the gullible U.S. officials they are uniquely qualified to put out, the Islamic Republic of Iran is playing for keeps.

They have more case officers working for their intelligence services than we do in the United States, and have developed an entire branch of their military – the Quds Force – to carry out overseas terrorist operations.

They will not hesitate to murder people who get in their way, no matter their nationality or where they might be found.

They are playing hardball, and we are playing tiddlywinks. And yet, successive U.S. administrations have thrown away advantages won by the blood of patriots – both Iranian and American – for empty promises made by known liars, assassins, and cheats.

When will we ever learn?

Nisman, right, and Bergman in Tel Aviv in 2007

Excerpt from “Alberto Nisman was a martyr in the fight for justice” - Ronen Bergman, Yediot Ahronoth, January 21 2015

When we met in Tel Aviv in 2007, I believed that the Argentine prosecutor's determination to expose the Hezbollah and Iranian role in the AMIA bombing was bravado; I was wrong and he paid with his life.

"The most senior officials involved in the prosecution, members of the intelligence service along with my government conspired to disrupt the discovery of the truth about the Iranian connection and avoid bringing those responsible to justice," Dr. Alberto Nisman told me during a meeting at my home in Tel Aviv in December 2007. The discovery of his body is proof of the chilling determination of those people to do everything to prevent the truth being exposed.

Nisman had come to Israel to meet with intelligence officials, from whom he had requested information. In our conversation, he wanted to talk about the investigation he was conducting, and about the information collected during a series of  Yedioth Ahronoth  investigations about the attacks in Argentina on the Israeli Embassy in 1992 and the AMIA Jewish community center in 1994.

He was determined to settle accounts not only with Hezbollah and Iran, who were behind the attacks, but also with those Argentine officials who tried to whitewash their role. During that meeting, I was sure that this was empty bravado. I was wrong.

Nisman dared. He submitted a series of indictments and did not hesitate to speak out against the most powerful people in his home country who obstructed justice and fabricated evidence, even when it was clear that he was in danger and had to be assigned bodyguards. 

Nisman accused President Cristina Kirchner of making a deal behind the backs of the Argentine public to cover up the affair in exchange for fat oil deals with Iran. Ultimately, after an investigation lasting a decade, no one had been convicted of the attack, and the two investigators on the case asked Nisman for help. He was soon named head of the team and for a decade did not let up.

Despite all attempts at a cover-up, Nisman managed to piece together a puzzle from thousands of phone calls, dozens of trips by Iranian diplomats, excessive bank transfers and overwhelming evidence. Under threats and pressure, he authored a comprehensive legal document, and persuaded Interpol to issue arrest warrants against Iranian officials, including former president Rafsanjani, and against [the late Hezbollah terrorist mastermind] Imad Mughniyeh.

Nisman's investigation became a political boomerang that came and went. For Nisman, there was one rebound too many. In our final phone conversation a few weeks ago, he sounded happy and more determined than ever to continue the investigation of his life. "I will keep going until the corrupt are on trial," he said.

This week, he paid for that dedication with his life. It is doubtful whether the investigation will continue after his death. It is more likely that the killers - and I have no doubt that there were killers - achieved their goal.

To me, he was a martyr, a man willing to sacrifice his life for the cause – the cause of justice.

YNET has published excerpts from my 2007 interview with him.  Below is the link:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4616788,00.html
 
May his memory be blessed.

 

 

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