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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Indiana: 3 Columbus churches vandalized overnight - Infidels and Quranic quotations
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COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Columbus Police Department is investigating after three churches there were vandalized with spray paint.

Vandals painted religiously fueled messages on the facades of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, East Columbus Christian Church and Lakeview Church of Christ overnight on Saturday, according to police. A member of St. Bartholomew said "INFIDELS!" and "Quran 3:151? were written in black spray paint on the exterior of the church.

When translated into English, the cited Quran verse reads, "We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which he had not sent down (any) authority. And their refuge will be the fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers."

"It's certainly not a warm and fuzzy verse. It talks about the infidels, their refuge being the fire," said Father Doug Marcotte of St. Bartholomew. "Is there somebody that really believes this, that we're all infidels, so they felt the need to write it all over our church? Is this some sort of nasty prank? Is this someone that's trying to incite people against Muslims?"

Nassim Khaled of the Islamic Society of Columbus thinks the message behind the verse has been taken out of context because it refers to a time when people were persecuting Muslims.

Zulkifly Yusuf, president of the Islamic Society of Columbus, released a statement Monday about the vandalism of three churches with the word "infidels" and references to the Quran. The statement said the society is "deeply concerned and saddened by the events of vandalism."

"Our community condemns such actions and believes Columbus is not a place for such behavior," the statement said. "We send our deep regret and offer a strong support for our fellow community members of East Columbus Christian Church, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and Lakeview Church of Christ."

The society said in the statement that it hopes that the authorities will apprehend the perpetrators soon.

Ron Bridgewater, a minister at East Columbus Christian, agrees with Khaled. "Nobody really thought it was somebody from the Islamic community," Bridgewater said. "We just thought it was probably some kids trying to stir up some hate."

Young people? probably. But which young people?

Stirring hate? probably? But hate for what? 

In Bethnal Green and Dewsbury they thought the same, but came to learn differently.

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Posted on 09/02/2014 3:01 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
France bans Muslim worker from nuclear sites
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From the French edition of The Local

A French court Monday upheld a ban on a Muslim engineer from accessing nuclear sites, citing his links with jihadist networks but his lawyer said it was a case of Islamophobia.

The 29-year-old working for a firm subcontracted by energy giant EDF had been granted access to nuclear installations as part of his job throughout 2012 and 2013. But in March 2014 the man, who cannot be named according to French law, had his pass to enter the Nogent-sur-Seine nuclear power station revoked.

Officials said he had links with a jihadist terrorist group and that he was in touch with an imam involved in recruiting youngsters to fight in Iraq.

In June 2014, Guez Guez successfully had the ban revoked by an appeals court. But when the engineer turned up for work, he found he was once again refused access -- this time by EDF -- to his place of work and his lawyer appealed again.

A court in the north-eastern town of Chalons-en-Champagne upheld the ban saying the management could prevent those "undergoing a process of political and religious radicalisation" from accessing sensitive sites.

The lawyer for the man cried foul and argued that his client had no police record.

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Posted on 09/02/2014 2:45 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Variations On The Jizyah: The Turkish Varlik Vergisi Of 1942
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Posted on 09/01/2014 9:22 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Wafa Sultan On Women In Islam (In Arabic)
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It's Greek to me -- and I won't be learning Arabic until the apricot tree blooms out back -- but it's got to be good.

Here.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 8:45 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Nalanda University Re-Opens After 800 Years
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The story here.  But we are told in that story that "foreign invaders" destroyed the university, not that these were Muslim foreign invaders, determined to destroy a center of Buddhist (and other Indian)  learning -- and that the destruction of Nalanda University is regarded by historians as hastening the disappearance of Buddhism from most of India, and of the loss of much of India's cultural heritage.

Here is a hint, from handy Wikipedia,  of Nalanda University's significance:

"The complex was built with red bricks and its ruins occupy an area of 14 hectares. (488 by 244 metres)[5] At its peak, the university attracted scholars and students from as far away as Tibet, China, Greece, and Greater Iran.[6] Nalanda was ransacked and destroyed by an army of the Muslim Mamluk Dynasty under Ikhtiyar ad-Din Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193. The great library of Nalanda was so vast that it is reported to have burned for three months after the invaders set fire to it, ransacked and destroyed the monasteries and killed or drove the monks from the site."

Decline and end

Evidence in literature suggests that in 1193, the Nalanda University was ransacked by[37] Bakhtiyar Khilji, a Turk.[38] The Persian historian Minhaj-i-Siraj, in his chronicle the Tabaqat-i-Nasiri, reported that thousands of monks were burned alive and thousands beheaded as Khilji tried his best to uproot Buddhism. The burning of the library continued for several months and "smoke from the burning manuscripts hung for days like a dark pall over the low hills."[39]

The last throne-holder of Nalanda, Shakyashribhadra, fled to Tibet in 1204 at the invitation of the Tibetan translator Tropu Lotsawa (Khro-phu Lo-tsa-ba Byams-pa dpal). In Tibet, he started an ordination lineage of the Mulasarvastivada lineage to complement the two existing ones.

When the Tibetan translator Chag Lotsawa Dharmasvamin (Chag Lo-tsa-ba, 1197 – 1264) (Chag Lo-tsa-ba, 1197–1264) visited the site in 1235, he found it damaged and looted, with a 90-year-old teacher, Rahula Shribhadra, instructing a class of about 70 students.[40][41] During Chag Lotsawa's time there an incursion by Turkic soldiers caused the remaining students to flee. Despite all this, "remnants of the debilitated Buddhist community continued to struggle on under scarce resources until c. 1400 when Chagalaraja was reportedly the last king to have patronized Nalanda."[42]

D.C. Ahir considers the destruction of the temples, monasteries, centres of learning at Nalanda and northern India to be responsible for the demise of ancient Indian scientific thought in mathematics, astronomy, alchemy, and anatomy.[43]

 

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Posted on 09/01/2014 8:30 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Rotherham Researcher A Decade Ago Made To Take "Ethnicity And Diversity" Course
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This is not Alexis Jay, but another researcher, who years ago produced a report about forded underage prostitution and rape by Pakistani men in Rotherham. The local child protection services then sent her for brainwashing. And sternly warned her that she should "never, ever"  identify Pakistani men as the perpetrators of these rapes, these threats, this violence. And what's more, her supporting data -- or some of it - disappeared from the office where she had left it.

Heads should roll, and many mouths be permanently stopped up. But will that happen?

The story here.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 7:53 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Roger Scruton: The Rotherham Gang-Rapists
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Posted on 09/01/2014 3:58 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
"Engage More With Muslims"? The West Has Been Doing That For Decades
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One more example -- there is no end to this -- of the  by now self-evidently idiotic prescription, about "the need to engage with Muslims" rather than "demonizing" them. Has the the entire West done much of anything aside from trying to "engage with," "dialogue with," "understand," "reach out to" the "Muslim community" in the United States, in Canada, in Great Britain, in France, in Germany, in Belgium, in (Your Country Here) for years and years, and at long last people are beginning to realize that they've been doing exactly the wrong thing, that it hasn't worked but merely helps to prevent unwary Infidels from studying the texts, and teachings, of Islam, and trying to understand why the behavior of Muslim immigrants, everywhere in the Western world, is so different from that of any other immigrant group, so aggressive, so unyielding, so determined to push its own demands, so meretricious, so deliberately misleading, so cunningly defensive, and will continue to be, because that is how it must be when Muslims, the True Believers, live in Dar al-Harb where they are still dominated by -- so unjustly, so unnaturally -- by non-Muslims who do not realize that the entire world ultimately belongs to Allah and to the Muslims, the "best of peoples."
 

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Posted on 09/01/2014 1:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
New French Education Minister Will "Listen To The Parents"
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The French system of public education, the product of long thought about tne nature and function of education from such pedagogues -- in the true sense -- as the celebrated Jules Ferry, after whom a school is named in practically every small town in France --has been based on the idea, not wrong, that there are those who know better than the parents what their children need to be taught, and how to teach it. And the dedication of teachers, held in high regard, that explains the success of that educational system. But the system is coming apart because of the intrusion, into a well-ordered nation, of an alien and disruptive presence -- Muslim students, and their aggressive, quick-to-be-aggrieved parents. The horror stories of Muslim indiscipline in the schools, and the refusal of Muslim students to follow the curriculum -- especially in history and literature -- when it is not to their liking (and the history of France is not to their liking, the history of the Holocaust is not to their liking, the history of French colonialism, if not merely taught as an unending series of colonial outrages, is not to their liking, the mention of Islam, if it is not totally favorable, is not to their liking, nor to their liking are Christianity, or the Enlightenment, or the French Revolution, or the laic state, and so on) are never told outside France; inside France, these stories are known best to those who are the teachers, who may share their experiences with a few others, but such stories seldom make it to the press or television. But I've heard them directly from teachers, and they make your hair stand on end.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Moroccan-born, the photogenic but shallow new Minister of Education (the Ministry is located on the rue de Grenelle, which is why, in the story, that street keeps being mentioned), is all for listening not to the teachers, but to "the parents." Which parents? Oh, you know perfectly well which parents. The parents of the "marginalized," the parents of those children who don't want to study, don't want to learn, don't really want to go to school, don't want to obey the rules, don't want to recognize the order, educational or otherwise, of the French state. Those "parents." If she were to listen to the other parents, the non-Muslim parents, she would get an earful, about the effect of Muslim students on the conduct of classes, on the atmosphere in the schools, on the damage they are doing to the non-Muslim children of France, and to the competitive examination system, and the elite schools,and the meritocracy that worked for so long, a system in which those permanently hobbled by the mind-forged manacles of Islam cannot possibly compete successfully.

That's why so many in France are so upset --and so many teachers so disaffected --at this time of the Rentree.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 1:23 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Three Churches Vandalized with Islamic Graffiti in Indiana
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From WTHR13:

COLUMBUS, Ind. - Columbus Police said they've never had anything like it - three churches vandalized in the same night.

Someone spray painted them on the outside. It's the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank.

“It was just one word. It said ‘Infidels!'” Father Doug Marcotte said of what was spray painted on Saint Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Columbus overnight Saturday.

Parishioners saw that, along with the word "Qur'an 3:151" on their way into mass Sunday morning.

“It's certainly not a warm and fuzzy verse. It talks about the infidels, their refuge being the fire,” explained Father Marcotte.

Specifically, that passage of the Qur'an reads: "We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers."

Saint Bartholomew's wasn't the only Columbus church vandalized.

“It's really bizarre and the fact that they hit two other Christian Churches. It's not like we're all in a line. So why did they pick the three of us,” asked Father Marcotte.

Outside East Columbus Christian Church and Lakeview Church of Christ, members there found the same kind of graffiti Sunday morning.

“Is there somebody that really believes this that we're all infidels so they felt the need to write it all over our church? “ asked Father Marcote. “Is this some sort of nasty prank? Is this someone that's trying to incite people against Muslims? I mean I don't know,” he added.

Columbus Police said they're looking at surveillance video to help figure it out.

Until they do though, parishioners at Saint Bartholomew's have been unsettled by the defacing of their church, at the very least.

“There's a lot of bad stuff being done in the name of Allah and so when people see this happening in Columbus, whether that was truly the person's intent or there's something else going on, It makes people nervous. It makes people upset. It makes them scared,” said Father Marcotte.
 

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Posted on 09/01/2014 1:26 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 1 September 2014
A Musical Interlude: Once In A While (Frances Langford)
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Listen here.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 1:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Paul Weston: Where are the Politicians on Rotherham's 1400 Child Rape Victims?
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If you can't see the video try YouTube.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 11:30 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Forty Years On: Jean Raspail's "The Camp Of The Saints"
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This dystopian prediction, coming true all over the confused and depressed and inhibited West, is described here.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 10:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Gilles-William Goldnadel: The Moral Collapse Of The French Left
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Posted on 09/01/2014 10:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Sikh Federation In The UK: Stop Using The Term "Asian" To Protect Islam
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Posted on 09/01/2014 10:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Can The Destructive Deluge Anywhere Be Stopped?
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Here.

Not at Calais, but at the eastern borders of Schengenland, and with a naval blockade, by NATO or the E.U.,  of the North African littoral with its flotillas headed, day after day, Lampedusa-wards?

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Posted on 09/01/2014 10:01 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Amidst The Predictable Hysteria -- The Preamble To The Mandate For Palestine
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The dovecotes are fluttering, at the announcement by the government of Israel that 400 hectares of land -- a pitiful amount, in any other context -- are "State land" that will be used for the building of villages for Jews.

But let's go back to the League of Nations, and the Mandates Commission, and the system of Mandates. But not to  note, again, how outrageous it had been - Professor William Rappard, the head of the Mandates Commission, was livid -- for Great Britain, in order to provide a place for Abdullah, the Hashemite older brother of Feisal, who had just been promised the throne of the newly-cobbled-together state of Iraq, decided to carve out an "Emirate of Trans-Jordan" that would include all of historic Palestine east of the Jordan.

No, let's pass proparaliptically over that business, and remind ourselves what the whole point of that one, among several  League of Nations' Mandates, was intended to achieve, what was its aim, its purpose, its reason for being 

And do it, by reading the whole Preamble, to the Mandate for Palestine,  here.

See, underline, memorize Article 6.

Remember that "State and waste lands" were not owned by any private party, but were the lands that had, under the Ottomans, been owned by the state and could be disposed of it as it wished. 90% of the land of Mandatory Palestine consisted of "State and waste lands."  Those "State and waste lands" then fell under the control of the Mandatory authority and, when the State of Israel came into being, came under the control of -- with the right to allocate as it saw fit -- the government of Israel.

Thus the current outrage and hysteria about Israel's decision to "annex" or "nationalize" (or some such absurd phrase) is ridiculous, based on a wilful ignorance of the legal status of the "West Bank," which is part of the territory assigned to the Mandate for Palestine, and then to its intended successor, the State of Israel. I wonder how much of this nonsense the people and government of Israel think themselves obliged to tolerate. Of course, they should simply, a few weeks after the Six-Day War, have annexed, permanently, all of those parts of Judea and Samaria that they took possession of, but the rights to which (legal, moral, historic) they could not exercise until, by force of arms, in a war forced upon them by Nasser, the Syrians, and in the end, the Jordanians who foolishly joined in on Nasser's urging, they took possession and could exercise those rights. The Jihad would have continued -- it will always continue - but secure in its possession of all the territory that was part of the Mandate, save for hopeless Arab-occupied Gaza, Israel could have spared itself, and incidentally much of the Western world that has lost its bearings, much confusion and trouble.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 9:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Muslim Brotherhood Dismayed At Hamas' "Gratitude" To Egypt
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Posted on 09/01/2014 9:29 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Egyptian Political Scientist: Jews Must Return The Gold They Took With Them During Exodus
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Here.

 

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Posted on 09/01/2014 7:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Comparing Arab Crimes against Humanity: Hamas and ISIS
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In his heart-wrenching book Survival in Auschwitz, the Italian writer Primo Levi recounts a dramatic anecdote of sheer evil. The Nazi guard snatched away the icicle with which Levi was trying to quench his four-day thirst. When asked why, the guard replied, “Hier ist kein warum” (There is no why here).

Evil has never been absent in the world, but sheer evil has reappeared in the actions – "no why here" – in recent months of two Islamist extremist groups: Hamas in Gaza, and ISIS or ISIL in Iraq and Syria. The extent of the evil of the two groups differs in the number of overt actions, but the intent to fulfill their objectives is similar. Hamas has openly declared its main objective: to kill Jews and eliminate the State of Israel. ISIS has established a brutal Islamic caliphate in the areas it has conquered and is engaged in pursuing a war of jihad.

What is a cause of surprise, indeed amazement, is the different response of the U.N. Human Rights Council to these two evils. The remarkable report of the UNHRC Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria issued on August 27, 2014 chronicles the enormous human cost of the conflict in Syria. Both the Assad regime and the anti-regime forces, above all ISIS, are found guilty of mass atrocities, causing enormous suffering to civilians, and disregard of the basic rights of women and children. Hundreds of civilians die as the fighting continues. The members of ISIS have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including torture, murder, enforced disappearance, and forcible displacement. ISIS has been responsible for executions, amputations, and lashings in public squares, and for training children as young as ten in military camps.

The truth about the horrors of ISIS is clear to all. The truth about Hamas has not been universally accepted. Yet Hamas's relentless aggression against Israeli civilians was publicly revealed on July 9, 2014 by Ibrahim Khraishi, the Palestinian representative to the UNHRC. “The rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel are each and every one a crime against humanity whether they hit or miss, because they are directed at civilian targets. That is why Israel resorted to an attack against Gaza.”

The Hamas attacks, more than 4,000 rockets, and missiles were aimed at Israeli towns and villages, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa. Though Hamas and its defenders pretend otherwise, all objective journalistic reporting – certainly that from outlets in France, Finland, Italy, and Japan, if not from the New York Times – attests to the fact that Hamas fired much of its weaponry from areas in or close to schools, hospitals, mosques, and even centers for disabled people. It is abundantly clear that women and children were used as human shields to prevent Israeli retaliation. All students of international law would regard the Hamas actions as war crimes or crimes against humanity.

The leaders of Hamas make no apology for these crimes. The former Gaza prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, who bravely sat out the Gaza hostilities in a bunker for 50 days, declared, “We started the war by firing at Haifa, and we finished it by firing on the last day [sic – actually after the ceasefire had been declared] at Haifa.” Not to be outdone, the equally brave Khaled Masaal, head of the Hamas political bureau, who was safe in his residence in Doha, Qatar, boasted on August 28, 2014 of Hamas victory because five million Israelis were forced to go into bomb shelters to avoid Hamas rockets and missiles. In a defiant mood, he observed that “[t]he Zionist enemy committed a second Holocaust in Gaza” and argued that the next operation should use all of the Palestinian capabilities, not just part of them. His conclusion is similar to the mission of ISIS: “the resistance is holy, and weapons are holy.”

Why then did the UNHRC set up a committee to inquire into the actions not of Hamas, but of Israel? There is no why. The UNHRC is systematically biased against Israel. In its Resolution 21/1 of July 23, 2014, passed by a vote of 29 to 1, the UNHRC strongly condemned the failure of Israel as “[t]he occupying power, to end its prolonged occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem.” It also condemned in the strongest terms the “widespread, systematic and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms arising from Israeli military operations carried out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) since June 13, 2014.”

The UNHRC therefore set up an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate the violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the OPT, including East Jerusalem.” The commission may not be concerned with this particular issue, but it would be difficult to ascertain exactly what “fundamental freedoms” existed under the brutal Hamas regime. The mandate of the commission, however, is inquiry into “Israeli war crimes.”

Even the biased UNHRC should pretend to be concerned with impartial inquiry, but the choice of at least one of the three members of the commission leads to some doubt. The chair is William Schabas, a Canadian regarded as an expert in international law, who has had a distinguished academic and professional career. The immediate problem is one of impartiality. In the past, Schabas has been publicly critical of Israeli political policies and its leaders, including Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. In 2012, when referring to potential trials of people, he remarked of the Israeli who was at the time in the opposition and not prime minister, “My favorite would be Netanyahu in the dock of the International Criminal Court.”

Regarding the earlier conflict in Gaza in 2008-2009, Schabas remarked that people were upset about the “atrocities” in Gaza – not so much because of Israeli bombardment of facilities there, but “because of our unhappiness about the general political situation there. It is because the people of Palestine are still being denied their right of self-determination.”

No one doubts the intellectual probity and personal integrity of Professor Schabas, nor can he be regarded as anti-Semitic, but in view of his political opinions and statements, can one expect impartial adjudication about the 2014 hostilities? In an interview, he thought it was “inappropriate” to answer whether Hamas was a terrorist organization. That question needed study in “as neutral and objective a manner as possible.” However, he was more certain about the former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Most observers would have seen the Iranian as a fanatical anti-Semite, even questioning his sanity as a denier of the Holocaust, but Schabas saw him only as a “provocative politician.”

The other members of the three-person commission are Doudou Diene of Senegal, and Mary McGowan Davis of the United States. Diene was concerned with the issue of human rights from 2011 to 2014 and generally with issues of racial discrimination and intolerance. Davis was a federal prosecutor in New York City and a justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. She was also involved with the finding of the U.N. mission on the Gaza conflict between December 2008 and January 2009.

The three members of the commission may no doubt take on their task earnestly. In view of the hostility of UNHRC to Israel, a rational assumption is, however, that its report would be critical of Israel. But after the devastating report of the commission on Syria, the three members might well notice the similarity of the evil actions and intent of Hamas and ISIS. Hope for impartiality and justice for Israel springs eternal.

First published in the American Thinker.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 7:16 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Rotherham: politics ‘imported from Pakistan’ fuelled sex abuse cover-up
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From the Telegraph

An unhealthy brand of politics “imported” from Pakistan is partly to blame for the cover-up of mass child abuse in Rotherham and other British cities, a campaigning MP has claimed.

Simon Danczuk ... said a culture of intimidation and closing of ranks within parts of the Asian community had mired politics in towns and cities across northern England for years. He said Asian councillors were under constant pressure from the community to “conform” and other politicians acquiesced for fear of being accused of racism, failing to face up to evidence of abuse as a result.

“There are cultural issues around the way politics are done in the Asian community which have to change,” he said. He said he had personally come under pressure from Asian councillors and members of the community for speaking out as well as being warned by prominent figures in his party.

He pointed to the way in which two Muslim councillors in Rochdale had provided character references for one of the perpetrators of the Rochdale abuse. “Politics are done differently in Pakistan, it is a cultural difference we have imported some of that into some of these northern towns and cities and I think we have to face up to the fact that we can’t carry on doing politics like that. . . " 

He described it as “a looking after your own” within the Asian community which other politicians had accepted. “Pressure was applied, that’s what will have happened to Denis MacShane and he went along with it,” 

Mr Danczuk called for his party to carry out its own inquiry into who knew what about the abuse and when. His outspoken remarks came amid claims that prominent Labour Party figures attempted to silence the few politicians who spoke out about the issue.

Ann Cryer, the former MP for Keighley, said she had come under constant pressure from the “politically correct brigade” when she raised the issue. Ann Cryer said that Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, was among those who had challenged her for speaking about the issue. 

Ken lives like a Muslim with his harem of three women and numerous children, kept in line with a slap. The issue of northern towns run by 'Paki politics' is explored here (Dewsbury) and can be seen further south in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Back outside Rotherham Police Station, while local residents are supportive there has been intimidation by 'Asian' men in cars, believed to be taxi drivers, making bang-bang noises and gestures as they drive past. Last night, so a reliable source tells me, this escalated into shots fired from a BB gun. No one was seriously hurt and the police have the numberplate of the car.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 1:25 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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