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Friday, 3 July 2015
Ivan Rioufol: The French State In Retreat Before Its Domestic Enemy

It is the Muslims who appear to be winning, for the French State doesn't dare take them on as it should and must. Along with the astonishing remarks of Federica Mogherini, the EU Minister who thinks Islam a part of Europe that should be welcomed -- and Muslims clearly to be seen only as victims of ISIS, never its supporters -- this article worries and depresses.


Posted on 07/03/2015 5:42 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 3 July 2015
Bethnal Green schoolgirls identified in Syria in covert video footage

The Telegraph has obtained video from Raqqa in Syria which purports to show at least two of the three British schoolgirls who left the UK in February to join Isil.

The footage - filmed by activists in the city - shows three women, one of whom is armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle, walking through the streets of the city.

Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, ran away from their homes in Bethnal Green, east London five months ago.

Credible sources have told The Telegraph's Ruth Sherlock that the video features at least two of the girls.

The third woman in the video is said to to be the girls' handler, Um Laith. A senior female member of Isil, Um Laith has reportedly been charged with looking after the girls, and, the activists report, she rarely lets them out of her sight.

At 9.30pm BST we will publish on this page the first full account of how, after escaping from Britain, the girls were smuggled into Syria and how they have spent their time with the extremists since.

The details have been supplied by anti-Isil activists in the city who have monitored the girls’ movements, and other knowledgeable sources.

The report is here. They were living in a compound for unmarried women and widows. They are being trained until their trustworthiness is beyond doubt. One or twice a week they are allowed out with a chaperone to carry the groceries back to the compound. It's heady stuff!

Posted on 07/03/2015 3:31 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 3 July 2015
Yankee Doodle Dandy

Posted on 07/03/2015 7:43 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 3 July 2015
Frost on NATO

Two roads diverge and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) cannot travel both. Unfortunately, instead of taking the right road, the path to overcoming Islamist terrorism, NATO is instead choosing to defend itself against supposed danger from the Russian Federation. It is not concentrating its attention and its forces on terrorism in general or on the group that glories in the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS), a name that British Prime Minister David Cameron says is a perversion of a great religion.

What is this thing called NATO, this funny thing called NATO? The North Atlantic Treaty was signed on April 4, 1949 by 12 countries resolved to unite their efforts for collective defense and for the preservation of peace and security. They pledged, in Article 3, to maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack. A plausible, if not wholly accurate, justification for this is that the security of the alliance was indivisible.

However, Article 5, the article known as “one for all and all for one,” limits the extent of that capacity. It states that the individual or collective self-defense will be considered against armed attack against one or more of the countries in Europe or North America. Why one might then ask, has it applied to Afghanistan, where there was no strategy for any mission, to Libya, and now in 2015 to the Russian Federation? And why does it not apply to the real enemy, Islamist terrorism?

NATO had one essential objective. It was created in the years of the Cold War as a defense against possible expansion westwards by the Stalinist Soviet Union. In the accepted joke, it was to keep Russia out, America in, and Germany down. The objective was clear -- to deter a Soviet military attack in Western Europe. However, from the beginning, the territorial, economic, and ideological boundaries and the minimum requirements for NATO membership were stretched to include Greece and non-democratic Turkey in 1952, and Eastern European countries from 1999 on until Albania and Croatia in 2009.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, the end of the Soviet Union, and the reduction of its military presence by President Mikhail Gorbachev with his policies of glasnost and perestroika, the United States and the other NATO countries no longer appeared threatened by attack or invasion from the east. Logically, either NATO should have disbanded or some alternative reason found for its existence. Historical experience is that institutions rarely, if ever, seek their own termination. Now in a post-Cold War era, NATO, presently with 28 members, an international staff of 1,000 and a worldwide staff of 6,000 civilians in different agencies and commands, has had to redefine itself to remain relevant in some way.

One immediate response was the London Declaration of July 1990 with its objective to promote cooperation between the NATO countries and Russian and its associated countries. It was a recognition that NATO had to change to adapt to the evolving political landscape. To this end, the Partnership for Peace was launched in January 1994, a program aimed at creating trust between NATO and other countries in Europe and Russia.

NATO opted for military capacity to undertake crisis management operations, as in the case of Kosovo, either on the basis of Article 5 of the Treaty or under United Nations mandate, alone or in cooperation with other countries and international organizations.

It was understandable that NATO in the 1990s tried to stop the war in Bosnia and responded to the 1992 UN Security Council directive to use all measures necessary to end hunger and atrocities in Bosnia-Herzogovina. Indeed, NATO bombed Serbia for 78 days. But it is less understandable why the NATO countries considered Afghanistan to be vital to their security, and assumed command of southern Afghanistan in 2006. It is even less apparent why a chill has developed in relations between NATO and Russia because of differences over the Ukrainian issue, instead of international discussion of the issue.

The foremost question is does an external military threat to the NATO countries exist from Russia? NATO announced it is planning a 40,000 rapid, reaction force in Eastern Europe to contain Russia, and had military exercises with 2,000 soldiers, tanks, jets, and helicopters in Poland. On June 22, 2015 in remarks in Munster, Germany, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that the United States will contribute military assets, weapons, bombers and fighters, transport aircraft and special operations forces, although no ground troops, to this rapid reaction force. He argued that NATO must act against security threats, including Russia, which with its nuclear sabre rattling was a destabilizing influence seeking to undermine NATO from the east, though Carter also in passing did mention violent extremists from the south.

NATO looked down the wrong path. In the same week as Carter’s remarks, Islamist terrorists struck targets in the beach resort in Tunisia killing 38 innocent sunbathers, beheaded a civilian in Lyon, France, and exploded a bomb in a mosque in the capital of Kuwait. 

Both the U.S. and Russia have been reducing nuclear weaponry, though Russia still has an estimated 1,500 strategic warheads deployed on 515 missiles and bombers. Russia has also announced it will add 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Yet, even if these weapons must be taken seriously, they are not part of a more assertive Russia, nor does this constitute a nuclear threat. Yet, perhaps as a precautionary measure, Ash Carter announced that the U.S. was supplying 250 tanks, armored vehicles, and artillery to be located in a number of eastern European countries, in effect up to the Russian border. This adds to the burden the U.S. is already bearing: it has been contributing to NATO more than $1 billion a year, 70 per cent of total NATO expenditure and 4.4 per cent of GDP. The U.S. still maintains a force of 40,000 troops in Germany.

Obviously, NATO has been concerned with the Russian victory over Georgia in August 2008, and its actions in Chechnya, with Russian unilateral recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and with the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and the support for pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine in a conflict that has caused 6,500 deaths. But this is not the most important item on its agenda.

NATO must recognize that the threat of Islamist terrorism, and now particularly of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS) is much more serious than that of Russia. NATO is interested in deploying its new rapid-fire reaction force in case of crisis on the eastern front against Russia. However, it is imperative that its main focus be on confronting the Islamic State now that the Iraqi army has been defeated in Mosul and in Ramadi, even after 5000 Iraqi officers have been trained and the U.S. has spent millions on training, organizing, and arming them.  NATO must take the right road, the fight against Islamist terrorism.

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 07/03/2015 7:28 AM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 3 July 2015
IS Says It Destroyed Archaeological Pieces from Palmyra


BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group says it has destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler.

An IS statement says the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a checkpoint. The issue was referred to an Islamic court, which ordered that they be destroyed and the man be whipped.

Photographs released by the group showed IS fighters destroying the busts with large hammers.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday it was unclear if the busts were authentic or if the militants destroyed fake busts as a cover for the IS group's own antiquities smuggling.

In March, IS members in Iraq razed 3,000-year old Nimrod and bulldozed 2,000-year old Hatra — both UNESCO world heritage sites.

Posted on 07/03/2015 6:50 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 3 July 2015
Iran Violated Nuclear Deal Before it is Even Inked according to Latest IAEA Reports


Energy Secertary Moniz, Secretary of State Kerry and Undersecretary Wendy Sherman

Vienna, July 1, 2015

Source: Reuters

Amidst frenetic Administration efforts to spin a possible Iran deal comes evidence that it has already been violated given an IAEA Report and analysis by Washington, DC –nuclear watchdog, the Institute for Science and International Security.   Adam Kredo in today’s Washington Free Beacon  reported these last minute developments, Iran Violates Past Nuclear Promises on Eve of Deal”:

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) disclosed yesterday that Iran has failed to meet its commitments under the interim Joint Plan of Action to convert recently enriched uranium gas to powder.

While Iran has reduced the amount of enriched uranium gas in its stockpiles, it has failed to dispose of these materials in a way that satisfies the requirements of the nuclear accord struck with the United States and other powers in 2013.

Wednesday’s disclosure by the IAEA sent the State Department rushing to downplay the Iranian violation.

Obama administration officials insisted that despite Iran’s failure to meet its obligations, negotiations were still on track and that Tehran would face no repercussions.

One U.S. official who spoke with the Associated Press on Wednesday said that instead of converting its uranium gas into uranium dioxide powder as required, Iran had transformed it into another substance. The IAEA found that Iran had converted just 9 percent of the relevant stockpile into uranium dioxide.

The official went on to downplay concerns about Iran’s violation, claiming that Tehran was only having some “technical problems.”

The “technical problems by Iran had slowed the process but the United States was satisfied that Iran had met its commitments,” the AP reported the official as saying.

“Violations by Iran would complicate the Obama administration’s battle to persuade congressional opponents and other skeptics,” the AP continued.

David Albright, a nuclear expert and founder of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), warned that the United States is weakening its requirements on Tehran as a final deal gets closer.

“The choosing of a weaker condition that must be met is not a good precedent for interpreting more important provisions in a final deal,” Albright wrote in an analysis published late Wednesday.

While Iran was not in compliance with the oxidation requirement, the IAEA found that it did get rid of uranium gas that surpassed a self-imposed benchmark of 7,650 kg.

The IAEA’s disclosures are in contrast to comments made by Kerry last summer when he assured observers that Iran would live up to the interim agreement.

“Iran has committed to take further nuclear-related steps in the next four months” and “these include a continued cap on the amount of 5 percent enriched uranium hexafluoride and a commitment to convert any material over that amount into oxide,” Kerry said.


The Israel Project (TIP), which has sent officials to Vienna to track the deal, wrote in an email to reporters that the administration looked like it was “playing Tehran’s lawyer” in a bid to defuse potential fallout from the IAEA’s report.

This is not the first time that Iran has been caught by the IAEA cheating on past nuclear arrangements.

As negotiations between the sides slip past their June 30 deadline and stretch into July, Iranian officials have become more insistent that the United States consent to demands on a range of sticking points.

President Hassan Rouhani also threatened to fully restart Iran’s nuclear program if negotiators fail to live up to any final agreement.

One Western source present in Vienna said the administration is scrambling to ensure that nothing interferes with a final deal.

“Once again, the White House will go to any length needed to preserve the Obama-Iran deal, even if it means covering up Iran’s failure to convert all of the nuclear material as promised,” said the source.

“If they had admitted Iran failed to live up to the letter of the JPOA—as is the case—this one-week extension period of the JPOA would be totally invalidated and the talks would be over,” the source added. “Like they have for months, the administration continues to hide violations and is acting more like Iran’s advocate than the honest broker the American people deserve. “

Will these IAEA/ISIS revelations upend the P5+1 Iran deliberations in Vienna?  We bet the Obama State Department and White House spokespersons will continue the charade of “don’t believe your lying eyes”. All while Iran ‘s Supreme Ruler stiff arms the talks in Vienna with new ‘red lines” trusting that greed by the P5+1 over billions of trade and development deals  will  lift $150 billion in sanctions relief upon inking a deal.  Both Israel and the US Congress are increasing wary of this deal that will provide a nuclear breakthrough by Iran. If achieved the deal  will vault Iran’s  state sponsorship of terrorism.  Iran could develop one bomb to wipe Israel off the map of the world and an ICBM to detonate an EMP over the US fulfilling their Mahdist apocalyptic dream and both Israel’s and our nightmares.  



Posted on 07/03/2015 5:47 AM by Jerry Gordon
Friday, 3 July 2015
Michael Oren, Obama, J Street and the American Jewish Divide

President Obama and former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, July 2009

Source: White House Photo

Former Israeli Ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren is a native of West Orange, New Jersey best   exemplifies the special relations between the two allies, Israel and the US.  With the publication of his memoir, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide (2015),  he has another best seller.  Previous ones were Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (2003) and Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present (2007)Having read Ally, I concur with  praise from two pundits: Bret Stephens, the Tuesday Wall Street  Journal columnist of note,  and Vic Rosenthal , a former resident of Fresno , California, now  a Jerusalem resident whose  Abu Yehuda blog  posts are a must read about an American  living in Israel. 

Bret Stephens' opening stanza in his June 29, 2015 WSJ column “The President Against the Historian explains why Oren's memoir is a must read:

Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, has written the smartest and juiciest diplomatic memoir that I’ve read in years, and I’ve read my share. The book, called “Ally,” has the added virtues of being politically relevant and historically important. This has the Obama administration—which doesn’t come out looking too good in Mr. Oren’s account—in an epic snit.

Vic Rosenthal in his July 2, 2015, Abu Yehuda blog post, Michael Oren is tired of American Jews, and so am I, addresses  the yawning  divide between Israel and American Jews, another of Oren’s themes in Ally:

Rabbi Eric Yoffie is offended by Michael Oren, on behalf of (non-Orthodox) American Jews. These Jews, like America’s “first Jewish president,” turn out to be very easy to offend: just suggest that Israelis are more qualified than they are to decide the future of their country.

Oren’s new book has offended both Yoffie and the Obama Administration, which has launched an all-out media blitz against him (as far as I know, Obama spokespeople haven’t called him a ‘chickenshit’ yet, but give them time).

Yesterday morning, I dialed into an Israel Project  (TIP)sponsored presentation by Oren .  He told the listeners ,unlike the daylight between Obama and Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear nightmare threat, that there is no daylight across the political divide in the  obsessive democratic cockpit of the Knesset.  As Oren tells it, whether Likud, Zionist Union and even Arab parties, all Israel is united that Iran achieving nuclear breakout is “a very bad deal”.   Further, he said while some  in the media, the Obama claque of  “senior officials’ and former aides have excoriated him for the early publication  of his memoir, he was heartened that they haven’t addressed the facts of what the Administration has perpetrated.  Listen to this recorded  TIP presentation by Oren and the following Q&A. 

Oren’s memoir has a lot to say about President Obama and his Administration acolytes isolating Israel over Iran and  Netanyahu’s vigorous defense of Israel  sovereign right of Israel to warn America and the  untrusting world about Iran’s nuclear  threat and the very bad P5+1  deal. Perhaps  a  deal about to be announced in Vienna in a few days. Or if not simply kicked down the road.  All while Iran's  Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei  and Mahdist acolytes of terrorism perfect the means of taking out the “little Satan”, Israel ,with one bomb and the “big Satan”, the  US, with a nuclear tipped ICBM.  

Oren clearly takes pride that his well honed skills as a Columbia and Princeton educated historian who earned his PhD in Middle East Studies with the venerable Bernard Lewis.   Not bad for a pudgy dyslexic , pigeon toed 15 year old who shook the hand of the late Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin, when the latter was  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the US.  He exclaimed on that memorable occasion that some day he would be Israel’s Ambassador.  A late bloomer in high school Oren fulfilled his quest, slimed down hardened through rowing .  Equipped with his backpack he made aliyah to Israel to go through  grueling  paratrooper training  earn his coveted red beret along with an oath taken  to defend Israel on Masada with his IDF comrades.  He ends up in combat and later as a reserve officer during the Second Lebanon War as a military spokesperson to the foreign press.  Along the way he  meets his  American wife Sally Edelstein, a  Jersey girl, dancer and former San Francisco hippy groupie when she makes Aliyah to Israel and they ultimately form their Israeli family.

 Ally  depicts what it was like for an American-Israeli to fulfill his dream as his adopted country’s Ambassador in Washington  Israel’s  interests in the byzantine politics of the Obama era from 2009 to 2013. After leaving Washington, Oren turns home to Tel Aviv to lecture, teach at Harvard and Yale and write his memoir.   Oren is now a member of the Kulanu party headed by former  Likud Communications Commissioner and economic reformer Moshe Kahlon.  Oren is a thinking liberal and  both he and the family are members of a Reform synagogue.  His memoir culminates on a dramatic note when he  and Sally attend  a  Bar Mitzvah celebration for 13 year olds at  Kibbutz Na’an, with one of his former Washington Embassy aides, Lee Moser, mother of  one of the bar mitzvah candidates when a red alert sounds, sirens wail and they scurry for shelter. He writes:

I held Sally’s hand and glanced over my shoulder over my shoulder just as two Hamas rockets roared in. Then with twin booms that rattled the tin overhang  and shook the ground below, the missiles exploded. Iron Dome interceptors, developed by Israel and funded by the United States, scored perfect hits. For moment afterward, as we emerged into the uncertain night, the glow of those bursts hovered over us, beaming like kindred stars.

  All  of which brings  us to why he has frosted the J Street  fawning rabbinic leadership of the Reform Movement in America and  earned  both Vic Rosenthal’s and my admiration. This came on the cusp of having orchestrated a  recent viewing and panel discussion of the Americans for Peace and Tolerance documentary, J Street Challenge  with  Pensacola  pro-Israel colleagues; Rabbi Eric Tokajer of Brit Ahm synagogue, Mike Bates, 1330amWEBY general manger of “Your Turn host and Florida State Representative Mike Hill, a US Air Force Academy grad.

Vic Rosenthal notes a similar experience in his Fresno in his Abu Yehuda column:

We tried to bring the local Jewish community – the organizations, the synagogues and individual Jews – along with us. With a few exceptions, mostly people like us who had lived in Israel or had relatives there, we had to drag them kicking and screaming. Most of our pro-Israel events drew the same few supporters.

The local Reform temple was probably the most frustrating. A film critical of J Street, followed by a discussion? Absolutely not, it would be ‘divisive’! The Jewish Federation and Hadassah were better, but it was always easier to organize an event about Jewish culture than Israel.

Is Oren right that American Jews are more interested in helping others than their own? Certainly they were far more upset about terrorism in Charleston than Jerusalem, and far more ready to criticize our Prime Minister than their own Administration. The Reform rabbi threw himself into activities to help the poor and homeless. He is seen on TV on panels with the Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center. He is an outspoken advocate of liberal causes, but he did not give a sermon in favor of PM Netanyahu’s speech about Iran before the Congress.

In preparation for the recent J Street Challenge  Pensacola event, we culled excerpts from Oren’s Ally about his views on J Street  and its defenders inside the Obama Administration, illustrative of what  concerns Vic Rosenthal.

On J Street’s inclusion in Major American Jewish organizations meeting with Obama in 2009 p. 78

He promised to be more evenhanded in asking all parties, not just Israelis, to make sacrifices for peace. Yet the meeting would be remembered as a turning point in the administration’s approach toward the Jewish State.

Included for the first time with the mainstream Jewish leaders were the heads of Americans for Peace Now and the newly founded J Street, both organizations stridently critical of Israel and its traditional American supporters.  Their presence rattled the other participants, many of whom had been personally slighted by these parvenus. 

The President concluded, “When there is no daylight, Israel just sits on the sidelines and that erodes our credibility with the Arabs”.

Commenting on the discussion, J Street founder Jeremy Ben Ami cited Obama’s ability to connect with the Muslim World and his immense standing in America and the World. “He was very clear that this is a moment that has to be seized and he intends to seize it.  By contrast the other American Jewish leaders emerged from the meeting concerned about Obama’s departure from the long standing principle of “no daylight” in U.S. –Israel relations.

On J Street’s promotion of the Goldstone Report that Maligned Israel in Operation Cast Lead in 2008 – 2009 p. 102

Though J Street refrained from formally endorsing the [Goldstone Report], activists in the organization escorted Goldstone to Congress for meetings with progressive members.  Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner told the UNHRC of America’s disappointment with the document’s double standards. But he also cited Goldstone’s ‘distinguished record of public service” and called on Palestinians to investigate Hamas abuses. This, for Israelis, was tantamount to asking al-Qaeda to investigate 9/11.

On the contretemps between the Israeli Embassy and J Street P. 107

Irksome was the embassy’s continued imbroglio with J Street. Unlike my predecessor, Sallai Meridor, who had shunned the lobby, I initially engaged it in a dialogue.  I had no illusions about the group, which received funds from anti-Israel contributors, supported every legislator critical of Israel, and stridently attacked mainstream American Jewish leaders. Though J Street defined itself as “pro-Israel” and “pro-peace”, its logo bore no connection to Israel whatsoever, not even the color blue, and portrayed other pro-Israel organizations as anti-Israel. Before becoming Ambassador, I chanced to meet one J Street board member and asked him why he had joined. “I’m uncomfortable with the special relationship,” he told me. “I want to normalize U.S.-Israel ties.”

Outrageously, J Street members hosted Goldstone in Congress and lobbied  against sanctions on Iran. These actions were deeply deleterious to Israel’s security – “they endangered seven million Israelis,” I said –and made interacting with J Street virtually impossible. Both the Prime Minister [Netanyahu] and the foreign minister [Avigdor Liberman] vetoed my participation in its annual conference.

On the Obama White House relations with J Street p. 108

J Street …fashioned itself as the Administration’s wing in the American Jewish Community. Obama acknowledged that fact by sending his National Security Advisor [former Marine General] Jim Jones, one of Washington’s most powerful officials to greet the organization. “I’m honored to represent President Obama at the first national J Street conference.  And you can be sure that this administration will be represented at all other J Street conferences…” Obama’s newly appointed advisor on anti-Semitism, Hannah Rosenthal, an early J Street supporter, issued her first denunciation not of anti-Semites, but rather of me for boycotting the summit.

Michael Oren’s Ally might be considered a 21st Century version of Emile Zola’s J’accuse.  Oren , like Zola in the fin de siècle  Dreyfus affair  ,  addresses the calumnies of President  Obama, nurtured  in Muslim Indonesia,  creating daylight isolating Israeli  PM Netanyahu over nuclear Iran and recognition of a Faux Palestinian State.  Daylight promised  to Obama’s  Chicago anti-Israel confreres, Rashid Khalidi, holder of the Edward Said Endowed Chair on Modern Arab Studies  at Columbia and Ali Abunimah , editor of The Electronic Intifada blog, that he wouldn’t forget them.  Oren chronicles how Obama delivered on that promise.

Posted on 07/03/2015 4:23 AM by Jerry Gordon
Friday, 3 July 2015
Primary school teacher struck off for praising Isil murder of Alan Henning

A primary school teacher has been banned from the classroom for life after praising Isil for beheading aid worker Alan Henning in string of offensive social media posts.

The Muslim teacher, Nargs Bibi, put up forty offensive and malicious messages immediately after the tragic Briton's murder by 'Jihadi John' urging Isil to kill all non believers.

Divorcee Bibi, 31, who had worked at Knowsley Junior School, Oldham, for three years before being fired over another matter, also hurled a diatribe of abuse at Mr Henning's wife.

In some of the comments Ms Bibi called his wife "a b****" and a "slag". She also referred to people aid workers in Syria as "barking dogs". She called on Muslim women to "stay at home" (she will be able to obey from now on) and called on Allah to "destroy" the UK and the US.

She admitted making the comments and accepted they amounted to unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.

Ms Bibi did not attend a disciplinary hearing of the National College for Teaching and Leadership in Coventry and was not represented. The professional conduct panel's written ruling redacted the tweets on its website because they were so offensive.

The messages began appearing on her Twitter account on the day of Mr Henning's death last October 3, and continued during the following day.

She was arrested by Greater Manchester Police but no further action was taken. Bibi said her action was out of character, and she was suffering poor mental health at the time. 

The panel recommended she be allowed to apply to have her position reviewed after five years, owing to her mental health problems but decision maker Alan Meyrick, on behalf of the Secretary of State, overruled this, meaning Bibi is prohibited from teaching in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children's home in England ever again. He said: "In my view this decision reflects the extreme nature of the material posted on Twitter and the regard with which the public will hold a teacher who has posted such material." 

Posted on 07/03/2015 3:17 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 3 July 2015
Muslim Country Sees 'Northern Lights'

It isn't how far south the Aurora Borealis is visible that makes this report from On Islam so interesting. It shows yet another example of the adage that territory once held for Islam is Islamic forever.

Rare sight as parts of the world's northernmost Muslim country, Sibir, marvel in the majestic sight of the Aurora Borealis.Siberian Muslim Tatars in parts of southern Siberia were treated to a spectacular, and rare, display of the Northern Lights

However the strong solar activity brought it to more southern latitudes, including Omsk city in the Muslim country of Sibir which lies under Russian occupation since 1598

Reporters and astronomers also confirmed that residents of Kazan, the capital city of the Muslim country of Tatarstan, watched the colorful display too.

Posted on 07/03/2015 2:48 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 3 July 2015
BBC South Today Special Report: Barrister giving extremist views to Muslim women
A BBC South Today investigation has revealed attempts by a speaker to influence Muslim women in Hampshire with a rhetoric that's been called 'dangerous' and 'destructive'. In this BBC South Today special report from Emma Vardy, we see undercover footage of a speech given, along with quotes from an Iman and an interview with a member of Hampshire Police's Counter-Terrorism team to see how they're attempting to deal with extremism in the county.

This is followed by a statement by Ibtihal Bsis's lawyers, the woman alleged to have given these speeches.
Posted on 07/03/2015 2:25 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 2 July 2015
An Israeli Jew Examines the Puzzle of "Palestinian" Privilege, A Subset of Muslim Privilege

A timely Op Ed from "Israel National News", that deserves to be more widely known, for the phenomenon he is describing is not merely about "Palestinian" privilege but about Muslim privilege.

'Op-Ed: Confronting Palestinian Privilege'.

'How do heroic Palestinian freedom fighters get away with cold-blooded murder? How do they manage to legitimize attacks on ambulances and infants? Simple: Palestinian privilege.'

Which is, at bottom, an enactment of the principle of non-reciprocity at the heart of Islam, according to which Muslims, if they feel strong enough to get away with it, are fully entitled to do as they will to non-Muslims, to attack and abuse, in every imaginable way, any non-Muslims within their reach - whether dhimmis or harbis - but it is inconceivable, it is a capital offense, for those attacked non-Muslims to denounce, let alone resist or defend themselves against their Muslim attackers.  In the Pact of Omar it is stipulated that a dhimmi, a non-Muslim who has submitted to Muslim rule, cannot "strike" a matter what, not even if a Muslim attacks him first. - CM

'Malachi Rosenfeld was just driving home with three of his friends, on their way back from a basketball game, when it happened.   

'A car passed right next to theirs as the four unsuspecting friends - all of them residents of the village of Kochav Hashachar - laughed and joked together...

'And then the shots rang out. Again. And again.  And all that ended....

'A moment later Malachi lay dying...

'The car, severely damaged, ground to a halt, and one of Malachi's friends watched in horror as the terrorists considered whether to go back and "finish the job".  Thankfully they did not, opting to drive away and live to murder another day instead of running the risk of being intercepted by the Israeli army.

'After all, heroic Palestinian (sic: "Palestinian" Arab Muslim - CM) freedom fighters don't do nearly as well against soldiers as they do against unarmed civilians.

And whenever they do, the deeply-dhimmified Useful Idiots of the western world shriek with indignation at the very idea that a Poor Palestinian has been shot by an uppity non-dhimmi Jew daring to defend himself against Muslim assault...- CM

'Overhead that evening, as word spread of the attack, I heard the military helicopters pass over my home in Shiloh, just a few minutes' drive from the site of the murder, which occurred outside Shvut Rachel on the next hill.  I knew it was bad. A helicopter can only mean one thing - someone needs to make it to the hospital, right now, or they may well die.  And today, less than 24 hours after he was critically injured, Malachi Rosenfeld did die of his injuries.

'Malachi.  25 years old.  In the prime of his life. Gunned down (by Muslims - CM) purely because he was a Jew.  A Jew driving just a few kilometres away from the first capital of ancient Israel, Shiloh, where the sages of western journalism and the Storm-troopers of Arab-Islamic colonialism believe that Jews have no right to be.

'Malachi was only the latest victim of a recent spate of terror attacks by Muslim terrorists in Israel.

'Of course, even prior to this recent "spate", terrorism against Jews by Muslims is nothing new here; but this past Ramadan, which isn't even halfway gone, has been particularly violent (not just in Israel, of course - in France, Tunisia, Kuwait...and not only against Jews - CM).

'And amid the ongoing pattern of so-called 'lone wolf" attacks involving knives, cars, and occasionally guns, in the past two weeks a clear pattern has emerged here in the Binyamin region, in the hills of Samaria just north of Jerusalem.

'It began two weeks ago, when two Jewish hikers from the central Israeli city of Lod visited a natural spring, where their ancestors once walked.

'As they left to return home, a Palestinian Arab man (a "Palestinian" Arab Muslim man - CM) waved their car down, apparently in need of assistance.

'They stopped - Jews love to help people.

'He approached them and began asking for water, and then, having confirmed that the two men were indeed Israeli Jews (though any kind of Jew at all would have done as a sacrificial victim; Muslim Jew-hatred is hardwired into the texts of Islam, which were concocted during a time when Jews in eretz Israel were living under the dominion of the Byzantine Empire, the heir of the Roman Empire - CM) pulled out a gun and started shooting from point-blank range.

'Danny Gonen was killed and his friend, injured, left for dead. The terrorist, meanwhile, escaped to a nearby Arab (that is: Arab Muslim - CM) village.

'Four days earlier, I had been driving just a few miles from the scene of that attack, when a Palestinian (sic: 'Palestinian' Arab Muslim - CM) man attempted to flag me down.  My instinct, too, was to stop and help...but something held me back. Vague memories of stories from the Second Intifada in which well-intentioned Israelis (that is, Israeli Jews - CM) were murdered or carjacked after stopping to help an ostensibly-stranded Palestinian (that is, "Palestinian" Arab Muslim - CM) motorist.  So I drove on - why risk it?  I felt a little bit bad at the time - I don't any more.

There is a lesson in there, I think, for all those Infidel states that, today, are being besieged by neverending swarms of Muslims all tearfully claiming to be "refugees" in need of succour, in need of hospitality.  "We are suffering! Help us! Feed us, clothe us, take us in!"   Said Muslims may look like victims, and may tell very convincing sob stories...but are they? And what will they, or their children or grandchildren do, once they are well inside the door, not of your car, but of your home, your country? - CM

'In between those two deadly attacks was another attack, also in Binyamin, and with the same modus operandi but thankfully with a far less tragic outcome.

'As an Israeli ambulance drove towards the town of Bet El (that is, biblical Bethel - CM), next to Ramallah and less than half an hour north of Jerusalem, ambulance driver Shalom Galil noticed an Arab man (an Arab Muslim man - CM) standing by the side of the road.

'He recounted what happened next, to Arutz Sheva:

"I returned from Ofra, which is a few kilometres north of Beit El". Galil said.  "This was on a new highway that was recently opened. The terrorist was standing outside his vehicle, with the car's motor running.  Without shame, without trying to hide, and boldly looking at me, he drew his weapon, and began shooting."

'Shots fired, at point-blank range, by an Arab (an Arab Muslim - CM) terrorist who immediately sped away in his vehicle, in the Binyamin region.  Only this time, the target was an ambulance.

'After all, brave Palestinian (sic: "Palestinian" Arab Muslim - CM) freedom fighters stand a much better chance against Israeli ambulances than against military checkpoints.

'Thank God, Galil miraculously escaped unharmed, though his ambulance was peppered with bullets....

'The striking similar tactics - the brazenness, the cold-blooded nerve to approach a vehicle to make sure its occupants are Jewish and not Arab-Israelis (that is, "and not Muslims" - CM) and the fact that all of the attacks took place within a radius of just a few miles, has led the security services to believe all three are the act of an organized terrorist cell, not individual "lone wolves".

And both the so-called "lone wolves" and the "terrorist cells" are crystallising naturally out of the Ummah, the Muslim 'community' that teaches its children - from Quran, Sira and Hadith and their orthodox interpreters - to despise and hate the dirty unbelievers, and that believes firmly that Islam, alone, has the right to rule, to dominate, always and everywhere. - CM

'But regardless, the attacks are actually evidence of something much more fundamental to understanding the struggle here in the Middle East: Palestinian privilege.

"Palestinian" Muslim privilege. Which is a subset of 'Muslim privilege" that seems to have become - or is becoming - normalised all over the place. - CM

'Consider: All of this happened as the actions of the Israeli Defence Forces during last summer's 'Operation Protective Edge' were being scrutinized under a microscoope, and then inevitably condemned, by the UN's kangaroo-court of tyrants, the ironically-named UN Human Rights Council.

'Grim-faced, the protectors of human rights from (Muslim - CM) Algeria, (Muslim - CM) Bangladesh, (majority-Muslim - CM) Kazakhstan, (fanatically-Muslim - CM) Pakistan, (Muslim, and energetically jihad-financing-and-inciting - CM) Qatar, (historically deeply-antisemitic - CM) Russia, (fanatically-Muslim - CM) Saudi Arabia, the EAU (also Muslim - CM), and (Marxist-influenced and ever-more-influenced by Muslim Iran - CM) Venezuela passed their harsh judgement against the Jewish (but that's just incidental) state's actions to stop incessant rocket fire against its civilians, and to prevent cross-border assaults by terrorists emerging from tunnels dug with just one purpose: to kill, maim and kidnap as many Israelis (that is: as many Jews - CM) as possible.

'And standing by their side, the liberals  of Europe nodded their assent, sighing as they felt the yoke of guilt for the crimes of the twentieth century shift just slightly from their shoulders.

'Palestinian privilege (i.e Palestinian Muslim privilege - CM): when you can hide behind civilians, establish military bases and bunkers and rocket launchers in schools, mosques, hospitals and private homes - and still walk away guilt-free from the consequences of your actions.

'Palestinian (Muslim - CM) privilege: when your complaints about Jews building on land that was never yours in the first place elicit loud, vociferous headlines and cries of support - but if you shoot at an ambulance no-one bats an eyelid.

'Palestinian (Muslim - CM) privilege: when you can shoot up a car full of innocent, unarmed civilians, coldly execute an innocent nature-lover on a hike, cut off the heads of infant children or crush their little skulls with rocks, butcher innocent worshippers at prayer - and yet still your 'cause' remains whiter than white, a cause celebre among the chic and the liberal.

As I discovered recently in a baffling and frightening conversation with the nice, sweet wife of an Anglican vicar, who was much exercised about how mean the horrible Jews were (supposedly) being to the poor, poor 'Palestinians', but refused to listen and essentially put her hands over her ears when I tried to educate her about Islamic antisemitism - which long pre-dates the reestablishment of the sovereign Jewish state of Israel - and about the doctrine of Jihad that lies at the core of Islam.   When I tried to explain that the checkpoints and the fence and the recent military attack upon Jihad Fortress Gaza were merely Israel's attempt to defend itself against a genocidal Jihad that is a subset of the wider global Jihad. She absolutely refused to believe me. - CM

'Palestinian (Muslim - CM) privilege: when your towns and villages are built atop the ruins of an ancient, indigenous Jewish civilization - some still carrying their original Hebrew names  (Susyia, Hevron, Jerusalem, Bethlehem) or bastardized versions of them (Battir/ Betar; Anata/ Anatot; Beitin/ Bet El; Beit Jalla/ Gilo) and yet you are still able to claim that those who came before you are "occupiers" while you are the "natives".

'Palestinian (Muslim - CM) privilege: when massacres by your co-religionists committed against white Europeans (that is, against European non-Muslims - CM) or even other Muslims are called "terrorism" but your acts of brutality against the Jew are merely "militant".

In the case of Muslim attacks on non-Jewish infidels within western countries - and elsewhere, such as Thailand, China, India, Burma - Muslim privilege manifests in a different way.  Yes, the attack  may be identified as "terrorism".  Though not always; as we see from the recent murderous vehicular jihad attack carried out in Graz, Austria, which - despite its obvious similarity to previous murderous vehicular attacks carried out by Muslims against non-Muslims in both Israel and the USA - everyone is pretending could not possibly have anything to do with the fervently-held Muslim beliefs of the attacker.  But even when an act, by Muslims, is identified as "terrorism" everyone - reporters, government officials, pundits - falls over themselves to protect the ideology of Islam, and the Ummah colonies in the affected countries, from scrutiny. The Infidel public, at all costs, must be prevented from wondering whether acts of terror might be mandated by Islam and approved of by some - or even by many - run-of-the-mill Muslims.  These "terrorist" acts, even when carried out by self-identifying Muslims shouting allahu akbar, even when carried out - like the Lee Rigby murder - by Muslims who proudly quote the Quran chapter and verse while the blood is still warm, are all pronounced over and over to be "nothingtodowithIslam".  And if those attacked can be represented as having offended Muslims - by making a film critical of Islam, as Theo Van Gogh did, or by drawing cartoons, as Charlie Hebdo artists did, or by holding a Mohammed cartoons art exhibition, as was done by Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller (in their case they survived the attempted jihad attack, because their security screen included a cool-headed cop with deadly aim) then more and more the reporting seems to side with the attackers and blame the victims for having "provoked" the attack.  These days no-one in authority tells Muslims in general, within the West, that they need to grow thicker skins and get used to being criticised, questioned, and even laughed at, and that murdering or threatening to murder cartoonists and critics is just. not. on. - CM

'Without understanding Palestinian privilege (that is, Muslim privilege - CM) it is impossible to grasp the root of the conflict here in the Middle East (and pretty well everywhere else - CM), why it grinds on with such a grim inevitability, why all facts and figures displayed by Israeli advocates are ignored, to their utter incredulity.

'it must be confronted, by every Jew who cares about his or her people, indeed, by every decent human being who truly cares about human rights, honesty and justice.

'We owe it to Malachi, we owe it to Danny, and we owe it to ourselves.".

One hopes that someone, soon, will translate Rev Dr Mark Durie's lucid study of the dhimma, "The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom" into modern Hebrew, and French, and Russian.  Because it would be very helpful to people such as the author of this Israel National News op-ed.  He would be able to recognise a dhimmi mindset both in the exculpation of and sympathy for the "Palestinian" Arab Muslim assault upon the Jews of Israel, and also in the frantic haste with which authority figures in the West rush to dissociate Islam as such - and the general Muslim 'community' - from the threatened, attempted, and more and more often achieved acts of Jihad terror that are taking place ever more frequently within the gates of every non-Muslim country that now has a resident Muslim colony on its soil.  Muslim attacks on Jews are not 'terrorism' but 'militancy'; while Muslim attacks on non-Muslims in the UK, or Tunisia, or Canada, or France, are 'terrorism', yes, but still have "nothingtodowithIslam".  Either way, Islam, and the Muslims who enact the jihad imperative hardwired into Islam, are being exempted from criticism; and that exemption from criticism is precisely what the sharia decrees. - CM


Posted on 07/02/2015 9:35 PM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Realism about Ramadan, and About Islam, From an Israeli Jewish Scholar Who has Figured Things Out

As published just this week by Israel National News, one Benny Toker reporting.  The headline doesn't beat about the bush.

"They Leave the Mosque With Hatred In Their Eyes.

"Middle East expert explains that Ramadan is "victory month" and is the wrong time for any gestures.

By 'gestures' he means appeasement and concessions offered by non-Muslims - in this case, the Jewish state of Israel - to Muslims. - CM

'Middle East expert Dr David Bokai explained on Tuesday on Arutz Sheva that Ramadan is traditionally a month of violence (i.e. of Jihad - CM) and is the wrong time to offer any kind of gestures to Muslims.

"Look at all of the terror attacks in Kuwait, France, and here in Israel", he explained.

"They carry out terror attacks against all the enemies of Islam.

"Ramadan is defined as the month of victory.  All of the great victories of Mohammed, and the expulsion of the Crusaders, took place on that month.  That is why Ramadan turns into a month of terror and violence worldwide."

'Dr Bokai noted that Israel (and not only Israel, these days! - CM) makes the same mistake every year regarding Ramadan.  "It's amazing that we don't learn, and we make gestures for Ramadan every year," he said. "It drives me mad and makes me nauseous. (You're not the only one, Dr Bokai. Me, too. - CM). 

"This is not a month for making gestures, but for placing limitations.  When you offer them gestures, you get terror and violence.  In this month one should toughen and harden policy."

Are you listening, O governments of Britain? France? Denmark? Germany? Canada? Australia? India?  Because this is what you should be doing.  Above all, during Ramadan; but  not only during Ramadan. It is the only way to deal with those aggressive, expanding, and vociferous Mohammedan colonies that have established themselves in our lands. -  CM

'The imam's sermons also inflame the spirits, the expert added.

"You see people from the middle class upward who are influenced by the sermons at the mosques during Ramadan.

"After a 20 minute Friday sermon, they leave with a will to slaughter and kill.

"That is what characterizes Islam - it's a religion of murder and not of peace.  Its culture says that the entire world must be conquered."

Dr Bokai is not exaggerating. In the plainest, simplest terms he is stating an observable fact about Muslim doctrine - core Muslim doctrine, not some weird fringe aberration or misinterpretation - and about a very great deal of contemporary and historic Muslim conduct.  - CM

Posted on 07/02/2015 8:31 PM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Aussie Cop Invited to Ramadan Dinner For a Heaping Dish of Dawa With a Side Serve of Soft Soap

And it doesn't sound as though Queensland's Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Brent Carter had his BS detector switched on.  If he had read about the core principle of al wala wa al bara, Loyalty (to Muslims only) and Enmity (toward non-Muslims qua non-Muslims), or had he read Quran 48.29, or any of the many verses that adamently condemn and forbid the forming of any sort of genuine friendship with unbelievers - although a feigned friendship, temporary and for Muslim advantage, is permitted (see Quran 3.28 and the orthodox commentaries thereupon) - if Muslims are currently weak vis a vis the surrounding non-Muslims, he might have been a little more wary of this smilingly-offered invitation.

Yet more dawa from Australia's ABC, with one Courtney Wilson breathlessly reporting on an oh-so-sweet Australia-resident Mohammedan family who are doing their bit for the Ummah by getting busy buttering up the local police chief.

"Logan Family (that is: Logan-resident Muslim family - CM) Invites Queensland Police Chief to Ramadan Feast in Bid to Break Down Cultural Barriers.

Ah yes, "cultural barriers".  It's actually all about getting rid of anything that gets in the way of Islamisation.  If a regional Infidel police chief can be fooled into thinking Muslims - and especially the local Muslim colony, steadily expanding - are nothing to worry about, as he accepts that plate of delicious dawa rom a doe-eyed Muslimah who looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth, then his - and our - guard will be down and the Jihad, the struggle to impose the total dominance of Islam, and of Muslims, everywhere, including Australia, will go on that much more swiftly and easily. - CM

'The daily family ritual of sitting down to dinner together has taken on a new significance for about half a million Australian Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan.

Which is also the Month of Jihad, my dear Courtney Wilson. Did you know that? No, you've just been fed the usual disinformation intended to keep the wool over your, and our, eyes...until it is too late. - CM

'They must abstain from all food and drink during daylight hours (and lucky for them, here in the southern hemisphere, this year Ramadan falls during the period of shortest days and longest nights!, so, big deal, eat a big breakfast before dawn, spend the - short - daylight hours getting over it, then sit down to dinner the minute the sun drops below the horizon - CM) to purify the soul, refocus on God, and practice self-sacrifice.

Well, until the sun goes down. Then it's time for a frenzy of overeating. And beyond that, in various places it isn't self-sacrifice that's been going on, but various successful or less-successful attempts to sacrifice the dirty unbelievers...e.g. all those terrified British tourists in Tunisia, and that poor bloke in France. - CM

'The fast is broken every evening at sunset with special meals enjoyed together with family and friends.

"It's such a special thing for us, the Ramadan dinner", said mother-of-five Canan Coskun from Logan, south of Brisbane.

Mother of five. Demographic jihad in full swing, to outbreed and outnumber and overwhelm the dirty infidels.  - CM

"If you can imagine you haven't eaten all day (plenty of us know what that feels like; all of us have skipped lunch from time to time, my dear, for all kinds of reasons; so why are you trying to make out you're so speshul just because of eating breakfast early and then skipping lunch before eating dinner at sunset - 5.30 pm, right now in much of Australia? - CM) so you're really looking forward to that soup and that bread and everything just seems so delicious."

'Her family hosts the special dinners, or Iftars, where they invite non-Muslim guests to share in the evening meal at their home.

Dawa.  They are not allowed to eat with or befriend non-Muslims, unless it is for the protection and/ or promotion of Islam. Of late, there have been signs of resistance to Islam among some non-Muslim Aussies, even hints that some have been finding out all those things that Muslims don't like non-Muslims to know about Islam - except, of course, when it's too late, and the Muslims are strong enough locally or regionally to do exactly as they are instructed to do to non-Muslims - so some among the Ummah have obviously decided it's time to slather on the soft soap. - CM

'This year the Coskuns counted Queensland's Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Brent Carter among their guests.

"What better thing to do with someone than to sit down and have food with them?" said Mrs Coskun.

Fattening the sheep for slaughter...? - CM

"Especially when we're in my home and I'm serving them food.  To share that special moment with people from other faith backgrounds, it means a lot to us."

Suuuure.  I'll bet it does, so long as you think it may incline them to accept Islam, or at least to put up no resistance to the spread of Islam.  - CM

'Mrs Coskun said she believed having a meal together could also help to break down barriers.

To break down break down barriers against the spread of Islam and the imposition of Muslim dominance, by lulling unwary non-Muslims into thinking that Islam and Muslims are nothing to worry about...and therefore making those thus lulled, less inclined to listen to the warnings of other worried infidels who have read the Islamic texts, read a modicum of history, and have decided that there is something - rather a lot - to worry about.  And if the warnings of the worried and well-informed are not heeded, are pooh-poohed by those who have just had such a yummy dinner with such a sweeeet, sweeetly-smiling Muslim mama, then one day it will be too late. And then the smiling mask temporarily donned by such local representatives of the Ummah will come off. No more goodcop. Just the badcop.  Pure by-the-book strictly-according-to-the-Sunnah, Islam.  Like we are seeing in Syria and Iraq. - CM

"I've had many people over at my house who have never seen a Muslim person before, or maybe they've never seen a  woman in a hijab", she said.

Do you tell them that you believe that unless you're wearing the slave rag, your 'allah' can't or won't listen to your prayers?  Do you tell them that a woman who isn't wearing the slave rag is by definition a whore and a slut, uncovered meat? - CM

"They're sitting at my dinner table and just kind of looking at me serving them soup and serving them sweets and I can see them thinking, "Wow, they're pretty much like us and they're quite normal."

"Pretty much like us".  Nevertheless, the most recent surveys show that a very, very high proportion of Muslims in Europe are rabidly, luridly, screamingly antisemitic, far more so than the surrounding non-Muslims.  If that's the case in Europe, one may probably safely assume that things are similar in Australia and anywhere else that the ummah has established colonies.   I wonder what would happen if the subject of Jews, and of Israel, were to be raised at this lady's cosy dinner-table, by any of her Infidel guests?  What if someone were to openly express support - approval - of Israel's self-defence against the Jihad? -  CM

'The notion of going without food for thirty days (no, it isn't "going without food for thirty days", it's merely "skipping lunch and not drinking anything during daylight hours, for thirty days" - CM) also sparks plenty of questions from non-Muslim guests.

Which gives her lots of opportunities to pour on the dawa, hot and strong.   Of course, by now so many Aussies, not being familiar with their bibles any more, have forgotten what Jesus had to say about those who make a big show of ostentatious piety in public. - CM

"They just think we're refraining from food and water, but it's more than that," said 18 year old Seyma Coskun.  "It's about developing more spiritually, it's about doing more good (ah, yes, my dear girl; but do please define more precisely what you mean by "good", because it doesn't necessarily mean what we kuffar think of as "good" - CM), it's about making better habits".

About being an ever more pious, Mohammed-imitating, sharia-observant Muslim.  Like so many, many other Muslims who become visibly more observant, pray more often, go to Mosque more often..and then Go Jihad, either in places like Syria, France, or in Israel, or in the UK.  And chop off heads, or blow things up.  Some of us are noticing that interesting correlation between increasing Islamic piety and increasing violence. -  CM

'Her eight-year-old brother Huzeyfe is not obliged to fast until he reaches puberty, but he is trying to join his parents and older sisters.  He says his friends are very curious.  "They ask, 'Is it easy and do you get very hungry?" and I say, 'I don't eat much, so it's easy for me", he said.

'Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and this year runs from June 18 until July 17.

'Like his wife, Murat Coskun hoped breaking bread with other community members might help foster tolerance and appreciation of cultural diversity.

Yeah, lulling those circumambient infidels to sleep, or even suckering some of them into becoming Muslims, so that the Ummah can keep on expanding and advancing unhindered.  But when Islam dominates and Muslims rule there will be no tolerance - as Asia Bibi and countless others have experienced - and no cultural diversity (the Jews of Iraq and Syria are long gone and the indigenous Christians are also being killed or force-converted or driven out of the country).  - CM

"I think that whilst it's not an obligation for people to know about it, it would not take anything away from them, from knowing about Ramadan", he said.

What will you do,mate, if they do some homework on their own and find out it's also called "the Month of Jihad"? - CM

"It would just add to their depth and I think it would help them better understand people that they bump into at work, or maybe their neighbours or their friends."

"Friends". Suuure.  Then explain to me Quran 48.29, Mr Coskun. And 60.1, and 9.29 and 9.5. How do you, Mr Coskun, understand those? - CM

"We like to learn about Christmas and how our human brethren live and what they believe in."

My BS detector just went right off the chart. Because I know what orthodox Muslims think about the Christian doctrine that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God (which is what Christmas is all about). They view it as "shirk", assigning partners to god, and they view it with absolute disgust and contempt; 'shirk', so they are taught in orthodox Islam, is worse than murder. - CM

'He said the family looked forward to Ramadan. "It's like the spiritual pinnacle of our year", said Mr Coskun. "It's where we're closest to God, and consequently closest to people, as well."

'Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Carter described it as an educational experience.

No, it was the opposite.  You just got fed a huge pile of disinformation that will make you and the cops under your authority dangerously more likely to be blindsided by those who are working steadily to Islamise our society, and to Islamise the world. - CM

"You know, I've learned so much, meeting this family for the first time, sitting down and sharing a meal with them", he said.  "They're just like any other Australian family: hard working, very committed, and family-oriented."

Yeah, family-oriented.  But I bet you didn't inquire what might happen if that 18 year old daughter decided she didn't want to wear hijab. Or if she decided she wanted to convert to Christianity or Buddhism, or become an atheist. Of if she ran away with, and married - without demanding he become Muslim first -  a Christian or Buddhist or atheist Aussie guy.  - CM

 'The dinners are coordinated through the Queensland Intercultural Society to foster a better understanding of (translation: "to spread soothing nonsense and lies about" - CM) the Islamic faith."

Dawa dinners.

And now, having read this content-free Aussie media fluff piece about Ramadan, let's get a series of short, sharp reality checks about Ramadan from a front-line where the combat Jihad is slamming up hard against a resistant non-Muslim entity, namely, Israel.

Here's one.

"Terrorist Killed in Gun Battle with IDF Soldiers.

"The attack comes amid a recent upswing in terrorist attacks since the Muslim fast month of Ramadan began last Thursday...".

Here's another, from the astute Gil Ronen.

"Ramadan so Far - 12 Days of Terror'.

'The advent of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has ushered in a month of daily terror against Israeli Jews by Muslim terrorists.  Terror attacks, which unfortunately have not been rare in Israel regardless of the Muslim fast month, have become even more frequent in recent days...".

And two blistering pieces from the equally Islamosavvy Israeli blogger, "A Soldier's Mother".


"Dear Palestinian (sic: Muslim - CM) Shooter (he had fired repeatedly at a Jewish ambulance driver - CM)

"Happy Ramadan.

"I can tell by the news each day that your people are having a wonderful month.

"Just days into it and already they've hit dozens of cars and buses, one man beaten to death, several stabbed, and repeated attacks on the light rail in Jerusalem...

"You have exploded bombs around the world that have killed a few hundred, and shot fireworks at a bunch of 18 and 19 year old unarmed kids (Jewish kids - CM) playing basketball. 

"Celebrated Jihad in France with the beheading of one man, dozens murdered in Tunisia...and here in little Israel, I have to hand it to you, you've tried very hard to murder and maim...".

Click on the link, read the rest of it.  And now for her second piece, "In the Name of Allah", that is even more scathingly accurate.

"In the Name of Allah.

"In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, Palestinians (sic: Muslims - CM) stoned a bus filled with children (that is, with Jewish children - CM) yesterday.

"In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, a Palestinian (sic: Muslim- CM) woman approached a young Israeli (Israeli Jewish- CM) woman and stabbed her in the neck.

Obeying the Quranic injunction - Surah 47.4 - to "strike at their necks" - CM

'Full disclosure: the young woman, aged 19, was wearing a uniform showing that she was serving her nation by protecting a holy site that is often attacked by neighbouring Arabs (that is, neighbouring Arab Muslims - CM) with rocks, firebombs, etc.

"In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, four Israeli young men on their way home from a soccer game in Jerusalem were attacked (by Muslims - CM).  One is fighting for his life (and has since died - CM), three others were also injured but are expected to recover.

"In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, dozens (that is, dozens of a/ non-Muslims and b/ deemed wrong-sect or insufficiently-sharia-compliant Muslims - CM) have been murdered in Tunis and Yemen.

"In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, a man (a French Infidel - CM) was beheaded in Paris, and the murderer (a pious Muslim - CM) took a selfie with the body, to show his pride in his actions...

"In the name of allah, the most graciious, firebombs were thrown this morning at a Jewish neighbourhood in Jerusalem.

"In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, Muslims around the world are showing neither graciousness nor mercy this holy (sic - CM) month of Ramadan.

'And what infuriates me most of all is two things. 

'The first is that no-one is surprised.

"It's this way every Ramadan, I am told. Every Ramadan, I tell new immigrants to Israel, who are shocked by the sudden spike in attacks, this is Ramadan...".

Click on the link. Read the whole thing.  And share her article around; it might help to dispel the sort of soothing nonsense that was being peddled to a dangerously-naive and ill-informed police chief in Logan, Queensland, and that the ABC was then peddling further, by interviewing that eager-to-be-fooled police chief and his smiling, smiling, smiling Muslim hosts who invited him in and greasily buttered him up. - CM


Posted on 07/02/2015 6:39 PM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 2 July 2015
He Just May Have a Chance
Posted on 07/02/2015 3:31 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Why is Obama Blocking Weapons to Kurds Fighting ISIS?

Ari Soffer writes in INN:

Arab and European states have been unable to provide Kurdish fighters with badly-needed weapons to fight ISIS - because the US is blocking the weapons transfers.

According to the UK's Daily Telegraph, the Obama administration's hesitation and lack of clear strategy means that US commanders, who are directing the anti-ISIS coalition efforts, are not authorizing moves to directly arm Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria. This, despite the fact that the Kurds have proven by far the most effective force in fighting ISIS, having taken and held territory from the jihadists in northern Iraq and Syria, despite being outgunned.

Citing "high level officials" from the Gulf Arab states involved in the fight against ISIS, the paper claimed some are becoming so frustrated with Washington's lack of leadership in the campaign that they are preparing to "go it alone" and directly arm the Kurds in spite of US opposition.

Backed by coalition airstrikes, both the Kurdish Peshmerga in northern Iraq and People's Protection Unit (YPG) in northern Syria have scored significant victories against the jihadists - in stark contrast to the relative ineffectiveness and disarray of Iranian-backed Shia Islamist militias in southern Iraq, and pro-regime forces in Syria.

But Kurdish commanders lament that while the collapse and surrender of the Iraqi army flooded ISIS arsenals with advanced US weaponry and armored vehicles, they themselves are largely forced to rely upon light, Soviet-era weapons and only a tiny number of anti-tank or heavy weapons.

Currently, several European states have spent millions in purchasing new weapons for the Kurds - but all of that much-needed equipment is currently sitting in storage due to the US blocking their transfer to Kurdish forces.

At least one Arab government is seriously considering bypassing US commanders and arming the Kurds, instead of transferring weapons via the government in Baghdad - which mostly distributes them to pro-government Shia militias.

Summing up the sense of frustration in some Middle Eastern capitals, one senior Arab official told the Telegraph: "If the Americans and the West are not prepared to do anything serious about defeating Isil [ISIS], then we will have to find new ways of dealing with the threat." 

The official suggested western states simply do not appreciate the scale of the threat posed by the Islamist group.

"With Isil making ground all the time we simply cannot afford to wait for Washington to wake up to the enormity of the threat we face," he said.

America's Arab allies - including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states - have also expressed extreme frustration at the lack of a coherent strategy altogether.

"There is simply no strategic approach," another senior Arab official said. "There is a lack of coordination in selecting targets, and there is no overall plan for defeating Isil."

The report comes as the UK's new Defense Secretary criticized the current British policy of only participating in airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq as "illogical," and called for a new parliamentary vote on the issue.

"It is a new Parliament and I think new Members of Parliament will want to think very carefully about how we best deal with Isil, and the illogicality of Isil not respecting the borderlines," Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said.

"We’ve always been clear that Isil has to be defeated in both Syria and Iraq. We have plenty to do in Iraq," he told BBC Radio 4 Thursday.

But he noted that ISIS's de-facto capital, Raqqa, together with the majority of its command and control centers, are based in Syria. "Isil is organized and directed and administered from Syria. There is an illogicality about not being able to do it," he said.

Currently the UK only participates in airstrikes over Iraq, whose government has given permission for coalition aircraft to operate in its airspace, but not in Syria, where the Assad regime has not assented to the air campaign - which is going on regardless.

It is far from the first time US President Barack Obama has been criticized for a lack of strategy in fighting ISIS, or for underestimating the challenge.

He infamously referred to the vicious Islamist group as a "JV team," shortly before its lightening offensive through Iraq which saw it capture vast swathes of territory and brush aside the Iraqi army in a matter of weeks.

Just last month, the US president admitted he did not have a strategy to defeat the terror group.

Posted on 07/02/2015 2:12 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 2 July 2015
They Killed Her in Good Faith - Death Sentences Overturned in Afghanistan Lynching

NY Times:

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan court has overturned the death sentences of four men convicted in the lynching of a woman who had been falsely accused of burning the Quran, a lawyer connected to the case and a politician said on Thursday.

In a nation in which violence against women is commonplace and so-called honor killings often go unpunished, the death in March of the woman, named Farkhunda, managed to galvanize Afghanistan as no other case had. Videos of her final moments, taken by members of the mob that surrounded her, showed Farkhunda pleading as she was kicked and stomped, and later tied to the back of a car and dragged to the garbage-strewn banks of the Kabul River. There her attackers set fire to her body.

The violence unfolded at one of Kabul’s most historic shrines, where Farkhunda, a student of Islamic law, had come to preach against what she saw as the ignorant, superstitious and un-Islamic practices that prevailed there, like the sale of good luck amulets and veneration of the tomb of an early Muslim conqueror of Afghanistan. One of the shrine’s keepers, apparently threatened by her preaching and torrent of criticism, began to shout that she was an infidel who had burned the Quran. Summoned by the shouts, young men from nearby descended on the shrine, ready to lynch her.

In the immediate aftermath of the killing, it was easy to find Afghan men who supported the mob, saying that the woman deserved to die if the accusation was true and that even if she was innocent, her tormenters had killed her in good faith.

But Farkhunda was soon transformed from a pariah into a martyr as it emerged that she had been a pious student who had been trying to rid shrines of superstition. Officials at the Ministry of Religious Affairs declared her innocent and pledged an ambitious campaign to carry on her effort to rid shrines of fortune tellers. At her funeral, women, not men, carried her coffin to her grave. And young men staged a re-enactment of her murder, in a searing act of political demonstration intended to pressure the government to prosecute her actual killers.

Initially, at least, the case unfolded with an unusual degree of transparency. The courtroom proceedings were at first televised, a rarity for a court system built with Western support that has earned a reputation for being corrupt and opaque. In May, the court issued death sentences for four men: the shrinekeeper who appeared to have sealed Farkhunda’s fate with his accusation and three other men in the mob believed to have been among her most vicious assailants. That trial also resulted in eight other defendants receiving prison terms of 16 years.

But this week — most likely on Wednesday, although the timing is unclear — an appellate court overturned those death sentences in a proceeding that Farkhunda’s advocates have described as secret and possibly the result of political meddling. The appeals court’s decision “completely undermines the rule of law in Afghanistan, and it completely undermines women’s rights in Afghanistan,” said Kimberley Motley, the lawyer who represented Farkhunda’s family at the trial. “This case presented a wider issue than Farkhunda being murdered, as heinous as that was. This case was about the future of Afghanistan: whether it is going to be a country that accepts mob violence or a country that rejects it.” ...


Posted on 07/02/2015 8:56 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 2 July 2015
For Egypt, avenging Sinai attack may include striking Gaza

Avi Issacharoff writes in the Times of Israel:

Throughout the night, the echoes of explosions from the Egyptian airstrikes on various targets in the northern Sinai Peninsula could be heard on the Israeli side of the border.

From the moment it began fighting back Wednesday, the Egyptian army, as is its wont, has not hesitated to use all the means at its disposal. After Wednesday morning’s multi-tiered attack in Sheikh Zuweid, the aggressiveness of its military response is likely to outstrip that of any previous operation.

Anything that moves in the coming days in Egypt’s Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid, and El-Arish will likely become a target of Egypt’s F-16s and Apache helicopters, in part in a bid to protect its ground forces from danger.

Right now, the Islamic State fighters and Muslim Brotherhood fighters are likely rubbing their hands together gleefully, despite the rivalry between them. These two rival organizations found a common enemy in the form of the Egyptian government and its chief, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

But the public wants revenge for the attack on the soldiers, who enjoy a particularly high standing in Egypt.

And this revenge will come.

It began Wednesday when the Egyptian army assassinated nine Muslim Brotherhood officials, including a former parliament member who, Egypt claims, was involved in attacks.

And it will continue with the executions of mid-level members of the organization who have received death sentences. And of course, heavy airstrikes on populated areas in Sinai. It can be said definitively that some of the Bedouin tribes and residents of north Sinai are collaborating with terrorists, and the army will retaliate.

Hamas will also pay a price. Only a few days ago, Egypt opened the Rafah crossing, in part due to the improvement of the security situation in Sinai. This will soon end. The army knows that some senior officials of the Hamas military wing, who operate without the approval of its political wing, are collaborating with the Islamic State in Sinai, mostly for financial renumeration.

According to an Egyptian source, some 200 militants took part in the attack, utilizing a large number of anti-aircraft weapons in the first hours, which necessitated the use of F-16 fighter jets instead of Apache helicopters as the Egyptians responded.

Those weapons, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, came in through the Gaza Strip.

Therefore, Egyptian airstrikes inside the Gaza Strip cannot be ruled out entirely.

But the heaviest price will be paid by Islamic State operatives in the Sinai, who carried out the brazen attack.

The terror operation carried out by the group (known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis up until a few months ago) on Wednesday morning was exceptional compared to previous attacks in the area.

The attack bore many similarities to assaults carried out by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: a simultaneous attack on several fronts to generate confusion among the enemy’s troops with the use of suicide bombers, car bombs, anti-tank missiles, and of course ground troops, some of them dressed as Egyptian cops or soldiers.

The assault began around 7 a.m., when the soldiers were about to change guard, and many of them were likely still groggy after having only gone to sleep following a pre-dawn, pre-fast meal for the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

The car bombs were set off first, sparking the initial melee. Next the armed fighters, dressed as soldiers or police officers, attacked with anti-tank missiles, anti-aircraft missile, machine guns, and lighter weapons.

At a certain stage of the attack, the IS fighters managed to capture Egyptian armored vehicles, sparking Israeli concerns that the militants could try to storm into Israeli territory, as they did during a similar attack three years ago, also during Ramadan.

This time, the terrorists did not attempt to infiltrate Israel, and were stopped after hours of clashes with the Egyptian army.

The number of losses on the Egyptian side is not clear. The official army statement said “only” 17 soldiers were killed, along with 100 IS fighters. Most reports, however, said 60-70 Egyptian soldiers were killed...

Posted on 07/02/2015 6:58 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Rotherham paedophile gangs are still abusing young girls

From the Telegraph. Exclusive: Gangs of Asian paedophiles are still preying on underage girls in Rotherham, claims a survivor of the abuse

A survivor of Rotherham’s paedophile gangs claims that child exploitation is still common in the South Yorkshire town.

Sarah Wilson, 23, who was groomed from the age of 11, says that she often sees underage girls socialising with 30-year-old men and that the authorities are still not effectively protecting children from paedophilia. “You see younger girls chilling with older males. It’s there in front of your eyes. Just because the report has come out, they’re not going to stop. They’re just going to be more discreet about it,” she says. “In December I went back to the spots where I was groomed in Rotherham and there was similar activity still going on.” 

When Ms Wilson was being abused aged 12, her mother took her mobile phone to the police to point out the phone numbers of 177 Asian men. But the police refused to investigate, as they said it was a breach of the Data Protection Act.

Ms Wilson claims that police inaction continues today. “If you call the police, they’re not interested,” she says. In April, she says a friend pointed out a group of underage girls and middle-aged males to a police officer, who refused to take action. “The police turned around and said, ‘There’s nothing we can do, they’re not doing anything wrong’,” says Ms Wilson.

Last week, a National Crime Agency Investigation announced that around 300 new suspects had been identified, including two serving or former Rotherham councillors. Ms Wilson believes that her abusers could still be preying on young girls.

Councillor Chris Read, leader of Rotherham council, recognises that paedophilia is an ongoing problem in Rotherham. “We know that child sexual exploitation is still happening in communities up and down the country, including Rotherham. There will always be criminals who want to hurt vulnerable young people,” he says. “Rotherham Council is now working closely with South Yorkshire Police to do everything we can to prevent and disrupt this abuse, to protect those young people who are at risk and to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

South Yorkshire police also admits that the abuse is ongoing, and says that tackling the exploitation is a priority.

“It is unfortunately a sad and distressing reality that child sexual exploitation continues to happen in towns and cities across the country, and that this horrific crime is not just limited to the past,” says Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee. "We appeal directly to victims to come forward in the confidence that you will be listened to, taken seriously, and offered whatever support and care is needed.” 

In her book, Violated, Ms Wilson writes that it’s still common to see young girls climbing into cars with Asian men. “I think some people mistakenly thought it was all over, that the grooming had stopped just like that and no other girls were being abused. They couldn’t have been more wrong,” she writes. “Things as serious as this don’t change overnight, even when the eyes of the whole country are upon you. These men had got away with abusing girls for so long that it was no longer they thought they could keep doing it.” 

Posted on 07/02/2015 5:59 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 2 July 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Why We Need to Draw Mohammed And Challenge Islam

Anne Marie Waters writing in Breitbart

“Have you ever come across any Muslim that mocks swears or draws offensive pic for other religion”?

Somebody called Abdul asked me this rather grammatically challenged question on Twitter, when I announced I intend to organise a Mohammed Cartoon Exhibit in September – with Geert Wilders as my guest speaker.

I get asked a lot of questions in my line of work; people find it a mixture of fascinating, terrifying, and awkward when I tell them that I run a website called Sharia Watch. I anticipate several questions related to our Mohammed cartoon exhibit, so I’ll take this opportunity to prepare the answers in advance. Read more here.

The restrictions, the fear, and the misogyny that so characterise life within Islamic states is now a very potent reality in Western countries, and its having a real impact. Censorship is rife, gang-rape is widespread, and most people are too frightened to speak out about it. Taking all of this in to account, my feeling is that a cartoon exhibit, to reclaim our freedom, is the very least we can do.

Posted on 07/02/2015 12:10 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Asia Bibi's plight reaches top US media channel Fox News!

By an e-mail recieved today from The British Pakistani Christian Association

Our Chairman Wilson Chowdhry is going to be live tonight on Fox News. He will be interviewed via Skype on the 'On the Hour' programme which goes out at 7pm (EST) on 1st July 2015 (which is 12am on 2nd July in UK.) The interview will focus on the six year long incarceration of Asia Bibi and the wider persecution of Pakistani Christians.

Please take time to hear about the plight of the millions of Christians suffering in Pakistan and please pray for her that the increased publicity will mean her release will be secured very soon.

Asia Bibi has been in prison for six years; she is now very ill and there are fears for her life.



Posted on 07/01/2015 1:58 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Rising European Anti-Israelism: an interview with Manfred Gerstenfeld

by Jerry Gordon (July 2015)

A festschrift was held in Jerusalem on June 22, 2015 to launch Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld’s latest book on the New Antisemitism; The War of a Million Cuts. The Jerusalem book launch was sponsored by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, where Gerstenfeld had been the policy think tank group’s long term Chairman prior to his retirement in 2012. Gerstenfeld’s latest book investigates the various dimensions, mechanisms and forces behind a global movement delegitimizing and demonizing Israel and world Jewry. Among those who were prominent speakers at the book’s launch were Steven Linde, Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post, Isi Leibler, Australian-Israeli commentator of note, and Amon Lord, author and editor of Makor Roshon and the webzine Mida. Praise for Gerstenfeld’s latest book came from former Spanish Premier Jose Maria Aznar:

Israel happens to be a centerpiece of Western civilization. This is why it is under constant attack, and why we should do everything in our power to allow Israel to remain strong, free, and prosperous.  more>>>

Posted on 07/01/2015 2:03 PM by NER
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
France: A Pioneer of New Antisemitism in Europe

by Manfred Gerstenfeld (July 2015)

Anti-Semitism is not only part of European history but also an ingredient of its culture. The lengthy anti-Semitic history of Europe is rife with defamation, discrimination, double standards, pogroms, expulsions and other persecutions. It reached its profoundly low point with the Holocaust. The genocide was implemented not only by Germans and Austrians, but also by many of their collaborators, not necessarily all pro-Nazi, in the occupied countries.  more>>>

Posted on 07/01/2015 12:35 PM by NER
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
We Have a Winner!

Keith Simmonds has won our crossword competition for June. Congratulations Keith!

Keep playing everyone.

Posted on 07/01/2015 11:34 AM by NER
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
The Ideological Gutting of American Foreign Policy

It was clear on the morning of September 11, 2001, that the United States was at war with Islamic radicals, and while there may have been differences of opinion regarding strategy, there was no denying the need to defeat doctrinal terrorism.  But as the U.S. became mired in foreign wars, critics questioned whether its actions were achieving the goal, and ultimately whether the goal was even justified.  Voices on the left falsely claimed that Arab-Muslim extremism was an understandable response to western chauvinism, and instead of condemning terrorists for their actions, they started blaming the victims for allegedly insulting Islam. 

We saw it with the Charlie Hebdo massacre, when progressive pundits blamed free expression for inciting violence instead of the ideology that sanctified the killing of “infidels,” “heretics” and “blasphemers.”  Such attitudes arise from a perverse political correctness that elevates radical sensitivities over western cultural values.  But how can secular apologists defer to a doctrine that repudiates liberal democratic traditions?  How can they dignify claims of blasphemy against those who criticize beliefs they don’t consider sacred? 

These questions were discussed at a program in Massachusetts entitled, “Freedom Isn't Free: From the Greatest Generation to the Challenges of Today," featuring former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Frank Gaffney, former CIA Operations Officer Clare Lopez and retired Admiral James A. “Ace” Lyons, Jr., who provided insight into how such issues affect government policy. 

Progressives who reflexively condemn religion in politics or any perceived trespass of faith into the affairs of state are strangely silent when the religion is Islam.  Incongruously, they often discourage free speech to avoid insulting radical beliefs.

The panel agreed that such muddled thinking influences the Obama administration’s views regarding national security and foreign policy...



Posted on 07/01/2015 8:52 AM by Matthew Hausman
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Should Israel Help the Syrian Druze?

“Well, that’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into,” said Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel in many of their comedy films.  Less humorously, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be saying that to Sheikh Muafak Tarif, the leader of the Druze community in Israel.  Netanyahu’s new dilemma is whether, and to what extent, Israel should intervene to protect the Druze community, directly and indirectly, living in Syria.

Little attention has recently been paid to the Druze community in the Middle East.  The Druze religion, a monotheistic one stemming from the eleventh century, is not Muslim, but rather incorporates a mixture of different elements from different faiths.  It has a secretive theology concealed from outsiders.   

The Druze number about 1.5 million, divided mostly among a number of countries: Lebanon, 215,000 of whom many are in the region of Mount Lebanon; Syria, with an estimated 600,000, three percent of the population, living in about 120 villages; and Israel, with smaller numbers elsewhere.   

Israel contains about 130,000 Druze, of whom 20,000 are in the Golan Heights and the rest in Galilee.  At the request of their communal leaders, since 1957 they are regarded as a distinct ethnic community.  Those Druze speak Arabic and play a significant role in all aspects of Israeli life.  They serve in the Israel Defense Forces, in elite units, and at one point in an official Druze battalion.  A high proportion of senior commissioned officers are Druze, as are a number of combat pilots in the Israeli Air Force.  Druze have served in the Knesset, with one on one occasion in February 2007 serving as acting president.  They have been government ministers, ambassadors and diplomats, and senior members of the police force, and one was even a finalist in the Miss Israel beauty pageant.

 The Druze in the Golan Heights still see themselves as Syrians, though Israel controls the area.  They are loyal to Syria and have been mainly supportive of the regime of President Assad, fighting against the insurgent rebels, and perhaps believing that the regime is their only real protector.

Though the U.N. Human Rights Council, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Alice Walker appear unaware of it, Israel has been providing medical treatment in a field hospital in the Golan Heights, and sending more serious cases to medical centers in Israel itself, for hundreds of Syrians, now more than 2,000, who have been wounded in the brutal war.  Israel has not refused medical treatment to any wounded Syrian approaching its lines.  In addition, Israel has been sending food and water across the 1967 armistice dividing line with Syria.

But no good deed goes unpunished.  By giving humanitarian aid and medical assistance, Israel stands accused by the Israeli Druze of helping the al-Nusra terrorists who are fighting the Assad regime, and who are hostile to Syrian Druze.

The accusation led to two attacks on Israel Defense Force ambulances carrying wounded Syrians, suspected by the Druze of belonging to al-Nusra, to Israeli hospitals.  Early in June 2015, the Israeli Druze expressed concern about the advances of jihadist rebels in southern Syria, especially the massacre on June 10, 2015 of 20 Syrian Druze civilians in a village in northwest Syria by the al-Nusra Front group, an al-Qaeda affiliate.  The al-Nusra terrorists threaten the southern Syrian village of Hadar, a few hundred yards from the 1967 ceasefire line, the last Druze town held by the Assad regime.  Druze in Golan protested that Israel had not protected the village, even though the Druze in Hadar remain loyal to the Assad regime.

On June 22, 2015, a Druze mob, in Horfish in Israel, stopped an Israeli ambulance that was taking wounded Syrians to the medical facility at the field hospital in the Golan Heights and threw rocks at it.  Later that day, 150 Druze residents at Majdal Shams in Golan stopped another Israeli ambulance and attacked two Syrians inside who were being taken to hospital, killing one of them.  Israeli officials condemned the attacks on the ambulances; the Syrian government praised them.  The attacks indeed are counterproductive and may well ignite Syrian extremists to take revenge.

The Druze lobby in Israel has pressured the government to act.  Israel’s dilemma is that it has remained neutral in the brutal war in Syria, though it has probably given some aid to anti-Assad fighters.  Intervention may mean helping not only the Assad regime, but also Hezb’allah, a group that supports Assad.  The dilemma is whether Israel should yield to the pleas of Israel Druze who have been loyal to the State of Israel.

It is not an easy choice, but Israel has a moral obligation to help the Syrian Druze and prevent terrorist attacks on them.  As the Assad regime weakens, the danger to the Druze grows from the Islamist insurgent forces.  Israel may consider responding in four ways.  It should maintain a humanitarian safe zone along the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.  It should accept into Israel those members of the Syrian Druze who are in or fear danger for their lives.  It should keep providing medical assistance for the Syrian wounded even though there is no official peace treaty between Israel and Syria.  But above all, even though Israel must remain vigilant in the face of terrorism, it should not become involved in the Syrian war that has already taken so many lives.

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 07/01/2015 7:48 AM by Michael Curtis
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