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The Iconoclast

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Just a little puzzle to keep you all going through the dog days of summer, or, for our southern hemisphere readers, the storm-tossed days of winter.

Hidden in the grid of letters are the surnames of thirty-four Presidents of the United States of America. The name of another President of the U.S.A. and the name of the location of the assassination of one of the thirty-four Presidents can be found by re-arranging the letters left unused after the thirty-four have been found.

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Please feel free to leave your list in the comments section, but make sure to include the the name of the President that can be found in the left-over letters as well as the name of the place where one of the thirty-four was assassinated.

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Posted on 07/21/2014 8:05 PM by John M. Joyce
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Listen here.

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Posted on 07/21/2014 3:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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The problem for Muslims who insist that they can continue to lead a reasonable existence as Muslims -- for the object of worship in Islam is Islam itself, and even less observant Muslims are determined to defend, by misstating the meaning and essence of Islam, that object of worship -- is that other Musliims, many of them, and possibly many who were once just as unobservant or lax as could be, take Islam to heart. And when they take it to heart, whippped up by a particular imam at a particular mosque, or just at home, surfing the Internet, finding Youtube preachers and Qur'anic quotes that cannot be denied, and then, as they become ever more Muslim, taking its tenets ever more to heart, they become a mortal threat to those other Muslims who do not do so, but who cannot dare to admit to themselves that the problem is Islam itself. 

Here is what Tunisia has decided to do -- to monitor the mosques, to shut down those that are deemed a threat. But that won't be enough. Only complete monitoringof the mosques, possibly with required submission of sermons to be delivered at Friday Prayers, and with cameras recording what is said in those mosques, so the police can monitor them -- only that might do, just a bit.
 

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Posted on 07/21/2014 2:56 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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The Globe and Mail ‎- 3 hours ago

Malaysia Airlines rerouted a Kuala Lumpur-to-London flight over Syrian airspace on Sunday after its usual route over Ukraine was closed, flight 

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Posted on 07/21/2014 2:54 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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FOURTEEN YEARS AFTER THE al DURA BLOOD LIBEL FRANCE DISCOVERS BARE FACED ANTI-SEMITISM IN ITS MIDST.

It’s on all the lips, in all the media: burning Jewish shops in Sarcelles is anti-Semitic. PM Manuel Valls declared, in an excellent speech at the commemoration of the rafle du Vel d’Hiv [mass roundup of Parisian Jews in 1942], that anti-Semitism was trying to hide behind anti-Zionism. Florian Philippot, VP of the Front National (FN) accused the PM of promoting French self-hatred.  Because he acknowledged the dishonor of Vichy France’s  compliance with orders from the German occupation that resulted in the deportation of 76,000 Jews from France to the death camps; 2,000 returned alive. Valls added a long tribute to the honor of the Résistance and courageous French people who risked their lives to hide Jews. Why would Philippot, speaking for the party that was supposedly going to liberate France from Islamization, prefer to lash out at the PM than to condemn the Islamic thugs? Valls defended the decision to ban further pro-Palestinian demonstrations that deteriorated into attacks on synagogues, in the Marais where Jews had been rounded up and sent to the death camps, and on rue de la Roquette, not far from the Japy Gymnasium where Jews were held before being sent to the Vel d’Hiv. Making the junction between the dishonor of 1942 and the intolerable assaults of 2014, the PM accurately measured the level of the threat hanging over the French Republic today.

Why is the FN so skittish? Who is the blatantly pro-Putin anti-American FN trying to protect? At the other end of the political spectrum, aging militants from the NPA or even more obscure fringe groups pop up in the media to defend the right to demonstrate. While videos of the authorized July 13th operation are freely available to refute all apologetics, these gentlemen place the blame on a repressive government. By denying the right to demonstrate they kept us from providing our own security service that would have prevented these unfortunate marginal acts of violence [like you did when they rushed to the synagogues last week?] No journalists were on the TVscreen to question the rationality [sic] of this discourse thrown at the public like a rock. The balding apparatchik warns us: You have to understand their anger.

The other day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius flew to the Middle East  with stops in Jordan, Egypt, and Israel, determined to impose an immediate ceasefire. He emerged, disappointed, from a half-hour conversation with Israeli PM Netanyahu. The French plan apparently is based on some kind of security guarantees that would reassure the Israeli government and convince it to lay down its arms and retreat, leaving Hamas victoriously intact. French forces can guarantee security at the Erez Crossing?  Riot police in Paris can’t even thwart a crowd of 3,000 punk jihadis in Sarcelles! Dozens of police were wounded, a pitiful handful of assailants have been arrested, shops were looted and torched. French authorities cannot prevent an anti-communist party from defying a perfectly legal ban and leading violent attacks on French citizens, their property, and law enforcement.

Gaza - Donetsk

Lethal narratives from Gaza alternate in the world’s media with coverage of the MH17 crash scene in the eastern Ukraine. The bereaved, side by side with billions of media-invited bystanders, watch as men described as “pro-Russian separatists” mishandle the bodies and belongings of crash victims and systematically destroy the evidence and cart off the wreckage to an unknown destination. No Ukrainian forces, no world leader, no international institution, no public opinion can stop them. It’s happening before our eyes.

Unlike PM Valls who intelligently linked the roundup of Parisian Jews in 1942 to attacks on Parisian Jews in 2014, commentators are not making the junction between demands for a ceasefire in Gaza and the spectacle in the Ukraine.  This is the way the world looks when legitimate forces are either helpless or hogtied. Hamas not only dreams of shooting down passenger planes landing at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport, they are gearing up to be able to do it. 

When a state does not mobilize its forces to defend itself, the civilian population is immobilized. Passengers boarding a Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur belong to a fast disappearing world where ordinary people are free to do business, attend conferences, visit family, or frolic in a global playground. Lack of disclosure on the disappearance of flight MH370 coupled with under reporting of the conflict in the eastern Ukraine may well have contributed to the feeling of normality in boarding that flight.

French citizens, not only Jews, are wondering what next, where next? Turn any corner, walk into any shop, drive down any street and you might find yourself face to face with one of those enraged mobs. In Israel, 75% of the territory, attacked daily by Hamas rockets, is partially immobilized. In one failed state after another, maniacal tyrants immobilize terrified populations. If this movement is not stopped, how many countries will become no-go zones for commercial aviation?

Scenes of destruction in Gaza

Does anyone remember that these bombed buildings didn’t exist media-wise? The people of Gaza lived in hovels in miserable refugee camps. Now the buildings are discovered just in time to be reduced to rubble. The same kind of rubble we’ve seen in Libya and Syria, for example. Gaza has come of age, it finally has the death and destruction of its Muslim neighbors. Not in the same proportions of course. The “heartless Israelis” committing “war crimes” have opened a field hospital at the Erez Crossing to treat the injured from Gaza. Media-wise the field hospital doesn’t exist. No room for it in the lethal narrative.

There is indecent exposure of the dead and wounded in Gaza--innocent victims, all. Then Hamas boasts of capturing an Israeli soldier (Israel denies the claim); a jubilant crowd of the innocent citizens of Hamas-occupied Gaza explode in joy. Thirteen Israeli soldiers are killed in three separate incidents in the Sharjiya neighborhood but somehow no Hamas fighters show up in the casualty toll last night.

Reactions cut across party lines in France

Reactions to the violent outbreaks in Paris and Sarcelles cut across party lines, with some political figures in the right wing opposition criticizing the government decision to allow people to demonstrate their outrage at the situation in Gaza.  Others are calling for more vigorous action, including the deportation of all dual nationals participating in the violence. Many politicians in the governing coalition object to the ban on “pro-Palestinian demonstrations” and what they see as the government’s excessive support for Israel in this conflict. Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice and outspoken friend of Israel, has transferred to the appropriate authorities CCTV footage that will allow them to identify and prosecute the law breakers.

Some details on the Sarcelles attack

[My translation of excerpts from the richly illustrated Figaro article.]

 http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2014/07/20/01016-20140720ARTFIG00158-barbes-sarcelles-la-contagion-de-la-violence.php

 

4 PM: standoff between demonstrators and the police in front of the synagogue on avenue Paul Valery; access to the synagogue in Garges is blocked…. Then a string of attacks: a Simply Market store right behind the Garges police station is torched, three people are grabbed by police as they were trying to hold up a tobacco shop, rioters target a bank in Sarcelles, demonstrators try to set fire to the Garges station and rip up the tramway rails. Several shops are looted… the police fire rubber-coated bullets at the rioters.

In front of the main Sarcelles synagogue, the atmosphere is tense. They just heard that the [Naouri] kosher grocery store was burned to the ground… In 2012 it was attacked with a grenade. ‘They burned pharmacies that belong to Jews and a bar that belongs to Chaldeans, they have no respect, all they want to do is smash Jews!’”

Note that JDL and other Jewish self-defenders, with the help of the police, successfully protected the synagogues in Garges and Sarcelles during the five hour demi-farhud; riot police were not able to protect the shops, pharmacies, cars, etc. They were able to foil an attempted incursion into the Garges police station. This time.

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N.B. The neighborhood adjoining Sarcelles is Garges-les-Gonesses.

A You Tube  video by the artist, and film maker Esti of the start of the July 13th hate-fest:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkWefM_qd7o&list=UUIMw2qukP-6g2HdP_gaU4Sg&index=1

A video by Guy Sauvage, of selected moments from the beginning of the July 13th hate-fest to its endpoint at the Place de la Bastille, plus interviews with people who were in the don Isaac Abravanel synagogue rue de la Roquette during the siege:

http://ripostelaique.com/jai-pu-filmer-la-manifestation-palestinienne-puis-rentrer-dans-la-synagogue-attaquee.html

 

 

 

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Wounded IDF soldier evacuated from fighting in Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014

Source: AFP/Menahem Kahana

 

This weekend the IDF released the names of 13 members of the elite Golani Brigade who fell while engaged in heavy fighting in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.  While supporters of Israel grieve for all of the IDF fallen and  those that were downed in mortal combat against the Jihadis of Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza, two were dual Israeli-American citizens. 


Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli, z”l

Max Steinberg, 24, of Woodlands Hills, California was killed when the APC that he and several others were riding in was hit by an IED. The second was Sean Carmeli 21, who was born of Israeli parents and raised in South Padre Island, Texas before returning to spend his high school years in Ra’anana Israeli. Carmeli was killed like Steinberg during the intense fighting in Shejaiya, what Israel PM Netanyahu called a “terrorist bastion” laden with rocket launching sites. 

We learned yesterday of the injuries sustained by another dual Israeli American Golani Brigade member Jordan Low of Pikesville, Maryland who was injured in a fire while clearing buildings in Gaza.  Like Steinberg and Carmeli, this young American –Israeli left for Israel after high school to enter military training with the IDF. He has been removed for treatment at a hospital in Tel Aviv and his family will be flying to Israel to visit him.

These young Israeli American Jews are indicative of the commitment of many young diaspora Jews who make aliyah to Israel to undergo training in elite and regular IDF combat units. 

According to the Lone Soldier Center  in Memory of Michael Levin, more than 5,700 Jewish men and women of different nationalities volunteer for service in the IDF, Israel’s armed forces, who have no biological relatives in the Jewish state.  Two sons of my former rabbi at a synagogue in Fairfield, Connecticut volunteered to serve in elite combat units of the IDF.  During Operation Cast lead in 2009, we wrote about the experience of  Givati Brigade member Zachary Rowen –Taylor, another Californian ,  who, like fallen Golani Brigade member Steinberg,  was a Sgt. Commander and sniper.  Rowen-Taylor, we understand has been recalled to active duty  as a reservist to serve, once again, in Gaza.

Steinberg’s family in California was interviewed by the Jewish Journal, “A Fallen Soldier, found his purpose in Israel”.  His story is similar to that of these other soldiers who decide to make aliyah and become Israeli citizens.   Here are some excerpts from the Jewish Journal article:

Just over two years ago, two brothers and a sister – Max, Jake and Paige Steinberg – returned to Los Angeles from a whirlwind tour of Israel.

The trip, which was sponsored by Taglit-Birthright, impacted all three. But none more than Max, who was 22 at the time, and the trio’s oldest. Then a student at Pierce College, Steinberg wasn’t finding what he wanted in school and was unsure of his path. But he was sure of at least one thing—Israel was where he was meant to be.

So, only three months after returning to California in July 2012, Steinberg went back to Israel in September, but this time to become a soldier in the Golani infantry brigade of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), one of the IDF’s most decorated units.

And early Sunday morning, as he and his unit made their way down a Gaza City street in the neighborhood of Shejaiya, a Hamas stronghold, their armored personnel carrier (APC) struck what was likely an improvised explosive device (IED) or a mine. The explosion killed seven soldiers, including Steinberg. A source in Israel’s Los Angeles  consulate said that the attack occurred around 1:30 am,  Israel time .

As to what motivated Max to undergo rigorous Golani training:

At just five feet and three inches, he took on nicknames like “Mighty Max” and “Little Dynamo.”

Prospering in one of the IDF’s most elite units, his mother said, helped him “earn respect for himself.”

Additionally, added his father, he viewed military service as an obligation were he to ever make aliyah to Israel.

“If he ever ultimately decided this was going to be his new home, not serving was just not an option for him,” Stuart said. And if he was going to serve, he wanted to be a Golani infantryman. “Anything less than that would be not as meaningful for him.” 

In Sean Carmeli’s case, his family had returned to Israel from South Padre, Texas. The Algemeiner reported the his circumstances in an article, “Small South Texan Jewish Community Mourns Death of IDF Sergeant Sean Carmeli, Killed in Gaza

The Jewish community of a south Texas beach town was in mourning on Sunday after it was informed that one of its sons was among the Israeli troops that fell in a bloody Gaza battle on Saturday night.

“The whole community feels like they lost their own son,” Rabbi Yonatan, the family’s rabbi told The Algemeiner on Sunday. “The family is completely devastated,” Rabbi Asher Hecht, another rabbi/friend said.

Sean was the youngest of three children, and with two older sisters, Gal and Or, was an only son.

The last time Sean’s father spoke to his son was on Wednesday when Sean shared that his army officer had quizzed him over an unrelated minor leg injury. Responding to the officer’s suggestion that he may not be fit for service, Sean had said, “Bruise or no bruise I am coming with you.”

“He was enthusiastic to go in and to fight for the Jewish people, and he gave his life for the Jewish people,” Rabbi Hecht said.

The rabbis said that the local Shoova Israel Synagogue on South Padre Island is dedicated and named in memory of Sean’s grandfather Nissim whom Sean was named after.

As to what you can do to support of IDF soldiers serving in the ground incursion in Gaza, you might consider contacting, the American Friends of LIBI that “provides for the educational, religious, medical and recreational needs of Israeli soldiers.”  Then there is the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin. My colleague Lisa Benson, presently on a tour of South Carolina, called with information on the program of No More Jewish Victims of the One Israel Fund that is raising funds for support equipment for IDF soldiers and residents of Judea and Samaria. Also there is Pizza IDF that delivers pizza, ice cream and other food to frontline units.

1000 Pizzas were delivered to an IDF reserve unit on the Israel Gaza frontier with contributions from both Christians and Jews around the world. That was the result of an international campaign by a couple in the community of Eli in Judea and Samaria.

Most importantly, please offer misheberachs (prayers) for those brave IDF service personnel in Israel’s fight to defeat the Jihadis of Hamas backed by Iran, Qatar and Turkey. They are the defenders of the Jewish nation of Israel, America’s only reliable ally facing extremist Islam threatening the West.

Watch this You Tube Video with a Misheberach for Tzahal:

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Posted on 07/21/2014 11:41 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Canada and the United States have a special relationship which includes Canadians calling on the US to live up to its moral ideals when its Chief Executive has clearly forgotten them. Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn write at Frontpage:

This is part of a series on Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. To view previous installments, please visit www.phillyreligiouszionists.org/lessons-from-the-gaza-war/.

Israel long ago learned that you can tell who your real friends are when the chips are down. The Gaza war is proving that again.

During the 2012 election campaign, when polls showed that President Barack Obama might lose a significant portion of the Jewish vote in key electoral states, he declared that he “will always have Israel’s back.”

But this past week, as hundreds of Hamas rockets rained down upon the Jewish state, and Israel really needed an ally to have its back, President Obama called Prime Minister Netanyahu to demand that Israel show “restraint.”

That was followed the next day by a phone call from Secretary of State John Kerry to Netanyahu, warning against “escalating tensions” and pressing Israel to let him “mediate a truce.”

The last thing Israel needs is a “truce” with Hamas. The Israelis have had two of those already. A “truce” means Hamas gets several more years to build up its supply of rockets, in preparation for the next round.

And with every new round, Hamas has new rockets, that can reach even further and cause even more devastation.

By pressing for “restraint” and a “truce,” Obama and Kerry are, in effect, trying to save Hamas from being crippled or destroyed by Israel. Is that their idea of “having Israel’s back” ?

Now contrast the Obama-Kerry line that with the words of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper this week:

– “The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification.”

– “It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region.”

– “Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions.”

– “Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict.”

There was really nothing controversial in Harper’s words. They were simple statements of fact. But in today’s upside-down world, it is remarkable when a world leader simply tells the truth about Israel and the Palestinians.

It’s almost as if we are surprised when a world leader turns out not to be a hypocrite, a political coward, or an appeaser. We’re so used to the international community’s outrageous double standards, that it becomes remarkable when a national leader acts like a mensch.

Israel has a true friend in Ottawa. The White House could learn a thing or two from Stephen Harper about what it really means to have someone’s back.

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Quinoa is so...

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Posted on 07/21/2014 9:44 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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How long can Turkey continue to be a member of NATO? In what sense is Turkey, present-day Turkey under Erdogan and Gul and Davitoglu, the Turkey that was admitted to NATO as a payoff for sending 4500 troops, under the U.N. flag, to the Korean War? The war now is not against Communism, but a war of self-defense, everywhere in the world, against the forces of Islam. How can Turkey be an ally against this enemy? It can't.

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Posted on 07/21/2014 9:15 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Woody Allen, absurdly, here.

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Posted on 07/21/2014 9:11 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Reçu ce pm 20/07/2014 du dominicain iraqien père 
Anis Hanna, o.p. (France).
Merci de diffuser svp.
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Triste nouvelle du monastère des martyrs Behnam et Sarah

Dans l'après-midi de ce dimanche 20 juillet 2014, les combattants de l'État islamique ont mis la main sur le monastère des martyrs Behnam et Sarah. Ils ont obligé les moines à quitter le monastère. Les terroristes de l'État islamique n'ont pas laissé les moines emporter quoi que ce soit. Exactement comme les familles chrétiennes expulsées de Mossoul le jeudi dernier, 17/07. Les moines ont pris la direction de Quaracoche qui n'est pas  loin du monastère, seulement à 19 km.  

Dans une communication téléphonique le supérieur de la communauté monastique de saint Ephrem, le père Yakoub Hassou disait en quelques mots rapides : « Tout va très mal pour nous. »

Toute la communauté des moines se trouve actuellement à Quaracoche. Consternée, révoltée, triste et désemparée. Cette communauté laisse derrière elle un haut lieux de spiritualité, un monument historique de toute beauté, une bibliothèque pleine de manuscrits très anciens, des livres liturgiques et un lieu symbolique de la rencontre islamo-chrétienne. 
Ce monastère était le havre de paix, de spiritualité et de référence religieuse pour les chrétiens comme pour les musulmans ! 

Le vendredi 18 juillet dans la soirée, les terroristes de l'État islamique avaient brûlé l'Archevéché des Syriaques Catholiques qui était dans le centre-ville de Mossoul, dans le quartier de Al-Meidan. 

Le samedi 19 juillet dans l'après-midi les terroristes de l'État islamique se sont emparés du couvent de Saint-Georges au nord de Mossoul. L'unique lieu monastique à Mossoul des moines chaldéens appartenant à l'ordre de saint Antoine le Grand. 

Il faut dire que dans la ville de Mossoul, il y avait beaucoup de paroisses, des églises et des couvents ! Une ville habitée par les chaldéens, les syriaques catholiques et les syriaques orthodoxes. Trois archevêchés existaient à Mossoul pour les trois obédiences. 
Actuellement Mossoul est une ville dominée par l'État islamique, un contingent de 25 000 combattants terroristes qui applique la loi de la Charia islamiya. Selon cette loi, les chrétiens ne doivent pas exister dans l'État islamique.  

Monseigneur Charbel, co-évêque à Quaracoche, m'a confié aujourd'hui, le 20 juillet, avec beaucoup de tristesse et de larmes, le sort miséreux des chrétiens de la plaine de Ninive. Il lance un appel aux dirigeants des puissances mondiales à ouvrir la possibilité d'une émigration collective pour tous les chrétiens d'Irak, et sauver le reste des chrétiens de l'écrasement des groupes terroristes islamiques qui se propagent et détruisent la culture et la civilisation chrétiennes. 

Il n'y a que l'émigration collective qui pourraient sauver le reste des chrétiens de la mort et de l'extermination. Nous appelons et exhortons les dirigeants des pays occidentaux comme le Canada, les États-Unis et même l'Australie à prendre au sérieux notre demande. Nous voulons sauver le reste des chrétiens d'Irak. 

père Anis Hanna, o.p.
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The Israelis insist on warning, not an hour or two but days before they attack, neighborhoods in Gaza. This has cost Israelis their lives. It wins no points with the world -- the world that will judge Israel harshly and unfairly, if it chooses too, though in some countries there are still a sufficient number of well-informed people who can think straight, and are not, or at least most of them are not, warped in their views from the antisemitism that is a pemanent feature of the mental landscape, especially among the psychically marginal of whom, alas, there are many.

Here, from an article today in The Washington Post, is a telling excerpt:

"When soldiers of the Golani Brigade entered Shijaiyah, Hamas militants were prepared to ambush them, the senior Israeli military official said in a briefing with foreign correspondents Sunday night.

The Israeli military had warned residents a few days earlier of the impending push into the neighborhood and told them to evacuate. The militants used that information to their advantage.

“They knew exactly when and where to wait for us,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of military protocol.

Hamas militants, he added, were better fighters than the Israelis had anticipated. They were “highly trained” and “very well equipped” with sophisticated weapons systems. They accurately fired light and heavy weapons, including mortars, at the Israeli forces while “setting up a lot of booby traps,” he said.

The fighting in Shijaiyah lasted for more than seven hours, the official said. Many civilians had remained in the enclave because Hamas fighters had ordered them not to leave, effectively employing them as human shields, the Israeli official said.

Residents, however, said they had been told to move before by the Israelis, only to return to their homes. Some said they were reluctant to leave their homes just because the hated Israelis told them to."

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Here.

Does it matter where? It could have been anywhere that there are Muslims running around. It could be in Syria, or Iraq, or Libya. But it could also have been, could be in Algeria, or Pakistan, or Indonesia. Oh, it could even be on the streets of London, or Paris, or Amsterdam, or Madrid. Do you want examples? Do you remember any examples?

The Filipinos, who have provided the surest source of dependable workers in Europe from the Third World -- and especially trusted and favored in Italy as the  badanti, the care-takers, for the aged -- have also sent large numbers of workers to the Arab lands, and not only in the Gulf sheikdoms, but -- it turns out -- to Libya.

And what can happen to this Pinoy can happen to Hindus from India, Buddhists from Thailand -- India and Thailand sent a lot of workers -- and, of course, to Christians too.

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Posted on 07/21/2014 5:29 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 21 July 2014
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@@Genefou,

Vos amalgames sont misérables.
Nous faire croire que ceux qui dénonçaient en 46 une petite communauté paisible, éduquée, intégrée, respectable, éprouvée et martyrisée après l'épouvantable guerre qui venait de s'achever, relèverait de la même attitude - raciste - et des mêmes personnes - les néonazis - que ceux qui alertent aujourd'hui contre l'émergence d'un nouveau totalitarisme désigné par le nom d'Islam radical et qui est porté sur la place publique par une immigration massive dont nombre rejettent les lois de nos sociétés ouvertes, laïques et judéo-chrétienne, n'est pas acceptable. Cet exemple est pour le moins vicié, sinon malhonnête.
Ayez Genefou au moins le courage de vos choix qui sont inexplicablement de défendre une idéologie politique totalitaire (de droit divin !) en essayant de vous faire passer pour un grand esprit tolérant. Vous défendez l'indéfendable au nom d'un fallacieux antiracisme qui est au final l'expression même d'une vision paradoxalement ethnique du monde.
On vous le répète, on s'en fout de la couleur ou des origines ethniques des personnes dès lors qu'elles sont tolérantes, ouvertes, honnêtes et respectueuses des autres, en particulier de la France et des Français.
Il s'agit ici de valeurs et de rien d'autres et tout ne se vaut pas.
Genefou, ici, vous ne trompez plus personne, sauf probablement (j'ose encore vous en faire le crédit) que vous-même.

 
 
 

Et c'est ce genre de débilités que les Arabes se racontent pour se donner l'impression qu'ils ont raison, depuis 70 ans, et tandis que les Juifs ont réussi entre-temps à bâtir leur nano-Etat prospère, les centaines de millions d'Arabes se sont enfoncés partout chez eux dans un foutoir sans nom, où il faut faire toutes les dix minutes une révolte hystérique, une fois pour destituer un dictateur, ensuite pour en instaurer un autre, une fois pour dégommer quelques mille chiites, ensuite pour dégommer quelques mille sunnites, voler pour 20 ans la Cisjordanie et n'y foutre strictement rien, voler pour 20 ans le Gaza et n'y foutre strictement rien, se remplir les poches plein avec du fric soutiré au contribuable européen en jouant au "pôvre" palestinien et comme si cela ne suffisait pas, des dizaines de millions d'Arabes et autres Turcs, en tout cas musulmans, se sont téléportés en Europe pour tenter d'y reproduire le même foutoir que chez eux, ce qui leur réussi pour le moment, vu la bêtise colossale de tous leurs collaborateurs de souche sur place. Et je suis très content en tant qu'Européen qu'ils me montrent de si jolies vidéos, la technologie qui, si l'islam avait jadis conquis l'Europe, n'aurait jamais existé et nous serions ici encore sur les chameaux (enfin, les musulmans sur les chameaux et les dhimmis sur les mules).

 

@Isly,
Vous ne pensez pas que l'Occident puisse être conquis par l'Islam. J'aimerai bien vous croire mais malheureusement depuis 40 ans l'Occident en général et plus particulièrement la France vont de reculades en reculades.
Sortez dans la rue, fréquentez les quais de gare , de métro ou de RER partout des accessoires mahométans portés par les disciples du chamelier, partout sur nos murs des publicités qui leur sont adressées, dans les supermarchés des rayons entiers sont consacrés désormais à leurs habitudes culinaires, nos livres d'histoire revisités, oubliés Charles Martel et Poitiers bonjour l'étude de la magnifique civilisation islamique, des mosquées construites avec de l'argent public s’érigent partout pendant que les églises construites par nos aïeuls sont détruites, les allocs qui coulent à flot pour maintenir la "paix sociale" dans les banlieues financées en tondant directement la laine sur notre dos ou par l'endettement, la polygamie plus que tolérée encouragée même à grand renfort d'alloc pour mères célibataires, et quand nos médias "oublient" les chrétiens d'Orient massacrés, crucifiés, lapidés, exécutés dans des fosses communes ou contraints de se convertir c'est pour mieux nous vendre du gazaooui bien frais et sanguinolent qui innocemment et à l'insu de son plain gré lance roquette sur roquette sur la terre d’Israël, sans parler des lois scélérates destinées à nous priver de la liberté d'expression ou des rendus de justice discriminatoire envers les "de souche", etc...
Alors si nous ne sommes pas encore totalement vaincus, si nous pouvons encore aborder ce sujet sur ce blog c'est qu' effectivement l'islamo-fascisme n'a pas encore conquis la France mais pour combien de temps encore ? Les événements d'hier, ceux plus récents et moins mettent en avant une radicalisation de plus en plus qu'inquiétante. J'ose espérer qu'un jour en France nous n'ayons pas à revivre les dites "opérations de maintien de l’ordre" comme l'on disait autrefois, malheureusement je crois que si rien n'ai fait dans les mois nous y soyons contraints un jour ou l'autre.
Ne rien lâcher.

 

je dînais hier soir avec ma compagne chez un couple d'amis bien bobos qui naguère, comme moi du reste dans une autre vie..., n'étaient pas les derniers à moquer le vilain "Fhaine" au idées qui tâchent...

Alors que la conversation roulait tranquillement sur les enfants qui grandissent, ils ont trois filles dont deux adolescentes, qu'elle ne fut pas ma surprise d’apprendre qu'il étaient de plus en plus effrayés de constater que dans le quartier culturellement mixte, entre les 3° et 8° arrondissements de lyon, là où l'on aime voter PS, UDI, UMP bleu pâle et écolo..., il y avait une telle proportion de -je cite la mère, anhesthésite- de "racailles" dans les établissements scolaires, que cela devenait pour elle une inquiétude, d'autant qu'une de ses filles lui aurait dit l'autre jour comme un évidence : "oh, tu sais, on est toutes sorties un jour avec une racaille"...; le père quand à lui, comptable, commençait à trouver dérangeant que les gamines soient devenues incapables d'écouter autre chose que des chansons de rap évoquant les "kalash de Marseille...."

Quand les deux ont commencé à se plaindre que les encore nombreux établissements privés du coin ne filtrent plus comme auparavant, quand eux mêmes y étaient élèves, le profil des élèves admis, à cause notamment de conventions avec des établissements de banlieue..., j'ai commencé à échanger des regards entendus avec ma compagne...

...mais quand nous avons entendu qu'ils étaient en train de chercher une école maternelle pour la petite dernière où ils seraient assurés qu'il n'y aurait pas trop d'enfants "pas français"..pour éviter qu'elle ne prenne du retard aussi tôt et n'ait des problèmes de socialisation, nous avions compris...

Impression confirmée plus tard, au salon, au moment des liqueurs, quand nous avons compris qu’ils cherchaient à déménager vers des zones culturellement plus homogènes..

il n'en sont pas encore à l'avouer ouvertement, mais il me semble que les yeux des CSP+ des centre ville se décillent, et les élans solidaires pro-palestines des derniers jours avec tout ce qu'ils renvoient va bien aider..

En ce qui me concerne, l'expérience m'a appris à être subtil en matière de conversations politiques entre amis et relations et à éviter le militantisme, du reste je ne suis pas militant..., quitte à aiguiller discrètement la conversation vers les sujets les plus évidents de "blocage" de ce "vivre ensemble" auquel je ne crois pas.
généralement , quand l'avenir des enfants est concerné, cela devient de plus en plus facile de faire énoncer par les gens eux mêmes des évidences que naguère ils auraient pris de haut formulées par d'autres , ou dont la simple énonciation les aurait choqués.

le mécanismes se mettent en place , il va juste falloir accepter tout ce que cela implique. Très prochainement, la violence au quotidien, ce ne sera plus seulement sur l'écran TV ; mais tout a un prix.

 

 

« Quelles raisons poussent le HAMAS aujourd'hui à reprendre l'initiative d'un combat renouvelé et incessant avec ISRAEL ? »

Il semble qu'il s'agit là justement d'une question cruciale que personne curieusement ne s'est trop posé jusqu'à présent, du moins je ne l'ai pas remarqué. Ce qui peut être énoncé assez clairement sans trop de risque de se tromper c'est que le Hamas ne s'y est pas lancé de son propre chef. Quelqu'un lui a donné une consigne. Quelqu'un a appuyé sur le bouton "feu vert". Vu la réaction pavlovienne attendue, on peut donc poser une sous-question : y avait-il un intérêt de quelqu'un pour orienter l'opinion publique occidentale dans un sens voulu, pour détourner son attention éventuelle des endroits où les choses doivent se dérouler actuellement à l'ombre, en catimini, sans être inutilement ventilées, même timidement, par les médias occidentaux, lorsque ceux-ci n'ont rien de substantiel à se mettre sous la dent - et qu'est-ce qui peut être plus substantiel sur cette planète, dites-le-moi, que le "processus de guerre" arabo-israélien (Eurabia oblige) ? Je suis étonné du silence terriblement inquiétant qui règne autour de l'instauration du "califat" islamique, dont la cruauté dépasse toute imagination. Des centaines et des centaines de gens liquidés, éliminés, froidement tués, égorgés ou dégommés par une balle dans la tête, uniquement à cause de leur profil ethno-religieux où leur simple appartenance au corps des services d'Etat irakiens, sans distinction de leur grade ou fonction. La charia la plus stricte décrétée immédiatement partout et son observance minutieuse suivie de près, le doigt sur la gâchette. Un fascisme des plus bestiaux en état pur et l'Occident se tait. Les gauches progressistes antifascistes européennes se taisent - pour pouvoir tout naturellement mieux s'époumoner ensuite sur ce minuscule lopin de démocratie dans un immense océan de barbarie islamique qu'est Israël, mortellement menacé constamment de toutes parts depuis 66 ans. Veut-on qu'Israël concentre et met à rude épreuve ses forces sur un front (15 soldats tués en une journée, du jamais vu) pour en ouvrir ensuite un autre ? L'Occident se rend-il compte de la puissance de frappe que le Hamas a pu acquérir, en concentrant toute l'énergie et la majorité des ressources du territoire sous son contrôle sur un armement acharné, qui à son niveau n'a rien à envier à la course à laquelle ses sont livrées les puissances atomiques au XXe siècle ? Le profil "économique" gazaoui est celui de l'industrie de la mort à grande échelle, mais l'industrie majoritairement importée, parce que ce ne sont pas les qassams de fabrication locale qui sont au cœur du danger créé par des missiles tirés à partir de Gaza. Personne en Europe ne semble étonné de cette nouvelle capacité de nuisance du Hamas, qui s'est reconstituée au vu et au su des tous, en tenant compte des centaines sinon milliers de "journalistes" présents à Gaza, et qui s'est reconstituée au prix des sommes y consacrées faramineuses (ça coûte cher, de s'armer en missiles), tandis que les "palestiniens", dont les Gazaouis, sont sous la perfusion permanente et conséquente, financée par le contribuable européen. [...]
Je m'arrête là. Réfléchissez par vous-mêmes. Je ne peux que donner quelques pistes. Il y en a d'autres.

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Posted on 07/21/2014 5:15 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 21 July 2014
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More Western fighters joining militants in Iraq and Syria

Los Angeles Times-by Brian Bennett-6 hours ago
Thousands of foreign fighters have bolstered the ranks of militant groups in Syria and Iraq in recent months, according to U.S. officials, driving ...
 
 
Two Women Stoned to Death for 'Adultery' by ISIS in Syria
International Business Times, India Edition-18 hours ago
 
Syrian army, ISIS clash near army airport
The Daily Star-Jul 18, 2014
 
 

60 Syria soldiers dead in battle with jihadists: report

The Daily Star-16 hours ago
People inspect the damages at the site of a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo on July 20, ...
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Posted on 07/21/2014 5:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 21 July 2014
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From the Toronto Star,  AFP via Yahoo and The Independent

SARCELLES, FRANCE—Pro-Palestinian French youth defying a ban on a protest against Israel’s Gaza offensive clashed with police Sunday, setting fire to cars, pillaging stores and attacking two synagogues in Paris suburbs.

Police, backed by a helicopter overhead, responded with tear gas and shots from non-lethal guns during hours of unrest in the northern suburb of Sarcelles, home to a large Jewish community.

The unrest was the second time in two days that pro-Palestinian demonstrations in France turned violent. The demonstration, like the one in Paris on Saturday, had been banned to ensure peace. (It) began peacefully but degenerated into attacks on Jewish and Chaldean businesses and four hours of running battles between youths and police.

The Chaldeans are Christian Catholics who have over many years (in greater numbers recently) fled Islamic persecution in Iraq and by the Turks. Attacking them has nothing to do with recent events in and around Israel.  It has everything to do with Islamic supremacism.

everal cars were burned. Three shops, including a Kosher grocery, were burned and pillaged. A railway station was severely damaged.

. . . dozens of youth -- some of them masked -- set fire to bins and lit firecrackers and smoke bombs. Looters then began raiding shops, wrecking a funeral home and destroying its front window as several protesters shouted: "Fuck Israel!".

Others raided a drugstore which caught fire. Young girls grabbed baby milk inside. "We're going to get the cash register," one person shouted, his voice drowned by the noise of a police helicopter overhead and the alarm of a nearby pizzeria. Security forces then fired rubber bullets in the direction of the looters.

Not far away, riot police blocked access to the local synagogue, where a group of young men stood armed with clubs and iron bars -- one of them flying an Israeli flag.

The interior minister, Bernard Cazeneve said today: “When you menace synagogues and when you burn a grocery because it is  Jewish-owned, you are committing anti-semitic acts…  That is intolerable. Protest against Israel is legitimate. Nothing can justify such violence.” 

The riot in Sarcelles  - which was for many years run by disgraced French politician, Dominique Strauss-Kahn – followed violent scenes during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in northern Paris on Saturday afternoon. Thirty people were arrested and 18 policemen slightly injured when youths pelted police lines with stones and bottles. Another 18 youths were arrested in Sarcelles last night.

In both cases the violence came not from the main body of demonstrators but a large minority of youths of North African origin. With further pro-Palestinian demonstrations planed on Wednesday and next Saturday, the government fears that the “contagion” of violence could spread to other troubled, multi-racial French suburbs.

The Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, warned at the weekend that France faced “a new form of anti-semitism”, fomented by the hard left and by political activists like the comedian Dieudonne who blame “Jews” for all the world’s ills. . . Mr Valls said the violence had justified the decision to ban the marches, which followed attacks on synagogues and cries “death to Jews” during a demonstration in Paris the previous weekend.  

Roger Cuikerman, head of the French umbrella groups of Jewish organisations, CRIF, said there was a growing anxiety amongst French jews. Protest against Israeli government actions was one thing, he said. Attacks on Jews for being Jews were “deeply disturbing”. “They are not screaming 'death to the Israelis' on the streets of Paris,” he said. “They are screaming ‘death to the Jews’. They are attacking synagogues which are places of prayer.”

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Posted on 07/21/2014 4:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 21 July 2014
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And it's very simple.

DON'T POKE BEARS.

http://ryanmbellerose.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/dont-poke-bears.html

"When I was a kid, I was small, not just small, but tiny...

"Hardly anyone who knows me now, believes how small I was, hell, I barely believe it.

"Now I am 6 foot 4, and weigh over 300 pounds.

'It also led to my lifelong aversion to bullies and my skill at reading people.

I have bolded that bit, because it is very, very important. - CM

"You see, I had 2 step-brothers, who were older than I was, and for part of my childhood they were bigger and stronger than me.

"This lasted until one summer when my Bellerose genetics finally manifested and I began growing steadily.

"Prior to that I was often beaten up for even approaching standing up for myself.  My father, Mervin, would pick up for me occasionally, when my stepbrothers' abuse got too overt, but he was away from home often, and when he was gone, things would get even worse.  I sruvived, but I swore that when I "got bigger" things would change.

"I went south one winter, and started growing. That summer when I got home I was bigger than the one step-brother and somewhat meaner than the other.  Things suddenly changed.  When they started picking on me, I fought back, and not just a little, I ended up beating one of them pretty severely.

"That's when my step-mother suddenly got concerned, and suddenly fighting was no longer tacitly ignored. 

"It was fine as long as I was the smaller, weaker one, but once I got big enough and started dealing out beatings, fighting was not allowed.

"Merv of course thought it was funny, he would tell my step-brothers that they reaped what they had sown, and that "If you poke a bear you shouldn't be surprised when he mauls you."

"My stepmother would tell everyone who would listen that I was a bully who picked on her angelic sons.  People forgot that for years I was the smaller one who took several beatings.

"Maybe that's why I get so annoyed at the people who accuse Israel of being a bully.

"Israel was the tiny one, the one who was abused and treated poorly, but Israel grew strong, and once it did, it laid a beating on its neighbours, the "step-brothers", and of course the UN (stepmother) stepped in all the time once it was the step-brothers getting beaten, even though it did nothing when Israel was struggling for survival, while the US (dad) would sometimes step in, [but] usually was not around.

"All I know is that when you bully someone a lot, you can't claim victim status, and when you poke the bear, sometimes the bear pokes back".

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Posted on 07/21/2014 1:47 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Sunday, 20 July 2014
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Foiled with the help of Algerian intelligence.

Here.

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Posted on 07/20/2014 9:38 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 20 July 2014
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Listen here.

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Posted on 07/20/2014 9:31 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 20 July 2014
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Make of this what you will.

Here.


 

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Posted on 07/20/2014 9:24 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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