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The Iconoclast

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

From The Tablet:

The idea that one of Hamas’s main command bunkers is located beneath Shifa Hospital in Gaza City is one of the worst-kept secrets of the Gaza war. So why aren’t reporters in Gaza ferreting it out? The precise location of a large underground bunker equipped with sophisticated communications equipment and housing some part of the leadership of a major terrorist organization beneath a major hospital would seem to qualify as a world-class scoop—the kind that might merit a Pulitzer, or at least a Polk.

So why isn’t the fact that Hamas uses Shifa Hospital as a command post making headlines? In part, it’s because the location is so un-secret that Hamas regularly meets with reporters there. On July 15, for example, William Booth of the Washington Post wrote that the hospital “has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.” Back in 2006, PBS even aired a documentary showing how gunmen roam the halls of the hospital, intimidate the staff, and deny them access to protected locations within the building—where the camera crew was obviously prohibited from filming. Yet the confirmation that Hamas is using Gaza City’s biggest hospital as its de facto headquarters was made in the last sentence of the eighth paragraph of Booth’s story—which would appear to be the kind of rookie mistake that is known in journalistic parlance as “burying the lede.”

But Booth is no rookie—he’s an experienced foreign reporter, which means that he buried the lede on purpose. Why? Well, one reason might be that the “security sources” quoted whenever the location of the Hamas command bunker is mentioned—which, as evidenced by this 2009 article by the excellent and highly experienced foreign correspondent Steven Erlanger of the New York Times, happens every time there’s a war in Gaza—are obviously Israelis, not members of Hamas. It might be hard to believe the Israelis, the simple logic might run, since they obviously have an investment in arguing that Hamas is using hospitals and schools as human shields.

The Israelis are so sure about the location of the Hamas bunker, however, not because they are trying to score propaganda points, or because it has been repeatedly mentioned in passing by Western reporters—but because they built it. Back in 1983, when Israel still ruled Gaza, they built a secure underground operating room and tunnel network beneath Shifa hospital—which is one among several reasons why Israeli security sources are so sure that there is a main Hamas command bunker in or around the large cement basement beneath the area of Building 2 of the Hospital, which reporters are obviously prohibited from entering.

Hamas obviously has no interest in having a photo-layout of one of its command bunkers beneath Shifa Hospital splashed on the front pages of newspapers. After all, such pictures would show that the organization uses the sick and wounded of Gaza as human shields while launching missiles against Israeli civilians. What Hamas wants is for reporters to use very different pictures from Shifa—namely, photos of Palestinians killed and wounded by Israelis, which make Palestinians look like innocent victims of wanton Israeli brutality.

To that end, the rules of reporting from Shifa Hospital are easy for any newbie reporter to understand: No pictures of members of Hamas with their weapons inside the hospital, and don’t go anywhere near the bunkers, or the operating rooms where members of Hamas are treated. While reporters can meet with members of Hamas inside the hospital—because it’s obviously convenient for everyone—they are not allowed to take pictures. Reporters inside Gaza who are risking their lives to bring the world whatever news they can should hardly be blamed for obeying Hamas’s media rules, which the organization has helpfully written down in case anyone has doubts about what they are permitted to show.

Reporters who bravely or foolishly violate Hamas’ rules even on their social media accounts can be seen to repent with such alacrity that it’s not difficult to imagine how scared and dependent they are. Nick Casey of the Wall Street Journal, for example, tweeted that “You have to wonder w the shelling how patients at Shifa hospital feel as Hamas uses it as a safe place to see media.” Casey then quickly deleted his tweet, which didn’t save him from being put on a list of journalists who “lie/fabricate info for Israel” and “must be sued” – a threat which is surely the least of Casey’s fears. Last week, French-Palestinian journalist Radjaa Abu Dagg was summoned to Shifa by Hamas and interrogated. He wrote about the experience of “attempted intimidation” for Liberation—and then quickly had the paper take down the article.

It can hardly be lost on any sane journalist that tempers in combat zones can be short, and that Hamas has used the kidnapping of foreign journalists like Alan Johnson of the BBC to advance its own agenda. The fact that Hamas has closed the border and will not let journalists in or out of Gaza can’t make journalists who being used as de facto human shields by a terrorist organization feel any more eager to offend their hosts.

What Hamas has done, therefore, is to turn Shifa Hospital into a Hollywood sound-stage filled with real, live war victims who are used to score propaganda points, while the terrorists inside the hospital itself are erased from photographs and news accounts through a combination of pressure and threats, in order to produce the stories that Hamas wants. So if reporters aren’t entirely to blame for participating in this sick charade, then who is?

The answer is that reporters write what they can, and some do their job better than others, and some are braver or more foolhardy than their peers. But it’s the job of editors, sitting thousands of miles away, at a very safe remove from the battlefield, to note that dispatches were produced under pressure, or that key information was removed by a government—as nearly all mainstream media outlets do when battlefield dispatches pass through the hands of the IDF censor. A good editor might attach similar notes to dispatches from combat zones controlled by terrorist organizations. He or she might also decide that reporting only the news that Hamas deems fit to print from Shifa Hospital isn’t actually reporting at all: It’s propaganda.

Posted on 07/29/2014 3:19 PM by Rebecca Bynum

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The war of the tunnels, here and there and eve

Posted on 07/29/2014 2:09 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Tuesday, 29 July 2014


And they were taught about Ramadan, to increase their "cultura sensitivity." You can imagine the glowing terms in which it is depicted.

And this is supposed to be part of some kind of education in Islam. But will that education in Islam include Sura 9 -- say, 9.5 and 9.29? Will it include any of the more than 100 Jihad verses set out in the Calcutta Qur'an Petition? What parts of Islam will not be discussed, while the military are busy inculcating soldiers in the splendors of Ramadan?

Posted on 07/29/2014 2:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

In Aleppo, and not just once.


Posted on 07/29/2014 1:58 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Posted on 07/29/2014 1:54 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

from AFP via Yahoo News and the BBC

Dozens of people were killed and injured in a "terrorist attack" in China's far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, state media reported Tuesday . . . The attack came on the eve of Muslims in China marking the Eid festival at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Xinhua said that more than 30 police cars had been damaged or destroyed in the "terror attack", six of them burnt out. Quoting local police, it said "dozens of Uighur and Han civilians were killed or injured". According to Xinhua, the gang began their attack in the township of Elixku before moving to another nearby settlement, attacking civilians and vehicles on the way.

Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress, an exile group, said in an e-mail that more than 20 Uighurs were shot dead by armed authorities while 10 were injured.

In a bylined commentary Xinhua said that the attack was intended to "destabilise the region and spread fear and hatred . . . Police shooting dead of the mobsters was decisive and well justified," it said. "The attack is against the spirit of Ramadan, which is about the practice of self-discipline and self-control ... The rioters were committing blasphemy against Islam, 'the religion of peace'."

Posted on 07/29/2014 1:41 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

From Hurriyet Daily News

Speaking during an Eid el-Fitr meeting on July 28, Arınç described his ideal of the chaste man or woman, saying they should both have a sense of shame and honor.

“Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men. . . [The woman] will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness,” 

People needs to discover the Quran once again, Arınç said . . . “Where are our girls, who slightly blush, lower their heads and turn their eyes away when we look at their face, becoming the symbol of chastity?”

Targeting women once more, Arınç said women talk about unnecessary things on the phone. “Women give each other meal recipes while speaking on the mobile phone. ‘What else is going on?’ ‘What happened to Ayşe’s daughter?’ ‘When is the wedding?’ Talk about this face to face,” 

Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, who is running for the presidency against Arınç’s boss, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, commented on Arınç’s statement via Twitter, saying Turkey needed women to laugh, as well as to hear everybody’s happy laughter more than anything.

Posted on 07/29/2014 1:26 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The American weapons that keep going missing, everywhere in the Muslim world.


Posted on 07/29/2014 12:36 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

See here.

(...) After the Arab Spring, the Islamists briefly gained the upper hand. But when the Muslim Brotherhood government fell, the military leaders cracked down. They sentenced hundreds of the Brotherhood’s leadership class to death. They also closed roughly 95 percent of the tunnels that connected Egypt to Gaza, where the Brotherhood’s offshoot, Hamas, had gained power.

As intended, the Egyptian move was economically devastating to Hamas. Hamas derived 40 percent of its tax revenue from tariffs on goods that flowed through those tunnels. One economist estimated the economic losses at $460 million a year, nearly a fifth of the Gazan G.D.P.

Hamas needed to end that blockade, but it couldn’t strike Egypt, so it struck Israel. If Hamas could emerge as the heroic fighter in a death match against the Jewish state, if Arab TV screens were filled with dead Palestinian civilians, then public outrage would force Egypt to lift the blockade. Civilian casualties were part of the point. When Mousa Abu Marzook, the deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau, dismissed a plea for a cease-fire, he asked a rhetorical question, “What are 200 martyrs compared with lifting the siege?”

The eminent Israeli journalist Avi Issacharoff summarized the strategy in The Times of Israel, “Make no mistake, Hamas remains committed to the destruction of Israel. But Hamas is firing rockets at Tel Aviv and sending terrorists through tunnels into southern Israel while aiming, in essence, at Cairo.”...

Posted on 07/29/2014 11:59 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Les anciens de ce blog savent que je suis Belge d’origine et Canadien d’adoption, et que toute ma famille a quitté l’Europe sans intention d’y revenir. Quant à moi, je partage en ce moment ma vie entre la Belgique et le Canada, le temps de m’établir définitivement dans mon pays d’adoption. J’ai donc les idées et une attitude bien claires au sujet de ce dernier. Je le respecte et je l’aime. Je n’y vais pas pour en profiter mais par choix, afin d’y donner le meilleur de moi-même. Et si pour une raison quelconque il ne me convenait plus, je réagirais à ma façon, avec correction, en prenant l’avion vers une autre destination.

Vous comprendrez donc aisément que je ne puisse admettre qu’en France des millions de citoyens ou considérés comme tels sur le papier n’y sont que pour bénéficier des aides insensées d’une République pourtant si endettée. Et encore moins, même de l’étranger, qu’ils haïssent au point désormais atteint le pays qui les a accueillis. Cela fait maintenant des décennies que cela dure. Mais il y a pire aujourd’hui, surtout depuis que, dans un moment d’égarement effarant, les Français ont choisi de confier leur destinée à une bande d’illuminés dirigés (?) par Normal 1er, la plus grande nullité que l’on puisse trouver parmi les énarques.

Pire ? Oui, car l’idéologie et la lâcheté de ces derniers se sont hissées à un tel niveau d’abandon et de trahison de la population vraiment française qu’ils emboîtent le pas de leur clientèle la plus extrême dans ses délires et excès, au lieu de réagir comme il se devrait dans un véritable état de droit soucieux en priorité d’assurer la sécurité des gens et des biens. Hélas, la dictature socialiste pousse tellement loin sa complicité avec les enragés, ces chances pour la France que le monde entier envie à celle-ci, qu’elle en fait des privilégiés, des intouchables, des protégés, des impunis. Jusqu’à favoriser l’antisémitisme qui refleurit.

L’alliance contre nature et de circonstance entre le fascisme rouge et le fascisme vert est un cancer létal qui mène à une issue fatale. Pour ne pas en arriver là il faudra que la France s’en débarrasse quel qu’en soit le prix. Mais les vœux pieux, les incantations et les médecines douces ne suffiront pas, car seules des mesures radicales pourront l’enrayer s’il est encore temps pour les remèdes violents. En attendant, le président devenu son propre porte-parole à propos du vol dramatique d’Air Algérie, s’est caricaturé lui-même dans sa quête ridicule de points dans les sondages. Un crash de plus pour ce triste et cynique personnage.

Alors, comme ce n’est pas à ce mode de communication que je me réfère, je ne sais pas ce que Twitter dit de la France, le soi-disant pays des droits de l’Homme, sauf des Juifs, des Chrétiens et de la majorité de ses citoyens. Mais moi je ne me cache pas ou plus, ici et ailleurs, pour dire pis que pendre de ses élites corrompues à coups de pétrodollars et vendues au Qatar et autres supports du terrorisme international, des agressions perpétuelles contre Israël et de la guerre déclarée au monde occidental, le seul où les collabos et dhimmis entretiennent le déni. Le seul qui, menacé par une idéologie de mort, ne se bat plus pour sa vie ?

Posted on 07/29/2014 11:34 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

From the Evening Chronicle

Police have charged four teenagers in connection with an assault on a rabbi in Gateshead in the early hours of the morning of Friday July 18. The victim, in his 40s, was attacked as he left a Jewish study centre at the centre of the North East’s biggest Orthodox Jewish Community, in Bensham. . . suffered minor injuries.

Qaiser Malik, 19, and Balawal Sultan, 18, both of Newcastle, and male youths aged 17 and 16 have been charged with racially aggravated common assault. They appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Saturday July 19. All four are due at Newcastle Crown Court on August 4, for a plea and case management hearing.

Posted on 07/29/2014 11:02 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Here is ISIS' treatment of prisoners of war (this one has been removed, but Vlad Tepes has the long version here. It seems this ia actually and ISIS propaganda video. They are proud of what they're doing. 

Here is ISIS in Syria showing off prior treatment of prisoners - this is a warning to others who might resist.

Posted on 07/29/2014 10:01 AM by Rebecca Bynum

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

With those involved including Hashim Thaci, the current Prime Minister of the Muslim state, created by NATO and above all by the American government,  of what was carved out of Serbia and is now called "Kosovo."


The paragraph about Hashim Thaci deserves to be excerpted:

"The Marty Report said current Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi was a mafia-like crime boss during the war, leading a group that committed assassinations, beatings, trafficking in organs and drugs and other crimes."

The numbers involved are surely much larger than what the Marty Report says. I have already heard, in the BBC, Serbian survivors describe the perfectly healthy men who then "died" and had their organs removed for sale. But the Marty Report deals only in what can be absolutely proven, not on what everybody knows but for which the evidence no longer exists. It has taken 15 years, after all, for this report to finally be produced.

Posted on 07/29/2014 8:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

From the Copenhagen Post

Seven men from Denmark, Sweden and Norway travelled to war zones last year to kill themselves – and others.

A man known as Abu Sa’ad al-Denmark claimed that he would commit a suicide bombing near Mosul in Iraq this year, according to Berlingske. The last part of the name he has give himself means ‘of Denmark’.

Abdulrahman Ahmed Haji, a 26-year-old Danish-Somali man blew himself up at a hotel party in Mogadishu, Somalia in 2009. Haji had disguised himself as woman wearing a veil. At least 24 people, including members of the Somali government, were killed in the attack. More than 60 more were injured. The man had lived in Denmark for 15 years before taking his deadly trip.

Security agencies say young Somalis and more and more Muslims are abandoning the safety and comfort of their homes in the West to join the ranks of extremist groups.

From which it is clear that these young men are better described as holders of passports from the Scandinavian countries rather than Scandinavians.

Posted on 07/29/2014 7:41 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Posted on 07/29/2014 6:15 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Monday, 28 July 2014

He had, you see, sent out to some of Australia's Jewish community an email in which he stated that Israel's actions in Gaza are purely self-defensive.  Which happens to be the truth.

But the Mohammedan Mob rose up at once in fury and threw a collective tantrum, and kept it up to the point where poor Mr Alhadeff gave up and gave in, and resigned from his position.

The whole affaire blew up in less than a week.

Here's how the Australian Jewish News reported the first round.

"Minister Backs Alhadeff".

'[NSW] Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello has backed NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff to remain as chair of the NSW Community Relations Commission (CRC) amid calls for his resignation by leaders of the local Arab [sic: "the local Muslim and Islamochristian" - CM] community.

'A letter sent to the minister this week, which was endorsed by a number of organisations, asked for Alhadeff to be terminated as head of the CRC on the basis that he was not "capable of exercising sound judgment on community relations", after he sent a community update about Operation Protective Edge to Jewish community members last week.

"In that update, Alhadeff said Hamas had committed "war crimes" (which they have, and how! - CM), and used civilian launching sites for its rocket attacks on Israel (which they have - CM).  He wrote that "all options are on the table" for Israel to defend its citizens, but it was operating with care to avoid civilian casualites.  

And that, too, is perfectly true, and quite plain to anyone with half a brain.  Mr Alhadeff's opinion is confirmed by the expert judgement of, inter alia, former British Army colonel Richard Kemp. - CM

'Signatories to the letter sent to Dominello charged Alhadeff with "making divisive and one-sided comments that only serve to alienate a large section of the community, incite disharmony and intolerance".

So he should have told lies to make the Jew-hating Mohammedans happy?   Strikes me that that stuff about 'alienate a large section of the community" and "incite disharmony and intolerance" is nothing but a veiled threat: "If you defend Israel in any way, we (the Muslim mob) will riot in the streets and smash things and beat up and kill people. - CM

"His about disseminating the justification of violence by the armed forces of another country against an occupied and besieged people", they wrote. 

Nonsense. Israel does not occupy Gaza.  And Hamas started the fight.  - CM

'Alhadeff's one-sided statement contradicts the ethos of the CRC and its charter and highlights the inherent conflict of interest between the two roles he currently occupies."

Thought experiment. Would they be squealing about a conflict of interest, and calling for resignations, if Mr Alhadeff had been a Muslim and had sent round to the Muslim "community" an email expressing solidarity with Hamas and the jihadis of Gaza, stating that Israel had no right to respond militarily to Muslim attack, no matter what, and stating a desire for the defeat and destruction of Israel and its total replacement by an Arab Islamic state of "Palestine"? - CM

'But Dominello confirmed to the AJN that Alhadef, who he said "is doing an outstanding job" as CRC chair, would remain in the post.  "We all bring different perspectives to international issues (though some perspectives, Mr Dominello, are closer to the ascertainable historical facts, than others - CM), and he has conceded the language used has offended some members of the Muslim community", he said.

Who are so very, very quick to be offended, by anything and everything not-Islam, and above all, by even the tiniest sign of any kind of Infidel opposition to Muslim dominance and resistance to Muslim assault. - CM

"We must not overlook Mr Alhadeff's substantial achievements in promoting inter-faith understanding between the Jewish and Muslim communities".

Waste of time. Don't any of these people read the Islamic texts and pay any attention to what those texts say about kuffar in general, and the Jews, in particular? - CM

'He said he would meet with the authors of the letter to discuss their concerns.

He shouldn't have given these whining, threatening, tantrum-throwing mohammedans the time of day. - CM

'Alhadeff told the AJN, "Despite occasionally differing views on issues, we all share a determination to live peacefully and harmoniously together in a tolerant and inclusive NSW."

"The role of the CRC Chair is to fight racism, promote multiculturalism, and ensure community harmony. This is what I have done passionately and will continue to do", he said...

Mate, please research the terms "Dar al Islam" and "Dar al Harb" and read Dr Mark Durie's devastating little book "The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom" and Sam Solomon's "Al Hijra: The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration". Then you will know that the only "peace" and "harmony" that Muslims have in mind is when Muslims rule and do as they please and everybody else knuckles under.  - CM

"The Sydney Morning Herald reported last Friday that Premier Mike Baird (he who on Eid al-Fitra fawningly and effusively pledged friendship to the Mohammedan Mob - CM) had "publicly reprimanded" Alhadeff.

'However the Premier's full statement to the Herald suggested otherwise.

"Few people have done more to promote interfaith engagement and understanding between the Jewish and Muslim communities in NSW than Mr Alhadeff.  he has done an excellent job since his appointment as CRC Chair", the statement read.

"The Premier expects Mr Alhadeff to use his position to bring together multicultural communities and promote community harmony".

But what happens when Muslims take offence at the very idea of anyone's agreeing that an Infidel state can and should defend itself against Muslim jihad assault? - CM

"While Mr Alhadeff was not writing in his capacity as CRC chair, his statements may be considered inconsistent with these objectives".

So one should tell lies, or mince one's words, so as not to offend the Religion of Perpetual Outrage? - CM

"He has acknowledged the need to focus on issues in NSW, and avoid using inappropriate language regarding overseas conflicts".

So it is "inappropriate language" to tell the truth about Hamas' war crimes and acts of terror both achieved and plotted, and about Israel's remarkable attempts to avoid Gazan civilian casualties whilst attempting to defend its citizens from a nonstop and indiscriminate rocket barrage? Further question: what would Mr Baird consider to be "appropriate" language? And has Mr Baird been paying attention to the sorts of things that very large numbers of visibly-identifying Muslims have been screaming, about Jews, in massed threat displays on the streets of Sydney and Melbourne?  Aren't those things just a tad "inappropriate"? 

To do them credit,  the Premier and the Minister refused to sack Mr Alhadeff.

However, the Muslims continued to throw tantrums and sulk, as reported by Nicole Hasham in this Sydney Morning Herald article from July 25.


"Empty tables at Ramadan dinner as Vic Alhadeff stands by Gaza comments".

'NSW Community Relations Commission chair Vic Alhadeff has refused to withdraw controversial (no: true and accurate - CM) comments defending Israel's deadly force against Gaza (Israeli self-defence against the Jihad waged against her from Gaza - CM) that have badly fractured goodwill between Sydney's Jewish and Muslim groups.

That have exposed the reality of Muslim Jew-hatred. - CM

'Mr Alhadeff issued a belated apology on  Thursday for causing offence two weeks ago.

"But his insistence on standing by the remarks (which happened to be true - CM) has done little to placate Arab and Muslim groups, or relieve pressure on him to resign from his role on the commission, which promotes racial harmony.

My dear Ms Nicole Hasham, get a clue.  Islam is an ideology. A belief system. A set of ideas inside people's heads. It is not a "race".  And it - and the behaviour it promotes - should not be exempt from criticism. - CM

'The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Council of Australia on Friday said Mr Alhadeff must "consider his position" as community relations chief, given the damage his comments caused.

So we cannot and must not tell the truth about Jihad, or allow to any infidel the right to resist it, because that will make the Muslims angry? - CM

'Mr Alhadeff, who is also chief executive of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, emailed the Jewish community during the early stages of the conflict around Gaza.  He said Israel uses "care to avoid civilian casualties", and "pinpoint technologies to hit the targeted infrastructure".

Quite true. It does. - CM

'He condemned acts by Palestinian [sic - CM] militant Islamist group  Hamas, adding that Israel would "do whatever is needed to defend its citizens.  All options are on the table."

'The Palestinian [sic - CM] death toll in Gaza (that is: the claimed local Arab, mostly-Muslim, death toll in Gaza - CM) now stands at more than 720, most of them civilians (that is: of which Hamas and the UNRWA claim that most are civilians; although a list of names and ages released by Al Jazeera show that the single largest cohort among the dead is comprised of males of military age who might reasonably be supposed to be combatants - CM).  At least 15 people were killed and scores hurt when a UN shelter was bombarded by Israeli forces on Thursday.  (In fact, there is a high probability that this strike was an "own goal" by Hamas or other jihadis within Gaza. - CM).  On the Israeli side, 32 troops and three civilians have died. (Why don't you write "have been killed", Ms Hasham? - CM).

'The email triggered an outcry from Arab groups, who questioned how Mr Alhadeff can hold dual roles requiring him to both support the Jewish cause and promote community unity in NSW.

So "unity" can only be achieved if everyone toes the Muslim line? - CM

'Outside an Iftar dinner at NSW Parliament to mark Ramadan on Thursday night (and what is Parliament doing holding an Iftar dinner in the first place? If people understood that Ramadan is the "month of jihad" the last thing they would want is anything to do with it; any more than one would want to join a bunch of Neo-Nazis at a party celebrating Hitler's Birthday - CM) Mr Alhadeff said, "I don't resile from the comments", adding that he did not intend to cause offence and was "pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli".

It would be wonderful if the local Arabs in and around Israel were to ditch the Death Cult, the Religion of Blood and War.  For if they did, peace could be had in minutes.  But seeing as they are unlikely to apostasise en masse at any time in the foreseeable future, one must ultimately choose sides; and sensible people will choose the Jewish side, the side that affirms life and freedom. - CM

'In an earlier statement issued on Thursday, Mr Alhadeff expressed "regret that some took umbrage" at his email.

"I am sorry if the comments in the briefing served inadvertently to offend members of some communities in NSW, because I agree with [Premier Mike Baird] that the role of the to work with all faiths and cultures in promoting multiculturalism and harmony", he said.

So long as we have a large and ever-larger Muslim presence in Australia, Mr Alhadeff, you can kiss the idea of harmony goodbye, unless by "harmony" one means that the Muslims say "grovel" and everybody else hits the dirt. - CM

'Mr Alhadeff said every civilian death (nicely worded; for not all deaths in Gaza are civilian, many are the deaths of persons - male or female, young or old - actively engaged in Jihad - CM) was "a tragedy", and "pain is felt by local communities with ties to both sides of this conflict".

Australians of German background, with cousins in Germany, no doubt felt pain and anxiety during World War II; but no sane and decent German-Australians took offence at the degree of force deployed by the Allies in order to defeat Hitler, or demanded that the Allies should cease from military action, because German civilians were getting killed.  One of my grandmother's cousins, of German-Australian parentage, flew in Bomber Command sorties over Germany, even though he knew full well that his mother's parents came from Lower Saxony and that he had cousins and second-cousins aplenty still residing there. - CM

'He affirmed his commitment to his part-time Community Relations Commission Role, for which he is paid $35 000 a year.

'The apology angered Australia Palestine Advocacy Network Vice President Issa Shaweesh, who described it as "insulting".

"He has apologised for the offence his comments caused, but not for the comments themselves. (Why should he apologise for telling the truth? - CM) His position as chairman of the NSW Community Relations Commission is utterly untenable".

'In a statement on Friday, the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia, a peak national body, said Mr Alhadeff "certainly needs to consider his position...and whether he can continue in the role given the impact of his comments".

So to get someone fired, all the Muslims should have to do is throw a tantrum?- CM

'It said Mr Alhadeff showed "poor judgement" (no, he did not, as far as I am concerned he showed good judgement - CM) and the CRC chairman should "maintain a position of impartiality and sensitivity in the face of increasing global unrest" which can affect Australians with relatives living in conflict zones.

If one side is screaming "Slaughter the Jews" and intends the annihilation of the world's only Jewish state, and the other side - the side assailed by that would-be genocidal onslaught - is simply trying to defend itself, then I really don't see why anyone but a moral imbecile can pretend to be "impartial".  I feel absolutely no need at all to be "sensitive" to the feelings of people who support Hamas, Hamas which trains the children of Gaza, even from their toddler years, to become murder-"martyrs", and whose Charter praises and quotes from and endorses not only the most savagely-Jewhating passages in Islamic scripture, but also that vicious forgery, the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion". - CM

'Mr Baird on Thursday said Mr Alhadeff has his "full confidence'.

"He has apologised and he understands that the role of the CRC is to work with all faiths and cultures", Mr Baird said...

'Joseph Wakim (with that name, he is either a Muslim or a dhimmi Islamochristian - CM), a former Victorian Multicultural Affairs Commissioner, and founder of the Australian Arabic Council, welcomed the apology but said it "does not retract the damage done".

'He said Mr Alhadeff's dual roles still represented an "intrinsic conflict of interest" and calls for him to resign from the commisison were "not negotiable".

Mr Wakim should have been asked whether he would still think there was an "intrinsic conflict of interest" if Mr Alhadeff were to be replaced with an allahu-akbaring Muslim who cheered for every Hamas rocket that hit a target in Israel, and openly declared a desire for the destruction of Israel. - CM

'Some Arab and Muslim groups boycotted the iftar dinner, hosted by Mr Baird, leaving a number of empty tables at the event.

'Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane (who was born in Lebanon to Muslim parents - CM), the first Muslim elected to the NSW Parliament, also pulled out of the event, along with other Muslim Labor councillors. 

Well, now we know. They endorse Hamas and deny Israel the right of self-defence against Jihad. - CM

'Liberal Auburn councillor (by "councillor", I assume this means a Member of the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament - CM) Ronney Oueik did attend, saying later he was unaware of the controversy.

NSW Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi (who was born and brought up in Pakistan - CM) the first Muslim woman elected to a Parliament in Australia, was not invited.

"She said Mr Alhadeff's comments "clearly show a lack of judgement and commitment to multicultural harmony in NSW" and his explanation was "an affront to the Palestinian [sic - CM] and multicultural community".

Why is a Muslim from Pakistan so incensed when an Aussie Jew asserts the right of Israel to defend itself against would-be-genocidal Jihad waged by the Arab Muslims next door to it?  Answer: she accepts and practises the Jew-hatred and megalomaniacal Muslim supremacism - the goal of Total World Domination - that is hard-wired into the core Islamic texts. - CM

'She called for the comments to be withdrawn.'

And after more screams of rage from Muslims and dhimmis and with the tantrums continuing, poor Mr Alhadeff gave in, and quit his position.

As gleefully reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, here.

'The NSW Community Relations Commission chairman, Vic Alhadeff, has quit after his controversial comments defending Israel's attacks on Gaza (that is: defending Israel's right of self-defence against Hamas' would-be genocidal jihad assault - CM) caused a furore between Sydney's Jewish and Muslim groups.

Not "between".  More truthfully, the SMH should have written - "was greeted with irrational rage by many Muslims." - CM

"Mr Alhadeff...said on Sunday it was "with considerable regret" that he was quitting his role on the commission.

'"I have chosen to do so in the interests of the CRC and its important work in fostering social harmony within our society", he said.

Mate, when you have Muslims in a society, social harmony is what you won't get, because they believe they have the right to rule over everybody else, absolutely, and they will stop at nothing in their attempts to force everyone else to Submit. - CM

"It is clear that a briefing paper issued under my name inadvertently caused offence to some, and this is greatly regretted.

"While this was unintended, and despite the backing of numerous community leaders who acknowledged my record of goodwill, the reaction from some has become a distraction to the work of the CRC and the role of the chair".

'Mr Alhadeff said he had long "committed myself to building bridges and to intercultural harmony, and I intend to continue this work as a representative of the Jewish community"...

Please, Mr Alhadeff: before you do anything else, stop and read Bat Yeor, "Islam and Dhimmitude" and Dr Mark Durie "The Third Choice".  And get a clue.  Because right now, what has happened is that you have been hounded out of your post because you refused to accept the idea that Israel must behave as a dhimmi toward the Muslim entities that surround her. - CM

'Communities Minister Victor Dominello said he accepted Mr Alhadeff's resignation "with great regret" and thanked him for his service...

Perhaps they should appoint a Buddhist or Hindu as Mr Alhadeff's replacement.  And if they do, I wonder how long it will be before the Muslims find an excuse to be offended with that person, also? - CM

'Mr Alhadeff last week expressed "regret that some took umbrage" at his email, adding that every civilian death was "a tragedy".

Civilians, yes.  Combatants - including 14 year old child jihadis with explosive vests or toting AK-47s - no.- CM

'But his apology was rejected by many critics, including Australia-Palestine Advocacy Network president George Browning, a former Anglican bishop of Canberra, who said Mr Alhadeff's ongoing appointment "diminishes the credibility" of the Community Relations Commission.

Mr Browning, former bishop, has got to be either a Useful Idiot or an antisemite, and either way, is acting as a perfect dhimmi, serving the cause of the Jihad against the Jews. - CM

'President of the Lebanese Muslim Association, Samier Dandan, welcomed Mr Alhadeff's resignation, saying his position had become untenable.

"Mr Dandan said the decision would "ensure that the work of the CRC continues to build on the charter of community harmony and cohesion".

Grooming people for dhimmitude. "Harmony and cohesion", I see, = "never say or do anything that Muslims dislike, even if what you say is true and what you do is in self-defence against prior Muslim aggression." - CM

'Joseph Wakim, former Victorian Multicultural Affairs Commissioner and founder of the Australian Arabic Council, said Mr Alhadeff had thrown "one last stone" at his critics by attributing his resignation to the reaction to his comments, rather than the comments themselves.

The comments were true.  Why should not the CRC chair state what is true, even if others do not like it?  And he also stated the truth when he said he resigned because of the actions of others. They wore him down by their tantrums.  I wonder whether he also received threats, whether against himself personally, or against the Jewish community in Australia? - CM

"Integrity is imperative to the CRC charter. Never again can a neutral arbiter for a state government also be a mouthpiece for a foreign government", Mr Wakim said."

As opposed to being, say, a fifth-column agent of the Ummah, or Mohammedan Mob, the Allah Gang, the de facto Empire of Islam, actively furthering and participating in its 1400-year-long campaign to subjugate the entirety of the planet to itself and the despots that it spawns?  In any case, the idea that Mr Alhadeff, in making the comments that he did, was acting as a "mouthpiece" for a "foreign government", is nonsense; he was simply applying his judgement to the situation. There are plenty of non-Jewish Australians, such as myself, who share Mr Alhadeff's view of Israel's self-defensive action against the Hamas jihadis.  Does that mean that we, too, are "mouthpieces" of the government of Israel???  No, it does not.  It just means that we can see who started the fight, and who did not; and who is fighting dirty, and who is not; and that we feel perfectly entitled to call it as we see it. - CM


Posted on 07/28/2014 11:47 PM by Christina McIntosh

Monday, 28 July 2014

So we discover as we wade through yet another Ramadan puff-piece from the Islamophile ABC.

"Ramadan Ends; Muslims Celebrate Eid al Fitir at Lakemba in Sydney's South-West".

'Huge crowds lined the streets at Lakemba in Sydney's south-west this morning (27 July - CM) to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

If you look at the accompanying photos which you should see when you click on the link, you will see very large numbers of Muslim men of military age (and there appear to be many, many more men than women in evidence) not merely "lining" the streets but taking them over.  It would have been more accurate if the ABC reporter had written that "Hordes of  Muslims, the majority of them adult males, took over and blocked the streets at Lakemba...".  This is about seizing and holding those streets as Muslim "turf". - CM

'Australia's Muslim community gathered at mosques for morning prayers as the festival of Eid al Fitir began, bringing an end to a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset.

"Fasting".  That is: about a month of parading around in the daytime with a long face and holier-than-thou expression, pretending to be terribly pious and self-denying, while spending a significant part of the hours of darkness gutsing oneself. - CM

'Eid al Fitir is also known as "the feast of breaking the fast" and occurs with the sighting of the new moon.

It merely signals a return to normal sleeping and eating patterns, as opposed to the reversed pattern of eating by night and not eating by day. - CM

'Dozens of stalls set up in Lakemba's streets were this morning selling traditional food.

Which apart from the halal thing is merely the traditional food of the assorted ethnicities that have been enslaved by Islam, whether Arab, Turkish, Persian, Indian, Malay, East African, etc.  There is, strictly speaking, no such thing as "Muslim" traditional food. - CM

'New South Wales Premier Mike Baird was among the dignitaries invited to attend the festival.

He should have refused, jsut as he would have refused an invitation to a Neo-Nazi convention or a dinner hosted by Mafiosi.  But then, he doesn't know that Islam is a totalitarian death cult  and extortion racket which for 1400 years has been using ultra-violence and deception in pursuit of Total World Domination. - CM

'He said he wanted the Muslim community to know they would always have an ally.

Has he said anything at all like this to the peaceful and productive Jewish community, out of whom (as opposed to the fruits of the Muslim "community") have never arisen predatory packs of gang-rapists, swarms of murderous criminals waging blood-feuds against one another with guns in the midst of suburbia, families force-marrying barely-pubescent and prepubescent girls, "preachers" proclaiming that uncovered women are like meat left out for cats, and plot after plot after plot aimed at mass-murdering innocent Australian civilians? - CM

"A friend here in New South Wales, a friend leading the Government.  We will always listen to them and always respond to them", he said.

Really?  But what will you say, Premier Baird, if one day a swarm of chanting allahu-akbaring Islamothugs pull a Mumbai-type attack in a slew of Sydney shopping malls?  If they blow up the Shoah Museum in Eastern Sydney?  If they riot and mob-attack the Great Synagogue and butcher its Jewish worshippers on the Sabbath?  Or if they explode a truck bomb outside the NSW Parliament? Or behead an Aussie soldier in the street, as was done to Lee Rigby?  What then? 

And there is something else.  Falling over himself to present himself to the Ummah or Mohammedan Mob as an "ally", as a "friend", Premier Baird shows me that he cannot read the Quran, or if he has, that he has not paid attention.  He needs to be made to consider Surah 48:29, which declares that "Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. Those who follow him are merciful to one another, and harsh to the unbelievers".  I am informed that the word translated "harsh" is ashiddaa, and that one translator, Richard Bell, renders it as "violent"; N Dawood, whose translation was published by Penguin, renders it as "ruthless".  

Premier Baird needs to read this verse, and take it seriously; and read also and realistically understand the many, many other verses in the Quran and in other Islamic texts that anathematise friendship and alliance between Muslims and non-Muslims.  Muslims are taught not to befriend or ally themselves with non-Muslims...unless, and only unless, they are in a situation of temporary weakness, under which condition they may enter into temporary and feigning friendships and alliances, for their own advantage. But when they are strong, those friendships and alliances with the najis kuffar, the filthy unbelievers, can and should be dispensed with.  The guiding principle, for Muslims, is not the Golden Rule; it is al wala wa al bara, Loyalty (to fellow Muslims of the right sect, only) and Enmity (toward all non-Muslims qua non-Muslims).  This is what Premier Baird needs to know and understand.  Then he might realize that his officially and unconditionally offering alliance and friendship to the malevolent mohammedan mob was a total waste of time; and not only a waste of time, but foolish and deadly dangerous.  - CM

'As part of the festival, children are traditionally given presents, and money is given to the poor...

To the Muslim poor.  Muslims are only supposed to give gifts to non-Muslims if they think such gifts will buy conversion to Islam, or else incline a politician or other significant person to favour the cause of Muslims (that is, if the gift will function as a bribe for the buying of political influence). - CM







Posted on 07/28/2014 10:56 PM by Christina McIntosh

Monday, 28 July 2014

Mansour Mansour is happy.

More here.

Posted on 07/28/2014 10:24 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Monday, 28 July 2014

Listen here.

Posted on 07/28/2014 10:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Monday, 28 July 2014

David Ignatius is not someone who has ever been well-disposed toward Israel, and he certainly has never shown any signs of understanding that, behind the war on Israel, and behind everything else that happens in the Middle East, is that thing which mere reporters do not see, and therefore do not report on, and never both to try to understand: the texts and teachings of Islam, the attitudes and atmospherics of Islam, which explains the behavior of the real Muslims, that is the True Believers, and that of those who, while Muslim, are not quite such True Believers and do not wish to live under the rule of those True Believers. And how can possibly understand the phenomenon of the Islamochristian, ranging from George Habash of the PFLP to Hanan Ashrawi, and Naim Ateek? Perhaps Ignatius, who now has a column so inoffensive to Islam that he can write for The Daily Star of Lebanon (where the truth about Islam is never going to be discussed), will begin to figure this out. After all, he doesn't want to be another H.D. S. Greenway, someone who spent decades, virtually his entire professional life, writing about Arabs and Israelis (you can guess how bow-tied H.D.S. Greenway, he of Needham, felt about those Israelis -- he felt just the way members of the British administration during the Mandate period felt about them: they are too crude, too ill-mannered, too unrespectful of those who are to the manor - in this case overlooking the Charles River -- born, that same H.D.S. Greenway who never understood a thing about the Middle East because of his wilful ignorance of Islam).

Now here is David Ignatius, taking Kerry to task. Of course, he can deplore Hamas and the Fast JIhad, while still favoring - as he, Ignatius, does -- the PA and the Slow Jihadists of Fatah. Or just perhaps, such things as ISIS in Iraq, and what's going on in Syria, and in Libya, and in Yemen, and in Pakistan, and in a dozen other places, including Paris and London and Brussels, may have caused him to think a bit deeper about Islam and its world-wide threat, and on the survival of Europe. He may have had a conversion on the road to Damascus. After all, it's happened before.

Ignatius, on Kerry, here.

Posted on 07/28/2014 5:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Monday, 28 July 2014

From the Telegraph

Malaysian politicians and religious leaders have attacked the use of Scottie dogs during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, claiming it was disrespectful to Muslims. Around 40 Scottie dogs were used in the opening ceremony in Glasgow last Wednesday to lead teams around Celtic Park.

The dogs, which all wore tartan dog coats with the name of each team on them, were widely praised on social media, with many people stating they thought they had "stolen the show". . . However, not everyone was as impressed. Political and religious leaders in Malaysia have claimed the use of dogs connected to Muslim countries was "disrespectful". 

Mohamad Sabu, the deputy president of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party said: "Malaysia and all Islamic countries deserve and apology from the organiser.

"This is just so disrespectful to Malaysia and Muslims – especially as it happened during Ramadan. Muslims are not allowed to touch dogs, so the organiser should have been more aware and sensitive on this issue. It is hoped this incident can teach other Western countries to be more respectful in the future."

Dato Ibrahim Bin Ali, a far-Right politician, former MP and founder and president of Malay supremacist group Perkasa also called for an apology. "I think it is unbecoming. The hosts have not been sensitive enough – especially in a so-called knowledgeable and civilised society like Britain," he said. "It is shameful and has offended not only Malaysia as a Muslim country, but Muslims around the world." 

There's only one word to say to that. Ruff!

Posted on 07/28/2014 1:43 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

Monday, 28 July 2014

In Paris as in Gaza, human shields are the way to go!

Journal du dimanche correspondent Paul Guyonnet, reporting  from the 5,000-strong banned demonstration at Place de la République on Saturday July 26 noted, at 5 PM: “Many peaceful pro-Palestinians have left the Square despite pressure from the more virulent, who tried to block their way.” The JDD reporter says the prayer session [that other sources place at the beginning of the rally] called by an imam at 6:30 PM, magically calmed the assembled mass.

Shortly afterward the violence resumed as punk jihadis pelted riot police with fire bombs, stones, paper bags filled with broken glass, and the rest of their standard arsenal.

A video by Guy Sauvage embedded in an editorial on the site of Riposte Laïque shows the early stages of the demonstration:

Here is the best footage I’ve seen so far of the insurrectional climax - LTL News.

Talk about misreporting—mainstream journalists who were on the spot when these videos were shot somehow managed to estimate the unruly element at three to five hundred. It looks more like one thousand to me. This selective tally is part of the narrative. The demonstration is always good-natured, the violence is always on the edges, never in the center, always disconnected never an integral part, necessarily paradoxical not squarely in the logic of everything that went before, and committed by a minority rejected by the good-natured majority.

Guyonnet tweeted this slogan, “Hamas résistance, jihad résistance”  @Pauluskupa  

What is “jihad résistance?”  Might it be this exhibition of severed heads on stakes, posted by Walid Shoebat? Does it include the destruction of Jonah’s tomb in Mosul? The planned Rosh Hashanah massacre in southern Israel? The murder of four civilians at the Jewish Museum in Brussels? Public executions in the squares of Iraqi cities and towns brought under the black flag of the Caliphate? Is that the “jihad résistance” these people are preparing for us? France, a nation so proud of its Résistance to the brutal Nazi occupation now stands down as the Hamas/jihad résistance violates the Marianne, symbol of the République. Unopposed, this neo-résistance would deliver us into the hands of the Caliphate.

Where is the Front National when Islam assaults the Republic?

Following up on my comment about the Front National at the end of Dispatch N° 5: VP Florian Philippot clearly states the FN’s position in a TV interview [4 Vérités ]: It was wrong to ban pro-Palestinian demonstrations; stifling the expression of legitimate concerns leads to violence. Philippot, who is systematically hostile to Manuel Valls, also opposed the ban on Dieudonné’s anti-Semitic road show last winter. Never pronouncing the terms “Muslim” or “Islam,” Philippot deplores the repeated outbursts of violence in France, due to mass immigration and “communautarismes” [clannishness, tribal politics, or the sense of belonging to a community, such as Muslim or Jewish.]. There should be an immediate cease fire in Gaza to an end this unacceptable death and destruction of Palestinians. The only solution is two states. It is incumbent on Israel as the stronger party to back down and stop this armed conflict.

Widening the frame: now who’s disproportionate?

How can savage beheaders inspire such benevolent denial, here in the 21st century when their gory exploits are abundantly filmed and broadcast? Any idiot can see what “jihad résistants” do when they get power over people. Is the collective conscience paralyzed by fear? Fear, yes, if you find yourself face to face with a mob or even one of them geared up for a killing spree. But how can citizens of well-armed democracies believe collectively that the way to deal with these mujahidin, when they have a gripe against you, like Hamas with Israel, is give-and-take negotiation? Put yourself in their shoes. [But they want to put your head on their pike!] You have to offer the population attractive prospects. Hamas, for example, is asking for an airport, a seaport, open borders, reconstruction billions, release of prisoners, hands off what’s left of their tunnels, and that’s for starters.

These are approximately the terms of the cease fire agreement hammered out in the gilded salons of the Quai d’Orsay the other day, under the auspices of MFA Laurent Fabius and Secretary of State John Kerry, apparently acting under the direction of Qatari and Turkish ministers, with meek approval from the bit players. This, reportedly, is the proposal John Kerry stuck to Israel’s security cabinet like a diplomatic quenelle.

The Israeli government rejected it, but we always wonder what threats are being stabbed into Israel’s back behind the scenes by its main man over there in America.

Terms like guerilla warfare, urban guerilla, asymmetric conflict, and disproportionate force are bandied about in the Western world like cries of despair from confused dhimmis. In fact, the disproportionate force is Islam, its doctrine of superiority, its limitless ambitions, its uninterrupted state of warfare, its unethical way of fighting, its genius for hiding behind its masses, its relentless assault on Western thought.

Poor little Gaza, like a fingernail on the map, battered and beaten by the superrpowerful Israel. Hapless civilians in an open-air prison, at the mercy of tanks, airplanes and uniformed monsters. Enlarge the frame: in the name of Gaza, Muslim fighters all over the Western world attack Jews, the government, the native population, law enforcement, public property. They, too, are victims, underprivileged Muslims, unfairly confused with the handful of rowdies who “instrumentalize” their religion. In the name of the “moderate majority” Islam is acquitted of responsibility for the violence it inculcates.

Acquitted, like the assailants who tried to pry open the shutter and massacre the Jews in the Pitzman restaurant, next door to the synagogue on rue Pavée. Recognized by the victims. Acquitted by the judge. Insufficient evidence. Acquitted, like the 5,000 “jihad résistants” who gathered in the very square of the République and participated in a violent anti-Semitic insurrectional banned demonstration. Perhaps a hundred were rounded up, about 40 are in custody, and most will fly out of the courtroom on a carpet of insufficient evidence.

The disproportionate force in this conflict is Islam. No matter the objective circumstances, Islam always wins, always prevails, always dominates. Deliberately misinterpreted as another ho-hum round of tit for tat fighting between Hamas and Israel, this acute crisis on the fault line between Islam and the West, is kneaded and shaped to yield a mounting wave of collective exasperation. Rubble in the Sharjiya neighborhood is a mine of virtual rocks thrown at Israel. The image is repeatedly broadcast, engraved in the doped-up minds that drink it in and moan, in chorus with Ban Ki Moon, “Israel must stop the violence!” The humanitarian plight of Gaza is a victory. Ali Waked (i24 news) gives an ingenuous summary of Hamas accomplishments: They shot rockets at Tel Aviv, Dimona, ben Gurion and points north and south. They killed 43 Israeli soldiers, penetrated into Israeli territory through tunnels, restored their lost esteem in the Arab world, attracted handsome financial donations, closed down ben Gurion airport, achieved a death toll close to 1,000, almost all civilians [their breakdown], thereby creating a mass international movement in their favor.

From the heights of its rubble, victorious Hamas dictates the terms of a cease fire. And John Kerry carries water for Hamas?

With a combination of forays like the current Hamas escapade, and lethal narratives that warp the Western mind, Islam imposes its law: Islam can strike you, you are not allowed to fight back. Instilling the belief that only Israel and the Jews are guilty of crimes against humanity, Islamic jihad entices 21st world populations to submit to its law. The French government, entangled in the web of Qatari investments, lacks the determination to stop these disgraceful pro-Hamas bashes that undermine its legitimate democratic power. Israel is not the obstacle to peace, it is the example of the courage to resist against a totalitarian system that is knocking on every door.

Comic relief

The nominally conservative Figaro daily has outdone itself in the lethal narrative department with this bomb from Frédéric St. Clair, advisor to PM Dominique de Villepin from 2005-7.

The idea of creating a Jewish national homeland, concocted during the British occupation of Palestine in 1917, to save these populations from pogroms was “a major act of theological-political blindness.” The future state was built on a religious foundation, confirmed by the UN in 1947, and the choice of location was based on the Bible, “offering the ‘Promised land’ to the ‘Chosen People.’ Consequently, legitimate revolt against oppression of the Palestinians “takes an anti-Jewish tone.” Until Israel adopts la laïcité à la française there is no hope for peace in the region.  

When Palestinians are identified with Muslims, Israel’s encroachment on Palestinian territory is equivalent to “the expansion of Judaism’s pretentions over Islam.” Then Israeli army oppression of Gaza becomes Jewish oppression and, if it is compounded by Jewish solidarity, rebellion against those exactions naturally becomes a combat against the Jews.

However, monsieur Saint Clair does not condone brutal riots in the streets of France or genocidal attacks on Jews in Israel. He offers friendly advice. The State of Israel has to do like 20th century France, shake off its religious shackles and become a modern non-denominational State.

Merci, monsieur, vous êtes trop aimable.

According to the most recent Israeli government estimates: Hamas fighters account for 750 of the reported 1,000 deaths in Gaza.

Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States, responding to CNN journalist Erin Burnett, distraught over (reported) casualties in an UNWRA school--15 dead and 200 wounded by Israeli tank fire. “Couldn’t you have gone into the school to find out if there were people there before attacking,” she scolded, as if she were the voice of humanity personified. The army has now published the results of its investigation. There was fierce fighting around the area, an errant Israeli mortar did fall into the schoolyard. But there was no one in the schoolyard when it landed.

The UN is still claiming 15 dead, 200 wounded, and demanding an impartial (UN) investigation.

Posted on 07/28/2014 12:31 PM by Nidra Poller

Monday, 28 July 2014

Read the usually restrained Israeli, David Horovitz,  here.

Posted on 07/28/2014 12:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Monday, 28 July 2014

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