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Thursday, 14 February 2013
Mali: Telegraph finds al-Qaeda plan in Timbuktu

A  secret document revealing how al-Qaeda in north Africa planned to seize "command" of the jihadist struggle in the Sahara has been found by The Daily Telegraph in Timbuktu. Telegraph Chief Foreign Correspondent David Blair reports.

Al-Qaeda leaders might live as outlaws in the depths of the Sahara, but they remain sticklers for bureaucratic protocol. When the "prince" gathers his Council, a detailed note is taken and the meeting carefully numbered.

We know this because the record of the 33rd meeting of the leadership of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) was found by the Daily Telegraph in Timbuktu. It shows that the group took a decision with profound consequences.

...outlined a "proposal and a vision for the future issued by one of our notables and member of the Consultation Council Ahmed Jebri". Wadoud is recorded as saying: "We have looked carefully into it and have found it interesting and satisfactory for this period of time, therefore we thought we would present it for you to discuss and give it careful consideration."

Jebri's idea was to praise Ansar al-Dine for their "victories during the latest encounters which have been carried out by our Muslim heroes on this grand desert". He added: "This heroism thrilled and reassured us following what we had thought to be an unknown fate because of the lack of complete gathering of information."

But there was a sting in the tail. AQIM wanted a share of Ansar al-Dine's impending capture of northern Mali. In fact, it wanted to take over completely. "We had to think of the necessity to draw a plan to command and control the jihad activities there at this critical moment and target all efforts to achieve the required goals".

AQIM's solution - which was to take command - reaped a handsome reward. In the next two weeks, Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal - the three main cities of northern Mali - all fell into the hands of Ansar al-Dine and Tuareg insurgents.

In accordance with the plan in the document, AQIM then pushed them aside and won de facto control over 300,000 square miles of Mali, complete with arms dumps, airports and ready-made training facilities.

Al-Qaeda has always sought to hijack the success of other extremists. In Afghanistan in the 1990s, the Taliban did the hard work of capturing territory; al-Qaeda moved in behind and turned the country into its training and recruitment hub. The document shows that AQIM was following the same modus operandi in Mali.

The opening page of this record was found outside a building on the northern edge of Timbuktu that AQIM had used as a training centre. Recruits from across the Muslim world would gather in the old headquarters of the Gendarmerie Nationale, a paramilitary unit. Here, they were drilled and indoctrinated until last month, when French bombs destroyed the sand-coloured building.

About two weeks later, the detritus left by its former occupants still lay in the rubble. Old shoes and rags of desert-print camouflage mingled with shattered concrete. In among them, hundreds of loose pages were scattered to and fro, stained by desert sand.

Along with a Telegraph photographer and two local guides, I gathered as many pages as seemed manageable. All were printed in Arabic and, at that moment, none of us could tell the significance of what we were picking up. In London, a translator went through the haul. Most of the material turned out to be jihadist propaganda and religious sermons, as befitted the building's use as a training centre.

But one document provided a rare insight into the deliberations of AQIM's high command. Tantalisingly, we only have the first page. But the momentous events of the last year in Mali appear to have flowed from AQIM's 33rd council meeting.

Posted on 02/14/2013 2:57 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Kerry Wants To End The Syrian Violence With A Sunni Victory -- Why?

From The Wall St. Journal:

Kerry Says He Has Plan for Syria Power Shift

WASHINGTON—Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said he plans to launch a new initiative to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a move that could involve leveraging the former senator's past personal relationship with the Arab leader.

Mr. Kerry wouldn't elaborate, but said he believed he understood the "calculations" that drive Mr. Assad and wants to change them.

"I believe there are additional things that can be done to change his current perception," Mr. Kerry said in an appearance at the State Department with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. He added, "I've got a good sense of what I think we might propose."

The Obama administration's new top diplomat has stressed in recent days his belief that Mr. Assad could be coaxed from office if directly engaged by Syria's rebels and provided lifelines for himself and his country's Allawite minority.

Many in Syria's opposition have long said only use of force will drive Mr. Assad and his family from power. Republican leaders—and some Democrats—have also pressed the White House to begin arming Syria's rebels.

Mr. Kerry criticized the Syrian opposition movement during his Senate confirmation hearing last month for its unwillingness so far to engage in talks with Mr. Assad's government. The American diplomat said such talks could end the Damascus regime's rule and stop the escalating civil war in Syria that is estimated to have killed 70,000 people.

The new leader of Syria's opposition coalition, Mouaz al-Khatib, however, has said in recent weeks that he would be willing to talk with the Assad regime and provide guarantees to the Syrian dictator that he wouldn't be charged with human-rights abuses if he voluntarily leaves office.

"We need to change Bashar Assad's calculation. Right now President Assad doesn't think he's losing—and the opposition think it's winning," Mr. Kerry said during his late January testimony.

Mr. Kerry, while chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, served as Washington's unofficial point man on Syria during President Barack Obama's first term.

The Massachusetts politician met with Mr. Assad roughly a half-dozen times during this time and focused on severing Syria's military alliance with Iran. Mr. Kerry also sought to kick-start peace talks between Syria and Israel [why "peace talks" which can only yield to some idiotic Israeli surrender in the Golan, and weaken Deterrence, the Only True Peacekeeper between Israel and the Rest]and publicly stated his belief that he believed Mr. Assad could embrace reform and integrate his country with the West.

Mr. Kerry's views on Mr. Assad were criticized by many human-rights activists at the time, who said they believed the U.S. politician was naive about the abuses of the Syrian regime. Mr. Kerry and the Obama administration were initially slow to call for Mr. Assad to step down once the uprising against his rule gathered momentum in March, 2011.

Some diplomats have said in recent weeks that they believed Mr. Kerry might directly seek to engage Mr. Assad to try and quickly, and peacefully, end his rule. This view was encouraged by Mr. Kerry's comments Wednesday, even though he didn't outline such a strategy.

Mr. Obama has backed the use of nonlethal U.S. aid to rebels, but hasn't sent arms, despite support for that idea from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and top military and intelligence officials.

"The president's policy has been crystal clear on this," Mr. Kerry said on Wednesday, adding the administration wants to "make sure we have a political solution, if at all possible."

He said both he and Mr. Obama believe that Mr. Assad will not last long as his country's ruler, although he said Mr. Assad may not believe that.

"But I can assure you my goal is to see us change his calculation," Mr. Kerry said. "My goal is to see us have a negotiated outcome and minimize the violence. It may not be possible. I'm not going to stand here and tell you that's automatic or easily achievable."

Posted on 02/14/2013 6:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Whose Perception Needs To Be Changed?

John Kerry, with the self-assurance that great wealth baselessly confers, thinks he knows all about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, having met him, and according to reports always came away impressed with Al-Assad as a man with whom, as not Kerry but a Republican envoy similarly situated might have said, "one can do business." And among the "businesses" that Kerry had thought worth pursuing, in the past, were "negotiations" with Israel which would, inevitably, have led to Israel once more yielding land, in the Golan, absolutely vital for its northern defenses, in exchange for promises from an Alawite regime that, we now see, is not forever,, and therefore no military planners in Israel ought ever to assume that giving up territory that is militarily essential is worth a "peace treaty" that, for Muslims, can only be a "hudna" or truce treaty. The Sunnis who would replace Assad and the Alawites will not be different from Sunni Muslims elsewhere, and given the influence of Muslim fanatics in rebel ranks, likely to be more dangerous. And even if Assad were to pocket the Golan, even if he and his Alawites no longer wished to tangle with Israel, they are now beholden to the Islamic Republic of Iran, to Khamenei, and the other deceptively soft-spoken devout, and thus nearly insane, Twelver Shi'as who hope to   bring back from his long oscultation the Hidden Imam, which happy day will be hastened by one thing and one thing only - the destruction of that outrageous offense against Islam, the Infidel, and worse the Jewish, state of israel. And even those who are not fixated on the return of the Hidden Imam ardently wish that Iran, and Shi'a, could win respect from the Sunnis, and recognition as fully equal Muslims, and the only way to do that is -- don't stop me if you've heard this before, because you just have -- by ensuring "the destruction of that outrageous offense against Islam, the Infidel, and worse the Jewish, state of israel."

It's not Assad whose "perception": needs to be changed, or at least not his "perception" of the threat to his regime, and to the Alawites, and to other non-Arab or non-Muslim minorities in Syria, from the Sunni Muslims. Or rather, if Assad is in need of changing his "perception," it is in thinking that he can any longer both control Syria and project Syrian power, as a way of attempting to legitimize that Alawite regime, in Lebanon, through that proxy Hezbollah, against Israel. Israel is not a threat to Assad. It will keep him from transferring weapons to Hezbollah, and will destroy stocks of those weapons -- chemical, biological -- that must not be allowed to get loose -- but that's it. For now Assad needs the backing of Iran, its military and financial aid, and is so used to spouting the worst kind of anti-Israel rhetoric. But what has it got him? None of the rebels is impressed by that, nor those in the Gulf who are supporting those rebels with money and whatever arms that money can buy. The aid given to the PFLP and other "Palestinian" terrorist groups has not made the local "Palestinians" at Yarmouk or elsewhere in Syria into stout defenders of the regime. And neither the Slow Jihadists of Fatah, nor the Fast Jihadists of Hamas, have come to the defense of Assad. It was all, in the end, in vain, a great miscalculation. In the same way, the Shi'a rulers of Iran have miscalculated, thinking that their nonstop campaign against Israel willl cause the Sunnis to revise their opinion of the Shi'a. It isn't happening, It won't happen. Shi'a are still being killed, and will continue to be killed, by Sunnis in Pakistan, in Iraq, in Yemen, in Syria. Shi'a are still marginalized, and will continue to be, in Kuwait, and in Bahrain (where the Sunni minority, employing Pakistani Sunni mercenaries, suppresses the Shi'a majority ruthlessly and successfully,. despite all that excitement about the "Arab Spring") . In Saudi Arabia, influential clerics rant against the Shi'a as the worst kind of Infidels -- you can see the anti-Shi'a tapes made by Sunnis, Saudi and other, on YouTube-- and the Shi'a in the Eastern Province are discriminated against, and any hint of Shi'a unrest put  down at once. Eventually someone in the Iranian government has got to realize that they've been hoping against hope, that they are Shi'a, and if they want to survive at all, they had best try to end the sanctions, and instead of building a nuclear weapon, the use of which against Israel would delight Sunnis, but not make them hate Iran or suspect the Shi'a any less, and the retaliatory strike by Israel, were such necessary, would no doubt delight many of the Sunnii Muslims in the world just as much as Iran's strike on Israel and, in the Gulf, perhaps even more.

That's the "perception" that needs to be changed in Iran. Is John Kerry up to that task?

Posted on 02/14/2013 7:24 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Allah Decides Time's Up For Iranian General In Charge Of "Reconstruction Projects" In Southern Lebanon

From FoxNews:

Iran mourns senior Revolutionary Guards commander killed traveling from Syria to Lebanon

February 14, 2013

|Associated Press

Prominent Iranian politicians and clerics led mourners at a funeral Thursday for a senior commander of the country's powerful Revolutionary Guards who was killed this week while traveling from Syria to Lebanon, local media said.

The semiofficial Fars news agency identified the slain commander as Gen. Hassan Shateri, and said he was in charge of reconstruction projects in southern Lebanon. Shateri was killed on the road linking Damascus with Beirut on Wednesday, it said, without specifying whether the killing took place on Lebanese or Syrian soil.

Guards spokesman Gen. Ramazan Sharif was quoted as saying "mercenaries and supporters" of Israel killed Shateri. He did not elaborate.

The region's Shiite power, Iran is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and a staunch supporter of the militant Shiite movement Hezbollah in Lebanon. It provides political and military support to both.

Both the Damascus regime and Hezbollah are critical to Iran's Middle East strategy, and Tehran has pledged to continue its support for Assad as he tries to fend off a relentless and bloody rebellion aimed at toppling his family's 40-year rule.

Tehran counts on Syria as a bridge to Hezbollah — a dominant political force in Lebanon — and an important foothold for the Guard.

In September, the Guard's top commander, Jafari, made a rare public acknowledgment that the elite unit has had high-level advisers in Lebanon and Syria for a long time, but was not more specific. Jafari's comments marked the clearest indication of Iran's direct assistance to its main Arab allies.

Thursday's funeral service for Shateri took place at a mosque in north Tehran, and was attended by several high-ranking Iranian figures, including Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Guard chief Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari and the head of the Guard's Quds Force, Gen. Ghasem Soleimani. Senior clerics, such as Ayatollah Ali Saeedi, the representative of Iran's supreme leader in the Guards, also took part.

Footage of the service broadcast on state TV showed footage of mourners carrying aloft a coffin.

Fars said Shateri was a veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, and served in Afghanistan before going to Lebanon. He is to be buried Friday in his hometown of Semnan, some 150 kilometers (90 miles) east of Tehran.

Lebanese news reports provided a similar account of the killing but a different name.

Al-Manar TV, which is owned by Hezbollah, identified the dead man as Houssam Khosh Nweis. The station gave no further details.

The difference in the name could not immediately be reconciled, but Iranian military officials in Lebanon often work under an assumed name because their presence in the country is not publicized by Hezbollah.

Lebanese security officials told The Associated Press there was no indication that the Iranian official was killed on Lebanese soil. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Posted on 02/14/2013 8:04 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 14 February 2013
A Musical Interlude: My Fate Is In Your Hands (Josephine Baker)
Listen here.
Posted on 02/14/2013 8:11 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 14 February 2013
The Dangers of Hospital Stays

Hospital is a dangerous place, especially for the old and very sick — which is one reason why a measure of a hospital’s efficiency is the speed with which it discharges patients home after treatment. Another reason for this measure is, of course, economy. Long stays in hospital are hugely expensive.

However, aiming to discharge patients as quickly as possible may be neither humane nor efficient. People are not units of accounting or components in an assembly line or mere mechanical contrivances. Hospitals are not car repair shops.

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine reflects upon the fact that nearly a fifth of patients treated under Medicare, 2.6 million individuals, return to hospital for further treatment within 30 days of their discharge as cured or sufficiently improved to manage at home.

Rather surprisingly, perhaps, the chances of a patient having to return to hospital do not reflect the seriousness of his original condition, nor are re-admissions invariably for the same condition as that for which the patient was admitted in the first place. On the contrary, in the majority of cases the patient is readmitted for something quite different. For example, 63, 71 and 64 percent of patients readmitted after treatment for heart failure, pneumonia, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are readmitted for reasons other than their original diseases.

This means that their stays in hospital have had harmful effects upon them. The author calls the totality of the illnesses caused by a hospital admission the post-hospital syndrome, which is to say “an acquired, transient condition of generalized risk.”

Irrespective of their original condition, patients who have been in hospital often return with heart failure, pneumonia, infections of various kinds, gastrointestinal disturbances, mental illnesses such as confusion and paranoia, metabolic upsets, and trauma. The hazards of hospital are evidently various and often severe.

But what are the hazardous factors? Patients are often deprived of sleep, because of their medical condition, the unfamiliarity of their surroundings, and the constant interruption of sleep by noise. Deprivation of sleep, or reduction in its quality, has various harmful effects: on the heart, on the immune system, on blood coagulation, and on physical co-ordination. A harmful effect on the latter increases the risk of trauma caused by falls, for example; reduction in immune functioning predisposes to infections (and in hospital there are a lot of possible infections around for a weakened person to catch).

To all this may be added poor nutrition. One study showed that a fifth of elderly patients in hospital received less than a half of their daily food requirements. In other words, such patients are in effect starving under the eyes of doctors and nurses. Weight loss and lower protein levels in the blood predict patient readmission to hospital.

Elderly patients have reduced cognitive reserve: that is to say, they have less flexibility in appreciating new situations, and unfortunately hospitals have grown ever more bewilderingly kaleidoscopic, partly for reasons of technology and partly because of organizational changes. It is not uncommon, for example, for patients not to meet the same staff twice; bewilderment is a precursor of paranoia.

Is there a solution to all this? As our hospitals have grown ever more sophisticated technologically and more capable of seemingly miraculous technical procedures, so the human being who should be the focus of all this activity, and even common sense, seems often to be lost sight of. Theoretically, it should be possible and even easy to ameliorate many of the factors that lead to post-hospital syndrome; but I suspect that the same or very similar article will be apposite in twenty years’ time.

First published in PJ Media.

Posted on 02/14/2013 8:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Sentimental Nonsense About JFK Hack And Fixer David Powers Will Not Bring Tears To Mimi Alford's Eyes

JFK memorabilia draws hundreds to Mass. town

Associated Press /  February 14, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — A preview of John F. Kennedy memorabilia including notes by his special assistant on the day the president was assassinated is drawing hundreds of people to the northern Massachusetts town of Amesbury.

David Powers, who died in 1998, was Kennedy’s assistant and close personal friend of his and his wife, Jackie. Powers also was the first curator of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston until he retired in 1994.

Powers joined Kennedy for his first political campaign for Congress in 1946 and was with him when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. He collected keepsakes and documents spanning his years of friendship with the Kennedy family.

On Sunday, Powers’ collection of about 2,000 photographs, documents, gifts and other JFK items will be auctioned in 723 lots at John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury.

The auction house says Powers’ relatives found ‘‘an extraordinary collection’’ locked away last year as they prepared to sell the family home. Powers’ family is keeping some memorabilia and may give other items to the Kennedy Library.

The collection has drawn hundreds from New York, New Jersey, New England and elsewhere to assess the items in the days leading up to the auction, said Dan Meader, an appraiser for the auction house.

The items include Powers’ copy of the presidential itinerary on the day he was assassinated in Dallas. The documents contain handwritten details of Kennedy’s final hours, including the time he was shot, how Powers helped carry him in a stretcher to the operating room, the time of death and the aftermath.

The collection also features a leather-bound book of presidential inaugural addresses containing a poignant message written by Mrs. Kennedy to Powers.

‘‘For Dave Powers, The President was going to give you this for Christmas. Please accept it now from me. With my devotion always for all you did to give Jack so many happy hours. You and I will miss him the most, Jackie,’’ the message, written weeks after Kennedy’s assassination, reads.

‘‘It’s really emotional,’’ Meader said. ‘‘There are tears in people’s eyes ... when they look at the schedule, when they look at notes from Jackie.’’

The collection also includes items illustrating light hearted moments of the Kennedy presidency. They include a President’s Special Award that Kennedy offered to Powers during a surprise celebration he arranged at the White House to mark the aide’s 50th birthday.

The tongue-in-cheek award is signed by Kennedy and reads: ‘‘Presented to David F. Powers on his 50th Birthday. In recognition of your athletic ability in hiking to my icebox to drink my Heikens,’’ a reference to Heineken beer.

A red ribbon on the award reads: ‘‘Physical fitness program walking 50 miles per month from TV to refrigerator and back.’’

The JFK Library, which is charged with promoting the life and legacy of Kennedy, says it is working with Powers’ family to figure out whether some of the items actually belong to the institution and should be returned.

At the request of Robert F. Kennedy, Powers in 1964 began assembling and collecting Kennedy memorabilia that was to become part of the library’s permanent exhibit, the library says on its website. He also traveled around the world with an exhibit to raise money for the library’s construction, the website says.

Powers’ daughter, Mary, declined to comment for this story.

‘‘So there are things that the library will still be getting from the Powers family — the family has not given us every single thing that they have,’’ Meader said.

Posted on 02/14/2013 8:21 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Introducing Ahrar Al-Sham, The Moderate Extremists

From Midde East News Online:

Another Afghanistan in making: Ahrar al-Sham jihadists emerge from shadows in Syria

Victories of Ahrar al-Sham jihadists, trumpeted on Internet, have been accomplished thanks to financial backing from Gulf Arab countries.

Middle East Online

By Herve Bar - ATME (Syria)

Most of Ahrar al-Sham's fighters are Syrian nationals

Jihadist group Ahrar al-Sham is emerging from the shadows of the larger rebel outfit Al-Nusra Front as key player in northern Syria, playing up its nationalist roots and more moderate form of Islam.

Fighters from the group, whose name means in Arabic the "Free Men of Syria", are mainly to be found on the battlefields in the northern provinces of Idlib, Aleppo and central Hama alongside some 30 other jihadist organisations.

For a long time it was eclipsed by the hardline Al-Nusra Front which has claimed responsibility for the majority of deadly suicide bombings in Syria's nearly two-year conflict and is blacklisted by Washington as a terror outfit.

But in recent months Ahrar al-Sham has begun unleashing its fighters across the battlefronts, especially in Idlib where they played a leading role in advances around the city of Jisr al-Shughur, a reporter said.

Its fighters are also on the frontlines of the battles around the city of Idlib and further south in Maarat al-Numan.

Their victories have been trumpeted on the Internet and, rebel sources say, have been accomplished thanks to financial backing from Gulf Arab countries.

At the end of December, Ahrar al-Sham announced the creation of an Islamic front grouping a dozen of other organisations including Ansar al-Sham, Liwa al-Haq and Jamaat al-Taliaa.

On January 31 several other groups announced on a statement posted on the Internet that they had joined forces with Ahrar al-Sham to form a broader coalition dubbed "Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya" (The Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham).

Although some Arab jihadists fight amongst their ranks, most of Ahrar al-Sham's fighters are Syrian nationals while the group's founders, according to a source close to it, were former political prisoners released in an amnesty.

"The founders of the movement are all former political prisoners who were detained in the infamous Sednaya prison near Damascus," the source said.

"For years they lived and suffered together in jail (but) were set free as part of an amnesty ordered by the regime in May 2011."

The group appears to be well-structured although the names of their commanders are not in the public domain. However, a fighter known as Abu Anas is the leader for battlegrounds in northern Syria.

One of Ahrar al-Sham's strengths is that it has deep roots in northern rebel-held territory, where unlike the shadowy Al-Nusra Front, its men enjoy grassroots support because some are from the villages and cities of the region.

The group's approach to Islam is less rigid that the position of Al-Nusra Front -- which Washington says has links to Al-Qaeda in Iraq -- with group leaders insisting they oppose "fanaticism."

Ahrar al-Sham supports the creation of an Islamic state in Syria but one that is based on sharia, Islamic law that would guarantee the rights of minorities including Christians. [as opposed to killing or driving them out -- they can stay, as long as they know their place]

"Their rhetoric is loaded with Islamic references but... deep down their goal is to restore the sovereignty of the Syrian people and do away with dictatorship," said Jean-Pierre Filiu, an expert on jihadist movements.

On the ground Ahrar al-Sham fight sometimes alongside the mainstream rebel Free Syrian Army and Al-Nusra, joining in attacks on regime military targets -- but apparently refrain from taking part in suicide bombings.

Like other jihadists their fighters wear black turbans and their beards long, and fly a white flag with an eagle soaring over the name of the group on their checkpoints.

Posted on 02/14/2013 9:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Three churches attacked with petrol bombs in Indonesia

From the Daily Telegraph of Sydney

ATTACKERS threw petrol bombs at three churches in central Indonesia, in the latest assault on religious minorities in the world's biggest Muslim-populated nation.

Police in the south of Sulawesi island reported three consecutive attacks between 1am and 4am local time national police spokesman Agus Riyanto told reporters. "As we understand, the attackers threw water bottles filled with flammable materials at the churches," he said, adding that the door of the first church caught on fire.

Attackers hurled petrol bombs at two other churches over the weekend in Sulawesi. Parts of the island had a decades-long history of sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians, with thousands killed or displaced, before a 2001 peace agreement.

Two weeks ago a minister in the west of the country's main island of Java was jailed for three months for holding services at his Pentecostal church. Authorities claimed the church did not have a permit to conduct religious activities there.

In Bekasi city near Jakarta, authorities yesterday sealed a mosque where followers of the Islamic Ahmadiyah sect worship and announced a mayoral decree banning all Ahmadiyah activities in the city. "We want to remind the (Ahmadiyah) community they cannot worship here," said Asep Syarif Hidayat, head of the Bekasi National Unity, Politics and Social Protection Agency.

Posted on 02/14/2013 1:02 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 14 February 2013
More Than Half A Century Of Unchecked Muslim Immigration, And Now Hague Begins To Worry About A "Syrian Jihadist Threat" To Europe

From Reuters:

The Muslim threat -- from Muslims in Syria, or in Pakistan, or in Egypt, or in Iraq, or in (your Muslim country here) is also from Muslims already within Europe, in France, in Germany, in Denmark, in Great Britain. The ideology of Islam remains, unchanged, with its canonical texts -- Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira -- immutable. Look at how Muslim immigrants behave everywhere in Europe and North America, and compare them with non-Muslim immigrations. Look at how Muslims treat non-Muslims everywhere that Muslims are in power, in North Africa, the Middle East, south Asia. What can one reasonably conclude? And what would be a sign of stupidity, ignorance, civilizational lunacy not to conclude?

From Reuters:

Britain warns of Syria jihadist threat to Europe

February 14, 2012

By Mohammed Abbas and Peter Griffiths

LONDON (Reuters) - The longer Syria's conflict goes on, the greater the risk it will breed a new generation of battle-hardened militants who will pose a threat to Britain and other countries in Europe, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday.

Hague aimed his comments at Russia, which has had its own problems with attacks by Islamist militants, and has along with China repeatedly blocked U.N. Security Council action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad is locked in an almost two-year war with rebels that has killed nearly 70,000 people and has become a magnet for foreign jihadists intent on replacing Assad's mostly secular rule with a radical Islamic state.

Hague said Britain had not lost faith in the Arab Spring revolutions that in the last two years have deposed four autocratic leaders, but warned that Syria was the most acute case of the movement being "hijacked" by militants.

Hague, in a speech outlining British counter-terrorism strategy, labeled Syria the "number one destination for jihadists anywhere in the world today".

"This includes a number of individuals connected with the United Kingdom and other European countries," he told reporters at London's Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) defense think-tank.

"They may not pose a threat to us when they first go to Syria but if they survive some may return ideologically hardened and with experience of weapons and explosives," he said.

"The longer the conflict continues, the greater this danger will become, a point that should not be lost on policymakers in Russia and elsewhere," he added.

Hague urged Russia and China to back U.N. Security Council efforts for a negotiated solution to the conflict involving the opposition and "elements of the regime", or face the growing risk of the use of Syrian chemical or biological weapons.

Syria sits in a volatile region of Middle East conflict, with neighbors including Iraq, Lebanon and Israel.

At an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels next week, Britain will urge counterparts to review an EU arms embargo on Syria, which rolls over on March 1, to allow more help for the Syrian opposition seeking Assad's ouster.

Hague highlighted the potential risk from Syria in the context of a new policy framework on how to cooperate on intelligence with countries suspected of human rights abuses.

Britain has long wrestled with how to uphold its opposition to all forms of torture while ensuring it can gather information about planned attacks by militants, some of which might have been obtained through ill-treatment of suspects.

That has led to accusations of collusion in torture and a number of embarrassing legal defeats.

In December Britain agreed to pay more than 2 million pounds ($3.1 million) to the family of a leading opponent of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who said Britain was involved in his rendition to Tripoli where he was tortured.

Setting out the government's counter-terrorism strategy, Hague argued that Britain faced a dilemma over whether to work with states unable to guarantee suspects won't be abused.

He said many countries would be able to give "credible assurances" that they will not mistreat suspects.

"Where this is not the case, we face a stark choice. We could disengage, or we can choose to cooperate with them in a carefully controlled way while developing a more comprehensive approach to human rights adherence.

"This approach brings risk, but I am clear that the risks of the first option, of stepping back, are greater still, placing our citizens at greater risk of terrorist attack," he added.

Hague outlined formal safeguards and conditions for cooperating with countries with poor human rights records, a plan experts say is a way of trying to avoid the legal battles and controversy such collaboration has resulted in the past.

"There's an awareness that we have to have our legal back covered somewhat more, that we have to have a framework in place that will not leave us firefighting after the fact," said Shashank Joshi, security expert at RUSI.

"There's no choice. In every serious theatre of counter-terrorism, you always have regimes that will never meet the human rights standards William Hague has outlined."

Posted on 02/14/2013 3:23 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 14 February 2013
A Musical Interlude: Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Lee Wiley)
Listen here.
Posted on 02/14/2013 7:35 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 14 February 2013
That Insufferable Mountebank Mehmet Oz

He's become -- whatever he may once have been -- an avaricious  carney-barker selling his patent medicines. Take a deep draught, a beaker full, of warmed-over Dr. Oz, and while you'll smell hints of Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra, he emanates a unique bouquet all his own.

Here "Dr." Oz -- "Dr." Morsi, "Dr." King, "Dr." Fulano de Tal  --  gets -- though not nearly enough-- his comeuppance:

Website of NPR station WBUR:

One Harvard Researcher’s Surreal ‘Dr. Oz Show’ Experience

Last week, we linked to a skeptical New Yorker article about what could be called “The Dr. Oz Problem.” As The New Yorker puts it, much of what Dr. Mehmet Oz, otherwise known as “America’s Doctor,” propagates is sound medical science. But…

“…That is why the rest of what he does is so hard to understand. Oz is an experienced surgeon, yet almost daily he employs words that serious scientists shun, like ‘startling, ‘breakthrough,’ ‘radical,’ ‘revolutionary,’ and ‘miracle.’ There are miracle drinks and miracle meal plans and miracles to stop aging and miracles to fight fat…

In each of those instances, and in many others, Oz has been criticized by scientists for relying on flimsy or incomplete data, distorting the results, and wielding his vast influence in ways that threaten the health of anyone who watches the show.”

Dr. Pieter Cohen (Courtesy)

Dr. Pieter Cohen (Courtesy)

We sent a shout-out to our readers, asking if anyone had encountered health-care problems that stemmed from Dr. Oz’s more dubious reports, and one response — or rather, one surreal story — came in from Dr. Pieter Cohen, a general internist at Cambridge Health Alliance and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He appeared on a 2011 “Dr. Oz” show that you can watch here, if you don’t mind the ads.

You can listen to him tell the cautionary tale in the 10-minute audio file above by clicking on the play button, but here are some highlights. First, an advisory: Dr. Cohen emphasizes that he has the utmost respect for Dr. Oz as a brilliant surgeon. “This is in no way an indictment of his clinical abilities, which are amazing,” he says, “so it remains a mystery why the show is veering off in the direction it is.”

Dr. Cohen begins with some fascinating history of the “rainbow” diet pill fad of decades past, and the many doctors who were willing to prescribe them despite the risk and lack of solid evidence of benefit.

Now to more recent history: Dr Cohen was invited onto the Dr. Oz show to discuss the “hCG diet,” a crash diet aided by shots of the pregnancy hormone hCG. He assumed that he would be partnering with Dr. Oz “to help Americans realizes that this is another fad and potentially dangerous,” he says. Because in fact, there have been “a dozen randomized controlled trials to show that it doesn’t work, it’s no different than injecting salt water. The risk issues come down to the very restrictive diet” of only 500 calories a day, which can cause gallstones and other problems.

But no….

“I had a sense that things might not be going as planned when I got off my Amtrak train from Boston and walked over to the studio, and I saw the stretch Hummer with ‘Dr. Emma’ and over a dozen of her patients popping out. (‘Dr. Emma’ was the HCG doctor who Mehmet had invited to be on the show.) So when she popped out with all her slim patients, I thought the show might be going in a different direction.

And sure enough, I would find myself, not so long afterward, sitting on stage — and actually, in a sad sort of way, it was a fascinating experience, because there I was, watching a new fad be born. I had studied the ‘rainbow diet pill,’ how it had really taken off, and here I was watching as this show — though it did touch on some potential side effects — ended up endorsing the hCG diet, with Dr. Oz saying that if you can find a doctor like Dr. Emma, who does these diets, it’s worth a try.”

Dr. Mehmet Oz (David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons)

Dr. Mehmet Oz (David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons)

So I would imagine, I said, for an academic who believes in evidence-based medicine, this was a totally surreal nightmare.

It was certainly a fascinating experience, to be right there in the midst of this. But yes, it’s unfortunate because we were going back-to-back just like the New Yorker article recently described. Dr. Oz’s shows are so interesting in that they’re back to back: some absolutely perfectly pitched with excellent advice and evidence, and then the next one makes absolutely no sense. And I do agree that this is fundamentally doing a disservice to the viewers, because how can you distinguish what’s evidence based and what’s not?

So it was a switcheroo: You expected sensible medical advice and instead found yourself party to a show that did quite the opposite. What do you make of it?

I’m left with the same question that you’ve asked, which is: Is it worthwhile – because some of the shows are giving good advice — or is really all of that good advice lost now that so many of the shows are not based on solid evidence or giving useful information to viewers? So it’s really an open question whether or not The Oz Show is doing more harm than good.

Further reading: Dr. Cohen negotiated with The Dr. Oz Show to post this hCG diet fact-vs.-fiction article on the Web after his show. However, he notes sadly, most of the comments following his post tout the hCG diet.

Posted on 02/14/2013 7:56 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 14 February 2013
If Warren Buffett Leaves Too Many Stockholders Disgruntled Over This Latest Deal.......
he could become known as The Man In The Berkshire Hathaway Suit.
Posted on 02/14/2013 8:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Israel: Jihad-Minded Arab Muslims Flit To Syria

Just as so many other dangerous Muslims from the Muslim colonies within other non-Muslim lands are doing, right now. It seems that Syria is the place that some Muslims are falling over themselves to enter.

As reported by Israel's Ynet and Arutz Sheva.

First, Ynet.,7340,L-4341064,00.html

'Convicted Murderer Suspected of Fleeing to Syria'.

'Tamra resident sentenced to 20 years failed to report back to Hermon Prison after 12-hour leave. (12-hour leave?? !!! - still, it's an ill wind blows nobody no good...CM).

'Two relatives claim they helped him cross border'.

They should be encouraged to follow him. Looks like they aren't quite as pious and jihad-minded as their kinsman. - CM

'A 23 year old resident of Tamra who is serving a 20-year sentence for murder failed to report back to prison after a 12-hour leave.

'His family said he escaped immediately after leaving the facility for his break.  The IDF suspects he crossed the border into Syria with the help of two relatives.

Good riddance. Perhaps there's an  Alawite bullet out there with his name on it. - CM

'At around 8 pm, IDF forces detected several suspects near the fence on the Syrian border in the northern Golan Heights.  Soldiers arrested two suspects ages 19 and 21 from Tamra and Jaljulia.

'The two said they were helping a relative cross over to Syria.  One of the suspects claimed the man was a relative of his who was serving a 20-year sentence for murder.

'The prisoner, who has been jailed since 2006, was meant to return to the Hermon Prison with his family after a brief leave, but never returned.  Police initially said that the two were arrested on suspicion they tried to smuggle drugs into Syria, but it was later proved inaccurate".

A couple of the  talkbacks are priceless.  E.G., Talkbacker # 2, identifying himself as 'American Hindu, USA', observed succinctly, "Good! Let them all leave for Syria!", while Haim, of Tel Aviv, remarked, 'Plenty of murderers in Syria, he should fit in well".

And now to the Arutz Sheva/ Israel National News version of the story; and more talkbackers with an eye to the big picture.

"Israeli Killer Flees to Syria".

To join the jihad against the Alawites, presumably. - CM

'An Israeli-Arab [that is, an Arab Muslim with an Israeli passport - CM] serving a 25 year sentence for murder has fled to war-torn Syria.  Two relatives arrested'.

'Two Israeli Arab prisoners (that is, two Arab Muslims with Israeli citizenship; citizenship which should forthwith be annulled - CM) succeeded in fleeing to Syria on Monday night.  

'Two relatives of one of the men have been arrested on suspicion of assisting in his escape.

'One of the prisoners, 20 year old Mohammed Yassin, was serving a 25 year sentence for murder.

Mohammed Yassin.  The Ynet report never mentioned his name, but something about the shape of this story suggested strongly to me that he was neither a Jew nor a Christian. - CM

'He, two of his relatives and the second prisoner made their way to the border fence in the Golan on Monday evening.  Yassin and the other prisoner slipped through while his relatives kept watch.  Soldiers were alerted to activity along the fence, but the two prisoners managed to escape as they arrive.

'The men who assisted them, ages 22 and 24, from Tamara and Jaljuliya, were arrested.  They confessed to assisting in the escape.

'Yassin was on a 12 hour leave from prison.  Israeli prisoners are often granted permission to leave jail for short periods of time as a reward for good behaviour."

In other words, he and the other unnamed person lay low, bided their time, played nice, got their break, and bolted...straight from the safety of a cushy cell in a Jewish-run prison, to the bombs, shrapnel, flying bullets and explosions of jihad-wracked Syria. Israel's only concern, now, should be to prevent these bent-on-jihad 'escapees' from ever returning into Israel.

And among the Arutz sheva talkbackers there are at least a couple, like  the two gentlemen whose comments at Ynet I reproduced above, who are looking on the bright side.

For example, #10, under the headline, 'All's well that ends well', remarks, "Living in Syria is WORSE than an Israeli prison, something this murderer will find out very shortly.  The whole country is a prison and in a civil war. And now Israel does not have to foot the bill for 20 years.  Israel should let all Arab prisoners escape to Syria. Just make sure that he cannot get back into Israel" - Steve, Dallas, USA.  #15 agreed - 'Anyway, Very Good.  He will BH be killed there by Assad.  Better to have him out than continue to waste $ on such scum - Tzvi'. 

Posted on 02/14/2013 8:31 PM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Israel: In A Muslim-Dominated Arab Village, Weapons Are Hidden on Grounds of School and Preschool

As reported by Maor Buchnik for Ynet, earlier this month.,7340,L-4341350,00.html

'Weapons Cache Found in Galilee Preschool'

'Morning raid by Police in Village of Abu Snan turns up RPG rockets, LAW missiles, and explosives.

For a rough (and I do not know how accurate) potted history of Abu Snan, see here:

The relative percentages of Druze, Muslim and Christian among the inhabitants seem to have varied wildly throughout the period from the 16th century to the present day; but in 2008 the place was 54.7% Muslim, 26.4 % Druze, and 18.9 % Christian. - CM

'A weapons cache was discovered at a school and kindergarten in the Western Galilee village of Abu Snan, during a police raid conducted Tuesday.

'The weapons, which include LAW missiles, RPG rockets, explosives and fragmentation grenades, were found in a drainage canal and pond.

'The objects were taken to be destroyed by northern district police sappers.

'Commander of the Northern Police District's Central Unit Chief Superintendent Michael Shipshak said that, 'In this operation, we took numerous weapons before they fell into the hands of criminals, or were used by local crime families.

"We've succeeded in preventing injury to people and property.

'The commander of the northern district, Major General Rony Atia, added, "Our mission is the fight against possession and use of weapons, and our efforts to achieve this take place within the district, as well as outside of it".

"We've succeeded in preventing injury to people and property."

Commenter no. 5 remarked, in the talkbacks: "That's some pretty heavy firepower.  It strains credulity to accept that these weapons caches were intended for use by warring Arab crime families.  But what is it with these depraved creatures? Who caches weapons in (or, it seems, in the grounds of - CM) kindergartens and schools?...".  

Short answer: MUSLIMS.  They attack schools and kindergartens, children and teachers (remember Ma'alot? remember Beslan? and then there are all those endless Muslim attacks upon the state-run non-Muslim schools and Buddhist teachers in jihad-wracked southern Thailand); and they use their own schools and kindergartens as arsenals, bomb factories and military bases or forts.  This story causes me to wonder what might be found if the non-Muslim Authorities, right across the Lands of the Infidels, from the Philippines and Thailand and India all the way across to western Europe, and in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, were to carry out lightning surprise raids upon and thorough - inch-by-inch -  searches (utilising all available means, up to and including sniffer dogs trained in the detection of explosives, cadavers, and illegal drugs) of the premises and grounds of all those 'Islamic schools' that have popped up like mushrooms in the past thirty years. - CM

Posted on 02/14/2013 9:01 PM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Israel: Police Arrest Seven Local Arabs Who Stole M16s from IDF Base

As reported by Jerusalem Post's Ben Hartman on February 12.

'Police Arrest Seven Who Stole M16s From IDF Base'

'Police, Shin Bet announce arrest of 4 Palestinians, 3 Israeli Arabs (that is, of seven local Arabs, most likely Muslims - CM) that stole weapons from a West Bank settlement (that is, 'from a Jewish town in YeSha' - CM), IDF base.

'Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) in December arrested four Palestinians and three Israeli Arabs (to repeat: that should be, 'seven local Arabs, most likely Muslims, including three with Israeli passports' - CM) who stole assault rifles from a settlement (that is, from a Jewish town - CM) and an IDF base, police announced on Tuesday after a gag order on the case was lifted.

'In both incidents, the cell stole M-16 assault rifles, after carrying out surveillance on their targets for several weeks.

'In one case, members of the cell infiltrated the IDF's Ramah Base, north of Jerusalem, and beat and robbed a soldier of his M-16, and in another, they stole a rifle from a guard post at the Ma'aleh Michmash settlement, northeast of Jerusalem.

'Both Ramah and Ma'aleh Michmash are in the Binyamin Region of the West Bank.

That is, in that portion of the hill country that is associated with the ancient Israelite tribe of Benjamin. - CM

'Judea and Samaria Police said the cell made the acquaintance of the guards at Ma'aleh Michmash who were two Israeli Arabs from the Galilee in their 30s (were these Arabs Christian or Muslim? Since their names are not given, one cannot know; they are most likely to be Muslim; though they might be nominally Christian, good dhimmis dutifully assisting their Muslim overlords in the Jihad against the Jews - CM), who gave them intelligence that helped them locate and steal the weapons from the guard post.

Fox. Henhouse. - CM

'The two guards were also arrested and remain in custody, police said on Tuesday.

'In a press release, police referred to the group as "a sophisticated and aggressive cell that did not show hesitation, that infiltrated an IDF base and robbed an IDF soldier of his weapon while using serious violence against him".

'Police said that all of the suspects have confessed to their involvement in the thefts, and that they would remain in custody until the end of legal proceedings against them.

'When asked if police know if the weapons were to be used for terrorist attacks, criminal purposes, or to be sold on the market - where an M-16 can fetch more than NIS 60,000 - police said they still have not determined exactly what the cell planned to do with the weapons.'.

But it probably would be safest to assume the worst. - CM

Posted on 02/14/2013 9:42 PM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Israel: Arab Muslims Stone IDF Troops At Iron Dome Battery In North

As reported by Ahiya Raved for Ynet, with some additional information from the 'Jewish Press', translating from a Hebrew-language outlet.,7340,L-4342018,00.html

'Teen Arrested For Pelting Iron Dome Battery With Stones'

'Fourteen-year-old throws stones at Iron Dome battery in northern Israel.  Police: No danger to soldiers'.

'A 14 year old youth from the Nazareth area (which means that he was Arab, and probably Muslim; no Jewish youth would attack Iron Dome - CM) was arrested on Wednesday for throwing a stone at an Iron Dome battery deployed in the Jezreel Valley.

And this is where our other source provides a snippet of additional information.  From 'The Jewish Press':

"Some of the installations are nearby to Israel Arab villages, and NRG/ Maariv reports

[the link provided goes to a Hebrew-language site; but there is a picture - CM] that today a group of Israeli Arabs cursed the IDF soldiers manning the installation, and pelted them with rocks until the police arrived.  A 14 year old Israeli Arab was arrested".

Now, back to Ynet which - unlike Ma'ariv - resolutely avoids mentioning the ethnicity or ideology of the rock-thrower/s. - CM

'The Nazareth Magistrate's Court remanded the teen until Friday.

'The incident occurred when the teen left school in a neighbouring village and then allegedly threw stones at the battery.

'Soldiers notified the police which upon arrival noticed the youth trying to escape.

'The teen was arrested and taken for questioning.  The police noted there was no danger for the battery's soldiers, pointing to a similar incident that occurred last week without any injury.

So, this is not the first time it has happened. - CM

'A third Iron Dome battery was recently deployed in northern Israel.  The IDF said the deployment is part of the general operational implementation of the Iron Dome system.

'Nevertheless, the deployment of three fully-operational batteries in northern Israel cannot be considered part of the IDF's routine activity'...

And there should be no complacency about Arab/ Muslim attacks upon Iron Dome installations.  It may be stone-throwing today, but tomorrow or the next day or week it may be grenades, or molotov cocktails, or RPGs, or sniper bullets...there was, after all, that weapons cache that was recently uncovered inside school grounds in an Arab village - a village more than half Muslim - in the Galil.  Indeed, it should be assumed that, because of the proven efficacy of these batteries in fending off Arab Muslim attempts to kill as many Jews as possible by the use of missiles fired into Israel, that the Arab/Muslim fifth column inside Israel will persistently attempt to attack and take out both the men and the complex, expensive machines at these installations.  One hopes that all Iron Dome batteries will be very heavily guarded, especially as and when the genocidal Jihadis once more start lobbing rockets into Israel. 

The talkbacks include a good deal of sarcasm.  For example no. 11, Tom from Toronto, suggested, "There's no need to throw rocks - all they have to do is ask, and their fakakte village will be removed from the battery's "protected" zones.  If that's what they want.  Just like the air raid sirens they wanted removed (so they wouldn't sound on remembrance day) and the shelters they didn't want to build (because they shouldn't have to obey Israeli building codes".  Judging from the (lack of) accuracy of the last round of Hezbollah rocket fire, this can be seen [as] an experiment in evolutionary natural selection".  And no 12 agreed: Johnny from TA, observed  succinctly: "We can always configure it not to cover Arab villages.  I hope this will please those stone-throwing youths". - CM

Posted on 02/14/2013 10:20 PM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Jerusalem, Israel: Arabs, Most Likely Muslim, Throw Firebombs At Home of Jews

As reported by Elad Benari, for Israel National News.

'Arabs Target Jerusalem Home With Firebombs'.

'Arabs hurled firebombs at  a Jewish building in the Abu Tor neighbourhood of Jerusalem, just narrowly missing a gas pipe.

'In another terror incident that was mostly ignored by mainstream Israeli media, Arabs hurled three firebombs at a building that houses Jewish families in the Abu Tor neighbourhood of southern Jerusalem on Saturday night.

'The firebombs nearly set the whole building on fire but miraculously missed.

'Baruch Pross, a local resident, recalled the attack in a conversation with Arutz Sheva on Sunday.

'The incident occurred at 8:00 pm on Saturday night, when he was out, but as he returned home and approached the building, Pross recalled seeing police forces and border police officers in large numbers busy putting out the fire near the building.

'One of the firebombs nearly hit a gas pipe, said Pross, adding, "If that had happened, the whole building would have gone up in flames".

'After the fire was put out, the commander of the local police station arrived on the scene and promised to handle the investigation in person and capture the terrorists.  Pross said that the commander of the station gave the residents a feeling that he is seriously committed to capturing the perpetrators.

'Jewish homes in Abu Tor have been the target of firebomb attacks in the past.

That is, Arabs - and that is most likely Arab Muslims - have thrown firebombs at Jewish homes in Abu Tor in the past. - CM

'Pross noted that Saturday's incident is just one more in a series of violent incidents directed at Jewish residents of Abu Tor.

Let's rewrite: 'Pross noted that Saturday's incident is just one more in a series of violent Arab/ Muslim attacks upon the Jews of Abu Tor.' - CM

'In the past six months, he said, there has been a decline in the number of firebomb attacks on the building, but previously such incidents would occur once every two to four weeks.

'In addition to the firebomb attacks, the Jewish residents of Abu Tor have been the targets of repeated attacks of other types as well.

Again, I would encourage Israel National News to try using the active rather than the passive voice in their reports.  Here's what happens if we do that to the sentence I have just bolded:  "Besides throwing firebombs, Arabs/ Muslims have been repeatedly attacking the Jewish residents of Abu Tor in other ways." - CM

'Pross told Arutz Sheva that his son, who is in the seventh grade, was attacked two weeks ago by two Arab children the same age as him.  When he tried to escape, another Arab around 20 years of age arrived and threw him onto the road.

'Another son of his was standing at a bus station last year when he was attacked by a group of Arabs who left the place only when he defended himself with rocks.

Good. This time, the young Jew fought back; and the Arab - probably Muslim - bullies fled. - CM

'In addition, Arabs constantly attack Jews as they make their way to synagogue during Shabbat, try to run them over, and cause damage to their vehicles.

This is what I call 'street jihad'.  And it will not stop. It will keep on getting worse, until and unless the Israeli Jewish authorities, the police, and the army, come down upon the perpetrators like a ton of bricks. - CM

'Firebomb attacks have come to be the most common form of terrorism in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria in recent months, according to statistics recently published by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).

'On Saturday night, dozens of residents of the Shomron (Samaria) community of Karnei Shomron protested at the entrance to their community against the ongoing rock-throwing and firebomb attacks by Arabs.

'The latest attack occurred on Friday, when a woman in the seventh month of pregnancy was lightly wounded when a rock hit the windshield of her car as she drove on the highway".

This is the sort of thing that - like the ever-increasing and ever more violent Muslim street attacks upon Jews, and upon non-Muslims of other kinds, in the cities of western Europe - never, but never, gets reported in the press of countries like Australia. - CM

Posted on 02/14/2013 11:25 PM by Christina McIntosh

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