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Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Immigrant gang wars flare

From The Copenhagen Post

Rash of deadly drive-bys in Copenhagen lead to ransack and lock down of ‘immigrant’ neighbourhoods. Copenhagen police established a stop and search zone in Nørrebro on Monday following a week of gang-related gunfire.

The stop and search zone affected most of Nørrebro out to the northwest suburb of Tingbjerg and was a direct result of last week’s “apparent intensification of gang fighting,” explained the police. Similar stop and search zones were established last week in the suburbs of Tingbjerg and Husum.

Police will now be “massive and visible” from Nørrebro out to Tingbjerg and will also be visiting schools in the zone.

Late last Sunday evening, a 19-year-old Danish man named Zoubir Aoussar, was killed by a single shot to his back near Blågards Plads square in Inner Nørrebro. Three assailants pulled up in a grey Mitsubishi and came out shooting, according to police. The car, which was stolen, was found burnt-out in Kongens Lyngby on Tuesday.

A few days earlier, on Thursday, March 10, a 19-year-old man of Somalian heritage was shot and killed in the Copenhagen suburb of Husum in a drive-by involving an automatic weapon. An 18-year-old and a 22-year-old were wounded but survived.

On Monday, March 7, a taxi with three passengers was shot at in another drive-by.  

In the early hours of Monday, March 14, Task Force East, the Copenhagen Police, the North Zealand Police and the National Police conducted a major dragnet in the Copenhagen area, ransacking 43 different addresses and arresting six people. . . A loaded pistol, a kilogram of hash and approximately 200,000 kroner in cash were confiscated.

As Hugh always says - a situation far more unpleasant, expensive, and physically dangerous for the indigenous Infidels (and for other, non-Muslim, immigrants) than would be the case were there no such large-scale Muslim presence.

Posted on 03/16/2011 6:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
After GA Mosque is Denied Zoning for Expansion, DOJ Investigates

The U.S. Department of Justice jumped on the side of the Murfreesboro mosque, now they're doing the same thing in Liliburn Georgia, seeking to overturn the decision of the Planning Commission which denied the mosque's plans to create the eyesore you see below. From Atlanta's NBC affiliate (with thanks to George M.):

LILBURN, GA -- Hope has been restored to the members of a Lilburn mosque that wants to expand.

The U.S. Department of Justice has decided to investigate the City of Lilburn's decision not to grant permission for rezoning to the Dar-e Abbas Shia Islamic Center. The rezoning is necessary for expansion.

"There is no good reason for the City Council's non-approval vote. No public service is being served by not allowing the mosque to expand," said Doug Dillard, an Atlanta attorney representing the mosque. "What is to be gained by the City Council by ruling against a group that has been in the community for the past 12 years?"

Early reports stated that the mosque wanted to build a gymnasium and other additions.

Dillard denies this. "The mosque is looking to expand and needs a larger parking lot and main building," he told 11Alive News.

The Department of Justice declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

The Department of Justice has four options, according to Dillard.

"One -- DOJ could do nothing. Two -- DOJ could intervene as a party in a current lawsuit. Three -- DOJ could file a friend-of-the-court brief, or four -- DOJ could file its own lawsuit," he said.

A ruling from the Department of Justice is expected soon.

Posted on 03/16/2011 7:38 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Wootton Bassett to get 'Royal' title in war dead honour

Wootton Bassett is to be the first town in more than 100 years to get the title of "Royal" in recognition of its efforts to honour the UK's war dead. Repatriations of fallen troops have taken place through the Wiltshire town since 2007.

These will end when RAF Lyneham closes at the end of 2012, with the majority of its planes, kit and personnel moving to Brize Norton. 

Making the announcement, Mr Cameron confirmed that troop repatriations would no longer happen via Wootton Bassett from September. But he said the Queen had agreed to the tribute as "an enduring symbol of the nation's admiration and our gratitude to the people of that town".

Mr Cameron told the House of Commons: "Their deeply moving and dignified demonstrations of respect and mourning have shown the deep bond between the public and our armed forces."

Mary Champion, Mayor of Wootton Bassett, said: "This is a great honour for our community as the repatriations move away from Wootton Bassett.

"Whilst we have never sought recognition for our simple act of respect, I am certain that this will serve to reinforce the pride and gratitude we feel for the members of our armed services who will always be in our thoughts." 

The spa towns of Leamington and Tunbridge Wells petitioned for the honour in recognition of their antiquity and Royal patronage of their facilities. Leamington Spa was granted the title in 1838 by Queen Victoria, and Tunbridge Wells in 1909 by King Edward VII.

The name part Regis, meaning 'of the king' usually indicates that the town once formed part of the royal estate. Lyme in Dorset became Lyme Regis following a royal charter by Edward Iin 1284; Bognor Regis was honoured after George V's convalescence there in 1929. Some sources say he had a different suggestion for the resort.

Posted on 03/16/2011 8:43 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Terror group Jemaah Islamiyah behind Indonesia 'book bombs'

From the Straits Times

JAKARTA - A TOP Indonesian anti-terror official said on Wednesday that regional militant group Jemaah Islamiyah was behind a series of 'book bombs' in the capital, one of which injured four people. The first bomb, hidden in a hollowed-out thick book, exploded on Tuesday afternoon as police attempted to defuse it.

The package was addressed to Ulil Abshar Abdalla, a well-known liberal Muslim figure who espouses pluralism and religious tolerance. It came with a threatening letter urging Abdalla to write a preface to the book which was entitled 'They Deserved to be Killed: Because of their Sins to Islam and Muslims.'

National Anti-Terror Agency (BNPT) chief Ansyaad Mbai told AFP: 'It's the work of terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) which has been actively launching bomb attacks in this country.'

Posted on 03/16/2011 9:21 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
How Will Libya Function?

If Qaddafy (Ghaddafi, Khaddafy, etc) remains in possession of most of Libya, and 90% or more of its oil, he will still be weakened, especially if Benghazi is not taken, or taken only after a long siege that will weaken him. Never again will he be the kind of menace he was outside of his borders. He -- and more importantly his sons -- just won't dare to tempt the West that will no doubt be feeling eager to make amends for not having intervened in the current conflict. That sinister-comical  "King of Africa" business, with tribal leaders being flown up to Tripoli to pledge their fealty, or lealty, or something, will not have either the appeal, or the effect, it might once have had. His previously successful attempts to blackmail Italy into paying billions in "reparations"will be  ignored. And now that  so many of the Americans and Europeans and Bangladeshis and even Arabs who made the Libyan economy, such as it is, function, have left and many will not return. It's a place where the violence and settling of scores will continue for a long time.

In order to have foreigners come back -- all Arab oil states depend on armies of foreigners -- Qaddafy's sons, who will be more powerful than they were before, as their father becomes crazier still  -- will have to behave themselves, and they know it.. Save for the worthleess support of Chavez (whose destruction of Venezuela's economy is now becoming apparent), and that of some  boughten friendship in Mali and Chad and among certain tribal leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, grateful for all the money Qadddafy lavished on them, the regime has no allies. It has been permanently weakened, and will have to obey itself. The next time it misbehaves,itcan expect a Western attack on all of its airbases -- or at least, it should be made to understand that such an attack is not only possible, but  likely.

The most intelligent of the sons, or the one most aware of a world elsewhere (the mighty, advanced West) is Saif, and if he  becomes primus inter pares, and tries -- he just might -- to soften the ruthlessness of the regime, as circumstances will suggest he must because the regime wll be far more tenuous and teeter-tottering for a long trime -- that would not be a terrible outcome for the West and Infidels everywhere. And it is their interests, not those of Arabs and Muslims, that in the peermanent world war between the Camp of Islam and all the rest, that must be kept fiirmly in mind.

Posted on 03/16/2011 9:14 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Senator Lugar Demands That The Arab League Pay Up And Raises A Point That Must Stay Raised

From UPI:

But what he says applies to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan. Why are Americans paying trillions of dollars to improve life in Muslim lands? Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Emirates, have trillions of dollars in surpluses. Do they care about fellow members of the Umma? Apparently not enough. But make them. Make Pakistan, make Egypt, Jordan, the "Palestinians" go hat in hand to the Saudis, the Kuwaitis, the Emiratis. Let the Umma's rich members pay for its poorer ones. After all, the fifteen trillion dollars that the Muslim oil states of OPEC have received -- not because of any work or entrepreneurial flair, but simply as the result of an accident of geology -- since 1973 alone, and the trillion in oil loot they now divide up each year, provide them, even after non-existent taxes, with plenty to play with. Why let it all go to arms, Western women, 747 planeloads of fresh food from Hediard and Fauchon, and private xanadus with, for the biggest shots, six or possibly seven different restaurants, from which the house's master can choose? Why should this comedy continue, or this tragedy of squandering any longer continue to be endured by long-suffering American taxpayers?

Here is Senator Lugar's suggestion:

Fund no-fly zone, Lugar tells Arab League

March. 15, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- Given the cost of imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, the Arab League should back its military proposal with a financial pledge, a U.S. lawmaker said.

The Arab League during the weekend endorsed a no-fly zone over Libya in response to Moammar Gadhafi's reaction to rebel fighting in the country.

The U.N. Security Council referred Gadhafi to the International Criminal Court for alleged atrocities committed against protesters in February. World leaders have reached the general consensus that Gadhafi must go but there isn't sweeping support for an international military intervention.

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it would cost American taxpayers "millions of dollars" to fund any U.S. military effort in Libya.

He said that if U.S. President Barack Obama is contemplating military intervention, he should seek a declaration of war.

"In addition, (the Obama administration) should ask Arab League governments and other governments advocating for a no-fly zone to pledge resources necessary to pay for such an operation," he said in a statement.

A French proposal for a no-fly zone fell flat Tuesday. British Prime Minister David Cameron told lawmakers Monday that he backed the effort but stressed a military solution didn't mean boots on the ground in Libya.

Fighting in Libya helped push oil and gasoline prices to two-year highs.

Posted on 03/16/2011 12:13 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
'Blood money' frees CIA contractor in Pakistan

By Babar Dogar for AP:

LAHORE, Pakistan – A CIA contractor who shot and killed two Pakistani men was freed from prison on Wednesday after the United States paid $2.34 million in "blood money" to the victims' families, Pakistani officials said, defusing a dispute that had strained ties between Washington and Islamabad.

In what appeared to be carefully choreographed end to the diplomatic crisis, the U.S. Embassy said the Justice Department had opened an investigation into the killings on Jan. 27 by Raymond Allen Davis. It thanked the families for "their generosity" in pardoning Davis, but did not mention any money changing hands.

Davis left the country immediately on a U.S. flight, Pakistani and American officials said.


Davis, a 36-year-old Virginia native, claimed he acted in self-defense when he killed the two men on the street in the eastern city of Lahore. The United States initially described him as either a U.S. consular or embassy official, but officials later acknowledged he was working for the CIA, confirming suspicions that had aired in the Pakistani media.

Other Pakistanis came forward to say that the two dead men had also robbed them earlier in the day.

The United States had insisted Davis was covered by diplomatic immunity, but the weak government here, facing intense pressure from Islamist parties, sections of the media and the general public, did not say whether this was the case.

The payment of "blood money," sanctioned under Pakistani [sic, sharia] law, had been suggested as the best way to end the dispute.


Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said Davis was charged with murder Wednesday in a court that was convened in a prison in Lahore, but was immediately pardoned by the families of the victims after the payment.

Reporters were not allowed to witness the proceedings.

"This all happened in court and everything was according to [sharia] law," he said. "The court has acquitted Raymond Davis. Now he can go anywhere."


Some media reports said the some of the families had been given permission to live in the United States.

Aren't you glad that our borders are always open for the families of Muslim petty thieves (granting them the benefit of the doubt that they were not jihadis working at the behest of the ISI to specifically assassinate the CIA agent for whatever reason)?


Pasha demanded the U.S. identify "all the Ray Davises working in Pakistan, behind our backs," the official said.

He said Panetta agreed "in principle" to declare such employees, the official said, but would not confirm if the agency had done so.

So, $2 million of taxpayer's money to the family of the two dead thugs, instant "refugee" status for their families in the U.S.,  and giving the identies of all CIA agents in Pakistan to the ISI.  This is the penalty that a "good friend" and "strong ally" applies in a case of self-defense from robbers?

But as much as this deal stinks to high heaven, note one thing very clearly:

Sharia law trumped (and trumps) diplomatic law.  Ray Davis' diplomatic status was irrelevant, and offered him no protection.  This incident was handled purely in accordance with sharia law.  The U.S. agreed to set aside diplomatic law, and submit to sharia law, in order not to offend our "allies" in Pakistan.

Note that very carefully.

Posted on 03/16/2011 12:51 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
The Pathos Of It Suggests He Should Be Let Out After A Year

A hapless bank robber who abided by a Dallas teller's request to provide two forms of identification before she could give him money is going to prison.

A judge sentenced 49-year-old Nathan Wayne Pugh of Sachse to more than eight years on Tuesday.

Pugh tried to hold up a Dallas Wells Fargo Bank in July. The teller stalled Pugh by telling him she needed to see two forms of ID. Pugh showed her his Wells Fargo debit card and a state ID card. He was captured as he tried to flee with $800.

Pugh pleaded guilty in October to a bank robbery charge. He was already on parole for two aggravated robberies.

Posted on 03/16/2011 1:25 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Qamar David a Christian accused of blasphemy dies in Pakistan jail

I prefer the way this tragic story is reported in the Guardian to that of the BBC; the Guardian does seem to realise that in Pakistan a conviction for blasphemy does not necessarily mean that blasphemy occured.

A Christian man accused of blasphemy has died in a Pakistani jail, reviving fears for the safety of minorities targeted under the country's blasphemy laws.

Authorities at the Karachi jail said Qamar David, 55, who was sentenced to life imprisonment last year for allegedly insulting the prophet Muhammad, died of a heart attack on Tuesday.

But David's lawyer said his client had been in good health and raised the possibility of murder. "This is not a natural death," Aslam Chaudhry said. "He was fine the last time I saw him. He never informed me of any heart condition or blood pressure. This is a false story of the prison authorities."

A senior prison official, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, said David had died after complaining of chest pain. He said prison doctors had ruled out murder and a postmortem would be carried out in the presence of family members.

David was arrested in 2006 after allegations that he insulted the name of the prophet Muhammad. His lawyer said the charges were brought by a business rival and his trial was conducted under intense pressure from local clerics.

After years in jail on remand, David was convicted in a Karachi court in February 2010. He was sentenced to life and had started the appeal process. Both he and his lawyer received frequent death threats during the trial. "Many times we have been threatened, including travelling from the airport to the courthouse," said Chaudhry. "Christians in blasphemy cases are treated very differently here."

Posted on 03/16/2011 2:00 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Annoying Americanism of the week

Today I received a letter from my Internet Service Provider, beginning thus:

Well, hello there.

Like an earlier and holier Mary, I cast in my mind what manner of salutation this should be.

Hello where? Hello what? 'Ello 'ello 'ello, what's all this, then? What did the bus conductor say to the man with three heads, no arms and one leg?  "'Ello, 'ello, 'ello, you look 'armless, hop on."

What's wrong with "Dear Miss Jackson"?

Posted on 03/16/2011 2:22 PM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Does Clinton Really Believe She, Or Anyone In The Administration, Can Stay The Saudi Hand In Bahrain?

Clinton's remarks on Bahrain will merely invite astonishment and ridicule. If this is what the Americans think is adequate to the matter at hand, many in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, and Kuwait must be thinking, then we will have to completely ignore them. Their simple-minded sentimentalism, so the local Arabs must think -- didn't what happened in Iraq teach them anything? --  is becoming intolerable. Those Americans -- Babes In Toyland. It's fine when we want to fool them, but not when they do things we don't like, as they did in Iraq, and are now doing in Bahrain.

Here's the article from CNN:

Clinton calls intervention in Bahrain 'alarming'

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- The United States finds intervention in Bahrain by the Persian Gulf kingdom's neighbors "alarming" and wants all players in the region to keep "their own agenda" out of the struggle between the monarchy and anti-government demonstrators, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

Washington has told the Bahraini monarchy that "there is no answer to the demands for political and economic reform though a security crackdown," Clinton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. [oh for god's sake]

"We are urging in the strongest possible terms, both publicly and privately, that they immediately begin to negotiate with the opposition," Clinton said. "At the same time, we are telling the opposition,' you cannot use violence. You should return to the negotiating table. There is no positive outcome to this kind of standoff, and security alone is not the answer.' "

Troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates moved into Bahrain on Monday to "protect the safety of citizens," the Bahraini government said. The troops arrived under the banner of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an association of six Gulf Arab states.

Bahrain's King Hamad imposed a three-month state of emergency Tuesday and launched a crackdown on anti-government protesters Wednesday, according to witnesses in the capital, Manama. Bahraini officials deny these accounts.

At the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama called both Hamad and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to express his "deep concern over violence" and the need for "maximum restraint," according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Bahrain has a Shiite Muslim majority population, but its rulers are Sunni Muslims. An underlying concern is that Iran, an overwhelmingly Shiite state, could seize the opportunity to meddle in Bahrain's internal affairs.

Clinton said, "There is no room for anyone to be pursuing their own agenda in Bahrain, no matter who it is. [really? So it is impermissible for the Americans to consider carefully what outcomes best promote their interests, and damage those of the Muslim state that, at present, poses the greatest danger to American and Western interests, the Islamic Republic of Iran? Why is it impermissible?]

"There are clearly other agendas are at work, but the only agenda that should matter is the future of the people of Bahrain," she said.

Posted on 03/16/2011 2:37 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
A Musical Interlude: Come Up And See Me Some Time (Lillian Roth)

Listen here.

Posted on 03/16/2011 2:48 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Eery Silence from Mainline Churches on Itamar Attack

It has been approximately five days since five Israelis, including a three-month old baby, were murdered in their homes in Itamar. No one has any real doubts that the attack was perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists despite a denial from Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki who, according to Haaretz

said no Palestinian had ever murdered an infant or civilians in such a manner, either for nationalist causes or in revenge, "which raises doubts regarding Israel's haste to accuse the Palestinians."

Even Haaretz isn’t buying this.

Malki seems to have forgotten the dozens of attacks carried out by Palestinian terrorists - intent on killing children, women and old people. In November 2002, Sirhan Sirhan entered a house in Kibbutz Metzer and murdered a mother and her two children, aged 4 and 5, after killing another man and woman. This is just one example of several.

Given the horrific details of the murder, it would seem reasonable that the churches in the U.S. that were so quick to condemn Israel in the past few years as it responded to attacks on its citizens from Gaza and Lebanon and during the Second Intifada would offer a word of condemnation of this most recent attack itself. The killer (or killers) slit a little baby’s throat.

Yes, the tragedy in Japan has attracted a lot of attention and justifiably so. But in light of the manner in which mainline churches in the U.S. have directed so much of their attention to the Arab-Israeli conflict in recent years – with most of their criticism directed at Israel – a word of comfort on behalf of the Israeli victims and a word of admonition to Palestinian leaders would seem obligatory.

Snapshots readers know where this is headed.

As of this writing (the morning of March 16, 2011), it appears that the five mainline churches that could usually be counted on to condemn Israel have said nothing about the attack. The websites of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Church have no reference to the attack at all. This morning, plugging “Itamar” into the search engine of the UMC’s website yielded a link to a Jerusalem Post article about how Palestinian officials have attempted to blame foreign workers for the murders, but otherwise, nothing.

And as of this writing, there’s no reference to it on the World Council of Churches website, nor is there any mention of it on the website of the National Council of Churches.

To be sure, all of this could change with a few updates this afternoon, but the fact is, approximately five days out from the attack, nothing.

The one exception is Churches for Middle East Peace. CMEP responded to the attack with a statement, which in addition to condemning the attack itself cited Palestinian Prime Minister Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ belated condemnation of the attack. It also condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for announcing the construction of additional homes in the West Bank. Left unmentioned, however, is the problem of anti-Semitic incitement that has been an ongoing problem in Palestinian society for years.

The phrase “soft racism of low expectations” comes to mind. Why is it so difficult for would-be peacemakers to hold political, religious and intellectual elites in the Middle East accountable for the vicious slurs directed at Israel and Jews in the region? To be sure, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad starts talking crazy, some leaders respond, but when it comes to condemn the day-in-and-day-out expressions of contempt for Jews particularly in Palestinian society, these churches are AWOL and have been for years.

Given the persistent failure of mainline Protestant churches and their allies in the Roman Catholic community to address this issue, it’s time to ask some very difficult questions.

Is there something about Muslim expressions of hostility toward Jews in the Middle East that echoes in the minds of Israel’s Christian critics in the U.S.?

Is there something about Muslim anti-Semitism that dovetails with Christian anti-Semitism?

Is that why they find anti-Semitic incitement so unremarkable? Is that why they have remained bystanders to the problem of anti-Semitism in the Middle East and Europe?

If Christians cannot talk bring themselves to speak forcefully about Muslim anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish incitement, can they truly claim to have overcome the problem of anti-Semitism in their own communities? In their own hearts?

If the CMEP and the churches it represents cannot bring themselves to forcefully condemn the anti-Semtic incitement as it exists in the Middle East, maybe these institutions are better off by remaining silent about the conflict altogether.

This is not an issue that would-be peacemakers can ignore.

And yet they do.

Crossposted with Snapshots.

Posted on 03/16/2011 3:50 PM by Dexter Van Zile
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Erdogan Doesn't Want "Another Karbala" In Bahrain

The hysteria over the mildest of interventions in Bahrain (with the mildest of Arab rulers, le bon roi Hamad) is being encouraged by the Iranian press and Shi'a clergy in Iran.

Now that same press reports -- truthfully? -- that Erdogan, he of the AKP in Turkey, has said he doesn't want to see another Karbala in Bahrain.

Look up Karbala and see what happened there. Then compare that to the thousand outside troops, and the tear gas, and the rubber bullets, in Bahrain.

Posted on 03/16/2011 3:13 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Say Mourners’ Kaddish for the Fogel Family

Ruth Fogel (35), Udi Fogel (36.5),
Elad (4), Yoav (11), Hadas (3 months)

This is the graphic You Tube video in Hebrew with English subtitles  of 12 year old Tamar Fogel, the only surviving child of the  Fogel family massacred  last erev Shabbat, March 11th in their home in Itamar, a Jewish settlement in Samaria.  You will see a shiva or condolence call by Israel PM Netanyahu to the bereaved surviving child and extended Fogel Family.  The actual title translated from the Hebrew into English is “They shoot, we build” a reference to a comment made by PM Netanyahu.

Here is a link to The Iconoclast blog post, "The Horror, The Horror - What Arab Peace Looks Like in Israel" with graphic pictures of the Fogel family slaughtered by Palestinian Jihadis.

In the Jewish religion the bereaved say mourner’s prayers or kaddish for the departed daily for eleven months following their passing. It is not uncommon in catastrophes like the Itamar massacre of the Fogel family that Rabbis might suggest that all members of a congregation stand and say kaddish. A fitting acknowledgement of the disaster that befell the Fogel family survivors and all Jews would be to say kaddish in solidarity for the mourning period- thirty days from their interment.

Tomorrow at Noon EDST in the US,  the New York Jewish Federation  is sponsoring a  community-wide Memorial Service for the Fogels  to be held at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun located at 125 E. 85th Street  in Manhattan. The Memorial Service   will be broadcast via live streaming WebTV and can be seen at this link.

The following is the Mourner’s Kaddish prayer in English from the Orthodox Union website.


 Glorified and sanctified be God's great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen. May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity. Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen. May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen. He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.


Having read the translation of the Kaddish Prayer, one should realize that, although Jewish Law requires that the Kaddish be recited during the first eleven months following the death of a loved one by prescribed mourners, and on each anniversary of the death (the "Yahrtzeit"), and by custom in the State of Israel by all Jews on the Tenth of Tevet ("Yom HaKaddish HaKlali'), there is no reference, no word even, about death in the prayer! The theme of Kaddish is, rather, the Greatness of G-d, Who conducts the entire universe, and especially his most favored creature, each individual human being, with careful supervision. In this prayer, we also pray for peace - from apparently the only One Who can guarantee it - peace between nations, peace between individuals, and peace of mind. Paradoxically, this is, in fact, the only true comfort in the case of the loss of a loved one. That is, to be able to view the passing of the beloved individual from the perspective that that person's soul was gathered in, so to speak, by the One Who had provided it in the first place. As Beruriah, the great wife of Rabbi Meir, consoled her husband, upon the death of their two sons, with words to this effect, "A soul is comparable to an object which was given to us - to each individual, to his or her parents and loved ones, to guard and watch over for a limited time. When the time comes for the object to be returned to its rightful owner, should we not be willing to return it? With regard to our sons, let us therefore consider the matter as 'The L-rd gave, and the L-rd took back, may the Name of the L-rd be Blessed!' "

Posted on 03/16/2011 7:43 PM by Jerry Gordon

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