These are all the Blogs posted on Tuesday, 18, 2012.
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Language isn't everything, but ...
Compare and contrast:
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things . . .
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.(Matthew, Chapter 6 vs 28)
"We entered at the Prophet while he was trying something so we helped him in doing it. He said: Don't despair of the provision (rizq) as long as your heads moved (i.e. you are alive), for man was born red (ie with red skin) that has no shell (ie a cover), then Allah ‘azza wa jalla gave him provision".
Lost in translation? But they are both translations, one of a silk purse and the other of a sow's ear.
Carlyle recognized the awfulness and idiocy of the Qur'an -- he never got, apparently, to the Hadith or recognized their equal, or possibly superior, importance in the lives of Muslims -- but he just couldn't believe that so many people could, for so long, have followed Islam were there not something to it, and something, therefore, to Muhammad.
Nonetheless, what interests us now is his judgment on the Qur'an, which judgement I have put in bold for easy reading:
Carlyle on Muhammad:
Our current hypothesis about Mahomet, that he was a scheming Impostor, a Falsehood incarnate, that his religion is a mere mass of quackery and fatuity, begins really to be now untenable to any one. The lies, which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man, are disgraceful to ourselves only . . . The word this man spoke has been the life-guidance now of a hundred and eighty millions of men these twelve hundred years. These hundred and eighty millions were made by God as well as we . . . Are we to suppose that it was a miserable piece of spiritual legerdemain, this which so many creatures of the Almighty have lived by and died by? I, for my part, cannot form any such supposition . . . One would be entirely at a loss what to think of this world at all, if quackery so grew and were sanctioned here . . . more godless theory, I think, was never promulgated in this Earth. A false man found a religion? Why, a false man cannot build a brick house! . . . it will fall straightway. [Carlyle 44]
Carlyle on the Qur'an:
. . . I must say, it [the Koran] is as toilsome reading as I ever undertook. A wearisome confused jumble, crude, incondite; endless iterations, long-windedness, entanglement; most crude, incondite; — insupportable stupidity, in short! Nothing but a sense of duty could carry any European through the Koran . . . It is the confused ferment of a great rude human soul; rude, untutored, that cannot even read; but fervent, earnest, struggling vehemently to utter itself in words . . . We said "stupid:" yet natural stupidity is by no means the character of Mahomet's Book; it is natural uncultivation rather. The man has not studied speaking; in the haste and pressure of continual fighting, has not time to mature himself into fit speech . . . The man was an uncultured semi-barbarous Son of Nature, much of the Bedouin still clinging to him: we must take him for that. But for a wretched Simulacrum, a hungry Impostor without eyes or heart . . . we will not and cannot take him. Sincerity, in all senses, seems to me the merit of the Koran; what had rendered it precious to the wild Arab men . . . Curiously, through these incondite masses of tradition, vituperation, complaint, ejaculation in the Koran, a vein of true direct insight, of what we might almost call poetry, is found straggling. [Carlyle 64-67]
Hezbollah warning: 'grave consequences' if full anti-Islam film is released
From where I am sitting I am very impressed with the Australian response to the riots in Sydney, both the police (who were robust, if not as robust as the officers on the spot wanted to be) the newspapers and the government. This is the Sydney Morning Herald.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made a rare public appearance on Monday to tell the United States it would face more anger and grave repercussions across the Muslim world unless it suppressed a film that demeans the Prophet Mohammad.
Arguing that the world had not yet grasped the depth of hurt felt by Muslims, Nasrallah called on governments to block access to websites showing the film, which was made in California and depicts Mohammad as a womaniser, homosexual and child abuser.
"They slandered the purity of his birth, slandered his faith and his morals, slandered his Quran," Nasrallah told tens of thousands of cheering supporters, who had marched through southern Beirut's Shi'ite suburbs to protest against the film.
"The distribution of this entire film must be banned by the Americans," he said, to roars of applause.
The influential leader, surrounded by armed bodyguards, spoke to tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters waving Lebanese flags and yellow Hezbollah banners. "America, hear us - don't insult our prophet!" they shouted. "Enough humiliation!"
Nasrallah's emergence from hiding lent more drama to his warnings. Fearing assassination, the Hezbollah leader has seldom appeared in public since 2006, when the powerful Shi'ite group's militant wing fought a month-long war with Israel.
"The world should know our anger would not be a passing outburst but it would be the start of a serious movement that would continue on the level of the Muslim nation to defend the Prophet of God," Nasrallah said.
The greater goal, Nasrallah said, would be for the international community to agree to criminalise insults to any religion and its prophets.
"America, which uses the pretext of freedom of expression..., needs to understand that putting out the whole film will have very grave consequences around the world."
At least nine foreign civilian workers and several Afghans were killed in a car bomb suicide attack which militants said was revenge for an American-made anti-Islam film.
A car packed with explosives rammed a minibus carrying the workers as it travelled on the main road near Kabul's airport.
Everyone inside the minibus was killed along with several Afghans nearby. Gen Daud Amin, deputy police chief for Kabul, said the nine foreigners were killed in the minibus along with their Afghan driver. The dead included South Africans and Russians.
The power of the blast in front of a filling station blew the wreckage of the minibus 40 yards from the point of impact. Only the engine block remained from the car carrying the bomb.
Witnesses said at least two of the bodies in the wreckage appeared to be foreign women. Police at the scene said the victims were civilian aviation staff at the nearby airport, but they did not disclose their nationalities.
The blast was claimed by Hizb-i Islami, an insurgent faction led by the former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. A statement emailed to journalists said it had been carried out in reprisal for the film "The Innocence of Muslims", which ridicules the Prophet Mohammed and has sparked outrage across the Muslim world since a trailer emerged on YouTube.
The statement claimed the bomber was a 22-year-old woman called Fahima. Police at the scene said they had only found the bomber's legs and it was impossible to tell if they belonged to a man or woman.
French President François Hollande, center, arrives at the Jewish memorial prior to ceremonies to mark the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup, Paris, July 22, 2012
The following is the speech given by President François Hollande to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv Roundup on July 16 and 17, 1942, when the French police arrested 13,152 Jewish men, women, and children from Paris and its suburbs, and confined them to the Vélodrome d’Hiver, a bicycle stadium in Paris. They were later deported to German concentration camps. Eight hundred and eleven survived the war. President Hollande delivered his speech at the original site of the demolished velodrome on July 22, 2012.
Prime Minister, President of the National Assembly, ambassadors, Mayor of Paris, President of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France, Chief Rabbi, representatives of the religions, ladies and gentlemen:
We’ve gathered this morning to remember the horror of a crime, express the sorrow of those who experienced the tragedy, and speak of the dark hours of collaboration, our history, and therefore France’s responsibility.
We’re also here to pass on the memory of the Holocaust—of which the roundups were the first stage—in order to fight the battle against oblivion and testify to new generations what barbarity is capable of doing and what resources humanity may possess to defeat it.
Seventy years ago, on July 16, 1942, early in the morning, 13,152 men, women, and children were arrested in their homes. Childless couples and single people were interned in Drancy, where the museum created by the Mémorial de la Shoah will stand in the autumn.
The others were taken to the Vélodrome d’Hiver. Thrown together for five days in inhuman conditions, they were taken from there to the camps of Pithiviers and Beaune-la-Rolande.
A clear directive had been given by the Vichy administration. “The children must not leave in the same convoys as the parents.” So, after heartrending separations, they departed—the parents on one side, the children on the other—for Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the deportees of Drancy had preceded them by a few days.
There, they were murdered. Solely for being Jews.
This crime took place here, in our capital, in our streets, the courtyards of our buildings, our stairways, our school playgrounds.
It was to prepare the way for other roundups, in Marseille and throughout France—in other words, on both sides of the demarcation line. There were also other deportations, notably of gypsies.
The infamy of the Vel d’Hiv was part of an undertaking that had no precedent and has no comparison: the Holocaust, the attempt to annihilate all the Jews on the European continent.
Seventy-six thousand French Jews were deported to the death camps. Only 2,500 returned.
Those women, men, and children could not have known the fate that awaited them. They could not even have imagined it. They trusted in France.
They believed that the country of the great Revolution and the City of Light would be a safe haven for them. They loved the Republic with a passion born of gratitude. Indeed, it was in Paris in 1791, under the National Constituent Assembly, that Jews had become fully fledged citizens for the first time in Europe. Later, others had found in France a land of welcome, a chance at life, a promise of protection.
Seventy years ago, this promise and this trust were trampled underfoot.
I would like to recall the words that the [future] chief rabbi of France, Jacob Kaplan, wrote to Marshal Pétain in October 1940, after the introduction of the despicable Statute of the Jews. “As the victims of measures that undermine our human dignity and our honor as Frenchmen, we express our profound faith in the spirit of justice of the Eternal France. We know that the ties uniting us with the great French family are too strong to be broken.”
Therein lies the betrayal.
Across time, beyond grief, my presence this morning bears witness to France’s determination to protect the memory of her lost children and honor these souls who died but have no graves, whose only tomb is our memory.
That is the purpose of the requirement set by the Republic: that the names of those martyred victims should not fall into oblivion.
We owe the Jewish martyrs of the Vélodrome d’Hiver the truth about what happened seventy years ago.
The truth is that French police—on the basis of the lists they had themselves drawn up—undertook to arrest the thousands of innocent people trapped on July 16, 1942. And that the French gendarmerie escorted them to the internment camps.
The truth is that no German soldiers—not a single one—were mobilized at any stage of the operation.
The truth is that this crime was committed in France, by France.
To his great credit, President Jacques Chirac recognized this truth, in this very spot on July 16, 1995.
“France,” he said, “France, country of the Enlightenment and human rights, land of welcome and asylum, France, that day, was committing the irreparable.”
But the truth is also that the crime of the Vel d’Hiv was committed against France, against her values, against her principles, against her ideal.
Honor was saved by the Righteous, by all those who were able to rise up against barbarism, by those anonymous heroes who hid a neighbor here, helped another there, and risked their lives to save those of innocent people. By all those French people who enabled three quarters of France’s Jews to survive.
France’s honor was embodied by General de Gaulle, who stood up on June 18, 1940, to continue the struggle.
France’s honor was defended by the Resistance, the shadow army that would not resign itself to shame and defeat.
France was represented on the battlefields, with our flag, by the soldiers of the Free French Forces.
She was also served by the Jewish institutions, like the Oeuvre de secours aux enfants [Children’s Welfare Organization], which secretly organized the rescue of more than five thousand children and took in orphans after the Liberation.
The truth does not divide people. It brings them together. In that spirit, this day of commemoration was established by François Mitterrand, and the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah was created under Lionel Jospin’s government. Set up under that same government, with Jacques Chirac, was the Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Spoliation Resulting from Anti-Semitic Legislation in Force During the Occupation, whose aim was to put right what still could be put right.
In the chain of our collective history, it now falls to me to continue this common duty of remembrance, truth, and hope.
It begins with passing on the memory. Ignorance is the source of many abuses. We cannot tolerate the fact that two out of three young French people do not know what the Vel d’Hiv roundup was.
The Republic’s schools—in which I hereby voice my confidence—have a mission: to instruct, educate, teach about the past, make it known and understood in all its dimensions. The Holocaust is on the curriculum of the final primary and junior school years and the second lycée year.
There must not be a single primary school, junior school, or lycée in France where it is not taught. There must not be a single institution where this history is not fully understood, respected, and pondered over. For the Republic, there cannot and will not be any lost memories.
I personally shall see to this.
The challenge is to fight tirelessly against all forms of falsification of history: not only the insult of Holocaust denial, but also the temptation of relativism. Indeed, to pass on the history of the Shoah is to teach how uniquely appalling it was. By its nature, its scale, its methods, and the terrifying precision of its execution, that crime remains an abyss unique in human history. We must constantly remind ourselves of that singularity.
Finally, passing on this memory means preserving all its lessons. It means understanding how the ignominy was possible then, in order that it may never recur in the future.
The Shoah was not created from a vacuum and did not emerge from nowhere. True, it was set in motion by the unprecedented and terrifying combination of single-mindedness in its racist frenzy and industrial rationality in its execution. But it was also made possible by centuries of blindness, stupidity, lies, and hatred. It was preceded by many warning signs, which failed to alert people’s consciences.
We must never let our guard down. No nation, no society, nobody is immune from evil. Let us not forget this verdict by Primo Levi on his persecutors. “Save the exceptions, they were not monsters, they had our faces.” Let us remain alert, so that we may detect the return of monstrosity under its most harmless guises.
I am aware of the fears expressed by some of you. I want to respond to them.
Conscious of this history, the Republic will pursue all anti-Semitic acts with the utmost determination, but also all remarks that may lead France’s Jews even to feel uneasy in their own country.
In this area, nothing is immaterial. Everything will be fought with the last ounce of energy. Being silent about anti-Semitism, dissimulating it, explaining it already means accepting it.
The safety of France’s Jews is not just a matter for Jews, it is a matter for all French people, and I intend it to be guaranteed under all circumstances and in all places.
Four months ago, in Toulouse, children died for the same reason as those of the Vel d’Hiv: because they were Jews.
Anti-Semitism is not an opinion, it is an abhorrence. For that reason, it must first of all be faced directly. It must be named and recognized for what it is. Wherever it manifests itself, it will be unmasked and punished.
All ideologies of exclusion, all forms of intolerance, all fanaticism, all xenophobia that seek to develop the mentality of hatred will find their way blocked by the Republic.
Every Saturday morning, in every French synagogue, at the end of the service, the prayer of France’s Jews rings out, the prayer they utter for the homeland they love and want to serve. “May France live in happiness and prosperity. May unity and harmony make her strong and great. May she enjoy lasting peace and preserve her spirit of nobility among the nations.”
All of France must be worthy of this spirit of nobility.
To tirelessly teach historical truth, to scrupulously ensure respect for the values of the Republic, to constantly recall the demand for religious tolerance, within the frame of our laïque [secular] laws never to give way on the principles of freedom and human dignity, always to further the promise of equality and emancipation. Those are the measures we must collectively assign ourselves.
In thinking of the lives never allowed to blossom, of those children deprived of a future, those destinies cut short, we must raise still further the demands we make of our own lives. By refusing indifference, neglect, and complacency, we shall make ourselves stronger together.
It is by being clear-sighted about our own history that France, thanks to the spirit of harmony and unity, will best promote her values, here and throughout the world.
The magazine confirmed that its latest edition contains several cartoons featuring Mohammed that the publication's editor said would "shock those who will want to be shocked."
The magazine is due to hit the stands on Wednesday against a background of protests across the Islamic world over a crude US-made film that mocks Mohammed and portrays Muslims as gratuitously violent.
Charlie Hebdo is no stranger to controversy over its handling of the issues relating to Islam. Last year it published an edition "guest-edited" by the Prophet Mohammed that it called Sharia Hebdo. The magazine's offices in Paris were subsequently firebombed in what was widely seen as a reaction by Islamists.
The magazine's editor, originally a cartoonist who uses the name Charb, denied he was being deliberately provocative at a delicate time. "The freedom of the press, is that a provocation?" he said. "I'm not asking strict Muslims to read Charlie Hebdo, just like I wouldn't go to a mosque to listen to speeches that go against everything I believe."
France's Muslim Council, the community's main representative body, also appealed for calm in the face of "this new act of Islamaphobia."
Even before news of Charlie Hebdo's plans emerged, France's large Muslim community was being urged to take to the streets in defiance of an official ban on demonstrations over the controversial film.
Messages on Twitter and social networking sites called for demonstrations to be held Saturday in Paris, Marseille and other major cities, a week after police in the capital arrested 150 people for taking part in a rowdy protest near the US embassy.
Most messages read "Don't touch my Prophet", a variation of the French anti-racism slogan "Don't Touch my Mate" popular in the 1980s.
My hands are tied. This, in essence, is the response that Chris Bowen, the Minister for Immigration, has given to questions in Parliament this week about why he granted a visa to an Islamic fundamentalist, Taji Mustafa, who spoke over the weekend at a conference organised by Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group notorious for religious intolerance, disdain for Western values and sympathy for jihad.
"Hizb ut-Tahrir has not been proscribed in Australia and nor has it been proscribed in the United States or the United Kingdom," Bowen told Parliament on Monday. "This entry permit was issued in accordance with the normal procedures for British nationals."
So Taji Mustafa came, spoke, and, by unfortunate coexistence, the weekend was marked by a violent demonstration by a group of rabidly anti-Western Islamic fundamentalists in Sydney.
What nobody knew was that at the same time, the minister had been sitting on a visa application by a member of the Dutch parliament who is an outspoken opponent of Islamic fundamentalism in the Netherlands and Belgium.
More than three weeks ago, the Dutch MP, Geert Wilders, applied for a visa to visit Australia. Visa applications by his support group of police and staff were granted within three days. Wilders is still waiting. He applied in August.
Wilders is scheduled to give two speeches in Australia in October. Because of his parliamentary obligations, if Bowen continues to sit on the application Wilders will have to cancel the trip. That may be Bowen's intent.
Wilders has already paid a high price for his willingness to confront religious fundamentalism in his own country. He lives under 24-hour police protection. He has had numerous threats on his life. . . Now Wilders, by condemning Muslim extremism, is himself condemned to live with menace, which proves his point.
Bowen is much more fearful. He is concerned that, in denying a visa to an Islamic fundamentalist, he would expose the government to legal liability.
Answering another question in Parliament, he said: "I conduct myself, in relation to the character test, in accordance with my responsibilities under the act. To do otherwise would be to open the Commonwealth to potential overturning of the decision and a potential very serious compensation case."
Thus a sympathiser for jihad is allowed into the country as part of the "normal" process of British applicants, and an opponent of jihad, a man never convicted of a crime and a member of the Dutch parliament, is blocked from coming, thus far.
If Bowen drags the process on for another week he will have stopped, via the back door, a conspicuous parliamentarian and opponent of Islamic fundamentalism from visiting Australia.
This is a perfect metaphor for a government whose policies have caused the cost of processing asylum-seekers to blow out to more than $1 billion a year, and the numbers of illegal arrivals to surge, while at the same time tightening the restrictions on legal immigration.
If this pattern repeats itself with Wilders it will not play well in an electorate that is clearly offended by religious fanatics who use Western democracy to attack Western democracy.
This is a hot button for Australians judging by the thousands of people who reacted to the demonstrations seen on TV. The large reaction was far more significant than the small demonstration.
Normally a small group of radicals – and this was a demonstration by no more than 200 people – are consigned to the idiot fringes in the way that Trotskyite groups are largely ignored despite their attempts to gain attention via protests.
It would have been much healthier for the media and the public to similarly ignore this idiotic fringe group last weekend. But judging by the viral and visceral reaction of the public, there is a feeling that too many people have been murdered, assaulted, threatened or intimidated in the name of Islam.
What Mahmoud Salem ("Sandmonkey") Thinks About The Ikhwan Regime In Egypt
Egypt Threatens to Execute American Citizens
Michael J. Totten
Egypt is looking more like post-1979 Iran every day.
Cairo has issued international arrest warrants for eight Americans—seven of them Coptic Christians from Egypt—who are allegedly involved with the anti-Mohammad video everyone’s rioting over. The prosecutor’s office also issued a warrant for Terry Jones, the Koran-burning nutjob in Florida, just because, and says if convicted the defendants may get the death penalty.
Mahmoud Salem (aka “Sandmonkey”) was interviewed on CNN yesterday. He says the new Muslim Brotherhood government is much more oppressive than the Mubarak regime. That should have been obvious to everyone in advance, though astonishingly it was not. And Mahmoud is hardly a Mubarak apologist. He was one of the most outspoken critics of the ancien régime in the world, and he was arrested and beaten for it.
He also says explicitly that Egypt’s government isn’t an ally and that “if the United States wants to cut the aid [money], please, do it…The majority of the aid goes to the military anyway. We don’t see it.”
Egypt's threat is most likely an empty one, but don't be so sure. Anti-Islamic blasphemers in the West have been hunted or even killed a number of times. Salman Rushdie and Theo Van Gogh are just the most famous cases. Just yesterday Iran upped the bounty on Rushdie's head to 3.3 million dollars.
Either way, how long is the United States going to pretend that Egypt is still friendly? The government just threatened individual American citizens by name with arrest and execution. Will the Muslim Brotherhood regime have to take hostile action against American citizens before something changes?
Perhaps. But even Barack Obama has figured out that Egypt is no longer an ally. He said so on television. He’s having a hard time standing by that statement because he’s Obama, but he knows. He knows. We’re bound to break off with Cairo at some point whether we like it or not.
Next month, the world's largest book fair opens its doors in Frankfurt. One country will take the stage with particular self-confidence: the Islamic Republic of Iran.
You read that correctly. Iran has the world's highest rate of imprisoned journalists. Tehran bans newspapers, shuts down galleries, arrests critics and flogs artists. Thousands of book drafts have been censored by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. "We cannot lift controls on the book market and thus allow harmful books to enter the market," Ali Khamenei, the leader of the regime, has declared.
None of this should be new to the Frankfurt Book Fair's organizers. Since June, the Book Fair has been funding the exile of censored Iranian author Mohammad Baharlo, who has taken refuge in Frankfurt. "Defense of freedom of speech" is an obligation of the Book Fair, explained Juergen Boos, the Fair's director, at a July 25 press conference honoring Mr. Baharlo. So why is the Fair willing to give a platform to Mr. Baharlo's persecutors?
The forthcoming event will not only exhibit regime-compliant publishing houses such as "Aryan Thinker" and "Sacred Defense." The Iranian embassy in Germany is also planning an "effective [and] targeted presence" in Frankfurt, according to the embassy's website. A regime delegation led by Mohammad Azimi, a former vice minister in the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, will be in attendance.
In a July interview with the Iran Book News Agency, Mr. Azimi, who is currently the managing director of Iran's Cultural Fairs Institute, called the Frankfurt Book Fair "an ideal venue for cultural interactions." In order to find "an appropriate spot for Iran's pavilion," he said, "negotiations have taken place with the managers of the Frankfurt Book Fair as well as Iran's ambassador to Germany. So far we have managed to get a 96-square-meter pavilion located near the pavilions of European countries while the previous year the space was about 80 square meters." In addition, "a hall will be allocated to Iran in which speeches will be delivered on the publications and culture of the Islamic Republic of Iran and today's Iran."
It is obvious that the Iranian regime has more than just book selling in mind. A prestigious appearance in Frankfurt will strengthen the impression that the Western world is split on Iran, and that Tehran is able to thwart Western isolation.
The Book Fair has confirmed that Mr. Azimi's Cultural Fairs Institute will be given a booth but declined to comment on its size. In my correspondence with Book Fair organizers, I drew attention to Tehran's most recent anti-Semitic slanders, which have been condemned by the United Nations and the European Union. Were these grounds for the Book Fair to exclude Iran's national stand?
The Fair's officials said no. Katja Böhne, the Fair's vice president of marketing and communications, told me that "The Frankfurt Book Fair sees itself as a commercial platform in which everyone who meets the terms of business can participate as an exhibitor. . . . This includes the independent organization of promotional and informational events, that are open to every exhibitor and can be used by them, as long as they do not thereby violate German law."
The Frankfurt Book Fair has stood up for freedom of speech in the past. In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the murder of British author Salman Rushdie. The Book Fair responded by excluding Iran for three years.
This June, the regime issued another call for murder, this time against Shahin Najafi, a poet and singer who lives and works in Germany. I pointed out to the Book Fair that the regime has put a bounty of $100,000 on Mr. Najafi's head, compelling him to go into hiding.
Their answer was remarkable: The Book Fair "feels a responsibility to support the development of free structures in the field of publishing and literature all over the world. . . . This necessarily includes convergence via a sustained dialogue with precisely those countries in which the publishing of books and content meets with political difficulties."
This "convergence" sends clear signals of accommodating terror and betraying freedom of expression, while undermining those countries that want to change Iran's nuclear behavior through concerted pressure on the regime. Just as it is impossible to maintain a relaxed friendship with neo-Nazis, it is also impossible to do relaxed business with a regime such as Iran's.
ISTANBUL — As the war in Syria rages next door, Turks have grown increasingly weary of nearly daily reports of troubles at home: Iranian spies working with Kurdish insurgents, soldiers ambushed and killed, millions spent caring for a flood of refugees, lost trade and havoc in border villages.
“This is how we start our morning,” Mehment Krasuleymanoglu, a bookseller in a narrow alley in central Istanbul, said recently as he laid out several newspapers, each with a blaring headline about an explosion at a munitions depot that killed more than two dozen soldiers. The government called it an accident, but in the current environment, many Turks, including Mr. Krasuleymanoglu, are not so sure.
“What do we have to do with Syria?” he said. “The prime minister and his wife used to go there for tea and coffee.”
The Turkish government is facing a spasm of reproach from its own people over its policy of supporting Syria’s uprising; hosting fighters in the south, opposition figures in Istanbul and refugees on the border; and helping to ferry arms to the opposition. While many Turks at first supported the policy as a stand for democracy and change, many now believe that it is leading to instability at home, undermining Turkey’s own economy and security.
Turkey’s call for military intervention, which much of the international community opposes, has only added to the domestic frustration. Now, in the wake of the anti-American protests that have convulsed the Muslim world in reaction to a film that denigrated Islam, it seems less likely that Turkey will find partners in the West to join its call for military action in Syria.
The souring mood presents the first obvious setback for the foreign policy of Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has ridden the turmoil of the Arab Spring to promote Turkey’s influence abroad and his standing at home.
Suddenly, Turkey appears vulnerable on multiple fronts.
“A lot of Turks are seeing this as a direct result of Turkey’s aggressive posture against Assad,” said Soner Cagaptay, the director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, referring to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.
In the face of criticism from columnists and opposition politicians, and signs of rising public opposition to its Syria policy, the country is being compelled to reassess its overall strategy for spreading its influence and interests across the Middle East, including Egypt, Iraq and Iran. Increasingly frustrated with its efforts to join the European Union, Turkey turned noticeably toward regaining and elevating its standing in the Muslim world, especially amid the chaos and reordering of alliances caused by the Arab Spring.
“Turkey’s Syria policy has failed,” wrote Dogan Heper, a columnist for the newspaper Milliyet. “It has turned our neighbors into enemies. We have been left alone in the world.”
Selcuk Unal, the spokesman for Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, acknowledged that the Syria policy had become a domestic policy issue. Even though it may not be popular, he said, “that doesn’t mean it is wrong.”
“I don’t think we are wrong so far,” Mr. Unal said. “Turkey is on the right side of history on this.”
Before the Arab uprisings, economic and political engagement with Syria was a centerpiece of Turkey’s regional strategy, which some described as an effort to integrate the Middle East along the lines of the European Union. Visa restrictions were lifted and trade increased. Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Assad even vacationed together. Initially, Turkey urged dialogue and reform in Syria, but as the killing increased, Turkey turned against the government.
That shift was part of its broader regional strategy. Last year Prime Minister Erdogan toured Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, offering Turkey’s support for the democratic aspirations of the Arab world’s revolutionaries, and holding up Turkey’s mix of Islam, democracy and economic prosperity as an inspiration for those countries in turmoil.
Turkey, it seemed, was ascendant, and the public was largely supportive.
“We loved it,” said Soli Ozel, an academic and columnist. “It was like, we’re back. The empire is back.”
Perhaps causing the greatest unease for Turks these days is an increase in violence by Turkey’s separatist Kurdistan Workers Party, or P.K.K., which seems emboldened by the success of Syria’s Kurds in gaining territory. The P.K.K. has waged an insurgency against Turkey since the 1980s in a conflict that has claimed an estimated 40,000 lives.
More than 700 people have died in the past 14 months, the deadliest level in 13 years, according to a report published last week by the International Crisis Group. The P.K.K. has now set up daylight checkpoints in villages in the southeast, carried out deadly ambushes against Turkish forces and kidnapped lawmakers. Recently, the Turkish military carried out an offensive involving F-16 fighter jets and 2,000 soldiers, Reuters reported.
The Assad government has effectively ceded some territory near the Turkish border to Syria’s Kurds, who have not joined the opposition in large numbers. These gains have fanned the flames of Kurds’ historical ambitions for an independent state that would include Kurdish areas in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran, analysts say.
“There has been a thunderbolt in the minds of people there,” said Sezgin Tanrikulu, a Kurdish member of Turkey’s Parliament, referring to Kurdish areas in southeast Turkey. P.K.K. fighters have become more visible, he said. “They are trying to create the idea among Kurds there that the authority in the area is the P.K.K.”
An influx of refugees — more than 100,000 Syrians have sought safety in Turkey — has tested government resources and raised tensions in border areas, prompting the Turkish government to try to relocate refugees further inland. The government has said it has spent $300 million providing for refugees and has complained of a lack of support from the international community.
According to Mr. Cagaptay of the Turkish Research Program, Turkey remains “the only country that is economically and politically stable in the region.” Turkey’s ambitious Middle East policy has been centered on Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s much-heralded vision of “no problems” with neighbors. But that approach has stalled amid the hard realities of the region and the limits of Turkish power, most evident in its policy in Syria, where nearly 23,000 people have been killed and the Assad government clings to power. Now the joke is that there are “no neighbors without problems.”
Last year Mr. Davutoglu spoke expansively about a political, economic and military alliance with Egypt that could serve as a linchpin of a new regional order. Almost nothing has come of that, although a spokesman for Mr. Davutoglu said Turkey would soon begin a high-level dialogue with the government of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s new president, who was a member of the Sunni Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
Now, the talk is more about a rivalry between Egypt and Turkey over which will become the region’s power broker.
“Egypt will try to restore its central role in Arab affairs, and it will be interesting to see Morsi and Erdogan compete for influence in the region,” Mr. Cagaptay said.
Mr. Ozel, the columnist, was more emphatic. “The fact of the matter is that when all is said and done, Turks are Turks and Arabs are Arabs,” he said. “Egypt believes it is the crown jewel of the Arab world, and it will not share the spotlight with anyone, including Turks.”
Analysts say Turkey has hardened sectarian divisions in the region by working with Saudi Arabia and Qatar in backing Syria’s Sunni rebels against Mr. Assad’s Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, and by supporting Sunnis in Iraq against the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, a Shiite. And tensions with Iran, the region’s largest Shiite power, have been heightened since Turkey agreed to allow NATO to place a radar station on its territory as part of a missile defense system.
To its credit, analysts say, Turkey will quickly shift from policies it deems mistaken. For example, it opposed NATO intervention in Libya and then swiftly changed tack.
But it may be too late to change course on Syria. “They are stuck in this conflict so deeply, there is no way out,” said Mr. Tanrikulu, the Kurdish lawmaker.
'Between 400 and 500 Muslims have marched to the US embassy in Bangkok to protest against (that should probably be, 'seizing as pretext for a threat display' - CM) the anti-Islamic film 'The Innocence of Muslims'.
'the protesters, many of whom were from the International Al Quds Federation of Thailand, chanted and carried signs reading "Down with America" and "We respect every religion".
Riiight. Then why do your co-religionists back-shoot Buddhist monks in southern Thailand, eh? And what about those Bamiyan Buddhas? - CM
'Speakers told the crowd the protest was about more than the film, but about tolerance.
'Tolerance'. In Islamspeak this seems to mean: Muslims can do whatever they like to non-Muslims, up to and including robbery, rape, enslavement and mass murder; non-Muslims put up with it, without resistance or complaint. - CM
'The group chanted "We hate hate" before walking on US and Israeli flags laid on the wet road.
What a way to demonstrate repudiation of hatred: by a gesture of dominance, rejection and contempt. What they seem to mean by 'hate' is 'any and all critique or rejection of Islam, Islam, Islam'. Muslims bent on Total World Domination just hate it when people say No, or when people say, 'well, actually, I don't agree with you and I don't like what you say and do'. That 'No, thanks' is the 'hate' that Muslims hate. - CM
'They also attempted to burn the flags (that is, the sopping-wet flags they had just been trampling into the puddles? - CM) but they were put out by the rain.
Methinks I see the face of a Laughing Buddha in the clouds overhead....- CM
'The embassy was closed ahead of the protest and staff were sent home early.
'Uniformed police lined up outside the front of the building while plain clothed officers were in the crowd.
'The group dispersed peacefully.
'Though the population of Thailand is 90 percent Buddhist, in the south of the country there are three Muslim majority provinces.
Where for at least ten years some among the local Muslims have been busy attacking and killing Buddhist monks, Buddhist schoolteachers, and civilians - shopkeepers, tea-house patrons, rubber plantation workers, villagers, men, women and little children, old and young, both Buddhist and deemed-insufficiently-Islamic Muslims - as well as, of course, Thai policemen and soldiers. By now they've racked up a butcher's bill of at least 4000+. - CMl
Iran Has Entered the Red Zone on Nuclear Enrichment: Speak Out on Never Again Day - September 27th
This Sunday, just before the onset of the Jewish New Year holy day of Rosh Hashanah, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a warning to the world media that Iran has entered the red zone. That is a reference to IAEA reports confirming that Iran has accelerated nuclear enrichment at the Fordo cascade hall with thousands of centrifuges buried inside a mountain near the holy city of Qom. Netanyahu drew attention to intelligence that at the current pace Iran will have enough fissile material for one or more nuclear bombs in less than six to seven months. He has entreated President Obama and Secretaries Panetta at Defense and Clinton at State to set red lines beyond which possible military action might be taken against Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Secretary of State Clinton has said in response to PM Netanyahu’s statement that the US will not set red lines. Panetta had earlier said that the US would act only when there is clear evidence that Iran is assembling a nuclear device.
Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak believe that waiting for Iran to assemble nuclear devices may be too late. Iran’s Supreme Leader, President Ahmadinejad and Revolutionary Guard commanders have publicly threatened to incinerate Israel in a nuclear attack-a second Holocaust. Netanyahu has said ‘why wait’. While he has spoken with President Obama about this urgent matter, the President has not yet scheduled a meeting with PM Netanyahu during the 67th UN General Assembly session that opened in New York today.
In an interview with NBC’s David Gregory on Meet The Press on Sunday, September 16th, Netanyahu remarked:
I heard some people suggest, David, I actually read this in the American press. They said, "Well, you know, if you take action, that's a lot worse than having Iran with nuclear weapons." Some have even said that Iran with nuclear weapons would stabilize the Middle East. I think the people who say this have set a new standard for human stupidity.
Watch the Meet the Press interview with PM Netanyahu.
That is why a group of activists are calling for rallies in communities across the US on what they have called Never Again Day September 27th, the day following the conclusion of the Holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Here is their statement.
Rally in your communities at Noon on September 27, 2012 - Never Again Day
The crocodiles are gathering once again at the UN General Assembly to feed on Israel.
On the 25th Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority will introduce a resolution seeking declaration of an illegal Palestinian state. On the 26th, Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House. Meanwhile President Obama allegedly has “scheduling problems” and therefore denied a similar meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Also on the 26th, while Jews around the world are observing the holiday of Yom Kippur, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will once again ascend the rostrum at the General Assembly to denounce the United States and threaten the Jewish State of Israel with nuclear annihilation. As usual groups from the northeastern US will rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in Manhattan protesting these attempts to extinguish Israel’s existence with little more than local New York regional news coverage.
This year, you can make a difference that has a global impact by acting locally. September 27th has been designated as Never Again Day. On that day, no matter where you are, groups are being called upon to gather in front of the local campaign offices of President Obama and register your concerns. The President must understand that the American people demand better treatment of Israel and wish to fight against threats to its existence. We must call upon the President to immediately establish “Red Lines” and end all sanction exemptions for Iran’s trading partners.
By sacrificing your lunch hour on the 27th and going to local Obama for President Campaign offices you can draw local media attention all across this county. We urge you to reach out to like minded friends of America and Israel in your community and ask them to gather with you to make your voice heard.
Go to the NeverAgainDay.com or facebook.com/neveragainday to find the location of the President Obama Campaign office in your locality, and keep checking in for updates. You will find further information to spread the word about this unique means of protesting the World’s indifference to the threats to America and Israel’s existence. By rallying at President Obama’s local campaign offices you will send an important message to President Obama.
Remember the date and time: September 27, 2012, at Noon in your respective Time Zones to rally at local Obama for President campaign Offices on Never Again Day.
Has there been a precedent for such a nationwide call to action regarding Israel? Nine years ago this writer was one of a group of activists who assembled rallies at local National Public Radio outlets across the US protesting alleged biases in reporting on Israel and Middle East issues. Rallies were held in more than three dozen locations throughout the US. Did that call to action work? The one day protest caught the attention of the media and NPR programming officials. Those officials tried to persuade the organizers that NPR provided fair and balanced coverage. For more than two weeks following the protest events, they received phone calls and emails from the NPR Vice President for news. To this day we remain unconvinced about NPR’s Israel news coverage. Nevertheless, clearly the protesters had touched a nerve.
That is why many believe Never Again Day might persuade the Obama Administration to heed the evidence that Iran will shortly have the means at its disposal to perpetrate a Nuclear Holocaust destroying the Jewish State of Israel. By rallying on September 27th, activists and supporters of Israel may yet draw national attention in communities across America that the US must demand that Iran halt its nuclear enrichment program or face possible military action. Meanwhile Iran’s nuclear clock is rocketing towards fulfillment of its objective to develop nuclear weapons threatening Israel’s existence. Next week’s action has come at a critical moment for both the US and Israel. The Never Again Rally will send an important message to the President to act before it is too late.
Her words -- in Italian -- as published in Panorama on April 18, 2012, are here:
SULL'ANTISEMITISMO - pag. 8
Oriana Fallaci: Panorama 18 aprile 2002
Io trovo vergognoso che in Italia si faccia un corteo di individui che vestiti da kamikaze berciano infami ingiurie a Israele, alzano fotografie di capi israeliani sulla cui fronte hanno disegnato una svastica, incitano il popolo a odiare gli ebrei. E che pur di rivedere gli ebrei nei campi di sterminio, nelle camera gas, nei forni crematori di Dachau e Mauthausen e di Buchenwald e di Bergen-Belsen eccetera, venderebbero a un harem la propria madre.
Io trovo vergognoso che la Chiesa Cattolica permetta a un vescovo, peraltro alloggiato in Vaticano, uno stinco di santo che a Gerusalemme venne trovato con un arsenale di armi ed esplosivi nascosti in speciali scomparti della sua sacra Mercedes, di partecipare a quel corteo e piazzarsi a un microfono per ringraziare in nome di Dio i kamikaze che massacrano gli ebrei nelle pizzerie e nei supermarket. Chiamarli "martiri che vanno alla morte come a una festa".
Io trovo che in Francia, la Francia del Liberté-Egalité-Fraternité, si bruciano le sinagoghe, si terrorizzano gli ebrei, si profanino i loro cimiteri.
Trovo vergognoso che in Olanda e in Germania e in Danimarca i giovani sfoggino il kaffiah come gli avanguardisti di Mussolini sfoggiavano il bastone e il distintivo fascista.
Trovo vergognoso che in quasi tutte le università europee gli studenti palestinesi spadroneggino e alimentino l'antisemitismo. Che in Svezia abbiano chiesto di ritirare il Premio Nobel per la Pace concesso a Shimon Peres nel 1994, e concentrarlo sulla colomba col ramoscello d'olivo in bocca cioè su Arafat.
Trovo vergognoso che gli esimi membri del Comitato, un Comitato che (a quanto pare) anziché il merito premia il colore politico, abbiano preso in considerazione la richiesta e pensino di esaudirla.
All'inferno il Premio Nobel e onore a chi non lo riceve.
Io trovo vergognoso (siamo di nuovo in Italia) che le Televisioni di stato contribuiscano al risorto antisemitismo piangendo solo sui morti palestinesi, facendo la tara ai morti israeliani, parlando in modo sbrigativo e spesso in tono svogliato di loro.
Trovo vergognoso che nei loro dibattiti ospitino con tanta deferenza i mascalzoni col turbante o col kaffiah che ieri inneggiavano alla strage di New York e oggi inneggiano alle stragi di Gerusalemme, di Haifa, di Netanya, di Tel Aviv.
Trovo vergognoso che la stampa scritta faccia lo stesso, che si indigni perché a Betlemme i carri armati israeliani circondano la Chiesa della Natività, che non si indigni perché nella medesima chiesa duecento terroristi palestinesi ben forniti di mitra e munizioni ed esplosivi (tra loro vari capi di Hamas e Al-Aqsa) siano non sgraditi ospiti dei frati (che poi dai militari dei carri armati accettano le bottiglie d'acqua minerale e il cestino di mele).
Trovo vergognoso che dando il numero degli israeliani morti dall'inizio della seconda intifada (quattrocentododici), un noto quotidiano abbia ritenuto giusto sottolineare a gran lettere che nei lori incidenti stradali ne muoiono di più. (Seicento all'anno).
Io trovo vergognoso che l'Osservatore Romano cioè il giornale del Papa, un Papa che non molto tempo fa lasciò nel Muro del Pianto una lettera di scuse per gli ebrei, accusi di sterminio un popolo sterminato a milioni dai cristiani. Dagli europei.
Trovo vergognoso che ai sopravvissuti di quel popolo (gente che ha ancora il numero tatuato sul braccio) quel giornali neghi il diritto di reagire, difendersi, non farsi sterminare di nuovo.
Trovo vergognoso che in nome di Gesù Cristo (un ebreo senza il quale oggi sarebbero tutti disoccupati) i preti delle nostre parrocchie o Centri Sociali o quel che sono amoreggino con gli assassini di chi a Gerusalemme non può recarsi a mangiar la pizza o a comprar le uova senza saltare in aria.
Trovo vergognoso che essi stiano dalla parte dei medesimi che inaugurarono il terrorismo ammazzandoci sugli aerei, negli aeroporti, alle Olimpiadi, e che oggi si divertono ad ammazzare i giornalisti occidentali. A fucilarli, a rapirli, a tagliargli la gola, a decapitarla (Dopo l'uscita de La Rabbia e l'orgoglio qualcuno in Italia vorrebbe farlo anche a me. Citando versi del Corano esorta i suoi "fratelli" delle moschee e delle Comunità Islamiche a castigarmi in nome di Allah. A uccidermi. Anzi a morire con me. Poiché è un tipo che conosce bene l'inglese, in inglese gli rispondo: "Fuck you").
Io trovo vergognoso che quasi tutta la sinistra, quella sinistra che venti anni fa permise a un suo corteo sindacale di deporre una bara (quale mafioso avvertimento) dinanzi alla sinagoga di Roma, dimentichi il contributo dato dagli ebrei alla lotta antifascista. Da Carlo e Nello Rosselli, per esempio, da Leone Ginzburg, da Umberto Terracini, da Leo Valiani, da Emilio Sereni, dalle donne come la mia amica Anna Maria Enriques Agnoletti fucilata a Firenze il 12 giugno 1944, dai settantacinque dei trecentocinquantacinque uccisi alla Fosse Ardeatine, dagli infiniti altri morti sotto le torture o in combattimento o dinanzi ai plotoni d'esecuzione. (I compagni, i maestri, della mia infanzia e della mia prima giovinezza).
Trovo vergognoso che anche per colpa della sinistra anzi soprattutto per colpa della sinistra (pensa alla sinistra che inaugura i suoi congressi applaudendo il rappresentante dell'OLP, in Italia il capo dei palestinesi che vogliono la distruzione di Israele) gli ebrei delle città italiane abbiano di nuovo paura. E nelle città francesi e olandesi e danesi e tedesche, lo stesso.
Trovo vergognoso che al passaggio del mascalzoni vestiti da kamikaze tremino come a Berlino tremavano la Notte dei Cristalli cioè la notte in cui Hitler avviò la Caccia all'Ebreo.
Io trovo vergognoso che obbedendo alla stupida, vile, disonesta, e per loro vantaggiosissima moda del Politically Correct i soliti opportunisti anzi i soliti parassiti sfruttino la parola Pace. Che in nome della parola Pace, ormai più sputtanata delle parole Amore e Umanità, assolvano da una parte sola l'odio e la bestialità. Che in nome d'un pacifismo (leggi conformismo) delegato ai grilli canterini e ai giullari che prima leccavano i piedi a Pol Pot aizzino la gente confusa o ingenua o intimidita. Che la imbroglino, la corrompano, la riportino indietro di mezzo secolo cioè alla stella gialle sul cappotto. Questi ciarlatani ai quali dei palestinesi importa quanto a me importa di loro. Cioè nulla.
Io trovo vergognoso che tanti italiani e tanti europei abbiano scelto come vessillo il signor (si fa per dire) Arafat. Questa nullità che grazie ai soldi della Famiglia Reale Saudita fa il Mussolini ad perpetuum e che nella sua megalomania crede di passare alla Storia come il George Washington della Palestina. Questo sgrammaticato che quando lo intervisti non riesce nemmeno a compilare una frase completa, un discorso articolato. Sicché per ricomporre il tutto, scriverlo, pubblicarlo, duri una fatica tremenda e concludi che paragonato a lui perfino Gheddafi diventa Leonardo da Vinci. Questo falso guerriero che va sempre in uniforme come Pinochet, mai che indossi un abito civile, e che tuttavia non ha mai partecipato ad una battaglia. La guerra la fa fare, l'ha sempre fatta fare, agli altri. Cioè ai poveracci che credono in lui. Questo pomposo incapace che recitando la parte del Capo di Stato ha fatto fallire i negoziati di Camp David, la mediazione di Clinton. No-No-Gerusalemme-la-voglio-tutta-per-me. Questo eterno bugiardo che ha uno sprazzo di sincerità soltanto quando (en privé) nega a Israele il diritto di esistere, e che come dico nel mio libro si smentisce ogni cinque secondi. Fa sempre il doppio gioco, mente perfino se gli chiede che ora è, sicché di lui non puoi fidarti mai. Mai! Da lui finisci sistematicamente tradito. Questo eterno terrorista che sa fare solo terrorista (stando al sicuro) e che negli Anni Settanta cioè quando lo intervistai addestrava pure i terroristi della Baader-Meinhof. Con loro, i bambini di dieci anni. Poveri bambini! (Ora li addestra per farne kamikaze. Cento baby-kamikaze sono in cantiere:cento!). Questa banderuola che la moglie la tiene a Parigi, servita e riverita come una regina, e che il suo popolo lo tiene nella merda. Dalla merda lo toglie soltanto per mandarlo a morire, a uccidere e a morire, come le diciottenni che per meritarsi l'uguaglianza con gli uomini devono imbottirsi d'esplosivo e disintegrarsi con le loro vittime. Eppure tanti italiani lo amano, sì. Proprio come amavano Mussolini. Tanti altri europei, lo stesso.
Io trovo vergognoso e vedo in tutto ciò il sorgere d'un nuovo fascismo, d'un nuovo nazismo. Un fascismo, un nazismo, tanto più bieco e ributtante in quanto condotto e nutrito da quelli che ipocritamente fanno i buonisti, i progressisti, i comunisti, i pacifisti, i cattolici anzi i cristiani, e che hanno la sfacciataggine di chiamare guerrafondaio chi come me grida la verità. Lo vedo, sì, e dico ciò che segue. Io col tragico e shakespeariano Sharon non sono mai stata tenera ("Lo so che è venuta ad aggiungere uno scalpo alla sua collana" mormorò quasi con tristezza quando andai a intervistarlo nel 1982). Con gli israeliani ho litigato spesso, di brutto, e in passato i palestinesi li ho difesi parecchio. Forse più di quanto meritassero. Però sto con Israele, sto con gli ebrei. Ci sto come ci stavo da ragazzina cioè al tempo in cui combattevo con loro, e le Anne Marie morivano fucilate. Difendo il loro diritto ad esistere, a difendersi, a non farsi sterminare una seconda volta. E disgustata dall'antisemitismo di tanti italiani, di tanti europei, mi vergogno di questa vergogna che disonora il mio Paese e l'Europa. Nel migliore dei casi, non una comunità di Stati ma un pozzo di Ponzi Pilati. Ed anche se tutti gli abitanti di questo pianeta la pensassero in modo diverso, io continuerò a pensarla così.
And in English translation here:
I find it shameful that in Italy there should be a
procession of individuals dressed as suicide bombers who
spew vile abuse at Israel, hold up photographs of
Israeli leaders on whose foreheads they have drawn the
swastika, incite people to hate the Jews. And who, in
order to see Jews once again in the extermination camps,
in the gas chambers, in the ovens of Dachau and
Mauthausen and Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen et cetera,
would sell their own mother to a harem. I find it
shameful that the Catholic Church should permit a bishop,
one with lodgings in the Vatican no less, a saintly man
who was found in Jerusalem with an arsenal of arms and
explosives hidden in the secret compartments of his
sacred Mercedes, to participate in that procession and
plant himself in front of a microphone to thank in the
name of God the suicide bombers who massacre the Jews in
pizzerias and supermarkets. To call them "martyrs who go
to their deaths as to a party."
I find it shameful that in France, the France of
Liberty-Equality-Fraternity, they burn synagogues,
terrorize Jews, profane their cemeteries. I find it
shameful that the youth of Holland and Germany and
Denmark flaunt the kaffiah just as Mussolini's avant
garde used to flaunt the club and the fascist badge. I
find it shameful that in nearly all the universities of
Europe Palestinian students sponsor and nurture antisemitism.
That in Sweden they asked that the Nobel Peace
Prize given to Shimon Peres in 1994 be taken back and
conferred on the dove with the olive branch in his mouth,
that is on Arafat. I find it shameful that the
distinguished members of the Committee, a Committee that
(it would appear) rewards political color rather than
merit, should take this request into consideration and
even respond to it. In hell the Nobel Prize honors he
who does not receive it.
I find it shameful (we're back in Italy) that staterun
television stations contribute to the resurgent
anti-Semitism, crying only over Palestinian deaths while
playing down Israeli deaths, glossing over them in
unwilling tones. I find it shameful that in their debates
they host with much deference the scoundrels with turban
or kaffiah who yesterday sang hymns to the slaughter at
New York and today sing hymns to the slaughters at
Jerusalem, at Haifa, at Netanya, at Tel Aviv. I find it
shameful that the press does the same, that it is
indignant because Israeli tanks surround the Church of
the Nativity in Bethlehem, that it is not indignant
because inside that same church two hundred Palestinian
terrorists well armed with machine guns and munitions and
explosives (among them are various leaders of Hamas and
Al-Aqsa) are not unwelcome guests of the monks (who then
accept bottles of mineral water and jars of honey from
the soldiers of those tanks). I find it shameful that, in
giving the number of Israelis killed since the beginning
of the Second Intifada (four hundred twelve), a noted
daily newspaper found it appropriate to underline in
capital letters that more people are killed in their
traffic accidents. (Six hundred a year).
I find it shameful that the Roman Observer, the
newspaper of the Pope--a Pope who not long ago left in
the Wailing Wall a letter of apology for the Jews--
accuses of extermination a people who were exterminated
in the millions by Christians. By Europeans. I find it
shameful that this newspaper denies to the survivors of
that people (survivors who still have numbers tattooed
on their arms) the right to react, to defend themselves,
to not be exterminated again. I find it shameful that in
the name of Jesus Christ (a Jew without whom they would
all be unemployed), the priests of our parishes or
Social Centers or whatever they are flirt with the
assassins of those in Jerusalem who cannot go to eat a
pizza or buy some eggs without being blown up. I find it
shameful that they are on the side of the very ones who
inaugurated terrorism, killing us on airplanes, in
airports, at the Olympics, and who today entertain
themselves by killing western journalists. By shooting
them, abducting them, cutting their throats,
decapitating them. (There's someone in Italy who, since
the appearance of Anger and Pride, would like to do the
same to me. Citing verses of the Koran he exhorts his
"brothers" in the mosques and the Islamic Community to
chastise me in the name of Allah. To kill me. Or rather
to die with me. Since Hess someone who speaks English
well, I'll respond to him in English: "Fuck you.")
I find it shameful that almost all of the left, the
left that twenty years ago permitted one of its union
processionals to deposit a coffin (as a mafioso warning)
in front of the synagogue of Rome, forgets the
contribution made by the Jews to the fight against
fascism. Made by Carlo and Nello Rossini, for example,
by Leone Ginzburg, by Umberto Terracini, by Leo Valiani,
by Emilio Sereni, by women like my friend Anna Maria
Enriques Agnoletti who was shot at Florence on June 12,
1944, by seventy-five of the three-hundred-thirty-five
people killed at the Fosse Ardeatine, by the infinite
others killed under torture or in combat or before
firing squads. (The companions, the teachers, of my
infancy and my youth.) I find it shameful that in part
through the fault of the left--or rather, primarily
through the fault of the left (think of the left that
inaugurates its congresses applauding the representative
of the PLO, leader in Italy of the Palestinians who want
the destruction of Israel)--Jews in Italian cities are
once again afraid. And in French cities and Dutch cities
and Danish cities and German cities, it is the same. I
find it shameful that Jews tremble at the passage of the
scoundrels dressed like suicide bombers just as they
trembled during Krystallnacht, the night in which Hitler
gave free rein to the Hunt of the Jews.
I find it shameful that in obedience to the stupid,
vile, dishonest, and for them extremely advantageous
fashion of Political Correctness the usual opportunists-
-or better the usual parasites--exploit the word Peace.
That in the name of the word Peace, by now more debauched
than the words Love and Humanity, they absolve one side
alone of its hate and bestiality. That in the name of a
pacifism (read conformism) delegated to the singing
crickets and buffoons who used to lick Pol Pot's feet
they incite people who are confused or ingenuous or
intimidated. Trick them, corrupt them, carry them back a
half century to the time of the yellow star on the coat.
These charlatans who care about the Palestinians as much
as I care about the charlatans. That is not at all.
I find it shameful that many Italians and many
Europeans have chosen as their standard-bearer the
gentleman (or so it is polite to say) Arafat. This
nonentity who thanks to the money of the Saudi Royal
Family plays the Mussolini ad perpetuum and in his
megalomania believes he will pass into History as the
George Washington of Palestine. This ungrammatical
wretch who when I interviewed him was unable even to put
together a complete sentence, to make articulate
conversation. So that to put it all together, write it,
publish it, cost me a tremendous effort and I concluded
that compared to him even Ghaddafi sounds like Leonardo
da Vinci. This false warrior who always goes around in
uniform like Pinochet, never putting on civilian garb,
and yet despite this has never participated in a battle.
War is something he sends, has always sent, others to do
for him. That is, the poor souls who believe in him. This
pompous incompetent who playing the part of Head of State
caused the failure of the Camp David negotiations,
Clinton's mediation. No-no-I-want-Jerusalem-all-tomyself.
This eternal liar who has a flash of sincerity
only when (in private) he denies Israel's right to exist,
and who as I say in my book contradicts himself every
five minutes. He always plays the double-cross, lies
even if you ask him what time it is, so that you can
never trust him. Never! With him you will always wind up
systematically betrayed. This eternal terrorist who knows
only how to be a terrorist (while keeping himself safe)
and who during the Seventies, that is when I interviewed
him, even trained the terrorists of Baader-Meinhof. With
them, children ten years of age. Poor children. (Now he
trains them to become suicide bombers. A hundred baby
suicide bombers are in the works: a hundred!). This
weathercock who keeps his wife at Paris, served and
revered like a queen, and keeps his people down in the
shit. He takes them out of the shit only to send them to
die, to kill and to die, like the eighteen year old girls
who in order to earn equality with men have to strap on
explosives and disintegrate with their victims. And yet
many Italians love him, yes. Just like they loved
Mussolini. And many other Europeans do the same. I find
it shameful and see in all this the rise of a new
fascism, a new nazism. A fascism, a nazism, that much
more grim and revolting because it is conducted and
nourished by those who hypocritically pose as dogooders,
progressives, communists, pacifists, Catholics
or rather Christians, and who have the gall to label a
warmonger anyone like me who screams the truth. I see
it, yes, and I say the following. I have never been
tender with the tragic and Shakespearean figure Sharon.
("I know you've come to add another scalp to your
necklace," he murmured almost with sadness when I went
to interview him in 1982.) I have often had disagreements
with the Israelis, ugly ones, and in the past I have
defended the Palestinians a great deal. Maybe more than
they deserved. But I stand with Israel, I stand with the
Jews. I stand just as I stood as a young girl during the
time when I fought with them, and when the Anna Marias
were shot. I defend their right to exist, to defend
themselves, to not let themselves be exterminated a
second time. And disgusted by the anti-Semitism of many
Italians, of many Europeans, I am ashamed of this shame
that dishonors my Country and Europe. At best, it is not
a community of States, but a pit of Pontius Pilates. And
even if all the inhabitants of this planet were to think
otherwise, I would continue to think so.
The Gaza Strip Enjoys Economic Growth That The Rest Of The World Can Only Dream Of
Apart from the usual transfer of goods from Israel into the Gaza Strip (the first week of September deliveries are detailed below) it is revealing to note that the growth rate of the Palestinian economy in Judea and Samaria – the so-called West Bank – has stayed at 5.2% (according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics). This stagnant rate (nonetheless, a rate that almost every other economy in the world would envy) was apparently the result of the budget crisis experienced by the Palestinian Authority (PA) due to a decrease in international aid, difficulty in getting additional loans from local banks to pay off its deficit, and a lack of increase in local tax revenues. In the light of the PA's ongoing budget crisis, Israel transferred an advance of NIS 180 million (approximately USD 45 million) on the 27th. of July of this year (the start of the month of Ramadan for the Mohammedans). The money helped the PA to pay salaries in time to celebrate the holiday.
The Gaza Strip enjoyed a 27% growth rate in 2011 compared to 2010, contributing to a rise of about 23% in the per capita GDP, with every measure indicating that the high growth rate has continued into 2012.
Overall, 1,531 truckloads (42,743 tons) were unloaded at the crossings. The heavy-duty diesel Qatari donation to the Gaza strip continued to enter in order to operate the power plant, the delivery continued passing through the Nitzana crossing.
At the Erez Crossing:
182 international organization staff members entered Israel.
192 international organization staff members entered the Gaza Strip.
286 patients and accompanying individuals crossed into Israel.
1,531 truckloads (42,743 tons) were imported to the Gaza Strip.
Gaza Arabs Pay For Food, Fuel And Medical Help With Rockets And Death
Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists have fired more than 8,000 rockets into Israel. Over one million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks.
In 2011 alone, 627 rockets from Gaza hit Israeli towns. That’s an even higher number than in 2010, when 231 rockets hit Israel. Since 2001, more than 12,800 rockets and mortars, an average of 3 attacks every single day, have landed in Israel.
Hamas is the ruling entity of the Gaza Strip and recognized as a terrorist group by the US, UK, EU and Israel. In recent years, Hamas has been increasing the size and capabilities of its rocket arsenal.
More than half a million Israelis have less than 60 seconds to find shelter after a rocket is launched from Gaza into Israel. Most rockets launched from Gaza into Israel are capable of reaching Israel’s biggest southern cities:
Although Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists continued to launch thousands of rockets into Israeli cities and communities. After exhausting non-military moves and diplomatic overtures to hinder Hamas’ rocket attacks, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead in December 2008. The military operation was successful in destroying Hamas’ rocket launchers and terror infrastructure for a short time.