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These are all the Blogs posted on Friday, 23, 2011.
Friday, 23 September 2011
You dam pervert ...

... hisses The Sun:

A WEIRDO was arrested for trying to have sex with a sea defence wall.

Police warned the man not to do it again.

The bizarre incident in Felixstowe was among 48 separate reported cases of outraging public decency in Suffolk since 2007.

Weirdos, eh? Can't take 'em anywhere. As for the wall, it turned out to be a dyke.

Posted on 09/23/2011 4:08 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 23 September 2011
Police make eighth terror arrest

From AFP

Police have arrested an eighth suspect in Birmingham as part of a major pre-planned counter-terrorism operation targeting Islamic extremists. Detectives swooped overnight Sunday to arrest six men and a woman -- all British passport holders -- on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism. Police sources said the operation targeted Islamists.

I'm glad they described them as 'British passport holders' and not 'British'. It is also interesting that most of the headlines, other than this one, say "Seventh MAN" arrested - completely forgetting that a woman is in the plot. Eight Muslims so far, and counting.

The 20-year-old was arrested at around 6:00pm (1700 GMT) "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK (contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000). He was arrested at a police station, which he had agreed to attend.

"The six men arrested earlier in the week continue to be questioned. Officers have until Sunday night to charge or release them, or apply for a warrant of further detention."

Posted on 09/23/2011 4:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 23 September 2011
Mrs Bedonebyasyoudid

Talking of water babies, Mrs Bedonebyasyoudid has stirred herself. Wikileaker Julian Assange is unhappy that his autobiography has been published without his permission. The last time Mrs Bedonebyasyoudid moved so effectively was when Josef Fritzl complained that his prison cell was too small.

Perhaps Mrs B is saving her energies for Islam, from which the gentler Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby is conspicuously absent.

Posted on 09/23/2011 4:15 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 23 September 2011
Obama Plays the “Jupus� Card Trolling for Jewish Votes in 2012

Lori Lowenthal Marcus of Z Street

NYTimes photo

A tip of the chapeau to Judy B.

The New York Times has an article in today's edition, “Jewish Votes in Play”   citing a recent Gallup poll about the alleged steadfast support of likely American Jewish voters for President Obama in the 2012 election:

. . . a new Gallup poll shows that Jews are no more disillusioned than other Americans are with Mr. Obama. According to the poll, his Jewish support has declined since the election in 2008 — but at a rate no different from that of Americans as a whole. Even with that drop-off, 54 percent of Jewish voters told Gallup in August and September that they approved of the job the president was doing (compared with 41 percent of American voters overall). In fact, Jews continue to be far more enthusiastic about Mr. Obama than other Americans — a 13-point difference that has remained sizable throughout the president’s term.

President Obama is playing the “Jupus” card in his 2012 re-election campaign trolling for Jewish votes and money.  Jupus is a neologism defining the persistent attachment of predominately liberal American Jewish voters to Democratic candidates in Presidential and Congressional elections.  This is best captured in the fabled comment about this political science phenomenon by the late essayist, Milton Himmelfarb: “Jews earn like Episcopalians but vote like Puerto Ricans”.  

The creator of the term "Jupus," Dr. Charles Jacobs of Americans for Peace and Tolerance  of Boston defines it thusly.

In Lupus, an auto-immune disease, the body’s cells that are normally used to fight off external infections, have their function somehow inverted, and they begin to attack the host body itself.

In Jupus, the special inborn Jewish intelligence, provided by the Lord to help Jews survive on a hostile planet, especially perhaps to ward off dangerous anti-Semitic assaults, reverses its function and attacks the host Jewish community. It appears that the more advanced the intellectual gifts, the more extreme the disease, as in the Chomskyite strain. In its more common form, it is associated with simple leftism – a Jewish adaptation to persistent assault involving an attempt to submerge the attacked Jewish identity by adopting a universalist posture. On the religious plane, this is plainly observable in the growing phalanx of those who seek to substitute leftist ideals for Torah Judaism, a “we’re here to help the world” dodge -- Tikkun Olam uber alles, as it were. These can be appropriately described as “Tikkunistas.”

Let see how Obama is using Jupus in his re-election effort.

Yesterday, I walked into my synagogue in Florida’s Panhandle and asked our secretary where our new rabbi was? The answer, he was on a conference call with hundreds of rabbis across the country with  President, Barack Obama. That spoke volumes about the desperation within the Obama campaign.  After the  'earthquake' of the NY9th Congressional District  special election GOP victory, the Obama re-election team was jolted and redoubled efforts to keep liberal Jews close by invoking Jupus. This was a desperate move to prevent losing several hundred thousand Jewish voters in key battleground states distressed over the Administration’s faux Israel policy, hence the Wednesday speech at the UN General Assembly and the meeting and joint statement with Netanyahu on the return to the fiction of bi-lateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Those disaffected Jewish voters  in the suburban Philadelphia  community of Bala Cynwd cited in a related  New York Times article, “Fear Gnaws at Liberalism”  included  Z Street co-founder, Lori Lowenthal Marcus.  According to Richard Baehr of The American Thinker  those disaffected American Jews are likely Romney voters in 2012.

The Palestinians basically think they have all the cards for a UN General Assembly vote, but have a US veto staring them in the face at the UN Security Council. They will follow the strategy capsuled in the alleged fabled Taliban comment: "you may have a watch, but we have all the time."  That is why PA President Mahmoud Abbas will stride confidently to the podium this morning and in the words of Turkey’s Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “plant a flag at the UN” with his unilateral declaration of an ‘imaginary’ Palestinian state.  Their strategy is aimed at exposing Obama as not being a fair mediator and selling out both them and the restive Arab Muslim ummah. Dumb move on Obama's part after pandering to all of the Palestinian demands and isolating Israel. That is the opinion of Emanuele Ottolenghi, Brussels-based senior fellow of the Foundations for the Defense of Democracies, who commented in an interview to be published in the October edition of the New English Review:

If the Obama Administration is forced to use its veto once again on this issue what it comes down to is that despite all of his efforts, President Obama will be presented and described in the Arab world as the President who twice in his tenure used a veto to defend Israel against what Arabs perceive to be their fundamental and undeniable rights.  It is a move designed I think, more than anything else, to embarrass the US Administration and to make the case that the Palestinians are trying to make that the US is no longer a reliable mediator.  The Palestinians’ bottom line is to undermine 40 years of international diplomacy in the Middle East which were based on UN Security Council Resolution 242.  A resolution which sets the parameters for peace making in the region, the principle of land for peace through negotiations.  By going to the UN and asking the UN to proclaim a Palestinian state under borders that a Security Council Resolution will define, the PA is trying to alleviate itself from the duty and the burden of negotiations.   It is basically trying to push aside America as the principal mediator in that process.   Whatever way you look at it beyond the procedural issues this is a clear and clever ploy to corner the US and put the current Administration in a bind.  If they stand by their commitment to veto a resolution by the Security Council to recognize Palestine as a state the US standing as a mediator will be further undermined in the public opinion and among the governments in the Arab world. Of course the entire peace process will collapse as a consequence of this.

Yesterday, we posted on the newly formed National Conference on Jewish Affairs that has organized activities and protests at the 66th session of the UN General Assembly in Manhattan this week.  The co-founders of the NCJA include Dr. Herb London of the Hudson Institute, Lori Lowenthal Marcus of Z Street and Beth Gilinsky of the Liberty Alliance.  These American Jews are not afflicted with Jupus. They see clearly through the diaphanous veil of President Obama’s failed policies towards Israel, our only reliable ally in the Middle East of the tumultuous Arab Spring.  Dr. Charles Jacobs in a phone call this morning   talked about his attendance at yesterday’s Durban Watch counter conference in Manhattan that I watched via a PJTV webcast. Jacobs said that he was pleasantly surprised that  a number of NCJA chapters have sprouted up across the country. So, are a lot of us, me included.  If those are realized and are joined by dozens more  the co-founders of the NCJA can thank pioneers like Ha’Emet -The Truth in Orange County, California, the Jewish American Affairs Committee of Indiana, Boston’s Russian Jewish Community Foundation and the in Manhattan.

May a hundred chapters of the NCJA bloom. They are the antidote to Jupus. They are in the vanguard of concerned American Jews seeking to thwart an Obama re-election in 2012.

Posted on 09/23/2011 7:47 AM by Jerry Gordon
Friday, 23 September 2011
Netanyahu Will Tell The Truth "To Anyone Who Wants To Hear The Truth"

From a news item from September 15:


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to speak netanyahu youtubebefore the UN General Assembly next week, before it votes on recognition of a Palestinian state on September 23.

At today's press conference with Czech Prime Minister Dr. Petr Necas, Netanyahu said, "The General Assembly is not a place where Israel usually receives a fair hearing, but I have nonetheless decided to tell the truth to anyone who wants to hear the truth."
Posted on 09/23/2011 9:14 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 23 September 2011
A Musical Interlude: Mean To Me (Annette Hanshaw)

Listen here.

Posted on 09/23/2011 9:39 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 23 September 2011
A Russian Literary Interlude: To The Muse (V. Nabokov)


Я помню твой приход: ра�тущий звон,
волнение, неведомое миру.
Луна �квозь ветки тронула балкон,
и пала тень, похожа� на лиру.

Мне, юному, дл� неги плеч твоих
казал�� �мб одеждой �лишком грубой.
�о был певуч неправильный мой �тих
и улыбал�� рифмой кра�ногубой.

Я �ча�тлив был. �ад га�нущим �толом
огонь дрожал, вылущивал огарок;
и �нило�ь мне: �траница под �теклом
бе��мертна�, в�� в молни�х помарок.

Теперь не то. Дл� утренней звезды
не откажу�ь от утренней дремоты.
Мне не под �илу многие труды,
о�обенно тще�лави� заботы.

Я опытен, � �куп и нетерпим.
�атертый �тих бли�тает чище меди.
Мы изредка � тобою говорим
через забор, как �тарые �о�еди.

Да, зрело�ть живопи�на, �пору нет:
ли�т виноградный, груша, пол-арбуза
и - ма�тер�тва предел - прозрачный �вет.
Мне холодно. Ведь �то о�ень, муза.


Posted on 09/23/2011 8:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 23 September 2011
The Promised Land, For Atheists

I don't believe in God -- never have and never will -- but on the off-chance that there is a God, I am fully prepared to, and do, believe, that He would certainly have promised the Land of Israel long ago to the Jewish people, the People of Israel.  And after all that has happened since, He would certainly have insisted they were entitled to keep it, to have and to hold, to  love and to cherish it,  no matter what the  grotesque demands and sly propaganda and  widely-induced amnesia of the Slow Jihadists and the Fast Jihadists in this world of latter-day feints..  .

Why should you believe in this Promised Land idea, or at least agree that you should support it and not scoff at it, you who refuse to believe in practically anything?  Out of your innate sense of Justice, and of Poetic Justice, and of Poetry.

That's why.

Posted on 09/23/2011 10:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 23 September 2011
Victory! UC Muslim students found Guilty of Disturbing Israel Amb. Oren Speech

UCMuslim Student Defendents in Orange County Trial

The Orange County (CA) Register photo

Victory at last against Muslim intimidation of free speech on college campuses. The so-called UC Irvine Ten, who disrupted the speech on February 8, 2010 of Israeli Ambassador to the US, Hon. Michael B. Oren, were found guilty in a Santa Ana, California Superior Court trial. This was the culmination of a grand jury investigation into the incident at the UC Irvine campus instigated by student members of the UC Irvine Muslim Student Union and the UC Riverside Muslim student association. Both groups are Muslim Brotherhood fronts in America. 

The controversial trial was brought in February, 2011 by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas despite threats of intimidation by CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood groups that the students’ free speech rights were violated. We had posted on the trial background and developments, here.

The Orange County Register noted the jury’s decision, the prosecutors and defense attorneys’ reactions after the verdict was reached yesterday. The sentencing phase at a hearing today in the Santa Ana courtroom of Judge Wilson will determine whether students will be sentenced to serve up to six months for the misdemeanor.

A jury Thursday found 10 Muslim university students guilty of disrupting a speech by an Israeli diplomat at UC Irvine last year, in a case that focused on free speech.

The six-man, six-woman jury found the students guilty on all counts of misdemeanor disturbing a public meeting and conspiracy in connection with the Feb. 8, 2010, talk by Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States. Watch video

"We're delighted the jury saw this the same way we saw it," said Assistant District Attorney Dan Wagner.

The prosecution said the defendants used a "heckler's veto" to thwart the free speech rights of the speaker and others in the audience, while the defense countered what the protesters did was a lawful expression of their free speech.

Defense attorney Dan Stormer said he was honored to represent the students, but disappointed in the verdict.

The jurors left the courtroom without comment immediately after the verdict was announced.

Court will reconvene at 1:30 this afternoon for a possible sentencing.

After months of pretrial motion, the trial lasted eight days, including about two days spent on closing arguments by one prosecutor and six defense attorneys earlier this week.

Wagner told jurors the protesters actions amounted to censorship when they planned to disrupt Oren and tried to cover it up.

The right to free speech is not absolute, he said, and it does not include canceling out the speech of others.

"If heckler's veto was allowed, then no one would have the right to free speech," he said. "Freedom does not mean that no one can tell me what I can do. That's not freedom; that's anarchy."

The prosecutor urged jurors not to buy into the "alternate reality" created by the defense, saying the defendants "convicted themselves."

Defense attorneys for the students – seven from UC Irvine and three from UC Riverside – said their clients intentionally disrupted the speech, but they believed they were conducting a peaceful protest that did not break any laws.

University officials' zero tolerance for protest kept students from exercising their rights to free speech, defense attorneys argued.

And, they told jurors in Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson's court, officials were prohibiting the content of the protesters' statements at a controversial political speech and not simply their conduct.

One of the elements the prosecution needed to prove for the jury to find the students guilty was the students' conduct and not the content of their message disrupted the speaker.

"It was the message that was being targeted by administrators;" defense attorney Lisa Holder said, "The University was prohibiting (the students') unpopular pro-Palestinian message."

This verdict and sentencing in the Orange County Superior Court trial of the ten Muslim UC students might set a new standard by spiking other attempts at intimidating the rights of free speech in the academia. Those rights have been violated by Muslim Student campus groups across the US. Congratulations are due to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Assistant DA Dan Wagner for bringing the action and conducting this successful prosecution. 

This decision will doubtless be an embarrassment to Orange County Jewish Federation Shalom Elcott, who thought the proceedings were “excessive punishment.”  The Orange County Superior Court decision in the trial of the UC Irvine Ten will be a vindication of local activists in both Orange County and UCIrvine. Among those are  Dee Sterling and Debra Glazer of Ha’Emet-The truth, UC Irvine Professor Amihai Glazer and UC Adjunct Professor, Gary Fouse and the more than 57 other faculty colleagues who signed a letter protesting Islamic anti-Semitism on the troubled campus. We hope that both the UC Irvine Chancellor Drake and UCAL Chancellor Yudoff take notice of this important decision and set new standards in the UCAL system for freedom of speech.

Posted on 09/23/2011 4:03 PM by Jerry Gordon
Friday, 23 September 2011
What I Learned on Obama's Rabbi Call

Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein

I listened to President  Obama’s rabbi call yesterday. The whole operation was managed by the Reform movement with leftist Rabbi David Saperstein acting as chairperson and droolingly thanking the President for all he had done. Rabbi David Saperstein is married to Ellen Weiss, formerly Senior Vice President for News of National Public Radio who was forced to resign after she summarily fired former NPR columnist Juan Williams for having said on the Bill O’Reilly show that he worried when he gets on an airplane and sees “people dressed in garb that identifies them first and foremost as Muslims.” (“Juan Williams: I Was Fired for Telling the Truth” ).  Agudat Israel, the Orthodox rabbinic group, was included but they were at the bottom of the list so that none of their rabbis had a chance to ask a question. This is hardly a surprise since Orthodox rabbis are least likely to be in Obama’s corner. Two questions were selected, one on the economy and the other on the Middle East. There were no surprises. It was an electioneering effort by the President which was warmly received by the rabbinic left. I noticed one thing that seemed to reflect the President’s mind set: He twice emphasized that the road to peace in the Middle East, especially between Israel and Egypt and Turkey, was through successful peace negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, which, as we know, is nonsense. The Palestinians won’t make a genuine peace and the Israelis would be insane to give away an inch of territory after what they should have learned in Gaza, South Lebanon, and the Sinai. Moreover, Obama’s remarks seem to indicate that he believes the conflict is territorial rather than religious. A territorial conflict can be resolved through compromise and diplomacy, but not a genuine religious conflict. At least, Hamas speaks the truth on that issue.

Further straws in the wind: Today’s NYT editorial on the Middle East (“The Palestinians’ Bid”) asserts that Obama is doing the right thing in vetoing the Palestinian UN bid for statehood and asserts that peace is only possible between the interested parties. It then goes on characyeristically to blame Netanyahu for failure to reach an agreement with the Palestinians and urges Obama and/or the Quartet to formulate a plan and present it to Netanyahu, presumably with implicit “persuaders” attached. I would guess that Obama’s next move, perhaps through Hilary, will be to tell the Israelis, “Look what we’ve done for you. We can’t go on helping you forever so you had better come up with a plan that Abbas can accept. This may have to wait until term 2, if he has one, and he will then say that the US has done all it can but the Israeli “hard right” has not cooperated. Therefore, we have no choice but to support Palestinian statehood, putting all the blame on Netanyahu, with the Jewish left serving as the amen corner.


Posted on 09/23/2011 5:00 PM by Richard L. Rubenstein
Friday, 23 September 2011
Senators Wary Of Turkey

From NTI:

Senators Wary of U.S. Relationship With Turkey

A bipartisan group of senators on Monday delivered a letter to the White House voicing concerns about the U.S. relationship with Turkey, which recently agreed to host an early warning radar system as part of NATO efforts to protect Europe from missile attacks, Foreign Policy reported (see GSN, Sept. 14).

Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and other lawmakers addressed "concern regarding the Turkish government's recent foreign policy decisions that call into question its commitment to the NATO alliance, threaten regional stability and undermine U.S. interests."

Among the actions cited in the letter are Ankara's ejection of Israel's ambassador to Turkey and calling home its own envoy from Israel. Those moves followed Jerusalem's dismissal of any potential apology for the deaths of Turkish citizens during an Israeli military action against a flotilla heading to Gaza.

Ankara has also called off the 2011 NATO Anatolian Eagle air drill, which for 10 years has included Israel, and has prohibited Israeli commercial airplanes from entering Turkey's airspace, according to the letter.

"Mr. President, it appears that Turkey is shifting to a policy of confrontation, if not hostility, towards our allies in Israel and we urge you to mount a diplomatic offensive to reverse this course," the lawmakers stated. "We ask you to outline Turkey's eroding support in Congress with Prime Minister Erdogan at the earliest opportunity and how its current ill-advised policy toward the state of Israel will also negatively reflect on U.S.-Turkish relations and Turkey's role in the future of NATO."

The lawmakers were also looking for confirmation to Congress that information provided by the Turkey-based radar would be provided to Israel without delay. Leaders in Ankara reportedly object to such data sharing.

The Obama administration has said it has not agreed to any measure that would prevent sharing of radar information with Israel.

"There is an understanding that the radar is a NATO system that is designed to protect NATO from threats from the Middle East. It's understood that the U.S. has a separate and robust missile defense cooperation program with Israel," according to one high-level administration official, adding that an AN/TPY-2 X-band radar like the one being sent to Turkey has already been deployed in Israel.

"Data from all U.S. missile defense assets worldwide, including not only from radars in Turkey and Israel, but from other sensors as well, is fused to maximize the effectiveness of our missile defenses worldwide; this data can be shared with our allies and partners in this effort," another top-level administration official said.

However, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday asserted that Israel would not receive information from the radar station.

"We will provide support only for systems that belong to NATO and are used solely by members of NATO," he said, calling contradictory claims a "manipulation."

Along with Kirk, the letter's signatories included Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

Kirk is also battling against U.S. antimissile collaboration with Russia, Foreign Policy reported.

The United States and NATO have sought to draw Moscow into the European missile shield plan, thereby allaying its concerns that the system would be aimed at countering the Russian nuclear deterrent. No deal has been reached amid continued disagreements about how such a collaborative effort should be structured.

Kirk said secret Russian activities, along with missile and nuclear collaboration with Iran, should preclude the Kremlin from any missile shield deal with the United States, according to a Sept. 8 memorandum to the heads of the House Armed Services Committee.

"The danger is that Russia will have access to America's most time-sensitive, real time missile defense data," Kirk stated.

"We remain convinced this could be a major win-win for the U.S.-Russia relationship and the Russia-NATO relationship," a high-level administration official countered. "But they remain skeptical on the impact of the system on Russia's security, so we have a lot of work still to do" (Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy, Sept. 19).

Meanwhile, U.S. defense contractor Raytheon is recommending installing its Standard Missile 3 interceptor on 10 European naval vessels, Aviation International News reported on Monday. The proposal is aimed at spreading responsibility for the European missile shield among a number of NATO nation beyond the United States (Chris Pocock, Aviation International News, Sept. 19).

Posted on 09/23/2011 8:09 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 23 September 2011
A Turkish Columnist: Scaring Non-Muslims Away Was A Bad Idea

From Hurriyet:

Sending non-Muslims away was a bad idea

September 9, 2011

Regional disparity is an important issue in Turkey. Take for example, the top 1,000 industrial companies list of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO-1000). Have you ever looked at the geographical location of the companies in the list? Let me tell you: There are no factories in the east of Turkey. Let me correct: If you look for provinces with at least three companies on the ISO-1000 list, then the whole east of Turkey looks empty. It is sad.

Why is that so? It looks as if the “capabilities sets” of those provinces do not allow them to host factories. Capabilities are not only about hardware such as electricity, roads and buildings. They are also about the software, such as a skilled labor force, availability of trade connections, technical know-how, etc. Software issues also include restaurants, shopping centers, quality schools and hospitals for the skilled “expat” workers who may choose to work there. Industrialization comes as a package. That package is the capabilities set of the geographical location. Those provinces that have gradually improved the capabilities set have developed industrial capacity in their towns. That is how industry has spread throughout Anatolia in the last two decades. Industrial development requires enrichment of the local capabilities set. But still the regional disparity is there to stay. The discrepancy is about capabilities sets.

Sumru AltuÄŸ of Koç University in Istanbul is noting internal migration as a remedy for regional disparity in Turkey. That was mentioned in a May 2010 policy note from the TÜSÄ°AD-Koç University Economic Research Forum. That is the urban-rural migration within the country. When I was born about 50 years ago, 30 percent of the population was living in urban centers. Now that has increased to 75 percent. There is a flow of migrants from poor rural to rich urban centers.

What is the impact of migration on the capabilities sets of migration-sending provinces? There lies the difference between the early-1900 and post-1960 migrations in Anatolia. Migration had corrosive effects on capabilities sets of sender provinces at the beginning of the 20th century. Then there was a sizable non-Muslim population in Anatolia contributing to the capabilities sets of their provinces. They had trade connections, commercial know-how and technical skills. And then they were gone. Now there are none. In the jingoistic atmosphere of the nation-building time, sending non-Muslims away looked like a good idea for our founding fathers. However, looking back now, it definitely had a corrosive effect on the capabilities set of migrant-sending provinces. Nation-building exercises in this neighborhood at the time had a detrimental effect on capabilities sets of many provinces and countries.

The post-1960 migratory trend from poor to rich provinces, on the other hand, is more neutral. That did not have a major impact on the skills set of the provinces providing migrants to the rich urban centers. Those who are migrating this time are already poor and have no skills whatsoever.

It is not only in Anatolia. Max von Oppenheim, the Pan-German contemporary of Kaiser Wilhelm, son of the Oppenheim banking dynasty, reporting on a wave of Lebanese Christian migration to America in spring 1903, noted with anger the economic impact of this brain drain on Beirut. It was everywhere in the Ottoman Empire at the same time. The fall of an empire is full of sorrows.


Notice how the Turkish author, though he regrets the disappearance of non-Muslims (Armenians, Greeks, Jews) can't quite bring himself to explain why this happened, and instead he suggests that they simply "went away." He overlooks the massacres of the Armenians, possibly of 1.5 million of them, with others fleeing to the West, the massacres of the Greeks in Smyrna and elsewhere, and then the 1955 pogrom of Greeks in Istanbul; he overlooks the steady pressure on the Jews -- along with much sentimenalizing about "how well the Turks always treated the Jews" (yes, compared to the Nazis, they were just fine; compared to the Arabs, they were just fine; but compared to how Jews and other non-Muslims should be treated, that is with full legal and social equality, they were not treated just fine in the past and certainly are being made to feel most unwelcome and uneasy now, thanks to the hysterical hate, scarcely-contained, of Mr. Erdogan].

He misses the non-Muslims. Oh, in Iraq they are starting to miss the Christians (as some older Iraqis miss the Jews among whom, in Baghdad, they grew up). But why have more than 60% of Iraq's Christians left? Out of fear of what Muslims have done, are doing, and will do to them, if not held in check by a despot such as Saddam Hussein. And the same fear is now palpable among the Christians in Syria, and especially in Aleppo. where Armenians sense the hatred toward them of Sunni Arabs, a hatred given a hollow justification that "the Christians aren't joining us in protests." Why should they? They have much to fear from the loss of Alawite control of the country, even if they no doubt wish that the Alawites were headed by someone more politically adroit than Assad. And since the Iraqi Christians made up 3% of the pouplation, but 1/3 of the educated class of doctors, engineers, and other professionals, their loss will do great damage to Iraq's economy as well as to the tenor of life.

In Egypt, those "Egyptian intellectuals" or some of them, miss the ancien regime, the old days, but most of them can't quite understand why those old days ended. Could the seizure of all the property belonging to, and the expelling of, the Jews, the Greeks, the Italians and other Levantines who had lived in Egypt, in Alexandria and Cairo, for centuries, possibly have something to do with the ending of a lively cultural atmosphere, that does not exist, and will never return?

Is Lebanon better off now that the Christians, who were just a few decades ago in the majority, have had their numbers so reduced? What do Lebanese think? What would any intelligent person think?

This Turkish columnist sees the damage that Turkey has done to itself by having a diminishing number of non-Muslims. But he can't say, perhaps he can't even recognize, that the reason for this is that Muslims will always oppress non-Muslims, and in the modern world it is now easier for non-Muslims to pack up and leave. And they will continue to do so, in Iraq, in Syria, possibly in Egypt and Lebanon. And those countries, and the Muslims in them, will all suffer, in every way.

Tant pis for eux.


Posted on 09/23/2011 8:25 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 23 September 2011
A Musical Interlude: Goodnight Sweetheart (Al Bowlly)

Listen here.

Posted on 09/23/2011 8:42 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 23 September 2011
Taslima Nasreen Offers Some Home Truths About Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie spars with Taslima Nasreen on Twitter

Javed Anwer, TNN Sep 22, 2011,

NEW DELHI: Days after he joined Twitter saying he was now in the "madhouse", author Salman Rushdie may be realizing that the social media site can be just that.

On Wednesday, Rushdie and Taslima Nasreen got into a micro-blogging spat, with the Bangladeshi writer accusing him of "begging" for followers and chasing women.

"Salman Rushdie is begging everyone to follow him on Twitter. He'll feel embarrassed if he doesn't get a million followers," she tweeted, adding, "Be aware of Salman Rushdie! He wants to get girls in his 'whipped cream range'."

Posted on 09/23/2011 9:12 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 23 September 2011
Simon Deng Former Sudanese Slave: “Calling Israel a racist state is absolutely absurd and immoral.�

Simon Deng at Stand With Israel Demonstration UN 9-22-11

Simon Deng, a former South Sudanese slave taken by a neighbor as a young boy to Islamist Northern Sudan gave this impassioned speech at yesterday’s Durban Watch Conference in New York. He puts the lie to the Zionism is Racism canard of Durban III painting Israel as a pariah state. Rather as he points out it is the Arab Muslim Jihadis who have engaged in racial genocide of millions of Sudanese, whether Muslim or Christian.  As he further points out it is Israel that is the ultimate destination of Sudanese refugees, as Egypt has oppressed them.

Watch this PJTV video presentation by Simon Deng at the Durban Watch Conference.

What follows is Simon Deng’s prepared remarks  before the Durban Watch Conference on September 22, 2011.


Thank you for those kind words:

I want to thank the organizers of this conference, The Perils of Global Intolerance. It is a great honor for me and it is a privilege really to be among today’s distinguished speakers.

I came here as a friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. –I came to protest this Durban conference which is based on a set of lies. It is organized by nations who are themselves are guilty of the worst kinds of oppression.

It will not help the victims of racism. It will only isolate and target the Jewish state. It is a tool of the enemies of Israel. The UN has itself become a tool against Israel. For over 50 years, 82 percent of the UN General Assembly emergency meetings have been about condemning one state - Israel. Hitler couldn’t have been made happier.

The Durban Conference is an outrage. All decent people will know that.

But friends, I come here today with a radical idea. I come to tell you that there are peoples who suffer from the UN’s anti-Israelism even more than the Israelis. I belong to one of those people.

Please hear me out.

By exaggerating Palestinian suffering, and by blaming the Jews for it, the UN has muffled the cries of those who suffer on a far larger scale.

For over fifty years the indigenous black population of Sudan -- Christians and Muslims alike --- has been the victims of the brutal, racist Arab Muslim regimes in Khartoum.

In South Sudan, my homeland, about 4 million innocent men, women and children were slaughtered from 1955 to 2005. Seven million were ethnically cleansed and they became the largest refugee group since World War II.

The UN is concerned about the so-called Palestinian refugees. They dedicated a separate agency for them. and they are treated with a special privilege.

Meanwhile, my people, ethnically cleansed, murdered and enslaved, are relatively ignored. The UN refuses to tell the world the truth about the real causes of Sudan’s conflicts. Who knows really what is happening in Darfur? It is not a “tribal conflict.” It is a conflict rooted in Arab colonialism well known in north Africa. In Darfur, a region in the Western Sudan, everybody is Muslim. Everybody is Muslim because the Arabs invaded the North of Africa and converted the indigenous people to Islam. In the eyes of the Islamists in Khartoum, the Darfuris are not Muslim enough. And the Darfuris do not want to be Arabized. They love their own African languages and dress and customs. The Arab response is genocide! But nobody at the UN tells the truth about Darfur.

In the Nuba Mountains, another region of Sudan, genocide is taking place as I speak. The Islamist regime in Khartoum is targeting the black Africans - Muslims and Christians. Nobody at the UN has told the truth about the Nuba Mountains.

Do you hear the UN condemn Arab racism against blacks?

What you find on the pages of the New York Times, or in the record of the UN condemnations is “Israeli crimes” and Palestinian suffering. My people have been driven off the front pages because of the exaggerations about Palestinian suffering. What Israel does is portrayed as a Western sin. But the truth is that the real sin happens when the West abandons us: the victims of Arab/Islamic apartheid.

Chattel slavery was practiced for centuries in Sudan. It was revived as a tool of war in the early 90s. Khartoum declared jihad against my people and this legitimized taking slaves as war booty. Arab militias were sent to destroy Southern villages and were encouraged to take African women and children as slaves. We believe that up to 200,000 were kidnapped, brought to the North and sold into slavery.

I am a living proof of this crime against humanity.

I don’t like talking about my experience as a slave, but I do it because it is important for the world to know that slavery exists even today.

I was only nine years old when an Arab neighbor named Abdullahi tricked me into following him to a boat. The boat wound up in Northern Sudan where he gave me as a gift to his family. For three and a half years I was their slave going through something that no child should ever go through: brutal beatings and humiliations; working around the clock; sleeping on the ground with animals; eating the family’s left-overs. During those three years I was unable to say the word “no.” All I could say was “yes,” “yes,” “yes.”

The United Nations knew about the enslavement of South Sudanese by the Arabs. Their own staff reported it. It took UNICEF – under pressure from the Jewish –led American Anti-Slavery Group -- sixteen years to acknowledge what was happening. I want to publicly thank my friend Dr. Charles Jacobs for leading the anti-slavery fight.

But the Sudanese government and the Arab League pressured UNICEF, and UNICEF backtracked, and started to criticize those who worked to liberate Sudanese slaves. In 1998, Dr. Gaspar Biro, the courageous UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Sudan who reported on slavery, resigned in protest of the UN’s actions.

My friends, today, tens of thousands of black South Sudanese still serve their masters in the North and the UN is silent about that. It would offend the OIC and the Arab League.

As a former slave and a victim of the worst sort of racism, allow me to explain why I think calling Israel a racist state is absolutely absurd and immoral.

I have been to Israel five times visiting the Sudanese refugees. Let me tell you how they ended up there. These are Sudanese who fled Arab racism, hoping to find shelter in Egypt. They were wrong. When Egyptian security forces slaughtered twenty six black refugees in Cairo who were protesting Egyptian racism, the Sudanese realized that the Arab racism is the same in Khartoum or Cairo. They needed shelter and they found it in Israel. Dodging the bullets of the Egyptian border patrols and walking for very long distances, the refugees’ only hope was to reach Israel’s side of the fence, where they knew they would be safe.

Black Muslims from Darfur chose Israel above all the other Arab-Muslim states of the area. Do you know what this means!!!?? And the Arabs say Israel is racist!!!?

In Israel, black Sudanese, Christian and Muslim were welcomed and treated like human beings. Just go and ask them, like I have done. They told me that compared to the situation in Egypt, Israel is “heaven.”

Is Israel a racist state? To my people, the people who know racism – the answer is absolutely not. Israel is a state of people who are the colors of the rainbow. Jews themselves come in all colors, even black. I met with Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Beautiful black Jews.

So, yes … I came here today to tell you that the people who suffer most from the UN anti-Israel policy are not the Israelis but all those people who the UN ignores in order to tell its big lie against Israel: we, the victims of Arab/Muslim abuse: women, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, homosexuals, in the Arab/Muslim world. These are the biggest victims of UN Israel hatred.

Look at the situation of the Copts in Egypt, the Christians in Iraq, and Nigeria, and Iran, the Hindus and Bahais who suffer from Islamic oppression. The Sikhs. We – a rainbow coalition of victims and targets of Jihadis -- all suffer. We are ignored, we are abandoned. So that the big lie against the Jews can go forward.

In 2005, I visited one of the refugee camps in South Sudan. I met a twelve year old girl who told me about her dream. In a dream she wanted to go to school to become a doctor. And then, she wanted to visit Israel. I was shocked. How could this refugee girl who spent most of her life in the North know about Israel? When I asked why she wanted to visit Israel, she said: “This is our people.” I was never able to find an answer to my question.

On January 9 of 2011 South Sudan became an independent state. For South Sudanese, that means continuation of oppression, brutalization, demonization, Islamization, Arabization and enslavement.

In a similar manner, the Arabs continue denying Jews their right for sovereignty in their homeland and the Durban III conference continues denying Israel’s legitimacy.

As a friend of Israel, I bring you the news that my President, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir -- publicly stated that the South Sudan embassy in Israel will be built--- not in Tel Aviv, but in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

I also want to assure you that my own new nation, and all of its peoples, will oppose racist forums like the Durban III. We will oppose it by simply telling the truth. Our truth.

My Jewish friends taught me something I now want to say with you.


The people of Israel lives!

Thank you


Posted on 09/23/2011 10:59 PM by Jerry Gordon

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