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Monday, 26 January 2015
A Musical Interlude: For Nature, No Kind Of Weather Is Bad (Alyssa Freundlich)

Listen here. 

Posted on 01/26/2015 12:56 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 26 January 2015
When It Comes To The Weather, Nature Doesn't Play Favorites-- Only Men Do

Nature doesn't prefer one form of weather to another. It's Man who does. Or some men -- and it depends on where those men live, and what weather they are used to, and what weather they seldom, or never, get to experience. If you live  near the Equator, you don't yearn for a beaker full of the warm south, as you would if you lived on Hampstead Heath. If you live in sun-starved Germany, even under an occasional sky of Prussian blue, Goethe's Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen bluhm will certainly make you dream of lands away, and the impulse that verse exploits helps to explain all those German tourists now able, as they were not when those verses were written, to visit by the tens of thousands the isle of Capri. A Russian child's famous wish goes like this: Pust vsegda budet solntse (may the sun always be), a sentiment deemed so simple, obvious, and universal, that it is found in Russian first-grade readers. But it might not be true for someone in the desarts adust of the Sahara, or the savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa.. No, when it comes to the weather, pust budet anything at all, depending only on what you as a matter of course have and have not. As for me, and possibly you, I say bring on the blizzard, make way for the heaviest conceivable Metel'. As long, of course, as we are all l-l--beaned-up. As the old song says, in its clear-eyed version, "I've got my gloves to keep me warm."

Posted on 01/26/2015 12:51 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 26 January 2015
Breaking Developments in Probe of Death of Argentine Prosecutor Nisman

Alberto Nisman’s ex-wife  Federal Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado in Buenos Aires, 1-24-15

Source: Martin Di Maggio/EPA


This weekend there were dramatic developments in the investigation into the death of Argentine Prosecutor Nisman involving his ex-wife, Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado and Buenos Aires Herald Journalist Damien Pachter.   According to a report  from the Buenos Aires  Herald  Arroyo Salgado returned from a trip to Europe,   testified  for more than 8 hours before Investigative Prosecutor, Viviana Fein.  Arroyo Salgado requested  standing  in the investigation as a plaintiff on behalf of two teen age daughters from her marriage to Nisman .  The Herald noted that, “Should Arroyo Salgado be considered a plaintiff, she will have the right to request that investigators of her own choosing be involved in the probe into Nisman’s death. Judge Palmaghini has yet either to grant the request.”   In her testimony,  “she  provided information about Nisman’s sudden return from Europe and her doubts that he committed suicide.  Arroyo Salgado is a federal judge for the San Isidro district.

The Herald reported on court actions at the hearing given Judge Arroyo Salgado’s testimony:

During her testimony, Judge Fabiana Palmaghini ordered that new and confidential measures to collect evidence be implemented and the Federal Police was seen at Nisman’s residence. Fein also announced that she was awaiting the results of new ballistics tests that included samples for DNA testing and to determine if the bullet removed from Nisman’s body was fired by the gun found at his side.

There had been questions raised following the death of Nisman under mysterious circumstances that it was possibly not a suicide, but rather a murder. We noted in an Iconoclast post that Argentine President Kirchner  suggested in letters posted on her Facebook page  that Nisman’s death  it might a murder by rogue agents  from  the country’s intelligence service.   That despite Nisman’s allegations that both Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman may have been part of a cover up involving withdraw of charges against several  Iranian officials in exchange a billion dollar trade deal  with Iran .  His investigations were contained in a Compliant that led to the issuance in 2007 of an Interpol warrant for the arrest of those Iranian officials allegedly involved in the 1994 AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires.

The Guardian in an article on  Saturday’s  court hearing in Buenos Aires noted who Kirchner accused of

Involvement in Nisman’s death:

Fernández fingered spy chief “Jaime” Stiuso (whose real name is apparently Antonio Horacio Stiuso) as her main suspect. The 61-year-old intelligence operative has become a household name after Fernández alleged that Stiuso provided Nisman with hundreds of hours of intercepted calls on which the prosecutor built his case, accusing the president of attempting through secret negotiations to derail Nisman’s attempts to extradite five Iranian officials to stand trial for the AMIA Jewish community center blast in 1994.

Stiuso has never been seen in public and has been interviewed only once in his life, last month a few days before Fernández fired him from his top post at the intelligence secretariat.

“Stiuso was obsessed with the AMIA case,” says Rodis Recalt, the journalist from Noticias magazine who interviewed him. “He worked closely with Nisman to build the case against Iran.”

“Stiuso left Argentina, just in case,” says Recalt. The larger question remains who blew up the AMIA 20 years ago, still one of the most politically charged open wounds in Argentinean society.

“It doesn’t matter if I know who blew up the AMIA,” Stiuso told Recalt before being dismissed by Fernández. “All that matters is what I can prove.”

Given the role of Argentina’s intelligence agency, SIDE, in the Nisman investigations, Judge Arroyo Salgado had been involved in several investigations involving the intelligence services.  The Herald noted that “in 2012 the judge, who is a former public defender, indicted former SIDE intelligence agency head Juan Bautista “Tata” Yofre for having hacked public email accounts between 2006 and 2008 to sell information.”

Damian Pachter, The Buenos Aires Herald Reporter

Source: Reuters

 Saturday, Damian Pachter, The Herald journalist who broke the story on Nisman’s death fled Buenos Aires, arriving Sunday  in Tel Aviv. reported the circumstances behind his flight  in a story, Journalist who reported Nisman's death lands in Israel:

  Pachter announced via the Argentinean Journalist Forum on Saturday that he noticed "suspicious surveillance", and thus decided to escape. "I am leaving because my life is in danger," said Pachter, who specializes in international relations.

"The journalists' forum is notifying that Damian Pachter left the country due to threats over his personal safety," the group wrote on its Twitter account." As Pachter explained to the forum, yesterday he noticed suspicious sources trailing him, and felt that he had to leave the country at this stage."

Meanwhile, a police source told the Associated Press on Friday night that the ten officers in Nisman's security detail were taken in for questioning. According to the source, the investigators are examining how long it took the two officers posted outside Nisman's door to inform their commanders that he did not answer his phone


 Damian, who has Israeli citizenship will be holding a news conference today about the circumstances behind his flight from Argentina.   these comments from  Pachter: 

"I came to Israel because I am an Israeli citizen I lived here the most important years of my life and this is a place where I feel safe," Pachter said Sunday after landing in Israel.    

"I left because the Argentinean government pursues  me because of my news report regarding the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman who died in unresolved way last week.  So I was the first who reported  on that and now I am kind of suffering the consequences," he said.

Watch this Reuters video interview with Pachter upon arrival in Israel:


As Alice in Wonderland might comment about the circumstances of Nisman death, “curiosier and curiosier”.  Earlier today we interviewed Yedioth Ahronoth intelligence columnist, Dr. Ronen Bergman who  met Nisman in Israel through the auspices of  Argentine – Israeli, Gustavo Perednik, author of To Kill without a Trace: A Prequel to 9/11-Iranian Bombs in Buenos Aires.  We hope to bring you an article in the February  New English Review  regarding Bergman’s entre to Nisman and role in facilitating Nisman’s liaison with Israeli intelligence officials, both former and then currently serving. Bergman, at the time  was in the final stages of completing his major investigative work, The Secret War with Iran: The 30-Year Clandestine Struggle Against the World's Most Dangerous Terrorist Power”.


Posted on 01/26/2015 10:36 AM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 26 January 2015
Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital treats 1,500 victims of Female Genital Mutilation in just FIVE years

From the Birmingham Mail

A Birmingham hospital has dealt with 1,500 cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in just five years. The shocking statistic was discussed this week at a meeting of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel.

Members were told that cases of the sickening practice peaked at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital in 2013 with 349 recorded victims - nearly 20 per cent more than the previous year.

It means around six victims are dealt with at the Bordesley Green-based hospital every single week, showing the true scale of the hidden crime.

FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1984, and since 2003 anyone taking a child out of the UK for the barbaric practice faces 14 years in prison. Despite the rise in hospital cases and an increase in reports to police in 2014 there has not been a single conviction in the UK.

The hospital told the Mail that it deals with an average of six cases every single week and added that all of the victims had been mutilated abroad during childhood. The panel was told by the Muslim Women’s Network that the current support and counselling for victims was simply not good enough. Well stop doing it then. And shop the old crones when they are shipped in, or the little girls are shipped out. 

The charity said the latest case it uncovered was just last week and involved a young Yemeni girl from an unnamed Birmingham school.

The Digbeth-based charity said it was regularly contacted by people in the West Midlands who were victims of FGM. It now runs a number of awareness raising workshops with girls inside Birmingham schools, but added that it had particularly struggled to engage with the Yemeni community.

Nobody has been convicted of FGM related offences in the UK but it carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 14 years. It is illegal to take a child out of the country to carry out FGM, but a current legal loophole means that the victim has to be a permanent UK resident for a prosecution to proceed. It was estimated in 2011 that 137,000 survivors of FGM are living in the UK.

Posted on 01/26/2015 10:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 26 January 2015
Saudi King Salman Funded Islamists and Anti-Semitic Clerics

King Salman of Saudi Arabia

Source AP

President Obama cancelled a day of sightseeing in India with Michelle to travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to pay a condolence call on the half brother successor to the late 'reformer' King Abdullah, King Salman.  Through the diligence of David Weinberg at the Washington, DC-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) we now know the extent to which Salman funded the Mujahideen in the Afghan secret wars of the 1980's, contributed to a questionable Islamic charity with terrorist ties and praised anti-Semitic clerics, one of whom was a mentor to the late Osama bin Laden.  We wonder if the West Wing and State Department did its due diligence upon the announcement of Salman's designation as successor to the late Abdullah?  If they did, they kept it quiet.  We also wonder what views Salman may have on the reform of the Kingdom's medieval punishment practices, decapitation, lashes for criticism of the Wahhabist extremist ideology, oppression of women and gays, if the later even deign to come out?  All of this is spelled out in Adam Kredo's article in today's Washington Free Beacon, "Saudi Arabia’s New King Helped Fund Radical Terrorist Groups."

Here are some of the revelations from Weinberg at FDD, former CIA officers Bob Baer and Bruce Riedel.


However, throughout his public career in government, Salman has embraced radical Muslim clerics and has been tied to the funding of radical groups in Afghanistan, as well as an organization found to be plotting attacks against America, according to various reports and information provided by David Weinberg, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.


In 2001, an international raid of the Saudi High Commission for Aid to Bosnia, which Salman founded in 1993, unearthed evidence of terrorist plots against America, according to separate exposés written by Dore Gold, an Israeli diplomat, and Robert Baer, a former CIA officer.

Salman is further accused by Baer of having “personally approved all important appointments and spending” at the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), a controversial Saudi charity that was hit with sanctions following the attacks of September 11, 2001, for purportedly providing material support to al Qaeda.

Salman also has been reported to be responsible for sending millions of dollars to the radical mujahedeen that waged jihad in Afghanistan in the 1980s, according to Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who is now director of the Brookings Intelligence Project.

“In the early years of the war—before the U.S. and the Kingdom ramped up their secret financial support for the anti-Soviet insurgency—this private Saudi funding was critical to the war effort,” according to Riedel. “At its peak, Salman was providing $25 million a month to the mujahedeen. He was also active in raising money for the Bosnian Muslims in the war with Serbia.”

Salman also has embraced radical Saudi clerics known for their hateful rhetoric against Israel and Jews.

Salman has worked closely with Saleh al-Moghamsy, who tweeted in August 2014 that “Allah only gathered Jews in the land of Palestine to destroy them.”

Al-Moghamsy also stated in a 2014 television interview that “the hatred of Jews toward Muslims is an eternal hatred.” He also claimed in 2012 that Osama bin Laden had died with more “sanctity and honor” than any infidel, or non-Muslim.

Despite this rhetoric, Salman has maintained close ties to al-Moghamsy.

Salman chairs the board of an organization run by al-Moghamsy and has sponsored the cleric’s public events, including a 2013 festival. Salman and al-Moghamsy were pictured many times together at that event, according to regional reports.

Al-Moghamsy also has been an adviser to two of Salman’s sons, one of whom posed for a selfie with the cleric in July.

Salman also has reached out to other hardline preachers, including Safar Hawali, a one-time mentor of Osama bin Laden who has called for non-Muslims to be expelled from Saudi Arabia.

In 2005, Salman called Hawali to inquire about his health and in 2010 praised him upon the release of a book.

While crown prince, Salman also made a point of phoning Aidh Abdullah al-Qarni, a Saudi author currently on the U.S. Terrorist Screening Center’s No Fly List who has praised Hamas and called Israelis “the brothers of apes and pigs.”

Additionally, Salman, in his role as crown prince, has recently visited Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, the nation’s highest religious authority, who has asserted that 10 is an appropriate age of marriage for girls and called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula.

Weinberg, who has been tracking Salman closely, said that the new monarch is taking up his predecessor’s mantle of moderate reform.

“Just like King Abdullah tried to present himself as a reformer, some are trying to suggest that the new king, Salman, is a moderate who will continue his half-brother’s so-called progressive policies,” Weinberg said. “But just look at where Saudi Arabia is after Abdullah: people are being decapitated and flogged by the state in the streets.”

“Women are systematically oppressed by their own government, and the regime continues to propagate incitement and intolerance,” he continued. “Salman’s background funding mujahedeen abroad and embracing hateful clerics suggests that he is at best a political opportunist who will tolerate continued religious extremism, even if he does not hold such views himself.”

Will President Obama  follow the precedent of  bowing to King Salman , when he greeted the late Saudi King Abdullah in London   during a meeting?  Watch this You Tube video  from  a Fox New's O'Reilly Factor report.

Posted on 01/26/2015 5:12 AM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 26 January 2015
Which Medical Treatments Today Will We Someday Regard as Barbaric?

Medical history is instructive, if for no other reason than that it might help to moderate somewhat the medical profession’s natural inclination to arrogance, hubris and self-importance. But the medical curriculum is now too crowded to teach it to medical students and practicing doctors are too busy with their work and keeping up-to-date to devote any time to it. It is only when they retire that doctors take an interest in it, as a kind of golf of the mind, and by then it is too late: any harm caused by their former hubris has already been done.

Until I read an article in a recent edition of the Lancet, I knew of only one eminent doctor who had been shot by his patient or a patient’s relative: the Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese neurologist Egas Moniz, who was paralyzed by a bullet in the back. It was he who first developed the frontal lobotomy, though he was also a pioneer of cerebral arteriography. As he was active politically during Salazar’s dictatorship, I am not sure whether his patient shot him for medical or political reasons, or for some combination of the two.

The article in the Lancet doubled the number of eminent doctors I knew of who had been shot. Professor Luigi Maria Bossi, an eminent gynecologist in Milan, was shot dead in his office in 1919 by a jealous husband, who fired first at Bossi and then at his wife, Bossi’s patient, and then turned his gun on himself.

Bossi was responsible, inadvertently, for the death of Constance Holland, Oscar Wilde’s wife. He operated on her in 1898 for a fibroid in her uterus and the complication killed her five days later.

The operation was probably unnecessary, because Bossi wrongly attributed the urinary symptoms from which Constance had been suffering to the fibroid. In fact, she was almost certainly suffering from multiple sclerosis, a disease which had only recently been recognized and of whose existence and symptomatology Bossi, who was not a neurologist, might not have been aware.

Constance began to suffer from the symptoms even before her husband’s conviction. From 1889, six years before his imprisonment, she suffered from sudden lameness in the leg, which came and went in a way characteristic of the disease. She then suffered a variety of neurological symptoms, including neuralgia and weakness of the arm. Bossi undertook to cure her and performed an operation on her two years before he operated again and killed her.

He may have operated because he thought that Constance suffered from hysteria, for he also believed that gynecological conditions were a cause of insanity and hysteria and was the author of two books on how to cure insanity by gynecological operations. Such beliefs, that now seem to us so absurd that it is a wonder to us that anyone could ever have held them, were not uncommon at the time, and Freud himself, under the influence of his friend, the ear, nose and throat surgeon Wilhelm Fliess, believed that a condition of the nasal septum could cause hysterical symptoms. In the 1920s a man called Cotton tried to cure schizophrenia by taking out all the patients’ teeth, on the theory that infected teeth were the cause of the condition.

What are our theories today that will seem absurd to our successors, what unnecessary or dangerous operations performed on the flimsiest of hypotheses? We can never know. Properly conducted trials repeatedly demonstrate that widespread practices are useless at best and harmful at worst. However, there is a more fundamental principal of medical ethics than First do no harm. It is that Something must be done.

First published in PJ Media.

Posted on 01/26/2015 5:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 26 January 2015
El-Sisi Visits Chruch on Coptic Christmas Eve

Raymond Ibrahim writes at Gatestone Institute:

"Yes, a humanistic and civilizing message should once more emanate from Egypt. That is why we must not call ourselves anything other than 'Egyptians.' This is what we must be -- Egyptians, just Egyptians, Egyptians indeed! I just want to tell you that -- Allah willing -- we shall build our nation together, accommodate make room for each other, and we shall like each other, love each other, love each other in earnest so that people may see." — Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt, addressing Egypt's Christian Copts.

Egyptian President el-Sisi did the unprecedented and congratulated Egypt's Christian minority in their cathedral – a small but courageous step on the long road of what el-Sisi calls Egypt's "religious revolution."

On January 6, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi became the first Egyptian president ever to visit the St. Mark Cathedral during Coptic Christmas Eve Mass and offer his good wishes to the nation's Christian minority.

Because Islamic law bans wishing non-Muslims well on their religious celebrations, all previous presidents -- Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak, and of course Morsi -- had never attended Coptic Christmas mass.

As expected, the greetings el-Sisi received from the hundreds of Christians present were jubilant. His address was often interrupted by applause, clapping, and cheers of "We love you!" and "Hand in hand" -- phrases he reciprocated. He said, among other things:

Egypt has brought a humanistic and civilizing message to the world for millennia and we are here today to confirm that we are capable of doing so again. Yes, a humanistic and civilizing message should once more emanate from Egypt. This is why we must not call ourselves anything other than "Egyptians." This is what we must be -- Egyptians, just Egyptians, Egyptians indeed! I just want to tell you that -- Allah willing, Allah willing -- we shall build our nation together, accommodate each other, make room for each other, and we shall like each other—love each other, love each other in earnest, so that people may see… So let me tell you once again, Happy New Year, Happy New Year to you all, Happy New Year to all Egyptians!


Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi became visits the St. Mark Cathedral during Coptic Christmas Eve Mass. (Image source: YouTube video screenshot)


While this speech may seem commonplace to the average Western observer, in the context of Egypt, it is very controversial. Consider what other Muslim Egyptians said in the days before Coptic Christmas.

On loudspeakers, an imam at the Abu Hamda mosque in Kafr al-Dawwar near Alexandria condemned the very notion of congratulating Christians, not just on their own holidays, but even general holidays. He said Christians are "miscreants" and "polytheists," that they are "unclean," and that, accordingly, they should never be wished a Happy New Year, or a good year ahead, because "goodness" can only exist in a monotheistic perspective, whereas Christians hold that God had a son, making them infidels and polytheists.

He further quoted Koran 9:28, which says "O you who have believed, indeed the polytheists are unclean." Most Muslims listening to him were likely familiar with the follow up verse, 9:29, which calls on believers to war against the People of the Book—Christians and Jews—until they are utterly subjugated.

Being disgusted by "unclean" Christians is not an uncommon theme among Egyptian Islamists. In this video, for example, of Dr. Abdullah Badr -- an Egyptian Muslim scholar, graduate of Al Azhar and professor of Islamic exegesis, who spent ten years in prison under Mubarak and was released under Morsi -- explains how "disgusted" he is by Christians, to the point that, if a Copt were to touch his cup, he would not drink from it:

I get grossed out. Get that? Disgust, I get grossed out man, I cannot stand their smell or ... I don't like them, it's my choice. And they gross me out; their smell, their look, everything. I feel disgusted, disgusted.

Of course, many will dismiss these imams and clerics as on the "fringe extremist" movement. What, then, of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi -- one of the most influential Islamic clerics in the world, author of over 100 books on Muslim doctrine, and head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, members of which have had meetings in the White House? This man also condemns the act of congratulating Christians during Christmas (but supports the death penalty for apostasy and maintains that the prophet's injunctions must be obeyed at all times -- even if they require one to murder).

Days before Christmas, the elderly Qaradawi appeared in a video condemning any Muslim who somehow participates in Christmas, which he called a "sin, shameful, and indecent," as well as a product of "stupidity" and "ignorance of Islam's commandments":

Did you see all the celebrations that are taking place in Doha's streets [Qatar] and commercial centers for the birth of Christ, or "Christmas," as they call it?... How can we celebrate Christmas when we don't even celebrate our Prophet's birthday? It is a sin, shameful and indecent. It also shows stupidity in the way we deal with others, and ignorance of Islam's commandments."

Meanwhile, Georgetown University professor John Esposito has hailed Qaradawi for engaging in a "reformist interpretation of Islam and its relationship to democracy, pluralism, and human rights."

If condemning Muslim participation in Christmas festivities is not limited to extremists and Islamists, it is also not limited to Egypt. It appears every year throughout the entire Islamic world, including in non-Arab nations.

Thus, in Turkey, as Burak Bekdil reports, "The final week of the year featured the usual scenes in Turkey: A man dressed as a janissary [Ottoman warrior] chasing another dressed as Santa Claus in order to give him a good beating... Provincial education directors warning pupils against "Christmas and New Year celebrations..."

In Indonesia, the Islamic Defenders Front, according to Temo, "asked President Joko Widodo not to wish the country's Christians a merry Christmas," as "the president would be deemed an apostate should he opt to do so," meaning he would deserve the death penalty.

The reason for all this resistance to greetings "infidels" is clear: Based on Koranic verses and hadiths [the sayings and acts of Muhammad), there is consensus among Islam's ulema [religious scholars] that Muslims are not to greet or congratulate non-Muslims on their holy days and celebrations, as doing so implies non-Muslim beliefs -- which contradict Islam's -- are valid (see The Al Qaeda Reader, pgs. 89-91, for textual citations).

However the Indonesian president may have responded to Islamist threats, we know Egyptian President el-Sisi did the unprecedented on Coptic Christmas Eve and congratulated Egypt's Christian minority in their cathedral -- a small but courageous step on the long road of what el-Sisi calls Egypt's "religious revolution."


Posted on 01/26/2015 5:21 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 26 January 2015
Newcastle teenagers attacked Jewish man in Gateshead because of Middle east conflict

From The Chronicle, HT Mike

A plot to attack a Jew on the streets of Tyneside was motivated by conflict in the Middle East, a court heard.

A gang of Newcastle teenagers hatched a twisted plan to randomly target a member of the North East’s biggest Orthodox Jew population in Gateshead.

Balawal Sultan, who hours earlier sent a text message saying he was “going Jew bashing”, said the attack was a protest about the conflict in Palestine. Sultan, Kesa Malik, Hassnain Aliamin, and a 16-year-old lay in wait behind a van in Bensham, Gateshead and pounced on a man as he walked home to his family. . . the pack of thugs chased him down the street, throwing a piece of wood at him. A court heard the 41-year-old victim tripped as he fled in fear and was surrounded by the teenagers as he lay on the ground. One of the thugs was threatening to kick him in the head when he was saved by his friend’s intervention.

The attackers claimed they were only in the area looking for a new mosque but one of them admitted the planned attack was motivated by the dispute between Israel and Palestine.

After all four teenagers pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault, the victim said he has been left feeling unsafe in his own community.

He said in a statement to Newcastle Crown Court: “I feel shaken and unsafe to walk the streets in my own community. “I have never experienced fear and terror like it and I have no doubt I was attacked for being Jewish I was targeted because of my religion and I’m now scared to walk past members of the Asian community with whom otherwise I have no problem.  . . . I’m part of a very close community and this has had a far-reaching impact, word having spread and fear having also spread. . . I’m a peaceful person from a quiet and peaceful community and I’ve never been in that position before. . . "

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite said: “The defendants had deliberately travelled to the area in Gateshead where there were members of the Jewish community with the particular intention of targeting someone from that community. The Crown say the victim was targeted because he was wearing traditional Jewish attire, a black suit and white shirt and a black hat. . . "

Sultan said when they saw the victim they chased him and threw a stick at him as a “protest about the Palestinians and about the Jewish community” but denied making any contact with him.

Sultan, 18, of Croydon Road, Arthur’s Hill, Newcastle, Malik, 19, of Wingrove Gardens, Fenham, Newcastle, Aliamin, 18, a delivery driver and college student, of Croydon Road, Arthur’s Hill, and the now 17-year-old all admitted racially aggravated common assault.

Aliamin’s barrister said he accepted the attack was racially motivated and unpleasant and apologised for it. He said he had brought shame on his family. Barristers for the other two will mitigate for them at a later date, when they will be sentenced.

Posted on 01/26/2015 4:33 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Five footballers from east London who quit UK to transfer to ISIS in Syria linked to Jihadi John

From the Mail on Sunday, the Sunday Times and Espresso

Five radicalised footballers from east London who left the UK to join ISIS may hold the key to helping western authorities locate British executioner Jihadi John.

The group of militants all moved from their native Portugal to London, where they converted to Islam before adopting extremist views and travelling to Syria to join the terrorist network's ranks.

The men, who lived in Leyton and Walthamstow, have long been on the radar of intelligence officials - who believe the group plays a vital role in the production and dissemination of the sick beheading videos featuring Jihadi John.

In July 2014 - 39 days before James Foley became the first Western hostage to be murdered - one of the east London cell's ringleaders posted a message on Twitter indicating he had advance knowledge of the American journalist's grisly fate. 

Nero Saraiva, who lived in a one-bedroom council flat in Walthamstow for three years, tweeted: 'Message to America, the Islamic State is making a new movie. Thank u for the actors.' Just over a month later James Foley was beheaded in a YouTube video entitled A Message To America.

Abandoning a five-year-old son in the UK, Saraiva has gradually worked his way up the ranks of Isis. An old Facebook profile claims he graduated with a civil engineering degree from UEL in 2011 and later worked in “gas network operations” for a construction firm.

Although he studied engineering in Portugal, UEL is understood to have no record of him attending. Saraiva’s former partner, who did not want to be named, also had no recollection of him enrolling on a British course. “He was on jobseeker’s allowance most of the time,” she said.  The former partner said they had split up more than four years ago, a few months after the birth of their son. “He hasn’t paid a penny [in child support] since,” she added.

European security officials now believe Saraiva and his East London cell are responsible for the filming and dissemination of the series of sickening beheading videos, including the execution of British hostages Alan Henning and David Haines.

Experts hope the group's link to Jihadi John, who speaks with a London accent, will help them build a background profile of the ISIS executioner and his networks - and aid in any mission to capture or kill him, the Sunday Times reports.

MI5 are said to have worked out the identity of Jihadi John but have not yet released his name.

All five of the football-playing jihadists showed a passion for football in their younger years, and after moving to the UK, would often meet in a Portuguese-run cafe in east London to watch matches.

It is still unclear how they were radicalised in Britain but the borough of Waltham Forest where they lived is known to be home to a number of Islamic extremists. 

Also among the five, who all moved to London over the space of several years to study or find work, is Fabio Pocas, the youngest member of the group at 22.

Now using the name Abdurahman Al Andalus — a reference to Moorish rule in the southern region of Iberia — Pocas lives in a town called Manbij with a teenage jihadist bride from Holland.  In one Facebook message, he wrote: “Holy war is the only solution for humanity.”

All five of the men had family roots in Portugal's former African colonies and some were brought up to be Christians.

They travelled to London separately but at one point, a few of them shared a flat in Leyton, according to Expresso newspaper in Lisbon.

Celso Rodrigues da Costa, 28, is believed to have had training sessions with Arsenal - but was not offered a contract by the club. Last April, he was seen in an ISIS video shot on the banks of the Euphrates in Syria with an AK-47 in hand. In the clip, he slammed the West and denounced school teachers as 'drug dealers and paedophiles'.

Celso is thought to have followed his older brother, Edgar, to Syria in 2012. His 31-year-old sibling, who studied management and accounting in Portugal before emigrating to London, is thought to leading a band of foreign militants in Aleppo.

The fifth member of the cell, a 26-year-old former Catholic known as Sandro, was the last to travel to Syria and was reportedly killed last October in a coalition airstrike.  

Posted on 01/25/2015 4:09 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Bomb threat at Streif downhill ski race

From the Austrian edition of The Local

According to a report from Unser Tirol 24, an anonymous person has sent a bomb threat to the Österreich newspaper, warning of a bomb attack at the ski races in Kitzbühel, and claiming to be from a hitherto unknown group called Jihad Austria.

The threatening email, written in poor German, was sent to the newspaper editors on Thursday night saying that there was a bomb on the Streif Piste in Tyrol, the site of the current downhill ski races on the Hahnenkamm mountain.  The Streif is widely considered as the most demanding race course on the World Cup circuit. 

The email said "We are Jihad Austria!  At the ski race in Streif there will be bomb! There will be deaths!  The Islamic State will let Austria burn!  Consequences will not be the same!"

 . . . the threat was taken seriously, as 20,000 fans were expected to watch the ski race.  Any panic caused by a bomb might have led to more deaths from a stampede.

According to police, the e-mail's author had some technical know-how, since the message was originally sent from a darknet server in Stockholm, which was accessed via The Onion Router (ToR) secure network, meaning the perpetrator is almost impossible to trace.

Posted on 01/25/2015 12:53 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 25 January 2015
The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World of Islam

Official PA daily: 

Israel was behind the terror attacks in France because Israel "was the only one to benefit from them"

Israeli Intelligence Service Mossad planned the attacks because Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu wanted to encourage Jewish immigration from Europe and take "revenge on European governments... because of their positions on the Palestinian cause"

Poll: 84.4% of Palestinians think "Israel behind the murder of French [citizens]"

Excerpts from the excerpts from MEMRI:

Following are excerpts from an interview with Arab-American psychiatrist Wafa Sultan, which aired on Al-Hayat TV on May 29, 2008.

Wafa SultanWhen I examined the Koran, the hadith, and the Islamic books under a microscope, I came to the absolute conviction that it is impossible – impossible! – for any human being to read the biography of Muhammad and believe in it, and yet emerge a psychologically and mentally healthy person.


I do not view Islam as a religion – according to my notion of religion. Islam is a political doctrine, which imposes itself by force. Any doctrine whatsoever that calls to kill those who do not believe in it is not a religion. It is a totalitarian doctrine that imposes itself by force. When I read, for example, the verse: “The adulterer and the adulteress – flog each of them with a hundred stripes, and do not let compassion for them move you” - I do not discern any spirituality in this verse. When a certain faith manages to can strip its believers of their last grain of compassion, it strips them of their spirituality as well.

People have no idea what they are letting themselves in for with all the Muslim immigration and all the bunk about “moderate Islam”.

The political leaders who condemn those who are trying desperately to warn ordinary human beings of the calamity that Islam brings with it are as much to blame as the misguided votaries of Mohammedanism.


--The Law

Posted on 01/25/2015 11:17 AM by The Law
Sunday, 25 January 2015
France without Jews Is Not France

In his book, Considerations on the Government of Poland, written in 1772, Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote that Moses “conceived and executed the astonishing project of creating a nation out of a swarm of wretched fugitives[.] …Out of this wandering and servile horde Moses had the audacity to create a body politic, a free people.”  As a result of the nation’s devotion to the Law, it would, Rousseau said, endure to the end of time, in spite of the hatred and persecution of the rest of the human race.

That hatred and persecution of Jews, and the virus of anti-Semitism, has indeed persisted throughout history.  The Jewish people in general and the State of Israel since it was established in 1948 have been subjected to this endless hostility.  Today, Israel is the canary in the coalmine, the indicator of coming danger to democratic countries and of deterioration of conditions in the world.  Jews have been the first target of hostile aggression in many parts of the world.

The role of the canary was recently displayed. The Muslim-incited kidnapping, torture, and later death of the Jewish Ilan Halimi in January 2006 and the murders of a teacher and children in a Jewish school in Toulouse in March 2012 were a prelude to atrocities against non-Jews as well as further attacks on Jews in France.  The brutal massacre on January 7, 2015 of the staff of Charlie Hebdo rightly produced international outrage in the Western world.  The murder of Jews in the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket produced less universal condemnation.  Indeed, among French Muslims, such as the students at Seine-Saint-Denis, there was jubilation rather than condemnation.

Once again, events in France have led to a moment when the place of Jews in Western societies must be considered.  French prime minister Manuel Valls spoke of the new anti-Semitism in France that has come from French-born children of Muslim immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa.  He held that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was only just a pretext for this prejudice.  There have been 8,000 anti-Semitic incidents since 2000, including 2,000 in 2014.  By a trick of fate, France has the largest number both of Jews, the third largest in the world, and of Muslims in any European country.

Something profound has been taking place. Valls realized that more Jews are likely to leave France if the terrorist threat is not ended or diminished. His dramatic entreaty to prevent such an outcome was that France is not France without Jews. The French Republic in such a case would be judged a failure.

It is true that Jews have had a long experience in France going back to the early Middle Ages, but that experience has been mixed. They suffered persecution, mob violence, and blood libel accusations as early as 1007.  Harassment of Jews intensified with the Crusades staring in 1096. Jews were exiled, 1306-1315, and again from 1394 until the 17th century. Some behavior towards Jews, especially during the Dreyfus Affair, 1894-1906, and the complicity in the Holocaust during the Vichy years, 1940-44, still haunts and divides the French people.

Yet if Jews have suffered persecution and death, they have also directly and indirectly played a role in French culture, and even in the formation of the modern French national identity. Defining the role of Jews in France was a crucial factor in the development of French citizenship and enlightenment. In the midst of discussions on freedom during the French Revolution, a decree on Jews was approved on September 27, 1791. By this, France became the first nation (technically the second, since Poland, five hundred years earlier, had issued a proclamation helping Jews) to grant emancipation and political, legal, civic, and social equality to Jews.

It was historically important in two ways. The decree led the way to Jewish emancipation in other European countries. More widely, it also symbolized and implemented the promises of freedom, progress, and toleration for the whole population promised in the French Revolution. The debate over Jewish emancipation was thus also a debate on French citizenship.

Yet for Jews, the emancipation was a mixed blessing, and its echoes are still with us. The dilemma was made clear in the famous speech on December 23, 1789 by Stanislas, Comte de Clermont-Tonnerre, during the discussions of the Jewish question. His formula is historically important: “As a nation (a corporate body) Jews must be denied everything; but everything must be granted to Jews as individuals.” Jews would be granted equal civil and rights and become culturally assimilated into French society, but their Jewishness would be confined to their private, religious views.

For Clermont-Tonnerre, there “cannot be one nation within another nation.” Jews as a historical group, as a distinctive people or nation, with a collective identity and communal autonomy, would not be recognized. In 1807 the Sanhedrin, the assembly of Jewish notables that had been convened by Napoleon the previous year, agreed that Jews had to accept the French state as their fatherland and adhere to French civic laws.

Jews not only obeyed the laws and assimilated into French society, but also helped spread French culture abroad, through such organizations as the Alliance Israelite Universelle, formed in 1860 to work for the emancipation and moral progress of Jews. The Alliance accomplished this, among other things, by highlighting and spreading French culture and language. Assimilated Jews, many calling themselves “Israelites,” regarded themselves as different from other French people only by their religion, not by any form of collective identity.

Prime Minister Valls asserted that Jews had played a central role in the life of France despite the fact that they were sometimes marginalized. Whether central or not, French Jews have been active in many sectors of modern French life and culture: Léon Blum, Pierre Mendes-France, and Jacques Attali in politics; André Citroen and Marcel Dassault in business; Francis Jacob and Andre Michel Lwoff, who were awarded Nobel Prizes for their scientific work; Proust, Paul Celan, and Patrick Modiano in literature; Isabelle Huppert, Simone Signoret, and Anouk Aimée on the screen; Raymond Aron, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Alain Finkielkraut, and Jacques Derrida in philosophy and social science; and even the Jewish Jean-Marie Lustiger, who converted to Catholicism at age 13 and became cardinal archbishop of Paris.  

The historical problem in France is that not everyone agreed that Jews should be considered French citizens or should play a role in French life. One prominent writer and politician, Maurice Barrès, fiercely argued in this fashion. In the years during and after the Dreyfus Affair, Barrès declared that it did not matter whether the Jewish Dreyfus was innocent or not. He didn’t belong to the French nation, so how could he betray it? What France needed, said Barrès, were men rooted in “our soil, in our history, in our national conscience.” For him, Jews were rootless and thus not part of or true citizens of the French nation.

The question of whether Jews were members of the French nation was crucial during the Vichy years of World War II. That government participated in the Holocaust by allowing 76,000 Jews to be deported to Nazi death camps. The best that can be said of it is that it sent foreign-born Jews to their death before agreeing to the deportation of those who had French nationality.

The moment of truth for France is now at hand. Everyone is now conscious, as Valls said, of the anti-Semitism of the immigrant Muslim population as well as the residual discrimination against Jews. France already passed the Pleven Act in July 1972 and the Gayssot Act in July 1990, attempting to punish incitement to hatred, discrimination, racial insults, and denial of the Holocaust. But given the events of January 2015, France must take further pragmatic steps to deal with anti-Semitic behavior.

If Jews are to remain in the country, French officials must be more alert in dealing with manifestations of anti-Jewish discrimination, whether they are physical attacks on persons and institutions, the innumerable graffiti and swastikas in the streets, or problems in appointing Jews in educational institutions. Police have to be active, installing patrol units and cameras at synagogues and other Jewish places, especially at the 700 Jewish schools. 

Above all, in the present climate, French authorities must formulate more effective programs to deal with the spread and impact of Islamist extremism, particularly in the school system attended by young Muslims. In this regard they should look again at the report issued by Jean-Pierre Olin, inspector of education, in June 2004, that pointed out the severe problem in the schools. They should be helped in their activities by the 89% of the French population who, according to the Pew Global Index, hold “favorable” views of Jews. Then Manuel Valls will not be alone in believing that France cannot be France without its Jews.

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 01/25/2015 11:02 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 25 January 2015
A Message from American Jewry: BDS is a Real Threat, not Paranoia

A. Mark Clarfield writes in the Jerusalem Post:

From early December 2014 through this January, American academic associations representing about 100,000 professors met to discuss or vote on resolutions that urged a boycott of Israeli universities.

They include the American Anthropological Association, Middle East Studies Association, Modern Language Association, and the American Historical Association. BDS (Boycott/Divestment/ Sanctions) was also voted on by a California graduate student association and by a graduate association at the City University of New York. The final consequences of these actions are not yet clear.

BDS was intensely examined in Israel during this same period. Sessions were held to discuss the causes and significance of BDS in VERA (the Committee of Heads of Israeli Universities), the Israel Academy of Sciences, at universities and colleges from Haifa to Beersheba and at Tel Aviv’s Institute for National Security Studies. The issue was also addressed in a host of less formal meetings with groups of intellectuals and public figures and in the media, including “Roim Olam,” a weekly review of news on Israeli TV and in newspaper articles. The key presenter on these occasions was Cary Nelson, a professor of English from the University of Illinois and immediate past president of American Association of University Professors, with 50,000 members. Nelson was sent by the American Jewish community to alert and inform Israelis of the seriousness of the challenge from BDS. His calling card was a book of essays sponsored by an agency of American Jewish federations: The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel, of which he is co-editor.

Nelson argues that BDS must be seen as a growing long-term threat to Israel as a whole and to Israeli academia in particular. There is unfortunately abundant evidence that this is indeed the case, especially in the humanities faculties as opposed to engineering, the sciences or professional schools like medicine.

As Nelson pointed out in his speaking tour, over the past decade BDS has made serious inroads into Europe and is now actively rearing its ugly head in the US. He is in a position to know.

Nelson explained, offering chapter and verse, that because the attack is concentrated in the humanities, if this movement continues unchecked within a few years a whole generation of congressional aides will have been educated with the view that BDS is entirely legitimate and within a decade elected officials and senior bureaucrats will accept this position without question. The same instructional bias would inevitably affect the future leaders of the American Jewish community who, like public officials, typically begin their education with a BA in liberal arts. The threat to Israeli national security, as was made clear at the INSS, is that national strength depends on international legitimacy, and is not limited to the size and quality of the weaponry of Israel’s armed forces.

It appears that Nelson’s message has been heard.

VERA has established a national committee to monitor BDS and assist in a campaign to counter it. The INSS has established a working group to address it.

Additional ideas are being floated on how to present accurate views of Israeli higher education and its value to the entire citizenry of Israel as well as to our neighbors.

The Israeli response is a preliminary and belated awakening to a well-planned, wide and coordinated attack by PACBI – the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel. It is yet another facet of “lawfare” working to delegitimize Israel through the International Criminal Court and in the court of world opinion. This rapid penetration of this incendiary campaign clearly reflects intentional arson, not spontaneous combustion...

Posted on 01/25/2015 10:16 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Imam at mosque where Lee Rigby's killers worshipped sues the BBC for calling him an 'extremist who encourages religious violence'

A hardline imam at a mosque where the killers of soldier Lee Rigby worshipped is suing the BBC, saying it described him as an 'extremist'. Shakeel Begg, 37, is taking legal action after presenter Andrew Neil said on the Sunday Politics Show that the imam had praised jihad as 'the greatest of deeds'.

Mr Begg, head of the Lewisham Islamic Centre in South-East London, is demanding libel damages and that the BBC doesn't again call him an 'extremist' who 'encourages religious violence' According to the High Court writ, Mr Neil interviewed Farooq Murad, then head of the Muslim Council of Britain, during the Sunday Politics Show in November 2013.

Mr Neil said the East London Mosque in Whitechapel was 'a venue for a number of extremist speakers…who espouse extremist positions' The presenter added: 'This year Shakeel Begg, he spoke there and hailed jihad as the greatest of deeds.'

Mr Begg has said he cannot recall making such a speech at the East London Mosque.

Mr Begg did not deny Mr Rigby's killers – Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22 – attended the Lewisham Islamic Centre in the months leading up to the Woolwich attack.  But he said the Centre had issued a statement expressing 'shock and sadness'.

The BBC last night declined to comment.

Posted on 01/25/2015 7:53 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 25 January 2015
The rising tide of anti-Semitism

Per head of population, there were four times more hate crimes against Jewish targets than against Muslims. One Jewish MP, Lee Scott, received five death threats. “They were saying things like, 'You Jewish pig, we’re going to stone you to death’,” he says. “Always on the phone, and always on Monday evenings to my parliamentary office when they knew my staff had left.”

In parts of Britain, this newspaper has found, anti-Semitism is open, unashamed – and supported by the taxpayer. Only 25 miles north of Barnet, in Luton, one of the town’s main mosques, the Luton Islamic Centre, publishes statements on its website describing Jews as the “brethren of swine and pigs” and calling for “victory over the Jews and the rest of the enemies of Islam”.

One text on the “Palestinian Crisis” asks: “How do the brethren of swine and pigs [Jews] have the upper hand over the best Ummah among all the other nations [Muslims]?”

Another text states: “The Jews strive their utmost to corrupt the beliefs, morals and manners of the Muslims.”

After the Paris attacks, the mosque tweeted a lecture by Qadeer Baksh, its imam, saying that Muslims would be caused “much harm” by the “Christians and the Jews, the extremists among them”.

But, surprisingly given its views, an organisation closely linked to the mosque has been awarded public money for projects to rehabilitate Muslim former offenders and to “work with young people” in Luton.

The Ethnic Minority Training Project, chaired by one of the mosque’s trustees and run by an activist at the mosque, has received at least £75,000 from the local council, the Department for Work and Pensions, the EU and other bodies. According to the mosque’s website, it is a “partner” in the project with the Bedfordshire Probation Service and The Mount, one of the local prisons.

Luton is not the only place where groups with alleged links to anti-Semites have collected a subsidy. In 2013, a charity called the Peace Giving Foundation received a lottery grant of £118,000 to run a programme “empowering ethnic minority women”. At the time, the Peace Giving Foundation shared directors (and continues to share an address) with the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA), which sends extremist speakers to mosques and university societies.

Abdurraheem Green, the founder and head of IERA, once demanded that a Jewish man be removed from his sight when preaching at Speaker’s Corner. He has also said that the Jewish homeland is a “myth” and British public opinion is “totally hostage to the Zionist-controlled media”.

Other IERA speakers include Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick, who has called all Jews “filth”. Past members of the group’s advisory board are Hussain Yee, who blamed the Jews for 9/11, and Haitham al-Haddad, who described them as “the descendants of apes and pigs”.

More than £39,000 of the lottery grant has already been paid. The Big Lottery Fund said last night that payment of the remaining £78,000 had been stopped pending an investigation into the Peace Giving Foundation’s “connections”.

One step back from the open bigotry of people like this, it has long been a favourite rhetorical device of anti-Semites to associate British Jews with the behaviour of the Israeli government. 

As it happens, anti-Semitic incidents were already rising sharply in the first half of 2014, before the Israel-Gaza conflict began – but July, when the crisis started, saw an even bigger spike. That month, according to the London mayor’s office for policing and crime, 95 per cent of all hate crime in the capital was directed against Jewish targets.

Given this, Jewish community leaders in north London say they are troubled by a letter from Helen King, assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard, to a local MP saying that supporters of both sides “are increasingly incensed by new incidents in Gaza”, which has “ultimately led to an increase in anti-Semitic incidents and a corresponding rise in Islamophobic offences”.

There have in fact been almost no attacks on Muslims by supporters of Israel, let alone a “corresponding rise”. 

At the 2010 election, Mr Scott and other “Zionist” MPs were targeted for attack leaflets, telephone canvassing and pickets by the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), an extremist group which has often used the Z-word interchangeably with Israeli or Jewish (it described the Talmud as a “Zionist holy book”, though it was written centuries before Zionism existed). MPAC borrows the words of Abdullah Azzam, mentor to Osama bin Laden, to describe itself as a “vanguard” of those who “sacrifice their souls and their blood in order to bring victory to our ambitions and convictions”.

Most of MPAC’s boasting about its huge electoral influence can be easily exposed as blowhard lies, but it may indeed have helped change the outcome in strongly Muslim Bradford East. The incumbent, Labour’s Terry Rooney (not Jewish, but pro-Israeli) lost by 365 votes in the 2010 general election after MPAC distributed thousands of leaflets calling him a Zionist Islamophobe and “warmonger” who could not represent Muslims.

The winner, the Liberal Democrat David Ward, has fulfilled all MPAC’s wildest hopes. In 2013, he was suspended from the Lib Dem parliamentary party after criticising “the Jews” for inflicting atrocities on the Palestinians and questioning Israel’s right to exist. 

During the Gaza conflict last year he stated: “If I lived in Gaza, would I fire a rocket? Probably yes.” His response to Paris: “Je suis Palestinian.” 


Posted on 01/25/2015 7:18 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 25 January 2015
For Anyone Coming In Late, The Story of M Robert Redeker, Who Wrote A "Le Figaro" Article Critical of Islam and Mohammed in 2006 And Has Had To Live in Hiding Ever Since

Robert Redeker - a clear-sighted French high school teacher, a teacher of philosophy - wrote just one little, lapidary article coolly and rationally describing and criticising Islam, the Quran, Mohammed, and the conduct of Muslims in France.  For that one short article (which was quickly evaporated from the archives of "Le Figaro") he received a deluge of death threats - from Muslims - which drove him into hiding, where he remains.

The wikipedia summary of his story is here.

A New English Review essay - "The Redeker Case" -  by Hugh Fitzgerald on the subject of Robert Redeker,  and the Muslim assault upon him, can be read here:

Hugh points out that Redeker did not make fun of Mohammed, nor did he invent anything. He described Mohammed exactly as he is described in the Islamic texts; but making it clear he regarded Mohammed's character as deplorable, not as admirable.  "Infidels are not permitted to express any view of Islam that is critical...".

Embedded within that essay is a link to an excellent little article by Robert Spencer, entitled "The Philosopher and the Fatwa", which appeared in Frontpage online on October 2 2006.

Nidra Poller, whose articles have appeared from time to time at New English Review, wrote a piece on Redeker - "Refugee in His Own Country" - for 'Standpoint' in February 2009.

And for any of our readers who have "woken up" but lately to the dangerousness of Islam, and may not even have heard of M. Redeker, who had to flee into hiding in 2006 pursued by a barrage of death threats from pious Muslims, here is a link at which you can read the offending 'Le Figaro' article - which M. Redeker entitled "Face aux intimidations Islamistes, que doit faire le monde libre?" - en Francais:

and here is another link where you can read the article in an English translation; not the most perfect of translations, but it will do.

"What Should the Free World Do While Facing Islamist Intimidation?"

Here is the final paragraph.  His reference to Benedict XVI is in connection with theatrical displays of Muslim rage that were ginned up world-wide when Benedict, in a speech at Regensburg, quoted a Byzantine emperor's criticism of Islam.

"Hatred and violence dwell in the book with which every Muslim is brought up, the Koran.  As in the Cold War, where violence and intimidation were the methods used by an ideology hell-bent on hegemony, so today Islam tries to put its leaden mantle all over the world.  Benedict XVI's cruel experience is testimony to this.  Nowadays the West has to be called the "free world" in comparison to the Muslim world; likewise, the enemies of the "free world", the zealous bureaucrats of the Koran's vision, swarm in the very centre of the free world."

And things are even worse today, eight years later, than they were in 2006 when Redeker first wrote those words.

Posted on 01/25/2015 3:11 AM by Christina McIntosh
Sunday, 25 January 2015
One Australian Infidel Woman's Description of What She Saw At that Muslim Threat Display in Lakemba, Sydney, on 23.1.2015

She and a number of other non-Muslim Australians - the total number being about twenty, of whom eight travelled with her, and another twelve came independently of the group she was with, but with similar intent - had gone to take a look, to 'fly the flag' by letting the Muslims know that infidel Aussies had 'got their number', and to take their own photographs and record their own impressions, in order to be able to compare what they themselves saw, heard, and recorded, with whatever the official news outlets chose to tell us.

Her account, calm and measured, and with some very telling pictures, can be read in its entirety at this link, at an Islamoaware Australian site called Islam4Infidels.

A few comments.

Something she notices immediately is that the Muslim rally was focused around the Lakemba war memorial. These sorts of local war memorials, all over the country, are basically Aussie sacred sites.  The Muslims, I am sure, did not choose this location to do their 'grandstanding' by accident.  

She confirms the publicly reported numbers: she thinks that that at least was accurately reported, 800 looked about right.

She also explains that she and the other 20 Australian infidels who were quietly observing and recording proceedings were, at a certain point, removed by the police; when this happened they (our intrepid Aussie observers, or reconnaissance team) were told that it was for their own safety, that the police believed they were going to be attacked.

And this was what shocked her more than anything else.  I quote: "...that we were asked to remove ourselves from a public rally. A rally that was held on Australian soil, in an Australian city, my city. Not only that, we were advised not to return to that area (Lakemba - CM) once we had left.

"I hold the police in the highest regard...but found it incomprehensible that the very police that should be protecting my right to voice my opinions, participate in my freedom of speech, and alone stand in a public street, were the very people removing me...

"By removing us from a suburb and public street that should belong to ALL of us, I was witness to the "Islam will rule your streets" gaining a foothold. And I was disgusted."

More, "I observed my right to remain on a public street being refused.  I was witness to Islamic men giving me death stares and making it well known that they were angry that we were there".

And she says something else that should resonate particularly with the French, and with the Germans of PEGIDA, and with intelligent non-Muslims in every country where non-Muslims still command a sufficient majority.

"I am able to contradict the media's portrayal of what occurred because I was there.

"I personally think more could have been achieved with more people standing by my side, especially if we stood there in silence but there was more of us. (By this she means: the silent, watchful non-Muslims should have numbered at least 1000.  I agree. - CM)


"Because our mere presence on what they deem as "their soil" makes them uncomfortable.  You can almost physically see them squirm.'

"And I like that.  Silence, but greater numbers, is far superior. It gives us the upper hand in showing them by the numbers that we aren't accepting of their views, of their Islam.

"By being silent, again provides us with the upper hand, in that the media can't accuse [us] of inciting violence by being antagonistic.  It makes it harder for the media to provide footage of us being aggressive.

"But most importantly,it makes it impossible for the Islamists (sic: the Muslim Mob - CM) to play the victim card."

Thank you, my fellow Aussie.

Thank you, you and the other twenty people who were with you.  Thank you for being there, to fly the flag, and for your insights.

Next time - and there's sure to be a next time - there had better be more of us. A lot more. - CM


Posted on 01/25/2015 12:54 AM by Christina McIntosh
Saturday, 24 January 2015
A Musical Interlude: I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (Annette Hanshaw)

Listen here.

Posted on 01/24/2015 8:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Daniel Sibony: France Cannot Change Islam, But Can Islam Change France?
Posted on 01/24/2015 8:40 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Pro-Nazi Sentiments In Sharjah During The War

And note Abdullah bin Faris, who tried to get British citizenship, failed, and then immediately became an advocate for Nazi Germany, but still feigning outward loyalty to England in the presence of the agent for England Al-Razuki


Posted on 01/24/2015 5:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Watch “Night Will Fall” about Nazi Atrocities During the Holocaust

Jewish Children liberated at Auschwitz, February 1945

Source : Archives of the US National Holocaust Memorial

Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

On January 27, 1945 forward units of the 100th Rifle Division of the 1st Ukrainian Front entered the Auschwitz Birkenau death camp precinct liberating several thousand remaining survivors. More than 1.1 million were murdered there by the Nazi SS, 1 million of them Jews.  Among the first groups they encountered in the remaining barracks were children, twins, victims of the ‘angel of death, Dr. Josef Mengele’s sadistic medical experiments.  The Russian troopers in their white camouflage coats hugged and gave them chocolate.  These Jewish children hadn’t felt any humane treatment during their enforced incarceration in Auschwitz.

Earlier in January 1945 the SS blew up the remaining crematoria. An earlier one was destroyed in the lone heroic resistance effort by Jews inside the camp in October 1944 with dynamite secured by Jewish women inmates.  The SS guards assembled more than 60,000 camp inmates  in January 1945 who  sent on a forced death march from which only 12,000 survived.  One of the survivors of that death march was the Nobel Laureate Eli Wiesel who as a youth of 16 was eventually liberated by the US Army at Buchenwald in April 1945. Another Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor was Italian Jewish resistance fighter, chemist and author Primo Levi who received his Nobel award for Literature, posthumously in 2002. Levi fell to his death in his family home in Turin in 1987, some say depressed by the atrocities  he had witnessed. Wiesel’s biographic works about his experience at Auschwitz the forced march and liberation were memorialized in his trilogy Night, Dawn and Day.  Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz: if this is a Man was testimony to the Nazi dehumanization and perseverance to survive and return home.

 Another 5 million Jews didn’t survive.  They were murdered in unspeakable ways in the einstazgruppen slaughter in Russia, death camps in Germany and occupied Europe.  Their fate in the Final Solution was ratified by the SS at the Wansee Conference in Berlin on January 20, 1942. The objective of the SS Conference was to make Europe judenrein.  Among the Six Million European Jews murdered were 1.5 million children.  The Jewish children those Russian troops encountered at Auschwitz on January 27, 1945 were among the lucky survivors.

Israelis at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Source:  AP

Palestinian leads 2015 UN International Holocaust Memorial at Auschwitz Birkenau

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 is the 10th annual UN International Holocaust Memorial Day.  drew attention that this year’s  annual commemoration with be headed by a Palestinian UN official.  Maher Nasser will host the event,  Palestinian to host UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day to be held at the site of the death camps at Auschwitz- Birkenau in Poland.  Nasser was  born in Albrieh, a village near Ramallah. The 25 year UN bureaucrat   held posts in Gaza and  Jerusalem. eHeh HH He  now holds a management position in the UN Department of Public Information.  Ironic  in that the Haj Amin al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, fled to Berlin from Baghdad  following the Farhud, the Nazi-Arab massacre of Jews  in 1941.  The  was welcomed as  Hitler’s house guest during WWII. He  promoted  the genocide of Six Million European Jewish men, women and Children and sponsoring the recruitment of Muslim Waffen SS units in the Balkans.   

UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon will attend.   Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin will lead an Israeli delegation.  Rivlin will speak about the rise of Global Anti-Semitism and the threat of Islamic Jihadism. More than 100 Holocaust and Russian veterans will also attend the ceremonies at Auschwitz. In the Israeli delegation will be former Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom  in 2005 proposed the UN commemoration of the Holocaust  to “honor of the six million Jews, 1 million Gypsies, 250,000 disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.”

The documentary on Nazi crimes,  Night Will Fall

The Auschwitz-Birkenau UN commemoration of the Holocaust may not be televised. However, on the eve of International Holocaust Memorial Day, January 26th,  at 9PM EST, HBO  will show a documentary on  Nazi atrocities , Night Will Fall.   It is based  on archival footage taken by British military photographers and cinematographers following the liberation of Nazi concentration camp, Bergen –Belsen in April 1945.  Famed Hollywood film director Alfred Hitchcock was briefly involved with the original British documentary in 1945.  Marlow Stern in his Daily Beast review of Night Will Fall, Inside Alfred Hitchcock’s Lost Holocaust Documentary,noted how the original project and Hitchock’s involvement came about:

Back in 1945, Sidney Bernstein, the chief of the Psychological Warfare Film Section of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, was commissioned to create the definitive documentary chronicling the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. Bernstein’s aim was, in his words, to “prove one day that this had actually happened” and have it serve as “a lesson to all mankind as well as to the Germans.”

He eventually roped in his good pal, Alfred Hitchcock, to serve as the film’s supervising director. But the horrifying and heartbreaking footage of numerous concentration camps, shot by British, American, and Russian World War II soldiers as they were being liberated, became tangled up in a complicated web of politics and artistic rows. A magnificent new HBO documentary pulls back the veil on the making of German Concentration Camps: Factual Survey.

The eye-opening film-on-a-film, Night Will Fall, will premiere January 26 on HBO. It is narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, produced by Stephen Frears and Brett Ratner, and directed by Andre Singer, who serves as president of The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain.  Singer executive producer  of  the documentaries The Act of Killing and Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss. It was done in concert with London’s Imperial War Museum, and took 18 months of poring over thousands of feet of film to trace the making of the unmade epic.


The British soldiers found tens of thousands of emaciated prisoners inside the camp, many of whom were on the brink of death by starvation. The camera lingers on piles of naked, skeletal corpses stacked several bodies high, as well as line after line of dead children. A total of 30,000 corpses were witnessed by Allied troops, according to the film. Singer managed to track down several British soldiers who were there, and some break down in tears recalling the horrors.

“It’s very difficult to describe,” recalls survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who was 19 when Bergen-Belsen was liberated. “You’ve spent years preparing yourself to die, and you’re still here. Every British soldier looked like a God to us.”

Alissa Simon in her August 2014 Variety  review of Night Will fall, reported that,  “rather than wait, the impatient American government commissioned [Hollywood director]  Billy Wilder to use their footage [from German Concentration Camps Factual Survey] . Singer includes an excerpt of Wilder’s short film, Death Mills, intended for German and Austrian audiences, and clips from an interview with Wilder.”

Dorothy Rabinowitz in her Wall Street Journal review of Night Will Fall: Nazi Crimes on Film  explains why the original footage of the British film languished in the vaults of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) after excerpts were shown in the Nuremberg Trial of Nazi leaders:

Still, despite the stellar talents and authority of its creators, the film would be stored, rather than seen. Though its footage would provide some of the most damning testimony presented at the Nuremberg war crimes [trials].  It would be housed, from 1952 on, in the archives of the Imperial War Museum. Then four years ago the IWM undertook the enormous task of restoring and digitizing the documentary, along with the long-missing sixth reel. “Night Will Fall,” a new documentary about the historic film, leaves no question as to the reason it was withheld. Its commentators note that the British government then, whose policy was to bar any flow of European Jews to Palestine, was not eager to present a film that would create a great deal of sympathy for these survivors, as such a film surely would.

These graphic revelations of the Nazi final solution atrocities against millions of Jews and others should be a warning of the primary objective of the Global Jihad movement:  the annihilation of Jews, Christians and minority religions sought by Muslim extremists, following the way of Allah.




Posted on 01/24/2015 3:00 PM by Jerry Gordon
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Radical Islam poses a real, direct threat to the West — including Canada

It is distressing to witness the waffling and quibbling in both federal opposition parties over Canada’s contribution to the anti-terrorist effort in the Middle East, and even more depressing to note the failure of the opposition to show any recognition of the nature of the intensifying struggle between the West and radical Islam. I have expressed here before my concerns about the steady deterioration of the size and condition of our armed forces (though the personnel are of uniformly high quality). But Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister John Baird have consistently and often courageously recognized the nature of the terrorist threat, and particularly the fraudulence of the arguments calling Israel an apartheid society with no right to exist as a Jewish state.

The recent outrages in Paris have caused the more discerning political leadership and commentariat in many countries to recognize that the Israelis are just a pretextual grievance, because they are in territory the Arabs claim as their own. (This is bunk, as the territory of Israel was always inhabited by some Jews and was previously governed by the British, Turks, Crusaders, Byzantines, Romans, and Jews, and never by Arabs, but that is almost beside the point.) The real enemy is the entire West, not just, or even particularly, Israel.

The associate publisher of the influential Paris newspaper Le Figaro wrote last week in an uplifting “Declaration” that a “new religious war on a planetary scale” has been declared. (The piece evokes Emile Zola’s seminal “J’Accuse” in Georges Clemenceau’s L’Aurore in 1898 during the Dreyfus Affair.) “Islamists massacre Christians in Egypt, Iraq, Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria, all over, in fact,” he wrote. He predicted a “pitiless unleashing of a renascent Islam … by the immense Islamized masses of the Third World and our great metropolises,” motivated by a “hatred of Christianity (that) vastly exceeds all problems of faith. Attacking churches, priests, other religious personnel, and the faithful, Islamists wish to destroy Western civilization, democracy, capitalism, what they call ‘neo-colonialism,’ equality of the sexes, the Rights of Man, all progress as we conceive it. Marx, Lenin, and Stalin have been replaced (as enemies of the West) by Allah and the Prophet. Bellicose imams have taken the places of the political commissars … We weep with our usual crocodile tears for the Copts murdered in Egypt and Christians assassinated in Baghdad as the representatives of the West, European culture, capitalism, neo-colonialism, the dollar and Coca-Cola,” though they antedated the Muslims in the Nile Valley and Baghdad by five centuries, “but we sit by passively with folded arms.”

This elegant and fiery French polemical writer reached his apotheosis with the demand for an end to nauseating platitudes about “Islamo-Christian amity … and the harmonious co-habitation of our three monotheisms, the avoidance of absurd and sometimes odious references to the ‘most sober hours in our history,’ and the cessation of the repentances and cowardices” of the West.

It was stirring stuff and though slightly overstated, he is closer to the mark with claims that all Islam hates and wishes the destruction of the West than are most of our pitiful Western leaders still imputing these incidents to a few malcontents, the pressing of “hot buttons” of Muslim sensitivity, or some new manifestation of Western avarice, patronization of other cultures, or supposedly compulsive belligerency. For five minutes last week, a White House spokesman dangled jerkily like an imperfectly hanged man before the press corps trying unsuccessfully to explain the administration’s aversion to any reference to “Islamist extremism.” I am relieved, and all Canada should be grateful, that Harper and Baird see it plain as the outright evil that all this terrorist activity is. If, as a civilization and an alliance (however tattered), the West recognized that much of Islam is anti-West and if we required that Muslim national and religious leaders condemn violence or suffer onerous consequences for tacitly (or overtly) condoning it, we would swiftly separate the world’s many decent Muslims from the loopies who keep killing Christians and Jews.

The underlying problem has almost nothing to do directly with the West: Muslim countries have failed at self-government almost everywhere, and have had very little success in developing civic values. This is one of the many reasons why both George W. Bush’s crusade for democracy and Barack Obama’s Cairo speech exalting Arab history were nonsense. The democratic choice of Muslim Arab electors is apt to be the anti-democratic, Islamist party, as with Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and, until the army intervened in its constitutional role as conservator of democracy, Algeria. (The Algerian army stopped the free election of an anti-democratic party to preserve democracy, in 1992.) The comparative success of the West gnaws at Muslim sensibilities, and the poor living conditions of many Muslim immigrants in the West aggravate their unhappiness.

There is particular merit to this in France, where those Muslims who had been loyal to France in the Algerian War and fled the independent Algeria for France were shabbily treated. This explains both the greater numbers and greater agitation of the French Muslims than the German-resident Turks, who are styled “guest-workers” and came to Germany under specified conditions and on temporary visas. These are ancillary problems of the post-Christian implosion of much of Europe’s birthrate, but they are temporary phenomena — the birthrate is already starting to rise in some areas of Europe (and not just among Muslims), and so, tentatively, is Christianity. To a large extent, the same lumpen-left that thinks the West is responsible for Muslim attacks on it, that Israel is an apartheid state, that the Roman Catholic Church is just a superstition-mongering humbug, claptrap and hallelujah factory run by septuagenarian celibates and closeted homosexuals, are themselves too dyspeptic or self-obsessed to procreate in self-sustaining numbers. All of these schools of misjudgment are beginning to crumble.

Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair certainly don’t belong in any of these dark holes, and the leaders of the opposition have a duty to oppose. But they are making too much of the exchange of fire between ISIS and Canadian forces in Iraq. The prime minister told the House of Commons that forces were not being sent to the Middle East in ground combat roles, but everyone knew they were entering a war zone and there was always a possibility of hostile encounters. It is specious to claim from this that Harper misled Parliament. Justin Trudeau’s comment in October about Harper “whipping out” our CF-18 jets to show how big they are was gratuitous locker room laddishness that trivialized a serious subject involving risk-taking for a good cause by members of our armed forces (even if Harper’s bellicosity, many decibels above what is altogether credible for a country of such emasculated military force as Canada has become, invites skepticism). And both opposition leaders should stop this nonsense that we can’t distribute aid to refugees at the same time as we participate in the military action against the terrorist forces that apparently inspired the attack on the Centre Block of Parliament that caused the prime minister to take refuge in a broom closet.

More importantly, the entire political and media community in this country, as it apparently has in France, must stop playing little Red Riding Hood with what is an attack on our civilization. Canada is a designated target. Everything that almost all Canadians believe in is being comprehensively assaulted, and distributing blankets and running around with our hair on fire when shots are exchanged in combat zones is not even the start of an adequate response. The United States plunged thoughtlessly into Iraq, and almost as mindlessly, abruptly decamped from it, helping create ISIS. It is somnambulating to the end of the Obama fantasy. Unlike most of his countrymen, the president doesn’t speak of the Islamist threat in realistic terms. But even he understands that the local forces of armed opposition to terror have to be assisted, and American political divisions are no excuse for half-measures and posturing here, or for a failure by our opposition to get to grips with this widespread international problem, especially now that it is active within our country.

First published in the National Post.

Posted on 01/24/2015 1:17 PM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 24 January 2015
In this fight, "We have to also keep our heads" - John Kerry
Posted on 01/24/2015 1:03 PM by Richard Butrick
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Professor William A. Cook, Whom The Israeli Writer Fails To Properly Diagnose

After you've read this article, and well before the end, you will have no difficulty, and should not be the slightest bit reluctant, to call Professor William A. Cook, about whom the Israeli author is far too kind, as an obvious antisemite, one who pretends to want to "find out more" but does so only to go through the motions, for a bit of protective cover -- as if he were genuinely fairminded and wanted to find out more, from the israeli side. Clearly that for him is a little act. He's not alone, of course, for there are lots of lunatics on the loose from the Laughing Academy. But let him be the representative of the phenomenon.

Posted on 01/24/2015 12:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 24 January 2015
I don’t want to live under Islamic blasphemy law. That doesn’t make me racist

Douglas Murray in the Spectator. You should follow the link and read it all. 

I have spent most of the last fortnight debating Islam and blasphemy and wanted to take the opportunity to put down a few unwritten thoughts.

In the immediate aftermath of the Paris atrocities most of the people who thought the journalists and cartoonists in some sense ‘had it coming to them’ kept their heads down.  I encountered a few who did not, including Asghar Bukhari from the MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Committee).  In the aftermath of the atrocity Asghar was immediately eager to smear the cartoonists and editors of Charlie Hebdo as racists.  From what he and others of his ilk have been sending around since, they appear to have dug down into a narrative which now goes something like this: ‘The murders had nothing to do with Islam, Muslims or Islamic blasphemy law.  They certainly had something to do with Western foreign policy or domestic Islamophobia.  But by the way Charlie Hebdo is a racist magazine.’

For the first time, MPAC proved to be ahead of the curve.  Because by the end of the first week after the atrocity more ‘mainstream’ and ‘moderate’ voices joined in with this narrative.  .  . And by this particular standard (ignoring Charlie Hebdo’s attacks on all presidents, popes and politicians) the magazine’s portrayal of Mohammed constituted a clear criticism of Islam, which is uniquely bad because Islam is followed by Muslims and Muslims constitute a cowering and beleaguered minority.

But like most other arguments against Charlie Hebdo in recent weeks what this boils down to is a scramble for a justification for why Islamic blasphemy law must be observed even in Western Europe.

The most shocking scramble came from the Cambridge don Abdal Hakim Murad (‘Tim Winters’ until his conversion to Islam).  Hakim, or Tim, is often held up as a model of moderation, though I have had reason to doubt this claim before.  And now there is even more cause to doubt it, because earlier this week we had him (and remember this is someone regularly held up as one of the great hopes of ‘liberal’ Islam in Britain) using the pages of the Telegraph to argue that the law of the land in Britain should be used to prosecute anyone who blasphemes Islam.  In the UK.  In the 21st century. More on this terrible article fromHugh Fitzgerald here.

Hakim / Tim also went on to describe drawings of his ‘prophet’ as an ‘act of violence’.  We should dwell on that for a moment.  A drawing of Mohammed is an ‘act of violence.’  Taken along with his other claims (about how beleaguered, put-upon and persecuted he thinks Muslims are across Europe) someone who had just delved back into the news after an absence of several weeks might easily come away  with the idea that earlier this month a bunch of cartoonists stormed a mosque in Paris and gunned down Muslims.  Like a lot of other readers of Hakim / Tim’s article, I was also left wondering how many years you would have to go back to find a Cambridge don using the pages of the Telegraph to call for greater state enforcement of blasphemy laws.  

Like I said, read it all. 

Posted on 01/24/2015 12:41 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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