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Out Into The Beautiful World
by Theodore Dalrymple
Unreading Shakespeare
by David P. Gontar
Islam Through the Looking Glass: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J. B. Kelly, Vol. 3
edited by S. B. Kelly
The Real Nature of Religion
by Rebecca Bynum
As Far As The Eye Can See
by Moshe Dann
Threats of Pain and Ruin
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Oil Cringe of the West: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly Vol. 2
edited by S.B. Kelly
The Impact of Islam
by Emmet Scott
Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies
by Ibn Warraq
Fighting the Retreat from Arabia and the Gulf: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly. Vol. 1
edited by S.B. Kelly
The Literary Culture of France
by J. E. G. Dixon
Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays
by David P. Gontar
Farewell Fear
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Eagle and The Bible: Lessons in Liberty from Holy Writ
by Kenneth Hanson
The West Speaks
interviews by Jerry Gordon
Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy
Emmet Scott
Anything Goes
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Left is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
by Rebecca Bynum

Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Parramatta mosque leader lashes out and KICKS a news cameraman - as police seize one month's worth of security footage from the building the radicalised Muslim teen visited before shooting a police accountant

A leader of the mosque that 15-year-old gunman Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad visited before shooting a police accountant has lashed out at members of the media, as the place of worship hands over a month's worth of security footage to police.

Neil El-Kadomi, the head of Parramatta Mosque, on Marsden Street, kicked a cameraman from Nine News as he was being questioned and photographed outside the mosque on Monday. Mr El-Kadomi, who denied any association with the teenage killer, appeared to be having a verbal altercation with the cameraman when he lifted his right leg and kicked him.

A NSW police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that there have been no formal complaints lodged in relation to the incident

Mr El-Kadomi was questioned about his affiliation with Jabar- who was gunned down by police during a shoot out on Friday - after it was reported the 'radicalised' youth had visited the mosque to change into a black robe just before he stormed Parramatta's police headquarters.

On Sunday, Mr El-Kadomi denied he knew 'the boy' and claimed the teen was an infrequent visitor at the mosque, The Age reported. 'He died and his secret died with him. I don't know if it's terrorism. What the boy's motive is we don't know,' chairman of the Parramatta Mosque, Neil El-Kadomi said. 'We are Australian and we live in Australia. The mosque has no link to the crime. The community is very shocked by what happened,'

The mosque, located only a few blocks from where the fatal shooting took place, was raided on Sunday morning 'with the full support' of community leaders, a NSW police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia. 

Posted on 10/06/2015 2:12 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 5 October 2015
50 Years of Immigration’s Unintended Consequences

Senator Ted Kennedy’s assurances are so absurdly off-base that they should be carved into the marble of the U.S. Capitol as a caution to anyone making claims about the future effects of grand legislation on any subject:

The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.

Read all of Mark Krikorian's piece at NRO.

Posted on 10/05/2015 9:20 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 5 October 2015
Lisa Benson Show - Michael Rubin and Sylvia Hoehns-Wright on M.E. & U.S. Islamic Supremacy

The Lisa Benson Show had two guests  on the Sunday, October 4, 2015, Dr. Michael Rubin  and Ms. Sylvia Hoehns-Wright who addressed Islamic Supremacy in the Middle East and here in the US.  Rubin is  Resident Scholar at the Washington, DC-based American Enterprise  Institute and author of Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes.    See our March 2014 book review and interview with Rubin, here and here. Ms. Hoehns- Wright , a noted expert horticulturalist and was the  subject of a September 2015  New English  Review article, The Battle for Hoehns Road: Property Rights versus Muslim Supremacy.

Rubin addressed :

  • Russian President Putin’s Great Game in the Middle East and Eastern Europe;
  • Putin’s  alliance with Shia Supremacist Iran in Syria bolstering Assad who facilitated the rise of the Islamic State;
  •  Israel facing a possible  Palestinian Third Intifada  encircled with  Iranian Revolutionary Guards  on the Golan and proxies Hamas and Hezbollah  supported by Tehran seeking to extinguish the Jewish  nation,  a US ally;
  • The failures of President Obama’s policies in both the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

  Ms. Hoehns – Wright eloquently addressed:

  • The adverse verdict in  the recent Henrico County Virginia  now threatening both  her and her neighbors legacy property rights in a Lawfare Campaign  brought by the Islamic Center of Richmond;
  • The US Justice department  Federal Court consent decree that  forced  Henrico County  officials to  be subject to  Muslim diversity training;
  •  The trial testimony by  ICR  revealing  its connections  to the Muslim Brotherhood;
  • The  threat of a future business conspiracy trial against her and her neighbors  in the trial judge’s ruling;’and,
  • The necessity of amending existing Commonwealth of Virginia anti-SLAPP suit statute to combat Lawfare by Muslim Supremacists.

LISTEN HERE to the  SoundCloud  pod cast of October 4, 2014 Lisa Benson Show with  host, Lisa Benson and  co-host Jerry Gordon, a Senior Editor of the New English Review.


Posted on 10/05/2015 9:09 AM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 5 October 2015
Pakistani-Canadian Imprisoned Over Plot to Decapitate Employees of Jyllands-Posten and Throw their Heads in the Street May Have Canadian Citizenship Revoked

I think that's a good idea. National Post:

A Pakistani-Canadian imprisoned in California over a plot to decapitate employees of a Danish newspaper and throw their heads on to the street is among those targeted for revocation of their citizenship under a controversial new law, the National Post has learned.

Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 54, is the only one of the 10 Canadians whose citizenship the government is seeking to revoke for terrorism who was convicted by a foreign court, the U.S. District Court in Chicago. He is serving a 14-year-sentence at a prison in San Pedro, Calif.

The former owner of First World Immigration, which operated in Toronto, Rana was convicted in 2011 of conspiracy in relation to a plot to attack the Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten newspaper for publishing a cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.

He was also convicted of providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the Pakistani terrorist group that 10 sent gunmen to Mumbai, India in 2008 to attack major hotels, a train statin and a Jewish centre. More than 160 people were killed.

Rana was living in Illinois when he was arrested in 2009. According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, his scheduled release date is Dec. 28, 2021. Upon completion of his sentence, he would have likely been deported to Canada. But if his citizenship is successfully revoked, he could only be returned to Pakistan.

Posted on 10/05/2015 7:48 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 5 October 2015
Jeff Sessions: Time To Hit Brakes On ‘Radical’ Pace Of Immigration

Coolidge did it, now it's time to hit the brakes again. Breitbart:

On Breitbart News Sunday Sirius XM radio with host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, Alabama

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) discussed the findings of his Senate Judiciary Immigration and the National Interest Subcommittee, which document how births to current Americans will be vastly outnumbered by mass immigration unless Congress hits the “pause” button on issuing new green cards.

In an impassioned interview, Sessions challenged donor-driven Republicans who are “too close to the corporate class,” for supporting a “radical” pace of immigration that would push the U.S. past all known records.

“America is surging past all historical [immigration] levels. I think it’s time to slow down,” Session declared.

Sessions offered a series of detailed facts to demonstrate the true scope of immigration and the depth of public desire to see those levels curbed.

“By a three-to-one majority of Americans they say we should reduce the flow of immigration rather than increase it. I think it’s time for politicians to look at this. They don’t know these numbers and they’re not listening to the American people,” Sessions said.

The exclusive chart provided to Breitbart News documents how for every one net American born — i.e. births minus deaths — “the federal government will add seven more people to the country through future immigration.”

When asked why politicians are not pushing to enact the immigration reductions desired by their constituents, Sessions explained that Washington politicians are “too close to the corporate class,” who see higher wages for workers as a bad thing because it increases labor costs. “If you read the business publications, and wages go up, they think it’s bad.”

Sessions, however, does not subscribe to this corporate view of American wages. “How can that possibly be policy for government officials… It just infuriates me,” Sessions said.

Sessions, who has been a tireless champion of the American worker in the Republican Party, explained that elected officials ought represent Americans, not special interests groups or big business donors:

“I love America. I believe I’m an elected official. And who puts me in office? […] The people who should benefit from my actions are the American people. That’s who should be first. Some people seem to think they represent groups, they seem to think we represent the whole world, they think we represent business groups, and activist groups and La Raza or the Chamber of Commerce, and we’re losing sight of who we represent. And it’s absolutely clear that too large a flow of [foreign] workers, particularly lower skilled workers, hammer American workers, damage their ability to get a pay raise or even get a job. That’s not disputable. That matter has been settled. And someone needs to be worried about those people… I think that’s been lost sight of in your nation’s capital.”

Sessions explained that the findings released by the Subcommittee he chairs debunk the talking points of “establishment elites” who want to continue record immigration against the interests and wishes of the American public.

“We’re told time and again that we don’t have a generous immigration policy and we need to have more,” Sessions said. Yet the facts do not bear this out. As the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee told Breitbart News, “The United States has taken in four times more worldwide immigrants than any other nation on Earth.”

“In seven years we’ll have the highest percentage of American non-native born since the founding of the Republic,” Sessions explained. “Some people think, ‘Well, we’ve always had this numbers,’ but that it’s not so. This is very unusual. This is a radical change.”

Indeed, in the 1920s, the last time the foreign-born share of the population reached a record high, then-President Calvin Coolidge hit the pause button for roughly fifty years, producing an era of explosive wage growth. That pause continued until Ted Kennedy ushered in his legislation that granted millions of immigration visas to the entire world.

Sessions explained that if immigration curbs are not enacted, our current policy “will take us to numbers we’ve never seen before.”

“In fact, the United States accounts for five percent of the world’s population; we take in already 20 percent of the [world’s] immigrants. This is a stunning number in itself,” Session said.

When asked about Europe’s immigration crisis, Sessions explained that overly generous immigration policies, both in Europe and the United States, will only encourage more migration:

Posted on 10/05/2015 6:10 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 5 October 2015
Walking the Dog
People always like to talk about their dogs: it is one subject about which they can be frank and unaffected, for no one enters a conversation about dogs who does not love them.
My wife and I were walking the other day in Paris - down the Avenue Gambetta, to be precise - when we saw a man coming towards us who was playing with his dog, a Jack Russell, lively of body and mind. It was jumping up at a stick held out by its master, grabbing it between its teeth so firmly that it could be whirled round. It growled playfully, and it was obvious that it wanted to play until either it or its master was exhausted.
We stopped to talk about the dog. Nobody who walks a dog is too busy to chat about it, and the difficulty is not in starting, but in ending such conversations: for there is no more sincere form of flattery, imitation perhaps excepted, than admiring a man's dog. And, of course, everyone can listen to flattery for hours.
We asked all the usual questions about the dog: age, for example, and whether the owner had had it from a puppy. But every dog is individual, and has its own character. It is then that the conversation grows more serious.
'C'est un chien-professeur,' said the proud master - a teacher-dog.
He himself was a teacher and worked with children 'in difficulty:' that is to say disobedient and delinquent. At the suggestion of the school psychologist five years before, he took the dog to school with him where the dog exerted a very beneficial effect on the behaviour of the children, an effect that was lasting.
This was a phenomenon worth reflecting on. Why did the dog have such an effect? It certainly wasn't because it was fierce, like a pit-bull; quite the reverse.
I think it is probably because the dog displayed and evoked affection, an affection that could be expressed on the human side without fear of disappointment or appearing weak and vulnerable in the eyes of peers. Growing up, as most of them probably did, in a loveless environment in which all relations are those of power and conflict, to be resolved by strength and ruthlessness, the untroubled relationship with a dog gave them what many a teenage mother has said she sought in a baby: someone to love and someone to be loved by. A dog supplies what is missing in a loveless world.    
First published in Salisbury Review.
Posted on 10/05/2015 6:02 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 5 October 2015
12 Christians Brutally Executed By ISIS Refused to Renounce Name of Christ, Died Praying, Reciting Lord's Prayer

The Gospel Herald (hat tip: Jihad Watch):

Twelve Christians have been brutally executed by the Islamic State, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, because they refused to renounce the name of Jesus Christ and embrace Islam. The martyrs were faithful to the very end; right before one woman was beheaded by the terror group, she appeared to be smiling slightly as she said, “Jesus!”

According to Christian Aid Mission, a humanitarian group which assists indigenous Christian workers in their native countries, the horrific murders took place on August 28 in an unnamed village outside Aleppo, Syria.

In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam,” Christian Aid revealed, according to a report from Morning Star News. “When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion.

They were killed for refusing to return to Islam after embracing Christianity, as were the other eight aid workers, including two women, according to Christian Aid. The eight were taken to a separate site in the village and asked if they would return to Islam. However, after they refused to renounce Christ, the women, ages 29 and 33, were raped before the crowd summoned to watch, and then all eight were beheaded,,,

Posted on 10/05/2015 5:48 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Another Temple Mount Intifada?

Naama and Rabbi Eitam Henkin z"l

The Jewish religious calendar of the Days of Awe started with Rosh Hashanah, continued with  Yom Kippur and  the harvest festival of Sukkot  ending with Simchat Torah-the celebration of Ha Shem’s gift of the torah.  In Israel  it has been the scene of daily violence and pitched battles on the Temple Mount between rock and Molotov cocktail throwing Palestinian protesters and Israel security and border police. This period of Jewish religious observance sorrowfully culminated in a murderous Palestinian spectacle in both Samaria and yesterday in Jerusalem.  Thursday, Palestinian terrorists committed a random drive by shooting murdering Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin z”l (of blessed memory)  from the community of Neira in their car while traveling on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in Samaria. She was killed instantly by the wanton gunfire. Rabbi Eitam Henkin  heroically opened his door to shield the couple’s four sons, ages  9 to less than three months  in the back seat,  later succumbing to his  mortal wounds. When the vehicle with its flashing emergency  lights  and a door open  was approached  by an Israeli paramedic one of the older Henkin surviving boys screamed, “they murdered my parents. “ Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were American Olim from a respected Orthodox family. The One Family Fund began an emergency appeal for support of the four orphaned and traumatized Henkin boys who are now in the care of their grandmother.  The Palestinians ‘celebrated’ this heinous crime.  Israel National News reported that Friday, October 2, 2015, thousands attended the funeral s of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin who were interred in Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot Cemetery  located near the western entrance to the capital city.

From  New York,  Prime Minister Netanyahu excoriated Palestinian President Abbas, condemning him for his silence. This was in the wake of a speech by Abbas suggesting that Israel hadn’t implemented the Oslo Accords in effect  justifying non –observance of prevailing agreements. Of course, the UN  lent its tacit support by agreeing to raise the flag of the Palestinian Authority at the UN.  The PA  has never been admitted as a full member , although it holds observer non-state status, enabling it to avail itself of membership in a number of UN organizations and treaties including access to International Courts.


Rabbis Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Bennett z”l

Then Saturday, we had another burst of Palestinian terrorism. The murders of two Rabbis Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Bennett near the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem stabbed to shouts of “allahu akbar” all while recorded on security cameras.  A news release from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted what occurred:

At around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening (October 3, 2015), a knife-wielding Arab attacked Rabbi Aharon Bennett, his wife, their 2-year-old son and baby daughter who were on their way to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, an Old City resident and IDF reserve officer, went down with his gun to try and save those wounded by the Arab terrorist in the attack, but the terrorist stabbed him and seized his weapon. Border Police forces stationed nearby shot and killed the attacker. ?

Israel Hayom reported, “15-year-old Moshe Malka sustained moderate wounds in another Jerusalem stabbing attack.”   The State Department issued a statement requesting calm by all parties involved.

In the wake of Saturday’s  murderous events in Jerusalem  PM Netanyahu scheduled a meeting with his Security Cabinet for Monday.  From New York he said:

 Israel is waging an all-out war on Palestinian terrorism. This battle must be fought with determination and focus. We are increasing our prevention and punitive measures. We all feel outraged, but we have to let the IDF, Shin Bet and police fight terrorism, and no one should take the law into their own hands.

Could we be witnessing another Temple Mount Intifada?  Saeb Erekat, PA senior negotiator said it looks like the beginning of a Third Intifada, so did the perpetrator of the Jerusalem murders.  The Times of Israel (TOI) reported, 19 year old Muhannad Halabi posting the day before the attack on his Facebook page, “The Third Intifada is here”.

As Israel Hayom noted, Israel security officials made references to an all out campaign against Palestinian terrorism in Judea and Samaria akin to Operation Defense Shield during the Second Intifada:

A source privy to consultations held by top government officials over the past few days said that if the Palestinians "want a third intifada they will end up with a second Operation Defensive Shield. Steps will be taken on the ground to undermine Hamas infrastructure."

Operation Defensive Shield, waged in 2002, was a large-scale military campaign targeting Palestinian terrorist infrastructure across Judea and Samaria in an effort to stave off increasingly deadly attacks.

Following Saturday's attack, which came amid growing tensions in Jerusalem and a series of violent riots on the Temple Mount, the defense establishment decided to limit access to Al-Aqsa Mosque to Muslim worshippers aged 50 and over, who will be allowed to enter the compound through the Lions' Gate only. No restrictions have been placed on Muslim women's access to the compound.

Access for Jews and Muslims alike to the volatile holy site is often restricted for security reasons.

The Second or Temple Mount Intifada was fomented by the late Yasser Arafat emboldened by two events in 2000: the pell mell IDF withdrawal from the Southern Lebanon Security zone creating a vacuum for Shia Hezbollah to move in and his rejection of a peace deal at Camp David proposed by then PM Ehud Barack with the support of former President Clinton. Arafat triggered the uprising to coincide with the visit by the late PM Ariel Sharon to the Temple Mount on September 28, 2000. 

Operation Defensive Shield began in earnest after the March 27, 2002 suicide bombing by Hamas of the Park Hotel in Netanya hosting a Passover Seder with largely elderly holocaust survivors. 30 civilians were killed and 140 were injured, the most casualties in the worst single event during Operation Defense Shield. It began on March 29, 2002 with Israeli tanks mounting a siege of Yasser Arafat in the Mukata in Ramallah.    The IDF engaged in urban warfare in Palestinian major towns in the Samaria and the West Bank, withdrawing in May 2002 with cordons of these communities remaining during the Second Intifada. In one operation alone in Jenin 23 IDF soldiers were killed in close quarter attacks with armed Palestinian terrorists. The Second intifada went on for nearly five years. Arafat, the first PA president died in a French hospital before the end of the Second Intifada in  November 2004. He was succeeded by Mahmoud Abbas elected for a four year term in 2005 now serving in his 11th  year.  According to the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism  Israeli casualties during the Second Intifada were 731 civilian and 231 IDF service personnel. The Israeli security fence  was constructed resulted in reducing terrorist attacks from the disputied terroritories.

The rise of murderous Palestinian terrorism during the Days of Awe comes amidst the entry of Iranian Revolutionary Guards units and Russian forces in neighboring Syria and cross border exchanges with Assad regime forces on the Golan. There are also allegations that some of the current Palestinian terrorist actions may involve Fatah, Hamas and Iranian proxy Palestinian Islamic Jihad.  A further complicating element has been the castigation of Israel security and border police  actions on the Temple Mount by Jordan’s King Abdullah II, the patron of the Jordanian religious leaders of the Waqf that control the Al Aksa Mosque complex. The late Moshe Dayan in the immediate aftermath of the liberation of Jerusalem in the June 1967 Six Days of War granted control of the Mosque complex atop the temple Mount to the Jordanian Waqf.  Adding  his voice to the chorus of fundamentalist  Muslim objections to Israel controlling security of the Temple Mount was Ayatollah Khamenei objecting to the ‘Zionist enterprise’ defending the security and access to this spiritual center of the Jewish nation of Israel.  Stay tuned for developments.


Posted on 10/04/2015 2:15 PM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Jews against Themselves

As a new book shows, hatred of Jews can be infectious—and some of the worst carriers are Jews who defame their own people.

Read it in Mosaic.

Posted on 10/04/2015 2:10 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Why Donald Trump May Well Become Our Next President

by Rebecca Bynum (October 2015)

I attended a Donald Trump rally yesterday, October 3, in Franklin Tennessee. I’ve never seen attendance like it. I arrived an hour early and the line snaked around the building then back on itself around the building again – and the people kept coming and coming. They were mostly average working people, I estimate about a third were under 30. All were heartened by the crowd itself. Everyone I spoke to expressed renewed hope for America in this candidatemore>>>

Posted on 10/04/2015 1:50 PM by NER
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Trudeau didn’t just defend the niqab. He defended the niqab by trivializing the Holocaust

David Frum writes in the National Post:

When a politician says, “I am not a crook,” he does so because many people have reasonable doubts to the contrary. Likewise, when a politician prefaces a political speech with a long and emphatic denial that he’s pandering to a “key audience” or “swing voters” — well, brace yourself for pandering delivered in a large, family-sized container.

That’s how to understand Justin Trudeau’s attention-grabbing speech in Toronto last week. The speech was built to deliver a message astutely aimed at exactly the kind of “key audience” that Trudeau insisted he never, ever, ever thinks about: “We should all shudder to hear the same rhetoric that led to a ‘none is too many’ immigration policy toward Jews in the ’30s and ’40s, being used to raise fears against Muslims today.”

In case any TV crew missed the soundbite, Trudeau reprised it later in his speech: “This is not the spirit of Canadian liberty, my friends. It is the spirit of the Komagata Maru. Of the St. Louis. Of ‘none is too many.’”

Trudeau’s analogy turned history upside-down. The European Jews who sought refuge in Canada in the 1930s and 1940s were fleeing an ideology that defined them as inferior and demanded they wear special identifying badges of inferiority. Trudeau now urges Canada to enable and assist those who define women as inferior — and who require women to wear special identifying badges of their inferiority.

In his Toronto speech, Trudeau said: “one of the highest aims of Canadian political leadership is to protect and expand freedom for Canadians.” He is so determined to expand freedom, in fact, that he now proposes to expand it to include the freedom to treat women like chattels. This is not the freedom that Trudeau’s hero Wilfrid Laurier had in mind when he called freedom “Canada’s nationality.” The freedom Justin Trudeau defended in Toronto is the freedom Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee fought for: the freedom to dominate and subordinate.

Justin Trudeau takes pride in his support for women’s rights and aspirations. To uphold women’s right to choose abortion, he proudly told his audience, he had set new limits on Liberal MPs’ freedom to vote with their consciences. He even tentatively acknowledged that some might see the niqab as a “symbol of oppression”: the garment’s purpose, after all, is to deprive women of their individuality; to render them invisible in public space. Yet this outspoken feminist argued that the government of Canada should accommodate such oppression in its citizenship ceremonies.

To understand Trudeau’s purpose, you should consider together both what the Liberal leader said and the way he said it. He didn’t just defend the niqab. He defended the niqab by trivializing the Nazi Holocaust. Out of all the whole vast archive of human experience, Justin Trudeau reached for that one particular volume. Why?

The short answer is that the “key audience” Justin Trudeau wished to reach in his Toronto speech is an audience that seeks to appropriate Jewish history for their own political purposes. To champion the niqab as a symbol of liberty may collect some votes. To champion the niqab in a way that edits Jews out of history and substitutes others into their place — that is intended to collect many, many more.

We hear a lot these days about “the new Jews”: people who supposedly have replaced the Jews as the victims of persecution. But when you review the data on which religious groups are targeted for hate crimes, it turns out — to borrow a line from an old rock anthem — that when you meet the new Jews, they’re the same as the old Jews. And when you listen to the debate about Charlie Hebdo, about the massacre at the Parisian kosher market, about the attempted massacre at a free-speech gathering in Copenhagen, and the actual murder at the synagogue there — you realize that some of the people most eager to pose as victims are in reality the most merciless victimizers.

Justin Trudeau himself is no kind of victimizer, of course. He’s a mild Canadian Liberal practicing a very familiar kind of Liberal politics: trying to win immigrant votes with a salute to the most radical elements of an immigrant community, a cheap gesture for a big payoff. The Toronto speech was promptly followed by a tweet opposing Israel Apartheid Week at McGill. As in the old joke about the teacher asked about the theory of evolution, Trudeau can do it either way.

The difference this time, however, is that unlike the Irish Republicans or the Croatian nationalists or the Sikh militants or the Tamil Tigers, the extremists to whom Justin Trudeau panders have their sights set on Canada as well as their countries of origin. They’re not fighting for the right to be left alone. They’re fighting to change the world, and Canada with it.

Canadian troops now are engaged in battle against a group that calls itself the Islamic State. Canadians have been horrified by the savage cruelty of the Islamic State’s methods of warfare. But the contest with the Islamic State isn’t fundamentally a conflict about methods. It’s a conflict about the beliefs that drive the Islamic State’s fighters — some of them recruited from Canada — to their savagery and cruelty. Stephen Harper’s government has decided that those principles have no place in Canada’s most fundamental ritual of self-definition: the citizenship ceremony. That’s not a violation of freedom. That’s how freedom is sustained and protected.

Posted on 10/04/2015 7:51 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Terror-link charity was due to host joint official reception with Tory party

An organisation condemned by the Government as “linked to individuals who fuel hatred, division and violence” was cleared to host an official reception inside the secure zone at this week’s Conservative Party conference. The event, co-hosted by the Muslim Charities Forum, was only cancelled after party officials were contacted by the Telegraph on Saturday.

According to the printed copy of the conference guide, it was to have been addressed by the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, the former Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and the former party chairman, Lady Warsi. It was to have taken place on Tuesday, the same day as the Home Secretary, Theresa May, is expected to announce a new crackdown on Islamist extremism from the conference platform. 

The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) was stripped of £250,000 in state funding last year after the Telegraph exposed its links with the Union of Good, a designated terrorist organisation created to fund the militant group Hamas. At least six of the ten charities in the MCF are or were members of the Union of Good. However, the official conference programme shows that the MCF was co-hosting a reception on the theme of “faith and British values” in the main conference centre on Tuesday evening, only hours after Mrs May’s speech. 

The main speaker at the event was Othman Moqbel, chief executive of one of the Hamas-linked charities, Human Appeal International. Pictures from a Hamas event show the charity’s logo on the platform. Human Appeal was named by the FBI in 2003 as having a “close relationship” with Hamas.

The Muslim Charities Forum, which was until recently based at Westgate House in Hangar Lane, London, one of the two main bases for the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. The Union of Good is designated by the US Treasury as a terrorist organisation created by the Hamas leadership “in order to facilitate the transfer of funds to Hamas.”

The union is chaired by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a key intellectual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who has twice turned down offers to become its political leader.

Mr al-Qaradawi, who is banned from the UK, is a strong supporter of suicide bombings, describing Israeli citizens as legitimate targets.

As well as Human Appeal, other members of the Muslim Charities Forum include Muslim Aid, which has admitted funding organisations run by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Islamic Help, which works closely with a Hamas front organisation in Gaza, and Muslim Hands, which also funds Hamas front bodies. 

Posted on 10/04/2015 3:33 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 3 October 2015
Michael Rubin on Dealing with Putin: “Bomb Assad; Arm Ukraine”

Russian Soldiers

Dr. Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar at the Washington, DC, American Enterprise Institute will be one of our guests on the Lisa Benson Show, Sunday, October 4th.   He is the author of Dancing with the Devil:  the Perils of Engaging with Rogue RegimesWe published both a review of Dancing with the Devils and an interview with Rubin in the March 2014 New English Review. The introduction to our interview noted:

We met Rubin in 2005 when he returned to Yale to discuss his experience as a former Pentagon official on Iran and Iraq who also served as a political advisor to the Provisional Coalition Authority. He spoke about the emergence of the nuclear Iran threat under the “reformist” regime in Tehran led by Ayatollah Khatami. See Rubin’s background and blog at the AEI website, here and here. Our interview with Rubin ranged across an array of prevailing issues. Among these are the Iranian nuclear and ICBM threat and Putin’s great game of one sided politics in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He also addressed Pakistan’s tolerance of terrorism and the lack of US support for the Kurds in both Iraq and Syria. He criticized the folly of the Administration’s support of Turkey under Premier Erdogan and the folly of its lead in the Final Status negotiations with the Palestinians imperiling Israel’s security.

As regards Putin and his current demarche to the Administration in Syria this exchange with Rubin from our interview illustrates how clear-eyed was his response:

Gordon:  How dangerous to American interests is Russian President Putin’s great game strategy in the Middle East?

Rubin:  Very. The problem is that Americans tend to see diplomacy as a means to compromise, a win-win solution. However, Putin sees international relations as a zero-sum game in which for Russia to win, everyone else must lose. When Neville Chamberlain goes up against Machiavelli, Machiavelli wins.

Rubin published in Commentary Magazine on October 2, 2015 some prescriptions on how to deal with Putin, “Bomb Assad; Arm Ukraine”.  Doubtless President Obama would aver, given his White House press conference yesterday.

Note what Obama said in response to a question from CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett regarding his former Secretary of State and Democrat presidential hopeful, Hillary’s Clinton’s change of heart on Syria in this Breitbart News report:

President Obama found himself in a bit of a conundrum after he denounced critics of his Syria policy as being full of “mumbo jumbo” and “half-baked ideas.”

In response, CBS reporter Major Garrett questioned Obama whether Hillary Clinton’s proposal to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria was a half-baked idea.

“Hillary Clinton is not half-baked in terms of her approach to these problems,” Obama said carefully, reminding reporters she served in his administration as Secretary of State.

But Obama pointed out that Clinton’s rhetoric on Syria is merely campaign rhetoric.

“I also think that there’s a difference between running for president and being president,” he said carefully, pointing out that he was having specific discussions with his military advisors about the right way forward in Syria.

“If and when she’s president, then she’ll make those judgments and she’s been there enough that she knows that, you know, these are tough calls,” he said.

Clinton broke with the White House on Syria, calling for a “no-fly zone” in Syria to protect Syrian citizens in an interview with a Boston TV station on Thursday.

Dr. Michael Rubin

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute


Here is what Rubin wrote in his Commentary column, “Bomb”

Russia’s deployment to Syria — and its decision to bomb almost exclusively — more moderate Syrians and those who have received U.S. assistance has thrown down the gauntlet. It’s not just a matter of Syria, anymore. Vladimir Putin is showing the world President Obama’s impotence, and convincing every U.S. ally across the globe from Egypt to Estonia and from Kenya to Korea that they would have to be crazy to cast their lot with the United States.

Putin has pushed the line repeatedly and received little resistance, beyond a cute plastic button offered by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Russian forces invaded Georgia without consequence. They cheated on the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and faced no consequence. Indeed, Ellen Tauscher, the chief U.S. negotiator of the subsequent “New START” Treaty and a top Hillary Clinton aide, ended up going into partnership with a Kremlin-funded think tank while at the Atlantic Council. No wonder that, with such lack of seriousness emanating from Washington, Putin figured he could get away with murder in the Ukraine. To date, the Kremlin has faced little consequence for its actions beyond a smattering of sanctions. In the process of these outrages, Moscow demonstrated that the Budapest Memorandum in which the United States, among others, gave Kiev security guarantees wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.

There’s an irony here, of course, when it comes to the White House conception of credibility: Obama’s team shrugged off commitments to the Ukraine by insisting that the Budapest Memorandum was an agreement and not a treaty and so wasn’t sacrosanct. However, talk about walking away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the so-called Iran deal, which is an agreement and not a treaty, and the White House and State Department insists that its terms must be observed with the entirety of U.S. credibility at stake.

Regardless, what is clear is that the White House has consistently misjudged Putin. There are two possibilities as to why Obama and Kerry fell into Putin’s trap: Either there has been a massive intelligence failure at the Central Intelligence Agency with regard to Putin’s outlook and intentions, or Obama and Kerry simply ignored what they were being told. Either way, in an atmosphere where accountability mattered, there would be resignations, either at the CIA or at the top of the State Department.

So what to do to restore credibility? There really is no option other than the military: Russian planes bomb targets close to those forces aligned with the United States? Then U.S. forces should bomb Syrian targets close to the Assad regime. A U.S. general in Iraq might give the Russian embassy there an hour’s notice to de-conflict. Kerry might be under the delusion that Assad can be worked with, but that simply shows how out-of-touch he is with the situation in Syria: He long ago passed the point of no return. Assad’s presence in Syria has become the chief recruiting tool for the Islamic State.

At the same time, it’s essential to arm the Ukrainians with enough lethal goods to help them roll back Russian proxies and send Russian forces home in body bags. That might not be the style of diplomacy to which Obama and Kerry adhere, but both are naïve if they think diplomacy means simply talking at the table absent any leverage or the threat of worse to come. Putin must realize that there is real cost to his course of action. If he isn’t stopped in Syria, ultimately he will have to be stopped in the Baltics, and that will be a far more tragic outcome for all sides.

The Lisa Benson Show will air Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 4PM EDT, 3PM CDT, 2PM MDT, 1PM PDT and 11PM in IsraelListen live to the Lisa Benson Radio Show for National Security on KKNT 960The Patriot or use SMARTPHONE iHEART App: 960 the Patriot.   Lisa Benson and New English Review Senior Editor Jerry Gordon will co-host this show.


Posted on 10/03/2015 11:08 AM by Jerry Gordon
Saturday, 3 October 2015
The NDP Still Isn’t Ready, But It Turns Out Trudeau May Be

With just over two weeks before the federal election, several points appear to be emerging.

The New Democrats have been given their star turn as a potential government, but have not made it. Their leader, Thomas Mulcair, has avoided the pink scare — deservedly, as he is not an extremist — but New Democrats, who can sometimes run a province more or less competently, have too many hare-brained ideas to be entrusted with the federal government. Its budget plan of insignificant tax rises, bountiful increases in social spending and a balanced budget, won’t fly. The positions of the Conservatives (balancing the budget through spending restraint) and of the Liberals (modest deficits for spending on infrastructure), are at least plausible.

The NDP’s foreign policy has all of the party’s usual hobbling foibles, which are not relevant at the provincial level. Mulcair advocates complete avoidance of any military role in opposing ISIL, as if Canada were neutral in a contest between a savage gang of rabid sectarian torturers and decapitators of civilians, on the one hand, and almost every other civilized country on the other. Dispensing aid to victims is necessary, but as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, especially has forcefully responded, giving humanitarian assistance and training local forces and going on the odd bombing mission in the same week does not overstretch this country’s talents at multi-tasking. (Canada flies about two per cent of the Allied missions, and avoids over-straining the wings of our venerable CF-18’s.)

The same fantasyland problem arises in Mulcair’s insane demand for a boycott of Saudi Arabia. We would lose our $15 billion defence sale contract with them, and if our action had any impact (it would in fact be completely ineffectual), it would be to assist ISIL in its furtive struggle against the House of Saud. In its almost endearing naivete, the NDP fails to apply the proper litmus test to any attempted ostracization and destabilization of uncongenial foreign governments: would regime change produce an improvement? Particularly after the disasters that followed the overthrow of the Shah in Iran, Saddam in Iraq, Qaddafi in Libya and Mubarak in Egypt (though the incompetence of the Muslim Brotherhood saved us from the full horror of that debacle), Canadian voters had the right to hope that NDP views would have matured a little. They seem no longer to demand withdrawal from NATO, though they would contribute even less to it than Harper has…

The NDP is still thrashing around in the deep end of climate change where very little is actually known, bandying about the discredited concept of cap-and-trade, and railing about Harper withdrawing from the Kyoto agreement. In fact, no country signed or remained in Kyoto except those that were going to be rewarded for their disintegration (Russia), or their economic primitiveness in not having a high level of carbon emissions (Zimbabwe’s Mugabe and comparable despots, and all the world’s failed states). The most amusing element of this part of the debate was Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s harassment of Mulcair for once having advocated the sale of water to the United States. It was slightly reminiscent of Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis’ success in the 1956 provincial election campaign, in which he accused the federal Liberals of having imported 300,000 dozen “Communist eggs” from Poland. Of course there was nothing wrong with buying Polish eggs, just as there is nothing wrong with selling water to the U.S., as long as it comes from rivers flowing toward salt-water oceans and doesn’t reduce our water tables. But Mulcair’s discomfort was humorous.

It should be remembered that the current position of the NDP is aberrant. In 2011, Quebec realized it could not go on forever voting for a separatist party in a federal election. Most Quebecois are not separatists and like to have some influence in Ottawa. Yet most find Harper’s unmitigated waspiness and failure to truckle to Quebec irritating (the latter is rather to his credit). Former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was in a time warp, talking earnestly about the constitutional problems of 30 years before, like a man who had been away from the country that long. The late NDP Leader Jack Layton, meanwhile, conducted a whirlwind campaign in the interior of Quebec promising to repeal the Clarity Act and let Quebec secede on a 50-per-cent-plus-one vote on a fuzzy question; in the meantime, he would abolish the English language in the federal workplace in Quebec (i.e., federal government offices and federal sections of the private sector, such as banks). The habitants lapped it up. Ignatieff didn’t figure out what was happening and didn’t try to rouse a federalist response, while Harper was happy enough to have the ancient Liberal foe cut down at the knees, tearing away the base of its support since Laurier’s time.

Mulcair has tried to go Layton one better by po-facedly telling English Canada the nose-lengthening whopper that he is the true federalist, on the grounds that only when the Quebec nationalists are armed with these concessions will they have the self-confidence to remain in Canada. The walking political corpse of Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe is picking up a bit of the nationalist vote, and Trudeau and Harper are both gaining votes among the 40 per cent of Quebecers who are outright federalists and the 40 per cent who are somewhere between enthusiastic Canadians and Quebec separatists. Mulcair is being gradually exposed for selling the country a pantomime horse where the front and back legs aren’t coordinated. More could be made outside Quebec of his desire to allow the separatists to produce another trick question, then to allow them to drag four million Quebec federalists out of Canada and into a sovereign Quebec.

New Democrats can sometimes run a province more or less competently, but have too many hare-brained ideas to be entrusted with the federal government

Mulcair has been strong in Parliament and is perfectly presentable in person, but on the hustings he has seemed flaccid, elderly and unstylishly hirsute. Barring an astonishing turn in the next two weeks, the Conservatives and NDP will both slip significantly from their performance in 2011. Regardless of which party ends up with the most seats, the big winner will be Trudeau, who seems likely at least to triple the Liberal parliamentary contingent. Four years ago, there was rampant speculation about whether the federal Liberal party would survive, rather than fold into the NDP with the centrist and right-of-centre Liberals gravitating to the Conservatives. Now, the NDP seems to be retreating very gradually back to a third party just outside the federal mainstream.

What seems to be shaping up is a contest between comfort with the executive competence of Harper and a rising confidence that Trudeau is not just a pretty face with famous and controversial parents. The pompous Conservative advertising about “Justin’s not ready” has been largely debunked and Trudeau is carrying the fight to Harper on several issues. He has been exposing the scandalous enfeeblement of the Canadian Armed Forces despite all Harper’s King Lear fist-shaking at Russian President Vladimir Putin and others. Both opposition leaders have stuck to their guns against Harper’s repressive endorsement of more and longer and harsher imprisonment, and Trudeau has rather courageously attacked the practice of revocation of citizenship, even for terrorists.

An argument can be made for revoking the citizenship of those who have violated the oath they took in becoming citizens, but expelling people could prove a totalitarian measure and Trudeau and Mulcair are right to oppose it. Here, as with his absurdly draconian crime bill and his Orwellian security bill (C-51), Harper’s disregard for human rights is worrisome. Nor should Harper get away with his mistaken claim that Canada is the leading economic performer of the G-7. No one can complain that the U.S. has a higher economic growth rate after it has doubled the national debt in seven years to buy a pallid recovery. But Germany, and even the United Kingdom, have better unemployment levels and economic growth rates than Canada, a country which is now, unlike other G-7 nations, in a recession.

There is some truth to Mulcair’s allegation that “Harper put all his economic eggs in one basket (oil), and then dropped the basket.” It is surprising that there has not been a greater public outcry that the reduction of the price of gasoline has only been about a third of the reduction of the world oil price. With all that said, Canada weathered the 2008 financial crisis well and Harper deserves some credit for that.

Trudeau seems to be regaining enough of the old Liberal dexterity of being just far enough to the left of the Conservatives as not to seem like tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum to voters of the centre-left, and adequately to the right of the NDP not to frighten the cautious Canadian bourgeoisie. It is almost always a question of natural tactical political skill that determines whether the centre, which Trudeau is trying to rebuild, is a position of strength or weakness.

As of now, a parliamentary majority seems unlikely. The largest party will probably form the government, but if that is the Conservatives, Harper will have great difficulty persuading either of the main opposition parties to keep him in office unless he is well ahead of them and close to a majority. Another Conservative might manage it, but Harper does not have the minority governing skills of Mackenzie King, whose opportunistic cunning he in some ways replicates, nor the ability to dragoon the NDP that Pierre Trudeau exercised from 1972 to 1974. (The Pearson government is not comparable, as it was only four or five votes short in a four-party House of Commons.)

They are an interesting trio of quite different leaders, and it should be an intriguing election night and aftermath.

First published in the National Post

Posted on 10/03/2015 8:52 AM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 3 October 2015
The Tender Trap: Palestinians and the Truth

We have the truth on the highest authority. Fawzi Barhoum, spokesperson for Hamas, in denying in May 2015 that his organization was engaged in “secret talks” with Israel, called Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, a liar and a slanderer. One must admit that Barhoum is not always trustworthy with the truth since in August 2012 he proclaimed, “the Holocaust is a big lie.”
Evidently Hamas has got Abbas under its skin. Barhoum’s vitriolic remarks are relevant in view of two recent factors: the remarks in Abbas’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 31, 2015, and the important Amnesty International report on the conduct of Hamas. The issue of the truth of Palestinian allegations as well as the legitimacy of the authority of Abbas, now in the eleventh year of his four-year term of office, should be given serious consideration.
In his UN speech President Abbas delivered his “bombshell” that Palestinians would stop abiding by the Oslo Accords. This came as a surprise because Palestinian leaders had stopped abiding by them virtually since they were agreed. It was not Israel that had destroyed the foundations on which political and security agreements are based. It was not helpful that Abbas, a person supposedly interested in peace, refers to what he calls “the state of Palestine with pre-1967 Borders with East Jerusalem as its capital” as a state under occupation.
There are legitimate differences of opinion about the building of Israeli settlements. Yet, whatever one’s views on them, they do not constitute what Abbas called colonial military occupation of the land of the Palestinian people , nor are they examples of Israeli brutality or aggression and racial discrimination. Not surprisingly, Abbas using the historical fiction of the Palestinian Narrative of Victimhood, forgets the true nature of the events of May 1948 and the Arab states attacks on the new State of Israel.
Again, Palestinian refugees are inaccurately referred to as victims of the Al-Nakba (catastrophe) that occurred in 1948.  Abbas, surrounded by 193 countries in the UN most of which are guilty of serious violations of human rights, and at a moment of chaos in Syria and Iraq as well as among the Palestinian organizations themselves, asked an absurd question: “will the world allow Israel to continue its occupation, the only (sic) occupation in the world?”
The speech of Abbas may have been absurd and counterproductive for prospects for peace in the Middle East, but the real “bombshell” was dropped by Amnesty International (AI). In May 2015 AI, not considered an organization overly friendly towards Israel, issued a report “Strangling Necks: Abduction, Torture, and Summary Killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel Conflict.”
The report is a scathing indictment of serious Palestinian crimes and violations of human rights by Hamas which has had nominal authority over the Gaza Strip for nearly fifteen years. All objective observers realized that Hamas and Palestinian armed groups had committed war crimes by firing indiscriminately thousands of rockets and other projectiles into southern Israel. Fewer were aware, or acknowledged, that Hamas forces has carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture, and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of “collaborating” with Israel and others during Israel’s 50-day military response, Operation Protective Edge, to the Hamas attacks on civilians in Israel.
The AI report details a series of abuses, including the extrajudicial execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the torture of many others, including members and supporters of Fatah, the organization headed by Abbas. Hamas took the opportunity to settle scores with other Palestinians, in a ruthless series of unlawful killings and other grave abuses. Hamas committed horrific abuses against people in its custody. These actions, designed to exact revenge and spread fear across the Gaza Strip, were war crimes. Among them was the use of civilian places, such as hospitals, for military purposes and for detaining, interrogating, and torturing supposed “suspects.”
From the start Hamas lied about its actions. At least 16 of those it executed for “collaboration” with Israel were in fact in the custody of Hamas before the 2014 fighting began. Many prisoners were summarily executed.
Hamas also abducted, tortured, and attacked members of Fatah. What is important, in the light of Palestinian allegations against Israel, is that no one, not a single person, has been held accountable for the crimes committed during the 2014 conflict. Indeed, the Hamas leaders have actually encouraged the crimes, the tortures and murders, against innocent and powerless individuals. The torture included beatings with truncheons, gun butts, hoses and wires. Some people were burnt to death with fire, hot metal, or acid.
A particularly shocking incident was the public execution of six men by Hamas forces outside al-Omari mosque on August 22, 2014 in the presence of hundreds of spectators including children. The men were hooded, dragged along the floor, and then individually shot in the head with an AK-47.
It is revealing that an organization claiming to call for the rights of Palestinians should have acted so callously towards them. President Abbas and his followers have falsely claimed that Palestinians are trapped in a racist and apartheid Israel which uses “brutal force,” in general and particularly against the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount where Jews are not allowed to pray and where Israel is keeping order to prevent riots.
It is unfortunate that Abbas in his speech at the UN did not mention that it is his fellow Palestinians who are preventing what he calls the inalienable, legitimate rights of Palestinians from being implemented. 

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 10/03/2015 8:43 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 3 October 2015
Israel’s Survival Amid Expanding Chaos

by Louis René Beres (October 2015)

In world politics, preserving order has an understandably sacramental function. The reason is plain. Without minimum public order, planetary relations would descend rapidly and perhaps irremediably into a “profane” disharmony.

It has happened before, since time immemorial.  more>>>

Posted on 10/03/2015 8:27 AM by Louis René Beres
Saturday, 3 October 2015
Has Israel Bungled its Offshore Gas Development?

Israel Naval vessel patrols near offshore gas platform, August 2014
Source: Reuters

The UK Reuters Business has a telling article on why Israel’s offshore gas development has been stymied, Insight, “How Israel turned a gas bonanza into an antitrust headache.” The Reuters author Steven Scheer writes:

When the Leviathan gas field was discovered off the coast of Israel in 2010, it was pitched as a game-changer -- a vast energy reserve that would transform the economy and bolster public finances for years to come.

Five years on, poor policymaking, political infighting and a battle between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the antitrust commissioner over a lack of competition mean Leviathan remains undeveloped. Meanwhile, Egypt has made a larger discovery that could make it a more attractive investment.

The case sends a worrying message to investors and may make them wary of the natural resources sector in Israel, which has struggled to diversify its economy much beyond technology.

Instead of billions of dollars in exports and tax revenue from the gas deposit over the next 25 years, analysts are now concerned Israel will end up with negligible additional income and may be forced to revise down its growth projections.

"It seems like (government leaders) are making every possible mistake," said Bank Leumi Chief Economist Gil Bufman.

"The government got mixed up. They counted how much they could make from this gas but forgot what they have to do to make it come true."

Government officials declined to comment.

In 2009, against expectations, Texas-based Noble Energy and Israel's Delek discovered the offshore Tamar gas field, a deposit about half the size of Leviathan, which was set aside almost entirely for domestic consumption.

The following year they found Leviathan and prospects soared. Economists and the government's financial planners said not only would domestic energy demand be taken care of by Tamar's cheaper gas, boosting competitiveness, but Israel would export most of Leviathan's reserves, earning steady revenue to underpin a strained budget.

On the excessive power and a regulatory zealot, former Antitrust Authority head Dr. David Gilo and corrupt Economy Minister MK Aryeh Deri:

Antitrust chief David Gilo was convinced Noble and Delek's position was still anti-competitive and would lead to higher prices and resigned.

Uneasy about the legal ground they stand on, Delek and Noble said they are holding back on investing the $6 billion needed to develop Leviathan and bring it on-stream by 2019/2020.

The companies also confirmed they are threatening to take Israel to international arbitration in Switzerland, something that could further put off investors.

For the project to go ahead, Israel's economy minister needs to sign off on a proposal circumventing Gilo's antitrust ruling.

But the minister, Aryeh Deri, a member of the ultra-Orthodox community whose party is a linchpin in Netanyahu's right-wing coalition, is wary. He doesn't want to sign off until a new antitrust chief is in place and has given a second opinion.

Netanyahu could try to override Deri, but he would need to win a vote to do so and only holds a one-seat majority in the 120-seat parliament. It is too risky given Deri's coalition position. Without Deri, Netanyahu's government could collapse.

As a result, the project is effectively frozen, a constant aggravation for Netanyahu and his supporters.

This Reuters article on the anti-trust shenanigans over Israel's important offshore gas fields is a cautionary tale. We have chronicled the twists and turns of offshore developments in articles and blog posts in the New English Review for over five years. See for example: Could Israel Lose the Energy Prize in the Eastern Mediterranean? and Misguided Israel Populists Protest Deal for Offshore Gas Development.

Nevertheless, as pointed out in the Reuters Business article, Israel's offshore gas bonanza has been plagued by misguided bureaucratic regulatory zeal and political stalemate in the Knesset. Shas MK Member Aryeh Deri's corrupt 'tail wags the dog' of offshore gas development to Israel's lasting dis-benefit. No self respecting Western democratic parliament would have a convicted felon as a party leader in a coalition and Economy Minister controlling its energy resource development future potential. Only in Israel, with a razor thin one vote majority in the Netanyahu coalition, does this occur.

The clock is ticking on securing the 'glittering prize' of Israel's off shore gas fields. With the ENI discovery of the massive Zohr offshore Egyptian gas field, Israel is faced with a classic warning from the legendary African American baseball great, Satchell Paige, "don't look back something might be gaining on you." Deri is the stopple gap preventing bounty of billions in royalty and tax revenues sufficient to fund its authorized sovereign wealth fund.

Of course, if the former director general of the independent Israel Antitrust Authority Dr. Gilo had reneged on a compromise deal struck with Houston - based Noble Energy, Inc and Israeli partner Delek Group in March 2014, most of this could have been avoided and development of the major Leviathan Field. Gilo's radical concepts of effective market competition, akin to those of Ralph Nader, consumerist anti-Semite in the US and his cunning political allies in the Labor/Zionist Union Knesset opposition enabled him to upend offshore gas developments prior to the March 2015 snap elections that produced the coalition with Deri.

Now the Netanyahu coalition, with its one vote margin, is faced with the daunting prospect of forcing a vote of approval for the compromise deal struck with Houston-based Noble Energy and Israeli partner, Delek Group. That vote might require more 'bribes' of corrupt Deri as the only means of avoiding the embarrassment of an international commercial arbitration Noble-Delek which would take well into the next decade to achieve. Then development of Leviathan and allied development of an LNG facility with the Republic of Cyprus and its adjacent Aphrodite gas fields might eventuate in building an important gas hub in the Levant Basin of the Eastern Mediterranean.

However there are rumors arising from PM Netanyahu’s recent Moscow trip to visit with Russian President Putin, that the latter has his own designs on Israel's Leviathan field, now that he has committed military muscle to prop up his waning ally in adjacent Syria, President Basher al-Assad, in alliance with Iran.

The web of bureaucratic and political tangle foot blocking development of Israel's offshore gas fields is in many ways worse than Obama's six year attempt to block completion of TransCanada's XL-Keystone pipeline in the US. At least in the latter's case, a new President in the White House 2017 might finally approve the last link in the Keystone pipeline to process Canada's heavy tar sands oil on the Gulf Coast in the US.

Netanyahu must be both adroit and move quickly to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the development of Israel's important offshore gas fields.

Posted on 10/03/2015 5:40 AM by Jerry Gordon
Friday, 2 October 2015
Parramatta, Sydney, Australia: Muslim Murders Cop and Gets Shot Dead

Here's the report from the ABC's 'just in' online news portal which initially set my thumbs a-pricking.

"Parramatta Shooting; Civilian Police Employee and Unidentified Gunman Die in Shooting Outside NSW Police Parramatta HQ".

'A civilian NSW Police employee has been "callously murdered" and his killer shot dead as officers returned fire outside police headquarters at Parramatta in Sydney's west.

'Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the lone gunman, who is yet to be identified, shot the police employee at close range as he was leaving the building around 4.30 pm on Friday.

'The offender then fired several more shots at officers as they emerged from the building to respond to the incident.'

And that is what prompted me to set a copy of this story aside, and await developments.  The shape of the attack - a one-two punch, an initial attack to draw attention and then the attempted ambush of the first responders. This is a pattern we see in jihad attacks all over the place.  The other little clue is the timing of the attack: afternoon, on a Friday. There is a distinct 'spike' in Muslim violence of all kinds on Fridays, their 'holy' day. - CM

'The gunman was killed when the officers, who are special constables, returned fire.

Good. He's dead. And he didn't manage to kill anyone else. -  CM

'In an emotional media conference, Mr Scipione praised the senior constables for the way they handled the situation. "Those special constables certainly put their lives on the line this afternoon", Mr Scipione said.

'They acted in a way that was incredibly courageous. And I'm just so pleased that they're all well..they were incredibly professional."

'Mr Scipione described the incident as a callous attack.  "I've viewed a number of pieces of footage. I can tell you this was a brutal crime." he said, "An employee of the New South Wales Police Force has been callously murdered here today.  He was simply leaving work.  We acknowledge that this is a terrible episode and it will have an impact on our officers."

'The Commissioner stressed there was no ongoing threat to the surrounding community.

Well, not from that particular jihadi, who has now assumed room temperature. But there are plenty more where he came from...- CM

'The ABC understands the incident was not related to terrorism.

They understood wrong, as we shall see. - CM

"The identity of the gunman is not yet known, and until we can identify him, we're not in any position to take this any further in terms of motive, or any other particular, around this particular attack, Mr Scipione said...".

But sure enough, as so often happens these days in many places, the attacker - now deceased, good riddance - turns out to have been a young Mohammedan with a head stuffed full of Jihad.

'Gunman Who Shot Dead NSW Police Employee Was Radicalised Youth".

'Radicalised youth' = Young Muslim Going Jihad.  - CM

'The actions of the 15 year old gunman who shot dead a New South Wales police civilian employee were an act of terrorism, police say.

'The radicalised youth, of Iraq-Kurdish background (no, of Muslim background: his actual ethnicity is quite immaterial, he could just as easily have been ethnically Lebanese, or Somali, or Pakistani, or Turkish, or even an anglo-celt Aussie convert to Islam, like Jake Bilardi - CM) killed the employee as he was leaving police headquarters at Parramatta in Sydney's west around 4.30 pm yesterday.

I wonder whether the Muslim who killed him had been to midday 'prayers' at the mosque that day? - CM

'The offender then fired several more shots at officers as they emerged from the building to respond to the incident.

'He was killed when the officers, who are special constables, returned fire.

Serves him right. Good riddance. And good on the constables for accurate fire to protect the public. This was all taking place in broad daylight in a public thoroughfare, at a time when there were lots of people around, and had the jihadi not been swiftly taken down, many people could have been wounded or killed. - CM

'Commissioner Andrew Scipione said police were a long way from establishing a full picture of the gunman, but could confirm he was of Iraqi-Kurdish background and born in Iran.

Did he or his parents come here claiming to be 'refugees' and 'asylum seekers' and crying 'persecution'? - CM

"We believe his actions were politically motivated, and therefore linked to terrorism", Mr Scipione said.

"We have no information that this individual posed this type of threat (yes, that's the problem, with so many of them, especially the younger ones, you don't know that this or that one is going to Go Jihad...until they do - CM), but we will investigate thoroughly."

Start with whatever mosque or mosques he and / or his family - including extended family - attended. Search the damn place/s from attic to basement, now.  Using sniffer dogs.  You have a perfect cast-iron excuse to do it, so do it, and see what you find. This little Mohammedan thug murdered a cop, or, more precisely, a civilian employee of the police department. He murdered an unarmed man, in broad daylight, in the public street.  Right now, you should be bringing down a ten-tonne hammer on the Mohammedan mob. But I have an awful feeling you won't. Because that would hurt their poor little feelings. - CM

'Mr Scipione confirmed the victim was Curtis Cheng, a 17 year veteran of the police force's finance department.

Curtis Cheng. Nota bene: a Chinese-Australian. Who would have been Buddhist, or Taoist or Confucian, or secular, or quite probably a professing Christian - many Chinese-Aussies are Christians.  Murdered by a Muslim. - CM

"He was a much-loved man, [he had] been with us a long time. I don't think I've ever heard anyone have a bad word about Curtis and he will be missed", he said.  

'Premier Mike Baird said the "chilling crime" would "echo around the world" (no doubt to the great glee of Mohammedans; all who wish to kill or steal need to kill the guard-dogs first, and the Infidel police and soldiers constitute the 'guard dogs' of the Infidel polities - CM), while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned the "cold-blooded murder, targeting the NSW Police Service."

"It was doubly shocking because it was perpetrated by a 15 year old boy, and it underlines the importance of families, communities, leaders being very aware of whether young people are becoming radicalised", Mr Turnbull said.

Dear Mr Turnbull:  Jihad emerges organically and naturally out of traditional Islam. Islam as taught and practised by the Ummah or Mohammedan mob.  All too often the fMuslim amilies, communities and leaders - the imams, sheikhs, teachers at madrasas - know exactly who is being 'radicalised', that is, incited and recruited for jihad...because it is they, those Muslim families, communities and leaders - who are doing the incitement and recruitment. And to be blunt, Mr Turnbull, you can spare us the woolly generalities, because the only other young people, besides those born into Muslim families, who are in danger of being thus 'radicalised' - of Going Jihad - are those who are listening to the dawa artists and converting to Islam.   Like Jake Bilardi did.  Infidel parents should indeed be aware of who their children are hanging out with in realspace or in cyberspace...and if they think the siren song of Islam is being sung to those kids, they need to move heaven and earth to counter it, to dissuade their child from joining the Mob.  Muslim parents need to be bluntly put on notice: you and your mosque will get the third degree if your kid Goes Jihad. - CM

'He urged the community (I assume he means, "Aussie non-Muslims", here - CM) to remember the Australian Muslim community would be especially appalled by the crime.

Really? What evidence does he have for this?  The word of greasily-smiling mohammedan spokespeople saying whatever they think will work to deflect infidel attention from the clear teachings of hatred, enmity, aggression and violence in the Quran, Sira and Hadith? Those who adhere to nomative Islam are specifically primed to despise and regard as illegitimate all infidel systems of law and government, and to struggle to destroy and erase those systems and replace them with a Muslim despotism in which the sharia of Islam is the only law.  It makes perfect sense that a Muslim would despise and attack an Infidel policeman, who represents infidel law and government. -  CM

"We must not vilify or blame the entire Muslim community with the actions of what is, in truth, a very, very small percentage of violent, extremist individuals." he said.

And yet that Muslim 'community' seems to be producing individuals of that sort with remarkable frequency and consistency, all over the world. It isn't such a small percentage as all that, when you start adding up all the attacks both attempted or achieved, and those which are plotted but foiled before the attempt, and all the Muslims from all over who have galloped off to join the Islamic State - or to engage in jihad in other hotspots, such as Somalia.  No other ideologically-defined community in Australia is producing this sort of person in such numbers. - CM

'The Muslim community are our absolutely necessary partners in combating this type of violent extremism".

Trouble is, PM Turnbull, this 'violent extremism' is exactly the sort of thing Mohammed went in for...and Mohammed is the pattern of conduct for all pious Muslims, for all time. - CM

'Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described the shooting as a "shocking incident".

'In a statement, he said Australians would struggle to comprehend how a 15 year old boy would be part of a terrible crime.

"Our thoughts are also with the family of the alleged young perpetrator. 

Speak for yourself, Mr Shorten. Mine aren't.  Mine are with Mr Cheng's bereaved family and colleagues. - CM

"Like all Australians, they will be struggling to comprehend (no they won't be, this young mohammedan's parents know perfectly well why he did it and quite probably approve - CM) how someone so young could be part of (sic: 'carry out' would be closer to the truth than the mealy-mouthed passive 'be part of' - CM) such a terrible crime", the statement said.

Mr Shorten, I am not struggling to comprehend why, because I have read the Quran.  He did it because of Islam. Islam. Islam.  Those who 'slay and are slain' in 'the cause of allah' are promised 'paradise'. It's in the Quran, the Sira, the Hadiths.   And as for his being young...that puts the onus on the adults around him, the Muslim milieu in which he grew up.- CM

'Mr Shorten promised to continue Labor's bipartisan approach to national security.

'Mr Scipione praised the senior constables for the way they handled the situation.  "I don't think I've seen a greater act of bravery than what I saw last night with these three special constables." he said, "Those special constables certainly put their lives on the line, knowing they were under fire, probably aware that somebody had been shot, could even have been aware that it was one of their own."

And for all they knew, there could have been other armed Mohammedan murderers waiting in ambush, not just one. - CM

'Mr Scipione assured the community that police were "ready" to deal with threats of terrorism.

"They are vigilant, they are on top of this, they are ready", he said.  "The response last night by our special constables would only go to show that they are prepared to deal with and can deal with anything they are confronted with.  We are acutely aware that we need to right now be on top of our game."

Surprise-raid and search the bloody mosques. All of them. Now. -CM

'Both Mr Baird and and Mr Scipione urged the community to go on with their lives.  "This is an incredibly important weekend, both here and in Melbourne, in terms of Grand Finals, and they should go on and they will", Mr Scipione said.  

'Mr Turnbull said State and Federal government agencies were working hard to protect Australians.'

Well, start by putting a complete ban on all further entry of Mohammedans - and that includes those who claim to be 'refugees' and 'asylum seekers'  - into Australia. And as for those who are wanting an Excellent Jihad Adventure in Syria...or anywhere else similar...let them go. But annull their passports and citizenship or residencies, once you know they've left.  And don't grant citizenship to any non-citizen mohammedans already present; a temporary residency only, subject to review, so as to make it possible to deport them if occasion arises. the mosques. And the madrasas, the "Islamic schools'.  Now. All of them.   - CM

And the ABC shows us an idiotic tweet from NSW premier Mike Baird - "This is not a time to point fingers, for anger to reign. We have to come together and solve it".

Come together with the Muslims, who divide the world into dar al Islam, which intends to rule, and dar al harb, which they intend to annihilate? - CM

"The Commonwealth agencies, the Security Service, the AFP and other agencies are working very closely with NSW Police", he said.  "We are utterly determined, totally united, professional and committed to ensuring Australia and its people are safe."

Then stop importing Muslims.  Now. Got Muslims? Got Jihad. - CM

'Mr Baird said people were trying to understand "how someone so young could commit such a hideous crime".

Maybe you are, Mr Baird. But I'm not. I understand perfectly well, because I've read the Quran. - CM

"We cannot let actions such as this divide us. We cannot let hate overtake us", he said.

Go visit MEMRI, Mr Baird. Watch, oh, about 30 or 40 Muslim sermons and other presentations from the Muslim media all over the dar al Islam. And then you will hear the voice of Hate, and how it can motivate thousands, millions of people, who are taught to hate and despise the Infidel - which is us, you and me, Premier Baird - from the moment they can walk.  Look up the concept of Dar al Harb and Dar al Islam.  Look up al wala wa al baraa, Loyalty and Enmity. And you will understand that Islam - normative Islam - teaches its adherents both division, and hatred, in  spades. - CM

"We have to come together, and I'm sure that's what we'll see from this city and this state'.

Come together...with people taught from birth to view us as "the worst of beasts".?? Who are taught not to befriend us, except temporarily and feigningly? who are taught to be harsh with us? - CM

'Pat Gooley, from the NSW Police Association, said he was confident that appropriate processes were in place to assess this kind of threat, but found it disturbing that there was no logical reason for the attack.

Oh. dear.  No reason? Really?  Mr Gooley: a word of advice. Read Robert Spencer, "Onward Muslim Soldiers" and "The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran" and "The Truth About Muhammad".   Or perhaps S K Malik, "the Quranic Concept of War".  Or Patrick Sookhdeo, "Global Jihad".  Read the Quran, and the Sira, and explore some of the Hadiths, Bukhari and Muslim. Get a clue. Because your failure to understand where this kind of thing is coming from is endangering us all. - CM

"Police have been targets for a long time in their policing duties, from drug offenders, from mental health patients that require assistance", he said.

"We are used to being under threat. What's really concerning police is that there's no rhyme or reason to these current terror threats."...

To repeat. Dr Mr Gooley: read. the. Quran.  Read the Enemy's book. Churchill read Mein Kampf. YOu, my dear Mr Gooley, and everybody else responsible for protecting and defending our various Infidel countries, currently riddled with Mohammedan Fifth Columnists, have got to read the Quran...and not with a smiling Islamic apologist and dawa-artist sitting at your elbow telling you not to believe your lying eyes. - CM



Posted on 10/02/2015 9:54 PM by Christina McIntosh
Friday, 2 October 2015
Israel: Muslim Assassins Murder Unarmed Jewish Couple In Samaria

As reported by various Israeli news outlets.  Here to begin with is Ynet's account, with Elisha Ben Kimon, Itay Blumental, and Rotem Elizera reporting.,7340,L-4706203,00.html

"Eitam and Na'ama Henkin Murdered in West Bank Terror Attack".

Dear Ynet: it is not "the West Bank". That is to use the language of the enemy, of the Jew-hating Mohammedan Mob. They were murdered in the Shomron, known as "Samaria" to all who still know the Bible; part of the historic heartland of historic Eretz Yisroel, Land of Israel.  This young Jewish couple were murdered in and on the land of their ancestors, by people who descend from and/or identify with the Arab Muslim imperialists who invaded it and occupied it and laid waste to it from the 7th century AD onward. - CM

'A husband and wife in their 30s, Eitam and Na'ama Henkin from the settlement of Neria (that is: "from the Jewish village of Neria" - CM) were killed in a drive-by shooting attack on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in the West Bank (that is: "in Samaria" - CM) on Thursday night.  Their four children aged 9, 7, 4 and 4 months were in the car and were said to be physically unharmed, but treated for shock.

"A drive-by shooting attack".  No. It is clear from all the other reports I have been reading that this young couple were ambushed, and that the Muslims did not just randomly fire at the car, but at the Jewish civilians in the car; this was downright cold-blooded murder, with the jihadis circling back to the scene to 'confirm' the 'kill'.  And given that Muslim assassins - as we see from what Samir Kuntar did, and the Muslims who murdered the Fogel family including a tiny baby whose throat was slit like that of a slaughtered lamb, and the Muslims who murdered Tali Hatuel and her four little daughters - have in the past shown no hesitation about targeting and murdering Jewish children, even tiny tiny babies, I doubt that the Henkin children escaped alive because of any hesitation or scruple on the part of the jihadis.  They must not have been seen - they were in the back of the car, and it was dark - or something must have intervened to prevent additional murder. -   CM

'The IDF confirmed that two Israelis were killed (sic: "murdered" is the proper word to use - CM) in the shooting attack, and that its forces were conducting sweeps in the area in an attempt to capture the perpetrators.

Every Arab Muslim colony within a radius of ten miles - at least - and especially its mosque or mosques, should be searched with a fine-tooth comb; every inhabitant interrogated.  One hopes that the IDF dog units are being used; if the Muslim murderers got out of their car and approached the victims, there should be some scent to follow. - CM

"It was a very difficult sight", said MDA paramedic Boaz Malka. "We saw a car in the middle of the road with a man in his thirties next to it with wounds to his upper body, and a woman in her thirties inside the car, seriously wounded in her upper body. They were without signs of life, and unfortunately we had to declare them dead at the scene."

'A Hamas spokesman praised the attack by the "brave resistance", calling the murderous act "heroic" and vowing to continue the struggle against Israel (that is: the Jihad , which is a subset of the global Jihad to force-'convert', subjugate or exterminate all as-yet-unsubdued and unsubmitting Infidels - CM). The organisation called for its members to carry out more attacks against Israel.

Every non-Muslim who expresses support for Hamas must be asked, point blank: "Do you consider someone a brave hero, if they ambush an unarmed man and woman on a road at night and shoot them dead, gangland style, in front of their four small children?"  - CM

'The Popular Resistance Committees also "blessed" the attack, saying it was a natural reaction to "Israeli crimes".

Israel's "crime" is that the uppity Jews have rejected dhimmi status and forced the de facto Empire of Islam to cough up a very small part of its ill-gotten gains, to wit, a portion of the traditional and historic Land of Israel, upon which said uppity Jews are now exercising sovereignty and daring to resist Jihad and defend themselves against Muslim attempts to destroy them and their tiny Infidel state.  All any Infidel has to do to become a target of Jihad is to 1/ refuse to become Muslim 2/ refuse to become a dhimmi Untermensch and 3/ resist Muslim attempts to kill you after you have rejected their 'invitation' to become either a Muslim or a jizya-paying grovelling Dhimmi. 

For more on why Muslims have always hated and attacked and oppressed Jews, and why Muslims - including many non-Arab Muslims who lived thousands of miles away - reject and attack the Jewish state, see the brief and factual summary provided by one Steven Simpson: "Why Islam Will Never Accept the State of Israel"

'Knesset opposition chairman Isaac Herzog said on his Twitter account: "The murder in Samaria which immediately put an end to the holiday jubilation is abhorrent and extremely painful.  I send my condolences to the family and the community at large, which is hurting and feeling such pain.  We must let the IDF and security forces act quickly and steadfastly in order to capture these murderers."

Seconded. And I for one won't shed a single tear if the assassins get killed resisting arrest.  But now cue some crocodile tears from the Islamophile UN.

'The UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said, "I condemn this evening's shooting attack on an Israeli civilian vehicle which resulted in the death of two people (Mr Mladenov: the Muslims did not attack the 'vehicle', with the deaths of the driver and passenger as a sort of unfortunate side effect.  They attacked the people in the vehicle. - CM) and injuries to their four children in the occupied West Bank (ah yes, so in Mr Mladenov's eyes the Jews are 'occupying' Judea and Samaria, lands known to them as Judea and Samaria - Yehuda and Shomron - for at least a thousand years before Islam was ever cooked up by the Arabs - CM). There is nothing heroic about the killing of civilians. (Hmm - does he mean, by this, that if the Muslims had ambushed and murdered a couple of young IDF soldiers, that he would regard that as 'heroic'? - CM)  The perpetrators of this violent act must be brought to justice."

But if any Muslims get hurt  obstructing the IDF's attempts to find and arrest the murderers - and those who gave them their orders, enable them, and are currently sheltering them - or if the murderers themselves get hurt or killed resisting arrest, then I bet that you, Mr Mladenov, will be the first to wring your hands and bleat about 'disproportionate force' and demand whiningly that Israel must show "restraint". - CM

'President Reuven Rivlin also condemned the attack, saying, "Tonight, bloodthirsty murderers claimed the lives of a mother and a father, leaving their young children orphaned. The heart breaks at the magnitude of such cruelty and hatred.  

"We will continue in our brave and unwavering fight against this cruel and heinous terrorism - of this our enemies can be sure", continued the president. "This is our duty, and the only way we can ensure the right of the orphans who lost their parents tonight, along with the right of all our children and grandchildren, to live with security and peace, everywhere in the Land of Israel."

Let's just repeat that. Everywhere in the Land of Israel.  And as far as I am concerned - I, a Gentile and a Christian - 'everywhere in the Land of Israel' means exactly that.  Jews have the right to live at peace - as free and sovereign people - everywhere in the Land of Israel. And that includes every inch of historic Judea, and Samaria, and Jerusalem. - CM

'A 28 year old woman was also injured on Thursday night after rocks were thrown at her (no: "after murderous Muslims threw rocks at her" - CM) near the Itzhar Junction...

"The attack occurred a mere hour after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu derided (a better word would have been "exposed and denounced" - CM) Palestinian (that is, "Palestinian Arab Muslim" - CM) incitement from the podium above the UN General Assembly.

'Tensions and disturbances in the West Bank and East Jerusalem have been particularly high during the Jewish High Holy Days, even in comparison to many months of sporadic violence...".

Or, to put it plainly, "Muslims in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem have been violently attacking Jews off and on for months but have ramped up the frequency and intensity of those attacks during the Jewish High Holy Days."  And one may remark, by the by, that Muslims have always zeroed in on Infidels - whether Jewish, Christian, Hindu or Buddhist -  when said Infidels were at worship and/ or celebrating high holy days. - CM

The Aussie Israeli blog "This Ongoing War" covered and commented on the attack here

and here:

Another Jewish blogger, Varda Epstein, makes some very pointed points in her response to the news of the murder, here:

"And rumour has it that in Shuafat, a neighbourhood in Jerusalem, the Arabs (that is, the Muslim Arabs - CM) were shooting fireworks in celebration of the killing of two Jews in front of their small children.

I would not be at all surprised - CM

'And Hamas released a statement saying how pleased they were that the "operation" had gone so well. A "heroic operation" they called it.  And Ali Abunimah tweeted that two "Israeli colonists" had been killed.  With no context.  No mention of the little ones who saw it all unfold in front of their eyes. The murder of their parents only because they were Jews.  Jews who lived in Samaria.  The place the Bible talks about. Part of the Promised Land. Given to the Chosen People."   END QUOTE.

Now, here with additional details is the report from "Times of Israel", Judah Ari Gross reporting.

'Israeli Mother and Father Shot Dead in West Bank (sic: Samaria - CM) Terror Attack.

'An Israeli mother and father were killed in a shooting attack on their vehicle Thursday night in the northern West Bank.

No.  That sentence should read: "Muslims murdered a Jewish couple by ambushing and gunning them down in their car on Thursday night in Samaria." - CM

'The couple, identified late Thursday as Eitam and Naama Henkin of the settlement (sic: the Jewish village - CM) of Neria, north of Ramallah, leave behind four children - aged 4 months, 4, 7 and 9 - who were in the vehicle at the time of the attack but were not hit by the gunfire.

And seemingly were not seen by the murderers when they - the murderers - circled back to confirm the 'kill'. Or they would be dead, too. - CM

'The terror attack took place shortly before 9 pm, between the settlements (that is, the Jewish towns - CM) of Itamar and Elon Moreh, near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik (sic: that is,  'near the Muslim colony of Beit Furik' - CM).

'The security services were hunting for the perpetrators.

'The Israeli family came under fire when they slowed down before making a turn.

No. Let's rewrite. 'The Muslims assassins fired upon the Henkins who were slowing down before making a turn." - CM

'At that moment a Palestinian vehicle accelerated towards the family.  Two attackers opened fire on the family with a handgun and a rifle.

Rewrite. 'At that moment the Muslims accelerated towards the family, firing upon them with a handgun and a rifle." - CM

'Both parents were struck multiple times in their upper bodies, paramedics said. They were pronounced dead at the scene...

'According to investigators, Naama Henkin was killed immediately.

'Eitam, despite suffering from multiple bullet wounds, stepped out of the vehicle and opened one of the car's back doors, telling his children to flee the scene.

Presumably this is what the older children told the first responders had happened.  I still deem it an outright miracle that the Muslim assassins did not gun down all the children as well as the parents.  - CM

'He then collapsed on the road and died.

'Investigators say that the attackers stopped their vehicle, and one of them stepped out and walked over to the Israeli car and verified that both parents were dead.

'The man returned to the vehicle which sped away toward a nearby Palestinian village. 

Toward a nearby Muslim Arab colony.  Search every building, IDF.  Use dogs. Interrogate every inhabitant who is capable of speech. - CM

'The road was closed to traffic as the hunt for the killers continued into the night.

'The IDF and Shin Bet launched a massive manhunt for the perpetrators, including sweeps of the area, road-blocks and other methods. The area southeast of Nablus (whose name, by the way, is merely an Arabisation of its original Greek Byzantine name, Nea polis, the New Town; and which is located near the site of the much more ancient Canaanite and Israelite and Samaritan city of Shechem - CM) was declared a closed military zone, and eyewitnesses reported seeing UAVs and patrols flooding the area.

'IDF forces were said to be operating in force in the nearby Palestinian village (that is, "Muslim Arab colony" - CM) of Awarta.

'Late Thursday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt Gen Eisenkot ordered the deployment of four infantry battalions to the area to aid in the manhunt.

'The Hamas terror group (sic: jihad gang - CM) praised the "heroic attack" and called for "more high-quality attacks".

So what Hamas considers to be 'high-quality attacks' = butchering unarmed Torah scholars with their wives?? - CM

"The Zionists will pay the price for Netanyahu's criminal policy in every place" the group's armed wing said in a statement - but stopped short of taking responsibility for the attack.

Yes, because it turns out, as we shall see, that Fatah was in on it, instead. The difference between the 'slow jihadists' in suits - Fatah/ PA, formerly PLO - and fast jihadists with beards and robes - Hamas, etc - is immaterial, in the end.  The hysterical Muslim accusations of criminality against their intended victims - who offend, at bottom, merely by refusing to become Muslim or submit to Dhimmi near-slave status - will be treated by the well-informed reader with the contempt that they deserve. -  CM

'Yossi Dagan, head of the Shomron Regional Council, called the attack "one of the hardest and most shocking events I've ever experienced.  This road was opened irresponsibly to Palestinian drivers (that is: to Muslim Arab drivers - CM) a few months ago, and we said this attack would happen, " he charged in a Channel 2 Interview.  "There isn't a proper response.  Terror isn't being dealt with as it should be,", he said...

Or, in other words: "We are not effectively defending ourselves against genocidal Jihad." Note well his reference to opening the roads.  Many Useful Idiot supporters of the Pooooor 'Palestinians' [TM] are wont to shriek accusations of 'apartheid' when they find that in Judea and Samaria Israeli Jews and mostly-Muslim Arabs are - in some cases, not all - channelled onto different roads.  But the separation of Jewish from Arab Muslim travellers is not because Jews want to lord it over or be mean to Arabs; it is because Arab Muslims, if allowed to share a road with Jews, are very likely to carry out murderous attacks such as this. Two inoffensive Jews, Eitam and Naama, are now dead, murdered by Muslims, because the road they were travelling on, previously closed to Muslims, was opened for Muslims to share with Jews. 

And Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah claimed responsibility. Ari Yashar reporting for Israel National News.

'Abbas's Fatah Claims Shooting - What Now?"

'The "armed wing" of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction claimed responsibility for the horrific murder of a young couple outside Itamar in Samaria on Thursday night, but an Israeli response to Abbas has yet to be formulated by the government.

'The Martyr Abdul-Qader Al-Husseini Brigades, associated with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and likewise affiliated with Fatah, openly posted on its Arabic-language internet site that it claims full responsibility for the "heroic operation"...

'The Fatah political leadership has been less forthcoming in claiming credit for the murder, although senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed praised the attack, telling Hamas's Al-Quds TV that "the attack is a natural response to the crimes of the settlers and every action has a reaction"....

Pffft. See the article by Steven Simpson that I linked, above. And Mordechai Kedar's incisive op ed, "It's Jihad, Stupid". And the Hamas Charter which makes it sufficiently plain that Hamas - a fully-owned franchise of the Ikhwan or Muslim Brotherhood - is on board with the grand Muslim dream of  Total World Domination - a global Muslim despotism imposing the sharia on all human beings everywhere. The destruction of Israel is merely one small part of the global Jihad.

Post scriptum.  I am only aware of this attack because I follow a number of Israeli English-language blogs, and read three or four English-language Israeli mainstream news outlets. If I were relying on our Aussie press - notably our official news broadcaster, the ABC - I would know nothing, for they have not deemed this story worthy of publication. - CM


Posted on 10/02/2015 7:34 PM by Christina McIntosh
Friday, 2 October 2015
Krauthammer's Blunder

On 20 September on Meet the Press, Republican candidate for president Dr. Ben Carson said he would “not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”

The usually sober, national treasure Charles Krauthammer on Fox TV criticized his opinion as “morally outrageous” and then went on to opine about the U.S. Constitution and Islam as proof.

Then on 26 September in National Review online, another national treasure, Andrew C. McCarthy, proceeded to take apart Krauthammer’s thinking and expose his ignorance of both the Constitution and Islam.

And here we ponder the cause of Krauthammer’s blunder, the term used in chess to describe a simple mistake by an otherwise brilliant player. How could the otherwise excellent Dr. Krauthammer be so wrong?

The answer may found be the fact that he is an IBJ, an Inside-the-Beltway Jew, like most mainstream journalists and politicians of Jewish extraction. An IBJ is a Jew is one who defends the general right of Israel to exist but when it comes to other facets of its predicament and ocean of Islam it is surrounded by on three sides, the IBJ is required to toe the politically correct line expressed by the traditional White Anglo-Saxon Protestant opinions in the State Department.

For example, like fellow IBJ Alan Dershowitz, Krauthammer is on record saying that when peace comes between Israel and the Arabs, all the post-1967 Jewish communities a.k.a. settlements will be gone. This is another way of saying that the half-million-plus Jews living in them must be driven from their homes and communities in numbers exceeding those expelled from Spain in 1492.

An IBJ must also speak well of Muslims and Islam in general. Otherwise, his multi-purpose admission ticket to the best restaurants in Georgetown and appointments to government positions and invitations to conferences and the publication of his opinions in the MSM will be annulled. A Jew who defends the right of Jews to live in Judea and Samaria is barred from working and having any influence inside the Beltway whatsoever.

Krauthammer on Israel is little different than Dershowitz, the famous criminal defense lawyer who stuffs his pockets with the ill-gotten gains of criminals but will not defend pro-bono the right of Jews to live in peace, tranquility and enjoy sovereign rule in Judea and Samaria.

Dershowitz is, I believe, on record, like his soulmate at the New York Thomas L. Friedman, stating that Israelis may have the right to live in Judea and Samaria (“West Bank”) but for the sake of “peace,” Israel should waive this right. Peace and ‘justice for the “Palestinians’” by giving them a state is far more important than Jewish rights – and never mind that no one ever told American Negroes in the Civil Rights era to stop making trouble and upsetting whites, which they did by demanding their rights.

President Richard Nixon once (at least) referred to his National Security Adviser and later Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as his “Jewboy,” probably because whenever Israel was the topic of discussion in the Oval Office with the president and other advisers, Kissinger debased himself as the most anti-Israel man in the room.

And he was not alone in the diplomatic corps. The State Department seems to have had over the years a whole department of “Jewboys,” the professional Peace Processors (who never brought peace), e.g. Martin Indyk, Daniel Kurtzer, Aaron David Miller, Dennis Ross, Richard Haas and the current ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro who supports Obama’s plan to give $150 billion to Iran to transfer to Hamas and Hezbollah to murder more Jews. Miller is also on record singing the praises of his idea of a great statesman, James “F–k the Jews” Baker. Ross was also a Baker protégé. And it was Friedman who famously fed Baker the nasty apostrophe to Israel that came out of Baker’s mouth before Congress in 1990: “When you’re serious about peace, call us,” then he gave out the telephone number of the White House.

This is why the usually excellent Charles Krauthammer blundered. When it comes to Islam and the Constitution, two subjects about which Andrew C. McCarthy knows much more, an IBJ must never let anyone think he thinks like a Jew and is not a patriotic State Department factotum.

Israel has been fighting every day for its survival for 67 years. Almost every week some Israeli is wounded, terrified or murdered by a Muslim shouting “Allahu Akbar,” and that is because Israel’s real enemy has never been the phantom “Palestinians” but Islam.

Palestinian Nationalism is a monumental, world-historic fraud. From the end of the First World War until the 1960s, the official line wielded by the leader of the Arabs in Jerusalem, the Grand Mufti Amin al-Husseini. was that there was no such country as Palestine because for fourteen centuries Arabs and other Muslims never called it that. “Palestine” appears nowhere in the Koran. There never was jurisdiction under Muslim rule called “Palestine,” no king, emir, sultan or pasha of Palestine either. In 1920, Haj Amin even started a riot in Jerusalem demanding that the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine be cancelled, for what Jews and Christians called Palestine was for him Al-Suria al-Janubia/Southern Syria. He even published a newspaper with that name to fight against the Mandate’s creation of a country called Palestine that never existed in Muslim minds, and certainly not one intended to be a “Jewish Homeland. During the riot he demanded annexation to Syria, whose capital was Damascus, not Jerusalem.

Only in the 1960s did the fiction of a “Palestinian” people surface to camouflage the age-old Islamic hatred of Jews who must be, according to sharia law, “oppressed and humiliated.”

No IBJ dare criticize Islam per se, the religious community that has persecuted Jews every day since its founding — only “Islamic extremists.”

Ben Carson was spot on and so was Andrew C. McCarthy. Islam is not like other religions. And it is neither “Islamophobic” nor “morally outrageous” to say so.

First published in the Jewish Press.

Posted on 10/02/2015 8:47 AM by Sha'i ben-Tekoa
Friday, 2 October 2015
We Have Two Winners!

Both David Waterhouse of Canada and Guiherme Kramer of Brazil completed our September crossword correctly. Each will receive a copy of Theodore Dalrymple's Out Into The Beautiful World.


Posted on 10/02/2015 5:40 AM by NER
Friday, 2 October 2015
Chris Harper-Mercer Idolized Nazis and IRA

Daily Mail:

The Oregon college gunman who murdered at least ten people was today named as Chris Harper-Mercer - a 26-year-old with links to Britain who idolised other mass murderers and said: 'The more people you kill, the more you're in the limelight'.

The killer, who said he idolized the IRA and Nazis, yesterday walked into Umpqua Community College in Roseburg wearing body armour and carrying three handguns and a rifle before shooting dead students.

Witnesses said he had made his victims stand-up at gunpoint and say if they were Christian before telling them: 'Good, you'll see God in a second' and shooting them. Survivors saved their own lived by playing dead.

After his bloody rampage was reported to police he was then killed in a gunfight with officers with one source saying: 'He appears to be an angry young man who was very filled with hate'.

His British father Ian Mercer, who lives in California, said today: 'I'm just as shocked as everybody at what happened today. I've just been talking to the police and the FBI. That's all the details I have right now, is what you know already.

He added: 'Obviously, it's been a devastating day. Devastating for me and my family'. 

Neighbours said Harper-Mercer from was a visibly ‘anxious’ and friendless loner who surfed dating sites looking for love - and was often seen wearing camouflage clothing and may even have joined the U.S. Army. 

Posts across a host of websites also show how Harper-Mercer apparently idolized the violence of Nazi Germany and the Irish Republican Army.

He used a reference to a Nazi war medal as his dating profile name, and posted glowing reviews of Nazi memorabilia he had bought online.

His Myspace page is littered with images glorifying masked IRA fighters, lauding them as ‘undefeated’ and ‘looking cool’ – right next to images of him holding a rifle.

Harper-Mercer wrote in a post this August about how much he admired Vester Flanagan, the Roanoke shooter who killed a cameraman and newscaster at the television station where he had been employed after getting fired. 

On that same profile it also showed that just three days ago Harper-Mercer uploaded This World Surviving Sandy Hook BBC Documentary 2015 for people to watch on the file sharing site.

'On an interesting note, I have noticed that so many people like him are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone,' wrote Harper-Mercer of Flanagan. 

'His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems the more people you kill, the more you're in the limelight.'

He closed by saying; 'Also, if anyone gets the chance, go on youtube and see the footage of him shooting those people. It's a short video but good nonetheless. Will post more later.' 

According to his profile on a dating site Harper-Mercer is 'mixed race,' a 'conservative Republican,' 'not religious' and lives with his mother - and appears to have a large family in Britain.

State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and other officials said 13 people were killed in Thursday's shooting, though that number may have been too high.

'At this time, we are reporting and can confirm 10 fatalities in the shooting,' Douglas County sheriff's deputies, Sheriff John Hanlin said Thursday evening.

'This number is the best, most accurate information that we have at this time.' ...

Posted on 10/02/2015 5:17 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 2 October 2015
Father of Umpqua college shooting victim: Gunman singled out Christians

The shooter's name is Chris Harper-Mercer. CNN:

Roseburg, Oregon (CNN) The gunman who opened fire at Oregon's Umpqua Community College singled out Christians, according to the father of a wounded student.

Before going into spinal surgery, Anastasia Boylan told her father the gunman entered her classroom firing.

"I've been waiting to do this for years," the gunman told the professor teaching the class. He shot him point blank, Boylan recounted.

Others were hit too, she told her family.

Everyone in the classroom dropped to the ground.

The gunman, while reloading his handgun, ordered the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians, Boylan told her family.

"And they would stand up and he said, 'Good, because you're a Christian, you're going to see God in just about one second,'" Boylan's father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account.

"And then he shot and killed them."

Boylan, 18, was hit in the back by a bullet that traveled down her spine. While she lay bleeding on the floor, the gunman called out to her, "Hey you, blonde woman," her mother said.

She played dead -- and survived.

Posted on 10/02/2015 5:06 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Former Obama Arms Control Aide Gary Samore confirms 2009 Iranian Enrichment Negotiations

Argentina President Cristina Kirchner

UN General Assembly

September 28, 2015

The opaque nature of revelations about the Obama negotiations with Iran over nuclear enrichment just got murkier.  Buried in a rambling putative valedictory speech by outgoing Argentine President Cristina Kirchner at the UN General Assembly on September 28th was a stunning revelation.  Former Assistant to the President for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, Dr. Gary Samore, now Research Director at the Harvard’s  Belfer Center, had apparently reached out to Argentina to supply nuclear fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor in Iran.  The eventual proposal was to have Russia convert 1,200 kg. of Iranian stocks of 5.0 % low enriched uranium hexafluoride into 19.5 % enriched uranium to be shipped to France for conversion into reactor rods and then shipped back to Tehran.   The Kirchner speech opened a chapter on how early the Obama White House was in discussions with Iran trying to work a deal during the era of former Iranian President Ahmadinejad.  According to Samore, the deal was nixed by Ayatollah Khamenei.  This revelation is one more element building a case for why litigation against the deal, whether by Congress and/ or the states,should be pursued to uncover the whole history of negotiations that eventuated in the controversial JCPOA.

Dr. Gary Samore

Samore was the founder of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) in 2008 before serving as Obama’s Arms Control aide from 2009 to 2013. He had served in similar nuclear arms control capacities in the State Department during the Clinton Administration.  Samore resigned from UANI in mid-August 2015, a month before a Congressional vote, since blocked, on the Iran nuclear pact or JCPOA negotiated by the P5+1 and announced on July 14th. The nuclear deal with Iran was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council on July 22, 2015. Samore justified his leave taking as President of UANI because JCPOA represented the best alternative to cut off Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability. This despite his concerns that even the inspection regime wouldn’t uncover covert enrichment or development of nuclear warheads.  Former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman replaced Samore as head of UANI.  Watch this PBS News Hour interview with Samore on August 12, 2015 on why he left the UANI.

Kirchner’s UN General Assembly speech  presented  the Argentine version of this episode:

In 2010 we were visited in Argentina by Gary Samore, at that time the White House’s top advisor in nuclear issues. He came to see us in Argentina with a mission, with an objective: under the control of IAEA, the international organization in the field of weapons control and nuclear regulation, Argentina had supplied in the year 1987, during the first democratic government, the nuclear fuel for the reactor known as “Tehran”. Gary Samore had explained to our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Héctor Timerman, that negotiations were underway for the Islamic Republic of Iran to cease with its uranium enrichment activities or to do it to a lesser extent but Iran claimed that it needed to enrich this Teheran nuclear reactor and this was hindering negotiations. They came to ask us, Argentines, to provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel. Rohani was not in office yet. It was Ahmadinejad’s administration and negotiations had already started.


The Minister of Foreign Affairs came to see me in my office, and I remember this very clearly, and I said that if this request were made in writing and signed, we could, after all, cooperate, because we believed that the attainment of the non-nuclear proliferation objective was of the utmost importance.  I said as much to my Minister of Foreign Affairs who in turn relayed this to the White House’s envoy, Gary Samore that we would accept to provide the fuel because it was in the hands of Argentina since 1987 and we also had the technique to produce it in exchange, obviously, for such request to be submitted in writing and signed. This message was conveyed and I believe that was the last time, after that communication, that our Minister of Foreign Affairs saw Gary Samore.

The Blaze contacted Samore who confirmed the details of the episode:

Story is true that I went to Buenos Aires in August 2009 to ask Foreign Minister Timmerman if Argentina would be willing to manufacture fresh fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor in exchange for Iran shipping most of its stockpile of low enriched uranium to Russia.

As I recall, Minister Timmerman told me that Argentina could not participate in the project because of Iran’s refusal to cooperate in the AMIA investigation. I said that I understood the political sensitivities and accepted that Argentina could not be part of the project.

We subsequently approached France, which agreed to manufacture the fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor.

In October 2009, Iran agreed to the deal: Iran would ship 1,200 kilograms of low enriched uranium hexafluoride (less than 5%) to Russia; Russia would further enrich the uranium to 19.5% and ship it to France for fabrication into research reactor fuel, which would then be shipped to Iran.

From Washington’s standpoint, the objective of the agreement was to remove most of Iran’s low enriched uranium stockpile at that time and therefore make it more difficult for Iran to produce weapons grade enriched uranium.

In the end, Supreme Leader Khamenei rejected the Tehran Research Reactor agreement and the deal fell through. Iran’s rejection of the deal lead directly to President Obama deciding to increase economic and political pressure on Tehran, which produced UNSC Resolution 1929 in June 2010.

Why Samore opted to quit the opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, albeit with misgivings, belies the point. The Administration had begun secret negotiations with Iran under President Ahmadinejad in 2009, in which Samore had a critical role, only to leave in February 2013 well before the November 24, 2013 interim JPOA was announced.  Stay tuned for developments.





Posted on 10/01/2015 10:41 PM by Jerry Gordon
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Citizenship and the Ummah

By:  Rabbi Philip Lefkowitz

US Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced a change in the loyalty oath for future citizens in respect to the Muslim belief that one may never bear arms against the ummah, the Muslim world. This fact has largely been ignored by the media

“USCIS Clarifies Eligibility Requirements for Modifications to the Oath of Allegiance

Effective July 21, 2015, new guidance (PA-2015-001) in the USCIS Policy Manual clarifies the eligibility requirements for modifications to the Oath of Allegiance.

Reciting the Oath is part of the naturalization process. Candidates for citizenship normally declare that they will “bear arms on behalf of the United States” and “perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States” when required by the law. A candidate may be eligible to exclude these two clauses based on religious training and belief or a conscientious objection.

The new guidance clarifies that a candidate:

May be eligible for modifications based on religious training and belief, or conscientious objection arising from a deeply held moral or ethical code.

Is not required to belong to a specific church or religion, follow a particular theology or belief, or to have had religious training in order to qualify.

May submit, but is not required to provide, an attestation from a religious or other type of organization, as well as other evidence to establish eligibility.

This guidance updates Volume 12 of the Policy Manual.”

Many years ago when I registered for the draft, there was the option to elect conscientious objection. If one claimed this exemption based upon his religious faith, he was required to provide a letter from his clergy person stating he was a member of the given church and that conscientious objection was a religious principle of that church. It was clearly stated to me when I questioned the conscientious objection exemption that one was unable to elect the exemption if one claimed Judaism as his religious belief, as Judaism does not endorse pacifism. One could, for example, as a Quaker, a religious denomination that teaches pacifism, claim conscientious objection. This new change in the oath of citizenship, cleverly allows one to elect conscientious objection as a Muslim, even to the degree of refusing to perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces. American history bears out the fact that in the past conscientious objectors did serve in noncombatant activities such as unarmed stretcher bearers on the battlefield. These men were deeply respected by their fellow soldiers for their loyalty to our nation and valiant service on the battlefield.

The Koran has over 100 versus which require the believing Muslim to go to battle with non-believers for the sake of defending and advancing the cause of Islam worldwide. Many of these verses are quite explicit containing commands to chop off heads and fingers and seeking out the non-believer wherever he is hiding. In fact, some versus state that those Muslims who, do not enter the battle are hypocrites and Allah will take His revenge on them. Here is but one example of such a verse:

Koran 9:29 “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day, nor hold that forbidden which has been forbidden by Allah and His messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of truth, (even if they are) of the people of the book (generally refers to Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

As all these verses in the Koran refer to war with the nonbeliever, there is a sense among Muslims that they are forbidden to fight the ummah, the international nation of Islam on behalf of the nonbeliever. With the change in the oath of allegiance, Muslims may elect not to defend the United States as members of the Armed Forces, even to the extent of serving in noncombatant positions.

In the past, American Jews have suffered the false accusation of dual loyalty. Most recently, this ugly and untrue attack on the American Jewish citizen was subtly resurrected in an attempt to cower American Jewry into supporting President Obama’s deal with Iran. The dual loyalty accusation claims that Jews will stand with other Jews around the world and since 1948, the State of Israel even when the Jewish State is in conflict with the United States. This dual loyalty accusation had tangible negative consequences for American Jewry.

Yet now the United States government itself is recognizing the RIGHT for Muslim’s, to believe in a religion that, far from endorsing pacifism, urges war on a regular basis with nonbelievers, which would include the overwhelming majority of Americans who are Christians, to elect not to serve in any fashion in the Armed Forces of the United States when our country is confronted by other Muslims. Given today’s geopolitical realities in which many of our adversaries on the world stage are Muslim theocracies, the probability of further military engagement with such states, his probable. Further, it would appear a fair question to pose is whether Muslims living in the United States would feel compelled in time of battle to involve themselves in actions against their fellow non-Muslim American citizens.

I have been given to understand that this change in the law was prompted by American Muslims.


About the Author: Rabbi Philip Lefkowitz is the rav of Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation in Chicago. During his nearly five decades in the rabbinate he has led congregations in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom and served as an officer, Executive Committee member and chair of the Legislative Committee of the Chicago Rabbinical Council.

Posted on 10/01/2015 2:57 PM by Norman Berdichevsky
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