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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
It's Not Just That He Plagiarized, It's That What He Lifted Was So Stupid
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The usual babbitt-banalities about democracy, reaching out to a wider group of locals, and so on, and not a word about Islam. A dope lifting from dopes.

Here.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 9:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Emirate, Caliphate -- I Say It's Spinach And I Say The Hell With It
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Jabhat Al-Nusra has just now declared its emirate; Al-Baghdadi of ISIS has already declared his caliphate. And when the hurlyburly's done, when the battle's lost and one, go and and identify, if you care to, the remains of those on both, essentially identical, sides.

Here.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 8:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Hezbollah Otherwise Preoccupied, And For A Long Time To Come
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Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, but  less dangerous than ISIS, a kind of collective Mussolini to ISIS"s Hitler.  So its help to Assad, and its losses in helping him against Uber-Suinnis, in Syria, are both welcome. Eventually Hezbollah may find itself fighting for its life, as Sunnisfrom Syria and not only from Syria, decide to get their revenge inside Lebanon. And it may be that Israel, already the guarantor of King Abdullah's reign in Jordan, will have to worry about an ISIS advance in Lebanon and root, privately, for Hezbollah,though at the same time hoping to take away, somehow, Hezbollah's 100,000 rockets unless they can be turned away from Israel and aimed at ISIS. Oh. It's not just politics that makes strange bedfellows. It's also wars, and the hospital corners that sometimes have to be cut.

Here.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 5:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
A Musical Interlude: Ma Le Gambe (Enzo Aita, Trio Lescano)
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Listen here.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 4:13 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Missing The Point
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Posted on 07/23/2014 4:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Bomb attacks leave scores dead in north Nigeria
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From France 24 and AP via Yahoo News

At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two bombings in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna targeting an opposition leader and a moderate Muslim cleric.

The first blast, which killed at least 32 people, occurred after a bomb was tossed off of the back of a motorcycle at Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, a prominent Muslim cleric in Nigeria. The explosion scattered debris and dead bodies along the Alkali Road in central Kaduna, but missed Bauchi. Police Commissioner Umar Usman Shehu said the first blast came after Sheik Dahiru Bauchi gave an annual Ramadan speech for thousands of faithful in an outdoor service. Sheik Bauchi is known for preaching against the violent extremism of Nigeria's Islamic militants, Boko Haram.

Shortly afterwards, a second, deadlier blast went off in the city’s bustling Kawo market. Nigerian officials said the target was Muhammadu Bahari, a prominent opposition leader and former president.

A Red Cross official said at least 50 people were killed in the second blast. Buhari, who challenged President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 election, was riding in an armour-plated sports utility vehicle and was not wounded.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been staging attacks, especially with explosives, outside its northeastern heartlands over the past three months.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 12:57 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Wallace Shawn, A Political Naif As Self-Satisfied As Podsnap
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I heard Wallace Shawn on NPR, a program in which he expressed his utter disgust with the United States and "the rich" (all of them, apparently, and I hope he included Hillary Clinton, and Glenn Greenwald -- who just sold to Sony his story of being the conduit for Edward Snowden's leaks, so it can be made into a movie, and, for that matter, all of the Hollyood moguls who've employed him) and then, just before the end of the hour, denouncing the American government yet again and, first among its co-evils, the country of Israel for "what it is doing to the 'Palestinians."

Shawn has a line in moral superiority, and his cultural criticism is at the level of such obviousness as "once upon a time everyone could listen to Bach unselfconsciously" but now we've all got to show we know about and admire "popular culture" -- the "popular culture" of the very movies, and some television, that has made Wallace Shawn rich and, despite his claims of being different from "the rich," as self-satisfied as any deep-pocketed Podsnap.

I was not surprised when I discovered he's a deep admirer of Glenn Greenwald (who, in turn, is deeply admired by Omid Somebody or other, the billionaire founder of eBay who has shown his gratitude to America, for rescuing him from the Islamic Republic of Iran,by backing Greenwald and his ilk in a new media venture.

Here's a  bit from the pink-cheeked complacencies of the  Financial Times:

Lunch with the FT: Glenn Greenwald

The journalist who collaborated with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talks about his abrasive approach and his new online venture
 

It is after 3pm on a Friday when I walk into Bar do Beto, an old-fashioned Ipanema restaurant, but the place is full of diners enjoying a long, languid lunch. Glenn Greenwald is sitting in the corner, squinting crossly at his laptop. He is dressed in a T-shirt, long striped swimming shorts and flip-flops, which is something of a relief because, in the hottest Rio de Janeiro summer in decades, I am also wearing shorts.

Since the day last June when he first met Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency (NSA) analyst-turned-whistleblower Greenwald has kept up a regime of 16-hour workdays, combing through thousands of documents passed on by Snowden, writing dozens of stories for the Guardian and other papers, sniping at his critics on Twitter, and setting up a media venture with a billionaire backer. In the process, Greenwald has become, perhaps, the most famous journalist of his generation. His reputation in the US is somewhat mixed, in part as a result of his abrasive approach to political debate, but in parts of Europe and Latin America he is considered the new incarnation of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

 

Greenwald, 46, has lived in Rio for almost a decade, since he met his soon-to-be husband David Miranda on a holiday to the Brazilian city. “This was our place when we first met eight or nine years ago,” Greenwald says of the restaurant. “We lived a couple of blocks away and we always came here. Then they did this massive renovation and we kind of gave up on it for a few years. But we came back and the food was fantastic.”

Greenwald tells me he was in here a few nights earlier. In an event that underlines his new status as an international leftwing celebrity, the actor and playwright Wallace Shawn had invited Greenwald to see The Designated Mourner, his play about shrinking political space in a once-liberal land, when it was showing in New York last year. As Greenwald has not travelled to the US since the Snowden story broke, Shawn came to Rio to put on a performance for him. “Incredibly riveting and thought-provoking,” Greenwald says of the play, which was performed in a theatre rented for the occasion. Afterwards, Greenwald brought cast and crew to Bar do Beto to thank them.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 11:06 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Islamic State tells Mosul shopkeepers to cover up naked mannequins
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From the Telegraph

Islamic extremists have sought to entrench their strict religious regime in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul by banning naked mannequins, just days after imposing orders to convert, pay taxes or die rules on the city's Christians.

Islamic State instructions said clothing outlets must cover the faces of mannequins in line with Muslim tenets of covering up the human former.

The orders which apply to both male and female mannequins are in line with strict interpretations of sharia law that forbid statues or artwork depicting the human form are part of a growing web of rules and commercial regulations emanating from the Islamic militant group.

Its schedule of Jizyah or taxes on Christians and other non-Muslims, breaks down into $715 a year for the rich, $375 a year for the middle class and $178 for the poorest.

Ahmed Younis, a Baghdad expert on armed groups, said the Islamists were in effect establishing an economic state based on the increasing resources and infrastructure under their command.

Considering its spread across the Syria-Iraq border, its grip over oilfields there and its growing economic activity, Islamic State will "transform into an economic giant with assets of billions of dollars," he said. 

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Posted on 07/23/2014 9:36 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Gaza conflict: France jails pro-Palestinian rioters
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From the BBC

A French court has jailed three men for rioting after a pro-Palestinian rally in a mixed suburb of Paris degenerated into anti-Semitic violence. The three men, aged 21 and 28, were given sentences of between six and 10 months for their part in the rioting in Sarcelles on Sunday.

A fourth man was given a suspended sentence while a minor received a fine. Three men convicted of rioting on the same day in the Parisian district of Barbes were given suspended sentences on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned the violence, which erupted at a protest over Israel's actions in Gaza. 

A new, legal pro-Palestinian rally is due to be held in the French capital on Wednesday evening, organised by leftist groups. About 30 MPs from the ruling Socialist Party are due to attend, according to Le Parisien daily.

Mr Valls said he had been given security guarantees by the organisers.

Interestingly the politically correct, left leaning BBC calls the defendants 'pro-Palestinian' while the Kuwait News agency calls them 'anti-Israeli'. 

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Posted on 07/23/2014 9:16 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Kamal Al-Khatib Screams His Head Off
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Gaza, he says, is where the Mongols and the Tartars were defeated by true-blue Muslims, And Gaza will be the burying ground of the Jews who, just like those Mongols and those Tartars, have no connection to or claim on  any land; the world belongs, always and everyhere, but especially in the Middle East, to Allah and to Muslims.

Here, a bit worse or rather hoarse for wear, he screams his head off. He can do no other.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 7:52 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Navi Pillay, A Human Type
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Navi Pillay, a U.N. muck-a-muck, has just issued a report on the fighting in Gaza that, unsurprisingly, comes down hard -- grotesquely hard -- on Israel, and concludes that "both sides" may be guilty of "war crimes." What kind of person rises high in the U.N. bureaucracy? Could it be someone who might dare to recognize the nature of Islam, and of Jihad? Could it every conceivably be someone sympathetic to the Jews of Israel, understanding that they are under a permanent siege, because Jihad is permanent, and Islam is permanent, and there are no "two-state solutions" or "one-state solutions" or "n-state solutions" because there is no "solution" at all, only a constant state of credible deterrence and, intermittently now and forever, the need to "mow the lawn" (as the Israelis, perhaps a bit too drily, but they need to keep their sanity after all, call it) by destroying arms allowed (idiotically) to build up, to the north, and to the south, and if ISIS has its way in Jordan, to the east as well.

Navi Pillay is deeply solicitous of Islam. Why? She's a type, a human type. This is the type that joins and rises high at the U.N., at The Guardian, at France Inter, at the BBC. They all think what one another thinks. And you know perfectly well -- they don't have to open their mouths -- what they think about everything.

Here's Navi Pillay a few years ago, deploring the Swiss referendum that led to the banning of minarets:

December 1, 2009
UN Slams 'Discriminatory' Swiss Minaret Ban
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/12/01/world/AP-EU-Switzerland-Minaret-Ban.html?pagewanted=print

Filed at 6:21 a.m. ET

GENEVA (AP) -- The United Nations called Switzerland's ban on new minarets 'clearly discriminatory' and deeply divisive, and the Swiss foreign minister acknowledged Tuesday the government was very concerned about how the vote would affect the country's image.

U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said Sunday's referendum to outlaw the construction of minarets in Switzerland was the product of 'anti-foreigner scare-mongering.'

The criticism from Pillay, whose office is based in the Swiss city of Geneva, comes after an outcry from Muslim countries, Switzerland's European neighbors and human rights watchdogs since 57.5 percent of the Swiss population ratified the ban.

The Swiss government opposed the initiative but has sought to defend it as an action not against Islam or Muslims, but one aimed at improving integration and fighting extremism.

'These are extraordinary claims when the symbol of one religion is targeted,' Pillay said in a statement. She said she was saddened to see xenophobic arguments gain such traction with Swiss voters despite their 'long-standing support of fundamental human rights.'

 

She's not demented, Navi Pillay, so she's not Richard Falk. But she's bad, very bad, and the U.,N. is a place where the Muslim group is the only one left standing-- no more grouping of NATO nations, or of Warsaw Pact nations -- and its power is on display everywhere.

 

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Posted on 07/23/2014 7:30 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
The West And Its Suicidal Immigration Policy
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A French commentator:

"Et sur ce blog, pouvez-vous m'assurer que chacun est tolérant, ouvert, honnête et respectueux des autres ?"

Quand ceux que l on reçoit avec générosité se conduiront avec tolérance, ouverture, honnêteté et respect on en reparlera.

Depuis 50 ans jamais, non jamais, une civilisation n a été aussi accueillante et accorte envers l étranger et notamment envers cet étranger venant des 4 coins de la planète dont nous sommes si différents. Il peut même venir sans papiers, sans argent, sans diplôme, sans rien, nos pays occidentaux lui fourniront tout. En contrepartie nous récoltons la haine, le mépris, la jalousie,...
Je crois que les limites ont été dépassées depuis longtemps. Nos pouvoirs politiques sont embourbés dans leur carcan idéologique gauchiste car changer de politique reviendrait a dire qu ils se sont trompé et cela ils ne l accepteront pas. Ils iront donc jusqu au bout de leur folie destructrice tant que le système tient.
Je suis plutôt généreux dans la vie, je l ai prouvé plusieurs fois mais je ne l étale pas comme ce piètre genefou mais ce que nous vivons n est pas de la générosité, c est de la bêtise tout court. On donne on reçoit une gifle, on donne encore on en reçoit deux, on donne encore et on reçoit un coup de boule.....etc.
C est un phénomène psychologique qui me dépasse car la vie apprend qu il faut partager a condition de ne pas empiéter sur le devenir des siens. Donner ce que l on a pas ou donner en sachant que les siens n auront rien n a pas de sens. La raison nous enseigne de ne pas outrepasser nos capacités fussent elles dans le domaine de la charité, du partage. On donne trop, on accueille trop, nous sommes dans le too much. La réciprocité n est pas la tout simplement parce que ces partages, ces dons, cet accueil jamais vu auparavant, ils les considèrent toutes comme des preuves de faiblesse. Plus nous donnerons, plus nous serons des faibles, plus ils nous enfonceront.

Pour la Remigration.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 7:17 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
A French Commentator -- Barakat -- On What Israel Should Have Done In 1967, And From Now On
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Israël hypnotisé par la paix – il n’y a pas de pays qui ne souhaite vivre en paix plus qu’Israël - a été bien trop timide après la prise de la Judée et Samarie en 1967, renvoyant au-delà du Jourdain l'armée d'occupation jordanienne qui s’était installé West Bank depuis l'offensive arabe de 1948. Israël aurait dû en 67 annexer officiellement ce territoire comme la France l’avait fait pour l'Alsace à l'effondrement du Reich nazi. Comme les Sudètes ont été récupérés par la Tchécoslovaquie. Comme les Russes avaient obtenu les îles Kouriles à la capitulation japonaise. Comme les USA pour les îles du Pacifique après ce même conflit. Comme le Mandchouko (la Mandchourie) pour les Chinois, etc.
Israël aurait alors pu mettre en place en Judée et Samarie une démocratie exemplaire (comme celle en Israël actuellement) où les populations qui y habitaient ou désiraient y vivre auraient pu le faire dans une égalité de droit et dans la prospérité.
La soi-disante « paix » pour laquelle croient pouvoir œuvrer la diplomatie européenne - française en particulier - est une chimère. C'est un concept fallacieux qui entend consacrer des avancées stratégiques majeures – inacceptables pour la sécurité d’Israël - pour ceux qui sont en réalité voués à la disparition de l’Etat hébreux. Ceux là – comme ils le déclarent d’ailleurs quand ils ne s’adressent pas directement aux occidentaux – ne voient cette « paix » que comme un gain stratégique de plus pour l’accomplissement de leur objectif : celui-ci depuis 1948 n’a pas varié.
Israël en fait d’ailleurs l'amère expérience aujourd'hui avec Gaza qu'il avait rendu en 2005.

Tout ce que disent donc nos politiques sur le sujet est une vue de l'esprit. C’est un regard sur le conflit Israélo-palestinien qui ne veut ou ne peut pas croire ce qui est pourtant devant les yeux. Ils n’auront rien compris aux ressorts profonds et occultés du djihad. Ressorts propres à l’Islam qui sont à l’œuvre en Syrie et en Irak. Le contenu de cette marmite islamique étalé devant nos yeux est indicible. En faire le constat, c’est prendre conscience du danger qui menace au Moyen-Orient, certes, mais aussi pour les pays d’Europe. Nos politiques espèrent donc encore par ce tour de passe-passe - la paix avec un état palestinien - pouvoir l’éviter.
Mais ce qui semblait encore possible il y dix ans ne l'est plus. Israël aura tiré aujourd'hui la leçon de ses concessions qui n'on fait que l'affaiblir et ajouter pour ce pays du danger au danger.
Israël ne peut plus accepter ce qui fut discuter à Oslo, elle ne peut plus envisager un territoire palestinien aux portes de Jérusalem qui serait donner les clefs du pays (et de son existence) à ses ennemis.

Je remarque d’ailleurs que c'est exactement une semblable incompréhension qui a saisi les politiques, les journalistes et les intellectuels face aux événements qui viennent de se produire à Paris et qui s’évertuent, en dépit du fiasco de leurs analyses de la situation en France, de vouloir dire à Israël ce qu'elle devrait faire.
Un peu plus de modestie et de réalisme ne ferait pas de mal à ces grands penseurs.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 5:44 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
MH17 crash 'punishment' for Malaysia Airlines offering alcohol, flight attendants' dress: Islamic party
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From the Sydney Morning Herald

Kuala Lumpur: The youth leader of a Malaysian opposition party has claimed the MH17 tragedy was God punishing Malaysia Airlines for serving alcohol on its flights and its “indecent” dress code.

Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman, the youth information chief of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), said the serving of alcohol, which is prohibited under Islam, and the dress code of Malaysia Airlines flight attendants' “cross the boundaries of Islam.”

Mr Tarmizi was quoted in Malaysia’s media as saying majority state-owned Malaysia Airlines was ignoring the tenets of Islam.

“If the government wishes to introspect and to garner the blessings of Allah, what is wrong in conducting a study on the percentage of passengers who would not fly MAS if alcohol is not served and its flight attendants observe Muslim dress code?,” he said.

PAS enjoys strong support in Malaysia’s northern and rural conservative states. But former minister Wee Ka Siong described the remarks ridiculous and insensitive and a selfish attempt to use people’s anguish for political benefit.

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Posted on 07/23/2014 4:40 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Danish imam encourages followers to kill Jews
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From the Copenhagen Post and Haaretz

During Friday prayer in the Al Nusra mosque in Berlin on July 11, Danish imam Abu Bilal Ismail urged listeners to kill Zionist Jews, Die Welt reports.

In a Youtube video clip of the sermon to which English subtitles have been added, the imam is filmed lashing out at Israelis and eventually saying that all Jews should be killed.

"Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don't spare a single one of them. Make them suffer terribily," the subtitles read. He urged God “to destroy the Zionist Jews … to kill every last one of them and not have pity on any of them … Shake the ground under their feet, make them suffer.” He also said Jews “act like sole rulers of the entire world and disseminate corruption.”

When BT asked Ismail, he rejected that he had encouraged killing all Jews. "I don't think all Jews must die. Only the Jews that have killed people in Gaza. I have asked God to destroy the Jews that kill us. It's not all Jews, because I know Jews that are good to us. I never meant all Jews."

The mosque is located in Neukolln, a Berlin neighborhood where many Arab immigrants live that is also very popular among Israelis visiting or living in the city. At one weekend demonstration in Germany, an Israeli couple got trapped in the area where the protest was taking place and had to be rescued by police after some of the demonstrators threatened to kill them.

Ismail is a regular speaker at the Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus. He has previously been accused of encouraging young Muslims to travel to Syria and fight in the civil war.

The German authorities are investigating . . . The Berlin police also announced a ban on anti-Semitic slogans at demonstrations against Israel’s military incursion in the Gaza Strip. Demonstrations against Israel have taken place throughout Germany over the last few days, and some have featured signs with anti-Semitic symbols and slogans, including swastikas and calls to send Jews to the gas chambers. 

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Posted on 07/23/2014 4:18 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
That "Genocide" In Gaza
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Corey Feldman, here.

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Posted on 07/22/2014 6:20 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Pro-Hamas Violence against Pro-Israel rally in Calgary
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Pro-Hamas thugs were captured on video attacking a pro-Israel rally in Calgary, Alberta, last Friday. All while Calgary police stood by. This was an unrestrained act of violence an astonishing development in the hometown of Canada’s pro-Israel PM, Steven Harper. Harper is a Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Calgary Southwest in Alberta.

Will Calgary’s liberal Ismaili Muslim mayor Naheed Nenshi respond to community and national criticism of what occurred Friday? Nenshi was elected in 2010 as the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city.  

Watch this Ezra Levant Sun TV interview with Calgary Southwest MP Jason Kenny Canada's Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism:

B’nai Brith Canada issued a call for Mayor Nenshi to man up about the European –style violence in a statement yesterday:

 B’nai Brith Canada is calling on Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi to conduct a thorough investigation of police conduct after several Israel supporters were assaulted at a rally last Friday, sending five to the hospital. Initial reports from the victims indicate that Calgary police were nowhere to be seen during the violent melee — even though they were informed in advance — and allegedly made racist remarks to the victims when they did eventually arrive on the scene.

“From Paris to Berlin and now Calgary, we are seeing anti-Israel demonstrations turn into violent outbursts against the Jewish community and supporters of Israel, as chants of ‘Kill the Jews’ and ‘Hitler was right’ are heard at protest after protest.” said Frank Dimant. “Late last week, Jewish and Christian activists were viciously attacked for exercising their right to free speech and expressing their support for the democratic State of Israel in its battle against the terrorist organization Hamas.

“We are further disturbed by reports that the Calgary Police Service has refused to press charges against the attackers, even with ample video evidence of the assault. We call on Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi to immediately conduct a thorough investigation of police conduct, the alleged racist remarks, why they were not prepared to handle the situation and increase patrols around Jewish institutions to ensure that they are not targeted for vandalism.

“This unfortunately is not the first time that the Calgary Police have ignored the increasing threat of radicalization of Canadian youth.

I wrote my friend, Calgary resident and lawyer, Bill Narvey who filed this eyewitness report:

Yes, it has happened here in Calgary. The Muslim groups that organized the protest rally at City Hall were Students for Palestinian Human Rights and Justice for Palestinians. The protest rally last Friday evening was the 2nd such protest rally which numbered between 300 – 400 protesters contrasted with the same groups’ protest rally of about 250 people the week before. They have announced through social media that they are planning to convene a protest rally against next Friday evening. Given the violence of last Friday, I expect the City or the police might try to shut that protest down or if they can’t, then the police will be out in force next Friday night. I don’t know whether pro-Israel men and women will again come out and if so whether it will be in far greater numbers.

I was there for last Friday’s rally, arriving just as violence was breaking out and was pushing down the street and quickly closing in towards me. I tried to grab a few pictures, but moving back and trying to aim the camera without looking through the eyepiece, my photos were blurry and not nearly clear enough to identify the perps or show the ones they were pushing, punching and kicking. The videos of this mob protest that turned violent provides sufficient identity information for the police to find and charge the perps if they are inclined to do so.

Sarah Bernamoff is a young passionate pro-Israel advocate who is taking a lead in trying to gather witness statements to bring along to her meeting with Calgary police officials and some of the victims with a view to discussing the laying of charges. Though she has had her critics from both national and local leadership for her thinking, advice, advocacy and tactics, the way this story is playing out and angering our Jewish community here in Calgary, I figure she will soon be the darling of our local Jewish leadership that is becoming increasingly aware that our community is demanding more of them.

Wednesday our leadership is having a rally at our Jewish Center. I have written and distributed a letter this day to our leadership that the nature and purpose of the rally as they advertised it will not cut it and they need to demonstrate strong leadership in a number of ways I proposed. Whether our leadership heeds my advice and how they handle this upcoming rally, will be part of the story.

 We wait to hear what PM Harper has to say, given his valued defense of the Jewish state of Israel.

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Posted on 07/22/2014 3:03 PM by Jerry Gordon and Bill Narvey
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Dogs Annoying Cats with Their Friendship
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Go ahead and watch - you know you want to.

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Posted on 07/22/2014 1:53 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Listen to 1330amWEBY on IDF Ground Incursion in Gaza with American Casualties at 4:00PM CDT (5:00PM EDT)
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Listen to 1330amWEBY Your Turn host, Mike Bates with co-host Jerry Gordon, Senior editor of New English review, with guest Rabbi Eric Tokajer of Brit Ahm Synagogue, Pensacola. We may have a live report from Jerusalem. Among topics to be discussed:

  • the IDF Ground Incursion in Gaza with American casualties;
  • Secretary of State Kerry’s cease fire trip to Cairo with little prospects for achievement;
  • pro-Hamas Jewish activists from Code Pink disrupting speech by Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer at Washington, DC CUFI Night to Honor Israel;
  • State Department barring US flights to Israel;
  • Pro-Hamas riots in Paris attacking synagogues and Jewish businesses; and,
  • Unrestrained Violence in Calgary, Alberta against Christian and Jews by pro-Hamas agitators.
  •  A Stand With Israel rally in Northwest Florida scheduled for August 10th .  The  1330amWEBY Your turn program segment will air at 4:00Pm EDT (5:00PM EDT).  You may listen live, here.
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Posted on 07/22/2014 1:45 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Filipino Worker Beheaded in Libya 'for Being Non-Muslim'
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From the International Business Times and Al Arabiya

The murder, revealed in a statement from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, is thought to have been conducted by a band of militia in Benghazi, though it is unclear which one. The announcement comes at the same time as the Philippine government begins evacuating 13,000 of its citizens from the country, which is currently ravaged by armed conflict.

The construction worker was kidnapped on 15 July at a checkpoint in the Gwarsha district of Benghazi. Libyan media sources report that the man's name was Antonio Espares, an employee of the construction firm Kibra.

According to Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose, “The vehicle he was riding in was stopped at a checkpoint,” Jose said to reporters, quoted by local newspaper Philippine Star, “There were three of them – a Libyan, a Pakistani and a Filipino – and he was allegedly singled out because he was non-Muslim.”

The kidnappers initially asked for a $160,000 ransom in exchange for the Filipino’s freedom, but after four days of negotiations, a call was received bringing the tragic news that his headless, decomposing body is at a hospital in Benghazi. Jose believes that the Filipino might have been dead even before the negotiations started.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly reiterates its call to all Filipino nationals in Libya to return home as soon as possible,” it said. Adding that Level 4 or “Mandatory Evacuation” has been raised and that no Filipino national will be allowed to travel to Libya.

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Posted on 07/22/2014 12:13 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
“Moral Idiots” from Code Pink Disrupt Israeli Ambassador’s Speech at CUFI Gala
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Last night, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) held their ninth annual Night to Honor Israel gala. This was  the kickoff event for the Christian Zionist group’s Washington Summit held at the DC convention Center.  More than 5,000 were in the audience, composed of CUFI delegates, honored speakers and guests. Having attended and written about the first CUFI Washington Summit, held in the midst of the Second Lebanon War in 2006, interspersed with Israeli music, dancing in the aisles and waving of American and Israel flags. That inaugural CUFI event was held at the convention center of  the Washington Hilton. This year I watched it on-line at GETV reminiscing mentally about the inaugural event I attended. The remarks conveyed by speakers at the CUFI gala were punctuated by references to the war raging in Gaza. A war with IDF ground forces pitted against the fortified terrorist army of Hamas supported by Turkey and Qatar with rockets and engineering experts provided by Iran’s Quds Force and proxy Hezbollah. 

Last night, hecklers from Code Pink somehow entered the Convention Center heckling Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer’s stem winding speech near the close of the two hour event. They shouted  “war Criminal!" Dermer, not missing a beat, referred to the hecklers as “moral Idiots.” That led to loud cheers of “Israel, Israel” by the CUFI audience.

Code Pink has perennially protested both AIPAC Washington Policy Conferences and CUFI Summit events. Code Pink representatives were involved with the aborted Free Gaza flotillas. Most notorious of which occurred in 2010 involving the Israeli navy commando raid on the Turkish ferry, the Mavi Marmara owned by Turkish Islamist charity and Hamas backer, IHH.

The CUFI Night to honor Israel last was an emotional gathering keyed to uplifting spirits and girding for battle citizens lobbying on Capitol Hill the following day. The CUFI delegate audience at the DC Convention Center traveled from across the US to hear rousing speakers led off by Pastor Hagee. The speeches were directed at energizing the delegates to charge up Capitol Hill the next day buttonholing Congressional Representatives and Senators endeavoring to stop funding of the Palestinian Authority and support funds for Israel’s Iron Dome system that has spared mass casualties in Israeli population centers. When cameras panned the audience I noticed Erick Stakelbeck, CBN’s noted terrorism commentator. Rabbi Jonathan Hausman was also in the audience.

The CUFI Night to Honor Israel began with an invocation by Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg of orthodox Rodei Sholom Synagogue of San Antonio, Texas. That was followed by an introductory speech by his friend Pastor Hagee supportive of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. An Operation necessitated by Hamas’ rocket war covering 80 percent of Israel  and sending its citizens scrambling for shelter triggered by wailing red alert sirens or pings on their cell phones from a downloaded app. His message conveyed the hope that Israel’s ground incursion into Gaza world crush Hamas. Five days into ground operations, the IDF is faced with a daunting, tough slog with significant casualties deployed to destroy a network of tunnels crossing the frontier threatening Israeli Kibbutzim and towns in the western Negev. The creation of those expertly built tunnels with tons of concrete and steel appear to be taken from the playbook of Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy, who fortified Southern Lebanon after Israel left in 2000.    

Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam were honored at last night’s CUFI event. They spoke of their appreciation for this flagship Christian Zionist organization founded by Pastor John Hagee of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. US Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke about his first trip to Israel in 1996 with the Adelsons. He  drew attention to the threat of Iran’s nuclear weapons project and the necessity of picking up the cudgel of tougher sanctions given the extension this past weekend of P5+1 talks with Iran. CUFI’s Executive Director David Brog spoke of the rise of CUFI student chapters combating campus Israeli Apartheid Awareness Weeks and  BDS campaigns. He noted the disruption of former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech in February 2010 at UCIrvine. Brog was followed by a speech by one of the 1,000 CUFI college chapter delegates from Mississippi   chronicling his path towards his campus leadership advocating  support Israel and Jews. 


Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer at July 2014 CUFI Washington Summit

Near the close of the two hour CUFI gala came Amb. Dermer’s speech. He drew attention to the sobering loss of more than 27 fallen IDF soldiers in the ground incursion, among them two Americans, Max Steinberg of Woodland Hills, California, and Sean Carmeli from South Padre Island, Texas. 20,000 attended Carmeli’s funeral in Israel signifying solidarity and recognition of his commitment and those of his Golani Brigade mates to defeat Hamas. Dermer drew attention to Hamas’ strategy of purposefully placing human shields in front of launching sites and the extensive network of tunnels in Gaza, many with entrances in homes and apartment complexes. Tunnels designed to infiltrate suicide commandos inflicting casualties on IDF troops across the frontier and seeking to kill and kidnap Israel service personnel and civilians. 

In response to hecklers from pro-Palestinian Jewish Voice for Peace and Code Pink, Amb. Dermer drew a comparison to the London blitz of WWII and the Nazi  V -1 and 2 flying bombs and rockets that took the lives of tens of thousands of brave British civilians. Jacob Kornbluh in his JP- Jewish Politics News and Updates report captured Dermer’s remarks:

During his speech, which was interrupted several times by code pink hecklers, Ambassador Dermer emphasized that no military in history has taken greater care than the IDF to protect the innocents of the other side.

“Does anyone believe that America would use less force? Does anyone believe that Britain would use less force?” he asked.

Dermer drew a distinction between the responses Israel has shown for rockets being fired at its cities to Churchill’s response when bombarded by missiles fired by the Nazis on Britain during WWII. “I won’t accept criticism of Israel for not exercising restraint that would not be shown by any nation on earth.” “Israeli Defense Forces should be given a Nobel Peace prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint,” Dermer proclaimed.

Dermer referenced the “evil” of Hamas placing Palestinian civilians as human shields. He said it was part of a deliberate strategy directed at cultivating leftist groups of Jewish fellow travelers like the hecklers of his speech and the media with graphic pictures of injured or dead children and women aimed squarely at placing the blame on Israel. He said “it is time for the UN and the world to find a moral compass and backbone.” He drew attention to the rise of radical Islam, whether Shia Iran and proxy Hezbollah, Sunni ISIS and Hamas denying rights for women and  no tolerance for Jews and Christian. He noted the 35,000 Assyrian Chaldean Christians who fled Mosul conquered by the Islamic State for the security of Kurdistan in Iraq.

What occurred at CUFI’s Washington Gala was “a night to remember.” A night that honored Israel.

Watch this You Tube video of Amb. Dermer’s speech at last night’s CUFI Night to Honor Israel:

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Posted on 07/22/2014 11:33 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Tattooing Defeat
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Although football is hardly the American national sport, the New York Times ran more than one article about the German victory in the World Cup, with links to sites that explained the part that advanced technology had played in it. For example, physiological monitoring of the players in training allowed the manager to select those to play who were at the peak of their fitness. The German team also had a specially built training camp that was exactly calculated to its needs. There the players could enjoy both privacy and a social life to encourage team spirit.
 
But all of this, it seems to me, is beside the point and does not explain why Germany triumphed over Argentina. The real reason for their victory was the relative absence among their players of tattoos.
 
The exact means by which this absence led to their victory would be worth studying. Perhaps it was physical: perhaps the process of tattooing, especially when as extensive as that endured by quite a number of the Argentinian players, drains the body of some of its strength, subliminally but enough to make the difference between two otherwise equal teams.
 
I suspect, though, that the connection between tattooing and defeat, or its absence and victory, is not as direct as that, but is rather more psychological or cultural than physical. What depths of self-abasement must a person reach to mutilate himself in the way that so many of the Argentinian players had, to say nothing of the players of the other teams in the competition? I cannot say that I have studied the matter with scholarly attention, but I should not be surprised if the German team was the least tattooed in the whole of the World Cup, at least of those teams with a high proportion of players with skins pale enough for tattooing to be highly noticeable.
 
And this in turn suggests a higher cultural level than that of other teams. Football is not the manifestation of high culture, of course, but its players, to be very good, need to be serious and disciplined. And, since relaxation is necessary for young men, it would clearly be advantageous for them to be able to enjoy themselves without resort to the lack of judgment and savage customs of other nations.
 
Therefore the first thing that I would do if appointed manager of the English team is let it be known that henceforth no tattooed player would be selected for it. 
 
First published in Salisbury Review.
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Posted on 07/22/2014 7:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Outrage as Belfast synagogue target of two attacks by thugs
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From the Belfast Telegraph

A window was smashed at the synagogue in north Belfast some time on Friday night or Saturday morning. A replacement window was then smashed on Saturday afternoon or evening. Suspicions have been raised that the attack is linked to the current situation in Gaza.

Rabbi David Singer said the Jewish community had been left shocked by the attack.  Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt said it was “totally unacceptable” for places of worship to be targeted. “The Jewish community have been valuable members of our society for many years,” he said. “We offered refuge during the Second World War to many fleeing the Holocaust and it is abhorrent that the synagogue has been the target of this hate crime.”

Demonstrators holding a rally in support of Gaza clashed with Union flag protesters displaying Israeli flags at Belfast City Hall over the weekend. There were no reported injuries and no arrests.

Belfast once had a thriving Jewish community but numbers have dwindled in recent decades.

Police are treating the two incidents as a religious hate crime.

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Posted on 07/22/2014 7:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Guy Sauvage: That Pro-Jihad Antisemitic Demonstration In Paris
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Posted on 07/22/2014 6:45 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
French Palestine supporters warn Paris protest ban may provoke ‘intifada’
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I'm not sure threats are a good idea. From Al Jazeera America 

France’s recent ban on pro-Palestine demonstrations in Paris and other major cities has only encouraged demonstrators to the streets, protest organizers say – now, not only against Israel’s ongoing bombardment of Gaza but against the political and socioeconomic marginalization of French minorities.

A movement is mounting, says protest organizer Youssef Boussoumah. And if French police stop French Arab youth from organizing, they risk seeing what he called an “intifada,” or uprising, on the streets of Paris.

“That’s not the goal,” he said. But it might be be inevitable, added Boussoumah, because French youth from minority communities increasingly find themselves “without a platform for political expression and are constantly facing police brutality.”

Boussoumah said he and other Palestine protest organizers are attempting to unify French minorities to rally together for a pacifistic call to preserve the democratic rights of all people. But community organizations are fragmented, he explained.

Still, Boussoumah is hopeful. He and fellow coordinators are hurriedly attempting to build coalitions with organizations that, due to ideological and sometimes religious sectarianism, have previously been at odds. “Palestine will serve to unify us all. Palestine has served the function of uniting people and various causes around the world,” he said.

Protests continued in predominantly French Arab and black neighborhoods on the outskirts of Paris on Sunday. And Parisian Arabs and other pro-Palestine supporters have organized two demonstrations for Wednesday and Saturday. “We don't know yet whether they will be banned or not,” a Paris police spokeswoman told Al Jazeera,

On Saturday, despite a protest ban, demonstrators took to the streets of the French capital as police encircled and charged at protesters with Tasers and tear gas.

“We were attacked,” protester Amelle El Amraoui told Al Jazeera. Undeterred, Amraoui, 28, said that she will continue to demonstrate. “Hopefully, fighting for the dignity of Palestinians will wake people up to France’s problems with its immigrants as well,” she said. “I admire the black power movement in the United States and the lobby that black Americans have created,” she said. “I would like for our social problems to revitalize and reinforce solidarity between minorities abroad in the United States too.” 

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Posted on 07/22/2014 4:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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