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Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11

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Israel Slams UN Report Claiming Palestinian Minors Tortured In Jail

FM spokesman: Report based on “political bias and bashing.”

Palestinian children

Israel slammed a United Nations report from Geneva that claimed the IDF tortures Palestinian children, arbitrarily arrests them and has at times used them as human shields.

“This report was not written in good faith,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor on Thursday.

“It is not a report that aims to promote any real improvement, but only to grab headlines,” Palmor said.

The 21-page report by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) made public on Thursday, looked at children’s rights on both sides of the pre-1967 lines.

But it included a general condemnation of Israeli actions, including land confiscation, settlement building and the security barrier.

The section of the report which dealt with the treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli jails, was harsher than a report on the same subject, issued in March by UNICEF.

Unlike the UNICEF report, the CRC report did not take into account Israeli actions to improve the situation.

“If someone simply wants to magnify their political bias and political bashing of Israel not based on a new report, on work on the ground, but simply recycling old stuff, there is no importance in that,” Palmor said.

Kirsten Sandberg, a Norwegian who chairs the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, said the report was based on facts, not on the political opinions of its members.

“We look at what violations of children’s rights are going on within Israeli jurisdiction,” she told Reuters.

She said Israel did not acknowledge that it had jurisdiction in the territories, but the committee believed it does, meaning it has a responsibility to comply with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The report Israel submitted to the CRC did not deal with the Palestinians or issues related to the West Bank and Gaza.

The CRC periodically reviews Israel, along with the other 192 UN member states, so that it can monitor its compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

It last reviewed Israel in 2002. This latest report was conducted by an 18-member CRC made up of representatives from Ghana, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Ecuador, Monaco, Hungry, Russia, Tunisia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Italy, Norway, Sri Lanka and Austria.

In the report the CRC took issues with Israeli arrest and treatment of Palestinian minors.

It explained that the IDF had arrested, interrogated and detained an estimated 7,000 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17 years, but sometimes as young as nine, over the reporting period.

This means that an average of two children per day were arrested, the CRC said. It added that the number of Palestinian minors who were arrested increased by 73 percent since September 2011.

Many of the Palestinian minors were arrested on an arbitrary basis, the CRC said.

There are currently 236 Palestinian minors detained for alleged security reasons, the CRC said. It added that the minors could be held for four days before being brought to a judge, and they were rarely informed of their rights to have their parents or an attorney present.

Palestinian minors are often arrested in the middle of the night, blindfolded and their hands are tied behind their backs, the CRC said.

“Palestinian children arrested by the state party military and police are systematically subjected to degrading treatment and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew a language they do not understand and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released,” the CRC said.

“Children are brought in leg chains and shackles, wearing prison uniforms before military courts where confessions obtained from them under duress re used for main evidence,” the CRC said.

The CRC called on Israel to remove all Palestinian minors from solitary confinement. It also called for an independent investigation into alleged cases of torture and ill treatment of Palestinian minors.

In addition, it said, it was deeply concerned about reports that Israel had used Palestinian children as human shields and informants. The CRC said that 14 such cases had been reported from January 2010 to March 2013.

“Almost all those using children as human shield and informants have remained unpunished and the soldiers convicted of having forced at gunpoint a nine-year-old child to search bags suspected of containing explosives only received a suspended sentence of thee months and were demoted,” the CRC said.

On a separate note, it said that it was worried about the increased number of Palestinian children in the West Bank harmed from settler attacks.

With respect to Gaza, the CRC charged that Israel disregarded the principles of proportionality and distinction in its military attacks against the strip. It added that it was concerned by the number of Palestinian children killed in Israel’s Gaza military actions in the last decade.

UN Watch’s Executive Director Hillel Neuer said the committee was composed of countries with problematic human rights records.

“About half the members of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child come from non-democracies, many of whom take unfriendly or hostile positions against Israel at the UN, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Tunisia, Egypt, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Russia,” Neuer said.

“What the UN forgot to mention today is that the vice-chair of the committee accusing Israel of violating children’s rights works for the Saudi government and has a despicable record of apologetics for her country’s misogyny,” he added.

The first 3 lines of the BBC's latest Gaza report sums up how messed up the conflict is.

theorthodoxbrit:

(The original report is HERE)

BBC:

An Israeli strike on a home in Gaza has killed at least 10 people, officials say, as Sunday became the deadliest day since Israel launched an operation against Hamas militants last week.

Israel said it had targeted a Hamas man but at least nine members of one family died, including several children.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is ready to expand its operation.

Translation:

An Israeli strike on a home in Gaza has killed at least 10 people, officials say, More people have died today in this conflict than any day yet.

Israel said it has planned to kill 1 person but accidently killed 10.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu wants to kill even more.

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if it is clear that too many civilians are already caught in a conflict you do not expand it. That is not a defensive stance in any way.

I pray that one day the world will wake up.

In response to this I must point out the LONG history of anti-Israel that is and has been presented on behalf of the BBC since Britain pulled out of the territory in 1948, shortly before the modern nation of Israel was rightly and justly declared a legal state according to the United Nations. Secondly, has anyone at the BBC asked themselves WHY Israel has had to carry out this current operation (Operation Pillar of Defense/Smoke) against Gaza and Hamas? No. Answer: Because enough is enough! Twenty Five rockets sent from Gaza into Israeli civilian population centers in one Friday afternoon should be more than enough to motivate anyone to get their attackers off their backs.

Ask yourself: If the Scots had been continually sending rockets into England on a daily basis for the last 7 years (or Canadians had been sending them into New York State, or Michigan, USA) would the BBC just sit back and say that the English people had no right to defend themselves or retaliate? Would Americans simply let Canada continue to attack American cities without retaliation for 7 years? I think not! Use your head people! This current defensive attack from Israel on Gaza didnt just happen, nor was it unprovoked. Do some research. - ToT

(via theorthodoxbrit-deactivated2013)

Infiltrated: Republican Party and Fox News

by Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack

As we demonstrated with The Abedin “Affairs” with Al Saud, there is a movement afoot in the West that seeks to transform Muslim minority lands into Muslim majority lands. And while the Right points fingers at the left on an array of issues, we need to seriously examine this movement’s spigot—Saudi Arabia and the Royal family.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a member of that family. He acquired 5.46% of Fox News Channel’s parent Company – Newscorp. – in 2005. He is also its second largest shareholder. It was Fox News that provided a platform for perhaps the most stinging rebuke of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s questions about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in general, and Huma Abedin’s background in particular. Edward Rollins – Bachmann’s former campaign chief – denounced Bachmann with a piece entitled, “Shame on you, Michele” while Fox provided no counter-balance to speak of.

The Fox News website also reported the rebukes of Bachmann by John McCain and Republican House Speaker John Boehner, yet Bachmann’s position was all but ignored.

So much for “Fair and Balanced”.

Alwaleed has purchased significant influence at major U.S. Universities and has contributed to CAIR. How does this all work? Well, it was explained by Al-Walid himself. In an article that appeared on Accuracy in Media’s website, Diana West quoted from an interview the Saudi Prince granted to Arab News:

“Arab countries can influence U.S. decision-making ‘if they unite through economic interests, not political,’ (Alwaleed) stressed. ‘We have to be logical and understand that the U.S. administration is subject to U.S. public opinion. We (Arabs) are not so active in this sphere (public opinion). And to bring the decision-maker on your side, you not only have to be active inside the U.S. Congress or the administration but also inside U.S. society.’”

Even the very liberal, Soros-backed Think Progress, reported on bin Talal’s influence over the Fox News Channel. In 2005, during riots in France (and two months after bin Talal acquired 5.46% of Newscorp.), the banner being run on Fox said, “Muslim riots.” Think Progress quoted bin Talal as saying the following:

“I picked up the phone and called Murdoch… (and told him) these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty. Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots.”

In 2001, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly interviewed Sami al-Arian and aggressively pursued al-Arian when the latter seemed to implicate himself as being involved in terror fundraising. Al-Arian was eventually convicted and O’Reilly’s efforts played a key role. It would be O’Reilly’s high water mark on such matters.

In an exchange with bin Talal in 2011, Fox News host Neil Cavuto made the pecking order quite obvious when he referred to the Saudi Prince as “Your Highness”.

Then, in May of 2012, conservative host Sean Hannity welcomed none other than Ground Zero mosque imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf to his program to… promote his book. To his credit, Hannity was not as deferential as Cavuto was with bin Talal but he did provide Rauf with the platform to market his book.

Why?

The Democratic Party is lost and it has gladly welcomed Islamists so why are there Islamists with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood registering with the Republican Party? Part of the answer is that the Republican establishment is allowing them in. It is the Tea Party, which predominantly understands the Islamic threat that rejects Brotherhood elements.

Let us look at some examples.

NEZAR HAMZE
CAIR’s Executive Director for South Florida is a man named Nezar Hamze. As such, Hamze is furthering the cause of CAIR’s leadership. The group’s national Executive Director and co-founder is Nihad Awad, a man who has expressed support for Hamas; he denounced the convictions of Islamic fundamentalists found guilty of the 1993 WTC bombing and did so while expressing a belief that the Mossad was behind that bombing. Prior to that Awad was the Public Relations Director for a Hamas front group. Incidentally, Hamas seeks the elimination of Israel.

Another CAIR co-founder – Omar Ahmad – was actually quoted by the San Ramon Valley Herald on July 4, 1998 as saying something that should be considered antithetical to both political Parties in the United States:

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran…should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

If Hamze will not denounce the views of his group’s leadership, he has no place in the Republican Party. Yet, Republican Party leadership will not denounce him.

MOIN “MOON” KHAN
When Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) made comments critical of CAIR and would not apologize, Moon Khan – a Muslim Republican who is a precinct committeeman and York Township board of trustees’ member – invited Walsh to his home for some ‘dialogue’ with some other members of the Muslim community. Walsh ultimately visited Khan’s home and addressed more than 80 Muslims but did not apologize, though not for lack of trying on Khan’s part.

Walsh’s initial comments were critical of CAIR, a group sympathetic to both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. As a Republican, why wouldn’t Khan stand with Walsh? Instead, he painted Walsh as defensive and unyielding, as someone unwilling to apologize for his comments. Khan once served as a chairman of Brotherhood front, ISNA’s 1997 National Convention’s Media Relations Committee.

SUHAIL KHAN
The son of Mahboob Khan, Suhail Khan, was born to a man who co-founded two Muslim Brotherhood groups in the United States – the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Despite this undeniable truth, while at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2011, Suhail said on camera that, “there is no Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.” With that one sentence, Khan denied his father’s work and obviously did so because he didn’t want the truth about it revealed.

Besides founding two Muslim Brotherhood groups, Mahboob Khan was an anti-Semite who agreed with the primary goal of the Muslim Brotherhood in America – overthrow the United States from within. The elder Khan never hid his true colors. In fact, as Paul Sperry wrote in Front Page Magazine, his son Suhail pledged to carry on his “dear father’s shining legacy”. Conversely, at CPAC, Suhail denied his father’s work. Yet, of all the people the Republican Party goes out of its way to distance itself from, Suhail Khan gets a pass.

GROVER NORQUIST
Then we have Grover Norquist who is perhaps the most prominent Republican to avoid accountability for his Islamist ties. Norquist is founder of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a conservative group formed at the behest of Ronald Reagan in 1985. Then, something happened circa 1998. Norquist began to be influenced by two men who would later be convicted on charges related to terrorism – Abdurahman Alamoudi and Sami Al-Arian. According to Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney, Alamoudi’s deputy – Khaled Saffuri – co-founded an organization called the Islamic Free Market Institute (IFMI), with Norquist. In 2005, Gaffney reported that he made it known to Norquist that the ATR founder was consorting with Muslim leaders who had unseemly ties. Gaffney wrote at the time:

The idea that Norquist was unaware that he was aiding and abetting Islamists became untenable after I, among others, made known to him that his outreach effort was reaching out not to peaceable, tolerant, pro-American Muslims… but to those who are none of the above – i.e., adherents to an Islamofascist ideology and/or their sympathizers, financiers and apologists.

Less than two months after the 9/11 attacks, in a an article published by the New Republic, writer Franklin Foer wrote about how Saffuri, Norquist’s co-founder at the Islamic Free Market Institute, began ushering Islamic leaders into the White House shortly after George W. Bush’s inauguration nearly one year earlier with the help of none other than Suhail Khan, an administration advisor at the time whose job was to help with Muslim outreach.

Moreover, as recently as 2009, Khan was listed as a Board member of both Norquist’s IFMI as well as CPAC’s American Conservative Union (ACU).

In 2011, when much of the backgrounds of Khan and Norquist were available for public consumption, it was reported that Gaffney was the one who had been banned from CPAC while Khan and Norquist proudly attended.

The Republican Party’s silence over such an egregious, two-pronged affront was not just deafening; it was a damning indictment of itself.

GEERT WILDERS
Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders launched his anti-Islam Party known as the Freedom Party (PVV) and has seen tremendous success. Formerly a member of the right wing, yet liberal VVD Party, Wilders broke away because VVD supported welcoming Turkey into the European Union (EU). With the passage of time, Wilders is vindicated on a near daily basis in that regard.

American politicians can learn much from Wilders’ path. VVD’s support for Turkey’s ascension to the EU is indicative of Islamic influence on the Party. When Wilders formed the PVV Party, he eliminated that possibility by identifying his Party as being “anti-Islam”. In 2010, The Week reported that Wilders would be launching his Party in both the USA and the UK.

IN CONCLUSION…
As long as agents of the Muslim Brotherhood are able to successfully portray anyone who opposes them as racist, Islamophobic, or intolerant, Brotherhood apparatchiks will continue to make strides in much the same way that Nezar Hamze, Moon Khan, Suhail Khan, Grover Norquist, and Alwaleed bin Talal have made strides.

Conservatives will one day be faced with a decision. When that day comes, they will have to decide if the Republican Party can be sufficiently held accountable for identifying groups and individuals sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood. If it cannot, the birth of an anti-Islam, Tea Party will be in order.

Many of those who call us racist are anti-Semites, which makes them racist projectionists.

Walid Shoebat is a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and author of For God or For Tyranny

Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the book, Unsung Davids

BBC Admits Network ‘Got it Wrong’ on Fogel Murders

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) “got it wrong” in its reporting of the massacre of the Fogel family by Arab terrorists in the Jewish community of Itamar, the broadcaster’s outgoing director-general admitted at a parliamentary committee hearing.

The BBC’s Mark Thompson acquiesced on June 19 while being questioned by Conservative member of parliament Louise Mensch, the London Jewish Chronicle reported.

In complaining about the insufficient coverage of the event on BBC radio and television programs, the newspaper reported that Mensch said, “I only found out, after the event, from an American blog, called ‘Dead Jews is no news,’ and the more I went into it, the more shocked I was.”

“There was a feeling that the BBC just didn’t care and that if a settler had opened the home of a Palestinian family, slit the throat of their children, that the BBC would have covered that,” Mensch asserted.

Thompson responded by claiming that the story occurred during a “very busy news period,” including the fighting in Libya and the tsunami in Japan and that “news editors were under a lot of pressure.”

Having said that, it was certainly an atrocity which should have been covered across our news bulletins that day,” he added.

Mensch said that she was pleased with Thompsons’s response. “I was very satisfied with his frank admission,” she said. “He understood how this had affected the Jewish community.”

Source: IsraelNationalNews.com

$1,499,995,000 worth of CNN Bias

In 2011, the DHS paid Walid Shoebat $5000 to speak at a state-sponsored Homeland Security Conference in Rapid City, SD. CNN was there and produced a news report that painted Walid as a fraud. In 2012, the Obama Administration gave $1.5 Billion to the Muslim Brotherhood. CNN is nowhere to be found.

Either inflation is so bad that the contribution made to the Brotherhood this year is actually less than what Walid was paid last year or CNN is….?

Here is Rep. Louie Gohmert on the House floor last month talking about the $1.5 Billion contribution to the Brotherhood.

Understanding UN Bias Against Israel The UN incessantly condemns Israel while neglecting to challenge oppressive regimes around the world.

(Source: aish.com)

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