We’d like to take a moment and vent to our readers, who will likely feel like venting themselves. For years, we – and others – have been screaming that the Palestinians have no interest in peace and it doesn’t matter what the Israelis offer (unless the offer includes mass suicide).
Now this from Lital Shemesh, via the Jewish Times:
I participated in the Dialogue for Peace Project for young Israelis and Palestinians who are politically involved in various frameworks. The project’s objective was to identify tomorrow’s leaders and bring them closer today, with the aim of bringing peace at some future time.
The project involved meetings every few weeks and a concluding seminar in Turkey.
On the third day of the seminar after we had become acquainted, had removed barriers, and split helpings of rachat Lukum [a halva-like almond Arab delicacy] as though there was never a partition wall between us, we began to touch upon many subjects which were painful for both sides. The Palestinians spoke of roadblocks and the IDF soldiers in the territories, while the Israeli side spoke of constant fear, murderous terrorist attacks, and rockets from Gaza.
The Israeli side, which included representatives from right and left, tried to understand the Palestinians’ vision of the end of the strife– “Let’s talk business.” The Israelis delved to understand how we can end the age-old, painful conflict. What red lines are they willing to be flexible on? What resolution will satisfy their aspirations? Where do they envision the future borders of the Palestinian State which they so crave?
We were shocked to discover that not a single one of them spoke of a Palestinian State, or to be more precise, of a two-state solution.
They spoke of one state – their state. They spoke of ruling Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Akko, Haifa, and the pain of the Nakba [lit. the tragedy – the establishment of the State of Israel]. There was no future for them. Only the past. “There is no legitimacy for Jews to live next to us” – this was their main message. “First, let them pay for what they perpetrated.”
Winston Churchill once wrote:
One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once, “The Unnecessary War.” There never was a war more easy to stop than that which has just wrecked what was left of the world from the previous struggle.
Churchill warned of the Nazis and was dismissed by his countrymen as a crazy extremist from the lunatic fringe. That was before his warnings bore out. Had the been heeded, when he issued them, WWII would have been… unnecessary?
That leads us to how Shemesh closes his article about the three day meeting between young Israelis and Palestinians:
I arrived at the seminar with high hopes, and I return home with difficult feelings and despair. Something about the narrative of the two sides is different from the core. How can we return to the negotiating table when the Israeli side speaks of two states and the Palestinian side speaks of liberating Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea? How can peace ever take root in a platform which grants legitimacy to terrorism?
When western civilization is ultimately plunged into war with Islam, an honest assessment will be that it was unnecessary. One of the reasons for that is the delusions people like Shemesh have before coming face to face with the reality those delusions suppress.
The silver lining? Well, the old adage that the first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one comes to mind.
Political correctness has been slowly strangling western civilization for decades now, particularly with respect to Islam. In Japan, not so much.
Via the Jewish Press:
There are countries in the world, mainly in Europe, that are presently undergoing significant cultural transformations as a result of Muslim immigration. France, Germany, Belgium and Holland are interesting examples of cases where immigration from Muslim countries, together with the Muslims’ high fertility rate, effects every area of life.
It is interesting to know that there is a country in the world whose official and public approach to the Muslim matter is totally different. This country is Japan. This country keeps a very low profile on all levels regarding the Muslim matter: On the diplomatic level, senior political figures from Islamic countries almost never visit Japan, and Japanese leaders rarely visit Muslim countries. The relations with Muslim countries are based on concerns such as oil and gas, which Japan imports from some Muslim countries. The official policy of Japan is not to give citizenship to Muslims who come to Japan, and even permits for permanent residency are given sparingly to Muslims.
Japan forbids exhorting people to adopt the religion of Islam (Dawah), and any Muslim who actively encourages conversion to Islam is seen as proselytizing to a foreign and undesirable culture. Few academic institutions teach the Arabic language. It is very difficult to import books of the Qur’an to Japan, and Muslims who come to Japan, are usually employees of foreign companies. In Japan there are very few mosques. The official policy of the Japanese authorities is to make every effort not to allow entry to Muslims, even if they are physicians, engineers and managers sent by foreign companies that are active in the region. Japanese society expects Muslim men to pray at home.
Germany has adopted similar policies relative to Nazis.
Read more here: h/t WZ
News Update May 4th 2013
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“And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be-
‘The Lord is one,’ and His name one.” Zech 14:9
REPORT: PENTAGON CAN DESTROY IRAN’S UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR FACILITY: According to press reports Friday, the Pentagon has redesigned its biggest “bunker buster” bomb with more advanced features intended to enable it to destroy Iran’s most heavily fortified and defended nuclear site. Washington officials see development of the weapon as critical to convincing Israel the US has the ability to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb if diplomacy fails, and also that Israel’s military can’t do that on its own. According to diplomats, several times in recent weeks American officials showed Israeli military and civilian leaders a secret Air Force video of an earlier version of the bomb hitting its target in high-altitude testing and explained what had been done to improve it. In the video, the weapon can be seen penetrating the ground within inches of its target, followed by a large underground detonation. The newest version of what is the Pentagon’s largest conventional bomb, has adjusted fuses to maximize its burrowing power, upgraded guidance systems to improve its precision and high-tech equipment intended to allow it to evade Iranian air defenses in order to reach and destroy the Fordow nuclear enrichment complex, which is buried under a mountain near the Iranian city of Qom. “Hopefully we never have to use it,” said a senior US official familiar with the development of the new version. “But if we had to, it would work.” (INN) “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.” Pr 21:31
HAGEL TO ISRAEL: MILITARY OPTION WILL BE CONSIDERED AFTER IRANIAN ELECTIONS: US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reportedly told his Israeli counterparts the Obama administration would examine military options against Iran more closely following the Islamic Republic’s upcoming elections, and their possible ramifications on the country’s nuclear program. According to media sources, Friday, Hagel, together with other senior American officials, reached an understanding with Jerusalem during the defense secretary’s recent visit to Israel. Apparently, the two countries will conduct a joint situation assessment following the elections, and if diplomatic channels are ruled out, efforts will be shifted to a more detailed discussion of military options. Iran’s presidential elections are scheduled to be held in June 2013. (Ha’aretz)
ABBAS’ PARTY PRAISES TERRORIST MURDERER: The Palestinian Authority and its various state media and political parties have often praised terrorists who murder Israelis, but this week incitement hit a new level. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party praised a terrorist just hours after he murdered an Israeli father of five. Fatah posted a picture of the killer, Salam al-Zaghal, alongside victim Evyatar Borovsky on its Facebook page. The killer’s picture was captioned, “Salam Al-Zaghal who stabbed the settler at the Al-Za’atara checkpoint is a released prisoner who sat in the occupation’s prisons for 4 years.” The victim’s picture was captioned, “A picture of the settler who was killed today at the Al-Za’atara military checkpoint by the hero, the released prisoner, Salam As’ad Al-Zaghal from Tulkarem.” Abbas has repeatedly called to free all terrorists in Israeli prisons, who he refers to simply as “prisoners.” In a recent meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, he said releasing terrorists is a “top priority” for the PA and a precondition for future peace discussions with Israel. (PMW) Pray all talk, pressures from abroad, and considerations to release further PA terrorists from Israel’s jails will be silenced. It is beyond the absurd for any nation or politician to suggest freeing Islamist murderers will further peace. If common sense does not dictate the outcome of so called “good will gestures,” repeated acts of murder and violence - and the glorification of those who commit them - do.
TERRORIST’S FAMILY: ‘WE’RE PROUD OF HIM’: The relatives of Salam al-Zaghal, the terrorist who murdered a young Israeli father-of-five in Samaria on Tuesday, say they are proud of him. “This was his destiny, and we are proud,” his father told Israel’s Channel 10 news. “He did his duty toward the Palestinians who live under the aggression of the army and settlers,” he added. On Tuesday, just hours after the killing, PA Chairman Abbas’ Fatah party published a statement terming Al-Zaghal a “hero.” Israel’s MK Ophir Akunis later insisted the Palestinian Authority condemn the attack, and warned that its failure to do so was a “clear statement of intent.” (Arutz-7)
BEREAVED FATHER: RELEASE TERRORISTS AND YOU’LL GET ATTACKS: The terror attack which occurred at the Tapuach Junction this week is a direct result of Israel releasing terrorists from its prisons, bereaved father Ron Kehrmann said on Wednesday. Kehrmann lost his daughter Tal in a 2003 suicide bombing attack on a public bus in Haifa. He spoke to reporters on Wednesday, a day after attending the funeral of Evyatar Borovsky who was killed in Tuesday’s terror assault. Kehrmann said it is horrifying to think there is always talk about making “gestures” to the Palestinian Authority by releasing terrorist prisoners. “It makes my blood boil every time I hear the calls to release terrorists. Everyone knows very well that this murderer will be released and it is only a matter of time. And again they talk about gestures to the Palestinian Authority. It drives me crazy. I have been fighting this phenomenon for several years and it makes me angry every time.” (INN)
STUDY: 40% OF PALESTINIANS HOLD SUICIDE ATTACKS ARE JUSTIFIED: Four out of ten Muslims in the Palestinian-controlled territories are of the opinion that suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified. This shocking revelation was part of a study by the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. For the representative study nearly 1,000 adult Palestinians were surveyed. Worldwide, the study was conducted in 39 Muslim countries. Nowhere were suicide bombers so accepted as among the Palestinians. (Israel Today)
HIZBULLAH TERRORIST GROUP PUSHES AGGRESSIVE STANCES ON BORDERS: UNIFIL forces in Lebanon reported this week that Hizbullah has seized strategic positions along the border with Israel. The Lebanese Daily Star reported the county’s military forces have, after repeated clashes with Nasrallah’s terrorists, abandoned their border posts to Hizbullah operatives who have set up roadblocks and surveillance observation points facing the border with Israel. The absence of Lebanese soldiers as interlocutors, in turn, leaves UNIFIL patrols more vulnerable to intimidation by Hizbullah terrorists. Meanwhile, in a televised speech earlier this week, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah indicated his armed group would increase intervention in Syria on behalf of President Bashar Assad’s loyalists if deemed necessary. Nasrallah said the Syrian rebels would not succeed in toppling the government, adding that Assad’s forces had “real friends in the region who will not allow Syria to fall into the hands of America or Israel.” (J.Post/INN) Continue to pray for the safety of Israel’s northern borders.
HAGEL: US RETHINKING ITS OPPOSITION TO ARMING SYRIAN REBELS: The United States is rethinking its opposition to arming the Syrian rebels, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, as pressure builds for a US response to Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons in its civil war. Hagel stressed that no immediate decision by US President Obama had been made. US military commanders have voiced concerns weapons could fall into the hands of anti-American Islamic extremists and that arming opposition groups may do little to end the conflict. Still, Hagel’s public admission at a Pentagon news conference, was the clearest signal yet that Obama is moving toward some action after citing preliminary US intelligence that Assad’s forces likely used chemical weapons, specifically sarin gas. In the latest Syrian tragedy on Friday, Assad’s regime was accused of committing a large-scale massacre of up to 100 men, women and children with guns, knives and blunt objects. The killings were targeted at the village of Bayda near the Mediterranean coast which is inhabited primarily by Sunnis, who dominate the country’s rebel movement. (J.Post) The political turbulence in Syria is a no-win situation for the country’s civilians including its Christian minority. Syrian opposition forces increasingly match the Assad regime’s disdain for the lives and liberty of the Syrian people, especially Christians and other non-Sunnis, who constitute about 25% of Syria’s population. Anti-Assad leaders have also made it clear that in the event of their successful takeover in Syria nothing will change regarding national hatred of the Jewish state. They will continue to deem Israel as their number one enemy. Pray for sound, responsible leadership to emerge from Syria’s chaotic upheaval. Pray Western nations will be careful to examine the intentions, goals and roots of hatred towards Israel and the West before pouring financial and military support into rebel forces. Pray that somehow all peoples caught up in the Syrian catastrophe will be shielded from the monstrous use of chemical weapons.
REPUBLICAN WOMEN: ‘WAKE UP TO THE DANGERS OF RADICAL ISLAM’: A Republican women’s group in New York held a conference this week on the dangers of radical Islam. The conference was titled, “Radical Islam, Public Enemy Number One – is it Fact or Myth?” Reporters covering the conference spoke to Ann Schockett, president of the Nassau County Federation of Republican Women. One of the speakers at the conference was Greg Buckley Sr., whose son, a US soldier, was murdered by an Afghan police officer in Afghanistan. Another was Pamela Geller, an author and political activist known for her vocal criticism of radical Islam. Schockett paraphrased Geller’s message, “Wake up, America! Wake up and see what’s happening. It’s good to be a humanitarian, but that doesn’t mean you should be blind,” she added. The issue of radical Islam is relevant to Israel, she noted, but is also relevant to “what’s happening now on our shores.” (INN)
‘Sometimes the loudest response is silence’
Monday, April 08, 2013 | Ryan Jones
Israel on Monday morning came to a complete standstill for two minutes as nearly every citizen solemnly marked the Nazi Holocaust and the six million Jewish lives it claimed.
As air raid sirens wailed across the country, motorists stopped their cars, school children ceased their studies and everyone everywhere stood in reverent silence.
Immediately after the sirens, official state ceremonies were held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, while the chief of Israel’s army led a march of Israeli soldiers, Holocaust survivors and other Jewish participants through the most infamous of Nazi death camps - Auschwitz.
Israeli army spokesman Eytan Buchman posted the following to his Twitter account:
“Sometimes the loudest response is pure silence. Today a country stood still to say Never Again. Proud to be an IDF officer today.”
No matter how many times one hears those sirens, the experience is never less powerful. An entire nation blanketed in the sound of mournful sirens, an entire population halting all activity to stand in solemn silence. It is a commemorative act likely unprecedented in history.
* PHOTO: IDF Chief oF Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz visits the crematorium at the Aushwitz death camp in Poland
The untold story of how Egypt’s Christians suffer
Monday, April 08, 2013 | Ashraf Ramelah
The following is a press release by Voice of the Copts, an organization trying to shine a light on the incredible persecution faced by Egyptian Christians today. Sadly, the devastating details of how unbearable life has become for Egyptians Christans under that country’s Islamic regime are being all but ignored by the mainstream media and Western leaders.
On Sunday afternoon, Egyptian police surrounded Saint Mark’s Coptic Cathedral of Cairo, the headquarters of the Coptic Pope, to protect it from a Muslim mob that had been assailing the Christian place of worship with stones, firebombs and gunfire for hours on end.
Inside, a liturgy was being held for eight Christians who had been brutally murdered during a Muslim rampage three days earlier, when Muslims took revenge upon an entire Christian neighborhood after a Christian man dared to protect a young Christian girl from being raped at the hands of a Muslim.
This sequence of bloody events took place in the Cairo suburb of Al Khosous, a town of about three million with a Christian majority. It started when a Christian man got into a fistfight with a Muslim who was trying to kidnap and rape a Christian girl. In his fierce defense of the innocent girl, who was likely to never be seen again by her family, the Christian man fatally wounded the Musim assailant.
Within hours of this horrible incident, revenge stirred in Muslim neighborhoods. A general state of panic and terror ensued. Groups of Muslims attacked a Baptist Church setting it on fire. With firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and other weapons, Muslims destroyed the homes and businesses of Christians and looted the contents.
Both Muslim and Coptic citizens who witnessed the tragic eruption phoned Cairo radio and TV stations desperately appealing to them to broadcast a request for the police to come to the scene of the crime.
The Muslim rampage claimed the lives of eight Christians and one Muslim. Only after the situation began to calm down did the police arrive, which is customary procedure in Egypt’s more recent history.
Voice of the Copts calls on Europe and the United States to attach stated conditions to the taxpayers’ funds promised to the regime of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi demanding true evidence that Egypt guarantees human rights and equality under the law for all citizens.
We ask that leaders of the Western church, as participants in interfaith dialogue, request of Muslim leaders to publicly voice their opposition to the mistreatment of Christians and non-Muslims in general in Egypt and elsewhere where Islam is practiced and remains the dominant ideology.
Learn more about Voice of the Copts: www.voiceofthecopts.org
Muslims complain about Disabled Iraq War Vet’s ‘Infidel’ tattoo; War Vet removed from premises… in Florida!
Eddie Bryant is a disabled Iraq war veteran who has the word ‘Infidel’ tattooed on his leg. You would think Muslims would appreciate his being so open. When it came to Bryant, they didn’t have to guess. The least they could do would be to tell him thank you.
Apparently, that’s not how several Qatari Muslim soldiers took it (wait, Qatari soldiers on U.S. soil?). While all parties involved were skydiving at Skydive Lake Wales in Florida, the Muslims complained to management about Bryant’s transparency and well, guess what happened.
As for his tattoo, Bryant writes: “The Muslim’s from Qatar saw that tattoo and complained to the drop-zone. Once they did so I was called to the back office and asked to cover it up by the owner.”
When asked in an email exchange how he was aware that the individuals in question were soldiers from Qatar, Bryant replied that a Skydive Lake Wales official informed him of this and that their skydiving equipment had the name of the country on it.
Skydive Lake Wales had not yet responded to a request for information at the time of publishing.
Bryant adds that he was offered duct tape to cover it and that he refused, saying it was nothing more than a tattoo saying “I am not a Muslim.” After a short time, he was asked to leave.
By far and away, if this is even a partially correct account, the dhimmi manager who asked Bryant to leave is beyond shameful and should not treat an American war hero with such disrespect while caving to the whims of… Qatari Muslim soldiers?! In America?!
If you’d like to contact Skydive Lake Wales to request that Bryant be allowed to return with his tattoo on full display, here is their website.
When is the last time you saw or heard a Muslim fundamentalist denounce the persecution of Jews and Christians as hate crimes? While you’re mulling that one over, when is the last time you saw or heard a Muslim fundamentalist refer to receiving a ham in the mail as a hate crime?
Hint: the answer to the second question includes the words “all”, “the”, and “time”.
The Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en France reports that a mosque at Mulhouse, in Alsace, was the victim of an Islamophobic act earlier this week. Exactly as happened at Meximieux last month, officials at the place of worship were mailed an envelope containing ham.
The CCIF adds that, as was also the case with the Meximieux mosque, this is not the first time that the Mulhouse mosque has been targeted in an act of hatred. About a year ago more than 70 nails were found along the front of the building where worshippers usually park their cars. When Daoui Hanafi, president of the mosque, attempted to file a complaint, the police refused to register it and only agreed to record a statement.
In this latest incident, on collecting the post from the mosque’s mailbox Mr Hanafi found a yellow envelope, stamped and addressed to the As-Salam mosque. Inside was a plastic bag containing the pork. This time, he was able to file a complaint with the police. At Meximeux, by contrast, in identical circumstances, the police argued that no offence had been committed and refused to register a complaint.
In addition to being the target of repeated attacks, and both receiving a letter containing pork, there is a third common feature that connects these two mosques, namely that they have faced the reluctance of the authorites to take threats to their places of worship seriously. The CCIF asks whether French Muslims are to be treated as second class citizens, who are to be denied the recognition and protection due to any victim under the law.
Speaking of hate crimes in France, where was the outrage from The Meximieux mosque when a certain Islamic jihadist gunned down innocent Jews? In fact, a Google search of “Mohamed Merah” and “Meximieux mosque” yields a grand total of one hit and it appears to involve two unrelated stories.
How about Daoui Hanafi, the Mosque’s Imam who is up in arms over receipt of the ham? Is there anything from him to be found about the jihadist rampage of Merah? There are four entries that come up when searching those two names and they are all unrelated stories:
As for why the authorities aren’t investigating the heinous acts of mailing hams, it’s hard to say but more than a just few Muslim fundamentalists have been caught staging alleged crimes against themselves to gin up victim status and play that Islamophobia card again and again and again and again…
Staging a hate crime to facilitate hate for a group of people who didn’t commit the alleged crime is in itself a hate crime.
In Biblical parlance, we call that bearing false witness.
“You may have noticed the #MyJihad ad campaign that the jihadist front group CAIR has been pushing down our throats recently. For years, we’ve been hearing the Big Lie that “Islam means peace.” Now comes the Big Lie that jihad means whatever you personally want it to mean.”