Saturday, February 23, 2013

Muslims Behead Another Christian Pastor

Raymond Ibrahim

Does this conflict really revolve around the Muslim desire to never mistakenly to eat unpermitted meat, or are Muslims attacking and killing non-Muslims for being business competitors, while articulating their hostility in the garb of Islamic piety?
A Christian pastor was recently slaughtered in the Muslim-majority African nation of Tanzania. While butchering Christian minorities is becoming increasingly common in that part of the Muslim world, the context for this latest slaughter is somewhat different than the usual forms of Christian persecution under Islam -- such as using allegations of "blaspheming" the name of Muslim prophet Muhammad.
On February 11, Pastor Mathayo Kachili of the Tanzania Assemblies of God Church was beheaded by Muslims. According to the report, a spokesperson from the local police department

Friday, February 22, 2013

Jews Under Muslim Attack in Europe


With President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry planning to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority next month, speculation proliferates as to whether Obama plans—once again—to push for “peace” between Israel and the PA, or has learned from his first term that such an outcome is hard to attain and still more effort in pursuit of it is not likely to be rewarded.
Meanwhile the French Jewish community reports a record rise of 58% in anti-Semitic incidents for 2012—a total of 614 compared to 389 in 2011. While seemingly not directly relevant to the question about Obama’s visit, the situation in France—and Western Europe generally—in fact tells much about the Middle East and Israel’s position in it.
Amid the general increase in anti-Semitic activity in France, then, there were almost twice as many physical attacks on Jews there in 2012 as in 2011, and 25% of those involved a weapon. Why the dramatic rise? While anti-Semitic behavior is known to burgeon during and after major Israeli military operations, 2012 saw only the eight-day-long Operation Pillar of Defense against Gaza rocket fire in November.

A Hard Reckoning

Shoshana Bryen
Whatever the fate of Bashar Assad, Iran is unlikely to abandon its investment in Hezbollah or in other Syrian groups, but Iran's interests go well beyond the Syria/Hezbollah axis. Iranian influence in predominantly Shiite Iraq continues to grow and there are reports of Iran building Iraqi Hezbollah militias as the security situation continues to deteriorate since the American departure in 2011.
Bashar Assad faces a hard reckoning. Not the one that comes from rebels battling for control of key Syrian assets, or the one that may come some day from charges of genocide at the International Criminal Court. The reckoning that comes from understanding that your key ally, Iran, has interests in your country other than you, and regional interests bigger than you.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Arab Mistreated at Airport But Which One?


..."Arab citizens are immediately viewed as a security threat at airports. But we should go through the same procedures as Jewish citizens." That airport discrimination is at the heart of a five-year-old petition to the Israeli Supreme Court that challenges the harsh security measures targeting Palestinian citizens at airports within Israel as well as by the flagship Israeli airline, El Al, abroad. The court is expected to make a decision on the issue in the next two months.

So, why did this happen at the Los Angeles airport?

"Occupation"?  'Apartheid"?  "Racism"?

PA TV removes terrorists' pictures from a video following PMW's exposure

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Following Palestinian Media Watch's exposure of a PA TV video dedicated to "our brave prisoners" that included pictures of 7 terrorists who together are responsible for killing more than 100 Israeli civilians, PA TV has removed the pictures of the terrorists from the video.

In the new version of the video, which has been broadcast at least 18 times in recent weeks, the well-known terrorists' pictures have been replaced with footage of prisoners in jail.  

Click to view

The previous version of the video that included the terrorists can be viewed here.

The terrorists that were honored were:

Attacks on Jews soar 82% in France

French Jewish Leader: “The Number of Anti-Semitic Acts Has Exploded”
“Far from raising awareness, the attacks in Toulouse and Sarcelles were followed by a dramatic increase in anti-Semitic attacks,” the report stated. Of course, the Muslims are emboldened by the depraved and coldblooded attacks of Islamic Jew-hatred.

Contrary to the Muslim lies of Muslim Brotherhood groups like Hamas-CAIR, Jew-hating attacks are at worldwide record levels, while mythical islamophobia "hate crime" barely registers at all. Despite the realities, the enemedia traffics in this Muslim mythology, embarrassing themselves time and time again.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Meet Ben Hecht, Wisecracking Jewish Hero

February 28th marks the 119th birthday of Ben Hecht, the wisecracking genius who invented the screwball comedy and gangster movie, and who raucously upheld the honor of American Jews in WWII.

Blasted into history from a more colorful age, Hecht began his career as a circus acrobat and virtuoso violinist, then seamlessly morphed into Chicago's star crime reporter and the most successful screenwriter in Hollywood history.

I love Hecht for the feast of intelligent entertainment he seemed to effortlessly concoct, from Hitchcock masterpieces like Notorious and Spellbound to Scarface, The Front Page, and the uncredited script of Gone With the Wind.

But I adore Ben Hecht for the incorruptible courage with which he championed the dying Jews of Europe, appalling his fancy Hollywood and New York Jewish friends with his outré chutzpah.

Iranian-Backed Terrorist Group in Iraq Emerging as a "Hezbollah-like" Organization

Iranian-backed militant group in Iraq is recasting itself as a political player

Karim Kadim/AP - Followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr prayed recently in Baghdad. Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a former militant group composed of disgruntled former Sadrists, is entering politics and is seen as a counterweight to the cleric’s influence.


BAGHDAD — The Iranian-backed Shiite group responsible for most of the attacks against U.S. forces in the final years of the Iraq war is busily reinventing itself as a political organization in ways that could enhance Iran’s influence in post-American Iraq — and perhaps beyond.
In recent months, Asaib Ahl al-Haq — the League of the Righteous — has been rapidly expanding its presence across Iraq, trumpeting the role the once-shadowy group says it played in forcing the departure of U.S. troops with its bomb attacks against American targets.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Intifada in Westchester?‏

Time to pay attention- gentle reminder:

[Sharia meets the law of the land and an unfortunate incident in a leafy New York suburb ensues. Keep a sharp eye out for the aftermath. If the authorities go to the apology stage, then move on to the sensitivity training stage, there will only be a few steps to go before we reach dhimitude. df]

New York Daily News, 8/31/11

Muslims, police scuffle at Rye Playland over amusement park’s head scarf ban; 15 arrests made

"It's clear, this all happened because we're Muslim."

Rye Playland was shut down Tuesday after cops scuffled with Muslims upset that women wearing head scarves were barred from the rides, witnesses said.
Fifteen people, including three women, were charged with disorderly conduct and assault in the chaos, authorities said.

The Westchester County park was packed with Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr -  the holiday marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. One woman, Entisai Ali, began arguing with cops over the amusement park's head scarf, or hijab, rule, said Dena Meawad, 18, of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

The 'Epidemic' of Sexual Harassment - and Rape - in Morsi's Egypt

Raymond Ibrahim
February 15, 2013

Since the "Arab Spring" came to Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power, sexual harassment, abuse, and rape of women has skyrocketed. This graph, which shows an enormous jump in sexual harassment beginning around January 2011, when the Tahrir revolts began, certainly demonstrates as much. Its findings are further supported by any number of reports appearing in both Arabic and Western media, and from both Egyptian and foreign women.

Hundreds of Egyptian women recently took to the streets of Tahrir Square to protest the nonstop harassment they must endure whenever they emerge from their homes and onto the streets. They held slogans like "Silence is unacceptable, my anger will be heard," and "A safe square for all; Down with sexual harassment." "Marchers also shouted chants against President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood group from which he hails," wrote Al Ahram Online.

The response? More sexual harassment and rapes.

Beware Palestinian apartheid

Jonathan Dahoah Halevi

The Palestinian Authority is under heavy international pressure, mostly American, aimed at facilitating the transition from proximity talks to direct negotiations with Israel.

The written message recently sent by President Obama to Palestinian Chairman Mahmud Abbas indicated that the American administration is not content, to say the least, with the Palestinian foot-dragging in the peace process, or with what is perceived to be a lack of appreciation for American pressure on Israel (which led PM Netanyahu to accept the two-state solution and to temporarily freeze settlement activity in the West Bank and Jerusalem.)

Monday, February 18, 2013

"A Sick, Sick World"

In the midst of so much that is ugly, it is a great pleasure to report this: Little Zakkai will be going home today.  On Friday, his parents wrote: "Zakkai has impressed the medical staff and us with another miraculous recovery from surgery (two this time!). Thank God...
"In fact, he's doing so well that we are being discharged already, ahead of schedule." 
"Thank God" says it all.  The capacity of this young body to rally and heal is amazing. 
Now if only the world could rally and heal. But there is precious little sign of this.  Anything but...
While the international community dithers and dallies -- still seeking "negotiations" with Iran -- that Islamist republic is rushing towards nuclear capability. 

My Life’s Work (Part Two), Free Books on U.S. Foreign Policy

Barry Rubin

In part one of this article I wrote about books on the Middle East I’ve made available that can be read in full for free on line here.

But I’ve also had other interests which intertwine with that one, especially U.S. foreign policy, a topic which is very much present in such books as Cauldron of Turmoil and Paved with Good Intentions.

This article discusses two additional books and includes links to their full texts available for free.
I grew up in Washington DC and had a lot of close contact and observation of the governmental process which has proven to be invaluable in my work. Academics often do not understand how policy is actually made and their attempts to develop theories on this point have made their made misunderstandings even worse.

Once, I gave a paper at a university on a very detailed comparison of U.S. decisionmaking on the Iranian revolution and Nicaraguan counterrevolution. It included such points as why specific individuals, even far down in the bureaucracy, had played a role at a certain point and how different agencies competed on pushing their agendas or perceptions. A professor stood up, said he taught U.S. foreign policy, and he had no interest in such “dirty” things. I replied that his view was like that of someone who would be a music expert who had never seen anyone play an instrument.

That’s why I wrote Secrets of State: The State Department and the Struggle Over U.S. Foreign Policy. The title was carefully chosen. The main title is a pun, of course, (Secrets of State/State Department) but also reflects a key theme: the greatest secret is how decisions are made, how they are implemented, and whether they are going to succeed or fail due to the particular choices selected.

Londonistan: Muslim ‘Young Mayor’ of Islamic Enclave Posts Violent Twitter Threats

via New Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets posts violent Twitter threats – Politics – East London Advertiser.
Mahdi Alam, who campaigned on a pledge to tackle youth crime and violence, took to the social networking site on Friday to launch an unexplained tirade, visible to all of his followers.
The tweets – which were later deleted – said: “Even if you beet me up, I’ll still be young mayor. So what do you achieve.. [sic]
“To be frank. You’ll always be the looser [sic]. As my boys will pretty much kill you. Pahahaa.”
Mahdi, who attends Stepney Green School, was unveiled as the winner of the young mayoral election at a Town Hall ceremony on January 31.

Response from US Jlm Consulate


After many inquiries, and nudging, the Consulate has officially responded:-

U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem
Why the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem Posts Predominantly in English and Arabic
There have been a number of inquiries asking why we post in Arabic and not in Hebrew on our Facebook page; for those who have sent us private messages on the subject we’ve worked to answer you directly but for those who have posted public comments we’d like to take this opportunity to address this issue. 
Regarding consular services such as renewing passports or issuing visas, the Consulate General is responsible for providing these services to American citizens in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, as well as visa services for both Israelis and Palestinians in our consular district (Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza). For information on consular services, please visit our website ( Content on that site is being made available in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Zygier publicity presents common interest for Israel and Australia

Warren Reed was an intelligence officer with the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) for 10 years.  He was trained by MI6 in London and served in Asia and the Middle East. 
Close and long-lasting intelligence cooperation between Australia and countries like the US, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and also Israel have been successful in confronting international scourges like terrorism.
Yet it should never be forgotten that no matter how successful these alliances, nation states will do whatever they have to in order to protect their own interests.
On such occasions, they go about it with great stealth, and if necessary refrain from letting even a "friendly" spy service and the government it represents, in on the secret.
The case of Prisoner X, identified this week as Ben Zygier, a dual Australian/Israeli national, appears to be a case in point.