Sayeh Hassan: Hamas is a threat to Palestinians

While ground-level coverage of the conflict between Israel and Hamas has been extensive, far too few in the media have asked Hamas spokesmen an obvious question: Why?

Why did Hamas instigate this war by firing hundreds of missiles and mortar shells in the weeks before Israel launched its operation? Why is Hamas continuing to launch missiles despite Israel’s largely successful efforts to shoot them down with the Iron Dome system? Why, on July 15, did Hamas reject an Egyptian ceasefire plan that was endorsed by the United Nations, accepted by Israel, and would have prevented the ground incursion in the first place? And why is Hamas continuing a conflict it is clearly losing and for which its fellow Palestinians have paid so dear a price?

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Winds of war, again

A woman in the Sudetenland, as Germany's troops arrive, 1939. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

If it's true that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, then maybe we're in luck. Many people in this unhappy year are reading histories of World War I, such as Margaret MacMillan's "The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914." That long-ago catastrophe began 100 years ago this week. The revisiting of this dark history may be why so many people today are asking if our own world—tense or aflame in so many places—resembles 1914, or 1938.

Whatever the answer, it is the remembering of past mistakes that matters, if the point is to avoid the high price of re-making those mistakes. A less hopeful view, in an era whose history comes and goes like pixels, would be that Santayana understated the problem. Even remembering the past may not be enough to protect a world poorly led. To understate: Leading from behind has never ended well.

In a recent essay for the Journal, Margaret MacMillan summarized the after-effects of World War I. Two resonate now. Political extremism gained traction, because so many people lost confidence in the existing political order or in the abilities of its leadership. That bred the isolationism of the 1920s and '30s. Isolationism was a refusal to see the whole world clearly. Self-interest, then and now, has its limits.

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Border staff ‘unprepared’ to spot Ebola cases arriving in UK

Border officials have little idea about what to do when confronted with people coming to the UK with suspected cases of the Ebola virus, a union leader has said.

Immigration Service Union general secretary Lucy Moreton said customs, border and immigration staff were worried about being infected and had not been given proper advice about how to deal with people suspected of being sick.

Fears are rising after an epidemic of the deadly virus - for which there is no vaccine - swept West Africa, killing more than 670 people...

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Pakistan: Acid attacks on women cast pall of fear in Balochistan

QUETTA: A recent spate of acid attacks in Balochistan has sparked an impassioned debate about rising Islamisation that is forcing an increasing number of women to stay at home.

The horrific crime, which disfigures and often blinds its overwhelmingly female victims, has long been used to settle personal or family scores with hundreds of cases reported every year.

But two fresh attacks on consecutive days in the province last week, where until a few years ago such assaults were unheard of, suggests a new pattern is emerging.

Last Tuesday, two men on a motorcycle sprayed acid using syringes on two teenage girls who were returning from a market in Mastung town, 40 kilometres from the provincial capital Quetta.

The day before, four women aged between 18 and 50 had suffered the same fate in Quetta, in the market area of Sariab. They were partially burned.

“In accordance with our Baloch traditions, they were wrapped in big shawls as well as covering their faces. That... saved (them) from severe injuries,“ said Naz Bibi, mother of two of the victims...

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Reunited with owner after two years, dog faints from excitment




In contrast, this is how Sneaky Cat expresses her
love for me. (This is not a picture of Sneaky Cat.
I just typed "cat staring" into Google Images.)

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Iran commando chief calls Gaza disarmament ‘a daydream’

Palestinian missiles are fired from Gaza City toward Israel following Israeli air strikes on July 17, 2014. (Photo credit: AFP/ Thomas Coex)

TEHRAN, Iran – The chief of Iran’s elite Quds Force has ridiculed calls for Hamas to be disarmed and urged the Palestinian Islamist movement in Gaza to “turn the land and skies into hell” for Israel.

Major General Qassem Suleimani’s message to militant factions resisting Israel’s military operations in the Gaza Strip was published late Wednesday by Iran’s official IRNA news agency.

Suleimani “underlined that confronting the Zionist enemy is a necessity and the Palestinian resistance movement will turn the land and skies into hell for the Zionists.”

“Disarmament of resistance is a daydream that will only come true in the graveyard” for Israel, said the rarely-quoted senior figure.

The United States and European countries have called for a ceasefire in the devastating Gaza conflict and the disarmament of terror groups in the coastal strip, notably Hamas...

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Tsk Tsk... Rotterdam Hooligans shout 'Allah your mother is a whore'

Feyenoord - Besiktas. Yesterday. One guy had an inflatable sheep with him to provoke (or tease) the hooligans from the other team.

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Under fire and out of cash, U.N. overwhelmed by Gaza crisis

Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (seen on screen) briefs a U.N. Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, at U.N. headquarters in New York, July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

(Reuters) - The United Nations in Gaza is struggling to withstand a flood of almost a quarter of a million refugees into shelters that have repeatedly come under Israeli fire.

Out of cash, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main U.N. body in the impoverished enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians, says it can barely handle the humanitarian crisis unleashed by more than three weeks of fighting between militants and Israel.

Asked to explain the scale of the civilian suffering to an Arab news station, an UNRWA spokesman simply burst into tears.
“There are times when tears speak more eloquently than words. Mine pale into insignificance compared with Gaza’s,” Chris Gunness said.

“UNRWA is overwhelmed in Gaza. We have reached breaking point; our staff are being killed, our shelters overflowing. Where will it end ... UNRWA now has 225,178 displaced in 86 shelters. But Gaza is being destroyed. So when the war is over, where will these people go?” Gunness said...

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Race to be scrapped from Swedish legislation

The Swedish government announced that it plans to remove all mentions of race from Swedish legislation, saying that race is a social construct which should not be encouraged in law.

"We know that different human races actually do not exist," Swedish Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag told Sveriges Television (SVT).

"We also know that the fundamental grounds of racism are based on the belief that there are different races, and that belonging to a race makes people behave in a certain way, and that some races are better than others."

The concept of race is included in around 20 Swedish laws, including criminal code, student financial aid laws, and credit information laws. On Thursday the Swedish government began an investigation into how to remove the concept from all legislation, as has been done in Austria and Finland.

"Legislation should not include the word race, if we argue that there are not actually races," Ullenhag said. "I have wanted to remove the concept of race for a long time"...

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Evening photo: Dawn at Harvard Pond

By Stephen Gingold.

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Israeli tourists evacuated from Maldives

A resort in the heavily Muslim Maldives

(JTA) — Israeli tourists in the Maldives had to be evacuated from the island nation after an Israeli surfer removed an anti-Israel sign placed outside a guest house.

The tourists were evacuated earlier this week from Kaafu Thulusdhoo Island by security services after protesters on the island called for their removal and protesters from other places began converging on the island, according to minivannews.com.

The sign, outside a guest house owned by Mohamed Hashim, featured a swastika next to an Israeli flag. The tourist ripped it in half, according to the report. Hashim told the news service that about 60% of the bookings in his guest house are Israelis.

Following the evacuation of the tourists, a protest was held in the Maldives capital of Male, during which an Israeli flag was burned. The protest follows a pro-Palestinian protest held earlier this month in Male, attended by about 13,000 people.

Maldives, which resumed diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009, last week annulled all cooperation agreements signed with Israel and announced a boycott of Israeli products.

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Israel and Hamas agree to new truce

Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza from 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday.

A joint US and UN statement urged all parties to "act with restraint" until the ceasefire begins. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo.

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Libya: jihadis declare Benghazi an ‘Islamic emirate’


Libya’s Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia has said that it seized complete control of Benghazi late on Wednesday, declaring the city an “Islamic emirate,” the group’s representative said.

Ansar al-Sharia is blacklisted by the United States over its alleged role in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, eastern Libya.

An official representative for the armed group told a local radio channel that Benghazi is now under its control.

“Benghazi has now become an Islamic emirate,” said Mohammed al-Zahawi, the spokesman, to Radio Tawhid.

However, Khalifa Haftar, a retired, renegade former army general who earlier this year launched a self-declared campaign to clear the city of Islamist militants, denied the group’s claims.

“The national Libyan army is in control of Benghazi and only withdrew from certain positions for tactical reasons,” Haftar told Al Arabiya News Channel.

“The claim that Benghazi is under the control of militias is a lie,” he said...


More Libya news: At least 75 bodies found in Libya’s Benghazi after clashes

Heavy shelling, clashes spread in Libya’s Tripoli

Town vs. town, faction vs. faction as Libya descends into ‘hurricane’

China evacuates hundreds of workers in Libya to Malta

Seven Britons evacuated by ship from Libya by France, which takes 40 of its nationals out

Minister: Tunisia can’t cope with massive Libya refugee influx

Two Egyptians shot dead in Libya-Tunisia border clash: state media

Egyptian Woman Killed in Tripoli Clashes

Filipina nurse kidnapped, raped in Libya’s Tripoli

Op-Ed: Egypt and Libya: It’s crunch time as jihadists threaten both countries

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Huffington Post takes its propaganda war against Israel into outer space: The infamous ‘saddest’ photo

Screen capture of how HuffPost presented this “news” story on its front page:

On July 24, 2014 the Simon Wiesenthal Center again condemned The Huffington Post, this time for “taking the art of lying and self-delusion to new depths,” in regards to its latest act of anti-Israel bias and incitement. That incident was merely the latest in a long string of exposes by the SWC, Huff-Watch, HuffPostMonitor and others of HuffPost’s pathological incitement of hatred against Israel and Jews, and whitewashing or legitimizing the Palestinian narrative.

On July 25, however, HuffPost broke the bonds of gravity and took its propaganda war against Israel into the heavens – literally. Specifically, it gave top coverage to a “news” story that had been debunked by multiple sources 24 hours earlier – that the explosions and rocket fire in Gaza are so massive, that they can be seen from space...

Note: the original tweet, now up to 47K retweets (and over 3K retweets for the German version), is still there and no correction has been issued on the account. The post showing one of first debunkings is here.

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Va. GOP official under fire for questioning Muslim contributions to U.S. history, society

Several Virginia Republican leaders called Wednesday for the resignation of a state GOP official who questioned in a Facebook post whether Muslim Americans have contributed to U.S. society.

The comment came in response to a statement by President Obama marking Eid al-Fitr, the celebration that concludes the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy,” Obama said. “That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.”

Bob FitzSimmonds, the state Republican Party treasurer, called the presidential statement “pure nonsense” in a public post on his Facebook page.

“Exactly what part of our nation’s fabric was woven by Muslims?” he wrote. “What about Sikhs, Animists, and Jainists? Should we be thanking them too?”...

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Qatar, and other American ‘allies,’ are among the villains in Gaza

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) gives a warm welcome to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who travelled from Gaza to Turkey on an official visit in January 2012. (Image source: MEMRI)

American allies, especially Qatar and Turkey, have been providing material support to Hamas, which the United States has listed as a foreign terrorist organization.

This support includes financial, diplomatic, media and even the provision of weapons that deliberately target Israeli civilians from behind Palestinian civilians who are used as human shields.

It also includes harboring war criminals, especially leaders of Hamas, who direct their followers from the safety of Doha. Without the support of Qatar and Turkey, Hamas would never have started this bloody war that has caused so much human suffering.

Qatar, which is more of a family-owned gas station than a real country, regards itself as untouchable because of its oil wealth. Its residents—they are not really citizens because there are no genuine elections or freedom of speech or religion—are the richest in the world.

It can buy anything it wants, including the 2022 World Cup, several American university campuses, some of the world's greatest art, Al Jazeera television and other luxuries. It can also buy terrorist groups such as Hamas. Indeed, after Iran, which is the world's worst state sponsor of terrorism, Qatar ranks near the top of this dishonor role of death...

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Ontario Federation of Labour: Update newsletter including ‘Gaza Emergency’

Dear XXXXX,

It has been six weeks since we, together, defeated Tim Hudak and his plans that would have devastated Ontario and brought the U.S.-style anti-labour movement into Canada. What an amazing victory for our movement! #StopHudak

The Harper Conservatives are getting worried, now. This week they sent out a fundraising email to their party’s donors with the subject, “Will we be next?” It described our campaign to stop Hudak, and warned Harper’s supporters that the OFL and other unions may stop Harper, too.

People from across Canada have been asking how we did it – and how the same campaign strategies can be used to stop Harper in the next federal election, expected to be held in October of 2015. That’s why I wrote an article called “Inside the Labour Campaign that Stopped Hudak” which has been published in The Huffington Post and rabble.ca.

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Palestinian flag over Tower Hamlets town hall TORN DOWN 'by vandals' amid Jewish concerns

THE Palestinian flag that was flown over the town hall in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets was ripped down by vandals amid mounting concern in the Jewish community about anti-Semitic hatred.

Torn down by "vandals?" How can you vandalize an act of vandalism?

h/t Tim

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WSJ Notable & Quotable: Eric Hoffer, 1968: ‘Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us’

Eric Hoffer, writing in May 1968, quoted in Tom Bethell’s “Eric Hoffer: The Longshoreman Philosopher” (2012):

The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey drove out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese—and no one says a word about refugees.

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Affirmative Action history: Mary Seacole

How the BBC, school text books and even exam boards have twisted history to smear Florence Nightingale and make a saint of this woman.


Rod Liddle's been on about this for years. And naturally he's much more entertaining.

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Ezra Levant hosts 'Calgary for Israel' rally outside city hall 6-7 PM Mountain Time

Ezra Levant, the television host of Sun News Network's The Source, is hosting a 'Calgary for Israel' rally at city hall this evening.

Levant launched the idea in the days after a pro-Palestinian rally on July 18 that attracted some members of a Jewish family who were subsequently attacked.

Police are still investigating that incident.

Chief Rick Hanson has apologized for the lack of police presence when the fighting broke out, something he attributed to a communications breakdown.

Levant doesn't accept that explanation and has been pushing for police to lay charges.

We'll be live blogging from outside city hall this evening.



Israel support rally held as Jewish Defence League plans Calgary branch

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Gaza conflict: Israel and Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour pause in their three-week conflict, the United States and the United Nations announced, allowing for both sides to begin talks on a longer-term ceasefire.

The truce will begin at 8am on Friday, local time, after which delegations from Israel and Palestine will convene in Cairo for negotiations to be mediated by the Egyptian government.

In a joint statement, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and US secretary of state John Kerry said the ceasefire would give “innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence”. The pause would allow Gaza’s civilians to “bury the dead, care for the injured, and restock food supplies”, they said. Repairs would also be made to water and power infrastructure damaged in the 24 days of conflict, which has killed 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians.

However, “forces on the ground will remain in place”, meaning Israel had succeeded in its insistence that its troops continue to search for and destroy Hamas tunnels during any humanitarian pause...

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Crackpot Yves Engler: Toronto’s racist, militarist pro-Israel movement


From a left-wing community once at the forefront of struggles against racism, unconditional support for Israel has turned a significant proportion of Toronto Jews into promoters of hatred against "Arabs" and into allies of right wing, bigoted, homophobic Christian Bible literalists.

During 15 years of activism in Montréal, Ottawa and Vancouver I haven't seen anything equivalent to the racist, militarist pro-Israel movement experienced recently in Toronto. And sadly the quasi-fascistic organization driving the charge seems increasingly enmeshed within a community that once led the fight against racism and fascism in the city.

On Saturday at Queen's Park (the grounds of the Ontario legislature) I was shoved, spat on, had my bike damaged and lock stolen by members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), a hate group that is banned in the U.S. and Israel. My offence was to chant "kill more Palestinian children" as hundreds of JDL and B'nai B'rith supporters rallied to applaud the onslaught on Gaza in a counter demonstration to those opposed to Israel’s massacres.

The following day, also at Queen's Park, a JDL member knocked a pro-Palestinian counter demonstrator to the ground and kicked him in the face. Half an hour after this happened, a JDL member walked some 50 metres around a barricade to where I was standing alone chanting at the pro-war rally and spat on me three times. Both incidents were caught on tape by major media outlets.

New to pro-Palestinian activism in Toronto, I was unaware of just how aggressive and organized the JDL had become. It's reached the point where some Palestinian solidarity groups avoid publicizing pickets out of fear they might disrupt them...

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#Scumbags - McDonald's Paid Agency $500.00 Per Successful Permanent Resident Application For Its Foreign Workers

Temporary foreign worker agency Actyl Group sues McDonald's Canada

Actyl alleges McDonald's Canada was "unjustly enriched" when it deducted money from the paycheques of its foreign workers and pocketed the deductions instead of paying the recruiting agency directly.

Young told CBC News the services fees are for "certain immigration services that Actyl may provide to employees of McDonald's with respect to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, the Provincial Nominee Program, or other work permit, or permanent residency applications."

Actyl alleges that McDonald's Canada had also agreed to pay the agency "a $500 CDN bonus" for "every successful permanent resident application" that was granted to its foreign workers.

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Yesterday's stupid anti-zionist rally...

Coverage by Blogwrath

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[Satire] Obama sends troops to border after learning that illegals deny climate change

McALLEN, Texas – In a surprising turn of events this morning, American soldiers began arriving at key crossing points along the Mexican/American border after President Obama ordered U.S. troops to control the influx of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through Mexico.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration predicts the border could be sealed by the weekend. He said the president ordered the military to take control after learning the immigrants crossing the border were climate change deniers.

“Over the weekend the president was informed that a vast majority of the immigrants entering the United States illegally are climate change deniers. Following confirmation of this information from Homeland Security and the FBI, President Obama met with Army Chief of Staff, General Raymond Odierno. The president ordered the general to send troops to the border in an effort to stem the rising tide of immigrant deniers illegally crossing our shared border with Mexico.”

When a reporter asked what would happen to the tens of thousands of children that have already been apprehended, the press secretary’s response was matter of fact.

“President Obama has made it clear how he feels about climate change deniers. Child deniers are just as much a threat to national security as adult deniers. The president may not have the authority at this time to deport American deniers, but he will not hesitate to immediately deport any man, woman or child illegally entering this country who has the audacity to deny climate change”...

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Obama's Eid greeting to Muslims backfires

President Obama conversing with attendees at the White House Iftar on July 16.

A White House message on Twitter wishing “Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration” of Eid al-Fitr on Monday sparked backlash over President Barack Obama’s position on Gaza, where more than 20 Palestinians, including 10 children, were killed by Israeli shelling on the day of Eid.

Obama had earlier issued a statement congratulating Muslims on the Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
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“We stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities,” the U.S. president said...


More examples at the linked story.  More outrage at this CNN blog.

Read the official White House statement (and the one from Canada too) at this post.

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USA: Feds to dole out over $200K to study why Wikipedia is sexist

Apparently because all the big issues surrounding us today are resolved, the National Science Foundation is shelling out $202,000 to study Wikipedia’s “systematic gender bias.”

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Psssst... Wanna Buy An Iron Dome Missile For Israel?

Let's stop a rocket and help Israel buy more Iron Dome anti-missiles!

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UK Diversity: Muslim Couple Gets Off Lightly For Serious Police Data Security Breach

A former aide to George Galloway MP who admitted obtaining personal data illegally has received a 12-month conditional discharge.

Aisha Ali-Khan, 34, asked her policeman husband to obtain emails without consent, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Mohammed Afiz Khan was given a six-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting two misconduct charges.

The 46-year-old has been dismissed by the Metropolitan Police.

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UK Diversity: Friends are turned away by security guard at cinema because they were not Muslim

A sales consultant was allegedly turned away from a busy cinema yesterday because he was not a Muslim celebrating Eid.

Leon Jennings had been visiting Birmingham’s Star City entertainment complex with two friends.

But as the 22-year-old tried to enter the Vue cinema based on the site, which includes dozens or bars and restaurants, he said he was turned away by a security guard.

After asking them why, Mr Jennings claimed he was told by staff that film showings were only for couples and families celebrating the end of the Muslim festival.

Mr Jennings and his three friends were allegedly forced to turn around and go home unable to watch a film at the complex, because ‘they did not look like they celebrated Eid’.

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UK Diversity: Muslim woman facing jail for posting terror messages

A Muslim woman is facing jail after she admitted posting messages on Facebook encouraging terrorism in Syria.

Runa Khan, 34, posted a picture of a suicide vest on the social networking site and details of a route into the war-torn country, Kingston Crown Court in Surrey heard.

Wearing a niqab in the dock so only her eyes were visible, she pleaded guilty today to four charges of disseminating terrorist publications between July and September 2013.

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Crackdown on migrants may breach EU law

Ministers were forced to defend a crackdown on immigration yesterday against claims that it would target only a few people and may breach EU law.

David Cameron has said that he would halve the period for which EU migrants could claim benefits to three months.

Theresa May, the home secretary, joined Mr Cameron on a visit to immigration enforcement officers to highlight moves to restrict access to benefits.

However, the European Commission made clear that it wanted to investigate whether the restrictions complied with EU laws on free movement.

Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, took on claims that the move could affect fewer than 10,000 people. He said an estimate that it would save taxpayers £500 million was based on figures supplied by the independent watchdog the Office for Budget Responsibility.

Figures collected last August showed that there were 121,000 people claiming benefits who were non-British EU citizens, Mr Duncan Smith said.


Related, from Liberal Democrat Voice: Opinion: The ECHR* is a “British Bill of Rights”

Human rights are not something that can be repealed or taken away but something we must protect within every inch of our ability. They extend to everyone. The ECHR sets the bar in countries that are signatories but as an important principle of its creation, it sets the bar to all people where it can, which is a principle I will not readily give up...

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*ECHR: European Court of Human Rights

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As Jews unite, is US youth moving to anti-Semitism ‘at light speed’?

Israeli supporters rally in Times Square on July 20, 2014 in New York City (photo credit: AFP/Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

As Operation Protective Edge continues into its fourth week, US Jewish leaders describe in excited terms an almost unprecedented atmosphere of unity among American Jews

Citing the widespread pro-Israel rallies held throughout the country, these leaders say the support of US Jews for Israel is nearly unanimous, regardless of political or religious views.
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However, there is another narrative being voiced as well.

Jon Stewart: Gaza on the map (YouTube screenshot)

A recent Pew poll highlights an age group that is less than “supportive.” Instead of standing with Israel, the poll finds that a third of all young Americans aged 18-29 (Jews and non) in fact blame Israel for the Gaza conflict.

Reader Steven Colodny from the University of Texas at San Antonio argues the poll’s findings are the result of a mix of historical ignorance, trendy Twitter campaigns and a US media with an anti-Israel bias.

“Trendy twitter campaigns guide them and they get their news from The Daily Show, Colbert Report if watching the news at all,” he writes.
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Colodny bemoans the age group’s lack of historical background behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and belittles the scant understanding it has acquired as coming from a few movies on World War II...

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There is a reason that BDS campaigners target university campuses.

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Turkish PM slams Israel for ‘Hitler-like fascism’ -- don’t forget that the US has chosen Turkey as a partner for negotiating over Gaza

Raving loon and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday launched one of his strongest attacks yet on Israel over its offensive in the Gaza Strip, accusing the Jewish state of showing “Hitler-like fascism” against the Palestinians.

Speaking at a mass rally in eastern Turkey to promote his candidacy in presidential elections, Erdogan said he was happy to give back an award that was bestowed upon him by an American Jewish Group in 2004.

The American Jewish Congress wants the decoration to be returned after protesting Erdogan's bitter attacks where he has compared Israel to the Third Reich which slaughtered millions of Jews in the Holocaust.

“If you support this cruelty, this genocide, this Hitler-like fascism and child murderer regime, take your award back,” Erdogan said at the election rally in the eastern province of Van.

In typically bombastic mood wearing a casual shirt and sunglasses, Erdogan showed no sign of reining in rhetoric that has angered not just Israel but also Ankara's Nato ally the United States.

“What is the difference between Israeli actions and those of the Nazis and Hitler?” he asked.

“How can you explain what the Israeli state has been doing in Gaza, Palestine, if not genocide?” he said.

“This is racism. This is fascism. This is keeping Hitler’s spirit alive,“ he added.

Erdogan, who presents himself as a champion of Palestinian rights, has heightened his criticism of the Israeli military campaign in Gaza, firing almost daily tirades at election rallies in the run-up to the August 10 presidential vote...

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Hatred of Jews is fuelling protests across the Western world

Members of Code Pink hold a "die-in" in front of the Israeli Embassy in London yesterday as Jews around the world find themselves on the front line. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Paul J. Richards

A putrid Jew-hatred has returned to the West, fed by mass immigration and stoked by the Left.

Do not mistake this anti-Semitism for mere anger at Israel over the war in Gaza. That war is just the calculated pretext for a month of menace that has terrified many Jews — as well as those of us who prize civilisation over barbaric tribalism...

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Islamic Jizya: ‘Protection’ from whom?

Is jizya—the money non-Muslims historically paid their Muslim conquerors—meant to buy them “protection,” including from outside enemies, as modern Western academics maintain?

Or was it simply extortion money meant to buy non-Muslims their lives, as Islam’s scriptures mandate?

The word jizya appears in Koran 9:29: “Fight those among the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day, nor forbid what Allah and his Messenger have forbidden, nor embrace the religion of truth, until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued (emphasis added)”...

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Turkish court considers wearing tights as ‘provocative’ factor in domestic violence case

Women wearing burial shrouds chanted slogans at a protest organized by the Bodrum Women’s Solidarity Association as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 2013

A local court in the eastern province of Erzurum has reduced the sentence of a husband who attacked his wife after seeing her with another man, arguing that her wearing tights and sitting “slightly leaning to one side” could be described as “provocative” and an extenuating circumstance.

T.K., who seriously injured his wife, D.K., by stabbing her during a row after seeing her in the same car with another man, was eventually handed six years and three months in prison after his sentence was reduced.

Prosecutors had asked for up to 15 years in prison on charges of attempted homicide; the couple admitted that they were seeking a divorce when the incident occurred.

Defense lawyers denigrated D.K., arguing that she provoked the husband’s anger by sitting in the backseat of the car while wearing tights and leaning toward one side. T.K. also said he only intended to scare his wife when he pulled the knife.

But D.K. rejected her husband’s accusations, claiming that the man in the driver’s seat, A.P., was a friend of 14 years and that her husband saw them at a gas station while they were going to pick up her brother and sister.

“I wasn’t wearing anything bawdy, as he claims. He asked me ‘Why did you leave me?’ when he entered in the car and stabbed me. Then he said: ‘I told you I would kill you. Now it will be your family’s turn,’” D.K. told the court.

However, in its ruling, the court lent credence to the husband’s argument that D.K. appeared “very comfortable” inside the car, saying her attitude was “suspicious” and “provocative.”

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Chicago Imam Encourages Jihad against Israel

Must be a friend of Barry.

h/t E

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China slams Canada for ‘irresponsible’ hacking accusations

(Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry accused Canada on Thursday of making irresponsible accusations lacking any credible evidence after Canada singled out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing.

Officials said “a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” had recently broken into the National Research Council. The council, Canada's leading research body, works with major companies such as aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc.

Canada has reported hacking incidents before, but this was the first time it had singled out China.

China is often cited as a suspect in various hacking attacks on companies in the United States and other countries. China's embassy in Ottawa has dismissed the allegation as groundless.

The Foreign Ministry repeated its standard line that China opposed any hacking activity, and expressed its anger at Canada for making the accusations...

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TOW Missile vs T-72 Tank In Slow Motion

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Moderate Aussie Mohammedans Chant "Muslim Nation Is Jihad" At "Anti-Zionist" Hate Fest

A PUTRID Jew-hatred has returned to the West, fed by mass immigration and stoked by the Left.

h/t Jay



h/t Vlad

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Iran furious over US Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2013 annual report

You can read the report here. The above illustration is a screenshot of tags -- “countries of particular concern.”

PressTV - US major violator of religious rights: Iran

The US is as a major violator of religious rights in the world and is in no position to judge other countries on freedom of religion, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says.

“The growing trend of Islamophobia in the US, systematic discrimination against Muslims and restricting freedom of religious minorities in the American community have turned the country into one of the major violators of religious rights,” Marzieh Afkham said on Wednesday.

She also lashed out at the US support for Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinians, adding that Washington is in no position to pass judgment about other countries on religious freedom.
“The US’ all-out support for the Zionist regime’s acts and [its] unbelievable restrictions on the followers of other Abrahamic religions residing in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially [Washington’s] all-out backing for the acts of aggression and crimes of the occupying regime in Gaza have not left any credit for the US government to judge and advise others on religious rights and freedoms,” she said.
Touching on the US Department of State’s recent annual global report on religious freedom, which listed the Islamic Republic as one of the “countries of particular concern,” Afkham said such documents are only “instruments” intended to pile up pressure on other states.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s constitution clearly respects all the divine religions and considers them free to observe their rituals and ceremonies,” the Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman pointed out.

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Second man arrested in Oslo imam attack case

Police guard the Central Jamaat Ahle-Sunnat mosque in Oslo. Photo: Fredrik Hove / NTB scanpix

OSLO: Norwegian police announced on Thursday that they had made a second arrest in the attempted murder of an Oslo based Imam in mid-June.

The young man, a Norwegian national, was previously known to police, Oslo police officer Andreas Strand told AFP, without specifying his role in the attack. The suspect denied all accusations, according to Strand.

Nehma Ali Shah, the imam of the Central Jamaat Ahle-Sunnat mosque, was attacked with a “sharp object” by a masqued assailant close to his home on June 17. The motive behind the attack remains unknown, while witnesses told police there was a single attacker.

Norwegian police had already arrested a Norwegian man of Pakistani origin on June 30 on suspicion of being either the perpetrator or an accomplice in the assault.

The Jamaat Ahle Sunnat mosque is reported to have been caught up in an internal power struggle, with some questioning the imam’s leadership. In 2006, several men attacked worshippers at the mosque during prayer time, injuring four.

Shah has repeatedly condemned religious extremists, and made a 2006 visit to the Oslo Synagogue after shots were fired at the building.  However he also attracted controversy last year when he claimed that Norwegian media were controlled by the Jews.

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Kerry trying to save Hamas, restore Muslim Brotherhood

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shares a laugh with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiyah during cease-fire negotiations in Paris, on July 26, 2014. (Image source: U.S. State Department)

There is growing concern in Ramallah, Cairo, Riyadh and Dubai that the U.S. Administration is working to prevent the collapse of Hamas.

“The Americans mistakenly think that moderate political Islam, which is represented by the Muslim Brotherhood, will be able to combat radical Islam. The Americans are trying to bring the Muslim Brotherhood back to the region.” — Palestinian official, Ramallah.

The Iranians, with whom the U.S. is now negotiating on nuclear weapons -- amid fears in the Middle East that the U.S. will capitulate to Tehran's demands if it has not effectively capitulated to them already -- have now joined Qatar and Turkey in opposing any attempt to confiscate Hamas's weapons.

The Paris conference was actually a spit in the face to the anti-Hamas forces in the Arab world. By failing to invite the Palestinian Authority to the conference, Kerry indicated that he does not see any role for Abbas and his loyalists in a post-Hamas Gaza Strip.

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Labour peer Lord Prescott accused of ‘trivialising the Holocaust’ after comparing the Gaza Strip to a concentration camp

John Prescott was last night accused of being ‘deeply offensive’ to Jewish people by comparing the Gaza Strip to a concentration camp.

The leaders of Britain’s Jews criticised the comments by the former deputy prime minister, saying they ‘trivialised’ the Holocaust and called on Labour officials to investigate his “misconduct.”

Lord Prescott wrote in the Sunday Mirror that Israel’s “indiscriminate” bombardment of the Palestinian territory was a war crime and that Gaza was a “ghetto”...

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HSBC accused of Islamophobia for closing organisations’ accounts

Muslim organisations and individuals in the UK are still reacting after the HSBC bank wrote to them on Tuesday informing them that their accounts would be shut down.

The Finsbury Park Mosque, Cordoba Foundation and Ummah Welfare Trust all received identical letters informing them that the accounts will be closed because “the provision of banking services…now falls outside of our risk appetite”.

The bank did not elaborate further on the decision, which has led to speculation among the organisations that they have been targeted for their advocacy on Middle East issues.

Chief executive of the Cordoba Foundation Anas al-Tikriti, whose organisation focuses on relations between the West and Middle East, said the absence of an explanation has meant he has had to draw his own conclusions on the reasons behind the decision.
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Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, described the decision as “astonishing”. He said the mosque is not involved in any political activities and has accused HSBC of discrimination.

“Our legal advisor has said that while the bank has acted within its terms and conditions, if they have specifically targeted Muslim organisations then this decision can be challenged under discrimination laws,” he said. “We are considering taking legal action as well as holding a protest outside the branch in Finsbury Park.”
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Mohammed Ahmad, trustee of the Ummah Welfare Trust, said he believes HSBC has closed their account because of its work in Gaza. The trust has distributed more than £70mn to projects in 20 countries and has had a presence in Gaza for 10 years.
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The UK’s Charities Commission has confirmed that it not investigating organisations affected by the decision and the mosque’s local MP Jeremy Corbyn has said he is “shocked and appalled at the decision of HSBC”.

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UK: Don't be embarrassed to challenge Muslim treatment of women, justice minister says

Britain should not be “culturally embarrassed” about challenging Muslims over wearing veils or segregating women in mosques, the justice minister has said.

Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat minister, said women and men must be allowed to sit together to “challenge people’s beliefs and practices” and take on Muslim “hardliners and fanatics” who oppose equality.

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Good news: Senior Palestine House official and yet to be deported Muslim terrorist calls for Intifada — in Canada

Thank you Mr. Government, how very wise of you to double Canada's Muslim population since 911.


Note the Pallie House spokesman is a Muslim terrorist who should have been deported in 2007 but mysteriously remains untouched. h/t Sanwin


More diversity... Belgian doctor refuses to treat Jew

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Putting the midlife crisis in perspective

There weren’t a lot of books in our house when I was a boy, but I remember a copy of Gail Sheehy’s bestseller Passages sitting on my mother’s bedside table for the longest time, alongside a copy of I’m OK, You’re OK. There they were: two high water marks of mass market pop psychology that my poor mother probably read desperately, a woman born before World War I trying to figure out a world that was changing faster than she could imagine, and into a place that she’d never really understand.

The world is a confusing place, which is probably why we desperately try to contain it with sometimes arbitrary quantification, parsing history out into decades and humanity into generations. Life itself we subdivide into ages – infancy followed by childhood, then adulthood, followed by old age, a period of variable length, sometimes dignified by terms such as “senior,” none of which disguised the truth of gradual physical debilitation.

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TB news: Fresno County man with suspected TB is sexually violent predator

The man suspected of having highly contagious tuberculosis in Fresno County is a sexually violent predator who had been housed in the Coalinga State Hospital, court records say.

Steven Reyes, 59, is accused of violating California's Health and Safety code by refusing a public health officer's order that he take a chest X-ray to check for tuberculosis. Reyes has been held in isolation since being booked into the Fresno County Jail on July 18.

His arraignment in Fresno County Superior Court is scheduled for Aug. 6.

The court records don't say what offense Reyes committed, but the documents say he is from Orange County and was committed to the Coalinga mental hospital last December for "an indeterminate period of time."

The documents also say Reyes arrived at the Coalinga hospital with "evidence of tuberculosis infection" discovered by a TB skin test.

Though a chest X-ray last December showed he didn't have full-blown tuberculosis, health officials are worried because Reyes "has a history of starting medication for his TB infection twice in the past," but has failed to complete a sufficient course of antibiotics.

In June, Reyes started to demonstrate symptoms of the disease: He began coughing up "blood-tinged sputum," the documents say.

TB can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The disease can be deadly...

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Why you won't see Hamas firing rockets on TV

"...It is worth reminding people about how reporters in southern Lebanon dealt with Hezbollah intimidation in 2006. CNN's Nic Robertson dutifully accompanied Hezbollah on a planned tour of a bombed out building, repeating Hezbollah's talking points about not seeing any military targets there and not telling viewers that it was staged entirely by Hezbollah."

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Media reacts to Lois Lerner’s new email: ‘Hard to argue’ no political bias there

In emails released by House investigators on Wednesday, former IRS official Lois Lerner was revealed in emails to have had a pretty negative opinion of activist conservatives – precisely the type of person who might have applied to her division for tax-exempt status for their newly formed political action committee only to encounter discrimination.

How negative was Lerner’s opinion of grassroots conservatives? Well, at one point she compared them unfavorably with terrorists and suggested that the American right was a greater threat to the nation’s security than were violent extremists. She also called conservatives “a**holes,” and exposed her own high opinion of her self and her upbringing when she described a group of tourists as the “hoi paloi.” In all, Lerner paints a damning portrait of herself in her private correspondences.

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Fly-away fighters will be jailed: Abbott

"If you come back to Australia you will be arrested, you will be charged, you will be jailed.

h/t BM

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Ewwww...Sign on Bloor Street

A little too close for my taste

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Vennu Mallesh - It's My Life What Ever I Wanna Do

Worst song ever?

I dunno it's better than that Friday chick.

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Rudolf

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE BALLET DANCERS WERE CELEBRITIES. I took these photos of Rudolf Nureyev at probably the last moment that was true, at a time when there was still a highbrow culture that wasn't obscure, and when newspapers had salaried dance critics on staff. It's not that long ago, at least in my mind.

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Growing ‘Women Against Feminism’ movement draws fury

The Tumblr site Women Against Feminism has started a social networking trend in which thousands of young women photograph themselves holding signs bluntly denouncing feminism, giving a sharp indication that the feminist brand has become poison to young, hip, and internet-savvy women.

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Jews who fight back scare me says noted left wing bigot

Oh my! Poor Yves Engler is horrified that Jews are actually fighting back!


"On Bloor Street two weeks ago a middle-aged man walking with his partner crumbled a leaflet I handed him, pointed at two older Arab looking men who responded, and yelled “barbarians”. In a similarly bizarre racist outburst, a man who was biking past the Saturday demonstration stopped to engage and soon after he was pointing at a young Arab looking child close by and telling me that I was indoctrinating him to kill."

Awwwwww....

More... The Toronto Star's pathological anti-Israel bias

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Joan Rivers on Howard Stern

LRC highly recommends, but she's not the only one. I haven't listened yet. She talks about Israel.



Joan's on a roll lately.

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Israel must endure the world’s slander, and end the Hamas threat

Hamas wants to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible. It’s been doing all it can to achieve that objective, for example launching missiles at Israel’s international airport and constructing tunnels to infiltrate terrorists into Israeli communities for the purpose of slaughtering and hostage-taking.

Israelis want to kill as few Palestinian civilians as possible. They’ve been doing all they can to achieve that — no nation under attack has ever done more. For example, they warn non-combatants of impending strikes on military targets by phoning, texting, leafleting and even dropping dummy bombs.

Palestinian civilians are being killed anyway, in large measure because Hamas has placed command posts, missile repositories and tunnel entrances in mosques, schools and hospitals. What’s more, Hamas commanders continue to use Palestinian men, women and children as human shields or, as they prefer, “martyrs.”

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Flynn is Right, Ideology is The Problem

The dispute inside the intelligence community falls along familiar lines about al Qaeda. The White House has emphasized the distinctions between al Qaeda’s core and its affiliates and other aspiring jihadists, who the White House sees as operating almost entirely independent of the central group.

However, another faction inside the U.S. intelligence community—one that comprises the current leadership of the Defense Intelligence Agency and others working in the military—see al Qaeda as a flatter organization that coordinates between nodes and operates through consensus in the model of an Islamic Shura council.

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Dear UKIP: please stop being so weird

UKIP parliamentary candidate resigns after claiming his local branch has been infiltrated by the occult... Teacher Jake Baynes, 40, was due to stand in next year’s General Election, but he has now stood down amid a row over a ‘continuous campaign’ to oust him as the candidate... The members in question, Glen and Colleen Tucker, practise ‘alternative healing’, and work, according to their website, ‘hand in hand with the Angelic Realms, Ascended Master collective and Galactic Beings.’


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Arab Leaders Silent, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel

CAIRO — Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting.

Not this time.

After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after more than three weeks of bloodshed.

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Brigitte Gabriel explains how she was used as a human shield growing up in Lebanon

"Megyn Kelly interviews Brigitte Gabriel and some loser about the war in Gaza and how Hamas uses human shields to bolster the casualty count, something Brigitte can attest to from personal experience."

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Denmark Opposition party urges Harder immigration rules for Muslims

In another sign that immigration is going to once again dominate the political picture, Venstre's Inger Støjberg said there should be a difference in how Denmark welcomes "a Christian American or Swede and a Muslim Somali or Pakistani".

“It is not necessary to set the same requirements for everyone, because as a general rule there is a big difference in the ability and will to integrate between a Christian American or Swede and a Muslim Somali or Pakistani,” she wrote.

Støjberg said it was important to talk frankly about immigration issues.

“To say it directly, it is primarily Muslim immigrants who do not value democracy and freedom. In certain environments, they directly oppose it,” she wrote. “Too many non-Western immigrants with Muslim backgrounds do not want our freedom-orientated society model.”


h/t LS

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The Middle East Problem



h/t RM

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Now that Richard Dawkins is attacking Muslims and feminists, the atheist Left suddenly discover he’s a bigot

‘Richard Dawkins, what on earth happened to you?’ asks Eleanor Robertson in the Guardian today. Ms Robertson is a ‘feminist and writer living in Sydney’. She follows to the letter the Guardian’s revised style guide for writing about Prof Dawkins: wring your hands until your fingers are raw, while muttering ‘Oh, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown’.

For some time now Dawkins has been saying rude things about Muslims and feminists. This makes him a bigot in the eyes of the Left — and especially the Guardian, which is extraordinarily and mysteriously protective of Islam.

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Israeli-Arab Christians protest against Hamas

A group of Israeli-Arab Christians marched in Haifa last night against the persecution of Christian Arabs in the world, against radical Islamic organizations such as Hamas, and in favor of Israel’s military operation...

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If Hamas commits the same atrocities as the Nazis, will the world still demand that Israel stop attacking them?

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Greenfield: Obama: My Muslim family’s polygamy was empowering


Well now that we’ve gotten gay marriage out of the way, next stop is polygamy station. Consider this a little trial balloon...

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