Month: October 2015

ISRAELI HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY─DESPITE SECURITY CONCERNS─BOLDLY GOES WHERE NONE HAVE GONE BEFORE

 

 

Israel and Space Exploration: Ariel Shapira, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 14, 2015— Over 3,000 space industry leaders from around the world are gathering this week in Jerusalem for the 66th annual International Astronautical Congress.

How Israel Is Solving the Global Water Crisis: David Hazony, The Tower, Oct., 2015 — The world is in a water crisis, one that will grow more severe in the coming decade.

Kibbutzim Look to Future in High Tech: Sara Toth Stub, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 22, 2015— For 66 years, this mountaintop collective near the Lebanese border has relied on apples, dairy cows and, more recently, a vehicle-armor factory for its livelihood.

Then and Now in Jerusalem: Geoffrey Clarfield & Salim Mansur, National Post, Oct. 27 2015 — Once again anti-Jewish violence ignited in Jerusalem has spread beyond into Israel.

 

On Topic Links

 

A Century of Palestinian Hatred of Jews: Daniel Pipes, Washington Times, Oct. 26, 2015

Israel Joins UN Space Panel: Danielle Ziri, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 29, 2015

Q&A with Isaac Ben-Israel, Chairman of the Israel Space Agency: Peter B. de Selding, Space News, Oct. 5, 2015

Israel: The Blessing of Insecurity: Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Breaking Israel News, Oct. 27, 2015

                                      

                                      

ISRAEL AND SPACE EXPLORATION                                                                                       

Ariel Shapira

Jerusalem Post, Oct. 14, 2015

 

Over 3,000 space industry leaders from around the world are gathering this week in Jerusalem for the 66th annual International Astronautical Congress. The Israel Space Agency is proud to host astronauts and scientists from 60 countries who have convened for a week of intense discussions. And despite the tense security situation in Israel – and in Jerusalem in particular – not even one participant canceled.

 

At the International Convention Center in Jerusalem…Technology and Science Minister Ophir Akunis welcomed the guests, saying, “This is a vote of confidence in the State of Israel and a genuine gesture of appreciation for Israeli science. The fact that the International Astronautical Congress chose to convene the conference in Israel is a tribute to Israeli science and its position as a trailblazer in the field. The State of Israel is perhaps ‘only’ 68 years old, but it stands in the front row of global entrepreneurship and innovation. I’m so glad that Israel was given this opportunity to host the annual IAC conference and that all our guests will be able to see the beauty of our country and become acquainted with Israeli science and technology up close.”

 

Attending the annual IAC were delegations from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the European Space Agency and space agencies from China, Russia, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, the UK, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Kazakhstan. The NASA delegation was 50 strong, such as NASA administrator Charles Bolden, deputy administrator Dava Newman, International Space Station program scientist Julie Robinson, NASA Orion program manager Mark Geyer and five astronauts, including Canadian Chris Hadfield and American Sunita Williams who holds the record for total spacewalks by a woman (seven). Also attending the conference were well known individuals in the space industry, such as Buzz Aldrin, who was the second person to walk on the Moon.

 

The conference was held in a 1600- sq.m. hall with more than 100 booths, including Lockheed Martin, Airbus Defense and Space, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Elop, Israel Aerospace Industries, the Italian Space Agency and a number of start-ups in the space industry.

 

SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization working to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon, is the first (and so far only) Google Lunar XPRIZE team to secure a “ticket to the moon” on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Launcher. “Only three countries have ‘soft-landed’ a rover on the surface of the moon: the United States, the former Soviet Union and China. Now the notion of the small State of Israel being added to this exclusive list looks more promising than ever,” said SpaceIL CEO Eran Privman. This means that as of now, SpaceIL is the leader in the international race to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon and is the group with the best chances of winning the competition.

 

It should be noted that 33 private companies from around the world applied, but only 15 were picked to compete. At a press conference held last week at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, President Reuven Rivlin and Science Minister Ophir Akunis announced that the Israeli team has been picked to join SpaceX, run and owned by founder Elon Musk, on its rocket launch that is scheduled for the second half of 2017. SpaceIL recently signed a $10 million launch agreement that was made possible by contributions from two major donors: the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Family Foundation and Morris Kahn’s Kahn Foundation.

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HOW ISRAEL IS SOLVING THE GLOBAL WATER CRISIS                                                            

David Hazony

The Tower, Oct. 2015

 

The world is in a water crisis, one that will grow more severe in the coming decade. Water shortages will soon lead to increasing political instability, displacement of populations, and, more likely than not, political unrest and war. Though this water crisis overlaps with the more widely-discussed problem of climate change, it is different in many ways. It is more acute and more concrete, in that it focuses on a single resource without which humanity cannot live. Its causes are less controversial. Its dimensions are more easily measured. And its catastrophic effects are playing out more clearly and more quickly.

 

It is also a problem that can be decisively solved without anything remotely resembling the economic restructuring and political acrobatics required to address climate change. Fully effective solutions to the water crisis have already been found. They only need to be implemented. The world’s water problem is being caused by multiple simultaneous factors: Reduced rainfall, increased population, and the rapid development of impoverished societies have all come together to deplete the amount of water available to humankind. None of these causes are going away. Solutions will come only from changing the way we find and use water…

 

The country that has dedicated the greatest resources, innovation, and cultural attention to the problem of water scarcity is Israel. Founded on a dry strip of land smaller than New Hampshire, saddled with absorbing millions of immigrants, Israel has been worrying about water for a very long time. Today, it leads the way in solving problems of water supply, spearheading efforts to deal with water leakage, farming efficiency, recycling waste, desalination, pricing policy, and education. This has resulted in a water revolution unlike anywhere else on earth; a revolution not just of technology, but of thought, policy, and culture. For this reason, Israelis will be at the heart of any effort to solve the global water crisis.

 

In fact, as a new book shows, they already are. In March 2012, a skinny, bespectacled man with black wavy hair and a soft New York accent named Seth M. Siegel sat in on a briefing by an American intelligence official. It was about the looming global water crisis. The previous month, the U.S. government’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a terrifying report with a jarringly simple title: “Global Water Security.” Using data from across the intelligence community, the report painted a stark picture of decreased rainfall, depletion and degradation of groundwater, contamination, and continued waste. All of these would combine with great increases in water usage into a perfect, waterless storm. The report listed the following “Key Judgments”:

 

During the next 10 years, many countries important to the United States will experience water problems—shortages, poor water quality, or floods—that will risk instability and state failure, increase regional tensions, and distract them from working with the United States on important US policy objectives.

 

Between now and 2040, fresh water availability will not keep up with demand absent more effective management of water resources. Water problems will hinder the ability of key countries to produce food and generate energy, posing a risk to global food markets and hobbling economic growth. As a result of demographic and economic development pressures, North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia will face major challenges coping with water problems.

 

Looking deeper into the report, these predictions turn out to be understatements. More than half the earth will soon be facing shortages. A set of maps provided by the National Intelligence Council shows that, by 2025, parts of the world whose water supplies will be “severely,” “extremely,” or “exceptionally” affected include the entire western half of the United States, a swath of the Middle East from Egypt to Pakistan, the whole of India, and about three-quarters of China. A decade from now, billions of people will face a severe crisis if nothing is done…

 

Alarmed to the soles of his feet, Siegel set out to tell the world. His lifelong interest in Israel—he spent a year there as a grad student after finishing Cornell and, more recently, became deeply involved with AIPAC—had taught him that Israelis were worried about water. Soon he discovered something that few Israelis were even aware of: Through decades of research, testing, and determination, Israelis had already cracked the nut. The subject of his book quickly changed. He now wanted to tell the world about how Israel had solved one of humanity’s biggest looming problems. The result of his efforts is the newly published Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World. I spent some time with him in New York, where he introduced me to a few of Israelis bringing about the water revolution.

 

When you think of Israeli innovation, you might conjure up images of teams of unshaven ex-army intel officers, led by an energetic young start-up genius, coming up with new applications for commerce or cybersecurity or maps, angling for that eight- or nine-figure exit. But measured by their long-term impact on the world, Israel’s most important innovators just might be in the agricultural sector—wiry, sun-baked engineer types who specialize in geology and the chemistry of water and the biology of crops. Over half a century, they have turned the country into a global leader in the water sphere, with water-tech exports reaching $2.2 billion in 2013. This is a lot for Israel, but still a trifle compared to its future potential…

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KIBBUTZIM LOOK TO FUTURE IN HIGH TECH                                                                             

Sara Toth Stub

Wall Street Journal, Sept. 22, 2015

 

For 66 years, this mountaintop collective near the Lebanese border has relied on apples, dairy cows and, more recently, a vehicle-armor factory for its livelihood. But its fastest-growing business is cybersecurity startup Sasa Software, which makes software that filters and secures data and networks. From a standing start in mid-2012, it has jumped to 90 customers, though it won’t disclose financial figures. “We can’t be isolated from all of the changes,” said Michael Piha, Sasa Software’s vice president of marketing and a kibbutz member.

 

Israel’s kibbutzim—where members have worked for decades at equal pay for the good of their relatively isolated, members-only communities—are staking out a greater part of the country’s tech-startup success, mixing their traditional collectivism with a new acceptance of tech entrepreneurialism. Despite traveling the globe drumming up business for his software firm, Mr. Piha still relies on the collective’s laundry to wash his clothes; he still eats in the community dining room, and he draws the same salary as his fellow kibbutz members who work the orchards.

 

The economic fortunes of such communities ebb and flow, but times are good for Kibbutz Sasa these days. The community doesn’t disclose pay, but it is flush enough to be building 42 new apartments for its 220 residents. Each year, it funds a vacation abroad for all members—lavish by traditional kibbutz standards.

Such largess would have been unheard of to the kibbutz’s austere founders. Up until the 1990s, kibbutzim were true economic collectives where members lived in identical apartments or dormitories. Those who earned money outside of the kibbutz gave it to the group’s treasury for equal redistribution.

 

Those days are over. About 75% of the communities have abandoned economic collectivism in varying degrees. Those that remain collectives, including Sasa, are more flexible. Many have cut out expensive costs like the community dining room, and sought out new funding streams, like renting real estate and running hotels. The Kibbutz Industries Association, a trade group that represents kibbutz-based companies, estimates that the average kibbutz—there are 270 around Israel—has 10 million to 20 million shekels ($2.7 million to $5.4 million) to invest in new enterprises.

 

Many are looking to put that money into high tech, an industry in which Israel plays an outsize role. That is thanks in part to a large talent pool of tech-savvy army veterans, and top technology universities. There is little data available on kibbutzim investment patterns, but tech-industry executives and kibbutzim trackers point to growing anecdotal evidence. “Kibbutzim have land and they have money,” said Shay Mey-Tal, founder and chief executive of Agam Advanced Agronomy, which analyzes agricultural data collected through satellites and drones. It moved from a central Israeli town to Kibbutz Megiddo in northern Israel in 2014. Agam took on three kibbutzim in the area as investors over the past year, granting them a total of 60% equity in the company. The company’s five employees sit at computers in an office next to Kibbutz Megiddo’s metal workshop and garage, which fixes the kibbutz’s tractors.

 

Kibbutz members typically hold equal shares in its investments. But decisions—even on kibbutzim that remain collective—are made by a small committee, often advised by outside consultants, several kibbutzim said. “It’s a very closed community, in a way, but as far as business goes, it’s capitalistic,” said Simon Guthrie, business manager of Kibbutz Bror Hayil, near the Gaza Strip. Its 75%-owned cloud-based software company AKOL started life in the late 1970s as a kibbutz-maintained agriculture database. It is now turning a profit and pursuing global sales. The company recently brought in a new chief executive from outside the kibbutz and is refreshing its workforce both with younger kibbutz members and nonkibbutz employees from the area.

 

Kibbutz Revivim, in southern Israel’s Negev desert, is spending about 1.5 million shekels to convert a 8,000-square-foot chicken hatchery into a high-tech accelerator. Set to open in October, it will host 10 startups focused on Web and mobile products and services. The kibbutz will take a 15% stake in each startup that participates in the three-month accelerator program. It aims to acquire shares in about 40 new tech enterprises a year. “Now, instead of eggs,” said David Ben Lulu, business manager of the kibbutz, “it will be businesses that are hatched.”…

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THEN AND NOW IN JERUSALEM                                                       

Geoffrey Clarfield & Salim Mansur

National Post, Oct. 27, 2015

 

Once again anti-Jewish violence ignited in Jerusalem has spread beyond into Israel. This present spate of violence is part of the long-term campaign of Palestinians for change in the “status quo” on the Temple Mount. Their goal is to insure Jews visiting there feel sufficiently intimidated so that they no longer come and this will then mean a victory for the latest Palestinian intifada or the local jihad. It might be said of this recent upsurge in violence that “it has been forever thus,” but this would be incorrect as the history of Muslim rule over Jerusalem and Jewish presence in and around the Temple Mount is complex and checkered.

 

Before we recount this history, let us point out that the latest throwing of rocks, knife stabbings, and murders by Palestinians of Jews, especially in the vicinity of the Temple Mount, are not simply acts of “spontaneous rage” against Israeli “occupiers.” It is has been strategically organized and orchestrated in the hope that it will inspire copycat actions. One of the key organizations involved in perpetrating this violence is called the “Murabitoun.”

 

The Israeli General Security organization (the Shin Bet) explains these Temple Mount Palestinian activists receive about US $1,000 a month for their “spontaneous” actions. The money comes from Hamas out of funds it receives from international Islamist donors. The young men and women activists spend time in the Al-Aqsa Mosque ostensibly studying the Quran and praying, while in fact they are on the lookout for Jewish presence on the Temple Mount. When Jews wearing skull caps or with any other item signifying their Jewishness appear, the Palestinian activists sound the alert. Groups of women activists in black veils wearing niqabs follow the visitors chanting threateningly “Allahu Akbar.”

 

Denial of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount is also being pushed by the Palestinian Authority with support of a number of Arab states at the UNESCO in Paris. They allege that the Western Wall where Jews have gathered for centuries past to pray are in danger of being destroyed by Israel. Apart from the absurdity of this allegation, it is made by those who failed miserably to prevent ISIL jihadists destroying ancient monuments in Iraq and Syria, or the Taliban’s destruction of the giant statues of Buddha in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.

 

The Palestinian leadership has incited publicly their people to “spill blood.” Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestinian Authority, declared on television, “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah.” Such chilling incitement to kill reaches back to the years immediately after the First World War, when the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, appointed by the British, made a career out of calling for jihad against the Jews culminating in his embrace of Hitler.

 

When Abbas calls to “spill blood,” or Jamal Zahalka, an Israeli Arab member of the Knesset, declares, “I will personally expel every Jew who comes to the Temple Mount in a provocative manner,” they are following the odious footsteps of Haj Amin Al-Husseini. Their anti-Jew hatred not surprisingly is encouraged by King Abdullah II, the West’s favourite royal pretender whose family the British imported from Hejaz in Arabia and enthroned as unelected rulers over the largely Palestinian people and country of Jordan, illegally carved out of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine in the early 1920s. Abdullah shamelessly announced recently that only Muslims should be allowed on the grounds of the Temple Mount.

 

There is, however, another history of Muslim rulers over Jerusalem. It is contrary to Al-Husseini’s jihad against the Jews that became embedded in the politics espoused by Palestinians over the past century. Though this history has been deliberately obscured by advocates of political Islam or Islamism in recent years, it is all the more necessary today to hold Palestinians accountable for shredding their own Muslim tradition that holds the promise of religious coexistence and mutual respect among Christians, Jews and Muslims.

 

When the first Arab armies conquered Palestine, or the land of Israel, in 637, Jews stood witness. Muslim and non-Muslim sources recount the surrender of Jerusalem by the Byzantine Patriarch Sophronious to Umar, the second of the righteous Caliph of Muslims and a close companion of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. There were Jews in the company of Umar when he visited the Temple Mount and ordered the removal of filth accumulated on the site. Jews were granted permission by Umar to live in Jerusalem and pray on the Temple Mount. They were allowed to build a synagogue there. Even after the completion of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Umayyad caliphs based in Damascus, the 10th century Jewish writer Solomon ben Jeroham (a Karaite) recorded that Jews prayed on the Temple Mount.

 

Umar’s conduct on taking control of Jerusalem from the Byzantines set the righteous precedent for Muslims to follow. When Muslim rulers behaved differently their conduct spoke ill of them, as happened with the Fatimid ruler Caliph Hakim in Cairo. Hakim turned malevolent against Christian and Jews, and destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in 1009 (for which Jews were falsely blamed and victimized by a recurrent wave of anti-Semitism in Europe). There were the Crusades, and Jews were massacred in Jerusalem by the Crusaders. But Christian rulers of the Crusader Kingdom during the 12th century became mindful of the local traditions and Jews were allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. After Saladin reconquered Jerusalem in 1187, he restored Jewish rights following Umar’s precedent.

 

When Ottoman Turks took control of Jerusalem in the 16th century they imposed a ban on Jews worshipping on the Temple Mount. However, they strictly enforced the right of Jews to pray at the Western Wall of the Temple, what is now known as the “Wailing Wall.” Access to the Temple Mount for non-Muslims (including Jews) was relaxed at the request of the British at the end of the Crimean war in 1856. Some six decades later General Allenby, at the head of the British army, triumphantly entered Jerusalem in November 1917, and Britain’s rule over Palestine under the League of Nation’s Mandate inaugurated a new era for Jews in their ancestral homeland after nearly 2,000 years.

 

For Muslims, Jerusalem is the third holiest city after Mecca and Medina. But for Jews, Jerusalem is the first and only holy city, since it was made the capital of ancient Israel by King David. Yet contrary to public opinion (in and outside of the Muslim world) Muslim authorities have generally tolerated Jews praying on the Temple Mount. The theological and historical evidence over time support this simple fact. The Muslim connection to Jerusalem rests upon the reference made in the Quran of the Prophet’s night journey “from the Sacred Mosque to the distant Mosque whose precincts We have blessed, that We may show him some of Our Signs” (17:11). Muhammad’s miraculous heavenly journey from King David’s city, referred in Arabic simply as al Quds (the Holiness), confirmed his lineage in the fraternity of prophets reaching back through Moses and Abraham to Adam…

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A Century of Palestinian Hatred of Jews: Daniel Pipes, Washington Times, Oct. 26, 2015 —Palestinians are on the wrong track and will not get off it until the outside world demands better of them.

Israel Joins UN Space Panel: Danielle Ziri, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 29, 2015—Israel was accepted into the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on Thursday.

Q&A with Isaac Ben-Israel, Chairman of the Israel Space Agency: Peter B. de Selding, Space News, Oct. 5, 2015 —On a per-capita basis, Israel may have the world’s most developed space program.

Israel: The Blessing of Insecurity: Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Breaking Israel News, Oct. 27, 2015—Throughout the centuries, historians, philosophers and anthropologists have struggled with the concept called “Israel.”
 

 

 

REFUGEE CRISIS: INFLUX OF M.E. MUSLIMS BRINGS DANGEROUS ANTISEMITISM & ISLAMISM TO EUROPE

 

Europe’s Refugee Crisis: Jews Must Tread Carefully: Manfred Gerstenfeld, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 24, 2015— Jewish communities have to tread carefully in their reactions to the huge influx of refugees, mainly Muslims, into Europe.

We are Watching the Death of Open Frontiers in Europe: Philip Johnston, Telegraph, Oct. 26, 2015 — The extraordinary aerial photo of a column of refugees and migrants tramping through the fields of Slovenia may come to symbolise the moment the EU began to fall apart.

Muslim Invasion of Europe: Guy Millière, Gatestone Institute, Oct. 22, 2015— The flow of illegal migrants does not stop.

Europe is Shrinking and Ageing. Stopping Immigration is No Longer an Option: George Jonas, National Post, Sept. 22 2015 — Hungary’s ambassador, Bálint Ódor, is right, of course, when he notes, as he did elsewhere on this site, that his country cannot accept foreign countries imposing an immigration model on it that would dramatically change its cultural composition.

 

On Topic Links

 

Anti-Semitism Among Migrants a Concern for German Jews: Sam Sokol, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 28, 2015

Germany May Soon Have 8 Million Muslims and an Islamic Political Party: Raheem Kassam, Breitbart, Oct. 23, 2015

Europe's Muslim Migrants Bring Sex Pathologies in Tow: David P. Goldman, Asia Times, Oct. 14, 2015

Jews, Islamophobia and Compassion for Refugees: Isi Leibler, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 3, 2015

                                      

         

EUROPE’S REFUGEE CRISIS: JEWS MUST TREAD CAREFULLY                                                                  

Manfred Gerstenfeld

Jerusalem Post, Oct. 24, 2015

 

Jewish communities have to tread carefully in their reactions to the huge influx of refugees, mainly Muslims, into Europe. This was particularly the case in the first emotion-laden weeks following publication of the appalling picture of the dead Syrian child on the beach of Lesbos, Greece. No Jew could publicly say: the intense suffering of many of these people is real – but so is the environment of extreme anti-Semitic hate in which these people have been raised. However, as the many practical problems related to the refugee influx have grown and received increased publicity, Jews have made more realistic statements, though remaining cautious.

 

The indiscriminate European acceptance of many millions of Muslims in the past has caused huge damage to European Jewish communities. A major influx of Muslim refugees into a European country means a further increase in anti-Semitism there. This is not because all the immigrants are anti-Semites. However, a high percentage of the immigrants are. So are those more likely to perpetrate anti-Semitic acts if compared with the hate-crime perpetrators in the existing local population? Some Muslim immigrants or their descendants are also far more radical than the native population. In the current century all murders of Jews in Europe because they are Jews, be they in the Paris area, Toulouse, Brussels or Copenhagen, have been committed by Muslims.

 

Every Jewish leader in Europe knows this. Yet at the onset of the crisis we saw several humanitarian-masochist statements by some who should have known better. Some Jewish representatives welcomed the newcomers without any mention whatsoever of the huge potential problems which could result. The umbrella body of Jewish organizations in Flanders issued a press release reminding the authorities of the sufferings of Jewish refugees in the 1930s, and asking them to implement a generous admission policy for the newcomers. They even praised Germany’s current refugee policy, something about which the German Jewish community would later express deep concern. This “see no evil” Jewish umbrella body made no mention of the many problems anti-Semitic Muslims had caused Jews in Belgium.

 

Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the UK and usually a keen observer also got carried away. On September 6, 2015, he published an article in the anti-Israeli British daily The Guardian, entitled “Refugee crisis: ‘Love the stranger because you were once strangers’ calls us now.” Part of his article was devoted to comparisons of the new immigrants with the “Kindertransport,” the Jewish refugee children who were brought to England from Germany in the 1930s. He also mentioned their subsequent significant contribution to British society. This was all the more surprising in light of Sacks’ familiarity with the many problems created for UK Jewry by Muslim immigrants and several Muslim organizations. A few weeks later, these problems were revisited in articles concerning frequent harassment of Jews in London’s Stamford Hill neighborhood by “young Asian men.” This is politically correct terminology for Muslim criminal suspects.

 

One should also remind the former chief rabbi that many of the people he welcomes with lovingkindness take the Koran literally. They consider him and his fellow Jews pigs and monkeys, in other words subhuman. The Kindertransport children were fleeing from Germans who also considered Jews subhuman. These Jewish children did not promote hate of anyone or discrimination of minorities.

 

One of the first to present a realistic opinion was Esther Voet, the editor of the Dutch Jewish weekly NIW, in the Internet magazine Jalta. She wrote that people should not be carried away by their emotions. Voet mentioned that it was dangerous to state her opinion because she would risk inclusion in the extreme right-wing camp. She reminded readers how Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher was laughed at for his suggestion in 2013 that each refugee seeking asylum in the Netherlands should sign a declaration accepting the rights of women and homosexuals, and assertion that he would not tolerate any intolerance against athiests or people of other religions. She added that the new refugees come from cultures where most people cannot accept equal rights for homosexuals, Jews, atheists and women.

 

One of the first Jewish leaders in Europe who dared to express his views in clear language was Oskar Deutsch, the chairman of the Jewish community in Vienna. There had already been a debate among members following the community’s financial donation to the anti-Israeli Caritas organization. Deutsch wrote in the Austrian daily Kurier on September 21 that the Jewish community had helped many refugees over the years. He also pointed out that in the past, the arrival of 20 million Muslims to Europe had frequently led to physical anti-Semitic attacks and migration of Jews. Deutsch added that refugees arriving now from Syria and Afghanistan come from societies where anti-Semitism is a staple in schoolbooks, media and social networks. Terrorism against Israelis, Muslim attacks on Jewish schools, synagogues and Jewish museums are often glorified in these countries.

 

Early in October Josef Schuster, the head of the German Jewish umbrella body Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland, expressed his worries in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He said that among the people who seek refuge in Germany, many come from countries where Israel is considered the prime enemy. Schuster remarked that these people have grown up with a very hostile image of Israel and too frequently transfer this resentment to all Jews. The Jews of Germany therefore are right to fear that Muslim anti-Semitism in Germany will grow…

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WE ARE WATCHING THE DEATH OF OPEN FRONTIERS IN EUROPE                                                                  

Philip Johnston

Telegraph, Oct. 26, 2015

 

The extraordinary aerial photo of a column of refugees and migrants tramping through the fields of Slovenia may come to symbolise the moment the EU began to fall apart. The irony can be lost on no one: it was in order to prevent such scenes happening again in continental Europe that the alliance was forged in the first place in the late 1950s. Yet here we are more than half a century later facing the prospect of thousands – maybe hundreds of thousands – of displaced people freezing and starving in the grasslands of eastern Europe as winter closes in.

 

It is hard to comprehend the stupefying naivety of those, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who thought it a good idea to send out an utterly self-serving signal a few weeks ago inviting anyone who could make the journey to head for Europe. This was ostensibly aimed at Syrians who had fled the civil war in their homeland; but the exodus has been swelled by migrants from many other countries looking for a better life – and who can blame them?

 

Only they are not going to get a better life. Arguably a transit centre in Europe might be preferable to a refugee camp in Jordan or Turkey, though the latter at least has the merit of being close to Syria, where there are finally tentative signs of some political progress being made. But having encouraged people to move, the Europeans are now pulling up the drawbridge because they have found dealing with the influx overwhelming. Where were the preparations? Why were fleets of buses and trains and boats not laid on at the borders of the EU to bring people safely to Germany, which is, after all, where most people are headed?

 

At an ill-tempered summit in Brussels on Sunday, European leaders belonging to the borderless Schengen area blamed each other for the crisis before finalising a 17-point plan to be foisted upon countries that don’t agree with it. Since the opponents comprise more than a dozen of the 28 member states, the scope for serious disagreement is clear, not least because the process for sharing out migrants was imposed by majority voting. The countries that are in the front-line of this crisis are understandably seething: Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, accused the German chancellor of “moral imperialism”.

 

This will unleash extremist politics in Europe. In Germany, the anti-immigrant Pegida movement is attracting thousands to its rallies and in France the Front National continues to gain support. Elsewhere, Eurosceptic parties are making inroads. In Portugal, a Syriza-style leftist minority government has taken office opposed to the eurozone’s fiscal rules; and in Poland, the Law and Justice Party is back in power, pledged to oppose any Brussels diktat on migrant quotas. Against this backdrop, which can only darken, Britain has to decide over the next two years whether to remain part of an increasingly unstable organisation.

 

Leaving aside any deal that David Cameron can conjure up to reform Britain’s position in the EU, the advantages of staying in are diminishing rapidly. More to the point, the Prime Minister still seems highly unlikely to get any concessions on the free movement of people within the EU. If anything, the migration crisis has made this less achievable: why would countries forced to take migrants against their wishes agree to let Britain off the hook, even if we are outside the Schengen system? Sooner or later, the million or so new migrants will be allowed to move around Europe and many may want to come here.

 

In the early stages of this crisis, the rationale ascribed to Germany’s policy was that they need people because of a falling birth rate and dwindling population. Britain, by contrast, is growing rapidly. This will be confirmed by population projections this week for which Whitehall is braced and expecting the worst. These figures are produced to help government departments prepare for the number of children who will need schooling, workers who will require transport and sick and infirm who have to be treated and cared for.

 

The last projections showed the population – now around 64 million – increasing to more than 70 million within 12 years. Yet during the 1970s, planning was predicated upon a static population. Even as recently as 15 years ago, projections were anticipating that the 64 million we have today would not be achieved until 2031, whereupon it would fall. In fact, the population has grown by eight million since 1980 and another 10 million will be added in the next 25 years. Is it any surprise we have too few houses, schools, hospitals and trains to cope?…                                                          

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MUSLIM INVASION OF EUROPE                                                                                     

Guy Millière

Gatestone Institute, Oct. 22, 2015

 

The flow of illegal migrants does not stop. They land on the Greek islands along the Turkish coast. They still try to get into Hungary, despite a razor wire fence and mobilized army. Their destination is Germany or Scandinavia, sometimes France or the UK. Some of them still arrive from Libya. Since the beginning of January, more than 620,000 have arrived by sea alone. There will undoubtedly be many more: a leaked secret document estimates that by the end of December, there might be 1.5 million.

 

Journalists in Western Europe continue to depict them as "refugees" fleeing war in Syria. The description is false. According to statistics released by the European Union, only twenty-five percent of them come from Syria; the true number is probably lower. The Syrian government sells passports and birth certificates at affordable prices. The vast majority of migrants come from other countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea, Somalia, and Nigeria. Many do not seem to have left in a hurry. Many bring new high-end smartphones and large sums of cash, ten or twenty thousand euros, sometimes more. Many have no passports, no ID, and refuse to give fingerprints. Whenever people flee to survive, the men come with whole families: women, children, elders. Here, instead, more than 75% of those who arrive are men under 50; few are women, children or elders.

 

As Christians are now the main targets of Islamists (the Jews fled or were forced out decades ago), the people escaping the war in Syria should be largely composed of Christians. But Christians are a small minority among those who arrive, and they often hide that they are Christians. Those who enter Europe are almost all Muslims, and behave as some Muslims often do in the Muslim world: they harass Christians and attack women. In reception centers, harassing Christians and attacking women are workaday incidents. European women and girls who live near reception centers are advised to take care and cover up. Rapes, assaults, stabbings and other crimes are on the rise.

 

Western European political leaders could tell the truth and act accordingly. They do not. They talk of "solidarity," "humanitarian duty," "compassion." From the beginning, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said that illegal migrants were welcome: she seemed to change her mind for a moment, but quickly slid back. In France, President François Hollande says the same things as Angela Merkel.

 

After the heartbreaking image of a dead child being carried on a Turkish beach was published, thousands of Germans and French initially spoke the same way as their leaders. Their enthusiasm seems to have faded fast. The people of Central Europe were not enthusiastic from the beginning. Their leaders seem to share the feelings of their populations. None spoke as explicitly as Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary. He said out loud what many of his countrymen seemed to think. He spoke of "invasion" and asked if there were another word to describe the massive and often brutal entry into a country of people who have not been invited to do so. He added that a country has the right to decide who is allowed to enter its territory and to guard its borders. He stressed that those who enter Europe are from a "different culture," and suggested that Islam might not be compatible with European Judeo-Christian values.

 

Western European political leaders harshly condemned his remarks and the attitude of Central Europe in general. They decided to take a hard line approach, including: forcing recalcitrant countries to welcome immigrants, setting up mandatory quotas that define how many immigrants each EU country must receive, and threatening those countries that declined to obey. Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, said that Europe was built in a spirit of "burden sharing," and that EU breakup was a risk that could not be excluded. An acute division, in fact, is emerging between the leaders of Western Europe and the leaders of Central Europe. Another division is growing between the populations of Western Europe and their leaders.

 

Those who rebuilt Europe after World War II thought that an enlightened elite (themselves) could make a clean sweep of the past and build a dream society where peace and perpetual harmony would reign. Because they thought democracy had brought Hitler to power, they decided to restrict democracy. Because they thought nationalism was the cause of the war, they decreed that nationalism was harmful and that the cultural identities in Europe had to disappear and be replaced by a new "European identity" that they would shape.

 

Because Europe had a colonialist past and Europeans had believed in the superiority of their cultures, they claimed that Europe should redeem its guilt and affirm that all cultures were equal. And because Islam was at the heart of the culture of people formerly colonized, the Europeans rejected all criticism of Islam, and said that it would blend smoothly into a multicultural Europe. They did not demand the assimilation of Muslims who came to live in Europe in increasing number. Because the Europeans thought poverty had led to the rise of Nazism, they built welfare states that were supposed to eliminate poverty forever. Because two world wars had started in Europe, the Europeans decreed that from now on, Europe would renounce the use of force, and solve all conflicts through diplomacy and appeasement. We now see the results.

 

European people still have the right to vote, but are deprived of most of their power: all important political decisions in Europe are made behind closed doors, by technocrats and professional politicians, in Brussels or Strasbourg. Cultural identities in Europe have been eroded to such a point that saying that Europe is based on Judeo-Christian values has become controversial.

 

Any criticism of Islam in Europe is treated as a form of racism, and "Islamophobia" is considered a crime or a sign of mental illness. Islam has not melted into a smooth multiculturalism; it is creating increasingly distressing problems that are almost never brought to light. Muslim criminality across Europe is high. Consequently, the percentage of Muslims in prisons in Europe is high. In France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe, the prison population is 70% Muslim. Many European prisons have become recruitment centers for future jihadis. Muslim riots may occur for any reason : police upholding the law, a Soccer League celebration or in support of a cause…

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EUROPE IS SHRINKING AND AGEING.

STOPPING IMMIGRATION IS NO LONGER AN OPTION                                                     

George Jonas

National Post, Sept. 22, 2015

 

Hungary’s ambassador, Bálint Ódor, is right, of course, when he notes, as he did elsewhere on this site, that his country cannot accept foreign countries imposing an immigration model on it that would dramatically change its cultural composition. No country could let that happen, inside or outside Europe, except one that lacked any concept of itself as a nation. Calling a government xenophobic, let alone fascist or racist, for trying to cultivate and preserve its homeland’s national identity, is asinine. People who say such things don’t know what racism or fascism means.

 

But do all countries and regions have a future? When I asked this question 10 years ago, I wouldn’t have predicted (or, for that matter, imagined) that a sudden stampede of Middle East migrants would put the West’s economic, political and demographic future in doubt. All that seemed evident to me was that the so-called First World would fundamentally change during the next half century.

 

I was far from being the first to write about what some commentators have long called “Eurabia.” But to know what may happen in Europe and why, it’s helpful to recognize what has been happening. Simply put, the Old World has been getting older. Projections from 2002 show the median age of people living in the countries that make up the European Union reaching 50 in 50 years, with about one person in three being 65 or over.

 

The figures show Europe not only ageing but shrinking, in absolute as well as relative terms. Currently, the countries that make up the EU house about six per cent of the world’s population, which is down from 14 per cent when the 20th century began, and on its way to being about four per cent by the middle of the 21st century. Even in absolute terms, there will be about 7.5 million fewer Europeans in 2050 than there are today — and that’s with 2002 levels of immigration being maintained.

 

To be shrinking and ageing in a world that’s growing and getting younger (the median age in 2002 was 37.8 for Canada, 31.5 for China, 22.9 for Iran, 19.8 for Pakistan and 15.3 for the Gaza Strip) has some inexorable consequences. One is that, regardless of how immigrants may change the character of Europe, or whatever backlash they may engender in what the historian Niall Ferguson has called “the economically Neanderthal right,” stopping or reversing immigration is no longer an option.

 

Nativist politicians, such as the Le Pen family in France, may continue to be in the news, increase their following and even score valid points, but they’ll be butting their heads against a demographic stone wall. Even with continuing immigration, Europe’s taxpayers can only look forward to their steeply increasing taxes buying them steeply decreasing services. Without immigration, one EU taxpayer would soon have to support four or five EU pensioners — or watch his parents build their last igloo, European style.

 

Continuing immigration, though, even without sudden, catastrophic spikes such as we’ve seen this month, is likely to lead to Eurabia. Immigrants tend to respond to their own demographic pressures, and Europe’s fastest-growing neighbours today are — to quote Niall Ferguson again — “predominantly if not wholly Muslim.” The question is, what will Eurabia lead to? The past is a good (though not infallible) guide to the future. European nations turned their essentially homogeneous countries into U.S.-style immigrant societies after the Second World War for several reasons, one being the aftermath of empire. The law of unintended consequences caught up with Britain, France, Holland and Belgium. The trickle became a flood in the early 1960s as immigrants from North Africa, the Caribbean and the Spice Islands inundated the lands of their former colonial rulers, giving politicians like Enoch Powell grey hair…

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Anti-Semitism Among Migrants a Concern for German Jews: Sam Sokol, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 28, 2015 —German Jews are concerned over the potential for a rise in anti-Semitism due to the increasing flow of Syrian migrants, several community leaders told Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday.

Germany May Soon Have 8 Million Muslims and an Islamic Political Party: Raheem Kassam, Breitbart, Oct. 23, 2015—A German political expert has warned that a successful Islamic political party is not a far off thought given Germany’s rapidly changing demographics. In an interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper, Prof. Jürgen W. Falter, who specialises in political extremism, noted that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s position on migration may soon change, claiming “Pandora’s box is opened too far”.

Europe's Muslim Migrants Bring Sex Pathologies in Tow: David P. Goldman, Asia Times, Oct. 14, 2015 —The body of a 20-year-old Syrian woman, "Rokstan M.," was unearthed from a shallow grave in the small Saxon town of Dessau last week. Her father and brothers stabbed her to death on her mother's orders, after she was gang-raped by three men.

Jews, Islamophobia and Compassion for Refugees: Isi Leibler, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 3, 2015—It would be inhumane not to react with compassion to the tragic and harrowing depictions of the suffering of refugees.

 

 

WEDNESDAY’S “NEWS IN REVIEW” ROUND-UP

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MEDIA-OCRITY OF THE WEEK: “As happened in the cases of Rhodesia and South Africa, Israel’s permanent subjugation of Palestinians will inevitably isolate it from Western democracies. Not only is European support for Israel waning, but also U.S. public opinion — once seemingly rock solid — has begun to shift as well, especially among millennials. International pariah status is hardly a recipe for Israel’s survival. At home, the occupation is exacerbating demographic pressures that threaten to tear Israeli society apart. The growth of the settler and ultra-orthodox populations has stoked Jewish chauvinism and further alienated the growing Arab population. Divided into increasingly irreconcilable communities, Israel risks losing the minimum of mutual tolerance that is necessary for any democratic society. In such a context, violence like the recent wave of attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank is virtually bound to become normal.” —Steven Levitsky & Glen Weyl. (Washington Post, Oct. 23, 2015) 

 

Contents: |  Weekly QuotesShort Takes   |  On Topic Links

 

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Putin's Middle Eastern Moves: Ilan Berman, Middle East Forum, Oct. 26, 2015

The World is a Scary Place. Let’s Hope Justin Trudeau is Up For the Task: Terry Glavin, National Post, Oct. 22, 2015

Time for a Palestinian Referendum?: Michael Rubin, Commentary, Oct. 25, 2015

Then and Now in Jerusalem: Geoffrey Clarfield & Salim Mansur, National Post, Oct. 27, 2015

                                        

WEEKLY QUOTES

 

"All the violence and the incitement to violence must stop. Leaders must lead… Israel will continue to enforce its long-standing policy on religious worship … at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, including the fundamental fact that it is Muslims who pray on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, and non-Muslims who visit…I hope that based on these conversations we can finally put to rest some of the false assumptions, perceptions…Those perceptions are stoking the tensions and fueling the violence and it is important for us to end the provocative rhetoric and start to change the public narrative that comes out of those false perceptions.” — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry said that Israel and Jordan have agreed on steps aimed at reducing tensions at the Jerusalem holy site. He said the steps include round-the-clock video monitoring and Israel's reaffirming of Jordan's special and historic role as custodian of the site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. (Ynet, Oct. 25, 2015)

 

"All Jews in Palestine today are fair game – even the women…Every single Jew in Palestine is a combatant, even the children…They train their children to use tanks and various kinds of weapons…They breastfeed them on hatred for the Palestinian people.” — Dr. Subhi Al-Yaziji, Dean of Quranic Studies at the Islamic University of Gaza, in a recent appearance on Hamas’s Al-Aksa TV posted by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute). The attacks "should be carried out in the very heart of the enemy – in Haifa, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and Hadera as was the case in the past because that is what hurts the Jews," he said according to MEMRI. The TV interview aired on October 16 during a still continuing wave of Palestinian terrorism. (Jerusalem Post, Oct. 22, 2015)

 

"An emotional interview is conducted with the father of a dead Palestinian youth who had been killed committing a fatal terror attack. However, the report failed to show the emotional distress caused to Israelis by any of these recent attacks. This is inexcusable…Additionally, it was improper of the correspondent to claim that 'there's no sign of involvement by militant groups,' before immediately showing footage of Palestinian Islamic Jihad banners at the home of a 19-year-old terrorist who carried out a deadly knife attack at Lions' Gate in Jerusalem on Oct. 3. PIJ is a well-known Palestinian terror organization and it has since claimed responsibility for the attack and been praised by Hamas, another internationally proscribed terror organization. This directly misleads viewers.” — Lord Michael Ian Grade, the former chairman of the BBC. Grade criticized the BBC for its coverage of the recent wave of terror attacks in Israel in a letter to the corporation's director of news and current affairs, James Harding. (Jerusalem Post, Oct. 22, 2015)

 

“For me, throwing stones in the first intifada was a way of expression…The tool was the stone in the first intifada, and today it’s music…Sound and words reflect the situation…I can’t do a song talking about nature and beauty and peaceful things when I’m seeing every day more than 10 videos where some youths are executed.” — Ramzi Aburedwan, who runs music schools in Palestinian refugee camps. Inspired by this month’s wave of Palestinian attacks against Israeli Jews, musicians in the West Bank have produced scores of militaristic, often violent tunes. Published and shared on YouTube and Facebook, they form something of an intifada soundtrack. “Stab the Zionist and say God is great,” declares one, a reference to the spate of knife attacks since Oct. 1. “Let the knives stab your enemy,” says another. A third is called “Continue the Intifada”— the video shows the Palestinian woman who pulled a knife at an Afula bus station surrounded by Israeli soldiers pointing guns. (New York Times, Oct. 22, 2015)

 

“As the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy wrote this week, world opinion has not been much disturbed by the stabbings of innocent passers-by. It would be different if such outrages occurred in Europe or North America. Think of the outpouring of emotion over the hatchet-killing of a British soldier on a London street in 2013, an act not altogether different from what’s happening now in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Or recall the killing in Canada a year ago of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent by individuals supporting Islamic extremism. The more you learn about the Palestinians, the more poisoned their society appears. One way or another, by public rhetoric and politicized schooling, the PA has created a community that encourages its young men to kill.” — Robert Fulford. (National Post, Oct. 23, 2015)

 

“As I entered my office in Beit Shemesh this morning, the usual quiet was pierced by an unusual noise in our residential neighborhood. The sound no father wants to hear in the morning: a police siren, followed by another, followed by another, followed by the sounds of a helicopter overhead. I quickly called my wife Abby who was dropping off our kids at school. “Is everything ok?” I asked nervously. “Didn’t you hear?” Abby replied, “two terrorists tried boarding a school bus nearby.” My heart stopped. The violence and terrorism that has been plaguing Israel over the past several weeks had struck our own neighborhood and the intended targets were children. Thank God, the quick thinking school bus driver closed the door and drove away without any of the children being harmed, however, a Jewish teenager was stabbed before the Beit Shemesh police arrived and shot the terrorist as he tried entering a local synagogue…We are facing a cruel enemy, whose evil knows no bounds, but we who live in Israel and who love Israel have faith that God will ultimately protect us. May the God of Israel bless the People of Israel in the Land of Israel, especially the Jewish schoolchildren.” —Rabbi Tuly Weisz (Breaking Israel News, Oct., 2015)

 

“The threat of antisemitism in Europe is a real one…In France, the U.K. and Germany, where most European Jews live today, you see higher levels of antisemitism and antisemitic incidents…The Israel-Palestinian issue is one thing…and hatred of Jews is another. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict should not influence tackling antisemitism…Today, Israel has become the Jew among the nations…BDS activists are a growing source of antisemitism worldwide, because they do not distinguish between Israel and Jews elsewhere. If you are looking into demonstrations in Europe last year, many of them as a result of the conflict in Gaza — many of them had very severe antisemitic characteristics…In Germany, it was the first time we heard ‘Jews to the gas’ since World War II.” — Israeli Foreign Ministry Director of the Department for Combating Antisemitism Ambassador Gideon Behar. (Algemeiner, Oct. 20, 2015)  

 

“Many of us recognize in Mr. Harper rare and exceptional qualities – the ability to see directly into the truth of a matter as well as the moral clarity and strength of character to act on what he knows to be true, even if that means taking on the world in the process. He speaks truth to power.  To me, he is a visionary who as prime minister helped navigate Canada through myriad international economic storms and helped keep Canadians safe.  Despite criticisms to the contrary, I recognize in him a tremendous compassion for Canadians and for humanity in general.  His dedication to public service is a testimony to this in and of itself.  But, more than that, he would not have been able to express the kind of loyalty that he has towards Israel and his friends if that was not the case…The gratitude I and members of the Jewish community in Canada and world-wide feel towards him is immense and cannot be fully expressed.  He is truly a great man.”CIJR Academic Fellow Machla Abramovitz, Oct. 21, 2015.

 

“One cannot but get the feeling that it is Justin Trudeau who is now “playing politics.” Having made his promise to end the anti-ISIL air mission, he is stuck with it — even if it does not serve the larger and desperate needs of the thousands of people being terrorized by ISIL, and even if it leaves our allies left in the fight while Canada goes home. Whether Canadian CF-18’s are making a huge difference is not really the point; at least they are doing something pragmatic in a difficult battle that we cannot afford to lose. More talk, training and humanitarian aid are all important, but they are not going to produce the desired result. On this significant issue, Trudeau should try channelling Winston Churchill, not Neville Chamberlain.” — Allan Levine. Canadian Liberal prime minister designate Justin Trudeau has confirmed that Canada will withdraw its fighter jets from the US-led mission against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He did not set out a timeline for the withdrawal. Canada currently has six CF-18 fighter jets taking part in the US-led bombing campaign. They were due to remain in the region until March 2016. (National Post, Oct. 26, 2015)

 

“It is a bad news for us. Canada was a major partner in the coalition and it was a great help to Kurdistan.” — Jabar Yawar, chief of staff for the Kurdish Regional Government’s Peshmerga Ministry. Canada’s Kurdish allies in Iraq are calling Trudeau’s plan to withdraw from a combat role against I.S. “bad news.” Canadian warplanes have launched nearly 180 air strikes on I.S. targets since November, 2014, and the vast majority of these have been in and around the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, where the Kurds and other Iraqi ground forces are battling I.S. The air-combat deployment in Iraq and Syria is the first major foreign-policy test for Trudeau, who won a majority in the federal election and ran on a pledge to “end Canada’s combat mission in Iraq.” (Globe & Mail, Oct. 21, 2015)

 

"If there is an opposite for commander in chief, this is it." — Sen. John McCain (R). McCain blasted President Obama and the Pentagon on Tuesday for lacking a coherent strategy in the Middle East to battle I.S. McCain aired a laundry list of what he called the administration's failed efforts to confront the I.S., deriding the failed $500 million Pentagon plan to train and equip moderates to battle I.S. in Syria and allowing Russia to gain growing influence in the Middle East. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sharply criticized the administration’s handling of the war, saying it had “all too often made the problem worse” by trying to deal with symptoms rather than the sectarian divisions at the center of the problem. “There’s a clear military dimension to this problem,” McCain said. “Unless the military balance of power changes on the ground, diplomacy, as has been amply proven, will achieve nothing.” (USA Today, Oct. 27, 2015 & New York Post, Oct. 27, 2015)

 

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U.S. TO BEGIN 'DIRECT ACTION ON THE GROUND' IN IRAQ, SYRIA (Washington) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin "direct action on the ground" against I.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, aiming to intensify pressure on the militants as progress against them remains elusive. "We won't hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground," Carter said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services committee, using an alternative name for the group. (NBC, Oct. 27, 2015)

 

IRAN TO JOIN EUROPE, US IN SYRIA TALKS (Vienna) — Iran will attend talks in Vienna this week on finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict, reversing a long-standing U.S. policy. Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, will join the U.S., Britain, Russia, France, Germany, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at discussions in Vienna, beginning Thursday. The shift comes after years of U.S. resistance to Iran’s involvement in discussions on Syria, due to the former’s military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that Iran’s support for Assad, along with Russian bombing, had given the Syrian leader the upper hand on the battlefield. (Politico, Oct. 28, 2015)

 

TURKEY SAYS IT STRUCK KURDISH FORCES IN SYRIA (Ankara) — Turkey said it attacked Kurdish forces in Syria backed by the U.S., potentially setting the stage for a new fight with the Obama administration as it looks at increasing its ties with the Kurdish militants leading the most effective fight against I.S. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Ankara carried out two strikes on the Kurdish YPG group as a warning to the fighters against expanding their control into parts of Syria that Turkish officials hope will serve as a safe zone for returning refugees—and as a base for Syrian militants backed by the government in Ankara. (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 27, 2015)

 

I.S. EXECUTES CAPTIVES BY TYING THEM TO ROMAN-ERA COLUMNS AND BLOWING THEM UP (Palmyra) — I.S. killed three of its captives in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra by tying them to Roman-era columns at the site, then blowing the structures up with explosives. The Palmyra explosions were the latest method of killing by I.S., known for beheadings, immolation and drowning of prisoners. Earlier this week, ISIL posted images on social media purported to show its members driving a tank over a captured government soldier, allegedly to revenge what it said was his driving over I.S. terrorists. The group is known to have tanks, mostly captured in battle from Syrian troops or in the territory it holds in neighbouring Iraq. (National Post, Oct. 27, 2015)

 

SAUDI ARABIA: ACTIVIST PROFESSOR GETS 10-YEAR SENTENCE (Riyadh) — A Saudi activist has been sentenced to ten years in prison and barred from travel abroad for another decade. The activist, Abdel-Karim al-Khadar, a professor of Islamic studies from conservative Qassim Province, has been under arrest since April 2013. He was considered among the most vocal critics of religious extremism and militancy. He had posted videos online giving religious lectures in support of women’s rights and coexistence. A human rights lawyer, who spoke anonymously for fear of reprisal, said Professor Khadar had been sentenced by Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court on charges including disobeying the ruler, founding a human rights organization and supporting protests. He is the third rights activist to be sentenced to prison in the past week. (New York Times, Oct. 20, 2015)  

 

EU AGREES TO TIGHTEN BORDER CONTROLS AND SLOW MIGRANT ARRIVAL (Brussels) — European and Balkan leaders agreed on measures early Monday to slow the movement of tens of thousands whose flight from war and poverty has overwhelmed border guards. In a statement, the leaders committed to bolster the borders of Greece as it struggles to cope with the wave of refugees from Syria and beyond that cross over through Turkey. The leaders decided that reception capacities should be boosted in Greece and along the Balkans migration route to shelter 100,000 more people as winter looms. Nearly 250,000 people have passed through the Balkans since mid-September. Croatia said 11,500 people entered its territory on Saturday. Many are headed northwest to Austria, Germany and Scandinavia where they hope to find a home. (Huffington Post, Oct. 25, 2015)

 

UNRWA STAFF SANCTIONED FOR INCITING VIOLENCE AGAINST JEWS (Geneva) — Several employees of UNRWA, the UN agency handling Palestinian refugees, were punished for disseminating content that promoted violence or antisemitism. The punishments included suspension and loss of pay “in a number of cases so far.” The announcement followed the recent publication of two reports by UN Watch, which alleged that at least twelve officials from UNRWA, were engaged in incitement to violence online and on social networks against Jewish Israelis, and in some cases against Jews in general. (JTA, Oct. 23, 2015)

 

ISRAELI RESIDENCY PROPOSAL UNNERVES JERUSALEM’S PALESTINIANS (Jerusalem) — An Israeli proposal that could potentially strip tens of thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem of their residency rights has sent shudders through the targeted Arab neighborhoods — areas that were left outside Israel’s security barrier a decade ago, even though they are within the city’s boundaries. With few exceptions, Jerusalem’s Palestinians are not Israeli citizens, and instead hold residency status that can be revoked. Removing residency rights en masse appears highly unlikely due to legal hurdles and domestic and international opposition. About a third of the city’s 300,000 Palestinians live in these neighborhoods. In the past five weeks, 11 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings. Many of the attackers have originated in East Jerusalem. (Times of Israel, Oct. 28, 2015)

 

3,000 MOROCCANS SIGN PETITION CONDEMNING INCITEMENT TO MURDER JEWS (Casablanca) — At least 3,000 Moroccans signed a petition condemning what they said was incitement to murder Jews on full display during a Palestinian solidarity demonstration in Casablanca this week. The petition urged Moroccan authorities to hold rally organizers accountable for the mock executions of Jews and other inciting displays, which it called illegal. Signatories expressed concern about the reaction of Morocco’s Jewish community, which today numbers under 3,000, and said the demonstration had offended many Muslims as well. (Algemeiner, Oct. 28, 2015)

 

JK ROWLING LEADS 150 CULTURAL FIGURES IN CONDEMNING ISRAEL BOYCOTTS (London) — JK Rowling today joins more than 150 leading lights from the world of culture in condoning boycotts of Israeli artists as a barrier to peace. The Harry Potter author has spoken out alongside Lord Bragg, Simon Schama, Danny Cohen and Dame Hilary Mantel by signing a letter in The Guardian. The letter supports Culture for Coexistence – which aims to inform and encourage dialogue about Israel – and says: “Cultural engagement builds bridges, nurtures freedom and positive movement for change. It is important to encourage such a powerful tool for change rather than boycotting its use.” The signatories state that the de-legitimisation and boycott of Israel are not constructive ways to achieve  peaceful coexistence. (Jewish News, Oct. 24, 2015)

 

ONLY 10% OF APPLICANTS ARE APPROVED FOR A GUN LICENSE (Jerusalem) — Despite the official easing of restrictions to get a gun license in Israel, along with the explicit calls by elected officials, such as Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, for citizens to carry licensed weapons on them, and the much increased public demand for gun licenses in the wake of all the ongoing Arab terror attacks, 90 percent of the approximate 10,000 applications for licensed weapons have been turned down, according to Israel’s Channel 1. Israel has one of the most restrictive personal gun licensing requirements in the world, and ranks as number 70 out of 178 countries in terms of gun ownership, with only 7.3 personal guns per 100 citizens, in 2014. Unlike the US, once licensed, most gun owners can openly carry their weapons practically anywhere. (Jewish Press, Oct. 28, 2015)

 

WALMART PULLS IDF, ‘SHEIKH FAGIN’ COSTUMES (New York) — Walmart on Tuesday pulled an IDF soldier Halloween costume and a controversial “Sheik Fagin nose” following outrage on social media and from an Arab anti-discrimination group. Walmart’s online store pulled the prosthetic nose described as “perfect for an Arab sheik” just hours after the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee expressed concern that it would be used in “racist anti-Arab costumes.” Arab bloggers who also complained about an Israeli soldier costume also succeeded in having the item pulled. The costume, which resembles a uniform worn by Israeli soldiers in elite combat units, is available on the discount department store chain’s website for $27.44, reduced from $57.62. The Walmart Facebook page was flooded with criticism, including calls for a boycott of the chain. (Times of Israel, Oct. 28, 2015)

 

ARMY SCRAMBLES AFTER ISRAELI ARAB FLIES HANG GLIDER INTO SYRIA (Jerusalem) — An Israeli Arab man from the central Israeli town of Jaljulia crossed the Golan Heights border to Syria on a hang glider Saturday night. Large military forces were mobilized to the Golan Heights border on Saturday night after one of the military’s lookout positions along the border with Syria spotted a hang glider crossing from Israel and landing in Syrian territory in an area controlled by a rebel group affiliated with al Qaeda. The man, a 23-year-old, crossed the border in order to join a terror group based in Syria, the IDF said. It was not immediately known which group the man sought to join. The army said in a statement the incident was being examined. The Golan, on a mountain plateau, is a popular spot for hang gliding enthusiasts. (Times of Israel, Oct. 25, 2015)

 

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Putin's Middle Eastern Moves: Ilan Berman, Middle East Forum, Oct. 26, 2015—While the Russian military intervention in Syria tends to be viewed as an opportunist response to the Obama administration's weakness and inconsistency, Moscow has its own reasons to undertake this hazardous move…

The World is a Scary Place. Let’s Hope Justin Trudeau is Up For the Task: Terry Glavin, National Post, Oct. 22, 2015 —It wasn’t exactly auspicious, the way prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau chose to set the inaugural tone for his new Liberal government at a rally in Ottawa on Tuesday, in which he introduced himself to Canada’s “friends around the world,” whoever they might be.

Time for a Palestinian Referendum?: Michael Rubin, Commentary, Oct. 25, 2015 —When it comes to the Israel-Palestinian peace process, the White House, European Union, and the broader international community are infused with moral inversion. Israel has successfully weathered multiple wars seeking to eradicate it.

Then and Now in Jerusalem: Geoffrey Clarfield & Salim Mansur, National Post, Oct. 27, 2015 —Once again anti-Jewish violence ignited in Jerusalem has spread beyond into Israel. This present spate of violence is part of the long-term campaign of Palestinians for change in the “status quo” on the Temple Mount.

 

 

 

 

 

THE WEEK THAT WAS: HARPER’S MORAL CLARITY—DURING CURRENT, AND INCREASING, ANTISEMITIC TERROR & INCITEMENT—WON’T BE FORGOTTEN

 

NB: EXCITING UPDATE TO OUR CONFERENCE: KEYNOTE ADDRESS WILL BE FROM RABBI IRVING GREENBERG, & A SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION FROM ELIE WIESEL!

 

Beth Tikvah Synagogue & CIJR Present: The Annual Sabina Citron International Conference: THE JEWISH THOUGHT OF EMIL L. FACKENHEIM: JUDAISM, ZIONISM, HOLOCAUST, ISRAEL — Toronto, Sunday, October 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The day-long Beth Tikvah Conference, co-chaired by Prof. Frederick Krantz (CIJR) and Rabbi Jarrod R. Grover (Beth Tikvah), open to the public and especially to students, features original papers by outstanding Canadian and international scholars, some his former students, on the many dimensions of Emil L. Fackenheim's exceptionally powerful, and prophetic thought, and on his rich life and experience. Tickets: Regular – $36; Seniors – $18; students free. For registration, information, conference program, and other queries call 1-855-303-5544 or email yunna@isranet.org. Visit our site: www.isranet.org/events.

 

Tribute to Stephen Harper: Hillel Neuer, UN Watch, Oct. 20, 2015— Prime Minister Stephen Harper: We owe you a profound debt of gratitude.

American Jewish Leaders – Speak Up Now!: Isi Leibler, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 21, 2015 — It is now evident that, by and large, the Jewish establishment has adopted a policy of deafening silence in relation to the virulent one-sided political attacks and sins of omission by the Obama administration concerning our barbaric adversaries.

No Country for Jews?: Daniel Gordis, New York Daily News, Oct. 18, 2015— We have a young language instructor at Shalem College in Jerusalem, where I work.

Netanyahu, Husseini, and the Historians: Jeffrey Herf, Times of Israel, Oct. 22, 2015 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments about Haj Amin al-Husseini's impact on Hitler's decision-making about the Final Solution in Europe do not stand up to the consensus of historical research.

 

On Topic Links

 

Canada Loses a Moral Compass: Michael Rubin, Commentary, Oct. 20, 2015

Benghazi: Where Was Hillary?: Wall Street Journal, Oct. 20, 2015

The Paranoid, Supremacist Roots of the Stabbing Intifada: Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, Oct. 16, 2015

A Path Out of the Middle East Collapse: Henry A. Kissinger, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 16, 2015

                                      

                                     

TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN HARPER                                                                                            

Hillel Neuer

UNWatch, Oct. 20, 2015

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper: We owe you a profound debt of gratitude. Over the past decade, when others were silent, you courageously led Canada to defend moral clarity at the United Nations, defying dictatorships and double standards.

 

I will never forget, at the infamous UN Human Rights Council, during the years 2006 to 2009 when the U.S. was not a member, how your government became the only one in the world to vote against poisonous resolutions sponsored by Syria's Assad, Qaddafi and other murderous tyrants. I will never forget how, in 2009, you were the first in the world to pull out of the antisemitic Durban II Racism Conference, leading Italy, the U.S., Germany, Netherlands, Australia, and others, to follow. Thanks to your actions, when Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered the opening speech, leading democracies walked out, and the entire conference was exposed as a sham.

 

I will never forget how you stood alone against French President Jacques Chirac and what he called a "great majority of states," to successfully prevent the 2006 Francophonie Summit from singling out Israel for opprobrium after the Hezbollah-Israel war of that summer. I will never forget how you defended my organization, UN Watch, when pro-Hamas UN official Richard Falk, a 9/11 Truther, tried to shut us down; nor will I forget how your government condemned the UN's cynical and corrupt appointment of Falk's wife to a similar UN human rights post. I will never forget how your government supported UN Watch's ongoing work to give a platform to democracy activists, dissidents and human rights heroes, suffering under the world's worst tyrannies.

 

For all of those reasons, and for so many others, those of us at the United Nations who work to restore the founders' ideals were deeply fortunate to see a world leader who showed, through extraordinary actions, how a profound commitment to basic principles can defy even the most intense peer pressures of international politics. Thank you, Prime Minister Harper, and may God bless you.                                                                       

                                                                       

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AMERICAN JEWISH LEADERS – SPEAK UP NOW!                                                                          

Isi Leibler

Jerusalem Post, Oct. 21, 2015

 

It is now evident that, by and large, the Jewish establishment has adopted a policy of deafening silence in relation to the virulent one-sided political attacks and sins of omission by the Obama administration concerning our barbaric adversaries. It is only the outspoken Zionist Organization of America and minor fringe groups that have been directly speaking out against the Obama administration’s intensified anti-Israel rhetoric.

 

Until now, I had a nagging suspicion that the failure of American Jewish leaders to confront the biased Obama administration attacks on Israel was not merely a reasoned strategic approach. But aware of their devotion to Israel and having witnessed their former stalwart defense of Jewish interests, I was reluctant to conclude that fear was their primary consideration. But the ongoing silence by the Jewish establishment in relation to the current disgraceful behavior of the Obama administration, its secretary of state and State Department spokesmen is incomprehensible.

 

Today Israeli Jews are confronted by frenzied, psychotic young Arabs who have been brainwashed into believing that murdering innocent Jews will deliver them directly to paradise and transform them into glorious martyrs. This barbarism, inculcated by hideous indoctrination from kindergarten and subsequently nurtured in the mosques and throughout Palestinian social media, is creating monsters. It is publicly sanctified by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has whipped up a frenzy on the insanely false allegation that Israel is bent on destroying al-Aksa mosque and building a Jewish temple on its ruins.

 

The demonic madness is fortified by the heroic profile the PA adopts in relation to the killing sprees and which Abbas refuses to condemn. The perpetrators are also aware that if they survive, the PA will pay them generous salaries in prison and provide pensions for their families. Under such circumstances, one would surely expect leaders of the civilized world to condemn these Arab murders of innocents. But aside from lip service condemning “violence,” world leaders and global organizations have, at best, adopted a sickening moral-relativist position in which Jewish victims are equated with their murderers.

 

Until now, the US took pride in defending Israel and proclaiming its shared values and common democratic Judeo-Christian heritage. Even though there were occasional policy differences between the countries, Israel considered itself a true ally of the US, irrespective of whether a Democrat or Republican occupied the Oval Office. Since Barack Obama was elected president, in his obsession to build bridges between the US and Islam he sought to demonstrate that there is daylight between Israel and America. His Third World outlook also led to his abandoning long-term US allies and groveling to Islamic fundamentalist terrorist states like Iran, mistakenly believing that appeasing them will make them more moderate.

 

Over the past month we have witnessed the climax of the US political abandonment of Israel. Obama, who repeatedly condemned Netanyahu for remarks made in the heat of an election even after he had clarified and withdrawn them, has emboldened the Palestinian extremists by failing to utter a single condemnation of Abbas for his vicious ongoing incitement and calls for Jewish blood. Worse still was Secretary of State John Kerry, frequently referred to as an “unguided missile,” who made a series of inexcusable, demented remarks.

 

He refused to apportion the blame for the killings and even hinted that the Israelis had brought the violence upon themselves. He related to “violence on both sides.” Both sides? He claimed that the Palestinian killings had been ignited by Palestinian “frustration” over the failure to negotiate a two-state solution and the “massive increase of settlements over the course of the last few years.” This bears no relevance to the facts as settlement building in the past few years has been dramatically reduced. The frenzied killers are unquestionably motivated by the incitement and lies being promoted insisting that Jews plan to destroy al-Aksa.

 

Kerry also demanded that the status quo at the Temple Mount be upheld “in word and deed,” knowing full well that this has constantly been the policy of the Netanyahu government. Such ambiguous statements gives credence to the Palestinian lies. State Department spokesman John Kirby even accused Israel of violating the status quo on the Temple Mount – and thus effectively also fanning the flames – and called on “both leaders” to combat the incitement which leads to a “cycle of violence.” He was subsequently forced to retract but the damage could not be undone. He also stated that the US had “seen some reports of security activity that could indicate the potential excessive use of force” against the psychotic killers.

 

To top off these outrageous outbursts, Obama made a statement assiduously avoiding use of the term “terrorist” and patronizingly endorsed Israel’s right to “protect its citizens from knife attacks” and “random violence.” He then spat in our faces by effectively blaming both Netanyahu and Abbas for the incitement. For Israel’s one true ally to descend to such Orwellian depths as placing the Israelis in the same category as religious fanatics orchestrating a killing spree is utterly contemptible and encourages the barbarians to accelerate their murderous activity, and the US administration thus assumes a share of responsibility for the murder of innocent Jews that will no doubt transpire in the days to come.

 

To compound matters, the White House critiques also serve as a green light for Europe to pressure Israel into making further unilateral concessions which would undermine its security.  Under diplomatic constraints, Netanyahu has instructed ministers not to respond to the shameful remarks by the administration and its spokesmen. But such restraints do not apply to American Jewish leaders. In the face of such a reprehensible attitude by the Obama administration to Israel at a time when psychotic murderers kill Jews in the streets, one would have expected the American Jewish community’s leadership to condemn their government and launch public protests.

 

American Jews continuously stress that in the US they can speak out as Jews without fear. Yet when it comes to criticizing Obama, despite the fact that the majority of the nation and both houses of Congress support Israel, a deafening silence envelops the Jewish leadership…

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NO COUNTRY FOR JEWS?                                                                                                                            

Daniel Gordis

New York Daily News, Oct. 18, 2015

 

We have a young language instructor at Shalem College in Jerusalem, where I work. She's a religious Muslim who wears a hijab, lives in one of the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem and is a graduate student at Hebrew University. She's fun and warm, and a great teacher — the students like her a lot.

 

Late last spring, when things here were quiet, some of the students mentioned to the department chair that as much as they'd spoken with her over the past couple of years, they'd never discussed politics. They were curious what someone like her thought about the conflict in this region, especially now that she was teaching at an unabashedly Zionist college, had come to know so many Jewish students and had developed such warm relationships with them. How does someone like her see things here? How did she think we would one day be able to settle this conflict?

 

"So ask her," the department chair said. "As long as you speak to her in Arabic (she's on staff to help our students master the language), you can talk about anything you want." They did. They told her that since they'd never discussed the "situation" (as we metaphorically call it here in Israel), they were curious how she thought we might someday resolve it. "It's our land," she responded rather matter-of-factly. Stunned, they weren't sure that they'd heard her correctly. So they waited. But that was all she had to say. "It's our land. You're just here for now."

 

What upset those students more than anything was not that a Palestinian might believe that the Jews are simply the latest wave of Crusaders in this region, and that we, like the Crusaders of old, will one day be forced out. We all know that there are many Palestinians who believe that. What upset them was that she — an educated woman, getting a graduate degree (which would never happen in a Muslim country) at a world class university (only Israel has those — none of Israel's neighbors has a single highly rated university) and working at a college filled with Jews who admire her, like her and treat her as they would any other colleague — still believes that when it's all over, the situation will get resolved by our being tossed out of here once again.

 

Even she , who lives a life filled with opportunities that she would never have in an Arab country, still thinks at the end of the day the Jews are nothing but colonialists. And colonialists, she believes, don't last here. The British got rid of the Ottomans, the Jews got rid of the British — and one day, she believes, the Arabs will get rid of the Jews. That is one of the many reasons that this recent wave of violence, consisting mostly of deadly stabbings carried out by Israeli Arabs (not Palestinians living over the Green Line) and Arab residents of east Jerusalem, has Israelis so unsettled.

 

Yes, the reality on the ground is frightening. People are being stabbed on the street, on buses, in malls. Those being attacked are elderly men and women and young boys on their bicycles. No one is immune, and unlike the last Intifada, when suicide bombers sought high casualty counts so you felt safe away from crowds, now nowhere feels definitely safe. But even that is not the most debilitating dimension of this new round of attacks on Jews. What's most sobering is the fact that this new round of violence has made it clear, once again, that this conflict is simply never going to end.

 

What Israelis are coming to understand by virtue of the fact that the attackers are not Palestinians living in refugee camps but Israeli Arabs — who have access to Israeli health care, Israeli education, Israel's free press and right of assembly, protection for gays and lesbians and much more — is that this latest round of violence is simply the newest battle in the War of Independence that Israel has been fighting for 68 years now. The war began even before Israel was a state — Arabs attacked Israel not when David Ben-Gurion declared independence on May 14, 1948, but when the United Nations General Assembly voted — on November 29, 1947 — to create a Jewish state. When formal independence followed some six months later, the attacking Arab militias were replaced by standing armies of five Arab nations — Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and even Iraq (which joined the fray even though it did not share a border with Israel).

 

Over the years, the enemies have shifted (Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, but now there are the Palestinians and Iran is both pursuing a weapon of mass destruction and declaring that Israel must be destroyed) and the methods have changed (standing Arab armies have been replaced by terrorism at home and an international campaign to delegitimize Israel in the UN and beyond). But the basic goal of Israel's enemies remains the destruction of the Jewish state. Increasingly, Israelis (who, polls show, overwhelmingly would like to get out of the West Bank and live peacefully alongside a Palestinian State that would recognize Israel) fear that while for us this is a conflict that can be settled by adjusting borders and guaranteeing security for both sides, for our enemies this is an all-or-nothing battle in which the only end would be for Israel to disappear.

 

Israel's iconic diplomat, Abba Eban, said in the early 1970s that "the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." It was, sadly, an apt observation. And it is still true. By joining the violence and responding to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' incitement (Abbas insists that he's not inciting, but that is patently false — if nothing else, his ludicrous claim that Israel is planning to change the status quo on the Temple Mount proved sufficient to inflame an entire region), Israeli Arabs have foolishly put themselves on the wrong side of history. Rather than take a page from Martin Luther King, Jr., perhaps protesting peacefully on behalf of other Palestinians, a violent minority has chosen to show its support for the larger Palestinian cause by attacking innocent Jews. And by and large, Israeli Arab leadership has been silent…

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NETANYAHU, HUSSEINI, AND THE HISTORIANS                                                                                    

Jeffrey Herf

Times of Israel, Oct. 22, 2015

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments about Haj Amin al-Husseini's impact on Hitler's decision-making about the Final Solution in Europe do not stand up to the consensus of historical research. Husseini's importance in Nazi Berlin lay far more in assisting the Third Reich's Arabic language propaganda toward the Arab world and in mobilizing Muslims in Eastern Europe to support the Nazi regime. That said, Netanayhu's comments about Husseini's lasting impact on Palestinian political culture are very much on the mark.

 

In his now famous comments at the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on October 20, Netanyahu claimed that Haj Amin al-Husseini convinced Hitler to change his anti-Jewish policy from one of expulsion to one of extermination. "Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time [of the meeting between the mufti and the Nazi leader]. He wanted to expel the Jews," Netanyahu said. "And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, 'If you expel them, they'll all come here [to mandatory Palestine],'" continued the prime minister. "'So what should I do with them?' He [Hitler] asked," according to Netanyahu. "He [Husseini] said, 'Burn them.'"

 

In the Knesset in 2012, the prime minister asserted that Husseini "was one of the leading architects of the Final Solution," and that "he, more than anybody else, convinced [Hitler] to execute the Final Solution, and not let the Jews leave [Europe]. Because, God forbid, they would come here. Rather that they would be annihilated, burned, there."

 

Having spent many years working on the history of modern Germany and on the period of Nazism and the Holocaust, I was surprised to see these quotes and this interpretation. I've never seen these comments cited before in the vast literature on the subject. This interpretation of the events of November 1941 is not supported by the scholarship on Holocaust decision-making. The prime minister overreached in his effort to push back against efforts to diminish Husseini's role as a collaborator and ideological soulmate with Nazi Germany.

 

As this newspaper has helpfully published the English translation of the German record of the meeting between Hitler and Husseini on November 28, 1941 in Berlin, I will place the conversation in historical context. Amidst the vast scholarship on Hitler's decisions to implement a Final Solution of the Jewish question in Europe, the work of two historians stands out in particular. In his 1991 study, Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution, Richard Breitman drew on Himmler's appointment calendar to make a compelling argument for an "early" decision, that is, one that was emerging in spring 1941 before the invasion of the Soviet Union and became more obvious with the Einsatzgruppen murders that began immediately after that invasion in June 1941.

 

Subsequently, Christopher Browning, in works that are summarized in The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942, addressed in more detail the evolution of Hitler's thinking and decision-making. Browning's now widely accepted conclusion is that in the midst of "euphoria" over the seeming victory over the Red Army in summer 1941, Hitler took a series of decisions to implement the Final Solution at the latest by October 1941. The historical reconstruction of the decision-making process is complex and well beyond the scope of a newspaper column. There is no substitute for reading Breitman and Browning along with the synthesis of the issue in Saul Friedlander's second volume of Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933-1945: The Years of Extermination.

 

In my own The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust, a study of propaganda within Germany, I pointed out that by summer and early fall of 1941 Hitler's fiction of an international Jewish conspiracy waging war against Germany, a fiction which Hitler had repeatedly mentioned since a speech in the Reichstag on January 30, 1939, seemed in his own eyes to be taking shape in the form of the alliance of Britain with the Soviet Union following his invasion of Russia in June 1941. The anti-Hitler coalition confirmed in his mind the truth of his conspiracy theory. As "international Jewry" appeared intent on waging a war of extermination against Germany, so he would "exterminate the Jewish race" in Europe in retaliation. He had been discussing these ideas since early 1939. They reached a fever pitch in summer and early fall of 1941 before he met with Husseini…

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On Topic

 

Canada Loses a Moral Compass: Michael Rubin, Commentary, Oct. 20, 2015  — Apparently antagonized by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s sometimes-brash leadership style and itching for change after almost a decade of conservative rule, Canadians have delivered Harper a surprising and decisive defeat at the polls.

Benghazi: Where Was Hillary?: Wall Street Journal, Oct. 20, 2015 — American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow John Bolton on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s conduct on the night four Americans were murdered.

The Paranoid, Supremacist Roots of the Stabbing Intifada: Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, Oct. 16, 2015  — In September of 1928, a group of Jewish residents of Jerusalem placed a bench in front of the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, for the comfort of elderly worshipers.

A Path Out of the Middle East Collapse: Henry A. Kissinger, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 16, 2015 — The debate about whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran regarding its nuclear program stabilized the Middle East’s strategic framework had barely begun when the region’s geopolitical framework collapsed.

 

 

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La retenue israélienne empêche un soulèvement généralisé

Ron Ben-Yishai

I24, 19 Oct., 2015

             

On peut voir un signe positif dans le fait que la vague de violence palestinienne actuelle ne se soit pas transformée en véritable soulèvement populaire. Ainsi, si nous parvenons à éviter les erreurs inutiles, cet élan de terrorisme ne devrait pas évoluer en une troisième Intifada, avec un nombre de morts qui devrait être bien inférieur aux deux premières.

 

La mauvaise nouvelle est que la peste des attaques au couteau est plus contagieuse que jamais, et prend de l’ampleur à une vitesse folle, comme nous l’avons vu avec l'attaque fatale à Beer Sheva. Un nouveau défi est maintenant lancé aux forces de sécurité. Un défi qui réside principalement dans le domaine de l'idéologie. Alors qu'Israël n'a pas encore mis au point de méthode efficace pour neutraliser l'effet de l'incitation mensongère des Palestiniens et la glorification des assaillants au couteau, il est logique de prévoir que la vague de terreur devrait encore durer plusieurs semaines.

 

Le fait que la vague de terreur n'ait pas évoluée en une Intifada est le résultat de la manière avec laquelle le gouvernement israélien et les responsables sécuritaires ont géré la situation depuis le début. La retenue et la circonspection dont a fait preuve le cabinet de sécurité, à la demande des responsables sécuritaires, est la principale raison pour laquelle le peuple palestinien n’est pas descendu dans la rue.

 

Si la police et l'armée avaient pris des mesures punitives sévères, comme certains ministres du gouvernement l’ont recommandé, nous nous serions retrouvés avec une troisième intifada. Les règles d'engagement (i.e. les règles encadrant l’usage de la force) sont tout à fait justes : les tirs sont seulement autorisés en cas de danger réel et immédiat pour les civils et pour les forces de sécurité, en visant les membres inférieurs.

 

Equiper les snipers de fusil Ruger 10/22 semi-automatiques avec des petites cartouches 22 WMR s’est avéré très efficace pour réduire le nombre de décès au cours des affrontements avec les émeutiers palestiniens. Lors de la seconde Intifada, nous avons appris que chaque mort palestinienne renforçait la motivation des terroristes, qu'ils appartiennent à un groupe terroriste ou qu’ils agissent de manière "spontanée".

 

Cela est encore vrai aujourd'hui, ce qui explique pourquoi l'effort est mis sur l'option de neutraliser les assaillants en leur tirant dans les jambes au lieu de "tirer pour tuer". Lorsqu’un assaillant armé d’un poignard représente un danger immédiat, il n'y a pas d'autre choix que de tirer pour le tuer. Mais quand l'assaillant est loin de ses victimes, ou quand il est clair qu'il ou elle ne représente plus de danger, il est possible de viser les membres inférieurs afin d'éviter un cortège funèbre inflammatoire avec des éloges au martyr sur les médias sociaux.

 

Enfin, l'initiative offensive du cabinet de positionner un grand nombre de troupes sur le terrain pour réduire le nombre d'attaques au couteau à Jérusalem ces derniers jours doit être applaudie. Un agresseur, qui agit même spontanément, stimulé par l'incitation à la haine, réfléchit deux fois quand il ou elle est entouré(e) de forces de sécurité et est arrêté(e) pour des contrôles d'identité. Le seul problème est que cette initiative offensive a été prise trop tard, après de trop nombreux incidents.

 

On ne va pas cependant rejeter la responsabilité de la vague de terreur actuelle sur les forces de sécurité d'Israël. Pour rappel, ce sont l'incitation à la haine et la glorification des assaillants sur les réseaux sociaux qui est à l'origine des violences actuelles.

 

Si au début de la semaine dernière, le Hamas et le Fatah du président de l’Autorité palestinienne Mahmoud Abbas étaient des partenaires égaux dans l'entreprise de l'incitation à la haine, c’est aujourd'hui le Hamas qui a pris l'avantage. Les agents du Fatah sont au plus bas depuis que le Tombeau de Joseph a été incendié il y a trois jours.

 

De façon surprenante, Abbas les a sévèrement punis, en leur faisant apparemment comprendre qu'ils étaient allés trop loin. Pourtant, le Hamas fait tout ce qu'il peut pour attiser les flammes de l'Intifada en Cisjordanie, car c’est là un scénario idéal pour lui: cela lui permet de préserver le calme à Gaza, d'assurer sa mainmise sur la reconstruction de l'enclave palestinienne, où sa position est précaire et sa gouvernance contestée, tout en brandissant l’épée en Cisjordanie.

 

Ce n’est pas par hasard si la majorité des attaques au couteau, durant le week-end, ont eu lieu dans la région de Hébron, un bastion connu du Hamas. A Jérusalem, où le groupe bénéficie aussi d'une influence considérable, le couvre-feu dans les quartiers Est, et le renforcement de la sécurité ont apporté un calme relatif.

 

De plus en plus de signes montrent que le Hamas essaie de mettre à exécution un attentat terroriste de grande envergure qui ferait descendre les Palestiniens dans les rues et précipiterait une troisième intifada.               

 

                            

STUPIDES DECLARATIONS DE KERRY SUR LE                                               

TERRORISME ET LES IMPLANTATIONS  

Emmanuel Navon                                                                                                                                

I24, 21 Oct., 2015

 

Interrogé sur la récente vague de terrorisme palestinien, le secrétaire d’État américain John Kerry a déclaré à l’université de Harvard le 13 octobre dernier que "cette violence est le fruit de la frustration" et qu'"il y a eu une augmentation massive des colonies au cours de ces dernières années".

 

En d’autres termes, les Arabes poignardent les Juifs à cause d’une frustration due aux constructions israéliennes en Judée-Samarie (ou "Cisjordanie"). Kerry se trompe sur les deux plans: la vague actuelle de violence n’a pas été causée par les implantations israéliennes, et il n’y a pas eu d’augmentation massive des implantations durant ces dernières années.

 

L'affirmation selon laquelle les implantations sont la cause du terrorisme eut sans aucun doute étonné Mohaned al-Okhbi, ce Bédouin israélien qui a assassiné un soldat de Tsahal le 18 octobre dans la ville de Beersheva. Mohaned al-Okhbi était lui-même résident d’une colonie bédouine illégale dans le désert du Neguev. Selon le témoignage de ses amis, il était devenu un musulman fervent et un admirateur de l’État islamique, qui a lui-même récemment exprimé son soutien au meurtre de Juifs par les "Moujahidin d’Al-Aqsa". Dans une de ses récentes vidéos diffusée avec le hashtag #BeheadtheJews (#décapitezlesJuifs), l’État islamique encourage les "Moujahidin de Jérusalem" à "prendre la voie du Djihad contre les Juifs. Semez la peur dans leur cœur, ils sont les ennemis d’Allah".

 

L’État islamique en appelle au Djihad contre les Juifs et non contre les implantations israéliennes. Cela vaut également pour les prédicateurs et pour les dirigeants palestiniens. Le 16 octobre, le prédicateur palestinien Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi a tenu les propos suivants: "Les enfants d’Israël seront forcés d’abandonner leur plans pour la construction de leur Temple à l’intérieur de la structure de la mosquée Al-Aqsa et devront le construire à l’extérieur de la mosquée Al-Aqsa…un temple hérétique pour adorer le diable…[Au jour du jugement dernier] nous pourchasserons les Juifs partout où ils seront. Ils ne nous échapperont pas… Les enfants d’Israël seront tous exterminés, les Antéchrist seront tués et les Musulmans vivront paisiblement pendant longtemps".

 

Le 10 octobre, le Fatah (parti du président de l’Autorité palestinienne Mahmoud Abbas) a rendu hommage à Is’haq Mresh, ce Palestinien de 16 ans qui a poignardé deux Israéliens dans la vieille ville de Jérusalem, le qualifiant de “héros martyr” qui est mort pour la mosquée Al-Aqsa. Le 12 octobre, le Fatah a twitté une carte de toute la "Palestine" (pas la Cisjordanie et Gaza) avec les mots suivants: "Mon pays, à toi mon amour et mon cœur". Le 13 octobre, le Fatah a twitté la photo de quatre terroristes palestiniens qui ont récemment assassiné des Israéliens avec l’éloge suivante: "Ô martyrs, venez en masse !". Le 14 octobre, le Fatah a posté sur sa page Facebook une photo retouchée montrant un cadavre au visage souriant avec les mots suivants: "Nous sommes une nation de martyrs qui meurent le sourire aux lèvres". Le 18 octobre, la page Facebook du Fatah publiait la caricature d’un enfant palestinien chassant un Juif au nez crochu, terrifié, du Mont du Temple avec la légende suivante: "Quittez notre pays, notre terre, notre mer"…

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NETANYAHU : LE MONDE DOIT POUSSER ABBAS A ARRETER « D’INCITER » AU TERRORISME                             

Times of Israel, 22 Oct. 2015

 

La communauté internationale doit faire pression sur le président de l’Autorité palestinienne Mahmoud Abbas pour qu’il cesse d’encourager les attaques terroristes contre des Israéliens, a déclaré mercredi depuis Berlin le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu. « Pour arrêter le terrorisme il faut arrêter les incitations. La communauté internationale doit exiger d’Abbas qu’il cesse les incitations, qu’il cesse de répandre les mensonges sur l’Etat juif », a-t-il dit lors d’une conférence de presse avec la chancelière Angela Merkel et à la veille d’une rencontre dans la ville avec le secrétaire d’Etat américain John Kerry.

 

M. Kerry doit rencontrer Abbas lors d’un déplacement vendredi au Proche Orient. « Le président Abbas a rejoint les islamistes en encourageant les récentes vagues de violences », a insisté M. Netanyahu, citant les attaques « au couteau, à l’arme à feu, à la hache et même à la voiture » de ces dernières semaines contre des Israéliens. Il a souligné que le président de l’Autorité palestinienne n’avait « condamné aucun » de ces récents attentats.

 

M. Netanyahu accuse M. Abbas d’être responsable de ces attaques en encourageant des rumeurs sur la volonté d’Israël de remettre en cause le statu quo sur l’esplanade des Mosquées de Jérusalem. Celui-ci autorise les musulmans à s’y rentre à toute heure, et les juifs à y pénétrer à certaines heures mais sans y prier. « Il est possible de rétablir le calme en rétablissant la vérité », a encore dit M. Netanyahu, assurant une fois de plus n’avoir aucune intention de remettre en cause le statu quo ou de détruire la célèbre mosquée Al-Aqsa. Il a aussi affirmé que « Israël est le seul garant à Jérusalem et ailleurs dans le pays de l’inviolabilité de tous les sites saints pour toutes les religions ».

 

Mme Merkel a de son côté réitéré la position allemande, insistant sur le droit d’Israël à se défendre tout en demandant que les répliques israéliennes aux attaques soient proportionnées. « Nous avons dit clairement, notamment au président Abbas, que nous nous attendons à ce que soit condamnée par la partie palestinienne tout forme de soutien au terrorisme », a-t-elle dit, « nous avons aussi adressé nos demandes à Israël ». Elle a une nouvelle fois souligné que le règlement du conflit israélo-palestinien passe par le « dialogue » et une solution à deux Etats.

 

L’ESPOIR N'ATTENUERA PAS LE CYCLE DE LA VIOLENCE

I24, 14 Oct., 2015

 

Une école de pensée délirante soutient que si nous accorderions aux Palestiniens un horizon politique et un peu d'espoir, nous n’assisterions pas à cette violence, à ce soulèvement et que, peut-être, il n’y aurait pas d’autre Intifada. La vague de terreur la plus douloureuse a eu lieu pendant les années 1990. C’était les années d'Oslo. Les années d'espoir. Il y avait un horizon politique, il y avait un gouvernement qui luttait pour la paix. La solution semblait être à portée de main. Cela a-t-il apporté le calme?

 

En rêve! Nous avons eu droit à un terrorisme incessant. Et c’est toujours le cas. Une vague encore plus grande de terreur a vu le jour lors de la seconde Intifada. C’est arrivé précisément au moment où Israël a accepté pour la première fois non seulement un Etat palestinien, mais également la division de Jérusalem. Mais au lieu de la paix, nous avons eu le droit à un festival sanglant.

 

Alors s'il vous plaît, arrêtez avec la croyance délirante selon laquelle "si nous voulions juste leur donner un peu d’espoir, il n'y aurait pas d’Intifada". Car aucun de ces jeunes violents et jetant des pierres, de ces émeutiers, de ceux qui se font exploser et de ceux qui commettent des assassinats le font pour relancer le processus politique. Ils ne sont pas membres de la branche palestinienne de la "Paix Maintenant". Ils n’ont aucun intérêt dans tout processus, pour la paix ou pour une solution à deux Etats.

 

Ils appartiennent à un camp qui ne veut pas la fin de l'occupation, mais plutôt la fin d’Israël. Au moment où il leur semble que la paix est à portée de main, que quelque chose est en cours, ils appuient sur la pédale afin de détruire tout progrès vers la paix. C’est exactement ce qu'ils ont fait dans les années 90 et il c’est exactement ce qu'ils ont fait au cours de l'année la plus prometteuse de toutes pour la paix: l'année 2000, lorsque le gouvernement de Barak, Ben-Ami, Beilin et Sarid dirigeait Israël.

 

La violence résulte de l'incitation, du nationalisme extrême et de la volonté de détruire Israël. Une vague de violence, au moins dans ses phases initiales, n’a besoin que d’une minorité. Il ne faut pas plus que quelques centaines ou quelques milliers sur des millions de personnes. Les principaux agitateurs ont besoin d’Israël afin de recruter des dizaines de milliers d'autres pour stimuler l'insurrection. Il n'y a rien comme des slogans et des actions telles que "géré avec force" et "punition collective" pour servir les intérêts de Raed Salah et du Hamas. C’est précisément ainsi que des milliers et des milliers d'autres se joignent au cycle de la violence.

 

Les colons, comme toujours, demandent de plus en plus de "constructions en Judée et Samarie", en tant que "réponse sioniste appropriée". Est-ce que cela va calmer les choses? Sont-ils sérieux? Le mélange de populations hostiles n'a jamais apaisé les esprits. Mais c’est exactement ce que la droite idéologique veut. Pas un Etat juif, mais plutôt un grand Etat dans lequel les gens de droite vivent à Silwan, dans le quartier musulman de Jérusalem, dans les avant-postes en plein coeur des zones ayant les villages arabes.

 

Et si seulement 3% de la population participe aujourd’hui activement aux activités violentes, des individus de la droite radicale sont déjà en train de chercher des moyens pour que le nombre augmente à 30%. Ils ne vont pas arrêter tant que notre situation ne sera pas comme en Syrie. Et d'un autre côté, Ayman Odeh, le leader modéré de la Liste commune, a refusé de condamner les récents actes d’assassinat. Odeh a précisé lors d'une interview cette semaine qu'il n’est "pas prêt à tracer des lignes rouges" dans la lutte palestinienne.

 

Des condamnations comme celles-ci peuvent parfois, il faut le reconnaître, n’être rien de plus que de simples paroles. Un show d'hypocrisie. Mais cette hypocrisie peut avoir une valeur importante. Parce que cette hypocrisie comprend la honte. En effet, nous pouvons tous avoir parfois des idées préconçues. Parfois même racistes. Les peuples civilisés sont censés être conscients que ces opinions sont inacceptables. Ils ne sont pas fiers d'elles. Ils ont honte. Ayman Odeh a perdu son sens de la honte. Il n’est pas hypocrite, mais il n’est pas non plus civilisé.

 

CANADA: LES LIBERAUX DE JUSTIN TRUDEAU REMPORTENT LES LEGISLATIVES 

I24, 20 Oct., 2015

 

Le parti libéral (centre) a remporté lundi les élections législatives canadiennes et son chef Justin Trudeau devrait former le prochain gouvernement, mettant fin à une décennie de pouvoir conservateur, selon les projections des chaînes de télévision CTV et CBC. A 43 ans, le fils de l'ancien Premier ministre Pierre Elliott Trudeau doit permettre aux libéraux de reprendre le pouvoir au Canada, pays qu'ils ont gouverné durant la majeure partie du XXe siècle. Justin Trudeau, deux ans après avoir pris les rênes du parti, va succéder au conservateur Stephen Harper, qui a échoué à décrocher un quatrième mandat.

 

Harper a présenté lundi soir sa démission de la direction du parti conservateur après la sévère défaite de sa formation. Depuis son fief de Calgary, dans l'Ouest canadien, M. Harper a félicité Justin Trudeau d'avoir mené les libéraux à la victoire. Après une décennie à la tête du Canada, M. Harper siègera au Parlement mais abandonne ses fonctions de chef de parti, a annoncé la formation conservatrice dans un communiqué.

 

Vers 22H37 locales (02H37 GMT mardi), CBC annonçait que les libéraux allaient être en mesure de former un gouvernement majoritaire. Les cris de liesse des partisans libéraux ont éclaté dès l'annonce des premiers résultats dans le grand hôtel montréalais où Justin Trudeau devait s'exprimer plus tard dans la soirée. Au déclenchement de la campagne, il y a 78 jours, Justin Trudeau pointait en troisième position derrière les conservateurs de M. Harper et les sociaux-démocrates du NPD de Thomas Mulcair.

 

Il a peu à peu refait son retard, notamment en annonçant qu'un gouvernement libéral n'hésiterait pas à rompre avec l'austérité des conservateurs, quitte à afficher des budgets déficitaires au cours des trois premières années du mandat afin d'investir dans les infrastructures du pays et de relancer la croissance, en berne depuis la chute du cours du pétrole il y a plus d'un an. Normalement plus à gauche que les libéraux, le NPD prodiguait pour sa part des budgets à l'équilibre.

 

Dans son programme électoral tourné vers la classe moyenne, Justin Trudeau promettait en outre d'imposer davantage les plus riches pour réduire la fiscalité de la grande masse des Canadiens. Sur le plan diplomatique, M. Trudeau compte suspendre les bombardements de l'aviation canadienne en Syrie et en Irak, et participer seulement à la coalition dirigée par les États-Unis pour former et conseiller les forces irakiennes et kurdes.

 

Sans donner de chiffres, il s'est également engagé à réduire les émissions canadiennes de gaz à effets de serre selon les cibles internationales. En 2011, le Canada était devenu sous les conservateurs de M. Harper le premier pays à se retirer du protocole de Kyoto. Pour signifier le retour du Canada dans la lutte contre les changements climatiques, M. Trudeau compte se rendre à la COP21 de Paris début décembre. Après des baisses de subventions drastiques des conservateurs dans la culture, M. Trudeau s'était également positionné pour un réinvestissement massif dans ce secteur, lourdement délaissé par les conservateurs.

 

POURQUOI IL FAUT LIRE LE NOUVEAU LIVRE

DE PIERRE-ANDRE TAGUIEFF SUR L'ANTISEMITISME                                                                              

Eric Keslassy                                                                                                  

Actuj, 18 Oct., 2015

 

Avec ce livre, Pierre-André Taguieff ne se contente pas de livrer une formidable synthèse des différentes formes de judéophobie qui sont apparues au cours de l’histoire (antijudaïsme chrétien, judéophobie antireligieuse des Lumières ou des premiers socialistes, l’antisémitisme racial et nationaliste et l’antisionisme radical), il poursuit un objectif intellectuel fondamental : montrer que le « terme » antisémitisme ne s’applique pas à toutes ces haines antijuives.  L’antisémitisme renvoie surtout à une vision raciale qui ne permet pas de comprendre ce qui les fonde avec précision. L’auteur se propose donc d’analyser avec rigueur le champ protéiforme de « l’antisémitisme » en dressant une véritable typologie des haines antijuives.

 

Ce louable effort de clarification se double d’un ton particulièrement utile aujourd’hui. Le dernier chapitre intitulé « Métamorphoses contemporaines de la judéophobie »montre combien une « image particulière des Juifs » s’est désormais imposée dans certains milieux, ce qui permet de rendre les Juifs responsables de tous les malheurs du monde. Le complot juif mondial est réactivé à partir d’Israël et devient le « complot sioniste mondial ».

 

Dans ce cadre, Taguieff montre avec une grande force le rôle joué par l’islamisme radical en citant notamment l’important théoricien des Frères musulmans, Sayyid Qutb, qui fait des Juifs les « ennemis de l’Islam » : « La guerre que, dès les premiers jours, les Juifs ont menée contre l’Islam et les musulmans n’a cessé de faire rage jusqu’aujourd’hui. » Quand on sait que l’attentat de l’hypercasher du 11 janvier 2015 a été perpétré par un « islamiste » voulant venger des « musulmans opprimés » (sans aucun doute par des Juifs !), cela fait froid dans le dos. C’est aussi l’honneur de Pierre-André Taguieff de ne pas hésiter à affirmer que derrière « l’antisionisme radical », ce sont en fait tout simplement les Juifs qui sont visés, en tant que « fils du diable ». Pour combattre un phénomène, il est indispensable de le regarder en face et de bien le connaître. Ce livre y contribue, en ayant l’immense avantage d’être à la portée de tous.

 

Shabbat Shalom  à tous nos lecteurs!

WHILE OBAMA FIDDLES: IRAN HAS “BOOTS ON THE GROUND” IN SYRIA, TESTS ICBM, RECEIVES RUSSIAN S-300

 

NB: EXCITING UPDATE TO OUR CONFERENCE: KEYNOTE ADDRESS WILL BE FROM RABBI IRVING GREENBERG, & A SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION FROM ELIE WIESEL!

 

Beth Tikvah Synagogue & CIJR Present: The Annual Sabina Citron International Conference: THE JEWISH THOUGHT OF EMIL L. FACKENHEIM: JUDAISM, ZIONISM, HOLOCAUST, ISRAEL — Toronto, Sunday, October 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The day-long Beth Tikvah Conference, co-chaired by Prof. Frederick Krantz (CIJR) and Rabbi Jarrod R. Grover (Beth Tikvah), open to the public and especially to students, features original papers by outstanding Canadian and international scholars, some his former students, on the many dimensions of Emil L. Fackenheim's exceptionally powerful, and prophetic thought, and on his rich life and experience. Tickets: Regular – $36; Seniors – $18; students free. For registration, information, conference program, and other queries call 1-855-303-5544 or email yunna@isranet.org. Visit our site: www.isranet.org/events.

Iran Steps Up Its Aggressions in the Region: Washington Post, Oct. 20, 2015— As they concluded the nuclear deal with Iran in July, President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry repeatedly suggested that it could open the way to cooperation with Tehran in resolving regional conflicts, beginning with the civil war in Syria.

Iranian Cheating: Michael Makovsky, Weekly Standard, Oct. 26, 2015 — Sunday, October 18, isn’t just a day of baseball playoffs and pro football games.

Meanwhile, Putin Is Also Arming Iran: Daniel Z. Katz, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 11, 2015— While all eyes are on Vladimir Putin’s machinations in Syria, deploying Russian fighters and troops, a potentially more dangerous Moscow effort in Iran is picking up steam.

Why the Iran Deal Ensures War: Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, Oct. 6, 2015 — There are several scenarios the Obama administration may be entertaining as it pursues its diplomacy in the Middle East.

 

On Topic Links

 

Ilan Berman: The Iran Deal – Outlook from Europe and Israel: Youtube, Sept. 21, 2015

Iran’s ‘Suicide Drones’ in Syria: Michael Rubin, Commentary, Oct. 22, 2015

Obama Will Be the Only Person Sticking to Iran Deal: Amir Taheri, New York Post, Oct. 11, 2015

The Limits of Iranian Power: Jonathan Spyer, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 11, 2015

                                      

                  

IRAN STEPS UP ITS AGGRESSIONS IN THE REGION                                                          

Washington Post, Oct. 20, 2015

 

As they concluded the nuclear deal with Iran in July, President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry repeatedly suggested that it could open the way to cooperation with Tehran in resolving regional conflicts, beginning with the civil war in Syria. They also promised the United States would push back if Iran instead stepped up its aggression. Just three months later, Iran’s most notorious general is overseeing a new offensive by thousands of Iranian, Iraqi and Lebanese fighters aimed at recapturing the Syrian city of Aleppo from rebel forces, including some backed by the United States. Mr. Obama shows no sign of responding.

 

The Iranian-led offensive, which is supported by Russian air power, appears to be the most aggressive intervention yet by Iran in the Syrian war. The Post reported that hundreds of troops from the elite Quds Force had been joined by thousands of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and forces from Lebanon’s Hezbollah, all under the command of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who previously directed attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. Far from accepting appeals from Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry to help broker a diplomatic settlement, Iran has joined with Russia to entrench the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and help it to recapture Aleppo and other parts of the country.

 

The attack is one of several provocative steps Tehran has taken as the nuclear deal has begun to come into effect. The same day the accord was debated by its parliament this month, the regime test-fired a nuclear-capable missile, violating a U.N. Security Council resolution. The White House acknowledged the infraction but pointed out that it was outside the bounds of the nuclear agreement. Also that day, Iranian television reported that The Post’s Jason Rezaian had been convicted on espionage charges after a closed trial. The administration condemned the verdict.

 

On Sunday, the United States and its European partners began taking steps to implement the nuclear accord. Much is now required of Iran: It must place 12,000 centrifuges into storage, ship 12 tons of enriched uranium out of the country and demolish the core of a plutonium reactor before it can receive the more than $100 billion in assets frozen under sanctions. It could be that the missile test and unjust conviction of Mr. Rezaian are the regime’s demonstration that its nuclear concessions will not change its hostile stance toward the West or its military ambitions. If so, it is a cruel tactic that uses Mr. Rezaian, a professional journalist and American citizen, as a human pawn.

 

But the Syrian offensive is certainly more than message-sending. If successful, it could eliminate the chance to construct a moderate, secular alternative to the Assad regime, and send hundreds of thousands more refugees across Syria’s borders. It was just such aggression that Mr. Obama acknowledged might be a byproduct of the nuclear deal — and that he vowed to resist. If he remains passive as Maj. Gen. Soleimani’s forces press forward, both Iranian and U.S. allies across the Middle East will conclude that there will be no U.S. check on an Iranian push for regional hegemony.                                                                            

                                                                       

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IRANIAN CHEATING

Michael Makovsky

Weekly Standard, Oct. 26, 2015

 

Sunday, October 18, isn’t just a day of baseball playoffs and pro football games. It’s “Adoption Day,” when all parties to the Iran nuclear deal must begin preparing to implement its terms. And while the Obama administration takes another opportunity to pat itself on the back for its achievement, Iran has offered the international community a clear signal of what it thinks about its obligations under the deal, as well as its strategic intentions. Just a week before Adoption Day, Iran test-fired a new precision-guided ballistic missile capable of delivering a 1,600-pound warhead to Israel or even southeastern Europe and designed to evade missile defense systems.

 

Legally, this launch was an indisputable violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929, passed in 2010, which dictates “Iran shall not undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology.” The Obama administration apparently found some wiggle room in the last five words of the UNSC injunction. Initially, White House press secretary Josh Earnest would only hazard that there are “strong indications” Iran violated the measure. Later, U.N. ambassador Samantha Power was prepared to make a more definitive legal judgment, but felt she lacked a sufficient grasp of reality to actually accuse Iran of a transgression. “If the facts are as we believe them to be,” she hedged, “it would violate U.N. Security Council resolutions.”

 

Ultimately, however, the legal status of Iran’s missile launch is unimportant to the administration. There is no lesson to be learned here, no reason to worry, and no illustration of Iran’s attitude toward international agreements. Sure, Earnest conceded, “We have seen Iran almost serially violate the international community’s concerns about their ballistic missile program.” But it would be wrong to draw conclusions from these offenses, which he considered “entirely separate” from the nuclear deal. After all, “in contrast to [these] repeated violations of the U.N. Security Council resolution .  .  . we’ve seen that Iran over the last couple of years has demonstrated a track record of abiding by the commitments that they made in the context of the nuclear talks.”

 

Even if this last assertion were true—which it is not—the conclusion the administration draws from it is frightening. Iranian cheating in one area, we are to believe, should not be taken to mean that Iran will cheat elsewhere, too. Cheating is not, we are to believe, a general characteristic of a vicious, authoritarian regime with nothing but contempt and hostility for the West and its international legal institutions.

 

The fact is that the larger implications of the missile launch are staring us in the face. Indeed, what is most stunning about Earnest’s statement is not the contention that Iran hasn’t cheated on its nuclear commitments but the implicit claim that Iran’s ballistic missile program is unconnected to the nuclear deal. Iran could build and fire as many missiles as it wanted, and Obama would be content to cherish the deal he achieved. And it is true the text of the deal contains no mention of ballistic missiles. They only appear on page 99 of an annex to UNSC Resolution 2231, which instantiates the deal, and only for the purpose of giving Iran permission, in eight years’ time, to pursue ballistic missile technology freely.

 

But this should tell us—and we argued at the time it did tell us—everything one needs to know about the deal. Ballistic missiles are not some minor offshoot of a nuclear weapons program. They are an integral part of any such program, providing the delivery vehicles necessary for getting a nuclear device on target. What need has Iran of such lethal projectiles if it has no nuclear weapons aspirations? Thanks to the administration’s obtuseness, or delusion, in believing these matters are “entirely separate,” Iran will be permitted to attain the capability to fire nuclear weapons anywhere in the world, including at the American homeland.

 

Combined with Tehran’s hostile rhetoric against Israel and the United States, plus Iran’s intensified cooperation with Russia in Syria, the ballistic missile launch confirms that the deal, contrary to administration rhetoric, has not and will not soften the edges of the murderous Iranian regime, empower moderates in Tehran, or pave the way to détente with Iran. It has only emboldened the Islamic Republic while destroying U.S. credibility. This was entirely obvious and predictable to anyone who sees the world as it is instead of through a delusional ideological prism.

 

Unfortunately, we have an administration deeply committed to its ideological prism. And it will remain in office for another 14 months. We also have a Congress that is entitled to try to make the world the next president faces less dangerous than it would otherwise be. Does the nuclear deal, which didn’t involve ballistic missiles, as the administration keeps reminding us, somehow require Congress to do nothing as Iran tests its missiles?

                                                                       

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MEANWHILE, PUTIN IS ALSO ARMING IRAN                                                                                 

Daniel Z. Katz

Wall Street Journal, Oct. 11, 2015

 

While all eyes are on Vladimir Putin’s machinations in Syria, deploying Russian fighters and troops, a potentially more dangerous Moscow effort in Iran is picking up steam. Media outlets are reporting that Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile systems may be delivered before the end of the year.

 

The S-300 is considered “defensive” and as such is not subject to United Nations sanctions. Each system fielded creates a formidable shield against air attacks over a large area. It operates as a battalion, at the center of which is a search radar that scans out to 180 miles and tracks up to 100 aircraft. All components of the S-300 are mounted on trucks and mobile in minutes. Surrounding it are six “batteries,” each composed of a guidance radar and up to eight launchers holding four missiles with a range of 90 miles. Each battery can fire on six targets at the same time, allowing a full battalion to engage 36 aircraft simultaneously. According to Russian reports, Iran will receive at least four battalions.

 

What does this mean if Iran violates its nuclear agreement and the U.S. or its allies are forced to strike its nuclear facilities? America has ways to defeat the system. Its arsenal boasts 20 stealth bombers, over a hundred F-22 stealth fighters and a growing number of stealthy F-35s—all of which would be difficult for the S-300 to detect. In addition, the U.S. operates over 100 jammer aircraft and possesses many missiles that can be fired from outside the range of the S-300. Still, the S-300 will be by far the most capable air-defense system fielded by Tehran and its deployment will increase the chances the U.S. will lose aircraft and pilots in any conflict.

 

What does the delivery mean for Israel, which has long considered an attack on Tehran’s enrichment sites? The arrival of the S-300 complicates what is already a difficult operation. None of Israel’s current aircraft are stealthy, and though it will start receiving F-35s in 2017, these lack the range to reach Iran unless they can refuel on the journey. But again, the S-300 doesn’t present an insurmountable barrier. The Israelis are known experts in electronic warfare and their military authorities have stated that they can counter the system.

 

The development is most threatening for America’s allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Tehran seeks to dominate the six Arab states along the Persian Gulf’s western coast. Their best deterrent is their small but capable air forces. Many of the Saudi and Emirati aircraft are of modern designs and have performed well in striking undefended targets in Libya, Iraq and Yemen. But none of these air forces operate stealthy aircraft, and none have executed the complex mission of dismantling a modern air-defense network.

 

The S-300 is not a “game-changer” but is a significant step forward for Iran’s defenses and a likely harbinger of future improvements. Two of the problems with the Iran nuclear deal is it allows research into advanced centrifuges while permitting the import of conventional weapons after five years—and that assumes Iran abides by the terms. If, in five to 10 years, Tehran decides this deal has outlived its usefulness, it can manufacture a disagreement and withdraw, and it will then possess better centrifuge designs and an array of advanced weapons with which to defend them, including the S-300.                

                                                                       

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WHY THE IRAN DEAL ENSURES WAR                                                                                              

Victor Davis Hanson

National Review, Oct. 6, 2015

 

There are several scenarios the Obama administration may be entertaining as it pursues its diplomacy in the Middle East. It may believe that the new agreement with Iran will lead to “engagement” with reform-minded theocrats. The idea is that this will insidiously liberalize the regime, empower a younger generation of pro-Western reformers, and put the theocracy on “an arc of history” back into the “family of nations.” Or perhaps an Obama-inspired second green revolution will overthrow the regime, and we will see a Euro-socialist Iranian republic renounce nuclear weapons — or at least, having inherited custodianship of the existing arsenal, oversee it in the fashion of democratic Israel or France.

 

Alternatively, the administration may imagine that a Shiite Axis — Iran, Syria, Iraq, Hezbollah, Hamas — empowered by Putin’s Russia, will balance the region, either, strategically, convincing the Sunni monarchies to accept the new balance of power, or, morally, ensuring that formerly outlaw anti-American radical regimes find parity with the pro-American conservative and right-wing regimes in Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf monarchies. Or, less concretely, the United States may simply wish to abdicate the Middle East and let the players there all fight it out, reentering when the players are worn out and defeated. All these scenarios are probably fantasies. In truth, the deal will make the world a much more dangerous place. Here are five reasons why.

 

I. How to Negotiate a Bomb The U.S. has now established an official blueprint on how to get nuclear weapons without being relegated to pariah status. Iran, unlike Pakistan and North Korea, is not renegading its way to nuclear weapons, but is negotiating its pathway with the approval of the West. Yet Iran’s government is just as unhinged as those of the last two nuclear newcomers, is more centrally positioned in the Middle East, and has far more financial resources, given its singular reserves of natural gas and oil. Other would-be nuclear nations will make the necessary adjustments, asking for similar sorts of American-backed supposed non-proliferation protocols, as they shadow Iran step by step into nuclear readiness. The combination of Iran’s transition to nuclear status under the aegis of the U.S., and the Obama administration’s simultaneous renunciation of America’s prior Middle East role, amounts to a one-two punch to the Sunni world, which will assume that neither conventional arsenals nor American guardianship will deter Iran. Again, the Sunni nations will eventually make the necessary nuclear adjustments in the manner that worked for Iran. A nuclear Middle East will be the bastard child of this treaty.

 

II. The Logic of Israel Conventional wisdom assures us that the Iranian nuclear facilities cannot be completely destroyed militarily. Any attempt to do so supposedly would fail to eliminate all the hidden and fortified enrichment plants and would only elicit both an Iranian conventional response and an asymmetrical terrorist response. Thus, Israel, for example, would not be so foolish as to try. Perhaps. But conventional wisdom does not always work in the Middle East in general, and in particular not for Israel, which has no margin for error, given its size and location. Instead, the impossible may in truth become the most likely. Israelis remember what the world’s assurances and civilized veneer got their ancestors the last time a head of state talked about eliminating Jews.

 

Israel’s leadership will not assume that even a 90 percent likelihood that Iran either won’t get nuclear weapons or won’t use them against Israel is good enough to ensure the impossibility of another Holocaust. Are Jews for the next 20 years supposed to listen to an Iranian general du jour wink and nod about nuclear weapons as he blusters about the end of the Jewish state, only to hear the next day that the supposed threat was due to a mistranslation of the Farsi or that it was an unauthorized outburst from a minor official — with the cycle of staged nuclear bombast starting again the next week and the week after that, as the world advises Israelis to watch their manners and observe proportionality?

 

I doubt that the descendants of those who went through the Holocaust are going to sit still permanently under an Iranian nuclear sword of Damocles and be serially teased about how frayed is the string holding it above them. Regional Götterdämmerung may seem preferable to certain eventual strangulation. And the pious assurances of John Kerry sound too much like those of an earlier generation of State Department blue-blood grandees like John McCloy and Breckinridge Long in the run-up to World War II — and are just as empty and in the end would prove just as cruel.

 

III. A Pitiful, Helpless Giant. The appearance of U.S. capitulation is already rippling throughout the world. President Obama has issued at least five deadlines about nuclear proliferation and then looked the other way as the Iranians have flouted them. For all the Western braggadocio about the Iran deal, most observers worldwide will glean from the agreement that a tired West caved on sanctions, was eager to trade with the Iranians and make money, is afraid to stand up to the theocracy and its supporters, and sees the deal as part of a grand recessional from past American prominence. It matters not whether this is a factual description of U.S. efforts to negotiate with Iran; it matters only that it is becoming the general global consensus. Evidence of that supposition includes the abrupt renunciation of the Oslo agreements by the Palestinians, and Putin’s brazen entry into and bombing in the Middle East and his sponsorship of a new Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian, and Hezbollah arc that will eventually threaten the Sunni oil producers…

 

The ripples of American impotence reach well beyond the Middle East, as we see with Putin’s inroads into the former subject nations of the Soviet Union, the sudden rearming of the Japanese, China’s indifference to warnings about cyber attacks and its new artificial atolls in the Pacific, and the increasing bluster of the Latin American socialist dictatorships. The world has been reviewing U.S. behavior via-à-vis Iran and has concluded that the only mystery is whether America’s enemies are now allowed to do as they please, or whether, in fact, they are no longer enemies but friends. The result is growing chaos. The medicine that will eventually be needed to treat this disease will make the post-Obama years the most dangerous era in American foreign policy since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

 

IV. The Collapse of Iranian Dissent There is no evidence, either from history or from the contemporary world, that engagement with an appeasing West infects dictatorial systems, as their enslaved masses get hooked on freedom and Western consumer junk, and eventually revolt. More likely the opposite is true. It was a minority of Germans that voted Hitler into power. Many of the Junkers on the German General Staff had, by 1938, rightly sized Hitler up as a dangerous nut whose insane geostrategic gambling was going to get an utterly unprepared Germany into a global war that it could not win. They were right, but entirely discredited after Munich. A Western sellout destroyed German clandestine opposition to Hitler, who boasted of his bullying as the German people basked in his reflected glory. What sent Hitler permanently into his Führerbunker and dissipated the once-adoring crowds was not the Munich Agreement, but Stalingrad, El Alamein, and Hamburg aflame. Carterism did not bring down the Berlin Wall, the implosion of the Soviet system did — because of the post-Carter pressures of the Reagan administration’s deterrent rhetoric and military renaissance. I-Phones and thousands of Chinese students at Berkeley and Yale have not created a liberated Tiananmen Square–like China or stopped Chinese cyber warfare.

 

The nuclear deal with Tehran will undermine Iranian dissidents. The Iranian economy, flush with cash and new oil revenues, will uplift the Iranian people, and the theocracy will rightly take the credit, adding the relish that its policies have both led to better economic times and rubbed the Great Satan’s snout in the muck. It may be true that Iranian youth love America, but that admiration was based on our own opposition to Iran’s eroding and incompetent seventh-century theocracy — not on our later appeasement and empowerment of the mullahs. The theocracy will gain public support from its new global status, likely acquisition of nuclear capability, and rebooted economy; its opponents will lose face, and the world will be the worse off….

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Ilan Berman: The Iran Deal – Outlook from Europe and Israel: Youtube, Sept. 21, 2015

Iran’s ‘Suicide Drones’ in Syria: Michael Rubin, Commentary, Oct. 22, 2015 — Earlier this year, the Islamic Republic News Agency had produced a story about the Iranian military’s development of “suicide drones,” in some way’s a poor man’s cruise missile, but in other ways more advantageous to their Iranian operators: the drone can operate and seek out targets of opportunity, be they targets on the ground or perhaps U.S. helicopters operating off ships in the Persian Gulf.

Obama Will Be the Only Person Sticking to Iran Deal: Amir Taheri, New York Post, Oct. 11, 2015— Sometime this week, President Obama is scheduled to sign an executive order to meet the Oct. 15 “adoption day” he has set for the nuclear deal he says he has made with Iran. According to the president’s timetable the next step would be “the start day of implementation,” fixed for Dec. 15.

The Limits of Iranian Power: Jonathan Spyer, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 11, 2015 — While regional news remains dominated by the dramatic events under way in Syria, further south and east important developments are taking place in one of the more neglected arenas of the regional struggle – Yemen.

 

 

 

 

Paul Merkley: THE PRESENT “TRUCE” IN THE WORLDWIDE “JIHAD”

 

 

 

The Muslim Attitude Towards the State of Israel

 

Why does the presence of the miniscule State of Israel, with its population of eight and one-quarter million, cause such derangement of life in its own neighborhood, where the descendants of Ishmael have 22 nations today with  a population of about 144 million, and where they occupy almost five million square miles — a landmass 450 times that of the Jewish state?

 

Why is it that the issue of Israel and her relationship with her neighbours is such an obsession at the U.N., where during its 2013 session the General Assembly adopted a total of 21 resolutions criticizing Israel directly but only 4 resolutions criticizing all the other nations in the rest of the world?

 

How is that secular “progressives,” hand-in-hand with  the leaders of “mainline” Christian denominations throughout our part of the world are signing-on today enthusiastically and with display of virtue to the proposition that removing Israel from the company of decent and legitimate nations will, at a stroke, remove the largest impediment to peace that exists in the world, allowing the lion to lie down with the lamb?

 

The bottom line here is that Israel’s offense follows not from any of the properties which Westerners (Christian or secular) imagine they can measure (size, population, wealth); nor does it follow from any of the categories of moral evaluation that they use when reckoning the rights and wrongs behind other current political issues. Israel’s offense follows from the pretensions of Islam – which follow from the message of its Prophet, Muhammad. It is because Israel is the only non-Muslim sovereign state in the heart of the Muslim world that Muslims cannot be at peace with it.  Israel has accomplished what is theologically impossible and impermissible. She has taken a portion of the Muslim world into the world of non-Islam.

 

Since 1969, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), with fifty-seven members, “the collective voice of the Muslim world” as it calls itself, has dealt the largest bloc of votes at the United Nations and in many other world bodies. The 140-odd non-Muslim nations, divided among themselves on all the other issues of the day, have learned to reap great rewards for displaying solidarity with the Muslim bloc. For example, thanks to their loyalty to the Muslim bloc, China, Russia, Cuba, and Venezuela have gained the necessary support for their inclusion on UN Human Rights Council, where they enjoy exemption from criticism for their own records while gleefully passing resolutions denouncing nations like Canada for theirs.

 

The Unforgivable Offense For Which Israel Must Answer.

 

The Qur’an states that, for their refusal  to heed the prophet, “humiliation and wretchedness were stamped upon them [the Jews] and they were visited with wrath from Allah.” (Sura II:61; cf., Sura III:112.)  Muslims understand this as an eternal judgment on the Jews. The creation of the State of Israel is an intolerable reversal of this judgment, an assault on the credibility of Islam which  cannot be permitted to stand. A Muslim contributor to  a Conference  of  the Life and Peace Institute of Uppsala (which “seeks to contribute to justice, peace and reconciliation through research, seminars and publications”) explained “the Muslim perspective” on the history of modern Israel to his  mainly Christian audience in 1992:

 

With the Balfour Declaration,] Britain granted Islamic land, which did not belong to Britain, to people who did not live on the land, and had no relation to it except a religious connection …  In the year 1967, Israel invaded and declared war on neighbouring Arab countries, and occupied all of Palestine. The West Bank, Gaza, the Sinai Desert, and the Syrian Golan Heights, and all Islamic holy places and shrines fell under Israeli military authority, most notably the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the 1st Qibla for Muslims.

 

The Qibla is the fixed point in the Mosque which indicates the direction in which to pray, which in every Mosque in the world today is towards Mecca. This  recital bears out the Islamic view that Muhammad’s original intention to pray towards Jerusalem, later corrected by himself in response to the Jews, “mockery” of his claims, now is to be understood as fixing the exclusiveness  of Islam’s claim to this Holy site no less than its claim to Mecca and Medina.

In Islam, nothing, once possessed, is ever  given up to the other side.  When, in June, 1967,  the combined Arab forces failed to save the “Holy Places of Islam”  from Israeli armies, “the responsibility for liberating the Mosque, as well as the Islamic land was transferred from their hands to the Islamic nations.”

 

Nothing will delay its liberation when a leader such as Saladin appears to call for struggle and gather Arab countries  … We lived on this land since the beginning of its existence.  We have never left it  … The occupation of Palestine left a deep wound in every Muslim’s heart  … In Islam, peace is the foundation upon which relations are built, according to God’s word.  All believers should participate and share in peace  … But Islam calls upon and orders Muslims to own all means of power and superiority as the Quranic verse says: “You have to prepare power by all means so as to  frighten your enemy.”

 

In Muslim eyes, Israel is the ultimate impediment in the way of the  ultimate subjection of us all to a worldwide regime of  under the direct rule of Allah.

 

Worldwide Jihad.

The Pakistani Muslim scholar Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi, the founder of the version of Muslim absolutism to which the principal terrorists appeal today, puts their hope before us in these terms:

 

Islam is not a normal religion like the other religions in the world, and Muslim nations are not like normal nations. Muslim nations are very special because they have a command from Allah to rule the entire world and to be over every nation in the world. . . .  Islam is a revolutionary faith that comes to destroy any government made by man. Islam doesn’t look for a nation to be in better condition than any other nation.  Islam doesn’t care about the land or who owns the land.  The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of mankind to the faith of Islam.  Any nation or power in this world that tries to get in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy. In order for Islam to fulfill that goal, Islam can use every power available every way it can be used to bring worldwide revolution. This is jihad. [From Jihad in Islam, as quoted by Mark Gabriel, Islam and Terrorism, pp. 81-82.]

 

Among the six fundamental duties which Muhammad imposed on all Muslims was that of jihad, Holy War, [Reuven Firestone, Jihad: The Origins of the Holy War in Islam (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999)] which Muhammad describes in his Qur’an  as follows:

Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. Lo, Allah loveth those who battle for his cause [Qur’an,II:190 –191]

When you meet the Unbelievers in fight, smite at their necks; at length when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them); thereafter is the time for either generosity or ransom, unless the war lays down its burdens. [XLVII: 4]

 

The recent video-images of lines of young Christian men being paraded in bonds prior to their decapitation under the sword of their ISIS captors should leap to all minds.

 

Apologists for Islam who work in our local vineyards (rather than in locations at the heart of Islam, where their irenic declarations might actually do some good) ) strive heroically to persuade us that these bloody-minded injunctions and countless others  scattered throughout the Qur’an and among  the ahadith do not, of course, mean what they plainly mean. Many of these apologists find support from the eminent translator of the Qur’an and commentator, A  Yusuf Ali scholar, who explains, in exegesis of Qur’an IX:20:

 

The essence of Jihad … consists in … a true and sincere Faith , which so fixes its gaze on God, that all selfish or worldly motives seem paltry and fade away… Mere brutal fighting is opposed to the whole spirit of Jihad,  while the sincere scholar’s pen or preacher’s voice or wealthy man’s contribution may be the most valuable forms of jihad. (The Holy Qur’an: Text, Translation and Commentary, Brentwood Maryland, Amana Corp, 1983., page 444.]

 

I submit that this prissy view is simply incompatible in word and spirit with the texts just cited. Nowhere in these texts do we find the least hint of the pen being mightier than the sword.

 

***dar-al-Harb and dar-al-Islam.

Under the doctrine of jihad, we find everything we need to know about where human affairs are tending and how it will all end. The world is divided into two irreconcilable camps: (i) the dar-al-Harb (the territory of War) and (ii) the  dar-al-Islam, the territory which has been taken irreversibly out of the dar-al-Harb  and is now submitted eternally to Allah. In the dar-al-Islam, Islam rules everything. In the dar-al-Harb, Islam rules nothing  (which does not contradict the other reality, that Allah rules over everything.)

 

Islam forbids that there should ever be peace for Muslims so long as any part of Allah’s world withholds submission (which is what “Islam” means.)  Reconciliation between dar-al-Islam and any part of dar-al-Harb is not envisioned for a moment. A state of truce is permitted, so long as it is modeled on truces with the infidels which the Prophet promoted from time to time in his lifetime – the exemplary instance being the Treaty of Khudaibiya (628AD). The story here is that transitory weakness in fighting numbers forced Muhammad to enter into truce with the local Jewish armies – a truce that from the first he fully intended to violate — and did violate, without notice, Muslim notions of truthful speaking being what they are,  when his side became stronger than that of the Jews. (Yasir Arafat and his successors in the PA brazenly invoke this Treaty of Khudaibiya when challenged by Arabs to explain why they feel it necessary to negotiate from time to time with the Israelis.)

 

Whether we  recognize it or not, the non-Muslim world — that includes us! — exists today under a truce like that under which non-Muslim Arabia existed in the days when Muhammad set out on conquest of the world for Allah.

WEDNESDAY’S “NEWS IN REVIEW” ROUND-UP

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MEDIA-OCRITY OF THE WEEK: “As for Mr. Netanyahu, in the most recent Israeli election, he raised the expectation that he could never, and would never, accept a Palestinian state in the West Bank…Yet that would be an essential part of any real solution. That leaves a yawning gap between the Israeli government and the PA. So it’s not really surprising that some young Palestinians, a number of them from East Jerusalem, are acting violently on their own, by themselves, with no sign of leadership…Some media reports speak of a “wave,” a “flare,” a “spike in violence” or “lone wolves.” Others are predicting a third Intifada, including Isaac Herzog, the Leader of the Opposition in Israel, and Ismail Haniyeh, the main leader in Gaza. Mercifully, or prudently, Hamas has so far not gone beyond moral support. … As ever, the two-state solution is the only viable hope, but the path to it is unclear, and the leaders are lacking. Mr. Abbas and Mr. (Netanyahu) should move on.” —Editorial  (Globe & Mail, Oct. 15, 2015) 

 

Contents: |  Weekly QuotesShort Takes   |  On Topic Links

 

On Topic Links

 

Gaza Imam: Jews Are Brothers of Apes and Pigs, We Will Pray in Tel Aviv (Video): Memri, Oct. 14, 2015

Follow the Terror-Brick Road: Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Town Hall, Oct 14, 2015

Canada Loses a Moral Compass: Michael Rubin, Commentary, Oct. 20, 2015

A Path Out of the Middle East Collapse: Henry A. Kissinger. Wall Street Journal, Oct. 16, 2015

 

WEEKLY QUOTES

 

“I’m opposed to the BDS movement. I think that it’s an example of the new form of anti-Semitism in the world, as Irwin Cotler points out, an example of the three “Ds”: demonization of Israel, delegitimization of Israel, and double standard applied toward Israel. I’m all for freedom of speech and expression in Canada, and we need to be sure we’re defending that. But when Canadian university students are feeling unsafe on their way to classes because of BDS or Israel Apartheid Week, that just goes against Canadian values. And I have said so, not just in news interviews, but in person on university campuses.” — Liberal Party leader, and Canadian Prime Minister elect, Justin Trudeau. Trudeau will become Canada’s 23rd prime minister after his party steamrolled to a stunning majority victory Monday. (CJN, Oct. 15, 2015)

 

"Now we have a new big lie. That new big lie is that Israel is executing Palestinians." — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. PA President Mahmoud Abbas ignited an uproar in Israel after falsely claiming in a televised speech that Israelis had "summarily executed" Ahmed Manasra, when the 13-year-old actually was recovering at an Israeli hospital after he stabbed two Israelis, including a boy his own age. Israel has repeatedly accused Abbas of fomenting violence with what it says are incendiary comments. Still, Netanyahu said he would be "perfectly open" to meeting Abbas to address what the Israeli leader said was a wave of incitement. (National Post, Oct. 16, 2015)

 

“The Palestinian attack on Joseph’s Tomb reminds us of the actions of the most extreme Islamist elements, from Afghanistan to Libya.” — Dore Gold, Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Palestinians set fire at dawn on Friday to a holy site known as Joseph’s Tomb, in the PA-controlled city of Nablus in the West Bank, damaging the tiny stone compound that many Jews believe is the burial place of the son of the biblical patriarch Jacob. (New York Times, Oct. 16, 2015)

 

“I want a gun not so much because I’m worried for my own safety, but because I’ll be better prepared to protect other people from attacks,” — Jerusalem resident Netanel Oberman. The Israeli government responded to the rising demand for weapons with a decision to ease gun ownership rules, including allowing some municipalities to issue temporary licenses for the first time. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, filmed recently carrying his own Glock pistol, has called for legal gun owners to arm themselves. (Bloomberg, Oct. 15, 2015)

 

“A wave of terror continues to spread across the nation and it spares no one – babies, children, men and women…Everyone is considered a walking target…Israelis do not feel safe walking down the street, they avoid taking the bus to work, and they fear for the lives of their children every time they walk out the door… in a particularly shocking and horrific attack, two Palestinian teenagers, one of them merely 13 years old, stabbed a 13-year-old boy riding his bicycle and an Israeli man who was walking down the street…Such acts of pitiless slaughter” are a “direct result of Palestinian incitement.” — Danny Danon, in his first appeal as Israeli ambassador to the UN. The incitement “deliberately aims to inflame Palestinian children’s minds with hate,” and the attacks are a result of the propagation of “false allegations against Israel, in particular regarding the status quo on the Temple Mount, even though the prime minister clearly stated time and again that Israel is fully committed to maintaining it.” In his statement addressed to the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council, the new ambassador stressed that “only the cessation of the incitement will alleviate this dangerous situation and bring calm and security to the region.” (Jerusalem Post, Oct. 14, 2015) 

 

“In order to want to have to go and stab somebody because of who they are, that person first has to be dehumanized. We saw this in 1939. Jews were dehumanized into Untermenschen before they were massacred by the Nazis, and today in Palestinian society, Jews are considered the children of apes and pigs and are accused of a litany of false crimes…The Palestinian Authority-controlled areas are the most antisemitic territories in the world, where, according to the ADL, 93 percent hold antisemitic views.”Algemeiner Editor Dovid Efune. (Algemeiner, Oct. 19, 2015)

 

“It's striking how, when it comes to these issues, some otherwise intelligent and thoughtful people in government, media, or think tanks, just shut down their critical faculties. Instead, they resort to a Pavlovian response mechanism that essentially rejects any possible legitimacy for the Israeli position and blindly defends whatever Palestinian narrative comes along. In this mindset, if Israelis are being shot or stabbed, they must have done something to "deserve" it. If Israeli authorities mobilize the army and police to stop the terrorism, then, by definition, Israel is using "excessive force." No matter how inflammatory President Abbas's speeches at the UN may be, he is a man of "peace." No matter how many times Israeli leaders call for face-to-face negotiations with the Palestinians, Israel is always branded as the "obstacle" to peace. Isn't it long overdue to get real, see things as they actually are, and stop living in a world of self-imposed illusions and falsehoods?” — AJC Executive Director David Harris (Huffington Post, Oct. 11, 2015)

 

“(Iran’s) ballistic missile test is troubling for three primary reasons. First, this test furthers Iran's ICBM program. An ICBM is not tangential or unrelated to Iran's nuclear program. The sole purpose of an Iranian ICBM is to enable delivery of a nuclear weapon to the United States… Second, this long-range ballistic missile that Iran tested last weekend likely improves Tehran's ability to target Israel-our closest and most reliable ally in the Middle East. A threat combines hostile intent and capability…Third…this latest violation of international law demonstrates Tehran's continued willingness to ignore its obligations. As White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday, "We have seen Iran…almost serially violate the international community's concerns about their ballistic missile program." We could not agree more.” — Letter to Obama by U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R) and Mark Kirk (R). Iranian media reported last week that the regime’s military successfully tested a long-range ballistic missile, which is likely capable of hitting Europe and Israel. French officials have also condemned Iran’s rogue behavior. (Breitbart, Oct. 15, 2015) 

 

“We need to plan to confront nuclear and non-nuclear issues…Iran continues to send weapons to Hezbollah, Hamas and Assad in Syria. It is imperative that the breach with the US is healed in order to control Iran’s activities that continue to create chaos throughout the region…We must never lose sight of the fact that when the 15-year term of the Iran deal ends, Iran may very well have an unlimited stockpile of centrifuges.” — Maj. General (res.) Amos Yadlin, former head of IDF Military Intelligence. Speaking to more than 1,300 Israeli Americans in Washington, Yadlin said: “The deal is a catastrophe but it is done and unfortunately the issue is not going away. How do we go forward to deal with the deal?” (Jewish Press, Oct. 19, 2015)

 

“Syria may be beyond any solution…Half the remaining population has escaped the war zones and they lack jobs or homes. Many of the towns have suffered a great deal of damage.” —Anthony Cordesman, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. With Russian warplanes in the air and Iranian special forces on the ground, an emboldened President Assad is turning back to the biggest trophy in his country’s civil war, and this time Europe is also on the front line. Should Aleppo and other Sunni towns fall to Assad’s forces, the potential for another, larger, wave of refugees would be nightmarish, according to one official in a European government. (Bloomberg, Oct. 18, 2015)

 

“Syria is the four cities: if you own them, you own Syria…I suspect that the government believes that if they can own the four cities and win over the urban population, the countryside will eventually have to fall in line…This larger war of Sunnis versus Shiites is only at its beginning…If you create a rump state that includes all the Sunni cities, you still have this fundamental problem: who is going to rule, Sunnis or Shiites? It doesn’t solve the problem.” — Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. (Bloomberg, Oct. 18, 2015)

 

“It makes no difference whether we’re in Iraq or Syria, we consider it the same front line because we are fighting the same enemy…We are all the followers of (Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali) Khamenei and will go and fight to defend the holy sites and Shiites everywhere.” —a spokesman for Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, an Iraqi Shiite militia that says it has fighters around Aleppo. Saidi said the group has been sending reinforcements to Syria for several months but declined to give numbers. (Washington Post, Oct. 19, 2015)

 

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SHORT TAKES

 

10 ISRAELIS KILLED, 112 HURT IN PAST THREE WEEKS OF TERROR WAVE  (Jerusalem) — According to Magen David Adom, Israel's national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service, as of Tuesday, 10 Israelis have been killed and 112 wounded since the current wave of Palestinian terrorism began three weeks ago. In the near-daily attacks that include stabbings, shooting and vehicular attacks, 11 Israelis have been seriously wounded, 17 moderately hurt, and 84 lightly wounded. (Jerusalem Post, Oct. 20, 2015)

 

TWO DEAD, TEN INJURED IN SHOOTING ATTACK IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL (Beersheba) —A Palestinian terrorist opened fire on passengers at the central bus station in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba Sunday, injuring ten people and killing a soldier. Another man, an Eritrean asylum seeker, was shot and critically injured by a security guard who mistook him for a terrorist. The man was then kicked by bystanders who also believed he was a Palestinian assailant. He succumbed to his wounds. The soldier who died of his wounds has been named as Sgt. Omri Levy (19). (I24, Oct. 19, 2015)

 

PALESTINIAN POSING AS JOURNALIST STABS IDF SOLDIER IN HEBRON (Hebron) — An Israeli soldier was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba near Hebron on Friday. The Palestinian attacker posed as a photojournalist, and was wearing a yellow “press” vest at the time of the attack, according to the IDF. The attacker was shot dead by soldiers at the scene. After another week of deadly attacks and clashes with Palestinians across the country and in the West Bank, Israel beefed up its security presence Friday in preparation for an outbreak of fresh violence. (Times of Israel, Oct. 16, 2015)

 

ARAB PROPOSAL TO U.N. OVER WESTERN WALL STIRS NEW CONCERN (Jerusalem) —U.N. officials have objected to a proposal by some Arab states to classify the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, as part of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, following denunciations by Israel and many U.S. Jewish groups. The proposal is contained in a draft resolution to the executive board of Unesco. The Unesco director general, Irina Bokova, expressed her objection to the resolution, saying it “could be seen to alter the status of the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls.” The proposal has emerged at a time when deadly violence between Israelis and Palestinians has been flaring over the Al Aqsa compound, known as the Temple Mount to Jews. Attempts to bring the measure up for a vote as early as Tuesday appeared to have been delayed. (New York Times, Oct. 20, 2015)

 

NETANYAHU ACCUSED OF ‘ABSOLVING HITLER’ FOR HOLOCAUST (Jerusalem) — Prime Minister Netanyahu was pounded with a barrage of condemnations after he claimed that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler only decided on the mass extermination of Europe’s Jews after receiving input on the matter from Jerusalem’s then-grand mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian nationalist widely acknowledged as a fervent Jew-hater. “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time… He wanted to expel the Jews,” Netanyahu said. “And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here [to mandatory Palestine],'” continued the prime minister. “‘So what should I do with them?’ He [Hitler] asked,” according to Netanyahu. “He [Husseini] said, ‘Burn them.'” The Prime Minister later said he had merely intended to drive home the enormity of the mufti’s role as the originator of contemporary Palestinian “incitement” against Jews. (Times of Israel, Oct. 21, 2015)

 

OBAMA ABANDONS PLEDGE TO EXIT AFGHANISTAN (Washington) — President Obama on Thursday abandoned his pledge to end America’s longest war, announcing plans to keep at least 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017 and hand the conflict off to his successor. Obama had originally planned to withdraw all but a small embassy-based force from Afghanistan at the end of next year, shortly before leaving office. The president’s decision was reinforced when Taliban fighters took control of the key northern city of Kunduz late last month, leading to a protracted battle with Afghan forces supported by U.S. airstrikes. During the fighting, a U.S. air attack hit a hospital, killing 12 Doctors Without Borders staff and 10 patients. (National Post, Oct. 16, 2015)

 

TRUDEAU TO OBAMA: CANADA TO PULL OUT OF BOMBING CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISIS (Washington) — Canada's new leader-in-waiting says he intends to follow through on his campaign promise to pull the country out of the U.S.-led bombing campaign against I.S. in Syria and Iraq. Justin Trudeau said he has already told President Obama of his plans. Trudeau is expected to take office in the coming weeks, replacing Prime Minister Harper, who sent Canadian warplanes to carry out airstrikes against I.S. Canada's bombing raids started hitting I.S. positions in Iraq in November 2014 and expanded into Syria in April. As of last week, Canada's six Hornet fighters in the region had flown 1,046 sorties in the operation, according to the military. (CNN, Oct. 21, 2015)

 

SYRIAN REGIME EXPANDS GROUND OFFENSIVE TO ALEPPO (Damascus) — Syrian pro-regime forces backed by Russian airstrikes have expanded their ground offensive to the strategic city of Aleppo. Losing partial control of the city, which was once Syria’s largest, was an embarrassment to the regime. But with the backing of Russian warplanes, Iranian forces and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, Assad’s forces could now be in position to regain large parts of the city and the surrounding countryside. On Sunday, the regime captured a village and U.S.-backed rebels destroyed two regime tanks using American-supplied weapons as they tried to stem the regime’s progress. In a rare move, the offensive is being led by regime-allied Iranian fighters. (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 18, 2015)

 

'FIRST RUSSIAN CASUALTIES' IN SYRIA (Damascus) —  Three Russians fighting alongside government forces have been killed in Syria, it was reported on Tuesday, in what would be the first Russian casualties since Moscow’s intervention in the war there began three weeks ago. Pro-Syrian government military sources said three Russians were killed when shelling hit their positions near Latakia on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. About 20 Russians were stationed at a position near Nabi Younis where the three were killed, according to the monitoring group. The news of casualties comes as Syrian forces backed by Russian air power and Iranian troops and fighters from Hezbollah pressed on with offensives on several fronts.  (Telegraph, Oct. 20, 2015)

 

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL FORMALLY ADOPTED  (Washington) — The White House began implementing its nuclear agreement with Iran with an eye toward lifting expansive sanctions imposed on Tehran in the past decade. Concerns from opponents of the deal continued to grow, however, as senior administration officials during the weekend played down the importance of a UN  probe into whether Tehran has attempted to secretly develop the technologies needed to build atomic weapons. The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, is committed under the deal to release a report about Iran’s alleged weaponization work. U.S. officials over the weekend said the report would have no bearing on moves by the international community to lift sanctions. U.S. officials had previously said sanctions wouldn’t be lifted unless Iran substantively cooperated with the U.N. probe. (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 19, 2015)

 

HAJJ DISASTER DEATH TOLL AT LEAST 2,121 (Mecca) — The crush and stampede that struck the hajj last month in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,121 pilgrims, a new AP tally showed Monday, after officials in the kingdom met to discuss the tragedy. The toll keeps rising from the Sept. 24 disaster outside Mecca as individual countries identify bodies and work to determine the whereabouts of hundreds of pilgrims still missing. The official Saudi toll of 769 people killed and 934 injured has not changed since Sept. 26, and officials have yet to address the discrepancy. Iran has repeatedly blamed the disaster on the Saudi royal family, accusing it of mismanagement and of covering up the real death toll, which Tehran says exceeds 4,700, without providing evidence. (CBC, Oct. 19, 2015)

 

BRITAIN UNVEILS PLANS TO FIGHT EXTREMISM IN YOUNG MUSLIMS (London) —  Britain has announced new measures intended to prevent the radicalization of young Muslims. In a new counter-extremism strategy, the government outlined a range of plans, including moves to prevent radical material from being posted online and to bar anyone who expresses conviction to commit terrorist crimes or extremist activities from working with children. A panel will examine the application of Shariah law in Britain, and another will seek to ensure that schools, colleges and local authorities are protected against infiltration by extremists. Prime Minister Cameron has described the battle against Islamic extremism as one of the great struggles of his generation. (New York Times, Oct. 19, 2015)

 

MINISTERS APPROVE BARRING BDS ACTIVISTS’ ENTRY INTO ISRAEL (Jerusalem) — The Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Monday approved a bill by MK Yinon Magal to prevent the entry of anti-Israel boycott activists into the Jewish state. The bill amends the 1952 Entry into Israel Law, which regulates entry into the country of persons who are not citizens of Israel or immigrants, and the arrangement for their stay in the country. Under the new bill, persons active in or are members in NGOs promoting boycotting Israel will not be allowed to enter Israeli territory, for work or tourism. In the coming weeks the bill will be presented to the Knesset for first out of readings on its way to becoming law. (Jewish Press, Oct. 19, 2015)

 

BLOGGER CAMPAIGNS TO MAKE ISRAEL'S VOICE HEARD IN NYT (New York) — As terrorism in Israel continues to make international headlines, Elad Nehorai, who runs the Jewish blog Pop Chassid, has felt very frustrated following the U.S. media. Nehorai started a crowd-funding page in order to raise enough money to buy a full-page ad in The New York Times. The goal is to use it to publish a “comprehensive list of all the attacks against the Jewish people of Israel” and expose the paper’s readers to “the other side of the story.” Nehorai’s initiative was noticed by StandWithUs, an organization that advocates for Israel, who offered to let him buy the advertisement under its nonprofit status, which significantly brought down the price. (Jerusalem Post, Oct. 14, 2015)

 

CZECHS BEAT DRUMS TO MARK 1ST TRANSPORT OF JEWS TO DEATH CAMPS (Prague) — Hundreds of people are beating drums in Prague to mark the 74th anniversary of the first Czech Jews sent to Nazi death camps during World War II. The transports began Oct. 16, 1941, with the first of the five trains heading for Lodz in Poland, which was occupied by the Nazis, as was the former Czechoslovakia, where Prague was located. Of the 5,000 Jews in them, less than 300 survived. Further transports followed. Nearly 120,000 Jews lived in the country before the war. More than 80,000 of them perished in the Holocaust. (U.S. News, Oct. 16, 2015)

 

HOUSEFATHER HOLDS MOUNT ROYAL FOR THE LIBERALS  (Montreal) — In one of the most-watched races in Canada’s recent election, particularly for the Jewish community, Mount Royal was the riding the Conservatives had pinned their hopes on for making a breakthrough in Montreal. But in the end, it wasn’t even close. Liberal Anthony Housefather decisively defeated Conservative Robert Libman maintaining a 75-history of Liberal hegemony in Mount Royal, the riding held by outgoing MP Irwin Cotler. The riding has a large Jewish population, the second largest in Canada—36.3 percent. According to Elections Canada, the final tally was Housefather 50 per cent (more than 24,000 votes), Libman 38 per cent, and the NDP’s Mario Jacinto Rimbao eight per cent. (CJN, Oct. 20, 2015)

On Topic Links 

 

Gaza Imam: Jews Are Brothers of Apes and Pigs, We Will Pray in Tel Aviv (Video): Memri, Oct. 14, 2015 — Calling to wage Jihad against "the brothers of apes and pigs" in the streets and alleys of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Abu Sa'da, in a sermon delivered at the Abdallah Azzam Mosque, Gaza, said that they were awaiting their leader to proclaim: "You will all be praying your afternoon prayer in Tel Aviv, Allah willing."

Follow the Terror-Brick Road: Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Town Hall, Oct 14, 2015—On October 3rd, Muhannad Halabi knifed his way into Palestinian hearts. The law student stabbed Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi, Aharon Bennett, Bennet’s wife and two-year-old son in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Canada Loses a Moral Compass: Michael Rubin, Commentary, Oct. 20, 2015 —Apparently antagonized by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s sometimes-brash leadership style and itching for change after almost a decade of conservative rule, Canadians have delivered Harper a surprising and decisive defeat at the polls.

A Path Out of the Middle East Collapse: Henry A. Kissinger. Wall Street Journal, Oct. 16, 2015 —The debate about whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran regarding its nuclear program stabilized the Middle East’s strategic framework had barely begun when the region’s geopolitical framework collapsed.

 

 

 

 

 

WHILE CANADIANS CHOOSE TRUDEAU AS LEADER, U.S. REVERSES AFGHAN WITHDRAWAL

 

NB: EXCITING UPDATE TO OUR CONFERENCE: KEYNOTE ADDRESS WILL BE FROM RABBI IRVING GREENBERG, & A SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION FROM ELIE WIESEL!

 

Beth Tikvah Synagogue & CIJR Present: The Annual Sabina Citron International Conference: THE JEWISH THOUGHT OF EMIL L. FACKENHEIM: JUDAISM, ZIONISM, HOLOCAUST, ISRAEL — Toronto, Sunday, October 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The day-long Beth Tikvah Conference, co-chaired by Prof. Frederick Krantz (CIJR) and Rabbi Jarrod R. Grover (Beth Tikvah), open to the public and especially to students, features original papers by outstanding Canadian and international scholars, some his former students, on the many dimensions of Emil L. Fackenheim's exceptionally powerful, and prophetic thought, and on his rich life and experience. Tickets: Regular – $36; Seniors – $18; students free. For registration, information, conference program, and other queries call 1-855-303-5544 or email yunna@isranet.org. Visit our site: www.isranet.org/events.

 

Back to the Future, With the Kid: Margaret Wente, Globe & Mail, Oct. 20, 2015— A moment came during the red tidal wave Monday night when a friend turned to me in awe.

Obama’s Afghan Reversal: Wall Street Journal, Oct. 15, 2015 — If there is a single element of consistency in President Obama’s foreign policy it is his desire to end and avoid U.S. military engagements.

Plan B for Libya: Gal Luft, American Interest, Oct. 1, 2015— The September 20 deadline for establishing a unity government in war-torn Libya ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting came and went …

Assassination Attempt in Tunisia Highlights Mounting Challenges: Farah Samti & Kareem Fahim, New York Times, Oct. 9, 2015 — Hours before the Norwegian Nobel Committee gave its highest-profile honor to a coalition of Tunisian groups …

 

On Topic Links

 

America’s Failed Foreign Policy: Margaret Wente, National Post, Oct. 20, 2015

Obama Deploys Troops to Cameroon to Fight Boko Haram: Frances Martel, Breitbart, Oct. 15, 2015

Mideast Turmoil Strengthens Sudan’s Regime: Yaroslav Trofimov, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 15, 2015

Toward a Post-Obama Middle East: Conrad Black, National Review, Oct. 7, 2015

                                      

                            

BACK TO THE FUTURE, WITH THE KID                                                                                 

Margaret Wente                                                                                                  

Globe & Mail, Oct. 20, 2015

 

A moment came during the red tidal wave Monday night when a friend turned to me in awe. The CBC’s seat counter had just clicked past 180 for the Liberals. “Oh my God,” she said. “What have we done?” No one, even diehard Conservatives, doubted that Stephen Harper deserved to lose. But even diehard Liberals wonder if Justin Trudeau deserved to win a majority government on his very first try, without the customary test of having to prove himself in Opposition, or, for that matter, any other responsible post in government. It’s like giving your kid the keys to the Ferrari before he’s finished driving lessons.

 

“I never thought this was in the realm of possibility,” one voter told the CBC. “I wanted the young son to squeak in and be supported by maybe more experienced people.” “Oh well,” said one of my Liberal friends cheerily. “At least he’ll have adult supervision.”

 

No one called this one. What happened was a snowball that picked up momentum as it went. During the last few days of the campaign it became a monster. The opinion polls were accurate about the fate of the Conservatives. What they didn’t catch was the dramatic collapse of the New Democratic Party. People decided Justin was the best anti-Harper and stampeded over to his side. And that is how Tom Mulcair’s dreams of glory melted in an instant.

 

All of a sudden Canada’s political alignment looks a lot like it did 30 years ago – before the Harper decade, before the fragmentation of the right, before Happy Jack Layton created the hope that the NDP could be something more than an also-ran. The Liberals and Conservatives have most of the seats, and the PM is a handsome guy named Trudeau with three photogenic kids and a gorgeous wife. Break out those bell-bottoms and love beads. The ’70s are back! This is not a bad outcome. A strong, stable majority government with a healthy opposition will give us four blissfully election-free years. There will be none of the nail-biting uncertainty that afflicts a minority government. The Governor-General can return to his ceremonial duties. The Conservatives will regroup, rethink and rebuild. One day they’ll be contenders again.

 

So what will Prime Minister Trudeau do with all that horsepower? His policy proposals (which many voters are only dimly aware of) are also a blast from the past. Expand the government. Tax breaks for the usual suspects, especially the sacred middle class (on top of the tax breaks they’ve been showered with for the past 10 years). Soak the rich some more and pretend it makes a difference. Deficit spending, whether or not we need it, on infrastructure projects that may or may not help the economy. But no idea of how to get our landlocked oil to markets, or any comprehensive plan to spur innovation and economic growth.

 

Mr. Trudeau’s foreign policy ideas are naive and nostalgic. They harken back to the golden age of peacekeeping and multilateralism, as if blue berets and good intentions could defeat Islamic State. Those ideas resonate with voters, because they like to think of Canada as a force for good in the world. Unfortunately, the world is a nastier, messier place than it used to be, and niceness does not go very far.

 

One of the few people to see the landslide coming was Brian Mulroney, a political junkie who knows every one of Canada’s 338 ridings inside-out. He has warned that Mr. Trudeau is a man of consequence, and last week he was telling friends to expect something big. Mr. Mulroney should know – it was a landslide that swept him into office in 1984, giving him the biggest majority in history. The joke was that if the election had lasted two weeks longer, he would have taken every single seat. (The tide went out in 1993, when his Progressive Conservatives were reduced to a pathetic two seats.)

 

“I ran and was successful because I wasn’t Pierre Trudeau,” Mr. Mulroney said Monday night. “Jean Chrétien ran and was successful because he wasn’t Brian Mulroney, and Justin Trudeau tonight was successful because he wasn’t Stephen Harper.” It’s high tide for Mr. Trudeau now. Does he have the smarts and instincts to make the most of it? We’ll have four years to find out. And I, for one, wish him well.

                                                                                   

                                                                       

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OBAMA’S AFGHAN REVERSAL

Wall Street Journal, Oct. 15, 2015

 

If there is a single element of consistency in President Obama’s foreign policy it is his desire to end and avoid U.S. military engagements. In 2011 he withdrew the final U.S. troops from Iraq. He had planned to do the same in Afghanistan, but on Thursday the President hit the pause button. For now, 9,800 American boots will remain on Afghan soil.

 

Mr. Obama is to be commended for changing his mind. He has been building a reputation for being impervious to counterargument, and here he listened to his generals. Senior officers earlier recommended that the U.S. keep up to 20,000 troops in Afghanistan, warning that a lesser number would put the fledgling Afghan army at risk from the Taliban. Those warnings became reality last month when the Taliban overran Kunduz, a major city in northern Afghanistan. With U.S. air support, the Afghans recaptured Kunduz, but Islamist fighters still threaten elsewhere. Fighting has broken out in a third of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, with the terrorists, who now include Islamic State fighters, threatening Ghazni, another major city not far from Kabul. Last week U.S. forces led a sweep in southern Kandahar province against two large al Qaeda training camps.

 

It is possible that what drove Mr. Obama’s decision was concern that an Afghanistan overrun by terrorists, as ISIS had done in western Iraq, would leave his foreign-policy reputation in tatters. In a remarkably weary announcement Thursday, Mr. Obama said, “As you are all well aware, I do not support the idea of endless war.” The irony is that Mr. Obama is likely to bequeath “endless war” in the Middle East and Afghanistan to his successor. The central issue now is whether the Administration will do enough militarily in Afghanistan to ensure that the war inherited by the next President isn’t worse than it is today.

 

Mr. Obama said the U.S. military mission will remain primarily “supporting counterterrorism operations against the remnants of al-Qaeda.” Surely this understates the nature and scale of the current threat to Afghanistan. It is also troubling to note that Mr. Obama restated his goal of reducing U.S. troop levels there to 5,500 by January 2017. Press reports are calling this a “reversal,” given his prior goal of only 1,000 residual forces by then. But will even 5,500 troops prevent the Taliban, al Qaeda and ISIS fighters from taking large swaths of Afghanistan?

 

The U.S. continues to have some 29,000 troops in South Korea, 62 years after its war with the North ended. Their presence has kept the peace and allowed East Asia to flourish. If instead Mr. Obama gives the Afghans inadequate support, “endless war” will run deep into the next American Presidency. 

 

                                                                       

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PLAN B FOR LIBYA                                                                                                            

Gal Luft                                                                                                              

American Interest, Oct. 1, 2015

 

The September 20 deadline for establishing a unity government in war-torn Libya ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting came and went, and reconciliation between Libya's internationally recognized parliament based in Tobruk and the rival leadership, the new General National Congress (GNC), in Tripoli, was nowhere on the horizon. Anyone who is surprised by this just hasn't been paying attention.

 

Reuniting the Libyan militias has been the West's only endgame for Libya since the oil-rich country slid into a civil war following the 2011 removal of Muammar Qaddafi by a select coalition of NATO countries led by Britain, France, and the United States. But this outcome does not seem to be getting any closer. Indeed, things have gotten much worse.

 

During the 12 months in which the UN Special Envoy for Libya, Spanish Diplomat Bernadino Leon, labored to hammer out a deal, the country became a destination for ISIS fighters taking advantage of the chaos on the ground. The fact that a UN arms embargo prevents weapons transfers to either the Tobruk or Tripoli governments means that ISIS fighters have a distinct advantage: Where two fight, a third may win out. In June, ISIS temporarily took over the city of Sirte on the coast of the Mediterranean, and several days ago a group of their suicide terrorists attacked Libya's international airport in Tripoli, killing three people.

 

To make matters worse, the lack of functioning government and border controls had enabled many thousands of migrants from North and Sub-Saharan Africa to cross the Mediterranean into Europe, exacerbating Europe's migrant crisis.

 

Neither the continuation of ISIS's expansion in Libya nor the persistence of the flow of African migrants are options the U.S. government and those of the European Union can tolerate. It is time to thank Leon for his noble efforts and recognize the reality that the only realistic solution one can aspire to at the moment is the division of Libya into two independent national entities.

 

Following Leon's maneuvering in Libya over the past year, one always got the false impression that a deal to stabilize the country was just around the corner. A draft proposal on forming a national unity government would be put forth; the two sides would stall in approving it; they would then suggest amendments which, in turn, would get rejected; and public protests would then lead the rival factions to back down. And so it went, and so it goes. The appearance of progress when in fact there is none has served as eyewash as Libya has fallen ever deeper into chaos—and as the flow of migrants through Libya to Europe intensifies.

 

The failure of the Leon doctrine is not a testament to his less-than-stellar mediation skills but rather a reflection of a far deeper reality: the inability of the rival factions to accept the concept of shared governance over the country. Indeed, they don't even genuinely recognize the notion that Libya is a country.

 

What has complicated the West's efforts to reunite Libya is the senseless characterization of the Tripoli government as "Islamist." In our day and age there is no better way to delegitimize a group than to label it as Islamist. This is exactly what happened to the GNC. While the Tobruk government enjoyed broad international recognition and free access to international forums, only Turkey and Qatar recognize the Tripoli government, and its leaders cannot even travel abroad freely. But the notion that Tripoli is more Islamist than the other groups vying for control over Libya—not the least other groups and regimes throughout the Middle East that the West is happy to embrace—is bogus. When it comes to Islamist tendencies, all tribes are more or less cut from the same cloth. By not recognizing those who are in command of most of the country's institutions and strategic assets—paradoxically, the salaries of Libya's diplomatic staff representing the Tobruk government all over the world are drawn from the coffers in Tripoli—and who also contributed their fair share to Qaddafi's removal, the West is undermining any chance for stabilization. Equally delusional is the idea toyed with by some American and European operatives of installing a Western backed Libyan expat who would miraculously rally the tribes behind him. Wasn't the Ahmed Chalabi mirage in Iraq enough?

 

Now, when the deadline for reunification is passed, it is time to consider a Plan B for Libya. This plan should draw from the country's history. Back in the early 20th century the territory of today's Libya was split into three self-governing regions: Cyrenaica, which was located in eastern Libya, more or less in the region controlled today by the Tobruk government, and Tripolitania, situated today in some of the area controlled by the GNC. The third was Fezzan, which was and still is an inhospitable desert region in the southwest sparsely populated by Arab and Berber tribes. Some version of this arrangement, which lasted until 1963 during the reign of King Idris I, should be considered today.

 

Washington and Brussels should first recognize the Tripoli government and treat it as a legitimate party. They should then work to hammer out an agreement with the factions to form an orderly division of Libya into two separate entities, under the condition that these two will work—separately and jointly—to combat the spread of ISIS in North Africa. They also need to cooperate in active measures to create a virtual wall along Libya's coastline to thwart additional migration into Europe. To this end the Libyan navy and coast guard should be reconstituted, and the arms embargo should be gradually lifted to allow security forces to effectively take on ISIS.

 

In his UN speech this past week, President Obama boasted of America's achievement in Libya. But he admitted, "Our coalition could have, and should have, done more to fill a vacuum left behind." And then he somewhat incongruously promised, "In such efforts, the United States will always do our part." Thinking again on how to fill the vacuum, Obama should take note of a 2006 proposal by the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee—namely, his Vice President, Joe Biden. Then-Senator Biden proposed that Iraq be divided into three separate regions—Kurdish, Shi'a, and Sunni. At the time the U.S. government and its allies were still consumed by dreams of forming a democratic heaven on the Tigris, and the idea was dismissed. A decade later it no longer sounds so bizarre. Let us hope that, when it comes to Libya, it will take the West less time to recognize that sometimes a divided country is better than a broken and hopeless one.               

                                                                       

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ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT IN TUNISIA

HIGHLIGHTS MOUNTING CHALLENGES                                                                                               

Farah Samti & Kareem Fahim

New York Times, Oct. 9, 2015

 

Hours before the Norwegian Nobel Committee gave its highest-profile honor to a coalition of Tunisian groups that had helped ease the country’s path to democracy, unknown gunmen attacked a member of Tunisia’s Parliament, firing seven or eight shots at his car as he drove to work in a seaside town. The assailants missed their target. But the attack…was an urgent reminder of the violence that still menaces Tunisia’s transition, one of many challenges to the country’s significant and celebrated political gains.

 

The threat against prominent political figures, by shadowy militant groups, is among the government’s deepest worries: Twice in the last two years, high-profile assassinations have thrown Tunisia into political crisis. This year, the country has also grappled with an unprecedented wave of jihadist violence, including two large-scale attacks on tourists that killed at least 60 people and helped plunge the economy into recession.

 

In a country still wrestling with its authoritarian past, the attacks have provoked anguished arguments about how much power the government and the police should wield to confront the threats. Other debates — about the economic direction of the country, and its ability to come to terms with a legacy of past abuses — have exposed divisions between old elites and newer political forces empowered by the uprising in late 2010 against the 23-year dictatorship of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

 

The challenges are testing not only the young government but also the compromise between secular and Islamist parties that is at the heart of Tunisia’s inchoate political system and is frequently held up as a model for the Arab world. Talk of Tunisia’s success is frequently attributed to its relatively peaceful transition, especially set against the violent struggles of other countries in the region, including Syria, Yemen and neighboring Libya. That contrast often overlooks an arduous road that began in December 2010, when a Tunisian fruit vendor named Mohammed Bouazizi lit himself on fire, in an act of despair that resonated throughout the Arab world.

 

Days after Mr. Bouazizi died in January 2011, mass protests forced Mr. Ben Ali into exile. The Islamist Ennahda Party won the most votes in parliamentary elections that October but fell short of a majority. The group promised that its own Islamist program would not overwhelm the country’s deeply ingrained secular politics, and it also promised to build, as one Ennhada official put it, a “charismatic, democratic system.”

 

But a backlash against Ennahda paralleled events in Egypt, where huge demonstrations led to a military coup in 2013 against the year-old government of President Mohamed Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, now banned.

 

The four groups honored with the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday helped Tunisia avert the civil strife that led to hundreds of deaths in Egypt. They helped Tunisia negotiate its way through the most serious threat to its nascent transition: the crisis that followed the assassinations of two opposition politicians, Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi, in 2013. Giant protests that summer threatened to topple the Ennahda-led government. But the Islamists refused to cede power until they completed their mandate to pass a new Constitution. The impasse began to destabilize the country as the government grappled with jihadist militancy, popular unrest and strikes, and a worsening economy.

 

After months of sometimes heated negotiations, a deal, concluded in December 2013, forged a new contract between the political parties, including a timetable for a democratic transition. The Islamist government agreed to step down and hand power to a caretaker government that would oversee the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections in October and November 2014. The adoption of the Constitution, in January 2014, was seen as a high point in the transition, producing a charter forged from robust debates between Tunisia’s disparate political currents, and that enshrined democratic principles and a separation of powers.

 

Compromises by two men — Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of the Islamist Ennahda party, and Beji Caid Essebsi, one of the founders of the secularist Nidaa Tounes party, and Tunisia’s current president — ended the impasse, analysts say. Despite that achievement, the basis of their compromise remains fragile: “It is very much a consensus from the top — often against elements of their base,” said Issandr El Amrani, who oversees the North Africa Project for the International Crisis Group. As both leaders manage the pressures from within their own ranks, the government has been criticized for lacking a sense of direction and dynamism as well as for failing to tackle urgent issues, Mr. Amrani said. “This worries people.”…

 

The Parliament member who survived the assassination attempt on Thursday, Ridha Charfeddine, 63, is a member of Nidaa Tounes and also a prominent businessman who owns a soccer team. The gunmen, riding in the back seat of a white car, attacked him in an industrial section of Sousse, on Tunisia’s eastern coast, according to the Interior Ministry. Sousse is the same beachside town where a 23-year-old Tunisian gunman slaughtered 38 people, mostly British tourists, in June. It was Tunisia’s worst terrorist attack in living memory. “This is not an isolated incident,” Mohsen Marzouk, the general secretary of Nidaa Tounes, said in an interview with a local radio station after the gunfire. He said the gunmen belonged to an organized movement, but he did not identify it.

 

As the political violence and jihadist attacks have unnerved the public, they have also given rise to fears about the state’s reaction. The police have reasserted themselves in response to the attacks, despite growing reports of human rights abuses and a lack of coherent strategy to reform the security services, Mr. Amrani said. In the aftermath of the attack on the tourists in Sousse, the government also started closing dozens of mosques — prompting concern that Mr. Essebsi’s secular government, with its strong connections to the old dictatorship, was reviving the crackdowns on Islamists that occurred during Mr. Ben Ali’s rule. The government closed at least 80 mosques, though none of them had any connection to the gunman in Sousse, officials said.                                               

 

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On Topic

 

America’s Failed Foreign Policy: Margaret Wente, National Post, Oct. 20, 2015—U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to maintain American troops in Afghanistan was the correct move made under difficult circumstances.

Obama Deploys Troops to Cameroon to Fight Boko Haram: Frances Martel, Breitbart, Oct. 15, 2015 —President Obama announced Wednesday that 300 U.S. troops will be deployed to Cameroon to fight the ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram terrorist group.

Mideast Turmoil Strengthens Sudan’s Regime: Yaroslav Trofimov, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 15, 2015—When it briefly looked as if Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir would be detained in June on an International Criminal Court warrant in South Africa…

Toward a Post-Obama Middle East: Conrad Black, National Review, Oct. 7, 2015 —In the week in which the Russians escalated their attacks on the Syrian factions being assisted by the United States and what is left of the Western Alliance, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas renounced the long-dead letter of the Oslo Agreement…
 

 

 

 

CURRENT WAVE OF ANTISEMITIC TERROR IS A PRODUCT OF SADISTIC PALESTINIAN CULTURE, INFLUENCED BY I.S.

 

NB: EXCITING UPDATE TO OUR CONFERENCE: KEYNOTE ADDRESS WILL BE FROM RABBI IRVING GREENBERG, & A SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION FROM ELIE WIESEL!

 

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“This is a liberation organization? Its goal is to destroy a state; to kill men, women and children – this is its method and this is a national movement?  There was a Spring of Nations – that was a national movement; there was an American Revolution – that was a national movement; there was a war for Israel’s independence – that was a national movement. This, however, is a movement of murderers of the most base kind ever since the Gestapo…and they will not succeed. We will strike them, we will pursue them ‘til the bitter end. We will not allow them any respite.

 

This is the difference between the Galut and a homeland. Our fellow Jews could not defend themselves. They had not the withal. What could they employ? No one would protect them. Here, thank God, we are living in the Land of Israel. Here we will defend every child, every woman, every man and the murderers will not go unpunished.”

 

—Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Knesset Speech, May 9, 1979 (Menachem Begin Heritage Center, 13 Oct., 2015)

 

Third Intifada Or Third Reich?: Dr. Phyllis Chesler, Jewish Press, Oct. 15, 2015 — Polish journalist Anna Bikont has written a masterwork (The Crime and the Silence) about the infamous 1941 massacre of Jews in wartime Jedwabne – not by Nazi soldiers by their Polish Catholic neighbors.

Sadism and Masochism in International Culture: Alex Joffe, Times of Israel, Oct. 14, 2015— To cultures have personalities, meaningful collections of attitudes and behaviors?

ISIS Fires Up Palestinians: Bassam Tawil, National Post, Aug. 20, 2015 — By now, it has become clear that our young Palestinian men and women have learned a lot from the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.

An Open Letter to the World: Paula Stern, Jewish Press,  Aug. 15, 2015 — In the last few days, as Israel has been hit with a wave of terror, I’ve started to write many times and each time, was only able to capture a fraction of what is on my mind and in my heart.

 

On Topic Links

 

Arabs Set Fire to Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem, Pushed Back by PA Police: Jewish Press, Oct. 16, 2015

Fatah’s ‘Symphony of Love’ for Jerusalem on Twitter: Hana Levi Julian, Jewish Press, Oct. 15, 2015

Only Four NGOs Condemn Anti-Israeli Violence, Others Focus on Israeli ‘Unlawful Killing’: Jewish Press, Oct. 15, 2015

Israel Must Deport the PLO: Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish, Oct. 17, 2015

                                      

                                      

THIRD INTIFADA OR THIRD REICH?        

Dr. Phyllis Chesler                                                                                                                                  

Jewish Press, Oct. 15, 2015

 

Polish journalist Anna Bikont has written a masterwork (The Crime and the Silence) about the infamous 1941 massacre of Jews in wartime Jedwabne – not by Nazi soldiers by their Polish Catholic neighbors. At least forty residents of Jedwabne beat, herded, and drove between 200 and 340 of their Jewish neighbors into a barn, locked the doors, and set the barn on fire.

 

The killers took over all the Jewish homes and shops, moving right in – and without shame helped themselves to furniture, clothing, jewelry, china, market wares, and rich farming acreage. And they tried to keep what they had done secret; when challenged, they denied it. Every eyewitness was made to understand that anyone who “talked” would be killed.

 

In order to explain such a heinous massacre, Bikont begins by describing what the situation like was for Jews in rural, agricultural Poland in the 1920s and 1930s. Catholic priests routinely preached and propagandized against Jews; a climate was created in which, according to Professor Jerzy Jedlicki, “hatred towards Jews, contempt and mockery of Jews, [became] part of twentieth-century European culture…”

 

In painstaking and painful detail, Bikont recounts what a relative, Oleg Wolynski, told her, an account confirmed by Zygmunt Klukowski’s Diary of the Occupation. The Poles eagerly took part in liquidation raids, “hunted down Jews, drove them to the magistrate or police station, beat them, kicked them. Boys chased little Jewish kids who were killed by policemen right in front of everyone.” Before the Holocaust, Poles laughed and joked as they harassed, beat, hacked at, tortured, and burned alive Jewish men, women, and children.

 

Why do I refer to these events? Most Arab and Muslim countries, before the advent of ISIS, significantly “cleansed” their countries of Jews by torturing and murdering them or by exiling them with a few dollars in their pockets. Like the Poles of Jedwabne, Arab Muslims also took over all the Jewish homes, shops, factories, furniture, and land. Jews from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and other Muslim countries never received the slightest compensation or sympathy.

 

Like the Polish Catholic priests in pre-World War II rural Poland, mullahs and imams in Palestine and all across the Muslim world have been whipping Muslims into a Jew-hating frenzy for a long, long time. With the advent of the Internet, their message of hate reaches significantly more people.  Arab terrorists have spent decades hijacking planes, blowing up synagogues, and sending human bombs into crowded shopping malls, cafes, pizza parlors, nightclubs, and hotels. In recent years they’ve also been launching rockets at Israeli civilian centers.

 

Now individual Arab Muslims are stabbing Jews of all ages. Lynch mobs are stoning Israeli Jews at prayer as well as Israeli cars on the road. They wield cinder blocks and deadly rocks. Individual Arab Muslims are shooting and stabbing “religious” and “settler” Jews, or trying to run them over with cars. They have been empowered to do so by President Obama’s dangerously misguided foreign policy and by Palestinian religious and political leaders who have lied to their people about Jews endangering mosques and have imbued them with dangerous religious hatred. Just like the Catholic priests did in rural Poland.

 

Earlier this month, Mrs. Odel Bennett, a wife and young mother of two, was returning with her family from praying at the Kotel. She was stabbed in the back and neck by a terrorist who had killed both her 22-year-old rabbi husband, Aharon, and 41-year-old Rabbi Nehemia Lavi. He had also shot her two-year-old son Natan in the leg. The terrorist was a Palestinian law student. He was not illiterate. He was not educationally deprived, reduced to humiliating manual labor. He was not starving. (Many of the 9/11 terrorists were educated and came from solidly middle class families. Bin Laden himself was a multi-millionaire. This is different from rural, Catholic, pre-Holocaust Poland.)

 

As Mrs. Bennett staggered down an alley in the Old City, the terrorist’s knife still lodged in her neck, she begged the Arabs nearby to help her. Instead they “stood chatting and laughing – they spat at me.” One man continued to drink a soda; others shook her off when she tried to hold onto them to lift herself off the ground. “I was looking for a glimmer of mercy in their eyes,” she said. She was rescued by Israeli police officers.

 

In 2010 at Yale, I chaired and spoke at a panel on anti-Semitism organized by Dr. Charles Small. One of the panelists, my friend and ally Dr. Richard Landes, ended his speech rather abruptly. He said: “Folks, they are coming to shecht [butcher] us. The least we can do is, like Balaam’s donkey, open a mouth.” Five years later, I share his words with everyone reading this. More than ever, we need to open our mouths.                   

 

                                                                       

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SADISM AND MASOCHISM IN INTERNATIONAL CULTURE                                                                            

Alex Joffe                                                                                                   

Times of Israel, Oct. 14, 2015

 

To cultures have personalities, meaningful collections of attitudes and behaviors? If so, what does the ongoing wave of stabbings of Israelis –elderly passersby, strangers on buses, boys on bikes, infants in carriages- say about Palestinian culture? Who are they, really? One suggestion is that Palestinian culture has been overtaken by psychosis. But what is the underlying cause for this flight to unreality? Part of the answer is sadomasochism.

 

All cultures have a touch of sadism. Political success requires defeating and humiliating enemies in battle, if only occasionally. Individuals capable or prone to committing terrible pain upon others are found everywhere. And all societies endorse a degree of institutional sadism – police, prisons, military – as part of their monopoly on violence. But for most, pain is only a means to an end, political success and cultural survival, which are the true pleasures.

 

But inflicting pain and rejoicing in suffering is so visible within Palestinian culture that it could be construed as a defining trait. Israelis being murdered, kidnapped or even just rocketed are causes to hand out sweets to strangers in the street, to publicly affirm – and to invite others to affirm – pleasure in the suffering of others. This is a cultural psychology of objectification and dehumanization. But to characterize it merely as the result of pervasive incitement is inadequate.

 

Sadism of course is hardly restricted to Palestinian culture. Native American tribes routinely tortured and killed their captives for sport. Torture is rife in Afghan and Pakistani society, as well as in Mexico and Central America. ISIS broadcasts its beheadings, crucifixions and mass killings as messages to their enemies and to display religious devotion and resolve. European and North American cultures are hardly virtuous – recall Abu Ghraib, not to mention Auschwitz – but today sadism is the individual exception rather than the societal rule. Systematizing it in culture is anathema. With the exception of warfare, elites that set trends and values, religious authorities, educators, media and politicians, never endorse sadism.

 

The leaders of Palestinian culture do. As Gaza’s Sheikh Muhammad Sallah put it, “My brother in the West Bank: Stab! My brother is the West Bank: Stab the myths of the Talmud in their minds! My brother in the West Bank: Stab the myths about the temple in their hearts!” This merely operationalized Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ dehumanizing call to arms: “Al-Aksa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem.” To these we may add generations of Fatah newspapers, Hamas summer camps, Friday sermons, children’s TV characters like Nahoul the bee, and much more.

 

Individual Palestinians of course are disgusted by kidnapping and murder, by rocket attacks and inevitable retaliation. But few speak out for fear of ostracism and violence. Palestinian culture as a whole rejects empathy with Israelis as deviance. Why the inability to feel a human connection with Jews and Israelis? One explanation is that their experience at the hands of Israelis is so uniquely terrible that however Palestinians respond is logical and virtuous. In this narrative dispossession and ‘occupation’ legitimize Palestinian violence, which is not really violence at all but ‘ legitimate resistance’ by victims par excellence.

 

But the fetish of ‘resistance’ and victimhood leads to another notable Palestinian cultural trait, masochism. The ideology of steadfastness and resistance has long celebrated Palestinian ability to endure pain, much of which it creates itself. Decades of theatrical – and individual – violence necessarily and by design provoked Israeli responses. At every step potential gains were secondary to inflicting real and psychological pain on Israeli civilians and the political-cultural goal of ‘publicizing the Palestinian cause.’ Israeli counterattacks were used to rally support, quash peaceful voices, and cement the reign of the PLO and then Hamas. Retaliation was demanded and then reveled in, amidst blood and ashes, reinforcing the self-perception of Palestinian victimhood.

 

The goal of Hamas’s rocket campaign of 2014 was sadistic, random destruction, but the construction of an entire battlespace within and below Gaza’s civilian population was deeply masochistic. Tunnels connected homes, clinics and schools in order to be tactically useful for fighting and strategically useful when destroyed. The population was not merely a human shield for Hamas, but a line of defense that Hamas knew would be destroyed. When tunnel entrances are behind someone’s kitchen sink, to what extent were Gaza’s civilians were also aware of Hamas’s strategy? They became, willingly and not, human sandbags.

 

Conventional terrorism has a group context that rationalizes violence and states ‘we are the resistance.’ Today’s interpersonal violence manifests culture at the individual level, where sadism and masochism are no longer political but supremely personal. They appear unmoored from notions of cause and effect that motivate political violence like hostage taking or even bombings, designed to provoke fear and specific actions like freeing prisoners.

 

Masochism has effects beyond dead civilians and the desired international condemnation. It demands that Palestinian society be dragged by the violence of the street, by factions and ‘rogue cells,’ whose unauthorized and untimely violence must be endorsed lest resistance be ‘betrayed.’ The deepest ‘cycle of violence’ is the individual who invites punishment for the whole, which must then be endorsed and endured.

 

The masochism of the current stabbing campaign is apparent, since any rational analysis based on experience would conclude that Israelis will suffer but Palestinians will ultimately suffer more. But against this is something else, captured neatly in Hamas’ preaching “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.” Here is a religious appeal to a higher reality that cannot be refuted by logic or experience. Masochism is an avenue to salvation, transforming murderers into heavenly beings…

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ISIS FIRES UP PALESTINIANS                                                                                          

Bassam Tawil

Gatestone Institute, Oct. 19, 2015

 

By now, it has become clear that our young Palestinian men and women have learned a lot from the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group. This new "intifada" that some Palestinians are now waging against Israel should be seen in the context of the wider jihad that is being waged by the Islamic State, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda against the "infidels, Zionists, apostates, Crusaders" and against non-extremist Muslims. The tactics employed by Palestinian youths over the past two weeks show that they are doing their utmost to copy the crimes and atrocities committed by the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other Arab countries.

 

Although the Islamic State is not physically present in the West Bank or Jerusalem (largely thanks to the efforts of the Israel Defense Forces and other Israeli security agencies), there is no denying that its spirit and ideology are hovering over the heads of many of our young men and women.  The current wave of stabbings of Jews in Israel and the West Bank is an attempt to imitate Islamic State terrorists who have been using knives to behead many Muslims and non-Muslims during the past two years.

 

Like the Islamic State, many of the Palestinian terrorists who recently stabbed Jews saw themselves as jihadis acting in the name of Allah, the Quran and the Prophet Mohammed. This was evident by the Palestinian terrorists' cries of "Allahu Akbar!" ["Allah is Greater!"] as they pounced on their victims. Our young men and women must have been watching too many videos of Islamic State jihadis shouting "Allahu Akbar!" as they beheaded or burned their victims.

 

The stabbing attacks that were carried out in the past two weeks were actually attempts to slit the throats of Jews, regardless of their age and gender. In most instances, the terrorists were aiming for the upper part of the body, focusing on the victims' throats and necks. The Palestinian terrorists are now trying to replace Islamic State jihadis as the chief "butchers" of human beings in the Middle East. For now, they seem to be partially successful in their mission.

 

Our young men and women have learned from the Islamic State not only the practice of stabbing the "infidels," but also how to destroy religious sites. On Thursday night, scores of Palestinians attacked and torched Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus, in scenes reminiscent of the Islamic State's destruction of ancient and holy sites in Syria and Iraq. The shrine was set on fire for no reason other than that it is revered as the tomb of a Jewish biblical figure. This is a site frequented by Jewish worshippers, although it is under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its security forces in Nablus. It is worth noting that agreements signed between Israel and the Palestinians guarantee access for Jewish worshippers to Joseph's Tomb, and there were assurances to the Israelis that the PA could be trusted to safeguard the site.

 

What the Palestinians did to Joseph's Tomb is no different from what the Islamic State and other terrorist groups have been doing to holy sites and archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq. The Palestinians who attacked Joseph's Tomb were obviously influenced by the crimes of the Islamic State against religious and ancient sites. What is still not clear is why the Palestinian Authority security forces, which maintain a tight grip on Nablus, did nothing to prevent the arson attack. How can our leaders in Ramallah accuse Jews of "contaminating" the Aqsa Mosque with their "filthy feet" at a time when our youths burn a religious site such as Joseph's Tomb?

 

This is not the only Jewish holy site that has been targeted by Palestinians in recent years. While our leaders are screaming day and night about Jews "invading" and "desecrating" the Aqsa Mosque, Palestinians from Bethlehem have been throwing stones, petrol bombs and explosive devices at Rachel's Tomb near the city. This has been going on for several years now, in an attempt to kill Jewish worshippers and the Israeli soldiers guarding Rachel's Tomb.The attacks on Joseph's and Rachel's Tombs in Nablus and Bethlehem are part of a Palestinian-Islamic campaign to destroy Jewish holy sites and deny any Jewish link to the land. The attacks are an attempt to rewrite history so that Jews will not be able to claim any religious ties to the land. This is exactly what the Islamic State is doing these days in Syria and Iraq: "erasing history that lets us to learn from the past."…

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE WORLD                                                                                         

Paula Stern

Jewish Press, Oct. 15, 2015

 

In the last few days, as Israel has been hit with a wave of terror, I’ve started to write many times and each time, was only able to capture a fraction of what is on my mind and in my heart. To some extent, feelings are so fleeting, despair so deep, that you realize you can’t capture it and you give up. In each half-finished post (or less or more), there is an element I want to share…and then, I get to a point and realize I can’t. I can’t really explain. I have another thought and so am starting that post but rather than let all these go…I’m going to publish them as they are…unfinished, unedited…unsure. Here’s one:

 

Dear World, This morning, a Palestinian woman blew herself up on the road that goes past my city and into Jerusalem. Her goal was to get herself to downtown Jerusalem (where I work daily) where tens of thousands of people shop and work and kill as many Israelis/Jews as possible. She was stopped with the help of God and an alert policeman from my city.

 

For many days now, you have ignored the ongoing wave of terror directed at Israelis. You have ignored the murder of parents, the orphaning of children. You do not see the violence, the stabbings, the terror, the stoning attacks and the fireworks used as weapons to attack innocent people who are just trying to live their lives and hold on to some level of normalcy. The anger we have here boils inside – partly for what is being done here; partly for the Palestinians attempt to twist the facts to claim WE are guilty. A 19-year old stabs a 15 year old…an innocent, unarmed 15 year old waiting for a train…quick acting security manage to shoot and kill the 19 year old before he can kill the 15 year old or anyone else…and Abu Mazen mourns for the 19 year old terrorist/murderer.

 

A 13 year old Palestinian critically stabbed a 13 year old Jewish boy – and the Palestinians run to the world and complain about the Palestinian 13 year old murderer who was neutralized. And the other part is that you, the world, are stupid enough and deaf enough to accept the Palestinians at their word and speak of Jews and Arabs at war and Israel and the Palestinians needing to calm down. Would you calm down if your child was stabbed simply for being in the street waiting for a bus or a train?

 

Wake up…I would say before it is too late, but I’ve been on the streets of London and Amsterdam – it’s already too late. Europe is dying. As amazing as that sounds, it is the truth. You are about to lose your identity, your enlightenment. Wait, this wave of terror we are experiencing…it’s coming your way.

 

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On Topic

 

Arabs Set Fire to Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem, Pushed Back by PA Police: Jewish Press, Oct. 16, 2015—Several hundred Palestinian Authority Arabs Thursday night set fire to parts of the Joseph’s Tomb compound in the site of biblical Shechem, using firebombs. Palestinian police removed the rioters and put out the fire.

Fatah’s ‘Symphony of Love’ for Jerusalem on Twitter: Hana Levi Julian, Jewish Press, Oct. 15, 2015 —As Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas proclaims the wish of his people for “peace,” the PA’s leading Fatah faction sings a very different song.

Only Four NGOs Condemn Anti-Israeli Violence, Others Focus on Israeli ‘Unlawful Killing’: Jewish Press, Oct. 15, 2015—Only B’Tselem, Rabbis for Human Rights, New Israel Fund (NIF), and Human Rights Watch (HRW) were quick to condemn the attack against Israeli civilians, according to an NGO Monitor report this week.

Israel Must Deport the PLO: Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish, Oct. 17, 2015 —The only reason the 80-year-old dictator of the PLO has a new $13 million palace, even while claiming to be short of funds, a $100 million bank account and a 1,000 member presidential guard is because of the same agreement with Israel that he just disavowed.