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They Let the Truth slip out

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 25.10.2014 08:47

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Riots in in At-Tur in the capital this evening mildly injure

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 26.10.2014 08:21

Confrontations in Jerusalem: Stoning and Molotov Cocktails

Riots in in At-Tur in the capital this evening mildly injure one man. The police are to begin extensive mitigation operations tomorrow

Oct 25, 2014, 08:42PM | Yael Klein

Archive Reuters/Channel 2 News

Dozens of masked individuals have been blocking roads, lighting trash cans and throwing stones and Molotov Cocktails tonight in At-Tur in the capital. One man was mildly injured by a stone. Earlier: stones and flares at a tractor in Silwan. No injuries reported.

tension in Jerusalem: Dozens of masked man have been blocking roads, lighting trash cans and throwing stones and Molotov Cocktails in At-Tur this evening (Sat). One person was mildly injured by a stone and did not require medical treatment. Police ad border police forces are currently at the scene, using riot control.

Earlier today a tractor entered Silwan, which is in south-eastern Jerusalem, with the municipality's approval, in order to clear the road of stones and waste, to enable vehicle passage for local residents. Several people began stoning and tossing flares at the tractor. No injuries were reported. A border police force scattered the attackers using riot control.

Starting tomorrow the capital's police forces are due to be reinforced by some one thousand additional police officers. The police are planning to operate in three main sectors for at least one month.

The police officers will be entering the Arab villages and neighborhoods, an action which has not been performed in many years. Naturally, confrontations inside the neighborhoods and villages may cause an escalation between the sides.

Nonetheless, the police are attempting to postpone the funeral of the man who executed the car attack in Jerusalem this week to a later hour in order to prevent confrontations. The funeral is due to take place at 10:00 this evening.
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Kurdish Fighter in Kobane Testifies: “I Saw My Friends witho

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 27.10.2014 19:34

Kurdish Fighter in Kobane Testifies: “I Saw My Friends without Heads”

While a Channel 2 representative was along the Turkish-Syrian border located over a kilometer from the city of Kobane, a Kurdish fighter who was wounded in the conflict against ISIS asked to have a meeting around 100 meters from the border. In his chilling testimony, he spoke about his injury, the terrible scenes he witnessed, and his determination to win the campaign.

Oct 23, 2014, 08:15AM | Rachel Avraham

Kurdish fighter speaks with Israel's Channel 2 News

Kurdish fighter speaks with Israel's Channel 2 News Photo Credit: Channel 2

The first sight that one sees on their way to the Syrian border is makeshift refugee camps, which are home to thousands of Kurdish refugees who left their homes out of their fear of ISIS. “The facts about ISIS are readily available,” Muhammed, a refugee from Kobane, told Israel’s Channel 2 News along the Syrian-Turkish border. “They killed everyone from age 7 to 70. Most of them were slaughtered with a knife. They were decapitated.”

Along the border, one finds many people from the media, who watch the war from no more than a kilometer away. At this point, Channel 2 received a telephone call from a Kurdish fighter. In order to meet him, the Channel 2 representative approached a distance of 100 meters from the border.

He was wounded in the fighting, was evacuated to Turkey to receive medical treatment a week ago, and is now waiting to return to the conflict inside Syria. “We fought them. They attacked us, but they are many and they shelled us with artillery,” stated the warrior Nizzar. “In the end, they brought a car bomb which exploded the building that we were in. That is how I was injured.”

“They came in order to expel us from our land, but we protect ourselves, our dignity and our country,” Nizzar stated. “They are not people and not Muslims. They are unbelievers. They come and murder women and children. When they come to fight, they are not fully aware. They aren’t normal. They drink something and take drugs. They are drunks. They shout Allahu Akhbar, attack and then retreat. They don’t behave like normal human beings.”

Dozens of Kurdish fighters have been killed in the fighting. In the evening, Channel 2 participated in the funeral of one of them. The bodies were transferred to Turkey and some of them are without heads. “I haven’t seen with my own eyes beheadings, but they caught my friends. They were alive. After that, they were beheaded and I saw my friends without heads,” Nizzar stressed.

Over 150,000 people fled Kobane. About 400 villages in the area have been occupied by ISIS. Those who did not flee in time expect a horrible fate. But the Kurds are not just critical of ISIS. Turkey announced that they would permit 200 Kurdish fighters from Iraq to pass through their borders and help the Kobane fighters, but they are still waiting along the border. Meanwhile, at the border, Kobane residents watch as their beloved city is destroyed by ISIS and they hope to return soon as a free people.
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Rock-Throwing to Be Punishable by 20 Years

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 27.10.2014 19:47

Rock-Throwing to Be Punishable by 20 Years

Prime Minister is pushing to stiffen punishment for throwing rocks on moving vehicles and against security forces.

By Gil Ronen

First Publish: 10/27/2014, 1:09 PM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened a discussion Monday on the security situation in Jerusalem, with the participation of Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

He gave instructions to speed up the legislation of a law stiffening punishment for rock throwers, in response to continued Arab violence in Jerusalem.

Representatives of the State Attorney's Office said that they have already given instructions to get tougher in arresting and punishing rock throwers, and have drawn up criteria for placing financial sanctions on the parents of rock throwers as well, in certain cases.

Throwing rocks at a moving vehicle would be punishable by up to 10 years in jail, according to the new law, and throwing rocks at a moving vehicle with intent to injure could be punished by up to 20 years. In addition, throwing rocks at security officers could involve a 5-year sentence.

Rocks hurled by rioters have caused serious injury and even death in the past, particularly when targeting speeding cars. Children are particularly vulnerable to such attacks, and scores of Israeli children and infants have been wounded or killed by Arab extremists using such tactics. Although often referred to as "stone-throwers," projectiles hurled by attackers can range from fist-sized rocks to bricks, chunks of concrete and cinder blocks.

The gathered officials received a briefing on the police's extensive activity in the areas of Jerusalem that are plagued by rioting, including reinforcement of the force that was in place and the use of aerial reconnaissance.

Netanyahu also emphasized the need to debunk the campaign of incitement against Israel regarding events at the Temple Mount. The campaign, he said, is being led by extremist Islamist elements and by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. He insisted that there is no change in the status quo on the Temple Mount and no intention to carry out such a change.

Also taking part in the discussion were Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Shin Bet (ISA) Chief Yoram Cohen, and Jerusalem Police Chief Major Geneal Moshe (“Chico”) Edri.

Last week, Barkat said Netanyahu was furious in a discussion of the rock attacks he convened immediately after Yom Kippur. "I have to tell you,” Barkat said, “that I saw the prime minister banging angrily on the table, and committed to make the necessary change, so that the residents of Jerusalem and visitors to Jerusalem, in the seam line neighborhoods, including the Arab neighborhoods, will feel safer than they do at the moment.”
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Israeli Islamist Cut Off on PA TV After 'Caliphate' Comments

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 27.10.2014 20:03

Israeli Islamist Cut Off on PA TV After 'Caliphate' Comments

Deputy head of Israeli Islamic Movement cut off in mid-interview on PA TV after proclaiming that Jerusalem should be capital of 'Caliphate.'

By Ari Soffer

First Publish: 10/27/2014, 1:54 PM

An Israeli Arab Islamist cleric was cut off mid-interview on official Palestinian Authority TV, after he advocated that Jerusalem should become "not only the capital of the Palestinian state, but the capital of the... Islamic Caliphate."

The awkward moment underscored tensions between the largely secular PA and its Islamist rivals, including Hamas, as well as fears over the spread of global jihadi ideology throughout PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria. Several groups sympathetic to the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group have arisen in parts of Judea and Samaria, including a Jerusalem-based cell which recently threatened to murder Twitter employees.

Kamal Khatib is the deputy leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel - an Islamist organization closely affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, and which Israeli officials say is one of the key instigators of ongoing Muslim violence in Jerusalem.

Khatib initially called for Jerusalem to become the capital of an "Islamic Caliphate" at a rally outside the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount - a focal point for Islamist violence against both Jewish visitors and Israeli security forces.

When questioned by his interviewer as to whether he was giving his support to ISIS - which itself declared a "Caliphate" in areas of Syria and Iraq - Khatib said he was not, but failed to distinguish between his own vision and ISIS's.

"The whole world will become subordinate to the Islamic Caliphate one day," he declared.

Khatib was cut off mid-rant as he moved on to describe ISIS as an American invention as part of a plot to invade the Middle East - a common theme among Islamist rivals of the terror group who dispute the leadership credentials of its self-proclaimed "Caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Earlier this year, Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu announced he had instructed officials to explore banning the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, but it is unclear what progress if any has been made in implementing the ban.

The issue of radicalization among Israel's Arab citizens has hit headlines in recent weeks and months, after several cases of Israeli Arabs going to Syria to fight for ISIS were revealed - including the first Israei citizen to be jailed for the offense.

In response to the growing threat new legislation leveled an automatic five-year prison sentence for Israeli citizens who enlist in terrorist organizations.
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The Palestinians are seen as children — guiltless and unacco

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 28.10.2014 20:31

No shortcuts to Middle East peace

Western pressure on Israel and praise for Palestine only delays resolution

By Gilad Erdan - - Friday, October 24, 2014

The West appears to be losing patience for the Arab-Israeli conflict. Some are looking for shortcuts, including many undoubtedly well-intentioned British members of Parliament who recently called for the recognition of Palestine as a state. At the same time, many in the West are escalating their critical rhetoric against Israel, and regrettably, against Israel alone.

Perhaps this focus is understandable. Israel is rightfully seen (and sees itself) as part of the West, as the only democratic “responsible adult” in the area. The Palestinians are seen as children — guiltless and unaccountable — at once victims of and heirs to the Arab world’s tradition of political irresponsibility.

Treating the Palestinians as children, however, is the surest way to perpetuate the conflict, not end it. If there is ever to be a genuine peace between Israelis and Palestinians, both sides must make difficult compromises. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has explicitly and repeatedly embraced this basic truth and in turn has taken concrete steps to advance his and his people’s goal of a negotiated peace with the Palestinians. These steps — including an unprecedented freeze on building in West Bank settlements — have typically been met with Western demands for even greater Israeli concessions and risk-taking.

No serious demands are made of the Palestinians, because as “children,” expectations of them are low, and they are never taken to task for their misdeeds. When the Palestinian Authority (PA) signs a pact with extremists who reject Israel’s very right to exist, we are told that the Palestinian leadership is weak and seeking internal legitimacy. When PA leaders demand a “right of return” clearly incompatible with a negotiated peace, the West refuses to confront them for propagating this maximalist fantasy. When the PA officially turns terrorist killers into Palestinian national heroes, we are told not to undermine their narrative. If the West continues to treat Palestinians as children, giving them a pass on these and other issues, what motivation do they have to grow up?

Western restlessness, manifesting itself in exclusive pressure on Israel, validates the Palestinians’ puerile stubbornness. If the Palestinians have their “state” recognized by the United Nations, the United Kingdom or Sweden without having to compromise or even negotiate, what incentive do they have to make peace? Recognition of a Palestinian state outside the framework of negotiations and unilateral Palestinian steps in the international arena will not end the conflict with Israel. They will set the stage for its continuation and escalation. Rather than creating a Palestinian state, they will only generate more theatrical but empty gestures that bring the Palestinian people no closer to genuine statehood.

Western states that seek a real peace between Israelis and Palestinians must choose. They can continue to infantilize the Palestinians and prolong the conflict, or they can play a constructive role in resolving it by demanding that the Palestinians take responsibility for their behavior like grown-ups. The latter requires insisting that extremism will not be rewarded and that there is no substitute for direct negotiations on all the core issues, including settlements, borders and security.

The West should make its generous aid to and diplomatic support for the Palestinians contingent on Palestinian willingness to negotiate in good faith and to compromise, unequivocal rejection of violence and recognition of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. These are the fundamental requirements for a secure and enduring peace. Ultimately, shortsighted diplomatic shortcuts will not bring peace.

Gilad Erdan is a member of Israel’s security Cabinet.

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The Islamization of Jerusalem

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 03.11.2014 08:02

The Islamization of Jerusalem

Daniel Greenfield 15 hours ago

Chaya Zissel Braun was murdered on her first trip back from the Western Wall where the indigenous Jewish population of Israel continues to pray in the shadow of the shrine established there by the Muslim conquerors from which the racist Muslim settlers rain down rocks on the Jewish worshipers.

The three-month-old baby girl died when a Muslim terrorist rammed a car into a crowd hurtling her into the air and headfirst into the pavement. Her death did not take place in isolation. It was not caused by a tiny minority of extremists. Her blood was spilled on the street for the Islamization of Jerusalem.

The Islamization of Jerusalem is an international cause. It does not just come out of Gaza City or even Ramallah. Nor Doha or Istanbul. The politicians and diplomats of every major country demand the Islamization of Jerusalem. When they talk about a Palestinian State with its capital in Jerusalem, what they are really demanding is the restoration of the Muslim ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem in 1948.

They are demanding it with words and boycotts. But the Muslim settlers, on whose behalf they cry for the Apartheidization of Jerusalem, are writing their own demands with the blood of little girls.

The baby girl was murdered to Islamize a city. She died as the Israeli soldiers had died reunifying Jerusalem after the Arab Legion had ethnically cleansed the Jewish population and as ordinary Jerusalemites had died at the hands of Jordanian snipers searching the city for Jewish and Christian targets. The victims of those years of Muslim occupation included Yaffa Binyamin, a 14-year-old girl sitting on the balcony of her own house and a Christian carpenter working on the Notre Dame Convent.

Like Chaya, I was born in Jerusalem. Like Yaffa, I lived in a building targeted by Muslim snipers. But the Six Day War had ended the reign of Muslim snipers over the city. The building where my parents made their home had been cheap once because living there could mean instant death for anyone looking out of a window at the wrong time. The liberation and reunification of Jerusalem had made it a place where Jewish children could play on balconies and Christians could repair churches without being murdered.

Under Muslim occupation, while Jordanian snipers were cold-bloodedly murdering their children, the Jewish residents living under fire couldn't so much as put in an outhouse without being reported to the UN for illegal construction. That is no exaggeration. In one case, a UN observer organization held four meetings to discuss an outhouse for local residents before condemning Israel for illegal construction.

It did not, however, condemn Jordan when one of its soldiers opened fire on a train, wounding a Jewish teenage girl.

Muslim outrage over Jewish outhouses mattered more than the Muslim murder of Jewish children. It still does. Today, the State Department calls the murder of that little girl a traffic incident while warning Israel that Jews living in Jerusalem will end any possibility of peace.

The hysterical condemnations of "illegal construction" did not end when the Muslim occupation did. The great outhouse of the United Nations and the smaller outhouses of the foreign ministries of countries whose leaders tremble whenever Muslims grow agitated over a cartoon or a YouTube video fill the air with the vilest of substances whenever a Jewish family moves into a home in Jerusalem.

Hillary Clinton spent 45 minutes shrieking at Netanyahu over the phone after a planning committee allowed new housing in Jerusalem to advance to the public comment stage, and told the media that the proposal that Jews live in a part of Jerusalem that she believes should belong to Muslims is "insulting" to the United States.

The latest firestorm exploded over seven Jewish families moving into homes that they had bought legally in an area from which Jews had been ethnically cleansed by racist Muslim violence in the twenties and thirties. Before that the State Department and White House warned that Israel was alienating "even its closest allies" by proposing to build houses on Airplane Hill, a place mainly known for having an Israeli plane crash there during the Six Day War and had formerly hosted temporary housing for Russian and Ethiopian immigrants.

Meanwhile when Chaya was murdered, the State Department urged "all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident." It wasn't as if anything important had happened. Just an Israeli-American baby murdered in pursuit of the same State Department goal of Islamizing Jerusalem.

Secretary of State John Kerry did not call President Abbas, the unelected president of the PLO's Palestinian Authority, to berate him when one of his advisers called the murderer of that child a "heroic martyr." Hillary Clinton did not come out of retirement to shriek at him over the phone when his party suggested that the killer would be receiving his 72 virgins in paradise.

Joe Biden, who had taken the time four years ago to specifically "condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem," had nothing to say. If only something more important had happened than a presidential advisor to an Obama-backed terror state calling the murderer of an American child a hero, like planning for new housing "advancing."

No one objects when Muslim settlers build houses in Jerusalem or anywhere else. But the objections pour in when the indigenous Jewish population builds so much as a house or an outhouse.

What we are talking about here is not peace, but ethnic cleansing. In 1948, the Jews were ethnically cleansed from Jerusalem to Islamize the city. Their synagogues were blown up by the Muslim occupiers. Their tombstones were used to line the roads traveled by the racist Muslim settlers. In 1948, the Jews were ethnically cleansed from Jerusalem to Islamize the city. Whether they were Zionists or anti-Zionists did not matter. They were not Muslims. That was all that counted.

Their synagogues were blown up by the Muslim occupiers. Their tombstones were used to line the roads traveled by the racist Muslim settlers.

"For the first time in 1,000 years not a single Jew remains in the Jewish Quarter," Abdullah el-Talal, a commander of the Muslim invaders, had boasted. "Not a single building remains intact. This makes the Jews' return here impossible." In his memoirs he wrote, "I knew that the Jewish Quarter was densely populated with Jews who caused their fighters a good deal of interference and difficulty…. Only four days after our entry into Jerusalem the Jewish Quarter had become their graveyard. Death and destruction reigned over it."

Life magazine published photos of the atrocity writing that, "Muslim censors, not only in Palestine but in neighboring Arab countries which have major communication outlets, tried for a fortnight to keep the news from leaking out." The photographer who took the photos was sentenced to death by the Arab High Committee.

This ethnic cleansing is what Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and John Kerry have been defending. The Islamization of Jerusalem is the thrust of all the peace plans put forward. Jews living in Jerusalem outrages them as much as it outraged Abdullah.

The entire phony "Palestinian" narrative in which the regional Sunni Arab Muslim majority, that is busy slaughtering Christians, Kurds, Shiites, and anyone else it can get its hands on, acts as if it's the victim because its racist ethnic cleansing plans were frustrated when its Jewish victims fought back and won.

The Muslim occupiers have added insult to injury by pretending to be the indigenous population to aid in their attempts at displacing the indigenous Jewish population through terror and lies.

Abdullah el-Talal, who became the military governor of occupied Jerusalem, said, "I have seen in this defeat of the Jews the heaviest blow rendered upon them, especially in terms of morale, since they were evicted from the Western Wall and from the Jewish Quarter, for the first time in fifteen generations."

Every politician who denounces Jews building houses in Jerusalem but does not denounce Muslims doing the same thing is endorsing Abdullah's genocidal vision and all the terrorism that goes with it. Abdullah had done his dirty work under the command of a British general. The British parliament's endorsement of an Arab-Muslim occupying ethnostate under the Palestinian flag is the continuation of an old and ugly history.

The murder of little girls like Chaya Zissel Braun does not take place in a vacuum. The Islamizers of Jerusalem gain confidence when they see that the international community stands behind their demands. In 1920, racist Muslim settler mobs in Jerusalem had chanted "Mohammed's religion was born with the sword," "Death to the Jews," and "the government is with us" as Muslim policemen under British colonial rule had joined with them in the rape and murder of the indigenous Jewish population.

Too many governments are still with those who wave the sword of Mohammed and cry death to the Jews. They encourage them, defend their agenda and issue weak rebukes when blood is spilled in the name of Islamization in Jerusalem, as it is in Kobani by ISIS and a thousand other places. Those who endorse the Islamization of Jerusalem cannot escape responsibilities for the crimes of the Islamizers.

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Egypt's War on Terrorism: World's Double Standards

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 03.11.2014 21:08

Egypt's War on Terrorism: World's Double Standards

by Khaled Abu Toameh • November 3, 2014 at 5:00 am

Egypt's crackdown in Sinai once again exposes the double standards of the international community toward the war on terrorism. While it is fine for Egypt to demolish hundreds of houses and forcibly transfer thousands of people in the name of the war on terrorism, Israel is not allowed to fire back at those who launch rockets and missiles at its civilians.

The Egyptians have finally realized that the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip has become one of the region's main exporters of terrorism.

What is perhaps more worrying is the fear that the security clampdown in Egypt will drive Hamas and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip to resume their attacks on Israel.

Needless to say, the international community will continue to ignore Egypt's bulldozing hundreds of houses and the forcible eviction of hundreds of people in Sinai.

A building is blown up by Egypt's army as part of an operation to clear all buildings out of a "buffer zone," along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip. (Image source: PressTV video screenshot)

Three months after the military conformation between Hamas and Israel, the Egyptians are also waging their own war on terrorism in north Sinai.

But Egypt's war, which began after Islamist terrorists butchered 33 Egyptian soldiers, does not seem to worry the international community and human rights organizations, at least not as much as Israel's operation to stop rockets and missiles from being fired into it from the Gaza Strip.

The Egyptian army's security crackdown includes the demolition of hundreds of houses along the border with the Gaza Strip and the transfer of thousands of people to new locations.
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Hippocratic Hypocrisy: Hamas Leader Sends Sister to Israel f

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 04.11.2014 22:04

Hippocratic Hypocrisy: Hamas Leader Sends Sister to Israel for Medical Treatment

Hamas Leader Abu Marzouk publicly calls for Israel’s destruction, but privately thanks God for its existence and the medical treatment it is providing for his sister.

Halamia Shcata, 60, the sister of senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk, is being treated in an Israeli hospital.

Shcata, who is suffering from cancer, is in critical condition, and was therefore hospitalized in Israel. She has been previously treated in Israel.

The Jerusalem Post quotes the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories as saying that Israel approves the entry each week of a number of Palestinians based on humanitarian needs. The cases are tested on an individual basis by need without regard to family connections, the COGAT added.

Marzouk himself accused Israel on Sunday of violating the cease-fire that ended Operation Protective Edge by closing the border crossings into Gaza. Israel did so in response to a rocket fired from Gaza into Israel over the weekend.

“This is a childish and irresponsible act,” Marzouk stated. “This is collective punishment on the Gaza Strip which violates all international laws, including the terms of the ceasefire agreement.” he further threatened Israel that the move “will not be quietly overlooked.”

Israel Provides Care to Those in Need (Even Enemies)

Palestinian leaders have a history of hospitalizing their relatives in top Israeli medical facilities. They know that their relatives will receive top-of-the-line treatment, regardless of their background.

The daughter of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh received treatment in Israel in October after suffering complications from a routine procedure in Gaza. She was saved by Israeli doctors who cured her in an Israeli medical facility.

Haniyeh’s granddaughter was treated at an Israeli hospital last November, while his mother-in-law received care at a Jerusalem hospital in June.

Just a few days after the launch of Operation Brother’s Keeper at the beginning of the summer to locate three Israeli boys abducted and murdered by Hamas, Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas’s wife received treatment at an Israeli hospital.

What Does Hamas Do With All That Money Meant for Medical Care?

Governments and private organizations around the world provide millions of dollars in funds to Hamas and the Palestinians. Israel also provides thousands of tons in supplies and aid to Gaza each week. Despite all this support, both funds earmarked for medical care and critical supplies seem to disappear when they reach the hands of the Unity Government of Hamas and the PA.

Those funds should be used to set up quality medical centers in Gaza and PA Territories so the self-professed enemies of Israel can stop relying on the generosity of people they hate. The lack of progress in these areas reflects the truth about relief funds donated to the PA: they are used to wage war. Click here to sign our petition: STOP FUNDING THE PA.

Author: Aryeh Savir
Staff Writer, United with Israel
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In Europe, Nobody Criticizes Islam Anymore

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 05.11.2014 20:12

Op-Ed: In Europe, Nobody Criticizes Islam Anymore

The writer coins a new and cynical idiom: "multicultural martyrdom".

Published: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 9:21 PM

Giulio Meotti
The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly...
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In Europe, nobody criticizes Islam anymore.

Ten years ago, the Netherlands fell into a state of fear. In Linnaeusstraat, a district of Amsterdam, Mohammed Bouyeri ambushed Theo van Gogh, the filmmaker and journalist who liked to call himself “the idiot’s village”.

In front of the “Dutchman” coffee house, the young Islamist slashed the throat of Van Gogh, and left a letter on his chest. That one little machete awakened the Netherlands from the complacent indolence in which it was holed up. But the Lowlands did not stay awake for long. The tenth anniversary of that multicultural martyrdom has been dominated by self-censorship.

Some artists do not speak today of the murder of Van Gogh “to avoid creating division”.

Translation: they are afraid.

And who would not be? The famous Dutch painter Marlene Dumas, admired for her collections exhibited at the Tate in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, was not afraid. These days at the Dutch Stedelijk Museum, Dumas exhibited a portrait entitled “the neighbour”. He, that neighbor, is the killer of Van Gogh, Bouyeri.

Dumas said: “I’ve always been interested jn how to portray the criminal in terms of images. People will say, ‘you see he was the murderer’. I don’t think so. When I saw a photograph of the murderer of Theo Van Gogh, I saw this softness that reminded me some images of Jesus Christ”.

An ideological madness was exhibited by the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, who said that ten years after the murder, “the city is more harmonious and peaceful than it was in 2004”. It is - in the sense that no one dares to speak about Islam as Theo van Gogh did.

In the newspaper Elsevier Afhsin Ellian, an Iranian dissident who fled to Holland twenty years ago, wrote that “Bouyeri dragged the Dutch society into fear, especially academics, commentators and politicians”.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the indomitable coauthor of the film “Submission”, left the Hague for the United States, while Geert Wilders, whose name was engraved on the belly of Van Gogh, politically lives on the dark and tragic legacy of that murder.

At the Oosterpark there was a vigil in front of the steel sculpture dedicated to Van Gogh by the artist Jeroen Henneman. It is called “De Schreeuw”, the scream. But it is a cry that is difficult to hear today in the Dutch society. That society is dominated more by silence.

The RTL4 television aired an interview with Lieuwe van Gogh, the director’s son. NPO 2 broadcasted “2/11”, a film scripted by the friends of Van Gogh, Theodor Holman and Gijs van de Westelaken. This is a film that spreads banal conspiracy theories, such as the idea that the director was a victim of the machinations of the CIA, which knew about Bouyeri but wanted to reach the entire Islamist cell that was behind him.

From prison, Mohammed Bouyeri shows gratitude to the Islamic charities that support him from outside: “You have to know that we don’t feel any remorse for the choices we have made and the path we have chosen to undertake”, reads a letter from him. “Never for a moment in all these years”.

Meanwhile, 140 Dutch Muslims went to fight for the Islamic State.

Before being slaughtered, clinging to a trash can, Theo van Gogh begged his killer: “Can we talk?”. But can we really?


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