The International Institute for Strategic Studies claims that 70% of all armed conflict fatalities in the WORLD last year involved Muslims. Yes, 70%; and in 2013 there were almost 12,000 terrorists “incidents” in the world. Not all Muslims are violent, but a high percentage of the world’s violence is perpetrated by Muslims and is sanctioned by their religion, with a high percentage of the victims being Muslim themselves. In the forefront of fighting this violence are two tiny countries, Israel and the Netherlands (the USA and UK are currently passive at best about counter-jihad). The purpose of this article is to draw attention to the valiant work of some of the leading counter-jihadist in the Netherlands. The reality though is that it is not the country but her citizens who are leading the charge in the Netherlands where the establishment denies that Islam or Muslims are the problem, instead Dutch authorities have largely focused on attacking those who criticize Islam. This article was written in honor of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new book, “Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation” which is being published on March 24, 2015 by Harper Collins.
Pim Fortuyn (1948-2002), Dutch politician, civil servant, sociologist, author, columnist, and professor was murdered 6 May 2002 in Hilversum, North Holland by Volkert van der Graff (an “old Dutch” native) who claimed that he wanted to stop Fortuyn from using Muslims as scapegoats. Fortuyn’s murder was the beginning of widespread Dutch (and by extension Western) awareness of the problems inherent in Islam. His murder was a precursor to that of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh (1957-2004). There is a direct line between Fortuyn’s murder and the rise and persecution of Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom (PPV). All of them proclaimed the danger of Islam to the Netherlands and to the rest of Western civilization. The names of these four: Fortuyn, van Gogh, Hirsi Ali, and Wilders, are sometimes linked as their stories intersect with each other, and they all have been prominent in the fight against Islam although each in a different way. It began with the assassination of Fortuyn, the first Dutch political assassination (except during WWII) since 1672. The murderer of Pim Fortuyn was released from prison last year.
Fortuyn’s stands on multiculturalism, immigration and Islam led to his being referred to as “far-right” despite his rejection of that label and despite his sexual orientation. He was a Marxist initially but sometime before 1992 switched to the Labour Party. In August of 2001 he was quoted as saying that “I am also in favor of a cold war with Islam. I see Islam as an extraordinary threat, as a hostile religion.” But what really galvanized attention was his calling Islam “backwards” and his call for banning immigration to the Netherlands from Islamic countries. He had left the Labour Party by then and joined the “Livable Netherlands” (Party) – this was prior to the Dutch election of 2002. His call for a ban on Islamic immigration in February 2002 resulted in his being rejected by “Livable Netherlands” and his founding of Pim Fortuyn List (LPF) just a few days later taking many “Livable Netherlands” members with him. So the intolerant left in the media and elsewhere used this as a reason to express their tolerance.
When I found myself hoping that my college-bound granddaughter will not "come out" as Jewish, I realized I had time-traveled back to the Germany of the 1930s—and I wasn't singing "Willkommen."
My fears were only heightened this week as I watched the film "Crossing the Line 2," at its Boston premiere. (http://www.campusintifada.com) The film details the spreading infection of anti-Israel (read anti-Semitic) activity on American college campuses. Guest of honor and speaker at the showing was the noble and beautiful Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who said that watching the film was like "having a bucket of ice water" dumped on her head.
In "Crossing the Line 2" (the second film on the same subject by the producers, Jerusalem U/Step Up For Israel) we see raucous, scary mobs of students (and obvious non-students) in kafiyahs and hijabs, bellowing and bullhorning "We support the intifada!" "F-- you, Zionist scum!" Nazi pigs!" and more. We see "die-ins," apartheid walls, guerrilla theater, mock eviction notices, and other pro-Palestinian antics. And, by contrast, we meet Jewish students facing, and even facing down, the obscenities and bullying. Perhaps they were screened by the producers at central casting, but they all seem fresh-faced, sensible, and mannerly.
But their task is formidable. For instance, Becky Sebo of Ohio University is shown attempting to read a statement in support of Israel to the student senate. Appallingly, in the midst of her remarks, the campus police arrive and she and three others are arrested and taken away in handcuffs. Sarah Abonyi of the University of New Mexico correctly identifies the sources of the hatred: the group called Students for Justice in Palestine, and most important, faculty, particularly tenured faculty. As Aviva Slomich, a CAMERA campus director, says, "Students come and go, but professors stay."
Really Hillary. You actually expect the American people to believe that you thought it was okay to just have a server in your home and to use it instead of an official State Department email address? Really? Just how stupid do you think we are? All this proves is how stupid you are and how much the MSM (main stream media, sometimes called the lame stream media) is willing to cover for you.
I can find a lot of reliable information on the American unemployment numbers online (I would not trust those of the last five or so years), can find the number of computers and even the number of commercial email addresses in America. In addition the number of computers (even commercial use ones), and the number of email addresses, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org addresses with multiple users – are not what I seek. What I wanted to know however is the number of American employees required to use their workplace email address for official business. I suspect the percentage (not the number) is between 99 and 100% of all those who are, or have, ever had an email account tied to their employer. If anyone out there has an employer email and is not required to use it for business I’d like to know and will publish this information (with your approval of course).
Millions and millions of people have used employer assigned email addresses and are required to use them for all business emails. It is inconceivable that they would be allowed to do what Hillary Clinton apparently did – use some non-official email address for official business. The email address instantly conveys the name of the business (or government agency as in this case) where it originated. This is extremely important to the receiver of email. Like the XYZ agency or company? Expecting information them? Well here it is. Don’t like them or don’t want to hear from them. That’s okay too. It helps the receiver identify the originator and it helps employers who can identify who sent what. Control is the operative feature here.
As a Roman Catholic, I often grow livid over others’ insinuation that Christianity remains no different from other religious practices, even from the two sister monotheistic, Abrahamic faiths of Judaism and, especially, Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth; Christianity remains fully exceptional in both its doctrine and its origination. It fulfills the destiny of Jews and underscores the deviation of Muslims. While Christianity has offered Judaism a means of maturity, it is with Muhammad’s Islam where comparisons are most egregious; all similarities professed between Christianity and Islam come from the decided ignorance of Muhammad ibn Abdallah and his modern followers. For this reason, I have decided to take the Christian tradition of Lent to illuminate the differences between the sacred faith of my ancestors and Islam: the Stations (or Way) of the Cross.
The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death. After having been born in the most vulnerable way imaginable – in a stable under literal sentence of death – Christ accepted crucifixion under Roman law to sacrifice His life for us sinners. No other religious faith begins to approach the acceptance of humanity by a god, and yet our God took matters a step further. He accepted earthly justice, even if it took His Son’s life. That is, Christ expanded upon “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s…” by accepting even the rule of tainted temporary leaders. He knew that, as tainted creatures, our leaders would be even more tainted through greed, power, and ambition. Nevertheless, God did not say that earthly laws should be abandoned. Rather, Christ offered us a Way of accepting such transgressions because in the context of eternity, our problems on earth are as inconsequential as last night’s nightmare. The radical Islamic jihadists murder in order to abolish earthly laws and even target fellow Muslims who share Western concepts of democracy.
The Jews in the Shoah waited for help, when it came it was six years and six million lives too late. Have we learned anything from the past? Or instead will we wait again and contribute to building another Yad Vashem.?
Where are our American, Jewish & pro Christian Zionist leaders? Why are they not demanding that America take the lead and take military action to end the Iranian’ nuclear holocaust threat.
Chambers of death are being built by Iran where a nuclear bomb will replace Zylon B to again do Hitler’s bidding. We must destroy this place of hell on earth. Destroy it Now!
To the religious leaders who bemoan “It’s in God’s hands”. I’d like to remind you that if George Washington had not stood up to fight against tyranny, you would not be enjoying the religious freedom you have today.
While you are waiting for G-d to save you, I’m telling you that G-d has already provided the Covenant that gives you the right, NO – the obligation, to take care of the earth and its people. You might be waiting for G-d but it is more likely that G-d is waiting for you to take action.
Kennedy said in his Inaugural speech in 1960, “with a good conscience as our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth G-d work must truly be your own.”
Associated Press (AP), one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, reported “Israeli house strikes killed mostly civilians.” It reported 247 airstrikes (bombings) in Gaza during the summer of 2014, killing 840. Of that number, 508 (60%) were civilians, 96 (11%) were terrorists, and 240 (29%) remained uncharacterized. The failure to seek identification of the “uncharacterized” reveals a scheme to reengineer the outcome, and a flawed count can only lead to a flawed conclusion.
AP professes a commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism over the past 165 years. It employs the latest technology to collect and distribute news and photos, with a 24-hour update process, and has one of the largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery. Headquartered in New York, it operates in more than 180 locations worldwide, including every US statehouse, and has won 51 Pulitzer Prizes since the prize’s establishment in 1917.
Regrettably, the wire services, which include AP, Reuters, and similar sources of news for broadcast, print media, and on-line news, are responsible for the blatant lies peddled and truths compromised when the original story opposes the Arab Muslim narratives. A recent example was an international wire service report that accused Israel of releasing water to deliberately flood the Gaza Valley, destroying houses and causing hundreds of Gazans to flee. When caught in this lie, Daily Mail apologized and clarified that there are no dams in southern Israel, that the flooding was caused by unusually heavy rain and drainage issues. Al Jazeera retracted its statements and the photos of rushing waters. Similarly, Reuters had been found guilty of switching photos or cropping photo edges, such as when they excluded weapons held by activists aboard the Mavi Marmara during the Gaza flotilla raid. This is serious treachery.
There is a song, well known among Jews, titled: “David, melech yisrael”
Rabbi Yossi Marcus of the Ask Moses website says that it means “David, King of Israel lives and endures!” and he goes on to write mostly about King David. He does however explain that the phrase has come to mean “am Yisrael chai (the nation of Israel lives!).” Indeed it does live. I do not mean to imply that Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyhu is equal to King David, that his rule will endure like that of King David, or that he will rule in the future, but that Israel (and hopefully America) will live. And we will endure. We will not go down, despite the evil that comes from today’s White House and from Iran (the former Persia), the setting for the story of Purim.
Purim begins this year on at sundown March 4th (Wednesday night). There is a link between Purim and the destruction of evil. For example on March 1, 1953 (Purim) Joseph Stalin was suddenly paralyzed and died four days later, thus averting a nation-wide pogram in the Soviet Union. The Gulf War in 1991 ended on the first day of the Feast of Purim. I still remember well that in the weeks leading up to the war’s end the repeated joke was that the war would end on Purim. Why? (Not only because ending that war would be a time for of rejoicing for Jews) but because it would end evil, just as it had ended evil in the days of Queen Esther. Netanyahu will have the story of Purim in mind on Tuesday night when he speaks before the joint houses of Congress.
No one and nothing will stop us, and Netanyahu, although born in Israel spent several years in the USA and is a graduate of Cheltenham High School near Philadelphia. This is a man who knows America. The Israeli and the American people and their nations are forces for good, as is the leader of Israel. Not perfect, but good, and aiming to be better. A Gallup poll recently found that Netanayhu’s favorable rating in the past three years has risen 10 points. The same poll found that in the last 15 years Americans of all ages have grown more partial to Israel in the Arab-Israel conflict but those 50 and over particularly so with support in that age group growing from 50% to 70%.
America can always recover from a failed domestic policy but how does she recover from a foreign policy that subjects her to the whims of homicidal zealots with nuclear arms?
A radical Iranian theocracy must never have access to nuclear power.
As victims of the most heinous crimes ever perpetrated upon a group of people, it is incumbent upon all Jews to be diligent in monitoring events around the world that violate the safety of all mankind. In this case, Jews must be in the forefront, leading the charge to end the Iranian threat. It is the mission of American Jews to ensure that The United States, the leader of the free world, never embraces a foreign policy that green lights Iran’s resolve to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the earth. Clearly, allowing Iran access to nuclear power guarantees that they will achieve their goal through nuclear annihilation. Preventing such a cataclismic occurence necessitates nothing less than our full commitment to triumph over evil.
Of the many kinds of trains exhibited in Birmingham’s Wonderful World of Trains and Planes, in Birmingham, England, the only display in dispute was the model train set of Auschwitz, noted the Daily Mail. The photos included in the column certainly verify that the set was painstakingly designed to provide authenticity, was sufficiently informative, and respectfully and tastefully executed. Although I have visited Auschwitz, I have seen an authentic and replicas of boxcars in other museums, not to mention in newsreels, so I was dismayed to learn that only this one was considered objectionable.
One such objection came from a Holocaust survivor and while my heart goes out to him, this was an important teaching moment that would not be obtained in a classroom or home environment, and must not be obliterated from collective memory. It is not the presentation, but the Holocaust itself that is offensive. The mass murder of millions of innocent men, women, and children is inconceivably offensive. The obliteration of human beings by fascists – and now by Islamo-fascists – is severely offensive. And last year, I was privileged to edit a book of Holocaust survivors’ memoirs that were immensely offensive, but surely not to be dismissed or disregarded.
The visitors from Birmingham and environs elected not to stay at home in front of the telly, or go to the park, or attend a sporting event. Rather, they chose to visit a museum, to expand their horizons, to see and learn something new. So, while I respect the wishes and painful memories of the dissenting gentleman and the parents who prefer to keep their children ignorant of this part of human history, this may well have been the last thing ever seen by about one-and-a-half-million children during World War II, and I believe there is much to be gained by viewing the display.
Taking this a step further, if the exhibit were of sailing vessels, I would expect to see crafts of all kinds – those that carried goods and those that carried human cargo, those designed for peacetime and those designed for wartime:
The dhow, the traditional sailing and trading vessel, c. 600 BC – 600 AD, invented by Chinese, Arabs or Indians;
The vessels of the Polynesians, who were the finest navigators of the time;
Ships of the explorers, Vikings, Vasco de Gama, Marco Polo, and Christopher Columbus;
Muslim slave ships that brought Africans to Europe and America;
The Barbary pirate ships, the menace that attacked ports, captured people for slavery, and plundered merchant ships.
The American Navy ships dispatched by President Thomas Jefferson to battle the Barbary pirates;
The Mississippi River boats and barges that transported slaves through the States;
The MS St. Louis, the German ocean liner noted for its 1939 voyage in which her captain, Gustav Schroder, tried to find homes for 915 Jewish refugees who were denied entry to Cuba, the US, and Canada;
The First Class, "unsinkable" Titanic luxury liner.
Samples of warships, trading vessels, aircraft carriers and submarines, and any other ships noteworthy through our human history.
There will always be those who find something offensive somewhere, particularly when it comes to the Holocaust and persons who would deny its very occurrence. Nevertheless, the purpose of a museum exhibit is to teach, to engage the mind. The exhibit has accomplished its mission admirably. I commend the curator and all the museum’s participants for their vision, their talents, and their courage.
"There is a certain people, scattered and dispersed among the other peoples in all the provinces of your realm, whose laws are different from those of any other people….If it please Your Majesty, let an edict be drawn for their destruction…."
Every Jewish child recognizes that miserable request as the whiny voice of Haman, the voice of doom for Jewry were it not for Queen Esther, who, when told, said, "How can I behold the destruction of my people?" thus setting in motion instead the destruction of Haman—and giving us the festival of Purim.
Now, by fate or coincidence, on the day before Purim, Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is scheduled to address the United States Congress. Like Esther, he will plead for Israel, threatened this time by the modern Haman in the modern Persia, busily assembling the very latest tools of destruction. For as an Iranian computer engineer said not long ago, according to YNet News, the Islamic Republic "could destroy the Jewish state in less than nine minutes." Apprised of that potential, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, approvingly said, "The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor and it will be removed."
Last week Elie Wiesel noted the Purim connection, pleading for government leaders to join him at Netanyahu's speech, "in hearing the case for keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel and America." The question is how many will indeed join Wiesel, in view of the fact that President Obama is overtly instructing Democrats to boycott the prime minister. This diktat should not be surprising, given Obama's open hostility toward Netanyahu. Recall the president's leaving Bibi to cool his heels in a White House meeting room while he, Obama, went upstairs to have dinner; recall Obama's "anonymous" taunt of Netanyahu as a "coward" and "chickens-t." Recall his crack to President Nicholas Sarkozy on a hot mike, "You're fed up, but I have to deal with him [Netanyahu] every day." And as we know, at this moment, Obama has his own campaign workers in Israel working against Netanyahu's re-election.
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