Monthly Archives: February 2012

Syrian Opposition Cleric Al-’Ar’our Appeals to Israel for Help in Treating Wounded Syrians

Islamonazi Zafar Bangash has a TV show

“Muslim Perspectives” on CHEX TV, Saturday mornings at 10:30am.

Post-Racial America: White Supremacist Joins Black Gang Member To Peddle Meth

Peace (and Meth) makers

In another instance of harmony in post-racial America, a white Aryan Nations member joined forces with a black gang member to distribute methamphetamine in Missouri, according to federal investigators.

On live today: The Whitney Houston Croaked Show!

The church in Newark, N.J., where Whitney Houston sang as a child is set to host some of the biggest names in music as hundreds of mourners gather for her private funeral.

Friends and family will likely fill the New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston once sang with the congregation’s choir.

Houston, a prominent figure in the gospel and soul music community, was the daughter of soul and gospel singer Cissy Houston and a cousin of singer Dionne Warwick. Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin are among those who will reportedly sing at the service, which will begin at 12 p.m. ET. Other big names expected to attend include Beyonce and Jay-Z, Elton John, Alicia Keys and David Bowie.

Houston’s longtime music producer and mentor, Clive Davis, and actor Kevin Costner, her co-star in the film The Bodyguard, are expected to speak at the funeral. Her ex-husband Bobby Brown has also reportedly been invited by the family.

Newark police have said that six square blocks around the New Hope Baptist Church — where Houston sang with the choir as a child — would be cordoned off Saturday and that fans would not be allowed in.

Newark police director Samuel DeMaio advised fans to stay home to watch the funeral, which will be broadcast on TV and streamed live online.

BONUS: On day of Whitney Houston’s funeral, Newark gang leaders call for day of truce.

Attempted Jew massacre of the day

Grad rocket explodes near Beersheba.

French minister’s advice to homeless people: stay indoors during the cold weather

Junior minister Nora Berra was ridiculed on the internet for writing a blog at the weekend saying toddlers, old people, the sick and homeless were particularly vulnerable in times of extreme cold and should “avoid going outdoors”.

Harvard to Host Conference Promoting Israel’s Destruction

On March 3-4, Harvard will host a two-day conference at the Kennedy School of Government focused, in effect, on dismantling the Jewish state of Israel. A number of student groups and others associated with Harvard are sponsoring “One State Conference: Israel/Palestine and the One State Solution.”

Those who promote a one-state “solution” advocate creating an entity which would, through its merger with the Palestinian Arab population of the West Bank and Gaza and an influx of Palestinians from neighboring states, lose its Jewish majority and its Jewish character. In effect, Jewish self-determination would be nullified.

According to the working definition of anti-Semitism developed by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), and recognized by the United States Department of State, the One State Conference, in implicitly “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination,” is an exercise in anti-Semitism.

Iranian regime pretty excited about Sean “Ali” Stone converting to their Shiite cult

Sean "Ali" Stone

As you’ve probably heard, Oliver Stone’s son, Sean, converted to Islam last week while in Iran. The mad mullahs are thrilled:

Sean Ali Stone to Present “True Image of a Muslim” to Western Society

“I have converted to Islam and accepted that Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) is the prophet of Islam,” Sean Ali Stone said in a press conference here at FNA office.

“I hope I could present a true image of a Muslim to the West,” he added at the conference covered by a large number of local and foreign journalists.

Sean Stone converted to Islam in a ceremony in the Central Iranian city of Isfahan on February 14.

Sean Stone became a Shiite Muslim and chose the Muslim name of Ali as announced at the ceremony held in the Iranian historical city of Isfahan.

“The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with,” Stone said.

“It means I have accepted Mohammad (PBUH) and other prophets,” he added.

Sean Ali Stone Laments US Propaganda Campaign against Islam

Sean Ali Stone, the son of the renowned Oscar-winning US director Oliver Stone, who converted to Islam earlier this week lamented that the US educational system has been seeking to assimilate Islam to dictatorship.

Stone Hopes Occupy Wall Street Movement Revolutionizes US

“The Occupy Wall Street Movement is a popular movement. It says that people should be in power and power (should be) in people,” Ali Stone said at a press conference here at FNA on Friday.

“At present, the movement is has not come into action, but I hope that it turns into a revolution and stops imperialism and revives republicanism.

Attempted Jew massacre of the day

Ho hum, rockets and missiles from Gaza.

Venezuela ships fuel to Syria

The government of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is emerging as a rare supplier of diesel to Syria, potentially undermining Western sanctions and helping the Syrian government fuel its military in the middle of a bloody crackdown on civilian protests.

A cargo of diesel, which can be used to fuel army tanks or as heating fuel, was expected to arrive at Syria’s Mediterranean port of Banias this week, according to two traders and shipping data. The cargo could be worth up to $50 million.

Chavez is a vociferous advocate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who face pressure from Western sanctions. Few leaders on the world stage have polarized opinion as sharply as the Venezuelan president.

Chavez, who still defends the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has repeatedly backed Arab leaders who have faced a year-long wave of popular protests, which have already toppled four governments.

Asked on Thursday about the shipments to Syria and whether they could be used for military purposes, Chavez said Venezuela never asked the United States what it did with the fuel that Venezuela sold it, and that no one could dictate to Caracas.

“We are free. We are a free country,” he said, standing with his friend Sean Penn, the U.S. actor, who is visiting Venezuela.

Warning: Iran, Hezbollah planning more attacks on Jews worldwide

Israeli Counter Terrorism Bureau issues warning based on info received from interrogation of suspects connected to latest attacks which suggests Iran, Hezbollah planning more attacks against Israel, Jewish targets worldwide.

Toronto’s million-dollar ‘radical mosque’

Imam Hindy calls himself a fundamentalist

On a recent Friday at the Salaheddin mosque, Imam Aly Hindy spoke to his followers about how homosexuality was “invented,” calling it “nonsense” and “garbage” to believe anyone could be born that way.

He went on to talk about “illegal sexual acts” but added a qualifier: “Illegal means illegal in Islam, not illegal in the Canadian law, because everything is legal in the Canadian law, except children. Other than that, they allow everything.”

The Toronto imam has long been known for his controversial comments. He called the 9/11 attacks a joint CIA operation, refused to join other imams in signing a statement condemning the 2005 London bombings and referred to the Toronto 18 terrorists as good people.

But while he remains as provocative as ever, the institution that serves as his platform has undergone a notable shift: According to federal charity records, the Salaheddin Islamic Centre is being increasingly financed by foreign patrons.

Good news: CSIS report says Canadian teens being exposed to Islamic extremism in HIGH SCHOOLS

“……in two recent cases, suspects charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act “appear to have been radicalized in part while attending Canadian secondary school institutions.

Iran moves Saeed Malekpour’s death sentence ahead, prompting Canadian outrage

Members of Canada’s government and its Parliament issued strong protests Thursday on news that Saeed Malekpour’s case has been transferred to the Iranian court that schedules executions.

The condemned Canadian resident has been under a death sentence in Iran on charges of “corrupting the earth” since 2010. But this week his lawyers discovered that his case file had progressed to the final stage of imminent hanging.

“Canada condemns Iran’s reported decision to execute Mr. Malekpour,” said a statement from Foreign Minister John Baird’s spokesman Joseph Lavoie. “We hold Iran accountable for his treatment and well-being.”

Blog of the day: Food On My Dog

Fortune Cookie

“This is a blog where I post pictures of food on my dog.”

Where does the name “Palestine” come from

Assassination attempt on Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak foiled

Mossad, Singaporean authorities foil Hezbollah-Iranian plot during Israeli minister’s visit, according to Kuwaiti report.

Report: New leader of al Qaeda network in Iran named

A notorious Kuwaiti terrorist named Muhsin al Fadhli has reportedly taken over leadership of al Qaeda’s network inside Iran. Sky News reports that al Fadhli assumed the top post in al Qaeda’s Iran franchise after Yasin al Suri, who has headed the network for years, was placed under “protective custody” following his exposure by US authorities.

In July 2011, the US Treasury Department designated al Suri and several other al Qaeda operatives who use Iranian soil to move funds and recruits from Gulf countries to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. The Treasury Department said that this network operates as part of a “secret deal” between al Qaeda and the Iranian government. In December 2011, US authorities announced that they were offering a $10 million reward for information leading to al Suri’s capture. [See LWJ reports, Treasury targets Iran's 'secret deal' with al Qaeda and US offers $10 million reward for Iran-based al Qaeda financier.]

It was this increased scrutiny, according to intelligence sources cited by Sky News, that led to al Suri’s replacement.

 

Attempted Jew massacre of the day

Three Qassam rockets fired from the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday exploded in the Western Negev. One rocket exploded in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council and two were fired at the Sdot Negev region.

Earlier on Wednesday, a rocket exploded in an open area at the Eshkol Regional Council.

How Hugo Chavez smears his opposition

Accuses him of being a rich, gay Jew.

Judea Pearl: ‘Anti-Zionism is the worst form of racism’

“He called anti-Zionism, which he defined as the denial of Israel’s right to exist in the family of nations, as “the worst form of racism.” Unlike anti-Semitism, he said, it carries a measure of social acceptance, and it “hides itself in the cloak of political debate.”

Those who think anti-Semitism, especially as it colors debate about Israel in the United States, is the greater danger are mistaken, Pearl told the crowd in his opening address on Monday night. Jews, he said, have become experts at fighting anti-Semitism, likening it to a disease in which “the antibodies are known.”

Anti-Zionism is worse. It is harder to fight. It comes in a camouflage that allows it to penetrate vital tissue undetected,” he said. Then he paused briefly and added, “Like at our universities.”

Syrians using pigeons now to communicate

Cut off by a relentless barrage of government shelling, activists in the besieged Syrian city of Homs have reverted to the age-old practice of using carrier pigeons to communicate with each other.

“From the activists in Old Homs (district) to those in Baba Amr, please tell us what you need in terms of supplies, medicine and food,” reads one message attached to a pigeon’s leg.

“God willing, we will deliver them to you,” says the message, as seen in a video the opposition activists recently uploaded to YouTube.

The central city has been under a relentless barrage of heavy machinegun fire, tank shells, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades since February 4.

The onslaught has cost the lives of at least 300 people, according to the United Nations, and has left the city isolated from the outside world, with telecommunications and electricity severed.

Activists say that given the heavy shelling and restricted movements, they have turned to carrier pigeons to get messages through enemy lines.

“We thank Bashar for taking us back to the Middle Ages,” says Omar, an activist in the Bab Sbaa neighborhood of the city, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Omar is seen standing among pigeons on the rooftop of a building in Bab Sbaa in one of the YouTube videos uploaded to the Internet via a satellite feed.

He carefully scrawls a message on a small piece of paper to his counterparts who are little more than two kilometers (1.2 miles) away in Baba Amr, which has suffered some of the heaviest shelling.

Despite only being a short distance apart, the activists say they are unable to venture very far because of checkpoints between them manned by security forces and the Shabiha, or pro-government thugs.

The activists launched their uprising last March using social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter to rally support.

They say they are now forced to use pigeons to communicate with each other in certain neighborhoods of Homs out of the reach of their walkie-talkies.

“They have transformed Homs into a big prison. People don’t dare venture outside and they can’t do anything. The Shabiha are everywhere,” says Omar.

He says there were reports out of Baba Amr of parents being forced to feed their children a diet of stale bread and water.

Apart from enquiring about what supplies are needed, Omar also jots down the names of people from the city killed in the latest fighting of the 11-month uprising.

He then rolls up the message and attaches it with a string to the leg of a pigeon before releasing the bird.

“May God be with you,” he shouts as the pigeon flies off amid the sound of heavy gunfire and shelling. “May God guide you to Baba Amr.”

The answer comes back the same day, bearing an appeal for aid but also a defiant message.

“We need medical assistance and food,” the message reads, according to a separate video posted on YouTube. “The news you sent has reached us.

“Long live Syria. Down with Bashar al-Assad.”

Syrians were among the first people to use pigeons as messengers and this was often the sole source of communication in the region.

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Palestine House defunded!!

The Fur has all the sweet sweet details. Note: this was made possible because of the JDL and us bloggers who, for years have been exposing Palestine House for the Jew-hating, terror sympathizing filthy organization they are.

Scaramouche has video up of Palestine House pigs stating “You need another Holocaust”.

Shout-out to all of Canada’s “official” Jewish orgs: Thanks for nothing.

Ah well, I guess we can be grateful that CIJA & B’nai Brith didn’t sit down for a panel discussion with Palestine House, who provide support for enemies of the state of Israel and the Jewish people….much like the NIF……

Libya Tells UN Rights Council: “Gays threaten continuation of human race”

“We were happy to see the Gaddafi regime finally suspended last year,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, which in 2010 led a campaign of 70 human rights groups to expel the Libyan dictator.

“Yet today’s shocking homophobic outburst by the new Libyan government, together with the routine abuse of prisoners, underscores the serious questions we have about whether the new regime is genuinely committed to improving on the dark record of its predecessor, or to pandering to some of the hardline Islamists amidst its ranks,” said Neuer.

Iranian blows off own legs in Bangkok blast

Suspected terrorist after explosion

An Iranian man carrying explosives blew off his own legs and wounded four other people in two blasts Tuesday in Bangkok, Thai authorities said.

Iran says Israel attacked its own embassies

Israel launched attacks against its own embassies in New Dehli and Tbilisi in order to “tarnish Iran’s friendly ties with the host countries,” Iran said on Monday, after denying Israeli accusations that Tehran and its ally in Hezbollah were involved in the plots.

Two attacks target Israeli embassies in Georgia, India

Day after 4th anniversary of Hezbollah commander’s assassination, Israeli diplomat’s wife injured in New Delhi; Georgian police neutralize 2nd car bomb; sending security reinforcements overseas is being considered.

11 Year Protest Still Going Strong!

Israel is stronger than ever, Heather Reisman is richer than ever, and these idiots are still standing outside.

Jew hatin’ little douche goblin endorses BDS campaign

Musical Interlude

Queen’s U students celebrate

No longer getting raped by the Jew hating OPIRG .

Latest development around canine Yiddishkeit

Shpilkes the Ant

There’s a Yiddish for Dogs manual, and — as the Forward recently reported — a rescue dog who understands Yiddish commands.

Now, in the latest development around canine Yiddishkeit, a Brooklyn company has unveiled a Semitic series of plush toys for pets, all inspired by Yiddish words.

Copa Judaica’s “Chewish” line includes Facachta The Platypus; Meeskeit the mouse; an adorable monkey named Meshugeneh; Nosh the goat; and a raccoon called Ganef.

Racier Chewish toys, like Tuchis the Donkey , Shmutz the Octopus, and Shpilkes the Ant, are also available at Jewish-novelty sites like OyToys.

So pets don’t feel left out at Sunday brunches, Copa Judaica also offers plush-toy versions of weekend-morning staples. The “buffet” for pets includes stuffed beige bagels with a white schmear of cream cheese, a stuffed fish named Lox, and “kosher” stuffed bones.

For dogs who still can’t get enough of Hebraica, the site also offers canine dreidel hats — they fit with an elastic under the snout — a “kosher” dog bowl, and a giant stuffed fountain pen called “bark mitzvah.” And for more solemn occasions, the web site JakesDogHouse offers a simple but elegant Pet Yarmulke for Your Dog and Jewish Holidays, “great for Bar Mitzvahs, Seders, Hanukkah Celebrations or just for some Friday Night Fun!”

Iran government cuts off internet access

Iran has demonstrated further evidence of its strict regime after the government cut internet links leaving millions without email and social networks.

Interestingly, the shutdown comes at a time when inhabitants are preparing to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, with rumours of anti-government protests also planned.

ZOA Dismayed Major Jewish Organizations Have Not Condemned New Fatah/Hamas Terrorist Alliance

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has expressed dismay and chagrin that major American Jewish organizations like the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, AIPAC, Bnai Brith, the Orthodox Union and others have not issued statements condemning the Fatah/Hamas unity government agreement reached in Doha in recent days between Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal.

Erdogan resurrects debates of Islamization

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comment that his government wants to “raise a religious youth” has touched a nerve in society, fuelling debates over an alleged “hidden agenda” to Islamize secular Turkey.

“We want to raise a religious youth,” said Erdogan, himself a graduate of a clerical school and the leader of the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), during a parliamentary address last week.

“Do you expect the conservative democrat AK Party to raise an atheist generation?

Simon Wiesenthal Center: Iranian Calls to Destroy Jewish People Unparalleled Since Nazi Germany

“This is the first time since the Nazis’ Final Solution that such explicit plans for a genocide against the Jewish people is being promoted”.

What’s the IHH Up to Today?

Supporting the Iranian regime, of course.

PA: Write only nice things about your leaders on Facebook

Facebook has become a dangerous playground for Palestinians living under the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

George Galloway in shock alliance with antisemite Mahathir Mohamed

Madman:

Dr Mahathir and I have worked together on Palestine for years” [...]

“Starbucks gives a huge cheque to Israel every year [...]”

There is blood in this coffee… there is blood in this perfume”

“Everyone needs to ask themselves [...] are they doing enough to weaken the people who have made [the Palestinians] suffer”

“this is being done by the European settler colonial state of Israel”

“Why does Israel need an embassy when Starbucks has an embassy here?

Anonymous threatens “reign of terror” against Israel

Sea Hitler morons on tour!

Ha! They want their boat back.

These are their scum-sucking, Jew-hating sponsors: Canadian Arab Federation, Independent Jewish Voices, CUPW, Canadian Peace Alliance, Council of Canadians

Hezbollah won 2006 war with Iran’s support: Nasrallah

“The resistance in Lebanon achieved the biggest and most important Arab victory against Israel. This would not have been achieved if it were not for Iran’s support… The resistance, which won the [July 12-August 14] 2006 war, would not have been victorious if it were not for Iranian support,” he said.

“Yes, we received moral, and political and material support in all possible forms from the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1982,” Nasrallah told supporters.

The Church That Politics Turned Into a Mosque

TURKEY – As worshipers knelt to face the Qiblah for noon prayers in the Hagia Sophia of Iznik last week, a caretaker beckoned to a couple of tourists tiptoeing around behind them.

“Look,” he whispered, pointing to a faded fresco on the wall, as the imam intoned the prayer and the worshipers faced Mecca. “It’s Jesus, Mary and John the Baptist.”

The caretaker, Nurettin Bulut, a Culture Ministry employee, has been showing visitors around the ancient church in northwestern Turkey for three years, pointing out its Byzantine mosaics and relating its history as the venue of the seventh Ecumenical Council of Christendom and, later, as an Ottoman mosque.

Until three months ago, he was showing them around a museum, with a sign saying “St. Sophia Museum” posted outside, a ticket booth charging 3 lira, or $1.70, per visitor, and a strict ban on prayer enforced inside, just like in its eponymous sister church-turned-mosque-turned-museum in Istanbul.

But in October, the Hagia Sophia of Iznik was closed to the public for several days of construction work by the Directorate General of Foundations, a department of the prime minister’s office in Ankara which manages historical buildings around the country.

When it reopened in early November, a raised wooden platform had been set into the nave and covered with carpets, and green-and-gold plaques with Koran suras had been affixed to the Ottoman mihrab, or prayer niche.

The museum sign was replaced with a new one reading “Mosque of Ayasofya,” the Turkish spelling of Hagia Sophia, and loudspeakers were hoisted on the Ottoman-era minaret. And with dawn prayer on Nov. 6, the first day of Eid al-Adha, the Hagia Sophia was reopened for service as a mosque.

The New Censorship: Editors are no longer frightened of politicians but of Islamist violence, oligarchs, and CEO’s

The grand posture of writers in liberal democracies is that they are the moral equivalents of dissidents in repressive regimes. Loud-mouthed newspaper columnists claim to ‘speak truth to power’. Novelists, artists, playwrights and comedians announce their willingness to transgress boundaries. Their publishers look for controversy like boozers look for brawls because they know that few marketing strategies beat the claim that a courageous iconoclast is challenging establishments and shattering taboos.

To maintain the illusion that they are part of some kind of radical underground, intellectuals must practise a deceit. They can never admit to their audience that fear of violent reprisals, ostracism or crippling financial penalties keeps them away from subjects that ought to concern them – and their fellow citizens.

Weepy Saudi Sheikh demands Saudi Columnist Hamza Kashgari gets executed

Protester sign of the day

Syrian protesters’ banner:

“Down with the regime and the opposition…Down with the Arab and Islamic Ummah. Down with the Security Council.  Down with the world.  Down with everything.”

CIJA/B’nai Brith co-panelists, NIF, support participation in “Israel Apartheid Week”

Paul Michaels, Director of Research and Media Relations, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and Anita Bromberg, National Director of Legal Affairs, B’nai Brith Canada don’t seem to mind.

Adalah, the anti-Israel NGO funded and supported by the New Israel Fund (NIF), is scheduled to participate in “Israel Apartheid Week”

Adalah, the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that means “Justice” in Arabic, and openly supports the end of Israel as a Jewish state, is scheduled to participate in the upcoming international “Israel Apartheid Week.” Suhad Bishara, Director of Adalah’s Land and Planning Rights Unit, is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, Frbruary 14, in Switzerland regarding “The policy of Apartheid in Israel: The new racist laws.” The event is being hosted by a Swiss group named “BDS Geneva.”

Israel Apartheid Week, which has become rampant and widespread on university campuses throughout the world, aims at imposing Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel as a means of de-legitimizing and vilifying the Jewish state in the eyes of the international community.

The NGO Monitor reported that Adalah, which receives millions of shekels from foreign governments, “accuses Israel of ‘apartheid,’ ‘ethnic cleansing,’ ‘collective punishment,’, and ‘indiscriminate bombing that targets civilians.’ It defends Hamas’ use of firing rockets from residential areas, referring to attacks from Gaza as ‘when Palestinians resist Israel’s human rights violations,’ accuses Israel of using ‘tear gas to kill and maim unarmed protesters,’ and states that Israel’s security barrier is ‘separating the West Bank into ghettoes.’ Adalah-NY is active in the BDS movement against Israel, urging international artists to boycott Israel and advocating financial sanctions.”

Gerald Steinberg, the President of the NGO Monitor, sent out a letter calling on the New Israel Fund to “immediately and publicly condemn and disassociate” from Adalah’s campaign which seeks “to eliminate the Jewish character of Israel and undermine Jewish sovereignty,”

The New Israel Fund, supported by George Soros, among others, has a long history of anti-Israel activities and continues funding and supporting anti-Israel NGOs. Steinberg reiterated the “longstanding call that the NIF act responsibly and end all support for anti-Israel and anti-Zionist projects and organizations.”

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Iran’s Achilles’ Heel

THE public debate in America and Israel these days is focused obsessively on whether to attack Iran in order to halt its nuclear weapons ambitions; hardly any attention is being paid to how events in Syria could result in a strategic debacle for the Iranian government. Iran’s foothold in Syria enables the mullahs in Tehran to pursue their reckless and violent regional policies — and its presence there must be ended.

Ensuring that Iran is evicted from its regional hub in Damascus would cut off Iran’s access to its proxies (Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza) and visibly dent its domestic and international prestige, possibly forcing a hemorrhaging regime in Tehran to suspend its nuclear policies. This would be a safer and more rewarding option than the military one.

As President Bashar al-Assad’s government falters, Syria is becoming Iran’s Achilles’ heel. Iran has poured a vast array of resources into the country. There are Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps encampments and Iranian weapons and advisers throughout Syria. And Iranian-controlled Hezbollah forces from Lebanon have joined in butchering the Syrians who have risen up against Mr. Assad. Iran is intent on assuring its hold over the country regardless of what happens to Mr. Assad — and Israel and the West must prevent this at all costs.

Sadly, the opportunities presented by Syria’s meltdown seem to be eluding Israeli leaders. Last week, Israel’s military intelligence chief spoke of the 200,000 missiles and rockets in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria that could reach all of Israel’s population centers. And there is a growing risk that advanced Syrian weapons might fall into the hands of terrorist groups. Iran’s presence in Damascus is vital to maintaining these threats.

At this stage, there is no turning back; Mr. Assad must step down. For Israel, the crucial question is not whether he falls but whether the Iranian presence in Syria will outlive his government. Getting Iran booted out of Syria is essential for Israel’s security. And if Mr. Assad goes, Iranian hegemony over Syria must go with him. Anything less would rob Mr. Assad’s departure of any significance.

But Israel should not be the lone or even the principal actor in speeding his exit. Any workable outcome in Syria will have to involve the United States, Russia and Arab countries. America must offer Russia incentives to stop protecting the Assad regime, which will likely fall the moment Moscow withdraws its support. A force with a mandate from the Arab League should then ensure stability until a new Syrian government can take over.

The current standoff in Syria presents a rare chance to rid the world of the Iranian menace to international security and well-being. And ending Iran’s presence there poses less of a risk to international commerce and security than harsher sanctions or war.

Russia and China, both of which vetoed a United Nations resolution last week calling on Mr. Assad to step down, should realize that his downfall could serve their interests, too. After all, Iranian interventionism could wreak havoc in Muslim-majority areas to Russia’s south and China’s west. And a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a serious potential threat on Russia’s southern border.

Russia’s interests in Syria are not synonymous with Iran’s, and Moscow can now prove this by withdrawing its unwavering support for Mr. Assad. Russia simply wishes to maintain its access to Syria’s Mediterranean ports in Tartus and Latakia and to remain a major arms supplier to Damascus. If Washington is willing to allow that, and not to sideline Russia as it did before intervening in Libya, the convergence of American and Russian interests in Iran and Syria could pave the way for Mr. Assad’s downfall.

Once this is achieved, the entire balance of forces in the region would undergo a sea change. Iranian-sponsored terrorism would be visibly contained; Hezbollah would lose its vital Syrian conduit to Iran and Lebanon could revert to long-forgotten normalcy; Hamas fighters in Gaza would have to contemplate a future without Iranian weaponry and training; and the Iranian people might once again rise up against the regime that has brought them such pain and suffering.

Those who see this scenario as a daydream should consider the alternative: a post-Assad government still wedded to Iran with its fingers on the buttons controlling long-range Syrian missiles with chemical warheads that can strike anywhere in Israel. This is a certain prescription for war, and Israel would have no choice but to prevent it.

Fortunately, Mr. Assad and his allies have unwittingly created an opportunity to defuse the Iranian threat. If the international community does not seize it and Iranian influence in Syria emerges intact, the world will face a choice between a military strike and even more crippling sanctions, which could cause oil prices to skyrocket and throw the world economy off balance. The United States and Russia should wish for neither.

Syria has created a third option. We do not have the luxury of ignoring it.

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BBC tells its staff: don’t call Al Qaeda preacher extremist

In order to avoid making a “value judgment”, the corporation’s managers have ruled that he can only be described as “radical”.

Journalists were also cautioned against using images suggesting the preacher is overweight.

Israeli radio in Farsi transmits peace to Iran

While Israeli leaders are increasingly sounding belligerent warnings of a potential military strike against Iran’s nuclear installations, a group of Iranian-Israelis are transmitting a different message.

Radio RADISIN, a private Farsi-language radio station based in Tel Aviv, airs Iranian music, poetry and current affairs shows aiming to spread peace between the Israeli and Iranian people — regardless of who is in power in Tehran.

“We, the people in Israel, are a peaceful nation and not an enemy, or the ‘little Satan’ as we are described by the Iranian regime,” said Shay Amir, the station’s 42-year-old CEO, who left Iran for Israel after the 1979 Islamic revolution. “For 32 years, the regime has poisoned its people against Israel. We are here to tell the truth.”