Monthly Archives: June 2010

Why Islam will never accept Israel

It is a common belief that the “Arab-Israeli conflict” is a conflict of two peoples fighting over the same piece of land and is therefore one of nationalism. Rarely, if ever, do we hear or read of the religious component to this conflict.

Today’s rocket attack on Israel

Starving “palestinians” muster up the energy for terror.

Video: Starvation and suffering in Gaza

Tough, tough stuff to watch.

Al Qaeda launches English magazine

They call it Inspire, and Al Qaeda is hoping it will.

Al Qaeda’s media-savvy branch in the Arabian Peninsula has announced this week in an online advertisement that they will publish the group’s first English magazine.

8 reasons western elites hate Israel (and their own societies)

Aside from all the traditional reasons—antisemitism, oil money, strategic weight of the Arab world, guilt over colonialist pasts, fear of Islamist violence, etc)—there are some very important new ideological reasons for the dislike (or hate) of Israel by large elements of the Western elite, especially what is called the intellectual elite, there are some new ones of the greatest importance.

If you understand these factors, it also explains a lot more generally about the (temporarily?) hegemonic ideology that has taken over much of Western academia, media, and politics.

Iran slams Canada human rights abuse

Iran has strongly condemned the Canadian police for arresting hundreds of protesters during the recent G20 summit in Toronto, describing the move as an inhuman act.

US: Sinking of SKorean warship not terrorism

The Obama administration said Monday that the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on North Korea was not terrorism, and not enough by itself to put Pyongyang back on a U.S. terror blacklist.

“Juice” juice

Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has been a bonanza for Palestine Food Industries Co., the only functioning juice maker in the Gaza Strip, with sales increasing ten-fold as the embargo kept out competition.

Jordanian Army Vets: Strip Palestinians of Citizenship

A recent statement made by a group of retired Jordanian army generals, which calls for Palestinian refugees to be stripped of their Jordanian passports, has sent shockwaves across the kingdom.

Female hypocrisy on Gaza

It is shameful that women of Western and liberal mindsets do nothing to support the rights of Muslim women in countries where political freedoms are allotted only to the men who support the political parties in power.

Anti-semitic Al Jazeera report of the day

Chock full of pure Jew hatred.

“Hitler wake up”

Good times in Austria.

Devastation after Toronto earthquake

Cats: They just don’t give a crap

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The World’s Most Vulnerable Nations

And the Bad Guys Who Keep Them That Way.

Boycott this: Israeli invents birth control pill for men

Prof. Haim Breitbart of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University authored a breakthrough paper in 2006 describing how sperm survive in the uterus. Now the biochemist is taking those findings and using them against sperm. He’s developed a number of novel compounds that have no affect on male sex drive, but succeed in impairing the reproductive ability of the sperm. If all goes according to his plan, a new male birth control pill could be on the market within the next five years.

Jewish dancers stoned in Germany

Youths reportedly shouted “Juden Raus” (Jews Out) as they attacked the dancers of the Chaverim (“Friends” in Hebrew) dance troupe last weekend.

Police said several Muslim immigrant youths were among the attackers.

Suicide Sale

For $5,000, terminally ill patients who are eligible to take advantage of the Oregon’s suicide law can book a death that might look a lot like a wedding package.

“A patient would check in at 3 p.m., We have music, flowers, catering. They can bring as many family members as they wish, their pets, their attorney.”

Erectile dysfunction? There’s an app for that

A growing number of self-help apps promise to do everything from cure acne to rate your prowess as a lover.  Here’s one we haven’t see before: an app, called Fire Up Your Sex Drive, which claims to cure erectile dysfunction using sound waves.

No Red Cross visit for Schalit

Hamas has once again turned down new demands made by the Red Cross to visit captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit in the Gaza Strip.

Saudi women threaten to breastfeed drivers

Many were stunned when Saudi cleric Sheik Abdel Mohsen Obeikan recently issued a fatwa, or Islamic ruling, calling on women to give breast milk to their male colleagues or men they come into regular contact with so as to avoid illicit mixing between the sexes.

But a group of Saudi women has taken the controversial decree a step further in a new campaign to gain the right to drive in the ultra-conservative kingdom, media reports say.

If they’re not granted the right to drive, the women are threatening to breastfeed their drivers to establish a symbolic maternal bond.

Dutch police use ‘decoy Jews’ to stop anti-Semitic attacks

Lodewijk Asscher, Amsterdam’s mayor, has ordered the new decoy strategy to cut the number of verbal and physical attacks on Jews, amid fears that anti-Semitic “hate crime” is on the rise.

“Jews in at least six Amsterdam neighbourhoods often cannot cross the street wearing a skullcap without being insulted, spat at or even attacked,” according to local reports.

It’s time for Jews to get out of Turkey

A 2008 Pew survey on European attitudes toward Jews and Muslims found that 76 percent of Turks had a negative view of Jews, up from 49 percent in 2004. A study on hate speech in Turkey’s national press by the Hrant Dink Foundation this past fall found that Jews were the third-most targeted group, falling just behind Kurds and Armenians.

Then there was the recent deadly raids of the Gaza flotilla by Israeli commandos. As city squares across Turkey filled with irate activists protesting Israel’s attack on the Turkish-flagged ship Mavi Marmara, Turkey’s Jews quietly shut their doors and kept their heads down.

The lesson of a Jewish cemetery

Notwithstanding saturation coverage of the “Massacre In The Med” (as the front page headline in Britain’s Daily Mirror put it), there are other Jewish stories in the news. This one caught my eye in Canada’s Shalom Life: “No danger to the Jewish cemeteries in Tangiers.” Apparently, the old Jewish hospital in this ancient port city was torn down a couple of months back, and the Moroccan Jewish diaspora back in Toronto worried that their graveyards might be next on the list. Not to worry, Abraham Azancot assured Shalom Life readers. The Jewish cemetery on the rue du Portugal is perfectly safe. “Its sanctity has consistently been respected by the local government that is actually providing the community with resources to assist in its current grooming.”

Sounds great. Being in the neighbourhood, I thought I’d swing by and check out the “current grooming.” It’s kind of hard to spot unless you’re consciously looking for it: two solid black metal gates off a steep, narrow street where the rue du Portugal crosses the rue Salah Dine, and only the smallest of signs to indicate what lies behind. On pushing open the gate and squeezing through, I was greeted by a pair of long underwear, flapping in the breeze. In Haiti, this would be some voodoo ritual, alerting one to go no further. But in Tangiers it was merely wash day, and laundry lines dangled over the nearest graves. If you happen to be Ysaac Benzaquen (died 1921) or Samuel Maman (died 1925), it is your lot to spend eternity with the groundskeeper’s long johns. Pace Mr. Azancot, there is no sense of “sanctity” or “community”: as the underwear advertises, this is no longer a public place, merely a backyard that happens to have a ton of gravestones in it. I use the term “groundskeeper” but keeping the grounds doesn’t seem to be a priority: another row of graves was propping up piles of logs he was busy chopping out of hefty tree trunks. Beyond that, chickens roamed amidst burial plots strewn with garbage bags, dozens of old shoes, and hundreds of broken bottles.

Hamas’s Web School for Suicide Bombers

All states use education as a medium to encourage responsible behavior in their children, at least in part to develop a law-abiding, civic-minded citizenry. Authoritarian regimes have a history of distorting this trust, often turning schools into places of indoctrination for a state or religious ideology. The Palestinians have, for some time now, created an educational system exemplifying this indoctrinational approach: Their textbooks deny Jewish and Israeli legitimacy within historic Palestine, demonize Jews and Israelis, discourage compromise or negotiated peace, and glorify violent struggle to achieve what are often termed “Palestinian aspirations.” Since coming to power through elections in early 2006 and following its military coup in Gaza in June 2007, Hamas has continued this path of indoctrination, utilizing its popular children’s website, Al-Fateh.

The Incredibly Wonderful World of Our Sensitive Elites

A dose of reality from VDH.

Today’s pictures of impoverished Gaza

Click the image of the cotton candy beach vendor.

Mahmoud Abbas cancels elections

Perhaps he’s afraid idiotic, Jew hating “palestinians” will vote in radical Islamist terrorists again…..

Iran cleric issues fatwa against dogs

Guard dogs and sheep dogs are considered acceptable under Islamic law but Iranians who carry dogs in their cars or take them to public parks can be stopped by police and fined.

‘Hands off Nutella’ group accuses EU of ‘nutritionist fundamentalism’

To Italians, Nutella is much more than chocolate-hazelnut spread. It’s a cultural icon, the subject of memorable movie scenes, books and song lines.

So it’s no wonder that the mere suggestion that stricter European food labelling rules could harm the beloved product would have Italians up in arms.

Wonderful: Afghan pilots go AWOL in Texas

These guys supposedly had high-security level military access and were apparently never even put on the No Fly list.

Scientists to analyse Ozzy Osbourne’s genome to find out why he’s still alive

He has spent much of his adult live either on drugs, drunk, or both.

Now scientists are going to analyse Ozzy Osbourne’s body to see how he has managed to survive for so long.

United global front against Iran?

Poll: Globe backs Iran strike.

Toronto 18 details emerge as jury sequestered

What the jury didn’t get to hear about Fahim Ahmad.


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Musical interlude – Neil Finn – Try Whistling This

Sessions at West 54th Street.  Click the image.

Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Facebook founder

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being investigated by Pakistani police under a section of the penal code that makes blasphemy against Muhammad punishable by death.

BBC Urdu reports — according to a Google Translation — that Pakistan’s Deputy Attorney General has launched a criminal investigation against Zuckerberg and others in response to Facebook hosting a “Draw Muhammad” contest on its site late last month. On May 19, Pakistani authorities blocked access to Facebook over the contest, and this ban was lifted on May 31 after Facebook removed the page in Pakistan and other countries.

Lebanon Postpones Granting Rights to 1948 Refugees – Again

The Lebanese parliament has postponed voting on a bill that would grant civil rights to descendants of Arab refugees by one month after postponing it for the last 62 years. The refugees in question are those descended from Arabs who fled pre-state Israel during the War of Independence.

More than 400,000 such descendants are registered as refugees with UNRWA in Lebanon, comprising approximately 10% of the country’s population. They are still not allowed to work in most professions or to own property and thus preserve their refugee status, using it to pressure Israel in the UN and world media.

Hitler on the Vuvuzela

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Saudi schools could teach human rights

No, this is not an article from The Onion.  Here’s some info I’m guessing will be left out of the curriculum.

MEMRI’s New Palestinian Media Studies Project Website

This new website is a central resource for all MEMRI translations and analyses from the Palestinian media, both print and television, from the past 12 years. These translations and analyses from the Palestinian media, sermons, and textbooks form the largest archive in the world of such research.

The following sections makes up the primary parts of the new webpage: Inquiry and Analysis and Special Dispatch series archives; cartoons from the Palestinian media; blog posts from the MEMRI Blog concerning Palestinian issues, including current affairs such as the Flotilla incident; and featured reports posted exclusively on this page.

Also on the page are links to MEMRI TV clips on subjects such as Palestinian child indoctrination; antisemitism; the peace process; jihad and terrorism; martyrdom; Hamas; the Palestinian Authority; sermons; and links to clips from channels such as Al-Aqsa TV and Palestinian TV.

The new webpage includes the latest MEMRI TV clips from the Palestinian media, with new content posted daily. The page also includes videos from the extensive MEMRI Palestinian video archives put on YouTube.

FINALLY: Activist School

For $225 Judy Rebick will teach you how to take up causes you know nothing about, support terrorists and “keep your head when someone makes you angry”.

Gaza pledged 7.5 times more US aid per head than Haiti

This story is even much worse than it seems – when you look at both the populations and deaths involved.

Muslim States Seek U.N. Action on West’s “Islamophobia”

Muslim states said Wednesday that what they call “islamophobia” is sweeping the West and its media and demanded that the United Nations take tougher action against it.

Israeli cop killed in “palestinian” terror attack

Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle in the West Bank on Monday, killing an Israeli police officer and wounding two others, police said, in a rare flare-up of violence after months of calm.

University suspends Muslim union for heckling Israel envoy as ‘killer’

The University of California at Irvine has suspended its Muslim Student Union for one year and placed it on disciplinary probation for an additional year after 12 of its members called Israel’s ambassador to the United States a “killer” during a speech on Campus in February.

Two Football Fans Watch World Cup Matches: Somali Islamists Kill Them…

“Football descended from the old Christian cultures and our Islamic administration will never allow watching it. We are giving our last warning to the people,” Sheikh Abu Yahya Al Iraqi said, while addressing crowds in the Suqa Holaha village north of Mogadishu, hours before the World Cup kick off on Friday.

Egyptians Beaten While Protesting Police Brutality

Egyptian security forces hit protesters and knocked some to the ground before rounding dozens up at a demonstration Sunday against a police beating that killed a young man a week ago.

France declares IDF slaying of Palestinian Arab boy a hoax

A French court has vindicated Israel in the al-Dura case.

Background: Al-Dura was the boy about whose faked death the Palestinian Authority fabricated a tale of murder by the IDF.  The French government TV channel broadcast staged scenes from segments of film that slandered the IDF.  The slander sped around the world and greatly injured Israel’s reputation, though the PLO often has staged fake Israeli atrocities.

And now, this guy