Monthly Archives: April 2012

Jordanian TV Critic Slams Gulf Channel for Showing Holocaust Movies, ‘Sympathizing’ with Jews

In an article on the Jordanian news agency Ammon News, Jordanian television director and critic ‘Amer Gharaibeh criticizes the Saudi TV channel MBC2, which airs from the UAE, for showing films that are  sympathetic to Jews and recognize the Holocaust. He states that one of the movies recently shown on this channel (apparently Roman Polasnki’s The Pianist) included Holocaust scenes that are “illogical” and “go against human nature,” and therefore raise doubts regarding the film’s realism. He also argued that Hollywood is controlled by Jewish capital and acts to promote a Jewish agenda and evoke sympathy for Jews throughout the world.

The article prompted many reader comments, the vast majority of them sympathetic to the writer’s point of view.

Jerusalem hospital at risk of closure blames PA for crisis

The hospital administration and employees union accuse the Palestinian Authority of failing to pay for patients receiving medical treatment, leading to a large financial deficit in the hospital budget.

Israel provides convicted terrorists with insurance benefits for some f*&#ing reason

But don’t worry, the killers are about to lose 50% of those benefits. It’s all fine 😐

Video: The History Of The Mossad

Video: Hamas Interior Minister helpfully tells us who the “Palestinians” really are

H/T Israel Matzav

OMG! 9/11 mastermind was forced to drink “Ensure”

Cruel torture tool

Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes is shocked, shocked at this “Orwellian stuff”.

Iran’s Meth Empire

From Asia to America to Africa, the scope of Iran’s meth empire is astounding. It has allowed Shiite Muslims, who are a minority even within Islam, to build a worldwide network and recruit allies from nearly every continent. And its Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah terrorists have become missionaries of meth spreading a faith in greed and death wherever they go.

Attempted Jew massacre of the day

Terror attack averted: Security forces arrest man in possession of two explosive devices at West Bank roadblock.

Israelis to sue Swiss banks and government for refusing to return money deposited during Holocaust

Two Israelis are preparing to file a NIS 1 billion lawsuit against the Swiss government and two Swiss banks for allegedly refusing to return money and valuables deposited by their parents shortly before World War II.

The plaintiffs say they intend to file the lawsuit next week in U.S. court, under a U.S. law enabling them to sue foreign states in matters pertaining to the Holocaust.

“We tried to negotiate with the banks and with Switzerland, but they lied to us and cheated us,” says M. Katz, one of the plaintiffs. “We now understand they never intended to return the property deposited with them by the Holocaust victims.”

Katz – a 59-year-old resident of Modi’in – says he intends to sue the Union Bank of Switzerland, Credit Suisse and the Swiss government for $185 million. He claims the banks have systematically concealed documents related to his mother’s accounts in order to prevent him from getting his money.

Katz’s co-plaintiff, S. (alias), is claiming $130 million, which he says was stolen from him under similar circumstances.

The two claims amount to a total of NIS 1.183 billion.

Bringing up baby

Every time little Rukia Burgel cries at night, a different person comes to soothe her. That person is neither her mother nor her father, but hospital nurses, male and female. They are angels in white and green scrubs who calm her down, ease her pain, make her laugh and give her a hug when they can.

She has been here since she was 10 days old, in the intensive care unit of Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. She arrived in grave danger with a birth defect in her heart, and was hooked up to a respirator. Only today, at the age of 2 years and four months, does Rukia breathe on her own for a few hours a day. Her world begins and ends inside three white walls and one glass wall that faces the nurses’ station. The playpen, which is made of metal, features little scratch marks – reminders of the time when Rukia was teething and tried to bite the bars to ease the pain.

Rukia was born in Nablus to Mohammed and Nibeen Burgel. Since birth, she has suffered from a heart defect that prevented her airway from developing normally. After her birth, Rukia was sent to the hospital for life-saving surgery, but in the end she remained dependent on a respirator to survive. She has been here since – for two years and four months – in Room 7. The 10 staff members, who for all intents and purposes have raised her, are always there for her, at all hours of the day and night. They lift her from her bed when she wakes up crying, sometimes caress her and sing her a comforting song, change her diaper and take care of the respirator. She has many fathers and mothers, because her actual parents are not here very often.


Even “Palestinians” don’t give a shit about their hunger-striking terrorist brethren

Activists showing support for prisoners at a solidarity tent in central Ramallah have found little public support for their cause.

The accused Nazi war criminal in Quebec

Vladimir Katriuk

I have nothing to say,” Katriuk said of the accusations, after putting down a beekeeper’s smoker and replacing a mesh veil for a floppy ball cap.

“When we talk about bees, that’s different. When we talk about my own affairs, that’s something else. I’m sorry.”

At 92, Bandit to Hollywood but Hero to Soldiers

One of the world’s most prolific bootleggers of Hollywood DVDs loves his morning farina. He has spent eight years churning out hundreds of thousands of copies of “The Hangover,” “Gran Torino” and other first-run movies from his small Long Island apartment to ship overseas.

“Big Hy” — his handle among many loyal customers — would almost certainly be cast as Hollywood Enemy No. 1 but for a few details. He is actually Hyman Strachman, a 92-year-old, 5-foot-5 World War II veteran trying to stay busy after the death of his wife. And he has sent every one of his copied DVDs, almost 4,000 boxes of them to date, free to American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With the United States military presence in those regions dwindling, Big Hy Strachman will live on in many soldiers’ hearts as one of the war’s more shadowy heroes.

“It’s not the right thing to do, but I did it,” Mr. Strachman said, acknowledging that his actions violated copyright law.

“If I were younger,” he added, “maybe I’d be spending time in the hoosegow.”

Capt. Bryan Curran, who recently returned from Afghanistan, estimated that from 2008 to 2010, Mr. Strachman sent more than 2,000 DVDs to his outfits there.

“You’re shocked because your initial image is of some back-alley Eastern European bootlegger — not an old Jewish guy on Long Island,” Captain Curran said. “He would time them with the movie’s release — whenever a new movie was just in theaters, we knew Big Hy would be sending us some. I saw ‘The Transformers’ before it hit the States.”

Jenna Gordon, a specialist in the Army Reserve, said she had handed out even more of Mr. Strachman’s DVDs last year as a medic with the 883rd Medical Company east of Kandahar City, where soldiers would gather for movie nights around personal computers, with mortar blasting in the background. Some knew only that the discs came from some dude named Big Hy; others knew not even that.

“It was pretty big stuff — it’s reconnecting you to everything you miss,” she said. “We’d tell people to take a bunch and pass them on.”

White-haired, slightly hunched and speaking in his Depression-era Brooklyn brogue (think Casey Stengel after six years of Hebrew school), Mr. Strachman explained in a recent interview that his 60-hour-a-week venture was winding down. “It’s all over anyways — they’re all coming home in the near future,” he said of the troops.

As he spoke, he was busy preparing some packages, filled with 84 discs of “The Artist,” “Moneyball” and other popular films, many of them barely out of theaters, to a platoon in Afghanistan.

As for his brazen violation of domestic copyright laws, Mr. Strachman nodded guiltily but pointed to his walls, which are strewed with seven huge American flags, dozens of appreciative letters, and snapshots of soldiers holding up their beloved DVDs.

“Every time I got back an emotional e-mail or letter, I sent them another box,” he said, adding that he had never accepted any money for the movies or been told by any authorities to stop.

“I thought maybe because I’m an old-timer,” he said.

In February, Mr. Strachman duplicated and shipped 1,100 movies. (“A slow month,” he said.) He has not kept an official count but estimates that he topped 80,000 discs a year during his heyday in 2007 and 2008, making his total more than 300,000 since he began in 2004. Postage of about $11 a box, and the blank discs themselves, would suggest a personal outlay of over $30,000.

Born in Brooklyn in 1920 to immigrants from Poland, Mr. Strachman left high school during the Depression to work for his family’s window and shade store in Manhattan. He became a stockbroker on Wall Street — “When there were no computers, you had to use your noodle” — before retiring in the early 1990s.

After Mr. Strachman’s wife of more than half a century, Harriet, died in 2003, he discovered a Web site that collected soldiers’ requests for care packages. He noted a consistent plea for movie DVDs and wound up passing his sleepless nights replicating not only the films, but also a feeling of military comradeship that he had not experienced since his own service in the Pacific during World War II.

“I wouldn’t say it kept him alive, but it definitely brought back his joie de vivre,” said Mr. Strachman’s son, Arthur, a tax accountant in New York.


And now, testicular implants for dogs

Gregg Miller says he’s well aware that his business selling testicular implants for dogs invites just as many jokes as it does clients. That’s because Miller’s job is creating artificial dog testicles for canines that have been neutered.

“Dogs aren’t stupid,” he tells Business Week. “They would know if their eye was gouged out, or their foot was cut off. Why wouldn’t they know if their testicles are now missing?”

But laugh all you want, Miller, 59, says his business has become a big success. He says 517,223 dogs in all 50 U.S. states and 49 countries are now wearing “Neuticles” manufactured by his company. Though, as Business Week notes, even Miller can’t avoid slipping into unintentional humor when discussing his unusual business.

“When Neuticles were introduced commercially in 1995,” he says, “people thought I was nuts,” he said.

But as the comedian Joan Rivers asked Miller, “What do they do?”

Miller claims the Neuticles gives dogs a sense of restored pride. Though he recommends the “very lifelike” (and more expensive) silicone version of his product (up to $600) compared to the “easily detected” though more affordable “rigid polypropylene version (about $150).

“Generally pet owners think (Neuticles) are genius and non-pet owners think we’re insane,” he says.

 And while Miller offers several different styles and sizes, he also requires customers to include information about their dog’s age, weight and breed before matching them with the right pair. “Going larger can create short- and long-term complications and discomfort for the pet,” he said.


Video: Chillin’ frog

And now, evil Zionist hikers

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat has condemned an Israeli hiking book that he said makes the West Bank a part of the Jewish state and incites violence against Palestinians.

The guidebook “considers the occupied West Bank part of Israel and incites… violence against Palestinians,” Erakat said in a statement issued Thursday by the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

His remarks came after Haaretz newspaper reported Israel’s defence ministry had given the book to thousands of families ahead of the country’s memorial and independence day celebrations.

A gift to Israelis who lost relatives in military service and militant attacks since 1948, the publication contains suggested treks in Israel and the West Bank.

Haaretz noted that in some cases, hikers were advised to “bring a weapon, as the trail is located near an Arab village” or “a Bedouin encampment.”

In the statement, Erakat described the book as “an outrageous case of incitement to violence against Palestinians that reflects Israel’s official policy and mindset.

“It should be of grave concern to the international community,” he was quoted as saying.

“By issuing a book on trails in Israel that includes at least 50 sites in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Israeli Defence Ministry exposes the true agenda of this government; nothing but abject disregard to international law, and the international consensus on the two-state solution.”

Erakat said the book also gives Palestinian villages and areas Israeli names.

This showed “Israel is intent on taking over the entire Palestinian Territory rather than reaching a comprehensive and just agreement to the conflict based on the two-state solution,” he said.

The defence ministry denied it was responsible for selecting the routes in the book.

“The various tracks and hikes in the book were chosen by a committee of bereaved parents,” a ministry official told AFP in a written response to a query.

“The Minister of Defence signs off on the gifts every year and respects the choice of the bereaved families.”


Scumbag chief gets a love letter from Iran

Terry Nelson – former five-term chief of Roseau River who was ousted last September after a protracted dispute with the band’s Custom Council – announced that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s office recently extended him a letter suggesting an invite to Iran was coming soon.

The purpose of the trip, Nelson said in a release, is to develop associations between First Nations leadership and oil-producing OPEC nations.

Nelson sought Iran’s attention back in February, when he voiced a plan to thank Ahmadinejad for condemning Canada’s treatment of aboriginal people.

Nelson will also seek Iranian guidance on governance issues. “”We will break the Canadian Indian Act,” he said in a release.

Lone Soldiers: Valley Girl Turned IAF Dog Handler

A native of the San Fernando Valley, Natalie came to Israel in the eleventh grade, “because my sister decided to join the Army.” Both sisters, in turn, came over as part of Gar’in Tzabar, a group of Diaspora youths, including children of Israelis, who choose to move to Israel and serve in the IDF. Often they are adopted by members of the Israel Scouts youth movement for the duration of their Army service.

“When my sister told me she was joining the Army, I immediately had a heart attack,” she says. “And when she said I should serve in the Army, too, I told her, You don’t understand, I’m not a fighter, I’m the kind of person that people fight for…”

Holocaust fraud probe leads to charge against Toronto woman

A woman living in Toronto has been formally charged in the U.S. with taking part in a scheme to steal from a Holocaust survivors’ fund.

In documents obtained by CBC News, the FBI alleges that Luba Kramrish was part of a conspiracy that falsified documents to claim financial support from a special fund created by the German government after the Second World War.

Canadians pay more in taxes than basic necessities: Report

Taxes are taking a bigger chunk out of Canadians’ budgets than basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter, a new report from the Fraser Institute says.

The public policy think-tank calculated that over the past 50 years, an average family’s total tax bill has increased 1,738%, the report Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2012 said.

Over the same period, the cost of shelter increased by 1,185%, food by 518%, and clothing by 500%.

“Taxes from all levels of government make up the single largest expenditure facing Canadian families,” Charles Lammam, Fraser Institute associate director of tax and budget policy research, said in a release about the report Thursday.

What’s Iran Up To? ‘We Know,’ Says Netanyahu

It was just a short clip on CNN.  Reporter Erin Burnett recited some statistics that suggest Iran’s oil tankers are all tied up, that the Islamic Republic’s oil revenues have been hard hit.  Economic sanctions have been tightened on the mullahs’ tyrannical regime by the U.N., the European Union, and the U.S.

“It appears the sanctions are working,” said Burnett.  She challenged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment of Iran’s headlong drive to build a nuclear weapon.

“How do you know what [the Iranians] are doing?” she asks, hoping perhaps to see the prime minister flustered.  Maybe he will stumble.  Or he may be reduced to wringing his hands — as our own State Department spokespeople seem to do every day on TV.

Netanyahu looks steadily at his interlocutor.  He doesn’t waver.  His baritone voice conveys finality: “We know,” he says.  “We know, and others know.  And we share what we know with others.”

Women See Worrisome Shift in Turkey

“Our state is the No. 1 enemy of women,” Gokce said on a recent day at a woman’s shelter here, declining to use her last name for fear of her husband. “I was 14 when my husband started to abuse me, and now I’m 37, and I am still living in fear for my life despite all my cries for help.”

Rights groups say domestic violence against women has reached alarming proportions here, with women’s rights being undermined by Turkey’s flagging prospects for European Union membership and a Muslim-inspired government that is increasingly embracing the conservative values of the Arab world it seeks to lead. So bleak is the situation that this year one religious outreach group suggested that the state should protect women by arming them and providing state-financed shooting lessons.

Fears that the governing party has been backsliding on women’s rights were fanned this month when President Abdullah Gul approved a controversial education bill that critics said would encourage child brides. The culture wars over women’s role in Turkish society also reflects tensions in a majority Muslim country where the state’s official secularism is increasingly clashing with an ascendant class of religious conservatives. With their rise, critics complain men are increasingly acting with impunity against women.

Video: David Horowitz on the Julian Assange show

Egyptian parliament set to pass law permitting husbands to have sex with dead wives

Another law on the agenda: legalization of marriage for girls as young as 14. All hail the Arab Spring.

Sex and the Single Mullah

Islamic scholars are prepared to answer questions and issue fatwas on almost any realm of modern life. Sometimes, it can get a little kinky:

“Imagine you are a young man sleeping in your bedroom. In the bedroom directly below, your aunt lies asleep. Now imagine that an earthquake happens that collapses your floor, causing you to fall directly on top of her. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that you’re both nude, and you’re erect, and you land with such perfect precision on top of her that you unintentionally achieve intercourse. Is the child of such an encounter halalzadeh (legitimate) or haramzadeh (a bastard)?

(It’s halalzadeh in case you were wondering.)”

Three new names on Wiesenthal Center’s most-wanted Nazi list have Canadian links

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s latest list of the world’s 10 most-wanted Nazi war criminals contains three new names, all with Canadian connections, and the center claims to have new evidence against one of them.

Free Speech Found Guilty by Europe

“The ruling showed that while Judaism and Christianity can be disparaged with impunity, speaking the truth about Islam is subject to swift and hefty legal penalties. The Supreme Court stressed that the substance of the charges — public criticism of Islam – is still a crime punishable by imprisonment. Under Danish law, it is immaterial whether a statement is true or false. All that is needed for a conviction is for someone to feel offended.”

Secret freedom at Tel Aviv’s ‘Palestinian Queer Party’

“Chiseled, scantily clad men danced onstage. Strobe lights flashed as the bass echoed. The smell of cologne wafted through the air. There were kisses — one on the right cheek, one on the left — and friendly embraces everywhere.

It could have been any Tel Aviv club, really, except it wasn’t. It was a Friday night and I was at my first Palestinian gay dance party in south Tel Aviv.”

Video – documentary: An Unlikely Obsession: Churchill and The Jews

From Director Barry Avrich (The Last Mogul, Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project) comes a powerful new documentary film based on the acclaimed Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert‘s book that examines a neglected aspect of one of world history’s most renown leaders; Winston Churchill‘s relationship to Jews and Jewish issues. Drawing on a treasure trove of interviews featuring Churchill family members, Lord Conrad Black, Sir Martin Gilbert, Alan Dershowitz, The 11th Duke of Marlborough and others, Avrich shows how Churchill grew beyond the kind of friendship with individual British Jews to an unlikely obsession in becoming a supporter of Jewish causes—most notably being responsible for determining the future status of the Jewish National Home in Palestine. As a war leader and peacetime prime minister, this film examines the origins, implications, and results of Churchill’s commitment to Jews.

Iranian military parade highlights the dangers of Facebook

Government anxieties about social networking featured in a military parade held in the central-Iranian city of Isfahan on Tuesday to mark Iran’s Army Day.

In the course of the procession, military vehicles bore oversized placards labelled “instances of soft war”, the first of which was headed “damages of the Facebook internet site”.

Oooooh, Urban Outfitters is so edgy and hep!

Click the image.


Attempted Jew massacre of the day

Two Palestinian teens arrested by Border Guard officers found in possession of five pipe bombs.

Iraqi PM Maliki says Turkey is becoming ‘hostile state’

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday that Turkey is becoming a “hostile state” in the region, accusing its premier of interfering in internal Iraqi affairs and of sectarianism.

“The latest statements of (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip) Erdogan are another return to the process of interfering in Iraqi internal affairs and it confirms that Mr Erdogan is still living the illusion of regional hegemony,” Maliki said in a statement posted on his website.

“It is regrettable that his statements have a sectarian dimension which he used to deny before but which have become clear, and are rejected by all Iraqis,” Maliki said.

“Insisting on continuing these internal and regional policies will damage Turkey’s interests and makes it a hostile state for all,” he said.

After closed-door talks on Thursday with Massud Barzani, the president of the autonomous Kurdistan region in north Iraq, Erdogan stoked further tensions with Iraq by accusing Maliki of taking an “egocentric approach” in politics.

“The current prime minister’s treatment toward his coalition partners, his egocentric approach within Iraqi politics… seriously concern Shiite groups, Mr Barzani and the Iraqiya group,” the main Sunni-backed political bloc, Erdogan was quoted by local media as saying.


Report: Iran seeks support to censor Internet, disconnect from global network

Iran’s Information Ministry has recently released a “Request for Information”, geared at fetching outside aid for the creation of a more regulated and restricted web. According to a report in the ArsTechnica website, a Persian-language document targeted firms, groups, and universities with knowledge in the area of “cleansing or purifying” the Internet.

Is Turkey Getting Dragged into War with Syria?

Since the first wave of uprisings in Syria, Turkey has
gradually hardened its stance toward the Baathist dictatorship. However, as
Assad continues to weather the rebellion while strengthening ties with the
PKK terrorist group and with a nuclearizing Iran, Ankara fears a reemergence
of the threatening strategic landscape of the 1990s. As the turmoil in Syria
continues and the security environment of Turkey worsens, two factors might
lead to unilateral Turkish military intervention in Syria: a refugee crisis
that forces Ankara to establish a buffer zone within Syrian territory,
and/or defensive military measures needed to stop PKK terrorism.

Since the first wave of uprisings in Syria, and with the increasingly
violent crackdown strategy of President Bashar al-Assad, Turkey has
significantly shifted its position toward the Baathist regime.

Until recently, it was Ankara’s belief that Assad could be charmed by soft
power and economic opportunities, and possibly, by giving Syria an
opportunity to get closer to the West, via Turkey, particularly when Turkey
was distancing itself from Israel. Thus, in 2009, Ankara strived to forge a
strategic partnership with Damascus, at which time Turkish–Syrian
rapprochement culminated in joint military exercises and cabinet meetings.

This foreign policy approach had been designed by Turkish Foreign Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu, former chief advisor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan. Davutoglu is known as an idealist academic who refrains from
adopting power politics in a tough environment. He has advocated the
reduction of tensions with Turkey’s neighbors (“zero problems”) in order to
enhance Ankara’s influence in the historical Ottoman territory.

With the spread of the “Arab Spring” to Syria, Davutoglu tried to convince
Assad to adopt democratic reforms – but the regime continued with its
violent crackdown. Eventually, Ankara expected the Assad regime to fall. It
has gradually hardened its rhetoric against the dictatorship, becoming a
harsh critic of Assad. Moreover, Turkey is now the main backer of the Syrian opposition, as it hosts the political center of the Syrian National Council and the headquarters of the Free Syrian Army.

North Korea Warns Retaliation if U.S. Stops Food Aid

“This is a good time to stop and rethink the way we dispense aid to these countries, because it seems the handouts are emboldening the weak presidents and rogue nations that benefit from our benevolence. After all, it was just yesterday that Afghan President Karzai demanded tribute, telling us he wants $2 billion annually once U.S. troops pull out of Afghanistan.”

Gazans Blame Hamas for Economic Condition, Lack of Terrorism Against Israel

It’s amazing what you can learn when you ask actual Palestinians, rather than their self-appointed spokesmen in the West, what they think.

Egypt: Pity the Winner

Pity the poor guy who wins, for he will be president of an Egypt whose economy is simply collapsing. Since Hosni Mubarak left office last year, roughly 1.5 million additional Egyptians have been born, and the population is now heading toward 90 million. Foreign-exchange reserves are falling, the Egyptian pound is weakening, capital flight has replaced foreign investment, the critical tourism industry is down one-third in visitors, and unemployment is rising. The Islamists have control of parliament, having won more than two-thirds of the seats. Those who oppose them must be wondering whether an Islamist victory in the presidential election, as well, might be advantageous in one way: If they are given full responsibility for the government and the economy, that sets up more liberal and secular forces to ask the local version of Ronald Reagan’s question when the next elections are held, five years from now: “Are you better off now than you were five years ago?” But of course, that won’t work unless there actually are free elections five years from now, and at this stage it isn’t even clear if and when a new constitution will be written — much less what it will say.

Video: Sayeh Hassan reports from the Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre in Toronto

This is an Islamic Centre affiliated with the Islamic Regime in Iran, a dictatorship that oppressed, raped, tortured and executed its people for the past 32 years. The Centre has invited a prominent religious teacher Mr. Mir Bagheri to speak at 10 lectures. Iranian activists are concerned about this Centre and the speakers it invites from Iran due to its affiliation with the Islamic Regime. The purpose of bringing speakers such as Mr. Mir Bagheri is to normalize the ugly face of the Islamic Regime through religion and to promote the type of barbaric Islam practiced by the Regime in Iran. We as Iranian Canadians do not want Canada to become a safe house and a safe ground for Islamic Regime affiliates and the dangerous type of Islam and Islamism they promote.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

Muslim Students at CA University Protest Israel on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jew hating pigs:

Muslim students at California State University, Long Beach have chosen the week of Yom HaShoa to hold their annual protest against Israel, dubbed “Palestinian Awareness Week.”

The events, taking place from April 16-19, are sponsored by the Muslim Students Association (MSA), and coincides today with Yom HaShoa; the somber day in which the six million Jews that perished in the Holocaust are remembered.

Palestinian cartoon of the day

Palestinian parents should teach their children that it is their role or destiny to destroy Israel, according to a cartoon in the official PA daily.

In the cartoon, a mother is showing her son a book with a map that includes all of Israel and the PA areas. The text in the book defines the map as “Palestine.”

The mother tells her son:

“This is your bride… when you grow up you will know the dowry.”

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,
March 31, 2012

Iran marks Holocaust Remembrance Day


Iran steals $17 billion worth of Iraqi oil annually claims report

A report issued by the London-based International Centre for Development Studies confirmed that Iran is stealing large amounts of oil from neighboring Iraqi fields.

According to the report, Iran steals $17 billion worth of Iraqi oil from fields that are mostly Iraqi and not shared between the two countries. Those fields are home to more than 100 billion barrels and the majority of them are inside the borders of Iraq.

The amount of oil Iran takes from Iraq, the report explained, is estimated at 130,000 barrels and mainly comes from four Iraqi fields: Dehloran, Naft Shahr, Beidar West, and Aban. Iran’s violation of Iraqi oil rights also extends to the fields of al-Tayeb and Fakka as well as parts of Majnoun field with an estimated 250,000 barrels.

 The total amount of oil Iran steals from Iraq is estimated at 14 percent of Iraqi oil revenue.

Egyptian ‘nose job’ MP apologizes for plastic surgery lie

Egyptian Salafi MP Anwar al-Balkimi, who shot to fame following his nose job scandal, apologized publicly for lying about undergoing plastic surgery and cited human weakness in his defense.

“All human beings make mistakes and are allowed to repent,” Balkimi said in a speech he gave at the People’s Assembly, Egypt’s lower house of parliament. “We are all exposed to this.”

Balkimi swore that the nose job he had undergone was not meant to change God’s creation, in reference to the ultra-conservative belief that plastic surgeries are forbidden in Islam since they aim at changing what God created.

“I was not thinking straight at the time and that is why I did it.”

In reference to calls for stripping him of parliamentary immunity and expelling him from parliament, Balkimi said that any action to be taken against him will not prevent him from performing his duties as a Muslim and an Egyptian.

“I will always be honored to serve Islam and the Egyptian people whether from inside or outside the parliament.”

Balkimi, now known as the “nose job MP,” was faced with a wave of criticism when he claimed he was attacked by five gunmen who stole 100,000 Egyptian pounds from him.

It was when the MP filed a police report and the media got wind of the story that the manager of the hospital in which he did the surgery announced that he lied and presented documents to prove that the wound was from the surgery.

Balkimi had invented the armed theft story in order to explain his bandaged face. The MP is now back to parliament with a smaller nose.


Taliban fundraising drive

Afghanistan’s Taliban appealed today to the Muslim world for donations for their insurgency in a rare move that analysts said was part of their media war.

Complete with telephone hotlines and email addresses, the appeal was posted on a Taliban website asking Muslims worldwide to help the rebels in what they say is a “Jihad”, or a holy war, against non-Muslim “invaders”.

Bin Laden’s widow wants to live in Britain, meet the royal family

Usama bin Laden’s youngest widow wants to live in Britain and bring her five kids fathered by the evil terror master with her.

And with breathtaking gall, she said, “I would love to meet the royal family.”

Besotted Amal Abdulfattah al Sadah, 29 — who wed bin Laden when she was 17 because she wanted a “holy warrior” husband — supported his war on the West and went on the run with him after 9/11.

She was wounded in the leg trying to shield him when US commandos shot him dead in Pakistan, aged 54, last year.

She was even tipped to take over as boss of al Qaeda.

 But as al Sadah and bin Laden’s two other wives were due to be kicked out of Pakistan, it was thought she may try to claim asylum, whining that she faces death or persecution if she is made to return to her native Yemen.

She denies being an extremist, claiming she longs to live with her family in the country her husband despised.

Her brother Zakaria al Sadah told The Sun, “We would definitely like to live in the UK — we have nothing against the UK or its people. Amal would migrate there if given a chance.”

“She loves humanity and likes to live in a liberal environment,” he added. “She is not an extremist. If she was asked to lead al Qaeda, I don’t think Amal would be ready. She wants to live a peaceful life now. I will convince Amal that she must stop contacts with al Qaeda.”

In records of interviews with Pakistan intelligence officers — obtained by The Sun — al Sadah praises the royal family and the British.

She said, “I believe the UK people and the government are more polite and friendly than US people. I am sure they believe in peace more than military actions. I would love to meet the UK royal family.”

“They have a huge attraction and they always work for peace,” she added. “Britain’s elected government is a little inclined to the US but the royal family is always doing good works.”

Al Sadah, other widows Khairia, 61, and Siham, 48, and two older bin Laden kids were due to fly to Saudi Arabia, before possibly heading to Yemen


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Iran will not tolerate fall of Assad, establishes joint ‘war room’ with Syria, Hezbollah

Iran is escalating its threat to respond forcefully against outside interference in the Syrian conflict, despite already having 15,000 of its own troops inside Syria to help put down the rebellion that threatens the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Mashregh News, a media outlet run by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, reported in March that the Islamic republic’s armed forces have established a “joint war room” with both Syria and the terrorist group Hezbollah.

The trio aim to provide a coordinated response to any American aggression against Syria or Iran, which Mashregh News said would include counterattacking with missiles aimed at Israel and American assets in the region.

According to the Fars News Agency, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered a warning recently during his recent meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “The Islamic Republic will defend Syria,” FNA reported that message read, “because of its support for the resistance front against the Zionist regime [Israel], and is vehemently opposed to any intervention by foreign forces in Syrian internal affairs.”

Even as a shaky truce began to take hold in Syria over the weekend, on Saturday the United Nations Security Council approved sending 30 military advisers to oversee the cease-fire. That truce had already begun to unravel by Monday as Syrian forces shelled the cities of Homs and Idlib.

Late last week the Iranian media outlet Resalat revealed some details of recent negotiations between former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Iranian leaders in Tehran.

Iran’s demands, Resalat reported, included the recognition that “any change and/or reform [in Syria] can only be recognized under Assad’s direction.”

“Assad is Iran’s red line,” the report said, “and Iran will never allow his fall under any circumstances.”

Iranian negotiators, according to Resalat, reiterated that “any action against Syria will result in instability and destruction not only in the region but beyond.”

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Video: A remarkable act of civil disobedience in Iran

In an extraordinary act of civil dissent, captured in a clip uploaded on YouTube, Iranian citizens in the southern city of Bandar-Abbas rushed into the path of the car carrying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on a visit to the city, and directly confronted him to complain about their economic plight.

In the footage, an elderly man is shown at the side of the car, shouting “I’m hungry, I’m hungry,” as Ahmadinejad’s panicked bodyguards try to drown him out. The president had been waving to the crowds, standing aloft through the car’s sunroof.

Then, a young, black-clad woman clambers aboard the president’s vehicle, and sits down on the roof — inches from him. She complains about to him about economic hardships; he listens, then apparently tells her to move on, and she disappears behind him.