Mosqueing of the Public School in Toronto: “Islamic ritual prayers are done in my 13 year old daughter’s middle school on every Friday” Non-Muslims are Forbidden to use cafeteria
Here again we see the impostion of Islamic law and practice in the public square, or in this case, the public school. A similar situation exists at the TiZA school in Minnesota. The leading Canadian counter-jihad blog, Blazing Cat Fur, has the story:
Islamic Ritual Prayer Conducted At Toronto District School Board Middle School
I received this e-mail from Mark Harding. I phoned Valley Park Middle School, who in a panic directed me to call the TDSB directly @ 416-397-3000. The TDSB “Communications Dept.” is so far incommunicado -they are away at a meeting.
“Islamic ritual prayers are done in my 13 year old daughter’s middle school on every Friday.
Every Friday my daughter’s school cafeteria changes into a mosque as dozens of Muslim boys and their imams (Islamic preachers) lead Islamic ritual prayers and no one else can even walk through the cafeteria.
Some imams (Islamic preachers) come from the outside of the school and lead Muslim students in the Islamic prayer and this happens at the school Cafeteria after the lunch on Fridays. All other non-Muslims are in classes in the afternoon when they are using the cafeteria as mosque. There is a mosque nearby but the Muslim kids pray in the school
School administration take part preparing the Cafeteria and making it into mosque every Friday and no one but Muslims can use the Cafeteria during the Islamic prayers on Friday.
And there are a number of other incidents involving Islam and other anti-Christian issues that I complained about, including a white convert to Islam who was a supply teacher and who openly promoted Islam and bashed Christianity last year!”
The school’s name is: Valley Park Middle School, and the address is:
130 Overlea Boulevard
Don Mills On, M3C 1B2
Phone: 416 396 2465
“Mark, my other two kids also go to a different public primary school and the snack for all the kids in this primary school is all “Halal”. My wife complained about it and she was told she can prepare her own snack for our kids but the school would not drop the Halal menu for all the students. All the school kids in this primary school have to eat halal snacks whether they are Muslim or not”
Update: It is confirmed thanks to reader Munimula, the Valley Park Middle School cafeteria is turned into a mosque and a local Imam is brought in to lead the children in worshipping Allah:
“Prayer Service, the school is providing a venue for the Muslim student’s to have prayers at school on Fridays. An Imam from the neighbouring mosque comes to our school and conducts the prayers. Prior to this, students signed out early on Friday afternoons to go to mosque. By staying at school, valuable instructional time is saved for our students.”
Thanks to Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs:
As Bat Ye’or has so often warned us, this is Eurabia, “Europe ruled by Islamic law through dhimmi police and dhimmi ministers.” We are fighting for America never becoming like Eurabia.
by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer
In a capitulation to Islamic supremacists and violent radical Leftists, French and European Union authorities have canceled a free speech rally that we had planned with a coalition of American and European human rights organizations in Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament.
Our human rights organizations Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and its sister group, Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) were planning to hold their first-ever transatlantic summit in Strasbourg, France, on July 2.
The SIOA/SIOE summit was dedicated to the defense of the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people before the law – all principles denied by Islamic law.
But the Strasbourg police could not guarantee our safety. When the thugs of the Antifa group and Islamic supremacist organizations announced plans to hold a violent counter-demonstration and to do everything they could to disrupt our activities, the authorities canceled permission for our demonstration and conference, instead of standing up to these violent neo-fascists and their Islamic supremacist allies.
Strasbourg authorities told us that they could not guarantee our safety at the conference and demonstration location, the Place de la Republique. Efforts were made to hold the demonstration nearby, but the authorities still considered security to be too much of an issue
Read the rest here.
Also, this from Before It’s News:
As a demonstration of steadfastness in the face of a cancellation for the July 2, first-ever transatlantic summit jointly organized by Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE), Pamela Geller, SIOA’s Executive Director, makes a ‘cat out of the bag’ announcement. After immediately learning that their demonstration and conference in Strasbourg was being cancelled by the French police, Ms. Geller announced the formation of ‘The Freedom From Jihad flotilla,’ a comeback to the Freedom to Gaza ‘Audacity of Hope’ aid flotilla, to be launched from the closest NYC harbor to the ‘Ground Zero’ site as part of the 9/11 commemorative events…Please follow this story…
Thanks to Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs:
New York City Gives Jones the Bum’s Rush
Pastor Terry Jones, an anti-jihadist, and his group, Stand Up America, went to New York City a few days ago and got the bum’s rush from NYPD.
Press Release from Stand Up America:
NEWSLETTER UPDATE: Dr. Terry Jones in New York
June 25, 2011
UPDATE: DR. TERRY JONES IN NEW YORK
As we arrived in New York, we were met by several police officers in plain clothes, detectives I assumed, and we were met by the police chief of the area. It was made very clear to us that they were not welcoming us to New York and they were not there for our protection.
They told us they would be watching us and that they would be with us the whole time, which they were, to make sure we would not do anything unlawful, which of course we had not planned.
We definitely felt very controlled. As I said, they made it clear to us that they were not there to protect us, nor to welcome us to the city. In fact we were very, very, unwelcome. This was our experience the whole time.
We were then informed that all of the meetings we had planned had been canceled. A meeting with the Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center, I believe set up by the State Department, had been canceled.
Next, we proceeded to a hotel where we were to have another meeting. As we were on our way there, that meeting was canceled.
We were, the next day, proceeding to a different hotel to do our interview with the Belgian film crew. As we arrived at the hotel, we were recognized and that appointment was immediately canceled.
A photographer with the Belgian film crew has a friend here in NY, and through this relationship we were finally able to do the filming on the top of a building. It was very, very clear that the whole thing had been very much controlled, in our opinion, by the government. Every single step we made was controlled. This is a very good example of the condition that our nation is in.
- Dr. Terry Jones
Founder and President, Stand Up America Now! (H/T Ironic Surrealism)
Terry Jones gets treated like a criminal in New York City because we mustn’t offend the hypersensitive perpetually offended violent islamonazis who want to kill us, have killed us and will try to kill us again every chance they get regardless of how hard our “leaders” prostrate themselves at the feet of the death cult of Bloody Al and Mad Mo.
Funny how the same city that will give Jones a hard time has no problem with a Ground Zero victory mosque and jihadi recruiting center or islamonazis desecrating American flags on the streets of New York City screaming “Alluah Akbar!” (which is among the last things that the jihadis’ murdered dead heard before the planes they were trapped on were crashed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001):
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American troops were not compelled by their own commanders to submit to the dictates of Nazi ideology while they fought in Germany in WWII. But then, we believed in ourselves and fought wars to win in those days. In the modern era, sharia restrictions are applied to troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you want to send them a package, be sure to read up on the rules first, which include proscriptions on these:
• Bulk quantities of religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith.
• Pork or pork by-products.
Christmas cards are apparently permitted, at least until an imam calls for a riot over them. Just don’t send too many.
On a tip from SR.
Thanks to Moonbattery at: http://www.moonbattery.com/
Michelle (My Ass is Huge) Belle Spends Your Taxpayer Money on African Vacation – After All “She’s Entitled”
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Like the EPA, the Bitter Half is assiduously doing her part to usher in oligarchical collectivism by crushing our quasi-capitalist economy under government debt. You thought she was doing nothing over in Africa besides pigging out on French fries and fat cakes? Wrong:
First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to South Africa and Botswana last week cost taxpayers well over half a million dollars, possibly in the range of $700,000 or $800,000, according to an analysis by White House Dossier.
Many of the trip’s expenses cannot be obtained with specificity, including the cost of local transportation for the first lady, Secret Service protection, the care and feeding of staffers, and pre-trip advance work done by administration officials in South Africa. …
Based on the plane’s tail number and a description of it in a press pool report, it’s clear Mrs. Obama flew over and back on a C-32, a specially configured military version of the Boeing 757 that also ferries the vice president on occasion and is sometimes known as “Air Force Two.”
According to publicly available Defense Department figures, DOD charges other federal agencies $12,723 an hour to cover expenses for the use of a C-32. Based on the distance traveled and the flight speed of the plane, this adds up to about $430,000 for use of the aircraft alone. …
In addition, a military cargo plane typically accompanies a first lady on overseas trips to bring cars and other gear. It is not clear if a cargo plane also went along on this trip, but if it did — as is likely — it could easily have added another $200,000 to the cost, based on Defense Department rates for cargo planes.
Mrs. Obama’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
They couldn’t provide an accurate estimate of the total cost of the trip if they wanted to. Our rulers spend our money far faster than they can count it.
While the goals of her journey — “youth leadership, education, health and wellness” in southern Africa, according to the White House — are laudable, many may question whether such an expensive outreach overseas by the president’s wife is worthwhile given the threat of the ballooning federal debt to the economy.
Laudable? Those trite platitudes aren’t even meaningful.
Maybe the trip was a new stimulus package. When it comes to those, our Community Organizer in Chief confirms that frivolous wasting of other people’s money is “the whole point.”
From Moonbattery at: http://www.moonbattery.com/
Egypt’s pro-democracy activists feel their grip slipping. Don’t say we didn’t warn you this would happen.
LA TIMES - The pressing concern among independents and secularists is that the Brotherhood, the nation’s largest and best-organized party, may win about 25% of the seats in parliament and control even more through a coalition. This could give the organization the power to infuse the new constitution with conservative Islamic ideals to limit rights for women and non-Muslims.
Sensing the revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak is slipping from their grasp, activists and opposition groups are pressuring the ruling military council to postpone Egypt’s elections in September amid fears that Islamists and members of the former regime will gain too much power.
The attempt by fledgling political parties to win more time to organize coincides with a renewed push to draft a new constitution before the parliamentary elections so that no political bloc, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, will have unchecked influence to set the laws of the land.
“The Brotherhood is tyrannical in its opinions and views, and I think they will take the side of the Islamist businessmen who fund it and have strict Islamic ideologies,” said Khalid Sayed, a member of the Jan. 25 Youth Coalition. “Whatever constitution they might form would not fulfill the demands of Egyptians for civil rights and democracy.”
The revolution that toppled Mubarak in February is an unfinished battle among secularists, clerics, the old political guard and emerging players with pretty phrases and little experience. The country that inspired the Arab world with a whirlwind 18-day revolt is in the midst of a messy drama to reinvent itself after nearly 30 years of repressive rule.
Activists and liberals argue on talk shows for keeping the revolution vigorous and pure. But the sound of unity that once echoed through Tahrir Square has splintered into a discordant mix of power plays and self-interests. With its chances of winning a large swath of parliament, the once-banned Brotherhood quickly attacked proposals to set new parameters for elections and the constitution.
“Egyptians sympathize with the Brotherhood not only because of the group’s use of religious slogans, but also because it’s a self-financed organization whose members stand in contrast to their competitors,” political analyst Amr Chobaki wrote in the newspaper Al Masry al Youm. “Unless Egypt can produce a civilian political current born out of domestic political, economic and cultural concerns, the Brotherhood will continue to be the chief political power in Egypt.”
From Bare Naked Islam at: http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/
What Happened To “Freedom to Choose” Among Workers? Unions Don’t Care About Workers – They Care Only for Their Political Marxist Agenda
UAW Threatens to Brand Foreign Auto Plants In The South “Human Rights Violators” If They Don’t Unionize…
Now the kicker to this story is the workers at these plants in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee don’t want to unionize; in fact, they’re extremely happy with their jobs.
(Bloomberg) — The United Auto Workers is trying to hold its first successful organizing drive at a foreign-car factory in the U.S. To succeed, the union has to convince people like Rocky Long.
“I don’t see any problems here. I don’t see how they could help me out,” said Long, who’s worked at the Hyundai Motor Co. (005380)assembly plant in Montgomery, Alabama, for five years. Of the union representatives who came to his home this year, he said, “I really didn’t give them the time of the day.”
UAW President Bob King has pledged to organize a foreign automaker this year to expand its bargaining power beyond the U.S. companies it has negotiated with for seven decades. While Detroit is mostly retooling old plants, overseas car companies are building and expanding U.S. factories. The union is seeking to revive membership ranks that declined 75 percent to 376,612 last year from its peak of 1.5 million.
Standing in his way are rising sales and added investments at Hyundai’s Alabama complex and sites such as affiliate Kia Motor Corp.’s factory in Georgia. Already, King and his organizers are learning that workers at foreign-owned assembly plants, most of which are in the U.S. South, may not be easy to persuade.
“The UAW has to convince workers that they need a union when in fact without a union they got what they consider to be one of the best jobs they’ve ever had: a good manufacturing job with a company that’s expanding,” Gary Chaison, a professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, said in an interview.
Michele Martin, a UAW spokeswoman, didn’t respond to requests for comment or to interview union supporters in Alabama. King hasn’t said which automaker he’s trying to organize.
While Hyundai officials declined to speak about specific pay, workers said the hourly rate is generous for the area.
Montgomery’s median household income in 2009 was $42,346, about $9,000 less than the national median and $6,400 less than in Michigan, according to the U.S. Census 2009 American Community Survey.
Wanda Carter, a Hyundai hourly worker, said she doesn’t see a need for a union at the Alabama plant.
“Hyundai does the best they can do to work with the Hyundai employees,” said Carter, who declined to give her age.
She wasn’t alone. Workers at another potential UAW target, Volkswagen AG (VOW)’s new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, said they were excited just to have a job in the auto industry. There isn’t any talk of forming a union, said Terry Young, a line worker.
“You don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth,” said Young, 34.
The position is much safer than his previous job as a welder at construction sites and the pay is “great” for the area, he said.
“This is one of the good jobs,” Young said. “I love it.”
From Weasel Zippers at:http://weaselzippers.us/
As worshipers entered Washington National Cathedral for Sunday morning’s service, in place of the baptismal fountain, candle-lit stands bore three books: a Bible, a Torah and a Qur’an.
When a visitor asked a nearby usher what to do, the usher replied: “This is a totally different service than what we usually do. There’s no wrong answer.”
Yes, there IS a wrong answer: Thinking that Islam can ever coexist with any other religion.
Washington Post - Instead of Communion, the service featured readings from each of the three Abrahamic faiths, part of a project to promote religious tolerance through similar interfaith services at about 70 churches nationwide. The effort aimed to counteract negative stereotypes and hostile rhetoric targeting American Muslims in the past year, notably the controversy about plans for an Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York and the burning of a Koran by the Rev. Terry Jones in March in Florida. (Why is it ALWAYS about the muslims? Why do these clergy ignore the fact that the cause of so much anti-muslim hatred are the actions of the muslims themselves?)
“What we have done together in this great cathedral this morning, along with others in similar services in houses of worship across our nation, can alter the image and substance of our nation, as well as our religion,” said the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, one of the organizations that sponsored the project. “Today’s beautifully written liturgy, informed by Islam, Judaism and Christianity, declares unambiguously . . . we are not scripture burners, rather, scripture readers.”
A local rabbi and imam joined Gaddy and the cathedral’s Episcopal clergy on the dais to share their messages of mutual understanding and respect.
“For nearly a decade now, since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we Americans have known without a doubt that any hope for a peaceful world will require profound engagement among the world’s religions,” cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III said.
The service began with a traditional call to prayer in the three religions’ terminology — a Hebrew “Bar’chu,” an Arabic “Azan” and a Latin “Spiritus Domini” — all sung in ethereal tones that swirled through the cathedral’s soaring nave.
Then Rabbi Amy M. Schwartzman of Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church read a passage from Deuteronomy about showing kindness to strangers. Imam Mohamed Magid, the president of the Islamic Society of North America, chanted a passage from the Koran about the value of diversity. (You mean like this? Qur’an 8:59: “The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them.”)
“God could have made all of us look the same and go to the same temple or same church,” Magid explained. “But God willed that humans are diverse.” (Or this? Qur’an 8:12: “Your Lord inspired the angels with the message: ‘I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes.”)
Gaddy said he hoped the readings would underscore the commonalities among the three traditions, especially their shared message of tolerance and compassion.
“No one verse or one passage in any book of scripture should be allowed to hijack or hold hostage the central truth, the overarching as well as pervasive moral mandate, which emerges from the full sweep of truth in those books of scripture,” he said. “Cherry picking isolated texts . . . allows mean-spirited people to turn the scripture of our religions into weapons.” (There are hundreds more passages in the Quran, just like those above, and worse)
Almost 1,000 people attended the service, an average turnout for a summer Sunday. Among them were people actively involved in interfaith dialogue groups, as well as those who were surprised to find the Jewish and Muslim elements of the service.
Ken Bagley, who with his family was visiting the District from Connecticut, just happened upon Sunday’s service. “It was a neat opportunity to hear all three perspectives in one service and to see how alike they are. You too often hear about how different,” Bagley said. Alex Huddell, a 21-year-old student at American University, said she had never heard the Koran chanted, except “maybe in movies.”
“It was interesting and beautiful to listen, even if you didn’t understand, to the different rhythms and styles,” Huddell said. “I’m Christian dhimmi, but I feel a lot of embarrassment about the way Christians sometimes marginalize other religions. So it’s nice to hear there are some leaders in the faith community who are trying to promote the same message of acceptance.”
Pete Carlson, a member of the cathedral’s congregation, said he was inspired by the service and hopes to attend more interfaith events.
“It was even more moving than the normal service here on Sunday,” Carlson said. “It felt like we were a part of something much bigger and much older.”
Lloyd, the cathedral’s dean, said a Muslim reading also will be part of the cathedral’s memorial service for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (That’s right, just spit in the faces of every American in order to make the people who follow the exact same teachings as the terrorists did, feel good about themselves and deceive people into believing Islam is not the dangerous threat it is. I spit on you, Lloyd)
Thanks to Bare Naked Islam at: http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/
The Netherlands to Abandon Multiculturalism
The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands.
A new integration bill (covering letter and 15-page action plan), which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: “The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.”
The letter continues: “A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens. It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands. The integration will not be tailored to different groups.”
From Blazing Cat Fur at: http://blazingcatfur.blogspot.com/
From Gates of Vienna at:http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/
What kids do while the teacher is talking and they are bored…they get creative.
Maybe math would make more sense while on meth…maybe the teacher should talk more about spelling…
Arab Spring alert.
Minya, 24 June (AKI) — Hundreds of Muslim extremists surrounded a church in central Egypt and threatened to kill the local priest, the Assyrian International News Agency reported. The extremists began targeting the church in a village 7 kilometres south of the city of Minya in March after renovation work began, threatening to demolish the church.
AINA Friday cited eyewitnesses as saying that the Muslim mob, dressed in white robes and long beards, chanted: “We will kill the priest, we will kill him and no one will prevent us.”
One of their leaders was cited as saying they would “. . . cut him to pieces,” AINA reported.
The priest Father George Thabet, who was holding morning mass and was locked in the church with several parishioners. Security forces arrived five hours later and escorted the priest away in a police car to the Coptic Diocese in Minya.
Coptic youths who were attending mass remained inside St George’s church to defend it from Muslim attacks.
No police or security of any kind was present during the standoff, according to reports.
The archdiocese of Minya issued a statement deploring the incident and the “return of the Salafists to besiege St. George’s church again, some carrying weapons, threatening to kill the priest unless he leaves the village.”
From Weasel Zippers at: http://weaselzippers.us/
(AINA) — A mob of nearly 200 Muslims torched eight Christian homes on Saturday morning in the Upper Egyptian village of Awlad Khalaf. The attack was initiated by a rumor that a house which is being built by Wahib Halim Attia will be turned into a church. Two Christians and one Muslim were injured, no fatalities were reported.
Wahib Halim Attia obtained a license to build a house in the village on a 95 square meter plot. The house grew to an area of 350 square meters but was still on agricultural land that he owns. This gave rise to the rumor that he intended to build a church instead.
Father Weesa Azmy, the priest at St. George Church in the neighboring village of Negou Madam East, said that someone went to the City Council in Dar es Salam and told them about the irregularities in the house construction, and Wahib was ordered to remove the excess by June 24. “Instead Wahib carried on with the construction, which angered the Muslims, who decided to play God and take the law into their own hands; they attacked the construction site and other Christian homes.”
According to Father Weesa, Muslims broke into the home of Ihab Tamer, who defended himself with a rifle. A Muslim who was there to help Ihab was injured by a bullet in his leg from Tamer’s rifle. The matter was explained and resolved with the family of that Muslim.
According to eyewitnesses the Muslims, mostly Salafists and some youngsters, looted and torched eight homes belonging to Wahib Halim Attia and his two brothers, his three cousins and two other Copts, including Ihab Tamer.
The police arrived three hours after the looting and torching had ended.
Thanks to Weasel Zippers at: http://weaselzippers.us/
Is This The TSA or The SS? “Just following orders” is The Same Thing The Concentration Camp Guards Said.
The government’s TSA rent-a-thugs have been hard at work — not catching terrorists, of course. Their security procedures aren’t designed to do that effectively. However, they are good at one thing: Harassing, humiliating, and traumatizing American citizens who have to be exposed to them in order to fly.
This time, the TSA outdid themselves.
News Herald reported that Jean Weber filed the complaint after her wheelchair-bound 95-year-old mother, who is in the final stages of her battle with leukemia, was asked to remove an adult diaper during a pat down search.
According to Weber, her elderly mother was first taken to a glass-partitioned area and patted down before being taken to another room. As she was waiting outside of the room, officers conducting the pat down told Weber that her mother’s Depends diaper would need to be removed because it was soiled and impeding their search.
“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber said. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”
Weber took her elderly mother to the bathroom and removed her diaper, then returned to complete the pat down. She said she did not have another clean diaper with her.
Would anybody be surprised if the TSA ignored a crazy-eyed, 20-year-old male from Saudi Arabia with a one way ticket right before they searched a 95 year old grandmother with cancer?
But, when the TSA gets called on the fascistic, unamerican, unconstitutional, despicable way that they treat people, they always claim it’s all about security.
Except it’s not.
The Israelis have the best airline security in the world and they don’t do this. Even Europe doesn’t do this. We’re the only civilized nation on the planet that allows government goons to randomly molest children, feel up attractive women, and humiliate wheelchair bound, 95 year old women because Barack Obama says so.
All I can say is thank goodness the government isn’t asking the loathsome bottom feeders who work at the TSA to force anyone into a concentration camp, because we can be pretty sure of what their answer would be.
PS: Yes, I am saying that not only are the people pushing these policies bad people, the people implementing them are bad people, too. “I’m just following orders,” doesn’t cut it with the things that they’re doing.
PS #2: Screw Godwin’s law. If the TSA doesn’t like being compared to Nazis, they should stop using their immoral and dehumanizing, yet completely ineffective security tactics
My Weekend in the Belly of the Beast
As a Regional Coordinator for The United West, I was asked to spend the past weekend (June 17th-19th) with two of my colleagues monitoring the 2011 International Arab Festival in Dearborn, Michigan. The purpose of this article is to give my impressions of that event.
This year’s was the sixteenth annual staging of the event, which is sponsored by the American Arab Chamber of Commerce. At last year’s festival, the Dearborn police arrested several Christian evangelists for the crime of distributing literature encouraging Muslims to convert. The result of that effort by the police to cater to the tender sensibilities of the Muslim population that didn’t want to be exposed to disreputable Christian doctrine was that the Dearborn police were slapped down by the courts, who found that the Constitution and the First Amendment still trump Muslim exclusivity, even in Dearbornistan. The Dearborn police were so smacked down that this year they subcontracted out their law enforcement responsibilities at the festival to the Wayne County Sheriff’s office.
On Friday evening, we strolled through the crowds of attendees, consisting primarily of families meandering through the various booths and attractions of the fair (having never been in Dearborn, I was gobsmacked to see how many niqābs — cloths used to completely cover the face of Muslim women — were in evidence; I have not seen as many women in East Jerusalem with their faces covered as I saw in Dearborn). In addition to the families that were out enjoying the evening, there were groups of young boys, around ages 10-14, who were roving through the crowds, doing what 10- to 14-year-old boys do (desperately trying to look very cool in front of the roving 10- to 14-year-old girls). There were also groups of older boys, about15-18, who were roving around the grounds. I noted that these older groups of boys were, in many cases, rather aggressive when it came to interacting with those whom they perceived to be non-Muslims. I am well aware that teenage boys are full of testosterone and aggressive by nature, but I had an uneasy (if inchoate) feeling about these groups. Their modus operandi was to swarm like bees around their Christian targets, shout epithets, throw things, and then disappear en masse.
Shortly after the opening of the fair, a group of self-proclaimed Christians marched loudly to the center of the fair venue, and set themselves up on a corner, where they started chanting pro-Christian slogans and anti-Muslim epithets. A crowd quickly gathered, and began taunting them. The crowd consisted primarily of the groups of younger and older teenagers. But I soon noticed that circulating among them were two or three individuals in their 20′s, who appeared to be directing the actions of the younger boys. These individuals were absolutely not trying to disperse the crowd, nor were they trying to calm things down. My impression was that they were, instead, trying to keep the crowd stoked — but at a low boil.
My colleague, Alan Kornman, and I were both shooting videos of this simmering situation when he was surrounded by a group of cursing young men. They started screaming at Alan that he should stop filming them. Alan responded (correctly) that they had no right or expectation of privacy in a public place. One of this group, a truly ugly, sloppy fat guy, was getting agitated. I have video of this brave young worthy sliding behind his friend before he lets loose with a volume of spit aimed at Alan, and then slithering away immediately thereafter. Another brave young Muslim then hit Alan, and immediately disappeared.
On Saturday, Alan conducted an interview that lasted almost 30 minutes with a young woman who was behind a booth selling “Palestinian” doodads (shawls, olive wood candlesticks, etc.), and peddling “Palestinian” propaganda. Among other interesting things, Alan got her to say, twice, that she herself would have killed Anwar Sadat. Watch www.theunitedwest.org for video of that interview, which will be online soon.
On Saturday evening we came across a man who was quietly standing on a corner holding a sign proclaiming Jesus as Messiah. He was not taunting anyone. Instead, he was available to speak to anyone who chose to speak to him. Not long before we met him, he had been attacked by a group of boys, who threw a variety of things at him, and shouted vile epithets at him. We started to interview him when, suddenly, a swarm of boys started buzzing around again, with an older boy obviously directing their activities. A crowd of about 50 gathered, and I went looking for a cop, whom I found about twelve paces in the rear, with his attention elsewhere. I told him that he needed to come over because the crowd was getting nasty. He said that he had no electronic communications but that he would get help (it should be noted that the Sheriff’s command post was directly across from the swarming crowd, but the myriad deputies who were there seemed to be concentrating everywhere but where the trouble was brewing). He then sauntered across the street, and about two or three more minutes elapsed before they reached the crowd and defused the situation.
One other group that was in evidence at the festival is worth mentioning. These were the yellow-vested “Michigan Peace Team.” We interviewed some of these folks (before they decided that they wouldn’t speak to us because we were “bad guys”). We asked them who they are and for what do they stand. They gave us a lot of talk about “peace” and “love” and “brotherhood” and “getting along together.” They said that they had been invited by the festival organizers to help “keep peace.” My impression, that first time we spoke with them, was that they were a bunch of well-meaning silly people who were harmless wearers of Birkenstock sandals and singers of “Kumbaya.” However, I did some research later, and found that my impression was mistaken. These were the Rachel Corrie, International Solidarity types whose primary purpose is to isolate Israel as an apartheid state.
On Sunday morning, I received a tip alerting us to a situation that had recently arisen in Farmington Hills, an upper-middle-class suburb of Detroit. What is happening there should serve as a stark warning of how the Islamists are penetrating and populating non-Muslim communities.
The Farmington Public Schools had voted unanimously (literally under cover of darkness and in the middle of the night) to accept a no-bid contract to sell a surplus school property to a group of Muslims for the establishment of an Islamic center (whether it would be for a school, a cultural center, or mosque was unclear) on a major commercial corner — in a predominately Jewish neighborhood. They never listed the property for sale nor disclosed to the community that the district had been negotiating for months to finalize the sale based on what the district claimed was an unsolicited offer from the Islamic group. When a group of residents learned of this stealthy action in a newspaper article, they raised a howl, drawing a record crowd of over 200 to the school board meeting. The school board shrewdly barred public comment on the issue until close to 11 PM (after the news crews left in order to meet their deadlines). Despite a long parade of residents who articulated their concerns that the school board had kept secret their plans to sell, failed to put the property on the market to net top dollar, and violated due process in rushing through this backroom deal, the local CAIR spokesman predictably labeled them bigots — and the local president of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the local director of the ADL (the former president of which is the current school board president) predictably took the side of the Muslims!
Residents of the neighborhoods ringing the school are up in arms that the school district, brazenly flouting all pretense of transparency, would sell them out in a stealth deal with the Islamic Center. A planning commission in the town next-door will next consider the deal.
So, my reflections upon having returned to New York from Dearborn after this eventful weekend: during the entire time I spent at the Arab International Festival, my overall sense was one of unease because of a palpable feeling that bad things were happening all around me. I came to the conclusion that Dearborn is a very, very bad place. It is lost. It is no longer part of America. It is a primary source of a virus that is spreading throughout this country — of which the school situation in Farmington Hills is a perfect example.
It is very easy to be discouraged. The Islamists are totally relentless; if we beat them in one place, they ooze out somewhere else. Furthermore, their greatest allies are Jews and other leftists who mistakenly think that they will escape the fire if only they show the Islamists that they “love” them. The words “fairness” and “multi-culturalism” have been twisted into potent weapons against western culture and civilization with the aid of useful idiots who enable the Islamists to hide their true nature.
There is an all-important lesson from this weekend for all who care about preserving American culture: wake up! If you were to travel to Dearborn, the “belly of the beast,” you would no longer have doubts concerning the danger that we face.
Stuart Kaufman is a retired lawyer, investment banker and businessman. He is currently New York Regional Coordinator for The United West.
Did you know your taxpayer dollars are paying for Muslim terrorists in Israeli jails to have Smartphones and Facebook accounts?
For Muslim terrorists in Israeli prisons, life is more like a vacation. There, terrorists mingle, throw parties, study for advanced degrees and stay in touch with their adoring fans on Facebook using their 3G mobile smartphones.
FRONTPAGE (Daniel Greenberg) -And guess who is paying for it all? We are. And Europe. The Palestinian Authority acts as our middleman, requesting money for security and then doling it out to terrorists.
The Obama Administration dramatically escalated aid to terrorists. In 2008, it provided 600 million dollars worth of assistance to the Palestinian Authority. In 2009, it pledged 900 million dollars. By 2010, the PA had pulled in almost 4 billion dollars from international donors, including the US. But that hasn’t stopped Prime Minister Fayyad from denouncing US aid as “extortion”. Foreign aid makes up 60 percent of its Gross National Product. The Palestinian Authority does not have an economy. It has foreign aid.
Six years ago, Saeed Shalalde stabbed an Israeli chocolate manufacturernamed Sasson Nuriel to death. Today Shalalde lives the good life in an Israeli prison.
Hamas terrorist Haytham Battat, who was responsible for the murder of four Israelis, uses his Facebook page to share Jihadi videos from YouTube. In his recent facebook photos, PFLP terrorist Saeed Omar, who was sentenced to nineteen years in jail, poses with his favorite soccer team’s banner, feasts with other terrorists on a table covered with dozens of dishes supplemented by bottles of Coca Cola, and posts scraps of poetry calling for the destruction of Israel.
Using a 3G smartphone, Omar is able to update his own Facebook ‘fan page’ from prison. Other terrorists use smartphone video to go shopping with their friends and pick out their own clothes, which are then brought to them in prison, and remotely attend family events. Sometimes it seems like they’re not even in prison.
Muslim terrorists like Shalade, Batta and Omar refuse to recognize the existence of Israel. And thankfully they’re not forced to watch television programming from the Zionist entity. Instead they enjoy satellite Arab TV channels. Courtesy of the Israeli prison system.
Buying treats and luxury goods isn’t a challenge either. Every convicted Muslim terrorist receives a salary from the Palestinian Authority. Even members of Hamas. That money is provided by American and European taxpayers. As much as 10 percent of the Palestinian Authority’s budget is dedicated to paying the salaries of imprisoned terrorists, benefits to their families and the families of terrorists who weren’t lucky enough to end up in Israeli prisons, but tried to shoot it out instead.
With that money, Muslim terrorists not only eat better than Jewish prisoners, they even eat better than the prison guards who watch over them. While the orphans of the men and women they murdered go hungry, their murderers stuff themselves like pigs in prisons that exist in name only. Waiting for the day when Israel will agree to exchange a thousand of them for a single hostage.
The estimated 100 million dollars annually that goes to benefits for captured or killed terrorists shows what big business terrorism is for the Palestinian Authority. Both the terrorist attacks and the good life that terrorists enjoy in prison is subsidized by aid money from governments that claim to oppose terrorism. And then go on to subsidize it anyway.
The Palestinian Authority is run by terrorists. The shortest path to the top is to form your own terrorist cell and begin murdering Israeli civilians. And the reward is a chance to dip into the golden river of foreign aid and divert some of it their way. Terrorists who are on the loose enjoy wealth and international respect. And even when they are captured, they receive kid glove treatment in prison.
The Israeli example is not unique. Muslim terrorists live on the dole in every Western country. Major newspapers give them flattering profiles and taxpayer money is pumped into their organizations. And still they cry that they are persecuted. Tormented, abused and deprived of their rights.
The truth is not what you see on TV. The truth is that there are “refugee camps” full of mansions paid for by international aid. The truth is that terrorists in prison are gorging themselves on luxuries paid for by American taxpayers and preening for their admirers on Facebook using smartphones that many American and Israeli families can’t afford. The truth is that terrorism is big business. And we’re the ones picking up the tab.
The tidal wave of human rights accusations leveled at Israel has caused the government to bend over backward to show how well it treats Muslim terrorists. IDF soldiers operate under tightly restricted rules of engagement, similar to those which are causing serious US casualties in Afghanistan. And Israeli prisons turn a blind eye to terrorists posting propaganda on Facebook from inside their own walls.
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Geert Wilders: “In far too many Western countries, it is still impossible to have a debate about the nature of Islam”
Geert Wilders on his acquittal:
Wilders: In Defense of ‘Hurtful’ Speech
Wall Street Journal 24 June 2011 (hat tip Ruthfully yours)
In Defense of ‘Hurtful’ Speech
I was tried for a thought crime despite being an elected politician and the leader of the third-largest party in the Dutch parliament. Yesterday was a beautiful day for freedom of speech in the Netherlands. An Amsterdam court acquitted me of all charges of hate speech after a legal ordeal that lasted almost two years.
The Dutch people learned that political debate has not been stifled in their country. They learned they are still allowed to speak critically about Islam, and that resistance against Islamization is not a crime. I was brought to trial despite being an elected politician and the leader of the third-largest party in the Dutch parliament. I was not prosecuted for anything I did, but for what I said.
My view on Islam is that it is not so much a religion as a totalitarian political ideology with religious elements. While there are many moderate Muslims, Islam’s political ideology is radical and has global ambitions. I expressed these views in newspaper interviews, op-ed articles, and in my 2008 documentary, “Fitna.”
I was dragged to court by leftist and Islamic organizations that were bent not only on silencing me but on stifling public debate. My accusers claimed that I deliberately “insulted” and “incited discrimination and hatred” against Muslims. The Dutch penal code states in its articles 137c and 137d that anyone who either “publicly, verbally or in writing or image, deliberately expresses himself in any way that incites hatred against a group of people” or “in any way that insults a group of people because of their race, their religion or belief, their hetero- or homosexual inclination or their physical, psychological or mental handicap, will be punished.”
I was dragged to court for statements that I made as a politician and which were meant to stimulate public debate in a country where public debate has stagnated for decades. Dutch political parties see themselves as guardians of a sterile status quo. I want our problems to be discussed. I believe that politicians have a public trust to further debates about important issues. I firmly believe that every public debate holds the prospect of enlightenment.
My views represent those of a growing number of Dutch voters, who have flocked to the Party for Freedom, or PVV. The PVV is the fastest-growing party in the country, expanding from one seat in the 150-seat House of Representatives in 2004, to nine seats in 2006 and 24 seats in 2010. My party’s views, however, are so uncommon in the Netherlands that they are considered blasphemous by powerful elites who fear and resent discussion.
That’s why I was taken to court, even though the public prosecutor saw no reason to prosecute me. “Freedom of expression fulfills an essential role in public debate in a democratic society,” the prosecutors repeatedly said during my trial. “That comments are hurtful and offensive for a large number of Muslims does not mean that they are punishable.”
The Netherlands is one of the few countries in the world where a court can force the public prosecutor to prosecute someone. In January 2009, three judges of the Amsterdam Appeals Court ordered my prosecution in a politically motivated verdict that focused on the content of the case. They implied that I was guilty. The case was subsequently referred to the Amsterdam Court of First Instance.
The judges who acquitted me yesterday already had a peremptory ruling from the appeals court on their desk. They decided, however, to follow the arguments of the public prosecutor, who during the trial had once again reiterated his position and had asked for a full acquittal.
Though I am obviously relieved by yesterday’s decision, my thoughts go to people such as Danish journalist Lars Hedegaard, Austrian human rights activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and others who have recently been convicted for criticizing Islam. They have not been as fortunate. In far too many Western countries, it is still impossible to have a debate about the nature of Islam.
The biggest threat to our democracies is not political debate, nor is it public dissent. As the American judge Learned Hand once said in a speech: “That community is already in the process of dissolution . . . where faith in the eventual supremacy of reason has become so timid that we dare not enter our convictions in the open lists to win or lose.” It has been a tenet in European and American thinking that men are only free when they respect each other’s freedom. If the courts can no longer guarantee this, then surely a community is in the process of dissolution.
Legislation such as articles 137c and 137d of the Dutch Penal Code disgraces our democratic free societies. On the basis of such legislation, I was prevented from representing my million-and-a-half voters in parliament because I had to be in the courtroom for several days, sometimes up to three days per week, during the past year and a half. Such legislation should be abolished. It should be abolished in all Western countries where it exists-and replaced by First Amendment clauses.
Citizens should never allow themselves to be silenced. I have spoken, I speak and I shall continue to speak.
Mr. Wilders is a member of the Dutch Parliament and the leader of the Party for Freedom.
Posted by Pamela Geller on Friday, June 24, 2011
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AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE PROBLEM
By: Rev. Robby Bobby
God’s Wrath against Sinful Humanity
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
A couple of days ago, I posted the scripture passage above from Romans Chapter One, verses 18 – 32. Today I am going to comment on this passage of scripture. There has never been a time in our nation’s history when the above passage has been more applicable to the state of America. America has many problems but they can all be traced back to one thing. We have forgotten God. I am referring to Jehovah God of The Jews and Christians. The same God worshipped by the English settlers who arrived on our shores. The same God acknowledged by our founding fathers during the writing of The Constitution – one of the greatest documents ever produced. The same God who bestows upon us our natural rights articulated within the Constitution. The same God that sent His only begotten son – Jesus Christ to live among us, to be crucified, and rise from the dead after three days in a cold grave – and then ascend back into heaven where He lives for eternity and has offered humanity that same gift if we simply believe that He is who He said He was and did what He said He did.
Therein lies the problem – By and large, America as a whole, has forsaken all fear and respect for a Holy God. As verse 21 of Romans one says: “Although they know God – they neither glorified Him as God… and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Psalms 14:1 says: “The fool has said in his heart there is no God…. Many persons in places of authority today refuse to acknowledge that there even is a God and if so, He is relegated to the ash heap of history – A worthless ancient relic of times long past and irrelevant to modern humanity. Although our leaders, statesmen, politicians, and those in power claim to be wise, they are actually fools just as this passage states. They are blind and deaf to the truth and want no part of it.
Verses 24 – 27 of this passage deal specifically with homosexuality which has roared to the forefront of debate with demands to be recognized as “normal” behavior and given special rights above the rights already afforded to every American. Every American citizen, regardless of their sexual orientation, has the same rights afforded to them under the Constitution. Many homosexuals complain of discrimination in many areas of society and there is no doubt that discrimination can occur for many different reasons but any “special” civil right beyond the scope of the Bill of Rights is reverse discrimination and should not be allowed. The subject of gay marriage is an endless debate right now and I do not have a problem with granting persons who practice that lifestyle with a legally recognized civil union. However, marriage, which is a holy covenant as defined by God, is between a man and a woman and the family built thereon is the foundation for Judeo-Christian society. I do not hate gay people but God, in the Bible, has plainly stated that homosexuality is a deviant, sinful, and perverted practice that is contrary to what He intended.
We are in a time when people do not think it is necessary to include God in their life or even think upon Him in any way. We see the consequences of this especially in Europe where there is very little mention or memory of God or Christian heritage whatsoever. As a result, Islam is making rapid inroads into European culture and destroying thousands of years of the foundations of Western Civilization. This same cancer is spreading to the United States and threatening our very existence as a nation. Our leaders, as described in verse 28, because they have refused God, have degenerated into people with “depraved minds” who now practice every form of “wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity.” Is this not what we have running rampant in Washington with politicians engaged in every lawless action under the sun while in a place to legislate and write laws that they themselves hold in contempt and trample under foot? Anthony Weiner is just the latest example of this kind of individual – as verse 30 says – they are “insolent, arrogant, and boastful.” The Congress, which should have immediately removed him from serving, refused to do anything other than offer meaningless platitudes about “stepping down” and “no comment” and “we cannot judge his personal life,” etc… because the vast majority of them have no moral compass or principles whatsoever. So they dare not speak out against vile actions that they are themselves guilty of. Notice in the final verse of this passage God says: “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” Here is the standard of God – not only those that do these things: “every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy – But those that approve of those who do them are equally guilty of the same offences. These actions bring spiritual death that will separate them from God who desires righteousness and obedience to His laws and commandments. Romans 6:23 says: “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
We have but one real issue in our nation. We have forgotten God. The antidote for the sickness that envelopes us is God. Sin and its consequences have eroded our Christian foundations until they are almost beyond repair. But there is still hope. II Chronicles 7:14 says: “14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” My hope and prayer is that we as a nation will humble ourselves, turn from our sin, and seek the God that has established, kept, and blessed this great land of ours.
Rev. Robby Bobby for The Trumpet
Bloomberg) — Dutch Freedom Party Leader Geert Wilders was acquitted by a court of charges that he made remarks defaming Muslims, ending a three-year prosecution that he described as a bid to restrict his freedom of speech.
Wilders, 47, was charged with inciting hatred and discrimination and insulting Muslims for calling the Koran “fascist” and comparing it to Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” in a 2007 Dutch newspaper editorial. A year later, he released his movie “Fitna,” in which he urged Muslims to rip out “hate-preaching” verses from the book.
“You have spoken in a hurtful and also shocking way,” Presiding Judge Marcel van Oosten said in the Amsterdam district court today. Even so, “the court finds, in the broadest context, that you have to be able to propagate the message of such a film.”
The movie led to protests in Islamic-majority countries including Indonesia and Pakistan and prompted Malaysians to call for a boycott of products from the euro area’s second largest exporter. Wilders, whose party backs the minority Dutch coalition government, has been under constant police protection since a Muslim radical murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004.
“Today is a victory for freedom of speech,” Wilders said on its website today. “The Dutch are still allowed to speak critically about Islam, and resistance against Islamization is not a crime.”
Prosecutors, who were forced to file charges against Wilders by a higher court, also called for the politician to be cleared, saying his criticism was aimed at Islam as a religion and not at Muslims.
From Weasel Zippers at: http://weaselzippers.us/
Coffee Party 2.0?
(AlterNet) — Tonight, in New York City’s venerable Town Hall, Van Jones, arguably the most visible progressive “organizer” in America, and surely one of the country’s best orators, steps up to assume a bigger role — that of major progressive strategist and visionary. Tonight is Jones’ opening gambit in a large-scale, ambitious effort to create what many hope will be the progressives answer to the Tea Party.
Jones, with major support from MoveOn.org and other groups, will present a big-picture vision for mobilizing progressive forces of many types and stripes under the patriotic umbrella brand of the “American Dream Movement.” The goal is nothing less than a broad “open source” movement of millions who, via organizing, house parties, events, technological savvy, and electoral activity, will attempt to shift America’s focus away from the budget-cut mentality and the protection of big corporations and banks, to the human and economic support of tens of millions of unemployed and downsized Americans, including returning war vets and young people. (The event, which also features musical group the Roots, will be streamed live beginning at 8:15pm EDT on many Web sites, including AlterNet. Tune in tonight.)
There is much anticipation for this moment, and more than a little skepticism. Many have been wringing their hands, wondering why progressives seem so impotent in the face of the Tea Party. We’ve been hugely disappointed in the Obama administration for not mounting a more populist, people-oriented challenge to the corporate and banking dominance of our economic system, which has resulted in both the bailout of the banks, and the obscene shift of wealth to an increasingly small number of super-rich Americans. Jones hopes to offer an answer.
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A Brilliant Letter by Melanie Phillips
Dear Prime Minister,
I was interested to read that, when you met Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, you said:
‘Britain is a good friend of Israel and our support for Israel and Israel’s security is something I have described in the past, and will do so again, as unshakeable.’
I wonder, therefore, if you make a habit of threatening your friends? For you also said that unless Israel ‘engages seriously in a meaningful peace process’ with the Palestinian Authority, the more likely it is that Britain will endorse the ‘State of Palestine’ for which the PA is expected to seek recognition at the UN in September.
This is not the behaviour of a friend so much as the kind of intimidation that is more reminiscent of a Mafia protection racket.
First of all, you have incomprehensibly decided to pressurise the victim in this conflict to make peace with her aggressor, even though the victim is the one party that constantly tries to make peace while the aggressor does not. It is the PA which has refused to negotiate with Israel, not the other way round, on the spurious grounds that Israeli expansion of Jewish homes beyond the ‘Green Line’ is a bar to negotiations.
I wonder whether you might explain to both Britain and the Jewish people why you do not insist that Mr Abbas ‘engages seriously in a meaningful peace process’ by unambiguously renouncing – in both English and Arabic – his repeated assertions that his people will never accept Israel as a Jewish state, the casus belli of the entire conflict?
I wonder also if you might explain to both Britain and the Jewish people why you implicitly endorse the racist ethnic cleansing inherent in the putative ‘State of Palestine’ which the PA says it will declare – a state in which Mr Abbas has repeatedly declared that not one Jew will be allowed to live — but which you have now threatened to support? I’m sure the British people in particular would be interested to know when you decided that racism and ethnic cleansing were part of your modernising programme for the Conservative Party.
Next, I wonder if you might clarify for us exactly why the British government has welcomed the alliance entered into between Hamas and Mr Abbas’s Fatah, and why you believe that this will advance the cause of peace. As you know, your government still regards Hamas as a terrorist organisation. More than that, Hamas is explicitly committed to the destruction of Israel and the genocide of the Jews, a platform from which is has explicitly stated this week that it will not resile. And as you know, following the killing of Osama bin Laden the leader of Hamas in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, condemned the ‘assassination of a Muslim holy warrior’ — while for their part the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the terrorist department of the Fatah organisation that you do not appear to think is an obstacle to peace, called bin Laden’s death ‘a catastrophe’ and vowed to step up the jihad to establish the dominance of Islam in the world.
I’m sure we are all agog to learn why you, a Conservative Prime Minister and the supposed ally of America in the defence of the free world, have chosen not only to applaud and promote a coalition which includes genocidal fanatics who are in bed with both al Qaeda and Iran, but why you are also threatening their victim, Israel, that Britain will endorse a state run by this genocidal coalition unless Israel itself enters into negotiations with it. To carry on with the Mafia analogy, this is akin to threatening someone that if they do not put a gun in their mouth and pull the trigger you will set the Mob on them to achieve the same result.
I’d be grateful if you could explain to us why you support the killing of the leader of al Qaeda, as well as sanctions against Iran on the grounds that both represent an unconscionable threat to the free world, and yet at the same time demand of Israel that it makes concessions to a coalition made up of the allies of Iran and al Qaeda. I’m sure we’d all like to know, if this is how you treat your ‘friends’, how you would treat your enemies.
I realise, Prime Minister, that before you achieved high office your knowledge of and interest in foreign affairs was hovering around the zero mark. As a result, it is likely that your only knowledge of the Middle East comes from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which has a history of virulent antagonism towards the Jewish people. I would also expect, however, that you have an eye to your own place in history, and that you would probably like to be viewed by future generations as the British Prime Minister who stood shoulder to shoulder with the victims of genocidal aggression against their destroyers, rather than the other way round.
If you are to get this the right way round and thus avoid such posthumous infamy, it is vital that you come to realise the key point about the Middle East impasse. To arrive at a solution, it is imperative first of all correctly to identify the problem. The problem in the Middle East is not the absence of a state of Palestine. Were that the case, the problem would have been resolved when such a state was first mooted long before World War Two. The problem is instead that the Arabs wish to destroy the State of Israel. The solution, therefore, is to stop them from continuing to try to do so. And to achieve that, it is essential that the west stop rewarding them for their attempts.
For the single most important reason for the never-ending nature of the Middle East impasse is that, uniquely, for more than nine decades the west has rewarded the Arab aggressors and punished their Jewish victims. And from the start, the western leader of this infernal process, I’m afraid to say, was Britain.
It was the British who, out of sheer breathtaking malice against the Jewish people, first incited the (hitherto mainly benignly disposed) Arabs against the Jews returning to their ancestral homeland in Palestine in the early years of the 20th century. It was the British who set out to undermine and reverse their own government’s policy to re-establish the Jewish national home in the land of Israel. It was the British who reneged on their internationally binding treaty obligation to settle the Jews throughout Palestine – including the areas currently known as the ‘West Bank’ and Gaza – with the result that they kept out desperate Jews trying to flee Nazi Europe, causing thousands to be murdered in the Holocaust. At the same time, they encouraged Arab immigration from neighbouring countries and turned a blind eye to the pogroms carried out by these Arab newcomers against the Jews whose land it was supposed to be –thus laying the groundwork for the false claim that the Arabs were the rightful inheritors of the land. And all the time, the British cloaked this vicious treachery in the honeyed fiction that they were the true friends of the Jewish people and had their interests at heart.
The history of the British in this terrible conflict between Jew and Arab is not merely a chronicle of the utmost perfidy and malevolent Judeophobic bigotry. It is also directly responsible for the continuation of the conflict to this day. For Arab aggression against the Jews has been rewarded and encouraged from the start, by robbing the Jews of their rightful inheritance and giving great chunks of it to their aggressors. But if aggressors are rewarded, the inevitable result is more aggression until they achieve their final terrible aim.
And that very same process is in evidence today, with Britain’s grotesque endorsement this week of the coalition for genocide and your government’s unconscionable pressure upon Israel to negotiate its own destruction with its mortal enemies. Prime Minister, the virus of Judeophobia is now rampant once again throughout Europe – let alone in the Arab and Muslim world. And the fuel for this fire is the set of genocidal falsehoods about the Arab and Muslim war of extermination against Israel, a Big lie which has turned victim into aggressor and vice versa. Appallingly, the British government is helping stoke this vile inferno by endorsing many of these falsehoods — and now, worse still, by actually promoting the coalition of genocide and turning the screw on its victim. The similarities with the 1930s and 1940s are uncanny and horrifying – similarities not just with what was allowed to develop in Europe, but also what happened in Palestine itself, the source of today’s terrible impasse.
Prime Minister, if you are not very careful indeed history will judge that you re-established a direct line back to the malevolence of the British in Palestine; back to that terrible time when Britain so foully betrayed the Jewish people and became a party to genocide; back to the approach which gave genocidal fanatics hope that victory was within their grasp. To stand up against all this — the defining madness of our times — would demand of you, I know full well, the utmost statesmanship and moral courage. But the alternative is to earn the contempt of decent people everywhere and the scorn of posterity. The choice, Prime Minister, is yours.
Taken from: Orwellian Culture at: http://orwellianculture.blogspot.com/2011/06/brilliant-letter-by-melanie-phillips.html
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