Archive for May, 2007

BBC reporter ‘claimed’ to have intercourse with sheep

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

The BBC, missing no chance to blacken the name of Israel, has published a report speculating that the 1976 Entebbe hijacking was in part perpetrated by — are we surprised? — Israel.

BBC reporter Dan Parkinson wrote,

An unnamed contact told a British diplomat in Paris that the Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Beit [sic], and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) collaborated to seize the plane.

There you are, positive proof. An unnamed contact told a diplomat named D. H. Colvin that they did it in order to “torpedo the PLO’s standing in France and to prevent what they see as a growing rapprochement between the PLO and the Americans”.

ParkinsonNow I want to get this on the record: last week my brother-in-law was told by an unnamed source that he saw Dan Parkinson having sexual intercourse with a sheep.

Go ahead, Parkinson, I want to hear you deny it.

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Lieberman proposes a real disengagement from Hamastan

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

There is no nation or organization on earth that is more hostile to Israel than Hamas (the Hamas covenant can be found at Know Your Enemy).

The Gaza strip is controlled by Hamas. Given time they will eliminate the opposition from Fatah and co-opt other factions. They have been moving toward Islamification of Palestinian society, closing (or blowing up) Internet cafés, harassing “improperly dressed” women, etc.

Hamas is prosecuting a war against Israel by firing Qassam rockets and is preparing for a larger struggle by stockpiling weapons, building fortifications, and digging infiltration tunnels under the border with Israel.

Nevertheless, Israel provides water, electricity and other services to this enemy nation. The absurdity of a situation in which Israeli electricity powers Qassam rocket production is not lost on right-wing Israeli cabinet member Avigdor Lieberman, who has proposed a real “disengagement”:

Israel will start regarding Gaza and the West Bank as two separate entities – the Palestinian Authority jurisdiction will cover the West Bank alone, Gaza will be regarded a hostile, independent political entity – Hamastan. The Palestinians can blame no one but themselves for this – it is their own doing, their own choice.

Gaza will be isolated both from Israel and from the West Bank. There will be no ‘safe passage’ between the two Palestinian entities – not for goods, not for people, not for Abbas. Israel will complete the disengagement from Gaza by gradually cutting all ties – including water and electricity supply, trade, taxes etc.

To avert a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, this will not be done instantaneously – we will give six months notice to allow for Gazans, and the international community to prepare for this new reality. All goods and services that are currently provided by Israel can be rerouted through Egypt.

Hostile actions from Gaza will then be treated in the same way as attacks from Syria, for example. And the “international community” that has been so supportive of the Palestinians can then take responsibility for them:

Israel will welcome the deployment of NATO troops in Gaza to keep the law and order, and the EU to invest in Gaza to create jobs and income for Palestinians.

The nation of ‘Palestine’ is entirely a creation of this ‘community’. If left to themselves, the Palestinians would have to develop an economy and find a modus vivendi with Israel. As long as they are propped up by international aid, they can continue to put all of their energy into war and preparing for more war.

But this is not up to Israel. It is, however, in Israel’s power to at least not contribute to it.

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Quartet tells Israel to absorb rocket fire

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

I have to quote this item in its entirety, with a few interpolations. From the Jerusalem Post:

Quartet [US, UN, EU, Russia -- ed] urges Israel to show restraint

Israel must exercise restraint during its military operations in order to avoid civilian casualties, the Quartet said during a meeting centered around the situation in the Middle East in Berlin on Wednesday.

In a press statement released early Thursday morning, the Quartet condemned continued Palestinian rocket fire into Israel, but warned that the country must not react in a way that would harm civilians or cause “damage to civilian infrastructure.”

But it’s impossible to stop the rockets without harming civilians or damaging infrastructure. The Palestinians are firing from “civilian infrastructure”. And they are not going to stop because the Quartet says they should. So Israel is urged to just absorb the rocket fire.

The Quartet raised concerns over the incarceration of Palestinian Authority (PA) government officials and called for them to be released by Israel. Several Hamas members of parliament were jailed by Israel after Kassam rocket attacks escalated last week and resulted in the death of an Israeli woman.

Those clever Jews! They found a way to stop the rocket fire without hurting civilians or infrastructure. Sorry, not allowed. Just step into the showers please.

Furthermore, the resumption of transfers of tax funds by Israel on behalf of the PA, read the statement, would have a significant impact on the Palestinian economy. It recommended Israel transfer money via the Temporary International Mechanism, the European emergency aid which bypasses the PA government.

The Palestinian economy doesn’t exist, unless you count the ‘defense contractors’ building Qassams and digging tunnels. The clans, gangs, and militias have seen to that. More money is being pumped into the territories than ever before, but it’s all going into the wars and street fights.

The Quartet expressed concern over the deterioration of a cease-fire between Hamas and Fatah members in the Gaza Strip and called for an immediate stop to factional fighting.

But the US is supplying weapons and money to Fatah. I guess the vote in the Quartet wasn’t unanimous.

The Quartet also called for an immediate release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit.

They could have said “no more aid until he’s released”. But they didn’t.

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Another day, another bunch of moral idiots

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

This is my third attempt to write about the decision by the British Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) to ‘consider an academic boycott of Israel':

“Israel’s 40-year occupation has seriously damaged the fabric of Palestinian society through annexation, illegal settlement, collective punishment and restriction of movement,” the motion said. “Congress deplores the denial of educational rights for Palestinians by invasions, closures, checkpoints, curfews, and shootings and arrests of teachers, lecturers and students.”

“Congress condemns the complicity of Israeli academia in the occupation… Congress believes that in these circumstances passivity or neutrality is unacceptable and criticism of Israel cannot be construed as anti-Semitic,” it added. — JPost

Attempt one was to point out that they must be blind to not notice the pogroms, wars, and continuous terrorism of Arabs against Jews which might possibly have something to do with the “invasions, closures, checkpoints, curfews, and shootings and arrests”. But they aren’t blind.

Attempt two was to talk about how an anti-Israel position is so much a part of the conventional wisdom in Academe today, especially in the UK, that it’s almost like breathing. It would take a truly original thinker to think otherwise, and not too many academics are original. Probably true, but boring.

So I’ve decided to issue my own manifesto. It will have as much or as little influence on anyone as a line-by-line refutation of their statement, but will be more entertaining.

Resolved, that these academics are moral idiots, and their “criticism of Israel” can only be construed as antisemitic.

Their attempt to rewrite the history of the conflict from one of almost a century of attempted genocide against the Jews of Palestine and later Israel into a story about European colonialism is false from start to finish, and does such great violence to the plain facts staring us in the face that it can only have irrational motivation: antisemitism.

Their alliance with groups such as Hamas, so opposed to traditional British, Western, Christian, and Jewish values that they would send their own children to their deaths in order to kill Jewish children, indicates that those who support the boycott have in a sense become morally insane as a result of their antisemitic infection — a certain symptom of such infection.

Their ability to ignore or repress their awareness of current events, such as the continued Qassam barrage on Sderot, or even the continued captivity of the British journalist Alan Johnston — whose release Hamas could bring about in hours if they wished — in favor of their obsession, clearly points to its pathological nature.

Finally, the fact that support for Hamas and other murderous, totalitarian, corrupt, cruel, and plainly evil gangs can only lead to more misery, poverty, suffering, lack of self-determination and death among the Palestinian people that the academics purport to care about — this shows that the hatred of Jews is far more important to them than the love of Arabs.

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US, Israel cooperate to pay and arm terrorists

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Well, maybe that wasn’t exactly their intention, but:

A long-wanted terrorist chief arrested yesterday by Israeli forces was trained by the U.S., served in a senior capacity on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ U.S.-backed security detail and was a ranking member of a team that received and distributed American arms shipments the past two years, WND has learned.

Khaled Shawish, an officer in Abbas’ Force 17 presidential guards, was captured by undercover Israeli police forces following scores of shooting attacks he is suspected of carrying out.

Shawish doubles as the Ramallah chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group. He previously boasted of involvement in a West Bank shooting attack in December 2000 that killed Israeli ultranationalist leader Benjamin Kahane [son of Rabbi Meir Kahane --ed] and Kahane’s wife, Talya. — WND

I cannot understand why the Palestinian Fatah faction, which has a ‘military’ (i.e., terrorist) wing no less murderous than that of Hamas, is considered the ‘good guy’ by the US and Israel. The al-Aqsa Brigades have taken credit for numerous terror attacks, including the suicide bombing in Eilat this January. They often do so cooperatively with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as in the case of the Eilat bombing.

Anyway, weapons given to Fatah often end up hijacked by Hamas. And many members of the Fatah ‘security’ forces moonlight in Hamas and other terrorist militias.

But worse yet, money is now officially flowing directly to the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Authority:

With U.S. backing, donor funds have started flowing into an account controlled by Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayyad to pay partial government salaries, Palestinian and Western officials said on Monday.

Fayyad was expected to receive enough money through the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) account to pay government workers, including members of the security forces, at least half of their normal monthly wages later this week…

U.S. officials said the objective of providing the assurances was to ensure that banks felt comfortable transferring funds to the PLO and, in turn, to strengthen Palestinians like Fayyad and Abbas who favour a negotiated two-state solution to the conflict. — Reuters

QassamsAbbas and Fayyad provide the fig leaf, but Hamas is in control and Hamas now has more financial resources than ever before.

What do we expect them to do with it?

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Umm Nidal

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Recently a friend of mine responded to my post “396 Fresno residents support suicide bombers“. This is what she said:

Maybe one of the questions that should be posed to those who support suicide bombings is whether they would send their children on such a mission. Someone should put together a role play showing the process and have the kids and their parents go through it. I suspect you wouldn’t get many takers. It’s like any kind of war – send the kids of others.

I don’t think so. Here is a video, courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch, which shows a mother saying goodbye to her 17-year old son, wishing him Godspeed as it were, as he leaves on his suicide mission. Here is a little about the woman, known as Umm Nidal, and her son’s mission:

Maryam Mohammad Yousif Farhat (Arabic: مريم محمد يوسف فرحات) (or Mariam Farahat; born in 1950), popularly known as Umm Nidal, “the mother of Nidal” or “the mother of struggle”, is one of Hamas’ most popular candidates elected in the Palestinian legislative election, 2006. She sent three of her six sons on Hamas suicide missions against Israel.

She attracted public attention after being filmed joyously preparing and advising her 17-year old son Muhammad Farhat for his March 2002 suicide attack against Israeli civilians. After infiltrating the Gaza Strip former Jewish settlement of Atzmona, opening fire on the students and throwing hand grenades at the school where they were studying, killing five teenagers and wounding 23 others, he was shot dead. Upon hearing of her son’s death, she celebrated proclaiming “Allahu Akbar!” and giving out boxes of halva and chocolates. — Wikipedia

With all due respect, my friend doesn’t know the creatures she’s dealing with.

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Close Syrian election imperiled by attempted vote-tampering

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

The Syrian ElectionA tough race which Syrian President Bashar Assad won by a majority of 97.6% (he was unopposed, of course). From MEMRI.

On wall: “A Democracy of 99%, And Even More!” On toilet paper: “Referendum.”

Source: Al-Mustaqbal, Lebanon, May 29, 2007

The following is from the Kuwait Times:

“This great consensus shows the political maturity of Syria and the brilliance of our democracy and multi-party system,” [Syrian] Interior Minister Bassam Abdel Majeed said at a news conference to declare the results. “There has been some repetition of votes but we caught them by reviewing the voting lists,” Majeed said in response to a question about the possibility of vote-tampering.

Imagine my relief!

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Palestinian education for peace

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Here is a video showing the way the Palestinians educate their children for peace. It was originally on Youtube, but was so horrifying to civilized people that it was deleted. Thanks to the intrepid bloggers at Little Green Footballs, there is a copy!

No, there’s no violence or anything. If you haven’t seen this yet, you must watch it.

Click to watch the Hamas Kindergarten video.

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Are Islamic Center programs non-political?

Monday, May 28th, 2007

A recent article in the Fresno Bee entitled “Let’s talk: Islamic cultural center opens its doors to create more dialogue with other members of the community” highlights some of the activities of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno (ICCF) which are “designed to create better understanding between Muslims and other religious or ethnic groups”.

The article mentions a talk given by the evangelical Rev. Jim Franklin of the Cornerstone Church and a visit from Bishop John T. Steinbock of the Catholic diocese of Fresno. It continues, “The events feature guest speakers or panel members addressing a topic, followed by discussion. The center does not allow political debate” [my emphasis].

One event at the ICCF that the reporter did not mention was a lecture on April 13, 2007 by Michael Hubbart on the topic “The occupation: is it apartheid?”

Since I wasn’t able to attend, I don’t know what his answer was. However, we can get a clue from a similar talk he gave in March at the First Mennonite Church in Reedley:

Speaker: Michael Hubbart. Topic: The West Bank — It Sure Looks Like Apartheid to Me. In October Mike did a brief training with International Solidarity Movement and then worked with internationals at Birzeit University, at nonviolent demonstrations against the building of the wall at Bil’in and with the Tel Rumeida Project in Hebron.

Nope, no politics allowed. Or maybe politics is permitted as long as there isn’t any “debate”?

Another contribution of the ICCF to better understanding was to sponsor a series of events featuring the parents of Rachel Corrie, who spoke at the ICCF and several other venues in September of 2006.

The ICCF is certainly well within their rights in our free society to aggressively present their pro-Palestinian point of view.

But nobody should pretend that there’s anything non-political about it.

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Disproportionate force needed to stop Qassam murders

Monday, May 28th, 2007

YNet (AP):

Abu Marzouk

“The Qassam attacks from Gaza are one of the means we are using to resist the occupation by the Jewish state,” said Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau.

In case there’s still anyone left who thinks that they mean the occupied territories, the murderer pictured is talking about the existence of the entire state of Israel.

Ten Qassams were fired into Israel today. How can it be that a country with F-16’s and nuclear weapons cannot protect her citizens from a nation of primitive murderers armed with crude weapons, which has declared total war on her?

Elementary psychology, which every police officer knows, is that violence has to be met with a massive and disproportionate response to shock the perpetrator into stopping. Tit-for-tat slaps don’t work.

Funeral of Oshri OzThe woman in this picture is the sister of Oshri Oz, who was murdered yesterday in Sderot by Palestinians who fired one of numerous Qassam missiles. She is saying goodbye to her 36-year old brother, who also left a pregnant wife and 2-year old daughter.

Why didn’t her country use enough force to protect him, and why doesn’t it crush the nation of murderers that killed him?

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Qassam blitz takes another life in Sderot

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Oshri OzOshri Oz, a 36-year old computer technician, was killed while working in Sderot when a Qassam missile struck near his car. Oz was the father of a two-year old girl; his pregnant wife learned that he’d been killed when she saw an internet video and recognized the car.

Meanwhile,

[Palestinian Prime Minister and Hamas leader Ismail] Haniyeh said on Saturday that Israel was waging a “real war against the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”– Jerusalem Post

If only he were right!

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Islamic terrorism videos

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

I don’t usually do this.

The following two short presentations by the Terrorism Awareness Project are worth looking at — and forwarding.

What every American needs to know about jihad

What every American needs to know about Jihad

The Islamic Mein Kampf

The Islamic Mein Kampf