And again: Obama administration confirms Israeli attack on Syrian arms supply
This isn't the first time
that American officials have confirmed an Israeli strike on Syrian arms supplies to Hezbullah in the face of Israeli silence
, and if the previous time is any indication, Israeli officials are going to be awfully ticked off about it
This is from the second link.
Israel conducted air raids against a Syrian missile base near the port
city of Latakia on Thursday night according to a leak by an anonymous US
administration official, speaking to CNN.
The US official said
that Israel targeted missiles and related equipment out of fear that
they would be transferred to Hezbollah.
It is unclear why the US would leak such information as it could put more pressure on Syria to retaliate against Israel.
It's unclear? It's awfully clear to me: Obama is our enemy!
is reporting details of the attack
The bombing targeted a shipment of surface-to-air missiles (SAM) that was headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon, the sources said.
Associated Press quoted U.S. officials confirming that Israel was
behind the attacks, which they said targeted Russian missiles, without
giving further details.
And you think Israel is going to give Obama advance notice
before attacking Iran's nuclear weapons? Have you gone mad?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Hezbullah, Hezbullah weapons, IAF, strategic weapons, surface-to-air missiles, Syria, weapons acquisition
The new world capital of Islamic finance
On the London-Tel Aviv leg of my flight on Tuesday, I was sitting next to a Leftist, professor-looking type (so I conclude from the facts that he spoke unaccented Hebrew, read English and had a very different meal than mine) who was reading an article in the Financial Times about Britain's intent to become the largest Islamic banking center in the world
outside the Middle East.
The latest pro-City move will be unveiled on Tuesday at the ninth World Islamic Economic Forum, known as the “Islamic Davos”. The Treasury hopes to launch a bond-like sukuk worth about £200m next year.
The plan – which has been worked on for many years – will be announced by David Cameron and is endorsed by Mr Osborne in the Financial Times as a means of stimulating Islamic investment in London and Britain.
“While others in the western world resist change, this government is
embracing it: banging the drum for British businesses, seeking out new
markets, welcoming overseas investment with open arms,” the chancellor
Islam prohibits interest, so sukuk bonds entitle investors to a share in the returns generated by an underlying asset. In the case of the British bond, it is likely to be backed by rental streams on central government property. [I wonder where they got that idea. CiJ].
Mr Osborne hopes that corporate institutions will follow suit and issue sukuk bonds, promoting Islamic investment and generating more cash to fund British infrastructure.
Mr Cameron will also tell the London conference of plans for a new
Islamic index at the London Stock Exchange as a means of identifying
Islamic-compliant business activities.
However the Treasury is conscious of the possible political
ramifications of the plan, notably any suggestion that the issuance of a
sukuk bond might require the British government to restrict its dealings with Israeli-owned businesses.
And of course the British government would never ever do that
But what does it mean when the British government is creating a huge bond issue that's designed for Muslim investors? Soeren Kern believes that the British government is on a path to establish two parallel financial systems
- one like every other western economy and one that is Islamic. and this quote from British Prime Minister David Cameron sounds downright ominous.
Cameron said the new Islamic bond index on the London Stock Exchange
(LSE) would help stimulate fixed-income investments from Muslim
investors -- especially investors from oil-rich Persian Gulf countries
-- by helping them identify which listed companies adhere to Islamic
Investors who practice Islamic finance -- which is said to be
structured to conform to a strict code of ethics based on the Koran and
Sharia law -- refuse to invest in companies that are linked to alcohol,
gambling, pornography, tobacco, weapons or pork. Islamic finance also
forbids collecting or paying interest and requires that deals be based
on tangible assets.
And unlike the Financial Times, Kern believes that Israeli companies that hope to list in London might be hurt by this as well.
The Treasury also said some sukuk bond issues may require the
British government to restrict its dealings with Israeli-owned companies
in order to attract Muslim money.
Oh, and by the way, Islamic money is already a powerful force in London.
Britain is already the leading Western center for Islamic financial
and related professional services. It is a leading provider of
Sharia-compliant finance, with reported assets of $19 billion, according
to Islamic Finance 2013, a new report published by The City UK, a financial sector lobby group.
Britain is home to 22 Islamic banks, of which six are fully
Sharia-compliant. This is substantially more than in any other Western
country or offshore center and is more than double the number in the
In addition, 25 law firms are now supplying services in Islamic
finance, which is increasingly being used for major infrastructure
projects in London.
Islamic investment has financed London's Shard skyscraper -- the tallest building in the European Union -- and the 2012 Olympic Village. Middle Eastern investors own Harrods, London's most famous luxury department store, and the Manchester City football team.
Muslims also invested in projects such as the massive London Gateway port, the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium.
Qualifications in Islamic finance are being offered by four
professional institutes and at least 16 universities and business
London is also a leader in Islamic retail banking services, with
institutions offering a range of Islamic banking products, such as
mortgages and car loans.
The growing demand for Islamic retail banking services is being
propelled by the demographic transformation taking place in Britain. The
Muslim population of Britain will top 3.3 million sometime before the
end of 2013 to reach around 5.2% of the overall population of 63
million, according to figures extrapolated from a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe.
This demographic earthquake -- which is being attributed to
large-scale immigration, coupled with high Muslim birth rates and
growing numbers of British converts -- is transforming the country's
The Guardian notes that the British government has already had to step in once to ensure there was no discrimination against Israel
The government moved on Monday night to offer assurances that the
Islamic bond, or Sukuk, and the Islamic index would not encourage
investments that discriminate against Israel. Boris Johnson was forced
to order Transport for London to rewrite the contract for the Emirates
Thames cable car in the summer amid fears that Israeli companies could
have been blocked from involvement in the project. The United Arab
Emirates does not recognise the state of Israel.
The Emirates Thames cable car is a cable car that crosses the Thames River near Greenwich
, and is included in the Oyster card, the London public transport card.
But if you're a Brit, here's what ought to sound most ominous
Speaking on a stage that included Jordanian King Abdullah and the Sultan
of Brunei, Cameron dismissed criticism of increasing foreign ownership
in Britain: "I know some people look at foreign companies investing in
our businesses, financing our infrastructure or taking over our football
clubs and ask, shouldn't we do something to stop it? Well, let me tell
you, the answer is no."
I guess Cameron thinks he won't be around by the time they say 'convert or die.' What could go wrong?
Read the whole thing
Labels: British Muslims, London, Londonistan, Sharia law, United Kingdom
Israel building 5th largest solar power station on the planet
Israel is planning to start construction in 2014 on what would be the fifth largest solar power plant in the world
(Hat Tip: Sunlight
The $1.1 billion solar plant will be able to generate 121 megawatts of
electricity by the time it's finished in 2016. That's enough juice to
power 40,000 homes, and it's only part of the 250 megawatts that all
three solar plants will generate. That's about 2.5% of Israel's energy
consumption, according to Inhabitat. The project will also contribute to the nation's plan to generate 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
The station works by setting up heliostat mirrors that bounce sun
rays toward solar power towers. The towers transform those rays into
steam, which then powers turbines to make electricity.
Construction of the plants will be a joint venture teaming American
company Brightsource with the French firm Alstom. Brightsource already
has experience in building large solar stations. Its biggest project is
the Ivanpah solar facility in California's Mojave desert.
Brightsource declined to answer questions about its Israel venture, and Alstom did not immediately respond for comment.
And you thought Brightsource (which was originally an Israeli company) had gone bankrupt.... Hmmm....
Labels: green slush, greentech, Israeli high tech
He kissed and embraced each one of them
Israel's 'peace partner,' 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen kissed and embraced
each of the 21 freed 'Palestinian' terrorists who were in Ramallah on Wednesday night.
On Tuesday, Israel released 26 Palestinian terrorist murderers, the
second group of a total of 104 prisoners whom Israel has agreed to
release, fulfilling the Palestinian Authority's precondition for
renewing peace talks.
PA Chairman Abbas and many other senior PA and Fatah leaders welcomed 21
of the terrorists, celebrating their release. Greeting them as heroes
on stage and kissing each one, Abbas addressed the audience and the
terrorists, each of whom was convicted of murder:
"We welcome our heroic brothers who come
from behind bars to the world of freedom. We congratulate ourselves and
we congratulate all of you in this great celebration that unifies and
returns our sons to us."
Let's go to the videotape.
What amazes me is how we continue to allow our collective face to be rubbed in the dirt (I thought of using something cruder, but you all get my drift). It's like the humiliation of Auschwitz all over again. (The Nazis - may their names be obliterated - did things with the specific intent of humiliating the Jews under their control).
Labels: Abu Mazen, Palestinian terrorists
Different strokes for different folks
Our 'peace partner' in action....
Labels: Abu Mazen, Palestinian heros, Palestinian terrorists
Of course: US knew of Israeli housing plans... and so did the 'Palestinians'
So this is how it works in Bibiland these days.
The Israeli government releases murderous 'Palestinian' terrorists. Trying to make it look like a tradeoff, Netanyahu announces construction in 'east' Jerusalem and the 'settlements,' to which the United States and the 'Palestinians' have been tipped off in advance. The housing units are never built. But the non-'settler' population blames the Jewish Home party (which deserves plenty of blame, just not for this) for the 'deal' with the 'Palestinians' allowing 'settlement construction' in exchange for terrorist releases. Netanyahu publicizes the fact that the US and the 'Palestinians' 'knew I was going to do this
' just to make sure everyone gets that this is an exchange. I'll prove it you after the excerpt.
The US and the Palestinians knew in advance that the release of convicted
Palestinian terrorists would be accompanied by announcements of settlement
construction plans, government officials said Wednesday.
came as Palestinian spokesmen slammed Israel for announcing that final permits
have been given to build more than 1,500 units in Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond
the pre-1967 lines and in communities in the large settlement blocs, as well as
preliminary plans to build another 2,000 units in various settlements beyond the
security barrier and the large blocs.
The announcement of the new
settlement plans came soon after a second batch of 26 Palestinian prisoners was
released late Tuesday night.
While the US and the Palestinians did not
know about all the details of what new settlement plans would be announced, they
knew of the intention to announce new plans, as well as the timing, the official
In order to pacify right wing elements inside his coalition,
Netanyahu planned the timing of announcements of new building to coincide with
each of the four batches of prisoner releases that are to take place by April
under an agreement that led in July to the restarting of talks with the
Palestinians. Some 104 convicted terrorists are to be released in four stages,
two of which have now been carried out.
According to a Channel 2 report,
on July 19, the day that Israel approved US Secretary of State John Kerry’s
framework for restarting Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Netanyahu agreed with
Kerry that every time the prisoners would be released, there would be an
announcement of new settlement construction plans to make the bitter pill easier
to swallow for some of his coalition partners.
According to the report,
Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett knew this was the agreement, but still came
out strongly against the recent release of prisoners, as well as against linking
their release to construction in the settlements.
Bennett’s party issued
a statement Thursday on the prisoner release, saying “the attempt to link the
release of the murderers to construction tenders is manipulative and morally
wrong. It will be better if the prime minister does not release murderers and
does not build. This looks like a despicable attempt to free murderers and
tarnish the settlement enterprise.”
Bennett’s public opposition to the
move has strained his ties with Netanyahu and caused friction inside the
You want me to prove to you that there won't be any building either? Go here
. Aside from this post, look at the other posts. The promise to build in Ramat Shlomo has been recycled at least twice (2010 and the summer of 2012). This is the third time. So far, they haven't lifted a shovelful of earth.
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, gestures, Jerusalem construction, John Kerry, Judea and Samaria construction, Middle East peace process, Naftali Bennett, Palestinian terrorists, Ramat Shlomo, settlement freeze
Guess who's not the most powerful person in the world
Forbes Magazine names the most powerful people in the world, and Barack Hussein Obama is number
FORBES launched its latest issue on Wednesday, including the list of the most powerful people. Russian President Vladimir Putin ranked first and generated a hefty debate among readers. Read the story naming Putin the World’s Most Powerful Person here and check out the full list here.
Steve Forbes also contributed to the debate. “The criticism of Forbes dropping Barack Obama to the number two spot behind Vladimir Putin as the most powerful man in the world misses two big points.” Read Is Putin Really More Powerful Than Obama?
Labels: American exceptionalism, Barack Hussein Obama, degrading US military capabilities, Vladimir Putin
Here we go again: Syrian air base destroyed in missile attack from sea
Rebel sources are reporting that seaborne missiles have destroyed a Syrian airbase near Latakia. The IAF is being blamed. Israel has no comment
According to reports emanating from the rebels seeking to oust Syrian
President Bashar Assad, a large explosion occurred near the army base in
Latakia on Wednesday night. Witness posted on Twitter that the
explosion happened near coastal city Jableh, 30 kilometers south of
Latakia, a stronghold of Assad's Alawites.
It is unclear who is behind the explosion or its purpose. There were no reports of casualties.
of the Syrian and Lebanese media have charged that Israel is behind the
attack. Israel's defense establishment has not responded to the report.
Labels: al-Qaeda, Free Syrian Army, IAF, Latakia, Nusra Front, Syria, Syrian uprising
We are the Champions!
Let's go to the videotape.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm floating.
Once a Bostonian, always a Bostonian.
I hope that Dad z"l - who was a major Red Sox fan - is celebrating in Heaven. He never got to see the Red Sox win it all at home.
Labels: Boston Red Sox, World Series
What if Saudi Arabia became irrelevant to the world economy?
An oil discovery in a remote area of Australia threatens to make Saudi Arabia irrelevant
to the world's oil markets and economy.
It is 6 times larger than the Bakken, 17 times the size of the
Marcellus formation, and 80 times larger than the Eagle Ford shale.
told the recent discovery outside a sleepy Australian town contains
more black gold than in all of Iran, Iraq, Canada, or Venezuela.
current estimates of 233 billion barrels are just 30 billion barrels
shy of the estimated reserves in all of Saudi Arabia.
Now, one renowned international energy expert predicts the proven reserves will be much bigger.
find may land at 300 or 400 billion barrels, making it one of the
greatest unconventional oil discoveries any of us will see in our
lifetimes," says Dr. Kent Moors and advisor to six of the top 10 oil producers and active consultant to 20 world governments.
"It represents a bona-fide redrawing of the global energy map as we know it," Moors says, "and the mainstream media is completely ignoring it."
Labels: Australia, oil and gas exploration, Saudi Arabia, world economy
Remember this? It's coming again
Two years ago, Senator Robert Menendez smacked down the Obama administration
for opposing sanctions against Iran.
Let's go to the videotape.
With the Obama administration gearing up to oppose a Senate bill being promoted by Menendez to increase sanctions against Iran, it looks like another battle between Menendez and Obama on Iran
could be brewing.
"We asked for a pause, to provide flexibility, of new sanctions,"
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday. "We believe
that congressional action needs to be aligned with our negotiating
Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary
Jack Lew will be on Capitol Hill on Thursday afternoon, where they will
brief Senate leadership behind closed doors on developments with Iran in
an effort to dissuade them from moving forward with the bill.
Senate legislation targets roughly half of what remains of Iran's oil
exports, cutting their sales of crude to less than 500,000 barrels a
day. That is a significant reduction from what was proposed in a bill
that passed the House of Representatives last August, which would cut
virtually all of Iran's remaining exports down to zero.
House has urged legislators to water down the bill, but concurrently
aims to delay its passage. If given a vote, the bill would likely pass
with bipartisan support.
Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the
Foreign Relations Committee and an active proponent of the new
penalties, told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday
that the Senate would only consider halting additional sanctions if Iran
completely froze its uranium enrichment work.
"We can’t want a
deal more than the Iranians and we can’t be so anxious for a deal that
we weaken our hand at a moment when we hold the best cards," Menendez
"When I began this drive, I was told that it wouldn’t work– that other
nations wouldn’t comply, and that you couldn’t force Iran back to the
table," Menendez said. "The fact is they were wrong then and they are
Will any other Democrats come to Menendez's side?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, Robert Menendez
Obama tries to convince Jewish groups to disregard Israel's interests
On Tuesday, President Hussein Obama sent White House national security advisor Susan Rice, her deputies Ben
Rhodes and Tony Blinken and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to meet with four Jewish organizations to convince them not to lobby Congress in favor of new sanctions against Iran
The White House meeting witnessed forceful exchanges between the two sides on the merits of the sanctions package, sources tell The Jerusalem Post.
The afternoon meeting lasted over an hour and was characterized as a
"serious exchange" over strategy during this delicate diplomatic window.
One White House official called the meeting "constructive" and said no animus was expressed.
recent days a number of leading Jewish groups, including AIPAC, the
Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Jewish Federations of North
America, have reiterated support for advancing through Congress new and
enhanced Iran sanctions, although the Obama administration has made
clear publicly that it would prefer Congress put off dealing with the legislation until after the next round of talks in mid-November.
If there were 'forceful exchanges' you can bet that J Street and 'Jewish' Voice for 'Peace' weren't there.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace, Susan Rice, United States Senate
Mooch Obama and Obamacare pal were trustees of group that hosted PLO's Rahman
Michelle "Mooch" Obama and her friend Toni Townes-Whitley - a Senior Vice President at the company that developed the dysfunctional Obamacare website (for those not in the US, you cannot imagine how much of last week's news was dominated by that website's failure) - were trustees of a group called Third World Center at Princeton. In 1981, Third World Center hosted PLO terror supporter Hassan Rahman
on the Princeton campus, forcing whites to sit separately from blacks, and raising tensions with Jewish groups on campus (Hat Tip: Jack W
The two groups stirred considerable tension with Princeton’s Jewish
community by inviting Hassan Rahman, then deputy United Nations observer
for the Palestine Liberation Organization, to speak on campus, according to the Daily Caller, which cited contemporary press accounts.
Rahman “reiterated the PLO’s position that the Palestinians deserve a
homeland and that they are entitled to use terrorism to achieve their
goal, just as American revolutionaries did against the British,”
according to an article in the Princeton Alumni Weekly from Jan. 25, 1982.
During Rahman’s speech, seating was segregated, the Alumni Weekly
reported, with seating in the center reserved for members of the
sponsoring groups – who were mainly black. Other students, mainly Jews,
were seated on the periphery, according to the report.
“It was an ugly scene, but few expected perfect harmony,” the report stated.
Old news, right? Thirty years ago, these two women were part of two
groups that caused a campus contretemps by inviting a speaker who openly
advocated terror in his chosen cause – and segregating seating for the
event on a de facto racial basis.
Trent Lott was driven from the minority leader spot for less than that.
And consider that Townes-Whitely, then a member of a group called the
Third World Center, is now still a close friend of the first lady and a
top executive of the company that obtained the no-bid contract to build the Obamacare website for more than half-a-billion dollars.
Terrorism, corruption, cronyism and ineptitude.
Labels: Michelle Obama, Obamacare, Palestinian terrorism, Princeton University
If this reactor goes online, Iran will be immune to strikes
This is from a daily mailing called the Daily Tip that I receive from the Israel Project.
A heavy-water plutonium reactor that Iran has committed to
bringing online would become "invulnerable to military attack" once
Iranian scientists activated it, according to analysis conveyed today by TIME, inasmuch as any such attack would release radioactivity that might be "catastrophic." Work toward activating the reactor, which is part of the Arak facility that also includes a heavy water production plant, has been described as
part of Iran's "Plan B" for developing a nuclear weapon. Material
produced by the reactor could be used to make a plutonium-based bomb,
alongside the uranium-based bomb that the international community fears
Iran is seeking to construct with material produced via enrichment
facilities. Former IAEA Deputy Director Dr. Olli Heinonen, speaking Monday on
a conference call organized by The Israel Project, noted that Iran's
construction at Arak "appears to be an alternative, at least for a rainy
day, to have fissionable material, which could be, for example used for
nuclear weapons." There are also fears, according to TIME,
that Iran will attempt to surreptitiously activate the reactor under the
ruse of conducting a test run, avoiding Western intervention. In May,
Iranian officials filed paperwork with the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog to
conduct a test run . U.S. lawmakers have demanded that
Iran halt work on the reactor as a condition for lifting sanctions, but
Iran has thus far shown no willingness to do so. Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani in fact recently boasted that
a diplomatic charm offensive conducted by his government had left
Tehran "consolidating its nuclear rights step by step, and removing
hurdles from the path of the nation's progress."
This is from the first link.
Because it is not yet up and running, the Arak heavy-water reactor
has remained in the background of the nuclear controversy. But it looms
larger every day. The reason: once Arak goes online, the option of
destroying Iran’s nuclear program with air strikes becomes moot. The
reactor is essentially invulnerable to military attack, because bombing
one risks a catastrophic release of radioactivity. In the words of
Israel’s last chief of military intelligence, Amos Yadlin, who piloted
one of the F-16A’s that cratered Iraq’s Osirak heavy-water reactor in
1981 before it was due to become operational: “Whoever considers
attacking an active reactor is willing to invite another Chernobyl, and
no one wants to do that.”
That reality is the reason why some experts are drawing attention to a
peculiar notice filed by Iran’s nuclear agency to the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in May. Iran told the U.N. agency
that, as it readies the Arak plant for operation, it intends to do a
practice run: instead of inserting real fuel rods filled with uranium
into the reactor’s core, where nuclear fission occurs, they would insert
inert “dummy” fuel rods. And instead of pumping heavy water into the
reactor to moderate the nuclear reaction and absorb the thermal energy
being released, Iran said it plans to use “light water,” just ordinary H2O.
The plan mystifies experts, who take particular issue with testing
the system using light water. The facility would be contaminated by
ordinary H2O, which if mixed with heavy water would render the latter unusable, because in order to work heavy water must be 99.75% pure.
Labels: Arak heavy water production plant, Iranian nuclear threat, Israeli attack on Iran, plutonium
The first time since 1918?
When John Lackey takes the mound for the Red Sox tonight, he will have the chance to do something that no Red Sox pitcher has done since Carl Mays in 1918: Clinch a Red Sox World Series win at Fenway Park
(Hat Tip: NY Nana
The last time the Boston Red Sox clinched a championship at Fenway Park, they used carrier pigeons to deliver inning-by-inning updates to soldiers at a fort 40 miles away. The World Series was a September event, with games played in the light of day and lasting less than two hours. And their best young player was a 23-year-old hurler named George Herman Ruth. The year was 1918.
Ninety-five years later, after a wait long enough to create the Curse of the Bambino, lament it for decades, break it and almost forget about it, the city of Boston will have a chance to witness the Red Sox celebrate a title on Massachusetts soil once again.
By beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, in Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night at Busch Stadium, the Red Sox took a 3-2 series lead. A win in either Game 6 or Game 7 would clinch the series. A loss in both would go down as a collapse.
It will be sheer ecstasy or stunned agony, with little room for anything in between. The only certainty is bedlam.
Ninety-five years ago, a pitcher named Carl Mays stood on the mound at Fenway Park with two outs in the ninth inning and got Les Mann of the Chicago Cubs to ground out to second base to end the World Series.
On Wednesday or Thursday, if the Red Sox can take the lead and preserve it, that moment will likely belong to Uehara, and it will be seen far and wide. No pigeons required.
Two things that are unmentioned here. First, the Red Sox have had two other opportunities to clinch the Series at Fenway since 1918. In 1967, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway and in 1975 they lost to the Cincinnati Reds. Second, in both those Series, the Sox won Game 6. Game 6 in 1975 was the epic game in which Carlton Fisk waved his home run inside the left field foul poll. Will Fisk be there tonight?
Read the whole thing
Labels: Boston Red Sox, World Series
Security expert shows why any 'Palestinian state' would leave Israel indefensible
On CBN's Erik Stakelback Watchman show, security expert Mark Langfan uses three topographical maps to how any
'Palestinian state' would leave Israel indefensible.
Let's go to the videotape.
Langfan on Stakelbeck The Watchman
from Mark Langfan
Keep that in mind the next time someone tells you about a 'two-state solution.'
Labels: maps, two-state solution
Report: Mystery of Ron Arad's disappearance to be resolved soon - UPDATED
The Kuwaiti newspaper A-Siyassah
is reporting that two mysteries will be resolved in the near future. One is the disappearance of four Iranian diplomats in Beirut in 1982. The other is the fate of Israeli Air Force Navigator Ron Arad
. Arad was captured in Lebanon after ejecting from his Phantom jet in 1986, and has been missing ever since
(link in Hebrew).
The report is based on 'western intelligence sources' and has not been officially confirmed. It says that both mysteries will be resolved 'in an incontrovertible manner.'
In 2009, Israeli intelligence said that it believed that Arad had died in Lebanon
in the mid-90's.
A-Siyassah has reported about Arad before
What makes this report plausible is the fact that the West has had someone connected to both incidents under its control for six years now: Iranian defector Ali Reza Asgari
UPDATE 8:20 PM
JPost reports that the two mysteries are connected - it's an exchange of information
Al-Siyasa reported that the deal became possible due to new
information on Arad given to Western intelligence officials by Hussein
Musawi, the brother of one of the four missing Iranian diplomats.
A former Iranian Foreign Ministry official, Musawi is believed to be one of the few people who know the fate of Arad.
an interesting twist, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a
speech on Monday that the group had to deal with the missing persons,
including the four Iranian diplomats.
"There are 17 thousand
missing persons due to the Israeli occupation, including the four
Iranian diplomats along with other people during the Lebanese war," he
Labels: Beirut, Hezbullah, IAF, Iran, Lebanon, Ron Arad
Abu Mazen's garden party
Overnight on Tuesday at the Mukhata, 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
celebrated Israel's release of 26 more terrorist murderers
Twenty-one inmates convicted of killing
Israelis before the 1993 Oslo accords were released from Ofer Prison and
returned to Ramallah in the West Bank via the Beitunia checkpoint.
prisoners were freed to the Gaza Strip after they set out from the
prison earlier in the day to await their release at the Erez border
Some two-thousand Palestinians gathered late Tuesday
at Mukata, the PLO presidential compound, in Ramallah to celebrate the
release of the 21 prisoners to the West Bank, Israel Radio reported.
crowds waved flags baring the symbols of the PLO, Fatah and the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Palestine and carried signs with pictures
of the convicted murderers.
"Our heroes are coming home, long live the prisoners," they chanted in the predawn celebrations.
There's something surreal about the world cheering in (relative) silence as the 'Palestinians' cheer the release of their murderous heroes. But that's not the point of this post. Notice this line buried deep in the story.
August 13, Israel released the first group of 26 prisoners. Israel was
given two choices of goodwill gestures at the onset of the current round
of peace negotiations, to either freeze settlement construction or
Yes, that's the impression the Netanyahu government has continued to give the media - that Israel chose to release terrorists rather than to freeze 'settlement construction' - and that has led to anger at the Jewish Home party from everyone who did not vote for the Jewish Home party.
But were those the only choices? Jewish Home Minister of Senior Citizens Uri Orbach denies there is any connection
"This is just a crass lie that people are repeating over and over
again,” he said. “There was no buffet out there, at which we could
choose between a release and a freeze. This government opposes a freeze
and opposes a return to the 1967 borders.
"What Abu Mazen wants is to release their prisoners, and all the rest
is intended to deflect attention. There was never a single moment at
which we had to choose between these things. Even if it is repeated 200
times, it is still a lie,” he insisted.
The prisoner release was intended as “maintenance” for the
negotiations with the Palestinians, he said, “and this is a very high
cost for maintenance.”
Orbach fended off attacks against Bayit Yehudi, regarding its supposed hypocrisy in attacking the terrorist release, when it is part of the government that is carrying it out.
"It does not stand to reason that the release of depraved murderers
would pass completely quietly,” he said. Asked why Bayit Yehudi tried to pass a law
against future terrorist releases, if it would not have affected the
present release anyway, he said, “I think there is an obligation to
protest even if there is no immediate result on the ground.”
He rejected Minister of Interior Gideon Saar's demand that the Bayit Yehudi MKs resign
from the government if they do not like what it is doing. “We are
Gideon Saar's partners, not his lackeys,” he said. “We will decide
whether or not to resign, and over what issue.”
In the meantime, Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to take advantage of this perfect storm, announcing that 1,500 new housing units (which have been announced before) will be allowed in Ramat Shlomo (in 'east' Jerusalem), and that each current resident of Ramat Shlomo will be allowed to expand his or her apartment by up to 50 square meters
Shortly after the second of four prisoner releases to the Palestinian
Authority was completed in the early hours of Wednesday morning,
Netanyahu said the government planned to approve tenders for the
construction of 1,500 additional housing units in the east Jerusalem
neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.
In addition, he said current owners
of apartments in Ramat Shlomo would be allowed to expand their homes
with another room to the size of 50 square-meters.
with Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar, approval was also received for the
establishment of a visitor's center near the City of David National Park
The premier said plans would also be advanced for the previously-halted construction of a national park on the slopes of Mount Scopus, which would allegedly block the expansion of Arab neighborhoods in the area.
Of course, this ensures that everyone who is not a 'settler' will blame the 'settlers' (and not Netanyahu) for the terrorist release. And the neophytes in the Jewish Home party have no clue how to fight that.
As to Ramat Shlomo (where the Jewish Home party has a miniscule constituency - it's a Haredi neighborhood), we've heard about 1,500 new apartments
and expanding existing apartments
before. Don't hold your breaths waiting for those recycled promises to happen.
Labels: Abu Mazen, Binyamin Netanyahu, gestures, Jerusalem construction, Judea and Samaria construction, Middle East peace process, Palestinian terrorists, Ramat Shlomo, unilateral concessions
French President Hollande declared 'persona non grata'
Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein has declared French President Francois Hollande persona non grata for choosing to address university students
in a visit here three weeks from now, rather than addressing the Knesset.
"Whoever disrespects the Knesset does not deserve the Knesset's
respect," Edelstein wrote on Facebook. "International leaders cannot
belittle the Knesset, the elected parliament of the State of Israel, and
ignore it. As speaker of the Knesset I am determined to protect the
dignity of our nation and its representatives, the MKs. I will not allow
Israeli democracy to be humiliated and turned into a doormat."
Then why not go all the way and not allow him into the country? (Answer: Edelstein doesn't have the power to do that). This sounds a bit like the mirror image of Groucho Marx's famous quip....
Let's go to the videotape. The story starts at the 4:00 mark.
And if the story of Francois Hollande sounds familiar to you, it should. There was another 'world leader' who recently addressed university students rather than the Knesset
. At the time, I wrote:
Given his refusal to speak at the Knesset as well, maybe Obama is trying
to avoid recognizing the State of Israel. If so, that should be deeply
troubling to all Israelis... I don't why we invited him, but maybe we can still retract....
So what's the difference? Why wasn't Obama at least declared persona non grata in the Knesset? How's this for a lame excuse
As for how Hollande is different from US President Barack Obama, who also chose to address students and not the Knesset,
Edelstein said he was disappointed then, too, but Obama visited Israel
shortly after the government was formed and the situation in the Knesset
was messier than it is now.
Right.... The person who is going to 'suffer' from this is not Hollande, but rather French Ambassador to Israel, Patrick Maisonnave.
New French Ambassador to Israel Patrick Maisonnave will not be
invited to any official Knesset ceremonies, nor will any other French
dignitaries or ministers visiting Israel.
"There are plenty of
events in universities. I'm sure the French officials will be too busy
to find time for the Knesset," Edelstein remarked sarcastically.
And the French reaction?
A French Embassy spokeswoman said she was "surprised" to see
Edelstein's reaction, because Hollande's schedule is not finalized yet.
is no need to react like this. The president wants to show his
attachment to Israeli democracy and its representatives and wants to go
to the Knesset. We are in touch with the Knesset to find the best time
for [Hollande] to come, working with the Knesset's scheduling
constraints. We're working on options and trying to be accommodating,"
the French Embassy spokeswoman stated.
Isn't it the Knesset that would need to be accommodating in this case? After all, they are the would-be hosts.
Don't get me wrong - I'm all in favor of banning Hollande from the Knesset for this. In fact, I'm in favor of banning him from the country altogether if he won't come address the Knesset.
But we should have done the same to Obama. The mistake was allowing Obama to set the precedent of going over the heads of Israel's elected representatives in the form of a speech to 'university students.'
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Francois Hollande, Israeli Knesset, persona non grata, Yuli Edelstein
The kitchen gets hotter: Kerry blasts Netanyahu
US Secretary of State John Kerry blasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday for criticizing Kerry's pandering to Iran
In what could be construed as a reference to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's warnings to the world
not to fall for the "charm offensive" of Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani, Kerry stated that the US would not "succumb to fear tactics,"
of those who oppose diplomacy.
Speaking at a Washington gala in support of nuclear disarmament, Kerry
said that the US has "an opportunity to try to put to test whether or
not Iran really desires to pursue only a peaceful program, and will
submit to the standards of the international community in the effort to
prove that to the world."
Hasn't the US and the other members of the P 5+1 been doing that for the last ten years. Insanity, said Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Clearly, Kerry is insane.
Good morning Jerusalem....
I'm back, vertical and semi-awake :-)
Just like Israelis are saving Syrians today
, they saved 'Palestinians
' (who weren't called that yet) in 1949 (Hat Tip: Sara
Labels: Palestinians, Syrian uprising
Oh my: Which Likud MK says Netanyahu betrayed the public's trust?
A Likud MK is accusing Prime Minister Netanyahu of betraying the public's trust. Would you believe... Tzipi Hotovely
In a Knesset Channel interview, MK Hotovely noted that some
Likud ministers, like Gilad Erdan and Yisrael Katz, have expressed their
opposition to the release of the prisoners, who are in fact "'heavy'
terrorists and murderers who received punishment on the basis of a
judicial process. This is an expression of disrespect for Israel's
judicial system and for its system of deterrence," she said.
In words that were clearly deliberately chosen, Hotovely said that
the person responsible for the release was Netanyahu. "I am not ashamed
to say that Netanyahu, as prime minister, is the one who bears
responsibility, and I want to say more than this: as a prime minister
who built an entire public career on combating terror, there is a
betrayal of the most basic trust on this issue."
The release of terrorists is "the opposite of a peace process," she
said. Saying that the terrorists are being released as part of an
attempt to restart the peace process is "an oxymoron," she added.
So is Bibi going to complete his morphing into Ariel (the Vegetable) Sharon and fire Hotovely? When are the rest of the Likud's ministers and MK's going to speak out against this absurd 'peace process'?
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Middle East peace process, Palestinian terrorists, Tzipi Hotovely
So I'm now 37,000 feet above the Atlantic on my way back to
Israel. The Red Sox have just defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series back to Boston for the last two games.
When I get my checked bags, do I take out my playoff hat and 'We play
for October' t-shirt before customs? Or wait until after?
Make way for ducklings!
Labels: Boston Red Sox, World Series
This could be Netanyahu's dumbest move yet
Just when you thought the Binyamin Netanyahu had run out of stupid things to do when he backed the release of more 'Palestinian' terrorists. Netanyahu has now decided that Israel is going to show up for its 'universal periodic review
' at the 'human rights council.' You know - the one we skipped last year
. This is from the first link.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made the decision to begin the
reestablishment of ties with the council with less than 48 hours to go
before Israel’s scheduled appearance for its Universal Periodic Review,
according to Israeli sources.
Israel had initially failed to appear for its UPR in January and had been granted a number of extensions since then.
Tuesday’s prescheduled hearing was considered to be its last chance to participate in the process.
An Israeli delegation is leaving for Geneva to appear at the UNHRC for the review, the source said.
UN member states, including those with poor human rights records such
as Iran and Syria, have participated in the first round of UPRs.
Had Israel decided not to appear at the hearing, it would have become the first country to boycott the procedures.
Western countries were concerned that such a boycott by Israel could undermine the entire UPR process.
So why did Israel do this?
In negotiations with the UN and Western countries about its return,
Israel focused on two central points. The first was Agenda Item 7, which
mandates that member states debate Israeli human rights violations in
the Palestinian territories at each session.
The second point was a
request to be included in the group of UN Western nations that meets in
Geneva. While it is part of that group in New York, it has not been
included in the Geneva group, making it the only country excluded from
Israel expects that in the next few months it
will be formally included in the group of Western nations that meets in
Geneva, according to the source.
The issue of Agenda Item 7 is
still under debate, but until the matter is resolved, Western countries
have agreed not to address the council with that item, the source said.
Only when both issues have been resolved will Israel consider that full ties have been reestablished.
Not worth it. We ought to get out of the UN too.
Labels: anti-Israel obsession, United Nations Human Rights Council, universal periodic review
I am traveling back to Israel tonight, God willing, and have meetings in Manhattan today. It's a crazy day....
Labels: personal stuff
Netanyahu: 'I am still in control'
Prime Minister Netanyahu tried to demonstrate that he still controls something by sending the IAF to strike an empty Gaza rocket launch site
on the same day that Israel announced the names of 26 more 'Palestinian' terrorist murderers who are being released on Tuesday.
The Israel Air Force struck two underground rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday morning in response to earlier rocket fire on the Ashkelon region.
Palestinian sources reported that the IAF strike targeted a site belonging to Hamas's Kassam Brigades terrorist group.
No injuries were reported in the IAF strike, according to Palestinian news agency Ma'an.
on Monday, the Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted a Palestinian
projectile fired from the Gaza Strip toward the southern city of
Ashkelon, the IDF
second Palestinian rocket slammed into an uninhabited area in the
Ashkelon Coast Regional Council area, an army spokeswoman added.
There were no injuries or damage in the attacks, which triggered a Color Red rocket alert.
rocket fire came a day after two mortar shells fired from Gaza landed
in southern Israel and coincided with the announcement of the names of
26 Palestinian security prisoners set to be released by Israel on
Until he learns to act in Israel's best interests rather than Hussein Obama's, Netanyahu will control nothing. Will he ever learn? Will he learn in time?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Gaza, Palestinian terrorists, rockets
Australian victim was JNF emissary
One of the victims of an anti-Semitic assault
in a Sydney, Australia suburb on Friday night was an emissary of the Jewish National Fund
Efi Stenzler, world chairman of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish
National Fund, announced that he will convene an emergency meeting of
his organization’s international representatives following the beating of Australian emissary Shlomo Ben-Haim and his wife in Sydney on Saturday.
The Ben-Haims and three other Jews were beaten on their way home from synagogue, resulting in wounds requiring hospitalization.
“The violent Sydney attack which came just hours after an anti-Israel
protest in Denver, Colorado, as well as demonstrations in France and
Belgium, require that we address the situation immediately,” Stenzler
The KKL-JNF executive was referring to protests outside of
the home of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who was hosting KKL-JNF
officials in town for their annual conference. The protesters, who also
gathered outside the hotel in which the event was being held, waved
signs calling for the end of Israeli “ethnic cleansing.”
and demonstrations against us [Jews] have picked up momentum of late, we
are targeted first and foremost because we are helping to realize the
Zionist vision,” Stenzler said. “The protesters denounce KKLJNF since
they recognize us as an organization that realizes the vision of
The Sydney attack is suspected of being racially
motivated, with Ben-Haim telling the press that his assailants yelled
“bloody Jews” during the melee.
You will note that there is still no hint as to the ethnicity of the attackers - not even their names. You'd have to read me or Robert Spencer to know that. Read the whole thing
. I hope that at least the Jews are getting it.
Labels: anti-Semitism, Australia
List of released terrorists announced
The government of Israel has released a list of 26 'Palestinian' terrorist murderers it plans to release
on Tuesday as a 'gesture' to the 'Palestinians.'
All of the 26 prisoners on the IPS list were either convicted of
murder or attempted murder. Among the most notable cases is Damouni Saad
Mohammed Ahmed, who was convicted of involvement in the brutal lynch of
IDF reservist Amnon Pomerantz in the Gaza Strip in 1990.
Palestinian set to be freed is Massoud Issa Rajib Amer, a member of the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who in 1993 was convicted
of brutally hacking to death Ian Feinberg, a young lawyer who spent time
in Gaza cultivating ties to the local Palestinian community while
trying to promote economic projects.
Amer was also convicted of killing three Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel.
will also release Tukeman Yusef Suleiman Mahmed, Abu Hanana Zakariya
Udia Usama, and Abdel-Aziz Said Kassam Ahmed, three men involved in the
1992 shooting death of Moshe Biton. Biton was shot and killed after
entering a convenience store, and his wife was shot after trying to tend
Samarin Mustafa Kalib Asrar and Kra'an Azat Musa Musa,
the two Fatah terrorists who abducted and murdered Israeli soldier Tzvi
Klein in the West Bank in 1992 are also scheduled to be released this
Abu-Dahila Hasan Atik Sharif, a Fatah operative who was
sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Avi Osher, his Israeli
employer at the Jordan Valley farm he owned, in 1991, is also among
those to be freed this week.
Gnimat Amar Mahmad Mustafa and Gnimat
Mahmoud Mahmad Ziad, two Palestinian men convicted in the murder of
Meir Ben-Yair and Michal Cohen while they sat in a car in Judean
foothills in 1985 are also set to be freed.
The two Palestinians
convicted of killing Yoself Eliyahu and Leah Elmakayes are also among
the 26 names announced by the IPS late Sunday. Yosef Mahmad Haza Haza
and Beni-Hasan Abdalla Mahmud Otman were serving life sentences for the
murder of Eliyahu and Elmakayes, two hikers trekking across a forest in
the Gilboa Mountains.
Asor Masbach Khalil Mahmad, who was serving a
30-year jail term for the murder of Israeli taxi driver David Kaspi in
1985, will also go free this week, the IPS announced.
Abed al Raba
Nimr Jabril Issa, the Palestinian man convicted of killing Revital Seri
and Ron Levy while they were hiking in 1984, is also on the list of
prisoners scheduled to be released this week.
I'm sure this terrorist release will bring about peace. /sarc
Labels: gestures, Palestinian terrorists, unilateral concessions
Why have Newton students been "learning" from textbooks that demonize Israel and America while glorifying Islam?
Why have Newton students been "learning" from textbooks that demonize Israel and America while glorifying Islam? Good question
(Hat Tip: Lance K
Read the whole thing
For over a year local Newton parents and tax-payers have been trying to get the Newton School Committee to stop using religiously and ethnically biased materials in the classrooms. These materials, which are provided to the schools by extremist advocacy groups with a political agenda, promote anti-Western, and anti-Jewish propaganda while verging on proselytizing for Islam.
The School Committee has circled the wagons, and is refusing to conduct an open investigation. Officials told staff not to let citizens see the offending materials and tried to charge parents thousands of dollars just to see what their children are learning.
The schools claim to have removed one problematic text, which claimed that Jews torture Arab women in Israeli jails. Yet they have refused to go back into the classroom and tell students that they’ve been taught propaganda. Since then, students have brought to our attention many more examples of hateful and false materials being taught. Over the next few days, we will be compiling them on
P.S. Newton is my home town.
Labels: Newton South High School
Israeli government to release more terrorists
The government of Israel has decided to release 26 more terrorist murderers
since the 'Palestinians' have done such a good job of keeping promises....
"The list of the Palestinian prisoners will be published tonight on
the Prison Service's website, after the bereaved families will be
notified," Netanyahu's spokesman said.
Earlier Sunday, a bill
sponsored by the Bayit Yehudi Party to ban future Palestinian prisoners
release failed to pass the Legislative Ministerial Committee by an
eight-to-five vote, as a separate panel prepares this evening to approve
such a release.
"It was made clear once again today that this
government, as opposed to one of its member parties, is acting out of
the nation's interest and not that of cynical partisan interests or
according to the instructions of [settler] rabbis," Justice Minister
Tzipi Livni (HaTenua) said.
"This government is advancing a
diplomatic process, that is in Israel's national and security interests.
The responsibility to act in accordance with these interests as well as
the shared responsibility for decisions that were taken [by the
government], is incumbent on every member of the government, even those
who in retrospect are trying to shirk from them," Livni said.
and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) said, "It was
shameful that ministers opposed the legislation. In the Bayit Yehudi, we
oppose and will continue to oppose the release of prisoners."
attacked the justice minister who is in charge of Israel's negotiations
with the Palestinians and said, "Today Livni was given additional rope
to continue playing at imaginary negotiations with the Palestinians."
The Bayit Yehudi Party plans to appeal the vote.
Likud, Yesh Atitd and HaTenua ministers opposed the legislation and
supported further prisoner releases included: Yuval Steintiz, Gideon
Sa'ar, Limor Livnat, Gilad Erdan, Yair Lapid, Yael German, Yaakov Peri,
Those who supported the legislation to ban
Palestinian prisoner releases included ministers from the Bayit Yehudi
and Yisrael Beitineu parties such as: Uri Orbach, Uri Ariel, Yitzhak
Aharonovitch, Sofa Landver and Yair Shamir.
The legislation was
proposed by MK Orit Struck (Bayit Yehudi) and Coalition Chairman MK
Yariv Levine (Likud) on behalf of the Land for Israel lobby in the
Two comments: If Bayit Yehudi were serious about opposing the terrorist release they would threaten to leave and leave the government over it. And remember how Steinitz, Sa'ar, Livnat and Erdan voted the next time they're described as belonging to the Right.
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, gestures, Likud party, Middle East peace process, Palestinian terrorists, Tzipi Livni, unilateral concessions
It's (long past) time to admit it: We don't have a peace partner
Evelyn Gordon says what the State of Israel ought to be saying every single day: We don't have a peace partner
How can you blame fringe groups like Jewish Voice for Peace for doing
exactly what Israel’s so-called “peace partner”–a man feted in capitals
the world over, including Washington–does every single day?
The Palestinian Authority and its
president, Mahmoud Abbas, are world leaders in sponsoring anti-Israel
activity and promoting boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns.
Just this week, for instance, Abbas toured
European capitals to urge the EU to step up sanctions against Israel,
while the PA took the bizarre step of asking the French government to
strip French nationals living in Israeli settlements of their
citizenship. A few weeks ago, Palestinian legislators asked the Inter-Parliamentary Union to approve a motion urging national parliaments to boycott Israel. Last month, the PA sent
letters to 50 countries urging them to impose commercial boycotts on
Israel. And all this anti-Israel activity is taking place while
Israeli-Palestinian talks are ostensibly at their height, with
negotiators meeting several times a week.
Read the whole thing
One person who should be forced to copy Gordon's words 500 or more times is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who had this to say
on Sunday morning.
"We have to honor government decisions even if it is difficult and
unpleasant, we can't constantly change our stance," Netanyahu told the
Netanyahu was referring to Israel's promise to release 104 terrorist murderers while the 'negotiations' with the 'Palestinians' go on. Hey Netanyahu, what were you promised in exchange for that promise? Are the 'Palestinians' keeping their promise to stop terrorism? Clearly not. And that's why you shouldn't keep yours.
Labels: Abu Mazen, Binyamin Netanyahu, gestures, Middle East peace process, Palestinian terrorists, two-state solution, unilateral concessions
Would you want to live like this?
They just fell 'harmlessly,' right? So would you want to live like this
Gaza terrorists fired two mortar shells at the southern Negev early
on Sunday afternoon. The shells exploded in the Eshkol region, but did
not cause injury.
The military has advised agricultural workers in the area to seek shelter.
Last week terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza fired a mortar shell that hit the Eshkol region. Less than a week earlier, a projectile fired from Gaza hit southern Israel.
Recently, Hamas’ “military wing” has admitted to being behind an attempted attack involving a “terror tunnel” leading from Gaza to an Israeli kibbutz. The group admitted that the tunnel was to be used to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
Remember that the 'Eshkol region' is not over the 'green line'; it's in territory that has been part of the State of Israel since the State declared its independence in 1948 (and for much longer).
So would you want to live like this? I think not. I think it would crimp your style. I know it would crimp mine.
What would you want your government to do about it?
Labels: Gaza, Gaza envelope, mortar shells, Palestinian terrorism
Three Muslims arrested for anti-Semitic attack in Sydney, one victim in critical condition
Three Muslims have been arrested in an anti-Semitic attack on a group of five Jews headed home from dinner in a suburb of Sydney, Australia on Friday night.
Let's go to the videotape.
Here are more details
St Vincent's Hospital spokesman David Faktor, a member of the Bondi
Jewish community, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the victims told
him the attack was unprovoked and racially motivated.
He said the victims were members of a family, and that they did not
know their attackers or do anything to incite the violence. He said the
male victims were wearing skullcaps and told him the attack felt like it
went for about 15 minutes.
''Any kind of serious unprovoked attack is of great concern but the
fact it was racially motivated is all the more concerning,'' Faktor
''It is extremely shocking that an attack like this could happen in
Australia, let alone in Bondi being such a multicultural area.''
Faktor said the families of the victims are "very upset" and cannot understand why people would want to hurt them.
Beach Road Hotel licensee Ben Pearce told the Morning Herald that
four bouncers and two managers from the hotel jumped into the brawl in
an effort to break it up and were able to restrain a couple of the
attackers before the police arrived.
''The guys did the best they could to grab as many of [the attackers]
as possible,'' Pearce said. ''The fact that it had that extra component
[was racially motivated] makes it even more ugly. 'If it ever happened
again we'd do the same to try and help.''
Sounds like these people were lucky to escape alive.
Why would they want to hurt you? Because they're Muslims and you're Jews. Who needs any other reason?
UPDATE 9:18 AM EASTERN TIME
For the record, I got that the attackers were Muslims from the header on the video, which reads "Three Muslims arrested over anti-Semitic attack."
Jihad Watch points out
True to form, the mainstream media doesn't mention the identity of
the perpetrators, but that in itself is a clue as to who they were: if
the attackers had been neo-Nazis, the Herald would have had no trouble
saying that. Only when it comes to Muslims do "brawls" and "bombings"
and "violence" just happen by themselves, with no clear perp. Also, the
mention of the facts that the attack was "racially motivated" and in a
"multicultural area" makes clear the identity of these "youths" (a
common mainstream media term for violent young Muslims in any case).
But why the coverup? Why must we read tea leaves when it comes to
Muslim violence? The mainstream media is doing a grave disservice to the
public by reporting stories in this way, rendering them ignorant and
complacent in the face of a real threat.
Labels: anti-Semitism, Australia