June 18, 2015

Face Reality: Many Muslims Support ISIS

Face Reality: Many Muslims Support ISIS

T. Belman. The author says Islamists have “highjacked” Islam. To be clear what has happenned is that armed jihad as demanded by Islam has been rejuvenated. One hundred years ago it was dormant although at other times in history, as now, it was dominant.
by Tarek Fatah, The Toronto Sun
In the last week of May, the Qatar-based Arabic news work Al-Jazeera polled its Arabic-language audience on the question: “Do you support the victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in your region?”
The results were shocking. Of the 56,881 Arabic-speaking respondents, a whopping 81% voted yes. The results of this online survey may not be scientific. But they do provide anecdotal evidence of what many see as a rise in the support of Islamism in the Arab Middle East, among Muslims in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, and in the diaspora in Britain and France.

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American Jewish journalists lead media’s anti-Israeli assault

Michael Oren: American Jewish journalists lead media’s anti-Israeli assault

In new book, former envoy Michael Oren claims antagonism towards Benjamin Netanyahu akin to historic hatred of Jews.
By Chemi Shalev, HAARETZ
Oren2Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, claims that Jewish journalists are largely responsible for American media’s anti-Israel coverage and the “double standard” it applies in its coverage of the Jewish state. Oren also writes that the antagonism towards Netanyahu shown by Jewish journalists such as Thomas Friedman and Leon Wieseltier resembles historic hatred of Jews.
Oren’s new book, “Ally” is due to be released early next week but is already garnering headlines for its harsh condemnation of President Obama and his policies towards Israel. But Obama isn’t Oren’s only target: he is also critical of American Jewish liberals and their “religion” of Tikkun Olam, and turns devastating when it comes to American journalists who are also Jews.

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‘Obama deliberately damaged US-Israel relations’

‘Obama deliberately damaged US-Israel relations’

U.S. President Barack Obama intentionally violated “no daylight” and “no surprises” principles of U.S.-Israel ties, former Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren says • Oren: Obama changed U.S. policy on Iran and the Palestinians without telling Israel.
By Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff
U.S. President Barack Obama has deliberately damaged U.S.-Israel relations, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on Tuesday.
In the op-ed, titled “How Obama abandoned Israel,” Oren, now a Kulanu MK, accused Obama of violating the “two core principles of Israel’s alliance with America,” which, according to Oren, are “no daylight” and “no surprises.”
Referring to disputes between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Oren, whose four-year stint in Washington ended in 2013, wrote, “Neither leader monopolized mistakes, [but] only one leader [Obama] made them deliberately.”

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June 1, 2015

Major victory against BDS

Major victory against BDS:
Lawfare Project congratulates plaintiffs on Washington Supreme Court's reversal of Olympia Food Co-op decision

This past Thursday, in a 9-0 vote, the Washington State Supreme Court vacated a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Olympia Food Co-op board members for their enactment of a discriminatory boycott of Israeli products.

The Lawfare Project played an active role in the case, submitting an amicus curiae brief in favor of the plaintiffs and arguing improper application of Washington's anti-SLAPP statute, and publishing analysis to counter the rhetoric of BDS proponents concerning the scope of the lower court's dismissal.

Not only did the previous ruling prevent the plaintiff Co-op members' claims from advancing to trial, but it also imposed upon them $232,000 in fees and penalties. This outcome was reached pursuant to the state anti-SLAPP statute, which the Supreme Court struck down for violating the right of trial by jury.

Thanks to last week's decision, the plaintiffs do not have to pay the immense bill, and they may now have their day in court to challenge the board members' adoption of boycott policies in violation of the Co-op's own rules. Moreover, the holding paves the way for future lawsuits against entities that engage in discriminatory BDS conduct.

The Lawfare Project congratulates the plaintiffs, their attorneys, and the other organizations that supported this brave undertaking to legally combat BDS.


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The Jewish Tragedy

The Jewish Tragedy

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
I’ve been focusing the past couple of weeks on the tragedy that has befallen our people, not just in our own time but in prior generations as well – our inability to see and appreciate the Hand of G-d in our lives.

The consequences of such blindness and ingratitude become evident when darkness envelops us, when G-d withdraws Himself from our presence. It is then that we demand haughtily, “Where is G-d? Why did He allow this to happen? Why isn’t He making a miracle for us? Are we not His people?”

We fail to accept responsibility for the breakdown in our relationship and blame G-d for His abandonment. We fail to understand that even in the depth of our darkness it is His protection that enables us to survive. Where it not for Him, the nations of the world would long ago have devoured us.

Following the 1967 Six-Day War my brother-in-law HaRav HaGaon Amram HaLevi Jungreis, zt”l, who was the rabbi of Yazur, Israel, wrote an amazing letter to us.

He was a total man of G-d, studying Torah and performing mitzvos day and night. His devotion to Torah study was such that he wouldn’t even allow a telephone in his house, lest it take away one second from learning. So this letter from him was very special.

He wrote about Psalm 126, Shir HaMa’alos, which we sing prior to Grace After Meals on Shabbos and Yom Tov. The Psalm speaks volumes. It commences with, “When Hashem will return the remnants of Zion we will be like dreamers.”

Indeed, we have witnessed the stunning miracle of the return of the remnants of our people from all over the world to our ancient homeland – but we were dreamers and failed to comprehend it. In that very same Psalm it is also written, “[At that time] the nations will declare that Hashem has done greatly with them [Israel].”

My brother-in-law explained that everything in life is relative. For example, if a rich man finds a dollar on the street, it means nothing to him. But if a beggar finds that same dollar he will rejoice.

The nations of the world who are rich in military expertise and are accustomed to victory in battle cannot be easily impressed by small triumphs of little nations. But it’s another story when a little nation achieves a victory such as Israel’s in the Six-Day War.

King David predicts that prior to the coming of the Messiah, the Jewish people, who for millennia were homeless and defenseless, with no military wherewithal, would in the blink of an eye become a mighty power in the world, triumphing against all odds. At that time the powerful nations will declare in astonishment, “G-d has done great things for these people. If G-d would only do this for us, we would rejoice.”

In June 1967, Egypt’s Nasser swore to wipe Israel off the map, massing a huge army in the Sinai, expelling UN peacekeeping troops, and closing the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping. But little Israel was like David of old, defeating the Egyptian army and the Syrian army and the Jordanian army – and numerous troops and armaments sent by other Arab nations eager to join Nasser in marching on Tel Aviv.

In six lightning days Israel decisively beat back the combined might of its enemies and made astounding gains on all fronts. For the first time in nearly 2,000 years Jerusalem was returned to the Jewish people. Rabbis blew the shofar at the Kotel, the remnant of our Holy Temple. First the time in almost two millennia we repossessed Mamma Rochel’s burial place as well as Hebron, the city of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs.

Let us again consider my brother-in-law’s analogy. The billionaires – the large, powerful nations – wanted our little dollar because overnight that little dollar had become more precious than gold. The mighty United States of America was, at the time, embroiled in the long and costly war in Vietnam, and American generals wanted to know the secret of Israel’s astonishing military success.

The secret was a simple one. Alas, the majority of our people did not know it – and still do not know it or even want to know it. But unless we know and can identify the source of our strength, it will disappear. If that happens, disaster is sure to follow.

The simple source of our power can be summarized in one word: Hashem. I say “simple” because we need only recognize it and it will appear.

Although there are multitudes who recognize the guiding Hand of G-d in the history of Israel and in all its battles, the vast majority of Jews do not.

When the Jewish people place their trust in G-d there is no strength or power that can prevail against them.

“They [the nations] may go forth with chariots and horses but we go forth with the name of our G-d” (Psalm 20).

As we come closer to the awesome days of Mashiach, the Jewish people will experience stunning victories as well as terrible tragedies. Events will unfold so rapidly that before we absorb one, another will follow. If, G-d forbid, we refuse to acknowledge G-d’s presence, the consequences will be painful and horrific.

The Six-Day War was a miracle. We rejoiced. We sang and shouted with exultation. Six days – six incredible days. Everything that befalls us individually and nationally is orchestrated from Above. But we choose to be blind. We do not wish to see. Instead of thanking G-d, we congratulated ourselves and proclaimed the words the Torah tells us never to proclaim: “Kochi…my strength and my might did this.”

We deluded ourselves into believing it was our acumen, our military know-how, our strategic planning, and our valor that brought about our miraculous victory.

We are living in dangerous and ominous times. The winds of war are blowing and our spiritual blindness can be deadly. We must learn to open our eyes, ears, and hearts lest we continue to stumble and fall. If we continue to be blind and deaf and refuse to see the Hand of G-d reaching out to us from Above, we cannot hope to survive.

The Torah likens the Jewish people to a little lamb surrounded by 70 ferocious wolves always ready to devour us. I know I have mentioned this many times but I will refer to it again and again until such time that we have an awakening that will bring an end to the Jewish tragedy of spiritual blindness. This can be realized only if we understand – not just intellectually but in our hearts as well – that our protection comes solely from Hashem.

We just celebrated the great Yom Tov of Shavous. The Midrash teaches that at Sinai Hashem picked up the mountain and, holding it above our heads, warned of the consequences that would befall us if we did not remain loyal to the Torah.

Not once but many times in our long saga have we seen the disastrous reality of that warning.

This is our Jewish tragedy: The inability to see and the inability to hear.

March 24, 2015

Victory or Last Warning to Likud - Shamrak

Victory or Last Warning to Likud
by Steven Shamrak
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu celebrated, what he called, a "major victory" in the last Israeli elections.
"Against all odds: a great victory for the Likud. A major victory for the people of Israel !" he wrote on his official Twitter account. Soon after the election exit polls were announced, Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and congratulated him. "They agreed to begin accelerated negotiations for establishing a national government and working in cooperation for the security of the state of Israel and the nation of Israel ."
In a desperate last ditch moment before election Netanyahu stated: "Anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state, anyone who is going to evacuate territories today, is simply giving a base for attacks to the radical Islam against Israel. This is the true reality that was created here in the last few years."
This was enough for many Jewish voters to shake off a political apathy, like one of them told me "we have already seen this movie", and come out in support of Likud. Netanyahu must not forget why people voted for him this time. It could be the last time Jews of Israel believe in Likud!
Israeli voters had enough with continuous political deception and arrogance. They saw it in the name of the fake Zionist party, 'Zionist Union', created by veterans of political prostitution, who do not care about the future of Israel or the Jewish people, only their self-interests. Israelis have had enough of it! A new political movement is on the rise in Israel. It could be the last election when Likud and the anti-Zionist left were given final notice - serve your country, respect the ideals and aspirations of Jewish people Israel was created on or get lost!
Prior to the election, CNN presented a list of key issues Israel needs to resolve. Here they are wit my comments:
1. Repairing relations with the United States - The US has the long history of patronizing the Jewish state and undermining its future. It would be prudent that the next President of the United States, no such expectation from Obama, to take steps to repair relations with "the best friend" of the US, because Israel has done its most to prove its true friendship to American people!
2. Confronting Iran - The existential danger for Israel from nuclear armed Iran is real! As any self-respecting independent state, Israel must do what is right for its people. There is nobody to rely on - just look how long it takes for 'advanced' democratic powers to deal with problems in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria - and with their deeply ingrained anti-Semitic attitude, the best Israel can hope is that they'll stay neutral on this issue when Israel take action!
3. Solving problems with Palestinians - The problem has artificially been created and fostered since 1947 by the United Nations and all 'Jew-loving' states, must be exposed as the anti-Israel ploy it is. The fake Palestinians were invented to discredit the legitimacy of the Jewish state! There are Zionist solutions to the problem - it is time for the government of Israel to start implementing them.
4. Addressing growing social inequality - For too long, the Arab-Israel conflict and Israel's security were used as an excuse by the governments of Israel to neglect internal economic and social problems, and the appalling inequality of Israeli society. By ending occupation of Jewish land by the enemies, Israel will be able to put more resources to build prosperity and social equality.
5. Reversing Israel's isolation on the world stage - International anti-Semites will never stop hating Jews! Only a strong, independent and self-assertive Jewish state will be able shut them down. It was seen after the "Six Day War" and the Yom Kippur war, when even traditional European anti-Semites had began respecting Jews. But it did not last long as Israel did not consolidate its victories, only squandered them under the pressure of its trans-Atlantic 'friend'!
Netanyahu Flip-Flopping Again!
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu only waited for the March 17 election results before sending his close adviser Nathan Eshel to Zionist Union leader Yitzhak Herzog with an invitation to join him in a new unity government headed by the two largest parties of which they are leaders. Herzog turned him down and preferred to remain leader of the opposition. The invitation was proffered notwithstanding Netanyahu's campaign vow not to share power with the left-leading Zionist Union.

Obama is not Presidential and is Vindictive Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton says the vote was a "stinging defeat" for President Obama that will make Iran far more nervous and probably lead to more appeasement from the US in nuclear negotiations. Obama also stands out on Wednesday as one of few Western leaders to not congratulate Netanyahu on Likud's victory. Secretary of State John Kerry conveyed his congratulations instead. "Yes, I think the president can't stand Bibi Netanyahu," Bolton said. "I personally don't think he can stand Israel , while we're on the subject. Not congratulating a democratically elected leader in a close ally of the United States , I just think is amateurish. It's not professional. It's not presidential. It's just petty."
Two days later, President Barack Obama finally called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his election win and used the moment to interfere into Israel 's internal policy again by reaffirming his commitment to the "two-state solution".
After years of blocking UN efforts to pressure Israelis and PA into accepting a lasting two-state solution, Obama is edging ( to vindictively blackmail Netanyahu, after his decisive re-election) closer toward supporting a UN Security Council resolution that would call for the resumption of political talks to conclude a final peace settlement, according to Western diplomats.
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
There are lessons to learn from the last week Israeli election:
1.    If the Likud party to remain a viable political power in Israel, its leadership - not just Netanyahu - must begin to listen and respect the wishes of its supporters and start implementing the Jewish National policies in coalition with other true Zionist parties.
2.    The fake 'Zionist Union' does not care about a Jewish future! There is a need to unmask the self-serving and pathetic Jewish politicians who think that appeasement of our enemies, Arabs and international anti-Semites, will make them like Israel and change their hateful nature.
3.    Jews in Israel are fed up with the rude Obamizational interference of foreign powers in the internal politics of the sovereign Jewish state! Friendship is welcome, but a genuine one and on an equal footing!
The American nonprofit OneVoice Movement is under scrutiny by a US Senate panel over possible links to a campaign to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As a recipient of almost $350,000 in recent grants from the Obama administration's State Department, it had violated its tax-exempt status when it began backing the virulently anti-Netanyahu Victory 15 campaign in Israel earlier that month.
Speaking to a delegation in Kuwait, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula after legislators in the Gulf state of Kuwait moved to pass laws banning the construction of religious sites associated with Christianity. (This call was made by high-ranking representative of Saudi Arabia - the 'best friend' of President Obama!)
US President Barack Obama is "committed" to a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Kerry held talks with PA president Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah II on the Middle East peace process (Israel was excluded). The four leaders discussed creating an environment to push forward (force Israel) the peace process to reach a comprehensive and just peace in the region. (Is Obama "committed" to return South-Western US to Mexico or Hawaii to Japan? They have more legitimate claims than the fake Palestinians on Jewish land, Eretz-Israel!)
Israel Needs to Learn from Egypt!
Egypt sacks 41 judges for 'supporting' Brotherhood - Disciplinary court orders their compulsory retirement accusing them of supporting outlawed group, state media reports. (There are many anti-Zionist judges in Israel that must be removed from their office!)
An annual security assessment presented to the US Senate by the director of National Intelligence, has excluded Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah from its list of terror threats to US interests, despite both being consistently included as threats in previous years.
Nearly 140 people were killed and 345 seriously injured in separate suicide bombing attacks at two mosques in Sanaa on Friday, the latest in recent turmoil that has rocked the Yemen city due to clashes between Islam's Sunni and Shia sects. (No international outrage!)
Quotes of the Week:
"What does it say about the President of the United States when he's more concerned about undermining and attacking the Prime Minister of Israel than he is standing up to the mortal threat a nuclear Iran poses?" - Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas) - Just imaging what reaction/outcry in US would be if an Israeli PM tried to actively undermine an US presidential candidate!
The PLO council decided "to stop security cooperation in all its forms with the occupying power" which it urged to "take over full responsibility for the Palestinian people in the occupied State of Palestine, the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza".
The move, which Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas has threatened several times to carry out over the past few months, comes as a response to Israel's decision to withhold the PA's tax revenues. The funds are being held back from the PA in retaliation for its moves to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). (and not paying its debts to Israel)
The PA submitted a UN Security Council resolution in December - which was voted down - calling for Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria within two years, and in January joined the International Criminal Court, where they plan to press for war crimes against Israel .
Israel has in response frozen $127 million per month in tax revenues due the PA, rendering it unable to pay tens of thousands of employees and threatening its very existence.
PLO central committee member Mustapha Barghouthi said its decisions were binding on the PA "because it was the PLO which created it (the Authority) and which signed the Oslo accords". The decision spells "the end of the Oslo period, which Israel destroyed", he said.

March 13, 2015

US planes would be ready to take down any Israeli fighters - Gil Solomon

While I applaud Netanyahu’s address to the joint session of the US Congress, I admit I was a little disappointed by what was left unsaid.
In short, the Israeli PM missed a real opportunity to show the world the true intentions of this US administration.
He made no mention of Obama’s attempt to oust him in the upcoming Israeli elections by bringing into Israel a team of Obama supporters who hope that their propaganda efforts will bring in a new government which will be more to Obama’s liking. Foolish Israel for even allowing this lot to even step foot into the country and set up campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv. If it were up to me, they would have been handcuffed and deported on the first flight out of the country.
More importantly, we now have reports that in late 2014 Netanyahu was planning military action against Iran to take out the reactors. Netanyahu failed to mention that once Obama got wind of the planned strike (through a leak in Netanyahu’s own cabinet), this “President” threatened that US planes would be ready to take down any Israeli fighters that crossed into Iraqi air space to get to their Iranian targets.

Also Netanyahu made no mention of the embargo imposed by this administration on vital military hardware during the recent war with Hamas.
Nor was any mention made of the restriction on Israel doing what it does best, that is upgrading its fighter squadron. This administration has insisted that no upgrades be performed, thus ensuring that the Israeli fighters will have no qualitative edge to those fighter aircraft supplied to Saudi Arabia.

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No travel, no Sharia, no citizenship: UK Home Office unveils tough anti-Islamist strategy

A group of Muslims praying in Tower Hamlets, London (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)

A new government anti-extremist strategy will ban thousands of Britons from traveling to conflict zones, target Sharia courts, and make it harder to obtain citizenship. The reforms come alongside news that 320 ISIS fighters have returned to the UK.
“In the past, there has been a risk that the Government sends an ambivalent and dangerous message – that it doesn’t really matter if you don’t believe in democracy,” says the text of the leaked Home Office-authored draft document, quoted in the Telegraph.
“We need to stand up and be more assertive in promoting our values and challenging the extremists who fundamentally oppose them.”
The strategy is expected to be made public in the coming weeks, and will become effective as soon as it is rubberstamped by the government. It represents a fundamental retrenchment against Islamists – both, those at home, and potential recruits for international terrorist conflicts abroad. Repeatedly mentioning “British values,” it contains a foreword by Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May, and is a culmination of her campaign to “undermine and eliminate extremism in all its forms,” which resulted in tough new legislation being passed in Parliament last November.

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