Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?

By Ronald S. Lauder who is the president of the World Jewish Congress.

NY Times (Aug 19) – WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.

The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago. Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.

Historians may look back at this period and wonder if people had lost their bearings. Few reporters have traveled to Iraq to bear witness to the Nazi-like wave of terror that is rolling across that country. The United Nations has been mostly mum. World leaders seem to be consumed with other matters in this strange summer of 2014. There are no flotillas traveling to Syria or Iraq. And the beautiful celebrities and aging rock stars — why doesn’t the slaughter of Christians seem to activate their social antennas?

President Obama should be commended for ordering airstrikes to save tens of thousands of Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion and have been stranded on a mountain in northern Iraq, besieged by Sunni Muslim militants. But sadly, airstrikes alone are not enough to stop this grotesque wave of terrorism.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not a loose coalition of jihadist groups, but a real military force that has managed to take over much of Iraq with a successful business model that rivals its coldblooded spearhead of death. It uses money from banks and gold shops it has captured, along with control of oil resources and old-fashioned extortion, to finance its killing machine, making it perhaps the wealthiest Islamist terrorist group in the world. But where it truly excels is in its carnage, rivaling the death orgies of the Middle Ages. It has ruthlessly targeted Shiites, Kurds and Christians.

“They actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick” a Chaldean-American businessman named Mark Arabo told CNN, describing a scene in a Mosul park. “More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.”

This week, 200,000 Aramaeans fled their ancestral homeland around Nineveh, having already escaped Mosul.

The general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn’t just wrong; it’s obscene.

In a speech before thousands of Christians in Budapest in June, I made a solemn promise that just as I will not be silent in the face of the growing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe and in the Middle East, I will not be indifferent to Christian suffering. Historically, it has almost always been the other way around: Jews have all too often been the persecuted minority. But Israel has been among the first countries to aid Christians in South Sudan. Christians can openly practice their religion in Israel, unlike in much of the Middle East.

This bond between Jews and Christians makes complete sense. We share much more than most religions. We read the same Bible, and share a moral and ethical core. Now, sadly, we share a kind of suffering: Christians are dying because of their beliefs, because they are defenseless and because the world is indifferent to their suffering.

Good people must join together and stop this revolting wave of violence. It’s not as if we are powerless. I write this as a citizen of the strongest military power on earth. I write this as a Jewish leader who cares about my Christian brothers and sisters.

The Jewish people understand all too well what can happen when the world is silent. This campaign of death must be stopped.

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VIDEO: ISIS Threatens America Again: ‘We Will Drown All Of You In Blood’

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The Daily Caller (Aug 19) – You almost get the sense the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is trying to tell America something.

The terror group — which changed its name simply to the Islamic State since conquering significant swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria — issued yet another violent threat against America, reports Reuters. In a message posted online Monday, the group warned: ”We will drown all of you in blood.”

ISIS issued its latest threat on the same day President Barack Obama said in a press conference from the White House that American military assistance helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake a strategic dam recently conquered by ISIS. Earlier this month, President Obama authorized American military strikes on ISIS in order to prevent it from advancing on the Kurdish city of Erbil in Iraq.

According to Reuters, ISIS has warned it will strike Americans “anywhere” in response to U.S. attacks against its forces.

This is not the first time ISIS has threatened to strike the United States and its interests abroad. In recent interviews with VICE Media, ISIS members repeatedly warned the United States that it was among its targets. (WATCH: Child ISIS Member Threatens America With Destruction)

“I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established,” Abu Mosa, a spokesman for ISIS, told VICE Media in one interview from the ISIS-controlled Syrian city of Raqqa. ”We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”

VICE Media also captured on video a group of ISIS fighters singing about America’s destruction. (WATCH: ISIS Members Sing Ode To America’s Demise)

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Islamic State Challenging Al-Qaeda for Leadership

i8hV48K6_dVEBloomberg (Aug 18) — The radical Islamic State’s advances in Iraq are strengthening its challenge to al-Qaeda in a contest for the leadership of the global jihadi movement, according to five U.S. intelligence officials.

Its territorial gains and declaration of a caliphate spanning parts of Syria and Iraq, reinforced by its use of social media to broadcast its accomplishments in many languages, are attracting recruits and even drawing defections from the leadership of the core al-Qaeda group and some affiliates, the officials told reporters at a briefing today. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence assessments.

The U.S. intelligence community thinks the Islamic State has an incentive to conduct a major terrorist strike against U.S. or European targets, in part to further assert itself as the true leader of radical Islam, the officials said. There’s evidence that the group is establishing cells beyond Iraq and Syria, they said.

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Don’t set a double standard for Israel on norms of war

Natan Sharansky is chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel and was deputy prime minister of Israel from 2001 to 2003.

 for the Washington Post (Aug 15) – The pictures of destruction and mourning in Gaza that have filled media around the world for the past several weeks have been very painful and sad to view. One would be hard-pressed to find an Israeli who does not sympathize with the suffering of Gaza’s victims.

Yet there are also few Israelis who feel we are responsible for this suffering. For us, the tragedy of Gaza is inseparable from the tragedy of the entire Middle East. Over the past three years, in countries around our tiny state, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed in the most horrific ways. This wave of terror recognizes no official borders. The only border at which the savagery stops is Israel’s.

Hamas and Hezbollah are doing their best to change this. So what protects us? The United Nations or human rights groups? No. Only the military power of the Israel Defense Forces. In response to our enemies’ relentless campaigns, the army is constantly developing new ways to defend us. One new weapon, Iron Dome, has in the past few weeks protected civilians from almost 3,000 missiles.

But while Israelis have developed missile shields to protect children, Hamas has been using children as shields to protect missiles. This perverse strategy is the brainchild of a society that hails death. For Hamas, using living shields serves the double function of increasing the number of martyrs and galvanizing a free world that values life to pressure Israel to stop fighting.

The sad irony, then, is that while the world can do so little to stop the terror in Syria or Sudan, it can do a lot to press Israel to stop defending itself. We ask ourselves, is this hypocrisy? Is this a betrayal by the free world whose values we are defending? And in response, Israel hears from the international community, “Of course you are judged differently. You insist that you are part of the free world, so we hold you to a higher standard than neighboring countries, where wanton destruction of human life is the norm.”

I strongly agree with this argument.

Israel, like any other free country, should be held to a higher moral standard than its unfree neighbors. As the war against terror becomes increasingly global, it is imperative that all free countries develop and uphold common norms in our military conduct against armies of terror. Israel, with its decades-long experience, can contribute much to this effort.

For example, 12 years ago, during the Second Intifada, I was a member of the Israeli security cabinet when the army first decided to use aviation to target terrorist leaders. In nearly every cabinet meeting, Israel’s attorney general insisted that our targets must be chosen not on the basis of crimes already committed, but solely in light of proof that they were planning new terrorist acts. In other words, no matter how much death and destruction someone had caused, a targeted killing could be justified only by documented intentions to carry out another attack.

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Hamas spokesperson: We deported foreign journalists for filming missile launches

MEMRI report: Spokesperson told Lebanese TV station in interview that journalists that filmed missile launching sites “were collaborating with the occupation.”

The Jerusalem Post (Aug 15) – Hamas spokesperson Isra Al-Mudallal, said in a TV interview on Friday that journalists who filmed “places from where missiles were launched” were forced by security personnel to stop or leave the Gaza Strip.

According to a new report by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute, Mudallal, told the Lebanese TV station Mayadeen TV by Skype that some journalists “would focus on filming the places from where missiles were launched.”

“Thus, they were collaborating with the occupation,” said Mudallal, the head of foreign relations in the Hamas Information Ministry.

“These journalists were deported from the Gaza Strip. The security agencies would go and have a chat with these people,” she explained.

Hamas security personnel would give the journalists “some time to change their message” and “one way or another” they would be forced to change their reporting.

The spokesperson went on to say Hamas had some of the journalists “under security surveillance” and were able to reach them despite the ongoing war with Israel.

“We managed to reach them, and tell them that what they were doing was anything but professional journalism and that it was immoral.”

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Israel’s Disproportionate Decency

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, a doomsday thriller about the Iranian nuclear threat and current geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

tensions-remain-high-at-israeli-gaza-border-1Noah Beck for FrontPage Mag (Aug 14) – When observers describe or denounce Israeli military actions as “disproportionate,” they glibly assume sweeping legal conclusions without sufficient proof or analysis. But the evidence shows that Israel has acted with disproportionate decency while Hamas has committed war crimes.

Hamas’ indiscriminate rocket and missile attacks – which now total about 3,500 in the last month – target primarily Israeli civilians. The effects of Hamas’ attacks have been serious (contrary to what most media reports suggest):

a) increasing premature births,

b) shutting down Israel’s biggest airport, blocking 90 percent of incoming and outgoing passengers,

c) forcing about 8 million people to live on the edge 24/7, fearing that if their missile defense system or scramble to shelters falters, they could die,

d) constant interruptions throughout the day and night, with as little as ten seconds to find shelter,

e) billions of dollars in economic damage.

The principle of distinction requires belligerents to distinguish between combatants and civilians. Hamas’ violations of this principle amount to a double war crime: first by targeting Israeli civilians, and second by using Gazan civilians as human shields for these attacks, thereby making it much harder for the IDF military response to distinguish Gazan combatants from noncombatants. Hamas exhorts Gazans to act as human shields and its combat manual encourages this war crime while admitting that Israel avoids civilian casualties – an avoidance that Hamas exploits for tactical advantage.Alan Dershowitz deftly highlights yet another proof of Hamas war crimes: Hamas chooses to locate its military efforts in the most densely populated parts of Gaza, instead of in the far less populated areas nearby – a decision calculated to maximize Gazan civilian deaths. Cynically breaking all rules,Hamas even uses ambulances to transport fighters and converts Gaza’s hospitals into command centers, weapons depots, and rocket-launch sites.

Hamas perfected suicide bombing and is designated as a terrorist organization by the US and Europe, so its war crimes are unsurprising, even if the media concealed Hamas’ barbarism for the last month. But what of the oft repeated but seldom questioned claim that Israeli military actions are “excessive” or “disproportionate?”

The first duty of any state is to provide security to its citizens. Adjusting for size differences (the US has about 473 times Israel’s land mass, and 40 times Israel’s population), what would be the US military response if Al-Qaeda took over Mexico and launched about 47,300 projectiles per day at the US mainland, killing 120 US civilians and 2,560 soldiers and causing significant property damage, widespread insecurity, and travel shutdowns? Such a comparative context supports those proclaiming that the IDF and Bibi Netanyahu deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for their restraint during such a challenging war.

As of August 9, Israel’s military has attacked about 5,000 targets in Gaza (4,762 during the first 29 days of Operation Protective Edge and a few hundred since) resulting in 1,915 deaths (according to the Hamas-run Gaza Ministry of Health). Even if this total were accurate and represented entirely civilian deaths, the strike-to-kill ratio absurdly implies that Israel’s military needs about 2.5 attacks to kill one person. But if Israel’s goal were just to kill Gazans, it could kill well over 1,915 with a single airstrike. Why spend so much on intelligence gathering and precision-guided bombs (or force Israeli citizens to endure so many costly weeks of war) when the IDF could raze half of Gaza in an hour? The fact that the IDF has struck so many times with so few casualties shows the extent of its restraint and precision while destroying the terrorist infrastructure threatening Israelis.

Israel has made extraordinary efforts to minimize civilian casualties – despite Hamas’ plan to maximize themIsrael aborts airstrikes that will result in excessive civilian casualties, warns civilians to clear areas that will be targeted, and loses ground troops in densely populated areas like Shejaiya to avoid airstrikes that would kill far more Gaza civilians. Israel chose not to target Gaza City’s main Shifa Hospital, even though it knew that Hamas leaders were cynically hiding there and an airstrike could have substantially harmed Hamas’ military leadership.

As this article explains, Israel sacrifices blood and treasure to minimize harm to Gaza civilians. And yet somehow Israel is still accused of deliberately targeting civilians even when Hamas’ misfired rockets are responsible or when an IDF mistake happens. But as Colonel Richard Kemp argues, “mistakes and malfunctions happen in all fighting armies and in all conflicts…Do those who condemn the killing of Palestinian civilians as deliberate acts by the IDF suggest that…incidents in Gaza [in which the IDF accidentally kills Israeli soldiers] are also intentional?”

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Islamic State seizes more territory in Syria

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa provinceReuters (Aug 13) — Islamic State insurgents have seized several towns and villages from rival Islamist groups in the Syrian province of Aleppo, opening the way for further westward advances, an organization monitoring the war in Syria said on Wednesday.

Already in control of large areas of northern and eastern Syria, Islamic State’s latest gains include the towns of Turkmen Bareh and Akhtarin, 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain, reported.

It said at least 40 fighters were killed during the fighting.

Islamic State’s advance in Syria has accelerated since the group seized control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, declaring a caliphate in areas under its control in a bid to redraw the borders of the Middle East.

Diplomats and rebels said the Syrian government, which is fighting rebels across the country, launched attacks on towns run by the group only after its militants advanced into neighboring Iraq and seized a third of its territory.

Islamic State is tightening its grip over areas of Syria under its control, including the city of Raqqa on the Euphrates river. Raqqa has become Islamic State’s Syrian power base.

The Observatory, which uses a network of monitors, reported battles between Islamic State fighters and Syrian government forces near a Raqqa military airport, the government’s last remaining position in the area.

The Observatory also reported two more crucifixions by Islamic State in Deir al-Zor overnight, bringing to 27 the number of people executed by the group in recent days as it tightens it grip over the eastern province.

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FBI director: Americans fighting in Syria hard to track

syrian jihadistsCBS News (Aug 12) — FBI Director James Comey said Monday that he doesn’t know how many Americans have tried to join Islamic insurgents fighting in Syria, but that they represented an urgent threat to the United States.

Comey, who spoke Monday at the FBI’s field office in Dallas, talked about so-called homegrown terrorists or “lone wolves,” who use the Internet to connect with others interested in “jihad,” an Arabic term often used to mean holy war.

The FBI and other agencies have arrested several people across the United States this year on charges that they discussed trying to go abroad to join terrorist groups.

Officials just announced on Monday that a North Carolina man suspected of being a terrorist sympathizer was arrested at JFK Airport in New York as he returned from Lebanon

A law enforcement official told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that 44-year-old Donald Morgan caught the attention of U.S. counterterrorism agents via his Twitter rants in support of Iraqi extremist militants.

In separate Texas cases this year, a University of Texas student and a Central Texas father were accused of planning to engage in jihad.

Comey first estimated he knew of about 100 people who had gone to and from Syria, or had been caught trying to so. But he later hedged on that figure.

“When I give you the number of more than 100, I can’t tell you with high confidence that’s a 100 of 200, that’s a 100 of 500, that’s a 100 of a 1,000 or more, because it’s so hard to track,” Comey said.

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Friday Sermon among Ruins of Gaza Mosque: We Are Willing to Sacrifice Two Million Martyrs

Unnamed cleric: “The Palestinian nation is ready to sacrifice two million martyrs, for the sake of the holiest and most just cause on the face of the Earth. We are ready to sacrifice all the sons of the Palestinian people for this holy cause.”

6 Ugly Signs of Resurgent Worldwide Antisemitism

By Robert Spencer who is the director of JihadWatch.org and the world’s foremost expert on jihad, for PJ Media (Aug 9):

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Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV channel in late July broadcast a Friday sermon in which an imam issued a chilling threat to Jews: “We will not leave a single one of you alive. Our doctrine in fighting you is that we will totally exterminate you. We will not leave a single one of you alive.” Such savagery may be expected from Hamas, but a similarly virulent antisemitism is becoming increasingly common all over the world.

6. Sweden: Muslim politician denounces “Jewish pigs”

Last week, the Swedish Social Democrat Omar Omeirat, a Muslim and a candidate for town council in Filipstad, wrote on his Facebook page:

The entire Muslim world is sitting and watching while our brothers and sisters in Palestine are slaughtered by the Jewish pigs.

When this came to light, Omeirat had to resign under pressure, at which point he was contrite: “I regret what I said. It was the wrong choice of words and no one should say something like that.” He didn’t explain, however, how a phrase derived from the Qur’an itself, which three times says that Allah transformed disobedient Jews into apes and pigs (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166), could possibly be a “wrong choice of words.”

5. Italy: Imam prays that Allah kill the Jews “one by one”

In a late July Friday sermon in Italy, the imam Abd Al-Barr Al-Rawdhi denounced the Jews, reminding his audience of several of the enormities ascribed to them in the Qur’an, and then prayer:

Oh Allah, bring upon them that which will make us happy. Oh Allah, count them one by one, and kill them to the very last one. Do not spare a single one of them. Turn their food to poison, make the air they breathe blazing hot, make their slumber full of grief, and make their days black. Oh Allah, plant fear in their hearts.

To the credit of Italian authorities, Al-Rawdhi was expelled from Italy after video of this sermon came to light.

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4. Belgium: Doctor refuses to treat Jewish patient

Far from Gaza, in Belgium on July 30, the son of Bertha Klein, a 90-year-old Jewish woman, called a medical helpline for his mother, who had fractured a rib. Determining that the caller and his mother were Jewish, the doctor shouted: “I will not come! Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she will not feel pain anymore.”

Michael Freilich, the editor of Belgium’s Jewish News, noted that this was not an isolated event:

This is yet another incident in succession in a short period of time. A shop in Antwerp refused a woman to serve because she was Jewish, a cafe in Liege has a sign hung with the message “Dogs are welcome, Jews are not,” and in Brussels slogans like “Death to the Jews” were chanted during a demonstration. And on Facebook, we see calls every day of hatred against the Jewish people.

3. Canada: Muslim protesters shout “Heil Hitler” at Jews

On July 31 in Calgary, Muslim protesters against Israel’s defensive action in Gaza berated Jewish counter-protesters and ultimately shouted “Heil Hitler” at them.

Canada believes in freedom of speech (sort of: it is crippled by “hate speech” laws, which are tools in the hands of the powerful to silence the powerless), so probably it is no crime to shout “Heil Hitler” there. On the other hand, don’t you think that if the Jews had shouted “Down with Muhammad” or some such, that the police would have stepped in and hauled them before the Human Rights Commission? So do I.

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2. UK: Muslims chant “Heil Hitler,” assault Jews

In Britain, Muslims went one step farther than their Canadian coreligionists. The Daily Mail reported that “304 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in the UK between January and June – a 36 per cent rise compared to the same period a year ago.” Among these were groups of Muslim men driving through Manchester and not only chanting “Heil Hitler,” but throwing what the Mail described as “missiles” at Jews walking along the street. In London, “a Jewish boy riding a bicycle had a stone thrown at his head by a woman in a niqab.”

1. Australia: Supporters of Hamas terrorize bus full of Jewish children

Australia’s Daily Telegraph reported that on Wednesday, “Jewish children as young as five were subjected to a terrifying racial attack when thugs stormed their school bus and threatened to slit their throats. Screaming ‘Kill the Jews’ and ‘Heil Hitler’ the louts jumped on the bus packed with about 30 students, from kindergarten to year 12, who were on their way home from school.” They also shouted, “We are going to cut your throats and slice your throats open.”

The young attackers appear to have been non-Muslim, but the Israeli action in Gaza was clearly central to their motivation, as they yelled, “Palestine must kill you Jews.” Their terrorizing of these children thus illustrates how the increasingly violent, thuggish and authoritarian Left eagerly does the bidding of Islamic supremacists and jihadists.

When and how will this pandemic of antisemitism end? The last time it was this bad in Europe, it ended in genocide. Today the Palestinians, the darlings of the international media and “human rights community,” call openly for another Jewish genocide, and nonetheless never lose favor with the intelligentsia and elites.

The moral myopia is as pandemic as Jew-hatred is becoming. Neither shows any sign of abating.

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Fatah leader calls to destroy Israel “from the river to the sea!”

Palestinian Media Watch (Aug 7) — Fatah, like Hamas, continues to present all of Israel’s land as “occupied” and maintains the destruction of Israel as its ultimate goal.

In a recent example of this, Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi posted the following message on his personal Facebook page two days ago:

“O our free people of resolve and sacrifice in Gaza, you are more honored than us all… We remain committed to the promise: freedom, independence, and driving out the occupier from the entire pure land, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.

Long live free Gaza!

Your brother, Tawfiq Tirawi.”

[Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member, Tawfiq Tirawi, Aug. 5, 2014]

The PA and Fatah regularly teach that the ultimate Palestinian goal is the destruction of Israel. As Palestinian Media Watch documented a few months ago, official PA TV taught in three different episodes of its children’s program Best Home that all of Israel will be replaced by “Palestine”:

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Sabrin, young singer: “We say that Palestine exists, and Palestine will return to us, and there is no such thing as Israel.

PA TV host: “Bravo!”

Sabrin: “There is something called the occupied lands (i.e., all of Israel is ‘occupied land’).”

Host: “Bravo, bravo, bravo!”…

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Hamas TV: Every Muslim mother “must nurse her children on hatred”

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“Hamas TV: Every Muslim mother ‘must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion,’” by Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch, August 3, 2014:

A Muslim Brotherhood leader in Kuwait, Tareq Al-Suwaidan, said Muslims “hate” the sons of Zion. He called for Muslim mothers to nurse their infants on this hatred and to plant it in Muslim children’s “souls,” so that the new generation “will erase the (sons of Zion) from the face of the earth.” Last week, Palestinian Media Watch documented a similar Hamas sermon calling for the extermination of Jews.

The Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood speaker also reiterated the MB belief that death for Allah – Shahada(Martyrdom) – is the loftiest goal a Muslim can achieve. Turning to residents of Gaza he said:

“Death for Allah is the highest wish…
you received the death you wanted.”

This speech, which was originally broadcast on July 14th on Sarmad TV (Kuwait), was rebroadcast by Hamas two days ago on Al-Aqsa TV. Hamas defines itself as “one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood…” [Hamas Charter, Article 2]

Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait:

Without a doubt, the blood being spilled [in Gaza] is dear. But the equation is: ‘Those killed from our side are in Paradise, and those killed from their side in Hell.’ (Hadith)

We are not afraid of Martyrdom. Not long ago, you cried out loud: ‘Death for Allah is our most exalted wish!’ (Muslim Brotherhood slogan) You received the death you wanted. We have no problem with death. We are not like the children of Israel: ‘And you will surely find them the most greedy of people for life.’ (Quran) Whereas we yearn for death and Martyrdom… Every mother – especially the mothers in Palestine, but every mother in the [Islamic] Nation, not just Palestine – must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them and they are our enemies. We will plant this in their [our children’s] souls, so that a new generation will grow among us, which will erase them from the face of the earth.” [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), August 1, 2014]…

PMW documented two weeks ago that Hamas TV defended the deaths it brought on its population, saying that Gaza civilians were privileged to have died in the conflict as Martyrs, since their date of death was in any case predetermined – “their time had come.”

Hamas also broadcast last week the words of two Hamas leaders saying death is greater than life:

Hamas leader Muhammad Deif: “We love death like our enemies love life!”

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh: “[Hamas] loves death for Allah like you [Israelis] love life.”
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 30, 2014]

Pat Condell: Hypocrisy over Gaza

Filled with simple, hilarious, accurate and politically incorrect truths – the reason why Pat Condell is so brilliant and unique.

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Published on Aug 5, 2014

Israel doesn’t owe a biased world any explanation for defending itself
against murderers.

Hamas sermon from Gaza strip: “Our doctrine entails exterminating Jews” – (Not Zionists or Israelis, but Jews).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7WAo…

Gaza civilians executed by Hamas for protesting against the destruction of their neighbourhood
http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protec…

Hamas used child labour to build tunnels. Hundreds killed.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/20…

Arab apartheid against Palestinians
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/312…

No apartheid in Israel, lots of it in the Arab world
http://www.thecommentator.com/article…

Hamas glorifies the deliberate murder of Israeli civilians
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NgUa…

Hamas TV teaches children: Shoot all the Jews
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ORAM…

Meet the Hamas billionaires
http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-th…

Private jets, restaurants, luxury hotels: the good life of senior Hamas officials
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,73…

A thank you letter from Hamas to the media
http://www.thecommentator.com/article…

Egyptian TV hosts slam Hamas: “We are sick and tired of you.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VtEN…

Egyptian TV host tells Hamas they belong in a mental asylum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xuYc…

Test yourself: Are you pro human rights, or just anti-Israel?
http://blog.unwatch.org/index.php/201…

Israeli Arabs: We do not want to live in a Palestinian state
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/411…

Queers for Palestine. Idiots supporting a regime that wants them dead
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Lo…

Israeli Fringe show closed down by BDS bigots
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-ent…

If you support the “Palestinians”, watch this short history of the region and educate yourself
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7ByJ…

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Islamic State extends gains in north Iraq, Christians flee or be killed

getGalleryImagesReuters (Aug 7) — State militants extended their gains in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing more towns and strengthening a foothold near the Kurdish region in an offensive that has alarmed the Baghdad government and regional powers. The advance forced thousands of residents of Iraq’s biggest Christian town to flee, fearing they would be subjected to the demands the Sunni militants made in other captured areas – leave, convert to Islam or face death. The Islamic State, which is considered more extreme than al- Qaeda, sees Iraq’s majority Shi’ites and minorities such as Christians and Yazidis, a Kurdish ethno-religious community, as infidels.

The militant group said in a statement on its Twitter account that its fighters had seized 15 towns, the strategic Mosul dam on the Tigris River and a military base in an offensive that began at the weekend and would continue.

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Anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny and fascism and war

GlennBeck.com (July 28) — Violent anti-Israel protests are happening all around the globe, most notably in France where protesters have clashed with police and set the streets on fire. This is nothing new, however, as anti-Semitism has been around since the beginning of civilization. An unlikely source – late atheist Christopher Hitchens – explained it best.

“I don’t think we ever head Christopher Hitchens up as a guy you should listen to, but you should listen to him. One of the biggest atheists on planet earth in the last 50 years…listen carefully to what he said about Israel,” Glenn said.

Back in 2010, Hitchens said:

Because anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny and fascism and war, it is to be regarded not as the enemy of the Jewish people alone, but as the common enemy of humanity, and of civilization, and has to be fought against very tenaciously for that reason. Most especially in its current, most virulent form of Islamic Jihad.

Daniel Pearl’s revolting murderer was educated at the London School of Economics. Our Christmas bomber over Detroit was from a neighboring London college, the chair of the Islamic Students’ Society. Many pogroms against Jewish people have been reported from all over Europe today as I’m talking, and we can only expect this to get worse, and we must make sure our own defenses are not neglected. Our task is to call this filthy thing, this plague, this pest, by its right name, to make unceasing resistance to it, knowing all the time that it’s probably ultimately ineradicable, and bearing in mind that its hatred towards us is a compliment and resolving some of the time at any rate to do a bit more to deserve it. Thank you.

“He’s right. Anti-Semitism is not about the Jews, anti-Semitism is a scourge against humanity,” Glenn said. “We have to be very, very clear. And in this country, we no longer can speak plainly to each other. They have tried to make us afraid. No one dare molests them now. No one dare make them afraid. This is their hour, this is their time. You must be very clear and stand against this storm. You must be very, very clear.”

“I want you to know, people of the world, listen, listen. We outnumber them. The good people of all faith, color and creed, we outnumber the bad guys. Listen, people of Islamic faith, you outnumber the bad guys. You just have to stand up. And if you won’t, well, then there’s nothing we can do.”

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Hamas Launches Rockets on Civilians in Gaza

Hamas’ indiscriminate firing of rockets endangers millions of Israeli and Palestinian lives. While the IDF strikes terrorist targets in Gaza with precision, Hamas launches rockets with one aim: hitting civilians.

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IDF blog.com (Aug 1) – On the afternoon of July 28, a squad of Gaza terrorists fired a barrage of four rockets from a densely populated area, aiming to kill Israelis. Instead, one hit al-Shifa hospital and another the Shati refugee camp, both inside Gaza. A third was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system above Ashdod. While Israel invests in keeping its citizens safe, Hamas invests in terrorist infrastructure. And the people of Gaza suffer.

hamas-fires-rockets-at-its-own-civiliansThe Hamas rockets that hit Palestinian civilian structures on that day, weren’t the only ones. Of the thousands of rockets launched by terrorists at Israel since July 8, more than 280 have landed inside the Gaza Strip. This doesn’t include a rocket fired on July 13 that hit electricity infrastructure inside Israel, knocking out power for 70,000 Gaza residents. Despite the danger of further rocket fire, Israel Electric Corporation staff fixed the damage, restoring power to the residents of Gaza — victims of Hamas.

Of course, Hamas rockets landing on civilian areas inside Gaza are not the terrorist organization’s only crimes against the Palestinian people. Hamas has regularly and insistently called on Gaza’s civilians to ignore the IDF’s warnings about impending strikes on military targets, and instructed them to position themselves directly in the line of fire. This is part of Hamas’ human shield apparatus — the way it uses Gaza’s civilians to protect its terrorist infrastructure.

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Anti-Semitic incidents rise in UK as Gaza conflict rages

Since start of Gaza operation, figures have risen to near record level with some 130 incidents recorded between January-June.

Hundreds of demonstrators march up Whitehall, in central London, as they protest against Israel’s military action in Gaza last week. Photo: REUTERS

Hundreds of demonstrators march up Whitehall, in central London, as they protest against Israel’s military action in Gaza last week. Photo: REUTERS

Reuters (July 31) – Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of the Israeli operation against Hamas in Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.

The Community Security Trust, which advises Britain’s estimated 260,000 Jews on safety, said the surge came as figures showed a significant rise in such incidents for the first six months of the year.

While there was no obvious reason for the general increase, it noted that July’s rise took place at the same time as the Israeli campaign against Hams terrorists, in which more than 1,200 Palestinian have reportedly been killed.

On the Israeli side 53 soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

“There is no excuse for this wave of racist intimidation and violence and we call upon all good people to unequivocally condemn it,” said CST spokesman Mark Gardner.

Tens of thousands of Britons have taken part in protests in London and other cities against the Israeli action. Pro-Palestinian activist groups stress that they oppose Israeli government policy and are not hostile to the Jewish people.

Some of the signs at protests have however been distinctly anti-Jewish.

The Trust said there had been 304 anti-Semitic incidents between January and June, a 36 percent rise compared to the same period a year ago. Since the start of the offensive at the beginning of July, 130 anti-Semitic incidents had been recorded – the second highest month on record.

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