About 5 million Dutch people believe that Israel is committing genocide

The Dutch media’s sin of omission,” by Manfred Gerstenfeld April 27:

About 5 million Dutch people believe that Israel is committing genocide. So says a study by the University of Bielefeld in Germany. The researchers asked 1,000 Dutchmen whether Israel is running a war of extermination against the Palestinians. More than 38 percent of those interviewed answered in the affirmative.

I wrote an article about these widely held beliefs, which resemble the dark anti-Semitic views propagated during the Middle Ages. I sent it to two Dutch newspapers. Both refused to print it. It was then published on one of the Netherlands’ largest blogs, Dagelijkse Standaard. This blog is also read by journalists from the major Dutch papers, yet they did not publish anything on the study. Only a small Christian internet radio station, Pillar of Fire, whose editor was shocked by the report’s findings, contacted me for an interview.

Many major Dutch media publish trivial items about Israel, as long as they are sufficiently negative. Both the abject belief of about 5 million Dutchmen and the media’s silence on the extreme hatred of Israel reflect aspects of what is radically wrong with Dutch society. However, I received some private reactions. Several were from whitewashers who said the findings were wrong. They ignored not only this German study, but also a 2003 Eurobarometer study which found that 59 percent of Europeans thought that Israel was the largest threat to world peace. The percentage in the Netherlands was the highest among EU countries at 74 percent.

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2,000 IDF reservists called up North in surprise drill

IDF launches surprise drill to test its ability to engage Hezbollah in Lebanon; exercise, that comes amid tensions with Hezbollah, ongoing instability in Syria, is the first one held in this large scale for several years.

idfreserve[Jerusalem Post] The US is reportedly considering the possibility of intervening in Syria following reports of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime. On Sunday, an Iranian official threatened that any intervention in Syria would result in attacks on Israel.

“Reality forces us to prepare these abilities,” the source said. “The reserves understand this,” he added. “The scenario involves Lebanon, but it could also be Syria,” he added.

Over the past 24 hours, the IDF’s Etgar (Challenge) Formation, a part of IDF Northern Command, began calling up the reserves without prior warning. After being called up, the reserves were told that their mission had changed, and that they had to deploy accordingly within 48 hours.

During the drill, soldiers from the infantry brigade will embark on a brigade-wide life-fire exercise.

“There’s a need for high alert, via a surprise drill. This is a part of our training system,” the source said.

The scenario at the heart of the drill involves a sudden escalation with Hezbollah, leading to ground maneuver inside Lebanon.

The exercise will last until Thursday.

Last week, a drone took from Lebanon and attempted to infiltrate Israeli air space near Haifa, before being shot down by an IAF F-16 fighter jet.

In February a tank battalion from the IDF’s 401st Armored Brigade completed an extensive war drill on the Golan Heights.

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Related: “Lebanese army ups presence on Israel border,” April 26

IDF Takes Out Senior Rocket Terrorist in Gaza

Funeral for terrorist killed in airstrike (archive)

Funeral for terrorist killed in airstrike (archive)

[Arutz Sheva] The IAF killed a senior terrorist in Gaza on Tuesday morning. The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, identified the target as Haitham Ziyad Ibrahim al-Mishal.

Mishal, 25, was behind an attack two weeks ago in which rockets were fired at the city of Eilat.

He was previously affiliated with the Salafim-Jahadim terrorist group, but in recent years had switched to working with a variety of terrorist groups, helping each with his knowledge of weapons. He focused on creating rockets and bombs to be used against the IDF and Israeli civilians.

One of the groups he worked with was Aknaf Beit el-Makdas, a Salafi Muslim terrorist group affiliated with the Global Jihad.

Shin Bet sources said Mishal was killed as a preventative measure due to his ongoing involvement in terrorism. They noted that Hamas had been aware of his activities, but neglected to take action to stop him.

O’Reilly And Krauthammer Blast Obama For Not Denouncing Radical Islam In Wake Of Boston Bombings


Bill O’Reilly opened his show tonight with a big question: why does President Obama refuse to call out radical Islam for being a major threat to the United States. He highlighted Obama asking people not to draw conclusions based on the motivations of the Boston bombing suspects, and, along with Charles Krauthammer, slammed the president for actively avoiding any mention of radical Islam in public. Krauthammer remarked that Obama’s language avoidance is “weird” and even “embarrassing.”

O’Reilly stated emphatically that Homeland Security committed a “massive screw-up” for not “flagging” Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev after reportedly questioning him in 2001, saying the fact that he raised concerns with Russian intelligence should have been enough to watch him.

O’Reilly then asked why Obama has not acknowledged that radical Islam poses such a serious threat to the United States. He declared that the Boston bombers were undeniably jihadists, and called the president “seriously wrong” for cautioning against a rush to judgment on the motivations of any “specific group of people.” O’Reilly acknowledged that most Muslims are good people, but they’re unwilling to stand up against the more radical elements.

Krauthammer found it remarkable that Obama is going to such “comical” and “embarrassing” lengths to avoid telling people the truth…

O’Reilly attacks media for downplaying Islam in the Boston bombings


“The O’Reilly Factor” host Bill O’Reilly on Thursday criticized those seeking to downplay the role of Islamic extremism in the Boston Marathon bombings.

“There is no question that many on the left are very disappointed the two suspects in the terror bombing are Muslim,” O’Reilly said. “And it is sad to say that many in the Muslim world will never believe the Tsarnaev brothers committed the atrocity.”

 

“Excusing Jihad In Boston,” by Robert Spencer

dzhokhar-tsarnaev-12Dzhokhar Tsarnaev woke up and told investigators that he and his brother Tamerlan were waging a lone jihad when they set off two bombs packed with nails and ball bearings at the Boston Marathon. He said his brother came up with the whole plot out of a desire to “defend Islam.” And as if on cue, the mainstream media began an all-out effort to obscure and downplay the significance of the now indisputable fact that this was a jihad terror attack…

But the more we lie to ourselves and each other about what this jihad is really all about, the more we enable people like Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. We cannot possibly defeat an enemy whom we refuse to understand, refuse to study, refuse to listen to because he explains why he is our enemy in terms that we can’t bear hearing. That’s why this media obfuscation is nothing short of criminal. And it will bear much more fruit of the kind it bore on the sunny day of the Boston Marathon.

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Sharia in action in Iran: 850,000 girls under age 10 are married

“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with ‘Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).” — Bukhari 7.62.88

[JihadWatch] Muslims take this seriously and imitate Muhammad in this. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine: “Marriage before puberty (nine full lunar years for girls) is prohibited. Marriage contracted before reaching puberty with the permission of the guardian is valid provided that the interests of the ward are duly observed.”

The Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight. Khomeini called marriage to a prepubescent girl “a divine blessing,” and advised the faithful: “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house.”

The Qur’an also allows for marriage to pre-pubescent girls, stipulating that Islamic divorce procedures “shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated” (65:4).

“Gender and Society In Iran – Part 1: The Debate Over Child Marriage, Including Child Brides Wed To Adult Men,” by Y. Mansharof and A. Savyon for MEMRI, April 24:

…Under Iranian law, girls may marry at 13 and boys at 15, and children under 10 may marry with the approval of their guardian and the court.[1]According to official statistics, about one million children, even under age 10, are married. The statistics also show that 85% of these one million married children are girls – meaning that most of them are married to grown men.[2]

Child Marriage Is Growing, And Poses Great Risk To Society – But It’s Permitted By Islamic Law

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Report: US asks Israel to hold back on response to drone

The Obama administration keeps acting inexplicably by funding Islamists (the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Syrian rebels) but restrains Israel, a liberal democracy and its closest ally in the Middle East.

drone[The Jerusalem Post] A Lebanese newspaper has claimed the US has asked Israel not to respond to the infiltration of its airspace by a Hezbollah drone earlier this week, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.

A Western diplomat told the newspaper An-Nahar that the Americans have called on Israel to exercise restraint, in part because they do not want to divert attention from the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, according to the report.

“The Israeli military command doesn’t treat drones launched from Lebanon lightly, since their goal may be not only taking pictures, but also an assassination of senior officials, military or political,” the paper quoted the official.

The craft was downed three days ago over the sea near Haifa. Hezbollah have denied that they are behind the drone.

IDF air defenses picked up the drone in the early afternoon on Thursday, and F-16 fighter aircraft and combat helicopters scrambled to intercept it.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s helicopter, which was carrying Netanyahu during a visit to the Druzim of the Western Galilee, was grounded as a precaution.

Lag Ba’omer to be celebrated for two days this year

Practically speaking, this means that bonfires will blaze from Saturday night until Monday, some even as early as Thursday night.

lagbaomer[The Jerusalem Post] Lag Ba’omer is one of the more dangerous holidays in the Jewish calendar. Children celebrating around the traditional bonfires lit by Jews across the country tend to get too close to the fire, and can get hurt by sparks, nails, scorpions and other animals or other dangers at bonfires around the country.

Smoke inhalation poses a risk to people of all ages.

Lag Ba’omer celebrations, which put on pause the semimourning period traditionally associated with the period between Passover and Shavuot to commemorate the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 pupils in the first century CE, mark the death and legacy of the great mystic Rabbi Shimon Bar- Yochai.

This year’s festivities will be riskier than usual: The holiday falls on Saturday night and Sunday, the rabbinate has postponed celebrations to Sunday night and Monday to prevent the Sabbath from being desecrated.

Tens of thousands of pilgrims are expected to flock to Meron near Safed in the North to celebrate around Bar-Yochai’s tomb, but Israelis will gather around bonfires across the country. The Fire and Rescue Services (dial 102 for emergencies) intends to deploy firetrucks to spots where they will be most needed — ultra- Orthodox communities in particular — to prevent the outbreak of uncontrolled flames.

Magen David Adom said it plans to be on its highest alert level (Level 3) during the holiday.

MDA advises the public to drink a lot of water, wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen — temperatures on the holiday are expected to be high. People with chronic illnesses who plan to travel should remember to bring enough medications.

Food should be stored in coolers, under hygienic conditions.

Spray cans or alcohol should never be thrown into fires. Drive carefully in the expected heavy traffic. Do not leave children unsupervised anywhere, including in locked vehicles – for even a moment.

MDA noted that every year, children climbing trees to (illegally) cut branches for bonfires sustain broken bones and other injuries.

Should a person’s clothing catch on fire, roll him on earth, cover him (but not his head) with a wet blanket or towel or douse him with water. Do not remove burnt clothing that has stuck to his skin. Instead, place sterile (or at least) wet compresses on the burnt skin and immediately dial 101. If a spark enters the eye, rinse it well with running water. Wear long-sleeved garments and high-top shoes.

As the smoke will probably be fierce this year, pregnant women and people who suffer from chronic diseases should stay indoors.

Most burns result from children stepping on burning branches and planks, says Beterem, the National Council for Child Safety and Health. Combustible material should be collected carefully and set up far from living trees, grass, bushes, utility lines and anything else that could ignite.

When bonfires are over, always douse the remains with water and stir the wet ashes well to prevent them from reigniting.

Always take a first-aid kit with you to a bonfire. Be careful when eating hot roasted potatoes and onions because they can cause serious burns in the mouth.

Jordan’s emboldened Islamist MPs challenge alliance with Israel

I warned you about the possible fall of Jordan to Islamists for the first time about a month ago here. This reality is becoming clearer and clearer as The Times of Israel reports “Jordan’s emboldened Islamist MPs challenge alliance with Israel” on April 25:

Increasingly “disobedient” Jordanian parliamentarians are challenging the Hashemite leadership’s firm relationship with Israel, in a not-so-subtle tug of war between King Abdullah and a disgruntled civil society.

Media and labor unions in the kingdom — Israel’s best ally in the Arab Middle East — already all formally boycott Israel. Now the political climate is becoming ever more hostile too.

The latest example stemmed from Israel’s 65th Independence Day celebrations.

Last week, Jordanian member of parliament Muhammad Asha Dawaimeh made the “mistake” of attending an independence event at the residence of President Shimon Peres.

When news of his presence broke, Dawaimeh, a member of the Islamic Center Party — a tiny political faction left of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Action Front — admitted to receiving and accepting a formal invitation to the event from Israel’s foreign Ministry.

He subsequently assured a Jordanian website that he was working with Palestinian legislators on an appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court to allow worshipers unlimited access to the Temple Mount. He said he opposed normalization with Israel. Indeed, he expressed support for “the liberation of Palestinian from the river to the sea.” But to no avail.

On Monday, his Islamist Center Party unanimously decided to bar Dawaimeh from its ranks. ”After reviewing the news … of MP Muhammad Asha’s visit to the Zionist entity, his attendance at the so-called independence day [celebrations] and his handshake with the criminal Peres whose hands are soiled with Palestinian blood, the Islamic Center Party has met … and unanimously decided to dismiss him. These actions contradict the principles and values of the party, which rejects all forms of normalization with the Zionist entity.”

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This year-old video of a teary-eyed homeless man is going viral – Good luck not getting emotional watching it

[The Blaze] A moving video posted on YouTube nearly a year ago is starting to get viral play now as the social news site Reddit is seeking out the homeless man it features, giving an honest account of what it feels like to be on the streets, looking for a job and to be called a bum.

Ronald Davis of Chicago says in the video that he has been homeless for about a year and a half. The video was posted in July, so he has been homeless for at least two years now. He doesn’t say why.

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…In an update, wookie_balls wrote that a fellow Redditor going by EuroDucky found Davis and “delivered a care package of goodies.” As far as wookie_balls — who seems to live somewhere other than Chicago — knows, there has not been a job opportunity for Davis yet.

Read more of Reddit’s search here.

Video Captures Moment Police Saves Man Who Leaps Toward an Oncoming Train

metro-suicide-thwarted_3Whether it be accidents or suicides, people ending up on train or subway tracks too often ends in tragedy. A situation that could have had a similar outcome was prevented in Columbia when a police officer saved the person attempting to jump on the tracks just in time.

A surveillance video posted to YouTube shows what is said to be an attempted suicide at a Medellin Metro station. A man is seen walking toward and away from the tracks looking for the oncoming train. Soon, a security guard or police officer comes into the camera’s view. Then, right as the train is pulling into the station, the man makes a leap toward the tracks, but the officer yanks him backward.

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MSNBC’s Martin Bashir: Boston jihad bombers bury the “peace, compassion and kindness of the Koran”

This is what the American people are getting fed. “Bashir: Suspected Boston Bombers Hurt ‘Peace-Loving Religion’ Of Islam,” from Real Clear Politics, April 22:

MSNBC’s Martin Bashir explains how suspected Boston Marathon bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers, are the just the latest to use terror in the name of Islam – burying the “peace, compassion and kindness of the Koran.”

Here’s a small sampling of that peace, compassion and kindness:

“And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter…” — 2:191

“They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them…” — 4:89

“Many are the Jinns and men we have made for Hell: They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle – nay more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning).” — 7:179

“Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies…” — 8:60

“Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” — 9:5

“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” — 9:29

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Libya: Islamic jihadists target French embassy with car bomb

APTOPIX Mideast LibyaFor daring to fight back against jihadists in Mali. “Car bomb targets French Embassy in Libya,” by Esam Mohamed for the Associated Press, April 23:

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A car bomb targeted the French Embassy in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, wounding two French guards and a Libyan teenager in an attack that President Francois Hollande denounced as an assault not only on France but all countries engaged in the fight against terrorism.

Two years after the country’s civil war, Libya is struggling to maintain security, build a unified army and reining in militias, which include rebels who fought to oust the country’s longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

It was the first such assault on an embassy in the Libyan capital. On Sept. 11, four Americans – including the U.S. Ambassador in Libya Chris Stevens – were killed when militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission on the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

Terrorists with al-Qaida’s North Africa branch, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, are believed to have played a key role in the Benghazi attack. But no group has claimed responsibility for the attack on the French Embassy in Tripoli.

Last week, AQIM, threatened to seek revenge against all countries taking part in the French-led war in Mali, warning that no one who “participated in this ferocious attack” will be safe. It called on “all Muslims to target France and its interests and subjects inside and outside France until it withdraws the last soldier from the land of the Muslims and lifts its support of rulers of the region.” That threat came as part of a question and answer session on AQIM’s new Twitter account….

Canada to announce arrests after thwarting ‘major terrorist attack’ – CBC

(Reuters) – Canadian police and intelligence agencies will announce multiple arrests on Monday after an operation to thwart a “major terrorist attack,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported, citing unidentified “highly placed” sources.

The operation was coordinated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, CBC said.

Canada’s national police agency was expected to hold a news conference later on Monday to give details of the alleged plot.

Law enforcement officials said the suspects have no connection to the two brothers accused of bombings at the Boston Marathon last week, CBC said.