A very pro-Israel US congressman speaks to Arutz Sheva

Arutz Sheva — Gohmert notes that the biblical prophecies from thousands of years ago are coming true.

Whether one believes in G-d or not, he said, the history recounted in the Torah teaches us that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people.

Commenting on the situation in the Palestinian Authority, Gohmert said that while the PA continually incites hatred against the state of Israel and Jewish people, it refuses to take concrete steps to better the lives of its own people.

Regarding discussions of a possible prisoner release, Gohmert said, “You don’t release killers as an act of peace. They will likely kill again.”

“That is not helpful to peace,” he told Arutz Sheva.

Israel should not be considering releasing prisoners, but should start by urging the PLO to change its textbooks to stop teaching hatred of Jews and to stop naming streets and cities after terrorists who kill Israelis, he said.

Gohmert added that he had been pushing for over a year for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to come to speak to the United States Congress because he wanted the world to see that while the leader of Israel may “get snubbed” by the administration and State Department, Congress stands unanimously in support of the Jewish state.

Echoing the words of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in his address before Congress, Gohmert noted the truth in the words: “If Israel lays down its weapons, there will be no Israel. If the Palestinians lay down their weapons there will be peace.” He further stated his opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Samantha Power for the post of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Powers “disregard and disdain” for the state if Israel has been made extremely clear, he said.

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Catholic priest beheaded in Syria by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels as men and children take pictures and cheer

These are the people Obama wants to give weapons to.

The Blaze — Syrian Catholic priest Francois Murad killed last weekend by jihadi fighters was beheaded, according to a report by Catholic Online which is linking to video purportedly showing the brutal murder.

As TheBlaze reported last week, Murad, 49, was setting up a monastery in Gassanieh, northern Syria. Last Sunday, on the Christian leader’s Sabbath, extremist militants trying to topple President Bashar Assad breached the monastery and grabbed Murad.

While earlier reports suggested Murad may have been shot to death, Catholic Online reported Saturday: “The Vatican is confirming the death by beheading of Franciscan Father, Francois Murad, who was martyred by Syrian jihadists on June 23.”

Syrian Catholic priest Francois Murad

Syrian Catholic priest Francois Murad

The Catholic news service quotes local sources who report that the radical Al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, or Al-Nusra Front, was behind the savage killing.

In video posted by Live Leak purporting to show the execution, dozens of men and boys are seen cheering on as three men are seated on the ground awaiting their grisly fate.

The men are methodically beheaded one at a time by men holding what appears to be a simple kitchen knife after which the heads are placed on top of the bodies.

According to Catholic Online, the first victim was Murad.

A frenzy ensues, with dozens drawing out their smartphones to capture the bloody scene, as a chorus of Allahu Akbar (“Allah is the greatest”) are sung with jihadi rapture. Several observers are seen moving within inches of the bodies in an effort to capture close-up photos.

Men are poised with cameras waiting to capture photos of beheading scene in Syria, as frenzied shouts of Allahu Akbar are heard

Men are poised with cameras waiting to capture photos of beheading scene in Syria, as frenzied shouts of Allahu Akbar are heard

Obama’s Deteriorating Relationship with Israel

My article titled “Obama’s Deteriorating Relationship with Israel,” was published today on Arutz Sheva, here is an extract:

…We have seen a preview of that agenda early on in his second term when he chose to fill three key positions with John Kerry for Secretary of State, Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, and John Brennan as the new CIA director. These individuals have dubious or hostile views of Israel.

For example, in October of 2000 Hagel was one of only four Senators who refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel. He has also made very odd statements including “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here.” Furthermore, Hagel is against unilateral sanctions of Iran and single-handedly killed an Iran sanctions bill in 2008.

John Brennan refers to Jerusalem as “Al-Quds,” the Islamic name for the city in an attempt to distance Jerusalem from its Jewish roots. Another troublesome aspect of Brennan is that he has openly said: “nor do we describe our enemy as jihadists, or Islamists, because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam.”

Last month John Kerry blamed Israel’s ‘prosperity’ for the lack of progress in the peace process with Palestinians. He also compared the families of pro-Palestinian Turkish ‘activists’ killed by the IDF in the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident with the families of the innocent victims killed in the Boston marathon bombings.

Moreover, recently Obama appointed Samantha Power as his ambassador to the UN, who in 2002 called for a U.S. invasion of Israel to stop the (alleged) ‘genocide’ of Palestinians.

While Obama’s second term team foreshadows trouble for Israel, the actions of his administration raise further concern. In March, Mr. Obama went to Israel for the first time as U.S. President with two immediate results following the visit…

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Obama’s Proxy War on Mideast Christians

Even if Obama really were Muslim, what more could he possibly do to empower Islam?

United States of Islam?With the recent decision to arm the opposition fighting Syrian President Assad, the United States has effectively declared a proxy war on Syria’s indigenous Christians — a proxy war that was earlier waged on Christians in other Mideast nations, resulting in the abuse, death, and/or mass exodus of Christians.

Ironically (if not absurdly) this proxy war on Christians is being presented to the American people as a war to safeguard the “human rights” and “freedoms” of the Syrian people.  Left unsaid by the Obama administration is the egregiously inhuman behavior these jihadis visit upon moderate Syrians in general and Christians in particular, from bombed churches to kidnapped (and often beheaded) Christians.  Days ago they massacred an entire Christian village.

Nor can one argue that the Obama administration is unaware that Christian persecution is an ironclad aspect of empowering jihadis.  Both past precedents and current events repeatedly demonstrate this.

In Libya, the administration armed/supported the “freedom fighters” fighting Gaddafi, even though it was common knowledge that many of them were connected to al-Qaeda.  Again, the rationale was “our responsibilities to our fellow human beings,” as Obama declared in April 2011, and how not assisting them “would have been a betrayal of who we are.”

Soon after their empowerment, some of our U.S.-supported “fellow human beings” decided to rub America’s face in it by attacking the U.S. consulate — on the anniversary of September 11, no less — resulting in the murders and possible rape of American diplomats, even as Obama tried to attribute the attack to American freedom of speech (a la a YouTube flick).

Lesser known, however, is that Libya’s small Christian minority is being targeted.  Among other things, the very few churches there are under attack; nuns that have been serving the sick and needy since 1921 have been harassed and forced to flee; foreign Christians possessing Bibles have been arrested and tortured (one recently died from his torture).

In Egypt, Obama and Hillary joined the bandwagon to eject Hosni Mubarak, America’s most stable and secular ally for thirty years. Then the administration cozied up to the Muslim Brotherhood — an Islamist organization that until recently was banned in Egypt and no U.S. president would have been involved with.   Among other “achievements,” the Brotherhood produced Sayyid Qutb, who is idolized by al-Qaeda as the chief theoretician of modern jihad.

As expected, since the Brotherhood came to power, the persecution of Copts has practically been legalized, as unprecedented numbers of Christians — men, women, and children — have been arrested, often receiving more than double the maximum prison sentence, under the accusation that they “blasphemed” Islam and/or its prophet.  It was also under Brotherhood rule that another unprecedented scandal occurred: the St. Mark Cathedral — holiest site of Coptic Christianity and home of the pope himself — was besieged in broad daylight by Islamic rioters.  When security came, they too joined in the attack on the cathedral.  And the targeting of Christian children — for abduction, ransom, rape, and/or forced conversion — has also reached unprecedented levels under Morsi.

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Robert Spencer and Michael Coren discuss being banned in Britain

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Spencer: Last night on my regular weekly appearance on his Sun TV show, Michael Coren and I discussed the British capitulation to Left-fascism and Islamic supremacism in banning Pamela Geller and me from entering the country.

Sign the petition asking that we be allowed into the country here.

“In a striking blow against freedom, the British government has banned us from entering the country. Muhammad al-Arifi, who has advocated Jew-hatred, wife-beating, and jihad violence, entered the U.K. recently with no difficulty. In not allowing us into the country solely because of our true and accurate statements about Islam, the British government is behaving like a de facto Islamic state. The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead.”

Iran is now arresting dogs and putting them in doggy jail

Iranian authorities are confiscating pet dogs and placing them in a dog jail, according to media reports.

The Middle East news site Al-Monitor reports that thirty dogs have died of starvation or thirst in one Iranian “dog jail” outside Tehran.

Iranian authorities this spring warned dog owners not to walk their dogs in public or take them in their cars lest they risk arrest of their canine pets.

An Iranian woman plays with a dog as she brings food donations to the first animal shelter in Iran. The non-government charity relies on private donations and volunteers to provide shelter to injured and homeless dogs in Iran.

An Iranian woman plays with a dog as she brings food donations to the first animal shelter in Iran. The non-government charity relies on private donations and volunteers to provide shelter to injured and homeless dogs in Iran.

Deputy Commander of the Iranian Police Ahmad-Reza Radan said, “As summer approaches, we will make an effort to stop people from bringing out their dogs in their cars or parading them on the streets to show off. We won’t have any of that.”

In April, Radan was quoted by the Fars news agency saying that police would “confront those who walk their dogs in the streets. Cars carrying dogs will also be impounded.”

Iranian-American journalist Mehrnaz Samimi writes in Al-Monitor what she is hearing from friends and relatives in Iran about the plight of pets and their owners [emphasis added]:

My cousin who lives in Tehran owns a small fluffy white dog that was taken away from her as she walked it. The dogs are literally “arrested” and taken to jail. Some are freed through posting bail, others that remain unaccounted for are taken to dog prisons; one of the better known ones is in Kahrizak. Imprisoned dogs are kept in extremely poor conditions, usually among garbage, and often times without adequate food and water.

iran-dogs-getty-1Iranian authorities have over the years launched crackdowns on dog-ownership, but according to AFP, dogs were usually returned after owners paid a fine and signed a pledge “to observe the moral code.” That no longer appears to be the case.

“Owners are being told that their dogs will be killed, and no paper (confirming the confiscation) is given to them,” a Tehran pet hospital chief, Payam Mohebi, was quoted as saying by the Bahar daily, according to AFP.

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Senior Obama administration officials met with radical Muslim preacher at White House

Screen-Shot-2013-06-25-at-5.51.19-PM-e1372197201563Daily Caller — An Islamic scholar who serves as vice president of an organization that supports the terrorist group Hamas and whose president sanctioned the killing of American soldiers in Iraq met with senior Obama administration officials at the White House earlier this month.

In a posting on his website, brought to The Daily Caller’s attention by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah revealed that he met at the White House on June 13 with Gayle Smith, senior director of the National Security Council, and Rashad Hussain, President Obama’s special envoy Organization of the Islamic Conference, among other officials.

The posting also initially stated that the “national security adviser” was at the meeting, without naming him directly, though that part of the post was removed shortly after TheDC contacted the White House to see if  National Security Adviser Tom Donilon was in fact at the meeting. According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Arabic version of the post was also changed to say that the deputy national security adviser attended, not the national security adviser.

Among the topics the post says Bin Bayyah addressed at the meeting was how to “lift the injustices from vulnerable peoples such as the Syrian people, the Palestinians, and the Muslims in Myanmar” and for the U.S. to do more to aid the Syrian revolution.

According to Bin Bayyah’s website’s account of the meeting, it was the White House who asked for an audience with him.

A senior Obama administration official confirmed to TheDC that the meeting took place…

Bin Bayyah, who was ranked in one survey as the 30th most influential Muslim in the world in 2009, is a Islamic scholar from Mauritania currently teaching at King Abdul Aziz University in Saudi Arabia.

He is also a vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), an organization founded and led by  Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a radical Muslim preacher banned from entering the U.S. since 1999 who has praised the Holocaust, publicly prayed that Allah would allow Muslims to commit the next Holocaust of  the Jews and legitimized the killing of American soldiers in Iraq.

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Syrian rebel commander: “Islam must be the single source of authority of the state”

By sending lethal weapons to these “rebels,” Obama is aiding in the creation of yet another Sharia state that will be unremittingly hostile to the U.S. “Syrian Rebel Commander Ahmad ‘Issa: Iran Will Always Be Our No. 1 Enemy, Syrian People Will Decide about Israel,” from MEMRI, June 12:

Interviewer: What is your position with regard to democracy?

Ahmad ‘Issa: We are talking about a state of justice and truth. We want the people to be ruled by an infallible law – the law of Allah. We do not want people to be ruled by man-made laws….

Tel Aviv celebrates white night

Tel Aviv celebrates its ninth annual White Nights in grand style with live music, cultural events and huge parties.

It may have been a decade since Tel Aviv was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but that hasn’t stopped the city from celebrating. Since the declaration, which recognized 4,000 buildings created in the Bauhaus and International architectural styles, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality has celebrated every year in the best way it knows how – with a huge party. The annual White Night celebrations are an ode to the “non-stop city” that is Tel Aviv.

As part of this year’s events, held on Thursday night, June 27, commercial establishments, cultural hubs, art centers and clubs throughout the city will stay open late, and outdoor performances will be held until the wee hours. As always, the events are open to the public and are free or cost a nominal fee.

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Here are some of the highlights of the night-long festivities. .

The Hatikva market will be kicking off White Night with a party full of music and street theater. The market will come alive with dancers performing among the stalls, and the entire area will be filled with human statues and street performers. The stalls, shops and restaurants in the area will be open until later than usual. Events begin at 5:30 p.m.

From 9 p.m. on, Summit Park in Old Jaffa will host an indie rock festival with performers such as Electra, Geva Alon, The Angelcy, Brigitte from France and Reines Girls.

As with every year, Rothschild Boulevard will host a huge street party throughout the evening, complete with live music, dance workshops and street performances.

In the main plaza outside the Habima Theater, ballroom dance lovers can enjoy dancing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with the band Nostalgia and soloist Yossi Darom. Everyone is welcome to tango, waltz, samba, cha cha and rumba, as well as many other types of dances.

There will also be a Bollywood Dance Workshop at Gordon Beach.

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Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah conspired in Morsi’s jailbreak

Mideast-Egypt_HoroCAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday said Muslim Brotherhood members conspired with Hamas, Hezbollah and local militants to storm a prison in 2011 and free 34 Brotherhood leaders, including the future President Mohammed Morsi.

The court statement read by judge Khaled Mahgoub named two members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood — Ibrahim Haggag and Sayed Ayad — to be among the alleged conspirators in the attack on Wadi el-Natroun prison on Jan. 29, 2011.

It is the first statement by a court that holds members of the three Islamist groups — the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestinian Hamas, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah — responsible for a series of jailbreaks during the chaos of Egypt’s 2011 uprising. Two other prisons in which Hamas and Hezbollah members were held were also attacked.

Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders have maintained that they were freed by local residents. Hamas, the Palestinian chapter of the Brotherhood, has denied involvement in the attacks on prisons.

The court statement is likely to further fuel opposition to Morsi’s rule just a week before his opponents are scheduled to stage massive protests to force him out of office. The planned June 30 demonstrations mark his first anniversary in office as Egypt’s first freely elected leader.

The past year has seen growing polarization as Egypt struggles with a host of problems that many accuse Morsi of failing to effectively tackle. They include surging crime, rising prices, power cuts, fuel shortages and unemployment.

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Canadian Foreign Minister: ‘Israel has no greater friend than Canada’

That is actually true.

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Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, who is in Jerusalem attending the 2013 Presidential Conference, spoke to Arutz Sheva regarding the strong ties that exist between the two countries.

Barid called the conference an “exciting opportunity to strengthen [the] relationship” between Israel and Canada.

“Israel has no greater friend in the world than Canada,” Baird told Arutz Sheva.

Related articles:

Chutzpah on steroids! “Canadian PM Personally Intervened to Stop PA Statehood Bid at UN,” Nov 28, 2012.

“Canadian Foreign Minister does something John Kerry won’t even do,” April 12, 2013.

Gallup: Americans’ Confidence in Newspapers Continues to Erode

This is one of the reasons I created WorldMediaMonitoring.com, by Gallup:

pzp1fdlpwemw1sepyolrdwThe percentage of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers has been generally trending downward since 1979, when it reached a high of 51%. Newspapers rank near the bottom on a list of 16 societal institutions Gallup measured in a June 1-4 survey. Television news is tied with newspapers on the list, with 23% of Americans also expressing confidence in it. That is up slightly from the all-time low of 21% found last year. The only institutions television news and newspapers beat out this year are big business, organized labor, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), and Congress.

Tel Aviv named one of world’s best beach cities

National Geographic places TA at number 9 in list of Top 10 Beach Cities; Barcelona, Cape Town, Honolulu take top 3 spots.

23The Jerusalem Post — Confirming something that its residents have known for years, Tel Aviv has been voted as one of the best beach cities in the world. Joining the likes of Miami and Rio de Janeiro, National Geographic has included Tel Aviv in its list of the “Top 10 Beach Cities.”

“Tel Aviv is the Dionysian counterpart to religious Jerusalem,” according to the list featured in the popular magazine, which is celebrating 125 years. “In the ‘bubble,’ as it’s known for its inhabitants’ tendency to tune out regional skirmishes, some restaurants, discos, and clubs are open until dawn,” the description continued.

According to National Geographic: “By day, the scene shifts to the city’s promenade and eight miles (13 kilometers) of beach literally steps from town.”

Of all of Tel Aviv’s beaches, only Gordon beach was mentioned by name. “Head to wide and sandy Gordon Beach to sit in a seaside café or take a dip in the saltwater pool,” recommends National Geographic.

Barcelona in Spain was voted as the number one in the list, followed by Cape Town in South Africa, with Honolulu in Hawaii taking third place.

Tel Aviv and its beaches have been included in a number of similar lists recently. In 2012 Lonely Planet ranked Tel Aviv as one of the world’s most vibrant cities for nightlife and among the best hedonistic city breaks.

Also last year, LGBT travel website Gaycities.com included the city’s Hilton Beach in its annual list of the 10 best gay beaches in the world.

IRS Employees Disproportionately Donate to Obama

Is anyone surprised? Hopefully no one after last month’s news “IRS admits to targeting conservative groups during 2012 election, apologizes.”

“IRS Employees Disproportionately Donate to Obama,” from National Review on May 15:

President Barack Obama received more than twice as much in campaign donations from IRS employees in 2012 as did his opponent, Mitt Romney, records show.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which maintains an online database of political contributions, individuals listing their employer as “IRS” or “Internal Revenue Service” donated a total of $48,827 to Obama in 2012 and gave just $20,361 to Romney. That disparity is mild compared with that of 2008, when IRS employees donated $59,959 to Obama, and just $1,950 to his challenger John McCain.

Slightly over 100 IRS employees donated to Obama in 2012, while only 25 contributed to Romney, according to the database, and most contributed less than $1,000. At least one of the IRS employees who donated to Obama in 2012 — Kim Kitchens — appears to have worked in the agency’s Exempt Organizations Rulings and Agreements office in Cincinnati, Ohio, as of October 2012, according to IRS documents.

Obama’s Myriad of Scandals

My article, “Obama’s Myriad of Scandals” was published in Arutz Sheva today. Here is a sample of it:

How many scandals can a country take?

…It began with the sensational Benghazi hearing in early May, where previously muzzled whistleblowers testified on the administration’s mistakes before, during and after the terror attack. A couple of days later ABC released a report which revealed that the talking points Amb. Susan Rice used on five Sunday TV shows on the weekend after the 9/11/12 Benghazi terror attack were changed 12 times, removing all references to Al-Qaeda and Islamic jihad.

On the same day as ABC released the report, the IRS admitted, and apologized that it had targeted conservative groups for additional reviews. Groups were singled out based on keywords such as “patriot” and “tea party.” This would be the start of a still growing scandal, with the IRS’ director of Exempt Organizations (the office that targeted conservatives) Lois Lerner was put on paid leave; yes paid leave. That occurred after Lois Lerner stated in front of the House Oversight Committee that she had “not done anything wrong,” and then invoked her Fifth Amendment right to silence, thus refusing to answer any questions from the committee.

Moreover, the head of the IRS Douglas Shulman was reportedly fired, but it turned out he was due to resign a couple of weeks after his termination anyway.

Obama claimed that he found out about the IRS scandal from the news. That is highly doubtful considering Mr. Shulman had visited the White House 157 times during Obama’s first term, far more than any cabinet member.

The scandals did not end there…

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Stakelbeck devotes show to ‘agricultural jihad’ in Israel

The always articulate and well-informed terrorism-expert Stakelbeck devoted his CBN show to investigate the “agricultural jihad” that local Arabs are waging against Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria (incorrectly referred to as the West Bank by the international community).

The brilliant CBN broadcaster interviewed Israeli leaders in Judea and described how rockets and bombs are not the only way that Arabs are trying to erase Israel from the map.

Hot mic catches Egyptian politician discussing ‘war’ with ‘enemies’ Israel and America

Egypt’s Magdi Ahmad Hussein, chairman of the Islamic Labor Party, didn’t know the meeting was on live TV

Egypt’s Magdi Ahmad Hussein, chairman of the Islamic Labor Party, didn’t know the meeting was on live TV

The Blaze — Just last month, Secretary of State John Kerry quietly sent Egypt an additional $1.3 billion, even though Egypt has failed to live up to democracy standards. That largesse didn’t stop a prominent Egyptian politician from talking about Egypt’s “enemy” the United States in what some pundits are classifying as a classic and embarrassing “hot mic” moment.

President Mohammed Morsi gathered a group of politicians last week who thought they were speaking privately at a parliamentary meeting. But as seen in an Egyptian television video of the meeting — excerpts of which were later translated by the Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI) — they were actually on live television, cringingly discussing secret ways to stop Ethiopia’s Nile River dam project which threatens water flowing to Egypt.

The participants learned they were on live TV only after Magdi Ahmad Hussein, chairman of the Islamic Labor Party, suggested that all present vow not to leak any information to the media. Before being told he was on television, Hussein described the U.S. as an enemy [emphasis added]:

I’m very fond of battles. With the enemies, of course – with America and Israel, but this battle must be waged with maximum judiciousness and calm. Even though this is a secret meeting, we must all take an oath not to leak anything to the media, unless it is done officially by sister Pakinam [el-Sharkawy, a Morsi aide]. We need an official plan for popular national security, even if we…

President Morsi says out for the benefit of all in the room, “This meeting is being aired live on TV,” a comment which prompts laughter all around.

Here is video of the hot mic moment, courtesy of MEMRI:

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