This is one of the best, and crucial weekly segments in all of TV news.
This is one of the best, and crucial weekly segments in all of TV news.
This is one of the best, and crucial weekly segments in all of TV news.
They’re both the same length. “BBC alters title, avoids use of ‘anti-Semitism’ noting the word length, critics ask about ‘Islamophobia,’” from Global Dispatch, June 12:
The BBC recently reported the story of the Labor Lord who was suspended for claiming that Jews were responsible for his imprisonment after driving offenses.
Apparently the BBC chose not to use “anti-Semitism” and then claimed the decision was not about changing the tone of the story, but about length.
Instead of using “anti-Semitism”, the Beeb opted for “Jewish claims”, making the story seem like there were claims by Jewish people leading to Lord Ahmed’s suspension.
BBC: Thanks for your email and please accept our apologies for the delay in replying. We try and stick as closely as possible to the words used, so, in this case we used ‘Jewish claims’ in the short space available for headlines to summarise his comments.
READER: Thanks for your reply, but with all due respect that is utter nonsense. ‘Jewish claims’ 13 characters. ‘Antisemitism’ 12 characters. Plus one look at the space available in the headline within the URL will tell you that there is/was PLENTY of space to report factually.
The article offered another challenge for the BBC:
Even more oddly, Islamophobia is also 12 characters yet the BBC has no trouble fitting it into every conceivable manner of headline including, “Islamophobia ‘explosion’ in UK”, “‘Islamophobia’ rises after 11 September”, “UK press ‘fuels Islamophobia”, “Islamophobia ‘just getting worse’”, “Terror jury Islamophobia warning” and finally “Islamophobia since Islam began”.
The word magicians at the BBC appear to have contrived ways to fit Islamophobia’s 12 character bulk into a headline, but can’t figure out how to get anti-Semitism in there.
The Jerusalem Post — In a first, Formula 1’s internationally renowned race cars and drivers will traverse the capital’s streets Thursday through Friday, accompanied by models designed by the nation’s leading race car engineers.
The event, part of Formula 1’s “Peace Road Show,” will feature world-class cars and drivers representing Ferrari, Mercedes and Audi – as well as models constructed by Ben-Gurion University’s student race car team, “Ben- Gurion Racing.”
“Jerusalem joins other leading cities in the world which hold motorsports events attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators who contribute greatly to the city’s economy, tourism and world image,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, a former race car driver, upon announcing the venture in April.
“The planned track is beautiful and attractive, combining the Old City walls and Jerusalem’s unique landscape with one of the most popular sports in the world,” he added.
The Peace Road Show will also feature “Ferrari Challenge” cars that will participate in demo drives, drift cars with powerful V8 engines, and Grand Prix motorcycles. Chris Pfeiffer of Germany, one of the world’s most renowned stunt riders, will showcase a highspeed, daredevil performance.
Additionally, Ben-Gurion University’s student race car team, “Ben-Gurion Racing” – the country’s only team to enter the prestigious Formula SAE university competition in Italy – will showcase its latest models, featuring a student driver.
“We are making history,” said Barkat at a Saturday press conference. “This is a massive production, the likes of which Israel has never seen. I invite all Israelis to come and enjoy an extraordinary experience – an example of the city continuously improving sports and culture events.”
The Peace Road Show is open and free to the public, although tickets to a specially built grandstand will be available for a small fee.
Israel’s first Ethiopian-born beauty queen Yityish Titi Aynaw made an emotional return trip this week to her native homeland, to accompany extended members of her family on their aliyah journey to Israel.
Aynaw, 21, from Netanya, was chosen Miss Israel 2013 in February. She had left Ethiopia with members of her immediate family at age 10.
“Coming back is very emotional. I grew up here but left behind my loved ones. It’s very hard,” she said to a TV crew from Channel 2, which accompanied her on the trip.
Once in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian passersby greeted the beauty queen with calls of “congratulations, Miss Israel.” At the market, onlookers commended her for meeting US President Barack Obama in March and told her she put Ethiopia on the map.
She responded graciously in Amharic, aware that she was standing out with her pink dress and high heels.
“Since I arrived in Israel over 10 years ago, I didn’t speak about the country I came from. It’s like I forgot everything,” Aynaw said, looking around for places and things that would jolt her memory.
She traveled to the house she grew up in, with mixed feelings; curious to see it but filled with emotion over her mother’s passing in that very home.
“I didn’t completely deal with my mother’s death. I didn’t talk about it. I was afraid to say the word mom. I was afraid people would feel sorry for me and it’s not something I wanted,” she said.
On a trip to Gondar to visit her mother’s resting place, as well as the Jewish Agency’s transit camp, Aynaw finally broke down.
The graveyard, she said, is filled with people whose only wish was to go live in Israel.
JihadWatch — The concept of “Islamophobia” is a tool designed to intimidate people into thinking there is something wrong with resisting jihad and Islamic supremacism. In order to deflect attention away from jihad activity and try to portray Muslims as victims, so as to shame non-Muslims into not investigating or even being suspicious of further jihad activity, Islamic supremacist groups have resorted to making it up. Hamas-linked CAIR and other Muslims have not hesitated to fabricate “hate crimes.” CAIR and other groups like it want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them for political points and as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.
Fiyaz Mughal probably thought it was a win-win situation. He was able to further the spurious idea that Muslims are victims who warrant special privileges, and he was able to pad his report enough to keep his highly lucrative government checks coming. But now Britain has shown that there is hope for it yet.
“Muslim hate monitor to lose backing,” by Andrew Gilligan in the Telegraph, June 9:
A controversial project claiming to measure anti-Muslim attacks will not have its government grant renewed after police and civil servants raised concerns about its methods.
The project, called Tell Mama, claimed that there had been a “sustained wave of attacks and intimidation” against British Muslims after the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby, with 193 “Islamophobic incidents” reported to it, rising to 212 by last weekend.
Claire Lopez is phenomenal. I highly recommend taking the time to hear what she has to say. She knows every documented plan, project, and idea the Muslim Brotherhood has in the works. So far they are running on time in the United States. She’ll give you the places to look for what they have written themselves.
The most infamous, of course, is the copy of The Project that the authorities found in a raid on a house in Switzerland in 2002. Given who we’re dealing with, the only reason we were able to get that manual is because they wanted us to have it.
And she makes the important point that there is indeed a job for all of us to do in fighting back, and that is to spread the information.
JihadWatch — A Shafi’i manual of Islamic law that was certified in 1991 stipulates that “the caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians…until they become Muslim or pay the non-Muslim poll tax.”
Of course, there is no caliph today and has not been since 1924, and this is why there is no offensive jihad today — only the caliph is authorized to declare offensive jihad. That’s why jihadis today always couch their jihads as defensive, as response to various alleged atrocities by non-Muslims — because defensive jihad requires no declaration from a caliph, and becomes “obligatory for everyone” (‘Umdat al-Salik, o9.3) if a Muslim land is attacked. The end of the defensive jihad, however, is not peaceful coexistence with non-Muslims as equals: ‘Umdat al-Salik specifies that the warfare against non-Muslims must continue until “the final descent of Jesus.” After that, “nothing but Islam will be accepted from them, for taking the poll tax is only effective until Jesus’ descent” (o9.8). Thus the biggest mistake non-Muslim authorities can make, when they see the list of Muslim grievances justifying their defensive jihad, is to think that all will be well and peace will come if they satisfy all the grievances. There will be no peace; there will just be more grievances.
“PA Arabs Fete ‘New Mahdi,’ Establishment of Calpihate,” by David Lev for Israel National News, June 5:
Thousands of PA Arabs participated in a mass rally in Ramallah earlier this week calling for the establishment of the Muslim Caliphate – the worldwide Islamist government that will “bring the coming of the Mahdi.” the Muslim messiah.
The Caliphate is essentially a union of Muslim countries under the spiritual and political leadership of a single individual, the Caliph. It has been an Islamic concept since the days of Muhammad, when it was established by several of his disciples. The office of “official Caliph” has been disputed at times, with rival would-be Caliphs battling each other for the title.
The last official Caliph was Abdülmecid II, who lost the office in the aftermath of the defeat of Ottoman Turkey in World War I. The best-known Caliph in the West was Suleiman the Great, an early Ottoman sultan who, in the 16th century, conquered most of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, even conquering parts of Europe, until he was stopped at “the Gates of Vienna.”
…Speakers at the rally said that Abu Rashta, as Mahdi, would unify Muslims and establish Sharia law in countries around the world. In addition, the speakers called for unity among all Muslims in order to ensure “victory in Syria,” the “liberation of Palestine from the hated Jews,” and the “freeing of mankind from the chains of capitalism.”
Samantha Power has been a notorious critic of Israel for years and that, naturally, makes her well-qualified under President Obama’s criteria to serve in such a crucial post. She will be welcomed with open arms at the United Nations.
We at American Thinker have been warning about her influence with Barack Obama since 2008 (see Samantha Power and Obama’s Foreign Policy Team).
But her bit of nastiness seems to be tinged with a bit of anti-Semitism as well.
….And she later complained about Israel’s treatment of Lebanon when that nation was forced to defend itself against attacks from terror groups based there:
“Israeli forces refused to comply with the spirit of international demands to withdraw and the major powers on the Security Council were not prepared to deal with the gnarly issues that had sparked the Israelis invasion in the first place: dispossessed Palestinians and Israeli insecurity.”
Furthermore she wrote in her most recent book (Chasing the Flame: One Man’s Fight to Save the World — basically a hagiography of a UN employee and a glorification of the United Nations):
“Israel had thumbed its nose at the Security Council resolutions that demanded that Israel stay out of Lebanon, and in the course of invading a neighbor, its forces had trampled on the UN peacekeepers in its way.”
She even went so far as to call Israelis “bastards.”
She even promoted Palestinian propaganda that a massacre was committed in Jenin-even telling off a New York Times reporter (!) who did not agree with her view.
I promised you this information following the video interview, “Obama advisor calls for the invasion of Israel.”
Obama has supported protestors who want Sharia law in: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and refuses to support pro-democracy protests in Iran in 2009, anti-Muslim Brotherhood protests in Egypt, and now in Turkey. The common thread in the last three is that they were protesting against pro-Sharia laws. Listen and learn:
The Times of Israel reports today:
US Secretary of State John Kerry quietly approved sending $1.3 billion in arms to Egypt in May, waiving the requirements of a US law meant to promote democratic development in the post-revolutionary country.
Pursuant to the law, for the $1.3 billion to flow, the secretary of state must certify that the Egyptian government “is supporting the transition to civilian government, including holding free and fair elections, implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association and religion, and due process of law.” The law also requires that Egypt honor its peace treaty with Israel.
Really? Let’s recap who the Muslim Brotherhood really is:
Egyptian President Morsi joins preacher in prayer for dispersal of the Jews:
Maybe, just maybe, the US shouldn’t give them billions in aid together with tanks and jets.
President Barack Obama’s nominee for United States ambassador to the United Nations gave a highly provocative interview in April 2002 in which she said that “external intervention” may be necessary to prevent “genocide” and “major human rights abuses” in the “Palestine/Israeli situation”.
Responding to a hypothetical question, Samantha Power, who was named to replace ambassador Susan Rice, said if given the opportunity she would advise the president to sacrifice billions of dollars of aide to the Jewish state, allocating the funds instead “the new state of Palestine.”
“In the Palestine-Israeli situation, there’s an abundance of information and what we don’t need is some kind of early warning mechanism there,” she said, in response to a question regarding how the United States should monitor a situation in the Middle east which may be “moving toward genocide.”
Some critics (including the The Lid blog), regardless of the blame that was placed on both parties, have charged that this commentary was a call to invade Israel. DiscoverTheNetworks.org also makes some fascinating claims about some of Power’s other most recent statements. Here’s just a sampling:
In her 2004 review of Noam Chomsky’s book Hegemony or Survival, Power agreed with many of Chomsky’s criticisms of U.S. foreign policy and expressed her own concerns about what she called the “sins of our allies in the war on terror,” lumping Israel together with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, and Uzbekistan. She called Chomsky’s work “sobering and instructive.”
In a 2007 interview, Power said that America’s relationship with Israel “has often led foreign policy decision-makers to defer reflexively to Israeli security assessments, and to replicate Israeli tactics…” The United States, she explained, had brought terrorist attacks upon itself by aping Israel’s violations of human rights.
Naturally, many will still wonder if her views surrounding Israel and the Middle East will impact how she manages her position at the U.N — and, more specifically — her treatment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Glenn Beck dedicated the entire hour of his television program Tuesday to the follow-up of what he says got him into “so much trouble” during the so-called Arab Spring: a chalkboard that predicted the protests would cascade, and that radicals would work with Islamists overturn stability.
On Tuesday, Beck told his audience where he believes the road will now lead: World War III.
“The one thing that always gets me in trouble is usually I am way ahead of the game, and I have no perception of time,” Beck said. “I see things on a flat wall. They are coming, but it won’t be tomorrow.”
He added: “I hope with everything in me that I’m wrong, but the pattern of history is incredibly consistent…Everything is up for grabs in the world, and the rush for power is on.”
Beck argued that there are currently three dominant groups:
‘The Caliphate’: “It is the stated goal of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and many far left Islamists to re-establish the Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, or the global Islamic state,” Beck said, playing video of Islamist leaders across the globe saying just that.
But, he added, this group is divided between Sunni and Shia Muslims. While Sunni Muslims — who dominate much of post-Arab Spring North Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the Muslim Brotherhood — aim to implement an Islamic state, Beck said the radical Shiites who wield influence in places like Iran, Assad’s Syria, and Pakistan are more focused on hastening the return of the twelfth imam. They believe he will only appear when the world is drowned in blood and chaos, so they aim to create those conditions.
“But either way, they both [believe] they control the entire world in the end,” Beck said.
‘The Controllers’: “Whether they are communists, socialists, fascists, progressives, Fabian socialists, bankers, Bilderbergs, Nazis, drug lords, Mayor Bloomberg… ” Beck stated. “[This is] anyone who wants either wants power in their own little fiefdom, or wants to control the planet through the United Nations or whatever. Anyone who wants a slice of that ‘control’ pie.”
He put countries like Russia, China, and North Korea in the “control” category.
‘Those That Just Want to Survive’: But throughout the world, most people aren’t thinking in terms of global domination, Beck said. Most people just want to live their lives, or, depending on where they live, just want enough food and water to get by. Beck put about 90% of the world into this category.
“That, unfortunately, this is the group that loses in the end, because this group is always forced to choose between stuff and sacrifice,” Beck said. “They have to choose sides eventually.”
“The problem is, nobody is offering you a real choice,” Beck said, proceeding to draw out the potential “new map.”
“The only way we stand in the end is to stand for something. If we don’t, we’ll have to choose between one of [the first] two groups,” Beck declared.
At the end of the show, Beck invited Patrick Poole, the national security expert at PJ Media, and Frank Gaffney, the former assistant secretary of defense and the founder of the Center for Security Policy, to weigh in on his conclusions.
All three agreed that Syria is a lynchpin, and that intervention will have major, international ramifications.
“We’re watching flash points developing all over the world,” Gaffney added. “North Korea, China, Sweden, Venezuela and what’s coming next in Latin America, Africa…The problem is, we’ve got these tectonic shifts that are taking place, and we’re not an anchor.”
Watch the last segment below:
The Blaze — If you haven’t yet caught the comical video of Rabbi Shai Piron (who also serves as Israel’s education minister) bursting into laughter while delivering a speech in front of Israeli parliament, you’re in luck. And, even if you already viewed the clip, it may still be worth watching it again.
As Piron was delivering the first line of his remarks surrounding a proposed law to address the smuggling of cell phones into prisons, he simply couldn’t contain himself.
Why, you ask? The word “penetration” is what gave him the giggle. And, from there, that initial giddiness progressed into full-on laughter. It didn’t take long for the spectacle, which was caught on video, to go viral.
“Mr Chairman, distinguished Parliament, the aim of this legislation is to deal with a serious phenomenon — the penetration of prohibited objects into prisons,” he said during his speech.
The Daily Mail called the word’s presence in the speech — and Piron’s reaction to it — a “perceived sexual innuendo.”
At first he laughed and then got back on track. But after the word emerged again, he broke down into laughter again — this time spawning chuckles from other legislators as well, the Jewish Daily Forward reports. He found himself so taken aback by the wording that he teared up with laughter and wasn’t able to conclude.
Here’s the video:
McClatchy, June 3rd — Israel’s military fumed Monday over the discovery that the U.S. government had revealed details of a top-secret Israeli military installation in published bid requests.
The Obama administration had promised to build Israel a state-of-the-art facility to house a new ballistic-missile defense system, the Arrow 3. As with all Defense Department projects, detailed specifications were made public so that contractors could bid on the $25 million project. The specifications included more than 1,000 pages of details on the facility, ranging from the heating and cooling systems to the thickness of the walls.
“If an enemy of Israel wanted to launch an attack against a facility, this would give him an easy how-to guide. This type of information is closely guarded and its release can jeopardize the entire facility,” said an Israeli military official who commented on the publication of the proposal but declined to be named because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the facility. He declined to say whether plans for the facility have been altered as a result of the disclosure.
“This is more than worrying, it is shocking,” he said.
Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Wesley Miller said he couldn’t comment on the specifics of the Arrow 3 base, but he said the United States routinely published the details of its construction plans on a federal business opportunities website so that contractors could estimate the costs of jobs. He said such postings often might be revised after contracts were approved.
As Barry Rubin describes the new Palestinian Authority’s PM, he sums up the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict eloquently and accurately.
“Palestinian Authority Finds (Perfect) New Prime Minister,” from PJMedia on June 3rd:
Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a new prime minister. He is Ram Hamdullah…
Now, however, this is a sign of the contempt that Fatah bosses feel toward President Barack Obama, as someone too powerless or unwilling to pressure them. It is a sign of their low respect that the replacement of Fayyad comes only a few days after Secretary of State John Kerry offered them a fund of $4 billion if the PA went back to negotiations with Israel. Which the PA refused.
According to the theory that the PA really wants a two-state diplomatic solution with Israel, this makes no sense: doesn’t it want to compromise to end “oppression” and ”occupation” as soon as possible? No. Unfortunately, they would rather wait decades in hopes of wiping Israel off the map, or of leaving the issue open for the next generation; or they fear that compromise would mean being called traitors and being pushed out by their Islamist rival, Hamas.
Hamdullah is the perfect compromise. He is a nobody, a technocrat, lacking all political experience so he won’t try to challenge the party bosses and cannot do so. Hamdullah will do what he is told…
Long forgotten: the late Bush and early Obama administrations’ strategy. The idea was that with the PA’s cooperation, the West Bank would be turned into a relatively successful entity, while heavy pressure would be put on the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians would allegedly see the difference and support the PA and not Hamas, a wave of moderation would start, and a compromise peace would result with Israel.
Today, however, Hamas survives, is entrenching itself, and now has — despite serious frictions between them — a patron in the advancing Muslim Brotherhood movement. The PA is still a mess, with aid having a bigger chance of ending up in the PA leaders’ Swiss bank accounts than building a stable economy.
Meanwhile, we will all wait for a year or two or three to see who Abbas’s successor will be.
Abbas has long passed the end of his elected term without anyone in the West pointing out that his government is no longer legitimate. His desire to become partners again with terrorist Hamas gets a pass, as does the fact that the PA has now rejected the Oslo Accords of 1993 with Israel on which its own existence is based.
Corrupt, incompetent, and hardline as it is, the PA serves a purpose. It preserves the fiction that the “peace process” is still alive and keeps Hamas out of power. It keeps Hamas from overthrowing the PA, which of course only rules the West Bank, since Hamas already controls the Gaza Strip. Fatah might go to war with Israel again but the revolutionary Islamists would definitely do so backed by the other Muslim Brotherhood regimes.
That in itself is worthwhile, given the fact that there is zero alternative of a moderate Palestinian leadership that would make peace with Israel. Of course, the PA has no interest in doing what is necessary to actually obtain a Palestinian state.
This is an exceptionally well researched article by Pamela Geller for Breitbart on June 1:
And it isn’t just in Sweden. It’s in France as well, where there have been periodic Muslim riots, featuring the same car-burnings, screams of “Allahu akbar,” and attacks on police. All over the continent, we see the effects of Muslim immigration in Europe. When a Muslim tried to assassinate free-speech activist Lars Hedegaard in Denmark, the New York Times smeared Hedegaard and prised Muslims.
Last year, Belgium was shaken by a Ramadan crime wave, with threats of jihad grenade attacks on public buildings. A devout Muslim called for the murder of members of a pro-freedom political party in Germany. Other Muslim thugs “patrolled” the streets of London, harassing those they believed do not conform to Islamic law. There are even Sharia zones enforced in the U.K. Gay man are targeted by Muslims who threaten them to “get out of here, you bloody fag.” In Italy recently, a jihadist was arrested in Rome and there were police raids in Milan, Palermo, Cagliari, Cuneo, and Salerno. But Muslims nonetheless are violently rioting and attacking non-Muslims in that country. In Spain, a jihadi plotted to poison the tourist water supply. A jihadi trio was arrested “in possession of explosives and poison.”
And because of this mass Muslim immigration, the Islamic antisemitism has increasingly rendered Europe hostile to Jews. Norway’s Jewish population is almost nonexistent, French Jews are fleeing in droves, and a Jewish school in Belgium has been forced to shut down. In Sweden, Muslims shot rockets and hurled pipe bombs at Jews and attacked Jews at a peaceful pro-Israel rally. In Germany, Muslims rioted, chanting “Jews out, Germans out, allahu akbar, f**k off Jews, kick the Jews out, burn the Jew.” A Hezbollah courier was found guilty of playing a role in a Cyprus jihad terror plot. Hezbollah was also behind the bombing of a bus full of Jewish tourists in Bulgaria. In Italy, a Muslim was jailed for a Milan synagogue bomb plot. There are now sweeping “no-go areas” for Jews in Europe.
Think it can’t happen here? At a Los Angeles rally, Muslims chanted “Long live Hitler” and “Put Jews in ovens.”
The mainstream media, true to form, seldom identifies the perpetrators. Instead, in a characteristic move they blamed the Swedish riots on the right and attribute it all to poverty, saying: “Some seven years of centre-right rule, however, have chipped away at benefits.”
The last 20 years or so, we have seen so many immigrants coming to Sweden that really don’t like Sweden. They do not want to integrate, they do not want to live in [Swedish] society: Working, paying taxes and so on. The people come here now because they know that Sweden will give them money for nothing. They don’t have to work, they don’t have to pay taxes – they can just stay here and get a lot of money. That is really a problem.