Brunei’s Sultan to impose Sharia this week, complete with stonings and amputations

“Concern as Brunei brings in system of Islamic law with punishments that include the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death,” by Andrew Buncombe in the Independent, March 29:

Bolkiah…The Sultan of Brunei, one of the world’s wealthiest rulers and a close ally of Britain, will this week oversee his country’s transition to a system of Islamic law with punishments that include flogging, the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death.

The 67-year-old absolute monarch declared last year that he wanted to introduce a full sharia system in his oil-rich nation and warned critics who took to social media sites to complain that they could be prosecuted using the new laws.

…The Sultan of Brunei says he wants to set up a ‘firewall’ against globalisation. Brunei is two-thirds Muslim and has long implemented some sharia, mainly for civil matters such as marriage. But last year the Sultan, who is said to be worth £24bn and lives in a 1,788-room palace, announced a plan to introduce full Islamic law.

Offences include insulting the Prophet Mohamed, drinking alcohol, getting pregnant outside of marriage and “sodomy”. The latter will be punishable by stoning.

“It is because of our need that Allah the Almighty, in all his generosity, has created laws for us, so that we can utilise them to obtain justice,” the Sultan said at the time.

It is unclear precisely what is motivating the Sultan, who also serves as the country’s prime minister and assumed the throne in 1967. But in a speech in February to mark the country’s National Day holiday, he claimed the system of an absolute Islamic monarch acted as a “strong and effective firewall” against the challenges of globalisation. He referred specifically to the internet.

…Father Robert Leong, a Catholic priest in Brunei, said there were concerns that baptisms of newborn babies could breach the new rules, which prohibit the “propagation of religion other than Islam to a Muslim or a person having no religion”. He said that the law was being introduced in three phases, with the harshest punishments, including the death penalty, being phased in over two years from Tuesday. “There will be no baptisms. There is not a lot we can do about it. We will have to wait and see what happens,” he said…

Sharia explained

What is sharia?

Sharia is the Islamic legal system that derives from the Koran, the example of the life of the Prophet Mohamed and “fatwas”, which are the rulings of Islamic scholars. Different schools of thought exist, resulting in different interpretations.

Yes, but the various interpretations agree on about 75% of all rulings. The differences between the various schools of jurisprudence are not very large.

What does it cover?

While Western law confines itself predominantly to crime and civil matters, sharia is a guide to help Muslims understand how they should lead every aspect of their lives. This ranges from deciding whether to enter a bar with someone wanting to drink alcohol to the punishments for theft or for criticising the Koran. Its treatment of women is particularly controversial. Judgements have banned the holding of property once married, enabled beatings for insubordination, and required a husband’s consent to divorce.

Where is it used?

Mauritania, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Maldives, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Nigeria all apply sharia. Some states, including UAE, Jordan and Egypt, use some form of sharia in their judicial system.

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The BDS Perversion of Reality

This is an excellent article completely dismantling the arguments of the anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement:

Boycot_Jews_april_1_1933By Joseph Puder for FrontPage Magazine (March 31) — The ultimate goal of the BDS movement is the destruction of the Jewish State. The intent is to weaken it through de-legitimization, economic sanction, and isolation. What the anti-Semitic radical-Left is seeking, while in cahoots with the Arab-Palestinians, is to bring down Israel through lawfare instead of warfare. The Arabs and Palestinians have tried wars, terror, and economic boycott, and failed. At this stage of warring against Israel, the BDS movement is using the language of human rights which the West is addicted to, and is placing the Palestinians on top of the so-called Third World anti-colonial struggle. Defending the Third World (regardless of its abuse of universal standards of human rights) is sacrosanct to the political-Left in the West. Israel therefore becomes a triple “sinner.” It is considered by the BDS activists as too powerful, too western, and too Jewish.

The Palestinians on the other hand, are the chosen “victims.” They are viewed as weak, uphold none of the Western values, and best of all, they fight the Jews. It does not matter that Israel alone respects the human rights of its citizens, or that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East where religious freedom and individual rights are fully protected. Nor does it matter that the Palestinian leadership regularly violates the human rights of their fellow Palestinians, oppresses their Christian minority and/or jails and often kills LGBT individuals. In fact, Israel is a place of refuge for gays and lesbians fleeing persecution from the Palestinian territories, where Palestinian women run away from their abusive families for protection, and where Palestinian terrorists come to hospitals for life-saving care.

…The “three demands” underlined by Barghouti [a Palestinian-Arab propagandist and one of the architects of the BDS movement] clearly convey the intended liquidation of the only Jewish state, dressed in innocuous code words. The Jewish state is to be replaced with yet another Arab-Muslim state, added to the existing 22 members of the Arab League. All of them speak the same language – Arabic, profess the same religion – and Islam, share the same culture – male dominated and intolerant of non-Muslims.

Now let us examine Barghouti’s demands, the first being “end the occupation.” According to U.N. Resolution 242, Israel is rightfully entrusted to administer “the territories” Israel captured from Jordan in the Six Day War of June, 1967, until a peace settlement is reached. Egypt and Jordan made peace with Israel, and Israel returned every inch of land it captured. Jordan gave up its right to speak for the Palestinians in 1988 hence the territories remained in Israel’s hands. Moreover, the Palestinians were not a state party included in Resolution 242. Resolution 242 stressed the word “territories” but not “all” territories, in exchange for peace. The Oslo agreement of 1993, devised a transition period, which would ultimately lead to a Palestinian state. In July, 2000, at the Camp David Summit, Yasser Arafat, the Chairman of the P.L.O. and Palestinian Authority rejected a peace settlement offered by Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Barak. It would have given the PA 97% of the West Bank and Gaza, with a capital in East Jerusalem. President Clinton endorsed Barak’s offer. Arafat rejected it, and chose to launch the Second Intifada.

The West Bank (Judea and Samaria) included the Etzion Bloc of 22 Jewish villages which the Arab Legion illegally occupied in the 1948 War of Independence. The Jewish residents of these villages were either killed or escaped with their lives. Israel liberated these villages in 1967. It also included the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, which the Jordanian Arab Legion occupied in 1948, and either killed or exiled its Jewish residents.

In January 2014, Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said that the international community should refrain from calling settlements illegal under international law, without waiting for their status to be determined in a deal with the Palestinians. She also called the activists who seek to boycott Israel “anti-Semitic.”  Asked whether she agrees or disagrees with the near-universal view that Israeli settlements anywhere beyond the 1967 lines are illegal under international law, she replied: “I would like to see which international law has declared them illegal.”

The “separation barrier,” as it was called by Barghouti, is Israel’s response to Palestinian suicide bombers and terror inside Israel. America too has a barrier wall on the border with Mexico. The difference is that the latter is to prevent illegal immigrants from entering America, while Israel’s barrier is to save its citizens lives.

Equality for “Palestinian” citizens of Israel reveals Barghouti’s feeling towards the Jewish state. In Israel they are called Arab-Israeli citizens. Palestinians on the other hand, are not citizens of Israel. What Barghouti hints at is the campaign to undermine the Jewish nature of Israel from within, by seeking to transform the only Jewish state into a “state of all its citizens,” a formula by which to destroy the symbols of the Jewish state. In tandem with Palestinian equality, Barghouti, like Mahmoud Abbas has rejected recognition of Israel as the “State of the Jews.”

While seeking to boycott Israeli products, Barghouti and BDS folks have deliberately ignored the fact that 70% of the Palestinian Authority imports come from Israel.

Barghouti’s demand for the “Right of Return for Palestinian refugees” is a clear indication of the Palestinians unwillingness to make peace with Israel. The Right of Return is a euphemism for the demographic destruction of Israel, and the people of Israel will never agree to that.

The BDS activists seek to turn reality upside down, deliberately ignoring the facts underlined above. They are motivated by a single passion – hatred for Israel. It is time to call them what Julie Bishop of Australia named them, anti-Semites.

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Iran’s Appointee for UN Ambassador Reportedly Has a Dark Past that Might Cloud His Move to New York

TheBlaze (March 30) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has reportedly chosen as Iran’s next UN Ambassador a member of the group that took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran for 444 days during the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Iran applied for a visa for the diplomat, Hamid Aboutalebi, but so far the State Department has not responded to the application, Bloomberg News reported.

Aboutalebi was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, the militant group which took over the embassy. He has also served as his country’s ambassador to Australia, Belgium and Italy.

However, the diplomat in the past told an Iranian news site that he didn’t take part in the initial takeover of the U.S. compound in Tehran and instead acted as a translator and negotiator.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran posted this side-by-side photo of Iranian diplomat Hamid Aboutalebi currently and years ago as a member of a militant student group.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran posted this side-by-side photo of Iranian diplomat Hamid Aboutalebi currently and years ago as a member of a militant student group.

“On a few other occasions, when they needed to translate something in relation with their contacts with other countries, I translated their material into English or French,” Aboutalebi said according to a Bloomberg translation of a Khabaronline interview. “I did the translation during a press conference when the female and black staffers of the embassy were released, and it was purely based on humanitarian motivations,” referring to the earlier release of some U.S. personnel from the embassy in November of 1979.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that the diplomat had already been waiting for months for his visa application to be approved, but “can’t seem to get his U.S. visa.”

The U.S.-based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported over the weekend that it was told the reason for the delay was Aboutalebi’s reported role in the embassy seizure.

An unnamed former hostage and U.S. diplomat told Bloomberg that anyone connected with the hostage-takers should not receive a visa to enter the U.S.

“A controversy over Aboutalebi’s appointment could spark demands on Capitol Hill and beyond during this congressional election year for the Obama administration to take the unusual step of denying a visa to an official posted to the UN,” Bloomberg News wrote.

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 30th Mar 2014

Highlights from verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com‘s weekly newsletter:

Israeli robot treats sleeping Parkinson’s patient.  The first ever Asleep Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) procedure was performed in Denver, Colorado using the Renaissance Guidance System developed by Israel’s Mazor Robotics.  The 65-year-old patient, previously suffering from Parkinson’s disease, was responding well.

http://mazorrobotics.com/mazor-robotics-announces-worlds-first-renaissance-asleep-deep-brain-stimulation-procedure/

 

IDF wins the fight against PTSD. Canadian army experts are looking at how the Israeli Defense Forces have successfully combated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The rate of suicides in the IDF is lower that of the national population, thanks to several key support practices.

http://www.cbc.ca/day6/episodes/2014/03/21/episode-174-how-israel-stops-military-suicides-crimea-and-cartography-cosmic-expansion-and-more/  http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1570377

 

The best country for women in the Middle East.  The latest World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap survey ranked Israel the best country in the Middle East for women’s rights and freedoms.  Israel also received the “Reducing the Gender Gap” prize in 2013 from the European Parliament for championing women’s rights.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/178504#.Uy3gd86oVez

 

Print your meals.  Israeli company White Innovation has developed “Ginny”, a printer that could revolutionize the food market.  Place a capsule of raw ingredients into one side of the machine. Next, olive oil, milk or water is injected. It then marinates for about thirty seconds and produces a tasty, cheap and healthy feast.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/03/23/printing-food-israeli-start-up-could-revolutionize-the-way-we-eat-video/

 

Start speaking freely.  Israel’s VoiceITT has developed speech technology for kids and adults who have difficulty making themselves understood.  If you suffer from a stutter, a stroke or a neuro-degenerative disease, TalkITT will turn your impaired speech into a computerized output of what you really intended to say.

http://israel21c.org/social-action-2/voiceitt-speaks-for-those-who-cant/

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Israel is working.  Israel’s unemployment rate dropped to a record low in February.  For those aged 15 and over, the rate declined to 5.8% from 5.9% in January.  For those between 25-64 the rate dropped dramatically from 5.4% to 4.9%.  Participation in the labor force rose to a record high of 80%.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=16401

 

Israeli news station on US TV channel.  Jewish Life TV will air Israel’s i24news on American cable and satellite networks.  This is the first time that the Jaffa-based i24news will be shown to an American audience via television, and not just online.  i24news will provide 15 hours of weekly magazine content.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-drahis-israel-news-channel-to-air-in-us–1000925276

 

Here come the Rolling Stones.  It’s true!  World renowned rock band The Rolling Stones confirmed that they will perform in Tel Aviv on June 4, as part of their “14 On Fire” world tour. Ticket sales for the Park Hayarkon begin Sunday, March 30 at 9 a.m.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/rolling-stones-confirm-june-4-israel-show/

 

Israeli wins women’s Thai boxing championship.  Sarah Avraham (20), of Kiryat Arba in Judea, won the Woman’s World Thai-Boxing (Muay Thai) Championship in Thailand. Sarah was born in Mumbai and converted to Judaism in 2008.  She immigrated to Israel following the attack on the Mumbai Chabad House.

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-wins-womans-world-thai-boxing-championship/2014/03/24/

 

Like streams in the Negev.  Recent desert rainstorms in Southern Israel have caused a river to return.  This video has had over half a million views in two weeks.  Watch closely after 45 seconds.

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New look ZF.  The UK’s Zionist Federation has launched its re-branded image. It has also released a new film that publicizes Israel’s technological achievements, thriving economy and culture.

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Expert Says Anti-Semitism ‘Part and Parcel of European Culture’

This expert is undoubtedly right. In Sweden (where I live) there have been 5 incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti in just the last couple of weeks. See pictures below then the article:

10/3: Nazi graffiti on partial Jewish school in Stockholm.

10/3: Nazi graffiti on partial Jewish school in Stockholm.

25/3: Nazi graffiti at recreation center in Sweden

25/3: Nazi graffiti at recreation center in Sweden

26/3: Another recreation center in Sweden

26/3: Another recreation center in Sweden. Translation: “Welcome to Israel” “You shall burn in hell” & “We have more paint just so that you know!”

IsraelNationalNews (March 23) — Europe hasn’t changed all that much, at least in regards to its feelings about Jews, according to Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, former head of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

“They don’t like to hear that,” Gersetenfeld told a Haifa audience last week. “But it’s clear that anti-Semitism is a part and parcel of the culture of Europe, not just historically, but currently.”

Gerstenfeld, a historian with an expertise in European Jewish history and world anti-Semitism, and a regular columnist for Arutz Sheva, along with Itay Reuveni of NGO Monitor, was discussing the issue of anti-Semitism at the Midrasha Leumit in Haifa. That Europe hates Jews even now, decades after the Holocaust, he said, as is clear from the many anti-Semitic caricatures appearing in European newspapers, the ongoing anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish institutions and individual Jews, and the onslaught of legislation against Jewish lifestyle issues, such as ritual slaughter and circumcision.

Despite a secular front, Europe is still a very religious continent – at least when it comes to long-held Christian religious attitudes to Jews, said Gerstenfeld.

“They still blame us for murdering their ‘savior’, and they still see us as evil, Nazi-like ‘others’ who just don’t fit in with the ‘culture’ of Europe. The Church, for thousands of years, did its job very faithfully, preparing the groundwork for the Nazi Holocaust.

“The current denunciations of the Jewish state are preparing the groundwork for future attempts to destroy the Jews,” he added.

According to Reuveni, this anti-Semitism can be clearly seen in the funding outlays given to anti-Israeli groups. NGOs whose declared purpose is to denigrate Israel, lobby for boycotts, etc., receive huge amounts of funding, much more than organizations dedicated to other causes. The best way to fight these groups, he said, was to publicly announce where they are getting their money from – including the corporations and governments that are funding them.

The evening was organized by the Hazon Leumi student group, a new organization that is working to increase the values of Zionism among Haifa-area students.

Russia buildup raises ‘invasion’ alarm

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Ukrainian soldiers transport their tanks from their base in Perevalnoe, outside Simferopol, Crimea / AP

Washington Free Beacon (March 27) — U.S. intelligence agencies warned Congress late Wednesday that Russian military forces are massing near Ukraine’s borders and appear ready to launch an invasion with little or no warning.

According to defense and intelligence officials, Russian military forces include more than 30,000 troops massing along Ukraine’s eastern border, with some units within 10 miles of the border.

“We’re certainly watching the buildups very, very closely,” said a senior defense official. “They are reinforcing their forces in the southern and eastern portions of Ukraine.”

According to the officials, buildup is alarming because of the numbers and the level of readiness.

“Based on both the size and the types of forces, they certainly have the capability and the readiness level to move into Ukraine should they choose to do this,” the defense official said.

Adding to the war fears are signs the Russians are positioned to carry out an invasion with little or no warning.

Another intelligence indictor was the Russian military announcement Wednesday that an undisclosed section of airspace was closed for “military exercises.”

However, the officials said concerns about the massed troops were heightened by the lack of signs that the troops, tanks and armored vehicles are not conducting in exercises.

“What we’re seeing is not a lot of exercising, but a lot of reinforcing and setting in place,” the defense official said.

One theory of possible Russian military action is that the troops and tanks in eastern Ukraine are preparing to invade and take control of three major eastern Ukrainian cities of Kharkov, Loans, and Donetsk, and then create a land bridge that would allow easy access to Russia’s recently annexed Crimea, on the Black Sea. Currently, Russia has access to Crimea only by ship.

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MRC Study: Network TV Buries ObamaCare’s Bad News – Less than 1% of evening air time!

The U.S. mainstream media reaches new heights of pro-Obama bias. At this point it should be considered criminal the lengths they go through to protect their guy.

ObamaCareCoverageNewsBusters (March 25) — Unquestionably, ObamaCare is the central political issue of 2014. As the midterm election campaign moves forward, liberal politicians will have to justify their support for a program that has cost millions of individuals their insurance; will raise premiums for most small businesses; imposes hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes; and will cost, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the equivalent of two million jobs over the next three years.

But so far this year, the three network evening newscasts have minimized, spun or ignored every negative development about ObamaCare, while at the same time touting staged pro-ObamaCare publicity stunts, such as the President’s appearance on a Web-based comedy show in March.

A new study from the Media Research Center finds that long before the saga of the missing Malaysian jet commandeered the airwaves, ABC, CBS and NBC had apparently decided that ObamaCare was not a worthy topic for their evening newscasts. MRC analysts reviewed each newscast (including weekends) from January 1 through March 24, 2014.

  • During this time, the NBC Nightly News aired just a single full report on ObamaCare — a largely celebratory piece on January 1 about the start of what fill-in anchor Lester Holt called “a new era in health care in this country.” Including that piece, Nightly News has only offered five minutes and five seconds of coverage of the health care law so far this year. For context, the total time of all news stories on the NBC Nightly News during the same period (excluding teasers and promos) is more than 24 hours, meaning NBC has spent barely one-third of one percent of its available evening news airtime talking about the health care law.
  • The other broadcast evening networks have hardly been more thorough. ABC’s World News has devoted just 6 minutes, 58 seconds to ObamaCare so far this year, while the CBS Evening Newsgave viewers 19 minutes, 21 seconds of coverage. Combined, that adds up to 31 minutes, 20 seconds, or approximately 0.72% of the total time devoted to news on the three evening broadcasts.

Bad news, such as lackluster enrollment statistics or new delays in key elements of the law, were usually given just a few seconds of coverage, according to the MRC study. Not one of the evening newscasts bothered to cover polls — even their own — showing the law’s continued unpopularity. And only one report (on CBS) profiled someone victimized by ObamaCare’s new rules, something ABC and NBC viewers have yet to hear about in 2014.

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Video: Incredible rescue footage from a burning building

construction-worker-escapes-fireDaily News (March 26) — Houston firefighters made a daring rescue of a construction worker trapped on an upper balcony of an under-construction apartment complex as a raging fire nearly trapped the man.

The helmeted worker stood on an upper-floor balcony Tuesday as a five-alarm fire engulfed the $50 million, 396-unit apartment complex at W. Dallas and Marconi Sts. in downtown Houston.

The worker waved for help before hanging down and jumping to a lower balcony as the inferno became too intense.

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Firefighters got the ladder in place just in time. As the worker climbed aboard and the ladder was moved away from the building, the burning walls began to fall, crashing down where the construction worker and firefighter had been just moments before.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, which officials believe was sparked by workers welding on the roof.

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Raymond Ibrahim: Why the Media Doesn’t Cover Jihadist Attacks on Middle East Christians

This is an incredibly well detailed article filled with solid facts that back up his hard-hitting conclusion: If the full magnitude of this phenomenon was ever know, many cornerstones of the mainstream media—most prominent among them, that Israel is oppressive to Palestinians—would immediately crumble.

The Torch – Christians United for Israel’s Magazine, Winter 2014 (March 20):

“To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace”—Hebrews 6:6

The United Nations, Western governments, media, universities, and talking heads everywhere insist that Palestinians are suffering tremendous abuses from the state of Israel.  Conversely, the greatest human rights tragedy of our time—radical Muslim persecution of Christians, including in Palestinian controlled areas—is devotedly ignored.

The facts speak for themselves. Reliable estimates indicate that anywhere from 100-200 million Christians are persecuted every year; one Christian is martyred every five minutes. Approximately 85% of this persecution occurs in Muslim majority nations. In 1900, 20% of the Middle East was Christian. Today, less than 2% is.

In one week in Egypt alone, where my Christian family emigrated, the Muslim Brotherhood launched akristallnacht—attacking, destroying, and/or torching some 82 Christian churches (some of which were built in the 5th century, when Egypt was still a Christian-majority nation before the Islamic conquests). Al-Qaeda’s black flag has been raised atop churches.  Christians—including priests, women and children—have been attacked, beheaded, and killed.

Nor is such persecution of Christians limited to Egypt.   From Morocco in the west to Indonesia in the east and from Central Asia to the north to sub-Saharan Africa to the south; across thousands of miles of lands inhabited by peoples who do not share the same races, languages, cultures, and/or socio-economic conditions, millions of Christians are being persecuted and in the same exact patterns.

Muslim converts to Christianity and Christian evangelists are attacked, imprisoned, and sometimes beheaded; countless churches across the Islamic world are being banned or bombed; Christian women and children are being abducted, enslaved, raped, and/or forced to renounce their faith.

Far from helping these Christian victims, U.S. policies are actually exacerbating their sufferings.  Whether in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, or Syria, and under the guise of the U.S.-supported “Arab Spring,” things have gotten dramatically worse for Christians.  Indeed, during a recent U.S. congressional hearing, it was revealed that thousands of traumatized Syrian Christians—who, like Iraqi Christians before them are undergoing a mass exodus from their homeland—were asking “Why is America at war with us?”

The answer is that very few Americans have any clue concerning what is happening to their coreligionists.

Few mainstream media speak about the horrific persecution millions of people are experiencing simply because they wish to worship Christ in peace.

There, is of course, a very important reason why the mainstream media ignores radical Muslim persecution of Christians: if the full magnitude of this phenomenon was ever know, many cornerstones of the mainstream media—most prominent among them, that Israel is oppressive to Palestinians—would immediately crumble.

Why?  Because radical Muslim persecution of Christians throws a wrench in the media’s otherwise well-oiled narrative that “radical-Muslim-violence-is-a-product-of-Muslim-grievance”—chief among them Israel.

Consider it this way: because the Jewish state is stronger than its Muslim neighbors, the media can easily portray Islamic terrorists as frustrated “underdogs” doing whatever they can to achieve “justice.”  No matter how many rockets are shot into Tel Aviv by Hamas and Hezbollah, and no matter how anti-Israeli bloodlust is articulated in radical Islamic terms, the media will present such hostility as ironclad proof that Palestinians under Israel are so oppressed that they have no choice but to resort to terrorism.

However, if radical Muslims get a free pass when their violence is directed against those stronger than them, how does one rationalize away their violence when it is directed against those weaker than them—in this case, millions of indigenous Christians?

The media simply cannot portray radical Muslim persecution of Christians—which in essence and form amount to unprovoked pogroms—as a “land dispute” or a product of “grievance” (if anything, it is the ostracized and persecuted Christian minorities who should have grievances).  And because the media cannot articulate radical Islamic attacks on Christians through the “grievance” paradigm that works so well in explaining the Arab-Israeli conflict, their main recourse is not to report on them at all.

In short, Christian persecution is the clearest reflection of radical Islamic supremacism. Vastly outnumbered and politically marginalized Christians simply wish to worship in peace, and yet still are they hounded and attacked, their churches burned and destroyed, their women and children enslaved and raped. These Christians are often identical to their Muslim co-citizens, in race, ethnicity, national identity, culture, and language; there is no political dispute, no land dispute.

The only problem is that they are Christian and so, Islamists believe according to their scriptural exegesis, must be subjugated.

If mainstream media were to report honestly on Christian persecution at the hands of radical Islamists so many bedrocks of the leftist narrative currently dominating political discourse would crumble, first and foremost, the idea that radical Islamic intolerance is a product of “grievances,”and that Israel is responsible for all Jihadist terrorism against it.

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Moderate Palestinian Authority pledges $74 million for families of jihad terrorist “martyrs”

fatah-martyrs-_2D00_-michael-ramallah“It is unclear exactly where the money is coming from in light of the debts, but it is likely that international aid money will be funding the terror incentive, as past allocations for terrorists have been linked directly to US taxpayer money.” How nice. And remember: these are the “moderates,” Israel’s “partners for peace.”

“Terrorist ‘Martyrs’ Families to Receive Millions of Dollars,” by Dalit Halevi and Tova Dvorin for Israel National News, March 24:

The Palestinian Authority (PA) continues to financially support terrorism, and families of terrorists were set to receive a great deal of that financial support, as PA official Rami Hamdallah pledged another $74 million from the PA budget to the families of ‘martyrs’ for the Palestinian Arab nationalist cause.

On Sunday, Hamdallah said that his government will continue to work to protect the rights of family members of the “martyrs” who were killed in the course of carrying out attacks on Israelis and their supporters abroad, and ensure that they “live dignified lives.”

During the third National Conference for the National Association of Families of Slain Palestinians, Hamdallah stated that the government – in a collaborative effort with the Association – has pledged full financial support for the spouses and children of the terror “martyrs.” The money will be pledged for the families to complete schooling and university studies; the pledge is in addition to a monthly salary and free medical care.

The PA has made the pledge despite massive debt, which tops a staggering 4.8 billion dollars.

It is unclear exactly where the money is coming from in light of the debts, but it is likely that international aid money will be funding the terror incentive, as past allocations for terrorists have been linked directly to US taxpayer money.

34% of Hungarians Blame ‘Jewish Conspiracy’ for Economic Woes

Far right Jobbik party gaining strength in Hungary but Jewish organization says anti-Semitism was worse in 2010.

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IsraelNationalNews (March 24) — A survey carried out by TEV, the umbrella organization for combating anti-Semitism in Hungary, points to a slight decrease in the level of anti-Semitism in the country, even as the right-wing party Jobbik gains strength in Hungary. TEV includes representatives of all parts of the country’s Jewish population.

In the survey, Hungarians were asked about their attitudes toward the country’s Jews. The results were presented in a comprehensive study that analyzed the results based on various social cross-sections.

The organization noted that the anti-Semitic wave was at its peak in 2010. At that time, 22% of Hungary’s population was identified as actively anti-Semitic, and another 22% were identified as supporting anti-Semitic principles and harboring prejudice against Jews.

In 2013, 17% of the populace were identified as actively anti-Semiticm and 23% as “moderately anti-Semitic.”

TEV noted that the percentage of “moderate” anti-Semites has not changed, and that more than one third of the population still holds some kind of anti-Semitic views.

Among the questions asked was “Do Jews have too much influence in Hungary today?” – to which 27% responded positively. A full 34% agreed that there is “a secret Jewish conspiracy behind political and economic processes.”

The survey results were presented at a conference of the Center of European Rabbis and the Federation of Jewish Organizations in the EU, which is taking place in Budapest.

‘We Must Massacre Them’: Hamas Politician Says Palestinians Must Kill, Humiliate and Tax the Jews

This should not come as a surprise to anyone. The instruction to “kill, humiliate and tax” Jews and Christians are all over the Quran and at least 80% of imams preach that message.

TheBlaze (March 24) — A Hamas lawmaker who is also an Islamic cleric says the Palestinians must “massacre” the Jews, humiliate them, impose a special tax on them and relegate them to the status of second class citizens in order “to prevent them from sowing corruption in the world.”

In a recent program on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Hamas cleric and MP (member of parliament) Yunis Al-Astal cited the Quran in guiding Muslims to “massacre” the Jews.

He said, “We must massacre them, in order to break them down and prevent them from sowing corruption in the world. They are the ones who still spark the flame of war, but Allah has taken it upon Himself to extinguish it.”

In his talk, Al-Astal asserted that Allah considers Jews who made a “covenant” with God to be “the worst of beasts.”

“The worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who disbelieve. They are the ones with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time,” he said.

From there, he said that the Koran “provides us with the answer” which is to “massacre them.”

“We must restore them to the state of humiliation imposed upon them. They should be dhimmi [second class] citizens,” Al-Astal said. “This status must be imposed upon them by war. They must pay the jizya security tax while they live in our midst.”

Watch excerpts from the March 6 broadcast here courtesy of MEMRI:

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Egyptian Court Sentences 529 Brotherhood Members to Death

Cairo University students supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.

Cairo University students supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.

Newsmax (March 24) — An Egyptian court sentenced 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death for murder and other offences on Monday, in a sharp escalation of a crackdown on the movement that is likely to fuel instability.

Family members stood outside the courthouse screaming after the verdict – the biggest mass death sentence handed out in Egypt’s modern history, defence lawyers said. Supporters set fire to a nearby school in protest, state television reported.

Turmoil has deepened since the army overthrew Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in July. Security forces have killed hundreds of Brotherhood members in the streets and arrested thousands.

Most of the defendants at Monday’s hearing were detained during clashes which erupted in the southern province of Minya after the forced dispersal of two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo on August 14.

Islamist militants have also stepped up attacks on the police and army since Mursi’s ouster, killing hundreds and carrying out high profile operations against senior interior ministry officials.

“The court has decided to sentence to death 529 defendants, and 16 were acquitted,” defence lawyer Ahmed al-Sharif told Reuters. The condemned men can appeal against the ruling.

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 24th Mar 2014

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A video that Israel haters don’t want you to see – The IDF in Hebron.  This video shows how some Palestinian Arab children react to Israeli soldiers.

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Every anti-Israel NGO in Hebron sees scenes like this daily. I’ve seen them too. But these NGOs can’t raise any money by reporting the situation accurately. The haters can’t get gigs speaking at clueless colleges if they don’t stereotype Jewish soldiers as evil.

So they don’t want you to see this, because it threatens their livelihoods that depend on demonizing Jews.

http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2014/03/a-video-that-israel-haters-dont-want.html#.UzBdgkUWXdq

 

A Druze voice enlightens.  Mendi Safadi is Chairman of “Druze for Israel”.  Born in the Golan Heights, Mendi tells that Arabs, Christians, Druze and Jews are all equal in Israel. He also highlights Israel’s help for Syrians.

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Israel is a major strategic partner of the US.  The US House of Representatives approved by 140 – 1 the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act.  The bill promotes bi-lateral military, energy, water, science, homeland security, and agriculture co-operation and has now been transferred to the Senate for final approval.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/178168#.Uxgkbs6s9-c

 

Israeli system protects Statue of Liberty.  (Thanks to Israel21c) The Statue of Liberty National Monument has included Israel’s BriefCam in its state-of-the-art surveillance system. Briefcam’s unique Video Synopsis software solution enables law enforcement and security personnel to review hours of video in minutes.

http://israel21c.org/news/statue-of-liberty-upgrades-with-israeli-digital-video-surveillance/

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-video-technology-makes-lady-liberty-safer/

 

Budget deficit lowest in 2.5 years.  Israel’s accumulated budget deficit fell to NIS 28.6 billion or 2.7% of GDP.  It is the lowest since Aug 2011 and below the government’s target of 3% of GDP.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-budget-deficit-lowest-since-august-2011-1000922514

 

PM is TV tour guide.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the star of a new series about the tourist sites in Israel. The program, produced and hosted by CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg, features footage shot the length and breadth of Israel, with Netanyahu himself introducing Israel’s major tourist spots.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/post-oscars-pm-unveils-tourism-tv-show-in-hollywood/

 

Israel to host European swimming championships.  Israel will host the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Jan 2015 – the first time for such a large-scale swimming event.  The venue is the new Olympic-size pool at the Wingate Institute near Netanya, and anticipates around 145 million TV viewers.

http://www.jpost.com/Sports/Israel-to-stage-large-scale-swimming-event-for-first-time-344542

 

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UN report blasts Iran for persecution of Christians, other religious minorities

iranian-presidentFox News (March 21) — The election last year of self-professed moderate President Hassan Rouhani has not brought Iran’s Christians any relief, according to a new United Nations report which finds the Islamic Republic’s Bible believers more persecuted than ever.

The detailed report finds Iran has continued to imprison Christians for their faith and designated house churches and evangelical Christians as “threats to national security.” At least 49 Christians were among 307 religious minorities being held in Iranian jails as of January 2014, noted the UN, which also blasted the regime for its hostility to Jews, Baha’is, Zoroastrians and Dervish Muslims, the UN report stated.

These are indicators that President Rouhani has no influence over hard-liners, who remain fully in charge of the judiciary and security apparatus, government entities that are responsible for the most severe abuses against religious minorities,” Dwight Bashir, deputy director for policy at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, told FoxNews.com.

…Saba Farzan, a German-Iranian journalist and director of political studies at the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy, told FoxNews.com: “The situation of Christians and other religious minorities in Iran is very dire because the Iranian regime is a Sharia state.”

“This dictatorship oppresses viciously all these precious groups with the abhorrent justification of Islamic law [Sharia] and by that it violates Iran’s constitution and a long-lasting tradition within Persian culture of peaceful tolerance and respect toward fellow Iranians with diverse religious backgrounds,” Farzan said.

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Kenya legalizes polygamy without wife’s consent

Women-in-Kenya“Parliamentary majority leader Aden Duale, a Muslim, said that men marrying more than one woman was part of the Islamic faith, but also highlighted Biblical stories to justify Christians not asking their wife before taking another.” Yes, but nonetheless, monogamy has always been the teaching of virtually all Christian sects; this move is a clear step toward the Islamization of Kenya, and was spearheaded by forces who want to see the full introduction of Sharia there.

“Kenya legalises polygamy without wife’s consent,” by Peter Martell for AFP, March 21:

Nairobi (AFP) – Kenya’s parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female lawmakers who stormed out, reports said Friday.

The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalise customary law about marrying more than one person.

The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband’s choice, but male members of parliament overcame party divisions to push through a text that dropped this clause.

“When you marry an African woman, she must know the second one is on the way, and a third wife… this is Africa,” MP Junet Mohammed told the house, according to Nairobi’s Capital FM.

As in many parts of Africa, polygamy is common among traditional communities in Kenya, as well as among the country’s Muslim community, which accounts for up to a fifth of the population.

“Any time a man comes home with a woman, that would be assumed to be a second or third wife,” said Samuel Chepkong’a, chairman of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, the Daily Nation newspaper reported.

“Under customary law, women or wives you have married do not need to be told when you’re coming home with a second or third wife. Any lady you bring home is your wife,” he added.

…Parliamentary majority leader Aden Duale, a Muslim, said that men marrying more than one woman was part of the Islamic faith, but also highlighted Biblical stories to justify Christians not asking their wife before taking another.

“I want my Christian brothers to read the Old Testament — King David and King Solomon never consulted anybody to marry a second wife,” Duale told the house.

Women are not allowed to marry more than one man in Kenya.

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Watch Pedestrians Hilariously Answer Jimmy Kimmel’s Preposterous ‘Confusing Question of the Day’

Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel took to the streets of Los Angeles Friday, pranking pedestrians by asking them his “confusing question of the day.”

Meshing all the week’s news into a preposterous question, Kimmel asked individuals, “Do you believe Crimea’s vernal equinox should remain in the multiverse, or do you support Ukraine’s acquisition of the Lululemon?”

The question is designed to absolutely make no sense, Kimmel explained, but that didn’t stop individuals from giving their opinion.

“Um, I support it,” one unidentified woman answered.

“Why?” asked the interviewer.

“Well, you know, first of all, I think that I believe in their beliefs,” the woman responded.

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