Archive for March, 2008

LiveLeak Pushes Back, Re-Posts Fitna

Monday, March 31st, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

LiveLeak has re-posted Geert Wilders’ film “Fitna,” after having pulled the video off its site due to death threats. LiveLeak is the British video/media sharing service which first released Wilders’ movie. Following suspension of “Fitna,” LiveLeak issued a statement alluding to several British newspapers’ complicity in the death threats. According to the Daily Kos, “various British newspapers actually printed the names and addresses of Liveleak staffers. Needless to say, lots of very pointed death threats followed.” Whatever the details, LiveLeak has refused to succumb to Islamist intimidation and has stated (with admirable attitude):

On the 28th of March LiveLeak.com was left with no other choice but to remove the film “fitna” from our servers following serious threats to our staff and their families. Since that time we have worked constantly on upgrading all security measures thus offering better protection for our staff and families. With these measures in place we have decided to once more make this video live on our site. We will not be pressured into censoring material which is legal and within our rules. We apologise for the removal and the delay in getting it back, but when you run a website you don’t consider that some people would be insecure enough to threaten our lives simply because they do not like the content of a video we neither produced nor endorsed but merely hosted.

You can watch “Fitna” at LiveLeak by clicking here. Note that “Fitna” has been continuously available on sites like Google and here at netwmd.com.

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Sleepwalkers in Dangerous Times

Monday, March 31st, 2008

By Phyllis Chesler

I am intimately surrounded by enemy propaganda and I’ve only myself to blame. For example, I have been reading Publishers Weekly (PW) for a very long time. I don’t have to but I won’t give it up. Yes, I have noted the leftward drift of their reviews but, like the New York Times, whose editors and book reviewers have drifted similarly left-ward, PW remains a “must” for all those who want to read reviews of upcoming book titles and who want to know what publishing deals are in the works.

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On Islam and Islamism

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

by Andrew Potter*

Mr. Pipes spoke with Citizen editor Andrew Potter about the emerging threats to Israel, the state of the American professoriate, and the problem with Islamic radicalism.

You’re coming to Ottawa tomorrow to talk about ‘The threat to Israel’s existence, why it’s back and how to deal with it.’ Can you tell me what is or are the main threats right now to Israel’s existence?

Well, they’re unending, from the threat of nuclear annihilation, conventional military attacks, economic boycotts, demographic overwhelming, ideological undermining — you name it, from the most violent to the most political; the threats against Israel are across the spectrum.

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Geert Wilders’ Movie on the Quran: Fitna

Friday, March 28th, 2008

“Islam is a religion that wants to rule the world.” “Freedom go to hell.” “Mosque will be part of the system of government of Holland.” Wilders’ film (below) speaks for itself — the Koranic verses and the corresponding acting out (terrorism), the interviews, the images, the headlines, quotes from imams, etc. Of course, those who deny there even is such a thing as Radical Islam will watch this and still deny the indisputable evidence. Just wait for them to scream “racism” and try to destroy all copies of Wilders’ movie. Please distribute using this link, and watch below (please be patient as the movie starts loading).

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Comparing the Plight of Palestinians and Tibetans

Friday, March 28th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Dennis Prager wrote a great piece for FrontPageMagazine.com, in which he explains that in “a more moral world, however, public opinion would be far more preoccupied with Tibetans than with Palestinians, would be as harsh on China as it is on Israel, and would be as fawning on Israel as it now is on China.” You should read his excellent article, but here’s my simple-minded, pablum, politically-correct (retarded) explanation:

Israel (the Little Satan, aka the cowboys) is BAD because it is capitalist and democratic (evil/classist), allied with the U.S. (the Great Satan, also the cowboys), and lives next door to “indigenous” peoples (Palestinians, aka the Indians).1 Note that these “indigenous” people cannot tolerate the thought of a small group of successful Jews existing while their “indigenous” societies are mired in a corrupt Stone Age.

China (the Peoples’ Paradise) is GOOD because it is communist,2 is fighting the cowboys, is allied with Sudan and Iran3 (also oppressed “indigenous” peoples, aka Indians), and those trouble-makers in Tibet are psycho, religious culturally-aware folk in need of re-education.

(Minor) Footnotes
1 Never mind 3000+ years of Jewish history and continuous presence in Israel.
2 Never mind that Mao et al built “communism” by killing 80 million Chinese; never mind that China is no longer communist, but in fact capitalist (except for centralized control).
3 Never mind that Sudan and Iran are two of the worlds’ worst human rights abusers.

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CAIR: The Treason from Within; Another CAIR Official Indicted

Friday, March 28th, 2008

By Andrew Whitehead

On Wednesday, 26 March, a grand jury indictment against Muthanna Al-Hanooti was unsealed in Michigan. The indictment accuses Al-Hanooti of violations of 18 and 50 United States Code. The specifics include allegations that Al-Hanooti provided information on members of the congress who were of interest to the Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS), acted under direction of the IIS, accepted payments in oil (two million barrels) from the Iraqi government for acting as its agent, and provided a written brief to the Iraqi government outlining methods that could be used to lift the sanctions then in place against Iraq.

The indictment may be read here (PDF):
http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/112.pdf

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The New York (Islamic) Times: How Propaganda Works to Ensure The Subordination of Women

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

By Phyllis Chesler

How do we cut down on honor murders in the West? According to some people, you do whatever it takes to keep the girls from dishonoring their families so that their families do not have to honor-murder them.

According to the New York Times, “home schooling” the girls in America, re-creating a feudal, rural, parallel universe in California in which girls and women are kept hidden and apart, is the sensible, merciful alternative to honor murders in The New World.

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A Palestinian (Feminist) State of Mind

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

By Phyllis Chesler

I am perpetually stunned by how successfully the propaganda about Palestine-the-occupied-country has swept through the minds of educated western people and left nothing else in its wake but false images of Palestine besieged by Israeli “Nazis.” The “humiliation at the checkpoints” and the faux “murder of Mohammed al-Dura” burn brightly as eternal mental images while the relentless barrage of Kassam rockets against the civilians of Sderot remain non-existent images.

Yesterday, I wrote about Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s Orwellian defense of Ms. Magazine for having rejected the AJCongress’s pro-Israel ad.

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Iraq Perspective: Letter to a Dead Colonel

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

A U.S. colonel in Iraq got so fed up with “corrupt, money grubbing contractors” and “commanders only interested in themselves,” felt “dishonored,” so he killed himself, leaving behind his men, a wife, and children. One of the colonel’s men wrote a post mortem letter to him, providing some great insights into the Iraq effort, and suggesting that no war — nothing in life — is perfect. You should read the whole letter in the Alibi, but here are a few excerpts:

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No Coyote Needed: New Paper Examines Visa Overstays

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

WASHINGTON (March 2008)* — While presidential candidates promise to secure the border, the other major source of illegal immigration is largely ignored — lax visa policies. Visa overstays account for between one-quarter to one-half of the illegal-alien population, and fencing, unmanned aerial vehicles, National Guard patrols, etc., are irrelevant to controlling this part of the immigration problem.

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Mexico Losing Control

Monday, March 24th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Mexican local and national government seems unwilling to crack down on continual gang-related drug violence. Certainly, many illegals are just seeking jobs in the U.S., but when did America become responsible for solving Mexico’s rampant corruption and unemployment problems? Certainly, a good number of illegals are drug gang members seeking to acquire turf and revenue in the U.S. Read the following, then think about whether the U.S. should have an open-door immigration policy:

Mexican medical investigators are working to identify four burned bodies discovered on a ranch near the Mexican border town of Palomas, which is across the border from Columbus, New Mexico. …

The latest violence in the border town of 8,000 came the day after the town’s chief of police requested U.S. asylum saying that he feared for his safety.

Luna County deputies and border patrol officials said that Chief Emilio Perez was under the protections of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Also last week, Colmbus Mayor Eddie Espinoza reported he had been getting a root canal in a Palomas dental office when two armed man burst in and robbed the dentist.

Officials believe the surge in violence in and around Palomas signals an escalation of a turf battle by rival drug gangs along the U.S-Mexico border.

DOH! Notice that the Palomas police chief didn’t ask the Mexican government for asylum.

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Scapegoating Israel is Fashionable: Balancing Feminist Sorrows with Israel’s Right to Exist

Monday, March 24th, 2008

By Phyllis Chesler

In June of 1982, in the pages of Ms. Magazine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin earned her reputation as a Jewish feminist by writing about anti-Semitism among feminists. She did so by standing on the shoulders of other Jewish feminists who had been wrestling with this “problem without a name” since the early 1970s and whose cries Pogrebin finally heard.

Pogrebin’s article in Ms. Magazine was brave and she was, at the time, both attacked and disbelieved. But she was also respected for writing the piece. By 1991, Pogrebin had expanded her article about Jew-hatred among feminists into a book about Judaism and feminism, Deborah, Golda and Me. The book’s index contains at least 30 references to anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism and the women’s movement. There is also a whole chapter titled “Special Jewish Sorrows and Women and Anti-Semitism.” Since Pogrebin published her book, she has risen to prominence as a spokeswoman for all things Jewish and feminist.

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Palestinian Factions Fight Amidst Refugees

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

One big, happy Palestinian family, huh? From the BBC:

Clashes have broken out between Palestinian factions in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon.

The fighting was between members of the Fatah faction and an Islamist group called Jund al-Sham.

It took place in the densely populated Ain al-Hilwe refugee camp, which is located on the outskirts of the southern city of Sidon.

Fighters launched rockets and exchanged gunfire in the middle of the camp, causing dozens of civilians to flee. …

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Fatah’s Embrace of Islamism

Friday, March 21st, 2008

by Ido Zelkovitz*

Many U.S. and European diplomats contrast Fatah’s Palestinian nationalism with Hamas’s Islamism. At a November 28, 2007 press conference, U.S. national security advisor Stephen Hadley praised Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and cited President George W. Bush’s argument that “Hamas, Hezbollah, and Al-Qaeda [are] different faces of the same evil: a radical ideology seeking to impose its world-view throughout the Middle East and beyond.”[1] But, while Fatah, the core of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), may have its roots in the revolutionary, secular-oriented ideologies of the 1960s and 1970s,[2] Islamist discourse is also integral to the movement.[3] Indeed, even as Western diplomats seek to bolster Fatah’s Abbas as an alternative to Hamas, they underestimate the degree to which Palestinian nationalism now intertwines itself with Islam.[4] Since the 2000 Palestinian uprising, Fatah has fused national and religious symbols in order to use Islam as an instrument of mobilization.[5]

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The other cartoons: Arab hatred of Israel

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Ever thought about what the Arab media really thinks of Jews, Judaism, and Israel? Seeing is believing, from the ADL, below. These editorial cartoons were printed over the last few weeks by Arab papers in response to Israel’s self-defense against terrorist missile attacks. Hmmm… Israelis haven’t gone on any rampages of protest. Remember the Arab/Muslim furor over the much tamer cartoons of Mohammed?

Arab cartoons

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