Archive for January, 2009

Palestinian Terrorists: Poisoning the Minds of Their Own Children with Violence and Hatred [Image Gallery]

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

By Andrew L. Jaffee

For years, it has been well-known that Palestinian terrorists, including Fatah, Hamas, and Hezbollah, have indoctrinated their children with poisonous hatred of Israel and the rest of the civilized, Western world. This is not conjecture, but well-documented history, known as fact to people like our new Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. So why all the cheer-leading for Palestinian dysfunction, and the constant demonization of Israel?

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Explaining Israel’s Strategic Mistakes

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

by Daniel Pipes*

In an article earlier this month, “Israel’s Strategic Incompetence in Gaza,” I made three points: that the Israeli leadership unilaterally created its current problems in Gaza, that the war against Hamas meant ignoring the much larger threat of Iranian nuclear weapons, and that the goal of empowering Al-Fatah makes no sense.

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Jews: To The Muslim Gas Chamber

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

By Phyllis Chesler

Today, we have grown used to seeing Palestinian and Hamas supporters goose-step, Nazi-style, shoot out their arms as they deliver the Hitlerian “Sieg Heil” salute. They also chant and scream: “Jews to the ovens,” “Hitler did not kill enough of you,” “Jews to the gas chambers.”

This is raw, rank, Jew-hatred or anti-Semitism; that much is clear. But we are also faced with a major paradox. These same Palestinian and Hamas supporters routinely hold signs that accuse Israel of being a “Nazi” state. To them, Gaza is “Auschwitz,” and the Israelis have “occupied” it with “genocidal” intentions. … (Continue reading…)

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Obama and a Settlements Freeze

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

by Steven J. Rosen*

Nothing has more potential to undermine the relationship between the United States and Israel than the issue of settlements. Mideast Peace Envoy George Mitchell said in 2003, “Opposition to the government of Israel’s policies and practices regarding settlements… has been consistent through the Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush administrations; just as consistent has been the continued settlement activity by the Israeli government.”[1] If the Obama team is not able to come to a workable set of understandings with the Government of Israel on this issue, both the peace process and the United States-Israel relationship will suffer. During the George H. W. Bush administration, particularly from 1990-92, tensions over settlements so severely strained ties between Israel and its American ally, that direct communication between the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Israel ground to a halt. If not managed very carefully by both sides, the settlement issue could again become a point of friction leading to diplomatic paralysis.[2]

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Latino Voting in 2008: Part of a Broader Electoral Movement

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

WASHINGTON (January 27, 2009) – In the 2004 general election, President Bush garnered perhaps 39 or 40 percent of the Latino vote. Four years later, after extensive debate on immigration, Sen. McCain received approximately 32 percent of the Latino vote. Some have suggested that the GOP’s stance on immigration has hindered political gains among Hispanic voters.

The Center for Immigration Studies has released a new Backgrounder challenging that assertion. “Latino Voting in the 2008 Election: Part of a Broader Electoral Movement,” by Prof. James G. Gimpel of the University of Maryland, argues that GOP losses in the election were not limited to Hispanic voters and not affected by the immigration debate.

Among the findings:

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Heroes of Israel: Thank Israeli Soldiers

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Please watch this short new film from Aish.com, a tribute to Israeli soldiers bravely defending their homeland from Hamas’ terrorism. The video shows you how you can support Israeli soldiers and boost their moral:

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A Saudi Prince’s Threat to the Obama Administration

Monday, January 26th, 2009

by Daniel Pipes*

His Royal Highness Prince Turki al-Faisal is a leading Saudi powerbroker.

Born in 1945 in Mecca to the future King Faisal, his official biography informs us Turki studied at the Ta’if Model Elementary and Intermediate School, the Lawrenceville School, and Georgetown University. His career began in 1973 as an advisor in the Royal Court. He served as director general of the kingdom’s main foreign intelligence service for nearly a quarter-century, from 1977 to 2001, leaving that office just before 9/11. Between 2002 and 2007, he represented his government as ambassador to London and Washington. In retirement, he is chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh and co-chair of the C100 Group, an affiliate of the World Economic Forum.

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Truth on Trial: Anti-Israeli, Pro-Islamist Propaganda and the London School of Terrorism

Monday, January 26th, 2009

By Phyllis Chesler

… Well, to some, Keats is just one more dead, white man. Today, the intellectual elite and their followers believe that truth does not exist; that there are many truths and isms; that everything is relative, Rashomon-like; that people have different points of view and that all such views are “equal.”

In addition, people have been taught to worship lies, paranoid projections, linguistic reversals, and photo shopped images. False accusations are mass produced and continue to pass for sweet truth in every language under the sun: Israelis are “Nazis” who killed 12 year-old Mohammed al-Dura in his father’s arms, perpetrated a “massacre” in Jenin, built an “Apartheid” Wall in the West Bank, are presiding over a “Holocaust” in Gaza. … (Continue reading…)

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The Mind of Jihad

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

by Laurent Murawiec
Cambridge, 2008. 350 pp. $80

Reviewed by Raymond Ibrahim*

For some time now there has been a raging debate regarding what fuels Islamic terrorism–whether grievances against the West have caused frustrated Muslims to articulate their rage through an Islamist paradigm, or whether (all grievances aside) Islam itself leads to aggression toward non-Muslims, or “infidels.”

Laurent Murawiec’s The Mind of Jihad offers a different perspective. Discounting both the grievance and Islam-as-innately-violent models, Murawiec explores certain untapped areas of research in order to show correlations between radical Islam and any number of uniquely Western concepts and patterns, both philosophical and historical.

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Marching for Hamas

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

by Denis MacEoin*

Hamas is a bully aided by a bigger bully, Iran. And, just as strident and threatening human bullies get away with their aggression so long as no one calls their bluff, so Hamas has been getting away with murder and torture because the UN and many states won’t call its two-faced self-portrayal as the victim in the piece. In the struggle to take over Gaza from Fatah, it went on a rampage that killed hundreds of Palestinians. Even during this most recent assault, in early January, it executed Fatah members for violating their house arrest. A few weeks ago, Hamas determined to hurt yet more of its compatriots by introducing Islamic hudud punishments to the Strip, from amputations and stonings, to crucifixions and hangings.

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Nasrallah’s Defeat in the 2006 War: Assessing Hezbollah’s Influence

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

by Eyal Zisser*

On the night of February 12, 2008, a car bomb in Damascus killed Imad Mughniyeh, the head of Hezbollah’s military wing. The assassination shattered the legend of Hezbollah’s invincibility. Intelligence services of at least forty countries had pursued Mughniyeh for decades, and he had succeeded in evading them all. His elusiveness substantiated Hezbollah’s claim that its enemies had no hope of finding cracks in the group’s network or in the ranks of its faithful. Mughniyeh’s death destroyed that myth. Since that fateful Tuesday, every child in Lebanon knows that whoever got Mughniyeh will be able to get to Hasan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary-general, as well.

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Message to the President: “Stop Radical Islamic Terrorism”

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

By Fern Sidman

As the mercury precipitously dropped, demonstrators from the Coalition For Peace organization braved the biting cold and sub freezing temperatures in the nation’s capitol on January 20th in order to send a clear message to President Barack Hussein Obama on his inauguration day. With calls to “protect the free world from radical Islam”, the 30 demonstrators staged a peaceful protest in Lafayette Park, directly across the street from the White House. The Coalition For Peace is a nascent movement comprised of Hindu, Jewish and Christian organizations who are sounding a clarion call to the western world of the imminent dangers that jihadists represent.

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Death to Free Speech in the Netherlands

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

by Brooke M. Goldstein and Aaron Meyer*

On Wednesday, freedom of speech in Europe took a new and devastating turn, as a Dutch appellate court ordered the prosecution of Geert Wilders, parliamentarian and filmmaker, charging him with “inciting hatred and discrimination” against Muslims for his film exposing the threat of radical Islam.

This ruling comes a mere six months after the public prosecutor’s office found Wilders’ dialogue contributed to the debate on Islam and that he had not committed any criminal offense. Now, curiously, the court has done an about-face and decreed that charges may be brought against the politician, and that prosecuting him is somehow in “the public interest.”

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Resisting Stealth Jihad

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

by Pam Meister*

Those of us who get the bulk of our news from the Internet are probably aware of pro-Hamas rallies that have taken place across the nation over the last couple of weeks. To name just a couple: in Los Angeles, the Islamists chanted “Heil Hitler,” “death to the Jews,” “death to Israel” and “down, down, USA!” In Fort Lauderdale, Jews were exhorted to “go back to the ovens.” As Spencer noted, “Never before in American history have we seen people openly, on American soil, and in full light of video cameras, saying that they want to see a renewal of a genocidal ambition, and they want to see a whole people exterminated.”

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The Democrats and Israel

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

by Daniel Pipes*

With Democrats now in charge of both the executive and legislative branches, what changes might one expect in U.S. policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict?

Personnel appointments so far fit the center-left mold. On the plus side, as analyst Steven Rosen observes, this means that none of the team brings a “defined left agenda of dangerous delusions – indeed, many of them are sensible and intelligent, resistant if not immune to the nonsense that blinds the majority of academicians.” Especially when recalling Barack Obama’s earlier associations (Ali Abunimah, Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said) and the potential alternate “dream teams“, this comes as a relief.

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