Almost simultaneously, on June 23, 2011, the University of California at Berkeley’s Center on Race and Gender issued its first annual “Islamophobia” report. The report is a project of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP), whose mission statement says: “The IRDP focuses on a systematic and empirical approach to the study of Islamophobia and its impact on the American Muslim community. Today, Muslims in the U.S., parts of Europe, and around the world have been transformed into a demonized and feared global ‘other,’ subjected to legal, social, and political discrimination.”
Archive for June, 2011
By Gary Gerofsky
David Bedein has made a convincing and informative plea to pressure governments and the public to remove or replace the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) when its mandate is up for renewal on June 30. He describes UNRWA’s operations in Palestinian territories, their policy of keeping Palestinians in concentration camps when viable alternatives are available in rapidly expanding towns and villages; villages that are growing much more rapidly, in fact, than Jewish settlements. He describes the curriculum of the Palestinian Authority (PA) that inculcates hate for Jews and instills unrealistic expectations and feelings in Arab youth of entitlement to all of Israel. He suggests that the logical alternative would be United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The logical alternative is a takeover of the education system in Palestinian-held territories and to evict all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN representatives and to restore sanity to the region and sanity to aid organizations. Empathy and understanding for the Jewish narrative must be the pre-requisite for any NGO working in Israel or working with the Palestinian refugees.
by Lee Smith*
Trailing the wave of revolutions that began sweeping through the Arabic-speaking Middle East this January, I recently traveled in the region, visiting some of the capitals where what we have come to call the “Arab Spring” has hit.
In Cairo, I kept company with the handful of Egyptian political activists from the social media generation who were skeptical of a revolution that had already started to show its populist roots. In Manama, I met with members of the mainstream opposition movement who contended that, contrary to their government’s claims, the Shiites of Bahrain wanted nothing to do with Tehran: In the 1970 U.N. poll about the emirate’s future, Bahrainis expressed the wish to remain part of an independent Arab state under the ruling al-Khalifa family but demanded their political rights — and still do. And from Beirut, I watched another uprising kick off over the anti-Lebanon mountain range in Damascus as many Lebanese quietly hoped that the revolution there would do away with the Assad regime while fearing the repercussions could not help but come back on them.
Last month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “scrapped the laws” which guaranteed “leniency” for honor killers. Family honor will no longer be a mitigating factor in such cases. On the West Bank and in Gaza, such barbaric murders of girls and women routinely draw sentences of six months or less.
Abbas was apparently driven to this unusual act by public outrage about an alleged honor killing which took place near Hebron on the West Bank.
Over a year ago, on April 20, 2010, 20-year-old Aya Baradiya disappeared. Her paternal uncle, 37-year-old Iqab Baradiya, and two accomplices had kidnapped her, bound her hand and foot, and threw her down a well, leaving her to die a slow and painful death. Her remains were not found for more than a year.
By Fern Sidman
In a stunning reversal of a previous decision that sparked polemical debate amongst Jewish leaders and academics, the provost of Yale University has announced the re-establishment of an interdisciplinary program on the study of anti-Semitism. Provost Peter Salovey who is the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology at Yale said in a letter dated June 19th that, “I have been gratified to learn that Professor Maurice Samuels and a group of faculty colleagues have expressed interest in the creation of a new scholarly enterprise, the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism (YPSA), and that the Whitney Humanities Center has agreed to sponsor it.”
By Andrew Whitehead
In the last few months much has been said about the rise of such new (for Americans) ideas as: “Sharia-compliant finance” and “Sharia Law for Muslims“. The mainstream press has either failed to report accurately on Sharia law, or purposely ignores its impact on America.
by Raymond Ibrahim*
Now that Ayman Zawahiri has assumed leadership of al-Qaeda, it is important to end the widespread perception that he is a dour intellectual who is disconnected from young, would-be jihadists. The fact is, Zawahiri is a wily, dangerous and imposing leader who should be considered no less of a threat — and perhaps even more so — than his predecessor.
Like Osama bin Laden, the Egyptian Zawahiri has jihadi bona fides and served in the Afghan war against the Soviets, primarily as a physician. Moreover, Zawahiri’s imprisonment and torture after the assassination of Anwar Sadat by Islamic Jihad, which he headed, seems to have hardened him more than bin Laden. From his prison cell he memorably delivered a passionate speech — in English no less. Seeing a video of it dispels any notion that he is an uncharismatic leader.
by Daniel Pipes*
Only 13 years ago the Turkish and Syrian governments came close to war, a culmination of long-existing tensions over borders, terrorism, water, contending alliances, and domestic factors. From an account of mine about the mood in October 1998:
By Jerry Kammer, CIS.org
For at least two years now, Arizona journalist Leo W. Banks has been writing and speaking about the strange silence of the federal government on the connection between forest fires in southern Arizona and the smugglers of drugs and human beings.
Banks has contrasted the widespread public belief that the fires are caused by the smugglers — either accidentally or in an effort to distract the Border Patrol — with the refusal of federal officials to address the issue.
by Raymond Ibrahim*
Sobhi Saleh, a top Muslim Brotherhood leader who was elected by Egypt’s Supreme Council to be on the constitution amendment committee, recently gave a speech wherein he insisted that Brotherhood men should only marry Brotherhood women, since they are “superior” to other Muslim women in Egypt — and so they can “produce little Brotherhood kids.” He also likened Egyptian secularists to atheists (that is, infidels) and referred to Egyptians disagreeing with the Brotherhood as qaum lut, the “People of Lot,” the Koran’s unflattering appellation for sexually depraved societies.
By Gary Gerofsky
The video entitled, “Shariah Muslims Hate Free Speech,” filmed at an Israel “Apartheid” Week (IAW) hate-fest at the University of California (UC) at San Diego is a typical example of what is happening on North American campuses. This video is a microcosm of how some people, with a pathological need to appear to be fair-minded and even-handed, play into the hands of Islamists. This radical Muslim hate-speech goes unchallenged. These Islamists enjoy the right to free speech protected by the American constitution but, beyond that and for no good reason, are encouraged to spew the hate speech to which they feel entitled. People who should know better are abusing the Constitution by upholding local and campus rules and regulations in higher regard than the Constitution which has been effectively supplanted and undermined. Hate speech is being protected by bureaucrats, Islamist sympathizers, the peace-at-any-cost gang and the ignorant. Free speech is being challenged only when it comes from those who are seen to be interfering with hate as expressed by Islamists in venues such as IAW. Hate speech is seemingly being protected more than is the free speech to challenge the insidious hate.
by Hilal Khashan*
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has apparently retained the hope of a military return to Lebanon from where he summarily withdrew in 2005 following the Rafiq Hariri assassination. In a 2008 interview with a Lebanese newspaper, he accused the northern city of Tripoli of becoming a base for Islamists who posed a direct threat to Syria’s security. More recently, Rifat Eid, head of Tripoli’s Alawite Arab Democratic Party, described the city as the “Lebanese Kandahar.”
By Fern Sidman
The hallowed halls of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut were rocked with controversy last week when it was announced that a well respected scholarly program called the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA) was scheduled to be terminated. In a statement issued by the iconic ivy league institution, Donald Green, a political science professor at Yale and Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies said that the decision was predicated upon YIISA “generating little scholarly work that earned publication in highly regarded journals, and its courses attracted few students”. Citing the Center for the Study of Race, Inequality and Politics as another example of an “underachieving program”. Dr. Green said that “YIISA suffered the same fate because it failed to meet high standards for research and instruction”.
And so, as I feared, by the end of the first week in June, 2011, Yale University shut down the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA). They gave the initiative, which has been housed at Yale since 2006, until July to clear out.
The Palestinianization and Stalinization of the American professoriate coupled with the likely prospect of funding from the Arab world made this outcome inevitable — as did the non-stop diet of Big Lies about Israel and Jews in the mainstream media, at the United Nations, and in international human rights reports.
By David North, CIS.org
You have heard all about sanctuary cities, and some states’ refusal to cooperate with the Secure Communities program, and state-sanctioned tuition breaks and driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, but there is a new wrinkle in state-sabotage of immigration enforcement.
It comes to us from Washington State, one of three states that still issue driver’s licenses to illegals.
I find it devious; others may find it creative.