Archive for September, 2011

The Attack on Israel’s Embassy in Cairo

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

by Daniel Pipes*

Western diplomats and journalists fell for Stalin’s show trials but eventually learned not to accept developments in the Soviet Union at face value. In the Soviet Union’s later years, a crowd assaulting a foreign embassy would have been assumed to have state approval.

Other autocrats engage in similar tricks and illusions. Indeed, it’s often best to bring the U.S.S.R. to mind while trying to understand tyrannies. Specifically, that was the case concerning the Sep. 9 mob attack against the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

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Israel Alone… With G-d

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

by Phyllis Chesler

And now it seems as if I am standing still while the years quickly swirl round me like autumn leaves, like diamond snowflakes. As one ages, time seems to gather speed.

Paradoxically, this particular moment in history seems to be taking place in slow motion. It seems we have been here before — but really, it is always new, always happening as if for the first time.

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The betrayal of Sarah

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

By Gary Gerofsky

A young woman, 22 years of age, in her final year at York University (in Toronto, Canada) was looking for a course to fill out her credit requirements at the beginning of the new fall session. Sarah is her name — a quiet and confident woman who just wanted to maintain her good grade average and complete her education. She had never imagined getting involved in any politics or controversies on the way home to the graduation finish line.

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UC Irvine 11: Civil Rights “Heroes”?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

By Andrew Whitehead

The California Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations recently published an article expressing the “Travesty of Justice” involved in the sentencing of the so-called “Irvine 11″. The “Irvine 11″ case grew out of a conspiracy by a group of Muslim students who planned the disruption of a presentation by the Israeli Ambassador at UC-Irvine. This group consisted of very confused Muslim youth who can neither appreciate common civility nor clearly understand the first amendment to the Constitution.

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Is Turkey Going Rogue?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

by Daniel Pipes*

In a Middle East wracked by coups d’├ętat and civil insurrections, the Republic of Turkey credibly offers itself as a model thanks to its impressive economic growth, democratic system, political control of the military, and secular order.

But, in reality, Turkey may be, along with Iran, the most dangerous state of the region. Count the reasons:

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How About a Solo Immigration Visa for Refugees?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

By David North, CIS.org

One of the largely hidden problems with current U.S. immigration policy is that if we let in an immigrant, refugee, or asylee we set in motion, over time, the admission of that person’s (often numerous) relatives.

His or her siblings, parents, nieces and nephews, and ultimately, their siblings, parents, spouses, nieces and nephews, and so on, generation after generation. Chain migration is the cause of much of the expansion of the U.S. population.

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A Tale of Two Apostasies

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

by Raymond Ibrahim*

Cases dealing with apostasy in Islam — whereby Muslims who convert to other religions are tortured and executed — are on the rise and need to be acknowledged for what they are: one of Islam’s most visible attempts to suppress the human conscience — a phenomenon that has dire implications beyond religious freedom. Consider these two recent stories. First, from Somalia:

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Abbas At UN: Israel A Colonial Power Since Its Inception

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

By Fern Sidman

In his much awaited speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas officially asked the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state to rounds of applause, except for US Delegate Susan Rice and the Israeli delegation, in the automatically pro-Arab body.

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, UN Ambassador Ron Prosor, and later Minister for Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein, left the room.

Abbas started his speech by referring to Israel as “an occupying power who has committed ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, pushing them away from their ancestral homeland,” ignoring UN recognition of the state of Israel in 1948.

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The Real Iran

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

by Raymond Ibrahim*

In a globalized world where debate and diplomacy predominate, there is one sure way to discern the sincerity of any particular government: see how it behaves at home, where it is in power; see especially how it treats its minorities.

Consider the government of Iran. Gearing up for the Durban III Conference, supposedly against racism, scheduled to take place in New York City this week, Tehran and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad no doubt plan on complaining to the international community about Israel as in former conferences — portraying the Jewish state as “the most cruel and repressive racist regime,” a “barbaric” government that engages in “inhuman policies” against the Palestinians.

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Words, Words, Words – But They Count

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

by Phyllis Chesler

Words matter. They can enlighten or confuse us.

Despite what the western mainstream media say, Muslim terrorists are not merely “militants.”

An armed terrorist is not an “activist.”

Contrary to myth, an Israeli “settler” is not a “colonizer” — although many Muslims, who have “settled” in Europe and who have created hostile, violent, and separatist enclaves, (“no go zones”), are essentially “colonizing” Europe in order to establish a European Caliphate.

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Hate Week in New York: Starring the UN, the Palestinians, Durban III and Ahmadinejad

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

By Fern Sidman

Autumn in New York City will never be the same. The traditional atmosphere that marks this time of the year such as cooler temperatures, changing leaves and post-season play for major league baseball have been abruptly usurped by the menacing tone of geo-political realities. As most of us are already aware, the United Nations General Assembly will be convening for its annual session. In addition to hosting a veritable rogues gallery of assorted miscreants such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and playing chief sponsor to yet another round of infamous Israel bashing as manifested in the Durban III conference, this year the international spotlight is on the unilateral Palestinian bid for statehood.

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Toward a Nonviolent, Pluralistic Middle East – September 11: A Decade Later

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

by Amitai Etzioni*

The 2001 attacks on the United States have intensified the debate that has existed since the dawn of Islam: How is the West to respond to the followers of Muhammad? Some — most famously Bernard Lewis and Samuel Huntington — held that the contest is between two rather monolithic civilizations that are bound to clash. In a 2007 award acceptance speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Lewis described a history of clashes between Islam and the West. He stated that at first Muslims sought to spread their nascent faith through conquest throughout the then-Christian world; then the Christians invaded the Muslim world (the Crusaders); then the Muslims pushed back into Europe (the Golden Age of Islam); then the West retaliated by colonizing the Muslim world; and now the Muslims are again rising against Christendom by terrorism and flooding Europe with immigrants.[1] Huntington argued that “Islam’s borders are bloody, and so are its innards. The fundamental problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilization whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power.”[2] By contrast, President George W. Bush stated in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that “Islam is peace,”[3] while British prime minister Tony Blair argued that the problem was not Islam but “extremists trying to hijack it for political purposes.”[4]

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Pro-Israel Christians and Jews Unite at UN Rally

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

by Fern Sidman

Before noon on Wednesday, September 21st, scores of stalwart Christian supporters of Israel along with sizable contingents of Jews poured into Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations to express their indignation over the unilateral Palestinian bid for statehood expected to take place on Friday as part of the annual UN general assembly meeting. Sponsors of the rally said that a coalition of close to 50 Christian and Jewish organizations along with the Israeli government had taken part in mobilizing over 5000 people to attend under the banner of the “Eagles Wings Coalition Council”, named for the Buffalo, New York based organization of the same name, headed by Robert Stearns. Many rally participants had traveled from across the United States and Canada to attend.

Sept 21st rally at the UN

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Waxman

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

By Gary Gerofsky

This is a version of “Taxman” by the Beatles in honor of Henry Waxman’s attempt to classify Jewish supporters of Republicans “greedy” and wrong in speaking up for Israel’s survival — against Obama’s dictates and advice. See Barry Rubin’s article.

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Jewish Activists Arrested Near the UN

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

By Fern Sidman

Six Jewish activists including Rabbi Avi Weiss, director of Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns, were arrested on Tuesday morning September 20th at the corner of 1st Avenue and East 40th Street as they blocked traffic in a symbolic protest against the Palestinian bid for independent statehood at the United Nations annual general assembly conference. Their arrest was part of a rally co-sponsored by Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI) and Amcha that drew over 35 people, many of whom also stood in street with them.

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