Archive for March, 2012

Being an Israeli and a Jew in 2012: Let’s Face Reality Without Illusion, Shrug, and Move Forward

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

By Barry Rubin

While you probably already know what I’m about to say, it is useful to reinforce and pull together the pieces of reality we face.

It is the year 2012, which seems to be going by very fast and is already one-fourth finished. People are walking around with smart phones and all sorts of electronic devices undreamed of not long ago. There has been what is called an “Arab Spring” stoking fantasies about instant democracy. An African-American was elected president of the United States, and that was after his party’s nomination, and thus probably the White House, almost went to a woman!

Times have changed.

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Can my enemy’s enemy be my friend?

Friday, March 30th, 2012

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi and Phillip Smyth*

A recurring question of the past year has been whether Israel can come out of the unrest of the “Arab Spring” with any new allies. The point is hardly immaterial: The future of Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt hangs in the balance, as Egyptian political parties call for a referendum on the Camp David Accords. Observers also point to the possibility of a revolt against Hashemite rule in Amman instigated by Bedouin tribes and/or Palestinians in Jordan. This too could derail that country’s peace treaty with Israel.

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California to Supreme Court: Attrition Will Work

Friday, March 30th, 2012

By Jon Feere, CIS.org

Ten states have joined California in filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court objecting to what they allege are unconstitutional provisions of Arizona’s S.B. 1070, the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”. The 10 other states are New York, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Among other things, California et al. argue that Arizona’s law has “interstate effects”, namely that it would drive illegal immigrants out of Arizona and into other states. As explained in the brief:

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On Massacres and Motivations

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi*

Commenting on the recent massacre of 17 Afghan civilians that was allegedly carried out by Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, Glenn Greenwald, a leading pundit on the American political left, wrote the following:

There is, quite obviously, a desperate need to believe that when an American engages in acts of violence of this type, there must be some underlying mental or emotional cause that makes it sensible, something other than an act of pure hatred or evil. When a Muslim engages in acts of violence against Americans, there is an equally desperate need to believe the opposite: that this is yet another manifestation of inscrutable hatred and evil, and any discussion of any other causes must be prohibited and ignored.

This is a typical example of how Greenwald engages in overblown rhetoric. To take just a couple of examples that refute his inaccurate generalizations here, no one attempted to rationalize the Mahmudiyah killings in 2006, which involved the massacre of an Iraqi family — including the gang rape and killing of a 14-year old girl — by some U.S. soldiers from the 502nd Infantry Regiment.

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Passover Rhapsody: The Exodus story set to Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Enjoy a Passover Rhapsody: The Exodus story set to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” from aish.com:

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Western Survival Depends on Western Pride

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

by David J. Rusin*

Claude Guéant, the French interior minister, sparked a firestorm last month when he praised Western values as “superior” to the oppressive ones found elsewhere, namely the Islamic world. Yet the controversy did more to spotlight an area in which the West clearly trails its rivals: self-confidence. If a government official cannot extol the unique virtues of freedom and equality that define Western life without being cast as a bigot by the politically correct, how can they be safeguarded against the highly motivated forces of Islamism, which doubt neither the superiority of their own principles nor the righteousness of imposing them on others?

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The Muslim Brotherhood Reborn: The Syrian Uprising

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

by Yvette Talhamy*

As Syrian president Bashar al-Assad struggles to contend with a massive popular uprising, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (SMB) is poised to dominate whatever coalition of forces manages to unseat the Baathist regime. Though in many ways the Brotherhood’s official political platform is a model of Islamist moderation and tolerance, it is less a window into the group’s thinking than a reflection of its political tactics. Unlike its parent organization, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which often kept its ideological opponents at arm’s length, the SMB has repeatedly forged alliances with secular dissident groups even as it secretly tried to negotiate a deal with the Assad regime to allow its return from exile. Since the moderation of its political platform over the past two decades has clearly been intended to facilitate this triangulation, it does not tell us much about the ultimate intentions of the Syrian Brotherhood.

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Israeli Reservists Take Heat At Rutgers University

Monday, March 26th, 2012

By Fern Sidman

On Thursday evening, March 22nd, tension filled the air at the Student Activities Center at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey as two Israeli reservists addressed an audience of both pro-Israel supporters and ardent Israeli detractors. The evening called “StandWithUs’ Israeli Soldiers Stories: Real Israelis – Real Stories” was co-sponsored by StandWithUs, (a pro-Israel student advocacy organization), Rutgers Hillel and the Israel Center. Amid the din of conversation, audience members filed in to the center lounge and, according to one member of Rutgers Hillel who chose to remain anonymous, “Judging by the large number of Muslim students here, we can expect some kind of protest or walk out.”

Israeli soldiers...   Israeli soldiers...
Israeli army reservists Lital and Adam.

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TAKE ACTION NOW: Sign Petition Urging UN To Dismiss Official Whom Committed Libel Against Israel

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Thanks to HonestReporting, you can easily speak your mind to the UN and sign the “We demand the dismissal of Khulood Badawi” petition (click on this link):

Dear Head of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA),

We, the undersigned, demand that the UN immediately terminate its association with Khulood Badawi, an employee at the OCHA.

Badawi has proven unreliable as a source of information by using her Twitter account to spread false and harmful information about Israel. She has refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing or apologize for spreading propaganda. It is inappropriate for a UN employee to engage in political activism and the UN must disassociate itself from her immediately.

SIGN THE PETITION

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When political correctness kills

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

by Adam Turner*

Starting on March 11 and ending on March 19, a terrorist wearing a motorcycle helmet that covered his face conducted a vicious killing spree in Toulouse, France, murdering three French military officers (two of Arab ancestry, one of Caribbean ancestry) and four French Jewish civilians (a 30-year-old Rabbi, his 5-year-old son, his 4-year-old son and an 8-year-old girl). Much speculation as to the possible motives and background of the terrorist followed. On March 21, 2012, the French armed forces surrounded an apartment in Toulouse where the killer lived and released his identity: It was a French Islamist named Mohammed Merah. On March 22, Merah was shot dead while jumping out of his apartment window

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Ask Europe’s elite: Is Israel’s existence the cause of anti-Semitism and Islamic terrorism?

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

By Gary Gerofsky

Did you know that the murder of a Rabbi and children in Toulouse, the mutilation and killing of a Rabbi and his pregnant wife in Mumbai, the beheading of Daniel Pearl, and all wars and terror in the Middle East happened because Israel exists? Did you also know that Jews are responsible for anti-Semitism because, without Jews, there would be no cause for people to hate Jews? How’s that for reasoning?

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CAIR: Supporting America…

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

by Andrew Whitehead

Since the founding of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the majority of non-Muslim citizens of the United States have been constantly accused of “Islamophobia” (a word created as a propaganda tool used by CAIR), “racism” (even though there is no such race as “Muslim”), and “intolerance” (a word used by many groups to describe those who disagree with them without using words of substance or evidence to back up their accusations).

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TAKE ACTION NOW: Urge UN To Dismiss Official Whom Committed Libel Against Israel

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

A UN “media official,” one Khulood Badawi, paid by U.S. and European taxpayers, has blatantly spread lies about Israel. This “official” (liar and inciter of violence) tried to pawn off a photo on Twitter which showed a poor Palestinian girl allegedly injured in an Israeli airstrike, while in reality, the girl was hurt “by falling off a swing.” This picture, taken in 2006 by Reuters, had already been used to smear Israel, but Reuters retracted and apologized for this misinformation. The facts were uncovered by HonestReporting (here and here). Her UN agency’s, “own website espouses that ‘humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.’

TAKE ACTION NOW: Write to the UN and urge it to summarily dismiss Badawi. You can use this sample text: “Ms. Khulood Badawi must be immediately dismissed from employment at the UN. She has acted in an unethical manner, possibly inciting violence, and committed libel against the nation of Israel. She falsely tweeted an image of a 2006 Reuters photo of a Palestinian girl who died in a playground or car accident, not as a result of anything done by Israel. This type of conduct violates all professional and civilized standards. The UN, claiming to represent all world nations, must be held to the highest of standards.” But I urge you to use your own words and keep it civil. Click on this link to send your message:

http://www.un.org/en/contactus/contactform.asp

Click here for more information.

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Israel’s Arabs, Living a Paradox

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

by Daniel Pipes*

Can Arabs, who make up one-fifth of Israel’s population, be loyal citizens of the Jewish state?

With this question in mind, I recently visited several Arab-inhabited regions of Israel (Jaffa, Baqa al-Gharbiya, Umm al-Fahm, Haifa, Acre, Nazareth, the Golan Heights, Jerusalem) and held discussions with mainstream Arab and Jewish Israelis.

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EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton: Enabler of Antisemitism and Radical Islam

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Question: What enabled the slaughter of Jewish children and soldiers in the French city of Toulouse by a Muslim steeped in radical, victim-centric, warped Islamist ideology? Answer: People like EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, an apologist for terrorist hate. She is the epitome of ignorant, bigoted, cowardly, politically correct, morally relativistic trash allowed by decadent, fearful Westerners to run amok at the top of their societies. This combination of a disconnected public and crazy political elite creates an atmosphere where lying bullies — Islamo-fascist-leftists — trample Western values, commit horrendous acts of ultra-violence, and shut down free speech. Meanwhile, people of conscience have to fight to even be heard, and sometimes fear for and lose their lives. This is the upside-down, Animal Farm-like world to which Westerners are acclimating. How could the depraved Ashton become EU Foreign Policy Chief? Just read about her — she’s lost her mind:

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