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Virulent Jew Hatred at Soccer Match in Rome

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

By Fern Sidman

Following the recent war between Israel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza, Italian soccer fans unfurled a banner reading, “Free Palestine,” at a match last Thursday in Rome when the Italian team Lazio played their British rivals the Tottenham Hotspur. Local media initially blamed Thursday’s attack on hard-core fans or, “ultras,” supporting Lazio, who Tottenham had traveled to the capital to play in the Europa League.

The Tottenham club has a large contingent of Jewish fans. In addition to taunting the British fans with the provocative banner, witnesses told Italian media that masked men armed with knives and baseball bats shouted, “Jews, Jews,” as they laid siege to a pub where the Tottenham supporters were drinking in a district popular with tourists in an old quarter of Rome.

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‘Rehabilitating’ Jihadis with Cage-Fighting?

Monday, August 20th, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim*

UK officials have taken wishful thinking to a new level: not only are some of the most violent Islamic terrorists being released onto the streets; but in order to “rehabilitate” them, they are being trained by a former radical Muslim in one of the most violent forms of sports—cage-fighting, which even the Olympics refuses to acknowledge.

CNN’s “Cagefighter ‘cures’ terrorists,” by Nic Robertson and Paul Cruickshank, has the details. While the entire 2,300-word report is worth reading for its eye-opening (or eye-popping) qualities, the following excerpt summarizes:

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“Stars of David” shine at 2012 London Olympics

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

By Fern Sidman

The quintessential New England town of Needham, Massachusetts will be immeasurably transformed as its euphoric residents prepare to welcome home their very own “prodigal daughter,” three time Olympic medalist, gymnast Alexandra “Aly” Raisman. The vivacious 18-year old captain of the 2012 United States women’s gymnastic team captured the world’s adoration as she led her team to the gold for the first time since 1996. As to individual events, Raisman’s stellar performances garnered her both a bronze medal in the balance beam and yet another gold medal for the floor exercise routine in which she gracefully moved to the strains of “Hava Nagila”.

“I am Jewish, that’s why I wanted that floor music,” Raisman said. “I wanted something the crowd could clap to, especially being here in London. It makes it even much more if the audience is going through everything with you. That was really cool and fun to hear the audience clapping,” she added.

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Forbes Picture Captures IOC President Jacques Rogge Wearing Official Palestinian Olympic Shawl

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

… The best excuse Rogge has mustered [for refusing to hold a moment of silence for the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre of Israeli athletes] is that a commemoration wouldn’t be appropriate. He apparently forgot about the moment of silence for the besieged city of Sarajevo at the start of the 1984 Winter Games.

And the moment of silence at the close of the 1996 Games for victims of the Centennial Park bombing. And Rogge has certainly forgotten the opening of the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

A tattered American flag recovered from the World Trade Center on 9-11 was carried around the stadium. It was then raised as the official U.S. flag. …

- SportingNews, Jul 27, 2012

Based on the evidence, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge must be a bigot, hypocrite, and supporter of terrorists. The “Palestinian” government is made up of two terrorist groups, the PLO/Fatah in Judea and Samaria, and Hamas in Gaza. Their athletes’ mere presence at the Olympics is disgusting and an affront to civilized values. Yet, despite the hypocritical and contradictory evidence provided above, Rogge thinks commemorating the savage murder of Israeli athletes by “Palestinians” linked to the PLO/Fatah (the current “Palestinian Authority” or “PA”) is “inappropriate?” Well, Forbes has evidence of what is really inappropriate: A bona fide picture of Rogge wearing an official, terrorist “Palestinian” Olympic shawl in 2010 while visiting the “PA,” a terrorist group child of the Fatah and PLO terrorist groups:

IOC Pres Rogge thinks Palestinian terrorist politics are OK...

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The Ramadan Olympics and Islam’s “Law of Necessity”

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

by Mark Durie*

Islam Is a flexible religion: religious obligations allow exceptions, subject to circumstances. Muslim religious scholars balance countervailing obligations to determine when exceptions apply. Understanding such balancing of necessities in Islam is not only important for public policy, but also for understanding how an identical set of religious beliefs can be used to justify war or peace, terrorism or peaceful coexistence.

Fasting During a Ramadan Olympics

As the London Olympics are underway, London organizers of the Olympics, according to a report in the New York Times, are supporting the needs of Muslims athletes, “with more than 150 Muslim clerics on hand to assist athletes, as well as fast-breaking packs including dates and other traditional foods.”

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NBC censors British Olympic tribute to victims of savage, Muslim 7/7 terrorist attack

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

NBC, in its continuing and infinite politically-correct madness, has censored a British Olympic tribute to victims of the savage attack wrought against Londoners by Muslim terrorists on July 7, 2005. 52 innocent Brits were murdered and more than 770 injured. So NBC decided for its viewers that such an atrocity’s commemoration was not worthy of coverage for us “dumb Americans?” This is not the first time NBC has edited/censored reality.

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NBC’s Bob Costas will chide ‘IOC for denying Israel’s request for a moment of silence acknowledging the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Games’

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Thank G#d that Bob Costas, “for more than three decades, has been the conscience of NBC Sports. And for two decades, he has been the face of the Olympics for U.S. viewers.” During the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in London, he plans to chide the International Olympic Committee for its inexcusable refusal to allow a brief commemoration of the brutal murder of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists (who were aided by neo-Nazi activists) at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich:

… At the July 27 Opening Ceremony from London, Costas plans to call out the IOC for denying Israel’s request for a moment of silence acknowledging the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Games. On the 40th anniversary of Munich, it’s a decision he finds “baffling.” When the Israeli delegation enters the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium, Costas will stage his own protest: “I intend to note that the IOC denied the request,” he says, modulating his voice as if he were on the air. “Many people find that denial more than puzzling but insensitive. Here’s a minute of silence right now.” Says [former NBC producer Dick] Ebersol: “There’s a reality in business; there were times when I thought he got too forceful. But I’m very proud of the fact that Bob was able to be Bob.” By all accounts, Costas’ new boss, NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus, is also letting Bob be Bob. “He does not compromise his question-asking,” says Lazarus. “But he does not lead the witness down any path other than the truth.” …

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Dubai’s Dramatic Drop

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

by Daniel Pipes*

As the Muslim world settled into ever-deeper decline over the past decade, mired in political extremism, religious sickness, economic irrelevance, WMD, anarchy, dictatorship, and civil wars, Dubai stood out as a happy anomaly.

Under the leadership of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai (one of seven polities within the United Arab Emirates) invited peoples from around the world to come make money and they did; about 83 percent of its population of 1.4 million is foreign. The emirate intelligently exploited the energy boom surrounding it and had the ambition not just to globalize but to become a leader at globalization. Dubai became renowned for the world’s only tropical desert ski slope, the world’s only 7-star hotel, and the world’s very highest building, all done with a new-agey twist. (Publicity for the skyscraper, for example, presents it as “an unprecedented example of international cooperation” and “a beacon of progress for the entire world.”)

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Book Review: Arab Soccer in a Jewish State, the Integrative Enclave

Monday, December 15th, 2008

by Tamir Sorek
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 239 pp. $91.

Reviewed by Sol Schindler*
U.S. Foreign Service officer (ret.)

Sorek, an Israeli social scientist (as his prose can attest), finds in soccer a rich opportunity to study Arabs living and coping in the Jewish state. He calls the world of Israeli soccer an “integrative enclave” because it is free of the interethnic animosity he finds in so much of the rest of the country.

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The Great Game

Friday, June 6th, 2008

By Barry Rubin

Forget all the wimpy claptrap about Israel disappearing. Anyone who believes such nonsense has obviously never been to an Israeli soccer game.

One thing for sure: with Israelis so tough and determined over team loyalties, anyone who threatens our freedom and existence has pretty dim prospects.

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Iraqi Football Team Brings Rare Unity

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

The [Iraqi] team includes Sunni and Shia Muslims, as well as Kurds.

- BBC, 7/29/07

Another small glimmer of hope for Iraq (see also here)? One would hope that if Kurds, Shiites, and Sunnis could play soccer together, and pull off upset victories over the South Korean and Saudi teams, then they could learn to live together in peace. Who can tell? In the very stochastic realm of human emotions, sometimes even a single event can galvanize a previously fractured society. But the historic — and to me, minor — divisions separating Iraq’s Sunnis and Shiites run deep. Time will only tell. I hope that Iraqis can accentuate and perpetuate their football fever. From the BBC:

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