One of my beloved alma mater’s satellite campuses is having none of that:
Anti-dhimmitude at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown…A speech by a best-selling author and critic of Islam will be held at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, despite calls by members of the Muslim community to cancel the event. The article never makes it quite clear to readers who may not already be familiar with her story and her work that Hirsi Ali is herself an ex-Muslim.
The opposition to the elegant Ali was as level-headed as we’ve come to expect from the kind of people that we’ve come to expect it from:
Members of the Islamic Center of Johnstown wanted Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s appearance canceled, saying her attacks on Islam are unjustified and Muslims in the Johnstown area get along well with everyone else. “I don’t want her to poison anyone’s mind,” Mahmood A. Qazi, the center’s founder and past president, told the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown. “She doesn’t believe in God. How can she talk about God?”
Don’t let him off the hook just because he sounds stupid. This is a very, very clear stand: no one who doesn’t believe in God has any right to talk about God in public. Kind of helps you draw the line between Islamism and Christianism, huh? Yet another example of why people really ought to consider the possibility “fundamentalism in general” isn’t the problem.
[Cross-posted to Mere Rhetoric]
Comment by Jerry Gordon
My friend, Bat Ye’or has this important interview with FrontPageMagazine editor, Jamie Glazov in today’s edition. Her book, Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis, published in 2004 has been published in several languages, the latest in Italian. This interview concentrates on her message of ‘how European academia, NGO’s and especially the media- some would include U.K., Canadian and U.S. mainstream media, as well – have become parroting press agents for the Islamists seeking to conquer Dar el Harb. While she cites recent examples such as the British Journalists and last year’s Higher EducationTeachers Union boycotts of Israeli colleagues, we in the U.S. can point to PBS and the recent America at Crossroads TV series that rejected a segment dealing with treatment of ‘moderate Muslims’ by groups like CAIR. Bat Ye’or is the Cassandra of the 21st Century warning us how electronic jihad is the tool of choice of the Jihadis in conquering Dar el Harb by trivializing and making Israel ‘the pariah of oppression’.
by Jamie Glazov, FrontPageMag.com, April 26, 2007
Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Bat Ye’or, the world’s foremost authority on dhimmitude. Her latest study is Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis, which has just come out in an Italian version.
FP: Your book on Eurabia came out in a French edition in 2006, and is now just out in Italian. Dutch and Hebrew edition will follow in autumn. Is there a difference with the American version?
Bat Ye’or: Yes, there are differences. I wrote the American edition in 2004, hoping to alert the American public to the changes that were profoundly affecting Europe on the demographic, religious, cultural and democratic levels. These transformations will modify Europe’s relations with America and increase the gap between both. This situation is not specifically related to President Bush, albeit his strong Christian faith is one major reason why he is extremely unpopular in Europe. The core problem is connected to the satellization of Europe by the Arab and Muslim world — the result of a policy pursued for over 30 years by choice, fear and greed. The demographic Arab and Muslim weight in Europe combines with the flow of Arab capital, the globalisation of markets and the huge European financial investments in Arab lands. CONTINUE
Comment by Jerry Gordon
Earlier today, Dexter Van Zile of CAMERA sent me a web link to the Harvard Shorenstein Center report authored by Marvin Kalb on media coverage of the Lebanon War and suggested that I and others read it. I did. Bruce Kessler has sent this resume including excerpts from the analysis of Frida Ghittis of World Politics Watch. I urge you to read both reports. The Kalb report is a cautionary take of how the zeal of ‘yellow journalism’ by mainstream media distorted the Lebanese war coverage, played along with the Hezbolleh spin meisters and like Reuters displayed doctored photos caught by the sharp eyed bloggers at Little Green Footballs. No wonder we’re skeptical of what gets reported about the Middle East and especially Israel.
by Bruce Kesler, Democracy Project, April 25, 2007
Blog reports about Marvin Kalbâ€™s Harvard Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy study, The Israel-Hezbollah War of 2006: The Media as a Weapon in Asymmetrical Conflict, (40-page PDF) are quoting heavily from the report on the study at World Politics Watch, How the Media Partnered With Hezbollah: Harvard’s Cautionary Report.
The World Politics Watch summary is accurate, and telling, of the biased impact of coverage provided by the Western and Arab media.
However, the World Politics Watch concluding paragraphs are stronger than Kalbâ€™s study. World Politics Watch calls for vigilance and responsibility by Western reporters, and even moreso by their editors and the talking heads at home, not to be taken in, not to permit themselves to be part of propaganda exercises by our enemies, and to more clearly label any such reports as such and say whatâ€™s missing.
Middle East has been the most important and controversial international issue in the hard-fought French presidential election campaign. And depending on the results, the election may mark the first major change on that issue for over three decades.
Both Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal, the candidates of the center-right and Socialists, respectively, have promised major shifts in France’s stance on the Iranian, Lebanese, and Israeli-Palestinian issues if they win. They are reacting against the regime of outgoing President Jacques Chirac, who for 12 years–following in the footsteps of predecessors back to Charles de Gaulle–has allied with such Arab dictators as Yasir Arafat and Saddam Hussein. By making France the Arabs’ favorite Western state, Chirac and other Gaullists have tried to create an alignment to counter the great–and in France, much-despised–primacy of the United States. CONTINUE
By Adrian Morgan, FrontPageMag
(Oiginally published in FamilySecurityMatters.org | April 17, 2007)
The First Amendment to the US federal constitution was written in 1789, and was ratified by the States in 1791. It states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
The interpretation of the First Amendment and in particular its first clause, referred to as the “Establishment of Religion” or “Establishment” clause, has a direct bearing on how federally- funded public schools can teach religion. Alan Brownstein, a constitutional law expert from the University of California at Davis’ School of Law states:
“From a constitutional perspective, schools can’t teach the truth or falsity of religious belief, and atheism would fall in that parameter.”
No Israeli Concessions until the Arabs Stop Terrorism
comment by Jerry Gordon
Notwithstanding Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) announcing his formal run for the Presidency in 2008 while in New Hampshire this morning, former Mayor Rudy Guiliani is a strong contender. He was also up in New Hampshire telling it like it is about the War on Terror, post 9/11 – ‘the best defense is a good offense.’ Read this ABC News report. Read this fascinating set of comments at a NORPAC meeting in New Jersey by the former New York City Mayor and you see why Canadian Boris Eichental, an Israpundit stalwart, said: ‘“If I could, I would vote for Rudy, but we will probably get Hillary.” Not to worry, Boris, we Yanks aren’t that dumb.
By Susan Rosenbluth, Editor,The Jewish Voice and Opinion,
Rudy Giuliani doesnâ€™t care whether the Palestinian government is run by Hamas, which is recognized by the US as a terrorist organization, or Mahmoud Abbas, the chairman of Fatah who is regarded by the Bush administration as a moderate.
“Hamas or Abbas, it makes no difference. The ball is in their court, and we just have to show patience and not push any peace process until they do what they have to do,” said Mr. Giuliani.
by Bill Levinson
Barack Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s recent attendance of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network raises some disturbing questions, especially given allegations about Clinton’s past record of making anti-Semitic statements. Jews Divided on Hillary Slur reports an allegation that, in 1974, she called Bill Clinton’s campaign manager Paul Fray, whom she apparently blamed for losing a Congressional race for her husband, a “f**king Jew bastard.” Meanwhile, stories about Obama’s attendance at a madrasa, and his connection with a Black separatist minister, take on added seriousness in light of his recent visit to Al Sharpton’s racist and anti-Semitic hate group.
Under standards set, not by Republican critics with an axe to grind but by the National Jewish Democratic Council itself, Clinton, Obama, and also Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, and John Edwards, have disqualified themselves as candidates and should drop out of the race.
Comment by Jerry Gordon
You may recall the FrontPageMagazine interview with M.K. Dr. Arieh Eldad that we posted on Israpundit. Among the traitors in the Arab list that he specifically had in mind was M.K. Azmi Bishara. Bishara is not only a traitor to Israel, but to his fellow Christians as well.
By Yoav Stern and Shahar Ilan, Haaretz Correspondents, and AP, April 25, 2007
Former MK Azmi Bishara is suspected of acting against the security of the State of Israel during the Second Lebanon War, according to details of the investigation against him released Wednesday after a court partially lifted a gag order on the probe.
comment by Jerry Gordon
You would have thought that yesterday’s rocket and mortar attacks would have triggered the long-awaited ‘spring’ offensive to clean out Hamas cadres in Gaza. No. We got lots of posturing empty bellicose comments from floundering PM Olmert and Defense Minister Peretz in the Kadimah security cabinet, but no action. Read this piece from Israel National News and pay attention to the comments of Col. Regev. Then ask yourself, how long will it be before this gutless, corrupt Kadimah government falls. Israel’s security hangs in the balance.
[..] “We must hold, forever, the area from northern Gaza to what was the Netzarim Junction – the area from which Kassams are fired at the western Negev and Ashkelon.” Col. (ret.) Moti Regev.
by Hillel Fendel, Arutz Sheva -Israel National News, April 25, 2007
Following Tuesday’s barrage of dozens of Kassam rockets and mortar shells on the western Negev area by Hamas terrorists, the top military and political echelons once again considered a large-scale offensive into Gaza.
Prime Minister Ehud OImert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and top IDF officers and officials met on the topic for several hours today (Wednesday). Following the meeting, Olmert announced that the army forces in the area of Gaza had been instructed to take the necessary steps to thwart kidnappings and attacks. “Israel will not hesitate to take sharp action against those who attempt to strike out at our sovereignty by firing rockets, attempting to kidnap our soldiers, and in other ways,” the Prime Minister said.
The head of the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council, senior Labor Party member Shmulik Rifman, had earlier called upon Prime Minister Olmert to “respond sharply” to the rocket attacks. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Rifman writes, “Enough restraint in the face of the continued Kassams! I call upon you to respond sharply. Do not [despite the recent war in Lebanon] repeat the Sabra and Shatila syndrome [a reference to the fear to act militarily that overtook Israeli leaders following the events of 1982 – ed.]. The longer we wait, the more painful and complex it will be.” CONTINUE
Comment by Jerry Gordon
Buried in this tantalizing report about a former FBI Agent, Robert Levinson, detained by the Iranians as a hostage to get back big fish former Revolutionary Guard Brig. General Alireza Asghari is a hero in the Persian American Jewish Community, activist, Pooya Dayanim. Dayanim, you may recall I wrote about last fall, when he and a brace of Israeli and U.S. attorneys sued former President Khatami in Federal Court in Manhattan, and served papers on the Former Iranian President while attending a CAIR dinner in Arlington, Virginia. Now Dayanim surfaces as the go to guy with info on General Asghari’s refugee status. So, why was Levinson meeting an Iranian contact at a resort in Iran, and how did Dayanim get the info on Asghari? Hmm! Stay tuned. this story has legs.
by Kenneth Timmerman
NewsMax.com, April 25, 2007
The Iranian intelligence service is believed to have abducted a former FBI agent, Robert Levinson, while he was meeting an Iranian contact at the Persian Gulf resort on Kish island.
The reason? Iran wants to force a trade with the United States for a former top Iranian military official, Brig. Gen. Alireza Asghari, whom the Iranians think may have applied for asylum in the United States, according to refugee documents made available to NewsMax.
Asghari left Iran on an officially-sanctioned trip to Damascus, Syria, then went missing during a stop-over in Istanbul on Feb. 7. His whereabouts remains unknown.
His disappearance created a panic in Tehran because he had access to highly classified intelligence information on Iran’s nuclear weapons programs, and had personally run several ballistic missile development programs, as Newsmax reported last month. CONTINUE
By Prof Eugene Narrett
Many articles and books have been written, and many scholars of Arabic and Islamic history have spoken about the genocidal xenophobia seemingly hard-wired into the Koran and, as a result into all Islamic nations, particularly Arab ones. President George W. Bush prompted considerable research, rebuttals and scorn by reading a statement terming Islam â€œa religion of peace.â€ This seemed further confirmation that the internationalists within the State Department, NSC and abroad, in Whitehall and the EU were veiling a horror from their own peoples so that ensuing crises would hasten the world government they prefer.
This may be true; enabling jihad as an antithesis to the Westâ€™s thesis (constitutional democracy) may be leading to the synthesis of a World Order; and/or it may be achieving significant change within Islamic lands. Whether this leads to global fascism, corporate socialism or to grounds for genuine peace and human freedom remains in the balance and a challenge to all our faculties. But it seems clear that messages unheard for decades, even centuries are emerging from Muslim writers.
By: David Bedein, The Bulletin
One of the cardinal assumptions of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was that the world would not recognize a government headed by Hamas. She had been proven wrong, because Mahmoud Abbas has successfully sold the idea to the world, since he is the figurehead leader of that government.
[It should be noted that the Arabs demand the west not only force Israel to surrender but that the west also provide the financing for the “Palestinians”. It is a form of Jizyah and dimmitude. It doesn’t matter how many the Palestinians kill or how many commitments they breach or whether they are dedicated to Israel’s destruction, the west will find a way to help them. Ted Belman]
By Ted Belman
I have been in Washington for a couple of weeks now and have been meeting with some influential people.
First I met with Jennifer Lazlo-Mizrachi , who is the founder and President of The Israel Project. She advised that they are to journalists what AIPAC is to politicians. Their mandate is to provide factual backgrounders to journalists in Jerusalem and Washington. As for their policy positions, they back the policies of the GOI whatever they may be. No help there but they do serve a useful purpose.
JONATHAN SCHANZER, Policy Director for the Jewish Policy Centre, catalog’s just how bad things are there
April 25, 2007 — HAMAS, the terrorist group that Palestinians last year elected to govern their territories, is failing to govern at all.
March alone saw at least 46 kidnappings of civilians in the Gaza Strip, as well as over 25 killings of Palestinians by fellow Palestinians.
Internecine violence has gotten so bad that one human-rights activist says Gaza “has become worse than Somalia.” Yasser Abed Rabbo, an executive-committee member of the rival Palestine Liberation Organization, calls it “anarchy.”
The violence is just the tip of the iceberg in “Hamasistan.” Other troubling signs include:
Looking back at history there is no doubt that the biggest mistake made by the Jewish people was to accept, however diffidently, the splitting apart of historical Palestine and the granting of 78 per cent of this area to the Arabs, which later became present day Jordan.
The Jews did not like it but they went with it and this ushered in the historical split between Revisionism and the likes of Ben Gurion.
From this rose one of the great mysteries of Jewish nomenclature. In what way were the Revisionists, who opposed the sell-out to Imperialism and Fascism, suddenly being named as â€œrightwingâ€, while the appeasers of Ben Gurion became â€œleftwingâ€!
Come September, an Arabic-language public secondary school is slated to open its doors in Brooklyn. The New York City Department of Education says the Khalil Gibran International Academy, serving grades six through 12, will boast a “multicultural curriculum and intensive Arabic language instruction.” …
…imbuing pan-Arabism and anti-Zionism, proselytizing for Islam, and promoting Islamist sympathies will predictably make up the school’s true curriculum. …
Cross-posted at netwmd.com and IsraPundit
IMRA reports on a 2007 Survey of Israelis’ Attitudes on National Security
The question ranking four key values-a) a country with a Jewish majority; b) Greater Israel; c) a democratic country; and d) a state of peace is thus a loaded question in two ways:
#1 It asserts that the Jewish majority – in particular after the withdrawal from Gaza – is a trade-off with retaining the West Bank.
#2 It seems to leave out a “secure country” or perhaps a “defendable country” as a key value for policy making .]
Included in this link is the evaluations of the AJC
[..] The predominance of demography over geography is manifest in the readiness to evacuate certain settlements in the West Bank. Support for removal of all the settlements, including the large settlement blocks is negligible-18% in 2006 and 14 % in 2007. However, 46% in 2006 and 45% in 2007 support the removal of all the small and isolated settlements-taken together, 64% in 2006 and 59% in 2007 are ready to evacuate certain settlements in the West
Bank-this in the context of a permanent settlement. [..]
I recommend you read the whole evaluation.
In Jan ’06, I raised the question Is Israel’s greatest threat demographics or indefensible borders?
Honest Reporting reports on Straining a “Ceasefire”?
A 22 April Associated Press report says that: “Hamas militants called Sunday for a fresh wave of attacks against Israel after troops killed nine Palestinians in weekend fighting, straining a five-month-old cease-fire.”
Thus, Israel is blamed for “straining a ceasefire”. According to the AP: “The Gaza truce has largely held, though militants have frequently fired rockets into Israel and have attacked Israeli patrols along the border fence.” How serious must Palestinian actions be in the eyes of the AP before a “ceasefire” is broken? Why are Israeli counter-measures designed to protect this truce regarded as violations while constant Palestinian terror is not?
Recent Israeli operations against targets in Gaza are a direct response to the latest Qassam missile attacks. Yet, the AP saves this for the third paragraph of its report: “The fighting also included a Palestinian rocket attack on the southern Israeli town of Sderot that damaged a home.”
DEBKAfileâ€™s military sources report: Hamasâ€™ strategic decision to go back to its missile, terror and suicide operations was taken after the organization, which dominates Palestinian government, judged its stockpile of ordnance sufficient to sustain a heavy blitz of Israelâ€™s towns and villages, and its units equipped and ready to withstand a responsive Israeli military incursion.
Ten mortar shells struck Sderotâ€™s Hadar district by 8:30 a.m. local time; 6 Qassam missiles exploded in other parts of the W. Negev up to Ashkelon causing damage but no casualties. The Hamas military arm, Ezz-e-Din al Qassam, announced 80 missiles and mortar rounds had been fired at Israeli targets in retaliation for IDF operations.
Comment by Jerry Gordon
Read these stirring comments on Israel’s 59th ‘birthday’ by Amb. Dore Gold, but watch this video on the courage of the IDF: ‘Brothers in Arms.’ It’s a grabber in the best sense of the word. A hat tip to Alen Roth and David Goder at One Jerusalem and Amb. Gold.
by Dore Gold, One Jerusalem, April 24, 2007
The striking aspect of Israel’s Independence Day is that it is immediately preceded a day earlier by Israel’s Memorial Day. The two days are in complete contrast to one another. Memorial Day is somber with the radio broadcasting the saddest Hebrew songs from past wars. Yet within 24 hours it is replaced with fireworks and late night parties. Most Israeli cable channels have only a picture of a flickering flame on Memorial Day. The main Israeli networks, however, feature interviews with bereaved parents that have lost a child. There are discussions with war widows who now must raise their children alone, without a father. These film clips also tell one incredible story of heroism after another.
Comment by Jerry Gordon
Steve Plaut in this Israel national News blog skewers the moonbats hanging in those bell towers in the left radical academia and their fellow traveling islamofascist spin meisters. For years now, they have railed against “Israel’s security fence barrier as ‘the Apartheid Wall’. Now they have a new target, the security fence in Baghdad being built by U.S. and Iraqi military to separate revengeful blood lusting Sunnis and Shia is the ‘new Apartheid wall’. Duh! Plaut’s solutions is simple build a gallows to hand of these amalekites.
by Steven Plaut, Israel National News, April 24, 2007
In recent months, instead of screaming “Butcher all Jews,” the anti-Semites have been whining about Israel’s “Apartheid Wall”. It is an “Apartheid Wall,” because it makes it harder for Arab terrorists to murder Jewish civilians, and the people who oppose the wall all support mass murder of Jews. Even seemingly respectable people, like Professor Juan Cole, an Israel-basher whose attempt to take a job at Yale was blocked last year by a sudden attack of common sense, these days calls it the “Apartheid Wall.” Juan of a Kind has never bothered to mention on his web site that the wall was constructed to stop Palestinian mass murderers. An irrelevant detail.