Modern western societies are not only failing to stop the spread of radical Islam, but whenever it begins to collapse someone comes rushing to give CPR and resuscitates it. Norway has decided that “love” is better than war and is setting an example which I’m sure in time others will follow.
Devastated Palestinian economy is thrown a Â£5m lifeline by Norway
NORWAY yesterday became the first western country to resume direct financial assistance to the threadbare Palestinian Authority, transferring Â£5 million despite the Hamas government’s refusal to recognise Israel and renounce violence.
The Scandinavian country also urged other countries to drop sanctions imposed more than a year ago because of the stance by Hamas.
The Norwegian foreign minister, Jonas Gahr Stoere, said the money will pay the wages of civilian public servants, who have been on strike because their salaries are unpaid.
“We hope our contribution will help ease the social crisis the Palestinians are now going through,” he said.
Norway was also the first western country to meet Hamas ministers after a new national unity government was formed with the Fatah movement two months ago……ARTICLE
by Jerry Gordon
When former Dean of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Lisa Anderson resigned in a huff and returned to the faculty after the kerfuffle of her inviting Mad Mahdist Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad on the eve of Rosh Ha Shanah last fall, you might have thought things might improve with appointment of her successor. Not the case. Instead, Professor John H. Coatsworth, currently Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center got the nod. Coatsworth is a noted scholar on Latin American economic and international history and past President of the American Historical Association.
Notwithstanding his Latin Americn expertise, Professor Coatsworth signed the anti-Israel Harvard divestment petition.
Living in Terror
By Fred Thompson Wednesday, May 30, 2007, Townhall.com
Let me ask you a hypothetical question. What do you think America would do if Canadian soldiers were firing dozens of missiles every day into Buffalo, N.Y.? What do you think our response would be if Mexican troops for two years had launched daily rocket attacks on San Diego — and bragged about it?
I can tell you, our response would look nothing like Israel’s restrained and pinpoint reactions to daily missile attacks from Gaza. We would use whatever means necessary to win the war. There would likely be numerous casualties on our enemy’s side, but we would rightfully hold those who attacked us responsible
Eliyahu advocates carpet bombing Gaza
Matthew Wagner, THE JERUSALEM POST
All civilians living in Gaza are collectively guilty for Kassam attacks on Sderot, former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu has written in a letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Eliyahu ruled that there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on Gaza aimed at stopping the rocket launchings.
The letter, published in Olam Katan [Small World], a weekly pamphlet to be distributed in synagogues nationwide this Friday, cited the biblical story of the Shechem massacre (Genesis 34) and Maimonides’ commentary (Laws of Kings 9, 14) on the story as proof texts for his legal decision.
According to Jewish war ethics, wrote Eliyahu, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of individuals. In Gaza, the entire populace is responsible because they do nothing to stop the firing of Kassam rockets.
By Felix Quigley
The situation facing Israel is now absolutely critical. These are some factors:
- â€¢ It has emerged that the amount of money going to the Palestinian Arabs as a whole following on from the election of Hamas and the so-called â€œboycottâ€ has increased by FOUR times. This is a direct and unmistakable consequence of antisemitism in the world. We live in a world seeped with and in antisemitism.
â€¢ In many parts of Israel life is becoming impossible to live as Hamas rain down rockets onto totally defenceless homes. Not being reported by the Western Media (of course!).
â€¢ The piecemeal reprisals by Israel for these attacks on its soil are just what the Islamofascist terrorists and the Media in the West want, the Media is painting Israel as the criminals (shades of Yugoslavia in the 90s!)
â€¢ The Fascist Left steps up its lying machine to increase antisemitism. The association of university lecturers in antisemitic Britain has just this week passed a motion to boycott Israel, and in Ireland the various Left and Republican Anarchist groups will march the streets in June as part of an Israeli bashing month.
But all of this is still not the greatest blow struck against Israel. That â€œhonourâ€ befalls the reactionary plan of Avignor Lieberman to hand Gaza over to the terrorist enemy, the arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, and even worse to have the entry into Gaza of the forces of NATO. Why is this happening?
By Ted Belman
Yesterday the University and College Union decided by 158 votes to 99 to circulate a motion to all its branches to discuss calls from Palestinian trade unions for a “comprehensive and consistent international boycott of all Israeli academic institutions”.
Carol Gould of Current Viewpoints sent me this article by Leo McKinstry, an Irish gentile, which describes the soil in Britain that gives rise to such activity.
The Guardian Unlimited, of all places, weighs in with Academics express outrage at Israeli boycott by Debbie Andalo.
Carol Gould recently took on the BBC in Paddy Ashdown and Rod Liddle Demolish Israel
Happily there are still voices of sanity in the UK.
By Ted Belman
A week ago I posted that Giora Eiland was proposing that Gaza be treated as a separate political entity from Judea and Samaria. It was announced that this “would threaten the future of the Palestinian state” which he considered as a positive.
Now Avigdor Leiberman also wants to Declare Gaza hostile political entity and an enemy state.
The plan’s main points include complete severance of ties with the Gaza Strip, isolating the Strip from the West Bank, bombing Gaza in retaliation of Qassam attacks, canceling Palestinian prisoners’ visitation rights until kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit is released, and ending all contact with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
I have never found a description of the West’s blindness to evil as compelling and unsettling as this article written in April 2002
…When dealing with Arafat, even the foes of terror become inconsistent and incoherent.
The archetypal releaser of Arafat is a leader who has criticized him many times, has shown himself capable of the assertive use of deadly force in other situations, and, like Reagan, Bush, Begin, Sharon, Rabin, and Barak, has criticized others for letting terrorists go free. The typical, last-minute liberator is a reluctant and soon-to-be-regretful redeemer, who has often battled terror. Usually, he is utterly disquieted as he finds himself letting Arafat off, but he feels trapped by some force larger than himself. Something always seems to happen so that the knowledge that it is dangerous to let such men go unpunished is not translated into effective action. It is as though these leaders come under a spell.
Olmert defends himself before the Knesset on Winograd findings.
Former Prime Minister and Opposition Chief Binyamin Netanyahu took the podium following PM Olmert, saying that although he agreed with the decision to go to war, the way which it was carried out eroded Israelâ€™s deterrence.
â€œ[The Opposition] offered the government its full support to achieve the [stated] goals, but [the government] failed to do so,” Netanyahu said, citing the failure to disarm Hizbullah and return the captives as two examples. “In my opinion, the greatest failure is that as a result of the war, Israel’s deterrent capability has been severely harmed.”
Read it and weep.
At least they are doing penance.
Maj.-Gen (ret.) Yiftah Ron-Tal, IDF ground forces commander at the time of the Disengagement: In the year preceding the Disengagement, the army trained mostly for dismantling communities, and that prevented it from preparedness for the war in Lebanon. The training for the Disengagement not only prevented preparedness for such a war, but dragged it away from the consensus as a peopleâ€™s army. It is nearly certain that the excitement of those who led the decision and implementation of this is directly tied to the big failure in Lebanonâ€¦I still cannot understand how Israel gave up parts of its land willingly and with abandon, and how the residents connected to that land were turned into criminals, instead of raising their dedication as a banner of preserving the Jewish identity of the state of Israel.
– Kfar Chabad weekly, October 6, 2006
- 1. McMaster was harbouring known al Qaeda operatives.
2. When the operatives left McMaster, 180 pounds of nuclear material was reported missing.
3. The College of Engineering at McMaster contains an over-abundance of professors from terror-sponsoring countries
4. Members of the Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed that McMaster has been under scrutiny for a long time; that many of the students have ties to radical Islam and terrorist organizations; and that Islamic members of the faculty have conducted clandestine meetings at an off-campus address in Hamilton.
5. Hundreds of postings on the internet calling for the jihad and the nuclear destruction of America have been traced back to McMaster
For reporting these findings, Dr. Williams has been sued by McMaster University for $4 million plus punitive damages.
Dr. Williams refuses to be intimidated, and indeed welcomes the lawsuit because this will give him access to all of McMaster’s records through the legal process of discovery and he will be able to expose what he believes could well be the nerve center for Osama’s “American Hiroshima” project to blow up ten American cities with suitcase nukes.
Please contribute to The Dr Paul Williams Defense Fund.
By Ted Belman
In my article America’s Limited Options I noted how scholars are divided on whether “moderate Islam is the solution”.
Perhaps the last word should go to Fjordman who in his column, Do we want an Islamic Reformation? wrote
- â€œThe only way you could, even theoretically, create a peaceful, tolerant Islam would be to permanently ignore all teachings, contained in the Koran, the hadith and the sira, originating from the violent Medina period. I doubt whether this is practically possible, and even if it was, it would mean that Muslims quite literally have to get rid of half of the Koran, which again means that Mr. Wilder is correct.â€
[Dutch MP Geert Wilders has said provocative things such as that the country faces being swamped by a “tidal wave of Islamization,” that if Muslims want to stay in the Netherlands, they should tear out half the Koran and that “If Muhammad lived here today, I would propose he be tarred and feathered as an extremist and driven out of the country.”]
One of the great enigmas of the modern Middle East is why, forty years ago next week, the Six-Day War took place. Neither Israel nor its Arab neighbors wanted or expected a fight in June 1967; the consensus view among historians holds that the unwanted combat resulted from a sequence of accidents.
Enter Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez, a wife-husband team, to challenge the accident theory and offer a plausible explanation for the causes of the war. As suggested by the title of their book, Foxbats Over Dimona: The Soviets’ Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War (Yale University Press), they argue that it originated in a scheme by the Soviet Politburo to eliminate Israel’s nuclear facility at Dimona, and with it the country’s aspiration to develop nuclear weapons. …
Cross-posted at netwmd.com and IsraPundit
MKs’ proposal would hand control of Gaza Strip to Arab League
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz
[..] Livni has also expressed interest in stationing a multi-national force in the Gaza Strip.
The call to the Arab League to take responsibility for the Gaza Strip is part of “a package deal,” which would begin with negotiations between Arab and Israeli representatives on the Arab Peace Initiative. The next stage will include the exchange of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for Palestinian prisoners, including Hamas ministers and parliamentarians. Then, a mutual cease-fire will be declared and the Quartet – the U.S., Russia, EU and UN – will propose a multi-national force deployment in front of the UN Security Council.
A long-wanted terrorist chief captured this week by Israeli forces was trained by the US, served in a senior capacity on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ US-backed security detail, and was a ranking member of a team that received and distributed American arms shipments the past two years, the WND has learned.
by Jerry Gordon
Sometimes the best solution is the simplest one ala ‘Occam’s razor.’ Such is the case with the matter of defense of Israel towns and cities like Sderot and Ashkelon and towns in the northern border area against the threat of Short Range ballistic Missiles (SBRMs- especially, the Kassems). In an article entitled: ‘Anti-rocket defense: a waste of taxpayers money?’ by Yiftah S. Shappir in INSSIGHT today, the author covers all of the rationale of how cost ineffective current so-called SRBMD systems under development like the Rafael Raytheon “Stuuner” or ‘Magic Wand as it is described in Hebrew. But the author maintains that it is worth the try. Ami Isseroff in his blog comments on the INSSIGHT article suggests that eliminating the source cures the problem: costly, at the moment.
‘Two-state solution’ irrelevant; new thinking needed to resolve conflict
Moshe Yaalon, former IDF chief of staff, YNET
It is not in vain that Michael Oren’s book “Six Days of War'” begins with Fatah’s botched terror attack under the orders of Yasser Arafat on the night of December 31st, 1964.
The attack aimed to strike at the national water carrier and to ignite the region. Its failure didn’t prevent the rising Fatah leader from publishing an official victory statement that glorified the “Jihad duty” and to set January 1st 1965 as the date marking the organization’s establishment.
Indeed, the Six Day War changed the face of the Middle East. From a historic perspective it can be viewed as marking the beginning of the end of national-secular Arab ideology, which in turn encouraged the emergence of Islamic-Jihadist ideologies; it can also be viewed as marking the beginning of the end (temporarily?) of conventional wars between armies and the shifting of the threat on the State of Israel.
by Jerry Gordon
The case brought by the Islamic Society of Boston in the Suffolk County courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against my friends at the David project, Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project, FoxNew cable news TV channel WFXT in Boston and the NewsCorp’s Boston Herald American has ‘collapsed’ and been abandoned.
The announcements came yesterday in news releases-see below. Having written about this matter since 2005 in postings on Israpundit, we should all be pleased about this outcome, as unwarranted and flagrantly unnecessary the original plaintiff action by the ISB was. This is an important development as I wrote to a Congressional staffer this morning involved with Senate hearings on Muslim Extremism in America this summer. Both the collapse of the CAIR-Anti-CAIR case in the Commonwealth of Virginia courts last year and now the ISB case in Massachusetts should be important ‘case studies’ of how Muslim advocacy groups have manipulated our legal system with the intent of muzzling free speech and First Amendment rights via ‘intimidation’.
Kol hakavod to Charles Jacobs of the David project and allies in Boston and Steven Emerson of the Investigative project in Washington and legal counsels for having waging a vigorous and withering defense resulting in yesterday’s abandonment of the defamation matter by the ISB.
Middle East Quarterly published an article in Dec ’97 by Alexander Safian, titled Can Arabs Buy Land in Israel? [After discussing all the propaganda, he continues with the facts.]
LAND LAW IN ISRAEL
The present landholding system in Israel can be traced back to the events of nearly a century ago, when the Fifth Zionist Congress meeting in 1901 created a private charitable organization called the Jewish National Fund (JNF) with the intent to purchase land for the resettlement of Jews in their ancient homeland. By the eve of statehood, the JNF had acquired a total of 936,000 dunums of land; another 800,000 dunums had been acquired by other Jewish organizations or individuals.11 These holdings amounted to some 8.6 percent of the total land of what would later be Israel; of the rest, more than 70 percent were public lands vested in the British Mandatory authorities.12 All the lands purchased by the JNF remained in JNF hands; these were never sold, either to Jews or Arabs, but instead were leased on a longâ€”term basis for kibbutzim and other forms of Jewish settlement.
Meron Benvenisti responded to “Mazuz versus Herzl” (Haaretz, May 25), in which Israel Harel reminds us that we grew up on the ethos of the Jewish National Fund’s “blue box” for donations, whereby thanks to our small coins, the JNF’s lands were redeemed.
For Israel Harel’s information: Of the more than 2.5 million dunams owned by the JNF, two million dunams were not purchased with the small coins put into the blue boxes, but were rather lands abandoned by Arabs that David Ben-Gurion, in a typical maneuver, “sold” to the JNF in 1949-1950. The first deal was clinched on January 27, 1949. It included the sale of a million dunams of abandoned land in various areas in return for about 18 million Israeli pounds.
He says these lands “were abandonned by Arabs”. He does not say whether they owned the lands or were just squatters. He refers to Res 181 which recommended that the Arabs be allowed to return as if this gave them rights.
Israel also took over title to much land and set up a fund to compensate the owners. More on this later. Does anyone know the facts.