by, AP | The Garden Island | h/t Trop
JERUSALEM, Y’isreal (AP) — Israeli police entered the compound of Jerusalem’s holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks at them on Sunday, as thousands of tourists packed the Old City for the Easter and Passover holidays.
The compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. Known to Muslims as the “Noble Sanctuary,” it is Islam’s third-holiest site. It is one of the most sensitive sites in the region.
Tensions have been high at the site for months and similar incidents play out almost every Friday after Muslim prayers. Sunday’s violence erupted as thousands of tourists flocked to the area.
Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police arrested 16 masked Palestinians who threw rocks and firecrackers as the site was opened to tourists on Sunday. Two officers were hurt, he said.
Azzam Khatib, director general of the, Waqf, Jordan’s Islamic authority that manages religious affairs at site, said the incident followed rumors that Moshe Feiglin, a nationalist lawmaker and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, planned on visiting the site. Last month, Feiglin initiated a parliament debate about Israel extending sovereignty over the site. No decision was made but it only added to tensions over the area.
“If they will continue, these provocations, then tension and escalation will continue in the place,” Khatib said.
“If any windows were broken at the mosque then it was done by the Palestinians who threw rocks and firecrackers,” Rosenfeld, the Israeli police spokesman, said.
Israel captured the area from Jordan in the 1967 war. The compound with its holy sites is at the heart of the territorial and religious conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The fate of the holy city is one of the thorniest issues being discussed in floundering peace talks brokered by the U.S.
Holy Shi’ite. Check This Out…
Temple Mount During Pesach (Passover):
by, Erick Stakelbeck | CBN News
Erick Stakelbeck Interviews Caroline Glick:
Mark Levin Interviews Caroline Glick:
NOT ONE GRAIN of SAND.. NOT ONE INCH of LAND!
At Least 3 murdered. Gunman yells ‘Heil Hitler’
by, KMBC | MSNBC | Patriot Action Network
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. —Police said they are investigating fatal shootings at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and at an assisted living center several blocks south.
Police said one person was killed at the Jewish Community Center at 5800 W. 115th Street and another was killed at Village Shalom, an assisted living facility at 123rd Street and Nall.
A third person was shot and critically injured. That person was taken to a nearby hospital.
Investigators said the entire Jewish Community Center campus has been placed on lockdown while police search the area.
Police were examining a truck in the Jewish Community Center parking lot that had shattered windows.
Police offered no information about the victims or who may have been responsible for the shootings.
A Racist Arab-Muslim prepares to throw a firebomb at a French-Jewish Synagogue. Photo courtesy of: Arutz Sheva
by, Hezki Ezra and Gil Ronen | Arutz Sheva | h/t Trop
Residents of the French Hill neighborhood in Israel’s capital are increasingly threatened by their Arab neighbors in the neighborhood of Issawiya, and have experienced a slew of firebomb attacks – the most recent of which occurred Saturday night.
Although initial reports said that the firebombs targeted a nightclub or dance hall, it now turns out that they were actually thrown outside a Conservative synagogue. A section of the synagogue is rented out on Saturday nights and serves as a dance hall for senior citizens.
There have been four firebomb attacks in the neighborhood since January, and all are seen as nationalist terror acts.
Jerusalem Municipal Councillor Dov Kalmanovich visited the neighborhood Sunday and met with the residents. Kalmanovich was severely wounded in a firebomb attack at the outset of the first Intifada, in 1987.
“What starts with rocks goes on to fire bombs and ends up with gunfire,” he said. “If we do not stop it here, we will discover terror on a daily basis. In meetings with the neighborhood residents I have encountered a worrisome phenomenon of insecurity and we must do everything to make them feel safe again. There is no doubt that there is a spike in terror in Jerusalem and that we must defeat it.”
A resident told Kalmanovich that the attacks have concentrated on a part of the neighborhood that includes the kindergarden, the synagogue and the school. “Our children have become targets,” he exclaimed. “I am worried every time my daughter stands at the bus station.”
Another resident, Merav Elbaz-Rapoport, told Kalmanovich that when residents ask for help from the authorities, they are told to volunteer for the Civilian Guard. “What kind of answer is that? We need a police solution,” she said. “We are in a real problem. The neighbors from Issawiya harass the female students from the university and our girls… The state must bring back security to our neighborhood.”
Arabs from the neighborhood of Issawiya, on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem,carry out daily attacks on students studying at the adjacent Hebrew University campus and on Jews in general, a student has told Arutz Sheva.
Arutz Sheva has been reporting for years that the Arabs of Issawiya routinely harass female students at the university as they make their way from the dormitories to the campus, and that the authorities and university have been ineffective in their attempts to stop the phenomenon. Other news channels are loath to report the phenomenon out of obedience to “political correctness.”
Attempts to get the numerous feminist MKs in the Knesset to discuss the female students’ plight failed miserably, when the only female MK to showup for the discussion chastised the students for failing to solve the problem through dialogue.
A report was recently released by a human rights organization in the Middle East stating that “..a young girl that was employed in Palmelkh, Saudi Arabia had the audacity to say ‘..Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, is a personal Savior..’ “
This angered many officials at her work and they ordered men to carry out the process of sewing her mouth shut, in order to stop her from expressing her love for Christ Jesus. Additionally, they sewed her left eye shut as an added form of punishment. The process utilized was not only inhumane but unsanitary. The plastic thread that was used contained chemicals, for the sole purpose of intentionally causing infection.
This story has been confirmed through Human Rights Organizations that called this report: ‘..not only a reflection of the deadly Saudi Arabian Human Rights System, but a clearly flagrant violation of women’s rights..’
by, Redbourn | Misconceptions
What Does The United Nations Cost America?
The U.S. pays 30% of the United Nations annual budget which at last reckoning was eight billion dollars a year!
So the UN costs the US over 2.6 billion dollars a year!
And the headquarters of the United Nations complex is in New York City in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, and that’s prime real estate.
What Does The US Get In Return?
Below are the actual voting records of various Arabic/Islamic States which are recorded in both the US State Department and United Nations records:
Kuwait votes against the United States 67% of the time.
Qatar votes against the United States 67% of the time.
Morocco votes against the United States 70% of the time.
United Arab Emirates votes against the U. S. 70% of the time.
Jordan votes against the United States 71% of the time.
Tunisia votes against the United States 71% of the time.
Saudi Arabia votes against the United States 73% of the time.
Yemen votes against the United States 74% of the time.
Algeria votes against the United States 74% of the time.
Oman votes against the United States 74% of the time.
Sudan votes against the United States 75% of the time.
Pakistan votes against the United States 75% of the time.
Libya votes against the United States 76% of the time.
Egypt votes against the United States 79% of the time.
Lebanon votes against the United States 80% of the time.
India votes against the United States 81% of the time.
Syria votes against the United States 84% of the time.
Mauritania votes against the United States 87% of the time.
The US Gives Aid To Countries That Consistently Vote Against It
Egypt, for example, after voting 79% of the time against the United States, still receives $2 billion annually in US Foreign Aid.
Jordan votes 71% against the United States and receives $192,814,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.
Pakistan votes 75% against the United States receives $6,721,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.
India votes 81% against the United States receives $143,699,000 annually.
Supposing There Was No United Nations?
It might be possible to make a case for maintaining the Security Council which is presently composed of five permanent members, China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States and another one or two could be added.
But it’s hard to see any need for the others to be permanently hosted in lavish surroundings that cost a fortune, and mostly only bite the hands that feed them..
We live in a hi-tech age where communication is only a mouse-click away and can involve multiple participants who can all see each and hear each other.
So why do they need to be in the same room?
Watch This Trailer
If you think that maybe I’m being a little harsh and have a lingering feeling that shutting down the U.N. would somehow be disastrous then watch this official trailer for a documentary entitled “U.N. Me”, that was released last year.
Ami Horowitz, Director, “U.N. Me” Documentary:
Wenene Nuru, apostate of Islam brutally assaulted by her dad, a Islamic Sheikh. Photo courtesy of: Morning Star News
by, Our East Africa Correspondent | Morning Star News | h/t ICC & Trop
NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A dream of praying in a church frightened a recent college graduate in Uganda, the Muslim daughter of sheikh; she knew he was capable of seriously hurting her for such a religious switch.
Wenene Nuru, 23, of Iki-Iki township in Pallisa District, had been listening to a Christian-Muslim dialogue on “The Sonship of Jesus Christ” on the radio before she had the dream on Feb. 28.
“When I woke up from the dream, I became unsettled and terrified and could not tell my father, who is a sheikh [Muslim teacher],” she told Morning Stare News. “I decided to visit a Christian girl, who took me to a birthday party. A visiting pastor from Jinja, Uganda shared about Christ being born in a person’s heart, there and then I gave my life to Christ.”
Nuru left that celebration on March 2 very excited. Like most converts from Islam, upon reaching home she kept her new faith a secret. The next day a neighbor who had attended the party telephoned her father, however, and informed him that his daughter had converted to Christianity.
On March 4, at about 8 p.m., her father, Nuru Rajabu, could no longer contain his anger.
“My father began beating me with clubs and blows, and I started screaming in great pain,” she said. “While I was down on the floor bleeding, my father went looking for a knife to kill me. A neighbor named Saleem arrived and helped me escape.”
She found lodging from a nearby church and was taken to a hospital the next day.
“Wenene was hospitalized for a week at Pallisa Hospital,” a source whose identity is withheld for security reasons told Morning Star News. “Now she is being housed by one of the elders of the church in Pallisa.”
Pallisa is 183 kilometers (113 miles) northeast of Kampala.
Brought up largely by her step-mother after her mother died when Nuru was 7 years old, the Mass Communications student completed her university education at the end of 2013.
The source said Nuru is in need of further treatment and rental lodging.
Near Pallisa, in predominantly Muslim Budaka and Butaleja districts in eastern Uganda, Islamic extremists burned down two church buildings of the Free Church of Christ in February and the home of a church leader earlier this month, the church leader said.
Bishop James Kinyewa, 47, said they set fire to one church building, in Budaka District, on Feb. 15 and another, in Nabiganda village, Butaleja District, on Feb. 25. The same Islamic extremists burned down his house on March 2, he said.
“While I was preaching , I heard loud noise, people saying, ‘Fire! Fire!’ coming from nearby neighbors,” he told Morning Star News by phone.
Rowdy Muslim youths with clubs and machetes prevented him and others from going near enough to try to put out the fire at his house, Kinyewa said.
“They were shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar [God is greater],’” he said. “Now the same militant group is hunting for my life. My family and I are now hiding ourselves, homeless and waiting for God’s intervention.”
Everything inside the two razed church buildings, which served a total of 240 people, was destroyed, said, Kinyewa, who before his conversion used to practice a former of witchcraft calledMajin (“evil powers”) under the guidance of Muslim syncretists.
“My church members have no place to worship,” Kinyewa said. “The estimated cost of the damage caused is about 12 million Uganda shillings [US$4,625].”
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Jewish Doctors in Israel Save the Vision of Christian Pastor Umar Mulinde Who Was Acid Attacked by Muslims
Christian Pastor Umar Mulinde, before and after being acid attacked by Muslims. Pastor Mulinde is also an apostate of Islam.
Senior Pastor/Bishop Umar Mulinde of Gospel Life Church International, outside Kampala, told Morning Star News that doctors in Israel have saved his sight and hearing following the acid attackhe suffered at the hands of Islamic extremists on Christmas Eve 2011.
“The eye which was to be removed was sending very wrong signals to the other one, almost making me totally blind, and two surgeries on the eye have been made to save my sight,” Mulinde wrote in a recent email.
Since Islamic extremists shouting “Allahu Akbar [God is greater]” cast acid on the street on Dec. 24, 2011, Mulinde has been in constant pain.
“I have undergone pains that I had never imagined in life, and even if I try to explain it, I feel that it’s so hard for me to satisfy another person to really understand it all,” he said. “But in all, I am glad to see that I am managing to overcome the trauma with courage to endure suffering.”
On Feb. 3, Mulinde underwent major facial surgery to reconstruct his right ear, which had been entirely closed over with skin due to acid burns, he said.
“It has been like unending battle, and this was the eight facial reconstruction surgery,” he said. “I am happy that it was successful, I am healing well. Doctors reconstructed the ear and saved my hearing too.”
Mulinde said it has been difficult being far away from his younger children and church, and he expressed concern for converts from Islam in Uganda.
“They continue to suffer discrimination, expulsion from families, and threats of death, and the recent rise of extremists taking important political positions is worrying us much,” he said. “We are networking to keep resisting evil and looking for my possible return soon, though the perpetrators are yet to be apprehended. But we trust the One who saved me will continue His work; yet we find that my return will help our community much for a solid foundation to our struggle.”
Then, Israeli Police Arrest the Jewish Man for Reporting the Complaint
by, Tova Dvorin | Arutz Sheva
Yitzhak Tessler, one of hundreds of Jews who came to ascend to the Temple Mount on Tuesday, was beaten by a Waqf Muslim Authority official.
Activist Yehuda Glick reported that Tessler asked the policeman accompanying the Jews up the mount to stop the attacks. In response, the Israeli police arrested Tessler.
The visit was in honor of the beginning of Nissan, the month featuring the Jewish holiday of Passover. Glick notes that the situation is very tense because dozens of Muslim employees sit in place at the Mount during the Jews’ visiting hours, and verbally abuse the Jews as they ascend the Mount.
“The police are afraid, and do not allow the entry of more than twenty to thirty Jews at once,” Glick stated. “Hundreds of Jews wait an hour, two hours, and even three hours in the hot sun at the entrance, raising tensions at the Temple Mount.”
Attacks on Jews have become commonplace at the Mount, which is Judaism’s holiest site. Just Sunday, former MK Michael Ben-Ari was booted from the site, for reasons that remain unclear.
“I arrived at the Temple Mount now, at the entrance the guard in the guard booth informed me that by the order of the commander I was forbiddenfrom entering the Temple mount, with no trial, no warning, just like that,” Ben-Ari wrote in a Facebook post.
Arabs continuously accuse Israel of “Judaizing” the Temple Mount, sometimes resorting to illogical accusations, such as saying that Israel is using chemicals to erode the foundations of the mosque in order to cause it to collapse.
Some Palestinian Authority (PA) officials have claimed that Israel was trying to build a new Holy Temple on the Temple Mount, replacing the Al-Aqsa Mosque. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas himself has made claims to this effect.
The reality is that it is Jews, not Arabs, who are discriminated against when they want to visit the Temple Mount.
Israeli police, in an attempt to appease the Muslim Waqf which was left in charge of the compound after the 1967 Six Day War, ban Jews from praying or performing any other form of worship.
Police sometimes close the Mount to Jews altogether in response to Muslim riots - for days or weeks at a time - despite evidence that such violence is usually planned in advance for the specific purpose of forcing Jews out.
Jordan recently threatened to revoke its 1994 peace treaty with Israel over a historic debate in the Knesset about providing full religious freedom at Judaism’s holiest site.
Under the peace treaty, Jordan controls Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. The Temple Mount falls under this category, despite being Judaism’s holiest site and the site of the two Jewish Temples, and the Muslim world has been adamant about keeping it in Muslim hands.
Hamas replaces 80-year-old law with Sharia system. Rivals slam law for ‘widening split,’ threatening ‘multicultural Palestinian society.’
by, Ari Yashar | Arutz Sheva | h/t Trop
Hamas, the terrorist group governing Gaza, has replaced a nearly 80-year-old law with aharsh new one based on Sharia Islamic law. The new rules stipulate severe punishments such as lashes and amputations.
Faraj Al Ghoul, Legal Department head of Gaza’s Palestinian Legislative Council, announced the Gazan parliament will put the new law into effect, replacing Ordinance Number 74 that has been on the books since 1936. The ordinance, which was part of the British Mandate Criminal Code, outlawed same-sex acts between men.
A senior Hamas official told United Arab Emirates-based Gulf News that the old law needed replacing for being “impractical,” adding that the new law, “which is inspired by” Sharia, was drafted to stem the spread of crime.
Under the new law, minor offenses bear a minimum of 20 lashes, while criminal cases require a minimum of 80 lashes. Usage of the death penalty is also expanded under the new Sharia-compliant law, which includes two articles that order a thief’s hand to be cut off, and that repeat offenders serve at least seven years in jail.
The harsh new laws have not been looked upon favorably by rival groups. The terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) slammed the law, saying “penalties like lashing are not compatible with Palestinian society, which is a multicultural society.”
PFLP called on a unity of the various factions to make laws, arguing “Hamas’ attempts to pass its new punitive law in Gaza are illegal as the Palestinian Legislative Council’s term has already expired and it is therefore not authorized to issue such a law.” The last elections for the Council were held in 2006.
The rival terror group also warned the new law will “perpetuate the Palestinian internal split,” going on to accuse Hamas of “failing for eight consecutive years” to prevent Gaza’s “continuous crisis” of poverty,unemployment and delayed payment of public workers’ salaries.
Despite the reported hardships, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction charged that there are 1,700 millionaires in Gaza, hinting at widespread corruption.
Hamas has already frequently used the death penalty, hanging one man charged of “collaboration” with Israel last December, and hanging two others last July for the same charges.
Obama with King Abdullah
A comprehensive study commissioned by the State Dept. was suppressed because the result showed such damning evidence.
by, Clarion Project
A study commissioned by the State Department which shows the systematic indoctrination of Saudi school children with extremist ideology through their school textbooks has been suppressed by the very government agency that requested it.
Directed by the Obama administration not willing to rock the boat at a time when American relations with Saudi Arabia are strained, the State Department has refused to make the results of the study public.
In 2011, the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD), a non-profit organization, was contracted by the State Department to conduct a comprehensive study on Saudi Arabia’s government-issued textbooks, which are used both inside the kingdom and abroad – including those in the United States. By 2012, the report was ready.
Yet, because the results were so damning to the Saudis — showing intense religious hatred to Christians and Jews, as well as incitement to act against them — the report was never made public. The accusations of intentional suppression were made by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank head by former CIA chief R. James Woolsey.
The Foundation reports that a State Department official confirmed that ICRD was paid half a million dollars to conduct the study, which is referred to on ICRD’s website. The same official claimed that the project was not a “study” but was in actuality a “technical assistance program” designed to help the kingdom identify areas where reforms need to be made.
The Foundation asserts that withholding the results of the study is a supreme disservice to the American public and quotes Michael Posner, who directed the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor when the study was commissioned. “The broader issue to me is a security interest … when you have schools or texts or the combination that are essentially reinforcing the worst stereotypes and promoting this vitriolic approach, you’re actually radicalizing young people for the next generation,” Posner said.
In a report titled “Textbook Diplomacy: Why the State Department Shelved a Study on Incitement in Saudi Educational Materials,” the Foundation also quotes Stuart Levy, the former Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence for the U.S. Department of Treasury. Levy contends that fighting this indoctrination is “even more important” than fighting terrorist finance. “Unless the next generation of children is taught to reject violent extremism, we will forever be faced with the challenge of disrupting the next group of terrorist facilitators and supporters,” Levy added.
In addition to schools within the kingdom, the textbooks are sent for free to close to 20 Saudi-run academies abroad, including those in the United States.
The Foundation remarks that, “It is worth noting that the 1999 valedictorian of a Saudi Academy in northern Virginia that used the Kingdom’s textbooks is currently serving a life sentence for conspiring with al Qaeda to assassinate President George W. Bush.”
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, when it emerged that 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, successive U.S. governments have tried to influence the Saudis to rewrite its textbooks which were found to contain hateful, extremist material.
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UNESCO Funded by Saudi Arabia and the Re-writing of Textbooks Worldwide:
by, Ben Evansky | FNC
The UN agency that promotes education wants a say in how future textbooks are written, and Saudi Arabia — a nation whose own school books have been criticized for promoting hatred of Christians and Jews — is helping to bankroll the effort.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is currently working with member states to revise its strategy for the publication of textbooks and learning materials. According to UNESCO’s website, experts from 21 countries met in Paris last month at a meeting financed by a $29,000 Saudi donation and focused in part on “ways to ensure that content aimed at students systematically reflects cultural and religious diversity, and avoids gender stereotypes.”
Then, last week, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah cut a $20 million check to UNESCO’s emergency fund.
“Saudi textbooks are extremely hateful and full of xenophobic texts.”
- Ali AlAhmed
Critics warn that the funding will come at a price, and predict the Saudis will want input into what goes into rewritten textbooks.
“Saudi textbooks are extremely hateful and full of xenophobic texts,” said Ali AlAhmed, author of the upcoming book “Saudi School Books: Objective Education or Extremist Indoctrination?” and director of the Gulf Institute in Washington, D.C.
According to AlAhmed, the Saudi funding “shows how xenophobic governments like [that of] the Saudis are able to buy influence.” He said UNESCO was betraying its mandate to uphold “value and standards of education and tolerance” as he warned UNESCO and the UN system as a whole were “susceptible to financial buyouts from countries like Saudi Arabia.”
Drawing from research in his upcoming book, which assessed Saudi school textbooks for the last academic year, AlAhmed gave examples of what Saudi children are taught. He said a guidebook says first-grade teachers should tell students that:
“Adhering to Islam is the only path to enter heaven, and escape hellfire.”
“It is from Islam to love Muslims, and to hate the unbelievers and not to imitate them.”
“Examples of false religions [include] Judaism, Christianity.”
AlAhmed says a ninth-grade book teaches that, “The Jews and the Christians are enemies of the believers. He says an 11th-grade book states, “The cursed are: The Christians and all those who have erred from the true path, and worshipped God with other than his orders.”
While the Saudi Embassy press spokesperson in Washington D.C. failed to respond to a request for comment, a UNESCO official signaled that the financial support of members was welcomed.
“Each country has the ultimate responsibility for the content of its national textbooks,” said Qian Tang, UNESCO’s assistant director general for education. “UNESCO’s aim is to encourage and support those responsible (in ministries of education) for the writing and production of textbooks to reflect on how textbook content should promote respect and tolerance for diversity and eliminate all forms of negative stereotypes. “
Tang said “member states’ engagement in this important area of work is welcomed by UNESCO, as is their financial contribution.”
“Opening up dialogue and producing resources that support countries to reflect on the role of textbooks in the learning environment, not only in relation to subject ‘facts’ but also in relation to tolerance, non-discrimination and social cohesion, is an important means of promoting peace and tolerance,” Tang added.
But Brooke Goldstein, director of The Lawfare Project, a non-profit legal think tank based in New York, challenged that position.
“Posturing as though Saudi Arabia’s contribution to UNESCO is somehow going to better reflect cultural and religious diversity and avoid gender stereotypes is an outright lie,” Goldstein said. “By working with Saudi Arabia to revise its children’s curriculum, UNESCO is not only legitimizing the Kingdom’s hate-education system, but abetting the premeditated murder of innocent Muslim children and fomenting educational conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism.”
Goldstein added, “It should be no surprise, but is nonetheless of utmost concern, that the Saudis are actively working to influence UNESCO’s education curriculum.”
The Obama administration cut funding to UNESCO in October 2011 after a majority of its members voted to grant the Palestinians full membership. U.S. law mandated the cut.
Mechet Husseina Mosque
by, Janet Levy | American Thinker | h/t Islam Exposed (orig. 12 August 2012)
The marked proliferation of mosques in the U.S. since 9/11 should raise a red flag for Americans. Recent controversies surrounding mega-mosque construction projects countrywide — many in locations with almost no Muslims to speak of — have grave implications for the future of these targeted communities and areas beyond.
Accelerated mosque-building — in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Ground Zero, New York; and Santa Clara and Temecula, California, to name a few — carries significance beyond the mere construction of a collection of Muslim houses of worship. It represents yet another orchestrated effort to oust traditional American values and replace them with Islamic practices, laws, and beliefs.
Although most U.S. mosques heretofore have been built without resistance, the newly attendant controversies present speciously polarized views between, on the one hand, ostensibly welcoming, tolerant, multi-culti progressives who deny any possible radical agenda despite substantial evidence to the contrary in existing mosques and, on the other hand, so-called fearful, Islamophobic, ignorant bigots unwilling to embrace diversity. Mainstream media’s predominant point of view is that any opposition to mosque-building represents a blatant unwillingness to integrate Muslims into American communities. This view disallows the possibility that such objections represent appropriate, reasoned responses to an attempt to destroy America from within and supplant its culture with a supremacist, totalitarian, and misogynistic ideology.
Islamic terrorism expert Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project for Terrorism, attributes the spate of mosque-building and land acquisition to the Muslim American Society (MAS), an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Emerson contends that the MAS has been actively buying up property and establishing mosques to control the appointment of imams who “distribute the message they believe is necessary to spread Islam around the world.”
It should be noted that a mosque is totally unlike a church or a synagogue, entities that serve their communities under the law of the land and are both empowered and restrained under the First Amendment of the Constitution. Under the Establishment Clause of that amendment, the government is prohibited from establishing a state religion or conferring preferential treatment on one religion over another. Although the government may not interfere with religious beliefs and opinions, the proscription of religious practices is permissible, as in the examples of polygamy and human sacrifice.
In the U.S. and in other Western countries, Christians and Jews freely and critically choose their brand of theology from a multitude of ecclesiastic offerings and determine their individual levels of religious observance or none at all. The exercise of faith and the observance of faith-related practices occur across a broad spectrum of individual behaviors based solely on personal choice.
In Muslim countries, no separation exists between mosque and state. Islamic doctrine or sharia controls all aspects of a person’s existence, from the correct way to use the toilet to permissible forms of lying, or taquiya. For Muslims, Mohammed is the perfect man, whose every example must be emulated, even though by Western Judeo-Christian standards he was a mass murderer, pedophile, rapist, torturer, and looter. Furthermore, Islamic doctrine is immutable, and any criticism of the traditions and practices of Mohammed is considered apostasy, which is punishable by death.
No free individual will exists or is allowed when it comes to practices and observances. Sharia must be strictly followed. A mosque is a symbol of this ultimate authority and serves the function of organizing every aspect of life in a Muslim community.
Mosques are modeled after the first mosque established by Mohammed in Medina, which was a seat of government, a command center, a court, a school, and a military training center and depot for arms. Mosque leaders today issue religious decrees, enforce Islamic doctrine, monitor conduct, provide training, punish transgressions, and command actions, including the requirement to conduct jihad.
In the “Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” published in 1991 and discovered in a 2004 FBI raid of a house in Northern Virginia, the Muslim Brotherhood explains historical stages of Islamic activism for “civilizational jihad.” This usurpation of American Judeo-Christian and Western liberal social, political, and religious values by Islam was defined in the document which gave the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in America as “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of believers so that it is eliminated and G-d’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
The Explanatory Memorandum goes on to describe the role of the mosque or Islamic center as being identical to the Medina mosque constructed by Mohammed, with its status as a military base and a provider of jihadist training. In essence, the mosque or Islamic center building operates in the service of establishing an authoritative physical presence for a strategic base of operations. Rather than the benign construction of a house of worship, the building of a mosque represents one in a series of beachheads in the interconnected network of bases to teach the skills of jihad, advance Islam, and impose sharia in due time.
The radical nature of U.S. mosques was confirmed in 2005 by a study conducted by Freedom House, “Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Invade American Mosques,” in which it was determined that 80% of American mosques encouraged Muslims to work for the establishment of the Islamic state and espoused hatred and intolerance toward non-Muslims.
Beyond the Freedom House study and further bolstering the contention that the mosque is an institution of concern for Americans is the incidence and prevalence of mosques that have harbored and trained terrorists as well as raised money for terrorist activities. One such example, the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in northern Virginia, is referred to as a “terror mill” and front for Hamas operatives. The fact that it has been investigated for its financing and aid of terrorists is not an unusual profile of activities for U.S. mosques. Established in 1982 with Saudi funding, the Dar al-Hijrah mosque is one of the largest and most influential mosques in the country. Its leaders have routinely given militant sermons condoning the use of violence and criticized U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
Imams preaching at the mosque have included Mohammed al-Hanooti, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, and Anwar Awlaki, a senior al-Qaeda operative who was linked to three 9/11 hijackers, the Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hassan, and the Underwear Bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The mosque has hosted Muslims, including Sam Al-Arian, who have been accused and convicted of supporting the terrorist group Hamas. Astonishingly, the Dar al-Hijrah mosque is still in operation, a privilege that would unlikely be extended to a church or synagogue under similar circumstances.
According to former FBI agent and expert on Islam John Guandolo, we have over 2,000 so-called Islamic centers across the U.S. modeled after the first mosque in Medina. These Islamic centers can be likened to military command centers that imbue jihad ideology and serve as processing centers for jihadist training, Guandolo says.
In view of the stated intent and the supporting ideology of mosque-proliferation, we would be well-advised to heed the words of former Muslim and professor of sharia law Sam Solomon, who declares, “We must never forget that Islam is an all-encompassing ideological system, and as such wherever there is a Muslim community there will be sharia, and wherever there is sharia, there is Islamization of the territory and ultimately the nation.”
Rather than allowing the building of more mega-mosques in the United States, we should halt existing projects and seriously consider shutting down existing mosques to prevent the proliferation of an ideology that has publicly pledged to destroy America.
Gang of Racist Muslims carry-out an anti-Semitic attack on a Jewish man. Photo: David. Photo courtesy of: the algemeiner
by, Shiryn Ghermezian | the algemeiner
The Algemeiner has acquired photos and footage from the aftermath of a horrific anti-Semitic attack that took place in Paris, France late last week.
Speaking on camera a day after his assault, the victim – a 59-year-old Jewish teacher only identified as David –said he was attacked by three North African “Maghreb men” at 10 p.m. on March 20 after leaving a kosher restaurant in Rue Manin, Paris, and making his way to a subway station.
“They started to curse me out: ‘dirty Jew,’ ‘death to the Jews,’ ‘son of a b***,’ etc. Then they started to beat me up,” David says in the clip before breaking down in tears. “I was hit on my face, I got my nose fractured… And then one of them took something out of his pocket, I thought it was a knife… It was a marker… And this is what they did to me (showing his chest), a swastika as they were screaming ‘dirty Jew.’ ”
David then shows the Nazi symbol drawn on his bare chest by the attackers. When members of the public started coming close to the scene of the attack, the assailants ran away and yelled “we are not finished, we’ll get back to you!!” he said.
David, who was wearing a yarmulke at the time of the assault, is still being questioned by police in charge of the investigation but the attackers are still free, a source told The Algemeiner. No arrests have been made.
Rabbi Levy Djian, a Parisian living in New York, said the video proves that the safety of Jewish people in France today is unstable.
“As a rabbi to the French Jewish community in New York I am often solicited for helping students, young entrepreneurs and even families to immigrate to the U.S. and Canada in order to live safer and more free as Jews but in the past year the numbers of requests have multiplied!” he said. “Now I understand even more why.”
“It happened right near the main Jewish neighborhood of the 19th district of Paris where I grew up. Often my family and friends who are still in France tend to ignore the rise of anti-Semitism and its danger, but this recent video shows that it’s real,” he added. “It’s the first time that we get to actually see and hear the victim of such a brutal and obvious anti-Semitic attack perpetrated by young uneducated Muslims and it makes us realize what it really feels like.”
The assault was originally reported on Saturday by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
At the time, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said in a statement, “This act of unspeakable cowardice is a betrayal of the foundation of the Republic and the values of Paris,” according to Paris’ Le Parisien.
The attack took place only days before local elections in France on Sunday, which saw strong gains for the nationalist National Front party. In an interview published Sunday, Yonathan Arfi, vice president of Jewish umbrella group CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France), told The Algemeiner there is a growing trend in France wherein the political far left connects with the extreme right over a common hatred of Jews.
“What is very worrying for us is when anti-Semitism makes the link between extreme left and extreme right,” he said, referring to a major Paris rally earlier this year where marchers chanted “Jew, France is not for you.” At the demonstration “there were people from the extreme right mainly but some people of the extreme left as well,” Arfi said.
Anti-Semitic attacks in France are reported with some regularity. Earlier this month Israel’s Ma’arivreported that a young Jewish woman was assaulted at a laundromat in a suburb of Lyon by a mother and daughter of Arab descent who shouted, “Dirty Jew, go home to your country, Israel.” Last week, an Israeli man was attacked with a stun gun outside a synagogue and a week before that a French Jew was assaulted on the Metro.
See photos of the victim’s injuries from the aftermath of the brutal assault below:
Gang of Racist Muslims carry-out an anti-Semitic attack on a Jewish man. Photo: David. Photos courtesy of: the algemeiner
Here is our initial report on this story:
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by, Erick Stakelbeck | CBN News
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Plus, we travel to Hungary to meet a former outspoken anti-Semite who has had a profound transformation. See what happens when this person that led an organization against Jews discovers that he is Jewish.
Finally, author Ray Bentley joins us to talk about his latest book, The Holy Land Key.
by, William Booth and Ruth Eglash | The Washington Post | h/t Billy W.
NETANYA, Israel — This sunny city on the Mediterranean has become known among Israelis as the French Riviera, both as a compliment and a dig.
As immigration to Israel has dipped over the past 10 years, France is the only country seeing a growing number of its Jewish citizens move there. And Netanya is the French arrivals’ No. 1 destination.
The French in Netanya aren’t wearing berets and striped shirts, but the signs of their arrival are everywhere. The shop windows of real estate offices offer “superbe maison, vue sur mer, 3 salles de bain.” There are lawn bowling clubs, and the falafel joint’s menu lists “hamburger avec frites.” A French-style bakery called Pain au Chocolat is filled with mid-morning coffee dawdlers and children in strollers munching macaroons.
The reasons the French newcomers give for moving here: They love Israel, or at least the idea of Israel; the economy in France is weak, especially for young people; and perhaps most important, they say they feel a rise in anti-Semitism in France, from the subtle forms — promotions passed over, party invitations that never arrive — to the most overt.
“We come from Toulouse, so you can understand why we came here,” said Laurent Mardoukh, a middle-aged building contractor who arrived in Netanya with his wife and three boys last year.
Mardoukh’s eldest son was attending the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse on March 19, 2012, when a French national of Algerian heritage named Mohammed Merah shot to death a rabbi and three students.
“Now I prefer to live in peace and quiet in Israel, surrounded by all the craziness of the region, than in France, which is not as quiet as it seems,” Mardoukh said.
Immigration to Israel is called making “aliyah,” which in Hebrew means “the act of going up” or “ascending.” And it is slowing, despite intensive, expensive outreach — and outright wooing — by the government and private organizations. About 19,200 Jews immigrated to Israel last year, down a bit from the 22,139 who came a decade ago.
Against that backdrop, France is the exception. There were 3,270 French arrivals last year, an increase of 63 percent from 2012, according to Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption. Percentage-wise, that is a far greater number than the 3,070 Jews who emigrated from the United States, which has many more Jews than France. The French consul here has said that as many as 150,000 French nationals may now be living in Israel.
“From other countries, the number of people making aliyah is going down — in Britain and the United States; but among French Jews, there are many coming here,” said Yoni Chetboun, a member of the Israeli Knesset, or parliament, and chairman of the newly created Knesset lobby for French immigrants and French speakers in Israel.
Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident who is now chairman of the Jewish Agency, a semi-governmental organization that promotes aliyah in Jewish communities worldwide, said he has felt for several years that emigration from France was about to take off.
“I attended our aliyah fair in Paris and there were 5,000 Jews there asking questions,” Sharansky said.
Israel is a country built by immigration, and it is a core national mission to populate the country with as many Jews as possible.
Video: Testimony detailing the reasons a Belgian Jewish family chose to leave Belgium for the United States: the rise of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, the attacks of Toulouse, Islamism, etc.
There are religious, moral and practical reasons for this. Known as the Jewish state, Israel is 75 percent Jewish; most of the rest of the population is Muslim, with a smaller number of Christians, Druze and other minorities. Some Israelis fear what they call a “demographic time bomb” that would see the Arab Muslim population in Israel grow steeply in proportion to the Jewish population.
Sharansky warned: “To those who say that anti-Semitism in France is good for Zionism, I say they are wrong. For every 10 who experience anti-Semitism, nine will distance themselves from Jewish life, and only one will make aliyah.”
He pointed out that in decades past, Jews came to Israel fleeing persecution and pogroms, but today they make a choice to move from their home countries. They have more options than just Israel, so there is competition, especially for highly skilled workers.
David Merran was living a nice life in Paris, working as an investment counselor in a bank. But four months ago, he brought his wife and three young children to live in Israel. He said they were drawn to Netanya because his parents had bought an apartment here and his wife loves the sea.
“And everyone speaks French, so it is very easy,” he said. So easy, he said, that he has to make an effort to speak Hebrew. Jews making aliyah to Israel spend five months in government-sponsored language academies.
Some Israelis stereotype the French immigrants as snobs.
“There is a stigma that all French Jews are rich and are buying up penthouses by the sea,” said Dali Eli, a director in the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption who works in Netanya. “That might have been true in the past, but today the new immigrant is from the middle classes. They do not have a lot of money. They need to learn Hebrew and get a job as quickly as possible.”
Merran said his family had always dreamed of living in Israel. But there were other reasons for leaving Paris. Merran, who wears a skullcap, said he was accosted on the subway by French Arabs. His sister was cursed with an anti-Semitic slur on a public street. The fact that he wanted to be home on Friday afternoons for the Jewish Sabbath was frowned upon at the bank.
“It is not only the Arabs,” said Merran. “It is society in France. Just below the surface, it is there.”
Israelis have been watching closely the debate in France over whether to ban performances by the comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. Dieudonné, as he is known, has popularized an arm gesture that many describe as a reverse Nazi salute, called the “quenelle.” Dieudonné says it is simply an anti-establishment gesture; the French interior minister has branded him a racist, anti-Semitic Holocaust denier.
Merran said he prefers to focus on the future.
“Every moment we are here, I feel lucky,” he said.
Newcomers like Merran are given the concierge treatment by the Israeli government. He has a dedicated case worker who helped him with his résumé and enrolled him in language school. He has received tips on where to shop, the mechanics of paying the bills, the best schools and the names of doctors and dentists who speak French.
“There is also a snowball effect. People come and they are sharing their stories and experiences with people back in France, and that is making more people want to come and try it out here,” said Avi Zana, director general of a group called AMI, which encourages aliyah from France.
But Zana said the Israeli government must do more to make it easier for the French to come, by accepting French professional licenses and diplomas for use in Israel. The government has pledged to do this.
“This is an incredible window of opportunity to bring the French Jews to Israel,” said the minister of immigrant absorption, Sofa Landver. There are about 500,000 Jews in France, the third-largest Jewish population outside of Israel and the United States.
“We need to do all we can to absorb these new immigrants and to do it right, so that they do not leave and go somewhere else,” she said.
Eglash reported from Jerusalem.
by, Elad Benari | Arutz Sheva 7 | h/t Marie K.
A lawmaker from Hamas recently called for a “massacre” of Jews, explaining that the Koran indicates that this must be done.
In a televised address the lawmaker, Yunis Al-Astal, also said that Jews must be forced to pay the “jizya” tax, which under the strict Islamic Sharia doctrine, non-Muslims living under Muslim sovereignty must pay in return for the ruler’s protection. Jihadist rebels who have taken control of areas in Syria have imposed such a tax on Christian minorities.
Al-Astal’s address aired on March 6 on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV. It was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Video courtesy of: MEMRITV
“In today’s show, we will discuss the demand that the Palestinian people recognize [Israel] as a Jewish state, so that the occupation will graciously hand them out scraps. I would like to begin by quoting what Allah said about them: ‘The worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who disbelieve. They are the ones with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time,’” said Al-Astal.
“The obvious question is: What is the solution to this gang of people? The Al-Anfal chapter of the Koran provides us with the answer,” he continued. “After He said: ‘They are the ones with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time,’ Allah added: ‘If you gain mastery over them in a war, use them to disperse those who follow them that they may remember.’ This indicates that we must massacre them, in order to break them down and prevent them from sowing corruption in the world. They are the ones who still spark the flame of war, but Allah has taken it upon Himself to extinguish it.”
MEMRI’s release of Al-Astal’s comments comes on the same day that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh threatened Israel it would pay dearly if it heeded the growing calls to retake Gaza.
“We tell the enemy and (Foreign Minister Avigdor) Liberman who is threatening to reoccupy Gaza that the time for your threats is over,” Haniyeh declared, at a rally in Gaza City. “Any aggression or crime or stupidity you commit will cost you a very high price.”
Arab incitement against Israel has continued throughout the peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA). It is not only Hamas, which is considered a terrorist group by most Western countries, that has incited against Israel, but also the PA under Mahmoud Abbas, who is often described as a “moderate peace partner.”
The Israeli government only recently released its annual “Palestinian Incitement Index“, which showed that incitement against Israel and the Jewish people is continuing on official media channels including – inter alia – by bodies that are very close to the PA Chairman and in educational and religious networks.
In addition, top officials in Abbas’s Fatah party have openly supportedHamas’s efforts to kidnap Israeli soldiers. One of these officials, Abbas Zaki, recently declared that “Allah will gather [Israelis] so that we can kill them.”
Israeli Christians and supporters—including Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest who has promoted Christian integration in the Jewish state—protest outside the EU’s Embassy in Israel on Sunday, calling for the EU to do more to help persecuted Mideast Christians. Credit: Israeli Christian Lobby. Photo courtesy of: JNS
by, JNS | h/t the algemeiner
More than 150 Israeli Christians and supporters gathered in front of the European Union’s Embassy in Israel on Sunday to demand that the EU do more to help Middle East Christians, who face growing persecution from Islamic extremists throughout the region.
“The free world must stop Christian persecution and ethnic cleansing in Middle East,” Shadi Khalloul—spokesman for the Israeli Christian Lobby, the group that organized the protest—toldJNS.org following the demonstration.
“Today they are silent and try to ignore the massacres and even sometimes support these fanatics,” Khalloul added. “The West must intervene and protect them until peace comes.”
A sign calling on the EU to help “Stop Christian Ethnic Cleansing” in the Middle East at the Israeli Christian Lobby’s protest outside the EU Embassy in Israel on Sunday. Credit: Israeli Christian Lobby. Photo courtesy of: JNS
Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest who has promoted Christian integration in Israel, also attended the demonstration, telling the crowd that he is thankful that Israel has been a warm home for Christians.
“We as free Israeli Christians are proud of our country and we thank Israel. We hope that Christian leaders speak loudly without fear and say the truth about Israel. God Bless Israel,” Khalloul said.
by, Ari Soffer | Arutz Sheva 7 | h/t trop
A Jewish teacher was savagely beaten by a group of Arab men in a brutal anti-Semitic attack in Paris, according to the Bureau for National Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA).
The attackers – who shouted “death to the Jews” and “filthy Jew” during the assault – broke the victim’s nose and drew a swastika on his chest after tearing open his shirt.
“One of the perpetrators opened the victim’s shirt and with a black marker drew a swastika on the man’s bare chest,” BNVCA president Sammy Ghozlan wrote in the BNVCA report, according to JTA.
The victim – identified only as K. Richard – told police the men had cursed him in Arabic and French, and appeared to have been of North African descent.
He was ambushed after leaving a kosher restaurant and was wearing a kippa (skullcap) at the time of the assault.
Anti-Semitism in France has hit headlines in recent years and has seen a marked increase, with the majority of attacks being blamed on extremists from the country’s sizable Muslim community.
Earlier this year, thousands of supporters of anti-Semitic comedianDieudonne chanted hate slogans including “Jews out of France!” in a rally in central Paris.
Police had to be called in after racist, anti-Semitic BDS activists made threats of violence towards Pro-Israeli students
by, Adam Kredo | The Washington Free Beacon
Pro-Palestinian activists on the University of Michigan campus have had the cops called on them for threatening pro-Israel students and staging a sit-in over the student government’s refusal to back an anti-Israel initiative to divest from the Jewish state.
University of Michigan police were contacted Wednesday evening after two pro-Palestinian activists allegedly threatened a student who refused to support their boycott initiative.
The threatening rhetoric used by these pro-Palestinian activists is part of wider campaign by the University of Michigan’s pro-Palestine group Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), which is part of the virulently anti-Israel Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement (BDS).
The pro-Palestinian faction’s violent rhetoric has sparked an atmosphere of fear among pro-Israel students and led at least one to ask that the police launch an investigation into these threats.
SAFE, which describes itself as “a Palestinian solidarity group at the University of Michigan,” has been staging sit-ins at the university’s student government chambers and elsewhere, according to insiders and the group’s Facebook page.
On Wednesday of this week, SAFE apparently staged one of its sit-ins in the university’s student government chambers. That is when SAFE activists started shouting threats at those who do not support BDS, according to a police report and University of Michigan Police official.
“A student reported that around 6:30 p.m., two males yelled threats at him while they were in the Central Student Government chambers,” states a “threat of violence” police report from that evening. “They are described as Arabic males, approximately 20 years old and wearing white scarves. One reportedly had light brown skin, black hair, and a trimmed beard. The other was described as shorter than the other subject and thinner hair.”
An official with the university police told the Washington Free Beacon that the past week has been rife with tension following “an effort by a pro-Palestinian group” to promote divestment from Israel.
“There have been sit-ins conducted in those chambers by both students and non-students who are supporting a pro-Palestinian perspective,” said the police official.
“This report we took Wednesday evening was a student who was in the chambers and he alleges that two unknown men described in the incident [report] had yelled at him some threats and he left the area.”
While the official could not reveal the name of the individual who was threatened, she told the Free Beacon that these pro-Palestinian activists have been staging these BDS events for several days.
The university student involved in the incident stated on his Facebook page Thursday that police are looking into multiple threats leveled over a 48-hour period this week.
“I am immensely thankful to the University of Michigan’s Department of Public Safety for continuing to investigate all the threats against me over the last forty-eight hours,” the student stated in a posting obtained by the Free Beacon, which is withholding the individual’s name.
The student said that he would not be intimidated by the pro-Palestinian faction’s threats and would continue to stand by his convictions.
“While already I forgive those [who] have said hurtful and spiteful messages to me, I will not be stirred, nor moved, by intimidations of any kind as a return to business as usual and serving the remainder of my term as CSG Representative,” the student wrote.
The student further reported that “several sources” have begun attempting to “completely dismantle my reputation over this subject.”
The student did not respond to a Free Beacon request for further comment on the issue.
A University of Michigan spokesman would not comment directly on the threats, telling the Free Beacon: “Their people [SAFE members] have strong feelings on that issue [BDS] and those strong feelings are getting expressed in a number of ways. Some may be more appropriate than others.”
The spokesman went on to say that the university itself does not have a position on the BDS movement and has only been trying “to facilitate the two groups of students talking to each other. It’s really a dispute from a student organization and the student government.”
SAFE is apparently upset that the student government promptly tabled this month a resolution “advocating the disinvestment of companies that support the state of Israel,” according to the university spokesman.
“It’s really an internal dispute within the students about how this was handled,” the spokesman explained.
SAFE and its supporters want the student government to vote on the divestment initiative.
“They’re working to resolve that and bring that issue back to the student government this week,” according to the university spokesman.
An email to the SAFE board was not returned by press time.
Campus insiders said the Michigan incident is just the latest heavy-handed campaign by anti-Israel activists bent on using U.S. college campuses as a means to foment hate for the Jewish state.
BDS activists across the country have been attempting to push divestment from Israel on university campuses and within numerous academic organizations in recent months.
“While we don’t have all the details, we are unfortunately not surprised” by what happened at the University of Michigan, David Walker, the Eastern region campus coordinator for the Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a pro-Israel group active on many college campuses across the nation.
“This sounds very much like the type of hostility with which we are familiar,” Walker said. “Pro-Israel students are on the frontlines of the battle against Israel’s detractors, and often those detractors use intimidation to advance their agenda.”
University of Michigan’s SAFE group has been known to associate with anti-Israel extremists.
The group recently held a pro-divestment event with the anti-Israel activist Ali Abunimah. SAFE supporters apparently marched to the university’s student government chambers to push their cause, according to photos documenting the event.
The incident referenced in the police report occurred just a few days after this.
Israeli Population Tops 8 Million in 2013
by, Jerold Auerbach | the algemeiner
It is endlessly – and mindlessly – reiterated that demographic disaster looms for Israel if it does not relinquish its biblical homeland for a Palestinian state. Everyone from Yasser Arafat to Barack Obama has said so. The PLO leader gleefully predicted: “the womb of the Palestinian woman will defeat the Zionists.” The American president ominously warned: “Given the demographics west of the Jordan River, the only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable Palestine.”
But predictions of Israel’s looming demographic calamity are hardly new. During the First Intifada, Haifa University professor Arnon Sofer anticipated that Israel would become “non-Jewish” by the turn of the century. Early in the new century, Israeli demographer Sergio Della-Pergola imagined that before its first decade ended “Jews will become a minority in the lands that include Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.” It did not happen.
Such “demographic panic” has been fed by false data from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. In 2007 it claimed that 2,500,000 Arabs inhabited the West Bank and Jerusalem. But even the Bureau head conceded that these exaggerated numbers represented “a civil intifada” designed to undermine Jewish settlements. Other Palestinian ministries acknowledged a considerably lower West Bank population of 1.6 million Arabs. As Israeli demographer Yoram Ettinger has warned: “Beware of Palestinians bearing demographic numbers.”
During the past two decades Arab births west of the Jordan River have stabilized while Jewish births have increased. When Israel celebrated its sixty-fifth anniversary of independence in 2013, six million Jews (including 350,000 settlers in Judea and Samaria) comprised 75.3% of its population, which also included 1.6 million Arab citizens (20.7 percent). Even including 1.6 million West Bank Palestinians, Israel still enjoyed nearly a 2:1 majority west of the Jordan River.
Birth-rate projections indicate continued Jewish population growth, largely concentrated among settler and ultra-Orthodox families, in conjunction with a declining Arab share of Israeli births. The most recent numbers from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics report that in 2013 the Jewish birthrate increased by 1.3 percent while the Muslim birthrate fell by 5.5 percent. Given available data, it is highly unlikely that Jews will be outnumbered in the foreseeable future, except in the forebodings of settlement critics and the longings of Palestinians for a Judenrein state.
But there will always be gullible journalists, New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren conspicuous among them. In her interview with Tareq Abbas, son of the president of the Palestinian Authority (now in the ninth year of his four-year term), she wrote (March 19): “Palestinians are comforted by demographics. There are already more Arabs than Jews living between the river and the sea, plus millions of Palestinian refugees, and generally higher Palestinian birthrates.” She was glaringly wrong on all counts.
As for actual Palestinian refugees, only UNRWA, the United Nations organization that exists to exaggerate and perpetuate their numbers, believes that bloated figure. There surely are millions of descendants of Palestinian refugees (as there are of Holocaust victims). But the actual number of Palestinian refugees still living is estimated at 30-50,000. Even if they all returned to Israel next month it would make no significant demographic difference in the Jewish state.
The far more horrific refugee problem, which the world prefers to ignore, is 2.5 million Syrians who have recently been driven from their country. As Anne Barnard wrote in the Times (March 18), “the Syrian displacement dwarfs the exodus from British-mandate Palestine during the war over Israel’s founding in 1948.” Palestinians take notice.
What does it say about Israel’s critics that egregious distortions continue to place Palestinian refugees on center stage, feeding the worldwide delegitimization of Israel as a racist apartheid state, while Syrian refugees are all but ignored?
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It was Israel in the beginning and it will be Israel in the end.