Tuesday, May 03, 2016 

Cologne's archbishop is clearly bad for women

The archbishop of Cologne in Germany has basically ignored the mass rapes that took place at their train station with his defense of Islam (Hat tip: Pamela Geller):
The Cardinal Archbishop of Cologne, Rainer Maria Woelki (pictured), has publicly criticized leaders of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party for their statements against Islam, insisting that “whoever says ‘yes’ to church towers must also say ‘yes’ to minarets.”

The Cardinal was reacting in particular to recent statements by AfD deputy leader Beatrix von Storch, who told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper: “Islam is in itself a political ideology that is not compatible with the constitution.”

“We are in favor of a ban on minarets, on muezzins and a ban on full veils,” said von Storch, who is also a member of the European Parliament.

In his videotaped response, Cardinal Woelki suggested that all religions are equally well suited to German culture and law. “The religion of Islam is compatible with the German constitution just as Judaism or Christianity are,” he said.

“Anyone who denigrates Muslims as the AfD leadership does should realize that prayer rooms and mosques are equally protected by our constitution as our churches and chapels,” he said.
And any would-be Christian who belittles serious issues should not be surprised if it has the effect of turning people off from Christianity. The man has joined Angela Merkel in mishandling everything.

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Monday, May 02, 2016 

Stabbing at Lions Gate

Another jihad knifing took place at the Old City's Lions Gate:
One Israeli was moderately to severely wounded following a stabbing attack Monday by the Lion's Gate in Jerusalem. Paramedics said that the 60-year-old victim sustained stab wounds to his chest.

According to a tweet by police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the assailant fled the scene and security forces are searching the area. A knife was said to have been found at the scene.
I hope they find the filthy stabber as soon as possible.

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Sunday, May 01, 2016 

Eurovision did the right thing

They barred display of the PLO flag. Naturally, the PLO threw a fit about it:
The decision by European broadcasters to ban any display of Palestinian flags during the upcoming Eurovision song contest next month in Sweden provoked outrage in Ramallah.

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s top peace negotiator who recently assumed the post of secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, slammed the decision.

In a letter to the European Broadcasting Union, the body in charge of producing the show, Erekat said that the decision to bar the colors of the PLO was “discriminatory and a serious offense against our nation.”
What "nation" is he talking about? Only one he wants everyone to believe exists. The Eurovision board is doing the right thing to leave their distasteful flag out of the year's contest, because not only would it be legitimizing a terror outfit, it would also be politicizing the whole convention. This time, they've acted wisely and didn't associate themselves with a monster.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 

Distrust of Islam in France and Germany

Public opinion is clear once again:
A new poll published on Friday shows that a growing number of people in France and Germany are uncomfortable with Islam and its visibility in their respective countries.

The study, which was conducted by the polling centre Ifop for French daily Le Figaro, found that 47 percent of French people and 43 percent of Germans felt that the Muslim community poses a “threat” to national identity.

Almost two-thirds of the poll’s respondents in France also said that Islam had become too “influential and visible”, whereas just under half of participants said the same in Germany.

Islam 'too visible'

The same study in 2010 found that 43 percent of French people viewed Islam as a threat, while 55 percent said that it was too visible.
It's worse than simply being visible. It's that it poses a violent threat. But surely more problematic is when the local governments vehemently refuse to exile all the dangerous vermin and enable it to spread around.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016 

Haredi gender bigot arrested in Beit Shemesh for yelling threats at girls

The good news here is that, unlike in the past, the police acted boldly and collared the despoiler of religion who crossed a red line:
A haredi man from Beit Shemesh aged around 40 was arrested on Wednesday morning, on suspicions that he threatened and shouted at three 15-year-old girls who walked around in clothes that he considered to be "immodest."

The girls complained to the police on Tuesday, telling them that as they walked on a street in one of the neighborhoods in Beit Shemesh, the suspect spotted them and started shouting at them and threatening them due to their clothing.

Met with the shouts and threats the three 15-year-olds became terrified, and started crying and running in panic.

In light of the report, the police opened a quick investigation that located the suspect and led to his arrest on Wednesday morning.

Under investigation he connected himself to the incident, and on Wednesday morning he is to be brought in for a hearing at the Beit Shemesh Magistrate's Court.
Thank goodness the police acted responsibly this time. Any crackpot who tries to follow in Islam's footsteps by imposing a variation of sharia upon people whose dress styles he doesn't like should be seriously penalized for causing a ruckus over petty nonsense.

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UTJ's abandonment of constituents

The Haredi party's Torah Flag faction doesn't seem particularly concerned about improving living conditions for the community it supposedly represents. At the same time, this article by Dov Lipman tells another interesting fact I'd noticed mentioned in at least one other paper:
What should the party faithful have discussed over three days of meetings and deliberations? Let’s start with the high number of ultra-Orthodox children who leave their families and the haredi world.

The statistics are staggering. According to government sources as of a few years ago, the proportion of haredi children leaving the fold was close to 8 percent. Today the figure is thought to be 10 percent.
And it could grow even larger in another few years. And it's probably better that way, because this helps them to integrate better into wider society, something the stuffy old reps don't want, in their obsession with dumbing down their subjects. On which note:
One would think such a crisis would spur the haredi leadership to make this a major focus of their national convention. Should they not have considered evaluating their system? It sets every male child on a course to study Torah full-time, or pushes wives to support their husbands to enable them to study Torah full-time. But it is a way of life not suited for mainstream children, and which is most certainly driving them away from their homes in such high numbers.

Not a word was uttered about this pressing issue.

What else should the convention have addressed? Well, can the party really continue to ignore the poverty inside its own community? Families do not have food to put on their table, and are mired in dreadful living conditions. Perhaps they might have discussed the need for establishing institutions which combine high-level Torah study with some form of job training, to allow those young men the opportunity to find a job to support their families with dignity within a Torah and religious framework.

They might have discussed tackling the problem by providing their youth with math and English skills in a manner which does not interfere with their values and religious way of life, to avoid the menial and low-paying jobs that most ultra-Orthodox young men end up doing.

Again, this issue was not raised in any of the meetings or plenary sessions.
And if they won't come to terms with how bad their approach has become, why should they be surprised? And among what they did discuss, there came a serious error to how they look upon non-Orthodox practitioners:
The second focus of the convention was the dangers of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism, especially Reform. A statement issued at the end of the convention said Degel Hatorah would only accept a separate location for non-Orthodox streams to pray at the Western Wall if there are separate entrances – one for the Orthodox, and one for all other Jews.

The language used by MK Moshe Gafni to express this policy was simply disgusting: “They can go wherever they want; they can do whatever they want; but not together with us. We will not allow them to be with us in any way. Not at the entrance to the Kotel, not at the exit.”

How sad that a group which claims to act in the name of religion doesn’t even adhere to the most basic of religious tenets – love others as you would have them love you – nor strives for another basic Jewish value: unity of the Jewish people.
Indeed. All they're doing is hatemongering, and if they really do think it's bad, why don't they try and propose ways to persuade Reform constituents to try Orthodox instead? Probably because even Orthodox alone isn't enough for them; it simply has to be ultra-Orthodox.

Biggest irony is that if Gafni's bunch is anti-Zionist, so too were various Reform movements for many years. In that case, what's their beef? All they've done is create a rift that ensures it'd be much harder to persuade Reforms who're anti-Israel to turn around.

So I think it's best if a lot of Haredis are leaving the lifestyle behind. What we should hope is that they don't abandon Judaism because of how the Haredi leaderships made things so dreadful. But if they do, it shouldn't be surprising, given how badly isolationist and ignorant many of the Haredi tribes became.

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Paris jihadist extradited back from Brussels

One of the monsters who was behind the jihad in Paris has now been transferred back to France for trial:
Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam - Europe's most wanted fugitive until his capture in Belgium last month - has been returned to France and charged with a host of terror-related offenses, his lawyer said Wednesday.

After four months on the run and a month in Belgian custody, the 26-year-old French citizen of Moroccan origin is on his way to Fleury-Merogis, a high-security prison about 19 miles south of Paris, attorney Frank Berton told journalists. French Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas said Abdeslam would be placed in isolation, watched by guards specially trained to deal with "people reputed to be dangerous."

Investigators have said Abdeslam was instrumental in coordinating logistics for the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people at Paris restaurants, a noted music hall and a sports stadium outside the city. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the carnage.

Berton indicated that his client wanted to cooperate with the investigation, saying that Abdeslam "volunteered that he would explain himself at some later date."
That's more like saying he won't cooperate at all, or will only try everyone's patience.

There's a serious case to be made here for why this filthy animal should be given the death sentence after the investigation is done, decidedly by slicing off his ugly head with a large sword, or by putting a shotgun to his head and disintegrating it. But who knows if with a government as awful as Hollande's, they'll be able to do that?

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Owner of Marseille synagogue sells to mosque

The info provided here gives a good idea why the cowardice:
The Or Thora synagogue on Rue Saint-Dominique in Marseille, established in 1962, has been purchased by the Al Badr organization, which runs a small mosque on the same street, The Local reported. The sale is under review by the city council and it is expected that the new mosque will open for business in a few months.

Zvi Ammar, President of the Marseille Israelite Consistory, said the move was positive. "For the past 20 years or so we have seen the shift of the Jewish community to other neighborhoods," he said, adding, "We all have the same God, the main thing is for this to proceed in harmony."

In January, Ammar said that the Jews of Marseille should avoid wearing their yarmulkes on the street. So much for harmony.
Why did he have to sell to a mosque, but not to say, a business management or a warehouse ownership? That man is clearly a coward with no spine. And do Judaists and Muslims really have the same God? The conduct of the latter suggests otherwise. Ammar's sellout is a disgrace and should be looked upon the same way by the people who shouldn't be associating themselves with him.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 

French government rejected Israeli technology that could've prevented terrorist attacks

It's been discovered that France's government, out of potential anti-Israel bias, refused to buy Israeli technology for terrorist tracking:
A security expert believes that many lives could have been saved if not for anti-Israel bias that prevented France from using Israeli terror-tracking technology.

Not long after the deadly Islamic terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly in Paris in January 2015 and nearly a year before the simultaneous Islamic terror attacks in the city last November that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more, French security officials rejected an Israeli company’s offer of terrorist-tracking, according to a FoxNews.com report, citing a security expert.

“The offer of data-mining technology that would allow French authorities to ‘connect all the dots’ in the Islamist extremist community was made to the Directorate-General for Internal Security (DGSI), France’s main intelligence agency. It is used to analyze and match up fragmented intelligence reports from several national and international databases, giving counter-terrorism agents the most up-to-date information on potential terrorists available,” the news site reported.

The offer was rejected. “French authorities liked it, but the official came back and said there was a higher-level instruction not to buy Israeli technology,” a well-placed Israeli counter-terror specialist familiar with the technology and the company behind it told FoxNews.com. “The discussion just stopped.”
It's said that civilizations die from suicide rather than murder. Although in this case, it's because Hollande's government threw the citizenry under the bus.

The articles also cite a phony scapegoating Israel:
Kamal Nawash, an American attorney and president of the Free Muslims Coalition, noted that Europe’s tough stance against Israel and hesitation in making technology purchases is an “example of the global community sending a message to Israel that its treatment of the Palestinians is unacceptable.”

“Israel would be wise to change its treatment of Palestinians by providing them with civil and human rights and pursuing a desegregation policy in general,” Nawash said. “Otherwise, Israel may experience the same fate as South Africa during the apartheid era with all the countries of the world boycotting Israel.”
Oh, some "free" coalition they have there. If they perpetuate the notion that Israel is solely an aggressor, and turn their backs on the Islamist mentality driving the so-called "palestinians" then they're not favoring freedom at all.

Here's more on the subject at Truth Revolt.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 

Israel cannot refuse to acknowledge Armenian Holocaust

Uri Heitner wrote in Israel HaYom about the local political system's continued refusal to publicly acknowledge the Armenian Holocaust in official memorials. I shouldn't have to tell just how disturbing it is this has been happening so many years.

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