Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Schools in US should have guards and metal detectors

The parent of a student slain in Parkland's tragedy argued in favor of establishing guards and metal detectors at schools in America:
COOPER: You talk about anger, and I know you have been turning that anger into action ever since your daughter was killed. You're focusing on school safety. Do you think anything has changed? I mean, are we in the same place as we were before the parkland shooting?

POLLACK: Well, I think not much has changed because it happened again. You know, after 9/11, there hasn't been one hijacking that I know of ... but today, we sit here, me and you, talking and it's the 22nd school shooting of this year. Now when is enough going to be enough where people say listen, we need to have single-point entries and metal detectors at the school just like in a courthouse or at a stadium. We're safe in a stadium, but we let our kids go to school and they're not safe.
Well he's right, and if it's done today at Israeli schools and such, it should be all means be emulated at schools elsewhere in the USA too. So when are school administrations going to start making the arrangements to ensure their students will be safe?

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Friday, May 18, 2018 

An associate of the Paris knifer worked in immigration

The French police arrested a Chechen associate of the jihadist in Paris who worked in the immigration department:
A friend of Chechen Paris attacker Khamzat Asimov has been revealed to be an employee of the French immigration agency and married a woman known to be a radical Islamic extremist.

The friend of the attacker, identified as Abdoul Hakim A., was arrested Sunday following the terror attack which saw Chechen immigrant Khamzat Asimov stab several people in Paris, killing one and injuring four others.

Abdoul Hakim A. had been considered a “moderate Muslim” and had been employed at the Office of Immigration in Strasbourg since January, French newspaper Ouest France reports.

According to reports, Abdoul Hakim A. was born in the Chechen capital of Grozny in 1997 and moved to France when he was 13 with his mother. He befriended terrorist Asimov in high school.

While he allegedly told investigators that he was a moderate Muslim, he married a woman known to not only be a radical Islamic extremist but who is also said to have attempted to travel to Syria. The French intelligence services is reported to have kept tabs on the couple shortly after their marriage.
In other words, he committed taqqiya. Now are they going to make sure he's no longer employed, and try to get him deported back to that hellhole in Chechnya where he came from? They'd better make sure he's shown the door from France as soon as possible.

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Gunman in Florida attacked Trump-owned golf resort while ranting about the POTUS

It looks like another political act of violence has occurred in the USA, at the Doral golf resort, which Donald Trump certainly owned in past years:
Police say they shot and wounded a man “ranting” about President Donald Trump inside the lobby of the Trump National Doral Miami resort at around 1:30 am EST Friday morning.

“The man — who was not a guest at the resort — waited in the lobby for police officers to arrive before luring them into a gunfight, authorities said. During the gunfight, the unidentified man was struck several times in the lower body. No workers at the resort or guests were injured. A Doral cop hurt his wrist,” reports the Miami Herald.

Miami Police have identified the suspect as Jonathan Oddi, 42, of Doral, Florida.

“We are not saying this is terrorism … we are not discounting anything at this point,” Juan Perez, director of the Miami-Dade Police, told reporters.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” added Perez.
Well give the authorities some credit for stopping the gunman before any serious harm could've occurred. This is disturbing sign of leftists going unhinged in the Trump era.

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Population projections for Haredi society are less than prior estimations

In some interesting news about what the size of the ultra-Orthodox community could be like in the future, it's actually lower than previously thought:
The size of the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) population by 2059 will be significantly lower than previous forecasts have predicted, according to a new study by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies released on Wednesday.

Although the Central Bureau of Statistics recently forecast that the haredi population would be 50% of the Jewish population by 2059, data from the haredi education system indicates it will be 35% of the population by then, the study by Prof. Alex Weinreb and Nachum Blass said.

The study showed that among pupils in the country’s different education systems – state, state-religious and haredi – those in the haredi system increased at the fastest rate between 2001 and 2015.

But, from 2013 to 2015 the growth in the number of pupils in the haredi system was 7.5% lower than would otherwise be expected from data regarding the fertility rate in the haredi sector.

The study found that a significant cause behind this lower growth was changes in the religious orientation of students and their families, reflected in student transfers between education streams.

[...] According to the researches, previous studies have shown that trends of decreased religiosity continue until 12th grade, and about 15% of haredim in each generation are expected to leave the sector.
Interesting. If they're leaving the lifestyle behind and integrating more with regular society, including the non-Haredi religious community, that's a good thing. It shows they're trying to join the workforce too, contribute more to society, and above all, obtain better education as well. Which is an excellent thing indeed.

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Education ministry should not ignore cases of Haredi soldiers whose children are barred from anti-military yeshivas

The Jewish Press says the education ministry's going soft on ultra-Orthodox yeshivas shunning children whose parents serve in the army:
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman MK Dichter (Likud) said on Tuesday that ”Based on the answers of the Ministry of Education, I understand that the state is adopting an approach of surrender, instead of acting with all its might. Those who prevent a relative of an IDF soldier from receiving state services should shake in their boots. We will deal with this issue at the next session of the Knesset and we will demand to hear more concrete solutions.”

MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) said, “I receive many calls from women whose husbands serve in the army and their children are not accepted into schools or preschools, because they are always last in line.”

The committee members wished to know why the Ministry of Education is not more active in this fight and Benayahu Tabila, representing the Haredi Dept. of the Ministry of Education responded that “our mission is education and the challenge is to ascertain that as many Haredi children as possible receive the proper education, while in many Haredi communities this has already created opposition against us, and therefore it is uncertain whether we should be the spearhead in the fight for enlistment.”
This is not good if the ministry's failing to address the problem, presumably because they don't want a fallout with the Haredi parties in the Knesset. Any yeshivas pulling this crap should be barred from receiving any state funding, that's for sure.

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If Haredis in London are discriminating against non-Jewish apartment buyers, of coruse that's wrong

Here's an article on a lawsuit that was filed in London against a Haredi group in housing:
A lawsuit was filed against Jewish Housing Association in London's Stamford Hill neighborhood over the fact that the association, in cooperation with the municipality, does not allow non-Jews to purchase discounted apartments in haredi neighborhoods.

The High Court in London will discuss the lawsuit filed by two non-Jewish families against the Jewish Housing Association under Agudath Israel in London in the coming months.

The plaintiffs claim they can not get cheap apartments on the street they want, since they are not Jewish.
As reverse-racism, this is wrong. If it's offensive to deny folks of Jewish race the right to buy apartments in a non-Jewish neighborhood, then obviously it's wrong to deny folks of non-Jewish race the same in a mainly Jewish neighborhood. Oh, and look at one of the excuses one of the Haredi reps brought up:
"There is no reason why the non-Jews should push themselves into a crowded street of haredi Jews. What do they have to look for here? We do not buy apartments in their neighborhoods, and they do not have to push themselves. If they could not buy at all, then of course we would not stop them. But they can buy, just two blocks away. They just want to bother us."

Ita Simmons, who founded the Housing Association in 1981, told the Jewish Chronicle website that "they are trying to change the purpose for which the organization was founded. Why do non-Jews want to live on a street full of Hasidim?" a question.
Suppose it's because, on the surface, they feel safer there than they would in a neighborhood with Islamofascists around, as has been the case in much of east London for years already? Something the Haredis over there don't seem particularly interested in reversing, no matter how dangerous the Islamists in Britain have made it even there for Jews. Indeed, that's the only problem with this whole issue, yet nothing seemed to have come up about that.

And I don't buy the notion the Haredis aren't buying apartments in non-Jewish neighborhoods in Britain. I'm sure they are, certainly if they can "block-bust", and then turn a whole street into an enclave of their desire. Above all, a real shame they can't admit their approach shows no respect for the biblical theme of "love your neighbor as you would yourself", from Leviticus 19:17-18, IIRC.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 

USA Today confirms: Trump supporters across America say he's delivering

USA Today ran a survey of comments from readers who've decided he's delivering on his promises. Here's an excerpt that says:
As time went on I’m become much happier with my vote and I support Trump. I love that he is the first president in a long time who really supports Israel. Not just because I’m Jewish, but also because Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.
And earlier this week, Trump and company delivered on their promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, so speaking from a local perspective, there's that. Now, even Guatemala's made the move as well, and that too can be considered a success by extension.

There's more successes he's had, I'm sure, that the MSM won't cover but are still out there, and he'll hopefully be able to deliver more within the next few years. As somebody who voted for Trump, I'm a happy camper.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 

Beit Shemesh city council officials arrested in corruption sting

As you probably guessed, they all appear to be ultra-Orthodox too:
A senior member of the Beit Shemesh municipal council along with nine other individuals were arrested by the Police Lahav 443 corruption unit on suspicion of illegal property dealings, the police announced on Sunday.

Moshe Montag, a city councilor from the Degel Hatorah Party, was named as the senior councilman who was arrested. He and the other suspects were brought in for questioning by the police units and on Sunday afternoon were brought to the court in Rishon Lezion as part of the ongoing investigation.

The court remanded the extension of Montag by five days. The court also extended by five days the remand of entrepreneur Leibel Waldman, a Satmar community activist and the person behind the Kiryat Joel project in Beit Shemesh, as well as Yitzhak Raber, a close associate of Montag, and Shlomo Eisenstein, a real estate lawyer in Beit Shemesh.

The police said Lahav 433 has been working in coordination with the tax authority in an undercover investigation into suspected bribery offenses and public corruption “for a long period of time.”
How many more of these Haredi officials in Beit Shemesh are that crooked? And how to get them ousted for good?

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Jihadist on terror-watch list in France escapes custody

In another demonstration that France's police system is in dire need of reform, a jihadist on a terror-watch list escaped custody in what was apparently a planned break:
An inmate of a prison in Brest, north-west France, escaped his jailers Wednesday morning in an apparently intricately organised plot to get the terror watch-list male out of custody.

The 21-year-old man, presently serving a number of sentences for petty crimes including theft, is nevertheless on a French security services ‘S-File’ — a marker denoting he is considered a suspected radical — and was in the process of being transferred to a hospital for treatment from his prison.

Faking tying his shoelace during the transfer, the prisoner sprung up from his position and pushed past his three guards before jumping into a waiting blue-purple Peugeot car which sped away and burst through the closed hospital gates, reports radio network FranceBleu.

Justice Department sources quoted by the report state that in cases of inmates being transferred to hospital, they are usually informed on the day of the move to prevent the time and place being passed to contacts outside of prison in enough time to plan an escape. In this case, that procedure appears to have not been followed.

The report states the officers transferring the suspected radical were unarmed and made the move in an ordinary car without any police modifications. A union representative complained that the service was significantly undermanned, and there were not enough officers available to make the transfers properly.
Well then that has to change. This is exactly what's made their security system a total disaster and led to so many deaths and other crimes that could've been prevented.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 

Hamas incited riots and sacrifices for sake of jihad, and Egypt condemns Israel for defending itself

Egypt's government isn't doing any good by siding with Hamas in what transpired yesterday:
As Gazans flanked by Hamas terrorists attempt to breach the border and attack Israelis, Egypt on Monday issued a rare condemnation of the Israel Defense Forces’ defensive actions protecting the Jewish state’s borders.

A statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemned Israel over “the use of force against peaceful marches” and warned of the “negative repercussion of such serious escalation in the Palestinian occupied territories.”

The Egyptian regime, which generally opposes Hamas and imposes its own closures on the Gaza border, remained largely silent during previous Gaza riots. Egypt may fear Hamas could attempt to extend its violent campaign to the Gaza-Sinai border. In the past, the IDF and Egypt reportedly worked together to thwart jihadist encampment in the Egyptian Sinai.

Hamas predictably took advantage of today’s official opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem to stage violent riots aimed at overrunning the Israel-Gaza border.
It's a total disgrace of Egypt, and cowardly of them to cave to Hamas. Same with the PLO. If they know they're an evil entity, they should practically be trying to bring them down.

On the other hand, Australia did condemn Hamas, and not only that, former premier Tony Abbott wants their own embassy to move to Jerusalem too:
The Hamas terrorist organisation is entirely at fault for the deaths in Gaza that have followed the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Tuesday.

Mr. Turnbull said the loss of life was “tragic” but Hamas had to be held responsible for pushing people – including young children – to attack the border in violent confrontation with Israel.

“Any loss of life like this is tragic in circumstances like this, but Hamas’ conduct is confrontational. They’re seeking to provoke the Israeli defence forces,” Mr Turnbull told Australian radio outlet 3AW.

“If they’re pushing people to the border in that context, in that conflict zone, you’re basically pushing people into circumstances where they are very likely to be shot at as Israel seeks to defend itself.”

The Israel Foreign Ministry agreed:

As Mr. Turnbull spoke, the country’s former leader Tony Abbott urged consideration for moving the Australian embassy from its current home in Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital.
He deserves serious congratulations for his bold call, as does Turnbull for putting the blame in the right place.

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Monday, May 14, 2018 

USA embassy has finally been established in Jerusalem

Today, a most joyous, positive event has taken place. The opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem:
President Donald Trump delivered a video address at the ceremony opening the official United States embassy in Jerusalem, recognizing the historic impact of his decision.

“The plain reality that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem,” Trump said, calling the decision about the location of the embassy “a long time coming.”

Trump announced his decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in December 2017, fulfilling a campaign promise.

“Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem and we’re opening it many, many years ahead of schedule,” he said.
As Miriam Adelson notes here, it's a great day for Israel:
When the U.S. inaugurates its new embassy in Jerusalem today, we Israelis will rejoice – loudly, proudly, and justly.

It will be a national milestone, a turning point. It will be a cause for celebration on a par with Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948 and its victory over three enemy armies, and the expeditionary forces assisting them, in the Six-Day War of 1967.

We will be like the dreamers of Psalms, our mouths filled with laughter and our tongues with joy, at this honor for Israel’s ancient, beloved, undivided and eternal capital: Jerusalem, the focus of our thrice-daily prayers for 3,000 years.

Americans should be just as thrilled. I can say this with full confidence because I am not only a native-born Israeli; I am also a naturalized U.S. citizen who cares deeply about American interests.

The embassy opening is a crowning moment for U.S. foreign policy and for our president, Donald Trump. Just over a year into his first term, he has re-enshrined the United States as the standard-bearer of moral clarity and courage in a world that too often feels adrift.

Exactly 70 years ago, as the horrors of World War II were still fresh, another great president, Harry Truman, asserted U.S. leadership by recognizing the fledgling State of Israel. Trump is the Truman of our time. He knew that Americans, first and foremost, would benefit from his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as would peace-loving people everywhere.

And he took action on Jerusalem, just as he did in nobly quitting the vile Iranian nuclear deal last week, and just as he is doing right now, with tough diplomacy on North Korea.
America should definitely be thrilled, and you can be sure plenty are...but there's still Democrats who not only aren't, their representatives didn't even show up:
Four U.S. Senators addressed members of the press at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on Monday morning, hours before the official relocation of the U.S. embassy — and all four were Republicans.

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dean Heller (R-NV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Mike Lee (R-UT) made the trip, along with ten Republican U.S. Representatives — but not one Democrat joined the U.S. delegation for the embassy event.

Only former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) — who was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000 before being rejected by his party in 2006 for his support of the Iraq War — came to Jerusalem to join in the festivities.

Two journalists asked the Republican Senators why no Democrats had come.

Sen. Cruz said: “That is a sad, sad manifestation — I wish we had every member of Congress here … every member of Congress had the option before them to come.”

Sen. Graham said that no one, Republican or Democrat, had been specifically invited to the ceremony — they simply chose to come or they did not. And he noted that only Republicans had come of their own volition.

“It’s not for me to tell you what that says,” Graham said. “It hurts me.”

He noted that the absence of Democrats sent a dangerous message that Americans were not united in their support for Israel.

“There’s too much going on in this region to send mixed signals,” he said.
Indeed, as the great occasion was taking place, the Hamas incited a mob at the Gaza crossing to riot, and there were even anti-Israeli demonstrators cavorting around outside the complex of the embassy. Such refusal to put politics aside is not helpful.

A GOP representative predicts that countries outside western Europe will move their own embassies to Jerusalem as well:
“Guatemala is going to open up an embassy in Jerusalem in two days,” he said. “Paraguay is on the way. I think you’re going to see a lot of countries out of Western Europe start to follow the United States’ lead. I bet you some of those countries who are our traditional allies will probably be the laggards in this. But hey Brian, that’s fine. I mean, do the right thing and some of these smaller countries who have done that — I think they’ve shown a lot of courage in doing so.”
Eventually, I think even the western European countries will show the guts to make the move too. For now, it's great that the USA sent an important message and moved the embassy to Jerusalem, putting an end to what should be a non-issue and recognizing the vitality of history. That's something to celebrate.

Update: Accuracy in Media noted that the MSM chose to side with the jihadists who acted violent at the Gaza line. Which is very bad of them indeed.

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French government wants to make it a crime for citizens' group to defend against invaders

The French government is not giving a good image of itself if they intend to allow legal persecution of heroic citizens defending their borders:
A newly revealed memo from the French Justice Ministry has revealed Emmanuel Macron’s government has found there is a possibility to prosecute members of the identitarian Defend Europe mission for patrolling the Alpine border for illegal migrant crossings.

The memo, authored by the director of criminal cases and pardons at the Department of Justice, Rémy Heitz, was sent to various magistrates to remind them of offences, “aimed at behaviour hostile to the movement of migrants,” La Dauphine reports.

“The control of the respect of the borders, by the visual surveillance or the construction of obstacles, by people hostile to the movement of the migrants is likely to constitute an intentional interference in the functions police forces,” the memo states.

“The deportation of migrants by these same people, including without violence, is also likely to characterize an offence provided by Article 433-12 of the Penal Code,” the memo adds.

The memo also states that while the Defend Europe activists could be arrested for forcibly deporting illegals there is no provision to arrest them for alerting police to illegal crossings while out watching the border.
And they're trying to make that a crime too? This is sick, even worse than how the Bush administration regarded the Minutemen group. They must be called upon to stop what they're doing immediately, and do their job at protecting the borders so the Defend Europe group won't have to. And stop being apologists for Islam.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018 

Elor Azariya finally released from prison

The IDF soldier who was convicted over the petty issue of killing a jihadist has finally been released from prison:
Imprisoned former IDF soldier Elor Azariya was released from prison on Tuesday morning.

Azariya, who had been scheduled to finish serving his sentence this Thursday, asked to be released earlier ahead of his brother Adir's wedding, which will take place on Wednesday. Banners welcoming his release were hung outside Azariya’s home in Ramle.

Azariya was convicted of manslaughter in January 2017 for the shooting death of a wounded Arab terrorist suspected of wearing a suicide vest, after the Arab carried out a terror attack Hevron that left one soldier wounded during the Purim holiday in March of 2016.

In February of 2017, an IDF court sentenced Azariya to 18 months in prison. That sentence was reduced, however, after Azariya’s legal defense team appealed to IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, who slashed four months from the prison sentence.
Considering this was a jihadist he killed, that's why the IDF overreacted to his actions. Now, this whole mess is thankfully behind us as the guy's been released from prison and will hopefully be able to resume a normal life again.

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