Friday, October 24, 2014 

Axe-swinger in NYC was an Islamofascist

A maniac with an axe was gunned down by NY police, and it turns out he too was another "lone wolf" jihadist:
The man who attacked New York City police officers with a hatchet before being shot dead was reported to have Islamic “extremist leanings” police and a monitoring group said.

The man, identified in the US media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that “display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings,” the SITE monitoring group said. …

SITE, which monitors radical Muslim groups, said that in a comment Thompson had posted to a pro-Islamic State video on September 13, 2014, he described “jihad as a justifiable response to the oppression of the ‘Zionists and the Crusaders.’”
There's more on the issue at Hot Air. So here was another jihadist not unlike the 2 in Canada who went on a rampage. And another who should be sent to hell for the horror he caused.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 

Dhimmis accuse Homeland of being Islamophobic

I've never watched this TV series, but here's an odd accusation being made against it:
Are the cast, crew and fans of "Homeland" - Showtime's television series about a brilliant but neurotic CIA agent - Islamophobes?

That's the implication of articles published this month in both The Washington Post and The New York Times. In the Times, Bina Shah, a Pakistani "contributing opinion writer," complains that "Homeland," much of which is set in Pakistan this season, demonstrates yet again that "the world sees us one-dimensionally - as a country of terrorists and extremists, conservatives who enslave women and stone them to death, and tricky scoundrels who hate Americans and lie pathologically to our supposed allies."

The problem is not just "Homeland," she writes, it's not even just Hollywood, but also "biased journalism, originating among mainstream American journalists who care little for depth and accuracy."

She notes that in "Homeland" and various feature films that use Pakistan as a backdrop (e.g., "A Mighty Heart," about the kidnapping and murder of reporter Daniel Pearl, and "Zero Dark Thirty," about the killing of Osama bin Laden) she has "seen India's signature homemade Ambassador cars traveling down Pakistani streets; actors who play tribal Pashtuns, but look Bihari; Western women wearing chadors where they don't have to, or going around bareheaded when they should be covered."

In one scene in "Homeland," set in Pakistan's tribal areas, she hears "everyone speaking Urdu, not the region's Pashto."

That's it? That's the bias? Seriously?

Ms. Shah quotes from a piece in The Washington Post by Laura Durkay, identified as a "filmmaker and activist" whose "writing has appeared in AlterNet, Gay City News, and Socialist Worker, among others." Ms. Durkay charges that "Homeland" is the "most bigoted show on television," and that it "perpetuates racist ideas."

She, too, fails to provide any evidence, instead asserting that the series "has churned out Islamophobic stereotypes as if its writers were getting paid by the cliche." She calls the show's heroine a "blonde, white Red Riding Hood lost in a forest of faceless Muslim wolves."

Full disclosure: I am a "Homeland" fan. The show has a fast-paced, ripped-from-the-headlines plot and intriguing characters. Among them: Fara Sherazi, who is an Iranian-born, observant Muslim - and CIA agent. She's smart and beautiful to boot. This season there also is a young Pakistani survivor of a drone attack that killed innocent celebrants at a wedding. He wants to return to his medical studies and not get involved in the war between the jihadis and Americans.

Does that sound Islamophobic, racist or bigoted to you? Or does it sound like Ms. Shah and Ms. Durkay are attempting to enforce "political correctness" - hurling the usual epithets to suppress views with which they disagree. Ms. Durkay is adamant that "Homeland" presents "a Frankenstein-monster global terrorist threat that simply doesn't exist." Victims of the 41 jihadi terrorist groups now operating in two dozen countries will be relieved to learn that Ms. Durkay, "filmmaker and activist," has arrived at that conclusion.
It sounds to me almost like dissatisfaction and a wish to complain regardless how Islam is portrayed in the series. The funny part is how the first writer cited parrots the complaint made by righties about the very papers she's writing for. In other words, she doesn't care how much the lefties who gave her a soapbox platform side with her positions already, she dislikes them all the same.

In any case, I don't think what I've heard about Homeland having an observant Muslim agent makes me feel encouraged to ever watch it. Certainly not if they won't be open about the Koran's content. But I agree the Pakistani op-ed writer's arguments are laughable.

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Voyeuristic rabbi embarrasses Orthodox Judaism

Barry Freundel, a prominent member of the RCA, was arrested and charged with installing a hidden camera in the mikveh he ran for female converts:
Last week, a prominent Georgetown rabbi arrested for voyeurism was released on his own recognizance. This week, the council of rabbis that he was a part of has suspended his membership and released a statement.

Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel is accused of setting up a camera in the women's showers for Mikvah, a sacred and traditional bath women of the Jewish faith take, at Orthodox synagogue Kesher Israel. Police say he recorded women on June 2 and September 13. They say he also appears on tape setting up the device. [...]

RCA also announced that Rabbi Freundel's membership was suspended from the RCA and its Executive Committee, "and together with the Beth Din of America from all activities related to conversion." RCA officials, however, say that

"...the Beth Din of America has concluded as a matter of Jewish law that conversions performed by Rabbi Freundel prior to his arrest on October 14, 2014 remain halachically valid and prior converts remain Jewish in all respects."
But what if some converts feel they should run the process again, not wanting to consider Freundel's work something they feel comfy under? I'm sure some will feel that way, so the RCA should be willing to let them undergo the processes another time.

Ron Torossian's written about the soul-searching and serious improvements now required of the Orthodox sect:
The arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel, spiritual leader of the Kesher Israel congregation in Washington, DC, is an event which should prompt soul-searching in the Orthodox Jewish community. The accusations, that he installed a video camera in a mikvah, and as The Jewish Channel alleges, that he asked converts to Judaism to do a “practice dunk” in the mikvah are heinous if they are found to be true. Time – and the courts – will determine if indeed he is guilty – although the court of public opinion has already decided.
And there was a witness who found him setting up the camera device at one point. What he did was shameful. And the biggest problem here is the exclusively male management at RCA:
In the simplest of terms, the RCA yields too much power. As Rabbi Avi Weiss indicated some months ago, “.. power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The RCA has “established a system where only a select, relatively few rabbis are permitted to sit on conversion courts, undermining the authority of local community rabbis, and placing unnecessary stumbling blocks before serious potential converts.”

As a former press representative for RCA, and a current board member of Yeshivat Maharat, the Orthodox women’s yeshiva, I believe this unfortunate incident should serve as a wake-up call for all Jews to recognize that changes are necessary to best serve the community. Amongst the changes needed is a move towards a more open form of Orthodoxy – less coercion and more ahavat Israel.

Given the particulars of this situation, perhaps a start can come with a heightened role for orthodox Jewish women leaders.

Women should not be pushed to the back of the bus, literally or physically, as at times the all-male leadership of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) seems to believe. As The Jewish Channel has reported, Freundel maintained what many rabbis described as “great power” over both the conversion process broadly, and many thousands of individual converts and candidates for conversion specifically. Whether these charges are true or not, how many women – and people will now be turned off to Orthodox Judaism.

Were not Sarah, Miriam, Deborah and other women ordained prophets in the Torah? Since when is leadership or moral authority exclusive to men? Where is it that the word of God says the authority of Torah is exclusive to men?

Within Orthodoxy and those who follow “taharas hamishpacha” (“family purity” laws), does anyone genuinely believe that a male rabbi is a more appropriate person to handle female issues than another female?

There are very complicated halachic rules for woman, and they are very personal.

Perhaps, in fact, even more women would become observant and indeed follow family purity laws if a woman helped them along. If many women prefer to use female gynecologists, there is a clear need as well for women who can provide counsel on halachic matters.

Men alone should not make decisions about what women should do and with whom they should consult about Jewish law. Many women would find it easier to approach a female “maharat” about personal issues than they would a male rabbi.
So how is it that for many years, this male dominance has been allowed to continue without comment or argument about whether women should be allowed addition to management? Following this, they've decided they will give a proper position to women who can manage the mikvehs for female converts. But until now, there had been a serious abuse of power:
The arrest took place after a woman using the mikveh noticed a red light in the clock radio and alerted some synagogue board members. The board alerted authorities and the rabbi was arrested Oct. 14. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 12 for a status hearing.

In a series of interviews, rabbis, communal leaders and women active in the Orthodox community, including converts, mentioned concerns about the abuse of power by men in control of women’s ritual observance. Virtually all saw the scandal as an opportunity to advance the cause of women in terms of rituals and practice.

“Bottom line, we women are excluded from making decisions in Orthodox Jewish life,” asserted one prominent Orthodox educator, who asked not to be named due to her professional ties in the community. “On every level — rabbinic, lay, philanthropic, etc. And that creates a feeling of alienation.”

Acknowledging the anger in the community, the RCA responded with unusual speed in announcing this week a policy for all of its dozen or so Beit Dins, or religious courts, in the U.S. to “appoint a woman (or group of women) to serve as ombudsman to receive any concerns of female candidates to conversion.”

In addition, the RCA will appoint “a commission made up of rabbis, lay leaders and mental health professionals (including men and women)” to review the organization’s current conversion process “and suggest safeguards against possible abuses.”

Several women interviewed expressed appreciation for those steps, but even leaders of the RCA noted that additional change is needed.
I fully agree. There needs to be appointments for female rabbis or some kind of religious service that women can look up to in Orthodoxy. For now, they better come to terms with how Freundel's acts may have done considerable damage to everyone's perception of Orthodoxy, and it could take a long time to repair.

Here's an opinion on the case from another rabbi, Gerald Skolnik.

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Gur Haredis disapprove of Nir Barkat's bise-kiss

According to this news with a video clip (which activates when you click the frame, just in case it you can't see it immediately), a Haredi MK was irked at Jerusalem's mayor for performing a custom common in some European countries like France, known as Le Bise:
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was not aware that the Gerrer (Gur) hassidic sect forbids men from kissing each other, and planted two kisses solidly on the cheeks of a guest at the wedding of one of Barkat's aides, who is hareidi.

MK Yaakov Litzman (UTJ) immediately explained to Barkat that he had transgressed. Barkat was unapologetic: He asked pointedly: "What do you mean, it's forbidden? What are they, Muslims?"
Considering that the two-cheeks custom is hardly a homosexual act, I don't think Litzman had to be bothered by it. I do know though, that some Haredis detest acts of affection in the open even among perfectly heterosexual folks like hugging/kissing, which is a shame. Showing affection between sexes, or between parents and children, is something helpful and inspiring, and they shouldn't make a fuss over that.

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Did Haredi passengers on Delta cause delay?

Here's some more news about another delay that might've been caused by Haredis who supposedly wanted to travel to Israel (via JTA), you have to wonder if they intend to embarrass the Jewish community deliberately:
A Delta Airlines flight from New York to Tel Aviv was delayed Monday night after ultra-Orthodox men and women refused to take their seats next to members of the opposite sex. Instead, the Haredi passengers decided to get off the plane, rather than take their assigned seats for the flight to Israel. Their baggage then had to be located and removed from the baggage compartment, causing the plane to take off about an hour and a quarter late.

Delta Airlines said that its flight, 468, from Kennedy Airport to Ben-Gurion Airport, which was to have landed on Tuesday at 14:35 would arrive late because a number of passengers had chosen to disembark.
According to the Jewish Press, the Haredi passengers told a Haredi website it wasn't the case:
“The airline messed up and threw their mistake on Haredi passengers,” one of the sources said. “Delta overbooked with 25 extra passengers, and when the company realized the embarrassment, they offered people a credit of $1,000 and a hotel room. A number of passengers jumped on the opportunity and disembarked, but it took around two hours before they could get their luggage off the plane.”

The source also claimed that the allegation that Haredim refused to sit in assigned seats is misleading because the overbooking caused a mix-up on where to sit. Yeshiva students on the plane wanted to sit with their friends and probably did not want to sit next to women, but this was no reason for the take-off to be delayed, they argued.
Even if that's so, any Haredi communities going by this absurdity are going to have to reevaluate their bizarre custom and recognize there's things much worse than sitting next to the opposite sex. And they definitely shouldn't exploit El Al's own weaknesses in policy because they think they can get away with it. If they think sexual arousal is something bad, that's ridiculous. That's not the worst thing that could happen at all. And as for having sex out of wedlock, even Christians who believe in abstinence until marriage don't think it's the worst thing in the world, so I don't see why the Haredis should either. They have to climb off their high horse.

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How Canada wound up with jihad problems

The UK Telegraph explains how the great white north came to have quite a few jihadists:
If there was anyone left who thought only troubled, fractured societies were subject to terrorism, the wave of apparently jihadist attacks across a country that is a byword for laid-back prosperity will surely have disabused them.

Two soldiers killed in three days, the shootings on Wednesday following the ram-raid by a known jihadist on Monday – these are the sort of incidents against which Britain and other European countries have steeled themselves for years.

Canada has recently adopted a more aggressive position on the world stage, which will no doubt be a pretext for the attacks: this week, Canadian jets joined the international coalition fighting in Iraq.

But the threat was already there. Canadians are among those who have shown up fighting and dying for the cause of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria.

A 23-year-old called Mohammed Ali, known by his nickname Abu Turaab al-Kanadi, has become a celebrity for cheering on Isil beheadings.

[...] The irony is as western governments become more adept at monitoring extremists, preventing them from travelling, so they are more likely to commit acts of terror at home.

Martin Couture-Rouleau, the 25-year-old Islamist extremist who, under the name Ahmad LeConverti, drove into and killed Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, on Monday, was known to the police, who had confiscated his passport
It's clear that preventing these monsters from going to Iraq and Syria alone does not prevent them from turning to violent crime. They'll have to start modifying current laws to allow detention - or better still, exile - of people who could be dangerous to society.

The AP Wire's said that the gunman's mother thankfully sides with the victims, not her son:
The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.

In a brief and tear-filled telephone interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Susan Bibeau said she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack.

"Can you ever explain something like this?" she said. "We are sorry."

Investigators offered little information about the gunman in Ottawa, identified as 32-year-old petty criminal Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

Canadian police conceded Thursday that Zehaf-Bibeau was the lone gunman, the second attack in three days in what the prime minister described as terrorism.

The heart of the capital city of Ottawa had been in lockdown after Wednesday's attack, with fears that other gunmen might be on the loose. Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday that police are satisfied there was one attacker. Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that "there is no longer a threat to public safety."

The two attacks stunned Canadians and raised concerns their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against the extremist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the National War Memorial where the soldier was killed to lay a wreath.

Earlier, Harper called the shooting the country's second terrorist attack in three days. A man Harper described as an "ISIL-inspired terrorist" on Monday ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec, killing one and injuring another before being shot to death by police. Like the suspect from Wednesday's shooting in Ottawa, he was a recent convert to Islam.

Witnesses said the soldier posted at the National War Memorial, identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was gunned down at point-blank range by a man carrying a rifle and dressed all in black, his face half-covered with a scarf. The gunman appeared to raise his arms in triumph, then entered Parliament, a few hundred yards away, where dozens of shots soon rang out, according to witnesses.

People fled the complex by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, while others took cover inside as police with rifles and body armor took up positions outside and cordoned off the normally bustling streets around Parliament.

On Twitter, Canada's justice minister and other government officials credited 58-year-old sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers with shooting the attacker just outside the MPs' caucus rooms. Vickers serves a largely ceremonial role at the House of Commons, carrying a scepter and wearing rich green robes, white gloves and a tall imperial hat.

At least three people were treated for minor injuries.
It's very lucky they have people like Vickers working for them. If he hadn't been there, chances are the horrors caused by the jihadist would be a lot worse. For now, they're going to have to beef up security at the House of Commons entrances, add more security cameras and do whatever it takes to ensure such horrors can't penetrate the parliament at ease again.

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Haredi vandals deface WotW bat mitzvah ads on buses

The extremists in Mea Shearim are giving a leftist outfit with questionable motivations more ammunition when it's better not to:
One week after Women of the Wall launched an ad campaign promoting bat mitzva ceremonies at the Western Wall on Egged buses in Jerusalem, the women’s prayer rights group said on Monday night that several of the advertisements have been defaced by ultra-Orthodox extremists.

According to the organization, the campaign is designed to encourage girls to hold bat mitzva ceremonies at the holy site, with a Torah scroll if they choose, although women are presently unable to read from the Torah at the site under current religious regulations.

Women of the Wall director Lesly Sachs said 50 percent of the images featuring young women were torn down, and the tires of some of the public buses were slashed, in the primarily ultra-orthodox neighborhood of Mea She’arim.

“It is sad to yet again see the ultra-Orthodox men take the law into their own hands and using Judaism as an excuse for the use of force, threat and violence against women,” Sachs said. “We call on ultra-Orthodox leadership to strongly denounce this act of violence and all others.”

[...] Since the ad campaign was launched, the women’s group claims that it has received over 60 calls from Israeli women inquiring about holding a bat mitzva at the Western Wall, as well as numerous harassing calls.
I decidedly would have no issue about their holding bat mitzvahs there, even if it's Reform style, and again, I'm disgusted at how these Haredi crackpots are once again causing a lot of trouble over peanuts. Once again, it's clear they want to help WotW gain ground, and the Western Wall's manager may have to take some blame for his own blubbering too. As sad as it makes me whenever Reforms take anti-Israel stances - something the Haredi extremists have in common with them - the custom they practice with prayer shawls is the least of my problems with them. One sure thing, bat mitzvahs are definitely something everyone should be allowed to practice at the Western Wall.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

Terrorism breaks into Canadian parliament

A soldier was recently murdered by a jihadist in Ontario, and today, there was a terrorist infiltration at the Canadian parliament in Ottawa:
Terror came to the heart of the Canadian capital of Ottawa on Sunday as a gunman shot and killed a soldier at point-blank at the national war memorial and then rampaged through the halls of the federal parliament.

The attacker was killed in the exchange of fire inside parliament as MPs took cover under tables and Stephen Harper, the prime minister, was evacuated from the building.

Heavily armed police fanned out across central Ottawa amid fears of an Islamic jihadist attack on Canada's heart of government, with a police spokesman confirming that officers were searching for at least one other suspect.

Kevin Vickers, the parliamentary sergeant at arms, was praised by MPs for saving further lives after he shot the gunman outside rooms packed with politicians gathered for weekly caucus meetings.

[...] There were immediate fears that the attack was an act of home-grown jihadist terrorism, although at a press conference, police declined to comment on the identity or motive of the attacker.

Just two days earlier, a recent Muslim convert killed a Canadian soldier and injured another in a deliberate hit-and-run attack in Quebec before being shot to death by police.

Canada raised its domestic terror threat level from low to medium on Tuesday because of "an increase in general chatter from radical Islamist organisations", said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for the public safety minister.
That a jihadist was able to penetrate a government building is chilling. It's regrettable the police have taken a predictable route by not commenting on the exact identity of the terrorist, because people have a right to know what we're facing. This shows that jihad is a very danger inside Canada.

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3-month old murdered by car terrorist

A sick tragedy occurred near Ammunition Hill:
A three-month-old infant who was critically injured when a car rammed into civilians near a light rail station in Jerusalem, died of her wounds on Wednesday night.

The baby was rushed to Mount Scopus' Hadassah Medical Center but medical officials announced her death after resuscitation attempts failed.
The culprit, unsurprisingly, was a Hamas member:
The Arab driver has now been confirmed (7:40 pm IST) to have been resident of the Shiloach/Silwan neighborhood and a member of Hamas - and to have served in Israeli prison before for terrorism, according to Police Spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld. [...]

Meanwhile, police and politicians are beginning to react to the attack. Blame is being put, as has throughout the past several months, on Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and the Israel Police, specifically Commissioner Yohanan Danino.
Mayor Nir Barkat blamed them for not taking sufficient measures to defend the city:
"We must restore peace to Jerusalem - as I said for months, the situation in Jerusalem is intolerable and we must be acting unequivocally against the violence taking place in the city," Barkat stated.

Progress with Danino and Aharonovich had stalled so much that he turned directly to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to stop the "silent intifada."

"Now it is clearer than ever that the police must be put into Arab neighborhoods where there are disturbances, that checkpoints must be established, and that a significant presence must be felt," Barkat added.

"At my request, the Prime Minister has instructed to reinforce the police to be able to operate and carry out operations against rioting, including the addition of personnel and special units, using new technology, and increasing intelligence," he continued. "I'll continue to be vigilant and will not rest until security returns to Jerusalem."
Aharonovich and Danino should be fired if they continue to fail on their part. They owe an apology to a lot of people, and have much explaining to do.

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Ancient Emperor Hadrian monument found

An ancient inscription to Emperor Hadrian's been found in Jerusalem:
A rare find of tremendous historical significance has been discovered in Jerusalem: a fragment of a stone engraved with an official Latin inscription dedicated to the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

Researchers say this is among the most important Latin inscriptions ever discovered in Jerusalem.

The fate of Jerusalem following the destruction of the Second Temple (70 CE) and prior to the Bar Kokhba revolt (132-136 CE) is one of the major issues in the history of the city and in terms of the Jewish people's connection to it.

In the past year, the Israel Antiquities Authority has carried out salvage excavations in several areas north of the Damascus Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem. It was in one of those areas that the stone fragment bearing an official Latin inscription from the Roman period was discovered.
More at the link. These discoveries are always as marvelous as they're important.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Plan to divide Beit Shemesh

Some members of the city council's opposition have drawn up plans for dividing the city if that's what it takes to put a stop to the corrupt Haredis now running it. And here's why:
According to eight of the nine members of the opposition within the Beit Shemesh municipal council who now advocate splitting the city, Abutbul and his administration has refused to bring them into the coalition.

Shortly after the vote, Eli Cohen, who lost the mayoral election to Abutbul, along with leaders of the other non-haredi parties, presented a document setting out the basis on which they would agree to join Abutbul’s coalition.

The document stipulated that plans for the expansion of the city be revised to ensure construction for the non-haredi sector, requested that neighborhood administrations be established and given their own budgets, and that the administration for the Old Beit Shemesh district be entrusted to a non-haredi representative.

In addition, they requested a cultural center, sports center and library whose construction has suffered from extensive delays be completed along with other municipal amenities but did not make any demands for administrative portfolios, the party leaders emphasized.

Cohen and other non-haredi leaders argue that their requests have been ignored and Abutbul has not worked to include them in running the city.

“We wanted to build a model for cooperation in this city, but it hasn’t happened,” Cohen told The Jerusalem Post.

We weren’t the ones to build a separation wall in a school, it was the municipal administration, and it was the municipal administration which refused to include the opposition in the running of the city.

“We have set principles for cooperation, but they have been rejected. There is no option now but to divide the city, because there is a complete chasm in the perspective of how to run the city. The haredim are building a haredi city without care for the city’s diverse and multi-cultural nature.”
If that's how the Haredis now running the shop are going to act, then it's fully understandable why the city would have to be divided into 2 municipalities.

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Jerusalem's Japanese Culture Week

Here's an article about the Japanese Culture Week being held in Jerusalem now. And here's also two videos:

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A return to Shiloach

Nine Jewish families were able to buy homes in the mainly Arab/Muslim neighborhood of Silwan, known in Hebrew as Shiloach, and stood firm against foreign condemnations:
Three weeks after Border Police officers escorted seven Jewish families past Arab protesters into newly acquired homes in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, nine additional families moved into two buildings there during the early hours of Monday morning.
Depending on your view, president Rivlin didn't handle this properly:
Prior to the move, which has drawn international condemnation, President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday criticized such developments carried out under the cloak of night.

“It is our right to insist on building around Jerusalem, but it is our obligation to make sure that the decision is made by the authorities,” Rivlin said. “Our capital cannot be a city in which the building is done in secret, or where moving into apartments is done in the dead of night.”
And what does that mean, that Jews can't spend their own money as they wish? The argument this shouldn't have to be done in secret has meat to it, but if there's danger involved, then it's inevitable it would have to be done that way.
Daniel Luria, spokesman for Ateret Kohanim, a right-wing organization that works to create a Jewish majority in Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem, said his organization helped facilitate the move, adding that the properties had been acquired by a company called Kudram Ltd.

“The buildings were legally and officially acquired from Arabs, who received full and more-than-appropriate payment by an overseas company... that was established by Jewish investors from Israel and around the world,” Luria said in a statement.

He praised the ongoing moves into Silwan, known to many Jews as Kfar Hashiloah, as a rightful return of Israelis to a neighborhood originally established by Yemenite Jews in the 1880s.

“A thriving Yemenite village (also referred to as Kfar Hatemanim) existed in the area from 1882, when there were very few Arab homes,” he said. “At its peak the Yemenite village numbered 144 families, but unfortunately the village was decimated by Arab riots in the 1920s and 1930s.”

According to Luria, the new buildings are to be called Beit Frumkin, in memory of Rabbi Israel Dov Frumkin, who helped the original Yemenite Jews in the late 19th century, and Beit Ovadia, in memory of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, late mentor of the Shas party and a former Sephardi chief rabbi, due to its close proximity to his grave.
Interesting. A man who later became a defeatist, has a building dedicated to him right there, even as his followers continue to lead questionable policies.

This hasn't gone without violence, however: there was a riot yesterday:
Arab rioters hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint Jerusalem neighborhood just hours after Jewish families moved in, police said Tuesday.

No one was injured in the incident in the Kfar Shiloach neighborhood (known as Silwan in Arabic) late on Monday, which saw a group of Palestinians firing flares and throwing petrol bombs at the building, a police statement said.

No serious damage was caused and no arrests were made.

The building was one of two structures housing 10 apartments that were purchased by Jews before dawn on Monday, sparking fierce opposition from Arab locals who oppose any Jewish presence in the area.
Even so, gasoline bombs are dangerous and the perpetrators must be found and arrested. To make matters worse, Mahmoud Abbas declared Arabs who sell homes to Jews will face hard labor, but it's clear they'd put them to death instead. Serious protection is needed for Arabs who want to sell property to Jews.

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Monday, October 20, 2014 

Jewish girls in France convert to Islam and join ISIS

One of these almost left for Syria/Iraq but was stopped at the airport and brought back. Nevertheless, this is very horrific what became of the girl's psyche (Hat tip: Front Page Magazine):
After it was revealed last Friday that a Jewish girl was among 100 French women and girls joining the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terror group in Syria and Iraq, another Jewish girl has been revealed as having joined ISIS - and trying to blow up her parents' shop for jihad.

The girl, a 17-year-old identified only as A who grew up in a religious family and today covers her face with a traditional Muslim face veil, was set to leave for Syria but was caught before take off.

Anthropologist Dounia Bouzar, founder of the Center for the Prevention of Islamic Related Sects (CPDSI) that works to rescue French youth from radical Islamic brainwashing, told the Hebrew-language Channel 2 about the details of the case which she has been working on.

The girl referred to as A tried to leave for Syria, but at the last minute the Center succeeded in keeping her with her parents "so that the family connection won't be broken - that's important to prevent even more serious extremism," said Bouzar.

According to the anthropologist, A's case is unusual because she was not brainwashed from a recruiter, but rather "is a victim of brainwashing that she did to herself. Today her face is totally covered, she is an extreme anti-Semite and claims she is the victim of a conspiracy. It's a hard case and we still have a long way to go."

Understanding how A reached the point she arrived at is difficult, as she "grew up in a Jewish home that was religious but open with loving parents," said Bouzar.

The parents contacted Bouzar in March, and are "pretty affluent merchants who are trying to rescue A from this trap. Imagine the shock of the parents when they found out that their daughter intended to blow up their store!"

A was an outstanding student in a good high school in Paris, reports the anthropologist, but signs of a problem first were raised when her parents found their daughter's grades had dropped "from 90 to 10, and she started to refuse to leave home."

The Jewish girl turned ISIS fanatic doesn't fit the mold Bouzar reports seeing, in that "the overwhelming majority come from atheistic homes. It can be assumed that the lack of spiritual elements in education is one of the causes of extremism." However, Bouzar stresses A's parents "are also believers and also open."

One point about A's case that is similar to the trend is that she - like 70% of others trying to join jihad in Syria - is not Muslim.
Obviously, this is another example of Jewish women who lose track of reality and join a movement that only leads to serious hell for them. I'm not sure what they mean by "open". I would assume they mean the parents aren't of Haredi background. Yet the girl somehow became rebellious and demonstrated it in the worst ways possible, right down to wearing a veil to isolate herself from those who want to help her. It's very serious indeed, and I hope they're counseling her to make clear there's other alternatives.

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Racist Muslim woman attacks black IDF soldier

Elder of Zion (via Front Page Magazine) has a video showing a Muslim woman attacking a female IDF soldier, who is also black. It serves as an example of how Muslims have been - and still are - hostile to non-Muslims based on skin color. And you can be sure no leftists will give a damn about this.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 

Haredi bullying cannot be ignored

Nili Phillips from Beit Shemesh wrote about why Haredis who discriminate against women cannot be ignored if we want it to stop:
Is there really an appropriate ‘solution’ to the issue of ultra-Orthodox Jews who insult women and inconvenience all travelers by delaying the take-off of flights, due to their refusal to sit next to women on El Al planes?

Anshel Pfeffer has proposed one: For offenses inflicted upon women by ultra-Orthodox men, he suggests that we women should all just ignore the problem – which will bother us less once we get to know and understand our Haredi neighbors better.

Besides the obvious practical difficulties of fraternizing with somebody who refuses to sit next to you, look at you, address you, acknowledge your existence, and avoid you at all costs, this tack has some other fundamental flaws.

Pfeffer regularly writes about Haredi politics. Therefore, he must be well aware that violations against women aren't confined to air travel, but that they are pervasive over a growing number of public institutions in Israel. We aren’t talking about one aberrant soccer fan, but an ideologically driven group with extensive political and economic influence that both rejects and cynically exploits our democratic system.

The suggestion to advise women to ignore misogyny is off target. Although the airline episodes may inconvenience some men, they invalidate women, sexually objectifying us against our will. It's no one's place to tell us how to react. It's no one's place to tell us not to take offense. In fact, that further invalidates us, and is just as insulting as the original offense. Women have struggled too hard for too long to improve our, as yet, still unequal status. It isn't anyone's place to tell us to submit to violations that threaten to take us backwards.

Years ago when ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods were first built on the periphery of my home town of Beit Shemesh, I would regularly venture into these 'ghettos' to run errands. Back then, I had the privilege of meeting some wonderful, decent Haredi business owners, just as Pfeffer recommends. Unfortunately, I was forced to stop going. It wasn’t because I didn't want to meet my good neighbors. I stopped going because of abusive behavior directed towards me by an increasingly influential group of fanatics which was taking control of these neighborhoods and did not want non-Haredi women among them, even if they were Orthodox Jews – and that caused a considerable amount of vexation to the local business owners who felt they were powerless to resist the growing extremism.

As a woman living in Beit Shemesh, I've been exposed to a fair share of this abuse. At first I ignored the spitting and cursing, but then the abuse turned to physical violence such as rock-throwing and even assault. In 2011, it turned into abuse against young schoolgirls - including my own, because that's what happens when you ignore bullies. They don't go away, they get bolder and intensify the abuse.

Exempting the perpetrators from taking responsibility for abusive behavior because they're under the control of corrupt leaders, as Pfeffer suggests, contradicts a fundamental principle of Judaism: That we are agents exercising free will and are required to take responsible for our actions, hence the most Jewish obligation for personal repentance. Moreover the offenders claim to be acting in the name of Judaism! They must be held accountable for their behavior.

But they are not the only people who are to blame. For too long Israeli society has kowtowed to Haredi abuse. Often this disregard to violations primarily against women, stems from political and economic convenience, backed by ingrained chauvinism. We didn't arrive where we are today out of a vacuum. Years of complacency and tolerance towards despicable behavior brought us here. Those who ignore abuse, or admonish those who don't ignore abuse – in or out of an airplane - are equally to blame.
Unfortunately, she's right. Even right-wingers may have to shoulder some blame for failing to express clear concern for this kind of ghetto mentality by isolationists who refuse to help build the country under the notion it's illegal "until the messiah comes", which is only an excuse for doing nothing at all, and actually prevents the messiah from coming. Legal action must be taken against El Al for doing a grave disfavor to their passengers, and the Knesset should raise the issue too.

Pfeffer is incredibly stupid to propose going along with such an intellect insulter, which only hurts women and makes things more difficult for them in all situations. It's good Phillips was able to counter him in a newspaper that's otherwise one of the worst in the country.

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Friday, October 17, 2014 

The sex slaves of Muhammed and Islam

Raymond Ibrahim discusses on Front Page Magazine (via Jihad Watch) the history of how sex slaves were taken captive by Islamofascists using Koran 4:3 to justify their evil deeds.

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Because he's gay, he can't remain faithful to his wife?

A Conservative rabbi named Gil Steinlauf admitted he's homosexual, and because of this, he feels he can't remain married to his wife of 2 decades. He issued a letter stating:
“With much pain and tears, together with my beloved wife, I have come to understand that I could walk my path with the greatest strength, with the greatest peace in my heart, with the greatest healing and wholeness, when I finally acknowledged that I am a gay man. Sadly, for us this means that Batya and I can no longer remain married, despite our fidelity throughout our marriage and our abiding friendship and love. As our divorce is not born of rancor, we pray that together with our children we will remain bound by a brit mishpachah, a covenant of family.”
I think this is ludicrous, mainly because he apparently isn't seeking any therapy or anything to repair his mentality. Yet this is a mindset that's prevailed for a time in the USA and elsewhere, that being homosexual means you cannot be faithful to somebody of the opposite sex or marry them. It's insulting to the intellect and sets a poor example, of men and women who just up and abandon their opposite sex spouses all because they feel homosexuality is the only path they know and cannot change that in any way, and the only lifestyle/mentality they wish to lead. Harry Maryles says:
Nor do I believe that changing one’s sexual orientation is in any way a practical solution – if it is even possible. Which I tend to doubt (except in cases where people aren’t sure about their sexual identity or are bi-sexual). I do not expect Rabbi Steinlauf to change. And I applaud him for his honesty and integrity in coming out as gay.
Sure, that's an honest thing to do, but if he won't seek psychological aid and feels he must be part of a different crowd - literally - then Steinlauf's admittal accomplishes nothing. It's regrettable Maryles is taking such a weak position and undermining the whole psychology industry - indeed, that seems to be the whole point of legitimizing homosexuality, so that psychology will be rendered meaningless.

The Conservative movement - or at least those congregations supporting homosexuality today - are not helping by failing to argue why Steinlauf should try therapy to change his situation. I would think it's a lot easier than it looks for a man to stare at big breasts on a chick and realize what's so amazing, attractive and even arty about them. Maybe he should try that and see how well he does.

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