Friday, February 15, 2019 

Merger of Jewish Home and National Union official

Well here's a positive note on how things are going so far in this election:
Bayit Yehudi and National Union plan to run as one list in the upcoming election, signing the agreement overnight Thursday after a long negotiating period.

The parties will alternate seats on the list, with Bayit Yehudi getting the odd numbers and National Union the even. If the list has an odd number of seats, then there will be a rotation for the last seat.

National Union will get first choice of cabinet posts – meaning that if the party is in the government, National Union leader Bezalel Smotrich will likely become a minister - but if there is only one ministry given to the party in coalition negotiations, then that, too, will be rotated between Smotrich and Bayit Yehudi chairman Rabbi Rafi Peretz.

In addition, all decisions for the faction will be made by the leaders of both parties.
This is good, but they should still bring in more like the Yachad party of Eli Yishai, if only for the sake of even better unity. Will they be willing to do that by the end of next week? We'll see.

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UTJ member accused of using political influence to protect Haredi child molestor from Australia

United Torah Judaism member Yaakov Litzman's been accused of using his powers to defend the Australian child molestor Malka Leifer, whose extradition back to Australia has still be delayed, most offensively:
Deputy Health Minister MK Ya’acov Litzman was questioned Thursday at the National Fraud Investigation Unit in Lahav on suspicion of committing offenses of integrity, following a covert investigation that began several months ago.

The investigation is being conducted under the supervision of the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office and with the approval of the attorney-general.

Litzman is suspected of obstructing legal proceedings by working to obtain false papers in order to prevent the extradition of Malka Leifer, an ultra-Orthodox pedophile who was arrested in Israel in February 2018. Victorian police fought to bring Leifer back to Australia to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse.

According to reports, Litzman is suspected of trying to obtain psychiatric medical evaluations psychiatric medical evaluations that would prevent her extradition.

His office said that he was “summoned to the police today for an affair related to a public request for help, and he gave his full testimony and answered all the questions as required.”

But Manny Waks, CEO of Kol V’Oz, said, “We have long suspected high-level interference in the Malka Leifer case, and these serious allegations against Israel’s Deputy Health Minister, Rabbi Ya’acov Litzman, confirms the ongoing suspicion many have regarding this case.”

Waks said that while he would view Litzman as innocent until proven guilty, the minister’s “appalling track record speaks for itself,” noting that Litzman defended a recent visit to convicted sex offender Rabbi Eliezer Berland. He said that the minister likewise informed Leifer’s alleged victims in a chance encounter at the Knesset that he does not support them or Leifer’s extradition.
This is exactly what's wrong with ultra-Orthodox society. Not only do they take a lenient view of sex offenders, men like Litzman practically defend repugnant criminals too. He should be forced to resign his posts, and resign from politics altogether. He's precisely the reason why a growing amount of the public's got a low opinion of Haredis.

Update: see also this report on Israel Hayom, and on Israel National News.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 

Rape and murder must be called what they are

World Israel News makes clear that the rape and murder of Ori Ansbacher was exactly those two forms of abominations, and that we shouldn't allow the PLO and Hamas to deceive us:
It’s the era of the #MeToo movement, even for terrorists.

Following the gruesome killing of young Jewish teen Ori Ansbacher in a nature park on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Palestinian terror groups have attempted to distance themselves from the killer due to the sexual nature of the assault.
Wait, seriously? That's one part where I would advise not to take taqqiya at face value, because lies are always possible coming from jihadists, and rape is commonplace among many of them.
Aida Touma-Suleiman, an Arab Knesset member, made the outrageous claim that “the rape and murder of Ori Ansbacher is a sex-related crime … the Palestinian criminal … can’t possibly be part of a national liberation.”

The question is: If it was just a sex-related crime, why did the suspect enter Israel looking for a Jewish victim? Couldn’t he have just carried out his perverse urges on an Arab girl in Hebron?

Touma-Suleiman, who made a name for herself with women’s issues and who heads the Committee for the Advancement of Women, appears to show here where her priorities lie. When it comes to defending women from assault or defending the Palestinian war against Israel from bad press, it seems the latter comes first.

Facts are stubborn things. Arafat Irfayia left his home in Hebron with a knife to carry out an attack on Jews. “I entered Israel with a knife because I wanted to become a martyr and murder a Jew,” Irfayia said. “I met the girl by chance.”

Irfayia’s family identifies with Hamas
. He has disseminated Hamas propaganda himself. Israeli authorities arrested him in 2017 for staying in Israel illegally and being in possession of a large kitchen knife. In a move hardly flattering of Israel’s security services, they released him even though he said he’d “come back here with a knife.”

So while Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad refuse to take credit for the killing, and the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club hasn’t yet sent a lawyer to represent Irfayia, they’re not fooling anyone. Irfayia is the true face of the “Palestinian Liberation movement.” He is yet another product of a culture that marinates its people in Jew hatred, just one more jihadist looking for his 72 virgins.
And even before that, he looks for women of any background to victimize. He most definitely should get the death sentence, and this time, the legal system would do well to support the idea of getting rid of the monster for good. And rape/murder must always be referred to as what they are.

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If the French government's serious about tackling anti-semitism, they shouldn't blame the Yellow Vests

Some more terrible incidents involving anti-semitic vandalism took place in France, and it looks like the politicians are searching for cheap excuses to avoid recognizing Islam's role in them:
The French government called on the authorities on Tuesday to crack down on anti-Semitic offenses after a spate of anti-Jewish graffiti and vandalism hit the country this past weekend.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux blamed instigators on the fringe of the weekly “yellow vest” economic protests. He told France 2 television that “those who are committing violent acts, openly anti-Semitic or racist acts must be charged and severely punished.”

But as the government’s own interior minister pointed out only the day before, anti-Semitism was a growing phenomenon even before the protests began last November.

On Monday, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner disclosed that there had been a huge upswing in police reports of anti-Semitic offenses between 2017 and 2018 – from 311 incidents to 541, a surge of 74 percent. His office later clarified that 183 of them involved physical assaults — and at least one murder — while 358 were verbal threats or insults.

“Anti-Semitism is spreading like poison,” Castaner said at the Paris memorial for Ilan Halimi, a young Jewish Frenchman kidnapped by a gang for ransom, tortured for three weeks and then murdered in 2006. Memorial planners discovered that a tree planted at the site in Halimi’s honor had been cut down.

There were several other incidents over the past few days in the capital whose cumulative effect shocked the government into speaking out. The word “Juden” (German for Jew) was painted on a bagel bakery window, and large swastikas were found scrawled on mailboxes showing a photo of Simone Veil, a Jewish former government minister. Graffiti lashing out at President Emmanuel Macron by using anti-Semitic tropes has also appeared on the building of French daily Le Monde.

Although the numbers indicate that Jew-hatred is increasing in the country, Jewish citizens are not immigrating to Israel in larger numbers. There was a spike in 2015, when almost 7,500 made Aliyah, but the figures have gone down since, with only some 2,600 moving to Israel in 2018.
Well it wouldn't be that much of an emergency if anybody would demand the Islamists be moved out of France and other European countries where they've poisoned the wells too. And while the Yellow Vests obviously aren't saints, let alone a fully organized movement, it's pathetically cheap to blame them when Islamofascists are obviously still a serious threat to security, and they're bound to be the ones behind the vandalism of Halimi's memorial site. If any alleged YV are behind the anti-semitic graffiti at Le Monde's office, I'll admit that's peculiar, since he's proven anything but respectful to the Jewish community, recalling he wanted to honor traitor general Petain. But chances are that the particular incident at Le Monde was done by pro-government sources just to make the YV look bad. And in any case, the government definitely shouldn't be scapegoat-hunting, rather than facing challenging questions and answers.

I hope the tree and boxes are repaired, and that security cameras will be installed to make sure they can spot anyone attacking the sites and stop them.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 

Again, the small right-wing Knesset parties had better unite

The prime minister himself has urged it:
In a meeting Monday night with the leaders of the religious Zionist movement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that it is critical for the small parties that represent its various facets to unite before the upcoming elections.

They must do so, he insisted, “to save 6-to-7 mandates for the right-wing bloc. We can’t lose these votes.”

The Jewish Home, Otzma LeYisrael, Yachad and National Union parties are currently running separately for the 21st Knesset, to be elected on April 9th. In most polls, none of them are currently passing the 3.25 percent threshold, which would lead to tens of thousands of votes being thrown out.

This could be disastrous, Netanyahu stated bluntly.

“At the end, it’s either [going to be] a left-wing government or a right-wing government. The splintering of the right will certainly lead to the elections being lost.”
If they don't unite, nobody should even vote for those small parties that refuse to show unity and recognize the vitality of it. They're going to have to decide, because the country's safety is at stake, especially in a time when Iran's horrors could soon be unleashed.

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Ilhan Omar keeps unrepentantly attacking Jews

Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's antisemitism knows no bounds. She recently attacked AIPAC:
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Monday apologized for antisemitic remarks in which she implied Republicans are being bribed into supporting Israel — but ended her statement by taking a shot at AIPAC, referring to its role in U.S. politics as “problematic.”

“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Omar said in a statement shared to Twitter. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it,” the Minnesota Democrat continued.

Earlier Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) insisted that Omar immediately apologize for tweets saying that members of Congress are being paid by a powerful interest group to support Israel.
I think Pelosi's demanding it now isn't enough, because they haven't tried to get Omar off committees. Lee Zeldin doesn't think Omar was convincing:
Zeldin said there is a “double standard” with how Democrats rushed to criticize Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for his white nationalism while they rushed away from condemning Omar’s anti-Semitism, adding he does not think her apology was “sincere.”

“The apology itself states that it’s an unequivocal apology, but it’s filled with equivocation,” Zeldin stated.
President Trump's also condemned her:
President Donald Trump addressed the controversy around recent antisemitic statements by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Monday evening, telling reporters on Air Force One that she should be “ashamed” of what she had said.

“I think she should be ashamed of herself. I think it was a terrible statement and I don’t think her apology was adequate,” the president said, according to a pool report. Asked what Omar should have said instead, Trump answered: “She knows what to say.”
Including, in two words, "I resign". Exactly what she should be doing already, but alas, the Democrats so far, aren't getting her off committee panels she doesn't belong on. And if not, then they have no defense for what they are now.

John Nolte has more on the hatemongers the Democrats have come to embrace, and what their terrible policies have led to.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019 

Teenager murdered by jihadist from Ramallah

A brutal murder took place near Jerusalem, with the girl's body found near the city zoo's neighborhood:
An Israeli teenager found brutally murdered in a Jerusalem forest last week was apparently the victim of a terrorist attack, Israeli investigators said Sunday evening.

The Shin Bet internal security agency said Sunday night that based on statements made by the terrorist during interrogation, authorities now believe that the motives for the murder were nationalistic.

“During the course of his interrogation, [the terrorist] reenacted the murder for Shin Bet and police interrogators, and clearly tied himself to the incident,” the Shin Bet said.

Last Thursday night, 19-year-old Tekoa native Ori Ansbacher’s remains were found in the Ein Yael forest, near the Biblical Zoo in southern Jerusalem.

Police found signs of violence on Ansbacher’s body, suggesting she had been assaulted, then stabbed to death.
The culprit was found, and his house is going to be demolished:
Security officials say that Arafat Arifaiyeh, 29, from Hebron has confessed to killing Ori Ansbacher, 19, for nationalistic purposes and he reconstructed the murder for police on Sunday ahead of his arraignment in court.

The investigation is continuing under gag order.

Security officials say that Arafat Irfaiya, 29, from Hebron has confessed to killing Ori Ansbacher, 19, and reconstructed the murder for police on Sunday ahead of his arraignment in court.

IDF troops meanwhile mapped the killer’s home ahead of its likely demolition. Troops entered Hebron before dawn on Sunday to measure the structure “to evaluate ways to demolish it,” the army said in a statement.

Irfaiya was arrested in a joint operation by the IDF, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the Border Police’s Yamam counter-terrorism unit in an abandoned building near the Jamal Abdel-Nasser Mosque in el-Bireh, which adjoins Ramallah, following intelligence received by security forces.

According to reports, authorities received information that he was hiding in the mosque and proceeded to raid it on Friday evening. When Irfaiya was not found, troops confiscated security camera footage from the neighborhood and returned later that night to conduct a second raid on a nearby abandoned building, where he was arrested without putting up a struggle.

The knife he is believed to have used in the murder was found during the arrest.

Irfaiya was arrested less than 48 hours after Ansbacher, from the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, was found naked and with multiple stab wounds in the Ein Yael forest in Jerusalem on Thursday.

The Shin Bet General Security Service said that the suspect “left his home in Hebron with a knife and made his way to the village of Beit Jala,” just south of Jerusalem and from there, he “walked to the forest, where he saw Ori, attacked and murdered her.”
And here's another example of what happens when evil religions aren't done away with.

Update: Netanyahu's made a condolence visit to the victim's family.

Update 2: there was a protest in Tel Aviv calling for the death penalty to be handed down to the murderer.

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Saturday, February 09, 2019 

Is Gantz falling out of favor with the establishment just as quickly?

Ruthie Blum wrote about the press reaction to Benny Gantz's interview where he parroted old cliches and justified what led to a worse situation for Israel in 2005:
When he finally stood up to speak – conspicuously adjusting the microphone to suit his stature – the anticipation was so great, and the cheering so loud, that he could have been reading from a phone book and nobody would have noticed. This is not to say that the address was poor, however. On the contrary, whoever wrote it clearly knew how to craft a campaign message.

THE TROUBLE is that the message was Netanyahu’s. To be more precise, most of the promises Gantz made in his speech are already being fulfilled by the current prime minister.

Take the Nation-State Law, for instance, which Gantz told a group of Israeli Druze that he intends “to fix.” At the outset of his speech, Gantz basically reiterated the spirit and purpose of the law. “We are one nation,” he said. “We share one flag, one anthem and one army.”

Gantz then vowed to establish a “statesmanlike and powerful government that will act responsibly, firmly and decisively.” Sounds like what Israel has today, although Gantz claimed that the incumbent leadership “feed[s] anxieties to ensure its own survival.”

Gantz went on: “…[S]ecurity is created by deeds, not by words. In the harsh and violent Middle East surrounding us, there is no mercy for the weak. Only the strong survive.”

Netanyahu couldn’t have said it better himself.

Ditto for Gantz’s next assurances, directed at Israel’s key enemies; you know, the ones whom Netanyahu has been battling with aplomb for years.

“[Iranian] President Rouhani, I know very well that you are plotting to harm Israel. I will thwart your plots in the North, South and anywhere else in the Middle East,” Gantz said. “I will work against you in the international arena, in the economic arena and in the military arena. And if you do not understand the message in words, you will understand it with painful and precise blows.”

Gantz added, “To [Iranian Gen.] Qassem Suleimani and [Hezbollah leader] Hassan Nasrallah, I have a clear message: The regional rampage has ended. The Jewish people are entitled to live in peace and security, and not under constant threat. We do not threaten the sovereignty of Tehran or any other country, and we will not tolerate a threat to Israeli sovereignty. [Hamas leader] Ahmed Sinwar, I suggest you not test me again.”

He then proceeded to boast that he would allow humanitarian aid into Gaza – as though Netanyahu has not been doing so all along.

Gantz also declared that he would “strive for peace” and “not miss an opportunity to bring about regional change.” He failed to mention, of course, that Netanyahu has brought about more regional change than any other leader in Israel’s history.

It was especially amusing to hear Gantz subsequently assert that if peace isn’t possible at the moment, “[W]e will shape a new reality. Israel will be not be deprived of its status as a strong, Jewish and democratic state. We will strengthen the settlement blocs and the Golan Heights, from which we will never retreat. The Jordan Valley will remain our eastern security border. We will maintain security in the entire land of Israel, but we will not allow the millions of Palestinians living beyond the separation fence to endanger our security and our identity as a Jewish state. United Jerusalem will be built, will grow and will remain forever the capital of the Jewish people and the capital of the State of Israel.”

Sounds more Netanyahu than Netanyahu.

When Gantz ended by quoting Israel’s national anthem, “Hatikvah,” the crowd went wild. Panels of anchors and pundits in the studios of Israel’s three “mainstream” TV stations could barely hide their enthusiasm. To hear any real analysis of Gantz’s performance, one was forced to turn to Israel’s only conservative outlet, Channel 20. There, at least, the irony of Gantz’s patriotic screed receiving accolades from analysts who slam Netanyahu for being too nationalistic was not lost.

TO BE FAIR, although Israel Resilience does not pose a numerical threat to Likud, Gantz’s popularity and potential ability to head a large opposition bloc cannot be dismissed. The general thinking is that if he plays his cards right, he could become the leader of the party that comes close to what Labor was in the not-so-distant past.

But Gantz screwed up his hand this week, by arousing the ire of the very media that had been rooting for him. The fury was sparked by the granting of his first major interview – the full text of which appears in today’s Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot – to Shlomo Artzi, a singer, and Hanoch Daum, a humorist. The fact that he did not opt to be grilled by “proper journalists” was too much for the press to bear.

In a scathing op-ed on the Mako website on Tuesday, veteran broadcast journalist Rina Matzliah actually accused Gantz of “not respecting the laws of democracy, one of whose foundational pillars is a strong media.”

As if this weren’t outrageous enough, Matzliah then attacked Netanyahu for “go[ing] over our heads to address the public directly,” even though “when something he says is even slightly newsworthy, we report on it without hesitation, [because] our commitment is not to the prime minister; [it] is to the public.” Priceless.

Further patting the members of her profession on the back – saying, “[W]e …have more integrity than the politicians we cover” – she lashed out at Gantz for exhibiting behavior “even worse than Netanyahu’s – because we know a thing or two about Netanyahu, but about Gantz we know almost nothing, other than that he is tall, knows how to get a stylist to dress him nicely – and knows how to read from a teleprompter.”


Matzliah’s piece was upstaged on Wednesday morning, however, when Yediot released a preview of Gantz’s interview with Artzi and Daum. In the excerpt, Gantz praised Israel’s 2005 unilateral disengagement from Gaza, and suggested that lessons learned from that withdrawal would be applied to future such actions in Judea and Samaria.

The response from the Right was swift and justifiably stern. Disengagement was an unmitigated disaster. Removing any more Jews from their homes to make way for blood-thirsty Islamic terrorists and their missile-and-tunnel infrastructure would be tantamount to national suicide. No wonder the Palestinian Authority expressed satisfaction with Gantz’s remarks.

Fearing a sudden fall from Israeli grace, Gantz’s party immediately issued a denial.

“Under Gantz, no unilateral decisions will be made on settlement evacuation,” the Israeli Resilience statement read. “The issue discussed in the article of lessons learned from the disengagement had to do with the importance of preventing a schism between Israelis and maintaining non-negotiable security guarantees in any future initiatives.”

Yeah, sure.

The good news is that Gantz has little to no chance of heading the next government. He couldn’t even sustain positive press coverage for a full week.
Well, let's hope. Nevertheless, the right-wing parties will still have to unify themselves, if they don't want to be accused of bringing such a phony as Gantz into power, which is still entirely possible, and damaging representation in the Knesset for the right. Even if the buzz about Gantz is dampening, that doesn't mean he still doesn't pose a threat. So all right-wing politicians are still expected to act responsibly, and not act naive on anything.

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France's government can't stand Italy's meeting with and backing the Yellow Vests

Macron's enraged that Italy's deputy prime minister met with representatives of the Yellow Vests:
France’s foreign ministry has reacted with anger after Italy’s populist deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio met with French Yellow Vests, calling the gathering an “unacceptable provocation.”

Di Maio, whose anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) party governs Italy in coalition with the right-populist League, met with Yellow Vest leader Christophe Chalençon as well as candidates for European Parliament from the anti-government movement on Tuesday.

The deputy prime minister shared a photograph on Instagram of the encounter, writing,

“Today with Alessandro Di Battista [fellow M5S politician], we made a trip to France and we met the leader of the Yellow Vests Cristophe Chalençon and the candidates in the European elections…

“This is the souvenir photo of this beautiful meeting, the first of many, in which we talked about our countries, social rights, environment, and direct democracy.

“The winds of change have crossed the Alps. I repeat. The winds of change have crossed the Alps.”

The meeting comes after Di Maio reached out to the Yellow Vests, writing on his blog in January, “Yellow Vests, do not weaken!”
Them's fightin' words. But Macron's so unwilling to admit failure, he had the ambassador recalled:
President Emmanuel Macron’s government has recalled its ambassador from Rome as tensions between France and the Italian populist coalition continue to grow.

The French removed the diplomat from Rome citing “unprecedented attacks by the Italian government” according to a statement from the French Foreign Ministry, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.

[...] Luigi Di Maio defended his meeting with the Yellow Vest members saying, “For me that meeting does not represent a provocation towards the current French government, but an important meeting with a political force with which we share many demands, starting from the need for direct democracy to give greater powers to citizens.”
And all politicians in France who refuse to do their very best to bring about a belated overhaul of the legal system have only failed the French constituents. Italy's government is doing the right thing to offer encouragement to fight on, especially after all the horrific violence inflicted by the French authorities on Yellow Vest protestors that they'd never use on Islamofascists.

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Friday, February 08, 2019 

Dearbornistan's mayor wants no mention of Henry Ford's antisemitism

The mayor of Dearborn in Michigan, the bastion of notorious antisemitic car manufacturer Henry Ford, doesn't want an article about the creepy mogul's antisemitism and nazi-backing published there because even Muslims condone his record:
Dearborn was also the hometown of Henry Ford, the auto industrialist whose factories attracted Arab immigrants to Dearborn in the 1920s. “Palestinian Muslims arrived in the second decade of the 20th century, attracted by the prospect of work on the assembly lines that produced Ford’s revolutionary Model ‘T’,” according to a report in the National. While Ford was heralding the arrival of Arab immigrants to this country to work in his factory, he was also widely spreading his virulent anti-Semitic blood libel.

However, the mayor of Dearborn today, John B. O’Reilly, Jr. (pictured above), wants to sugarcoat the unpleasant part of Ford’s biography dealing with his many anti-Semitic writings and pronouncements. Mayor O’Reilly decided to ban the distribution of a city-financed historical journal containing an unflattering article about Henry Ford’s record of anti-Semitism that the mayor deemed to be too much of a "distraction" for Dearborn’s “diverse” population. He also severed the city’s ties with the editor of the publication and long-time Dearborn resident, Bill McGraw, who had written the article to educate Dearborn residents today regarding their hometown hero Ford’s “dark sides.”

Mr. McGraw’s article ran afoul of the mayor’s politically correct speech code. “It was thought that by presenting information from 100 years ago that included hateful messages — without a compelling reason directly linked to events in Dearborn today — this edition of The Historian could become a distraction from our continuing messages of inclusion and respect,” Mayor O’Reilly said in a statement issued last Friday. Although Mr. McGraw’s article can still be read online, Mayor O’Reilly’s moves to block the distribution of Mr. McGraw’s article and to sever the city’s ties with him were punitive acts that most likely violated the First Amendment.

The mayor claimed that Ford’s anti-Semitic views were old news, no longer relevant to today’s "diverse" Dearborn population. The exact opposite is true. Ford’s writings are just as popular with some white nationalist extremists today as when they inspired Adolf Hitler. Ford’s writings also appeal to Jew-hating Islamists. His hate speech against the Jews’ aspirations for a state of their own in the Holy Land has a sympathetic audience amongst Dearborn’s current Arab-American and Muslim population.
And this is why I can't bring myself to buy Ford products (or even the now defunct Mercury brand), and consider it a disgrace the Lincoln luxury brand was bought and owned by them early on. Ford may be long gone, but the grisly legacy he formed continues, as does the devil worship he spawned with his influence.
It is time for Mayor O’Reilly to eat some crow again. He should either reverse his decision regarding Bill McGraw’s article on Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism and reinstate Mr. McGraw, as officials with the Dearborn Historical Commission have urged, or he should resign his office. Henry Ford’s brand of anti-Semitism has no expiration date. To deliberately whitewash Ford's anti-Semitic history is to say that exposing anti-Semitism no longer matters. But it does matter more than ever, including most especially in Dearborn.
And a good way to protest, depending how Ford motors handles its business today, is to boycott their products. I never found Mustangs very appealing anyway; they always seemed so dull in comparison to Chevy Corvettes and Dodge Vipers.

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Thursday, February 07, 2019 

Gantz's defense of a bad step hinders him

Amnon Lord says that when Benny Gantz defended and whitewashed Ariel Sharon's atrocity from 2005, he just exposed who he really is:
Gantz's comments on the 2005 Disengagement Plan show us who he really is. He doesn't think there are any lessons to be learned from the unilateral uprooting of settlements in the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria.

He apparently thinks the plan was so good that Israel should do more of the same and to hell with the consequences this could have on Israel's national security and diplomatic standing. [...]

Gantz's interview with Israeli celebrities Shlomo Artzi and Hanoch Daum shows that he wants to be at the heart of the Israeli mainstream and to harp on the nostalgia associated with Artzi and his songs.

Gantz has stepped into a minefield without having a map to guide him. In fact, a party headed by Artzi and Daum would have been much more appealing than Gantz's Israel Resilience Party.

Advocating a second disengagement plan was a misstep. It shows that despite his denials, he sees eye-to-eye with the ideological leaders of the Left, including former Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

Gantz was a remote-controlled candidate until that interview. Everything was staged and scripted down to the finest of details. He even knew what questions he would get from the handpicked crowd. He even had the answers prepared in advance.

Artzi and Daum are good people but they cannot be programmed. As their interview shows, even a shallow rut in the ground can cause an unfit paratrooper a sprained ankle.
It's important to remember that the PLO's been stripped of their office in the USA, and the Trump administration stopped funding them, and that doesn't exactly help the platform Gantz wants to run on. So far, if there's any bad entity who's been supporting Gantz, it's the PLO:
With peace talks frozen for years, Gantz's comments were welcomed by the Palestinians, who have been boycotting the Trump administration since its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, praised "the signs coming from Gantz about settlements," calling them a step in the right direction should he win the election and prove "willing and ready" for peace.

"It's encouraging if he succeeds and he sticks to this opinion," Rdeneh told reporters.
This is telling too. What next, will Gantz attack the most positive of US policies? It wouldn't be shocking if he did. One more reason why he has to be opposed.

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An Israeli Arab woman was murdered in Turkey

Here's an example of Israeli Arabs falling victim to Muslim honor murders over in Turkey:
Siwar Keblawi, 20, from Umm al-Fahm in the Lower Galilee, has been killed in Izmit, Turkey, the Foreign Ministry confirmed on Thursday.

Turkish media reported that the body of Keblawi, a student who had been living in Izmit for the last few months and was enrolled in a local university, was found on Wednesday night outside the building in which she was staying, adding that her neighbors claimed she had been thrown from the balcony. According to a report by Haaretz, police are investigating the suspicion that she was murdered.

The young woman’s father and brother were arrested on suspicion of being involved in her murder.

However, Turkish authorities reported that she had jumped from the third-floor balcony to escape her father and brother after a fight broke out between them.

After surviving the fall, it’s alleged that she was then murdered by the pair. Local media reported that she had been strangled to death.
What are the odds the Turkish police will let the two monsters off the hook? Tragically, the chances are very high that's what'll happen, as anybody who studies the conduct of Islam carefully knows. And this being Turkey where it took place, their hostility to Israel could easily play a part in any exoneration of the perpetrators that's bound to happen.

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Grenoble closing jihad-preaching mosque

Here's one positive step being made over in France, with the Grenoble council shutting a mosque that was preaching jihadism (via Jihad Watch):
Fearing potential terrorist attacks, the south-eastern city of Grenoble will temporarily close a mosque in which imams were allegedly calling for “armed jihad.” Over 400 worshippers attended the mosque each day.

The Al-Kawthar mosque, located in a populous Rue des Trembles district of Grenoble, has become fertile soil for disseminating “ideas and theories that provoke violence, hatred and discrimination,” the local prefecture said. It claimed the imam legitimized “armed jihad… Sharia and discrimination against women.”

The imam’s sermons allegedly stirred up hatred towards those practicing other religions. It is thought that over 400 Muslims attended the Al-Kawthar each day, according to French media.

The mosque will now be shut for six weeks and its assets will be frozen. To do so, Grenoble authorities invoked a specific French law which deals with prevention of terrorist attacks and threats to national security.

The city, which is home to over 162,000 residents, accommodates 20 mosques, including the Al-Kawthar, according to a local Muslim-oriented website.

Last year, it emerged that mosques in Aix-en-Provence, Sartrouville and Marseille were also closed for preaching radical Islamism. The move came after a string of terrorist attacks sent shockwaves across France, leaving multiple people killed and injured.

Grenoble itself witnessed a terrorist attack in 2015, when a man was found beheaded at a local factory and an Islamist flag was seen flying over the facility. A 35-year-old man, Yassin Salhi, was arrested in the manhunt that followed. It later transpired that the victim of the attack was his boss.

In 2016, French authorities closed around 20 mosques considered to be spreading violent extremism.
All mosques in the city should be shut down to prevent more terrorism.

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