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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Thursday, October 16, 2014 

Even symbolically, Britain's vote to support 2-state propaganda is offensive

Unsurprisingly, the House of Commons voted in favor of supporting a PLO state at Israel's expense:
British lawmakers voted Monday in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state, a symbolic move intended to increase pressure for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Legislators in the House of Commons voted 274 to 12 to support a motion calling on the British government to “recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.”

Prime Minister David Cameron and other government leaders abstained, and more than half of the 650 Commons members did not participate in the vote.

But the motion had support from both government and opposition lawmakers, who said it could help kick-start the peace process following a summer war in Gaza that claimed the lives of more than 2,100 Palestinians, the majority civilians, and more than 70 Israelis, most of them soldiers.

Labour Party legislator Grahame Morris said recognizing a Palestinian state could help break the impasse in peace negotiations before it was too late.

Otherwise, he said, “any hope of a two-state solution — the only viable solution — will have disappeared altogether.”
It's already too late, and politicians who turn their backs on Islamic oppression of women cannot be relied upon to handle these kind of issues convincingly.

There has been a voice of sanity in this affair though. Well, almost:
A British lawmaker resigned his parliamentary post to vote against a nonbinding motion recognizing the state of Palestine.

Mike Freer, who represents the heavily Jewish districts of Finchley and Golders Green, resigned as parliamentary private secretary to business minister Nick Boles of the Conservative Party to vote on Monday evening. He was one of 12 lawmakers to oppose the motion, which passed with 274 votes. More than 300 members of the House of Commons did not appear at Parliament to vote on the measure.

Ministers and private secretaries are required by protocol to abstain from votes on motions put forward by the opposition shadow government.
I'm glad Freer understands the job and money aren't everything. But as you'll notice in the following:
“It would have been easy to hide behind the protocol but the two-state solution we all want to see should be the end not start of the process,” Freer told the Jewish News website. “The Government had to follow the protocol but the irony is that I had to resign to support government policy.

“It’s an issue I feel strongly about and it was the right thing to do for my constituents. I’ve been a supporter of Israel and the two-state solution long before getting involved with Finchley and Golders Green. This decision was rooted in my personal beliefs, not just the constituency.”
The guy's still blowing it by perpetuating the 2-state propaganda, bewilderingly enough. Which, unfortunately, throws away much of the impact of his resignation and makes it harder for me to credit him if this is what he thinks makes for logic.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 

Western Wall manager has problem with Bat Mitzvah ads

Shmuel Rabinowitz is making a fuss over Women of the Wall's advertisements:
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Supervisor of the Western Wall and Israel's Holy Sites, said he was saddened by the recent advertising campaign launched by the Women of the Wall prayer rights group, promoting girls’ Bat Mitzvah ceremonies at the site on Jerusalem buses.

Rabinowitz said the campaign, which includes ads bearing the pictures of various girls who wish to have a Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall, “fanned the flames of dispute” and called it “irresponsible.”

“The issue of the Women of the Wall is complex, and is under discussion even now within the committee that the prime minister established and by the cabinet secretary,” said Rabinowitz.

“Great efforts are being made to resolve this complicated problem, and I have faith that a solution will indeed be found, but this needs to be done with caution and responsibility, which is how the prime minister, the Chairman of the Jewish Agency, and many others have behaved,” he continued.

“I am saddened that there are people who want to fan the flames of argument, and to employ bullying media tactics, as the Women of the Wall have done to our regret in recent days,” through an irresponsible campaign whose goal is to prevent an arrangement that is acceptable to all sides.”
Well if that's how he feels, then I wonder why he's gone to all that trouble to say so. He's just trying to skirt around the issue, any discussion by committee notwithstanding, and if he hasn't said it's got something to do with disdain for Reform customs, then he's tripped himself up further. This was the same man who took visits to the city zoo on Holocaust Memorial Day, and he expects anyone to take him seriously? Please. No matter what I think of WotW - to say nothing of their taking funds from NIF - Rabinowitz is just as guilty, and why wouldn't I be surprised if he was also willing to take funds from NIF?

Interesting he hasn't commented on vandalism of the ads by Haredi extremists. Such disrespect for free speech and the opposite sex is only going to play into the hands of the leftists he shares a bit in common with. But then, I guess that's the whole idea, isn't it?

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