Tuesday, January 27, 2015 

Holocaust survivors mark liberation of Auschwitz

Today in Poland, was a memorial service for the liberation of Auschwitz towards the end of WW2:
More than 100 survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp arrived in Poland on Monday to participate in a World Jewish Congress event in Krakow marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet army's liberation of the notorious death camp in 1945. The survivors flew to Poland ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Tuesday, which is being marked with commemoration ceremonies to be attended by world leaders and around 300 survivors from around the world, as well as teachers specializing in learning the lessons from the Holocaust.

"It is a great honor for us that you made it all the way out to this terrible place," WJC President Ronald Lauder said in Krakow. "You are the witnesses of what transpired here. The way you chose to live your life teaches us about the spirit of mankind. You focused on life even when they wanted you dead."
More at the link.

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Monday, January 26, 2015 

State should confront threats made by Haredi extremists against Haredi women's party

The state attorney general may take action against those opposing this party formed by Haredi women:
The new female haredi party B'Zhutan has already been threatened with excommunication and other forms of backlash by members of the haredi community, to the point that Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber has decided to get involved.

Zilber on Thursday sent a letter to the Central Elections Committee chairperson, judge Salim Joubran, responding to the societal pressure being directed at the party's three founders Ruth Kolian, Noa Erez and Karen Mozen.

"One of the rabbis identified with (the haredi party) United Torah Judaism published statements about women who back a party that is not led by 'gedolei Yisrael' (leading rabbis - ed.)," wrote Zilber.

Elaborating, she continued "according to the publication, a woman who acts in opposition to the rabbi's orders will have her ketuba (marriage contract - ed.) removed from her, her income will be harmed (it will be forbidden to study at her educational institutions and to buy products from her), and her children will be removed from institutions of study."

"I hereby bring to your attention that in these days the state attorney is investigating the criminal aspects that apparently emerge from the publications," stated Zilber. "A threat on haredi women not to exercise their right to vote that is given to them as citizens of the state is an act that must not be allowed."

Indicating the steps ahead, she noted "therefore the more that the charges are verified, this invalid act must be strictly condemned, while passing a clear message to all parties and the public about the indecency and criminal ramifications that may accompany it."
Any crackpot "spiritual leaders" who encouraged hostility should be prosecuted for the atrocity they're performing.

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Steimatsky books caves on selling Charlie Hebdo direct in their outlets

If there's anywhere you probably didn't expect somebody to cower in the face of violent threats over the Charlie Hebdo "survivor" issue, it's over here, where a major book chain decided only to sell the issue online:
For many years, the Steimatzky bookstore chain has distributed and sold the French "Charlie Hebdo" satirical magazine in Israel. Now Steimatzky has been caught in the eye of the storm following the terrorist attack on the magazine's offices in Paris earlier this month by Muslim extremists, which killed 12 journalists and policemen.

Steimatzky has received 600 copies of the special "survivors' edition," which was issued after the attack, and had been set to go on sale at the bookstore's Ayalon Mall outlet in Ramat Gan.

However, strong reactions from Israel's Arab sector, persuaded Steimatzky to sell the magazines over the Internet rather from the store.

MK Masud Ganaim (United Arab List) sent a warning to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying "The State and the booksellers will be responsible for the results," if Steimatzky sells the weekly.

A source at Steimatzky said, "We are not giving up on the sale but we are talking about a small number of magazines, and the chaos that the demonstration against it might cause will hit the regular sales of the store. So we prefer that the Charlie Hebdo sales will be over the Internet, and sales at the store will be unaffected."
Oh, put a lid on it. They're caving and they know it. Lital Shemesh says this is just capitulation in a place where it's very ill-advised to cower.

Nevertheless, the issue sold out quick in the online sales, and as shady as Yisrael Beitenu is, they were willing to protest the bookstore's cowardice.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015 

John Bolton says Obama delusional on ISIS

John Bolton's said Obama's being deluded if he thinks ISIS is suddenly on the run:
On Breitbart News Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said President Barack Obama is “delusional” for declaring in his State of the Union address last week that ISIS was on the run.

Noting that ISIS just executed a Japanese hostage this weekend and citing recent terror attacks in Paris, Bolton said that Obama can talk about terrorists being on the run, but “it’s obviously not true.” Bolton said Americans are hearing about the ISIS beheadings and reading reports about ISIS gaining strength in the Middle East and wondering, “who’s defending our country?”[...]

Bolton said that voters are usually ahead of politicians in understanding the significance of national security issues, which he said are “only going to get more important” in 2016.
Bolton's got some good points. This year, people may be more awake than ever to the dangers we face in the modern world.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 

Miss Universe pageant overrun with politics and hostility

This past week, Lebanon's anti-semites lashed out at their entry in the Miss Universe pageant because they hated a photo where she appeared along with Israel's Doron Matalon, and Sally Greige went on the defensive accusing Matalon of "photo-bombing" her. But all this has proven is that politics are soiling what's supposed to be a happy event, not a sad one.

Matalon took a solidarity picture with France's entry, Camille Cerf, holding up a sign for Je Suis Charlie. Now there's a real show of responsibility and friendship at a beauty pageant.

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Fight against anti-semitism still continues in France

World Israel News reports that Muslim anti-semitism still plagues France, and the authorities have their hands full combating it. A planned attack in Lyon was fortunately thwarted, and four men have been arrested for aiding the jihadist at the kosher supermarket.

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Friday, January 23, 2015 

Obama administration released convicted terrorist al-Marri

The Long War Journal (via Accuracy in Media) reports that Obama's administration released Ali Saleh al-Marri, a sleeper agent for al Qaeda, back to Qatar. Once again, incredible negligence and a huge disfavor to the USA has been performed by politicians with no sense of responsibility.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 

Head of news school believes 1st Amendment ends at insulting Islam

In this age, it's not so surprising to find an alleged professor in America who's a coward on issues like Islamofascism (Hat tip: Hot Air):
The most current issue of Charlie Hebdo again has Mohammed on its cover. This time, he appears crying under a headline that reads: “All is forgiven.” Well, apparently not. Ten people have been killed during protests in Niger, a former French colony. Other anti-French riots have erupted from North Africa to Asia. In reaction to all of this, Pope Francis has said of the magazine, “You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”…

In 1919, the Supreme Court ruled speech that presents a “clear and present danger” is not protected by the First Amendment. Crying “fire” in a quiet, uninhabited place is one thing, the court said. But “the most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.”

Twenty-two years later, the Supreme Court ruled that forms of expression that “inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace” are fighting words that are not protected by the First Amendment.

If Charlie Hebdo’s irreverent portrayal of Mohammed before the Jan. 7 attack wasn’t thought to constitute fighting words, or a clear and present danger, there should be no doubt now that the newspaper’s continued mocking of the Islamic prophet incites violence. And it pushes Charlie Hebdo’s free speech claim beyond the limits of the endurable.
The professor fails to grasp that the supreme court hasn't used that "clear and present danger" argument for decades. He's one of many leftists who vehemently refuse to take issue with Islam's resorting to violence or make clear how violence is an unhealthy influence for anyone. He is not fit for his job.

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Haredi women suffer on level like slavery

Some Haredi women are forming their own Knesset list, and while there's no guarantee it'll succeed, they have some interesting points to make about how dreadful their lives are in Haredi society:
The chairwoman of the new U’Vezechutan party Ruth Kolian launched to provide haredi women with Knesset representation described the situation of haredi women in the country as akin to slavery and said that the need for female haredi MKs was overwhelming.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Kolian, who is 33 and married with four children, outlined the reasons why she was starting a new political party to represent haredi women.

“There are a vast number of different population sectors who have representation in the Knesset, Arabs, Jews, Sephardim, Ashkenazim, haredim and so on,” she said.

“But haredi women have no representation at all. There are male haredi representatives but they do not address the needs and concerns of haredi women,” she continued.

Kolian noted that the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women had held a hearing in November to discuss worrying findings about women’s health in the haredi sector, including a thirty percent higher rate of breast cancer mortality and that haredi women have one of the lowest levels of life expectancy in the country.

“Not one of the haredi MKs showed up to the hearing,”
said Kolian. “Haredi women are ranked eighth in Israel for life expectancy, while haredi men are ranked second. This is an unbelievable gap,” she continued.

“The burden and division of labor within a haredi family is completely lop-sided. Women have to bring in an income to support the family financially, take care of the children, cook, and perform other family requirements. Some men are now working but many still go to study all day and this burden on women has a toll.”

Kolian also said that the social stigmatism attached to being a divorced, single woman in haredi society was so intense that many haredi women would not even contemplate filing for divorce from an unpleasant marriage or an abusive husband unless they were in a life-threatening situation.

“Single divorced women are seen as shameful in the haredi community, they are seen as being failures, as not being good enough, and so many choose to suffer in silence,” she said.
More at the link. UTJ's Moshe Gafni isn't making things much better with an interview where he stated that no true Haredi man would work for a living. There's no telling if a party like this will ever make a breakthrough, but as a statement, I can see the significance.

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Shalom Lamm associate charged with assault

A co-worker of the corrupt businessman who's helping the Satmar in Monroe take over land for a bad building project is now facing charges for harrassment and assault:
Duane Roe Jr., the former supervisor of the Town of Mamakating, is facing a second-degree harassment charge after he allegedly knocked community activist Andy Weil to the sidewalk in Ellenville on Friday morning.

Ellenville Police Chief Phil Mattracion said Roe told Weil, "Don't you ever put me or my daughter's name on Facebook."

Second-degree harassment is a violation. Mattracion said Roe will be contacted by his office and can expect to be issued an appearance ticket.

Roe could not be reached for comment.

Roe is a developer who has been associated with Shalom Lamm, whose efforts to build the 396-unit Chestnut Ridge Hasidic development in the village of Bloomingburg has provided the town with years of controversy. Weil has been active in opposing the development.

Weil said he was leaving Ace Hardware on Route 209 when Roe approached him from his truck, which was parked nearby.

"I said, 'Hey, Duane, how you doing' and he lunged at me and threw me to the ground, screaming at me," Weil said.

Weil said Roe threw him to the ground a second time and threatened to beat him.

Mattracion said it appeared Weil suffered a possible contusion to his wrist.
This really made me sigh in disapproval. So Lamm's got a crony with a very short fuse, I see. I would think this can weigh against Lamm in turn, and Roe better get some time in the clink for causing the other guy pain over nothing. What a sick jerk.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 

Muslims burn French flag on Temple Mount

Among the places where Muslims reacted nastily to Charlie Hebdo, there's the Temple Mount they occupy (via The Algemeiner):
Palestinians burned the French flag in protest of the new cover of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Friday.

Several hundred Palestinian protesters gathered on the Temple Mount during prayer services on to demonstrate against the magazine’s decision to publish an image of the Prophet Mohammed on its Jan. 14 cover.

In a video, the protesters can be seen waving the Hamas flag and other Islamic flags while chanting “jihad, jihad, we will die in the name of God,” “Allahu Akbar,” and “Muhammad [is] our master and leader forever” as they set fire to the French flag.
But I guess none of this matters to Francois Hollande, and probably not to Manuel Valls either, does it?

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Jihadist stabs 11 people on Tel Aviv bus

Another knifing attack, this one in Tel Aviv, and the police thankfully stopped him from getting away:
A suspected terrorist stabbed at least nine people on the 40 bus line in Tel Aviv near the Maariv junction on Wednesday morning.

Two of the victims were seriously injured and several others suffered moderate injuries, Magen David Adom said. Others at the scene were treated for shock. [...]

The attacker fled on foot but was shot and neutralized by police and is being questioned. The assailant is a 23-year-old man from the West Bank city of Tulkarm, illegally residing in Israel, police said.
It was thanks to some officers from the prison service that he was stopped. They can now take the monster straight to prison and put him in an isolated cell.

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Aryeh Deri returns to Shas, surprising nobody

I almost forgot, but the corrupt head of Shas has returned 2 weeks after the embarrassing video with Ovadia Yosef saying he doesn't approve of Deri. And what does Deri say now in defense of his boomerang?
"All my life, I was raised and educated to follow the instructions of the rabbis, and so, after a difficult period of weighing various considerations personally and with my family, I decided that the Shas movement -- the movement of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef of blessed memory -- and its hundreds of thousands of voters are more important than any other consideration."
But how important is Deri to the aforementioned? It clearly doesn't matter to the Shas rabbis. Let's hope it will matter to the electorate and they won't be taken in this time, because Deri is one awful sellout in politics.

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