Sunday, December 31, 2017 

French government allegedly targets Jews in tax evasion topic

This report in Globes (via Russia Today) claims the French finance ministry set up a department to investigate Jews who committed tax evasion:
In Paris's 12th arrondissement, on Bercy Street by the banks of the River Seine, on the 13th floor of the Ministry of Finance is France's tax authority headquarters. Something has been afoot there recently that is liable to upset French Jews and spook their relations with the country in which they live. Under the radar, a secret department has been created with the sole purpose of handling tax evasion by French Jews. "Globes" can reveal for the first time the details of the secret department that is targeting Jews in France and new immigrants from France in Israel.

Sources inform "Globes" that over the past year, the tax authority in the Fifth Republic founded a special department for dealing with French Jews. The department currently has 20 Hebrew-speaking employees, and is in the process of hiring five more. This extraordinary department is one of a kind. Tax authorities do not usually establish departments targeting a specific nationality or religion. The action is astonishing, especially when the country involved is France, which is constitutionally defined as a secular republic that refrains from "marking" people according to their religion. Tax authorities around the world do establish teams to deal with sectors whose tax reporting is questionable. They target a specific market when there is concern that it contains a large amount of unreported capital, such as the real estate market or the diamond market. Setting up a specific department dealing with a designated nationality or religion, however, is not an accepted practice.
The ministry's denied they set up such idiocy, and unless it's Satmar socialists fleecing welfare they're worried about, they'd do well to call off any such idea. It's just another example of how they're embarrassing themselves one moment after another, not showing any guts to just focus on all sectors of society that commit fraud.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017 

Hollywood's sexual abuse meltdown of 2017

John Hayward at Breitbart wrote about the whole cascade of sexual abuse/harassment accusations that came out of Hollywood following Harvey Weinstein's unmasking within less than 3 months so far, and there's bound to be more allegations on the way this coming year. Tinseltown is crumbling, you could say.

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Friday, December 29, 2017 

What did they expect when they raised her that way?

The New York Post wrote about a formerly Haredi woman who's a lesbian, and nearly lost custody of her children over it. While I'm not happy she has to lead the kind of lifestyle she is now, and don't think it's a good example for children, I did notice this very telling paragraph that can explain almost perfectly why she wound up being drawn to the same sex:
Life wasn’t always so turbulent for Chavie, who had a typical upbringing — at least for someone raised in the ultra-Orthodox enclave upstate in Monsey, where she grew up. One of 10 siblings, she was forbidden from interacting with boys or anyone less observant than her. “When I was 12, my father gave me a prayer to start saying every day to get a good shidduch [arranged marriage],” she says.
And they're shocked she became a lesbian? If she wasn't allowed to interact with boys, it should be no surprise she could've succumbed to same-sex attractions, yet there's no doubt her family won't see themselves as the faulty party in any way, nor will they learn lessons from their mistakes, change their approach or even leave the insular Haredi community they're part of (which is bound to be Satmar, since they're a major presence in Monsey). Some of the cult leaders in the enclaves surely do this deliberately to cause all manner of insults to the intellect, under the full confidence their subjects won't complain or detach themselves from such an awful movement.

The Haredi clans who indoctrinated this approach are the guilty party who influenced the woman's mentality. But no chance they'll ever admit it or apologize.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017 

French children's magazine issue pulled from shelves for calling Israel an unreal country

The children's magazine Youpi tried to pull a very dumb stunt, and drew protest:
A French children's magazine has been pulled from shelves after admitting it made a "mistake" by claiming that Israel "is not a real country."

Youpi, a monthly magazine sold in France and aimed at children aged 5 to 10, included in its latest edition a map of all the countries in the world and corresponding information.

"There are 197 countries, like France, Algeria or Germany. There are a few more, but not all other countries in the world agree that they are real countries (for example the State of Israel or North Korea)," Youpi wrote.

Youpi's publisher, the company Editions Bayard Jeunesse, apologized "to all those who may have been hurt" by the piece.

The magazine's news editor, Bertrand Fichou, also apologized and said his intention was not to challenge the legitimacy of the Jewish state.

"I'll blame myself for it all my life," he said.
I'd like to think that's true, but if he's learned a lesson, it's only now that a backlash followed. What makes it most pathetic is that they surely wouldn't have the courage to admit "palestine" isn't a real country, by sharp contrast.

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Muslim slasher at Jerusalem central bus station indicted

The terrorist who stabbed a guard at the central bus station in Jerusalem has been indicted:
A Palestinian terrorist was indicted in a Jerusalem court on Thursday for stabbing a security guard outside the capital’s central bus station earlier this month.

He was charged with “a terrorist act of attempted murder” and entering Israel illegally.

According to the charge sheet, on the morning of December 10, 24-year-old Yasin Abu al-Qar’a “said goodbye to his loved ones on the phone,” purchased a knife and illegally traveled to Israel in order to carry out a terror attack in response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israel of capital.

After hearing the announcement, “the defendant planned to stab as many Jews as possible until he was killed and turned into a martyr,” the indictment read.

The Shin Bet security service blamed “the incitement on the internet following the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” saying it contributing to al-Qar’a’s decision to carry out the attack.

The night beforehand, he posted on Facebook: “In your path, O homeland, O Jerusalem, O Al Aqsa, our blood is cheap.”
Last I heard, the guard's health was improving, though he's still in the hospital. The terrorist, on the other hand, should have his legs broken and put in a wheelchair to make him less of a threat. Yes, seriously, that's the kind of punishment these savages should receive.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017 

Knesset committee takes tour of radical Haredi neighborhoods in Ramat Beit Shemesh

There's a mixed blessing in this, because some of the committee members are leftists, and the bad part is that Knesset coalition members did not join:
The head of the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women, MK Aida Touma-Sliman, accused the police of failing to implement the rule of law in Beit Shemesh, the site of an ongoing fight to remove so-called modesty signs in radical Haredi neighborhoods and make the areas safe for members of the non-ultra-Orthodox public.

Her comments were made during a tour of Beit Shemesh, conducted by the committee to examine the situation in such neighborhoods, following efforts by the municipality and the police to remove signs demanding that women dress conservatively.

But despite several operations in recent days conducted by the Beit Shemesh Municipal Authority with the backing of the police, some modesty signs have reappeared.

At the bottom of Nahar Hayarden Street, a major thoroughfare traversing Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet, one of the most radical neighborhoods in the city, a sign telling women to dress modestly has been hung at the top of a prominent building where a much-larger sign used to hang.

In other parts of Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet, stickers have been plastered on bus stops, road signs and charity boxes that say: “Stop – Haredi neighborhood! Passage is only with modest clothing!” Similar warnings have been hung in the same neighborhood where some of the larger signs used to be, or simply spray-painted onto walls.

On Hazon Ish Street in the Nahala U’Menucha neighborhood, a sign telling women to walk on the other side of the road has been replaced with one that reads: “Women are requested to refrain from using/tarrying on this sidewalk.”

During the tour, MKs Aida Touma-Sliman, Leah Fadida, Mossi Raz and Ksenia Svetlova walked around one of the most notorious junctions in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet, accompanied by activists and members of the press.

Large numbers of Haredi residents then began gathering at the junction. While some residents shouted, several women engaged a few of the MKs in conversation.

At one point, two activists removed signs that had been posted during the tour. Four of the MKs then posed to be photographed with one of the signs.

“People gathered around and we felt intimidation and threatened, and a feeling that ‘This is our territory and soon we will eject you from here,’” Touma-Sliman told The Jerusalem Post.

She expressed concern that residents felt able to act in a threatening manner toward members of the tour, even though it was a formal visit by a Knesset delegation.

“I tried to imagine to myself – what it would be like if I was a woman by myself, without the security personnel, without it being a formal tour of the Knesset, and I am sure that they would have been unrestrained in such a situation.”
Since this is an Arabic MK we're talking about, does she feel the same way about some Islamic-dominated neighborhoods in Jerusalem and elsewhere, which have become no-go zones even before this Haredi-dominated neighborhood did?

Following this, the Yeshiva World website took a most hostile view of the visit, claiming it to be "a flop", in a short item that appears to be filled with falsehoods - at least in the headline - like this being an otherwise "Reform" campaign:
In the wake of the riots in recent weeks following the uprooting of the modesty signs by the Beit Shemesh Municipality, which caused an uproar and resulted in the replacement of the signs that were removed, MKs from the Committee on the Status of Women and Reform organizations arrived Sunday morning 6 Teves to “closely monitor” The “status of women” in the city – including regarding signs calling for gender segregation on sidewalks.

Knesset members and activists came to Beit Shemesh on a bus accompanied by the media, while touring the city and provoking the residents.
Oh, so the Knesset committee "provoked" the residents? More blame-the-victim rhetoric that's unhelpful.
A group of extremists congregated in the area and caused a stir in an effort to oust the unwanted guests. The visiting women tried to remove the signs that were replaced, but were prohibited from doing so by the presence of residents.
Umm, not really. They did remove some of them, as noted above. So why are they trying to claim otherwise?

Here's another report in Haaretz:
Israeli lawmakers descended Sunday on Beit Shemesh, a city that has come to epitomize the struggle over religious radicalization in the country, accusing municipal leaders of complicity in violating the rights of women there.

The accusations were leveled during a fact-finding trip by the Knesset committee for the status of women, aimed at ascertaining why the city has failed to comply with recent court rulings that found it in violation of regulations prohibiting the exclusion of women from public spaces.

For the past five years, battles have been waged in the central Israeli city between ultra-Orthodox and Modern Orthodox residents. The main source of conflict has been so-called “modesty signs,” plastered around the city by ultra-Orthodox residents.

Some of the controversial signs instruct women how to dress, requiring them to wear long sleeves and long skirts and no tight-fitting clothing. Others admonish women to keep off the sidewalks near synagogues and yeshivas, where men tend to congregate.

The ultra-Orthodox account for about half the population of 110,000 in Beit Shemesh, and their share has grown rapidly in recent years.

Earlier this month, the High Court of Justice ordered the city to tear down all the remaining modesty signs in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods and instructed police to stand on guard to make sure that new signs were not put up to replace them. The city was given until December 18 to take down the signs.

Last week, Mayor Moshe Abutbul notified the court that no sooner had the signs been removed than new ones had put up in their place. He said he had no power to prevent this.
Forget it, he does, and so do the police. I think they have some blame to shoulder here too, and their possible failure to ensure this doesn't keep going on is inexcusable.
But following their tour on Sunday, the Knesset committee members accused the city of not enforcing the law vigilantly enough. The city had not bothered to put up a surveillance camera at an intersection where many of the new signs appeared, they said. In addition, they charged, the city had been lax about collecting fines from infringers.

“I did not see any police around here today, and I do not feel that there has been any enforcement,”
said Aida Touma-Suliman, chair of the Knesset committee and a member of the Joint Arab List, during a wrap-up session at the end of the tour. She directed her comments at Matti Choteh, director-general of the municipality – the only representative of the city on the tour.

“What I see is a state within a state,” she continued, "without any laws, where women are oppressed. It is horrifying that the city and the police are not doing more.”
While some of her complaints in themselves are valid, again, I have to note the hypocrisy of somebody who sees nothing wrong with imposition of sharia - which the Haredi extremists have been emulating - complaining about what's sadly been taking place over the years in Beit Shemesh.
For Touma- Suliman, who found herself in the unusual position, as an Arab lawmaker, of trying to resolve a conflict between different denominations of Jews, it was a first-ever trip to Beit Shemesh. “I can say that I felt lots of tension in the air,” she remarked, “as well as a blatant attempt to intimidate us. If this is what I felt after just a few hours, I can only imagine what the women who live here full time must experience.”
And yet, what about the situation in some Muslim neighborhoods? The Haredi extremists have basically been imitating them over the years, and her failure to admit the paralells is just why she herself is unfit to comment. That's the sad part of this whole affair.
The campaign to remove the controversial modesty signs has been led by a group of Modern Orthodox women, most of them immigrants from English–speaking countries. Nili Philipp, a driving force in the struggle, said that ever since the High Court ruled earlier this month that all the signs must be removed, she and members of her family have received death threats.

Philipp and her fellow activists joined the Knesset members on their trip through the city. The Knesset delegation included only representatives of the opposition parties, among them only one man. The trip was initiated by the Israel Religious Action Center, the local advocacy arm of the Reform movement, which has been representing Philipp and her cohorts in court.

Tensions flared when members of the Knesset delegation decided to get off the bus taking them around town to view some of the controversial signage up close. During their tour of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet, lawmakers were confronted by angry residents demanding that they leave because they were not dressed modestly.

“If you don’t want to show us respect, then you can’t be here,” an ultra-Orthodox woman told Touma-Suliman.

“How would you feel,” Touma-Suliman shot back at her, “if I told you that you couldn’t come into my house if you didn’t take your head covering off because I find it offensive?”
While the Haredi woman was certainly in the wrong, so too is Suliman if she's got no issue with Muslim burkas. Assuming the info above is true, it's regrettable if coalition members didn't join.
The lawmakers were shocked to discover a pedestrian crossing at a main intersection in the neighborhood marked with the following words: “Cross with modest clothing.”

They found another sign near a synagogue directing men to the right and women to the left. After grabbing the sign, Touma-Suliman paraded around with it in the street. “I intend to hang this up in our Knesset committee room,” she said.

Philipp and another activist, with their own hands, proceeded to tear down some of the offensive signs.

Participants on the tour also discovered graffiti on the wall of a synagogue declaring: “No entrance for Reform [Jews].”

A group of ultra-Orthodox men congregated on a corner in an attempt to intimidate the group. Despite the tense mood, no violence erupted.

Philipp explained to the lawmakers that residents of Beit Shemesh had no choice but to pass through this neighborhood to reach other sections of the city. She said that she and her daughters were often spat on when they did.

Late last week, MK Israel Eichler from the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, urged Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to call off the planned trip by the committee, terming it a “provocation.” Allowing Reform women to parade through an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood, he said, was no different than allowing right-wing Jewish radicals to parade through an Arab town.

“The sole purpose of this trip is to spark a provocation for the media,” he alleged. “This trip will only advance the status of Reform women’s organizations.”
Eichler's objections are the very reason Islamofascists are able to gain footholds. His comments practically give legitimacy to Islam, and are degrading to rightists.
IRAC first filed suit against the city of Beit Shemesh and its mayor four years ago, demanding that they remove the modesty signs.

The Beit Shemesh Magistrate's Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in January 2015 and ordered the municipality to pay the women damages for its negligence in handling the matter. Despite that ruling, the signs were not removed, and the plaintiffs were forced to take their suit to a higher court.

In June 2016, the Jerusalem District Court gave Abutbul three weeks to remove the illegal signs and to act more vigilantly against offenders. After the mayor did not comply with that ruling either, this past June, the Jerusalem District Court responded to a request submitted by IRAC and declared him in contempt of court. It ordered the city to pay 10,000 shekels ($2,860) a day in fines until all the signs were removed.

Abutbul tried to get the High Court to overturn this decision but failed, with the justices declaring earlier this month, as they read their ruling, that the exclusion of women will not be tolerated in any city in Israel.

Touma-Suliman said that she and the members of her committee had no intention of creating provocations. “We come to places where women feel threatened, excluded and victimized – that is our job,” she said.
Unfortunately, they don't come to the aid of any women suffering the same in Muslim dominated neighborhoods. Something Eichler evidently has no concerns about either.
In his defense, Chotem, the director-general of the city, said that plans were under way to put up surveillance cameras in the neighborhood where new signs had appeared. He noted, however, that a surveillance camera put up in another part of the city had already been sabotaged.

“Over the past month, we have gone out three times to remove signs, but within a day, the signs are back up,” he said.

Chotem said it was also important to be sensitive to the lifestyle of ultra-Orthodox Jews.

“I don’t want to hear about ‘cultural sensitivity,’” responded Touma-Sliman. “Whenever people talk about ‘cultural sensitivity,’ it’s because they want to legitimize oppression of women. Suddenly they’re ‘sensitive.’”

Touma-Sliman said she intended to meet with Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan and discuss with him ways to better enforce the court decisions.
I'm sure she will hear about cultural sensitivity, however, when it comes to Islam. While this tour itself is crucial for fact finding, the downside is that it was led by all the wrong people, and even the Haredi members of the Knesset like Eichler aren't doing any favors with their own double-standards.

This report on INN is a bit better written.

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Monday, December 25, 2017 

US administration reduces funding to UN

At least $285 million in funding has been cut from the UN's budget intake, as Nikki Haley's announced in a press release:
Today, the United Nations agreed on a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. ‎Among a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget. In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system.

The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known. We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. This historic reduction in spending – in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN – is a big step in the right direction. While we are pleased with the results of this year’s budget negotiations, you can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency‎ while protecting our interests,” said Ambassador Haley.
Another way is to not invite any of their delegates to the White House anymore. They've done the right thing to cut back on what's paid to the UN. But it would still be a lot better if they stopped funding altogether. And that's something everybody concerned needs to request.

The UN will not dictate what Israel and the USA can or cannot do. It's time to send messages, and this is certainly a positive step in the right direction, as Haley's noted.

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Restoring women to Ramat Beit Shemesh

Here's a Jerusalem Post article about women who are working to bring women back to prominent positions in Beit Shemesh, which the encroaching Haredi usurpers have been trying to marginalize.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017 

Haredi vandals harassing lesbian couple running non-kosher restaurant

If this news is accurate, it's an abominable embarrassment demonstrating ultra-orthodox socialism and hostility to the free market, to say nothing of giving Judaism a bad name:
A restaurant on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem’s city center has become the focus of frequent attacks and criminal acts by Haredi extremists, ostensibly because the establishment is not kosher, serving pork and other non-kosher foods.

The R&R Diner was opened two months ago by Reut Cohen and her partner, Romina Gonzalez, but has suffered ongoing harassment ever since.

Cohen and Gonzalez are gay and have hung a gay pride flag at the premises, something which they believe has also spurred the attacks.

Since the restaurant opened in November, it has been subject to ongoing hostile visits by Haredi extremists seemingly from the ultra-conservative, radical Haredi neighborhoods in the vicinity of Mea She’arim, as well as efforts to sabotage the business by men belonging to a nearby synagogue.

The Haredi radicals have visited frequently, including on Friday night after Shabbat begins, and have harangued and shouted at patrons.

Threats to the two women such as “We will burn you,” and “We’ll make sure you’re not here,” have also been made
, while one of the glass panes of the restaurant front was smashed during another attack.
This is abominable alright, and the police have hopefully made arrests based on security camera footage. It demonstrates how the radicals lack confidence in their own religious convictions, and cannot ignore a business they're not obligated to eat at. An utter embarrassment, and all they're doing is drawing attention to people they supposedly don't want to back, and worst, it proves they didn't learn any lessons after the horrific murder of Shira Banki over 2 years ago.

Maybe the most stupefying thing about this case is that, if the owners were Muslims, or male homosexuals, I doubt the extremists would have much to say at all. They're just going for cheap targets, evidently.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017 

Haredis suddenly willing to ascend Temple Mount compound

Now here's something amazing. A movement doing memorials to the late rabbi Leib Shteinman went up to the Temple Mount for a memorial service, and the authorities allowed it:
About 50 haredim ascended the Temple Mount on Wednesday, led by Rabbi Yitzhak Brand, one of the top students of the Ponevezh Yeshiva, and Rabbi Eliyahu Veber, one of the rabbis of the Hurva synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem.

On the Mount, the group performed a “siyum” ceremony marking the completion of a gemara tractate, and prayed for the smooth passage of the soul of Lithuanian haredi rabbinic leader Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, who passed away last week.

Speaking on the mount, Rabbi Brand elaborated on the mitzvah of ascending the Temple Mount as a practical step promoting the eventual rebuilding of the Temple. In this capacity, Rabbi Brand spoke of the prohibition to challenge G-d to perform miracles, underscoring the need for practical steps towards rebuilding the Temple rather than waiting for the Temple to appear miraculously.
Now we're getting somewhere, aren't we? This is all part of the belief that God helps those who help themselves, including on defending historical sites. If the guy's got influence, it can work for the better.

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Friday, December 22, 2017 

Abbas attacks Trump during a meeting with Macron

France's dreadful president gave a platform to the PLO's autocrat to spew his newfound hatred for the USA for recognizing Jerusalem's validity as the Israeli capitol:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that his people would “no longer accept” any peace plan proposed by the United States following Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Trump administration has been preparing a plan in secret which is expected to be presented to the two sides in 2018.

“The United States has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan from the United States,” Abbas said after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.
Well surely that's a declaration of war against America that Abbas was making. And justification enough to bar him from the White House eternally. And to close down their office in the US for good.
Macron repeated his earlier condemnations of the US decision on Jerusalem, but he also ruled out recognizing Palestine as a state unilaterally which France has mooted previously.

Macron has also ruled out launching a fresh French peace initiative in the short term, saying he is waiting to see what happens with the American effort which Abbas rejected on Friday. [...]
It makes little difference. His willingness to associate himself with such a vile creature is an embarrassment to France, and does nothing to ensure any Europeans are trying to mend the damage they inflicted by extension on the continent.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017 

Car ramming attack in Australia

The latest Islamic jihad act committed with a vehicle occurred in Melbourne, Australia:
At least 19 people were injured in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday when two men deliberately mowed their vehicle through a crowd in what appears to have been an Islamic terror attack.

Victorian state police said in a statement that the driver of the vehicle and a second man were in police custody after the incident, which occurred on Flinders Street in the city’s central business district, when the area was busy with Christmas shoppers.

Police said at a news conference that they believe it was “a deliberate act,” but they do not know the motivation behind the attack at this time.

Sky News Australia reported the driver of the white Suzuki SUV was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed after his vehicle crashed into a post by a cable car stop.

Media reports said 14 people have been taken to hospitals, several in serious condition, including a pre-school aged child in serious condition with head injuries.

The motive of the incident was not clear immediately, but a signs at the scene indicate it was a terror attack. The alleged terrorists appeared to be Middle Eastern and wearing long beards on social media photos.

Australian police say the driver of a vehicle is an Australian citizen of Afghan decent who has a known history of drug use and mental health issues.

They added that the 32-year-old driver was known to state police on “historical assault matters.”
And yet he was allowed to go free? And the police even had the gall to say they don't know the motivation? Again, that's very irresponsible and demonstrates an attempt to skirt around the pressing issues. Some innocent people have suffered as a result of their failure to come clear.

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Of course Haredi women should be allowed to run on the lists for community's political parties

The high court's been petitioned to ensure Haredi women will be allowed to run within the framework of the ultra-orthodox political parties in municipality and state elections:
Pressure on the ultra-Orthodox parties has been growing in recent years to allow women to run for election on their municipal and national lists, and this pressure is now beginning to tell, with the High Court of Justice looking seriously at the issue.

A petition to the High Court brought by 10 women’s rights NGOs and represented by the Women Lawyers for Social Justice organization representing Haredi women and others organizations was heard briefly on Wednesday morning, before the justices asked that the judicial panel be expanded due to the importance of the petition.

The petition was originally filed two years ago, and in October 2016, the court ordered Agudat Yisrael, the Haredi political party representing the hassidic community, and the state to explain why it should not ban the clauses in its regulations banning women from being members of the party.

The decision to increase the size of the panel indicates that the High Court is taking the petition very seriously and sees it as substantive and worthy of in-depth consideration.

Without the ability to join the party as members, women are unable to hold office within the party or to be candidates in municipal and national elections.

Esti Shushan, a Haredi activist for female representation in the Haredi parties and founder of the Nivcharot activist organization, said that although the internal cultural battle would be harder to win than the legal one, it was nevertheless critical to remove the formal impediment to women’s representation in the political parties.

“The cultural issue of women in leadership is harder, but at the very least this humiliating clause against women membership should not appear in the party regulations,” Shushan told The Jerusalem Post.

“I want to know that my country doesn’t agree with such a policy. When there will be this clear statement, women will be less afraid to demand representation, that’s what I want to believe,” she continued.
Don't worry, I believe, if anything, that women should be allowed to run on the Haredi lists, even as I still think it would be better for them to abandon the lifestyle, which does not mean abandoning religion. So I wish them luck in ensuring such policies will be canned.

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French government says they'll toughen immigration laws

It looks like the French rightists have had some effect:
Mr Macron’s desire to toughen France’s stance comes as far-right parties, who have seized on the migrant crisis, have made electoral gains.

The mayors of Lille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Rennes, Toulouse and Nantes, claiming they have been “backed up against a wall", have demanded Mr Macron's government do more to tackle the number of migrants arriving in France.

They said the government should hold a meeting to discuss the “social emergency”.
Trouble is, if the following says something, it's not entirely sure this is working so far:
France has begun a new initiative to bring in 3,000 migrants directly from Africa, as 19 Sundanese migrants arrived on Monday who will be temporarily housed in a monastery in Alsace.

On Tuesday 25 migrants from Niger arrived in the country, followed by another group of African migrants on Wednesday. The flights will continue over the next two years, primarily from Chad and Niger, until the target of 3,000 is reached Die Welt reports.

The new migrant initiative was negotiated by French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this year in an effort to prevent mass migration across the Mediterranean to Europe.

President Macron has been joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has enacted a similar programme for Germany, along with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Italy has seen by far the largest number of migrants arrive through the Mediterranean route over the last two years.
Just what is their religious background? Or, are they going to see if they can get them on the right track? If anything, they cannot keep bringing in these migrants en masse, and not make a serious effort to deport those who are likely violent criminals. Even this is something that may have to be opposed.

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Those countries who oppose US recognition of Jerusalem at UN assembly will have their names taken, aid revoked

Nikki Haley's said the US will be taking names of countries whose ambassadors at the UN vote against America on the Jerusalem issue (via Breitbart):
United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the US will be “taking names” of countries that support a draft resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, set for a General Assembly vote Thursday.

Turkey and Yemen requested the urgent meeting of the 193-nation forum on behalf of the Arab group of countries and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) after the US vetoed the measure in the Security Council. The two countries circulated a draft resolution that mirrors the vetoed measure, reaffirming that any decision on the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded.

Egypt had put forward the draft, which was backed by all 14 other Security Council members in a vote on Monday. Like the Egyptian draft, the text before the assembly does not explicitly mention Trump’s decision but expresses “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”

Haley reacted angrily to the move, tweeting, “On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”

In a letter sent to several UN ambassadors, Haley warned that she would report back to Trump on the countries that supported the draft resolution.

“The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us,” she wrote. “We will take note of each and every vote on this issue.”
Already, Trump's threatened to cut aid to those who turn against the USA:
President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote to pass a United Nations General Assembly resolution seeking to rescind his historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” Trump told reporters at the White House, according to Reuters.
Turkey, Yemen and Egypt should be the first to have their monetary aid cut off. It's time they start learning how to fend for themselves as well.

Update: well, it's taken place, and no surprise, at least 128 countries voted to condemn the USA for its courageous move:
The United Nations General Assembly voted by a wide margin Thursday to adopt an anti-Israel resolution, tacitly condemning America’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

During an emergency session of the General Assembly Thursday morning (New York time), the body voted 128 to 9 to adopt draft resolution A/ES-10/L22, rejecting President Trump’s recent declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and chiding Israel over illegal “actions in Occupied East Jerusalem”. An additional 35 nations abstained from the vote, while another 21 did not participate.

Thursday’s resolution, which was drafted by Turkey and Yemen’s UN delegations, states that “any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”

The resolution also called on the US not to establish its embassy or any other “diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem.”

The nine countries which voted against the resolution included the United States, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and Togo.

Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Benin, Canada, Poland, Croatia, South Sudan, Uganda, Romania, Rwanda, Malawi, Lesotho, Latvia, Hungary, Colombia, Jamaica, Fiji, and the Czech Republic were among those member states which abstained.
Honestly, abstentation isn't enough. But at this point, what is clear is that the White House must remain true to their word, and start taking the necessary steps to revoke financial aid to all countries whose governments had the gall to do this. Nikki Haley's already had some very stern words in response to this offense:
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tore into the U.N. General Assembly Thursday, threatening to pull U.S. funding from the international body in response to a resolution condemning President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Haley said in remarks to the assembly in New York.

“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations and we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” she warned. [...]

While Haley has repeatedly pointed to bias at the U.N., the latest resolution from the GA is different in that it directly singles out the U.S. for a decision in line with long-standing U.S. policy, and it seeks to shame the U.S. Haley has frequently contrasted the treatment of the U.S. and Israel with countries that have appalling human rights records like Cuba, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia – all three of which remain on the Human Rights Council.
It's time to take all 3 off the list of countries getting any monetary aid, that's for sure. The governments employing these disgusting politicians, if anyone, are those who should be barred from receiving any aid until they're replaced. It goes without saying that, one day, they will owe a very serious apology for their reprehensible hostility while turning their backs on the real villains and issues.

Update 2: even some politicians on the left in Israel have come out against the UN's direction.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017 

An outrage: ultra-Orthodox extremists in Beit Shemesh made death threats against women who opposed modesty signs

The Haredi creeps worshiping the sharia-like tactics they've been hell-bent on imposing upon Beit Shemesh did not learn a lesson, and not only did they make death threats, they even doxxed some of the people involved in the lawsuit:
At least two of the women who asked Israel’s Supreme Court to remove signs that demand women dress modestly have been targeted with death threats.

The women said they received calls on Thursday and Friday threatening them with a kabbalistic ritual calling for their deaths, Ynet reported.

Posters also were hung in the city giving the women’s personal details including their addresses, phone numbers, and the names of their children, and urged people to call the women and stop agitating against the signs, according to Ynet.

The women lodged a complaint with the Beit Shemesh police.
It goes without saying this is very serious, not all that different from the Islamofascists who threatened a guy in France named Robert Redeker over a decade ago, and the police must catch those responsible and punish them severely.

That said, the women are remaining firm in the face of the threats. And that's a good thing. In any case, the felons who committed this illegal act must be caught.

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British teen boy assaulted by Muslims for talking with girl of their community

A violent beating took place, committed by Pakistani Muslims who kidnapped a teen just for dating with a girl of Pakistani Muslim background:
A 16-year-old schoolboy was taken prisoner and beaten viciously while onlookers cried “Kill him!” after his relationship with a Pakistani girl was discovered by her relatives.

The girl’s 29-year-old brother, Khizum Baig, 29-year-old cousin, Saqib Mirza Baig, 37-year-old uncle, Ghazanfar Mirza, and 48-year-old father, Mirza Baig, are said to have shouted “Don’t mess with our blood” and “find someone your own kind” as they battered her Bengali boyfriend with weapons and kicked him repeatedly in the head in an isolated cul-de-sac.

Onlookers including women are reported to have urged the men to “Kill him, kick him in the head, finish him off” as the attack unfolded.
The boy was lucky to survive. But the assault the Muslim gang conducted was abominable, and they should all be thrown in prison for their horrific crime.

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Monday, December 18, 2017 

The EU is killing its own continent

That's what the leaders of at least a few "far-right" political parties said at a meeting in Prague, Czechoslovakia:
France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen has described the European Union as "a disastrous organisation" that is "killing Europe" as she met with other heads of far-right parties from different countries.

Le Pen addressed the other leaders at a conference in Prague, held on Saturday to discuss ideas for Europe's future.

Geert Wilders, founder of the Dutch anti-Islam Party for Freedom, said Europe should follow the example of US president Donald Trump and impose travel bans to restrict immigration.

The leaders vowed to work together to create a new model of intracontinental cooperation far removed from the EU.

Parties with anti-immigration platforms have been making gains at the polls in Europe, although Wilders and Le Pen both ran unsuccessfully this year for the top political posts in their countries.
There's a lot more Europe must do than just restrict immigration from hostile environments. They have to start changing/abandoning bad laws to make it easier to speak against the totalitarian ideologies that enabled the Islamofascists to gain footholds in the first place. Only that way will it be possible to deal with these serious issues more at ease, and to show all Islamofascists the door out.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017 

Western Wall should be part of Israel, but what about the Temple Mount?

The White House has made the positive step of announcing the Western Wall should be part of Israel:
Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view Friday that Jerusalem's Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to inflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East less than two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Stressing that the ultimate borders of the holy city must be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the officials – speaking ahead of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the region – essentially ruled out, however, any scenario that didn't maintain Israeli control over the Western Wall.

The issue is sensitive because the wall is situated beyond the pre-1967 armistice lines and abuts some of the Islamic world's most revered sites.

"We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be part of Israel. But as the president said, the specific boundaries of sovereignty of Israel are going to be part of the final status agreement," a senior administration official said.

Another official later added by email, "We note that we cannot imagine Israel would sign a peace agreement that didn't include the Western Wall."
This is all good, but, by that same token of logic, the Temple Mount must be part and parcel of Israel too, and no mosque built as a symbol of conquest can change that.

They also note:
In a press briefing, another White House official explained that while "the last couple weeks in the region have been a reaction to the Jerusalem decision and we've seen a lot of the emotions," much of the reaction has been positive. "I think that a lot of people in the region, they really respect the president. They really like this administration. We're working well together."

"[Our] number one priority there is countering Iran; defeating ISIS and terror; and then combating the extremist ideology," the official went on to say. "So they know after this that the president will keep his word. He's not going to be doing things like the last administration. They know that he is very serious and focused on his objectives, and we will continue to pursue it."
Now that's definitely an accurate statement. Bringing down ISIS and Iran is vital too. But then, so is bringing down the PLO and Hamas once and for all. Such terror outfits cannot be considered valid.

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Friday, December 15, 2017 

Bnei Brak housing project discriminates against Sephardics

An investigation into a Haredi housing project in the enclave of Bnei Brak discovered Jews from Sephardic backgrounds were not welcome:
Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews seeking to buy homes in the "David's Gardens" housing project in Bnei Brak claim they have been discriminated against.

The project, named after David Lubinsky of the Lubinsky Group, is currently being built in an area between HaRav Kahanman Street and Highway 4.

Yedioth Ahronoth and Ynet have received numerous complaints alleging the Lubinsky Group sales representatives and private investors were doing everything in their power to avoid having to sell apartments to anyone who is not Ashkenazi.

A Yedioth journalist calling to ask about apartments under the Mizrahi last name Hadad was told there were no apartments available. "Try in three or four months," the sales representative, Tzipi, advised.

When calling again, this time under the distinguished Ashkenazi name Sternbach, Tzipi was much more courteous and offered one of the nicer apartments available.

When asked what kind of population is expected to live in the 500 housing units in the complex, Tzipi answered: "Very homogeneous. Fifty percent Lithuanians, 50 percent Hasidic."

And what about Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews? "There are some," Tzipi replied with some trepidation. "Very few."
If the majority are being denied services, or the non-Sephardic tenants are hostile to them, that's bad. Whoever the cultists are behind this scheme, they should be taken to task for their grave mistakes.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017 

Iraq's still rife with antisemitism

So much, in fact, that the family of the Iraqi contestant in the recent Miss Universe paegeant had to flee because of her friendship with the Israeli contestant:
Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, became friendly with fellow contestant Adar Gandelsman, the Israeli contestant in the Miss Universe International Beauty Pageant held in Las Vegas last month. They even posted pictures together on Instagram, wishing “love and peace” to all – but the reaction of Idan’s fellow countrymen has been anything but peaceful.

So many people posted comments that cursed her for this act that the 27-year-old beauty queen felt she had to defend herself, noting in another post that the picture only showed her desire for peace and “does not signal support for the government of Israel and does not mean I agree or accept its policies in the Arab homeland.” And she apologized to anyone who considered it “harmful to the Palestinian cause.” But, courageously, she did not remove the photo from her account.

Idan’s participation in the swimsuit competition of the event also aroused great anger, with her family actually leaving Baghdad temporarily after being threatened by their more conservative relatives after that preliminary round of the pageant. However, Miss Israel told Israeli TV Wednesday that Idan’s relatives have now been forced to leave Iraq because of the anger over their joint picture, as well as ones of her modeling in a bikini.

“The two of those things together caused a mess for her back home where people made threats against her and her family that if she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her (Miss Iraq) title, that they would kill her,” Adar Gandelsman said.
Because of this, she's practically living in the USA now, where she's studying as a musician. I do think she should've avoided bringing up the "palestinian cause" mainly because it won't mollify the monsters. And this reaction compounds the failure of the Bush/Obama administrations to change the cultural attitudes in Iraq even after Saddam Hussein was deposed, making the war in Iraq meaningless. If cultural/ideological beliefs aren't changed, then the problem only persists.

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Satmar's overlord condemns recognition of Jerusalem, the Conservative Judaist movement defends

Two interesting contrasts in who abhors recognition of Jerusalem and who appreciates it. In the former category, we have the Satmar's head honcho, Aaron Teitelbaum:
The head of one of the two rival groups of the staunchly anti-Zionist Satmar Hassidic movement ripped into President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week.

Satmar, known as one of the most dogmatically anti-Zionist Hassidic sects, refuses to recognize the State of Israel and calls on members living in Israel not to vote in national elections, even for haredi parties and not to accept any funding from the state, including National Insurance payments. Satmar, however, does care for the welfare of Jews and runs the free meals for those staying in hospitals for Shabbat to care for loved ones.

Speaking before thousands of his followers at a celebration on Saturday night at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx, the head of one of the two Satmar groups that split after the previous Grand Rabbi's death, Rebbe Aharon Teitelboim, said that Trump had no right to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"We declare in the name of haredi Judaism: Jerusalem, the holy city, will not be the capital of the Zionist state, even if the President of the United States says it is," said Teitelboim.
It figures he'd even speak even in the name of haredis who don't agree with him. He's once again proven the Satmar are the defect in Orthodoxy who're hell-bent on proving themselves the closest allies to Islamofascists. That's practically why they distort the whole meaning of Zionism, when it's just a synonym for patriotism.

In the latter category, we have the Conservative movement, who've supported Donald Trump's recognition:
The Conservative movement’s US, Israel and global branches have welcomed US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, while calling for progress in advancing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The statement comes in contrast to the declaration of the Reform movement, which said the decision was “ill-timed” and would “exacerbate the conflict.” The Conservative movement highlighted this difference in its statement to the Hebrew press.

The statement, published by its constituent institutions on Thursday, said it was “pleased by Trump’s declaration, and expressed the hope that the process of transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem begins in the near future.

“The status of Jerusalem is a matter to be settled in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. But in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and planning to move the American embassy to a location under uncontested Israeli sovereignty, the US government acknowledges the age-old connection that Israel and the Jewish people maintain with the holy city,” read the statement authored by the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Masorti Israel and Masorti Olami.
Though the leadership may hold onto positions you could disapprove of, their backing for Trump's declaration of recognition is a positive step, and helps set them apart from both the Satmar and the awful Reform movement, who've also unshockingly voiced their support for the PLO's demands. We certainly don't need those two, and it's funny they'd have such problems with each other when they share some common ground on the aspects of evil together.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017 

Jihadists just arrived in Sweden, and almost immediately attacked a synagogue

Sweden's fiasco of immigration continues to take a toll as Chanuka takes place (Hat tip: Jihad Watch):
Three men have been arrested for the attempted firebombing of a Swedish synagogue in Gothenburg, and according to a far-left group all three are recent asylum seekers from Syria and Palestine.
So at least one must be from Israel, but the original reports - or the activists themselves - refer to it by the delegitimizing name.
The men, aged 18, 20, and 21, were arrested by police following the attack, which saw a group of around 20 masked individuals attack a Gothenburg synagogue with firebombs in an effort to burn the building down. The three men arrested in connection with the attack are said to be asylum seekers who came to Sweden this year from the Middle East, according to George Soros-funded far-left group Expo.

Expo, who are known for their activism against right-wing groups in Sweden, claim they spoke to President of the Swedish Western Regional Police Ulla Brehm, who confirmed the arrests. They also say that they obtained court documents which showed that all three suspects are asylum seekers and that the trio pled not guilty to charges of deliberate arson.

The attack occurred around the same time as a demonstration in the heavily migrant-populated city of Malmö, where a group of around 200 demonstrators protested the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Participants at the event chanted anti-Semitic rhetoric, declaring: “We have announced the intifada from Malmö. We want our freedom back, and we will shoot the Jews.”
So a Soros-funded activist group appears to have had something to do with enabling these vile scum to enter Sweden, and unsurprisingly, many of the Islamofascists against recognition of Jerusalem made death threats. A pure disgrace.

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Monday, December 11, 2017 

Bangladeshi jihadist planted pipebomb near NYC bus and subway terminal

The threat of terrorism still lurks the streets of New York, as another ISIS worshiper tried to commit terrorism, and thankfully, this time, no one was murdered, and the jihadist was captured:
A terrorist detonated a pipe bomb in a subway passage between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal — one of the busiest transit hubs in the world — during the Monday morning rush-hour, injuring three people and causing commuter chaos.

Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi native, detonated part of his “low tech” explosive in the passage just 200 feet from the bus terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave. at 7:20 a.m., officials said. Three commuters suffered minor injuries
, officials said.

After the explosion, Port Authority cops struggled with Ullah, 27, who had wires attached to his body, sources said. The device was affixed to his body with Velcro and zip ties, police officials said.

He tried to set off the rest of his bomb, but only part of it went off. Two PAPD officers grabbed him and successfully removed the explosives without further incident. [...]

Ullah was taken to Bellevue Hospital with burns to his hands and abdomen and also lacerations. He is expected to survive, sources said. [...]

Byron Woodhouse, 55, said he saw people sprinting for safety in the wake of the explosion.

“It was loud. It was scary,” he said. “People were running all over the place.”

Ullah has been in the country for about seven years, Bratton said.
The NYPD's investigating, but who knows if the press will keep focusing on this incident? Soon enough, they'll likely bury the story rather than call for keeping these monsters out of the country. The immigrant himself should be punished severely for his offensive act.

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Beit Shemesh municipality finally takes down the majority of the modesty signs

There's still two more they have to do, and prove they won't allow the extremist hoodlums to get in the way, but for now, the threat of incarceration for failure to comply with orders seems to have had an effect:
Following a threat to lock up senior officials in the Beit Shemesh municipality for contempt of court, officials from the municipal authority began removing so-called modesty signs from radical neighborhoods in the city on Monday morning.

Large numbers of police personnel are present in the area to protect the municipal workers from potentially violent extremist Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) men who have gathered to protest the removal of the signs, and who have tried to block roads in the vicinity.

Cranes were brought in to remove one of the most prominent signs on the Nahar Hayarden street but, somewhat ingeniously, the radicals who had placed the sign in the first place had apparently taken the trouble to spray paint warnings directly on the wall of the building for women to dress in accordance with the strictures of the neighborhood, and then placed the sign over it.

So when the sign was removed, the words “Passage [through the neighborhood] is only with modest clothing” were plainly visible for all to see.
I don't suppose they thought to either wash it away or paint over it?
A spokesman for the Beit Shemesh municipal authority said that six of the eight signs ordered removed by the court had been taken down on Monday, at a cost of NIS 50,000.
Well gee, what happened to all the money they swindled, supposedly for paying taxes? Hey, if they'd respected the law earlier, they wouldn't have had to spend even that much.
He also noted that another of the signs removed on Nahar Hayarden had already been physically replaced, but that the police had decided not to remove it again due to violent disturbances from Haredi radicals who had gathered at the site.
Not good enough, and that's why, if another legal motion has to be filed, then so be it. I don't expect the whole saga to end here, and so, if more messages need to be sent, and if the police have to quell violence with tear gas or skunk liquid, then so be it. The extremists cannot be allowed to continue with this sharia-crap at the expense of taxpayers.

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Americans born in Jerusalem should be allowed to have Israel marked on their passports

The attorneys in the Zivotovsky case have appealed to Donald Trump to get the State Department to start listing Israel upon passports for people with US citizenship born in Jerusalem:
The attorneys in the landmark Jerusalem passport lawsuit are calling on Trump to instruct the State Department to list “Israel” as the birthplace of American citizens born in Jerusalem.

Attorneys Nathan Lewin and Alyza D. Lewin represented Jerusalem-born Menachem Zivotofsky, whose parents first sued the State Department in 2003, after it wrote “Jerusalem” rather than “Israel” on his passport as his place of birth. In June 2015, the Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, that the president has exclusive power to decide which country to recognize as sovereign in a given territory.

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Lewins hope the previous U.S. policy will be reversed.

“Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky and his parents view the president’s announcement today as the formal recognition by the United States that Jerusalem, being the capital of Israel, is necessarily in Israel as surely as Tel Aviv and Haifa are in Israel,” the Lewins said in an exclusive statement to JNS.

“We will be requesting promptly that, in light of the president’s statement today, Menachem Zivotofsky be issued a United States passport designating his place of birth as ‘Israel,’” the statement continued. “The president’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel should also entitle every United States citizen born in Jerusalem to have his or her United States passport automatically show ‘Israel’ as his or her place of birth.”

Although the president announced U.S. recognition of Jerusalem, he did not immediately take any steps to implement it, such as relocating the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The passport question thus could emerge as the key test of how the president’s declaration will be implemented.
Absolutely. It's time to start proving Jerusalem be a non-issue to getting a passport listing Israel as the country it's in. If Trump can prove he's capable of ensuring this, it'll be another gold star for his record.

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Geert Wilders says Pew report on illegal Muslim immigration to Europe is a wakeup call

Geert Wilders has written about Pew Research's latest findings, which indicate high levels of Muslim immigration to Europe - especially Sweden - by now, and rightly says it must serve as a wakeup call to what reality's become on the continent. And he also notes something very disturbing censors in France did after he warned about it earlier:
Last week, I posted a tweet with a picture from the Pew report, accompanied by the text “An existential problem: our population is being replaced. And it will get much worse if we don’t de-Islamise soon!” A few hours later, the tweet was censored in France. In the country of President Emmanuel Macron, the people are not allowed to know the truth.
That too should serve as a wakeup call that Macron's government is one of the worst running the store now, and there's every chance they could be working to clog the country with more Islamofascists and violence. This cannot go unopposed.

On a similar note, the official Pew report says that even if illegal immigration were stopped now, the Muslim population as it is would continue to surge:
Even in the unlikely case that all migration from outside the European Union suddenly and permanently ended, the new research on Europe’s rapidly shifting demographics found that by 2050 the Muslim population of the continent would hit 7.4 per cent, up from 4.9 per cent in 2016.
How to stop it? The best way would be to first exile those who pose a threat, by revoking their citizenship. In fact, there's a valid case that a new form of passport has to be conceived, one that could be electronic rather than just paper documents. That's a good way to deal with the problems for starters.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017 

Security guard stabbed at Jerusalem's central bus station

Another Islamofascist sought revenge over America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capitol:
A security guard is in severe condition following a stabbing attack near the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem on Sunday, according to police reports.

Magen David Adom Emergency Medical services said that at 2:15 pm paramedics tended to a 35-year-old male security guard with a stab wound to his upper body on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem.

Police told The Jerusalem Post that the attacker approached the security station at the entrance to the Central Bus Station, stabbed a security guard and began running away down Jaffa Street.

He was apprehended by a citizen, reportedly a cab driver. The attacker was then arrested by police.

The police spokesperson confirmed that the attacker was a 24-year-old Palestinian man. According to The Jerusalem Post's sister publication Maariv, the attacker was from the West Bank city of Nablus and held an Israeli work permit.

Police are at the scene and the surrounding area has been closed off. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has arrived at the scene as well.

The suspect was taken alive but suffered a head wound, according to United Hatzalah. He is being transferred to Shaare Zedek Hospital for medical treatment.
This is an utter disgrace that the perpetrator's being given medical treatment. He doesn't deserve it. What he does deserve is condemnation by all concerned for taking out his anger over petty, non-existent issues and perpetuating anti-semitism in the name of the Religion of Peace.

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Saturday, December 09, 2017 

It'd be wonderful if Neturei Karta left Israel because of Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem

Guess who's threatening to leave Israel as a result of Trump's courageous step?
The 'Neturei Karta' faction has threatened that its members may leave Israel as a result of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.

Neturei Karta is a small, extremist haredi faction which opposes the existence of a Jewish state. The faction's support for the government of Iran in its calls for the destruction of Israel and for terrorist groups have led to its ostracization by the wider haredi community.

The sect had campaigned against the president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Yoel 'Yoelish' Kraus, an anti-Zionist figure with ties to the Neturei Karta movement, told the Kikar Hashabbat Hebrew news site that the sect may "consider leaving the country" in light of the president's decision.
Let's hope they do. They're even worse than the Satmar clan they spun out of, and have done a considerable amount of harm to Israel for many years. Their departure from Israel would be a great mercy upon us all.

It remains to be seen where they'd go. England? Sweden? Or even Qatar and Dubai? Those would be great places for them, I figure, and they might as well start packing, because there's no place for them in a country believing in self-respect and dignity. The Karta kreeps won't be missed if they go.

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Friday, December 08, 2017 

Haredi politicians have a tepid, otherwise negative response to Trump's recognition of Jerusalem

If there's any fifth column the anti-Israel left can rely upon for victim-blaming mentality, it's the ultra-Orthodox politicians in the Knesset and even "opinionators". For example, here's one dummy from the UTJ party:
Haredi politicians on Wednesday offered a reserved response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism) argued that Trump’s declaration could lead to a diplomatic process being forced on Israel.

"Trump's declaration of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will cost us dearly and in the diplomatic plan that he will present, it will harm us," said Porush.

“It is preferable to build in Judea and Samaria and in neighborhoods of Jerusalem where they are crying for housing, rather than a declaration that has no substance,” he added.

Porush’s colleague, Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Yisrael Eichler, had similar sentiments.

"I welcome the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem. But I would prefer a thousand apartments for young couples in Jerusalem to one building of the American embassy. I pray that the declaration will not cost us the blood of terror attacks,” said Eichler.
Ahem. There are more plans to build, but that aside, their reaction is still quite insulting to the intellect. Who says the declaration's got no substance? Only pea-brains like them, that's for sure. I also miss the part where they say the Islamofascists should get the hell out of Israel if they don't like what's been done now.

And then, guess who else sides with the bad mentality, his dislike for Reform/Conservative sects notwithstanding? The dhimmi "rabbi" Avi Shafran:
Many in the broader Jewish world, the one, that is, beyond my cloistered Orthodox environs, have voiced criticism of President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and of his plan to move our embassy there.

The critics include the Union for Reform Judaism, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Women’s Rabbinic Network, J Street and The New Israel Fund.

Some of my fellow Orthos may feel that those critics are anti-Israel or, at best, deeply misguided. I don’t agree. Not only am I heartened to see Jewish passion, civilly communicated, about an important Jewish issue, but I understand the latter groups’ concerns. In some ways, I even share them.

The goal of us all, however deep our theological or political differences may be, is that peace reign in Israel, and none of us can know whether Mr. Trump’s announcement will bring that desideratum closer or, God forbid, push it even farther away.

While the president’s action was a simple recognition of reality—not to mention a reflection of long-standing American law, i.e. The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995—I am sensitive, as are the president’s critics, to the impact of his move on the deep-seated, sincere feelings of Arabs in Israel and the Palestinian Authority areas, many of whom have characterized the new American policy as an ugly, callous affront to their sensibilities.
Wow, fascinating! If he's got such a poor position on Jerusalem's validity, and even a lenient, otherwise accepting view of Islam, then no wonder he's got such a lenient view of Haredi extremists. Of course, the funny thing is how he wrote this crappy op-ed to argue that Reform should consider "cultural sensitivity" towards the brand of "Orthodox" he adheres to, even as he sides with them full force on any position that could harm Israel. And what's this, he views the PLO as legit?
But zoom in with me, please, to a small part of modern Jerusalem, a parcel that sits in its Old City: The Temple Mount. It is a place, incidentally, where Israel shows respect for Muslim Arabs’ feelings, where two large mosques have functioned unhindered even after Israel conquered the area in 1967, despite the fact that the site in antiquity served as the worship-locus of all Jews’ ancestors.
Does he know that Muslims on the Temple Mount have many times over the years acted with violence, and even destroyed some antiquities? His whole viewpoint is naive in the extreme, and he should be ashamed of himself for basically shunning his heritage that the Temple Mount happens to be, all because he doesn't want to "offend" people who consider violence a perfectly acceptable reaction in every way, shape and form. As a result, how can I possibly accept his argument about what he considers Jewish "norms"? Coming from a supremacist like him, it's awfully rich.

Anyway, it's still quite bizarre how somebody can say he has a problem with a branch of Judaism yet fully agrees with a cowardly position said branch extols. Why do anti-Zionist Haredis and Reform have a problem with each other, yet make strange bedfellows on anti-Israelism? Shafran's just proven why some critics of ultra-Orthodoxy within Orthodox circles themselves find his visions so offensive - because he really does undermine the sect/movement as a whole with his 5th column approach.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017 

There's Muslim out there reacting poorly to Trump's declaration of recognition

Sad but unsurprising, there have been cases of Islamists besides in just Gaza, Judea/Samaria who've been reacting badly to Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capitol. One such case took place in Holland, and the worst part is that the law's response was otherwise poor:
Police are investigating the smashing of the windows of a kosher restaurant in a heavily Jewish part of the Dutch capital by a man wearing a Palestinian flag.

The incident at HaCarmel restaurant occurred Thursday morning, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The AT5 television station showed a video of the incident, in which a man holding a large stick while holding a Palestinian flag and wearing a Palestinian keffiyah scarf on his head smashes the window and kicks down the restaurant’s doors as passersby and two police officers look on.

In the video, the officers wait as the man breaks into the restaurant and then returns to the street holding an Israeli flag that he took from inside, which he throws at their feet. They then overpower and arrest him.

Police said the man, which a spokesperson defined as a “pro-Palestinian activist,” was 29-year-old foreigner with a temporary residence permit. Police would not indicate his nationality, the WNL television channel reported. The suspect is scheduled to be released Wednesday as per the maximum detainment period afforded by the law for suspects arrested for alleged vandalism, WNL reported.
Well that is a very bad legal system, and the authorities didn't even take action against him until he'd come out with the Israeli flag he'd taken. It's stunning how, all these years, authorities in Europe and lawmakers acted with incredible negligence, failing to draft any laws that could help protect them better, which is exactly why they're at the point they are now with Islamofascists devouring the continent.

And several countries in the UN didn't do any better with their negative reactions:
Leaders from around the world condemned the US and President Donald Trump for his historic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling for Jerusalem’s status to be resolved by negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Eight of the 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) called for an urgent meeting to discuss Trump’s decision, according to media reports.

Britain and France, two permanent UNSC members, along with Sweden, Italy, Egypt, Uruguay, Bolivia and Senegal have called for the urgent meeting, which is expected to be held on Friday.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated that “Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.”

“For my part as the United Nations Secretary-General, I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations and to realize this vision of a lasting peace for both people,” he stated

“In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B,” said the UN Secretary-General. [...]

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she is concerned that the US decision will increase tensions with the Palestinians, and that Australia does not intend to shift its embassy from Tel Aviv.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he disapproved of the decision to recognize Jerusalem, calling it a “unilateral decision”.

He added that France remains attached to “a solution of two states, Israeli and Palestinian, with Jerusalem as the capital for both of them.”
The obsession with 2-state solutions continues, along with victim-blaming and selfishness. Which enables creatures like Turkey's premier to remain vicious:
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has threatened to cut ties with Israel over the announcement, continued on Thursday his strong criticism of the US decision.

Erdogan also compared Trump to a “blender” stirring up trouble in the region.

Most Arab countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Tunisia also condemned Trump’s announcement.
Well, if that's the way he/they want it, then let us dub them "the blenders", because all they can think of is trouble stirring. If they won't abandon Islam and their anti-Israelism, they're all a disgrace and shame.

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Theresa May's openly hostile to Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem

The British premier's let it be known she's not only against Israeli self-determination, she's also attacked Donald Trump for having the courage to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol:
Following the announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump to move the country’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem and recognise it as the capital of Israel, Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to confront him, arguing Jerusalem must be shared between Israelis and Palestinians.

The Prime Minister made her remarks on Wednesday afternoon at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, saying she was “intending to speak to President Trump about this matter but our position has not changed.”

Mrs May added: “The status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Jerusalem should ultimately form a shared capital between the Israeli and Palestinian states.”

The statement from the Prime Minister could prolong the diplomatic row that began last week when the U.S. President shared several tweets purporting to show acts of violence committed by Muslims in Europe and the Middle East.
And she's the one who's leading to it, though I'm sure she won't repent or admit the mistakes she's making. What's stupefying is that this news is coming just shortly after the reports that UK authorities foiled a jihadist plot on Downing Street:
Some have pointed out the absurdity of the hysteria around President Trump’s retweets, when earlier this week UK police arrested a pair of radical Islamic extremists who allegedly hatched a plot to bomb Downing Street and assassinate the Prime Minister.
And all she's worried about is Trump's recognition of Israel's capitol? It's truly mind-boggling. She's just another faux-conservative who won't wake up to reality and understand the dangers now looming in the UK, all because of the disastrous policies even her government's led to. Well, if that's how she wants it, then I guess her government's one the USA needn't consider worth bothering to maintain relations with.

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Evil NGO buys hotel in French village for housing illegal immigrants

An outrage in a French village over plans by a NGO aiding illegal immigrants to use a hotel they bought through stealth tactics for housing them:
Residents of Villars-les-Dombes have reacted with anger to news that migrants will be settled in the picturesque French village thanks to the ‘secretive’ purchase of a hotel by a migration NGO.

The Association for the Protection of Children and Adults (ADSEA) bought the only hotel for sale in the whole commune, Mayor Pierre Larrieu told reporters, stressing that the purchase was made “in unacceptable conditions — behind our backs”.

It was only in mid-November that the mayor received a phone call informing him that the Ribotel in Villars-les-Dombes — situated just 100 metres from a major tourist attraction — was to be transformed into a reception and orientation centre (CAD) for migrants, 90 of whom would be arriving on December 4.

On Thursday, a public meeting to discuss the shock development was attended by around 400 of the commune’s 4,500 residents who responded to the news with “fear” and “hostility”, according to French media, which reported that “even local officials” were unhappy about the situation — and the lack of transparency in how it came about.
They're rightfully worried about the likely crime that could take place and even damage the tourist attractions they have, including an ornithology park nearby. By all means, they should do everything they can to resist this horrible plan to foist a disaster upon their region.

And whoever sold the hotel to the NGO should be ashamed of themselves, and sternly condemned/ostracized for their crime.

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It's a time for rejoicing

As Nadav Shragai says after Trump broke new ground by discarding a terrible policy of past US governments and announced recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capitol:
Jews have a reason to celebrate U.S President Donald Trump's declaration on Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. True, this was not the Edict of Cyrus during our Babylonian exile in biblical times that allowed us to return to our homeland, nor was it the Balfour Declaration a century ago that promised us a national home in our ancestral homeland. Moreover, under U.S. influence, Jerusalem is still undergoing a sort of construction freeze in neighborhoods on the other side of the Green Line – but if the price for what we heard Wednesday night is an extension of construction limitations in Jerusalem, it turns out we profited from our loss. As the Bible says, "The trouble does not warrant bothering the king" (Esther 7:4). After this has been said, we can rejoice.

First and foremost, we celebrate because Trump's declaration crushes, at least for the time being, the dream of those who wish for a divided Jerusalem. It destroyed the houses of cards, contingency plans and imagined scenarios from over the past two decades that have been supported by some American administrations, EU states and various research institutes.
I think it remains to be seen now whether the EU is willing to respect Trump's decision and move their embassies to Jerusalem as well. Anyway, this is vital for the next step of ensuring we can do contruction beyond the so-called green line, and also ensure that illegal building by Islamists will be taken down. Those are just more of the very matters now facing us.

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Now Manuel Valls tells us

The former French prime minister under Francois Hollande's presidency has acknowledged that jihadists are acting in the name of Islam:
Former French prime minister Manuel Valls has insisted that not only do jihadists act in the name of Islam, but denying terrorists are true Muslims removes the responsibility of other Muslims to act.

Mr. Valls, who served under Socialist President François Hollande, made his comments in a recent interview in which he stressed the importance of helping moderate Muslims combat radical Islamic extremism, L’Express reports.

“To say that Islam and Islamism have nothing to do with it is to deny any responsibility to act to our fellow Muslims. We must help them, we must help them to fight within themselves these totalitarian ideologies of Salafism or the Muslim Brotherhood,” Valls said.
Well gee, how come he didn't say so before, when he was part of Hollande's government? As of now, he's part of Emmanuel Macron's political party, probably out of opportunism, but if he's not part of the cabinet, he's hardly in the most ideal position to make these statements, and besides, there's no moderate Islam, as Turkey's premier just repeated.

Furthermore, in the prior government incumbency, Valls spectacularly failed to guarantee security in France, one more reason why his comments now aren't enough.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 

Congress passes Taylor Force Act

Finally, it looks like Congress has passed the bill needed to cut funding to terrorists, though it'll still need to pass in the Senate:
The House passed the Taylor Force Act, which cuts all funding to the Palestinian Authority until it stops financially rewarding terrorists.

The Taylor Force Act, which will cut American aid to the Palestinian Authority as long as it pays stipends to terrorists and their families, a scheme sometimes referred to as “pay to slay,” easily passed the United States House of Representatives on Tuesday, with strong bipartisan support.

It will now move to the full Senate, where it will be voted on as part of the foreign operations bill.

The bill passed “easily” in a voice vote, which was “a sign of how united Republicans and Democrats are on the bill,” the Washington Examiner reported.

The Taylor Force Act is named for the US army veteran who was stabbed to death in March 2016 by a Palestinian terrorist while visiting Israel.

The terrorist who killed Force was later killed, but he was described as “heroic” by Fatah, the main Palestinian political faction, and his family receives a stipend from the Palestinian Authority (PA).
And this is why it's time to stop funding an Islamic terror movement that's never changed.

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Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli capitol

It's great to know that Donald Trump's announcing recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capitol. It's a very courageous move, and we cannot allow the PLO and other Islamic sources to dictate, or cause violence in revenge. Joel Pollak's explained why this is a big deal:
To understand why, it is important to understand the history of the city. The Old Testament describes in 2 Samuel 5 how King David conquered the city and made it his capital, over 3000 years ago. It later describes in 1 Kings 8 how David’s son, King Solomon, built the Holy Temple and installed the Ark of the Covenant there. Since then, Jews have always faced Jerusalem in their daily prayers. It is the center of the Jewish faith and the core of Jewish history.

The Bible also tells the story of how the Jews were exiled from Jerusalem by the Babylonians, and later returned to rebuild the Temple. Another exile happened after 70 A.D., when the Romans destroyed the Second Temple and the city itself. Still, many Jews remained, and Jews worldwide prayed for 2,000 years for a return to “Zion.” Jews have been the largest ethnic group in Jerusalem for nearly 200 years, and a majority since the mid-nineteenth century.

Jerusalem is also holy to Christians and to Muslims, though it is less central to either. And under Israeli sovereignty, all religions have enjoyed the freedom to worship at their respective holy sites. The Temple Mount — or Haram ash-Sharif, to Muslims — has only been closed when there are imminent security threats, as radicals have sometimes used that holy site to attack Jews worshipping at the Western Wall — the last remnant of the Temple — below.
Muslims turn towards Mecca when they pray their awful Religion of Peace. The only reason Jerusalem "means" something to them is when they want to delegitimize Israel and find ways to endanger it to terrorism.

I've just watched the televised broadcast from the White House where Trump has made the announcements. I'm glad that's been accomplished. And it looks like some African embassies are already willing to move their offices to Jerusalem. Unfortunately, as expected, there is Islamic hostility brewing, including Recep Erdogan's over in Turkey:
The spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the U.S. was “plunging the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight.” He added that an emergency summit of Muslim nations under the auspices of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has been scheduled for December 13 in Istanbul.
It's pretty clear the ummah's not going to accept, but then, they never have. Only when they abandon Islam will they hopefully accept what even they must surely realize is just.

For now, Trump's to be congratulated for the bold step he's taken in recognizing Jerusalem's validity as Israel's capitol.

Update: some of the major opposition parties in the Knesset have supported Trump's declaration, which is good, although the Meretz party, along with the Arabic parties, are opposed. But Yair Lapid's going about things the right way, voicing his own support for the move.

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Monday, December 04, 2017 

Court again orders Beit Shemesh mayor to have modesty signs removed

The court in charge of the case of Haredi extremists putting up modesty warning signs in Beit Shemesh has once again given Moshe Abutbol the order to take down the signs before December 18:
The High Court of Justice issued the final ruling on Monday in a five-year-long battle over women’s rights in Beit Shemesh, ordering the mayor to tear down all of the "offensive" modesty signs plastered around the city.

Mayor Moshe Abutbul was given until December 18 to remove all the eight signs remaining in the city.

To ensure that new signs were not put up as soon as existing ones were taken down, as has occurred in the past, the High Court ordered police to stand guard around the city in the next few weeks.

Some of the controversial signs instruct women how to dress, requiring them to wear long sleeves and long skirts and no tight-fitting clothing. Others admonish women to keep off the sidewalks near synagogues and yeshivas, where men tend to congregate.

In 2013, the Israel Religious Action Center, the advocacy arm of the Reform movement in Israel, filed a suit against the municipality and the mayor on behalf of four Modern Orthodox women, all residents of Beit Shemesh, for refusing to remove the signs, as required by a government report published that year.

The population of Beit Shemesh is largely split between Modern Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, Jews.

In their suit, the plaintiffs argued that not only were the signs offensive and humiliating, but they also encouraged harassment and violence against women who chose to ignore them.

The Beit Shemesh Magistrate's Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in January 2015 and ordered the municipality to pay the women damages for its negligence in handling the matter. Despite that ruling, the signs were not removed, and the plaintiffs were forced to take their suit to a higher court.

In June 2016, the Jerusalem District Court gave Abutbul three weeks to remove the illegal signs and to act more vigilantly against offenders. After the mayor did not comply with that ruling either, this past June, the Jerusalem District Court responded to a request submitted by IRAC and declared him in contempt of court. It ordered the city to pay 10,000 shekels ($2,860) a day in fines until all the signs were removed.

Abutbul tried to get the High Court to overturn this decision but failed, with the justices declaring on Monday, as they read their ruling, that the exclusion of women will not be tolerated in any city in Israel.

“We who stand at the forefront of the war against exclusion of women in Israel see in this decision to remove all the modesty signs a major victory for the rule of law and for the rights of women to respect and equality,” said attorney Orly Erez-Likhovski, head of IRAC's legal department. “We will continue to monitor and fight against all attempts to exclude women in Israeli society.”

The High Court of Justice is scheduled to reconvene in late December and determine whether the mayor has complied with the latest ruling. Only then will it decide whether the city will be required to pay any of the fines previously imposed on it.
I hope they do make sure Abutbol and company pay very serious sums. Their lawbreaking is stunning, and he's already proven himself an extremist sympathizer.

Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll gives more insight on the case:
In the culmination of a five-year battle begun by four Orthodox women, each of whom had been physically assaulted in proximity to the signs, and during which the city repeatedly reneged on its promises, the judges made clear that further stallings and excuses would not be tolerated.

According to the ruling, the signs, some of which dictate how women must dress and others that tell women where they can and cannot walk, must come down by December 18th, or Mayor Moshe Abutbol can be jailed for contempt.
By all means, he should be. Especially after he was caught giving a bigoted radio speech:
Mayor Abutbol, in response, said in an interview with radio station Reshet B: “The women must respect the sensitivities of residents of a private neighborhood. There is no room for provocations.”
So let's get this straight. The neighborhood is "private" rather than the home? What a disgrace. With that statement, he basically proved where he stands, and his thinking patterns.
Judge Shoham said in the hearing, “Now they are asking for long sleeves and long skirt. What will they ask for next?” (He then passed his hand in front of his face to imply veils.)

Before suggesting that this is hyperbole, it should be noted that what used to be four street signs, at the start of this lawsuit, are now eight. As a Beit Shemesh resident myself, I have watched the extremism grow worse. In a significant escalation, this year, teens walking through these areas on Shabbat to their volunteer assignments were met with insults and projectiles by dozens and at times hundreds of men, women and children. Not until their institutions and illegal buildings were threatened did the assaults stop.
It would not shock me if one day, if something isn't done and messages aren't made clear, the most extreme cults of Haredis will indeed decree that veils not unlike the Islamic religion's will be considered the next step in their backwards journey into darkness and madness. That's why a serious demand must be made for Haredis to reeducate their subjects, and in fact, they should practically be discouraged from leading such lifestyles. Otherwise, the danger of extremism of this sort still lurks.

And Abutbol should go to jail if he won't comply with the law.

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