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The Iconoclast

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David Ignatius is not someone who has ever been well-disposed toward Israel, and he certainly has never shown any signs of understanding that, behind the war on Israel, and behind everything else that happens in the Middle East, is that thing which mere reporters do not see, and therefore do not report on, and never both to try to understand: the texts and teachings of Islam, the attitudes and atmospherics of Islam, which explains the behavior of the real Muslims, that is the True Believers, and that of those who, while Muslim, are not quite such True Believers and do not wish to live under the rule of those True Believers. And how can possibly understand the phenomenon of the Islamochristian, ranging from George Habash of the PFLP to Hanan Ashrawi, and Naim Ateek? Perhaps Ignatius, who now has a column so inoffensive to Islam that he can write for The Daily Star of Lebanon (where the truth about Islam is never going to be discussed), will begin to figure this out. After all, he doesn't want to be another H.D. S. Greenway, someone who spent decades, virtually his entire professional life, writing about Arabs and Israelis (you can guess how bow-tied H.D.S. Greenway, he of Needham, felt about those Israelis -- he felt just the way members of the British administration during the Mandate period felt about them: they are too crude, too ill-mannered, too unrespectful of those who are to the manor - in this case overlooking the Charles River -- born, that same H.D.S. Greenway who never understood a thing about the Middle East because of his wilful ignorance of Islam).

Now here is David Ignatius, taking Kerry to task. Of course, he can deplore Hamas and the Fast JIhad, while still favoring - as he, Ignatius, does -- the PA and the Slow Jihadists of Fatah. Or just perhaps, such things as ISIS in Iraq, and what's going on in Syria, and in Libya, and in Yemen, and in Pakistan, and in a dozen other places, including Paris and London and Brussels, may have caused him to think a bit deeper about Islam and its world-wide threat, and on the survival of Europe. He may have had a conversion on the road to Damascus. After all, it's happened before.

Ignatius, on Kerry, here.

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Posted on 07/28/2014 5:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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From the Telegraph

Malaysian politicians and religious leaders have attacked the use of Scottie dogs during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, claiming it was disrespectful to Muslims. Around 40 Scottie dogs were used in the opening ceremony in Glasgow last Wednesday to lead teams around Celtic Park.

The dogs, which all wore tartan dog coats with the name of each team on them, were widely praised on social media, with many people stating they thought they had "stolen the show". . . However, not everyone was as impressed. Political and religious leaders in Malaysia have claimed the use of dogs connected to Muslim countries was "disrespectful". 

Mohamad Sabu, the deputy president of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party said: "Malaysia and all Islamic countries deserve and apology from the organiser.

"This is just so disrespectful to Malaysia and Muslims – especially as it happened during Ramadan. Muslims are not allowed to touch dogs, so the organiser should have been more aware and sensitive on this issue. It is hoped this incident can teach other Western countries to be more respectful in the future."

Dato Ibrahim Bin Ali, a far-Right politician, former MP and founder and president of Malay supremacist group Perkasa also called for an apology. "I think it is unbecoming. The hosts have not been sensitive enough – especially in a so-called knowledgeable and civilised society like Britain," he said. "It is shameful and has offended not only Malaysia as a Muslim country, but Muslims around the world." 

There's only one word to say to that. Ruff!

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Posted on 07/28/2014 1:43 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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In Paris as in Gaza, human shields are the way to go!

Journal du dimanche correspondent Paul Guyonnet, reporting  from the 5,000-strong banned demonstration at Place de la République on Saturday July 26 noted, at 5 PM: “Many peaceful pro-Palestinians have left the Square despite pressure from the more virulent, who tried to block their way.” The JDD reporter says the prayer session [that other sources place at the beginning of the rally] called by an imam at 6:30 PM, magically calmed the assembled mass.

Shortly afterward the violence resumed as punk jihadis pelted riot police with fire bombs, stones, paper bags filled with broken glass, and the rest of their standard arsenal.

A video by Guy Sauvage embedded in an editorial on the site of Riposte Laïque shows the early stages of the demonstration:  http://ripostelaique.com/

Here is the best footage I’ve seen so far of the insurrectional climax - LTL News.

Talk about misreporting—mainstream journalists who were on the spot when these videos were shot somehow managed to estimate the unruly element at three to five hundred. It looks more like one thousand to me. This selective tally is part of the narrative. The demonstration is always good-natured, the violence is always on the edges, never in the center, always disconnected never an integral part, necessarily paradoxical not squarely in the logic of everything that went before, and committed by a minority rejected by the good-natured majority.

Guyonnet tweeted this slogan, “Hamas résistance, jihad résistance”  @Pauluskupa  

What is “jihad résistance?”  Might it be this exhibition of severed heads on stakes, posted by Walid Shoebat? Does it include the destruction of Jonah’s tomb in Mosul? The planned Rosh Hashanah massacre in southern Israel? The murder of four civilians at the Jewish Museum in Brussels? Public executions in the squares of Iraqi cities and towns brought under the black flag of the Caliphate? Is that the “jihad résistance” these people are preparing for us? France, a nation so proud of its Résistance to the brutal Nazi occupation now stands down as the Hamas/jihad résistance violates the Marianne, symbol of the République. Unopposed, this neo-résistance would deliver us into the hands of the Caliphate.

Where is the Front National when Islam assaults the Republic?

Following up on my comment about the Front National at the end of Dispatch N° 5: VP Florian Philippot clearly states the FN’s position in a TV interview [4 Vérités ]: It was wrong to ban pro-Palestinian demonstrations; stifling the expression of legitimate concerns leads to violence. Philippot, who is systematically hostile to Manuel Valls, also opposed the ban on Dieudonné’s anti-Semitic road show last winter. Never pronouncing the terms “Muslim” or “Islam,” Philippot deplores the repeated outbursts of violence in France, due to mass immigration and “communautarismes” [clannishness, tribal politics, or the sense of belonging to a community, such as Muslim or Jewish.]. There should be an immediate cease fire in Gaza to an end this unacceptable death and destruction of Palestinians. The only solution is two states. It is incumbent on Israel as the stronger party to back down and stop this armed conflict.

Widening the frame: now who’s disproportionate?

How can savage beheaders inspire such benevolent denial, here in the 21st century when their gory exploits are abundantly filmed and broadcast? Any idiot can see what “jihad résistants” do when they get power over people. Is the collective conscience paralyzed by fear? Fear, yes, if you find yourself face to face with a mob or even one of them geared up for a killing spree. But how can citizens of well-armed democracies believe collectively that the way to deal with these mujahidin, when they have a gripe against you, like Hamas with Israel, is give-and-take negotiation? Put yourself in their shoes. [But they want to put your head on their pike!] You have to offer the population attractive prospects. Hamas, for example, is asking for an airport, a seaport, open borders, reconstruction billions, release of prisoners, hands off what’s left of their tunnels, and that’s for starters.

These are approximately the terms of the cease fire agreement hammered out in the gilded salons of the Quai d’Orsay the other day, under the auspices of MFA Laurent Fabius and Secretary of State John Kerry, apparently acting under the direction of Qatari and Turkish ministers, with meek approval from the bit players. This, reportedly, is the proposal John Kerry stuck to Israel’s security cabinet like a diplomatic quenelle.

The Israeli government rejected it, but we always wonder what threats are being stabbed into Israel’s back behind the scenes by its main man over there in America.

Terms like guerilla warfare, urban guerilla, asymmetric conflict, and disproportionate force are bandied about in the Western world like cries of despair from confused dhimmis. In fact, the disproportionate force is Islam, its doctrine of superiority, its limitless ambitions, its uninterrupted state of warfare, its unethical way of fighting, its genius for hiding behind its masses, its relentless assault on Western thought.

Poor little Gaza, like a fingernail on the map, battered and beaten by the superrpowerful Israel. Hapless civilians in an open-air prison, at the mercy of tanks, airplanes and uniformed monsters. Enlarge the frame: in the name of Gaza, Muslim fighters all over the Western world attack Jews, the government, the native population, law enforcement, public property. They, too, are victims, underprivileged Muslims, unfairly confused with the handful of rowdies who “instrumentalize” their religion. In the name of the “moderate majority” Islam is acquitted of responsibility for the violence it inculcates.

Acquitted, like the assailants who tried to pry open the shutter and massacre the Jews in the Pitzman restaurant, next door to the synagogue on rue Pavée. Recognized by the victims. Acquitted by the judge. Insufficient evidence. Acquitted, like the 5,000 “jihad résistants” who gathered in the very square of the République and participated in a violent anti-Semitic insurrectional banned demonstration. Perhaps a hundred were rounded up, about 40 are in custody, and most will fly out of the courtroom on a carpet of insufficient evidence.

The disproportionate force in this conflict is Islam. No matter the objective circumstances, Islam always wins, always prevails, always dominates. Deliberately misinterpreted as another ho-hum round of tit for tat fighting between Hamas and Israel, this acute crisis on the fault line between Islam and the West, is kneaded and shaped to yield a mounting wave of collective exasperation. Rubble in the Sharjiya neighborhood is a mine of virtual rocks thrown at Israel. The image is repeatedly broadcast, engraved in the doped-up minds that drink it in and moan, in chorus with Ban Ki Moon, “Israel must stop the violence!” The humanitarian plight of Gaza is a victory. Ali Waked (i24 news) gives an ingenuous summary of Hamas accomplishments: They shot rockets at Tel Aviv, Dimona, ben Gurion and points north and south. They killed 43 Israeli soldiers, penetrated into Israeli territory through tunnels, restored their lost esteem in the Arab world, attracted handsome financial donations, closed down ben Gurion airport, achieved a death toll close to 1,000, almost all civilians [their breakdown], thereby creating a mass international movement in their favor.

From the heights of its rubble, victorious Hamas dictates the terms of a cease fire. And John Kerry carries water for Hamas?

With a combination of forays like the current Hamas escapade, and lethal narratives that warp the Western mind, Islam imposes its law: Islam can strike you, you are not allowed to fight back. Instilling the belief that only Israel and the Jews are guilty of crimes against humanity, Islamic jihad entices 21st world populations to submit to its law. The French government, entangled in the web of Qatari investments, lacks the determination to stop these disgraceful pro-Hamas bashes that undermine its legitimate democratic power. Israel is not the obstacle to peace, it is the example of the courage to resist against a totalitarian system that is knocking on every door.

Comic relief

The nominally conservative Figaro daily has outdone itself in the lethal narrative department with this bomb from Frédéric St. Clair, advisor to PM Dominique de Villepin from 2005-7.

The idea of creating a Jewish national homeland, concocted during the British occupation of Palestine in 1917, to save these populations from pogroms was “a major act of theological-political blindness.” The future state was built on a religious foundation, confirmed by the UN in 1947, and the choice of location was based on the Bible, “offering the ‘Promised land’ to the ‘Chosen People.’ Consequently, legitimate revolt against oppression of the Palestinians “takes an anti-Jewish tone.” Until Israel adopts la laïcité à la française there is no hope for peace in the region.  

When Palestinians are identified with Muslims, Israel’s encroachment on Palestinian territory is equivalent to “the expansion of Judaism’s pretentions over Islam.” Then Israeli army oppression of Gaza becomes Jewish oppression and, if it is compounded by Jewish solidarity, rebellion against those exactions naturally becomes a combat against the Jews.

However, monsieur Saint Clair does not condone brutal riots in the streets of France or genocidal attacks on Jews in Israel. He offers friendly advice. The State of Israel has to do like 20th century France, shake off its religious shackles and become a modern non-denominational State.

Merci, monsieur, vous êtes trop aimable.

According to the most recent Israeli government estimates: Hamas fighters account for 750 of the reported 1,000 deaths in Gaza.

Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States, responding to CNN journalist Erin Burnett, distraught over (reported) casualties in an UNWRA school--15 dead and 200 wounded by Israeli tank fire. “Couldn’t you have gone into the school to find out if there were people there before attacking,” she scolded, as if she were the voice of humanity personified. The army has now published the results of its investigation. There was fierce fighting around the area, an errant Israeli mortar did fall into the schoolyard. But there was no one in the schoolyard when it landed.

The UN is still claiming 15 dead, 200 wounded, and demanding an impartial (UN) investigation.

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Posted on 07/28/2014 12:31 PM by Nidra Poller
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Read the usually restrained Israeli, David Horovitz,  here.

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Posted on 07/28/2014 12:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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A article by a friend who was also at Grosvenor Square observing the Al Quds march.

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Posted on 07/28/2014 12:00 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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The Muslimah starts right off with two wild statements that are part of the standard propaganda (Islam is Huge, the world is beoming Islamic, Our Numbers Are Bigger Than You Think): she states, as if we are simply to accept these absurd figures, that there are "1.8 billion Muslims" in the world, when the true figure is somewhere around 1 billion, with another .2 billion living in Muslim countries who are disaffected or non-Muslim, but are assigned to the Muslim column. And then she says that there are "8 million Muslims" in the United States, when there are about 1.5 million, at last count.

Brigitte Gabriel gets to the heart of the matter. Even if most Muslims do not participate in violent Jihad, many Muslims obviously do or would if the conditions were ripe. 15-25% may want to participate themselves, but every public opinon pole shows that most Muslims want to see the Sharia imposed in the West, in the very countries they live in, and that many support the violent Jihad now being conducted by others (and you can be sure that, where the opinion polls of Muslims taken in the West may err, they err only because some Muslims lie and pretend they do not support terrorism in the path of Allah; no Muslim in the West, who did not support Jihad, would deny that and say that he did.

And Brigitte Gabriel explains that neither the Nazis nor the Communists (or for that matter the supporters of Kodo, Japanese militarism) commanded universal allegiance, but only partial allegiance from their respective peoples, but that, to those whom the Nazis and Communists were a threat, was no consolation, and did not matter.

Her reply to the hijabbed sweet-faced sweet-voiced utterly sinister American-raised Muslimah, is here.

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Posted on 07/28/2014 11:11 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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The phrase was uttered by Manuel Valls -- "L'Islam, c'est la France" -- last week, when he appeared at a mosque. It was an idiotic thing to say.

And at Boulevad Voltaire, the phrase, and the false hopes and dreams that lie behind that and other such phrases, are discussed, here.

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Posted on 07/28/2014 11:04 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Comfortable, self-satisfied, ill-read, ill-prepared, but with that thinnest of veneers provided by St. Paul's and Yale, and the Forbes family, and the Heinz fortune, and Louisburg Square, and limited by his inner essential innocence, and  an inability to think things through, to make sense of things - that is John Kerry. Oh what things? Oh, such things as, for example,  why Hamas and Hezbolloah and Jabhat Al-Nusra and ISIS and Al-Qaeda and Ansar Al-Islam and Jablighi Tamaat and this and that group are all the same, represent the same Islamic impulse, because if there is one thing John Kerry is not about to try to understand, it is the meaning, and the menace, of Islam, and of those - whether to the manner born or addled victims of adult-onset Islam -- who take it most to heart. Hamas is just the local succursale of the world-wide Jihad (Division of Violence). At the U.N., those countries that voted for the preposterously anti-Israel "demand" that there be an immediate, and unconditional, ceasefire -- meaning Israel is supposed to stop destroying those tunnels of hate -- should ask themselves whether or not they understand the threat of world-wide Islam to their own people, their own wellbeing. If they think the war being waged on Israel is different from the same Jihad that, even now, is being waged in different forms in a hundred countries all over the world, they need to think again.

He's of course infuriated the Israelis, and the Egyptian government too. But he's also being looked at, with amazement, in his mad desire to rescue Hamas and allow it to claim a kind of victory -- when it has not only to lose, but to be seen to lose by the world and, especially, by the Gazan Arabs -- by people in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and even the Slow Jihadists who control the Mukata in Ramallah, though not much else.

Here.

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Posted on 07/28/2014 9:57 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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1,250 soldiers and supporters, dead -- but not many wounded, because ISIS doesn't leave the wounded alive -- in the last two weeks alone.

Here.
 

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Posted on 07/28/2014 8:58 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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And John Kerry, eyeless and guileless in Gaza, is doing what he can, to rally the "international community," to make sure that Hamas comes out of this seen as a victor. His misunderstnding of the world and of Islam, his nasty parti pris, are both scarcely believable.

The Hamas spokesman, on the other hand, in his delusions, is perfectly believable.

Here.

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Posted on 07/28/2014 8:53 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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That means this.
 

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Posted on 07/28/2014 8:49 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Chris Greenwood writes in the Daily Mail:

Jewish people in Britain are enduring a backlash of attacks, bomb threats and anti-semitic insults fuelled by the bloodshed in Gaza.

More than 100 hate crimes have been recorded by police and community groups this month, more than double the usual number.

50 a month is the usual number?

Community safety groups fear the total could be the second highest ever recorded, after an explosion of violence during the 2009 Gaza war.

In several disturbing cases attackers have invoked the Holocaust and even shouted: ‘Heil Hitler’ at victims.

A rabbi was attacked by four Muslim teenagers outside a Jewish boarding school in Gateshead in one of the most serious incidents.

In Belfast, bricks were thrown at the city’s only synagogue, smashing windows on two consecutive nights.

Groups of Asian men chanted 'Heil Hitler’ as they drove through a Jewish area of Manchester, throwing missiles at passers-by.

In north London, one pro-Israel organisation received a telephone bomb threat and a Jewish boy riding a bicycle had a stone thrown at his head by a woman in a niqab.

More than 100 incidents have been reported to the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that helps to protect Jews, since the start of this month.

The surge in attacks and threats follows a similar trend in 2009, when up to 1,400 Palestinians were killed during the Gaza war.

Mark Gardner, of the CST, said the figure is ‘at least double’ what the community safety group would expect to see.

He said: ‘We have had at least double the number of incidents that we would expect, but the situation is not out of hand – as is the case in France.

‘The community is aware and alert but not panicking and life continues exactly how it should.’ ...

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By writing a nasty letter condemning Israel's self-defence against Jihad and accusing Australia's Federal Government of being insufficiently supportive of the Jihad against the Jews.

And they signed their names to it, so we all know who they are.  To my surprise the only Muslim in Federal Parliament, Ed Husic, has not so far associated himself with this piece of mingled ignorance and thinly-veiled malevolence; but the two Muslims - Lebanese-background and Pakistani-background - who sit in the NSW State Parliament are, unsurprisingly, signatories.

Here, for the information of fellow Australians here reading who may wish to squirrel the information away for future reference as required, is what the ABC had to say about it all (Eliza Borrello reporting).  Click on the link, please, as they have embedded a scribd copy of the entire letter with the list of signatories to date.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-28/state-and-federal-mps-condemn-israeli-military-attacks-on-gaza/5627690

 Gaza Conflict: MPs Condemn Israeli Attacks on Gaza, Accuse Federal Government of Being Blatantly Pro-Israel.

"Thirty state and federal MPs have signed a strongly-worded letter condemning the Israeli military's attacks on Gaza.

If you read the letter, you will see that they do perfunctorily mention Hamas, but they do not seem particularly interested in or aware of its genocidal goals, nor in the impact on Israel of the thousands of rockets that have been fired at populated areas with the clear intention of killing as many Jews as possible, an intention foiled only by Iron Dome, Israeli civilian preparedness, and - in many cases - miraculous good luck. - CM

'The campaign is being spearheaded by the Federal Labor member for Fremantle (port city of Western Australia - CM) and former United Nations lawyer, Melissa Parke, who lived in Gaza for two and a half years.

And who, while there, seems to have greedily gobbled up and blindly believed every lie and illusion that was there fed to her by plausible, smiling Mohammedans. - CM

'She says she has witnessed the toll the decades-long conflict has taken on the Palestinian (sic - CM) people (= the local Arab Muslims - CM) and wants all Australian politicians to condemn the Israeli military's latest attacks.

Ms Parke, I hope that all those Aussie politicians, state and federal, who did not sign your nasty little letter, will tell you to go to hell.  You are carrying water for people - Hamas, and their ilk, like Islamic Jihad - who hate and attack Israel because it is Jewish, because it is Infidel, because it refuses to submit to the Best of People, the Muslims.  They wish to destroy it for the same reasons as they wish and intend to destroy all non-Muslim states, everywhere. Ms Parke, you and your co-signatories are sympathising with the Enemy.     - CM

"You cannot have more than a thousand deaths (among which the single largest cohort comprises males of military age - CM) and 6,000 injuries, more than three-quarters of those being civilians (no: more than three-quarters of those are claimed or asserted, by the Muslim jihad gang bosses of Gaza, to be civilians; but that is not necessarily the case, Ms Parke; for Muslims lie - CM), and that being okay under international law, it's simply not okay, and it's time that that was said", she said.

Ms Parke does have a law background, which means she should know better.  She needs to sit down and listen to Richard Kemp.  And she needs to get some perspective.  In just two days of bombing Berlin in 1943, the Allies inflicted 3000 deaths.  Israel has been bombing Gaza daily - Gaza which we are always told is "densely populated" - for two whole weeks, and has still not yet come near achieving the death toll which the Allies inflicted on Berlin in just two days (without anyone on their side suggesting that they should stop making war on Germany, because it would kill all the poor innocent German women and children).  So far as I can see, Israel is being, in fact, remarkably restrained.  - CM

'The letter says the rockets fired from Gaza are not justified, but cannot be compared with Israel's bombing of Gaza.

Ms Parke.  To repeat.  Israel is defending itself against a Jihad that is intended to destroy Israel utterly and either kill - or drive out - or reduce to the degradation, humiliation and perpetual physical peril of near-slave dhimmi status, every Jew (and Christian, and Samaritan) there resident. That is the bottom line.  Hamas is never going to stop. Hamas is animated by classically-Islamic hatred of Jews that long predates the restoration of a sovereign Jewish state of Israel on part of ancestral Jewish traditional land; a Quran-Sira-Hadith-based hatred of Jews that sent the Muslim mobs into the Jewish quarters to pillage, burn, rape, torture, kidnap, force-"convert" and, often, mass murder defenceless dhimmi Jews, in many parts of the dar al Islam, on many occasions between the 7th century and the 20th. I believe that Israel is in fact using far less force - in defending themselves against Hamas' genocidal Muslim megalomania - than they can or should.  -  CM

"Israel is the occupying power (Ms Parke seems to have forgotten that Israel withdrew from Gaza years ago, leaving not one Jewish civilian nor IDF soldier there present, and would never have gone back in, had not Hamas and Islamic Jihad, etc, insisted on constantly and ever more frequently firing rockets and attempting murderous jihad ghazi raids into Israel - CM), Israel is the military might (how dare the  Jooz have better weaponry than the Jihadis!! not fair!! / SARC/ - CM) and if Israel and states like the US and Australia, which has a seat on the security council, would stand on the side of peace and justice, then I think we would see a settlement happen", Ms Parke said.

If Ms Parke spent two years in Gaza, did Ms Parke learn the special Islamic definitions of "Peace" and "Justice"?  For in Islamspeak, "peace" = Muslims rule, everywhere, and the sharia is the only law of the land.  And "justice" is the same: Muslims rule,  everywhere, and sharia is the only law.  That is the real grievance of Hamas and their ilk; that those damned uppity Jooz of Israel are refusing to be submissive defenceless dhimmis, and are hitting back, when Muslims attack them.  Dhimmis were not allowed to keep and bear arms; if a dhimmi was attacked by a Muslim, a dhimmi could cringe and plead and flatter and beg for mercy, or try to flee, or else simply submit, cringing, and hope the Muslim would not proceed as far as actual murder.  Muslims could hit, spit on, kick, rob, and generally bully dhimmis anytime they felt like it; but dhimmis were not allowed to hit back.  Self-defence was forbidden.  And that is the paradigm to which Ms Parke, whether she knows it or not, and her colleagues, are attempting to force Israel to conform.  Muslims must be free to attack; but Israel must never, never, never hit back, never defend itself, never hurt even a single Muslim. - CM

'She says Australia's position overtly favours Israel.

"It's a blatantly pro-Israel position (and thank God for that! - CM) and I don't think that Israel is really interested in peace", she said.

Liar.  It would be more truthful to say that Israel is not interested in submitting to Islam.  Read the Hamas Charter, Ms Parke, and find out who wants war - Jihad - and why.  But if you have read that Charter, and know full well what is in it, and are okay with that, then you are a moral imbecile.  And I'd like to know whether, when you say "peace", you're using the infidel definition of "peace', or the Muslim definition.  Israel quite rightly does not want the Muslim "peace".  Half of the Jews of Israel lived as dhimmis - de jure or de facto - under Muslims. In Yemen, it meant that until the 1950s they lived in the condition of chattel slaves.  They were exploited, hated, and periodically mass-murdered.  They have no intention of being forced back into that Predator Pit within which, for example, the Christians of Iraq and of Egypt currently languish.  As a wise man who knew some rescued Yemeni Jews, in Israel, said once: "They would die before they would go back [into dhimmitude]. More, they would kill before they would go back." - CM

'Her Labor colleague, Michael Danby, who is Jewish, sees the conflict differently.

I see it differently, too, and I am not Jewish; I am Christian. - CM

"If Hamas stops firing the rockets into Israel, then I think the Israelis can cease military operations", he said.

Exactly.  Though, now that Israel has found all those jihad raiding tunnels bored from Gaza into and under Israeli territory with clearly malevolent and hostile intent, they are going to have to find and destroy every last tunnel, before they can leave Gaza. - CM

"I don't think anyone likes to see these civilian deaths, but we have to remember Melissa's letter is a bit unbalanced, it doesn't mention the fact that Hamas' program is to destroy Israel, replace it entirely," he said.

Yes. Well put, Mr Danby.  Suggestion: print off copies of the entirety of the Hamas Charter, and distribute - suitably highlighted (all the Quranic and Hadith passages, together with the endorsements of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion) to all those of your parliamentary colleagues who did not sign Ms Parke's letter.  Send copies to the signatories as well, and ask them sweetly if they personally endorse Hamas' goals, given that they are proposing a course of action that will benefit Hamas, and only Hamas, and enable it to survive and thrive. - CM

'Mr Danby says it is important to remember the Government lists Hamas as a terrorist organisation.

"Melissa's petition represents the Left and the Greens' view of the world, and I think other people, other Australians, would say that the issue of Hamas and ISIS and other jihadist groups' political orientation and what they want to achieve is also equally important", he said.

Yes.  They are all pious Muslims waging Jihad in order to force the hated Infidels to submit; and if the Infidels - whether Jewish, as in the case of Israel, or non-Jewish, as in many other parts of the world where Muslims are attacking Infidels - will not submit, if they won't convert or accept dhimmi status and pay jizya, they are supposed to be killed one and all. - CM

'But western Sydney Labor MP Laurie Ferguson (one should not forget that western Sydney is where most of Sydney's Muslims currently reside, though the most heavily Islamised suburbs of all, Auburn and Lakemba, are not within Mr Ferguson's electorate - CM) who has signed the letter, believes the major parties are out of step with public opinion.

Really? It might be interesting to ask the Israeli embassy in Canberra how many letters of support they've received since the IDF started fighting back against the rocket assault from Gaza, and also it might be interesting to ask the Prime MInister and Foreign Affairs minister how many letters they've received from ordinary Aussie citizens, declaring support for Israel. - CM

"I went through the Timor issue where Labor and Liberal governments condoned the Indonesian occupation for 20-odd years despite Australian public opinion, I think there's a similar pattern now", Mr Ferguson said.

You've got your attempted analogy exactly the wrong way around, Mr Ferguson. It was indeed shameful that majority-Infidel Australia condoned the invasion and occupation of tiny majority-Infidel East Timor, by majority-Muslim Indonesia.  But if you supported majority-Infidel East Timor's resistance to subjugation and occupation by majority-Muslim Indonesia, you really ought to be rooting for Israel and the IDF who are resisting Muslim attempts to terrorise, subjugate and destroy them; and not for the advance shock troops of the Ummah, the jihad gang bosses and their troops and camp followers in Gaza, who are at the moment proxies for genocidally-Jewhating Islamic Iran and equally nasty Islamic Qatar and are receiving support and praise from ever-more-openly antisemitic Muslim Turkey. As Israel at the middle eastern / Levantine edge of the de facto Empire of Islam, so Catholic East Timor at the southeast Asian; tiny Infidel nations with massive, hostile Muslim populations looming over them, against whose dominance they have had to fight to survive. - CM

'Labor MPs have long held opposing views on the conflict, however, the party's official position is to support a two-state solution, but also Israel's right to defend itself.

Those Australian MPs, whether Labor or Liberal, who say they support Israel's right to self-defence "and a two-state solution", need to reconsider their position.   Because those two things are, in reality, mutually exclusive.  You can support one or the other, but not both.  Events in Gaza should be showing all western politicians with any brains at all, that a two-state solution that would hand the local Arab Muslims total command and control of the military high ground - Judea and Samaria, and Mount Zion and the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem - cannot be supported by anyone who wants Israel to survive and thrive; because such a "solution" would destroy Israel's capacity to defend itself against the onslaught of Jihad that would, sooner or later, and probably sooner, be launched upon it from within any "Islamic Arab State of 'Palestine'". - CM

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Listen here.

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Posted on 07/27/2014 9:38 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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For example, in dealing with drones.

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From a friend:

Dear All,
There is growing pressure on the Irish Government to expel the Israeli Ambassador, Irish TD'S are calling for the Dail (Irish Parliament) to be returned from the summer break to discuss Gaza.
Senator Averil Power is calling the upper house , The Seanad to be returned to discuss Gaza. She has 12 Senators who agree with her so far, She needs another 8 and she has enough to return the Seanad.
We need to act fast, Irish4Israel is calling on all of you to please contact all Irish Senators and TD's. This is a faster way to send an email to them all. Fill out the form write your mail and click Send to All TD's and then copy and paste and send it to all Senators.
http://contact.ie/contact-national-politicians
Please make the following points
You support Israel,
Congratulate the government on abstaining from the vote in the UN Human Rights Council. The inquiry is one sided and ignores Hamas war crimes. We as a NEUTRAL country should not support one sided motions.
State you oppose the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador as it will do nothing for dialogue.
Be polite, We need as many mails sent as possible in the next few hours. It is critical that everyone takes the time to send a mail.

 

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In Paris, on the parvis, here.
 

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What could go wrong?

Here.
 

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Posted on 07/27/2014 3:01 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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