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The Iconoclast

Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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Corey Feldman, here.

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Posted on 07/22/2014 6:20 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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Pro-Hamas thugs were captured on video attacking a pro-Israel rally in Calgary, Alberta, last Friday. All while Calgary police stood by. This was an unrestrained act of violence an astonishing development in the hometown of Canada’s pro-Israel PM, Steven Harper. Harper is a Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Calgary Southwest in Alberta.

Will Calgary’s liberal Ismaili Muslim mayor Naheed Nenshi respond to community and national criticism of what occurred Friday? Nenshi was elected in 2010 as the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city.  

Watch this Ezra Levant Sun TV interview with Calgary Southwest MP Jason Kenny Canada's Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism:

B’nai Brith Canada issued a call for Mayor Nenshi to man up about the European –style violence in a statement yesterday:

 B’nai Brith Canada is calling on Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi to conduct a thorough investigation of police conduct after several Israel supporters were assaulted at a rally last Friday, sending five to the hospital. Initial reports from the victims indicate that Calgary police were nowhere to be seen during the violent melee — even though they were informed in advance — and allegedly made racist remarks to the victims when they did eventually arrive on the scene.

“From Paris to Berlin and now Calgary, we are seeing anti-Israel demonstrations turn into violent outbursts against the Jewish community and supporters of Israel, as chants of ‘Kill the Jews’ and ‘Hitler was right’ are heard at protest after protest.” said Frank Dimant. “Late last week, Jewish and Christian activists were viciously attacked for exercising their right to free speech and expressing their support for the democratic State of Israel in its battle against the terrorist organization Hamas.

“We are further disturbed by reports that the Calgary Police Service has refused to press charges against the attackers, even with ample video evidence of the assault. We call on Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi to immediately conduct a thorough investigation of police conduct, the alleged racist remarks, why they were not prepared to handle the situation and increase patrols around Jewish institutions to ensure that they are not targeted for vandalism.

“This unfortunately is not the first time that the Calgary Police have ignored the increasing threat of radicalization of Canadian youth.

I wrote my friend, Calgary resident and lawyer, Bill Narvey who filed this eyewitness report:

Yes, it has happened here in Calgary. The Muslim groups that organized the protest rally at City Hall were Students for Palestinian Human Rights and Justice for Palestinians. The protest rally last Friday evening was the 2nd such protest rally which numbered between 300 – 400 protesters contrasted with the same groups’ protest rally of about 250 people the week before. They have announced through social media that they are planning to convene a protest rally against next Friday evening. Given the violence of last Friday, I expect the City or the police might try to shut that protest down or if they can’t, then the police will be out in force next Friday night. I don’t know whether pro-Israel men and women will again come out and if so whether it will be in far greater numbers.

I was there for last Friday’s rally, arriving just as violence was breaking out and was pushing down the street and quickly closing in towards me. I tried to grab a few pictures, but moving back and trying to aim the camera without looking through the eyepiece, my photos were blurry and not nearly clear enough to identify the perps or show the ones they were pushing, punching and kicking. The videos of this mob protest that turned violent provides sufficient identity information for the police to find and charge the perps if they are inclined to do so.

Sarah Bernamoff is a young passionate pro-Israel advocate who is taking a lead in trying to gather witness statements to bring along to her meeting with Calgary police officials and some of the victims with a view to discussing the laying of charges. Though she has had her critics from both national and local leadership for her thinking, advice, advocacy and tactics, the way this story is playing out and angering our Jewish community here in Calgary, I figure she will soon be the darling of our local Jewish leadership that is becoming increasingly aware that our community is demanding more of them.

Wednesday our leadership is having a rally at our Jewish Center. I have written and distributed a letter this day to our leadership that the nature and purpose of the rally as they advertised it will not cut it and they need to demonstrate strong leadership in a number of ways I proposed. Whether our leadership heeds my advice and how they handle this upcoming rally, will be part of the story.

 We wait to hear what PM Harper has to say, given his valued defense of the Jewish state of Israel.

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Posted on 07/22/2014 3:03 PM by Jerry Gordon and Bill Narvey
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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Go ahead and watch - you know you want to.

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Posted on 07/22/2014 1:53 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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Listen to 1330amWEBY Your Turn host, Mike Bates with co-host Jerry Gordon, Senior editor of New English review, with guest Rabbi Eric Tokajer of Brit Ahm Synagogue, Pensacola. We may have a live report from Jerusalem. Among topics to be discussed:

  • the IDF Ground Incursion in Gaza with American casualties;
  • Secretary of State Kerry’s cease fire trip to Cairo with little prospects for achievement;
  • pro-Hamas Jewish activists from Code Pink disrupting speech by Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer at Washington, DC CUFI Night to Honor Israel;
  • State Department barring US flights to Israel;
  • Pro-Hamas riots in Paris attacking synagogues and Jewish businesses; and,
  • Unrestrained Violence in Calgary, Alberta against Christian and Jews by pro-Hamas agitators.
  •  A Stand With Israel rally in Northwest Florida scheduled for August 10th .  The  1330amWEBY Your turn program segment will air at 4:00Pm EDT (5:00PM EDT).  You may listen live, here.
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Posted on 07/22/2014 1:45 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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From the International Business Times and Al Arabiya

The murder, revealed in a statement from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, is thought to have been conducted by a band of militia in Benghazi, though it is unclear which one. The announcement comes at the same time as the Philippine government begins evacuating 13,000 of its citizens from the country, which is currently ravaged by armed conflict.

The construction worker was kidnapped on 15 July at a checkpoint in the Gwarsha district of Benghazi. Libyan media sources report that the man's name was Antonio Espares, an employee of the construction firm Kibra.

According to Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose, “The vehicle he was riding in was stopped at a checkpoint,” Jose said to reporters, quoted by local newspaper Philippine Star, “There were three of them – a Libyan, a Pakistani and a Filipino – and he was allegedly singled out because he was non-Muslim.”

The kidnappers initially asked for a $160,000 ransom in exchange for the Filipino’s freedom, but after four days of negotiations, a call was received bringing the tragic news that his headless, decomposing body is at a hospital in Benghazi. Jose believes that the Filipino might have been dead even before the negotiations started.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly reiterates its call to all Filipino nationals in Libya to return home as soon as possible,” it said. Adding that Level 4 or “Mandatory Evacuation” has been raised and that no Filipino national will be allowed to travel to Libya.

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Posted on 07/22/2014 12:13 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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Last night, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) held their ninth annual Night to Honor Israel gala. This was  the kickoff event for the Christian Zionist group’s Washington Summit held at the DC convention Center.  More than 5,000 were in the audience, composed of CUFI delegates, honored speakers and guests. Having attended and written about the first CUFI Washington Summit, held in the midst of the Second Lebanon War in 2006, interspersed with Israeli music, dancing in the aisles and waving of American and Israel flags. That inaugural CUFI event was held at the convention center of  the Washington Hilton. This year I watched it on-line at GETV reminiscing mentally about the inaugural event I attended. The remarks conveyed by speakers at the CUFI gala were punctuated by references to the war raging in Gaza. A war with IDF ground forces pitted against the fortified terrorist army of Hamas supported by Turkey and Qatar with rockets and engineering experts provided by Iran’s Quds Force and proxy Hezbollah. 

Last night, hecklers from Code Pink somehow entered the Convention Center heckling Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer’s stem winding speech near the close of the two hour event. They shouted  “war Criminal!" Dermer, not missing a beat, referred to the hecklers as “moral Idiots.” That led to loud cheers of “Israel, Israel” by the CUFI audience.

Code Pink has perennially protested both AIPAC Washington Policy Conferences and CUFI Summit events. Code Pink representatives were involved with the aborted Free Gaza flotillas. Most notorious of which occurred in 2010 involving the Israeli navy commando raid on the Turkish ferry, the Mavi Marmara owned by Turkish Islamist charity and Hamas backer, IHH.

The CUFI Night to honor Israel last was an emotional gathering keyed to uplifting spirits and girding for battle citizens lobbying on Capitol Hill the following day. The CUFI delegate audience at the DC Convention Center traveled from across the US to hear rousing speakers led off by Pastor Hagee. The speeches were directed at energizing the delegates to charge up Capitol Hill the next day buttonholing Congressional Representatives and Senators endeavoring to stop funding of the Palestinian Authority and support funds for Israel’s Iron Dome system that has spared mass casualties in Israeli population centers. When cameras panned the audience I noticed Erick Stakelbeck, CBN’s noted terrorism commentator. Rabbi Jonathan Hausman was also in the audience.

The CUFI Night to Honor Israel began with an invocation by Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg of orthodox Rodei Sholom Synagogue of San Antonio, Texas. That was followed by an introductory speech by his friend Pastor Hagee supportive of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. An Operation necessitated by Hamas’ rocket war covering 80 percent of Israel  and sending its citizens scrambling for shelter triggered by wailing red alert sirens or pings on their cell phones from a downloaded app. His message conveyed the hope that Israel’s ground incursion into Gaza world crush Hamas. Five days into ground operations, the IDF is faced with a daunting, tough slog with significant casualties deployed to destroy a network of tunnels crossing the frontier threatening Israeli Kibbutzim and towns in the western Negev. The creation of those expertly built tunnels with tons of concrete and steel appear to be taken from the playbook of Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy, who fortified Southern Lebanon after Israel left in 2000.    

Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam were honored at last night’s CUFI event. They spoke of their appreciation for this flagship Christian Zionist organization founded by Pastor John Hagee of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. US Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke about his first trip to Israel in 1996 with the Adelsons. He  drew attention to the threat of Iran’s nuclear weapons project and the necessity of picking up the cudgel of tougher sanctions given the extension this past weekend of P5+1 talks with Iran. CUFI’s Executive Director David Brog spoke of the rise of CUFI student chapters combating campus Israeli Apartheid Awareness Weeks and  BDS campaigns. He noted the disruption of former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech in February 2010 at UCIrvine. Brog was followed by a speech by one of the 1,000 CUFI college chapter delegates from Mississippi   chronicling his path towards his campus leadership advocating  support Israel and Jews. 


Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer at July 2014 CUFI Washington Summit

Near the close of the two hour CUFI gala came Amb. Dermer’s speech. He drew attention to the sobering loss of more than 27 fallen IDF soldiers in the ground incursion, among them two Americans, Max Steinberg of Woodland Hills, California, and Sean Carmeli from South Padre Island, Texas. 20,000 attended Carmeli’s funeral in Israel signifying solidarity and recognition of his commitment and those of his Golani Brigade mates to defeat Hamas. Dermer drew attention to Hamas’ strategy of purposefully placing human shields in front of launching sites and the extensive network of tunnels in Gaza, many with entrances in homes and apartment complexes. Tunnels designed to infiltrate suicide commandos inflicting casualties on IDF troops across the frontier and seeking to kill and kidnap Israel service personnel and civilians. 

In response to hecklers from pro-Palestinian Jewish Voice for Peace and Code Pink, Amb. Dermer drew a comparison to the London blitz of WWII and the Nazi  V -1 and 2 flying bombs and rockets that took the lives of tens of thousands of brave British civilians. Jacob Kornbluh in his JP- Jewish Politics News and Updates report captured Dermer’s remarks:

During his speech, which was interrupted several times by code pink hecklers, Ambassador Dermer emphasized that no military in history has taken greater care than the IDF to protect the innocents of the other side.

“Does anyone believe that America would use less force? Does anyone believe that Britain would use less force?” he asked.

Dermer drew a distinction between the responses Israel has shown for rockets being fired at its cities to Churchill’s response when bombarded by missiles fired by the Nazis on Britain during WWII. “I won’t accept criticism of Israel for not exercising restraint that would not be shown by any nation on earth.” “Israeli Defense Forces should be given a Nobel Peace prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint,” Dermer proclaimed.

Dermer referenced the “evil” of Hamas placing Palestinian civilians as human shields. He said it was part of a deliberate strategy directed at cultivating leftist groups of Jewish fellow travelers like the hecklers of his speech and the media with graphic pictures of injured or dead children and women aimed squarely at placing the blame on Israel. He said “it is time for the UN and the world to find a moral compass and backbone.” He drew attention to the rise of radical Islam, whether Shia Iran and proxy Hezbollah, Sunni ISIS and Hamas denying rights for women and  no tolerance for Jews and Christian. He noted the 35,000 Assyrian Chaldean Christians who fled Mosul conquered by the Islamic State for the security of Kurdistan in Iraq.

What occurred at CUFI’s Washington Gala was “a night to remember.” A night that honored Israel.

Watch this You Tube video of Amb. Dermer’s speech at last night’s CUFI Night to Honor Israel:

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Posted on 07/22/2014 11:33 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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Although football is hardly the American national sport, the New York Times ran more than one article about the German victory in the World Cup, with links to sites that explained the part that advanced technology had played in it. For example, physiological monitoring of the players in training allowed the manager to select those to play who were at the peak of their fitness. The German team also had a specially built training camp that was exactly calculated to its needs. There the players could enjoy both privacy and a social life to encourage team spirit.
 
But all of this, it seems to me, is beside the point and does not explain why Germany triumphed over Argentina. The real reason for their victory was the relative absence among their players of tattoos.
 
The exact means by which this absence led to their victory would be worth studying. Perhaps it was physical: perhaps the process of tattooing, especially when as extensive as that endured by quite a number of the Argentinian players, drains the body of some of its strength, subliminally but enough to make the difference between two otherwise equal teams.
 
I suspect, though, that the connection between tattooing and defeat, or its absence and victory, is not as direct as that, but is rather more psychological or cultural than physical. What depths of self-abasement must a person reach to mutilate himself in the way that so many of the Argentinian players had, to say nothing of the players of the other teams in the competition? I cannot say that I have studied the matter with scholarly attention, but I should not be surprised if the German team was the least tattooed in the whole of the World Cup, at least of those teams with a high proportion of players with skins pale enough for tattooing to be highly noticeable.
 
And this in turn suggests a higher cultural level than that of other teams. Football is not the manifestation of high culture, of course, but its players, to be very good, need to be serious and disciplined. And, since relaxation is necessary for young men, it would clearly be advantageous for them to be able to enjoy themselves without resort to the lack of judgment and savage customs of other nations.
 
Therefore the first thing that I would do if appointed manager of the English team is let it be known that henceforth no tattooed player would be selected for it. 
 
First published in Salisbury Review.
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Posted on 07/22/2014 7:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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From the Belfast Telegraph

A window was smashed at the synagogue in north Belfast some time on Friday night or Saturday morning. A replacement window was then smashed on Saturday afternoon or evening. Suspicions have been raised that the attack is linked to the current situation in Gaza.

Rabbi David Singer said the Jewish community had been left shocked by the attack.  Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt said it was “totally unacceptable” for places of worship to be targeted. “The Jewish community have been valuable members of our society for many years,” he said. “We offered refuge during the Second World War to many fleeing the Holocaust and it is abhorrent that the synagogue has been the target of this hate crime.”

Demonstrators holding a rally in support of Gaza clashed with Union flag protesters displaying Israeli flags at Belfast City Hall over the weekend. There were no reported injuries and no arrests.

Belfast once had a thriving Jewish community but numbers have dwindled in recent decades.

Police are treating the two incidents as a religious hate crime.

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Posted on 07/22/2014 7:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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I'm not sure threats are a good idea. From Al Jazeera America 

France’s recent ban on pro-Palestine demonstrations in Paris and other major cities has only encouraged demonstrators to the streets, protest organizers say – now, not only against Israel’s ongoing bombardment of Gaza but against the political and socioeconomic marginalization of French minorities.

A movement is mounting, says protest organizer Youssef Boussoumah. And if French police stop French Arab youth from organizing, they risk seeing what he called an “intifada,” or uprising, on the streets of Paris.

“That’s not the goal,” he said. But it might be be inevitable, added Boussoumah, because French youth from minority communities increasingly find themselves “without a platform for political expression and are constantly facing police brutality.”

Boussoumah said he and other Palestine protest organizers are attempting to unify French minorities to rally together for a pacifistic call to preserve the democratic rights of all people. But community organizations are fragmented, he explained.

Still, Boussoumah is hopeful. He and fellow coordinators are hurriedly attempting to build coalitions with organizations that, due to ideological and sometimes religious sectarianism, have previously been at odds. “Palestine will serve to unify us all. Palestine has served the function of uniting people and various causes around the world,” he said.

Protests continued in predominantly French Arab and black neighborhoods on the outskirts of Paris on Sunday. And Parisian Arabs and other pro-Palestine supporters have organized two demonstrations for Wednesday and Saturday. “We don't know yet whether they will be banned or not,” a Paris police spokeswoman told Al Jazeera,

On Saturday, despite a protest ban, demonstrators took to the streets of the French capital as police encircled and charged at protesters with Tasers and tear gas.

“We were attacked,” protester Amelle El Amraoui told Al Jazeera. Undeterred, Amraoui, 28, said that she will continue to demonstrate. “Hopefully, fighting for the dignity of Palestinians will wake people up to France’s problems with its immigrants as well,” she said. “I admire the black power movement in the United States and the lobby that black Americans have created,” she said. “I would like for our social problems to revitalize and reinforce solidarity between minorities abroad in the United States too.” 

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Posted on 07/22/2014 4:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Just a little puzzle to keep you all going through the dog days of summer, or, for our southern hemisphere readers, the storm-tossed days of winter.

Hidden in the grid of letters are the surnames of thirty-four Presidents of the United States of America. The name of another President of the U.S.A. and the name of the location of the assassination of one of the thirty-four Presidents can be found by re-arranging the letters left unused after the thirty-four have been found.

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Posted on 07/21/2014 8:05 PM by John M. Joyce
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Posted on 07/21/2014 3:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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The problem for Muslims who insist that they can continue to lead a reasonable existence as Muslims -- for the object of worship in Islam is Islam itself, and even less observant Muslims are determined to defend, by misstating the meaning and essence of Islam, that object of worship -- is that other Musliims, many of them, and possibly many who were once just as unobservant or lax as could be, take Islam to heart. And when they take it to heart, whippped up by a particular imam at a particular mosque, or just at home, surfing the Internet, finding Youtube preachers and Qur'anic quotes that cannot be denied, and then, as they become ever more Muslim, taking its tenets ever more to heart, they become a mortal threat to those other Muslims who do not do so, but who cannot dare to admit to themselves that the problem is Islam itself. 

Here is what Tunisia has decided to do -- to monitor the mosques, to shut down those that are deemed a threat. But that won't be enough. Only complete monitoringof the mosques, possibly with required submission of sermons to be delivered at Friday Prayers, and with cameras recording what is said in those mosques, so the police can monitor them -- only that might do, just a bit.
 

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Monday, 21 July 2014
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The Globe and Mail ‎- 3 hours ago

Malaysia Airlines rerouted a Kuala Lumpur-to-London flight over Syrian airspace on Sunday after its usual route over Ukraine was closed, flight 

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FOURTEEN YEARS AFTER THE al DURA BLOOD LIBEL FRANCE DISCOVERS BARE FACED ANTI-SEMITISM IN ITS MIDST.

It’s on all the lips, in all the media: burning Jewish shops in Sarcelles is anti-Semitic. PM Manuel Valls declared, in an excellent speech at the commemoration of the rafle du Vel d’Hiv [mass roundup of Parisian Jews in 1942], that anti-Semitism was trying to hide behind anti-Zionism. Florian Philippot, VP of the Front National (FN) accused the PM of promoting French self-hatred.  Because he acknowledged the dishonor of Vichy France’s  compliance with orders from the German occupation that resulted in the deportation of 76,000 Jews from France to the death camps; 2,000 returned alive. Valls added a long tribute to the honor of the Résistance and courageous French people who risked their lives to hide Jews. Why would Philippot, speaking for the party that was supposedly going to liberate France from Islamization, prefer to lash out at the PM than to condemn the Islamic thugs? Valls defended the decision to ban further pro-Palestinian demonstrations that deteriorated into attacks on synagogues, in the Marais where Jews had been rounded up and sent to the death camps, and on rue de la Roquette, not far from the Japy Gymnasium where Jews were held before being sent to the Vel d’Hiv. Making the junction between the dishonor of 1942 and the intolerable assaults of 2014, the PM accurately measured the level of the threat hanging over the French Republic today.

Why is the FN so skittish? Who is the blatantly pro-Putin anti-American FN trying to protect? At the other end of the political spectrum, aging militants from the NPA or even more obscure fringe groups pop up in the media to defend the right to demonstrate. While videos of the authorized July 13th operation are freely available to refute all apologetics, these gentlemen place the blame on a repressive government. By denying the right to demonstrate they kept us from providing our own security service that would have prevented these unfortunate marginal acts of violence [like you did when they rushed to the synagogues last week?] No journalists were on the TVscreen to question the rationality [sic] of this discourse thrown at the public like a rock. The balding apparatchik warns us: You have to understand their anger.

The other day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius flew to the Middle East  with stops in Jordan, Egypt, and Israel, determined to impose an immediate ceasefire. He emerged, disappointed, from a half-hour conversation with Israeli PM Netanyahu. The French plan apparently is based on some kind of security guarantees that would reassure the Israeli government and convince it to lay down its arms and retreat, leaving Hamas victoriously intact. French forces can guarantee security at the Erez Crossing?  Riot police in Paris can’t even thwart a crowd of 3,000 punk jihadis in Sarcelles! Dozens of police were wounded, a pitiful handful of assailants have been arrested, shops were looted and torched. French authorities cannot prevent an anti-communist party from defying a perfectly legal ban and leading violent attacks on French citizens, their property, and law enforcement.

Gaza - Donetsk

Lethal narratives from Gaza alternate in the world’s media with coverage of the MH17 crash scene in the eastern Ukraine. The bereaved, side by side with billions of media-invited bystanders, watch as men described as “pro-Russian separatists” mishandle the bodies and belongings of crash victims and systematically destroy the evidence and cart off the wreckage to an unknown destination. No Ukrainian forces, no world leader, no international institution, no public opinion can stop them. It’s happening before our eyes.

Unlike PM Valls who intelligently linked the roundup of Parisian Jews in 1942 to attacks on Parisian Jews in 2014, commentators are not making the junction between demands for a ceasefire in Gaza and the spectacle in the Ukraine.  This is the way the world looks when legitimate forces are either helpless or hogtied. Hamas not only dreams of shooting down passenger planes landing at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport, they are gearing up to be able to do it. 

When a state does not mobilize its forces to defend itself, the civilian population is immobilized. Passengers boarding a Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur belong to a fast disappearing world where ordinary people are free to do business, attend conferences, visit family, or frolic in a global playground. Lack of disclosure on the disappearance of flight MH370 coupled with under reporting of the conflict in the eastern Ukraine may well have contributed to the feeling of normality in boarding that flight.

French citizens, not only Jews, are wondering what next, where next? Turn any corner, walk into any shop, drive down any street and you might find yourself face to face with one of those enraged mobs. In Israel, 75% of the territory, attacked daily by Hamas rockets, is partially immobilized. In one failed state after another, maniacal tyrants immobilize terrified populations. If this movement is not stopped, how many countries will become no-go zones for commercial aviation?

Scenes of destruction in Gaza

Does anyone remember that these bombed buildings didn’t exist media-wise? The people of Gaza lived in hovels in miserable refugee camps. Now the buildings are discovered just in time to be reduced to rubble. The same kind of rubble we’ve seen in Libya and Syria, for example. Gaza has come of age, it finally has the death and destruction of its Muslim neighbors. Not in the same proportions of course. The “heartless Israelis” committing “war crimes” have opened a field hospital at the Erez Crossing to treat the injured from Gaza. Media-wise the field hospital doesn’t exist. No room for it in the lethal narrative.

There is indecent exposure of the dead and wounded in Gaza--innocent victims, all. Then Hamas boasts of capturing an Israeli soldier (Israel denies the claim); a jubilant crowd of the innocent citizens of Hamas-occupied Gaza explode in joy. Thirteen Israeli soldiers are killed in three separate incidents in the Sharjiya neighborhood but somehow no Hamas fighters show up in the casualty toll last night.

Reactions cut across party lines in France

Reactions to the violent outbreaks in Paris and Sarcelles cut across party lines, with some political figures in the right wing opposition criticizing the government decision to allow people to demonstrate their outrage at the situation in Gaza.  Others are calling for more vigorous action, including the deportation of all dual nationals participating in the violence. Many politicians in the governing coalition object to the ban on “pro-Palestinian demonstrations” and what they see as the government’s excessive support for Israel in this conflict. Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice and outspoken friend of Israel, has transferred to the appropriate authorities CCTV footage that will allow them to identify and prosecute the law breakers.

Some details on the Sarcelles attack

[My translation of excerpts from the richly illustrated Figaro article.]

 http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2014/07/20/01016-20140720ARTFIG00158-barbes-sarcelles-la-contagion-de-la-violence.php

 

4 PM: standoff between demonstrators and the police in front of the synagogue on avenue Paul Valery; access to the synagogue in Garges is blocked…. Then a string of attacks: a Simply Market store right behind the Garges police station is torched, three people are grabbed by police as they were trying to hold up a tobacco shop, rioters target a bank in Sarcelles, demonstrators try to set fire to the Garges station and rip up the tramway rails. Several shops are looted… the police fire rubber-coated bullets at the rioters.

In front of the main Sarcelles synagogue, the atmosphere is tense. They just heard that the [Naouri] kosher grocery store was burned to the ground… In 2012 it was attacked with a grenade. ‘They burned pharmacies that belong to Jews and a bar that belongs to Chaldeans, they have no respect, all they want to do is smash Jews!’”

Note that JDL and other Jewish self-defenders, with the help of the police, successfully protected the synagogues in Garges and Sarcelles during the five hour demi-farhud; riot police were not able to protect the shops, pharmacies, cars, etc. They were able to foil an attempted incursion into the Garges police station. This time.

notes:

N.B. The neighborhood adjoining Sarcelles is Garges-les-Gonesses.

A You Tube  video by the artist, and film maker Esti of the start of the July 13th hate-fest:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkWefM_qd7o&list=UUIMw2qukP-6g2HdP_gaU4Sg&index=1

A video by Guy Sauvage, of selected moments from the beginning of the July 13th hate-fest to its endpoint at the Place de la Bastille, plus interviews with people who were in the don Isaac Abravanel synagogue rue de la Roquette during the siege:

http://ripostelaique.com/jai-pu-filmer-la-manifestation-palestinienne-puis-rentrer-dans-la-synagogue-attaquee.html

 

 

 

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Posted on 07/21/2014 1:23 PM by Nidra Poller
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Monday, 21 July 2014
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Wounded IDF soldier evacuated from fighting in Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014

Source: AFP/Menahem Kahana

 

This weekend the IDF released the names of 13 members of the elite Golani Brigade who fell while engaged in heavy fighting in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.  While supporters of Israel grieve for all of the IDF fallen and  those that were downed in mortal combat against the Jihadis of Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza, two were dual Israeli-American citizens. 


Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli, z”l

Max Steinberg, 24, of Woodlands Hills, California was killed when the APC that he and several others were riding in was hit by an IED. The second was Sean Carmeli 21, who was born of Israeli parents and raised in South Padre Island, Texas before returning to spend his high school years in Ra’anana Israeli. Carmeli was killed like Steinberg during the intense fighting in Shejaiya, what Israel PM Netanyahu called a “terrorist bastion” laden with rocket launching sites. 

We learned yesterday of the injuries sustained by another dual Israeli American Golani Brigade member Jordan Low of Pikesville, Maryland who was injured in a fire while clearing buildings in Gaza.  Like Steinberg and Carmeli, this young American –Israeli left for Israel after high school to enter military training with the IDF. He has been removed for treatment at a hospital in Tel Aviv and his family will be flying to Israel to visit him.

These young Israeli American Jews are indicative of the commitment of many young diaspora Jews who make aliyah to Israel to undergo training in elite and regular IDF combat units. 

According to the Lone Soldier Center  in Memory of Michael Levin, more than 5,700 Jewish men and women of different nationalities volunteer for service in the IDF, Israel’s armed forces, who have no biological relatives in the Jewish state.  Two sons of my former rabbi at a synagogue in Fairfield, Connecticut volunteered to serve in elite combat units of the IDF.  During Operation Cast lead in 2009, we wrote about the experience of  Givati Brigade member Zachary Rowen –Taylor, another Californian ,  who, like fallen Golani Brigade member Steinberg,  was a Sgt. Commander and sniper.  Rowen-Taylor, we understand has been recalled to active duty  as a reservist to serve, once again, in Gaza.

Steinberg’s family in California was interviewed by the Jewish Journal, “A Fallen Soldier, found his purpose in Israel”.  His story is similar to that of these other soldiers who decide to make aliyah and become Israeli citizens.   Here are some excerpts from the Jewish Journal article:

Just over two years ago, two brothers and a sister – Max, Jake and Paige Steinberg – returned to Los Angeles from a whirlwind tour of Israel.

The trip, which was sponsored by Taglit-Birthright, impacted all three. But none more than Max, who was 22 at the time, and the trio’s oldest. Then a student at Pierce College, Steinberg wasn’t finding what he wanted in school and was unsure of his path. But he was sure of at least one thing—Israel was where he was meant to be.

So, only three months after returning to California in July 2012, Steinberg went back to Israel in September, but this time to become a soldier in the Golani infantry brigade of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), one of the IDF’s most decorated units.

And early Sunday morning, as he and his unit made their way down a Gaza City street in the neighborhood of Shejaiya, a Hamas stronghold, their armored personnel carrier (APC) struck what was likely an improvised explosive device (IED) or a mine. The explosion killed seven soldiers, including Steinberg. A source in Israel’s Los Angeles  consulate said that the attack occurred around 1:30 am,  Israel time .

As to what motivated Max to undergo rigorous Golani training:

At just five feet and three inches, he took on nicknames like “Mighty Max” and “Little Dynamo.”

Prospering in one of the IDF’s most elite units, his mother said, helped him “earn respect for himself.”

Additionally, added his father, he viewed military service as an obligation were he to ever make aliyah to Israel.

“If he ever ultimately decided this was going to be his new home, not serving was just not an option for him,” Stuart said. And if he was going to serve, he wanted to be a Golani infantryman. “Anything less than that would be not as meaningful for him.” 

In Sean Carmeli’s case, his family had returned to Israel from South Padre, Texas. The Algemeiner reported the his circumstances in an article, “Small South Texan Jewish Community Mourns Death of IDF Sergeant Sean Carmeli, Killed in Gaza

The Jewish community of a south Texas beach town was in mourning on Sunday after it was informed that one of its sons was among the Israeli troops that fell in a bloody Gaza battle on Saturday night.

“The whole community feels like they lost their own son,” Rabbi Yonatan, the family’s rabbi told The Algemeiner on Sunday. “The family is completely devastated,” Rabbi Asher Hecht, another rabbi/friend said.

Sean was the youngest of three children, and with two older sisters, Gal and Or, was an only son.

The last time Sean’s father spoke to his son was on Wednesday when Sean shared that his army officer had quizzed him over an unrelated minor leg injury. Responding to the officer’s suggestion that he may not be fit for service, Sean had said, “Bruise or no bruise I am coming with you.”

“He was enthusiastic to go in and to fight for the Jewish people, and he gave his life for the Jewish people,” Rabbi Hecht said.

The rabbis said that the local Shoova Israel Synagogue on South Padre Island is dedicated and named in memory of Sean’s grandfather Nissim whom Sean was named after.

As to what you can do to support of IDF soldiers serving in the ground incursion in Gaza, you might consider contacting, the American Friends of LIBI that “provides for the educational, religious, medical and recreational needs of Israeli soldiers.”  Then there is the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin. My colleague Lisa Benson, presently on a tour of South Carolina, called with information on the program of No More Jewish Victims of the One Israel Fund that is raising funds for support equipment for IDF soldiers and residents of Judea and Samaria. Also there is Pizza IDF that delivers pizza, ice cream and other food to frontline units.

1000 Pizzas were delivered to an IDF reserve unit on the Israel Gaza frontier with contributions from both Christians and Jews around the world. That was the result of an international campaign by a couple in the community of Eli in Judea and Samaria.

Most importantly, please offer misheberachs (prayers) for those brave IDF service personnel in Israel’s fight to defeat the Jihadis of Hamas backed by Iran, Qatar and Turkey. They are the defenders of the Jewish nation of Israel, America’s only reliable ally facing extremist Islam threatening the West.

Watch this You Tube Video with a Misheberach for Tzahal:

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Posted on 07/21/2014 11:41 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Monday, 21 July 2014
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Canada and the United States have a special relationship which includes Canadians calling on the US to live up to its moral ideals when its Chief Executive has clearly forgotten them. Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn write at Frontpage:

This is part of a series on Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. To view previous installments, please visit www.phillyreligiouszionists.org/lessons-from-the-gaza-war/.

Israel long ago learned that you can tell who your real friends are when the chips are down. The Gaza war is proving that again.

During the 2012 election campaign, when polls showed that President Barack Obama might lose a significant portion of the Jewish vote in key electoral states, he declared that he “will always have Israel’s back.”

But this past week, as hundreds of Hamas rockets rained down upon the Jewish state, and Israel really needed an ally to have its back, President Obama called Prime Minister Netanyahu to demand that Israel show “restraint.”

That was followed the next day by a phone call from Secretary of State John Kerry to Netanyahu, warning against “escalating tensions” and pressing Israel to let him “mediate a truce.”

The last thing Israel needs is a “truce” with Hamas. The Israelis have had two of those already. A “truce” means Hamas gets several more years to build up its supply of rockets, in preparation for the next round.

And with every new round, Hamas has new rockets, that can reach even further and cause even more devastation.

By pressing for “restraint” and a “truce,” Obama and Kerry are, in effect, trying to save Hamas from being crippled or destroyed by Israel. Is that their idea of “having Israel’s back” ?

Now contrast the Obama-Kerry line that with the words of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper this week:

– “The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification.”

– “It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region.”

– “Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions.”

– “Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict.”

There was really nothing controversial in Harper’s words. They were simple statements of fact. But in today’s upside-down world, it is remarkable when a world leader simply tells the truth about Israel and the Palestinians.

It’s almost as if we are surprised when a world leader turns out not to be a hypocrite, a political coward, or an appeaser. We’re so used to the international community’s outrageous double standards, that it becomes remarkable when a national leader acts like a mensch.

Israel has a true friend in Ottawa. The White House could learn a thing or two from Stephen Harper about what it really means to have someone’s back.

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Posted on 07/21/2014 9:45 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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