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Friday, August 1, 2014

The Hyper-Focus On Palestinian Casualties is Absurd, Antisemitic, And Appeases Terrorism

Whether intentional or not the hyper-focus on Palestinian casualties displayed by the administration and the mainstream media is absurd, anti-Semitic and an example of how the world appeases terrorism.

Generally before showing the pictures of dead Palestinians or criticizing Israel for the civilian deaths a media commentator or Administration official will admit that "Israel has the right to defend themselves," "Hamas started the conflict by sending rockets and building tunnels into Israel," "Hamas uses it citizens as human shields," and Israel "Goes out of its way to avoid civilian casualties,

Then comes the "but," the disproportionate response of Israel claim, the "slaughter" as Juan Williams called it on The Five Thursday, or even appearing "to be indiscriminate, is asinine," Joe Scarborough's words on Thursday's Morning Joe.

Now examine those words for a moment. If Israel has the right to defend itself but Hamas is using Gaza civilians as Human Shields and even though Israel goes out of its way to avoid civilian casualties they still occur then Israel shouldn't be bashed for the civilian deaths--Hamas should.

Similarly, if Hamas started the conflict by sending rockets and building tunnels into Israel, and Israel has the right to defend itself,  how can any response designed to stop the rockets and destroy the tunnels be disproportionate? I haven't heard any suggestions from the administration or the media on better ways to execute the destruction of Hamas weapons. The logic is absurd.

Some would say Israel should concentrate on negotiations. But how can Israel negotiate with an entity that doesn't believe it has the right to exist?  How does Israel negotiate with an entity, which on Friday morning broke a ceasefire with a homicide bombing and a kidnapping of an Israeli soldier? That's the eighth ceasefire broken by Hamas in the 24 days of Operation Protective Edge.

By bashing Israel for the civilian casualties President Obama and his administration, as well as the mainstream media is appeasing Hamas and encouraging its use of human shields. It proves their strategy works, as the focus isn't on the Hamas aggression, but on blaming Israel for the Hamas-caused civilian deaths. If it works they are going to do it even more.  Don't get me wrong the deaths of civilians are horrible but the blame is being placed on the wrong party.

Whether or not it is meant to be anti-Semitic, the hyper-focusing on civilian casualties is an indication of Jew-hatred. Two weeks ago Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch said this to U.N. critics of Israel.
If in the past year you didn’t cry out when thousands of protesters were killed and injured by Turkey, Egypt and Libya, when more victims than ever were hanged by Iran, women and children in Afghanistan were bombed, whole communities were massacred in South Sudan, 1800 Palestinians were starved and murdered by Assad in Syria, hundreds in Pakistan were killed by jihadist terror attacks, 10,000 Iraqis were killed by terrorists, villagers were slaughtered in Nigeria, but you only cry out for Gaza, then you are not pro human rights, you are only anti-Israel.
In one hour, there is more attention by Israel's critics in the administration and the media give to the Gaza civilian casualties than those same people give to the civilian casualties Neuer mentioned above in an entire year. All civilian casualties are horrible. Those casualty numbers are much larger than the Palestinian numbers of the past 23 days.  Besides being the only true democracy in the area there is only one difference between Israel and the above countries, Israel is the Jewish homeland.

In the end the singling out of Israel by the media and the Obama Administration has to be either a hatred of democracy or a hatred of Jews.  You make the choice!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

German Jews Warned: Hide Your Jewishness 'The Risk Of Being Target Of An Attack Is Too Large'

Things are getting so dangerous for Jewish people living in Germany that the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, has advised her fellow German Jews to hide their Jewishness, saying, "The risk of being target of an attack is too large."

As reported by German newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (and translated by Google), Knobloch gave her warning after the fire-bombing of the synagogue in Wuppertal ​(and covered here at The Lid) and previous anti-Semitic incidents.

Knoblauch, who is now the president of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria, said: "What we're witnessing is the most difficult and most threatening time since 1945. There are constant insults and hate slogans by phone, but also via e-mail. The mailboxes flows."

She added that Jew-hatred is back in Germany and it must never be accepted: "I could never have imagined that we would have to experience such a thing in Germany again. Unrestrained, the Jew-baiting in our country has reached a new level. And it's time for all those responsible to ask: 'What must we do to protect Jewish citizens?'"

Knobloch also spoke about the lack of support for German Jews from her non-Jewish neighbors: "I do not hear the cry: 'That's it!' We long for a broad front of resistance against this Jew-baiting. But the masses are silent. He who is silent now, affirms what happens."

ANNOUNCED: 72-Hour Cease Fire In Gaza-IDF to Remain in Place-Longer Term Truce Negotiations Begin in Cairo

Just announce Israel and Hamas have agreed to a unconditional humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning 8pm Jerusalem time and will last for 72 hours and all troops will remain in place (in other words Israel will continue to destroy tunnels). All parties will travel to Cairo to attempt to work out a longer truce. 

The Joint Statement announcing the ceasefire made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry follows:

New York, 31 July 2014 - Joint Statement by the Secretary-General and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Humanitarian Ceasefire Announcement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry announce that the United Nations Representative in Jerusalem, Special Coordinator Robert Serry, has received assurances that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

This humanitarian ceasefire will commence at 8 am local time on Friday, August 1, 2014.  It will last for a period of 72 hours unless extended.  During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place.

We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire.

This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence. During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently needed humanitarian relief, and the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured and restocking food supplies.  Overdue repairs on essential water and energy infrastructure could also continue during this period.

Israeli and Palestinian delegations will immediately be going to Cairo for negotiations with the Government of Egypt, at the invitation of Egypt, aimed at reaching a durable ceasefire. The parties will be able to raise all issues of concern in these negotiations.

We thank key regional stakeholders for their vital support of this process, and count on a continued collaborative international effort to assist Egypt and the parties reach a durable ceasefire as soon as possible.

The Only Difference Between Hamas and ISIS Violent Goals Are Their Names

Another big lie being told by TV talking heads about the 23-day-old Gaza conflict is; if Israel destroys Hamas it could be replaced by something worse. Anyone who believes that to be the case has no idea of the nature of the Muslim Brotherhood offspring. Just like ISIS the stated ultimate goal of Hamas is a worldwide Muslim caliphate living under Sharia law. The only difference between the goals of the two groups is their names.

The assumption by causal observers is that if Fatah, the party of Palestinian President Abbas moderated Hamas will too.  Whether or not Fatah has moderated can be disputed but if we start with that premise being true that statement ignores the fact that all terrorist groups, indeed even all Palestinian terrorist groups are not alike. Fatah's goals are more political and secular; Hamas is a radical Islamist group with religious/political goals.

Article 33 of the Hamas Charter reads:
The Islamic Resistance Movement, being based on the common coordinated and interdependent conceptions of the laws of the universe, and flowing in the stream of destiny in confronting and fighting the enemies in defence of the Moslems and Islamic civilization and sacred sites, the first among which is the Aqsa Mosque, urges the Arab and Islamic peoples, their governments, popular and official groupings, to fear Allah where their view of the Islamic Resistance Movement and their dealings with it are concerned. They should back and support it, as Allah wants them to, extending to it more and more funds till Allah's purpose is achieved when ranks will close up, fighters join other fighters and masses everywhere in the Islamic world will come forward in response to the call of duty while loudly proclaiming: Hail to Jihad. Their cry will reach the heavens and will go on being resounded until liberation is achieved, the invaders vanquished and Allah's victory comes about.
This Hamas goal was outlined by Fathi Hammad Minister of Interior and National Security for  the Hamas government in Gaza who said in November 2013
 We look forward to future victories, in which, Allah willing, we will liberate our land, our Jerusalem, our Al-Aqsa [Mosque], our cities and our villages, Allah willing, all this in preparation for establishing the next Islamic Caliphate. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are at the brink of a period of global Islamic culture, whose fuel is Gaza, whose spearhead is Gaza, its Jihad fighters (Mujahideen) and commanders are Gaza, Allah willing…
A month later he said 
We shall liberate our land, Allah willing. We shall liberate our Al-Aqsa Mosque, and our cities and villages, as a prelude to the establishment of the future Islamic Caliphate. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are at the threshold of a global Islamic civilization era.
In 2008 Hamas cleric Muhsen Abu 'Ita preached:
Palestine's blessing is linked to destruction of the center of global corruption, the snake's head [Israel]. When the snake's head of [global] corruption is cut off, here in Palestine, and when the octopus's tentacles are cut off around the world, the real blessing will come with the destruction of the Jews, here in Palestine, and it is one of the splended real blessings in Palestine. A greater blessing will come later, praise Allah, the Lord of the worlds, with the establishment world-wide of a rightly-guided Caliphate." 

Hamas MP and cleric Yunis Al-Astal was interviewed on the Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV on May 11, 2011 saying:
When Palestine is liberated and its people return to it, and the entire region, with the grace of Allah, will have turned into the United States of Islam, the land of Palestine will become the capital of the Islamic Caliphate, and all these countries will turn into states within the Caliphate. When this happens, any Palestinian will be able to live anywhere, because the land of Islam is the property of all Muslims.

Unlike Fatah whose ultimate goal is creating a Palestinian State between Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea, the ultimate stated goal of Hamas is destroying Israel, killing all the Jews, creating a worldwide Islamist Caliphate and forcing the rest of humanity into the shackles of Shariah law.  

What would follow a destroyed Hamas will not be worse than Hamas, an organization dedicated to taking over the world by killing the non-believers.

The word Hamas appears in biblical Hebrew (chamas), it refers to a evil violent chaos.  In the section of the Torah introducing the story of Noah it says, "Now the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth became full chamas."

The last time Hamas took over the world mankind was destroyed.  The modern Hamas wants replicate the Biblical one, to take over the world and (God forbid!) should that happen it would also result in the destruction of mankind.

UNCOVERED: Secret Group Comprised of Media and Activists Planning Progressive Agenda

A low-profile Google group used by over 1,000 members of the progressive aristocracy has been discovered thanks to Wisconsin’s open records law. The group, named Gamechanger Salon, includes activists from organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the AFL-CIO as well as reporters such as Amanda Terkel and Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post.

Discovered by Media Trackers, which was provided with a membership list via a request through the Wisconsin’s open records law, Gamechanger Salon, is "an online community that provides a forum for left wing activists and leaders to share tactics, strategies and opinions." According to the group's overview,  Gamechanger Salon is comprised of:
...experienced change makers from different ‘worlds’ of the movement to share stories, honest reflections, interesting articles, and provocative ideas on how we build a stronger, more coordinated, more game-changing movement for the 21st Century” according to the policy manual.

The group’s policy manual directs members to abstain from forwarding emails to recipients outside the group. It does warn, however, that with 1,000-plus members, anyone emailing the group should not say anything “you wouldn’t want to be subpoenaed by a Grand Jury or broadcast on Fox News.”
Similar to the Journo-list discovered in 2009, the purpose of this group is to discuss strategy for promoting progressive goals. However, Journo-list was only composed of left-wing media figures. Gamechanger includes not only media figures but also the leaders of progressive organizations including but not limited to Damon Silver, Policy Director for the AFL-CIO; Benjamin Joffe-Walk, Chief of Staff at; Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK; Elizabeth Rose, Director of Communications at the Economic Policy Institute; Philip Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace until earlier this year; and Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL. Other members come from anti-Israel organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace and J-Street as well as Amnesty International; the Canadian group which was a leader of Occupy Wall Street, Adbusters; and the Sierra Club. Ironically, even the Sunlight Foundation, a group dedicated to transparency in politics, is a member of this secret group.

What makes this group dangerous is that some of the media, which claims to be reporting the truth, is also involved in these discussions. In addition to the prominent leaders and activists listed above, Gamechanger Salon also includes members of the left wing “media” such as Terkel, Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor at The Huffington Post and Grim, Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post and also an MSNBC contributor. Other media members come from outlets such as The Nation, Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, and Wikipedia.

A full list of the membership is embedded below