Friday, January 16, 2015

Egypt Warns of Muslim Brotherhood Organizations in U.S. - Ryan Mauro



by Ryan Mauro



An Egyptian government website features a warning that the Muslim Brotherhood has a lobby in the U.S. disguised as civil society organizations.



Egypt warns of Brotherhood groups like CAIR. Nihad Awad (C), Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Ibrahim Hooper (L), National Committee Director of CAIR during a press conference in Washington. Photo © Reuters
Egypt warns of Brotherhood groups like CAIR. Nihad Awad (C), Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Ibrahim Hooper (L), National Committee Director of CAIR during a press conference in Washington. Photo © Reuters
An Egyptian government website features a warning that the Muslim Brotherhood has a lobby in the U.S. disguised as civil society organizations. The United Arab Emirates has made similar statements and the U.S. Justice Department has confirmed the existence of a Muslim Brotherhood branch in America.

The Egyptian government’s State Information Service has an entire section devoted to documenting the violence and terrorism of the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt is furious with the U.S. for its stance on the Brotherhood. President El-Sisi told the Washington Post in December 2013, then as Defense Minister, that the U.S. has turned its back on Egypt and is misunderstanding the Islamist group.

The documentation includes a timeline  of violence perpetrated by Brotherhood members since July 2014, a statement from the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood condemning the Brotherhood’s exploitation of children, and  many videos documenting the Brotherhood’s extremism and the justifications for overthrowing it and banning it.

Most importantly, the section prominently features an article about the Muslim Brotherhood operating in America and influencing U.S. policy through various fronts. It cites a study done by the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies, a highly-respected organization in Cairo.

“She [Center executive director Dalia Zeyadah] warned that the MB has a network based in the US and operating through civil society organizations engaged in community service domains there. These organizations, she also warned, aim to spread the MB's extremist ideologies in the US,” the Egyptian government website says.

The article from June 2014 states that the Brotherhood is moving to Turkey to set up the “nucleus of its European headquarters which would be operating under the cover of charity work to carry out terrorist acts across the region.”

The Cairo Post reported in February 2014 that the Ibn Khaldoun Center director Dalia Zeyadah “[asserted] that the Brotherhood are still trying to impact decisions of the White House, noting that campaigns against Brotherhood ‘terrorism’ must continue.”

The Egyptian government often talks about the International Muslim Brotherhood to emphasize that it is not just an Egyptian organization. In his interview with the Washington Post, El-Sisi said it operates in 60 countries and that Hamas is one of its branches. He warned that the group is “based on restoring the Islamic religious empire.”

The Clairon Project’s research into the Brotherhood sympathies of a senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was covered in the Egyptian media in 2013, specifically by the Al-Nahar television network.

The U.S. government confirmed the existence of a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood with a network a fronts under different names during the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation, one such trial.

The Justice Department’s list of unindicted co-conspirators in that trial includes a list a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities and members. The list includes the Islamic Society of North America, the North American Islamic Trust and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The lattermost organization was listed as an entity of the U.S. Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a sub-section set up to support Hamas.

The United Arab Emirates caused a stir recently when it banned the Brotherhood and some of its most powerful affiliates in the U.S. and Europe, including CAIR, the Muslim American Society and Islamic Relief.

The UAE justified its designation of the U.S-based groups as terrorist organizations despite the immense backlash. The Foreign Minister of the country said it was based on the group’s incitement and funding of terrorism.

Another UAE official said the objective is “putting a cordon around all subversive entities.” And UAE State Foreign Affairs Minister Anwar Gargash said the backlash was being orchestrated by the Muslim Brotherhood lobby in the West.

“The noise (by) some Western organizations over the UAE’s terrorism list originates in groups that are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and many of them work on incitement and creating an environment of extremism,” Gargash tweeted.

The U.S. Justice Department, countless terrorism experts and the governments of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have confirmed the existence of a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The U.S. Brotherhood’s own documents are even publicly available.

Yet, those who point this out are ridiculed by these Islamist groups and their allies as bigoted “Islamophobes.” The accusation is even nonsensically made about Muslims who point this out.

The refusal of the U.S. government to recognize the toxic ideology of the Brotherhood is undermining America’s ability to have a frank discussion about the issue of Islamism.

Muslim governments are providing verifiable evidence about the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, but their warnings are ignored or rejected. Americans (Muslim and non-Muslim) who voice these same concerns are personally attacked.

Terms like Islamism and Political Islam are used regularly in the Muslim world and even on the Brotherhood’s own website, but the U.S. Brotherhood and its apologists say we can’t.  CAIR has waged a campaign to make the media stop using the “Islamist” term.

America is in the middle of a heated debate about the defining the threat. We should listen to our Muslim allies and let the facts speak for themselves, instead of letting Islamists and their apologists edit our vocabularies.

Watch video: CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) is in damage control after being designated a terrorist org by the UAE.




Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio.

Source: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/egypt-warns-muslim-brotherhood-organizations-us#

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‘We Haven’t Shown Enough Outrage:’ French PM Issues Blistering Denunciation of Antisemitism (VIDEO) - Ben Cohen



by Ben Cohen


“I say to the people in general who perhaps have not reacted sufficiently up to now, and to our Jewish compatriots, that this time [antisemitism] cannot be accepted.”

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls denounced antisemitism in a
searing speech to the National Assembly. Photo: Screenshot
It was an electrifying moment: in a voice crackling with anger and pain, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls denounced the rise of antisemitism in France before the country’s National Assembly yesterday, pointedly observing, “We haven’t shown enough outrage.”

Valls was speaking following the funerals of seven of the victims of last week’s Islamist terrorist attacks in France, in which a total of 17 people, including four Jews trapped in Friday’s siege at the HyperCacher market in eastern Paris, were murdered in cold blood.

Though his speech covered a wide range of issues, and included an emotional plea to recognize that France is “at war with jihadism and terrorism…not against Islam and Muslims,” Valls was determined to highlight the threat posed by antisemitism, declaring: “I say to the people in general who perhaps have not reacted sufficiently up to now, and to our Jewish compatriots, that this time [antisemitism] cannot be accepted.”

The address brought to mind the impassioned “J’Accuse” letter, penned by the great French writer Emile Zola in 1898, in response to the antisemitism displayed by the French government during the infamous trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, the Jewish military officer who was convicted and publicly humiliated on fabricated charges of treason. In that letter, Zola spoke with disgust “of the hunting for the ‘dirty Jews,’ which dishonors our time.”

When Valls asked with anger, “How can we accept that cries of  ‘death to the Jews’ can be heard on the streets?” the echoes of Zola’s words were unmistakable.

In his speech, Valls was explicit that the “first question that has to be dealt with clearly is the struggle against antisemitism.”

“History has taught us that the awakening of antisemitism is the symptom of a crisis for democracy and of a crisis for the Republic. That is why we must respond with force,” Valls said. Recalling a series of antisemitic outrages in France in recent years, such as the abduction, torture and murder of the young Parisian Jew Ilan Halimi in 2006, the murder of three small children and a rabbi by an Islamist gunman at a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012, and the rape of a young Jewish woman during an antisemitic assault on a Jewish home in the Paris suburb of Creteil in December 2014, Valls asserted that these and other incidents “did not not produce the national outrage that our Jewish compatriots expected.”

“How can we accept that in France, where the Jews were emancipated two centuries ago, but which was also where they were martyred [during the Nazi Holocaust] 70 years ago, that cries of  ‘death to the Jews’ can be heard on the streets?” Valls asked, the indignation in his voice steadily rising. “How can we accept that French people can be murdered for being Jews? How can we accept that compatriots, or a Tunisian citizen whose father sent him to France so that he would be safe, is killed when he goes out to buy his bread for Shabbat?”

Valls observed that there “is a historical antisemitism that goes back centuries.” But, he added, “there is also a new antisemitism that is born in our neighborhoods, coming through the internet, satellite dishes, against the backdrop of loathing of the State of Israel, which advocates hatred of the Jews and all the Jews.”

Implored the French Prime Minister: “It has to be spelled out – the right words must be used to fight this unacceptable antisemitism.”

Valls emphasized an additional point that he has made repeatedly over the last few days: that a France shorn of its Jewish community would no longer be France. “This is the message we have to communicate loud and clear,” he said. “How can we accept that in certain schools and colleges the Holocaust can’t be taught? How can we accept that when a child is asked, ‘who is your enemy,’ the response is ‘the Jew?’  When the Jews of France are attacked, France is attacked, the conscience of humanity is attacked. Let us never forget that.”

The speech was also an opportunity for Valls to directly confront Dieudonné M’Bala M’bala, the anti-Semitic French provocateur infamous for devising the “quenelle,” an inverted Nazi salute, as well as for his frequent mocking of the Holocaust. Yesterday, the French authorities confirmed that Dieudonné, along with 53 other defendants, had been arrested for offenses including hate speech, antisemitism, and glorifying terrorism.

Refusing to mention the self-styled comedian by name, Valls spoke of “the indignity of a serial hater having a full house on Saturday night, when the country was mourning for what happened [at the HyperCacher market] in Porte de Vincennes.” As the National Assembly rose in a standing ovation for the Prime Minister, Valls thundered, “Let us never pass over these matters in silence, and let justice be implacable with those who preach hate. And I say that emphatically here at the National Assembly.”

Valls ended his speech by examining the difference between blasphemy and hate speech, a particularly pregnant theme in France in the wake of the massacre carried out at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. “When a young man or woman, a citizen, has doubts and approaches me or the Minister of Education with the question: ‘But I don’t understand, how come you want to silence this comedian, and you put the Charlie Hebdo journalists up on a pedestal,’ there is a fundamental difference,” he remarked. “There is a fundamental difference between the freedom to be insolent – blasphemy is not a crime and never will be – and antisemitism, racism, excusing terrorism and Holocaust denial, which are crimes that the courts must punish with ever greater severity.”

Just as striking as the raw emotion which characterized the Prime Minister’s address was the lack of media attention, certainly in the English language, given to his comments about antisemitism and the future of French Jews. Leading outlets, among them the BBC, the Financial Times, the Daily Mail and English-language broadcaster France 24, either made no mention of the sections of Valls’ speech that dealt with antisemitism, or buried them deep in their reports.

An indication, perhaps, that the lack of outrage which so incensed the French Prime Minister will continue for as long as journalists and reporters fail to acknowledge that hatred of Jews lies at the core of Islamist ideology, just as it did among the nationalists and xenophobes whom Emile Zola confronted more than a century ago.

Be sure to watch these excerpts from the address of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to the National Assembly. The Algemeiner is also pleased to provide a translation of his remarks on antisemitism as a service to our readers.





Following is a translation of the remarks on antisemitism delivered by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to the National Assembly on January 13, 2015:

…The first question that has to be clearly dealt with is the struggle against antisemitism. History has taught us that the awakening of antisemitism is the symptom of a crisis for democracy and of a crisis for the Republic. That is why we must respond with force. Since Ilan Halimi in 2006, after the crimes of Toulouse, antisemitic acts in France have grown to an intolerable degree. The words, the insults, the gestures, the shameful attacks, as we saw in Creteil a few weeks ago, which I mentioned here in the Chamber, and which did not not produce the national outrage that our Jewish compatriots expected. 

There is a huge level of concern, that fear which we felt at the HyperCacher at Porte de Vincennes and in the synagogue de la Victoire on Sunday night. How can we accept that in France, where the Jews were emancipated two centuries ago, but which was also where they were martyred 70 years ago, how can we accept that cries of  “death to the Jews” can be heard on the streets?  How can we accept these acts that I have just mentioned? How can we accept that French people can be murdered for being Jews? How can we accept that compatriots, or a Tunisian citizen whose father sent him to France so that he would be safe, is killed when he goes out to buy his bread for Shabbat  because he is Jewish? This is not acceptable and I say to the people in general who perhaps have not reacted sufficiently up to now, and to our Jewish compatriots, that this time it cannot be accepted, that we must stand up and say what’s really going on. 

There is a historical antisemitism that goes back centuries, but there is also a new antsemitism that is born in our neighborhoods, coming through the internet, satellite dishes, against the backdrop of the loathing of the State of Israel, and which advocates hatred of the Jews and all the Jews. It has to be spelled out, the right words must be used to fight this unacceptable antisemitism.
( …) Without its Jews France would not be France, this is the message we have to communicate loud and clear. We haven’t done so. We haven’t shown enough outrage. How can we accept that in certain schools and colleges the Holocaust can’t be taught? How can we accept that when a child is asked  “Who is your enemy” the response is “the Jew?” When the Jews of France are attacked France is attacked, the conscience of humanity is attacked. Let us never forget it.

And to how to accept the indignity of a serial hater having a full house on Saturday night, when the country was mourning for what happened in Porte de Vincennes? Let us never pass over these matters in silence, and let justice be implacable with those who preach hate. And I say that emphatically here at the National Assembly.


And to finish my remarks, Ladies and Gentleman, when someone, a young man or woman, a citizen, has doubts and approaches me or the Minister of Education with the question: “But I don’t understand, how come you want to silence this comedian, and you put the Charlie Hebdo journalists up on a pedestal?” There is a fundamental difference – and this is the battle that we have to win, educating our young people – there is a fundamental difference between the freedom to be insolent – blasphemy is not a crime and never will be – there is a fundamental difference between that liberty and anti-Semitism, racism, excusing terrorism and Holocaust denial, which are crimes that the courts must punish with ever greater severity.


Ben Cohen

Source: http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/01/14/we-havent-shown-enough-outrage-french-pm-issues-blistering-denunication-of-antisemitism-video/

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Muslims Shouldn't Pray to Defeat Non-Muslims - Tarek Fatah



by Tarek Fatah


Far from condemning the acts of terror, the cleric, speaking in English, thundered that Islam "will become established in the land, over all other religions, although the 'Disbelievers' (Jews, Christians, Hindus and Atheists) hate that."
I could not believe my ears. There was no indignation expressed at the taking of Jews as hostages by a French jihadi that morning.


One of the reasons I avoid attending Friday congregations at mosques is a specific ritual supplication uttered by Imams at many mosques in Canada and around the world, just prior to our formal Friday community prayer, the Juma'a.

In the supplication, the cleric prays to Allah for, among other things, to grant "Muslims victory over the 'Qawm al-Kafiroon,'" the Arabic phrase that lumps all non-Muslims — Jews, Hindus, Christians, Atheists, Buddhists and Sikhs — into one derogatory category, the "Kuffar", or non-Muslims.

This supplication is not obligatory. Not uttering this prayer would in no way adversely affect the holiness or solemnness of the collective community prayer.

I have long argued with my orthodox and conservative Muslim friends and family that at least when living among non-Muslims, we should avoid praying for their defeat at the hands of Muslims.

They agree, but it comes down to the challenge: Who will bell the cat?

Last Friday, the world was still in shock over the Charlie Hebdo massacre when news came that another jihadi terrorist had killed French Jews inside a kosher grocery store in Paris.

Enough, I said. I decided to ask friends to take the challenge to a local mosque and stand silently with "I am Charlie Hebdo" placards.

I wanted to encourage Muslims entering the mosque to join those Muslims who renounce jihad, denounce Islamist terror and stand by the right of free expression, even of people who insult our Prophet.

Only a handful responded to my call. Most of my comrades from our life-long struggle against Islamism were terrified and bailed out at the last minute. Only the president of the Muslim Canadian Congress, writer Munir Pervaiz, and two Kurdish exiles, Keyvan Soltany and Hadi Elis, braved the snow to stand beside me.

Far from condemning the acts of terror, the cleric thundered that Islam "will become established in the land, over all other religions."
Inside the mosque, I was hoping that in wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the cleric would have the good sense not to speak about non-Muslims as adversaries or enemies, but my hopes were dashed.

Far from condemning the acts of terror, the cleric, speaking in English, thundered that Islam "will become established in the land, over all other religions, although the 'Disbelievers' (Jews, Christians, Hindus and Atheists) hate that."

I could not believe my ears. There was no indignation expressed at the taking of Jews as hostages by a French jihadi that morning.

The imam did ask us Muslims that in reacting to insults we should take the example of Prophet Muhammad himself and follow in his footsteps.

The problem with that suggestion is that while there were indeed times when Prophet Muhammad forgave those who mocked him, there were others when he ordered them killed.

At the end of his "khutba" (sermon), the cleric repeated the ritual praying to Allah to grant Muslims victory over non-Muslims. That prayer is: "O Allah, pour patience upon Muslims, strengthen their feet and give them victory over 'Qawm -el Kafiroon' (Non-Muslims).

"O Allah, give victory to our brothers the Muslims, the oppressed, the tyrannized and the 'Mujahedeen' (those who fight jihad against non-Muslims)".

Then we all stood up in orderly rows, turned towards Mecca and followed the imam as he led us in the ritual prayer that is obligatory for all Muslims.

As I left, I knew I would not be returning to that mosque again.​


Tarek Fatah is a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, a columnist at the Toronto Sun, host of a Sunday afternoon talk show on Toronto's NewsTalk1010 AM Radio, and a Robert J. and Abby B. Levine Fellow at the Middle East Forum. He is the author of two award-winning books: Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State and The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism.

Source: http://www.meforum.org/4974/muslims-shouldnt-pray-to-defeat-non-muslims

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Pelosi to Name Muslim Brotherhood-linked Congressman to House Intel Committee - Robert Spencer



by Robert Spencer


Well, there is the small matter that Carson said the words quoted above at the annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America/Muslim American Society. The Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society are Muslim Brotherhood organizations – listed as such in a captured internal document of the Brotherhood that delineated its strategy for conquest of the United States.

André CarsonPolitico reported Tuesday that Nancy Pelosi told a “closed-door meeting” that she was planning in the “coming days” to name the nation’s second Muslim Congressman, Rep. André Carson (D-IN), to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.


Carson already has entrée to highly sensitive areas. He is currently a member of the Armed Services Committee and, according to Politico, has “worked for the Department of Homeland Security’s Fusion Center — the clearinghouse established by the federal government to streamline data sharing between the CIA, FBI, Department of Justice and the military.”

It isn’t surprising in the least that Carson would get these plum assignments: he has all the right opinions. He once said that “9/11 was tough on Muslims,” echoing the fashionable view among Leftists and Islamic supremacists that the real victims of jihad terror are the Muslims who are subjected to suspicion and scrutiny in the wake of jihad attacks. The Left is much more concerned about “Islamophobia” than about jihad terrorism itself, and so it isn’t hard to see why Pelosi would admire and favor Carson.

What’s more, Carson is a true believer, an observant, devout and pious Muslim, so he is a favorite of Leftists like Pelosi who are always anxious to demonstrate that they’re much more enlightened, open-minded, accepting and multicultural than those racist, bigoted, redneck tea partiers. Discover the Networks reports that Carson has said that American schools should be modeled on madrassas, “where the foundation is the Qur’an”:
On May 26, 2012, Carson was a guest speaker at the 37th annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America/Muslim American Society (INCA [sic]/MAS), in Hartford, Connecticut. During his remarks, Carson claimed that U.S. schools should be modeled after madrassas—Islamic schools infamous for their tendency to promote sexist, anti-Semitic teachings. Said Carson: “America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Quran. And that model that we are pushing in some of our schools meets the multiple needs of students…. America must understand that she needs Muslims.”
If Pelosi is aware that Carson made this statement, it’s unlikely that it troubled her: she knows that the only people concerned about what might be taught in madrassas (in line with the Qur’an) about the justice of oppressing women and religious minorities are bigoted, ignorant Islamophobes. She knows it’s a religion of peace and justice, and that Carson believes in the true, peaceful form of the religion, not that twisted, hijacked perversion of Islam taught by the Islamic State and the Congregation of the People of the Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad (Boko Haram) and the Party of Allah (Hizballah) and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and all the rest of them.

So what could possibly go wrong?

Well, there is the small matter that Carson said the words quoted above at the annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America/Muslim American Society. The Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society are Muslim Brotherhood organizations – listed as such in a captured internal document of the Brotherhood that delineated its strategy for conquest of the United States. The Muslim Brotherhood is dedicated in its own words, according to that document, to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house.”

If Andre Carson had spoken at the convention of any non-Muslim group dedicated to that goal, would he be getting a seat on the House Intelligence Committee, and already be sitting on the Armed Services Committee? The answer is obvious. But in Carson’s case, the question itself will never be asked. Anyone who raises questions about his association with ICNA and MAS will be derided in the mainstream media as an intolerant fearmonger with a wallet fattened on the greenbacks of well-heeled bigots so brimming with hate, racism and fear that they find nothing better to do with their money than throw millions of dollars around to defame and marginalize innocent, law-abiding, peaceful Muslims.

And that will be that. Carson will go on the Intel Committee, and all will be well, and all manner of thing will be well. He won’t be the first or the last Muslim Brotherhood-linked individual to gain access at high places. How many such straws will ultimately be needed to break the camel’s back remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Pelosi and her ilk will keep piling them on.


Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/robert-spencer/pelosi-to-name-muslim-brotherhood-linked-congressman-to-house-intel-committee/

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How to Defeat Radical Islam - Bruce Walker



by Bruce Walker


We have the paths to win the war waged against us by enemies full of hate, and once we begin fighting along these paths, we will win.  Until we choose to win, however, the innocent will suffer, and the monsters will prowl our lands with growing impunity.

How do we defeat radical Islam?  We had better find out soon, because the world today has an Islamic nuclear power (Pakistan), and it will soon have another (Iran).  If demographic trends continue, yet another nuclear power will have a Muslim plurality soon enough (France).  If we approach this strategic threat as we approached the Cold War, which we won without bloodshed, then there is a three-pronged approach that works.

First, we must undermine the economic power of those nations that are home to radical Muslims.  Cheap domestic oil and gas production is the key to winning that part of our strategy.  America and Canada both have the potential to produce enough fossil fuel to undermine the oil revenue of Islamic states.  Not all of these nations are hostile to our interests, but nearly all are sources of wealth that supports the offspring of radical Islam.

The oil shale recovery technology is rapidly increasing oil production not only in America, but in Canada as well, which makes the Keystone Pipeline necessary for more than economic reasons:  the more we can assist in making Canadian oil profitable globally, the more we can shift wealth away from Islamic nations and toward friendly nations that share a common interest in fighting Islamic terrorism.

Most of the oil production increase in the last five years that has come from advanced exploration and production techniques has come from American and Canadian production.  Creating a de facto OPEC system of Canadian-American oil will also weaken Russia and create incentives for China to behave well, and it will help the economic prosperity of Canada and America.

Weakening the Soviet-bloc economies constricted the options of the Kremlin and created incentives from outlying members of that bloc to become friendlier with us.  There is no reason why an American government that that sees the oil and gas industry of North America as a friend and not an enemy could not work with this industry to help defeat radical Islam.

Second, we ought to use the potent weapon of nationalism to fight radical Islam, just as we used nationalism to unglue the Soviet Empire.  The Warsaw Pact – Poland, in particular – was a key fissure in Soviet power, but the Soviet Union itself was nothing more than a prison house of nations, from Lithuanians and Ukrainians to Uzbeks and Turkmens. 

Look at Iraq today.  Who are our natural allies?  The Kurds, who are largely Muslim but not exclusively, are right now fighting our fight, with minimal help or support from us.  If we helped create a Kurdistan that included parts of Syria, Turkey, and Iran, as well as Iraq, these Kurds would align themselves with us and against radical Islam.

 Iran, a nation we are seeing as a sort of “ally” now, is really an empire in which barely 60% of the people are Iranians.  The rest are Azeri, Baluchi, Kurds, or other subject nations trapped inside Iran.  Why are we not the friends of these trapped peoples? 

What is the largest Islamic nation on Earth?  Two of the largest Muslim nations – Indonesia and Pakistan – are empires of ruling nationalities.  In Indonesia, only 40% are part of the ruling Javanese, and in Pakistan less than 45% of the population is Punjabi.  Afghanistan is also a crazy patchwork quilt of nationalities – Pashtun, Turkmen, Uzbek, Baluchi, and others – and none is close to being a majority of the population. 

Supporting the Balkanization of Islamia is more than simply “divide and conquer” or “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”  Giving captive peoples their own nation reduces the frustrations these peoples feel and allows them to see America as a liberator rather than an oppressor.

Third, in spite of the utility of economic leverage and nationalism, we must create a moral alternative to Islam, and this cannot be grounded in the sort of atheism that reigns in Europe and in the American left.  Indeed, the descent into materialistic atheism is precisely what radical Islamists want for us, because it is in essence pure despair.  Anything, even Islam, looks better than that.

The defeat of the Evil Empire required men of great faith.  President Reagan, recall, used the term “Evil Empire” in a speech to evangelicals.  Pope John Paul II inspired Poles to risk everything in this life to fight the evil of Marxism.  Alexander Solzhenitsyn proved indigestible to the Kremlin because he found God in the Gulag and never let Him go.

We have the paths to win the war waged against us by enemies full of hate, and once we begin fighting along these paths, we will win.  Until we choose to win, however, the innocent will suffer, and the monsters will prowl our lands with growing impunity.


Bruce Walker

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/01/how_to_defeat_radical_islam.html

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The Proliferation of Online Anti-Semitism - C. Hart



by C. Hart


One place that anti-Semites have been misinforming the public, encouraging negative attitudes towards Jews, is on the Internet. But in the name of First Amendment rights, Internet companies have refused to take material off of their sites that encourage racism, incitement, and lies. Much of this classic anti-Semitism is full of fabrications and blood libels. Moreover, cyber demonization of Jews could be poisoning the minds of fanatics and fueling the fire for more attacks.

The four French Jews who were recently killed in the kosher supermarket attack in Paris were buried in Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot Cemetery on January 13.

In his eulogy, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin commented on the murders. “This is sheer hatred of Jews; abhorrent, dark and premeditated, which seeks to strike wherever there is Jewish life.” 

Rivlin spoke about the increase of attacks on Jews that have occurred in recent years. “It would be dangerous to deny that we are talking about anti-Semitism, whether old or new. Regardless of what may be the sick motives of terrorists, it is beholden upon the leaders of Europe to act, and commit to firm measures to return a sense of security and safety to the Jews of Europe; in Toulouse, in Paris, in Brussels, or in Burgas.”

He expressed the fears that Jews hold in Europe, now, because of frequent beatings, vandalism, and attacks on synagogues and Jewish communities. “It is no longer possible to ignore or remain ambiguous, or to act weakly or with leniency against rabid anti-Semitic incitement. Ignorance and violence will not simply go away on their own.”
With an uptick in anti-Semitism, not just in Europe, but also in the United States and throughout the world, concerned leaders are analyzing how to stop these vicious acts against the Jewish People.

One place that anti-Semites have been misinforming the public, encouraging negative attitudes towards Jews, is on the Internet. But in the name of First Amendment rights, Internet companies have refused to take material off of their sites that encourage racism, incitement, and lies. Much of this classic anti-Semitism is full of fabrications and blood libels. Moreover, cyber demonization of Jews could be poisoning the minds of fanatics and fueling the fire for more attacks.

According to Israeli Ambassador Gideon Behar, “Every new development in the cyber world is being used to integrate this kind of hate.  When we compare it to other forms of racism, it is prevalent on the Internet.”

Behar is the Director of the Department on Combating Anti-Semitism for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is raising public awareness of cyber discrimination and prejudice against Jews, while also pressing Internet companies to get the hate material off the Web.

In his office, Behar and others conduct searches on You Tube, Facebook, Google, Yahoo Answers, Instagram, and Wikipedia to prove how prevalent the bias is. The propaganda is massive. Articles, caricatures, videos, and photos are aimed at defaming the Jewish race and spreading falsehoods.

According to Behar, the Internet is an important platform, especially for vulnerable school children who are being given tasks by their teachers to find out information. A child may pose a question on Yahoo Answers, and an anti-Semite may answer their question. The answer is not challenged and the information remains on the Internet. Behar says that anti-Semites use this for their own purposes in every language.

For example, an app was created about two years ago for The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. You could download it onto mobile phones in Arabic before the app was finally removed from the Internet.

Another example is that a Twitter account was created for Adolf Hitler. There were 770,000 followers before Twitter stopped it.  

“The Internet influences life on the ground,” Behar states. “It creates more motivation to attack Jews. It gives legitimization to that. Then, you have more motivation to attack them verbally or physically.”

Today, most European countries have regulations against hate speech and Holocaust denial. There is legislation that can be appropriated and a court in France has ruled against Twitter in the past.  But, a proliferation of materials that denigrate Jews remains in Cyberspace. It takes persistence and action to get Internet companies to delete this information.

At one time, for instance, there were #good Jew and #bad Jew hashtags. Behar says people could connect through these hashtags. “And, it was removed because of an appeal by the Union of Jewish Students in France. But, a thing like that cannot happen in the United States because of the First Amendment.”

Behar points out that the interpretation of the First Amendment enables every kind of hate speech and racism. He wants companies, governments, and organizations that deal with the WorldWideWeb to do something about the magnitude of these materials that are flooding public sites. “Actually, by not putting boundaries on them, they are creating a danger for democracy, western values, and our civilization as a whole.”

There should be protection on the Internet that allows free speech to continue, according to Behar, but at the same time protects individuals. If someone is interested in anti-Semitism or racism the search engines will reinforce this. People will get information they want to see and hear, and will not be supplied with other views.

On Behar’s computer he views Jew Watch, the biggest anti-Semitic website on the Internet. He says it ranks ten times higher than the U.S. Holocaust Memorial site because there are people who can manipulate the search engines.

Holocaust deniers, for example, can affect the algorithms so that their Web pages will be viewed before Holocaust materials that describe the truth of what happened during WWII. (Such algorithms tend to heavily weigh the number fo clicks a site receives. Just get a few hundred poeple to keep clicking, and you can raise a site to the top of the page.) People end up learning, first, what Holocaust deniers are propagating.

Behar thinks this is an unfair practice. “They influence the search engines so people will come to their Web sites, and not to good, honest Web sites on the Holocaust. The Internet is not naïve. We need to influence the norms so the norms will protect us.”

By sharing his knowledge, Behar hopes that there will be better reporting of Internet abuse and more scrutiny of information, especially materials that could stir up violence against Jews. He believes Internet providers and companies should have policies that prohibit the spread of hate in Cyberspace. They can enforce this by using technology such as filters.

The idea is to allow a child to learn about the history of the Jewish People without coming up against animosity towards Jews, first. Behar claims it is the responsibility of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to make changes. “In our world, we share the Net together. If it has become hostile to Jews and other groups, how can we live?  The Internet reinforces ideas; and, if your ideas are negative, you are already being re-enforced with negative ideas.”

Societal involvement is critical. The public can write talkbacks. Every Internet platform has a policy of reporting incitement. Behar is encouraging people to make their voices heard. But, he also believes that sites like Twitter, used by terrorists worldwide, should change their policy.

Anti-Semitism is not only a Jewish problem. Behar sees it as a world problem. “History shows us it starts with the Jews and continues to other minorities, and it never ends with the Jews. It is a global threat. It tells us that we must take action now. “

Behar wants to see more resources devoted to fighting the proliferation of cyber anti-Semitism.

“If we want to preserve our society and democracy, we must pay very high attention to what is going on the Internet today; and, to protect the Internet and protect free speech from this hatred.”


C. Hart

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/01/the_proliferation_of_online_antisemitism.html

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Creeping Anti-Israelism in the Evangelical Movement - Jim Fletcher



by Jim Fletcher


What conservatives need to understand is that these demonstrations of hate mongering are no longer confined to the academic community. They are now being mainstreamed even to the Bible Belt.


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Lynne Hybels discussing Israel security barrier.
I live in a small town in the American South. A few years ago, I stopped at a convenience store and noticed on the counter a tabloid newspaper. I picked up a copy and when I got home, realized it was a white-supremacist rag, liberally sprinkled with anti-Jewish propaganda. In fact, it felt a lot like classic, medieval anti-Semitism, which never really went out of style.

So it is that I spend much of my time now researching the decline of Israel support, specifically within American Evangelicalism, once a stronghold of support for the Jewish state.

From visits to captured Palestinian weaponry and propaganda literature displayed in Israel, to sitting in on evangelical leadership conferences that feature anti-Israel speakers, watching the erosion of support for Israel is jarring.

A friend sent me a link recently to a blog, “Mondoweiss,” which claims to be “a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective.”

This particular link featured an essay by Marc Ellis, the retired professor (Baylor University) who now is able to devote more time to his anti-Israel obsession, including routine comparisons between Israel and the Third Reich.

Leading was an endorsement from none other than Dr. Cornel West:

“Anytime I think of my brother Marc Ellis, I think of quiet dignity, spiritual integrity, moral consistency, fierce fortitude, and an unstoppable determination to tell the truth, expose lies, and bear witness.”

The title of this particular piece, “Burning Children: A Jewish View of the War in Gaza,” tells you all you need to know about Ellis’s view of Israelis. What I find especially notable is the similar tone to that of pieces penned by “evangelical” leaders like Donald Miller and Lynne Hybels.

Therein lies a most interesting link.

Miller, an author of some fame (“Blue Like Jazz”), and Hybels, co-founder of the powerful Willow Creek Association, have both spoken at Catalyst conferences. Catalyst staff and organizers work hard to present the organization as the evangelical leadership conduit. The powerful networking features three large conferences each year (in southern California, Dallas, and Atlanta, thus blanketing the country), where an eclectic bunch of center-left speakers engage 50,000 senior pastors and other church staff. The Catalyst database features many thousands more pastors who receive resources.

At Catalyst Atlanta, in 2012, Hybels spoke, and the title of her talk, “We Belong to Each Other:

Americans, Israelis and Palestinians for Peace,” implied a non-violent form of protest of the “occupation,” yet she decried the presence of the IDF in the territories, spoke of the negative impact of the security fence, and alleged that Palestinians lack water sources. Her slide titled “1967 Six-Day War” stated: “Israeli Military Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza begins.”

All standard PLO fare.

Hybels isn’t the only Palestinian advocate to address church audiences. At the 2011 meeting of the Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding (EMEU) in California, Anglican vicar Stephen Sizer spoke; Sizer is perhaps the biggest critic of Israel and its friends — notably, Christian Zionists — in the world.

The entire conference was devoid of any context: no mention of the Arab invasion of Israel in 1948, or the context of the Six-Day War or ’73 War. Additionally, several anti-Semitic undertones were evident. Near the conclusion of the conference, Don Wagner (formerly a professor at Chicago’s Northpark Seminary) told what some described as a joke:

“Several of the Christian Zionist Republican candidates were told by the media just before a debate that Gaddafi had been shot through the temple.” “Oh, my God,” said one, “I didn’t know he was Jewish!”

Such talk is becoming standard at Christian conferences around the country.

In 2011, Catalyst invited Cornel West, the radical Princeton professor, to address its Atlanta gathering, via video link.

How odd, I thought. Why would ostensibly evangelical leaders invite a man who describes himself as a “non-Marxist socialist”?

(You know what that means, don’t you? He’s a Marxist.)

So I asked Catalyst director Brad Lomenick. Four times.

No answer.

Finally, I asked him in person at Catalyst Dallas in May 2014. He passed me along to the new director, Tyler Reagin, who, as it turns out, also didn’t have the time to answer my question.

Catalyst doesn’t want rank-and-file evangelicals figuring out what some of us who have attended conferences already know: they are left-wing.

Consider the intro to West’s bio from 2011, posted on the Catalyst site:

“Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual.”

In David Horowitz’s book, “Radicals,” he discusses the vapid nature of West’s resume. Would that the evangelical Christian leaders mainstreaming West knew this.

Instructive for these evangelical leaders is Horowitz’s observation of West cloaking himself in religious language:
A tireless self-promoter, West habitually refers to himself and his work as “prophetic” (e.g., “I am a prophetic Christian freedom fighter”), and has put the words “prophetic” or “prophesy” in the titles of four of his books, including a collection of casual pieces and book reviews he called Prophetic Fragments, as though Ezekiel was his soul mate and the parchments containing his wisdom had been eaten by the sands of time.
This is an important point because Cornel West is at best a radical socialist, yet Christian leaders are embracing him. It has been announced that West will speak at the “Justice Conference” in Chicago in June, along with mainstream evangelicals Lynne Hybels, Bob Goff, and Louie Giglio. This is shocking, given the alleged ideological divide between evangelicals and leftists.

It is the empty nature of West’s accolades that rankles true evangelicals, who recognize the left’s infiltration of the community. As Horowitz notes:
Who is this man who has been elevated to such prominence by cultural arbiters high and low? His newly published autobiography, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud (and don’t even attempt to parse that title), answers the question with an epigraph, which is a citation from himself:
“I’m a bluesman in the life of the mind, and a
jazzman in the world of ideas.”—Cornel West
Like many sentences West writes, this catchy phrase is a substitute for thought that does not make any sense. “But what does it mean to be a bluesman in the life of the mind?”
Good question, but it doesn’t matter to Christian leaders determined to expose young leaders and laypersons to leftist ideology. Further, West’s anti-Semitic ties are deeply disturbing.

“Radicals” clues us in on West’s view of Jews:
He was a celebrity sponsor of the 2012 “Global March to Jerusalem,” an attack organized by Islamist Iran on the Jewish state. He has been a frequent speaker at the black liberation church of another sponsor of  the Global March, Jeremiah Wright, the notorious anti-Semite and race-hater whom West regards as “my dear brother” and “a prophetic Christian preacher.”
What conservatives need to understand is that these demonstrations of hate mongering are no longer confined to the academic community. They are now being mainstreamed even to the Bible Belt. Consider that Donald Miller has written about Israel, even accusing the IDF of war crimes (murdering Palestinian women and children), and Hybels traverses the country speaking up for the Palestinian narrative.

Truly, the research presented in Paul Kengor’s important book, “Dupes,” rings true. For 80 years, totalitarians (mostly the Soviets) worked long and hard to undermine American from within. While we were watching our shores, we didn’t realize that the corrosive effects of Marxism were permeating our universities and even seminaries. They have now reached full flower, which bodes ill for freedom-loving Americans and their close friend and ally, Israel.

The biggest under-reported story in America today is the co-opting of the evangelical Christian community by the Palestinian propagandists. It will get worse.

In this brave new world, we find ourselves oppressed by the views of West targeting the West.


Jim Fletcher is a member of the executive committee for the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel—NCLCI—and a prolific blogger. He can be reached at jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/jim-fletcher/creeping-anti-israelism-in-the-evangelical-movement/

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Everything has been Turned on its Head - Phyllis Chesler



by Phyllis Chesler

The response to my piece about What The West Must Do In Order to Survive has been very informative.

Last night, I lectured at a synagogue in Westchester. Afterwards, a man came up “to shake my hand.” He had asked me this exact question about Western survival and I had answered him partly based on the Arutz Sheva article I recently wrote on the question. Then he told me:

“Our son was supposed to be at the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Luckily, something prevented him from going but we spent the weeks afterwards calling up many of his Boston-area friends to see how they were. What will it take for Americans to wake up and to take Jihad seriously? If 9/11 and Ft Hood and the Boston Marathon Bombing did not do it, I am afraid to think of what will.”

A young college student said: “If I say any of the things you have just said, my friends would call me crazy.”

Said I: “So what? If you opt for popularity and conformity you will never develop the strength to stand up to evil or to tell the truth. Remember: Evil always prevails when the good people are afraid to stop it, lest they not only become pariahs--they may also lose their livelihoods and their lives.”

I thought she was going to faint.

When I was asked something about President Obama I cut right to the chase. However, in passing, I said that “of course he is considered a Muslim by the Ummah. He is the son of a Muslim father and by definition this is all that counts". Taking it a step further, Obama might also be seen as an apostate because he embraced Christianity or at least attended a black nationalist Christian church in Chicago.

Again, some people heard me say something else, namely, that I thought Obama is a secret Muslim and that this accounts for his pro-Islamic world policies and statements and his extraordinary “sensitivity” to Muslim feelings. Another college student said that if she said this to her friends they would say she was “crazy.”


Said I. “That’s nothing. Wait until they call you a Zionist and start harassing you in your dorm.”

What will it take for Europeans to wake up?

A colleague who lives in Germany read the piece and sent me the following email:

“Your suggestions about Europe have little chance of  happening. Many don't (blame) or call it Islam, including Hollande himself. Many blame the Israeli conflict with Palestine as a major cause. Europe and it's churches, intellectuals, etc., are more concerned about " islamophobia". Yesterday, 100, 000 marched against islamophobia in Germany, but did not bother with the rally in central Berlin in September against anti-Semitism, despite the fact that the rally was addressed by Merkel and president Gauck. They could only raise 4000, mostly Jews, from all over Germany."

The political will and honesty are simply not there! Germans now see themselves as victims of Hitler, Muslims also now see themselves as victims. Palestinians are victims...everything has been turned on its head.

But you can see "Jews to the gas" marchers in European streets, and not even a blink of the  eye. I don't think Europe can heal itself. It won't even define the problem correctly! In the meantime life goes in, with female slaves and 10 year old girls in Nigeria used as suicide bombers.

Islam??!!! Don't be racist!!!!

Yesterday, Chancellor Merkel proclaimed that “Islam is part of Germany.” She said so at a Muslim rally which called for an even “more open and tolerant” Germany; the rally wanted to counter the anti-Islam protests that have recently taken place.  

In France, many Muslim students would not comply with a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Charlie Hebdomassacre. (I must note that there was no moment of silence called for the Jewish victims in the kosher supermarket). Instead, some students yelled out “Allahu Akbar.” Others merely disrupted the silence. More important, at one school, 80% of the students refused to keep quiet, saying that the Charlie Hebdo journalists deserved what they got. Students across France threatened teachers and confirmed their own desire to join ISIS; some said that they did not “understand” the need for honoring those who had dishonored the prophet Mohammed.

Another friend, forwarded a disturbing letter from two French friends, one Jewish, one Catholic.

“We've both been pretty preoccupied with the heinous events of last week, especially the anti-Semitic aspect of all this. Do you know that the terrorist brothers let the female journalists at Charlie Hebdo go, but there was one Jewish woman among them, so they killed her.

"We’re feeling like we need to be careful as to what we say and how we say it, because we will be labelled as racists. But we both have come to feel very anti-Islam. When you have so many terrorist acts, emanating from so many Muslim countries, then these people are no longer the exception. Of course I recognize that not all Muslims are anti-Semitic terrorists. But way too many are. After the acts last week there were hundreds if not thousands of Muslim youth who expressed support for what happened.

"We have a friend who is a public school teacher of 12 year olds in Toulouse. The day after the first attack she discussed it with her class and her Muslim students defended the actions, saying the journalists deserved it because of their disrespect to Mohamed. Can you believe that? Articles written by other teachers say similarly things.

"We were watching a French news panel last evening and there were two Muslim representatives. Even now, you should have heard what was coming out of their mouths. They wonder why Jews are getting special treatment now, such as having police guard Jewish schools. Why don't Muslims get the same benefits they questioned. And on it goes!

"I'm  not very optimistic about the future, certainly not here in Europe where the issue is so pressing. The Sunday march and the show of solidarity has been great, but there are such fundamental problems that require real, honest questions being asked and actions taken, that I think any meaningful change will not happen.”

A friend of mine in France wrote this:

“One of our closest friends, Philippe HONORE (a cartoonist) died in the first minutes. We are not only upset but (are) even more ready to FIGHT!”

Yesterday, French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, gave a passionate speech to the National Assembly in which he denounced the rise of anti-Semitism in France. Suddenly, he finds it unacceptable that the age-old chant “Death to the Jews” should be heard on the streets of France. He was careful to note that France is at war with “jihadism and terrorism…not against Islam and Muslims.” Fifty three French people have been arrested for “anti-Semitism,  hate speech, and glorifying terrorism.”  

Will they keep them behind bars, deport them? How about the radical mosques and radical Islamist teachers who are teaching their Muslim students Islamism? What will France really do?

We do not know how many Europeans are really ready “to fight” or whether they can even prevail. No civilization can be destroyed entirely by external forces. The Western elites, intelligentsia, media, Western multi-cultural relativism, false narratives about Faux-istinians, and a general misuse of language, have all operated like a fifth column for at least fifty or sixty years.

Everyone believes that the America and Europe are evil colonial and imperial powers—both racist and sexist. Israel is condemned as even more so. No one seems to understand the slightest thing about Muslim history in terms of its anti-black racism, conversion via the sword, hatred and persecution of the kuffar (infidel), its gender and religious apartheid, and its’ very long record of colonialism,  imperialism, and genocide.

Anyone who points this out as a fact, is immediately labelled an “Islamophobe,” a racist, a conservative—a bloody Zionist! Anyone who notes the surreal nature of Islamic barbarism operating today, is also viewed suspiciously, and nervously.

What will it take to turn this around before it is too late? I welcome reader comments.


Phyllis Chesler

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/16301#.VLgsznuzchQ

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