Friday, June 14, 2019

Hiding behind 'Islamophobia' - Eileen F. Toplansky


by Eileen F. Toplansky


The term "Islamophobia" is a potent weapon used by jihadists and their supporters.

Jihadists are masters at putting people on the defensive and the term “Islamophobia” is a potent weapon constantly used by them. Essentially, it shuts down any comment about Islam that is not favorable. Initially it is the back door to censorship. Ultimately, it is to establish the Islamic takeover of the West because it obfuscates factual evidence of many of the heinous aspects of sharia law and societies under Islamic rule.

It was "[a]t the end of the 1970s, [when] Iranian fundamentalists invented the term 'Islamophobia [.]' The aim of this word was to declare Islam inviolate." The term, which is "worthy of totalitarian propaganda, is deliberately unspecific about whether it refers to a religion, a belief system or its faithful adherents around the world."

The lack of specific definition, of course, leaves the door wide open to multiple interpretations, all to the benefit of the jihadists who would use the word to suit their vile purposes. Thus, "the term 'Islamophobia' denies the reality of an Islamic offensive in Europe all the better to justify it [and] it attacks secularism by equating it with fundamentalism." It silences all those Muslims who question the Koran, who demand equality of the sexes, who claim the right to renounce religion, and who want to practice their faith freely [.]"

Repeatedly, freedom lovers have demonstrated how the term Islamophobia has served its purpose spectacularly well. It allows Islamic apologists to "silence any criticism of Islam." The term has infiltrated Middle East and Islamic Studies and anyone who would monitor mosques for threats to the public order will be denounced. Consequently "child marriages, forced marriages, female seclusion, honor killings, gang rapes of infidel women, or the enslavement and sale of females for sex slavery" cannot be publicized for fear of being accused of racism.

Are these irrational fears? In fact "[i]slamists use diversity politics and ecumenical dreams to move the holy struggle forward. Invoking Islamophobia, they seek to ruin any critics. With the enthusiastic support of America's multiculturalists and cultural left, they are succeeding."

If the following terrify you, then you are practicing Islamophobia:
  • beheadings for alleged offences against the Koran
  • being stoned to death for showing a body part
  • being murdered for being gay
  • being raped
  • being murdered for religious conversion
  • violent jihad against people of other faiths.
The term Islamophobia has become common parlance despite the fact that Christianophobia is rampant in the world and Judeophobia dates back to the ancient world. But these latter terms are not meant to suppress free speech whereas that is precisely what Islamophobia is meant to do. Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world today, and genocide of Christians is on the rise, though one would barely read about this in most of the mainstream media.

Christophobia is not used because as Stephen Crawford explains "Christians don’t riot when someone portrays Jesus on a cross upside-down, or in a glass of piss. Christians don’t kill over a mis-handled Bible. Christians don’t issue death threats at every perceived insult. Christians don’t perceive everything as an insult in the first place."

In 2015, Jonathan S. Tobin documented how Islamophobia fears hampered the war against ISIS. The word created a national security risk because of the purging of relevant and factual training that is directly related to Islamic terror. It is why in 2013 Berkeley professors claimed that Islamophobia was a greater threat than Islamic terrorism. Moreover, the campaign to counter terrorist propaganda on university campuses is derided as Islamophobic. Hurling an accusation of Islamophobia is why no one can be horrified when a Muslim Imam claims women who don't wear hijabs are asking to be raped.

In fact, FBI hate crime statistics show that claims about Islamophobia are false yet such assertions are repeatedly whipped out.

In 2005, Daniel Pipes gave an overview of how the term was coined in 1996 by a self-proclaimed Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia.

The word literally means 'undue fear of Islam' but it is used to mean 'prejudice against Muslims[.]…
The term presents several problems, however. What exactly constitutes an 'undue fear of Islam' when Muslims acting in the name of Islam today make up the premier source of worldwide aggression, both verbal and physical, versus non-Muslims and Muslims alike? What, one wonders, is the proper amount of fear?
Promoters of the 'Islamophobia' concept habitually exaggerate the problem:
  • Law enforcement: British Muslims are said to suffer from persistent police discrimination but an actual review of the statistics by Kenan Malik makes mincemeat of this 'Islamophobia myth.'
  • Cultural: Muslims 'are faced with an extreme flow of anti-Islamic literature that preaches hatred against Islam [.]'
  • Linguistic: A professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, falsely reported... at a U.N. event, 'Confronting Islamophobia,' reports Alexander Joffe) attempts to hide the Arabic origins of English words such as adobe -- which derives in fact from ancient Egyptian, not from Arabic.
  • Historical: The term anti-Semitism was originally used to describe sentiment against Arabs living in Spain, Mr. Nasr also stated in his speech, and was not linked to Jews until after World War II. Nonsense: anti-Semitism dates back only to 1879, when it was coined by Wilhelm Marr, and has always referred specifically to hatred of Jews.
More recently, Soeren Kern describes how the deliberate manipulation of the definition of this term is actually establishing a back-door blasphemy law. In fact, "[t]he proposed definition has been opposed by many Britons, including British Muslims, who warn that it would effectively shield Islam from scrutiny and valid criticism." Furthermore, "[s]enior British police officials have cautioned that the proposed definition of Islamophobia could cause confusion among police officers and hamper the fight against Islamic terrorism."

From a legal standpoint, "no one would be sure which forms of words could land them in court. It is precisely such uncertainty that makes the difference between a police state and a free society."

In essence, "Britain is fatally infected by Islam." Bill Warner, says of Islamophobia, "It is whatever the Muslims say it is."

Islamophobia is an ideological fabrication. It is continually used as a thought crime to create a totalitarian future. As Andrew C. McCarthy has stated, "it is a neologism coined by the Muslim Brotherhood, which is as practiced in the art of deception as any organization on Earth."

It is well overdue to stop catering and bowing to those who would invoke the term. We should all be Islamophobes or Naziphobes or Communistphobes given the evil they perpetuate.

Eileen F. Toplansky can be reached at middlemarch18@gmail.com

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/06/hiding_behind_islamophobia.html

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Iran responsible for 'blatant assault' on oil tankers in Gulf of Oman, Mike Pompeo says - Lukas Mikelionis


by Lukas Mikelionis

Whether it be a torpedo or mines, Jakob P. Larsen, head of maritime security for the international shipping association BIMCO, told the Associated Press that the incident brings the region closer to an armed conflict.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for the "blatant assault" on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier Thursday.

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Pompeo said: “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”

He charged that Iran is working to disrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz and this is a deliberate part of a campaign to escalate tension, adding that the U.S. will defend its forces and interests in the region, although he did not elaborate.

His comments came shortly after a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News that the U.S. Navy saw an unexploded mine attached to the hull of the Panama-listed, Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous ship, one of the two ships attacked. It is the same type of mine used to damage four oil tankers last month in the same area - an attack senior Pentagon officials blamed on Iran.

A spokesman for Taiwan's CPC Corp oil refiner, which chartered the other boat attacked on Thursday morning, the Front Altair, said it was "suspected of being hit by a torpedo", although this not been confirmed.




Whether it be a torpedo or mines, Jakob P. Larsen, head of maritime security for the international shipping association BIMCO, told the Associated Press that the incident brings the region closer to an armed conflict.

“The shipping industry views this as an escalation of the situation, and we are just about as close to a conflict without there being an actual armed conflict, so the tensions are very high,” he said.
“The shipping industry views this as an escalation of the situation, and we are just about as close to a conflict without there being an actual armed conflict, so the tensions are very high.”
— Jakob P. Larsen
Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif said of the latest incident: "Suspicious doesn't begin to describe what likely transpired this morning."

But U.S. officials have repeatedly warned that the Iranian regime is posing a credible threat in the Middle East, prompting the Trump administration to beef up security in the region in the form of additional bombers and troops.

Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of American forces in the Middle East, warned during a recent trip to the region of an unspecified “imminent” threat from Iran.


Back in May, the U.S. military was put on alert after reports that Iranian forces loaded missiles into launchers on two Iranian commercial boats sailing around the Persian Gulf, according to the Wall Street Journal. For two weeks, the U.S. shadowed the ships as tensions continued to rise, according to the report. The ships eventually came back to a harbor and unloaded the rockets, Iranian officials said
“The best way to describe them is a covert, deniable first-strike weapon. The conversion of a merchant ship for an attack in and of itself is a very provocative act.”
— U.S. official familiar with the intelligence
“The best way to describe them is a covert, deniable first-strike weapon,” a U.S. official familiar with the intelligence told the newspaper. “The conversion of a merchant ship for an attack in and of itself is a very provocative act.”

Zarif fired back against criticism at the time, saying that the regime had the right to self-defense. “We have a right to defend ourselves, so if we put missiles on our boats, it is our right,” he told ABC News on Sunday.




The MT Front Altair, a Marshall Islands-flagged but Norwegian-owned crude oil tanker was carrying naphtha, a flammable petrochemical product, to Japan. The Front Altair came from Ruwais in the UAE, a loading point for the state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.

International Tanker Management, which operates the MT Front Altair, said an explosion had caused a fire onboard. The firm told the Associated Press the incident is still being investigated and it was unclear what caused the explosion. Its 23 crew members were evacuated by the nearby South Korean-based Hyundai Dubai Vessel and are now safe, the firm said.

The other tanker, the Kokuka Courageous, said it sustained hull damage and 21 sailors had been evacuated, with one suffering minor injuries.

The vessel came from Mesaieed, Qatar, and Jubail, Saudi Arabia, carrying methanol, a chemical compound used in a variety of products.




The tensions between the U.S. and Iran have reached a fever pitch and the diplomatic efforts to defuse the situation tend to hit a wall. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting Iran this week and is expected to try to de-escalate tensions between Tehran and Washington, though any significant breakthrough is unlikely.

Yet Abe’s visit coincided with the Iran-backed Houthi rebel attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha regional airport that reportedly wounded 26 people.

An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.

An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP Photo/ISNA)
The U.S. was put on alert amid intelligence reports that indicated that Iran-backed militias in Iraq are moving the missiles close to American bases. This prompted the U.S. to order all non-essential personnel to leave the U.S. Embassy and consulate in Iraq.

President Trump, meanwhile, sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the region, along with hundreds more troops to back up the tens of thousands already deployed in the region.


In the midst of this, Iran is also threatening to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear accord and resume enriching uranium closer to weapons-grade level on July 7 if European allies fail to offer new terms for the nuclear deal.

Ilan Goldenberg, Middle East Security Director at CNAS (Center for a New American Security), a defense and national security think tank, tweeted Thursday: "I’ve been saying for the past month that threat of war with Iran is overhyped. Not after today. We should be concerned."

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson, Bradford Betz and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


Lukas Mikelionis

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/world/highly-likely-iran-responsible-oil-tanker-attack-gulf-oman-defense

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Horowitz on Beck: The Democrats’ Muslim Brotherhood Romance - Frontpagemag.com


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Freedom Center founder unveils the Unholy Alliance’s ‘Dark Agenda’.




[Order David Horowitz's new book, Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America.] 

In his recent appearance on Glenn Beck's show, David Horowitz discusses The Democrats’ Muslim Brotherhood Romance, the Left's anti-Semitic and anti-American agenda, and much more. Don't miss it!




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Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273990/horowitz-beck-democrats-muslim-brotherhood-romance-frontpagemagcom

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Beating China: The New Cold War - Elijah G. Pardo


by Elijah G. Pardo

By adhering to realist principles and replicating Ronald Reagan's pressure, the United States can stop China's erosion of the international order and prevent the growth of anti-Western influence.

Far too often, pundits and politicians alike make the case that America should avoid another cold war, this time with China. There is a problem with this argument. America doesn’t get to choose whether or not to start another cold war. Just as it was not America that initiated a coup in Czechoslovakia in 1948 and it was not America that brutally put down a rebellion in Hungary in 1956, it is not America that is stealing intellectual property and obstructing international waters in 2019. China chose to start this cold war; we are already in the middle of it. America doesn’t get a say unless it wants to lie down and lose. It isn’t the same type of cold war, and each side has different objectives, but it is contentious no less.

If America wants to win the Second Cold War, it has to do several broad things, but for one it has first to acknowledge that it is already ongoing. The Trump administration took an excellent first step. The administration’s national security strategy admits that we are moving back into a period of great power competition and seeks to develop a plan to succeed in that environment. China is run by an expansionist totalitarian regime that aims, for the first time, to extend its influence to shift the global balance of power and international order into its favor and away from the West’s. America has to again come to the understanding that the world is competitive and to remain the global superpower; it will have to face challengers. There are many countries that would love to challenge America; China happens to be the one that has the best chance. 

The western structure of the international order which America has led has created an incredible global economy that has pulled endless numbers of people and even entire nations out of poverty. For instance, Poland in 1990 had a GDP per capita of $5,509 (World Bank, constant 2010 US$), in 2017 it had a GDP per capita of $15,822. That's an increase of nearly 300%. A similar pattern repeats within other former communist or authoritarian states. According to the World Bank, in 1990 36% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty, 25 years later less than 10% do. The West’s emphasis on economic liberalization is working.

Amongst all this, the United States has prospered too, as the international order since WWII has been structured to its benefit. U.S. GDP per capita has increased by over 300% from $17,550 (World Bank, constant 2010 US$) in 1960 to $53,128 in 2017. For this progress to happen, a massive security umbrella was needed. Following WWII, the United States created that structure and has kept international markets open and shipping lanes protected. In recent years, however, amongst political strain in the United States, that umbrella has begun to show cracks. 

The uncertainty of U.S. commitments has emboldened China, which has begun to project its power into one of the most critical regions in the world, the South China Sea. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has grown significantly in the 21st century while also shrinking the technology gap between it and the U.S. Navy. China has begun to again ratchet up tensions over its claims on the South China Sea as if it were land. These claims are well within international waters and have no basis in international law. A UN tribunal recently ruled as much. The PLAN has constructed artificial islands throughout the South China Sea to establish a Chinese military presence. Chinese vessels have also swarmed foreign ships in international waters and physically obstructed their movement. Over half of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage proceeds through various straits around Indonesia with most then venturing into the South China Sea. Claims and obstructions on key shipping routes, unopposed, could give the Chinese a massive amount of leverage over the world’s economics.

America must face these challenges if it wishes to continue to prosper, aid other economies, and be the global leader. China is positioning itself as a direct challenger to Western order and prosperity. If America wants to stop China, it must adhere to a few principles. First, stay out of conflicts that are of limited strategic importance and that risk precious American blood and treasure. 

Secondly, the United States needs to strengthen its alliances with willing partners. Even amongst the turmoil and perils of trade war with allies, the Trump administration has somewhat moved in the right direction, calling on allies to reject the development of Chinese corporations that could be involved in cyber espionage. The United States has also pleaded with allies to pick up more of the load when it comes to their defense, thereby relieving a thinly stretched U.S. military. 

Third, the United States needs to rebuild and increase the size of its Navy. The United States must continue to keep shipping lanes open and patrol waters in the Pacific. It is no secret the Navy’s advantage has eroded. Underfunding and reductions in fleet size have left the Navy starving for more warships and the budget to build them. 

Lastly, the U.S. government must put diplomatic pressure on the Chinese much the way Reagan did to the Soviet Union. Reagan correctly recognized holes in the Soviet bloc; economic instability, social unrest, and military entanglements. Reagan’s diplomatic pressure, economic pressure, and military buildup pushed the Soviets over the edge. China has its issues; an aging workforce, evidence of lying about their economic statistics, and an estimated debt to GDP ratio of 300%

By adhering to realist principles and replicating Reagan’s pressure, the United States can stop China’s erosion of the international order and prevent the growth of anti-western influence. It is clear that China seeks to disrupt the global order that has been immensely successful. The United States must begin to accept the reality of a competitive international arena and prepare to deal with the impending Chinese threat. America’s goals should be the prevention of expansion of Chinese influence and the preservation of the Western international order. The Trump administration has the United States on the right path, but there is much more work that will be required. 

Elijah G. Pardo

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/06/beating_china_the_new_cold_war.html

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Rocket strikes yeshiva in Sderot - Gary Willig


by Gary Willig

Red alert in southern Israel as rocket scores direct hit on Hesder yeshiva building.

A rocket fired from Gaza struck the Hesder yeshiva in Sderot Thursday night.
The rocket caused the Red Alert siren to activate in Sderot.

The building suffered damage. There were no reported casualties.

Police responded to scene, including bomb disposal experts. The police sappers secured the remains of the rocket.

The rocket was fired from the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Channel 13 News reported.

Asher Pizam, a witness to the rocket strike, told Channel 13: "We were in a weekly lesson when we heard the Red Alert and then a huge explosion. We went out and saw a lot of damage was done to the place. It's incredibly scary. Things cannot go on like this."

Yisrael Beiteinu chairman and former defense minister Avigdor Liberman responded to the rocket attack: "Dear residents of the south, allow me to express my deep sorrow for the untimely passing of your sense of security. This is precisely why I resigned as Defense Minister. We must bury the policy of 'managing the conflict' and revive Israel's deterrence."

Jewish Home chairman Rabbi Raffi Peretz said that "tonight, the leaders of Hamas must be held accountable. This is our ethical obligation to all the residents of the area and to all citizens of Israel."

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Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/264565

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The Suppressed Plight of Palestinian Christians - Raymond Ibrahim


by Raymond Ibrahim

"Far more important to the Palestinian Authority than arresting those who assault Christian sites is keeping such incidents out of the mainstream media. And they are very successful in this regard".

  • "Fatah regularly exerts heavy pressure on Christians not to report the acts of violence and vandalism from which they frequently suffer, as such publicity could damage the PA's image as an actor capable of protecting the lives and property of the Christian minority under its rule.... That image could have negative repercussions for the massive international, and particularly European, aid the PA receives." — Dr. Edy Cohen, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.
  • Considered another way, the bread and butter of the PA and its supporters, media and others, seems to be to portray the Palestinians as victims of unjust aggression and discrimination from Israel. This narrative could be jeopardized if the international community learned that Palestinians themselves were persecuting fellow Palestinians — solely on account of religion.
  • "Far more important to the Palestinian Authority than arresting those who assault Christian sites is keeping such incidents out of the mainstream media. And they are very successful in this regard. Indeed, only a handful of smaller local outlets bothered to report on these latest break-ins. The mainstream international media ignored them altogether." — Dr. Edy Cohen, Israel Today.
  • As Justus Reid Weiner, a lawyer and scholar well-acquainted with the region explains, "The systematic persecution of Christian Arabs living in Palestinian areas is being met with nearly total silence by the international community, human rights activists, the media and NGOs... In a society where Arab Christians have no voice and no protection it is no surprise that they are leaving."

Christianity is on the verge of disappearing in the place of its birth, including Bethlehem (pictured). According to lawyer and scholar Justus Reid Weiner, "The systematic persecution of Christian Arabs living in Palestinian areas is being met with nearly total silence by the international community, human rights activists, the media and NGOs... In a society where Arab Christians have no voice and no protection it is no surprise that they are leaving." (Image source: Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons)

At a time when Christians throughout the Muslim world are suffering from a variety of persecution, the plight of Palestinian Christians is seldom heard.

It exists. Open Doors, a human rights group that follows the persecution of Christians, notes that Palestinian Christians suffer from a "high" level of persecution, the source of which is, in its words, "Islamic Oppression":
"Those who convert to Christianity from Islam, however, face the worst Christian persecution and it is difficult for them to safely participate in existing churches. In the West Bank they are threatened and put under great pressure, in Gaza their situation is so dangerous that they live their Christian faith in utmost secrecy....The influence of radical Islamic ideology is rising, and historical churches have to be diplomatic in their approach towards Muslims."
That said, while reports of the persecution of Christians emanate regularly from other Muslim majority regions around the world — Pakistan, Egypt, and Nigeria as three examples — little is mentioned of those Christians living under the Palestinian Authority.

Why is that? Is it because they experience significantly less persecution than their coreligionists around the Muslim world? Or is it because of their unique situation — living in a hotly contested arena with much political and media wrangling in the balance?

"The Persecution of Christians in the Palestinian Authority," a new report by Dr. Edy Cohen, published by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies on May 27, goes a long way in answering these questions.

First, it documents three recent anecdotes of persecution of Christians, none of which was reported by the so-called "mainstream media":
"On April 25, the terrified residents of the Christian village of Jifna near Ramallah ... were attacked by Muslim gunmen ... after a woman from the village submitted a complaint to the police that the son of a prominent, Fatah-affiliated leader had attacked her family. In response, dozens of Fatah gunmen came to the village, fired hundreds of bullets in the air, threw petrol bombs while shouting curses, and caused severe damage to public property. It was a miracle that there were no dead or wounded...
"The second incident occurred during the night of May 13. Vandals broke into a church of the Maronite community in the center of Bethlehem, desecrated it, and stole expensive equipment belonging to the church, including the security cameras.
"Three days later it was the turn of the Anglican church in the village of Aboud, west of Ramallah. Vandals cut through the fence, broke the windows of the church, and broke in. They desecrated it, looked for valuable items, and stole a great deal of equipment.
"According to its Facebook page, this is the sixth time the Maronite church in Bethlehem has been subjected to acts of vandalism and theft, including an arson attack in 2015 that caused considerable damage and forced the church to close for a lengthy period."
These three attacks, which occurred in the span of three weeks, fit the same pattern of abuse that Christians in other Muslim majority regions habitually experience. While the desecration and plundering of churches is prevalent, so too are Muslim mobs rising against Christian minorities, whenever the latter — perceived as dhimmis, or third-class, tolerated "citizens" who are often expected to be grateful they are tolerated at all — dare speak up for their rights, as occurred the Christian village of Jifna on April 25:
"[T]he rioters called on the [Christian] residents to pay jizya—a head tax that was levied throughout history on non-Muslim minorities under Islamic rule. The most recent victims of the jizya were the Christian communities of Iraq and Syria under ISIS rule."
Moreover, as often happens when Muslims attack Christians in Islamic nations, "Despite the [Christian] residents' cries for help" in Jifna, "the PA police did not intervene during the hours of mayhem. They have not arrested any suspects." Similarly, "no suspects were arrested" in the two church attacks.

Palestinian Christians, in short, are suffering from the same patterns of persecution — including church attacks, kidnappings and forced conversion — as their co-religionists in dozens of Muslim nations. The difference, however, is that the persecution of Palestinian Christians has "received no coverage in the Palestinian media." In fact, Cohen explains, "a full gag order was imposed in many cases":
"The only thing that interests the PA is that events of this kind not be leaked to the media. Fatah regularly exerts heavy pressure on Christians not to report the acts of violence and vandalism from which they frequently suffer, as such publicity could damage the PA's image as an actor capable of protecting the lives and property of the Christian minority under its rule. Even less does the PA want to be depicted as a radical entity that persecutes religious minorities. That image could have negative repercussions for the massive international, and particularly European, aid the PA receives."
Considered another way, the bread and butter of the PA and its supporters, media and others, seems to be to portray the Palestinians as victims of unjust aggression and discrimination from Israel. This narrative could be jeopardized if the international community learned that Palestinians themselves were persecuting fellow Palestinians — solely on account of religion. It might be hard to muster sympathy for a supposedly oppressed people when one realizes that they themselves are doing the oppressing of the minorities in their midst.

So sensitive to this potential difficulty, "PA officials exert pressure on local Christian to not report such incidents, which threaten to unmask the Palestinian Authority as yet another Middle East regime beholden to a radical Islamic ideology," Cohen writes in another report.
"Far more important to the Palestinian Authority than arresting those who assault Christian sites is keeping such incidents out of the mainstream media. And they are very successful in this regard. Indeed, only a handful of smaller local outlets bothered to report on these latest break-ins. The mainstream international media ignored them altogether."
Notably, a similar dynamic sometimes exists concerning Muslim refugees. Although West European politicians and media present them as persecuted and oppressed, in need of a welcoming hand, Muslim migrants themselves sometimes persecute and oppress Christian minorities among them — whether by terrorizing them in refugee camps, or drowning them in the Mediterranean.

The sad and simple fact, by all counts, is that Christianity is on the verge of disappearing in the place of its birth, including Bethlehem. As Justus Reid Weiner, a lawyer and scholar well-acquainted with the region, explains:
"The systematic persecution of Christian Arabs living in Palestinian areas is being met with nearly total silence by the international community, human rights activists, the media and NGOs... In a society where Arab Christians have no voice and no protection it is no surprise that they are leaving."
Raymond Ibrahim, author of the new book, Sword and Scimitar, Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute and a Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14358/palestinian-christians-persecution

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Cop Watch Database Endangers Police - Dawn Perlmutter


by Dawn Perlmutter

Welcome to The Plain View Project -- an anti-police information operation.





The Plain View Project (PVP), a cop watch group disguised as a reputable research organization, analyzed the Facebook accounts of thousands of police officers across eight U.S. cities, including Philadelphia, Dallas, St. Louis, Phoenix, York, PA, Twin Falls, ID, Dennison, TX and Lake County, FL. On June 1, 2019 the Plain View Project study was published online as a database. This resulted in immediate internal affairs investigations, officers placed on desk duty and mandatory sensitivity training. The media enthusiastically reported that thousands of officers endorsed violence against Muslims, women, and criminal defendants. The ACLU is outraged, CAIR is making demands and an assortment of social justice protesters started marching. Everyone is calling for police to be fired. That is how a successful information operation works.

At first glance the results of the so-called systemic look at officers on social media seems indefensible. However, a closer look reveals an extreme left wing bias, major flaws in the research and a calculated manipulation of data to skew the results. Comments were cherry picked, taken out of context and the data is presented in a way to make it look like all the comments in the posts were written by officers when most were posted by civilians on long comment threads. It is obvious that the project was designed to make officers look bad. It is a classic cop watch hit job dressed up as a legitimate research study.

What the PVP and the media are not disclosing is that many of the posts were in response to disturbing incidents. For example, officers posted links to videos and articles immediately after terrorist attacks, when people were killed during robberies, when children were raped, when officers were killed, and after reports of officers having their home addresses and family information made public. Others were in response to horrific homicides involving torture and dismemberment.

Some posts had no obvious racist, sexist or religious bias of any kind and were inexplicably included because they supported conservative issues, politicians and commentators. For example, many officers were included in the database for sharing links to news articles and videos of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Pamela Geller, Brigitte Gabriel, Allen West and others or for linking to articles in conservative publications such as Breitbart, Fox News, Frontpage Mag, MEMRI, Townhall and others.

Some posts were clearly written for officer safety. For example, a picture of Antifa protesters holding wooden wall studs was accompanied by an officers’ comment “Notice the nails in the ends of the Antifa Sticks. That’s called a weapon, they use them to stab police horses.” A responder’s comment was provocative but not the officer who posted it. Another officer was put in the database because he shared a link to an article headlined “Armed Antifa Calls for Property Seizures, Violence on Police”.

Many officers Facebook pages were flagged simply because their profile picture was the Blue Lives Matter Punisher skull symbol. The punisher logo originated in Marvel comic books signifying a vigilante character and has since come to represent justice and brotherhood for military and law enforcement and to honor officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. Similar to other patriotic, historic and religious symbols it has become a controversial issue for liberals who interpret the symbol as a threat. The punisher symbol is frequently depicted with the Bible verse Romans 13:4 which is also popular with law enforcement. The Bible verse atop a blue thin line badge was flagged in the study. Officers are under scrutiny by internal affairs because some researcher on the PVP review committee was offended by tributes to fallen officers.

The information provided on the PVP website that describes their research methodology is highly suspicious. They appear to have little to no knowledge of how to conduct basic research and even less experience in the analysis of social media case studies. Plain View Project research contains an obvious bias toward verification, that is, it appears to confirm the researcher’s preconceived notions that police are racist, Islamophobic, sexist and violent. The data collection methods are problematic, subjective and have no defined limitations.

There are so many significant flaws in this methodology that it should have never been published much less accepted as verifiable. PVP did not factor in the distinctions between active duty, former and retired officer employment status. This is significant because the problematic posts were primarily from former officers. The distinction between former and retired is important because former means they may have previously been identified and received disciplinary action or dismissed from the force. PVP data collection included posts that were written nine years ago, which indicates researchers were unscientifically searching for any data they thought would support their desired results.

For a study to be objective the sample police departments need to be random. PVP claimed that the departments were chosen to reflect a range of sizes and geographic regions, but that range depends on the criteria used. The police departments they included in their study were all in states that are politically important for upcoming elections and many involved high-profile fatal officer involved shootings. The states chosen for the research all went to President Trump in the 2016 election suggesting a political component to the study.

There was also obvious anti-Trump bias in the review. There was a significant amount of posts flagged because they were Trump supporters and/or agreed with his law enforcement policies. One post was from an officer who complimented President Trump for calling the husband of a murdered Orlando officer and negatively compared him to the former president. Another post was from an officer who agreed with and shared a video of President Trump referring to MS-13 gang members as animals. One Facebook post was inexplicably flagged for depicting a photo of a Chicago Police officer whose head and face was bloodied after he was injured by protesters at a scheduled Trump election event.

The anti-Trump, anti-conservative bias reveals another significant flaw in the alleged study. PVP does not disclose who or how they assessed the Facebook comments. A legitimate study would have a strategy for analyzing and interpreting the data and would have listed the specific criteria that was used in the assessment. Their interpretation of racist, misogynist, Islamophobic posts was extremely skewed.

A more insidious agenda is exposed in the database search categories and page information which include; officer’s name, rank, badge number, salary and employment status. Publishing officers’ salaries and badge numbers is classic anti-police group tactics and has no obvious relevance except to incite resentment and target the police officers listed. A badge number is an exclusive identifier that the officer maintains for life. Listing the badge number, forever puts a bullseye on that officers back. Cop Watch, a network of activist organizations, that document police activity often maintain similar databases online. This may explain why PVP has a long disclaimer that users must agree to prior to using the database.

The project is reportedly the idea of Emily Baker-White, whose twitter account reads “I study: criminal justice, hate, disinformation, social media // I love: food, music, nature // I am: exec. dir. Plain View Project, HLS ‘15, Truman scholar. The young Harvard Law School graduate is described in the media as a Philadelphia based lawyer who claims that her group found a very high and concerning number of posts that appear to endorse, celebrate or glorify violence and vigilantism. Baker-White, admitted in an interview with the New York Times that “It’s not a statistical sample; it’s not a statistical study”. In the same article the PVP study is misrepresented as a statistical study with the following results; “About one in five of the current officers, including many in supervisory roles, and more than two in five former officers, used content that was racist, misogynist, Islamophobic or otherwise biased, or that undermined the concept of due process, the project found.  If this were a legitimate research study that would be extremely disturbing percentages.

Emily Baker-White, claimed that her motivation was based on the belief that the comments and posts “could undermine public trust and confidence in our police.” Mission accomplished. By posting and publicizing cherry-picked comments out of context PVP succeeded in undermining the trust and confidence in police. For that she has been rewarded. The Dallas Police Department is working with her to go over each post to see if department policy was violated. She has now become the arbiter of free speech and the heroine of the cop watch movement.

Information operations, also known as influence operations, includes the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent. The Plain View Project was a calculated anti-police information operation that was designed to incite hatred for police officers, provide party-line propaganda for the media and to ignite protests just in time for the 2020 election. It has all the hallmarks of being funded by a left wing political mega-donor. If Baker-White, were really concerned, she would have taken her results to the police departments for internal reviews, but she had an obvious political agenda which I have no doubt she was paid very well for. If one officer is injured or killed because they were included in this biased junk science database, then Emily Baker-White has blood on her hands.


Dawn Perlmutter is the Director of the Symbol Intelligence Group and one of the leading subject matter experts (SME) in symbols, symbolic methodologies, unfamiliar customs and ritualistic crimes. She designed and developed Jihad-ID, a symbolic database of the signs, symbols and identifiers of global jihad.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273973/cop-watch-database-endangers-police-dawn-perlmutter

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Refugees in Turkey: Mistreated by Ankara, Ignored by the UN - Sirwan Mansouri


by Sirwan Mansouri

-- the international community must hold Ankara accountable for its inexcusable treatment of people who escaped danger in their countries of origin, only to be abused by the authorities that vowed -- and took money -- to protect and resettle them.

  • Turkey, which is located between the Middle East and Europe, was one of the first countries to establish a UNHCR regional office in 1960, and was given economic incentives to do so. Every year after that, the Turkish government received a large budget with which to provide aid to refugees.
  • The UNHCR, the organization that is supposed to advocate for the rights of refugees, has done the opposite. It has placed their care in the hands of an indifferent and hostile Turkey, which they leave to its own terrible devices.
  • Perhaps the UN has washed its hands of the misery of refugees in Turkey -- who have become virtual slaves -- but the rest of the international community must hold Ankara accountable for its inexcusable treatment of people who escaped danger in their countries of origin, only to be abused by the authorities that vowed -- and took money -- to protect and resettle them.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the organization that is supposed to advocate for the rights of refugees, has done the opposite. It has placed their care in the hands of an indifferent and hostile Turkey, which they leave to its own terrible devices. Pictured: The Adiyaman refugee camp in Turkey. The UNHCR has provided "technical support" to the Turkish government for maintaining the camp. (Image source: UNHCR)

Over the past half century, the Geneva-based United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has created and managed mechanisms to protect people whose lives are in danger at the hands of repressive regimes by providing them with political asylum in other countries. The war-torn Middle East has been home to the highest number of such asylum-seekers.

Turkey, which is located between the Middle East and Europe, was one of the first countries to establish a UNHCR regional office in 1960, and was given economic incentives to do so. Every year after that, the Turkish government received a large budget with which to provide aid to refugees.

With an increase in cuts to UN refugee budgets, Turkey was able to provide even less money to asylum-seekers under its auspices. When the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, a huge number of refugees flowed into Turkey from Syria and Iraq. Initially, Turkey seems to have believed that this situation could be financially lucrative, as the UN would have to increase its refugee budget for Ankara. This is not what happened, however. In fact, UN assistance to Turkish mediators, such as the Human Resources Development Fund (UNHCR) and the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM), was even severely reduced, and in 2018, it was cut off completely.

This has led Ankara to provide even less help than before to those refugees who arrived in Turkey prior to the war in Syria. Furthermore, many of the UNHCR quotas for the resettlement of refugees in third countries (such as in Europe), which formerly belonged to Iranians, Afghans and Iraqis, were allocated to Syrians.

Given that Turkey bars refugees from the labor market, many refugees -- including those with university degrees, have no choice but to work in menial jobs. To make matters worse, many employers take advantage of these refugees by not paying them.

Not permitted to work in the first place, these refugees do not complain to authorities, for fear of being fined or fired. The same fear of complaining goes for female refugees, who are often sexually abused by their Turkish employers.

Living in poverty and despair -- and ignored by the Turkish government and the UNHCR -- these refugees often engage in anti-social behavior, including drug addiction, theft, and sex-trafficking. Many have sold their organs. Turkish immigration offices and police, instead of helping these refugees, instill fear in them, thereby adding to their frustration.

The UNHCR, the organization that is supposed to advocate for the rights of refugees, has done the opposite. It has placed their care in the hands of an indifferent and hostile Turkey, which they leave to its own terrible devices.

The heaviest blow to non-Syrian refugees in Turkey was dealt by the UNHCR on September 9, 2018, when it announced that its "registration activities for applicants for international protection in Turkey [would end the following day], as part of the transition of refugee status determination responsibility to the Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM)."

The UN, in other words, has delegated all registration of asylum-seekers in Turkey to Turkish immigration authorities.

Perhaps the UN has washed its hands of the misery of refugees in Turkey -- who have become virtual slaves -- but the rest of the international community must hold Ankara accountable for its inexcusable treatment of people who escaped danger in their countries of origin, only to be abused by the authorities that vowed -- and took money -- to protect and resettle them.

Sirwan Mansouri is an Iranian Kurdish journalist based in the Middle East.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14368/refugees-turkey-unhcr

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