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The Most Devastating Video on the Internet - Frontpagemag.com

 

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A tale of two Bidens - and crack cocaine.

 


The most devastating video on the internet is now making reverberating shock waves around the world. It's the tale of two Bidens - and crack cocaine. Don't miss it!

 

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The Duplicitous Ruling Elites Have Awakened the American People - Steve McCann

 

​ by Steve McCann

By surrendering the nation’s major institutions to American Marxists while cohabiting with the Chinese Communists, our ruling elites have sown the seeds of their own repudiation.

Over the past three decades, a sizable majority of the ruling elites have been preoccupied with self-aggrandizement and cohabitation with the Communist Chinese, ignoring the gradual and now complete domination of many of the nation’s institutions, and most importantly the Democrat party, by American Marxists. 

After a premeditated fraudulent election underwritten by the same credulous elites, and with a witless marionette in the White House, these collectivists have been de facto governing the nation since January 20, 2021.  The past six months have revealed that thanks to these Marxists’ mindless allegiance to failed ideology and breathtaking ignorance of the American experience and citizenry combined with the now unmasked duplicity of the ruling elites, there is a massive awakening bubbling to the surface.   

This cabal has for the past five years marginalized, physically confronted, and repeatedly accused not only the 75+ million Americans who voted for Donald Trump but any American not in lockstep with them of being racists, fascists, and white supremacists as well as homophobic, xenophobic and among the vilest people on the face of the earth. 

What did they do once in power?   Try to bury the hatchet or just ignore this vast swath of the citizenry and hope they go away?  Neither.  They chose to further alienate the bulk of the voting populace. 

They are accelerating demeaning accusations and rhetoric and exploiting the January 6th Capitol incursion as a vehicle to isolate and intimidate many of these same Americans.  They are continuing to fuel racial animosity in the hope of further dividing the citizenry and colluding with social media to censor “misinformation.”  Thus, fomenting resentment, ongoing political confrontations, and a determined retaliation at the ballot box in 2022 and 2024. 

Committed to changing the demographics of the nation, the American Marxists have flung open the borders and are pushing amnesty as well as ultimate citizenship for upwards of 29+ million illegal immigrants and at least another 2-4 million more every year.  It is immaterial to the Marxists that the vast majority of these illegal immigrants are lacking basic literacy and employable skills. 

Currently, 30% of all working families (or nearly 50 million Americans) are low-income but above the poverty threshold.  60% of these are families headed by racial/ ethnic minorities.  African Americans, while 13% of the population (41 million), account for nearly 30% of low-income working families.  Another 39 million Americans live below the poverty level.

Thus, a total of 89 million Americans live in low-income families or in poverty.  The American Marxists, through the Democrat party, claim to be the champion of minorities and low-income families while they plot to ultimately legalize an illegal alien population equivalent to 75% of the current African American population.

The Marxists and the Democrat party do not give a damn about the African American population, native-born Hispanics, and the low-income white working families as the potential votes of the illegal population are more important.  As the voting patterns in 2020 confirmed, these Americans are rapidly awakening and turning on this traitorous cabal as they are becoming acutely aware of being permanently marginalized.     

Thanks to the Democrat-Marxist policies of defunding the police, ending cash bail, and curtailing the prosecution of criminals, murder, and mayhem on the streets of America has skyrocketed.  Now that they are in charge of the federal government, it is national policy to actively and solely focus on gun control and disarming law-abiding citizens as the only solution to the increasing violence and criminality. 

Currently, 235 million Americans either own or could see themselves owning a gun. The Marxists in the Democrat party believe they can effectively confiscate guns in a nation of 330 million and 3.8 million square miles by doing the following:  

1) Putting language in various bills that will in effect create a national registry of all gun owners.

2) Outlawing semi-automatic weapons.

3) Punitively taxing the ownership of guns, magazines, and ammunition making gun ownership unaffordable and requiring a federal license to own a gun. 

4) Expanding open-ended red flag laws allowing anyone to file a complaint against someone, ostensibly based on their suspicions, thus allowing the police to seize the guns of the accused prior to any judicial proceedings. 

In their zeal to overturn the Second Amendment and a centuries-old tradition of gun ownership that predates the Constitution, the American Marxists do not fathom the building tidal wave of resistance and push back from nearly two-thirds of the nation’s citizenry who view gun ownership as the only viable means of self-defense against the unbridled criminality wrought by the unfathomable policies of the Marxists.

Inflation, which these same Marxists have unleashed by their profligate spending, is set to devour the economy if spending and ongoing money creation is not curtailed.   Which they have no intention of doing as they are committed to a myriad of spending programs.  The estimated average annual cost of these proposals exceeds $2+ Trillion over and above current spending.  In order to pay for these programs and keep deficit spending at past historic levels, revenue from individual taxpayers would have to be increased by 150%.  The average American taxpayer will revolt and refuse to pay the massive increase in taxes.  Refusal to pay exorbitant and unfair taxes is in this nation’s DNA as the United States came into existence based on a revulsion to paying punitive taxes.      

Nor will the American Marxists be able to continue to coerce the Federal Reserve into “printing” trillions of dollars in new money for an extended period of time due to the very real threat of creating massive hyperinflation and potentially leading to a replay of the catastrophe of the Weimar Republic (Germany) in the 1920s. 

Thus, the resources to combat the recession/depression that is on the horizon will not be available as the nation’s ability to tax, borrow or create money will have been essentially exhausted if the American Marxists remain in power.  Over two-thirds of the citizenry is convinced that the economy is getting significantly worse and blame the current regime. 

The Democrats have introduced legislation (the “Equality Act”) that will undermine and destroy religious liberty in the United States, a long-term goal of the American Marxists. They are foolishly determined to overturn 245 years of laws, a four-century tradition of religious freedom, and one of the philosophical pillars in the founding of this nation.  

Currently, 71% of Americans (235 million) are members of a Christian denomination (160 million of whom are Evangelical Christians and Catholics). The destruction of religious freedom is no longer a hypothetical but a reality that is not lost on a vast segment of the American population.

True believers in Marxism have never been able to successfully govern any nation let alone one that has a 245-year history of individual freedom and free enterprise.  The 20th Century is replete with examples of nations that succumbed to a one-party Marxist-inspired oligarchy.  In every case, these were nations that suffered overwhelming societal destruction in global and regional wars or were nations suffering from societal dislocations due to not having a history of freedom and self-determination.  Marxism and its offsprings (communism, fascism, and socialism) dramatically failed and further devastated these same nations.

Yet, the American Marxists are, for the moment, in charge of governing this nation and thus are wreaking havoc on the citizenry that will take time and determination to overcome.  To paraphrase Shakespeare, the fault lies not with the American Marxists who are ignorantly captive to Marxist ideology and are few in number, but with the ruling elites who have betrayed the American people by allowing this scenario to play out over the past 3-4 decades. 

When a significant majority of those running for election as a Democrat on the local, state, and federal level in 2022, 2024, and beyond are defeated, the American Marxists will be permanently cast upon the ash heap of history.  More important, however, is the recapture of the culture by re-transforming America’s institutions.  The citizenry must force and endure dramatic institutional battles outside of government: in universities, non-profits, media, arts, public sector unions, corporate boardrooms, and the array of institutions that constitute the sinews of a self-ruling people.  The current iteration of the ruling elites must be permanently marginalized.  Just defeating the American Marxists will not save this nation for generations yet unborn.

Caricature by Donkey Hotey CC BY 2.0 license

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Steve McCann

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/07/the_duplicitous_ruling_elites_have_awakened_the_american_people.html

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US courts can help deter those abetting global terrorism - Jonathan Missner

 

​ by Jonathan Missner

The family of the Henkins originally filed a $360 million wrongful-death lawsuit against Iran and Syria in federal court in Washington. All three banks named in the lawsuit have been sanctioned for funding terrorism.

The Hamas cell ambushed the couple without warning and executed them in a bloody hail of bullets while their four young sons watched. It was 2015 and Eitam Henkin – an ordained rabbi, American citizen and doctoral student – was driving in the West Bank with his Israeli wife Na'ama and their four children.

The Palestinian attackers sprayed automatic gunfire at the family's car until Eitam, wounded by a hail of bullets, was forced to pull over. Two terrorists then approached the Henkins' car, intending to kidnap an Israeli to barter for Hamas prisoners. After a struggle, the terrorists murdered Eitam and Na'ama at close range with automatic gunfire, leaving the children for dead. Watching from the back seat, the boys survived the attack, but the horror of the violence will remain with them forever.

Six years after the couple's vicious murder, a US federal court has ruled – for the first time ever – that Iranian financial institutions that sponsor terrorists are liable for the terrorists' crimes. By holding the banks responsible, the ruling acknowledges that acts of terror do not exist in a vacuum.

This momentous decision sends a clear message to terror organizations and their financiers: Justice will be served.

The court ruled that three Iranian Banks (Markazi, Melli and Saderat) along with Syria, Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Ministry of Information and Security are all liable for the brutal murders of Eitam and Na'ama, whose children were 9, 7, 4, and 10 months old at the time of the attack. An award of monetary damages will be determined at a later date.

The family of the Henkins originally filed a $360 million wrongful-death lawsuit against Iran and Syria in federal court in Washington. All three banks named in the lawsuit have been sanctioned for funding terrorism.

The verdict marks the second time in one week that entities bankrolling terrorism are being held publicly accountable. Federal agents recently announced charges in a first-of-its-kind attempt by Iran to kidnap a US-based human-rights activist. Brooklyn resident Masih Alinejad, an Iranian American, became a target after she used her social-media accounts to highlight Tehran's treatment of women and its mandate requiring women to wear head scarves.

In that instance, the Iranian government unsuccessfully tried to lure Alinejad to Iran through her relatives, then paid investigators to spy in the United States.

In Alinejad's case, a California resident has been charged with financing the scheme. Kidnapping conspiracy charges have been announced against four Iranians who remain at-large in Iran.

Cases that find terrorist groups such as Hamas, and also their funders and financial conduits – responsible for these heinous acts are important steps towards justice for victims of terror, but there is still a long way to go.

The court's recent actions are a signal that you cannot kill American citizens or target them with terrorist acts without consequences.

After the 9/11 attacks, the United States significantly shifted its focus to combat terrorism. We have seen the United States not just pursue terrorist organizations but make changes in the way money is accessible to them by cutting off the flow of funding. Financing is the oxygen needed for terrorism.

That Congress has enacted numerous terrorism litigation statutes is heartening. But despite legislators' clear intent, there have been many disappointing rulings related to financiers who are aiding and abetting terrorism that have dissuaded others from following this path. Still, this avenue must continue to be pursued.

Changes in the legislative branch in terms of sanctioning countries that support terrorism have made headway. In addition, the executive branch currently maintains lists of bad actors who have participated in state-sponsored terrorism. And now in this watershed moment, the judicial branch is joining in the fight by punishing those who transfer funds to terrorist organizations.

Halting terrorism requires following the money to its source – and then shutting the funders down. The recent court ruling in DC federal court should serve as a further deterrent to Iran's terrorist funders.

Holding Iran's central bank, Markazi, and two other banks, Melli and Saderat, which have branches around the world, accountable for Iran's nefarious deeds bankrolling terrorists is an important first. Moving forward, our nation must continue using legal avenues to tie the hands of those with American blood on them.

Reprinted with permission from JNS.org.

 

Jonathan Missner

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/us-courts-can-help-deter-those-abetting-global-terrorism/

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Disband the FBI - Chris Farrell

 

​ by Chris Farrell

The FBI ran a coup against President Trump. It failed. The following got away: Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Clinesmith, Pientka, Brower, Baker, et al. Any real consequences for attempting to overthrow the government of the United States? No.

  • In the past few days alone, we have learned that the October 2020 Michigan governor kidnap plot was largely a creation of the FBI; a "senior FBI official" was on the take from media organizations; and another assistant director was in a "romantic relationship with a subordinate" and involved in "other misconduct." The leadership failures documented by the Office of the Inspector General are now almost standard and part of a tiresome media drip-torture for the public to endure.

  • The FBI ran a coup against President Trump. It failed. The following got away: Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Clinesmith, Pientka, Brower, Baker, et al. Any real consequences for attempting to overthrow the government of the United States? No.

  • Questions are now being raised as to whether the FBI had a role in the Capitol Hill protests of January 6, 2021. When one examines the FBI's involvement in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses; standing by idly while in possession of Hunter Biden's Ukraine and Burisma-laden laptops, while President Trump endured a second phony impeachment; and the frame-up of Trump's National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn – it is not too difficult to imagine.

  • The FBI needs to go away. It should happen in an orderly and thoughtful process, over a period of months. Congress should authorize and create an investigative division in the U.S. Marshals Service and open applications for law enforcement officer seeking to be rigorously screened, vetted and then accessed into the new organization. Similar action was taken before in the very creation of the FBI. It is now time to clean house and restore the public's trust in the "premier investigative agency" of federal law enforcement.

(Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) continues its downward spiral into terminal corruption. Sadly, the scandals, criminality and ethical abuses of the organization are largely ignored by the American public and by the institutions of government charged with oversight and correction. Outrage after outrage is reported, hearings are held, Inspector General reports are issued -- but the systemic corruption is never really tackled and dirty cops skate away virtually unscathed.

This situation is constitutionally unacceptable, corrosive to public trust in law enforcement, and a threat to the survival of the republic.

In the past few days alone, we have learned that the October 2020 Michigan governor kidnap plot was largely a creation of the FBI; a "senior FBI official" was on the take from media organizations; and another assistant director was in a "romantic relationship with a subordinate" and involved in "other misconduct." The leadership failures documented by the Office of the Inspector General are now almost standard and part of a tiresome media drip-torture for the public to endure.

Meanwhile, the FBI had the audacity to issue a Stasi-like tweet urging "monitoring of 'family members and peers' for extremism."

Remember: what we learn about the FBI in the press are only the stories that are SO outrageous that the FBI cannot keep a lid on them and is forced to make disclosures via a toothless Inspector General report -- but never anything that results in a criminal indictment. Imagine what the ordinary day-to-day misconduct in FBI offices across the country could be. And these scandals don't just amount to "bad press" – in several of these, federal courts scourge the FBI for lawbreaking. Additionally, Inspector General report after report details FBI abuses such as whistleblowers being retaliated against and ignoring "high-risk" employees who fail polygraph tests.

There are still apologists for the FBI. Some seek to defend the organization with the rationalization that "it's always been that way." That sort of thinking is a cynical effort to inoculate and immunize real criminality as something normal and regular. "Get used to it kid, that's the way of the world," they offer with a shrug and a grin. Others, like Sean Hannity, cling to the "just a few bad apples" excuse. That sort of FBI cheerleading flies in the face of a litany of systemic abuses and pervasive abusers. The FBI ran a coup against President Trump. It failed. The following got away: Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Clinesmith, Pientka, Brower, Baker, et al. Any real consequences for attempting to overthrow the government of the United States? No.

In May 2018, veteran reporter Eric Lichtblau of Time magazine wrote an article titled, "The FBI Is in Crisis. It's Worse Than You Think," wherein he detailed:

"The bureau, which is used to making headlines for nabbing crooks, has been grabbing the spotlight for unwanted reasons: fired leaders, texts between lovers and, most of all, attacks by President Trump ... internal and external reports have found lapses throughout the agency, and longtime observers, looking past the partisan haze, see a troubling picture: something really is wrong at the FBI... other painful, more public failures as well: missed opportunities to prevent mass shootings that go beyond the much-publicized overlooked warnings in the Parkland, Fla., school killings; an anguishing delay in the sexual-molestation probe into Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar; and evidence of misconduct by agents in the aftermath of standoffs with armed militias in Nevada and Oregon. FBI agents are facing criminal charges ranging from obstruction to leaking classified material."

Four years later and the situation has not improved.

Let us go back to the Michigan governor "kidnap plot" for a moment. The entire operation was an anti-Trump political smear job -- and was called into question for being exactly that back when the story broke in October 2020. Now we find out that the FBI was running at least a dozen paid "confidential informants" in the plot. It was a plot they dreamed up. It was actually a rehash of an Obama-era 2010 FBI plot by the so-called "Hutarees" that fell apart in court.

The FBI worries about "entrapment" in these cases because the FBI must demonstrate that there is reasonable suspicion that the subject in a case is about to be or is engaging in criminal activity. The government then allows the criminal/terrorist the opportunity to commit the act. In these cases, the FBI has good reason to worry.

More disturbingly, this is nothing new. Look at the "Herald Square Bomber" case as another instance in which the FBI identifies, recruits, trains, dispatches and then arrests the very informant they recruited in the first place. The FBI appears to have fabricated plots and terrorists to advance their own agenda and statistics. It looks, walks, and talks like "entrapment." Are there really no other bad guys out there for the FBI to go after? They need to focus on this modus operandi?

Questions are now being raised as to whether the FBI had a role in the Capitol Hill protests of January 6, 2021. When one examines the FBI's involvement in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses; standing by idly while in possession of Hunter Biden's Ukraine and Burisma-laden laptops, while President Trump endured a second phony impeachment; and the frame-up of Trump's National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn – it is not too difficult to imagine. And that is just the problem: It is not difficult to imagine. It should be an "impossibility."

The FBI needs to go away. It should happen in an orderly and thoughtful process, over a period of months. Congress should authorize and create an investigative division in the U.S. Marshals Service and open applications for law enforcement officer seeking to be rigorously screened, vetted and then accessed into the new organization. Similar action was taken before in the very creation of the FBI. It is now time to clean house and restore the public's trust in the "premier investigative agency" of federal law enforcement.

 

Chris Farrell is Director of Investigations at Judicial Watch and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17602/disband-the-fbi

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Vast majority of European nations limit elective abortions after 15 weeks, US outside mainstream: study - Sam Dorman

 

​ by Sam Dorman

The study comes as the Supreme Court is set to rule on a 15-week ban.

Pro-choice Democrats target ban on federal abortion funding

U.S. elective abortion restrictions are outside the global mainstream as most European nations ban the procedure much earlier in the pregnancy, according to a new study.

The anti-abortion Charlotte Lozier Institute reported on Tuesday that 47 out of 50 European nations limit elective abortion after 15 weeks – the gestational limit to be considered by the Supreme Court next term.

While the majority of European countries limit elective abortions to 12 weeks, five countries limit it to 14 weeks. CLI noted that eight countries don't allow elective abortions at all, although some allow the procedure for specific medical or socioeconomic reasons.

"The European comparison is useful in highlighting how Roe v. Wade and the abortion industry are outdated and out of touch," said CLI President Chuck Donovan.

SENS. HAWLEY, LEE, CRUZ LEAD AMICUS BRIEF URGING SCOTUS TO OVERTURN LANDMARK ABORTION CASE ROE V. WADE

Planned Parenthood and NARAL, two of the nation's most prominent advocates on the other side of the issue, did not respond to Fox News' requests for comment.

For decades, the American public has debated when, if ever, it's appropriate to restrict abortion. Polling tends to show majorities of the American public favor at least some restrictions. But previous Supreme Court decisions have effectively prevented states from banning abortion at any point during the entirety of a woman's pregnancy.

Although Roe v. Wade technically allowed state restrictions, its companion decision added an important caveat. The decision in Doe v. Bolton, released on the same day in 1973 as Roe, argued that life and health of the mother encompassed a wide range of reasons.  

In his majority opinion, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote that "medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age – relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health."

MISSISSIPPI ASKS US SUPREME COURT TO OVERRULE ROE V. WADE

Nearly 50 years later, the Supreme Court is set to revisit the legacy of Roe in a 15-week ban passed by Mississippi. In taking up the case, the court is expected to consider a wide range of factors – including the science behind life in the womb and whether viability is an appropriate standard for judging gestational limits.

CLI and other anti-abortion advocates have held that U.S. law should change to keep pace with scientific advancements.

"Mississippi’s law brings the United States a small step closer both to European and global norms," said Angelina B. Nguyen, an associate scholar who authored Tuesday's study.

Advocates like NARAL, however, argue that abortion is a fundamental human right and a critical part of women's health. In Congress, Democrats are currently pursuing measures that would allow taxpayer funding of both overseas and domestic abortions.

 

Sam Dorman is a reporter with Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @DormanInDC or at facebook.com/SamDormanFoxNews

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/europe-study-15-week-abortions

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Biden Wants Americans to Wear Masks. Dumps Infected Illegal Aliens in Texas City - Daniel Greenfield

 

​ by Daniel Greenfield

We're being told we have to wear face masks all the time even as Biden dumps illegal aliens across American towns and cities.

 


The Biden regime is cutting off travel to Canada while bringing as many illegal aliens as possible into the United States. We're being told we have to wear face masks all the time even as Biden dumps illegal aliens across American towns and cities.

Here's a story out of Texas from the La Joya Police Department.

On July 26, 2021, a La Joya Police Department Officer was waved down by a concern citizen at the Whataburger located at 450 E. US-83, La Joya, TX 78560.

The citizen explained to the Officer that she had observed a family group who were not being observant of proper health guidelines. She stated that the family was coughing and sneezing without covering their mouths and were not wearing face masks.

The Officer was also told by Whataburger management that they wanted the people to leave the establishment due to their disregard to other people's health.

The Officer approached the family and was told by them that they had been apprehended by Border Patrol days prior and were released because they were sick with Covid-19.

It was also learned that the family was housed at the Texas Inn Hotel located at 612 E. Expressway 83 La Joya Tx. 78560, by a charity group.
Officers made contact with Hotel management who explained that Catholic Charities of The Rio Grande Valley had booked all the rooms in the hotel to house undocumented immigrants that were detained By Border Patrol.

There wasn't much charity here for the people of La Joya.

We also want to add Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley did not inform the La Joya Police Department that people that had symptoms or were sick with Covid-19 were going to be placed in the Texas Inn Hotel.

Of course they didn't. We're all in this together. Right?

 

Daniel Greenfield

Source:https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/2021/07/biden-wants-americans-wear-masks-dumps-infected-daniel-greenfield/

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Report: Jordanian intelligence foils ISIS attack against IDF troops - Neta Bar

 

​ ​ by Neta Bar

Jordanian media says Amman's intelligence service has four suspects in custody on suspicion of planning to ambush Israeli troops, target Jews in the country.

Jordanian intelligence agents have thwarted a potential Islamic State attack on Israeli troops on the border the two countries share, Jordanian daily Al Ra'i reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, Jordanian intelligence agents uncovered the plot in February and after a lengthy investigation, arrested four ISIS operatives implicated in the plan.

The four are suspected of planning to ambush Jordanian Border Police forces near the border, seize their vehicles and weapons and use them to ambush IDF soldiers operating along the Israeli side of the border.

The report noted that the four, all residents of Kerak, some 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Amman, were radicalized after being exposed to ISIS propaganda on social media.

They were also planning to attack what Al Ra'I described as "Jewish targets" in Jordan.

The four were indicted for and convicted of membership in a terrorist group and planning acts of terrorism. The report did not note what kind of sentence they may face.

In 1994, Jordan became the second Arab country to sign a peace deal with Israel, following Egypt in 1979. Jerusalem and Amman consider each other strategic partners in the effort to maintain regional stability and maintain close security ties as part of the war on terror.

Israel's border with Jordan is the longest among the Jewish state's frontiers, stretching across some 309 kilometers (192 miles). The border has three crossings: the Yitzhak Rabin Terminal/Wadi Araba crossing, the King Hussein Bridge crossing, and the Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein Crossing

 

Neta Bar

 
Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/07/27/report-jordanian-intelligence-foils-isis-attack-against-idf-troops/

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The Real "Islamophobia Industry" - A.J. Caschetta

 

​ by A.J. Caschetta

The real "Islamophobia" industry is a network of activists who libel and slander critics of Islamism.

Excerpts of article originally published under the title "Ilhan Omar and the Islamophobia Industry."

Rep. Ilhan Omar wants the U.S. government to wage a "global" campaign against so-called "Islamophobia."

It was bad enough when Secretary of State Antony Blinken invited the U.N. to investigate racism in the U.S., but now Representative Ilhan Omar and 24 of her fellow Democrats want him to create a special envoy to investigate and combat "Islamophobia," which they call "a genuinely global problem that the United States should tackle globally." ...

[Omar] has an entire industry supporting her — one that has evolved to discover, and in many cases fabricate, offenses against Muslims and Islam. It consists mostly of lawyers who specialize in cases of alleged anti-Muslim discrimination and academics who write books and form programs and initiatives to publicize "Islamophobia."

In a book titled The Islamophobia Industry (2012), Nathan Lean claimed that there is a massive, global anti-Islamic movement. In the book's foreward, John Esposito, founder of Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, describes it as a "multi-million-dollar cottage industry of fear mongers and the network of funders and organizations that support and perpetuate bigotry, xenophobia, and racism, and produce a climate of fear that sustains a threatening social cancer."

The real "Islamophobia" industry is a network of activists who libel and slander critics of Islamism.

Of course Esposito has it entirely backward. The real industry is the network of academics, lawyers, activists, and funders who libel and slander critics of Islamism, even those who cautiously stipulate between Islam and Islamism. It is filled with the same people who have been warning since 9/11 of an always-imminent anti-Muslim "backlash" that never comes.

The legal component is spearheaded by the once-venerable Southern Poverty Law Center, and the academics take their cues from Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative (where Nathan Lean was once director and John Esposito reigns). The true Islamophobia Industry is not a cottage industry but a massive one consisting of thousands of people who make their living by promulgating fear of "Islamophobia" and defending its alleged victims. While stifling discussion of Islamism, they keep themselves on the receiving end of grants, donations from wealthy Muslim patrons, and lifetime tenured employment.

The SPLC has spent most of the 21st century tarring critics of Islamism as fringe, right-wing Muslim haters. Its self-righteous blinders have led it to reflexively libel even accomplished scholars. After it labeled Maajid Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation as anti-Muslim extremists, it was forced to apologize and pay Nawaz millions of dollars in damages.

Likewise the Bridge Initiative staff smears conservatives, journalists, academics, and even Muslim analysts (such as Zuhdi Jasser and Tarek Fatah) and former Muslims (such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali) whom they deem "Islamophobic." Both groups display profound hypocrisy and a lack of self-awareness by condemning purported Islamophobic groups for keeping lists of Islamists — which they publish in their own lists of scholars, conservatives, and organizations guilty of spreading Islamophobia. The Bridge Initiative calls its lists "factsheets," and the SPLC published a now-deleted "Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists."

Other influential members of the industry include the Center for American Progress, which produced a report titled "Fear, Inc.," analyzing the alleged "Islampohobes," and the Al Jazeera network, which produced a documentary titled Islamophobia Inc.

Wokeism was just the thing the Islamophobia Industry needed to reinvigorate itself and seem as relevant as it did in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. It has latched onto the anti-racist zeitgeist through yet another academic invention called "intersectionality." This is where Ilhan Omar comes in playing her role with aplomb. Being a black Muslim woman who came to the U.S. as a refugee makes her intersectionality score quite high. The House's newest radical Squad member, Representative Cori Bush (D., Mo.), knows this, as her recent defense of Omar ended with "Stop with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia."

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that speaking disrespectfully about Islam is not protected speech.

For the moment, the European version of the Islamophobia Industry is far ahead of the American one. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that speaking disrespectfully about Islam is not protected speech. In England, people who placed bacon at mosques got prison sentences, and one prison official was fired in 2001 after mocking Osama bin Laden. In 2017 a party in Cambridge was raided by police after a song mocking bin Laden was overheard by a police officer who deemed it a "racial hatred incident." Scotland's "Hate Crime and Public Order Bill" was introduced in April 2020 by Justice secretary Humza Yousaf who sought to punish Islamophobia because, as he put it, "freedom of expression is not an absolute right."

If the Islamophobia Industry gets its way — and Blinken appoints someone like Yousaf as the new special envoy — we will see similar attempts to limit freedom of expression in the U.S. and abroad. In the meantime, the cry of "Islamophobia" remains a handy offensive defense whenever someone like Ilhan Omar lets her guard down and shows her true beliefs.

 

A.J. Caschetta is a principal lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a a Ginsburg-Milstein fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Source: https://www.meforum.org/62518/ilhan-omar-and-the-islamophobia-industry

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Russia ties forged by Netanyahu could quickly disintegrate - Amnon Lord

 

​ by Amnon Lord

The new government's decision to bolster ties with Biden's administration may have led to a shift in Russia's approach to Israel. The White House is more hostile to Russia now, accusing it of meddling in US domestic affairs.

From Israel's standpoint, no changes have been made to the ongoing battle between the Israel Defense Forces and Iran in what has come to be known as the War Between Wars. The campaign against anything and everything that moves and could serve to bolster Hezbollah or the Iranians' grip on the country continues apace. Intelligence officials have doubted the veracity of Russian reports they have succeeded in intercepting Israeli missiles launched at the kind of targets of interest to Israel.

Declarations by a senior Russian officer that within the framework of coordination with the US, the Americans told the Russians they oppose Israeli strikes on Syria are also apparently false. The Russians are frustrated by their inability to effectively defend Syrian airspace. At one point, one minister with close ties to then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed Israel may have pushed things too far. After all, the Russians have needed to stand by and watch as Israel screws its partners in the Syrian civil war.

Since the Russians have not seen good results from Syrian military units, they have recently brought in advanced BUK-M2E missiles. Russian advisers have also served in Syrian anti-aircraft units in the past. Nevertheless, things may have changed. Israel's defensive campaign has begun to take on the appearance of what we saw in the War of Attrition in the Suez Canal. At that time, Soviet anti-aircraft units, as well as Mig fighter jets and Russian pilots, were stationed in Egypt. There was a great deal of friction between the sides, but Israel did not have a sufficient answer to Soviet anti-aircraft missiles at the time.

Ever since September 2015, there has been unprecedented coordination through open channels between Israel and the Russians stationed in Syria's airport. The IDF attributed Israel's freedom of action all these years to the personal talents of then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also maintained close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It may be the new government's decision to bolster ties with US President Joe Biden's administration led to a certain shift in Russia's approach to Israel. The democratic administration is more hostile to Russia, accusing it of meddling in US domestic affairs. Former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said a few weeks ago that the most pressing issue was to restore Israel-US to their former state. Since ties were more than excellent under former US President Donald Trump's administration, the objective has been to improve ties with Democrats.

Israel will not alter its policy in Syria, and if need be, will operate in a more challenging environment, meaning against a Russian opponent. What is lacking right now is a demonstration of the independence of the Naftali Bennett-Yair Lapid—led government to renew understandings and ties with the Russian leadership. The diplomatic ties and security coordination system Netanyahu built could quickly disintegrate. Preaching against Russia and its leadership won't help. Russia is not Poland. A coordination initiative is needed before Israel finds itself in a real crisis.

 

Amnon Lord

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/russia-ties-forged-by-netanyahu-could-quickly-disintegrate/

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The myth of "Occupied Palestinian Territories" -- Part 1 of 2 - Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer

 

​ by Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer

For those who still own an old encyclopedia that predates the mid-1960’s, look up “Palestinian.”

 

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A simple question: If someone murders you and seizes your home, do your kids have a right to take it back? Or do the murdering interlopers get to keep it?

The Bible tells us that Patriarch Avraham (Abraham) buried his wife, Matriarch Sarah, in the Cave of Machpelah in the city of Ḥevron (Hebron). Genesis 23. The Torah text specifies that he purchased the cave with his own money at an exorbitant over-market price. 23:15-16. Later, he was buried there by his sons, Patriarch Yitzchak (Isaac) and Yishmael (Ishmael). 25:7-10. In time, Isaac and Matriarch Rivkah (Rebecca) were buried there, and thereafter Patriarch Yaakov (Jacob) and Matriarch Leah. 49:29-32; 50:13. Of the seven patriarchs and matriarchs, only Rachel was buried elsewhere, having died on the road to Efrat, near Beit Lechem (Bethlehem), while giving birth to Binyamin (Benjamin). 35:16-20.

In Judaism, four cities are known as “Ir HaKodesh” (the Holy City): Jerusalem, Shiloh, Tzfat (Safed), and Ḥevron. Jews have lived in Ḥevron since the time when Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River after their forty-year peregrination through the Wilderness of Sinai, fought the Battle of Jericho, and then apportioned the Promised Land. Joshua 14:13-15. King David’s first capital was in Ḥevron. II Samuel 2:11. In all, Jews lived in Ḥevron virtually uninterrupted for some three thousand years until 1929.

That is fact. Muslims did not exist until the Seventh Century when Muhammed beheaded his enemies in the 600’s and created his religion. In the Riots of 1929, Arab Muslim murderers undertook to exterminate the Jews in the Holy Land. They slaughtered every Jew they could murder in Ḥevron. Likewise in Jenin, Tulkarm, Nablus, and even in Gaza. For purposes of space, Ḥevron will be the instant focus.

“Palestinians”? None of them were there. Christians — Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Evangelicals, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and all others who adopt the Christian Gospels — know there were no Muslims or “Palestinians” in Ḥevron. Even Muslims who know their Quran (Koran) know there was no Islam and no “Palestinians” back then.

Jews always lived in Ḥevron. It’s like the French living in Paris, the English living in London, and the Chinese living in Beijing. City names may change — like Peking to Beijing — and the Bible records that some called the city “Ḥevron” while others called it “Kiryat Arba,” but it always was home to Jews. 23:2.

And then came August 24, 1929. In the Hebrew-Jewish calendar, that is the 18th of Av, which falls this year on Tuesday, July 27. It is a national day of remembrance through much of Israel. On that day, Arabs rioted throughout Ḥevron, murdered sixty-seven Jews, and drove the survivors out of the City of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. It was a pogrom worse than Kishinev and Odessa, in a way worse than the Warsaw Ghetto and Jedwabne. Virtually overnight, Arab Muslim murderers turned one of Judaism’s four holiest cities, the City of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, Judenrein — a complete and total ethnic-religious “cleansing,” a prelude to the Nazi Holocaust in which the leading “Palestinian” religious cleric, Haj Amin el-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, counseled Hitler on strategies for wiping out and ethnically cleansing Jews from the world.

The recent Ben & Jerry’s outrage, in which that anti-Semitic corporation announced it now will boycott 800,000 Jews living in the historic Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, the rest of East Jerusalem, and throughout the 140 Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, prompts this rejoinder. Jews living in cities like Ḥevron are not living in “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” the term used by the Ben and Jerry anti-Semites. Rather, unlike Vermont, those are cities, towns, and villages where Jews always have lived. They never were “Palestinian” anything.

For those who still own an old encyclopedia that predates the mid-1960’s, look up “Palestinian.” The term did not exist as its 1964 fabrication has created. Ḥevron was a Jewish city in the Holy Land, and Jews lived there until the Arab marauders cleansed out the Jews — exterminated them, to use Hitler’s and Himmler’s term — in 1929. By contrast, the term “Palestine” was coined by the Roman Empire two thousand years earlier as they expelled Jews from the Holy Land and sought to distance future Jewish attachments by naming the region for the Biblical Philistines. Arabs are not and never were ethnic Philistines.

There never was an “Arab Palestine.” It never existed as a polity. What was its capital city? There was none. Name any king or sheikh or president or prime minister it had. There never was any. Indeed that lack of any connection to the land is why the contemporary “Palestinians” call the region they want “the West Bank.” They call it that because, after 5,781 years or so of human history, the Arab world never has had its own name for that region.

Other Arab places have names: Tyre, Sidon, Damascus — all Biblical names like Jerusalem, Beit Lechem (Bethlehem), Shiloh, Be’er Sheva (Beersheba), Galil (Galilee), Natzrat (Nazareth), Yehudah (Judea), and Shomron (Samaria). To be sure, Jews and Christians have had a specific name for “the West Bank” for 3,000 years: Yehudah v’Shomron (Judea and Samaria). Judea (Yehudah) is the southern part of the “West Bank,” and Samaria (Shomron) the northern. Those terms are all over the Bible, with more than a hundred mentions just of “Samaria” in the Tanakh (Jewish Bible) and the Christian Gospels. Just a few examples:

  • “Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.” (II Kings 7:1)
  • “Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit.” (Jeremiah 31:5)
  • “Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.” (Luke 17:11)
  • “[A]nd you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
  • “Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened.” (Acts 9:31)


But Arabs never have had a name for the place — because it never was “Palestinian territory.” So Arabs call it the “West Bank” as though it sits on the bank of the Jordan River. However, there is no river in sight throughout 99 percent of the “West Bank.” Travel up and down Judea and Samaria to cities like Ḥevron, Ariel, Shiloh, Beit El (Bethel), Maaleh Adumim, Gilo, and all 140 Jewish communities there. They are not remotely near the Jordan River, certainly no more than Los Angeles fairly should lose its name and instead be called “The East Bank” (of the Pacfific) or New York City “The West Bank” (of the Atlantic) or “The East Bank” (of the Hudson River).

I began my rabbinic career in Jersey City, home of my first congregation. From where I lived downtown on Barrow Street, I truly could see Manhattan’s Twin Towers and the Hudson River. To get into Manhattan I had to take a PATH train or drive through the Holland Tunnel or Lincoln Tunnel to get across the Hudson. By contrast, I never once saw the Jordan River through two years living and traveling and visiting up and down Judea and Samaria. Yehudah and Shomron are not the “west bank” of anything, not any more than are California, Oregon, New York, Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and such. Not any more than Kentucky should be re-named “The South Bank” (of the Ohio River) or Indiana “The North Bank” (of the Ohio). Not any more than we should re-name states on either side of the Mississippi as “The West Bank” or “The East Bank.”

The Woke Left is the master of adaptive language: “Gay” instead of homosexual, “Ms.” instead of Mrs. And Miss, “Negro” instead of “Colored People,” “Black” instead of “Negro,” “African-American” instead of “Black,” “Latinx” instead of “Latino” or “Hispanic,” “People of Color” to co-opt Asians and Pacific Islanders, “Native Americans” instead of “Indians,” and new pronouns for the “non-binary.” If language matters so much, consider that, in three thousand years of Middle East history, Arabs never once have had a name for the land that Ben & Jerry’s calls “Occupied Palestinian Territory.” They easily employ Biblical names for so many other of those places — among them Lebanon, Damascus, Egypt, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron (Ḥevron) — but they inexplicably resist calling the region of their supposed “Palestinian territory” by its names: Judea and Samaria. And perhaps we understand why: how, indeed, can even Jew-haters announce they are boycotting Israel for allowing Jews to live in “Occupied Judea”?

Until Arab proto-Nazis liquidated the Jewish presence in Ḥevron in 1929, it was a city where Jews had every right to live — and did.

The Woke argue: “OK, but you can’t turn back the clock. The Arabs took it from the Jews in 1929, and you have to move on.” Then the response is: “If that is your best moral argument stemming from the 1929 Ḥevron massacres, then consider that in 1967 the Jews took it back from the Arabs, and you can’t turn back the clock, and you have to move on.”

If suzerainty is determined by war, then the land is Israel’s. If rights are determined by history, then the land is Israel’s. If rights are determined by the simple principle that, if someone murders you and seizes your home, then your kids have a right to take it back, the land belongs to Israel. If rights are determined by international law, then the land the Romans seized two thousand years ago later was taken from them, ultimately transitioned to the Ottoman Empire, and the Turks then lost it in World War I to the French and British who cut up the Middle East between themselves.

At no point did Arabs ever lay claim to Judea and Samaria as a “Palestine” polity of its own. When the British and French colonialists were driven out of the land by the Irgun, the Lechi, and the Haganah anti-colonialist, anti-imperialist Jewish undergrounds that saw the British hang twelve of their leaders on the gallows and lash others in the underground as they whipped their unruly subjects in Africa and India, Jordan saw an opportunity in 1947 and grabbed Judea and Samaria. However, the Jordanian occupation was not recognized by world bodies. Nor did Jordan make a country of it. No “Palestine” was set up. They simply leveraged their manifestly illegal occupation to ban Jews from visiting the Cave of Machpelah in Ḥevron, barring Jews from climbing above the seventh step of the stairway to visit and worship at the Patriarchs’ and Matriarchs’ tombs. Similarly, Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser grabbed the Gaza Strip.

In 1964, Ahmad el-Shukairy convened a conference at which he created a terror movement called the “Palestine Liberation Organization.” The P.L.O. undertook to perpetrate terror acts against civilians to “liberate Palestine from the Israelis.” Yet, none of their terror was aimed at driving Jordan out of its occupation of Judea and Samaria, nor Egypt out of Gaza. Rather, to liberate the newly fabricated “Palestine,” all P.L.O. terror aimed instead at driving the Jews out of Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ra’anana, and other cities, towns, and villages in pre-1967 Israel and driving the Jews “into the [Mediterranean] sea.”

It always has been Arab Muslim Orthodoxy that “Palestine” actually is the entire country of Israel, not merely Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”). “Seeing is believing”: look at the following flags and logos of the “Palestine” terror groups whose claims Ben & Jerry’s favors over Israel:

1. The logo of Hamas: the green vertical squiggle in the top middle is the entire country of Israel.

2. The logo of Islamic Jihad: the red vertical squiggle in the middle is the entire country of Israel.

3. The logo of the P.L.O.: the green vertical squiggle in the bottom middle is the entire country of Israel.

4. The logo of Al Fatah: the green vertical squiggle in the upper-half middle is the entire country of Israel.

5. The logo of Palestine Liberation Front: the green vertical squiggle on the left is the entire country of Israel.

6. The logo of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine: the vertical geometric shape on the left half is the entire country of Israel.

That is their “Palestine” — not the “West Bank” or Gaza but all of Israel. It is on their flags, banners. It is their logo. No need to read Arabic. One picture is worth a thousand Hamas missiles.

That is the dream of all “anti-Zionists,” i.e., Jew-haters, and Israel haters. It is the dream of all BDS advocates: “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free.” And it forever will remain a dream. Because from the River to the Sea, the Land of Israel Now Is Free.

 

Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer is adjunct professor of law at two prominent Southern California law schools, Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Coalition for Jewish Values, congregational rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California, and has held prominent leadership roles in several national rabbinic and other Jewish organizations. He was Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review, clerked for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and served for most of the past decade on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. His writings have appeared in The Weekly Standard, National Review, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Jerusalem Post, American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, and Israel National News. Other writings are collected at www.rabbidov.com .

Source: https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/310627

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