Friday, February 15, 2019

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and the normalizing of Jew-hatred in America - Rabbi Aryeh Spero

by Rabbi Aryeh Spero

A successful strategy has poisoned Europe’s discourse against Jews and Israel and is being imported here with the arrival into Congress of Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

American Thinker Editor’s note: A powerful statement that needs to be seriously considered by all Americans has been issued by Rabbi Aryeh Spero, spokesman for the National Conference on Jewish Affairs and a prolific contributor to American Thinker.
“It is becoming more obvious by the day–even by the tweet-hour–that newly elected Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is anti-Semitic and is peddling her anti-Israel and anti-Jewishness through the well-known and effective drip-by-drip method.
It is a strategy, as we have seen from Islamists in Europe, where an anti-Israel or anti-Jewish statement is made and then partially retracted after an uproar. It is repeated multiple times, followed by multiple half-hearted retractions with the goal and effect being the slow but inevitable seepage of anti-Jewish caricatures into the country’s political discourse and into the minds of its people.
“This successful strategy has poisoned Europe’s discourse against Jews and Israel and is being imported here with the arrival into Congress of Ms. Omar and Ms. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
“The question today is: Do the leaders of the U.S. Congress, and especially House Speaker Ms. Pelosi, have the conviction and will to oust this never-ending shower of anti-Jewish rhetoric as they would if such was being said against other groups. Will they permanently shut this down before it metastasizes as it has in Europe and is unfolding in front of our very eyes?
“There is no question that Ms. Omar’s playing-innocent type of apologies are done in such a manner to momentarily quell the outcry against her remarks while assuring her base that she has not capitulated to the powers outside her community. Her nonchalant use of anti-Semitic stereotypes and language is furthermore disturbing for it reflects a communal comfort with and approval of anti-Semitic ideas that most Americans deem beyond the pale.
“Of course she should be censured and, beyond that, removed from the very powerful and influential House Foreign Affairs Committee that Speaker Pelosi surprisingly granted to this first-year legislator. Omar’s thinking, her conduct, and her blithe willingness to inject anti-Semitic tropes into the legislative process make her unfit to hold such a strategic position.
“She and Ms. Tlaib have come to Congress with an unprecedented brazenness, defiance, and impropriety that go beyond mere difference of opinion. Right out of the gate, both women have overridden expected norms as single-minded propagandists eager to use their presence and committee positions as platforms to propagandize against Israel, and Jews who support Israel, by making the heretofore unacceptable now acceptable.
“No one should be afraid to censure and remove Ms. Omar from the Committee as a way of stopping the drip-by-drip plot to sully Israel and the Jewish people; nor be afraid of being labeled ‘anti-woman,’ or ‘racist,’ or ‘Islamophobic.’ Her defenders, and organizations here such as CAIR, will label her censure indicative of the ‘power of the Zionists,’ but what it will in fact be is the power of justice and the American way.”

Rabbi Aryeh Spero


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Homeland Security is on the side of history regarding Iran - at last - Lee Kaplan

by Lee Kaplan

Hat tip: Dr. Jean-Charles Bensoussan

Black Lives Matter and the International Solidarity Movement are teaming up with the Palestinian Arabs to try to create the same irredentist-type movement the Arabs practice against Israel, but this time against the United States.

Melanie Franklin was an American black wannabe revolutionary back in 1979 in New Orleans who was enamored of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution in Iran. She converted to Islam and moved to Iran where she became a news anchor for Iran’s propaganda channel, Press TV.

Melanie thus became Marzieh Hashemi, a news anchor for the Iranian propaganda channel and the frequent host of Press TV’s English language show, the Debate. Hashemi thus became an  American Tokyo Rose for Israel and America’s implacable enemy, Iran.

I’ve had personal experience with Hashemi, having appeared on the Debate show many times over the last few years. As a show host, Hashemi frequently accuses Israel and the United States of “human rights abuses”, particularly against black Americans. Questions about racism in America from her are more accusations than serious news reporting or investigating.

Press TV is not allowed to broadcast inside the United States because it is a propaganda channel. However, to most western viewers unfamiliar with totalitarian news centers, Press TV’s slick presentations of their version of “news” has the ability to fool the uninitiated into thinking it is a viable news channel such as Fox, CNN or MSNBC.

 Hashemi was detained at the Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and arrested as a “material witness” with unspecified charges on January 29th. A material witness by legal definition is “person who apparently has information about the subject matter of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution which is significant enough to affect the outcome of the case or trial.” Such information is sought for a Grand Jury or law enforcement agency gathering evidence.

Hashemi was  briefly incarcerated, then released. The FBI refused to say what she specifically was arrested for and, as usual, the mainstream media couldn’t care less, merely repeating Hashemi’s accusations of discrimination and abuse against her by the big bad U.S. government picking on a poor Muslim woman. In lockup, she claimed she was forced to remove her hijab for identity reasons and given only some crackers to eat.

This article will tell you why she was detained and designated a witness. It has to do with tying together  some of the worst demagogues and race baiters and Islamists in the United States, from Louis Farrakhan to Al Sharpton, Ali Abunimah, to Anna Baltzer and even La Raza, the Latino secessionist group.

Hashemi already let Farrakhan explain in an exclusive interview in Iran on the Web that it’s the “Satanic Jews” who are responsible for the problems of the oppressed people in America, particularly those in Black Lives Matter, and black women.  This interview, it should be understood, is actually a prelude to holding off a potential race war pitting black Americans and other minorities against the white majority by including demands for ceded U.S. territory and “reparations” for the “463 years of oppression and tyranny” by white people against American blacks,” according to Farrakhan. The interview can be seen on the Nation of Islam website, You Tube and all over the Web.

Homeland Security does not always play the fool when it comes to the organizations these people represent and their  subtly calling for violence along with attempting to secede from the United States and demanding “reparations” to do so. For those up on U.S. history, the Civil War began when the South seceded from the North. In a sense, it also began when John Brown marched on Harper’s Ferry against U.S. Citizens and the U.S. military.

“We believe Allah wants us to separate from America. We don’t want to be integrated. We want territory we can call our own. Along with our Latin brothers we want to separate” [from America]; “a divorce with a land settlement and reparations are a must. We can’t live with this peace.” He continued, “They want peace on their terms. There were so many promises given to black people. So may promises made but never carried out” he whined to Hashemi. “We can get our land, but it won’t be without Allah”.

Farrakhan promised violence if needed to get that land. “You haven’t seen nothing yet,” he intoned, referring to the Michael Brown race riots in Ferguson, Missouri and the Freddie Grey riots in Baltimore and the Trayvon Martin case that led to riots in the U.S.

Hashemi came to the U.S. to meet with contemporary radical leaders no doubt to promote their cause, which is threatening the U.S. government with violence to get their way. Harper’s Ferry was a protest against slavery and Farrakhan outlined in his interview his goal is to combat such oppression today.

But it’s just the opposite.

Ferguson, Missouri is a short ride from St. Louis which is the home base for one Anna Baltzer, a main leader and recruiter for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national clearing house for the International Solidarity Movement that promotes BDS and other anti-Israel operations worldwide. Redubbed the Campaign for Palestinian Rights, but still under Baltzer’s leadership, her group is expanding its fundraising and allying itself with Black Lives Matter.

Palestinian strategists use a tactic called "intersectionality" to fool well-meaning (or ignorant) people into thinking attacks on the Jews are human rights movements. The goal today is to make the Palestinian and irredentist Latino movements look like freedom fighters when they ae subversives against Americans and American democracy.

Among radical Latinos in the United States, there is another close ally known as La Vos De Azatlan who Farrakhan called his Latino brothers in his Hashemi interview without naming them. Farrakan included them as his brothers and allies who must get land and reparations from the U.S.A.  

Like Black Lives Matter, La Voz De Azatlan advocates against the police. During one Black Lives Matter demonstration, marchers chanted “Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon!” and an increase in assassinations of police officers has occurred since BLM and Azatlan began working together. Both of these groups, just like Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam are also very anti-Semitic and spend their efforts calling for the destruction of Israel.

Thus Farrakhan and Black Lives Matter, along with La Vos De Azatlan, are taking lessons from the Palestinians’ playbook. The Palestinian movement  claims it is the real owner all of the Land of Israel “from the river to the sea” and draws donations in the millions from Iran and other enemies of the Israeli government as they insist they will destroy Israel and end Jewish dominance in the Holy Land.

Irredentism has been taught by the Arabs to be used in the United States. Anna Baltzer has been the perfect person to deconstruct Israel’s existence as part of the plan. By her own admission in an article she wrote for a Hamas apparatchik Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada and the Arab-American Action Network, Baltzer tells everyone she was born to a Jewish mother but never learned nor practices the religion. She then makes a campaign and sinecure out of attacking Israel and the Jews as she complains in her speeches that Israel is “Judaizing” Jerusalem and other areas of the Holy Land. ]

Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital for millennium so her accusations are pure sophistry designed to deconstruct history and facts.

Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam (NOI) is considered among the worst anti-Semitic organizations in the the Anti-Defamation League that goes back to the 1930’s. Nation Of Islam was funded for years by the likes of Muammar Qaddafi and other Arab leadership meant to attack the Jews.

Recently, one Black Lives Matter acolyte and black demagogue, Marc Lamont Hill, was fired  as a commentator by CNN after he spoke before the UN where he called openly for Israel’s destruction and a Palestinian Arab state “from the river to sea” and praised the “resistance” against Israel and the West. Hill was no doubt used to preaching to his choir against Israel, the U.S. and the Jews because he lost his speaking platform when CNN fired him. No stranger to lying for his cause, he claimed he’d never been to Israel, yet here is a video to prove he had.

Black Lives Matter and the International Solidarity Movement are teaming up with the Palestinian Arabs to try to create the same irredentist-type movement the Arabs practice against Israel worldwide, right in the United States.

So you may ask, why was Hashemi arrested in St. Louis? 

It was because St. Louis is the hub area from where a national conspiracy is getting organized and played out  by assorted “resistance” groups against the United States and the American people. Anna Baltzer’s group is based there, and now Black Lives Matter is in the lead, but the movement is also a consortium of the International Solidarity Movement,  Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, and Ali Abunimah’s Arab-American Action Network.

St. Louis is Anna Baltzer’s main locus. It is where she leads a tax free foundation of over 350 similar organizations who all link up with a hatred for Israel as lowest common denominator. That is the starting point for attacking U.S.institutions using race as a bait. And Marzieh Hashemi has the Media clout to help them do it.

This is not a new event, but something that has been in planning stages for years. In October 2014 a national conference was held in San Diego which was a harbinger for what I am discussing here. Over 400 radical groups whose goal is to deconstruct American support for Israel and promote BDS were recognized at the conference. At the conclusion of the event,

Anna Baltzer urged those in attendance to descend on Ferguson, Missouri to riot over the Michael Brown killing which occurred when an officer whose gun Brown tried to take shot him. During the riots, an operative member of Baltzer’s International Solidarity Movement, Jeff Pickert, alias Max Suchan, was arrested while trying to incite rioting among the black demonstrators in Ferguson. A Grand Jury of Ferguson’s citizens of all colors found the police officer innocent. Nevertheless, the rioting went on for days.

Many of the black demonstrators from out of town wore shirts and signs festooned with words promoting Palestine and From the River to the Sea along with other calls for Israel’s destruction. A rumor was started to be passed around on a national scale, claiming that Ferguson police had gone through anti-terrorism training in Israel where they were taught to specifically murder black people 

This shibboleth came into standard usage by Black Lives Matter and other radical groups and showed up next in North Carolina where the city council forbade the local police to train with Israeli police. The local police had never trained with Israelis, nor did they have any plans to do so, but the innuendo that they did played for weeks and helped a black candidate for Sheriff defeat his opponent.

Fewer people have noticed a ramping up of violence by blacks in areas such as New York’s Crown Heights - against Jews. On the surface what may seem isolated incidents of violence, actually are following a pattern that fits into Farrakhan’s threats and the less-than-savory plans of activists like Al Sharpton who is seen in mainstream media and even enjoys a network television show, despite his history of violent anti-Semitism.

During the Hashemi Press TV interview, Farrakhan was pandering to potential donors from Iran for his movement. “If we look at the suffering or African Americans, it is only half of what the Iranians have endured,” he said. He claimed that “every day” in America a black child was murdered or police shot a black American at police stops. Facts do not bear these claims out. More whites are killed in accidental police shootings than blacks and many such shootings involve black officers. Adjusted for demographics, income, residences, black victims may be a higher absolute number, although not necessarily but to suggest this is due to a U.S. government program or plan is nonsense.

Farrakhan claimed his Million Man March back in 1996 in Washington D.C. was a big success  and that Washington experienced nothing negative. He suggested he could match such numbers of black men and others behind him.  In fact, history showsFarrakhan never got even one million black men to attend it the first one in 1995, the redux in 1996, nor his most current one.

Allusions to the March back then are broadened today by Farrakhan’s calls for militancy. Farrakhan, in the Press TV interview with Hashemi, declared President Trump the “modern Pharaoh” who was mistreating the black community, but that his own movement would be a success because Allah was behind it. He then likened his movement to the Jews fleeing from Pharaoh in the Bible only to have Pharaoh’s forces drowned. “You haven’t seen nothing yet” he foretold.

Of special note, Farrakhan also explained in a veiled threat in the video that his movement foretold of Allah’s will to be carried out by UFO’s that Trump is ignoring, but which Farrakhan’s acolytes would also drown.  Few people know that the Nation of Islam, not really based on mainstream Islam, actually teaches that NOI members will be taken aboard a flying saucer one day on behalf of Allah.

Most people probably take Farrakhan’s threats as the ramblings of a mental patient, a demagogue who appeals to the prejudices of the ignorant. But Farrakhan has a sizeable following in the United States, especially  in the black community. Referring to his Latino allies calling for land and reparations from America, Farrakhan claims he has another 50 to 60 million followers in the US aside from the Black Lives Matter community and the Palestinians radicals and Islamists Anna Baltzer runs with.

Marc Lamont Hill lost his sounding board with CNN when he excused violence against Israelis by the Palestinians. No doubt Farrakhan and his colleagues are busy playing catch up in the Media.

Meanwhile, the mainstream press is afraid to call the remarks and actions by these people as treason. But that’s exactly what they are preaching. And they are threatening our homeland security.

Ali Abunimah is a Palestinian-American activist who is part of this crowd.  He wrote once in Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper that nonviolence is overrated in the Media where Palestinian activism is concerned. He also praises the missiles fired into Israel, and whatever he can get away with. Abunimah is also a player in the Arab-American Action Network (AAAN)and tours American college campuses extolling the virtues of Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups to black Americans and anyone else who listens. Rasmeah Odeh, a convicted PFLP murderer who killed two Jewish college students in Israel, then lied about it when she emigrated to the United States, was given a sinecure for years with AAAN until the U.S. Government deported her not long ago.

Al Sharpton’s National Action Network falls in line with the other activists discussed in this article. Sharpton has a history of attacking the Jews and his own government. Most notably Sharpton supports Farrakhan in his speeches and political movements to incite America’s blacks to support the likes of Farrakhan.

The noise currently emanating over the Border Fence to be built on the Mexican border is all part of these gangs’ copying the Palestinian revolution as they see it playing out in the U.S. Every week the news media reports on Palestinians attacking Israel’s security fence in the 'West Bank' to threaten Israel’s sovereignty. The same situation exists in Gaza where weekly riots, bomb attacks, missiles and rioting also follow trying to disrupt Israel’s border with Gaza. Israel, of course, has not been in Gaza since 2005, yet the Palestinian Arabs disseminate unending lies of Gaza being an open air prison where the Arab population lives an existence comparable to the Holocaust. It’s a Big Lie but audiences in the EU and in the leftist colleges in America frequently fall for it. They don't see the luxury hotels and shopping areas where the wealthy Gazans go - while ignoring their poverty stricken fellow residents.

Imagine in coming years as busloads of college radicals and activists from these myriad groups make their ways to America’s new security fence on the Mexican border. Then take a look at Gaza and the 'West Bank'. At the same time this consortium of evil will also be demanding chunks of U.S. territory beyond the border with Mexico, assaulting U.S. police and Border Patrol officers and engaging is violence just as the Palestinian Arabs are doing today.

Threats to use violence against Americans, to illegally misappropriate land the belongs to the United States, in addition to the international network set up by these treasonous activist leaders and their minions, menacing organizations and any people with a grudge may justify lawsuits by Homeland Security to exercise legal control before things get totally out of hand.

When Farrakhan talks of more than 60 million people attacking the government his threats of “You ain’t seen nothing yet” ring true, Exactly what Marzieh Hashemi knows as a material witness for the US government may not seem clear yet, but she probably has been discussing all these revolutionary scenarios both in private and public with the likes of Farrakhan.

Maybe Homeland Security is being pro-active for once to prevent race rioting and violence that can tear our cities apart in the future. Black Americans, white police officers, Jews at synagogue and others are already dying so this is time to nip this in the bud before all really do see something in the near future.

The real Tokyo Rose was convicted of treason but later pardoned when it turned out she made jokes out of her broadcasts. Hashemi does the opposite,  she puts all of her command of English  and U.S. History to work at propagandizing against the U.S., Israel and Western democracies - and on putting a good face on Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups.

In today’s relaxed atmosphere of “anything goes” prosecutions for treason are seldom followed through, but the laws are still on the books, and Melanie Franklin, Marzieh Hashemi, has more than shown her contempt for western style democracy or as being against totalitarianism. Melanie Franklin is still a U.S. citizen subject to prosecution for treason and her arrest as a material witness may lead to this.

Lee Kaplan heads Stop the ISM. He is an investigative journalist and contributor to Front Page Magazine, senior intelligence analyst and communications director for the Northeast Intelligence Network, and also heads Defending America for Knowledge and Action (DAFKA). He appears frequently in the US media.


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Report: Secret US program sabotages Iranian missiles - Eli Leon and Israel Hayom Staff

by Eli Leon and Israel Hayom Staff

Program reportedly seeks to slip faulty parts and materials into Iran's aerospace supply chains.

Over the past 11 years. 67% of Iranian orbital launches have reportedly failed  
Photo: AP

The Trump White House has accelerated a secret program to sabotage Iran's ballistic missile and rocket projects, the New York Times reported Wednesday, quoting current and former administration officials.

The officials said the operation was part of an expanding campaign by the United States to weaken the Iranian military and isolate its economy.

Officials told the New York Times it was impossible to precisely quantify the success of the classified program, but that in the past month alone, two Iranian attempts to launch satellites failed within minutes.

Those two rocket launch failures – on Jan. 15 and another unacknowledged attempt on Feb. 5 – were part of a pattern over the past 11 years. In that time, 67% of Iranian orbital launches have failed, an exceedingly high number compared to the 5% failure rate worldwide for similar space launches.

Hours after the Jan. 15 attempt, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran's satellite launchers had technologies "virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles."

The setbacks have not deterred the ayatollah regime, however, and earlier this week Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to "continue our path and our military power."

The Trump administration, similar to Israel, maintains that Iran's space program is a cover for its efforts to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

The American officials who spoke to the New York Times described a far-reaching effort, created under former President George W. Bush, to slip faulty parts and materials into Iran's aerospace supply chains. The program was active early in the Obama administration but was reinvogorated in 2017, when Pompeo took over as the director of the CIA and provided it with new resources.

Tehran had grown suspicious even before U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew last May from the 2015 nuclear accord. Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of Iran's missile program, accused American and allied intelligence agencies of turning their campaigns of "infiltration and sabotage" to Iran's missile complex from its atomic infrastructure.

"They want to repeat their nuclear sabotage in the missile area," he told Iranian state television in 2016, vowing the program will never stop "under any circumstance."

The CIA declined to comment on the report, while administration officials asked the New York Times to withhold some details of its reporting, mostly involving the identities of specific suppliers to the Iranian program, because the effort is ongoing.

Eli Leon and Israel Hayom Staff


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Hamas recruiting operatives in Judea and Samaria via TV codes - Lilach Shova

by Lilach Shova

Secret Hamas unit in Gaza transmits coded messages via Gaza-based Al-Aqsa TV station, using quotes from the Quran or subtle gestures by the presenters, to recruit Palestinians in Judea and Samaria and east Jerusalem for terrorist activity, Shin Bet says.

An Al-Aqsa TV newscaster places a mug on his desk in what the Shin Bet says 
was a secret code to an operative in Judea and Samaria  
Photo: Al-Aqsa TV/Shin Bet 

The Shin Bet security agency on Wednesday revealed that a secret Hamas unit in the Gaza strip had tried to recruit Palestinians in Judea and Samaria and east Jerusalem for terrorist activity against Israel.

The unit, according to the Shin Bet, transmitted its coded messages via the Gaza-based Al-Aqsa TV station, using quotes from the Quran or subtle gestures by the presenters. The Shin Bet named two presenters who it said conveyed messages from Gaza via signals on air, and cited an instance in which a presenter did so by placing a cup of tea on a desk and reciting a line from a poem.

In recent years the Shin Bet and IDF have arrested dozens of young Palestinians with Israeli ID cards, including women, in Judea and Samaria and east Jerusalem, who communicated with the Hamas unit and received instructions from it to carry out terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria.

The detained Palestinian operatives revealed during their interrogations that they had been recruited and handled by Hamas in Gaza, often via Facebook.

"This activity by Hamas' military wing joins a long list of attempts to perpetrate terrorist attacks through the recruitment of operatives in Judea and Samaria and east Jerusalem, which were stopped by us and have thus far led to imprisonment of dozens of youngsters [from those places]," a senior Shin Bet official said.

"The attempts point to a strategy of trying to undermine stability in Judea and Samaria at all costs," the official added.

Lilach Shova


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A summit to weaken Iran and the EU - Ariel Kahana

by Ariel Kahana

Mogherini isn't sitting idly by.

Dozens of foreign ministers and other leaders from all over the world were making their way to Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday evening to take part in a summit organized by the energetic U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

The summit is officially dedicated to promoting peace and stability in the Middle East. In actuality, it has been convened to put together an anti-Iran bloc in the Middle East and its environs. The direct result will be a picture of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing alongside several Arab foreign ministers. The indirect result will mean that the EU is now weaker.

In a classic divide-and-conquer move, Pompeo is holding the summit in Warsaw. Poland is the biggest of the European nations that are battling the decrees from Brussels. As such, Poland is – or at least wants to be – a counter-balance to well-known Western powers, including the two main actors in the EU these days, Germany and France. Pompeo is intentionally backing Poland, the rebel.

It's no coincidence, therefore, that the German and French foreign ministers are skipping the summit. As is EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, the architect of Europe's plan to skirt American sanctions on Iran. Pompeo is putting Mogherini at a disadvantage mainly because of that plan. However, the foreign secretary of Britain – which will soon be leaving the EU – is attending. He knows that a small spat with Brussels is preferable to a major fall-out with Washington.

Mogherini isn't sitting idly by. Two weeks from now, she plans to convene an international summit in Sharm e-Sheikh, Egypt that is designed to present a European show of force in the Middle East. Unlike the Warsaw summit, Israel will not be participating.

But it's clear even to Mogherini that the EU is in trouble. Britain is about to leave. Italy and France are close to cutting off ties with one another. The migrant crisis continues to engulf the continent, and all eyes are on the May elections, which are expected to bolster extremist forces on both the Left and the Right and shake up the EU, which isn't very unified anymore.

Ariel Kahana


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The Green New Deal - Norman Rogers

by Norman Rogers

It is clear that the real motive for the Green New Deal is the installation of socialism, not protection against an imaginary climate crisis.

Apparently, the inmates have taken over the asylum, led by the former barmaid Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, now a member of Congress. The Green New Deal is a bizarre plan to create a cultural revolution in the United States. The role of Mao’s little red book is replaced by the musings of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). After the green revolution, happiness will reign throughout the land.

Ms. Ocasio can’t even make a credible threat to our economic well-being. According to the Green New Deal, if we don’t prevent global warming, we will lose $500 billion of annual economic output by 2100. The current GDP of the U.S. is $20 trillion. Assuming modest real growth of one percent per year, GDP will be $44 trillion (in current dollars) by 2100. Losing $500 billion or 1.1 percent of 2100 economic output is clearly minor and would be made up by 2101. The Green New Deal advocates instantly destroy their own argument with their own numbers.

We are told that the United States must adopt a leading role in reducing CO2 emissions because we are responsible for 20% of cumulative emissions. Referring to cumulative rather than current emissions is sleight of hand. The U.S. is responsible for about 14% of CO2 emissions and these have been declining due to increased use of carbon-light natural gas. The rest of the world is responsible for 86% of the emissions and the rest of the world is not adopting a Green New Deal. The words “China” or “Asia” don’t appear in the text of the Green New Deal. If we are to be serious about reducing CO2 emissions, isn’t it necessary to discuss the source of the vast majority of those emissions?

The reports of the IPCC and of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) are political documents masquerading as scientific studies. These organizations produce fantasy reports that illustrate the computer rule of garbage in, garbage out. The organizations have been discredited by dozens of books, and many reports from disaffected scientists. But the political utility of the doomsday predictions is so great that the political left proclaims that the doomsday predictions are "settled science." Marx and Engels called their evil theories scientific socialism in order to borrow the prestige of science. If you need evidence that the IPCC is a fraud, you only have to know that it received the Nobel Peace Prize. The Peace Prize promotes leftist ideology by borrowing the scientific prestige associated with the separate Nobel prizes given for science. The Peace Prize has often been given to frauds and fashionable tricksters.

My favorite IPCC story is the career of Rajendra Pachauri, a railroad engineer who headed the IPCC for many years. Mr. Pachauri wrote the soft-porn book Return to Almora. The protagonist in that book bears an uncanny resemblance to Rajendra Pachauri. As the head of an Indian nonprofit, the 70-something senior citizen terrorized young woman who worked for him. But can’t one be a sexual predator and a good head of an international organization at the same time?

The Green New Deal mostly has nothing to do with climate change. The program has a strong resemblance to the Fundamental Rights and Duties of Citizens found in the 1936 Constitution of the Soviet Union (the “Stalin” constitution).

The Green New Deal guarantees high-quality health care, maternity leave, annual vacations, free education, the right to organize trade unions, healthy food, and affordable housing. It is proposed that frontline and vulnerable communities will have special privileges and vanguard roles. Frontline and vulnerable communities seem to include everyone except white men. Although for inexplicable reasons they neglected to include LGBTQs as members of frontline and vulnerable communities.

There was an earlier version of the Green New Deal that was cleaned up to remove the less politically palatable items. The earlier version included money for "persons unwilling to work." That version explicitly denounced nuclear energy. It also proposed printing money to pay the expenses of implementing the Green New Deal. The socialist vanguard country Venezuela also prints money. It enjoys 80,000% annual inflation and thieves that employ the kill first, steal second operating philosophy. Soldiers avoid public places after dark because thieves steal their weapons. Venezuelans have lost an average of 24 pounds due to either healthy socialist lifestyles or food shortages.

Trying to operate the electric grid of the United States on wind and solar power is simply ignorant. Wind and solar are erratic sources of power and have to be backed up by conventional plants that take over when the wind or solar is on standby. Those backup plants as a practical matter use fossil fuels, the more so if nuclear is ruled out. Further, it is extremely impracticable to get more than about 30% of the grid’s electricity from wind or solar. Conventional plants have to be online to take over when the wind or solar stops. Batteries are not a solution because they are unbelievably expensive for the role of backing wind and solar. The reality is that nuclear is the only feasible source of carbon free power in large and reliable quantities.

In any case, the global warming crisis is manufactured and overblown. The name of the crisis was changed from global warming to climate change because the globe was not warming according to the predictions. But it is clear that the real motive for the Green New Deal is the installation of socialism, not protection against an imaginary climate crisis. Environmentalists are called watermelons because they are green on the outside and red on the inside.

The Green New Deal is propped up by fake science and fake statistics. The fake statistics paint a picture of an imaginary wonderful time that ended sometime in the 1960s when workers all had great union jobs and wonderful pensions. I was a worker in the 50s and thereafter. The idea that everything was better back then is nonsense. We are in a golden time of great prosperity and opportunity. Trump has made it even better by deregulation, lower taxes, and protection from predatory imports. Socialism has been tried again and again and always with disastrous results. The European countries often held up as successful implementations of socialism are not socialist countries. Real socialism is always a disaster. But those ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it.

Although we live in a golden age of prosperity and opportunity, we also live in an age of ignorance. Ms. Ocasio has a college degree in economics but is apparently a sucker for socialistic ideas that were already thoroughly discredited by 1950. Think of George Orwell’s books 1984 and Animal Farm, and the seminal critique of socialism The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek. Somehow socialism always turns cruel and brutal. There is no better recounting than the Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. But facts and history are less important than the feeling of being ignored suffered by so many intellectuals and academics. Those intellectuals and academics fill the void in their lives with leftist religion.

Norman Rogers is the author of the book: Dumb Energy: A Critique of Wind and Solar Energy.


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The Rushdie Fatwa, Thirty Years Later - Bruce Bawer

by Bruce Bawer

Who among us would dare to predict what the world would look like thirty years from now?

Thirty years ago today, the then ruler of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini, sent a valentine to Salman Rushdie in the form of a fatwa

Rushdie, born in 1947 in Bombay (now Mumbai), had attended Cambridge, settled in Britain, and become famous with his second novel, Midnight’s Children (1981). His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), featured a storyline about Muhammed and the Koran that was deemed blasphemous throughout the Muslim world, leading the novel to be banned in over a dozen countries. The fatwa condemned Rushdie, his publishers, and his editors to death, and called on “all valiant Muslims wherever they may be in the world to kill them without delay, so that no one will dare insult the sacred beliefs of Muslims henceforth.” Khomeini’s government announced that anyone who assassinated Rushdie would receive $6 million, if he survived, and instant martyrdom in Heaven, if he didn’t. The fact that Rushdie, an outspoken leftist, had joined many other cultural-elite types in supporting the overthrow of the Shah apparently didn’t impress Khomeini enough to keep him from ordering Rushdie’s murder.

At that time, the word fatwa was unfamiliar outside the Muslim world. Indeed, for most people in the West, the idea of the long arm of Islam reaching out from that primitive corner of the planet and into the civilized West was a relatively new idea – even though, in historical terms, it was a very old idea, dating back to Islam’s seventh-century founding. Even the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre was widely seen not as a strike against the Free World that was motivated by Islamic ideology but, rather, as an act of Palestinian Jew-hatred

There was also, of course, the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81, but that event, although it involved the detention of fifty-two Americans and had been in the news for 444 days straight, had occurred in Tehran, not in the West, and, in any event, hadn’t exactly been perceived as an act of terrorism. So it was that at the time of the Rushdie fatwa, terrorism was still associated in the Western mind less with Islam than with the Irish Republican Army, with FARC and other groups in Colombia, with Basque separatists in Spain, with Shining Path in Peru, and with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh.

Hence the idea of some religious leader in Iran ordering the death of a prominent British subject struck many in the West as grotesque, absurd – a joke, even. But it soon became clear that this was no joke. Bookstores in the U.S. and Britain were bombed. Copies of the book were publicly burned in a number of British cities. Across the Muslim world, dozens died in anti-Rushdie riots. In 1991, the book’s Italian translator was beaten and stabbed and its Japanese translator murdered; in 1993, William Nygaard, its Norwegian publisher, was shot several times outside his home, but survived. (Nygaard would live to publish the 2004 memoirs of child-murdering terrorist Mullah Krekar and to host Krekar at a garden party.)

The fatwa also exposed for the first time the readiness of many Western political leaders and cultural icons to appease Islamic bullies – a readiness that, thirty years later, continues to define much of the Western establishment. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter called The Satanic Verses “a direct insult to…millions of Muslims.” Muslim leader Iqbal Sacranie, whom Tony Blair would later award with a knighthood, said that death was perhaps too easy a punishment for Rushdie. Hugh Trevor-Roper, one of Britain’s most respected historians, said he “would not shed a tear” if a pack of Muslims “were to waylay [Rushdie] in a dark street.” Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie denounced the book. So did John Cardinal O’Connor, Archbishop of New York. So did John Paul II’s Vatican. Its importation into Canada was forbidden. Major U.S. bookstore chains stopped carrying it, and publishers in France, West Germany, and other countries dropped plans to publish it.

To their credit, most Western governments criticized the fatwa, with some of them temporarily withdrawing their ambassadors to Tehran. A great many writers also (eventually) voiced their solidarity with Rushdie. But not all of them did: children’s author Roald Dahl called Rushdie an “opportunist,” the premise apparently being that he had deliberately invited the fatwa in order to garner free publicity, while Germaine Greer refused to stand up for him, saying he was a “megalomaniac.” As for Rushdie himself, he and his wife went into hiding immediately after the fatwa was declared, and were given full police protection by orders of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (whom Rushdie despised); understandably, Rushdie offered Khomeini an apology, but the ayatollah was having none of it, and reiterated the need to “send him to Hell.” 

The Rushdie affair, as I have noted, taught many Westerners a new word: fatwa. But at the time, relatively few people in the West recognized it as a lesson in a much broader topic – namely, Islam. Yes, the episode taught millions that Islam takes blasphemy very seriously and that Muslim leaders feel empowered to order hits on their enemies. But few high-profile Western commentators extrapolated very far beyond the particulars of the episode. Since no modern Western cultural production had sparked anywhere near such fury in the Islamic world, most Westerners, I gather, developed the impression that Khomeini was a particularly testy kind of a Muslim and that Rushdie, who had been raised in that faith, had knowingly ventured out onto a minefield. This was not to say that people in the West thought Rushdie had it coming, but rather that they considered it unlikely that such a case would arise again anytime soon.

Rare indeed were those in the West who seriously entertained the possibility that this was not a one-off but the beginning of a new chapter in the history of relations between Islam and the West. And why should that possibility have occurred to them? In 1988, almost no one in the West was aware of the core Islamic concept of jihad, or of the long history of jihad against the West that dated back to Islam’s birth. Although the Rushdie affair made worldwide headlines for months, there were few if any informed attempts in prominent Western media to contextualize it by enlightening the general public about Islamic law and doctrine. Consequently, few in the West imagined that the Rushdie fatwa, coming at a time when Communism was beginning to fall in Eastern Europe, might mark the rekindling of a centuries-long war with another totalitarian enemy.   

Even at the height of the fatwa drama, then, virtually nobody in the West could have foreseen what the next three decades would bring on this front. Who imagined that, on a September morning twelve years after the ayatollah announced his fatwa, Islam’s contempt for Western freedom and Western lives would be manifested in an attack more breathtaking than any in human history, and that that attack, which took thousands of lives, would be followed by dozens of deadly, large-scale jihadist assaults on Western metropolises? Who imagined that, despite these acts of mass murder, Western countries would continue to welcome to their shores armies of Muslim immigrants, shower them with welfare benefits, tolerate their violent crimes, and surrender to their increasingly aggressive demands that Western society and culture be made sharia-compliant? Who imagined that mainstream Western publishers, news media, and film and TV producers would routinely celebrate Islam, even as they systematically smeared its critics and denied them a platform? Who imagined that people in Western countries who dared to speak the truth about Islam would be harassed by the police and dragged into court? Who imagined that countless Western political leaders, law-enforcement officers, social workers, and journalists would cover up the brutal organized rape of thousands of “infidel” girls by Muslim rape gangs?

And, having asked all of the above questions, let us ask one more: now, in 2019, who among us would dare to predict what the Western world will look like thirty years from now? Given the rapidity with which most of Western Europe has been Islamized in the years since the Rushdie fatwa – and given the highly mixed results, so far, of efforts to resist this Islamization – who among us dares to peer too closely into our crystal balls?  

Bruce Bawer is the author of “While Europe Slept,” “Surrender,” "The Victims' Revolution," and "The Alhambra." "Islam," a collection of his essays on Islam, has just been published.


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Anti-Semitic fliers posted outside of Tufts University Jewish center - AP and Israel Hayom Staff

by AP and Israel Hayom Staff

Dozens of anti-Semitic flyers, including one depicting pigs holding guns and calling for destruction of "Israeli Apartheid Forces" found at Tufts University Hillel

A Massachusetts university is condemning the posting of anti-Semitic flyers outside a campus Jewish organization.

The Tufts Daily student newspaper reports that more than two dozen flyers depicting militarized pigs were found posted on the exterior of the Granoff Family Hillel Center at Tufts University on Tuesday.

One featuring cartoon images of pigs holding guns called for the destruction of the "Israeli Apartheid Forces."

Many of the images date to the 1960s and the Black Panther Party, but Rabbi Naftali Brawer says some were posted on Hillel windows facing inward and "we were clearly targeted as a Jewish center." They were found nowhere else on campus.

Tufts President Anthony Monaco called the posters "profoundly disturbing and hurtful" and says the university is investigating.

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Palestinians: "Journalism" Hamas Style - Khaled Abu Toameh

by Khaled Abu Toameh

For Hamas, "accuracy" means that a journalist working in the Gaza Strip will show Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the worst possible light -- regardless of the facts.

  • For Hamas, "accuracy" means that a journalist working in the Gaza Strip will show Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the worst possible light -- regardless of the facts.
  • Instead of honoring the young and dedicated journalist for her courage, Hamas has decided to punish her. Instead of interrogating and prosecuting the corrupt officials whose identities were mentioned in her reporting, investigative journalist Hajer Harb is the one who is now standing trial for telling the truth.
  • It now remains to be seen whether Western journalists and media outlets will voice any concern at all over the ongoing attempts by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to silence and intimidate Palestinian journalists.

Hajer Harb, a courageous Palestinian investigative journalist and cancer survivor, is standing trial in the Gaza Strip for the "crime" of exposing corruption in Hamas-run ministries and institutions. (Image source: Hager Press video screenshot)

Hamas, as part of its crackdown on freedom of the media, has imposed yet another restriction on the work of journalists in the Gaza Strip. The Hamas measure has left many Palestinian journalists worried about their ability to report on what is happening in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Foreign journalists, for their part, have yet to respond to the latest assault on public freedoms.

What exactly did Hamas do to anger the Palestinian journalists? Earlier this week, the Hamas-controlled Government Press Office issued a directive in which it said that, as of April 1, journalists will not be permitted to conduct interviews or enter government institutions in the Gaza Strip unless they have obtained a "press card" issued by the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Information.

This new directive means that any journalist who does not receive a "press card" from Hamas will not be able to operate freely and independently in the Gaza Strip.

Needless to say, Hamas is not about to give credentials to any journalist who is not affiliated with the Islamist movement and its ideology. Also, Hamas is not going to give its "press cards" to any journalist who dares to criticize its rule over the Gaza Strip or express a different opinion. Worse, by granting itself the right to issue "press cards," Hamas can now decide who is a journalist and who is not. Basically, Hamas's message to journalists is, "If you're not with us, go find yourself another job."

The new measure is Hamas's way of controlling the story. Hamas clearly wants to make sure that the journalists who work in the Gaza Strip report only on issues that make the movement and its leaders look good in the eyes of Palestinians and the international community.

It is not that the stories coming out of the Gaza Strip in recent years haven't been sympathetic to Hamas. Ever since Hamas violently seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, in fact, its leaders and security forces have maintained a tight grip on the local media to make sure that Palestinian journalists living there "toe the line." The result: most of the stories emerging from the Gaza Strip in the past 12 years have largely ignored Hamas's failure to improve the living conditions of its constituents.

By controlling the media, Hamas has been able to send a message to the world that the misery of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip can be laid squarely at the feel of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority (PA). A few foreign journalists who briefly visited the Gaza Strip and filed reports that Hamas did not like have been quietly told that they are no longer welcome to return to the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave. Palestinian journalists who nevertheless challenged Hamas by reporting on sensitive issues, such as financial and administrative corruption in the Gaza Strip, are still suffering from the long arm of Hamas.

Consider, for example, the plight of female investigative journalist Hajer Harb, who is currently standing trial before a court in the Gaza Strip for exposing corruption in Hamas-run ministries and institutions. Harb, a cancer survivor, has been repeatedly summoned for interrogation by Hamas security forces for her role in reporting on corruption in medical and housing institutions. Earlier this week, the court again postponed Harb's trial until February 26. She is accused of "failing to display objectivity, fairness and accuracy" in her reporting. Instead of honoring the young and dedicated journalist for her courage, Hamas has decided to punish her. Instead of interrogating and prosecuting the corrupt officials whose identities were mentioned in her reporting, Harb is the one who is now standing trial for telling the truth.

Her lawyer, Baker al-Turkumani, described the charges against her as "flimsy." The charges, he said, are an "assault on the freedom of the media and expression, which are protected by the law. The law and justice are the journalist's weapon against corruption. The law cannot be used to limit the work of a journalist or freedom of expression."

The accusation that Harb had failed to demonstrate objectivity and accuracy in her journalistic work is both disingenuous and laughable. It is disingenuous because it is coming from Hamas -- a group for whom the terms objectivity and accuracy are wholly inimical. It is laughable because it allows Hamas to set the standards for objectivity and accuracy.

When, one wonders, did Hamas received the right to preach to the media about "objectivity" and "accuracy"? For Hamas, objectivity in the media means that journalists shut their mouths about their leaders and government officials. For Hamas, "accuracy" means that a journalist working in the Gaza Strip will show Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the worst possible light -- regardless of the facts.

Back to the Hamas's intention to issue its own press cards to journalists working in the Gaza Strip: the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, a body dominated by Abbas loyalists, condemned the Hamas decision as "illegal." Tahseen al-Astal, the deputy chairman of the syndicate, complained that the Hamas decision was a "clear violation of the journalists' access to information." He called on all journalists to boycott any news related to Hamas in protest against the decision.

While this syndicate's criticism of Hamas is completely justified, it is important to note that it rarely cares to protest assaults on Palestinian journalists living under the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. By directing its criticism against Hamas only, the syndicate is displaying an obvious double standard.

Since the beginning of this year, the Palestinian Authority security forces have arrested 10 Palestinian journalists in the West Bank for their "negative" reporting and alleged criticism of Abbas and other senior Palestinian figures. In the Gaza Strip, meanwhile, Hamas summoned for interrogation only four.

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate regularly chooses totally to ignore the plight of the journalists arrested by the Palestinian Authority security forces. The only evils the Syndicate sees are those that can be linked to Hamas or Israel. That is because its heads and senior staff are affiliated with Abbas's Fatah faction. Now this syndicate, which is condemning the latest Hamas measure, has called on Palestinian officials and journalists to boycott Israeli reporters and media organizations.

Like Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, with the help of its associates in the syndicate, is apparently seeking to control the news and narrative to make sure that journalists direct their criticism only against Israel. Like Hamas, the Palestinian Authority has been relatively successful in its effort to limit the flow of information from areas under its control. A Palestinian journalist living in Ramallah will think at least a dozen times before he or she writes or says a word that could rile Abbas or one of his senior officials.

The latest Hamas decision targeting journalists will undoubtedly make it harder for journalists to operate in the Gaza Strip. Many have already been facing a campaign of intimidation and threats by Hamas. The new decision will now force many of the Palestinian journalists there to change their profession: unless they have been cleared by Hamas's security forces, they will no longer have access to sources.

The continued Palestinian Authority crackdown on Palestinian journalists in the West Bank has become every journalist's nightmare; many now practice strict self-censorship for fear of being punished by Abbas and his security agencies. In the absence of a free and independent media under the Palestinian Authority, several Palestinian journalists have been forced to seek work in Israeli, Western or Arab media organizations.

It now remains to be seen whether Western journalists and media outlets will voice any concern at all over the ongoing attempts by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to silence and intimidate Palestinian journalists. If the foreign journalists continue to ignore the situation of their Palestinian colleagues, the day will soon come when they themselves will fall victim to the unacceptable and unprofessional measures imposed by Palestinian leaders against the media.
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Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning journalist based in Jerusalem, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at Gatestone Institute.


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Turkey: Jihadist Literature Gets a Pass - Uzay Bulut

by Uzay Bulut

"It is really sorrowful to live in a country that silences, prosecutes, jails its authors and forces them to live in exile," Hasan Cemal wrote in January.

  • "It is really sorrowful to live in a country that silences, prosecutes, jails its authors and forces them to live in exile," Hasan Cemal wrote in January.
  • It is worse than "sorrowful," however, that writers in Turkey who promote jihad are given a pass.

Turkish journalist Hasan Cemal recently bemoaned that a publishing house rejected his latest book, Sorrow, on the grounds that it would lead to the imprisonment of both the author and the publisher for expressing liberal views antithetical to the government of President Erdoğan. Pictured: Hasan Cemal. (Image source: Armineaghayan/Wikimedia Commons)

The Turkish journalist Hasan Cemal recently bemoaned that a publishing house rejected his latest book, Sorrow, on the grounds that it would lead to the imprisonment of both the author and the publisher for expressing liberal views antithetical to the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. According to Cemal, the works of other well-known writers in Turkey -- such as Oya Baydar, Nedim Gürsel, Aslı Erdoğan, Baskın Oran and Nurcan Baysal -- have met a similar fate, for the same reason.

Not all authors and publishers in Turkey, however, live in such fear. For instance, the Turkish translation of the book Al-Wala' Wal-Bara ("Loving and Hating for the Sake of Allah Alone"), written by al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, are freely published by Beyaz Minare and distributed by Benli.

Many other publishers and media outlets in Turkey that not only promote violent jihad, but also maintain ties to terrorist organizations, continue functioning. The staff of the magazine İslam Dünyası ("Islamic World"), for instance, was under indictment in 2012 for links to al Qaeda.

The daily BirGün reported that, according to the investigation file, the magazine's managing editor, Osman Akyıldız, the magazine's Ankara representative, Ömer Belül, and other al Qaeda supporters traveled illegally to Syria to recruit terrorists and provide aid to al Qaeda-affiliated training camps in Syria.

Belül is also a representative of an al-Qaeda-linked Turkish association, Garip-Der (Guraba Muslims Association); its head, Abdurrahman Koç, was killed in 2013 while fighting along with foreign jihadists against the Syrian government.

Garip-Der is known for its pro-jihad demonstrations. In December 2012, for instance, the group gathered near the US Embassy in Ankara, where Belül made a speech endorsing the al-Nusra jihadists and condemning the countries that listed al-Nusra as a terrorist organization.

Garip-Der held another pro-jihad demonstration in January 2013 in front of the French Embassy in Ankara, to protest French operations against al-Qaeda in Mali. The group's members held banners that read, "Death to France" and "the caliphate will be established." The same month, Garip-Der protested Russia to show support for the jihadists in Syria. Belül made another straightforward pro-jihad speech there, threatening both non-Muslims and Muslims who oppose jihad:
"Allah, who is a curser, will give [his] response through jihad... And you Muslims who are not jihadists or who do not support jihadists. When the Rashidun caliphate is established, you will regret it and say, 'I wish I had acted on the side of jihadists or at least had not betrayed them'."
Akyıldız owns Küresel Kitap, a publishing company that translates, publishes and sells pro-jihad books, some of which are written by terrorists. One book, Kayip Minare ("The Lost Minaret") was written by Abdullah Azzam, also known as the "Father of Global Jihad," who has had a profound impact on several jihadist organizations, particularly on the foundation of al-Qaeda. Although a Turkish court ruled in 2013 that Azzam's book must be "pulled from the market," it is still being sold openly by Küresel.

Other pro-jihad books published and distributed by Küresel include:
  • Jihad and the Battle Against Doubts (Cihad ve Şüphelerle Savaş), by Abu Yahya al-Libi, a leader of the Libya branch of al Qaeda, who, in 2012, declared Syria "a region of jihad" and instructed al Qaeda members in Turkey and other countries to fight against the Syrian government.
  • Memories of al-Khattab (Hattab'ın Anıları), by Saudi-born Jordanian Ibn al-Khattab, a jihad leader in the First and the Second Chechen Wars who was also active in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Tajikistan.
  • Allah Is Preparing Victory for Islam (Allah İslam'a Zafer Hazırlıyor), by Anwar al-Awlaki, an Islamic preacher who was a recruiter for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The power and influence of the such works and their authors cannot be underestimated. Although al-Awlaki was killed in 2011, his words of violence continue to reach across the world. According to a 2016 article in The Week,
"...[Y]ears after the U.S. killed American-born imam Anwar al-Awlaki, he is still inspiring jihadists at home and abroad.
"Who has been influenced by him?
"Just about every Islamist who has attacked the U.S. since 9/11. He had direct email contact with Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13 people in a 2009 shooting attack at Fort Hood, Texas. He helped recruit and train Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who in 2009 tried to blow up an airplane over Detroit with a bomb in his underwear. Awlaki died before the rise of ISIS, but nearly every ISIS adherent who speaks English has seen his lectures on YouTube or read his articles in Inspire, the online al Qaeda magazine he helped launch. Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in a 2015 rampage at his workplace in San Bernardino, California, watched Awlaki sermons; so did Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, who killed four Marines and a Navy sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, also in 2015. The Tsarnaev brothers, who bombed the Boston Marathon in 2013, were fans of the videos, and plans for the pressure-cooker bomb they used can be found in Inspire's article 'How to Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom...'"
Another jihadist influenced by al-Awlaki was the Turkish police officer, Mevlüt Altıntaş, who murdered a Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, in 2016. According to court documents, the day before the assassination, Altıntaş gave a suitcase filled with written materials -- such as the Koran and a book by al-Awlaki -- to an Islamist in Ankara, and said that he hoped "others too will benefit from the books."

Other materials found in Altıntaş's suitcase and at his home included:
  • The Muslim Brotherhood Organization, a book by Hasan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • The Strategy of the Islamic Dawaa and other books by Sayyid Qutb, a leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and a convicted terrorist.
  • Books by Turkish jihadist Bülent Tokgöz, whom the indictment stated "is currently in conflict zones" in Syria.
  • The Risale-i Nur Collection, by the Sunni Muslim theologian Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1877-1960), which includes 14 books on Koranic interpretation, and aims to bring about an Islamic revival in Turkey.
  • Books by the cleric Nureddin Yıldız, head of the pro-Erdoğan government Social Fabric Foundation, the website of which includes statements such as: "Jihad is the greatest worship of our religion... There is jihad by the hand, by the pen, by the tongue and of property. They [the different forms of jihad] should be implemented whenever and however they are required."
Apparently, "jihad by the pen" is what is required in modern Turkey; given Erdoğan's ideology, it is not surprising that the Turkish government is lenient with promoters of radical Islamism while cracking down on dissident liberal reformers.

Erdoğan himself was a student and follower of the late Necmettin Erbakan, a Turkish PM who in 1969 founded the National View (Milli Görüş) movement -- the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood. Erdoğan continues to support the Brotherhood, and the support appears to be mutual.

Last year, Yusuf Neda, the international relations representative of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, reportedly called Turkey the "hope of the entire Islamic world," and the "only country in the Middle East that acts responsibly."

For Turkish defenders of liberalism, such as Hasan Cemal -- whose publisher fears the repercussions of releasing his book -- the Erdogan government represents anything but hope and responsible behavior.

"It is really sorrowful to live in a country that silences, prosecutes, jails its authors and forces them to live in exile," Cemal wrote in January.

It is worse than "sorrowful," however, that writers in Turkey who promote jihad are given a pass.

Uzay Bulut, a Turkish journalist, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Gatestone Institute. She is currently based in Washington D.C.


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