Friday, May 28, 2021

Joe Biden lied about his involvement in Hunter's Ukrainian affairs - Andrea Widburg

 

​ by Andrea Widburg

Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop continues to yield fascinating information about the incredibly corrupt man in the White House.

Through the presidential campaign, Joe Biden was clear: his son Hunter's affairs in Ukraine were his own business and Biden had nothing to do with them.  Like Sergeant Schultz, he knew nothing.  Even when one of Hunter's old partners, Tony Bobulinski, said Biden was absolutely involved in Hunter's China business affairs, Biden continued to deny involvement.  However, emails from Hunter's abandoned computer show that, while Biden was vice president, he met the whole Russian and Ukraine cabal for dinner.

In September 2019, the Democrats, as part of their endless efforts to oust Trump, charged that he committed an impeachable offense during the call.  This faked charge stemmed from Trump asking Ukraine's president to investigate Hunter Biden's involvement with Burisma, which may have led to Biden extorting the new Ukraine government by threatening to withhold badly needed funds if it didn't fire the prosecutor looking into Burisma.  By attacking Trump, Democrats were desperately trying to divert attention from the fact that Biden is one of the most corrupt politicians in American political history, who used his drug-addled, debauched son as a conduit for payments from foreign governments.

Throughout all this, Biden was absolutely clear: Hunter's business was not Joe's business.  In 2019, when asked about his involvement with Hunter's affairs in Ukraine, Joe was emphatic.  "I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business doings."

 

 Just a few months later, Joe was back again with the same narrative: 

 

While we all suspected that this was a lie, we didn't have the proof.  The fact that Tony Bobulinski said Joe was involved with Hunter's Chinese affairs (which happened after Biden left the White House) didn't prove that he was also involved with Hunter's Ukraine affairs.

Now, though, we have the proof.  A series of emails from Hunter Biden's ever helpful laptop show Hunter arranging an April 15, 2015 dinner meeting between his dad (who was then vice president), on the one hand, and, on the other hand, Hunter's Ukrainian, Russian, and Kazakh business partners:

Joe Biden met with his son's Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakhstani business associates while vice president, emails show.

Hunter Biden wrote to a friend before the 2015 Washington DC dinner that it was 'ostensibly to discuss food security', but was in fact an opportunity to introduce his potential clients and partners to his powerful father.

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A guest list Hunter prepared for the dinner at the private 'Garden Room' at Georgetown's Café Milano included corrupt, late former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkovhis wife Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina, and a Mexican ambassador.

The Daily Mail story has all the details, along with pictures of the emails.  The following pictures are the ones that specifically make it clear that old Joe was deeply involved — and I've highlighted the relevant language:

This meal took place over a year after the U.S. Treasury had flagged something suspicious about the $3.5 million that Baturina had sent to Rosement Seneca.  And it took place 11 months before Joe Biden told Ukraine he wouldn't release promised American dollars unless the government fired the prosecutor investigating corruption at Burisma.

I believe that the technical term for Biden is "liar, liar, pants on fire."  He is a compulsive liar and a corrupt man, and he seems determined to destroy America from within.

Image: Unknown internet meme.

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 Andrea Widburg

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/05/joe_biden_lied_about_his_involvement_in_hunters_ukrainian_affairs.html

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Shock: Washington Post publishes something sensible on Israel - Michael Berenhaus

 

​ by Michael Berenhaus

No kidding. Kudos to Charles Lane.

Thank you to Washington Post columnist Charles Lane for a sane perspective of the recent Hamas-Israel conflict in an otherwise insane world   Mr. Lane's level-headed op-ed really provides more news than in the news reporting part of the newspaper.  His statement that Hamas "shooting unguided explosives toward civilian populations violates all the norms of warfare" should be in every article on this conflict, but sadly, it is not.  Lane continues that the 4,000 Hamas rockets were "more than 4,000 war crimes, or an average of 363 per day."

Mr. Lane is one of the few sources who acknowledges that "of the at least 248 people in Gaza dead, at least some were struck by errant Hamas rockets.  Eight civilians, including two of the 67 children in Gaza who have been reported dead, lost their lives in a single such incident," and that's according to a Palestinian Human Rights source!  It is quite likely that since there is no free press in Gaza, and Hamas carefully censors what information goes out — so the numbers of casualties from errant rockets could skew much higher.

Mr. Lane also compares the unfortunate deaths of Palestinian civilians to other wars, and it becomes as clear as day that Israel was taking extreme measures to minimize casualties, contrary to the libel published in most U.S. news sources stating the opposite.

Mr. Lane concludes that "Israeli wrongdoing, if any, occurred in the context of a generally professional military operation that was carried out in response to Hamas's rocket attack."  Lastly, "Hamas's campaign against Israel and its civilian population, by contrast, consisted of nothing but war crimes, from beginning to end."

Amen and kudos to Mr. Lane.

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Michael Berenhaus

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/05/shock_washington_post_publishes_something_sensible_on_israel.html

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The Iranian nuclear genie is already out of the bottle - Oded Granot

 

​ by Oded Granot

Iran in the grip of the extremist camp will assuredly increase aid to Hezbollah and bolster relations with Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. It will not cease striving for a nuclear bomb, even in the presence of a strict oversight regime.

 The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, is a brave man. In an interview with the Financial Times published on Wednesday, he said what none of his predecessors have dared say: A country that enriches uranium to 60% purity is a country striving toward a nuclear weapon.

His comments make finding a smoking gun unnecessary. Grossi's conclusion regarding Iran's intentions resonates more and is far more credible than Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's alleged religious decree, which no one has ever seen, whereby Iran is not pursuing an atomic bomb.

The only ray of light emanating from Grossi's remarks was that the situation is still reversible and that the enrichment restrictions imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal can be reinstated, alongside the reimplementation of a robust oversight regime.

Indeed, backtracking Iran in terms of its enrichment activities and redeploying nuclear inspectors are some of the issues currently being discussed by Iran and world powers in Vienna. Gaps still remain, but both sides are expressing optimism and believe a deal will soon be reached. As a gesture, the Iranians even agreed to extend by a month international oversight of their nuclear facilities, "until after the Iranian presidential election next month."

Iran's consent to extend the oversight until after the election is not coincidental, and can also be seen as an indication of Khamenei's desire to "drag feet" and take his time before signing a new nuclear deal with the global powers prior to the June 18 election. The reason: Khamenei doesn't want the credit for a new nuclear deal, which would lift several of the heavier sanctions imposed on Iran, to go to current President Hassan Rouhani of the moderate and reformist camp, rather to the next president, Ebrahim Raisi, his close confidante and a member of the regime's conservative faction.

Khamenei is doing all in his power to ensure Raisi is elected, including disqualifying most of the moderate candidates in advance. If Raisi, who is currently Iran's chief justice, is elected, the entire hard-line camp will get a boost. The removal of sanctions under Raisi's watch, Khamenei believes, will also diminish the prospect of a popular uprising by the millions of Iranians who have fallen beneath the poverty line due to the sanctions and government corruption.

Israel, naturally, views things differently and conveyed as much to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his recent visit. The extreme hardliners in Iran already control the parliament, justice system, and of course the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and military. The election of a hard-line president, who is also tabbed as Khamenei's successor, will give this camp full control of Iran and stymie the more moderate and liberal factions.

Iran in the grip of the extremist camp will assuredly increase aid to Hezbollah and bolster relations with Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. It will not cease striving for a nuclear bomb, even in the presence of strict oversight. Even Grossi concedes that "it's impossible" to erase the technological knowledge the Iranians have accrued over the past two years. Even he doubts the feasibility of "putting the genie back in the bottle."

 

Oded Granot

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/the-iranian-nuclear-genie-is-already-out-of-the-bottle/

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Biden Frees Al Qaeda Ally Who Plotted to Smuggle Nukes Into US - Daniel Greenfield

 

​ by Daniel Greenfield

Why settle for helping Iran nuke America, when you can also help Al Qaeda nuke America?

 


With inflation rising almost as fast as gas prices and the cost of a home, Joe Biden ain’t doing much for most Americans. But if you’re an Al Qaeda terrorist, he’s got your back.

Just ask three of Gitmo’s finest who are benefiting from Biden’s generosity.

Saifullah Paracha (pictured above) was a Pakistani businessman and New York travel agent with some big plans. The Gitmo inmate now being set loose by Biden wanted to “do something big against the US.”

9/11 was in Al Qaeda's rearview mirror and its mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was plotting a sequel. The Gitmo dossier for Paracha first details a plan to use his “textile business to smuggle explosives into the US” and these "ready-made explosives, specifically C4" would go into shipping containers full of "women and children's clothing".

Shipping Al Qaeda’s C4 to America would be more lucrative than dumping sweatshop labor sweatpants because “if al-Qaida used detainee’s textile company for shipping explosives to the US, he would likely be paid additional money beyond the standard shipping fees”. No word on whether there would have been a bonus for every American blown up.

And then things escalated from there with testimony that Paracha allegedly claimed that he, “believed he could obtain unspecified chemicals from Chinese sources”. The fellow he was talking to about the unspecified chemicals, Ammar al-Baluchi, one of the few Gitmo Jihadis whom neither Obama nor Biden had managed to release yet, had helped out the 9/11 hijackers with flight simulators, and manuals, and allegedly chatted with Mohammed Atta.

After 9/11, Al-Baluchi was looking at all sorts of plans for crashing planes into things, like the American consulate in Karachi or London’s Heathrow airport, but there were other options on the table. The nature of the chemicals out of China was never specified, but the KSM lieutenant believed they were” chemical or biological agents” that could be used “as a weapon”.

Paracha reportedly advised Al Qaeda that “one should look for a similar looking chemical and put it in between the good chemicals and it would be very easy to get [through] customs.” With his business experience, he could offer Al Qaeda tips on smuggling such as warning them about the “radiological sensors at ports or places of entry into the US” that would make it difficult to smuggle radioactive materials into the country”.

But Biden’s newest charity case wanted something bigger. The dossier describes the 9/11 mastermind's associate and Paracha chatting about Al Qaeda getting some "radiological or nuclear items several times" because Paracha wanted "to help al-Qaida 'do something big against the US.'”

Paracha "also discussed nuclear attacks and attacks against nuclear power plants" and had an idea for “al-Qaida to attack a nuclear power plant”.

So you can see why Joe Biden is letting him go.

Why settle for helping Iran nuke America, when you can also help Al Qaeda nuke America?

The Pakistani graduate of the New York Institute of Technology “expressed strong anti-US sentiment” and allegedly “stated that nuclear weapons should be used against US troops, as thousands of the troops would be killed at once”.

The pro-terror lobby has spent all these years claiming that Paracha was an innocent victim of American imperialism who was never charged with anything and was smeared with confessions obtained by acts of horrifying torture like Barney songs played on a non-stop loop.

Curiously the dossier mentions that Paracha's diary had  "references to military chemical warfare agents, and their effects on humans" including Sarin nerve gas.

But what New York travel agent hasn't filled his diary with entries about the effects of nerve gas on humans along with the contact information for an alleged Al Qaeda anthrax operative?

You’d have to be an Islamophobe to find anything suspicious about that.

Sadly, none of these plans worked out. Instead the agents of the Great Satan told Palacha that they wanted him to come to Thailand to discuss a deal with Kmart. When Palacha showed up to pitch Kmart reps on a blue light special that might or might not glow in the dark, they weren’t there to get a deal on some Pakistani underwear, but offering a place off Cuba with a view.

Even Obama didn’t set Paracha loose, but Biden is determined to out-Obama him.

The media understandably doesn’t want to trouble Americans with any uncomfortable mentions of nuclear weapons and Chinese chemicals when explaining Biden’s latest gift to Al Qaeda.

The New York Times only mentions that Paracha is "a former businessman and longtime legal resident of New York" and that he has "heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure".

Also some years ago a spiritual leader with a Buddhist symbol made famous by an Austrian house painter carved into his forehead died of colon cancer while one of California's oldest inmates. It’s almost as awful as when that elderly former house painter commited suicide after a long struggle with syphillis along with his new bride in a bunker that Biden would have envied.

The Hill plaintively whines that, “Paracha was the oldest and reportedly among the sickest detainees held at Guantánamo Bay. He suffered from heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.” Since Paracha is still alive and the description is in the past tense, we can only assume that being freed by Biden is a cure for heart disease, diabetes, and blood pressure.

If Biden really wants to cure cancer, he can drop all of that moonshot nonsense, all he needs to do is give all of Al Qaeda cancer, and then release them. If it doesn’t cure them, it’ll kill them.

Releasing Paracha might also be a concern for the Brits as the dossier also states that he had discussed with Al-Baluchi “how to smuggle explosives and chemicals into England”.

When Paracha wasn't exploring the exciting possibilities of nuclear weapons, he met Osama bin Laden on a trip to Afghanistan and "offered to let UBL and al-Qaida use his media broadcasting business to film and distribute propaganda and training films'' that would include "depicting UBL quoting Koranic verses". While a lot of Paracha's other plots were theoretical, the dossier indicates that Al Qaeda used Paracha's "video broadcasting facility" to make a movie featuring "a senior Saudi al-Qaida facilitator associated with a cell targeting Americans in Saudi Arabia."

But no doubt after all that time having to listen to Barney sing, “I Love You, You Love Me” on repeat at Gitmo, with nothing to read except the Koran and Harry Potter novels, Paracha has come around and now loves America. And from now on will commit to only shipping women’s and children’s clothing to Kmart without C4, Chinese chemicals, or nukes.

The other beneficiaries of Biden’s generosity are Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman, an alleged bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, and Abdul Rabbani, allegedly a member of an Al Qaeda cell plotting car bomb attacks against Americans.

Biden intends to continue Obama’s work of freeing all the Islamic terrorists of Gitmo.

Paracha had apparently told American investigators that "he did not think meeting with al-Qaida was a crime, just business".

Biden clearly doesn’t think aiding Islamic terrorists is a crime either. That’s why he’s doing it.

 

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/05/biden-frees-al-qaeda-ally-who-plotted-smuggle-daniel-greenfield/

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Reopening US consulate for Palestinians in J'lem 'violates Israeli, US law' - Ariel Kahana , News Agencies and ILH Staff

 

​ by Ariel Kahana , News Agencies and ILH Staff

"A US consulate in Jerusalem to a foreign body clearly runs afoul of American law," says former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Reopening US consulate for Palestinians in J'lem 'violates Israeli, US law'
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Ramallah | Photo: AP/Alex Brandon

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged on a Middle East mission on Tuesday that Washington would advance the process of reopening its Jerusalem consulate for the Palestinians, although such a move would likely be legally problematic, according to three former senior diplomats who spoke to Israel Hayom on Wednesday and asked to remain anonymous.

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The previous US administration closed the American consulate in Jerusalem in March 2019. The closure of the consulate was a harsh blow to the Palestinians and diminished the Palestinian Authority's standing in Washington. During his campaign, US President Joe Biden had vowed to reopen it.

The move to reopen the consulate, however, appears to be in violation of Israeli, American and international law. Israel's Basic Law: Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel (1980), stipulates that "Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel." Opening a diplomatic mission on behalf of a foreign entity could run contrary to Jerusalem's status, as stated in Israeli law. Moreover, such a move would imply that Israel and the US recognize that Jerusalem will be the capital of a future Palestinian state – a position that many in Israel oppose.

Another legal obstacle to the move is the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, passed overwhelmingly by the US House and Senate, which recognized united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and states that "Jerusalem should remain an undivided city."

The building in Jerusalem that housed the US consulate to the Palestinians (Oren Ben Hakoon)

Former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, in an article that appeared in political news website The Hill on Wednesday, said: "A US consulate in Jerusalem to a foreign body clearly runs afoul of American law."

Such a move, he argued, "would be illegal and unwise."

Israel's Foreign Ministry said: "Within the framework of the [current] dialogue, it was clarified to us that there is no intention of altering recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The matter will be discussed by the work groups between Israel and the United States."

The US State Department said: "As part of our renewed involvement with the Palestinian people and leadership, we will examine our diplomatic presence on the ground to ensure it allows us to fully implement our various activities."

The Prime Minister's Office did not provide a response.

Blinken, meanwhile, also pledged new aid to help rebuild Gaza.

He said the United States would provide an additional $75 million in development and economic aid to the Palestinians in 2021, $5.5 million in immediate disaster relief for Gaza and $32 million to the UNRWA, the United Nations' Palestinian aid agency based there.

"We know that to prevent a return to violence we have to use the space created to address a larger set of underlying issues and challenges," he said. "And that begins with tackling the grave humanitarian situation in Gaza and starting to rebuild."

Blinken reiterated that Washington intended to ensure that Hamas, which it regards as a terrorist organization, did not benefit from the humanitarian aid – a potentially difficult task in an enclave over which it has a strong grip.

He said if aid were distributed correctly it could actually undermine Hamas as the group "thrives on despair, on misery, on desperation, on a lack of opportunity."

Blinken began his regional visit in Jerusalem, where he held talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leader, speaking to reporters with the top US diplomat at his side, threatened a "very powerful response" if Hamas renewed cross-border rocket strikes.

In tandem with his visit, Israel allowed fuel, medicine and food earmarked for Gaza's private sector to enter the territory for the first time since the hostilities erupted on May 10.

 

Ariel Kahana , News Agencies and ILH Staff 

Source:https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/05/27/reopening-us-consulate-for-palestinians-in-jlem-violates-israeli-us-law/

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Qatar pledges $500M to rebuild Gaza, Hamas vows transparency - Shahar Klaiman , News Agencies and ILH Staff

 

​ by Shahar Klaiman , News Agencies and ILH Staff

Israel, meanwhile, to begin allowing Gazans in need of life-saving medical treatment, aid group workers and foreign journalists to enter the country via the Erez crossing. Israel also expands Gaza fishing zone to 6 nautical miles.

Qatar pledges $500M to rebuild Gaza, Hamas vows transparency
The motorcade for Secretary of State Antony Blinken approaches the Beitunia checkpoint to enter the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | Photo: AP/Alex Brandon

Qatar will provide $500 million to help rebuild Gaza, the Qatari foreign minister said on Wednesday, following a ceasefire that ended the worst fighting in years between Israel and Palestinian terrorist groups.

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"Qatar announces $500 million in support for the reconstruction of Gaza," Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said in a Twitter post.

"We will continue to support our brothers in Palestine to reach a just and lasting solution by establishing their independent state," Al-Thani added.

Qatar often serves as a mediator between Israel and Hamas and it has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to support past ceasefires.

During Operation Guardian of the Walls, Egypt also pledged to transfer $500 million to Gaza, although it later clarified the aid would not be in the form of cash, rather equipment.

Israel, meanwhile, decided that on Thursday it would begin allowing Gazans in need of life-saving medical treatment, aid group workers and foreign journalists to enter the country via the Erez crossing. As of 6 a.m., Israel also permitted Gaza fishing zone to be expanded to 6 nautical miles.

In Gaza, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar told journalists Wednesday that the terrorist group welcomed reconstruction aid, as long as it did not come from Israel, and had no objections to international oversight.

"I emphasize our commitment in Hamas that we will not take a single penny earmarked for rebuilding or humanitarian issues," he said.

Sinwar, who has close ties with the group's armed wing, said Hamas receives ample military assistance from outside sources – led by Israel's archenemy, Iran. "When I said we do not take money destined for aid, this is because we have comfortable sources of funds covering our activities," he said.

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar is surrounded by guards as he arrives for a meeting with foreign press, in Gaza City, Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (AP/Khalil Hamra)

The Hamas leader's statement came on the back of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's first official visit to the region.

Blinken wrapped up a two-day Mideast mission on Wednesday, winning valuable diplomatic support and hundreds of millions of dollars of pledges from Arab allies for Gaza's rehabilitation, but the mission made little headway in resolving the deeper issues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

After two days of talks with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab allies, Blinken acknowledged that any resumption of peace talks remained far off. In the meantime, he said he had made progress toward the more modest goals of cementing the ceasefire and rebuilding hard-hit Gaza.

"We see the ceasefire, not as an end, but as a beginning, something to build on," Blinken told reporters in the Jordanian capital of Amman, where he met King Abdullah II.

He said the first priority was to meet the immediate needs of Gaza's 2 million people and then aim to "create better conditions in which we can try to move forward."

Earlier, he was in Egypt for talks with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. The visits came a day after intensive talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Blinken has vowed to "rally international support" to rebuild Gaza while promising to make sure that none of the aid reaches Hamas. He also is trying to bolster Hamas' rival, the Palestinian Authority.

Sinwar lashed out at Blinken for trying to strengthen the PA at Hamas' expense. "They are trying to add more fuel to the fire of Palestinian division," Sinwar said.

In a gesture to the Palestinians, Blinken on Tuesday announced plans to reopen a diplomatic office in Jerusalem that oversees outreach to the Palestinians. He also pledged nearly $40 million in additional aid to the Palestinians.

In all, the Biden administration has pledged some $360 million to the Palestinians, restoring badly needed aid that the Trump administration had cut off due to the PA's so-called pay-for-slay policy of providing stipends to terrorists and their families.


Shahar Klaiman , News Agencies and ILH Staff

 
Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/05/27/qatar-pledges-500m-to-gaza-rebuild-hamas-vows-transparency/

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Germany: New Strategy to Combat 'Political Islamism' - Soeren Kern

 

​ by Soeren Kern

"Religious extremism doesn't come out of nowhere. On the contrary, it thrives in isolated parallel worlds that have nothing in common with our values. We urgently need to shed light on this and not only wake up when violence erupts." — Bundestag Member Nina Warken, Integration Commissioner, CDU/CSU parliamentary group.

  • The policy paper, "Preserving Free Society, Promoting Social Cohesion, Fighting Political Islamism," which whole-heartedly commends law-abiding Muslims who respect Germany's democratic order, argues that the debate about Islamism in Germany is often reduced to violence and terror, but that it is necessary to focus more on ideology. The proposals include improving research and analysis of political Islam in Europe and the methods by which it spreads; banning the foreign funding of mosques; and reducing the number of foreign imams active in Germany.

  • "Focusing only on the violent part of Islamism, Islamist terrorism, does not do justice to the overall problem.... This political Islamism, which ostensibly acts non-violently, but stirs up hatred, agitation and violence and strives for an Islamic order in which there is no equality, no freedom of opinion and religion and also no separation of religion and state, has spread far and wide in parts of our society." — CDU/CSU policy paper.

  • "We owe the fight against political Islamism not only to our free-democratic ideals and values, but also to most of the Muslims in Germany who share these ideals with us and want to live with us on their basis. Because it is precisely liberal, secular Muslims who are victims of this illiberal, anti-democratic ideology. Those who publicly oppose political Islamism and its strategies are particularly at risk." — CDU/CSU policy paper.

  • "These politically extremist, non-violent groups aim to establish an order according to their Islamist ideas by actively preventing integration, dividing Western societies into 'believers' and 'unbelievers,' rejecting equality and religious freedom.... They use democratic structures to undermine and ultimately abolish democracy." — CDU/CSU policy paper.

  • "The present focus on groups prepared to use violence has led to disregarding the ideological justification of violence. These politically extremist, non-violent groups aim to establish an order based on their Islamist ideas by actively preventing integration, dividing Western societies into 'believers' and 'unbelievers,' rejecting equality and religious freedom, and alienating Muslim youth from Western societies. They use democratic structures to undermine and ultimately abolish democracy." — CDU/CSU policy paper.

  • "Religious extremism doesn't come out of nowhere. On the contrary, it thrives in isolated parallel worlds that have nothing in common with our values. We urgently need to shed light on this and not only wake up when violence erupts." — Bundestag Member Nina Warken, Integration Commissioner, CDU/CSU parliamentary group.

  • The German-Moroccan author Sineb El Masrar, in an interview with the public radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur, said that the policy paper is clearly directed against "reactionary, Islamist organizations" and "that it is not aimed at all Muslims, but at those with a radical agenda."

  • "Islamists are not interested in democracy. On the contrary. They reject democracy because they only consider politics to be legitimate if it follows regulations that adhere to the politics of Mohammed in the 7th century. — Susanne Schröter, Islam scholar, Die Tagespost.

  • "The decisive question is to what extent imams are willing and able to explain that these warlike verses and suras are only to be considered in their historical context and that they no longer have any meaning today, i.e. in principle could be deleted.... It should be added that the implementation of the strategy is only possible if, for example, mosque communities or Muslims as a whole are willing to actively contribute, because they understandably know the segregation efforts of many association representatives much better and more closely than most German observers." — Bundestag Member Hans-Jürgen Irmer, member of the Interior Committee, CDU/CSU parliamentary group.

The largest parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, the faction of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), has approved a wide-ranging strategy to contain the spread of political Islam in Germany. Pictured: Germany's Bundestag in session on May 6, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The largest parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, the faction of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), has approved a wide-ranging strategy to contain the spread of political Islam in Germany.

The plan, outlined in a new policy paper, "Preserving Free Society, Promoting Social Cohesion, Fighting Political Islamism," warns that a growing number of areas in Germany, where German law is overruled by Sharia law, are in danger of becoming "parallel societies."

The document also warns that many mosques and Islamic associations in Germany are controlled by foreign governments and that they are producing a generation of German jihadists who extol martyrdom and threaten Germany's liberal democratic order.

The authors of the report argue that a recent wave of jihadist attacks in Germany and elsewhere in Europe — including the beheading of a schoolteacher in Paris, a crime celebrated by many Muslim pupils in Berlin — requires urgent measures to stop the "poison" of extremist ideology from gaining further ground on the continent.

The policy paper, which whole-heartedly commends law-abiding Muslims who respect Germany's democratic order, argues that the debate about Islamism in Germany is often reduced to violence and terror, but that it is necessary to focus more on ideology. The proposals include improving research and analysis of political Islam in Europe and the methods by which it spreads; banning the foreign funding of mosques; and reducing the number of foreign imams active in Germany.

Arguably the most important proposal involves reversing the German government's long-standing policy of supporting extremist groups in Germany, which, under the guise of promoting dialogue, has legitimized those groups and fueled the spread of political Islam in Germany.

The strategy has been greeted with a mix of approval, cynicism and skepticism. Some say the proposals are long overdue while others counter that the strategy is too little, too late. Some critics describe it as an electoral gimmick — federal elections are scheduled for September 22 — aimed at capturing the attention of supporters of the conservative party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has long called for a crackdown on political Islam.

An English translation of excerpts of the policy paper follows:

"In recent months, Islamist terrorism has returned with full force: A barbaric attack in Nice on October 29, 2020, in which several people were killed; the horrific murder of the French teacher Samuel Paty in a Paris suburb on October 16, 2020; and the bloody attack in Vienna on November 2, 2020. Germany has also been hit by Islamist terror, for example in an attack on the Berlin city motorway on August 18, 2020, and in a knife attack on a homosexual couple in Dresden on October 4, 2020.

"Investigations are being conducted into security failures in the run-up to each of these attacks and whether there is potential for improvement in security structures. Some of the attackers had criminal records and had already been classified as dangerous by security authorities. The investigations are important and necessary, but by no means sufficient. Islamism is not limited to a certain number of violent attacks. The ideology behind it is poison for our free society. It endangers integration and social cohesion by inciting Muslims against our democracy.

"When martyrdom is extolled in some German mosques; when Islamists meet in Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt to demonstrate against freedom of expression and freedom of the press and express solidarity with the murderer of the French teacher Paty; when children in Berlin schools dismiss this murder with the remark that the teacher got what he deserved; then we cannot accept that. In addition, it must be stated openly and clearly that the spread of Islamist-tinged nationalism, the agitation against Christians and Jews, the denial of Israel's right to exist and the glorification of war have long been a sad part of everyday life in Germany.

"In addition, there are increasing cases of direct influence of foreign governments on Muslims in our country, partly under the guise of religious freedom and with the spread of Islamist and Islamist-nationalist ideas. These include, for example, the influence of the Turkish right-wing extremist 'gray wolves' on young people in Germany; reporting to the Turkish governmental religious authority Diyanet on alleged supporters of Fethullah Gülen in Germany; and DITIB's [the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, an arm of the Turkish government] support for the Turkish military operation in northern Syria in January 2018.

"Equally worrying are developments at the Islamic Center Hamburg (IZH), which is under the influence of the Islamic regime in Tehran and is the propaganda center for Shiite extremism in Germany, or at Salafist mosque associations, some of which are financed by donors from the Middle East. The abuse of Muslim stakeholders and structures in Germany by foreign governments and Islamist agents, often disguised with reference to constitutionally protected religious freedom, must come to an end.

"Focusing only on the violent part of Islamism, Islamist terrorism, does not do justice to the overall problem. Islamism — like other extremisms — has an ideological basis and the aim must be to explore this ideological underground. This political Islamism, which ostensibly acts non-violently, but stirs up hatred, agitation and violence and strives for an Islamic order in which there is no equality, no freedom of opinion and religion and also no separation of religion and state, has spread far and wide in parts of our society.

"Political Islamism promotes a system of rule that is a fundamental alternative to democracy, pluralism and individual rights of freedom. Its representatives strive for the submission of society, politics, culture and law to norms that correspond to their Islamist ideas. This politicization of religion is expressed in a comprehensive regulation of the lifestyle of Muslims based on the categories of what is permitted (halal) and what is forbidden (haram). Every person is judged on submission to the do's and don'ts of Islam. Individual voluntariness falls by the wayside because of the high pressure to conform. At the center of political Islamism is the Islamist gender order with extensive gender segregation, extreme patriarchalism and the partial or complete exclusion of women from the public.

"We owe the fight against political Islamism not only to our free-democratic ideals and values, but also to most of the Muslims in Germany who share these ideals with us and want to live with us on their basis. Because it is precisely liberal, secular Muslims who are victims of this illiberal, anti-democratic ideology. Those who publicly oppose political Islamism and its strategies are particularly at risk. Prominent critics of political Islamism such as Seyran Ates, Ahmad Mansour and Mouhanad Khorchide have been threatened by Islamist circles for years and can only live under police protection. This situation is unacceptable.

"In some urban quarters and areas in Germany, but also in many of our neighboring countries such as France, Belgium and Austria, parallel societies influenced or shaped by Islamic influence have formed over the years and decades — often with the tolerance of society out of misunderstood tolerance: leading French Islamic scholars recently sounded the alarm that around 150 municipalities in France are now in the hands of Islamists. Anyone who identifies himself as a Jew or a homosexual there must fear for his life; women who dress according to Western fashion in public can expect attacks and abuse. Children and young people who grow up in these milieus are particularly at risk of being receptive to ideologies. The necessary integration work with the families is only possible with great difficulty. Such a development must be prevented in Germany by all means.

"There is currently a lack of a comprehensive systematic overview and linking of knowledge available in Germany and Europe about the activities, personnel and financial resources of Islamist groups active in Germany and Europe, as well as about their international networking, their strategic goals and the range of their ideologies. In this country, the focus is primarily on groups that openly call for violence. Representatives of political Islamism who are involved in politics and society are often perceived as legitimate religious representatives and not as followers of an extremist ideology. The present focus on groups prepared to use violence has led to disregarding the ideological justification of violence. These politically extremist, non-violent groups aim to establish an order based on their Islamist ideas by actively preventing integration, dividing Western societies into 'believers' and 'unbelievers,' rejecting equality and religious freedom, and alienating Muslim youth from Western societies. They use democratic structures to undermine and ultimately abolish democracy."

A Five-Point Action Plan

The policy paper outlines five broad measures aimed at understanding and fighting political Islam:

  • Supporting basic research on political Islamism in Germany and Europe. This includes: establishing academic chairs to focus on Islamism and its structures, networks and financing; providing federal authorities with financing for researching the structures of political Islamism; implementing a scientific study on the experiences and problems of school teachers with Islamist influences and forms of Islamist-motivated behavior to better understand the extent to which political Islamism is influencing children, young people and adolescents; establishing a "Political Islamism in Germany and Europe" documentation center; establishing a "Political Islamism in Germany" expert group in the Federal Ministry of the Interior that would develop recommendations in the fight against political Islamism in Germany and report to the Federal Government and the Bundestag once a year; networking and exchanging information on political Islamism at EU level, for example by strengthening the Helsinki-based "European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats."

  • Terminating state cooperation and contractual relationships with organizations of political Islamism. In the future, all financial donations, subsidies, contractual relationships and collaborations with Islamic clubs and associations that are being monitored by German security agencies must be discontinued at the federal and state levels. This includes rescinding statutory tax breaks and charitable status or groups that pursue anti-constitutional aims. Exceptions to this are necessary contacts between governments and federal and state authorities.

  • Training imams in Germany. Most of the imams working in Germany are posted from abroad. The proposal calls for providing academic and spiritual training for imams in Germany, while maintaining religious freedom and the separation of state and religious communities. The strategy aims to promote an Islamic practice of faith that respects German values.

  • Financing of mosques. Many mosques and Islamic religious communities in Germany receive funding from third countries. The plan calls for increased transparency of membership structures and financing flows, including a requirement to disclose every direct and indirect source of funding, including donations, subsidies, contracts and collaborations, to the federal tax office.

  • Preventing radicalization. The plan calls for improved cooperation between federal, state and local governments and civil society. It calls for expanding the National Prevention Program against Islamist Extremism; investigating the risk of radicalization processes in the penal system in Germany; and expanding information and awareness programs for specialists from the areas of police, justice, school and education, social work, youth welfare and refugee aid, among others.

Select Commentary

The lead author of the paper, Bundestag Member Christoph de Vries, said:

"Religious extremism and its representatives must be met with the same distance and rejection as the political extremists from the left and right. Fundamental values ​​such as equality, protection of minorities and the priority of our laws over religious rules are non-negotiable. There can be no religious exception to this. The enemies of our constitution and their ideologues cannot be partners of our state at the same time. That is the clear message of our position paper. Our goal is to understand the ideological breeding ground on which political Islamism thrives with broad scientific research and to tackle the problem with a comprehensive package of measures at the root level. It is precisely liberal, secular Muslims who are victims of this illiberal, anti-democratic ideology and are threatened by Islamists. Our aim is to promote social cohesion and to ensure that Muslims in Germany do not fall into the clutches of radical, intolerant ideologies."

The spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Mathias Middelberg, added:

"So far, when looking at Islamism, groups prone to violence have been in the foreground. With the package of measures that we adopted in the position paper, we are now focusing more on the ideological basis. In order to fight political Islamism in the long term, we will in particular strengthen basic research in this area and further advance imam training in Germany. On the other hand, we want to create more transparency with respect to the foreign financing of mosques in Germany and prevent possible state cooperation and contractual relationships with Islamist organizations and expand prevention work. With this comprehensive strategic approach, we have the means at hand to tackle Islamism at its roots."

The integration commissioner for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Nina Warken, said:

"Religious extremism doesn't come out of nowhere. On the contrary, it thrives in isolated parallel worlds that have nothing in common with our values. We urgently need to shed light on this and not only wake up when violence erupts."

The German-Moroccan author Sineb El Masrar, in an interview with the public radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur, said that the policy paper is clearly directed against "reactionary, Islamist organizations" and "that it is not aimed at all Muslims, but at those with a radical agenda." She added: "There are quite a lot of Muslims and mosque associations that are not affiliated with Islamist associations. Dialogue with them must be sought more intensively."

Mouhanad Khorchide, a Lebanese-Austrian Islamic theologian and sociologist who is a professor of Islamic pedagogy at the University of Münster in Germany, said that the policy paper reflects a growing awareness of the problem of political Islam in Germany: "It is important to implement concrete measures that put pressure on this misanthropic ideology to prevent situations as in France, where Islamists control entire city districts."

The renowned Frankfurt-based Islam scholar Susanne Schröter expressed skepticism about the new strategy. She said that secular states have a fundamental challenge when dealing with Islam, which is political by nature due to its law, Sharia.

In an interview with Die Tagespost, a Würzburg-based Catholic national weekly newspaper, Schröter noted the difficulty in finding the dividing line between an Islam that threatens the democratic order and permitted political participation based on the Islamic faith. The popular comparison between "Political Islam" and Christian Democracy is misleading, she said, because the representatives of political Islam are not interested in political participation, but with system change:

"Islamists are not interested in democracy. On the contrary. They reject democracy because they only consider politics to be legitimate if it follows regulations that adhere to the politics of Mohammed in the 7th century. They are striving to establish an Islamic normative order in which Sharia rules and politics is dominated by religious leaders."

The political editor of Die Tagespost, Sebastian Sasse asked if the CDU's renewed focus on internal security has to do with the upcoming federal election:

"It is interesting that the proposals are being published right now and in this condensed form. The signal is clear: 'We have understood' is the message to the electorate. The fight against political Islamism is intended to show that the CDU still sees itself as a 'Law and Order' party....

"Whether this catalog of measures is the starting point of a line that will run through the entire election campaign or will soon disappear into the drawer again — that will determine whether the Union manages to reinvent itself as a people's party of the center-right."

In an essay, "The CDU Discovers the Problem of Islamism," published by the German blog Tichys Einblick, commentator Zara Riffler also expressed skepticism of the new strategy to combat Islamism, which has long been a taboo topic in Germany. She predicted that any serious crackdown on Islamism would be met with charges of 'Islamophobia':

"It must be assumed that German MPs will fear being labeled as hostile to Muslims if they support tough measures against political Islam. The effect here is that Islamist actors have long been manipulating the discourse in Germany: Liberal scholars and publicists who criticize political Islam are branded as 'Islamophobic' and thus as pathological. Such battle concepts have an impact on top-level politics....

"It is conspicuous that only the term 'political Islamism' is used throughout the policy paper, no longer the term 'political Islam.' Is that the trick with which the proposals are supposed to be sold more easily — because 'Islamism' is conceptually further removed from 'Islam'? Islamist actors in Germany are agitating against the term 'political Islam,' which is preferred by liberal scholars and renowned experts. The goal behind it: to block research by manipulating discourse. They try to portray the use of the term 'Political Islam' as hostile to Muslims. Many politicians are intimidated by this and therefore mostly speak of 'Islamism' — also because they do not understand that the critics are mostly Islamic extremists, not ordinary Muslims.

"MP Christoph de Vries said: 'The choice of the term 'political Islamism' is primarily about remaining consistent in the designation of the different extremisms — left-wing extremism, right-wing extremism, Islamism — and at the same time expressing the political instrumentalization.' It is not the terms that are decisive, he said, but rather the content, research and awareness-raising."

Bundestag Member Hans-Jürgen Irmer, member of the Interior Committee for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, concluded:

"The representatives of Islam must emulate the Enlightenment and its influence on Christianity, because if, for example, German imam training is to be promoted, the basis of all theological considerations remains the work of the prophet Mohammed and the Koran, which has 200 passages calling for the annihilation of unbelievers. The decisive question is to what extent imams are willing and able to explain that these warlike verses and suras are only to be considered in their historical context and that they no longer have any meaning today, i.e. in principle could be deleted.

"As long as this is not the case, there can be no real understanding between religions in the long run. It should be added that the implementation of the strategy is only possible if, for example, mosque communities or Muslims as a whole are willing to actively contribute, because they understandably know the segregation efforts of many association representatives much better and more closely than most German observers."

A recent poll revealed that three-quarters of Germans are in favor of more resolute action against Islamism. The survey, conducted by the Erfurt-based opinion research institute INSA Consulere on behalf of Die Tagespost, found that 74% of Germans agreed that the government should combat radical Islam. Only 8% of those surveyed opposed taking a harder line; 12% did not have an opinion.

The poll found that 90% of supporters of the conservative party Alternative for Germany stated that they would like more decisive action against radical Islam in Germany. This was followed by 84% of CDU/CSU voters; 83% of Social Democrats (SPD); 73% of Greens voters; and 71% of Free Democrats (FDP) who agreed that Germany should act more forcefully against radical Islam.

 

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute.  

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17404/germany-political-islamism

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The Middle East Dispute Is About Religion, Not Land - Dennis Prager

 

​ by Dennis Prager

Why the Muslims really seek Israel's destruction.

 


If you've seen videos of recent attacks on Jews in New York City, Los Angeles, London and elsewhere, you may have missed a very revealing aspect of those attacks. They were almost always — as they have been for decades — accompanied by curses such as, "F—- the Jews."

Now, given that the perpetrators are almost always Muslims — whether immigrants or children of immigrants from an Arab or other Muslim country — two questions present themselves:

Why attack American or French or British Jews? And why curse "the Jews"? In other words, given that the recent wars have been between Hamas and Israel, why aren't these attacks outside of Israel on Israelis and Israeli institutions? And why level curses at "the Jews"?

The answer is this: The Muslims who seek Israel's destruction do so because Israel is Jewish, not because Israel occupies the West Bank or Gaza.

First, the Muslim world sought Israel's destruction from the day Israel was established in May 1948, before it occupied a centimeter of the West Bank or Gaza.

Second, Israel does not occupy Gaza. Israel withdrew completely from Gaza 16 years ago.

Third, the Palestinians rejected a state of their own five times:

Rejection No. 1: In 1937, the British Peel Commission offered the Arabs 80% of the geographical area known as Palestine. The Jews were offered 20%. The Arabs rejected it.

Rejection No. 2: In 1947, the Arabs rejected the United Nations partition plan.

Rejection No. 3: In 1967, in the course of defeating the attempt by Egypt, Syria and Jordan to destroy Israel, Israel conquered the West Bank from Jordan, Gaza from Egypt and the Golan Heights from Syria. Most Israelis had no interest in retaining Gaza or almost any part of the West Bank except for East Jerusalem, the Jewish city in which Jews have lived for 3,000 years, from 1,400 years before Muhammad was born. The Palestinians, as the Arabs of Palestine came to be known, and all the Arab states rejected partition and peace.

Rejection No. 4: In 2000, at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat a Palestinian state in all of Gaza and 94% of the West Bank (Set ITAL)with East Jerusalem as its capital. But Arafat rejected the offer. In the words of U.S. President Bill Clinton, Arafat was "here 14 days and said no to everything."

Rejection No. 5: In 2008, Israel tried again. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert went even further than Ehud Barak had, expanding the peace offer to include additional land to sweeten the deal. The Palestinians said no, again.

The reason for all these Palestinian/Arab rejections of a state of their own was that it meant a Jewish state in the Middle East still existed.

The Middle East dispute has never been about land. Israel is the size of New Jersey. It is slightly larger than El Salvador. If it were the size of Manhattan, the Palestinians and many Muslim states would still seek its destruction. There are 22 Arab states in the Middle East, but there is no room for one Jewish state. There is even a state with a Palestinian majority: Jordan. The issue is not land. The issue is religion.

Why is Iran wholly preoccupied with destroying Israel? It has nothing to do with Muslim solidarity; the Iranians don't give a damn about Palestinians. It is entirely about hatred of Jews and the Jewish state. If the Iranians cared about fellow Muslims, they would be targeting China, which is accused by the United States and other Western countries of committing genocide against the Uyghurs — a predominately Muslim ethnic group that lives in China — a charge that includes forced sterilization of Uyghur women.

Westerners want to believe it is about land — in part because they are secular and think in secular terms. And in part because they need to believe that the dispute is about land. Only then can they blame Israel. If it were about a Muslim desire to destroy the Jewish state, they could no longer blame Israel. Even worse: They would have to blame Islamist fanaticism.

 

Dennis Prager

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/05/middle-east-dispute-about-religion-not-land-dennis-prager/

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Fake News Shills for Palestinians, Ignores Genocide of Christians - Raymond Ibrahim

 

​ by Raymond Ibrahim

Ideologically driven hypocrisy.

 


If all human lives are equally valuable, as the so-called “mainstream media” pretend, why do they highlight some while completely ignoring others?

Take the recent Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  For two weeks, day after day, hour after hour, the media showed emotionally-charged videos, pictures, and provided regular updates of Palestinian lives lost, with 248 being the most recent figure.

If the average American was asked why the media so dwelled on this conflict, including by providing regular and updated statistics, their response would likely be that any human death is a terrible and therefore newsworthy matter—hence the media are only doing their job, objectively and fairly.

But if that was really the case, why do the media completely ignore so much other suffering and death—often exponentially worse than what the Palestinians experienced in both quality and quantity—around the world?

Consider the ongoing genocide of Christians in Nigeria, for example.  In that west African nation, 248 is about the amount of Christians killed by Muslims every few weeks, going back for some two decades now.  According to the most recent report, between January and April of this year alone, 1,470 Christians were hacked to death.  On average this comes out to about 368 Christians killed every month for four months straight.

According to a more general report, “Not less than 32,000 Christians have been butchered to death by the country’s main Jihadists” between just 2009 and the first quarter of 2020; 13,000 churches were additionally destroyed by “Allahu Akbar” screaming Muslims since just 2016.

It is only slightly better for Christians in other sub-Saharan nations: in Mozambique, the Central African Republic, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burkina Faso, Muslims are terrorizing and slaughtering Christians, and have been for many years now.

Yet one expects that only a tiny, miniscule percentage of those Americans who heard about killed Palestinians ever heard about the slaughter of tens of thousands of Christians all throughout Africa, since the media seldom report on and certainly never dwell on the latter.  

This is all the more irresponsible considering that the reason Christians are being brutally slaughtered—because they are Christians, because Muslims are taught to hate and subjugate the “other”—is certainly more newsworthy, than, say, why Palestinians get killed (terrorism crackdowns and other mundane factors).

Is the media racist, then?  Do black lives not matter?

In fact, no lives intrinsically matter for the media; only those that can help push a certain narrative have any value for and are therefore worth reporting by the media.  And, increasingly, wherever one looks, that narrative is about demonizing the innocent and/or law-abiding and exonerating the guilty and/or law-breaking.

Thus, every year in America, several thousand blacks, including children, are tragically killed by other blacks (324,000 between just 1979 and 2014).   The media could care less.  Yet, when one black man, George Floyd, was inadvertently killed during an arrest, the media went ballistic in an effort to further the narrative that all police are “racist.”

Of course, the media never cared about George Floyd; they only cared about using him to demonize the police, whose job it is to maintain law and order.

Similarly, the media does not care about the Palestinians; they only care about using them to demonize Israel, which is also trying to maintain law and order, including by defending itself against nonstop terrorist attacks from its Muslim neighbors.

From here, one also understands why it is that when the shoe is on the other foot—when the guilty butcher the innocent, as Muslims are doing to Christians, not because they are trying to maintain law and order, but because they hate “infidels”—the media is silent:  that status quo is fine as is and requires no attention, certainly no amelioration.

 

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/05/fake-news-shills-palestinians-ignores-genocide-raymond-ibrahim/

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