Friday, June 11, 2021

Is the Biden Administration Helping Iran to Achieve Its Nuclear Dream? - Con Coughlin

 

by Con Coughlin

The improvement in Iran's technical ability to develop nuclear weapons is the result of a number of steps Tehran has taken during the past year to increase its nuclear activity, all of which constitute clear violations of the terms Tehran agreed under the JCPOA.

  • The improvement in Iran's technical ability to develop nuclear weapons is the result of a number of steps Tehran has taken during the past year to increase its nuclear activity, all of which constitute clear violations of the terms Tehran agreed under the JCPOA.

  • Consequently, if the predictions are correct and Raisi emerges triumphant in the presidential elections [June 18], the prospects of the hardliners making any tangible concessions over the country's nuclear programme will be negligible.... [Raisi] made his name during as a prominent member of Iran's notorious Death Commissions, when opposition activists were either executed or sent to clear minefields during the Iran-Iraq war.

  • As a result, the only achievement of Mr Obama's deeply-flawed nuclear deal with Iran will have been to enable the ayatollahs to achieve their dream of acquiring nuclear weapons, with all the implications that will have for the future security of the globe.

The improvement in Iran's technical ability to develop nuclear weapons is the result of a number of steps Tehran has taken during the past year to increase its nuclear activity, all of which constitute clear violations of the terms Tehran agreed under the JCPOA. (Image source: iStock)

The most likely outcome of US President Joe Biden's ill-considered attempt to revive the nuclear deal with Iran is that it will lead to a dramatic reduction in the time frame Tehran requires to build an atomic warhead.

One of the central goals of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) struck with Iran by former US President Barack Obama was to delay Tehran's ability to develop nuclear weapons for more than a decade.

At the time the deal was agreed in 2015, intelligence experts predicted it would take it Iran about one year to develop the technological know-how to develop a nuclear warhead if Iran was allowed to continue with its nuclear activities.

In an attempt to slow Iran's research into nuclear weapons, the JCPOA required Tehran to eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98%, and reduce by about two-thirds the number of its gas centrifuges for 13 years. For the next 15 years, Iran would only enrich uranium up to 3.67%.

Yet, despite the JCPOA being in force for nearly six years, the latest estimates suggest that Iran is only a matter of months away from having the ability to produce sufficient quantities of weapons-grade uranium for one nuclear warhead.

A report published by the Institute of Science and International Security this week predicts a "worst case scenario" of 2.3 months for Iran to produce enough weapons grade uranium (WGU) for one nuclear weapon.

"Iran could produce a second significant quantity of WGU early in the fifth month after breakout commences, and a third quantity could be produced early in the seventh month," the report concludes.

The improvement in Iran's technical ability to develop nuclear weapons is the result of a number of steps Tehran has taken during the past year to increase its nuclear activity, all of which constitute clear violations of the terms Tehran agreed under the JCPOA.

Iran's most serious breach of the accord took place on April 16 when Iran began enriching uranium, a key component in the production of nuclear warheads, at 60 percent purity for the first time -- just below the threshold required for nuclear warheads. In addition, Iran has said it will increase the number of sophisticated centrifuges, the sophisticated devices used for uranium enrichment, at its Natanz facility to 5,000.

Biden administration officials insist these moves by Iran, which Tehran says have been taken in response to the previous Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the JCPOA in 2018, are nothing more than a bargaining ploy to increase pressure on Washington to make further concessions at the latest round of talks taking place in Vienna on reviving the nuclear deal.

There is growing concern within Western intelligence circles, however, that any advances Iranian scientists achieve by accelerating the country's nuclear programme will result in them gaining vital technical knowledge that cannot be erased. Iran's scientists would be able to retain their nuclear know-how even in the unlikely event that the Vienna negotiations result in a new deal whereby Iran agrees to lower its enrichment levels and make substantial reductions to the number of its operational centrifuges.

The rapid advances Iran is making in its nuclear programme were acknowledged earlier this week by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who conceded that the "breakout time" Iran requires to move from conducting nuclear research to developing nuclear warheads could soon be reduced from months "to a matter of weeks."

During a meeting with the US House of Representatives on Monday, Mr Blinken warned that Iran's nuclear programme was "galloping forward... The longer this goes on, the more the breakout time gets down ... it's now down, by public reports, to a few months at best. And if this continues, it will get down to a matter of weeks."

By highlighting the dramatic reductions in Iran's "breakout time", Mr Blinken was seeking to justify the Biden administration's decision to invest so much political capital in seeking to revive the JCPOA.

Mr Blinken was nevertheless forced to concede that, even though indirect talks have been taking place between the US and Iran in Vienna since April, the US still does not know whether Iran has any genuine intention of resuming compliance with the agreement.

Furthermore, with Iran's hardliners set to consolidate their control over the regime in this month's presidential elections, which are due to take place on June 18, Western diplomats are becoming increasingly sceptical about the prospect of concluding a new agreement with Tehran.

Ebrahim Raisi, the candidate who is seen as the favourite to replace Iran's outgoing President Hassan Rouhani, is a renowned hardliner whose candidacy has attracted the support of both the regime's all-powerful Guardian Council, as well as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Raisi, a close ally of the country's 82-year-old Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has previously served as the head of Iran's judiciary and made his name during the 1980s as a prominent member of Iran's notorious Death Commissions, when opposition activists were either executed or sent to clear minefields during the Iran-Iraq war.

Consequently, if the predictions are correct and Raisi emerges triumphant in the presidential elections, the prospects of the hardliners making any tangible concessions over the country's nuclear programme will be negligible.

As a result, the only achievement of Mr Obama's deeply-flawed nuclear deal with Iran will have been to enable the ayatollahs to achieve their dream of acquiring nuclear weapons, with all the implications that will have for the future security of the globe.

 

Con Coughlin is the Telegraph's Defence and Foreign Affairs Editor and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17454/iran-biden-nuclear-dream

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UAE leader: Abraham Accords show benefits of peace with Israel - JNS and ILH Staff

 

by JNS and ILH Staff

At AJC conference, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan says science "will play a greater role in our thinking going forward. It is only possible when successful technological countries, like the UAE and Israel, in the region come together."

UAE leader: Abraham Accords show benefits of peace with Israel
UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan attends a ceremony in Paris, Nov. 21, 2018 | File photo: AP / Christophe Ena

Following the news the American Jewish Committee was set to open an office in Abu Dhabi, the organization hosted United Arab Emirates Foreign and International Cooperation Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan at its 2021 AJC Virtual Global Forum, Monday.

Al Nahyan spoke about the Abraham Accords, relations with the United States, and extremism in the Middle East in a videotaped interview with Jason Isaacson, AJC chief policy and political affairs officer.

Al Nahyan noted that the coronavirus pandemic played a role in the normalization agreement, creating the opportunity for a breakthrough in negotiations.

"There is recognition that science will play a much bigger role in our thinking going forward. It is only possible when you have successful technological countries, like the UAE and Israel, in the region come together," he said. "Such a partnership was due, but COVID has made us move in that direction much faster."

For Al Nahyan, the accords could lead to greater peace in the region since they provide tangible evidence of Arab countries working with Israel in what he called a "people-to-people" relationship.

He also spoke extensively about the threat of extremism from radical groups and ideologies in the Middle East and Europe, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Our threshold in challenging extremism and radical ideas has not been appropriate," he said. "Extremism cannot be acceptable. Hate cannot be acceptable. Making excuses for violence cannot be acceptable."

He explained that countries, especially in Europe, divide terrorist groups into political and military wings when the organizations themselves do not make the same distinction.

Following the Al Nahyan interview, AJC announced it would expand Project Interchange – an AJC educational program to introduce Israel to leaders from around the world – to host delegations of policymakers and opinion influencers from countries that signed the Abraham Accords.

The first seminar in Israel for Arab Gulf leaders is slated to take place in November, with a second group set for January 2022. The new AJC office in Abu Dhabi will be involved in arranging the delegations.

"The groundbreaking expansion of AJC's Project Interchange to include visits from and to Arab countries is aimed at reinforcing regional collaboration and, as a consequence, the circle of peace," CEO David Harris said in a press release.

Reprinted with permission from JNS.org

 

JNS and ILH Staff 

 
Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/06/10/uae-leader-abraham-accords-show-benefits-of-peace-with-israel/

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Critical Race Theory’s Marxist Roots - Bruce Thornton

 

by Bruce Thornton

And its existential danger to our political freedom and unalienable rights.

 


The expanding influence of Critical Race Theory and its Black Live Matter “praxis,” as Marxists call applied theory, has raised concerns about its incoherent pronouncements and illiberal aims. The origins of this ideology is an important question, for CRT has nothing to do with civil rights, or improving black lives or making them “matter.” It’s about increasing its practitioners’ power in our institutions in order to “fundamentally transform” the United States from a country of ordered liberty and limited government, to a “soft” despotic, intrusively regulated technocracy at best, or an illiberal socialist tyranny at worst.

CRT has its roots in Marxism, as one of the founders of BLM has bragged. And, like the Soviet version of Marxism, BLM’s growing influence over our social, educational, political, and corporate institutions––already compromised by a century of progressive ideology, itself a kissing-cousin of Marxism––is an existential danger to the Constitutional safeguards of our political freedom and unalienable rights.

The first Marxist feature is the dubious habit of thought often called the “hermeneutics of suspicion.” This intellectual grift also defines postmodernism in general, and ideological movements like poststructuralism, radical feminism, and postcolonialism, all of which are fellow travelers of Marxism.

This method of analysis assumes that the reality of all social, political, artistic, and other cultural phenomena cannot be known from the public words and actions of social and political institutions, but rather must be found in the deeper, subterranean ideologies of the power elite that runs them.  This “ruling class” shapes political and institutional “discourses” and “knowledge regimes”––the “epiphenomena,” as Marxists call them–– in order to benefit their tyrannical, selfish interests by oppressing others, whom they keep imprisoned in a “false consciousness” that hides from them the true agents and causes of their oppression.

Hence for CRT, all the progress in race relations––the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Brown vs. Board of Education, the growth of the black middle class, the elimination of legal segregation, and the increase in black office-holders including the presidency––are mere “epiphenomena” that have not eliminated the underlying “systemic racism.” According to CRT, this occult “racism” keeps racism alive and accounts for all the “disparate impacts”  that deny “equity” (i.e. the equality of result) to blacks and other minorities, but benefit and reward “white privilege” and “white supremacy” at the expense of black well-being.

Correcting that “false consciousness,” especially “white fragility,” the denial of white “privilege” and “racism,” explains the efforts to include CRT in school curricula from pre-school to university, and in training programs for employees of corporations and the federal and state government agencies so that they interpret their functions from the CRT perspective. The goal is to expose and reform these institutions’ true oppressive nature that is obscured by their duplicitous, self-serving public claims and motives. Hence the “1619 Project,” which has revolutionized and deformed the discipline of American history from grade school to university.

This retooled Marxism is clearly preposterous, an abstract, jargon-ridden verbal concoction for which there is no empirical or historical evidence or truth. But “truth,” “objectivity,” “reason” and “evidence” for a Marxist are meaningful and true only in terms sanctioned by Marxist ideology, and the sophisticated “woke” whose “consciousness” has been “raised” above the doltish, bourgeois hoi polloi who think, like the chained captives in Plato’s cave, that the shadows dancing on the walls of their politico-social prison are reality.

“Racism” today, then, is not about what it originally meant to the progressive “scientific” racists in the early 20th century––that every member of a lower race is by nature inferior to every member of the superior one. Now “racism” is a function of “white power” and “white privilege,” and its purpose is to shape our culture and political discourse––words like “equality” and “freedom” and “tolerance”–– so that they both camouflage and perpetuate that power. So no oppressed person, meaning any “person of color” defined by superficial physical characteristics, can be “racist.” Only “whites,” who because of those historically oppressive institutions enjoy “white privilege” no matter their social class, are “racists.”

The next offshoot of Marxism informing CRT is Critical Theory, a creation of the Frankfurt School and Cultural Marxism that transferred the Marxist struggle from the proletarians on the  factory floor, to the broader cultural institutions whose false narratives of truth, beauty, and freedom had to be destroyed. Hence the “critical” in CRT. It does not mean a method of reasoning and analysis that brings us closer to the truth, but rather an undermining of America political, social, cultural, and economic norms, structures, and “discourses” in order to expose the supposedly ugly truth of economic and legal oppression fomented by conservatives, traditionalists, and patriots. Or as Marx himself put it, “a weapon” to use against an “enemy, which it wants not to refute but to exterminate.”

Thus the “long march through the institutions” by devotees of Cultural Marxism, most notably in the universities, for higher education teaches not just the next generation of academics, lawyers, and other professionals who form the country’s cognitive elite; but also those who end up in state colleges where they instruct and certify the future teachers in K-12 schools, thus capturing minds when they are young and impressionable. Again, that’s why revising traditional curricula, even more so than controlling opinion magazines, websites, pop culture, or books, is the most important BLM tool for dismantling the bourgeois, capitalist, Judeo-Christian culture that defines Marxism’s most powerful and hated enemy: the American political order comprising liberal democracy, a free-market economy, and individual rights that transcend political power.

Cultural Marxism, then, attacks “false consciousness” as expressed in our political institutions and discourse, especially the Constitution and its unalienable rights like the freedom of speech. The First Amendment is founded on the idea that a “free marketplace of ideas” expressed by many diverse minds, will respect the citizens’ diversity of viewpoints and opinions, as well as provide a greater public stock of ideas for citizens and lawmakers. But an illiberal, totalitarian mentality despises all true diversity, especially that of speech. Possessing the revealed Leftist truth hidden from the “unwoke,” outfits like BLM have declared open war on the First Amendment.

In doing so they are again refurbishing a Marxist idea. Consider Cultural Marxist Herbert Marcuse’s 1965 essay “Repressive Tolerance,” which argued that the protection of free speech thwarts the cause of “social justice.” Hence his conclusion “that the realization of the objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed.”

This means an Orwellian redefining of “tolerance” itself, the sine qua non for free speech, in order to liberate its “true” meaning, which of course comes from Marxism: “In other words, today tolerance appears again as what it was in its origins, at the beginning of the modern period––a partisan goal, a subversive liberating notion and practice. Conversely, what is proclaimed and practiced as tolerance today, is in many of its most effective manifestations serving the cause of oppression.” Any speech that does not advance the Leftist revolution is false and wicked, and should not be tolerated or protected.

From this idea comes the rationalization for the attacks on First Amendment rights that have been going on in universities for decades, but now permeate institutions such as journalism, corporations, publishing, K-12 schools, and even the military. Indeed, some of the top brass in the Pentagon are practicing the “cancel culture” that assaults our unalienable right to speak our minds in the town square, one of those freedoms the military exists to defend.

Critical Race Theory, then, is not some new “higher nonsense” of the sort our universities cook up. It’s the spawn of Marxism and its offshoot Cultural Marxism. It has used ideas like “hermeneutics of suspicion,” “false consciousness,” and “repressive tolerance” to foment racialist division and conflict that they can leverage for more political, social, and cultural power. This has been the modus operandi of Marxism from its beginning, especially in Marxism’s “late phase” when the revolution will not be waged by the industrial proletariat, but by the privileged, affluent tech-oligarchs, corporate boards, media pundits, university faculty and administrators, politicians, think-tank habitues, and federal agencies, all of whom have lost their nerve in the face of a historically, intellectually, and morally incoherent and destructive movement that has littered history with mountains of corpses.

And the old enemy of freedom will win, unless, as Winston Churchill said to Parliament after the Munich debacle, “By a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we rise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.”

 

Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/06/critical-race-theorys-marxist-roots-bruce-thornton/

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Virginia mom who survived Maoist China eviscerates school board's critical race theory push - Michael Ruiz

 

by Michael Ruiz

Xi Van Fleet said Cultural Revolution began when she was 6, pitted students against one another and their teachers

A Virginia mom who endured Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution before immigrating to the U.S. ripped a Virginia school board at a public meeting Tuesday over its stubborn support of the controversial critical race theory.

"I’ve been very alarmed by what’s going on in our schools," Xi Van Fleet told the Loudoun County School Board members. "You are now teaching, training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history."

She likened CRT, which critics deride as a form of "neo-racism," to China’s Cultural Revolution, a Mao-led purge that left between 500,000 and 20 million people dead from 1966 to 1976. The estimates vary greatly and many details have been shrouded in secrecy for decades.

Van Fleet, whose son graduated from Loudoun High School in 2015, shared some of her experience growing up in China’s Sichuan province with Fox News exclusively Wednesday evening.

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The Cultural Revolution began when she was 6 years old, she said, and immediately pitted students and teachers and against one another by hanging "Big Posters" and hallways and the cafeteria where students could write criticisms against anyone deemed ideological impure.

"One of the teachers was considered bourgeoisie because she liked to wear pretty clothes," Van Fleet said. "So the students attacked her and spit on her. She was covered with spit… and pretty soon it became violence."

To me, and to a lot of Chinese, it is heartbreaking that we escaped communism and now we experience communism here.

— Xi Van Fleet

Communist squads would raid homes and destroy any relics of China’s past culture, history, governments or religion, she said. 

"Everything that was considered ‘old,’ feudalist, a vase, Buddhas, everything was taken out and smashed," she said.

There were thought crimes, too.

"We were asked to report if we hear anything about someone saying anything showing that there's a lack of complete loyalty to Mao," she said. "There were people reporting their parents, and their parents ended up in jail."

At 26 years old, she said, she finally made it out, traveling to the U.S. – where she immediately found freedoms she had never been able to enjoy before.

Xi Van Fleet, who survived Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution, speaking before the Loudoun County school board Tuesday.

Xi Van Fleet, who survived Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution, speaking before the Loudoun County school board Tuesday. (LCPS)

"I felt like it’s such a free country, meaning I have free access to all sorts of information – books on both sides of the issues," she said.

In the current political and cultural climate in the U.S., however, she said she felt some of that freedom eroding.

"I can’t really just say what I mean, even though the other side can say whatever," she said. "To me, and to a lot of Chinese, it is heartbreaking that we escaped communism and now we experience communism here."

In her speech to the school board, which officials made her shorten to fit the one-minute limit, she drew direct parallels between what she saw back then in China and what she sees in the United States today.

"The Communist regime used the same critical theory to divide people," she said. "The only difference is they used class instead of race."

I just want Americans to know that their privilege is to be here living in America, that is just the biggest privilege.

— Xi Van Fleet

She said she witnessed students and teachers "turn against each other" during the pogrom and saw schools change their names "to be politically correct."

"We were taught to denounce our heritage, and Red Guards destroyed anything that is not communist…statues, books and anything else," she continued. "We were also encouraged to report on each other, just like the Student Equity Ambassador program and the bias reporting system."

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"This is indeed the American version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution," she said. "The critical race theory has its roots in cultural Marxism. It should have no place in our school."

Her speech came 246 years after fellow Virginian Patrick Henry declared "Give me liberty or give me death" during the Second Virginia Convention in Richmond, 125 miles to the south of Loudoun.

"I just want Americans to know that their privilege is to be here living in America, that is just the biggest privilege," Van Fleet said over the phone Wednesday. "I do not think a lot of people understand. They are thinking they are doing the right thing, ‘be against racism’ sounds really good. But they are basically breaking the system that is against racism."

One of the teachers was considered bourgeoisie because she liked to wear pretty clothes. So the students attacked her and spit on her.

— Xi Van Fleet

The Loudoun County school board has doubled down on its embrace of left-wing policies, including CRT, in recent months.

Illustrating Van Fleet’s point, a group of Loudoun County parents and teachers were accused of "racketeering" and intimidating conservative parents who raised questions about the radical proposals. Members of the "Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County" allegedly compiled a list of outspoken conservatives in their community in order to track, hack and "doxx" them – or even scare them into self-censorship, according to David Gordon, director of the Virginia Project, a Republican PAC.

Earlier this week, a judge ordered the district to reinstate suspended elementary school phys ed teacher Byron "Tanner" Cross after he was punished for speaking his mind during the public comment portion of a hearing on new transgender policies last month. 

Cross declared that he wouldn't "affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it's against my religion. It's lying to a child, it's abuse to a child, and it's sinning against our God."

He was speaking out against a district policy proposal that would require teachers and other school staff to address "gender-expansive or transgender students" with their preferred name, pronouns and gender.

Ian Prior, the father of two students attending Loudoun schools, said Van Fleet’s remarks to the school board "should serve as a stark warning" Wednesday.

"I think for a while now, school systems have really put this stuff in the schools right under our very noses, and we just weren’t aware," he said. "When your kids go to school and you let them go through those doors, you’re trusting the school system to do the job that they’re’ supposed to do…And it took a pandemic and all the information that parents could see with this distance learning to understand exactly what was going on."

Fox News’ Andrew Murray and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

 

Michael Ruiz is a U.S. and World Reporter for Fox News.

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-xi-van-fleet-critical-race-theory-china-cultural-revolution-loudoun

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'Army of moms' leading charge against Critical Race Theory in Virginia schools: Ian Prior - Fox News Staff

 

by Fox News Staff

Loudoun County, Virginia is the center of a debate over critical race theory

Parents slam critical race theory push in Virginia

Loudoun County, Virginia is the center of a free speech fight and debate over critical race theory, Executive Director of Fightforschools.com Ian Prior told "America Reports" on Wednesday, stating that there is "an army of moms" leading the charge in fighting for their children's education.

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PRIOR: Obviously, the actions of the school board and the school administration have lit this fire, but, also I call them the army of mom’s out here that are literally out there every day doing the work to work on this petition but also to talk to people and communicate what is going on. 

...

This is right outside of Washington, D.C. So, you have a lot of intelligent and motivated individuals that know how to do a lot of different things in order to raise awareness and make sure we can have our voices heard. 

...

Early on, as long ago as two weeks ago, the school board says it is just a small minority of people. It is not a small minority. This is a coalition that is growing day by day. The small minority of people are the people that tried to get Tanner Cross fired. That is the small minority of people. That is what the judge said when he issued an opinion and he specifically said that their actions were vindictive.

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Source: https://www.foxnews.com/media/army-of-moms-critical-race-theory-virginia-ian-prior

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Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden spews the 'n-word' - Monica Showalter

 

by Monica Showalter

As Joe lectures America about racism, maybe he ought to look at what's going on in his own nest.

Joe Biden, who of late has been putting on his anti-racism skin suit, and lecturing America about all its past racial transgressions, declaring America no better today than its Jim Crow era, ought to take a closer look at what's going on at home.

According to the Daily Mail:

Hunter Biden used the n-word multiple times in conversation with his white, $845-per-hour lawyer, his texts messages reveal.

The shocking texts may prove embarrassing for his father President Joe Biden, who just last week gave a speech decrying racism on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre, and has sought to portray racial justice as a top priority for his administration.

The president's son joked in a January 2019 text to corporate attorney George Mesires about a 'big penis', and said to the lawyer: 'I only love you because you're black' and 'true dat n***a'.

So Joe, who lectured Americans about a century-old racist massacre in Oklahoma and called it emblematic of America's systemic racism today, somehow has a kid he calls "the smartest man I know" who spews the 'n-word'? And based on the fuller report in the Daily Mail, even his lawyer seems to be disgusted?

Imagine if Don Trump, Jr. or Ivanka Trump wrote emails like that? What would the press be like if something like that happened and it got out? Right now the press is sleepy, while untold cancel-culture canceling goes on for far less racist activities, such as wearing blackface at a party in a bad Halloween costume, or telling another professor that black students tend to get lower grades, or making some high-school-aged racist trash talk to shock one's little friends on a private student bulletin board and years later, getting one's Harvard admission rescinded because of it, as happened to Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv. Anyone who does such stuff without political connections is canceled quickly. But Hunter? Well, he's got a book deal and an art gallery show, as well as his ChiCom and other board seats ungiven-up, profiting handsomely as the beautiful people fawn. Nobody's talking about canceling him for this dreck.

Yet the fact of the matter remains that only disgusting people talk like that, flaming racists, for starters. It's also done by spoiled, rich, entitled lordlings and princelings. The last white person I can recall who did that was hotel heiress and party gal Paris Hilton, circa 2007, between one of her jailings for dissolute behavior. She, however, had to abjectly apologize. In Hunter's case, with his history of drinking, drugs, and wenching, no apologies seem forthcoming. He also seems to be a high consumer of gangsta rap music, where such language is used, in the same kinds of slangy contexts, which is triply disgusting, since the 51-year-old son of the president is kind of old for it, even when he was 48, which is when he was making these racist texts.

It just goes to show the humongous sense of entitlement seen in Biden's middle-aged son, who feels free to use the 'n-word' around his lawyer, as easily as if it were something he grew up with. Normal people don't use that word, because they don't have any sort of society around them that might give it a thumbs-up. Hunter, though, doesn't have that kind of inhibition. Someone has always enabled him in such language, and that's why he used such words facilely. One wonders what kind of talk this overgrown kid was exposed to growing up in the Biden household as Joe praised Democrat former Klansman-turned Senator Robert Byrd.

The Bidens ought not to be allowed in any polite company for this kind of language. They ought to be pariahs. But being Democrats, they have their get-out-of-racism-free cards, and incredibly, still have the nerve to lecture the rest of us.

Image: Ben Stanfield, via Flickr (cropped) // CC BY-SA 2.0

To comment, you can find the MeWe post for this article here.

 

Monica Showalter

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/06/joe_bidens_son_hunter_biden_spews_the_nword.html

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Israel: Muslim MK who will be part of new government says Israel makes Al Aqsa Mosque ‘impure’ - Robert Spencer

 

by Robert Spencer

“Today’s Jews are not really Jews. -- They have nothing to do with Judaism. These people are a polytheist nation.”

“O you who have believed, indeed the polytheists are unclean…”(Qur’an 9:28)

In Islam, virtually every other group, including the Jews, are considered “polytheists.” To wit: Egyptian Islamic Scholar Zaghloul Al-Naggar just said: “Today’s Jews are not really Jews. This was acknowledged by the reasonable people among the Jews themselves. They have nothing to do with Judaism. These people are a polytheist nation.”

“MK Waleed Taha: Israel contaminates Al Aqsa Mosque,” Arutz Sheva, June 8, 2021:

MK Waleed Taha number three on the United Arab List (Ra’am) participated last month in a protest demanding the release of those who were arrested for violent riots.

Under the new coalition agreements, Taha will be part of the Israeli government, in which he is expected to play an influential role.

Journalist Assaf Gibor translated into Hebrew the short speech Taha gave during the protest.

At the protest, Taha, speaking in Arabic, said: “I want to support our students – those who study in the Be’er Sheva university and in all the universities in the country, on their honorable stance with regards to issues pertaining to their nation, against the aggression and enmity towards the Gaza Strip and the Al Aqsa Mosque, and against the actions which are intended to make Al Aqsa Mosque impure, and the harm to the worshipers.”

Taha also praised those who stand “against the expulsion of our people from Sheikh Jarrah. We march with appreciation and respect for a generation of whom we are proud… In every place, we will raise the voice of justice against the occupation and against the contamination of our blessed Al Aqsa Mosque, and against the expulsion of our brothers from Sheikh Jarrah, and against the administrative detentions, such as what they did to Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib (the deputy leader of the Southern Islamist Movement).”…

 

Robert Spencer

Source: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/06/israel-muslim-mk-who-will-be-part-of-new-government-says-israel-makes-al-aqsa-mosque-impure

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Oakland: Pro-jihad Arab Resource and Organizing Center stops Israeli ship from unloading - Robert Spencer

 

by Robert Spencer

The protesters carried signs and waved the Palestinian flags outside the port, blocking truck traffic from four marine terminals.

“Preventing commerce, jeopardizing local jobs, and compromising the health future of the port will only hurt Oakland and the region … Many port truck drivers only get paid if they pick up and drop off containers.”

Yes. And also, supporting Hamas’ genocidal jihad is not a good look, no matter how fashionable it is today among Leftists.

“Protesters Keep Israeli Ship from Unloading At Port Of Oakland,” CBS San Francisco, June 4, 2021:

OAKLAND (CBS SF/BCN) — Hundreds of demonstrators protested the arrival Friday morning at the Port of Oakland of an Israeli ship from Asia as part of an effort to support Palestinians in their conflict with Israel, according to organizers and port officials.

The protesters carried signs and waved the Palestinian flags outside the port, blocking truck traffic from four marine terminals.

“We will no longer sit and watch as the Israeli government massacres Palestinians, as it continues 73 years of colonization of dispossession of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people,” said Mohamed Shehk of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center.

A number of truck drivers blared their horns in support of the gathering, with participants calling for an economic boycott of Israel after the 11-day Israeli-Palestinian armed conflict.

ILWU Local 10 President Trent Willis said while he and dozens of other longshoremen couldn’t work, he supports the demonstrators and said it’s their right….

A spokesperson for the Port of Oakland sent a statement saying in part while it supports free speech, “Preventing commerce, jeopardizing local jobs, and compromising the health future of the port will only hurt Oakland and the region … Many port truck drivers only get paid if they pick up and drop off containers.”

“We’ve declared victory for the morning,” Wassim Hage, a spokesman for the protesters, said at about 9 a.m. from the Port of Oakland.

Hage is with the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, which advocates in the Bay Area for the Palestinian movement and sponsored the protest aimed at stopping workers from unloading the ship….

 

Robert Spencer

Source: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/06/oakland-pro-jihad-arab-resource-and-organizing-center-stops-israeli-ship-from-unloading

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Benny Gantz: 'I don't need anyone's approval to evacuate town of Evyatar' - Orly Harari

 

by Orly Harari

Defense Min. Gantz responds to PM Netanyahu, says demolition of Samaria town does not require approval from PM. 'The very founding of the settlement was an illegal action.'

 

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Evyatar                                                                                                                 Yehonatan Gottlieb

Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White) has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he does not require anyone's permission to evacuate the town of Evyatar in Samaria.

"There is no instruction whatsoever in the law that declares that issuing an order sealing off an area in Judea and Samaria requires the approval of the Prime Minister," a Defense Ministry statement said.

"Without getting into the complex questions of defining the status of the land in this area, the very founding of the settlement is an illegal action and its scope and characteristics are unusual. The unusual circumstances of this case are what brought us to decide to issue an order closing it off, and that is after we held discussions with all of the relevant security and legal bodies."

The statement follows a Wednesday request by Netanyahu that Evyatar's demolition be delayed until next week.

Orders to close off areas are extremely unusual and issued only for construction on private Arab land. The town of Evyatar was founded on land belonging to the State, and therefore the order sealing the area off is invalid. However, the order means that the town may be demolished without the usual legal processes, which are only used for construction on private Arab land.

The settlement of Evyatar was established immediately after the murder of Evyatar Borowski in a stabbing attack at the Tapuach junction 8 years ago, and its construction was renewed about a month ago after the murder of Yehuda Guetta in the shooting attack at the Tapuach junction. Roads were paved and a nursery, study hall, water, electricity, and internet infrastructure were established. Forty-seven families moved into the community.

 

Orly Harari

Source: https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/307838

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Biden’s War on Jerusalem - Daniel Greenfield

 

by Daniel Greenfield

Violating Israeli sovereignty and US law to support Islamic terrorists.

 


A decade ago, Vice President Biden paid a visit to Jerusalem.

Like any trip by an emissary of the Obama administration, it wasn’t a goodwill tour, but a combination of a provocation and a shakedown. While Biden was in Israel, two construction projects received partial approval in a multi-stage process from the City of Jerusalem.

Biden responded by staying up in his hotel room and refusing to come down for an hour.

When he did come down, he hugged Netanyahu and assured him, “Just remember that I am your best f____ friend here.”

Biden’s definition of friendship is the backstabbing kind because after that he and the entire Obama administration began attacking Israel over a decision made by a local urban agency.

"It was not only an insult to Biden, but an insult to the United States," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ranted. Then she spent two hours yelling at Netanyahu over the phone.

“I was often the ‘designated yeller,’” Hillary would later brag about her relationship with Israel.

"There was an affront, it was an insult," David Axelrod, Obama's senior adviser falsely claimed.

The media launched a disinformation campaign falsely claiming that Prime Minister Netanyahu had deliberately caused a Jerusalem urban planning committee to reach a decision on housing in two areas that until then no one had even been paying much attention to.

One of those housing projects was going up in the Shimon HaTzadik (Simon the Righteous) neighborhood named after the last true high priest who had dissuaded Alexander the Great from putting up an idol in the Temple.

The Jewish neighborhood had been built in the 19th century. In 1936, Muslim rioters drove out the community while shouting, "Allahu Akbar" and "Ibtach Al Yahood" or "Kill the Jews".

This was the first modern Muslim attempted genocide of the indigenous Jewish population of Israel. A British truck driver recollected a massacre in Tiberias in which "the bodies of children, apparently set alight with gasoline in a nursery, were still smoldering" and "the naked bodies of the women exposed the evidence that the knives had been used in the most ghastly fashion."

In 1947, the Muslims came for the Jews of the neighborhood again and they fought back with the few weapons they had. Then British forces came along and disarmed the Jews to "keep the peace". The Jewish population fled again. Jordan's Arab Legion, under British officers, seized half of Jerusalem, and ethnically cleansed its Jewish population  Some of the homes in Shimon HaTzadik (referred to by Muslims as Sheikh Jarrah after one of Saladin's colonizing invaders) were used by the UNRWA to settle Muslims in violation of international law.

The other housing project in Jerusalem in Ramat Shlomo was set to be built on uninhabited land that not even the PLO was claiming as its own.

This was what Biden, Hillary, the Obama administration and the media were howling about.

Obama used fake outrage over Jews living in Jerusalem to engineer the beginning of the Democrat Party’s break with Israel. Biden played a key role in staging an international incident to manufacture a narrative in which Israel was somehow provoking a conflict with Obama.

11 years later, Biden is so short of ideas that he went right back to the same neighborhood.

The Muslim squatters planted by UNRWA in Jewish homes have refused to pay rent to their owners or leave. After two generations of court cases, Israel’s Supreme Court was moving to issue a final decision. The Islamic terrorists of the PLO and Hamas used this as a pretext for a murderous campaign against Israel. And everyone from Biden on down has warned Israel against actually following the law and allowing the Jewish owners to reclaim the property.

Biden funded Iran, backed the terrorists inside Israel, and then warned the Jewish State against “provoking” them by allowing Jews to take part in a parade or allowing courts to follow the law.

On May 10th, well before the fighting began, Biden's people ordered Israel not to evict any of the Muslim squatters and to cancel the annual Jerusalem Day celebrations. Netanyahu tried to appease Biden by rerouting the parade and asked the Supreme Court to postpone a decision.

Despite these efforts at appeasement, the Islamic violence escalated anyway. But that hasn’t stopped the Biden administration and its media allies from blaming Israel anyway.

That’s how this game of diplomatic Catch 22 with Israel always works.

The Supreme Court, which is independent and doesn’t answer to either Biden or Netanyahu,  refused to halt the eviction case. That hasn’t stopped the Biden administration from continuing to make illegal demands that another nation’s supreme court should refuse to follow the law.

But Biden is also moving to open a consulate for the ‘Palestinians’ in Jerusalem to counteract the embassy that President Trump moved to Jerusalem. The consulate would violate Israeli sovereignty and would be illegal under United States law. Neither bothers Biden.

There’s also no reason to set up a consulate to the terrorists in Jerusalem except to violate Israeli sovereignty over the city and stake a claim to the Jewish city for Hamas and the PLO.

The Palestinian Authority operates out of Ramallah. The Russians and Chinese have their diplomatic missions in Ramallah. That’s not out of sensitivity to Israel, just common sense.

Biden wants to set up a consulate to the PA miles away from the terror state regime that he wants to have close diplomatic relations with. State Department personnel told the media that during the war they thought they were “flying blind” without a consulate. But a consulate in Jerusalem puts them no closer to Abbas and the Palestinian Authority’s government than the embassy they already have in Jerusalem does. If Biden wants a consulate close to Abbas, he could erect one in Ramallah. Otherwise the consulate could operate out of the embassy.

Secretary of State Blinken claims that Biden wants a consulate in Jerusalem "to be able to more effectively engage not just the Palestinian Authority, but Palestinians from different walks of life, the NGO community, the business community, and others.”

Countries don’t have diplomatic relations with NGOs and businesses, but with countries. France doesn’t operate a consulate to Coca Cola or the Sierra Club.

But if Biden and Blinken want to “engage” the non-profit NGOs that are funded by the State Department, the European Union, George Soros, and other anti-Israel billionaires to wage a campaign against Israel, they can just open a consulate in D.C., Brussels, or the Open Society Foundations in Berlin. And the Muslim “business community” of the 600 Hamas millionaires in Gaza, (falsely depicted as an “open air prison” in the media’s disinformation campaign) would be best engaged by opening a consulate in Gaza City right next to the AP’s offices.

There’s no legal or rational reason for Biden to open a “Palestinian” consulate in Jerusalem.

Biden wants a terrorist consulate in Jerusalem for the same reason that every Democrat White House insisted on keeping the US embassy in Tel Aviv 40 miles from the actual location of the Israeli government in Jerusalem. The State Department didn’t complain it was “flying blind” through multiple wars by refusing to have close access to the Israeli government.

It was more important to make a point by refusing to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Soviet Union and European media made a point of referring to Tel Aviv as shorthand for Israel’s government the way that we would refer to London as shorthand for the British government which was like insisting that the White House is really in Boston.

Deutsche Welle, Germany’s state-owned broadcaster, falsely captioned a recent photo of Blinken and Netanyahu meeting in Jerusalem as “Blinken met with Netanyahu in Tel-Aviv”.

It’s not just Iran that refers to Israel as “the regime in Tel Aviv”.

That’s the denialist mindset behind Biden’s push to open a terror consulate in Jerusalem. Biden’s people, especially his pro-terrorist point man Hady Amr are, as the State Department often accused Israel of doing, “creating facts on the ground” for the PLO and Hamas.

And no politician has been more hypocritical and dishonest about Jerusalem than Biden.

In 1990, Biden co-sponsored Senate Concurrent Resolution 106 which condemned "ambiguous statements by the Government of the United States concerning the right of Jews to live in all parts of Jerusalem".

Two decades later, Biden became a key figure in attacking the right of Jews to "live in all parts of Jerusalem".

In 1992, Biden co-sponsored Senate Consecutive Resolution 113 stating that "Jerusalem must remain an undivided city" and in 1995 co-sponsored the Jerusalem Embassy Act declaring that "Jerusalem should remain an undivided city" and "be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel". All the way back in 1984, Biden was saying, “I happen to support this move”, but “I think it is the wrong fight to make it this time.” And it always went on being the wrong time.

When President Trump called Biden’s bluff by moving the embassy to Jerusalem, Biden conceded that “I wouldn’t reverse it. I wouldn’t have done it in the first place.”

Biden promised to open a consulate to the “Palestinians” in Jerusalem and he’s on it. The proposed consulate has no legitimate government function because it’s not in Ramallah.

The only purpose of the consulate is to undermine President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem.

After years of enthusiastic speeches at AIPAC, Biden offered a sonorous video in 2020 warning of a "humanitarian crisis" in Gaza and telling Israel that it needed to stop Jewish "settlements".

Biden threatened Israel that if it didn't keep Jews from living on land claimed by the terrorists, it would "choke off any hope for peace" and undermine support from Democrats.

During his campaign, Biden promised, “I will reopen the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem”.

He’s not reopening it to “engage Palestinians”, but to counter Israel’s claim to Jerusalem. After decades of pretending that he supported recognizing a united Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, Biden is doing everything he can to undermine Israel’s presence in Jerusalem.

In 2013, Biden told AIPAC that he was jealous because Obama "gets to be the one to say ‘This year in Jerusalem'".  In 2021, he’s promising, “This year in Jerusalem” to the terrorists.

 

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/2021/06/bidens-war-jerusalem-daniel-greenfield/

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Satellite images show 'unusual activity' at nuclear site near Tehran - Sefi Fishman and ILH Staff

 

by Sefi Fishman and ILH Staff

New images of Sanjarian depict a new access road and trenches. It is believed the site is used to develop shock wave generators, which are devices that would allow Iran to miniaturize nuclear weapons.

Satellite images show 'unusual activity' at nuclear site near Tehran

The uranium processing site in Isfahan, 211 miles south of Tehran | Archives: Reuters/Raheb Homavandi

 Satellite images released by the Intel Lab research group on Wednesday depict unusual activity at Sanjarian, an Iranian nuclear site, where it is believed the Islamic republic is developing shock wave generators – devices that would allow Iran to miniaturize nuclear weapons.

According to Fox News, the images depict vehicles at the site in October 2020, and a new access road and excavation in January 2021 that was covered up in March.

The activity at the site was exposed by Israel in 2018 when documents of its existence were found in the Iranian nuclear archives apprehended by the Mossad intelligence agency.

The information comes as the International Atomic Energy Agency is holding meetings in Vienna on a potential new nuclear deal with Tehran.

During Monday's meeting, the US accused Iran of violating the deal.

"We strongly encourage Iran to avoid any action that would prevent the collection of or IAEA access to the information necessary for it to quickly re-establish continuity of knowledge," a US statement to a meeting of IAEA's 35-nation Board of Governors said.

IAEA Director Rafael Grossi, issued a similar warning: "My expectations about this process, of course, were not met. … We have a country that has a very developed and ambitious nuclear program, which is enriching at very high levels, enriching uranium at very high levels, very close to weapons-grade."

Grossi warned that the IAEA can no longer say that Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons.

"The Iranian government has reiterated its will to engage and to cooperate and to provide answers," Grossi said. "But they haven't done that so far. So I hope this may change, but as we speak, we haven't had any concrete progress on any of the issues."

On Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Congress that "we don't know, at this stage, whether Iran is willing and able to do what it would need to do to come back into compliance" with the 2015 deal.

"I would anticipate that even in the event of a return to compliance with the JCPOA, hundreds of sanctions will remain in place, including sanctions imposed by the Trump administration. If they are not inconsistent with the JCPOA, they will remain unless and until Iran's behavior changes."

 

Sefi Fishman and ILH Staff 

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/06/09/satellite-images-show-unusual-activity-at-nuclear-site-near-tehran/

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The Poisonous Fruit of Appeasing Iran's Mullahs - Khaled Abu Toameh

 

by Khaled Abu Toameh

"There is no dispute among experts and political analysts that Iran is a direct cause of the complete destruction of at least four Arab countries": Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. — Mohammed Hassan Mufti, Okaz, June 3, 2021.

  • The Arabs clearly see what the Biden administration, Britain, Germany and France are refusing to see -- that Iran has ambitions not only to acquire a nuclear bomb, but also aggressively to export its "Islamic revolution" and terrorism on a global scale.

  • It is also important to note that one of the missions of Quds Force is to "liberate Jerusalem and Palestine," a euphemism for the elimination of Israel.

  • "The Quds Force is in Yemen to launch attacks on Mecca and Medina and their surroundings [in Saudi Arabia]. The goal of the mullahs in Tehran is to attack Muslims and inflict the greatest possible harm on them." — Walid Al-Ghamidi, Saudi writer, YouTube, June 5, 2021.

  • "The Houthi's missiles and drones nearly hit the holy sites in Mecca and Medina. How can Iran invest in the bombing of Saudi Arabia while claiming... that it seeks to liberate Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque? Iran's claim to support Islamic holy sites is not related to any religious beliefs. It is related to regional ambitions, expansionist dreams, and striving to export the Iranian revolution to various countries in the region." — Mohammed Hassan Mufti, Saudi author, Okaz, June 3, 2021.

  • "There is no dispute among experts and political analysts that Iran is a direct cause of the complete destruction of at least four Arab countries": Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. — Mohammed Hassan Mufti, Okaz, June 3, 2021.

  • "America's entry into the Iranian nuclear agreement will.... enable the mullahs to obtain nuclear weapons and more than a billion dollars. Some of the money will go to Iran's agents in the region." — Bader bin Saud, Saudi columnist, Okaz, May 24, 2021.

  • "Does Iran want to liberate Jerusalem and give it to the Palestinians, or does it want to add it to the group of Arab capitals it occupies, such as Damascus, Baghdad, Beirut and Sana'a?" — Faisal Al-Qassem, prominent Syrian writer and journalist, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, May 14, 2021.

  • Qassem also pointed out that some commentators have come to prefer keeping Jerusalem under Israeli control over its liberation by Iran: "Look at the capitals occupied by Iran: Baghdad has become, according to the United Nations, the dirtiest capital in the world, while Beirut has become the largest dumpster in the Middle East. As for Damascus, it turned into a ruin, while Sana'a returned to the Middle Ages." — Faisal Al-Qassem, quoting an Arab in Al-Quds Al-Arabi, May 14, 2021.

  • "Jerusalem is not in the mind of the regime. Rather, what concerns Iran is killing Arabs and occupying their countries." — Dr. Bahera Al-Sheikhli, Iraqi author, Al-Arab, May 21, 2021.

  • "The truth is that Iran established the Quds Force to occupy Arab countries, recruit Arab traitors into terrorist organizations to overthrow Arab governments, and threaten Arab national security." — Abdel Munim Ibrahim, Emirati political analyst, Akhbar Al-Khaleej, May 12, 2021.

  • The Arabs, however, are sending a very different message to the Biden administration and other Western powers: Appeasing Iran by reviving the nuclear deal, lifting sanctions or giving it money will only assist the Iranian regime in perpetrating more crimes and increasing instability and terrorism in the region.

"The Houthi's missiles and drones nearly hit the holy sites in Mecca and Medina. How can Iran invest in the bombing of Saudi Arabia while claiming... that it seeks to liberate Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque? Iran's claim to support Islamic holy sites is not related to any religious beliefs. It is related to regional ambitions, expansionist dreams, and striving to export the Iranian revolution to various countries in the region." — Mohammed Hassan Mufti, Saudi author, Okaz, June 3, 2021. Pictured: Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, following a drone attack launched on the facility by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi militia, on September 14, 2019. (Photo by AFP via Getty Images)

Iran is continuing to exploit the Palestinian issue to promote its expansionist schemes in the Middle East and meddle in the internal affairs of Arab countries, including Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain.

Iran is doing so while its representatives continue to conduct indirect negotiations with the US administration in Vienna on reviving the 2015 "Iran nuclear deal," which Iran never signed.

Diplomats from Britain, France and Germany who are negotiating with the Iranians seem oblivious to the growing concern in the Arab world over Tehran's support for terrorism and its ongoing intervention in the internal affairs of several Arab countries.

The accusation that Iran is using the Palestinian issue to advance its schemes in the region was made by many Arabs in the aftermath of the recent war between Israel and Hamas, which ended with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on May 21.

During and after the 11-day war, Iran went out of its way to make known that without Tehran's financial and military support, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip would not have been able to fire thousands of rockets at Israel.

Many Arabs, however, are scoffing at Iran's claims and accusing it of taking advantage of the last round of fighting between Hamas and Israel to present itself as the defender of the Palestinian cause, Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Arabs clearly see what the Biden administration, Britain, Germany and France are refusing to see -- that Iran has ambitions not only to acquire a nuclear bomb, but also aggressively to export its "Islamic revolution" and terrorism on a global scale.

The Arabs have pointed out that Iran's Quds Force, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), has done nothing to defend Jerusalem and the Palestinians since its establishment in 1982. It is also important to note that one of the missions of Quds Force is to "liberate Jerusalem and Palestine," a euphemism for the elimination of Israel.

"The notorious Quds Force has committed crimes against Arabs and has been busy creating militias consisting of Arab traitors in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, noted Saudi writer Abdullah Al-Anzi. "Iran uses the Palestinian issue to pass its expansionist agenda and extend its ideological and political influence to the Arab countries. Iran wants to show that it is the defender of the Palestinians."

A Lebanese activist, who did not reveal his name, recently posted a video on social media in which he mocked Iran's Quds Force for its ostensible plan to "liberate Jerusalem and Palestine." In the video, which has gone viral on various social media platforms, he asked:

"Iran has a force called Quds Force. Isn't it the duty of this force to come to Jerusalem to help the Palestinians? Or is its duty just to go to Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain? This force has gone to many Arab countries, but never to Jerusalem."

The words of the Lebanese activist struck a chord with many Arabs who have long accused Iran of working to destabilize their countries with the help of its terrorist proxies, especially Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and the Houthis.

Referring to the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, which has been attacking Saudi Arabia with missiles and drones for the past few years, Saudi writer Walid Al-Ghamidi commented:

"The Quds Force is in Yemen to launch attacks on Mecca and Medina and their surroundings [in Saudi Arabia]. The goal of the mullahs in Tehran is to attack Muslims and inflict the greatest possible harm on them."

Saudi author Mohammed Hassan Mufti said that he was "completely baffled" by the "strange" statement of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif expressing Iran's intention not to abandon its duty toward Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"The truth is that such a statement may delude some people into thinking that Iran has never, and will never, actually abandon its support for the Palestinian cause, and that it has never failed to seek to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque," Mufti remarked.

"Isn't Iran the country that supports the Houthi militia with money and weapons to attack Saudi Arabia? The Houthi's missiles and drones nearly hit the holy sites in Mecca and Medina. How can Iran invest in the bombing of Saudi Arabia while claiming with the utmost enthusiasm that it seeks to liberate Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque? Iran's claim to support Islamic holy sites is not related to any religious beliefs. It is related to regional ambitions, expansionist dreams, and striving to export the Iranian revolution to various countries in the region."

According to Mufti, the extent of Iran's manipulation of the minds of young Iranians was exposed during the Iran-Iraq war. Iranian soldiers who were captured by the Iraqi army told their interrogators that the mullahs in Tehran had convinced them that "the road to Jerusalem passes through Iraq," the Saudi writer revealed. "There is no dispute among experts and political analysts that Iran is a direct cause of the complete destruction of at least four Arab countries."

Saudi columnist Bader bin Saud warned that the Biden administration's insistence on negotiating with the Iranians about reviving the Iran nuclear deal at a time when the mullahs in Tehran are boasting of their financial and military support for Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad will intensify tensions in the Middle East.

"The Biden administration still insists on continuing the nuclear negotiations with Iran," bin Saud wrote.

"America's entry into the Iranian nuclear agreement will exacerbate matters and will enable the mullahs to obtain nuclear weapons and more than a billion dollars. Some of the money will go to Iran's agents in the region. The Iranian regime considers the Middle East an extension of its strategic depth and neo-colonialism, and calls for the universality of the Palestinian cause to justify its direct intervention in Palestinian affairs."

Dr. Dalal Mahmoud, a professor in the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University, stated explicitly that Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood have done nothing for the Palestinian issue over the past years.

Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, she told the Emirati newspaper Al-Ain, referring to the dispute between the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, have actually "contributed to increasing the complexity of the Palestinian issue, conspired against it and exploited it for their political calculations, and increased divisions among the Palestinian people."

Former Egyptian diplomat Mohamed Al-Orabi said that the relationship between Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood is "governed by opportunism and an interest in achieving the common goal of being present in the region, extending influence and destabilizing the security and stability of the region and the Gulf."

Prominent Syrian writer and journalist Faisal Al-Qassem said that many Arabs were ridiculing Iran's rhetoric about supporting the Palestinians and "liberating Jerusalem and Palestine."

"The strange thing is that Iran often asks the Palestinians to specify their role in the resistance in return for Iranian support... The Palestinians are required to mention Iran's name in their statements. Generally speaking, Iran has not and will not succeed in the public relations game to polish its image and benefit from the Palestinian uprising because most of the Arab street is making fun of it."

Qassem noted that polls on Twitter have shown that more than 85% of voters do not trust the Iranian position on the Palestinian issue. "How can those who have killed and displaced millions of Syrians, Iraqis, Lebanese and Yemenis help the Palestinians," he quoted some Arabs as saying.

"Does Iran want to liberate Jerusalem and give it to the Palestinians, or does it want to add it to the group of Arab capitals it occupies, such as Damascus, Baghdad, Beirut and Sana'a? When Iran claims that it supports the Palestinians in their fight against Israel, does it do that to help them liberate Jerusalem and annex it to the other four Arab capitals occupied by Iran?"

Qassem also pointed out that some commentators have come to prefer keeping Jerusalem under Israeli control over its liberation by Iran. He quoted one Arab as saying:

"Look at the capitals occupied by Iran: Baghdad has become, according to the United Nations, the dirtiest capital in the world, while Beirut has become the largest dumpster in the Middle East. As for Damascus, it turned into a ruin, while Sana'a returned to the Middle Ages."

Iraqi writer Dr. Bahera Al-Sheikhli also mocked Iran's claim that it is doing its utmost to help the Palestinians:

"During the past 30 years, the Al-Quds Force fought the Arabs everywhere and did not fire a single bullet to liberate Jerusalem or Palestine. Jerusalem and Palestine are the Trojan horse of the Iranian regime. Jerusalem is not in the mind of the regime. Rather, what concerns Iran is killing Arabs and occupying their countries. The only thing Iran did for the Palestinians was that it divided them into two entities – one led by the Palestinian Authority and another led by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Iran seeks to expand at the expense of the Arabs and their countries, and does not care about Jerusalem."

Emirati political analyst Abdel Munim Ibrahim said he also shared the view that Iran and its Quds Force have done nothing to "defend" the Palestinians. Instead, he pointed out, the Quds Force has "committed crimes against Arabs in their countries."

"The Iranian Quds Force is nothing more than a political cover that uses the Palestinian cause to play conspiratorial roles against Arabs... It is not concerned about what is happening in Jerusalem and Palestine. It is very interested in supporting its agents and armed militias in Iraq and Syria and smuggling missiles, drones, explosives and mines to the Houthi militias in Yemen. Only the delusional people in Palestine, the Gulf and the Arab countries were betting on the Quds Force to liberate Jerusalem and defend the Palestinians. The truth is that Iran established the Quds Force to occupy Arab countries, recruit Arab traitors into terrorist organizations to overthrow Arab governments, and threaten Arab national security."

The Arabs who are mocking Iran and exposing its malign behavior are mainly addressing those in the West who, against all reason, continue to believe that appeasing the mullahs of Iran is the path to security and stability.

The Arabs are also sending a message to the Biden administration and other Western powers that Iran's continued interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries – both directly and through its proxies – poses a risk to regional security and stability.

The Arabs, in other words, are telling the Americans and other Westerners that appeasing Iran by reviving the nuclear deal, lifting sanctions or giving it money will only assist its regime in perpetrating more crimes and increasing instability and terrorism in the region. This is the poisonous fruit of placating the mullahs.

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Khaled Abu Toameh is an award-winning journalist based in Jerusalem.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17452/appeasing-iran-mullahs

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