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The Reunification Of Palestine’s “Religious Fascists”

Posted May 8th, 2011 in International by Adrian MacNair

The dubious reconciliation pact that has been signed between Fatah and Hamas, the latter purporting to be the governmental authority in the Gaza Strip whilst simultaneously carrying out acts of terrorism against Israel, is another step back in the road to an independent Palestinian state.

As James Kirchick writes in Hareetz, the “useful idiots” supporting this reunification genuinely consider themselves friends of the Palestinian cause, but are unable to detect their cognitively dissonant support for a paramilitary organization that decried the death of mass murderer Osama bin Laden.

As Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told media this week, “we condemn the assassination…of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.”

Bin Laden was a deranged, psychotic cult leader who carried out an act widely considered to be amongst the most heinously evil in contemporary human history. That he represented the idealistic image of a holy warrior for Palestine tells you all you really need to know about Hamas, or the potential for peace with this group of ragged rage-filled radicals.

Hamas is everything that self-professed liberals should be “prejudiced” toward: obscurantist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, warlike and rejectionist. It calls for the death of homosexuals and bans dancing.

This is the paradoxically perplexing thing about the left’s devotion to the Palestinian cause. Hamas, and other religiously inspired fanatics in the Arab world like them, represent everything anathema to liberal sensibility. Those who openly mourned bin Laden’s long overdue date with the afterlife deserve the harshest sort of condemnation from the liberal-left usually reserved only for evangelical Christians.

But, as we all know, that sort of outrage is meted out to nice safe targets like Rob Ford and Don Cherry, racists both. The same useful idiots who hyperbolize our new majority government as the beginning of a George Bush-style Americanization of our country are deafeningly silent when it comes to criticizing a people who launch rockets from children’s schools and use women as human meat shields.

via — Terry Glavin

The Grand Mufti and the Nazis–and the NY Times

Posted December 12th, 2010 in International, Islam, united states by MarkOttawa

The Gray Lady has interesting priorities.  Here’s the headline:

Declassified Papers Show U.S. Recruited Ex-Nazis

Then there’s this, starting at the fourth para and not considered worthy of a headline mention:

In chilling detail, the report also elaborates on the close working relationship between Nazi leaders and the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini [see the photos here, plus "The Mufti and the Holocaust"], who later claimed that he sought refuge in wartime Germany only to avoid arrest by the British.

In fact, the report says, the Muslim leader was paid “an absolute fortune” of 50,000 marks a month (when a German field marshal was making 25,000 marks a year). It also said he energetically recruited Muslims for the SS, the Nazi Party’s elite military command, and was promised that he would be installed as the leader of Palestine after German troops drove out the British and exterminated more than 350,000 Jews there.

On Nov. 28, 1941, the authors say, Hitler told Mr. Husseini that the Afrika Corps and German troops deployed from the Caucasus region would liberate Arabs in the Middle East and that “Germany’s only objective there would be the destruction of the Jews.”

The report details how Mr. Husseini himself was allowed to flee after the war to Syria — he was in the custody of the French, who did not want to alienate Middle East regimes — and how high-ranking Nazis escaped from Germany to become advisers to anti-Israeli Arab leaders and “were able to carry on and transmit to others Nazi racial-ideological anti-Semitism.”

“You have an actual contract between officials of the Nazi Foreign Ministry with Arab leaders, including Husseini, extending after the war because they saw a cause they believed in,” [co-author of the report] Dr. Breitman said. “And after the war, you have real Nazi war criminals — Wilhelm Beisner, Franz Rademacher and Alois Brunner — who were quite influential in Arab countries.”..

The report, “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence and the Cold War,” grew out of an interagency group created by Congress to identify, declassify and release federal records on Nazi war crimes and on Allied efforts to hold war criminals accountable. It is drawn from a sampling of 1,100 C.I.A files and 1.2 million Army counterintelligence files that were not declassified until after the group issued its final report in 2007…

One photo:

Update: A version of this post is in the National Post’s “Full Comment”:


Christian cleansing in the Middle East

Posted December 8th, 2010 in Canada, International by MarkOttawa

From an earlier post:

More here about William Dalrymple…This book of his, From the Holy Mountain describing the increasing decline of Christianity in much of the Levant, is superb. It is telling that Christians in Syria, under a secular Ba’athist regime, do best (more on Christianity and Islam in the Middle East here and here)…

How Christianity is faring elsewhere in the Middle East these days:

“Iraqi Forces Storm a Church With Hostages in a Day of Bloodshed”


Iraqi Christians living in fear as 11 bombs explode in Baghdad, killing five

In a statement the Islamic State of Iraq justified the massacre in the cathedral by claiming that the Coptic Church in Egypt was holding two women who have converted to Islam. It said: “The Ministry of War in the Islamic State of Iraq announces that all Christian institutions, organisations, centres, leaders and followers are legitimate targets for the Mujahedin [holy warriors] wherever they can find them.”..

One awaits the denunciations from imams in Canadian mosques, or from Canadian Muslim organizations.  At least the Globe and Mail has now taken serious notice

Now from David Warren in the Ottawa Citizen:

A pogrom in Baghdad

Breaking news quickly passes into “archive”; but days, weeks, and sometimes years may be required, to reconstruct what actually happened. Sometimes there are no survivors of a crime or catastrophe, and no testimony to work with, beyond what forensic specialists can provide. But humans are not that easy to kill, and there are usually a few accusers left about.

On Sunday, Oct. 31, during Mass, Islamist terrorists attacked the main Syriac Catholic Church in Baghdad — the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. While there have been persistent and increasing attacks on Christians, as well as on other religious minorities, all over the Muslim world, this one was especially notable, and deserved far more sustained press coverage. Many details are only now emerging, from the wounded who were flown out of Iraq to Rome, and other European cities, for medical treatment.

The attack was sustained over five hours. Iraqi military authorities had the church surrounded for most of this time; American-made helicopters buzzed overhead. But, rather than risk the lives of soldiers, the authorities were content to simply contain the massacre…

In the cathedral proper, the jihadis used the central crucifix for target practice, while shouting in mockery, “Come on, tell Him to save you!” At their leisure, they executed the men of the congregation, while terrorizing the women and children in various other ways. They shot the arms off a couple of girls who tried to use cellphones; they shot babies who were crying. And in classical Arabic, with Egyptian and Syrian accents, they declared: “We are going to heaven, and you are going to hell. Allah is great!”

At their leisure, for over the five hours they twice stopped for formal Islamic prayers…

Finally, the Iraqi troops went into action. The dead were now counted; the wounded removed to area hospitals where friends and relatives were already making their hysterical inquiries. The church was now “secured,” so that passersby could not get a view of the devastation inside it…

The exodus of Christians from Iraq is, by now, more or less common knowledge. Within Iraq itself, there is a movement from such cities as Baghdad and Mosul — which once had large Christian populations — to safer territory in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Throughout the Middle East, from countries that remained majority Christian long after the Islamic conquests of the seventh century, the exodus of the last Christians is proceeding. In Palestine, entirely Christian towns such as Bethlehem have been, quite recently, Islamicized. In Lebanon — itself established as a Christian enclave — Hezbollah has largely taken over. The Coptic Christians of Egypt, who still number in their millions, suffer frequent violent attacks. Et cetera.

There were once Jews all over the Middle East; now they are down to Israel only, whose very right to exist is challenged. Christians are now following the Jews into exile or extinction. But in the West, we just don’t want to know.


Toronto To Be Prideful Of Their Hatred Of Israel

Posted June 23rd, 2010 in Canada by Adrian MacNair

According to the Pride Toronto website, the board of directors voted today to rescind its previous promise to restrict the use of anti-Israeli slogans during the annual parade celebrating the LGBT community [LGBTTIQQ2SA if you want to use the full acronym].

Instead, Pride Toronto will require participating groups to read, sign and agree to abide by the City of Toronto’s Declaration of “Non-Discrimination Policy.” The organization will now work with the city of Toronto to determine whether “Israeli Apartheid” slogans during the parade would constitute a violation of the Non-Discrimination Policy, and how this can be applied to future events.

Driving for the freedom to criticize Israel during the parade is the group “Queers Against Israeli Apartheid”, an incendiary name for an LGBT group who today proclaimed victory against “censorship.”

“This is a victory for the Palestine solidarity movement, which has faced censorship and bullying tactics from the Israel lobby for far too long,” says Tim McCaskell, a member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. “The Israel lobby learned a tough lesson today about our community’s proud history of standing up to censorship and human rights abuses.”

Based on this press release, one would assume that QuAIA is fully expecting to march in the parade promoting their anti-Israeli message.

Toronto Pride originally banned the group when the board of directors voted in May to disallow them based on the principles of non-discrimination.

QuAIA has marched in the Pride parade for several years already, bringing an intolerant message to a parade that is supposed to be based upon the acceptance of differences and plurality. The name itself is strongly worded, since the use of the “apartheid” term is entirely sympathetic to the intifada and the concept that Israel is an illegal occupier of Palestinian lands.

Comparing Israel to the South African regime that discriminated against blacks until the early nineties, is offensive to Israelis and many Jews. What’s particularly ironic about this is that radical Islamic groups who support Gaza, Palestine, and Hamas, believe that homosexuality is an abomination punishable by death.

QuAIA’s website acknowledges that “homophobia” exists in Palestine, but says it’s an international problem that transcends borders. They believe that “queer Palestinians face the additional challenge of living under occupation,” and are subject to Israel’s definition of rights, which they allege is based on race.

The group will now be forced to sign the City of Toronto’s Declaration of Non-Discrimination, and it will be up to the city to decide whether QuAIA violates that policy by their inclusion in the parade. Given that many Jews, Israelis, and those who support Israel will be at the Pride Parade, it seems logical to assume the City will find QuAIA in violation. But then again, discrimination against Israel has gained widespread acceptance under the guise of free speech, so it may be too difficult to predict just which way the City will swing on this one.

Acknowledgments to: Voltaire’s Ghost via BCF

“Are Kurdish Lives Worth Less Than Gazans?”

Posted June 19th, 2010 in International by Adrian MacNair

As I wrote a few days ago, the main problem with criticism of Israel today isn’t what people are saying, but what they aren’t saying. They aren’t talking about Iran’s nuclear hegemony and their defiance of global non-nuclear proliferation efforts. Rarely do they speak of human rights abuses committed by the Afghan or Pakistani Taliban, even for the razing and destruction of girl’s schools that do not get a mention in the back pages of any newspaper.

The same United Nations that called for an “impartial” investigation of Israel’s interception of Turkey’s “aid” flotilla, publicly condemning the incident and generally acting as if Israel had committed an international crime, are the ones now trying to get the Taliban leadership removed from an international terrorist blacklist.

If that isn’t evidence that the international community has swallowed the Palestinian-Hamas sympathy propaganda machine hook, line, and sinker, I don’t know what is. Harvey Oberfeld demonstrates:

The jets streaked across the border into the neighbouring country with almost blinding speed … the sound of their screaming jets sending everyone below … including women and children … rushing for cover. Then the planes fired their missiles and rockets, killing two and injuring others, scaring scores more … innocent civilians among them; while ground troops, who also crossed the border, killed one more, and frightening hundreds more … before heading back across the frontier into their own country.

Damn Israelis! Ooops, wait a minute …. they were not Israelis; the attack on June 7 involved Turkish warplanes and troops, striking Kurds in Iraq, ACROSS their border. The deaths, the injuries, the civilian terror were all real … yet there were few news stories done anywhere on the attack (my source was a quick radio spot I heard and then the Reuters news wire) .

Where was the media? Where were the videos of the crying, screaming victims? Where were the tens of thousands of protestors around the world marching on the Turkish embassies? Where were the hard, tough questions or accusations hurled at Turkish leaders?


So much for that “Zionist-controlled media” myth, I guess. In fact, if one were to look at the disproportionate sympathy articles about Gaza and Palestine, one could easily conclude that it is Hamas who are the masters of media manipulation.

Although no side is completely innocent in this long-standing conflict — it is a war, after all — it’s easy to see that the story that leads is the Gazan that bleeds. We hear twenty-four hour media speculation about Israel’s interception of the Turkish flotilla and unfortunate aftermath, but trying to find a byline on how many rockets and mortars continue to rain into Israel can be a real challenge.

And how could you be blamed for being misinformed, when our media is seemingly focused on the task of ensuring you are? While the left lament the hideous possibility of a right-wing news channel buried deep in some triple-digit cable slot, they’re perfectly content to nod in agreement with what passes for responsible journalism from the mother corporation:

The CBC also looks like it got caught up in the anti-Israel frenzy, reporting earlier that the child mortality rate in Gaza is among the worst in the World. I wonder who gave them that information! It’s totally untrue. In fact, the CBC Friday corrected itself, Gaza’s child mortality rate stands at 109 out out 224 countries. But the original propaganda damage to the Israelis was already done, just as Hamas and the Palestinians wanted.

It’s amazing to me to read scathing articles about the Zionist apartheid regime denying aid and murdering Palestinians at will, and yet the countries so willingly engaged in condemning these alleged human rights abuses, are themselves busy engaging in some of the most brutal abuses in the world today.

Israeli Apartheid Week: A Parable

Posted March 2nd, 2010 in International by Adrian MacNair

Ever since our family moved into the neighbourhood many years ago, we have faced much hostility from our neighbours. And while we have come to find a peaceful means of coexistence with some of them, others continue to make life difficult for us.

At times, I believe that they are unhappy with our prosperity and good fortune. But I believe one of the strongest reasons is that they do not approve of our spiritual beliefs. Some have gone so far as to call for our expulsion from the community.

One of our neighbours who lives next door in government housing, has long been difficult to deal with. While it is true that their children sometimes play with ours, we have often had to forbid them from visiting because they would instigate fights.

When we first moved to our house we had no fences to indicate a property line, and allowed the free passage of our neighbours across our land. But in time we realized we would have to erect a fence, for constant trespassing with intent to harm our children.

After a time, our neighbours’ children took to throwing rocks over the fence, since they could no longer enter our property. Although most of these rocks missed our own children, a few of them came very close, and on very rare occasions they met their mark.

We called the police many times, but they told us only to cooperate with our neighbours, and in many cases they even sided with them. We soon realized that the police could not bring order and peace to our community.

Because our neighbours could not stop their children from throwing rocks, we were forced to enter their backyard and take as many rocks and stones from their property as we could find. Our neighbours were very angry with us, and called on everybody in the community to oppose our decision and even asked the police to charge us with crimes.

Although we have tried to have peaceful relations with our neighbours again, it seems they have found more rocks to throw over our fence, and we suspect that other neighbours have supplied them with these rocks.

In protest of our decision to go into our neighbours’ yard, many people have been urging others in the community, and all over the city, not to buy from our store or accept our children for employment. While this has not caused undue hardship for us, our children are treated very badly when they leave our home.

We would like to help our neighbours own their own home, and restore peace to our community, but some of them have said they will never accept our presence here. We are left with no choice but to continue to live next to our neighbours, for we will not be driven from our home. We hope for the day when everyone in our community accepts our family, and we are able to once again tear down our fence and let our children play.

Until that day comes, we will continue to be apart.

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Palestinian Demonstrations Turn Silly

Posted February 13th, 2010 in International by Adrian MacNair

Image Credit: Reuters

The media is reporting that “Palestinian protesters” have begun dressing up in blue outfits and painting their faces in order to pose themselves as the blue alien species from the film Avatar. The demonstrations took place, complete with long haired wigs and loincloths, yesterday for the weekly protest of the wall near the village of Bilin.

The protesters are equating the Palestinian plight to that of the Na’vi in the space film, with the Israelis presumably playing the part of the Earth marines. Still, I’m having difficulty believing that any actual Palestinians, who have been portrayed as being poor and starved by the Israeli blockades, would have the money to buy Avatar costumes and paint. This seems more like the work of Israeli and leftwing protesters. After all, how many Palestinians have actually seen the film?

According to several reports, the Avatar demonstrators were a motley crew of anarchists, intellectuals, and Israelis. They have gathered every Friday since November in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood to protest the expansion of Jewish settlements into Palestinian territory. They say that Palestinian families have been evicted to make way for Israeli homes.

Polls in Israel show support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his stance toward the Palestinian territories. Indeed, if an election were held today, his Likud Party would increase it’s power in Parliament, according to the Jewish Haaretz daily.

The political left have been waging a campaign against the government ever since the Gazan offensive last year to repel Hamas missile attacks into Israel that have numbered in the thousands over the course of the past year.

[Too Much] Free [Time] Palestine [On Their Hands]

Posted December 29th, 2008 in Canada by Adrian MacNair

One of the benefits of working in downtown Vancouver is that you see some truly interesting things. I once saw a long line of bicycles go sailing by on Cordova Street heading East. A few weeks ago I saw another line of skateboarders heading west, one replete in full Santa Claus costume. I was also able to witness the “coalition” rally in which unionized trucks did a few loops around waterfront station whilst leaning on the horns. Today, in miserably cold and rainy weather, pro-Hamas Palestinian supporters took the time to stand in front of the U.S. Embassy and chant slogans about Harper, Bush, the Intifada, and “freeing Palestine”. Leading the charge was the woman in the video, a person so shrill that I don’t think she really required voice amplification at all.

My co-workers and I, standing on the edge of the 31st floor across the street, watched in bemusement as brightly coloured Palestinians flags and assorted umbrellas [pro-Hamas supporters don't like to get wet, apparently] gathered to screech for about a half hour before they marched off to the south and out of sight. While the woman screamed “FREE FREE PALESTINE”, my apolitical co-worker who doesn’t actually know who, or what a Palestine is, shouted back “GET GET A JOB” in return. It was his way of saying that while some people have the luxury of taking a Monday morning off work to go and shout at an American Embassy in Vancouver, [neither of which having anything to do with affecting the sovereign decisions made by Israeli forces defending their nation from terrorist attacks] we were stuck shivering a hundred feet above them. Unfortunately, they didn’t wait around long enough for the wind storm to interrupt their pity party, although to be fair to the pro-Hamas supporters, we didn’t enjoy the wind storm that threatened to blow us off our perch either.

Jonathon Narvey attended the rally in support of Israel, and obtained the above video [and thanks for that]. He also posted up his thoughts on the experience of standing next to pro-Hamas supporters, and his views on the current Mid East crisis.

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