Thursday, April 26, 2018 

The verdict is in: Bill Cosby is GUILTY

The jury in Bill Cosby's retrial have delivered their verdict, convicting the now disgraced "comedian" on 3 counts of sexual assault:
Bill Cosby, who once embodied the idealized American father on a wildly popular sitcom, was convicted of sexual assault on Thursday in a high-stakes retrial after a half-dozen women testified that the famed comedian drugged and assaulted them.

The jury returned with the guilty verdict Thursday afternoon after a second day of deliberations in which the judge read back testimony of the defense's star witness, who testified that Cosby’s main accuser once said she could frame a “high-profile person.”
I'm sure Cosby's team paid that "witness" quite a bundle to perjure herself. Luckily, the jury and judge didn't fall for it.
The jury was also read back Cosby's deposition testimony from 2005, where the comedian admitted to giving a woman Quaaludes in order to have sex with her.

Cosby, 80, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $25,000 on each count.
The sad part is he'll surely appeal whatever sentence he gets, because he's got the money for it. For now, this is a victory for his victims, but the problem is he and his legal team will likely do whatever they can to avoid jail time. I figure his productions in Hollywood will continue to plummet in value as more will be discouraged from bothering about the films, TV shows and other items he did in the past.

I also think it's high time Stephen Collins was held accountable and put on trial for his own sex crimes. Isn't that why there's been campaigns to get the statutes of limitations modified so they don't apply to sexual abuse cases? And when is Harvey Weinstein going to be arrested and tried for his own offenses over the years?

Update: on the subject of the Weinstein case, John Sexton at Hot Air has more.

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Even Armenians are targets of racial bigotry in America today

Two Armenian teens flying a flag on their car in Los Angeles were shot at during the anniversary commemoration of the Armenian Holocaust on Tuesday:
Two Armenian-American teenagers were allegedly shot at on Tuesday evening — the 103-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide — while driving on the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita in what the driver claims was a hate crime.

Harry Nalbandyan, 19, said he and his 17-year-old sister Christina were on their way home from their uncle’s birthday party around 11:30 p.m. when the driver of a silver Honda CRV came up behind their car, flashed its headlights, rolled down his window and started shooting at them.

According to the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles, their truck was hit at least eight times by 45-caliber rounds that were lodged in the car’s seat and head rest.

“We’re lucky we’re live,” Harry told CBS. “He kept shooting. This guy just wanted to finish it off; get one of us killed.”

He said he believes they were targeted because of a large Armenian flag he had draped on the back of his truck to mark the 103-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, when 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks in 1915.
This is horrific, and it proves Armenians are as much a target as Jews are. It's also entirely possible it was an Islamofascist who attacked the pair. Let's hope they're okay after this terrible experience.

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LICRA should be shut down. Here's why

This organization in France that's supposedly against antisemitism and racism is persecuting anybody who speaks against illegal immigration in court:
Three Front National municipal councillors in the French city of Limoges are to be prosecuted after writing an article in a local magazine highlighting an assault on a hospital worker allegedly committed by a newly arrived migrant.

The three politicians were charged with “provocation to racial hatred” this week after the case was brought to court by the International League Against Racism and Antisemitism (Licra), Franceinfo reports.

The article, which was signed by the three politicians, came in response to an alleged assault of hospital staff at the Hospital Centre University de Limoges, which some claimed had been carried out by a migrant.

[...] Hate speech cases have been directed against Front National, or allies of the party, in the recent past. Mayor of Beziers Robert Ménard who was fined 2,000 euros for noting demographic changes in local schools by saying: “In a class in the city centre of my town, 91 per cent of the children are Muslims. Obviously, this is a problem. There are limits to tolerance.”
Here's some advice to French politicians like Laurent Waquiez and Meyer Habib, if they're concerned about Islamofascism encroaching: they'd be strongly advised to advocate changing the legal system so even they won't be persecuted like this, because if the National Rally is today, people like Waquiez and Habib will be tomorrow as well. Do they want that?

And after reading this, I have to say, whoeever runs this crapping LICRA should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for undermining the war against the very antisemitism they supposedly oppose. To my knowledge, Alain Finkielkraut was once a member and resigned after they persecuted Georges Benssousan. The whole organization is clearly corrupt, and nobody with common sense should give them any funding. What are they anyway, allies of Soros and the SPLC over in the USA? I don't know, but after this, it's clear they are part of the problem, and the whole notion an organization supposedly against antisemitism would actually do this leaves me with a bad aftertaste because of all the embarrassment and division they've already caused.

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Laurent Waquiez lashes out at Emmanuel Macron

I don't think the French presidential incumbent's had much impact during his US visit to Congress, and his speech there was lazy as it is, so Waquiez's critique is justified:
The shocking attack on the 40-year-old leader comes as he meets Donald Trump in America.

But the hardline opposition leader also said that the young centrist was struggling to make his mark on the world stage.

When asked to comment on the young centrist’s first year in power by France’s Le Figaro newspaper, Mr Wauquiez said: “Wallets are emptying, factories are closing down and new Salafi mosques are popping up across the country.

“I refuse to stay silent as I watch France unravel before my eyes.

“My biggest fear is that so-called ‘Macronism’ is in fact a form of blindness which has been built on an illusion.”
Macron's concerns about the Paris agreement on global warming was a waste too. That's not what he should be wasting all his time on at all. The country's safety has to come first.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Germany sides with the PLO on Jerusalem

Leave it to Germany's government, what with all the trouble they're already brought upon their own "fatherland" to take the PLO's side on the issue of Jerusalem:
Germany is refusing to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Indeed, while its foreign ministry acknowledged that every country has the right to name its own capital, it said that this is not the case for Israel, insisting that the status of Jerusalem can be settled only through negotiations with the Palestinians.

“As a matter of principle, every state has the right to determine a city in its territory to be its capital,” Niels Annen, a minister of state in Germany’s Foreign Ministry, said in response to a query by a lawmaker from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party last week, The Times of Israel reported.

“Since the eastern part of Jerusalem that Israel occupied in 1967 contrary to international law is not part of Israel’s sovereign territory, the international community, including Germany, has not recognized this declaration,” he added.

[...] Petr Bystron, who submitted the query, responded that “the German government’s answer was almost identical with that of the Palestinian Authority, which has been protesting US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.”

Since Trump’s announcement in December that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and will move its embassy there, a number of countries have followed suit.
And one day, Germany's going to move it as well, if they really want to apologize for all the anti-semitic trouble they caused for decades on end. If this is how they intend to continue acting, then nobody with common sense should do business with Merkel's awful regime.

Update: see also this report about how the leftist Ir Amim and NIF are trying to exploit Israel's court system to stop the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem. So far, the court's not helping them, but still, an eye must be kept open considering those leftists can still be a danger.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Trump will hopefully take action against Iran

President Donald Trump held a press conference with French president Emmanuel Macron, and suggested there'll be action taken against Iran's dictatorship:
President Donald Trump has signaled a willingness to aggressively challenge Iran.

Speaking after his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, Mr. Trump said, “We’re looking forward to doing something, but it has to be done, and it has to be done strongly. They’ve very much been butchers and we can’t allow that to happen.”

Trump made his comments to reporters after an expanded meeting with Macron and members of his staff to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and other issues. Macron believes that the Iran deal is important to maintaining peace in the Middle East, while Trump repeatedly decries the deal as “terrible.”

Neither president detailed the possible actions against Iran, but that the two leaders said after the meeting that they understood each other on the issue.
Well the deal as made by Obama is terrible, and has to be repealed. Macron better understand that, and in fact, he'd better understand that his own country's in danger of similar situations with all the jihadists both foreign and homegrown running rampant there.

It's time to bring down the Iranian regime, and if done, could be a good way to bring down Islamofascists in other parts of the globe too.

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The main causes of the Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Weekly's written about the history of the Turkish Islamic Ottoman empire's slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians during WW1, explaining what led to the violent massacres the Turks committed against Armenians in the last years of the Ottoman's regime before it collapsed in 1920.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 

Van attack in Toronto

The Ontario province in Canada's just experienced a horrifying terrorist attack with a vehicle:
Police in Toronto reported multiple injuries and fatalities after a white van struck pedestrians at the busy intersection of Yonge Street and Finch.

The incident occurred in the early afternoon at the intersection which lies close to the Finch subway and bus station, one of the busiest transport hubs in the city of Toronto. One suspect appears to have been arrested.

Witnesses told local TV crews that the driver was travelling at around 45 miles per hour, “crumbling up people” and taking the action “intentionally”.

Photos, which has been posted online show multiple people on the ground as a result of the incident. The Toronto subway system, known as the TTC, has shut down service to Finch station in response.

Toronto police are now reporting multiple fatalities following the incident which has seen a man, described as being “Middle-Eastern” in appearance, arrested a short distance away.
Are they going to officially identify him? Because everyone should know who the filthy animal is, and call for putting him on the electric chair for his crime. And is the government going to learn the lesson of what its multi-culturalism mentality has led to? Tragically, they may not.

Update: John Sexton at Hot Air has more.

Update 2: ABC's identified the monster:
Ten people were killed and 15 others injured after a white van rammed pedestrians in Toronto today, police said.

The driver is under arrest, Toronto police told ABC News. The suspect was identified as Alek Minassian, 25, sources told ABC News.

The attack started at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, police said. The suspect drove south for nearly 1.5 miles, hitting more people at Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue. The van finally stopped on Poyntz Avenue, just off Yonge Street.

Witness Ali Shaker saw the Ryder van jump the sidewalk and said people walking were "crumbled up," he told CTV News.
The name does sound foreign. And where exactly could he have come from? He should've been shot on the spot for what he did to those innocent bystanders.

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Crazy ultra-Orthodox mother who drowned son to be charged with murder

The mental case from Beit Shemesh who drowned her infant son in a hotel jacuzzi in Ashdod will still face charges of murder:
A Beit Shemesh woman who claims that voices told her to hold her baby son under water in a hotel Jacuzzi will be charged with murder, prosecutors announced Monday. [...]

On Monday, prosecutors filed a preliminary indictment against the mother, announcing plans to charge her with murder for the intentional drowning of her son.

The preliminary indictment comes despite an opinion submitted by a district psychiatrist, who found the woman mentally unfit to stand trial.

In addition to the one-month-old son who died earlier this month, the suspect and her husband also have a seven-year-old daughter.
Some reports said they had another son, so this isn't clear. One thing that is, however, is that any children they have should be removed from their custody for safety's sake. Here's another report:
A woman who told investigators she held her infant son underwater because a divine voice told her he would emerge from it as a grown man is to be charged with murder, despite a psychiatrist finding her unfit to stand trial.

Prosecutors submitted court papers in Ashdod Monday declaring their intention to file an indictment for murder against the woman, whose identity is barred from publication under a gag order. As a result of the upcoming murder indictment, she was remanded in custody for a further five days.
It's best to incarcerate her, as her mentality makes her a public danger, and come to think of it, the husband is too. This is one of the worst cases of misconduct ever discovered among Haredis.

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Haredi thug in Beit Shemesh arrested for threatening women with a stick

The creep in the film clip was recorded harassing 2 women and threatening - possibly even hitting them - with a stick. He's thankfully been arrested:
Police have arrested a haredi man from Ramat Beit Shemesh who was videoed hitting women with a pipe as part of a vigilante 'modesty patrol'.

The man can be seen in the video ordering the horrified women to "go home" on the eve of Yom Ha'atzmaut while menacingly wielding a rubber pipe. The clip went viral in Israel, racking up hundreds of thousands of views and causing an outcry on social media.

On Saturday night, the man was arrested by police, who told the Behadrei Haredim website that he was well known to local authorities due to his radical activities. He was released shortly after on bail and police have opened an investigation.

Ramat Beit Shemesh has been the center of increasingly divisive battles over the past few years as a large influx of radical haredim have battled with the Religious Zionist and secular residents over the city's nature.
Make him do hard labor, impose a heavy fine on him, and even revoke custody of his children, if that's what it takes to send freaks like him a message. It's also offensive this happened on Independence Day, probably another reason he threatened them.

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Will Haredis be willing to accept Reform/Conservative conversions?

Honestly, it'd be for the best if they did, and if anything, not be hostile to their wishes to pray at the Western Wall:
The State of Israel may officially recognize certain conversions carried out by rabbis affiliated with the Reform and Conservative movements, with the consent of the haredi parties.

The Conversion Committee, which was formed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, is expected to submit a bill to solve the issue of the recognition of conversions performed in the diaspora during the Knesset's summer session.

According to information obtained by the Behadrei Haredim news website, under the bill, the State of Israel would recognize conversions from a well-established community with a Jewish "identity."

"A well-known Jewish community is a well-established and active community with a common and well-known Jewish identity, with permanent frameworks of community management and belonging to one of the recognized streams of the world Jewish population," the bill reportedly states.

Many Reform and Conservative Jewish communities would be included under the above definition.
Well if the Haredis do respect their wishes, it's about time, because they're giving a bad image to themselves, and the best way to deal with a sect you disagree with is to just ignore it. Besides, all the attention they drew to themselves with their horrific attacks on the Reform/Conservative sects (my grandmother was part of the latter) may have actually increased the numbers of the sects in Israel. Which goes to show if the Haredis are going to be loose cannons, they'll only get the opposite of what they want or not. So they'd best shut up already.

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Natalie Portman's ultra-leftism comes to a head

She couldn't have chosen a worse time to make a fool of herself by refusing to attend an awards ceremony in Israel because she despises the government:
In a 70th-anniversary present to the State of Israel, Portman announced that she would not come to accept this year’s $2 million Genesis Prize, which would then be directed to the charities of her choice, because according to a post on her Instagram feed, she “did not want to appear as endorsing [Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony.”

In clarifying her reasoning for turning down the award, Portman noted that “like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema and dance. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values.”

America and Israel are both vibrant democracies—at least, in terms of basic freedoms of speech—and Portman’s decision is most certainly within her right. And, of course, with that right to protest comes the right to counter-protest from across the Jewish and Israeli political spectrum.

Portman’s comments raise several concerns. While Portman says that her “decision not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others,” if she believes that Israel was created to be a safe haven for Jewish Holocaust refugees, then her belief undermines the legitimate right of the Jewish people to live in Israel—the indigenous home of the Jewish people for nearly 3,000 years. Her statement ignores more than 1 million refugees from Arab lands absorbed into the Jewish state in the years shortly after its founding, and the whopping 1 million refugees from the former Soviet Union in the 1980s and 1990s.

If Portman honestly believes that if whatever “today’s atrocities” might be that they can rank high enough to be mentioned in the very next sentence after a reference to the Holocaust, then she has severely “mischaracterized” current events. While Portman emphatically states that she is “not part of the BDS movement and [does] not endorse it,” she echoes the mistruths mouthed by Israel’s fiercest enemies.

When Israel’s enemies stage theater to mischaracterize Israeli aggression, the term for such propaganda is called “Pallywood.”
And now that she's opened her big, dumb mouth, rather than win over Israelis, she's won over the very BDS activists she's supposedly against including Peace Now. I don't buy that she's against them at all. In fact, as noted at the Algemeiner:
Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev hit the nail on the head, noting, “Natalie Portman fell into the hands of the BDS supporters, [and presented the story of Israel as] a tale of darkness.”

As Hillel Neuer of UN Watch told Portman, “If 30,000 rioters were at your borders & approaching your family in Los Feliz, and they were orchestrated by a terror group that advocates the murder of all Jews, I believe you would ‘in good conscience’ support officers doing their best to protect you.”
The organization shouldn't even have offered her the prize. Certainly not without scrutinizing her record. She's been like this for over a decade or so, supporting leftist positions, and I recall one time she apologized to Haredi moonbats in 2005 or so for angering their belief there shouldn't be kissing at the Western Wall for them to see as she was filming a scene for a movie. It goes without saying her "cultural sensitivity" to the ultra-Orthodox is just as bad as kowtowing to Islam.

Caroline Glick says the US Jewish community has to shoulder some blame for Portman's betrayal, and:
Indeed, if her hatred for Netanyahu drove her to boycott the prize, the Genesis Prize Foundation should sue her for fraud since it means that she never intended to accept the prize and she deliberately sabotaged the foundation’s work.
I think that's a great idea, if they're willing to consider it. Glick also adds the same points as the JNS article makes clear:
Portman’s statement also bespeaks an amazing contempt for Israel itself – in two deeply distressing ways.

First, her claim that Israel was created “as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust” is a dangerous lie. It is a lie Israel’s most murderous enemies propagate as a means of denying Israel’s right to exist. The Iranians and the Palestinians say the Jews have no ties to their ancestral homeland and that Israel is no more than a sop to Europe’s guilty conscience over the Holocaust.

The truth — which Portman is supposed to know as a proud “Israeli” — is that Zionism, the millennial movement of Jewish return to the land of Israel, and Zionist Jews created Israel. By the time the Holocaust began in 1938, the Jewish pioneers in the land of Israel had already built the foundations of that state. The Holocaust’s practical impact on Israel’s establishment was that it annihilated millions of Jews who wanted to immigrate to Israel.

As if that weren’t enough, Portman went on to reject Israeli democracy. Netanyahu is not a dictator. He and his government were elected by Israel’s voters. When Portman said she thinks Netanyahu is illegitimate, she effectively said the Israeli public which elected him is illegitimate.

Portman’s behavior isn’t surprising. She has been railing against Israel for the past three years in precisely the manner that she assaulted it last week.
And to be sure, for far more time than even I might think. Besides, as I noted before, she apparently thinks ultra-Orthodoxy is the only valid form of Orthodoxy in Judaism.
Which brings us to the real problem with the entire episode. Given her savage criticism of Israel, spanning years, Portman should never have received the Genesis Prize in the first place. The fact that she did, and the fact that neither the Genesis Prize foundation nor the American Jewish leadership has yet condemned her since she betrayed her word so viciously, is a testament to the political stupidity of American Jewish leadership.
Of course. She's sadly not a "prize" for Israel as an actress who was born here. It's best to boycott her films and TV programs at this point to let her know this is just unacceptable, and the Genesis foundation had better part ways with her for good. It's going to be pretty hard watching the Star Wars movies she appears after this, unless she's willing to apologize and stop wasting time in politics.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 

300 French personalities write a manifesto condemning anti-semitism

The only thing is, if Muslims aren't removed/distanced from areas where they can prove a threat, what good will the manifesto do? Anyway, here's the story:
More than 300 French dignitaries and stars have signed a manifesto denouncing a “new anti-Semitism” marked by “Islamist radicalisation” after a string of killings of Jews, to be published in Le Figaro newspaper Sunday.

The country’s half-a-million-plus Jewish community is the largest in Europe but has been hit by a wave of emigration to Israel in the past two decades, partly due to the emergence of virulent anti-Semitism in predominantly immigrant neighbourhoods.

“We demand that the fight against this democratic failure that is anti-Semitism becomes a national cause before it’s too late. Before France is no longer France,” reads the manifesto co-signed by politicians from the left and right including ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and celebrities like actor Gerard Depardieu.

The signatories condemned what they called an “quiet ethnic purging” driven by rising Islamist radicalism particularly in working-class neighbourhoods. They also accused the media of remaining silent on the matter.
It should be remembered Sarkozy did little or nothing about that himself, and in fact, as noted earlier, he practically validated anti-semitism by rewarding Charles Enderlin with a journalist's prize when it could've been avoided. If Sarkozy wants to prove he's against antisemitism, he'll have to publicly apologize to Phillipe Karsenty, condemn Enderlin for concocting blood libels and distance himself from the journo-monster.

And if the signatories want to make a point, they should emphasize throwing the offending Islamofascists out of the banlieues and schools they're littering up. Otherwise, how do they expect to make the neighborhoods safer again for anyone?

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 

An ultra-Orthodox candidate in Antwerp elections won't shake hands with women. Big mistake, and he had to withdraw

A Haredi working with a Belgian political party embarrassed the Jewish community as a whole because he wouldn't shake hands with women - just what some Muslims won't do either - and had to withdraw his candidacy:
An Ultra-Orthodox Jew in Antwerp, who was on the list of the Christian-Democrat CD&V Flemish party for the communal elections in October, withdrew his candidacy this week after causing a turmoil by saying that if elected he would respect a certain number of religious principles and that he would in particular refuse to shake hands with women.

During a press conference in the port city, home of a large ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, Aaron Berger said he understands the ‘’sensitivity of society’’ regarding shaking hands with women which his community considers instead as a mark of respect.

However, Berger said that while he withdrew his candidacy, he continues to support the CD & V party which, in his view, remains “the most favorable party” to the Jewish community. “They are open to dialogue with all communities and this dialogue will continue,” he said.
I hope so, but he didn't do them any favors by keeping such antiquated visions in place, and making himself look almost as scummy as the Islamofascists you'd think he was against. How does he expect to oppose Islam effectively if he won't avoid "customs" that look almost as reprehensible?
At the same press conference, Kris Peeters, leader of CD&V and Deputy Prime Minister in the Belgian federal government, declared : “Nobody, and certainly not Mr. Berger, is questioning the respect between man and woman.”

He added: “It has been said that Antwerp is a city where there is a form of apartheid between communities. It cannot be a city in which different communities do not meet, so we think it is very important to make efforts and to look for people from these communities willing to break this so-called apartheid.”
My advice is not to look for a Haredi candidate. An Orthodox adherent, yes, but not one who holds the kind of insulting "customs" that jerk does, and has no self-confidence in his ability to manage good interactions with the fairer sex. In fact, that's probably not even the worst thing about him. No, what is, if the following is true:
Another sensitive element around Berger’s candidacy mentioned by the media was the fact that he has been recently found guilty of theft by the Antwerp Criminal Court. He would have stolen 28,500 euros from an old sick man. This information may have influenced the withdrawal of his candidacy. “The fact that his criminal record is blank is in his favor, it’s now up to him to explain the nature of the theft, when it was dated, and how important the case was,” commented Michael Freilich, editor of the Antwerp Jewish magazine media “Joods Actueel”.

Around 18,000 Jews live in Antwerp, a city of 500,000 inhabitants.
If he really did that, he has only dealt all the more damage to the image of the community he comes from, by fleecing a guy who in the hospital. There have been Haredi rabbis in Israel like Yona Metzger who were charged with fraud, and that does no favors for anybody. In any case, the Belgian candidate's only proven why he's not fit to shine shoes.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 

Ultra-Orthodox moonbats tried to disrupt Israeli Memorial service

During Memorial Day - and possibly Independence Day - some Haredi extremists unshockingly tried to hurt morale, and police had to take action:
Police on Wednesday in Jerusalem dispersed dozens of extremist ultra-Orthodox demonstrators who they said were planning to disrupt the moment of silence held nationwide during the Memorial Day siren in honor of Israel’s fallen.

Officers deployed at the Kikar Hashabbat intersection moved the protesters out of the road and seized placards they were carrying, police said in a statement.

There were no reports of injuries or arrests.

Hebrew slogans on the signs declared, “A Zionist is not a Jew and a Jew is not a Zionist” as well as the phrase “and Mordechai would not kneel or show respect,” a reference to the biblical Book of Esther, in which Mordechai would not bow down to arch-villain Haman. The phrase is taken as an assertion by anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox that they will not accept the state’s authority.

Israel’s annual Memorial Day includes the sounding of air-raid sirens across the country, for a minute on the eve of the memorial day, and again for two minutes on the following morning.

Hadashot TV news reported that ultra-Orthodox activists also circulated a video clip showing a dummy dressed in IDF fatigues being barbecued on a grill.

Scrolling text on the screen declares, “In honor of Memorial Day the ultra-Orthodox remember the Hardakim [a pejorative term for ultra-Orthodox soldiers] who betrayed the Jewish people and sold their souls to Satan.”

There was no indication who had produced the video clip, which also seemed to ridicule Israelis’ traditional Independence Day barbecues.
The dummy placed on a barbecue stinks of some of the worst nazi-like propaganda around. It only demonstrates why Haredis are no more "moral" than anybody else, and their analogy of non-Haredi Israelis to Haman is just as repellent.

Update: Nathan Slifkin at Rationalist Judaism also has some more disturbing notes about how extremists behaved in Beit Shemesh.

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Haredi traitors give backing to illegal immigrants in Israel

And the one and only Haaretz thought it the perfect story to fawn over, beginning with some sob-story elements:
For months, Faigy Lifshitz parked her car at the supermarket near her Bnei Brak home, completely unaware that, just steps away, thousands of African asylum seekers stood for hours in the sun and rain to apply for refugee status or obtain work visas.

Hidden from Lifshitz and her fellow shoppers’ view were the long lines of Africans waiting to enter the Population, Immigration and Border Authority offices in a dirty, isolated holding area without shelter, access to toilets, water or seating.

Once Lifshitz discovered that a scene of Third World desperation was playing out on the outskirts of this predominantly ultra-Orthodox (or Haredi) city near Tel Aviv, she determined to do something about it. Along with like-minded advocates, she formed Ultra-Orthodox Against the Deportation to tackle the task.

“For me, this is the ‘Compound of Shame,’” Lifshitz tells Haaretz, surveying the scene on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. (To protect her family’s standing in the community and her other activist work, she requested that she be interviewed using a pseudonym and that her face not be photographed.)

“This is supposedly a government facility,” she continues, “but the government has failed to provide the most basic and elementary conditions for human beings here. The conditions for animals in the zoo of a Third World country are better than what you see here.

“It is terrible what we are putting these people through,” she adds. “I don’t think this place should exist at all. But as long as it is here, we need to make it suitable for human beings.”

It is, indeed, a depressing sight. As the African asylum seekers wait endlessly for a guard to gesture them to come inside, the sun beats down. When it rains, deep muddy puddles form in the former parking lot.

The vast majority of those waiting are men: Women and families with children show up, too, but they are given priority and head to the front of the line.
Look for starters at how they whine about conditions at the holding area, which I won't be shocked are not what they make them out to be. And why do I get the vibe they're worried about the menfolk, they who're the real cause of crime in the southern Tel Aviv area?
The ground is strewn with garbage and angry messages are graffitied on the sheeting fencing the area: “Down with deportation” and “It’s time for Bibi to leave, too.” There is also a slogan scrawled in English: “Fuck the system.”

Filling a niche

“This place sends them a message that they aren’t welcome here,” says Talia (also not her real name), a secular veteran volunteer at the site. She is one of a group of women wearing T-shirts and hats to protect themselves from the sun; some have name tags featuring the slogan “Human rights for refugees.”

Every few minutes, African men shyly approach them, usually holding out a document for them to translate and explain their situation before or after they have been allowed to enter the offices.

The facility, located in an isolated, tent-like structure behind Bnei Brak train station, is currently the only population authority office outside of the southern city of Eilat where interviews are conducted and applications for legal status and work visas are processed. As a result, those waiting in line have come from around the country.

Nearly every night, a group camps out on the ground in order to secure a good place for the next morning, or because they were unable to gain access and have nowhere else to spend the night.

In a long skirt, blond wig and glasses, Lifshitz stands out from the other volunteers. She comes from a Haredi rabbinical family.

Last December, when the government plan to deport these Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers en masse was first announced, Lifshitz created a Facebook page that she called “Haredim Legirush” – a play on words. The literal meaning of “Haredi” (the Hebrew word that identifies ultra-Orthodox Jews) is “fearful,” and so the name technically translates as “Fearful of the Deportation.”

She looked for an aspect of the refugee crisis that wasn’t being addressed – and decided that improving conditions at the compound was a niche she and her group could fill.

“These people are in my city: right here in Bnei Brak,” she says. “Is there a better way to practice mitzvot and uphold the values of the Torah than helping them? I can’t think of one.”
If the migrants are applying legally, then the only issue is whether they recognize the differences between good and evil. But if any migrants in question are criminals lacking an understanding of what it means to be civilized, then her pity is misplaced and suggests she's doing it out of spite for the non-Haredi public.
Lifshitz says that, from the outset, she and her ultra-Orthodox friends knew they wanted to form a separate organization rather than simply become members of existing advocacy groups – which are often associated with the secular left.

She says it’s important to send a message that their community cares and that they are taking action because they are ultra-Orthodox Jews, not in spite of it.

“We are very specific that we are doing this in the name of our faith and in the name of the Torah and in the name of our Judaism and the will of God, who calls on us to be human and humane toward each other. The Torah is very precise in what it tells us: Thirty-six times in the Torah it is mentioned that we have to remember the “ger” – the stranger – because we were strangers in Egypt. Every human being is made in God’s image and if people are in need, we must help them. Jews are people who have suffered so much. We were the ‘black people’ of the world for thousands of years.”
I wonder, would they have the same feelings if these were decent Europeans coming about here? I'm not sure why Europeans - and even Africans from civilized and prosperous countries like Kenya - are considered worthless, but migrants from uncivilized societies aren't.
The group is led by a steering committee of three men and three women, supported by a wider circle of friends and volunteers.

Well-intentioned but amateurish, the group’s first major project to improve the Bnei Brak space literally fell apart. With great fanfare, on the eve of Passover in March, they erected a shelter to protect the asylum seekers from the elements. The photogenic effort – ultra-Orthodox and secular Israeli volunteers, along with the asylum seekers themselves – was featured on TV news shows. However, the shelter was so hastily constructed that the first serious spell of wind and rain flattened it, and the wooden stakes and black netting were soon resting in the dirt.

In the meantime, though, the publicity sparked what Lifshitz calls “a miracle.”

Biblical Studies lecturer Diana Lipton, who immigrated to Israel from Great Britain seven years ago, was so inspired by the group that she contacted Lifshitz and offered to donate a substantial sum of money toward making the Bnei Brak compound “a place we aren’t ashamed of.”

Lipton, herself an Orthodox Jew, says that since moving to Israel, she “found it depressing that the religious community in Israel has been so uninvolved in things I care about – especially things that involve compassion for others.”

Regarding the issue of the asylum seekers, she admits to being “very depressed when I’ve gone to demonstrations on their behalf to see so few people with kippot.”
Some of whom, as hinted, are leftists, so while they may have formed their own movement, it figures they'd align themselves with more leftist outfits to boot.
So when she saw the video of Lifshitz’s efforts to build the shelter, it moved her. “There was something powerfully symbolic, encouraging and inspiring to see this positive, strong image of religious Jews from this insular community taking this action,” she explains. “Here were people not only with kippot and women with head coverings, but representatives of the far end of the religious spectrum stepping in. I was really happy to see this powerful visual representation of their concern. Why should this only be a leftist, secular cause?”
What, is that supposed to imply they're "right-wing"? Because I highly doubt they are, or that they support the Likud-led government in every way. The "far end" would indicate they're not only Haredi, but also of extremist backgrounds like the Satmar and Neturei Karta, and they're doing it out of anti-Zionist leanings.
Both cursed and praised

On Sunday evening, five days after we first spoke at the site, Lifshitz is standing beside Talia and the two women look on excitedly as the Bnei Brak space is transformed as a result of Lipton’s $5,000 donation. Professionals have erected white tents with metal rods and sturdy shades, drilling them into the ground.

The second major step Lifshitz has taken to improve the area is visible in a corner: two portable toilets. The first month’s rental costs were covered by donations, Lifshitz says, adding that she will raise the rest of the money – by crowdfunding, if necessary. “This place used to smell terribly of urine,” she says. “Not anymore.”

Beyond providing shelter and toilet facilities, Lifshitz says her priorities at the site are cleaning and installing some sort of seating. She would also like to find a way for the asylum seekers to access water without having to buy it in bottles from the supermarket or a vendor. The volunteers even dream of a small play area for the children who must wait there with their parents.

“If we succeed in making this place decent and nice, it will send a message to the world that there are Israelis who care. And also, hopefully it will shame the government into shutting it down and providing something better,” says Talia.
And that's a confession they don't support the Likud-led government.
Lifshitz admits that reactions to her efforts have been mixed within her own community. She has been both cursed and praised on her Facebook page, she reveals.

Her family, whom she describes as “totally removed from Israeli politics and the media,” were surprised when she first described the scene at the compound. “They are so shocked,” she says. “They ask me, ‘How can the State of Israel treat people that way?’”

She and her fellow advocates believe the Sudanese and Eritreans are refugees and deserve humane protection in Israel.

“We don’t share any other brand of politics. We don’t call ourselves left wing; we don’t call ourselves right wing. We are human beings who love other human beings – and we are here to say that what has been done to us as Jews in the past, we refuse to perpetrate on others.”

Jews, she concludes, must always “remember the feeling of foreignness, of being alone.”
This sounds little different from say, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who didn't claim to be either left or right, but neither did he deny or have any real objections to being described as "far-right", which was undoubtably his strategy of damaging France (and he also basically implied being French meant being a monster, which was just as offensive). The Haredis in Bnei Brak, living in their own little bubble, ignore the crime rates that illegal migrants have brought about in south Tel Aviv, some surely deliberately. For collaborating in efforts to undermine the country, those involved in providing services for potential criminals should be fined and jailed. Above all, they should be scorned for the damage they're doing to the country they supposedly care about.

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Europe's in the process of self-Islamization

A writer for the Algemeiner warns how European politicians are practically enabling Islamization of the continent:
Forget the beheading videos, the ISIS propaganda on social media, and even the terrorist attacks themselves. Europe, says counterterrorism expert Afshin Ellian, is Islamizing itself. In the process, the Western values on which its democracies are built are increasingly put at risk.

Take, for instance, Belgium’s ISLAM Party, which now hopes to participate in the country’s October local elections in 28 regions. (Its name serves as an acronym for “Integrité, Solidarité, Liberté, Authenticité, Moralité.”)

The party’s ultimate aim: transforming Belgium into an Islamic state. According to the party’s founder Redouane Ahrouch, items high on its agenda include separating men and women on public transportation and the incorporation of sharia law, supposedly as long as it does not conflict with current laws. Ahrouch’s own behavior, however, suggests that his respect for “current laws” and mores has its bounds. He reportedly refuses to shake hands with women. In 2003, he received a six-month sentence for beating and threatening his wife. Currently, the Islam Party has two elected representatives in office — one in Anderlecht, the other in Molenbeek — both regions known to be hotbeds of extremism.

Or consider DENK, Holland’s pro-Islam party founded in 2015 by Turkish-Dutch politicians Selçuk Ozturk and Tunahan Kuzu. The party platform, which supports boycotts and sanctions against Israel, also discourages assimilation, calling instead for “mutual acceptance” of multiple cultures. Non-Muslims, for instance, would apparently be required to “accept” the Muslim extremist father who beats his daughter for refusing an arranged marriage or for becoming too “Westernized” for his taste. It’s his culture, after all.

DENK also calls for a “racism police force” to monitor allegedly racist comments and actions. Those found guilty would be placed on a government “racism register” and banned from government jobs and other employment.

So far, such pro-Islamist views have served the party well. In local Dutch elections last month, DENK (which means “think” in Dutch) gained three seats in Rotterdam, totaling four seats among 45 total and edging out Geert Wilders’ far-right Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV), which fell from three seats to one. In Amsterdam, which also has 45 seats, a full 50 percent of Dutch-Moroccans and about two-thirds of Dutch-Turks gave the party a three-seat win in its first election. Many of these voters, according to post-election analyses, moved to DENK from the center-left Labor Party (PvdA), clearly feeling more at home with a more overtly pro-Muslim politics.

Similarly, France’s Union of Muslim Democrats (UDMF) has taken a number of voters from the Green Party by promising to defend Muslims. UDMF’s online program statement condemns burqa and headscarf bans. What’s more, in its pretense of supporting what it calls the “sweet dream of Democracy, Union, and Human Rights,” the party loudly (though rightly) condemns “anti-Muslim speeches” that “lead the most psychologically fragile people to commit acts of unprecedented violence.” Examples of such “unprecedented violence” follow: a German white supremacist who killed an Egyptian woman wearing a veil in 2009 and the stabbing of a French Muslim in Vaucluse.

What the party statement does not mention anywhere are the attacks by Muslims in Paris and Nice that together killed 240 people between January 2015 and July 2016; the attack by a Muslim extremist on a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012; and the kidnapping and heinous torture of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Jew, in 2006. These are among other acts of “unprecedented violence” committed by Islamists.

UDMF also calls for protection of the family and its “essential role in the education of children,” while citing Article 14 of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which calls for respecting “the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.” From here, the party demands the “right and duty of parents … to guide the child in the exercise of the above-mentioned right.” Implied here is the demand that parents be allowed to treat their children as they see fit according to their religious beliefs — including to beat daughters who refuse an arranged marriage, become “too Westernized,” and so on.

Most disturbing are the large numbers of Muslims who have flocked to parties like DENK and UDMF throughout Europe. Rather than moving towards more secular, traditionally democratic political movements, Europe’s Muslims are appear to increasingly distance themselves from the “European” side of their identity, and identify more with Islam and the Muslim community. And this too is part of Europe’s “self-Islamizing,” the result of taking too unsure a hand, too ambivalent a position, on the issue of assimilation.
The worst part, as you'll notice in the rest of the article, is how local politicians are precipitating this as well, practically associating with them to celebrate Iftar. The same outfits who won't celebrate Passover, Hanuka, Easter and Christmas with Judeo-Christian sources. What are they trying to prove anyway? All they're doing is making it look like they're self-haters, and no doubt, some of them are.

This also makes clear that, for Muslims in Europe, the left-wing parties themselves aren't enough for them anymore. Now they're switching to parties meant to represent their own ideology. And that's something that has to be opposed.

I'd also like to note that reading the above also reminded me why I'm offended by Haredis and such who go by the superfluous "custom" of "shomer negiah" and won't shake hands with the opposite sex, or won't sit next to them on a public transportation vehicle. Whether it was an indirect influence from Islam, I have no idea, but I do know that if any Haredis keep upholding it, they'll be providing encouragement and influence for Islamofascists like the aforementioned to keep advocating it in their own approach. Worse, it can provide anti-semites with ammunition, with the biggest irony being it's unlikely those anti-semites are against Islam in any way. If today's advocates of Orthodox Judaism don't want to make the sect look bad, then they've got to do what they can to have anybody advocating "shomer negiah" to cut it out, and also stop advocating gender segregation as extreme ultra-Orthodox/Haredis are doing. We cannot afford at times like this to give anybody the impression Orthodox Judaism is bad in that sense.

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