Renown Astrophysicist Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson explains what went wrong with Islam.
Yes, the title should read “renowned”, but I don’t change or correct other people’s words. The conclusion of the video is what’s important, not the title.
Yes, the title should read “renowned”, but I don’t change or correct other people’s words. The conclusion of the video is what’s important, not the title.
Great speech: Israel’s ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub visits Bradford
Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Daniel Taub visits Bradford (which George Galloway wanted to make an ‘Israel free zone’) and blows them away with a great speech.
Melanie Phillips spoke in Jerusalem last week. In 55 minutes, she dealt with the relationship between anti-Zionism and Jew hatred, media bias, Israel’s poor performance in the global information war, and the future of Europe, and more. Watch and you will agree that it was 55 minutes well spent. And then I want to discuss just one of the things she said. VIDEO
Phillips pointed out that history is important, particularly in this case, where a massive distortion of Jewish history provides the underpinning to the delegitimization of Israel so rampant in Europe (and to a lesser extent in the US).
The story is told, Phillips explained, that Israel was created to expiate the guilt of Europeans for the Holocaust and to solve the refugee problem it caused. Millions of European Jews were sent to Palestine where they displaced an indigenous ancient ‘Palestinian’ civilization. So no wonder, the story goes, the ‘Palestinians’ are angry. Why should they pay the price for Hitler’s actions (which, by the way, they will praise in a different context)?
I add to this the idea that the Jews are ‘colonists’ who ‘oppress’ the ‘non-white’ Palestinian Arabs, which opens a whole other reservoir of European guilt. Is it surprising that on the basis of this story even the most liberal (in the non-political sense) fair-minded person will think that while perhaps Hamas is a little indiscriminate in its rocket attacks on Israeli civilians, on the whole its behavior is understandable?
The problem is that the story is wholly false.
The indigenous people of the land of Israel are the Jews, who had an empire there for hundreds of years. They suffered invasions and genocides, and were (partially) dispersed throughout the world by a succession of pagan, Christian and Muslim conquerors. But they never wholly abandoned their land and the Diaspora never gave up its yearning to return.
This reality was recognized by the international community when it granted Britain the Palestine Mandate to govern the land in trust for the Jewish people (as we know, Britain betrayed this trust, but that’s another story).
On the other hand, there was never any kind of Palestinian Arab political entity in the land, and very few ‘Palestinians’ can trace their lineage back further than the 19th century. For years they saw themselves as belonging to a generalized Arab nation, and the land as ‘southern Syria’. It was only in the 20th century when some Palestinian Arabs started to define themselves as a distinct ‘people’, and only in the 1960s that they replaced an ideology of simple ethnic hatred with self-definition as an oppressed indigenous third-world populace.
The foundations of the new Jewish state were laid by the Zionists in the Mandate period, during which time they began to change the land from an unhealthful, unproductive wasteland into the flourishing model of modern agriculture that it is today. They created all the appurtenances of a state: schools, universities, hospitals, roads, a merchant fleet, labor unions, banks, etc.
Meanwhile the Palestinian Arabs fomented anti-Jewish pogroms and their leader conspired with Adolf Hitler in murdering European Jews and planning to murder those in the Middle East. “[T]he only problem is that that we know that General Rommel did not succeed in coming here,” a Palestinian recently told an Israeli reporter posing as a German.
The Arabs lost the war they started to expel the Jews in 1948. Actions have consequences, and starting wars that you lose can have very significant consequences. Many Palestinian Arabs fled as a result of the war. Life is like that.
It was like that for about 800,000 Jews, too, who were kicked out of Muslim countries or fled without their possessions in the aftermath of that war. About half the population of Israel today is descended from those Jewish refugees, who by the way do not fit the description of Israeli Jews as ‘European colonialists’.
Thus the Jewish state of Israel is morally legitimate as the home of its indigenous people, solidly grounded in international law. But if you believe the false story that is told by the Arabs with the complicity of the media, then you wouldn’t know any of this.
Israel’s diversity and the way it protects its civilians is to be admired.
Israelis and Palestinians have a lot in common, and not just a homeland. We both see in our history a large measure of victimhood. And while I feel the Palestinians’ plight is mostly their own making, that is my opinion, and I can’t take away from Palestinians how they view the world.
I can say, however, that after the Holocaust, Jews had to choose between being shaped by our victimhood or being defined by it. The same went for the nearly one million Jewish refugees from Arab lands. Jews chose the former and this, in part, is a secret of our success.
But Palestinians have chosen to be defined by their victimhood. And for as long as they continue to do so, they will not take hold of their destiny but continue denying responsibility for their fate or actions. Israel cannot change the Palestinian leadership – that is up to the Palestinians.
I would beg of Palestinians, from someone destined to live next to you forever, take hold of your destiny. Be shaped by your past, but don’t be defined by it. Concentrate on building up Palestine, not tearing down Israel. I will help you. My people will help your people.
In the meantime, Israel will keep protecting its people, by fighting when it needs to, but at all times offering an olive branch in peace. Because Israel and its leadership know the Palestinians are there to stay. It’s just waiting for the Palestinian leadership to come to the same realisation.
Russia is interested in increasing its fruit imports from Israel, after deciding to boycott imports from Europe as part of the ongoing diplomatic spat between Russia and the West.
This development comes as buyers in Gaza, Jordan and some European nations have started refusing to buy Israeli mangoes due to Operation Protective Edge. Most recently, a buyer for a supermarket chain in Montreal announced that it would not be buying Israeli fruit.
Seventy-five UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan Heights fled Syrian territory for the Israeli-controlled Golan on Saturday after their positions were attacked by rebel forces.
An Israeli military spokesman confirmed that a number of UN peacekeepers entered Israel. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Channel 2 said 75 UN troops had crossed the borders, after two UN positions on the Syrian side of the border were targeted by al-Nusra rebel forces.
Earlier in the day, the Philippine defense chief said that Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights were attacked by Syrian rebels, who are also holding dozens of Fijian troops hostage.
Clashes continued in the area through Saturday.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told reporters Saturday in a series of text messages that Filipino troops manning one UN encampment had been “extricated,” while soldiers in another encampment were “now under attack.”
I’m sure this is bound to ruffle some feathers, but it really needs to be said. With all the propaganda about Israel being no different than the Nazis, I thought it would be good to provide something of a compare and contrast — What are the differences between Hamas and the Nazis? Or are there any differences between Hamas and the Nazis?
1. The Nazis sought to exterminate the Jews. Hamas, in its charter, also calls for the extermination of the Jews.
2. The Nazis sought a global Reich lasting 1,000 years. Hamas seeks a global caliphate.
3. Nazis used propaganda to indoctrinate their children. Hamas, and their allies in the Palestinian media, use propaganda to indoctrinate their children.
4. Nazis saw the Jews as “inferior” while Hamas and other Muslims have called Jews the descendents of apes and pigs.
In fact, Palestinian supporters even use the same salute the Nazis did. Breitbart reported Friday:
In a number of cases, Jews were taunted with references to the holocaust, and some Muslims even shouted “Heil Hitler” and made the Nazi German salute.
And that was in the UK.
I could go on, but you get the point.
There is, however, one difference between Hamas and the Nazis. The Nazis spoke German.
Kinda makes you wonder about those on the left who support Hamas, doesn’t it?
Some of the green shouldn’t be green. India and Ethiopia don’t belong to Muslims. Neither does Sri Lanka. But Muslims still control a vast amount of turf, and they’re pushing for more. Jews in their midst showing them up in every way that contributes to the advance of humanity still leads to a cognitive disconnect that leads the Muslim world to hatred and violence.
Sadly, at no point was the much simpler alternative, the one expressed so eloquently in Chancellor Wise’s letter, seriously entertained, namely that universities are communities dedicated to the pursuit of learning, an undertaking that is hardly possible when those entrusted with its duties have proven themselves to be systemically racist and supportive of violence. Anyone still wondering whether Salaita ought to have a teaching job should play the parlor game of reading his tweets and replacing references to Jews and Israelis with blacks, gays, or women. Should an American institution of higher learning employ someone who tweeted, say, that black Americans were “transforming ‘racism’ from something horrible into something honorable since 1964”?
Some, of course, may argue that the answer is still yes, and that subject-matter expertise ought to be the single and sacred standard by which we hire, reward, and promote our professors. But many more believe, like Chancellor Wise, that while we ought to fiercely insist on protecting our scholars’ freedom to say whatever they please, we should also insist that speech, like action, have consequences. In some cases, we may listen to scholars speak out on unpopular subjects and reward them for their insight and their courage; in others, we may hear things so vile that we decide the speaker, no matter how well-versed in his or her discipline, has no place in an institution that depends on the unfettered exchange of ideas, and that scholars who cannot translate their passions into well-reasoned arguments are better off opining on Twitter rather than in the classroom.
JNS.org – An Evangelical Christian church in eastern Jerusalem was forced to close following years of harassment and intimidation by Islamists, a Palestinian pastor said.
The Calvary Baptist Church—which is affiliated with the Evangelical Christian Holy Land Missions organization—was forced to move out of its building in July after Islamists threatened its landlord. The congregation is currently looking for a new building.
The church, which was located in the predominantly Muslim eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, is trying to raise $3.5 million to purchase a new building.
“We can’t get a loan because we don’t own anything in Israel,” Holy Land Missions’ Pastor Steven Khoury told Morning Star News. “By faith we are asking the Lord to help us raise $3.5 million. We’ve been able to raise about $700,000 so far.”
According to Khoury, the persecution of Calvary Baptist congregants started shortly after the church opened in 2007. Among the attacks were a congregant being threatened with a knife, a Molotov cocktail being tossed at the building, and vehicles and even children being harassed at church functions.
“These were all spread out over a two- or three-year period, to let us know that we were not welcome there,” Khoury said.
Holy Land Missions has been forced to close churches elsewhere, including in Beit Hanina in 2006.
There Is No Israeli Siege On Gaza
The numbers speak for themselves - 1.7 Million tons of merchandise were imported into Gaza via the Israeli border in the last 2 years.
Israel allows in all the food and medicine that Gaza wants. Everything can go in, except for weapons and items that can be used to make weapons.
Same goes for the ability of people to cross the border for medical needs and for business. 10% of the people who crossed the border were internationals - journalists & aid workers.
Given Hamas’ creation of terror tunnels used by it to carry out terrorist attacks in Israel against civilians, it is clear that there has to be control over what goes into the Gaza strip, so as to make sure that it is not used for Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure.
With neighbors like Hamas, would you give up control over your border?
An Israeli military intelligence report reveals that terrorists killed by the IDF in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge were subsequently given fake identities to disguise the fact that they were armed grown men.
The report was prepared by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), a body associated with Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate (often abbreviated in Hebrew as “Aman”). In it, a careful analysis of the first 500 Palestinian casualties in the war is presented, including an estimated ratio of armed men to innocent civilians based on names, ages and photographs of the deceased.
The report determined that 46 percent of those killed were militants, while 54 percent were uninvolved civilians. However, due to Hamas’ policy of concealment and deception, the numbers might actually skew even more toward the militant side.
For example, a great many armed militants killed during the fighting in the Gaza City suburb of Shejaiya between July 19-August 1 remain buried under rubble, and therefore do not appear on any casualty lists. According to intelligence estimates, some 100–150 terrorists were killed in Shejaiya.
The report also revealed that armed terrorists killed during the fighting were later listed as young children by the Gaza Ministry of Health (MoH).
For instance, Gaza’s MoH said that Abruim Jamal Kamal Netzer from Khan Younis, killed on July 18, was just 13-years-old. In reality, he was a 26-year-old militant associated with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement.
The ITIC said this was not an innocent mistake, but rather a deliberate effort to identify deceased terrorists as children.
Another casualty, Wasim Reza Saleh from Khan Younis was innocently listed as a child of just 15. Analysis found that while Saleh truly was only 15, he was also an armed member of the same Fatah-affiliated terror group. This demonstrated that casualties under the age of 18 cannot automatically be assumed to be innocent civilians.
Hamas got wise to the fact Israel was carefully analyzing all the casualty figures and related evidence, and on August 5 issued a call via Facebook warning Palestinians to stop sharing details of deceased militants on social media.
“The occupation (ie. Israel) collects all this information and uses the evidence to justify its crimes [sic] against the Palestinians,” read the Hamas post.
The ITIC also noted that Gaza’s Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the concealment and deception campaign, ordered the Ministry of Health to quickly remove uniforms or identifiable insignia from the bodies of deceased militants.
Who are the Invaders here?