Egypt Bans Marriage To Israelis

Here is yet more proof – if any was needed! – that Islam is inherently anti semitic.  In Egypt, ostensibly on ‘peaceful’ terms with Israel, Islamic religious law has now been cited to ratify a ban on marrying Israelis. No doubt Egyptian Muslims are feeling empowered as a result of Obama’s wooing of Islam.

One Egyptian certainly is. Here, from the World Jewish Review:

Solicitor Nabih Al-Wahsh has managed to extract a ruling from Egypt’s Administrative Court — which rules in disputes between citizens and the state — that would force the Egyptian government to strip Egyptians married to Israelis of their Egyptian citizenship. The May 19 ruling was met with the cheers of millions in this populous Arab country.

After the verdict was read in the Cairo courtroom, Nabih al-Wahsh jumped for joy and received an avalanche of telephone calls from friends congratulating him on his latest legal victory.

“This is an historic ruling,” al-Wahsh said to reporters after the ruling. “Egyptians married to Israelis are dangerous to Egypt’s national security, acting in ways that contradict the constitution of their country and Islamic laws,” he said.

Calls flooded into TV talk shows discussing the verdict and readers posted comments on Web sites of newspapers that wrote about it.

Everyone appeared united in elation at the ruling, as well as in hatred of the Jewish state and everything that related to it.

Such sentiments among a large chunk of Egypt’s population of about 80 million underscores the wide chasm that distinguishes Egypt at the official level and the same country at the level of its public.

Although Egypt was the first country to sign a peace treaty with Israel, almost 30 years ago, its government and its people still walk two different paths.

Egyptian officials visit Israel, meet members of its cabinet and sign agreements secretly and openly with them, but the people on the street still view Israel as an “enemy,” “imperialist” in nature, and those Egyptians who travel and get married there are seen as “traitors.” These same critics have consistently attempted to abort every possibility of breaking the ice that has blocked the way between Cairo and Tel Aviv for decades now.

In this sense, it is true that Egypt is the “heart of the Arab world,” as President Barack Obama and his advisers like to call it.

Egyptian analysts say the court ruling asking the government to revoke the nationality of Egyptians married to Israelis should not affect peace between the Jewish state and the country that bore arms against Israel four times in the last 60 years.

Some estimates put the number of Egyptians living in Israel between 6,000 and 7,000, although al-Wahsh believes the number could be between 30,000 and 40,000.

The reason people leave Egypt for Israel is not a secret to the people in this country, even among decision-makers themselves. In addition to the fallout from the international economic downturn, which has weighed heavily on the Egyptian economy, Egypt has been suffering its own economic deterioration for years.

In this country, which features the oldest civilization in the Arab Middle East, more than 40 percent of the population lives beneath the poverty line, according to the World Bank.

The economic reform policies of Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party have failed to improve living conditions for the majority of the population and have even backfired at times, creating a new class of monopolistic businessmen who control the prices and availability of basic commodities.

Israel, by contrast, is a thriving multiethnic country that enjoys political pluralism and offers Egyptian job seekers a model totally different from in their own country, where jobs are rare, diversity is nonexistent and religious tolerance is scarce.

Part of the antipathy to Israel stems from what Egyptians see on their national TV and read in their newspapers every day.

A few weeks ago, TV anchor Mahmud Saad, in an on-air telephone interview, lashed out at Egypt’s Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni, who is seeking election to the top post of UNESCO, for inviting Daniel Barenboim, a conductor with Israeli origins and international acclaim, to lead an orchestra at the Egyptian Opera House.

“I hate Israel,” Saad, who hosts the popular talk show “al-Beit Beitak” (“Feel at Home”), shouted while speaking with the minister.

Days later, Egypt’s ex-mufti — a top religious leader who advises the country’s Muslim majority on religious matters — lampooned Arab countries that sign agreements with Israel in a veiled criticism of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Yet there was Obama last week, in Egypt, legitimising Islamic hatred of ‘infidels’ and actually claiming that Islam valued ‘racial equality’.

That man wouldn’t recognise integrity if it walked up and slapped him round the face.

Ever Heard Of Farouk Hosni?

No?

Well, you might be hearing a lot more about him. Farouk Hosni is set to secure a top U.N. role  – despite  having declared he would burn Israeli books.  Now he’s being named as a potential new director general of UNESCO – the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Farouk’s outburst against Israeli literature came in May 2008, in the Egyptian Parliament, where he has served as Culture Minister for over twenty years. When another politician asked if there were Israeli books in a new library in Alexandria, Farouk Hosni responded:

‘If there are any there, I will myself burn them in front of you.’

Hosni also banned the film, ‘The Band’s Visit’, an Israeli movie about a poor Egyptian band that is marooned in an Israeli backwater.

Now a number of Jewish authors, artists and film makers have expressed alarm over Farouk’s possible appointment to such an important UN position. Among them are Nobel Peace laureate and Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel, journalist Bernard-Henri Levy and filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, all of whom have expressed their concerns in French newspaper Le Monde, last week. They cite other comments by Farouk in 2001 when he described Israeli culture as ‘an inhuman culture…aggressive…pretentious…’

Their protest piece in Le Monde called on world governments to act, saying: ‘We invite all countries dedicated to liberty and culture to take the initiatives necessary to avert this threat and avoid the disaster that would be his nomination.’

However, the Israeli government is believed to have withdrawn  its protest against Farouk’s candidacy last week, after a meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has said that Farouks’ comments were reminiscent of ‘the language and actions of Nazi ‘minister of culture’ Josef Goebbels’.

The German Council of Culture has also joined the debate. Chief Executive Olaf  Zimmermann told journalists that anyone who ‘failed to respect the diversity of the world’s cultures’ should not be permitted to head global policy.

The new director general of UNESCO will be announced in October.

Given the UN’s recent hypocrisy with regard to Israel, sounds like Farouk Hosni would be right at home there.

Islamic Terrorists Target Moroccan Jews

Moroccan Muslims are a tad excited.  Having seen their co religionists in Yemen finally force out the tiny Jewish community there, they seek to accomplish the same thing in Morocco:

From Agence France-Presse, May 21:

RABAT (AFP) — A group of  Islamists recently arrested in Morocco planned to attack Jewish interests in the country, a court source said Thursday, citing the charges against them.

The suspects, alleged to be members of a cell that was part of the radical Islamist movement Salafia Jihadia, were also preparing attacks against Moroccan security services, the source said.

The cell — Jamaat Al Mourabitine Al Jodod, or New Fighters Group — allegedly began operating in March 2008 in southern Morocco and sought to recruit militants from Koranic schools with the intention of infiltrating political parties.

Authorities announced their arrest on May 12 and they face charges including forming a criminal gang with the aim of carrying out “terrorist” acts. They are being held in jail.

“Police dismantled the cell as part of a regular operation in the battle against terrorism,” the court source said.

Jews have been living in Morocco since the time of Antiquity. Prior to WWII, the Jewish population of Morocco reached 225,000.

But life in Morocco was not without its problems. In 1943 a series of  pogroms occurred. And in June 1948,  forty-four Jews were murdered during riots in Oujda and Djerada.  Also in that year,  an unofficial economic boycott was instigated against Moroccan Jews.

In 1965, Moroccan writer Said Ghallab had this to say about the feelings of his fellow Muslims towards Jews:

The worst insult that a Moroccan could possibly offer was to treat someone as a Jew.

My childhood friends have remained anti-Jewish. They hide their virulent anti-Semitism by contending that the State of Israel was the creature of Western ‘imperialism’

A whole Hitlerite myth is being cultivated among the populace. The massacres of the Jews by Hitler are exalted ecstatically. It is even credited that Hitler is not dead, but alive and well, and his arrival is awaited to deliver the Arabs from Israel.

And this is hardly surprising. For the Quran is replete with anti semitism. Mohammed may have started off by wooing Jews in a bid to convert them to his new faith, but the second they declined, his ‘love’ turned to hate and Islamic anti semitism was born.

Author Andrew Bostom (The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism) presents  an enormous amount of documentary evidence testifying to the humiliations Jews experienced at the hands of Muslims.

Bostom also points out  that the extremist, Jihadist description of Jews as “apes and pigs,” in accord with the Qur’an, has historical precedent.

Indeed, Muhammad himself used it before ordering that every adult male of the Banu Qurayza, a Jewish tribe, be killed, calling the Jews “you brothers of monkeys.”

And Zaynu’d-Din Ali b Said, praised the anti-Jewish riots and massacres in Baghdad in 1291 (which spread widely in the region), saying, “These apish Jews are done away and destroyed.”

Bostom also references another slaughter:

Referring to the Jews as “brothers of apes,” who repeatedly blasphemed the prophet Muhammad, and whose overall conduct reflected their hatred of Muslims, the Moroccan cleric al-Maghili (d. 1505) fomented, and then personally led, a Muslim pogrom (in ~1490) against the Jews of the southern Moroccan oasis of Touat, plundering and killing Jews en masse, and destroying their synagogue in neighboring Tamantit. Al-Maghili’s virulent Islamic antisemitism was perhaps captured best in a line from a verse diatribe he composed: “Love of the Prophet requires hatred of the Jews.”

“Love of the Prophet requires hatred of the Jews.”


AUSTRIAN HOTEL HAS ‘NO JEWS ALLOWED’ POLICY

In the best Nazi tradition, a hotel in Tyrol, Austria, has admitted that it bans Jews from making reservations. The story has been picked up by the daily newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung, which ran details of this travesty on Sunday.

A Vienna family of seven had had tried to make a reservation at the Haus Sonnenhof apartment hotel in the village of Serfaus, but the owner replied by e-mail that although the room was free, she did not want to take in Jewish guests because of “bad experiences” in the past.

So let’s translate. This hotel had, possibly, ONE difficult guest who happened to be Jewish – and on the basis of this has now banned ALL JEWS.

The particular area in question,   around Serfaus, has become popular among Orthodox Jewish tourists in recent years, and several hotels in Tyrol have started offering kosher food.

Other hoteliers in the area are looking askance at this blatant racism:

At Hotel Alpenruh-Micheluzzi, owner Petra Micheluzzi told the German Press Agency DPA that the rejection by the Sonnenhof was “bad for the image” of Serfaus. One such incident could destroy all the hard work by others in the travel industry, she said. So, no condemnation of the anti semitism, just regret that it will adversely affect tourism…

Irmgard Monz, the owner of the Haus Sonnenhof apartment hotel, could not be reached for comment on Sunday. In an interview with Tiroler Tageszeitung, she offered no justification for her e-mail.

Er, perhaps because there is no ‘justification’ for such outrageous behaviour…?

For his part, the rejected father of five has decided to spend the summer elsewhere: “I don’t want to spend my vacation in such a racist place and I will inform all my friends about what is going on in Tyrol,” the unidentified man was quoted as saying.

Original source: Ha’aretz

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Muslim Scholar: ‘Jews Are The Cause Of All The Pigs In The World’

This would be laughable if not for the fact that millions of Muslims will believe it. A new edict just published in Egypt has announced that the source of all the world’s pigs is – get this – Jews.

Yep. Jews – the very people who don’t consume pork – are the cause of the world’s pig population.

Well, glad we cleared that up…

The new edict was issued by Sheikh Ali Osman, a religious scholar from the Egyptian Waqf ministry, who stated that Jews are ‘cursed by Allah’, hence the appearance of all the pigs.

Due to their ‘jewish roots’, pigs are fair game and can be slaughtered, according to Sheikh Osman. Oh, and he adds that this accounts for why Islam bans pork, as well.

Some scholar.  Judaism was, as most  folk know, the first faith to declare that pork must not be eaten. The same prohibition is present in Islam purely because old Mohammed nicked a fair few things from Judaism!

There have already been claims from some Muslims that Jews are the ’cause’ of Swine Flu. But then, are any of us surprised at this lunacy? After all, Let’s Blame The Jews has been a favoured Muslim game throughout history.

Jewish Student Gunned Down On US Campus

Next time someone tells you that reports of rising anti semitism aren’t anything to worry about, direct them to this story from America.

A young Jewish student has just been gunned down in broad daylight – and police have stated that the motive for the murder was hatred of Jews. Simple as that. Now a nationwide hunt is on and Jewish groups have been warned they are a target.

Johanna Justin-Jinich was busy working at a bookstore when she was shot repeatedly.  The killer has been named as Stephen Morgan,  aged 29.

“This was not a random act of violence,” Middletown, Conn., Police Chief Lynn Baldoni told reporters Thursday. “Evidence uncovered overnight suggests that Mr. Morgan may be focused on the Wesleyan campus as well as the Jewish community.”

Morgan apparently kept a diary, in which he detailed his plans for targetting Jewish students at Wesleyan. He had already sent threatening emails to Johanna Justin-Jinich.



Denmark Turns Dhimmi – And Bans Geert Wilders

Has Denmark caved and banned Dutch MP Geert Wilders? Wilders, you will recall,  caused an international furore when he made the film ‘Fitna’, which exposes the violence at the heart of Islam.


Britain shamefully banned Wilders – now reports are coming in that Denmark has done the same and cancelled a conference on free speech to which Wilders was invited by the Danish People’s Party.


The conference was scheduled for February, then delayed until June, the Copenhagen Post reports: “But now, according to information received by Berlingske Tidende newspaper, the conference has been delayed again because of government’s concern over Geert Wilders.”


The Danish Foreign Ministry fears Muslims will not attend a climate conference in Denmark if Wilders is permitted to warn about the dangers of Islam at the free-speech conference.


But let’s recall just what happened when Britain banned Wilders. Wilders had been invited to screen Fitna at the House Of Lords. Problems only arose after several Muslim pressure groups approached Lord Ahmed, a Muslim peer. Ahmed then threatened to ‘mobilise’ ten thousand Muslims ‘in protest’ if Wilders was allowed to set foot in the House of Commons.


Much to the disbelief and anger of millions of Brits, home secretary Jacqui Smith caved – and banned Wilders from entering the UK. Oh, and one more detail: a mere two weeks earlier, Wilders was in Britain. Clearly the only thing that changed in the intervening fourteen days was the temper tantrum thrown by Lord Ahmed.


Let’s also note that for the past few years, Wilders has been living under the shadow of the ‘fatwa’ issued; numerous Muslim death threats, in fact, have been hurled his way. He has to change addresses every few days and has a 24 hour guard.


Yet the British border agency said it was Wilders who threatened harmony and public security!


France has also shown itself to be a nation of Dhimmis. The French Association for the Defense of Human Rights announced that it wanted the authorities to prosecute Wilders for “hate speech.”


‘hate speech’???  All Wilders did was cite the Quran.


Happily, there are still some places on this planet that are willing to stand up to Islam. In April, Wilders received a free-speech award from the Florida Security Council at the group’s Free Speech Summit, where he explained precisely what Islam is and isn’t:


“The take-over of Europe is part of the global fight of Islam for world domination. Islam is not a religion. It is a political ideology. Islam’s heart lies in the Quran. The Quran is a book that calls for hatred, violence, murder, terrorism, war and submission. The Quran calls upon Muslims to kill non-Muslims. The Quran describes Jews as monkeys and pigs. Churchill compared the Quran to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. The core of the problem with the Quran is twofold. First, the commands in the Quran are not limited by place or time, they apply for all time, to all Muslims. Second, the Quran is Allah’s personal word. That leaves no room for interpretation.


Therefore, there is no such thing as a moderate Islam. Of course, there are many moderate Muslims, but there is no moderate Islam. As the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan once put it, “There is no moderate Islam, Islam is Islam.”


As if to affirm Wilders’ depiction of Islam, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)demanded that Florida’s state Rep. Adam Hasner, who co-hosted the event, resign his post as Republican leader in the Sunshine State’s House of Representatives.


Note: CAIR was an unindicted coconspirator in the federal government’s successful prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development for its funding the terror group Hamas.

New Threat From Iran…?

A very alarming item has just been posted over at    Jihad Watch. Here it is in full:

“A strange and ominous report from a German publication. Here is my rough translation of “‘Zerstörung in elf Tagen’: Iran bedroht Israel,” by Ulrich W. Sahm in n-tv.de, May 3 (thanks to The Total Collapse):

Iran has for the first time announced the destruction of Israel with a concrete goal. Israeli television showed an interview with the Iranian chief of staff General Attalah Salihi. He announced the “destruction of Israel within eleven days.”

The Arabia expert Oded Granot explained: “Never have we heard so clear and open an announcement from Iran.” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has again and again announced the destruction of Israel in a general manner and as a political goal, but never so concretely and with a date, as did Salihi. Granot has not discovered why the destruction of Israel should happen in eleven days….

Corrections to my translation welcome.”

As yet, this item hasn’t appeared anywhere else, but watch this space…

Here is an update posted by Jihad Watch, and courtesy of  MEMRI:

“Following are excerpts of statements by Iranian military commanders, from a TV report which aired on LBC TV on May 3, 2009.

Over voice: Nothing can prevent Iranian missiles from targeting the heart of Israel, if Iran is subjected to a military strike by Israel. This was the response of the Iranian military commanders to the Israeli statements about a possible military strike against Iran, because of its insistence on obtaining nuclear energy. Yet an [Israeli] attack seems improbable to the Iranians, because Tel Aviv does not have the ability to go through a war with Tehran.

Iranian Chief-of-Staff General Hassan Firouzabadi: We are fully prepared to confront any attack that would threaten the interests of Iran. We have sufficient means and the necessary force to defend our territory.

General Ataollah Salehi, general commander of the Iranian army: The truth is that Israel does not have the courage to attack us. If we are subjected to any attack by Israel, I do not think we will need more than 11 days to wipe Israel out of existence.

Over voice: Tehran denies that its military preparations are aimed at attacking any neighboring country. Iran justifies its military preparedness as a means to defend Iran and the region, which may alleviate the fears and concerns of countries in the region. […]

Over voice: But fears about Iran’s missiles remain, especially among Western countries, concerned that Iran might arm its missiles with nuclear warheads, since the superpowers doubt that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful. This is categorically denied by Tehran, which says that according to the shari’a and the law, it is forbidden to obtain a nuclear bomb.”

Which begs the question: if Sharia Law prohibits development of nuclear weapons, why is Iran doing just that…?

Obama: Can We Help Fund Hamas? Yes We Can!


A question for Americans: would you want a single dollar to get into the hands of Hamas? No?

Then brace yourselves.

Because if changes in American law are pushed through, financial aid will be sent to a unified Palestinian government – even if Hamas officials are part of that government.

Let’s recap. Despite attempts by the liberal media to rebrand Hamas as doe-eyed ‘resistance fighters’, Hamas is a terrorist organisation. Here’s a whopping big clue to the truth of that statement: Hamas was spawned by the radical Muslim Brotherhood. And so was Al Queda.

Check out the Hamas Charter.  It openly rejects any form of peace negotiations and blames Jews every war ever fought. Indeed, the Charter is one long rant about Jews. Oh, and Rotary Clubs. Both of which, according to Hamas, are responsible for all the world’s ills.

Oh, and we’re all familiar with the numerous videos of Hamas leaders and followers declaring their desire to ‘drink jewish blood’, right?

Hamas has always refused to recognise the right of Israel to exist. It won’t acknowledge any Jewish presence in the Middle East, period.

And no matter how hard Israel has tried to broker a peace, Hamas has remained resolute. Indeed, the group has been extremely busy for the past six years, bombarding southern Israel with missiles.

And let’s not overlook the countless suicide bombings – you know, the ones steadfastly ignored mentioned in the mainstream media.

Thus the notion of financial aid ending up in Hamas hands is pretty terrifying, frankly.

Bush would never have entertained it. But apparently Obama’s response to the question of whether America can, ethically, give funds to Hamas is ‘Yes We Can!’.

“The administration’s proposal is akin to agreeing to support a government that “only has a few Nazis in it,” Rep. Mark Steven Kirk told Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a House hearing last week.

The Democrats have discussed the changes to the law governing funding to Gaza this month, as part of an $83.4-billion emergency spending bill that also contains funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill also would provide $840 million for the Palestinian Authority and for rebuilding in Gaza, following Israel’s Operation Cast Lead earlier this year.

American officials stress that the new proposal doesn’t amount to recognizing or helping Hamas. Under law, any U.S. aid would require that the Palestinian government meet three criteria: recognizing Israel, renouncing violence and agreeing to follow past Israeli-Palestinian agreements. Hamas does not meet those criteria.


But if rival groups Fatah and Hamas achieve a power-sharing deal, Obama wants to provide aid as long as the Hamas-backed members of the government — if not Hamas itself — meet the three criteria.

Clinton defended the administration’s position last week before Congress. She said that the United States supports and funds the Lebanese government, even though it includes members of Hezbollah, another terrorist group.

She also proposed that the United States should try to gradually change the attitudes of Hamas members, as it did with militants in Northern Ireland.

Yeah, good luck with that, Hilary. Anyone who has paid attention to what Hamas itself states is painfully aware that trying to ‘adjust’ Hamas attitudes would be like Chamberlain beseeching the Nazis to ‘just give Jews a chance’.

And the IRA analogy, so beloved by politicians and pundits alike, is invalid. The IRA did not seek the slaughter of an entire religion. Hamas openly does.

Besides which, both Hilary and Obama fail to grasp the vital point: Islamic law states that Muslims possess by right any land that once formed part of the House of Islam. Once Muslim, always Muslim.

Hence the claim on Israel by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It’s about religion – not land.

The war between Hamas and Israel is not just a localised issue. Nor does it have anything to do with the ‘palestinian problem’.

Rather, it is merely part of a global conflict between the free world – and Islam. The Jihad against Israel is the exact same Jihad being waged against America and Europe.

What will it take for Obama, and indeed the world, to get this?

One shudders to imagine.

British Airline Deletes Israel From Map – To Please Muslims

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One can only despair upon hearing news like this.  It’s now come to light that British airline BMI  removed Israel from an electronic map that appears on its flights.

Why? Yep, you guessed it: to avoid angering Muslim passengers.

BMI’s London-Tel Aviv flights, Israel and most of its cities are not marked. Only Haifa was identified – by its Arab name, Khefa.

BMI has now apologised for this, and ‘explained’ that the map was acquired from an airline that flew to several Arab states.

BMI now says it will provide revised maps for its twice daily flights to Israel.

BMI also said it was making every effort not to hurt passengers’ feelings by adopting a nonpolitical position.

Oh, well, that’s all right then…

BMI operates flights from England to several Muslim destinations, including Syria, Lebanon and Iran, but has also recently launched an agreement with the Tourism Ministry to add Israel to its roster.

You may recall that this is the same airline that recently fired a female crew member – for refusing to wear traditional Islamic garb and walk behind male colleagues while briefly in Saudi Arabia.

If Muslims started complaining that it upset them to have Jewish passengers on the same flights, would BMI ban Jews – in order to remain ‘non political’ and avoid angering their beloved Muslim customers…?

Original news story: Ha’aaretz CLICK HERE

Ilan Halimi: Anti Semitism Was The Motive

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This is a follow up post to the previous one on the tragic death of Ilan Halimi at the hands of a Muslim mob. Apparently in France, the media and police tried desperately hard to hide details which revealed that anti semitism was the motive behind the murder – not, as police tried to claim, financial gain.


We have to place this horrendous murder in the context of sharply rising anti semitism within France over recent years. Indeed, hundreds of Jews have already left France precisely because of this problem.


Here are more details on the Ilan Halimi case and the motive underlying it:


Nidra Poller in The Wall Street Journal

PARIS — The police suspect the group was involved in other kidnapping attempts in the last two months that used young women as bait. Several of the targeted men worked, as Ilan did, in the small cell phone shops along Boulevard Voltaire in the mixed 11th arrondissement of Paris.


In another case, a suspicious father replaced his son for a meeting with a girl who claimed to be a singer, and fell into the hands of masked men who tried to capture him but ran away when someone called the police.


Throughout Ilan’s disappearance, the police handled his case as a straightforward kidnap for ransom. The discovery of his body, bearing signs of barbaric torture over an extended period of time, raised serious doubts about this hypothesis.


Later, a policeman admitted to the press that he and his colleagues were baffled by the gang’s erratic behavior. Ransom demands went up to €400,000, dropped to €100,000 one day, €5,000 another. The kidnappers called off several pickup arrangements, acting like amateurs, but were highly sophisticated in using untraceable emails and cell phones.


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Yet one detail was consistently played down by the investigators and missing from the early media reporting on the killing. The victim, whose full name is Ilan Halimi, was Jewish. Most of the men targeted in other kidnapping attempts were Jewish.


Most members of the gang who allegedly carried out the crime are Muslims, whose families come from the Maghreb or sub-Saharan Africa and live in the very sort of neighborhoods that went up in flames during three weeks of nationwide rioting last fall.


Jewish community leaders like Roger Cukierman, president of the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France, an umbrella group for the country’s 600,000 Jews, cautioned against hasty conclusions and unreasonable panic. But French Jews have become sensitive to a well-documented rise in violent Muslim anti-Semitism over the past five years and saw anti-Semitism as the missing link in this senseless crime.


After all, Ilan’s family is simple and modest. Ruth Halimi, works as a receptionist. Why else, people are asking, would Ilan be tortured so cruelly for so long? No other motive, aside from sheer hatred, is apparent.


After Ilan was found on Feb. 13, the pieces started to fall into place quickly. When the police put out a sketch of a blond woman who had tried to bait other young men in similar circumstances as Ilan Halimi’s, Audrey Lorleach turned herself in. She led police to a housing project in Bagneux, a suburb in Hauts-de-Seine.


Fifteen suspects in the Halimi murder, who call their gang the “Barbarians,” were brought into custody. Youssouf Fofana, who refers to himself (in English) as the “Brain of the Barbarians,” is the apparent ringleader.


Ilan was held prisoner and abused in an apartment and later a utility room in the cellar in one of the project buildings. Both were lent to the gang by the concierge, who is also now in custody. Some in the gang were known delinquents. Mr. Fofana, who is 26, had served time for armed robbery. But another member was in on-the-job training in the IT service of a French TV station.


In initial statements to the press, Public Prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin and various police officials stuck to their hypothesis that money was the motive for the crime, not anti-Semitism.


They noted that Ilan Halimi had been tortured as if the gang were following “a known scenario.” Photos of Ilan, naked, with a sack on his head and a gun pointed at his temple were emailed to family members suggesting, according to the police, “scenes of torture at Abu Ghraib. As it turns out, the beheading of Daniel Pearl or Iraqi snuff films are the better comparison.


An anonymous police detective quoted in Monday’s edition of Libération said: “It’s simply that, for those criminals, Jew equals money.”


Later that same day, investigating magistrate Corinne Goetzmann detained seven of the suspects on charges of kidnapping, sequestration, torture, acts of barbarism and premeditated murder in an organized gang.


They will also be charged with targeting the victim on the basis of his religion, French for hate crime, which carries a stiffer penalty. Justice Minister Pascal Clément explained that the charge of anti-Semitism was based on the fact that one of the suspects had declared to the judge that they picked a Jew because Jews are ‘supposed to be rich.’


But, according to reports in the French press, some of the suspects in police custody said that they tortured Ilan with particular cruelty simply because he was Jewish.


No longer able to deny or play down the racial motive, the investigation is entering a new phase. One of the most troubling aspects of this affair is the probable involvement of relatives and neighbors, beyond the immediate circle of the gang, who were told about the Jewish hostage and dropped in to participate in the torture.


Ilan’s uncle Rafi Halimi told reporters that the gang phoned the family on several occasions and made them listen to the recitation of verses from the Quran, while Ilan’s tortured screams could be heard in the background.


The family has publicly criticized the police for deliberately ignoring the explicit anti-Semitic motives, which were repeatedly expressed and should have dictated an entirely different approach to the case from the start. Police searches have now revealed the presence of Islamist literature in the home of at least one of the gang members.


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The highest echelons of the French government are now preoccupied with the murder of Ilan Halimi. Paris is well aware that the case threatens France’s international reputation, but far more than that is at stake. Once again, as in the suburban riots of 2005, the country is forced to come face to face with the criminalized, alienated and racist Muslim youth and their adult enablers in its midst.


Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin declared, in a long speech delivered at the annual dinner of the CRIF, that this heinous crime was anti-Semitic, and that anti-Semitism is not acceptable in France.


The murder of Ilan Halimi invites comparison with the November 2003 killing of a Jewish disc jockey, Sébastien Selam. His Muslim neighbor, Adel, slit his throat, nearly decapitating him, and gouged out his eyes with a carving fork in his building’s underground parking garage. Adel came upstairs with bloodied hands and told his mother, “I killed my Jew, I will go to paradise.”


In the two years before his murder, the Selam family was repeatedly harassed for being Jewish. The Selam case has not been re-opened by the magistrate. The murderer, who admits his guilt, was placed in a psychiatric hospital, and may be released soon.


The initial response to the kidnapping of Ilan Halimi suggested a comparably selective ignorance. But many things have changed in French society in the past two years. Then, faced with the new tide of anti-Semitism, the Jewish community was left alone with its distress and at times even accused of being justifiably targeted because of its support for Israel.


Today the government has apparently decided that the barbarous hatred unleashed against one Jewish man is a threat to all of France.


Ms. Poller is an American novelist living in Paris since 1972.

France: Muslim Mob Uses ‘Honeytrap’ To Lure Young Jewish Man To His Death

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Ilan Halimi: lured to a basement, then tortured for three weeks, before being murdered.

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Today, finally, a Muslim mob known as ‘the barbarians’ goes on trial for the torture and murder of Ilan Halimi.

Halimi, 23, disappeared in January 2006, during a date with a girl he had met through his work, in Paris. But the girl wasn’t actually interested in dating Ilan. Instead, she was the ‘honeytrap’ – and she lured him to the basement of a building in a Paris suburb.

Inside, Ilan was attacked, drugged with ether, handcuffed, and then his feet and mouth bound with tape. He was then moved to a vacant flat in Bagneux, another Parisian suburb. The gang’s ringleader, Youssouf Fofana, then demanded 450,000 euros from Ilan’s family.

He sent pictures of Ilan, blindfolded and bruised, and also a videotape of Ilan pleading for his life. On February 13th, Ilan was loaded into the trunk of a stolen car. Several hours later, a train driver glimpsed his naked body, handcuffed to a tree near the railway tracks, and called the police.

Ilan died on the way to hospital.

Youssouf Fofana, and 27 others are to answer various charges during the trial, which will be held before a Paris juvenile court, as  two defendants were minors at the time of the murder.

Prosecutors have described Mr Fofana, 28, as a “perverted megalomaniac”, obsessed with kidnapping Jews. He escaped to the Ivory Coast shortly after the murder but was arrested and extradited to France.

Also known as “Ossama” and “Mohammed”, Mr Fofana admitted to the murder – but later changed his story a number of times, frequently lapsing into unintelligible anti-Semitic rants. He has switched lawyers almost 40 times.

The French-born son of Ivorian immigrants is accused of stabbing Mr Halimi and dousing his body with  alcohol before setting him alight because the victim “looked at him in the eyes” before he was let go.

Tens of thousands took to the streets to march against anti-Semitism after the brutal crime.The murder came just months after France’s high-immigrant suburbs exploded into three weeks of nightly riots, and rapidly took on political overtones.

The victim’s mother has accused police of having botched the investigation by ruling out anti-Semitism as a factor in the crime. “If Ilan wasn’t Jewish, he wouldn’t have been killed,” she has pointed out. Ruth Halimi is expected to urge the court to open the hearings to the public today to provide a full accounting of her son’s death.

Prosecutors believe the gang had used women to lure nine other men in the kidnapping scheme but that these attempts failed. The “Barbarians” also tried to racketeer several doctors and company bosses.

Original story: Daily Telegraph

“You’re Too White And Jewish To Be A Labour Councillor”

Chief Dhimmis of the UK – aka the Labour party – have become embroiled in a racism row.

A prospective female councillor has allegedly been told she was ‘too white and Jewish’ to be selected.

Elaina Cohen says that Labour councillor Mahmood Hussain said he would not support her application for an inner-city ward because ‘my Muslim members don’t want you because you are Jewish’.

Mrs Cohen has made an official complaint about the alleged remarks made by Mr Hussain, a Muslim and former lord mayor of Birmingham.

She said: ‘I am shocked and upset that a member of the Labour Party in this day and age could even think something like that, let alone say it. ‘People should not be allowed to make racist comments like that. If someone in the party feels I cannot represent them because of my colour or religion, that’s ridiculous. I felt particularly aggrieved because I have worked across all sections of the community, particularly with the Muslim section, and have been on official visits to Pakistan.’

Mrs Cohen had applied to stand as a Labour councillor for the Birmingham ward of East Handsworth and Lozells, which has a high Asian and Afro-Caribbean population.

As one of Labour’s safest seats on Tory-led Birmingham city council, the final candidate would be almost certain of victory at the June 4 by-election.

But when Mrs Cohen telephoned 57-year-old Mr Hussain for his support, she was astonished to be told that she was too ‘white and Jewish’ to be considered.

Lorraine Briscoe, who runs a local community association, was sitting next to Mrs Cohen when the conversation took place on speakerphone last Tuesday. She stated: ‘I was disgusted that a councillor could make comments like that in 2009,’ she said. ‘He told her, “They will not vote for someone who is white and Jewish. My Muslim members don’t want you because you are Jewish”. ‘Elaina then asked him if he had talked to his Muslim members about it and he said, “I don’t want to talk about it with you” and hung up. ‘Elaina does a lot of good work in this community and she does not see race or religion, she just sees people.’

Two days after the alleged conversation, Mrs Cohen and another candidate were rejected by a pre-selection panel after failing to gain the support of the local party.

Instead, members were presented with one candidate, black South African Hendrina Quinnen, who was selected by an almost unanimous vote.

Mrs Cohen has now sent an official complaint to Labour Party general secretary Ray Collins and Birmingham city council accusing Mr Hussain of improper conduct.

Thus the Cohen V Hussain saga continues. Watch this space.

To read the original article in the Daily Mail, just

Racism On WordPress

Let’s face it: there’s a whole lot of racism out here in cyberspace. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, but open to awful abuse.

Some years ago, a group calling themselves the JIDF (Jewish Internet Defence Force) decided to try and do something about it. Ever since, they’ve been working  hard to combat some of the more extreme anti Jewish sentiments being expressed online.

On Facebook, for instance, there are numerous groups which openly advocate Jihad, which praise Hitler, and which try to whip up hatred against not just Jews but also members of other religions.

The JIDF has risen to the challenge – and now they’re asking if WE are willing to do our bit! Specifically, they are asking us to:

Write to: m@wordpress.org – and explain how all of the following blogs are part of Frank Weltner’s anti semitic network.

Complain about inciting  hatred against Jews. (WordPress should be receptive to removing these since they have banned Frank twice now):

http://googlejewwatch.wordpress.com/
http://wesearchjewwatch.wordpress.com/
http://carpenter7117.wordpress.com/
http://eugenicschancellor.wordpress.com/
http://flagthescum.wordpress.com/
http://nottaslave.wordpress.com/
http://orangeladyheart.wordpress.com/
http://searchtodestroy.wordpress.com/
http://theaskwhychild.wordpress.com/
http://tonicipriani21.wordpress.com/

I’m just about to send my email – please add your voice by doing the same 🙂

How the Palestinian Authority Looks After Holy Sites

Yet again, Joseph’s Tomb, in Nablus, has been vandalised. Covered in swastikas and other anti semitic emblems, to be specific. Visitors expressed their concern on Wedesday upon discovering the desecration:

“We saw a drawing of a Star of David with a boot stamping on it on one wall,” said David Ha’ivri, a spokesman for Samaria Regional Council chairman Gershon Masika, who was one of the visitors. “Putting your foot on something is the ultimate insult in the Arab world,” added Ha’ivri. “It is sad that is the way they treat a holy site. But nobody was particularly surprised.”


The Jerusalem Post reports:

Ha’ivri said that in the past year, since Masika was elected head of the regional council, there had been regular monthly visits to the tomb coinciding with the new Jewish month. “Every time, we bring white paint to cover up the graffiti,” said Ha’ivri.


The tomb  is surrounded by territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority. In October 2000  Palestinians attacked a small Border Police contingent stationed next to the gravesite. Yusuf Madhat, one of the policemen, was killed after the IDF relied on the PA to evacuate Madhat, in keeping with the Oslo Accords.


A yeshiva called Od Yosef Hai (Joseph is Still Alive) was ransacked, and holy books were burned. Hillel Lieberman, a yeshiva student who tried to reach the site on Rosh Hashana by foot, was also killed.


The yeshiva was then moved to the neighboring settlement of Yitzhar. Until recently visits to the tomb were made clandestinely by Breslav Hassidim, against IDF orders.


Now, the Yitzhar-based organization Shechem Ehad (shoulder to shoulder) organizes monthly visits to the tomb. On Wednesday night, over 500 visitors were transported into the area in bullet-proof vehicles and under heavy IDF protection.


Nathan J. Diament, director of public policy at the Orthodox Union, issued a statement decrying the vandalism and calling on “all people of good will to join us in condemning such acts of desecration of holy sites.” “We also call upon all people of good will, especially those in positions of responsibility in the American, Israeli and other governments who, in their sincere desire to pursue a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, consider plans which would have Israel relinquish sovereignty over other Jewish holy sites – most notably in Jerusalem – to view this as not the first, but another warning that this is what happens when such holy sites are not secured by Israel,” the statement said.