Can Europe Be Saved? (Or .. the US that is just behind?)

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Review of ‘The Strange Death of Europe’ By Douglas Murray

By SOHRAB AHMARI

COMMENTARY AUGUST, 2017
In 2001, the European Union set about framing a constitution for itself. The Brussels mandarins had seen the future, and it looked transnationalist and technocratic—which is to say, it looked like the EU.

The document was to usher in a new European century. But decisive “No” votes in France and the Netherlands in 2005 meant that it was never adopted. Today the EU constitutional treaty is memorable for occasioning one of Pope John Paul II’s final, and most prophetic, political interventions. It had to do with the constitution’s preamble.
Since Christianity had shaped the “humanism of which Europe feels legitimately proud,” the ailing pontiff argued, the constitution should make some reference to Europe’s Christian patrimony. His appeal was met with accusations of bigotry.

The pope had inflamed the post-9/11 atmosphere of “Islamophobia,” one “anti-racism” outfit said. Another group asked: What about the contributions made by the “tolerant Islam of al-Andalus”? Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing spoke for the political class: “Europeans live in a purely secular political system, where religion does not play an important role.”

Douglas Murray recounts this episode early on in his fiery, lucid, and essential polemic. It epitomized the folly of European elites who would sooner discard the Continent’s civilizational heritage than show partiality for their own culture over others’. To Murray, this tendency is quite literally suicidal—hence the “death” in his title.

The book deals mainly with Western Europe’s disastrous experiment in admitting huge numbers of Muslim immigrants without bothering to assimilate them. These immigrants now inhabit parallel communities on the outskirts of most major cities. They reject mainstream values and not infrequently go boom. Murray’s account ranges from the postwar guest-worker programs to the 2015 crisis that brought more than a million people from the Middle East and Africa.

This is dark-night-of-the-soul stuff. The author, a director at London’s Henry Jackson Society (where I was briefly a nonresident fellow), has for more than a decade been among Europe’s more pessimistic voices on immigration. My classically liberal instincts primed me to oppose him at every turn. Time and again, I found myself conceding that, indeed, he has a point. This is in large part because I have been living in and reporting on Europe for nearly four years. Events of the period have vindicated Murray’s bleak vision and confounded his critics.

Murray is right: Time isn’t mellowing out Europe’s Muslims. “The presumption of those who believed in integration is that in time everybody who arrives will become like Europeans,” Murray writes. Yet it is the young who are usually the most fanatical. Second- and third-generation immigrants make up the bulk of the estimated 5,000 Muslims who have gone off to fight with the Islamic State.

The first large wave of Muslim immigrants to Britain arrived soon after World War II. Seven decades later, an opinion survey conducted (in 2016) by the polling firm ICM found that half of Muslim Britons would proscribe homosexuality, a third would legalize polygamy, and a fifth would replace civil law with Shariah.

A different survey, also conducted in 2016, found that 83 percent of young French Muslims describe their faith as “important or very important” to them, compared with 22 percent of young Catholics. I could go on with such polling data; Murray does for many pages.

He is also correct that all the various “integration” models have failed. Whether it is consensus-based social democracy in the Nordic countries, multiculturalism in Britain, or republican secularism in France, the same patterns of disintegration and social in-cohesion persist nearly everywhere. Different European governments have treated this or that security measure, economic policy, or urban-planning scheme as the integration panacea, to no avail.

Murray argues that the successive failures owe to a basic lack of political will. To prove the point he cites, among other things, female genital mutilation in the UK. Laws against the practice have been on the books for three decades. Even so, an estimated 130,000 British women have had their genitals cut, and not a single case has been successfully prosecuted.

Pusillanimity and retreat have been the norm among governments and cultural elites on everything from FGM to free speech to counterterrorism. The result has been that the “people who are most criticized both from within Muslim communities in Europe and among the wider population are in fact the people who fell hardest for the integration promises of liberal Europe.”

It was Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the fierce Somali-born proponent of Enlightenment values and women’s equality, who had to escape Holland under a death threat, not her persecutors.

And Murray is right when he says that Europeans hadn’t staged a real debate on immigration until very recently. The author might be too quick to dismiss the salutary fiscal and social effects of economic growth and immigration’s role in promoting it. At various points he even suggests that Europeans forgo economic as well as population growth if it means having to put up with fewer migrants. He praises hermetically sealed Japan, but he elides the Japanese model’s serious economic, demographic, and even psychological disadvantages.

All this is secondary to Murray’s unanswerable argument that European elites had for years cordoned off immigration from normal political debate. As he writes, “whereas the benefits of mass immigration undoubtedly exist and everybody is made very aware of them, the disadvantages of importing huge numbers of people from another culture take a great deal of time to admit to.”

In some cases, most notably the child-sex grooming conspiracy in Rotherham, England, the institutions have tried to actively suppress the truth. Writes Murray: “Instead of carrying out their jobs without fear or favor, police, prosecutors, and journalists behaved as though their job was to mediate between the public and the facts.”

Is it possible to imagine an alternative history, one in which Europe would absorb this many migrants from Islamic lands but suffer fewer and less calamitous harms? Murray’s surprising answer is yes. Had Europe retained its existential confidence over the course of the previous two centuries, things might have turned out differently. As it was, however, mass migration saw a “strong religious culture”—Islam—“placed into a weak and relativistic culture.”

In the book’s best chapters, Murray departs from the policy debate to attend to the sources of Europe’s existential insecurity. Germans bear much of the blame, beginning with 19th-century Bible scholarship that applied the methods of history, philology, and literary criticism to sacred scripture. That pulled the rug of theological certainty from under Europe’s feet, in Murray’s account, and then Darwin’s discoveries heightened the disorientation. Europeans next tried to substitute totalistic ideology for religion, with catastrophic results.

Finally, after World War II, they settled on human rights as the central meaning of Europe. But since Europeans could no longer believe, these rights were cut off from one of their main wellsprings: the Judeo-Christian tradition.

The Catholic Church—having circumscribed the power of earthly kings across centuries and thereby “injected an anti-totalitarian vaccine into the European bloodstream,” as George Weigel has written in these pages–was scorned or ignored. Europeans forgot how they came to be free.

Somehow Europe must recover its vitality. But how? Murray is torn. On one hand, he sees how a rights-based civilization needs a theological frame, lest it succumb before a virile and energetic civilization like Islam. On the other, he thinks the leap of faith is impossible today. Murray can’t blame François, the professor-protagonist of Michel Houellebecq’s 2016 novel Submission.
Faced with an Islamic takeover of France, François heads to a monastery desperate to shake his spiritual torpor. But kneeling before the Virgin doesn’t do anything for him. Islam, with its simplicity and practicality (not least the offer of up to four nubile wives), is much harder to resist.

Murray wonders whether the answer lies in art. Maybe in beauty Europeans can recover the fulfillment and sense of mystery that their ancestors once found in liturgy–only without the cosmic truth claims.

He laments that contemporary European art has “given up that desire to connect us to something like the spirit of religion,” though it is possible that the current period of crisis will engender a revival.

In the meanwhile, Murray has suggested, even nonbelievers should go to church as a way to mark and show gratitude for Christianity’s foundational role in Europe. He is onto something. Figure out the identity bit in the book’s subtitle—“Immigration, Identity, Islam”—and the other two will prove much easier to sort out. (Huh?)

 

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How the Goyim (Gentiles) treated the Jews over the centuries

(A most abbreviated chronology)

Compiled by Jerome S. Kaufman from many of the weekly entries in the Jewish Press posted by columnist Jeff Reznik plus italicized additions and commentary by Jerome S. Kaufman

After Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) I like to publish a reminder of how the Gentile (Goyim) world has treated the Jews over the centuries. Unfortunately, this same treatment is now being repeated in many ways but, this time by militant Muslims invading Europe and easily finding a fertile ground from which to expand their hatred.

Israel is, in fact, used to mask militant Islam’s true intention to create a Sharia world.  The re-birth of Israel in 1948 is used as the excuse for venting militant Islam’s  awful hatred and their fear of world progress which could eventually dismantle their own archaic, self-destructive centuries-old misdirection.

And again, this ploy is gleefully enjoined by the same mindless, hate-filled, jealous non-Jews that participated in the Holocaust throughout Europe before, during and after WW II

To follow  is a very partial list of important dates in the history which barely scratches the surface. Also, please note that when it comes to recording the dates of events in ancient history, there are major  discrepancies between various biblical and temporal sources. But, no matter. The end results are the same.

By the way:

Israel’s official calendar is the Hebrew one based upon a lunar rather than solar year. According to this calculation, on September 21, 2017, Rosh Hashana eve, we entered the Hebrew year 5778, that is – the supposed year since the earth was created, by G-d, on Saturday night, October 6, 3761 BCE!

Winston Churchill Memorable Quote:  “Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.”

G-d in the Bible told the Israelis to occupy the land all the way from Euphrates River to the Great Sea (Mediterranean) — a land mass hundreds of miles greater than the amount of land the League of Nations and later the United Nations, in their ultimate wisdom? reluctantly designated for a Jewish Homeland after WWI and WWII.

As we are well aware, there is nothing new about anti-Semitism. Successive Gentile and now Muslim generations continue to use the Jew as a useful tool to blame for their own inadequacies — frequently when there is not a Jew  within thousands of miles to shoulder the blame!

Now to a small smattering of important dates:

3631 BCE Cain killed his brother Abel
2000 BCE – 1700BCE Period of the Hebrew Biblical Patriots
2121 BCE Jews entered biblical Canaan, their promised homeland, fulfilling G-d’s prophesy
2105 BCE Noah’s arc ends its journey landing on Mt. Arafat marking end of the flood
1812 BCE – Abraham, founder of the Jewish people, was born
1696 BCE – Abraham, with complete dedication to the command of G-d, took his son, Isaac,  to Mt. Moriah, bond him and prepared to sacrifice him following G-d’s instructions. Mt. Moriah was the future site of the Hebrew Holy Temple in Jerusalem

(This Hebrew Temple is the same one that the Arabs built over and called their own dating to their conquest of the land some 2300 years later. They, with the usual figments of their imagination, describe themselves as the original occupants! This gross lie continues and aggrandizes to this very day while the Israeli government watches with their thumbs in their mouths, not effectively challenging this obscene, gross historical lie.)
1652 BCE – Rivkah, wife of Isaac,  gave birth to twins Jacob and Esau with Jacob holding on to Esau’s heel on the way out.
1568 BCE – Reuven, Jacob’s first son was born to Leah
1556 BCE – Jacob left his father-in-law Laban’s home, the father of Rachel and Leah. Labron had taken advantage of Jacob for 14 plus years after Laban’s staged marriage of Jacob to Leah
1555 BCE Birth of Benjamin, Jacob’s last son to his wife Rachel
1532 BCE Joseph, the second last son of Jacob, was released from Egyptian prison beginning the history of the Hebrew’s eventual exodus from Egypt to establish Israel’s homeland in Canaan
1392 BCE – Birth of Moses who  lived for 120 years
1312 BCE Egyptians smitten with plague of darkness. One of the 10 plagues assessed upon them by Hashem forcing them to let his people go, as  commemorated at the Passover service.
1312 BCE – Moses ascended Mt. Sinai to receive the Torah
1311 BCE – Moses sent spies to report on the lay of the land in Canaan
1280 BCE Jews left Egypt – (Big debate over some of these BCE dates, which obviously don’t always correlate.)
1274 BCE Death of Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron, age 126
1273 BCE Jews crossed Jordan to Jericho to receive G-d’s gift of Canaan to later become Israel, homeland of the Jews.
1274 BCE Moses Sister Miriam dies at age 126 childless – some conjecture due to thoughtless criticism of her brother called lashon Hora
1243 BCE – death of Joshua, Moses successor
1005-965 BCE King David rules for 40 years in Judea (Israel)
928 BCE – 586 BCE Duration of First Temple. First Jewish (Hebrew) Commonwealth
722 BCE Assyrian conquest of the 10 Israeli Tribes of North and their disappearance — the 10 lost tribes.  Judah remained as the Southern kingdom and from which all subsequent Jews are descended
586 BCE First Temple destroyed by Babylonians, The siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in 588 BCE, End of First Commonwealth

523 BCE – King Achashveirosh endorses Haman’s plan to destroy all the Jews of Persia. Queen Esther thwarts the plan and has Haman executed in the same manner he planned to eliminate the Jews. Celebrated in holiday of Purim

520 BCE Second Temple completed. Begun 537 BCE when King Darius of Persia allowed the Jews to return to Israel  Beginning of Second Commonwealth , terminated with Roman Conquest of Hebrews 70 AD, Third Hebrew Commonwealth to begin with re-construction of Third Temple. in State of Israel But Israeli government too confused and obtuse to understand Hashem direction.
515 BCE Esther meets King Achashveirosh and saves the Jews from extinction by Haman (Celebrated in the Jewish holiday of Purim)
165 BCE – Victory of Maccabees over Romans, Commemorated by Holiday of Chanukah
4 BCE death of King Herod in Judea  (King 37 BCE – 4 BCE).He was the Roman King in power at the beginning of Christian Era,  at the time of Jesus’s Christ reputed Crucifixion.
Following the creation of Christianity, the organized, dedicated persecution began in earnest with purpose and aforethought.
70 CE – Romans destroyed the Second Temple and forced Jewish Diaspora from their biblical homeland. The return of the Jews finally began officially with Israel’s War of Independence from Britain, May 14, 1948. But, in fact, the Jews have remained in Israel throughout  the centuries, always constituting the majority in Jerusalem.
100CE – 220CE Period of recording of the Mishnah (Oral Law) Early Talmud Period
354-430 CE  St. Augustine Confessions, 12.14: How hateful to me are the enemies of your Scripture! How I wish that you would slay them (the Jews) with your two-edged sword, so that there should be none to oppose your word! Gladly would I have them die to themselves and live to you!”
(Hmm… No wonder Christians grew up to hate Jews for centuries and participated with such enthusiasm in the Holocaust!) jsk

3rd Century to 500 CE – Later Talmudic Period
300CE-500 CE Gemara – Commentary on Oral Law (Later Talmudic Period
– Late 4th Century – Christianity became state religion of Roman Empire
418 Jews were prohibited from holding office in the Roman Empire
5th CE Persia – Religious persecution prevented Jews from saying their daily prayers
640 CE – 1028 CE
7th Century Mohammed defeated Jews for first time in battle of Khyber
732 AD The Muslim Army that was moving on Paris was defeated and turned back at Tours , France, by Charles Martell.
1045 Rashi, the foremost Torah scholar of medieval France, was born in a northern town Troyes. 1095 Nov 26, First Crusade began. (1096-99), which occurred toward the end of Rashi’s life.
Despite the French community’s initial fears, it was Jewish small villages in Germany that bore the brunt of the Crusaders’ wrath, with entire communities being slaughtered.

1096 Jews in Germany killed by First Crusaders as they plundered through Europe on way to Holy Land
1096 Crusaders kill 297 of the 300 Jews in German town of Eller in 2 day massacre
1099 First Crusade attacked Jerusalem
11th to 15th Century Early Rabbinic Period (Rishonim)
16th Century to Now – Rabbinic Authoritarian Period
1105 Death of Rashi, author of commentaries on the Bible and Talmud
1321 – Jews of Chinon, France accused of poisoning well to cause epidemic in Christian community.160 Jews burned at stake.
1135-1204 Time of Maimonides (The Rambam) Creator of Mishnah Torah – His code of Jewish Law,
1147 Second Crusade

1163  China – Kaifeng’s Jews built a large and beautiful synagogue, which was subsequently renovated and rebuilt on numerous occasions throughout the centuries. At its peak, during the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644), the Kaifeng Jewish community may have numbered as many as 5,000 people. By the 17th century, a number of Chinese Jews had attained high ranks in the Chinese civil service, but along with success, came the blight of assimilation, which took an increasingly heavy toll on the community and its cohesion.
As a result, by the mid-1800s, the Chinese Jews’ knowledge and practice of Judaism had largely faded away. The last rabbi of the community is believed to have died in the early part of the 19th century, and the synagogue was all but destroyed by a series of floods which struck the city in the 1840s and thereafter.

1189 London. Prominent Jews barred and attacked attempting to attend coronation of Richard Lion Hearted,  30 killed, began in Norwich Eng.  Some escaped to bishop’s castle.
1190 Crusaders arrived in Stanford, England on the way to the Holy Land where they brutalized Jews, stole all their money and murdered hundreds of the “Murderers of our Lord” officially called “Christ Killers” – en passant.
1209 Pope Innocent III launched a crusade against the town of Beziers, France. 200 Jews were killed
1221 – Jews of Erfurt Germany falsely accused of ritual murder, Jews given choice of conversion or death, tortured, killed, synagogue burned down. Jews tortured and killed.
1244 Pope Innocent IV – ordered 24 cartloads of the Talmud burned
1349 Black Death persecutions spread into oldest Jewish community in Worms,Entire Jewish community was sentenced to death blaming them for the Black Plague. The Jews were burned to death in their own homes.
1253 Pope Innocent IV allowed expulsion of Jews from France
1260 Jews expelled from England in 1260 and would not be allowed to return until 1656
1267 Jews of Silesia forced to wear skull cap in public appearances
1269 King Louis XI ordered all Jews in France to wear a yellow badge
1270 Oct 18 – Bloody Christian Crusades ended with treaty signed by King Louis and the Berbers.
1278 Jews were ordered to attend theological sermons, delivered by Christians, by decree of Pope Nicholas III
1283 Jews of France forbidden to repair their synagogues by decree of King Phillip the Bold
1290 Jews expelled by Edward I from England
1322 Jews expelled from France again
1348 Black Plague arrived in France. The Jews were made the scapegoat, accused of poisoning wells, and several communities were massacred.
1348 Jews of Zurich, Switzerland accused of ritual murder (that is the popular gross lie that Jews murder Christian children to make matzohs for Passover and people still  believe it!)  driven out and killed
1349, Jan. 17 Jews of Basil, Switzerland burned alive when refused to convert to Christianity
1349 Black death torture and killing of Jews in Germany
1349 Feb 14 – Jews of Strasbourg Alsace were falsely accused of poisoning wells. 2000 men, women and children were placed in a huge pyre and burned to death.
1369 Jews forced to wear badge indicating the awful designation, Jew, by decree of King Frederick III of Sicily
(Later Home of Marlan Brando Corleone)
1391 5000 Jews killed in Seville, Spain
1394 Jews expelled from France again by King Charles VI
1396  Jews in Austria have their civil rights suspended
1415 CE  Pope Benedict XIII – Papal bull condemning the Torah
1420 Dec. 23 Pope Martin V ordered an end to converting Jewish children under 12 to Christianity without permission of their parents.
1427  Jews expelled from Berne, Switzerland
1451 Pope Nicholas V banned all social contact between Christians and Jews.
1488-1575 Schuchan Aruch – Code of Jewish Law created by Rabbi Jos. Karo
1492 Jews expelled from Spain and Sicily (100,000)
1492 Aug. Christopher Columbus, many believe was Jewish,  sailed with many Jews  aboard, escaping the Spanish Inquisition. The navigators of the 3 boats were Jews — a profession to which Jews gravitated at the time.
1496 Jews expelled from Burgsdorf, Switzerland
1498 Death of Tomas de Torquemada, Leader of Spanish Inquisition
1516 Ghetto established for Jews in Venice, Italy

1516 – 2006 The Original Jews Of The Ghetto Title: Venice, The Jews And Europe: 1516-2016 Author: Donatella Calabi Publisher: Marsilio (distributed in the U.S. by Rizzoli)
Venice, The Jews And Europe: 1516-2006 is a fascinating summation of the five century history of the world’s first Jewish Ghetto, including its development, architecture, and life of its inhabitants.

1517 October 31 Martin Luther Protestant Reformation Day – Church of All Saints in Wittenberg. A failure by Luther (and later John Calvin 1536) to reform Christianity’s warped view of their spiritual brethren — the Jews. Luther initially had a benevolent attitude toward Jews, denouncing the church’s demonization of them. Later in life, however, Luther turned against the Jews with passion when they refused to bow to his new religion. His curses reigned upon them in direct sermons for centuries and I am sure laid the groundwork for the German Nazi genocide of the Jews — with the enthusiastic help of the nations of Europe , 400+ years later. (jsk).
1526 Maria of Hapsburg expelled the Jews from Bratislava, Hungary
1536 John Calvin – founder of Calvinism, published Protestant Systematic Theology in Latin. His comments on Jews: “Their rotten and unbending stiffneckedness (for not accepting Christ, evidently) deserves that they be oppressed unendingly and die in their misery without the pity of anyone. (How generous and F— you, Mr. Calvin) jsk

1539 Jews expelled from Hungary
1546 Martin Luther, founder of Protestantism and dedicated anti-Semite dies
1553 – August – Pope Julius III ordered burning of the Hebrew Talmud
1567 Jews expelled from Genoa, Italy
1567 Jews, decreed by Regent Don Henrique, not allowed to settle in Brazil
1567 Jews to no longer aloud to settle in Brazil. Proclaimed by Don Henrique, Regent
1569 The Inquisition was established in South America
1569 Jews expelled from Papal State by Pope Pius V
1571 AD the Muslim Army/Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack Southern Europe in the Battle of Lapanto.
1598 Jews were expelled from Genoa Italy
1648 Jews escaping from Russian Commander Chmielnicki massacres fled to a fortified castle in Polonnoye Ukraine where 10,000 were massacred.
1655 Peter Stuyvesant thwarted in his attempt to expel Jews from New Amsterdam by the Dutch West India Company
1656, March 13 Permission denied to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam (later NYC) by Governor Peter Stuyvesant.
1656 Jewish burial in a Jewish cemetery became legal in New Amsterdam. How good of the Goyim!
1656 Jewish community of Amsterdam excommunicated Baruch Spinoza
1670 Jews of Vienna, Austria – Emperor Leopold I expelled 4000 Jews unless convert, Great Synagogue burned down and replaced by church St. Margaret
1675 Death of Bogdan Chmielnicki, who was responsible for his Cossacks murder of 300,000 Jews
1683 AD the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian Armies
1683 Sep 24 King Louis XIV—-expelled the Jews from all French owned land in America.
(Our “friends’ the French who also formed a separate Vichy France gov’t cooperating with Hitler in the killing of Jews during WW II!
(Did you bastards ever figure out why you hate Jews so much? Here is a French King expelling Jews from his ill-begotten land that he stole from the Indians in the New World. The only explanation to me is just plain jealousy of what we Jews routinely accomplish as a result of being smart, hard working, diligent, honest, moral, law abiding family oriented etc. Your problem, not ours)  Jerome S. Kaufman
1716 Jews expelled from Brussels
1727 Jews expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I
1731 Vatican librarian Costanzi led search parties to all Jewish quarters throughout Papal States to confiscate Jewish holy books. This would continue for decades.
1737 NY Assembly disallowed Jews to vote.
1742 Jews expelled from Great Russia by Empress Elizabeth
1745 Jews expelled from Prague
1760 Death of Baal Shem Tov
1763 Cornerstone of Touro Synagogue laid in Newport, RI
1765 Chair created at Harvard College for study of Hebrew
1774 Jews expelled from Prague by Empress Maria Theresa

1785 Jan 6, Death of George Washington’s Superintendent of Finance, A Jew, Haim Solomon,  during American Revolutionary War.
1789 The US Constitution went into effect as the First American Congress met in NYC Also George Washington (who I thought was wealthy) asked Richard Conway of Virginia to loan him 500 pounds so that he could go to NY and attend his own inauguration!
1791 Pale of Settlement – Dedicated land in Russia/Poland forced upon Jews as a large ghetto, by Empress Catherine. Jews were allowed no where else in Russia
1791 France’s decree of Emancipation but not specifically include Jews – At best – by connotation
1798 Rabbi Schneur Zalman was released from St Petersburg prison, Founder of Lubavitch dynasty and author of Tanya
1808 Napoleon required all Jews in France to use surnames
1811 Napoleon emancipated the Jew’s from the ghetto.
1812 Dec. 27, Death of Rabbi Schneur Zalman founder of the Lubavitch dynasty and author of Tanya
1814 The French Congress officially in 1814 made Jew’s full citizen but attempted via Napoleon to eliminate their Jewish identity and religion to become French citizens.
1815 Battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon was defeated by a coalition of British and European armies headed by the Duke of Wellington, brought an end to Napoleon’s empire
1816 Jews expelled from Lubeck, Germany
1819 Spain ceded Florida to US
1835 Jews of Hebron, Palestine attacked by Ibrahim Pasha and his army
1837 Jan 1 earthquake struck northern Palestine killing nearly 3000 Jews in Safed and Tiberias. Of course Arab propaganda always speaks of the Jews as if they just arrived in Palestine after WW II 1945 and the Arabs owned the land – which, of course, they never did.
1838 Arabs attack the Jews of Safed, Israel (By the way, Jews killed by Arabs in Israel 110 years before State of Israel founded)
1838-1933 Time of Rabbi Chafetz Chayim
1848 —Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto, in London
1855 June 5 First Jewish Hospital in America, Jews Hospital of New York – Known today as Mt. Sinai Hospital all over the United States
1861 Pres. Abe Lincoln moved to change the law so that Jews could serve as chaplains in the army.
1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia
1866 Congress passed he Civil Rights Act of 1866 over the veto of Pres. Andrew Johnson. It gave Blacks citizenship and was the basis for the 14th Amendment.
1868 Dec. Romanian Jews forbidden from being Drs., 1864 – Lawyers forbidden.
1868 The KKK lynched an innocent, Jew named S.A. Bierfield in Franklin. TN on some trumped up charge
1873 Yar ziet of first Jewish Mayor of London, Sir David Salomons
1881 Pogroms in Konotop and Waslikov Russia against Jews, continued for 3 years
1894 October 15, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jew from the Alsatian region of France, was accused of spying for the Germans.
1898, Jan 13 Emile Zola published, J’accuse which slammed French officials for the anti-Semitic tones and false accusations of the Dreyfus trail
1897 Theodore Hertzl published Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) forecasting his future ambition for the Jewish people to escape persecution.
1899 Romanian Jews blacklisted from Universities
1901 Arabs attacked Jews of Gedera, Palestine
1902 Formation of Union of Orthodox Rabbis in US and Canada
1902 July 30  Anti-Semitic riots at funeral of Rabbi Jacob Joseph
1903 Russia outlawed Zionism and funding Zionism (First Zionist Congress with Theodore Herzl 1899, Herzl died July 3, 1904
1909 US ended direct control over Cuba
1909 Dagania Alegh (Jewish community) founded in Palestine
1909 Long before becoming Hitler’s  “Willing Executioners” of Jews  – Polish Legionnaires looted and burned Jewish section of Vilna during 4 day pogrom. Hundreds of Jews murdered and arrested and tortured.
1909 City of Tel Aviv founded in Palestine, became Israel 1948
1916 Louis Brandeis appointed by Pres. Woodrow Wilson1917, to Supreme Ct. Became its first Jewish member
1917 November 17 The Balfour Declaration (dated 2 November 1917) was a letter from the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Baron Rothschild declaring the right of the Jews to repossess their homeland in Palestine showing a boundary map extending all the way from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates River to the east as was described in the Hebrew Bible.
1917 Dec. 9, British took Jerusalem from defeated Ottoman Empire WWI
1920 March 1. Legendary Jewish warrior and co-founder with Zev Jabotinsky of the first modern Jewish army brigade, killed while defending Tel Chai from Arab attack in Palestine which was under British rule.
1921 May 7, Arabs attacked the first Jewish settlement of Petach Tikva, killed 3 and drove them out. But, the Jews returned another day and the city now numbers in 2010 210,341, Baruch Hashem
1921 Arab riots in then Palestine killed dozens of Jews in Jaffa and Petach Tikva 27 years before there was a State of Israel. Fortunately there is a State now not dependent upon the British or the UN or the US.
1924 Nov 23, City of Herzliya, Israel founded in honor of Theodore Herzl
1929 Arabs attacked Jews throughout Palestine. Many Jews beaten and killed. The attack in Hebron was particularly brutal. Arabs using swords attacked men, women, children an students. 67 Jews including 23 Yeshiva students were killed.
1929 June 13 – corresponds to Hebrew calendar year 5689, Sivan 5
1930, Sep. In NYC schools, Hebrew was introduced into the curriculum as a foreign language.
1933 Jan 30 Hitler became Chancellor of Germany
1935 Sep 15, Nurenberg trials in Germany stripped Jews of their civil rights
1935 Sep 15, Hitler published Nuremberg Laws against Jews stripping them of all their civil rights
1935 Death of Colonel Alfred Dreyfus of French Army, falsely accused of treason and framed at trial. Finally exonerated through efforts of author, Emile Zola.
1936 Dec 26 – Palestinian Philharmonic (all Jews) played for first time under the baton of Arturo Toscanini (In what is now Israel).
Note: (Palestinian was the designation for Jews in the Holy Land, until Yasir Arafat was clever enough to abscond with the term and the Arabs of Palestine suddenly became the “Palestinians” instead of just plain Arabs and suddenly the Palestinian Jews became the invading Jews on “occupied “Arab Land” and the world bought into this gargantuan lie and the Jews did not even bother to vigorously dispute this obvious propaganda distortion that has proven so successful) jsk
1938 Evian Conference July 6 to 15 at Évian-les-Bains, France . Representatives from 32 countries and 39 private organizations and some 24 voluntary organizations, convened by Franklin Roosevelt, met formally to decide if the West would accept the displaced Jews of Europe,  They voted not to!  Golda Meir, the attendee from Palestine was not permitted to speak or to participate except as an observer. Some 200 international journalists gathered at Évian to observe and report the conclave.
This event should remain for the Jews a significant conference and all that Jews should need to know to formulate their own personal lives and that of the State of Israel. Thank you to C.B. Whyte for this entry. jsk
1938 Nov 9-10 Kristallnacht in Germany – Synagogues, shops, cemeteries, anything Jewish attacked in Germany and Austria. Jews beaten and murdered
1938 Nov.17 Italian version of Nuremberg laws published
1939 Poland – Hundreds of Jews slaughtered by Poles during Nazi organized pogrom. Jews, at the time, were well established and constituted 10% of the Polish population, apx 3 million of 30 Million
1940 Battle to defeat Britain  by the Germans
1940 Feb 200,000 Jews of Lodz, Poland moved into Baluty Ghetto prior to execution
1940 Lubavitcher Rebbe taken out of the Warsaw Ghetto brought to the US.
1940 Aug. 4 – Death of Vladimer (Z’ev) Jabotinsky – Ardent Zionist leader, orator, writer, linguist, poet, journalist, Founder of Revisionist Zionism, who spent years begging the Jews to leave Europe before it was too late and was despised for his efforts and called an alarmist. 6 million exterminated Jews resulted from ignoring his warnings. jsk
1941 June Vichy France warplanes bomb Tel Aviv, 20 Jews killed
1941 July – 200 Torahs gathered from synagogues in Poland and burned in special ceremony in Kovel, Poland Later that day,
Heinrich Himmler arranged for the creation of the Maidanek murder camp in Lublin Poland
1941 Nazis and Willing Executor Latvians killed 2300 Jews in Riga
1941 Sep 29 Babi Yar Ravine – It took Germans just 2 days to machine gun to death 33,771 Jews in this ravine near Kiev
1941 Dec 8, Birkeneku – 1500 older Jews from Riga ghetto slaughtered by SS in forest.
1941 June 22, Hitler turns against Soviet Union

1941 June – Germans occupy Lithuania and begin the round up and slaughter of Jews with plenty of willing Lithuanian fellow executioners.
1941 July 7, Ukrainians joined the German’s party and murdered 1200 Jews near town of Otynia, Poland. So, do I really care if Russians kill Ukrainians or vice versa?  And, you can throw in the Pollacks, the Latvians, the Estonians, the Lithuanians, etc and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Makes me no never mind. jsk
1941 Sep 29 – Babi Yar ravine, near Kiev. Russia – over 2 day period, Nazis shot to death 33,771 Jews – the single largest mass murder of the Holocaust
1941 Oct 23 5000 Jews of Odessa, Russia were arrested and murdered in public parks. Later that day 19000 taken to the harbor and shot or burned alive.
Nov 4, 1941, 483 locals killed by Nazis ending the Jewish presence in village.
1941 Dec 10, Hitler declares war on US after Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941
1941, Dec. Weeks of rampage ended with the death of 32,000 Jews in Vilna, Poland
1942 The great Liberal hero, Franklin D. Roosevelt, relocated American Japanese citizens over to military
authority and forcefully placed them in detention camps for the duration.
1942. Sept Jews of Lida Poland Ghetto, 10,000 killed
1942, Feb. Himmler selects 80 Jews from Auschwitz for his skeletal collection museum at Univ. of Strasbourg. Murdered by lethal injection and then corpses burned to prevent damage to their bones to become part of Nazi planned Jewish museum of an extinct people they had deliberately exterminated. (Too bad we don’t have a museum of Nazi German bones to display – jsk)
1942 July – The German Nazi SS murdered 10,000 Jews in the ghetto of Minsk, Byelorussia.
1942 Aug 21 SS Nazis murdered 2750 Jews of Lancut, Poland in Falkinia forest
1942 – 600,000 Jews murdered in Hungary by the Hungarians as 1943 After the beginning of WWII in 1941, the Allied fleet had regained the Mediterranean as its own lake.
1941, June 11 French warplanes bombed the Jewish city of Tel Aviv!!
1942, October Norway – all Jewish men arrested and shipped to Auschwitz Concentration camp
1943 – early. Germans surrendered to Russians at Stalingrad and I have an idea the Russians treated them a little different than the Americans. I hope so. jsk
1943 Oct 14 Jewish uprising in Sobibor death camp under leadership of Alexander Pechersky. 200 Jews, 11 SS Nazis killed while 400 Jews escaped. (For the moment. Only 60 totally got away according to documentary on PBS April2017)
1944 600,000 Jews killed in Hungary by Hitler’s Germans and Hungarian Willing Executioners. The Hungarian Gov’t March 2014, 70 years later, still denies complicity
1944 – March 7, 99,941 Jews gassed in Auschwitz during that day
1944 October – Anne Frank transferred from Auschwitz to Bergen Belsen where she died.
WWII – Total casualties for World War II totaled between 50 – 70 million people, 80 percent of which came from only four countries – Russia, China, Germany and Poland . Over 50 percent of the casualties were civilians, with the majority of those being women and children.

1945 An Arab League was formed for the first time with adaption of a Charter in Cairo. The main purpose was to oppose the re-birth of the Jewish State, Israel. They failed!
1945 April 12, Buchenwald murder camp liberated by US Army. From 1938-1945 238,000 Jews were held there. 56,000 murdered.
1945 Feb 12 Death of Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold
1945 May 2 – Goebbels and wife Magda poisoned their 6 children and then committed suicide.
1945 May 4, Germany surrenders unconditionally.
1945 May Dachau Concentration Camp liberated.
1945 -Traitor French Marshall Phiilippe Petain, Head of the French Nazi Supporter Vichy government during WW II arrested, tried for treason
1946 42 Jews of 200 killed by Pollocks when they returned to Kielce to claim their homes then occupied by Poles.
1946 June, British arrested 100 Jewish Agency leaders in Palestine – hundreds of others rounded up, called Black Shabbos.
1946 League of Nations assembled in Geneva for last time. Replaced by United Nations in Washington DC following WWII with the US footing about 25% of annual bill!

1947 Nov 29 – UN agreed to partition Palestine between Jews and Arabs with the Jews getting the short end, as usual, and given a sliver piece of territory that the UN thought would never survive the onslaught by surrounding Arabs they had armed to the teeth.  But this time the Jews depended upon themselves and they, thanks to G-d, prevailed over 5 Arabs armies surrounding them.

UN Resolution 181 – The Partition Plan
November 29, 1947

In 1947 the British put the future of western Palestine into the hands of the United Nations, the successor organization to the League of Nations which had established the “Mandate for Palestine.” A UN Commission recommended partitioning what was left of the original Mandate – western Palestine – into two new states, one Jewish and one Arab. Jerusalem and its surrounding villages were to be temporarily classified as an international zone belonging to neither polity.
What resulted was Resolution 181 [known also as the 1947 Partition Plan], a non-binding recommendation to partition Palestine, whose implementation hinged on acceptance by both parties – Arabs and Jews. The resolution was adopted on November 29, 1947 in the General Assembly by a vote of 33-12, with 10 abstentions. Among the supporters were the United States and the Soviet Union, as well as other nations including France and Australia. The Arab nations, including Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia denounced the plan on the General Assembly floor and voted as a bloc against Resolution 181 promising to defy its implementation by force.

The resolution recognized the need for immediate Jewish statehood [and a parallel Arab state], but the blueprint for peace became a moot issue when the Arabs refused to accept it. Subsequently, realities on the ground in the wake of Arab aggression [and Israel’s survival] became the basis for UN efforts to bring peace

1947 Dec. Jordanians laid siege to Jerusalem, 40 Jews killed at Haifa oil facility

1948 May 14 – Declaration of Israel Independence, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, The Jews re-establish their biblical home returning from the Diaspora Exile imposed by the Romans following their defeat of the Hebrews 70 AD and finally 135 BE with the defeat of the Maccabees
1948 May 15  Five Arab nations (Egypt,Jordan,Syria,Iraq,Lebanon) attacked immediately attempting to annihilate reborn Jewish State.
1948 800,000 Jews driven out penniless, their properties confiscated by the gov’t of Arab nations in which they had lived for thousands of years. At most apx. 400,000 Arabs left Israel and swelled to millions under UNESCO, a unique UN relief program just for Palestinian Arabs unlike no other refugees and displaced persons following WWII. jsk
1948 Dec. 16 Operation Magic Carpet – Thousands of destitute Yemenite Jews rescued via multiple air transport flights to their reborn sanctuary for the Jewish people — Israel

1949 Jan 29 France recognized the re-born State of Israel France was very helpful to the desperate nation in its original battle for survival against the attack of 5 Arab armies May 1948 and they lost FOREVER.
1949 March 10. IDF liberated Eilat
1949 Cheshvan – Jewish Population in Israel reached 1 million people.
1949 March David Ben-Gurion formed Israel’s first government.
By 2013, the population of Israel reached over 6 million proud Jews,   Baruch Hashem.
1950 The passing of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, the Sixth Lubavitcher Rabbi,
1951 Jan 17, The succession of Rabbi Menachim Mendel Schneerson as Seventh Lubavitcher Rabbi, above’s son-in-law, delivered his first Maamar confirming his succession. Lyubavichi is a village in District of Smolensk, Russia. existed since at least 1654, had 2500 residents in 1857, large market place, declined with onset of Communism,
1951, May 3 The Israeli Knesset designated this day as Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom HaShoah, under PM David Ben Gurion
1952 Dec. 26 Israel’s first ambassador to Japan presented his credentials to the Emperor (Can you imagine if Abraham, Isaac, Jacob witnessed that one!!) jsk
1953 February Soviet Union recalled its ambassador and cut off relations with Israel which had just been reborn May 14, 1948
1953 March 5 Joseph Stalin Russian Dictator and killer of millions of innocent people dies.And may his soul rest in Gehenim.
1958 Oct 14 – Cornerstone for Israel Legislature, the Knesset laid in Jerusalem
1960 Adolph Eichmann captured in Argentina , Buenos Aires, where had lived for years, hanged in Israel May 31, 1962, sentenced to death Dec. 15, 1961 for crimes against the Jewish people and humanity
1961 July 31. The one millionth immigrant arrived in Israel. Israel reborn in 1948. Up until that time, Britain severely limited the number of Jews they would allow into their biblical homeland. In the meantime, not one so-called Palestinian refugee was absorbed by the 21 huge, sparsely populated Arab states that surrounded Israel. They preferred to keep them as political ploys paid for in camps financed by the UN and mostly the US!  jsk
1963 December 5 Herbert Henry Lehman – died (March 28, 1878 – December 5, 1963) First Jewish Governor of New York (1933-1942) He also represented New York State in the United States Senate from 1950 to 1957.
1967 Six Day War – June 6 – June 11, 1967 – After just 36 hours of fighting, the IDF were deep into Sinai, captured Gaza, Kalkilya, Jenin in Samarian Hills and surrounded Jerusalem. I
June 28, 1967 Israel regained and annexed Jerusalem after over 1900 years of exile following Roman Conquest and Diaspora began 70 CE
1967 Feb Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, known as father of atomic bomb died in Princeton, NJ age 62
1969 Death of Levi Eshkol – former Israel PM (right after Ben Gurion)
1970 Libya All Jewish property confiscated and Jews driven out penniless, no compensation ever paid
1971 East Pakistan declared its independence from Pakistan and took the name Banglidesh and India and Pakistan have been fighting over it ever since.
1973 Oct 26. General Ariel Sharon trapped the Egyptian Third Army on the Eastern side of the Suez Canal. Sharon allowed them to surrender in honor and retreat to Egypt.
Israeli PM Menachim Begin snatched defeat from this great victory in the 1979 agreement with Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat of Egypt.
1973 Nov. 6 – New York City elects its first Jewish mayor, Abraham D. Beame
1973 Henry Kissinger, First Jewish Secy. of State sworn in, under Nixon
1974 Pakistan recognized independence of its former eastern province, Bangladesh
1975 Nov 10 General Assembly of United Nations declared Zionism a form of racism
1976 Entebbe rescue of over 100 Jews in airport Uganda.  Jonathan Netanyahu, Bibi’s older brother killed.
1977 Nov. 20 Egyptian Pres. Anwar Sadat addressed Knesset,
1977 Dec Menachim Begin met with Sadat at Ismalia, Egypt.
1978 Sep 17 – Carter/Begin/Sadat Camp David talks ended. Peace agreement with Egypt was signed , a few months later and Anwar Sadat assassinated in Egypt by Arabs (Muslim Brotherhood) opposed to peace with Israel.
1979 Shah of Iran deposed and Ayatollah Rubollah Kbomeini welcomed back after 15 years of exile
1979 Iran’s new Islamic govt. quickly severed all relations with Israel and pledged support for the Palestinian
Arabs. who suddenly had a new identity of their own. They were just Arabs originally from all over the Middle East, until the Jewish State was re-born
1980 Israel’s embassy in Egypt, the first of its kind in any Arab country, was established in 1980, soon after the Camp David peace treaty was signed in 1979
1981 June 7, Israel destroys Iraq nuclear weapon, Sivan 5
1981 March 23 Arabs attack Jewish residents of Jerusalem
1984 Feb, Italy and the Vatican signed a revised pact under which Roman Catholicism ceased to be the state religion of Italy.
1886 The First Jewish settlement of Petach Tikva built with the return of more Jews to their homeland was attacked by Arabs and driven out long before as their history testifies there was ever a newborn State of Israel that obviously the Arabs will never accept. And Israelis and Diaspora that naive Jews wishfully home will happen are out of their minds. So, what else is new? jsk

1990, Nov 5 Rabbi Meir Kahane, the founder of the Jewish Defense League, who was shot to death in a Manhattan hotel by Arab terrorist El Sayyid Nosair, a member of terror cell of Abdul Rahman World Trade Center bombing master-mind
1990 Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir , leader of right wing Likud party, was chosen to form a government after Labor Party Shimon Peres failed to form a coalition (the usual story of defeat with this faux Israeli hero , self described)
1993 -Islamist extremists exploded a bomb in the parking garage of New York’s Trade Center killing 6 people and injuring more than 1000 others and on 9/2011 the twin towers of the World Trade Center , 18 years later,
the US FBI and other intelligence agencies had still failed to recognize the constant presence and danger of Islamic Terrorism and we suffered the consequence of 3000 American lives lost and our entire ability to live without fear in our own country was dismantled —probably never to return unless some truly politically incorrect drastic actions are taken. Go TRUMP!

2003 Jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime beheading his statue in Baghdad

1995 Oct 23 Jerusalem US Embassy Relocation act became law. Called for a US Embassy to be built in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. To date the statute has not been implemented because Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have signed semi-annual waivers to delay implementation on national security grounds. Nonsense! The refusal is the direct result of US State Dept. inherent prejudice against the Jewish State and misconception that the Arabs are our better allies!

1995 Nov. 4, PM Yitschak Rabin assassinated

1996 Dr. Jack Kevorkian acquitted of assisted suicide for helping two suffering patients kill themselves

1999 President Bill Clinton impeached over lies over Monica Lewinsky involvement

2000 John Paul II (The “Good Pope” as far as I am concerned) He ask G-d’s forgiveness for the sins of the Roman Catholics throughout the ages including the great wrongs perpetrated against the Jews. women, and minorities From Today in History (SunSentinel March 12 2017)

2003 – Space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry killing all seven of its crew – Commander Rick Husband, pilot Wm. Mc Cool, Michael Anderson Kalpana Chawla, David Brown Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon the first Israeli in space.
2003 Pres. GW Bush girding he nation for war said Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had shown utter contempt of the world community and had to be held accountable after the invasion and conquest of Kuwait, robbing its banks gold and its oil wells.
2011 – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak forced out of office after 30 years of autocratic rule. Military took over. Open elections were held and the Egyptians put in power the Muslim Brotherhood who they quickly learned to despise and the military took back over within a year with General Sisi in power and a much better ally to US and Israel

2013- Pope Benedict XVI stepped down The first Pontiff in 600 years to do so

II Chronology of Ages in Jewish History
From: To Pray as a Jew by Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin, 1980, Library of Congress
Period of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) : 2000 -1700 B.C.E
The Exodus from Egypt: circa 1280 B.C.E.
The Period of King David: 1005-965 B.C.E.
Period of the First Temple: 928-586 B.C.E.
Period of the Second Temple: 515 B.C.E – 70 C.E. (Roman Conquest and Diaspora)
Period of the Mishnah (Tannaitic Period): From the beginning of the first century C.E. until about 220 C.E.  Some refer to this period as the early Talmudic period.
Period of the Gemara (Amoraic Period): From the beginning of the third century C.E. until 500 C.E. Some refer to this period as the later Talmudic period. Post-Talmudic Period [Savoraim]: 500-640 C.E.
Period of the Geonim [the heads of the Talmudic academies]: From 640 C.E.-1038 C.E.
Period of the Early [Rabbinic] Authorities {Rishonim): From the beginning of the eleventh century C.E. till the end of the fifteenth century.ell
Period of Latter-day [Rabbinic] Authorities {Aharomm): From the beginning of the sixteenth century C.E. until the present day.

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The Iran Deal Isn’t Worth Saving – By Ambassador John Bolton

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The idea of ‘decertifying’ the agreement but staying in it is too cute by half. Trump should cut cleanly.

By John Bolton

Sept. 28, 2017 6:32 p.m. ET

‘Cut, and cut cleanly,” Sen. Paul Laxalt advised Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, urging the Philippine president to resign and flee Manila because of widespread civil unrest. The Nevada Republican, Ronald Reagan’s best friend in Congress, knew what his president wanted, and he made the point with customary Western directness.

President Trump could profitably follow Mr. Laxalt’s advice today regarding Barack Obama’s 2015 deal with Iran. The ayatollahs are using Mr. Obama’s handiwork to legitimize their terrorist state, facilitate (and conceal) their continuing nuclear-weapons and ballistic-missile programs, and acquire valuable resources from gullible negotiating partners.

Mr. Trump’s real decision is whether to fulfill his campaign promise to extricate America from this strategic debacle. Last week at the United Nations General Assembly, he lacerated the deal as an “embarrassment,” “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”
Fearing the worst, however, the deal’s acolytes are actively obscuring this central issue, arguing that it is too arduous and too complex to withdraw cleanly. They have seized instead on a statutory requirement that every 90 days the president must certify, among other things, that adhering to the agreement is in America’s national-security interest. They argue the president should stay in the deal but not make the next certification, due in October.

This morganatic strategy is a poorly concealed ploy to block withdrawal, limp through Mr. Trump’s presidency, and resurrect the deal later. Paradoxically, supporters are not now asserting that the deal is beneficial. Instead, they concede its innumerable faults but argue that it can be made tougher, more verifiable and more strictly enforced. Or, if you want more, it can be extended, kicked to Congress, or deferred during the North Korea crisis. Whatever.

As Richard Nixon said during Watergate: “I want you to stonewall it, let them plead the Fifth Amendment, cover up, or anything else if it’ll save it—save the plan.”

Mr. Trump should not be deceived. The issue is not certification. The issue is whether we will protect U.S. interests and shatter the illusion that Mr. Obama’s deal is achieving its stated goals, or instead timidly hope for the best while trading with the enemy, as the Europeans are doing. It is too cute by half to employ pettifoggery to evade this reality.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 embodies the deal and includes two annexes: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action itself, and a statement by the other negotiating parties on “transparency . . . creating an atmosphere conducive” to full JCPOA implementation.
Resolution 2231, the JCPOA and the statement were all crafted word-for-word with Iran (with Russia and China acting as Tehran’s scriveners on the statement), as was the cash-for-hostages swap Mr. Obama sought desperately to conceal. This packaging is more than a diplomatic nicety. It means Iran’s ballistic-missile program is integral to the deal—fittingly, since Iran’s missiles would deliver its nuclear warheads.

The ayatollahs have neither the desire nor the incentive to renegotiate even a comma of the agreement. Why should they, when it is entirely to their advantage?

Both Resolution 2231 and the statement, for example, “call upon” Iran to forgo activity regarding “ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

The U.N. secretary-general recently reported that Iran is violating this provision and implicitly lying about it. But the deal’s language allows Iran to claim solemnly that its missiles are not “designed” to carry nuclear warheads, an assertion whose verification would require polygraphs and psychologists, not weapons inspectors. This is one of many textual loopholes.
If the deal is vitiated, Tehran would not be freer than it is now to pursue nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Not only is the international compliance regime a far cry from Mr. Obama’s promised “anytime, anywhere” inspections, crucial language is vague and ambiguous.

Mr. Obama’s negotiators crippled real international verification by pre-emptively surrendering on what were delicately termed “possible military dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program.

Moreover, simple economic logic suggests that Tehran’s scientists are probably enjoying Pyongyang’s hospitality, well beyond the International Atomic Energy Agency’s limited capability to detect.

Even U.S. intelligence could be in the dark if Iran is renting a uranium enrichment facility under a North Korean mountain. It is specious to assert that the North Korean nuclear crisis should lead to deferring action on the Iran deal. The conclusion should be precisely the opposite: Failure to act decisively on Iran now worsens the global proliferation threat.
The IAEA has interpreted Mr. Obama’s possible-military-dimension concession as requiring new evidence before it attempts to visit Tehran’s military bases, where the real work on weaponization and missiles is taking place—if not under mountains in North Korea.

Mr. Obama acquiesced in this emasculation of the IAEA’s will to inspect, making the agency today like the drunk looking for his car keys under a street lamp because the light is better there. This is a sorry caricature of a robust, Reaganesque “trust but verify” regime.

Perhaps the most inane argument is that Congress should decide the deal’s fate and whether to reimpose U.S. sanctions. If a president is unwilling to solve this kind of problem, he shouldn’t have applied for the job.

Watching what has happened on failed legislative efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, can anyone doubt that Senate Democrats (joined by Rand Paul ) would filibuster any legislative effort to renew sanctions?
The only sure way to resume economic pressure on Iran is for President Trump to stop waiving the sanctions, as he did a few weeks ago. The power to act is in executive hands, as it should be.
Mr. Trump knows his mind on Iran. And as Mr. Laxalt said to Marcos, “the time has come” to act decisively.
Mr. Bolton is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of “Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad” (Simon & Schuster, 2007).

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When Palestinian Arabs cry “Humiliation”

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October 3, 2017

By Eli E. Hertz

(II Commentary – Jerome S. Kaufman)
As a direct result of the stabbings, car ramming and suicide bombings visited upon the Israelis by Palestinian terrorists, frequently occurring at checkpoints from Palestinian terrorists, the poor Palestinian Arabs complain they feel humiliated and harassed when Israeli authorities search them and their belongings.

They are thus, they claim, are prevented from traveling freely because of checkpoints, roadblocks, closures and curfews. They say they feel corralled behind security fences and ugly concrete walls. Perhaps they might consider the cause and necessity of these life saving security measures.

Meanwhile the Israelis themselves are searched numerous times during the course of a day. Israelis are asked to open their bags and purses for inspection. In most cases, they are subjected to body searches with a metal detector every time they enter a bank or a post office, pick up a bottle of milk at the supermarket, enter a mall or train station, or visit a hospital or medical clinic. As a matter of routine, Israelis’ car trunks are searched every time they enter a well-trafficked parking lot.

Not one U.N. organ has protested the fact that, for years, an entire country has been harassed and humiliated.

Israelis are searched not only when they go out for a cup of coffee at the local Coffee-shop, but also when they go to the movies or the theater or a concert, where the term “dressed to kill” has an entirely different meaning.

These ordinary daily humiliations now extend to similar searches when Israelis go to weddings or bar mitzvahs. No one abroad talks about the humiliation Jews in Israel are subjected to, having to write at the bottom of wedding invitations and other life cycle events, “The site will be secured [by armed guards]” – to ensure relatives and friends will attend and share their joyous occasion.

To date, no one protests the fact that Jewish schoolchildren in Israel are surrounded by perimeter fences with armed guards at the schoolyard gates.

Not one Arab village in Israel or the Territories has a perimeter fence around it. Guards are not required at Arabic shops, cafes, restaurants, movie theaters, wedding halls or schools – either in Israel or in the Territories. Palestinians also do not need armed guards to accompany every school trip, youth movement hike or campout. They are not targets of terrorism. Israeli citizens with very rare exception do not commit terrorist acts against other people and the Arabs know it and take full advantage.

Israelis are told, in effect, to disguise themselves when traveling abroad – not to speak Hebrew in public and not to wear garments that reveal their Jewish/Israeli origins.

On the other hand, Arabs who frequent Jewish cities and towns in Israel wear their traditional Arab headgear without fear of being attacked or harassed.

Even Israel’s national airline – El Al – has been forced to remove its logo from the tails of its aircraft at certain airports, out of concern for the safety of its passengers.

This followed several attempts to down Israeli civilian aircrafts with missiles – one of which blew up a Swissair flight in mid-air from Zurich to Tel Aviv in February 1970, killing all 47 passengers and crew aboard.

Strangely, no media outlets and not a single human rights organization has fully and objectively reported or protested the daily humiliation and harassment Israelis suffer because of the Palestinian Authority’s ‘factory of terror.’

Not one U.N. organ has protested the fact that, for years, an entire country has been harassed and humiliated.

All this begs the question: Who are the victims and who are the victimizers? Who are the ones being harassed and humiliated? Palestinians or Israelis?

Eli Hertz is a writer, journalist. political commentator active in numerous international, industry and community associations and panels. Other activities: CAMERA, The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors); AIPAC, The America Israel Public Affairs Committee (Member of the Executive Council); Past U.S. member of the Joint High Level Advisory Panel to the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Commission. Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Executive VP); The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (Past trustee); AAJLJ – American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (Member Board of Governors); President of Myths and Facts, Inc.; Recipient of ZOA’s Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award (2005).

II Unfortunately, American citizens are well on the way to becoming victims themselves. It all started with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat blowing up civilian aircraft in airports all over the world.

Read: www.defenddemocracy.org/…/the-father-of-modern-terrorism-the-true-legacy-of-yas…

The Father of Modern Terrorism; The True Legacy of Yasser Arafat … The first efforts were ham-handed: failed attempts in 1965 to bomb the … soon became innovators in a tactic later refined by al Qaeda: the civilian airliner as terror weapon.

This mode of terrorism progressed directly to the Islamic 
terrorists blowing up our own Twin Towers 09/11/2001.

And not identifying your enemy as now practiced by the vital security agencies of the Federal government and the US Dept. of State; obscuring the fact that the far greater incidence of this terror is caused by Muslim Islamic terrorists is making matters exponentially worse.

As a result, just as in Israel, we Americans are rapidly becoming the victims while the sources of the terror, pray upon our naivety, cleverly complaining of their own “humiliation” and encroachment upon their civil liberties.

Maybe we should stop playing the sucker. Rather, let us identify the enemy and unapologetically maintain intense surveillance over all areas where the poison of Islamic Terrorism and Sharia Law is preached and the relentless, frighteningly effective brain washing takes place.

Jerome S. Kaufman

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It’s interesting that Democrats, the media and all the other anti-America groups are badmouthing Donald Trump, trying to impeach him even though …

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… he never did anything even remotely impeachable and yet they gave Barack Obama a pass for eight years.  Try to find even 1% of the things that Trump has done that are as bad as the things listed below about Obama – and I’m sure that this list only scratches the surface of Obama’s wrong doings.

Any one of these ‘coincidences’ when taken singularly appear to not mean much, but when taken as a whole, a computer would blow a main circuit if you asked it to calculate the odds that they have occurred by chance alone.  The bigger picture of most recent events I.e., Fast and furious, Benghazi , the IRS scandal and the NSA revelations…

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Barack Hussein Obama:
just happened to know 60s far-left radical revolutionary William Ayers, whose father

just happened to be Thomas Ayers, who

just happened to be a close friend of Obama’s communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, who

just happened to work at the communist-sympathizing Chicago Defender with Vernon Jarrett, who

just happened to later become the father-in-law of Iranian-born leftist Valerie Jarrett, who Obama

just happened to choose as his closest White House adviser, and who 
just happened to have been CEO of Habitat Company, which

just happened to manage public housing in Chicago, which

just happened to get millions of dollars from the Illinois state legislature, and which

just happened not to properly maintain the housing which eventually 
just happened to require demolition. Not to mention that this is the property that would have been the grounds that hosted the Olympics,
had Obama’s efforts been successful
Valerie Jarrett:

just happened to work for the city of Chicago, and 
LaVaughan Robinson (later Mrs. Obama), who

just happened to have worked at the Sidney Austin law firm, where former fugitive from the FBI Bernardine Dohrn also

just happened to work, and where Barack Obama 
just happened to get a summer job.

Bernardine Dohrn

just happened to be married to William Ayers, with whom she

just happened to have hidden from the FBI at a San Francisco marina, along with Donald Warden, who

just happened to change his name to Khalid al-Mansour, and Warden/al-Mansour who

just happened to be a mentor of Black Panther Party founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale and a close associate of Nation of Islam leader
Louis Farrakhan, and al-Mansour

just happened to be financial adviser to a Saudi Prince, who

just happened to donate cash to Harvard, for which Obama

just happened to get a critical letter of recommendation from Percy Sutton, who

just happened to have been the attorney for Malcolm X, who

just happened to know Kenyan politician Tom Mboya, who

just happened to be a close friend of Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., who

just happened to meet Malcolm X when he traveled to Kenya .

Obama, Sr.
just happened to have his education at the University of Hawaii paid for by the Laubach Literacy Institute, which

just happened to have been supported by Elizabeth Mooney Kirk, who

just happened to be a friend of Malcolm X, who

just happened to have been associated with the Nation of Islam, which was later headed by Louis Farrakhan, who

just happens to live very close to Obamas Chicago mansion, which also 
just happens to be located very close to the residence of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who 
just happens to have been occasional baby-sitters for Malia and Natasha Obama, whose parents 
just happened to have no concern exposing their daughters to bomb-making communists.

After attending Occidental College and Columbia University, where he

just happened to have foreign Muslim roommates, Obama moved to Chicago to work for the Industrial Areas Foundation, an organization that

just happened to have been founded by Marxist and radical agitator Saul the Red Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, who

just happened to be the topic of Hillary Rodham Clintons thesis at Wellesley College, and Obamas $25,000 salary at IAF

just happened to be funded by a grant from the Woods Fund, which was founded by the Woods family, whose Sahara Coal company

just happened to provide coal to Commonwealth Edison, whose CEO

just happened to be Thomas Ayers, whose son William Ayers

just happened to serve on the board of the Woods Fund, along with Obama.

Obama also worked on voter registration drives in Chicago in the 1980s and

just happened to work with leftist political groups like the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and Socialist International (SI), through which Obama met Carl Davidson, who

just happened to travel to Cuba during the Vietnam War to sabotage the U.S. war effort, and who

just happened to be a former member of the SDS and a member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, which

just happened to sponsor a 2002 anti-war rally at which Obama spoke, and which

just happened to have been organized by Marilyn Katz, a former SDS activist and later public relations consultant who

just happened to be a long-time friend of Obamas political hatchet man, David Axelrod.

Obama joined Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), whose pastor was Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a fiery orator who

just happened to preach Marxism and Black Liberation Theology and who delivered anti-white, anti-Jew, and anti-American sermons, which Obama

just happened never to hear because he 
just happened to miss church only on the days when Wright was at his most enthusiastic, and Obama

just happened never to notice that Oprah Winfrey left the church because it was too radical, and

just happened never to notice that the church gave the vile anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan a lifetime achievement award.

Although no one had ever heard of him at the time, Obama

just happened to receive an impossible-to-believe $125,000 advance to write a book about race relations, which he

just happened to fail to write while using the cash to vacation in Bali with his wife Michelle, and despite his record of non-writing he

just happened to receive a second advance, for $40,000, from another publisher, and he eventually completed a manuscript called Dreams From My Father, which

just happened to strongly reflect the writing style of William Ayers, who 
just happened to trample on an American flag for the cover photograph of the popular Chicago magazine, which Obama

just happened never to see even though it appeared on newsstands throughout the city.

Obama was hired by the law firm Miner, Banhill and Galland, which

just happened to specialize in negotiating state government contracts to develop low-income housing, and which

just happened to deal with now-imprisoned Tony Rezko and his firm Rezar, and with slumlord Valerie Jarrett, and the law firms Judson Miner

just happened to have been a classmate of Bernardine Dohrn, wife of William Ayers.
In 1994 Obama represented ACORN and another plaintiff in a lawsuit against Citibank for denying mortgages to blacks (Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Federal Savings Bank), and the lawsuit

just happened to result in banks being blackmailed into approving sub-prime loans for poor credit risks, a trend which

just happened to spread nationwide, and which

just happened to lead to the collapse of the housing bubble, which

just happened to help Obama defeat John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.

In 1996 Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate and joined the New Party, which:
just happened to promote Marxism, and Obama was supported by Dr. Quentin Yong, a socialist who

just happened to support a government takeover of the health care system.

In late 1999, Obama purportedly engaged in homosexual activities and cocaine-snorting in the back of a limousine with a man named Larry Sinclair, who claims he was contacted in late 2007 by Donald Young, who

just happened to be the gay choir director of Obamas Chicago church and who shared information with Sinclair about Obama, and Young

just happened to be murdered on December 23, 2007, just weeks after Larry Bland, another gay member of the church

just happened to be murdered, and both murders

just happened to have never been solved. In 2008 Sinclair held a press conference to discuss his claims, and

just happened to be arrested immediately after the event, based on a warrant issued by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who

just happens to be the son of Joe Biden.

In 2003 Obama and his wife attended a dinner in honor of Rashid Khalidi, who

just happened to be a former PLO operative, harsh critic of Israel , and advocate of Palestinian rights, and who Obama claims he does not know, even though the Obamas

just happened to have dined more than once at the home of Khalidi and his wife, Mona, and

just happened to have used them as occasional baby-sitters. Obama reportedly praised Khalidi at the decidedly anti-Semitic event, which William Ayers

just happened to also attend, and the event Obama pretends he never attended was sponsored by the Arab American Action Network, to which Obama

just happened to have funneled cash while serving on the board of the Woods Fund with William Ayers, and one speaker at the dinner remarked that if Palestinians cannot secure a return of their land, Israel will never see a day of peace, and entertainment at the dinner included a Muslim children’s dance whose performances

just happened to include simulated be-headings with fake swords, and stomping on American, Israeli, and British flags, and Obama allegedly told the audience that Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine and there has been genocide against the Palestinian people by (the) Israelis, and the Los Angeles Times has a videotape of the event but 
just happens to refuse to make it public.

In the 2004 Illinois Democrat primary race for the U.S. Senate, front-runner Blair H:
just happened to be forced out of the race after David Axelrod

just happened to manage to get Hulls sealed divorce records unsealed, which

just happened to enable Obama to win the primary, so he could face popular Republican Jack Ryan, whose sealed child custody records from his divorce

just happened to become unsealed, forcing Ryan to withdraw from the race, which

just happened to enable the unqualified Obama to waltz into the U.S. Senate, where, after a mere 143 days of work, he


just happened to decide he was qualified to run for President of the United States.

 

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The Secret Revolution

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By David Kupelian

Whistleblower Magazine – September 2017

Why Marxism in America, though ubiquitous and destructive, goes largely unrecognized

While President Trump was being demonized for acknowledging the obvious – that in Charlottesville there were two evil sides, the violent neo-Nazis and the violent communists – most journalists and politicians, including prominent Republicans, tried to outdo each other in condemning the violent neo-Nazis while excusing or actually praising the violent communists.

It wasn’t until two weeks later, when the same communist “antifa” group viciously attacked peaceful protesters at a “No to Marxism in America” rally in Berkeley – beating those they deemed “white supremacists” and “Nazis” with sticks and shields ironically emblazoned with the phrase “No Hate” – that a few politicians finally dared to condemn the wildly violent masked group.

Why the glaring double standard? Why does it come so easy to most Americans to condemn hateful and violent neo-Nazis, but not equally hateful and violent communists, whose malevolent ideology is responsible for far more deaths? In fact, why is it that, with a virulent and totalitarian form of Marxism spreading not just in America’s universities, but throughout the country as a whole – scarcely a word is breathed about it by the media?

The answers to these and many other critical questions are found in the electrifying September issue of Whistleblower magazine, titled “THE REVOLUTION: Why Marxism in America, though ubiquitous and destructive, goes largely unrecognized.”
While Whistleblower chronicles the new and exotic forms of Marxism in America and shows their rotten communist roots, some glaring examples from America’s recent history demonstrate that the elite establishment couldn’t care less about communism.

For instance: Even though Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong killed a staggering 45 million peasants during his famed “Great Leap Forward,” making him hands-down the biggest mass murderer in world history, President Barack Obama’s White House communications director, Anita Dunn, publicly bragged that Mao was one of her “favorite political philosophers.” How could that be?

Likewise, Obama’s friend and colleague, William Ayers, who helped Obama launch his political career and guided him in writing his famed autobiography “Dreams From My Father,” is a self-described “small-c communist” who founded the Weather Underground communist domestic terror group.

During the ’60s and ’70s, Ayers’ organization declared war on the U.S. government, caused wanton death and destruction, and bombed banks and U.S. government buildings, including the U.S. Capitol, State Department and Pentagon. Notorious for saying “Kill all the rich people. … Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents,” Ayers reaffirmed his enduring hatred for America as recently as 2001, when he said: “What a country. It makes me want to puke.”

Yet today, Ayers exerts a huge influence on America’s education system, having trained hundreds of teachers. In March 2008, he was elected vice president for curriculum studies at the American Educational Research Association, giving him tremendous clout over what is taught in America’s teacher-training colleges as well as to Americans’ children in public schools.

Ayers is not alone. Legions of self-proclaimed communist radicals who once labored to subvert America’s Constitution, overturn her government and establish a totalitarian system – including Ayers’ wife, Weather Underground co-founder Bernardine Dohrn, who once graced the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List – are now glorified as tenured professors and thus exert enormous influence on the minds and souls of America’s next generation.

How is this possible?
The website of the Communist Party USA, CPUSA.org, which came into existence as a Moscow-directed-and-funded U.S.-based Communist Party, is today almost indistinguishable from the Democratic Party in its concerns, sensibilities and solutions to America’s societal and economic problems.

But nobody seems to notice or care. Why?

“THE REVOLUTION” goes to the beating heart of the problem. It reveals what has really been happening to America, and where the solution lies.
As a very special feature, the article by Dr. Paul Kengor, titled “The Marxist roots of the ‘safe spaces’ movement,” documents journalistically for the very first time the overwhelming communist/Marxist origins of the “safe spaces” movement now sweeping America’s college campuses.

And it provides a fascinating guided tour of the shockingly perverse thinkers, authors, teachers and “experts” who birthed what can fairly be called the madness that dominates American higher education – and increasingly, our entire society.
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Trump Returns U.S. to Realpolitik in World Affairs (ala Kissinger)

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By Gerald F. Seib

The Wall Street Journal
Sept. 20, 2017

President’s United Nations address marks return of U.S. foreign policy to practical considerations rather than moral calculations

President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly that Iran has become an “economically depleted rogue state” whose chief export is violence and chaos in the Middle East. He also called the Iran nuclear deal an “embarrassment.”

Early in his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, President Donald Trump offered fellow world leaders the best, most concise summary he’s ever provided of his approach to world affairs: “We are guided by outcomes, not ideology,” he declared.

Having signaled that his listeners should be prepared for some blunt, hard-nosed pragmatism, Mr. Trump proceeded to deliver just that. In many ways, in fact, Mr. Trump’s address marked the return of American foreign policy to realpolitik: a set of principles and precepts based on practical considerations rather than philosophical or moral calculations.

And while his predecessors might have cloaked their threats and grievances in a rhetorical velvet glove while at the U.N., Mr. Trump took off that glove while delivering the most important and most revealing speech of his young presidency.

He declared that if the U.S. is forced to defend against North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” In the president’s terminology, Kim Jong Un wasn’t the leader of North Korea, but rather the “Rocket Man…on a suicide mission.”

Iran, a country his predecessor spent years seeking to engage, was in Mr. Trump’s description a nation engaged in the “pursuit of death and destruction.” As for the nuclear deal with Iran that President Barack Obama’s team labored for years to negotiate, Mr. Trump branded it “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into” and “an embarrassment.”

President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy North Korea” if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies against Pyongyang’s aggression, Mr. Trump also warned that the U.S. is prepared to take further, undefined steps to change the course of Venezuela’s socialist regime. And, while he offered words of thanks to China and Russia for help on other matters, he indirectly called them out for their aggressive behavior in their neighborhoods:

“We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow.”

Both the stark nature of Mr. Trump’s messages and his willingness to deliver them from the U.N. podium were unprecedented for an American president. The U.N. audience got Trumpism in its pure, unvarnished form.

In one of the most intriguing sections of the speech, Mr. Trump attempted to define what his “America First” approach to the presidency really means, in terms specifically designed to appeal to fellow world leaders nervous about the concept:

“As president of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first. All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.”

That final line represented a dig at the notion that a global economy, instantaneous world-wide communications and the free flow of goods and people are making traditional national identities obsolete. The Trump message is the opposite: Nations and borders matter no less in the era of globalization.

Afterward, some said they found the president’s bluntness refreshing, others alarming. But all who listened came away understanding that the Trump Doctrine is the doctrine of transactions: I am not disengaging from the world, he seemed to be saying, but rather engaging with it on my terms, and purely in pursuit of American interests.
The address had some broader strokes as well. In fact, it was almost two speeches back-to-back.

The first segment offered some of the more traditional odes to American ideals and leadership: “In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch,” Mr. Trump declared. “In America the people govern, the people rule and the people are sovereign.”

From there, he moved into the second section, marked by direct messages to American foes. His barbed warnings to North Korea will get the most attention, and raise the question of whether such threats are more likely to scare North Korea away from nuclear weapons or deepen its belief they are needed for protection.

Yet the most dramatic departure from the approach of the Obama administration actually came elsewhere, in his discussion of Iran. Mr. Obama saw Iran as a country to be engaged and slowly pulled away from its revolutionary moorings and into the international mainstream.

Mr. Trump suggested no patience for such a course. Instead, he virtually called for Iranians to effect a regime change:
“Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the people will face a choice: Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed and terror, or will the Iranian people return to the nation’s proud roots as a center of civilization, culture and wealth, where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?”

 

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President Trump et al, under H.R. McMaster tutelage, whitewash Islamic Terrorism responsibility for 9/11/2001 World Trade Center Twin Tower destruction murdering 2996 innocent American citizens.

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(Evidently it was not 15 Muslim fanatics. of whom 11 were Saudi Arabs but perhaps “Norwegians?” As Trump and his advisors woefully retreat from identifying our mortal enemy – a huge mistake. Is the fate of the European Union and Sharia law next for this once great country?) jsk

Phantom Enemy: Islamic Terrorists Missing From 9/11 Speeches

By Aaron Klein

The Jewish Press, Sept. 15, 2017

(The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11)[a] were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.)

On the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorist attacks, President Donald Trump did not once mention the terms “radical Islam” or “Islamic terrorism” during a commemoration ceremony at the Pentagon. (Why?)

Instead of naming the enemy, Trump seemingly went out of his way to use other descriptors in his speech, including “terrorists who attacked us,” “barbaric forces of evil and destruction,” “horrible, horrible enemies,” “enemies of all civilized people,” and “enemies like we’ve never seen before.”

Similarly, Pence, speaking at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, referred to the scourge as “evil terrorists” and “global terrorism.”

Mattis, addressing the same Pentagon memorial as Trump, outwardly minimized the Islamic motivations of the terrorists by calling them “maniacs disguised in false religious garb.” He referred to “attackers perpetrating murder” on that fateful day, not even using the words “terrorist” or “terrorism.”

Sessions perhaps came closest to prescribing a religious ideology, calling out “extremists” who “seek to impose their speech codes, their religion, their theocracy.”
“For these extremists, it’s more than religion; it’s ideology,” he stated. “We have no choice but to defend against it.”

But Sessions did not mention a specific religion and did not expound upon which ideology the terrorists maintain.

When speaking of common threads among terrorists, Sessions also failed to mention the one major thread of Islam when he stated: “While the threats we face are diverse and evolving, terrorist ideologies have one thing in common: their disregard for the dignity of human life and they share an obsession with forcing everyone into their twisted ideology. And the terrorists know they can’t persuade people using reason, so they use coercion and intimidation. They seek acquiescence and inaction.”

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke released a brief statement that referred to the 9/11 radical Islamic jihadist perpetrators as “terrorists.”

Trump’s reluctance to name the actual enemy contrasts with speeches he gave in the past, including during the 2016 presidential campaign, when he repeatedly utilized the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.”

The uniform lack of mention of radical Islamic terrorism from the administration Monday comes after previous reports that H.R. McMaster, Trump’s embattled national security adviser, has petitioned against using the phrase. This reporter previously exposed numerous instances of McMaster’s minimizing the Islamic motivations of radical Muslim terrorists.

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Hitler had no problem killing 6 Million Jews. The Church had done all the spade work the previous 700 years and longer.

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From: A Feud For The Ages: A History Of The Jews And The Church

(Part IV: Inquisition And Insurgency)

By Libi Astaire – 7 Elul 5777
The Jewish Press, Olami Section, August 25, 2017

Life was always precarious for Europe’s Jews during the Middle Ages. But the thirteenth century saw the rise of an exceedingly dangerous foe – mendicant orders such as the Dominicans and Franciscans, whose zeal for hunting down heresy led to the establishment of the Inquisition, as well as the death and destruction of many Jewish communities.

When Pope Gregory IX approved the creation of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in the 1230s to combat heresy within the Catholic Church, few could foresee the havoc they would wreak on Europe’s Jews.

The friars were supposed to take care of their own. Western Europe was becoming increasingly urban, with more people leaving the countryside for the city. As often happens, instead of finding riches, many found only poverty and sickness. The job of the friars, who had been granted papal permission to travel wherever they were needed without having to report to the local bishop, was to minister to the poor masses, reinforce their faith, and correct doctrinal errors.
The friars themselves were something of an anomaly. On the one hand, they were highly educated. Not only did they study at universities, members of their orders held the theological chairs. But many of the friars were the sons of craftsmen or peasants. Therefore, thanks to their humble beginnings, they were able to cloak their theological arguments in language the common people could relate to and understand.

Preaching in open-air markets and similar places, a good orator could attract thousands of a city’s residents. Indeed, it’s said that tens of thousands of people came to hear Dominican Girolamo Savonarola preach in Florence.

Very soon the friars set their sights on a different audience – the Jews, whom they hoped to convert. The friars began to learn Hebrew and study Jewish texts, looking for ammunition they could use to refute Judaism and prove the correctness of their own religion.

Their attack plan included disputations, such as the one that took place between Ramban and the Dominican Pablo Christiani in Barcelona, and forcing Jews to gather in churches and listen to their sermons. The friars, having found the Talmud and other seforim to be filled with “heresy,” also advocated for the burning of the troublesome books or, at the very least, their censorship.

When the Jews proved resistant to their eloquence, the friars took their anger and frustration to the marketplace, where they found an audience ready to listen – and act. While the start of the horrific massacres of 1391 which destroyed most of Spain’s kehillos (Jewish communities) can be attributed to the rabble-rousing sermons of Ferrand Martinez, who was an archdeacon and not a member of a mendicant order, the mob violence between 1411 and 1413 resulted from the virulent rhetoric of Dominican Vincent Ferrer, who had influence over Castile’s king and threatened Castile’s Jews with expulsion if they didn’t convert. It’s estimated that Ferrer oversaw the forced baptism of 20,000 of Castilian Jews by using these strong-arm tactics.

Ferrer was also the instigator behind the Laws of Valladolid, which severely curtailed the rights of the Jews. After the laws were enacted in 1412, all Jews were forced to live within the gates of an enclosed Jewish quarter, were prohibited from working in most professions, including medicine or handicrafts of any kind, and were forbidden to leave the country. The purpose of the laws was to humiliate and impoverish the Jews, again with the goal of convincing them to convert.

It’s estimated that the total number of Spain’s Jews who succumbed to the pressure to convert was between 200,000 and 250,000 souls. Those who remained true to the Torah were expelled in 1492. But those who had converted learned that not even conversion could save them from the friars’ fiery wrath.

The Rise of the Inquisition

Before there was a Spanish Inquisition, there was a Medieval Inquisition, which was established in 1184 by Pope Lucius III to determine if certain Christian sects were, indeed, guilty of heresy. In theory, the Inquisition was a non-violent way for those who had strayed to repent, do penance, and be restored to the Church. But because torture was used to extract confessions and unrepentant heretics were turned over to the secular authorities, who administered the death penalty, the Inquisition quickly became associated with violence and death.

The Dominicans, in particular, were given the mission of rooting out heresy. Thus, it was Dominican friar Alonso de Ojeda who first alerted Queen Isabella that some conversos were secretly practicing Judaism. Another Dominican, Thomas de Torquemada, was placed at the head of the Spanish Inquisition when it was established in 1478.

In the early years of the Inquisition, Old Christians, who were jealous of the success and wealth of the conversos, used the Inquisition to settle scores. By 1482, the accusations and arrests had become so numerous that Pope Sixtus IV tried to intervene, commenting that the Inquisition was “causing disgust to many.”

But when Sixtus ordered the local bishops to take a role in the proceedings, King Ferdinand accused the pope of taking bribes from the conversos. The king also warned the pope not to try to interfere again or he would withdraw military support, and Sixtus, who was worried about a Turkish assault on Rome, heeded the warning.

It’s hard to estimate how many people were arrested or burned at the stake during the nearly 350 years that the Spanish Inquisition was in existence because much of the post-1560 documentary evidence has been destroyed or lost. The historical record has also been muddied by the “Black Legend of the Spanish Inquisition.”

While today we know that the vast majority of those hunted down and sentenced to death were the formerly Jewish conversos, during the mid-1500s the Church found yet another target to investigate – Protestants.

Only a few hundred Protestants were arrested – there weren’t that many living in Spain – but because of political tensions between Catholic Spain and Protestant England and other Protestant lands, the Protestants used the excesses of the Inquisition to paint an even blacker picture of what went on in Inquisition prisons and courtrooms than actually occurred.

Therefore “Black Legend” estimates that perhaps hundreds of thousands, or even millions of people, were arrested and killed are today considered much too high. On the other hand, the Catholic Church’s recent estimate of only about 1,250 people being sentenced to death is almost certainly too low.

The British historian Cecil Roth, citing research done by Jose Amador de los Rios about the first 50 years of the Spanish Inquisition, put the number at 28,540 souls burned alive and another 16,520 burned in effigy, with more than 300,000 people punished in other ways.

But even if the number of people killed is “just” in the thousands or tens of thousands, the total number of people effected – the number of people arrested, the number of people tortured, the number who had their property confiscated by the state, as well as all those who lived in terror of being arrested – is certainly much, much higher.

The Inquisition wasn’t limited to Spain. It was set up in many Catholic-ruled countries, including Portugal, Mexico and other parts of South America, and Goa in Portuguese controlled-India. Although some popes protested the excesses of the Spanish Inquisition, in the mid-1500s they established an Inquisition of their own, which was called the Roman Inquisition.

The Roman Inquisition was established in response to changes in the Western world that were threatening the Church’s dominance over Europe. The Church had always had critics within its ranks, those who claimed that the Church’s vast power and wealth had made it corrupt. The early mendicant orders, which required a vow of poverty to join, were formed partly in response to this complaint. But by the 1400s even the friars were selling indulgences – the Church’s remedy for reducing punishment for sins.

One friar disgusted by the Church’s corruption was Martin Luther, who was a member of the Augustine Order. In 1517 he nailed to the door of Wittenberg’s All Saints Church his now-famous Ninety-five Theses, in which he accused the Church of corrupting the people’s faith through the cynical sale of indulgences. Aided by a new invention – the printing press – copies of the Ninety-five Theses swept through Germany in two weeks and reached the rest of Europe within two months.

Luther had started a revolution, which is today called the Protestant Reformation. With much of Northern Europe turning Protestant while Southern Europe remained Catholic, the whole of Europe would become a battleground between Catholicism and Protestantism for the next two centuries.

In the beginning, Luther spoke favorably about the Jews, portraying them as models of common sense. “If I had been a Jew and seen such oafs and numbskulls governing and teaching the Christian faith,” he wrote in 1523, “I would have rather become a sow than a Christian.” But like other Christians before him, his goal was to persuade the Jews to convert, which he thought he could do by gentle persuasion. Surely, he reasoned, it was only the corruption the Jews had objected to; now that Christianity had been purified, the obstacles had been removed.

When the Jews continued to remain true to the Torah, Luther turned against them. Indeed, by the end of his career his hostility exceeded that of the Church. He advocated destroying synagogues and Jewish homes, confiscating Jewish writings, prohibiting the rabbis from teaching, prohibiting Jews from making loans and charging interest, banning Jews from the roads and marketplaces, forcing Jews to do hard labor and, when all else failed, expelling them.

The short-term effects of the Reformation were an increase in Jewish persecution in German lands. Conditions also worsened for the Jews living in the Papal States and northern Italy, who were forced to live in ghettos for the first time. But the Reformation also brought with it some positive changes. The split of Christianity into Catholic and Protestant sects ended the Church’s dream of creating and controlling a homogeneous society. New ideas about how religious authority should – and should not – be exercised would eventually lead to the development of the principle of separation between church and state.

Another change was the role of the Bible in Christian life. Until the Reformation, study of the Bible was reserved for clergymen, who mainly used the Latin Vulgate translation. Luther insisted that the Torah be translated into the language that people spoke so that anyone could read it.

Once the translations were made, people did read it, avidly. In many places, groups were formed to study the laws and values of ancient Jewish society, seeking a model for their own. While admiration for the Torah didn’t usually result in love for individual Jews, there was at least a grudging respect for the people who had wisely clung to the Torah, despite so many centuries of persecution.

But all that lay in the future. In Part V of this series we will take a look behind the Ghetto’s doors to see how a new century of Church decrees affected Jewish life and culture.

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Past time Pres. Trump replaced Obama’s man, Nat’l Security Chief Gen’l H.R. McMaster — dedicated to Obama anti-US policies

(McMaster’s long list of people wrongly fired and wrongly appointed who are  detrimental to the best interests of the United States.)

By Morton A. Klein, Elizabeth Berney and Daniel Mandel

Jewish & Israel News, Algemeiner.com

August 27, 2017

The Zionist Organization of America’s August 2017 report detailed US National Security Chief General H.R. McMaster’s troubling record regarding Iran, Israel and radical Islamist terrorism. McMaster’s statements and actions appear to be diametrically opposed to President Donald Trump’s support for Israel, opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and determination to name and combat radical Islamist terrorism.

Critics of ZOA’s report have failed to show that ZOA’s report was wrong in any substantive respect. The criticisms have amounted to name-calling against ZOA, and McMaster’s friends vouching for his character — which is irrelevant to the vital policy issues addressed in ZOA’s report.

McMaster reportedly wrongly refers to the existence of a Palestinian state before 1947 — when no Palestinian state ever existed, and maligns Israel as an “illegitimate,” “occupying power.” In fact, Israel’s re-establishment in 1948 and her self-defensive capture of Judea/Samaria (West Bank) in 1967 were both legal under binding international law, and deprived no country of its sovereign territory.

McMaster wrongly claimed that President Trump would recognize “Palestinian self determination” during his visit to Israel; reportedly opposed President Trump’s visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, refused to state that the Western Wall is in Israel, and insisted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not accompany President Trump to the Western Wall.

And alarmingly, when Israel installed metal detectors at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount after Palestinian terrorists smuggled in firearms and murdered two Israeli policemen, McMaster, according to a senior defense official, described this as “just another excuse by the Israelis to repress the Arabs.”

In his short tenure at the National Security Council (NSC), General McMaster has fired or removed from the NSC six staunchly pro-Israel/anti-Iran officials: Steve Bannon; K.T. McFarland; Adam Lovinger; Rich Higgins, Derek Harvey and Ezra Cohen-Watnick.

McMaster quickly removed Bannon, architect of much of President Trump’s pro-Israel, anti-Islamist terrorism agenda, from the Principals Committee of the NSC. McMaster also promptly removed K.T. McFarland, a key member of the team of Iran deal opponents originally assembled by President Trump, and a veteran pro-Israel national security professional in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.  She was shunted off to be ambassador to Singapore. Lovinger, a pro-Israel national security strategist from the Pentagon, was returned to the Pentagon with his security clearance revoked.

 
McMaster also sacked Iran “hawk” Rich Higgins, the NSC’s director of strategic planning, after Higgins wrote a memo about personnel opposed to President Trump’s foreign policy agenda.

McMaster removed Derek Harvey, senior director for the Middle East, who has been described by former Army Vice Chief of Staff General Jack Keane as “hands down the very best intelligence analyst that the United States government has on Iraq,” after Harvey prepared a list of NSC Obama-era holdovers.

McMaster should have removed the personnel on Harvey’s list — but instead fired Harvey. And McMaster also fired Cohen-Watnick, a staunch opponent of the Iran deal, who sought to intensify efforts to counter Iran in in the Middle East and rein in officials opposed to the president’s policies.

McMaster’s replacements and appointees are on the wrong side of the issues of concern. McMaster appointed Colonel Kris Bauman, who has blamed Israel for Palestinian terror and urged Israel to negotiate with Hamas, to work on the Israel-Palestinian desk. Bauman is working to revive General Jim Allen’s defective and dangerous Obama-era plan for Palestinian statehood.

McMaster also replaced K.T. McFarland with Dina Habib-Powell — a defender of Huma Abedin and friend of pro-Iran-deal Obama era figures such as Valerie Jarett.

As PJ Media New York editor David Steinberg wrote: “One is hard-pressed to identify a member of the NSC brought in by McMaster with a history of aligning with President Trump on Iran or with his Mideast policy in general.”

A White House official estimated that well over fifty percent of the NSC staff are Obama holdovers.

McMaster has also promoted certifying that Iran is in compliance with the Iran deal — even though Iran: banned International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors from its Parchin nuclear facility; refused to allow IAEA investigators to interview Iran’s nuclear scientists; and has repeatedly tested intercontinental ballistic missiles in violation of UN Security Council resolutions; and despite German intelligence reports that Iran is cheating on the deal.

And when pressed about Iran’s violations, McMaster inaccurately and misleadingly stated that Iran is merely violating the Iran deal’s “spirit.” This flies the face of President Trump’s promise to tear up or rigorously enforce the Iran deal and punish violations.

Mirroring the Obama administration’s practices, McMaster opposes using the term “radical Islamic terrorism” or other indicia of terrorists’ jihadist ideology.

It’s notable that those who have castigated ZOA’s detailed critique of McMaster have failed to refute a single ZOA concern. They merely condemned ZOA as wrong and scurrilous. The most that any of ZOA’s critics could offer was the “opinion” of anonymous Israeli officials that McMaster is a “friend” and that there is “no need to agree with every position McMaster has taken.”
Another issue that’s been ignored is why has a bevy of anti-Trump, anti-Israel activists and groups — including CNN’s Van Jones, Media Matters, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — leapt to Trump appointee McMaster’s defense.

Yet they never leapt to defend the pro-Israel David Friedman’s appointment as ambassador to Israel when he was criticized. Meanwhile, many strong supporters of Israel have supported ZOA’s critique of McMaster’s actions.

All of ZOA’s critics have two things in common. They use ugly, nonsensical, vacuous name-calling to defend McMaster and they fail to refute a single issue of concern ZOA raised. The critics’ inability to address ZOA’s numerous concerns only strengthens ZOA’s case about McMaster’s hostility to Israel and failure to take strong action against Iran and radical Islami st terrorism.

 
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Cutting Young Girls, (Female Genital Mutilation), Isn’t Religious Freedom

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Redacted from an article by Kristina Arriaga

Wall Street Journal
Aug. 25, 2017

Earlier this year, a 7-year-old girl from Minnesota entered an examination room at a clinic just outside of Detroit. Thinking this was a regular visit, she allowed the doctor to remove her pants and underwear and place her on the examination table. Suddenly, while two women in the clinic held her hands, the physician spread her legs and cut her clitoris. Two months later she told investigators the pain ran down to her ankles and she could barely walk.

In April Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who allegedly performed the procedure, was charged with conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation. Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, the owner of the since-closed clinic, was also charged.

Investigators suspect Ms. Nagarwala may be involved in 100 other cases, and the trial starts in October. This marks the first time a female genital mutilation case is going to federal court. The lawyers for the Michigan physician will argue the girl “underwent a benign religious procedure.” This is a dangerous hypocrisy with far-reaching consequences.

Female genital mutilation has been illegal in the U.S. since 1996. Yet a 2012 study in the journal Public Health Reports estimates that more than 500,000 girls in the U.S. have undergone the procedure or are at risk.

These girls live all over the country, with larger Muslim concentrations in California, New York and Minnesota. Most go through this process in secret, and only 25 states have laws that criminalize the procedure. In Maine, the American Civil Liberties Union has opposed a bill to do so on the ground that “the risk of mutilation isn’t worth expanding Maine’s criminal code.”

Female genital mutilation, most often performed on girls under 13, has serious medical and psychological repercussions. The cutting ranges from a clitoridectomy, partial to total removal of the clitoris, to infibulation, removal of all the external genitalia. The latter is so severe that “healing” often involves binding the girl from ankle to waist until the scar tissue closes. This kind of cutting leaves an opening the width of a pencil for urination, menstruation, sex and childbirth.

In 2015 a U.N. official estimated that 20% of parents take their daughters to physicians but the rest use improvised sharp objects.

This spring, an Ethiopian man in Georgia was deported for performing female genital mutilation with a pair of scissors on his 2-year-old daughter. Parents fearing prosecution sometimes take their girls out of the country for “vacation cutting.”

A report from Unicef suggests at least 200 million girls and women alive today, in 30 countries, have undergone some form of it. (The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, of which I am vice chairwoman, does not take an official position on female genital mutilation.)

Whether this practice is religious or cultural is debatable. In the Michigan case, the victims belong to an Indian Shiite Muslim sect called the Dawoodi Bohra, whose members refer to the clitoris as a sinful lump of flesh.

The cutting, khatna, is considered a religious observance to prevent girls from becoming promiscuous. Yet female genital mutilation predates Christianity and Islam. No religious text requires it. Many imams have issued fatwas against the practice and Christian leaders like Pope Francis have denounced it.

The physician’s lawyers announced they will craft a religious-freedom defense. And they may be astute enough to get away with it. The all-star team includes constitutional law scholar and O.J. Simpson lawyer Alan Dershowitz, along with Mayer Morganroth, (Shame on them. I don’t think they will find this procedure within their own Hebrew bible – Not that that matters to them jsk ) who represented assisted-suicide champion Dr. Jack Kevorkian for more than 15 years. They are funded by an international Muslim organization called Dawat-e-Hadiyah.

The lawyers must know they are entering dangerous territory, at least in terms of public relations. After coming under criticism for defending female genital mutilation, Mr. Dershowitz suggested during a June interview that pricking the girls’ clitoris would be a better way to fulfill a “religious legal obligation.” This is absurd. There is no such obligation.

The physician’s lawyers have not only put these girls at even greater risk, they have tainted the religious freedom of all Americans with their specious arguments.

Religious freedom is a bedrock right that ensures all can live according to their convictions. It also allows for the existence of charities providing Americans with an equivalent of $1.2 trillion annually in food, shelter, medical care and more. It is not a tool to protect harmful practices like female genital mutilation.

These girls are among the most vulnerable in society. For their sake, Americans must raise their voices against this detestable practice. Doing what is right may also yield an important social good: the restoration of religious freedom to its proper place in American culture and jurisprudence.
Ms. Arriaga is a contributor at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.

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Hezbollah has taken over Lebanon dominating UN supposed monitors for years. II Latest President Trump “peace” mission to Israel

I  Redacted from an article by Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon

II Commentary – Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor

Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2017

Ambassador Danon: The Security Council must expand the force’s mandate—and make sure they do their jobs.

Over the past year, I have given dozens of United Nations ambassadors tours of Israel’s border with Lebanon. During a recent visit with my American counterpart, Nikki Haley, Israel Defense Forces officers identified Hezbollah positions along our northern border.

Our guests appropriately asked where the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon was, and why nothing was being done to stop Hezbollah terrorists from blatantly violating numerous Security Council resolutions.

Our answer was simple. The UNIFIL force is there, but they are not effectively fulfilling their mandate. The good news is that when UNIFIL mandate comes before the Security Council later this month, there are practical steps that can be taken to ensure that this important U.N. force succeeds and another conflict with Hezbollah is avoided.

UNIFIL was established in 1978 with the goal of restoring “international peace and security” and assisting the Lebanese government in extending its authority over southern Lebanon. The force was altered in 1982 after the First Lebanon War and again in 2000 when Israel completed its withdrawal from Lebanese territory.

In August 2006, following the Second Lebanon War and the subsequent Security Council Resolution 1701, UNIFIL’S mandate expanded to include monitoring the cease-fire. Most importantly, UNIFIL was charged with ensuring that the territory south of the Litani River remained free of weapons and fighters other than the Lebanese army.

Unfortunately, these efforts have failed. Over the past year alone, we have shared with the Security Council new information detailing how border towns have become Hezbollah strongholds. One out of three buildings in the village of Shaqra is now being used to store arms or launch attacks on Israel.

We also shared with the council intelligence revealing how the Iranians use civilian airlines to smuggle dangerous arms into southern Lebanon. When the Second Lebanon War ended, Hezbollah had around 7,000 rockets. Today, they have more than 100,000.

Hezbollah is lately stepping up its efforts to destabilize the region. In April its fighters posed for pictures with rocket-propelled-grenade launchers during a media “tour” of their positions along Israel’s border. UNIFIL forces did nothing to halt this live, televised violation of Security Council resolutions.

In June, Israel reported to the U.N. that Hezbollah has established a series of border outposts under the guise of an agricultural organization called Green Without Borders. Our intelligence services have determined that these positions are used regularly for reconnaissance operations against Israel. In this instance too, UNIFIL insisted on turning a blind eye, claiming that it lacked authority to investigate.

To rectify this situation, and avoid a new conflict, the Security Council must make real changes to UNIFIL’s mandate. In addition to generally improving UNIFIL performance, the council should insist on three vital steps.

First, UNIFIL must increase its presence in the territory. This includes meticulously inspecting the towns and villages of southern Lebanon. Hezbollah strongholds, like the one in Shaqra, must be dismantled, and other villages must be kept free of rockets and weapons aimed at Israeli population centers.

Second, UNIFIL must report all violations of Resolution 1701. The Security Council should not hear about them from us, and definitely not from the media. It is vital that UNIFIL report on these violations in real time to ensure that the members of the council can take appropriate measures.

Third, the UNIFIL UNIFIL forces must insist on unlimited access to all suspicious installations under their mandate. As a report by the U.N. secretary-general recently noted, UNIFIL is regularly obstructed in southern Lebanon. Excuses regarding the activities of nongovernmental organizations or other Hezbollah front groups should not be tolerated.

Israel has been, and always will be, ready to defend its citizens. At the same time, no one wants UNIFIL to succeed more than Israel does. With Hamas rearming in Gaza and Islamic State increasing its strength along our frontier with Syria, we seek calm and stability on our northern border.

To achieve this, the Security Council must step up its efforts to ensure that UNIFIL’s renewed mandate fulfills the goals outlined above. Failing to do so will call into question the efficacy of this U.N. peacekeeping force and endanger the lives of innocent Israelis and Lebanese.
Mr. Danon is Israel’s ambassador to the U.N.

II Commentary – Jerome S. Kaufman

(Only one problem, Ambassador Danon — The UN and especially the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon ((UNIFIL) does not give a damn about Israel. In fact, they openly side with Hezbollah and in the past have allowed Hezbollah missile launchers to fire right alongside or within UNIFIL posts. When Israel finally retaliates and takes out those launch pads, the UN goes ballistic against Israel, as usual, labeling it the aggressor.

The only answer is and always has been for Israel to maintain complete military dominance over Southern Lebanon and launch as many pre-emptive strikes as necessary to keep the area clear of any striking force into Israeli communities. And let the Russians, the Iranians, the Lebanese and the American State Dept. be so advised.

Israel must be dependent only upon the Israel Defense Forces and quickly wreck havoc upon any forces lined up against the Jewish Homeland.

The world only understands power, Mr. Ambassador. It is way past time Israel and Jews world-wide understand that. Any other concept is delusional and will unnecessarily cost Israeli lives and we cannot afford the loss of any more Jewish lives. Six million the last time and Peres, victims for “peace” since, is more than enough.

Yes, Mr. Ambassador, let the rest of the world labor under their own delusions. Israel cannot afford that luxury 

Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor
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AMERICA’S ISLAM TRANCE

David Kupelian on why Muslim religion is growing rapidly in world’s most Christian nation

(Redacted from a more detailed, must read article (Whistleblower Magazine/World Net Daily, May 2017)

It’s not that unusual for an Islamic society

After all, the usual features are all on display – the Muslim call to prayer, the teaching of Islam in the nation’s schools to the exclusion of other religions, preferential treatment afforded Muslims by government and the courts, news coverage reflexively portraying Islam in a positive light, the rapid growth in mosque construction – and also the disturbing cultural phenomena of female genital mutilation, “honor killings” and so on.
Except this is not Saudi Arabia or Egypt we’re talking about, or any of the world’s approximately 50 Muslim-majority countries.

This is the United States of America. Not America as it might be one day if current trends continue, but as it is right now – today.

That’s right. While North Korea threatens to nuke the U.S. mainland, while the left (including most of the media) continues its infantile post-election meltdown into madness, while President Trump endeavors to remedy the torrent of national and international problems unleashed by his predecessor Barack Obama – beneath the radar and largely out of view, America is inexorably becoming ever more Islamized.

While a few brave souls have been sounding the alarm over the progressive inroads Shariah Islam is making into American culture, schools, colleges, religion, medicine, law, government and even the military, perhaps the most important question that needs to be addressed at this point is, why?

 
Why, when Judeo-Christian America has been hands-down the most successful nation in history – indeed why, when Americans are blessed with a crystal ball called Europe in which they can clearly see the disastrous future awaiting a once-Christian civilization that recklessly embraces Islamic expansionism – would we continue down the same suicidal path that has led to Europe’s virtual suicide?

There are several reasons, some obvious, some less so.

Let’s start with the obvious: Power-mad Beltway Democrats’ obsession with importing multitudes of voters in hopes of attaining a “permanent progressive voting majority,” since statistically the vast majority of Muslims in America vote Democrat. Big business’s selfish desire for cheap immigrant labor. Liberal-left Christians’ naive compulsion to “welcome” Muslim “refugees,” not simply to help the needy and downtrodden, but to prove to others – and to themselves – that they are good people and not “racists,” “Islamophobes” or “xenophobes.”

And of course, Muslim Brotherhood-front organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ go-to tactic of exploiting America’s expansive First Amendment religious freedom protections to aggressively advance their Shariah-supremacist agenda.
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This inversion of Americans’ traditional core values, which causes us, for example, to glorify and celebrate immorality, perversion and mental illness (like troubled people amputating healthy body parts and pretending to be the opposite sex) while reviling and punishing virtue (like the Christian county clerk jailed for conscientiously objecting to signing a marriage license for two homosexuals) is the same inversion of values that inspires us to enthusiastically import into our country as many people as possible who are steeped in a religious and political ideology dedicated to crushing our own.

It’s as though we’re living in a hypnotic trance, in a dream state, wherein we are moving in slow motion toward certain destruction. A few of us see the danger and shout warnings, but to no avail. No one seems to hear us, or else if they do hear they don’t comprehend the peril and instead attack us and call us terrible names – or worse.

 
There’s another critical dynamic that explains, at least in part, the cravenly pro-Muslim “trance state” of the leftist media, academy and culture: Terrorists provide powerful public relations cover for non-violent “moderate” Muslims seeking the same ultimate end as jihadists – for America to become Islamic. As Author McCarthy explains:

 

“Just as the Soviet collapse has been a boon for the left, the ferocity and overreach of Muslim terrorists has been a dual boon for Islamism. So atrocious has been the bloodbath wrought by al Qaeda, its affiliates and its imitators that it has enabled more methodical Muslim extremists to operate under the radar. Repeated terror strikes, culminating in the death of nearly 3,000 innocents and the surreal demolition of the seemingly impregnable Twin Towers, shock Americans and their government into a myopic determination to prevent additional mass-murder attacks.

“In this climate of fear, the calculating but apparently non-violent Islamist compares favorably with the uncompromising, blood-soaked Islamist terrorist. He is thus regarded as cause of hope – indeed, as a moderate – by government and opinion elites. This, despite the fact that his agenda is essentially the same as the terrorist’s: Only their methods differ, and even those differences are shades of gray.”

 

We are just scratching the surface here. I invite you to join me in exploring this crucial subject much more fully in the current eye-opening issue of Whistleblower magazine, titled “HOW ISLAM IS SECRETLY TRANSFORMING AMERICA.”

 
David Kupelian is an award-winning journalist, vice president and managing editor of WND, editor of Whistleblower magazine and widely read columnist. He is also the best-selling author of “The Marketing of Evil” (2005), “How Evil Works” (2010) and most recently, “The Snapping of the American Mind” (2015).

 

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On Radical Islam, Trump Has Lost His Focus

There’s no promised  ‘extreme vetting,’ no outreach to moderates, and too much coziness with Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA

By Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Wall Street Journal

Aug. 10, 2017

 

 

Candidate Donald Trump vowed to take a fresh approach to Islamic extremism. He ditched the politically correct language of the Obama administration by declaring that we were mired in an ideological conflict with radical Islam, which he likened to the totalitarian ideologies America had defeated in the 20th century.

 

Mr. Trump also promised, as part of his immigration policy, to put in place an extreme vetting system that screens for Islamic radicalism. He vowed to work with genuine Muslim reformers and concluded with the promise that one of his first acts as president would be to establish a commission on radical Islam.
Mr. Trump has had more than six months to make good on these pledges. He hasn’t gotten very far. The administration’s first move, a hastily drafted executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries backfired when it was repeatedly blocked in court. (And, the Democratic Party)
Worse, subsequent moves have tended to run counter to Mr. Trump’s campaign pledges. Aside from a new questionnaire for visa applicants, there has been no clarity regarding the promised extreme vetting of Muslim immigrants and visitors. The promise to work with and empower authentic Muslim reformers has gone nowhere. The status of the promised commission on radical Islam remains unclear.
Perhaps most discouragingly, the administration’s Middle Eastern strategy seems to involve cozying up to Saudi Arabia, for decades the principal source of funding for Islamic extremism around the world.
Some administration critics have blamed the loss of focus on Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who became White House national security adviser in February. The most charitable formulation of this criticism is that military men who slogged their way through wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have an aversion to the argument that we face an ideological opponent, as opposed to a series of military problems.
But I put the responsibility on Mr. Trump. With regard to radical Islam, he simply seems to have lost interest.
Is all hope of a revamped policy on radical Islam lost? Not necessarily. Prominent members of Congress, among them Sens. Ron Johnson (R.Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R. Iowa) and Reps. Ron DeSantis (R.Fla.) and Trent Franks (R. Ariz.) understand that Islamism must be confronted with ideas as well as arms.
And this need not be a partisan issue. In the early years after 9/11, Sens. Jon Kyl (R. Ariz.), Dianne Feinstein (D.Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D. N.Y.) worked together to analyze the threat of Islamist ideology.
Even President Obama’s former representative to Muslim communities, Farah Pandith, who visited 80 countries between 2009 and 2014, wrote in 2015: “In each place I visited, the Wahhabi influence was an insidious presence, Funding all this was Saudi money, which paid for things like the textbooks, mosques, TV stations and the training of Imams.
In 2016, addressing the Council on Foreign Relations, Sen. Chris Murphy (D.,Conn.) sounded the alarm over Islamist indoctrination in Pakistan, noting that thousands of schools funded with Saudi money teach a version of Islam that leads into anti-Western militancy.
We have already seen one unexpected outbreak of bipartisanship in Washington this summer, over tightening sanctions on Russia in retaliation for President Vladimir Putin’s many aggressions.
I propose that the next item of cross-party business should be for Congress to convene hearings on the ideological threat of radical Islam.
Who wants America on offense, with a coherent and intelligible strategy?
Newt Gingrich asked in 2015, when he called for such hearings. Then as now, if the president has forgotten his campaign commitments lawmakers can and should step up to the plate.

Ms. Hirsi Ali is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and founder of the AHA Foundation.

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The Jerusalem Holy Temple Mount was Empty – For a moment – Until the Israelis interfered once again in their own destiny.

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By Moshe Feiglin

 

 

12 Av 5777 – August 4, 2017

 
Although I anticipated that Netanyahu would remove the metal detectors from the Temple Mount, and although I very much hoped that I would be proven wrong, things developed in such an amazing and fascinating manner that I couldn’t help but think that perhaps we were on the threshold of an historic change.

 
Everything that happened on the Temple Mount is the opposite of what you would have expected. After Israel liberated the Temple Mount in the Six-Day War, then Defense Minister Moshe Dayan returned the keys to the Temple Mount to the Muslim wakf.

 

The wakf was in shock. Fifty years later, Netanyahu begged the wakf to take the Mount back, but they were simply unwilling to do so, deciding instead to boycott the site. This was inexplicable. Israel had already removed the metal detectors and even took down the security cameras.

 

Just as Jordan’s King Hussein forced Israel to liberate Jerusalem in 1967, so too the Muslim wakf was forcing Netanyahu to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Temple Mount. This historic change could only happen to the Nation of Israel. It was simply amazing.

 

The Temple Mount was empty. After 50 years, it was in our hands! The Arabs were not there. Only Jews were on the Temple Mount. This was absolutely astounding! The problem is that Am Yisrael (The Israeli people) did not have the leadership capable of understanding this historic moment and translating it into practical strategy.

The Muslim wakf was completely right about the metal detectors. For years, Israel had been saying that the Temple Mount belongs to the Arabs. So if it is theirs, why were we putting metal detectors at the gates of their home? The Arabs understood very well that the metal detectors are a flag that symbolize sovereignty.

 
The entire situation on the Temple Mount revolves around sovereignty – not prayer. When Netanyahu folded and agreed to remove the metal detectors, he cut the rope that ties us to this land precisely at that stake to which everything else is tied.

All of rights on this land, all of our connection to it, to Zionism, to Mount Zion – everything from which we draw our identity – revolves around the Temple Mount. From the moment that Netanyahu folded and indicated that the Mount is theirs, not ours, he opened the door, G-d forbid, to ever-increasing pressure on Israel.

 

We have just missed an extraordinary opportunity. In my estimation, Israel’s weakness on the Temple Mount will bring a very serious conflict upon us with much more difficult starting conditions because, with our capitulation, we have lost our sense of justice. And a nation that has lost its sense of justice cannot win – even if it has the most sophisticated army, the smartest submarines, the F-15, the F-16 and the F-35.

 

A young Arab girl with a pair of scissors who knows what she is doing here will defeat an Israeli soldier with the most sophisticated weapon. Ultimately, justice is the best weapon of all.

 
Moshe Zalman Feiglin (Hebrew: משה פייגלין, born 31 July 1962) is an Israeli politician and columnist. A former member of Likud, he headed the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction within the party, and represented Likud in the Knesset between 2013 and 2015.

 
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