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Judenrein Jerusalem Watch

Sorry, Arabs, but “Next year in Passaic” just doesn’t have the right ring to it:

Arab rioters hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint Jerusalem neighborhood just hours after Jewish families moved in, police said Tuesday.

No one was injured in the incident in the Kfar Shiloach neighborhood (known as Silwan in Arabic) late on Monday, which saw a group of Palestinians firing flares and throwing petrol bombs at the building, a police statement said.

No serious damage was caused and no arrests were made.

Arrests? What for? Just kids blowing off steam. And smoke.

You don’t need to light a fuse to eliminate Jews from Jerusalem:

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has toughened the PA law against selling property to Israeli Jews Tuesday, following recent successful efforts by Jewish NGOs to reclaim parts of Jerusalem where former Jewish communities where expelled.

According to the new legislation, any Palestinian Arabs involved in renting, selling or facilitating real estate transactions with citizens of “hostile countries” in any way would receive life imprisonment and hard-labor, according to Wafa news agency.

The previous law “only” sentenced those found guilty to life imprisonment.

Why would Abbas want a state when he can just change the law on a whim? L’état, c’est lui. Unless he learned that from Obama.

Last, but certainly not least:

Jordan’s King Abdullah II is pressing Israel not to pass a bill allowing Jews to exercise their religious rights and pray on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, a senior official of the Hashemite kingdom revealed on Tuesday.

Jordanian Ambassador to “Palestine” Khalid al-Shawabka told the Palestinian Arab Ma’an News Agency that a bill proposed by MK Miri Regev (Likud) dividing prayer time at the Mount, as is done in Hevron’s Cave of Machpelah, is “unacceptable,” calling the Al-Aqsa Mosque (often used as a euphemism for the entire Temple Mount) and Jerusalem “red lines.”

Jews can’t buy houses in Jerusalem; they can’t live in them once they do buy them; and they can’t pray at the site of their (razed—twice) holiest shrine in their faith—which happens to be located in, you guessed it, Jerusalem.

And John Kerry blames Israel for “street anger and agitation”. I wonder how he’d feel about street anger in Louisburg Square?

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There Goes the Neighborhood

There are no no-go areas in Jerusalem:

Dozens of Jewish Israelis moved into an apartment complex in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan overnight Sunday to Monday morning, repeating a nighttime operation that had drawn international condemnation.

Ateret Cohanim, an organization that settles Jews in Arab areas of East Jerusalem, said Monday that it facilitated the purchase of two buildings. Spokesman Daniel Lurie said the buildings have nine apartments in all, and will double the Jewish presence in the section of the Silwan neighborhood.

The apartments are near Beit Yonatan, another building inhabited by Jewish residents and owned by Ateret Cohanim.

Ir Amim, a dovish Israeli rights group, said the move would raise tensions.

“The entry of more settlers into Silwan is another step toward closing the window for a diplomatic solution,” Ir Amim policy development director Oshrat Maimon said in a statement.

We’re arguing over nine apartments? Making 18 apartments overall? In buildings that were bought and paid for? And this is a problem?

At most, we’re talking about 1% of the population:

Around 90 settler families, totaling 500 people, live in Silwan among some 50,000 Palestinians. Israeli police protect them.

“This is a government by the settlers for the settlers,” said Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator, calling the move an attempt to erase Palestinian identity.

I would argue—and do, vociferously—that there is no “Palestinian identity” in Jerusalem. Arab, perhaps, “Palestinian”, no. I equally vociferously argue that there is no “Palestinian identity”, period. But that’s for another time.

Arabs like these are uncomfortable living with any Jews, as in any more than none. That’s not true of all Israeli Arabs (20% of the nation’s population), but it’s true of enough.

And then there’s their apologists:

Many centuries before Jerusalem was conquered by King David and became the capital of the united kingdom of Judea and Samaria, Hebron was already deeply embedded in Jewish history. There, according to the biblical narrative, Abraham purchased a burial place for Sarah in the first parcel of land owned by the Jewish people in their promised land. The matriarchs and patriarchs of the Jewish people were buried there. Joseph and his brothers brought the body of their father Jacob from Egypt for burial in the cave of Machpelah. At the beginning of the Common Era, King Herod built its massive stone enclosure that remains the oldest intact structure in the Land of Israel. Jews have returned to pray and to live in Hebron ever since.

But in a recent speech Sir Alan Duncan MP, formerly vice chairman of the Conservative Party and minister for international development, demonstrated his appalling ignorance of Jewish history and his no less reprehensible loathing for Israel. Gliding from accusations of “criminal intent” for its announcement of plans to build 2,600 homes in Jerusalem (for Jews and Arabs), he redirected his fury to the community of 800 Hebron Jews who live in a tiny enclave surrounded by 170,000 Palestinians. “One should not use the word ‘apartheid’ lightly,” Duncan raged, “but as a description of Hebron it is both accurate and undeniable.” There, he asserted, “the rule of international law has been shelved.” He proclaimed: “Over the years we have made a firm stand against racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism. It is time now that we added ‘settlement endorsement’ to that list of extreme undemocratic attitudes which we are not prepared to tolerate.” With that outburst Sir Alan elevated himself to the top rank of anti-Semitic bigots.

Some twenty miles to the north of Hebron, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, Jews are no less welcome. Until recently 500 Jews lived among 50,000 Palestinians in the neighborhood abutting Ir David, captured by King David three thousand years ago. Long before Muhammad tethered his horse Burack to the Western Wall, according to Muslim legend, Jews lived nearby. As in Hebron, they were expelled but eventually returned to reside in their sacred cities. But the dismaying prospect of yet more Jews in Silwan roiled Palestinian residents, who found a sympathetic forum – not surprisingly – in The New York Times. In yet another Times story (October 15) lamenting the arrival of Jews in Silwan, Isabel Kirshner labeled it a “politically delicate neighborhood” located “in territory that Israel conquered from Jordan” in 1967 and then annexed “in a move that was never internationally recognized.”

Back to Silwan:

A “neighborhood activist” explained: “Settlers’ buying houses seems legitimate, but it’s not. . . . We are not living in Tel Aviv, in a normal situation to decide whether to sell or not.” An East Jerusalem lawyer representing Silwan families was vigorously searching for “flaws, illegalities or violations” that could nullify the sale of property to Jews. “The national and religious control for the area,” Kirshner concluded, “is taking place house by house.” Jews, by strong implication, are the pushy intruders. Conspicuously absent from her interviews were Jewish residents of Silwan, who might have expressed contrary views about Jewish newcomers.

These ancient “sister cities,” as David Ben-Gurion identified Hebron and Jerusalem, are more deeply embedded in Jewish history than any others. “We will make a great and awful mistake,” he declared after the Six-Day War, “if we fail to settle Hebron, neighbor and predecessor of Jerusalem, with a large Jewish settlement, constantly growing and expanding.” That is hardly less true for the city whose loss Jews lamented from Babylonian exile in the 6th century BCE: “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning. . . . Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember you not; if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy” (Psalm 137:5-6). Jerusalem includes Silwan.

By the way, Silwan is the place name Arabic; it’s Shiloah in Hebrew. Because it’s Israeli, ancient and modern.

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A Disturbing Feeling

We’ve long and often remarked that Israel can win the war, but always loses the peace. I’ve been getting that feeling ever more strongly over the past few days.

Leave it to John Kerry to crystalize those murky misgivings:

“There wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation,” Kerry claimed, referring to a visit to Cairo that raised $5.4 billion for Hamas in Gaza on Sunday.

He further implied that Israel was responsible for “humiliating” the Palestinians.

“People need to understand the connection of that. And it has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity,” he said.

Ah yes, the Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ canard. The only two words in that phrase that are not lies are “of” and “the”. The media account claims Kerry blamed ISIS on Israel, but that may be a bit of a stretch. But the “street anger” and “agitation”, whatever he may mean, have nothing to do with Israel. And even if they did, so what? Since when did we plot foreign policy based on the to-do lists of Islamist whack-jobs in Libya, Syria, and Iraq? In Lebanon and Gaza? In Somalia, Yemen, and Chad? In Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Chechnya?

What does any of it have to do with Israel?

But this does:

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think what the signals are is they are going to reach an agreement [with Iran]. It will be a terrible agreement for the west. It will allow the Iranians to enrich. It will leave them as a threshold nuclear state so that the administration will claim the fig leaf will be, it doesn’t have a bomb, the real story will be we will leave Iran within three months, four months, of going to a bomb any time it wants between here and eternity, which means it’s going to be essentially a nuclear power in the region. And as a result of that I guarantee you it will be a nuclear arms race in the most unstable area in the world with the worst people on earth. We will regret this for generations.

Contemporaneous with this, nations across Europe are officially and unofficially recognizing an entity they call the “Palestinian State”.

Lastly, Venezuela—as Jew-hating a state as exists in South America—was just voted to the UN Security Council.

Maybe this doesn’t matter. Israel is strong and relatively well off. It is used to being a pariah among unrighteous nations. I just wonder if Benjamin Netanyahu, no fool he, thinks about Obama like he’s some kind of crazy homeless man on the subway. Maybe if I don’t make eye contact, he’ll leave me alone, and this will all be over. That’s the way it feels to me. If we can just get to January 2017, we may be all right.

Lately, though, I’d bet on armageddon if I thought I could collect.

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The Louse That Roared

Shell Jewish kindergartens, win valuable prizes!

A donor conference in Cairo to raise money to rebuild the Gaza Strip after this year’s war between Hamas and Israel ended with pledges of $5.4 billion for reconstruction there, Norway’s foreign minister said Sunday.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende offered the figure at the end of Sunday’s one-day conference, far beyond the $4 billion initially sought by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

In the Peter Sellers movie, The Mouse That Roared, the Grand Duchy of Fenwick declares war on the United States because they know they will lose without a shot being fired, and profit immeasurably from America’s generosity to its vanquished opponents (such as through the Marshall Plan).

As ever, farce plays out as tragedy in Arab-occupied Israel.

Qatar pledged $1 billion toward the reconstruction, once again using its vast wealth to reinforce its role as a regional player as Gulf Arab rival the United Arab Emirates promised $200 million.

The pledges followed US Secretary of State John Kerry earlier announcing immediate American assistance of $212 million. The European Union pledged 450 million euros ($568 million), while Turkey, which has been playing a growing role in the Middle East in recent years, said it was donating $200 million.

Let me see what I have in my pocket: a green Life Saver, a gas station receipt, some lint. They can have the lint.

The Kurds, true heroes in the fight against the Islamofascists of ISIS, can’t get a pea-shooter from Turkey. Heck, Turkey won’t even let its own Kurds go fight with Syria’s Kurds. Yet they give the Islamofascists of Hamass $200 million. We’re even worse—thank you, John Kerry—at $212 million.

Who’s up for insult to injury?

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed last summer’s Gaza war on Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian territories, as he called on both parties to finalized an agreement for a two-state solution.

“We must not lose sight of the root causes of the recent hostilities: a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations,” Ban said.

I really owe Kofi Annan an apology. I used to shred him for statements like these. But it’s not him, it’s not even Banki. It’s the UN. Hamass planned the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish Israeli teens, then let fly with thousands of missiles, mortars, and rockets across Israel. They violated every “rule” of war, deliberately targeting civilians and even more deliberately putting their own civilians at risk of death. And they still came in at 35% over their fundraising budget. What lesson would you take away from this except that war pays—handsomely?

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Speaking Truth to Power

More like speaking truth to vain, ignorant posing (which isn’t as pithy):

“As Prime Minister of Israel, I do not understand the criticism – Arabs in Jerusalem buy apartments and no one bothers them or rules them out. By the same token, I’m not going to say to Jews not to buy in Jerusalem, including in Silwan – we cannot have discrimination – this approach is unacceptable to me.

“It is the right of Jews to buy an apartment in Jerusalem – I stand firm by my decision, there will not be a situation where Jews will not be able to buy an apartment in Jerusalem,” the prime minister reiterated.

I’m sure Bibi was diplomatic when speaking to Barack:

Israeli public radio quoted Netanyahu as telling Obama in talks in Washington Wednesday to “study the facts and details before making statements” about the building plan.

“It’s worth learning the information properly before deciding to take a position like that,” he said of the statement.

In a parallel universe, there is a world which celebrates the return of Jews to their ancestral homeland. That we lived to see it, that a Jewish state with Jerusalem as its capital existed, would be considered a miracle in that world.

We’re stuck with this one. At least, for every Obama there is a Netanyahu.

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When All Else Fails

Blame the Jews:

The leader of Argentina’s Jewish community lamented on Monday the speech President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner gave Friday at the UN General Assembly which was, he alleged, unfairly critical of the community.

The speech also appears to hint at a Jewish conspiracy behind the economic crisis experienced by Argentina in recent decades – though Fernandez never said so outright.

Fernandez blasted Jewish community leaders for their unwillingness to let Iran participate in the probe into the 1994 Argentine Jewish Charities Federation (AMIA) bombing attack in Buenos Aires, which left 85 people dead and 300 others injured.

A year ago Iran confirmed that it would cooperate with Argentina in probing the attack after charges that Tehran was behind it.

That’s like Dr. Mengele assisting the allied powers in investigating Nazi atrocities. It’s exactly like it.

But it gets worse:

Kirchner appeared to draw a link between Jewish opposition to Argentina’s cooperation with Iran on the AMIA bombing, the “vulture funds” – commonly known as hold-out funds – that her country owes money to, and Israel’s Gaza war, in her speech at the General Assembly. She devoted a large portion of her speech to the need to confront “economic terrorists” like the hold-out funds.

The hold-out funds, having bought heavily discounted defaulted Argentina 2033 bonds remaining on the market after its 2001 default, then refused to join the the debt restructuring in 2005 and 2010, when about 90% of bondholders agreed to accept conversion of the defaulted bonds into new ones with longer maturity and lower interest rates.

According to Global-Investment.com, the leading hold-out funds that refuse to accept the restucturing are NMB Capital’s Elliott Fund, run by Paul Elliott Singer, and Aurelius Capital, run by Mark Brodsky – and both Singer and Brodsky are Jewish.

Aha! Caught ya, Jews!! “Vulture funds”, though. Wonder where she got that?

Just a coincidence?

A 2011 poll conducted by the Gino Germani Research Institute of the University of Buenos Aires on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League and Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas showed that a majority of Argentines held anti-Semitic sentiments or prejudices. Of the 1,510 Argentines surveyed, 82% agreed with statements “that Jews are preoccupied with making money,” 49% said that they “talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust”, 68% said that they have “too much power in the business world”, and 22% said that the Jews killed Jesus. The majority of people interviewed also expressed belief that Jews are more loyal to Israel than their country of birth.

Kirchner spewed her vile garbage not in private, not at a neo-Nazi rally—but at the UN General Assembly. (No wonder nobody noticed.) There wasn’t an armed drone anywhere in the vicinity?

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Sharia4Belgium

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em:

Forty-six people, most of them still at large, were put on trial in Belgium on Monday for suspected membership in a propaganda group urging Belgian muslims to take part in the jihad holy war in Syria, AFP reports.

Armed police guarded the court in the northern port city of Antwerp where 16 people alleged to be part of Sharia4Belgium, including its head Fouad Belkacem, are being tried on charges of leading a terrorist organization. If convicted, they could face 20 years in prison.

The remaining 30 are being tried on charges of belonging to Sharia4Belgium.

I belong to the Oregon Chess Federation (well, I used to). Does that make me a criminal? Lighten up, Belgium.

The trial comes five months after a deadly attack on the Jewish museum in the center of Brussels, which has accompanied a resurgence of anti-Semitic violence in Europe and fears of terror strikes from foreign fighters returning from Syria.

If we jailed every anti-semite in Europe, we’d need Asia to hold them all.

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They Ain’t Making Jews Like Dreyfus Anymore

You know, that Jean Marie Le Pen, he wasn’t such a bad guy:

From the window of his Paris home, Michel Ciardi can see into the waiting room of a government welfare agency where a predominantly Arab and African crowd awaits government checks.

A former communist, Ciardi once believed the scene at the agency was a necessary element of French efforts to help integrate new immigrants. But that changed in 2000 after the second Palestinian intifada triggered a massive increase in anti-Semitic violence, much of it committed by Arab and African immigrants.

The violence was enough to shift his political allegiance to the National Front, a far-right party long demonized by French Jews as anti-Semitic and a threat to republican values.

“I never considered voting National Front,” Ciardi told JTA. “But I realized you need to defend yourself, your community, society and country against those seeking to subdue us.”

To be fair, it’s not Le Pen père we’re talking about, but Le Pen fille:

French Jewry has long viewed the National Front as an enemy, an abominable vestige of the pro-Nazi Vichy state. But under the leadership of Marine Le Pen, the photogenic daughter of party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, a political provocateur convicted multiple times for hate speech and Holocaust denial, the party has tried to shed its image as decidedly outside the mainstream.

The younger Le Pen has aggressively courted Jewish voters by emphasizing its opposition to “the Islamization of France” and asserting that Jews have far more to fear from Arab anti-Semitism than from the racist rhetoric of some far-right activists.

Her strategy appears to be working.

A recently published survey of 1,095 self-identified Jews showed that the National Front had more than doubled its share of the Jewish vote in the 2012 presidential elections, earning 13.5 percent of Jewish support — a finding that has set off alarm bells among leaders of France’s major Jewish groups.

I wouldn’t worry. This ain’t her daddy’s National Front. Besides, ask Enoch Powell how it feels to be right ahead of your time:

Here is a decent, ordinary fellow-Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that the country will not be worth living in for his children. I simply do not have the right to shrug my shoulders and think about something else. What he is saying, thousands and hundreds of thousands are saying and thinking – not throughout Great Britain, perhaps, but in the areas that are already undergoing the total transformation to which there is no parallel in a thousand years of English history.

We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancées whom they have never seen.

As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see “the River Tiber foaming with much blood”.

That speech, famously known as the “Rivers of Blood” speech, was delivered in 1968. Powell was reviled as a racist for decades thereafter. Until Woolwich.

And Jihadi John. Among several other incidents.

As Reagan’s Labor Secretary, Ray Donovan, famously quipped after his acquittal on charges of fraud, “Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?” Enoch Powell has since passed across the River Styx, “foaming with much blood”, his reputation very much intact. Jean Marie Le Pen will take a little more time.

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Holder Out; Sharpton Assisting The White House In New Attorney General Pick

Hey, why not Sharpton himself?

The Rev. Al Sharpton said his civil rights organization, the National Action Network, is “engaged in immediate conversations” with the White House as they work to name a successor to Attorney General Eric Holder, who is set to announce his resignation Thursday afternoon.

“We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder,” Sharpton said in a statement.

Sharpton praised Holder, the first African-American attorney general, as the “best” one in history when it comes to civil rights.

“The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is met with both pride and disappointment by the Civil Rights community,” he said. “We are proud that he has been the best Attorney General on Civil Rights in U.S. history and disappointed because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most.”

According to a Politico profile in August, in the aftermath of the racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Sharpton has become Obama’s “go-to man” on race issues.

It’s Rosh haShanna, so I will try to be charitable here. I’m trying. But to all of the liberal Jews, who voted for Obama, twice!!!, doesn’t it bother you just an itsy bitsy teensy weensie bit that Al The Antisemite Sharpton is Obama’s go-to guy for all things civil rights/ Creepy, right?

– Aggie

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He Said What???

“Too many Israelis are ready to abandon peace”, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday, as he addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

Wha? What is he talking about? I had to find the text in the news media, as it was curiously absent from the White House’s own version of the text.

Leadership will also be necessary to address the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. As bleak as the landscape appears, America will never give up the pursuit of peace. The situation in Iraq, Syria and Libya should cure anyone of the illusion that this conflict is the main source of problems in the region; for far too long, it has been used in part as a way to distract people from problems at home. And the violence engulfing the region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace.

Yeah, violence will do that to a person. Or a people.

But he’s wrong, of course. Again. Still. As ever. Most Israelis still want peace with the Arabs. They just disagree on how. Some want to sit down and talk with avowed ethnic haters and religious bigots to sort out an equitable deal fair for all. The way Sharon Tate tried to reason with the Manson “Family”. Others—my people—say, that’s it, time’s up. Sixty-six years is long enough trying to make peace with you (invented) people. We’ll take Judea and Samaria, thank you very much, and we’ll keep Golan, just because, and if it wouldn’t be too much trouble, can you be out of Gaza by next Tuesday, because we’re taking that too. Buh-bye. Enjoy Sinai. Or Jordan. Or Outer Mongolia.

But back to Butt-head Barack. How do you blame the victim of violence for wariness toward peace? Especially when they’ve been down this road so often before? The only time Israel is at peace with the so-called Palestinians is when they’ve just kicked their ass. Peace talks with the Arabs ALWAYS end in bloodshed—look at the record—as they did this summer.

This crew likes to think they’re so smart, but they couldn’t be any dumber if they tried (harder than they already seemingly do).

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Istanbull

Aggie linked yesterday to Bret Stephens’s brilliant column on what Obama got wrong (world’s longest book), which I read on my phone in the pre-dawn hours from the road, trying not to shout “[bleep] yeah!” at every irrefutable point.

I want to highlight one of them:

Next example: Turkey. In 2009 Mr. Obama decided to elevate Turkey and its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as his core partner in the Middle East. “On issue after issue we share common goals,” he told the Turkish parliament in April 2009. In 2012 he said that he and Mr. Erdogan had developed “bonds of trust.”

Yet in 2009 it was already clear that Mr. Erdogan was orchestrating huge show trials against his political opponents based on outlandish charges. By 2010 it was clear that he was an avowed supporter of Hamas, not to mention a vocal anti-Semite. In 2012 the Committee to Protect Journalists noted that Turkey had more journalists in prison than China and Iran put together.

Bet you didn’t know that.

And I bet you didn’t know this:

Three leading free speech groups have today sent an open letter to President Erdogan on the eve of his first address to the UN General Assembly as head of state, raising their concerns about the protection of freedom of expression in Turkey.

English PEN, ARTICLE 19 and Reporters Without Borders have called on President Erdogan to promote a culture that is favourable to freedom of expression.

23 September 2014

Dear President Erdo?an

We are writing to express our concerns about the threats and intimidation towards the journalist Ceylan Ye?insu. As you will be aware, Ms Ye?insu is a reporter for the New York Times based in Turkey and wrote an article about the recruitment of Turkish citizens by the Islamic State (ISIS) on 15 September. This was an important article in the public interest, an example of high quality and responsible investigative journalism that offers insight into ISIS at a critical time.

We were therefore dismayed to learn that following the article’s publication, Ceylan Ye?insu has been personally targeted by elements of the media sympathetic to the ruling AKP and on social media, with threats that pose a serious risk to her own safety. We were also gravely concerned to read reports that you yourself denounced the article as ‘shameless, immoral, treason’.

This is not an isolated incident. There is now a worrying trend of publicly smearing the reputation of journalists in Turkey, including threats to their lives.

Is this one of the “common goals” Obama says we share? Considering the way Obama treats any journalist with an independent mind (or how he would if there were such a creature), perhaps so. We’re hardly more supportive of Israel than Islamist Turkey.

More on those “bonds of trust”:

After years of publicly restraining himself regarding Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry that the words of the leader of Washington’s close NATO ally were anti-Semitic.

According to the paper, the crowd frequently interrupted Erdogan’s speech by chanting “Down with Israel.”

“They always curse at Hitler, but they now even exceed him in barbarism. Some Americans ask why Mr. Prime Minister [Erdogan] makes such comparisons with Hitler. What’s that to you? You’re America, what’s Hitler got to do with you,” he said.

We killed his mother[bleeping] ass, Dogorgan, that’s what. Ignorant sheisskopf. More on the subject if you have the stomach.

Back to the human rights crowd:

The right to freedom of expression is enshrined in the 1982 Turkish Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in a number of international treaties to which Turkey is a state party, including Article 19 of the ICCPR and Article 10 of the ECHR.

We ask you to use your influence as President of Turkey to foster a culture where freedom of expression can flourish and where Turkey’s talented community of writers, journalists and publishers can exercise their right to freedom of expression freely and without fear of intimidation.

Blah, blah, blah. Shut up. Appealing to fascists like Dogorgan and Putin (and I could go on) is a waste of time. Waste yours if you like. Include me out.

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Forgive and Forget. Or Just Forget

There are certain things one tries to forgive South Africa, and certain things one cannot. The Gods Must Be Crazy one can forgive; apartheid not.

Nelson Mandela, forgive (barely) (no, not really):

Desmond Tutu, definitely not:

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There is no forgiveness for this:

South Africa’s ruling party condemned Israel as a nation founded on the basis of apartheid, and branded the establishment of the state a crime against humanity.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry called the statement “shocking and unacceptable.”

“The state of Israel is the fulfillment of the millenary dreams and aspirations of the Jewish people and is the only safe haven for a persecuted nation,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said in a written statement. “In Israel all citizens enjoy equal rights, regardless of their creed and religion. The ANC statement is a shameful surrender to Israel hatred, promoted by anti-Semites and by haters.”

Precisely. Pity the ANC didn’t get ebola.

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