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Cover Blown

While the European Union considers Hamass as harmless as the Elks or the Webelos, Hamass considers its options:

According to the reports, Hamas has acknowledged the limited efficacy of its mid- and longer-range rockets, many of which were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system during the war, inflicting very limited civilian casualties. Meanwhile, Hamas has recognized the deadliness of mortar shells, which fall short of Iron Dome’s range.

One new approach that Hamas has been considering in an effort to extend its effective range is to launch large volleys of rockets that would challenge Iron Dome’s ability to fire interceptors in rapid succession, the reports said. It has also been conducting tests, lobbing dozens of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea in recent weeks, according to Ynet, which cited Palestinian Gaza sources in its report.

Is that how a crushed people in a devastated territory behave? Why would the international community reward an Islamofascist entity that starts wars, targets civilians (its own as well as Israeli), and earns the loathing of its big brother, Egypt?

Egyptian military troops have started to inform residents in Rafah that they must evacuate another 500 meters from the border with Gaza, indicting the beginning of the second phase in creating a buffer zone between Egypt and Gaza.

Residents of Rafah have begun to look for alternative housing in el Arish and Sheikh Zuwayed,

An earlier decision ordered residents to clear 500 meters from the border, following this order, the total area to be evacuated will reach 1 kilometer.

The government hopes the buffer zone will isolate the militants who say they attack the security forces in retaliation for the government crackdown on Morsi supporters in which at least 1,400 people have been killed in street clashes.

The authorities also hope that the buffer zone will neutralize hundreds of illegal underground tunnels connecting the Egyptian side of Rafah with Gaza.

Such tunnels are often used for smuggling weapons and militants, and the army says it has already destroyed more than 1,600 of them.

My only disappointment is that Egypt is using its own territory to build a moat around Gaza. I had previously congratulated them on seizing Gaza’s own land for that purpose.

And just for the sake of completeness:

A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip exploded in open territory near the Eshkol Regional Council on Friday around noon, the IDF confirmed.

But when I asked above “why would the international community reward an Islamofascist entity”, I was being rhetorical:

Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, UN and other officials say barely two percent of the money has been transferred.

The conference in Cairo had been hailed as a success, with Qatar promising $1 billion, Saudi Arabia $500 million and the United States and the European Union a combined $780 million in various forms of assistance.

Half was expected to go to rebuilding houses and infrastructure in Gaza destroyed during seven weeks of fighting, and the rest to support the Palestinian budget.

But of the total, only $100 million or so has been received, according to UN and other officials. While the EU and the United States have accelerated some funding that was already in the pipeline, very few new pledges have come to fruition.

So, the Arab states welsh on their pledges, made at a lavish, pointless conference, leaving the US and EU to pick up the tab—with some, most, or all of the money going toward rearming a group even Egypt treats as rabid, as the EU seeks to delist them as a terrorist organization.

And you say I’m cynical.

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Other Evictions You May Have Missed

Hey Amnesty, thanks for reading us, but…where’s our Hat Tip?

Egypt has forcibly evicted an estimated 1,165 families in Rafah so that it can clear a buffer zone by the Gaza border, charged the human rights group Amnesty International, which is concerned that additional homes will be demolished in the coming weeks.

“The scale of the forced evictions has been astonishing; the Egyptian authorities have thrown more than 1,000 families out of their homes in just a matter of days, flouting international and national law,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“Shocking scenes have emerged of homes in Rafah being bulldozed, bombed, with entire buildings reduced to piles of rubble and families forcibly evicted,” said Sahraoui on Thursday.

Give me a break with that “shocking” nonsense. Bulldozing and bombing buildings to rubble is always shocking, therefore never so. You sound like a bunch of sissies.

We’ve covered this story for a couple of weeks, though our coverage as been significantly more positive than AI’s.

Egypt has destroyed some 800 homes in November in response to an attack on one of its military checkpoints in north Sinai on October 24, in which 33 soldiers were killed. The armed group Ansar Bait al-Maqdishas claimed responsibility for this attack, Amnesty said.

Days after the attack, on October 29, Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab issued a legal mandate to create of a buffer zone by Rafah and called for the area to be evacuated.

Clearing a buffer zone to stop Hamas from building infiltration and smuggling tunnels from Gaza into Egypt is one of the steps Egypt is taking to protect its armed forces from attacks by militant groups, Amnesty said.

At least 238 members of the security forces have been killed in northern Sinai since 3 July 2013, according state media reports.

Egypt has a right to take security measures, but it must do so within the bounds of international human rights law, Amnesty said.

The forced evictions have ignored these laws, said Amnesty, which explained that residents were not given adequate notice, proper compensation and alternative housing.

What rights? Gaza is run by Hamass, a criminal and terrorist organization. It must be isolated. When it isn’t, people—Egyptian, Israeli, Gazan—die.

Besides:

In a November 20th interview on France i24, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi defended the home demolitions and explained that the local population had been notified.

“Meetings have been organized in order to compensate them and to rebuild a new city of Rafah,” Sisi said.

“In our struggle against terrorism, we always tried to do our utmost to spare the human lives of civilians. We always respected human rights,” Sisi said.

In a related story of displaced people:

History was made on Sunday, November 30, when for the first time in the annals of the state, official recognition was given to Jewish refugees from Arab lands and Iran.

The event, hosted by President Reuven Rivlin at his official residence, was the continuum of legislation that was passed by the Knesset in June of this year designating November 30 as the national day of commemoration of the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab lands and Iran. The date was significant in that it commemorates the day after the anniversary of the November 29, 1947 United Nations resolution on the partition of Palestine, which led to an immediate flare up of anti-Zionist action and policy among Arab states, resulting in the killing, persecution, humiliation, oppression and expulsion of Jews, the sequestration of Jewish property and a war against the nascent State of Israel.

In 1948 close to a million Jews lived in Arab lands. Some were massacred in pogroms. Most fled or were expelled between 1948 and 1967. In 1948 there were 260,000 Jews in Morocco. Today there are less than 3,000. In the same time frame, the Jewish population of Algeria declined from 135,000 to zero, in Tunisia from 90,000 to a thousand, in Libya from 40,000 to zero, in Egypt from 75,000 to less than one hundred, in Iraq from 125,000 to zero, in Yemen from 45,000 to approximately 200, in Syria from 27,000 to 100, and in Lebanon from 10,000 in the 1950s to less than 100.

Jewish population in Arab lands is now 4,500 out of 1948’s 1,000,000—a 99.55% eradication of their former number. And they have the chutzpah to accuse Israel of genocide.

We trust these two stories have been helpful in understanding the region. You’re welcome.

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Seething Palestinian Watch

I know, big surprise.

But at least they’re seething at someone different this time:

Another winter in the Balata refugee camp. And as the years go by, nothing here changes for the better. The same poor infrastructure, overcrowding, and poverty.

The largest and one of most notorious of the camps, central to the anti-Israel violence and terrorism of the first and second intifadas, Balata sits only a few kilometers from the heart of Nablus. But the gap between the camp’s 30,000 residents and the city’s has never been greater.

How Samarian Arab is that? Thirty-thousand people constitute a camp?

Doesn’t look anything like the YMCA camp I went to as a kid.

[T]his time, most of the complaints are directed against the Palestinian Authority and its head, Mahmoud Abbas. Even the Israeli occupation has lost its loathed primacy to the PA in the minds of the residents.

Ahmed, 30, points at the vegetable merchant who has set up shop across from his store. “You see the crates of vegetables?” he asks. “They have been sitting there for two days. He leaves them like that at night, and sells what is left during the day. These are not vegetables that are fit for humans, and still, people don’t have money to buy anything else. No one here has a permit to work in Israel, and the PA isn’t helping us. Try to get a bank loan. They won’t give them to camp residents.”

‘What happens to the outside financial help the PA is receiving? Why doesn’t it give any to the camp residents?’

“I blame Abbas for this situation,” he adds. “There are tons of drugs. Why doesn’t the PA deal with it?” he asks angrily.

His friend Samir joins our conversation. “There is no police, and there is no law. People walk around with pistols because they fear for themselves, not because of the Israelis. I ask, what happens to the outside financial help the PA is receiving? Why doesn’t it give any to the camp residents? Why doesn’t it invest in them? If things stay like this, if the PA continues to ignore us, the situation will ultimately lead to an explosion.”

What are you going to do, blow up your own buses? I’m mildly amused by the Arab-on-Arab crime, but Arab explosions bore me. Been there, done that.

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The UN, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International Could Not be Reached for Comment

But we’ll keep trying:

Ten civilians were killed overnight during fighting between the Egyptian army and Islamist militants in Sinai, near Egypt’s border with Gaza, where the military has launched a crackdown in recent weeks, security and medical sources said on Wednesday.

At least three of the casualties were children and three were women, the medical sources said. The victims were killed in their home by two mortar shells fired by militants during a night-time curfew, security sources said.

When will our State Department condemn these senseless killings? When will Jen Psycho take a # selfie? Why is it only news when Israel regrettably and regretfully takes civilian lives in its battles for self-defense?

These are all rhetorical questions.

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Temple Terror in Jerusalem

Can’t find a softer target than this:

Four people were killed, including one policeman, in a terror attack at a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Police said two attackers from East Jerusalem entered the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood at 7 a.m. and began attacking worshipers at morning prayers with a gun, a meat cleaver, and an ax.

Both terrorists were killed by police within seven minutes.

Israel Police said there were six injured, including two policemen, one of whom was seriously injured, and another moderately hurt.

A man who prays at the synagogue told The Times of Israel that one of the victims was American, and another British. That report has not yet been confirmed.

The attack occurred at the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue, located in a religious institution which includes a study hall.

One of the worshipers said the two terrorists shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, and entered the synagogue without their faces covered.

Photos taken from inside the synagogue after the attack showed bloodied male worshipers lying on the floor, still wrapped in their prayer shawls and phylacteries.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene security consultations around noon, his office said.

“This is the direct result of the incitement led by Hamas and Abu Mazen,” he said, referring to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “Incitement that the international community irresponsibly ignores.”

“We will respond with a strong hand to the cruel murder of Jews who came to pray, and were caught by dark murderous hands,” promised Netanyahu.

You have our blessing to do so, Prime Minister, and our prayers.

May we also offer a model for how to deal with such people going forward:

Egypt will double to one kilometre (0.62 mile) the depth of a security buffer zone it is clearing on its border with the Gaza Strip after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area after at least 33 security personnel were killed last month in two attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal.

It also accelerated plans to create a 500-metre deep buffer strip along the border by clearing houses and trees and destroying subterranean tunnels it says are used to smuggle arms from Gaza to militants in Sinai.

“A decision was taken to increase the buffer zone along the border in Rafah to one kilometre. The decision … came after the discovery of underground tunnels with a total length of 800 to 1,000 metres,” the state MENA news agency said.

As we reported last time we visited this story, every inch of turf comes out of Gaza, not Egypt. Talk about your apartheid state (and they’re both Arabs)! Gaza’s Egyptian border runs 11k, so you can subtract 11 km2 from its 360. If Israel followed suit, another 51 km2 would be rendered terror-free.

It wouldn’t save worshippers in a synagogue in Jerusalem (there are other ways), but it’s a start to a secure people living safely within their borders—the Jordan and the Mediterranean.

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It’s Another Nakba!

Not the Nakba you’re thinking of, but nakb-esque nevertheless:

The Egyptian army continues expelling Arab residents and detonating buildings in its destruction of the Gazan side of the Egyptian border as the world is notably silent, even as Egypt reveals it will not refrain from taking action against Muslim clerics as well.

The Egyptian Waqf (Islamic trust) announced it will dismiss and expel Muslim clerics if smuggling tunnels are found below the mosques in which they serve, reports the Egyptian news agency Aswat Masriya.

In the recent Operation Protective Edge, the IDF was faced with lethal attack tunnels from under mosques, but nevertheless was hit by massive international criticism for its defensive operation – a criticism that has been completely absent regarding Egypt’s “buffer zone” plan.

According to Yedioth Aharonoth, one of the lone sources of criticism of the plan has been the Qatar-based Al Jazeera news outlet, which identifies with the Muslim Brotherhood that has been at odds with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime, and which has several reporters still being held under arrest by Egypt.

The Qatari paper quoted residents calling the buffer zone plan “the Egyptian parallel to the Nakba (Catastrophe) of ’48,” a reference to the Arab residents who fled the nascent modern state of Israel as it survived attacks on all fronts in the War of Independence.

I had a post on this story over the weekend. I still haven’t stopped smiling.

Today, for the first time in my adult time, I am proud of Egypt. Actually, not for the first time. With some minor exceptions, General Sisi has been the model of a modern Arab dictator. Sisi by name, badass by nature.

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Now, This is Smart Power

Ethnically engineered rockets: who says the Arabs haven’t invented anything since the lute?

Following are excerpts from an interview with Hamas Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on July 11, 2014:

Fawzi Barhoum: We say to [Israeli Arabs], living in Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Lod, Ramla, and the Negev: The rockets fired by the Al-Qassam Brigades will not hit you. We know those parts. We are familiar with the geography and with the history. Not a single Arab Palestinian child will be hit by one of our missiles. Our rockets are aimed at the Hebrews, the murderers, the Israelis, the criminals. Don’t be afraid. Go on with your everyday life, and celebrate our victory, just like we will celebrate it here, in Gaza.

Why isn’t he celebrating?

“A few minutes ago, a pointless rocket fired by the resistance, as it calls itself, fell inside the city of Hebron. What do you think about the Hamas spokesman’s comments from yesterday, that the resistance knows the geography and therefore knows how to avoid having rockets hit Arabs?”

It should have been a clue when he said to celebrate everyday life just like they do in Gaza.

You have yourselves a great day, Arabs!

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Lie Down With Arab Dogs, Get Up With Palestinian Fleas

Or the other way around, I don’t care.

But if you think that’s an offensive thing to say, I’m not the one saying it:

If it indeed turns out that Hamas was behind the kidnappings of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16), and Gilad Sha’ar, Fatah will regard its unity agreement with Hamas as null and void, a top Palestinian Authority official said Monday. Fatah will consider the kidnappings as “a stab in the back” of the deal, and will no longer consider itself obligated to honor the agreement.

According to the official, Hamas had promised not to carry out terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, as part of the agreement. With the kidnappings, Hamas has clearly violated that promise. The official added that after the incident is over, Fatah will act against “Hamas assets.”

So, Fatah condemns the kidnappings, huh? Then how do they explain this?

Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement continues to glorify and celebrate the kidnapping of three Israeli youths last week, with postings on its official Facebook page.

And this?

In an odious distortion of the World Cup 2014 logo, the official Palestinian Authority daily printed today a cartoon celebrating the kidnapping of three Israeli youths last Thursday night, June 12, 2014.

And this?

PA supports “kidnap-for-hostage” strategy

Abbas in 2011:
“Hamas kidnapped a soldier (Gilad Shalit) and managed to keep him for five years – that’s a good thing.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 24, 2011]

Rajoub representing Abbas in 2011:
“We salute those who dug the tunnel [to kidnap Gilad Shalit]; we salute those
who captured the captive (Gilad Shalit), and salute those who guarded the captive until this deal was completed.”
[Official PA TV, Oct. 30, 2011]

Rajoub in 2014:
“If Hamas wants to kidnap soldiers…we encourage them. When they kidnapped Shalit we congratulated them.”
[Official PA TV, Jan. 2, 2014]

Israel told the Arabs and they told us that if Hamass was part of any Arab “unity” government, all bets were off. Tish-tosh, said John Kerry. Piffle. Hamass isn’t that much worse than the bog-standard Arab terrorism movement.

I’ll be damned if he didn’t get that one right.

PS: Fatah’s words may ring hollow, but at least they ring. The EU has been at a loss for words:

Five days after three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped, the European Union officially on Tuesday released a statement condemning the event and calling for the teens’ speedy return. The statement followed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s implicit criticism of the union for rushing to condemn what it considers Israeli violations while delaying its denunciations of Palestinian terrorism.

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Losing What George Bush Won

Like him or loathe him, President Bush toppled the Taliban and defeated Saddam Hussein and the Islamist insurgency that followed. The governments that followed those heinous regimes may have been weak, corrupt, and ineffectual, but Bush didn’t see it as America’s job to install one brutal strongman (or men) to replace another.

What Bush hath wrought, Obama hath put asunder:

A day after taking over Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, militants gained nearly complete control of the northern city of Tikrit, witnesses in the city and police officials in neighboring Samarra told CNN.

Heavy fighting erupted inside Tikrit — the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein — as the military tried to regain control, the sources and a police official in Baghdad said.

According to the witnesses in Tikrit and the Samarra police officials, two police stations in Tikrit were on fire and a military base was taken over by militants, believed to be from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an al Qaeda splinter group also known as ISIS and ISIL.

The group was an offshoot al Qaeda in Iraq, responsible for the deaths of many U.S. troops in western Iraq. With American help, Iraqi tribal militias put ISIS on the defensive.

But when U.S. troops left the country, the extremist militants found new leadership, grew stronger while in Syria, and returned to Iraq, making military gains often off the backs of foreign fighters drawn to Syria’s conflict.

Barack Obama pissed away Afghanistan, and now he’s pissing away Iraq. He almost cared about Syria, but after lying down with a cold compress to his head, the feeling passed. He let Libyan Islamists kill four Americans and get away with it. He somehow managed to side with the Muslim Brotherhood, who would have imposed sharia law had not the Egyptian military deposed them. And his “peace” process in the Middle East managed only to bring peace (of a very limited sort) between the warring terrorist factions among the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. He couldn’t have screwed this up any worse if he tried, which I sincerely think he did.

Cindy Sheehan was very upset that her son, Casey, lost his life for a cause he believed in, but she didn’t. How must she feel now that Obama has desecrated her son’s memory by rendering his ultimate sacrifice moot? Even if she didn’t see the point to Bush’s adventures, there was change: terrorists and tyrants were removed, and a period of something resembling democracy reigned, however briefly. Now, this silly narcissist, who thought he could unite the world over love of him, a black American with a Muslim dad, has as good as defecated on the graves of thousands of American soldiers.

Cindy?

If Barack Obama came up to me and said, “Cindy, can you write me a check for $5k to help me buy another hellfire missile,” I would say, “hell no, take a hike,” so why should I funnel my funds through the IRS to be disbursed to the Military Industrial Complex?

That’s what I thought.

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Syriasly?

Syria is a mess. News flash, I know. There is a lot of blame to go around, a bit of which falls on Obama’s feckless “red-line” comment, a check his mouth wrote but his resolve could not cash.

But Israel’s fault?

The Syrian revolution did not have to turn violent, Labwani told The Times of Israel in a telephone conversation from Amman, Jordan, recalling the early days of the uprising, which erupted in the southern city of Daraa in March 2011. Syrians took up arms, he said, after the Assad regime treated the population in a “criminal, unacceptable way.” Now, he asserted, there’s no going back on toppling Bashar Assad by all possible means.

It is extremely rare for a Syrian dissident to speak openly with Israeli media, but Labwani, who has sought political asylum in Sweden, believes the Syrian uprising has shattered many Arab taboos, including the cultural Arab taboo on engaging Israel.

“I am not the only one [who speaks to Israelis]; there are many others like me. Three years of revolution have destroyed many intellectual and cultural principles,” he said. “People today have begun thinking outside the box, exploring two fundamental things: changing ourselves and seeking help.”

Discouraged by the opposition’s traditional allies, Labwani now believes Israel is the Syrians’ best hope. The Jewish state has both the military capacity to help the Syrian opposition and the strategic incentive to do so.

“Israel is able to change the international mood,” he said. “You have ties with all decision-making centers in neighboring countries, and could change opinions if you would be convinced to.”

The field hospital established by the IDF on the Syrian border has had a significant positive impact on Israel’s image among the population of southern Syria, Labwani said. Nevertheless, most Syrians are still convinced that Israel is backing Bashar Assad, a sentiment that can be changed through a clear Israeli stance.

“If today 90 percent of Syrians believe you support Assad, what have you gained? Nothing. In my opinion, a clear political declaration from Israel saying Assad is a criminal will have a very important impact. Today, we hear conflicting statements.”

But a moral position by Israel is not enough. Israel must extend military assistance to Syrian forces fighting Assad, based on the internationally recognized “responsibility to protect,” he said.

Now, hold on, Ahmed. Israel didn’t start your civil war. Why should a single drop of Jewish blood be spilled to finish it? Because Syrians will be their bestest friends forevah if they do? I rather see a scenario where every Al Qaeda tool in the world joins the jihad against the Zionists. Such a headache Israel doesn’t need.

But you know what else Israel does to Syria? Are you sitting down?

In countless papers, including presumed studies published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, Israel has been accused of causing Arab men to beat Arab women because of the so-called Israeli “occupation.”

You bastards! Why are you making Arab men beat their women?

Accordiong to Khetam Malkawai, in today’s Jordan Times, “almost 88.9 per cent of Syrian women refugees who visited (18) counselling centers in Jordan are victims of violence.”

As someone who is studying honor-based violence and honor killing, I found that the following statistics, gathered by the Arab Women’s Organization, confirm my anecdotal and interview-obtained information. In terms of domestic violence, “83 per cent of the Syrian women reported they are victims of violence inflicted on them by their parents, while 72 per cent cited their husbands and 56 per cent their brothers.”

As long as young Arab and Muslim girls are normatively beaten by their parents and brothers; forcibly veiled, secluded, and monitored; forced into marriage at young ages, often to their first or second cousins; not allowed to obtain an education and a profession, and prevented from becoming independent—just so long will Arab civilization remain stagnant.

That doesn’t sound like “the occupation”. You know what it does sound like?

Winston Churchill:

‘How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

‘Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.

You know what happened to the British political candidate who read those words aloud?

On Saturday, Paul Weston of Liberty GB, a candidate in next month’s European elections, was speaking on the steps of Winchester Guildhall and quoting Winston Churchill on the matter of Muslims (from The River War, young Winston’s book on the Sudanese campaign). He was, in short order, arrested by half-a-dozen police officers, shoved in the back of a van and taken away to be charged under a “Section 27 Dispersal Notice”. I had charitably assumed this was a more severe equivalent of the parade licensing that American municipalities use to discourage public participation by disfavored groups – ie, Mr Weston was arrested because he did not have his paperwork in order. I dislike such laws, but in America their use testifies at least to a certain squeamishness about directly punishing someone for the content of his speech.

Not so in Britain. The coppers dropped the Section 27 Dispersal business, and instead charged Mr Weston with a “Racially Aggravated Crime” – in other words, he’s being charged explicitly for the content of that Churchill passage, and the penalty could be two years in jail.

CAnt say this often enough: what a effed-up world.

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Good News From Syria!

Some kids aren’t being killed.

Oh wait. That’s the bad news:

Syrian children are being intentionally targeted by snipers aiming to paralyze rather than kill them, an Israeli doctor told The Times of Israel.

Dr. Yoav Hoffman, a senior physician at the pediatric intensive care unit of Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, said that his department has received 25 seriously injured Syrian children between the ages of a few months and 17 since last July, delivered to the hospital by the IDF.

Located 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the border with Lebanon, Western Galilee Hospital has treated a total of 230 Syrians since March 2013, many of them sent to the facility’s new neurosurgery department.

Hoffman said that up to six of his unit’s patients have displayed distinct bullet injuries that indicate intentional sniper targeting.

“The injuries are very specific: gunshot wounds from a single bullet to the lumbar spine, near vertebrates 2 and 3,” Hoffman told The Times of Israel. “These shootings are not intended to kill, but to cause misery. They result in paralysis or slow death in Syria’s conditions.”

Hoffman said that he had never seen such injuries outside the battlefield; his colleagues initially believed that the spinal injuries were a coincidence. But when patients displaying the same injuries kept coming in, the hospital staff was “moved to tears” as it realized that the children were being targeted.

What are you crying about? There’s no crying in civil war!

Well over 1,000 Syrians have been treated by Israel so far, 700 of them in a field hospital set up by the military near the frontier on the Golan Heights and others in civilian hospitals across northern Israel.

The children left paralyzed return home to Syria in wheelchairs donated by the Friends of the Western Galilee Hospital, Hoffman said.

“You can tell they’re extremely scarred emotionally,” he said. “But they’re very grateful for the treatment.”

And then they have to go back. Cruel, cruel Israel.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ Daily Update

You can’t starve the Arabs in Gaza—that’s our job!

Scores of patients and disabled Palestinians on Saturday staged a protest outside the Egyptian embassy in the Gaza Strip to call for the reopening of the Rafah border crossing between the Palestinian territory and Egypt.

Mohamed al-Kahlout, a spokesman for the demonstrators, described as “choking” the blockade on the Gaza Strip and the closure of the Rafah crossing.

“The closure of the crossing is creating a human tragedy in Gaza,” al-Kahlout told Anadolu Agency.

“We just want to lead a dignified life like all other human beings,” he added.

Oh please. Isn’t it a little late for that now?


Ahmed, isn’t that last night’s dinner?

The Gaza Strip has been suffering an Israel-imposed blockade since 2006. Palestinians say the blockade has deprived the Palestinian enclave’s 1.8 million residents of their most essential needs.

An all-out Egyptian crackdown on smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza has also come to add insult to the injury of the Palestinians.

How’s that “Israel-imposed blockade” working out?

The Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and Gaza will be re-opened as of Sunday, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Saturday night.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon had accepted a recommendation by the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, Yoav Mordechai, and ordered that the crossing be re-opened, the report said.

Half a million liters of diesel and gasoline to the private sector, 160 tons of cooking gas, and a quarter of a million liters of diesel for the power station in Gaza will enter through Kerem Shalom once it is opened, according to Kol Yisrael.

The border crossing was closed on Wednesday, at Ya’alon’s orders, after terrorists fired a barrage of dozens of rockets at southern Israel.

The Arabs in Gaza seem incapable of learning that terrorism is all fun and games until someone gets hurt:

A three-year-old child died on Thursday after he was unable to receive medical care abroad due to the closure of the Rafah crossing, an activist group said.

Spokesman for the National Committee to Break the Siege Adham Abu Salmieh said that Ahmad Ammar Abu Nahl was suffering from an enlarged heart and liver and had been planning to go to Turkey via Egypt for treatment.

However, the young child died Thursday while waiting for the crossing to open.

Tragic. Let’s end on a happier note:

Egypt’s most active militant group says that one of its founding leaders was killed when a bomb he was carrying was set off by a car accident.

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The statement posted early Saturday on militant websites by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis or Champions of Jerusalem, said Tawfiq Mohammed Freij was killed Tuesday. It did not where the accident took place.

It said he was the “field commander” of an August 2011 cross-border attack into Israel that killed eight people.

Wear your seat belts!

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