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Girls Gone Wild

Many of you know my intellectual infatuation with Caroline Glick. My stalking is purely cyber, I assure you, my strokes only of the key variety. But when another of my feminist fancies, Phyllis Chesler, cites La Divina Carolina, I am driven as mad as Gomez Addams when Morticia speaks French. I’m only human:

Last week, “something” happened in a confrontation between masked and violent Palestinian youths and the IDF on the ‘West Bank’, a.k.a. Judea and Samaria.

The world is still talking about it and their voices are growing louder by the minute. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, has condemned Israel’s “deliberate execution” of these boys and described it as a “crime against humanity.”

The IDF is conducting its own internal investigation. They have no indication that “live fire” was used by Israeli forces.

There’s lots more to come, but let’s take stock. What are the facts? Two dead young men (boys, if you prefer), I suppose, though I haven’t seen the bodies. Everything else is conjecture at this point, with one exception: Arab propaganda knows no bounds of shame. That certainty is chiseled in stone.

Moving on:

The hoped-for scenario: Tarnish Israel’s name at precisely that moment when there is no possibility of a “peace” process and, when the Middle East is so unstable, so dangerous, that even the terrorists in Gaza and the Islamists on the ‘West Bank’ are between a rock and a hard place in terms of possible alliances with other Muslim countries. (Thank you, Caroline Glick, for making this point crystal clear).

Deep breaths, BTL, stay focused.

Let’s get the world up-in-arms against Israel, let’s have a replay of the most successful Blood Libel in the 21st century, that of Mohammed Al-Dura, the boy supposedly killed by the IDF at the Netzavim junction. The fact that Al-Dura’s death did not happen and that Israel did not kill him does not matter.

Score! “Al-Dura’s death did not happen and … Israel did not kill him…” How can Israel be guilty of killing a boy who’s stacking shelves at the local Gristedes?

The 2014 script: Two teenaged boys, one seventeen years old, one sixteen years old, are, arguably, killed in the fight against alleged Zionist “colonialism.”

Whether or not these deaths were staged; whether or not the IDF shot them; whether or not the IDF was even using live ammunition; whether or not the video released was doctored or provocatively edited–regardless, calls to hold Israel accountable by outside parties will soon be heard all over the world.

Are we really going to fall for another Mohammed Al-Dura trick? According to experts, the two boys seem to have staged their falls. Like Al-Dura, no blood is evident. Like Al-Dura, there are no corpses to autopsy.

The facts, as we know them. We will not likely learn anything more.

So Phyllis fakes east and cuts west:

But that is not what upsets me.

Palestinian Islamists have been indoctrinating their own children into becoming human bombs. They have unleashed masked teenagers into becoming dangerous rock-throwers and rocket launchers. Some rock-hurlers have killed and injured living human beings.

More to the point: Honor killing among Palestinians has actually increased–and the majority of such victims are teenage girls. Classic honor killings target the young. The culture of human sacrifice begins with young girls. (No, it does not exempt older women–but that is another kind of honor killing).

I do not hear the world condemning such a death-eating culture or calling for any single honor killer or for the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, or Hamas to be held accountable in an international criminal court.

Feminism gets a bad rap these days, but when feminists stick to the true and verifiable facts—young Arab men are trained killers, and young Arab women are their main targets—feminism kicks butt.

I once interviewed a former Palestinian Arab ‘soldier’ who told me an interesting anecdote. A man from his village suspected that another man had slept with his wife, but for many reasons (his wife’s family was very powerful, he had no proof), he did nothing. Shortly thereafter, the husband proposed a raid on a nearby kibbutz, Ramat Rahel, and the men ran there with guns and rocks and hammers. Their force was repelled–but unfortunately, the man suspected of adultery was shot dead. He was a martyr.

“Guess who really shot him?” my interviewee asked. “It was the husband. And he blamed the Israelis. And he had his revenge.”

Maybe it happened, maybe it didn’t. But I believe it—unlike the latest libel, Israel’s most recent of innumerable “crimes against humanity.”

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The Problem With Leftist Jews In America

Brandeis reneges on promised honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

This is shameful.

After growing criticism, Brandeis University cancelled its plan to present an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a fierce critic of Islam, reported The New York Times.

Hirsi Ali, also a women’s rights activist, has called the religion “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death” in the past.

“We cannot overlook that certain of her past statements are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values,” the university said in a statement.

The decision came eight days after the university had announced that Hirsi Ali would be honored at its commencement ceremony on May 18.

Unlike inviting a speaker with provocative views to lecture for the sake of diversity, awarding an honorary degree implies endorsement of the recipients views and work.

Criticism of the plan to honor Hirsi Ali grew among a handful of bloggers, and was then picked up by a Brandeis student who started an online petition on Change.org. The petition garnered thousands of signatures, reported the Times.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations then encouraged its members to complain to the school, and sent a letter to the university president Frederick Lawrence, calling Hirsi Ali a “notorious Islamophobe.”

In its statement Brandeis apologized for any offense caused, saying they “were not aware of” her statements on Islam.

Hirsi Ali is a Somali native who has spoken out against the practice of female genital mutilation – a procedure she underwent as a child – and about an arranged marriage she was almost forced into by her family.

She later received political asylum in the Netherlands and was elected to the Dutch Parliament. She is currently a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote her autobiography, Infidel, in which she describes growing up in Somalia and later in Mecca, the genital mutilation she suffered as a little girl at the hands of her grandmother, the life she lead as a refugee in Europe and her eventual ascension to the level of Parliament in The Netherlands. She worked on the movie, Submission, with Theo Van Gogh, you remember, the one that got him butchered in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam by an Islamic lunatic. He was nearly decapitated. After that, she underwent 24 hour security. But her lovely Dutch neighbors complained about the disruption the security forces were causing, and the Dutch government responded by revoking her citizenship. I kid you not.

This is her latest venture:

Brandeis, I have never been so disappointed in you.

- Aggie

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Contest Time!

Win Bloodthirstani lifetime citizenship if you can correctly identify “Palestinian charm”:

Special Report:
Upsurge in “honor killings”
triggers Palestinian calls
for cultural changes, new laws

Attorney: “A man who murders his daughter, wife or sister stays in prison only three months.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2012]

Op-ed: “Every day more than one crime is committed against more than one woman… I shall criticize out loud the social culture that still seeks justifications for the murder of women.”
[Al-Ayyam, Aug. 7, 2012]

Lecturer on PA TV: “Part of our [Palestinian] identity is to kill women, to beat women… and this exists in all Arab societies…”

Palestinian identity has its charms, but there are things that we have adopted from Arab culture for centuries that harm the individual and the woman.”
[PA TV (Fatah), June 24, 2012]

Hint: This is not charming:

Palestinian Authority TV dedicated a program to terrorist Nasser Awais, who is serving 14 life sentences for murder in multiple terror attacks. These include an attack on guests at a Bat-Mitzva celebration and the killing of a baby. Throughout the program, the PA TV moderator refers to Awais as “the heroic fighter” or the “heroic prisoner.” The PA TV broadcast featured a short music video in his honor.

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Are You Going Out Like That?

Boy, didn’t see this coming!

Shafilea Ahmed’s parents have long denied killing their pretty teenage daughter for shaming the family, but the “honor murder” case that has gripped Britain took an unexpected turn this week.

Shafilea’s mother, Farzana, abruptly changed her story in court and implicated her husband, Iftikhar, in the killing, CNN affiliate ITV reported Monday.

Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed are on trial in Chester, England, accused of killing Shafilea, 17, in September 2003. They have pleaded not guilty.

Her dismembered body was found on a riverbank months after she disappeared. She had been stripped of anything that would identify her, prosecutor Andrew Edis told the jury in May, according to ITV.

Newspapers, television and radio have all been reporting on the prosecution case that Shafilea’s parents killed her because they felt her “Western” lifestyle brought shame on the family.

Shafilea’s sister Alesha testified last month that she saw her parents kill the teen by stuffing a plastic bag into her mouth.

She said her parents were angry that Shafilea was wearing a short-sleeved, V-neck top, and no sweater, on the night she was killed.

“Just end it here,” Farzana said to Iftikhar, according to their daughter.

I’m just amazed to see parents who follow through on their threats! Too often it’s “stop or I’ll say ‘stop’ again!” Monsters that they were, they indeed ended it there.

Imprison them, put them to death if you want, but put them on the cover of Parent magazine.

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“Honor” and Off Her

Just one question: are boys ever “honor killed”? Does their behavior—oh I don’t know, torching cars, throwing Molotov cocktails, fighting with police, harassing and beating Jews—ever rise to the level of dishonor? Or is that sort of thing tolerated and even condoned? When was the last time a Muslim male was beaten and suffocated by having a plastic bag shoved down his throat?

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Hating on the She-brew

You start to read this story, and your blood simmers if not outright boils:

An Israeli Muslim lesbian couple who claim they will be killed if deported to Israel due to their sexuality is being given a second chance to remain in Canada.

According to the Toronto Sun newspaper, Iman Musa and Majida Mugrabi who are currently living in Toronto, arrived in Canada from Tel Aviv in 2007 and filed unsuccessful refugee claims that were appealed to the Federal Court of Canada.

There goes Canada again—giving in to the prejudices against the Jewish state (in spite of their awesome Prime Minister, Stephen Harper)! Gays face no discriminated in the only Democratic state in the Middle East; Israeli Arabs are freer than any other Arabs in the region.

Huh? What’s that? Oh… okay. Never mind:

Judge Roger Hughes on March 8 granted the couple another hearing by an Immigration and Refugee Board based on new information that shows one of Mugrabi’s cousins confessed to the “honor killing” of his sister 12-years ago.

The couple in an emotional letter presented to the courts claimed they would be killed if forced to return to Israel for being a same-sex Muslim couple.

“We have a same sex relationship, which is forbidden back home,” the couple wrote. “We have dishonored our families by running away to try and start a life with each other.”

The couple, through their lawyer, Daniel Kingwell, said they were pleased by the court’s decision but still fear for their lives.

“As Muslim women, we don’t have any rights in our families,” the couple wrote. “The fact that we are lesbians does not help.”

The letter claimed Mugrabi’s grandfather is a Muslim sheikh, who “repeatedly threatened to kill her.” Musa’s brother, from Ramleh, has “threatened to kill her if she does not leave her lesbian relationship and marry a male,” the women alleged. “There are several police complaints regarding the threats of her brother.”

“Same sex relationships are not permitted or accepted in all Arabic countries,” they said. “There are many stories about honor killings and we are victims of this.”

There are several police complaints regarding the threats of her brother.”

Kingwell said the women will be killed if deported to Israel.

“The situation is not the greatest for gays or lesbians in some Arab countries,” Kingwell said on Saturday, adding many “honour killings” occur from family members who slay their same-sex or gay relatives.

“This couple face a real threat from Muslims in a Conservative country,” Kingwell said.

While Israel is known as a country highly tolerant of its thriving LGBT community, it is a well known fact that the Arab communities in Israel still hold an extremely conservative outlook and condemn the LGBT lifestyle.

Good job, Canada!

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You Say “Honor”, I Say “Off Her”

If you read the media we all seem to read, so-called honor killings are not news. They are common, and the stories, while each unique, are depressingly familiar.

But Phyllis Chesler notes some media are less observant than others:

Although Hindus also commit honor killings, they do so infrequently in the West. Some Sikhs have perpetrated honor killings in Canada. One such high-profile case involved a British Colombian mother who sent her daughter abroad in 2000 where she arranged for her contract killing. Today, more than a decade later, Canada has issued an arrest warrant for the mother, Malkiat Kaur, to be extradited to India to stand trial for the murder of Jaswinder “Jassi” Kaur and for the attempted murder of Jassi’s beloved husband. Jassi’s crime? She fell in love with a social inferior and dared to marry him.

Some Muslim immigrants in the West still behave as if they are still living in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, the Maghreb, or on the West Bank. According to my 2010 study, 91% of the honor killings in the West were Muslim-on-Muslim crimes. Yes, this includes the honor murder of wives by their husbands and with the help of both their in-laws and their own family of origin. This is another kind of honor killing. These poor souls are almost double the age of the daughter-group. I discuss this in the 2010 study.

It is important to note that for the first time the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal did cover an honor killing case which involved Muslim perpetrators in North America. In the past, they failed to do so — or they focused on Hindu honor killings [3] committed in India.

However, the Wall Street Journal [4], the New York Times [5], CNN [6], BBC [7], and the Washington Post [8] all shied away from using the term “Muslim,” but did indicate that the perpetrators of these honor killings were “Afghans” and “immigrants”; they sometimes utilized the term honor killing but usually either in quotes or preceded by the phrase “so-called.”

The Huffington Post [9] has published more than twenty articles in the last 24 hours on this trial. A quick review suggests that very few articles use the word “Muslim.” Some of the journalists include Supriya Dwivedi [10], Danielle Crittenden [11], Stephanie Levitz [12], and Ayaan Hirsi Ali [13]. My Canadian colleague, Farzana Hassan, uses the word “Muslim” and addresses the cultural and religious tradition of honor killings:

Regrettably, far too many men raised in patriarchal settings regard their female offspring as liabilities. The birth of a female child is often marked with anxiety and dismay. Later on, the issue of family honour kicks in when the girl reaches puberty. In fact, the notion of honour revolves primarily around women and their sexuality and conduct. The men in the family are rarely subjected to the kinds of constraints their female relatives endure. It is mostly when the conduct of the women is perceived as dishonourable that matters worsen.

Interestingly, Ayaan Hirsi Ali does not use the word “Muslim” as she opines on this case. But she does make an important point, namely, that American justice may lag behind Canadian justice. Hirsi Ali cites the Arizona case of Faleh Almaleki, who was only convicted of “murder in the second degree.” However, Almaleki received a sentence of 34 years — and for only one murder, not for four. An additional point that one must make concerns Arizona’s failure to charge Noor’s mother as a co-conspirator. Texas made the same mistake in the Said case, as did Canada in the Parvez case.

There has been something of a silence, at least so far, on the part of the various North American Muslim associations.

Why do I obsess about the use of the word “Muslim”? I do so because too many Westerners are confusing this simple descriptor with an insult; too many Westerners have been intimidated by false concepts of politically correct, anti-racism into never describing a Muslim as anything other than a victim. Well, there actually are four Muslim victims in the Shafia case and they are all female. In order to honor that truth and hopefully to prevent further such honor killings, we must speak accurately.

Not all Muslims honor kill their daughters. But those who do are rarely punished in Muslim-majority countries. Most are “covered” by Shari’a law and by custom which despises the ways of the infidel. It is important that moderate and modern-oriented mullahs and imams call for the abolition of women’s subordination in mosque sermons. In 2011, the Canadian chapter of CAIR [16] announced that Canadian Muslim leaders should issue a call against domestic violence. In my opinion, this should include an end to the normalized battering of daughters and wives, an end to the overly strict supervision of female behavior, and definitely, an end to murdering female family members.

What a pushy dame, huh?

Look what the MSM are selling: Obama, liberalism, pro-Palestinianism and anti-Zionism, global warming, illegal immigration, sensitivity to “Moslem issues”. I wouldn’t believe the sports scores in my morning paper without triple-checking them. Truth is the first casualty in modern journalism.

Moslems are the greatest slaughterers of Moslems, the greatest captors of Moslems, the greatest deniers of liberty to other Moslems—the greatest threats to Moslem women and children. Those are facts, and if we are afraid of facts, we are without hope. And so are Moslems.

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On-R Kllng: OMG!

Teenagers: can’t live with ‘em; can’t drown them in the back of your Crown Vic:

A Montreal man accused of killing three of his teenage daughters and his first wife believed two of his children had been “cruel” to him by dressing in revealing clothes and consorting secretly with boyfriends, he told jurors at his murder trial Thursday.

“My children did a lot of cruelty toward me,” Mohammad Shafia testified during questioning by his lawyer, Peter Kemp.

Shafia said he was angry when he saw a photo of one of his daughters in a short skirt, hugging a boyfriend she had secretly dated. He saw it after her death, he insisted.

“I was upset, I swore because I didn’t expect this thing from my children,” Shafia testified. “I was not happy about that.”

Shafia said he expected that his children would have “consulted” him before making plans with boyfriends. He said he would have allowed the girls to marry boys of their choosing, even if he didn’t approve of them.

Shafia’s daughters — Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13 — along with Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, were found dead inside a car that was discovered at the bottom of a shallow canal in Kingston on June 30, 2009. The victims had drowned.

Those of us with teenagers might think about putting the car in neutral and pushing it into a canal (am I right or am I right?), but we wouldn’t do it. And not for that reason.

Spare the clutch, spoil the child, I always say!

If he’s worried about cruelty, I hope Canada’s prisons aren’t crowded with skinheads and neo-Nazis. We can always send them a few of ours.

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Multi-Culti Britain

The wonderful thing about being an empire (past or present) is that your subjects contribute so much to the cultural mix: vindaloo, hummus, Bollywood, reggae… well, you know:

The number of women and girls in the UK suffering violence and intimidation at the hands of their families or communities is increasing rapidly, according to figures revealing the nationwide scale of “honour” abuse for the first time.

Statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act about such violence – which can include threats, abduction, acid attacks, beatings, forced marriage, mutilation and murder – show that in the 12 police force areas for which comparable data was available, reports went up by 47% in just a year.

The 39 police forces that gave Ikwro figures recorded 2,823 incidents in 2010. Ikwro estimates that another 500 crimes in which police were involved were committed in the 13 force areas that did not provide data.

But this is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg, campaigners say, as so many incidents go unreported because of victims’ fears of recriminations.

Jasvinder Sanghera of victim support group Karma Nirvana said the real figure could be four times as high.

This is the first time UK figures have been collated for so-called honour-based violence, defined as crimes planned and carried out by a family or community in order to defend their perceived “honour”.

Previously a figure of 12 “honour killings” a year has been cited, although it is unclear where the number comes from.

Is it just me, or do other people have a problem with whole classes of people—Moslem women (and other women victimized by similar abuse) and unborn children—being sacrificed on the altars of political correctness, multiculturalism, and liberal beliefs in general?

Just me? Okay. I’ll work on it.

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Sanity

Watch live streaming video from ideacity at livestream.com

You should watch this and listen carefully. He is a Canadian Muslim, born in India. He campaigned for Barack Obama. But among other things, he asserts that Obama has members of the Muslim Brotherhood working for him and helping him to set policy, in the White House. He also does a great job of discussing the hypocrisy of feminist groups around the topic of honor killings.

- Aggie

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“Teen” Stabs “Cousin”

Really. That’s it. Nothing else to report. Go home.

A Henrietta teen is accused of stabbing his 13-year-old cousin in their townhouse yesterday.

Cpl. John Helfer of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office today said Faheem Abdul-Jaleel, 16, was charged with first-degree assault, a felony. He called 911 from a security phone box at the University of Rochester’s River Campus about 11 p.m. yesterday, more than 12 hours after his cousin Samina Qasim was found bleeding in the garage with multiple stab wounds to her chest and upper body.

Abdul-Jaleel was taken into custody at Kendrick and Lattimore roads without incident and allegedly admitted to stabbing his cousin in the family’s garage yesterday morning after an argument, Helfer said. It was not known what the two argued about, he said.

Maybe she borrowed his xbox and didn’t return it quickly enough. That’s gotta be it. We’re done.

Oh, did I check the “Honor Killing” box? Oops.

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One Murder Scene From the River to the Sea

The borders of a future Palestine (let’s call it Jordan—not its real name) will be a chalk outline:

The case of 20-year-old Arab woman, found murdered near Hevron after disappearing a year ago, offers a rare close-up of “honor killings” in the Palestinian Authority as well as other Muslim Arab societies.

The Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, closely linked with the Palestinian Authority, reported this week that police found the body of the young woman in a well a mile from her home and arrested her uncle, who confessed to murdering her.

The Arab news agency quoted Arab Hevron police officer Ramadan Awad as saying that the facts of the case were so shocking that “as we interrogated her uncle, the people in the room could hardly hold back tears.”

Aww, woozums.

The woman was studying at Hebron University when she disappeared in April 2010. Although she was described by classmates as chaste, Awad said one man had proposed marriage to her, but her family refused to consent.

Convinced of an illicit relationship, the uncle confessed he and three friends stuffed her into the trunk of their car, where she was sprayed unconscious with gas to prevent her from shouting.

Before she was murdered, she regained consciousness and begged for her life.

“I drove to the Khallat Salman area, where we tied a rope around her body and dropped her into the well,” Ayah’s uncle told police. She pleaded, “Please don’t throw me into the well. What did I do to be killed? Uncle! Please help, help … don’t kill me.”

Honor killings are common through the Palestinian Authority, where laws based on legislation from the Ottoman Empire and the Jordanian occupation in 1948 allow courts to commute sentences for men who carry out them out.

The Palestinian Authority has not repealed the laws even though PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas two years again signed the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Not that I ever do, but I don’t have anything funny to say.

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