Monday, 4 January 2010

Israel Matzav: Overnight music video

Overnight music video

Here's Yaakov Schwekey singing Love your friend as you love yourself, this is a great rule in the Torah, all of Israel is responsible for each other, this is a great rule in the Torah.

Let's go to the videotape.

Israel Matzav: Overnight music video

Love of the Land: Feeding the Crocodiles

Feeding the Crocodiles

Jonathan Spyer
12 March 05

(While written almost five years ago, I think this has stood the test of time. Europe is now being served.)

The internal peace of the democracies of western Europe is no longer assured. It is threatened by the growing presence, and growing confidence, of the organizations, activists and spokesmen of radical Islam. This is a phenomenon rarely remarked upon in Israel. It may yet have serious and damaging effects on European views of the Middle East conflict.

Observe: In July 2004, Ken Livingstone, mayor of London and a Labor Party member, hosted Imam Yusuf Qaradawi on a visit to the city. Qaradawi, an Egyptian with a Muslim Brotherhood background, is a resident of Qatar and a founder member of the Al-Jazeera TV channel. He is also the director of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, based in Dublin. Qaradawi is a keen supporter of suicide bombings in Israel, which he describes as 'martyrdom operations.' He has spoken of the inherent 'iniquity of the Jews as a community.' These views (in addition to suspected terrorist connections and his support, variously, for the execution by stoning of homosexuals and adulterous women) led to Qaradawi's being banned from entering the United States.

They did not prevent, however, the princely welcome afforded the controversial cleric by the elected mayor of London, who addressed a packed public meeting together with Qaradawi, praised the 'unacceptable truths' he has raised, and denounced the 'Islamophobic outcry' against him.

The public action of Mayor Livingstone, is, according to Jewish community activists in the UK, only the tip of the iceberg. They point to the presence of Muslim Brotherhood extremists such as Azzam Tamimi among the leadership of the Stop the War Coalition, which was raised to protest the war in Iraq (and organized a demonstration of over a million people in central London in April 2003).

Hebron-born Tamimi, in an interview in November on BBC's 'Hard Talk,' expressed his willingness to undertake a suicide bombing in Israel. The coalition has now morphed into a left-wing political party, improbably uniting Muslim Brothers and British leftists under one political roof.

In the very different context of France, as official recognition of communal differences increases, once again the representation of Muslim communities is falling into the hands of the extremists. Thus, the French Council of the Muslim Faith, created in December 2002 as a representative body of the Muslim community in France, is headed by a moderate, Dalil Boubakeur. The real power in the organization, however, is the Union of Islamic Organizations of France (UOIF), a Muslim Brotherhood-associated group.

The role of Tariq Ramadan, with his condemnations of Jewish 'communalism,' close relationships with key mainstream bodies (including the editorial staff of Le Monde Diplomatique) and quoting of Voltaire is of similar importance. Ramadan, surely a world master in the art of ambiguity, deems the killing of Israeli children in suicide bombings to be 'contextually explicable.' (He has similarly refused to condemn the stoning of female adulterers.)

Why does any of this matter? The shared goal of Qaradawi, Tamimi, Ramadan, the UOIF and other Islamist organizations in Europe is to effect a shift in the terms of the European debate. They seek to establish a foothold in the mainstream political discussion in Europe for elements of militant Islamist ideology. These elements include the delegitimization of Jewish communal activity, the normalizing of support for violence against Israelis and Jews, and of calls for the destruction of Israel. This is a long-term project, which through the slow build-up and nurturing of political power and influence is intended to eventually bring forth the fruit of profound shifts in policy.

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Love of the Land: Feeding the Crocodiles

Chester Chronicles - This is Not Our Father's War: Terrorism 2009-2010

Chester Chronicles - This is Not Our Father's War: Terrorism 2009-2010

Israel Matzav: A previous use of the underwear bomb

A previous use of the underwear bomb

ABC reports that the terrorist who attempted to murder Saudi Prince Mohamed bin Nayef, chief of Saudi counterintelligence, in August 2009, used an underwear bomb similar to the one used by Umar Faruq Abudulmuttalab to try to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day.

National security sources tell ABC News that the al Qaeda terrorist who tried to kill Saudi prince and counterintelligence chief Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in August used the same technique -- an underwear bomb -- and the same PETN explosive that Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab tried to use in his attempted Christmas Day attack.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for that August attack as well as the Christmas Day attempt.

Within a week of that failed August attack on Prince Mohammed, President Obama dispatched his top counterterrorism and homeland security adviser John Brennan to Saudi Arabia to meet with Prince Mohammed to discuss the attempt, a senior administration official told ABC News.

That September visit "started the process by which we worked with Saudis on the forensics of the attack and the technique, which we did over the next several weeks," the official said. "That information was shared widely within the government."


Israel Matzav: A previous use of the underwear bomb

Love of the Land: Pianist Kissin protests against BBC anti-Israel bias

Pianist Kissin protests against BBC anti-Israel bias

World famous musician writes to BBC Director-General

Stephen Pollard and Robyn Rosen
The Jewish Chronicle
30 December 09

The Russian-born pianist Evgeny Kissin, who became a British citizen in 2002, has accused the BBC of “slander and bias” against Israel, broadcasting material he describes as “painfully reminiscent of the old Soviet anti-Zionist propaganda”.

Mr Kissin, 38, who until now has not generally been known as politically engaged, has written to the director-general of the BBC, Mark Thompson. According to a close friend of the pianist, he has decided to become “actively involved in exposing and countering the evil propaganda of certain British media and especially the BBC.”

Mr Kissin’s decision to use his fame and artistic renown to protest to the BBC on Israel’s behalf contrasts with the criticisms against the Jewish state regularly voiced by musicians such as Daniel Barenboim, who holds Israeli citizenship.

In Mr Kissin’s letter, he accuses the BBC’s Persian Service of a “blood libel concerning Israel’s alleged harvesting of Palestinian organs and blood for future transplant”.

He continues: “It beggars belief that the British taxpayer should be funding an organisation which is aligning itself with Iran’s despotic leader in its antisemitic propaganda. Other print media like the Guardian, which erroneously printed this libel propagated by Israel’s enemies, have since apologised. I am not aware of any such retraction from the BBC.”

Mr Kissin, who was a child prodigy in his native Russia and is now widely recognised as one of the greatest living pianists, intends from now on to speak out against media bias against Israel, which he sees as both fuelling and being fuelled by antisemitism.

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When not giving of his time on behalf of Israel he is likely to be found in these more classical surroundings.

Love of the Land: Pianist Kissin protests against BBC anti-Israel bias
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