Beyond the Cusp

February 10, 2016

Continued Terror Alert Israel, an Updated Look Back

 

Yesterday, as of the writing of this article, there were already three stabbing style terror attacks. These continued stabbing attacks are still accompanied by vehicular attacks ramming into crowds of people and often followed by the driver exiting the crashed vehicle and attempting stabbing. There was one who exited, leaping from his vehicle, with a hand axe and seriously injured more people with the axe than he had with his company provided vehicle. That’s right, he worked within Israel, had a decent to good paying job many would love to have and a company car and the trust of his company. In return he attempted to use that company car to murder people and then proceeded to hack at people and we posted the video Reflective Spurs Reactive showing how even after being shot he kept attempting to get to his feet and continued lunging at people trying to injure or murder until he was sufficiently struck preventing his ability to continue. He was rushed to a hospital after being treated and attempted to be and was somewhat stabilized and rushed into emergency surgery but to no avail, if memory serves, as he succumbed to his injuries as did two of his victims. This assault in particular showed how specious the argument is that the Arab terrorism in Israel is driven by racist Israeli policies and treatment, lack of decent employment opportunities, desperation from no future and every possible blame for the terrorism which can be placed at the feet of Israelis generally and Israeli Jews in particular, while the terrorists are given excuses and never to be held responsible for their actions as long as their terrorisms are carried out against Israelis or targeting Jews.

 

There was a rumored story where one of the general terror groups which attacked mostly Western targets and were hunted by the Western intelligence and other security agencies asked Yasser Arafat how he was able to be even excused and blessed by the western nations which were chasing down his people and Arafat responded that the secret was to only target Jews. One might be thought to challenge this statement for its validity as the nations would each protect their citizens, all their citizens including Jews, equally and surely we would be challenged to find any instances where terrorists attacking only a Jewish target were pursued any less than if they had assaulted non-Jews (picture writer smiling at the challenge). We might start with United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement that the murders of the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher market Hyper Cacher were understandable because of the insulting cartoon published by the Charlie Hebdo Magazine and the Hyper Cacher Kosher store on erev Shabbat because there would be mostly Jews in the store. Here are a couple of items which many may not have heard as one was not covered by many news outlets and we found out about it a while after the attacks and the other got some pay and deserves all the coverage it can possibly receive. The kosher Market Hyper Cacher also had many Muslim patrons and also had a hero in one of their workers who hid a number of the Jews doing their shopping by concealing them in the downstairs walk-in freezer turning the thermostat up so they would not freeze and remained outside of the freezer himself in case one of the terrorists came into the downstairs area. His name is Lassana Bathily and he represented the other face of Islam, the face of being a peaceful member of a multicultural community whose religion, as he practices it, is the religion of peace that we all hear about. We covered his heroism in our coverage during the days of horror in France in our article Two Faces of Islam in Charlie Hebdo Attacks, which he tried to humbly put the praise he received off and claim anyone would have done the same; he was so wrong and if only all the world would have done the same in similar circumstances the world would be a far better place for such. The other side has to do with the Charlie Hebdo attack where the terrorists had researched their targets extensively. They allowed the women employees from Charlie Hebdo to all leave unharmed, almost; there was an exception, one female employee whose work was no different than the women allowed to depart, except she was different, so very different. Her name was Elsa Cayat, a Jew, the only female Jew, targeted for her Jewishness, nothing else made her different, she was average height, average weight, pleasant appearance, and did same work but was born a Jew. It mattered not if she attended Synagogue, prayer, studied Torah or even considered herself as a Jewess but since she was born of a Jewish mother and that was all the reason the terrorists required to murder her in cold blood. Imagine the dread and fatalist stark terror she felt knowing why she had been singled out from the rest of the women and just waiting those horrific minutes until the end came for her as it did to the other cartoonists and editors were all executed. Elsa Cayat was only fifty-four and an “incredibly passionate woman” and “brilliant psychoanalyst,” as reputed by friends and family. According to The Independent news service, the Tunisian-born psychiatrist received her medical degree at the age of 21, and was survived by a sole child, a daughter.

 

 

Elsa Cayat was only fifty-four and an “incredibly passionate woman” and “brilliant psychoanalyst,” as reputed by friends and family. According to The Independent news service, the Tunisian-born psychiatrist received her medical degree at the age of 21, and was survived by a sole child, a daughter.

Elsa Cayat was only fifty-four and an “incredibly passionate woman”
and “brilliant psychoanalyst,” as reputed by friends and family.
According to The Independent news service, the Tunisian-born
psychiatrist received her medical degree at the age of 21,
and was survived by a sole child, a daughter.

 

 

Two other examples took place in Argentina; the first was the Israeli Embassy on March 17, 1992, where twenty-nine people were murdered, four Israelis and twenty-five Argentine. Non-fatal injuries included two-hundred-forty-two civilians. The second in took place on July 18, 1994, where the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) was bombed (see below) and the prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was subsequently murdered to prevent any of the truth to be made public. The vigilant and dedicated prosecutor was to give testimony the next day before the Argentine Parliament about the eighty-five murdered victims and the over three-hundred injured. His report was rumored to potentially implicate high officials including perhaps a past President and even the sitting President. Prosecutor Nisman was found dead in his apartment and his death was initially reported to have been a suicide. This farce was quickly revealed and refuted but the continuing investigation onto the AIMA bombing had gone cold and retracted evidence while any investigation into Alberto Nisman’s untimely death has also gone absolutely nowhere despite reported rumors claim that he was assassinated by Hezballah or IRGC (Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps) murder squad to stifle the evidence he had pointing the finger at high Iranian involvement, potentially President Rowhani and high IRGC officers, some of which hold high officers in the present government.

 

 

July 18, 1994, where the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) was bombed and the prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was subsequently murdered to prevent any of the truth to be made public.

July 18, 1994, where the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina)
was bombed and the prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was subsequently
murdered to prevent any of the truth to be made public.

 

 

Going back a few years to January 21, 2006 the ordeal of torture and ransom demands in the abusive victimization of Ilan Halimi (pictured below), a young man of twenty-three years, was ignored by the media plus those who did cover story omitted the fact that he was Jewish which may have played a major role in his being targeted. The family’s lawyer, Francis Szpiner, may have described the ordeal and the additional crimes committed in the story about Ilan Halimi when he complained that reports even after his death and obvious torture to extents considered inhuman and sadistic beyond modern sensibilities when he stated, “the silence killed Ilan Halimi and justice has helped to perpetuate this conspiracy of silence, because the public was not told why he was killed.” The Chilling story about what was perpetrated upon this young man simply because he was a Jew and Jews have money was written by Giulio Meotti.

 

 

Silence killed Ilan Halimi and justice has helped to perpetuate this conspiracy of silence, because the public was not told why he was killed

Silence killed Ilan Halimi and justice has helped
to perpetuate this conspiracy of silence,
because the public was not told why he was killed

 

 

The stories from the corners of the earth are a testimony that anti-Semitism in its raw form or wrapped in the most recent disguises of anti-Zionism and anti-Israelism in politics, reporting, investigating of crimes perpetrated and, the most chilling, remembrance and memory which is particularly short when the victims are Jews. Should an Arab Muslim be handled other than with deference and respect the newspapers and newscasts around the world howl and morn this travesty of justice but a young Jews be tortured for over three weeks and the only reaction from the people hearing his screams was to come to the door of these monsters and request to whip or put cigarettes or try a new and inventive torture before the wretched remains were doused with gasoline and lit on fire as a final tortured manner to end the torment and murder the Jew. Even this he survived and was stumbling in the hope of receiving some assistance, any assistance but there was no sympathy. Had some of the first to come across what had to be a pitying and horrific sight of a mass of flesh barely human in its appearance, but had just one assisted this soul immediately then he may have been saved and nursed back to life. Unfortunately his fate was sealed; this was France, the home of the Vichy.

 

The pictures below are the remains of the bus and some of the aftermath of a suicide bombing where seven people lost their lives and dozens were injured, many quite seriously. This assault could have been far worse but a brave Israeli all but knowingly sacrificed himself and more crucially his body to prevent the bomber from entering the bus forcing them to detonate outside of the bus lessening the fatalities from the incident. This attack, like most of these terrorist strikes, was under reported and faded from the pages that chronicle events of importance. The lives of Jews are still undervalued by their fellow men as the death of a sports star, rock-n-roll singer all deserve more ink for a much longer period as a catharsis appears to be required while the death of Jews is almost the tranquilizer that glazes over the eyes of too many around the world but particularly in Europe. This bus, like Elsa Cayat at Charlie Hebdo, like Hyper Cacher Kosher market, like the AIMA bombing, like Alberto Nisman, like Ilan Halimi and like far too many others in numbers are dizzying that span the extent of human history and even before. This tour bus had been rented by a group of Israelis and instead of taking them to a vacation of sun and fun it was the vehicle utilized by a set of terrorists to ply their twisted trade again upon those innocents who were guilty of one sole characteristic, they were Jews. But this tragedy received scant attention within the week, put to bed with nary a follow-up that we could find about those hospitalized and the rate of their recovery. For far too many this vacation became a victimization brought down upon them by the oldest known hatred perpetrated by man upon mankind and too often for it to be anything but deliberate, the crime of passionate hate brought once again upon the Jewish People. The need for Israel is greatest when the world most desires to deny us the right of having our own nation. It is when the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) Movement and too many others, some even Jewish siding with those who would destroy us and them without giving our opposing politics a moments glance. These are the times the Jewish People need an Israel where at least this one place exists where Jews can protect Jews by force of arms if that is what is required.

 

 

Tour Bus Reserved by Jewish Groups Outside Burgas, Bulgarian Airport After Suicide Bomber Detonated Their Explosives Murdering Seven Fortunately Blocked From Entering Bus by One Brave Individual Who Sacrificed Saving Numerous Others Already in the Bus

Tour Bus Reserved by Jewish Groups Outside Burgas, Bulgarian Airport
After Suicide Bomber Detonated Their Explosives Murdering Seven
Fortunately Blocked From Entering Bus by One Brave Individual
Who Sacrificed Saving Numerous Others Already in the Bus

 

 

Ask yourself where the world would have been had Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons. Of course we may get the next best thing, the Mullocracy in Iran with Nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. Ask where would the world have been had Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad had nuclear bombs instead of barrel bombs to drop upon his own people, well, not so much people as countrymen. His people are the Alevites who are but a small part of the Syrian peoples, as Russia is finding out much to their dismay. Remember that when Israel knocked out Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program which was being aided by the French, the United States stopped weapons purchases for almost a year as that airstrike caused quite an uproar in the Arab world and the United States was placed in a particularly vulnerable spot where the choice was placate the Arabs and short Israel or cover for Israel and going without the next need to placate the Arab world and reap their indignation.

 

The Jews are referred to as the canaries and the world as the coal mine. We Jews are tossed at the enemies of the Western World just as we had done under many the tacticians of many of the empires throughout history, one might remember we saw the rise and fall of many a ruler over all that is worth ruling until their neighbor appeared weak and the Jews were thrown against the battlements and if they were slightly successful then the full assault could begin. Sometimes being wanted for an important purpose is simply another way of defining a potentially foolhardy poking and prodding your intended target, testing intended enemies’ strengths and seeking their weaknesses. Jews might have sacrificed a ram before going into battle but it seems Europeans and the Sultans both had their own way, they sacrificed their Jews. Such an honor I could gladly do without.

 

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February 17, 2013

Bulgaria Shows Promise in Choosing to Expel Hamas

Bulgaria has learned a tough lesson with the results that have come to light in their investigation of the terrorist bombing of a tour bus at the Burgas Airport, on the Black Sea. They traced the origins of the attack which killed seven and wounded thirty-two people, with three in intensive care directly to Hezballah terrorists who were likely acting under the auspices of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. Needless to point out, but when has that stopped us, the Iranians, Hezballah and other similarly aligned entities all denounced the findings of the Bulgarian investigators. Now it seems the same groups are up in arms over the decision of the Bulgarian government to expel a delegation sent there by the terrorists ruling over Gaza, Hamas.

 

“We condemn this act, which reflects the scale of compliance with Zionist pressures,” Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu said, according to Ma’an. What a surprise having Hamas blame their being treated as the terrorist entity and thus undesirable visitors which they are on Israel, or as they are want to call it, the Zionist entity. My problem with their description using the term Zionist entity could describe anyplace in the world where someone who is a true supporter of Israel to the point of having hopes or plans on making their home in Israel. Fortunately, we all know when Hamas along with Hezballah, Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Khamenei, President Morsi, President Abbas, or any of almost countless others of the same ilk use the term Zionist entity they are referring to Israel. What these enemies of the Jewish people probably do not realize is that many Israelis take being referred to as Zionist as a compliment of a high order and only object to anybody soiling such a noble word with their blasphemous intent. We could go down a litany of condemnations aimed at Bulgaria claiming they broke every civility and diplomatic nicety on and on from various Hamas spokespeople most of which would be names few of us recognize, but we all have seen this spectacle before and will likely witness it many more times in the future. One thing that can be said for Hamas, Fatah, and other Palestinian entities as well as the Iranian connections from Iran through Iraq and Syria all the way to the Mediterranean Sea with Hezballah is that there no lower limit to what they might find as insulting to their make-believe honor. Proof is the number of articles which appear so regularly as to become a common piece of almost every world news wrap-up stating how some terror aligned group is expressing their protest to some perceived insult to their honor. Perhaps we should offer them bandages for their bruised egos.

 

What probably made the protest from Hamas more poignant was the fact Hamas had touted this official, according to their spokespeople which was contested by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, delegation as proof that Hamas was making headway and becoming accepted in Europe and were no longer being treated as a terrorist entity. Well, back to square one and the terrorist entity label is still attached. Europe may not decide to place Hezballah into the terrorist bracket quite yet, but Hamas has not been let out of the little terrorist house. It would be my guess that Hezballah will join Hamas on the European terror lists before Hamas is removed, which is likely to never occur. Actually, there have been some promising stirrings and the slightest of indicators that some parts of Europe are awakening to the threat posed by the more radical members of their immigrant groups. We had made mention of this as a likelihood quite a while ago and had been roundly mocked for the idea. Looking at European history one will note that Europe appears at times to be asleep at the wheel but eventually they awaken and take back control of their ships of state. We may be witnessing the beginnings of this phenomenon. The earliest signs were made by such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Geert Wilders, Brigitte Gabriel and some very brave individuals who drew the Mohammad cartoons along with the newspapers and journalists and all the rest who have spoken truth and many paying a deep price for their convictions. History will hopefully place their names among former greats who were the few who stood against injustice and hatreds throughout history. May the future be a tribute to their warnings and make a world where speaking one’s mind and standing honestly for the principles that every individual has a right and the unfettered freedom to worship how they choose, speak truth freely, and nobody has the right to impose their realities on another becomes the rule of law over all of the world. A future filled with mutual respect, acceptance, tolerance and peacefulness. As I read somewhere, “And they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

July 22, 2012

World Comments About Israeli Victims of Terror in Burgas

Following the heinous terrorist suicide bombing attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, comments of condolences and support were issued throughout the rest of Wednesday and into Thursday, as one must choose the words carefully and not rush out such statements which required time leaving some remarks to come the following day. Commenting on the attack itself, the President of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, told local media that the authorities in Bulgaria held a meeting last month with representatives of the Israeli Mossad but that they did not warn the Bulgarians against a possible attack. He was further quoted while visiting the scene of the bombing commenting that his country had taken every precaution to protect the lives of the victims of the attack. He added that there are good relations between Bulgaria and Israel, and that his country would have acted seriously had it been warned of a possible attack. So, are we to understand that before any Israelis go on vacation outside of Israel, especially if they are traveling as a group on a planned tour, that the Mossad needs to perform a full security sweep and be given sufficient time to research for any possibilities of a terror attack and without such warning being issued by the Israeli Mossad, no country can be expected to take any steps to prevent terrorist attacks upon Israelis visiting their country? This is preposterous and a simple case of laying the blame on the victims and skirting any responsibility. It is also a rather disgusting response.

 

The sympathies expressed for the victims of this horrid slaughtering of innocents by the purveyors of terrorism were, while commendable, missing one important reference, the mention that this was an act of terrorism. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a condemnation through his spokesperson and despite his claim of condemning the attack “in the strongest possible terms,” he omitted any reference to it being an act of terrorism, referring only to the deadly “bombing” of Israelis. This stands in stark contrast to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon statement two weeks ago on the bombing of the Christian Churches in Kenya where he rightly spoke of “terrorist” attacks … saying the perpetrators “must be held to account.”

 

Next up is the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who was quoted by Reuters as saying, “The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack.” They further quoted his observation that the attack was “completely outrageous.” President Obama was later quoted commenting while speaking at a gathering of activists in Florida where he said that the attack was “barbaric” and added, “I want everybody here to know under my administration, we haven’t just preserved the unbreakable bond with Israel, we have strengthened it.” The term that is once again obvious due to its omission is any reference to terror, terrorists or terrorism. President Obama later telephoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and expressed his condolences for the deaths of Israelis.

 

And then there is the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, the Lady Catherine Ashton. She was quoted to have said,    “I was appalled to hear of this afternoon’s apparent terrorist attack on Israeli tourists arriving in Bulgaria. I am deeply shocked by the scenes at Burgas airport, where what should have been the beginning of a happy holiday ended in murder. I send my condolences to the families of all those killed. Many more have been injured. We wish them a speedy recovery. The EU utterly condemns all acts of terrorism, wherever they take place. The terrorists who planned and carried out this attack must be brought to justice.” To her credit she did finally manage to refer to terror definitively in her final sentence after original reference to this calamity as, “apparent terrorist attack” earlier in her statement. The earlier qualified reference which allowed for some doubt as to whether this was terrorism takes a good deal away from the later reference to terrorists and exposes the Lady Ashton’s well established disdain for Israel and Israelis.

 

The worst and by far most offensive reaction to the terrorist bombing of the Israeli group’s tour bus is attributed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. Ms. Pillay has been known to be one of the first to express her opinion on a wide range of incidents including her 2010 rush to condemn Israel over the Mavi Marmara Flotilla confrontation where she omitted no term of condemnation in her berating the needless slaughter of innocent protesters. But on this day where a terrorist suicide bomber murdered seven people and injured thirty more, three in serious condition, Ms. Pillay had no comment. This was an actual attack upon honestly innocent vacationers which included children, teenagers and young couples among those murdered or injured, unlike the terrorists who were engaged in martyrdom operations planned to capture and/or murder Israeli IDF security personnel engaged in enforcement of a legal, United Nations and universally recognized maritime blockade when they suffered their fate. Ms. Pillay has added yet one more disgraceful action, or lack of action, by her silence in the face of this act of blatant terrorism which she has given her own personal affirmation through her shameful silence.

 

Lastly we have the comments from the United Nations Security Council who apparently had not received the memo not to mention terror, terrorists or terrorism or any reference to suicide bombing when referring to the attack on the Israelis in Bulgaria. To their credit, the Security Council of the United Nations statement read, “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. All acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, no matter the motives for them, where, when and by whom they are carried out. The perpetrators and organizers, as well as those who finance such reprehensible acts of terrorism must be brought to justice.”

 

One final note on a related but separate issue, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the State Department have gathered a conference of nations to discuss the many facets of terrorism and the methods which can be utilized to fight both the commission and the financing of terror in order to prevent further acts and their consequences. This gathering has been titled as the Global Counter-terrorism Forum’s High-Level Conference on Victims of Terrorism and began on July 9 in Madrid. The gathering had an interesting collection of countries who, according to much of the publicity for the “Global Counter-terrorism Forum”, were victims suffering from terror and terrorism and all associated difficulties. The member states came from two distinct groups and the entire conference was co-chaired by the United States and Turkey. The first group were the eleven member nations of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation), Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The other members are, usually referred to as the remaining members as they do not neatly fit into any group other than not members from the OIC; Australia, Britain, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. The European Union also has a seat and the United Nations is “a close partner of and participant in the Global Counter-terrorism Forum and its activities.”  There is one country that is most conspicuous by its absence from this little get-together, Israel. Fortunately rumors have surfaced naming the country which spearheaded the exclusion of Israel, Turkey. Turkey made the exclusion of Israel a condition for their participation and the State Department graciously and eagerly agreed that Israel had no place in such an important and vital conference and would likely not contribute much in the way of substance. We have our suspicions that at least another dozen of those attending countries either heartily agreed or felt no loss at the exclusion if Israel from the Global Counter-terrorism Forum.

 

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