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January 12, 2015

Examination of Turkish Prime Minister’s Response to Paris Events

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Turkey Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made some interesting comments in reference to the Paris Rally to memorialize the freedoms of thought and expressions and the liberties and freedoms which form much of the basis for Western establishments and for which Islamic radical terrorists assaulted and murdered the staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in which a dozen people paid for such freedoms and liberties with their lives. So, let us first give some of the relative quotes from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made on the rally and its themes where he stated, “It is a message to the whole world that everyone must confront the threat of terror.” So far, so good. He continued, “We would expect the same sensitivities to be shown to attacks on mosque or Islamophobia.” We can agree completely on the expectations that should a similar assault be perpetrated on a Mosque that this would be an act of terrorism and equally contemptible and demand the same reaction as against the attackers of the magazine Charlie Hebdo’s offices. As far as the “Islamophobia” we would require a definition but probably would depend on the form of such “Islamophobia” took, if it were nonviolent then things start to come under the reasons the Charlie Hebdo’s offices were attacked. Moving on he was quoted, “Turkey’s stance is principled and we will keep up this attitude. Turkey has the same values around the world as far as terror is concerned. There can be no double standards.” Yes, this might be agreeable depending on your definition of terror which is coming next I would expect. The Prime Minister obliged when he pointed to “state terrorism” against the Palestinians and in Syria. One can only assume that Prime Minister Davutoglu was referring to the recent comments made by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments which slammed Europeans criticizing of Turkish assaults on media outlets which signaled deteriorating press freedoms which in a Reuters report having indicated his saying they should instead try to find a solution for the increasing Islamophobia in Europe. President Erdogan has been quoted stating, “We are not Europe’s scapegoat. We are definitely not a country that Europe can point its finger at and scold. Instead of criticizing us, Europe should find a solution to increasing racism and Islamophobia.” As an example of such horrific crimes which were obvious Islamophobic in their origin he cited the German city of Dormagen, where ultra-nationalists drew Nazi signs on the walls of a mosque which was under construction.

 

The common theme here is the reference to “Islamophobia” and its being of racist origins which perhaps should be further investigated and include in that the reference to “state terrorism” against the Palestinians and in Syria. The easiest target is that Islamophobia is racist. What race is Islamophobia targeting? It cannot be Arabs as there are Arab Druze, Arab Jews, Arab Christians, Arab Hindus, Arab Buddhists, Arab Zaidi, Arab Zoroastrianians and undoubtedly other religions, so Islamophobia is not against Arabs due to Arabs practicing only Islam. If we look at Islam itself there are many differing peoples who practice Islam including people of Turkish backgrounds which are separate from Arabs thus Islamophobia cannot be considered racism accurately, but for argument’s sake we will equate it with racism. Granted, the example given by President Erdogan of painted Nazi symbols on the sides of a Mosque under construction is contemptible and those who perpetrated such a crime, and that would be a crime in the West, should be found and arrested for trial. The crime would be defacing private property and the case would revolve around personal ownership and the defacing their property and not as Islamophobic. So we agree such an act is a crime just not a crime because it was a Mosque but because it was private property. We would treat such crimes equally had they painted the symbols on a church, synagogue or a bookstore or tailors’ shop. So we agree on the act being of criminal intent but we differ on the crime itself, we see it as defacing property and they see it as a crime against Islam and that being the ultimate offense.

 

Finally, the reference to “state terrorism” against the “Palestinians and in Syria” is the manner of condemning Israel when utilized by Turkish officials as well as their allies in Iran and Hezballah. Turkey is the nation which claims that the attempt by IHH to use a flotilla around the Mavi Marmara to break the legally recognized Gaza blockade and the subsequent confrontation with Israeli troops as an Israeli aggression on the world and particularly an offense against Turkey gives a reference to the lack of objectivity on all items concerning Israel. Where does Israel fit in the reference to “state terrorism” against the “Palestinians and in Syria” come in? Turkey has claimed numerous times that Israel is backing Syrian Dictator Bashir al-Assad with intelligence information and other tactical intelligence as well as interventions by Israeli fighter aircraft. That is where Turkey pretends that Israel is involved while Turkey has always claimed that Israel is oppressing the Palestinians Arabs and is an Apartheid State despite every piece of evidence countering such accusations. I do not blame Turkey alone for many of these accusations as they are made by numerous peoples from all points on the planet, which does not necessarily make the accusations valid. These references are simply Turkish politicians and spokespeople’s way of bringing Israel into the discussion as to them doing so simply makes their claims valid and beyond reproach. Unfortunately for the all it does is reinforce the fact that their claims may lie in their foremost delusions which taint virtually every action they take both diplomatically around the world and domestically within their borders. My bet is if one were to give the Turkish government proof that Charlie Hebdo magazine had also been satirical about other religions and gave them examples of Charlie Hebdo cartoons spoofing and criticizing Christianity and Judaism that they would use the cartoons on Judaism and Israel in their own publications, that is the length of their hypocrisy and depravity when it comes to everything Israel. What makes this even more ludicrous is when considering that Turkey is a member of NATO (why is beyond our wildest imaginations) and are technically supporting the West against ISIS (pronounced is-is as in the Bill Clinton famous quote, it all depends on what the meaning of is is) while simultaneously allowing weapons, terrorists, troops and other support to cross into Syria in support of ISIS, duplicity is thy name Turkey.

 

From both men’s statements I can only gather that they believe that Islam deserves, or demands, a special treatment against any and all negative references or comments and this preference should be applied solely to Islam and not to other religions. This brings us to the main point of contention, namely that Islam is a special religion which must be protected as more sacred than any other religion and that Islam must be protected from all negative references while those practicing Islam must receive special considerations, especially if their actions were against infidels or protecting the name of Islam against the unbelievers. Well, if one believes in freedom of religion or even to have no religion, then not exactly my Turkish friends, I may call you friends or does my being an infidel make such impossible. When President Erdogan references that Turkey would apply the same rules the world over he is not professing equality as what he is applying is Islamic supremacy the world over and Islamic law the world over and not equality of any manner. President Erdogan would be applying the same applications the world over much in the same way that the Communists desired to apply the same rules and were consistent the world over or the way the Mongols attempted to apply the same rules the world over or the Romans or Greeks before them. Conquering the world for Allah is not spreading freedom in any way shape or form. Unfortunately we cannot honestly agree that Islamophobia is a crime provided that one simply objects to Islam in a nonviolent and nondestructive manner and their objections to Islam are carried out without breaking the law or another person’s right to practice Islam in a peaceable manner. Islam should be accorded the exact same protection as is any other religion or philosophy. Plainly put, Islam is not above any or all other religions, it must be equal in how it is treated to the treatment of all other religions, period.

 

Then there was one additional comment which quoted French President Francois Hollande’s statement that “these fanatics (Said Kouachi, Cherif Kouachi, Hamyd Mourad, and Amedy Coulibaly) have nothing to do with Muslim religion” and according to Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that is of “utmost importance”. I must report to the honorable Prime Minister of Turkey as well as to all those other Imams, rulers of Islamic countries and other misguided Western leaders including those making such statements from my own country that the fact that these miscreants acted violently in the name of Islam is of the “utmost importance” and no amount of denials can alter that fact. Their claims of having “avenged the Prophet” referencing their Prophet Mohammad; and their cries of “Allahu Akbar” were references to Allah as the greatest of gods were most definitely directly related to how these individuals interpreted and understood Islam and is exactly how they were taught Islam is supposed to act to such offenses as were committed by the writers and cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo. To claim that these criminals were not committing their crimes in the name of Islam and that Islam never condones acts of violence would be to claim that the professing and statements of Imam Yusuf al-Qaradawi are not of Islam when he calls for the killing or eradication of Jews and the bringing of the whole world under Islam by persuasion or by the sword are not professing the tenets of Islam. J’accuse, I accuse you, Prime Minister Davutoglu and President Erdogan, of practicing Taqiyya, practicing dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling, pre-emptively blocking or fending off and neutralizing any criticism of Islam or Muslims.

 

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January 11, 2015

Two Faces of Islam in Charlie Hebdo Attacks

 

There were two faces of Islam displayed in Paris, France this past week and the world will probably forget the one and long recall the other. The predominant story was the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine, where the editor and many of the cartoonists and other staff were slaughtered. The final tallying of victims released revealed that eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor were killed in the attack. The police murdered lost their lives in the attempt to arrest the terrorists at the scene. The rest of the story from the side of the terrorists will be a secondary series of events which will likely be retold with every rendition of the entire episode. The primary part of the following series of events will recount the standoff between the French Special Forces units outside of Paris where the brothers hid with their hostage in a printing house on Friday, after they hijacked a car and police followed them to a village near the Paris main airport. These two segments, or episodes, of these twisted events which together make up the entirety of the horrors where the brothers, Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi, spent much time threatening, first their original target of Charlie Hebdo then second their standoff at the printing house located in the small industrial town of Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, in a massive operation to seize the brothers. This side of the story will emphasize the violence and heinous acts of Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi interspersed with reminders stating that ‘Islam is the Religion of Peace’ stressing that it would be evil and inexcusable to use these events to excuse acts against Muslims or expressing or holding thoughts that Islam authorizes or even condones violence against innocents.

 

There was another event related to the brothers that took place parallel to the standoff in Dammartin-en-Goele. That event occurred in Porte de Vincennes neighborhood of Paris, the outskirts of Paris, at a Hyper Cacher kosher market which was filled with customers, many of them may have been shopping for the coming of Sabbath. Upon crashing into the market, a terrorist named Amedy Coulibaly, who had already murdered a female police officer the day before, stormed into the store in a sustained burst of gunfire murdering four innocent patrons and taking an additional sixteen hostage declaring “You know who I am.” A Muslim employee at the market, Lassana Bathily’s quick thinking may have saved a number of the hostages from harm. This hero downplayed his actions recounting the events telling reporters how he helped several customers to safety as the chaos unfolded. He spoke recounted his story, “I went down to the freezer, I opened the door, there were several people who went in with me. I turned off the light and the freezer. I brought them inside and I told them to stay calm here, I’m going to go out. When they got out, they thanked me.” He had also turned the temperature up in the freezer to make their hiding place just a little less uncomfortable. Meanwhile, Coulibaly kept threatening to murder more of his hostages right up to when the police made their raid ending the drama and preventing any further loss of life.

 

Lassana Bathily 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 after each horrific terror attack made by those Muslims who do not practice Islam peacefully causing all their fellow Muslims a severe discomfort and a rough road as they attempt to reclaim their place as peaceful members in their diverse society. Lassana Bathily was one of the members of the Muslim community whose quick thinking and resulting actions placed a number of patrons from the market safely beyond the reach of the murderous terrorist upstairs. He did not place himself in that safe area and instead guarded their safety from outside the freezer where he hid them. His actions were not broadcast to the world during those tense hours before the police and security personnel raided both sites ending what seemed to be a longer period than the few days which actually passed. The violent terrorists were the ones highlighted during the standoffs as the selfless acts of Mr. Bathily were performed in the secret of the background. His bravery and gallantry placing the safety of the patrons before his own only became known in the hours immediately after the standoff was resolved. He became a part of the story after most had already moved on having taken the rescue operation to be the final act. Many will never have heard and those who do remember do so under the disadvantage of the fact that Mr. Bathily’s story will only receive a lessor coverage which is often the case when acts of sanity become the exceptional acts of bravery. We all owe Mr. Bathily the respect of noting his actions and remembering that people such as he will be the ones who hopefully will define Islam in the future. For posterity’s sake I offer a picture of a hero, a picture of Lassana Bathily below.

 

 

Lassana Bathily Charlie Hebdo Hyper Cacher kosher market Muslim Hero

Lassana Bathily Charlie Hebdo Hyper Cacher kosher market Muslim Hero

 

 

Earlier in the week there was another whose actions require our respect and whose sacrifice must not be allowed to fade into the dim recesses that singular actions of bravery often do as the final fiery acts which end the eventual standoff rightfully steal the limelight. There were two French police murdered during the initial attempts to capture the terrorists at the scene of the Charlie Hebdo attack, Franck Brinsolaro and Ahmed Merabet. The names of both these men will also fade faster than the names of the brothers who used their religion as a cudgel with which to silence all who they felt had treated the name of their prophet blasphemously. May their names be stricken from the public memory and replaced with the names which can be raised with pride and held as exemplary rather than name those who should be despised. We need to celebrate the names of the police who gave their all in the effort to protect society, the names Ahmed Merabet and Franck Brinsolaro should be held alongside Lassana Bathily as the saviors who acted above and beyond anything required of them and by doing so raised the level of honor and care in the current society so needful of such souls to laud.

 

Franck Brinsolaro was murdered inside the offices of Charlie Hebdo and was the officer tasked with guarding editor Stéphane Charbonnier while Ahmed Merabet arrived on the scene and was initially injured by the terrorist brothers who then subsequently executed Officer Merabet as he raised his empty hands signaling that he was unarmed and posed no threat to their escape. This murder was possibly the most heinous of the murders of that fateful morning. There was a hashtag of “#JesuisAhmed”, in addition to “#JesuisCharlie”, started on Twitter to honor Officer Ahmed Merabet, a Muslim police officer who arrived to the scene and paid for his efforts with his life. Ahmed Merabet was another whose actions honored Islam and was an example of Muslims who are amongst the most integral members of Parisians who answered the call when the public needed him. Officer Ahmed Merabet, as was pointed out on Twitter feeds under his honorable hashtag, represented all that we could ask for from the Islamic community or any other community. Hopefully he will be remembered with respect and honor.

 

Often in the discussions which follow terror attacks such as we experienced in Paris this week concerns what is the real face of Islam. This usually results in much heated debate which inevitably results in the conclusion that it will take the Muslims who desire to live as contributing members of Islamic society to reclaim their religion and defined Islam peacefully. This will be a monumental task as nobody has yet come up with a plan for how such might be achieved. It does not help that the Quran appears to have conflicts within its writing which tend to be dependent on when and where they were written. If Islam is going to be shaped by its peaceful, open and cooperative writings then the Mecca Quranic verses need to be made predominant and the Medina writings given less weight. This will be difficult with the majority of Imams stressing that the later verses supercede the earlier verses when a conflict between the two appear. For a discussion which gives a general background and tries to explain the differences between the Mecca verses against the Medina verse can be found in this article Which Quran, Mecca or Medina?

 

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January 10, 2015

Boko Haram Erases Nigerian City of Baga from the Map

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Northern Nigeria has been transformed into a mini-state under what Boko Haram has defined as their Caliphate which is all a part of the greater Caliphate as Boko Haram has declared loyalty with ISIS swearing their fealty with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Boko Haram in their recent attacks has solidified their controls all of the Borno Province up to and including the borders with Niger, Chad and Cameroon. There had been the solitary town of Baga along the western shores of Lake Chad which, due to the presence of a military base manned by multinational forces from Niger and Chad, resisted Boko Haram and believed the presence of the military base would continue to safeguard the twenty thousand plus populations keeping them safe. This was despite their being the lone holdout to the area to which Boko Haram has claimed has come under their rule as an independent state. This is part of Boko Haram’s latest claim of forming their own state with their announcing their membership as part of the greater ISIS Caliphate. The brave little township of Baga awoke earlier this week to the sounds of gunshots and screaming which, according to the few townspeople who managed to escape, came from all direction save the west, the direction of Lake Chad. The hope of the population dissolved instantly upon witnessing the military deserting their posts and making their escape leaving the people to fend for themselves without military troops or their weapons to defend themselves. Reports claimed that much of the population took to the lake to escape and are now trapped on an island without adequate food, water or shelter. The reports estimating the potential death toll vary widely from the low end of hundreds to as many as two thousand plus with the eventual death toll hard to estimate if the tens of thousands when adding those who have taken refuge on the Island fall to thirst, exposure or worse, Boko Haram deciding to finish their slaughter by making an amphibious assault on the island murdering the remainder of the citizens of Baga who have taken refuge there. Some reports included not just that there were bodies strewn across the entirety of Baga virtually lining the streets, but that much of the city had been destroyed by fire after looting the homes and stores of anything valuable, The reports appear only to differ by degree with those who escaped later providing the most heinous recounting.

 

This carnage will most probably be lost in the greater coverage of the attack on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo where twelve individuals were slaughtered, two police including one Muslim officer and ten of the Charlie Hebdo staff including their editor and numerous cartoonists and staff members. There were also at least ten people injured with at least four with very serious wounds. The drama in France continued with a shooting of a twenty seven year old rookie female police officer named Clarissa Jean-Philippe who ‘dreamed of serving her country’. The suspected brothers, Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, from the Charlie Hebdo terror attack were surrounded in a printing house forty kilometers outside Paris where they held a single hostage. The brothers’ hostage was successfully saved when the brothers stormed from the factory firing at the forces surrounding their location. The Kouachi brothers had told officials they were prepared to be martyred and their wish came to fruition. Two police officers were wounded in the exchange with one possibly having succumbed to their injuries. The assassin of the female police officer, Amedy Coulibaly, was cornered in a kosher market where he had killed three people with his entry into the store. Upon the exchange of fire at the brothers’ location the message was sent to the other stand-off that the time for their raid had arrived. Police had accessed the closed circuit security camera inside the shop allowing the police to notice the terrorist kneeling to pray providing them with the advantage necessary for their assault with a maximum advantage and surprise. At least one more person was murdered at the kosher market bringing the toll of innocents to four plus the terrorist who also was killed. Reports list numerous hostages freed from the kosher market where some had stolen away in the freezer inside the market and were among the estimate of fifteen hostages being rescued from the market. This brings this terror attack to a close for which we can be thankful. Our sympathies lie with all the victims of the attacks in France and those being subjected to a living hell in Nigeria at the hands of the heartless, inhuman terrorist heathens of Boko Haram. We hope that the surviving residents from Baga are rescued before even more are murdered in the name of the Caliphate.

 

France has just been witness to the barbarity which Israel faces on a daily basis. The sole reason we do not read about endless such situations in Israel has to do with a state of constant alert along with the security fence/wall which along with checkpoints, both permanent and randomly placed, which prevent untold numbers of terror attacks. There are at least a half dozen reports which make the news in Israel each week with some weeks breaking a dozen such reports where Arabs are caught with large knives, pipe bombs and worse by the checkpoints, alert Israeli Defense Force (IDF) troops, border patrol, and police while private security personnel also prevent attacks often without it ever reaching the news services. One could safely bet that less than half of the attempts to harm Israelis never get reported outside of the security forces reports and records. This speaks only to assaults with regular weapons such as bombs, knives and firearms. Then there are the terrorist attacks which succeed. Recently there was the attempted assassination of Yehuda Glick whose crime is desiring to pray on the Temple Mount and to have it permissible for Jews, Christians and anyone else who feels the urge to pray be permitted prayer on this holy site but he was shot at point-blank range four times in the chest by an Arab Muslim whose reason was that he believes that only Muslims are to be afforded the privilege of praying on the holy site of the Temple Mount. Four Rabbis were gunned down and butchered while in the midst of their morning prayers with their Tefillin (phylacteries) and Tallit (prayer shawls) on and prayer books in their hands. There were other rabbis and worshipers who, praise Hashem, were able to escape with their lives though a number had serious but survivable wounds. These are terrorist attacks which were deadly successful in just the last few weeks and are but one side of the terrorism which is committed against Israelis and targeted at Jews almost exclusively.

 

The most unreported terrorist attacks are those where rocks and fire bombs are thrown at vehicles with Israeli license plates. These attacks happen to such an extent that the police and other security agencies refuse to bother to keep records. The reasoning behind not keeping such records is simple, telling and dangerous. If these attacks were recorded there would be data which those who feel that making peace with the Arabs who perpetrate murderous attacks daily is a recipe for disaster. There is a young girl of eleven years who is currently in hospital fighting for her life and even should she survive, she faces years of surgeries to repair the horrific damages to her face and torso from the fire bomb which broke through the vehicle windshield and exploded in her lap. If not for her father’s quick actions pulling her from the vehicle and extinguishing the flames she most certainly would have died from her wounds. There have been three or four children under the age of four who have been struck in the head by rocks often three inches in diameter if not larger which crashed through the windshields of the vehicles they were travelling in who survived but remained in comas for weeks or months and are going to require years of therapy and even then will never regain full function nor live a normal life. In some cases the rocks are hurled from vehicles speeding in the opposite direction from ambush sites set up by the Arab perpetrators. They have a lookout that waits about a mile up the road waiting for a car to pass with the appropriate targets inside and then signal the vehicle driver by cell phone. The driver than accelerates towards the victim vehicle gaining as much speed as possible and as the two vehicles close on each other passengers in the Arab vehicle hurl their projectiles, rocks, fire bombs or both at the target with the full intent on causing the most severe injury or murder as is possible. One of the most tragic and most well known as the surviving family members not only permitted the pictures of the victims but also the vehicle to be made public but insisted that they be displayed whenever their story was told. You see, many of these unfortunate children are more fortunate than was Yonatan Palmer or his father Asher who were killed when a rock of close to or over five inches diameter crashed through their windshield striking the father in the head killing him outright and thus causing the vehicle to careen off the road and crash into a tree where the impact killed Yonatan before he reached his second birthday. Below are pictures of Asher and Yonatan Palmer and below that their vehicle where it came to rest.

 

 

 

Yonatan & Asher Palmer rock attack victims

Yonatan & Asher Palmer rock attack victims

 

Yonatan & Asher Palmer's Wrecked vehicle after rock attack Arab terrorists

Yonatan & Asher Palmer’s Wrecked vehicle after rock attack Arab terrorists

 

Then there are the regular ambush sites which are set up at holy sites where those coming to worship can be ambushed. The two most well-known to Israelis, and the one well-known to the world, are the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives Cemetery. The Temple Mount has been the target of attacks for the last few months as the leadership of Hamas out of Turkey had arranged for these daily assaults in order to keep the Temple Mount closed to Jewish visitation. The Arabs have learned that if they continue to instigate violent protests on the Temple Mount then the security personnel will close the area off to Jewish visitation as this is considered the best policy to calm the Arab anger and thus alleviate the reason for the rioting. This tactic is now being employed against the Israeli government as the Arabs under the direction and funding by Hams are continuing prolonged periods of violence on the Temple Mount in order to keep the Jews from even being permitted to visit the Temple Mount. Hamas leadership has made clear their intent is to prevent Jewish visitation for a sufficiently long period so as to them argue that the Jews obviously do not hold the Temple Mount to be as holy as do the Muslims as the Jews never take the opportunity to make visits to the Temple Mount. Meanwhile the Arabs are pressing the Europeans and American to insist that the Israeli government take every step necessary to keep the status quo on the Temple Mount which results in the Jews being restricted from visitations while Arab violence is taking place as it is assumed that Arab violence is caused by Jewish presence or their having uttered prayers or simply appeared to have said something construed as prayer.

 

The Mount of Olives Cemetery is located such that the entry road passes under a sharp cliff on top of which is an Arab school. Whenever vehicles attempt to enter the cemetery they are pelted with rocks thrown from atop the cliff from the school yard above. There have been funerals where those attempting to attend were forced to turn back and attend the funeral from a great distance unless they were willing to brave the gauntlet and have their vehicles suffer the damage which would certainly be inflicted upon it and risk their persons as well. These assaults too are ignored by the majority of even the Israeli media as these events are common and as such not newsworthy unless something tragic occurs. This in and of itself tells a sad story as it means that even the most sacred of events, the burial of a friend, relative or associate is disturbed and those attending assaulted and potentially injured and it is not reported by most media within Israel and almost never, even when tragic results occur, reported outside Israel. Proof is likely as it is doubtful that many have even heard of the event described next where visiting prominent public figures elected to the United States House of Representatives were treated no different than Israelis or any others when they visited the Mount of Olives Cemetery as told as follows. On February 25, 2012, United States House of Representatives members Eliot Engel and Jerrold Nadler, both New York Democrats, were walking in the Mount of Olives Cemetery when they were assaulted with rocks where a “baseball-sized” rock hurled at the group nearly hitting Representative Nadler. The American politician posed for a picture with the offending projectile which is below.

 

Mount of Olives Cemetery United States House of Representatives Rep Eliot Engel and Rep Jerrold Nadler pose with rock from terror attack

Mount of Olives Cemetery United States House of Representatives Rep Eliot Engel and Rep Jerrold Nadler pose with rock from terror attack

 

These attacks are made with the full knowledge of Mahmoud Abbas as he is now the leader of the unified Arab Authority over Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and these groups both political and ‘military’ arms. The ‘military’ arms are listed or have been listed previously, and delisted solely so the peace process could be carried forward, as terrorist groups by the United States, numerous European governments, the United Nations and the European Union. The demands that the Israelis make concessions to bring the Arabs to the bargaining table just so they can demand the total surrender of Israel to their maximalist demands and in return the Arabs refuse to promise to end their struggle to free their ‘homelands’ which means no end to the terror attacks like those listed above and still demand that Israel allow as many Arabs as can be found to be relocated within Israel with full political rights transmuting Israel into another Arab state in which the Jews lives will likely be short and brutal. As Jews we fully understand the reason that the Europeans have so little problem with this result. We are even beginning to realize that even the United States is changing politically and Israel can no longer fully depend on both parties to support her. We are still obliged to the American people and to those Europeans who support Israel and we thank each and every last one of them. What the world needs to realize is what happens in Israel eventually will happen outside Israel. Israel is but the front lines but those lines are moving as was evidenced in France and Nigeria this past week. The front lines are moving as has been evidenced in every Arab committed or attempted terror attack. There are two lessons the world must learn and learn quickly. The first is that Israel is no different, just a few years or so further down the road the entire world is traveling down whether they realize it or not. Second is that there are no lone wolves as so many apologists are fond of calling every terror attack. These attacks are all spawned from the same source and are simply the expression of those Islamists who do not have the patience to wait for their numbers to conquer the democracies of the world in the ballot box and desire results now. They believe if they are sufficiently violent then the Western nations and their citizens will cower and surrender to Islam. The one lesson above all else about Islam which must be remembered is that one does not join Islam, one does not observe Islam, one does not convert to Islam, one does not advocate for Islam, one does not attest to Islam, what one does is surrender to Islam, you are to surrender your will to Islam and these terrorist attacks are not an attempt to convert anyone, they are attempts to force you to surrender to Islam. This is a holy war and either you triumph or you will surrender to Islam, there are no other alternatives.

 

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