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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January 14, 2015

It’s Time to Play Let’s Make an Excuse Game

 

The horrors have gained their appropriate abhorrent reactions and their tributes and commemorations replete with that rarest of all commemorations, international condemnations and a memorial parade with more leaders, diplomats, representatives and sheer numbers than any such commemoration in recent memory. The political cartoons were consistently sympathetic and memorializing except yesterday in the United States where they were largely derisive largely mocking President Obama’s absence and the lack of any ranking administration representative marching with the rest of the leading officials from around the world and especially as the French are the oldest and original ally without whom the United States may have never broken free from English rule. Even at this early point there have already been the beginning rumblings laying blame for the attacks anywhere but with Islam noting that the perpetrators were not acting in accordance with the tenets of Islam. There will be exchanges of accusations and excuses alternately followed by secondary arguments from both sides with discussions becoming more terse, tense and heated. There will be Western leaders who will also claim that those terrorists who perpetrated the horrific events in and around Paris, France towards the end of last week do not represent Islam because Islam is the religion of peace. Then there will be the claims by the many who make their livelihood writing books and making speeches linking these acts of terror with radical Islam and who point to the Imams who fire sermons which help to radicalize their followers. Then there will be those such as Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who will make Israel the central figure to blame for the actions of the Islamist extremists at Charlie Hebdo and at the kosher market with some making the fact that one of the targets was a kosher market as proof that this was largely about Israel. It has never ceased to amaze and befuddle me that if in any way when there are extremist terrorist acts as these and any target can be tied in any way to Jews then the apologists turn everything on its head and it becomes all about a protest against Israel and the lack of peace with the Palestinians. Just wait for it as it will most assuredly surface somewhere before everything has been said and done. There are so many items which need to be discussed which are actually important to address to make sure that such events as the world suffered last week can be avoided in the future.

 

One subject which if addressed would make the possibility for more such events less likely would be to make greater efforts in a number of areas all of which will unfortunately take time, but the longer these efforts are postponed, the longer the threats for more Charlie Hebdo massacres and similar terrorist events. One change is there must be a huge outreach effort to incorporate the people living in immigrant communities incorporated into the mainstream societal communities. This can be best accomplished through education outreach and occupational training and other work outreach programs. Another necessity is to have education requirements for all immigrants which teach the history, civics and other important material which will inform and better incorporate immigrants providing them with the necessary knowledge to feel and become more attuned with the society as a whole. The children of immigrants must be educated in schools which include educational materials which will assist them in incorporating into the society as they will learn about the historic events, civics and things which reflect the cultural identity of the nation and of Europe for those nations in the European continent. The programs to address the situations which it is claimed act as the harbingers of feelings of being alienated which lead some into the hands of extremists as they seek acceptance and thus become discontented and become more likely to act in destructive ways often in the belief that they are serving some greater cause.

 

Another track which must be considered is to slow the rates of immigration such that the immigrants already within nations which have any significant numbers or percentages of immigrant populations which are disaffected and sufficiently unincorporated into the workforce and population until such disparities are reduced significantly, or preferably, completely. Another contributing factor is completely independent from the rest of the problems which many European nations are having concerning immigrants and immigration but absolutely a central item which contributes to some of the problems. Many of the immigrants came to Europe seeking exactly what the Arabs came to the areas where the Zionist Jews were beginning to settle starting in the middle of the nineteenth century, economic opportunities which were vastly more enticing and provided far better opportunities. The immigrant populations continued to reproduce at or near the levels which were far above that of the native European populations which many have been suffering from below replacement rates. Over time the immigrants continued to come to reap the benefits of the promise of better economic opportunities. Then Europe’s economies began having a slowdown which took a nosedive when the 2008 recessions struck and had also hit some difficulties in the late 1990s. These downturns hurt the immigrant populations far more severely than it did the native European populations. When the added numbers of immigrants which resulted from the continuing arrival of more immigrants and the younger generation from the existing immigrant populations ran into the slowed economic conditions they had difficulties finding employment which led to their disenfranchisement which allowed for radicalization and the rest is history. The economic difficulties being a major contributing factor and amongst all of those factors we identified, it is the one that must be improved for any immediate ameliorating actions to take place in anything resembling an immediate solution. Educations and integrations into the society takes time and is best if started with early education and will be best if consummated by having ample employment providing a promising future with relative wealth and a promising future with sufficient opportunities.

 

There is one overriding force behind the acts we just witnessed in Paris. There was one very telling act which will not be given the scrutiny as it will be dismissed as inconsequential and obviously due to the Israelis occupation and had nothing to do with France or the main assault on Charlie Hebdo which was the central act. Still, it is important that the kosher market was chosen to be the target and that it was to be struck just before the Sabbath when it would have the most number of Jewish patrons who would be making their final shopping before the Sabbath lighting of candles just before sundown. The fact that the Jews are often targeted by Islamic radical terrorists is undeniable. The murderous assaults against Jews have been part and parcel of Islamic violence since the early parts of the twentieth century with large scale rioting targeting the Jews who had returned to their ancestral homes in pogroms of starting in the mid-1920s and continued through the late-1930s and only stopped temporarily as World War II brought large numbers of British troops to the British Mandate lands and the formation of the Palestinians Brigades saw Jews volunteering forming units which fought with the British. The Palestinian Brigades were made up of virtually only Jews as the Jews were referred to as the Palestinians while the Arabs were called either Arabs, Jordanians or Syrians and only coopted the title and name of Palestinians in 1964 with the formation of the Palestinian Liberation Organizations (PLO) which was formed to destroy all of Israel, as there were no occupied lands as they are referred to improperly today as the Six Day War did not occur until June of 1967, a full three years later. One of the contributing factors to there being no pogroms by the Arabs against the Jews in the British Mandate lands was due to the fact that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini fled the Middle East seeking refuge in Berlin. While there Mohammed Amin el-Husseini aided the Nazi actions in executing the Final Solution for the elimination of the Jews of Europe where he also organized Muslim troops in the Balkans forming the 13th Waffen SS division, known as the Hanjar division which was responsible for the murder of about 90% of Bosnia’s Jews and destroyed numerous Serbian churches and villages. He continued upon his return to the Holy Lands after World War II ended where he led troops of Syrian and Jordanian Arabs against the nascent Jewish state of Israel in the war aimed at eliminating the country of Israel the morning when it was declared a state along with the armies of at least six Arab nations.

 

There is another item which has been considered to be too delicate to be discussed openly, that Islam has a violent streak evidenced by the repeated numbers of events such as the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo last week where the terrorist extremists commit the acts in the name of Islam. Whether Islam is itself the religion of peace or if it is the religion which divides the world into two distinct worlds, Dar al-Islam (دار الإسلام‎), the world of Islam where Muslims rule and Sharia is enforces and non-Muslims must assume the position of Dhimmi (ذمي‎) and defer to Muslims even to the point of walking in the drainage area off the curb refused permission to walk on the sidewalk and must not ever hold their head above a Muslim’s head as such would be an offense. The non-Muslims also must pay a confiscatory and punitive tax called the Jizyah. This is the interpretation taught by some Imams, where Islam will be the dominant religion and eventually will be the sole religion on Earth. They teach that Islam should be spread initially through persuasion and proselyting until people under their rule have been granted the opportunity to convert and adopt Islam three times. If they still refuse then life can be made uncomfortable and eventually unbearable eventually getting to the point where they are demanded to surrender to Islam and Allah or die by the sword. This is the way under Islamic rule within Dar al-Islam. The remainder of the world is called Dar al-Harb (دار الحرب) which translates as House of War and is where non-Muslims rule and the lands have yet to fall to Islam by conversion or conquest. According to these Imams who are presumably knowledgeable about the Quran (القرآن‎), the Hadiths (حديث) and all the writings and teachings of Islam and thus to be believed and taken as the ones who hold the truths of all of Islam. These Imams have been known to issue Fatwas (فتاوى), which is a legal order, holy dictate or mandatory instruction to be obeyed and followed out to the letter. Some Imams have interpreted the teachings of the Quran as instructing Muslims to kill all the Jews in order to facilitate the coming of their Mahdi (مهدي), their messiah who will bring the end-times.

 

Such teachings were likely to have been centrally involved in the choosing of the kosher market and explains why the terrorist who entered the market and informed the patrons and store employees that they were going to have to die because they were Jewish. Then there was the miracle which occurred in the basement of Hyper Cacher, that very same kosher market, where a market employee named Lassana Bathily kept his cool and ushered a number of store patrons into the freezer in the basement and raised the temperature as much as he dare as well as turning off the light assuring them they would be fine as long as they remained quiet. Did Lassana Bathily also enter that freezer to hide? No, he remained outside and also contacted the police and gave them vital information. Those patrons he hid survived the terror assault due to the store employee named Lassana Bathily who also happens to be a Muslim. (more information in the article titled Two Faces of Islam in Charlie Hebdo Attacks ) He gave us a glimpse at the other Muslims, those who are in the majority which we are constantly assured by virtually every Western leader. Perhaps they are correct which would definitely be a relief to the rest of us but there is a person who desires to address those Muslims, especially those who believe that Islam must be made the preeminent religion and reach an agreed adjustment in this view and rather than making Islam preeminent by any means required to permitting other religions to have space for being practiced side by side with Islam without any restrictions. This reformer is the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who addressed Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious Islamic school of higher learning. These are Imams and professors who will mold the future Imams, professors and leaders of Islam. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt’s speech and commentary can be found in the article titled The Islamic Reformer in Egypt. It is the actions of those like Lassana Bathily whose actions though seemingly small are loud and proclaim vividly and beyond the shadows of doubt that there is a side of Islam which is laudable and set a standard for everyone else to match, Muslim and non-Muslim alike and there is the address and hopeful follow-through with the hoped for results started by Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi and carried forward by the ranks of Islamic authorities who make up the teaching and other student oriented staff whose assistance is critical if el-Sisi’s visions will have any hope of coming to fruition.

 

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