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February 20, 2018

If Only the Media Showed Self-Control

 

There has been proof that these mass shootings cause more mass shootings. They are almost contagious as if it were a virus spreading throughout the population, particularly the youth. Another item we know is that there is the notoriety aspect. Perpetrate a mass shooting and instantly your name is shot around the entirety of the media, you are on every televisions screen and your name is in every newspaper and magazine. Sure, you might spend the next twenty-years or possibly less in prison, but you are now famous. That is the one side which the world can control. Where is my evidence of this? Well, how about what the Oregon shooter who we will not name wrote, “A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. … Seems the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.” Then the Fort Hood shooter noted and posted on Facebook, from the same article, “These bastards have perfected their way of attacking by studying previous massacres to gain publicity and their minute of fame as a villain.” In the article, Mona Charen referred to a website which supports the same idea we will explore, it is called No Notoriety and puts forth the simple concept that if the media would leave these names out of their reports and the cases were tried with no media allowed and a closed courtroom, then the big name aspect would be gone, no notoriety, no motive, no fame thus one large reason taken away.

 

That would be one great way to take a bite out of these shootings. Will it end these mass shootings? Unfortunately, this only addresses one aspect and there are so many other reasons starting and not ending with but including mental illness, pure hatred, depression, drug abuse and all the other reasons which drives these shooters. Still, if these shooters are denied any notoriety, then we will likely and fortunately have less of these events. Removing one driving motivation is and always will be on the plus side of the equation. Whatever society can do to take away one reason driving the school and other mass shootings is to the benefit of society. The problem is the media would claim that it is the right of the people to be given news, all the news and any attempt to limit or silence the media from reporting every iota of any and every news story would be the start of the slippery slope to censorship of the news and an end to the First Amendment protections. Of course, this is the same media which shows absolutely no reservations to restrictions of the Second Amendment in order to presumably to bring an end to the same mass shootings. So, apparently, according to the media, it is just wonderful and cool to erase the entirety of the Second Amendment but the First Amendment is sacrosanct. Perhaps they are unaware that the entireties of the Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments, are all protected by the Second Amendment. Further, nobody is trying to silence the media; there is simply a request for self-control when reporting on mass shootings. The other way of preventing the media from reporting these names, the authorities need to control their release to the media of these names and the trials should be kept under gag orders silencing the opportunity for the names to be made public. What would be the last resort would be for judges to intervene and impose a gag order silencing the media and everybody else from reporting the names even if they managed to become known. The problem with this idea is the foreign media would have a field day reporting the names and would work overtime to get the names of every shooter just to scoop the American media. Once the European media would release the names, there would be no way of continuing to prevent reporting of the names in the United States as they would just be quoting the foreign media claiming according to foreign reports, the shooter was identified as John Doe.

 

Various Firearms

Various Firearms

 

But there is another solution to the school shootings which the left will scream bloody murder rather than listen to reason. The NRA’s Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre has repeatedly stated, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” Israel had a mass school shooting back in 1974 when terrorists attacked a school in Maalot. Israel took the novel approach and armed teachers, in particular, IDF reservists from the infantry teachers who were trained in firearms. They also offered those teachers who desired training the necessary classes and proficiencies before arming them as well. As reported in Arutz Sheva in an article titled, “Israel proves the NRA’s arguments,” they tell all about this and other means Israel has faced violence and defeated it through armed civilians including bring the Stabbing Intifada to an end by simply requesting that all Israelis with legal right to carry weapons, do so and protect the peace. Israel took the opposite route to eliminate violence perpetrated against its schools and as a threat on her streets, she decided to give the innocent protection by arming citizens who had military training or those who had received training in firearms and they became the arm of keeping order which could be places where the military or police were not. This added the fact that now a terrorist or other perpetrator could not tell simply by looking around for police or military personnel and seeing a clear coast know that they would be the only armed individual and thus in control as any civilian might be equally armed and there may even be multiple people armed to respond in preventing a terror attack or other crimes, particularly shootings and with armed teachers, especially in the Israeli schools. Terrorists have reported to police that they more often will attack Haredi Jews because of there being less of a chance for them to be carrying weapons. That is an example of how effective arming the populace can be and should be a warning to the Haredi that they might want to change the equation which makes them a greater target for crimes and terror attacks.

 

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September 27, 2017

Terror Murders Near Jerusalem

 

The scene was a quiet, open, peaceful community just outside Jerusalem. At least until yesterday morning when, while opening the workers’ entrance to allow the Palestinian workers to enter as they have done every morning, a terrorist opened fire killing three security personnel and severely injuring a third. The terrorist initially “aroused the suspicion” of the guards on scene. They called for him to stop and he drew the weapon, a pistol, from his shirt and began shooting. The murdered were two private security guards and a Border Police Officer, all in their twenties. The injured person suffered injuries to his stomach and chest, as had those who were murdered, and was taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, where he was taken immediately into surgery. The terrorist held a legal work permit, something considered a privilege, was also killed in the ensuing exchange of gunfire.

 

Weapon and Two Clips Used in Jerusalem Area Terror Attack

Weapon and Two Clips Used in Jerusalem Area Terror Attack

 

The odds are that you never heard a single mention of this attack on your newscasts unless you happen to live in Israel, and even then, it was covered in the recent aftermath and the ensuing twenty-four hours. The reason is that for much of the world terrorism in Israel, and particularly in and around Jerusalem, is considered old news and repeats of what are considered an old subject are not given much notice. Newscasts around the world might carry one out of every ten or even twenty such events, and then only if there is something of note making it different. Perhaps an entire family was murdered while having a Sabbath dinner on a Friday night celebrating the birth of a grandchild, as with the Salomon family. The lack of frequency of terrorist attacks reported unfortunately does not equal a lack of frequency of terrorist attacks.

 

Yosef Salomon age 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon age 46, and son Elad Salomon age 36

Yosef Salomon age 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon age 46, and son Elad Salomon age 36

 

The same is becoming true of terrorist violence in Europe, especially as the authorities are doing everything in their power to hide crimes committed by the very same “refugees” they are welcoming into their countries. This has been especially true when one considers the lack of reporting of the criminal increases in sexual crimes, robberies and numerous other criminal activities. Such crimes went hidden until they finally came to light in Manchester, England. Then there was the massive increase of sexual assaults and other crimes carried out on New Year’s Eve in the German city of Cologne. These were simply a few of the more extreme cases, but they are far from the only cases of criminal cases which could be termed as terrorism which escaped the net of media coverage.

 

This has become a tired story which the media believes is too tedious and oppressive to cover. They believe that people would prefer to simply ignore terrorism or criminal activity related to immigration, especially when it pertains to the invited “refugees” from Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and the plethora of other MENA nations. These criminal actions run counter to the political presentation which the political elites, the mainstream media, entertainment elites and the numerous vested interests in the continued influx of immigrants with no limitations. The Obama years also trained the media and the public to ignore anything related to terrorism as actually completely unfounded because they succeeded in passing actual terrorist attacks like Ft. Hood or the Hyper Cachet market which was part of the Charlie Hebdo attacks into simple descriptions such as workplace violence, the given and persistent explanation for the Ft. Hood terror attack, or a random attack at a market, ignoring the fact that was a targeted attack on a kosher Jewish Market on Shabbat Eve. With taking of actual terror attacks such as these and turning them into minor criminal acts which required no additional attention, concern or alarm, we belittle terror into a simple criminal act with no political or social implications.

 

Whether this pretense that there is no terrorism of consequence continues may change with the new administration in the United States remains to be seen. But it should expect no assistance in any effort from Germany, as their reelection of Chancellor Angela Merkel to office with a compliant parliament will mean the continuing of her open door policies pretending there is nothing wrong and these “refugees” are the future in Germany. The remainder of Europe, especially Western Europe (Old Europe), their position going forward will remain to be seen, as they will be determined by elections over the next few years. France chose a center left government while the British appear determined to retain Brexit style politicians preserving their leaving the European Union. Perhaps it is we here at BTC who are too sensitive to terrorism and we need to simply accept that such attacks are simply going to be part of life for the foreseeable future. We would hope not for all our sakes, but perhaps that too remains to be decided as things proceed.

 

What would be promising would be the realization that there is a conflict in progress for the control of the future. There are those who desire bringing an end to Western Culture and an end to Judeo-Christian civilization. This has been one of our concerns here at BTC but apparently of little concern in far too many institutions. The current curriculum in the liberal arts colleges does not appear to hold any great affection for either Western Culture or Judeo-Christian civilization. Actually, they appear to be just as hostile as the most leftist, anti-Western, anti-Christian and vehemently anti-conservative efforts which appear to have decided that violence is an acceptable weapon to use when opposing everything with which they disagree. This has become apparent on far too many colleges where riots have broken out to prevent conservative speakers from delivering even a speech as innocuous as a commencement address. Should the current trends continue it would mean that generations to come would live in a very different world where freedom may become something dictated and limited to only those who march according to the dictates of the selected leadership and any divergence will be severely punished providing anyone so accused survives their likely lynching.

 

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July 24, 2017

It is a War and the War Claimed Four More Victims

 

Another Shabbat terrorist attack on victims of Palestinian violent death cult, which preys upon those too feeble due to age, this time, or lack of age in other instances, and which claimed three lives with a fourth initially reported to have been fighting for her life as she was admitted to the hospital. In the Israeli village of Halamish on Friday night, a terrorist broke into their home and began stabbing the family as they ate their Shabbat dinner where they had gathered to celebrate the birth of a grandchild. Armed with a knife and a heart filled with rage from incitement filled false claims that the Israelis had murdered innocent Arab children during the day and were defiling the al-Aqsa Mosque every night. Jews are barely permitted to ever visit the Temple Mount and those who are have minders watching their every movement just in case a Jew dare even speak the name of Hashem or let loose a word of prayer or sanctification as the Islamic purity would surely be dissolved should the Shema ever be uttered reverently upon the holiest of places in the Jewish faith. But before continuing, I would like to share some of my feelings at the moment, and though this may appear irreverent, I mean this in the truest sense of the meaning of these words.

 

 

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on where you stand, I am not in charge or have any power to affect policies and actions of any government. What I can do is write and hope to have a measure of influence with the world. The Palestinians have the advantage of presumably being the underdogs in this fight and the sympathy of many Westerners who feel obliged to support every underdog. Well, let us look at these presumed underdogs. They are supported by much of Europe, countless NGO’s, the United Nations General Assembly and receive aid monies over the past twenty years to have made every single Arab they claim to represent a present of a quarter of a million dollars or Euros, their choice. Instead, the top leadership has made themselves into multimillionaires worth hundreds of millions of dollars or Euros, your choice. The funding has never been used to provide utilities, water, sewage treatment, oil or gas as all of these are provided to the Arab Palestinians by the Israeli companies who provide such services and they are not reimbursed for these supplies. Instead, the expense is passed on to every Israeli customer in the form of higher prices, prices far higher than even those in much of Europe. The Arab Palestinians are actually the tip of the spear, a very long spear, which is backed by the entire Arab world and has one aim, the destruction of Israel as the Jewish State. The reason the Arab Palestinians are so richly backed and supported by Arab governments, European Union, United Nations, European governments, the Vatican, the United States State Department and George Soros as the cherry on top is because their aim is to end the Jewish State. Their targeting Israelis having their Sabbath dinner will be ignored by the remainder of the world, as these victims do not matter, as the final aim is the all-important goal here.

 

Yosef Salomon age 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon age 46, and son Elad Salomon age 36

Yosef Salomon age 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon age 46, and son Elad Salomon age 36

 

This attack murdered were Yosef Salomon age 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon age 46, and son Elad Salomon age 36 (pictured above) and placed his wife Tova Salomon age 68 in Shaare Zedek Medical Center in where, after life-saving emergency surgery, she was discharged in order to attend the funeral for her family. Elad’s wife managed to herd the grandchildren into a bedroom, lock the door, called police and screamed that they were being attacked. Responding to the screams, an off duty IDF soldier managed to shoot and wound the terrorist through a window of the house. The terrorist, Omar al-Abed age 19, was subdued and was reported to have jumped up and attempted to attack the medical respondents as they worked to try to save the victims and was promptly subdued once again. He was taken for treatment and has been released to security police for arraignment. The IDF stated that on the way to the attack, Abed made a post to Facebook stating his intentions (see below with translation).

 

Abed Facebook Posting Made Before Attack on Jewish Family

Abed Facebook Posting Made Before Attack on Jewish Family

 

The reference to only having a knife while others “had guns to use only at weddings” was a reference to the Arabs to celebrate their weddings by firing rifles into the air, more often than not using fully-automatic mode (see video below). His reference in the remainder is obvious, he expected that the Israelis would execute him on the spot when they caught him because that is exactly what he was told to expect and it matched everything he understood.

 

 

There has been history on what happens when any Israelis happen to wander into area under the control by the Palestinian Authority. When a pair of reservists made a wrong turn and entered Ramallah, they were arrested presumably for their safety but the police deserted the station as a lynch mob gathered. The end result was the two young men were literally torn limb from limb with an Arab youth leaning out the window to show his blood-soaked hands to the cheering crowd outside (see image below). The picture taken by a reporter showed this youth depicting his and the crowd’s enthusiasm at what can only be compared to a ritual human sacrifice. This young man expected similar barbarity from the Israelis. What is even more depressing is within six weeks after he is reexposed to the incitement and propaganda is he will return to believing that any Arab caught after committing a terror attack is tortured and then murdered and his experience was exactly like that yet somehow he managed to survive.

 

Teenaged Terrorists Displays Bloodied Hands Sending Crowd Gathered to Witness or Take Part in Sacrificing IDF Reservists Tearing Them Apart with Their Bare Hands

Teenaged Terrorists Displays Bloodied Hands Sending Crowd
Gathered to Witness or Take Part in Sacrificing IDF Reservists
Tearing Them Apart with Their Bare Hands

 

The contrast between the two civilizations can be depicted perfectly with a single picture. This picture includes a scene of a graphic nature as it is the aftermath of this terror attack and we advise care in viewing. The thing one need try to imagine is the extent of violence as the terrorist was described of stabbing the victims repeatedly even after they ceased resistance. The link to the troubling picture of the aftermath is here. There were reactions in the Arab Palestinian areas including Gaza and the West Bank areas of Judea and Samaria. They were nothing like the shock felt throughout Israel once the news spread of the Friday night attack. Below are a couple of pictures of the reactions we believe were taken in Gaza.

 

Gaza Celebratory Reaction to Murdering of Jews at Shabbat Dinner

Gaza Celebratory Reaction to Murdering of Jews at Shabbat Dinner

 

If this had been a single event without certain surrounding conditions, then it would be less of a story, but there is a back-story which will not be mentioned in most coverage, so here we must venture. Just this past week we saw events such as this and the rioting upon the Temple Mount coming when we covered “Rebroadcast of Abbas is Declaration of War” which we saw as a sign that trouble was being instigated once again. This was followed by declarations on Palestinian media for “Days of Rage” because there were metal detectors installed on the Temple Mount after two police were shot to death and a third placed in the hospital with wounds which came too close to being fatal. Israelis accept metal detectors as a part of life when we need pass through them to use the trains, enter the mall, shop at the department store downtown, enter many restaurants, go to the movies, watch a show and countless other venues. Why would the Arab Palestinians get violently upset about having to pass through metal detectors to go up on the Temple Mount? Jews and other non-Muslims have had to pass through metal detectors and searches that are far more intrusive before being permitted entry to the Temple Mount. But the Arab Palestinians are upset because by not having to pass through metal detectors to go up onto the Temple Mount they could bring weapons, be they knives, guns, rifles, sub machine-guns or others from Eastern Jerusalem and leave the Temple Mount and have immediate access to Western Jerusalem and then on to Tel Aviv and the remainder of Israel with such weaponry and have used this method to arm terrorists before they committed their attacks. This may have been how the terrorist who shot up the markets and outdoor restaurant establishments in Tel Aviv just a month or so ago and numerous knifing attacks over the past few months got their weapons. These metal detectors will likely make such terror attacks that much more difficult which is likely one side effect which we will all be thankful. But whenever there is an added checkpoint or other effort to prevent terrorism the Arab Palestinians will hold riots and intensify attempts to and actual attacks as a means of expressing their contempt for such efforts. There was also a rocket attack from Gaza in which the rocket exploded in midair. There has been no mention of the rocket being intercepted by the Iron Dome, though that is always possible. The main rioting has taken place at the Temple Mount with the attempt to make it appear that the use of metal detectors has impeded the Arabs ability to enter the Temple Mount, a false image. It is obvious to any honest observer that the rioting and mass numbers are an intentional attempt to overcrowd the entrances in order to allow complaints that they are causing a bottleneck when in reality the mass numbers thrown at the entrances would have cause a backlog as these entrances narrow at the Temple Mount which was done when the area was built to permit easier defense for the area guards. The metal detectors will not impede normal Temple Mount traffic and when there are security alerts, they will actually make entering the Temple Mount to flow more easily as each person will not need to be searched manually. But why allow reality to make any difference when your desire is to remove the latest obstacle to your ability for terrorist attacks and murdering Israelis. But here is one last detail, the Arab Palestinians will tell you they do not hate or wish to kill Israelis and not technically be deceiving. When you translate their calls and chants for targeting for terrorism they seldom say Israelis, will often say Zionists but most often they simply say Jews. Hamas, like Fatah, have the desire to destroy Israel as the Jewish State but go further demanding that they murder every Jew without any regard for where they reside, Israel, Europe, United States and even Japan. But please do not tell them that Jews live in Japan as why cause more trouble than absolutely necessary.

 

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