This is the third church in Muslim-majority East Jerusalem to be forced shut in recent years.
“You think all men are equal… Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become victims of the enemy you have welcomed into our home.” — Archbishop Amel Shimoun, Exiled Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Iraq.
As usual, after filing a complaint about a gang rape with the local police, her family received threats of more violence. “In Pakistan, rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls… It is a form of violence that wants to reiterate the submission to Muslims. The rest of society is not outraged because the victims mostly belong to religious minorities. Rarely rapists are punished.” — Sardar Mushtaq Gill, lawyer, Pakistan.
American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s young children have submitted a video to President Barack Obama pleading with him to being their father safely home from Iranian prison. “Now we understand that ISIS members in the prison have said that he is their number one target.”
Around 45 churches in Mosul… were destroyed and converted into mosques.
As a democratically elected politician I name the problems that I see…. That is my duty. That is why I have been elected. I rely on objective facts and figures…. Because they are the truth.
I do not intend to hurt or offend people either… Already for over 10 years, I have lost my personal freedom.
In my fight for freedom and against the Islamization of the Netherlands, I will never let anyone silence me. No matter the cost, no matter by whom, whatever the consequences may be.
To speak with the words of Martin Luther King: “I close by saying there is nothing greater in all the world than freedom. It’s worth going to jail for. It’s worth losing a job for. It’s worth dying for.”
The tradition of liberal tolerance, fostered in Britain, was one of the greatest gifts this country gave to the world. That inclusive tradition of John Locke and John Stuart Mill, however, always leaves itself open to abuse by people willing to use liberalism’s flaws — not least its tolerance of intolerance — to end liberalism.
Now almost everyone is talking about the Islamic State threats in Gaza against poets, writers and women. The leaflets mention the poets and writers by name — a move that has created panic. The leaflets also include an ultimatum to Palestinian women to abide by Islamic attire or face the Islamic State style of punishment — presumably being stoned to death.
Of course, all this is taking place while Hamas continues to insist that that the Islamic State is not operating in Gaza. Those who are taking the threats seriously are the writers and women whose names appeared in the leaflets.
Islamic State flags can already be seen at football stadiums, on windshields of vehicles, mosques, educational centers and wedding invitations.
It is also clear that if and when the Hamas regime collapses, the Gaza Strip will not fall into the lands of the less-radical Palestinians.
It is important to keep in mind that the counties in Europe now voting for a Palestinian state may effectively be paving the way for a takeover by Islamic State.
What can explain the distressing ailment of tone deafness on Middle Eastern affairs suffered by Amnesty International and well meaning Human Rights Groups and Charity Organizations?
Except for rabid antisemites and those zealous bigots who reject the right of the Jewish People to self-determination, every rational observer favors peace, if not mutual affection, between Israel and the Arab people, including the Palestinians.
Sincere advocates of a peace process recognize that one-sided attacks and condemnations of the State of Israel will not lead to that desired objective.
The pursuit of that objective is not helped by a new publication, a Report by Amnesty International, issued in November 2014, that ignores or minimizes the provocative militancy of the terrorist group Hamas in its continual and persisting attacks on the State of Israel and its citizens.
The Report, ignoring the several thousand rocket and missile attacks by Hamas on Israel, lacks impartiality by its concentration on casualties caused by Israel in Gaza. Its very title provides the clue to its thrust and purpose: Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Families under the Rubble: Israeli attacks on Inhabited Homes.
Following Operation Protective Edge Hamas abandoned its goal of destroying Israel
Though Hamas took a severe beating during Operation Protective Edge, losing more than 500 fighters, thousands of rockets and a number of key leaders, the group remains unflinching in its determination to destroy Israel. Rather than focus on helping the people of Gaza rebuild, Hamas immediately began preparing to fight again.
On December 14, 2014, Hamas celebrated its 27th anniversary with a parade of 2,000 of its armed fighters and trucks carrying long range rockets and launchers as well as a drone with Hamas markings. Khalil Al Hayya, a senior Hamas leader, told the assembled crowd, “This illusion called Israel will be removed.”561