The Indonesian Jihad on Christian Churches

In compliance with Islamic demands, Indonesian authorities in the Aceh region have started to tear down Christian churches. Their move comes after Muslim mobs rampaged and attacked churches. At least one person was killed; thousands of Christians were displaced.

On Friday, October 9, after being fired up during mosque sermons, hundreds of Muslims marched to the local authority’s office and demanded that all unregistered churches in Aceh be closed. Imams issued text messages spurring Muslims from other areas to rise up against churches and call for their demolition.

On Monday, October 12, authorities facilitated a meeting with Islamic leaders and agreed to demolish 10 unregistered churches over the course of two weeks.

Apparently this was not fast enough to meet Muslim demands for immediate action. On the following day, a mob of approximately 700 Muslims, some armed with axes and machetes, torched a local church, even though it was not on the list of churches agreed upon for demolition.


In 2008, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert Made a Proposal to Mahmoud Abbas Over Land. A Reporter Got the Scoop, But It Was Blocked.

In September 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a map, a proposal that would give the Palestinians 93.7 percent of the West Bank, with Israeli territory to make up 5.8 percent, and a corridor to Gaza from the West Bank for the other 0.5 percent. Olmert insisted that Abbas initial the map before taking it. It was clear that this was Israel’s final offer. Abbas rejected it. He never met Olmert again.

Israel wanted to keep this failed negotiation a secret. The Palestinians had other interests, however, and that’s how I discovered the offer. This has been my news story since 2009. Then, media bias killed it. Now, the crippled state of media in the Internet era almost killed it. Almost.

In March 2009, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was interviewed in Arabic on Al-Jazeera. When I saw the MEMRI translation I immediately understood its significance: Erekat disclosed that Abbas had turned down an offer that would have given the Palestinians a state in almost all of the West Bank, all of Gaza, and parts of Jerusalem. Then I found out about the map. No one else had the story.

Excited about this scoop, I raced into my bureau chief’s office at the AP in Jerusalem. Imagine my shock when I was told it’s not a story—and I was banned from writing about it. It just couldn’t be a legitimate story, in line with the new definition of journalism.


The UN Stands with the Palestinians and Demonizes Israel

On November 29, the United Nations will mark an “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” Established in 1977, the day claims to facilitate “the attainment of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the right of return and the right to national independence and sovereignty in Palestine.”

It is essential to understand the history of this day in order to understand its true purpose. The day is an outgrowth of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), established 40 years ago in November 1975, as part of the suite of General Assembly resolutions meant to demonize Israel and Jews.

The most infamous part of this effort, Resolution 3379, declared “Zionism a form of racism.” While resolution 3379 was eventually repealed in 1991, its sentiments live on through the very existence of the Committee and its activities. There is no other nation or people in the world that has a UN division dedicated to its “inalienable rights” — not the oppressed people of Tibet, the Kurds, the endangered Yazidi people in Iraq, or the Coptic minority in Egypt.

Under the guise of obtaining justice for the Palestinians, the Committee fuels the virulent anti-Israel political warfare campaign that continues to gain momentum within the corridors of the UN and contribute to the malignant rise of antisemitism worldwide. In other words, in order to promote the “inalienable rights” of Palestinians, the UN tramples on the rights of Israelis and Jews, acting in a way that shows that rights are no longer universal.


Muslim Nation of Morocco Honored for Saving Jewish Sites and Cemeteries

In an enlightened experience on Nov. 19 at the New York Museum of Modern Art, distinguished members of different faiths convened to honor King of Morocco Mohammed VI for his effort to preserve Jewish burial places in the overwhelmingly Muslim nation. Standing together in brotherhood were His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York; His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; Rabbi ArthurSchneier, president of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation; and Imam Mohamed Hamagid, President of the Islamic Society of North America.

At a time of tension and anxiety in the world, the Council of Jewish Communities of Morocco worked with religious leaders and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to bring these people together to honor of King Mohammed VI for his work rehabilitating the Jewish cemeteries of Morocco.


Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

David Cameron has given MPs the weekend to decide their position on bombing Isil in Syria, with Jeremy Corbyn already making up his mind, setting himself on collision course with his own shadow cabinet. Shadow ministers are seething after the Labour leader went over their heads and wrote to MPs to say he could not support air strikes, despite telling his cabinet they would come to a “collective decision” on Monday, with one minister saying the row has proven that Corbyn is “no longer fit to run the Labour party”. More than half of the shadow cabinet said they supported military action, with others saying they would resign en masse if he tries to force them to vote against strikes. “If anyone resigns over this,” Labour MP John Spellar told Radio 5, “it should be Jeremy Corbyn.” Many hope he’ll back down and give MPs a free vote (something backed by John McDonnell), which would defuse tensions over the issue. Some in the Corbyn camp hope that shadow ministers, after spending a weekend “talking to constituents” (i.e. being bombarded by e-mails from Momentum/activists), would change their mind. But if they don’t, and are pushed to resign, could Corbyn tough it out? He would get an ideal opportunity to decry their disrespect, and replace them with loyalists, but it would take Labour’s factional warfare to a new level.

The Prime Minister has been trying to build cross-party support, saying that he wouldn’t hold a vote on bombing Syria “if there’s a danger of losing it”. He can count on the support of “many Labour MPs”, according to Tony Blair. Tory MPs are lining up to support Cameron, like Foreign Affairs Committee chair Crispin Blunt and Andrew Percy – who previously voted against bombing Syria in 2013. He cites “the UN vote, the growing international consensus for action, the Isil-first strategy and the ruling out of our own ground troops” as reasons he has changed his mind. France is calling on Britain to get involved, with its defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian writing in the Guardian that the UK should “take the fight to the very heart of Isis, defeating it and making our countries and peoples safer”. Fraser Nelson agrees in today’s paper, arguing that intervening would be a “highly potent gesture” that would “let our allies see that we’re fully behind them”. Russia is also calling on Britain to work with them, with its ambassador comparing Isil to the threat posed by the Nazis.

Corbyn is feeling the pressure over the Syria vote, now cancelling a planned visit to Oldham six days before a crunch by-election. Labour MPs are expecting to hold the seat, but with the party’s 14,000 majority massively reduced. “A lot of that is down to Jeremy,” one MP told the Mirror. If Corbyn whipped his party against action in Syria, he could scupper the vote – as the government knows it needs to be confident of having the numbers. Only three ministers – Dianne Abbott, Jon Trickett and John Cryer – spoke in his support at yesterday’s meeting, so he could be left looking rather lonely if Labour moderates were forced out. One thing is clear: Labour MPs – and their leader – have a lot to think about over the weekend in the run-up to this vote.

“That bomb in Paris, that could have been London. If they had their way, it would be London”

Ken Blames 7/7 On Blair
Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has blamed Tony Blair for the 7/7 bombings. During a heated exchange on Thursday night’s Question Time, he claimed that the former Labour leader ignored intelligence warnings which led to the attacks on London’s transport network that claimed the lives of 52 people.

Corbyn’s May Deadline
Labour infighting will continue until a “credible leader” emerges as an alternative to Jeremy Corbyn, former minister Frank Field has warned. This comes as Diane Abbott admitted to LBC that Corbyn has until May to prove himself, saying such a deadline “ought to be good enough for anybody”. Meanwhile, John McDonnell reportedly made ‘humorous’ remarks calling for Labour councillors opposed to the IRA’s political wing to have their kneecaps shot off, the Times reports, and called for the “ballot, the bullet and the bomb” to unite Ireland.

Minister’s Food Bank Query
A Government health minister has been criticised for saying that it is “strange” people are using food banks when parts of the country are in the grip of an obesity crisis. Lord Prior of Brampton was challenged in Parliament after he claimed there was no link between benefit cuts and people turning to the charities to feed their families.

Net Migration Rises Again
Romanians are now the third biggest group migrating to Britain as new figures show net migration is at a new high of 336,000. Some of this rise is due to emigration falling, and I’ve explained Britain is a victim of its own economic success. Could immigration worries be solved by leaving the EU? No, says Will Straw, who argues that – despite what Nigel Farage may say – Britain would have less control over its borders.

IFS Warnings
Taxes may have to rise because George Osborne has just a “50-50” chance of meeting his target of running a surplus by 2020, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned. It also said that tens of thousands of people will rush to complete the purchase buy-to-let properties ahead of a stamp duty hike next year, and that council tax rises intended for spending on social care could be diverted to pay for other services.

Hudson’s One In Ten
The Commons standards commissioner investigates just one in ten complaints about MPs, it can be disclosed. Kathryn Hudson’s office has been asked to consider almost 300 formal complaints by members of the public and other MPs in more than two years but has opened just 29 investigations, a Telegraph analysis has found.

Salmond’s Priority Portrait
Alex Salmond has been accused of putting his vanity above his parliamentary duties after he missed a key Commons debate on Syrian air strikes on the day he unveiled a portrait of himself in Edinburgh.

Sartorial Security Scare
From her colourful power suits to the formidable handbags and pristine strings of pearls, her fashion sense remains an indelible part of her legacy. But Baroness Thatcher’s love of clothes had one accidental effect, her former private secretary has disclosed: intimidating Russian security services.

Star Trek Tony
Tony Blair tried to become a stand-up comedian, but he was “really dire” at it. The former Labour PM told Matt Forde that he also once tried to get laughs from other Oxford students in his youth by playing the Star Trek character Captain Kirk.

Poll: 1 in 5 British Muslims Sympathize with Citizens Joining Islamic State Abroad

One in five British Muslims sympathize with British citizens who leave the United Kingdom to join the Islamic State terror group, according to a new poll published by The Sun newspaper and conducted by Survation.

The study surveyed 1,003 British Muslim citizens about their views on Islamic State as well as their religious and national identities. More than half of the respondents said the Muslim community has a responsibility to condemn terror attacks carried out by Islamic State, while 38 percent disagreed with that statement. Seventy-one percent of British Muslims said their British and Muslim identities were “equally important” to them, while 17% percent said their Muslim identity is more important.

Regarding whether “Western foreign policy” is the biggest factor in Islamic State attacks, 38 percent of respondents concurred, while a quarter blamed Islamic State leaders for “exploiting young people.”


Watchdog: Palestinian Campaign to Prosecute Israel for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ Funded by Europe

European funding is behind four Palestinian NGOs that submitted a document to the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week, purporting evidence of Israeli “war crimes” perpetrated during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, according to a report released by the watchdog organization NGO Monitor on Wednesday.

According to the report, the Palestinian groups in question — Al-Haq, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Aldameer and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights – “are all leaders in anti-Israel activities, (including boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns), and this submission is part of the ongoing ‘lawfare’ campaign exploiting international institutions in general and the ICC in particular for anti-Israel campaigns. This tactic was adopted at the NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban Conference, and is an integral part of the Durban Strategy which seeks to demonize and delegitimize Israel.”

The report says that the aim of the “lawfare campaigns” is to “erase the context of Palestinian terrorism targeting Israeli civilians, and to obstruct Israeli attempts at defending against it.”