Whatever political angle you come from, the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader is a seismic change in British politics. Political wonks in the UK have become fond of comparing him with Michael Foot, who led Labour to a disastrous election defeat in 1983, and whose party manifesto for that election was famously described as the “longest suicide note in history.” The election of Corbyn is principally of interest at home and abroad not because of his far-left wing views on economics, nationalization and the rest, but for the fact that it mainstreams current bigotry and racism.
For the three decades that he has been sitting on the backbenches in Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn’s main concerns have included support for the hardest wing of Irish Republicanism and an opposition to Israel that has seen him embrace any and all opponents of the Jewish state. The same mind-set of bolstering the worst and most violent people on (in each case) one specific sectarian side, can be seen in both obsessions.
During the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, for instance, many people supported the Catholic population of the area and the cause of a united Ireland. There were many mainstream politicians, such as the SDLP’s John Hume, whom you could support if that was what you cared about. But Jeremy Corbyn did not spend his time bolstering the crucial moderate forces in Northern Ireland. Instead he pushed forward the most violent and anti-democratic forces in the conflict. Shortly after the IRA had tried to wipe out the British cabinet and assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Brighton in 1984, Jeremy Corbyn invited the Sinn Fein/IRA leaders to the House of Commons. In the years that followed, he repeatedly honoured active murderers within in the IRA (for instance, in observing a minute’s silence for the IRA cell killed while on “active service” in Loughgall in 1987). Asked on the recent campaign trail whether he would “condemn” the actions of the IRA that led to thousands of bloody deaths and injuries, Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly refused to answer the question.
The world mainstream media has been completely silent about the declared war against the Jews and other Israelis by Mahmoud Abbas and the terror masters and militants who take their cues from his broadcasts. Below is a clip with translation to English of the Arabic used by the PLO spokespeople, the terrorist wing of the Fatah political party which includes the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades but first a few quotes just to make your viewing displeasure more rewarding. The initial screen opens with a PLO spokesperson comment on the murdering of the Parents, Eitam and Naama Henkin, before four of their children who were in the back seat of the family car during the execution using assault weaponry stating, “Killing Israeli Parent of four children is “national duty.” That screen is followed by a woman representing Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO and Fatah Party which are both led by Mahmoud Abbas…
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A lot of water as passed under the bridge between Catholics and Jews in the past 1800 years or so. Most of it has been polluted by the evils of anti-Semitism perpetrated by the Catholic Church against the Jews of Europe, starting with the earliest published Christian writings by the early ante-Nicene Church Fathers, such as Tertullian. His document “Judeos Adversos” has stood for centuries as one of the key church position papers against the Jews.
During those seemingly endless centuries, the Catholic Church continuously demonized the Jews, stripped them of their livelihoods, and frequently their lives.
In the Catholic mindset, the Covenant that God made with the Jews had been replaced by the Church as God’s new “chosen people.” God no longer had any use for the Jews, and the Church vowed never to let them forget it.
Then in 1965, under the leadership of Pope Paul VI, the document “Nostre Aetate” was presented to the world as part of an overhaul of the Catholic Church known as the Second Vatican Council, or more popularly, Vatican II. “Nostre Aetate” was one of the most significant documents to emerge from the period. Designed to heal the relationship between the Catholics and the Jews, it was to be a total reset of the Catholic-Jewish relationship — at least on paper.
As of this morning, the English-language Wikipedia contains 4,985,975 articles. If these were printed and bound into books — each 25cm tall by 5cm thick, like Britannica — there would be 2,207 volumes, each containing 1,600,000 words.
All of this content is, of course, user-submitted. It is also user-policed: the site requires constant maintenance from a massive pool of unpaid editors, who do things like fix typos, remove instances of vandalism (like de-categorizing George W. Bush as a “sexually-transmitted disease”), and improving the breadth and accuracy of each and every page.
Of Wikipedia’s 26 million registered users, roughly 125,000 (less that 0.5%) are “active” editors. Of these 125,000, only some 12,000 have made more than 50 edits over the past six month. And of these selfless few, one man is king of the domain.
Since joining Wikipedia a decade ago, 32-year-old Justin Anthony Knapp (username “koavf”) has established himself as the the site’s most active contributor of all time. He has made an astonishing 1,485,342 edits (an average of 385 per day), ranging in topic from Taylor Swift to the history of blacksmithing.
What’s life like as Wikipedia’s most prolific editor? And what has compelled this man to dedicate thousands of hours of his time, knowledge, and energy to an online encyclopedia for absolutely no compensation? We gave him a call to find out.
They can do math, paint canvases, and when I was in Thailand, I saw one play the harmonica. Which begs the question: could elephants get any cooler? New findings say yes, indeed. Apparently elephants may also hold the genetic key that could potentially help in the battle to cure to cancer, and Israeli and American researchers are joining forces to find out more.
Last week researchers from the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, after a collaboration with Primary Children’s Hospital and Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, along with Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, revealing some startling information about cancer resistance in elephants.
According to the report, less than 5% of elephants die from cancer; the cancer mortality rate among humans, however, ranges from 11 to 25%. Since elephants, the largest terrestial animals on this planet, have 100 times more cells in their bodies than humans one could presume that makes them 100 times more susceptible to cancerous cell mutations. But apparently that’s not the case. Pediatric oncologist at the University of Utah, Dr. Joshua Schiffman explained in the journal: “By all logical reasoning, elephants should be developing a tremendous amount of cancer, and in fact, should be extinct by now due to such a high risk for cancer.”
It’s hard to imagine a single Israeli paper would be willing to publish an op-ed blaming the Pride Parade participants for the murder of Shira Banki (of blessed memory). It could easily be argued that with the heightened sensitivities of Jerusalem, and the potentially explosive situation, holding a Pride Parade in the city’s streets amounts to provocation, and the organizers of the event cannot wash their hands of the young girl’s death.
Why is it that when discussing the rights of Gay Pride Parade marchers we can wholeheartedly and unhesitatingly blame the killer himself (and in the extreme, perhaps the home in which he was raised), but when it comes to the rights of Jews to visit the Temple Mount, it is perfectly acceptable to incite violence against the visitors?
The truth must be told, for it is clear as day, and it must be told without hiding behind various “politically correct” excuses: the self-serving Arab propaganda succeeds again and again, like the pig which holds out its split hooves to prove how kosher it is, in convincing the general public of a lie in which there is not a grain of truth.
The fight for human rights on the Temple Mount is legitimate and justified like no other. There is no other place in the world where an individual would be arrested on suspicion of swaying and moving his lips. The discrimination against anyone who is not Muslim on the Temple Mount cries out to the heavens.