Lessons We Palestinians Can Learn

This past week, the Israelis arrested 25 Hamas terrorists in the West Bank, most of them students from Al-Quds University in Abu Dis. Not rebels without a cause or the unemployed with a chip on their shoulder, but the finest minds we have, the intellectuals of the future Palestinian academia! The group, which dealt with recruiting and guidance and was being handled by Hamas in Turkey and its terrorist wing the Gaza Strip, was planning to carry out suicide bombing attacks inside Israel.

The leaders of the terror cell arranged safe houses and storage sites, where they set up laboratories to manufacture explosives. They recruited Palestinians — from Bethlehem, Hebron, Qalqilya and even from Jerusalem, as well as Arabs from the Israeli Negev — to acquire the chemicals and other equipment necessary for making car bombs for these students, who were getting ready to die as suicide bombers.

The Israeli security forces uncovered the network and arrested its operatives, who had also been influenced by the Palestinian Authority’s non-stop incitement of the Palestinian population. The Palestinian Authority (PA# wants to sacrifice our best and brightest to carry out terrorist attacks against Jews.

Unfortunately, recent events herald the end of the concept of establishing an independent state for the Palestinian people. The cracks in the wall of Palestinian history — which is barely a hundred years old — are growing wider. The attempts to repair the fabric of Palestinian society with neon colors are a failure. There is also internal friction among the various Salafist organizations #Hamas, ISIS, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad) and the PLO and Fatah and other West Bank terrorist organizations.

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You Have To See The Funny Side

There’s no joke like an old joke, and these are ALL jokes about being old. Everyone knows that seniors have the best sense of humor. They’ve seen a lot more than most, and they know there’s nothing better at the end of the day than family, friends and good belly full of laughter!

senior couple

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, ‘How old was your husband?’
’98,’ she replied: ‘Two years older than me’ 
‘So you’re 96,’ the undertaker commented. 
She responded, ‘Hardly worth going home, is it?’

Reporters interviewed a 104-year-old woman. 
‘And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?’ the reporter asked. 
‘No peer pressure.’

I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair. She turned to me and asked, ‘Are you having it catered’?  
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My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.
Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.
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Know how to prevent sagging?
Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.
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I’ve sure gotten old!
I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes, I’m half blind, can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine,
take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts.
Have bouts with dementia.
Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.
Can’t remember if I’m 85 or 92.
Have lost all my friends.
But, thank God, I still have my driver’s license!
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I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising.
I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors.
I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour.
But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.
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An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests.
First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart.
‘Wal-Mart?’ the preacher exclaimed. ‘Why Wal-Mart?’
‘Then I’ll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week’
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These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says: ‘For fast relief.’
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THE SENILITY PRAYER:
Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

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Now, I think you’re supposed to share this with 5 or 6, maybe 10 others.

Oh heck, give it to a bunch of your friends if you can remember who they are!

US Criminalizing Free Speech?

Eighty-two leading Democrats have cosponsored a House Resolution (H.Res. 569) “Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States”.

The Resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by Democrat Donald S. Beyer #Virginia# on December 17, 2015 — a mere 15 days after Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook gunned down 14 innocent Americans and wounded 23 in an ISIS-inspired terror attack at a Christmas party in San Bernardino, California.

The House Resolution states, “the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes and rhetoric have faced physical, verbal, and emotional abuse because they were Muslim or believed to be Muslim,” and the House of Representatives “expresses its condolences for the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes.”

What victims? Of all 1,149 anti-religious hate crimes reported in the United States in 2014, only 16.1% were directed against Muslims, according to the FBI. By contrast, over half of all anti-religious hate crimes were directed against Jews – 56.8%. The fewest, 8.6% of anti-religious hate crimes, were directed against Christians #Protestants and Catholics.

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Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

The European Commission has a new plan to address the migration crisis, we report this morning, but it looks like Greece will have to be the sacrificial victim. Officials would move the frontier of the Schengen zone – the zone for passport free travel in Europe – north to exclude Greece, effectively shutting its borders off from the rest of the continent. On top of this, the country is being urged to set up vast holding camps for 300,000 refugees in a bid to stem the flow of unchecked migrants. The Greek government is livid about the idea, with ministers warning that it would turn the country into a “cemetery of souls”. But the proposal, endorsed by Jean-Claude Juncker, suggests that the Commission is happy to throw a smaller nation overboard to try and save the Schengen project. European leaders are also looking at plans to allow internal border checks for up to two years, effectively suspending the Schengen zone.

Britons currently lean towards staying in the European Union, but European leaders’ chaotic response to the migration crisis could well make them reconsider. Theresa May, a Eurosceptic who many on the Out side hope will join them, lashed out at her European counterparts after a meeting in Amsterdam, remarking that it was “more talk than action”. “EU can’t control its borders,” Douglas Carswell mused on Twitter, “failed state?” British councils are starting to feel the strain, with a Kent Councillor admitting that vulnerable British children in care had been forced to move away from their home area. Europol’s warning that Isil could look to recruit refugees to launch terror attacks will only underline public concern on immigration, and further feed into the Out campaign/Ukip’s argument about the EU.

The refugee crisis risks side-lining David Cameron as he tries to finalise his renegotiation with other EU nations over the coming days, putting the prospect of sealing a British deal that could be put to voters in a summer referendum in danger. The European Council is set to publish a draft text, outlining the deal the EU is prepared to offer Britain to stay in the EU, next week. Cameron is remaining positive, after holding talks yesterday with Angela Merkel and Enda Kenny, urging voters to “imagine the scale of the prize” if his renegotiation succeeds. Some Eurosceptics may well wonder if he’ll come back with much of a prize at all.

What if Cameron doesn’t impress voters and they later vote to leave the EU? Open Europe hosted a fascinating “wargaming” simulation of how such talks could go, with former ministers standing in for nations as they negotiated the terms of the UK’s hypothetical EU exit. But the picture it gave was rather mixed, with the talks quickly degenerating into bickering as EU leaders told the UK how offended they were by its departure. Poland wanted Britain to be hit with punitive terms of exit in order to discourage “other populist forces campaigning on exit” in other European countries, while Germany warned that “the cherry-picking after torturing us for months is not acceptable…Brexit is something which does not only affect your country but our country”. One thing was clear – the Brexit talks will be messy, and not as easy as just saying the magic words “Article 50”. However, they will be feasible.

“Unfortunately what we’ve had is more talk than actiion,” Theresa May

News
Less Hand-Wringing, More Action
David Cameron’s equality “tsar” has blamed liberal “hand-wringing” and political correctness for preventing abuse in the name of multi-culturalism. Louise Casey suggested abuses such as forced marriage were being allowed to continue because some officials are more interested in PC language. Ms Casey, who is leading a Government review of opportunities and segregation among ethnic minorities, indicated that British authorities suffer from a hesitancy to tackle deep-seated problems in some ethnic minority communities.

Corbyn’s Trident Test
Ministers are preparing to call a vote on renewing Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent by the end of March, in a move which would spark disarray in the Labour ranks. The Commons vote has been pencilled in for before Parliament’s Easter holidays, according to the Sun.

RIP Cecil
Former Tory minister Lord Cecil Parkinson has died after a long battle with cancer. The Tory grandee served in a variety of senior posts in Margaret Thatcher’s governments. You can read our obituary on the Thatcherite star, whose career faltered after revelations of an affair with his former secretary, here.

Tory Leadership – A Youthful Pursuit?
George Osborne, Boris Johnson and Theresa May may be viewed as the frontrunners to succeed David Cameron, but James Kirkup notes in today’s paper that some MPs are wondering if it is worth skipping a generation. “Listen carefully in the dark corners and quiet nooks of the Commons and you hear a faint murmuring, the first signs of an appetite for something else,” he writes. “Something more. Something new.”

Beat Churchill At His Own Game
It is a card game so fiendishly difficult that even the most talented players only win one in four games. So it is perhaps no surprise that Sir Winston Churchill enjoyed testing his strategic powers by playing his very own version of solitaire. For the first time aspiring military strategists can also try their hand at the game, which resembles the traditional game of Patience but uses two decks of cards. The app is the brainchild of an unexpected novice game developer – former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, 84.

Three Year Broadband Wait
As many as half of the homes in British countryside will have to wait three years before they can get a “minimum” internet speed, industry regulator Ofcom has said. According to an official report, as many as 1.5 million rural households will have to wait for two to three years before getting a basic internet service required for a “typical household”. Ofcom argues that internet speeds of at least 10 megabits per second (Mbits/s) is the “minimum… required by the typical household” with multiple devices to get a good service.

Scottish Labour Gets Going
Kezia Dugdale will today promise Labour’s Shadow Cabinet she will use the 100 days left until Holyrood’s election to run a “confident and positive campaign” after a leaked internal report claimed Scottish voters who have deserted her party consider it an “irrelevance”. The Scottish Labour leader said she will brief Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench that she plans to make a “radical challenge” to the SNP to use Holyrood’s new powers to increase education spending by increasing income tax on those earning more than £150,000.

A Cat-astrophic Mix-up
A Labour councillor who lashed out at the “scumbag” who “didn’t bother to stop” after killing his cat was forced to eat his words after realising he had mistakenly buried someone else’s pet. Matt Strong, a councillor for Manchester City Council, announced on Twitter that he was “sad to say goodbye” to his cat Gus who was “involved in a hit and run this morning”. But when he returned home that afternoon, he was stunned to discover Gus and his brother, Ralph, demanding their lunch, and left wondering whose cat he had buried.

Universities Won’t Escape FOI
Proposals by ministers to exempt universities from revealing information in the public interest will be rejected by the commission reviewing the legislation, it has been indicated. Jack Straw, part of the five-person panel reviewing FOI laws, said there was “no prospect” universities would be exempt after few calls were made for the change. It comes despite a green paper produced by the government last year suggesting some further education institutions could be given protections “in the interest of students and the wider public”.

UK: New reforms give immigrants with more than one wife extra benefits

mmigrants with many wives stand to make substantial financial gains under looming changes to Britain’s welfare system.

Polygamous marriages, which form a common thread in Islam, are recognised in Britain but only if they take place in countries where they are legal. Now a House of Commons library paper, published earlier this month, has highlighted a loophole that will allow additional wives coming to the UK to claim a full single person’s allowance while the husband and his first wife still receive their respective benefits.

At present additional wives receive reduced individual income support, meaning the husband and his first wife receive up to £114.85. Subsequent spouses living under the same roof receive a reduced allowance of about £40 each.

The foreshadowed changes mean some polygamous households may receive more under universal credit than under the present benefit and tax credit system. The paper said:

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“If…Koranic passages encourage terrorism…every Muslim would be a terrorist”

A young British mother charged with joining so-called Islamic State in Syria has clashed in court with a prosecutor over whether she encouraged terrorism through her social media updates.

Tareena Shakil, 26, fled the West Midlands in 2014 and took her baby son to live in the IS stronghold of Raqqa.

A few months later she returned to the UK saying she realised she had “made a mistake”.

She denies joining the terrorist group and has told Birmingham Crown court she simply wanted to take her son to live a better life in the caliphate.

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