Canada: Bring on the Islamization!

Imams in Canadian mosques have been inciting the killing of “infidels”, primarily Jews, for years. This agitation appears to have had no visible impact on Canadian parliamentarians, evidently too busy with petitions and motions banning alleged “Islamophobia”.

In 2009, for example, Toronto-area imam Said Rageah, at the Abu Huraira Centre, called on Allah to “destroy” the enemies of Islam from within and “damn” the “infidel” Jews and Christians.

“Allah protect us from the fitna [sedition, affliction] of these people; Allah protect us from the evil agenda of these people; Allah destroy them from within themselves, and do not allow them to raise their heads” prayed the imam.

In 2012, Sheikh Abdulqani Mursal, imam at Masjid Al Hikma mosque in Toronto, explained that Jews are destined to be killed by the Muslims. Citing text from a hadith, he said:

“You will fight against the Jews and you will kill them… Muslims [will] kill them until the Jews [will] hide themselves… and a stone or a tree [will] say: Muslim… there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him….”

In 2014, imam Sayed AlGhitawi, at Al Andalous Islamic Center in Montreal, prayed for success in jihad and the total destruction of the Jews:

“O Allah, give victory to our brothers who engage in jihad… destroy the accursed Jews… make their children orphans and their women widows… kill them one by one… do not leave any of them [alive]”.

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Europe Taking Israeli Price of Peace Path

Beyond the Cusp

In Israel back during the early days, before and immediately after the Oslo Accords, Israel would take the position officially that the deaths from terrorism were a price we needed to pay for peace. This mantra was echoed by the liberal and leftist politicians and much of the mainstream media in Israel and was accepted broadly by left-wing and leftist Jews across the United States. In Israel this mantra became to strike sour notes really fast when the Second Intifada was launched by Yasser Arafat claiming the lives of over a thousand Israeli civilians and tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of injured, many with debilitating and horrific wounds which left them crippled, disfigured, scarred and in mental anguish not just for years but for the remainder of their lives. The price Israel was asked to pay for peace by the left was what has led to the…

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United Church of Christ: Lying to the People in the Pews

The United Church of Christ (UCC), a liberal Protestant church with roots that go back to the Mayflower, is at it again. During the first few days of July 2017, the denomination’s deliberative body, the General Synod, will gather in Baltimore Maryland. The General Synod will approve the denomination’s budget and vote on some proposals that determine how the church’s national bureaucracy will be reorganized. The synod will also vote on a number of resolutions that call on the denomination’s officers and local churches to advocate for particular social causes that the assembly deems important.

There are 17 resolutions on the General Synod’s agenda, one of which deals with Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children in its detention centers. As of this writing, there are no resolutions on the agenda dealing with the massacre of huge numbers of people in Syria by the regime led by Bashar Al-Assad, who has killed hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims, many of them children, since the beginning of his country’s civil war in 2011.

There might be some pushback within the denomination against the resolution, which portrays Israel as guilty of crimes against Palestinian children. There should be. The resolution, which was submitted by a number of churches located mostly in coastal “blue states” such as California, Oregon and Connecticut, makes no pretense of holding Palestinian leaders accountable even as it invokes the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the Palestinian Authority signed in 2014, to justify its condemnations of Israel.

In particular, the text makes no mention of the crimes against children perpetrated by Palestinian leaders in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank who teach children to hate, nor is there any reference to Hamas’ tendency to put children in harm’s way by using schools and hospitals as storage stations and launch pads for rocket attacks against Israel. Nor is there any reference to the use of child labor in smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Every one of these actions is a crime against the welfare of children. Not one of them is mentioned in the resolution on the General Synod’s agenda.

The whole point of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is to protect children from exactly the type of misdeeds that the PA and Hamas have either perpetrated or allowed, but the resolution on the UCC’s agenda ignores these issues altogether.

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Why I gave my kidney to a stranger — and why you should consider doing it too

On Monday, August 22, 2016, a surgical team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore removed my left kidney. It was then drained of blood, flushed with a preservative solution, placed on ice, and flown to Cincinnati.

Surgeons in Cincinnati then transplanted the kidney into a recipient I’d never met and whose name I didn’t know; we didn’t correspond until this past month. The only thing I knew about him at the time was that he needed my kidney more than I did. It would let him avoid the physically draining experience of dialysis and possibly live an extra nine to 10 years, maybe more.

It’s not just him, though. We were part of a chain of donations that led to four people getting kidneys, all told. My recipient (let’s call him Craig) had a relative who was willing to donate a kidney to him. Unfortunately, the two didn’t match. So Craig and his relative agreed to a trade: If Craig got a kidney from somebody, his relative would still go forward and donate to someone else who needed a kidney.

So the very same day that I donated, Craig’s relative had their kidney taken out as well and flown to the West Coast. This second recipient also had a friend or relative agreeing to an exchange; so did the third recipient, who got the second recipient’s friend’s kidney. Our chain will let people enjoy 36 to 40 years of life they would’ve otherwise been denied.

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The Risks of Antibiotics: Fluoroquinolones and Tendonitis

Antibiotics are prescribed to treat infections from head to toe—from bronchitis to urinary tract infections (UTIs). But doctors and patients are increasingly learning more about the alarming side effects of one particular class called fluoroquinolones, which include Cipro and Levaquin. Rare cases of severe tendon damage associated with the use of the drug, among other side effects, have been reported in recent years.

Now, experts want both doctors and patients to be more aware of these potential dangers. Prescribing fluoroquinolone antibiotics more judiciously can help control the spread of resistant infections while reducing who experiences the side effects.

Doctors say tendon issues weren’t apparent in the 1970s, when thousands of people tested fluoroquinolones in trials before the drugs were approved. As these medications became popular for treating many common infections, including pneumonia, sinusitis, bronchitis and UTIs, the side effect started to emerge.

It’s not clear how the drugs contribute to tendon issues, but they believe that the antibiotics may affect blood flow to collagen in the muscles, which makes up tendons. There were enough cases that in 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a black box warning to the drugs about the risk of tendonitis. In 2013, the FDA included a warning about permanent nerve damage linked to the drugs as well. And last May, the agency advised that fluoroquinolones should only be used as a last-resort antibiotic after other classes were tried and didn’t work to control uncomplicated infections.

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