Must We Tolerate the Intolerable?

Beyond the Cusp

We do not pretend to understand the reasons for why the Europeans continuously refuse to take anything Israel advises seriously. They also discount all Israeli experiences and history as being simply something Israeli which has absolutely no relevance to anything European. Thusly, the seeming resolute European leadership insisting attack after attack that their populations just accept that there will be terror attacks and they should simply just get accustom to these minor inconveniences. Get accustom to these minor inconveniences? People are being murdered which is something no one should have to or be expected to just get used to living with. There is now at least one terror attack somewhere in Europe every week and approaching each day. The European leadership continually assures their publics that there is no war between their nations and radical Islamic extremists. Perhaps each nation may not be but it does appear that radical Islamic…

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Palestinians: Crocodile Tears and Terrorism

Who says that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas does not condemn terror attacks against civilians?

As it turns out, he and his Palestinian Authority (PA) do indeed condemn terrorism — when it is directed against anyone but an Israeli. Israeli blood, it seems, is different.

Abbas led the international outcry after the June 3 London Bridge terror attack that left seven people dead and 48 injured.

A brief statement issued by Abbas’s office read:

“The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, on Sunday condemned the terror attack in the British capital of London. His Excellency (Abbas) offered his deep condolences to Britain – its queen, government and people, and to the families of the victims of the terror assault. He affirmed his permanent rejection of all forms of terrorism.”

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The Telegraph – Brexit Bulletin

Good evening.

Theresa May made clear throughout the general election campaign that Brexit talks would begin just 11 days after polling day. She was right to say that, as David Davis has gone off to Brussels today to get the ball rolling.

Philip Hammond was not entirely helpful to the Prime Minister’s negotiating strategy over the weekend, but his Brexiteer cabinet colleagues are rallying behind her. Michael Gove – the new Environment Secretary – told the Today programme this morning that he believed she would still be in Downing Street when Britain leaves in March 2019, a view echoed by Boris Johnson. “There is a huge task to get on with Brexit”, the Foreign Secretary said.

Meanwhile, the formal pleasantries have been underway in Brussels. Mr Davis has exchanged hiking-related gifts with his opposite number – Michel Barnier – seemingly acknowledging that they have a mountain to climb together over the course of these talks. The first day of discussions have been focusing on the status of expats, the UK’s “divorce bill” and the Northern Ireland border, while British officials have been pushing to talk about trade relations at the same time as handling the terms of withdrawal.

The Brexit Secretary has vowed to thrash out a “deal like no other in history” with Mr Barnier. His EU opposite number will be a formidable negotiator, according to Mark Hoban – who dealt with him for years as a Treasury minister. “He prepares well and knows his limits,” he wrote in today’s paper. “This will help in the Brexit talks as he will know just how far he can go to secure a good outcome for both sides.” Both men will soon be wrapping up their first day of talks – follow our liveblog for the latest on what emerges.

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Anab Jain: Why we need to imagine different futures

Anab Jain brings the future to life, creating experiences where people can touch, see and feel the potential of the world we’re creating. Do we want a world where intelligent machines patrol our streets, for instance, or where our genetic heritage determines our health care? Jain’s projects show why it’s important to fight for the world we want. Catch a glimpse of possible futures in this eye-opening talk.


A Measured Response to Bishop George Browning and Others Interested in the Palestinians

A few days ago, some friends in Australia alerted me to a blog post written by former Bishop George Browning, who had been the 9th Anglican bishop of Canberra and Goulburn. Entitled, “Capitalism, Anti-Semitism & the Judaeo-Christian Ethic” (5 May 2017), this was an anti-Israel rant of biased and profoundly inaccurate misdirection, mixing outright lies with exaggerations. Towards the end, Browning denies that his article is anti-Semitic (“… rather than this critique being anti-Semitic, I believe it to be…”). Is he aware of the leading modern definition of anti-Semitism written by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and recognized by some 32 countries? This definition, like others before it such as the European EUMC and US State Department definitions, includes several clauses that identify unfair, incorrect and biased criticism of Israel, the world’s only Jewish state, or setting double standards for it, that are anti-Semitic. Unfortunately, Browning’s article, as shall be seen, falls without reserve into that definition. It is hard to understand how a man of his intelligence and personal involvement in Israeli-Palestinian matters should not know of or respect the IHRA definition. In order to make this clear, here are two clauses from the IHRA definition:

Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.

Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

Now, let me turn to several statements made by Browning.

“Universal justice appears to have become an unwelcome stranger in the land of Israel. Zionism’s compulsive identification with land, has replaced justice as its core value.”

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15 Site Speed Tips To Make WordPress Lightning Fast

Blazing fast website speed plays a vital role in boosting traffic and revenue. On the web, just fractions of a second can make the difference between a sale and a sour experience.

Here are some stats to show the scope of just how important site speed is.

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