Palestinians: More Missed Opportunities

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas continues to mouth his “desire” to achieve peace with Israel on the basis of a two-state solution. Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction and PLO partners, however, evidently have a different agenda: to wage war on Israel until the “liberation of all of Palestine.”

In a speech delivered on his behalf by Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations, on November 30, Abbas repeated his commitment to a two-state solution based on international law and the 1967 “borders.”

Abbas called on the UN “to force Israel to recognize the State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders as the basis for a two-state solution, and to agree on a demarcation of borders in line with the resolutions of the international community.”

Abbas’s claim to a commitment to the “two-state solution” is a staple of his talks to the international community. It is just not clear who Abbas represents when he talks about the Palestinians’ commitment to a “two-state solution.”

In addition to his title as president of the Palestinian Authority, Abbas also holds the jobs of chairman of the PLO and Fatah, his ruling faction in the West Bank. Do Abbas’s statements regarding peace with Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel represent any of three these bodies? Hardly.

via Palestinians: More Missed Opportunities

UN expresses outrage over Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “Violates Obama’s UN resolution”

rump to Obama: “You said it’s occupied, we call it the capital of Israel.”
Trump violates Obama-backed UN resolution that determines Jerusalem as a “Muslim territory occupied by Jews”.
The UN is nothing more than world hate group of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.
After the UN resolution it is illegal for Jews to pray at the Western Wall or live in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem according to the UN.
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, not Palestine.
If you need a proof just read the Bible, and if you need another one read the Quran.
There is no mention of Jerusalem in the Quran.

via UN expresses outrage over Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “Violates Obama’s UN resolution”

Erdogan: No Moderate Islam

Turkey’s strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, may have exhibited all possible features of political Islam since he came to power fifteen years ago, but at least he has been bold and honest about his understanding of Islamism: There is no moderate Islam, he recently said again.

This comment does not mark any U-turn, or a radical deviation from his earlier freshman-self back in the 2000s. The problem is that his Western “allies” have stubbornly preferred to turn a blind eye to his poster-child Islamism. Worse, they still do.

Several years ago, Erdogan’s ideological-self clearly stated that “Turkey is not a country where moderate Islam prevails.” In the same speech, his pragmatic-self — the one that wanted to look pretty to a chorus of Western praise — added that, “We are Muslims who have found a middle road”. But which “middle road?”

In the several years that followed, Erdogan proudly exhibited another feature of Islamism in a make-believe assertion: Muslims never do wrong; if a Muslim does wrong then he is not Muslim.

via Erdogan: No Moderate Islam

Watch: Benjamin Netanyahu responds to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Trump is the first American president to fulfill his promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Palestinians declared three days of rage. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad call on Muslims to carry out Islamic terror attacks “in the name of Allah.”
The Western world should follow Trump and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Just look at what happens to Christians in Neighboring Countries (Egypt, Iraq and Syria), the Islamic persecution of Christians across the Middle East has become genocide.
Only Israel can preserve the holy places in Jerusalem for all religions.

via Watch: Benjamin Netanyahu responds to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – Palestinians are freaking out

Contrary to Media Reports, FBI Hate Crime Statistics Do Not Support Claims of Anti-Muslim Backlash

The annual release of the FBI’s hate crime statistics report has attracted little attention by the mainstream media in the past few years. The most recent report, however — revealing a rise in hate crimes targeting Muslims and whites in 2016 — has been greeted with more notice than usual by the daily newspapers; even CNN chimed in to highlight the results of the report.

The reason for the sudden interest in the report was that its data appeared to confirm some of the conventional wisdom about the impact of the U.S. 2016 presidential election on anti-Muslim sentiment in America. According to the report, compared to 2015, there were increases in most categories of hate crimes. The bulk of them were based on race, ethnicity and ancestry — with the total number of such incidents rising by 5%. Still, it is the increase in anti-Muslim crimes, which increased by 20% since 2015, that stands out.

As bad as that sounds, there are those, such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who consider it to be merely another piece of evidence that America has become a hostile place for Muslims since the September 11, 2001 attacks – and particularly since Donald Trump began running for president. In fact, the ADL, which has long held that hate crimes are under-reported, due to the lack of uniform procedures for compiling data in different states around country, views the FBI report as simply the tip of the iceberg.

via Contrary to Media Reports, FBI Hate Crime Statistics Do Not Support Claims of Anti-Muslim Backlash