Louder, Dear

An elderly man feared his wife was getting hard of hearing. So he called her doctor to make an appointment to have her hearing checked.
The doctor said he could see her in two weeks, but meanwhile, suggested a simple, informal test the husband could do to give the doctor some idea of the dimensions of the problem.
“Here’s what you do. Start about 40 feet away from her, and speak in a normal conversational tone and see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.
So that evening she’s in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he’s in the living room, and he says to himself, “I’m about 40 feet away, let’s see what happens when I talk to her.”
“Honey, what’s for dinner?” He calls.
No response. 
So he moves to the other end of the room, about 30 feet away.
“Honey, what’s for dinner?”
No response.
So he moves into the dining room, about 20 feet away. He starts shouting.
“HONEY, what’s for dinner?”
No response.
On to the kitchen door, only 10 feet away.
“HONEY, what’s for DINNER??”.
No response.
So he walks right up behind her and screams:
His wife turns to him a rage and screams.

A story BBC audiences are unlikely to be told

BBC Watch

As has often been noted here – most recently in relation to the Airbnb story – according to the BBC’s chosen narrative, any place which fell on the Jordanian side of the 1949 ceasefire lines is ‘Palestinian land’ (regardless of the fact that the Armistice Agreement specifically stated that the ceasefire lines were not borders) and any community populated by Israelis in those areas is a ‘Jewish settlement’ in either ‘East Jerusalem’ or ‘the West Bank’ which is portrayed as being ‘illegal under international law’ regardless of its history.

There is no place at all in the BBC’s simplistic and politically partisan narrative for nuances such as the fact that Jews lived for centuries in the Old City of Jerusalem before being ethnically cleansed by the Jordanian army. Neither is there any room in that frequently promoted portrayal for facts concerning places such as Neve Ya’akov  or Gush Etzion

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Why the World Seeks to Destroy Israel

Beyond the Cusp

The world has been attempting to destroy Israel simply because it is the Jewish State and because of their dependence on oil. Until the late 1960’s and more readily the early 1970’s even the United States was, at best, neutral regarding Israel. People believe that the United States had supported Israel from the beginning because Truman voted for the Israeli statehood at the United Nations in that presumed crucial vote. What most ignore or are unaware of, is that immediately after Israel declared statehood, the United States imposed an arms embargo under pressure from the State Department and the Defense Department of the time. This embargo remained in place until almost 1970 (see graph below) when President Lyndon Baines Johnson realized that Israel could be a permanent and dedicated ally and also the Defense Department and United States aviation industry also desired preventing the Israeli entry into the world’s fighter…

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Palestinians: We Cannot Accept Anything from Trump


Hardly a day passes without the leadership of the Palestinian Authority (PA) affirming its strong opposition to US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-announced Middle East peace plan, also referred to as the “deal of the century.” Palestinian leaders have convinced their people that Trump is the worst person on the face of the earth and that no one should be doing business with him.

The Palestinian Authority is not the only Palestinian party that continues to voice its opposition to the upcoming peace plan. No Palestinian group or individual has come out in favor the plan, although no one in the Middle East seems to have seen it or knows anything about its details. Trump has united the Palestinians in a way that no Palestinian or Arab has been able to do since the beginning of the Hamas-Fatah war 11 years ago.

The Palestinians are united in their opposition to the Trump administration and its policies, especially in the aftermath of the US president’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as well as its decision to cut US funding to the Palestinian Authority for paying terrorists and to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The Palestinians have already determined that the US peace plan is “biased” in favor of Israel, and that is why, they say, they cannot accept it.

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UK: Muslims demand criminalization of “Islamophobic” “racism” that targets their “Muslimness”


Muslims in the UK are demanding full legal protection from “Islamophobia,” and the definition of “Islamophobia” has finally been articulated:

Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.

There are already hate crime laws in the UK:

A hate crime can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property

What exactly are the Muslim Council of Britain and other Muslim groups seeking that is not already covered by British law?

In Canada, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) faced opposition for a differently worded but similar definition of “Islamophobia” which implied that one must not criticize Muslims and Islam. The group’s definition of “Islamophobia” was presented to the Toronto District School Board in an Islamic resource guide for Islamic Heritage Month. The definition stated that “Islamophobia” was “fear, prejudice, hatred or dislike directed against Islam or Muslims, or towards Islamic politics or culture.”

As with “Islamophobia,” what precisely does “Muslimness” mean?

Demands from Islamic groups are becoming increasingly brazen, and are in line with Sharia blasphemy laws. Such law is regarded as divine and forms the foundation of Islamic politics and culture, so the implications of Muslim demands about “Islamophobia” in Western nations are clear: this is an attempt to criminalize any criticism of Islam or Muslims.

Sharia has no place in any democracy, but mainstream Muslim lobbies will relentlessly continue to push for Sharia supremacy, exploiting any possible means, demanding that Muslim misdeeds committed in line with Sharia provisions be hidden or under-reported.

It is wrong that the 15-year-old Muslim Syrian refugee in Huddersfield was bullied. But what about the countless assaults, the Muslim rape gangs, and the jihad attacks that Muslims have perpetrated against infidels?

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Political Turmoil Grips Sweden


Political turmoil is gripping Sweden. Since the September 9th, 2018 elections in which the Swedish Democrats (the nationalists), an anti-immigrant party took 17.5% of the vote, gaining 62 seats in the 349 seat Swedish parliament or Riksdag, no new government has been formed. Nevertheless, the Swedish Democrats (SD) have become the king-makers.

The leftist Social-Democrats, although the largest vote getter with 100 seats, do not have enough partners to form a coalition government. On the center-right, Ulf Kristersson, 54, leader of the Moderate party (70 seats), cannot form a government with his opposition partners without having at least the silent support of the Swedish Democrats. The Center (31 seats), and Liberal (20 seats) parties, however, will not accept a situation in which the Swedish Democrats are silently backing the government. That leaves Kristersson with only his 70 seats in addition to the Christian Democrats 22 seats, to form a minority government of 92, and even with the Swedish Democrats backing, it would garner only 154 seats, less than the 175 seat majority. Similarly, the Social Democrats cannot form a coalition government with the Left party (28 seats) and the Greens (16 seats). Their total is even smaller with 144 seats. The third scenario is a coalition of the Moderate Party plus the Center party for a total of 143 seats, not enough to form a functional government.

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US Encourages Europe to Punish Iran for Recent Missile Test


The United States urged Europe on Monday to impose sanctions on Iran following the regime testing a ballistic missile last week.

“We would like to see the European Union [impose] sanctions that target Iran’s missile program,” said Brian Hook, senior policy adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State and special envoy for Iran.

Hook addressed the press on his way to a summit of top NATO officials in Brussels.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to meet with leaders from Germany, France and the United Kingdom, all of whom were part of the negotiations behind the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, which the U.S. withdrew from in May.

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IDF Uncovers Hezbollah Attack Tunnels Penetrating Into Israel


The IDF announced on Tuesday that it is setting out to neutralize another threat to Israel’s existence: Hezbollah terror tunnels dug into the solid rock that separates northern Israel from Lebanon.

Dubbed Operation Northern Shield, the IDF began the process near the town of Metulla. The goal of the operation is to neutralize the plan that Hezbollah calls “Conquering the Galilee,” a plan that would coordinate massive barrages of hundreds of missiles with border infiltrations carried out by 5,000 specially-trained Hezbollah terrorists.

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Saudi textbooks teach jihad violence, hatred of Jews and Christians, death for apostasy


David Andrew Weinberg of the Anti-Defamation League presents the Saudi textbook material as if it were some aberration, a manifestation of Saudi “extremism.” In reality, however, it’s standard Islam.

“This academic year, once again Saudi Arabia’s high school monotheism textbooks teach that infidels such as Jews and Christians are ‘the enemies of Islam and its people’ and that proper observance of Islam requires ‘abhorring the infidels’ and ‘enmity’ toward them.”

“You will surely find the most intense of the people in enmity toward the believers to be the Jews and those who associate others with Allah…” (Qur’an 5:82)

“There has already been for you an excellent pattern in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people, ‘Indeed, we are disassociated from you and from whatever you worship other than Allah. We have denied you, and there has appeared between us and you animosity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone.’” (Qur’an 60:4)

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Turkey Stabilizing Libya? Think Again.


Turkey was miffed. A Turkish delegation, including Vice President Fuat Oktay, stormed out of a recent two-day international conference in Palermo, Italy, held to deal with the crisis in Libya, on the grounds that it was not included in an unofficial meeting.

Claiming that Turkey was purposely being “excluded” from the meeting between eastern Libyan military officer Khalifa Haftar and other conference participants, Oktay released the following written statement:

“Unfortunately, the international community has not acted as one body today. Through a last-minute fait accompli, some people exploited the Italian hosting and intervened in the process one-sidedly…

“Unlike others, we are open to wider dialogue with all Libyan and regional actors…It is impossible for conferences like these to contribute to the process without Turkey’s participation…”

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