Iran Collecting All the Best of Friends

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One of the questions Israelis with friends in Europe and North America hear much of the time asks if we worry about our enemies. By enemies, they most often mean those nations on our borders and, of late, they add in Iran. Our answer usually goes something near to we worry more about those professing to be our friends than our declared enemies. We tell them that we know exactly what to expect from each of our enemies but it is our friends who we cannot predict how they will act according to stimuli, react to the changing world, handle pressures we see coming at them and proactively act to avoid some of the worst problems they are soon to face. Our friends find our concern for their well-being and safety often misplaced and think we should be far more concerned about the threats being made against us and all…

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Women’s rights activist says “Islam improves status of women”


They have to keep telling us, because only by constant repetition can propagandists compel people to discard the truth and embrace the lie.

The author of this piece, Saadah Khair, is described here as an “activist, International Women’s Alliance for Family and Quality Education.”

The Qur’an teaches that men are superior to women and should beat those from whom they “fear disobedience”: “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

Muhammad’s child bride, Aisha, says in a hadith that Muhammad “struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: ‘Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?’” — Sahih Muslim 2127

The Qur’an likens a woman to a field (tilth), to be used by a man as he wills: “Your women are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth as you will” — Qur’an 2:223

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Unrest in France: No End in Sight


Saturday, January 26th 2019. “Yellow vests” protests were being organized in the main cities of France. Mobilization was not weakening. Support from the population had decreased slightly but was still huge (60%-70%, according to polls). The main slogan has remained the same since November 17, 2018: “Macron must resign”. In December, another slogan was added: “Citizens’ initiative referendum”.

The government and French President Emmanuel Macron have been doing everything they can to crush the movement. They have tried insults, defamation and have said the demonstrators were both “seditious people” wishing to overthrow the institutions and fascist “brown shirts”. On December 31, Macron described them, as “hateful crowds”. The presence of some anti-Semites led a government spokesman (incorrectly) to describe the entire movement as “anti-Semitic”.

The Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, ordered the police to resort to a degree of violence not seen since the time of the Algerian war (1954-62). During the two last decades in France, other riots have taken place many times. In 2005, for instance, when the whole country was subjected to arson and riots for weeks, the number of wounded rioters remained low. But violence has consequences. In just the last few weeks, 1,700 protesters were wounded, some seriously. Nineteen lost an eye; four lost a hand. Although French police officers do not use lethal weapons, they do use rubber ball launchers and often fire at protesters’ faces — a target prohibited by the current rules of engagement. The French are also the only police force in Europe to use Sting-Ball grenades.

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Republican Lawmakers Renew Push for US Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights


Republican Congress members introduced companion bills in the Senate and House of Representatives this week calling for US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The legislation — filed by Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin — described Israel’s continued control of the Golan as an American “national security interest.”

“The United States has been committed for over 40 years to ensuring Israel’s security from attacks emanating from across the Golan Heights,” the lawmakers stated. “The threat Iran poses to America and Israel requires acknowledging the reality of Israel’s control over the territory as a matter of national security.”

Similar legislation was proposed toward the end of the term of the last Congress.

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Golden Globe-winning writer apologizes for “Islamophobic” tweet that revealed he saw NJ Muslims cheering 9/11


“Nick Vallelonga, the Golden Globe-winning writer of the critically acclaimed drama ‘Green Book,’ has apologized for a 2015 tweet containing a false, Islamophobic statement.”

The wording is true to form for Leftist propagandist CNN, but were Vallelonga’s words really “Islamophobic”?

In the tweet, sent to then-candidate Donald Trump, Vallelonga claimed he saw “Muslims in Jersey City cheering” when the World Trade Center towers collapsed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Vallelonga’s Twitter account was deleted after the tweet resurfaced this week.

So did Vallelonga flat-out lie to malign Muslims when he tweeted out what he saw? Or did he perhaps think he saw cheering that was not really happening? Strange. But Vallelonga sure followed up with what Leftists and Muslim lobbies such as CAIR want: he sank into dhimmitude, as most people do when bullied by the Islamic lobby-Leftist alliance, and groveled, pleading for forgiveness. At that point, truth be damned.

Donald Trump back in 2015 was also lambasted by the Leftist media for reporting that he, too, saw cheering, only, Trump didn’t back down (no surprise!):

Trump said he was getting an “unbelievable response” from “hundreds” of people who told him they also saw televised Muslim celebrations of the 11 September 2001 attacks in Manhattan.

“I saw it. So many people saw it. And, so, why would I take it back? I’m not going to take it back,” said Trump.

In a revealing followup, Breitbart provided nine pieces of documentation that vindicated Trump’s claim of Muslims celebrating 9/11, including a “CBS News report about “swarms of suspects” cheering 9/11 from rooftops. Vallelonga should have stood by his statement.

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The World Where Israel is Just Another Nation

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Just walk with us here for a while and let us examine how different the world would be if Israel were just one nation amongst all the others, no separate treatment, no organized and oil financed hate programs (or should they be called what they are, economic pogroms), no organized programs blanketing the larger and more prestigious universities and colleges, no oil financed terrorism on her borders, no rockets fired into her lands from much of her border, no looming threats from Hezballah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, no dictatorships set up on her borders for the sole reason of genocidal hatred driven murders, no intifada and no constant United Nations condemnations; just a little nation nestled along the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, a nation about the size of New Jersey (see map if New Jersey replacing Israel with approximations of cities paired from each), a nation struggling from…

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Turkey: Erdoğan’s Unofficial Paramilitary Groups to ‘Monitor’ Elections?


A Turkish government memo related to the upcoming mayoral elections in Turkey is causing deep concern among oppositionists throughout the country.

The memo, sent by the Interior Ministry to the country’s governors, states that in the March 31 elections, in addition to police and security officials manning the polls and taking the necessary “precautions required for election security,” there will also be “volunteer security guards” involved.

The reason this announcement is worrisome to opposition activists, among others, has to do with what they suspect is the nature and makeup of these “volunteers” — particularly with the rise of unofficial paramilitary groups connected to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

One dissident author, İnci Hekimoğlu, likened the establishment of these groups to the Village Guards, a paramilitary force established in the 1980s by the Turkish military to combat the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) insurgency in eastern Turkey.

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Israel’s Netanyahu Takes Break From Campaign Trail for Moscow Meeting With Putin on Iran, Syria


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in Moscow on Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The focus of our talks will be the Iranian entrenchment in Syria,” Netanyahu — the Likud leader who is seeking a fifth term as prime minister in April’s Knesset elections — said on Tuesday, ahead of his departure for Russia. “We are taking action against it; we are attacking their bases. We will continue to take action against it.”

“We will continue to act until we get the Iranians to leave Syria because Iran is threatening to destroy Israel and we will not allow it a base close to our border,” he added.

A Kremlin statement on Tuesday said Putin and Netanyahu would discuss “key issues of bilateral cooperation, first of all on the trade-economic and humanitarian trajectories,” and also “exchange opinions on the current situation in the Middle East, including Palestinian-Israeli settlement and the situation in Syria.”

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