50 years later, 3 soldiers reenact, remember their iconic Six-Day war photo

The David Rubinger photograph of three paratroopers standing in silent awe in front of the recaptured Western Wall after the battle for Jerusalem in 1967 has become the defining image of one of the most significant moments in Israel’s history.

With the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War approaching, Zion Karasenti, Haim Oshri, and Dr. Itizik Yifat returned to the Old City this week to remember the moment.

Karasenti, Oshri, and Yifat described to Channel 2 News how they, as 20-something reserve duty soldiers, inadvertently became the symbol of a nation fulfilling a 2,000 year dream.

“There were snipers everywhere, especially from overhead. They could have thrown a grenade on us and finished us,” Karasenti recalled of the battle for the Jerusalem holy site.

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Why Is Female Genital Mutilation Still Happening in the U.S.?

Let’s be clear: FGM (female genital mutilation) is illegal in the United States. That fact did not stop Drs. Humana Nagarwala, Fakhruddin Attar, and his wife Farida Attar, from allegedly performing these criminal and human rights atrocities against two vulnerable 7-year-old girls in the Detroit metro area. The physicians and Attar’s wife have all been arrested. According to Fox 2 News in Detroit the three have been charged with female genital mutilation and conspiracy. The doctors are also charged with making false statements to investigators and trying to obstruct the investigation.

For years, many Muslims have insisted that the practice of FGM has nothing to do with Islam, that it is, originally, an African and pagan custom. This may be true. However, many Muslims believe it is religiously required.

Boldly, cleverly, the Detroit-area physicians are arguing that FGM is a “religious practice” and that to interfere with it is tantamount to religious discrimination. There is some proof that Mohammed allowed a female “exciser” to perform this mutilation — but he advised her not to “overdo it.”

In the Islamic world, FGM is practiced most widely in the in the Arab Muslim Middle East, both in the Gulf and in African states such as Egypt, Somalia, and Sudan; but it has increasingly spread to Muslim communities in Central Asia (parts of Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran) and to the Far East (Malaysia and Indonesia).

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Sharia Councils and Sexual Abuse in Britain

The most recent scandal surrounding the sexual exploitation of Muslim women by Islamic religious leaders in the UK is yet further proof of the way in which Britain is turning a blind eye to horrific practices going on right under its nose.

A BBC investigation into “halala” — a ritual enabling a divorced Muslim woman to remarry her husband by first wedding someone else, consummating the union, and then being divorced by him — revealed that imams in Britain are not only encouraging this, but profiting financially from it. This depravity has led to many such women being held hostage, literally and figuratively, to men paid to become their second husbands.

This ritual, which is considered a misinterpretation of Islamic sharia law even by extremist Shi’ites and Saudi-style Salafists, is practiced by certain Islamic sects, such as Hanafis, Barelvis and Deobandis. When a husband repeats the Arabic word for divorce — talaq — three times to his wife, these sects consider a Muslim marriage null and void. For such a woman to be allowed to return to the husband who banished her, she must first marry someone else — and have sex with him — before the second husband divorces her.

These divorce rites, despite the laws of the land, are common in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other Asian countries, where a majority of the people belong to the Hanafi, Barelvi or Deobandi sects. Nevertheless, local seminaries, mosques and online services openly advertise and promote halala with impunity; it is accepted by society and rarely monitored by state authorities.

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The Telegraph – Brexit Bulletin

Good afternoon.

Paul Nuttall hasn’t had the best week. On Monday, he launched the party’s platform on integration at the Marriott Hotel in Westminster, and then had to flee as journalists tried to find out whether he was going to stand for Parliament. One of his frontbenchers stepped down soon after in protest over his “misguided” new proposals, which included a burka ban. So it was bold of the Ukip leader to return to the Marriott today to launch his party’s election campaign.

The launch was no less controversial, as anti-racism protesters managed to get inside the event. They were swiftly thrown out, chanting as they went that Ukip was a “nasty, racist party”. What about the substance? Mr Nuttall made clear that he would stand for Parliament, although refused to confirm where. “Bring your bucket and spade” his aide told journalists, in what is now being taken as a hint that it will be Boston and Skegness. Such a target would be a big test for the Ukip leader. Voters in the constituency heavily backed Brexit, yet its incumbent MP Matt Warman (a former Telegraph journalist) backed Remain. If Ukip can’t win there, a seat it spent more money on trying to win in 2015 than any other seat in the country, then where can it win?

Ukip’s popularity has been on the wane in the polls, so it’s tempting to be sceptical of how well the party could do in this election. Douglas Carswell isn’t holding his breath, as he writes for the Telegraph that the Liberal Democrats could do much better than his former party as “they know how to count…[and] are very good at converting what votes they do get into actual seats because they know about targeting and messaging”. If Mr Nuttall can defy the odds by taking a seat, Ukip will show it doesn’t need Mr Carswell in order to have a voice in Parliament.


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