Lebanon’s Hatred of Israel: A Symptom of Dysfunction

Lebanon has many problems, including sectarian divisions, Iranian influence, spillover from the Syrian civil war, the weakness of its army, the ineffectiveness of its politicians, and the very existence of Hizballah, but Israel’s existence next door is not one of them.

The animosity of Lebanon towards Israel continues today only because it provides a convenient excuse for Hizballah to maintain a formidable arsenal that it uses to control Lebanon and to help its allies in Syria.

Lebanon has a law forbidding its citizens from interacting with Israeli citizens. As Michael J. Totten wrote:

“Lebanese citizens aren’t allowed to have any communication of any kind with Israelis anywhere in the world. If citizens of the two countries meet, say, on a beach in Cyprus or in a bar in New York, the Lebanese risks prison just for saying hello.”

The Lebanese online news source NOW explains that law in detail. Even a dual citizen (of Lebanon and Canada for example) could be jailed for interacting in the most innocuous way with an Israeli.

The Lebanese delegation, for example, recently refused to share a bus with the Israeli delegation at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, prompting the Israeli minister of culture and sports to describe the incident as, “anti-Semitism, pure and simple, and the worst kind of racism.” The incident was, however, hardly surprising, considering the history of Lebanese animosity towards Israel.

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Christians as “Target Practice”

More reports of the brutal treatment that Christians and other minorities experienced at the hands of the Islamic State (SIS) emerged during May. One account told of a couple who, after their children were abducted by ISIS militants, answered their door one day to find a plastic bag on their doorstep. It contained the body parts of their daughters and a video of them being brutally tortured and raped.

Another Christian mother from Mosul answered the door to find ISIS jihadis demanding that she leave or pay the jizya (protection money demanded as a tribute by conquered Christians and Jews, according to the Koran 9:29). The woman asked for a few seconds, because her daughter was in the shower, but the jihadis refused to give her the time. They set a fire to the house; her daughter was burned alive. The girl died in her mother’s arms; her last words were “Forgive them.”

The Islamic State reportedly beheaded another Christian leader on February 18. No media reported it, except for one Italian paper in May: “There are reliable reports are that Father Yacob Boulos, was beheaded by the terror group’ militants after he prayed on the altar of his church. He was punished for his faith.”

According to another report,

“In yet another disturbing example of the genocide facing Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, on 12-13 May a group from Islamic State (IS) entered a town near the city of Hama in Syria, populated only by Christians and Alawites, killing an as yet unspecified number of men, women and children. Men were beheaded, whilst women were raped and then murdered. Many children were also killed. It is not yet clear exactly how many people have been killed.”

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Sweden: The Silence of the Jews

One of the most visible effects of Muslim mass immigration into Sweden is that anti-Semitism is very much on the rise in the country. Swedish Jews are being harassed and threatened, mainly in the Muslim-dense city of Malmö, where in January 2009, the friction deepened during a peaceful pro-Israel demonstration. Demonstrators were attacked by pro-Palestinian counter demonstrators, who threw eggs and bottles at the supporters of Israel. The mayor of Malmö at the time, Ilmar Reepalu, failed to take a clear stance against the violence, and was accused of preferring the approval of the city’s large Muslim population to protecting Jews. He remarked, among other things, that “of course the conflict in Gaza has spilled over into Malmö.”

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Author of ‘Whitewash’ Antisemitism Inquiry ‘Rewarded’ With Prestigious Parliamentary Position

Leaders of Britain’s Jewish community voiced outrage on Friday after the country’s Labour Party bestowed peerage on the controversial lead investigator of a recent antisemitism inquiry which was condemned as a “whitewash.”

On Thursday, it was announced that human rights lawyer Shami Chakrabarti accepted a position in the House of Lords from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, just five weeks after her report into Jew-hatred within the party was published. Doubt was already cast on Chakrabarti’s neutrality after she admitted to joining Labour on the day of her appointment.

Jewish groups and leaders across the spectrum sharply denounced the appointment, with some questioning whether the move amounted to a reward from Corbyn to Chakrabarti for downplaying antisemitism within Labour.

The Community Security Trust, a British antisemitism watchdog, described Chakrabarti’s appointment as a “shameless kick in the teeth for all who put hope in her now wholly compromised inquiry.”

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New Report Launches Scathing Attack on HuffPost for ‘Antisemitic Incitement’ Aimed at Helping Obama ‘Sell Iran Deal’

The Huffington Post engaged in a “jihad of lies” against critics of the Iran deal, with special emphasis on Jews and Israel, a new report claims.

“The Rhodes To HuffPost,” whose release on Sunday came three days after the one-year anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), details a series of egregious violations of journalistic ethics on the part of the major media online outlet. In particular, it asserts, the HuffPost engaged in a concerted campaign to help US President Barack Obama get elected, and subsequently to assist him to push through the JCPOA by purposely deceiving the public about its true nature.

To this end, according to the report – compiled by Jon Sutz of the New York-based website SavetheWest.com – the HuffPost,

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Britain’s Jews Embrace Appointment of Pro-Israel PM Theresa May

British-Jewish and pro-Israel groups are congratulating Home Secretary Theresa May for winning the leadership of the Conservative Party and replacing outgoing United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, who resigned following the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) in the Brexit referendum last month.

May takes over the role after all other candidates for the Conservative leadership exited the race earlier in the week, and after Cameron expedited his resignation to Wednesday, July 13 (he initially gave himself a three-month deadline for leaving office). May now becomes the U.K.’s second female prime minister after Margaret Thatcher. Her ascension to the post has been viewed positively by the Jewish and pro-Israel communities due to her record of support for those sectors.

Theresa May has repeatedly shown herself as “a committed and conscientious friend to both Israel and Jewish communities in the U.K.,” Paul Charney, chairman of the Zionist Federation of the United Kingdom, told JNS.org.

“We have no doubt that should the safety of either [community] come under threat, she will stand firm in our defense. Under David Cameron, the relationship between Israel and the U.K. remained warm and open, and we look forward to that positive relationship continuing under May,” he said.

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UK Parliament Committee May Recall Labour Party Leader Over ‘Inaccurate, Misleading’ Testimony During Antisemitism Inquiry

The head of Britain’s Labour Party may be forced to reappear before a powerful parliamentary committee over “inaccurate and misleading” answers he gave while defending his party’s recent antisemitism inquiry, the UK’s Guardian reported.

According to the report, Jeremy Corbyn is likely to be hauled in for questioning again by the Home Affairs Select Committee, after its chairman, Keith Vaz, — also a Labour party member — received official complaints by two committee members over Corbyn’s testimony.

The complaints were filed by members of both the Conservative and Labour parties, and Vaz told the newspaper he also received additional complaints about Corbyn’s testimony from the public, highlighting similar problems.

“I have received two letters asking that Jeremy Corbyn be summoned to appear before the committee, as well as other complaints. The committee will consider the matter and its next meeting on Tuesday,” Vaz stated.

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