Posts Tagged ‘extremists’
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon advised the government Thursday to show “zero tolerance” when dealing with violence against IDF soldiers from the hareidi community.
Hareidi-religious recruits are almost always immediately ostracized for enlisting in the IDF. They face rejection, vicious criticism and sometimes outright violence from their communities of origin when they pass on the street or share public transportation with other community members.
Speaking to reporters about the issue on Thursday, Ya’alon labeled the violence against hareidi soldiers “intolerable.”
He added that he is calling upon “heads and leaders of the hareidi community to act towards eliminating this unacceptable trend from within their community, as well as expelling the violent perpetrators.”
The IDF began several years ago to mandate service from within the hareidi-religious population as well as from the secular sector.
Service for those who are observant Jews is a much more complex matter, however, due to restrictions on relations between the genders, kashruth parameters and other Torah observance issues.
There have been cases of officers who do not allow the accommodations for the hareidi-religious soldiers under their command as they are required to do under IDF regulations. This has created untenable situations for the soldiers in a number of instances and difficult dilemmas for everyone else as well, politically and militarily. As a result, many hareidi rabbonim still advise the yeshiva students in their communities to avoid army service if at all possible due to the difficulties involved.
Extremist factions within the hareidi communities have attempted to enforce those edicts with violence.Hana Levi Julian
Israeli police Monday night arrested Bentzi Gopstein, chairman of the right-wing Lehava group, and nine other Lehava members in a nighttime raid and charged them with incitement and encouraging violence and terror.
Three members of the group already have been indicted for allegedly setting on fire a Jerusalem school promoting coexistence between Arabs and Jews.
Gopstein lives in Kiryat Arba, adjacent to Hebron, and other Lehava members were arrested in Petach Tikva, Jerusalem and Netivot, in the Western Negev.
Gopstein’s lawyer and right-wing activists Itamar Ben-Gvir charged that the police and the office of the Attorney General succumbed to pressure form extreme left-wingers by arresting Gopstein while ignoring complaints about leftists stating that “soldiers should be shot at checkpoints.”
Ben-Gvir also told Israel Radio that the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) tried to frame Gopstein on phony charges during questioning of the suspected arsonist.
“They told one of the suspects to make a deal and say that Gopstein sent them to set the school on fire, but the suspect replied that Gopstein had nothing to do with the arson and also told his group to work within the law.”
Ben-Gvir also complained that if police want to close down Lehava because three of its members committed a crime, the life-wing Hadash party also should be banned because the son of Hadash MK Dov Khenin was arrested for attacking a security guard.
Regardless of discrimination, hard-core nationalists who are not associated with incitement may be pleased that Gopstein has been arrested because Israel’s establishment media usually lumps all right-wingers with any extremists.
He appeared recently on a television show with an Arab-Israel journalist who has constantly condemned Hamas and told her she “doesn’t belong” in the State of Israel.”Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Originally published at Rubin Reports.
In 1848, the new Communist movement issued a manifesto. It began with the opening line:
“A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of Communism.”
For our purposes today, this threat might be reworded as:
“A specter is haunting the Middle East—the specter of America.”
For example, about a year ago Dubai’s police chief addressed a major international Gulf Arab security conference. He said that there were about three dozen security threats to the Gulf Arab countries. But this well-respected security expert said the number-one threat was the United States.
Since that time, this American specter has become vivid. For instance, The New York Times had a recent editorial which stated that the only protection for Egypt’s democracy–meaning Muslim Brotherhood participation in the next Egyptian government–was the United States and Europe. The Egyptian regime, Israel, and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states were bad for wanting to protect their societies from Islamic ideology, revolution, and anti-Western Sharia states!
Might the United States and its allies rather be expected to battle Turkey, Iran, Hamas, Hizballah, Tunisia, Bahrain, and Hamas or otherwise might it support Islamists while Saudi Arabia fought Europe’s and America’s response as too soft on Hizballah?
But what if a crazy notion seizes policymakers, blessed with the mush of ignorance about the Middle East, that they can take control of the troublemakers? Perhaps Germany (World War One and Two jihads), or the Soviet control of radical nationalist regimes in the 1950s and 1960, or the French rescue of the Palestinian leadership in the late 1940s, or Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Iran during the 1970s, or America in the 1950s (Arab nationalism), or the 2010 Muslim Brotherhood would turn nominal extremists into friends?
Imagine, dunderheads in Washington, London, Paris, and so on thinking they are masterfully preserving stability, making peace, and harnessing Sharia in the cause of boosting democracy!
How smug would be the smiles when those who perpetrated September 11, 2001, were supposedly defeated by those mentored into power a decade later by the West in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, or in the Arab Spring or the Syrian revolution!
Look at it through the eyes of the Arabs, Iranians, Turks, Kurds, and Israelis who think they will try to impose a new order the region?
Consider a famous speech by Winston Churchill at Fulton, Missouri, on March 5, 1946. In contrast to the Communist Manifesto,100 years later, Churchill began, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain is descended across the continent.” It might be strange that these two statements are compared to the current situation in the Middle East. But actually, they make a lot of sense.
The intention of great powers seemed to impose one (European) system on the region. In the first case, it was Communism. In Churchill’s case, it was anti-Communism he advocated, which in parallel would be Anti-Islamism.
But today, what is the system that Arabs, Iranians, Turks, and Israelis think they will try to impose on the region? The answer for those who have been watching in recent years is revolutionary Islamism.
It might seem strange that this is the thinking, but it isn’t. The question is whether there is a system that Western Europeans want to impose. And the answer is that to the Arabs and others in the region–although this does not mean it has to be true–since the 1979 Iranian revolution, they have supported radical Islamism. In fact, it should be understood that after the Arab Spring, Arabs did not generally identify Western interests with support for moderate democracy, but with support for Islamism.
Incidentally, Churchill’s title was the Sinews of Strength, and he favored policy leading a coalition of the Free world which would be welcome today.
To summarize, in the 1930s, Churchill favored anti-fascism and advocated a united front against Nazi Germany. After World War Two, he supported an alliance of the Free World against the Iron Curtain.
Where is the Churchill of today?
Well, directly his bust was quickly chucked from the White House because he was the symbol for Obama of Western colonialism.
Who was the genuine symbol of anti-colonialism for Obama? The left wing anti-Western revolutionary ideological movement represented by the Muslim Brotherhood or Chavez, and other demagogues.Barry Rubin