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The Moral Psychosis Of Demonstrating In Support Of Hamas

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

As an example of what the insightful commentator Melanie Phillips referred to as a “dialogue of the demented” in her book The World Turned Upside Down, once Israel launched Operation Protective Edge last month, the streets of American and European cities were crammed with activists intent on expressing their collective indignation for Israel’s perceived crime of defending its citizens against the genocidal “thugocracy” of Hamas.

Rowdy and sometimes violent demonstrations have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Toronto, London, and Madrid, where blatantly anti-Semitic chants could be heard, with similar events taking place in such U.S. cities as Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

Joining with Muslim supporters of those wishing to destroy Israel and murder Jews were the usual suspects: “peace activists,” Israel-haters, social justice advocates, and labor unionists who decried Israel’s “genocide” against Gaza as well as the alleged militarism, oppression, imperialism, and brutality imbued in Zionism itself.

What was particularly revealing, and chilling, about the hate-filled rallies was the virulence of the chants and messages on the placards, much of it seeming to suggest that more sinister hatreds and feelings – over and above concern for the current military operations – were simmering slightly below the surface. Several of the morally self-righteous protestors, for instance, shrieked out, to the accompaniment of drumbeats, “Long live Intifada,” a grotesque and murderous reference to the Second Intifada, during which Arab terrorists murdered some 1,000 Israelis and wounded more than 14,000 others.

That pro-Palestinian student activists, those who purport to be motivated by a desire to bring “justice” to the Middle East, could publicly call for the renewed slaughter of Jews in the name of Palestinian self-determination demonstrates quite clearly how ideologically debased the human rights movement has become. Activists on and off U.S. campuses, who never have to face a physical threat more serious than getting jostled while waiting in line for a latte at Starbucks, are quick to deny the very real existential threats facing Israel and denounce Israeli counter-measures to thwart terrorism.

Another deadly chorus emanated from protestors during the rally: “When people are occupied, resistance is justified.” That is an oft-repeated but disingenuous and false notion that stateless terrorists have some recognized human right to murder civilians whose government has purportedly occupied their territory. That is clearly not any longer the case in Gaza, where every Jew was removed in 2005 – and while there is a blockade in effect to prevent the influx of weapons, there clearly is no occupation or, as commonly referred to, a “siege.”

It may be comforting for Israel’s ideological foes to rationalize the murder of Jews by claiming some international right to do it with impunity and a sense of righteousness. Unfortunately, however, as legal experts have pointed out, the rally participants and their terror-appeasing apologists elsewhere are completely wrong about the legitimacy of murder as part of “resistance” to an occupying force. Article IV of the Third Geneva Convention, the statute which defines combatants and legitimate targets in warfare, is very specific about who may kill and who may be killed, and it does not allow for the murder of either Israeli civilians or soldiers by Palestinian suicide bombers who wear no identifying military uniforms and do not follow the accepted rules of war.

So when pro-Palestinian activists and critics of Israel repeat the claim that Palestinians somehow have an internationally recognized legal “right” to resist occupation through violent means, they are both legitimizing that terror and helping to insure that its lethal use by Israel’s enemies will continue unabated.

These fatuous, morally self-righteous activists, many of whom are from the hard left or the pro-Islamic right, are, without any expertise in military affairs, eager to advise Israeli officials on the rules of war and denounce the lack of “proportionality” in Israel’s attempts to defend its population from jihadist murderers. And so eager are they to publicly assert their righteousness as defenders of the Palestinian cause, they embrace terroristic violence and willingly align themselves with Israel’s deadly foes who seek its annihilation.

Richard L. Cravatts

Melanie Phillips: Israeli ‘Hasbara’ a Joke

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

British journalist, author, publisher, and prominent right-wing voice Melanie Phillips is being interviewed on Israel’s Channel 1 TV. The Hebrew intro stops at .45 seconds into the clip.

This is the quintessential Melanie Phillips on Israel and its treatment by the European intelligentsia.

Phillips is Jewish, her family came to Britain from Poland and Russia. She’s definitely one of us, although, my God, would it hurt you to crack a smile now and then?

Anyway, it’s refreshing to hear an outsider describe the mad Israeli left as mad. That part is fun.


Yori Yanover

In First, London(istan) to Host World Islamic Economic Forum (Video)

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Melanie Phillips, the brilliantly acerbic British commentator, published a book a few years ago titled, “Londonistan.”  Phillips was aghast at what she saw as the increasing Islamization of her home city, as well as its warm embrace by the British elites, and the short shrift given to the connection between Islamization and terrorism.  Her book was an effort to warn those who were not paying attention that the British character of London was changing.  It was not becoming more international, but instead simply more Islamist.  It was not a change she saw as positive.

Some critics claimed Phillips was being an alarmist, others tarred her with the very worst thing anyone can be called these days: a racist.

But it does appear that what would have been derided as racist parody had Phillips written it, the schoolgirl excitement exuded by London’s political leadership in expressing London’s global role as an Islamic finance hub prove Phillips’ warnings in spades.

On Wednesday, July 3, London’s Mayor Boris Johnson announced at a press conference in London’s City Hall that his city will be the first non-Muslim city to host the annual World Islamic Economic Forum.  It will be held in October, at London’s Excel Centre. Johnson was joined at the press conference by the prime minister of Malaysia, Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak (yes, all that is his name), WIEF Chairman Tun Musa Hitam, and England’s Minister for Trade and Investment Lord Stephen Green.

The WIEF has been previously held in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Kuwait, and Pakistan.

“It is an immense honor that the World Islamic Economic Forum has chosen London for its first gathering outside of Asia, said London’s Mayor Johnson.  Hosting this conference will highlight London’s “status as a major center of Islamic finance and as a compelling destination for foreign investors.”

London and Partners, the British capital’s official promotional agency, worked hard to convince the WIEF to bring the 2013 event to London. Gordon Innes, the company’s chief executive officer, said that London “has a huge Muslim population” and emphasized that “London hosts the most significant Islamic finance cluster outside of Muslim countries.  London is really the only center in the west that has such depth and expertise  in this field.”

Innes said that Islamic finance is growing at “about the rate of 25 percent per year,” which makes it “the fasting growing part of London’s local finance.”

There are 22 Shariah compliant banks in London and Saudi Arabia is the second largest foreign investor in the UK after the US.

“Islamic finance” and “Shariah compliant banking” means that financial institutions are run in compliance with Islamic law.  Some aspects of Islamic finance do not seem threatening.  For example, in Shariah-compliant banking, lenders may not charge interest and investors cannot make money from forbidden industries like gambling, alcohol, pork and pornography.

But Islamic financing also  requires a form of “tithing” for charity, known as “zakat,” and only Muslim clerics are permitted to rule on where that money goes.  Some claim it may be used to finance terrorism (jihad) or to forcibly promote conversion to Islam.

London and Company’s Innes also cited the example of the Shard, London’s 72-story skyscraper and the tallest building in the European Union, which is largely financed and run by Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund.

“Kuwait is allocating 5 billion dollars to investments in the UK,” Innes said, “and a number of Islamic countries from the Gulf to East Asia to Turkey, etc. find tremendous opportunities in London in terms of growth and exports.”

The World Islamic Economic Forum will be held from October 29 – 31.

Here is Phillips, talking about England’s refusal to recognize that London has, in fact, become Londonistan.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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