Ultra-Orthodox Jews Ban Higher Education For Women

August 24th, 2016


RT – It is “dangerous” for women to be university-educated and the practice is now banned among the Satmar sect of ultra-Orthodox Jews, according to a decree viewed by The Independent. The ban is to prevent “secular influences” in the “holy environment.”

“It has lately become the new trend that girls and married women are pursuing degrees in special education. Some attend classes and others online. And so we’d like to let their parents know that it is against the Torah,” reads the decree, written in Yiddish and translated by The Independent.



Britain And The Art Of Propaganda

August 23rd, 2016


VOLTAIRE NET – No normal human being can accept to see his children suffer – consequently, they make good subjects for war propaganda. Thierry Meyssan takes a look at the use of children by the International Coalition during the war against Syria.


UK – Scottish football fans raise over £100,000 for Palestine following flag controversy

August 23rd, 2016


THE GUARDIAN – Celtic fans have raised more than £100,000 for Palestinian charities in an attempt to match an impending Uefa fine for displaying Palestinian flags at a match against an Israeli team.


WATCH – Palestinians to Glasgow Football Fans: “We all Love Celtics”

August 23rd, 2016

AUSTRIA – Man jailed after uploading image of cat doing a heil Hitler salute

August 23rd, 2016


THE JEWISH CHRONICLE – An Austrian man has been given jail time for posting online a picture of cat doing a Nazi salute, and other images glorifying the Third Reich.

The 38-year-old man, from Flachua in Salzberg, was found guilty of uploading around 20 Nazi propaganda photos and charged under Austria’s anti-Nazi Prohibition Act. He apologised in court and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Austria’s anti-Nazi Prohibition Act, passed in 1947, makes it illegal to display statements which glorify the Nazi regime.

The picture of the cat appearing to do the Hitler salute was described as “extreme right-wing propaganda”, according to German language regional newspaper Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, and police also found found clothes with Nazi symbols attached when they searched the man’s house.

“It is not so much on the individual picture … but what arises for an impression in the overall context,” said attorney Markus Neher.

ITALY – Official at Italy’s Islamic University calls for ‘new final solution

August 23rd, 2016


THE JEWISH CHRONICLE – A senior member of staff at the Islamic University in Leece, Italy, has reportedly called for a new “final solution” for Zionists.

Raphael Villani, who works in the university’s public relations department, wrote in a Facebook post earlier this month that “there needs to be a final solution for Zionists,” and “the real Jews are the victims of Zionism”.

The posts were removed after Israeli officials alerted the Israel-Italy inter-parliamentary group to the posts. The group then filed a formal inquiry with the Italian education and interior ministries.

The Islamic University was founded last year in the southern Italian town of Leece. It’s opening was met with opposition from the city council and local residents, however the university’s founder, Giampiero Paladini, said that the institution aimed to “bridge the philosophical divide between the Western and Islamic worlds.”

Russian TV station blames Jews for Titanic, Chernobyl and 9/11

August 23rd, 2016

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THE JEWISH CHRONICLE – Purveyors of antisemitic conspiracy theories are two-a-penny, but one Russian TV documentary has gone a step further than most. Jews are responsible for the sinking of the Titanic, the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and the terrorist attacks in the US on 11 September 2001, according to a short film broadcast recently on REN TV.

The documentary is an updated version of an earlier version broadcast in 2012, in which it was alleged that a group of “300 Jews, Illuminati and Freemasons” was behind the sinking of the British ship 100 years ago in order to cause an international crisis and take over the world.

The more recent film switches from past to the present tense and extends the conspiracy to Chernobyl, the collapse of the USSR in 1991 and 9/11, stating that the “Arab terrorists were unjustly blamed for the attacks”.

Commentators said the documentary was an attempt to revive the popularity of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a 19th-century antisemitic forgery created by the Tsar’s secret service, the Okhrana, to whip up antisemitism in Russia.

REN TV is a private network with an potential audience of more than 100 million Russians.

In 2015, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science described the channel’s documentaries as “the most harmful pseudoscientific project (for spreading of myths, delusions and superstitions)” and criticised REN TV for spreading conspiracy theories and distrust of science.

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FBI uncovers 15,000 more emails in Clinton probe

August 23rd, 2016


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“Israeli” warplanes strike target in Syria’s Golan Heights

August 23rd, 2016


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No shame: After Palestinian takes Olympic gold for Jordan, Israelis claim his roots are ‘Israeli’

August 23rd, 2016

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CNN’s Kate Bolduan cries for Aleppo boy, as “Nurse Nayirah” cried for Kuwaiti babies in incubators [Video]

August 23rd, 2016


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If Trump is ‘Russia’s Candidate’, Does That Make Clinton the Saudis’ Pick?

August 22nd, 2016


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Israeli Police Now Crack Down on Palestinian Donkeys (!!?!)

August 22nd, 2016

PALESTINE CHRONICLE – Israel has enacted plans to confiscate donkeys belonging to Palestinian farmers in the West Bank. A group of Israeli activists has posted photos of Israeli police confiscating a donkey belonging to a Palestinian farmer in the Jordan River Valley on Thursday


US Occupation of Syria now official

August 22nd, 2016


FORT RUSS – the US’ announcement marks a turning point in this conflict. If before there had been any ambiguity about the US’ intentions in Syria – a plan to divide Syria which had been publicly elaborated in numerous pro-Atlanticist think tank publications such as those of the Brookings Institute or Council on Foreign Relations – then now the US has revealed its hand. This is a historic and dangerous development which only increases the chances of total war.



August 22nd, 2016


KATHEON – Under the Constitution, the Central Bank Of Russia [currently] belongs to a foreign State – the City of London – and is taking orders from London and Washington’s controlled IMF. CBR can only print money corresponding to its cash in foreign currency, that being the dollar, which is not sufficient for Russia’s purposes.  


GERMANY – Germans warned to stockpile food and water in case of attack

August 22nd, 2016


REUTERS – For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.


Up to 50 Airstrikes on Gaza in Worst Israeli Assault Since 2014

August 22nd, 2016

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“Boy in Aleppo” photographer is exposed as an ISIS sympathizer

August 22nd, 2016


THE DURAN – By now we have all seen the image that has gone viral and is sure to be used as a launch pad for a Hillary humanitarian war in Syria. Liberals and progressives heap praise for Raslan’s work in the field of combat, and his “evidence” of Assad’s brutality and Russia’s “aggression.” The calls are already sounding from the halls of Washington, and over the mass media airwaves, to provide more support to the “moderate rebels” in Syria. And this is exactly what the image was meant to do.


Israel re-arrests freed Palestinian prisoners in new policy

August 22nd, 2016


I-24 NEWS – Israeli authorities are exercising a new policy of extending the detention of Palestinian prisoners after their scheduled release date, according to accusations leveled by human rights and prisoner support groups. These groups say that Palestinians are either being rearrested and placed under administrative detention after their release, or are simply not released at all even after they have served their sentence, Haaretz reports.

In both circumstances, the groups claim, Palestinian prisoners are effectively being kept in prison without trial.

Prisoner support groups say that the case of Bilal Kayed illustrates the alleged new policy. Kayed, who was due to be released just over two months ago, was issued with a six-month administrative detention order on the last day of a 14-year sentence he had served in jail. He has been on hunger strike since, a period approaching the 70-day mark.

In response, the Israeli government claims that Kayed is still a threat to Israel, although will not provide specific details, saying that the evidence for his rearrest is classified.

Kayed has apparently been offered a deal by the Israeli authorities in which they will let him out of jail if he agrees to stay out of the West Bank for four years, according to his lawyers. Kayed, who comes from a village near Nablus in the northern West Bank, refused the offer, Haaretz reports.

Kayed is currently hospitalized at the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon and is chained to his bed, according toHaaretz. The hospital was recently the site of a protest against his ongoing detention that resulted in clashes between Israeli right-wingers and Palestinians, with several arrested from both groups.

A separate case cited by Haaretz is that of Iyad Alharimi, originally from Bethlehem, who finished serving a 14-year sentence and was also rearrested and placed under administrative detention.

Alharimi also began a hunger strike on July 13 and is currently in Ramle prison’s medical infirmary. Israel again cited classified evidence as the reason for his administrative detention.

In a third case, Sufian Abdu, a resident of Jabal Mukaber, completed a 14-year sentence after plotting to poison diners at a Jerusalem café. He, too, was rearrested days after being released, Haaretz reports. According to police, his rearrest was based on his alleged support for a terrorist group. 


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Daesh-Gate: The Scandal That Could End Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

August 22nd, 2016

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Yemen ready to open bases to Russia to fight terrorism: Ex-President Saleh

August 22nd, 2016


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‘I don’t give a sh*t about them’: Philippine president Duterte threatens to leave ‘stupid’ UN

August 22nd, 2016



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August 22nd, 2016

Israeli Propagandists Threaten Destruction of Europe as Punishment for Boycotting Israel

August 21st, 2016


A new video that was removed just days after being published (see the update at the end of this article to learn why) released by a pro-Israel public relations group has a startling message for Europeans: their continent is about to be obliterated by Islamic armies, and if they don’t stop the movement to boycott Israel, Jerusalem will permit the catastrophe to occur. The video was released yesterday on the Facebook social network by Hallelu, a little-known PR outfit dedicated to improving the international image of the State of Israel, and has already racked up over five thousand video views. Hallelu contracted the services of an Israeli public relations agency called 101 Videos.


Louisiana Flood Caused By Lutheran Church’s Rejection of Israel

August 21st, 2016

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BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS – After historic flooding devastated Louisiana this week, a Hebrew Roots radio station suggested that the statewide disaster could be understood as divine retribution for anti-Israel resolutions passed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) in New Orleans last weekend.

“I think you can connect the dots,” wrote a news editor for Hebrew Nation Radio in an article about the flooding. “There is a measure for measure principle here.”

The article then linked to reports on the recent resolutions condemning Israel which were approved by ELCA at a triennial assembly in New Orleans on Saturday.

The resolutions, which accused Israel of occupying Palestinian territories and committing human rights abuses against Palestinians, called for a number of anti-Israel measures, including a demand that the United States government halt all aid to the Jewish state if Israel continued building “settlements” in Judea and Samaria.

The Lutheran Church also demanded that the US recognize the “State of Palestine” and called for divestment from Israeli companies.

The measures were passed by an overwhelming majority of 751-162.

The ELCA churchwide assembly began last Monday and concluded on Saturday. On Thursday night, torrential rain began to pound Louisiana. By Friday, most of the state had received over a foot of rain, with some locations seeing over 30 inches, reported NBC News.

Thousands have had to flee their homes, with about 30,000 people needing to be rescued. The disastrous flooding constitutes “the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy” in 2012, said the American Red Cross.

So far, 13 people have been killed and 8,400 displaced, and 40,000 homes have been damaged by the torrents of water still streaming through Louisiana. On Sunday, President Barack Obama declared the flooding a major disaster, with 20 parishes included in the federal disaster zone. Relief efforts are estimated to cost up to $30 million.

As for the divine connection between the two events, for some, the correlation is clear.

“The storm and deluge came out of nowhere without any warning,” pointed out the Hebrew Nation Radio article. “Folks are calling it ‘an act of God’. I wonder what got Him stirred up? Connect those dots!”

It would not be the first time a connection has been made between events affecting Israel and natural disasters in the US. Parallels have also been drawn between the American-backed withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast eight days after Israel began dismantling Jewish communities in Gaza.


Is It Time to Reestablish the Davidic Kingdom in Israel?

August 21st, 2016

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BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS – It might come as a shock to many to learn that hundreds of descendants of King David are alive today, with verifiable family trees dating back 90 generations, and that the royal Davidic dynasty could potentially be established today in Israel.

Though some may be skeptical of the genealogical proof, many secular researchers of genealogy have studied the line of David. The research is facilitated by the fact that a number of European monarchs throughout history have gone to great lengths to prove family ties to the Davidic Dynasty, and a solid ancestry has been established.

Within the Jewish community, genealogical studies have shown several families that can claim descent ben akhar ben (father to son) in a direct line, most notably the Dayan, Shealtiel and Charlap/Don Yechia families. Most of these families come from Aleppo, Syria.

Susan Roth founded the Davidic Dynasty organization in 2000 to gather and reunite Davidic descendants in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Roth has a personal interest as well, tracing her lineage back to King David through Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, the preeminent 11th century French Torah scholar known by the acronym Rashi.

Her registry currently lists approximately 150 descendants who have verifiable descent to King David. However, efforts to introduce this reality into mainstream Judaism have met with surprising resistance.

When she first compiled her list, Roth contacted Israel’s Chief Rabbinate to inform them of her registry but, surprisingly, they expressed no interest.

“They were shocked, but they never followed up. My interest was simply to do God’s will, but they understood it as a political agenda. They don’t want King David’s dynasty and they don’t want Moshiach (Messiah),” Roth told Breaking Israel News.

“Even though it is clear Moshiach is here. He is just hiding,” she added.

One of her discoveries was Mitchell Dayan. In 1983, Dayan was mourning for his brother. Amazed at the number of visitors who claimed to be from his family, he began to research his genealogy. Dayan’s research led him to a book called Yashir Moshe, a commentary on Song of Songs written in 1864 by Rabbi Moshe Dayan. In the prologue to the book, the rabbi lists his genealogy, leading back to King David. In this list, Mitchell found the name of his great grandfather from Aleppo.

Another genealogic list was found in the Cairo geniza, a storehouse of over 300,000 Jewish documents discovered in the late 1800’s. The two lists were almost identical, despite the Cairo list being compiled hundreds of years earlier. Through these sources, Mitchell Dayan was able to verify his lineage back 87 generations to King David.

“The actual descendants may not know it but there are descendants of King David alive today,” Dayan told Breaking Israel News. “This was prophesied in the Bible but it is also fact. Politics are irrelevant. It is going to happen, one day or another.”

In 2005, another Dayan, Rabbi Yosef Dayan, was recognized by the nascent Sanhedrin as a direct descendant of King David and, as such, a candidate to re-establish the Davidic Dynasty. Similar to Mitchell Dayan, his discovery came as a result of a death in the family.

Soon after he immigrated to Israel in 1968, Rabbi Dayan buried his grandfather in Jerusalem. He was surprised to see inscribed on the headstone the words “M’Bet David” (from the house of David). Rabbi Dayan discovered that this inscription was a family custom dating back to their origins in Aleppo.

Several years later, Rabbi Dayan received an antique document from a cousin which lists his genealogy, showing him to be the 89th generation from King David. This document was verified by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, the former Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel.

“This concept of family tradition is not surprising,” Rabbi Dayan told Breaking Israel News. “The Kohanim (priests) have a family tradition that they are descended from Aaron the Priest, well before King David, and this tradition is totally accepted by the rabbis. This tradition has been proven accurate by DNA testing.”

Rabbi Dayan is disappointed by the lack of acceptance by rabbinic authorities and mainstream Judaism.

“Just as the Kohanic tradition is accepted, the same should be true for the descendants of King David, but even more so,” Rabbi Dayan said. “We have written family trees, and our tradition is engraved on gravestones for the offspring to take note of their ancestry.”

Breaking Israel News asked Rabbi Dayan why he thought there exists so much resistance to acknowledging the Davidic Dynasty.

On why there exists so much resistance to acknowledging the Davidic dynasty, Rabbi Dayan explained, “There is a basic error in understanding the Kingdom of David.

“The Moshiach is already here. Moshiach in Hebrew means ‘anointed’. It is not a miracle. The family of David exists and is waiting for Israel to choose one and anoint him.

“By claiming incorrectly that there are no living descendants of King David, the Moshiach becomes dependent upon a miracle from heaven, thereby absolving the rabbis from any responsibility for taking action to bringing the Messiah.”

Temple Institute Opens School for Levite Priests in Preparation for Third Temple

August 21st, 2016


BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS – The Temple Institute has brought the Third Temple one step closer by establishing a school for Jewish priests (kohanim) to learn how to perform the Temple Service. A group of students, certified as being from the priestly caste, stands ready to learn all of the details of this complicated task, which may become relevant sooner than anyone thinks.

Four months ago, the Temple Institute established a registry of Kohanim, a list of men who have a clear patriarchal heritage from the priestly class. The Kohanim must fit certain criteria, in addition to having priestly heritage: they must have been born and raised in Israel, and have observed the laws of purity incumbent upon priests.

This excludes anyone who has come into proximity with the dead, so priests who were born in hospitals, have visited hospitals, or have entered cemeteries are not eligible.

The Temple Institute was founded in 1987 to fulfill the mission of bringing about the Third Temple. In addition to educating and raising awareness, the Institute made amazing practical progress in this daunting task.

It has recreated over 70 vessels that are ready to be used in the Temple, is breeding the Red Heifer in order to purify the Nation of Israel, and has produced the special garb the Bible requires the Kohanim to wear while performing the Temple service.

The Institute has also reconstructed the High Priest’s breastplate featuring the twelve precious stones of the tribes of Israel, the half-ton golden menorah that will stand inside the Temple, and the musical instruments of the Levitical choir. In addition, it has made significant advances in preparing the architectural plans for the building of the Temple.

In order to further their goal, the Temple Institute established The Nezer HaKodesh Institute for Kohanic Studies to instruct Jews from the priestly caste in the Temple service. This comes after four years of extensive pilot programs. In the new program, students will learn the halacha (Torah law) relevant to the Temple service.

The Temple Institute’s courses of study include: The Role and Application of Modern Technology in the Third Temple; The Mathematics of the Holy Temple; The Temple Service: Theory and Practice; Holy Temple Administration; The Sacred Temple Vessels: Aspects of Engineering and Design; and The Topography of the Temple Mount and the Structure of Ezekiel’s Temple.

“We are extremely excited to announce this new step towards the restoration of the Holy Temple service,” Rabbi Chaim Richman, international director of the Temple Institute, said in statement announcing the new Kohanic institute.

“We call first and foremost upon Kohanim worldwide to support this special project, which signifies a return to their birth right.”

The second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE and the Temple Mount has been under Jordanian supervision since Israel conquered it in 1967. Administered by the Waqf, a Jordanian Muslim authority, non-Muslims are forbidden from praying at the site, and Jewish visitation is severely limited.

Discussing plans to build a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount is considered by some to be incitement to Muslim violence. The Temple Institute is advancing the 2,000 year old dream of a Temple in Jerusalem in a way that does not disturb Muslim observance on the Temple Mount.

The first job for the Kohanim proposed by the Institute will be to initiate the Red Heifer service, which is performed outside the Temple Mount.

Israel’s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau and several other Israeli politicians have suggested allowing multi-faith prayer at the site that would not involve removing or renovating the Muslim structures.


The Destruction of I.S.I.S is a Strategic Mistake

August 21st, 2016


“Stability is not a value in and of itself. It is desirable only if it serves our interests. The defeat of ISIS would encourage Iranian hegemony in the region, buttress Russia’s role, and prolong Assad’s tyranny.”


BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS – US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently gathered defense ministers from allied nations to plan what officials hope will be the decisive stage in the campaign to eradicate the Islamic State (I.S.I.S) organization. This is a strategic mistake.

I.S.I.S, a radical Islamist group, has killed thousands of people since it declared an Islamic caliphate in June 2014, with the Syrian city of Raqqa as its de facto capital. It captured tremendous international attention by swiftly conquering large swaths of land and by releasing gruesome pictures of beheadings and other means of execution.

But I.S.I.S is primarily successful where there is a political void. Although the offensives in Syria and Iraq showed IS’s tactical capabilities, they were directed against failed states with weakened militaries. On occasions when the poorly trained I.S.I.S troops have met well-organized opposition, even that of non-state entities like the Kurdish militias, the group’s performance has been less convincing. When greater military pressure was applied and Turkish support dwindled, I.S.I.S went into retreat.

It is true that I.S.I.S has ignited immense passion among many young and frustrated Muslims all over the world, and the caliphate idea holds great appeal among believers. But the relevant question is what can I.S.I.S do, particularly in its current situation? The terrorist activities for which it recently took responsibility were perpetrated mostly by lone wolves who declared their allegiance to I.S.I.S; they were not directed from Raqqa. On its own, I.S.I.S is capable of only limited damage

A weak I.S.I.S is, counterintuitively, preferable to a destroyed I.S.I.S.

I.S.I.S is a magnet for radicalized Muslims in countries throughout the world. These volunteers are easier targets to identify, saving intelligence work. They acquire destructive skills in the fields of Syria and Iraq that are of undoubted concern if they return home, but some of them acquire shaheed status while still away – a blessing for their home countries. If I.S.I.S is fully defeated, more of these people are likely to come home and cause trouble.

If I.S.I.S loses control over its territory, the energies that went into protecting and governing a state will be directed toward organizing more terrorist attacks beyond its borders. The collapse of I.S.I.S will produce a terrorist diaspora that might further radicalize Muslim immigrants in the West. Most counter-terrorism agencies understand this danger. Prolonging the life of I.S.I.S probably assures the deaths of more Muslim extremists at the hands of other bad guys in the Middle East, and is likely to spare the West several terrorist attacks.

Moreover, a weak and lingering I.S.I.S could undermine the attraction of the caliphate idea. A dysfunctional and embattled political entity is more conducive to the disillusionment of Muslim adherents of a caliphate in our times than an IS destroyed by a mighty America-led coalition. The latter scenario perfectly fits the narrative of continuous and perfidious efforts on the part of the West to destroy Islam, which feeds radical Muslim hatred for everything the West stands for.

The continuing existence of I.S.I.S serves a strategic purpose. Why help the brutal Assad regime win the Syrian civil war? Many radical Islamists in the opposition forces, i.e., Al Nusra and its offshoots, might find other arenas in which to operate closer to Paris and Berlin. Is it in the West’s interests to strengthen the Russian grip on Syria and bolster its influence in the Middle East? Is enhancing Iranian control of Iraq congruent with American objectives in that country? Only the strategic folly that currently prevails in Washington can consider it a positive to enhance the power of the Moscow-Tehran-Damascus axis by cooperating with Russia against I.S.I.S

Furthermore, Hizballah – a radical Shiite anti-Western organization subservient to Iran – is being seriously taxed by the fight against ISIS, a state of affairs that suits Western interests. A Hizballah no longer involved in the Syrian civil war might engage once again in the taking of western hostages and other terrorist acts in Europe.

The Western distaste for ISIS brutality and immorality should not obfuscate strategic clarity. ISIS are truly bad guys, but few of their opponents are much better. Allowing bad guys to kill bad guys sounds very cynical, but it is useful and even moral to do so if it keeps the bad guys busy and less able to harm the good guys. The Hobbesian reality of the Middle East does not always present a neat moral choice.

The West yearns for stability, and holds out a naive hope that the military defeat of ISIS will be instrumental in reaching that goal. But stability is not a value in and of itself. It is desirable only if it serves our interests. The defeat of ISIS would encourage Iranian hegemony in the region, buttress Russia’s role, and prolong Assad’s tyranny. Tehran, Moscow, and Damascus do not share our democratic values and have little inclination to help America and the West.

Moreover, instability and crises sometimes contain portents of positive change. Unfortunately, the Obama administration fails to see that its main enemy is Iran. The Obama administration has inflated the threat from ISIS in order to legitimize Iran as a “responsible” actor that will, supposedly, fight ISIS in the Middle East. This was part of the Obama administration’s rationale for its nuclear deal with Iran and central to its “legacy,” which is likely to be ill-remembered.

The American administration does not appear capable of recognizing the fact that ISIS can be a useful tool in undermining Tehran’s ambitious plan for domination of the Middle East

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A Fool’s Hope

August 21st, 2016
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UK – Festival in Scotland Celebrating Culture of Jewish State ‘Triumphs’ Over Disruption by Anti-Israel Protesters

August 21st, 2016


THE ALGEMEINER – A festival in Scotland on Wednesday celebrating Israeli culture was a “triumph,” one of the event organizers told The Algemeiner, despite the presence of a vocal crowd of anti-Israel demonstrators outside the venue.

Nigel Goodrich, founder of the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland (COFIS), told The Algemeiner on Thursday that around 150 such protesters — waving Palestinian flags, chanting anti-Israel slogans through megaphones and playing the sounds of exploding bombs through a PA system — tried to disrupt the International Shalom Festival, whose aim was “to promote diversity; the culture of Israel, which is an ancient yet modern country; and to spread a message that co-existence is the best method for achieving peace.”

Goodrich said he was not surprised by the protest. “We totally expected a demonstration — a loud, aggressive presence — and that’s exactly what we got,” he said. “Israeli acts have appeared in the past [at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival], and two years ago, one was hounded out of the venue by protesters who ran amok during the performance. What we wanted to do was bring Israeli art and culture back to the Fringe, to give people an opportunity to enjoy it.”

Around 800 people turned out for Wednesday’s event, which featured a number of different Israeli artistic and cultural acts. The day’s program was carried on as planned, said Goodrich, despite the protest outside.

Nevertheless, he said, “Some of our visitors, particularly mothers with children, were very upset. One eight-year-old girl had to be rushed to the toilet in tears, because she didn’t like being called a racist, and didn’t like being told that her ticket was purchased with Palestinian blood.”

However, he added, “The police were superb; their bottom line was that our event was going to go ahead and no one would be impeded from entering the venue, unlike two years ago.”

Goodrich expressed deep satisfaction with how the day transpired. “It was a triumph because, A, it went ahead; B, it was packed; and C, everybody had such a good time,” he said. “It was like being in Tel Aviv. It was great. I’m delighted. This was a triumph for culture and artistic freedom.”

The International Shalom Festival, held as part of the month-long Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was organized by COFIS and the UK branch of the Israel-advocacy organization StandWithUs.

German town cancels Palestinian children’s drawings exhibit for ‘highly political content

August 21st, 2016

RT – Entitled “Experiences, Fears and Dreams – Children in Palestine,” the event was supposed to host drawings from two rehabilitation centers in Gaza and Ramallah. Some of the pieces showed explosions, burning cities and soldiers with assault rifles.


The Palestine-Israel language trap

August 21st, 2016


Sabba – Words have power, words are power. All wars are first wars of words, propaganda because whoever controls the logos controls the minds of people and whoever controls the minds of people has already won the war. There is something of ‘black magic’ about words and this is why naming the letters that form a name is called SPELL-ING


Last Saturday I attended a one-day conference on Israeli Settler-colonialism in Palestine organised by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) in Edinburgh. It was a moving and gripping day. All the speakers at the conference acknowledged, each in his own way, that speaking about settler-colonialism in Palestine-Israel clarifies and simplifies the narrative about what is really going on there.

One of the more moving speakers at the conference, Mahmoud Zawahra focused on the idea of resistance and spoke about the many ways that resistance expresses itself in everyday life in Palestine. At the end of his talk Zawahra called on us to support non-violent Palestinian resistance in a variety of ways. Resistance is vital to our survival when someone not only tries to destroy us physically, but attempts to erase us from history and from collective memory by annihilating our very spirit, culture, memory of, and narrative about what we are experiencing.

I came away from the conference with a strong sense of clarity and urgency. I realised that alongside our efforts to liberate the Palestinians from Israeli settler-colonialism through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and other means, we must also liberate our language. In fact, liberating our language might be the key to achieving liberation on the ground. In order to mobilise opposition to Israel and put our collective foot down once and for all, we need to get rid of euphemisms and false language and call what Israel does by its real name, ‘settler-colonialism’.

In my writings and talks I have been avoiding the words, ‘occupation’, ‘conflict’ and ‘peace’. These words in the context of Palestine-Israel have long felt false and misleading. Israelis who are more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause use these words extensively, and even mainstream Zionist Israelis live with them reasonably comfortably. Outside Israel the vast majority of analysts and commentators use these words frequently. They are ever-present in titles and contents of articles of even progressive thinkers, and in the verbal narratives used in mass media reports.

‘Occupation’, ‘conflict’ and ‘peace’ are paralysing words that usher us away from the ‘scene of the crime’, and send us on a wild goose chase after ‘peace talks’ — yet another fictitious and fraudulent phrase in the reality of Palestine-Israel. When we use our language to define problems incorrectly, we then apply irrelevant or wrong solutions.

These three words are convenient and safe — indeed an effective tool in Israel’s psychological and propaganda wars. On the propaganda front, they help to obscure reality by trying to tell us that we are dealing with a ‘simple’ case of occupation, and a conflict between two equal groups, and conflicts end when there is peace. The word ‘occupation’ also falsely suggests that the problem in Palestine-Israel dates back only to 1967. As Ilan Pappé reminded us on Saturday, occupations end and conflicts can be resolved through discussions and negotiations. That’s what the less informed observer would expect when he or she hears these words. Things might be bad just now and it might take a while, but because it is an ‘occupation’ and a ‘conflict’, there is always hope for a ‘peaceful’ resolution. Allowing people to believe that it is only a matter of time is an important and effective stalling tactic for Israel while it seeks to complete its settler-colonial project.

On the psychological front these words serve to confuse the general public both inside and outside Israel and paralyse effective activism. Many good people with a social conscience and with empathy have told me over the years that they avoid expressing their feelings and opinions about Palestine-Israel because they don’t feel they understand the issues well enough. ‘It seems so complicated’ is such a common sentiment. Our political leaders, on all sides of politics in the most influential countries in the West are either intellectually lazy, dishonest or cowardly. But this language helps them enforce this paralysis and their lack of willingness to do the right thing and support the indigenous people of Palestine as they are gradually squeezed out by Israel. If we call a crime a crime, we can act against it. But while we say it is something else, we don’t have to act, or we act in an irrelevant way.

Many people already know that language is political. That’s not a new idea. Language isn’t just an innocent and neutral tool for us to communicate with one another. How we talk about issues, the language we use, doesn’t just *express* how we perceive reality, it can and often does *determine* our perception of reality. Language provides the parameters for discussion, and marks the boundary between the sayable and unsayable. Language provides a distinct identity to groups and to ideas, and distinguishes them from other groups and ideas. As our understanding of issues deepens, so does our language, and as our courage (or frustration) grows, we salvage the unsayable and make it sayable. We can dissolve groups with a change of language, and we can cross over from one group to another as we change our language. Listening to language and terminology warns us about the ‘wrong’ people, and lets us know who we should listen to and who we shouldn’t, that is if we don’t want to find ourselves in the fringes of our groups or completely out in the cold. There are plenty of examples of all of these in the way we talk about Palestine-Israel.

Settler-colonialist projects not only take over land and remove the existing inhabitants. If they want to overcome their victims, take what was theirs and get away with the crime, they must also control the language used to talk about what’s happening. Indigenous people’s voices and narratives have traditionally been weaker and less present than those of the settler-colonists groups. (Why this might so is the subject for another article and is probably already the topic of writings about colonialism and settler-colonialism.) If that was not the case, the indigenous people would be more successful in driving the settler-colonialists out and taking back what is theirs. There is a good reason why we say that history is written by the victors. But it’s not just history in hindsight, it’s also the moment-to-moment narrative that is dictated by those who colonise and settle and who are the more powerful side in a story like this.

In terms of language and narrative, Israel has created two effective traps for us. One is the ‘antisemitism trap’ and the other is the ‘specialness trap’. It is almost impossible to speak about Palestine-Israel without worrying about, or at least mentioning antisemitism. Israel successfully tied antisemitism both to supporting the Palestinians and to criticising Israel. Not only are we told that criticising Israel is antisemitism, but anyone who supports the Palestinians has to worry that they might be an antisemite. I have encountered this more times than I can think over the years. People genuinely worry about it, and it stops them from speaking out or expressing their feelings openly. Worrying about antisemitism, discussing it ad nauseam, successfully distracts us and paralyses the struggle for a change on policy on Israel, and delays any decisive action on behalf of the Palestinians.

The ‘specialness trap’ is even more insidious. Jewish Israeli group psychology is very similar to the psychology of a cult. One of the hallmarks of cults is their feeling that they are special and that everything about them, who they are, what they believe, what they do, even their destiny, are special. Moreover, because of this specialness they cannot be judged or evaluated by the same rules that apply to everyone else. They are effectively outside the laws of general society. (Yes, cults fit well under the definition of a Narcissistic Personality Disorder). The state of Israel would like to trick us to think that what it is doing Palestine cannot be judged in the same way and under the same rules as other similar projects. The specialness trap here is designed to continue to make us believe that the Jewish people and the Jewish state are special and that the Palestinians are also special. We are expected to think that the Jews who settled and colonised Palestine are not like any other settler-coloniser in history and the victims, the Palestinians, are not like any other victims in history. Israel has worked hard to make us believe that the Palestinians are ‘bad’ people who deserve what they are getting, or even that they are not a people at all. The dehumanisation of the Palestinians has a long history dating right back to the 19th century.

Insisting on applying the correct label to what Zionism is doing in Palestine namely, ‘settler-colonialism’, frees our language from both traps. It liberates us from confusion about what’s really going on, and from giving Israel a special dispensation. The occupation is real alright, but it isn’t the real problem. It is only a tool in the bigger project of Jewish settler-colonialism in Palestine. The so-called conflict is a result of the resistance of yet another indigenous people to yet another settler-colonialist group. There is nothing special about the perpetrator and nothing special about the victim. To talk about settler-colonialism is to talk about a crime against humanity by humanity. This is not so complicated.

We have to go back to the same line of thinking that made Hannah Arendt so unpopular in Israel. Covering the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, she sought to learn universal lessons from the holocaust, rather than see it as a special case. She wanted to understand what can lead ordinary people like Eichmann to collude and facilitate such evil against their fellow humans. She recognised that this happens all the time in human experience. She talked about the banality of evil, and called for the development of a more robust framework of international law to cover crimes against humanity.

But Israel hates the idea that the holocaust is just another genocide, another crime against humanity committed by humanity. It has always refused to allow its own people and the outside world to learn a universal lesson from it. Jewish people have been taught to see the holocaust as a unique event in human history, and themselves as the greatest victims in human history. As the historian Benny Morris said in an interview with Ari Shavit in Ha’aretz in 2004, “We are the greater victims in the course of history and we are also the greater potential victim. Even though we are oppressing the Palestinians, we are the weaker side here.” Jewish Israelis and many Jews around the world have been conditioned to believe that anything that happens to anyone else pales by comparison to what has happened to the Jews. This too is convenient, because it means that whatever is inflicted on the Palestinians, however much they suffer even at the hands of Israel, cannot be as bad as what happened to us. I myself used to believe this in my past, and it was a feature of my very identity.

The Palestinians do not have a specialness complex. For them it is a given that the crime against them is a terrible injustice against human beings committed by other human beings, regardless of who they are. Many Palestinians I speak to often ask me with genuine puzzlement why this is happening to them. Most Palestinians are stumped by the world’s lack of action on their behalf and by the universal support for Israel in the face of such overwhelming evidence of the nature of the crime against them.

If we really want to help the Palestinians, we must examine our language, and we must not compromise. We can protest all we like, but if we continue to use words like ‘occupation’, ‘conflict’ and ‘peace’ we simply play within the rules and the traps that Israel has created for us. To resist a paradigm we can’t operate from within it, or we risk being impotent and ineffective.

In science when a theory does not fit empirical reality, the theory has to change or go. It’s bad and fraudulent science to ‘fudge’ or ignore evidence just to keep a theory we like, or that serves us somehow. The empirical evidence on the ground does not fit an ‘occupation’ or a ‘conflict’ theory, but it does fit settler-colonialism perfectly and it’s there for everyone to see.

Israel is a product of an ongoing settler-colonial project that started back in the late 19th century with the creation of the Zionist movement. In fact Zionism is settler-colonialism, and anyone who supports Zionism supports settler-colonialism. To be effective activists for ending Israeli settler-colonialism, we must be good scientists and make sure that the language we use, our theory, fits with the evidence. As long as we are bad scientists, we actively enable a crime against humanity to continue to march uninterrupted and with impunity to its terrible conclusion. This is unforgiveable.


Is Christian Zionism Is Vanishing in the American Church

August 21st, 2016

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CHARISMA NEWS – Evangelical Christians in the United States have loved and supported the State of Israel because they believe the Bible, take its prophecies literally, and see the modern State of Israel as a first flowering of God’s prophetic promises to the Jewish people.

They have shown their love for Israel by placing political pressure on U.S. foreign policy and by standing up for Israel in the court of world opinion. Evangelical Christians have marched under the slogan, “We stand with Israel.” It’s a well-known phenomenon called Christian Zionism.


Reopening the Debate Over Arab Jews

August 20th, 2016

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HAARETZ – Is ‘Arab Jew’ a fabricated identity?

Two wonderful things happened as a result of the furor over Army Radio’s broadcast in July of a program on Mahmoud Darwish. First, Israeli interest in the works of the late Palestinian poet has grown. Second, a fierce debate over the social identity category “Arab Jew” has erupted in the Israeli media and social networks.

To summarize: On Nadav Bornstein’s late-night show on Israel Channel 2 television, “Hai ba’Layla,” comedian Yossi Tzabari delivered a monologue in which he described himself as an Arab Jew. Social activist Ofir Tubul responded by challenging the validity of the category, suggesting “local Jew” instead. “We are not Arabs,” Tubul argued, since we don’t speak Arabic, we don’t experience our lives as Arabs and Arabs don’t regard us as Arabs. According to Tubul, it’s enough for us to remember that we’re Jews, without any no artificial additions, in order for us to understand that we belong to this land, that we are “locals.”

Tzabari, on the other hand, argued that when Jews from Arab countries immigrated to Israel they were “stripped” of their Arab identity. The issue of whether or not his parents, who immigrated to Israel from Yemen, saw themselves as Arabs is irrelevant, he said, since that generation engaged less with identity issues. To Tzabari, an Arab is someone who was born in an Arab country and who speaks Arabic. The fact that Tzabari doesn’t speak it himself derives from the fact that he was subjected to “the Israeli identity press” that sought to “defend” itself against “Arabness.” It did not change the fact of his Arab identity.

The term “Arab Jew” was coined only in the 1990s, according to Tubul, by “intellectuals from the Israeli Mizrahi left” trying to deliver a provocative message about the erstwhile close cultural ties between Jews and Arabs in their countries of origin. Intellectuals from the Mizrahi left did and do use this identity category, but they did not coin it in the 1990s, or even in the ‘70s.

The term has a long history and it has been written about at length by scholars from different fields (such as Moshe Behar, Lital Levy, Yehouda Shenhav and Ella Shohat). In response to the debate between Tzabari and Tubul, the poet and author Almog Behar published a piece (in Hebrew) on Haokets, a blog site that calls itself a “critical platform on socioeconomic, political, media, cultural and other issues in Israel and beyond.” Behar writes, for example, that before Islam, Arabs were the inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula and, as attested in the Gemera and in Arab sources, there were certainly Arab Jews. In later periods, too, there were Jewish intellectuals — in medieval Spain and during the Arab enlightenment, from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century — who saw themselves as Arab Jews.

“Arab Jew” just might be the most annoying or infuriating word pair in Israeli public discourse. Say it and you’ve marked yourself as a secular leftist, a traitorous toady, a deceitful dreamer and, worst of all, an anti-Zionist. And now, dozens of historians, semi-sociologists and “authentic” cultural informants of the “we lived alongside the Arabs” type are roped in to remind you: “Hey, there never was such an identity, it’s an invention!”

Leftist readers would do well now to pour themselves a glass of water, sit down and buckle up.

It’s true. “Arab Jew” is a fabrication. It’s inaccurate to argue that there never was such a category but one must admit that most Jews who lived in Arab countries never regarded themselves as Arabs. The few who did came mainly from the Mashreq, the Arab east, not the Maghreb, North Africa. Even they enjoyed only a brief grace period as Arab Jews before they were forced to decide, to swear allegiance to one nation, one state. And even then, although many of them lived an Arab existence, Arab Jew was an invented identity.

So, what’s the big deal? What identity isn’t an invented category? What identity is “natural”? Even a person’s sexual orientation become a fabricated category once they define identity. Homosexuality as sexual practice is one thing and homosexuality as identity is something else entirely. The same for heterosexuality.
In other words, identity is always an imaginary category, a fabrication that has been “naturalized,” its imaginary origins blurred so that it eventually seems “natural,” an identity one is born into.

Even Judaism, as ancient as it is, did not always exist. There was a particular point at which it appeared, and a historical point at which it already existed. And like every other identity, Judaism has never been static. It disintegrated and was reassembled, constantly changing and crystallizing. The Judaism of today is unlike the Judaism of the pre-Talmudic or of the pre-Mishnaic era, and that of the First and Second Temple periods. That’s a good thing, since like any other identity, Jewish identity presumably would have withered and died had it remained fixed.

This is also true of Arab identity. It began as an ethnic identity of inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula, became a cultural-linguistic identity of all speakers of Arabic and eventually turned into a pan-Arab political and national identity. Jews, incidentally, were not easily accepted into this club, despite its secular character.

Like loyalty to a single God, like fidelity to a single partner, nationalism demands from us loyalty to a single nation and a single state. But as it turns out, most of us are quite disloyal. Our identity is more complex than the narrow, meager, monolithic nature of the national idea. Human beings are much more complex than any single idea that they hold. Culture and language have great power over our spirits, often much more than any ideology.

I often find myself returning to the writings of the Egyptian-Jewish author and essayist Jacqueline Kahanoff (also spelled Kahanof or Kahanov) and the Levantine option that she proposed. Kahanoff was born in Cairo in 1917. Her father had emigrated from Iraq as a child, while her mother’s family was from Tunisia. She was raised Jewish in an Arab Muslim country, where she studied in a French school and had an Italian nanny who was followed by an English nanny. Each of the cultures and languages to which she was exposed remained with her to some extent.

The option that she suggested was multiplicity: of cultures, of languages, of influences and possibly even of identities. But this multiplicity has a cost: the cost of dual loyalties, as Israeli author Ronit Matalon, who has written at length about Kahanoff, has described. Or the cost of the constant movement between subjective positions, as described by Dolly Benhabib in her article “Skirts Are Shorter Now: Comments on Levantine Female Identity in the Writings of Jacqueline Kahanov.” The Levantine world, wrote Matalon, is a world that is constantly reborn and reshaped. It is shaped according to the situation, according to the person you are facing and according to the hegemonic forces at play.

Kahanoff’s political and social positions are much more complex than the intolerable arbitrariness of an unambiguous choice of an all-embracing ideology, a choice made in an uncompromising manner, oblivious to reality. These should not be dismissed in order to become apolitical. On the contrary, one should rise above such considerations and reexamine and reformulate one’s political positions, instead of abandoning everything to some overarching ideology.

Like all identity categories, Arab Jew — like Mizrahi Jew or local or even Ashkenzi, to the dismay of some people, contains some political ideas. It wasn’t difficult to distinguish between the political leanings of Tzabari and Tubul. Their discussion of identity was based on clear political stances, whether in regard to Palestinians and the Arab world, or with regard to Israel’s place in the region.

Thus, just like a political position, identity is also something a person shapes for himself, creating and imagining and reinventing. I’m not lying when I move from one position to another. It’s the constant motion between subjective positions, natural in my opinion, that defines the Levantine existence.

Tubul and his supporters criticize Tzabari and others who propose an Arab-Jewish identity for their submission to an Ashkenazi dictate. They argue that this is only an identity of defiance, a response to the political right. This seems strange to me, since being a Mizrahi Jew also means adopting an Ashkenazi viewpoint, yet it’s an important category regardless. All nationalist definitions in this region are a reaction to a Western colonialist dictate, but they are such significant factors that we deem them natural. If an Ashkenazi perspective so troubles locals, there is nothing like an Arab-Jewish identity that will stand up to this and to the great fear invoked by such an identity, as expressed for example in the words of Ben-Gurion who said, upon the arrival of immigrants from Arab countries: “We don’t want Israelis to become Arabs. We must fight the spirit of the Levant, which corrupts individuals and societies, and preserve authentic Jewish values which were formed in the diaspora” or in the words of Abba Eban, who said that “our goal should be to instill Western values in them and not let them drag us into an unnatural Oriental existence.” (Both quotes are from Ella Shohat’s “Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices,” Duke University Press, 2006).
An Arab-Jewish identity displeases Israel’s right wing, identified as Mizrahi, but it certainly doesn’t please the left, which is considered Ashkenazi. There are opponents on both sides of the spectrum, wanting, in the name of history, to silence, mock or dismiss it. But this identity persists, as it has done throughout history. It remains marginal, not part of the mainstream discourse. Zionism too was not the dominant approach among Jewish communities around the world.

The category of Arab-Jew is not based only on contrariness. Like every other identity, it does contain such an element. What identity is not build on this? You worship many gods, so we’ll worship one; you sanctify wine and see it as the blood of Jesus so we’ll forbid drinking alcohol; that’s how it always begins. Then, further content is added, less contrary, something which is “ours.”

The Mizrahi intellectuals who identify as Arab Jews don’t pose their position only in opposition to the right. They impart content into this identity on a daily basis. They research, learn and teach, filling gaps which were formed by their sundering from the Arab world. In the nonacademic sphere this is performed by singer Ziv Yehezkel, as was previously done by other singers over the years. All of these not only impart Arabness and the Arabic language into the Israeli and Jewish world, but they also impart Jewish and Israeli content into Arabness. In effect, they are the ones who are realizing Jewishness not only in its Arab aspects but mainly in its local and regional character. It’s no wonder that since the 1990s the discourse regarding Arab Jews has changed in the Arab world as well.

Yes, there are people who exploit this. Many in the Arab world say that Jews who lived among them had equal rights and were considered to be local Arabs who were never persecuted. This is not so. The Jewish-Tunisian intellectual Albert Memmi said it well: “Jewish Arabs—that’s what we would have liked to be, and if we have given up the idea, it is because for centuries the Moslem Arabs have scornfully, cruelly, and systematically prevented us from carrying it out.” However, one cannot ignore the fact that in the Arab world there is increasingly talk of how Jews were once part of that world. This is reflected in TV shows, lectures, media reports, documentaries and other programs that were unimaginable 20 years ago.

It’s okay, then, if we feel ourselves to be locals, sometimes Mizrahi and sometimes Israeli, at other times more Jewish. It’s okay if some of us feel identify as Arab Jews, without anyone mocking or dismissing this identity. There is room for all of these. Not in the name of postmodernism but in the name of simple and basic humanity. As the Egyptian-Jewish lawyer Shehata Haroun, a Levant-oriented contemporary of Kahanoff, put it: “Every human being has more than one identity. I’m a human being. I’m Egyptian when Egyptians are oppressed, black when blacks are oppressed and Jewish when Jews are oppressed.”

Rita Katz Calls For Jewhadists Around The World To Unite Against Saudi And The US

August 20th, 2016


RT – In a new recording released on Wednesday by the Al-Qaeda-linked As-Sahab media outlet, the heir of Osama bin Laden urged Saudi youth to join the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to “gain the necessary experience” in waging “intifada” to free the country from the Al-Saud family, SITE Intelligence Group reported Wednesday.


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Non-Muslims flock to buy burkinis as French bans raise profile of the modest swimwear style

August 20th, 2016
Nigella Lawson in her burkini on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Nigella Lawson in her burkini on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Matrixpictures.co.uk


Sabba – A few years ago, TV celebrity cook, jewess Nigella Lawson made the headlines when she wore a ‘burkini’ while holidaying in Australia. The UK media were extremely soft and understanding and found tons of good reasons to explain and justify her choice to cover from head to toes, one of them being that covering up is the best protection against skin cancer (just look at the Tuareg people and see how they fight negative effects of sun exposure). Here is what the Guardian had to say:

“On a beach, a woman is expected to expose her body, and it’s that refusal which has captured attention. Lawson is defying our social conventions to protect herself – her privacy and her skin. And there is a sneaking understanding, even admiration, in many quarters for her gesture. Evident among all the women commenting is a weary recognition of the ordeal of swimwear – the hair removal and fake tans required to meet even minimal standards. And there’s an appreciation of how this falls punitively on famous women, whose bodies abroad are scrutinised for extra bulges, cellulite and sag; if anyone is in any doubt as to what Lawson shrewdly dodged, look at some of the harsh judgments on her bikini-clad companion. Few women can fail to understand Lawson’s urge to wrap up.”


The Aleppo Poster Child

August 20th, 2016


Sabba – Some children are indeed more equal than others.