Archive for January 6th, 2009

Reuters Exclusive-Gaza Headmaster was Islamic Jihad “Rocket-Maker”

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Al-Reuters (as I call them sometimes because of their notorious bias toward Israel) surprised me by publishing an article that was actually critical of the Pali’s.

RAFAH, Gaza Strip, May 5 (Reuters) – By day, Awad al-Qiq was a respected science teacher and headmaster at a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip. By night, Palestinian militants say, he built rockets for Islamic Jihad.

The Israeli air strike that killed the 33-year-old last week also laid bare his apparent double life and embarrassed a U.N. agency which has long had to rebuff Israeli accusations that it has aided and abetted guerrillas fighting the Jewish state.

In interviews with Reuters, students and colleagues, as well as U.N. officials, denied any knowledge of Qiq’s work with explosives. And his family denied he had any militant links at all, despite a profusion of Islamic Jihad posters at his home.

But militant leaders allied to the enclave’s ruling Hamas group hailed him as a martyr who led Islamic Jihad’s “engineering unit” — its bomb makers. They fired a salvo of improvised rockets into Israel in response to his death.

Qiq’s body was wrapped in an Islamic Jihad flag at his funeral, pictorial posters in his honour still bedeck his family home this week, and a handwritten notice posted on the metal gate at the entrance to the school declared that Qiq, “the chief leader of the engineering unit”, would now find “paradise”.

That poster was removed soon after Reuters visited the Rafah Prep Boys School, run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees. Staff there said on Monday that UNRWA officials had told them not to discuss Qiq’s activities.

No one from the United Nations attended the funeral or has paid their respects to the family, relatives said, adding that Qiq’s widow and five children had heard nothing about a pension.

Spokesman Christopher Gunness said UNRWA, which spelled its teacher’s surname al-Geeg, was looking into the matter.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy towards politics and militant activities in our schools. Obviously, we are not the thought police and we cannot police people’s minds,” he said.

He added that staff were also regularly instructed not to engage in political or militant activities of any kind.

The Israeli army said its April 30 attack at Rafah, close to the Egyptian border, hit a workshop used for making rockets and other improvised weaponry. An Israeli intelligence source told Reuters that Qiq was involved in developing rockets and mortars.

Yet Qiq, a physics graduate with eight years’ experience of teaching at UNRWA schools, was also described by colleagues as a rising star in education. Relatives said he was promoted to run the school last year, with the title of deputy headmaster.

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A side note here…
The link to Reuters contains “middleeastCrisis”. Interesting how it doesn’t become a “crisis” until Israel starts to crack down on the terrorist. As I’ve said all along, the media gives the terrorist a pass to literally get away with murder, the murder of innocent Israeli women and children.

30 Reported Killed in Blast at UN School

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Yet another example of the evil enemy that Israel is combating. Doesn’t seem that Hamas can get any scummier, but I’m sure they’ll find a way.

At least 30 people were reportedly killed and 53 wounded in an explosion in a UN-run school in the town of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, according to Palestinians. The IDF issued a statement saying the school grounds were used by terrorists to fire mortar shells at the troops. According to the IDF, among the dead were members of a Hamas launching cell, including operatives Immad Abu Askar and Hassan Abu Askar.

The infantrymen returned mortar shell fire into the school grounds, the army said. Defense officials told The Associated Press that booby-trapped bombs in the school triggered the secondary explosions which killed scores of Palestinians on the site.

The IDF released a video taken by a UAV in the end of 2007 showing terrorists firing mortar shells from right outside the school.

“Hamas has in the past fired at Israel and at troops from inside schools, cynically using civilians, as is proven by UAV footage,” the army said.

Even though the UN has egg on it’s face for allowing the terrorist to use their schools as firing points, I’m sure it won’t stop them from continuing to condemn Israel while giving the terrorist a pass.

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European Muslims Attack Jews

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

The “peaceful” (or so they keep telling me) Muslims in Europe have started assaulting Jews over the war in Gaza. Over the past year, I don’t seem to remember hearing about any European Jews assaulting Muslims every time the Pali Hamas terrorist launched a rocket at innocent Israeli civilians, but maybe I missed it in the news. Or maybe the European Muslims are duplicitous. Or maybe the so-called peaceful Muslims aren’t so peaceful after all.

PARIS — Signs are mounting that the conflict in Gaza is starting to spill over into violence in Europe’s towns and cities, with assaults against Jews and arson attacks on Jewish congregations in France, Sweden and Britain.

Assailants rammed a burning car into the gates of a synagogue in Toulouse, in southwest France, on Monday night. A Jewish congregation in Helsingborg, in southern Sweden, also was attacked Monday night by someone who “broke a window and threw in something that was burning,” said police spokesman Leif Nilsson. Neighbors alerted rescue services before the fire took hold.

Someone also started a blaze outside the premises last week. And on Sunday slogans including “murderers … You broke the cease-fire” [of course the Muslims are willfully ignorant of the continuous rocket attacks on Israel, by the Pali terrorist, that started the very day the “cease-fire” was agreed to. -ed] and “don’t subject Palestine to ethnic cleansing” were daubed on Israel’s embassy in Stockholm.

In Denmark, a 27-year-old Dane born in Lebanon of Palestinian parents is alleged to have injured two young Israelis last week, opening fire with a handgun in a shooting that police suspect could be linked to the Gaza crisis.

France has Western Europe’s largest Jewish and Muslim communities and a history of anti-Semitic violence flaring when tensions in the Middle East are high. In 2002, some 2,300 Jews left France for Israel because they felt unsafe.

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Israel’s Peres: “Europe Needs to Open its Eyes” [About the True Nature of Hamas]

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

“Europe needs to open its eyes with respect to the fighting in Gaza,” President Shimon Peres said Tuesday morning.

Speaking during a meeting with Czech Republic Foreign Minister Karl Schwarzenberg, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and the European Union Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferraro-Waldner at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, Peres said that Israel was not in the business of public relations or improving its image, but of fighting a comprehensive war against murderous terror, which is of Iran’s making.

“None of the European countries would tolerate rocket fire on their citizens, and they must understand that Hamas is a terror organization of the worst order that uses its population of women and children as human shields,” he said.

Peres went on to say that Israel was guarding and defending its children, while Hamas was hiding rockets and explosives in children’s rooms, hospitals, and universities. “Unfortunately the cost of Hamas’s horrendous conduct is injury to innocent children,” he said.

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Iran: We have 70,000 Suicide Bombers Ready to Strike Israel

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

More than 70,000 Iranian student volunteers have registered to carry out suicide bombings against Israel because of Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip.

According to the official IRNA news agency, hardline student leader Esmaeil Ahmadi says the students want to fight Israel in support of Hamas – Gaza’s Islamic militant rulers.

Five hard-line student groups and a conservative clerical group launched a registration drive last week to ask the government to allow them to stage the suicide attacks.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government has not responded to the call yet.

The government never responded to similar requests in the past. This raises the likelihood that the calls are mainly for propaganda purposes.

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Christian Newspaper Persecuted in Malaysia

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Tensions are escalating in Malaysia where government officials have ordered a Catholic newspaper to stop publishing its Malay language edition in an argument over use of the word “Allah,” and the newspaper is threatening legal action against the government.

According to the news website, officials ordered the Catholic Herald to halt publication of its Malay language edition. The newspaper responded with the suggestion that there may be legal action against the government.

Herald editor Father Lawrence Andrew told the website Intellasia the ban on the Malay language edition was just one of the conditions imposed by the nation’s Muslim government when the newspaper renewed its license to publish for this year.

Authorities have contended that the word “Allah” can be used only by Muslims, but the Herald is circulated among the nation’s 850,000 Catholics.

“The Constitution says Malay is the national language, so why can’t we use the national language in Malaysia?” Andrew asked the site, confirming he plans to take action over the orders.

According to a report from Compass Direct News, the order came from the nation’s Ministry of Home Affairs, which also set conditions that the newspaper can be sold only in churches. The government also required the paper to publish notice that it is intended for Christians only.

The newspaper already has appealed the order to the Ministry of Home affairs, and a hearing is scheduled next month.

Andrew called the limits “unacceptable.”

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Olmert to UN: ‘We’re Fed up With Empty Gestures’; No Cease-Fire

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Israel has finally realized that the only way to protect it’s citizens is to destroy Hamas. They cannot depend on the U.N. and the rest of the world to do anything by condemn them. They also realize that all a cease-fire will achieve is to give the Hamas terrorist time to rearm.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that United Nations Security Council discussions on a cease-fire in Gaza should not be taking place at the moment because an opportunity must be given for an effective, regional Middle East process that all countries involved would be fully committed to in order to prevent attacks on Israeli civilians.

Speaking during a Jerusalem meeting with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, Czech Republic Foreign Minister Karl Schwarzenberg and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, the prime minister said Israel would only agree to a cease-fire in exchange for concrete measures that ensure immediate security for southerners.

“This is the time for action not words. We are fed up with empty gestures,” he said, according to Army Radio.

Olmert told the three foreign ministers that while he respected the UN and its institutions, an immediate, unconditional cease-fire would not be the right way to bring about a solution to the Gaza situation. He said the IDF operation would force Hamas to stop firing rockets.

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Iillegals Take Public Housing From Legal Residents

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Untold thousands of illegal immigrants live in public housing at a time when hundreds of thousands of citizens and legal residents are stuck waiting years for a spot.

Illegal immigrants make up a tiny portion of the 7.1 million people in federal housing, according to government statistics. But authorities may be unaware of thousands more, and critics say no illegal immigrant should get housing benefits. The issue made headlines in November with news that Zeituni Onyango, an aunt of President-elect Barack Obama, was living in Boston public housing while in the country illegally.

While there are no hard numbers on illegal immigrants in public housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that 29,570 people — 0.4 percent of all those in federally funded housing — are “ineligible noncitizens.” Some may be on temporary visas, such as highly educated workers or college students, but many are believed to be illegal immigrants.

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India: Pakistanis ‘Must Have’ Backed Mumbai Attack

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Things are continuing to escalate between India and Pakistan.

NEW DELHI — India’s prime minister said the sophistication of the Mumbai siege means that Pakistani authorities must have had a hand in the attack, but he was careful Tuesday not to directly accuse Islamabad, keeping tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals at a low burn.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, meeting with senior officials from around the country to discuss security concerns, spoke amid a rise in Indian rhetoric in recent days and one day after India handed Pakistan a dossier of evidence that New Delhi says proved the attacks were rooted in Pakistan.

That included details from interrogations, recovered weapons, and intercepted communications.

Singh said Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based militant group, carried out the attack, which left 164 dead across the financial capital, but he signaled that the 10 young gunmen could not have been working on their own.

“Given the sophistication and military precision of the attack, it must have had the support of some official agencies in Pakistan,” Singh said.

He did not directly name any Pakistani officials, but India has long blamed Pakistan’s powerful spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, for being involved in attacks against India in recent years.

“Unfortunately, we cannot choose our neighbors,” he said. “Some countries like Pakistan have in the past encouraged and given sanctuary to terrorists and other forces who are antagonistic to India.”

In the five weeks since the attacks, tensions have been high between the rivals, and Pakistan has redeployed troops toward India and away from the Afghan border, where authorities are battling militants.

Singh accused Pakistan of “whipping up war hysteria,” but praised India for remaining “steadfastly united.”

Indeed, calls for war in India have been largely muted, with even rightwing opposition politicians, who endorse a hard line toward Pakistan, adopting a fairly conciliatory approach.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars against each other since they gained independence in 1947 — two over Kashmir, a majority Muslim region in the Himalayas claimed by both countries. Despite the sharper rhetoric, Indian leaders have made clear they do not want to fight a fourth.

But Singh was highly critical of how Pakistan has handled the investigations into recent attacks, indicated Pakistan has been unwilling — or perhaps unable — to crack down on terrorists operating on its soil.

“The more fragile a government, the more it tends to act in an irresponsible fashion,” he said.

Pakistani officials offered no immediate response.

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Less Than Ten Percent Believe Abortion Should be Legal, Unfettered

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Obama will most likely advance abortion more than any previous president. After what Clinton did, that’s saying a lot.

A nationwide survey commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops underscores the public view of abortion.

The poll involved a cross-section of Americans — not just Catholics — and assistant director for policy and communications at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Deirdre McQuade has part of the results.

“Four out of five American adults — 82 percent — think abortion should be either illegal under all circumstances or with limited legality, and only nine percent said that abortion should be legal for any reason at any time during pregnancy,” she explains.

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Dr. Paul Kengor has this to say:

The common mantra of pro-choice politicians is that they do not favor abortion. Quite the contrary, they want abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.” Pro-choicers generally hold to this position; thus, as they are quick to note, they are not “pro-abortion” but “pro-choice.”

I’ve personally tried to respect that formulation, and typically refrain from referring to pro-choicers as “pro-abortion.” That being the case, the latest actions by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice are deeply troubling, as are the promises of the incoming president, both of which go hand-in-hand. Let me explain.

RCRC is a coalition of religious groups and denominations that support legalized abortion. The group comes to this view from a range of religious backgrounds, from Christian to Jewish to Unitarian Universalist. Though the vast majority of Christian denominations firmly reject RCRC and its teachings, some mainline denominations have formally joined the coalition’s “pro-choice” gospel, including the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, Barack Obama’s United Church of Christ, and several Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) groups.

At this time of year, as millions of American Christians have just marked the moment that God entered the world as a baby in a manger, RCRC is pushing president-elect Barack Obama to enact the most radical abortion agenda in the history of humanity.

It began with RCRC’s elation over Obama’s election. The group immediately sent out a press release to congratulate this “pro-choice man of faith.” “[Obama’s] message that ‘America is one nation’ holds great promise for defusing the culture wars over abortion that have too often distracted us,” stated RCRC. “We urge President-elect Obama to be a Pro-Faith, Pro-Family, Pro-Choice president: to uphold Roe v. Wade and reproductive choice, [and] foster respect for diverse views about abortion.”

And how might RCRC suggest that Obama defuse the culture wars and the bitter divide over abortion? How does RCRC recommend that Obama show his “respect for diverse views about abortion?”

RCRC encourages Obama to plow full steam ahead with, in effect, unrestricted abortion-on-demand at all stages of pregnancy, aided and abetted by taxpayer funding, with abortion promotion at home and abroad, and, possibly—albeit unbelievably—with the stunning elimination of freedom-of-conscience exemptions for medical personnel who choose not to participate in abortion procedures.

Specifically, RCRC is exhorting Obama to make good on his July 17, 2007 promise to Planned Parenthood and sign the Freedom of Choice Act. FOCA, as readers of my past columns know, would nationalize abortion and overturn countless reasonable abortion restrictions agreed to by bipartisan legislatures—Democrats and Republicans working together—all over America. It would be the single most significant step in likely launching unrestricted federal funding of abortion at all stages of pregnancy. Obama told Planned Parenthood that signing FOCA would be the “first thing” he would do as president.

FOCA is disturbing in so many ways. Most shocking, however, is the fear that FOCA would eliminate conscience exemptions enabling doctors and nurses to not participate in abortion procedures. This is a classic American tradition, and it is truly breathtaking to imagine that some abortion-rights supporters are so radical and so uncharitable that they could even consider something so coercive. The Catholic bishops in particular are aghast at this prospect; they would shut down the nation’s huge number of Catholic hospitals before submitting to this madness.

Yet, RCRC wants FOCA. But it doesn’t stop there. The letter also urges Obama to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which, as aptly puts it, “prohibits the direct funding of almost all abortions and is credited with stopping hundreds of thousands of abortions since the 1970s.”

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Pali Reality – Twisted at Best

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Pali Reality

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“The Necessity of Israel” by Charles Krauthammer

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Late Saturday, thousands of Gazans received Arabic-language cell-phone messages from the Israeli military, urging them to leave homes where militants might have stashed weapons. — Associated Press, Dec. 27

WASHINGTON — Some geopolitical conflicts are morally complicated. The Israel-Gaza war is not. It possesses a moral clarity not only rare but excruciating.

Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life that, risking the element of surprise, it contacts enemy noncombatants in advance to warn them of approaching danger. Hamas, which started this conflict with unrelenting rocket and mortar attacks on unarmed Israelis — 6,464 launched from Gaza in the last three years — deliberately places its weapons in and near the homes of its own people.

This has two purposes. First, counting on the moral scrupulousness of Israel, Hamas figures civilian proximity might help protect at least part of its arsenal. Second, knowing that Israelis have new precision weapons that may allow them to attack nonetheless, Hamas hopes that inevitable collateral damage — or, if it is really fortunate, an errant Israeli bomb — will kill large numbers of its own people for which, of course, the world will blame Israel.

For Hamas the only thing more prized than dead Jews are dead Palestinians. The religion of Jew-murder and self-martyrdom is ubiquitous. And deeply perverse, such as the Hamas TV children’s program in which an adorable live-action Palestinian Mickey Mouse is beaten to death by an Israeli (then replaced by his more militant cousin, Nahoul the Bee, who vows to continue on Mickey’s path to martyrdom).

At war today in Gaza, one combatant is committed to causing the most civilian pain and suffering on both sides. The other combatant is committed to saving as many lives as possible — also on both sides. It’s a recurring theme. Israel gave similar warnings to Southern Lebanese villagers before attacking Hezbollah in the Lebanon war of 2006. The Israelis did this knowing it would lose for them the element of surprise and cost the lives of their own soldiers.

That is the asymmetry of means between Hamas and Israel. But there is equal clarity regarding the asymmetry of ends. Israel has but a single objective in Gaza — peace: the calm, open, normal relations it offered Gaza when it withdrew in 2005. Doing something never done by the Turkish, British, Egyptian and Jordanian rulers of Palestine, the Israelis gave the Palestinians their first sovereign territory ever in Gaza.

What ensued? This is not ancient history. Did the Palestinians begin building the state that is supposedly their great national aim? No. No roads, no industry, no courts, no civil society at all. The flourishing greenhouses that Israel left behind for the Palestinians were destroyed and abandoned. Instead, Gaza’s Iranian-sponsored rulers have devoted all their resources to turning it into a terror base — importing weapons, training terrorists, building tunnels with which to kidnap Israelis on the other side. And of course firing rockets unceasingly.

The grievance? It cannot be occupation, military control or settlers. They were all removed in September 2005. There’s only one grievance and Hamas is open about it. Israel’s very existence.

Nor does Hamas conceal its strategy. Provoke conflict. Wait for the inevitable civilian casualties. Bring down the world’s opprobrium on Israel. Force it into an untenable cease-fire — exactly as happened in Lebanon. Then, as in Lebanon, rearm, rebuild and mobilize for the next round. Perpetual war. Since its raison d’etre is the eradication of Israel, there are only two possible outcomes: the defeat of Hamas or the extinction of Israel.

Israel’s only response is to try to do what it failed to do after the Gaza withdrawal. The unpardonable strategic error of its architect, Ariel Sharon, was not the withdrawal itself but the failure to immediately establish a deterrence regime under which no violence would be tolerated after the removal of any and all Israeli presence — the ostensible justification for previous Palestinian attacks. Instead, Israel allowed unceasing rocket fire, implicitly acquiescing to a state of active war and indiscriminate terror.

Hamas’ rejection of an extension of its often-violated six-month cease-fire (during which the rockets never stopped, just were less frequent) gave Israel a rare opportunity to establish the norm it should have insisted upon three years ago: no rockets, no mortar fire, no kidnapping, no acts of war. As the U.S. government has officially stated: a sustainable and enduring cease-fire.

If this fighting ends with anything less than that, Israel will have lost again. It can ill afford to lose any more wars.

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India Hands Pakistan Proof of Mumbai Attack Links

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

I hope Pakistan does the right thing here, but don’t count on it. They’d apparently rather have a war instead.

NEW DELHI — India handed Pakistan detailed evidence on the Mumbai attacks on Monday that included information on interrogations, weapons, and data gleaned from satellite phones that officials said proved Pakistani “elements” were behind the deadly siege.

Indian authorities said the evidence shows that Pakistan-based militants plotted and executed the attacks, but a top diplomat said the gunmen may also have had ties to Pakistani authorities.

“Its hard to believe that something of this scale … could occur without anybody, anywhere in the establishment knowing that this was happening,” India’s Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon told reporters in New Delhi on Monday.

Menon dismissed Pakistan’s repeated claims that the attacks were carried out by “non-state actors,” saying, “Even the so-called non-state actors function within a state, are citizens of a state … We don’t think there’s such a thing as non-state actors.”

Menon also called for Pakistan to extradite the suspects so they could be brought “to Indian justice.” Pakistan has said any trials will take place in its own courts.

India has blamed the November attacks that killed 164 people on Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based militant group, but Islamabad has resisted the claims and requested evidence showing the attacks were launched from across the border.

Indian officials said the dossier handed to Pakistan — as well as to officials from the foreign countries whose citizens were killed — will make their case, and it is now up to Pakistan to act.

“The material, as you know, is linked to elements in Pakistan,” Menon said.

“We are no longer interested in words,” he added. “We want actual action against the perpetrators.”

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Sadiq said the authorities are reviewing the evidence and declined to comment further.

Pakistan has arrested at least two Lashkar leaders accused of planning the attacks and launched a nationwide crackdown on a charity believed to be a front for the militant group.

Menon dismissed those moves as insufficient and said the charity was still operating and Pakistan authorities have not informed India about the status of the two men they said they arrested.

“What we have seen so far does not impress us,” he said.

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