In this special episode of The Source, Ezra explores the violent anti-Israel protests that have rocked Canada.
In this special episode of The Source, Ezra explores the violent anti-Israel protests that have rocked Canada.
Jon Stewart frequently bashes Israel. It’s one of his “things”.
Another of his things is scoring dishonest political points using comedy and then defending against the backlash by just claiming that he’s joking. Or that he’s the “centrist” being beset by extremists on both sides...
President Barack Obama will embark on another fundraising trip today - his second since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 - leading a top Democrat to join the chorus of lawmakers voicing concerns that the Commander in Chief's priorities are misplaced.
Asked about Obama’s three-day fundraising swing down the West Coast this week, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said yesterday that the president ought to put more energy into working with the international community to tackle the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the Ukraine and Gaza.
“This is a very hard time,” she told MSNBC. “I’m not going to tell the president what to do, but I think the world would very much respect his increased attention on this matter, and I think there ought to be increased attention”...
Members of the family of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have secretly left Ramallah for Jordan, according to the online newspaper Rai Al-Youm.
“For the first time and secretly, all the members of President Abbas’s family have left to their residence in Amman,” the report said.
It said that Abbas’s wife and grandchildren were among the family members who left Ramallah recently...
A heated exchange on Twitter between venture capitalist giant Paul Graham and supporters of Israel, could delay plans by Graham’s Y Combinator’s accelerator to recruit in Israel.
Tweets posted by Graham that described the destruction wrought by the IDF in Gaza, but without any citations of Hamas attacks on Israel. That led heavyweight Israeli venture capital figure Roi Carthy to announce he was withdrawing an offer to help Y Combinator (YC) recruit potential participants in Israel....
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I cannot locate his tweet or the one by “reuben e katz.” This is all I could find.
This Washington Post graphic helps us visualize the death toll of the current #Gaza fighting. http://t.co/GUHqRFZm3X pic.twitter.com/JM8jZ7wyhN
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) July 22, 2014
Today's religious extremism is almost entirely Islamic. While ISIS's purge may be the most brutal, Islamists in Egypt have driven thousands of Coptic Christians from homes they've occupied for centuries. The same is true across the Muslim parts of Africa. This does not mean that all Muslims are extremists, but it does mean that all Muslims have an obligation to denounce and resist the extremists who murder or subjugate in the name of Allah. Too few imams living in the tolerant West will speak up against it.
As for the post-Christian West, most elites may now be nonbelievers. But a culture that fails to protect believers may eventually find that it lacks the self-belief to protect itself.
Until yesterday, its most thrilling tweet was “Our proposal to protect clean water does not change the permitting exemption for farm ponds.”
But it seems staffers at the Environmental Protection Agency have a wild side - after a mystery Kim Kardashian addict linked their iPhone game to the government account.
The EPA’s Office of Water stunned its 52,000 followers yesterday when the player announced he or she had become a “C-list celebrity” on the addictive app.
Michigan congressman John Dingell wrote: “I’m the last original author of the Clean Water Act, but I have no idea who/what a Kardashian is and I rarely play games. You OK, @EPAwater?”...
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has reportedly given shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul strict instructions to cover the faces of mannequins, months after seizing control of the country’s second largest city.
Canada deports 20 members of
Hungarian Gypsie human trafficking ring
(Reuters) - A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama's steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and immigration lawyers said.
"We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it," said Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who has been deciding immigration cases since 1987 and is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.
The problem, according to judges, lawyers and immigration groups, is the sheer number of cases clogging the courts, due in part to beefed-up law enforcement at the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico.
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Basically, in order to get into an elite school — unless your family is rich and your Daddy’s a senator, like Columbia alumna Megan McCain — you’re going to have to devote the first 16 or 17 years of your life to compiling the kind of credentials necessary to gain admission. You’re going to have to be a grind, an apple-polishing teacher’s pet, and your life outside the classroom is going to be so crammed full of activities (violin lessons, dance classes, and so forth) that you will have no time for anything resembling a normal childhood. And then what?
Windows have been smashed windows at a synagogue in Belfast in what police are treating as a religious hate crime.
Police said windows were smashed on two separate occasions over the weekend at the synagogue on Somerton Road, north Belfast.
The first window was believed to have been smashed on Friday evening (18 July) and the replacement was broken the following day.
It is feared the attacks may have been a response to the ongoing conflict in Gaza...
During Friday prayer in the Al Nusra mosque in Berlin on July 11, Danish imam Abu Bilal Ismail urged listeners to kill Zionist Jews, Die Welt reports.
In a Youtube video clip of the sermon to which English subtitles have been added, the imam is filmed lashing out at Israelis and eventually saying that all Jews should be killed.
“Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don't spare a single one of them. Make them suffer terribly,” the subtitles read.
When BT asked Ismail, he rejected that he had encouraged killing all Jews.
“I don’t think all Jews must die. Only the Jews that have killed people in Gaza. I have asked God to destroy the Jews that kill us. It’s not all Jews, because I know Jews that are good to us. I never meant all Jews.”
Ismail is a regular speaker at the Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus. He has previously been accused of encouraging young Muslims to travel to Syria and fight in the civil war.
(Reuters) - City councilors in South Portland, Maine, voted late Monday night to ban the loading of crude oil onto tankers along its waterfront, throwing up yet another roadblock to the export of Canadian oil sands crude and setting up a showdown with industry which called the process illegal.
The city of 25,000, known for its scenic lighthouses and sweeping views of the island-speckled waters of Casco Bay, is also the east coast's second largest oil port, located at the southern terminus of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, which currently flows north to Canada.
The so-called "Clear Skies Ordinance" would prevent the Portland Pipe Line company, principally owned by top Canadian oil refiners Suncor Energy Inc, Imperial Oil Ltd , and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, from reversing flow for export from the Portland Harbor.
Hundreds of supporters in light blue t-shirts, many from neighboring towns that have already passed symbolic votes to ban the transport of "tar sands" through their towns, packed a South Portland Community Center to cheer the vote late Monday...
Teachers in schools at the heart of the “Trojan Horse” plot set up a secret social networking group that called for the “eradication” of homosexuality and claimed that the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby was staged, the review ordered by the Government found.
The teachers, at least two of whom are still in their positions, used an instant messaging service to post thousands of comments that demonstrated extreme “anti-Western, anti-American and anti-Israeli” views.
For the second time in less than a week, rockets have been found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body said.
“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday.
“As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons”...
Now I realize the nature of the vast gulf between me (and most of the rest of the Israeli left) and the American Jewish critics, who claim to be pro-Israel. To us, the current war with Hamas is a just war. We may not support our government all the time. However, when a war begins; a war we did not start and did not want, we support the government and our soldiers. Yes, I profoundly regret the loss of human life in Gaza, but quite frankly when “children” I know are fighting in Gaza and rockets are being fired on them from homes in which civilians are likely located (civilians who were given many warnings to leave) I prefer that the Air Force send a missile into that building, instead of having one of our boys killed by an RPG fired from that same building. In this case I feel deep sadness about the innocents that may die, but I know we have no choice.
THIS BLOG IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT MY OLD WORK, but I am still, defying the odds, a working photographer, and this weekend provided an example of the sort of work I do, sporadically.
The Honda Indy has been running here in Toronto for almost thirty years, but I only started shooting it three years ago, after I "came out" as a motorsports fan after years of pretending I was a timid urbanite who broke out in a rash at the smell of gasoline. Thanks to blogTO I was able to get accreditation and thanks to my wife I've been able to take three days to cover the event, slathered in sun screen and walking the track until my feet blister.
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July 22, 2014, TORONTO — With violent undercurrents festering among anti-Israel protesters recently coming to the fore, B’nai Brith Canada is expressing its concern regarding the upcoming “Al-Quds Day” rally scheduled for this Saturday, July 26th at Queen’s Park in Toronto. The Jewish human rights organization is calling on Government and Police officials not to sanction these rallies, pointing to the fact that demonstrations across Europe, and now Calgary and Mississauga, have often turned into violent antisemitic outbursts and attacks on Jewish communal institutions.
“As tensions in the Middle East continue to rise, we are seeing a sharp rise in the numbers of attacks on Jews across the country,” said Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada. “In Europe we have seen protests turn violent, with Paris experiencing mass riots in what has been described by some as an ‘intifada’. At a Berlin rally the crowd chanted “Death to Jews” and “Hitler was right”. in Turkey rioters decreed that “Turkish Jews would pay dearly” and in Mississauga, Ontario a pro-Israel demonstrator was sent to hospital after an altercation.
“Now in Calgary, police apparently refused to take seriously the threats of the pro-Hamas crowd, even as Israel activists were assaulted during a demonstration — resulting in five being sent to hospital. There are also additional reports that pro-Israel demonstrators in Ottawa were told by police to leave, since their safety could not be guaranteed.
“In Montreal alone we have seen the effects of anti-Israel fervor which have resulted in attacks on Jews, be it a Jewish visitor punched in the face outside a kosher restaurant, a Hasidic woman slapped in the face by a man riding a bike, a Jewish boy threatened by a neighbor as he walked by their porch commanding his dog to "get the Jew" and a Jewish woman protester shoved to the ground.
“Rallies in support of terrorist organizations such as Hamas must be condemned in the strongest of terms. We therefore call on Officials at Queens Park and the Toronto Police not to sanction any such pro-Hamas rallies and encourage any member of the community who witnesses and is a victim of an antisemitic incident to call police and our 24-hour Anti-Hate Hotline at 1-800-892-BNAI .”
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Cancel Al Quds Day at Queen's Park? Not gonna happen, this is Kathleen's Wynne's Constituency.
The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Wednesday, the 16th day of Operation Protective Edge.
The IDF death toll is at 27, with another soldier MIA and claimed by Hamas to be in their hands (dead or alive).
US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are in the region, but a ceasefire does not appear close. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the operation will continue until sustained quiet is achieved for Israel and Hamas’s terrorist capabilities greatly degraded.
Some foreign airlines are suspending flights to Israel after a rocket hit a home in the Tel Aviv area. IDF-Hamas fighting in Gaza remains intensive, Hamas is still trying to carry out attacks in Israel through tunnels, and rockets are still being fired.
Someone has run up the white flag on one of New York City's most famous landmarks.
Commuters on Tuesday morning were greeted with a pair of billowing white banners atop the Brooklyn Bridge - replacing Old Glory that normally flies above the famous span.
One of the flags, viewed via video, appeared to have faint traces of stars and stripes on it.
No on knows who took down the American flags on the two bridge supports at the East River. But New York authorities are calling it a serious security breach...
The European Union on Tuesday called upon terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm, and to end and renounce violence.
The official statement read:
“The EU strongly condemns the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians.
“These are criminal and unjustifiable acts. The EU calls on Hamas to immediately put an end to these acts and to renounce violence. All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm.
“The EU strongly condemns calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields.”
PARIS (AFP) — The deadly Israeli operation in Gaza has let loose an unprecedented wave of hate on media websites and social networks in France that moderators say they are struggling to contain.
“As soon as you talk about Israel, it crystallizes all passions, with up to 20,000 or 30,000 comments sometimes after an article, of which we will only let five to 10 percent through,” said David Corchia, head of Concileo, a firm of moderators that counts the dailies Le Figaro and Liberation as clients.
Helped by software that automatically reports suspect keywords, online moderators can filter comments in accordance with special legal requirements in France as well as client requests. Those laws ban racist, anti-Semitic or discriminatory messages among others, as well calls for violence.
The moderators have little time to decide whether to let a remark through, and generally block 25% to 40% of comments.
But on the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the rejection rate can reach 95%.
“There are three times as many comments than normal, all linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Jeremie Mani, head of Netino, which looks after the websites of the Le Monde daily, Europe 1 radio and major French television channels...
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Fortunately, we can look to Twitter to see what people are thinking.
#IfHitlerWasAlive I would have joined his army to kill Jews.
— Muhammad Daniyal (@AmDaniyal) July 15, 2014
#IfHitlerWasAlive the earth would have been clean from jews xD
— Abdul Qayoom (@aq_lakho) July 16, 2014
Keep the world clean. Cleanse it from the evil Jews and their blood thirst heritage. #FreeGaza pic.twitter.com/7As3azK5wjAnd fortunately there are the parody accounts when all just seems too much!
— #FreeGAZA (@OilSheikh82) July 18, 2014
My statement regarding Gaza pic.twitter.com/NCOz6j9KL5
— Baghdadi (@CaliphIbrahim) July 21, 2014
More than 700 people were killed in clashes over two days between pro-government forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) militants in Syria.
Activists from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the deaths represented the bloodiest fighting since the civil war began in 2011.
Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and ISIS militants battled following the rebel group's capture of the Shaar gas field east of Homs city.
Rami Abdul Rahman, head of SOHR, said that the deaths were the first time 700 had been killed in the space of two days since the onset of the conflict...
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But who cares about Syrians anyway - only Palestinians matter.
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Ummah Uber Alles: Mayor Nenshi mumbles something about protests outside City Hall can't bear to mention Israel or Jews
Media outlets ask for judicial review after Khadr interview request denied
As a young Israeli who had just completed five years of service in the IDF, I looked forward to my new job educating people in the Pacific Northwest about Israel.
I was shocked, however, by the anti-Israel bigotry and hostility I encountered, especially in the greater Seattle area, Oregon, and Berkeley.
I had been very liberal, a member of the leftist Zionist party, Meretz, but the anti-Semitism and hatred for Israel that I have seen in the U.S. has changed my outlook personally and politically.
When I served as a soldier in the West Bank, I got used to having ugly things said to me, but nothing prepared me for the misinformation, demonization of Israel, and the gut-wrenching, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hostility expressed by many students, professors, church members, and even some high school students right here in the Pacific Northwest...
Israel's is an abyss of revenge and hatred, the dreadful consequence of every utopian scheme in human history: http://t.co/6TxMVD02ya— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) July 22, 2014
An American Muslim seems to think this is a “new way of thinking”:
A young Asian Muslim woman, accompanied by a white friend, appears before the imam of a New York City mosque and asks him to turn her male friend into a Muslim. But why, the imam asks. The answer: Because we want to get married.What’s new about it? You cannot marry a non-Muslim: that had been true since the 7th century.
I am a Muslim. I cannot marry a non-Muslim. He must become Muslim for me to marry him.
The imam asks her a series of questions about the man: Can he provide for his family? Does he love children? You trust him? Can you vouch for him? In the end, he advises her that he could perform the wedding ceremony and declare them man and wife.
This is what I call a new fiqh, or Islamic jurisprudence. It takes into account the realities of the situation, or circumstances, in which the Shari’a law is being applied.
The writer then goes on to recommend the author Tariq Ramadan, grandson of the founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and keeper of the flame. Even more bizarre:
The New York City incident may have been an isolated case, but the fact is that it stands in sharp contrast to the times, in the 1990s, when imams at mosques on both sides of the Atlantic were imported from the villages of Egypt, Sudan and Pakistan on the basis of their demonstrated devotion to Islam, viz memorization of the Qur’an.“Isolated case”?
He does go on to criticize the Wahabbism of Saudi Arabia. I should hope so!
Read this and tell me if you find anything “new.”
Historians have a term we call the scapegoating concept of history. This is the idea that people tend to look for others to blame — scapegoats — for their condition. They then attack that group even if it had little or nothing to do with their situation.
Scapegoats are usually weaker or marginalized members of society easily made to look suspicious. In a world of fearful shadows clutching desperately at guns and flags, scapegoats ease our anxiety especially when ethnic minorities or immigrants come into view. Bigotry, however, while burning intensely, has a short memory.
Islam is currently on the list of things we are supposed to be afraid of. The threat is such that even the president himself is apparently some kind of secret Muslim in league with unsavory characters.
We seem to have forgotten that the deadliest example of domestic terrorism in America before Sept. 11, 2001, came at the hands of Timothy McVeigh, who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City. Despite McVeigh’s blond hair and blue eyes and claiming to love Jesus, no calls to ban Christianity or close churches sounded following his detestable, cowardly act.
In years to come, we will look back on the current anti-Muslim hysteria and wonder how we could ever have felt this way, just as we look back on the 19th century anti-Catholic movement as a foolish part of our history. We will accept that Muslim Americans are just as patriotic and loyal as any other. Hopefully, we will get to that point quicker this time and with less memory loss.
Brian Regal is a fellow of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy.
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I am not aware that 19th Catholics in America ever behaved even remotely like the current Muslims immigrants of Europe are now behaving! Have you read the news from Paris, Mr Regal?
How stupid can you get?
The British Labour Party opposes Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza, the party’s leader Ed Miliband told The Huffington Post on Monday.
Miliband met with President Barack Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice at the White House Monday afternoon, and said that Gaza was among the issues discussed.
“We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza,” Miliband said.
Polls show that Miliband is a strong candidate to become British prime minister in next year’s general election in May, as his party is currently ahead in the parliamentary race.
Miliband said the incursion into Gaza is likely to help Hamas' recruiting efforts, and undermines Israel in the eyes of the international community. “I don’t think it will help win Israel friends," he said. “I don’t think this will make the situation better. I fear it will make it worse”...
#DiversityIsOurStrength Op-Ed: Abigail Fisher, drop your admissions lawsuit against the University of Texas
By now, six years into her case, it should be clear that Abigail Fisher isn’t the symbol of reverse discrimination she and those who oppose the consideration of race or ethnicity in college applications claim she is.
It should be equally clear, as the courts have affirmed, that there is value in universities seeking diversity in their student bodies.
A properly rounded college education depends on it...
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“Depends on it”?
How to explain that since the Enlightment, the culture, literature, music, scientific discoveries and so on, of Europe were all created by people (mostly men) who had no exposure to “diversity” in their education?
How did people like Isaac Newton - to just name one - ever accomplish anything?
A major town in Nigeria’s troubled northeast has been taken over by Boko Haram in what local officials said was perhaps the Islamist militant sect’s most significant victory yet in a five-year campaign of violence and terror.
As many as 15,000 people, or nearly all of the residents, have fled the town of Damboa after it was attacked over the weekend, officials said, leaving behind dozens of bodies in the streets and the Islamists’ black flag flying overhead.
Officials said at least 100 people were killed in the attack. Damboa is on a major north-south road from the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, and is just a few miles from Chibok, the village where hundreds of schoolgirls — who are still missing — were kidnapped in April.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.
Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September.
“In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can’t get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other,” Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV channel late Monday...
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Much as I dislike Erdogan, I think he might possibly have a point here. Is Obama good for anything at all?
The Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S carriers from flying to Tel Aviv for at least 24 hours after a rocket attack near Ben Gurion airport.
Earlier Tuesday Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc said they were canceling flights to Israel until further notice after reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.
A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.
United said Tuesday that is suspending its two daily Tel Aviv flights until further notice. The airline said one of its planes left Tel Aviv with passengers earlier Tuesday and the second is still on the ground there. United is working on plans to remove the second Boeing 777.
United said it reached its decision after the FAA communicated to airlines earlier in the day. It is expected the agency will shortly put out a notice to airmen, warning carriers of insecure conditions in and around the Ben Gurion International Airport.
Israel said the reactions were unnecessary...
Al-Qaeda has threatened to sever the hands of “corrupt” officials in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, where the jihadists have been trying to impose their strict version of Islamic sharia law.
“After we eliminated agents of the United States in Hadramawt and after we fought witchcraft and sorcery, we warn all corrupt officials in Hadramawt... that we will apply Allah’s law by kidnapping them and severing their hands,” said a statement signed by Ansar al-Sharia, the name under which Al-Qaeda in Yemen sometimes operates.
The statement was printed on leaflets distributed in the province, residents said.
Earlier this week, members of the network distributed similar leaflets forbidding women to leave their homes without a male guardian -- known as “mahram” -- and threatening to punish those who fail to comply with sharia...
When we look at the violence that is taking place throughout the cities of Europe, it is clear that Jihadist Islam (a.k.a. Radical Islam) is no longer an aberration. When someone asked the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan what he thought of Moderate Islam, he sneered, “There is no such thing as Moderate Islam—only Islam.”
He’s correct. All you have to do is look at what is happening in Paris today. Muslim thugs are attempting to burn Paris to the ground. In Paris, Berlin, Rome, New York, Los Angeles, and wherever, we are no longer hearing, “Death to all Zionists!” We are now hearing, “Death to the Jews!”
Does this sound vaguely familiar?
UW-Madison’s diversity guidelines state that if a course, major or program is in high demand, special status must be given to ensure the make-up of the class (and thus those taking the major) is racially and ethnically diverse with “just the right percentages.”
Meaning, it would be justifiable for a placement in hard-to-get-in classes and prerequisites for specific majors be awarded to students based sole on their race.
But it may be worse than that: Especially shocking is the language about “equity” in the distribution of grades...
Trish Kelly was a candidate for local office on the ticket of the liberal “Vision Vancouver” party. On July 14, local political blogger Raymond Tomlin published a 2006 video Ms. Kelly produced for a website called WayOutWest. In the two-minute video, Ms. Kelly talks about her masturbation habits: “Pretty much I do it every night, after brushing my teeth, but before putting on my jammies.” Ms. Kelly is entirely clothed in the video, during which she describes “the single lifestyle” and an occasion “giving myself the f–k of my life.”
Hamas terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza. While the terrorists hid in bushes, IDF forces engaged them. As the terrorists attempt to return to the tunnel, they are killed by IDF fire.
The Philippines on Monday confirmed the death of a Filipino construction worker who was kidnapped and beheaded by militiamen in Libya, in what has been described as the first Filipino death in the country since the 2011 revolution.
According to Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose, the Filipino, whose identity has not been released, was singled out during a checkpoint for allegedly being a non-Muslim.
“The vehicle he was riding in was stopped at a checkpoint,” Jose said to reporters, quoted by local newspaper Philippine Star, “There were three of them – a Libyan, a Pakistani and a Filipino – and he was allegedly singled out because he was non-Muslim.”
The kidnappers initially asked for a $160,000 ransom in exchange for the Filipino’s freedom, but after four days of negotiations, a call was received bringing the tragic news that his headless, decomposing body is at a hospital in Benghazi.
Jose believes that the Filipino might have been dead even before the negotiations started.
Following the death of the Filipino, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs released a statement Sunday calling for the urgent evacuation of its estimated 13,000 Filipino workers based in Libya...
Turkey hatching plan to clear Syrian beggars off Istanbul streets -- note how fellow Muslims have no interest in the plight of these Syrians
Authorities in Istanbul are working on plans to clear the streets of Syrian beggars and house them in camps like those on the border, as Turkey struggles with an influx of over a million refugees and the hospitality of locals starts to wear thin.
Beggars have become increasingly visible in Istanbul, many of them Syrians displaced by their country's three-year war, including women and young children, passports in outstretched hands, tapping on car windows in the city's dense traffic.
They represent a tiny fraction of the Syrians sheltering in Turkey, some housed in well-equipped camps along the border, others living with friends or family or in modest rented accommodation in cities in the southeast, Ankara or Istanbul.
But what feels like a growing number are living in derelict buildings or sleeping in parks, eking out a living by begging - illegal in Istanbul - and raising the concern of locals and other Syrians trying to integrate seamlessly into Turkish life...
Related: Syrian refugee children strive to get free food during iftar dinners in central Istanbul: The fast-breaking (iftar) dinners provided by Istanbul’s central Beyoğlu Municipality have become a rare opportunity for Syrian refugees to receive free and substantial meals.
The public iftars will be held every day until the end of Ramadan, in a space next to Taksim Square and Gezi Park – the epicenter of last-year’s nationwide demonstrations. The area has since become a haven for dozens of Syrian families – mostly mothers with babies and children - who beg for survival...
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I find it more than a little bit strange that the Muslims raging worldwide over Gaza do not seem the slightest bit concerned about Syria. It seems like crystal clear proof that these raging Muslims do not care about the people of Gaza themselves, but they just hate Jews and Israel.
What other explanation can there be?
(Reuters) - Italian police arrested five men on Tuesday on suspicion of murdering and throwing overboard dozens of migrants crossing from Libya. Another three were charged with smuggling the migrants.
Survivors told police a life-or-death fight broke out when those who were riding in the hold, suffocating from heat and lack of oxygen, desperately tried to find room on the packed deck.
To keep the migrants below the deck, the five men indiscriminately stabbed and assaulted an estimated 60 of their fellow migrants before throwing them overboard, according to police, and then threatening the others not to react or face the same end.
Twenty-nine bodies were later recovered from the hold of what had been a badly overcrowded fishing boat. Another passenger died en route to an Italian hospital, probably from carbon monoxide poisoning, the navy said this weekend.
The bodies of the migrants said to be thrown overboard have not been recovered...
Ethan Edwards, a man in his mid-50s, last year confided his deepest secret to a close friend: that he was a pedophile.
"He's happy to keep my secret," Edwards wrote in an online chat with CBC News, too fearful of vigilantes to give out his phone number. But he says his friend now feels infected by his secret.
Edwards, a pseudonym, only realized he was attracted to young girls a few years ago. He says he's never acted on it.
Now, he's devoting his energy to helping others ensure they, too, never victimize a child.
Edwards, who says he is from Pennsylvania and is the father of three daughters, co-founded an online support group called Virtuous Pedophiles...
On Friday, close to 1,000 anti-Israel extremists in Calgary had a street protest about the war in Gaza.
Some of the protesters were there to support ordinary Gazans.
But some of them were there to support the terrorist group Hamas.
And some of them were there just because they hate Jews.
While we regular, cash-strapped taxpayers concerned about the well-being of our country stood on the overpasses Saturday protesting the total breakdown of our borders, where were a few of our stalwart conservative spokespeople and politicians?
“I am done trying to apologetically explain Jewish morality. I am done apologizing for my own Jewish existence..."
Hamilton City Council has sent an official request to have 'graphic, gruesome' images of fetuses censored from future abortion debates
Pro-Palestinian group to apologize for violence at Calgary rally
CALGARY -- One of the organizers of a Gaza peace rally that erupted in violence last week says the group is planning to apologize.
But a Jewish family that was attacked when they showed up at Calgary City Hall to show support for Israel say they're too afraid to take in another scheduled demonstration on Friday.
"I'm afraid for myself now," said Samantha Hamilton, 22, who went with five family members to last Friday's rally with Israeli flags and peaceful signs to show solidarity with their homeland.
"We just wanted to go and be peaceful."
More.... Pro-Gaza protests worldwide tainted by anti-Semitism; Calgary organizer to apologize for violence
Saima Jamal, one of the protest’s organizers, said her group regretted the violence.
“Not a single organizer was involved in any of the fights that happened and we absolutely denounce any sort of violence that happened,” she said, adding she did not hear any anti-Semitic slurs.
Ms. Jamal added organizers planned to issue a public apology to any counter-protesters who were harmed.
Ezra is heading to Calgary to help launch a suit. I suspect this is what motivated the "apology"
My version of Proverbs 30:18–19 goes:
There are three things that I do not understand: the success of Al Jolson, the popularity of Milton Berle, and the appeal of Archie Comics.
I may loathe a particular pop culture product, but I normally can understand why someone else might find it appealing, either now or in the past. Those three, however, leave me stumped.
One of the ringleaders of the Islamist plot to take over British schools, Shahid Akmal, former governor at Nansen Primary School in Birmingham, is exposed today as a sexist, racist bigot.
More - Pupils allegedly 'shown images of jihad' in class
Berlin authorities have ordered pro-Gaza demonstrators to stop chanting anti-semitic messages, after protesters were reportedly heard shouting 'Gas the Jews'.
Sizeable anti-Israel rallies have been held in the German capital, with people taking to the streets allegedly chanting anti-semitic slogans. Some of the demonstrations are said to be organised by Muslim immigrants and neo-Nazi groups.
The Berlin authorities are also investigating anti-semitic behaviour by a radical Imam in the city, after a video uploaded by Israeli daily Haaretz showed an Imam calling for the obliteration of Jews, telling his followers to "kill them to the very last one".
Via the Religion of Peace where you can check out the score from this year's Ramadan Bombathon
The two big international headlines of the moment are the downing of the Malaysian jet over Ukraine and Israel's incursion into Gaza. On the face of it, these two stories don't have much in common, but they are in fact part of the same story. To know Israel it helps to know Ukraine, and to know Ukraine it helps to know Israel.
~This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the day the Soviets re-took the city of Lviv (or Lvov, according to taste) in the western Ukraine, and ended a three-year German occupation. Before the Germans arrived, there were well over 100,000 Jews in the city and just shy of 50 synagogues. On July 26th 1944, when the Soviets returned, there were a couple of hundred Jews left.
Lviv, Lvov, Lemberg had been, variously, Polish, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Habsburg, Soviet - but always, across the centuries, Jewish. All gone.
European nations, including Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria and Lithuania, are having substantial depopulation problems.
In some places, the attempts were made to fill the labor and revenue gap by allowing in immigrants from Moslem countries -- Pakistan in the UK, North Africa and Turkey elsewhere -- with the results we see today, as we watch Paris and its environs periodically aflame and central London hamstrung by anti-Semitic demonstrations.
At the same time hundreds of thousands of Christians in the Middle East are being butchered and expelled by Islamists.
'Dad was acting like a dad': Police defend father who pounded accused child molester into a 'bloody puddle'
Police defended the actions of a father who infamously beat a man into a 'bloody puddle' after walking in on him sexually molesting his 11-year-old son as the suspect made his first court appearance Monday.
Raymond Frolander, 18, was taken to a hospital before being taken to the closest police station, and his still-swollen face has shown very few signs of healing from the merciless beatdown he received only days ago.
Meanwhile at the CBC... Virtuous Pedophiles group gives support therapy cannot
Islamic Jihad Mujaheds repel zionist attempt of infiltration to Burayj with new dirigible Maloca rockets!
Artist's rendering of latest Islamic technical breakthrough.
A Gaza 'peace' rally in Toronto saw protestors allege that Hamas is not a terrorist organization and that rocket fire agaisnt Israel isn't happening.
NB - Ezra is going to Calgary to launch a suit against the cops.
While Israelis brace themselves from incessant Hamas rocket fire, anti-Israel protestors hijack previously peaceful protests against the war in Gaza on Canada's streets.
His trousers caught fire immediately, the Berliner Morgenpost reported but the flames were quickly put out by security staff outside the embassy.
"We can't rule out he had a political motive, but it is too early to say at the moment," the spokeswoman said.
The American Jewish Committee in Berlin has filed a complaint with the city's police about anti-Semitic slogans being chanted at pro-Palestine rallies, while Germany's Jewish community on Monday condemned an "explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews".
"This whole conflict," the foreign journalist said over coffee, "is a prime time show; the Palestinians provide us with the more romantic story."
Terrorism is a show; it needs a producer and a distributor. Without a certain complicity from the international media, terrorism would not be so effective and might even disappear altogether.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of the United Nations. Hamas warriors ride for free!
Mosaic of Diversity Alert: Palestine House board member thanks Syria for supplying rockets launched at Israel
Ain't multiculturalism grand?
Ok, satiated Americans and other global inhabitants, it’s time for the Jihad Challenge of the Day. I’ll give you the ANSWER and you provide the QUESTION.
Here is the answer – ISLAM.
Now, what is the question?
Well, if you gave the following question you are correct!
According to Israel, Hamas is cowardly and cynical
They hid at the El-Wafa hospital.
They hid at the Al-Aqsa hospital.
They hid at the beach, where children played football.
They hid at the yard of 75-year-old Muhammad Hamad.
They hid among the residential quarters of Shujaya.
They hid in the neighbourhoods of Zaytoun and Toffah.
Hamas, they tell us, is cowardly and cynical.
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See the link to see the full list, with its own hyperlinks. The author is trying to sound clever but sounds stupid.
Just because there do exist cases where civilians were hit and Hamas was not there, does not make the reverse true: that Hamas never hides among civilians. Nor does he say that his list is comprehensive and covers every single case. Just enough to make it sound crappy modern day “poetry.” Logic fail.
A quick look at the comments and I see no one has spotted it (although I did not read them all, I started feeling rather ill when I read: “Those are some great hiding places ... pretty much everywhere that I would have chosen too. Very poignant ... not quite Wilfrid Owen ... but almost.”)
As always, Israelis are working to treat wounded Palestinians, while Palestinians do their best to put their own people in harm’s way. This is the intended use of an ambulance, not to transport terrorists and bombs.
Jews care more about Arabs than Arabs do...
The Islamic world needs to put joint effort to revive the quintessential values of the Islamic civilization, head of Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs said Saturday.
“Suffering, violence and conflicts in various regions of the Islamic world including its storied cities like Baghdad and Damascus have been wounding every Muslim's heart profoundly,” Mehmet Gormez said on the last day of the World Islamic Scholars, Peace, Moderation and Commonsense Initiative conference in Istanbul.
“These incidents show us that the common values of the Islamic civilization are fading away in modern times. The Islamic world needs to make an effort to revive these fading values,” he said.
Gormez said they established a contact group of ten people with an aim to promote peace in the Islamic world.
“The contact group will meet governments, parliaments, international institutions, religious groups, and academic and scientific circles to discuss and propose solutions to bring about peace in conflict-hit areas in the world,” he said.
Shifa Hospital in Gaza City ‘Has Become a De Facto Headquarters for Hamas Leaders, Who Can Be Seen in Hallways and Offices’
Contrary to international rules of warfare, Hamas has commandeered a large hospital in Gaza City as its “de facto headquarters,” the Washington Post reported.
Buried eight paragraphs in, The Post‘s correspondent, William Booth, wrote on July 15:
At the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, crowds gathered to throw shoes and eggs at the Palestinian Authority’s health minister, who represents the crumbling ‘unity government’ in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The minister was turned away before he reached the hospital, which has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.Keep reading...
Unidentified men travelling on two motorcycles attacked four women, one of them a teenager, outside a jewellery shop with acid in the Kili Kamalo area on the outskirts of Quetta on Monday.
The men used syringes to discharge the acid on the women’s faces as they emerged from the shop in the busy market area and escaped after the attack. Dozens of women were present in the market as they shopped for the upcoming Eid celebrations.
This is the second acid attack on women in Quetta, with the last recorded incident in September 2011, when four young female teachers were attacked outside a school. The school had previously received threats but no group took responsibility for the attack. No arrests were made and the school reopened a few weeks later.
Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta has constituted an investigation team under the supervision of SP Saryab Imran Qureshi. The women said they do not have enmity with anyone and have not nominated any suspects. “It is premature to comment on whether any extremist outfit is behind this attack or if this is the cause of a family dispute,” Qureshi said...