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Metropolitan Opera Stifles Free Exchange of Ideas about a Propaganda Opera

By Alan M. Dershowitz
Gatestone Insitute
October 21, 2014

ImageOn Monday night I went to the Metropolitan Opera. I went for two reasons: to see and hear John Adams' controversial opera, The Death of Klinghoffer; and to see and hear what those protesting the Met's judgment in presenting the opera had to say. Peter Gelb, the head of the Met Opera, had advised people to see it for themselves and then decide.

That's what I planned to do. Even though I had written critically of the opera—based on reading the libretto and listening to a recording—I was also critical of those who wanted to ban or censor it. I wanted personally to experience all sides of the controversy and then "decide."

Lincoln Center made that difficult. After I bought my ticket, I decided to stand in the Plaza of Lincoln Center, across the street and in front of the protestors, so I could hear what they were saying and read what was on their signs. But Lincoln Center security refused to allow me to stand anywhere in the large plaza. They pushed me to the side and to the back, where I could barely make out the content of the protests. "Either go into the opera if you have a ticket or leave. No standing." When I asked why I couldn't remain in the large, open area between the protestors across the street and the opera house behind me, all I got were terse replies: "security," "Lincoln Center orders."

Kerry Links ISIS Recruiting Success to Israel

By IPT News
October 17, 2014

Israeli government officials are fuming over remarks made by Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday which connected the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict to waves of international recruits flocking to the terrorist group ISIS.

"As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions about the ISIL coalition," Kerry said, "the truth is we – there wasn't a leader I met with in the region who didn't raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt – and I see a lot of heads nodding – they had to respond to."

In a Facebook post written in Hebrew, Israeli Communications Minister Gilad Erdan wrote, "I actually respect Kerry and his efforts, but every time he breaks new records of showing a lack of understanding of our region and the essence of the conflict in the Middle East I have trouble respecting what he says."

French Jewish girl, 17, ‘planned terror attack on parents’ store, was set to join IS’

Expert describes how loving family of ‘self-radicalized’ Paris teenager turned to her center for help

By Times of Israel staff
October 16, 2014

A young French Jewish girl was radicalized, became an anti-Semite, planned a terrorist attack at her parents’ shop and was a moment away from getting on a plane to join the Islamic State in Syria, a French anthropologist who runs a de-radicalization center in Paris revealed.

Dounia Bouzar, the founder of the Centre de Prévention des Dérives Sectaires liées à l’Islam (Center for the Prevention of Sectarian Abuses linked to Islam), told Channel 2 on Wednesday that she came across the case when the family of the 17-year-old Paris resident contacted her for help.

The center conducts research and works with French youth who have undergone Islamic radicalization and brainwashing. Some, she said, were well on the path to joining IS, including the young Jewish girl, whom she calls “A.”

UK Votes Overwhelmingly for a Racist, Terrorist, Apartheid State

By Douglas Murray
Gatestone Institute
October 16, 2014

ImageThe House of Commons is filled with people who would like to flaunt their anti-racist credentials… and show they are tough on terrorists. Yet here they were trying to will into existence a state which in the words of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking last year, "would not see the presence of a single Israeli -- civilian or soldier -- on our lands." It is a pre-Mandela apartheid they are willing into existence.

"Our enterprise extends far beyond Palestine: Palestine in its entirety, the Arab Nation in its entirety, and the entire world." -- Mahmoud al-Zahar, speech, 2010. It is what the proxies and officials of al-Qaeda and Iran have said in European capitals for years and what they say every day.

All efforts to stop the mad rush to declare Palestine a state, without the Israel's agreement as assured under international law, are dismissed as "Israeli propaganda." The idea that sensible people can sensibly object is washed away.

On Monday night British Members of Parliament passed a motion by 274 to 12 saying, "That this House believes that the Government should recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution." It comes only weeks after the Swedish Parliament passed a similar unilateral motion.

Guest Column: The Road from Qatar to the Gaza Strip

By Reuven Berko
Special to IPT News
October 15, 2014

ImageIn a recent speech, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor mentioned the central role of Qatar in supporting international terrorist organizations. Money flowing from Qatar to Hamas, for example, paid for the terrorist attack tunnels dug from the Gaza Strip under the security fence into Israeli territory, and for the thousands of rockets fired at Israeli civilian targets in both the distant and recent past. In response, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf rushed to Qatar's defense, claiming it had an important, positive role in finding a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Qatar's funding for Islamist terrorist organizations all over the world is an open secret known to every global intelligence agency, including the CIA. It was exposed by Wikileaks, which clearly showed that funds from Qatar were transferred to al-Qaida. Qatar also funds the terrorist movements opposing the Assad regime in Syria, such as the Al-Nusra Front, encourages anti-Egyptian terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula and within Egypt itself, and is involved in Islamic terrorism in Africa and other locations. It accompanies its involvement in terrorism targeting Israel and Egypt (through the Muslim Brotherhood) with vicious and inflammatory propaganda on its Al-Jazeera TV channel.

Qatar also spends millions of dollars supporting the Islamic Movement in Israel, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood headed by Sheikh Ra'ed Salah. The Islamic Movement is responsible for ongoing acts of provocation on the Temple Mount and in Judea and Samaria, and incites the entire Islamic world against Israel, claiming that the Jews are trying to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque and replace it with the Jewish Temple. The incitement continued even as the Islamic Movement's sister movement, Hamas, fired rockets at Jerusalem and endangered both the mosques on the Temple Mount and Jerusalem's sites sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg

By Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute
October 15, 2014

Image"We are living in Hamburgistan." — Daniel Abdin, imam of Hamburg's Al-Nour Mosque.

One politician has been repeatedly threatened with beheading as the price to pay for leading a fundraising campaign to provide food and water for Kurds in northern Iraq.

"As a society we must ask ourselves: how can it be that people who live in Germany and... born and raised here, are supporters of a brutal, inhuman and fundamentalist group such as the IS and attack peaceful protestors with knives, sticks and machetes. Here in Germany, the IS threatens to become a refuge for frustrated young people…." — Claudia Roth, Vice-President, German Parliament.

"Under no circumstances should [politicians who receive death threats] give in and change their stance, otherwise the extremists will have achieved their objectives." — Wolfgang Bosbach, CDU official.

How the Donors Saved Hamas

By Khaled Abu Toameh
Gatestone Institute
October 14, 2014

ImageRebuilding or repairing infrastructure in the Gaza Strip is the best thing that could have happened to Hamas. Hamas knows that every dollar invested in the Gaza Strip will serve the interests of the Islamist movement. The promised funds absolve Hamas of all responsibility for the catastrophe it brought upon the Palestinians during the confrontation with Israel.

Hamas will now use its own resources to smuggle in additional weapons and prepare for the next war with Israel. Hamas can now go back to digging new tunnels and obtaining new weapons instead of assisting the Palestinians whose homes were destroyed as a result of its actions.

The biggest mistake the donor states made was failing to demand the disarmament of Hamas as a precondition for funneling aid to the Gaza Strip. Hopes that the catastrophic results of the confrontation would increase pressure on Hamas, or perhaps trigger a revolt against it, have faded.

British MPs vote an overwhelming ‘Yes’ to Palestine

By AFP and Lazar Berman
The Times of Israel
October 14, 2014

Image274 support motion urging ‘the government to recognize the State of Palestine,’ while only 12 oppose, in vote laden with symbolism

British lawmakers voted resoundingly Monday in favor of a Palestinian state, in a debate unlikely to change government policy but laden with political symbolism.

The ayes carried the vote with 274 votes, against only 12 nays. Opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, who is Jewish, voted in support of the motion.

Prime Minister David Cameron and other government leaders abstained, and more than half of the 650 Commons members did not participate in the vote.

The initial motion that was debated declared: “This House urges the government to recognize the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel.” It was subsequently amended to add the phrase “as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution.”

U.S., Canada's RCMP Team Up with Islamists

By Christine Williams
Gatestone Institute
October 13, 2014

The handbook, endorsed last week by the U.S. State Department, is an alarming joint venture between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the National Council of Canadian Muslims, which has connections to terrorism.

The handbook recommends discontinuing the use of the words "jihad" and "terrorism," and balks at the use of the word "moderate" to describe Muslims.

Counter-terrorism specialist and lawyer David Harris testified that "there are many individuals and groups who masquerade" as moderates, who are really "faux-moderates."

"[T]heir [Muslims'] work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands… so that God's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions." — Mohamed Akram, Muslim Brotherhood operative.

A Month of Islam in Britain: September 2014

Gang Rapes, 'Junior Jihadists' and Runaway Sharia

By Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute
October 12, 2014

Image"Islam is a religion of peace and has nothing to do with the ideology of our enemies." — Home Secretary Theresa May, on the beading of David Haines by IS in Syria.

The documentary did not shed light on why the British government continues to allow Sharia law to take precedence over UK law by tolerating polygamy.

"You've got an eight, nine, 10-year-old child playing those kind of violent games with heads blowing off and limbs blowing off. What kind of mentality is that kid going to have?" — Convicted terrorist Shahid Butt blaming video games for radicalization of Muslim youth.

"Gangs raping children get let off and ignored, people making comments about it get chased down and treated more severely than the rapists." — Angry citizen in South Yorkshire

Israel fails to tie rebuilding Gaza to disarming Hamas

As 50 nations in Cairo pledge billions to rebuild the Strip, Livni blames Netanyahu for Israel being sidelined

By Times of Israel staff and AP
October 12, 2014

ImageIsrael has failed to link international assistance for the rehabilitation of Gaza after the summer’s war to its central demand that Hamas disarm, Israeli officials acknowledged Sunday, as delegates representing some 50 nations and 20 regional and international organizations pledged billions to rebuild the Palestinian enclave.

An Israeli official was quoted by Channel 2 admitting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that Hamas give up its arms — endorsed in principle by the US, EU and others at the end of the 50-day conflict — had not prevailed as a condition for overseas funding to rehabilitate Gaza. The funding for reconstruction, the official said, would flow so long as the ceasefire was maintained. Further development of Gaza after such reconstruction, the official said, would be contingent on the demilitarization of the Strip.

Israeli officials noted that a mechanism had been agreed, with UN involvement, to ensure that international funding not be diverted to finance the rebuilding of Hamas’s military capabilities. But sources quoted by Channel 10 expressed concern that such a mechanism would not hold firm, and the same TV report quoted sources in Gaza as saying there was no practical way to control how such money would be spent. The head of the Israeli Air Force’s Air Defense Command told The Times of Israel last week that Hamas has resumed rocket manufacturing in Gaza.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said earlier Sunday that Gaza reconstruction efforts would need the consent of Israel, which was not invited to the international conference in Cairo. “Gaza cannot be rebuilt without the cooperation and participation of Israel,” he said.

Iraq Slave Markets Sell Women for $10 to Attract ISIS Recruits

By Fiona Keating
October 11, 2014

ImageIslamic militants selling Christian and Yazidi women, according to United Nations. Islamic militants in Iraq have created slave markets, trading and selling women and children of Christian and Yazidi groups, according to UN investigators. At least 2,500 women and children have been imprisoned, sexually abused and sold for around $10 each by Isis slavers.

The slave markets in the al-Quds area of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria have been used as a way of attracting new recruits to Islamic State, the UN said according to a Times report. Women who were captured at the end of August managed to contact the UN, having kept hold of their mobile phones. They reported being subject to sexual assaults.

The UN study is based on claims made in 450 interviews with Iraqi witnesses to alleged war crimes.UN high commissioner for human rRights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein told the Daily Mail: “The array of violations and abuses perpetrated by ISIL and associated armed groups is staggering, and many of their acts may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity.”

Despite Egyptian President Sisi's efforts, Muslim Brotherhood won't go away

By Al-monitor, Staff
Unity Coalition for Israel
October 11, 2014

ImageDespite Sisi's efforts, Muslim Brotherhood won't go away. In political Islam vernacular, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s visit to New York and his attendance at the environmental summit and the UN General Assembly can be called the Battle of New York. This visit was well arranged. The president was accompanied by a large delegation that included diplomats, as well as prominent Egyptian media and other figures, whose presence was meant to show that Sisi enjoyed popular support.

The Egyptian media and diplomatic corps had expressed their fear of an attempt to embarrass the president during his speech — walkouts by delegations or demonstrations by his opponents in front of the UN — but nothing happened along those lines.

Crowds of supporters outnumbered opposition demonstrators. The media also showed the scene in a way that communicated support for Sisi and marginalized his opposition. The only speech attacking the Egyptian regime was given by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who insisted on mentioning what happened in Egypt after the June 30 Revolution, calling it a “coup.” Erdogan seemed to be the only one to criticize Sisi.

Youngest Ever Winner Nobel Peace Prize

The Times of Israel
October 10, 2014

Image17-year-old child rights activist wins Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, honored alongside Kailash Satyarthi of India, was shot by a Taliban activist in 2012

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work for children’s rights.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the two “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

Malala, 17, is the youngest ever winner of a Nobel Prize. A schoolgirl and education campaigner in Pakistan, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago.

Britain, Sweden - and a State of Palestine?

By Denis MacEoin
Gatestone Institute
October 10, 2014

Many politicians and members of the public have come to see Palestinians as the world's underdogs, who, however ugly their behaviour, can do no wrong; and to portray Israel as a Nazi state that persecutes the Palestinians and "steals" the land -- mystifyingly -- of a people, the Jews, who have lived on that land for roughly 4,000 years.

"In a final resolution, we would not see a single Israeli -- civilian or soldier -- on our lands." — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight and kill the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and the trees will say, O Muslims, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. " — Hamas Charter, Article 7.

"[T]his struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated." Article 19, — Fatah [PLO] Constitution, as of July 19, 2005.

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