Happy Birthday, HamasIt's Hamas birthday, and they're throwing a big bash in Gaza
(hat tip to Michael Travis):Tens of thousands of people have turned out in Gaza City for a rally to mark 20 years since Hamas was founded. Waving green flags and banners, crowds of Palestinian men, women and children filled a large square for the event. Analysts say turnout is seen as a vital test of support for Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip in June from its Fatah rivals. In a defiant website statement, Hamas's leader in exile, Khaled Mashaal, vowed the group would not renounce violence. Speaking from Damascus, Syria, he said Palestinians were capable of mounting a new uprising against Israeli occupation, like the intifadas of 1987 and 2000. "Whoever thinks that Hamas has reached a dead end is wrong," he added, in his anniversary message to the militant Islamist organisation's website. (Pastorius comment: Wait a minute, who said anything about them being at a dead end? The fact that this guy is making this comment, when no one even said such a thing must mean that he believes they are at a dead end. Well, that is good news, if true.)He also said Fatah leader and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads a moderate government in the West Bank, did not have a mandate to negotiate with Israel. A huge banner hung from a building near the scene of Saturday's rally read: "We will not recognise Israel." I guess you could call that their party platform.Since it's their birthday, let's have a look at the words of their founding document, the Hamas Charter:"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."
"The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. ""There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."
"After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying."
Some things to note:
When Hamas says the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf, they mean the land of Israel belongs to Muslims.
The Protocols of the Elders Of Zion is a racist tract originally published in Russia in the early twentieth century. Despite the fact that it was long ago debunked it continues to be a big seller in the Islamic world to this day
. The fact that Hamas refers to it in their charter ought to tell you everything you need to know about Hamas; that is they are a vile, racist organization.Click here to learn about The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
The United Nations
Back on Sept. 3rd, 2001, just eight days before the World Trade Center attacks, the United Nations held an anti-racism conference, the sole purpose of which turned out to be to brand Israel an apartheid state.
The conference, which was held in Durban, South Africa, has been described as the birth of the new anti-Semitism. Here's an article from Ken Timmerman on the first Durban conference
:The "ideological prologue" to September 11 was a raucous and hate-filled event that played itself out half a world away in Durban, South Africa, a normally stately and elegant coastal city along the Indian Ocean.
The third United Nations "World Conference Against Racism" was intended to counterbalance the G-8 summits so the "forgotten peoples" of the world could make their voices heard amid the clamor of globalization and international capitalism. Jesse Jackson was there, demanding that America pay trillions of dollars in reparations for slavery, an institution America led the world in abolishing more than 140 years ago. Fidel Castro and Yasser Arafat were there, as were AIDS activists, homosexual groups, women's rights organizations, former Communists, Maoists, environmentalists and animal-rights and global-warming activists.
In the end, neither Jesse Jackson nor anyone else said one word about actual slavery – the real kind, still going on today in Sudan. Nor was racism – the real kind, that led to the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Tsutsis in Rwanda – on the agenda. Anti-Semitic violence was not on the table, despite the continuing murder of Israeli civilians and foreign tourists in cafés, restaurants and street markets and the desecration of Jewish synagogues across Europe.
The nations of the world and some 6,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) had come together for a different purpose. It was so overwhelming that it united such otherwise opposing groups as radical Islamic fundamentalists from Saudi Arabia, Iran and Malaysia, and sexual libertarians and abortion-on-demand activists from Europe. It united Yasser Arafat, Jesse Jackson and the 16 governmental delegations of the European Union whose representative, Swedish ambassador to Switzerland Johan Molander, helped prepare the documents and resolutions that were to be adopted in Durban. That purpose was a deep-rooted, unquenchable hatred of America and of the only successful democracy in the Middle East, Israel.
In the documentation packets handed out at the official registration desk, the tens of thousands of delegates who attended the conference received a pamphlet distributed by the Arab Lawyers Union, which contained caricatures of hook-nosed Jews worthy of the Nazi propaganda newspaper, Der Sturmer. On the cover, the booklet bore the title: "That is the fact … Racism of Zionism & 'Israel,'" over a huge swastika that was intertwined with the Israeli Star of David. On the back cover, the booklet reproduced the official logo of the United Nations conference.
"It was clearly designed to look to a casual observer like an official conference document, which it definitely was not," Samuels recalls. "I gave it to Mary Robinson just before she rose to give her speech at the opening dinner for the NGOs." Robinson, a former president of Ireland, was the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights and secretary-general of the conference.
What happened next shocked nearly everyone at the dinner, especially Samuels, who had seen Mrs. Robinson bow and scrape to every demand from the Arab and Islamic groups.
"She stood up at the podium and waved the book, and said it had no place at a conference dedicated to human dignity. 'When it comes to this,' she said, 'I am a Jew.' She repeated it three times: 'I am a Jew.'"
The reaction to her speech was so childish it would have been amusing if it weren't indicative of the rabid anti-Semitism swelling the Durban conference halls. The next day, Samuels says, he "received a call from a puzzled reporter from the German Press Agency, asking me, ' Is it true? Is she really a Jew?' That evening, Hamas sent out an e-mail saying, 'We knew it all along. Now she's going to get it.'"
Beyond the words, violence was never very far away. When the handful of Jewish groups who attended the conference sought to present evidence of how they had been "harassed and discriminated against" during the pre-Durban meetings, Arab activists stormed the hall and "began shouting, singing and pushing in front of the speakers" until they had to cut short the press conference.
"This is typical of how we have been treated during this conference," said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who had joined Samuels in Durban. For Anne Bayefsky, a professor from New York's Columbia University Law School, "It couldn't get much worse. Some of the Jewish delegates are hiding their accreditation badge because it identifies them as from Israel or as Jewish."
Fierce anti-Israeli demonstrations on the streets of Durban became "a venomous carnival of incitement," with demonstrators handing out flyers "portraying Jews with fangs dripping blood and wearing helmets inscribed with Nazi swastikas." One flyer showed a picture of Hitler, saying: "What if I had won?" Underneath were two possibilities. "The good things – there would be NO Israel and NO Palestinians' blood shed. The bad things – I wouldn't have allowed the making of the new Beetle." Full-size posters of Hitler were on display at the stand of the Arab Lawyers Union in the Conference Documentation Center.
Lord Greville Janner, a member of the British Parliament and longtime pro-democracy activist, called Durban "the worst example of anti-Semitism that I have ever seen."
Now, the United Nations wants to hold Durban part 2
:The whole idea of Durban 2 is a nightmare come true. A conference against racism became almost wholly a conference against Zionism and the Jewish State. The Ford Foundation finally repented its financial support for the sewer which the project had become.Now there's an appropriation before the United Nations to appropriate money for a second conference which, if the activities of the U.N. Human Rights Council is any precedent, will be another jamboree of hatred towards Israel. Apparently U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Zalmay Khalilzad, is pressing the State Department for instructions to vote such an appropriation. There is little time to prevent such an enormity. Khalizad is a fool, as was proven by his tenure in Iraq. He should not be rewarded by being able to call the shots on this matter.Here's a question for the Democratic candidates: do they think that bloated and biased assemblies such as the one held in Durban deserve duplication? If not why don't they stand up and say so? Let's hear from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for whom this query should not put them between a rock and a hard place. And, if it does, God save the Democratic Party.Pamela, at Atlas Shrugs has an excellent post up on the subject
The NIE Report - The American Government Ignoring The Holocaust All Over Again
While the Jews were being railroaded to their death during World War II, good people did nothing. England did nothing to help. America did nothing to help. Christians did almost nothing.Yid With Lid says it looks as if the same thing is happening all over again, and I agree
:Sixty-five ago, FDR and his team showed calculated indifference towards the Jews, thwarted efforts to rescue them and and closed the borders to Hitler’s victims. There are indeed lessons to be learned from how the Allies ignored the Nazi genocide---- because when you consider the NIE report from last week, and the fact that the US is now negotiating with Iran it looks as if it is happening all over again. By 1942 Hitler’s evil plan to murder the Jewish People was known all over the world. U.S. newspapers published eyewitness reports from Warsaw, Poland that 700,000 Polish Jews had been massacred. In the summer of 1942, Dr. Gerhart Riegner, a Jewish leader in Switzerland, got a hold of a secret communication from Germany that documented the “Final Solution,” including the chosen method – Zyklon B gas. The State Department suppressed the report for months (they "loved" the Jews even then). R. Borden Reams, the State Department Specialist on Jewish Issues, said at the time that if the reports got ot, “the way will then be open for further pressure from interested groups for action that might affect the war effort. Six months later, the State Department went so far as to cut off all reports “of that sort” from Switzerland. In late 1942, FDR released a statement that there would be no Allied reprisals for Nazi war crimes. Over the next year, FDR refused to meet with Jewish leaders and never once mentioned the Jews in his weekly press conferences.Read the whole thing
Today my Pastor said, "Sometimes I wonder what one person like me, an American living in Orange County, California, can do about Darfur."
Here's the answer, since my Pastor doesn't know. We can speak up and tell the truth.
Doing something about Darfur, or about Iran is a matter of political will. Pastors have a pulpit from which they reach hundreds and sometimes thousands of people. If those people were mobilized and angry, they would pressure their Congressmen and Senators, and something would be done.
Interestingly enough, the problem is the same in both cases, Iran and Darfur. The problem is Islam. In Darfur, the Islamic government is killing the Christians, Animists, and Sufis (Sufism is a peaceful brand of Islam). In Iran, the President is threatening to wipe Israel off the map. In both cases, Muslim governments are doing these things because they believe their religion calls for them to act in this way. And, the Koran backs them up on their beliefs.
Hey look, if I can speak up and tell the truth, certainly my Pastor can do so also. Or, at least, so you'd think.