January 2013

Israel and the Palestinians A briefing by Steven J. Rosen

December 17, 2012
Steven J. Rosen, director of the Middle East Forum's Washington Project and former foreign-policy director at AIPAC, addressed the Middle East Forum on December 17, 2012, via conference call. Steven Rosen and MEF President Daniel Pipes recently met with Israeli officials to discuss strategy and policy in the wake of Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority's (PA's) upgrade to a non-member observer state by the UN General Assembly. Mr. Rosen shared some insights and conclusions of these discussions.

Hamas in Gaza:

Islamic Supremacy Alive and Well in Ankara Turkey, Past and Future by Diana Muir Appelbaum

Jan.1 2013
Supersessionism refers to the belief that Christians have superseded Jews in a new covenant with God. Islam, too, sees itself as superseding all previous divine revelation but, unlike Christianity, which canonized the Old Testament embedding long centuries of pre-Christian history into the Christian narrative, Islam freely erases history itself.

The Islamization of France in 2012 by Soeren Kern

January 2, 2013
Muslim immigrants and their supporters have been using a combination of lawsuits, verbal and physical harassment -- and even murder -- to silence debate about the rise of Islam.

Opinion surveys show that to voters in France -- home to an estimated 6.5 million Muslims, the largest Muslim population in the European Union -- Islam and the question of Muslim immigration have emerged in 2012 as a top-ranked public concern. The French, it seems, are increasingly worried about the establishment of a parallel Muslim society there.

Washington Post points out: Settlements are not the main barrier to peace / Sharyn Mittelman

Jan 3 2013
Israel received strong international criticism when it announced its plans to build homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, in response to the Palestinian unilateral move to obtain ‘observer state' status at the UN General Assembly.

On December 19, all UN Security Council members except the United States criticised Israel demanding an immediate halt to new settlement construction. Four separate statements were made by the eight council members from the Non-Aligned Movement, the four European members, Russia and China.

The Palestinian Authority's Inconvenient Truths by Khaled Abu Toameh

January 3, 2013
Western journalists, funders and decision-makers need to know that there are many truths being hidden from their eyes and ears.

The truth sometimes hurts; that is why the Palestinian Authority has been working hard to prevent the outside world from hearing about many occurrences that reflect negatively on its leaders or people.

In recent years, the Palestinian Authority leadership, often with the help of the mainstream media in the US and EU, has been successful in its effort to divert all attention only toward Israel.

UK Textbook Wipes Israel Off the Map by Samuel Westrop

January 3, 2013
Why is the British Council, sponsored by the British Foreign Office, endorsing a textbook that wipes Israel off the map and indoctrinates students with anti-Western material?

Ahmadinejad promised it. Now British textbooks are doing it. Israel has been wiped off the map by Garnet Education, an English-language teaching company in Britain, whose educational textbook 'Skills in English Writing Level 1', aimed at foreign students and immigrants to the UK, contains a map with "Occupied Palestine" in place of the Jewish State.

The Palestinians and the Syrian conflict By Pinhas Inbari

02 January 2013
A growing number of signs point to the fact that rival factions in Syria are ready for an agreement, including the regime of Bashar al-Assad. While it is too early to tell if these efforts will bear fruit, the mere recognition of the need for an agreement has implications on Syria and its neighbors in the Middle East, notably the Palestinians.

Will a new intifada erupt in the West Bank? By Pinhas Inbari

24 December 2012
Over the last few months there has been an escalation in demonstrations in the West Bank, which included violent acts like stone and Motolov-cocktail throwing. Israeli security forces arrested the Hamas cells that participated in the violent demonstrations and have geared up for a potential escalation in terrorist activities.

Al-Jazeera's "Alternative Viewpoint" in Qatar's Paradise by Amin Farouk

January 4, 2013
Al-Jazeera, which bought Current TV from Al Gore, is not a communications medium in the Western sense. It is a psychological warfare medium, a fundamentalist terrorist communications base operating under Qatari cover. It sets its sights on changing regimes.

Suha Arafat admits her husband planned the Second Intifada / Sharyn Mittelman

Jan 4 2013
Since the Second Intifada, which commenced in September 2000 but unlike the first one, involved massive armed terrorism against Israeli civilians, there has been an ongoing debate as to its origins.

Iraq: Playing the Sectarian Crisis Card by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

January 2, 2013
Just as 2011 in Iraq ended with a political crisis following the issuing of an arrest warrant by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki against Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi on allegations of running a death squad, so 2012 has rounded off with another political crisis: this time involving the Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi, a member of Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya bloc.

In this case, the arrest warrant is not against Issawi himself, but rather some members of his security entourage, charged with aiding Hashemi's men in the Vice President's alleged death squad.

European Court of Justice "Lacking Any Foundation in Law" by Douglas Murray

January 4, 2013
The European Commission in recent years has been funding rabidly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic campaign groups. Parading under the banner-term of "NGOs," they have one concerted aim, which is to manipulate international opinion against Israel: Foreign government-funded subversion of a democracy.

The Ultimate `Settlements are not the Problem’ Article / Prof.B.Rubin

03 Jan 2013
It must be a new year. The Washington Post has an editorial explaining that Israeli settlements are not the main problem in the Middle East.

The Post editorial is amazing since such sanity is so rare. It begins:

“Two mistaken but widely held notions regarding Israeli-Palestinian peace are that the settlements are the principal obstacle to a deal and that further construction will make a Palestinian state impossible.”

And then it continues by laying down a detailed, factual case that’s worth repeating:

Palestinians For Dissolution of the PA by Mordechai Kedar

January 4, 2013
Occasionally a journalist must show his readers a disturbing, difficult and complex picture, so that they will not be surprised when reality hits them in the face. It is not my intention to spread anti-Israeli propaganda, but rather to illustrate the prevailing mood that confronts us, for this is the task that I am entrusted with and this is the responsibility that rests on my shoulders.

Al Gore Sells Out (to al-Jazeera) By Barry Rubin

06 Jan 2013
What would you call it if a former vice-president of the United States had sold his television network to a fascist or Communist front group at a time when such forces threatened America? Nothing very nice. But now Al Gore has sold out his admittedly obscure channel to al-Jazeera and taken a position on its board. Here's an interview of myself on this issue.

1.) Is Al Jazeera a news station a former American vice president should want to associate with?

Absolutely not. There are multiple reasons.

Will 2013 become the year of Palestine?

07 January 2013
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the country’s diplomatic corps at their annual gathering in Jerusalem that 2013 would be the year of Iran. The PLO, on the other hand, stated that 2013 would be the year of Palestine, and that all efforts would be dedicated to resolve the Palestinian issue in line with the recent UN recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state.

Israel's Arabs: Deprived or Radicalized? by Efraim Karsh

January 2013, pp. 1-19
October 1, 2000, was a watershed in Arab-Jewish relations in the state of Israel. On that day, as most Israelis were celebrating the Jewish new year, their Arab compatriots unleashed a tidal wave of violence in support of the 'al-Aqsa intifada', an all out war of terror launched by Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority a couple of days earlier.

President's Nomination of Hagel May Encourage Iran's Nuclear Ambitions by Alan M. Dershowitz

January 7, 2013
President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense risks increasing the likelihood that Iran will develop nuclear weapons. It poses that risk because Hagel is well known for his opposition both to sanctions against Iran and to employing the military option if necessary.

These views are inconsistent with the very different views expressed by President Obama. The President has emphasized on numerous occasions that he will never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons and will use military force if necessary to prevent that "game changer."

Supporting our Own Demise: Part 1 Terror Finance by Samuel Westrop

January 7, 2013
Successive British governments continue to tolerate the existence of large charities that encourage and provide for Islamist terror groups. By failing to separate British Muslims from the Islamist charities that exploit them, we flatter and legitimize supporters of terrorism as humanitarians and community leaders.

Does Chuck Hagel Really Have a ‘Jewish Problem’? By Jeffrey Goldberg

Jan 7, 2013
As if life in Washington wasn’t dispiriting enough, we must now get ready for a bruising fight over whether former Senator Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee as the new secretary of defense, has a ‘Jewish problem.’

Netanyahu the Palestinian by Alexander H. Joffe

January 2, 2013
In January, Israeli voters will go to the polls for an election that promises to hand Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a renewed mandate. Few prospects are more loathsome to the Israeli left, US President Barack Obama's administration, most European leaders, or many American Jews.

More questions about al-Jazeera as it purchases a network to create US subsidiary / Sharyn Mittelman

Jan 8 2013
Al Jazeera TV, located in and financed by Qatar and owned by Qatar's ruling al-Thani family, has just bought the struggling US left leaning channel Current TV, founded by Al Gore in 2005. This will allow al-Jazeera to have access to millions more US homes. Currently al-Jazeera is offered only by a handful of American cable and satellite distributors.

Is an Alawite state Assad's Plan B? by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

January 7, 2013
Over the course of the Syrian civil war, there has been much speculation as to what the Assad regime's endgame plan might be.

In this context has come the notion of establishing something along the lines of the "Alawite State" that existed under the French Mandate of Syria, and which Bashar al-Assad's grandfather- Suleiman al-Assad, one of the main Alawite community leaders in the period- eagerly sought to preserve rather than seeking unity with the rest of Syria.

A 'Sudanese Genocide' in Egypt? by Raymond Ibrahim

January 4, 2013
The current tensions in Egypt between the Muslim Brotherhood-led government and a fragmented populace that includes large segments of people who oppose the Islamization of Egypt—the moderates, secularists, and Christians who recently demonstrated in mass at Tahrir Square and even besieged the presidential palace—is all too familiar. One need only look to Egypt's immediate neighbor, Sudan, and its bloody history, to know where the former may be headed.

Using Cold War Tactics to Confront Iran by Daniel Pipes

January 9, 2013
As Americans seek to find an alternative to the stark and unappetizing choice of accepting Iran's rabid leadership having nuclear weapons or pre-emptively bombing its nuclear facilities, one analyst offers a credible third path. Interestingly, it's inspired by a long-ago policy toward a different foe – the Reagan administration's ways of handling the Soviet Union – yet this unlikely model offers a useful prototype.

Is Egypt the Next Sudan? by Michael Armanious

January 9, 2013
Is El-Erian's strategy really to bring the Jews back, or to push the Copts out – a topic he carefully avoided mentioning?

An Ode to 'Islamic Truth' by Raymond Ibrahim

January 7, 2013
Inasmuch as Salafis are vile and violent, so too must they be credited with being refreshingly frank and honest, especially in comparison with the "moderate"—that is, mendacious—Muslim Brotherhood.

To understand this, one must first understand that Salafis are simply modern day Muslims who closely pattern themselves after the very earliest Muslims, specifically those generations that coincided with Islam's so-called "Golden Age," beginning with Muhammad's rule, followed by the first four "righteous caliphs," circa. 622-656.1

Sweeden:The son of immigrants from Iran, Siavosh Derakhti recently won an award for his efforts to promote tolerance and educate about the Holocaust By Josefin Dolsten

Jan.8 2013
In tense Swedish city, young Muslim crusades against anti-Semitism
The son of immigrants from Iran, Siavosh Derakhti recently won an award for his efforts to promote tolerance and educate about the Holocaust

“Unfortunately, many of us don’t see each other as human beings," says 21-year-old Siavosh Derakhti. (Courtesy of Expo)

On Nov. 8, the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism gave out its first Elsa Award to a somewhat unlikely recipient: a young Muslim Swede named Siavosh Derakhti.

The European Court of Justice: Judicial Burlesque by Michael Curtis

January 10, 2013
Since 2005, the EU has given more than $48 million to more than 90 NGOs based in Israel and the West Bank. Although the EU has stressed the importance of transparency to ensure it is open to the public and accountable for its work, there is no transparency whatever regarding the allocation of most of these funds.

Hagel vows 'total support' for Israel

2013-01-08 14:01
Washington - Chuck Hagel, bracing for a bruising Senate confirmation as the next US defence secretary, pledged "total support" for Israel on Monday after lawmakers criticised his Middle East views.

There is "not one shred of evidence that I'm anti-Israeli, not one vote [of mine] that matters that hurt Israel", the former Republican senator told The Lincoln Journal Star, a newspaper in his home state of Nebraska.

Ankara's Unacknowledged Genocide Turkey, Past and Future by Efraim Karsh

Ankara's Unacknowledged Genocide
Turkey, Past and Future
by Efraim Karsh
It is commonplace among Middle East scholars across the political spectrum to idealize the Ottoman colonial legacy as a shining example of tolerance. "The multi-ethnic Ottoman Turkish Empire," wrote American journalist Robert Kaplan, "was more hospitable to minorities than the uni-ethnic democratic states that immediately succeeded it … Violent discussions over what group got to control which territory emerged only when the empire came to an end, after World War I."[1]

German Journalist Among Top Ten Anti-Semites of 2012 by Soeren Kern

January 10, 2013
"Judeophobes never call themselves 'anti-Semitic.' They are usually indignant at the very suggestion that they have something against the Jews. Their dream, in the name of human rights, has been to deny to the Jewish people a fundamental human right they would militantly defend for non-white peoples -- above all, the Palestinians -- the right to national self-determination." — from European Anti-Semitism Reinvents Itself, by the American Jewish Committee

Leader of Australian Islamist extremist group calls for world conquest through jihad / Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Jan 8 2013
The notorious Islamist organisation Hizb-Ut Tahrir ('HUT') openly avows an ideology whose ultimate goal is to transform the entire world into an Islamic state. Despite being linked to a number of terrorist attacks -- most notably the '7/7 bombings' in London -- the group is generally careful to avoid being portrayed as pro-violence.

For example, the profile of local Australian spokesperson Uthman Badar on ABC's The Drum (for which he is an occasional contributor) describes the group as:

Is the World’s Population About to Begin Falling?By Daniel Greenfield

January 10, 2013
The problem with projecting birth rates into the future is the assumption that the current trend, up or down, will continue into the future. And while there are ways to predict the likely trend into the future, those predictions depend on assumptions that can be fallible.

Abbas Reinstates a Radical Political Doctrine / Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

January 10, 2013
Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority and leader of the PLO and the Fatah movement, presented a radical political doctrine in his speech on January 4, 2013, honoring the anniversary of Fatah’s establishment. The messages Abbas conveys express the political and national vision that he bequeaths to the Palestinian people.

"Democracy is Forbidden in Islam" by Khaled Abu Toameh

January 11, 2013
"Government should be only in the hands of Allah."

Why are radical Muslims opposed to the upcoming parliamentary election in Jordan?

Because they believe that democracy is in contradiction with Islam's concept of the sovereignty of Allah's law. They argue that Islam and democracy cannot go together, and they are obviously right, especially if one considers the experiences of people living under Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hate Crime Stats Deflate 'Islamophobia' Myth by David J. Rusin

January 11, 2013
A detailed analysis of FBI statistics covering ten full calendar years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks reveals that, on a per capita basis, American Muslims, contrary to spin, have been subjected to hate crimes less often than other prominent minorities.

Egypt's Jews and the Muslim Brotherhood’s surprise offer / Zvi Mazel

11 January 2013
In the midst of an unprecedented economic and political crisis, one of the leading figures of the Brotherhood saw fit to call on Egyptian Jews to come back. Essam el-Erian, vice president of the Justice and Freedom Party – the party of the Muslim Brothers – was at the time adviser to President Mohamed Morsi. Behind that somewhat bizarre call was Erian’s belief that the State of Israel is bound to disappear within ten years. And no, he was not worried about the fate of the Jews but wanted them to move out to make room for the Palestinians.

Iran's war on human rights / Sharyn Mittelman

Jan 11 2013
Following the Iranian regime's violent crackdown on Iranians who protested the June 2009 election result, Iran's repression continued against anyone deemed to be a supporter of the ‘velvet revolution' - who were seen as working to undermine the Islamic republic.

Two Years of the Arab Spring: Reflections about Democracy in the Arab World / Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah

13 Jan 2013
During a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and several American senators, Rabin was asked how he could envisage signing a peace agreement with Arab regimes that did not profess democracy, but rather acted as oppressors of their own people. Rabin responded: “If we have to wait till democracy prevails in the Arab countries, then Israel will have to wait for a hundred years at least.”

Many of the Worst Anti-Semites Are European by Guy Millière

January 14, 2013
Many even have good consciences and feel they are on the side of The Good. If they would begin began to read some books on history, they will see that anti-Semites have always thought they were on the side of The Good.

Selection of Israel-Bashing CSU Prof a 'Clerical Error'? by Cinnamon Stillwell

Jan 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm
As reported last month by Lee Kaplan, writing for Campus Watch, Manzar Foroohar, an Iranian immigrant and a notorious anti-Israel activist who teaches modern Middle Eastern and Latin American history at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, was placed in charge of an Academic Senate 2012/2013 CSU committee charged with implementing the "Governor's Task Force on Tolerance and Anti-Semitism Training," an effort that originated in 2010 under former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Cyprus: Russia's Next Lunch? by Peter Martino

January 14, 2013
Cypriot banks cater almost exclusively to Russian oligarchs; as a consequence, tiny Cyprus is Russia's largest foreign investor. The impending fall of the Assad regime in Syria is forcing Russian President Vladimir Putin to look for an alternative to Tartus [for Russia's naval base] – leaving him with only one option: Cyprus.

Obama Administration Legitimizing Philadelphia Islamists by Hillel Zaremba

Jan 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm
State Dept. Promotes Philly Supremacist Groups as Model For Muslim World/ The Investigative Project on Terrorism reports on a State Department-sponsored visit to America by a Bulgarian Muslim delegation, to "learn about the environment of religious tolerance in the U.S. and how religious groups function in a democratic society with a separation of church and state."

Palestinians: Fatah's Armed Gangs Are Back by Khaled Abu Toameh

January 15, 2013
The US and the EU, which have been funding and training the the Palestinian security forces, need to bang on the table -- now -- for Abbas to rein in the Fatah militiamen, before scenes of anarchy, violence and lawlessness return to the West Bank.

After keeping a low profile for the past few years, Fatah's armed gangs have resurfaced in the West Bank.

Don't blame America for Syrian strife by Gary C. Gambill

January 14, 2013
As the Syrian civil war drags on, mainstream media and policy wonks have increasingly been pointing fingers at the United States. The New York Times suggests America is "sowing the seeds of future insurgencies." The International Crisis Group, a global NGO devoted to preventing armed conflict, finds that U.S. handling of Syria helps to "boost the appeal of more radical groups."

Morsi: No peace with descendants of apes and pigs By JPOST.COM STAFF

01/04/2013 16:34
Newly translated interviews by MEMRI show Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in 2010 opposing two-state solution.

Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are "a waste of time and opportunities" as Arabs and Muslims get nothing out of engagement with "the descendants of apes and pigs," current Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi asserted in September 2010, according to newly translated interviews published this week by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Abbas goes Radical / Or Avi - Guy

Jan 16 2013
In a speech on January 4, marking the occasion of the anniversary of Fatah's establishment, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President and leader of both the PLO and the Fatah movement, expressed a political vision about the aspirations for the future of Palestinians.

The "Victimology" Subterfuge by Christine Williams

January 15, 2013
To question or discuss Islam, or any religion, is not racism, it is not hate, it is not necessarily meant to "victimize" anyone. One is often left with the impression that if anyone ever felt that Mohammed, or Islam, even might have been insulted, no freedom-loving person can expect to be left in peace ever again. Canada and the West need to declare and defend a pluralistic, democratic approach to rights and freedoms without any shame, and without fear of offending anyone who might try to intimidate their citizens.

US slams Egyptian leader for calling Jews 'descendants of apes and pigs'

16 January 2013
The US government has strongly rebuked remarks that President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt made about Jews in 2010. The White House and the State Department called on the Egyptian leader to repudiate what they called unacceptable rhetoric. Spokesmen for the Obama administration said on Tuesday that Morsi’s statements were ‘‘deeply offensive’’ and ran counter to the goal of peace in Middle East. The State Department said the remarks complicated American efforts to provide economic and military aid to Egypt.