The Jerusalem District Prosecutor's Office has submitted to the Jerusalem District Court indictments against three Arab residents of Jerusalem for acts of terror, aggravated assault, arson, and intentional destruction of a vehicle, due to racist motives.Desensitization to violence, through religion or otherwise, is one of the most abominable things to be found in this modern world, yet nobody's willing to address the subject convincingly, if at all.
The Arabs, ages 21 and 23, are being charged for attempting to lynch a Jewish civilian, as part of the recent wave of violent riots and attacks against police officers and civilians.
According to the indictment, on April 22, the Jewish civilian, who was dressed as a religious Jew, traveled on the main road in Wadi al-Joz, on his way to the Western Wall. As his vehicle stood in a traffic jam near the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, one of the passersby yelled at those grouped next to him that a "settler" vehicle was at the scene.
When the others heard the call, they began throwing stones at the Jew's vehicle, kicking it, and attempting to remove him from it. The rioters hit the vehicle, breaking its windows. At one point, the victim succeeded in exiting the vehicle and running a few meters in an attempt to escape the rioters. However, the rioters chased after him and caught him, threw him to the ground, and beat him all over his body, as they kicked him and stepped on him.
Among the rioters who hit the victim while he was lying on the ground were two suspects against whom indictments were submitted. At one point, the victim succeeded in escaping by foot towards a nearby ambulance. After he escaped the scene, the mob continued to attack his vehicle.
The third suspect took a carton from a nearby garbage bin, lit it on fire, and used it to set the vehicle on fire - all due to racist motives. As a result of the suspects' actions, the Jewish civilian suffered injuries and a cut to his head, and suffered pains throughout his entire body.
The Prosecutor's Office has requested that the court order the suspects' arrest to be extended until the completion of legal proceedings against them. The request notes that the suspects took part in beating a civilian for several long minutes, while he was lying helpless on the ground, kicking him and hitting him with a motorcycle helmet. These circumstances prove the severity of the crimes, and that they were done with great violence and cruelty.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
stop talking about Palestine without talking to Palestinians— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) May 8, 2021
the idea that political realities in Palestine are too old or complex to comprehend is just propaganda obfuscating obviously racist violence— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) May 8, 2021
it is exactly what it looks like
a lot of you are basically like 'RESIST! RESIST! unless you're Palestinian because like the middle east is really complicated and there's blame on both sides'— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) May 10, 2021
I see he's repeating the Israel-delegitmizing Palestine propaganda, which was refuted by Golda Meir in her time. And Ahmed's not the only person working in comics who's taken this anti-Israel stance. There's also G. Willow Wilson:
if you're human enough to know the cops are lying in other situations it's gross and racist to believe them in Palestine just because you're scared of guys wearing kaffiyehs— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) May 10, 2021
If you've seen any of the footage coming out of Sheikh Jarrah in recent days, you can't help but be horrified. Imagine if it was your house, your kids, your family. Yet the world shrugs. https://t.co/Qj8NPUUQE3— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) May 7, 2021
So she's inciting against the Jewish National Fund by extension. Both she and Ahmed ignore the following history:
“Two of the primary settler organizations driving these evictions are registered and have tax-deductible charity status in the United States, from where they receive the majority of their funding.” https://t.co/rZlLnn5Lkn— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) May 8, 2021
The Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood, a.k.a. Sheikh Jarrah, is located in north Jerusalem, near the Shimon Hatzadik Cave and the Nahalat Shimon neighborhood. The neighborhood was established by Jewish settlers in 1890, and its Jewish residents were forced out by the British mandatory government during the War of Independence. In the early 2000s, after a long legal battle, Jewish residents started to come back to Shimon Hatzadik.More on this subject at Israel Today. None of this means anything to two phony scribes who don't belong in comicdom, or the literary world, for that matter. In fact, considering all the damage the Hamas has been doing by extension even long before the latest series of terrorist attacks this week, which has now resulted in at least 2 deaths in Israeli neighborhoods, that's exactly why I'm sure a lot of people would like to know: how much longer do any comic publishers intend to continue employing Ahmed and Wilson, or anybody who spouts anti-Israel propaganda like they are? Marvel parted ways with Ardian Syaf 4 years ago, following his anti-semitic tirades being discovered, yet they're still okay working with Ahmed and Wilson? I think all publishers who could be working with them would do well to consider, because this is bound to cause serious harm, in public relations and other ways, sooner or later.
In the 1950s and ’60s, King Hussein of Jordan plied the Arabs of Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem under his rule with real estate to maintain their loyalty to the crown. Among those properties were those vacated Jewish homes in Sheikh Jarrah.
In 1967, Israel liberated the eastern part of Jerusalem. Israeli law is very clear regarding allowing Jews to ask for and receive homes they had been kicked out of in what was briefly known as the “west bank.”
Right-wing Jewish organizations have been engaged for several decades in the effort to retrieve Jewish property that had been captured by Jordan in 1948. These groups either represent the Jewish owners or purchase from their heirs the rights to those properties. Several Jewish families have been able to take back their properties in Sheikh Jarrah, as well as two Jewish trusts that have owned real estate there since the beginning of the neighborhood.
And they're not the only ones. There's also Nadia Shammus, a "palestinian-American" writer who was hired to do yet another run of Muslim Ms. Marvel stories, and she supports, for example, the BDS movement:
And also parrots anti-Zionist propaganda:
If you are considering what you can do besides speaking up online, which is a huge help, please research the BDS boycott movement and implement it into your life. https://t.co/WKi05TS0P4— Nadia Shammas 🇵🇸 (@Nadia_Shammas_) May 8, 2021
No doubt, she's one of those kind of people who doesn't know Zionism is a word synonymous with patriotism, and I guess Shammus despises the UAE and Bahrain for their peace deal with Israel last year, along with the UAE's willingness to sell Israeli products on their markets. Does Marvel still intend to approve employment for Shammus after what she's said about Stan Lee's Israeli brethren?
LRT: if you are going to a march for Palestine, please remember to blur out any faces from any photos you take, and know that there are always Zionist counter-protesters who will do whatever they can to get a rise out of you, they will have cops on standby, so be careful— Nadia Shammas 🇵🇸 (@Nadia_Shammas_) May 11, 2021
It's a terrible shame these scribes were contracted in the first place by any publishers working with them. It's an insult to the Jews who oversaw creation of the comics they're working on now, and Marvel/DC for starters would do well to address if they understand the embarrassment they're causing, at the expense of the past Jewish contributors to comicdom. This is simply not acceptable.
Thursday, May 06, 2021
A soldier and police officer were lightly injured in a suspected ramming attack at the Tapuah junction east of Ariel in the West Bank on Wednesday.One of the suspects connected with this attack is being pursued:
According to Israel Police, the suspected terrorist arrived at the scene and rammed into the two security personnel at the junction, injuring them lightly. The suspect was shot by security forces after he exited the vehicle and ran toward police with a knife, and is in moderate condition.
The IDF and Israel Police both confirmed that they had received initial reports of a terrorist ramming attack at the junction on Wednesday and were investigating the incident. The IDF announced that a soldier was one the two people injured.
“When we arrived at the scene, two injured people, men about the ages of 20 and 23, were walking at the scene conscious and suffering from light wounds,” explained Aviel Mamlia, a senior MDA paramedic. “We provided them with initial medical care and transferred them in light condition to continued treatment at a hospital.”
Israeli security forces surrounded a building in the West Bank village of Akraba on Wednesday with suspicion that the suspect of the Tapuah junction shooting was inside.Well let's hope they're caught soon. But it's clear the Islamic plague of jihadism will remain for quite a while.
Gunfire and explosions were heard for several hours with a live feed of the incident playing out on Facebook.
By noon however it was reported that the shooter was not inside.
The suspect was identified as Muntasir Shalabi, who is alleged to have shot and wounded three Israelis at the Tapuach Junction on Sunday.
Shalabi is reportedly from the town of Turmus Aiya, near Ramallah, according to Palestinian media reports quoted by Channel 12. He had recently returned from living in the US, the report said. Further media reports claim that Shalabi also had US citizenship before returning to the Palestinian territories.
Overnight Wednesday, Shalabi's wife was detained by Israeli security forces. She was later released.
Shalabi’s 17-year-old son was detained by troops in a raid on his village of Turmas Ayya earlier in the day.
Security forces have been going house to house in Akraba and the surrounding villages and have arrested dozens of Palestinians, many of them family members of the suspect, on suspicion that they provided shelter or other support to Shalabi who has since been on the run.
Those arrested for suspected involvement in the attack were handed over to the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). The IDF confiscated the burnt remnant of the shooter’s bullet-ridden vehicle on Monday.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was acquitted on Tuesday of breaking hate speech laws in late 2015 when she posted images of Islamic State atrocities on Twitter.It was all just an excuse for divisive politics the prosecution was looking for. A way for them to say they're otherwise lenient on Islamofascism. Which is exactly what makes this disgraceful. It's good she was acquitted.
Le Pen displayed the three images, including one of the decapitated body of American journalist James Foley, after a prominent television interviewer compared her party to ISIS.
She was charged under an article in the penal code that prohibits the dissemination of violent messages that could seriously harm human dignity.
Prosecutors had sought a fine of 5,000 euros, far below the maximum sentence of three years in jail or a 75,000 euro penalty.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Rejecting US President Joe Biden’s remarks on Armenian claims about the events of 1915, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday said that the statement lacks any scholarly or legal basis and is not supported by the evidence.This is surprising indeed, considering what the Democrats are like these days. France 24 says their were local crowds of Armenians going out to condemn Erdogan, with good reason.
“We reject and denounce in the strongest terms the statement of the President of the US regarding the events of 1915,” the Ministry, stated, noting that it was made “under the pressure of radical Armenian circles and anti-Turkey groups”[...]
President Joseph Biden officially recognized the Armenian Genocide, today, rejecting the longest-lasting foreign gag-rule in American history and dealing a major setback to Turkey’s century-long obstruction of justice for this crime.
But what's really worth considering is that on this topic, of all things, a leftist did what a rightist may have fallen short of doing: showing the courage to unambiguously address what this subject is about. And it's something conservatives are going to have to learn from. If right-wingers really want to prove they're worthy of leadership, they have to do exactly what the otherwise awful Biden did, and show they have the guts to call the Armenian Genocide committed by Turkey's Ottoman jihadists just that. This should not even be remotely difficult to consider.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
On 4 April 2017, Traoré, a jobless drug dealer and addict, had violently beaten his 64-year-old Jewish neighbour, shouting “Allah Akbar” and reciting verses from the Quran. The 27-year-old then threw her into the courtyard of their apartment building in Belleville, in eastern Paris. The psychiatric experts who worked on the case all agree that he was suffering from a “delusional state” at the time of the murder of the 60-year-old.Already, this is turning out to be one of the most antisemitic-laced trials in modern history, and in addition, demonstrates how the legal system in France is collapsing. Now, to mend this damage and seek proper justice is going to be very difficult going forward, along with how to repair a seriously injured justice system in Europe that's equally demeaning to women.
The Court last December considered that the discernment of the murderer had been abolished at the time of the facts.
Lawyers for Sarah Halimi’s relatives have announced their intention to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.
“It is a great disappointment, a great sorrow,” Julie Buk Lament, lawyer for Sarah Halimi’s relatives told French radio. Traoré’s lawyer, Patrice Spinosi, described the decision as “a reasonable one, in line with its usual jurisprudence.’’
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Israel came to a standstill on Wednesday morning with a two-minute memorial siren at 11 a.m. commemorating 23,928 fallen soldiers and terror victims, including 43 soldiers and civilians killed since last Memorial Day.And that too is vital to consider.
During the siren, traffic around the country came to an abrupt halt, as Israelis stopped driving to stand beside their cars and people at home bowed their heads in somber silence. [...]
The Wednesday morning official ceremony was joined by families of the fallen, soldiers from across the army’s units and divisions, as well as the nation’s leaders, President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, chief rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau, IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, Supreme Court chief justice Esther Hayut, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman and Mossad head Yossi Cohen.
The prime minister delivered his main Memorial Day address at the ceremony.
“Together we stand, united and hurting, alongside all of Israel’s citizens,” said Netanyahu. “We have raised excellent sons and daughters, who for 73 years have been risking their lives to protect Israel’s independence. Seventy-three years of grief, 73 years of revival.”
“Each one of us remembers the moment when they received the news about their fallen loved ones,” added the premier, who lost his brother Yoni in Operation Entebbe in 1976. “When my brother died, I didn’t know whether and how I would get back on my feet. I felt like someone who lost an organ — a hand, a leg, a heart.”
Appearing to hint at recent tensions with Iran and the series of attacks on Tehran’s nuclear facilities and ships that have been blamed on Israel, Netanyahu added: “We should never remain complacent in the face of threats of war and annihilation by those who seek our demise.”
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Holocaust Remembrance ceremonies were held Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, to coincide with the official ceremony in Israel — the first time such events have been held in an Arab state.One vital question that matters is whether these countries will acknowledge the role played by Islam in the Holocaust, including Jerusalem-based mufti Haj Amin Husseini's role. For now, the ceremonies being held are definitely an important start.
The local Jewish communities organized the ceremonies in the two countries, which last year signed normalization agreements with Israel.
“A historic first event to mark the memory of the Holocaust,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “Israeli and Emirati activists lit six candles in memory of the six million who perished, and are now standing against extremism. We will not forget.”
Images of the events shared on social media showed dozens of people participated.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned the UAE event during his speech at Israel’s official ceremony in Jerusalem.
Speaking of Israel’s normalization agreements with the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, Netanyahu said “there is a tremendous change in the Arab world” and noted the Holocaust remembrance ceremony being held in Dubai.
“Who would have believed?” he said.
The ceremony in Dubai included a delegation of Jewish and Arab Israelis, Channel 12 reported. Several dozen social media influencers in the Gulf were to join them and organizers said they hoped they would pass on the stories of survival and remembrance.
MK Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party and candidate for prime minister, on Wednesday night flew to the US for vacation.He should be ashamed of himself, as should his spokesman. There were people on social media who found this offensive too:
Wednesday night marked the beginning of Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, which continues until Thursday evening.
As a result of his flight, Lapid, the son of Holocaust survivor Tommy Lapid, was absent from the official Holocaust memorial ceremonies at both the Knesset and Yad Vashem.
His spokesman told Arutz Sheva: "Be strong, he's coming back for Independence Day."
"The State of Israel is dealing with existential challenges and a challenging post-coronavirus period, and what does Yair Lapid do? He travels to the US. The audacity of a 'leader,'" wrote Dr. Haim Misgav.Lapid gets away with this because of his politics. Absolutely repellent. It proves he's simply not qualified for being a premier.
One person tweeted: "I read this last night and I couldn't believe it. On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yair Lapid flies off to vacation? Especially because of his family history, I can't believe it."
Another tweeted: "I understand that the memorial day for the Holocaust isn't important. For some reason I have the feeling that if this were [Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu, we would see an offensive and insulting campaign about this disrespect."
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
They call it the "bunker"- a few windows, all screened, a flag on the roof. "It looks like a foreign embassy in a hostile country". In July 2013, following a police check on a veiled woman, 400 residents stormed the building. The siege lasted several hours and required, from the police, 700 stun grenades and tear gas. A helicopter was mobilized.“It looked like a war scene,” a policeman said at the time.Even if this is only one part of the city, it's still a terrible tragedy it's come to this, and many Jewish residents have long left. The way things are going now is definitely poisonous for the country as a whole.
The attacks have continued since then. The latest dates back to Saturday 27 March. Eight mortar rounds with fireworks hit the front of the building.
What building? It is the police station of Trappes, a French town of 35,000 inhabitants, at the center of a long investigation by the weekly Valeurs Actuelles.
The "brigades" go around the city. Those so called are the followers of the Islamic fundamentalist movement Tabligh who, all dressed in white, enforce the religious prescriptions on the inhabitants. Sharia law, Islamic law. They intervene against those who drink, against a lightly veiled woman ...
Hostility becomes palpable and very visible on certain occasions, such as September 11, 2001, the day of the attacks on the World Trade Center. A policeman recalls this chilling scene: “I was driving a scooter in the city center of Trappes. The residents cheered and shouted for joy ”.
Sudan's Cabinet voted on Tuesday to repeal a 1958 law that forbade diplomatic and business relations with Israel, it said in a statement, the latest development in relations between the two countries.So it appears they're following through with what was arranged when Donald Trump was POTUS, and making a more official agreement with Israel after all these years. And that's very thankful news indeed.
The move needs the approval of a joint meeting of Sudan's sovereign council and Cabinet, which serves as Sudan's interim legislative body, to come into effect, the Cabinet said.
While Sudan's civilian authorities have maintained that the decision to initiate relations with Israel would be left to the yet-to-be-formed transitional parliament, Tuesday's vote is seen as a step that could pave the way for official visits and further diplomatic ties.
Fisher was raised by a single mother and his grandmother in Lawnside, New Jersey — a community that he notes was the first self-governing Black municipality north of the Mason-Dixon Line. He says he felt a new sense of urgency to speak out when the pandemic hit and the Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets.The allegations made by Fisher, IIRC, were that Johns was one of Joss Whedon's enablers (reportedly, Gal Gadot also had problems with Whedon, and according to this report, even some Buffy performers accused him of harassment). And in that sense, yes, he could've been, or at least, did nothing to get Whedon to cut out any irrational behavior on his part. That said, it's irritating to think Fisher's raising this whole subject based on BLM, since, as any realistic coverage makes clear they're a movement built on some of the most reprehensible ideologies around, not the least being antisemitism, acceptance of Islam, and even LGBT ideology (which, as noted before, is still considered anathema to the Religion of Peace), and if Fisher accepts BLM in any way, he's only making it difficult to give him backing. Yet that's not saying I care what's happening to Johns' reputation now, if the very same PC crowd he was more or less a part of is throwing him under the bus. Still, the following is interesting:
To Fisher, who had few screen credits, playing the half-man, half-machine Cyborg — the first Black superhero in the DC film universe — was both a huge career break and a major responsibility. (Justice League was released in 2017, the year before Marvel broke ground with Black Panther.) He was mindful that the film was overseen almost entirely by white executives and filmmakers.
While Fisher has dropped details and named names, outsiders have struggled to understand: How did Whedon incur his anger? Did Fisher really decline to participate in an investigation that was launched in response to his own complaints, as Warners claimed in September? Was Fisher fighting a righteous battle or a quixotic one when he set out on a path that appears to have cost him a place in the DC film universe?
Multiple sources tell THR that the show's creators were passionate about doing some nontraditional casting and that Regé-Jean Page, who would go on to become a breakout star of Bridgerton, had auditioned for the role of Superman's grandfather. But Johns, who was overseeing the project, said Superman could not have a Black grandfather. The creators also wanted to make one superhero character, Adam Strange, gay or bisexual. But sources say Johns vetoed the idea.Why specifically Cavill, but not a dark-haired white guy who could be 6'3 in height? Granted, it would've been embarrassingly bad if Adam Strange were changed to suit a LGBT agenda - quite possibly at Alanna's expense - for the sake of these politicized TV shows and films now in store, especially after Tom King put out such a horror story co-starring the 2nd Mr. Terrific, and that's an act of potential race-slighting nobody in the MSM thinks to consider. But let's also consider Johns was one of the DC contributors who supported the retcon to Roy Thomas' creation, Obsidian/Todd Rice from Infinity Inc, who'd been changed to homosexual as far back as the mid-90s, and did Johns ever do anything to prevent such agenda exploitation, or reverse it? Nope, nor did he ever try to keep James Robinson from shoving Alan Scott into a similar situation. Oh, and lest we forget, Johns was a co-writer of Countdown to Infinite Crisis, the 2005 crossover-precursor that saw white Ted Kord violently murdered by abruptly changed to baddie Max Lord, all so they could clear a path for putting in a diverse replacement as Blue Beetle, the Mexican-American character Jaime Reyes. If they hadn't resorted to such extreme methods, I'm sure there'd be a lot less objections to having a character of different race take over the role. Instead, under the pseudo-guidance of Dan DiDio, they treated the white originators of the roles and their co-stars like crap on their way out. And they wonder why the comics lost so much of their audience over 15 years ago?
"Geoff celebrates and supports LGTBQ characters, including Batwoman, who in 2006 was re-introduced as LGBTQ in a comic-book series co-written by Johns," says Johns' rep in an email. Johns also pitched Warners on developing a television show around the first LGBTQ lead DC superhero television series, he adds. As for the role of Superman's grandfather, the rep says Johns believed fans expected the character to look like a young Henry Cavill.
If Johns' approach to live action films and TV differed in any way from his comics writing, there is a possible explanation to that: commercialism, and the apparent belief among people of his ilk that nobody in the wider public could give a crappy damn about the comics proper. That was one of the reasons why David Goyer's live action contributions to Superman a decade ago may have differed from what he was doing in the comics, making Supes forfeit US citizenship. Back then, the entertainment industry was still considerate to some extent of whether the wider public appreciated patriotism, a situation that's drastically changed now. And yet, not only has Johns has been involved with almost every live action adaptation to come out of WB, many of these productions do involve left-wing politics, and SJW themes. He was an executive producer on the Birds of Prey movie, as well as being a co-writer for Wonder Woman 1984, both films which build on current liberal ideologies that're pretty noxious. This being more recent, you could probably argue that in the past, there was a time when Johns wasn't quite that sold on SJW themes in commercial filmdom, yet here we are years later, and now he certainly is, if his recent efforts say something. His listings on the IMDB indicate he's part of the production staff for the upcoming Green Lantern show on HBO Max, and if it follows through with the plans to depict Alan Scott as homosexual, what does that say about his own positions? One sure thing, whether he's still writing comics on a regular basis, he's not doing anything to repair a bad situation getting worse there with social justice themes.
Since we're on the topic, here's a related interview with Johns from Arab-American News about the comic he's writing at Image titled Geiger, which says the following:
Set in a post-apocalyptic U.S., where a nuclear attack has left the continent’s surface unlivable and has pushed life underground, the comic’s release this week is fitting for the grave realities of a global pandemic.First, let's be clear: an Arabic protagonist is fine. It's the applied religious/ideological beliefs that aren't, namely, Islam, and that's what the Baz character goes by, which unsurprisingly goes unmentioned here. However, there are hints where Geiger's going towards the end:
But the main character, Tariq Geiger, is also half-Arab, like Johns. In fact, this is the second time Johns has penned an Arab comic book character. He had previously written an Arab American from Dearborn, Simon Baz, into DC’s Green Lantern canon. Dearborn is no stranger to Arab American heroes in comics, of course, with other notable works from author Saladin Ahmed.
“When I was at the Arab American Museum (in Dearborn) back in 2012, kids were so excited to see an Arab American character in Green Lantern,” Johns said. “I’ve spent my career trying to diversify the comic book universe and introduce new characters from all sorts of backgrounds in different ways.”Strange, don't they mean Islamists? Because that's pretty much what the GL stories where Baz first appeared seemed to emphasize, and that's why Johns' lurch to something more politically blatant than when he first began his career is so disturbing. He himself may not be an adherent to the Religion of Peace, but he sure seems pretty sympathetic to it. To the point where he cannot spotlight an Arab character who's a non-Muslim/Judeo-Christian adherent, or just simply secular. If he wanted to diversify the universe he's working with, he missed a huge opportunity with Arab characters as well, and something tells me he won't take it now. Heck, if he wants to diversify comicdom, how come no Armenian characters who could serve as a nod to Mannix? How come no Slovakian protagonists either? Such a hypocrite. If Geiger serves as a propaganda vehicle for the Religion of Peace, I won't be wasting money on it. No surprise they're sugarcoating Ahmed's terrible conduct either.
Johns contributions adding new identities to the series Shazam made their way to the screen as well. Geiger, like Simon Baz in Green Lantern, is also unwittingly sent down his path through careless and cruel acts of people acting on stereotypes about Arabs.
And now, Johns is being shunned by the very SJWs who lauded his agenda-driven tale with Simon Baz a decade earlier. Based on all the harm I feel he brought to the comics industry, that's why I find it hard to feel sorry he's now becoming persona non grata with PC leftists he's been pandering to in Hollywood. I have no idea how valid Fisher's allegations against Johns are, but this is pretty much a case of leftists turning one against the other, and Johns is the next leftist in line on the receiving end of their liberal ideological rants over live action adaptations those outside the industry proper likely won't bother to view on TV and in theaters anyway.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
The couple find that their similarities and differences are very complicated. Liat, a high-minded, educated woman of the left, sees the only solution as two states, fair but in the end separate. Hilmi thinks there is no dividing the two people on the same land. (This argument, of course, has only intensified.)One problem with the article itself, if not the novel, is that - you guessed it - there's no mention of Islam here, and whether that's the elephant in the room being ignored. Another, mentioned above, is that the female protagonist of the book is a leftist who upholds the two-state solution propaganda that's absolutely ruined discourse even more than LGBT indoctrination. And just look how they imply a leftist is the "educated" one. I'm betting they'll say the only good type of religious Judaist is one of an extremist Haredi clan like Satmar. Disgusting. That the Hilmi character ostensibly doesn't think there should be division is no alleviation if leftism is ultimately the viewpoint driving the tale. However, the article does have something amazing to tell about what happened after the education ministry eased up on its initial position:
The ministry backed off slightly, allowing some teachers to use the novel in classrooms. What Ms. Rabinyan found disturbed her: It was the students, amid the nation’s palpable drift to the right, who did not want to read the book, which had generally been popular.If Rabinyan really did say "in Palestine", that certainly confirms what kind of person she is, who clearly despises the Judean/Samarian part of her own country, and may see nothing wrong with the Religion of Peace. Simultaneously, you could wonder if she believes "palestinians" shouldn't be shunning her book's vision, if they are.
“Nowadays kids in Israel and in Palestine are so swept up with this wave of nationalism, exploitative of their instincts,” she said. “The kids themselves rejected the book. They said: ‘It’s a lefty book. I don’t want to read it.’”
I also took a look at this UK Guardian article about Hassan Hourani, the paramour whom the Hilmi character is based on, and it says:
The depressing weather broke me on June 10. It was still raining. I booked myself a plane ticket and told you that in another five days I was going back to Israel. You asked enviously: "You're going home?" I trembled, as usual, when we spoke that word. I do not know which of us started it, when it happened that we stopped saying "Israel" or "Palestine". We simply said home, but we meant the same place. Through your messianic gaze, it was always one place. In my eyes, from a distance of thousands of kilometers, it was the conflict ripping these two places apart that made them, paradoxically, one. From that distance, Abu Mazen seemed to be a brave new leader and Ariel Sharon was quoted as saying, "An end to the occupation." The renewal of talks towards negotiations joined rumours of a rare spring that was sweeping the region after a blessed winter and I, filled with hope and with a physical need for the warmth of the sun, wanted to go home.So more of the Israel-invalidating propaganda of a palestinian state, I see. And if memory serves, "Abu Mazen" is a nickname for Mahmoud Abbas, the same one who was involved in funding the terrorist attack in Munich. If Rabinyan's got an accepting view of such a monster, that's the real issue with her politics, not intermarriage.
I guess the elephant in the room is whether stories like these take positions viewing Islam as legitimate, including at Israel's expense. On the other hand, I will say that, if Bennett really didn't read the novel from front to back, that was incredibly dumb, and undermines positions I doubt he still has. That said, this review in the Forward reveals a most eyebrow raising detail about the characterization in the book:
“All The Rivers” is an impassioned record of what Liati, the narrator, calls “these mad and beautiful days,” her intense love affair with a talented stranger whom she, a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, has been conditioned to regard as hostile, or at least treyf. Hilmi has, in fact, spent four months in an Israeli prison for painting anti-Zionist graffiti on a wall in Hebron. The effort to keep their taboo relationship secret from friends and family puts a strain on the couple, as does the fact that Hilmi favors a single binational state and Liati a two-state solution. However, eros overcomes wariness, at least for their November-to-May romance. The realization that on May 20 Liati will return alone to her Jewish life in Tel Aviv concentrates their liaison. “How can you love with a deadline,” a friend asks, “with a stopwatch running?”Anti-Zionist grafitti?!? Well that's saying something. Basically, the novel must take a position on the word Zionist without even knowing its exact meaning, making it out to sound like it means evil conquestor, not patriotism/nationalism. Also note how this is an affair between a Jewish woman and an Arab man, not a Jewish man and Arab woman, which basically means Rabinyan is playing things pathetically safe. Something tells me you wouldn't see people like this writing a story about a lesbian affair between Jew/Arab either. If anything, Rabinyan is cheap and pathetic in the symbolism this ends up embodying. Of course, Bennett also showed weakness by failing to make clear the specific problem with the book is that it may normalize relations between a Muslim man and a non-Muslim woman.
And actress Gal Gadot's production company, most sadly enough, decided to cash in on this propaganda by adapting it. If the production does go ahead, it'll remain to be seen just how far to the left it'd lean in its vision, one that excuses Islam - which should be the real reason for concern - in its quest to push a propaganda vision. This kind of news is what soured me on Gadot as a country representative, realizing she's apparently a leftist, her army service notwithstanding. I'm sure there's some irony in that, but there you have it when it comes to those who're now in Hollywood.
Thursday, April 01, 2021
Young Moroccan cartoonist Zainab Fasiki draws on a whiteboard in a Casablanca studio where she is holding a workshop that mixes art with a homegrown illustrated #MeToo campaign.But why no mention of the Religion of Peace, and how the verses in the Koran influence this kind of behavior? Do they really expect to change anything if there's no knowledge to ensure defense? The sad part of this news, much like the TV station's own political correctness, is that "codes of silence" on ideology are what make it difficult to cease rape culture in an Islamic country, if nobody's willing to acknowledge the belief systems that led to this. In fact, is anybody in the US backing the MeToo campaign even willing to acknowledge news like this from north Africa? Probably not, because unlike what's happening now in the US, where half the allegations made against certain individuals have been false or exaggerated, the cases involving Islam have a lot more validity.
"We are here to change this rape culture, which says the victim deserves what they get while the criminal is innocent," says Fasiki, 26, her eyes flashing with indignation.
A dozen students and professionals have joined forces with Fasiki, a pioneer in comics and illustration in Morocco, in response to a web series titled #TaAnaMeToo that depicts women's real-life ordeals.
As part of the series -- "Ta ana" means "Me Too" in Moroccan Arabic dialect -- she illustrated the harrowing testimony of a 22-year-old woman who for years was raped by her brother, to the indifference of her parents.
Unlike in the broader #MeToo movement, the Moroccan women who have agreed to share their stories for the campaign have preferred to remain anonymous.
Series producer Youssef Ziraoui says rape victims in Morocco not only have to deal with a sense of "shame" and the risk of being cast out by their families, but can face charges for sex before marriage under Moroccan law if they go to the police.
I think the webcomic series the Moroccan artist came up with is a good idea in itself, but if she hasn't acknowledged Islam's indoctrination leading to such culture, then it's bound to be more of a failure. Evil acts don't just simply come out of nowhere; they have to stem not just from bad education but also from bad ideologies. And that's why, while this Moroccan artist's work makes better use of the MeToo label, it'll still fall way short of its intended goals if there's no mention of the Religion of Peace.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
And it all demonstrates a very sad comedown for a franchise that used to be considered very admirable when originally published during 1964-96, degenerating as it clearly has into a quagmire of identity politics, normalizing bad ideologies and even putting two contradictory ones in the same book while obviously pretending that's not the case. (Islam is opposed to homosexuality, and by extension to the transsexual ideology that grew out of it.) Yet another example of how current DC editor Marie Javins is little different from her predecessor, Dan DiDio, under whom much of this propaganda push first began in past years. I also noticed that the character design for Donna Troy and Starfire does seem fairly muted, especially when you consider the latter's costume, for some reason, isn't what it used to be when she first debuted in 1980. A terrible shame. It's even worse in some ways than Geoff Johns and Mike McKone's dreadful take on Teen Titans in the early 2000s.
This was the worst calamity his town has ever been hit with. Things were on the verge of despair. Roads were either blocked or just destroyed; the power grid and cellular network were down, and the water supply was disrupted. Japan's armed forces brought as much help as they could but the terrified residents who had lost their homes faced a predicament of epic proportions.The Israeli medical team also aided a lot of pregnant women:
Masafumi Nishizawa, a local physician, was the only medical doctor in the city's evacuation center in the immediate aftermath. "Only after a week did more medical teams arrive, totaling 20 specialists; the problem was that all the medical facilities had been decimated. We had no equipment to examine people or to operate." The local leaders were eager for help, and this came from the other end of the earth: Israel.
An Israel Defense Forces delegation in the area some two weeks after the waves hit. It was the first foreign relief delegation to arrive at the site. The government of Japan made any foreign assistance contingent on having the teams bring their own equipment, and Israel was the only country that could meet that requirement in such short notice. The Japanese parliament also held a special session to issue the Israeli delegation members with a special permit that would allow them to treat the locals. Eventually, after passing through many hoops and dealing with many concerns – including worries over being exposed to radiation from the reactor in Fukushima that had undergone a meltdown – the delegation landed. It comprised doctors, nurses, X-ray specialists, and all the necessary equipment. They immediately began setting up a field hospital.
"We required that they be able to conduct tests, but we could not imagine that they would have so much equipment and be so skilled at what they do," Nishizawa recalls in a conversation with Israel Hayom. "Their expertise was amazing and they had everything up and running at record speed." Among the first patients to be admitted to the hospital was Sato's own staff, and he got an X-ray. "They were courteous, they smiled and I was very grateful to get treatment," he recalled.
The Israelis won over the locals with various gestures that underscored just how dedicated they were to help them. "Pregnant women faced particular duress because they lacked proper equipment. They had to travel long distances just to get checkups or for giving birth," Nishizawa says. "But the Israeli delegation had a doctor trained in delivering babies, and after he had learned of the situation he began making house calls with patients, accompanied by a local female nurse. This level of dedication and their willingness to extend a helping hand to the community was really touching for me," Nishizawa says with admiration.This is something you may not read about in US/European press sources, which is a terrible shame, because here, you have people who care about life, yet so many anti-Israelists would rather invalidate it for the sake of their prejudices. The Japanese will always remember this fine service, and those who recognize its importance should do what they can to let other countries know about it too.
Monday, March 29, 2021
For Likud to form a coalition with the Arab Ra'am party means that the Israeli government would consist of a political entity the aim of which is to include Israel in the Islamic caliphate and the ideology linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.Seeing what Raam is really like, that's why, if the Likud doesn't form a coalition with them, it'll be for the best. It's the Arab-Israelis we should seek in backing, but not delegates like Mansour Abbas, what with his repellent acts of the past, if he hasn't abandoned them.
Ra'am spokespeople have expressed support for Hamas in the past, and the party is committed to settling descendants of Palestinian refugees in Israel and erode the very character of the Jewish state.
A government whose very existence depends on such a party will not take the fundamental ethos of the state into account or the main interests of its citizens.
Such a right-wing government might be a temporary event, but it will create legitimacy for a permanent alliance between most Arab Knesset members and the Left, as is the aspiration of Yesh Atid, Meretz, and the Labor Party.
The deniers of Israel will be given the status of permanent "arbitrators" between the Zionist parties, and their arbitration will always lean towards eroding the Jewish state.
It is crucial to differentiate between relying on an Islamist, anti-Israeli party and wanting to appeal to Arab Israelis out of a desire to strengthen the standing of non-Jewish citizens in the democratic Jewish state and bridge the socio-economic gap between them and the Jewish citizens.
That said, it's terrible that mindless, ungrateful politicians like Gideon Saar and Naftali Bennett led to a situation like this, and now we have a badly divided Knesset that could wind up a dire situation thanks to their efforts to undermine right-wing coalitions.
Update: while we should all be wary of Raam, this news clip is decidedly still worth taking notice of:
Mansour Abbas, the leader of the Islamist Ra’am party, intends to make a high-profile press statement in the coming days, once again pledging support for cooperation with Israel’s Jewish majority, seeking to further legitimize the option of the Arab party to be part of a ruling coalition, Channel 12 news.Presumably, he understands the benefits of maintaining good relations with the Judaist parties. But to really prove himself, Abbas would do well to prove he can jettison his more extreme positions, and that way, better trust can be forged. We'll see how this turns out.
However, it is unclear how such a statement would change things when Abbas has been advocating for such cooperation for months.
Many key politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett, New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar and Religious Zionism head Bezalel Smotrich, have in recent weeks ruled out any cooperation with Ra’am.
French president Emmanuel Macron has warned that Turkey’s government, led by Islamist president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will make attempts to interfere in next year’s presidential elections.It wouldn't be the least bit shocking if Erdogan sought ways to interfere there. And that's exactly why steps should be taken to banish their embassy from France, for example. There's a serious need for an emergency situation, and it will have to be taken as soon as possible.
“Obviously, there will be attempts at interference for the next election. They’re written, and the threats are not veiled,” President Macron said in a television interview, which is part of a documentary on President Erdogan.
Macron went on to criticise Turkey for “a policy of state lies relayed by press outlets controlled by the Turkish state”, according to Le Figaro, and mentioned “some major channels controlled by Qatar”.
The French and Turkish presidents have been at odds for months over several issues, such as Macron’s crackdown on political Islamist groups in the wake of teacher Samuel Paty’s beheading by an Islamist Chechen refugee in October.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Awesome Trey Gowdy May 'Get the Call' to Host Fox News' 4:00pm (Pacific Time) 'Fox News Primetime', And I'm Digging It! (VIDEO)
The news is at Outkick, "MARK STEYN TO RETURN TO HOST FOX NEWS PRIMETIME AS NETWORK SETS NEXT 3 WEEKS DURING SEARCH."
And Steyn is a worthy host, and he's even more hilarious than Tucker is at the 5:00pm show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight" (which, right now is the highest rated cable program out of all the cable networks, and it's no surprise, because he's just been killin' it).
Here's the list of ratings leaders for the 4:00pm "Primetime" program:In order of viewership:3/8, Trey Gowdy: 2,057,000
2/1, Trey Gowdy: 1,988,000
1/1, Brian Kilmeade: 1,960,000
1/25, Maria Bartiromo: 1,877,000
3/22 (Mon-Wed), Brian Kilmeade: 1,777,000
3/15, Maria Bartiromo: 1,767,000
2/8, Mark Steyn: 1,759,000
2/15, Rachel Campos-Duffy: 1,728,000
3/1, Lawrence Jones: 1,713,000
2/22, Katie Pavlich: 1,647,000
Now, I'm a little surprised that Rachel Campus-Duffy beat out Katie Pavlich, who, I think, is 100 times smarter than Ms. Campus-Duffy, but who knows? Ms. Katie did look a little "green" in the role as "host" of an hour-long show, and, I don't recall, but perhaps Ms. Campos-Duffy is just more experienced. And Ms. Bartiromo's a freakin' pro, in any case, and I wish I saw her on T.V. more often, because I'm rarely up at 3:00am (Pacific) to watch her "Wall Street" program, although I do remember reading she got into a little "hot water" with her aggressive promotion of the "voter fraud" allegations being pushed by Team Trump. (And while there was fraud, and probably monumental fraud, I just wanted personally to "move on," and just gear up for the Georgia special elections, which Republicans lost, not just because of the hypocritical idiot Kelly Loeffler, but because all of those invovled, in the Washington G.OP. [the RNC], and folks down in the "Peach State," just refused to coordinate a wining electoral strategy down there).
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Two years ago, Ahmad Al-Issa shared a post titled, “Why refugees and immigrants are good for America.” On Monday, the Syrian Muslim immigrant shot up a supermarket killing ten Americans.Definitely. And now, Biden's opening of the floodgates is bound to lead to even more attacks like this, after all the hard work Donald Trump did to prevent these horrors from occurring.
Biden declared that he was "still waiting for more information regarding the shooter, his motive, the weapons he used. The guns, the magazines, the weapons, the modifications that have apparently taken place to those weapons that are involved here."
Why do the modifications to the Syrian immigrant's weapons matter more than his motive?
Obama joined in, demanding that it is, “long past time for those with the power to fight this epidemic of gun violence to do so.”
Guns don’t kill people. Muslim terrorists do.
Ahmad Al-Issa spent much of his time in America accusing his classmates and everyone around him of being ‘Islamophobes’. He repeatedly got into furious confrontations with the Americans whom he claimed were disrespecting his Islamic religion.
The media is spinning this as a mental illness, but if hating non-Muslims is a mental illness, then it’s a common one in his home country.
Monday, March 22, 2021
Justus was an astute writer. In his 1999 Commentary article that deservedly gained widespread attention, he eviscerated the spurious claim by Columbia professor and Palestinian advocate Edward Said that his family (himself included) had become refugees in 1948 when Zionists forced them to abandon their elegant home in the Talbieh neighborhood of Jerusalem.But what gave away the lie by Said was:
On Said’s birth certificate (1934) his parents had identified Cairo as their permanent address. Throughout his boyhood, Said’s immediate family — parents, sister, retinue of servants, and Said himself — resided in Cairo, where his father, who had lived in Egypt since 1926, owned a lucrative office supply business. Family photographs showed young Edward in the Mena House gardens in Cairo; on the Alexandria beach and visiting the Giza pyramids with his father; and wearing his double-breasted Gezira Preparatory School blazer, neatly pressed shorts, and knee socks.Said was quite the liar and inciter for many years, and thankfully, his fabrications were exposed. For this, we should all be grateful to Weiner, for doing a good service for Israel to expose lies by its enemies.
As Justus discovered during his meticulous research, the Said family “home” (“my beautiful old house”) in the elegant Talbieh neighborhood of Jerusalem never was “his” house nor was it owned by his parents. Title, Justus found, had passed from Edward’s grandfather to his aunt and her children. (Ironically, the philosopher Martin Buber, who rented an apartment in the Said house, had been evicted by Said’s aunt.) Said’s lament, Justus wrote, was belied by the reality that his affluent family enjoyed annual three-month summer respites in the hills of Lebanon, where his mother was born and grew up.
Although Said would claim that “I lost — and my family lost its property and rights in 1948” in Jerusalem, his lament more accurately described the family plight in Cairo, where revolutionary supporters of Gamal Abdel Nasser destroyed the family business in 1952 and nationalized Said family property. In sum, Justus concluded, Edward Said’s “parable of Palestinian identity,” forged in the suffering inflicted by Israelis on his family, was “an artful lie; a skillful lie; above all a very useful and by now widely accepted lie — but a lie.” It was nothing more than myth shading into mendacity.
Media reports on March 18 revealed that that the United Arab Emirates has suspended its plans for an Abraham Accords summit in Abu Dhabi with Israel, the United States, and other Arab signatories to the historic peace agreements brokered by the Donald Trump administration. Supposedly, the Emiratis are angry with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for using the UAE’s de facto leader Mohammed bin Zayed as a “prop in his election campaign.”This is entirely possible, and what makes it bad is that as a result, relations with the UAE could be damaged, after all the trouble Donald Trump went to in order to get the Abraham Accords worked out in the first place. Another example of the dismal downhill cascade the US now finds itself on.
In fact, as the theme of “election interference” should make clear (the UAE doesn’t have elections), and as has been substantiated by Israeli reporting, the source of the upset isn’t in Abu Dhabi but in Washington. In other words, the Biden administration is interfering in Israel’s upcoming election by strong-arming the Emiratis into publicly distancing themselves from Bibi.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
The Biden-Harris administration is looking to hit the reset button with the Palestinian Authority, including the return to a more traditional (and consistently failed) position on a two-state solution, while rolling back several significant Trump administration positions on Israel.Naturally, this is bound to soon cause serious trouble, not the least being the violence it could encourage coming from Islamofascists like the PLO and Hamas. And it goes without saying that "mutual" agreements are only bound to be a pure joke. Even if they don't try to remove the embassy in Jerusalem, they'll still cause disaster, mainly because they want to.
The four-page memo, titled, “The U.S. Palestinian Reset and the Path Forward,” was obtained by The National, an English-language news outlet based in the United Arab Emirates. It was reportedly presented to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on March 1 by the acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs Joey Hood, and drafted by deputy assistant secretary of state for Israeli-Palestinian affairs Hady Amr and his team.
According to the memo, the Biden administration will seek to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace under a two-state solution framework “based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps and agreements on security and refugees.” [...]
It also suggests rolling back some Trump administration policies favorable towards Israel, such as country of origin labels on products manufactured in Israeli-controlled areas in Judea and Samaria. The Trump administration permitted them to be labeled “Israel,” “Product of Israel” or “Made in Israel” when exported to the United States.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
In a stunningly rare discovery, dozens of 2,000-year-old biblical scroll fragments have been excavated from Judean Desert caves during a daring rescue operation. Most of the newly discovered scroll fragments — the first such finds in 60 years — are Greek translations of the books of Zechariah and Nahum from the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets, and are written in two scribal hands. Only the name of God is written in Hebrew in the texts.It's always great when vital discoveries like these are made, especially since we have to make sure they don't fall victim to Islamists who'd want to destroy them.
The fragments from the Prophets have been identified as coming from a larger scroll that was found in the 1950s, in the same “Cave of Horror” in Nahal Hever, which is some 80 meters (260 feet) below a cliff top. According to an Israel Antiquities Authority press release, the cave is “flanked by gorges and can only be reached by rappelling precariously down the sheer cliff.”
Along with the “new” biblical scroll fragments from the Books of the Minor Prophets, the team excavated a huge 10,500-year-old perfectly preserved woven basket — the oldest complete basket in the world — and a 6,000-year-old mummified skeleton of a child, tucked into its blanket for a final sleep.
Since 2017, the IAA has spearheaded an unprecedented rescue operation to salvage ancient artifacts from caves throughout the Judean Desert against the rampant looting that has occurred in the area since the much-heralded — and lucrative — discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Bedouin shepherds some 70 years ago. On Tuesday morning, a sample of the dazzling discoveries were unveiled for the first time.
Monday, March 15, 2021
Outrage erupted on Sunday after it was revealed that Interpol had dropped its international warrant for Palestinian terrorist Ahlam Tamimi, who was involved in the 2001 suicide bombing at the Sbarro pizza parlor in Jerusalem that killed 15 people, including American citizen Malki Roth.I'd say this is another example of the loss of morale the world's undergoing after Donald Trump was sadly robbed of reelection last year. Now, even Interpol's caving to the distasteful monsters who committed heinous crimes years before.
Tamimi was serving over a dozen life sentences in an Israeli prison when she was freed in 2011, as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange. She lives in Jordan, which has refused to extradite her to the United States for trial.
She remains listed as a “most wanted terrorist” by the FBI.
The Times of Israel reported on March 12 that Interpol had dropped the international warrant, saying Tamimi was no longer “subject to an Interpol notice.” Tamimi’s picture was also taken off Interpol’s most wanted list. [...]
Malki Roth’s father Arnold called Interpol’s move “blunt and unwelcome” on the family’s blog, and said the international group had “succumbed to pressure from the fugitive’s family, lawyers, and clan in Jordan.”
“My wife and I will not give up in our efforts to see this loathsome person — the embodiment of murderous bigotry — eventually brought to justice to answer for her crimes,” he pledged.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, sent a letter to Interpol’s secretary-general urging him to reverse the decision, noting that Tamimi “has publicly shown lack of remorse and claimed her pride for this attack.”
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
A Muslim migrant from Algeria living in the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec is said to have repeatedly threatened to kill his daughters if they refused to wear the Islamic veil.I'm glad the teacher in Canada alerted authorities. But who knows if US officials would've taken the same steps as they did to stop the barbarian? I'd heard in past years that the US is one of the worst offenders in political correctness, and it's certainly a relevant topic now.
The 47-year-old, who lived with his family in Montreal, was convicted of threats and violent acts toward his four daughters, with the incidents taking place between 2016 and 2018.
“They were forced to wear the veil, and he regularly threatened to kill them if he saw them ‘like Quebec women,'” Judge Josée Bélanger said, Canadian newspaper Le Journal de Montreal reports.
According to the newspaper, the crimes began in 2016, shortly after the man and his family moved to Canada from Algeria, with the girls being beaten when they refused to obey their father.
The father’s abuse of the girls came to the attention of the teacher of one of the girls, who reported the 47-year-old to police.
During the trial, the Algerian migrant claimed that he was the victim of a conspiracy. He will remain in custody until he is scheduled to be sentenced. The man’s wife has also separated from him, and the man is said to have lost custody of his daughters.
Cases of “honour” violence have been seen in several Western countries in recent years, such as Sweden, where a man is said to have beaten his daughter with a kebab spit and forced two of his children to wear the Islamic veil.
Thursday, March 04, 2021
A source connected to the Saudi royal family explained to i24NEWS in an exclusive exchange that they are closely monitoring Israel's upcoming elections and hope that its government will not change.Well this is certainly getting somewhere. As I'd noted before, the country has made some improvement over the past few years, that women no longer are obligated to wear niqabs, and can learn to drive cars. So this does suggest another step in improved foreign relations in Arabia.
The source, who asked to be unnamed, stressed that Saudi Arabia knows and appreciates Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and backs his policies with regard to ties to the Gulf states and his high-pressure tactics on Iran.
"[We] ... not only like Netanyahu but love him. He is terrific. He has the necessary charisma and he knows what he is doing. We are really worried the leader of the opposition will replace him, and change things", he said, referring to Opposition Leader Yair Lapid, head of Yesh Atid faction.
i24NEWS contacted Lapid's office for a reaction but was met with a firm, "No comment."
A separate source, similarly connected to the royal family expounded further on Saudi Arabia's preference for Netanyahu. We see him as "the spearhead in the fight against Iran," they maintained.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
MBS and MBZ from the UAE were big problems for Obama, Robert Malley and their ilk. They appeared out of nowhere.While I don't think bin Salman should be allowed to invest in certain foreign businesses, as he's been doing, and even now, it's always possible there's reasons to distrust him on specific issues, Glick's right that we shouldn't be sympathizing with Khashoggi, because he was a jihadist sympathizer himself, and I almost forgot that a few years ago, I'd mentioned the dark side of the man. Somebody so monstrous definitely deserves no shed of tears.
Young and vigorous, they seek to liberalize their conservative societies. They are deeply opposed to Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. They are open to peace and cooperation with Israel. They support Israel in its campaigns against Hamas and Hezbollah. And they are certainly “authentic” Arab Muslims. When the UAE declared the Muslim Brotherhood, and Obama’s key supporters and ideological allies at CAIR terrorist organizations, Obama and his comrades were so angry they could barely put together a coherent sentence.
This brings us to Khashoggi. As Lee Smith reported after he was found dead in the Saudi consulate in Turkey, there were a lot of things about Khashoggi that made him a strange hero for Americans of any stripes. He was a Qatari agent of influence. He was a former Saudi intelligence officer who sided with the Wahabist jihadists in the royal family who supported al Qaeda. He was friends with Osama bin Laden and mourned his death. The al Qaeda, ISIS, Iran and Hamas supporting Qatari regime was essentially writing his columns in the Washington Post.
Khashoggi’s receipt of a green card made no sense. His gig as a columnist at Jeff Bezos’s paper made no sense unless seen as an effort of Obama’s deep state friends, particularly former CIA director John Brennan, who opposed MBS from the outset. And then it made perfect sense. In other words, Khashoggi, a terror supporting Qatari agent against a modernizing, pro-American, anti-jihadist and pro-Israel Saudi Crown Prince was an important political warfare asset for Obama’s clique. His job was to discredit MBS and legitimize the terror-supporting Qataris while making pro-jihadist progressives feel good about themselves.
I’m not saying his murder was justified. I am saying he doesn’t deserve the tears of anyone who opposes jihadist terror and jihadist regimes, cares about human rights or wants to avoid a major war in the Middle East.
Whatever Khashoggi’s ties were with Obama’s clique during his lifetime may have been, the way they responded to his murder made clear what they hoped to do with his death. They wanted the old, bad Saudi Arabia back. They wanted the Muslim Brotherhood funding, al Qaeda-spawning Wahabists of Riyadh back. The Prince Bandars and Prince Turkis of the days of yore, not the guy that gave women drivers licenses.
Anyway, where bin Salman is doing the right thing is if he's lifting requirements for women to wear niqabs according to Islamic sharia, and allowing them to drive cars and trucks, among other things. Though we should still make sure not to turn the other cheek, because if he still adheres to Islam, that's concerning, as he's sticking with the very Religion of Peace the Iranian and Qatari regimes are, and those who complain about the nuclear warfare conducted by Iran yet remain nailed on the same religion their beliefs stem from is not going to solve the problem.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu derides right-wing rivals Gideon Sa’ar of New Hope and Naftali Bennett of Yamina, claiming they will partner with the centrist Yesh Atid and its leader Yair Lapid after the election to form “a left-wing government.”Bennett may have belatedly said he won't sit in a coalition with Lapid, but that doesn't mean damage wasn't done. What if Lapid is willing to form a coalition with the anti-Israeli Arabic parties in the Knesset? That's something that can't be ruled out as a possibility. And if that happens, Bennett is unlikely to admit he's guilty of causing trouble that could've been avoided by being divisive. If somebody as awful as Lapid regrettably is takes over the premiership, Bennett will owe a considerable apology.
“It’s the eve of Purim, and Bennett and Gideon keep wearing costumes. They say all day ‘We won’t sit with Lapid.’ You ask them about the weather and they say ‘We won’t sit with Lapid.’ They’ve got to deny it, but they have no way of forming a government without it being a left-wing government headed by Lapid,” Netanyahu says.
Notably, neither party has said it will not sit with Lapid in a coalition, only that he will not lead that coalition.
Update: Caroline Glick also wrote in Newsweek about why Lapid will spell disaster if he manages to become prime minister, the danger posed by Bennett, and also noted how one of Lapid's potential allies, Saar, was associating with members of the anti-Trump activist group, the Lincoln Project, whose leader has been accused of sex offenses:
...Sa'ar's party is now polling between 11–14 seats. Pollsters assess that around 30 percent of Saar's voters come from Likud's base. By pledging not to join a Netanyahu-led government, Sa'ar's party is the only one moving votes away from the right-wing bloc to the left-wing bloc. Sa'ar hired NeverTrump political consultants from the Lincoln Project to run his campaign. While he was forced to suspend the Lincoln Project's consultancy following embarrassing disclosures about the group's decision to suppress criticism of their colleague John Weaver despite his well-known online sexual harassment of young men, Sa'ar is following the group's NeverTrump playbook. His campaign is based on personal attacks against Netanyahu, whom Sa'ar insists is destroying the moral fabric of Israeli politics.All Saar does is demonstrate what an ingrate he truly is. And what a disaster for the political scene he's bound to become, along with Lapid.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Equatorial Guinea plans to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the first such pledge of its kind under the new administration of US President Joe Biden.They'll be the 3rd country with an embassy in Jerusalem when the time comes. This is a very admirable step from Guinea's government. And one of the best things, let's remember, is that Donald Trump helped lead to it.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the matter with Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on Friday, after which his office put out an announcement on the matter.
Netanyahu said he welcomed this trend in which countries relocate their embassies to Jerusalem, but he noted in particular that this pledge was part of Israel's growing ties with Africa.
Israel is returning to Africa and Africa and Africa is returning to Israel, Netanyahu told Mbasogo. The President said that the whole of Africa welcomed Israel with open arms.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Kuwaiti singer and actress Ibtisam Hamid, known by her stage name Basma al-Kuwaiti, sent shockwaves through the Arab world when she announced Wednesday her intention to renounce Islam and convert to Judaism.When somebody sees Judaism in itself as something worthy of practicing, that's inspiring and flattering. I just hope that if an Orthodox rabbi oversees her conversion, he'll respect her right to choose how she wants to dress, and not give her a false portrait of the religion as being one where a dress code is even remotely required, a la the Haredi communities. To make it look like Judaism requires a stringency of that sort is wrong, and would be distorting the faith. For now, I think Hamid should be praised for the example she's setting, one even women in Europe and the American continent would do well to consider. Yes, seriously.
In a video she posted on Twitter, Hamid said that her decision stemmed from the fact that Islam violates women's rights and does not treat them with dignity.
The singer also spoke out against the ruling family of Kuwait, saying "I want to declare my opposition to the Al Sabah family, who reject normalization with Israel, stands against religious freedom in the country and against freedom of speech."
Sunday, February 07, 2021
Saturday, February 06, 2021
Marvel apologizes for stealthed antisemitism in Immortal Hulk #43, but not for anti-white sentiment in prior stories
ZR: There was one small, subtle moment in this issue that I need to call attention to, and I’m sorry to say it isn’t for a happy reason. Early in the issue, Joe stops into a jewelry store to buy a diamond bracelet with some money that he recently pickpocketed. As he does, we get a glimpse of the store’s window display, which bears the name “CRONEMBERG” and, in painted gold relief below it, a prominent Magen David, the Star of David.So now somebody apparently on the left of the political spectrum takes notice? Why not before? IMHO, objections to antisemitism will be more effective if you show concern over other forms of racism too, including anti-white sentiment, as occurred in issues 9-10. Did it ever occur to anybody that if they'd raised the issue of animosity towards whiteness turning up in a previous tale, they might've prevented this latest embarrassment from occurring? And while I'm sure Bolsonaro's no saint, I think that far-right labeling was uncalled for, and have to wonder if this topic was raised because artist Bennett's perceived as a right-winger? Notice how simultaneously, Greenwald's described as controversial, suggesting the writer's got a problem with Greenwald's own support for right-leaning sites like Breitbart, and is against censorship. The site writer also says:
Even in the best possible interpretation, this is odd. The scene has otherwise no connection to Judaism or the Jewish ownership of the shop; there are no Jewish themes to which the comic is trying to point us. The only conceivable interpretation, to put it frankly, is that this is a visual play on the old and antisemitic trope of Jews running the diamond business: a centuries-old cliché rooted in stereotypes of Jewish merchants as unscrupulous profiteers willing to do business with shady criminals (which, indeed, the shop is doing in this scene) [Ed. Note: One thing we didn’t see when this article was first published was that instead of the store being labelled as a JEWELRY store, the word JEWERY was written instead. It was slightly hard to notice, being written backwards, but is pretty blatant. This makes for an incredibly overt antisemetic dogwhistle in this book.]
This is not an overt moment. I imagine it would be easy for most readers to overlook entirely. But as a Jewish reader coming to this comic, the sight of a Jewish symbol stenciled on the outside of that window was hard to ignore, and hard to justify. Perhaps this was called for in the comic script itself (though that seems unlikely to me), or perhaps it was the addition of the issue’s art team, penciler Joe Bennet or inkers Ruy José and Belardino Brabo. It may be worth noting here that Bennett has, in previous years, expressed some less-than-admirable social viewpoints: in 2019, after controversial journalist Glenn Greenwald was struck by a supporter of far-right Brazilian autocrat Jair Bolsonaro, Bennett posted on facebook that “the slap was mine, too! Should have thrown a punch,” before he deleted the post and publicly apologized. Marvel’s reticence to stop using Bennett on their books has been troubling, and has required, for my part, a certain willingness to hold my nose when analyzing this series. Whether or not this particular instance was at his initiative, I felt it needed to be mentioned.
ZR: I know I’ve been tough on this issue, and more critical than I’ve been toward this series in the past. All told, there’s a lot to like here: Joe’s arc toward self-assertion and heroic humanism is moving, even despite the flaws in the storytelling, and the overall saga of this series continues to be among the best things Marvel is putting out. This issue is also an object lesson in how blind spots around race and religion can mar otherwise solid stories – and how even good creators can make big stumbles that no one manages to catch.Well how come he didn't catch onto the subtle anti-white insults several issues before? In fact, why no complaints about the LGBT propaganda in #22? What's so solid about that kind of storytelling that they have to gloss it over? Is that even a healthy way of living? Is it even fair to women? Methinks these folks still have some reevaluation to do.
Shortly after, Marvel editorial and Bennett were contacted, and the following was posted:
“I’ve been including references to famous horror directors to pay respects to the genre throughout the series, and in Immortal Hulk #43, I included a nod to David Cronenberg. The misspellings on the window were an honest but terrible mistake – since I was writing backwards, I accidentally spelled both of those words wrong.I'm afraid this still doesn't address the anti-white insults stealthed into the series by Ewing previously. It's decidedly pathetic they're only willing to address racial discrimination when it comes to descendents of the ancient Israelites, but not white society in general. And if they still uphold using the Muslim Ms. Marvel series for propaganda purposes as they did for several years, why should we truly believe they're sorry for the stealth antisemitism in Immortal Hulk? A religion built on antisemitism and violence against "infidels" does not provide a good image for storytelling when you're working on books built around characters originally developed by Jewish artists and writers. Nor for that matter does continued employment of a rabid anti-Israelist like Saladin Ahmed, who's kept posting vile attacks on Israel for a number of years with no objections by Marvel staff, or anyone else allegedly concerned, for that matter. On which note, here's a screencap of a message he wrote nearly 7 years ago:
“I have no excuse for how I depicted the Star of David. I failed to understand this troubling and offensive stereotype, and after listening to you all, I now understand my mistake. This was wrong, offensive, and hurtful in many ways. This is a mistake I must own, and I am sorry to everyone who I hurt by this. I am working with Marvel to correct this, and I am using this lesson to reflect on how I approach my stories and my work.”
Additionally they stated “Marvel fully acknowledged this mistake was missed on our side as well, and that we’re correcting the art in digital, future printings, and collections.”
Saban, once a children's TV entertainment producer (though I can't say I liked his "localizations" of several anime productions when he was active in the 80s and 90s) is an ultra-leftist supporter and donor and has been for many years, yet despite this Ahmed despises him. How fascinating. And there's a few more:
huh. guessing it was the actor not the character? Saban is a fanatic Zionist, can't see him allowing an Arab hero— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) October 18, 2016
If you don't know who Ahed Tamimi is -- she is an extremely brave 17-year-old Palestinian girl who just spent eight months in prison for slapping an Israeli soldier after IDF troops shot her little cousin in the head. https://t.co/OueY1J3NfS— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) July 29, 2018
The only candidate to hesitate re: AIPAC's genuflection contest? The Jewish dude. Says something about how warped US Israel lobby is.— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) March 17, 2016
So Ahmed also perpetuates antisemitic libels against Israeli soldiers, that they're nothing more than cold-blooded murderous creatures (and I won't be shocked if his vision extends to Gal Gadot too, her own apparent leftism notwithstanding), lionizes a girl who committed assault, and also perpetuates libels against AIPAC. It may be dreadful if Bennett put in an insult in the pages of Immortal Hulk, but if that's what XF's writer thinks, why isn't he concerned if Marvel's still employing Ahmed? To complain about something like this now is coming awfully late when they're still employing some of these overt antisemitic ideologues, the publisher's dismissal of Ardian Syaf for his own offenses notwithstanding.
And to the Israeli soldiers -the gleeful killers and the brave refuseniks alike- history WILL judge. Your grandkids will know what you did.— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) July 29, 2014
Here's also leftist Rich Johnston's coverage of this affair (and lest we forget, Johnston's glossed over propaganda hurtful to Israel's descendants before), and he notes:
The errors and wording were also overseen by Marvel, of course, and I understand that internally Marvel is acknowledging their editorial failure regarding this. The artwork will, as you might expect, be corrected for the digital version, as well as for future printings and collections. But there is no sign, yet, of the comic being recalled.I wouldn't go so far myself as to say it should be "recalled", if that's what he's suggesting, if only because it's ill-advised to advocate censorship. But if Marvel and the artist are to apologize for this particular case, how come they can't do the same for their choice of employing Ahmed, based on his online driveling, and why don't they apologize for the anti-white statements in earlier issues of Immortal Hulk, stealthed or otherwise? Why not for the anti-conservative sentiment they injected, along with the insults to Captain America? Come to think of it, why doesn't Johnston apologize for his own apologia as well? IMHO, this is a pretty cheap example those criticizing the current issue are tackling.
The point is, those concerned about racial discrimination can't just limit themselves to complaints about antisemitism and racism against Blacks and Asians. They also have to recognize that anti-white racism is just as noxious, and since much of the Israeli race is white themselves, that's why antisemitism is only the beginning. So it'd do a lot of good if the folks at the XF site were to protest and argue against anti-white bigotry too, if they haven't done so yet, and come to think of it, they'd be wise to avoid anti-conservative sentiment as well. We can't remain locked in a past-based viewpoint where only select forms of racism are considered a serious concern, while others are not. And we have to make distinctions between ideologies too, including specific religions. Otherwise, antisemitism won't be solved, nor will any other form of racial discrimination.
As for this volume of the Hulk, when it does get canned, I won't feel sorry to see it go, based on what degrading politics it's already been submerging itself in, along with the horror genre.