Ben-Gurion Airport is in a War Zone

There will be no letter from Sderot today by our Israeli correspondent MC. He says he has been losing too much sleep writing all those updates from the border with Gaza.

In the meantime, the continuous rain of rockets from Gaza has impacted international air travel to Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. Here’s what The New York Times reported a little while ago:

F.A.A. Bans U.S. Airline Flights to Tel Aviv for 24 Hours

Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers not to fly to Tel Aviv for 24 hours.

All three United States carriers with service to Israel — Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways — said they had temporarily suspended their flights. The move highlighted the impact of the conflict in Gaza on the Israeli economy at the height of the summer tourism season.

It also came at a time when airlines around the globe appeared to be much more sensitive about the risks of flying over conflict areas, following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine last week.

For the moment, European airlines are still operating their flights. British Airways, for instance, said it “continues to operate as normal” and is monitoring the situation closely.

However, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff reports that Lufthansa has also banned flights to Ben-Gurion.

There Is No Fun In Leftism

Ayatollah Khomeini famously remarked, “There is no fun in Islam.” The same might be said of German Progressives in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, who self-righteously forbade any World Cup celebrations involving — yuck! — German national symbols.

JLH has translated an article about the phenomenon, and includes this note:

The author’s attitude toward people who play down nationalism reminds me of what is happening here in the USA, but most forcibly of Tommy Robinson, whose great crime was organizing a group defamed as “soccer hooligans” into an instrument of national pride and the drive for freedom — and had to be punished for it.

The translated article from B.Z.:

Celebrating Soccer is Forbidden in Kreuzberg

The national colors and anthems are forbidden in a bar. Typical for the leftist feeling of superiority, thinks Gunnar Schupelius.

July 14, 2014
by Gunnar Schupelius

Excuse the lack of definition — I took this photo on the way by, with my iPhone [Photo of the blackboard mentioned in the next sentence].

I was standing in front of a bar in Kreuzberg and looking at the board that normally displayed the specialties of the day. Instead of names of dishes, I read the following advice for the guests who were expected to come and watch soccer. It said: “And, as always, no anthems, no banners, no horn-tooting, no silly hats.”

I asked the waiter what that meant. Answer: “We watch soccer because we are interested in the sport and not some stupid nationalist feelings!” Aha, now I got it. I asked if the customers saw it that way too. “Naturally,” he said, “but the board is a reminder, in case anyone forgets.”

I would have loved to ask about the consequences of the instructions on the board. Am I allowed to celebrate German triumphs in this bar, or must I compensate by also cheering goals for the other team? Does the waiter keep watch, to make sure I don’t cheer too much for German goals? Will I be ejected if I forget myself before the game and hum the national anthem?

I try to imagine how the politically correct people in this bar celebrated the World Cup: objectively, judicially, quietly. And they felt good about it — on top of the world. They felt that they were something better — above all the other Berlin soccer fans. Because, right here in Kreuzberg, they had overcome nationalism.

The pride and arrogance that cry out from the soccer rules of that bar remind me of the stickers leftist activists put on the cars of soccer fans. They tear up the black-red-gold banners on the cars and replace them with: “It does no matter what motivated you to use this banner — it always produces nationalism.”

Waving the national flag or singing the national anthem are treated like a crime on the Left.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/21/2014

A suicide bomber who blew himself up in Baghdad last week has been identified as an Australian teenager known as Abu Bakr a-Australi. But another report identifies a suicide bomber who detonated in Baghdad on Saturday as a German. Were these two different shahids? Or did one Abu Bakr al-Alemani perhaps migrate to Australia at some point, and thus earn himself the new cognomen Abu Bakr al-Australi, before going all to pieces in Iraq? The accounts are unclear.

In other news, a Kazakh friend of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been sentenced to twenty years in prison for obstructing justice.

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Good Riddance!

Geert Wilders and other Dutch politicians are opposed to any efforts to keep “Dutch” mujahideen from traveling to Syria and Iraq to wage jihad. They’d be glad to see them go — provided that the Dutch government never, ever permits them to return to the Netherlands.

Many thanks to JLH for translating this piece from Politically Incorrect:

Geert Wilders: How We Can Help Our “Migrant Holy Warriors” and Ourselves as Well

Whether they are Hamas, Fatah, Al Qaida, Boko Haram. ISIS, Hizb ut-Tahir, Salafists or other, they are all part of the Islamic ummah, just as the Islamic organizations in Europe belong to the ummah. With every terror attack and death, the jihad activists confirm what they told us in the devastating attacks in Madrid in 2004: “You love life; we love death.” And the local representatives of Islam, in their mosques sponsored and ratified by dhimmi politicians, clergy and media, have not denied that, and they do not demonstrate against Islamic terror. They can’t — it is in accordance with the Koran. So how would it be possible to find agreement with these “wandering holy warriors,” or even find some way of mutually helping each other?

(by Alster)

Almost all the countries or Europe are discussing how to deal with the danger from radicalized Muslims returning from Syria and Iraq. At the same time, according to the chief of state security with the Braunschweig criminal police, Klaus Buhlmann, thirty persons from the region of Braunschweig/Wolfsburg alone are sitting, waiting on packed luggage.

How many are there altogether in Europe? 400 to 500 fighters from Great Britain alone have been taken on by ISIS. Germany shares the problem with other European countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Great Britain and Ireland, Belgium, France, Spain and the Netherlands.

Now, a video from Aleppo, Syria has turned up in Holland, in which a couple of jihadists from the Netherlands offer a solution. They say it would be better to make it possible for those eager for war to go to jihad. Take their passports from them, as they themselves wish it: “Oh Aqsa, we are on our way! The monotheistic revolution has begun!”

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Day 18: Treachery

In today’s report, MC takes a look at UNWRA, an entire agency of the United Nations that for all practical purposes is devoted to the care, maintenance, and indoctrination of Palestinian “refugees”.

Day 18: Treachery
by MC

UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) is a sinecure, an expensive sinecure that pays its executives very well. It is the only organisation in this world that supports the idea of hereditary refugeeship, and thus perpetuates its own role, as paid for by the taxpayers of the USA.

This organisation were caught with their pants down the other day. Some 20 missiles were ‘found’ in one of their schools. Of course they knew nothing about this cache.

They duly handed the missiles back to their owners: HAMAS, a proscribed terrorist organisation specialising in the genocide of Jews. Maybe those were the missiles arrived on our doorstep this morning, Iron Dome took out several; one landed and caused a fire.

It is time for UNRWA to be disbanded. All the refugees from 1948 should now have been absorbed into their host communities. The Jewish ones certainly have, but then they did not get one cent from UNRWA. UNRWA is only for Muslims, and is part of the Middle East problem, perpetuating the hatreds whilst paying proto-terrorists to study their trade and to learn to live at the expense of others.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/20/2014

Today was the deadliest day so far since Israel began Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. At least 13 Israeli soldiers, 87 Palestinians, and one donkey were killed. The unfortunate donkey had been outfitted with a bomb and sent towards Israeli lines, forcing IDF soldiers to shoot the poor animal in order to detonate the bomb before it could kill any humans.

In other news, ISIS has begun marking homes in Mosul with symbols meaning “Christian” or “Shia”. The last Christians have already been driven out of the city, so presumably the Shiites are next.

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Vote Muslim Brotherhood! Vote Republican!

The Muslim Brotherhood in America is a bipartisan operation, judging by the ongoing political shenanigans in Tennessee.

Below is the latest newsletter from the Tennessee Council for Political Justice.

Newsletter #132 — Haslam and Aljabbary/Mohammed: Made For Each Other

Mwafaq Aljabbary/Mohammed is running in the Republican primary for Tennessee Senate District 21 in Davidson County (Nashville), the seat previously held by Democrat Douglas Henry for over 40 years. Governor Bill Haslam has more in common with him than he has with our conservative legislators.

Aljabbary’s website says he has “experience in refugee resettlement and welfare laws.”

Haslam’s director of legislation, Leslie Hafner is the business partner of Chamber of Commerce lobbyist David McMahan. Chambers of Commerce like the Nashville and US Chamber support refugee resettlement for the exploitation of ‘serf’ labor from other countries while US citizens line up for work. Haslam also continues to explore expanding access to Medicaid (TennCare) in Tennessee, something else the TN Chamber of Commerce supports.

Aljabbary is a Kurdish Muslim who used to be president of his mosque. He follows the Quran and the Sunna of Mohammed. Memphis Islamic Center’s Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, described by the New York Times as “one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam,” says that the Quran “destroys” American capitalism.

Haslam says he is concerned about income inequality and that “Republicans should not deny evidence that wealth is being spread unevenly or write off such concerns as Democratic propaganda.”

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Day 17: Joos

Day 17: Joos
by MC

I was talking to V today. V is from South Germany. She was up on that ‘hill’ at the same sort of time as the journalist who complained about the cheering. V was unaware of any cheering or intimidation, and we have been unable to corroborate the journalist’s statement. More disinformation?

A commenter yesterday was accusing Joos of being professional ‘victims’ along with other Semitic peoples. Today three soldiers of my son’s unit died in street fighting in Gaza; it could have been him. There are those who pretend to be victims, and those whom history shows to be targeted every time the opportunity arises. All through today there has been a heavy bombardment going on, and all today, the advance of Islam has been reversed, if only temporarily. The world should be thanking us, but instead they curse us. This victimhood is for REAL.

The York massacre happened because the Joos were too rich and too successful for the populace:

The massacre of 1190 was a horrific catalogue of violence and murder driven by religious intolerance and the greed of those who owed the leading Jewish money-lenders money. And it was sadly only one of countless incidents of mob-violence against Jewish communities across England and Western Europe in the Middle Ages.

Is this any different to Europe in 2014?

Today has been loud. We seem to have war all around us, and an Iron Dome intercept overhead just now rained shrapnel on us. It whines like one of those fireworks with a spinner inside.

The situation here reminds me of Byron*:

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“We Cannot and Must Not Remain Impartial”

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators rallied in Vienna today, as they did in major cities across most of the Western world. In comparison with the “third intifada” now underway in Paris, the Vienna event was mild and peaceful (see the photos at ORF.at).

Austrian voices in support of Israel are relatively rare. One of them is Christian Ortner, who has written an impassioned plea in Die Presse on behalf of the Israelis. Rembrandt Clancy has translated Mr. Ortner’s opinion piece, which is preceded by an introduction from Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff.

Introduction
by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

Christian Ortner is a self-termed neoliberal and proud of it. He is the author of several scathingly honest essay-books about the state of Austria and the rest of Europe with regard to current affairs. He is very critical of Islam and the Islamic Faith Community in Austria, frequently writing commentaries about Islam. So it is only natural that Ortner would side with Israel in the current stand-off in Gaza.

Christian Ortner has composed a speech to be delivered by the Austrian government, along the lines of that by Czech president Milos Zeman, but one he is sure will never be delivered. Unfortunately, he is very right in his assessment. Official Austria is eerily quiet about Israel. The comments section in Die Presse shows the rampant anti-Semitism still present in Austria, thanks to Eurabia.

Not-so-official Austria — i.e. the Palestinians and their “friends and allies” — marched in Vienna’s city center this afternoon. Following the recent, often destructive clashes in other European cities, Austrian authorities called for restraint on the part of the demonstrators. It appears their calls have been heeded. I have been told by eyewitnesses on the ground that this restraint may have been due to the massive police presence, while at the same time nearly thirty Jewish facilities were heavily protected.

Whether this situation is sustainable remains debatable. In any case, it is interesting, as noted by Vlad Tepes, to see different strategies employed around the world.

Update from ESW 4:08pm EDT (22:08 CET):

Many underage boys and girls collapsed due to the heat (35°C, 95°F) today. It was painful to watch the suffering of the children. Water was distributed by police union members, but was refused, due to Ramadan.

Adults were exhausted as well. They remained standing in the shade. Many did not continue marching because of the heat.

None of the demonstrators said a word about the Geert Wilders button my contact wore.

The atmosphere was calm. Every five minutes there were chants of “Allahu akhbar!”

Leftists held banners praising international solidarity while wearing Che shirts.

Dolls wrapped in white cloth spattered with blood were held.

My contact estimates an attendance of approximately 3,000 to 5,000. Police estimate 10,000, organizers 30,000.

Let us All Become Israelis Just Once for a Single Moment…

A Speech which the Federal President, the Federal Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor or otherwise any other Politician will unfortunately not make.

By Christian Ortner

(Die Presse, translated by Rembrandt Clancy)

Dear Austrians!

Allow me to stress one thing, free of all ambiguity and with all possible clarity: in view of the rocket attacks by the Islamic terror organisation Hamas on Israeli cities and villages, on children and the elderly and on kindergartens and hospitals, Austria stands unambiguously and without reservation on the side of the state of Israel in this confrontation. And I would like to think that the newly elected President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, would likewise explain this clearly and unequivocally in the name of the European Union.

In order to avoid misunderstandings, the reason we are standing on the side of the Israelis is not so as to remove thereby any possible historical guilt on the part of Austria toward the Jews. The present generation of Austrians bear no responsibility for the holocaust and they have to recompense that guilt to the least extent possible.

Therefore, Austria does not stand on the side of Israel because Israel is a Jewish state. Austria stands steadfastly on the side of Israel because she is taking the only position which is right. When a democratic, constitutional state is attacked with thousands of rockets by a terrorist organisation, there can be no neutrality between terrorists and the state which is attacked; just as there can be no neutrality between armed hostage takers and police. With good reason we were not impartial with respect to al-Qaida and the United States after the 9/11 attacks; by the same token, we cannot and must not remain impartial when faced with Hamas’ terrorism against the Jewish state.

Personally, my fellow countrymen, I remain very happy today that during the Second World War the allies did not attempt to bring to a halt the “spiral of escalation” between themselves and Nazi Germany; and I am particularly pleased that the USA did not, for example, attempt to mediate between Hitler and Churchill, but stood clearly on one side: — on the right side.

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Life Goes on During the Bombardment

MC shot some video footage of Sderot early this morning, as normal day-to-day life continues despite the artillery fire that can be heard almost constantly not far away in Gaza.

Vlad includes this note about the footage:

A friend of ours living in Sderot sent some footage last night of what can be heard to be some heavy fighting, audible from his home. There are several clips put together here but not edited at all, other than clips stitched together, in terms of time. So the frequency of explosions you here is what the residents are hearing. Before he started his camera, MC reported also hearing drones, helicopters and machine gun fire. By the time the camera started the fighting had moved farther away but you still get a solid sense of it in this clip.

I added the graphical aids to give a sense of scale. Thank you MC for doing this.

Many thanks Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

MC lives in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. For his previous essays, see the MC Archives.

Al-Sisi’s Struggle

Ashraf Ramelah sends his latest evaluation of the presidency of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Egypt.

Egypt’s Al-Sisi struggles for democracy: Fights terrorism

by Ashraf Ramelah

Some would say Egypt now leads the world in the war against terror, and Egyptians are relieved to see punishment for Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood backers. Concerned with Egypt’s “overall stability” during his June visit to Cairo, US Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi about the recent death sentences for MB members (theguardian.com, June 22), emphasizing tactical errors in the political environment. State Department officials are concerned by Al-Sisi’s “polarizing” tactics, and seem to imply that getting on with the business of democracy has nothing to do with cleaning out corruption and hunting down jihadists. If Al-Sisi manages to convert an Islamic state to anywhere near the full experience of human rights and equality it would be a first in this part of the world, and it would require beginning with the hard line he has now taken.

Before Kerry stresses Egypt’s need for the greater political freedoms, he might remind himself of the humanitarian guidelines found in the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights — the document signed by Egypt when it refused to sign the rigorous U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights — under which Egypt functions. Democracy won’t materialize overnight, especially in the Islamic Middle East where nothing is what it seems and nothing goes in a straight line. Where there is no precedent on how to reverse six decades of Islamist buildup that culminated with rule by jihadists, Al-Sisi is on his own, so to speak.

Ultimately America understands this while it endorses him. The U.S. has handed over the check. Coldness between the U.S. and Egypt — Al-Sisi refused to receive Obama’s phone call after Morsi was removed, the U.S. froze aid, the Secretary of State did not attend Al-Sisi’s inauguration — spares Egypt any more U.S. delegations brandishing the moral high ground regarding Egypt’s death penalty for former government henchmen (MB spiritual guide, deputy of MB, former MB prime minister, former MB cultural minister) and savage street gangs — fierce and unsavory agents of the street.

No one can predict what Al-Sisi will eventually do or become for the democratic effort, but identifying and ridding the country of terror cells as a priority is important. It is viewed as the first step in achieving human rights. No former Egyptian president has genuinely turned against the MB because each was affiliated with the organization in one way or another. As a consequence, the MB was confined to dark dungeons where it produced the treatises for the extended terror enterprises the world endures today.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/19/2014

Despite a government ban, pro-Palestinian demonstrators took to the streets of Paris today and clashed with police. Other anti-Israel demos and threats against Jews were reported in the Netherlands, Britain, Denmark, Canada, and various cities in the United States. There’s no word yet on whether people have rallied against Israel in Australia or New Zealand.

In other news, for the first time in history, the Iraqi city of Mosul is free of Christians. The last Christian families fled the city ahead of an ISIS deadline as the soldiers of Allah burned the seat of the Syriac Catholic archdiocese of Mosul, destroying everything inside.

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