Update on the War in Gaza

Our Israeli correspondent MC sends the latest news from Sderot:

Although you may be reading in the news about a ‘peace deal’, the reality on the ground is different.

The past three days have seen sporadic shelling and bombing (outgoing), with continued kite and balloon attacks.

Tonight we are hearing artillery and gunfire with aircraft etc.

The area has all the signs of a military campaign in the making. We passed a field full of tanks coming in from Ashkelon today. Given that it is Shabbat, this is serious. Normally things stop at sunset on Friday, but not tonight. Expect some move soon.

It appears that Hamas’ control may not have be as complete as they would have us believe, and that a faction in Gaza is trying to provoke instability.

For those who are interested, here’s the story from Arutz Sheva on the “peace deal”:

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Rockets Over Sderot (Again)

As a follow-up to his earlier post, MC sends the latest on the rockets’ red glare in Sderot:

It is 21:06, and we have just had the first Iron Dome intercept of the night. A present from the religion of ‘peace’ (the piece around here tends to be shrapnel; we oftentimes hear it coming down on the roof).

Now another ‘seva adom’ and a big bang, no Iron Dome — it may have hit the open land over the road.

Islam really is a spiteful regime. Here comes another as I write, making three, and Iron Dome is roaring away, another multiple intercept…

It is nighttime, but I can see the smoke trails overhead. The rockets are just a dot of light as they go over, then a flash and a bang or two.

The ID battery is about half a mile away, so many of the intercepts happen almost overhead.

How do I feel about it? Tense, peeved and a bit anxious. Islam does something to a person; somehow it makes one inhuman. People try to help and accommodate Muslims, but they have no grace. To be helped is their Allah-given right. It is the duty of every kafir to serve them.

One cannot deal with Muslims; they have murder and treachery in the hearts. In return for our handing over Gaza, they make a battleground of the sky above our heads.

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

Hamas Starts Yet Another War With Israel

Our Israeli correspondent MC sent us this message from Sderot:

It looks bad here. Reserves are being called up and roads have been closed in the area.

The missile to the Sharon last night was a huge escalation. It was homemade and had a large warhead — with a GRAD type range. It looks as if Hamas has reverse engineered something with a range up to 100km.

Local events are being cancelled, and Hamas is talking up a provocation, but at the same time claiming that the missile was a ‘mistake’. That will be the second of such mistakes in the last few weeks — a missile was intercepted just South of Tel Aviv about a month ago.

There are even claims that the ‘mistake’ was caused by the weather:

Hamas: Rocket Launch May Have Been Caused by ‘Bad Weather’

A Hamas official denied Israel’s accusation that it was behind Monday’s rocket strike on a town in central Israel, north of Tel Aviv, Monday morning which wounded seven Israelis and led Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to vow a strong response.

“No one from the resistance movements, including Hamas, has an interest in firing rockets from the Gaza Strip towards the enemy,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity, evoking the possibility that it may have been caused by “bad weather”…

The fake ‘mistake’ means that Hamas can claim that Israel is the aggressor and that any response is ‘disproportionate.

My experience with missiles in the Royal Navy tells me that the idea of a ‘mistake’ is just so much codswallop. It takes at least four approvals to ignite a missile. And one never points them at civilian areas, even for ‘fun’.

Corbyn’s ‘friends’ are one nasty piece of work, and birds of a feather…

I will keep you updated on how it feels if and when it escalates. My youngest son is likely to be called up in the next few hours.

A follow-up email from MC came in shortly afterwards:

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Jordanian MP Salutes Palestinian Who Murdered Israelis

A Jordanian MP named Khalil Attieh recently stood up in parliament to paean the Palestinian who murdered two Israelis.

To clarify what happens in the video below, the translator sends this context:

1.   In the first part he salutes the killer of the Jewish civilians. This is straightforward.
2.   The second part is less obvious. The speaker is referring to an Arab Interior Ministers’ conference in Rabat, where he apparently learned of a conspiracy led by Saudi Arabia with Israel and US, whereby the protectorate of the Temple Mount (Bait al-Maqdes in Islam) would be removed from Jordan and the Hashemite Kingdom, and given to Saudi Arabia. So, because of this alleged conspiracy against Jordan, the speaker is calling on the Jordanian government to expel the Israeli ambassador and recall the Jordanian ambassador from Israel. He uses offensive language when referring to this.
 

Many thanks to Ibn Al-Malek for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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A Bridge Too Far

Tabitha Korol’s latest essay concerns a recent event staged by the “Interfaith” movement — which, as Maj. Stephen Coughlin has so assiduously documented, is simply a cover for infiltration and indoctrination by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, in which naïve Christians and Jews become unwitting dupes.

A Bridge Too Far*

by Tabitha Korol

It was brought to my attention that Westmount Temple Emanu-el Beth Shalom in Montreal hosted a Muslim-Awareness Interfaith Shabbat Dinner on January 25, 2019, to pay homage to the six dead and nineteen wounded from a lone attack on a Montreal mosque two years previously. Such well-meaning, but naïve, efforts were hijacked by Muslim apologists to promote their false victimhood status to garner sympathy from others.

One might wonder why there was no outreach from Jews or Muslims for the desecration attack in March 2018 on a synagogue in Thornhill, and no homage paid for the October, 2018 massacre of eleven congregants of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, inasmuch as Canada and the US are connected in many ways. Neither was there any form of condolence or apology offered when a small Canadian Arab newspaper, Al Saraha, published an antisemitic article that posited why Hitler killed the Jews, stated that the number of six million Jews killed during the Holocaust was severely inflated, and asserted that Jews are to blame for Germany’s economic collapse, sexual license and promiscuity.

Inasmuch as the Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Dinner so closely preceded Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day designated to confront the hatred and crimes against the Jewish people, it begs the question as to why that was not incorporated into the outreach, except that Muslims do not grant victimhood status to others, and they continue to deny the Holocaust as the systematic murder of six million Jews. Our FBI records show that Jews still experience the greatest number, by far, of attacks and assaults, yet nothing was done to honor those victims and awaken the attendees to the dire situation of antisemitism that is once again upon us.

It is pertinent to include herewith a few unpalatable facts. Muslims have killed 669 million people over 1400 years, a number quite astounding, but correct. Those who were not killed — the Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and others — were forced into captivity and conversion. They became the ancestors of today’s 1.6 billion Muslims, including the masses who are now committing unspeakable crimes in Sweden, Germany, France, England — 29 countries worldwide.

Arab-Islamic attacks on Jews began with the Battle of Khaybar in 628 AD, against Christians with raids into Byzantine lands in 630, and rapidly engulfed the non-Arab people of North Africa, Spain, Persia, and beyond. In 1801, the Barbary pirates attacked American shipping, and in 2000, the USS Cole. The World Trade Center was attacked twice, in 1993 and 2001, followed by group bombings, shootings, stabbings, and property damage — hate crimes. However, in a country the size of America, the imams have informed their jihadis that eventual conquest must be achieved by other means — through civilizational or stealth jihad. Hence, our government now has an inordinate number of Muslims in office. Unashamedly antisemitic and anti-American, they are working to change our laws to be increasingly socialist and then sharia-compliant.

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Splitting Hairs

In his latest essay, our Israeli correspondent MC wades into the murky cultural waters where shariah advocates and social justice warriors converge.

Splitting Hairs

by MC

The Hebrew ‘shalom’ is translated as ‘peace’, but that is not particularly accurate. It actually describes an ‘inner peace’, which comes with a personal relationship with the Creator, in this case Yahovah. ‘Peace’ is essentially a manmade thing (or not, as the case may be), but shalom comes through keeping the Commandments of Yah.

In this day and age this kind study of is considered to be ‘splitting hairs’, just as the difference between quoting a hadith about Mohammed’s sexual proclivities and accusing him of paedophilia is ‘splitting hairs’, since the one makes the other obvious.

The problem about a sex act with a 9-year-old is not so much the gross physical intrusion as the potential for damage to the child both physical and — especially — emotional. This is true particularly when considering the case of Mohammed, a religious icon whose every act is to be emulated by the faithful.

A 9-year-old is a child, and it thus vulnerable. Because a child is, by definition, not yet physically or emotionally mature, he or she cannot be considered able to give any kind of informed consent to a sex act. Any sex act.

Islam, being a male fantasy-oriented religion, takes no account of consent from either mature or immature women. On the other hand, the Judeo-Christian religions regard the woman as the ‘life-giver’, as the name Adam gave to Eve (Chava) implies. The woman is thus a pivotal player in the commandment to go forth and multiply, and we build our Western culture around the need to support this life-giver and her offspring — or rather we did until Roe vs. Wade.

Thus, because paedophilia is an intrinsic part of Islam, any judgement comes down to a matter of who can get away with offending whom. Muslims become violent when offended and start murdering people, but since Christians are mainly ‘white supremacists’ and need to be taught a lesson anyway… or so it seems to go these days. But just when did emotion and politicking creep into the modern law-making and its associated executive process?

So the recent European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision that to call Mohammed a paedophile is ‘hate speech’ is fraught with implications. In itself, the idea behind ‘hate’ speech is to provide a means to demonize free speech. Bur free speech is only really proven to be free when somebody is offended by it. So just how do we define hate speech in a ‘free speech’ context, if the two are so mutually incompatible?

Is it when free speech causes harm, as in falsely shouting FIRE in a crowded cinema?

To tip the scales of justice, the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ must be clearly delineated, and must be able to be applied in all circumstances to all people, both equally, and across the board.

Do Muslims have an existential problem with paedophilia? Does the rest of society therefore have to give way to these Muslim sensitivities? Is there therefore a different law for Muslims — ‘Yes’, ‘Yes’ and ‘Yes’, it would appear.

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Belgium: A Surge of Asylum Seekers From Gaza

FouseSquawk is reporting on news about a significant recent increase in the number of asylum seekers entering Belgium from Gaza. He has translated two articles from Joods Actuelle, a Belgian (Flemish) Jewish site. His summary:

The former Belgian minister for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken, has complained publicly that his successor has increased the number of asylum seekers admitted into the country from 50-60 a day to 191 a day, the largest group coming from Gaza. He has made a video in Flemish in which he says he understands the fear of the Jewish community about this migration.

Read the two complete translations from the Dutch at FouseSquawk.

In addition, I sent a French-language article on the topic to our French translator Nathalie and asked her to evaluate it. We decided that it was too technical to warrant a complete translation, although Francophones may find it useful.

Nathalie sent this summary, plus some additional observations:

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The Star Trek Connection

Our Israeli correspondent MC sends this meditation on Star Trek, mass immigration, utopias, and related topics.

The Star Trek Connection

by MC

“Religion is the opiate of the people” said a famous Communist, and then proceeded to create a new political religion.

Religions are always messy. They are messy because the elites get hold of them and pervert them into their own personal fiefdoms, and those fiefdoms are then twisted to become ambitions of their leaders. The relevant ‘god’ is pushed into a backroom and only occasionally dusted off and allowed to come to the party, but only at the convenience of said elite.

Then there are the wacky video religions, of which the Cult of the Trekkie is one of the bigger ones.

But has anybody else noticed that there is an agenda here? Is our home world to become that of the fantasy TV series, portrayed as a utopian community where there is no money, no borders, and everybody has everything they could ever want, subject to the replicator functioning correctly?

I don’t know which came first, the warp drive or the patronising influence of the Vulcans (the intellectual elite), but both appear as pivotal in a ‘godless’ community (do Klingons see it as Federation ‘rootbeer’ supremacy?). And above all, are Kirk and his band of politically correct brothers (at the time) guiding us wisely through the mayhem of the present to a bright and glorious future, complete with the ‘moderate Klingon’ who sets an example of tolerance for us all?

Of course. the reality is that there are no warp drives and no Vulcans (and no ‘moderate’ Klingons) except as a bunch of pixels and neurons in the minds of our wonderous elites and their flocks, and there will be no magic wands that can be waved to clear up the mess that such trekkie socialism will once more create in our own backyards.

The dominance of the elitist obsession with the otherwise abstract ideas of ‘racism’ and ‘equality’ produce a wonderful inversion where non-trekkies — those race groups which are not part of the Federation — are always portrayed as imperfect, even if perhaps redeemable, but always as inferior and backwards. To be nationalist is to automatically be fascist, and also to be irreconcilably stupid.

The Federation culture is so superior that no other idea can be tolerated, and all must be encouraged (forced) to come into the fold.

So we have a politics of provocation where, as in a game of tennis, you are looking to make your opponent make mistakes. In the corrosive politics of the now, it is something which enables you to point the finger and shout “Nazi” or some such other inappropriate but demeaning slander, even if that insult itself is so misused as to be virtually meaningless.

We are watching this happen right now. Hamas, a known terrorist organisation and oppressor of ‘Palestinians’ is once more playing the blame game, and once more the gullible (and the malicious elite) appear to be falling for it. Thus Hamas is a terrorist organisation only when they are hitting non-Israeli targets, but when they are lashing out at Jooz, they suddenly become freedom fighters. This is the real ‘racism’. And this, from a supposedly multicultural country where the ardent multiculturalists of the UK Labour party just cannot keep their virulent anti-Semitism (the real racism here) under wraps. And as for the UN, well, what else can we expect but to have to pay continuously and heavily for the privilege of having our posteriors battered by the ‘Bandung generation’.

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The Birds Fly Over Sderot

Hamas is currently at war with Israel, launching missiles and incendiary kites on a daily basis into southern Israel. The news about the attacks only makes it onto the world’s TV screens if one of the puir wee bairns among the Palestinians gets killed — usually because the child’s school or crèche is used to store missiles or arms, making it into a target for the IDF.

Our Israeli correspondent MC sends this report on the situation, literally from his own front yard.

The birds fly over Sderot

by MC

It was a rough night. It started at 10pm and finished at 10am after some twenty missiles were launched in five attacks.

The small arms shooting is still going on as I sit here (8:20pm).

These are photos from about a minute after multiple Iron Dome intercepts occurred right overhead. The photos were taken from the front garden!

This is where the ‘humanitarian’ aid to Gaza ends up. That is your tax money up there burning up.

Islam is incorrigibly malicious. Its doctrines are the doctrines of evangelism by violence and coercion. It seeks to conquer and forcibly convert, and if genocide is necessary, then so be it.

Shooting missiles at random against a civilian population is acceptable in Yemen, Syria, and against Israel. And the world looks on complacently: Not my front door —Yawn!

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

In the Nazi Mould

In the following essay our Israeli correspondent MC examines the common ground between Socialism — National and otherwise — and Islamic fascism.

In the Nazi Mould

by MC

In the 20th century the forces of socialism murdered untold millions of people, but, somehow, we have been brainwashed taught to compartmentalise that history because the new ‘Left’, our own homegrown Left, is different (or so we are told) — a force for change (like the 1933 Nazis), a force for hope (ditto). It is supposedly a genteel force looking out for the underdog (double-ditto).

Last night (I wrote this a few weeks ago) we had a volley of missiles come in at the same time. Once more Hamas chose to commit their war crimes, and once more the Left, by its silence and tacit support, chooses to be complicit. Murdering Jews wherever you find them is an intrinsic part of general leftist (and Hamas) ideology.

Today we read of a Syrian-born Palestinian in Germany plotting to make chemical weapons for use against Jews in Israel. There is a chronic irony embedded in there somewhere!

But killing jooz by war crimes is only useful when harnessed for the cause, because the signature of the Left is that their ends justify any means, no matter how brutal the methods used. If, in order to gain power, one supports Islamofascism (and thus gains the new vote) and their day-to-day murder of Jews by machine-gunning and bombing civilian areas, then that is acceptable and to be encouraged (or at least ignored).

Nobody particularly likes the Jews. Even Jews don’t like Jews, and many left-leaning Jews think of Israel with acute embarrassment. So exterminating Israelis may be a war crime de jure, but the de facto is ‘the sooner the better’.

When the surrounding muslims invade — as they do on a regular basis, sometimes just one or two fedayeen, and sometime with three or four armies — the rest of the world reacts by slapping an arms embargo on Israel; the victim.

President Obama did it last time: he stopped the shipment of replacement Iron Dome missiles because the airport outside Tel Aviv was not ‘safe’.

The Hamas Charter advocates the genocide of all Jews, not just Israelis, all JEWS, in true Hitleresque fashion. Yet this terrorist group is the doyenne of the left, substantially supported by European and US money.

Sweden is complaining about the boarding of ‘flotilla’ boats. Sweden, which is building a modern day castle to try to subdue Rinkeby. Sweden, the land where young virgins are sacrificed in the name of the gods of multiculturalism. Sweden, which criticizes Israel for defending itself. Sweden, the epitome of modern day leftist fascism.

To be criticized by Sweden is to know that one is on the right track.

Soon the European Left will start the cull. Currently, critics of the state are rounded up and summarily imprisoned, but the appeals court systems still works (if one can afford it). However such appeals are out of reach of most of us, and we cannot crowd-fund them all.

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What Mohammed? What Koran? What Mecca?

The following video is an excellent introduction by Dr. Jay Smith to the deconstruction by Western scholars of the Koran, Mohammed, and Islam itself. Using hermeneutics, textual analysis, archaeology, and other modern disciplines, he demonstrates that the three principal elements of Islam could not possibly be factually true in the way they are traditionally expounded:

1.   Mohammed                                                            
2.   The Koran
3.   Mecca
 

The archaeology and relevant historical documents simply do not support the traditions of Islam. Something happened in Arabia between the 7th and 10th centuries, but it certainly wasn’t what is described in the Koran, the Hadith, and the Sira.

A large part of Dr. Smith’s analysis focuses on the qiblas in the oldest mosques, which did not point to Mecca, but to Petra, in what is now Jordan. He explains the likely significance of the switch from Petra to Mecca, which was prompted by the conflict between the Abbasid and Umayyad dynasties in the late first millennium. He also explains the political necessities that likely motivated Abd al-Malik to invent and backdate Mohammed, the Koran, and Islam itself:

Hat tip: acuara.

Is Partition a Viable Option?

UPDATE: I thank you all for an interesting range of comments; there’s plenty of good discussion to read. However, I think most of you may have missed my primary question, which is NOT about what is likely to happen, but whether partition is a viable option in Western Europe.

I don’t have any idea what is likely to happen. I just don’t think partition à la India or Gaza is a viable option. It’s not just that I don’t think it will happen, but that it can’t possibly work in the event that some misguided government (or supra-national power) attempts to implement it.

On last night’s post about the BBC, RonaldB left a comment concerning the possible eventual partition of Britain into separate Muslim and non-Muslim states. That got me thinking about the issue of partition, which has been discussed here in the past from time to time.

The most Islamized country in Western Europe is France, so the first of any partitions is likely to occur there. Marseille in particular comes to mind. But Britain, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany are close behind.

This was my comment in response:

One thing to bear in mind about partition: the new “stans” will consist primarily of urban residential areas, with no significant manufacturing plant or other productive assets. There will be no agricultural land, and the commercial base will be negligible. Unless the other side of the partition agrees to continue the delivery of jizya, the new emirates will be unable to support themselves. The kuffar would basically have to do what Israel does with Gaza: supply electricity and other necessities for free, or for a nominal charge.

I suppose a partition agreement could include the mandatory eviction of landowners from portions of prime arable land, which would then belong to the new entity. But even then, the new owners would hardly be likely to use it effectively — Muslims have a history of destroying agricultural land through bad husbandry; it seems to flow naturally from Islamic practices.

I don’t see any way in which partition could work for them. I think they will require full submission, with dhimmitude and/or enslavement for the former owners in perpetuity.

I can’t think of an outcome for all this that isn’t very, very ugly.

In recent times, we really only have three models for partition to draw on:

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Qassam Rockets and Incendiary Kites

I received an email this morning from our Israeli correspondent MC, who lives in Sderot:

Hi Baron,

The noise started around 2:00am last night with a couple of explosions which could have been ours or theirs; there was no alarm. That came later, and in spades.

It is Shabbat, so the news desks are not working to full capacity, and we just don’t know.

We have had incoming missiles and Iron Dome intercepts all morning. It is seven o’clock, and we have had seven intercepts just in Sderot.

We have also had the outgoing artillery. It is very reminiscent of 2014: I expect Hamas is broke again and needs to kill a few joooz in order to get a top-up of blood money from the likes of Norway and Qatar.

Conditions in Gaza must be appalling. Their lifeblood is being spent by their feudal landlords chasing a (pseudo-religious) pipe dream.

The government here must now make up their minds. After weeks of provocations, they must do something. Their predecessors made a deal with the devil and we have all suffered as a consequence.

The Hamas leadership cowers under a hospital, defended by world opinion, yes, the opinion of American (liberal) socialists and fellow travellers, the Hillaries and Bernies and their ilk. They may not be lighting the blue touch paper, but when they scream “disproportionate response,” they enable war crimes. Whilst the Europeans send in the resources under the disguise of “humanitarian aid”. In the hope that the crocodile will eat them last.

In the warped world of leftist politics, Jews, especially Israeli Jews, are not human. If you prick them they do not bleed. Because they are Untermenschen they have no human rights, so the idea of self defense has no credibility.

So Hamas reverts to 8th-century crop burning and the world applauds their inventiveness. When Sherman marched to the sea, his aim was to destroy the economy of the Southern states, to cause starvation and lawlessness. This was a huge war crime, the nuances of which were hidden behind the self-righteousness of the ‘emancipation’. Did anybody stop to count how many of those ‘liberated’ slaves starved to death?

And all the time that Hamas throws its childish tantrums, Israel is supplying food, natural gas and electricity.

It really is time to throw the switches.

News stories about the latest Israeli response:

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