The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It
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Polygamy is widely practiced in Gaza—and the women (or "sister wives") are not happy about it.
So says Asmaa Al-Ghoul, who has just exposed this practice in an article for Al Monitor. Al-Ghoul is a heroic feminist Palestinian journalist who, in 2009, was fired for her work in which she exposed honor killings on the West Bank and in Gaza; she was harassed, threatened, and nearly arrested by Hamas for this work. I interviewed her at the time by phone and published a series of articles about her.
Now, she reports that polygamy is practiced by both rich and poor in Gaza. Anecdotally, she describes "hostility" and "hatred" between a pair of "sister-wives" who visited a beauty parlor together. She also quotes a financially independent and professionally successful woman who chose to become a second wife but who now says:
Election Round Table on JBS
Last week, I joined a panel on the Jewish Broadcasting Service hosted by the always excellent Rabbi Mark Golub. We had gathered to discuss the Israeli elections and what this may mean, globally. I enjoyed some unexpected challenges from some co-panelists and from the interviewer himself. It seems that I was too pro-Netanyahu and too anti-Obama. Life among the Jews is always very interesting. Here it is, enjoy the exchange, my co-panelists are very knowledgeable men.
Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism — two sides of the same coin — are raging yet again. They are brutally alive in the Middle East, Europe and even here in America.
Yet now, at long last, there is some pushback, at least on the "battlefield of ideas."
It comes in the form of a new academic institute championed by a hardened veteran of this war, and its presence at universities throughout the world is blossoming.
In this country, we hear shouts of Jew-hatred at every pro-Palestinian demonstration.
We read all about it in the biased left-liberal, anti-Israel media and see it in President Obama's overt hostility to Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Perhaps most troubling, though, is its presence on the American campus, where it is at full boil.
There, Israel-bashing is embraced as an expression of politically correct, divine truth — rather than called out for what it often really is: unadulterated racism.
Professors disguise their hatred of Jews by presenting it as a "politically righteous" stand against Israel, since the Jewish state is, in their portrayal, a colonialist, apartheid nation.
At press time, President Obama has not yet congratulated the new Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israel is the only real democracy in the region, it is militarily sophisticated, and is America's strongest and most stable ally.
President Obama's peevish, grudging, and hostile behavior is not statesman-like and is definitely not in America's best interest.
In 2012, it took Obama "hours" to congratulate Muslim Brotherhood candidate and then Egyptian President-elect Mohammed Morsi on winning his election.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just warned that Israeli Arab voters are being brought to the polling booth by V15 (Victory 2015) and other NGOS funded from abroad. He said: "We do not have NGOs. We do not have V15."
V15 has been organized by Jeremy Bird, who was President Obama's national campaign field director in 2012. According to lawyer and journalist Lori Lowenthal Marcus, this funding runs afoul of American tax laws for not-for-profit organizations. Marcus and others allege that funding for V15 includes State Department monies.
Netanyahu is "very worried" about these reports of busing Arabs to the voting booths. "If we do not wake up, if we do not bring everyone out… a left-wing government will be established," he warned.
According to former American Navy Lt. Commander, J.J. Dyer:
Given the hot and relentless nature of anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism today, should the world's Jews simply pack up and leave wherever they are on Planet Earth? Should they go to Israel or to America? Given all the genocidal threats made against the Jewish state, should Israel pioneer space travel so that those Jews (and our allies) who believe that wherever we are has become "Egypt" can leave a world in which Jew-hatred has become the signature calling card of Islamic terrorism and anti-Western barbarism?
Dr. Iddo Netanyahu, in his play, A Happy End, is asking precisely this question. By setting his affluent, assimilated, and successful Jewish characters in Berlin, circa 1932-1933, he may hope to influence our thinking about this question today.
In a talkback after the New York City performance, Netanyahu said: "There is a great advantage to raising things in the past. Current political views allow people to close themselves off."
Unfortunately, not much; not enough to make a difference.
Clinton gained sympathy when her husband publicly humiliated her and when she was attacked in sexist ways, but she turned right around and attacked Monica Lewinsky in sexist ways, too.
Clinton also raised high hopes when she began talking the feminist talk.
In 1995, First Lady Hillary Clinton delivered a speech in Beijing at the United Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women. It was full of lines guaranteed to draw steady applause. But, in reality, it is a speech full of platitudes and empty "calls to action." She noted that "rape has been used as an instrument of armed conflict" and claimed that rape, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery are "violations of human rights." She was right.
The global allure of a self-designated Caliphate, especially one that insists that its every barbaric action is Qur'an-based and Sharia-true, should not be underestimated.
In October 2014, ISIS released the fourth issue of Dabiq, its online English- and multi-language newsletter. ISIS described a "successful consolidation of the judiciary," and the formation of "sharia courts" that render decisions in a speedy and non-corrupt manner. ISIS has implemented a "radical interpretation of sharia law, killing men accused of blasphemy or homosexuality. The group has also carried out amputations and lashings for reasons as trivial as smoking or improper dressing."
ISIS has taken over the education system in horrendous ways: one must memorize the Qur'an, there is to be no teaching of science, history, civics, physical education, and geography. Basic mathematics is allowed. ISIS has also established military training on children, imposed early curfews and full-face and body niqab on women, including those who work at hospitals.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a passionate, inspiring, thoughtful, and "game changing" speech before the American Congress which lasted for about 45 minutes, during which time he was applauded 43 times, often for 15 seconds at a time. His words elicited many standing ovations.
The only other foreign leader to have spoken to Congress three times was Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister. In honor of that, Speaker of the House, John Boehner plans to present Netanyahu with a bust of Churchill.
Netanyahu received wild applause when he said: "The world should demand that Iran do three things. First, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East. Second, stop supporting terrorism around the world. And third, stop threatening to annihilate my country, Israel, the one and only Jewish state."
Yesterday, terrorists threatened to "behead" Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie if she did not help "introduce sharia law in Australia."
To her credit, Lambie had recently called for the introduction of the death penalty for terrorists and had been quoted as saying: "If you don't like our Australian law… then pack your bags and… leave. We will never bow down to sharia law."
The police do not yet know whether this death threat was sent by Jihadists or by opponents of a planned mosque.
Australia, Down Under? Is there no continent free of lone wolves, wolf packs, citizen-jihadists who turn on their own countrymen or who travel to join ISIS?
Reports that "Jihadi John," the British-accented narrator of ISIS snuff videos, is Mohammed Emwazi — an educated young man from a middle-class background — ought to put the final stake in the pretense that poverty and a lack of education and opportunity fuel Islamist hate.
This mistaken idea seems to be Obama administration policy. Marie Harf, the US Department of State deputy spokesperson, recently said:
"We cannot win this war by killing [jihadists]. We need to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it is lack of opportunity for jobs. . . We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people."
Against President Obama's wishes, PM Netanyahu will be addressing Congress about the extraordinary danger of a nuclear Iran. Obama's administration wishes to deflect American concerns about the unenforceable deal it is negotiating with Shiite Iran by conducting a demonization campaign against Israel and its Prime Minister.
I share Jonathan Tobin's view that Netanyahu should meet with everyone and anyone to warn them about the utter foolishness of negotiating with Iran and the grave danger to American interests if Obama stops Israel and a willing coalition of allies from attempting to stop Iran since America is not inclined to do so and Russia is inclined to further enable the Iranian nuclear enterprise.
Israel has known what it is to live with constant Jihad that cannot be appeased—only militarily defeated, weakened, beaten back. America and Europe are just learning about this but their political leaders are telling them that Jihad and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam, and that what Jihadists need are jobs and an education. This—despite the fact that so many Jihadists are well educated and come from wealthy or solidly middle class families.
Jews are commanded to pursue justice—true justice.
"The wheels of justice turn slowly but grind exceeding fine"—so said Euripides as did Sun Tzu ("The wheels of justice grind slow but grind fine") and Longfellow ("The mills of God grind slowly but they grind exceedingly small").
When it comes to justice for Jews, we have often received precious little or been forced to wait for thousands of years for it.
Now, a stunning moment is upon us. After a decade of litigation, and after a seven week civil trial in a Manhattan federal court, a jury has found that the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) are liable for the deaths and injuries of ten American families plus the estates of four victims. These attacks took place on an Israeli street, at a crowded Israeli bus stop, inside an Israeli bus, and in a cafeteria at Hebrew University.
This decision, which of course can be appealed, nevertheless makes it crystal clear that the PLO and the PA are not "moderate," "peaceful" groups but are, in fact, terrorist entities, just like Hamas and Hezbollah.
As Islam conquered what was formerly a Christian Middle East, what was formerly a Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, and Christian Central Asia (India, Persia, Afghanistan, parts of Russia), what was formerly a pagan, animist and Christian Africa, Islam also conquered what was formerly a Hindu and Buddhist Indonesia and Malaysia.
As an Arab-and African-style Islam spread via the sword, customs that may or may not have been religiously mandated also spread.
According to a recent report, female genital mutilation (FGM), long associated with Muslims and Africans, is becoming more popular in Malaysia. Some Malaysians believe this is religiously required by the Quran; others believe it is an important Muslim custom, one that will "protect girls from premarital sex as it is supposed to lower their sex drive."
A spokeswoman for a local women's rights group, Sisters in Islam, insists that sunat (Malaysian for circumcision) is not mentioned in the Quran."Previously, it was a cultural practice," she says, "but now, because of Islamization, people just relate everything to Islam. And when you link something to religion, people here follow it blindly."
Former film star Brigitte Bardot, France's iconic blonde bombshell and "sex kitten" who reigned supreme from 1952 – 1973, has been on trial four or five times for insulting Muslims and "inciting racial hatred."
The prosecutor in her fifth trial, Anne de Fontette, wanted a heftier fine and a tougher sentence: the equivalent of $24,000 and a two month (hopefully) suspended jail term.
What crimes has Bardot committed in the land without a First Amendment, in the land of Hate Speech laws that are being slickly exploited by non-persecuted Muslims?
Brookings Institution Center for Middle East Policy Fellow Shadi Hamid recently criticized the West as "illiberal" for refusing to accept the fact that Muslims, both in the West and globally, are different from Westerners.
It was an unusual argument, one for which The Atlantic devoted 3,400 words.
Although President Obama insists that the "fight against terrorism is not a religious war," Hamid seems to disagree with him.See All Articles
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