Muslims celebrate Jewish slaughter

Murdered, Because They Were Jews

by Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun
November 18, 2014

http://www.meforum.org/4892/murdered-because-they-were-jews

 

A cartoon posted on the Facebook page of Hamas MP Mushir Al-Masri shows the attackers, dressed as orthodox Jews, exclaiming “Where are they?”

Four rabbis in an act of worship, in their house of God, slaughtered in the name of Allah.

And if the savagery of the act was not enough of a shock, one response from a Muslim on Twitter was equally gruesome.

Responding to my tweet about the Jerusalem slaughter, he welcomed the mass murder by writing a single word, “Bravo”.

Elsewhere on social media, Palestinians in Gaza circulated cartoons using the image of the meat cleaver and knife used in the attacks, to mock the Jews.

As a Muslim who has spoken all my life for the rights of the Palestinians to a state of their own, I was left holding my head in despair and shame.

Just an hour earlier, I had read news of my co-religionists killing four Christians in random acts of revenge in the Kenyan city of Mombasa.

What have we become, I asked myself?

The irony is the Jews murdered were from a sect that poses no threat to Muslims or Palestinians.

They are against the very idea of Jews ascending the Temple Mount to pray, an issue that has become a bone of contention in recent weeks between Jerusalem’s Muslims and Jews.

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Bible is also diet book

Mediterranean Diet Accelerates Weight Loss: Prevents Cancer and Heart Disease

Reprinted from Celebrity Health and Fitness, November 17, 2014

http://www.celebrityhealthfitness.com/24411/mediterranean-diet-aids-weight-loss-prevents-cancer-heart-disease/

mediterranean diet weight loss Mediterranean Diet Accelerates Weight Loss: Prevents Cancer and Heart Disease

The Mediterranean diet promotes natural weight loss and protects against heart disease and cancer, doctors wrote in Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ).

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds. The diet is based on the traditional eating plans of Italian, Greek, Spanish, and other Mediterranean cultures.

A recent five-year study by the University of Navarra in Spain found the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes by 30 percent, Examiner reported.

“We were surprised because of the great magnitude [of the link between the diet and heart-disease prevention],” said Miguel Martínez-Gonzalez, who led the study. “This is a very important step in confirming a truly causal relationship between the [Mediterranean-style diet] and cardiovascular protection.”

The study examined 8,000 men and women in their 60s and 70s and found that individuals on the Mediterranean diet had dramatically less buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries compared with those followed a low-fat diet.

Previous studies also showed that people who followed a Mediterranean diet also had fewer degenerative diseases like cancer, diabetes and dementia and lived longer than those who followed other eating plans.

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Temple Mount is Holy and dangerous

The Dangers of the Temple Mount

By Adam Chandler, The Atlantic, November 15, 2014

On Friday, protests and clashes between Israelis and Palestinians continued throughout Israel and the West Bank. From northern Israel to northern Jerusalem to Hebron, there were reports of protesters and police throwing rocks and stun grenades, respectively.

Surprisingly or perhaps miraculously, one place where there wasn’t violence on Friday was the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The central point of focus in the recent unrest in Israel and the West Bank, the Temple Mount, the same location as the al-Aqsa Mosque, is Judaism’s holiest site and Islam’s third-holiest site.

Late last month, Yehuda Glick, a rabbi advocating for Jews to be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount (which is forbidden by the Israeli Supreme Court) was shot several times in an assassination attempt by a Palestinian man. After the assailant was killed in a later confrontation with Israeli forces, violent clashes ensued and, in light of the violence, Israeli security forces decided to fully close the Temple Mount for the first time in over a decade.

As things tend to do in the Levant, the situation got bad in a hurry. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the closure “a declaration of war,” riots, knife and car attacks followed, and the killing of a Palestinian man in a northern Israel town by police brought more riots and clashes.

On Friday, for the first time in weeks, the Temple Mount was opened to Muslim worshippers of all ages, including younger Palestinians, who are frequently barred from attending Friday prayers when tensions in Jerusalem are high.

Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai once wrote, “What does Jerusalem need? It doesn’t need a mayor, it needs a ringmaster.” In his poem “In Jerusalem,” Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish adds:

I was walking down a slope and thinking to myself: How
do the narrators disagree over what light said about a stone?
Is it from a dimly lit stone that wars flare up?

The Old City of Jerusalem is that fortunate one-third of a square mile in the world where holy sites of the three major monotheistic religions are intimately contained. In its four quarters are the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount, upon which sit the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine and one of the Middle East’s most recognizable buildings.

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Jerusalem not important to Muslims

Why and When was the Myth of al-Aqsa Created?

 

 

How did Jerusalem become so important to Muslims?

From Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Arutz Sheva, November 10, 2014

The importance of Jerusalem for Jews and Christians is beyond dispute, since the connection of this city to Judaism and Christianity is part of universal concepts about history and theology. However, when it comes to modern politics, we hear over and over that Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims demand that Jerusalem become the capital of the future Palestinian state, owing to its holiness to Islam. The question is how and when this city became holy to Muslims.


After Palestine was occupied by the Muslims, its capital was Ramle, 30 miles to the west of Jerusalem, signifying that Jerusalem meant nothing to them.
When the Prophet Muhammad established Islam, he introduced a minimum of innovations. He employed the hallowed personages, historic legends and sacred sites of Judaism, Christianity, and even paganism, by Islamizing them. Thus, according to Islam, Abraham was the first Muslim and Jesus and St. John (the sons of Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron) were prophets and guardians of the second heaven. Many Biblical legends (“asatir al-awwalin”), which were familiar to the pagan Arabs before the dawn of Islam, underwent an Islamic conversion, and the Koran as well as the Hadith (the Islamic oral tradition), are replete with them.

Islamization was practiced on places as well as persons: Mecca and the holy stone – al-Ka’bah – were holy sites of the pre-Islamic pagan Arabs. The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus and the Great Mosque of Istanbul were erected on the sites of Christian-Byzantine churches – two of the better known examples of how Islam treats sanctuaries of other faiths.

Jerusalem, too, underwent the process of Islamization: at first Muhammad attempted to convince the Jews near Medina to join his young community, and, by way of persuasion, established the direction of prayer (kiblah) to be to the north, towards Jerusalem, in keeping with Jewish practice; but after he failed in this attempt he turned against the Jews, killed many of them, and directed the kiblah southward, towards Mecca.

Muhammad’s abandonment of Jerusalem explains the fact that this city is not mentioned even once in the Koran. After Palestine was occupied by the Muslims, its capital was Ramle, 30 miles to the west of Jerusalem, signifying that Jerusalem meant nothing to them.

Islam rediscovered Jerusalem 50 years after Muhammad’s death. In 682 CE, ‘Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr rebelled against the Islamic rulers in Damascus, conquered Mecca and prevented pilgrims from reaching Mecca for the Hajj. ‘Abd al-Malik, the Umayyad Calif, needed an alternative site for the pilgrimage and settled on Jerusalem which was then under his control. In order to justify this choice, a verse from the Koran was chosen (17,1 = sura 17, verse 1) which states (trans. by Majid Fakhri):

“Glory to Him who caused His servant to travel by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque, whose precincts We have blessed, in order to show him some of Our Signs, He is indeed the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing.”

The meaning ascribed to this verse (see the commentary in al-Jallalayn) is that “the furthest mosque” (al-masgid al-aqsa) is in Jerusalem and that Muhammad was conveyed there one night (although at that time the journey took three days by camel), on the back of al-Buraq, a magical horse with the head of a woman, wings of an eagle, the tail of a peacock, and hoofs reaching to the horizon. He tethered the horse to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount and from there ascended to the seventh heaven together with the angel Gabriel. On his way he met the prophets of other religions who are the guardians of the Seven Heavens: Adam, Jesus, St. John, Joseph, Idris (=Seth?), Aaron, Moses and Abraham who accompanied him on his way to Allah and who accepted him as their master.

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Time for Arabs and Jews to cooperate for peace

Time for all Israelis to take responsibility


President Reuven Rivlin calls for Jews and Arabs to denounce violence, seek new avenues for respectful dialogue.

Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel, November 10, 2014

Reprinted from YNet News

Never before has a call for responsibility between all Israelis been more relevant or more important than in these painful and trying days. In these moments, we who live here, Jews and Arabs, look at each other with suspicion tempered by fury.

We have all the right reasons to entrench ourselves in our self-righteous ways, to stick to loathing, to allow fear and hatred to dictate the direction of our relationship.

But now, more than ever, we must ask ourselves – honestly – if this is the future we have in mind for our children. And if, alternatively, we are willing to accept that our destinies are intertwined forever, we must now make that fate our goal.

Preisdent Reuven Rivlin at ceremony for Kafr Qasim massacre (Photo: AP)
Preisdent Reuven Rivlin at ceremony for Kafr Qasim massacre (Photo: AP)

As a society, the most pressing task we face is the creation of a new space for dialogue, a space that would allow Israeli citizens to talk to one another but – mainly – to listen to one another. In these times we must learn anew how to talk, how to converse, how to dissent without rejection, how to argue, even if we do not agree.

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Palestinian Arabs will not benefit from terror

The Palestinians will lose Jerusalem too

Ron Jager, November 9, 2014

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The writer, a 25-year veteran of the I.D.F., served as a field mental health officer. Prior to retiring in 2005, served as the Commander of the Central Psychiatric Military Clinic for Reserve Soldiers at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring from active duty, he provides consultancy services to NGO’s implementing Psycho trauma and Psycho education programs to communities in the North and South of Israel. Today, Ron is a strategic advisor to the Office of the Chief Foreign Envoy of Judea and Samaria to contact: medconf@netvision.net.il

Historical legend based on the “Napoleon and Tisha B’Av Myth,” tells the story that Napoleon visited a synagogue in Russia on Tisha B’Av. Noticing the lamentations and expressions of mourning of the Jews, Napoleon asked his advisors; what’s up with the Jews? Why are they weeping in public? It was explained to Napoleon that they are mourning for the destruction of their Temple. Napoleon asked when this Temple was destroyed. Informed that it was 1700 years earlier, Napoleon said that if indeed this people are mourning their Temple after 1700 years, such a people so attached to their history, will indeed be restored to their land and their Temple rebuilt.

What Napoleon understood at a glance about the Jewish nation, the Palestinian Arabs will never be willing or able to comprehend. For the past three quarters of a century since the Peel Commission which recommended the partition of the land between the Jews and the Arabs, they the Arabs have consistently rejected any possibility of compromise or willingness to live alongside a nascent Jewish state. At the conclusion of Israel’s War of Independence instigated by a coordinated and massive four front attack on Israel, the Arabs lost the Negev and the Galilee regions. The 1967 Six Day War also instigated by a coordinated Arab declaration of war ended with the Arabs losing all of Judea and Samaria, the Ramat HaGolon, and East Jerusalem. The 1st and 2nd Intifada instigated by Arafat and the Palestinian Authority after the Oslo Agreement concluded with Israel regaining control of most of the land given over to Palestinian Arab sovereignty. During the past months Jerusalem has been at the center of a renewed Palestinian Arab terror campaign against Jews, by stone throwing, Molotov cocktails, stabbings, and recently a series of hit and run terror attacks on pedestrians. Learning nothing from their own historical experience, and repeating the same destructive expression of hatred and rejection of anything Jewish, they the Palestinian Arabs will lose all Arab rights to Jerusalem similar to their losing control of lands designated for their them in the past.

Despite the horrors of radical Islam, it is Israel exclusively that lives under the microscope with the events in Jerusalem being scrutinized by the nations of the world. Russia invades Crimea, Nigeria enslaves, China oppresses, Pakistan rapes, Iraq slaughters, North Korea starves, Iran nuclearizes, Syria massacres, Afghanistan tortures. Sudan annihilates. ISIS beheads, and yet Israel remains the sole pariah state, put under the microscope by the morally bankrupt world. What the nations of the world fail to note is that it the Palestinian Arab Authority and the rival Hamas terror organization are actively supporting a 3rd terror campaign starting in Jerusalem, for this same reason thousands of missiles rained down on Israeli cities this past summer even though it created more destruction for Palestinian Arabs in Gaza. Their goal is keep the Palestinian Arabs focused on “resistance”—a synonym for endless war that won’t be solved by Israeli territorial concessions or even greater sensitivity for Muslim desire to deny Jewish rights in Jerusalem. The point about the current violence in Jerusalem is that nothing we Israelis are doing—whether if Jews move into parts of Jerusalem where Arabs want no part of us or even by walking around the Temple Mount; we have not altered by one iota or subverted the current status quo between Jew and Arabs, it simply does not matter to them and it will never sink in.

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New anti-Semitism more acceptable

Robert Fulford: Anti-semitism in the guise of ‘Palestinianism’

 

Robert Fulford | November 8, 2014 National Post
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It’s now almost automatic for socialists to see Israel as a colonial power imposed on a comparatively helpless people. And dislike of Israel easily turns into dislike of diaspora Jews who support Israel.

PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images  It’s now almost automatic for socialists to see Israel as a colonial power imposed on a comparatively helpless people. And dislike of Israel easily turns into dislike of diaspora Jews who support Israel.

 

On Bastille Day, last July, a mob attacked the Don Abravanel synagogue in Paris. The 200 congregants and a few police barricaded the doors while the attackers did their best to break in, waving Palestinian flags and chanting “Death to the Jews” and “Allahu Akbar!” After three hours, police reinforcements arrived and the mob dispersed.

In the next few days, there were eight attempts to set fire to synagogues in Paris. There were 527 anti-Semitic incidents recorded in France during the first seven months of the year. This pattern made Natan Sharansky, a Soviet-born Israeli politician, remark that “Strong ideological currents are turning the Continent into a very difficult place for Jewish survival.”

A recent book, Making David Into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel, by Joshua Muravchik of Johns Hopkins University, identifies the development of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish feeling.

How did it happen? In the 1960s, Israel was widely admired and anti-Semitism was a trait of the bigoted and narrow-minded. But today anti-Jewish feeling has acquired a new style and tone. It has changed with the times, making itself more acceptable.

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Bernard-Henri Lévy, the French philosopher, recently argued that anti-Semitism has been changing for centuries. “It was Christian during the centuries of the crusades, the Inquisition, the Medieval pogroms,” and it was anti-Christian after the Enlightenment threw a shadow over Christianity. It was anti-capitalist and pro-worker during the rise of socialism. Levy believes “the world’s longest-running form of hate has never stopped searching for the right formula.”

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Israel needs better PR

Is Israel Missing an Opportunity?

www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15942#.VGIxkPnF9Lc

 

By Victor Sharpe, November 7, 2014

Is it Israel that misses an opportunity to gain an opportunity?

It is passing strange that Israel is pressed endlessly by friends and foes alike to negotiate a so-called peace agreement with the Palestinian Arabs, even though the self-proclaimed Palestinian Authority consists of two brutal terrorist organizations – Hamas and Fatah.

After all, both terror entities are obliged by their charters to wipe Israel off the face of the map and, in the case of Hamas, to exterminate Jews worldwide. Hamas would do it immediately: Fatah would just take a little longer.

That being the case, have Israeli leaders rammed home to the likes of Secretary of State John Kerry, what Israel’s so-called “peace partners” have in store for the embattled Jewish state? If so, then how can Kerry continue to demand that Israel negotiate with such genocidal organizations?

How can Barack Hussein Obama – who is well aware of the evil contents of their charters – continue to demand the same whilst treating Israel and its Prime Minister in such an insulting and humiliating manner – even betraying the Jewish state in the midst of Hamas aggression by cutting off urgently needed weapons supplies?

How can foreign governments continue to embrace the Hamas/Fatah Palestinian Authority when they are, presumably, aware of its unbending determination to exterminate Israel? Is Israel reminding these governments of what is in the Hamas charter and of the apartheid policies of Mahmoud Abbas who will make any territory he is given judenrein (free of Jews)?

If they all know this, then how can the Security Council vote for creating a terror state to be called Palestine? Yes, we know about the specter of anti-Semitism but, perhaps, the answer also is that the odious charters are not being produced and exposed relentlessly. If not, why not?  

Where is that Public Relations blitz that for so long should have been employed as a weapon alongside the IDF? Whether it is public relations or military power; attack is always the best form of defense.

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