Archive for October, 2008

The devilish of racist pan-Arabism [in books]

October 31, 2008

The Middle East – Page 89
by Library Information and Research Service – Middle East – 1999
After Sayyid Jamal, in Arabic countries and especially in Egypt, many
individuals were found who, by leaning on racism, Arabism and pan-Arabism, …
http://books.google.com/books?id=Ma1tAAAAMAAJ&q=arabism

A New Road for France – Page 30
by Jacques Soustelle, Benjamin Protter – Political Science –
1965 – 278 pages
Israel and French Algeria were… two barriers against which the totalitarian wave.. embodied by Nasser… a dictatorial pseudo-state type was created in Algeria, firmly tied to a single party, dominated by
the racist ideology of a Nasser-type pan-Arabism and by the revolutionary fanaticism of the Ulemas…algeria engaged itself in this fundamental domain on the road traced by Nasser’s Pan-Arabism and that the Christian and Jewish minority has been victim of a new discrimination …the enlightened spokesmen of human fraternity and peace are
symbolized
by Gamal Abdel-Nasser, who assiduously prepares, with the Nazis around him, the revenge of Himmler and Eichmann against Israel.
http://books.google.com/books?id=vPcAAAAAMAAJ&q=arabism+nasser

Violence, Political Culture & Development in Africa – Page 98
by Preben Kaarsholm – Social Science – 2006 – 208 pages
… and the racist ideology of ‘Arabism’ aligned with Islam that a succession of governments in Khartoum had adopted in fighting the wars in the South. …
http://books.google.com/books?id=G-pVrSSxU7IC&pg=PA98

Rethinking Nationalism in the Arab Middle
East – Page 213
by James P. Jankowski, I. Gershoni – History – 1997 – 372
pages
… of the Algerian Front Islamique du Salut (FIS) uses the 1967
defeat as proof that Arabism, being a form of racism, cannot elicit a sense
of community …
http://books.google.com/books?id=f3axNF2GdCkC&pg=PA213

African Politics – Page 84
by P. F. Gonidec – Political Science – 1980 – 367 pages
In the beginning, under the umbrella of Islamism and
subsequently of Arabism,
… This is the ‘anti-racist racism’ of JP Sartre, who has
very well analysed …
http://books.google.com/books?id=4lMcN-EWwTcC&pg=PA84

Racism, Culture, Markets – Page 139
by John Gabriel – Social Science – 1994 – 212 pages
without parallel economic growth… inevitably delivers a
population into some kind of ism, whether it be communism,
fascism or pan Arabism, and weans them away from democracy
http://books.google.com/books?id=wKsxy6lioasC&pg=PA139

Ideology and International Relations in the Modern World – Page
238
by Alan Cassels – Political Science – 1996 – 302 pages
With the exception of Zionism (hardly a Third-World
phenomenon), all the ideologies just discussed – pan-Islam, pan-Arabism and
other anti-Western …stimulated by some degree of racial ‘anti-white’ sentiment
http://books.google.com/books?pg=PA238&dq=&id=DkN6M2mvh9EC&output=html

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[Pan-Arabism = tyranny – racism] Eritrea Slams… IGAD as Tool of Anti-African Policies

October 30, 2008

[Pan-Arabism = tyranny – racism] Eritrea Slams… IGAD as Tool of Anti-African Policies
Oct 28, 2008

IGAD member states include a bunch of derelict or failed states that consist in the epitome of malfunction, ferocity and malignancy. With Eritrea having wisely suspended its participation in this nest of snakes in 2007, IGAD represents the illegal interests of the undemocratic and terrorist governments of Abyssinia, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda. The six (6) countries´ names are the most loathed (by the inhabitants of the respective countries) country names throughout the globe.

In fact, Abyssinia, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda represent today some of the world´s most appalling tyrannies. …

Sudan is a monumental tragedy of the colonial times; following the English 19th century colonization for which the docile and subservient pseudo-viceroys of Egypt have been used, the diffusion of Pan-Arabism and Islamic extremism in Sudan triggered identity confusion, complete national disorientation, ethnic division, and cultural divide. The end result was a fake state disconnected from its historical identity, indifferent for its past, and oblivious of its own name.
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/79211

History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression

October 30, 2008

History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression
(Hardcover)

Editorial Reviews

Review

David Meir-Levi’s “brief
encounter” offers a solid approach to understanding the basics of the Arab-Israeli conflict, arguably the world’s most persistent and polarized political issue. History Upside Down applies great common sense where demagogues and ignorami too often dominate. — D. Pipes, director of the Middle East
Forum and author of Militant Islam Reaches America

In order for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be resolved, the demonology will have to be taken out of it, and the historical and political facts allowed to speak forthemselves dispassionately. David Meir-Levi shows how this can be done. — David Pryce-Jones, author of Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews

Product Description

Forty years ago, a significant part of the political, religious, intellectual, and terrorist leadership of the Arab world declared an all-out war against the documented history of the Middle East and America’s role in the Muslim world. Arab PR professionals and spinmeisters have rewritten the record for political and propaganda purposes.
Blaming the Victim is the first wave in a counterattack against that Arab war on
history
.

http://www.amazon.com/History-Upside-Down-Palestinian-Agression/dp/1594031924/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198171343&sr=8-

Bazooka or Burka & fear of criticizing Islamofascism oppression

October 28, 2008

Bazooka or Burka & fear of criticizing Islamofascism oppression…
thesun.co.uk — Many people are scared to criticise the worst excesses of Islamofascism while being hysterically sensitive to the perceived wrongs of our own culture, especially when it comes to the oppression of females.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/article1790803.ece

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PODCAST: The Pax Islamica: Totalitarianism, Islamism and ‘Islamo-fascism’

October 28, 2008

PODCAST: The Pax Islamica: Totalitarianism, Islamism and ‘Islamo-fascism’

Ana Belén Soage

Ana Belén Soage

In this frank and relevant interview, Matthew Feldman, one of the editors of the Political Religions section of Religion Compass talks with Ana Belén Soage, of the University of Granada. They candidly discuss the nature of contemporary and modern politicised Islam.

Soage argues that the so-called ‘moderate’ forms of politicised Islam differ from the more radical forms (epitomised by groups like Al Qaeda) in degree only, not in kind. Any form of Islamist movement, she argues, necessarily requires the formation of a ‘Pax Islamica’; an essentially totalitarian aim. Islamist movements are therefore inimical to democracy as commonly understood. She also sketches out a surprising profile of her typical Islamist, and explains why the term ‘Islamo-fascism’ is so offensive to ordinary Muslims.

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http://religioncompass.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/podcast-the-pax-islamica-totalitarianism-islamism-and-islamo-fascism/ana-belen-soage

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Human rights & peace in the middle east – Arabism & Islam discrimination on the “other”

October 28, 2008

Human rights & peace in the middle east – Arabism & Islam discrimination on the “other”

[Analysis] Peace will prevail when economic, social and cultural rights are granted to all …

The Middle East… conflicts…

For example:

* the Israel and [so called] “Occupied Territories” (Palestine) issue

* the conflict between Hamas and the Fatah; the Iraq conflict

* the conflict in Afghanistan

* conflicts within Saudi Arabia

* the security concerns, especially the nuclear threat, that Ahmadinajad’s Iran poses

* the Kurdish situation with serious discrimination from Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq with very limited support from any powers

* the Lebanon conflict

* the rise of Islamic militancy in Egypt and Algeria

* the suppression of any opposition in Saudi Arabia and most of Middle East countries

*
the spread of fundamentalist Islam — Wahabbi style — and the attempt
to suppress any modern civil secular democratic voices in the Middle
East region

* and not to forget the problems in Sudan where civilians are being massacred in Darfur by the government and the military.

[…]
Islam is at the center of all social order and of the moral and
intellectual values of Middle Eastern Muslims. In fact, it is the
official religion in most Arab and Islamic countries. Considering
Arabism and Islam as synonyms embodies discrimination against various
ethnic and religious groups in the Middle East
. […]

Conclusion

Most
regimes in Middle East are authoritarian, if not dictatorships, ruling
for decades by fear or reward. The elites who rule in Middle East
countries used religious faith with ideology of nationalism for
blinding people and controlling them … conflicts in the Middle East
all look different, but the real cause root is related to human rights
abuses.
http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?article_class=&no=383905&rel_no=1

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Monstrous Syria

October 28, 2008

Syria, Iran harboring terrorists – Jul. 21, 2003 http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/07/21/bush.terror

A NATION AT WAR: INTELLIGENCE REPORTS; Syria Harbors Iraqis and Grants Transit to Hezbollah, U.S. Asserts… a major terrorist threat to American and Israeli interests around the world. … [Published: April 15, 2003]
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F02EEDD113BF936A25757C0A9659C8B63

Syria: A 101 Course in Mideast Dictatorships – SPIEGEL ONLINE …When his powerful father died in 2000, Bashar al-Assad promised the end of political repression in Syria. But … [2005]http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,343242,00.html

Cleric’s Slaying a Rallying Cry for Kurds in Syria – Los Angeles Times The death of the mild-mannered sheik robbed Syria’s Kurds of a … He called for rights; he spoke out against the imprisonment and torture of Kurds. …
http://articles.latimes.com/2005/aug/14/world/fg-kurds14

The ascent of radical Islam is, perhaps, the natural culmination of a century’s worth of failed political systems in Muslim countries that were driven by morally bankrupt ideologies, led by cruel dictators, or both.In the 1930s, German-style fascism appealed to Arabs in Palestine and Egypt. Soviet-style communism had sympathetic governments in Afghanistan, Algeria and Yemen. Baathism took hold in Syria and Iraq. The secular Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser promised a new pan-Arabism that would do away with colonial borders that divided the “the Arab nation.” Then there is the more pragmatic authoritarianism that survives in Muammar el-Qaddafi’s Libya or in the petrol-monarchies in the Gulf.Radical Islam may be as totalitarian and as morally bankrupt as any of these past or mostly defunct “isms,” but its current appeal isn’t hard to figure out. Unlike fascism or communism, radical Islam is locally grown, and not plagued by charges of foreign contamination. Indeed, Islamists claim to wage jihad against the modernism and globlization of the outside, mostly Westernized world. Such a message resonates in stagnant, impoverished Muslim countries….
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/12/why_radical_islam_and_why_now.html

Nuclear Weapons Programs – Syria It appears that the Syrian nuclear program came as a surprise to both the … The United States was concerned about Syria’s nuclear R&D [research and …
http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/syria/nuke.htm

‘USAF struck Syrian nuclear site’ Middle East Jerusalem Post Nov 2, 2007 … By JPOST.COM STAFF … The September 6 raid over Syria was carried out by the US Air Force, …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1192380718519

Report: IDF raid seized nuclear material before Syria air strike http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/906334.html

BBC NEWS Americas Bush expands sanctions on Syria Feb 14, 2008 … Syria continues to undermine Lebanon’s sovereignty and democracy… and sponsor and harbour terrorists… http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7244088.stm

Source: Intel shows N. Korea-Syria nuclear link – CNN.com US intelligence officials will tell members of Congress on Thursday that North Korea was helping Syria build a nuclear facility http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/04/23/syria.nuclear/index.html

Reports: CIA to brief Congress on nuke ties between Syria, North …Apr 23, 2008 … [they] also will say that though U.S. officials have had concerns for years about ties between North Korea and Syria…
http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2008/04/reports-cia-to.html

U.S. offers evidence of North Korea-Syria nuclear plant – Los …US intelligence officials showed satellite images, classified photos and other evidence …
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/apr/25/world/fg-ussyria25

Syria planned to supply Iran with nuclear fuel, Israel says …Jun 25, 2008 … Strategic expert says idea was to share plutonium from site bombed by Israel last September.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/25/syria.iran

Barbara Walters: Syrian Dictator ‘Charming,’ ‘Intelligent …Jul 7, 2008 http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/justin-mccarthy/2008/07/07/barbara-walters-syrian-dicator-charming-intelligent

As the president of Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, an umbrella organization of Syrian Kurds, I admire your efforts on behalf of human rights globally. I must however express my concerns with your views on having dialogues with Syria’s dictator Bashar Assad.
Dear Senator, the Middle East Conflict extends beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict. I would like to bring to your attention the Plight of Kurds in Syria. Senator, we seek your support in resolving the Kurdish question in Syria peacefully and through dialogue. You should know however that President Assad or Assad Regime has consistently and gravely violated the human and the national rights of the Kurdish people of Syria for the last five decades.
The Assad regimes of Hafez and Bashar deliberately Arabized the Kurdish region of Syria as a national policy. The result of Arabization rendered 300,000 Kurds “stateless foreigners” (ajanibin Arabic) and subject to oppression…
http://www.kurdishaspect.com/doc042508SA.html

September 28, 2008 No. 466 Mass Killings and Human Rights Violations in Syria… policy of oppression, physical aggression, and killing. …
http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA46608

Officials try to deport man with link to Syrian terror groupNational Post, Canada – Sep 30, 2008… officials are trying to deport a London, Ont., adult education teacher because he was once a member of a Syrian political party involved in terrorism. …
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=851308

Mass Killings and Human Rights Violations in Syria: Report By O …Sep 29, 2008 … Syrian human rights activist George Salim recounts the torture he endured … Kurds in Syria often speak Kurdish in public, unless all those …
http://ekurd.net/mismas/articles/misc2008/9/syriakurdistan151.htm

OPEC Regimes: The “Change They Need” in US Foreign PolicyHuman Events, DC – [Oct 26, 2008]In the ranking of Human Rights abuses around the world, Angola’s MPLA-controlled government ranks only 157 ahead of Syria, Venezuela, Iran, Libya and Cuba…
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29192

Lebanese prime minister alerts US to Syrian terror plot as pretext …DEBKA file, Israel – Oct 6, 2008The prime minister said the tip-off he received uncovered a Syrian conspiracy to stage a major terrorist operation or assassinate a Lebanese figure…
http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5633

Syria Created It’s Own Terror Problem CBS News [0ct 17, 2008]http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/10/17/opinion/main4528930.shtml

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The Anti Human ‘Palestinian’ Arabs use of ‘Human rights’ organizations

October 25, 2008

The Anti Human ‘Palestinian’ Arabs use of ‘Human rights’ organizations

The “human rights” propaganda.

One of the propaganda tools the Arab “Palestinians” have been using to further its goals of eradicating the mostly non-Muslim / non-Arab entity Israel, was/is the use of international “human rights” organizations.

 

The demoization of Israel that dares to fight for its survival as a ‘bad guy’ has been since the 1970’s well oil-ed by Saudi Arabia and other filthy rich Arab tycoons that never seem to have an iota of sympathy for the Arab ‘Palestinian’ brethren and their situation, instead they rather shed its billions to destructive anti Israel propaganda.


Using the image of a “weak” people vs a “mighty” Israel, they have psychologically gained the upper hand, as it looks pretty convincing and even more convenient for an Amnesty or HRW personnel to side with the supposed “victim”.

Even though the real source of Arab ‘Palestinian’ misery, which was always largely due to its 1) mass corruption, 2) oppression, stepping all over human rights of its people & 3) culture of hatred of Israel substituting for all “love” for its own population.

HRW does not disclose its private donors identity, one can only imagine the Arab oil lobby connection here.

Israel as a whole and Israelis are always edgy from Arab attackers, ever since 1920’s massacres on the Jews in Israel/Palestine.

As Israel is and always was under threat upon its existence, it mobilizes force, understandably, to the gullible eye it might look like the goliath is Israel, when it’s never the case in reality.

An inhumane Arab bomber hiding under its kids’ shoulders presents a far greater danger than the restrained Israeli hesitating to fire if a non-combatant is able to get hurt, this explains why the casualties are not in the thousands each time humane Israel conducts an anti terror-war operation.

The famous fact of terrorizing journalists by Arab “Palestinians” have forced all that are in [or all those wishing to gain access to] their area to be biased.

And so, Arabs, as the real Goliath, masked as poor-poor people have been managing the HRW organizations to report in a total Arabist way, condemning Israel based on unreliable sources, hardly condemning the Arabs for their constant real human rights abuse upon it’s kids and on Israeli victims of Arab terror.

Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Watch 2005 Annual Report Israeli-Palestinian Section Lacks Credibility and Reflects Political Bias By NGO Monitor January 15, 2005 …

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6258

NGO Monitor’s 2007 Report on HRW: Bias and Double Standards Continue

April 29, 2008

The following analysis demonstrates that HRW’s own activities related to Israel continue to fall short of this basic standard of universality

Summary:

* Analysis of Human Rights Watch’s use of the rhetoric of international law and other terminology shows continued double standards and misleading or false claims.

* HRW accuses Israel of “collective punishment” of Palestinians in a way that is inconsistent with both international law and past and present usage of the term by HRW itself.

* HRW’s focus on Israel in 2007 dropped to 2005 levels after 2006 marked a return to the extreme bias of the 2000-2004 period. The change in 2007 allowed more resources to be focused on countries committing major human rights violations.

* However, disproportionate emphasis on Israel continued, with major reports covering 400 pages in 2007, using the same methodologies as in 2006 that lack credibility.

* This contrasts with the limited attention on human rights violations in Libya, Syria, and other countries in the region.

* Israel was the focus of more multimedia items (audio, video, graphics) than any other country in the region.

* Reports on Israel continue to be based on unverifiable evidence provided by “eyewitnesses,” selected journalists, and other inappropriate sources. In some cases hard evidence has shown this testimony to be blatantly untrue.

* HRW mentioned one or more of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers in a total of only 6 publications. Of these, only two refer to them by name; the other references are in passing.

http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/ngo_monitor_s_report_on_hrw_bias_and_double_standards_continue

 

Terrorists: Amnesty shamnesty! We prefer human slaughterTerrorists: Amnesty shamnesty! We prefer human slaughter … Today, Palestinian Information Minister Riyad al-Maliki told Israel’s Haaretz daily Olmert …

http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=57234

 

Amnesty International and the Red Cross? With their selective, disgustingly political “commitment” to human rights, Higgins somehow wasn’t worthy of their …

http://www.wnd.com/index.php/index.php/index.php?pageId=12559

Amnesty is a Travesty

One would have thought that after so many heinous acts, Amnesty International, which claims to be “Protecting Human Rights Around the World”, would have issued 16 reports condemning each and every one of these terrible acts of Palestinian terrorism. In fact, AI issued only one report and even though it pertained to the Park Hotel slaughter, the heading “Deliberate Killing of Civilians is Never Justified” was pretty benign and totally belied the atrocity of this appalling act. The three short paragraphs was almost non-committal. While apparently recognizing the massacre as “a grave breach of the fundamental principle of international humanitarian law”, Amnesty then refuse to call Hamas a terrorist organization, but made a pathetic plea to “armed Palestinian groups” to cease killing civilians.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/4025

The only “human rights” the Palestinians want are for their fellow terrorists. … After all, Bush was pushing for the amnesty of three million Mexicans who …

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/2582

Human Rights Watch’s Credibility

http://volokh.com/posts/1210943742.shtml

 

Amnesty International’s Reporting of Human Rights

The report does not make use of the latest research on what happened in Jenin (accepted by the UN, the vast majority of the international press and governments) and does not define its terms when talking about international law. Amnesty secretary-general Irene Khan has been quoted on numerous occasions talking of ‘war crimes’… To sprinkle the vocabulary of ‘war crimes’ in reports is misleading and reveals an ideological bias…

Moreover, there is a disturbing amount of inaccurate and anecdotal evidence used in the report…

http://www.jcpa.org/ngo/ngo-4-AI.html

EXCHANGE OF LETTERS WITH HRW (IN WSJ-E): HRW AGENDA CLOUDS RESPONSE

http://www.spme.net/cgi-bin/articles.cgi?ID=253

UPDATE to The Red Cross Ambulance Incident:

The Human Rights Watch Report

A Point-by-Point Examination of the Document Titled “The ‘Hoax’ That Wasn’t”

On December 19, 2006, the international advocacy organization Human Rights Watch issued a detailed, intensively researched report unequivocally affirming the factuality of an intentional Israeli attack on Red Cross ambulances at Qana on July 23. The report (titled “The ‘Hoax’ That Wasn’t”) by Human Rights Watch was created specifically to counter the claims made in my original essay titled “The Red Cross Ambulance Incident.”

This commentary is a response to Human Rights Watch’s new allegations.

http://www.zombietime.com/fraud/ambulance/hrw/

Amnesty International’s Reporting of Human Rights

The report does not make use of the latest research on what happened in Jenin (accepted by the UN, the vast majority of the international press and governments) and does not define its terms when talking about international law. Amnesty secretary-general Irene Khan has been quoted on numerous occasions talking of ‘war crimes’… To sprinkle the vocabulary of ‘war crimes’ in reports is misleading and reveals an ideological bias…

Moreover, there is a disturbing amount of inaccurate and anecdotal evidence used in the report…

http://www.jcpa.org/ngo/ngo-4-AI.html

Human Rights Watch, Watched Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International both jumped the shark a long time … claims are blatantly untrue and indicative of a strong anti-Israel bias.

August 21, 2006

Human Rights Watch, Watched “Who will guard the guardians?” asked Roman satirist Juvenal. Now we must ask, who is watching Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s best-financed and most influential human rights organizations? It turns out that they cook the books about facts, cheat on interviews, and put out pre-determined conclusions that are driven more by their ideology than by evidence. These are serious accusations, and they are demonstrably true.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-dershowitz/the-human-rights-watch-_b_27701.html

 

Human Rights Watch – Conservapedia Its annual budget is 22 million, ten million behind Amnesty … with the Palestinians and Hezbollah has brought about serious questions of HRW objectivity. …

http://www.conservapedia.com/Human_Rights_Watch

 

WATCH OUT for ‘Human Rights Watch’ and ‘Amnesty’ !

Copy of a letter to the New York Sun

from Maurice Ostroff: A critic’s first duty is to get his facts right

To The Editor

September 3, 2006

http://www.takeapen.org/Takeapen/Templates/showpage.asp?DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=84&FID=851

There couldn’t be a more perfect timeDec 10, 2006 3:18

 

Today, December 10, marks International Human Rights Day, and the presence in Israel of Irene Khan, head of Amnesty International, highlights the demise of once-lofty goals. Amnesty International is a superpower with an annual budget of almost $200 million, used to promote radical political agendas and photo-ops for its leaders.

Amnesty International Secretary-General Irene Khan, right, tours a house damaged last month by IAF shelling during a visit to Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. Khan is leading a mission to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza to discuss human rights issues.

Photo: AP , AP

As a result, little remains of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in the shadow of the Holocaust. Officials of Amnesty and other non-governmental organizations focus their attacks on democracies attempting to defend against terror, with far fewer resources to oppose totalitarian and genocidal regimes such as Sudan and Iran.

The silence of Khan and other officials regarding the human rights of the Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Palestinians and by Hizbullah, and the human rights of Ron Arad, is damning. Amnesty and HRW (founded as Helsinki Watch) gained their legitimacy by campaigning on behalf of political prisoners, including Natan (then Anatoly) Sharansky. Genuine human rights groups would be leading the campaigns to win the freedom of Israeli prisoners held by terrorists.

THE HYPOCRISY and political bias of these NGOs, in collaboration with the United Nations Human Rights Council, is particularly blatant in the case of Israel. Amnesty, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Christian Aid (UK), and pro-Palestinian partners actively implement the 2001 Durban agenda using the rhetoric of human rights to demonize Israel. Adopting the version of history starting with “Israeli occupation,” these groups advance an ideology that presents Arabs as victims and Israelis as aggressors.

The war between Hizbullah and Israel produced another wave in which defensive actions were automatically condemned as “war crimes,” “collective punishment” or violations of international law. Amnesty and HRW together issued dozens of press releases, almost all of which focused on allegations against Israel. Without providing criteria, Amnesty statements declared that the Israeli strikes in Beirut were “grossly disproportionate,” while acknowledging this was where “Hizbullah had its headquarters,” directing the firing of thousands of rockets against Israel.

No one seemed to notice the logical disconnect.

THE “DISCOVERY” of Hizbullah’s cluster bombs and human shields came weeks or months later. In another surreal statement demonstrating their detachment from reality, Amnesty officials observed that “No investigation into violations of international humanitarian law by Hizbullah is known to have been conducted by Hizbullah commanders….”

The NGOs that dominate the human rights discourse also feed journalists and diplomats with false or unverifiable claims. Their reports are based on “eyewitness testimony,” such as by Palestinians in Gaza and Lebanese in areas controlled by Hizbullah.

During the recent war, HRW and Amnesty claimed to have found no evidence of Hizbullah activities in the areas struck by Israel. There is no reason to conclude that these “researchers” and “military experts” bothered to check the allegiance and credibility of their sources. But HRW’s 49-page report – the largest PR effort during the war – enntitled “Fatal Strikes: Israel’s Indiscriminate Attacks Against Civilians in Lebanon,” was headlined without question by journalists around the world.

IN ADDITION, the European Union and its member states fund many groups that also use the language of human rights to promote conflict and demonization of Israel. The grandly named Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) issued a torrent of political statements and one-sided condemnations during the Lebanon War. Other EU-supported “human rights” groups campaign against Israel’s security barrier, with terms such as “apartheid wall” and call for boycotts, sanctions and other measures that are part of the political war.

Some of these NGOs refer to “resistance” and “martyrdom” operations against “Israel Occupation Forces,” meaning terror attacks and suicide bombers that have killed hundreds of Israeli civilians.

In this way, European governments, including Switzerland and Norway, are contributing to the destruction of human rights based on universal principles, and undermining peace efforts they claim to promote.

This moral decay is also evident in the activities of the newly reformed United Nations Human Rights Council, which has focused on gratuitous Israel-bashing. The pseudo-reform process was strongly supported by the NGO network, which criticized the US and Israel for warning that the new UNHRC was no better than the old, discredited version.

IT WAS ONLY after the activities of the new UNHRC brought the use of double-standards to record levels that these human rights NGOs finally began speaking out against the abuse. (HRW’s recent criticism of the Palestinian use of human shields to protect terrorists was attacked by fringe groups seeking to paint this illegal practice as non-violent protest.)

To reverse course, and restore the credibility, universality and substance of human rights the credibility and accountability of groups like Amnesty and Human Rights Watch must also be restored. Ideology and political preferences can no longer dominate their agendas and publications, and human rights cannot use double standards which punish democracies and reward dictatorships.

Ethical norms must be freed from political and ideological agendas, particularly when these are used by those who declare the goal of “wiping Israel off the map.” International Human Rights Day is an appropriate time to start.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1164881857754

 

Gaza Anomalies Blow PCP’s Circuits: Result – The Sounds of Silence

August 4, 2008

A few friends of mine went to a party in Jerusalem that was primarily made up Anglophone reporters, people who work for NGOs and UN agencies. What amazed them was the pervasive sense of the people they met and spoke with that Israel was the greatest human rights violator in the world and that the dismantling of Israel would be a great step forward for global human rights.

Now the idiocy of this position, the suicidal nature of this strategy to advance human rights is nothing short of breathtaking. Take Israel out of the Middle East and the region becomes nothing but Hama rules… especially when the nastiest people — those who want to destroy Israel — would feel empowered by such a victory. But try and tell that to people who are smart enough to believe they can’t be wrong, and credulous enough to believe the demopaths who pull their chains on a daily basis. And as a result, they are prime targets for a hate campaign against Israel.

The latest news from Gaza, Israel, and the West Bank illustrates all the anomalies involved in this fundamental failure of the “human rights” community to understand what’s going on: black hearts and red spades galore. Melanie Phillips has a superb column which analyzes the current, mind-boggling situation in the Arab-Israeli conflict, with the Fatah “refugees” from Gaza seeking asylum in Israel.

Refugees From Whom?

The Spectator MONDAY, 4TH AUGUST 2008

Melanie Phillips

Extraordinary developments in Gaza have given a new meaning to the term ‘Palestinian refugees’. As the Jerusalem Post reports, fierce fighting in Gaza between Fatah and Hamas over the weekend, in which 11 people died and dozens more were wounded, resulted in 180 Fatah refugees fleeing from what they called a ‘war of genocide’ by Hamas against Fatah supporters. And where did they flee to? Why, to Israel, of course — which allowed them in and proceeded to treat 23 of them (some of whom were wounded by the Israeli army after they approached the crossing into Israel) in Israeli hospitals.

This is one of the most important anomalies for those who follow the current PCP narrative about the Middle East in which Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people explain the ferocious hatred of the Palestinians for the Israelis. According to that version of events — largely the one that liberals have taken over by adopting the Palestinian narrative of suffering — the last place these Palestinian “warriors” would go was Israel, their mortal enemy who is trying to commit genocide against their people. If the Israelis want to wipe out Palestinian civilians, how much the more would they want to kill Palestinian “militants”?

And yet, this is not a new story. When King Hussein, “the moderate,” found himself dealing with a restive Palestinian population in 1970, he slaughtered some 10,000 of them — men, women and children — in “Black September.” The Palestinians fled his tender mercies across the Jordan to Israel where the Israelis, obligingly, shipped them over to Lebanon, where, within five years, they plunged that unhappy land into a seven-year war that killed over 100,000 civilians. When Israel finally put an end to that civil war by invading in 1982, and the Phalanage took advantage of their upper hand to slaughter several hundred Palestinians at Sabra and Shatilla in revenge for Damur, the terrified inhabitants of the camps ran immediately to the Israeli positions outside the camp for protection. Why? Because they knew, despite all the “narratives” that when the chips are down, you can expect more mercy from the Jews than your fellow Arabs.

These are revelatory moments, when you see not the “public transcript” but what people really think. In honor-shame cultures they can be deeply embarrassing, since the public transcript is the “honorable” one, and the revelations that reverse that — like in the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes — are almost by definition shameful. Participants might prefer not to remember these, might even seek to reverse them by insisting still more shrilly on the original “narrative.” But outsiders need to pay close attention, because these rare moments are infinitely more revealing than the “public transcript.”

These refugees say they cannot return to Gaza because they will be killed. How fortunate, therefore, that their own Fatah leader, Mahmoud Abbas, can give them sanctuary in the West Bank!

But hang on – Abbas won’t let them in. Yup, with the exception of five individuals whom he did allow in, he’s denied them all sanctuary. He says they should go back to Gaza.

Before we get into the explanations proferred, let me make a medievalist’s remark. This is a staggering act of cowardice. Any warlord has to protect his men above all. If he fails to do so, he loses their loyalty. To refuse safety to men who have suffered from their adherence to your banner — unless it was their fault — shows your weakness.

And the invaluable Khaled abu Toameh tells us the reason why:

    PA officials explained that the reason behind their refusal to absorb the new ‘refugees’ was their desire not to encourage other residents of the Gaza Strip to leave. ‘Everyone knows that if we allow people to leave the Gaza Strip, almost all the residents living there would try to cross the border into Israel,’ said a senior PA official.

More… http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2008/08/04/gaza-anomalies-blow-pcps-circuits-result-the-sounds-of-si lence/

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Bali Jihad bomber to finally get his SEX in Islamic XXX Rated Paradise

October 24, 2008

Bali Jihad bomber to finally get his SEX in Islamic XXX Rated Paradise

Shoot the bombers, and soon By Mike O’Connor October 05, 2008 11:00pm WHILE large numbers of Australians are mourning the diminution of their superannuation savings, next Sunday some of their number will feel the pain of a much greater loss. On that day, six years will have passed since the Sari Club in Bali’s Kuta Beach was turned into a killing ground by militant Islamic bombers who murdered 202 people, 88 of whom were Australians. with Ramadan now over, the bombers have launched another line of appeal, once more showing a reluctance to pass into Paradise, where, according to their beliefs, legions of nubile virgins await to indulge their every desire…

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24449299-27197,00.html

Indonesia says to execute Bali bombers Reuters JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia will execute the Bali bombers on death row in early November, the spokesman of the Indonesian attorney general’s office said on Friday.

http://africa.reuters.com/world/news/usnTRE49N1IY.html

Bali bombers to be shot dead after losing court appeal to be …21 Oct 2008 … Militants to build shrine to Bali bombers … Hope they attain their goal of: wine, 72 virgins and a bunch of pretty boys in “paradise”.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article4986137.ece

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Arab scholar: “torture is a way of life” in the Middle East , Bradley: since 1952, Egypt has brtually occupied its people by its military

October 24, 2008

John Bradley: ‘Inside Egypt’

Review

“‘Inside Egypt is an original, angry, brilliant, subtle, and highly readable expose of contemporary Egyptian politics and society.’ – Peter Bergen, author of Holy War Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know ‘A highly informed, temperate, and understanding account of a country that is an enigma.’ – The New York Times ‘Contributes substantially to the debate.’ – Los Angeles Times ‘A thoughtful, incisive portrait of a fractured nation…a remarkable volume.’ – Newsweek”

Journalist Bradley (Saudi Arabia Exposed, 2005) trains a sharp reportorial eye on the nearly failed nation-state in the cross hairs of world conflict.The author doesn’t dwell too long on Egypt’s storied past. Instead, he gives a blistering overview of what it’s like to live today in this autocratic, hopelessly corrupt society. The Egypt he depicts is a place where anyone can be jailed or tortured at any time for no reason, where Islamic fundamentalism is slowly gaining a foothold among people formerly proud of their diverse heritage, where in some places the only viable form of employment for young men is prostitution, both gay and straight. Bradley also examines why the United States spends $2 billion per year propping up President Hosni Mubarak (“the third-longest-ruling Egyptian leader in the past four thousand years”), despite his crackdowns on anything approaching democracy and his blatant favoring of anything that will bring in more tourist dollars over the best interests of the Egyptian populace. Mubarak is able to gin up American interest, the author notes, by playing up the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, a nominally political organization that provides social services far more efficiently than the government does and wants to reinstate the Caliphate. Needless to say, Bradley isn’t hopeful about the future, fearing that an Iranian-style theocracy is in the cards for a once-proud nation whose pedigree dates back more than 5,000 years.Unlikely to win the author any friends among the Egyptian political elite, but terrifically well told and extremely sobering. (Kirkus Reviews)

Library Journal “A devastating critique of Egypt’s current dictatorial government.”

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1403984778?tag=lighfromtheno-21&camp=1406&creative=6394&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1403984778&adid=1YWD3NNHX0J3V1P3B2FX&

[By an Arab scholar:] “torture is a way of life” in the Middle East (p. 144)

In Inside Egypt, I argue that the country has effectively been occupied since 1952 by the military. The military have created a system of oppression that has only one goal: perpetuating their own rule and increasing their own wealth and privilege. For this to happen, the Egyptian people must be cowed into subservience through systematic torture and other crude forms of intimidation.

http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.aspx?GUID=8D51E68E-FB9D-4FEA-BD51-554742EC61C4

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