In June, United States embassies across the world get ready for the biggest patriotic celebration of the year. Flags are taken out of the attic, ironed and hoisted in rainbow swirls across the sky.
From Europe to Latin America to Asia, Africa and Oceania, the new flag of the nation flies across what used to be the worldwide diplomatic outposts of the United States of America.
This is done without regard to the religious feelings or sensibilities of the host nation.
In Vatican City, the U.S. Embassy flew the rainbow flag and tweeted that it “stands with the LBGTQI+ community against discrimination and other forms of persecution because of who they are and whom they love.”
In Jerusalem, outgoing Ambassador Tom Nides cheerfully declared “Shabbat Shalom” from a gay pride parade that featured a drag queen. Nides had made no comment about the murder of Meir Tamari, the 20th person in Israel killed by Islamic terrorists so far this year.
In India, Ambassador Eric Garcetti, the former Los Angeles mayor whose inappropriate nomination had barely survived the scandal of his aide sexually harassing men, broadcast a video in which he raised the pride flag, with more dedication and drama than the Marines at Iwo Jima, before delivering a speech about the importance of the LGBTQ movement.
In Paris, the embassy celebrated “#IncroyableDiversité” while the embassy in Moscow put up a rainbow mural of Biden declaring in Russian that, “Pride is a celebration of generations of LGBTQI+ people, who have fought bravely to live openly and authentically.”
In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a country where the people are starving, children are being sold as sex slaves and the streets belong to gangs, the white ambassador convened white staff members to attend a Pride Month ceremony. The wind was blowing hard and the participants might have smelled ash, misery and human waste. Some of the locals have taken to setting each other on fire, but surely they appreciated the ambassador’s thoughts on LGBTQ pride.
Few Americans were in attendance since the embassy had previously issued an alert warning tourists not to come “due to kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and poor health care infrastructure.”
But while State Department facilities from Bogota, Columbia to Pretoria, South Africa put aside their pressing business to celebrate Pride Month, and the embassies in Warsaw, Poland and the Philippines joined in, there were notable exceptions from the global celebration of ‘Pride’.
The United States embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia bafflingly neglected Pride Month. In Islamabad, Pakistan, insult was added to injury when the embassy instead commemorated Urs, a festival marking the death of a Sufi saint, without even a single rainbow emoji in view.
The Saudis would seem to be more in need of hearing about gay rights than the Haitians or the French since under Sharia law the penalty for pride is being stoned to death. The Pakistanis could also use a few rainbow flags since they lock up gay people while freeing terrorists.
The Biden administration recently vented its outrage because Uganda passed some laws criminalizing homosexuality. There has been talk of threatening one of the poorest nations in the world with sanctions. But where are the sanctions for Saudi Arabia? Or other Muslim countries?
A decade ago, Brunei brought back Sharia law and the death penalty for homosexuality. The US embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan failed to mention Biden’s views on ‘Pride’ and instead promoted ‘Sports Diplomacy’ through soccer. There are no sanctions for Sharia law.
And no mention of Pride Month in our outreach to the Muslim world.
Pride Month was missing in action in Baghdad, where the U.S. embassy has enough problems since the only thing Iraqi Sunni and Shiite Muslims agree on is trying to kill them. If the Kuwait embassy celebrated the Stonewall riot, they kept it to themselves. No rainbow flags could be seen in Jordan where all the focus was on the royal marriage of its dictator. Nancy Pelosi recorded a message on the marriage, but sadly had nothing to say about LGBT rights.
The same was true in Yemen, currently caught in a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites over who gets to impose Sharia law on whom. Neither side will be particularly interested in any rainbow flags. And Biden isn’t interested in telling either side about ‘Pride Month’.
The US Embassy in Cairo focused on Jill Biden’s visit to Egypt where she met with women wearing hijabs and pretended to understand what they were saying to her. The honored doctor made no mention of the LGBTQ movement to the women in the hijabs.
While the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland urged, “This month and every month, let us celebrate the pride that powers the movement for LGBTQI+”, the message did not reach the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. “Pride Month is kicking off in the U.S. today! We’d love to know: What does Pride mean to you,” the U.S. Embassy in Brussels asked. But the U.S. Embassy to the UAE instead bafflingly urged the locals to come to Michigan to get degrees in Arabic Language..
But that’s how you get more Muslim Brotherhood members and win elections in Michigan.
To understand the mystery of why some embassies and consulates, but not others, celebrate Pride Month, take a trip to Kabul. Not literally, as that would be a worse idea than visiting Haiti or Baltimore, but via the digital outposts of the nation’s failed diplomatic empire.
In 2021, the US Embassy in Kabul tweeted, “The month of June is recognized as (LGBTI) Pride Month. The United States respects the dignity & equality of LGBTI people & celebrates their contributions to the society. We remain committed to supporting civil rights of minorities, including LGBTI persons. #Pride2021 #PrideMonth.”
In August 2021, the Taliban took Kabul. The embassy ‘saigoned’ itself out of there, but not before costing at least 13 American lives, and is now permanently virtual. The collapse of Afghanistan is not enough to shut down any part of the State Department. Despite being unable to operate in Kabul, the U.S. Embassy continues to conduct its business. Foreign aid, which was 99% of our function in Afghanistan, continues to flow by the billions to the terrorists.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has taken the time out to celebrate ‘Mother’s Day’ in Pashtun (a people that believes that mothers should be ‘burkaed’ and beaten, not heard), ‘Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander Heritage Month’ and ‘World Press Freedom Day’ in a nation where the only free press is living in caves.
Afghans with access to Twitter are informed that there are over 2,700 mosques in America.
Most of those Afghans can only wonder what the hell is wrong with America. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul (not actually in Kabul) believes that the one thing that can give Afghans hope is the knowledge that the Taliban aren’t just taking over in their country, but also in America.
Among all this diplomat-ish nonsense, the one thing you won’t find the U.S. Embassy in Kabul tweeting about is Pride Month or displaying any colorful rainbow flags.
What happened between Pride Month 2021 in Kabul and all the lost pride months since?
Afghanistan, like the rest of the Muslim world, is now fully run under Sharia law. We didn’t have to worry about offending the old puppet regime, but we strive not to offend the Taliban.
There’s no more talk of Pride Month to Afghans, no lesbian studies or any of the stuff that our diplomats used to waste their time on while American boys were fighting and dying in valleys.
The Biden administration will fly its Pride flags in Vatican City and Jerusalem, but you won’t hear about it in Riyadh, Doha, Islamabad or Kabul. In the great intersectional roundabout, Muslims are higher on the totem pole than ever drag queens and not a word must be said to offend them. It’s alright to offend Catholics and Orthodox Jews, but thou shalt not cross a Koranist.
The flags of Pride Month fly from Warsaw to Bogota, and from Oslo to Port-au-Prince, but the army of pride doesn’t venture to hang its banners in Baghdad, and never mind, Benghazi.
Like feminism, the LGBTQ movement stops at the line in the sand drawn by Sharia law.
And the Biden administration, the State Department, and the alphabet soup activists are fine with that, because it was never about rights, but about bringing down western civilization.
There’s no need to hang up flags in Riyadh, when your goal is to destroy Rome and Jerusalem.
Mahmoud Abbas, like so many Palestinians, likes to instruct the world on the diabolical plan of the Israelis to take over the Haram al-Sharif– what those credulous Jews call the Temple Mount — and to replace the Al-Aqsa Mosque with a Third Temple, though of course the First and Second Temples, the Palestinians know, never existed. More on Mahmoud Abbas’ fabulations can be found here: “RRefuting Abbas’ UN lies, nearly 4,000,000 Muslims visited the Temple Mount during Ramadan,” by Maurice Hirsch, Palestinian Media Watch, May 17, 2023:
There is no truth to this supposed Israeli plan to raze Al-Aqsa, nor to any of the other claims about Al-Aqsa and the Temple Mount made by the P.A.’s President-For-Life, now entering the nineteenth year of his four-year term. Let’s begin our discussion with the history of the Temple Mount under Jordanian occupation between 1949 and 1967. During that period, for the only time in its 3000-year history, the Temple Mount was off-limits to Jews. They could not visit the Temple Mount, they could not pray at the Western Wall. They were expelled from the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, where the Jordanians blew up 56 of its 57 synagogues. Nearby, at the 3000-year old Jewish Cemetery on the Mount of Olives, the oldest and largest Jewish cemetery in the world, with 150,000 graves, the Jordanians pulled up tens of thousands of tombstones and either pulverized them into gravel to be used for building roads, or used the tombstones to line the floors of Jordanian army latrines.
Since June 7, 1967, when Israel liberated the Temple Mount from the illegal Jordanian occupation (1948-1967), Israel’s governments have guaranteed that the site remain accessible to both Israel’s Muslim population and — subject to security precautions — to many Muslims who live in the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority (PA). This guarantee was once again demonstrated during this year’s month of Ramadan, when nearly four million people visited the site.
Though the Jordanians had kept the Jews out of the Old City, and from visiting the Temple Mount, and did not even allow them to pray at the Western Wall from 1949 to 1967, the first thing the Israelis did after their victory in the Six-Day War was to reassure all the world’s Muslims that there would be no change in their access to the Temple Mount and to Al-Aqsa Mosque. As for Jews, they would now be allowed to visit the Temple Mount, but Defense Minister Moshe Dayan on his own decided that Jews would not be allowed to say prayers openly, or even to mouth prayers silently, on the Temple Mount. Nor could they bring onto the Mount prayer shawls, prayer books, or tefillin.
Jerusalem resident Fadi Mattour: “Praise Allah Master of the Universe, this month [of Ramadan] was very special. It was a wonderful month. The estimates of the [Jordanian] Waqf are that nearly 4 million visitors visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque this month, and this is a very large number.”
[Official PA TV News, April 21, 2023]
The record 4,000,000 visitors was made up of both Palestinians, who were given broad permission to enter Israel to visit the site, and Israeli Muslims. Despite the record numbers of visitors, in his speech yesterday in the United Nations to mark the “Nakba” – the term which means “catastrophe” used by the Palestinians to describe Israel’s creation – PA leader Mahmoud Abbas baselessly charged:
“Israel, ladies and gentlemen, beyond all its crimes against our people since the Nakba… it desecrates the holy Islamic and Christian religious places in Palestine… just as it denies the Palestinians their right to freedom of worship in the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the holy compound of Jerusalem which is the exclusive right of Muslims alone.”
[Mahmoud Abbas, Speech in the UN, May 15, 2023]
The only ones desecrating “holy places “in Palestine ”are the Palestinians. It is they who have firebombed Joseph’s Tomb, tried to destroy Rachel’s Tomb, tried to murder Israelis visiting the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. It is the Palestinians who use Al-Aqsa Mosque for purposes other than religion, as a place to store rocks, Molotov cocktails, fireworks, and other weapons, in order to hurl them both at Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, and Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall far below. Using Al-Aqsa as a weapons storehouse is most assuredly a “desecration” of a holy site. And turning the Al-Aqsa compound into a battlefield, where Palestinians attack Jewish visitors, and Israeli police try to halt their violence and maintain order, is another kind of desecration.
No Palestinians, and no Israeli Arabs, have been “denied the right of freedom of worship in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” Muslims worship freely in the Mosque, and indeed outside, on Temple Mount itself, when an overflow crowd cannot fit into the Mosque. When the Mosque itself is full, many tens of thousands of Muslims pray outside, entirely covering the surface of the Temple Mount.
As many as 250,000 Muslims have prayed at one time on the Temple Mount. And during this year’s Ramadan, a total of four million Muslims prayed at the site, both inside Al-Aqsa and also outside, on the Al-Aqsa compound’s surface. Does this sound like Israel has been denying the Muslims the “right to freedom of worship”?
Only very occasionally, at times of great tension, and the likelihood of violence, in Jerusalem, does Israel limit the number of Muslims, and of Jews, who can ascend to the Temple Mount. This is a security measure imposed temporarily, not an attempt to trench upon the freedom of-religion.
As Palestinian Media Watch has already noted, while the Al-Aqsa Mosque – built in 693 and marked in red in the picture below – is just one small part of the entire Temple Mount – marked in green in the picture below – in recent years, for political purposes, the Palestinians refer to the entire site, including the expansive courtyards and the golden topped Dome of the Rock (built in 691), as the “Al-Aqsa Mosque”.
Now the Palestinians express their fury that Jews are “desecrating Al-Aqsa” when all the Jews are doing is a taking brief walk – no prayers are said or mouthed — on the Temple Mount, walking along its perimeter, following a well-worn path that is nowhere near the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself. But those who hear the Palestinian complaints about Jews “at Al-Aqsa” will likely come away with the mistaken belief that Jews have actually entered the Mosque itself.
While the entire site is indeed holy to Judaism and Islam, a 1924 guide to the Temple Mount, published by the Supreme Muslim Council, clearly states that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is just one entity on the wider Temple Mount – referred to as “Al-Harm Al-Sharif” or “The August Sanctuary” – whose “identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute.”
In 1924, the Supreme Muslim Council recognized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Al-Aqsa Compound are distinct. The Mosque stood inside, and was not coterminous with, the Al-Aqsa Compound. Furthermore, the same guide to the Temple Mount recognizes that the Temple Mount was where Solomon’s Temple stood, but long after that truth-telling guidebook appeared in 1924, the Palestinian Arabs have been denying that there ever was a Jewish Temple, or Temples, on what the Jews call – I wonder why? – the Temple Mount.
While permitting Muslim prayer on the site, as a rule, and despite the fact that no positive decision was taken by the authorized ministerial committee, Jewish prayer on the site has been mostly prohibited.
It is amazing and infuriating that the Israeli government continues to prevent Jews from praying, even silently, on top of the holiest site in Judaism, all in order to please the Muslims. Moshe Dayan made a grievous error in June 1967 when, acting alone, he set down the rule that Jews would not be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. In June 1967, as the Arabs were reeling from their defeat in the Six-Day War, he could have announced that “from now on Jews will have the access to the Temple Mount that they were for so long denied by Jordan and will have the same freedom to pray that is enjoyed by Muslims on the Temple Mount.” At that point, the Arabs would have been unable to prevent this long overdue extension of religious freedom for Jews wanting to pray on the Temple Mount. Furthermore, in June 1967, before anti-Israel propaganda had yet managed to blanket the globe, many countries would have seen nothing wrong with allowing Jews to pray at the holiest site in Judaism.
Since 1967, Israel has made no substantial structural changes on the site. On the other hand, the Waqf — the Jordanian organization that controls and manages the current Islamic edifices on the site — illegally dug out a large area (some 600 square yards (500 square meters) known as “Solomon’s Stables” and turned it, in 1996, into another covered prayer area which they named the El-Marwani Mosque.
The Palestinians, including Mahmoud Abbas, keep insisting that the Israelis have been physically changing the Temple Mount. There is no truth to this. It is the Palestinians who have done what they accuse the Israelis of doing, by excavating a giant hole in the surface of the Temple Mount, some 600 square yards, and removing hundreds of tons of earth that was then thrown in a dump. Those hundreds of tons of earth contained thousands of Jewish artifacts from the time of the First and Second Temples, and horrified Israeli archeologists, when they got wind of what the Palestinians had done, rushed to collect the mounds of earth they had thrown away, and to sift carefully through the rescued rubble , finding all sorts of Jewish artifacts — oil lamps, knives, pottery, utensils, coins, Menorah candlesticks — still intact, and many more artifacts that had been smashed to smithereens during the excavation carried out by the Palestinians.
Who has done damage to the Temple Mount’s past – Israelis who are determined to preserve archaeological evidence of that long past, or the Palestinians, who are eager to destroy the physical evidence of a Jewish presence on the Temple Mount?
Palestinian Arab nationalism originated in Zionism, as a tool to fight Israel’s existence. It has no historical or ethnic past. Op-ed..
In a speech delivered in March 2023 in France, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich asserted that “the Palestinian people are an invention that is less than 100 years old.” He is a Palestinian he said. Why? Because “my grandfather, who was the 13th generation [of my family] in Jerusalem, is the real Palestinian. My grandmother, who was born in Metula more than 100 years ago to a family of pioneers, is Palestinian.”
Smotrich explained that according to international law, there are five criteria that define a nation: “history, culture, language, currency and historical leadership. Who was the first Palestinian king? What language do the Palestinians have? Has there ever been a Palestinian currency? Is there a Palestinian history or culture? There isn’t any.” 
The French government and the Biden administration widely denounced Smotrich’s speech. French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre condemned it as “infuriating and irresponsible.”  The rebuke of Smotrich exposed a limited understanding of the strategy used by the Arabs to deceive the West into believing there is a separate Palestinian Arab nation whose citizens are victims of the Zionists, who destroyed their society, stole their land, and forced them into appalling exile.
The Myth of a Palestinian Nation
In an interview in March 31,1977 with the Dutch newspaper Trouw, Zuhair Mushein, Palestinian Arab who was leader of the pro-Syrian Al Saika faction, a terrorist organization, and head of the Executive Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), exposed the myth of a Palestinian nation with a separate “Palestinian identity,” when he declared, “There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are part of one people, the Arab nation… Only for political reasons do we carefully emphasize our Palestinian identity. The fact is that it is in the national interest to encourage the existence of the Palestinians against Zionism. Indeed, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity is only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new means of carrying on the struggle against Israel and for Arab unity…. After we have gained our rights to all of Palestine, we must not for a moment postpone the reunification of Jordan and Palestine.” 
Prior to entering the Knesset in 1996 as head of the Arab Balad party, Azmi Bishara declared: “Well, I don’t think there is a Palestinian nation at all. I think there is an Arab nation. I always thought so and I did not change my mind. I do not think there is a Palestinian nation, I think it’s a colonialist invention – Palestinian nation. When were there any Palestinians? Where did it come from? I think there is an Arab nation. I never turned to be a Palestinian nationalist, despite my decisive struggle against the occupation. I think that until the end of the 19th century, Palestine was the south of Greater Syria.” 
Syrian President Hafez Assad admonished Yasser Arafat for using the term Palestinian People, since it was known this was a contrived and factitious identify: “You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people.” 
A Palestinian Ancient Homeland?
Notwithstanding Arab claims, Palestine was never a separate country as Bernard Lewis has explained: “From the end of the Jewish state in antiquity to the beginning of British rule, the area now designated by the name Palestine was not a country and had no frontiers, only administrative boundaries; it was a group of provincial subdivisions, by no means always the same, within a larger entity.” 
With regard to the Palestinian Arab population, a study of Jewish, Arab and British policies conducted by the Esco Foundation for Palestine published in 1947 concluded: “It is highly improbable that any but a small part of the present Arab population of Palestine is descended from the ancient inhabitants of the land.” Aside from those brought to Palestine through conquest, “Palestine, like Syria, has been from time immemorial been peopled by the drifting populations of Arabia, and to some extent by the backwash of its harbors.” 
Furthermore, if Palestine was their ancient homeland, asked Michael Medved radio show host and political commentator, what did the Palestinian Arabs produce throughout the period? Who was the most eminent of all their kings, prime ministers or other prominent leaders? Which Palestinian Arab poet, author or intellectual affected humanity with their moving words and stimulating philosophies? Which eminent Palestinian Arab scientist, inventor, musician, physician or artist achieved worldwide or even regional prominence? There were none, because as has been noted there never existed an Arab or Palestinian state in this region. 
A statement issued by the Palestinian foreign ministry also accused Ben-Gvir of “incitement” for allegedly supporting “a bloody aggression” against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
The appeal to the ICC came after Ben-Gvir was quoted by Hebrew-language media as praising the latest Israeli military operation against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) organization in the Gaza Strip.
Before Sudan split into two countries, Sudan and South Sudan, the Muslim Arabs in the north for decades would routinely raid the villages of black Africans, both Christians and Muslims, in the south. The worst atrocities were conducted by the Arab militias known as the Janjaweed, who carried on a campaign against black Africans in the region of Darfur, burning down villages, stealing cattle, raping women, and killing men. Not a single Arab state condemned the Janjaweed or offered to send troops to protect the black Africans. The United States was alone in condemning the Janjaweed killings as genocide in October 2007, since in the three previous years, an estimated 200,00-400,000 civilians had been killed by the Janjaweed.
The South Sudan gained independence in 2011, after a referendum on self-determination in which its people voted overwhelmingly to secede from Sudan. Independence was the culmination of a long armed struggle waged by South Sudanese, starting in the mid 1950s. During those years of fighting, the northern Arabs enslaved tens of thousands of the black Africans they took prisoner. Even today there are thousands of blacks still enslaved in Sudan by Arab masters.
The Arab slave trade in Africa began centuries before, and lasted centuries after, the Atlantic Slave Trade. And it claimed many more victims: studies suggest there were 12 million Africans taken in the Atlantic Slave Trade, while the Arabs seized 17 million Africans for transfer to the slave entrepots of the Middle East. Slavery in the Islamic world was finally stamped out not by the Muslims themselves, but by the pressure from Western powers. For in Islam, slavery was always regarded as acceptable. For Muhammad himself, the Perfect Man (al-insan al-kamil) and the Model of Conduct (uswa hasana), bought, sold, and owned slaves. So slavery was, thanks to his excellent example, a practice Muslims accepted. There never was a Muslim William Wilberforce. Great Britain in the 19th century ended, thanks to the Royal Navy, the Arab slave trade in Africa, but the millions of slaves already in the Muslim lands remained. Then the two main European powers, France and Great Britain, beginning in the late 19th century to stamp out, in most of North Africa and the Middle East, the practice of slavery. Several Arab countries held out. It was not until 1962 that Saudi Arabia and Yemen officially ended slavery, and unofficially, the practice continued for some years after 1962 in the interior of Saudi Arabia. Slavery was ended in Oman in 1970, and finally, the last country to outlaw it was Mauritania, in 1981. But Arabs, or people who claimed to be Arabs because they were “less black” than black Africans, continue to enslave to this day black Africans in Mauritania (600,000), in Mali (200,000), in Niger (43,000), and in Sudan (15,000).
The latest manifestation of the Arab racism that undergirded the slave trade is again on view in North Africa, where Arab leaders have suddenly spread the alarm about the black Africans in their midst who, they claim, are engaged in the “Great Replacement” of the native Arabs. The “Great Replacement,” of course, is what Europeans term their own demographic defeat at the hands of Muslims who have arrived in Europe, mainly from North Africa but also from the Middle East and Pakistan, by the millions, battening on the benefits offered by the generous welfare states of Western Europe. The Europeans now realize that through both continued Muslim immigration, mostly illegal, and very high fertility rates among Muslim women in Europe, the Muslim percentage of the population throughout Europe is steadily, inexorably increasing. The French writer Renaud Camus was the first to call this the “Great Replacement,” and the term has been taken up by France’s most famous writer, Michel Houllebecq — who fears that the “Great Replacement” is too far along to be stopped — and by its most famous journalist and once-and-future presidential candidate, Eric Zemmour. As the French and other Europeans worry, with reason, about this “Great Replacement,” the term has been taken up by Arabs in North Africa, who have far less reason to be anxious about “demographic replacement” than do the Europeans. There are not millions of black Africans, but only tens of thousnds, in each of the four countries — Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Tunisia — that make up North Africa. Egypt is traditionally regarded as part of the Middle East, rather than as part of the Maghreb.
On February 21, the Tunisian president Kais Saied denounced what he said was a “plot to transform the demographic makeup of the country” and called for strict measures to prevent it from succeeding. Since then, black Africans in Tunisia have been living in fear, and many, who have neither passports nor money, have been trying to leave the country. The Tunisian police have begun raiding the shabby dormitories of the Africans, throwing them out on the street. The police have taken to visiting the farms and construction sites where some of the Africans find employment at pitiful wages; the police round them up and take them away, warning employers not to re-employ them.
The current xenophobia directed at Africans in the Maghreb is rooted in Arab racism. That racism goes back to the earliest centuries of Islam. With slavery having been sanctioned by the example of Muhammad, Muslim Arab slavers entered east Africa to seize black Africans, the men to be workers, the women to be domestic servants and sex slaves, and the young boys to serve as eunuchs in the harems of the Islamic world. These boys were castrated in situ, with many dying during the painful surgery or during the long march, in slave coffles, to the coast, where the Africans would be taken by dhows from Pemba, across the Red Sea, to Arabia and the slave markets of Islam.
David Livingston, the celebrated explorer, and missionary, described encountering some of the victims of the Arab slavers. He was deeply upset by the way the Arabs treated their African slaves that he wrote back home in 1870:
In less time than I take to talk about it, these unfortunate creatures [the Africans]— 84 of them, wended their way into the village where we were. Some of them, the eldest, were women from 20 to 22 years of age, and there were youths from 18 to 19, but the large majority was made up of boys and girls from 7 years to 14 or 15 years of age.
A more terrible scene than these men, women and children, I do not think I ever came across. To say that they were emaciated would not give you an idea of what human beings can undergo under certain circumstances.
Each of them had his neck in a large forked stick, weighing from 30 to 40 pounds, and five or six feet long, cut with a fork at the end of it where the branches of a tree spread out.
The women were tethered with bark thongs, which are, of all things, the most cruel to be tied with. Of course they are soft and supple when first stripped off the trees, but a few hours in the sun make them about as hard as the iron round packing-cases. The little children were fastened by thongs to their mothers.
As we passed along the path which these slaves had travelled, I was shown a spot in the bushes where a poor woman the day before, unable to keep on the march, and likely to hinder it, was cut down by the axe of one of these slave drivers.
We went on further and were shown a p lace where a child lay. It had been recently born, and its mother was unable to carry it from debility and exhaustion; so the slave trader had taken this little infant by its feet and dashed its brains out against one of the trees and thrown it in there.
By the ninth century, there were enough black slaves in Iraq to mount a serious slave revolt, the Zanj Rebellion, which lasted for fifteen years before being put down. The black African slaves known as the Zanj had been put to backbreaking work draining the salt marshes of Basra. Some were worked to death. Savagely mistreated, they rose in revolt against the Abbasid Caliphate in 868, a revolt that was not extinguished until 883, when mass executions of the remaining rebels took place.
The Arabs regarded the black Africans with contempt. In the Hadith of al-Bukhari, we find the remarkable statement that “Anyone who says that the Prophet is black should be killed.” Elsewhere in the Hadith Muhammad says “’Whoever wants to see Satan let him take a look at Nabtal b. al-Harith!’ He was a sturdy black man with long flowing hair, inflamed eyes, and dark ruddy cheeks.”
In the same vein, the Prophet sent Khalid bin al-Walid in Ramadan 8 A.H., to a spot called Nakhlah, “where there was a goddess called Al-‘Uzza venerated by the Quraish and Kinanah . . . On his return, the Prophet asked him if he had seen anything there, to which Khalid gave a negative answer . . . He went back again and there he saw a black woman, naked with torn hair. Khalid struck her with his sword into two parts. He returned and narrated the story to the Prophet, who then confirmed the fulfillment of the task.”
Sa’d bin Zaid Al-Ashhali, another follower of Muhammad, was sent in the same month and on the same mission to Al-Mushallal to destroy an idol, Manat, respected by both the Al-Aws and Al-Khazraj tribes. Here also a black woman, naked with messy hair appeared, wailing and beating on her chest. Sa’d immediately killed her.
Clearly Muhammad was not at all bothered by these two unprovoked murders by his followers of “black women.” He greeted the news from one of the killers as being part of the “fulfillment of his task” – the task assigned to him by Muhammad.
There are three hadith in Al-Bukhari where Muslims are told to obey a ruler, even if he were a black man, as here: “Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle said, ‘You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin.’” (Ibn Musa al-Yahsubi, Qadi ‘Iyad, p.375).
And there is this from the celebrated historian Al-Tabari: “Noah prayed that the hair of Ham’s descendants [Africans] would not grow beyond their ears, and that whenever his [Ham’s] descendants met Shem’s, the latter would enslave them.” (Al-Tabari, Vol. 2, p. 21, p. 21)
Why was it so terrible for the Prophet to be called “black”? Because for the Arabs, blacks were unquestionably inferior. Such misidentification, according to Ahmad ibn Abi Sulayman, was an insult to the Prophet, and deserved death. And blacks, as descendants of Ham, were fit only to be slaves (Shem’s descendants “would enslave them”).
Many of the most famous Arab writers and Islamic scholars were unambiguously “racists” in the full meaning of that word.
Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406) was, among other things, an Islamic jurist, Islamic lawyer, Islamic scholar, Islamic theologian, and hafiz (one who has memorized the entire Qur’an). He is one of the most important figures in Islamic history. Here are two disparaging remarks, among so many that he makes about black Africans in his Muqaddimah:
Therefore, the Negro nation are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, because [Negroes] have little [that is essentially] human and have attributes that are quite similar to those of dumb animals, as we have stated.”
Beyond [known peoples of black West Africa] to the south there is no civilization in the proper sense. There are only humans who are closer to dumb animals than to rational beings. They live in thickets and caves, and eat herbs and unprepared grain. They frequently eat each other. They cannot be considered human beings.
Ibn Sina or Avicenna (980-1037), was another celebrated figure in Islamic history: a Hafiz, an Islamic psychologist, scholar, and theologian and, by our lights, a racist: “[Blacks are] people who are by their very nature slaves.”
Ibn Qutaybah (828-889), was a renowned Islamic scholar from Kufa, Iraq: “[Blacks] are ugly and misshapen, because they live in a hot country.”
Nasīr al-Dīn al-Tūsī (1201-1274), was a Shia Muslim Scholar and Grand Ayatollah:
If (all types of men) are taken, from the first, and one placed after another, like the Negro from Zanzibar, in the Southern-most countries, the Negro does not differ from an animal in anything except the fact that his hands have been lifted from the earth – In no other peculiarity or property – except for what God wished. Many have seen that the ape is more capable of being trained than the Negro, and more intelligent.
[The Zanj (African) differ from animals only in that] their two hands are lifted above the ground,… Many have observed that the ape is more teachable and more intelligent than the Zanj.
Al-Muqaddasi (945/946-1000) was a medieval Muslim geographer:
Of the neighbors of the Bujja, Al-Muqaddasi had heard that “there is no marriage among them; the child does not know his father, and they eat people — but God knows best. As for the Zanj, they are people of black color, flat noses, kinky hair, and little understanding or intelligence.” [Kitab al-Bad’ wah-tarikh, vol.4]
Al-Masudi (896-956), was a Muslim historian and geographer, known as the “Herodotus of the Arabs”:
“Galen says that merriment dominates the black man because of his defective brain, whence also the weakness of his intelligence.” (Al-Masudi, Muruj al-dhahab)
Ibn al-Faqih was a Muslim historian and geographer:
“A man of discernment said: The people of Iraq … do not come out with something between blonde, buff and blanched coloring, such as the infants dropped from the wombs of the women of the Slavs and others of similar light complexion; nor are they overdone in the womb until they are burned, so that the child comes out something between black, murky, malodorous, stinking, and crinkly-haired, with uneven limbs, deficient minds, and depraved passions, such as the Zanj, the Somali, and other blacks who resemble them. The Iraqis are neither half-baked dough nor burned crust but between the two.” (from his Mukhtasar Kitab al-Buldan, 903 AD)
These are just a tiny sample of the hair-raising racist remarks made by noted figures in Islamic intellectual history.
Given that racist disparagement of blacks that runs through the Hadith, it’s not surprising that Arabs today are determined to keep them out of, or expel them from, North Africa. Now the fear of being overrun by blacks has gone from Tunisia westward to Libya and Algeria. Black Africans who came to Libya in order to take a boat to Europe, but lacked the money to pay the smugglers, have ended up stranded in the country. They have taken the most difficult menial jobs with the lowest pay, barely enough to survive. In Libya, some black Africans, when unable to pay debts they owed to Arabs, have been put up for sale at informal slave markets that have sprung up in the country. This should be a major story in the Western media, but so far none of the important news outlets have bothered to cover it.
In Algeria, both the police and the army have been rounding up black Africans at their dormitories or wherever they work or simply hang out, and have been taking them out into the desert, and leaving them just over the border in Niger, where the border guards have been instructed not to let them back into Algeria. Whether they live or die in Niger is of no concern to the Algerians. Like the Arabs of Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco, the Arabs of Algeria refer to the black Africans as “abid” – “slaves” – and address individual blacks not by name but simply as “abd.”
But Tunisia remains the center of the anti-black hysteria. The “Nationalist Party” has been filling the airwaves and the social media with rants about black Africans, whipping up hatred. When President Saied warned in virulent terms about the demographic conquest by Africans of his country, he was furthering a discourse that had already begun over the last year, but his speech has been viewed as the launching pad for a new struggle against African immigration, with arrests, expulsions from lodging, loss of jobs, and unprovoked attacks by gangs of Tunisian Arabs on black Africans Now some of those black Africans have managed to be repatriated to their countries of origin, including Mali, Senegal, the Ivory Coast, and Guinea. Others have been planting themselves in front of the Tunisian offices of the International Organization For Migrations (OIM), in a vain hope for obtaining that organization’s aid. And some Africans have decided to try their luck sooner than they had planned, paying as best they can the human traffickers – also Arabs – to take them across the Mediterranean in rickety little boats, many of which have capsized and their passengers drowned. Every day brings news of fresh drownings, and boats that never made it to the port on Lampedusa. But the black Africans are desperate.
The racist attacks, both verbal and physical, against black Africans continue to increase across North Africa, but especially in Tunisia, where President Saied appeared to give such behavior his stamp of approval. Tunisians have been gleefully joining in the hunt for Africans, who have realized they have no future in the country. They are now attempting either to make it back home, which means somehow safely crossing the desert to the countries of West Africa where most of them come from, or to cross the Mediterranean in unseaworthy boats to Lampedusa in Italy, before being arrested and then expelled by being brought to the border and left on the other side, in Niger or Chad, to fend for themselves in the inhospitable desert.
None of these attacks by North African Arabs on black Africans have attracted the notice of the Western media outside of France; not a single story about the matter has yet appeared on the national news programs in the U.S. Is that because a story that makes the Arabs look bad could help Israel, and that will never do?
Giulio Meotti warns in Israel National News that after the European Parliament, “the UN is easy prey. Funding has allowed Islamic countries to form the most powerful bloc in UNESCO.” Money equals power, and the UN is virtually being bought out by Islamic countries which are promoting the Sharia. Take, for instance, the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism’s donor list: “Qatar and Saudi Arabia hold it tight with their dollars. It doesn’t matter that Qatar has donated 1.5 billion to Hamas, that in Syria Qatar has supported the Al Nusra terrorists or that Qatar is accused by the parents of an American journalist assassinated by ISIS of ties to terrorism.” In normative Islam, terrorism does not include jihad by the sword. “Terrorism” refers to anything that opposes the imperative to impose Sharia, and is also routinely used as an accusation against dissidents to arbitrarily detain and jail them. The advance of Islam into the UN has been an insidious process of the stealth jihad, and the ongoing process of its buyout is being credulously aided by America, which gives the single largest annual donation to the UN.
Beyond Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the advancement of Islamic countries into the UN has been steady. In 2018, OIC foreign ministers adopted a statement at the UN, demanding respect for Islam. In kowtowing to such demands, Western governments render any insults to Islam forbidden, regardless of the freedom of expression. In 2020, the UN General Assembly adopted Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy resolution in the name of “intercultural dialogue.” Here we can see that if one offends Islam, then he or she is working contrary to “intercultural dialogue” and is deemed an enemy of unity, and even may be accused of spreading “hate.” A year later, Pakistan joined the OIC’s first-ever “International Day to Combat ‘Islamophobia.‘” Then last year, the United Nations designated March 15 as the “International Day to Combat ‘Islamophobia.’” Last year, the OIC was formally recognized as permanent observer at the UN.
One can see the rapid tightening of relations between the UN and OIC, as Pakistan and the OIC worked to bring the UN in line with Sharia tenets. It didn’t (and doesn’t) matter that Pakistan is infamous for its cruel blasphemy laws, as well as its forced conversions and forced marriages of young Christian and Hindu girls. Pakistan called on the world to combat “Islamophobia” in 2016 and thereafter. Prior to that, remember that in 2011, Hillary Clinton, while Secretary of State, said that the State Department would coordinate with the OIC on legal ways to implement the UN’s resolution criminalizing “defamation of religion.” All over the West now, the “Islamophobia” subterfuge is entrenched; in fact, it formed the foundations of cancel culture.
The partnership between the UN and the OIC was not developed and tightened overnight. It took years of insidious effort and manipulation, backed by money. In a recent development, it was announced that the UK Minister of State in the Department for Business and Trade, Lord Johnson, “will lead a series of roundtables with the world’s leading Islamic banks to map out a path for the UK achieving its goal of becoming a global hotspot of Islamic finance.” The seed was planted for this in 2013 by David Cameron, who stated: “I want London to stand alongside Dubai as one of the great capitals of Islamic finance anywhere in the world.” In 2015, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde hailed Islamic finance as a means to promote global financial stability.
It should come as no surprise that “Islamic dictatorships” are trying to buy UN agencies in their quest for a power advantage. In large part, they already have, and they will continue to succeed unless they are opposed. But that would require an awakening in the West. Recall that in the run-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar (the world’s richest country per capita) pressured the UN’s International Labor Organization (ILO) not to investigate the country’s labor rights abuses, amidst its year-long campaign “of political maneuvering that helped turn the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations workers’ rights watchdog, from critic to ally.” This included a $25 million Qatari contribution to the ILO. Also, according to Meotti, “Saudi Arabia donated 1 million to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the UN body for ‘dialogue between civilizations.’” Saudi Arabia also funds the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University, under a banner of diversity and dialogue; anyone who criticizes Islam is demonized as an “Islamophobe.” The United Nations’ hostility toward Israel, influenced by the OIC, is also no secret; nor is the UN’s antagonism toward India on the territorial issues of Jammu and Kashmir.
Despite the US being the largest single contributor to the UN, handing out over $12 billion of hard-earned American taxpayer cash to the anti-American agency in 2021 alone, the US is in the back seat at the UN. Its presence means nothing other than that it is a source of funding.
The process of global Islamic growth and virtual takeover of the UN was started long ago, while the West sank into apathy, laziness, and established an anything-goes ethic, all while abandoning its history, culture, strength, and succumbing to the red-green axis with little resistance. The stealth jihad, backed up by the violent jihad, has not abated just because Ukraine, China and transgender activism dominate the headlines. It continues its maneuvering, rooted in the heart of Sharia, which is expansion and conquest, as is shown by a 1,400-year history.
Canada’s leaders and media consistently acts as an attorney to defend jihadis and the Islamic ideology that motivates these attacks.
On Saturday, April 1, 2023, Muslim Abdul Aziz Kawamused a knife to slash the throat of a passenger riding a bus in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. The victim fought back and managed to throw the suspect out of the back doors of the bus. Unfortunately, the victim has been left with life-threatening injuries.
The 28-year-old Muslim was arrested by the police and initially charged with attempted murder, but prosecutors added four counts of terrorism on Monday. He was charged with acting “for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group, to wit: the Islamic State [ISIS].” The addition of the terrorism charges means he could face a life sentence.
The court documents show that Kawam is also accused of assault in a separate case for allegedly attacking another person that same day with a knife at a bus stop.
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the attack was motivated by “extremism” and was inspired by ISIS.
In a statement released by the RCMP, Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald said, “The attack was inspired by the violent ideology of a terrorist organization, and it represents a serious threat to public safety and our way of life.”
The attack has been condemned by Canadian authorities, including open borders Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called it a “senseless act of violence” and reaffirmed the country’s commitment to fighting “extremism and terrorism.”
As you can see by the police and Trudeau’s statements, leaders and law enforcement officers across the West continue to go to great lengths to label the Muslim terrorist as an “extremist” who perverted the Islamic religion. Compounding the problem is leftists like Canada’s Prime Minister, who are living in Western countries and do not allow any healthy discussion or reasonable concerns about Islam or Sharia. Instead, they act as attorneys to defend jihadis and the Islamic ideology that motivates attacks, as we just witnessed in Vancouver.
Mental Health Lie
News outlets and authorities in Canada quickly reported that Abdul Aziz Kawam could just be suffering from mental illness. This is a common tactic for protecting Muslims who kill or threaten non-Muslims. The left launches to the defense of the Jihadi and suggest they are likely suffering from “psychological issues.”
As previously reported at RAIR Foundation USA, in virtually every instance of jihad or migrant attacks in the Europe, politicians & media hide the identity of the attackers. However, in rare cases, when an attacker’s identity and citizenship status are leaked, the suspect is presented as possibly suffering from mental health issues. Unfortunately, the same tactic has made its way to Canada.
Islamic Terrorists Credit their Religion
Despite Canada’s leaders and media trying to defend Islam, Muslim terrorists worldwide all have one thing in common: They credit their motivation and success to religion.
The driving impulse of Abdul Aziz Kawam and terrorist groups like ISIS was religious in nature and not the act of an “extremist.” Their behavior and actions are part of their belief system, which allowed them to slaughter unbelievers en masse.
How can we ever defeat our enemy if we continue to pretend that terrorists were not motivated by Islamic doctrine and faith?
Kahf is the former Board Chairwoman of Hamas-linked CAIR in New Jersey and the current Chairwoman of a Muslim Brotherhood-founded Mosque led by an Imam who was arrested and convicted of being a member of Hamas.
Following her Superior Court of New Jersey appointment on March 23, 2023, Islamic supremacist attorney Nadia Kahf became the first hijab-wearing judge in the United States. Kahf, whose family is of Syrian origin and who is an immigration attorney, took the oath of office on Thursday with her hand on a copy of the Quran – a book that teaches supremacy, hatred, and hostility. Furthermore, it dehumanizes and stigmatizes non-believers.
Islamic governments across the world celebrated Kahf’s appointment. Islamic news sites in Morocco, India, and Turkey. “Nadia Kahf becomes New Jersey’s first hijabi judge,” wrote Sinar Daily, a news site in Malaysia. The Turkish government gleefully highlighted on their English news station:
This relationship between Governor Phil Murphy and Islamic supremacists is known as the Marxist Red and Islamic Green axis. The radical pairing has a long history of uniting to destroy their common enemy: those who believe in national sovereignty and individual freedom. Then, to achieve their own goals, they use one another until their goals are achieved, and only at that time will they turn on one another and, in the end, fight to destroy the other.
Nima Gholam Ali Pour, an Iranian-born member of the Sweden Democrats (SD) party who represents the municipality of Malmö in the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag), is co-founder of the Perspective on Israel organization and author of two Swedish books on the subject of immigration: Why Multiculturalism is Oppression and Allah Does Not Decide in Sweden. Pour spoke to a March 17th Middle East Forum Webinar (video) in an interview with Benjamin Baird, director of MEF Action, the Forum’s grassroots advocacy initiative, about the Swedish government’s failed immigration policy and the Sweden Democrats’ proposal to change it. The following is a summary of his comments:
The Sweden to which Gholam Ali Pour and his family immigrated in 1987 after fleeing political persecution in Iran differs markedly from today’s nation. Whereas previously the native Swedish population had a “positive attitude” towards the migrants, the current critical attitude is due to the prevalence of culturally and ethnically segregated areas, populated by immigrants, that are violent and crime-ridden. Frequent muggings, gang violence, shootings, and even exploding bombs are a result of failed liberal migration policies that have injured many innocent bystanders.
Politicians exacerbated the problem by encouraging multiculturalism while ignoring the escalating social and cultural problems, many of which are connected to unemployment. A notable byproduct of the policy failures that now dominate public life in Sweden is the spread of Islamization. Promoted by the “leftist establishment” narrative that “Islam is part of the Swedish cultural heritage,” multiculturalists ignore the fact that there was no mosque in Sweden prior to 1976. Challenging these falsehoods earns you the left’s denunciation and being labeled a “racist or [an] Islamophobe.”
One Sunday, two brothers, Hillel and Yagel Yaniv, young men with a bright future ahead of them were murdered while stuck in traffic in the Muslim village of Hawara in Israel. The locals celebrated their crime by singing, handing out candy and shooting off fireworks in the air.
“Every day, yes! – every single day – at least 20 Jewish cars get stoned while driving through Hawara,” Shmuel Sackett, the head of a tree-planting foundation, wrote.
1,600 Israeli Jewish families have to travel the road that goes through the village. Stoning cars, he clarified, means “throwing bricks and dropping cinder blocks from rooftops.”
“Imagine a young mother with 3 children in her car, driving home from the supermarket. As she is driving, a brick comes crashing through her windshield. The shock of what happened is enough to give her a heart attack! The children start screaming, there is broken glass everywhere, but she cannot stop for help… because she’s in the middle of Hawara with a mob just waiting to finish the job.”
That evening, some Jewish residents showed up to protest in Hawara. And some did more than protest. They set the junk cars in a nearby lot on fire. A few threw stones and smashed things. The terrorists claim that one of their own was killed in the rioting, but that is suspect.
The outrage that ensued was everything that had been entirely absent from the terrorist killings of 14 Israelis this year, including an American, Elan Ganeles, who was killed the next day.
Biden’s State Department spokesman Ned Price blasted what he falsely called, “the wide scale and indiscriminate violence by settlers against Palestinians civilians” and demanded that Israel “ensure full accountability and prosecute those responsible for the attacks in addition to compensation for the property.”
This comes as the Biden administration has not only failed to demand accountability from the Palestinian Authority, but continues to fund the terrorists killing Jews.
Nobody expected anything else from the Biden administration or the media. An optimist might have expected more from American Jews.
The Sabbath of that week was the one known as ‘Zachor’ or ‘Remember’ during which the biblical verses from (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) commemorating an attack on the freed Jewish slaves leaving Egypt are read. “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way, when you went out of Egypt, how he happened upon you on the way and cut off all the stragglers at your rear.”
In Judaism, those verses are so important that everyone must come to the synagogue to hear them. Long before the Holocaust, ‘Never Again’ was engraved with burning letters in the Bible. That reading was followed by the story of King Shaul who was removed from ruling over Israel because he had taken pity on the Amalekite king. The Prophet Samuel, an old man, takes up the sword and does what the king failed to do and executes him, stating bluntly, “As your sword bereaved women, so will your mother be bereaved among women.” (Samuel 1 15:33)
In one of the larger and wealthier Modern Orthodox synagogues in the Los Angeles area, the rabbi’s sermon was not on the subject of these politically incorrect readings even though they represent a unique religious obligation for which many of the congregants had come to the synagogue. Nor did the murder of Elan Ganeles, who had been part of the same Modern Orthodox movement, among the fourteen Jews murdered by terrorists just that year, come up.
Instead, like the rabbis of a number of other Modern Orthodox congregations, he denounced “vigilantes” and the way they had disgraced the Jewish people by taking the law into their own hands, and spoke at length of how terrible it was for Jews to fight back in such a manner.
Over the Purim week, I’ve heard stories of similar condemnations of ‘vigilantism’ delivered in mellifluous tones from the pulpits of prosperous synagogues resting in suburban enclaves.
That Sabbath was the gateway to the Jewish holiday of Purim which relates how the Jews gathered en masse and wreaked havoc on those who had plotted to exterminate them.
“And the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword and with slaying and destruction,” Megilat Esther, the Scroll of Esther, relates. That’s more than a junk car lot fire.
The Los Angeles Jewish community recently panicked over shootings which wounded two men. Its synagogues are protected by extensive armed security. How would American Jews react if such shootings were an everyday occurrence, not an aberration? What might they be willing to do if they watched those around them be battered, shot and killed week after week?
“After the brutal murder, candies and sweets were handed out, cake was distributed, and people were singing. When did all this stop?” Sackett wrote of what happened in the Muslim village after the riot. “Since that day, not one rock has been thrown at Jewish cars.”
The ethical question of when people may take the law into their hands is a difficult one. Violence should never be an easy answer, but when things get bad enough, it can be inescapable. And those who live privileged lives of comfort and security could at least try to envision what life is like for those under the gun.
American Jews, even those in the Modern Orthodox community, remain crippled by liberal niceties, by the conviction that violence is something only the ‘bad guys’ commit.
“How can such a thing happen? How could it come to this, that Jewish young men should ransack and burn homes and cars?” Rabbi Moshe Hauer, the Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union, deplored.
After constant terrorism, it’s more of a wonder that so few go out and do such things.
But on a Purim long ago, Jewish young men did far worse in Shushan. And King Shaul was deposed by the word of G-d not because he went too far, but didn’t go far enough.
Mindlessly deploring violence, regardless of the circumstances, is not a Jewish value.
The Torah warns against needless violence, but it also commands it if the situation calls for it. Some Modern Orthodox Jews have so absorbed liberal pieties that they are shocked and horrified by violence and have lost touch with Jewish values. They agonized over the video of some of the rioters praying ‘Maariv’ as if there were an innate contradiction with reciting ‘Aleinu’: derived from the prayer recited by Joshua when entering to conquer the land of Israel.
It’s understandable for people who live comfortable lives to deplore violence and ugliness, but there’s something deeply troubling when there’s more moral outrage directed at Jews burning junk cars in the village of their killers than at the killers. That isn’t morality speaking, it’s shame.
Modern Orthodox Jews who fall into the trap of holding Israeli Jews to one standard and their Arab Muslim attackers to a much lower one are duplicating the infamous Israel double standard. Under such double standards, survival becomes all but impossible. If the targets of terrorism are chained down by liberal pieties with everything expected of them and nothing of their enemies, that’s not morality, it’s a suicide pact. And there’s nothing Jewish about a suicide pact. either.
The ugly reality is that violence works. Building a society that transcends violence requires the cooperation of both sides. Without such cooperation, civilization doesn’t exist, neither does law and order. Israeli law, or that of any country, is completely inadequate to such a problem. The Israeli military or security service going in to occasionally arrest a few terrorists is a band-aid.
In a tribal society, tribal violence is a natural resort. Last fall, the Druze, a Muslim minority group in Israel, threatened to storm an Arab Muslim city after terrorists kidnapped one of their own from the hospital and tried to hold him hostage. Druze men brandished rifles and warned that if the body wasn’t returned to the family, they would take it. The Hawara rioters played by those rules. Unless a new Israeli government can cut a better deal than tribal violence, that may be the reality. Governments exist, among other things, to protect people from violence. If they show that they are unwilling and unable to systemically do so, they leave their people no other choice.
And American Jews would do better to understand than to sanctimoniously condescend.
Jews, even pro-Israel Jews, all too often embody Robert Frost’s line, “a liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.” Those who condemned the protesters, while offering hardly a thought for their killers, boasted that they “been accused of being blindly pro-Israel” in the past, but now they had disproven it. There is nothing shameful about being “blindly pro-America”, “pro-Israel” or “pro-civilization” when faced with a struggle to the death. It’s a liberal fallacy to think that objectivity is the way to confront the moral issues that arise when trying to survive.
American liberal Jews have all too easily forgotten what life and death struggles look like. They panic when they see Jews fighting back and condemn even the mildest reactions with far more outrage than they do the terrorists who are murdering them. That perhaps is why ‘Zachor’ or ‘Remember’ had to be a divine mandate. Most peoples would not need to be ordered to remember to strike back, but Jews are uncomfortable with such things and easily forget.
A voice from heaven had thundered, “Remember!” while a thousand smaller voices still command, “Forget”.
“Paris: a man on file S arrested after disrupting a religious service,” translated from “Paris : un homme fiché S arrêté après avoir perturbé un office religieux,” by Aude Blacher, France 3, March 17, 2023 (thanks to Medforth):
A man was arrested on Thursday after disrupting a religious service. The man, who is registered under an S-file, is suspected of causing damage to property at a church in the thirteenth arrondissement of Paris.
A man, who has a record of Islamist radicalization, was arrested Thursday morning, in the Saint-Hippolyte church located on avenue de Choisy in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Agitated, he “disturbed the religious service,” according to a police source.
He is also suspected of having stolen a Plexiglas crucifix, two meters high, located inside the church the day before. This crucifix supported a wooden Christ dating from the 17th century.
This religious piece, which is said to have come loose during the theft, was found “broken into several pieces” on a nearby street corner, according to the same police source. The parish would not comment on these events. The suspect was taken to the psychiatric infirmary of the Paris police headquarters, his condition not being considered compatible with his police custody.
Eight churches vandalized since January Last Friday, a man had already been arrested after uttering threats and insults in three Parisian churches, in Saint-Vincent-de Paul in the 10th arrondissement, in Saint-Nicolas-des Champs in the 3rd arrondissement then in Saint-François -Xavier in the 7th arrondissement. Since January, eight churches have suffered damage in the capital.
Faced with these acts, the town hall should soon meet the diocese of Paris. In the Council of Paris, the Changer Paris group has just asked for the implementation of measures to strengthen the security of religious buildings.
In particular, the group would like the police to ensure reinforced surveillance in front of places of worship and the installation of equipment to secure them.
With the spread of radical Islam like bonfire in Europe, Jews have become the most threatened population, while according to experts, by 2048, when Israel will celebrate its one hundred years, the last Jew will leave Europe and possibly migrate to Israel or any other country.
Norway risks becoming a country without a Jewish population,” says an editorial in Aftenposten. According to the newspaper, 20 percent of the two largest communities (Oslo and Trondheim) have left. “Norway could be the first country in Europe to become jüdenfrei,” wrote journalist Julie Bindel. The synagogues of Oslo and Trondheim are the most protected buildings in all of Norway.
The Jewish community of Holland are forced to emigrate to avoid harassment by young Muslim fanatics, especially Muslim migrants from Morocco and Pakistan.
Eldad Beck in an article in Israel’s newspaper, Israel Hayom said, in the last 50 years, the Jewish population in Europe has decreased by 60 percent and a similar decline is expected in the next 30 years.
Robert Wistrich, late great Holocaust historian who headed the International Center for Anti-Semitism Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said European Jewry still had 10 to 20 years to live. “It’s over. It’s a slow death”.
According to scholars, in France there are cities, such as Grenoble, from which half of the Jewish community fled, while in Nice, which was home to the fourth largest Jewish community, Jews dropped from 20,000 to 5,000. In Lyon, as the chief rabbi recently said, “only the Jews remain who are too old or too poor to move”.
In Toulouse, a large part of the Jewish community arrived after the Islamic ethno-religious cleansing of North Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. What they fled followed them into the Midi-Pyrenees and now it’s time to leave again, as elsewhere in Europe. Hundreds of Jewish families left Toulouse and the president of the Jewish community, Arié Bensemhoun, advised young people to leave the city. Toulouse had up to 20,000 Jewish people. Today there are 10,000 left.
Denmark’s Jewish community has lost 25 percent of members in the past 15 years, chairman Finn Schwarz told the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
Joël Rubinfeld, president of the Ligue belge contre l’antisémitisme, tells Paris Match that “there is a good chance, in twenty years, of ending up with a jüdenrein Belgium”.
Semen Gorelick, chairman of the Jewish community in the German state of Brandenburg said, “I don’t want to live in a country whose chancellor brings in millions of anti-Semitic Muslims who attack Jews and Jewish institutions in Germany. You can’t live in a country where you can’t wear a kippah on the street. Most Jews in Germany today are Ukrainian, Russian or Israelis looking for work. And Jews are hiding in Bonn, Potsdam, Bochum and the rest of the country.
Samuel Hayek, chairman of the Jewish National Fund, shocked England: “Jews have no future in the UK”, said Hayek, who has lived in the UK for 40 years and is one of the country’s most famous philanthropists. Britain’s Muslim population could triple in the next 20 years and reach 13 million by 2050. “I’m not against any minority or against Muslims in the UK or in Europe, but against anyone who spreads hatred”, Hayek said.
It may be mentioned here that, Muslims are gradually spreading radical Islam throughout Britain while a vast area in London has already fallen into the grips of Muslims, who are enforcing sharia rule in a secularist England. In Birmingham, Muslim influence in on an alarming rise, while seeds of jihadism are being spread from mosques, madrassas and so-called Islamic centers.
It was also reported in the media that a large number of Iran-funded Shiite mosques in Europe, including UK are engaged in “Islamic prostitution” as well as espionage activities, while these mosques also are extending cooperation to various terrorist and jihadist outfits, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Some of the mosques, madrassas and charities in England are directly funding and patronizing terrorist and jihadist groups in Jammu & Kashmir, while an UK charity named ‘Tehreek-e-Kashmir’, which maintains connections with Milli Muslim League, Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir and Lashkar-e-Taiba has been running a school in Bangladesh’s Jamalpur district.
Natan Sharanksy, the former Soviet refusnik, said: “We are witnessing the beginning of the end of Jewish history in Europe”.While Jews are leaving Europe, Muslims are entering like flood-water and gradually expanding the vicious network of radical Islam and jihadism with the nefarious agenda of an Islamist conquest of the West.
Facing attacks, arrest and discrimination in Tunisia, sub-Saharan African migrants are fleeing the country as a government crackdown on illegal immigration spirals into vigilante violenceagainst Black people.
In the weeks since the Tunisian government began rounding up sub-Saharan Africans unable to furnish residency papers—and since President Kais Saied made racist and xenophobic remarks echoing the white-nationalist “great replacement” conspiracy theory — migrants have been attacked on the streets, thrown out of their homes, and suspended or fired from their jobs.
Saied, who was elected in 2019 and has since consolidated power and presided over a crackdown on his critics, in February turned his ire on sub-Saharan Africans in the country, accusing them of taking part in a conspiratorial plot to change Tunisia’s demographics to make it “only an African country that has no affiliation to Arab and Islamic nations.”
In remarks to national security advisers on Feb. 21, published on the presidency’s website, Saied blamed “hordes of irregular migrants” for violence and crime, in what critics called an attempt to scapegoat immigrants for the country’s problems and distract from his government’s arrests of opposition leaders.
Concerns that his rhetoric would embolden Tunisians to attack or otherwise persecute Black residents have been borne out. Racist hate speech has proliferated online — as have accounts of sub-Saharan African migrants finding themselves suddenly homeless or jobless, as landlords and employers cite worries they could face legal repercussions. In an interview with Tunisian television station Attessia last month, Houssemeddine Jebabli, spokesman for the Tunisian National Guard, threatened with arrest those who employ or provide accommodations to unauthorized immigrants.
Human Rights Watch has received reports of an uptick in violence and discrimination directed at Black residents, said Salsabil Chellali, the global rights organization’s Tunisia director. These include accounts of groups of Tunisians gathering outside buildings housing sub-Saharan African migrants to intimidate them, in some cases throwing stones or lighting fires. Other Black migrants have been attacked or had their property stolen or vandalized, Chellali said, and Black international students at universities have faced harassment, driving some to remote coursework.
Black migrants have long racism in Tunisia, she said, “but really the speech of the president has fanned the flames.”
As conditions worsen, some migrants are camping in front of their embassies or the Tunis headquarters of the International Organization for Migration, a United Nations agency. Countries including the Ivory Coast, Mali and Guinea have begun airlifting citizens out.
The British navy seized anti-tank missiles and fins for ballistic missile assemblies during a raid on a small boat heading from Iran likely to Yemen, authorities said Thursday, the latest such seizure in the Gulf of Oman.
The seizure by the Royal Navy comes after other seizures by French and U.S. forces in the region as Western powers increase their pressure on Iran, as it now enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels. It also comes as regional and international powers try to find an end to the yearslong war gripping Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, and as Iran arms Russia in its war on Ukraine.
The raid took place Feb. 23 after an American aircraft detected a small boat heading from Iran, with a helicopter from the Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster giving chase to the vessel, the British Defense Ministry said. The boat tried to reenter Iranian territorial water, but was stopped before it could.
Inside the boat, British troops found Russian 9M133 Kornet anti-tank guided missiles, known in Iran as “Dehlavieh,” the U.S. Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet and the British navy said. Those weapons have been seen in other seizures suspected to be from Iran and bound for Yemen.
Also on board were small fins that the U.S. Navy identified as jet vanes for medium-range ballistic missiles. Iranian components have helped build a missile arsenal for Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who have held the country’s capital, Sanaa, since 2014.
A United Nations resolution bans arms transfers to Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Tehran long has denied arming the rebels, despite physical evidence, numerous seizures and experts tying the weapons back to Iran.
“This seizure by HMS Lancaster and the permanent presence of the Royal Navy in the Gulf region supports our commitment to uphold international law and tackle activity that threatens peace and security around the world,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said.
Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the commander of the American 5th Fleet, said in a statement that this was the “seventh illegal weapon or drug interdiction in the last three months and yet another example of Iran’s increasing malign maritime activity across the region.”
After Tunisia’s President Kais Saied made an “anti-migrant” and “racist” speech regarding migrants from African states, students from sub-Saharan African states living in Tunisia fear for their lives amid rising anti-black sentiments.
On Wednesday, the Association of African Students and Interns in Tunisia (AESAT), the largest official student association of sub-Saharan Africans in Tunisia, urged its members not to go out except for emergencies and always carry their credential papers.
“The average Internet user does not distinguish between documented African students and undocumented migrants; this translates on the ground into intimidation and aggression,” read the French press release published by AESAT on Wednesday.
The North African country was scandaled Tuesday after Saied declared migrants’ presence in Tunisia was “a criminal project” seeking to erase “Tunisia’s Arab and Islamic identity.”
Saied stressed that the state will step up security operations against “illegal” migrants living in Tunisia.
Over the past few days, several students from Sub-Saharan countries were arrested despite their legal situation, according to AESAT.
“Although they were eventually released, one of them spent six days in detention, half of which were without food. Therefore, it is not surprising that students do not dare to file a complaint during attacks for fear of being victims of these unjustified arrests,” AESAT noted in the press release.
Racism is not new in Tunisian society. Last year, a BBC Arabic survey found that 80% of people in Tunisia believe that racial discrimination is a prevailing feature of life in the country.
However, Tunisian activists say Saied’s racist comments will greenlight hate crimes against migrants and legitimise racist behaviours against black people in the country.
Over social media, several black Tunisians voiced fears of being targeted in public if mistaken for Sub-Saharan migrants.
“I was with my family, who came from other regions in Tunisia, in the cemetery to bury my uncle, and we are all dark-skinned. I was surprised when a police patrol stopped and asked me when they recognised me what all those black people doing there and if they are causing any trouble,” wrote a Facebook user, who said he is still shocked that his family experienced racist profiling in their own country.
The black community in Tunsia represents between 10 and 15 per cent of the total population, with most residing in the country’s south.
The community remain almost wholly absent from public life and employment, including government positions and other senior roles.
MK Amichai Chikli (Likud) shared on Twitter a photo of dead corpses at a Nazi concentration camp posted by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), which claimed to depict an Israeli massacre of Palestinians.
“The racist BDS Movement breaks a Guiness record, uses a picture from the German concentration camp of Nordhausen to lie about a fictional massacre during Israel’s War of Independence. Holocaust distortion, appropriation and denial, further victimizing Jewish people. Pure evil,” Chikli tweeted.
“Rows of bodies of dead inmates fill the yard of Lager Nordhausen, a Gestapo concentration camp. This photo shows less than half of the bodies of the several hundred inmates who died of starvation or were shot by Gestapo men,” Chikli added.
The lie of “Israel apartheid” was dreamt up in Moscow during the Cold War and driven home by a relentless Soviet propaganda campaign until it took hold in the United Nations and across the Middle East and the West. This included the repeated comparison of Israel with South Africa in Soviet media and in books such as Zionism and Apartheid, an official state publication of Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union.
When Israel was re-established in 1948, following UN General Assembly Resolution 181, the new state initially pursued a policy of non-alignment. Surrounded by enemies, it needed economic support and arms from either or both the USA and USSR or their allies. Given the socialist political influences in Israel, Soviet leadership expected the country would turn toward communism and align with the USSR, thus strengthening Soviet power in the Middle East and its wider competition with the West. One of Stalin’s main reasons for quickly recognizing Israel in 1948 was the intention to use it to undermine British dominion in the Middle East.
Israel Aligns with the West
Even with significant Soviet covert and overt efforts to lure Israel into its fold, this may have been a vain hope from the beginning. In any case, the pressures of the Cold War in the 1950s, as well as domestic political considerations and concerns over antisemitism inside the Soviet Union, led Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion to align his country with the West, beginning with support for US-led UN intervention in Korea, against the Soviet will.
Israel’s participation with the United Kingdom and France in the 1956 Suez campaign further alienated the Soviet government, which wrote a letter to Jerusalem (as well as to Paris and London) threatening rocket attacks and promising direct military support to the Egyptian army.
The breakdown in Israel-Soviet relations was later compounded by Israel’s defensive victories against the Arabs in 1967 and again in 1973. Over this period, hope of Israel becoming a Soviet client had steadily evaporated. Arab armies sponsored, trained, and equipped by the USSR had been humiliated by American-armed Israelis, and so had Moscow. Thus, the Soviets progressively developed a policy of undermining Israel. Their primary objective was to use the country as a weapon in their Cold War struggle against the United States and the West.
The Kremlin understood that conventional attacks against Israel could not succeed, so instead focused on using Arabs as terrorist proxies, directing, training, funding, and arming groups like the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), PFLP-General Command (PFLP-GC), Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and Fatah to carry out attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets, including wave after wave of aircraft hijacking.
General Ion Pacepa, chief of Romania’s foreign intelligence service, played a significant role in Soviet bloc operations directed against Israel and the US. In 1978, he became the highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to defect from the Soviet sphere and, among many secret revelations, provided details of KGB operations against Israel. Pacepa says the chairman of the KGB, Yuri Andropov (later Leonid Brezhnev’s successor as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party), told him:
We needed to instill a Nazi-style hatred for the Jews throughout the Islamic world, and to turn this weapon of the emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel and its main supporter, the United States.”
Islam was obsessed with preventing the infidels’ occupation of its territory, and it would be highly receptive to our characterization of the US Congress as a rapacious Zionist body aiming to turn the world into a Jewish fiefdom.
In other words, he knew that the Arabs would be easy tools in the anti-Israel propaganda war and were already playing their part. Their work only needed to be focused, intensified, and funded.
To achieve its objectives, the Kremlin devised Operation SIG, a disinformation campaign intended “to turn the whole Islamic world against Israel and the US.” Pacepa reported that by 1978, under Operation SIG, the KGB had sent some 4,000 Soviet bloc “agents of influence” into Islamic countries to help achieve this. They also printed and circulated vast amounts of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda, including the fabricated, antisemitic text The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, translated into Arabic.
Changing the Game
As well as mobilizing the Arabs to the Soviet cause, Andropov and his KGB colleagues needed to appeal to the democratic world. To do so, the Kremlin decided to turn the conflict from one that sought simply to destroy Israel into a struggle for human rights and national liberation from an illegitimate American-sponsored imperialist occupier. They set about transforming the narrative of the conflict from religious jihad — in which Islamic doctrine demands that any land that has ever been under Muslim control must be regained for Islam — to secular nationalism and political self-determination, something far more palatable to Western democracies. This would provide cover for a vicious terrorist war, even garnering widespread support for it.
To achieve their goal, the Soviets had to create a Palestinian national identity that did not hitherto exist and a narrative that Jews had no rights to the land and were naked aggressors. According to Pacepa, the KGB created the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the early 1960s, as they had also orchestrated so-called national liberation armies in several other parts of the world. He says the 1964 Palestinian National Charter was drafted in Moscow. This document was fundamental to the invention and establishment of an artificial Palestinian nationhood.
The PLO Is Created
The initial charter did not claim the West Bank or the Gaza Strip for “Palestine.” In fact, it explicitly repudiated any rights to these lands, falsely recognizing them respectively as Jordanian and Egyptian sovereign territories. Instead, the PLO claim was to the rest of Israel. This was amended after the 1967 war, when Israel ejected the illegal Jordanian and Egyptian occupiers, and the West Bank and Gaza for the first time were re-branded as Palestinian territory.
The first mention of a “Palestinian people” to mean Arabs in Palestine appeared in the 1964 charter. Previously, and particularly during the League of Nations/United Nations Mandate for Palestine 1919-1948, “Palestinians” had been commonly used to describe Jews living in the territory.
Zuheir Mohsen, a senior PLO leader, admitted in 1977:
The Palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity… Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons.
This reality has been publicly supported, sometimes inadvertently, in statements by several other Palestinian leaders. Quoted by Alan Hart in his 1984 book, Arafat: A Political Biography, PLO leader Yasser Arafat himself said: “The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasir Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel.”
Moscow first took its campaign to brand Israeli Jews as the oppressors of their invented “Palestinian people” to the UN in 1965. Its attempts to categorize Zionism as racism failed then, but succeed almost a decade later in the infamous UN General Assembly Resolution 3379. Its determination that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination” was revoked under US pressure in 1991 but by then had gained great traction and is frequently cited today by anti-Israel campaigners.
The Mitrokhin documents [notes of KGB archivist and later defector Vasili Mitrokhin] show that both Yasser Arafat, and his successor as PLO chief, Mahmoud Abbas, now president of the Palestinian Authority, were KGB agents. Both were instrumental in the KGB’s disinformation operations as well as its terrorist campaigns.
Moscow, through Egypt, had installed Arafat as leader of the PLO in 1969 and its support kept him there in the face of internal dissent following the PLO’s expulsion from Jordan in 1970. According to Pacepa:
In 1969 the KGB asked Arafat to declare war on American ‘imperial-Zionism’… It appealed to him so much, Arafat later claimed to have invented the imperial-Zionist battle cry. But in fact, ‘imperial-Zionism’ was a Moscow invention, a modern adaptation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and long a favorite tool of Russian intelligence to foment ethnic hatred. The KGB always regarded antisemitism plus anti-imperialism as a rich source of anti-Americanism…
Arafat and Abbas
Moscow had assigned to Romania the task of supporting the PLO, and Pacepa was Arafat’s handler during his KGB career. He provided Arafat with $200,000 of laundered cash every month throughout the 1970s. Pacepa also facilitated Arafat’s relationship with Romanian President Nicolae Ceaușescu, a master propagandist who had been given the job of schooling him in hoodwinking the West. For his dealings with Washington, Ceaușescu told Arafat in 1978: “You simply have to keep on pretending that you’ll break with terrorism and that you’ll recognize Israel — over, and over, and over.”
Ceaușescu’s advice was reinforced by North Vietnamese communist General Vo Nguyen Giap, whom Arafat met several times: “Stop talking about annihilating Israel and instead turn your terror war into a struggle for human rights. Then you will have the American people eating out of your hand.” (David Meir-Levi, History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression)
An internal KGB document among the Mitrokhin archives reported: “Krotov [Mahmoud Abbas’s cover-name] is an agent of the KGB.” The KGB definition of agents is those who “consistently, systematically and covertly carry out intelligence assignments, while maintaining secret contact with an official in the agency.”
Among other tasks, Abbas was used by the KGB to spread propaganda accusing “Western Imperialism and Zionism” of cooperating with the Nazis. He attended a Moscow university controlled by the KGB in the early 1980s.There, under the supervision of his professor who later became a senior communist politician, Abbas wrote a doctoral dissertation denying the Holocaust and accusing Zionists of assisting Hitler.
Abbas is now entering the 18th year of his four-year elected term of office. Like his predecessor Arafat, his consistent rejection of every offer of peace with Israel, while concurrently talking the talk about peace and sponsoring terrorism, shows the residual influence of his Soviet masters.
The KGB disinformation campaign transformed the image of Israel from regional underdog, surrounded by powerful enemies, into widely hated colonialist oppressor and occupier of the downtrodden Palestinian people, a narrative that remains as strong as ever today.
Meanwhile the Palestinian movement created by Moscow, in the words of American historian David Meir-Levi, is “the only national movement for political self-determination in the entire world, and across all of world history, to have the destruction of a sovereign state and the genocide of a people as its only raison d’etre.” This remains explicit in Hamas’s charter, while somewhat more opaque in the Soviet-influenced utterances of Abbas’s Palestinian Authority, especially those directed towards the West.
Moscow’s campaign was significantly undermined by the 2020 rapprochement between Israel and several Arab states. The lesson here is the importance of American political will against authoritarian propaganda, which led to the game-changing Abraham Accords. Had this project been vigorously pursued after its initial success, it might have eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet-initiated Palestinian project and perhaps a form of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. It might yet achieve that if the U.S. again musters the resolve to carry it through.
Meanwhile the December UN General Assembly vote and the UN Human Rights Council’s determination to brand Israel a racist, apartheid state prove that the Soviet Cold War narrative remains alive and well. Most Western nations also still slavishly follow the Soviet program.
Increasing media-driven erosion of popular support for Israel in the US, and the suppurating divisions it causes, are evidence of the Soviet ghosts’ success against their primary target: America.
Paying the Price
The chief victims, however, have been Palestinian Arabs, whose lives have been worsened; and Jews in the diaspora who have suffered immeasurable antisemitism based on Soviet-initiated propaganda. The former may not have been intended but would have been of no concern to Moscow; the latter was very much part of the plan.
Israelis of course have paid a great price for KGB-inspired terrorism and propaganda but have survived and flourished even under such enormous pressure. North Vietnamese General Giap, who once advised Arafat as we have seen, has an explanation for this, as recounted by Dr. Eran Lerman, former Israeli deputy national security adviser. According to Giap:
The Palestinians are always coming here and saying to me, ‘You expelled the French and the Americans. How do we expel the Jews?’ I tell them that the French went back to France and the Americans to America. But the Jews have nowhere to go. You will not expel them.
Col. Richard Kemp is a former British Army Commander and head of the international terrorism team in the U.K. Cabinet Office. He now is a writer and speaker on international and military affairs, and a Jack Roth Charitable Foundation Fellow at Gatestone Institute. A version of this article appeared on the Gatestone Institute website.
Iranian protesters held a rally outside the Imam Ali Mosque north of Stockholm, demanding the closure of the center, calling it “Islamic Republic’s espionage nest.”
The protesters paid homage to the victims killed by the Islamic Republic, lighting candles, and placing flowers next to their photos.
About two million of Sweden’s population is made up of immigrants with different religions, and the government provides financial assistance to their religious centers, including the Imam Ali Mosque in Stockholm, affiliated to the Islamic Republic.
However, Iranians living in Sweden, human rights and political activists believe Imam Ali Mosque is not a place of worship, but a “nest of espionage for the Islamic Republic”.
In the past year, Swedish media published numerous reports about Imam Ali and other mosques, including in Malmö, saying that temporary marriages are practiced in these mosques, calling it “legal prostitution”.
Some Swedish parliamentarians have also called for the closure of such places because, according to them, these mosques, specifically the Imam Ali Mosque, receive funding from non-democratic governments such as the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In the past weeks, Iranians also gathered in front of the Islamic Center in Frankfurt and Hamburg, calling them dens of Islamic Republic espionage and demanding their closure.
In the meantime, Iranians living in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin, Copenhagen, Auckland, etc., held gatherings on Saturday to express support for the Iranian people’s uprising against the Islamic Republic.