by Mark Tapson:
With a petition for Palestinian statehood presented before the United Nations last week, the issue of the disputed right to the land of Israel seems to many to be on the verge of an historic, if unsatisfying and controversial, resolution. But Dr. Arieh Eldad, a Member of Knesset and chairman of the Jewish nationalist Hatikva party, insists that the root of the issue is not territorial, and thus any peace plan based on the concept of dividing the land is destined for failure.
In his pamphlet titled simply “Jordan is Palestine,” Eldad writes
Dividing the land of Israel west of the Jordan into two states – Israel and a Palestinian state – has become the only political plan accepted for international and domestic (Israeli) discourse. This, despite dozens of failures in trying to implement it during the past ninety years. Every failed attempt has been accompanied by bloody conflict and/or war.
Recently Eldad – also chief medical officer and senior commander of the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps and a Brigadier-General in the IDF (Reserves) – expressed his iconoclastic opinions in a speech at Temple Ner Maarav in Encino, northwest of Los Angeles. Also entitled “Jordan is Palestine,” his presentation put forth what he calls the “simple truth” that the Jews, and not the Arabs, have an historic right to the land of Israel. “I’m all for ending the occupation,” he said. “We must end the occupation. Of course, I’m referring to the Muslim occupation of the land of Israel, starting in the seventh century.”
Shame on the parents who permit this crime against the mind of impressionable children.
By Jeff Poor – The Daily Caller:
On his weekly appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Thursday evening, Steyn agreed with the proposition that questions at the Republican presidential debates and forums regarding candidates’ religious beliefs were nothing more than effort to embarrass them.
“I think that’s all that’s going on,” Steyn said. “Nobody is really interested in any serious, meaningful theological discussion. The point is to raise the subject to tell secular independents or post-Christian members of the Congregational Church and the Episcopalian Church that these people are slightly freaky-deaky, way out of your comfort zone on this subject. And so it’s about hanging a label around them. And that’s what, in fact, a lot of the nonsense in the Republican debates is about. It’s not theological exploration or all the rest of it.”
by Kerry Patton:
The 11th branch of Iran’s Gilan Provincial Court upheld the apostasy conviction and execution sentencing of Christian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani this week. Social media accounts like Twitter have swarmed support for Pastor Nadarkhani. But where is the critically needed support from nation states—let alone, from where the Vatican?
The Vatican is an internationally recognized sovereign state with full diplomatic status. The Holy See has a legal personality under international law, giving it recognition as a sovereign state, which allows it to enter into treaties and to send and receive diplomatic representation. Knowing the Vatican has these powers, why hasn’t it spoken up on behalf of the Christian minister?
by Ryan Mauro:
Cain was asked by the United West about prosecuting the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust. These three organizations are Muslim Brotherhood fronts that were labeled by the federal government as “unindicted co-conspirators” in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation. The HLF was shut down for funding Hamas. The three Muslim Brotherhood fronts have tried to have their designations removed to no avail. On July 1, 2009, it was ruled that there was “ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF…and with Hamas.”
Lorne Gunter, National Post:
When I read Wednesday that the Nobel Women’s Initiative had managed to round up eight winners of the Peace Prize to condemn attempts by a Canadian company to build a pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries on the Gulf coast in Texas, my first thought was, “I hope for their sake they haven’t resurrected Rigoberta Menchu.”
But they had.
Menchu is a Mayan who was active in the resistance by her people against the violence and repression they suffered at the hands of Guatemala’s junta in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. She won the 1992 Nobel Peace prize for her 1983 memoir I, Rigoberta Menchu, a harrowing expose of the brutality apparently inflicted upon her and her family by Guatemalan death squads. Menchu allegedly dictated the book to a journalist because she had been denied schooling and was illiterate.
Except that rather than being a poor peasant, Menchu actually came from a fairly well-to-do family and instead of being illiterate, had attended a fairly expensive elementary school and junior high. Much of the rest of her story was made up, too.
When the long list of erroneous claims came to light, Menchu’s response was to dismiss her critics as racists and insist they were motivated to undermine efforts by indigenous people around the world to defend their human rights.
But even if Menchu’s Nobel had been awarded for bona fide reasons, what does a Central American resistance fighter know about Canada’s oil sands or the ecological merits of a pipeline?
The revolutionaries of the ‘noble savage’ crowd who invoke some fanciful ideas about class struggle and Gaia earth worship against the evils of resource exploitation are almost always a bunch of naive rich and indulged punks who know next to nothing about the world because they have been incubated in a bubble of privilege and excess. These are the same sanctimonious morons who abort their babies while lecturing the rest of us on the plight of Harp seals. Classic useful idiots.