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December 04, 2005

Kevin Sites and the problem with journalists

Kevin Sites was the NBC cameraman who taped the shooting of a wounded jihadist in Fallujah. Yahoo! News hired him some time ago, but I only just got around to looking at his website. Therein is perhaps the most pompous statement I've ever heard from any journalist:

"We strongly believe, as stated in the preamble of this code, "that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy."

One wonders how there was justice or democracy prior to journalists and their ethics codes. Perhaps there wasn't?

Personally, I think these guys have a lot more to do with justice and democracy than cretins like Sites:

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November 07, 2005

Moderate French Islamic establishment blames Jews, Nazis

IslamOnline adds a bit of information on the Union of French Islamic Organizations fatwa against rioting that every other media outlet seems to have neglected to mention:

UOIF's chairman Lhaj Thami Breze cast doubt over the parties behind the accelerating violence.

He accused several parties, including far-rightists and Zionist lobby, of fishing in the troubled water to "smear the image of Muslims and Arabs".

The Muslim leader said many of the incidents involving the burning of public properties remain ambiguous.

"The rioting, which started as a spontaneous reaction, is not like that anymore. Some parties are feeding these incidents," Breze charged.

"The perpetrators of such actions can never be Muslims," he averred.

To clarify, during the announcement of a religious edict banning Muslims from rioting, the chairman of the questions whether Muslims are actually involved - instead blaming the Jewish-Nazi alliance that exists only in the minds of the deranged.

This from the French government's last, best hope for fostering a moderate, tolerant Islam.

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Baghdad-on-the-Seine

The Independent has an interesting interview with some of the French Muslims involved in the rioting, which seems to back up some of what I said in my recent post at Winds of Change, Europe's coming conflagration:

Though he modestly declined the appellation, Abdelkarim is the local "caid" - the Arabic word means leader - and he happily boasted of the €2,000 which he makes from each car stolen. "You want prostitutes, DVD players, jewellery? I can get anything you want," he said.

One of his friends, Karim, aged 15, pulled back his sleeves to reveal gold bracelets and then opened his shirt to show a gold chain. Both nicked, he winked. Another boy held a mobile phone. "Come and look," he gestured, laughing. It was a short film of a Chechen guerrilla cutting off the head of a Russian soldier.
These are the people who since 27 October have had the French government running scared. Their grievances - racism, poverty, lack of jobs - have changed little since the first disturbances in the banlieues broke out more than 15 years ago, later portrayed in the 1996 film La Haine (Hatred).

But where before protesters demanded financial aid and change within the system, many of today's rioters seem motivated more by a nihilistic rejection of all that surrounds them. "I hate France, and the French hate us," said Abdelkarim. "The wicked get punished. See what happened after the Americans made war on Iraq? Allah sent the hurricane. We are getting our revenge."

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Meanwhile, there is the constant affront of being obliged to live in the bleak out-of-town estates that have become synonymous with deprivation and violence. Even before this latest wave of rioting, some 28,000 cars were burnt in small-scale riots in France in the first 10 months of the year. "From my window I can see the Eiffel Tower," said Abdelkarim. "But Paris is another world. This is Baghdad."

This confluence of criminality and jihadism will only become more pronounced. The rioting in France is the tip of the iceberg.

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October 30, 2005

Clampdown already being lifted

The Erez and Sufah crossings have been re-opened.

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The IAF's sonic boom campaign over Gaza

Would you believe that Israelis living near Gaza can hear the booms, too? And that it is having them same effect on them as the Arabs in Gaza?

“All day long there are booms. It is most frightening during the night; you have to sleep really well not to wake up from them," Kibbutz Nirim Secretary Horatio Winitzky says. “The children are scared because they don’t understand, but the adults are also afraid,” Winitzky adds. “We are trying to continue with the daily routine, but it is very unpleasant to live like this.”

Aryeh Itzik, a resident of nearby kibbutz Nir-Oz, which is situated along the border with Gaza south of the Kissufim crossing, told Ynet that, “Today (Saturday) the supersonic booms began at 7 a.m.; they were our wakeup call. The blasts occur every 20 minutes to an hour, and it sounds as though a bomb is falling right into the house.”

“Last week, on the eve of the second Sukkot holiday, the alert system was activated due to a real Qassam attack in the area, and we were told to remain in our homes. This was the first time something like this has happened since I came to the kibbutz in 1971,” he said.

Last week, in light of the Qassam warnings, we were prevented from working in the fields close to the (security) fence for two days; it is obvious that when you don’t tend to the fields for two days the produce is damaged.”

As was predicted, the frontline has simply shifted a bit. And the Israeli air force's sound-and-lights show over Gaza has done little but keep the people they're trying to protect awake at night.

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October 25, 2005

Mofaz to Rescind Ban on Arab Traffic on Gush Etzion Highway

...once the terrorists who carried out the recent drive-by are caught.

Obviously, as the only terrorists in the area with both a car and guns, the threat will be zero once the killers are caught.

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October 17, 2005

IDF will respond harshly to terror emanating from W. Bank

From the Jerusalem Post:

Israel will respond to West Bank terrorism the same way it responds to terrorism emanating from Gaza, a senior official in the Prime Minister's Office said

Empty buildings beware!

The Egyptians understand the government's response is temporary. From Ha'aretz:

Egypt: We hear once in a while that Israel, PA halted talks, but soon they restart (AP)

Meanwhile, Israel mulls another major unilateral withdrawal:

The government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been examining plans for a multi-stage unilateral withdrawal from as much as 90 percent of the West Bank.

Officials said the Defense Ministry and military have been reviewing a range of options for unilateral withdrawal in the West Bank by 2007. They said the National Security Council has drafted options for the removal of between 10,000 and 100,000 Jews from the area.

The people waiting for the hammer to fall are kidding themselves.

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October 12, 2005

Phillips on the Beeb

Melanie Phillips has a piece in her diary about the program described below.

It started neutrally enough, by describing the work of the CST in providing protection for the community and collating statistics about anti-Jewish incidents, and interviewed some Jews about attacks. But then it set out to demonstrate that the CST had exaggerated this problem by inflating its statistics. It produced no evidence to support this smear, merely assertions, and it was careful — with one notable exception — to use Jews to do so. One was Tony Lerman, whose undoubted knowledge of Jewish sociology has been vitiated in recent years by his conviction that there has been no increase in anti-Jewish feeling in this country and that anyone who says there has is merely trying to sanitise the crimes of Ariel Sharon. The other was a rabbi called Gluck who was involved in Jewish-Muslim dialogue and -- surprise surprise -- saw no evidence of anti-Jewish feeling whatsoever. These two individuals are utterly unrepresentative of the mainstream Jewish community.

Read it all.

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October 11, 2005

UK Jews charge 'bias' in BBC peace series

From the Jerusalem Post:

The trailer in question heralded, “The story of how Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Barak persuaded President Clinton to devote his last 18 months in office to helping make peace with Yasser Arafat. But Barak got cold feet twice. Then Ariel Sharon took a walk around Jerusalem’s holiest mosques, and peacemaking was over.

So first Barak was too cowardly to make peace, then Sharon destroyed the opportunity. Note that this was five years ago. History is being re-written astonishingly quickly, and the BBC is perhaps the example.

Check this shit out:

A senior BBC source derided the complaint, telling The Jerusalem Post that such is the situation with constant and often inaccurate complaints that many inevitably are given perfunctory replies and little or no notice is taken of them. The Jewish community does itself no favours with these interventions, the source added, and as for writing in before a program has even been shown, that takes quite some hutzpa.

Yeah, shut up, Jews. Let us walk all over Israel.

There was a program on the Community Security Trust (CST), a British Jewish organisation, in which the BBC alleged that the Trust is inflating figures. Their single example was a synagogue being set on fire. The rabbi of the synagogue wasn't 100% sure the motive was antisemitic, as some local scum had been told to just before the time of the fire.

The narrator interview Melanie Phillips, who recounted how she had been at a dinner party, and someone had exclaimed "I hate the Jews". Phillips obviously took this to be antisemitic. But the Beeb cretin said that this person - who he had never met - meant Sharon and the Israeli government, for what they are supposedly doing to the Arabs. He made the point twice - it sure as hell didn't sound like devil's advocate.

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October 10, 2005

Multiple Choice

Who said it?

In the past, there was no independent Palestinian state; there was no independent Jordanian state; and so on. There were regions called Iraq or Egypt, but they were all part of one country. That is why it is not permitted to [agree to] establish separate countries, which was the case after the Sykes-Picot Agreement [1916].

Was it:

(a) Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defence League
(b) Yigal Amir, convicted of murdering Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
(c) Mahmoud Zahar, current leader of Hamas in Gaza

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October 07, 2005

Short on posts

Yeah, I know. I've been on a first aid course this week, which means I'm finishing later. Also, Hebrew is taking a fair bit of my time. That said, I've been doing it for six weeks and can read it with little difficulty. Don't have a clue what I'm reading, but...

Just busy is all.

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October 06, 2005

Happy Ramadan!

A near-miss in France:

French tighten security after alert over Paris terror attack

In fact, one of the arrested members of the cell confirmed the three targets and added that his group was planning attacks against other European countries. Also, some of the members of this group traveled to Lebanon to gain explosives expertise. And they even thought about launching a chemical or biological attack, using ricin but gave up because of the complexity of the technical aspect. France has been considering the GSPC -an offshoot of the GIA- as its biggest threat especially after July when the US informed the French about the alliance between Zarqawi and the GSPC. And also after the recent GSPC message qualifying France as number one enemy of the Algerian terror group.

Staying in Europe, a lot of concern about Zarqawi plans to strike within the month:

Europe braces for al-Qaeda strikes

European intelligence agencies are quietly warning of another major attack by Al Qaida.

European intelligence sources said at least one security agency in the European Union has received information of Al Qaida plans to strike either Britain, Italy or the Netherlands this month. The sources said insurgency cells in Europe were being directed by Abu Mussib Al Zarqawi, commander of Al Qaida in Iraq.

"European security services right now are obsessed with the problem of European Muslims going to Iraq and returning to their countries for violence," Daniel Byman, director of Center for Peace and Security Studies, said. "And this is a problem that's likely to grow in the coming years."

The planned Al Qaida strikes were meant to coincide with the Islamic fast month of Ramadan, expected to begin over the next 48 hours. Islamic insurgency groups have reserved Ramadan for major strikes in such places as Algeria, Iraq and Israel.

Across the pond to NYC:

NYC Increases Subway Security After Threat

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the threat originated overseas, and was the most specific terrorist threat city officials had received to date. No one in New York has been arrested or detained, he said.

A law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the threat is "specific to place, time and method" and involved a bombing.

And now to Oklahoma. Steve Schippert at Winds of Change has a good summary:

While caution should be exercised (several trusted sources have mentioned that something about the jihad angle doesn’t smell right), Gates of Vienna wonders, was it Jihad at the University of Oklahoma? The answer is unclear at best (or worst), but it should be noted that Hinrichs tried to buy Ammonium Nitrate and his backpack bomb was made with TATP , known to terrorists as the “Mother of Satan” for its volatility. If it is a favorite because it is so (relatively) easy to make, then it is not outside the realm of possibility that Hinrichs made his own unassisted. It did, after all, explode prematurely. Mark Tapscott questions the near-silence on the issue and Flopping Aces follows the story as well as any, with very frequent updates.

It could be a bad month.

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September 30, 2005

Police speak of frustration at limited cooperation from Muslim communities

Remember after the London bombings, the line put forward that now British Muslims understand the seriousness of the situation, they will be willing to assist anti-terror operations?

It isn't happening.

[Assistant Commissioner Andy] Hayman [the police officer in overall charge of London's anti-terrorist operation] also admitted that getting the Muslim community to trust the police was proving a long and difficult process.

"There has been progress but starting from a regrettably low baseline. We have close links with the Muslim community but the next step is getting them to share information. I fully understand how difficult that is, the repercussions of arrests and so on, but that has to be weighed against the mass loss of life that could result from further atrocities."

Two waves of bombings, dozens killed, and all committed by fish-and-chips-loving, cricket-playing British Muslims. If that doesn't convince British Muslims to co-operate with the police in preventing repeat performances, what will - if anything?

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September 27, 2005

Typo?

In a Ha'aretz story about Israel applying to the UNSC:

However, one of the conditions for Israel's joining WEOG was a promise that it would not request a seat on the Security Council if any other members of the group seeks a seat there at the same time. This condition means that Israel's application cannot be considered until 2108 at the earliest - the first year in which none of the other WEOG members will be a contender for a Security Council position. This fact did not diminish the feeling within the Israeli delegation.

I know the UN is slow to react, but 100 years? This has to be a typo.

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September 25, 2005

See what can be done with a little political will?

The past couple of days have demonstrated just how capable the Israeli military and intelligence forces are at fighting terror. After the barrage of Qassams in to Israel, the government authorised the military to respond. Since then, Israel has:

* struck five Hamas targets in Gaza, including Qassam workshops, terrorist cadres and a car carrying weapons

* arrested over 200 Hamas and PIJ members in Yehuda and Shomron, including the leader of Hamas in Y&S, Sheikh Hassan Yousef and 14 other senior terrorists

* eliminated a senior Islamic Jihad terrorist in Gaza in a missile strike (Sheikh Mohammed Khalil was behind the bloodthirsty murder of Tali Hateul and her daughters, in which she - a pregnant woman - and her children were shot at point-blank range).

Unless one accepts that intelligence solid enough to act on all of these targets arrived at once, what is clear is that Israel knew the locations of hundreds of terrorists, including senior members, and their infrastructure.

The pattern is familiar: terrorists attack Israel, Israeli government authorises what the IDF has been ready to do since the last attack, but the offensive stops. The terrorists regroup, and are successful sooner or later. Wash, rinse and repeat.

But here's a crazy notion. I'd bet good money that the list of targets the Israelis have is even longer than the one above. A lot longer. So why not keeping destroying infrastructure, killing leader and taking down cells until you have no more actionable intelligence?

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September 22, 2005

U.S. placed embargo on IDF chopper parts

Yet another example of the enduring strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship:

Former Shin Bet head Avi Dichter revealed Thursday that early on in Israel's institution of its policy of targeted assassinations, the United States had placed an embargo on replacement parts for the IDF's helicopters.

According to Israel Radio, Dichter said that the embargo was only lifted after the New York terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

Another example, from May 2003:

The sources said the State Department's proposed list of sanctions included an examination of the use of U.S. weapons in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel has employed such platforms as the AH-64A Apache helicopter, the AH-1G Cobra helicopter and the F-16 fighter-jet in air attacks on Palestinian insurgents.

Ah yes - the most pro-Israel president in history.

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Did the Leganes suicide squad really blow themselves up?

From Joe Aguilar, translating Libertad Digital:

The Goma-2 explosive found stuck to the bodies of the terrorists of Leganes could not have exploded.

Two bodies of the presumed suicidal terrorists of Leganes were found with plastic bags stuck to the waist in which there was between one and two kilos of Goma-2. Nevertheless, that explosive did not explode and was found intact, because it lacked initiator, as it gathers the police report. The corpses of those two alleged suicidal terrorists were found in the swimming pool, to where they were thrown by the force of the explosion. Judge Del Olmo did not know the report up to 13 months later.

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The violence of the explosion dispersed rests of the terrorists several meters away, sending some of them to the swimming pool. As it is reflected in the police report, the deactivation team came and drained the swimming pool finding fragments of two corpses:

"One of the bodies - the report details - had a plastic bag stuck to the body containing a kilogram of Goma-2, approximately; and the other also had another bag with about two kilograms of Goma-2, that had not exploded because they did not have initiator, - the TEDAX took away the explosives".

[...] [That was good, but this is even better:]

Moreover, the analyses of the biological rests, included in the summary, also reveals that rest of a third presumed suicide terrorist appeared adhered to the mattress with which, apparently, he tried to protect himself. This fact already was advanced by the public prosecutor of the case in a interview to diverse mass media in occasion of the first anniversary of the massacre. By that one then, the public prosecutor also said that the terrorists had plans to commit more attacks.

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[ ho ho ho ho ho a suicide bomber hidden under a mattress!
Finally, Luis del Pino asks himself some questions]

* What was what happened in Leganes?

* Were some of the presumed terrorists dragged to death by one of them, specially fanatical?

* Why does in the summary exist seriously contradictory versions the facts relative to the explosion of Leganés?

[This is Jimenez-Losantos's: was the body of the special operations officer that died there profanated in order to hide evidence?]

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A new partner?

Shabak head Yuval Diskin says that the PA is falling apart, and has no power to restrain terrorists. He also says that Fatah is in disarray.

"The Palestinian Authority is barely functional," Diskin said at his headquarters in Ramat Aviv. "(Abbas) has no apparatus to control Fatah. He is a general without soldiers. Giving him more weapons won't give Fatah strength. He needs more motivation."

With the PA/Fatah surely going to suffer in the upcoming 'elections', the world will need another partner for the continuation of the farce often referred to as the 'peace process'.

Perhaps that is the context in which we should look at the following items?

Rice: PA must disarm Fatah militias

"I think it would be a good start for the Palestinians, by the way, if they would disarm the militias of Fatah. That would be a good start. They have a roadmap obligation to disarm terrorist organizations and militias. But as a starting point, because I understand that there are complications with Hamas and there are questions about how capable they would be of actually insisting on disarmament of Hamas. They really do need to start getting, as Abbas has called it, one authority and one gun," said Rice.

Hamas: We'll rethink call to destroy Israel

"The charter is not the Koran," Mohammed Ghazal told Reuters in an interview in Nablus on Tuesday.

"Historically, we believe all Palestine belongs to Palestinians, but we're talking now about reality, about political solutions ... The realities are different."

The unprecedented comments by Mohammed Ghazal clashed with recent pronouncements of more senior Hamas officials in Gaza.

But they reflected an apparent shift in Hamas toward the political mainstream and to winning greater world acceptance in the run-up to Palestinian parliamentary elections and after Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip.

U.S. fails to block Hamas election participation

[Israeli officials] said Israel has been pressed by Washington to allow Hamas and other groups on the State Department terrorism list to run in the Palestinian elections.

"We have to confess that we failed to block Hamas from running in the elections," a senior Israeli official said. "The administration did not honor its promise to us and allowed the Palestinian Authority to include Hamas in the elections, even as it continues to stage terrorist attacks."

Officials said the United States has also failed to honor its commitment to ensure the dismantling of Palestinian insurgency groups in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. They said the administration has not linked U.S. aid to the PA to its crackdown against Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other insurgency groups.

Gaza: Terror groups pledge to end all armed parades

Terror groups have promised Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to end all military parades after Saturday, a Hamas official said Wednesday.

The official, Said Siam, said the groups made the commitment in a meeting with Abbas in Gaza City.

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Siam said the commitment did not mean the groups would give up their weapons.

See the post below for how Hamas has become more acceptable to the U.S. - I hardly need point out Europe's relaxed attitude towards Hamas's Jew-killing business.

The PA is virtually done for, and Fatah is likely to tear itself apart. Which would leave Hamas. Which seems more likely: the U.S. and the E.U. make-believe that Hamas can be talked to, or the West decides that a palestinian state is an impractical idea?

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September 21, 2005

The Fruits of 'Disengagement' - 'international goodwill', and other silly notions

The second given reason for ‘disengagement’ was the diplomatic benefits it would bring Israel. Unsurprisingly, the government Israel was most intent on gaining favour with was the Bush administration.

This is a quote from Prime Minister Sharon’s letter to President Bush, as a part of their exchange of letters in April 2004 (I’ll return to these letters presently):

The Disengagement Plan is designed to improve security for Israel and stabilize our political and economic situation. It will enable us to deploy our forces more effectively until such time that conditions in the Palestinian Authority allow for the full implementation of the Roadmap to resume. I attach, for your review, the main principles of the Disengagement Plan. This initiative, which we are not undertaking under the roadmap, represents an independent Israeli plan, yet is not inconsistent with the roadmap.

In essence, the ‘disengagement’ was intended to compliment the political process. This was the line put forward by Israeli spokesmen, and the government itself.

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September 18, 2005

The Fruits of 'Disengagement'

There were three main reasons given by the Israeli government in favour of the ‘disengagement’ from Gaza and northern Shomron. The first was an improved strategic situation. The second an improved diplomatic situation. To use Dov Weisglass’s term, the ‘disengagement’ would pour “formaldehyde” on the entire process. Israel would also have improved standing in the world at large. The third was the demographic argument. (As I know next to nothing about demography, I’ll refer you to this article on the true make-up of the population between the river and the sea.)

Together, these arguments were intended to convince right-wing Israelis – and their supporters – that the ‘disengagement’ was in keeping with their tough on terror position. For Sharon to keep the majority of the Israeli public on board, Likud members in particular, the government had to leave the impression that, while the scenes in Gaza might be terrible, the improvements in the security and diplomatic fields would be worth the sacrifice.

This post will look at the security situation. Next week’s will look at the diplomatic arena.

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