Eyes on Gaza, tensions flare in Brooklyn -- NYT picks a ‘balanced’ episode where Jews attack Muslims

The imam Ayub Abdul-Baqi joined other religious and political leaders at the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge on Tuesday. Credit Michael Nagle for The New York Times

The worshipers, young and old, converged on mosques in Brooklyn this weekend, seeking olive green rugs on which to rest their knees, and pray. One week before the end of Ramadan, prayers rebounded off the walls with even more fervor than usual.

Then, Muslim leaders say, rancor that may have stemmed from the destruction in Gaza marred gatherings bookending two daily Ramadan fasts, reigniting tensions in a community where news of hostility in the Middle East tends to rattle both Muslims and Jews.

On Friday evening, outside a prayer gathering preceding the nightly meal, men in a white Lexus flung eggs at three elderly worshipers entering a mosque on Coney Island Avenue. “This is for your Allah!” the vandals shouted.

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NYT on the protests in France: Israel’s Gaza Incursion Sets Off Protests in Europe

A restaurant in Sarcelles, a Paris suburb, was damaged during protests against Israel's Gaza offensive. This is only photo accompanying the article. There are two videos, neither about the protests.Credit Miguel Medina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

PARIS — The conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza is spilling into the streets of dozens of cities in Europe, as thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters have depicted Israel as the aggressor and sought to isolate it internationally.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered over the past several days in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam and other European cities in mostly peaceful expressions of support for Palestinians in Gaza, where Israel has carried out a 14-day offensive aimed at stopping rocket fire and closing tunnels used to infiltrate fighters into Israel.

In addition to the large number of Palestinian casualties, the conflict has also resulted in the deaths of 20 Israelis, almost all of them soldiers.

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TTC - The Better Way To Run Red's

A lucky woman escapes injury...


Feds overhaul gun laws with new 'common sense' firearms act

The act, if passed, will limit the powers of provincial Chief Firearms Officers, make all firearm licenses possession-and-acquisition (PAL) licenses, make it easier for legal gun owners to transport restricted firearms around their home province, provide a grace period to renew expired gun licences, make the gun safety course mandatory for new shooters, and strengthen gun ownership prohibition orders for convicted domestic abusers.


Israel protest double standards

According to a United Nations report, in just a couple of weeks in June ISIS killed more than 1,000 Iraqi civilians and wounded another thousand.

This is not an easily contained situation. It could greatly expand. And with it expands the harm to civilians.

Yet few Canadians have taken to the streets over this. The only reported anti-ISIS protest was a Shia group in Calgary (ISIS is Sunni). Strange given that we consider ourselves citizens of the world and tend to protest every chance we get.

Canadian Muslims haven't been rising up to oppose this use of their religion to slaughter thousands and impose harsh, misogynistic laws against millions.


From Today's Gaza March In France

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‘Moral idiots’ from Code Pink disrupt Israeli Ambassador’s speech at CUFI gala

Photo of a member of the repulsive group Code Pink

Last night, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) held their ninth annual Night to Honor Israel gala. This was the kickoff event for the Christian Zionist group’s Washington Summit held at the DC convention Center.

More than 5,000 were in the audience, composed of CUFI delegates, honored speakers and guests.
Last night, hecklers from Code Pink somehow entered the Convention Center heckling Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer’s stem winding speech near the close of the two hour event.

They shouted “war Criminal!”  Dermer, not missing a beat, referred to the hecklers as “moral idiots.” That led to loud cheers of “Israel, Israel” by the CUFI audience...

h/t Marvin


Heather Mallick: Why Conservatives dislike foreign nannies

...Harper does want women to stay home, that is, if their home is the Philippines. But Canadians disagree. No immigrants are more warmly welcomed than the women who come here to take care of Canadian children while both parents go out to work. Suggest ending the live-in caregiver program — the LCP as the government calls it and I won’t — and parents get that wild-eyed look. Sell the pets, sell the jewels, but let’s keep Divina, the children happily do her bidding.
Instead Canada wants skilled immigrants with an emotional investment in the country in which they want their children to prosper. Nannies are well-educated hard-working people with ambition. You couldn’t find more worthy immigrants.

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1) We have been through this before. Unskilled immigrants are self-perpetuating cycle. After only two years, the nannies can apply for resident status, and then soon, they bring their whole family too. Even if they are fine people (and many or most likely are), one thing is clear: their children will not be interested in low-paying jobs anymore than any other Canadian.  So it we need more unskilled immigrants and we are rapidly on our way to population replacement.

2) No one needs nannies.  Give me a break.  I brought up two kids on my own while working full time without any help from anyone (including their father).

For toddlers, many Canadian women are willing to babysit one or two in their own homes.  It worked fine for me.  Once they get a bit older, there is daycare.  That too, worked fine for me.

Once they are in school, many women are happy to earn some extra money by taking in children for those hours after schools ends and before you get home.  That took, worked fine for me.

My children are now grown and doing very well, please and thank-you, so do not tell me that daycare and babysitters are evil. 

3) What people like nannies for is that they will do housework and cooking too.  In other words the same old story: hard work for low wages. 

If you want a nanny, either take the road that I did, or hire a Canadian and pay them more.

4) This is simply something new, like TFWs, in order to pay lower wages.

I was very familiar with the life of the working mother in my day (approximately 1982-1989).  And no one I knew had a nanny because they were too expensive.  It was regarded as something for the wealthy.


Hamas likens Netanyahu to Hitler on CNN

A Hamas spokesperson spoke to CNN Tuesday evening and likened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler. He compared the current Israeli ground operation in the Gaza Strip to the Nazi campaign to eradicate the Jewish people.

Speaking to Wolf Blitzer from Doha, Qatar, about the FAA’s decision to cancel US flights to Israel after a rocket fired from Gaza exploded near Ben Gurion International Airport, spokesperson Osama Hamdan told the American news anchor that Netanyahu “lost his morals” and is “reflecting a new image for Hitler and the Nazist army.”

Israeli troops, he charged, “are acting in the same way [as the Nazis], killing the Palestinians just because they are Palestinians, like what Hitler was doing in the last century.”

Hamdan neglected to mention that under Hitler’s orders, Nazi Germany exterminated 6 million Jews.

CNN noted that the Hamas spokesman didn’t answer Blitzer’s inquiry as to whether the Islamist organization is deliberately targeting Ben Gurion International Airport.


MH17: five of the most bizarre conspiracy theories

I do not usually recommend The Guardian for anything but laughing at, but this is worth checking out.


If Alberta restaurants can’t find workers, they should pay more

From the moment Ottawa clamped down on the use of temporary foreign workers by restaurants, we’ve heard dire warnings, especially from Alberta, that many businesses will be forced to shut down because they are unable to find workers. The counter-argument to that has always been: Why don’t you pay more, then?


Thornhill Transit Shelter Adorned With Fuck Israel Grafitti

I'm sure Bernie will apologize for this.

Antisemitic Vandalism Strikes Thornhill

July 23, 2014, TORONTO — B’nai Brith Canada is condemning a cowardly act of vandalism in the heart of Canada’s largest Jewish community of Thornhill that saw Nazi symbols and anti-Israel profanity spray painted on a bus shelter. 

“As the organization that has tracked antisemitism in Canada for the past 30 years, we are extremely concerned by the recent rash of incidents and outright attacks on Jews across the country,” said Frank Dimant. “Thornhill is home to Canada’s largest Jewish community, and the site of the vandalism is mere steps away from the largest congregation in the country. We call on any members of the community who may have seen something or have additional information to immediately call York Regional Police and our Anti-Hate Hotline at 1-800-892-BNAI [2624] so that the perpetrators of this crime may be apprehended and punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Pat Condell Takes on Hamas vs Jews in Gaza

h/t Marvin


RCMP charge Alleged Canadian for joining Muslim Terrorists in Syria

“On July 17, 2014, the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) in British Columbia charged Hasibullah Yusufzai, age 25, a resident of Burnaby, British Columbia, for leaving Canada to take part in terrorist activity,” Corporal David Falls said.


Canadians For Israel Rally - Sunday July 27th 2:00 PM Queen's Park

Details in the flyer.

They said bring something inspiring!


Oil smuggling finances Islamic State’s new ‘caliphate’ -- at least until they can get the tourist numbers up!

Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq last month and are now selling crude oil and gasoline from them to finance their newly declared “caliphate.”

Near the northern city of Mosul, the Islamic State has taken over the Najma and Qayara fields, while further south near Tikrit it overran the Himreen and Ajil fields during its two-day sweep through northern Iraq in mid-June.

The oilfields in Islamic State hands are modest compared to Iraq’s giant fields near Kirkuk and Basra, which are under Kurdish and central government control. Most of the Islamic State-held oil wells - estimated by a Kurdish official to number around 80 - are sealed and not pumping.

But the monopoly over fuel in the territory it has captured gives the Islamic State leverage over other armed Sunni factions who could threaten its dominance in northern Iraq.

Iraqi officials say that in recent weeks the group has transported oil from Qayara to be processed by mobile refineries in Syria into low quality gasoil and gasoline, then brought back for sale in Mosul, a city of 2 million people.

Larger shipments of crude, some of them from Najma, are also sold via smugglers to Turkish traders at vastly discounted prices of around $25 per barrel, they said...

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I am beginning to think that despite how ridiculous this “caliphate” sounds, they do have something al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan never had: oil and gas.

Actually Afghanistan is not devoid of resources either - it even has some oil itself. Yet al-Qaeda and Taliban did not seem to be able to exploit this.

The fields are undeveloped but still - ISIS seems to be somehow - what is the word - more plugged into how the modern world economy works.   I do not think it will be an easy task to dislodge them from the areas they have taken.

Can they spread further?  I doubt they can move far into the Shia south of Iraq.  The Shiites have militias too.

But they are harassing the Kurds.  If the West wanted to arm anyone now, it would not be questionable “rebels” in Syria, but the Iraqi Kurds.

See an interview with the Kurdish commander of the Kirkuk subdistrict for the Iraqi federal police here.


Chow Fade Update: Olivia Chow, John Tory, Rob Ford in statistical tie #topoli

Toronto’s election is a dead heat between Olivia Chow, John Tory and Rob Ford, the latest poll suggests,

The Forum poll is the second consecutive poll that has suggested a Chow decline relative to her competitors. Until July, she had led comfortably in every poll for three months. Until this poll, she had not once been under 31 per cent in any Forum poll conducted since the election began in January.

Election Day is October 27, just over three months away. The Monday poll sampled 1,063 residents.


Jihadists organize tours, honeymoons in their Syria, Iraq ‘caliphate’

Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS Photo

Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), who had recently renamed itself as the Islamic State (IS), is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its “caliphate.”

Running twice-weekly tours from Syria’s Raqa to Iraq's Anbar, IS’s buses fly the group’s black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey.

One of the first clients was Chechen jihadist Abu Abdel Rahman al-Shishani, aged 26, who took his new Syrian wife on honeymoon, according to activist Hadi Salameh.

“Just after they got married, he took her to Anbar. These jihadists are very romantic,” Salameh joked.

But the two weren’t able to sit together, because “women sit in the back, and men at the front. The bus driver plays jihadist songs all through the ride, and the IS black flag flies over the bus”...

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Well, there you go, dear readers!

Perfect for a vacay to get away from those wretched Canadian winters!  I wonder if you can book online?  What wife would not appreciate sitting at the back of the bus and listening to jihad music?  It sounds very romantic to me!


Hamas' targeting of Israeli civilians continues


Jim Goad: 8 Forgotten Otherkin

Jim Goad writes:

That’s why I’m here to help. In our tireless quest to corral those who are different from us into one big community where in reality nobody thinks differently than anybody else for fear of perpetual ostracism and group shaming, we often exclude those who are so different that even those who are tremendously different don’t want to touch them.

Here are eight types of otherkin that often escape notice because everyone’s too busy patting dragonkin and dolphinkin on the back...


Times of Israel live blog: Int’l airlines cancel 160 flights; Thai worker killed by shell

Mourners at the funeral for Max Steinberg in Jerusalem Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (photo credit: Jessica Steinberg/Times of Israel)

The IDF death toll is at 29, with another soldier MIA presumed dead and claimed by Hamas to be in their hands (dead or alive).

US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are in the region, but a ceasefire does not appear close.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the operation will continue until sustained quiet is achieved for Israel and Hamas’s terrorist capabilities greatly degraded.

Some foreign airlines are suspending flights to Israel after a rocket hit a home near the airport.

IDF-Hamas fighting in Gaza remains intensive, Hamas is still trying to carry out attacks in Israel through tunnels, and rockets are still being fired.

Live blog for Wednesday, July 23


Parts of Chinese city quarantined as resident dies of bubonic plague after being bitten by rodent

Chinese officials have sealed off large parts of a city after a resident who was bitten by a rodent died of bubonic plague.

The 38-year-old victim from the city of Yumen in Gansu province was infected by a marmot, a wild rodent, last week. Reports suggested the marmot was already dead but he chopped it up and fed it to his dog and began suffering from a fever later that day.

Around 30,000 residents have now been told they cannot leave and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes...

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There are occasional cases of plague right here in North America, also spread by fleas on marmots. The danger comes if it spreads to the lungs and becomes highly contagious pneumonic plague. Even then, it can be treated by antibiotics.

I wonder if the Chinese are over-reacting, or if they are not giving the whole story (wouldn’t be the first time).  A single case should not require this type of reaction.

From Wiki:
Without treatment, the bubonic plague kills about two thirds of infected humans within four days.
Bubonic plague—along with the septicemic plague and the pneumonic plague, which are the two other manifestations of Y. pestis—is commonly believed to be the cause of the Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated 25 million people, or 30–60% of the European population.
The plague is also known to spread to the lungs and become the disease known as the pneumonic plague. This form of the disease is highly communicable as the bacteria can be transmitted in droplets emitted when coughing or sneezing.
People potentially infected with the plague need immediate treatment and should be given antibiotics within 24 hours of the first symptoms to prevent death. Other treatments include oxygen, intravenous fluids, and respiratory support. People who have had contact with anyone infected by pneumonic plague are given prophylactic antibiotics. Using the broad-based antibiotic streptomycin has proven to be dramatically successful against the bubonic plague within 12 hours of infection.


You can always tell when Kathy is guest-posting for Arnie...


'The Wisest Thing Anybody Ever Said'

Steve Sailer writes:

The oft-trumpeted gender gap is trivial compared to the Democrats’ marriage gap. According to the Reuters-Ipsos online panel of 40,000 voters immediately after the 2012 election, Obama did only four percentage points better among women than men, but he performed 21 points better among singles than among marrieds.


It turns out that married people are more happy and that happier people vote Republican more. Democrats can’t stand that, and Republicans can’t figure that out.


Pro-Russia Rebels Down Two Ukrainian Warplanes, Ukraine Army Says

MOSCOW—Pro-Russian separatists shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets Wednesday over a town close to where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed last week, a Ukrainian defense ministry spokesman said.

Two SU-25 planes were brought down near the town of Saur-Mogila, which sits close to the Russian border and is 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Torez, where the civilian jet was brought down last Thursday, the spokesman said.

The alleged shoot-down of the jets would mark the first time a plane has been brought down over Ukraine since the crash.

The spokesman said the army dispatched a team to the scene to establish the exact circumstances of the downing of the jets. Rebels didn't immediately comment.


How a City in France Became a Mecca for Islamists

This is the second of a five-part series, France’s Toxic Hate.

Once upon a time, in the extreme north of France, a few steps away from the Belgian border, the town of Roubaix was called “the city of the thousand chimneys” in reference to the many textile factories that gave it its distinctive shape and energy. Eager to work, ready to fight—“The mecca of socialism” was its other nickname; the town remained a bastion of the left from the mid-19th century to the last municipal elections—workers from all over Europe would populate the red-brick streets of its neighborhoods and the many guinguettes for which the town was otherwise known. Today, as the broken, dirty streets that I visited last week indicate, Roubaix is devastated by a 40-percent unemployment rate. It maintains an astonishing crime rate of 84 incidents per 1,000 inhabitants and is classified by the government as the largest “high-priority security zone” in the country. This is where Mehdi Nemouche, the alleged Brussels Jewish museum killer, was born and partly raised.


Ontario taxpayers fund electric car rebates to the rich

TORONTO - A wealthy businessman with whom I am acquainted recently purchased a fully-loaded Tesla S electric car.

It's a made-in-California high-performance sports car that makes a peppy little downtown runabout.

The price tag? A cool $140,000.

Imagine his surprise when he discovered he qualified for a $10,000 rebate from the Ontario government.


ISIS May Not Have Reached Canada,but the ISIS Mentality Has

The Middle-East is a depressing place. Today the Levant serves as a cautionary tale in how quickly societies can tear themselves to pieces when the only dominant ideologies are extremist ones.

A lesson, apparently, which many Western societies seem to be losing sight of. Against the backdrop of the current conflict in Gaza, the past few weeks have seen synagogues attacked in Paris, and openly anti-Semitic demonstrations in Germany.

And an attempted lynching of Jews in Calgary, Canada.

Yes, Canada. When Syrians went out to demonstrate for change in 2011, everyone had their own idea of the kind of society they wanted Syria to emulate. For me personally, that society was Canada.


Yes, apparently, it’s come to this: Science is now HATE.

Sophia Banks (@sophiaphotos) is a Canadian transsexual who decided to “expose” some radical feminists who stubbornly cling to the notion that being a woman is a condition involving XX chromosomes.

Yes, apparently, it’s come to this: Science is now HATE.


Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a button saying "Eat the Rich." To me it wasn't a metaphor.

I voted Republican in the last presidential election.

Via Darlene Click at Protein Wisdom


Well, yes and no...

David Cameron: "...charity. This is one of the things that Islam is all about. Here in Britain Muslims are out biggest donors. They give more to charity than any other faith group."


Sudan: Family of Sudan's Apostasy Woman Files a Lawsuit to Annul Marriam Ibrahim's Marriage

Khartoum — The family of the Sudanese woman formerly accused of apostasy has filed another lawsuit to annul her marriage to her Christian husband. Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death last May for renouncing Islam, but was released after what the government said was "unprecedented" international pressure. An appeals court found Ibrahim not guilty on two charges of apostasy and adultery and overturned the lower tribunal's verdict.


British MP scumbag du jour

David Ward is a Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, which is almost Leeds and parts of which are therefore Pakistani colonies.

The big question is - if I lived in would I fire a rocket? - probably yes

He admits to being a wannabe terrorist and, what's worse, he uses the word "vibrant" in all earnestness.

How do people like Ward happen? He doesn't believe any of this in his heart. "Vibrant" is a dead giveaway: it's a pathetic meaningless hack cliche. Unless you're physically vibrating, you're not "vibrant". So he's an utterly shameless whore who sucks up to the Jew-haters and Pakistanis in a manner that might make George Galloway (PBUH) blush and can only be described as psychopathic. You don't have to be a saint to ask how such people live with themselves.


NYC’s Seegerfest: Celebrating Pete Seeger and His Reprehensible Politics

Pete Seeger certainly deserves to be remembered. He was the father of the folk revival, the man who almost singlehandedly brought the 5-string banjo to popularity, and who furthered the careers of many people, including a young Bob Dylan. He mastered old-time ballads from Appalachia and the Smoky Mountains, African-American songs from the South and from the days of slavery, sea shanties, and just about everything else folk musicians perform.

But Seeger’s blind spots were his persistent Stalinism, his decades-long love affair with the American Communist Party, and his tendency to endorse and support almost every far-left campaign that asked him to sign on.

Significantly, his very last political act was to join those opponents of Israel who created the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, which is dedicated to Israel’s demise and which blames the Jewish state for the entire Mideast’s woes.


The World Is Returning to Normal

Of all the popular myths about “how the world works,” the most dangerous to us at this moment is the one that goes “peace is normal, war is an aberration.” Truth is, war is normal and peace very unusual. We’ve lived through a happy time, ever since the Second World War. Thanks to American superpower, and the destruction of the totalitarian regimes in Rome, Berlin and Moscow, we’ve had a happy period of relative peace. Very few big wars. Little genocides (China is exceptional, but they changed to accommodate the global pattern). Deterrence (as in “mutual assured destruction”) mostly worked.

That was a rare time. Now we’re getting back to normal.


The End of the Liberal Critique of Israel

After several days of personally observing the people of Israel reacting to rocket attacks and the grim reality of the fight against Hamas in Gaza, the irrelevance of most of the things the country’s American critics say about it has never seemed more obvious to me. After being forced into a war that the overwhelming majority of people here understand is one about their survival and not the political issues that divide Jews, it’s little wonder that most Israelis pay little attention to their country’s foreign detractors who seek to save them from themselves.

People who claim to care about the Jewish state need to draw similar conclusions.


The Washington Post Apologizes for Sending Pro-Hamas Journalist Intern to Cover Anti-Israel Rally

The Washington Post apologized to readers on Monday for sending a pro-Hamas journalist intern to cover an anti-Israel rally in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.


Stop the riots: This is Canada, not Gaza!

In this special episode of The Source, Ezra explores the violent anti-Israel protests that have rocked Canada.


Hamas Reveals Latest Secret Weapon

Looks Like a Dickie Dee Ice Cream trike has been weaponized


Greenfield: Jon Stewart Isn’t a Self-Hating Jew, He Just Hates Being Jewish

Jon Stewart frequently bashes Israel. It’s one of his “things”.

Another of his things is scoring dishonest political points using comedy and then defending against the backlash by just claiming that he’s joking. Or that he’s the “centrist” being beset by extremists on both sides...


The worst album covers of all time

This never gets old.


Evening photo: June in Provence, France

Green wheat and poppies. By Pascal Duvet.


Obama criticized by Dianne Feinstein for taking fundraising trip during global crises

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, just before flying off to Seattle, Washington, to fundraisers benefiting the Democratic Party

President Barack Obama will embark on another fundraising trip today - his second since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 - leading a top Democrat to join the chorus of lawmakers voicing concerns that the Commander in Chief's priorities are misplaced.

Asked about Obama’s three-day fundraising swing down the West Coast this week, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said yesterday that the president ought to put more energy into working with the international community to tackle the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the Ukraine and Gaza.

“This is a very hard time,” she told MSNBC. “I’m not going to tell the president what to do, but I think the world would very much respect his increased attention on this matter, and I think there ought to be increased attention”...


Abbas's family abandons West Bank for Jordan

Mahmoud Abbas and his wife Amina

Members of the family of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have secretly left Ramallah for Jordan, according to the online newspaper Rai Al-Youm.

“For the first time and secretly, all the members of President Abbas’s family have left to their residence in Amman,” the report said.

It said that Abbas’s wife and grandchildren were among the family members who left Ramallah recently...


Snippy Twitter exchange exposes tech tension over Gaza

High-tech can claim its first “victim” in the war between Israel and Gaza terrorists.

A heated exchange on Twitter between venture capitalist giant Paul Graham and supporters of Israel, could delay plans by Graham’s Y Combinator’s accelerator to recruit in Israel.

Tweets posted by Graham that described the destruction wrought by the IDF in Gaza, but without any citations of Hamas attacks on Israel. That led heavyweight Israeli venture capital figure Roi Carthy to announce he was withdrawing an offer to help Y Combinator (YC) recruit potential participants in Israel....

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I cannot locate his tweet or the one by “reuben e katz.” This is all I could find.


The Christian Purge From Mosul: The Islamist attacks on non-Muslims are a problem for Islam

Today's religious extremism is almost entirely Islamic. While ISIS's purge may be the most brutal, Islamists in Egypt have driven thousands of Coptic Christians from homes they've occupied for centuries. The same is true across the Muslim parts of Africa. This does not mean that all Muslims are extremists, but it does mean that all Muslims have an obligation to denounce and resist the extremists who murder or subjugate in the name of Allah. Too few imams living in the tolerant West will speak up against it.

As for the post-Christian West, most elites may now be nonbelievers. But a culture that fails to protect believers may eventually find that it lacks the self-belief to protect itself.


Scientists propose making child robots for some people to have sex with

It's from Berkeley, of course.


Comic relief: US Environmental Protection Agency sends out tweet about Kim Kardashian’s game

It was reportedly retweeted 3,000 times before being quietly deleted.

Until yesterday, its most thrilling tweet was “Our proposal to protect clean water does not change the permitting exemption for farm ponds.”

But it seems staffers at the Environmental Protection Agency have a wild side - after a mystery Kim Kardashian addict linked their iPhone game to the government account.

The EPA’s Office of Water stunned its 52,000 followers yesterday when the player announced he or she had become a “C-list celebrity” on the addictive app.
Michigan congressman John Dingell wrote: “I’m the last original author of the Clean Water Act, but I have no idea who/what a Kardashian is and I rarely play games. You OK, @EPAwater?”...


Veil your mannequins, ISIS tells Iraqi shopkeepers

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has reportedly given shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul strict instructions to cover the faces of mannequins, months after seizing control of the country’s second largest city.


Globe & Mail Insults Hungarians - Refuses To Name Gypsies As Culprits In Human Trafficking Ring

Canada deports 20 members of Hungarian Gypsie human trafficking ring


Wave of migrant children threatens to swamp U.S. immigration courts

Father Fabian Arias, (2nd R) an advocate with the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, an immigration advocacy group, speaks with immigrants following their immigration hearings at the U.S. Federal Building in New York, in this July 10, 2014 file photo.

(Reuters) - A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama's steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and immigration lawyers said.

"We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it," said Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who has been deciding immigration cases since 1987 and is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.

The problem, according to judges, lawyers and immigration groups, is the sheer number of cases clogging the courts, due in part to beefed-up law enforcement at the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico.

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Robert Stacy McCain: Ivy League schools ruin childhoods

Basically, in order to get into an elite school — unless your family is rich and your Daddy’s a senator, like Columbia alumna Megan McCain — you’re going to have to devote the first 16 or 17 years of your life to compiling the kind of credentials necessary to gain admission. You’re going to have to be a grind, an apple-polishing teacher’s pet, and your life outside the classroom is going to be so crammed full of activities (violin lessons, dance classes, and so forth) that you will have no time for anything resembling a normal childhood. And then what?


Belfast synagogue attacked ‘in Gaza-inspired hate crime’

Not sure if this is the synagogue in question but it already looks a bit like fortress

Windows have been smashed windows at a synagogue in Belfast in what police are treating as a religious hate crime.

Police said windows were smashed on two separate occasions over the weekend at the synagogue on Somerton Road, north Belfast.

The first window was believed to have been smashed on Friday evening (18 July) and the replacement was broken the following day.

It is feared the attacks may have been a response to the ongoing conflict in Gaza...

h/t Marvin


Danish imam encourages followers to kill Jews

During Friday prayer in the Al Nusra mosque in Berlin on July 11, Danish imam Abu Bilal Ismail urged listeners to kill Zionist Jews, Die Welt reports.

In a Youtube video clip of the sermon to which English subtitles have been added, the imam is filmed lashing out at Israelis and eventually saying that all Jews should be killed.

“Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don't spare a single one of them. Make them suffer terribly,” the subtitles read.
When BT asked Ismail, he rejected that he had encouraged killing all Jews.

“I don’t think all Jews must die. Only the Jews that have killed people in Gaza. I have asked God to destroy the Jews that kill us. It’s not all Jews, because I know Jews that are good to us. I never meant all Jews.”

Ismail is a regular speaker at the Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus. He has previously been accused of encouraging young Muslims to travel to Syria and fight in the civil war.


Maine port city bans oil loading as Canada seeks export options

A tanker (above) prepares to offload crude oil recently in the deep-water port in South Portland, Maine.

(Reuters) - City councilors in South Portland, Maine, voted late Monday night to ban the loading of crude oil onto tankers along its waterfront, throwing up yet another roadblock to the export of Canadian oil sands crude and setting up a showdown with industry which called the process illegal.

The city of 25,000, known for its scenic lighthouses and sweeping views of the island-speckled waters of Casco Bay, is also the east coast's second largest oil port, located at the southern terminus of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, which currently flows north to Canada.

The so-called "Clear Skies Ordinance" would prevent the Portland Pipe Line company, principally owned by top Canadian oil refiners Suncor Energy Inc, Imperial Oil Ltd , and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, from reversing flow for export from the Portland Harbor.
Hundreds of supporters in light blue t-shirts, many from neighboring towns that have already passed symbolic votes to ban the transport of "tar sands" through their towns, packed a South Portland Community Center to cheer the vote late Monday...


Russian media on downed airliner: The CIA did it

h/t Ann Coulter's Twitter


'Muslim Trojan Horse' teachers: 'Rigby murder was staged and Boston marathon bomb a hoax’

Teachers in schools at the heart of the “Trojan Horse” plot set up a secret social networking group that called for the “eradication” of homosexuality and claimed that the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby was staged, the review ordered by the Government found.

The teachers, at least two of whom are still in their positions, used an instant messaging service to post thousands of comments that demonstrated extreme “anti-Western, anti-American and anti-Israeli” views.


For the second time, rockets are found at UN school in Gaza

Palestinian girls at a UNRWA school in Gaza. (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90)

For the second time in less than a week, rockets have been found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body said.

“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons”...

h/t CommentDeleted


The Things American Liberal Jews Don’t Understand About Us

Now I realize the nature of the vast gulf between me (and most of the rest of the Israeli left) and the American Jewish critics, who claim to be pro-Israel. To us, the current war with Hamas is a just war. We may not support our government all the time. However, when a war begins; a war we did not start and did not want, we support the government and our soldiers. Yes, I profoundly regret the loss of human life in Gaza, but quite frankly when “children” I know are fighting in Gaza and rockets are being fired on them from homes in which civilians are likely located (civilians who were given many warnings to leave) I prefer that the Air Force send a missile into that building, instead of having one of our boys killed by an RPG fired from that same building. In this case I feel deep sadness about the innocents that may die, but I know we have no choice.


Let's nuke China again

If there is a God, why does this thing exist?

h/t Ace


some old pictures I took - indy

THIS BLOG IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT MY OLD WORK, but I am still, defying the odds, a working photographer, and this weekend provided an example of the sort of work I do, sporadically.

The Honda Indy has been running here in Toronto for almost thirty years, but I only started shooting it three years ago, after I "came out" as a motorsports fan after years of pretending I was a timid urbanite who broke out in a rash at the smell of gasoline. Thanks to blogTO I was able to get accreditation and thanks to my wife I've been able to take three days to cover the event, slathered in sun screen and walking the track until my feet blister.


Violence Against Jews Grows in Canada


July 22, 2014, TORONTO — With violent undercurrents festering among anti-Israel protesters recently coming to the fore, B’nai Brith Canada is expressing its concern regarding the upcoming “Al-Quds Day” rally scheduled for this Saturday, July 26th at Queen’s Park in Toronto. The Jewish human rights organization is calling on Government and Police officials not to sanction these rallies, pointing to the fact that demonstrations across Europe, and now Calgary and Mississauga, have often turned into violent antisemitic outbursts and attacks on Jewish communal institutions.

“As tensions in the Middle East continue to rise, we are seeing a sharp rise in the numbers of attacks on Jews across the country,” said Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada. “In Europe we have seen protests turn violent, with Paris experiencing mass riots in what has been described by some as an ‘intifada’. At a Berlin rally the crowd chanted “Death to Jews” and “Hitler was right”. in Turkey rioters decreed that “Turkish Jews would pay dearly” and in Mississauga, Ontario a pro-Israel demonstrator was sent to hospital after an altercation.

“Now in Calgary, police apparently refused to take seriously the threats of the pro-Hamas crowd, even as Israel activists were assaulted during a demonstration — resulting in five being sent to hospital. There are also additional reports that pro-Israel demonstrators in Ottawa were told by police to leave, since their safety could not be guaranteed.

“In Montreal alone we have seen the effects of anti-Israel fervor which have resulted in attacks on Jews, be it a Jewish visitor punched in the face outside a kosher restaurant, a Hasidic woman slapped in the face by a man riding a bike, a Jewish boy threatened by a neighbor as he walked by their porch commanding his dog to "get the Jew" and a Jewish woman protester shoved to the ground.

“Rallies in support of terrorist organizations such as Hamas must be condemned in the strongest of terms. We therefore call on Officials at Queens Park and the Toronto Police not to sanction any such pro-Hamas rallies and encourage any member of the community who witnesses and is a victim of an antisemitic incident to call police and our 24-hour Anti-Hate Hotline at 1-800-892-BNAI [2624].”

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For further information please contact: Sam Eskenasi, Communications Officer at (647) 780-8490 or communications@bnaibrith.ca

Cancel Al Quds Day at Queen's Park? Not gonna happen, this is Kathleen's Wynne's Constituency.


Israel hits Hamas terror chief’s home as ceasefire bids stall, foreign airlines bolt

Smoke from Israeli strikes rise over Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 21, 2014. (photo credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Wednesday, the 16th day of Operation Protective Edge.

The IDF death toll is at 27, with another soldier MIA and claimed by Hamas to be in their hands (dead or alive).

US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are in the region, but a ceasefire does not appear close. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the operation will continue until sustained quiet is achieved for Israel and Hamas’s terrorist capabilities greatly degraded.

Some foreign airlines are suspending flights to Israel after a rocket hit a home in the Tel Aviv area. IDF-Hamas fighting in Gaza remains intensive, Hamas is still trying to carry out attacks in Israel through tunnels, and rockets are still being fired.

Live blog


Has New York City surrendered? Mystery as white flags replace Old Glory atop the Brooklyn Bridge

Someone has run up the white flag on one of New York City's most famous landmarks.

Commuters on Tuesday morning were greeted with a pair of billowing white banners atop the Brooklyn Bridge - replacing Old Glory that normally flies above the famous span.

One of the flags, viewed via video, appeared to have faint traces of stars and stripes on it.

No on knows who took down the American flags on the two bridge supports at the East River. But New York authorities are calling it a serious security breach...


EU calls for disarmament of terrorist groups in Gaza

The European Union on Tuesday called upon terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm, and to end and renounce violence.

The official statement read:

“The EU strongly condemns the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians.

“These are criminal and unjustifiable acts. The EU calls on Hamas to immediately put an end to these acts and to renounce violence. All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm.

“The EU strongly condemns calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields.”



French online forums overflow with anti-Jewish hate

Protesters clash with riot police in Sarcelles, a suburb north of Paris, on July 20, 2014, during a demonstration to denounce Israel's military campaign in Gaza and show their support for the Palestinian people

PARIS (AFP) — The deadly Israeli operation in Gaza has let loose an unprecedented wave of hate on media websites and social networks in France that moderators say they are struggling to contain.
“As soon as you talk about Israel, it crystallizes all passions, with up to 20,000 or 30,000 comments sometimes after an article, of which we will only let five to 10 percent through,” said David Corchia, head of Concileo, a firm of moderators that counts the dailies Le Figaro and Liberation as clients.

Helped by software that automatically reports suspect keywords, online moderators can filter comments in accordance with special legal requirements in France as well as client requests. Those laws ban racist, anti-Semitic or discriminatory messages among others, as well calls for violence.

The moderators have little time to decide whether to let a remark through, and generally block 25% to 40% of comments.

But on the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the rejection rate can reach 95%.

“There are three times as many comments than normal, all linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Jeremie Mani, head of Netino, which looks after the websites of the Le Monde daily, Europe 1 radio and major French television channels...

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Fortunately, we can look to Twitter to see what people are thinking.

And fortunately there are the parody accounts when all just seems too much!


Syria civil war: Bloodiest 48 hours sees 700 killed as ISIS gains influence

A man stands on the rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in the Al-Fardous neighbourhood of Aleppo Reuters

More than 700 people were killed in clashes over two days between pro-government forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) militants in Syria.

Activists from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the deaths represented the bloodiest fighting since the civil war began in 2011.

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and ISIS militants battled following the rebel group's capture of the Shaar gas field east of Homs city.
Rami Abdul Rahman, head of SOHR, said that the deaths were the first time 700 had been killed in the space of two days since the onset of the conflict...

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But who cares about Syrians anyway - only Palestinians matter.

h/t Marvin

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Ummah Uber Alles: Mayor Nenshi mumbles something about protests outside City Hall can't bear to mention Israel or Jews


h/t SM


The CBC and the Star are upset they can't chat with the object of their affection

Media outlets ask for judicial review after Khadr interview request denied


An Israeli Soldier to American Jews: Wake up!

As a young Israeli who had just completed five years of service in the IDF, I looked forward to my new job educating people in the Pacific Northwest about Israel.

I was shocked, however, by the anti-Israel bigotry and hostility I encountered, especially in the greater Seattle area, Oregon, and Berkeley.

I had been very liberal, a member of the leftist Zionist party, Meretz, but the anti-Semitism and hatred for Israel that I have seen in the U.S. has changed my outlook personally and politically.
When I served as a soldier in the West Bank, I got used to having ugly things said to me, but nothing prepared me for the misinformation, demonization of Israel, and the gut-wrenching, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hostility expressed by many students, professors, church members, and even some high school students right here in the Pacific Northwest...


Andrew Sullivan... not enough drugs?

h/t TheAmaros


A new way of thinking about Islam

An American Muslim seems to think this is a “new way of thinking”:

A young Asian Muslim woman, accompanied by a white friend, appears before the imam of a New York City mosque and asks him to turn her male friend into a Muslim. But why, the imam asks. The answer: Because we want to get married.

I am a Muslim. I cannot marry a non-Muslim. He must become Muslim for me to marry him.

The imam asks her a series of questions about the man: Can he provide for his family? Does he love children? You trust him? Can you vouch for him? In the end, he advises her that he could perform the wedding ceremony and declare them man and wife.

This is what I call a new fiqh, or Islamic jurisprudence. It takes into account the realities of the situation, or circumstances, in which the Shari’a law is being applied.
What’s new about it? You cannot marry a non-Muslim: that had been true since the 7th century.

The writer then goes on to recommend the author Tariq Ramadan, grandson of the founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and keeper of the flame. Even more bizarre:
The New York City incident may have been an isolated case, but the fact is that it stands in sharp contrast to the times, in the 1990s, when imams at mosques on both sides of the Atlantic were imported from the villages of Egypt, Sudan and Pakistan on the basis of their demonstrated devotion to Islam, viz memorization of the Qur’an.
“Isolated case”?

He does go on to criticize the Wahabbism of Saudi Arabia.  I should hope so!

Read this and tell me if you find anything “new.”


Op-Ed: Islam is just the current American scapegoat

Historians have a term we call the scapegoating concept of history. This is the idea that people tend to look for others to blame — scapegoats — for their condition. They then attack that group even if it had little or nothing to do with their situation.

Scapegoats are usually weaker or marginalized members of society easily made to look suspicious. In a world of fearful shadows clutching desperately at guns and flags, scapegoats ease our anxiety especially when ethnic minorities or immigrants come into view. Bigotry, however, while burning intensely, has a short memory.

Islam is currently on the list of things we are supposed to be afraid of. The threat is such that even the president himself is apparently some kind of secret Muslim in league with unsavory characters.

We seem to have forgotten that the deadliest example of domestic terrorism in America before Sept. 11, 2001, came at the hands of Timothy McVeigh, who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City. Despite McVeigh’s blond hair and blue eyes and claiming to love Jesus, no calls to ban Christianity or close churches sounded following his detestable, cowardly act.
In years to come, we will look back on the current anti-Muslim hysteria and wonder how we could ever have felt this way, just as we look back on the 19th century anti-Catholic movement as a foolish part of our history. We will accept that Muslim Americans are just as patriotic and loyal as any other. Hopefully, we will get to that point quicker this time and with less memory loss.

Brian Regal is a fellow of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy.

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I am not aware that 19th Catholics in America ever behaved even remotely like the current Muslims immigrants of Europe are now behaving!  Have you read the news from Paris, Mr Regal?

How stupid can you get?


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