discarded lies: thursday, march 30, 2017 9:36 pm zst
Blessed are the Bewildered
daily archive: 09/26/2004
zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A Sizeable Proportion
An Israeli woman applying for a job at a London company, received the following rejection letter:

...

Speaking personally however may I suggest that for European consumption you would be wise to omit details of your national service, which you describe with such evident and ingenuous pride?
The natural reaction of most educated Europeans to the information you provide is likely to be "so it was she who guided those guinships to targetted assasinations and the murder of women and children with indiscriminate bombing and strafing of refugee camps (refugee camps!!!! 50 years after your compatriots drove them from their homes - and you have done nothing for them ever since.)!". Most educated Europeans - and as a matter of fact a large proprtion of educated Americans too - now view 'Israel' as a brutal undemocratic (where are the votes for the indigenous inhabitants whom you have helotised?) colonial state, run by criminals who defy all international law and natural justice. And a sizeable proportion doubts the 'right' of Israel to exist.

This has nothing to do with anti-semitism. nor is it racism - that is the kind of disgusting attitude which one might say is inherent in the idea of the state of Israel, and one might say among a large section of believing Jews elsewhere, who regard the rest of us as inferior and unclean - and not chosen by God. What could be more racist than that? And what happens to those of your race who dare to speak out against the wickedness that your fanatacsim inevitably leads to? they are murdered or have acid thrown in their faces like Yael Dayan


Educated Europeans

The firm did later apologise for this lettter. But who will apologise for these thoughts? And how many people have them?

With thanks to LGFer mj

UPDATE: zulubaby found out more information about Piers Croke, the author of the above letter.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Jihad in Chechnya
Chechnya: it's not just about separatism any more.


The conflict in Chechnya, which began a decade ago as a secular fight for independence from Moscow, has steadily evolved into what local and foreign militants have described as jihad, or "holy war" against Russia.

"Over time, a growing number of people in Chechnya have identified themselves with global jihad," said Alexei Malashenko, an expert with the Carnegie Endowment's Moscow office.

Fundamentalist Islamic groups have methodically recruited followers among Russia's 20 million Muslims since the 1990s, often driving mainstream Muslim clerics from their mosques in such Caucasus regions as Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkariya, both near Chechnya.

"Extremist groups have turned many mosques into their headquarters," said Alexander Sharavin, the director of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis.

Along with radical Islamic doctrines, Arab fighters and instructors also have brought new tactics to Chechnya, such as suicide bombings. "They act as a catalyst and give an international dimension to these attacks ... as part of global jihad," Malashenko said.

Russian officials claimed that about 30 militants who seized the school in the southern city of Beslan included Arabs, and President Vladimir Putin said that international terrorism has unleashed a war against Russia. Many analysts believe that foreign terror groups likely played a role in twin Russian plane bombings, a suicide attack near a Moscow subway station and the school seizure, which together killed more than 430 people.


Chechens' Terror Links Drawing Attention

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Persepolis
Mandatory reading this week: Persepolis

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane's child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Crossing the Line
From CAMERA: Eye on the Media: Oliphant's Cartoons Cross the Line
A review of more than 40 of his cartoons about Israel since 1996 suggests a pattern. Israel appears in myriad derogatory guises — often variations on a spoiled brat, a demanding, ungrateful, ill-behaved baby that drags a long-suffering America into a tiresome, endless dispute with the Palestinians. In others, Israelis are cast as brutal, bullish, manipulative and militaristic. A typical rendering presents Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat as identical in their stupid or thuggish conduct, though Arafat is often just a hapless figure, impishly foot-dragging over negotiations.

The refusal to fault Arafat and the Palestinians for what they, and only they, have done, produces such perverse drawings as the April 1, 2002 image of both Sharon and Arafat as suicide bombers. It ran at the height of Palestinian terrorism against Israel, appearing four days after a terrorist blew up a Passover Seder in Netanya killing 30 people; three days after members of the Gavish family were gunned down in their home; two days after Rachel Levy and Haim Smadar were blown up in Jerusalem by a female terrorist; one day after a suicide bomber murdered 15 and wounded 40 in a Haifa restaurant.


Pat Oliphant won the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. He's the most syndicated cartoonist in the world.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Not Useful to Condemn Violence
We had featured An Open Letter to Duke Administrators and Trustees
DUKE UNIVERSITY is set to host the Fourth Annual Palestine Solidarity Conference from Oct. 15-17th. This is a conference organized by activists who support Middle Eastern terror and whose attitudes are ferociously anti-Israel and anti-Jewish. In previous conferences at UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan, chants of “Kill the Jews? were uttered frequently by Solidarity Conference participants.


Here's the latest update: Planners of Palestinian meeting at Duke won't condemn terrorism

The planners of a pro-Palestinian student conference at Duke University will not sign a statement condemning terrorism as Jewish groups on campus have requested, a spokesman said.

Condemning Palestinian organizations methods would violate the guidelines of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement, said Rann Bar-On, a member of the affiliated Duke group Hiwar.

"We don't see it as very useful for us as a solidarity movement to condemn violence," he said. "That will not achieve any particular goal."


(Hat tip: zulubaby)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Judenhass in Greece
Greece, the cradle of western civilisation, is now home to some of the vilest Jew-hating in Europe: Greece's Anti-Semitism Problem
“Peter,? as he would like to be known, is a Canadian attorney of Greek descent. He speaks both Greek and English, grew up in a Greek community in Canada and says he is very proud of his heritage. But during a recent trip to Greece to visit his relatives, Peter encountered what he described as an alarming trend of anti-Semitism. Most disconcertingly, the anti-Semitic vitriol he heard was spouted by members of his own family.

“In Thessaloniki,? he said in an email interview, “I was talking to my cousin (who is) university educated, intelligent… My cousin told me that many people in Greece think the US government perpetrated 9/11. Then he mentioned that 4,000 Jews did not go to work at the WTC. I was stunned that my cousin, a family member and good friend of mine, even entertained this possibility.?

According to an October 2001 KAPA research poll conducted among 622 households in the greater Athens area, 42% subscribed to the rumor that 4,000 Jews did not go to work in the World Trade Center on September 11, whereas 30% did not.

Later, while visiting relatives in Chania, Crete, Peter said another cousin went on a tirade one night at the dinner table, saying ‘Hitler's biggest mistake was that he did not exterminate all the Jews from the earth.’

“I started sweating and shaking when I heard this,? said Peter. “I couldn't believe a family member of mine was saying this.?

Peter noted that another family member “vehemently disagreed… and started explaining to us his upbringing with the Jews that once lived in Chania before WWII. (His) stories were always interrupted…with stereotypes about Jews being money lovers, loan sharks, etc.?


(Hat tip: bigel)

And in case you think this is an isolated incident: At the root of all evil

Maybe some day I'll write a post about my own experiences with our friendly, Greek anti-semites. I can't bring myself to do that yet.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Hangings
Just so we remember who's getting the bomb.
executions_in_iran.jpg
Iran has recently stepped up public executions, causing alarm among international human rights organisations such as Amnesty International.

A prisoner was hanged in Qazvin on Sep. 21. Another man was hanged in Tehran on Sep. 20. A third man was also hanged in the southern port of Minab on September 18. Nineteen prisoners have been executed since the beginning of this month, the local press reported.

Human rights activists report that many executions are not announced by the judiciary.
Executions in Iran
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Historical Analogies
In Weekly Standard, an article by Lieutenant Colonel Powl Smith, U.S. Army, former chief of counterterrorism plans at U.S. European Command and currently in Baghdad with Multi-National Forces-Iraq.
Iraq is Not Vietnam, It's Guadalcanal
Historical apologists say that the Japanese were "forced" to attack us because we were strangling their trade in Asia. Sound familiar? American foreign policy in the Middle East is responsible for the anger and rage that has stirred up al Qaeda, right? In fact, there is a crucial similarity between the Japanese imperialism of 50 years ago and Islamic fundamentalism of today: both are totalitarian, anti-Western ideologies that cannot be appeased.

As Japan amassed victory after victory in the early days of the war, America and our allies could see that we had a long, hard slog ahead of us. Americans understood there was no recourse but to win, despite the fearful cost. This was the first and foremost lesson of World War II that applies today: Wars of national survival are not quick, not cheap, and not bloodless.

In one of our first counteroffensives against the Japanese, U.S. troops landed on the island of Guadalcanal in order to capture a key airfield. We surprised the Japanese with our speed and audacity, and with very little fighting seized the airfield. But the Japanese recovered from our initial success, and began a long, brutal campaign to force us off Guadalcanal and recapture it. The Japanese were very clever and absolutely committed to sacrificing everything for their beliefs. (Only three Japanese surrendered after six months of combat--a statistic that should put today's Islamic radicals to shame.) The United States suffered 6,000 casualties during the six-month Guadalcanal campaign; Japan, 24,000. It was a very expensive airfield.


(Hat tip: Jim Russell)

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