Robbins: Rights group goes astray on Hirsi Ali

 Jeff Robbins Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What separates humans from other species, the late William F. Buckley Jr. admonished a sanctimonious college student in his office 40 years ago, “is the capacity to make distinctions.” With a White House as relentlessly repulsive as this one is and significant elements of American society willing to indulge conduct reminiscent of 1930’s fascists, it is perhaps a bad time to expect that people will make distinctions, and the capacity of some people to do so has eroded badly.

A case in point is the decision of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an admirable organization founded in 1971 to combat hatred, to list human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, one of the world’s most courageous voices against hate, as a practitioner of it.

Hirsi Ali, whose journey from an Islamist upbringing and a forced marriage to international stature as a critic of human rights abuses by radical Islamic state and non-state actors led Time Magazine to call her one of the most influential individuals in the world. And yet she was branded by the Center last year as a prominent “anti-Muslim extremist.” This kind of Alice-in-Wonderland stuff by a respected civil rights group can only have been cheered by actual extremists, who are pleased to see Hirsi Ali defamed, and would be even more pleased to see her disappear.

Hirsi Ali has long been considered Public Enemy #1 by apologists for Islamic extremism. She has been a powerful defender of the rights of women and girls both in Islamic countries and in the West who are victimized by honor killings, genital mutilation, sexual coercion, child marriage and other forms of degradation.

Her foundation provides training to law enforcement, shelters, educators and social service providers who work to protect women and girls. It also lobbies for the strengthening of protections against practices which, as Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company, put it succinctly, “have no place in the 21st century.”

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Talking Politics with the Israeli Settler Leader Turned Diplomat

By Nadine Epstein July 13, 2017, 

moment magazine

Dani Dayan has an unusual background for an Israeli diplomat. The Argentinian-born secular Israeli and successful tech entrepreneur was Israel’s chief advocate for the settlers from 2007 to 2013 as chairman of the Yesha Council, the umbrella organization of municipal councils of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Upon stepping down, he took the settler cause to the world stage as its foreign envoy. After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to appoint him ambassador to Brazil ran into resistance in Brasília, Dayan was assigned to be the consul general of Israel in New York City in 2016. Below is an excerpt from an interview with Dayan conducted by Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein.

What do you tell people who say settlements are the obstacle to peace? read on...

New Christian Zionist Film Celebrates Jewish Victory in 1967

By Tricia Miller June 2, 2017  7:30 am
The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) has produced a powerful new film, titled “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem,” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city of Jerusalem under Israeli control. The docudrama shares the story of Israel’s extraordinary battle for survival in June of 1967, when four neighboring Arab nations mobilized for the purpose of wiping Israel off the map.

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) partnered with CBN to promote the one night premier of the film in over 700 theaters in the United States on Tuesday, May 23, and again on June 1 and 6. In anticipation of the release of “In Our Hands,” CAMERA talked with Gordon Robertson, the CEO of CBN and the Executive Producer of the documentary, about the significance of the events portrayed in the movie.

“In Our Hands” is the most recent in a series of documentaries that CBN has produced about Israel. According to Robertson, it is the result of two years of research, including primary sources such as the diaries of soldiers involved in the battle for Jerusalem, and interviews with members of the 55th Paratrooper brigade, the first ones to enter the part of Jerusalem previously occupied by Jordan. The Israel Defense Forces helped CBN with the recreation of the battle scenes, all of which were shot at the actual locations where the battle for Jerusalem occurred.

As a result, the film gives the viewer an accurate historical picture of the events that occurred during the battle that reunited the city of Jerusalem. Robertson told CAMERA, “We wanted to make sure every line in this movie had an historical backdrop and was historically accurate.”

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Palestine is a Geographical Area, Not a Nationality

Eli E. Hertz

The Arabs invented a special national entity in the 1960s called the Palestinians, specifically for political gain. They brand Israelis as invaders and claim the geographic area called Palestine belongs exclusively to the Arabs.The word Palestine is not even Arabic. It is a word coined by the Romans around 135 CE from the name of a seagoing Aegean people who settled on the coast of Canaan in antiquity – the Philistines. The name was chosen to replace Judea, as a sign that Jewish sovereignty had been eradicated following the Jewish revolts against Rome.In the course of time, the Latin name Philistia was further bastardized into Palistina or Palestine. During the next 2,000 years, Palestine was never an independent state belonging to any people, nor did a Palestinian people, distinct from other Arabs, appear during 1,300 years of Muslim hegemony in Palestine under Arab and Ottoman rule.Palestine was and is solely a geographic name. Therefore, it is not surprising that in modern times the name ‘Palestine’ or ‘Palestinian’ was applied as an adjective to all inhabitants of the area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River – Palestine Jews and Palestine Arabs alike. In fact, until the 1960s, most Arabs in Palestine preferred to identify themselves merely as part of the great Arab nation or citizens of “southern Syria.”  read on...

Prosor: Israeli Construction Not an Obstacle to Peace

Israel's UN ambassador responds to European nations' condemnation. "Settlements are not and never have been the main obstacle to peace."

Ron Prosor:  Reuters

Israel's building in its own capital is not an obstable to peace, but rather the Arabs' demands and incitement, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Ambassador Ron Prosor was responding to the condemnation by four European members of the Security Council of Israel's plans to build thousands of new housing units in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

"The planned construction is in neighborhoods that will be part of Jerusalem and Israeli sovereignty under any future agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,"  read on...

 The Zionist Message Hidden within Antique Pictures of the Holy Land

A 110-year-old trove of pictures taken by the Christian photographers of the American Colony in Jerusalem provides dramatic proof of thriving Jewish communities in Palestine. Hundreds of pictures show the ancient Jewish community of Jerusalem’s Old City and the Jewish pioneers and builders of new towns and settlements in the Galilee and along the Mediterranean coastline. The American Colony photographers recorded Jewish holy sites, holiday scenes and customs, and they had a special reason for focusing their lenses on Yemenite Jews.  read on...

Fact checking the settlement issue by Yoram Ettinger 

  1. Judea and Samaria (Jewish roots) or West Bank (Arab roots)? “Judea” (יהודה) is the origin of the term “Jew” (יהודי). Its Hebrew spelling combines one of God’s names: Jehova (יהוה) and one of God’s acronyms: ד'. Judea and Samaria are the cradle of Jewish history, religion, culture, holidays, ethos, language and yearnings. The official name of the area was "Judea and Samaria" from Biblical times until April 1950, when Jordan occupied/annexed the area, renaming it "West Bank," as distinguished from the east bank of the Jordan River. Judea and Samaria was the official name used by the 1922-1948 British Mandate of Palestine, as well as by the U.N.
  2. Are Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria an obstacle to peace?  read on…  


Israel Supporters: Stop Using these 13 Phrases! 

Mainstream Western media coverage of Israel seeks to delegitimize the Jewish State by using certain words and phrases. The good news is that these terms were not written in stone 3,300 years ago, but created post-1948 in an attempt to attack Israeli independence. We must stop repeating these 13 phrases that forfeit our historical right to the Land of Israel,  read on...