Sunday, February 26, 2017

Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia Vandalized

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Kristallnacht 1938

It has happened again. One week after over one hundred headstones were overturned in a
Jewish cemetery near St Louis, a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia has been similarly vandalized.

This is sick. This is what happened to Jewish cemeteries all over Germany during the Third Reich. I will withhold any speculation as to who is involved in these dastardly attacks until the perps are caught.

I truly commend Vice President Pence for going to St Louis last week, not just to make a statement of condemnation, but to actually help clean up the destruction. I hope that President Trump will take strong action to fight the resurgence in Jew hatred in our nation. The best way he can do it is by speaking out strongly and using his bully pulpit. Sadly, so much mud has been thrown at Trump charges of anti-semitism are included. Today's Orange County Register has an op-ed by Carl Cannon refuting allegations that Trump is an anti-semite. I too reject that allegation. As Cannon pointed out, Trump screwed up the question from the Jewish man in the back of the room. He apparently misinterpreted the question. It was unfortunate, but it does not make Trump an anti-semite. The questioner, Jake Turx, has given the President the benefit of the doubt.

Trump has condemned the St Louis incident, and he should comment on the latest one as well. I hope that he will soon make a special comment on the overall situation of anti-semitsm in the US and the world. I would like to see him go on national television to do it. He is going to be speaking shortly before Congress. I hope he includes it in his speech.

It's that important.

Sacramento State University: No Place for Young, Black Conservative Men

Hat tip Campus Watch

It's tough enough being a conservative student on a college campus, but it's doubly tough if you are an African-American conservative. Ask Floyd Johnson of the College Republicans at Sacramento State University.

I note that our friends from the Students for Justice in Palestine were involved. That pretty much explains everything.

George Galloway Has Traveled in Strange Company

                                   Galloway and his motley crew in Gaza

Jamal al Harith was a British subject who was released by the Americans from Guantanamo Bay in 2004. He was killed Monday driving an explosive-laden truck into an Iraqi army base near Mosul. Oh yes. One other fun fact: In 2009, he was part of George Galloways's Viva Palestina convoy to Gaza.

Currently, Galloway is still running around the fringes of British society trying to get back into Parliament. He gives speeches, gets things thrown at him and on him, and generally keeps the British public laughing, much like the late Benny Hill used to do. Galloway is a slapstick character who always gets involved in one muck or another. For you American readers, imagine a Laurel and Hardy movie, and you get an idea of the life of George Galloway.

Someday when my grandson is old enough, I can tell him that George Galloway once called me a liar.

The Faces of the DNC: Thomas Perez and Keith Ellison

The DNC has voted and Thomas Perez, former secretary of Labor under Obama and civil rights lawyer in the Justice Department under Eric Holder, will the the new head. He is a leftist, pure and simple. The first thing he did after being elected was to name Keith Ellison, his main competitor for the job, as his vice chair. Ellison had been under fire for his past membership in the Nation of Islam, his past praise of Louis Farrakhan and his alleged anti-semitism. No doubt some Democrats were afraid of the message Ellison's election would send to moderate Democrats and Jews. Perez, apparently, was not so concerned.

The selection of Perez is no move back to the center for the Democrats. He is a dedicated lefty. Having Ellison, one of two Muslim members of Congress, is not going to stop the bleeding.Ellison has a heavy Somali constituency in his home district of Minneapolis, which largely explains his election to Congress. With Perez' decision to  tap Ellison as his second, the Democrats get the worst of two worlds. They are sure to lose some degree of Jewish support. For example, just before the selection of Perez, Alan Dershowitz was appearing on CNN promising he would leave the Democrat party if Ellison, whom he considers an anti-semite, were selected. With Ellison in the number two slot, it remains to be seen what Dershowitz will do now.

Perez has boldly stated that he and Ellison will be President Trump's worst nightmare. I doubt it. It is people like these two that have led to the Democrat party losing so much of its support.

Meanwhile in France: Play it Again Sam

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna for videos.

If August is vacation month in France, February has been riot month. The riots over a police brutality allegation involving a young black man identified only as "Theo" are continuing. They have now spread to other cities and include demostrations against the National Front of Marine LePen.  This is the French left in action in what they call a "demonstration" (manifestation). The first is from Nantes.

Last night in Paris (below)

Just to be safe, I checked my French dictionary. "Manifestation" does not include the translation of riot.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Another Cynical Attempt to Equate Muslim-Americans With Japanese-Americans During WW II

Hat tip Campus Watch and Daily Californian

For the past few years, Muslim organizations like CAIR have set up alliances with various Japanese-American groups in an attempt to equate the situation with the former group to that of the latter during World War II when Japanese and Japanese -Americans living on the West Coast were relocated into internment camps. It was a terrible injustice, and the US has recognized it as such. No documented case was ever brought forth of espionage by Japanese or Japanese-Americans during the war. CAIR and other agenda-driven Muslin groups have attempted to use the Japanese-American experience to spread hysteria that Muslim-Americans might be rounded up and interned, which no serious person has even suggested. Japanese-American groups, in my view have been cynically used by groups like CAIR.

As an example, there was an event this week at UC Berkeley involving activists like Professor Hatem Bazian and CAIR San Francisco director Zahra Billoo along with a Japanese-American survivor of the relocation. The event was co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Union and the Muslim Student Union.

I am unaware of any Japanese-American group in the US with a radical agenda. It is sad to see some of them being swayed by groups like CAIR and individuals like Bazian. They should take a closer look at the background of these Islamist activists who are shamelessly using them.

Muslim Discount Card

Alkalima is a publication by the UC Irvine Muslim Student Union. Its articles range from religious issues to Israel (anti) and other social issues affecting Muslims. Here is an ad from their current web page. Introducing the Muslim Discount Card.

If you want to apply for one, visit the site in the lower  left-hand corner or you can write to them c/o UC Irvine Dean of Students at the address in the lower-right-hand corner.

Cal St. Fullerton Professor Suspended

Hat tip Campus Reform

Eric Canin, a professor at Cal State University Fullerton, has been suspended due to an altercation he had with students on February 8 during a protest and counter-protest by College Republicans over the issue of a border wall.

There are conflicting reports over who accosted whom, and the video is rather inconclusive on that point. What is clear, however, is that Canin was involved in a rather unfriendly interchange with pro-wall students.

As a conservative who until recently was teaching part-time at UC Irvine, I learned that a teacher has to be very restrained when dealing with a student on the other side of an issue. While I never brought my personal views into the classroom, I did attend many events sponsored by the Muslim Student Union and Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as pro-Israel events. Things occasionally got heated, and I have had  occasional less than friendly exchangse with speakers and officials of certain organizations, but when it comes to teacher-student exchanges, the teacher has to keep it professional.

Maxine Waters "Condemns" UC Berkeley Rioters

"This is a bunch of scumbags"

Maxine Waters is at it again. In another Fousesquawk exclusive, the distinguished US congresswoman from California has condemned the actions of the UC Berkeley rioters on February 1.

UCB Professor Robert Reich has no comment on Waters' statement.

Muslim Student Associations in Canada

Hat tip The Israel Group and TSEC Network Canada

This site has written expensively about the activities of the Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine for years. We have also reported on activities of the Muslim Student Association chapters in the US as well as its sister organization, Students for Justice in Palestine.

We should, not, however, overlook Canada and its universities. Canada is another hotbed of radical Islamic activity, a situation that can only get worse under liberal prime minster Justin Trudeau. The below article by Terrorism and Security Experts of Canada (TSEC) gives a portrait of the MSA in Canada, its history, its associations, its aims and many of its members who have gone on to terrorist activity.

My own experience with the MSU at UC Irvine confirms this narrative. While many young Muslim students may be drawn to join a MSA/MSU chapter for all the right reasons, a chapter's leadership positions are a cause for concern. Aside from observing the faith and da'wa, political activity in the guise of human rights, such as opposing and demonizing Israel on campus are a main motivation of these chapters.

In addition, whiel the official position of these chapters may deny extremism and anti-semitism, when speakers like Amir Abdel Malik  Ali and Abdul Alim Musa come to speak (as I have seen them do at UCI) , it puts the lie to any claims of moderation.

Which Muslim Leaders Should Trump Reach Out to?

Hat tip Middle East Forum

The below article in the Middle East Forum outlines some of the pitfalls the Trump administration needs to avoid  in making alliances with truly moderate Muslims. The writer, Sam Westrop, also points out that non-violent Muslims can still be extremists.

I would add that Mr. Westrop's Boston-based organization, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, was on the front lines of trying to alert the community about the extremist ties  of the Islamic Society Cultural Center of Boston. It's leader, Charles Jacobs, was ostracized by the leadership of his own Jewish community in Boston.

In fairness to former President Obama, his predecessor, George W. Bush, also made errors in reaching out to the Muslim community after 9-11. The first Muslim leader he invited to the White House was none other than Muzammil Siddiqi, former head of the Islamic Society of North America and currently head imam of the Islamic Center of Orange County in Garden Grove, California. Siddiqi, who was given a "Bridge Builder" award by the politically-correct Orange County Human Relations Commission a few years ago, has pulled the wool over the eyes of the local community for years. In 1992, Siddiqi hosted the recently deceased terrorist imam Omar Abdel Rahman, to give a guest sermon at his mosque, which Sidddiqi translated into English.

The mistakes of Bush were compounded by Obama, who never recognized true moderates such as Zuhdi Jasser. Giving almost $400,000 to the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) as he left office was a true slap in the face to Muslim reformers.

In my view, Trump is becoming educated on the true nature of Islamic extremism. Hopefully, he will not be fooled by gentle words and smiling faces.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Radicalization of Turks in Germany

Hat tip Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes

It always pains me to write articles like this about Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan . When I was a DEA agent stationed in Italy in the 1980s, I twice had the occasion to visit Turkey and collaborate with the Turkish National Police. I enjoyed my visits to the country, and I liked the people. At that time, Turkey was still a secular Muslim-majority country, which even produced a great beer (Efes Pilsen). Unfortunately, times have changed in Turkey under Erdoğan, who is attempting to reverse the secular reforms of the country's national hero, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.  Radical Islam is on the march, and sadly, many Turks are being swept up in the wave of hate and violence.

That also poises a problem for European countries with large Turkish populations, especially Germany, where Turks have roots that go back a couple of generations now. They first arrived as Gastarbeiter (guest workers). To be sure, they suffered discrimination as they came and filled manual labor jobs. Some stayed and had children who have grown up in Germany. Assimilation has had mixed results.

Now, with some one million migrants, asylum-seekers, refugees, and others (largely Muslims) roaming around Germany, radicalization is also a problem among the Turks.  Recent events have brought out the involvement of Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs (DIYANET) in influencing the Turkish diaspora in religious and political matters.

DIYANET is a long-established part of the Turkish government in religious (Islamic) matters. It is now under the control of Erdoğan. Last month, DIYANET was accused of telling Turkish mosques in Belgium to spy on their adopted country and report any criticism of Turkey and/or the Erdoğan government.

In Germany, the largest organization representing Turkish Muslims is DITIB (Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs), an organization that collaborates with the German government on issues affecting their constituents. DITIB is technically independent of DIYANET, but is apparently susceptible to the reach and influence of the latter agency in Ankara. In December, both entities were caught up in allegations of spying within Germany in connection with suspected supporters of Fetullah Gulen, an Erdoğan opponent living in exile in the US. In January, DIYANET denied accusations that they had used DITIB to carry out spying in Germany. However, the same month, DITIN acknowledged that some of its preachers had, indeed, spied for Turkey.

But it gets worse. The German media outlet ARD has done an investigation into German mosques affiliated with DITIB and uncovered hateful preaching against the West, Jews and Christians. This article by Vlad Tepes features two disturbing videos. They are in German but sub-titled into English by Vlad Tepes.

Germany, like most of its European neighbors, is in a mess. Not only do they have to worry about the intentions of hundreds of thousands of newly-arrived Muslims, they also need to look out for radicalized Turkish-Germans. It is even more troubling that there might be a Turkish government component in that radicalization.