From the Editor Rael Jean Isaac

A Moment to Savor

In June 2017, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, exactly 30 years after he completed a three year sentence in a Soviet labor camp for the crime of teaching Hebrew, spoke to the Russian Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, in that language.  He had been invited to address the Council by its chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko, the first Israeli to be honored in this way.

Edelstein begins his powerful speech in Hebrew: “I was imprisoned because I was teaching the language which spread to the world the ideas of rejecting tyranny, upholding the rule of justice, love of mankind and the hopes of freedom; the language in which the prophets of Israel foretold the day on which ‘Nation shall not lift up sword against nation; nor will they learn war anymore’….Today I stand before you as the Speaker of Knesset Yisrael, and, in the same language which I was imprisoned for teaching, I bless you with the ancient Jewish blessing: Shalom Aleichem! Even in my finest dreams, I never believed I’d reach this moment.”

Edelstein continues in Russian, but he has made his point nobly.


Sweden’s Enforced Silence

In this Outpost we have a review of Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe which describes what is happening—and the silence enforced upon those who want honest discussion of the impact of throwing open Europe’s borders to “the world,” in practice, chiefly the Muslim world.

Bruce Bawer (Pajamas Media, July 10) argues that Sweden “more than any other country in Europe has a government and a media that are in denial about the truth, a legal system that punishes those who dare to tell the truth, and a people who have been brainwashed for decades with the vile lie that they have a moral obligation to hand their country over to hostile, despotic strangers from far away.” According to Bawer the only source of information for Swedes on what is happening in their own country are a few Swedish and Norwegian websites and Jyllands-Posten, a newspaper in neighboring Denmark.  On March 11 an editorial in that paper excoriates the Swedes’ “unwillingness to openly and honestly discuss the government-approved multicultural idyll” declaring “in the long run, the mendacity that characterizes the Swedish debate cannot be maintained.”

In desperation, the police, who are on the front line, are beginning to break the speech taboo.  On Jihadwatch, Nicolai Sennels reports that Sweden’s National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson went on national television in June to say “Help us, help us!” warning that Swedish police forces can no longer uphold the law.  Stockholm police chief Lars Alversjo said much the same.  “The legal system, which is a pillar in every democratic society, is collapsing in Sweden.” Terrorism researcher at the Swedish National Defense College Per Magnus Ranstorp says “In the worst areas, extremists have taken over.” And there are a lot of worst areas, 61 no-go zones according to a secret (leaked) government report.  In them armed Muslim gangs and Islamic radicals replace Swedish law with a mixture of the law of the jungle and sharia.  Columnist and lawyer Judith Bergman quotes the head of the Swedish Security Service as saying there are thousands of radical Islamists in Sweden (including returned ISIS fighters) posing a “historical challenge” to security forces.

Thus far the government’s chief response is figuring out ways to silence those few who spread the word.  Peter Springare, a police officer who said migrants committed a disproportionate amount of crime, was investigated for inciting “racial hatred” and a 70 year old Swedish woman is being prosecuted for “hate speech” for criticizing migrants on Facebook.  More systematic efforts are in the works.  Bawer reports that on July 7 Jyllands-Posten reported the government plans to alter the Swedish constitution to control online speech.   Bawer says “The mainstream Swedish media are already playing ball; it’s just a few recalcitrant websites that need to be scrubbed clean.” Whatever the limits on free expression, Bawer predicts “Reporters without Borders will keep Sweden at its ridiculous #2 spot on the World Press Freedom Index.”


France Outdoes Sweden

Bawer may be wrong in giving pride of place to Sweden, at least in the matter of legal punishment for jarring Islamic hypersensitivities.  Thanks to Janet Levy for bringing attention to this unbelievable story (the details that follow come from her report) and for posting the link to the video in which Sebastien Jallamion speaks out from exile in Switzerland.

A fifteen year career police officer, Jallamion in 2014 posted on Facebook the face of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of ISIS, in the crosshairs.  An offended female Muslim co-worker who saw the post denounced him and Jallamion was tried and convicted for “defaming an imam.” He was fined close to $6,000 (in euros).   The prosecution, dissatisfied by what it considered the insufficient size of the fine, appealed, drastically increasing it, with imprisonment certain if he did not pay (which he could not). Cashiered from his job, he was badly beaten by Muslim “refugees,” requiring surgery for his wounds. Given the Muslim thugs who would inevitably be his prison companions, Jallamion realized prison was in fact a death sentence and fled to Switzerland, where he has written a book about his experiences with French “justice” in the era of Islam.  It’s called A Mort Le Flic or Kill the Cop.  Let’s hope it is translated into English.


Trump’s State Department

In its annual report on terrorism, the State Department crashes through the looking glass to slam Israel and give florid kudos to the PA and Abbas.  The “drivers of violence” are held to be Israel’s responsibility: “a lack of hope in achieving Palestinian statehood, Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, the perception that Israeli government was changing the status quo on the Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount, and IDF tactics that the Palestinians considered overly aggressive.” Abbas is praised for “his commitment to nonviolence, recognition of the State of Israel, and pursuit of an independent Palestinian state through peaceful means.”

Everything is from the PA’s point of view: the drivers of violence and Abbas’s impeccably peaceful response.  The only problem is that every word of this is a lie: Abbas absolutely refuses to recognize a Jewish state and does everything possible to encourage violence against Israel, from the “educational” materials for schoolchildren to the stipends to terrorists that eat up an ever larger proportion of the PA budget (i.e.  U.S.  taxpayer dollars).  Vicki Haley has been doing yeoman’s work going after UN agencies that demonize Israel; maybe she should turn her attention to our own State Department.


UNESCO Pornography

French history professor Guy Milliere points out the emptiness of Europe’s claim to respect human rights as European states repeatedly vote for UNESCO resolutions that deny the link between Jews and their historic sites.  UNESCO, says Milliere, “has become simply an anti-Semitic fraud” which “falsifies history and wages a campaign of raw racism against the Jewish people and Judaism.” Rubbing salt in its ever lengthening list of infamies, on July 7 in Krakow, less than 50 miles from Auschwitz, UNESCO passed a resolution denying the historic Jewish connection to Hebron.  Before the vote Carmel Shama-Hacohen, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, remarked that the meeting was held near the largest mass grave of the Jewish people.  That didn’t faze the participants.  Milliere writes: “Obscenely—and in a massive insult to the memory of those who died in Auschwitz—a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Holocaust was immediately followed by a minute of silence in memory of the ‘victims of Israel.’” Milliere observes that such false moral equivalence illuminates the way Europe has turned its back on all the values it claims to embody.


Our Worst Ideological Enemy

Belgian author Drieu Godefridi has written an important article with an eye catching title: “The Worst Ideological Enemy of the U.S. is Now Europe.”  He zeroes in on human rights groups like Amnesty International which have become a “new source of law” for the EU.  It is the views of these groups that are institutionalized in Europe’s two Supreme Courts: the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg, both of which are composed, as Godefridi puts it, of “appointed, unelected, unaccountable ideologues.”

So although Angela Merkel’s open door policy was a major factor, Godefridi points out that there is “another, more structural cause for the current situation.  In 2012 the ECHR enacted the so-called ‘HIRSI’ ruling, named after the court case of Hirsi Jamaa and Others v.  Italy, which states that the European states have the legal obligation to rescue migrants wherever they find them in the Mediterranean Sea—even just 200 meters away from the Libyan coast—and ferry them to the European shores, so that these people can claim the status of refugees.

“When the Italian Navy intercepted illegal migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and sent them back to their point of origin, Libya, not only did the ECHR condemn Italy for this ‘obvious’ breach of human rights; the Italians had to pay 15,000 euros ($17,000) to each of these illegal migrants in the name of ‘moral damage.’ This kind of money is equivalent to more than 10 years of income in Somalia and Eritrea (the countries of origin of Mr.  Hirsi Jamaa and his companions).“

The ruling constituted a huge incentive to the entire population of Africa. Its inhabitants now knew that if they only could reach the Mediterranean, Europe’s navies would be obliged to ferry them to Europe.  As Godefridi points out, “After HIRSI, the objective is now simply to be intercepted.” And human rights NGOs, with boats waiting off the shore, in communication with the traffickers, make sure that they are.

Godefridi observes that courts like the ECHR “have dismissed the sovereign laws of Italy as irrelevant and trampled the rights of the Italian state and ordinary Italians to approve who enters their country.” These courts accept NGO assertions “as an authoritative part of the process,” quoting their statements “as if fact or law.” Rule by the cultural left is Europe’s ideological “gift.” (Appropriately “gift” in German means poison, and a poisoned chalice it is.)

There is only one flaw in what Godefridi writes.  Like others who have dared to criticize NGOs in all their accusatory virtue, he makes obeisance to them as “well-intentioned” and attempting to be “moral and just.” There is nothing well-intentioned about these NGOS.  One need only look at their stance on Israel.  Israel, a model state, is treated by them as the world’s worst human rights violator in the world.  The NGOs are deeply morally corrupt, and need to be exposed as such.

The CUFI Conference

While the deplorables of J Street attack Israel and the Reform movement squabbles  over Western Wall access, it is refreshing to see thousands of evangelical Christians gathering in Washington on July 17 for the annual Christians United for Israel conference.  Founding director David Brog declared: “CUFI represents a base of voters that helped deliver the White House and both houses of Congress to Republicans. Now our members are coming to town to remind these leaders that Israel is and always has been a top priority for them.” Vice President Mike Pence addressed the gathering, among which was AFSI’s co-executive director Judy Kalish.

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