Jihad: “All the Fault of the West!” Lars Hedegaard

In 1995 a number of EU member states signed the Schengen Agreement, integrated into European Union law in 1999. The signatory powers promised to abandon their internal border protection in exchange for a promise by the EU authorities that they would police Europe’s external borders. Then the EU authorities, while demanding that the Schengen states keep their borders open, spectacularly failed to honor their part of the agreement. There can be little doubt that the EU packed up, walked out and left its populations to their own devices.
Sadly, their policies have achieved the exact opposite of what they claimed to strive for. Instead of tolerance, we have witnessed division and irreconcilable enmity between cultures and ethnicities that often have nothing in common except a desire to squeeze as much out of the public coffers as they can. Instead of “inclusion,” Europeans have seen exclusion, low-intensity warfare, terror, no-go zones, rape epidemics, murder and mayhem.

Governments, parliamentary majorities and the stars of academia, the media and the commanding heights of culture cannot have failed to notice that their grand multicultural, Islamophile game did not produce the results they had promised their unsuspecting publics. Yet to this day, most of them persist in claiming that unfettered immigration from the Muslim world and Africa is an indisputable boon to Europe.

Recently, in the wake of the so-called “refugee crisis,” some of these notables have thrown out the script and are expressing concern that immigration is out of control. European governments are still allowing millions of so-called refugees to cross all borders and settle anyplace. According to the EU agency Frontex, charged with protecting Europe’s external borders, more than a million and a half illegals crossed Europe’s frontiers between January and November 2015.

Right now there is an ever-widening gap between the people and their rulers. In a conference recently organized by the Danish Free Press Society to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the famous Muhammed cartoons, the British political analyst Douglas Murray noted that the European populations are reacting to decades of lies and deception by voting for political parties which, just a few years ago, were vilified as “racist” and “fascist.” Marine Le Pen, of the National Front party, has emerged as a strong candidate in France’s 2017 presidential election.

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A Great War Correspondent on the Palestinian Refugees From a Half-Century Ago: Part II Martha Gellhorn

Editor’s Note: This month we offer an excerpt from famous war correspondent and journalist Martha Gellhorn’s ground-breaking 1961 report on the “Palestinian refugee problem” that focuses on a Moslem refugee camp. (Last month’s excerpt was on a Christian camp.) Appallingly, little has changed in the last fifty years. Gellhorn’s report can be read in its entirely online in Mosaic Magazine (October 2015).

The Gaza Strip, from all accounts, would be a real hell hole. I imagined it as a sand dune, packed solid with human flesh, blazing hot, hideous, and filthy. It is none of these. The weather was so idyllic—a china-blue sky and a constant cool breeze—that I assumed this was special luck and at once asked my charming landlady about it. No, the weather in Gaza was always delightful.
Sizable villas are being built in what must be the fashionable section of Gaza. The main square boasts an array of parked Mercedes, finned pastel American cars, and humbler Volkswagens. The taxis in Gaza are new. There is an imposing movie theater, in the ugly world-wide chromium-and-junk style; there are abundant cafés and numerous ill-lit dingy shops, typical of the region.

The refugee camps are much larger than those in Lebanon, small towns by Middle Eastern standards. They are by no means luxury establishments, but many people live in a nastier state in American and European slums. The poor villagers of Gaza are not as well housed or cared for as the refugees. The Gaza Strip is not a hell hole, not a visible disaster. It is worse; it is a jail–with a magical long white sand beach, and a breeze, and devoted welfare workers (UNRWA) to look after the prisoners.

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Europe is Committing Cultural Suicide Ruth King

In Europe the influx of Moslem Arabs will only increase the growing anti-Semitism on the continent. Jews, in large numbers, are poised to leave. This will be a major blow to their host nations.
Please indulge me in a little ethnic pride.

Wherever they have alighted, Jews have had a disproportionate impact on every aspect of culture, the arts, science and technology.
Don’t believe me? Just go to the operas, concerts, hospitals, museums and research institutions throughout the United States—even in areas with a tiny Jewish population.

Mark Twain recognized this in 1897: “If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one quarter of one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and abstruse learning are also very out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself and be excused for it. The Egyptians, the Babylonians and the Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greeks and Romans followed and made a vast noise, and they were gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, and have vanished.”

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DECEMBER 2015 MIDEAST OUTPOST ONLINE

We wish all our supporters and readers and friends a very happy holiday season with anticipation that a new year will bring better news to America and Israel.

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Herbert Zweibon’s Last Project:
A new video has gone up at Zionism101.org:

“Ben-Gurion Part 1: Small Beginnings” depicts the early years of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister. It is the first of a 4-part series on Ben-Gurion. As part of our ongoing work to present a first-rate educational resource on Zionism, we are redoing our “Founding Fathers” course in order to raise the quality to the level of our subsequent films.

You can see it directly via the following link:
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A Blow for the ‘People’s Trust’ by William Mehlman

Moshe Dayan famously remarked upon assuming southern district command of the disparate forces that had snatched a victory for Israel in its 1948-49 War of Independence that he was going to “beat the cleverness” out of its seat-of-the-pants warriors and turn them into a “real army.” His subsequent checkered career notwithstanding, the patch-eyed valedictorian of Orde Wingate’s 1930s academy of young sabra “lions” succeeded at this task with exemplary virtuosity.

Lt. General Gadi Eisenkot, the Israel Defense Forces’ feisty new Chief of General Staff, hasn’t billed himself as the second coming of Moshe Dayan. However, with his public release of “IDF Strategy,” a 33-page manual detailing the furthest-reaching redefinition in decades of the strategic aims of the Middle East’s premiere fighting force, he appears to have been channeling the man who set the tone for that force 60 years ago.

Perusals of “IDF Strategy” have tempted some experts to regard it as a kind of “declaration of independent judgment” on the part of the military. While duly underscoring the IDF’s subordination to the will of a democratically elected civil governing authority, Eisenkot is viewed by YNet News’ Alex Fishman, among others, as being simultaneously engaged in a ground-breaking effort to convince Israel’s political echelon to “see things his way.” The document significantly proffers no elucidation of which “way” the chief of staff might be going in response to a nascent nuclear Iran, limiting itself, perhaps for security reasons, to a description of the Islamic Republic as an exporter of terror and Hezbollah’s puppet- master. It pulls no punches, however, in respect to the other threats Israel faces over the next five years and the kind of IDF needed to deal with them. Moreover, Eisenkot appears to have won his case. “The IDF,” Fishman avers, “received a de facto green light to pursue its strategic vision the moment the document was approved [for publication] by the prime minister and the defense minister.”

In context, “IDF Strategy” projects the transformation of the IDF into what Amir Rappaport writing in Israel Defense has termed a “technological war machine” grounded in state-of-the-art communications networking capable of linking resources in the air, at sea and on land. Eisenkot will be assigning top priority to an overhaul of an IDF ground army long neglected in the rush to build a submarine-based navy, the most powerful fleet of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (drones) in the Middle East and an air force financially capable of taking delivery of up to 50 copies of the world’s most sophisticated fighter airplane, the stealth-endowed F-35. “The old order in the Middle East has collapsed,” Eisenkot asserts. Faster, indeed, than anyone would have imagined as the “Arab Spring” of 2010 has morphed into the unrestrained chaos of 2015. The massive land wars of armies against armies, tanks against tanks, nations against nations are history. The enemy is no longer a barely recognizable Syria, an Iraq in denominational self-destruct or an Egypt trying to regain some semblance of economic equilibrium while dealing with a terrorist affiliate running amok in the Sinai. The enemy is now ISIS, Jabba al-Nustra, Bakr al-Baghdadi and whatever free-floating menace tomorrow may bring. They make Hamas and Hezbollah look almost stable by comparison.

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From the Editor: Rael Jean Isaac

Eagles of Death Metal

The title of this U.S. rock band is not the most fortunate, given what happened at their performance at the Bataclan. But the group has thus far been commendable for its political courage—these days apparently the hardest kind to muster. Defying BDS pressures rampant in the entertainment sector, the band performed in Tel Aviv last July and promised to return this summer. Frontman Jesse Hughes told the Israeli audience that the band had received a letter from former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters asking them to keep away. Hughes’ response: “Ain’t nobody gonna keep me from my people here in Tel Aviv.”

Hungary Says No to EU
Yes, Hungary’s Victor Orban is not a favorite among Jews. But while the EU gangs up against Israel to force special labels on products from outside the 1949 Green Line, Hungary is a lone stand-out. Its Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto has called the EU guidelines “irrational” and declared it will not conform to them.
There is much to praise in Hungary’s refusal to bow to suicidal EU policies. Szijjarto singled out mass migration as “the greatest challenge that the EU has had to face since its foundation.” And he doesn’t define the challenge, as so many of Europe’s leaders do, as being how to embrace or distribute the migrants. The challenge cannot be addressed because of political correctness, says Szijjarto: “This is not a refugee crisis. This is mass migration with an unlimited supply.” He notes there are currently 30 to 35 million people living in war-torn areas, in poverty and under dictatorships “who could suddenly hit the road.” Hungary has been under bitter attack by the EU for building fences with Croatia and Serbia, but as a result it is the rare EU country that controls its borders.
Europe does not even have any way to deport large numbers of failed asylum seekers. Richard Fernandez points out in PajamasMedia (Nov. 14) that a migration summit in Malta ended in farce after African countries rejected a plan to take back such migrants even though EU leaders offered them more than a billion euros in aid to do so. Fernandez sums up: “The dilemma the West now faces is that it cannot survive on the basis of the platform which its elites have carefully constructed since World War II. They are being beaten to death with their own lofty statements….The good news is that the West must soon squarely face choices it has been avoiding until now. The bad news is that nothing will escape unscathed.”

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The Litman Murders: The Untold Story Of An Empty Wedding Hall by Varda Epstein

The media is a heartless and fickle lover, capable of dismissing the heartache and drama of one story over another, because of the way the winds of opinion blow or because the scale of one story is enough to eclipse the smaller one.

Yes. A coordinated attack on three places in which over one hundred people are killed is going to trump a story in which only two people are killed in a place where terror is par for the course, the dues Jews pay for living in their ancestral homeland.
And yet, it is a terrible thing that happened here in Israel and in a way, the intimate story of what happened to two could and would grab the heart in a way that the death of over one hundred anonymous people never could, if only the facts were known. If only the media chose to broadcast what happened on a late Friday afternoon on the roads of Judea to one Jewish family.

But they never would.

Which is why it falls to me to try and convey the details, if only the world would listen for the short time it will take me to tell this story.
This is the story of the heinous double-murder of Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his 18 year-old son, Netanel. The car was filled with members of the Litman family, seven all told. They were on their way to Metar, where their daughter Sarah’s groom-to-be, Ariel Biegel, the rabbi’s son, would be called to read from the Torah on his last Shabbat as a single man. Candies would be thrown at him by the joyous congregants, wishing him a long and sweet life with his bride. There would be singing, two families getting to know each other over shared meals, and lots and lots of mazal tovs.
But it was not to be.

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The Campus Uprisings, Israel, and the Downfall of Larry Summers by Edward Alexander

The Wall Street Journal of November 14-15 carried an astute article by Roger Kimball (editor of the New Criterion) entitled “The Rise of the College Crybullies.” The lethal mixture of trembling sensitivity and mob ruthlessness in these student insurrectionaries has turned the country’s universities into a vast bedlam with a thousand wards. He tells how “the crybully…has weaponized his coveted status as a victim” with two calling cards: race and gender. He uses these to exploit to the fullest extent what Joseph Epstein has called “the unassailable virtue of victims.”

The past month alone has seen the humiliation and forced resignation of assorted faculty members, deans, and even university presidents. Some schools have run up the white flag of surrender even before they were invaded, or tried what might be called preemptive action to ward off the wrath of the new brownshirts by appointing presidents and provosts who proclaim their unswerving devotion to diversity training; or to appointing (more) deans of equity; or to fighting “minoritization” and “marginalization”; or to celebrating gay marriage and transgenderism; or to requiring “trigger warnings” about dangerous books; or to implementing race quotas; or to realizing all the other countless desiderata of campus radicals.

At NYU, for example, “Students of Color” currently list no fewer than 28 “demands” but encouraged the submission of still more. Their counterparts at Brandeis (as of this writing) lag behind with only 13, but are more peremptory and menacing about deadlines by which their demands must be met. Yale’s revolutionaries complain that their uprising against the school’s administration has come “at great expense to our health and grades,” and expect to be compensated accordingly. UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union and its satellites want allocations of money, black faculty, and black psychologists to bring them up to the achievement levels of Asian students at that noble institution. So far Mitch Daniels of Purdue University seems to be the sole exception in the entire country to the rule of presidential surrender to these campus insurrectionaries.

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Host Countries, Beware of Islamic terrorism by Yoram Ettinger

Islamic terrorists – not only ISIS and Al Qaeda – systematically and deliberately target civilians, and stab the back of their Muslim and “infidel” host countries, abusing their hospitality to advance 14-centuries-old megalomaniac aspirations to rule the globe, in general, and to reclaim the Waqf (Allah-ordained) regions of Europe, in particular.

Europe has underestimated the critical significance of this 14-century-old anti-Western Islamic history and aspirations in shaping contemporary Islamic education, culture, politics and the overall Islamic attitude toward Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and other “arrogant infidels.” For instance, “infidel” France has been the prime European target for Islamic terrorists (eleven reported attacks in 2015), irrespective of France’s systematic criticism of Israel and support of the Palestinian Authority, dispelling conventional “wisdom” that Islamic terrorism is Israeli or Palestinian-driven.

Europe has ignored the significant impact on contemporary Islamic geo-strategy of crucial milestones in the life of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, such as the 7th century Hijrah (Islam-driven emigration). Muhammad emigrated/fled from Mecca to Yathrib (Medina) – along with his loyalists – not to be integrated and blend into Medina’s social, economic or political environment, but to advance and spread Islam through conversion, subversion and terrorism, if necessary. Asserting himself over his hosts and rivals in Medina, Muhammad gathered a critical mass of military might to conquer Mecca and launch Islam’s drive to dominate the world.

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Syrians are a Nation of Terrorist Supporters: 10,000 Syrian Refugees mean 1,300 ISIS Supporters. by Daniel Greenfield

Syria is a terror state. It didn’t become that way overnight because of the Arab Spring or the Iraq War.
Its people are not the victims of American foreign policy, Islamic militancy or any of the other fashionable excuses. They supported Islamic terrorism. Millions of them still do.
They are not the Jews fleeing a Nazi Holocaust. They are the Nazis trying to relocate from a bombed out Berlin.

A 2007 poll showed that 77% of Syrians supported financing Islamic terrorists including Hamas and the Iraqi fighters who evolved into ISIS. Less than 10% of Syrians opposed their terrorism.
Why did Syrians support Islamic terrorism? Because they hated America.
Sixty-three percent wanted to refuse medical and humanitarian assistance from the United States. An equal number didn’t want any American help caring for Iraqi refugees in Syria.
The vast majority of Syrians turned down any form of assistance from the United States because they hated us. They still do. Just because they’re willing to accept it now, doesn’t mean they like us.

If we bring Syrian Muslims to America, we will be importing a population that hates us.
The terrorism poll numbers are still ugly. A poll this summer found that 1 in 5 Syrians supports ISIS. A third of Syrians support the Al Nusra Front, which is affiliated with Al Qaeda. Since Sunnis are three fourths of the population and Shiites and Christians aren’t likely to support either group, this means that Sunni Muslim support for both terror groups is even higher than these numbers make it seem.

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