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“What Pisses Me Off About The Berlin Christmas Market Terrorist Attack” – Stefan Molyneux – 19th December 2016 – MUST SEE!

Posted in ONLINE DEBATE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2016 by drjgelb

CREEPING HISTORICAL REVISIONISM

Posted in GUN CONTROL, CRIMINAL JUSTICE & THE HORRORS OF THE ADVERSARIAL SYSTEM!, MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2016 by drjgelb

The article at the url below written by Ruby Hamad, whose prior articles reveal a cunning Muslim apologist, twisting everything from the Rotherham Muslim Grooming Scandal to the Paris attacks as part of sinister, right-wing Islamophobia. As those who know me will agree, I’m suffering from severe Islamonausea, as the news is full of sickening evidence of Applied Islamic Jihad and its disgusting twin, Shariah. 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

http://www.dailylife.com.au/execute_search.html?text=ruby+hamad&ss=News+And+Views

 

OP-ED:

http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/how-the-australia-day-lamb-ad-contributes-to-everyday-cultural-erasure-20160113-gm5dj5

 

I felt compelled, a frequent feeling nowadays, to pen a Letter to the Editor of Daily Life, a Fairfax Publication:

 

RE: Article by Ruby Hamad 14/01/2016 Daily Life

 

When an article purporting to be about how the controversial Australia Day ALA “lamb ad” misuses Aboriginal symbology in an ad devoid of any Aboriginal Australians, and  promotes consumption of an introduced livestock animal as an holiday “tradition”, imagine my surprise to see the author’s deceptive segue into a rant about so called Israeli “misappropriation” of hummus & falafel.

Putting aside the issue of perpetual Muslim offence and self-referential victimhood, the op-ed is loaded with historical revisionism that cannot be overlooked, lest your readers believe the hoary old narrative of Palestinian displacement from “their land”.

By 1948, one million Jews lived in the Muslim nations of Arabia and had lived there for over 3500yrs. Having migrated to Arabia from their point of origin in ancient Mesapotamia, Jews were enslaved in Egypt for over 400yrs, intersecting with the reign of Pharoah Ramses II at its end. Following the Exodus from Egypt, regardless of the religious mythology surrounding the event, the Jews entered the land of Canaan, where today Greater Israel is located and together with a number of allied pagan tribes, conquered the region approximately 3500yrs ago.

On several occasions, empires came and went, driving Jews out, as the tiny strip of land was used as the highway between Greece, Rome and Arabia, Africa and later the Ottomans. Although some Jews always remained, many were driven into the surrounding lands of Arabia. When Islam arrived with Muhammad in Mecca & Medina in the 620’s A.D., Jews throughout the Middle East consumed a diet similar to local Christian and Pagan populations that included the whole gamut of Middle Eastern food Ms Hamad is claiming as “Palestinian”. In fact, Muhammad borrowed heavily from Jewish dietary laws in devising Islamic dietary laws. After all, Jewish dietary laws date back some 2000yrs before Muhammad was born.

When Jews fled Israel following the Roman conquest in and the destruction of the Second Temple in 70A.D., whilst many settled in Arabia, others fled to Spain, where they lived for hundreds of years, until expelled by Ferdinand & Elizabeth, under pressure from The Inquistion, in 1492A.D. The Spanish Jews fled in several directions, including north to Central and Eastern Europe, Russia & Ukraine, whilst many returned to Arabia, agreeing to live as second class citizens in Muslim nations and pay the annual “Jizya” tax on infidels to remain alive.

Over the next 500yrs, separation by distance led to a divergence in Jewish culture and tradition, namely the Ashkenazi or European Jews and the Sephardi or so called Oriental Jews. In her article, Ms Hamad ignores the fact that 500,000 members of the Sephardi community were integrated by Israel in 1948 after being expelled from all surrounding Arab nations in response to the United Nations establishment of Israel by way of the “Partition Plan” in 1948. The Arabs rejected the Partition Plan and declared a “War of Extermination” on Israel, two hours after it was declared a Jewish Nation.

In 1922, under British Mandate, there were only 120,000 nomadic Bedouin and about 50,000 Jews in the entire area under British Control. The land was so ravaged by centuries of nomadic neglect that it was considered barren and untillable. The small but growing Jewish population, arriving in dribs and drabs from the mid-1800’s, worked incessantly to rehabilitate the land and as they did, employment opportunities arose that stimulated Jordanian, Syrian, Lebanese and even Egyptian (eg. Yasser Arafat) migration to obtain a better life. By 1948, there were 150,000 Jews and 750,000 Arabs living in what became Israel. By then, what remained of European Jewry had mainly fled the hell of Europe and many migrated to the Jewish Homeland in order to attempt to restart their lives.

The Jews had by then purchased nearly 50% of Israel from the mainly absentee landlords who owned title to most of the British Mandated land. Jews paid inflated prices to obtain this land, until the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, an honorary General (bestowed by Himmler himself) in the Nazi SS during WWII, prohibited Muslims from selling land to Jews under penalty of death. The Grand Mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini, used the occasion of the declaration of the nationhood of Israel to spread panic amongst the Arab population by broadcasting day and night that the Jews would exterminate them. 400,000 fled Eastward to the border of Israel & Jordan, intending to return after the 7 Arab nations now at war with Israel, destroyed the Jewish State.

When the Arabs were defeated, King Hussein of Jordan refused to permit the refugees from returning to their Jordanian countrymen, many of whom were relatives and friends. The reason he did this was because the King and 20% of Jordanians are Hashemites, one of the ancient pagan Arab tribes converted to Islam by Muhammad. The Hashemite minority control Jordan, whilst “ordinary Arabs” make up the other 80% of Jordanians and are excluded from positions of power or influence. Instead, King Hussein kept the fleeing ex-Jordanian Arabs in limbo, refugee camps that became cities on the West Bank. Worse still, Jordan and all other Arab nations cynically used these people as propaganda tools in their existential religious battle to destroy Israel and end the gross humiliation of Jews residing as free and equal citizens on what Muhammad defined as eternally Muslim land. That humiliation remains today as the primary source of the Middle East conflict. For Islam collectively, the presence of tiny, undefeated Israel in its midst is intolerable & deeply shameful.

The British called Jews living under the 1922 Mandate, “Palestinians” and named the area, “Palestine”. The flag used for “Palestine” was blue and white with a central, gold Jewish Star of David and it bore a strong resemblance to the modern Israeli flag. The Jews did NOT steal the Palestinian’s land. The immigrant Arabs did not own it. Furthermore, the term “Palestinian” as used today was misappropriated by Yasser Arafat following the Arab defeat in the 1967 Six Day War, with the express aim of dishonestly claiming the underdog position from the Jews. This goal was expressly stated by a PLO U.N. representative at the U.N. General Assembly in 1977 (look it up). So there is and never was a “Palestinian People or Nation” and Israel has been wrongly accused in respect of this fabricated Arab group for far too long, despite historians, world leaders and numerous generally educated people knowing the truth of the real historical events.

The blatant misappropriation of Middle Eastern food by Ms Hamad in the name of the “Palestinians” is deliberate and is part of a well articulated policy of dissimulation, trying to claim that the Palestinians are an ancient people with legitimate claims to Jerusalem and Israel. It is important to note that delegitimisation of Israel is integral to the rhetoric of the BDS movement and has been a central plank in the long campaign by the “regressive left” to isolate, demonise and eventually destroy Israel. Tragically, this quest coincides exactly with Muhammad’s repeated commands to Muslims to annihilate the world’s Jews, whom he stated are the “spawn of apes & pigs'” and who are, “the worst of creatures”. Few non-Muslims know that Islam’s Last Days, where souls will be judged and either enter Paradise or be consigned to eternal “Hell Fire”, cannot begin until every single Jew has been destroyed, down to the very last, whose presence hiding beneath or behind  even the “Rocks and Trees” will be betrayed as these objects become animate.
In fact, allowing the publication of an op-ed full of historical lies, renders Fairfax an accomplice in the 1400yr long misery of Islamic Jew Hatred and is inherently simply disguised/covert and completely undeserved Anti-Semitism.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Jerome Gelb (Jerry),
Psychiatrist
http://about.me/drjgelb115

 

 

LETTER TO MY MEMBER OF FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2014 by drjgelb

Dear Kelly,

I hope this email finds you well.

No doubt, you have been appalled at the swift and horrific rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The article attached herein is truly a timely warning that Western governments would be very foolish to ignore. The author, whom I have personally met, is a thoughtful, highly intelligent and scholarly researcher of Islam and provides his readers with evidence based opinion that is independently verifiable.

I hope that you have recognised, as have I, that the preferred approach of the Obama administration to Islamic imperialist aspirations has been to deny their existence, to order all references to “Islamic Extremism” and “Jihad” removed from Federal publications and to label terrorist attacks such as the Fort Hood shootings with euphamisms such as “workplace incident”.

The result has been the total failure to accurately assess the consequences of American policy in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Gaza, Israel and Iran. Former U.S. Intelligence leaders are extremely worried about U.S. foreign policy settings and are incredulous of Obama’s choice of Muslim Brotherhood linked advisors.

The attached document, published today in the online Mid-East Forum by Mark Durie, provides a well researched explanation for the behaviour of the Islamic State and warns that adherents of Islam are mandated by Islamic scriptures to treat non-Muslims in exactly the manner we are seeing today.

Furthermore, widespread theological illiteracy in the government and public alike, renders our community extremely vulnerable to the dissimulation of Islam perpetrated by the increasing number of Saudi sponsored chairs of Islamic Studies being established across Australia. With professors in these institutions being constantly quoted as the sole experts in Islamic jurisprudence, both public and government are extraordinarily vulnerable to the deliberate untruths favoured by Islam as an instrument to protect Islam’s real intentions. This strategy, formally named “Taqqiya”, appears to be a concept unknown to journalists, who accept false statements without any apparent fact checking. The ABC is a serious offender in this regard.

Please read the attached article and could I please come and talk with you about my concerns and ideas in respect of the increasing threat posed by the tens of thousands of Islamic militants currently volunteering amongst the murderers of the Islamic State, who are certain to return to their parent nations (thousands expected to return to Indonesia) with committed Jihadist intentions.

Kind Regards,

Jerry GELB

    How Dissimulation about Islam is Fuelling Genocide in the Middle East
    Middle East Forum 16/08/2014 12:09 am

    Tens of thousands of Yazidis have been driven from their homes in northern Iraq.
    In northern Iraq religious genocide is reaching end-game stage. Islamic State (IS) soldiers, reinforced with military equipment originally supplied by the US, are driving  back Kurdish defenders who had been protecting Christians and other religious minorities. While hundreds of thousands of refugees have been fleeing into Kurdistan, around 40,000 Yazidis and some Christians are trapped on Mount Sinjar, surrounded by IS jihadis. (Yazidis are Kurdish people whose pre-Christian faith derives from ancient Iranian religious traditions, with overlays and influences from other religions.)

    The Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq has reported that children and the elderly are dying of thirst on Sinjar. Parents are throwing their children to their deaths off the mountain rather than see them die of thirst or be taken into slavery  by IS. The IS jihadis are killing the men they capture. In one recent incident 1500 men were executed in front of their wives and families. In another incident 13 Yazidi men who refused to convert to Islam had their eyes plucked out, were doused with gasoline and burned alive. When the men are killed, captured women and children are enslaved to be used for sex, deployed as human shields in battle zones, or sold to be used and abused as their new owners see fit.

    The United States has ironically called for greater cooperation. UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, urged ‘all parties to the conflict’ to allow access to UN relief agencies. She called on Iraqis to ‘come together’ so that Iraq will ‘get back on the path to a peaceful future’ and ‘prevent ISIL from obliterating Iraq’s vibrant diversity’.

    Of course  it is not ‘vibrant diversity’ which is being wiped out in Iraq, but men, women and children by their tens of thousands. This is not about the failure of coexistence, and the problem is not ‘conflict’. This is not about people who have trouble getting on and who need to somehow make up and ‘come together’. It is about a well-articulated and well-documented theological worldview hell-bent on dominating ‘infidels’, if necessary wiping them off the face of the earth, in order to establish the power and grandeur of a radical vision of Islam.

    The American administration, according to Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute, ‘withholds arms from the Kurds while awaiting a new, unified Iraqi government with a new prime minister. Meanwhile … no Iraqi troops are in Nineveh province. Only at a few minutes to midnight on the genocide clock has the US begun to launch military strikes against IS forces.

    These events ought to be sobering to the West, not least because thousands of the IS jihadis were raised and bred in the mosques of Europe, North America and Australia, not to mention the madrassas of nations such as Malaysia, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Having been formed by the theology of radical Islam in their home societies, would-be jihadis are flocking to Syria and Iraq where they seek victory or martyrdom, killing and raping as they go.

    Why is this so? How did the Arab Spring, hailed by so many armchair western commentators as the next best thing for the Middle East, blossom bright red into a torrent of blood?

      Theological illiteracy

    Part of the answer is that the West is in the grip of theological illiteracy. It has stubbornly refused to grasp the implications of a global Islamic revival which has been gaining steam for the best part of a century. The Islamic Movement looks back to the glory days of conquest as Islam’s finest hour, and seeks to revive Islamic supremacy through jihad and sacrifice. It longs for a truly Islamic state – the caliphate reborn – and considers jihad to be the God- given means to usher it in.
    This worldview was promoted in compelling, visionary terms by Indian scholar  Abul A’la Maududi, whose writings continue to be widely disseminated by Islamic bookshops and mosques across the West.

    Maududi argued in his radicalisation primer, “Let us be Muslims” that the only valid form of government is Islamic theocracy – i.e. sharia rule – and Muslims are duty-bound to use whatever power they can muster to impose this goal on the world:

    “whoever you are, in whichever country you live, you must strive to change the wrong basis of government, and seize all powers to rule and make laws from those who do not fear God.” … The name of this striving is jihad. And “If you believe Islam to be true, you have no alternative but to exert your utmost strength to make it prevail on earth: you either establish it or give your lives in this struggle.”

    My own copy of Let us Be Muslims, which lies open before me as I write, was bought from a well-respected mainstream Islamic centre here in Melbourne, Australia.

      Violent protests

    When Pope Benedict gave a lecture in Regensburg in 2006, in which he suggested that Islam had been spread by force, the Muslim world erupted in violent protests.
    Sheikh ‘Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, responded with a revealing defence of Islam’s record. Without a glimmer of irony, he argued that the Pope was wrong to say Islam had been spread by force, because the infidels had a third choice, apart from death or conversion, namely to “surrender and pay tax, and they will be allowed to remain in their land, observing their religion under the protection of Muslims.” He claimed that those who read the Qur’an and the Sunna (the example and teaching of Muhammad) will understand the facts.

    The reality unfolding in north Iraq today reveals to the cold light of day exactly what the doctrine of the three choices means for conquered non-Muslims populations, and why the dogma of the ‘three choices’ is no defence against the assertion that Islam was spread by the sword.

      Jizya

    It is crystal clear that IS is not playing by the world’s rules. It has nothing but contempt for the Geneva Convention. Its battle tactics are regulated by sheikhs who implement the sharia’s rules of war. Many of the abuses committed by IS being reported by the international media are taken straight from the pages of Islamic legal textbooks.

    Consider IS’s announcement to Christians in northern Iraq: “We offer them three choices: Islam, the dhimma contract – involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this, they will have nothing but the sword.”

    These words are cobbled together from the pages of Islamic sacred texts. It was Sa’d b. Mu’adh, a companion of Muhammad, who said of the pagan Meccans “We will give them nothing but the sword” ( A. Guillaume, The Life of Muhammad, OUP 1955 p. 454). Muhammad himself was reported to have said “When you meet your enemies who are polytheists [i.e. they are not Muslims] invite them to three courses of action. … Invite them to Islam… If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the jizya. … If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them” (Sahih Muslim. The Book of Jihad and Expedition [Kitab al-Jihad wa’l- Siyar] 3:27:4294). When the Caliph Umar attacked Persia, he announced to them “Our Prophet [Muhammad] … has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or pay jizya” (Sahih al- Bukhari, The Book of al-Jizya and the Stoppage of War 4:58:3159).

      Prophesy

    I have analysed the doctrine of the three choices in my book The Third Choice: Islam, dhimmitude and freedom, drawing extensively on Islamic sources to explain the worldview of jihad and the dhimma. That book now reads as a grim prophecy of the tragedy unfolding in Syria and Iraq. The Arabic word jizya is derived from a root j-z-y which refers to something given as compensation, in substitution for something else. According to Arab lexicographers, jizya is tribute taken from non-Muslims living under Islamic rule “as though it were a compensation for their not being slain.” It is paid by defeated communities to compensate or reward their attackers for forgoing the right to kill, enslave or loot them.

    The nineteenth-century Algerian Qur’anic commentator Muhammad ibn Yusuf at-Fayyish explained that jizya is “a satisfaction for their blood. It is … to compensate for their not being slain. Its purpose is to substitute for the duties of killing and slavery … It is for the benefit of Muslims.” Over a thousand years earlier, Abu Yusuf Ya’qub, a Hanafi jurist wrote “their lives and possessions are spared only on account of the payment of the jizya.”

      Compensation

    In 1799 William Eton, in a survey of the Ottoman empire, reported that Christians under Ottoman rule, on paying the jizya, were addressed with a standard form of words to the effect that “the sum of money received is taken as compensation for being permitted to wear their heads that year”.

    To be sure, there are other ways to interpret the Qur’an, but the point is that this understanding of jizya has become the operative one in Northern Iraq and Syria. It also has the backing of centuries of Islamic jurisprudence and practice. It was with this understanding of Islam that the Middle East, South Asia and large parts of Eastern Europe were conquered and occupied under Muslim rule until modern times.
    This grim fact – that the IS jihadis can ably defend their theology on the basis of Islam’s history and religious traditions – means that it will be no easy task to persuade Muslim clerics and intellectuals to ‘debunk’ them. Such a strategy, which has been proposed by Peter Leahy, former head of the Australian Army, will be fraught with difficulties. Debunking would be a whole lot easier if radical ideologies were in fact bunkum. The problem is, the jihadis hold far too many theological trump cards from the Qur’an and the precedent of Muhammad’s example to be so easily routed on the field of ideas. Indeed it is the radicals who have become expert at debunking, as their successful global recruiting drive shows.

    Let us consider some of the weight behind the radicals’ theology.

      Surrender

    According to Islamic law, Christians and other non-Muslims who agree to keep their religion and their lives by paying jizya are subject to a dhimma treaty of surrender.
    The word dhimma is derived from an Arabic word meaning ‘to blame’. It implies a liability or debt arising from fault or blame. The idea is that the non-Muslims, known as dhimmis, owe a debt to their conquerors for their lives, and non-observance of the treaty of surrender would attract blame and thus incur punishment. The dhimma conditions include payment of jizya by adult men, but also many demeaning legal disabilities which are enforced upon non- Muslims and apply in one form or another across most of the Muslim world right up to the present day: one example is widespread restrictions on building new churches in areas formerly conquered by Islam; another is restrictions on freedom of religious expression.The imposition of these disabilities upon non-Muslims is in accordance with a command of Muhammad

    “I have been sent with a sword in my hand to command people to worship Allah and associate no partners with him. I command you to belittle and subjugate those who disobey me, for whoever imitates a people is one of them” (cited from Musnad (chain of) Ahmad Ibn Hanbali, founder of the Hanbali school of jurisprudence).

      Belittling

    One of the means of belittling non-Muslims has been to ensure that they would not “look alike”, by requiring that they wear discriminatory clothing, patches or even, in ancient times, seals around their necks. A modern-day manifestation of the principle of not ‘looking alike’ is the application of the Arabic letter nun (for Nazrani, the Arabic word for Christians) to the exterior of Christian homes in Mosul. Using similar reasoning, the Taliban required that Afghan Hindus should wear discriminatory patches on their clothing, so their non- Muslim status could be instantly recognisable.

    IS is even looking to the model of first century Islam to set the level of the jizya tax. Early Islamic sources state that the jizya was a minimum of one gold dinar, and up to four dinars, depending upon the wealth of the individual dhimmi. Following these provisions to the letter, IS has made the following declaration:

    “Christians are obligated to pay Jizya tax on every adult male to the value of four golden dinars for the wealthy, half of that for middle-income citizens and half of that for the poor . . . they must not hide their status, and can pay in two installments per year.”

    A gold dinar weighs about 4.5 grams, which at $45 a gram means that a tax regime of one to four dinars equates to $200 to $800 US dollars per non-Muslim adult male. This is a heavy burden for a conquered people in a war zone, and the reality on the ground in both Syria and Iraq has been that the jihadis demand much more, and not once a year as its textbooks state, but again and again.

      Convert or die

    Reports show that IS has been setting jizya so high in both Syria and northern Iraq, and levying it so often, that it cannot be paid. This gives Christians who wish to stay in their homes but two choices: convert or die. Most have fled, but some, including those who are too frail or disabled to flee, have had to convert to save themselves. The fleeing refugees are in a particularly desperate situation, because they are progressively stripped of their belongings by IS checkpoints as they escape.
    There is nothing new here. Throughout history the jizya has been a heavy imposition for non-Muslims. Large numbers of Christians converted to Islam in the early centuries of Islamic rule in order to avoid this tax. Dionysius, a Syrian patriarch writing in the eighth century, reported that the jizya often had to be extracted from Christians by beatings, extortion, torture, rape and killings. Many fled destitute from town to town after they had sold everything they owned to pay the tax.

    Arthur Tritton reported in “The Caliphs and their Non-Muslim Subjects” about eighth-century Egypt that for ordinary day labourers the jizya tax was around a quarter of annual earnings, or ten times the zakat tax paid by Muslims. Shlomo Dov Goitein, writing on the situation of Jews in medieval Egypt, reported that men would enslave themselves or their family to pay the tax. Centuries after Dionysius of Antioch, he also reported that many, having sold all they had to pay it, took to wandering homeless as beggars.

      Rules of war

    The treatment of captives by IS is also in accordance with orthodox rules of war in Islam, which permit men to be killed, while women and children are enslaved. Sex slavery – concubinage – is permitted by the sharia principles which guide IS. The Reliance of the Traveller – a respected Sunni manual of sharia law – states: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled” (chapter o9.13). The option of converting to Islam to avoid death or capture – which is being urged upon non- Muslims by IS – is also clearly supported: “Whoever enters Islam before being captured may not be killed or his property confiscated, or his young children taken captive” (chapter o9.12).

    The widespread looting of property is also validated by Islam’s rules of war: “A free male Muslim who has reached puberty and is sane is entitled to the spoils of battle when he has participated in a battle to the end of it” (chapter o10.1). And “Anyone who … kills one of the enemy or effectively incapacitates him, risking his own life thereby, is entitled to whatever he can take from the enemy, meaning as much as he can take away with him in the battle, such as a mount, clothes, weaponry, money or other” (chapter o10.2).

    The grim reality is that the fate of Christians and Yazidis in northern Iraq today all too often matches the stipulations of Islamic textbooks: non-Muslim men are killed, their women and children enslaved, and their property and possessions looted.
    It is regrettable that the hard cold reality of Islamic imperialism and the dhimma system have been denied and obscured by scholars. For example Bernard Lewis claimed that “The dhimma on the whole worked quite well.”

    As part of this obscurantist veil, the true meaning of the words jizya and dhimma have been hidden by scholars. Anglican priest Colin Chapman, who was the then Archbishop of Canterbury’s envoy to Al-Azhar University in Cairo, claimed in his widely-ready book, “Cross and Crescent” that Jews and Christians were ‘protected’ and implied that the jizya was paid in compensation for them not doing military service or paying the Muslims’ alms tax (zakat). In reality the main protection afforded to dhimmis is that they can keep their heads away from the sword of jihad, and it was in return for this privilege that the jizya is exacted. John Esposito similarly claimed that jizya is an “exchange” in return for keeping one’s religion, protection from ‘outside aggression’, and exemption from military service.

      Islamic rule

    Such dissimulations, also advanced by Muslim apologists, have served to prop up the myth of convivencia and a golden age in which Christians and Muslims lived contentedly side-by-side under Islamic rule. Architects of multiculturalism and advocates of interfaith dialogue have repeatedly promoted this mythical Islamic construct as a model for different religions to flourish side by side in Europe today. This has gone hand in hand with the claims that European culture owes an unacknowledged debt to Islam, and Islam’s historical record has been misrepresented by hateful, bigoted people. In reality Islamic coexistence with conquered Christian populations was always regulated by the conditions of the dhimma, as defined above, under which non-Muslims have no inherent right to life, but had to purchase this right year after year.

      Bigotry

    Willful historical ignorance has been deeply debilitating for the intellectual elites of the West, who feel righteous in dismissing evidence that contradicts their corrupted worldview, on the grounds that they are taking a stand against the bigotry of Islamophobia. They have been schooled in this self-hatred by their Muslim dialogue partners. Also debilitating has been the trend among scholars to deny or downplay the military meaning of jihad. An extreme example is Yale theologian Miroslav Volf’s preposterous claim that the use of military force to expand Islam is “rejected by all leading Muslim scholars today.”

    The promotion of the idea of the ‘greater jihad’ as a personal spiritual struggle has also served to distract western leaders, such as CIA director John Brennan, who stated that “jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community”

      True meaning

    In reality the meaning of jihad in all sharia textbooks is warfare against unbelievers. If the true meaning of jihad was a spiritual struggle with the self, IS would not be attracting so many willing volunteers from around the globe to the killing fields of Syria and Iraq. There is a chronic and urgent need for a dialogue of civilizations between Islam and the post-Christian West. However this dialogue cannot be based upon myths. At the top of the agenda must be the twin institutions of jihad and the dhimma. It is essential for Western people to emphatically reject and stigmatize these two pillars of Islamic law, and to deplore to Muslims their application both throughout history and in the contemporary world.

      Cultural blindness

    One of the effects of enforced cultural blindness and intellectual amnesia is rampant theological illiteracy among Western policy makers. This is now having the direst of consequences for Christians and others in the Middle East. Those who managed the Western occupation of Iraq were deeply ignorant of the dangers to non-Muslim minorities posed by the Islamic revivalism combined with Western inference, and in particular by the re-establishment of the jihad-dhimma system. They overlooked the fact that re- establishing the dhimma has always been part of the agenda of Islamic revivalist movements. They did not grasp that jihad war zones always prove especially deadly to non-Muslims, even when the main conflict is between Muslims.

    It had also been forgotten that advances in the rights of non- Muslim populations across the Middle East – such as the official dismantling of dhimma laws by the Ottomans in the mid- nineteenth century – were only achieved due to sustained political and military pressure from the Great Powers, and at the cost of suppressing mainstream Islamic dogmas. Indeed this ‘humiliation’ of Islam is one of the very things the global Islamic revival is supposed to be winding back: this is why the deterioration of the human rights of non-Muslim minorities – from Malaysia to Egypt – has been so marked in recent decades.

    Today Islamic revivalist dogmas, which have become deeply entrenched in Muslim communities both throughout the West and in Muslim majority states, eulogize Islam’s glory days, when Christians and other non-Muslims paid jizya to keep their heads. Revivalists look forward to a time when sharia principles, implemented through unfettered jihad, will enforce the view that non-Muslims do not have an inherent right to life, but only a conceded right for which they must compensate Muslims in gold. We need not be surprised or shocked when young men from around the globe, reared on this poisonous theological cocktail, volunteer for jihad in Syria and Iraq to usher in a longed-for Islamic utopia. It should not shock us that they have no qualms about shedding non-Muslim blood.

    The effect of the cultural jihad, waged not only by Muslim apologists, but also by Western elites, is that Western policy makers have become blind to the enormity of present-day non- Muslim suffering under the yoke of Islam, for they have no reference points to comprehend it. To engage with this suffering and develop policies to counter it would require acknowledgement of its root causes, namely the theological framework of jihad and the dhimma, but that is simply too frightening for societies who have multicultural dogmas rusted onto their psyches, having embraced a false view of history and stubbornly obscurantist views about theology.

    As long as policy makers continue to seek intellectual solace in calls for ‘conflict resolution’ and ‘reconciliation’, the vulnerable will continue to be killed, raped and looted in the name of Islamic revivalism. The lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable and peaceful Christians, Yazidis and others, whose crime is that their religion is unacceptable, now hang in the balance in northern Iraq, while the West sits paralyzed on the side lines, stunned and stupefied by the lies it has told itself for so many years.

      Infidel West

    This is not to say that reconciliation is unnecessary. Usama Bin Ladin got it right when he asserted that the doctrine of the three choices is the crux of the West’s problem with Islam: “The West avenges itself against Islam for giving infidels but three options”:

    “Our talks with the infidel West and our conflict with them ultimately revolve around one issue – one that demands our total support, with power and determination, with one voice – and it is: “Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually?” [The answer is:] Yes. There are only three choices in Islam: either willing submission; or payment of the jizya, through physical though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam; or the sword – for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die.”

    Bin Ladin was right about this, that Islam’s doctrine of three choices, encompassing the theological institutions of jihad and the dhimma, is and must be the central issue for the West in its dialogue with the Islamic world. An understanding of this doctrine and its implications for the human rights of non-Muslims should be a cornerstone of public policy in relation to Islam, both now and in the foreseeable future.

    This will not be an easy or comfortable dialogue, judging from the howls of protest that greeted Pope Benedict’s comparatively mild Regensburg lecture in 2006. Yet appeasement of howling objectors through conflict-avoidance manoeuvers will bring nothing but grief, as we are seeing in northern Iraq.

    According to the “Vicar of Bagdad”, Canon Andrew White, what is needed right now to help non-Muslim victims of Islamic jihadism is three things: Protection, Provision and Perseverance. The lie foisted upon the world was that there was nothing non-Muslims needed to be protected from. Right now IS’s victims deserve military intervention, food, water and medical supplies. Many will need permanent sanctuary outside of their homelands. Longer term, much more is needed. Certainly the will to persevere, because the world is in but the early stages of a (now resumed) centuries-long war with militant Islam, but above all, in order to make sustained progress in the long struggle ahead, we will require a greater appetite for the truth.

    Mark Durie is a theologian, human rights activist, pastor of an Anglican church, a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and director of the Institute for Spiritual Awareness. He has published many articles and books on the language and culture of the Acehnese, Christian-Muslim relations and religious freedom. A graduate of the Australian National University and the Australian College of Theology, he has held visiting appointments at the University of Leiden, MIT, UCLA and Stanford, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1992.

PLEASE ALLOW ME TO EXPLAIN MY ANTI-JIHAD STANCE!

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by drjgelb

ANY loss of life is horrific, immoral and an outrage to me. As an Athiest, it sickens me that religion still costs lives in 2014 and as a humanist, killing for racial/ethnic hatred is idiotic when we all came from a common ancestor and differences in the DNA of all 7Billion humans on the planet amount to less than 0.1%.

Innocent civilian deaths make my blood boil because all violent conflicts represent the most primitive form of problem solving and cause eternal resentment, hatred & the creation of a vicious cycle that benefits no-one. That having been said and as a member of a persecuted minority whose family was all but destroyed by violence and hatred, I am profoundly angered to read and hear day after day, national leaders, clerics and their followers, shout to their supporters, “death to the Jews”, “gas them all” etc. The facts clearly prove that Jews have been on the receiving end of irrational, primitive ethnic and religious hatred for over 2000yrs, much of it due to being stateless, scattered and convenient to blame and scapegoat.

When over 80% of a nation believes a group of hated individuals are born of “apes and pigs” and must be destroyed and that population commits its children to perpetuate that evil lie by perverting their education from the time they are mere toddlers, one cannot blame the victims of such hatred and violence for eventually striking back.

Only Israel, amongst all nations, reacts to such hatred and genocidal intent by warning innocent civilians to leave in advance of military action. My beef is with terrorists everywhere and the ideology that drives them. When a religious scripture contains the compulsory orders to bring about my death and that of my entire family and global community, I will not walk passively to my doom.

I will use my skills to their utmost to do my bit to stop the violence and prevent those responsible from realising their destructive, delusional, grandiose and supremacist fantasies at innocent people’s expense. I do not hate, I lament.

THE ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF ISLAMIC JEW-HATRED

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2014 by drjgelb

Comprehensive article on the history and origins of Islamic hatred of Jews and the incorporation of this bigotry within the constitution of HAMAS. The details of 1500 years of massacres, pogroms, assassinations and constant degradation and cruel subjugation are presented and contextualised so that the reader gains an informed understanding of the intractable religious basis for the impossibility of Israel ever being accepted as a peace partner by its Islamic neighbours. Hatred of the Jews is mandated by Islam to such an extent, that a 21st century approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is impossible. If Arab Muslims accept the presence of Jews in their midst, they would have to turn their backs on one of the most central tenets of Islam, that Jews are the spawn of Apes & Pigs, that they are hellish servants of Satan and that it is the sacred duty of every Muslim to eliminate every last Jew from the Earth in order for Islamic Messianic times to become possible. These concepts pepper the speeches & sermons of contemporary Imams and the public pronouncements of current Muslim politicians & leaders, when speaking in Arabic. They are redacted from any public communications delivered in English. Ignorance of these core Islamic beliefs has led to an almost universally held false belief that Jews are responsible for the Arab/Israeli conflict. Could you reach a peace agreement with people that want to kill you & your family?

 

http://pamelageller.com/2013/07/daniel-pipes-dead-wrong-on-islamic-jew-hatred.html/

A QUOTE HITS ME IN THE GUTS

Posted in PERSONAL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2014 by drjgelb

“World War I (1914-1918) was a human catastrophe that devastated Western civilization and mocked the hope inherent in “modernism”. The sheer volume of the war’s slaughter was beyond belief. The horror of it all destroyed the trust in science, medicine and technology as the golden gateway to a harmonious and peaceful future for humanity. All that was thought to be good had been twisted to the evil purpose of a global war. A global sense of hopefulness was replaced with a global sense of fear and loathing.”

THE SILENT DISASTER

Posted in GUN CONTROL, CRIMINAL JUSTICE & THE HORRORS OF THE ADVERSARIAL SYSTEM! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2013 by drjgelb

The article below tells the horrifying story associated with the presence of over 40,000 unidentified John and Jane Does, stored in Coroners’ morgues all over the United States. Many are victims of foul play and their murderer(s) are likely still free to kill again. That funding has been such an obstacle, is a poor excuse, for some would say that surely our society can at least be partially judged by the way it treats its missing and it’s dead.

Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains: The Nation’s Silent Mass Disaster
by Nancy Ritter

If you ask most Americans about a mass disaster, they’re likely to think of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, or the Southeast Asian tsuna- mi. Very few people, including law enforcement officials, would think of the number of missing persons and unidentified human remains in our Nation as a crisis. It is, however, what experts call “a mass disaster over time.” The facts are sobering. On any given day, there are as many as 100,000 active missing persons cases in the United States. Every year, tens of thousands of people vanish under suspicious circumstances. Viewed over a 20-year period, the number of missing persons can be estimated in the hundreds of thousands.

Due in part to sheer volume, missing persons and unidentified human remains cases are a tremendous challenge to State and local law enforcement agencies. The work- load for these agencies is staggering: More than 40,000 sets of human remains that cannot be identified through conventional means are held in the evidence rooms of medical examiners throughout the country.[1] But only 6,000 of these cases, 15 per- cent, have been entered into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

Efforts to solve missing persons cases are further hindered because many cities and counties continue to bury unidentified remains without attempting to collect DNA samples. And many labs that are willing to make the effort may not be equipped to perform DNA analysis of human remains, especially when the samples are old or degraded.

Compounding this problem is the fact that many of the Nation’s 17,000 law enforcement agencies don’t know about their State’s missing persons clearinghouse or the four Federal databases: NCIC, National Crime Information Center; CODIS(mp), Combined DNA Index System for Missing Persons; IAFIS, Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System; and ViCAP, Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, which can be invaluable tools in a missing person investigation. Even in jurisdictions that are familiar with the State and Federal databases, some officials say they have neither the time nor the resources to enter missing persons and unidentified human remains data into the systems.

Bridging the Gap

To help State and local jurisdictions address the country’s “mass disaster over time,” the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has brought together some of the country’s top criminal justice and forensic science experts. As part of the President’s multiyear ini- tiative to maximize the use of forensic DNA in solving crime, NIJ is making Federal resources available to State and local law enforcement officials to identify human remains and help solve missing persons cases.
NIJ’s plan is multifaceted. It includes programs aimed at:

1. Training medical examiners, law enforcement officers, and victims’ families on forensic DNA evidence.

2. Providing free testing of unidentified human remains and family reference samples.

3. Encouraging States, through proposed model legislation, to collect DNA samples before unidentified remains are disposed of and to analyze degraded and old biological samples.

4. Making DNA reference sample collection kits available, free of charge, to any jurisdiction in the country.

5. Increasing law enforcement’s use of Federal databases to solve missing persons and unidentified human remains cases.

“CSI” Meets the Real World

Many of the people who go missing in the United States are victims of homicide. Although the conventional approach to locating a missing person is to initiate a criminal investigation into the disappearance, in many cases, the investigation begins at a different point, when human remains are found. This is where the Center for Human Identification (CHI) steps in. Located at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, CHI is one of NIJ’s largest and most exciting DNA projects.

At CHI’s laboratory in Ft. Worth, State and local law enforcement agencies can have nuclear and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing performed on skeletal remains and on missing persons’ family and direct reference samples.[2] Experts at CHI’s Laboratory for Forensic Anthropology, such as Harrell Gill-King, Ph.D., also perform anthropological examinations on unidentified human remains to determine manner and cause of death. All of this testing is free.

NIJ’s funding of this revolutionary project means that every jurisdiction in the United States has access to one of the few laboratories in the country that can search mtDNA and short tandem repeat (STR)[3] profiles in the CODIS(mp) database.

It also means that Dereck Bachmann can finally stop looking for his sister.

Finally, Closure

Marci Bachmann was 16 when she ran away from her Vancouver, Washington home in May 1984. Although her remains were found a few months later, discovered in the woods near Deer Creek in Missoula, Montana, no one knew that the remains were hers.

For nearly two decades, Dereck, Marci’s brother, searched newspapers and missing persons files and even hired a private investigator to find Marci. Finally, in 2004, a series of events brought him and his family the closure they were seeking.

It began when a cold case detective in Missoula heard about CHI. The detective sent a femur from the Deer Creek remains to the lab. There, scientists ran DNA tests on the bone fragments and uploaded the profile into the CODIS(mp) database. Meanwhile, in King County, Washington, authorities working on an unrelated murder case came across Marci’s missing persons file. Detectives tracked down Marci’s mother, obtained a DNA sample from her, and sent it to the CHI lab. When a database search indicated a potential match with the remains of the victim in the Deer Creek case, officials sent DNA from Marci’s brother and father to CHI for further tests.
On April 6, 2006, more than 21 years after her body was unearthed from a shallow grave,Marci Bachmann was “found.”[4]

Solving Cold Cases

When George Adams, program manager for CHI, is asked about cold hits like the Marci Bachmann case, where the DNA from unidentified remains matches the DNA from reference samples that have been sent to the lab without any apparent connection, he paraphrases Vernon Geberth from Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques. “Solving a cold case like Marci’s is not a matter of chance or luck; it is, quite simply, a matter of design and protocol.”

The “design” Adams refers to is the CODIS(mp) database. The “protocol” works like this: A person goes missing; if he or she is not found within 30 days, a family reference sample is obtained. The sample can take either of two forms, a DNA sample from a close relative (obtained by a simple, noninvasive cheek swab), or from a personal item belonging to the missing person (such as hair from a comb or saliva from a toothbrush). The sample is then sent to the lab, and the DNA is analyzed. The results or “profiles” are then loaded into the database.

Simultaneously, human remains found throughout the country are being sent to CHI’s lab for analysis and uploading into the database. DNA profiles from missing persons or their families are compared with unidentified human remains in the CODIS(mp) database. “If we already have the family reference sample, we will get a match,” Adams stated. No longer does solving a missing persons or unidentified human remains case have to depend on a “break in the investigation,” he added, “because we now have the design and protocol of pure science.”

Populating the Database: Sample Collection Kits

But the database will help solve cases only if profiles from DNA samples and recovered human remains are submitted for analysis and uploaded into the system. “We’ve seen a tremendous increase in the number of remains samples, but we really need to work on getting family reference samples,” said Arthur Eisenberg, Ph.D., director of CHI and a member of NIJ’s Missing Persons National Task Force. “If families don’t send reference or biological samples, which at this stage must be collected by a law enforcement official, human remains cannot be identified.” To facilitate this process, NIJ has funded CHI’s development of two DNA sample collection kits, one for family reference samples and the other for collecting and transporting human remains. Both kits are available free of charge to any police deparment, medical examiner, or coroner in the United States. As of July 2006, more than 4,000 family reference sample kits had been disseminated.

Getting the Word Out

Spreading the word about this free resource remains a challenge. Last June, the Washington State’s Office of the Attorney General issued a bulletin encouraging local jurisdictions to send family reference samples to CHI, making Washington the first State to solicit samples on a statewide basis. Eisenberg said he has no doubt that as word of the CHI analysis and database spreads, it will come to be regarded not as a tool of last resort in missing persons and unidentified human remains cases, but rather as a primary investigative tool.

As of July 2006, CHI had received more than 680 unidentified human remains and more than 1,600 family reference samples. Importantly, the lab is in the final stages of being able to use robots, which will allow the number of DNA analyses to skyrocket: one robot, for example, will be able to analyze 17,800 DNA samples per year.

Five States—California, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas—have laws that focus on locating missing persons and identifying human remains. In 2005, NIJ brought together Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials, forensic scientists, victims advocates, legislators, and families of missing persons to draft model State legislation on the prompt collection, analysis, and dissemination of evidence to help solve these cases. Seven States and the District of Columbia have introduced bills that use the proposed legislation as guidance. Also, legislators in Kansas and New Mexico are seeking to amend their existing laws.

Moving to Solve the Problem

In addition to prohibiting the cremation of unidentified remains, the model legislation would require that:

1. Law enforcement agencies accept every missing person report and share case in- formation with State and regional authorities.

2. DNA samples be taken within 30 days of a missing person report and the individual’s profile be added to national, State, and local databases.

3. Cases involving high-risk missing persons be assessed immediately (high-risk cases might include, for example, a possible stranger abduction or a person who requires medical attention or is mentally impaired).

4. DNA analysis be performed on all unidentified human remains.

Searching the Databases

One of the biggest challenges in missing persons and unidentified human remains cases is searching and correlating case information. The Missing Persons National Task Force is examining ways that Federal databases can share information to help solve these cases. The challenge is significant. For example, NCIC contains more than 100,000 missing persons cases, but the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System contains only 47. NCIC contains just 15 percent of unidentified human remains cases, in part because it is so labor intensive to enter the data into the system.

To encourage State and local law enforcement agencies’ use of NCIC, the FBI published an updated version of the Missing Persons and Unidentified Persons data collection guides, which walk users through the process of comparing new and existing data on missing persons and unidentified human remains investigations. Electronic versions of the guides are available to law enforcement officials through the Law Enforcement Online (LEO) intranet.

ViCAP is another valuable tool available to State and local officials. It is also underused for several reasons. Because data entered into NCIC do not automatically populate the ViCAP database (which is also run by the FBI), many jurisdictions choose not to use it. And until recently, most of the Nation’s medical examiners and coroners did not have access to ViCAP. This situation is changing, however, as the FBI negotiates memoranda of understanding with local jurisdictions that will give medical examiners and coroners access to the database. The FBI is also developing a DVD for law enforcement that explains how ViCAP works. And with help from the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, ViCAP may soon be Web-enabled. Instead of having to enter case information via a CD-ROM, which is then mailed to CJIS for up- loading, users would need only an Internet connection and an LEO account to enter case data directly into ViCAP.

Law Enforcement Training … and More

In addition to funding CHI’s work, NIJ administers a wide range of projects under the President’s DNA Initiative. One major effort involves the training of police officers, prosecutors, defence counsel and judges, forensic and medical specialists, victim service providers and corrections, probation and parole officers, on the use of forensic DNA evidence. To date, NIJ has held two regional missing persons training conferences, and by the end of 2006, NIJ’s missing persons training reached professionals from all 50 States. NIJ is also developing many types of electronic training tools, one recent release is Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court, an inter- active, computer-based training program on the use of DNA evidence in the courtroom.

Other NIJ programs seek to eliminate the backlog of biological samples in murder, rape, and kidnapping cases in forensic laboratories across the country. Since 2004, NIJ has provided funding to State and local agencies to reduce casework and convicted offender backlogs. NIJ also supports the development of tools and technology for faster, less costly methods of DNA analysis, including ways to analyze smaller and more degraded biological samples. And NIJ will continue to fund programs that enhance the use of DNA to solve crimes, protect the innocent, and identify missing persons.

ONE FACE BEHIND NIJ’S WORK

Melody Reilly’s brother, Shawn, was murdered in the summer of 2005. His body was dumped in a field in rural Bastrop County, Texas, and was extremely decomposed when found. A year later, the Center for Human Identification (CHI), at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, identified Shawn’s body from his DNA. Here is the letter that Melody wrote to George Adams, of CHI, after the men who killed her brother were convicted.

Dear Mr. Adams,

I just want to tell you how much your office’s work means to me, my sisters, our husbands, children, and extended family. Also on behalf of our parents, who are no longer here but I am sure they appreciate your efforts, as well.

My sister Michelle and I were in court during the trial last week, and it was so comforting to see the people who worked so hard to identify my brother’s remains. My brother, Shawn, was an amazing and special person who ended up in the company of the wrong, and the worst, people. What our family has gone through is almost the worst you can imagine, wondering where Shawn was, hoping the remains were not his. The only thing worse is the terrible thought of not knowing where my brother is now. I wish he was here next to me, laughing and smiling, but unfortunately that is no longer possible.

What your office did to identify my brother and allow us to bring his remains home is something I can never repay or express enough gratitude for. It really scares me to think we could be in a completely different place right now.

We feel badly because we put so much pressure, sometimes daily, on Investigator Yarbrough to give us some answers from August through March and he tried his best to keep us calm. I didn’t realize how much work and time it takes to identify someone and I am now happy that your office took every day and every minute they needed to get it done properly.

Please pass my thoughts on to those involved and let them know their work is important and invaluable. I am attaching a photo of Shawn so maybe you and they can have a nicer image of him.

Melody Reilly

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