Arlene from Israel: Shifting Focus.

Sort of.  The Iran deal is of primary concern, and so, the major attention I’ve paid to it has been critically important.  In fact, I fully intend to return to this subject very soon.  It could not be otherwise, with Congress now re-convening and about to begin debate on the issue.

REMEMBER: Major rally at the Capitol in Washington DC tomorrow at 1 PM.  Please!  If it is physically possible for you to get there, do so.


However, it reaches the point at which other issues must also be addressed.  And thus will I begin to do so today.


Reham, yet another member of the Dawabsha family, has died of injuries incurred in the arson attack on the family home in Duma, in late July. She is the mother of the child who succumbed during the attack.

Credit: Tumbir

Once again, Arab cries go out for “revenge” against the Jews who allegedly committed this terrorist attack.

And so once again I must raise my voice in protest against this assumption of Jewish guilt, which I am convinced is severely misplaced. . That Hamas should use this incident to foment violence against Jews in Israel is hardly surprising.

What is far more distressing and damaging is the continuing conviction on the part of some Jews (both in Israel and elsewhere) that Jewish “terrorists” are to blame.  These are Jews of a galut mentality, who run to beat their chests in assumption of guilt. There is no evidence that Jews did it other than some Hebrew that had been written on the wall. And you know what?  Arabs can write Hebrew.


The facts: the arson in Duma was carried out on a home in the center of the village, not at the periphery, where a terrorist from outside would logically attack so that escape would be easy. And, in fact, this particular home could not be approached readily, as there was a fence, and grating on windows.  It would seem then that this was not an attack on a random, easily accessible Arab home (which would be the case if a Jew perpetrated the attack), but on a particular Arab home.  This impression is reinforced by the fact that two other homes of Dawabsha cousins have been attacked, and by the reports of a clan feud within the village in which the Dawabsha family was involved.

There have been no arrests of Jews against whom there is the slightest evidence. What is deeply to be regretted is that Israeli authorities are reluctant to pursue a vigorous investigation inside the village regarding the stories that a clan feud is at the core of what has happened.  It is – what? – safer, more politically correct, not to go in this direction.  And so, this matter will continue to float in the air, with accusations flying.  As long as no Arabs have been apprehended, and no solid evidence regarding the feud brought forth, it will be easy for those who point their fingers at Jews to claim that Jews haven’t been arrested because authorities let them go.


The situation of immigrants fleeing Africa and the Middle East has been a major issue for some time, although not everyone has been paying attention.  Now, the problem has grown considerably in severity.

Credit: dailysabah

The attention of the world was captured when heart-wrenching photographs were published of the body of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year old Syrian Kurdish boy, which had washed up on a Turkish beach at Bodrum. Put out on twitter, the pictures went viral.

Aylan perished along with his mother and brother when the boat they were in capsized. But this was, of course, only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, and Aylan’s boat is hardly the only one that has capsized.  I had read only days earlier of migrant children hidden in the back of a sealed truck who were discovered mere hours before dying of dehydration.

Unbearable images, and a totally unacceptable situation.  But the question is what to do about it.


Refugee migrants come from Nigeria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. But in growing numbers they are fleeing the civil war in Syria.  We are speaking about Muslims, in almost all instances, and that point must be made, whether it is politically incorrect to do so or not.

When we take a look at what has happened to the EU countries in recent years, we see that they are inundated by a Muslim population that does not wish to assimilate and become European.  And we see that whatever the suffering, and the needs of children, there are also large numbers of radicals present in this population whose goal it is to take over the European continent in due course. They are already on the way. They affect the political climate of Europe, and generate terrorism.


Greece is overwhelmed, as is Hungary. Spain is in big trouble.  Germany, whose government is still saying it can cope, anticipates having 800,000 asylum seekers to deal with before the end of 2015 – over 100,000 came in August alone. The German government is now beginning to more stringently differentiate between those who are economic migrants and those seeking political asylum.

What is more, the influx of migrants is expected to continue for years.  It’s not just a very temporary flood of humanity,  And, I must point out, the Muslims have a high birthrate, while the Europeans are not even reproducing themselves.

How much longer then, will there be a Europe as we have known it?  Has Europe already gone beyond the tipping point?


The Western world has a great deal to answer for, with regard to this dislocation of population and human misery.  There is no question about it.

But the solution does not lie in moving vast numbers of people. Instead there must be serious efforts expended towards ameliorating what are now intolerable situations – with enclaves in or near the areas from which the migrants are coming.  A tolerable and safe situation must be created for those who are suffering.

For years the world did nothing as Assad, president of Syria, waged war against rebels, killing well over 200,000 people in the process.  An Israeli Jew looks cross-eyed at a Palestinian Arab and it makes headlines. But in Syria? The world shrugged at Muslim murdering Muslim.  Iran supports Assad, and now, just as he seems weakened, Iran is likely to have considerable more largesse as the result of the deal, with which to bolster Assad.

But on the flip side, so do the Gulf states have a great deal to answer for, likely even more.  Noah Beck says that the funding of radical Islamists in Syria by the Gulf states has exacerbated the situation.  He suggests that with the defeat of ISIS, ISIS-liberated territories should be converted into mini states that are safe havens.


Robert Spencer, who is a writer and commentator on Islam, has written an article in which he speaks about hijirah, which is jihad by immigration.

“’And whoever emigrates for the cause of Allah will find on the earth many locations and abundance,’ says the Qur’an.”

Spencer tells us that:

“Evidence that this [the current flood of emigration] is a hijrah, not simply a humanitarian crisis, came last February, but was little noted at the time and almost immediately forgotten. The Islamic State published a document entitled, “Libya: The Strategic Gateway for the Islamic State.” Gateway into Europe, that is: the document exhorted Muslims to go to Libya and cross from there as refugees into Europe. This document tells would-be jihadis that weapons from Gaddafi’s arsenal are plentiful and easy to obtain in Libya – and that the country ‘has a long coast and looks upon the southern Crusader states, which can be reached with ease by even a rudimentary boat.’

“The Islamic State did not have in mind just a few jihadis crossing from Libya: it also emerged last February that the jihadis planned to flood Europe with as many as 500,000 refugees. Now the number is shooting well beyond that in Germany alone. Of course, not all of these refugees are Islamic jihadis. Not all are even Muslims, although most are. However, no effort whatsoever is being made to determine the refugees’ adherence to Sharia and desire to bring it to their new land.”

Even as there must be humanitarian concern for suffering, Europeans ignore what Spencer writes at their own peril.


It should be noted that the Gulf states have done next to nothing with regard to taking in these refugees.  Multiple reasons are advanced, but one that I am seeing is a concern about jihadis entering their countries.  A black joke when you consider that they fund jihadis.

A very complex situation, and one I will undoubtedly return to.


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