‘To be honest, the French gave us the medical report that stated that the cause of Abu Ammar’s death was AIDS.”
Aaron Klein, JERUSALEM – A confidential medical report released to the Palestinian Authority from the French hospital in which Yasser Arafat died revealed the Palestinian leader succumbed to AIDS, said the founder and leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command terrorist group.
Priorities. Details on Egypt’s constitution here. “US doesn’t criticize Egypt’s draft constitution,” by Bradley Klapper for the Associated Press, November 30:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is declining to criticize Egypt’s draft constitution despite spirited internal debate over whether the document adequately protects women, religious minorities and dissenting voices.State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland lamented the lack of consensus in Egypt’s constitution-writing process. She says how people in Egypt view the draft is most important.
Muslims will always be portrayed and seen as the “underdogs”—and hence always exonerated for their behavior. No matter how violent or ugly, no matter how many Islamic slogans are shrieked—thus placing their behavior in a purely Islamic context—Muslim violence against the West and Israel will always be dismissed as a product of the weak and outnumbered status of Muslims—their status as underdogs, which the West tends to romanticize. And so they will always get a free pass, by Raymond Ibrahim
… I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion. So, yes, there is more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds…..From the State Department website:
Pal-Arabs paint Canada as” too extreme”
Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said Canada’s decision to send Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to vote and speak at the UN and the threats of reprisal measures have cast the Harper government as too extreme and partisan to play a role in the region. Voting against the resolution is one thing, he said, but Canada’s approach is another.
“I believe this government is more Israeli than the Israelis, more settler than the settlers,” he said in an interview with The Globe and Mail. “I think they have disqualified themselves from playing any role in the Middle East peace process.”
Egypt’s ruling party is paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against President Mohamed Morsi, activists said.
They also said the Muslim Brotherhood is paying gangs to beat up men who are taking part in the latest round of protests, which followed a decree by President Morsi to give himself sweeping new powers.
It comes as the Muslim Brotherhood co-ordinated a demonstration today in support of President Mohamed Morsi, who is rushing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers.
Danger: women protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square face the increased danger of sexual assault by large gangs of men
Clearly there are many in Egypt who don’t want to see it become another Saudi Arabia or Iran. But it remains doubtful that they actually have the power to dislodge Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. “Thousands support Egypt president in rival rally,” by Aya Batrawy for the Associated Press, December 1 via JW:
CAIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of people waving Egyptian flags and hoisting large pictures of the president are demonstrating across Egypt Saturday in support of him and Islamic law.
The Youtube vid that (didn’t) cause Benghazi Gate:
Egypt’s courts are vindicating the film’s portrayal of Islam as an oppressive and dangerous faith:
Mark Basseley Youssef was among the seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor sentenced on charges linked to the low-budget, anti-Islam film…
Egypt’s official news agency said the court found the defendants guilty of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information — charges that carry the death sentence.
No surprise here. Sharia denies free speech and equal rights for women, and allows slavery. So this is just more indication of Egypt’s slide toward Sharia. “Disputed articles in Egypt’s draft constitution,” from AP, November 30: JW!
Palestinian Arab TV refused to show Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prosor’s excellent response to Mahmoud Abbas’hate-filled speech at the UN yesterday, so it makes sense to ensure that it is widely available:
Indo-British Tory Politician Slammed For “Racist Slur” On Muslims
* Baroness Flather, not Warsi.
LONDON – Britain’s first female Asian peer has been slammed for claiming all Muslims are on benefits and vote Labour. … Story at THE LINK via Mullah
Celebrating diversity stupidity in Tower Hamlets:
“Those who paint Tower Hamlets as a balkanised community fail to notice the social solidarity that exists in the community.”
Guardian libtard Giles Fraser fails to notice that such a “social solidarity” doesn’t exist. Why was the humongous mosque built to surround a historic synogogue — could Islamic triumphalism have something to do with it?
It was about time that those who make their living from free speech (unfortunately in this case not journalists…) stand up for freedom. For some reason the BBC chose to mention Passion for Freedom on their Arab channel, and not the English speaking channel. Is that because the BBC thinks that criticism of Islam is more problematic in the UK than in the Middle East…? Read a review of the PfF exhibition at the Spectatorhere.
Forty artists from around the world have got together due to their fear that the West is in the process of abandoning freedom. Their exhibition Passion for Freedom in London asks the question: Will our attempt to institute multicultural harmony pave the way for a totalitarian society? What is freedom? How easy is it to lose it? And how hard is it to get it back? …