EU warns Netanyahu on hawkish government
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What a stoopid man:Â EU’s Solana: ‘Hamas doesn’t want to destroy Israel’Â by David Horovitz for theÂ Jerusalem Post:
Chatting with jihadists: EU chief held secret Hamas talks
No doubt to see what terms Hamas demanded for the completion of the EU’s cultural and societal surrender. From theÂ BBC, full article below
The European UnionÂ urged Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday to craft a government that embraces the long-standing goal of an independent Palestinian state livingÂ side by sideÂ with Israel.
The prospect of a new hawkish government, with Israel Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman as a possible foreign minister, will be seen in Europe as a setback to the Middle East peace process.
“Let me say very clearly that the wayÂ the European UnionÂ will relate to an [Israeli] government that is not committed to a two-state solution will be very, very different,” said Javier Solana, the EU’s foreign and security affairs chief.
* Â Is anti-Zionism hate?
Yes. It is more dangerous than anti-Semitism, threatening lives and peace in the Middle East.Anti-Zionism rejects the very notion that Jews are a nation — a collective bonded by a common history — and, accordingly, denies Jews the right to self-determination in their historical birthplace. It seeks the dismantling of the Jewish nation-state: Israel.Â Â More from WaPo
Egyptian Cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya’qoub: The Jews Are the Enemies of Muslims Regardless of the Occupation of Palestine
Following are excerpts from a speech delivered byÂ Egyptian cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya’qoub, which aired on Al-Rahma TV on January 17, 2009.
Chatting with jihadists: EU chief held secret Hamas talks
No doubt to see what terms Hamas demanded for the completion of the EU’s cultural and societal surrender. From theÂ BBC, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:
The European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, has had a secret meeting with the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, the BBC has learned.Hamas is on the list of banned terror groups for both the EU and Washington.
In an interview with the BBC, Mr Solana said that he had had the meeting some months ago, without saying with whom it was.
He said the meeting came at a time when there seemed to be an opportunity to push for progress.
He said he conveyed a message from the international community, that if Hamas wanted to help the people of Palestine, it would have to end violence.
This is impossibly naive, and shows that Solana doesn’t have the first foggiest idea what jihad or Hamas is all about, despite quite explicit avowals in Hamas’ own charter, as I detail inOnward Muslim Soldiers. The Charter says that “so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion; the nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its faith, the movement educates its members to adhere to its principles and to raise the banner of Allah over their homeland as they fight their Jihad: ‘Allah is the all-powerful, but most people are not aware.’”
Hugh Fitzgerald comments:
Do you think a man of his mental makeup has bothered, would bother, to read Qur’an and hadith and sira? Do you think he has any conception that what people learn, what they memorize, what they are taught, every day in every way, to believe — including the right of Islam to dominate and Muslims, the Believers, to take over the world as by right — actually might have an effect? Do you think he ever has a second’s doubt that the “Israel/Palestine” matter is central — so that he need not confront, or make sense of, Beslan, Bali, the killing of HIndus in Bangladesh, Christians in southern Sudan, Buddhists in southern Thailand, plots uncovered in Germany, Italy, France, England to fight the Infidel. Of course he can’t face reality — for what would it mean, what would it tell us, about the Ruling Classes in most European countries, who have betrayed their own populations, some out of ignrorance and negligence, some out of venality (a whole class of people has gotten rich from Arab money — real estate agents, lawyers, public relations men, and that is not even including the diplomts, journalists, university teachers and assorted officials who have been the direct or indirect beneficiaries of bribes.
Islamophobia is not the same as anti-Semitism
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There’s a new debate about anti-Semitism in Germany. The Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at the Technical University of Berlin has compared it with hostility against Islam in a conference called “Perceived Enemy Muslim – Perceived Enemy Jew.” This attempted comparison has met with rejection, since the term “Islamophobia” is primarily used during anti-Western and anti-Israeli agitation in Islamic countries.
“Islamophobia” does not refer to actual discrimination against Muslims, but to allegedly inappropriate criticism of Shari’a law and Islam in general. “Islamophobia is reaching the level of the anti-Semitism of the 1930s,” said Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in an interview in a Turkish newspaper. He is precisely in line with the general policy of his organization in the United Nations, as in the preparation for next year’s UN Conference against Racism in Geneva “Islamophobia” will be targeted as a fundamental evil, while Israel will be discriminated against in already familiar anti-Semitic fashion.
Anti-Semitism and “Islamophobia” cannot be equated. Nobody wants to exterminate all Muslims or wipe out an Islamic country. Nobody blames all Muslims for every evil in the world. Just looking at what is written and published about Israel and Jews by Muslim institutions and in many Islamic countries highlights this fundamental difference. In Germany, this means police have to protect Jewish kindergardens, schools, institutions and synagogues around the clock. In contrast, anti-Islamic terrorism is virtually non-existent in Europe.
Instead, one finds a close cooperation between aggressive anti-Semitic Islamists and equally anti-Semitic neo-Nazis.
ThereÂ isÂ anti-Muslim discrimination in Germany, and we need to combat it together with progressive Muslims, since a large majority of German Muslims favor democratic values and integration. But reactionary or conservative Muslim organizations are not suitable allies in the fight against anti-Semitism.
IN THE CURRENT debate in Germany, some argue that the tendency to hold a collective accountable for the wrongdoings of individuals is a quality of hostility toward Islam, and this is also claimed to be an example of structural similarity with anti-Semitism. But considering the varying nature of “wrongdoing” involved, this would mean equatingÂ allegedÂ Jewish wrongdoing in the financial market or the media with indisputable Islamic terrorism, jihadism and threats to eliminate Israel. To put these facts on the same level as theories is unacceptable and cannot be justified by the claim that one thereby aims to avoid a “hierarchy of victims.”
In addition, one common side effect is that justified criticism of the conditions in Islamic societies is branded as “Islamophobic.” In Germany it has been common to argue against the “Auschwitz-accusation” by comparing it to the indiscriminate Allied bombing of Dresden.
Equating “Islamophobia” and anti-Semitism relativizes not only the Holocaust, but also current anti-Semitic dangers. This is true especially for the genocidal anti-Semitic propaganda of Iran, but also in the terror threats coming from anti-Semitic organizations like Hamas or Hizbullah – with the latter still not banned in Germany. Thus, equating “Islamophobia” and anti-Semitism obstructs the struggle against anti-Semitism and, consequently, the politics of integration in Germany that attempt to overcome Islamic anti-Semitism. Finally, this false comparison also hobbles the boycott policies against Iran and its genocidal plans.
There are different research and political currents at the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism – as can be seen in its new yearbook – with good and acceptable contributions to the discussion. At the same time, there are those with the tendency to equate “Islamophobia” and anti-Semitism and, for instance, consider excessive “anti-Semitism charges” against Muslims as a central characteristic of “Islamophobia.” It is hard to understand why there is no concern with the reverse case – the results of excessive “Islamophobia” charges against persons or states.
Yes, if one is so inclined, one can compare anything with anything – even Dresden with Auschwitz and “Islamophobia” with anti-Semitism. But one is obliged to point out when such a comparison is meaningless. This is true for both scientific research and politics.
The writer, former state secretary, is lawyer and publicist in Potsdam, Germany. He is a member of the Coordinating Council of German NGOs against Anti-Semitism.