The Bigotry of Our Time

What Others Are Saying

From the publisher of jewishinfoNews. The following article was originally published by Gatestone Institute and republished with permission by jewishinfoNews on June 16, 2015.

by Douglas Murray

  • These people, step by step, want to make every expression of Israeli and Jewish cultural life subject to their idea of how a nation under constant threat of terrorist bombardment should behave.

  • They denounce Israel as a militaristic society and then attempt to outlaw every non-militaristic cultural and artistic expression from that society.

The letters page of The Guardian in the UK is regularly filled with letters, jointly signed by “correct-thinking” people who hope that in so doing, they will give themselves both a little puff of publicity and simultaneously signal their loyalty to all modern virtues. The pecking order can be rough. Ordinarily the paper selects the headline names to put under the letter and then adds “and 57 others” or some such. So if you’re the Guardian‘s idea of a household name, your name will get in print. But if you are one of the space-filler “C-list” celebrities, people will have to guess whether you are among the “others.”

The letter that went into the Guardian this week was unusual in having almost nobody sign it who is a household name. The letter was a demand from a group of “artists, producers and concerned citizens,” who, it said, “are disappointed and saddened to see that Curzon, Odeon, Bafta and other cinemas are hosting the London Israeli Film and Television Festival.” It takes a particular type of ego to think their “sadness” should be the subject of a public declaration; however, these saddened signatories warned that, “This comes at a time when the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is gaining unprecedented momentum, and the Israeli government is finding itself increasingly isolated for its systematic violation of Palestinian human rights, the Geneva conventions, and international law.”

The complaint against the London cinemas for hosting the event comes, the signatories claim, because “The Israeli state is promoting this festival and supporting it financially. By hosting it, these cinemas are ignoring the 2004 call by Palestinian civil society for sanctions against Israel until Israel abides by international law and ends its illegal displacement of Palestinians, discrimination against them, and occupation of their land.”

As you might guess, the signatories claim the right to decide what should or should not be shown, and where, because they say they are in the movie business.

They go on to claim that, “This festival comes in the aftermath of the wanton destruction and killing in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military in 2014, and the re-election of an Israeli prime minister who denies Palestinians their equal rights and self-determination.”

Of course, every word of all that is untrue. Have any of the signatories any idea of what “wanton destruction” — as opposed to the most targeted and precise use of military technology in any conflict in history — actually looks like?

Anyhow, their interminable letter continues to declare that the screening of Israeli films in these circumstances makes the cinemas “silent accomplices” to violence. For a profession so obsessed with glorifying violence, you would think that the signatories would be more careful about throwing around such charges, but almost none of the signatories seems to have anything much to do with film. Of the more than forty signatories, only Ken Loach and Mike Leigh could have any claim to prominence in their field. Some people may remember Miriam Margolyes — another signatory — for a bit-part in one of the Harry Potter films, but these days she is best known for signing anti-Israel joint letters “as a Jew.” The other signatories include as their occupation “activist,” a “Theatre Maker,” a schoolteacher and a university lecturer from Bournemouth.

Director Ken Loach (left) is the most prominent signatory of a letter to the UK's Guardian newspaper, calling for a boycott of the London Israeli Film and Television Festival. Actress Miriam Margolyes (right), another signatory, is best known for signing anti-Israel joint letters "as a Jew."

Director Ken Loach (left) is the most prominent signatory of a letter to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, calling for a boycott of the London Israeli Film and Television Festival. Actress Miriam Margolyes (right), another signatory, is best known for signing anti-Israel joint letters “as a Jew.”

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Their opinions on Israeli counter-terrorism strategy may be those of a group of teachers, the unemployed and two extreme-left filmmakers, but it is Israel they are against, so of course the letter is of note. So much so, that it received an accompanying news story in the print edition of the paper. This gave a further quote from Ken Loach, who said: “The boycott campaign specifically says this is not a campaign against individual film-makers, it is a call for a boycott when the state of Israel invests money or is promoting the event. I’d be the last person to want to censor an individual voice.”

One doubts, in fact, that Loach would be the last. He is always among the first. The letter — and the surrounding furore — is simply the latest in a series of attempts to make Israeli and indeed Jewish culture “forbidden.” In London, we have had Israeli orchestras, theatre companies and even string quartets howled down by mobs during performances, and Israeli-performed shows cancelled because the venues hosting them just do not want the bother. Last year, the Tricycle Theatre in London refused to proceed with a festival of “Jewish” culture because a tiny proportion of the festival’s funding was coming from the Israeli embassy in London.

The campaign is obviously organized. The same names crop up again and again. Little, if any, rigour is paid to whether the signatories of such letters even do what they say do, or have opinions worthy of any note. Beneath the barely-built veneer of “professionals objecting to something in their own profession,” is just the same tiny number of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish obsessives. A sprinkling of “as a Jew” Jews, like Margolyes, help, of course. But the aim is clear. These people, step by step, want to make every expression of Israeli and Jewish cultural life subject to their idea of how a nation under constant threat of terrorist bombardment should behave. They denounce Israel as a militaristic society and then attempt to outlaw every non-militaristic cultural and artistic expression from that society.

It is the bigotry of our time. And if unchecked, it will lead in the same direction as it historically has done. Thankfully, although few people have seen the films of those self-important Guardianletter signatories, we have all seen this larger, historical film — and it is not one that decent people would like to see repeated.

Douglas Murray, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, is also director of the Centre for Social Cohesion.

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Hizb ut-Tahrir: And the March Goes On.

SPECIAL REPORT: Part Two

“It would be a grave folly to ignore the growing influence of HuT and its global agenda.”

by Alan Simons
by Alan Simons

With the extraordinary amount of interest shown towards my previous report on Hizb ut-Tahrir, especially in the USA, the following summarises the various examples of how this extremist, and more often than not, threatening international Muslim political organisation, is making waves in many parts of the world.

As Surinder Kumar Sharma, of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses states in a recent article in Global Ecco: “While the world’s attention is fixed on the activities of the dangerous and ruthless Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or simply ISIL), there is another militant organization worthy of serious attention. Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT), or the Party of Liberation, is a radical Islamist group that, like ISIS, calls for the uniting of the Ummah and the return of the Caliphate.” He adds, “Given the fact that HuT already has a wide reach and is successfully inducting and radicalizing educated youth, the outfit has the potential to stage coups and uprisings against governments and regimes that it considers un-Islamic or aligned with anti-Muslim powers. HuT may well prove dangerous because it has immense influence on people, especially in the way that it legitimizes the cause to establish a Caliphate. While the world’s focus currently is on ISIS, it would be a grave folly to ignore the growing influence of HuT and its global agenda.”

Dr. James W. Moore, Ph.D., LL.M., is a Defence Scientist in the Socio-Cognitive Systems Section at DRDC Toronto, Canada. Previously, he worked for twenty years as a Strategic Analyst responsible for research and reporting on the Middle East with the Directorate of Strategic Analysis/CORA at Canada’s National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. In a report written  in The Canadian Military Journal and published by National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, he refers to the term ANSA and describes it as, “An autonomously operating planned group that has the capacity to use violence to achieve political ends.”

 Moore asks the following question:

“Is Hizb ut-Tahrir an ANSA? Should the group fall under our analytical microscope? Given the ambiguities in the group’s ideology and strategy with respect to the use of violence, culminating in the fact that we cannot with confidence rule out the group’s resort to such methods under certain circumstances, the case can be made that HT should be considered an ANSA for analytical purposes.”

Here’s a round-up of some of Hizb ut-Tahrir’s recent activities.

Indonesia- 150,000 attend the event

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Islamic Liberation Party) in 35 different cities in Indonesia this year, as every year, on the anniversary of the abolition of the Caliphate, organized marches and demonstrations. The last of these in a series of events that occurred on the morning of May 30, 2015 took place in the capital Jakarta, with a capacity of 150 thousand at the international Bung Karno stadium. In the presence of famous writers, thinkers and opinion leaders a four hour conference took place. The head of the Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia, Ismail Yusanto, on behalf of the Caliphate Conference made an emphatic speech. University and high school students also held a conference organized by ongoing demonstrations, which was terminated by a prayer. kokludegisim.net

Gaza- Hamas struggling with emerging Islamist parties

Tensions are ongoing between the Hamas movement and the Salafist Ansar al-Dawla movement, which in February publicly declared its support for the Islamic State (IS), to which Hamas is opposed and which in turn does not look favorably upon Hamas. Meanwhile, on May 17, Hamas allowed another Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), to stage an event in the center of Gaza commemorating the 94th anniversary of the fall of the Islamic caliphate, last led by the Ottomans… “Destroying the Islamic caliphate led to the loss [under one flag] of Palestinian land and the rest of the Arabs,” Hassan al-Madhoun, spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir in the Gaza Strip, told Al-Monitor. “Only the Islamic caliphate will fill the political vacuum experienced by the Arab and Islamic nations. It will liberate Palestine and unify the Arab and Muslim nations in light of the sectarian rivalry witnessed in the Arab region… “We call on the Muslim armies to direct their weapons toward Israel instead of Muslims in an Arab country,” Madhoun said. – Al-Monitor

West Bank – Hizb ut-Tahrir says PA arrested 10 West Bank members

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The political group Hizb ut-Tahrir said on Saturday that Palestinian Authority security services had arrested 10 of its members across the West Bank.Hizb ut-Tahrir, which translates as Party of Liberation, said in a statement that their members had been arrested over speeches delivered in West Bank mosques following Friday prayers that condemned a PA decision to ban a party conference that was going to be held in Ramallah.Hizb ut-Tahrir is a pan-Islamic political organization which was founded in Jerusalem in 1953 with the goal of uniting all Muslims into a united state with an elected Caliph at its head.They regularly promote their ideas through speeches in mosques or issuing statements following Friday prayer or at other large Muslim gatherings. – Ma’an News Agency

Denmark – Hizb ut-Tahrir has seized power in residential area. Threatens TV crew.

Last Thursday [March 26, 2015] a television crew from TV2 went to Islandshøjparken in Denmark’s Nordsjælland. But the TV crew suddenly became in serious trouble, says Nordsjælland Police according to Frederiksborg Amts Avis. The notorious Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir has just seized power of the resident board. At the annual meeting in February, Omar Saad was elected Chairman and several of his supporters also became members of the board. Omar Saad is an active member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and is against democracy, and for a caliphate governed by Sharia. That means a new era in the area. The TV crew were allowed to make recordings, but suddenly the interviewees regretted and demanded the tapes handed over. The TV2 team refused. But those interviewed did not take no for an answer. There were threats and one of them took out a knife and tried to cut the tire on TV2’s car. It is not only outsiders who feel threatened. Torun Have, who has lived in Islandshøjparken for three years, says that the sense of security is gone. Since Omar Saad became Chairman of the board, the mood has changed. “I’m afraid. Everything has changed, and it has become a war between them and us. Something I have never experienced before, though there have been Muslims on the board earlier,” she says to Ekstra Bladet. Several cars were driving past at high speed while Ekstra Bladet interviewed Torun Have. Some young men rolls down the window, and shouts provocative. The TV interview shows them shouting “Sharia” out the window. “It’s hard to explain, but right now there is a very ‘us against them-mood’, which is really uncomfortable.” It has never been like this before,” she says to Ekstra Bladet. – speisa.com

Australia – Women forced to back of lecture theatre at Hizb ut-Tahrir lecture

A university address by radical Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir saw women sent to the back of the lecture theatre while men took their place at the front. “Brothers to the front and sisters to the back” was the message from the preachers who were invited to speak at the meeting in sydney’s west on Thursday night. The Daily Telegraph reports men and women were segregated before the lecture to students at the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus began. Women were ushered through a door marked “sisters” at the rear of the hall, while the “brothers” entered through another door and were told to take their place in “the front five rows”, the Telegraph reports. – femina.com

Malaysia – Hudud law in the country?

Hizb ut-Tahrir in Malaysia have rejected a proposal to put the hudud punishments of sharia law before parliament on the grounds that subjecting sharia law to the democratic process is forbidden according to Islamic law. A bill to implement hudud punishments has already been passed in Malysia’s Kelantan state. The new law bars non-Muslims from serving as legal witnesses in court, and introduces punishments including caning, amputation, crucifixion and stoning. Politicians are now attempting to bring hudud punishments before the national parliament. Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is an international Islamist group focused on the establishment of a global Islamic caliphate, strenuously disagreed with implementing sharia law through democracy. Instead the group demanded that the hudud punishments be implemented immediately without regard to any parliamentary process.The Malaysian Insider

China –  Chinese authorities link Xinjiang unrest to Hizb ut-Tahrir

The International Herald Tribune spotted a Chinese language press release in which Chinese authorities fascinatingly attribute the protests in Khotan as well as various forms of unrest and troublemaking in Kashgar, Urumqi, and Kizilsu Prefecture to the international Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, or the “Party of Liberation.” Hizb ut-Tahrir, or HUT (kind of like Jabba) has garnered quite the reputation in Central Asian nations as a rallying point for Muslims bearing religious grievances against oppressive, secularist governments. HUT has an elaborate set of written guiding principles, and allegedly one of these embraces non-violent means as the only proper means to attain the group’s goal of restoring the Caliphate, thus, their main methods remain limited, on the surface, at least, to the propagation of the “right ideas” through lectures, sermons, booklets, and pamphlets. There have been several instances where violent activities were attributed by governmental authorities to HUT,.. This is the first attempt by the Chinese government to link unrest to Hizb ut-Tahrir that I’m aware of. It represents a significant and curious clarification of previous allegations of international involvement in Xinjiang incidents, the vast majority of which have involved a hazy specter of “international terrorism” or exile Uyghur organizations whose goals and aspirations remain quite distant from those of religious organizations. – Hizb ut-Tahrir Watch

Kyrgyzstan – Suspected members of Hizb ut-Tahrir detained in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK — Kyrgyz officials say several suspected members of the banned Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir have been apprehended across the country. Officials in the northern district of Jety-Oguz said on February 10 that four local men have been detained after investigators found a gun and “extremist” printed and electronic texts at their homes in the village of Ak-Terek. Another suspected Hizb ut-Tahrir member was reportedly apprehended in the southern Batken Province on February 10. On February 9, officials in the southern region of Osh province said they detained a local imam for being a member of the group. Kyrgyz authorities say Hizb ut-Tahrir plays a role in a strategy used by Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants to radicalize youth and recruit them to fight in Syria and Iraq. Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned across Central Asia and in Russia, says it is peaceful. Radio Free Europe

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In 2013, Michael Whine MBE, Government and International Affairs Director at the Community Security Trust, was appointed to a five year term as new UK independent member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). Mr Whine has been professionally employed as a researcher on extremism, antisemitism, and terrorism for over twenty five years. He also acts as Consultant on Defence and Security to the European Jewish Congress, and represents it at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Nine years ago, The Hudson Institute published a paper by Whine titled, “Is Hizb ut-Tahrir Changing Strategy or Tactics?  His assessment at that time could still reflect on where Hizb ut-Tahrir is today.

“It cannot be denied that members of HT continue to provide a manpower pool for terrorist recruitment. One former senior member stated some years ago his belief that ‘if Hizb ut-Tahrir [is] not stopped at this stage, and we continue to let them politicize and pollute the youngsters’ minds and other gullible peoples’ minds, then what will happen in effect is that these terrorist acts and these suicide bombings that we hear going on around in foreign countries, we will actually start seeing these incidents happening outside our doorsteps.’ It seems reasonably clear that the basic aim of HT—to re-establish the Caliphate and to extend it elsewhere—remains in place. It is indeed also the ultimate aim of all Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami, and the subsequent offshoots of these groups. It must be noted that HT was the first group to do so, at a time when the Brotherhood focused only on the Arab world, while the Jamaat concentrated solely on the Indian subcontinent. HT’s basic strategy also still remains, while it only occasionally makes explicit mention of the violence implicit in the third stage of its program—the seizing of power.” 

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One of the most dangerous extremist groups is coming to your neighbourhood

SPECIAL REPORT:  Hizb ut-Tahrir. Why should you care about them?

by Alan Simons
by Alan Simons

For the past eight years I have been drawing attention “to the activities of one of the most blatant antisemitic and Islamic radical organisations allowed to flourish in many democratic nations. Hizb ut-Tahrir. (The Islamic Party of Liberation).” I’m quite sure the name means very little to you. It shouldn’t! Hizb ut-Tahrir. You had better take note of it now! I cannot stress this enough.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, an international Muslim political party, utterly rejects democracy. Its goal is jihad against democratic societies world-wide and to replace your nation with a Caliphate. Sounds familiar? This extremist group has in excess of one million members spread through an estimated 45 countries. Some countries have banned or severely curtailed Hizb ut-Tahrir, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Kuwait, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Tajikistan. Russia, China, France, Germany and the Netherlands have all banned Hizb ut-Tahrir. They operate freely in the USA., Canada and Great Britain.

JIN Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia source freemalaysiatodayAustralia, because of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia calling for a Muslim army to impose Sharia law in the country, is also giving serious consideration to outlawing them. In addition, the country’s 7News has reported that a Muslim youth group with alleged links to Hizb ut-Tahrir “is under investigation after a disturbing video of children as young as six years old calling for an end to Australian democracy,” was released.

7News state: “The children promise to die fighting to end democracy in Australia, replacing it with a Caliphate ruled by Islamic Sharia law. They also call for American President Barack Obama to ‘go to hell’, for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be beheaded and for an end to Western ideals.”

Get the picture?

What is Hizb ut-Tahrir?

HizbTahrir logoSo, what is Hizb ut-Tahrir? Dennis Ignatius explains it below. He is a graduate in international relations from the University of Malaya and a 36 year veteran of the Malaysian Foreign Service. He advises us that, “he has served in London, Beijing and Washington and was subsequently appointed ambassador to Chile and later to Argentina. He was also concurrently accredited as Ambassador of Malaysia to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay. From 2001 to June 2008 he was the High Commissioner (ambassador) for Malaysia to Canada.”

Writing in his blog earlier this month about Hizb ut-Tahrir, this, in part, is what he had to say:

[Hizb ut-Tahrir] happen to be one of the most dangerous extremist groups ever to have come out of the Middle East. The fact that they have been able to establish themselves here [Malaysia] and gain credibility so easily speaks volumes about the kind of nation we are becoming.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), a pan-Islamic political organization, was founded in Palestine in 1953 by Taqi al-Din Nabhani, a jurist, cleric, former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and an ardent Wahhabi. Tapping into expectations that a Khalifah (successor or steward) would unite all Islamic lands and people, subjugate the rest of the world and restore Islam to its former glory, HT positioned itself as the party of the Khalifah with a mandate to rule. To this end, it seeks to overthrow existing Muslim governments and set up HT-led Islamic states.

Despite its religious overtones, HT is in fact a very structured totalitarian organization, akin to a disciplined Marxist-Leninist party. All policy decisions are made by its emir, presently Ata Abu Rashta (another Palestinian), and then implemented by local national committees. HT branches (or wilayah) across the world are, therefore, highly coordinated. Candidates for membership undergo two years of indoctrination before becoming full members and then operate within secretive and compartmentalized cell groups.

Unlike groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS which seek to gain power through violent confrontation,  HT works from within to seize control. It focuses on key sectors – particularly the military and bureaucracy – to infiltrate, recruit, indoctrinate and radicalize. They sow dissent against the government, undermine and discredit other Muslim political parties, and press for extra constitutional change.

“Conveyor belt for terrorists.”

In July 2013, Imam Ismat Al-Hammouri—a leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir— seen here on the left, called for the destruction of America, France, Britain, and Rome, during a gathering at the Al-Aqsa JIN Hizb ut-Tahrir May 2015 Ismat Al-Hammouri Photo BlogspotMosque during Ramadan. He stated:

“We warn you, oh America: Take your hands off the Muslims. You have wreaked havoc in Syria, and before that, in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and now in Egypt. Who do you think we are, America? We are the nation of Islam — a giant and mighty nation, which extends from east to west. Soon, we will teach you a political and military lesson, Allah willing. Allah Akbar. All glory to Allah.” – Times of Israel.

From the media in America? Hardly a whimper!

America’s media, for the most part, fail miserably – apathetic, comes to mind –  to inform its readers and viewers about Hizb ut-Tahrir America, which is rapidly consolidating its position in the country. In an article published in Al Arabia, Turkish American scholar Zeyno Baran described the organization as a “conveyor belt for terrorists.”

This Sunday, May 31 in Chicago, Hizb ut-Tahrir America commences its season of conferences, followed by Detroit, June 7 and Washington DC on June 14. Over the years it has seen fit to change its aggressive and ominous media campaign > >> seen here,<<<  to that of a benign and playful let’s-get-together-over-a cup-of-tea scholarly meeting inviting non Muslims to join them and to “engage in a healthy dialogue with society as a whole with thinkers, policymakers and academics.” Yeah! Don’t be misled by their smooth talk.

Antisemitism plays a major role in all that Hizb ut-Tahrir stands for. As reported recently in The Jewish Australian News, I quote:

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ISLAMIST group Hizb ut-Tahrir has again been condemned after a new video emerged last week filled with more anti-Semitic hate.

In the video, which was posted to the group’s internet video channel on March 3, Hizb ut-Tahrir spiritual leader Ismail al-Wahwah called Jews “the most evil creature of Allah”.

“Moral corruption is linked to the Jews. Prostitution in the world began with the Israelites. Usury and gambling began with the Israelites. Killing began with the Israelites,” he said.

“If the Jews were given the whole world, they would want the heavens. That is the nature of the Jews. It is a delusion to think that there can be peace and coexistence with the Israelites, with the Jews.”

He continued: “There is only one solution for this cancerous tumour: It must be uprooted and thrown back to where it came from. They have corrupted the world with their corrupt media. The Israelites have corrupted the world with so-called art, cinema and corrupt films, and with sex trade, drug trade and moral depravity. They have corrupted the world in every respect.

“They will pay with blood for blood, with tears for tears, and with destruction for destruction.”

In Great Britain: “Antisemitism is rampant.”

In Great Britain, Hizb ut-Tahrir has stated, “Jews should be killed wherever they be found.”  And in banners and flyers distributed:

“[The Holocaust is] a tool used by Jews to justify their own hegemony over Muslims in Palestine. Much worse crimes have been committed against Muslims in Chechnya, Kashmir and Palestine.”

“The Jews are a people of slander . . . a treacherous people. . . . [T]hey fabricate lies and twist words from their true context.”

“Our state is a blasphemy according to Jewish law, so that makes you not only cowards, garbage, scum, thieves, I could go on, it also makes you blasphemers as well, according to your own religion. Then again what do we expect from the garbage of humanity, the most gangrenous part of humanity that has always killed its own prophets, betrayed its own people? It’s no surprise to any of us that [Jews] constantly lie and cheat in [their] religion. That is why in our religion [Jews] are described as pigs, swine and apes.”

In Canada: “Muslims are allowing our faith be hijacked from us.”

Raheel Raza is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for service to Canada. A couple of years ago in an article published by The Gatestone Institute she said this of Hizb ut-Tahrir after attending one of their Canadian meetings: “I left the meeting trembling, partly with anger and partly with fear: anger because I saw a straightforward attempt to hijack our freedoms and, by turning them against us, to impose sharia; fear because my fellow Muslims are allowing our faith be hijacked from us — into the hands of theocrats and thugs.”

Some years ago, the Center for the National Interest (CFTNI), a US-based public policy think tank, under its former name, The Nixon Center, published an all-encompassing report titled, “The Challenge of Hizb ut-Tahrir: Deciphering and Combating Radical Islamist Ideology.”  In my opinion, it continues to be one of the more definitive papers written about this dangerous and vastly underrated organisation. I urge you to find the time to read it.

So, why should you care about Hizb ut-Tahrir? Robert Maynard Hutchins, the American educational philosopher and dean of Yale Law School had this to say about democracy: “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.” Is this where you are today?

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We must takes sides!

COMMENT

by Alan Simons
by Alan Simons

I’ll start this article with the premise that it will probably create some fascinating dialogue within the Diaspora Jewish community.

Why is it, I wonder, that Diaspora Jews are willing to show how philanthropic and ardent they are towards raising funds and giving their time and support towards non-Jewish distresses, such as the Rwandan Tutsi, the people of South Sudan, the ethnic rights of minorities in Burma, Canada’s First Nations, the Ebola crises in Liberia and Senegal, and now for Nepalese earthquake victims? Yet, as individuals, why do we seem uncomfortable to willingly expose ourselves, to open our arms favourably, towards Christian, Muslim and other individuals and groups who openly show their support, secularly or religiously, for the State of Israel? Why do many in the Diaspora treat these non-Jews with utmost suspicion?

Yes, our long standard tradition of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedek (righteousness) and gemilut chassadim (acts of lovingkindness) are renown and respected by non-Jews. But we repetitively remain neutral in showing support to those who fight the good fight, on our side.

donna_holbrookHere in Canada, Donna Holbrook, seen on the left, is the National Executive Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. She is a formidable character when it comes to voicing her opinion against the antisemite and anti-Zionist bigot of this world. Awarded the Meir Medical Center Woman of Valour award in 2006, and the State of Israel Bonds Kesher Award in 2012, she has served on many boards including CIJA (The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs) and The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem. Currently, she is an advisor to StandWithUs Canada and a board member of HonestReporting Canada. Since 1996 Holbrook has travelled to Israel no less than 37 times and recently with young adults, whom she says, she has “seen lives transformed.”

Holbrook is a prime example of just one individual out there, amongst many, who is willing, without hesitation, to show us where she stands on issues relating to Israel and Jews. She certainly is not neutral.

Elie Wiesel once said, “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

Diaspora Jews, take heed!

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RWANDA: We will never forget you

Opinion

genocide rwandaThis April marks the 21st anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and with it, like a memorial candle that is ignited every year at this time, we see once again a flurry of organisations and their sidekicks’ waiting on the sidelines to pronounce all that is bad with Rwanda.

One such organisation is the Rwandan National Congress in Canada, (RNC) made up of a small, insignificant bunch of exiled educated misfit individuals, who band together like the Merry Men of Robin Hood’s day, to pronounce in their zeal their hate and intolerance of Rwandan’s current political and economic society.

This past weekend these Merry Men shouted loud enough to be featured on the front page of the Toronto Star.

And who do they hold parley with? Christopher Black, who we read in the Toronto Star is the “Toronto-area lawyer who defended a Rwandan general in a 14-year war crimes tribunal.”

Black “claims the Rwandan government is threatening him with death.”

Black has stated that “a member of the Rwandan National Congress in Canada told him last month there is ‘credible and reliable information’ that the Rwandan regime has ‘sent a team to Canada in order to assassinate five people here,’” including him.

According to the Toronto Star (April 11, 2015), “Black is a controversial figure who holds strong views that challenge accepted wisdom on war crimes. He has argued the innocence of accused war criminal Slobodan Milosevic and attacked former international prosecutor Canadian Louise Arbour for halting an inquiry into the downing of the plane that killed the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi in 1994 — the incident that triggered the genocide.”

The Toronto Star adds:

“His view of the [Rwandan] genocide is far from the accepted narrative. He alleges that the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front and [President] Kagame, then military leader, are also responsible for mass killings of political and military opponents during the genocide.”

This opinion, which many genocide deniers also constantly practice, remains one of the primary thrusts every April to cheapen the murder of over one million Rwandans. Twenty-one years has passed. Twenty-one years of recurrent heartfelt grief, and still the hate continues.

Yet today, Rwanda should be proud of itself. According to The World Bank, “Rwanda has achieved impressive development progress since the 1994 genocide and civil war. It is now consolidating gains in social development and accelerating growth while ensuring that they are broadly shared to mitigate risks to eroding the country’s hard-won political and social stability.

“These goals build on remarkable development successes over the last decade which include high growth, rapid poverty reduction and, since 2005, reduced inequality. Between 2001 and 2014, real GDP growth averaged at about 9% per annum. Recovering from the 2012 aid shortfall, the economy grew ‘7% (year-on-year) in 2014, 2.3 percentage high than in 2013’ ”

In addition, The World Bank states: “Women in Rwanda have made significant strides towards equality in the past few years and the country now boasts more women in parliament than any other country in the world.”

As Jews we stand shoulder to shoulder with Rwanda. For we also understand the meaning of hate, intolerance and genocide denial by our enemies. We will never forget our Rwandan brothers and sisters, nor the 300,000+ children who were also murdered.

We will remember you.

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SEVENTY YEARS LATER - "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" | "The more things change, the more they stay the same"

SEVENTY YEARS LATER – “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” | “The more things change, the more they stay the same”

Thank God there’s an Israel!

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Congratulations jewishinfoNews!

It’s our 10th birthday! A no mean feat for an Internet news site that has consistently kept to its original mission statement.

by Alan Simons
by Alan Simons

Two years ago Tarek Fatah, the Canadian secular, progressive and liberal activist said: “Any nation, any society, any country that is created on the basis of a hatred towards the others, will soon run out of people that it can hate or groups it can decimate and it will devour itself.”

Yesterday evening in Toronto there was not a ripple of hate or intolerance. I had the good fortune of participating in Ve’ahavta’s 16th Annual Community Passover Seder. The event, under Jewish and Aboriginal leadership, was in effect one of the most important social justice events held in Canada for sometime. In excess of 295 people attended the evening which brought together adults and children of all religions without community or family, to share equally in a Seder with Jews of numerous denominations.

“Tonight we concentrate on those who are without community or family, and we ask ourselves, how we can play a role in changing such hardship using our own resources.”  – Avrum Rosensweig

As Avrum Rosensweig, President and CEO of Ve’ahavta succinctly put it: “Our unique and interactive Seder allows people of all faiths to come together in order to recall this historic biblical event which teaches us about bravery, faith, and ultimate freedom. We take this opportunity in the Jewish calendar to unite as a community and to band together to remind ourselves that the comparable atrocities of today are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by any of us!”

Ve'ahavta's 16th Annual Community Passover Seder. Toronto April 2015. -photo (c) jewishinfoNews

Ve’ahavta’s 16th Annual Community Passover Seder. Toronto April 2015. -photo (c) jewishinfoNews

Ve’ahavta describes itself as a “Jewish charitable social service organization dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths who are marginalized by poverty. Ve’ahavta (Hebrew for ‘and you shall love’) is committed to engaging community members in a meaningful and hands-on way to support our collective mission of tikun olam (repairing the world). Ve’ahavta delivers poverty alleviation programs that break down barriers, restore human dignity, foster capacity-building, and empower marginalized individuals to break the cycle of poverty.”

My observations, listening and talking to many of the guests and eighty-ish volunteers present last evening, suggests that at least in Toronto there is a willingness from all societies to outstretch their hands and come together in dialogue, without hate and intolerance. Rosensweig’s Ve’ahavta has a formula that works well.  Let others take note of it!

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SEVENTY YEARS LATER - "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" | "The more things change, the more they stay the same"

SEVENTY YEARS LATER – “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” | “The more things change, the more they stay the same”

Thank God there’s an Israel!

بفضل الله، هناك إسرائيل

ہم اسرائیل کے پاس خدا کا شکر ہے

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