JIN Hizb ut-Tahrir May 2015 source i24news tv

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!

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?

 (Photo credits: i24news | blogspot | freemalaysiatoday) 

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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

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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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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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FRANCE: The blood hadn’t dried, yet Turkey didn’t waste time putting its foot in its mouth, again!

Opinion

A billboard erected by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s AKP party in the city of Tatyan, in eastern Turkey, reads: ‘Salute to the Kouachi brothers, who avenged the Messenger of Allah [i.e. Muhammad]/May Allah accept your martyrdom/ When you [i.e. the West] strike, it is democracy when we avenge, it is terrorism.’ (Source MEMRI, January 14, 2015)

Credit: OdaTV.com, January 10, 2015

by Alan Simons

by Alan Simons

As the French novelist Victor Hugo said: “The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.” Turkey’s President Erdoğan with his sense of entitlement and grandiosity, obviously has no illusions as to whom he admires. And today, not to be outdone by his president’s feelings of self-importance, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was quoted as saying that, “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had committed crimes against humanity comparable to those behind the Paris attacks that left 17 dead. ‘Netanyahu has committed crimes against humanity the same like those terrorists who carried out the Paris massacre,'” he told reporters in televised comments.

Both Erdoğan and Davutoğlu are desperate to find respect and stature within the Muslim world. Yet, it would seem they even lack the essential characteristics necessary of any self-proclaimed prophet that include intellectual capacity, wisdom, and profound insight.  I believe it was Molière who said: “All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.”  Someone should tell Turkey that even a self-proclaimed prophet cannot dance while having one’s foot in one’s mouth.

Here, for example, are a few comments reported yesterday by MEMRI:

– At a January 12, 2015 joint press conference with visiting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud ‘Abbas, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the French in the attack, saying that the perpetrators were French citizens who had been imprisoned in the past. Asking why they had not been under surveillance by French intelligence apparatuses following their release, he said that this was “thought provoking.” He accused the West of hypocrisy and stated that Western racism, hate speech, and Islamophobia were to blame for it, saying, “We must be aware of their [i.e. the West’s] plots against the Muslim world.” Erdogan also slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for “daring to attend” the January 11, 2015 solidarity rally in Paris, saying that he was committing state terrorism against the Palestinians.

– On Twitter, AKP MP Ali Sahin claimed that the attack was not what it appeared to be, and that its actual targets were Muslims.

– Speaking at the Fourth AKP Youth Conference in Ankara, Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek claimed that the Mossad was behind the Charlie Hebdo attack and the attacks that followed it in Paris.

– At the Islamist Aczmendi Lodge in Istanbul, funeral prayers were conducted for the Kouachi brothers, the perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo attack, and they were eulogized as martyrs.” The prayers were led by Muslim Gunduz, the leader of an Islamist sect.

– Columnist Dilipak, in Yeni Akit, a pro AKP publication, said: “Bravo, Children, You Did A Great Job!.. You can condemn the terror in France all you want, but for those who planned it, this is a success worth celebrating. I am certain that some are congratulating sympathizers and saying, ‘Bravo children, you did a great job.”

And as to the aftermath of Je Suis Charlie, Anne Bayefsky in an article published by Human Rights Voices on January 12, 2015, summed it up quite nicely. Here, in part, is what she had to say.

 Je Suis Charlie: Kumbaya won’t save us from Islamist Terror and Hate. 

The warm feelings on display in Paris and elsewhere around the world Sunday in response to the horrors of the past week, unfortunately, will do next to nothing to change the tide against Islamist terrorism. That explains why world leaders who support terrorism have no problem supporting Paris.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, now entering the eleventh year of what was originally billed as a four-year term, turned up to represent a would-be Judenrein state, where terrorism and the absence of the rule of law are the order of the day.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu flew into Paris to glad-hand with free expression enthusiasts, notwithstanding recent arrests of teenagers in his country for “insulting” President Erdogan.

The terrorist organization Hamas even issued a press release claiming that it “condemns the attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine and insists on the fact that differences of opinion and thought cannot justify murder.” Setting aside the fact that Palestinians living under Palestinian authority do not have freedom of opinion and thought, gunning down Jews while shopping for food wasn’t mentioned in the statement.

Add all those “Je Suis Charlie” signs, in solidarity with the magazine’s victims. Except that the words on these signs are white on a solid black background, and the Hebdo images of the prophet Muhammad are nowhere to be seen. White words on a black background are not the reason Charlie Hebdo cartoonists are dead.

And then there is France’s Jewish problem. There is no getting away from the fact that to be Jewish in France in 2015, you might have to hide in a basement freezer if you want to survive a trip to the grocery store.

Attacks on Jews in France in recent times – including torture, assaults, robbery, firebombing, rape, and murder – are too numerous to mention, each one soon forgotten by everyone but French Jews who continue to emigrate to Israel for refuge and solace. Evidently, France forgot ‘first they came for the Jews.’

In theory, it should be simple to connect the dots between slaughtering journalists, police officers, and Jews, in the same country over a mere three days. Freedom of speech, personal security, equality and freedom of religion are pretty much the essentials of democracy – and inextricably linked to one another.

Standing in the way of this revelation, however, is an apparent widespread incapacity to distinguish trumped-up, irrelevant or misplaced grievances from real ones.

Over the days of carnage, CNN regaled listeners with complaints about “unemployment” and “disaffection” among Muslim youth. We also swiftly heard detailed analysis of such things as the early loss of parents of the Kouachi brothers and the failed rap musician ambitions of Cherif Kouachi.

And, of course, there is the elephant in the chambre – Israel. As terrorist Amedy Coulibaly put it to his Jewish captives – quoting Usama bin Laden – “we are the ones who will get peace in Palestine.”

That ought to sound familiar to French President Francois Hollande…

Thank God there’s an Israel! Tanrı’ya teşekkürler bir İsrail var!

(Photo credit- Turkey, MEMRI | OdaTV.com)

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FRANCE: The defence against fanaticism is a necessity.

Editorial Comment

In July 2014, at the height of the violence against the Jewish community of France, jewishinfoNews published a message by Roger Cukierman, President of CRIF, the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France. In deference to the French citizens murdered last week in the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful, we believe it appropriate to republish Cukierman’s message one more time.

The following is a translation of the original message, in French, that can be read in its entirety >here<

Roger Cukierman

Like many in France, I have family and friends who have on several occasions run into underground shelters. I think of them, as I think of the civilian population of Gaza who have been bombed for several nights. As a child hidden during the Second World War, I do not have selective compassion. And I want to believe that this is also true for the vast majority of French and especially those among us who are Jewish or Muslim.

If the facts are known, it is essential to put them into perspective. The news from the Middle East is once again having serious repercussions in France, [that included] demonstrations and assaults against two synagogues in Paris.

When one takes a step backward, one cannot but be struck by the selective indignation of the people who took to the streets to express their solidarity with the Gazans, but remained silent about the plight of Syrians, Iraqis, Libyans, Christians, Nigerians who are under the yoke of Boko Haram …

When one takes a step backward, one cannot but be struck by the inability of these people to express their support or opposition without hate or violence.

Everyone can, of course, have their opinion and belief about the policies of the Israeli government and even suffer from focusing their attention solely on Israel and obscuring [information about] other countries in the region. Anyone who has set foot in Israel, or read Israeli newspapers, knows that the political debate is everywhere and in Israel, as in France, citizens are critical of their government.

What is at stake in the protests that occurred this past weekend in France, as in the “Day of Wrath” event last January, are not part of the political debate…

Behind the corruption of solidarity, there is hate. This hatred is today against the Jews.It started against synagogues in inconceivable violence, as it evoked [to many] the darkest hours in the history of Europe during the 20th century. And hatred, which today is against the Jews, by tomorrow will be aimed at other groups [living] in our national community.

When one takes a step backward, one cannot but be struck by the rise of fanaticism and extremism. No country is immune.

In Europe, fanaticism killed in Montauban, Toulouse and Brussels. Fanaticism also killed in Oslo and in Utøya, Norway. Fanaticism could have killed elsewhere if the terrorists had not been put out of harm’s way before they acted out.

In Europe, young people are becoming fanatical and sent to the jihad in Syria, Afghanistan, Mali. Those who return to Europe are [time] bombs, bursting with hatred for all those who refuse Sharia violent totalitarianism.  They want to deprive us of our freedom…

If fanaticism is universal, it is clear that it has been successful for quite some time in some branches of Islam [especially] among the rich Middle East producers of oil and gas who generously fund murderous folly in mullahs and imams who refuse pluralism, who want to impose their way of life and who are opposed to the right of each individual to decide their lifestyle, sexuality and religion.

Democracy cannot accommodate people who hate and want to destroy those who do not think like them. It must defend itself. It is a necessity, an imperative.

This applies in France, as in Israel. This applies in all countries, including the future Palestine, where individuals’ love of humanism, justice and ethics face the fanatics.

And when these fanatics resort to rain rockets and missiles against civilian populations, one cannot put one’s faith in avant-garde technology… It is necessary and vital to defend ourselves and defend democracy. This is the State of Israel.

The fight against fanaticism, extremism and terrorism is a noble fight. This is not a war of religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is even less a war between Israelis and Palestinians, or a war between Jew and Arab. No, this is a fight for the values ​​that are the foundation of our nation: freedom, equality and fraternity. This is the condition of “living together” in a peaceful society.

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