12 Sivan 5776
Saturday, June 18 2016
UPDATES 7 pm Israel time:
…Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours…
4 hours ago, IDF forces along the northern Gaza border opened fire on Palestinian terrorists as they attempted to infiltrate Israel.
Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad in Gaza said that it will “respond harshly” to any attempt to build a concrete wall around the Palestinian state (click here to read about the wall that Israel is about to build).
…The news from Europe…
*Qatar has announced that it is spending 27 million Euros to build Europe’s largest mosque, “the Center of Light”, in Limoges, France.
According to Qatar, the purpose of the mosque is “to strengthen identity among Muslims in Europe, encourage coexistence between different cultures, contribute to the correct understanding of Islam, emphasize moderation, and fight Islamophobia.”
Hmm…do any of these goals seem contradictory to you?
By the way, Limoges already has a population that is more than 20% Muslim. That percentage is expected to double by 2025.
*Doctors Without Borders is fighting for more Muslim immigration to Europe.
To that end, the organization announced this week that it will no longer accept donations from any European Union country (an estimated $65 million a year).
Why? Because the European Union just signed an agreement with Turkey for Muslim refugees to be “returned to” Turkey (read “deported” to Turkey).
Doctors Without Borders says that it would be inconsistent for them to take money from the E.U. when the E.U. is deporting the very people “Doctors” is striving to help.
But don’t worry about “Doctors” being underfunded. Whatever they lose in donations from the E.U. will undoubtedly be made up by the likes of Qatar.
…Speaking of Qatar…
Today, an Egyptian court sentenced former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi to life imprisonment for passing state secrets to Qatar.
Six other defendants, including two employees of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera, were sentenced to death.
…Speaking of France…
The U.S. state of California has climbed from 8th to the 6th largest economy in the world. In doing so, it dropped the country of France to number 7.
The gross state product of California last year was 2.46 trillion dollars with a 4.1% growth rate.
…What’s happening to the Mediterranean?…
Anyone who has been swimming in the Mediterranean recently knows that the water seems a little colder than before–despite the blazing hot temperatures outside the water.
As it turns out, the melting shelves of ice in Greenland are causing the Mediterranean water to cool.
So far, the temperature drop has not been dramatic. For example, in front of your humble servant’s home on the coast in south Ashdod, the water temperature has dropped about 1 degree C. from its usual 26.5 degrees to 25.4 degrees.
You may be wondering what the reaction of the Arab world has been to the massacre in Orlando, a massacre which took the lives of 49 Americans. As you know, most of these Americans were gay.
Given the fact that the murderer was a Muslim of Afghani heritage, you would think that the Arab world denunciation of the attack would have been immediate and forceful.
There has been forceful and immediate reaction, but it hasn’t been a denunciation.
For today’s blog, I would like to quote liberally from a a fascinating article written several day ago by Mohammed Rady on the website of a group called “Arab Humanists”. You can read the entire article here.
But here are a few paragraphs (emphasis mine):
“As a bilingual Arabic and English speaker from the Middle East, I took the liberty of browsing through Arabic news pages on Facebook earlier today; namely Al Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, BBC Arabic and a number of Egyptian news outlets to gauge how the Arab world was responding to the Orlando shooting.
The results were disappointing, alarming, and depressing to say the least. Each page’s comment section was inundated with posts showing sympathy towards the attacker, praising him for his actions and wishing death upon members of the international LGBT community.
Comments ranged from jokes about the incident and how “the gays had it coming,” to long du’as (religious supplications), wishing death upon gays and lesbians, as well as asking God to grant the killer “the highest place in paradise.” I considered collecting screenshots of these comments to raise awareness about the amount of hatred towards the gay community in the Middle East, but it soon dawned on me that such a task would be impossible.”
–>The writer continues with a dramatic critique on his friends on the Left:
“Members of the left who claim such terrorism has nothing to do with Islam need to become aware of the issue at hand that is Islamism, and understand the ramifications of evading discussions on it.
The Arab world’s moral collapse is the result of decades of fundamentalist Wahhabi indoctrination across the Muslim world which has culminated in the recent rise of Islamic terrorism.
. . . The Muslim world, particularly the Middle East and North Africa, has become rife with followers of either Arab nationalist anti-west ideologies, or Islamism and Wahhabism, both of which are cesspools for hate.”
Why is it that people cannot see the danger of Islam?
Why is it that the people on the “Left” are particularly delusional?
Why is it that all of the bashers of Israel cannot understand that Israel is a beacon of morality in a sea of moral collapse?
Perhaps this is a moment for the old cliche:
There are none so blind as those who will not see.
Enough said for day–and enough to think about.