Jerusalem News (24 March, 2013, Nissan 13, 5773)
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1. Muslim gang-rapes across Europe and UK under-reported in press by Katerina Nikolas
2. Obama in Israel: It's Not About The Lobby by Walter Russell Mead
3. Palestinians Blow themselves up so Israel Gets Blamed!
Â 1. Muslim gang-rapes across Europe and UK under-reported in press
By Katerina Nikolas
Mar 20, 2013
High profile-gang rapes in India have been in the headlines since December. The phenomenon is growing across Europe too, but tends to be under reported due to the high incidence of Muslim perpetrators which makes it politically incorrect to mention.
In December 2011 a Swedish mother-of-two was subjected to a brutal gang-rape by 12 Afghan immigrants in a refugee camp in Mariannelund. Reports stated "The rape was oral, anal and vaginal sometimes with three rapists inside her at the same time while everybody was cheering and clapping.
The gruesome rape marathon lasted for 7 hours. 11 suspect may have been involved taking turns while drinking and getting high on drugs. The asylum seekers were cheering and clapping their hands during the rape marathon while calling the victim "whore" and "slut"."
According to Vimmerby Tidning "The woman went into shock while the rapes were still underway, and has since been in a heavily traumatised state. She is now subject to nightmares and panic attacks, and lives in a psychiatric clinic. She is bound to a wheelchair due to damages to her abdomen, and suffers from faecal incontinence."
The main perpetrator Rafi Bahaduri, 25, had already committed four other rapes in Sweden. The case is not unique. There is a growing trend of gang-rapes perpetrated against white women by Muslim rapists.
In the U.K. there has been a steady stream of cases where primarily under- privileged young English girls have been targeted, groomed and raped by gangs of what the British press euphemistically refers to as Asian men. However, the published names of the perpetrators are primarily of Pakistan and Afghanistan origin when the gang rapists appear in court.
The Asian gangs do not contain rapists from China, Japan, and the Philippines.
Cases have been reported in Rochdale, Rotherham, Derby, Bradford, Blackpool - the list goes on. An article regarding the phenomenon in Standpoint notes: "According to some of the mothers, a fear of being branded racist makes many of the police and social services reluctant to investigate the crimes as organised and connected.
One mother from Rotherham, whose 14-year-old daughter was groomed into prostitution and multiply raped during a 12-month period, told me that almost every man convicted of these crimes in the north of England is from Pakistan but that the authorities insist that it is not relevant."
More and more cases are reported across Europe. The following is just a very small sample (some figures indicate 5,000 gang-rapes occur in France alone each year.)
In October 2011 a British woman was brutally gang-raped by five Afghan refugees in Banja Koviljaca, Serbia. According to the Austrian Times the men were living in a local refugee centre housing 2,500 illegal immigrants.
In June 2011 a 14-year-old Norwegan girl, Eva Helgetun, committed suicide after being gang-raped by three teenage migrants.
In January 2013 the Local reported a 22-year-old woman was gang-raped by five men in Stockholm, the first of three reported gang-rapes in the city this year. Eight Muslim male teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated rape in connection with the three incidents.
In March 2013 a British tourist was gang-raped by three Arab men in a Spanish resort.
The Archbishop of Cranmer's blog spot details a high-profile disturbing case in France where two teengage girls were the prolonged victims of constant gang-rapes by dozens of Muslim teenagers.
Cranmer states that all the men involved that were eventually convicted were Muslims which leads him to question: "Why is the issue of gang-rape committed by young men identified as belonging to a particular minority background consistently suppressed? Are there reporting restrictions? Infringement of their human rights? A conspiracy of silence?"
2. Obama in Israel: It's Not About The Lobby by Walter Russell Mead
Israel Resource Review. the-american-interest.com Thu Mar 21 2013
As President Obama heads off for his first visit to Israel, we are getting the usual flood of poll results indicating that Americans want a pro-Israel foreign policy. Meanwhile, the world continues to marvel at American support for the frequently isolated Jewish state. Why, people ask, does the United States incur such risks and costs for the sake of this small country? Why does the United States direct so much foreign aid to it? Why does the United States take its part at the United Nations at such diplomatic cost?
The answer most people around the world give is a very simple one: America takes the positions it takes on Israel because of the power of 'the Jews.' By their campaign contributions, by their (alleged) control of the media, by their (alleged) single-minded focus on Israeli interests, America's supposedly well-organized, well-funded, and very determined Jews succeed in controlling American opinion and American policy. The Jewish tail wags the American dog.
In much of the world this kind of 'analysis' sounds like the most banal conventional wisdom. It is so widely accepted, even by many people who think of themselves as seasoned and sophisticated observers of the international scene, that it is hardly worth discussing. And it is here that the divide in thinking about Israel, and about Jews for that matter, appears. To most Americans, the 'Jewish string puller' theory of American foreign policy sounds like something Goebbels might have said to Hitler while they were enjoying a cup of tea together on the patio at Berchtesgaden: paranoid, anti-Semitic, and proof of a poverty of political insight and a weak grip on facts. The American dog does not feel wagged by its tail, and when Americans hear foreigners saying that, in essence, this country is run by a Jewish cabal, they immediately discount everything else that person has to say.
Â On this point, I agree with the American majority. 'The Jews' do not run America, and they do not run American foreign policy in the Middle East. Recent Pew polls found that Americans sympathize more with the Israeli cause than with the Palestinian one by a margin of 49 percent to 12 percent, and they have consistently favored a 'pro-Israel' foreign policy. When the House and the Senate overwhelming endorse pro-Israel resolutions, and when they tell presidents that they can't cut Israel's aid, those politicians are responding to the will of their constituents.
Over time, and especially since 9/11, American public opinion has become significantly more pro-Israel. While some Americans believe that our connection with Israel makes the US a target of radical nut jobs in the Middle East and needlessly stirs up hate against us, most see Israel as an important strategic ally in a dangerous part of the world. While some Americans see Israel as an oppressive, quasi-apartheid state imposing an iron and unfair rule on innocent Palestinians, more think Israel isn't doing so badly considering its unique and difficult circumstances. While some think Israel overreacts in its responses to Palestinian terror attacks (building the 'wall' to stop Palestinian suicide bombers entering Israel, attacking Gaza in retaliation for sporadic rocket attacks), many more Americans think Israel has every right to defend itself from terror attacks by any means necessary.
But those who think right wing, ultra-Zionist Jews control the American debate over Israel policy don't understand American politics very well. In the first place, a politician simply motivated by the desire to get Jewish campaign contributions would have better luck working the anti-AIPAC side of the street. Liberal Hollywood and the overwhelming preponderance of wealthy Jews who care about the Middle East prefer politicians who take a softer and more nuanced line.
In the second place, there are some things AIPAC and its peers can do, and many others they cannot. For 26 years now the 'Israel lobby' has been trying to spring Jonathan Pollard; for 26 years he has been rotting in jail.
There are other things the 'Israel lobby'opposes that the United States regularly does. Many of our Gulf Arab allies now have access to some of the most advanced weapons we possess. Ultra-Zionist groups don' want the United States to pressure Israel at all over settlements and have never liked the two-state formula, but the United States continues to oppose settlements and continues to predicate its peace diplomacy on the two-state solution. The 'Israel lobby' has been fighting for decades to get the United States to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The embassy remains in Tel Aviv.
The reality is that the 'Israel lobby' is extremely powerful when its goals accord with non-Jewish American public opinion, but it runs out of steam when it goes against that opinion. It is irresistible when its demands accord with the general disposition of non-Jewish Americans to support the Jewish state; it immediately becomes feeble if it takes up an issue (like a pardon for Pollard) that this public opinion dislikes.
...The public likes Israel, thinks it is a good thing, and rejoices when it does well. What many Europeans and others see as pro-Israel media bias in the United States doesn't cause pro-Israel public opinion; public opinion imposes an orientation on the media-which many media outlets do their best to resist.
3. Palestinians Blow themselves up so Israel Gets Blamed!
24-Mar-13: Six children seriously hurt in Gaza. So where is the news reporting?
Posted: 23 Mar 2013 11:00 PM PDT
From the Bethlehem-based, European-funded Ma'an News Agency, Friday:
6 children injured in Gaza explosion | GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Six children were injured in an explosion in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a medical official said. Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that six children aged 6 to 10 were moderately wounded when an unknown device exploded in Rafah. One child suffered serious injuries to his hand.
Seems like a good time to remind readers about the two rockets that were fired at Israel on Thursday March 20 but (to adopt the euphemism that is sometimes applied on those rare occasions when such shooting-themselves-in-the-leg-yet-again moments happen in Gaza) "fell short".
The number of foreign journalists based in Gaza is not great (Ma'an does have offices and staff there). Which causes us to wonder how to interpret the silence of the BBC, normally quite proud of the independence and professional quality of its Gaza team, and particularly Gaza-based Jon Donnison in the face of this report of six Gazan Palestinian Arab children being 'moderately wounded' according to Ma'an. (We can see no report anywhere on the BBC's web presence about the maiming of six children in Gaza, but if we're wrong, we would appreciate hearing about it.)
The same question might also be put to the people at the Washington Post. That great paper's then-ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, was asked to respond to the controversy over its publication (along with most of the world's serious newspapers) on the WP's front page of a photo of Jihad Masharawi, who works for the BBC's Arabic service in Gaza, holding his dead baby son in November 2012. Pexton explained this was because the editors at the Washington Post felt it 'went straight to the heart, this sobbing man who just lost his baby son.' (At the Warped Mirror blog, they point out that "Of course, the rocket was fired with the intention to create such a scene in Israel".)
So what is there about six maimed Gazan children that fails to go straight to the heart of professional news-people?
Might it be the realization that this is another instance of Arab-on-Arab victimization? Yet another humiliating and senseless "fell short" disaster?
Since we actually do not know (and do not claim to know) what caused six children to be badly hurt in the explosion of that 'unknown device', we should point out, as Times of Israel did last night, that
Gaza based terror organizations have been known to use residential areas in order to stockpile arms, raising the possibility that the current blast was due to a weapons malfunction.
Whatever the cause, the near-total absence of reporting is something that deserves to be noted, as well as the continued terrorization and victimization of children.