Israel’s new deputy foreign minister: ‘This land is ours. All of it is ours’Tzipi Hotovely gives speech to Israeli diplomats in which she says she will try to achieve global recognition for ISRAELI JUDEA AND SAMERIA TOWNS AND VILLAGES.

My comments ie ‘editions  of political correctness’ are in italics bold.

Israel’s new deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, delivers her inaugral speech to Israeli diplomats

Associated Press

Friday 22 May 2015 00.19 EDT Last modified on Friday 22 May 2015 05.35 EDT

Israel’s new deputy foreign minister on Thursday delivered a defiant message to the international community, saying that Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land and citing religious texts to back her belief that it belongs to the Jewish people.

The speech by Tzipi Hotovely illustrated the influence of hardliners in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s new government, and the challenges he will face as he tries to persuade the world that he is serious about pursuing peace with the (arabs living in areas formerly occupied by Trans Jordan and Egypt).
Hotovely, 36, is among a generation of young hardliners in Netanyahu’s Likud party who support ISRAELI JUDEA AND SAMERIA construction and oppose ceding land formerly occupied by Trans Jordan and Egypt to arabs. Since Netanyahu has a slim one-seat majority in parliament, these lawmakers could complicate any attempt to revive peace talks.

With Netanyahu also serving as the acting foreign minister, Hotovely is currently the country’s top full-time diplomat.

In an inaugural address to Israeli diplomats, Hotovely said Israel has tried too hard to appease the world and must stand up for itself.
“We need to return to the basic truth of our rights to this country,” she said. “This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologise for that.”
Hotovely, an Orthodox Jew, laced her speech with biblical commentaries in which God promised the land of Israel to the Jews. Speaking later in English, she signalled that she would try to rally global recognition for ISRAELI JUDEA AND SAMERIA TOWNS AND VILLAGES, which are widely opposed. “We expect as a matter of principle of the international community to recognise Israel’s right to build homes for Jews in their homeland, everywhere,” she said. Hotovely will manage the ministry’s day-to-day functions, but Netanyahu will remain in charge of foreign policy.

During the recent election campaign, Netanyahu angered his western allies by saying he would not permit the establishment of a Palestinian state on his watch. On Wednesday he told the visiting EU foreign policy chief that he remains committed to a two-state solution.
Netanyahu’s spokesman, Mark Regev, declined comment on Hotovely’s speech, but said Netanyahu’s statements Wednesday reflected his policy.




Turkish President Erdogan Reads Nationalist-Islamist Poem For Centennial Of Gallipoli Battles
On the centennial marking the Gallipoli battles, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited a nationalist-Islamist poem titled “Du’a.” Against the backdrop of footage of people paying homage to those killed in the war, Erdogan’s voice is heard saying: “Give us strength! Do not leave these fields of Jihad without fighters, my Allah.”

 Following are excerpts from the video, which was posted on the Internet on April 20, 2015.

Click here to view this clip on MEMRI TV



Narrator: “Have you ever heard the voice of martyrdom?”
Soldier 1: “Salim, son of Salim, from Antep. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 2: “Mehmet, son of Kadir, from Afyon. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 3: “Abdurrahman, son of Ahmet. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 4: “Omer, son of Tekin, from El-Aziz. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 5: “Mehmet, son of Kerim, from Canakkale. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 6: “[unintelligible] Nikolay, from Istanbul. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 7: “Mustafa, son of Mahmut, from Zile. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 8: “Yakup, son of Husnu, from Edirne. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 9: “Musa, son of Colak Ibrahim, from Mersin. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 10: “Riza son of Yusuf, from Kerkuk. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 11: “Sakir, son of Sakir, from Erbil. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 12: “Ragip, son of Barin, from Sakarya. At your service, my commander!”
Soldier 13: “At your service, my commander!”
Narrator: “Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar.”
Voice of Erdogan quoting from poem titled Du’a: “We all have hoarse voices. Do not leave our minarets without the call to prayer, my Allah!

“Take those who make honey, otherwise do not just leave us with no hive, my Allah!

“Minarets without their mahya lights do not overshadow the Milky Way in our skies, my Allah!
“Do not leave our homeland, whose soil was molded by Islam, without Muslims.
“Give us strength!

“Do not leave these fields of Jihad without fighters, my Allah.

“Do not leave the masses who yearn for a hero with no hero, my Allah.

“Let us know how to resist our foes.

“Do not leave us lifeless, my Allah.

“On the path to tomorrows, do not leave our years without Ramadhan, my Allah.

“Disperse your herd, otherwise do not leave us without a shepherd, my Allah.

“Do not leave us without love, water, air, or our country, my Allah!”


Soldiers: “At your service, my commander!”

“Centennial of a Legend – we remember the martyrs and warriors of Gallipoli with blessings and gratitude…”

View The Clip


MEMRI TV Clip No. 4914

Top Turkish Cleric Mehmet Gormez: We Should Not Accept Jerusalem As The Capital Of Anyone But The Muslim

 In a sermon delivered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on May 15 and posted on the Internet, Mehmet Gormez, President of the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs, said: “We should not accept that Jerusalem be the capital of anyone else. It is the capital city of the Muslims. We ask Allah to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the aggressors.”
Following are excerpts:
Click here to view this clip on MEMRI TV

Mehmet Görmez: “Preserve in your struggle and your Jihad in defending the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, until Allah grants you victory.

“There will be no security for those who do not safeguard Jerusalem’s security. One is safe and secure as long as Jerusalem is safe and secure. Those who attack it will not be safe and secure. Only those who attack Jerusalem should be attacked. They should be attacked to the same extent that they themselves attacked.
“The military occupation of Jerusalem will not change its true nature, because Jerusalem will remain part of the creed of the Islamic nation, of its countries, and of its peoples. It will remain in our religious creed. No [Muslim] president or king has the right to relinquish even a single inch of it, just as Sultan Abdulhamid II did not relinquish an inch of it.

“The Al-Aqsa Mosque has been an Islamic mosque since its establishment, and it will remain so until Judgment Day. We should not accept that Jerusalem be the capital of anyone else. It is the capital city of the Muslims. We ask Allah to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the aggressors.”



Iran: 80,000 Missiles Pointed at Tel Aviv

According to a top Iranian advisor, Tehran has “tens of thousands” of missiles pointed at Israel, and will not hesitate to use them.
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By Moshe Cohen


Iran’s Revolutionary Guards fire a Saegheh missile (illustration Reuters)

Iran issued yet another threat against Israel on Thursday, Channel 2 reported. According to a top Iranian advisor, Tehran has “tens of thousands” of missiles pointed at Israel, and will not hesitate to use them.

Speaking Thursday, Yahya Rahim Zafabi, a top advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said the tens of thousands of missiles will “sow the seeds of destruction in Israel” if they are to be fired. 
“The Zionists and the Americans know what the powers of Iran and Hezbollah are,” he added. “They know that over 80,000 missiles are pointed at Tel Aviv and Haifa,” with the figure apparently including the many short-range missiles Hezbollah is believed to have.

Zafabi was apparently responding to remarks made Wednesday by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who said Israel “will not allow for the opening of another war front against Israel. We will act strongly against those who act against us or plans to act against us. We will reach their bases, damage them, and destroy their weapons.”

“Iran is directly involved in all conflicts in the Middle East,” Ya’alon emphasized. “Iran’s bloody regime spreads terror and destruction throughout the entire area, and it expresses loudly its desire to destroy Israel.” 
“Unfortunately, the West is ready to make a deal with Iran on its nuclear program, which will shield Tehran from criticism




Obama’s Ugly Show of Presidential Petulance


Obama attends a welcoming ceremony in Beijing

The President has “worked himself into such a tizzy over the TPP.” While his progressive friends in Congress are questioning the secret trade agreement, Obama is lashing out at them in a pathetic show of presidential petulance.

Published: May 20, 2015 | Authors: Jim Hightower | NationofChange | Op-Ed
When the going got tough, Barack got in a huff, and then he got gruff.

President Obama has worked himself into such a tizzy over the TPP that he’s lashing out at his progressive friends in Congress. He’s mad because they refuse to be stereotypical lemmings, following him over this political cliff called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It masquerades as a “free trade agreement,” but such savvy and feisty progressive senators as Sherrod Brown, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have ripped off the mask, revealing that TPP is not free, not about trade and not anything that the American people would ever agree to.

It is a stealth power grab, written in top-secret negotiations by and for multinational corporations from the U.S. and 11 other nations. This raw deal effectively empowers these profiteering corporate giants to overrule actions by the governments of any of these countries — including ours — that protect consumers, workers, the environment and other interests from corporate abuse.

This gift to the Trans-Pacific Titans is going to expand the rules of trade deals of the past such as NAFTA, WTO and Korea FTA. A few examples of what we have to look forward to with this turd of a deal the president is trying to polish and force onto the American people are: more off-shoring of American jobs, which in turn leads to greater income inequality; higher costs for lifesaving and sustaining medicines; our environmental protections will be under threat of corporate attack; food and product safety regulations will be undermined; net neutrality will once again be challenged; Wall Street reform will be nothing but a memory; and say so long to Buy American initiatives.

Why an American president — especially a Democrat — would embrace this private usurpation of our people’s sovereignty is a mystery, but the great majority of congressional Democrats are not going along. So he’s been publicly scolding them (as though they’re disobedient children), huffily whining that they’re playing politics, “whupping on me” and making up “stuff” about how this deal allows corporations to challenge and even change American laws.

Yet, rather than offer any evidence that they’re making up stuff, Obama gruffly made up stuff about them.

By opposing the TPP, he prevaricated in a recent speech, the Democrats are anti-trade and want to “pull up the drawbridge and build a moat around ourselves.”

The president is on such thin ice with this ponderous giveaway to global corporate giants that his appeals for support have turned desperate, including this recent claim that TPP “is the most progressive trade deal in history.”

Wow, that’s a low bar! Does he mean more progressive than the thoroughly regressive NAFTA? Or maybe he’s comparing TPP to King George III’s East India Trading Company, which was such a bully that it sparked the American Revolution.

Indeed, Obama is doing some bullying of his own. He’s pushing the lie that such Democrats as Warren are lying when they point out that TPP would let foreign corporations sue the USA in corporate-run international tribunals to force our officials to weaken or kill laws that might pinch a corporation’s profits. “There is no chance, zero chance” of that happening, the president barked.

But, as he knows, it already has happened!

In April, under another trade agreement, his own administration was directed by a WTO tribunal to change — and essentially gut — a U.S. food-labeling law that dramatically reduced the killing of dolphins by commercial tuna-fishing fleets. Responding to public outrage over the mass slaughtering of the mammals, our Congress passed an effective dolphin-free law. But some tuna operations in Mexico complained that using dolphin-free nets hurt their profits, and the WTO ordered our sovereign nation to surrender our law to the dolphin-killing Mexican profiteers.

And just this past Monday, the WTO ordered the USofA to change its country-of-origin labeling laws, effectively saying our consumers do not have a right to know where the meat they eat is coming from.

By claiming that “no trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws,” Obama is either lying, or he doesn’t know what’s in his own agreement.

What a pathetic show of presidential petulance! It’s time for Obama to question himself — not his friends.


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1. The Getty Center in Los Angeles  
the getty center
Where: Los Angeles, California

What: Part of the Getty Museum (and the larger Getty Trust family), the Center pays special tribute to 20th century art and architecture, with an outdoor garden you can’t miss.

On view now: Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography
“Mr. Getty believed that art was a civilizing influence in society that should be freely available to the public for education and enjoyment,” Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, wrote to HuffPost. “Thanks to his generosity, we are able to offer free admission to the nearly 1.8 million visitors who come to the Getty Center and Getty Villa to enjoy our renowned collections and wide range of public programs. We are also able to take arts education into K-12 classrooms, and bring students to the Museum on Getty-funded buses to experience the arts firsthand — often for the first time.”
2. The Saint Louis Museum of Art

Where: St. Louis, Missouri

What: Smack dab in the middle of the city’s Forest Park, admission to this institute (a part of the former 1904 World’s Fair grounds) is free through a subsidy from the cultural tax district for St. Louis City and County.

On view now: Creatures Great and Small: Animals in Japanese Art
“The phrase ‘dedicated to art and free to all’ is engraved in stone above our front entrance,” Brent R. Benjamin, the director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, proclaimed to The Huffington Post. “I believe there is virtue — the rather old-fashioned notions of civic welcome and hospitality — to the fact that the taxpayers of St. Louis offer admission to their Art Museum free of charge to all visitors, regardless of where they reside, a generosity of spirit that now dates back more than a century.”
3. The Cleveland Museum of Art

cleveland museum of arts
Where: Cleveland, Ohio

What: The museum houses over 43,000 works in its permanent collection thanks to a trust founded in 1913. The holdings place an emphasis on Asian and Egyptian art, but the museums showcases everything from Surrealist photography to landscape paintings of Maine. 

On view now: The Novel and the Bizarre: Salvator Rosa’s Scenes of Witchcraft
4. The Baltimore Museum of Art

Where: Baltimore, Maryland

What: This museum — free thanks to grants from Baltimore City and Baltimore County — houses mostly 19th and 20th century art. The Cone collection alone has pieces by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Pierre-August Renoir. Fun fact, this museum possesses the largest holding of Matisse works in the world.

On view now: On Paper: Spin, Crinkle, Pluck
“As we celebrate our 100th Anniversary, we are thrilled that The Baltimore Museum of Art can make the civic legacy of our incredible art collection accessible to all, free-of-charge,” Doreen Bolger, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, explained via email. “This makes the BMA not only a destination for cultural tourists who visit our city, but also an anchor institution for our community, serving more people — families, for example, have tripled their participation in our Free Family programs.”
5. Des Moines Art Center

des moines art center
Photo courtesy of Facebook/Cameron Campbell
Where: Des Moines, Iowa

What: As a not-for-profit, the Art Center focuses on both local and international artists. Its permanent collection numbers at 4,800, stressing 20th and 21st century pieces. 

On view now: Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present
6. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

national gallery of art washington
Where: Washington, D.C.

What: The National Gallery was created out of a joint resolution from the United States Congress, intended to be public and free of charge. One of its claims to fame: it owns the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Americas.

On view now: The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs
7. Frye Art Museum in Seattle

frye art museum
Where: Seattle, Washington

What: The museum is well known for its painting and sculpture collections from the 19th century to today. The institute is Seattle’s first free art museum.

On view now: American Portraits 1880–1915
“The Frye Art Museum in Seattle is free for good. By which I mean: we’re free both forever, and for the benefit of everyone in the diverse communities we serve,” Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, director of Seattle’s iconic free art haven, explained to The Huffington Post. “Charles and Emma Frye, our founders, were visionary civic leaders and philanthropists. Their legacy ensures that access is a core value and has enabled us to offer some hope and joy through the recent hard times. Funding has been slashed for art education and many in our community are seeking sanctuary and a welcoming place for contemplation. We’re especially pleased that artists face no financial barrier to visiting the Frye. Why does it work so well? We’re the place to experience art in the everyday at no cost.”
8. Minneapolis Institute of Arts

minneapolis institute of arts
Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota

What: Opened in 1915, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has around 87,000 pieces in its permanent collection.

On view now: American Modernism: Selections from the Kunin Collection
9. Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia

Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

What: “Ever since Andy Warhol and his entourage caused a near-riot here in 1965,” the ICA writes online, this museum has been bringing contemporary art to Philly. Artists like Warhol, Laurie Anderson, Agnes Martin, and Robert Indiana had their first ever museum shows here.

On view now: Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: Consider the Belvedere
10. The Menil Collection in Houston

menil collection
Where: Houston, Texas

What: The Menil’s private collection has everything from Yves Tanguy to Man Ray to Mark Rohtko.

On view now: Takis: The Fourth Dimension
11. The Bronx Museum of the Arts

the bronx museum of arts

Where: New York, New York
What: The Bronx Museum of Arts focuses on 20th century to present day American artists. Its permanent collection is small but mighty at around 800 paintings, sculptures and photographs.
On view now: Jaime Davidovich: Adventures of the Avant-Garde

12. The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston
contemporary arts museum in houston
Where: Houston, Texas

What: CAMH is a non-collecting museum that exhibits American, international and Texan contemporary art.

On view now: Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty
13. The Hammer in Los Angeles


Where: Los Angeles, California

What: After a disagreement with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Armand Hammer started his own museum to showcases his collection. Now the 79,000-square-foot museum is open to the public for free.

On view now: Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now
14. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville

crystal bridges museum
Where: Bentonville, Arkansas

What: Founded by Alice Walton, this 217,000-square-foot complex celebrates American art in a state you might not expect it — Arkansas.

On view now: Changing Perspectives of Native Americans
15. MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles

moca pacific design center
Where: Los Angeles, California

What: A branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, this smaller complex is nestled inside the massive Pacific Design Center. And it’s free!

On view soon: Tongues Untied
16. Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City

nelsonatkins museum
Where: Kansas City, Missouri

What: The shuttlecock in the front lawn of the Nelson-Atkins, created by Claes Oldenburg, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the 33,500-piece collection.

On view now: American Folk Art from the Collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
17. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

eli and edythe broad art museum
Where: East Lansing, Michigan

What: Located at Michigan State University, Eli Broad and his wife donated $26 million to this museum, which opened in 2012.

On view now: Trevor Paglen: The Genres
18. Dallas Museum of Art

dallas museum of art
Where: Dallas, Texas

What: The DMA has a permanent collection dating from the third millennium BC to the present day.

On view now: Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga
19. American Folk Art Museum in New York City

american folk art museum
Where: New York, New York

What: This museum focuses on “self-taught” artists who create everything from portraits to quilts.

On view now: When the Curtain Never Comes Down



Why the Iran Nuclear Deal will Be Catastrophic for Israel!!

The Iranian regime’s Holocaust-denying rhetoric masks Nazi-like fantasies

By Emanuele Ottolenghi | May 18, 2015 11:18 AM , TABLET MAGAZIN 


In a recent issue of National Interest, former CIA analyst Paul Pillar lamented “the near-obligatory reference to Nazis in any anti-agreement writing about Iran.” The comparison, he argues, is “an emotion-based effort to foster distaste for doing any business with such an ogre-like regime,” which exaggerates the regime’s sinister disposition at a moment when it is showing a clear desire to become “a more integrated member of the international community.”
In fact, Pillar speaks for a sizable group of foreign policy commentators, including Vali Nasr, dean of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Daniel Brumberg of the United States Institute of Peace, Ryan Costello of the National Iranian American Council, and Ariane Tabatabaei at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. They contend that a nuclear deal would facilitate a US-Iran détente and forge a new moderate course in Tehran.
Furthermore, Pillar has a point because the differences between the Islamic Republic and Nazi Germany are significant.
For one, Iran is not the industrial powerhouse that Germany was in the 1930s, though it could quickly become one once its economy is unshackled from crippling international sanctions. Iran’s regular military is ill-equipped, poorly trained, and underfunded. There is no Iranian Rommel ready to send tank divisions storming into neighboring countries (though Iran does have plenty of ruthless and well-trained proxies ready to fight on its behalf).
And Iran is not a totalitarian monolith. It might be possible to cut a deal with Tehran, which in turn might facilitate American-Iranian engagement. As President Obama recently told Thomas Friedman of the New York Times: “We are powerful enough to be able to test these propositions without putting ourselves at risk.”
But what about other countries, such as Israel? Is President Obama putting that nation at risk? 

When the Israeli government looks at Iran it sees dimensions of its behavior that Pillar—and those who agree with him—blithely dismiss. The Islamic Republic, for example, openly calls for Israel’s destruction while investing considerably in those who fight Israel at its borders. Iran may have no Afrika Korps, but it possesses dangerous capabilities—and proven intentions—to use them.
These intentions invite a direct comparison of Iran with Nazi Germany. For decades, Iranian leaders have accused the world of exaggerating Jewish suffering in order to legitimize Israel’s existence and excuse the Jewish state’s actions, while assiduously promoting the spread of Holocaust denial and acting as a safe haven, sponsor, and sounding board for its advocates.
Last October, Iran organized a new edition of the “New Horizons” conference, an international gathering of Western Holocaust deniers, advocates of boycotting Israel, 9/11 “Truthers,” and other conspiracy theorists. This month, Tehran is hosting the second international Holocaust cartoon contest. Iranian officials present these events, in part, as a response to the West’s satirical attacks on Islam, although the Iranian government’s denial of the Holocaust predates the recent wave of cartoons mocking Mohammad.
Indeed, Iran’s Holocaust denial, like the regime’s anti-Semitism, follows a Nazi script. As Bettina Stangneth brilliantly notes in her recent biography of Adolf Eichmann, the first to call the Holocaust a fabrication were the Nazis themselves.
After the war, Nazi fugitives who fled to South America and the Middle East sought to obfuscate their own part in the twentieth century’s worst crime with hope that Nazism could yet make a comeback. They depicted the Holocaust as a gigantic lie that Jews concocted in order to smear German reputation; and so they could pose as victims and blackmail the world to support their dark designs.
But theirs was not just an effort to rehabilitate Nazism. They were also seeking allies—in the Middle Eastern and elsewhere—who could finish the job. And Arab nationalism, with its resolve to eradicate both Western influence and Israel’s existence from the region, was the perfect candidate. Nazi-era war criminals like Alois Brunner, who died in Syria, and Johann von Leers, who died in Egypt, worked in the service of propaganda departments of Arab nationalist regimes, and introduced Holocaust denial to the Arab world as a staple of anti-Zionist propaganda.
From there, the wave of Holocaust denialism made its way to Iran, where both secular and religious opponents of the Shah embraced themes of modern anti-Semitism, which they had absorbed from radical left circles in Europe, and Islamists in the Middle East. These Iranians viewed Israel as an extension of the hated American superpower, and found the theme of Jewish world domination a compelling scapegoat through which to express their rage. And once the revolutionaries gained power, those themes became so integral to the new regime’s world view that the embarrassment they would later cause—brazen Holocaust denial did not exactly endear Iran to Western audiences—was always treated as an inconvenience to manage, and not a nefarious libel to discard.
As Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian-American Council, conceded in his 2007 book, Treacherous Alliance, domestic opposition to Holocaust denial during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was merely expedient. Its critics viewed it as damaging to Iran’s image; they did not argue its merits.
According to Parsi, when Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei realized that Ahmadinejad’s incendiary rhetoric on the Holocaust was damaging Iran’s nuclear stance, he moved to prohibit flat-out Holocaust denial in order to safeguard Iran’s international image. But the regime could not completely turn its back to it. Instead, Iran’s leaders shifted their rhetoric to a softer version of Holocaust denial. Rather than flatly denying its historicity, they spun support for Holocaust revisionist historians as a free speech exercise and a legitimate historical inquiry. This spin was designed to show that, regardless of the magnitude of Nazi atrocities, the Zionists had callously exploited them in order to blackmail world opinion in support of their Palestine grab. This new theme is not as brazen as accusing the Jews of “having staged the whole thing themselves,” as writes Bettina Stengneth’s in Eichmann Before Jerusalem, which Nazi fugitives posited in the 1950s. But it’s close enough.
Despite his reputed moderate credentials, current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani fully embraces this new, softer version. In September 2013, when CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour confronted him over Holocaust denial, Rouhani dodged the question by pontificating that the Holocaust deserves more historical scrutiny to determine what really happened: “What the Nazis did is condemnable,” he said. “The dimensions of whatever it is, the historians have to understand what it is.”
Rouhani then went on to repeat the accusation that the Holocaust is a pretext for Israel’s actions. “I am not a historian myself,” Rouhani said, “but we—it must be clear here—is that when there is an atrocity, a crime that happens, it should not become a cover to work against the interests or justify the crimes against another nation or another group of people.”
Given how entrenched and pervasive Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism are within the Iranian regime, it is hard to dismiss the possibility that the regime’s principal motivation for embracing this narrative is to provide justification for its recurrence. Holocaust deniers, after all, have long sought to excuse the crime’s perpetrators and shift guilt onto its victims as a prelude to repeating that same crime.
But maybe Pillar is correct. Maybe the time, effort, and resources that Iran devotes to demonizing Israel and foraging Israel’s sworn enemies are not indicative of any serious intentions. Maybe its just rhetoric. And yet it’s intellectually dishonest to not admit that the opposite might also be true. After all, what would cause Iranian leaders to defame the memory of the Holocaust so obsessively, other than deeply malevolent intentions?
Even under its current, more presentable incarnation, the Iranian regime embraces Nazi-like fantasies. The United States can certainly afford to take a calculated risk and assume that Iran will never act on them. But if Obama’s gamble falls flat, it won’t be the Americans who will pay the price.
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A data genius computes the ultimate American road trip

March 10, 2015

Who needs an atlas when you have an algorithm? Data tinkerer Randy Olson, who previously developed the optimal search path for finding the bespectacled main character of the “Where’s Waldo?” books, has used this same algorithm to compute the ultimate American road trip.

At the urging of Tracy Staedter from Discovery News, Olson set out to find the quickest driving route that would stop at a national natural landmark, national historic site, national park or national monument in all of the lower 48 states. He also included Washington, D.C. and added another stop in California to get to a total of 50 stops. The route is below:

Calculating the fastest way to drive between all 50 landmarks – 2,500 individual routes – could theoretically take forever by hand, but Olson used the same genetic algorithm he used to find a search pattern for Where’s Waldo. This algorithm starts with a handful of solutions, takes the best one, and then compares that to other solutions until it can’t find a better one. Here’s that algorithm at work for “Where’s Waldo?”:

The result is the route pictured above, which includes stops at the Grand Canyon, the Alamo, Mount Vernon, Graceland, the White House, the Statue of Liberty, and much more. You can start in any state and follow the path in either direction.

If you didn’t sleep, stop or hit traffic, Olson calculates that this would take roughly 9.33 days of driving. In reality, you probably need a good two to three months to do justice to this epic American road trip.

Olson also created a bonus map for U.S. cities. The route below travels through every Trip Advisor-rated “Best City to Visit” in the lower 48 states, plus (for convenience sake) Cleveland.






Special Dispatch No. 6042

Lebanese Writer Criticizes Houthis’ Persecution Of Yemeni Jews, Calls On Hizbullah Leader Nasrallah To Condemn It




In an April 20, 2015 article in the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal, writer Wissam Sa’ade criticized the persecution of Jews in Yemen by the Houthis. Noting the January 2007 expulsion of 45 Yemeni Jews from the Houthi stronghold of Al-Salem and another expulsion of Jews, in July 2014, from the town of Raydah in the ‘Amran governorate, Sa’ade said that the Houthis were bullying a small group of impoverished rural Jews in the name of their war against Israel and Zionism and under their motto “death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews, and victory for Islam.”

Sa’ade also criticized Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah, a supporter of the Houthis who considers them part of the resistance axis, and called on him to have the courage to distance himself from these Houthi acts and to condemn the Houthis for persecuting Yemen’s Jews.

The following are excerpts from the article:


Yemeni Jews (image:

“When Mr. Hassan Nasrallah deals with Yemen, he presents Ansar Allah [i.e. the Houthis] as one of the movements fighting Israel in this [Arab] East. But which Israel is this group fighting against?

“This is not the Israel that was established imperialistically on the land of Palestine. This is a different kind of Israel, with but a few hundred residents; unlike the Zionist state, it and its citizens have lived in the mountains [of Yemen] for centuries. [This Israel] has neither nuclear weapons nor Merkava [tanks]. Most of its residents have never been on an airplane, and most are members of the same clan.”

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Special Dispatch No. 6043

Urdu Article On Yemen Conflict: ‘What Could Be Better For The Jews, Hindus, And Christians Than Having These Two Islamic Nuclear Powers [Pakistan And Iran] Fighting Each Other?’





A screen shot of Roznama Jasarat column


A recent column in the leading Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Jasarat, which is published by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, accused the U.S. of aiming to draw Pakistan into the Saudi-led military alliance fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Columnist Tariq Masood Beg wrote, under the headline “The Yemen Fighting And The American War Trench,” that the American intention is for the first Islamic nuclear power – Pakistan – and the impending second Islamic nuclear power – Iran – fight each other so that the Islamic world will be weakened.

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4888

Egyptian Cleric Saad Abu Aziz: Jews Are A Malignant Tumor That Must Be Eradicated




In an April 24 Friday sermon, which he posted on the Internet, Egyptian cleric Saad Yusuf Abu Aziz declared that the Jews are “a malignant tumor” as demonstrated by their “dark history.” The sermon was delivered in Al-Zawiya Al-Gharbiya Mosque in Ghamrin, in Monufia governorate, Egypt.

Following is an excerpt:

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Saad Abu Aziz: “With regard to the Jews, the Israelites, if you look into their dark history – beginning with their relations with Allah’s prophets, whom they slayed without the right to do so, and ending with what we see in our day and age – you will realize for certain that they are nothing but a malignant malady, a malignant tumor, which can only be treated by eradication. The books of history overflow with accounts of the Jews and their dark record.”





And this is the FDR shameful story:

Israel & FDR’s Secret historical Correspondence with the Saudi King:

 This week we commemorate the 67th anniversary of the birth of the modern day state of Israel.  This momentous event almost didn’t take place without very special divine intervention.
At the time almost no one knew the story.  It was not until much later that the secret correspondence between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Saudi King surfaced.  But now we know what transpired behind the scene that would surely have derailed recognition of Israel as a member state of the United Nations – and we can once again stand in awe of the mysterious ways in which God plays a role in directing the turning points of history.
I have just now become privileged to see copies of the original letters between Abdul Aziz bin Abdur Rahman al Faisal al Saud and the then president of the United States.  It was in March 1945 that the Saudi King, aware of the imminent end of the Second World War, wrote to FDR of his fear that the Jewish remnant of the Holocaust might push for a return to their ancient homeland of Palestine.  Saud was particularly concerned that there might be some American support for this on humanitarian grounds, especially in light of the revelations about the extent of Jewish suffering.
The Saudi King was undiplomatically direct in his opposition to this possibility:
“This right [of the Arabs] men now seek to destroy by injustice unparalleled and unequaled in history.  Such is the right of the Arabs in Palestine which the spokesmen of Jewish Zionism wish to scorn and abolish by the use of various forms of lying propaganda, invented, concealed and employed by them throughout the world..  They are preparing to create a form of Nazi fascism within sight and hearing of the democracies and in the midst of the Arab countries as well as in their very heart and in the heart of the East which has proved itself loyal to the Allied cause in these critical times…  We state frankly and plainly that to help Zionism in Palestine not only means to endanger Palestine but all neighboring countries.”
Leaving aside the incredible reference to the Arab world having proven itself “loyal to the Allied cause” in spite of its powerful links to Hitler and the Nazis, the Saudi King seemed quite confident he would secure a positive response from FDR which would make the creation of a Jewish state impossible.
In fact he was not disappointed.
On April 5, FDR responded with an extremely warm note.  In it he offered the king a firm commitment.
Your Majesty will doubtless recall that on previous occasions I communicated to you that I would take no action in my capacity as chief of the executive branch of this government which might prove hostile to the Arab people.”
As long as he continued to serve as President, he made clear that the dream of the Jewish people of return to their homeland would not be fulfilled.  Those were his words.
It was on April 12, a mere seven days after the date of FDR’s commitment to the Saudi King, that FDR passed away.
America mourned mightily at the death of their leader who had guided them through the previous years of horror. Jews, as grateful citizens of a land that had offered them so many blessings, were in the forefront of those overwhelmed by grief.  We can now see divine fingerprints in the replacement of FDR with Harry S Truman, a man who previously enjoyed a friendly business relationship with a Jew and found himself in the unique position of being able to make possible the creation of the state of Israel which his predecessor pledged never to allow.
It seems miracles have always played a major role in the unparalleled story of a people returning to their homeland after a hiatus of close to 2000 years.  But it was not only the miracles which allowed Israel to survive the attacks of its many enemies, far superior in number, in armaments, in wealth and in friends amongst the nations of the world.  No rational historian, no realistic military analyst, no cogent political commentator could possibly have predicted that after 67 years of attempts at its annihilation, Israel still stands proud and tall, secure in its achievements and confident of its continued survival.
Israel’s development through its teenage years, its growth to maturity and its present day place in the world as a technological wonder all bear the signs of divine and miraculous assistance.  However this year, now that we know the full story, let us add our recognition of the miracle which made possible Israel’s birth as well.


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