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"My younger sister headed off to Israel this morning for seminary. Wish her luck?" by danielx9

Hatzlacha to your sister! May she have a wonderful year here in Israel, excel in her learning and G-d willing come home to stay. 

+ 10 ways to support Israel!

10 ways to support Israel!

+ Hamas was struck harder than ever. The numbers speak for themselves.

Hamas was struck harder than ever. The numbers speak for themselves.

CNN host stunned when radical Muslim cleric makes 9/11 joke during soundcheck

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By Scott Kaufman
Sunday, August 31, 2014 13:27 EDT

On CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning, host Brian Stelter spoke with radical Muslim cleric Anjam Choudary, who last week got into a fifteen minute-long shouting match with Fox News commentator Sean Hannity.

“Why would you agree to go on a show like [Hannity]?” Stelter asked.

“I don’t believe there’s any platform that shouldn’t be utilized to spread the message of Islam,” Choudary replied. “I know Sean Hannity’s going to interrupt, that he has been rude to some of his guests. But in between that, I can try to spread the message of Islam.”

“At the end of the day,” he continued, “I believe the truth will prevail, and as you can see by the reaction on social media that I won that debate, and that people are listening to what I actually said, and not what Sean Hannity said.”

“I believe that the Shariah is the best way of life,” he also said. “I believe that one day Shariah will come to America and the rest of the world.”

“What I wonder,” Stelter asked, “is aren’t you abusing the press freedoms you would like to see eliminated under Shariah law?”

“No,” Choudary replied. “I believe that Allah created eyes to see, the tongue to speak. Nobody says to you that you have a right to speak — rather, this is a freedom that Allah created, and he gave you the ability to speak. So I don’t abide by the parameters of your acceptable behavior.”

“But this kind of network, this kind of conversation, would not happen under the kind of environment you would like to see exist,” Stelter responded.

Choudary replied that despite the fact that there is no independent media in Syria or Iran, that does not mean that there can’t be an independent media in an Islamic state. He then contended that there is no such thing as “radical” Islam.

“There is no such thing as a radical or moderate form of Islam,” he said. “You know, a woman is either pregnant or not pregnant. If you abide by Islam, and you follow what is in the Koran and the traditions of the prophet — then, quite frankly, you’d never find anything that I say which does not have Islamic basis.”

“So many Muslims would reject what you just said,” Stelter said, “and say that you are warping your religion for terrible purposes.”

“You’ll find that those people who differ from me believe in secularism, freedom — maybe they’re being paid by the government to say what they say,” Choudary replied.

“Now you’re just making up stuff!” an exasperated Stelter nearly shouted.

“No, that is not true all,” Choudary replied. “I’ve been propagating Islam, and I’ve met most of the leaders of the Muslim community, so I know what’s out there. If you go to Muslims who are actually practicing Islam…you’ll find that they say the exact same thing as me. Because I’m not calling for leadership for individuals, I’m calling for leadership for Islam.”

The conversation abruptly ended when Stelter said, “here’s what bothers me: when we were setting up for our interview here, the audio engineer asked you to count to ten to check the mic, and you started to do that — but then you said 9/11, 7/7, 3/11. Is this all some sort of joke to you?”

“You know,” Choudary said, “if you had a sense of humor, you would have laughed at that. It was just a soundcheck. You shouldn’t take any of these things that seriously. If you want to make it a big deal, then do so, but it makes you look much more shallow, really.”

“I have nothing more to say,” Stelter responded.

Watch the entire interview via CNN below.

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9/11, 7/7, 3/11 are JOKES to him.

Tell us where the money went and we’ll tell you about the real Nakba.

Tell us where the money went and we’ll tell you about the real Nakba.

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Eilat and Los Angeles Join Forces on Clean Tech
by ISRAEL21c | 08.28.14 8:23 am



The city of Los Angeles has signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Eilat to create a joint task force on environmental and clean-technology initiatives. The sister cities hope to promote collaboration and advancement in technology investment, business development and research opportunities in clean technology, water resources, solar energy and environmental technologies.
“Israel is a true start-up nation,” said Bob Blumenfield, of the Los Angeles City Council. “They have made the desert bloom, launched satellites into orbit, led the world in microprocessor and cellular technology, and even advised our own airports in security matters. As we grapple with a changing environment and the economic challenges that go with it, it only makes sense that a start-up City like Los Angeles partner with Israel.”
The new task force builds on a recent memorandum of understanding between California and Israel signed in March. “Israel and California are both global innovation hubs when it comes to technology and clean technology, health care, food services, water and the environment,” said Israel Consul General David Siegel. “We are looking forward to working with Los Angeles to strengthen our cooperation through this task force.” (via Israel21c)
[Photo: emeryjl / Flickr]

Eilat and Los Angeles Join Forces on Clean Tech

The city of Los Angeles has signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Eilat to create a joint task force on environmental and clean-technology initiatives. The sister cities hope to promote collaboration and advancement in technology investment, business development and research opportunities in clean technology, water resources, solar energy and environmental technologies.

“Israel is a true start-up nation,” said Bob Blumenfield, of the Los Angeles City Council. “They have made the desert bloom, launched satellites into orbit, led the world in microprocessor and cellular technology, and even advised our own airports in security matters. As we grapple with a changing environment and the economic challenges that go with it, it only makes sense that a start-up City like Los Angeles partner with Israel.”

The new task force builds on a recent memorandum of understanding between California and Israel signed in March. “Israel and California are both global innovation hubs when it comes to technology and clean technology, health care, food services, water and the environment,” said Israel Consul General David Siegel. “We are looking forward to working with Los Angeles to strengthen our cooperation through this task force.” (via Israel21c)

[Photo: emeryjl / Flickr]

Americans still strongly support Israel after Gaza conflict per Pew survey.

In July, in the early part of the Gaza conflict, Pew Research came out with a surveyindicating that support among Americans for Israel’s actions in Gaza was strong overall and consistent with past similar surveys.

The July Pew study, however, indicated partisan gaps with much stronger support among Republicans than Democrats, with young Democrats the least supportive among all such categories. Support also was lower among minorities.

A couple of days ago Pew released a new study, taken August 20-24, as to which side Americans sympthized with. True to my thesis, favorable views of Israel predominate and the gap is wide when compared to that Palestinians. This is significant considering how one-sided the media was in portraying Palestinians as victims.

Here are the summary findings of Pew’s report, More Express Sympathy for Israel than the Palestinians:

As a cease-fire ends more than seven weeks of fighting in Gaza, the public expresses more sympathy for Israel than the Palestinians in their ongoing dispute.

Most Americans say they sympathize “a lot” (34%) or “some” (32%) with Israel, while roughly a quarter sympathize with Israel “not much” (15%) or “not at all” (12%).

There is less public sympathy for the Palestinians: 11% sympathize with Palestinians a lot, though 35% have some sympathy for them. Nearly half say they have little (20%) or no sympathy (27%) for the Palestinians.

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This survey, Pew notes, did not force people to choice one or the other. One could sympathize with both. That makes the strong pro-Israel findings even more dramatic.

The demographic breakdown exhibits some of the disparity as the earlier survey, but note that across almost all groups there is more sympathy for Israel, including the young and minorities.

Among blacks, for example, a total of 64% have a lot or some sympathy for Israel, compared with 48% for Palestinians. More significantly, only 32% have no sympathy for Israel, while 47% have no sympathy for Palestinians.

Among Hispanics, there was 1% more sympathy for Palestinians, but a much larger percentage (50%) who had no sympathy for Palestinians than had no sympathy for Israel (35%).

Among the 18-29 age group the sympathy figures total 62% for Israel versus 50% for Palestinians. Again, the no sympathy vote favors Israel 31%-42%.

As one moves up the age brackets, sympathy for Israel increases dramatically. This may indicate a permanent generational gap that will carry forward, or it may just be that people grow more favorable to Israel as they grow older. Time will tell, but for now, there is hardly an age-based crisis.

The earlier Pew survey this summer, which caused so much angst, forced the choice of one or the other, and was in line with top line historical trends favoring Israel:

So what’s the bottom line?

Support for and sympathy with Israel remains strong, and does not appear to be damaged by this summer’s Gaza conflict.