AUTOMATIC COLLISION CONTROL TECHNOLOGY: Probably developed out of necessity given how the Israelis drive…but likely will one day be a standard feature on all cars.
Times of Israel h/t Liz
*WHAT IS BDS?
The global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it gives up all the land that rightfully belongs to the state of Israel was initiated by Arabs of Palestine in 2005, and is coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), established in 2007. BDS is a strategy that allows Jew-haters from every walk of life to play a role in destroying the Jewish state and giving its land to a people who have only been known as Palestinians since 1967.
The group called ‘We are Synonomous’ is made up mainly of Christians and Jews who counter the boycott and protest activities of anti-Israel groups who try to shut down stores and businesses that do business with Israel or carry Israeli-made goods. ‘We are Synonomous’ says, “If you threaten to boycott an Israeli Business, we will move in and make them profitable, whether we need what they are selling, or not.”
Headline at Mondoweiss: “Israeli ambassador’s present to Obama — settlement cufflinks!”
Could they look anymore uncomfortable with each other?
Mondoweiss The new Israeli ambassador presented his credentials yesterday and tweeted, “Pic w/Pres. Obama-I look fwd to working w/you & your admin to make the bonds b/w Israel & America stronger than ever.’” And he gave the president some cufflinks.
I also gave President Obama these custom-made etched menorah cufflinks all the way from the City of David, Jerusalem
From Scott Roth:
.@AmbDermer in other words from occupied East Jerusalem.
Scott Roth (@scottroth76) December 4, 2013
The City of David is a Jewish settlement near the Dung Gate of the Old City. On occupied land, and resisted by the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, whose land it is taking.
The reader comments are typical of the lowlifes who frequent this antisemitic, pro Palestinian Jewish website. Here is a sample:
You can read the rest here: Mondoweiss
Woody Tanaka says:
Why is this ethno-religious supremacist state giving the President of our secular nation a provocative propaganda “gift” like this?
Well, I guess it’s better than the spit in the face that Netanyahoo gave to the pope.
“dating to approximately the year 0″
There is no year zero. It goes from 1 BC to 1 AD.
It’s a reminder. The handcuffs are a way to show him: remember who and what constrains you.
I also think it isn’t a surprise that the cuffs are out from occupied East Jerusalem, a double way to show that we’ll do what we want and you better accept it.
Finally, by giving him the cuffs, they can directly measure if Obama is using the gift. If he isn’t, count on it to be a talking point to the neocon collaborationists that Dermer is close to in the America media. It’s like the whole “Obama threw out the Churchill statue” talking point only this time even more amplified.
“Why does Obama refuse to use the gifts he’s gotten”. Obama can’t ever explain away not using them in their company. Either he uses them or not. It’s a direct measure: how dedicated is he to our settlement enterprise and to toe the line we set out for him, with the help of the lobby?
The cuffs are actually a smart political move to try to box him in.
It’s an understanding that perception matters a lot in politics, and the cuffs are a clever way to force that issue on Obama.
Say what you will, but the even if the gifts being given by Israel are very telling of what country they are, and their mindset, they are clever and thought-through.
I think Israeli politicians need to find a personal shopper or concierge service that can advise them on gifts. A book on the inquisition to the Pope and settlement cuff links to Obama?? Are they really that clueless on etiquette and diplomacy?
I agree with you Sammar. Rudeness isn’t cute
(Finally, one intelligent commenter)
Jerusalem is one of the oldest inhabited Jewish cities in the world.
Anti-Semites and Israel haters get upset at being reminded of Jewish antiquity – because the Jewish presence there preceded that of the Arabs by thousands of years.
Jerusalem isn’t a “settlement.” Its the eternal capital of Israel!
(Only to be answered by an idiot)
Woody Tanaka says:
“Jerusalem is one of the oldest inhabited Jewish cities in the world.”
Great. And it’s home to a centuries’ old Palestinian community.
LMAO. Straw man.
“Israel haters get upset at being reminded of Jewish antiquity – because the Jewish presence there preceded that of the Arabs by thousands of years.”
Wrong on two counts. First, no one gets upset about Jewish antiquity (it’s not like anyone has to be reminded of it, given the way you zios babble on and on about it…). Second, to the extend people react to it, they are reacting to the criminal thesis that because there were Jews there are various points in the past, that the Jews of today have any right, soverignty or ownership there.
“Jerusalem isn’t a ‘settlement.’”
The Jewish developments in Arab East Jerusalem absolutely are.
“Its the eternal capital of Israel!”
LMAO. israel doesnt’ even have soveregnty over any of it. To judge by the embassies, the zionist settlement city of Tel Aviv is the capital. And, besides, for all but about 15 minutes back in the stone age, prior to 1948, there wasn’t even a political entity named “israel” that Jerusalem could be capital of. Nothing “eternal” about that.
Jerusakem is a city. It was not built by Jews and thus is not a Jewish city. It’s not even in Israel.
And nothing is eternal. Stated come and go and when Israel is gone,it will be a city in a future state.
Apparently, Muslims are a problem no matter where they go. The Central District Court has halted construction of the mosque on two land lots in the Southern Park of Kaliningrad, after the Museum of Fridlanskiye Vorota filed a lawsuit against the construction.
Vestnik Kavkaza Kaliningrad City – The organization believes that the Kaliningrad head granted free land for the mosque and the road to it on August 3, 2009, illegally. The court has halted the construction and will be studying documents for construction of the mosque.
Locals residents have been protesting against the mosque construction. A 20-year-old welder attempted to blow up the mosque in November 2011.
Susanin Law enforcement authorities in Kaliningrad prevented a major attack on a mosque under construction, it is reported Rosbalt. A 20-year-old man was arrested when tried to blow up near a mosque under construction in the South Park because of Islam’s hostility to other religions. The detainee was a welder. According to law enforcement agencies, the young man planned to blow up the mosque, using an aerosol can and a lighter, 50-liter propane tank and 25-liter oxygen cylinder.
BBC The Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea is sandwiched between Poland to the south and Lithuania to the north and east. Annexed from Germany in 1945, the territory was a closed military zone throughout the Soviet period. Koenigsberg, as the city of Kaliningrad was once known, was founded by Teutonic knights in the 13th century. It became one of the cities of the Hanseatic League and was once the capital of Prussia. The philosopher Immanuel Kant spent all his life in the city and died there in 1804.
During the Soviet period, Kaliningrad Region, administratively part of the Russian Federation, was separated from the rest of Russia, more than 300km to the east, by the then Soviet republics of Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus. Kaliningrad is still of great strategic importance to Moscow. It houses the Russian Baltic Fleet at the port of Baltiysk and is the country’s only ice-free European port.
In the lead up to the International Human Rights Day on December 10th 2013, the Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) are pleased to announce the release of a major new report into the growing problem of online hate targeting the Muslim community.
OHPI The report, titled ‘Islamophobia on the Internet: The growth of online hate targeting Muslims’, is now available to journalists and bloggers by request. Parts of the report are publicly available below, and the full report will be available from this page on December 10th to mark the International Human Rights Day.
The report examines anti-Muslim hate on Facebook and was produced by the Online Hate Prevention Institute, Australia’s only charity entirely dedicated to the growing problem of online hate, in consultation with the Islamic Council of Victoria, the peak body representing Victoria’s Muslim community. The report follows previous major works by OHPI examining online hate against Indigenous Australians, the Jewish Community, and the ANZACs and Military Veterans.
This major work examines 50 anti-Muslim Facebook pages (BNI is not on Facebook but thousands of its posts are reposted there). The Facebook pages range from “The Islamic threat” which today passed the 113,000 supporter mark and continues to rapidly grow, to “Mohammad the PIG” which vanished after reaching 2000 supporters. From these 50 pages the report documents 349 images of anti-Muslim hate. These images represent 191 unique images and many repetitions as messages of hate move between the different pages. The message of hate in this report are divided into seven themes which the report discusses.
The themes of anti-Muslim hate and an illustrative example of each:
Muslims as a Security Threat or Threat to Public Safety
Muslims as a Cultural Threat
Muslims as an Economic Threat
Content Dehumanising or Demonizing Muslims
Threats of Violence, Genocide and Direct Hate Targeting Muslims
Hate Targeting Refugees / Asylum Seekers
Other Forms of Hate Speech
(These typically seek to create acceptability for religious vilification of Muslims, or to suggest Muslims who speak out against extremism are part of a conspiracy.)
American, British and Australian nationals provide the highest level of support to these pages of hate. Of the pages examined 13 of them were specifically Australian in nature. Pages like “Look after Australians first deport all illegal boatpeople”, and “Australian Defence League Official Adl Est 2009″.
This report aims to highlight the existence of what is a serious hate speech problem on Facebook. To the extent that this content gives a window into the hate speech against Muslims that is currently circulating in society, we hope this report assists community leaders, policy makers, law makers and researchers in better understanding and responding to this threat to an inclusive society. In democracies inclusiveness is regarded as a public good, as such, this hate speech is not only an attack on the Muslim community but an attack on society as a whole. We must work together to tackle this growing problem.
Israel’s Mossad, backed by Saudi Arabia are designing super-Stuxnet cyber worm to destroy Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reveals that Saudi Arabia and Israel’s Mossad are “co-conspiring to produce a computer worm more destructive than the original Israeli Stuxnet malware to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.”
Riyadh is reported to have agreed to opening up Saudi airspace and Saudi air bases for an Israeli operation to take out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. The cooperation would also involve the use of Saudi airbases by Israeli drones, aerial tankers and rescue helicopters. The helicopters would be used for plucking downed Israeli pilots out of the Persian Gulf and/or incursions into Iran to rescue downed Israeli pilots inside Iran.
Both nations’ governments have been sounding warnings to both Washington and the UN Security Council (UNSC), that Iran has been feigning peaceful intentions for its nuclear program and is simply stalling for time with negotiations in order to process as much weapons grade uranium for multiple nuclear warheads.
The disagreement on Iran between Washington and Israel has been well known and has burst out in the open on more than one occasion. However, little noticed until recently was the looming rift between Riyadh and Washington over Pres. Barack Obama’s appeasement of Syria and Iran which has finally manifested itself in a nearly complete severance of relations.
The Saudi government like that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has come to the realization that Pres. Obama has no intentions of thwarting Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions and in fact, seems determined that Iran achieve those ambitions when Obama’s actions are assessed over his words.
For example, Obama quietly lifted sanctions on Iran via executive actions not long after the election of so called moderate Iranian Iranian Pres. Hassan Rouhani in June 2013. One week ago, it appeared that Pres. Obama was all set to unconditionally surrender and allow Iran to proceed full steam with nuclear weapons development while also lifting sanctions entirely. That surrender was thwarted by the government of France after French legislator Meyer Habib told France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius ‘Israel will attack Iran if you sign the deal’.
Israel and Saudi Arabia are thought to be bitter enemies. The two nations do not have any official diplomatic relations and Saudi school text books do not even acknowledge the existence of Israel. However, there have been unofficial military and intelligence contacts between the two governments for decades and that fact is well known among most governments in the world though not publicly discussed.
Maintaining such secrecy works out well for both nations security concerns and the Saudi royal family has never been keen on stirring the pot of Shiite radicalism within the Kingdom by pouring ‘gas’ on the centerpiece of their Islamist narrative, genocidal anti-Semitism. Obama’s maneuvering with Iran are seen in Riyadh as against Saudi national interests and have forced the hand of ‘House Saud’. Aside from the obvious differences between Shiite ruled Iran and Sunni ruled Saudi Arabia there is also an ethnic divide and nationalism at work.
Iranians are ethnic Persian and Iran was once called, Persia. Saudis are Arabs who are far more aware of their ancient history apparently than any of the ‘alleged’ U.S. State Department Middle East experts. The Saudis are well aware that ancient Persia achieved the conquest and subjugation of the Middle East before moving far to the west of the Suez; and that Iran’s Islamist Mullahs seek to be the successors to their Persian ancestors.
With Israel having previously needed to rely on Washington to coax Turkey or perhaps Iraq to allow Israeli over flight for an Iran strike, Pres. Obama wielded the ability to block such a strike. Saudi Arabia breaking with Washington and forming an alliance with Israel officially or unofficially alters entirely, the Iran equation. Never mind having produced the most ironic if not most major geopolitical ‘tectonic shifts’ in post-1949 Middle East history.
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi (from prison) to the CIA: “How could America and its security institutes abandon me, while I served them sincerely and cooperated with them?”
Canada Free Press (h/t Mike F) The Muslim Brotherhood still dreams of the return of their ousted president Mohamed Morsi. Yet with 90% of their senior leaders arrested and facing trial, losing popular support and getting banned and regarded as a terrorist organization their return-to-power yearning seems far fetched.
(In total opposition to Obama Regime policy on Egypt, showing a bit of spine for a change) U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry recently said that the Muslim Brotherhood had stolen the Egyptian revolution, and several reports confirm that the U.S. administration realize now that they were betting on the losing horse.
Morsi faces charges ranging from incitement to killing demonstrators, high treason, spying for foreign countries, covering up for registered terrorists, among other crimes (like allegedly selling 40% of Sinai to Obama for $8 billion so he could give it to Hamas). He will spend the rest of his life in prison, if he’s lucky enough not to receive a death sentence.
Recent confidential reports mention that Morsi was in shock and suffering severe depression after Kerry’s comments. He feels that the Americans have begun to abandon him in favor of the new Egyptian government. Morsi sent a message through his prison visitors to the CIA saying: How could America and its security institutes abandon me?”
Brotherhood leaders have started to communicate with their sympathizers and affiliates inside the U.S. administration to clarify the reasons behind John Kerry’s recent statements. A high source inside the Brotherhood said that the Brotherhood leaders in America asked the CIA: Why did you leave the Brotherhood and forsake them. Naturally, the source did not say what the response of the U.S. intelligence was.
This coincides with reports of the intense disagreement between Susan Rice, the national security adviser and John Kerry regarding the way the United States should be dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood and with the new Egyptian government.
Brotherhood leaders, members and sympathizers do not want to believe reality and continue their dream of the return of Morsi. Brotherhood activists organize demonstrations almost every day, despite the new laws regulating demonstrations giving police the right to respond forcefully when demonstrations turn violent.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has used powers under Section 85 of the Migration Act to put an immediate cap on permanent protection (class XA) visas for illegal aliens mostly from Muslim countries who arrived by boat and are being held in detention centers or on bridging visas.
Daily Telegraph (h/t Colin W) The legal order was issued yesterday to the Department of Immigration to cease approving PPVs to circumvent the move in the Senate by the Greens and Labor on Monday night to reject the Coalition’s attempts to revive the Howard-era temporary protection visas. The Coalition had hoped to use these to deny permanent residency to the 33,000 refugees by applying them retrospectively.
Awwww, I guess the poor ‘starving’ Muslim welfare seekers will have to seek handouts elsewhere like Indonesia, a MUSLIM country
But the government has found a way around the Senate roadblock through ministerial powers which can be used to set an annual number on how many visas will be granted in a particular class.
The cap ordered yesterday has been set at the current number already issued this year – 1650 – meaning not a single new permanent residency visa will be granted until at least July when the cap will be reset. This is also when the new Senate will be sworn in, stripping Labor and the Greens of their power to block legislation.
Mr Morrison has also used provisions under section 46 of the Migration Act – which apply to ministerial discretion to allow applications to be made by asylum seekers offshore – and has placed a self-imposed ban on allowing applications to be made for permanent protection visas.
All other humanitarian visa programs remain in place, such as those which apply for asylum seekers in UN-administered refugee camps overseas.
Mr Morrison said the effect of the Greens-led roadblock in the Senate – supported by Labor – would be asylum seekers in Australia would be denied any access to work rights or welfare payments other than what is allowed under the bridging visa program.
He said the move was necessary to ensure people smugglers did not use the Labor-Greens Senate alliance to “re-open the door to asylum seekers” as propaganda to encourage more people to get on boats.
He said the freeze on permanent protection visas would remain until the Senate changed its mind. The legal moves by Mr Morrison followed statements from the Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday that his government would act to get around the Senate.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young vowed to never allow legislation to pass the Senate which puts “refugees in a more dangerous and risky circumstances.”
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