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Supporters of Israel demonstrate in Copenhagen despite threats of violent attacks

By Lars Hedegaard
www.sappho.dk

COPENHAGEN (Saturday, January 10). Around 500 supporters of Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorist attacks gathered in front of Copenhagen’s City Hall in a peaceful demonstration organized by the Danish Zionist organization. No doubt many more would have liked to be there, but as the President of the Danish Zionist Union, Max Meyer, explained to Danish TV2, he had been inundated with mails and phone calls from people who expressed their 100 percent support for the cause, but were simply too afraid to attend. And for good reason. A couple of days before the demonstration, a far-left grouping calling itself “the Gaza Initiative” had announced their intention to turn up with pictures of dead Palestinian children in order to “bring the war home on Danish ground”.

Pro-Israel demonstration in Copenhagen

Undefeated and undeterred

Pro-Israel demonstration in Copenhagen

The enthusiastic crowd sang the Israeli and Danish national anthems

Had it not been for a heavy and very competent police presence, the demonstrators would no doubt have been attacked by a group of around 60 shouting and screaming Muslims and their Danish supporters that had gathered on the other side of the street. In a scene that has been repeated throughout the Western world over the past few days, these lovers of little children called for jihad and for killing the Jews, some raising their hands in the Hitler salute.

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Sieg heil

Similar scenes could be observed yesterday (Friday) in Aarhus as reported by the intrepid blog Uriasposten. Here a Danish Make Love not War segment from the far left, represented by among others the Socialist Unity List, had teamed up with Palestinian women carrying the Hizbollah flag and young Arabs shouting “Allahu akbar”, “Takbir” (expansion, conquest) and “We want war! We want war!”

Unfortunately, the journalists from the mainstream press must be hard of hearing, for the war cry did not find its way into their reports.

This should come as no surprise given the decidedly pro-Palestinian slant that totally dominates the mainstream media. Day after day they stick to the same theme: What can the “international community” do to curb Israel’s blood thirst? Why have the Israelis decided to kill innocent women and children? The fact that Hamas is openly bragging about their use of civilians as human shields has rarely been mentioned.

Nor has the fact that photographers have repeatedly been assaulted in both Aarhus and Copenhagen when they tried to take pictures of Muslim demonstrators. The same happened during the violent attacks on a small pro-Israeli demonstration in Oslo on Thursday.

Among the speakers at the pro-Israeli rally was Zionist leader Max Meyer. He expressed his regret that the war has resulted in many civilian casualties, but he emphasized Israel’s right to defend itself. “Hamas has wanted this war. Israel cannot and should not tolerate a movement that has openly declared its intention to wipe the country off the map,” he said. He went on to hammer the international community for its demands that Israel should simply accept a cease-fire while Hamas continues to shower Israeli civilians with rockets.

The foreign policy spokesman of the Danish People’s Party, Søren Espersen, reminded the demonstrators of the daily situation in Sderot and other population centers in southern Israel. He quoted Barack Obama’s statement that Israel had an obligation to take military action against Hamas terrorism when he visited Sderot a few months ago.

Southern Israel has been subjected to Hamas’ “infamous terrorist methods” since it withdrew from Gaza in 2005. The rockets leave the inhabitants 15-40 seconds to seek shelter day in and day out. It has come to the point where the children of southern Israel use the word “red alarm” as often as they say “mother” and “father”.

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Foreign policy spokesman for the Danish People's Party, Søren Espersen
(second from right)shakes hands with Chief Rabbi, Bent Lexner

Among the speakers was also Frederiksberg City Councilor Pernille Høxbro, who is elected on the Conservative list. To the delight of the crowd, used to Conservative Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller’s PC criticism of Israel’s “overreaction” and his appeals for armistice at all costs, Ms. Høxbro minced no words: Israel is the only democratic state in the Middle East and we have a duty to support it. She also noted that Hamas is waging war on Christians and has killed women that have refused to wear the veil.

Another bit of Gaza reality that has been underreported by the Danish press.

True to form the counter-demonstrators embarked on a spree of vandalism and mayhem after the rally was finished. A mother and her child were dragged out of a car but rescued by police. Around 70 Hamas-supporters were arrested, many of them minors.

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The police was out in force

Only the courageous and vigilant Danish police stand between democratic civilization and a break down of public order. As did Berlin’s “green police” in 1932 – the year before Hitler took over.

Indeed the war has come home.

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Hamas openly brags that it uses women and children as human shields
– their supporters in Copenhagen use them for propaganda

HEIL! : “Down, down, democracy – down, down, Denmark – dræb jøderne, alle jøder skal udslettes”

Ted Ekeroths video fra Rådhuspladsen. DR og TV 2 gik meget let henover denne del af festen. TV 2 havde få sekunder og  DR ignorerede det fuldstændigt, selvom deres kameramand fotografererede det hele  (se  på fotografi ovenfor.)   Redaktionen prioriterede anstændighedsdemonstrationen lidt senere.  (Ted Ekeroth in english). Update: Endnu en video, hvor Hitler spiller en fremtrædende rolle.


Torben S. Hansen

Posted: 11 January 2009 - 11:04 - Reply

Lørdag den 10. januar ca. kl. 13.30 vandrede en ung mand – øjensynligt af orientalsk afstamning – omkring på Københavns rådhusplads med et stort foto af nogle sårede eller dræbte børn. Da han blev spurgt, om billedet var fra Darfur, svarede han ikke.

Kakao

Posted: 11 January 2009 - 12:10 - Reply

Udviklingen giver desværre Lars Hedegaard gradvist ret. Det fatter mainstream medierne bare ikke.

EAM

Posted: 11 January 2009 - 12:36 - Reply

At dokumentere, at mainstreammedierne bevidst ignorerer voldsopfordringer (udslet jøder, udslet Israel, heilen mv) er en interessant og slagkraftig vinkel på mediekritik. Selvfølgelig må de indrømmes ret til selv, at tilrettelægge deres programmer, men dette klip hørte så sandelig med til historien.

Janne

Posted: 11 January 2009 - 12:40 - Reply

En yngre kvindelig journalist på TV2 ‘Knews not all’ kaldte i går den aggressive adfærd og ditto råb blandt de partisantørklæde klædte anti-Israel demonstranter for ‘passioneret’.

Magga

Posted: 11 January 2009 - 15:10 - Reply

Jeg bryder mig overhovdet ikke om offentliggørelsen af alle disse billeder, der tæt på viser mennesker, som kan risikere at blive genkendt og terroriseret til evig tid. De har sandsynligvis ikke givet tilladelse til offentliggørelsen, så der ligger vel også et erstatningsmæssigt spørgsmål gemt i at handle så uansvarligt.

Desuden føler jeg mig sikker på, at mange vil afholde sig fra at deltage i yderligere pro-Israel demonstrationer, når de risikerer at blive behandlet med så lidt omtanke og hensynsfuldhed.

Fat dog, hvilken velorganiseret kynisme og bundløs ondskab, vi er oppe imod for slet ikke at tale om alle de hjernedøde og snotforkælede quislinge af egen avl.

Henrik R Clausen

Posted: 11 January 2009 - 15:35 - Reply

180Grader har taget historien om de heilende palæstinensere:

http://www.180grader.dk/nyheder/Heilende_anti-israelere_Alle_j_der_ska l_dr_bes.php

Tonny

Posted: 11 January 2009 - 16:04 - Reply

Magga

Posted: 11 January 2009 - 16:27 - Reply

Det bedste indlæg, som jeg mindes at have læst på Document.no. Ægte og enkelt og sandt.

http://www.document.no/2009/01/unntakstilstand_1.html

Rolf Krake

Posted: 11 January 2009 - 17:28 - Reply

En har oversættet hvad de skriger på Arabisk:

At marker :26 they chant:
Khaybar Khaybar ya yahud, jaysh Muhammad sawfa yaud (Khaybar Khaybar, Oh Jews! The army of Muhammad will return.)

LFPC

Posted: 11 January 2009 - 18:36 - Reply

Khaybar hentyder jo til Muhammeds overfald på den jødiske beboelse i Khaybar-oasen, hvor høvdingen blev dræbt og hans kone ‘gift’ med Muhammed allerede om natten, så kan kunne voldtage hende lovformeligt så hurtigt som muligt.

Johansen

Posted: 11 January 2009 - 22:23 - Reply

Det, der også falder én i øjnene, er, at der til støttedemonstrationen for Israel også er danske flag til stede blandt demonstranterne. Blandt danske jøder og Israel-sympatisører.
Til alle de pro-arabiske demonstrationer er Dannebrog fuldstændig fraværende. Palæstinenserne betragter ikke sig selv som danskere, der er kun palæstinensiske og islamofascistiske Hamas- og Hizbollahflag.

LFPC

Posted: 12 January 2009 - 00:22 - Reply

Dette er også blevet bemærket ved lignende demonstrationer i USA:

The contrasts to the pro-Israel march earlier were clear. The pro-Israel march was calm. Songs were sung, there were Israeli flags and flags of the United States, and people having discussions about the events. The Times Square pro-Hamas rally was a bizarre mix of communists, socialists, jihadists, screaming, “Down down down Israel,” “Boycott Starbucks,” “Boycott Jewish businesses,” and “All of Palestine will be free and will eventually take over Israel.” Flags of Hamas, and red flags of communists were seen, but there were no American flags to be found. I have attached photos of the use of nazi imagery, calls for the end of Israel etc.

Pro-jihad, pro-Hamas rally in New York City today

PC

Posted: 12 January 2009 - 07:57 - Reply

Ja, det er forstemmende at de danske medier ikke vil vise virkeligheden. Man kan prøve at forestille sig en gruppe heil’ende personer på Rådhuspladsen, der kræver alle jøder dræbt, og som ikke er muslimer. Og at en person tilhørende denne personkreds havde lavet et skudattentat mod to jøder. Det ville være på forsiden af alle medier. Desuden må man sige at denne opførsel er ægte kulturberigelse, som jo ellers var meget populært indtil for nogen år siden. Hvem kunne for 20 år siden have forestillet sig at nogen personer kan være så skamløse, at de først søger og får asyl i Danmark, og derefter demonstrerer og råber down down Danmark?

li

Posted: 12 January 2009 - 13:34 - Reply

Sjovt nok er medierne mere end villige til at vise billeder af Johnny Hansen fra Greve og hans slæng, når de heiler.
MEN når muhammedanerne gør det, så skal det bestemt ikke vises, selvom det må have været uhyre svært, at undgå billeder uden heilende muhammedaner.
Er det fordi den politiske korrekte referent presse er racister ? mener de at muhammedanerne skal beskyttes og ikke drages til ansvar for deres gerninger, fordi de tilhører muslim-racen! der ikke kan gøre for deres koran-opdragelse der medfører primitiv abe-adfærd og hjernevasket amok-beserkergang?
Jeg undre mig!

Emeritus

Posted: 12 January 2009 - 14:11 - Reply

Til Magga.
Et fremragende link (unntakstilstand) du har fundet. The mob, pøblen, gadens parlament har som udgangspunkt præg af spontane sammenrend, hadefulde fjæs, der skriger om uret og kræver ret, men sammenrendet er næsten altid professionelt iscenesatte optøjer med skjulte dagsordner. Den norske analyse er meget klar og god. Den passer på i dag, som den passer på sentyverne og begyndelsen af trediverne.
Der er manualer for samfundsnedbrydning og -omstyrtning. Araberne er specialister i voldsomme følelser, hadets og gadens alkymi. Det er ikke tilfældigt, at deres mediekrig er bedst.

Morten Uhrskov peger på det danske problem, at Danmark er delt i forståelsen. Lidt over halvdelen gennemskuer pøbelsammenhængen.
Knap halvdelen af den danske befolkning støtter derimod sammenrendet ud fra særlige betragtninger, må jeg tro, siden denne del af befolkningen mener eller føler, at gadens parlament har ret. At pøblen har en god sag, Fordi den hævder at forsvare de undertrykte og taler ofrenes sag i Mellemøsten? Det er åbenbart ikke til at se, at der kan være andre, mere obskure grunde til, at især muslimer er så rasende.

Man kan læse meget ud af billeder, hvis man gør sig ulejligheden. Den norske kommentator har gjort en skarp iagttagelse: flagene, pøblen svinger med, er udtryk både for ståsted og afstandtagen. Hverken i Norge, Danmark eller USA ser man i disse dage norske, danske eller amerikanske flag i pøblens hænder. Pøblen drømmer, men ikke om at identificere sig med det land, de befinder sig i, for det land er en del af problemet – den vantro fjende. Pøblen har sine egne flag, som svinges. Pøblen har en sag, der er større – i den kan alt bruges som propaganda, spædbørn, blod, ruiner, afmagt og grædende kvinder.
Placér skylden!
Vor egen sympatiserende medborgerhalvdel undrer sig aldrig over, hvorfor dette muslimske scenarium aldrig bevæger sig ud af flækken. Elendigheden er den samme, udueligheden er den samme. Et scenarium er på støtten, og de uduelige omsætter europæiske euro i endnu flere børn og meget mere elendighed og endnu mere had og endnu flere frustrationer og endnu større raseri og vrede og krav om endnu flere euro, så de kan brødføde endnu flere børn……

Og nu nogle meget svære spørgsmål til sidst:
Hvor kom den europæiske velstandseksplosion fra efter II. Verdenskrig? – Røg vi på støtten efter millioner af døde europæere, ondartede ildstorme, dræbte spædbørn, blod, ruiner, voldtægter, afmagt og grædende kvinder? – Nej. Hvordan gik det? Hvad blev éngangsbeløbet, Marshallhjælpen brugt til?

Hvor kom Japans velstand fra, efter et ruinerende nederlag hvor japanerne blandt andet måtte opleve to byer, Hiroshima og Nagasaki blive udslettet af atombomber? – Røg de på støtten? – Nej. Hvad skete der mon?

Hamas og Hizbollah kan hade, bolle og tigge og slå fjender ihjel. Hvad andet kan de?

Med venlig hilsen

Med venlig hilsen

Sami Alrabaa

Posted: 12 January 2009 - 18:08 - Reply

Israeli Attacks in Gaza and the Arab Demagogy
Dr. Sami Alrabaa
Once again some of us Arabs are as usual in a big mess. The Islamist extremist group Hamas, which came to power 2006 through an un-Islamic political process, namely democratic election, has since hijacked Gaza, established its rocket factories in residential areas, in bunkers under mosques, schools and hospitals. Over the past three years, the Hamas jihadis and their affiliates have frequently targeted their Kassam rockets at residential areas in Israel. Even during the ceasefire brokered by Egypt in 2008, Hamas shot their rockets at Israel. On top of all these, Hamas, like the PLO before the Oslo Accords, rejects the existence of Israel, a UN member state. Its ultimate aim is liberating all Palestine, which include Israel, by wiping out the Jewish state from the world map and possibly by genocidal massacre or deportation of all Jewish people.
The “struggle” of Hamas is backed by Islamists across the globe, by state-controlled media of the Arab world, and by one-eyed anti-war campaigners in the West. Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the UN, has condemned the latest Israeli military operations in Gaza as “disproportionate”.
All these organizations and groups have voraciously consumed the Hamas propaganda; they allege that the Israeli blockade has caused abject misery in Gaza, people there are starving. Some compare Gaza to a huge prison, to Holocaust. But who is to blame for all this calamity?
Israeli politicians have repeatedly stated that once Hamas stops its terrorist activities and launching of missiles, the blockade would be lifted. The Israeli cabinet even approved of aid convoys into Gaza despite Hamas’ continued shooting rockets. The Hamas leadership ignored such conciliatory Israeli gestures and carried on the rocket-attacks on residential areas in Israel.
We Arabs are very good at twisting facts and exaggerating them, when it suits us. Mustafa Barghouthi, a Fatah activist, told CNN (28.12.2008) that “It was Israel which broke the ceasefire with Hamas.” Buthaina Sha’ban, a Syrian cabinet Minister, called the recent Israeli attacks on Hamas’ military targets “the most atrocious Holocaust in the history of mankind” [London-based Saudi daily Al Shraq Al Awsat, 29.12.2008].
We Arabs also prefer to be mystical, wishful rather than realistic. Waleed Al Tabtaba’i, an Islamist member of the Kuwaiti parliament, hoped that Allah would come to rescue the Gazans as he did with his prophet Muhammad in all his raids against the infidels [Al Watan, 29.12.2008].
Yusuf Al Qaradhawi, the renowned radical Islamic cleric, told the Al Jazeera TV that “We Muslims, we are a bunch of donkeys if we do not stand up and fight the Israelis and their supporters wherever they are.”
Hamas and its affiliates are feeding on wishful thinking. They believe that an escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would bring them closer to their aim: Arabs and Muslims would take to the street and urge their governments to take action against Israel. Islamists in Iran and Indonesia have registered themselves to fight Jihad against the Jews, the “apes” or “monkeys” as Allah calls them.
We Arabs have learned nothing from the two major disastrous wars against Israel. Some of us still believe that the Israelis understand only the language of defiance and violence. Violence is the only “argument” we possess. Rational, realistic thinking has never been a part of our discourse and action.
Especially Islamists, they rejoice at the on-going maiming and killing in Gaza, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. None of those Hamas-sympathizers has ever condemned the atrocities inflicted upon innocent people, arbitrarily killed in these countries by suicide bombers in the name Islam.
In Arabic we say, Ja’ja’a bila taheen” (It is all noise without flour). We Arabs are most boisterous, shrill people, but less effective or inclined to seeking pragmatic, workable solutions.
According to a clandestine survey by Bielefeld University conducted in Syria and Egypt (2006), over 70% of the population in these countries want peace with Israel. They are “sick and tired”, as many put it, of the belligerent discourse of the Islamists and the biased and instigatory propaganda of their national media. They, of course, don’t dare say that openly.
Khaled, who wants to be identified by his first name only, told me, “Our leaders and their affiliates suffer from some kind of personality disorder. They keep us busy with Israel to distract from their failure to establish democracy and remove poverty. They also support radical organizations like Hamas and Hizballah as tools to keep that distraction alive.”
Fatima said, “Israel left South Lebanon and Gaza. Yet, for Hizballah and Hamas this is not enough. What do these people want? They are making the life of their people and ours miserable. We feel hijacked by these murderers. We want peace.”
Hamas and its affiliates are among the bloodiest in the history of mankind. They do not value human life. They deliberately provoked the Israeli offensive and were aware that that would cause death to hundreds of civilians living in areas where Hamas had stored its rockets. Hamas leadership has been banking on images of death and destruction as a means to rally support in Arab, Muslim, and Western streets.

According to a recent opinion poll, conducted by Emnid Institute in Germany, more than 80% of the German population blame Hamas for the high toll of deaths among civilians in Gaza. One interviewee put it this way, “Hamas is acting like armed criminals who have barricaded themselves among innocent civilians and arbitrarily fire at people around them. As the criminals adamantly refused to stop shooting, the police had no other choice but to storm the area to catch the criminals, or kill them. Unfortunately, several innocent people were killed. You can not blame the death of innocent people on the police. It is the criminals to blame for all this.” Israel must carry on its offensive until the Hamas leaders surrender. There is no peace without sacrifice. All Israelis and decent Arabs would be grateful to the Israeli army if it rids us from those thugs. We want to live in peace.
In view of the fact that Kuwait and Lebanon allow relatively higher freedom of speech, columnists like Ahemd Al Sarraf, Ali Al Baghli, Hasssan El Essa, Fouad Al Hashem, and Khaleel Haidar in these countries have blasted Hamas and the Islamists for the calamity in Gaza.
The Arab world has never experienced any semblance of political freedom and stability. Since independence over the last half of the 20th century, the Arabs have been ruled by despots, either military or hereditary. Demonstrations are basically forbidden; calls for political reforms are ruthlessly squashed. But when people demonstrate against a foreign powers—Israel or the USA, for instance—they are then most welcome.
The Syrian regime even allowed a hand-picked group people to protest against the Egyptian embassy for not opening the border with Gaza. The Egyptian government also allowed demonstrations against the Israeli strikes against Hamas, while the authoritarian regime of Husni Mubarak deals with demonstrators for political reforms ruthlessly; see it here.
The Arab regimes have always projected the “Palestinian cause”—the “Wound of all Arabs” or the “Nakba” (calamity) as some Arabs prefer to call it—as a pretext to keep the people distracted from calls for political and economic reforms at home. The occupation of Iraq and the rise of Islamism have provided Arab regimes with new opportunities to defer socio-political reforms.
Besides, Arab regimes, such as the Egyptian, Syrian and Saudi governments, have appeased Islamists by antagonizing the same enemy, namely Israel and the USA, at least in the media. The radicals have stopped their arbitrary attacks in these countries; instead, they cross borders to wage Jihad against the foreign infidel enemy: in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Some dictators have never left a worthy legacy. Many of them have also left destruction, misery and deaths of numberless innocent people: think of Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin, Pol Pot; the list is long. The Arab dictators are in a sense in good company.
All that being said, the road to democracy, freedom and liberty in the Arab world will yet be long one; the Arabs would still have to wait for decades before they can enjoy these basic rights of man.
In the meantime, the name of the game in the Arab world would remain demagogy, irrationalism, political schizophrenia, defiance and violence.

Sami Alrabaa

Posted: 12 January 2009 - 18:09 - Reply

“Karin in Saudi Arabia”: A Look Into What Life In Saudi Arabia Is Really Like
Dr. Sami Alrabaa has written a book entitled “Karin in Saudi Arabia”, about a German woman who lived in Saudi Arabia for a while and fell in love with a Saudi–and the nightmare that ensued.
An editorial review by the author is below:

Annotation/Editorial Review

“Karin” is a real story of a German woman, who lived in Saudi Arabia for a while and fell in love with a Saudi. Later, this love turned into a devastating nightmare. The Saudi “Morality Police”, notorious for their bestial brutality, raped Karin and threw her in prison. Her crime was, she was driven alone downtown by a taxi-driver. Her German-Saudi baby son was taken away and she was deported to Cyprus without passport and money. Muna, a young Moroccan woman was luckier. She managed to smuggle herself and baby after one-night marriage with Sultan, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

In Saudi Arabia, you can marry and divorce a woman in her absence. All you need is a religious man and two male witnesses. This is exactly what happened to Karin; she was married in her absence. Muna never saw any marriage or divorce papers.

Mimi and Najat were brutally stoned to death. Najat, a deaf-dumb was caught by the “Morality Police” and suspected of being a prostitute. In reality she was waiting for her brother to pick her up in front of shop window.

The Morality Police Chief quickly passed sentence on Najat. He wrote, among other things: “Najat was working as a prostitute and was caught in the very act of picking up a client. We advise that she be stoned to death…” Two muttawas (Morality Police) delivered the document to Prince Salman, the governor of Riyadh. He jotted down a verdict to match the suggestion, then signed it. Najat was to be publicly stoned to death the following Friday.

Mimi, a house-maid from the Philippines, was denounced by the wife of Karin’s lover. She was picked up by the “Morality Police” and also stoned to death. These stories happen very often, and people are defenseless towards them. There are no courts in Saudi Arabia, and the princes there possess absolute power.

Nisrin, a Bangladeshi woman, who married a Saudi, was deported and the marriage was annulled. Before that she was raped by one of those “Morality Police”. A Saudi who belongs to an important tribe, cannot just marry anyone.

Mohammed, a Syrian truck-driver had both hands amputated for allegedly stealing the truck he was driving.

Very few atrocities like the ones I’m reporting reach the international media. In March, 2002, the Saudi Morality Police prevented school girls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing the correct Islamic dress. As a result 15 girls were burned alive.” My stories are a pattern that happen day in day out.

When you study Islam; the Quran and Shari’a, and live in Saudi Arabia for a while, you find out that the Saudis are in fact applying the Islamic law. “The woman who commits adultery must be stoned to death.”(Quran, 36:18). “And (as for) the man who steals and the woman who steals, cut off their hands as a punishment for what they have earned, an exemplary punishment from Allah; and Allah is Mighty, Wise.” (Quran 5:38). For more details, check out http://europenews.dk/en/node/13862and “Understanding Muhammad” by Ali Sina.

The book also shows that not only the Saudi regime and its religious fanatic establishment are oppressive, but also other groups in society: Saudi men oppress and ill-treat women, and Saudi men and women oppress and abuse foreigners.

When I delivered the manuscript of this book to friends outside of Saudi Arabia, asking them to read it over, their response was uniform: they shook their heads in disbelief. Nobody in the civilized world seemed able to fathom the extent of the arbitrariness and atrocities to which victims in Saudi Arabia are subjected. To them, it was incredible. Some remarked that I was telling stories about the actions of monsters from another planet. They could not believe that any human could act as a Saudi corrupted by power does.

The Book is available on http://www.amazon.com and in your bookstore.

Norman Berdichevsky

Posted: 12 January 2009 - 20:53 - Reply

Erindringer fra mit sommerbesog i Danmark

A Monument To Tolerance
And a Glaring Example of a No-Go Area in Denmark

Norman Berdichevsky

Jeg er forhenvaerende adjunkt i geografi, Aarhus Katedralskole (1980-84)

I recently returned from a short trip to Denmark where I spent a week on the island of Funen and a week in Copenhagen. In Faaborg, a charming town with a beautifully preserved medieval city-gate, just twenty miles to the North of Svendborg on Funen’s western coast, I spent a lovely day and had occasion to see testimony to Denmark’s long and admirable (indeed the word “glorious” is hardly out of place in comparison with the rest of Europe) record of tolerance, human rights and democratic traditions while in Copenhagen what I saw was a contemporary scene that filled me with dread and apprehension.

How ironic indeed when Denmark suddenly was catapulted into world headlines by the publication of a few cartoons in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Gentle and ironic satire which many Americans no doubt recognized in the wit of Victor Børge, has long been a Danish art form dating back at least to the many short stories (“Fairy Tales“) by Hans Christian Andersen and used with great success against the Nazis when armed resistance seemed suicidal and hopeless. The object of those satirical cartoons was the political misuse of Islam by extremists and suicide bombers who have carried their fanaticism into the heart of Europe, a claim that has been verified hundreds of times in dozens of locations over the past decade.

Nevertheless, reaction to world wide Muslim hysteria and attacks on Denmark, Danes and Danish products of many of the Western media was ambivalent and reminded many Danes how little the outside world cared in 1864 or 1940 when Denmark became the victim of brutal aggression. This time however, the usual words of sympathy were mixed with condemnation by those, like the appeasers to Hitler in the 1930s who hoped that if others could be fed to the crocodile, it would grow satiated or they would be eaten last.

Ignorance of Denmark’s history and traditions extend to elementary geography. The cartoons in Jyllands-Posten were published in Aarhus (Denmark’s second largest city) NOT Copenhagen, as wrongfully reported dozens of times by much of the American press and even in Christopher Hitchens’ recent best selling book “God is Not Great” (p.281). It came as a shock, that instead of unequivocal support for an ally and highly respected member of the “international community,” many voices questioned the “wisdom” of “purposely antagonizing” Muslim fanaticism.

At times, the Danish delight in irony and a fondness for keeping a low profile have avoided or postponed taking a critical decision. Like the British, “muddling through” has often been the preferred form of dealing with a challenge or confrontation. In 1946-49, the Danish government had the chance to regain the territory of South Schleswig from Germany and could have acted to demand a referendum or simply annex the territory that had been Danish for centuries but was lost in the disastrous war of German and Austrian aggression in 1864. Although local elections in 1947 indicated that a majority of the local South Schleswig population preferred a referendum of self-determination, the typical Danish choice of avoiding confrontations led to “wiser” and “cooler heads” rejecting the opportunity. The Danish government refused the chance to regain part or all of the territory and risk a future confrontation with Germany that might one day give rise to another border dispute.

How much more remarkable is it then, that in the face of antagonistic Muslim extremism today, before which the “vaunted” (“cowardly” would be the better more accurate term) New York Times abjectly surrendered and refused to reproduce any of the Muhammad cartoons, the entire Danish press reprinted all of them in February 2008 to protest the planned assassination of Kurt Westergaard, one of the cartoonists!

My trip to Denmark was not intended for any sightseeing or for a political purpose but during my brief stay, I came face to face with two realities – one from the past when tiny Jewish communities throughout much of provincial Denmark coexisted in friendship and good will with a society that was “uni-cultural”, and the other, from today’s much vaunted and extolled “multiculturalism,” in which a relatively large community of Muslims, recent immigrants or their children, egged on by imams and agents of extremism, has taken the law into its own hands to create a parallel society.

From the latter part of the 18th century until the beginning of the twentieth, there were approximately a dozen Danish towns in which Jews lived and maintained their religious traditions and obligations and preserved a separate social identity for several generations. All of them eventually withered away due to Danish tolerance. Visible evidence of this can be seen in the provincial Jewish cemeteries and a few buildings that previously functioned as synagogues. Any visitor can observe the beautiful condition of Denmark’s ten Jewish cemeteries located outside of Copenhagen. The expense involved in their care is covered by a considerable budgetary allocation provided by the Jewish Community in Copenhagen. The local authorities in the ten towns do however regard the cemeteries as an important part of their cultural-historical heritage and several of them, like Faaborg, make prominent mention of them in their tourist literature.

Although a few researchers have examined the question, “How did the Jews disappear from the Danish provincial towns?”, the evidence does not provide a clear explanation. There was clearly no discriminatory legislation after Jews were granted full civil equality by a special ordinance issued on March 29, 1814 although some craft guilds prohibited non-Christians from becoming apprentices to learn the particular skill. Jews were a tolerated minority, about as numerous as Catholics. They enjoyed a special degree of autonomy for their own affairs and were responsible for notifying the authorities of any foreign Jew attempting to permanently settle in their community. There are only a handful of recorded conversions of Jews to Christianity in the state supported Lutheran Churches of the country. Later, when civil marriage became an alternative, it was no longer necessary for one partner to “convert” to another religion.

From the gravestone inscriptions of the two major Jewish cemeteries in Copenhagen (the earlier one dates from the end of the seventeenth century and the more modern one from 1876), it is clear that some Jews left the provincial cities towards the end of the 19th century to settle in Copenhagen where they died. It may well be that others emigrated to the Danish West Indies (today’s U.S. Virgin Islands) to pursue their business interests or back to their places of origin in Schleswig-Holstein or intermarried and just opted out.

It should be remembered that until 1864, the North German territories of Schleswig-Holstein were affiliated to the Danish Kingdom and that Jewish merchants from these two Duchies may already have been familiar with Danish law and the Danish language before they left the area of Schleswig-Holstein and adjacent parts of Germany to seek their fortune in the Kingdom proper. The growth of the railroad, expansion of Copenhagen, the loss of Norway in 1815 and the annexation of the two Duchies by Prussia and their incorporation into a united Germany in 1871 also meant reduced commercial opportunities for Jewish merchants in Denmark.

It is remarkable that each one the cemeteries still tells a unique and fascinating story of the Jewish residents of these small towns – Aalborg, Aarhus, Randers, Horsens and Fredericia on the peninsula of Jutland; Odense, Faaborg and Assens on the island of Funen, Slagelse on the Western edge of the island of Zealand (Copenhagen is located on the far Eastern edge of this island) and Maribo and Nakskov on the minor island of Lolland. Fredericia was the longest lasting Jewish community in Jutland. It was established as a model community of tolerance by the Danish King Frederick III in 1650 for both Huguenot refugees and Jews.

What we know from the written record – in the newspapers and municipal archives of the cities where Jews resided – was that they were generally held in high regard. In no town were they ever more numerous than 4% – probably in Randers about 1870 and Faaborg around 1840. There were no ghettos in any of these towns. All were geographically circumscribed and Jews residing anywhere could easily walk to a centrally located synagogue without having to “travel” by coach or horseback.

The provincial Jewish communities that endured the longest were in Jutland at the greatest distance from Copenhagen. The last Jewish services in a local synagogue in Jutland took place in Randers in the early 1920s. There was no longer a minyan (10 adult Jewish men) to conduct services and the synagogue was torn down in 1936. In Faaborg, a synagogue was inaugurated in 1860 but closed after only one generation in 1901. In 1914, it was sold to the Freemasons who have used it ever since and it may still be seen on Klostergade. The earliest Jewish residents were predominantly Sephardim (of Spanish-Portuguese ancestry), but almost all of those to arrive after 1800 were from areas in Germany, Austria and what is today Poland.

The local authorities today in Faaborg and elsewhere have provided access to the Jewish cemeteries in these small towns to visitors who must ask permission for the key to enter a locked gate. They are thus protected from the ugly possibility of vandalism. The serenity and simple beauty of each cemetery is enhanced by the pathos and beautiful poetic language of the inscriptions on many stones which are clearly legible – here are but two typical examples of of the Hebrew inscriptions observed and photographed.

Radaf tov vihesed ad milayat yamav, Haya tamim bidarko vesa’ad neeman libanav, Mimarom yilmadoo aylav zichut viya’amod litchiya likaytz hayamim

He pursued THE GOOD and mercy all the days of his life. He was innocent in his ways and a faithful provider for his children. From above they have vouched for him and he will stand amidst eternal life to the end of days.

Ben arbaim shana. Nasa’ lieretz hachaym. Yado haya ptoocha lievyonim, mish’an umavteach leawniyim. Nishmato alta ma’alah vihayta shaluv minuchato.

He was 40 years old. He has gone to the land of life. His hand was open to the paupers and a faithful shield and protector of the poor. His soul has ascended to the heavens and he is at rest.

The earliest stones have Hebrew inscriptions only. The ones cited above bear a shorter inscription in Danish underneath the Hebrew text that reads……

Herunder hviler støvet…(Beneath, rests the dust of …….) or

Herunder hviler de jordiske levninger (Beneath, rests the earthly remains of….)

What strikes any modern observer with these inscriptions and those found from the same period on many Christian gravestones is the value placed on modesty, the chastity and faithfulness of women, charity and concern for the poor, the tribulations of this life and faith in some everlasting final reward or resting place. While realists and cynics may argue that these inscriptions can hardly be taken as an accurate account of the character of those whose remains are buries beneath the stones, they do highlight the goals of a generation who could not expect to live into what we would call “middle age” today. The many children’s graves and the headstones indicating that the age of death for many adults was in the early 40s bear this out.

A few of the stones relate the occupation of those buried such as watchmaker, saddlemaker, shopkeeper, ritual slaughterer, practicing physician, merchant, journalist and even “industrialist” (factory owner). Several provincial Jews were active in shipping while others were among the pioneers in establishing factories for the manufacture of potash, dyeing, tanneries, leather goods, sugar refining, cigars and chocolate. Henri Nathansen, one of Denmark’s most famous authors, was the son of Michael from Randers who, as a soldier, during the Three Years War (1848-51) against the Schleswig-Holstein rebels, won Denmark’s highest award, “Dannebrogskorset” and was fatally wounded at the decisive final battle of the war on Isted heath.

Whatever their position in society, they took solace from their hope in a life to come and believed that they and their children would be treated as equals. Whatever their rabbis might have to say about matters of personal affairs in religious observance, marriage, divorce, adoption, the most ultra-Orthodox religious Jews as well as growing reform minded and secular elements were thoroughly committed to the principle expressed by all rabbis dating from the third century A.D. in the Diaspora demanding from all Jews recognition …that Dina demalkuta dina – The law of the government IS LAW”. No Jew in Denmark could ever attempt to use an argument from Jewish religious law to escape the requirements of the Danish civil and criminal law.

Hans Christian Andersen was sent by his mother to the small Jewish school (their neighborhood where the Jews lived was the poorest section of town) when he had become the victim of bullying by classmates who ridiculed his effeminate nature and fondness for storytelling. Many years later, when a famous author, he wrote a letter expressing his gratitude to the school’s headmaster. Andersen was later shocked to find that instead of the very poor folks he had known among his Jewish neighbors as a boy in Odense, Copenhagen’s Jewish community included very wealthy families, several of whom would become his patrons in later life.

Multicultural Denmark Today

A few days after my visit to Faaborg, I was strolling through contemporary Copenhagen in the bustling Nørrebro neighborhood. I could see how a major traffic thoroughfare reserved for bus traffic only and where parking for motorists was strictly forbidden, had been expropriated as a No-Go area for “ordinary citizens” (i.e. the non-Muslim majority). The lane along a stretch of the neighborhood’s major thoroughfare, Nørrebrogade, has been taken over by parked cars that are utilized by shop owners (all Muslim) to store their wares (predominantly fruit and vegetables) or simply expropriated by “passers-by” who have illegally parked, knowing full well that the Danish police and parking officials will not uphold the law against Muslims. This is nothing less than the existence of a separate law for those who now constitute a parallel culture under protection of their own Sharia law that are off limits to all others.

A few years ago, such a development would have been unimaginable. Even taxis are forbidden to use the special bus lane reserved for “collective traffic” and drivers violating the edict are subject to stiff fines. Actually parking in the lane would have been an inconceivable affront to public order. Many American tourists still marvel at how most Danes are so law abiding that they wait an extra minute or two at crossroads where the light has not yet turned green even though there is no traffic visible on the horizon. Many motorists park in legal zones in the center of Copenhagen and pay up to 26 kroner (more than $5) an hour for the privilege. Today, any vehicles on police or fire fighting duty in several immigrant areas are accompanied by extra protection if called on to provide emergency service.

Danes returning to Copenhagen from nearby Malmø where Muslims constitute a significant proportion of the population can tell their neighbors that the Swedish police no longer use wheel-locks on illegally parked vehicles for fear of provoking a major incident among Muslim residents. Apparently Denmark is still somewhat behind Sweden with regard to acknowledging a “parallel Muslim society”. The conclusion is however inescapable. The Muslim minority of immigrants and their children/grandchildren feel increasingly emboldened to act beyond the law. For the rest of the world, this presents a different picture than the “Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen” from Danny Kay’s light hearted portrayal on film of the life of Hans Christian Andersen.

Upon my return, I read with great satisfaction on the Iconoclast column of New English Review that a Danish appeals court rejected a suit filed by seven Muslim organizations against newspaper editors who published the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The judges ruled that the caricatures, which have since sparked angry and in some cases, deadly protests across the Muslim world, did not aim to insult followers of Islam, as the plaintiffs had charged. Appeals court president, Peter Lilholt, stressed that the Danish judiciary, in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, could not “restrict freedom of expression” unless it clearly affected national or public security. The court also emphasized “that terrorist acts have been committed in the name of Islam, and it is not illegal for these acts to be made the object of satirical representation.”

My week in Denmark resembled a journey in a time machine. Denmark of the mid-nineteenth century had set a marvelous example in human relations and brotherhood based on mutual respect. It was possible because a small minority had seen how it was incumbent upon them to win the respect of their neighbors. In today’s topsy-turvy world, Denmark and other nations are struggling to maintain their noble traditions and culture in the face of provocation from a militant minority that seeks to impose its will and culture/religion on the majority. This may not be the mind-set of many individual Muslims but it has been the rallying cry of extremist “Islamists” whom the majority are fearful to criticize and who use a sense of constant grievance as a battle cry and battering ram to win a special privileged position.

Magga

Posted: 12 January 2009 - 23:27 - Reply

Emeritus.

De, der kan og vil se kendsgerningerne i øjnene, kan ikke være i tvivl om, hvor destruktivt islam påvirker den selvstændige tanke og de selvstændige initiativer. Offermentaliteten, dødskulten og det gennemkorrumperede i hele det islamiske samfundssystem skaber hverken nobelpristagere eller velfungerende samfund, og det er uhyggeligt, så hurtigt børnene påvirkes af had; det er som en gift i sjælen.

Ja, Hans Rustad skrev et glimrende debatoplæg, fordi han tillod sig selv at være ægte og skrive med hjertet. Men træerne vokser ikke ind i himlen, og det gik, som det næsten altid går i den norske debat. Denne gang sat i relief af en dansk joker, min gamle debatven Mackety. Jeg troede egentlig, at han som jeg havde opgivet at skrive i det forum.

Ind træder Mackety på scenen med ild i sjælen og engagement. Men også med et angreb på den konstant nærværende og åleglatte professor i idéhistorie, der er AS Documents største trækplaster, om end han er såre nem at sætte til vægs. Rustad reagerer prompte med følgende salve: ”Det er mere den militante tonen din jeg reagerer på. Jeg tror ikke den fører frem. Det er erkjennelse, ikke fordømmelse vi vil ha.”

Alt ved det gamle, og det sædvanlige efterspil. De fleste stille sig ”fornuftige” an og demonstrerer deres højere etiske og ”akademiske” niveau. Jan Hårstad som den hæderlige og altid trofaste undtagelse, når skabagtigheden tager over. Den mand er guld værd.

Ak Mackety, hvor jeg genkender mønsteret fra mange, mange lignende gange, hvor det var mig, der begejstret greb bolden ikke mindst i de 14 år, hvor jeg var medlem af en norsk familie. For hvor ofte sad jeg ikke der som den iltre dansker, som man ligesom lod vide, at hun ikke var tilstrækkelig velopdragen, veldresseret og bla. bla., skønt jeg efter dansk standard var særdeles velopdragen. Men jeg var ikke kuet af landsbymentalitet, ikke trådt flad af kunstige hensyn og da slet ikke fej nok, faktisk overhovedet ikke fej. Og det var en voldsom udfordring for andre.

Bolden trillede desværre videre og længe fatter man ikke, at man er midt i et nationalt opgør med lange skygger fra fortiden, historien, det geopolitiske og hvad ved jeg. ”Din mor har et voldsomt temperament”, det blev nærmest leget ind i junior, til han en dag skreg fuld af sorg: ”Og du har en rygrad som overkogt spaghetti”. Da havde yngste generation besluttet sig for, at han er dansker. Det er ikke nemt at vokse op med forskellige normsæt, selv ikke når de ligger ret tæt efter international målestok. Af samme grund er jeg ikke uden forståelse for, hvad dette kan betyde for en unge indvandrerdrenge med mellemøstlige rødder. Det er hele situationen, der er søgt og en alt for stor udfordring for alle.

Nuvel, her er en jyde med grundtvigianske rødder og desuden helt ind til marven påvirket af de stærke impulser, som jeg modtog fra bl.a. rektor Aage Bertelsen på den skole, hvor Norman Berdichevsky (indlægget ovenfor) arbejdede i Danmark, hvilket næppe var tilfældigt. Samme Aage Bertelsen, der skrev ”Oktober 43” og blev hædret af Israel for sin indsat for at hjælpe jøder over Sundet.

I Norge er de to medielæger udråbt i medierne til folkehelte og hædret af statsminister Stoltenberg. I andre lande omtales de som fanatisk propaganderende sociopater. I Norge blev Israels venner forhindret i at deltage i det store fakkeltog for fred forleden aften. Siv Jensen fik endda, så vidt jeg ved, at vide, at hun var direkte uønsket, fordi hun forsvarede Israels ret til eksistens og til at forsvare sig.

Værre kan det ikke blive, og jeg tror ikke på, at det bliver bedre. Mackety har efter min mening fuldstændig ret i det, han skriver på Document, man kan ikke overbevise modparten med argumenter. Men vi kan styrke og hjælpe hinanden med informationen og sammenhold, og vi erfarer gennem bloggingen, at vi ikke er alene med vore tanker og frygt for, hvad der er ved at ske.

Norge er meget EU-loyal og er altid i teten med at rette sig efter EU’s direktiver, skønt man ikke behøver at gøre det. Hvis Norge skal ændre kurs, tror jeg kun det kan ske som følge af ændret EU-kurs, og den indtræffer aldrig, medmindre vi andre får gentrumfet det.

Diskussionen om gadens parlament har fået mig til at tænke på to opførelser af ”Julius Cæsar”, som jeg så med få års mellemrum i Stratford-upon-Avon med RSC. Sidste gang var den 17. September 2001 og i modsætning til den første fuldstændig uforglemmelig, da både skuespillere og publikum vel befandt sig i en choktilstand, der kan sammenlignes med romernes, da Cæsar var blevet myrdet. Ord og handling fik en ekstra dybde, skuespillerne løb ud blandt publikum, og alt var oversprøjtet af ”blod”.

Som publikum er man i alle tilfælde bytte for modstridende følelser og svinger med de romerske masser fra side til side, da magtkampen går i gang. Brutus er et evigtgyldigt billede på den naive liberale politiker, som det går tragisk. Han er retskaffen, men ude af stand til at forstå, at hans dømmekraft ikke er ufejlbarlig. Brutus taler om en spartaner, klart, fast og logisk.

Men Antonius får magt, fordi han appellerer til masserne vha. sit eget lidenskabelige engagement, han forstår dem på gadeplan og føler med dem, men han er ikke mere i kog, end at han bevarer hovedet koldt og handler beregnende. Den type produceres i store mængder indenfor de islamiske samfund ikke mindst Det Muslimske Broderskab, og det er dødsens farligt og en stærkt undervurderet magtfaktor i dagens Europa.

Emeritus

Posted: 13 January 2009 - 00:36 - Reply

My dear Dr. Sami Alrabaa.
You have never heard of me, I suppose. I have never heard of you – so sorry, but I have read your comments.
My deepest respect.
With kind regards
Emeritus.

Pablo Schwartz

Posted: 21 July 2009 - 04:42 - Reply

“When you study Islam; the Quran and Shari’a, and live in Saudi Arabia for a while, you find out that the Saudis are in fact applying the Islamic law.”

Nonsense. The dominant ideology in Saudi Arabia is organized around the anti-Shia cult known as “Wahhabism.” These Saudis they are the greatest importer of terror. If the Americans attack Iran, it will have been at the behest of Saudi Arabia, not Israel. With America’s Ruling Class, it is about money and oil (ten percent of foreign investment in the U.S. is Saudi, therefore the American government forgives them for the 9/11 attacks, forgives them for all the Saudi suicide bombers killing Shia in Iraq). It is sad that America’s “Christian Zionist” movement (Pastor John Hagee and other dispensationalist toilets) make common cause with these false Muslims, followers of a puritanical – well nigh Cromwellian – perversion propogated in the 18th century.

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