This issue examines Israel”s internal solidarity and easing of the Gaza land blockade, Elena Kagan”s views on Shariah Law, and more examples of the real Islam.
OUR ISRAELI CONNECTION
One Jerusalem reports
The New York Times clearly thought they could report that Israel”s political leadership was divided over the contentious issue of the blockade of Gaza. So they conducted an interview with Kadima leader Tzipi Livni. Boy were they surprised to hear her views. Livni defended the blockade and emphatically declared that “there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza.” Confused by her defense of current polices the interviewer exclaims: You”re the leader of the centrist Kadima Party, which is an opposition party. Yet you don”t sound very opposed to the views of the ruling party. Livni responds: On the right of Israel to exist and to defend itself, there is no opposition in Israel.
The Israel Project reports
On July 5, the Government of Israel significantly eased the Gaza land blockade, publishing a short list of controlled goods for the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip as part of its plan to ease the land blockade. On June 22, the Israeli cabinet voted in favor of the new measures, changing its previous policy to allow all food items to be transferred into Gaza. Previously, about 15 tons of basic food supplies and humanitarian goods were delivered to Palestinians weekly, but certain materials had been prohibited.
IT’S NEWS TO ME
One Jerusalem reports
Several years ago, I was meeting with a British expert on radical Islam who was bemoaning the fact that the British government had approved the establishment of a national board that would rule on compliance with Islamic Finance. He was upset by the acceptance of the British government of a finance system that would be recognized as being outside of the British financial system. While he felt this was a policy mistake he was more concerned that it supported the concept that Muslims in the United Kingdom would live under their own rules, separate and apart from society at large.
Britain”s capitulation to the lobbying of their Muslim population has gone far beyond the financial
sector. In all walks of life British Muslims act like they are a protected class that can live outside the norms of British society. While this concept of allowing a class of people to live outside of mainstream society is troubling by itself, the leadership of the British Muslim community are advocates of the most regressive form of Islamic law, Sharia. A basic tenet of Sharia is that Muslims can not recognize nor should they obey a state that is not ruled by Sharia law.
Last week, Senator Jeff Sessions exposed the troubling relationship between Obama”s Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and Sharia Law. As Frank Gaffney reports, Senator Sessions is questioning Kagan”s silence when as Dean of Harvard Law School she did not oppose a Saudi gift of $20 million to establish an Islamic Studies center. Kagan, who ventured beyond the Law School to criticize policies of the United States military, remained silent when the regressive Saudis established a Center on campus that would be under the influence of the Sharia culture promulgated by the Saudi royal family.
And to add insult to injury, Kagan helped launch an Islamic Finance Project that advocates the United States following the British model of accepting Islamic laws of finance. In other words, Kagan believes that the laws that govern American society should not apply to Muslims. This should be of great concern to everyone who understands how this downgrades our Constitution, our legal system, and our way of life.
The Dutch far right Party for Freedom (PVV) says the Netherlands should demand that Indonesia improves protection of Christians amid reports that hard-line Muslims prepare for a religious war with that country”s Christian minority.
A Christian woman remained in hospital Monday, June 28, after she was beaten and briefly abducted on the orders of a prominent Pakistani Muslim legislator “because Christians didn”t vote” for him, family and police said.
Always keep your words soft and sweet. Some day you may have to eat them.