09/26/14

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results

The Watcher’s Council


Truth Revolt — Eric Holder Resigns

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. — Winston Churchill

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory. — George S. Patton

He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain. Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue… In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. — Sun Tzu, the Art of War

There was a tie this week between The Noisy Room, with The Bear And The Dragon Encircle The Eagle, and Bookworm Room’s Socialized medicine and passive-aggressive genocide. As the official tie breaker (and because her piece is simply fantastic), I award this week’s winning entry to Bookworm’sSocialized medicine and passive-aggressive genocide, which lays bare the evil agenda of the State concerning end of life decisions. It is a tremendous expose on how Progressivism does not care about the individual, it cares about the Collective and the bottom line. Here’s a slice:

China Earthquake

Long ago in China, a boy coming home from school met up with his father, who was carrying on his back a basket holding the boy’s grandfather.

“Oh, father,” asked the boy, “where are you taking Honorable Grandfather?”

The father signaled that the boy should come closer, and then whispered in his ear, “I’m taking grandfather up to the waterfall. If I throw him over the edge suddenly, death will greet him so quickly, it will be painless.”

Aghast, the boy asked, “Why would you do that to Honorable Grandfather?”

“Because I must,” his father whispered back. “Honorable grandfather is too old to help in the field or around the house. Instead, he just sits in the corner, eating our food, drinking our tea, and requiring us to care for his needs. A quick, painless death will be better for everyone.”

The son nodded sagely upon hearing his father’s words. Then, as he turned to continue the walk home, the boy reminded his father of one thing. “Dear father, please make sure to bring the basket back, because I’ll need it for you one day.”

Although I was only around 12 when I first read that story, it resonated with me. Aside from admiring the boy’s cleverness, I was so grateful that I didn’t live in a country in which poor people had to make those kinds of choices. I didn’t realize back then that it would take a mere forty years for my country to creep ever closer to justifying the genocide of the old and the sick. Even more ironically, I didn’t realize that this ugly choice would come about, not because individual poor people could no longer afford to care for their elders, but because our own government has decided that the nation as a whole should no longer care for its old people.

Old people certainly requiring a lot of care. With every passing year, our bodies become more fragile. While we love seeing videos showing very old people doing amazing physical feats, the reality for most people is that the journey to old age is marked by one bodily system after another breaking down. Our skin’s breakdown is the most immediately demoralizing (“I look so old”), but the real damage from aging happens under our skin, as our joints, muscles, and internal organs just stop working very well. Eventually, every cold has the potential for pneumonia; every fall has the potential to end in a broken hip; every chest pain could be a heart attack; and the joint pains that slowed us down in our 50s can render us immobile by our 70s.

Modern medicine, thankfully, can do a lot to ward off some of aging’s worst effects. Putting aside plastic surgery, which heals the spirit not the body, modern medicine offers everything from quick diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia; to hip repairs so effective that the old person can be home in a day or two, rather than confined to a wheelchair or hospital bed for weeks; to an amazing array of heart treatments, whether pills, pacemakers, bypasses, or transplants; and joint fixes that range from pills, to shots, to surgery, to replacement. All of these are the wonders and miracles of the modern age . . . and all of them are very expensive.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Angelo Codevilla at The Federalist with Washington’s Ruling Class Is Fooling Itself About The Islamic State, submitted by Joshuapundit. Codevilla bluntly, succinctly and masterfully spells out how our elite ruling class fails at eradicating the enemy — the Islamic State, while stirring up more hatred for America abroad. This cancerous flaw in foreign policy strategy is endemic on both sides of the political aisle. Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results. Only Simply Jews was unable to vote this week, but he was not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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09/25/14

Obama’s Enforcer, Eric Holder, Exits Stage Left

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Hat Tip: BB

I should be thrilled at the news of Obama’s number one henchman stepping down. Instead, I find myself cringing in dreaded anticipation of what follows next. You just know it can’t be good.

The first thing I heard was that Holder was stepping down because of Fast and Furious. Though he is leaving the scene of the crime, he is still under Congressional investigation. A judge has denied a delay requested by the DOJ concerning the document list connected to the case. The documents had previously been withheld under Obama’s claim to executive privilege:

The list, better known as a Vaughn index, was requested through a June 2012 FOIA filing by government watchdog Judicial Watch. When DOJ didn’t respond to the FOIA request in the time required by law, Judicial Watch sued in September 2012, seeking all documents DOJ and the White House are withholding from Congress under executive privilege claims. President Obama made the assertion on June 20, 2012 just moments before Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt. In July 2014, after two years of battling for information, Judge Bates ordered the Department of Justice to release the Vaughn Index by October 1. DOJ responded by asking for a month long delay in releasing the list with a deadline of November 3, just one day before the 2014-midterm elections. That request has been denied. A short delay was granted and DOJ must produce the Vaughn index by October 22.

“The government’s arguments for even more time are unconvincing,” Bates said in his ruling. “[S]eventy-five days—plus another twenty-one, based in part on Judiciary Watch’s consent—is enough time for the government to prepare the index that this Court has ordered, given that this matter has been pending for over two years. The Court will therefore extend the Department’s Vaughn index submission deadline to October 22, 2014—and no further.”

“The government argues that it must devote significant numbers of attorneys to this matter if it hopes to comply with the current Vaughn index deadline … But the Department has known about its Vaughn index obligations since July 18, 2014 … At best, it means the Department has been slow to react to this Court’s previous Order. At worst, it means the Department has ignored that Order until now,” he added.

The House Oversight Committee is also suing for the release of the Vaughn index and earlier this month U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered DOJ to produce requested information to lawmakers by November 1.

This scandal and Holder’s flat out refusal to cooperate, landed him a Contempt of Congress charge, which he is still subject to. Most legal experts, though, believe he will walk. Sigh. However, that being said, Judicial Watch believes they are very close to nailing Holder’s hide to a wall:

It is no coincidence that Holder’s resignation comes on the heels of another court ruling that the Justice Department must finally cough up documents about how Holder’s Justice Department lied to Congress and the American people about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, for which Eric Holder was held in contempt by the House of Representatives. Over the past several months, Judicial Watch also exposed how Holder’s Justice Department was implicated in the IRS scandal and how Justice Department lawyers helped defend the illegal stonewall that kept secret key material related to Benghazi.

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“In Eric Holder, President Obama found his John Mitchell – an attorney general who would lie, obstruct investigations, and ignore or simply not enforce the law in order to advance his president’s unbridled will,” Fitton said. “As the press is writing his political epitaph, I hope it is also remembered how Holder lied to Congress and how his agency assaulted Freedom of the Press by collecting the private email correspondence of reporters, seizing their phone records, and tracking their movements as part of an investigation of perceived leaks. ‘Justice’ took a holiday during Eric Holder’s reign at the Department of Justice. The man can’t leave office soon enough.”

Indeed, not soon enough and good riddance.

Obama was tearful when making the announcement. Horsepuckey… Holder isn’t going anywhere… he’s shifting. And one possible shift is just too horrific to contemplate. Rush Limbaugh floated the possibility that Holder is stepping down so he can be nominated for the Supreme Court. Words fail me and the cringe thingie is getting worse. By all that is Holy, please let Rush be wrong this one time. Please.


Truth Revolt

Holder is a huge racist and let’s not forget that golden oldie where he called us a nation of cowards. Civil liberties hero, my ass. Holder has the lowest approval rating of any political figure and he’s earned it. He has shamed the office of Attorney General and besmirched the office he rules with an iron, hate-filled fist. Trust me when I say this evil Marxist will never go away if he has his way.

If you can believe it, race hustler extraordinaire, Al Sharpton, claims he is helping pick the next Attorney General. Racists of the White House unite! There’s enough hate and power mongering to go around for all. Sharpton claims to be ‘advising’ on this… he’s such a braggart and so full of himself, it may just be so much bullcrap, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he was helping with the selection. Let’s see… his credentials include: racist — check; hate monger — check; Marxist — check; Progressive — check; corrupt official — double check… looks like he fits the bill for the Obama Administration.

But there are those that will fight this tooth and nail, Ted Cruz is chief among them. He called for Holder’s impeachment and now he intends to make sure Conservatives have a say in the next Attorney General of the United States. And Cruz has a plan:

Cruz, who has previously made the case for impeaching Holder in an attempt to have a special prosecutor investigate the IRS, doesn’t want a confirmation battle to take place during the lame-duck session.

“To ensure that justice is served and that the attorney general is not simply replaced with another extreme partisan who will likewise disregard the law, the Senate should wait until the new Congress is sworn in before confirming the next attorney general,” Cruz said in a Thursday afternoon statement.  “Allowing Democratic senators, many of whom will likely have just been defeated at the polls, to confirm Holder’s successor would be an abuse of power that should not be countenanced.”

Republican senators have the ability to slow down the process.

“With Republican opposition, any nominee could take as long as three weeks before even clearing the Senate Judiciary Committee, because of rules that guarantee them, as the minority party, a chance to delay the vote,” the Los Angeles Times explains. “Following that, the Senate floor debate could take a week to clear all the procedural hurdles at the Republican minority’s disposal to stall the vote.”

Get em, Ted! He seems to be one of the very few in our halls of power with the stones to take on the bad guys. Why, his actions are almost Presidential! ;)

Obama’s enforcer, Eric Holder, is exiting stage far Left… Let’s hope that Ted Cruz and his brethren make their advance from the Right and take the field. Bring the action.

09/24/14

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Executive Disorder Edition

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Whether its war in Syria or Libya or Lebanon or Iraq,  illegal migration, those whom shall be targeted by the IRS or the wonders of climate change, Our Dear Leader has the answer, with no need to consult anyone or anything,  especially not Congress. He has, in his wisdom, the phone, the pen and the executive order to cut through the senseless blather of a Constitution written by old dead white men.

The people have spoken (more or less). Down with the Republic and on to the new age of pottage, food stamps, idleness and the absolute rule of our elite Progressive betters!

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, Seraphic Secret and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

Council Submissions

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09/23/14

Climate Marchers Worship Coatlicue — The Mother Of Gods

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton


Global Warming protestors in the streets of New York City bow down to worship Coatlicue.

Well, now I’ve seen it all. The country is literally going to hell and fast.

If these delusional moonbats thought they were worshiping the God of Global Warming, they’re doing it wrong. You might want to research who you are actually bowing down to. It doesn’t even look like Al Gore (much). The above idol is “The Mother of Gods,” Coatlicue. Coatlicue, also known as Teteoinan, is the Aztec goddess who gave birth to the moon, stars and Huitzilopochtli, the god of the sun and war. She is also known as Toci, “our grandmother” and Cihuacoatl, “the lady of the serpent,” the patron of women who die in childbirth. How fitting that these delusional morons would worship all of the above and not even know it.

The word Coatlicue stands for “the one with the skirt of serpents.” The word for serpent is coātl. This is the “Mother Goddess of the Earth who gives birth to all celestial things,” “Goddess of Fire and Fertility,” “Goddess of Life, Death and Rebirth” and “Mother of the Southern Stars.” Who knew Marxist Leftists had a hankering for a dead Aztec goddess and a violent one at that. Hey… maybe they can get a bunch of illegal aliens to bow down with them. I feel a barbaric death cult coming on.

This is one tres chic goddess… she is represented as a woman wearing a skirt of writhing snakes and a necklace made of human hearts, hands and skulls. Her feet and hands are adorned with claws and her breasts are depicted as hanging flaccid from pregnancy. Her face is formed by two facing serpents, after her head was cut off and the blood spurt forth from her neck in the form of two gigantic serpents, referring to the myth that she was sacrificed during the beginning of the present creation. Charming.

From Wikipedia:

Most Aztec artistic representations of this goddess emphasize her deadly side, because Earth, as well as loving mother, is the insatiable monster that consumes everything that lives. She represents the devouring mother, in whom both the womb and the grave exist.

According to Aztec legend, she was once magically impregnated by a ball of feathers that fell on her while she was sweeping a temple, and subsequently gave birth to the gods Quetzalcoatl and Xolotl. Her daughter Coyolxauhqui then rallied Coatlicue’s four hundred other children together and goaded them into attacking and decapitating their mother. The instant she was killed, the god Huitzilopochtli suddenly emerged from her womb fully grown and armed for battle. He killed many of his brothers and sisters, including Coyolxauhqui, whose head he cut off and threw into the sky to become the moon. In one variation on this legend, Huitzilopochtli himself is the child conceived in the ball-of-feathers incident and is born just in time to save his mother from harm.

And this is the monster these cretins are worshiping. Untold numbers of Aztecs had their hearts cut out in bloody sacrifice to these abominations. It’s not even close to funny — it’s horrific. There were a lot of them bowing down, not just a few either. This is so blasphemous, it turns my stomach and chills my soul. God speaks of not worshiping false gods and idols. In this respect, these idiots fail with rainbow colors.

I’ve always said New York City was in serious competition for the Whore of Babylon. Now you can add the worship of an Aztec goddess to the rotten Big Apple’s credentials. Next stop – Baphomet and Mephistopheles. Those climate change marchers throw one hell of a party. The movement and the city need an exorcist – just sayin’.

09/23/14

What the Broad Crisis Behind the White House Fence Jumper Implies about ‘Federal’ Government

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

from wnd.com

from wnd.com

Chelsea Schilling at WorldNetDaily.com has written an excellent article revealing the background of Friday’s White House fence jumper and his self-alleged motivation. Title: “Fence-jumper: Another victim of ‘psych crisis’ at Fort Hood?

How it begins:

Only five months after a senior neuropsychologist in charge of Fort Hood’s outpatient psychiatry clinic revealed to WND a crisis in psychological testing and treatment at the U.S. Army post, a decorated war veteran who sought therapy at the installation is now in federal custody for jumping the White House fence and bursting through the executive mansion doors.

On Sept. 19, Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Army veteran who had deployed to Iraq three times and was injured by a homemade bomb, jumped over the north fence, sprinted across the lawn and was stopped only after he entered the White House doors.
Gonzalez has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and paranoia and was being treated at Fort Hood, Texas, for a time, according to his former stepson, Jerry S. Murphy.

A psychiatrist at Fort Hood prescribed Gonzalez medications, he said.

An unidentified family member told the Los Angeles Times Gonzalez said he had planned to go to a Veterans Administration hospital to seek treatment after his exit from the military in 2012. The person said Gonzalez had been taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication, but he was unsure if Gonzalez had stopped.

“Omar is not some maniac,” he said. “He’s a veteran who needs help.”

Schilling elaborates to a much broader crisis, with an extraordinary claim alleging a vast disconnect by our federal government, now permeated by what Gulag Bound chooses to call NWO in the USA, Ameica’s many infusions of the global elitists’ cartel collective.

From the article:

A poll conducted by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation found, “More than half [56 percent] of the 2.6 million Americans dispatched to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with physical or mental health problems stemming from their service, feel disconnected from civilian life and believe the government is failing to meet the needs of this generation’s veterans.”

As sophisticated as are the Department of Defense (DoD), the now centrally planned and controlled United States Intelligence “Community” (USIC), and the strategists in and behind the Obama administration, all sharing expertise in psychological operations (psyops) at the world’s highest rankings, do we really think the people at the very top don’t know this is happening with our military personnel?

Considering they are attempting through the Department of ‘Homeland’ (not the traditional American use of, ‘domestic’ as distinguished from ‘foreign’) Security, etc., to prop up a nationalized police in America to oppose patriotic veterans among patriots of virtually all kinds, are they attempting to provoke vets to act out against them? Considering the many repeat deployments per troop, usually under defense-crippled conditions, and the impingements upon Christian expression in their support, are they trying to manufacture severely frustrated, psychologically damaged vets?

Would such a set of conditions be applied in the not distant future, to provoke asymmetric civil war, to cull America’s popular sovereigns away from its willing subjects? Is that why the FEMA camps, the recruiting for reeducation specialists, and the many recent federal plans for constitution violating power grabs in the name of “continuity of government,” during mass, deadly emergencies?

If you think such questions are ludicrous, think about what happens in Marxist and fascist revolutions historically all over the world, and think about the unprecedented measures necessary to accomplish it in America, the great nation in the way.

And read more in Gulag Bound and Noisy Room scanning down through the articles linked by our categories and tags, along with Chelsea Schilling’s examination.

from wnd.com

from wnd.com

09/23/14

Rosh Hashana Approaches

Arlene from Israel

I want to begin by wishing blessings for the New Year to all my readers who observe Rosh Hashana: The blessings of inner peace, spiritual growth, good health, love and companionship, and secure livelihood.

Please, after you pray for yourselves, pray for the Jewish People and the State of Israel with special intensity.  May the Almighty give us strength for the hard times, the wisdom to make the right decisions, and, ultimately, security and peace.  May He hold us in His hands.

Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday at sundown.

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I put aside other news I had wanted to feature, to report on this first:

Murdered (L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel
Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha’ar, Naftali Frenkel

Eyal, Gilad and Naftali are gone.  We cannot bring them back. But now justice has been done:

The two men from the Hevron area – Marwan Kawasmeh and Amer Abu Eisha - who had abducted and then murdered them were located early this morning.  In the course of an attempt to arrest them, a gun fight ensued, and they were killed.

It was the Shin Bet that located their hideout.  Hamas suspects who were believed to be sheltering them had been arrested and questioned.  The operation itself was carried out by the IDF and, Yamam, a special unit of the Border Police.

Other members of the Kawasmeh family have been arrested for involvement in the kidnapping/murder.  The mastermind, Mahmoud Kawasmeh, had been released in the Shalit prisoner exchange (a very clear reason to NEVER release a terrorist in an exchange again).  Operating from Gaza, he proceeded with Hamas instructions and cash; he is still at large.

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With a few exceptions, even if it takes time, in the end we get the perpetrators of heinous crimes against innocent Israelis.  Here, it has brought a sense of relief.  That this has happened immediately before the new year is being taken in some quarters as a sign, please God, that we may see better times in the new year.

Paula Stern, writing as “a soldier’s mother,” commented on this. She says it so beautifully that I wanted to share (emphasis added):

There is no more we can do for the three boys, other than to hold on to the love and the unity that in their deaths was born. But in their memory, our government can pledge that no one will ever think Jewish blood is cheap again. We promised we would hunt them down…and we did. For this ending, there is a new beginning – a new year.

”May the memory of Gilad, Eyal and Naftali always be blessed; may their families know no more sorrow, and more, may they know our gratitude. In their grace, with their faith, they led us through what was, without question, the worst moments of their lives. May they go from strength to strength with our love.”

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Now Israel must – absolutely must! – respond with a similar degree of determination in dealing with another sort of problem being generated by Palestinian Arabs.  This is a critical situation and one that I am eager to bring to your attention:

Since the summer we are seeing increased Arab violence and vandalism in the eastern parts of Jerusalem.

Credit: Reuters

In the main, the perpetrators are Arabs with Jerusalem residency cards, not citizens of Israel. (Note: these Arabs have the opportunity to acquire citizenship, but prefer the residency papers because they provide many of the same perks – health care, etc. – but are more “politically correct” from their perspective than Israeli citizenship.)

There have always been two hotspots with regard to this situation.

One – at the very heart of what this is all about – is Har Habayit, the Temple Mount.  You’ve heard it from me, and I will come back to it again and again:  Jews are not allowed to pray on the Mount even though it is the holiest site in Judaism, because this causes Arabs who are up there to riot.  Perish the thought that they should riot.  But what is happening now is that Jews are being increasingly harassed on the Mount by Arabs.

I shared this video in the spring, showing the obscene harassment of children by Arabs on the Mount:

There have been many other incidents since then.

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The other hotspot is the cemetery on Har HaZeitim, the Mount of Olives. This is the oldest and largest Jewish cemetery in the world.  An integral part of our ancient heritage in the land, with 150,000 graves, it is still in use.

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Credit: Berthold Werner

Here, we are dealing with two problems.  One is the desecration of graves and the other is threats upon those attending funerals on the Mount or visiting graves:  Arabs throw “stones” that are sometimes chunks of concrete or almost boulders – creating a serious risk.

There has been much done in recent years to improve the situation in the cemetery but of late the attacks have grown worse.  Just months ago Tova Richler, an American, missed her own father’s funeral on Har HaZeitim because she was so traumatized by an attack upon her as she was on the road adjacent to the cemetery that she could not continue.

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And then there’s more: Rioting and rock-throwing, Molotov cocktails, attacks and vandalism in and near largely Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem.

In Wadi Joz, an Israeli family was besieged by Arabs throwing rocks at their van when they stopped at a traffic light; three members of the family were hurt.

In Shufat, enormous vandalism has taken place.  The Light Rail goes through Shufat and I’m reading – depending on the source – that some 30% to 50% of the Rail cars are out of commission because of this vandalism. This is mind-boggling.

Last week, a bus carrying Jewish children from the Ma’aleh HaZeitim neighborhood (which is on the Mount of Olives and adjacent to Arab villages) was attacked by masked Arabs throwing stones.

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I could continue with further examples, but it is not necessary.  Everyone reading this should be thoroughly outraged by now.

The question is what will be done about this.  For it is not only (only??) a matter of risk to Jews in Jerusalem, there is the over-riding issue of Israeli sovereignty in all of Jerusalem.

If we lose control of parts of the city, we lose control of the sovereignty of those areas. And this is precisely what is intended.  Make no mistake about it.

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What has been done to date is – on the very face of it – sorely insufficient.  Some hundreds of Arabs have been arrested. But I have it on very good authority that there is a revolving door and many are released without being prosecuted.

We cannot afford to operate out of fear, and yet this is what seems to be happening: Fear that if we send in the police in sufficient numbers to control the rock-throwers with sufficient force, somehow something will go wrong and some Arab will be severely injured or killed. Then there will be more rioting. Or the world will carry on about how we “treat” the Arabs.  The US or the EU will demand an “inquiry,” and reprimand us.

On his Facebook page Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has now said:

I want to qualify this decisively: a heavy and uncompromising hand should be applied against all those who employ violence of any kind…”

Don’t tell us, show us.  It is time for action at a municipal and a national level on this.  Without fear of repercussions, with firm belief in our rights in our land.

My take, my friends, is that the mindset in our government that promotes stepping softly here is precisely the same mindset that promotes stepping softly with Hamas in Gaza. 

I will be returning to this.

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Please see a piece by David Weinberg on this issue:

And then one by Nadav Shragai:

Both writers allude to what is happening as an intifada.  But each has a different perspective.

Shragai says that this is not spontaneous, but organized (emphasis added):

In each of the villages [Arab neighborhoods] of east Jerusalem, there is at least one dominant player on the ground. In A-Tor, it’s Fatah. In Issawiya‎, it’s the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In Jabal Mukaber, it’s Hamas. In the Shuafat refugee camp, both Fatah and Hamas are in charge. Somebody — and it is still unclear who — is subsidizing the thousands of packs of fireworks that are being launched at a dizzying pace by Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Each bundle of fireworks, which costs hundreds of shekels, isn’t being paid for by the rioters themselves. The rioters’ legal fees are covered by the Palestinian Authority. Hamas websites are calling this phenomenon by its real name: “the third intifada.” There are almost no lone wolves. The countless disturbances are being carried out in groups.”

All the more reason, then, for a strong hand.  This truly is a battle for Jerusalem.

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Weinberg further says (emphasis added):

A critical element for regaining control of the entire city has to be enforcement of civic law. Somehow, in the Arab neighborhoods of the city, building codes and noise pollution bylaws don’t apply. The Arab residents know how to take national insurance payments from the government of Israel and to enjoy excellent health care privileges in the city’s clinics and hospitals, but they know nothing of municipal taxes, building permits, or yielding to stop signs.

“This has to change. Part of regaining security control of the city is disciplining the Arab public to be law-abiding residents in all spheres.

“The bottom line is that to hold on to a united Jerusalem, Israel must act forcefully to restore its full and active jurisdiction in all parts of the holy city. It must wield a big baton against Arab insurgents that are threatening the stability of the city. And there is no better time to act than now.”

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Weinberg ends by citing Isaiah 61:

For the sake of Zion I will not hold my peace, and for the sake of Jerusalem I will not be still. … I will set watchman on the walls of Jerusalem all day or night. … Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way of the people; bank up, build up the highway, clear the stones; lift up a standard for the people.”

Credit: KeepJerusalem