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Monday, January 10, 2011

The Crime of Building a House

In Niger, two Frenchmen were murdered by their Islamic kidnappers. Saudi Arabia sentenced a 23 year old girl who was gang raped to a year in prison and 100 lashes. Iran arrested two dozen Christians for the crime of being well... Christians. Which of these awful things did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the EU's Red Baroness Ashton forcefully condemn?

The answer is none of them.

The last Nazi collaborator hotel in Jerusalem
Instead they forcefully and vigorously condemned the demolition of a hotel built by a Muslim Nazi collaborator and now owned by an American-Jewish businessman who bought it in order to build an apartment complex on the spot. An apartment complex for a mere 20 families that is somehow worse than all the aforementioned murders and atrocities. So much worse that they demanded the personal intervention of the highest diplomatic officials of the United States and the European Union.

The Shepherd Hotel in Jerusalem is not the Plaza Hotel. It is a dilapidated neighborhood eyesore that has been abandoned since the 1980's. No one lives in the Shepherd Hotel, a grim ugly fortress surrounded by barbed wire, that remains behind as a legacy of the Mufti of Jerusalem, who championed Hitler and helped recruit Muslims to serve in the SS. But with its demolition, people might actually begin to live on that spot. Children might actually play on ground that had been previously fenced off by barbed wire. And the worst thing of it all is that those people and their children will be Jews.

Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, the Mufti of Jerusalem, might have been displeased to look up from the netherworld and behold the demolition of his hotel, but to see the representatives of the United States and the EU taking up his work and treating the demolition of his hotel as the gravest issue of the day would surely have cheered him up. If he had ever been worried that his work would die with a bullet in Berlin or when his Holy War Army, even with the support of seven Arab countries and half the British officer corps failed to drive the Jews into the sea during the War of Independence, the statements of Hillary Clinton and the EUSSR's Red Baroness Ashton testify once again that the evil that men and muftis do lives on after them.

In her statement, Hillary Clinton said the United States is "very concerned" about the demolition of a Nazi collaborator's abandoned hotel. In a world where North Korea and Iran are racing ahead to build nuclear weapons, Russia and China are racing to outstrip the United States in weapons development and the economy is on the brink-- that is what the Obama Administration is "very concerned" about. That 20 Jewish families will be able to have homes in the capital of their own city.

Hillary Clinton chose to attack Israel from Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, a totalitarian regime whose own construction boom was built on slave labor imported from India. Where there are no political freedoms and where non-Muslim foreigners have few rights, if any. Where a video showed the brother of the ruler of Abu Dhabi torturing a man in ways too horrifying to describe, with the approval of the police and the judicial system over a debt. Where 42 percent of the prisoners are there for being indebted. The UAE is essentially a slave state, built on the backs of mostly non-Muslim migrant workers with no human or legal rights.

While in Abu Dhabi, Hillary Clinton might have called on its rulers to open up the system to democratic elections. She might have raised the issue of Western women who are raped in Dubai and then sentenced to jail for being raped. Or the case of Roxanne Hillier, who was sentenced to jail for just being in the same room as her male boss. It certainly would have been appropriate for Hillary Clinton to have challenged the UAE on its abusive treatment of female visitors and tourists. But none of that happened.

How dare the Jews bulldoze this man's hotel?
Instead Hillary Clinton used the platform of a barbaric skyscraper studded dictatorship to denounce the only democracy in the region. In a speech more inspired by Monty Python, than any concern for human rights, she described the demolition of a long abandoned hotel as a "disturbing development" and warned that "this move contradicts the logic of a reasonable and necessary agreement between the parties on the status of Jerusalem". Yet oddly enough, Arab construction does not contradict such an agreement, only Jewish construction does.

This is not about Israel vs Palestine. The population of Jerusalem, both Jew and Arab, are Israeli citizens. If the Shepherd Hotel were being demolished to build homes for Arab citizens of Israel, does anyone seriously believe that Hillary or the Red Baroness would be getting so worked up over it? It's not the passport that makes the difference, but the race and the religion. And if so, it's not Israeli roads that are Apartheid, but the policies of Obama and the EU which strive to carve out a new "Pale of Settlement" where Jews may and may not live.

The Red Baroness, who has been too busy ordering bulletproof limousines and dispatching dozens of EU diplomats to such trouble spots as Barbados for vital martini drinking assignments, to actually attend European Commission meetings-- found time to blast Israel instead. Baroness Ashton has missed two thirds of the EC meetings, but she has found time to show her commitment to human rights by lobbying on behalf of the People's Republic of China. She may have ignored the persecution of Christian Copts in Muslim Egypt-- but when the Jews demolish an abandoned hotel, then by all of the EU's stars, the Red Baroness is on the ball.

"I strongly condemn this morning’s demolition of the Shepherd Hotel and the planned construction of a new illegal settlement," said Baroness Ashton. The "settlement" is somewhat confusingly a housing project being built in place of an existing hotel in one of the oldest cities of the world. But somehow the term "settlement" no longer means a new town in an unsettled region, it now simply means a place where Jews live. Or propose to live. As Nazi Germany termed some art as "Jewish art" and the Soviet Union euphemistically labeled some science as "cosmopolitan science", the word "settlement" has become untethered from its literal meaning and instead become synonymous with a Jewish dwelling place.

While Baroness Ashton sent out her spokesman to condemn the attack on Christian Copts in Egypt and the assassination of Salman Taseer in Punjab, she personally declared her outrage over a hotel in which no one was killed, aside perhaps from a stray lizard or two sunning themselves on the nearby rocks. It's rather clear where her priorities lie and it isn't with the victims of Muslim terror, rather with its perpetrators. For that same reason, Hillary Clinton can't be bothered to offer sympathy to the Western women raped in Dubai and raped again by its Muslim legal system, but lashes out over something as petty as the demolition of an abandoned hotel.

The EU's Red Baroness
It was perfectly fitting for Hillary Clinton to deliver her condemnation of Israel from Abu Dhabi, one of the region's centers of corruption, where oil money buys human slavery, and rape victims are sent to jail by the law of a Muslim tyranny. And the West keeps silent, rather than offend the fat greasy hands of the royals who control the pipeline. It was similarly fitting that the Red Baroness neglected representing her country, in order to come prancing down to Israel, berate the locals for not dismantling itself quickly enough to suit the rulers of those same oil rich countries, who pull the strings on those like Baroness Ashton, that the Soviet Union grew tired of playing with.

Hillary Clinton and the Red Baroness accuse Israel of obstructing peace negotiations by demolishing the Shepherd Hotel. But was there any serious prospect for negotiations before that? While the Mufti's hotel still stood, then Israel was charged with obstructing peace by allowing Jewish families to build homes in Judea and Samaria. And during the 9 month construction freeze in which they were not allowed to do it-- then Israel was charged with obstructing peace through its blockade of Gaza's terrorists. And before Israel withdrew from Gaza, it was charged with obstructing peace by not withdrawing from Gaza. And before Israel liberated Gaza in 1967, it was still charged with obstructing peace by refusing to do one thing or another that the Arab Muslim regimes wanted from it. Israel is always under attack and always at fault. If not for one thing, then for another. And while women are gang raped and whipped by our friendly allies in the Gulf, Israel is charged with the terrible crime of building a house.

14 comments:

Paul said...

An excellent article.

For those like myself who were mystified by the "Red Baroness" reference, that would be Catherine Ashton, a British baroness who is a highly placed European Union official in charge of foreign relations for the EU.

The Shepherd Hotel was once a villa for the Nazi loving mufti of Jerusalem. He never lived there. Along with some other transformations, it was converted into a hostel for pilgrims and later a hotel.

lemon said...

Its not about right and wrong for these people. It is a single minded agenda to destroy Jews and Israel.
You can't expect anything good from them.Their only side is evil.

MikeC said...

Nazism in the age of television does not need the 'jackboots' and the 'brown shirts', all it needs is a one sided media with which to pump malicious propaganda into our living spaces when we are at our most vulnerable.

The oil is an excuse, a red herring, the real aim is to complete the 'final solution', but in such a way as to hide western liberal involvement behind the plausible deniability of jihad (with a little bit of spin from our friends).

This was obvious (in hindsight) at the time of the War of Independance (1948), when both the UK and the US assisted the Arab League, whose openly stated aim was genocide of the Jews (worldwide).

The UK Labour Party then in power, expected Israel to last 3 weeks at the most, and the Arab legions (some with their serving British Army officers) were not taking prisoners.

The political objective of the west was genocide by proxy, and Ladies and Gentlemen, nothing has changed....

mindRider said...

The incredible distortion of the truth by so many, from the ignorant till the progressive intellectuals, on so many subjects concerning Israel and the Jews with apparently a complete denial of facts, incomprehensible as it appears to you and me, does have a paralel of great significance in our Jewish history This paralel is the incomprehensible hardening of Pharao's heart by G'd when confronted with Moshé's demand for freedom. So maybe we, the good willing ones, being too close in our shortsighted vision to the development of perhaps an important new plan of the eternal one that we fail to get the big picture and that all this incomprehensibility shall eventually lead to a new "freedom from bondage" for us or the world, be it not in our life time perhaps in that of our children.

HermitLion said...

Weaklings, cowards, and bullies always seek easy targets; politicians always prefer to influence places they can, rather than those that laugh in their face, to prove that they're doing something.
Combine the two together, and the answer is painted in a big, red, shining bulls-eye - Israel must stop being an easy target.

Anonymous said...

I'm 80 years old and as long as I can remember have felt a pride and joy in my heart that I'm an American, but I am ashamed to be a part of the image of America presented to the world by the current administration.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Yes indeed it must. In the name of getting along, Israel makes itself an 'easy target' while not realizing that its willingness to cooperate with any demand, no matter how unrealistic or abusive, is what makes it a target.

Anonymous said...

If Hillary the Great contests Obama in 2011 how many Jews do you think will not vote for her? Who voted her for Senate even after her respectful attention to Suha Arafat while spewing blood libels of poisoned wells against Jews?

DP111 said...

DG wrote:Yes indeed it must. In the name of getting along, Israel makes itself an 'easy target' while not realizing that its willingness to cooperate with any demand, no matter how unrealistic or abusive, is what makes it a target.

Also its dereliction of duty letting Arabs and Muslims seize the intellectual and political playing fields.

Barry said...

Here's something by Bat Ye'or
EU Anti-Zionist Campaign Unveiled

A large group of former EU leaders and commissioners, including Javier Solana, sent a letter to EU capitals (included below) and the leaders of EU institutions on December 6th, 2009, urging the Union to take sanctions against Israel, according to Andrew Rettman in the EU Observer (Brussels).[1]
In this letter, the group recalls the adoption by the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union on December 8, 2009 of a set of twelve "Council conclusions on the Middle East peace process", written in italics. The group asked EU foreign ministers at their meeting, scheduled on December 13, 2010, to take concrete measures to implement the December 2009 conclusions
......
The Council underlines the need for a reinvigorated Quartet engagement and notes the crucial importance of an active Arab contribution building on the Arab Peace Initiative.
Commenting on this decision, the signatories condemn Israel and wrote:
"In response to these measures [of the Council], we recommend that the EU reiterate its position that it will not recognize any changes to the June 1967 boundaries, and clarify that a Palestinian state should be in sovereign control over territory equivalent to 100% of the territory occupied in 1967, including its capital in East Jerusalem.

So it's not so easy for Israel to make itself as difficult a target.
Not being facetious, but sarcastic, but in light of the the shootings in Tucson is it permissible to use "target"?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the news. The EU, its toadies and admirers are the epigone of the Nazis. EU delenda est.

Anonymous said...

It is very nice to read support for our government even when it does the most stupid things for Israel's future.

This government [ and some of the previous ones] brings us closer to a one state solution and this will be the end of Israel.

Keli Ata said...

But Israel...why in the world are they allowing themselves to be bullied? That's the perplexing part of it all.

Batya said...

great post
It's so clear that the US does not like or support Israel. I wish our politicians would just tell them off.
Shavua Tov

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