Oct. 10, 2019
1) “We Were Ready to Fight”: Inside the German Synagogue – Chris Pleasance and Tim Stickings (Daily Mail-UK)
Jewish worshipers, including 10 Americans, watched on security cameras as the neo-Nazi attacker tried to break into the synagogue in Halle.
Roman R., 31, told local media that the majority of those inside – including the elderly and children – went to find shelter while Roman and five other men barricaded the door to the prayer room, called police, and then prepared themselves to fight back.
Fortunately the doors held, explosives that the attacker placed at the doors did not go off, and flammable liquid he sprayed at the building failed to light.
The shooter’s father told Bild that his son was an angry loner who was always online and “always blamed everyone else” for his problems.
Turkish ground troops entered northeast Syria early Thursday, hours after a Turkish aerial bombardment sent waves of civilians fleeing for safety. Towns on the Turkish side of the border were also reportedly hit by shelling as Kurdish forces responded.
The U.S. military has already moved some foreign ISIS fighters who were being held by U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northeast Syria out of the country, concerned that they might escape in the wake of the Turkish military incursion. (Financial Times-UK)
The New York Times has misinformed readers about Palestinians in the Jordan Valley. A Sep. 10 piece by Ben Hubbard, citing the Israeli advocacy group B’Tselem, told readers Palestinians are “barred from entering or using about 85%” of the Jordan Valley. In fact, Israeli communities and their lands, which sit within Area C that is administered by Israel, take up 8-15% of the Jordan Valley.
The Times itself has frequently documented that Palestinians can enter these areas. A separate Times story published on the same day noted that nearly all the male population of Fasayil, a Palestinian village in the Jordan Valley, are employed in the neighboring Israeli community of Tomer.
Thousands of Palestinians live in Palestinian communities and tend Palestinian fields throughout the Israeli-controlled section of the Jordan Valley. They also access the same parks and open spaces that Israelis do and they swim at the Dead Sea’s Kalya beach.
Some 46% of the Jordan Valley is designated as an IDF firing zone and another 9% is the buffer zone along the border with Jordan. These areas are restricted for all civilians, Israeli and Palestinian alike. (CAMERA)
- Between 1945 and 1970, the Jews of the Arab and Islamic world, most of whom had lived there since long before the arrival of Islam, saw their civilization collapse. 900,000 people from 11 countries stretching from Iran to Morocco underwent this ordeal.
- The creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine under the British Mandate was seen as sacrilegious to the Islamic conscience. The destruction of Jewish communities and institutions was the starting point of a process that has now seen the slow destruction of Christian communities and institutions in the Arab world.
- It is less the existence of Israel as a sovereign state, but rather the Jewish nature of this sovereignty, that troubles the Arab-Islamic conscience. In these terms, Jewish sovereignty is understood as nothing short of a rebellion against Islam.
- Islamic society is carefully demarcated. Non-Muslims were conferred the status of dominated nations: segregated in special quarters, their members clearly marked as outsiders. Contesting this is seen as a declaration of “war” on Islam, to which the legitimate response is all-out jihad.
- In parallel with the formation of the State of Israel, pogroms and exclusionary laws were carried out against Jews in almost every Arab state, holding them accountable for the “rebellion” of Israel. If the Jews of these countries were not fundamentally considered as foreigners and pariahs, they would not have been held responsible for the creation of Israel.
- In comparing the Jewish refugees from the Arab world and the Palestinian refugees, the Palestinians were made refugees as a result of the defeat of the war of extermination launched by the Arabs, whereas the Jewish refugees were innocent of all aggression towards them.
The writer is professor emeritus of sociology at Paris Nanterre University.