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Here’s What Rashida Tlaib Blamed a Palestinian Honor Killing On

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., questions Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

This past Thursday, a Palestinian woman named Israa Ghareb was murdered by her brothers in a hospital bed. This happened in public, with staff knowing exactly what was happening. No one intervened or tried to stop it. No one was arrested or punished. There are reasons for that, which will get into momentarily.

This led Rep. Rashida Tlaib, noted anti-Semite and Palestinian activist, to put out a tweet denouncing the killing. That might typically be seen as a positive if it weren’t so full of obfuscation so as to once again show her lack of ability to condemn the real causes of violence from her people. And to be clear, Tlaib pointedly claims the Palestinians as her people. That is not my assumption simply based on her familial origins.

Here’s the tweet in question.

Ah yes. The real problem here isn’t Palestinian culture, buttressed by centuries of Muslims committing honor killings as part of their religious beliefs. No, it’s nebulous “toxic masculinity.” That’s why Western cultures, which had plenty of “toxic masculinity” throughout the last century, also had epidemics of honor killings, right? Wait, they didn’t? Then perhaps that should point to the fact that manhood and masculinity, though they can be certainly be used in harmful ways toward women, are not the basis of honor killings.

The article she links to is exactly what you’d expect. It’s a pathetic attempt to excuse all responsibility for the killing away from Islam’s cultural rot and toward the a wider enemy which fits into the mold of social justice activism. Here’s how the piece opens.

***Disclaimer: Honor killings are not Muslim and they are not Arab. This is a universal phenomenon which takes places in nearly all corners of the globe, from the United States to Europe. The US president stands accused of rape. Honor killings were legal in Italy until the 1970s and still happen today. Do not use this narrative to reinforce dangerous stereotypes of Arab culture and Islam. Patriarchy exists every where.

This past Thursday, 21 year old Isra Ghareb was murdered in a hospital at the hands of her brothers. The hospital staff did not intervene. One nurse recorded a video from outside of the hospital room from which Isra’s screams were escaping. I’m not here, however, to tell you the details of her story. You can find those through a quick google search. I’m here to tell you why this story matters and what it means.

Isra’s death illustrates an ever-present toxic masculinity and control over women’s bodies and lives.

This is absolute nonsense. Honor killings are not a “universal phenomenon.” They are extremely localized to Islamic societies, as well as some Hindu cultures. That’s not to say that no time throughout history has an honor killing not taken place elsewhere, but to pretend that there’s some kind of equivalency shows a desperate attempt to make excuses for cultures which simply do not measure up in terms of human rights. She bemoans “stereotypes” about Arab culture and Islam while at the same time admitting Palestinian law allows honor killings.

Oh yeah, and this is Israel’s fault of course.

Now, here’s why Isra’s murderers stand to walk away from this untouched by the law. In Palestine, our legal system is the result of a century of occupation and political turmoil. It is a combination of Ottoman, British, Egyptian (in Gaza), Jordanian (in the West bank), and even no system (Area C). Despite various and continued efforts over the last decade, there has been very little reform to this outdated and dysfunctional legal system for two reasons: Israeli military occupation and a corrupt Palestinian Authority both hinder any legal, economic, and social progress.

Get it? It’s Israel’s “occupation” which causes the Palestinians to vote in terrorist governments and enact laws which allow family members to murder their wives and daughters. Makes sense right? Tlaib, by linking to this piece, is endorsing all this insanely obfuscating ideas, which seek to hand wave away the gross problems of the Islamic Palestinian culture.

She can’t even bring herself to label this killing what it was, much less where it took place and under what society’s laws it was allowed.

This is why the Palestinian issue is not going to be solved any time soon. Even their most public “activists,” who constantly claim to be for universal rights, ultimately refuse to condemn the most arcane, inhumane aspects of Palestinian culture. This killing was not the fault of men everywhere via some broad issue of “toxic masculinity.” It was the fault of a specific culture and its interpretation of a religion that consistently leads to the endorsement of this kind of barbarism.

Until that is attacked at its root and the excuses stop, nothing will change. Slapping at Israel, bringing up President Trump, and trying to generalize the problem are not helping Palestinian women. It’s simply providing cover for the real evil at play and allowing it to perpetuate. Tlaib, for whatever reason, is happy to keep doing that though.

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ISIS suspected in terror bombings against … Hamas?

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That’s not all that new, as it turns out, although it’s a new sign that ISIS remains a transnational threat. The BBC reported today that Hamas has begun rounding up ISIS sympathizers after two bombings killed three police officers in Gaza. It’s part of an ongoing turf war between Islamist factions that extends far beyond Gaza (via Twitchy):

Hamas is arresting suspected jihadist activists in Gaza, which the militant Islamist movement controls, after what a security source said were suicide bomb attacks on two police posts.

Three police officers were killed in the attacks, which are thought to have been carried out by extremists with links to the Islamic State (IS) group.

Gaza’s interior ministry declared a state of emergency after the bombings.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya vowed to hold those responsible to account. The bombings would “not be able to undermine the stability and steadfastness of our people”, he added.

AFP had earlier reported that the attacks were suicide bombings on motorcycles. At that time, Hamas suspected their rival Islamic Jihad network was involved:

Hamas said Wednesday that two overnight bomb attacks killed three police officers in the Gaza Strip as the Palestinian enclave was placed under a state of alert.

Witnesses told AFP that both bombings were suicide attacks by assailants on motorbikes, but there was no official confirmation.

A source familiar with the investigation said a Salafist movement in Gaza that sympathises with Islamic State group jihadists was suspected.

The war between Hamas and ISIS goes back a few years, although it has been relatively low-level and somewhat one-sided. ISIS has occasionally conducted attacks in Gaza, including this 2015 car bombing series on leaders of both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as part of its claim to have supremacy over the Muslim world. After declaring a caliphate, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi demanded the loyalty and fealty of all Muslims but especially Islamist terror networks — and has been willing to make war on rivals, even when their immediate goals coincide and there is no fear of overlap.

ISIS has been doing the same thing in Afghanistan in targeting both the government and the Taliban. The Afghan government insists that it has isolated ISIS, and the Taliban want to kill it just as badly on the eve of what might be a US withdrawal. Neither is fully succeeding, however:

The United States and the Taliban have been holding talks on an initial agreement for months. The top U.S. negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, was expected to arrive in Qatar on Wednesday to prepare for the final round of negotiations after receiving President Trump’s blessing. In the current draft, the deal outlines the initial withdrawal of about 5,000 U.S. troops in exchange for a Taliban pledge to sever ties with al-Qaeda. It also calls for the beginning of Taliban talks with the Afghan government and planning for a cease-fire.

But the agreement does not mention the Islamic State, a sworn enemy of the Taliban that is considered by far the bigger terrorist threat. In a report to Congress last month, the Defense Department said that even if a settlement is reached, al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and some Taliban hard-liners will constitute a “substantial threat” to Afghanistan and the United States, requiring a “robust” counterterrorism capability for the “foreseeable future.” …

The Islamic State in Afghanistan is estimated to number between 2,500 and 5,000 fighters, according to figures from the U.S. military and the United Nations. The U.S. military estimated that the total was around 1,000 active fighters in 2017. But there is widespread concern here that those numbers could rise even more if the Islamic State uses a U.S.-Taliban agreement to siphon off hard-line Taliban fighters who are opposed to the deal and ramp up its terror war.

This shows why it was dangerous for the US to declare a premature victory over ISIS in Syria. As long as its leadership remains intact, it still has a powerful claim in Islamist circles to loyalty to its so-called caliph. Both Hamas and the Taliban have to make concessions at some point to governance, but ISIS can remain the pure jihadist movement in contrast and recruit murderous super-malcontents from the ranks of ordinary murderous malcontents.

Until their leadership is neutralized, that risk remains. Their willingness to target other Islamist networks suggest that they’re more ready for wider conflict than we might believe — even if we care less about internecine wars between radical Islamist terror networks.

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Son of Hamas founder: It’s a “racist terror organization,” you know

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Even more remarkable than what Suheib Yousef said is where he said it. The son of Hamas founder Hassan Yousef appeared in an interview with an Israeli television broadcaster to tell the truth about his father’s creation. Not only is Hamas a “racist terror organization,” Yousef told journalist Ohad Hemo, its leaders live high on the proverbial hog on monies intended for those they oppress,

In fact, they make that money by turning poor Palestinians into cannon fodder for Iran:

“Hamas leaders [in Turkey] live in fancy hotels and luxury towers, their kids learn at private schools, and they are very well paid by Hamas. They get between four and five thousand dollars a month, they have guards, swimming pools, country clubs,” said Suheib, who worked for Hamas’s political branch in Turkey.

“When I lived in Turkey, I was shocked by the behavior of the Hamas members. They ate in the best restaurants, in places where one course cost $200,” he said. “A family in Gaza lives on $100 per month.”

In hiding in an unnamed Asian country, Suheib also said Hamas was working for a “foreign agenda,” selling information about Israel to the Iranians in exchange for financial assistance. He said the group’s operation in Turkey was run under the guise of a civil society organization but was gathering intelligence on Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, as well as leaders from other Arab countries.

He also said the group actively recruited young Palestinians in the West Bank to carry out attacks against Israel, not to liberate Palestinian land or for resistance, but to spread the crisis from Gaza to the West Bank.

The Washington Post’s coverage omits one key detail from Yousef’s description of “spreading the crisis.”  Yousef told Hemo that Hamas recruits children for terror attacks against you know who:

He said the setup in Turkey was also used to conscript people, including children, in the West Bank to carry out terror attacks against Israelis.

“The point of the attacks in the West Bank is to kill civilians, not for the aim of resistance, nor Jerusalem; not for liberating Palestinian land, and not even because they hate Jews,” he told the TV channel. “They send out these innocents because they want to export the crisis [from Gaza] to the West Bank.”

Yousef has a suggestion for Hamas’ leadership on that score:

“I want them to send their own children to carry out attacks if they have to. Why doesn’t [Hamas leader] Ismail Haniyeh go to the fence to throw stones?” he asked, referring to weekly protests along the Gaza-Israel border organized by Hamas.

“How does Hamas benefit from these attacks? Nothing,” he said. “It is a racist terror organization that is dangerous for the Palestinian people.”

Yousef is the second son of Hassan Yousef to turn on Hamas. His older brother Mosab defected over a decade ago, working for Israel at first before coming to the West and converting to Christianity. Known as “the Green Prince,” Mosab wrote his memoirs, Son of Hamas, and has actively campaigned against his father’s organization. Suheib sounds distant from his brother, emphasizing that he himself never worked for Israel and never intends to do so, but that he wants to work against Hamas and its corruption.

For the US, the most intriguing part of Yousef’s declaration might be the spy ring operating under the auspices of our supposed ally, Turkey:

Now, he reveals how the organization’s political bureau operates, which actually serves as a spy center for Iran.

“Hamas operates security and military institutions on Turkish soil under the guise of civil society,” Yusuf explained. “They have security centers, and from there they use sophisticated listening equipment to listen to people and leaders in Ramallah, using sophisticated equipment and software on the computers, and some people are experts on this.

“They use state-of-the-art equipment to promote a foreign agenda and that’s what I want to expose,” said a former Hamas official. “The movement uses this information not for the benefit of the Palestinian people – it sends the intelligence information to Iran in exchange for financial support, even money being transferred through Turkish banks under the guise of civil society centers.”

That revelation comes at a particularly bad time for Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He’s trying to eat his cake and have it too with purchases of both the F-35 and Russian anti-aircraft systems, plus maintain his status within NATO. If Erdogan is allowing Iran to penetrate Turkey, it’s not going to be just to target Israel. This puts the US at risk as well as its European allies.

So what will happen to the man who made all this public? Yousef seems more fatalistic than his older brother. “If Hamas wants to turn me into a shahid, then I will be a martyr,” he told Hemo. “I prefer to be the victim and not the one who hurts [others].” Hamas will want to accomplish that before Yousef can pass along the details of these intelligence operations, if he has not already done so. The US should work to put Yousef under our protection quickly — even if it won’t necessarily bring the two brothers any closer.

Yousef speaks for himself in this video, which is entirely in Hebrew and Arabic. It’s worth it for a look at the man who dared to tell the truth about Hamas, even while many prefer to live in denial.

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Omar: Israel’s occupation of Gaza causes rockets to fire and children to be killed, or something

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The fighting has stopped for now, but the ignorance continues unabated. Hours before Israel and armed factions in Gaza reached a cease-fire, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made sure everyone knew who had responsibility for the flare-up in violence. Was it the terrorists who started firing rockets from Gaza? Of course not:

The rockets fired because of an occupation? That’s a neat trick, considering that the occupation of Gaza ended in 2005. It’s been fourteen years since Ariel Sharon dismantled all of the Israeli settlements in Gaza — to a loud outcry at home — and pulled the IDF out of the strip, leaving the Gazans to their own devices. Sharon’s government had to forcibly evict some settlers from their homes in the area, and ended up relocating thousands of Israelis back into Israel proper. Gaza held elections the next year and, despite warnings from all over the world, elected Hamas to govern the territory. The rest is history, as is any prospect of improvement while Gazans cling to terrorists as their leaders. Israel imposed a full blockade on Gaza in 2007 after Hamas won that election, but it’s not an occupation, even if Hamas calls it that.

In this iteration of the decades-long terrorist war on Israel, it wasn’t “occupation” that started the rockets firing. Hamas wanted money, wasn’t getting it, and worried about an uprising because of it:

Hamas officials said they escalated the violence to push Israel to stick to the terms it had agreed after another such flare-up in March, when rocket fire had caused Netanyahu to cut short a trip to Washington. Hamas accused Israel of reneging on the deal to allow in cash assistance of $30 million a month from Qatar, expand fishing rights and ease the restrictions on imports and exports that have choked Gaza’s economy.

With Gaza’s beleaguered population of 2 million people increasingly turning its frustrations toward Hamas, the organization has been desperate to secure an easing of Israeli restrictions, particularly as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan approached. Egypt, which has been brokering efforts to reach a longer-term truce, has been opening its land border with Gaza more frequently.

Perhaps Israel was slow to pay the money because Hamas has been slow to stop its own aggressions. This started with sniper fire that wounded two Israeli soldiers on the other side of the border, and Hamas’ tunneling under the border continues unabated. One can argue that Israel needs to stick to its commitments in cease-fires, but one can also argue that Israel shouldn’t fund the terrorists that keep buying rockets to use in killing Israelis, too.

What one can’t argue is that Hamas shoots rockets from Gaza because of occupation, at least not if someone is the least bit informed on the topic. Hamas shoots rockets into Israel because Hamas is a terrorist organization bent on Israel’s destruction, and was long before the end of the occupation in 2005, too. It remains in power in Gaza because Hamas imposes its authority ruthlessly, but it originally got that authority from Gaza voters despite its status as a terrorist organization. To be fair, Fatah wasn’t much better in 2007, but the West Bank under Fatah control has certainly fared better than Gaza.

If Omar wants “peace and justice,” she should call for the end of Hamas rule in Gaza and the emergence of leadership that actually desires peace and justice.

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