19 thoughts on “Israel and Jihadis: Fanning Flames of Terror – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. I agree with your coverage and balanced analysis of the event.

    On Syria blow-back, this has been predicted and has been part of Israeli and U.S. military interventions since WWII. No surprise there whatsoever. I hope that with President Obama’s West Point Commencement speech he makes a clean break with past U.S. policy.

    Four West Point Graduates Class of 2009

  2. “Equally as useful to Bibi is the Islamist conflation of Israel and Jews”
    The conflation of Israel and Jews is not only made by the Islamists. In this announcement published on the website of the Israeli embassy in Paris on May 1st, you can read:
    “Arrival of a representative of Tsahal
    The Embassy wants to inform the Jewish community that a representative of Tsahal arrives in Paris.
    May 26th between 18.30-20.00
    The meeting will be held at the Grande Synagogue [which is not a private-owned building, my comment]
    The representative will give a conference on the policy of recruitment for Tsahal followed by questions from the audience”
    In this article by the journalist who first published this on his private website on May 23rd (the information has been relayed by no MSM) a further google cache states: “Concerning private questions, it’s possible to organize rendez-vous on May 26th and 27th between 10.00-13.00. The announcement was removed from the Embassy’s website some hours after this publication but it’s been there for more than three weeks. So in France, a foreign Embassy can organize recruitment for its army in a public Synagogue.
    (I omit the 3xwww in order not to block the comment) panamza.com/230514-tsahal-paris

    ” (…) and wound another visitor”
    The fourth person, a young Belgian employee at the Museum, and not a visitor, has since died’

    PS. I posted this above informations on the most read French website yesterday on the comment section to an article on the killings in Bruxelles. Though Islamophobic and ott-topic comments are still there, my comment was removed. We’re talking about a ‘progressive’ website.

      1. @ David
        Are you talking about the removal from the embassy’s website or the removal of my comment on a public website ?

    1. Deir Yassin provided the link to find the story …

      L’arrivée d’un représentant de TSAHAL à Paris – Embassies.gov.il

      L’Ambassade d’Israël souhaite informer la Communauté juive de l’arrivée d’un représentant de TSAHAL (l’armée israélienne) à Paris le 26 mai entre 18h30 et 20h.

      La rencontre aura lieu à la Grande Synagogue de la Victoire, 44 rue de la Victoire, 75009 Paris.

      Le représentant donnera une conférence sur la politique de recrutement de TSAHAL, suivi par une session de questions générales du public.

      Entrée libre, sous réserve de places disponibles.

      L’ambassade israélienne supprime un appel à recruter des djihadistes français… juifs

  3. “If a young, disaffected French-Muslim watches video of this brutal killing, what is he supposed to think? If Israel and the rest of the world won’t make the murderer pay the price, then from their point of view, let them strike a blow for their murdered brethren.”

    Where’s your proof that this was a revenge murder for what happened in Beitunia?
    Why didn’t you publish the video I linked that showed staged, ‘Pallywood’ injuries right before the Beitunia shooting?

    1. @ Father DeWalt: THere have been literally hundreds of videos and news stories of such killings. I never said that the alleged terrorist watched the video. But he could’ve watched or read about any number of similar incidents and become radicalized.

      I don’t publish propaganda videos nor do I allow references to terms like “Pallywood.” If you don’t read my comment rules & follow them you won’t publish here in future. Consider this a warning.

  4. Hi Richard,

    Didn’t you say the other they the murdered people were from Mossad? How this fact fits with the muder being a guy from Jihad?
    Because the first hints not a anti-semitic act, but some kind of plot. The second hints at anti-semitism, if you disconsider the first. If you consider both, it looks like a anti Israel plot by al Qaeda, even though in the mind of the murderer it could me something else.

    And the targets were in a place that could not allow someone to easily identify the victims are jews (I don’t remember the couple wearing anything that could hint them as Jews). And it was in a museum and not some people walking out a synagogue or a Jewish school. So, he had to know the targets.

    1. @ Daniel de Franca: They were both accountants, one working for Mossad and the other for Nativ. They were also retired. The idea of it being a professional hit designed in retaliation for assassinations of Hezbollah leaders was intriguing. But there was a lot in this scenario that didn’t add up. So I presented it as a possibility.

      It now appears it was an anti-Israel plot by someone holding Al Qaeda type views & possibly believing that attacking a Jewish target was the same as attacking Israel. But again, till we know more about the guy’s real motivation, all this is hard to definitively pin down.

  5. Recent Pew Research survey across Europe – Views of Roma, Muslims, Jews.

    In particular, negative attitudes toward Roma (sometimes also known as Gypsies) are common, while many also give Muslims unfavorable ratings. Negative attitudes toward Jews are less pervasive, although substantial minorities express an unfavorable opinion about Jews as well, especially in Greece …

    1. Research carried out in 2011 and 2013 by Brussels University Sociology Dept amongst Muslim youth living in Belgium found half of them holding antisemitic views (compared to 10% of non-Muslims): 75% agreed with the thesis that Jews forment war and blame others for it (remember: it was the Nazi’s who justified their persecution of Jews because they had caused WWII),
      75% agree with the statement that Jews want to dominate everything, and 80% think they have to be careful when doing business with Jews (a mere 20% think Jews can be trusted just as much as other people).

      1. Belgium: Half of All Muslim Immigrant Children Are Antisemitic – May 2011

        The Flemish-language newspaper De Morgen (link only in Flemish) has a major article about a survey of Muslim students in Brussels high schools. The professor who conducted the survey concludes that half “can be described as antisemitic which is a very high rate.’’ Five times higher, in fact, then among Flemish-speaking Belgians, who historically have been relatively anti-Jewish.

        Incidentally, what was being measured here was not antagonism toward Israel but traditional anti-Jewish stereotypes. No doubt, the former attitude is even stronger.

        BTW The author of this article was Barry Rubin, director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.

        This survey was small for a typical age category, was more about ethnicity and multiculturalism contrary to becoming a cosmopolitan in a diverse society. The attitude towards Bulgarians and Roma was even worse. The researcher discounts the Israeli-Palestinian struggle: “De kans is waarschijnlijk dat het antisemitisme in de hand wordt gewerkt door de internationale context, met name het conflict tussen Palestina en Israël. Maar Elchardus neemt met die uitleg geen genoegen.”

  6. The case of Greece is easy to understand. Their economic situation is making the nazists rise in there.

  7. But the Roma are a more worrisome target. They are generally poorer and less organized, so any aggression towards them will generate much less commotion than killing a Muslim or Jew.

  8. Not to nit-pick but it is painful to see references to “Islamist Ideology” because it misdirects and is erroneous.
    “Extremist Muslims” is fine, so is “Violent Muslim fanatics”, but “Islamist Ideology” suggests that anyone who is an “Islamist” is a violent fanatic out to kill to so-called and much-touted “Unbeliever”. This works fine among non-Muslims who cannot make the distinctions and who are fed generalized language about Muslims and Islam, but it is very wrong in the eyes of a Muslim. To Muslims, “Islamist” is simply someone who supports Islam and wishes to promote it, not someone who is looking to kill anyone who disagrees with him or, who is “The Unbeliever”.
    “Islamist Ideology” is also misleading because there is no single ideology that all or, even most “Islamists” (Muslim extremists) follow; each group has their own ideology and good luck to anyone (non-Muslim or Muslim) who does not follow this ideology. This is why there is so much killing going on in Af-Pak and M-E.

  9. “the notion that Israel is a match that helps ignite an Islamist conflagration in the Middle East and beyond, is a statement with the ring of truth” Right. That’s why I was so dissapointed when Moises Naim, former Director of Foreign Policy, wrote an article mentioning Islamic fundamentalism as one of the main dangers for world peace without mentioning Israel. Naim works now for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace…

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