Muslim citizens enjoy more civil rights in Israel than Saudi Arabia

https://www.timesofassam.com/articles/muslim-citizens-enjoy-more-civil-rights-in-israel-than-saudi-arabia/

Antisemitic and anti-Israel forces spread rumors claiming Muslims are barred from entering the Temple Mount; while in reality, Israeli government allows only Muslims to legally enter the Temple and offer prayers in order not to offense Islamic sensibilities. Despite the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest place, the site is managed by an Islamic religious committee [Waqf] with a history of destroying priceless Jewish artifacts unearthed at the site.

In July 2018, the Israeli Knesset passed a landmark piece of legislation that enshrines the State of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people. The Jewish Nation-State Law officially declared that Israel is both a Jewish and democratic state, protecting the right of the Jewish people to exercise self-determination. Every sensible individual and organization though were delighted at the adaptation of this legislation, it had greatly angered a so-called pro-Israel group named J Street. On the day of passage of this legislation, J Street in a Twitter message said that the bill “was born in sin.” The so-called “progressive” lobbying group would go on to claim that “its only purpose is to send a message to the Arab community, the LGBT community and other minorities in Israel, that they are not and never will be equal citizens.”

Confronting the statement of J Street, Prof. Eugene Kontorovich of the Kohelet Policy Forum said there is nothing undemocratic about this legislation and that it is quite commonplace among Western democracies.

“The law does not infringe on the individual rights of any Israeli citizen, including Arabs; nor does it create individual privileges,” writes Prof. Kontorovich. “The illiberalism here lies with the law’s critics, who would deny the Jewish state the freedom to legislate like a normal country.”Ref: 1

In the European Union alone, at least seven countries have similar constitutional provisions that define nationhood as it applies to their respective contexts. A major difference is that Israel’s Declaration of Independence ensures complete social and political rights “to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.”Ref: 2

Israel is undoubtedly the best place in the region for its Arab citizens to practice their religion and lead prosperous lives. The Jewish state is home to over 400 mosques, a fivefold increase since 1988.Ref: 3 The Israeli government also provides the salaries of approximately 300 imams and muezzins, as well as funding for Islamic schools and colleges throughout the country.

The Jewish state displays more respect for the civil rights of its Muslim citizens than they receive in Saudi Arabia, the most Islamic country in the world. According to the U.K.-based Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, over 90 percent of Saudi Arabia’s historical and religious sites have been destroyed since 1985.Ref: 4 A Hilton hotel now stands on the site of the home of Islam’s first caliph Abu Bakr, while the house of Mohammad’s first wife Khadijah [the place where the Prophet of Islam had lived ever since he married Khadijah] has been turned into a block of public toilets. The reason behind such a wrong attempt is that Wahabbis believe, Khadijah never embraced Islam and remained a practicing Christian even after Mohammad got his prophethood. The house of Hamza, the Prophet Mohammad’s uncle, was flattened to make way for a Meccan hotel. Saudi royals have also transformed the house of Mohammad’s uncle and custodian, Abu Talib, into a garbage dispensing center because he never embraced Islam.

Over the last few years, mosques and key sites dating from the time of Prophet Mohammad have been knocked down or destroyed, as have Ottoman-era mansions, ancient wells and stone bridges. Over 98 percent of Saudi Arabia’s historical and religious sites have been destroyed since 1985.

The most disturbing news is the Saudi royals are planning to destroy the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad, Islam’s most revered holy sites and move his body to an anonymous grave. Wahabis consider maintaining a graveyard as sinful offense [Source: Belfast Telegraph].

A 61-page document also calls for the removal of Mohammad’s remains to the nearby al-Baqi cemetery, where they would be interred anonymously. Hardline Saudi clerics have long preached that the country’s strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam – an offshoot of the Sunni tradition – prohibits the worship of any object or “saint”, a practice considered “shirq” or idolatrous.

Islamic scholars told the Belfast Telegraph, “Now they want to prevent pilgrims from attending and venerating the tomb because they believe this is shirq, or idolatry. But the only way they can stop people from visiting the Prophet is to get him out and into the cemetery.”

Saudi royals are already discouraging the people from visiting the holy tomb of Prophet Mohammad and the Wahabi clergymen are openly circulating sermons stating visiting the tomb during the Hajj is a sinful offense.

Despite such audacity, Saudi royals remain as the custodian of the holy Kaba and the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad in Medina.

It must be mentioned here that, Jamaat-e-Islami, as well as the radical Islamic militancy groups too, believe, preserving any grave or shrines and visiting those places for offering prayers are sinful offense. Their argument is, once any person is dead, there is no value in his body remains and the soul gets completely isolated from the worldly body remains. They compare visiting graves or shrines with idol worshipping. But when the Wahabis are asked as to how, in that case, how the Kaaba, the black cube in the center of Mecca, Saudi Arabia should be considered as the epicenter of Muslims and would be made mandatory for every affluent Muslim to visit that mosque at least once in the lifetime. Wahabis also are reminded that Kaaba too is a structure and worshipping this would be compared to ‘idol worshipping’. Once this point is raised, Wahabis, especially the Saudi royals, who are the most beneficiaries of Hajj as they earn billions of dollars each year from the pilgrims – Wahabis say, Kaaba is a mosque and Muslims are encouraged in going to the mosques to offer prayer. They fail to reply as to why in that case, Hajj should be a mandatory religious obligation for the Muslims as key parts of this ritual include visiting Kaaba, kissing the black stone [a fallen asteroid], throw stones at three pillars [referred to as stoning the Satan] etc.

A 61-page report, published in Saudi Arabia’s Journal of the Royal Presidency, suggested separating the Prophet’s tomb from Medina’s mosque, a task “that would amount to its destruction,” Alawi says. “You can’t move it without destroying it.” Moreover, he alleges, plans for a new palace for the Saudi King threaten the library atop the site traditionally identified as the birthplace of Mohammad. Even now, signs in four languages warn visitors that there is no proof that the Prophet Mohammad was born there, “so it is forbidden to make this place specific for praying, supplicating or get a blessing.”

Throughout the Middle East, Islamic persecution against Christians has resulted in the population plunging from 14 percent in 1910 to less than 4 percent today.Ref: 5 Yet since Israel declared independence in 1948, its Christian population increased over five-fold.Ref: 6 Compared to any other religious group in Israel, the Christian minority fares the best in terms of education and can be found in every facet of Israeli life.

Yet in the neighboring Palestinian-controlled territories, ethnic cleansing and persecution have reduced the Christian population from 15 percent of the population to less than 1.3 percent today.Ref: 7 It is also absurd for J Street to accuse Israel of marginalizing its LGBT minority when Israel grants asylum and permanent residency to hundreds of gay or lesbian [LGBT] Arab Palestinians fleeing persecution.Ref: 8

J Street has been bribing American politicians with the ulterior motive of using their influence in implementing an anti-Israel agenda. In July 2018, it was learned that Congressman Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Texas, has accepted over US$170,000 in bundled contributions from J Street PAC, despite swearing off special interests in his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz. O’Rourke, a member of the House of Representatives since 2013, faces criticism for violating a pledge he made when first announcing his Senate bid to not accept contributions from any Political Action Committee (PAC) or Special Interest Group. Financial disclosure forms filed with the Federal Election Commission show Beto O’Rourke’s campaign has received a total of US$ 170,295 in bundled contribution from J Street PAC.

During his tenure in Congress, O’Rourke has staked out positions that are directly aligned with the political goals and interests of J Street. In June, he denounced the Trump administration’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the nation’s recognized capital. At the time, O’Rourke castigated the move as “provocative” and asserted it would only serve to incentivize “incitement to violence.” O’Rourke’s viewpoint is in line with J Street, which has lambasted the embassy’s relocation as “reckless.”

O’Rourke, like J Street, is a prominent supporter of the Iran nuclear framework brokered by former President Barack Obama. In 2015, O’Rourke joined several of his fellow Democrats in refusing to attend an address to Congress by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the time, O’Rourke cited the Israeli leader’s stringent opposition to the Iran nuclear deal as sufficient reason for boycotting the speech, joined by several of his fellow Democrats in refusing to attend an address to Congress by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

J Steet has its agenda against Israel so the Saudi ruling elites and Iran have against real Islam. While J Street is making frantic bids in branding Israel as an oppressive nation, Wahabis are trying to replace Islam with political Islam or radical Islam. In other words, J Street, the Saudi Wahabis and of course Iran are enemies of peace. For Iran, it has been trying to impose its own way of Shiite ideology on Islam thus ultimately pushing the very fate of Islam under threat. People may not believe in my observation, but it is a plain fact, Saudis and Iranians are in reality – enemies of Islam and Prophet Mohammad. These triangular evil forces, comprising anti-Israel elements, Saudi Arabia and Iran are jointly giving fuel to religious hatred and terrorism. Even those so-called rights activists like Brigitte Gabriel aka Hanan, in the name of confronting Islam, are making foul bids in branding the US as the enemy of Muslims. Brigitte Gabriel may have become a darling of many, but let us never forget, Adolph Hitler was not a Muslim … this nefarious and hated figure was a Christian!

Ref:
1) https://www.wsj.com/articles/get-ove…ate-1532039000
2) https://www.knesset.gov.il/docs/eng/megilat_eng.htm
3) http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/…in-Israel.aspx
4) http://time.com/3584585/saudi-arabia…-its-heritage/
5) https://www.economist.com/middle-eas…here-were-none
6) https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,…323529,00.html
7) https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org…nian-authority
8) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3211772.stm

“Believe women!” goes out the window when a woman says something contrary to feminist dogma

A former football player was “railroaded” by a “rogue” Title IX office at the University of Southern California, according to a surprising source — his alleged “victim.”

Zoe Katz, the captain of USC’s women’s tennis team, is accusing the university of not only ignoring her protestations that her boyfriend Matt Boermeester didn’t assault her, but threatening her for speaking up.

Boermeester, a redshirt junior kicker, was suspended from USC in February after a neighbor saw the football player allegedly assault Katz a month earlier. That claim was repeated to a coach and then to the university Title IX office, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The following “six-month” Title IX inquiry took the form of “repeated interrogations” plagued by “agendas, intimidation and falsehoods,” Katz wrote in a two-page statement dated Sunday given to The College Fix from her attorney.

She denounced USC for conducting a “horrible and unjust” investigation: “Looking back, Matt never had a chance. Before he was even interviewed by the Title IX investigator, he was suspended from the University.”

The allegations closely resemble those made in a lawsuit against Colorado State University–Pueblo by athlete Grant Neal, who was found responsible for rape after his girlfriend, an athletics staffer, said their sex was consensual. CSU–Pueblo recently settled with Neal.

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/35082/

Not for Any Reason Whatsoever by Maggie McNeil

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/not-for-any-reason-whatsoever/

Never call the cops for any reason whatsoever.

I write it all the time, and I’m not the only one who expresses similar advice.  And yet, I am never at a shortage for examples with which to embellish the repetition, because the stupid, the foolish, the naive, the delusional, and the evil call them all the time, as do bootlickers, copsuckers, quislings, collaborators, prohibitionists and lawheads.  Despite the plethora of examples of cops arriving on the scene and beating, tasing, maiming, raping, arresting or even murdering the subject of the call (or the caller, innocent bystanders, children, pets, each other, and even people in different houses or even different neighborhoods), people who lack either sense, morality or a solid connection to reality just keep on calling them, either out of the childish misbelief that these thugs’ job is to “help” or “protect”, or because they’re sociopaths who actually want to inflict harm on others and fail to comprehend that it could (quite literally, if the cops are bored and decide they want to liven things up with  “dynamic entry”) blow up in their faces.

It doesn’t matter what reason you think you have; don’t call them for any reason whatsoever.  No, your reason is not different, as you may learn the hard way when someone you love ends up jailed, beaten or dead.

Don’t call them because you see someone with something you think is a weapon.

Don’t call them if you see something you’ve heard is a “sign” of “sex trafficking”.

Don’t call them because somebody is doing something you don’t understand.

Don’t call them because somebody is reading, resting, or sleeping.

Don’t call them because you see a mixed-race couple or family.

Don’t call them because you’re “suspicious” of your neighbor.

Don’t call them because you’re “worried” about somebody.

Don’t call them because you think you see or smell drugs.

Don’t call them because somebody talked to your kid.

Don’t call them because someone is taking pictures.

Don’t call them because somebody pissed you off.

Don’t call them because someone looks “foreign”.

Don’t call them to ask for a “welfare check”.

Don’t call them because someone is black.

Don’t call them to “report” anything.

Don’t call them at all.  Period.  And don’t call 911 either, because that also results in the cops being called, and whatever information you gave the operator is unlikely to be passed to the cops, which means they’ll arrive in an even greater state of ignorance than the one they generally go about their business in.  Don’t call the FBI, ICE, CPS, EPA, or even campus police or security guards, because they’re all just different kinds of cops.

And if somebody else calls the cops, do not talk to them except to ask if you are being detained, and if you’re free to go.  Do not joke with them, flirt with them, respond to their conversational gambits, answer “a few simple questions”, try to “help” them, get too close to them, let them into your house, consent to a search, or anything else unless they have a warrant and you have read it and recognize that it does indeed name you (in which case, you’d better look like getting your lawyer on the phone pronto).  If they say you are indeed under arrest, shut up except to say “I want my lawyer.”  Do not accept any excuses they give about why you can’t have one or don’t need one.

Cops are not your friends, and they are not “public servants”; they are thugs hired by the ruling class to extract money from you and keep you in your place.  And your best strategy is to treat every encounter with them as an encounter with a dangerous, unpredictable, rabid wild animal who may maul you for no reason you can adequately comprehend.

Areas with more alcohol vendors have higher hospital admission rates

Areas with a high density of alcohol outlets have higher drink-related hospital admission rates, a new study from the University of Sheffield has found.

 

The study, conducted by researchers from the University’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), revealed that the places in England with the most pubs, bars and nightclubs had a 13 percent higher admission rate for acute conditions caused by alcohol such as drunkenness and vomiting.

These areas also had a 22 percent higher hospital admission rate for chronic conditions caused by alcohol – such as liver disease, compared with places with the lowest density of alcohol vendors.

The research, funded by Alcohol Research UK, analysed both on-trade outlets—where alcohol can be bought and consumed on the premises such as pubs, clubs and restaurants—as well as off-trade outlets—where alcohol is purchased to drink elsewhere, like supermarkets and .

The study, which is the largest of its kind worldwide, examined data on more than one million admissions wholly attributable to alcohol over 12 years. It included all 32,482 census areas in England.

The results also showed:

  • Places with the highest density of restaurants licenced to sell alcohol had nine percent higher admission rates for acute conditions and nine percent higher admission rates for chronic conditions caused by alcohol.
  • Areas with the highest density of other on-trade outlets (such as hotels, casinos and sports clubs) had 12 percent higher admission rates for acute conditions and 19 percent higher admission rates for chronic conditions caused by alcohol, compared with areas with the lowest density of other on-trade outlets.
  • Places with the highest density of convenience stores had 10 percent higher admission rates for acute conditions and seven percent higher admission rates for  compared with areas with the lowest density of convenience stores.

Ravi Maheswaran, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Sheffield, said: “The strongest link was between pubs, bars and nightclubs and admissions for alcoholic liver disease.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-08-areas-alcohol-vendors-higher-hospital.html

 

TV Ratings: Video Music Awards Hit All-Time Low on MTV

people getting tired of shitty music?

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For the second straight year, the MTV Video Music Awards drew its smallest audience ever.

Monday’s show drew 2.25 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. Across eight Viacom-owned channels, it drew 4.87 million viewers and a 2.2 in the demo; both sets of numbers fall short of the 2017 VMAs, which set the previous low.

The awards also aired on a ninth Viacom network, TV Land, for which numbers weren’t immediately available. It is highly unlikely, however, that enough people tuned in there to push the VMAs past their 2017 on-air total of 5.36 million viewers and 2.6 rating in adults 18-49.

The 2017 awards also aired opposite a huge Game of Thrones finale on HBO; the heaviest head-to-head competition on cable Monday was WWE Monday Night Raw on USA (1.1 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers) and an NFL preseason game on ESPN (0.8, 2.66 million).

The MTV-only airing is down 15 percent in viewers and 21 percent in adults 18-49 versus 2017. The simulcast is off about 9 percent in viewers and 15 percent in the demo.

The VMAs suffered even steeper declines among MTV’s core viewership of teens and young adults. In the 18-34 demo, the show’s 1.2 rating fell by almost half — 47 percent, to be precise — from 2.2 a year ago. It declined by similar percentages in the 12-34 cohort.

Camila Cabello won video of the year honors at the VMAs for “Havana,” and Jennifer Lopez received the Video Vanguard Award. The show also featured a tribute — of sorts — to Aretha Franklin by Madonna.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/video-music-awards-hit-all-time-ratings-low-mtv-1136472