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Israel has been having its own internal debate about the significance of the Paris killings this month, with concerns quite separate from those expressed in Europe.

While Europeans are mired in debates about free speech and the role of Islam in secular societies, Israelis generally – and their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in particular – view the attacks as confirming Israel’s place as the only safe haven for Jews around the world.

The 17 deaths in Paris have reinforced Israeli suspicions that Europe, with its rapidly growing Muslim population, is being dragged into a clash of civilisations it is ill-equipped to combat.

More specifically, the targeting of a kosher supermarket that killed four Jews has heightened a belief that Jews outside Israel are in mortal danger.

If surveys are to be believed, such anxieties are shared in Europe’s Jewish communities. One published last week, and widely publicised in Israel, found that 56 per cent of British Jews think manifestations of anti-semitism in Britain are comparable to those of the 1930s.

As one calmer Israeli analyst pointed out, the findings suggested “a disconnect from reality which borders on hysteria”.

Such fears have been stoked by images like the one posted on Facebook last week by the Israeli embassy in Dublin, showing the Mona Lisa wearing a hijab and carrying a large rocket. The line undernerath read: “Israel is the last frontier of the free world”.

In similar vein, the Arab affairs correspondent on Israel’s Channel 10 broadcast a fear-mongering “investigation” from London supposedly proving that the city was overrun with jihadis.

An Israeli analyst observed that Israelis consider Europe weak and vulnerable, lacking the security philosophy that dominates the Jewish state. On this view, “Only a muscular security state, one that controls immigration, spies effectively on its immigrant populations through intelligence agencies and police, can effectively fight Islamic terror.”

The hysteria is echoed by Israeli politicians, not least Netanyahu. Before and since the Paris attacks, he has warned of a “poisonous” Islam conquering the West – ignoring the reality that Europe, including France, is far safer for Jews than Israel has proved.

Politicians on both the left and right have parroted his message that European Jews know “in their hearts that they have only one country”. Israel apparently persuaded the families of the four Jewish victims of that: they were flown to Israel to be buried in Jerusalem.

In contrast, the burial in Paris of Ahmed Merabet, a Muslim policeman also killed by the gunmen, sent a message of French unity, noted a French Jewish leader. This was the moment, he added, for his community to say: “We will be buried here, just like everyone else. We are French and we have not given up”.

Netanyahu, however, has other ideas. At a time when the number of Jewish immigrants from France is already rocketing, he has established a ministerial committee to find ways to induce yet more to come to Israel.

It was widely reported in Israel that the French president, Francois Hollande, had appealed to Netanyahu not to participate in the solidarity rally in Paris a week ago, fearful that he would use the occasion to exacerbate tensions in France. Netanyahu ignored the request.

He had good reason to want to be there, not least to grandstand with world leaders during Israel’s election campaign. In addition, proselytising for his claim that the so-called Judeo-Christian West is on a collision course with Islam usefully places him on the side of the angels as he tries to build a Greater Israel, crushing Palestinian ambitions for statehood.

But it would be wrong to view Netanyahu’s argument as solely opportunistic. It is underpinned by an authentic worldview, even if one with very ugly and paradoxical antecedents.

His approach is embodied in recent efforts – delayed because of the election – to pass a basic law defining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. That would crown Netanyahu leader of Jews worldwide rather than of Israeli citizens, a fifth of whom are Palestinian.

Such a conception of citzenship and nationhood is based on ethnicity, not territory. It opposes multi-culturalism, believing instead that loyalty to the state derives from a tribal attachment rather than a civic one. It stands in stark opposition to most European countries’ notions of citizenship.

As a result, the Israeli leadership assumes that all Palestinians, including those in Israel with citizenship, cannot be trusted and that there can never be real peace in the region. That is why Israel has been building iron walls everywhere to create a fortress Jewish state.

But the logical corollary is that Jews too cannot be loyal to the other states they live in, such as France. In Netanyahu’s conception, a Jew’s primary bond should be to their “true home”: the Jewish state of Israel.

Paradoxically, that view is shared by Europe’s far-right, including groups like France’s Front National, whose popularity has been growing on the back of attacks like the one in Paris. They argue that minorities are inherently suspect and that Europe is better off without them.

In this regard, Netanyahu and the far-right share much common ground. He wants a Europe free of Jews – as well as Muslims who undermine Europe’s support for Israel – because he thinks that is in Jewish interests. The far-right wants the same because it believes it will be in the interests of a supposed “native” white majority.

One Israeli commentator noted pointedly that Israeli politicians like Netanyahu were helping to “finish the job started by the Nazis and their Vichy collaborators: making France Judenrein.”

In calling for Jews to flee after the Paris attacks, Netanyahu is bolstering the dangerous arguments of Europe’s far-right.

A version of this article first appeared in the National, Abu Dhabi.

Jonathan Cook
About Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His new website is jonathan-cook.net.

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  1. RobertB
    RobertB
    January 19, 2015, 10:45 am

    Shin Bet Manhandled French Prime Minister in Grand Synagogue, Bibi Insulted French Jewish Leadership

    by Richard Silverstein on January 18, 2015

    “On the day of the memorial service for those slain in the kosher supermarket attack, Prime Minister Manuel Valls sought to take his seat in the synagogue with the President, Francois Hollande and Israel’s leader, Bibi Netanyahu. As he approached his seat, his path was blocked by a Shin Bet agent who refused to allow him to pass until Netanyahu had taken his own seat. According to Valls, the agent grabbed his arm and forced him to wait until the Israeli had seated himself.

    Valls shouted at him in French and English:

    You don’t make the rules here. You provide security for the prime minister of Israel, that is all.”

    http://www.richardsilverstein.com/

    • just
      just
      January 19, 2015, 12:08 pm

      Such hubris, such stupidity, such a lack of respect seems to be their hallmark.

      “You don’t make the rules here. You provide security for the prime minister of Israel, that is all.”

      Nice to see someone shout out the truth.

      • Daniel Rich
        Daniel Rich
        January 19, 2015, 8:36 pm

        @ just,

        Q: Such hubris, such stupidity, such a lack of respect seems to be their hallmark.

        R: It sound like you’ve never met a real Israeli… Do the South American route or go to Goa and you’ll have a blast.

  2. amigo
    amigo
    January 19, 2015, 10:55 am

    “In this regard, Netanyahu and the far-right share much common ground. He wants a Europe free of Jews – as well as Muslims who undermine Europe’s support for Israel – because he thinks that is in Jewish interests ”

    So when he has made France “Juden Frei” , who is next.Australia , Britain, Germany etc , etc.Imagine if any non Jew suggested such a scenario, the screams of antisemitism would be deafening in everyone of those capitals.Where is abe foxman when he is needed to speak out against this .

    As to cleansing France of Muslims , Netanyahu needs to be dragged before the Hague for inciting ethnic cleansing. Who the hell does this miscreant think he is.

    Btw , I am not sure if king bibi realises it but putting all your eggs in one basket is not the best idea.Anyone with one or two med sized nukes could rid the world of Jews quite easily.Who would have thought Jews themselves would realise Hitler,s vile dream for him.

    Go figure.

  3. just
    just
    January 19, 2015, 12:17 pm

    “As to cleansing France of Muslims , Netanyahu needs to be dragged before the Hague for inciting ethnic cleansing. Who the hell does this miscreant think he is.”

    Precisely. But he is the inciter- in- chief.

    Where will the new immigrants to Israel live??? Yep, you know where.

    Finally:
    “Such fears have been stoked by images like the one posted on Facebook last week by the Israeli embassy in Dublin, showing the Mona Lisa wearing a hijab and carrying a large rocket. The line undernerath read: “Israel is the last frontier of the free world”. ”

    This ambassador and his minions need to be asked to leave Ireland as Trevor Hogan said.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/politicians-cowardice-impassioned

    • amigo
      amigo
      January 19, 2015, 12:42 pm

      “This ambassador and his minions need to be asked to leave Ireland as Trevor Hogan said. “just.

      Well ok , ask them first but I think that would be an exercise in futility, so lets just skip the niceties and kick them out.How about doing it the zionist way and give them 20 minutes to leave.

      • just
        just
        January 19, 2015, 12:46 pm

        :-o

        sláinte!

      • amigo
        amigo
        January 19, 2015, 1:23 pm

        Just , I should point out to you , that slainte means , “Good Health”.

        Try , ” Slan agut ” (pronounced -slawn agut) means good bye.I prefer !! GTF outta here, zionist.

        Slainte.

        Btw the way , how did you get that stroke over the a ??.

        oh, I just noticed the slainte was directed at me.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 19, 2015, 1:32 pm

        It’s

        Slán leat

        Bu there are far better insults in Irish for the morons in the Israeli embassy

      • just
        just
        January 19, 2015, 1:33 pm

        lol–that was meant for you, amigo!

        (I got the accent by copying and pasting~ there are other tricks, but I find this easiest!)

      • just
        just
        January 19, 2015, 1:40 pm

        True enough, seafoid!

      • amigo
        amigo
        January 19, 2015, 2:21 pm

        Correct seafoid .In my defence, it has been decades since I had the Gaelic beaten in to me by the same Christian Brother who introduced me to “Lap Dancing”.

        Slain leat is usually said to the one leaving and slain agut is said to the one staying behind.Well , that,s the way I remember it.

      • RockyMissouri
        RockyMissouri
        January 20, 2015, 12:54 pm

        YES.

        20 minutes.

  4. American
    American
    January 19, 2015, 12:32 pm

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-172235-France%e2%80%99s-Le-Pen-says-Paris-attacks-work-of-US-or-Israeli-agents:-report

    France’s Le Pen says Paris attacks work of US or Israeli agents: report

    January 18, 2015 – Updated 1430 PKT
    From Web Edition
    11 4 0 0

    PARIS: According to a report, published in The Independent, founder of France’s far right Front National, Jean-Marie Le Pen has said that the Charlie Hebdo massacre may have been the work of an “intelligence agency”.
    In an interview with a virulently anti-Western Russian newspaper Komsomolskaïa Pravda, Mr Le Pen, 86, gave credence to conspiracy theories circulating on the internet suggesting that the attack was the work of American or Israeli agents seeking to foment a civil war between Islam and the West, the report said”

    Well Le Pen is right that israel has been seeking to foment a US and European war with Islam–for a long time.
    So it doesnt really matter if the hebdo affair was really a false flag or not—-the sides are lining up and the result is the same.

    • just
      just
      January 19, 2015, 12:48 pm

      What a surprise

    • Daniel Rich
      Daniel Rich
      January 20, 2015, 1:35 am

      @ American,

      Would it be fair to say that the Apartheid State loves to foment discourse to get events going the way it wants/prefers?

      Israel Strike Underscores Security Concerns In Syria Beyond ISIS, Upping Stakes For U.S.

      “Analysts say the strike could force the U.S. focus away from the fight against the Islamic State, fuel retribution against Israel and bolster tensions with Iran — just as the West tries to achieve a deal on that country’s disputed nuclear program.” Cui bono?

      We need a real Mentsh to get us out of this mess, but they keep getting assassinated…

      • American
        American
        January 20, 2015, 5:09 pm

        @Daniel

        More than fair I’d say.
        I have mostly given up thinking the Isr problem will end in anything but a bloody mess for everyone it touches.
        But I have joined those urging Jim Webb to run for president as a last hope for the US—and it’s part in this crap.

  5. amigo
    amigo
    January 19, 2015, 12:53 pm

    France/EU should pass a law freezing the assets of groups deserting the country of their birth to emigrate to a nation that is involved in the oppression of more than 20 % of it,s citizens.If it is ok to prevent Muslims from going to Syria to fight an oppressive leader (Assad) then it is ok to prevent , or at least punish those going to aid and abet in the oppression of Palestinians.

    • JeffB
      JeffB
      January 20, 2015, 1:01 am

      @amigo

      France/EU should pass a law freezing the assets of groups deserting the country of their birth

      Wow talk about literally fascist legislation, “he state owns all property of of those traitors who choose to emigrate”. That’s OK though the Iraq government did precisely that and it sped up the transfer of Jews because they knew what the next step was. They also didn’t get very much money out of it, Jews from long experience know how to make assets disappear. The Iraqi government very quickly realized it was a huge mistake having the opposite of the intended effect.

      There is also nothing illegal about going to Iraq to fight Assad. It is illegal to join armies which are hostile to the west. The legal way to do it is to contact the CIA which has been running camps in Jordan for 2 years and volunteer. The illegal way to do it is to slip across the border and fight for ISIS or Al Qaeda affiliates.

      BTW I live in New Jersey not California. So your theory of who I am has a 3000 mile hole in it.

  6. seafoid
    seafoid
    January 19, 2015, 1:34 pm

    It’s amazing that Hatikva- the hope of a Jewish state- turned into a right wing oasis of fear and loathing.
    That the only allies Israel has in Europe are the far right.

    I suppose it explains why the Nazis worked with the Zionists back in the day to solve the “Jewish problem”.

  7. OyVey00
    OyVey00
    January 19, 2015, 4:44 pm

    If Europeans didn’t help the US to fight wars for Israel they wouldn’t even have this problem.

  8. Mayhem
    Mayhem
    January 19, 2015, 5:44 pm

    He wants a Europe free of Jews

    Cook is putting words into Netanyahu’s mouth to suit his own agenda.

    Netanyahu is perfectly entitled to entice Jews, who are waking up to the sad realities of a mangled Europe, to come to Israel. More Jews will continue to emigrate and it is in Israel’s interests to attract those who decide to leave for whatever reason.

    To stretch this to claim that Netanyahu wants ALL Jews to leave Europe is false, shoddy, alarmist rubbish.

    • just
      just
      January 19, 2015, 5:56 pm

      “Netanyahu is perfectly entitled to entice Jews”

      @ whose expense, Mayhem? Where will they LIVE?

      Europe is not nearly as “mangled” as Isr.

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        January 19, 2015, 11:34 pm

        Just, most probably in the new illegal settlements that will be announced soon, one of the benefits of inviting Jews from all over the world to live in the land of make believe.
        Bibi’s intention is to plant the territories with those who are made to believe that they are consistently under threat, so that it will be hard to uproot them again when the UN finally realizes it is time the Palestinians were given back what is rightfully theirs. I remember the Jews in Iran were enticed with thousands of dollars, but they decided they were quite happy and not in danger as Israeli leaders kept telling them. They were the smart ones.

      • just
        just
        January 19, 2015, 11:58 pm

        yep.

    • eljay
      eljay
      January 19, 2015, 6:08 pm

      >> Mayhem: Netanyahu is perfectly entitled to entice Jews … to come to Israel.

      Bibi is Prime Minister of Israel. He should be enticing Israelis, not Jews, to come to Israel. More importantly, rather than abandoning Israeli refugees he should be repatriating them back to Israel.

    • Xpat
      Xpat
      January 19, 2015, 11:09 pm

      “To stretch this to claim that Netanyahu wants ALL Jews to leave Europe is false, shoddy, alarmist rubbish”

      Of course that is what he means. He believes French Jews are inherently unsafe. He believes all Jews are unsafe outside of Israel; their position is untenable and their future is doomed – only Israel can guarantee a Jew’s safety.
      He doesn’t say: “all Jews know that, if they feel unsafe as Jews in their native country, Israel’s doors will always be open to them.” Instead, he denounced their French citizenship as false; “al Jews know that they have one country: Israel.”

      What is astounding is how stuck Israel still is in its founding myths. The stuff the 19th century Zionists said about European Jews was indistinguishable from the right wing anti-Semites. The Zionists agreed with the anti-Semites that the old Jew was no good. The Zionists replaced him with the new Hebrew man, rippling with masculinity and a Biblical name to boot.

      • Daniel Rich
        Daniel Rich
        January 20, 2015, 3:06 am

        @ Ellioty,

        Q: The Zionists replaced him with the new Hebrew man, rippling with masculinity and a Biblical name to boot.

        R: Is that why the working title, of a new script for another installment to the franchise ‘Transformers’ is ‘Trepsverter?’

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        January 20, 2015, 10:51 am

        “The Zionists replaced him with the new Hebrew man, rippling with masculinity and a Biblical name to boot”

        And you should see him! Hair like the raven’s wing, body by Adonis!

      • eljay
        eljay
        January 20, 2015, 11:02 am

        >> Mooser: And you should see him! Hair like the raven’s wing, body by Adonis!

        And a Captain Israel suit for those times he feels like keeping a low profile…

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      January 20, 2015, 12:24 am

      @Mayhem
      “To stretch this to claim that Netanyahu wants ALL Jews to leave Europe is false, shoddy, alarmist rubbish. ”

      Geeze rough crowd eh Mayhem? No one wants to believe your interpretation that netanyahu doesn’t want Europe free of Jews.

      He claims it’s too dangerous for Jewish people and that they are facing a potential, if not impending, holocaust based upon historical precedence. You too recognize it’s mangled state and dangerous future.

      How many Jewish people do you figure he is willing to leave in Europe to face such horrendous consequences? How many are you willing to leave? And to both questions the follow up question – Why?

      If Europe is so dangerous to life for Jewish people just how many sacrificial lambs do you want to leave behind? What benefit do Jeiwsh people or Israel gain by letting them go to their death in the horrendous future that’s seen.

      Right wing facists past and present share common goals. No reason to wonder why.

  9. MRW
    MRW
    January 19, 2015, 6:12 pm

    I know no one has the time to watch it, but Gordon Duff at Veteran’s Today highlighted a 1992 BBC three-part series on GLADIO and what they call the stay-behinds. It’s here on archive.org: https://archive.org/details/operationgladio. Absolutely fascinating. But the screen quality is poor, and its 2 1/2 hours long. The value of watching it is the thoroughness, quite remarkable.

    The stay-behinds are neo-nazis and extreme right-wing soldiers initially left over from WWII and now left over from the Cold War run by the secret services of the US and the European countries as agents-in-place. The deal is to control–now, after the demise of the USSR–local politics and spread fear in the population via terrorism in order to introduce the political direction they want. Whereas before they used the stay-behinds to fight the USSR (the fear of communism taking over). Now they are killing fellow civilians.

    Indybay has a 2009 documentary called “NATO’s Secret Armies (2009)”— 47 minutes.
    In 1990, alarming evidence of NATO-sponsored terrorist attacks came to light. This is the shocking story of Operation Gladio; a tale of espionage, conspiracy and political violence. This film shows how the Right subverts democracy by using fear to push a population in a certain direction.
    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/07/09/18653266.php
    A US Ambassador and another official, both retired, say at the end says that Gladio is entrenched and operates today. Worth the 47 minutes.

  10. oldgeezer
    oldgeezer
    January 19, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Racist facists in Israel and EU hold a love in. Quelle surprise!

  11. JeffB
    JeffB
    January 20, 2015, 1:06 am

    @Kay24

    I remember the Jews in Iran were enticed with thousands of dollars, but they decided they were quite happy and not in danger as Israeli leaders kept telling them. They were the smart ones.

    Sorry but you remember wrong. There are twice as many Persian Jews in Israel as in Iran. As an aside the USA is an even more popular destination because of its large non-religious pro-shah Persian community which better fits the Persian Jews culturally.

    • CigarGod
      CigarGod
      January 20, 2015, 11:45 am

      Do you say these things knowing they are non-responses?
      Break it down.
      When did those iranians get to israel? Break that down. When was the relocation money offered? Compare that to iranian immigration within the same time frame. What was the immigration rate during the Shah years…compared to right at the revolution?
      What is the rate now? Why are there 20 – 30,000 Iranian Jews still living there?

  12. just
    just
    January 20, 2015, 1:49 am

    “Netanyahu is Israel’s inciter-in-chief

    Netanyahu realized that he is a contentious candidate, a default candidate for many voters rather than a preferred leader – so he turned to non-truths and scare-mongering.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.637772

    That’s what he’s done all along. Nothing new or newsy.

  13. CigarGod
    CigarGod
    January 20, 2015, 9:42 am

    Interesting way to boost investment in Israel.
    Scare them to death…perhaps create some of the fear.
    Im sure the immigration details make it necessary to transfer assests to Israel or at least make it very expensive not to transfer them.

    What will they “come home”, to? Surely not the prison style settlements they cram the Russians into.

  14. hophmi
    hophmi
    January 20, 2015, 10:49 am

    Again, this is tendentious nonsense. Promoting Jewish emigration because Europe is unsafe is not the same thing as promoting the ethnic cleansing of Jews by making Europe unsafe. You’re confusing victim and aggressor, yet again.

    • Xpat
      Xpat
      January 20, 2015, 11:21 am

      hophmi,
      The article does not say what you ridicule. So, strawman aside, the Jewish State’s raison d’être is to provide safety for Jews. By Israel’s own definitions of anti-Jewish violence, Israel is the most dangerous place in the world for Jews today. It is also a growing liability for the safety of non-Israeli Jews. For Netanyahu to purposefully jeopardize French solidarity and the case for French citizenship vs. ethnic definitions of French identity is to further undermines Israel’s case for being a Jewish state, even on Netanyahu’s terms.

      • JeffB
        JeffB
        January 20, 2015, 2:23 pm

        @Elliot

        The Jewish State’s raison d’être is to provide safety for Jews.

        No it is not. The purpose of the Jewish state was to end the Jewish nation’s exile. As a nation the Jewish people might endure wars. They might even die like other nations do. All the Jewish state does is end the exile and allow Jews to live a normal life. Normally lives can be healthy and last, or they can end before their time.

        It is also a growing liability for the safety of non-Israeli Jews

        I don’t see any evidence for that. Net/net it seems to have reduced the level of anti-Jewish violence considerably. That’s not to say that every attack that happens today would have happened without Israel but many attacks that don’t happen would have happened without Israel.

        to purposefully jeopardize French solidarity and the case for French citizenship vs. ethnic definitions of French identity

        I hate to break it to you: Netanyahu agrees with the ethnic definition of French identity. There really are people in the world who actually disagree with you on stuff. I know it is hard to fathom but they exist.

        Reread your paragraph and replace the word Jew with Chinese and Israel with China. You’ll see how silly you are being from Netanyahu’s perspective. The purpose of China is to be the home of the Chinese people. It isn’t a safe house against attack. China fully acknowledges they’ve lost people to enemies and will likely do so in the future, they still aren’t giving up their country. China lays claim to all Chinese people even those living abroad and doesn’t mind if that undermines “French solidarity” with the Chinese people living in France.

  15. just
    just
    January 20, 2015, 11:00 am

    “French police arrested five Russians in the southern town of Béziers on Tuesday after explosives were allegedly found near a sports stadium.

    The five, reported to be of Chechen origin, were being held in custody for questioning, on suspicion of planning an attack.

    The New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, meanwhile paid a flying visit to Paris on Tuesday to show his “solidarity” with the city.

    De Blasio laid flowers outside the offices of Charlie Hebdo where brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi killed 12 people in an attack 13 days ago and at the Jewish supermarket in the east of the city where their accomplice Amédy Coulibaly gunned down and killed four people.

    Afterwards, he gave a joint conference with the Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and described the terrorist attacks in Paris as the French capital’s 9/11.

    “Paris and New York have walked the same path in so many ways. We have both born the brunt of terror and we have for many years shown the example, in our own way, of tolerance, integration and a multi-cultural society,” de Blasio said.

    “This attack, like 9/11, is a turning point for Paris, as 9/11 was for us. These attacks have had the same impact. It challenges us to find a way forward.
    “The people of New York stand with you,” he added.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/20/french-police-arrest-russians-chechen-origin-explosives-beziers

    That’s De Blasio~ opportunistic and fawning. Mayor Hildago did not succumb:

    “The Paris mayor Hidalgo said French politicians and the public had to work harder towards a more “fraternal” society.

    “We have to ask how did we get here, what did we do wrong, we have to bring answers to these questions.

    “The “fraternity” that is in the French motto is too often forgotten. we have to work harder if we want to change things and we must change things. The political class has to find answers, but citizens also have to do more so that we live together better.”

    Hidalgo warned again against “stigmatising” the Muslim community after the attacks.

    “I say it again, these terrorists who killed, these men were outside the law and without faith,” Hidalgo said.”

    And of special note:

    “Lassana Bathily, 24, a Muslim from Mali, hid shoppers at the Hyper Casher supermarket in the cold room after gunman Amédy Coulibaly stormed the store.

    Bathily, who was working at the shop at the time, was at first arrested and handcuffed by police before his part in the rescue of several people was known. He then helped French special forces who had surrounded the building by describing the layout of the shop and the gunman’s whereabouts.

    Coulibaly died when French forces stormed the shop.

    “I didn’t hide Jews, I hid human beings,” Bathily said aftrwards. French president François Hollande telephoned Bathily after the siege to praise his bravery and promise he would be given French nationality.”

  16. German Lefty
    German Lefty
    January 20, 2015, 11:01 am

    Shir Hever on The Real News: Netanyahus’ Elbowed Presence in Paris

  17. Xpat
    Xpat
    January 20, 2015, 11:15 am

    ““in their hearts that they have only one country”

    Since this is such an important statement, it must said that the word “only” was added in the English translation of Netanyahu’s statement. It’s bad enough as is.

  18. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich
    January 20, 2015, 12:45 pm

    Damn it! Dang, those Goy really don’t stomach us any longer… as eternal victims…!

    ‘But as a report from the Anti-Defamation League made clear, that outbreak was just the latest manifestation of decades of anti-Jewish prejudice deliberately instigated by Israel’s opponents and too often indulged by the West. ” LINK

  19. RoHa
    RoHa
    January 20, 2015, 6:30 pm

    “It opposes multi-culturalism, believing instead that loyalty to the state derives from a tribal attachment rather than a civic one.”

    But in practice the supporters of multiculturalism seem to encourage tribal attachment to “communities” and thus subvert civic attachment to the state and the community of citizens.

    • annie
      annie
      January 20, 2015, 9:06 pm

      supporters of multiculturalism seem to encourage tribal attachment to “communities” and thus subvert civic attachment to the state and the community of citizens.

      that depends on what culture you come from. i think the UK uses a different definition of multiculturalism than we use in the US.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiculturalism

      Two main different and seemingly inconsistent strategies have developed through different government policies and strategies. The first focuses on interaction and communication between different cultures. Interactions of cultures provide opportunities for the cultural differences to communicate and interact to create multiculturalism; this approach is also often known as interculturalism. The second centers on diversity and cultural uniqueness which can sometimes result in intercultural competition.[citation needed] Cultural isolation can protect the uniqueness of the local culture of a nation or area and also contribute to global cultural diversity.[5][6] A common aspect of many policies following the second approach is that they avoid presenting any specific ethnic, religious, or cultural community values as central.[7]

    • American
      American
      January 21, 2015, 11:48 am

      ” But in practice the supporters of multiculturalism seem to encourage tribal attachment to “communities” and thus subvert civic attachment to the state and the community of citizens – –Roha

      It has.

      From annies wiki link..

      ” Multiculturalism centers on the thought in political philosophy about the way to respond to cultural and religious differences. It is closely associated with “identity politics,” “the politics of difference,” and “the politics of recognition.” It is also a matter of economic interests and political power.”

      Identity politics and power is what we have now. When your ethnic, etc identity superceeds your identity with the larger *common good* of all the people in the nation you belong to , the division and conflict you see going on now in the US and other nations is what you end up with.

      Obama’s appointment of Sotomayor was to me an example:

      ” I simply do not know exactly what that difference will be in my judging. But I accept there will be some based on my gender and my Latina heritage.
      Sonia Sotomayor
      ”I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.
      Sonia Sotomayor

      Is everything I am against. Not because I am a white male. Because no one’s personal identity, politics, heritage, religion, etc. their whiteness or blackness or ethnic-ness has any place in making or applying the laws for the country.

      And Obama and the liberals have put ethnic identities on steriods.
      Their answer to ‘inequality’ and opportunity is to appoint, favor and promote to power ethnics who are the mirror image of the same prejudice as what they consider the majority’s superior attitudes and prejudices to be.
      This tit for tat is not the solution.

      No one can convince me that we cant find in this country 12 qualified people of whatever identity capable of being fair and objective based on the law without basing their judgements on their personal identities and experiences.
      I dont know who should appoint SC Judges or if electing them would be better but most Presidents and politicians in congress sure as hell should not be the ones to appoint them.

  20. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    January 21, 2015, 9:45 am

    Not only the West but so too israel: STOP provoking. As for Chickensh*t Bibi…this guy has no manners but makes up with his limitless chutzpah.

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