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The infamous rightwing Israeli Benzi Gopstein, leader of the Jewish extremist terror group Lehava, is back in the headlines. He wants all the Christians out of Israel, and they can take their holiday with them. On December 17, the Haredi website Kooker published (Hebrew) an article by Gopstein: “Christmas has no place in the Holy Land … Let us remove the vampires before they once again drink our blood” and claimed the establishment of the state of Israel was “the most ringing slap in the face the church ever received” after centuries of failed attempts to eliminate Jews.

This is nothing new, Gopstein is a Kahanist and claims Jewish law mandates the burning of mosques and churches.

Haaretz reports:

Gopstein wrote in the article that he is disturbed by “the fall of the line of defense of the Jewish people against our deadly enemy for hundreds of years – the Christian Church.”

He said the Church had used “the maximum tools at its disposal to destroy the Jewish people,” and that today “the Church has been defeated roundly when the Jewish people has one of the strongest armies in the world and they have no chance any longer of destroying our body….A last hope remains to those vampires and blood suckers – the mission. If Jews cannot be killed, they can still be converted.”

Gopstein said “missionary bookstores offer their products in front of everyone on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem, whole communities are crawling with missionaries, many businesses are run by them and are used by the mission, many cases using camouflage and without the knowledge of the employees.”

Gopstein said that the “fear that every Jew felt, the disgust that we described above at Christianity – disgust that was the only thing that saved us from the dark days in Europe – has disappeared with the ‘good life’ of the democratic age…and the missionary is on the prowl for prey.”

Gopstein ends his article by writing: “I call on everyone to raise a cry and fight this corrupt phenomenon in the best tradition of Judaism, before we all, including those who observe the commandments among us, become a community of sycophants.”

“Christmas has no place in the Holy Land,” he wrote, adding “Let us remove the vampires before they once again drink our blood.”

The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism wrote a letter to the state prosecutor calling for an investigation over Gopstein’s latest remarks, listing numerous incidents of incitement. But Gopstein is Israel’s teflon man, nothing sticks to him. He was arrested for incitement last December, along with other members of La Familia, after the torching of a bilingual school in Jerusalem. Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon considered declaring Lahava a terrorist organization at that time, but Gopstein suggested outlawing the Islamist Movement instead. Coincidentally (or not), last month the government of Israel did outlaw the Islamic Movement of Northern Israel and shut down 17 affiliated charities.

However, Gopstein remains free. Meanwhile, Haaretz reports indictments have not been served on the torching of the bilingual school and “it seems the case is going to be closed.” The state prosecutor’s office received the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism letter calling for an investigation, but ” “no decision has been made yet” on the Lehava case.”

Gopstein is the leader of a Kahanist network that has wreaked criminal havoc all over Israel and Palestine. From the torching of mosques, churches and schools, to price tag attacks, to murder. Investigations come and go, everything seems to fall off him like water off a duck’s back. No wonder Gopstein and his cohorts keep smiling.

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  1. amigo
    amigo
    December 22, 2015, 3:58 pm

    “Christmas has no place in the Holy Land,” he wrote, adding “Let us remove the vampires before they once again drink our blood.”, Gopstein

    I bet if the Christians of the world boycotted Israel at Xmas , this toad would be the first one to throw accusations of antisemitism around.

    Drop him off in an Irish pub where he can tell all the clients they are vampires.We drink oceans of that black stuff but bloody Mary,s ,why that would be a mortal sin.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      December 24, 2015, 4:44 am

      Santa only knows whether Gopstein is on the “naughty” or the “nice” list, though I think I could make good guess.

      But it’s Christmas Eve, so maybe Gopstein will be visited by three ghosts.

      And for everyone else, Merry Christmas.

  2. Chu
    Chu
    December 22, 2015, 4:57 pm

    He looks like he could be John Goodman’s cousin. I hope Israel and their cretins keep this
    going because it will be so much easier to cut the umbilical cord from the USA, a majority Christian nation, that has endlessly fueled Israel’s existence (Muslims and Christians have more in common anyway as far as religion goes).

    Let the entitled nation of eight million Israelis stand on it’s own two feet and see how far they get without asking uncle Sam for another handout. They can’t handle independence or self rule because the world is not going to return to animal sacrifices atop the third temple. It’s sad, but Israel is an anomaly that probably wouldn’t survive a year on it’s own if it weren’t for the western governments and leaders catering to Zionist money and subversive power. All the bought and paid for US republican candidates, all mooching for Jewish money so they can stay in the race is truly pathetic.

    • JWalters
      JWalters
      December 22, 2015, 6:02 pm

      Truly pathetic. And the same pools of money that finance this anti-Christian idiot also finance the anti-Muslim idiots in America. Divide and conquer.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      December 23, 2015, 10:31 am

      Well said.

      Let’s look on the bright side: Gopstein and his ilk are digging Israel’s grave.

  3. xanadou
    xanadou
    December 22, 2015, 5:56 pm

    This is sad beyond belief.
    How is this supposed to help Israel and the Israelis into the future?

    I have no faith in the corrupt concept of Israel’s law and justice, and believe that Gopstein will likely walk. But the stain and stink will spill over and mark the innocent, if racist Israeli citizens.

    Gopstein has clearly taken a step a step over the Cliffs of Insanity into the Abyss of Psychopathy.

  4. RoHa
    RoHa
    December 22, 2015, 6:06 pm

    “Christmas has no place in the Holy Land … Let us remove the vampires before they once again drink our blood”

    Christians drink the blood of Jews? Isn’t that some sort of libel?

    “Gopstein is a Kahanist and claims Jewish law mandates the burning of mosques and churches.”

    That’s going to make Jews popular with Muslims and Christians.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      December 22, 2015, 11:17 pm

      He’s probably having an acute attack of Christmas light panic. It happens.

    • annie
      annie
      December 23, 2015, 12:55 am

      Isn’t that some sort of libel?

      only if one accuse jews of drinking christian blood. no tit for tat.

  5. italian ex-pat
    italian ex-pat
    December 22, 2015, 6:56 pm

    What!? And here I was brought up believing the land was called ‘holy’ because it saw the birth of Jesus and Christianity. Now it turns out it is holy IN SPITE of Christianity (apparently a monkey wrench thrown into the spokes of Judaism). Who knew?

  6. Stephen Shenfield
    Stephen Shenfield
    December 22, 2015, 7:05 pm

    This is a blood libel. Christians should complain to the Anti-Defamation League about it.

    • Philip Munger
      Philip Munger
      December 22, 2015, 9:45 pm

      I was thinking the same.

      On a strange Christmas road odyssey, visiting longtime friends in Washington and Oregon, en route to a Christmas ski holiday with my kids in Bend Oregon.

      I’ve been staying over with one longtime friend after another, all of whom are militant, strident atheists. They aren’t all knowledgeable about Israeli politics and what Zionism really is, but all are aware that we need to end Israeli and militant Zionist influence on our national and international policies, ASAP.

      • RockyMissouri
        RockyMissouri
        December 23, 2015, 4:06 pm

        Excellent!! Ski well, and have a great holiday…!!

  7. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    December 22, 2015, 7:10 pm

    The spittle of blood,
    trickling from the painted-on smile
    of this ugly clown –

    the savage dispossession of the Palestinians,

    IT’S THE ZIONIST WAY

    maiming,
    death
    for Palestinian children

  8. Kay24
    Kay24
    December 22, 2015, 9:33 pm

    Talking of Christmas, Ron Dermer the zionist in American clothing, has devious plans typical of zionists, in the form of Christmas presents for the White House. How predictably cunning!

    “Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, tweeted on Monday that all of the presents he is sending this holiday season will be products produced in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights. The gifts will include wine, olive oil, body cream, and halva, the Israeli embassy told The Huffington Post.
    In a letter to gift recipients, Dermer described his decision as an effort to “combat the latest effort by Israel’s enemies to destroy the one and only Jewish state,” specifically referencing the recent European Union decision to label goods originating in the occupied Palestinian territories to differentiate them from products made within Israel’s 1967 borders.”

    And

    “Dermer’s aggressive defense of settlement products is a direct rebuke to the White House, which earlier this year, rejected an amendment to a trade bill from Congress, which instructed the administration to pressure the EU against differentiating between Israel and “Israeli-controlled territories” during ongoing free trade negotiations.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/israel-gifts-settlement-products_56798d78e4b06fa6887edc5c

    The WH should reject those poisonous gifts, since we do not recognize those squatter lands.

    • Froggy
      Froggy
      December 23, 2015, 2:13 pm

      In return the Americans should send the Israeli embassy a fine Smithfield ham, a fresh pork butt roast, bacon, scrapple, and pork sausages.

      Just a thought….

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        December 23, 2015, 10:01 pm

        Maybe when they are offended, they may realize their gifts are equally insulting.

        Nah, forget it, they don’t have an iota of conscience.

    • RockyMissouri
      RockyMissouri
      December 23, 2015, 4:08 pm

      Every time I see him on CNN I want to barf… I see the truly ugly person within, and I can’t look at him..

    • RockyMissouri
      RockyMissouri
      December 23, 2015, 4:09 pm

      EXACTLY!

  9. Qualtrough
    Qualtrough
    December 22, 2015, 10:55 pm

    Wow! I am sure MEMRI will be all over this story, informing people around the world about this.

  10. talknic
    talknic
    December 22, 2015, 10:56 pm

    Benzi Gopstein would appear to be certifiably insane. On a par with Hitler

    • wondering jew
      wondering jew
      December 22, 2015, 11:05 pm

      talknic- Is your stability so tenuous, is your knowledge of history so poor that the only analogy you can come up with is Hitler? and great phrase: on a par with Hitler. Gopstein is sick and bad news and in fact mediocre and forgettable. The movement that he represents of sicko right wing Yehudim is very dispiriting and discouraging. It indicates deep trouble in his psyche and the psyche of too many just like him. But really, Hitler?

      • annie
        annie
        December 23, 2015, 1:09 am

        if hitler were a jew, alive and well today and living in israel, do you think his following would be bigger or smaller than Gopstein’s? if Gopstein had the power of hitler do you think he would show mercy on palestinians? did you watch the wedding party of his daughter? they are dancing with knives stabbing the air. did you read the subtitles or do you speak hebrew? i can’t recall. and i covered it here: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/11/lynched-jewish-extremists

        or is it only savage when palestinians kill. it’s in the “la familia” link in the main text.

      • talknic
        talknic
        December 23, 2015, 2:20 am

        @ yonah fredman “, is your knowledge of history so poor that the only analogy you can come up with is Hitler?”

        You’d like more? WOW!

        “The movement that he represents of sicko right wing Yehudim is very dispiriting and discouraging. It indicates deep trouble in his psyche and the psyche of too many just like him. But really, Hitler?”

        Were Gopstein to have at his command the equivalent resources and manpower Hitler had, do you really think he’d be any different?

        ——

        On Edit: Annie Robbins – Snap!

      • italian ex-pat
        italian ex-pat
        December 23, 2015, 10:53 am

        I never thought I’d be saying this: I find this video far more offensive than any Nazi rallies I’ve ever seen in old documentaries. And to think it is happening almost a century later – what a disgusting example of how civilization is reversing back to the stone age, at least in a certain part of the world.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        December 23, 2015, 11:34 am

        “Were Gopstein to have at his command the equivalent resources and manpower Hitler had,”

        “talknic”, nobody handed Hitler those things! He had to work hard, and build a might movement from nothing!

  11. annie
    annie
    December 23, 2015, 1:02 am

    if i were a photoshop aficionado i would place a santa hat on top of Gopstein’s head in that photo. he would pass for a fine santa — as long as one didn’t know about those other photos of him and the vile things that come out of his mouth. all his little boys running around torching and murdering. how proud he must be.

  12. Kay24
    Kay24
    December 23, 2015, 1:54 am

    So much for Israel accusing it’s neighbors of being terrorists, or harboring terrorists.

    It looks like the “only democracy” in the ME is far from that beacon of shining light.
    It breeds rabid, uncivilized looking humans, whose main thought is to show violent tendencies towards their neighbors. Arabs are accused of honoring their “terrorists”, so what is all this about?
    Kahane lives, really?

    • lysias
      lysias
      December 23, 2015, 2:27 pm

      Ленин – жил, Ленин – жив, Ленин – будет жить!

      Каган – жил, Каган – жив, Каган – будет жить!

  13. Rodneywatts
    Rodneywatts
    December 23, 2015, 3:48 am

    Thank you Annie for this post, disgusting as it may be, but what a contrast to the posting about the resistance olive tree in Bethlehem http://mondoweiss.net/2015/12/christmas-bethlehem-resistance . I shall point this article out to a South African ex pat friend of mine who attends the same church as me., She recently learnt from me, about jewish terrorists and the apartheid of Israel being worse than what there was in SA. Definitely the light is shining in more and more places – a timely posting!

  14. Talkback
    Talkback
    December 23, 2015, 6:26 am

    If he goes on with his antigoyism like this he will end up in … Israel.

    • Rashers2
      Rashers2
      December 23, 2015, 3:41 pm

      Talkback, you mean instead of in the Occupied Territories, in an illegal settlement, where this atavistic piece of filth masquerading as a human currently resides?

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        December 24, 2015, 7:16 am

        I mean the safe haven for antigoyist Jews.

  15. just
    just
    December 23, 2015, 6:28 am

    “Bethlehem Celebrates Another Occupied Christmas

    Whether the city of Jesus’ birth will be a symbol for peace or for war lies in the hands of Israel’s leaders. Can they respect the legal and moral imperative to respect Palestinians’ inalienable rights?

    At this holy time of the year, Bethlehem, the city of the Nativity, stands at the center of attention of the whole world. What the world might overlook as it watches is that the very city where Jesus was born celebrates yet another occupied Christmas. This year, Israel, a self-proclaimed “safe haven” for Christians, has presented to Bethlehem a few unwelcome Christmas gifts.

    Israel’s Christmas gifts to Bethlehem this year serve towards consolidating the separation between Bethlehem and its twin city, Jerusalem; the city where Jesus was born and the city where he was resurrected – the essence of the Christian faith. Aside from the daily violations that the besieged Bethlehem suffers as a result of the occupation, Israel issued a military order last week announcing that it has confiscated 101 dunams of Bethlehem’s northern lands. In the same week, the Israeli government approved the expansion of the illegal settlement of Gilo – built on privately owned lands of Bethlehem – by 891 new housing units.

    Right to the west of the Gilo settlement lies the Cremisan valley in Beit Jala with its two Salesian monasteries and privately owned agricultural lands. Despite a nine-year legal battle, tremendous diplomatic lobby efforts and civil resistance, Israel continues to build the annexation wall in Cremisan, leaving 58 Palestinian Christian families robbed of their lands. Where do these families go now and to whom do they have recourse?

    Despite Israel’s claim that it is the only country in the Middle East where Christians prosper, the unspoken message it sends on the ground is that it has no respect whatsoever for their rights as Palestinians and for their existence in their homeland. It is claimed that Islamic extremism is the reason behind the massive emigration of Palestinian Christians. In reality, the problems of Palestinian Christians stem essentially from the fact that they are Palestinians living under the Israeli occupation. What drives a Palestinian Christian out of his homeland to seek a better future elsewhere is the daily harassment of the occupation, and Israel’s land confiscation policies fall at the heart of the matter.

    The Israeli government is quick to cite “security” justifications for its oppressive policies – while in reality, land grab and settlement expansion motives – under the pretext of security – cannot be concealed. 

    Nevertheless, I will not call on anyone. I will not make yet another failed call on the international community. This time, I only call on the Israeli leaders in search of “security”. I call on them to finally see the inevitable result of walls, stolen lands and illegal settlements: it will only bring more isolation, rejection and hatred, hence, more insecurity. I call on them to see that justice, education for mutual respect and acceptance will bring security and peace.

    Bethlehem is now either a symbol for peace, or war. I invite the Israeli leaders to make it a symbol for peace, and for a new just approach for Palestinians. …”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.693394?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Stop inviting “Israeli leaders” and beseeching those without compassion, kindness, and any sense of justice , Patriarch Emeritus Michael Sabbah. Rather, you should (and can) DEMAND that the world act in solidarity with Palestinians and for Palestine.

    This is about lives and hope and peace.

    • Rodneywatts
      Rodneywatts
      December 23, 2015, 7:56 am

      Spot on Just! A happy and peaceful Christmas to you.

      Also my hope is that 2016 will bring the Palestininan people the good news proclaimed by the prophet Isaiah and then uttered by Jesus in fufillment, in the synagogue in Nazareth, –
      ” The spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has annointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Isaiah 64 v1-2; Luke 5 v 18-19)

      Of course these words were meant for Jew and Goyim – so sad and angering that so many today who were ‘chosen’ to be involved in lighting up the world are bringers of deep darkness. Sad too that there are misguided Christian zionists.

  16. eljay
    eljay
    December 23, 2015, 7:34 am

    The infamous rightwing Israeli Benzi Gopstein, leader of the Jewish extremist terror group Lehava, is back in the headlines. He wants all the Christians out of Israel, and they can take their holiday with them. On December 17, the Haredi website Kooker published (Hebrew) an article by Gopstein: “Christmas has no place in the Holy Land … Let us remove the vampires before they once again drink our blood” …

    I wonder if Mr. Gopstein is comfortable with other countries kicking out Jews – whose celebrations have no place in their lands – before they once again drink the blood of non-Jews.

    Or perhaps he’s just another hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist hypocrite who believes that Jews are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them.

    • Froggy
      Froggy
      December 23, 2015, 9:04 pm

      Eljay :: “I wonder if Mr. Gopstein is comfortable with other countries kicking out Jews – whose celebrations have no place in their lands – before they once again drink the blood of non-Jews.”

      Good thinking. Old traditions die hard, and we can’t be too careful. ;)

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      December 24, 2015, 12:30 am

      ” I wonder if Mr. Gopstein is comfortable with other countries kicking out Jews”

      You mean, making Jews poor stateless refugees, with very little choice but to flee to Israel? Where they would pretty much have to do as they were told?
      No, somehow I just don’t think that idea bothers him a whole lot. He may even think it’s the best thing that could happen to the assimilationist slackers. And if he can help a little, by reviving the blood libel, he’s glad to do his part. There’s a Homo Nosferatu Vampiris here, but don’t worry, he only drinks “Type J-positive”

  17. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    December 23, 2015, 9:03 am

    Watched the video. Very impressed.Fit them out with military standard diapers and send them off to attack battle hardened Hezbollah fighters as opposed to defenceless Palestinian families. Call them the Elite Kahane Brigade. Should be a hoot.

  18. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    December 23, 2015, 10:43 am

    It goes without saying – but I’ll say it anyway – that if even the most obscure Iranian or Arab leader said something similar, MEMRI would be all over it, the MSM would pick it up within hours, and we’d never hear the end of it. It would be used as ‘clash of civilisations’ fodder, and ‘evidence’ that the West just simply is not compatible with the Islamic faith.

    Speaking of which, does anyone else ever question the trite phrase ”Judeo-Christian civilisation” or ”Judeo-Christian values”? Christianity was a REJECTION of Judaism. Sure, they share the same roots and some of the same scriptures, but so too does the Islamic religion (not the same scriptures, but many of the same characters and ‘storylines’). I’ve always thought this term is just another way of ‘including’ Jews, Judaism and Israel – and excluding everyone else – even though it’s hard to identify a common ‘civilisation’ which they share.

    • Rashers2
      Rashers2
      December 23, 2015, 8:01 pm

      MDM and eljay, it is tempting, when confronted with the likes of a Gopstein (my view on whom appears succinctly, above), to “throw the baby out with the bathwater”. Jews, along with Goyim of all shades and religious convictions, have made huge and beneficial contributions over many centuries to our “common civilisation” (from which expression I infer what’s generally considered by those in the West as “Western civilisation”). Israelis, by contrast, have made in their short history few noticeable contributions to civilisation, common or otherwise.

      The psychological condition under which Gopstein labours has very little if anything to do with Judaism except to the extent that he may espouse some “End of Days” belief – which he will have in common with the lunatic fringes of fundamentalist Christianity and radical, Salafi-Sunni Islam – in which, of course, Jaweh/the Trinity/Allah triumphs over all Goyim/unconverted/Infidel, depending on the starting point of the “Domesday” adherent. Gopstein suffers from Zio-pathy; the psychosis is political.

      Today (24th December) is the prophet Mohammed’s (pbuh) birthday and hence a holiday here. Yesterday, I returned from a brief trip to Europe to an Inbox full of e-mails from clients and others (Muslims) offering me season’s greetings and wishing my family, loved ones and me happiness, peace and God’s blessing. I responded in like vein for, even though an agnostic, I think it’s alright to wish people to be blessed by that in which they themselves truly believe and value. The contrast between this and the sentiments of the despicable Gopstein made Annie’s article the more striking and dispiriting.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      December 24, 2015, 4:33 am

      The term is usually meant to refer to the Western civilization, etc., of Europe and its colonies. Quite problematic, I think.

      What is the “Judeo” bit supposed to mean?

      Is it supposed to be a reference to the Jewish background Christianity developed from? But why should that need a mention? It is just part of Christianity.

      Is it supposed to imply that the influence of Judaism on the development of Western civilization and values is comparable to that of Christianity, or at least sufficiently great to warrant a mention?

      Of course, Western civilization is heavily influenced by Christianity, but the influence of the preceding Graeco-Roman civilization is surely at least as influential, and certainly more than the direct influence of Judaism unmediated by Christianity. “Classical – Christian” would be a far more accurate term.

      Where values in particular are concerned, the position is even more complicated. Yes, there was a Jewish influence mediated via Christianity, but Europeans also took their values from those Christian values which, as you note, are a rejection of Judaism, from Stoicism and Classical values in general, from the social arrangements of the Northern barbarians (also a source of Common Law) and from the general principles of decency that most peoples of the world have found necessary if they are to live together. Add to this the influence of the Enlightenment, and you end up with modern Western values. It is hardly accurate to even call these “Christian”, even though modern Christians are inclined to read them into Christianity. (Just as, in earlier times, they read Stoic values into Christianity.)

      Is it, then, supposed to be an acknowledgment of the fact that some Jews were, more or less, members of Western society, and participants in the development of Western civilization? Perhaps so. (And there is the line “Jews have made significant contributions to our civilization”. But what makes the contribution of, say, a German Jew, educated as a member of the German middle class, a Jewish contribution rather than a German contribution?)

      And I note that some Jews were, rather more than less, members of and participants in Islamic society. Is the term “Judeo-Islamic” in common currency? Or “Islamic-Hindu”, for that matter?

      I can’t help suspecting that the “Judeo” bit (a fairly recent development, as far as I can tell) is just a bit of political correctness to reduce the standard issue whining.

    • Boomer
      Boomer
      December 24, 2015, 11:28 am

      Wikipedia has a good discussion of the history of the term “Judeo-Christian.”

      The opening paragraph reads as follows:

      “Judeo-Christian is a term used by many Christians since the 1950s to encompass perceived common ethical values based on Christianity and Judaism. It has become part of American civil religion and is often used to promote inter-religious cooperation. Efforts in recent years have been made to replace the term Judeo-Christian with “Abrahamic religions” to include Islam.”

      The article provides considerable background information about the growing use of the term in ecumenical efforts in the U.S. in the mid 20th century, and the subsequent Jewish reaction to it.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judeo-Christian

  19. RoHa
    RoHa
    December 24, 2015, 4:54 am

    Gopstein is not the only Scrooge around, though I’m pretty sure he’s the rudest.

    Somalia, Tajikstan, and Brunei are also saying “Bah! Humbug!”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/23/christmas-banned-somalia-tajikistan-brunei

    On a more positive note …

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-24/christmas-in-iraq-respects-christian-community/7053054

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      December 25, 2015, 8:27 pm
    • RoHa
      RoHa
      December 25, 2015, 8:39 pm

      And here is a bit about Iran from the Daily Mail.

      The writer notes that some Iranian Muslims put up Christmas trees for their children.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3370782/Selfies-ice-cream-snacks-flirting-underground-amazing-series-colourful-portraits-reveal-life-REALLY-like-youth-Iran.html

      The pure EVIL of Iran emanates from every photograph.

      (Incidentally, my browser shows the headline as “Christmas in Tehran: Santa makes a Middle Eastern pit stop in Muslim country that turns out to be more tolerant than you”. I suspect that “you think” has been elided, but I like it the way it is.)

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        December 25, 2015, 11:11 pm

        It is unfortunate that Iran (like so many other nations) has been been demonized so much in the US, and has been portrayed as an “evil” empire. Iran is a beautiful nation with a great culture and an interesting history, it has not attacked it’s neighbors, has shown tolerance to it’s minority population, and is just as bad/good as any other nation in the world. All this talk about it being supporters of terrorism, and proxy wars is ironic, in the sense doesn’t our “dear” allies Saudi Arabia and Israel, also indulge in those very nasty things? Yet, they are so precious to us, and
        we even give them weapons to continue their dirty work.

        Those pictures are so nice to look at. Hopefully, I will get the chance to visit Iran one day, and
        enjoy the beauty of that country.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        December 25, 2015, 11:36 pm

        I like the picture of the girl taking the selfie. Hair covering and split-knee jeans.

        In the last picture it looks as though he is making an improper suggestion, and she is telling him to think again.

  20. talknic
    talknic
    December 24, 2015, 6:51 am

    MERRY XMAS Mr GOPSTEIN!

    Police Investigate Wedding Video of Settlers Dancing With Weapons and Singing Revenge Songs
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.693575

  21. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    December 24, 2015, 11:14 am

    @talknic
    Haaretz reports “The video was condemned across the political spectrum. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the “shocking images” expose “the real face of a group that poses danger to Israeli society and security.”

    Note that he did not refer to it as being”incitement”. Only Palestinians and Palestinian Presidents can be guilty of “incitement”. For Nitay Palestinian “incitement” is the new existentially terrifying threat which the Jewish nation is facing and it cannot be watered down under any circumstances by apportioning it to Jewish Israelis.

    Meanwhile the so called “Justice Minister” according to the Times of Israel has reflected on this applying all of her considerable judicial gravitas and experience:

    “Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the Jewish Home party told Army Radio on Thursday morning that the video’s release hurts Israel, though she didn’t criticize its contents.
    “I regret that the video was released,” Shaked said. “This is something that in the end hurts the State of Israel.”

    Note that this creature is not criticizing what was done or said but simply inferring that the real crime was fact that the video was released as it could harm the image of Israelis who as the whole world knows are lovable cuddly peace loving blameless and constantly victimised people.

    • amigo
      amigo
      December 24, 2015, 11:53 am

      “Note that this creature is not criticizing what was done or said but simply inferring that the real crime was fact that the video was released as it could harm the image of Israelis “.ossinev.

      But of course.Don,t blame her.She is just following orders which state that anyone caught “on camera ” carrying out questionable acts will be dealt with very seriously.Any such act perpetrated off camera will be swept under the carpet until sufficient time has passed and the file can be put in the closed file .

      The whole purpose is to punish those who are dumb enough to fail to impound the camera first and shoot the “terrorist ” using a camera with the intent of de legitimizing Israel or exposing the myth of the most moral army.

      The only soldiers who have been punished (I use the term lightly” are those caught on camera.

      This the zionist entity and what it stands for.Dishonest and anything but moral.

    • talknic
      talknic
      December 26, 2015, 1:56 am

      Duly noted. They really are morally bankrupt.

      I’m wondering exactly who released the video footage and why

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