The Mystery of the Stuxnet Worm

September 30, 2010

As my husband will tell you, I am not a computer expert by any means. I know how to use    Microsoft Office and E-mail and maybe a few more applications. That’s it.

I even learned the hard way that computers get infected with all kinds of different bugs, such as viruses and worms.

A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. The term “virus” is sometimes used as a catch-all phrase to include all types of malware, like spyware programs that do not have the ability to reproduce.

A true virus can spread from one computer to another; when it is sent over a network or the Internet, or carried it on a removable USB drive. Some viruses can also reproduce themselves.

I am told that viruses are sometimes also confused with worms and Trojan horses, which are technically different. A worm can exploit security vulnerabilities to spread itself automatically to other computers through networks, while a Trojan horse is a program that appears harmless but hides malicious functions. Worms and Trojan horses, like viruses, may harm a computer system’s data or performance.

Now we hear that a powerful virus has shut down Iran’s nuclear facility. It’s a curious thing. Iran confirmed last Sunday that its nuclear program has been affected by a mysterious computer virus. The virus is called Stuxnet worm. Here is where I get confused. Is it now a virus or a worm or are they both the same in the computer world?

They say that this new Stuxnet worm has been popping up in industrial plants and personal computers worldwide, and is now posing a looming threat over Iran, where more than 60 percent of the computers infected with the virus are located.

According to Iran’s state-run Mehr news agency, the IP addresses of 30,000 or more  computer
systems have been infected by the worm. If indeed that many computers in Iran have been infected,
the worm may one day simultaneously shut down all the factories in Iran, including water plants,
power plants, bakeries, refineries etc. - To get that damage the virus works by specifically
attacking a piece of Siemens software running on Windows computers in industrial operations
ranging from electric grids and traffic lights to factories and power plants.
German experts claim to have uncovered evidence that Iran didn't even bother licensing the Siemens 
software that the worm/virus hijacked. So they can't call Siemens to complain!

Since Iran has suffered most of the infections, questions have been raised about whether the virus is connected to western governments’ top secret sabotage campaign against Tehran’s nuclear program. Some experts believe that virus, first discovered in June, was developed by high-level government programmers (possibly from the US, Israel, or Germany), and is directed toward a specific target, most likely Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. It is believed to have been around for over a year.

The mysterious country which produced this virus immobilized Iran’s nuclear plant without ever firing a shot. Wow, that’s really clever!

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Wake Up – Before Your Freedom Is Gone!

September 1, 2010

It seems that today’s world is taken hostage and ruled by godless people who are controlled by Satan. You became a victim without knowing, because these people have told you lies. Many of you have opened your doors wide and welcomed them into your society and its government. Many in the West are ignorant and blind to what is happening in the world today. You have opened your doors and invited the enemy into your houses, businesses and churches. Without knowing you are destroying everything your forefathers fought for, including the future of your children and grandchildren. They will rob you of the things you value. They will take your possessions and money. They will force your children to pray in mosques, and they will no longer have anything to say.

Well – you say – don’t Muslims worship the same G-d as the Jews and Christians?

The origin of Islam goes back to the spiritual ruler of Ur (Ge.12:1), the moon god and supreme deity of the entire Babylonian empire. Al-llah is Arabic for “the god”, corresponding to the Babylonian “Baal”. Muslims claim that Allah was the biblical G-D of the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles. – Was “Allah” really the biblical G-D or was he a pagan god in Arabia during pre- Islamic times? The Arabs worshipped 360 gods at the Kaabah in Mecca, with the Moon-god as the chief deity. Mecca was in fact built as a shrine for the moon god. Muhammad chose the moon god to be the only god, thus putting previous heathenism into a monotheistic form.

When compared with the Jewish and Christian scriptures, the teachings of Quran show that Allah is not the same G-D worshipped by Jews and Christians.

The Jewish Bible says in Deuteronomy 6:4-5: “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad; and you are to love Adonai your G-D with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.“ In Leviticus 19:18: “Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people; rather, love your neighbor as yourself: I am Adonai.”

Compare this with the Christian Bible. Mark 12:29-30 “Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai,Eloheinu, Adonai Echad, and you are to love Adonai your G-D with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength, this is the first commandment.” Mark 12:31 “And a second one is this. You are to love your neighbor as yourself.”

The G-D of the Jews and the Christians is the G-D of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He encourages freedom, love, forgiveness, prosperity and health.

In the Koran these verses are nowhere to be found. The Muslim god values the opposite.

The personalities of each god are evident in the cultures, civilizations and dispositions of the peoples that serve them. Muhammad’s central message was submission; the central message of the Bible is love. These Gods have opposite personalities.

You can hear “Allahu akbar” shouted daily from the minaretts. Most translate it as “God is great.” The Arabic word for great is ”kabir.” Allahu akbar means: “God is greater.” Greater than who? Greater than the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? – Who said this before? “I will scale the heavens, I will raise my throne above G-d’s stars. I will sit on the Mount of Assembly far in the north. I will rise past the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:13-14) – You can draw your own conclusions as to who Allah is!

Islam divides the world into 2 domains:

  1. Dar al Salaam (the house of peace) – all Muslims
  2. Dar al Harb (the house of war) – all non-Muslims

 Islam teaches that there cannot be peace until the house of peace rules, which means that all non-Muslims either become Muslims or are killed. The very word Islam means submission.

Islam has been a violent and military movement from its beginning. The current attitude of Arab and Islamic countries towards Jews dates back to the life of Mohammed, who conducted 74 military campaigns, 24 of them personally. He unified the Arab tribes with war and assassinated or exiled Jews, therefore setting precedent for the militant and anti-Jewish practices of Islam.

The reason Mohammed was so violently anti-Jewish was because he originally saw himself as a prophet to the Jews, Christians, and pagans of Arabia. In his early reign he instructed his followers to bow down and pray to Jerusalem! The Jews of Arabia rejected him as a Hebrew prophet and he was almost killed in battle with them. He then changed the direction of prayer to Mecca.

In Syria Moslem fathers make their son’s swear, “I will kill a Jew before I die.” In 1947 Arab mobs in Aleppo devastated the 2,500-year-old Jewish community. Many Jews were killed and thousands of Jews illegally fled Syria to go to Israel. Today there are less than 150 Jews left.

Mohammed’s intention was the unification of the Arab tribes and their international expansion. State and religion are not seen as separate entities, nor can an individual dissent from the Quran.

 
 

Islam has never been just a religion in the traditional sense – Islam is seen as a political organization, which has no boundaries. This was the intent of Mohammed in the establishment of the Umma, the community or brotherhood. Western culture perceives this to be their statement of equality for mankind, but it must be remembered; if you are not Moslem you are not equal.

 Professor Moshe Sharon of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem writes: “Islam was born with the idea that it should rule the world … Judaism speaks about national salvation – namely that at the end of the story, when the world becomes a better place, Israel will be in its own land, ruled by its own king and serving G-d. Christianity speaks about the idea that every single person in the world can be saved from his sins, while Islam speaks about ruling the world … quoting a verse in English … ‘Allah sent Mohammed with the true religion so that it should rule over all the religions.’ The idea, then, is not that the whole world would become a Muslim world at this time, but that the whole world would be subdued under the rule of Islam … Wherever you have Islam, you will have war. It grows out of the attitude of Islamic civilization.

In Islamic societies where Jews and Christians are allowed to exist they do not have the same rights as a Moslem, and they are required to pay a special tax.

The West needs to understand that there are no moderate Muslims. As mentioned above, the ultimate goal of Islam is to establish a global Islamic state over the entire world, on the rubble of every civilization, every constitution and every government, as crazy as this may sound. Their plan is to destroy the U.S. and Western civilization from within “so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” (Mosab Yousef)

“This is not a doctrine of some freak Muslim,” Yousef observed. “It’s the doctrine, the requirement, of the god of Islam himself and his prophet, whom they praise every day.”

There is no freedom of religion in Islam, but the defenders of the proposed Ground Zero mosque cite American Muslims’ First Amendment freedoms to practice their religion.

Yousef makes a distinction between Islam and other religions, arguing Islam is a subversive system that threatens America’s very existence. – Your freedom will be gone.

Wake up before it is too late.

Obama’s Double Standard

August 24, 2010

The Wolf Is Showing His Teeth

August 18, 2010

 
The Holocaust happened less than a century ago; – the most awful act of genocide against G-D’s own people – yet in spite of all the calls and declarations resolving that such a thing should never be allowed to happen again – an other genocide is being prepared for the Jews.

Israel today stands totally alone, surrounded by nations of whom none would shed a tear if she were to vanish as a nation and as a people. The situation inside and around Israel is alarming.

Turkey – after receiving military assistance from Israel for years, shared all these military secrets with Syria and Iran, the worst enemies of the Jewish state.

Egypt itself may yet trump Turkey with a more pro-Islamic president succeeding the ailing Hosni Mubarak – says former IAEA chief inspector Mohammed Al-Baradei, who already has close contact with the Muslim brotherhood.

America’s planned troop withdrawal from Iraq will probably leave Iran the big winner; Tehran extending its control over the state liberated from Saddam Hussein by using Iraq’s already willing Shi’ite Muslims.

Hamas in the south of Israel and Hezbollah in the north are merely puppet groups of Iran. Hezbollah now boast that they have over 50,000 missiles, and many of them are long-range which can, and will, hit every part of Israel. 

Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria and possibly soon also Egypt, all arrayed – Iran with nuclear weapons; Syria with VX Gas-tipped Scud missiles and many, many other missiles and weapons of mass destruction – against little Israel. Bashar Assad of Syria has made the statement many times over the past few months that war is the only thing Israel understands, and that Syria is now ready with tens of thousands of Missiles tipped with chemical warheads. 

While all these Islamic nations are trying to tie the knot around Israel’s neck – the world at large – is today more critical of Israel as towards the Jews in the days of Hitler. And as if this is not enough, the western nations lack strong and courageous leadership to stand up against this brutal threat, much as it was in the days of Hitler, when a foolish and weak British prime minister tried to appease this monster by sweet talk and diplomacy. That’s what brought the world to the Second World War and it may bring it to a third one as well.

Some of you may not know that a very large naval force has come together in the Persian Gulf, surrounding Iran. The USS Carrier Harry Truman, with over 6,000 Marines aboard, pulled into the area loaded for bear. I have been told that the USS Truman doesn’t go anywhere without being protected by at least two nuclear subs.  Israel and the US have grouped bombers and fighter jets in many countries in the Middle East, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan and others.  During the past weeks USS warship went through the Suez Cannel, as have Israel subs all capable of launching a nuclear attack. What is not known is how many, – Russian subs are in that area also. We do know that they have been seen docking along the Syrian coast with aircraft carriers also unloading military gear for Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army.

Lat week’s announcement in Moscow and Tehran on Aug. 11 that Russia is set to activate Iran’s first nuclear power reactor by loading the fuel on Aug. 21 is certainly speeding things up. Israel is also worried by the news that Russia stationed S-300 anti-missile batteries in Abkhazia on the Black Sea because it ties in with the imminent activation of the Bushehr reactor. It is taken as a signal that Israel’s air route to Iran is hereby closed and Moscow will do its utmost to thwart an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Once Russia has loaded the fuel into the power reactor, an attack risks spreading radiation in the air and perhaps into the water of the Persian Gulf.

If Iran goes to the nuclear option, Israel will have no choice but to take out Syria, Hezbollah (now all of Lebanon) and the Hamas in Gaza, and also Egypt if it tries a sneak attack, in short order or face terrible civilian causalities. With America and Russia involved, it will bring us into a global war.

I am not writing this to scare you, but to warn you and prepare you. It is not a matter of if, but of when the war breaks out, and I believe it is close. You can read about the coming war or series of wars in Ezekiel 38-39, especially if you are interested to find out how it all ends.

I don’t need to shout “wolf, “wolf” – because you can already see him showing his ugly teeth!

By The Rivers Of Babylon

July 22, 2010

 

The song, “Rivers of Babylon”, was popular when I was younger. It was performed in the 1970s by the disco group Boney M. The band was hugely popular in Europe and Israel some 35 years ago. I still remember the melody.

The song’s lyrics were taken from Psalm 137, including some words from Psalm 19:14.

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down;
ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.
 

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down;
ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.

When the wicked
Carried us away in captivity
Require from us a song –
Now how shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

When the wicked
Carried us away in captivity
Requiring of us a song –
Now how shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

Let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts
be acceptable in Thy sight here tonight

Let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts
be acceptable in Thy sight here tonight

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down;
ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.

By the rivers of Babylon (the waters of Babylon)
there we sat down (You got to sing a song)
ye-eah we wept, (Sing a song of love)
when we remember Zion. (Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)

By the rivers of Babylon (by the rivers of Babylon)
there we sat down (You hear the people cry)
ye-eah we wept, (They need their God)
when we remember Zion. (Ooh, got the power) 

By the rivers of Babylon, (oh yeah yeah)
where we sat down (yeah yeah)
Ye-eah we wept……… 

Well, this week the group performed at Ramallah, but the local music festival prevented it from performing one of its biggest hits – because it mentioned the Jewish people’s yearning for the Land of Zion.

According to the news, lead singer Maizie Williams said Palestinian Authority concert organizers told her not to sing “Rivers of Babylon.” The organizers said they asked for the song to be skipped, because they found it “inappropriate”.

Muslim and Arab culture in general, tend to vehemently deny the connection between the People of Israel and the Land of Israel to the world and to themselves as well.

Yet the Bible – the book that Western civilization is built around –contains thousands of verses that establish the connection without a possible doubt. – The Jews’ yearning for Israel and the Divine commandment of settling in Israel is among the most central themes of the Holy Book, if not the most central one. Repeatedly in the Bible, G-d exhorts the Jews to obey his commandments or suffer banishment from the Holy Land.

“I don’t know if it is a political thing or what, but they asked us not to do it and we were a bit disappointed that we could not do it because we know that everybody loves this song no matter what,” Williams said. “I believe you should entertain wherever you are asked to entertain, whether it is Israel, whether it is Palestine, whether it is Lebanon, where ever it is, we go,” she added.

Don’t you love this song? I do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm1g8FFRArc  

With love – Lilo

Flotilla Choir

June 8, 2010

There comes a time
When we need to make a show
For the world, the Web and CNN

There’s no people dying,
so the best that we can do
Is create the greatest bluff of allWe must go on pretending day by day
That in Gaza, there’s crisis, hunger and plague
Coz the billion bucks in aid won’t buy their basic needs
Like some cheese and missiles for the kidsWe’ll make the world
Abandon reason
We’ll make them all believe that the Hamas
Is Momma Theresa
We are peaceful travelers
With guns and our own knives
The truth will never find its way to your TVOoooh, we’ll stab them at heart
They are soldiers, no one cares
We are small, and we took some pictures with doves
As Allah showed us, for facts there’s no demand
So we will always gain the upper hand

We’ll make the world
Abandon reason
We’ll make them all believe that the Hamas
Is Momma Theresa
We are peaceful travelers
we’re waving our own knives
The truth will never find its way to your TV

If Islam and terror brighten up your mood
But you worry that it may not look so good
Well well well well don’t you realize
You just gotta call yourself
An activist for peace and human aid
We’ll make the world
Abandon reason
We’ll make them all believe that the Hamas
Is Momma Theresa
We are peaceful travelers
We’re waving our own knives
The truth will never find its way to your TVWe con the world
We con the people
We’ll make them all believe the IDF is Jack the Ripper
We are peaceful travelers
We’re waving our own knives
The truth will never find its way to your TVWe con the world (….: we con the world…)
We con the people (….: we con the people…)
We’ll make them all believe the IDF is Jack the Ripper
We are peaceful travelers
We’re waving our own knives
The truth will never find its way to your TV
The truth will never find its way to your TV

Listen to song:

http://www.jr.co.il/humorpic/gaza-flotilla.htm 

from www.latma.co.il

What Happened With Turkey?

June 5, 2010

The Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli Navy boarded and took control of “Rachel Corrie” off the Gaza coast and forced the ship to dock in Ashdod. Last week, a mob of terrorists on Turkish ships, headed for Gaza, attacked Israeli soldiers which led to fire exchange and casualties.

What happened with Turkey? Over the last few years Turkey’s policy has changed. Today’s government has its focus on Islam and as a result, Turkey has turned away from the West. Turkey today is trying to lead the Islamic world and rebuild the Ottoman Empire. It has now become an enemy of Israel. It embraces the leaders of Iran and Hamas, all of whom called for Israel’s destruction.

Turkey has a long history. In a short version; the Persian Empire occupied the area in the 6th century B.C., giving way to the Roman Empire, then later the Byzantine Empire. In the early 13th century, the Ottoman Turks first appeared, and gradually spread through the Near East and Balkans, capturing Constantinople in 1453 and storming the gates of Vienna two centuries later. At its height, the Ottoman Empire stretched from the Persian Gulf to western Algeria. Lasting for 600 years, the Ottoman Empire was not only one of the most powerful empires in the history of the Mediterranean region, but it generated a great cultural outpouring of Islamic art, architecture, and literature.

After the reign of Sultan Süleyman I the Magnificent (1494–1566), the Ottoman Empire began to decline politically, administratively, and economically.

Over the last few years, diplomatic dialogue between Turkey and Israel has become strained, particularly following the 2008-2009 Israel-Gaza Conflict. And last week Turkey provoked Israel into action with its so-called “Peace Flotilla”, knowing full well that the world would blame Israel for any casualties.

The Rabbinical Council of Judea and Samaria issued a statement Thursday in which it said that the incident in which Israel intercepted a flotilla seemed like the Biblical description of the beginning of the Gog and Magog process.

What does the Bible say about Gog and Magog? The book of Ezekiel describes, in chapters 38 and 39, a vision of a war where the world is united against Israel that will precede the final redemption of Israel and the world.

The study of Gog and Magog has long been a challenge to Bible scholars and historians alike. Magog is described in Genesis 10:2 and 1 Chronicles 1:5 as a grandson of Noah. 

Prophet Ezekiel claims Magog’s descendants are from the far north, and will someday attack Israel.  Throughout history we find Gog and Magog identified with many place names, as well as numerous tribes and people groups; some firmly leaving their mark on history, including many present-day cultures.  Perhaps the most known of Magog’s descendants (sometimes referred to as Magogians) are the Scythians. Scythian culture extended more than 2,000 miles east from the Ukraine to Mongolia. These peoples would later form tribes and ethnic groups we would come to know as familiar names in history: Huns, Turks, Tartars, Mongols and others.

There is today a growing interest in the Ezekiel prophecies and whether they could play out in our lifetime.

We’ve never seen a convergence of geopolitical and spiritual events so consistent with Ezekiel 38-39 in history like we are seeing today. I believe the rabbis are right – we are living in the days of Ezekiel’s prophecies – and it is possible that we could see these events unfold soon.

 

‘Free Gaza’ Flotilla Greets IDF Forces With Armed Ambush

May 31, 2010

Israeli naval forces intercepted the “Free Gaza” flotilla around 2:00 AM on Monday morning and, upon boarding the flagship of the six vessel convoy, discovered some passengers were “anything but peace activists,” as the IDF personnel were met by a “well-planned lynch,” leaving at least 10 people dead and dozens more injured in the ensuing melee.

 Although some Arabic media reports claim the Israeli troops opened fire upon boarding, the IDF insists that its troops were first attacked by a mob of activists on board the Mavi Marmara armed with knives, bats, and metal pipes, and that shots were also fired at the IDF forces. An initial IDF statement added that activists also began shooting with a gun wrested from an IDF soldier.

 “The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose,” said the IDF Spokesman. “As a result of this life-threatening and violent activity, naval forces employed riot dispersal means, including live fire.”

 “It was like a well-planned lynch,” one IDF officer said. “These people were anything but peace activists.”

 According to early reports, at least ten pro-Palestinian activists were killed and dozens more were wounded in the resulting skirmish, while six naval personnel were injured, one suffering a critical head wound. All of the injured, Israelis and foreigners, were being evacuated by helicopter to hospitals in Israel. Foreign reports claim that the number of dead may be up to 19.

Al Jazeera on Monday broadcast footage from the Mavi Marmara showing Israeli Navy commandos rappelling down ropes from a hovering helicopter and boarding the ship.

 After the skirmish, all passengers were ordered inside the cabins, and the IDF indicated the incident is not considered over as some activists may still be armed.  The IDF is towing the ships to the port of Ashdod, where the cargo will be inspected and transferred to the Gaza Strip via land crossings, despite this morning’s violence. In the coming hours, Israeli authorities will identify the people on board the ships and most will be given the option of a free flight home or being arrested. Israel is braced for rioting by Israeli Arabs today as the leader of the radical Islamic Movement in Israel was wounded in the clash and is undergoing an urgent operation.  

 Activists aboard the ships had repeatedly said beforehand that they would not respond with violence to the navy’s interception of their flotilla.

 Al-Jazeera reported Turkish leaders called an emergency meeting to discuss responses to the attack at sea. The Israeli ambassador in Turkey was called in to offer explanations.

Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh also came on Al-Jazeera to condemn the “brutal attack” and called on the UN to intervene on the activists’ behalf.

“The interception of the flotilla followed numerous warnings given to the organizers of the flotilla before leaving their ports as well as while sailing towards the Gaza Strip,” noted the IDF. “In these warnings, it was made clear to the organizers that they could dock in the Ashdod sea port and unload the equipment they are carrying in order to deliver it to the Gaza Strip in an orderly manner, following the appropriate security checks. Upon expressing their unwillingness to cooperate and arrive at the port, it was decided to board the ships and lead them to Ashdod.” 

From ICEJ News 

Fancy Restaurants And Olympic-Size Pools

May 26, 2010

Fancy restaurants and Olympic-size pools: What the media won’t report about Gaza
Special to the National Post  May 25, 2010
By Tom Gross

In recent days, the international media, particularly in Europe and
the Mideast, has been full of stories about “activist boats sailing to
Gaza carrying desperately-needed humanitarian aid and building
materials.”

The BBC World Service even led its world news broadcasts with this
story at one point over the weekend. (The BBC yesterday boasted that
its global news audience has now risen to 220 million persons a week,
making it by far the biggest news broadcaster in the world.)

Indeed the BBC and other prominent Western media regularly lead their
viewers and readers astray with accounts of a non-existent “mass
humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza.

What they won’t tell you about are the fancy new restaurants and
swimming pools of Gaza, or about the wind surfing competitions on Gaza
beaches, or the Strip’s crowded shops and markets. Many Palestinians
in the West Bank and Gaza live a middle class (and in some cases an
upper class) lifestyle that western journalists refuse to report on
because it doesn’t fit with the simplistic story they were sent to
write.

Here, courtesy of the Palestinian Ma’an news agency, is a report on
Gaza’s new Olympic-sized swimming pool . (Most Israeli towns don’t
have Olympic-size swimming pools. One wonders how an area that claims
to be starved of water and building materials and depends on
humanitarian aid builds an Olympic size swimming pool and creates a
luxury lifestyle for some while others are forced to live in abject
poverty as political pawn refugees?)

If you pop into the Roots Club in Gaza, according to the Lonely Planet
guidebook, you can “dine on steak au poivre and chicken cordon bleu”.

The restaurant’s website in Arabic gives a window into middle class
dining and the lifestyle of Hamas officials in Gaza. And here it is in
English, for all the journalists, UN types and NGO staff who regularly
frequent this and other nice Gaza restaurants (but don’t tell their
readers about them).

And here is a promotional video of the club restaurant. In case anyone
doubts the authenticity of this video, I just called the club in Gaza
City and had a nice chat with the manager who proudly confirmed
business is booming and many Palestinians and international guests are
dining there.

In a piece for The Wall Street Journal last year, I documented the
“after effects” of a previous “emergency Gaza boat flotilla,” when the
arrivals were seen afterwards purchasing souvenirs in well-stocked
shops. (You can also scroll down here for more pictures of Gaza’s
“impoverished” shops.)

But the mainstream liberal international media won’t report on any of
this. Playing the manipulative game of the BBC is easy: if we had
their vast taxpayer funded resources, we too could produce reports
about parts of London, Manchester and Glasgow and make it look as
though there is a humanitarian catastrophe throughout the UK. We could
produce the same effect by selectively filming seedy parts of Paris
and Rome and New York and Los Angeles too.

Of course there is poverty in Gaza. There is poverty in parts of
Israel too. (When was the last time a foreign journalist based in
Israel left the pampered lounge bars and restaurants of the King David
and American Colony hotels in Jerusalem and went to check out the
slum-like areas of southern Tel Aviv? Or the hard-hit Negev towns of
Netivot or Rahat?)

But the way that many prominent Western news media are deliberately
misleading global audiences and systematically creating the false
impression that people are somehow starving in Gaza, and that it is
all Israel’s fault, can only serve to increase hatred for the Jewish
state ­ which one suspects was the goal of many of the editors and
reporters involved in the first place.

Tom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday
Telegraph and the New York Daily News.

Obama Advisor Calls Jerusalem Al-Kuds

May 23, 2010

Oh my goodness, just when I thought I had heard it all, it gets worse.

I read in the Israel National News, that John Brennan, Obama’s Chief Adviser on Counterterrorism for Homeland Security, was speaking to a Muslim audience at New York University in February, at a forum co-hosted by the White House and the Islamic Center at New York University.” Brennan first told a story in Arabic, evoking laughter and concluding with, “Don’t tell the folks who don’t speak Arabic what I said.” – That’s the same thing Yasser Arafat used to do, tell Americans in English something completely different than his own people in Arabic.

John Brennan continued then, actually calling the city of Jerusalem by the name Muslims use to refer to it – the Arabic name “Al-Quds.” –  Really? Has that guy ever read the Bible?

Jerusalem is mentioned many hundreds of times in the Jewish Bible, while Jerusalem isn’t mentioned in Islam’s “Koran” at all. How ignorant is this guy who is advising the Office of Homeland Security? Are you feeling safe when this office secures your homeland?

The history of Jerusalem only goes back to the 4th millennium BCE, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem is the holiest city in Judaism and has been the spiritual center of the Jewish people since c. 1000 BCE, when David, the King of Israel, first established it as the capital of the united Kingdom of Israel, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in that city.

“These comments by John Brennan are as outrageous as they are deeply troubling,” ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “No one refers to Jerusalem in the English language as Al-Quds, unless they have a specific political, anti-Israel agenda – in this case, pandering to Israel’s enemies, who will draw comfort from the use of the term Al-Quds by a senior U.S. government official.”

But wait, it gets even better. John Brennan also praised Saudi Arabian religious tolerance, when everyone knows that religious freedom in that country is virtually non-existent. The Saudi Government does not provide legal recognition or protection for freedom of religion, and it is severely restricted in practice. Moreover, any preaching and public practice of non-Muslim religions is prohibited.

Who hired this guy to fill that position in the government?

Listen for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wglrLBqYxQ