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Patrick Poole- 11 Years After 9/11: What Went Wrong With American Policy?

The program included an esteemed panel of National Security and Counter-Terrorism experts, as well as Congressman Louis Gohmert of Texas, who introduced the event. Opening comments were also made by Sarah Stern, President & Founder of EMET, and Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy President & CEO and former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert-11 Years After 9/11: What Went Wrong With American Policy?

The program included an esteemed panel of National Security and Counter-Terrorism experts, as well as Congressman Louis Gohmert of Texas, who introduced the event. Opening comments were also made by Sarah Stern, President & Founder of EMET, and Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy President & CEO and former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.

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Sarah Stern- 11 Years After 9/11: What Went Wrong With American Policy?

The program included an esteemed panel of National Security and Counter-Terrorism experts, as well as Congressman Louis Gohmert of Texas, who introduced the event. Opening comments were also made by Sarah Stern, President & Founder of EMET, and Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy President & CEO and former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.

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Dr. Sebastian Gorka- 11 Years After 9/11: What Went Wrong With American Policy?

The program included an esteemed panel of National Security and Counter-Terrorism experts, as well as Congressman Louis Gohmert of Texas, who introduced the event. Opening comments were also made by Sarah Stern, President & Founder of EMET, and Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy President & CEO and former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.

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On November 11, 1999, then First Lady Hillary Clinton paid a visit to Mrs. Suha Arafat in Ramallah. Mrs. Clinton sat by calmly and dispassionately as Mrs. Arafat made an outrageous allegation that the Israelis had been poisoning Palestinian air and water. When Mrs. Arafat finished speaking, what was the former First Lady’s response? A warm embrace and a kiss on the cheek.

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Since it evolved from the early Arab Spring-style demonstrations in some Syrian cities, to what is now, in the words of Bashar Assad, “a real state of war from all angles,” the Syrian conflict has drawn in nearly every interested party in the Middle East, leading to a confused and tumultuous situation with multiple interests at stake for every party.

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On July 4, 2012, a 17-year-old Frenchman was the victim of a violent anti-Semitic attack on a train from Lyon to Toulouse.  The teenager is a student of Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, where three children and a family were killed by Mohamed Merah on March 19.  A source close to the investigation said that the attackers noticed a chain around his neck.  Aged about 18 years, the two suspects were arrested in an army recruitment office in Lyon.  A police source told AFP that the two men, of North African origin, had no criminal record.

Why anyone is surprised about this attack is beyond me.

As we all know, like much of Europe, France has a long history of anti-Semitism.  As noted scholar Dr. Daniel Pipes has said, “anti-Semitism is not new in France.  France never purged itself of anti-Semitism, it just hid it.”

In 1895, Alfred Dreyfus, a patriotic French Jew, was convicted of treason for supposedly providing secret information to Imperial Germany.  Dreyfus’ trial was a sham, and his conviction was largely based on anti-Semitic feelings among the French elites, the jury and the populace.  Three years after Dreyfus’ exile to the French penal colony of Devil’s Island, on January 13, 1898, French Journalist Emile Zola published an article J’accuse (“I Accuse”) – in the form of a letter to the French President – in which he accused a cabal of high ranking military officers, and other members of the French elite, of making Dreyfus a scapegoat because he (Dreyfus) was a Jew, and even though many of them actually knew who the real traitor was.  Zola published his article at high risk to himself – he could be – and was – prosecuted for criminal libel.  Eventually, as a direct result of Zola’s actions, Alfred Dreyfus was exonerated, and released from Devil’s Island.

The Dreyfus trial may have caused some Frenchmen to reevaluate their feelings towards Jews for the a period of time.  But if so, that was then, and this is now.  Today, anti-Semitism, and violent attacks on French Jews – who number more than half a million – are prevalent.  The French Interior Ministry has detailed that there were 148 anti-Semitic incidents in March and April of 2012, including 43 classified as violent — a huge jump over the 14 violent attacks recorded in the same period in 2011.  The data also demonstrated that there were 69 instances of anti-Semitic intimidation and threats in March and 36 such incidents in April.  Apparently, the vicious murder of three Jewish children and one man, in March by Mohammed Merah in Toulouse actually prompted more violence against Jews, rather than shaming the French populace to oppose anti-Semitism.  In fact, in the 10 days following the Toulouse massacre, there were no fewer than 90 anti-Semitic incidents.  And this anti-Semitic violence has been ongoing for at least a decade – anti-Semitic attacks accounted for half of all racist attacks in France in 2002.

Much of the anti-Semitism, and many of the violent attacks against French Jews, has been initiated by Muslim Frenchmen, the descendants of Algerians and Moroccans who have immigrated to France.  The Muslim population of France is now between four to six million, about 6-10% of the total population.  In 2004, the French government commissioned a report, called the Obin Report, on “the Signs and Manifestations of Religious Affiliation in Educational Establishments,” which showed a deep infiltration by radical Islam into the vast majority of French schools, and the development of a vitriolic hatred for Jews among the Muslim population.  This report was so alarming to the French government that the report was initially buried.  However, the results of this rise in Muslim anti-Semitism cannot be so easily buried.  As a result of this Muslim anti-Semitism, according to the National Bureau of Vigilance against anti-Semitism, nearly four hundred physical attacks against Jews occurred in France in 2011 — more than one a day – and all of these attacks were committed by Muslims.

In addition to the Toulouse massacre, here are some other examples of attacks caused by Muslim Frenchmen against French Jews.  On June 2, 2012, three young Jews wearing skullcaps were attacked in Villeurbanne, a suburb of Lyon, by a dozen individuals who beat them with hammers and iron bars.  The attackers were described as “of North African origin,” and shouted insults against the Jewish religion of the victims before assaulting them physically.  On January 4, 2009, a 29-year old Jewish man was attacked at a Paris subway station by a gang of 20 people who yelled “Palestine will win.” And in 2006, the best known case of French Muslim violence towards Jews, until Toulouse, was the brutal murder of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Parisian Jew.  Halimi had been lured to an apartment, and sadistically tortured to death by Arab and African Muslim Frenchmen.  One gang member later admitted to having put out a cigarette on Halimi’s face “because he did not like Jews.”

Jewish leaders continue to express their concern with the dangerous situation in France, and continue to be ignored by the French government, media, and elites.  Joel Mergui, President of the Jewish group called Central Consistory, has said the country’s Jews are under constant attack. “Not a week goes by without anti-Semitic attacks in France.  I refuse to believe Jews were forced to choose between security and Jewish identity.”  The Chief Rabbi of the Great Synagogue in Lyon, Richard Wertenschlag, called the environment “unbearable.  These incidents are becoming more frequent, so much so, unfortunately, so that they take it for granted,” he said.  And Rabbi Michel Sarfati, who created a Jewish-Muslim friendship group, has lamented, “Don’t tell me French Muslims appreciate Jews – 50 percent of them hate Jews.  Many hate Jews because extremist imams denigrate Jews in their sermons.  They say we’re Israel’s puppets.  Moderate Muslims try to fight this hatred, but they’re being threatened, and they get no support from the state.”  Even former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in 2004, told a meeting of the American Jewish Association in Jerusalem that French Jews should relocate to Israel because of rising violence against Jews there.

So what are the French government, and the French elites, doing about this?  Like the Rabbi said, pretty much nothing useful.  Indeed, “(t)he work of the French media and academia reveals that a majority of members are not only leftist in their outlook, but anti-American and anti-Israel as well and, elements are allied with radical Islamists.  Official policies of the French government since 1967 show they have sought cooperation with the Arab world at the expense of Israel.  The actions of the media, academia and the government have all contributed to the rise of anti-Semitism.”  Also, politically correct attitudes continue to squelch complaints or even reports of the incidents, even among so-called “anti-racist organizations,” which instead focus solely on the anti-Semitism of the native French extreme-right.

In fact, things are so bad that French Jews are just learning to live with the problem.   Nowadays, most of the Jewish victims of anti-Semitic acts don’t even bother going to the French police anymore, as they know that their complaint is likely to be ignored.  For the few incidents that result in an arrest by the police, the victims actually have to worry that those who were arrested may then seek revenge against those who complained, with the authorities refusing to protect the true victims.  And many French Jewish students of Moroccan ancestry try to pass themselves off as Muslim – with some even going as far as to fast on Ramadan.  Others simply emigrate to Israel or other safer nations.

I don’t think anyone should have to learn to live with this problem.  “I dare (to criticize it).  (I) Dare to tell the truth, for I have pledged to tell the full and complete truth if the normal channels of justice failed to do so.  My duty is to speak out; I do not wish to be complicit.”

Also:

  • I accuse the French government, the media and the elite of ignoring the rise of French anti-Semitism, which makes fighting it almost impossible.
  • I accuse the French government, the media and the elite of being afraid – based on politically correct concerns – of identifying the increasing problem of French Muslim anti-Semitism, which makes fighting it almost impossible.  In fact, I have written a whole column on this sad fact before.
  • I accuse the French government of refusing to crack down on radical Imams preaching anti-Semitism to their parishioners, which makes fighting it almost impossible.
  • I accuse the French government, the media and the elite of practicing the three D’s against Israel – the Demonization, the use of Double Standards, and the Delegitimization of Israel.  This inevitably leads to anti-Semitism directed against innocent Jews.
  • I accuse the French government, the media, and the elite of refusing to make a good faith effort to integrate its Muslim population into France, and instead of promoting the discredited cause of multiculturalism.  This has led to the rise of radical Islam, and the rise of anti-Semitism.

“This is the plain truth, Sir, and it is frightful… (But) Do not think that I despair of triumphing in the slightest.  I repeat with the most vehement conviction: truth is on the march, and nothing shall stop it.”

The truth is, anti-Semitism is on the march in France, and the French government, media, and elite are doing nothing about it.  And I – for one – won’t allow the French to ignore this fact.

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Suzanne Pollak

Washington Jewish Week

An excellent piece of reporting from Suzanne Pollack of the Washington Jewish Week highlighting the EMET 6th annual Rays of Light in the Darkness Dinner held June 21st, 2012, featuring Speaker of the Truth Cynthia Farahat. All in all it was a truly wonderful event, highlighting the great speakers of the truth. EMET once again expresses its thanks to our honorees, and to all those who were able to attend.
It wasn’t that many years ago that Cynthia Farahat was a political activist in Egypt, calling for normal relations with Israel and working “side by side with secularists, Muslims, Christians and atheists.”

Those years were filled with fear, constantly learning of missing friends and family and always “waiting for the dawn visitors,” the Egyptian security that came in the early mornings, Farahat told the 260 people gathered at a June 21 dinner in support of EMET, Endowment for Middle East Truth.

Farahat fled Egypt about three years ago and has been speaking out and publishing articles criticizing the Egyptian government and in particular, its crackdown on Copts, Egyptian Christians, ever since.

As co-founder of the Masr el-Om Party, later renamed the Liberal Egyptian Party, Farahat worked for the rights of the non-Muslims under the former Hosni Mubarak regime.

“The Muslim Brotherhood was never banned. I was banned,” she said. “You could say death to the Jews, but you cannot say the opposite. It could cost you your life,” she told the audience at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the District.

While working for the abolishment of Shariah, the moral code and religious law of Islam, Farahat witnessed a friend being stabbed, her brother being beaten and called a Jew, and her name prominently posted on an online hit list, she said. This violence is always conducted “while they are screaming Allahu Akbar [God is great],” she said.

Farahat says she managed to avoid death and make it to America, “because I understand that it takes a victim to create a victimizer,” adding she never “compromised with evil. There is only submission or courageous fight,” she said.

For her efforts, she was one of several people receiving a Ray of Light in the Darkness award from EMET.

Also receiving that award was Simon Deng, who as a young child was captured in South Sudan and sold into slavery. He eventually made it to this country, where he speaks out against slavery and human rights abuses.

Due to delays on his Amtrak train, he wasn’t able to attend the dinner.

In a short video, Deng talked about “the worst sort of racism,” which is what he described as the United Nations’ “calling Israel a racist state. It is absolutely absurd.”

“Arab racism is the same, whether in Khartoum or Cairo,” he said in the video.

In Israel, “we are welcomed and treated like human beings. The black Muslims from Darfur choose Israel. Compared to Egypt, Israel is heaven,” he said.

Also receiving the Ray of Light award were Ambassador John Bolton, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who is still rehabilitating from a stroke.

Earlier in the evening, Sarah Stern, EMET founder and president, called for America to stop aid to Egypt, work to end the violence in Syria and to “stop playing into Iranian hands” as that country builds its nuclear weapons facility.

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Sunday morning, Egyptian time, Mohammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was declared the winner in the Egyptian Presidential elections. This is a watershed event.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist group that was founded in 1928 by Hassan al Banna, a devotee of Adolf Hitler. For eighty four years it has been a goal of the Muslim Brotherhood to turn Egypt into an Islamist state, and to be able to spread the flag of Islam throughout the world.

Many people have called this, “A milestone for Egyptian democracy”. Nothing can be further from the truth. This is as much “a milestone for democracy in Egypt “, as the voting in of Hamas is” a milestone for democracy in Gaza”, or the voting in of Hitler was “a milestone for democracy in Nazi Germany.”

Democracy is more than one vote, one time. It is the ability to have a second, a third and a fourth vote. It means that the institutions of a liberal democracy are in place: a free press, freedom of worship for minorities, freedom of assemblage, freedom for women and for gays. Or as the great Soviet dissident, Natan Sharansky had written, “It is the freedom to be able to stand in the town square and criticize the government without fear of one’s very life.”

For the last sixteen months, since the fall of the Mubarak regime, many of my colleagues from other pro-Israel organizations have been on Capitol Hill, lobbying that we have to continue our aid to the Egyptian military, arguing that the Supreme Council Armed Forces, (SCAF) is the most Western of institutions in Egypt.

As tempting as it might sound, it would be a serious misreading of the strength of the Muslim Brotherhood   to believe that because SCAF had dissolved the Islamist dominated parliament on June 17th, and vowed to write their own Constitution, that the building up of the military would act as a counterbalance against the Muslim Brotherhood, and safeguard democracy in Egypt.

The Muslim Brotherhood is as strong as a lion and as sly as a fox. They hung back during the early days of the revolution in Tahrir Square, making it appear that the age of the totalitarian regime of Mubarak was finally falling to the age of the free and enlightened Face-Book and Twitter Generation. The well-intentioned young, educated minority were working to overthrow the Pharonic like suffocation of Mubarak, but most never would have imagined that they were just bartering one sort of state-imposed suffocation for another, mosque-imposed suffocation.

The Muslim Brotherhood was waiting in the wings, knowing full well that the vast majority of Egyptians were neither well educated nor sophisticated, and relied upon the local mosque for most of their information.

According to a February 2011 Pew Poll, a full 95 per cent of Egyptians felt it was “a good thing” for “Islam to play an active role” in politics.  77 per cent felt that “thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut off”; 82 per cent felt that adulterers should be stoned to death; 84 per cent felt that apostates should face the death penalty.

We, at EMET, also have been warning, since the revolution first began eighteen month ago, in Tahrir Square, that is time, once and for all, to cease our American taxpayer’s dollars from flowing into Egypt, at least until we knew the results of the elections, what sort of government would be formed, and whether or not this government would adhere to existing treaties with Israel.

Ever since 1979, we have taken the Egyptian military and we have built it from a C-, Soviet equipped military to an A+, American equipped one.

It is our fear that these sophisticated weapons might be aimed at Israeli soldiers or civilians.

Imagine, if you will, an all too likely scenario:  A barrage of Kassam missiles comes raining down into southern Israel and the Eshkol region from Gaza. Men women and children are developing all sorts of psychological symptoms and are living in fear. They each have approximately 15 seconds to run to shelter.

Israel is then forced to do, what any other nation would do under those same circumstances.  Under article 41 of the United Nations Charter,  any nation has an obligation to defend its civilian population. The Israelis make the decision to re-enter Gaza to protect and defend the lives of its citizens whose lives have become a living hell.

Would the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt then feel it is necessary to defend their brothers in Gaza? Would our American made weapons be used against Israeli soldiers and civilians?

There are many who argue that our 1.3 billion dollars in military assistance buys us a seat at the table. ask you:  What sort of leverage has this “seat” at this imaginary “table” bought us over the past 33 years?

Has is made it more comfortable for American style, Western NGO’s in Egypt? Has it prevented the Egyptian people from attacking the Israeli embassy? Has it prevented them from countless attacks on the gas pipeline to Israel? Has it prevented the cross border raids into Israel, one resulting in the murder of eight Israelis, last summer, and one in another Israeli, just last week? Has it resulted in a modification of the vitriol used against Israel and the United States? Has it resulted in guarantees that the Egyptians will adhere not only to the letter, but to the spirit of the Camp david Accords?

During the Egyptian election season, we have heard everything from spokesmen for the Muslim Brotherhood from,” We will uphold the Camp David Treaty with Israel”, to “We will take it to a referendum, to “We cannot be held hostage by a hollow, outdated treaty.”

My suspicion is that the Muslim Brotherhood might, at least initially pay lip service to the Camp David Treaty in order to secure the continuous flow of money from the United States into their bankrupt economy, but that that these will be simply hollow promises.

I fear that there will always be an abundance of naive American “experts” inside the beltway who will be willing to believe them.  I fear that it will not be too long before they will borrow a page from Yassir Arafat’s playbook, whitewash a few members of the Muslim Brotherhood who have paid lip service to the Camp David Treaty, bring them to Washington, where their handlers will say: “This is the pragmatic branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, the part that we can deal with.” Probably not before very long, we might find that they will be invited into the White House.

As the old saying goes, “There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.”

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