Sunday, 18 January 2009


Ken Berwitz

I've always seen this as a continuum:

-what you are ignorant of, you don't understand;

-what you don't understand, you fear;

-what you fear, you hate;

-what you hate, you lash out at.

With this in mind, please read the London Daily Telegraph's unsettling account of what is becoming an increasingly frequent event in the UK:  Muslim radicals filled with ignorance, fear and hate, lashing out at......whatever.  In this case it is two Starbucks coffee shops:

Starbucks smashed and looted as anti-Israel protests turn to violence

Two London branches of coffee chain Starbucks were smashed and looted when protests against Israel's military action in Gaza turned to violence.

By Alastair Jamieson
Last Updated: 10:57PM GMT 17 Jan 2009

Starbucks violence - Starbucks smashed and looted as anti-Israel protests turn to violence
The United States coffee chain has recently been the subject of an internet boycott campaign amid claims it donates profits to Israel ? an accusation it strongly denies Photo: PA

Riot police surrounded up to 240 demonstrators in central London, many wearing scarves covering their faces, who broke away from a rally in Trafalgar Square at about 5pm.

Up to 200 were tracked by a police helicopter as they ransacked the coffee shops in Piccadilly and Shaftesbury Avenue while 40 more were contained in Hyde Park, thought to be on their way to the Israeli embassy in Kensington.

The United States coffee chain has recently been the subject of an internet boycott campaign amid claims it donates profits to Israel an accusation it strongly denies.

Commander Bob Broadhurst, in charge of public order policing for the Metropolitan Police, said: "Once again what we have witnessed in London today is a group of thugs, who are not interested in lawful protest, run through the streets smashing shops without care for the alarm they caused the public.

"Thousands of people expressed their views in an earlier, lawful, rally in Trafalgar Square...What followed was totally unacceptable criminal behaviour by a small minority who do not appear to care about any cause. Their behaviour was inexcusable as they took part in wanton criminality."

Police said the London rally was attended by 3,500 people while organisers of a rally in Birmingham said more than 5,000 turned up.

An Israeli flag was set alight at the rally outside Birmingham's Council House in Victoria Square.

Abdulah Abdulah, 25, a clerk from Birmingham said: "The whole world knows this is something serious and the reason that people are angry is that they are getting more frustrated because nothing is being done."

In London, former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn was among the speakers addressing the crowds.

The violence followed demonstrations by thousands of protesters, who waved banners demanding an end to the attacks on Gaza and chanted "Free. Free Palestine".

A passer-by said that trouble began when pro-and anti-Israeli demonstrators clashed in Piccadilly.

The man, who did not wish to be named, said groups of protesters had been split up by the police in an attempt to divert them as they tried to march to the Israeli Embassy. He said: "Both sides were getting rowdy and somebody smashed the windows of a Starbucks down past The Ritz but I'm not sure which side it was."

By 7pm only a small group of protesters remained outside Green Park where they were surrounded by police and arrested.

Shortly after 7.30pm Piccadilly was reopened to traffic going towards Kensington High Street and repair work had already started on the windows of one of the Starbucks smashed by protesters.

One demonstrator said problems had begun when people had not been allowed to leave Trafalgar Square.

The man, who refused to give his name, said: "People tried to leave by walking round the left hand side of the National Gallery. But when we were stopped and came back on ourselves and tried to go round the other side the police linked arms to stop us and there was a big crush.

"We eventually came through Leicester Square and got on to Piccadilly and the police tried to shove everyone back onto the pavement. It was around then I heard somebody smash a window as they walked past Starbucks."

Another rally is planned for the day of Barack Obama's inauguration outside the US Embassy in central London

So whose fault is this?  Well, let's see

-It was because of the pro-Israel demonstrators (how many?  The article doesn't say.  Did they start breaking windows of Muslim stores, a halal meat market maybe?

-It was because the police tried to route the crowd in an orderly fashion, by sending them in a certain direction - exactly the way cars are routed out of stadium parking lots after a ball game.

-It was because the police started shoving a group of innocent people who were displaying no violent intentions at all. 

In short, it was because of anything but what it actually was, which you know as well as I do.

And don't you love Commander Broadhurst's assurance that it was "...just a small minority who do not appear to care about any cause"?  The fact that this "causeless" crowd damaged two Starbucks' cafes, rather than the countless other storefronts available?  Just random luck of course.

I wonder how many other "Commander Broadhursts" there are in the UK, living in this kind of fantasy world.  Since people are starting to call its capital "Lodonistan", I'm guessing there must be quite a few.  Things don't get to this point without plenty of looking the other way and/or fantasizing through rose-colored glasses.

Does this genius think the bombing of London's subways and Glasgow Airport were also  performed by people who do not appear to care about any cause?

I wonder how many Commander Broadhursts we have in the US.


Ken Berwitz

Here's a story that is somehow eluding mainstream media.  It comes to us from, via Steve Gilbert at

Obama Prayer Leader Linked To Hamas

January 18th, 2009

From our old friend Josh Gerstein at the Politico:

Obama prayer speaker comes from group feds say is linked to Hamas

By: Josh Gerstein
January 18, 2009

One of the religious leaders invited to address Barack Obamas inaugural prayer service Wednesday heads an Islamic group named by federal prosecutors as a co-conspirator in a terrorism-fundraising trial in Texas.

Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, is scheduled to join Christian ministers and Jewish rabbis offering prayers for the new president and his family during a service at the National Cathedral in Washington, organizers announced Friday.

Mattsons group calls itself the largest Muslim umbrella organization in North America. However, in May 2007, federal prosecutors included ISNA on a list of nearly 300 co-conspirators filed in a criminal case charging that the Holy Land Foundation of Richardson, Texas, funneled more than $12 million to Hamas.

The U.S. government designated Hamas as a terrorist group in 1995.

A trial in Dallas in 2007 for the foundation and five of its leaders ended with acquittals and mistrials. However, Holy Land and the five officials were convicted of all 108 charges in a second trial last year.

A spokeswoman for the inaugural, Linda Douglass, hailed Ms. Mattson as a widely respected faith leader with a stellar reputation.

We are delighted to have her as part of a program that is inclusive, welcomes people of all faiths and is consistent with the president elects message of unity, the spokeswoman told Politico Friday. All of these are people who preach tolerance.

During last years trial, numerous exhibits were entered into evidence establishing both ISNAs and NAITs intimate relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestine Committee, and the defendants in this case," Mr. Jacks wrote . "They were intimately connected with the HLF and its assigned task of providing financial support to HAMAS. That ISNA and NAIT appeared in these documents and share a common history with these defendants is a reflection of the evidence, not any attempt to disparage or vilify."

Mattson, who did not respond to messages seeking comment for this article, is the first female president of ISNA and a professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut

In a letter  to the New York Times last May, Mattson argued that, under Islamic law, Obamas Christian faith does not render him an apostate, or someone who renounced his religion, because he was never a Muslim to begin with

A minor detail buried in the avalanche of the hoopla over Mr. Obamas coronation inauguration.

Of course this will never reach the decibel level of the phony controversy over the invitation to Rick Warren.

Never mind that Hamas, like most Muslims, most certainly believes in executing homosexuals.

As regular readers of this blog must know, I am unalterably opposed to terrorists and their supporters, and I do not in any way subscribe to Rick Warren's belief that homosexuality is a sin. 

That said, however, I am unaware of Mr. Warren ever supporting a terrorist group or a group which demands that homosexuals be put to death.  Can we say the same for Ingrid Mattson?

Yet our mainstream media -- which did a week of news stories about the Rick Warren controversy -- are too delirious with joy over Barack Obama's impending presidency to report on a trifling matter like who Ms. Mattson is in bed with.

But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.

free` Ken I don't know how you can think homosexuality is not a sin. Perhaps you can do a blog post on it. It seems to me to be clearly written in the Torah and the Bible as being a sin. (01/19/09)


Ken Berwitz

Since the last blog was about a hamas sympathizer leading us in inaugural prayers on Tuesday, I thought it would be useful to remind you of the reverence with which hamas views children.

The following is from Charles Johnson, at  It will tell you pretty much everything you need to know:

Video: Hamas Uses Children As Spotters

Middle East | Sat, Jan 17, 2009 at 4:54:35 pm PST

More pro-Hamas videos are appearing on YouTube; this one was posted by VoiceOfJihaD and it shows very clearly how Hamas uses children as human shields. At about 1:20, the terrorists appear to be shooting at a helicopter overheadand they send children into the streets, in the open, to point out where the helicopter is, while they stay hidden under trees and next to walls.

They do this because they know the IAF tries not to launch airstrikes against children. But they also know that if any of them are killed, their useful little spotters can easily be turned into propaganda tools with the willing assistance of Western media.

They dont waste any part of the child.

Point of order:  If this is the level of reverence hamas ascribes to its own children, how do you suppose it feels about Jewish Israeli children.

Think about that, and understand why Israel fights.

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