“We’re putting history in the right place” stated Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes during the press meeting in Jerusalem on Monday morning. President Cartes and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented together as Paraguay opened its new embassy in the capital of Israel. Paraguay’s opening today followed in the footsteps of the United States and Guatemala whose nations celebrated embassy openings in Jerusalem last week.
Despite the widespread celebrations of the three nations recognizing Israel’s sovereignty, many in the media and in nations surrounding Israel decry the embassy moves. In Today’s News Summaries we delve into the mindset behind the unrest.
- Danon, Haley condemn UNHRC for decision to probe deadly Gaza events , JERUSALEM POST, Daniel J Roth
- Ramadan Day 4 thought for the day from Robert Spencer’s The History of Jihad, JIHAD WATCH, Robert Spencer
- Middle East Historian Bernard Lewis Dies, NEWSMAX, Associated Free Press
- Psychological Asymmetry: Understanding the Gaza “Return” Demonstrations, JCPA, Vol. 18, No. 12, Dr. Irwin J. Mansdorf
- Why Is This Being Taught in Public Schools?, Clarion Project,
1 – Danon, Haley condemn UNHRC for decision to probe deadly Gaza events , JERUSALEM POST, Daniel J Roth
United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks with Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon before the start of a UN Security Council meeting on Jerusalem and Palestine.. (photo credit: REUTERS)
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggested the council should be looking into human rights violations elsewhere instead of Israel. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon condemned the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday after it approved a decision to open an independent investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes on the Gaza border. “The fact that this shameful decision was made even after Hamas officials admitted that the vast majority of those killed were terrorists proves, once again, that nothing can separate this council from its hatred of Israel,” Danon said in a statement.
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2 – Ramadan Day 4 thought for the day from Robert Spencer’s The History of Jihad, JIHAD WATCH, Robert Spencer
Today’s Ramadan inspiration from my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS comes from Muslim Spain, that celebrated beacon of tolerance and multiculturalism. The tolerance of Abd al-Rahman III, the tenth-century Umayyad caliph of Córdoba, is illustrated by the eleventh-century Muslim historian Ibn Hayyan of CoÌrdoba as he details a typical incident when Christian prisoners were brought into the presence of the caliph…
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3 – Middle East Historian Bernard Lewis Dies, NEWSMAX, Associated Free Press
Historian Bernard Lewis, whose influential books shaped generations of Middle East scholars but whose views stirred fierce passions, died at an assisted living facility on Saturday, The Washington Post reported. He was 101.
Lewis, who was born in London and was a longtime professor at Princeton University, was a Cold War hawk, a strong pro-Israel Jew, and influential among White House and Pentagon planners of the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq.
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4 – Psychological Asymmetry: Understanding the Gaza “Return” Demonstrations, JCPA, Vol. 18, No. 12, Dr. Irwin J. Mansdorf
- Psychological asymmetry is the relative advantage of the weaker party in a conflict to engage in otherwise immoral and illegal behavior against a militarily stronger opponent.
- Hamas and other groups have used their psychological asymmetry in engaging Israel for years, exploiting and placing civilians in danger to meet strategic goals.
- The current Gaza demonstrations are a prime example of psychological asymmetry being used as a strategic weapon by Hamas.
That the “facts” tell a different story is irrelevant to the power of psychologically coloring reality. So when headlines state “Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem” there is an implication of absolute symmetry between the two events, with the headline further implying an active, offensive, not reactive nor defensive motive to the Israel side.
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5 – Why Is This Being Taught in Public Schools? Clarion Project
The shahada (Photo: creativecommons.org)
A West Virginia parent is upset after his daughter was asked to write the shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith, as part of “calligraphy practice” in her world religion class.
The shahada — which states, “There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger” — is used in the conversion process to Islam.
Rich Penkoski objected to the assignment that his seventh-grade daughter Brielle was given, saying the religious nature of the assignment was inconsistent with what students were asked to do while studying other religions.