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Europe’s hate for Israel

Op-ed: Many Europeans believe Israel is illegitimate, must be removed from Middle East

Giulio Meotti After the massacre of Jews in Toulouse, many people cried when seeing Miriam Monsonego’s little body wrapped in a white shroud. But most Europeans looked the other way, and the United Nations, EU and the chattering classes all washed their hands of the Jewish blood.

Europe has already forsaken the Jews. The same process can be seen in respect to Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize laureate who published an anti-Israel poem in European newspapers.

According to the polls, 70-80% of Germans support Grass. A Facebook page called “Support Günter Grass” already has thousands of “Likes.” A special Financial Times’ survey sheds more light on Grass’ popularity. Given the question “The statements by Grass are…”, only the 8% answered “dangerous” and “anti-Semitic.” Some 57% said “correct” while 27% said “worth discussing/arguable.”

The total figure of respondents who see Grass’ incitement against Israel as correct or arguable is 84%.

Israel may quit the UN Human Rights Council

FM Lieberman says a UNHRC decision to establish a fact-finding mission to Judea and Samaria may lead to Israel severing ties with the body. By Gavriel Queenann Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Friday he may recall the Israeli ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council and cut ties with the body.

His remarks came after the 47-member council voted to establish a fact-finding mission to probe the “effects of settlements on Palestinian human rights.”

Lieberman also said Israel may choose not to cooperate with the council in its investigation, adding that he plans to ask the US to quit the council as well.

The resolution to “investigate the implications” of the settlements on “the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including east Jerusalem” was passed by a vote of 36 to 1, with 10 abstentions.

Europe was divided on the fact-finding mission, with Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and Russia voting for the measure. Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Moldova abstained.

U.S. State Department actively promoting Islam in Europe

by Soeren Kern

The French government – which has been trying to reverse the pernicious effects of decades of state-sponsored multiculturalism – expressed dismay at what it called “meddling.”

The United States ambassador to Spain recently met with a group of Muslim immigrants in one of the most Islamized neighborhoods of Barcelona to apologize for American foreign policymaking in the Middle East.

U.S. Ambassador Alan Solomont told Muslims assembled at the town hall-like meeting in the heart of Barcelona’s old city that the United States is not an “enemy of Islam” and that U.S. President Barack Obama wants to improve America’s image in the Middle East as quickly as possible by closing the “dark chapters” of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan.

“There are things that the United States has done badly,” Solomont said at the February 28 gathering organized by a non-profit organization called the Cultural, Educational and Social Association of Pakistani Women. “But now the Obama government wants to improve relations with Muslims,” he promised.

During the one-and-a-half-hour question-and-answer session, Solomont asked those in attendance simple rhetorical questions, including: “Did you know that the United States sends a lot of money to Pakistan?” and “Did you know that the decision to destroy Osama bin Laden’s house was made by the United States?”

Iran deploys “Oil weapons’ cuts off six Euopean Nations

Wednesday and announced a cut in exports to six European countries, including France and Greece. By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu Iran rolled out its “oil weapon” Wednesday and announced a cut in exports to six European countries, including France, Spain and Greece.

The government-run PRESS TV announced, “In response to the latest sanctions imposed by the EU (European Union) against Iran’s energy and banking sectors, the Islamic Republic has cut oil exports to six European countries.”

It named them as the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Portugal in response to a EU boycott of new oil contracts with the Islamic Republic.

The move immediately sparked a one percent rise in the price of crude oil on world markets, sending a cost of barrel of crude to more than $101.

IMF euro rescue starts to unravel

By Valentina Pop

BRUSSELS – Days after leaders pledged to channel €200 billion through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help rescue the eurozone, the Czech Republic, Estonia and the German central bank have come out against the idea. Japan, Canada and the US are also sending negative signals.

On Sunday (11 December), a member of the German central bank, Andreas Dombret, told Handelsblatt that his institution cannot be used for any covert funding of eurozone states through the back door of the IMF.

“The money cannot migrate into some sort of special pot that is used exclusively for Europe. That would be a clear breach of the prohibition of monetary financing of states. The German Bundesbank has explicitly ruled this out,” he said.

Dombret said the Bundesbank’s share of such an IMF package would be €45 billion and is “inherently risky”, as it would breach the €211-billion-ceiling imposed by the parliament on EU bail-outs.

Drowning in debt, EU hits moment of truth

Nearly two years in, Europe’s leaders bid to draw a line under the debt crisis this week and deliver a “lasting” solution to ring-fence their money and prevent EU disintegration.
The stakes are high, in the run-up to marathon Brussels talks amid global pressure to end in-fighting and avert the “scary” future US President Barack Obama fears otherwise awaits us all.

But Europe remains steadfast. “The results of the October 23 summit will be decisive,” insisted French Finance Minister Francois Baroin after chairing weekend talks with G20 counterparts in Paris.

Investors Are Dumping Nearly Everything

With no solution in sight for Europe and new fears of a global recession, investors dumped stocks and commodities and ran to the safety of U.S. Treasurys.

Treasury yields , as a result, slipped to historic lows with the 10-year yielding 1.75 percent and the 30-year at 2.86 percent.

The dollar was also a beneficiary of a massive fear trade that sent U.S. stocks sharply lower, on the heels of steep sell-offs in equities markets around the globe.

The worst performing stock market sectors mirrored the sell-off in global commodities markets, with materials down 4.6 percent and energy stocks down 4.1 percent.

Copper, hit by concerns of a Chinese slowdown, tumbled 7 percent to a 1-year low. Gold, usually a safety play, was sold into the maelstrom as investors raised cash. The euro [EUR=X 1.349 0.003 (+0.22%) ], broke below 1.35, a recent bottom of its range. It was trading in the 1.346 area, an eight-month low against the dollar. The dollar index [.DXY 78.29 -0.17 (-0.22%) ] was 1.4 percent higher.

The Rise of Islamic No-Go Zones

by Mark Tapson

Three and a half years ago, one of the Church of England’s most senior bishops, Pakistani-born Michael Nazir-Ali , warned that Islamic extremists had created “no-go”areas across Britain too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter. His politically incorrect concern sparked a firestorm of denial and criticism. The Muslim Council of Britain, for example, dismissed it as the Bishop’s “frantic scaremongering” and “intolerance,” and scoffed,

We wouldn’t allow “no-go” areas to happen. I smell extreme intolerance when people criticise multiculturalism without proper evidence of what has gone wrong.

Well, the evidence of how multiculturalism “has gone wrong” is in. This week Soeren Kern at the Hudson Institute documented the proliferation of such no-go zones throughout Europe – autonomous Islamic “microstates” under Sharia rule (having rejected their host countries’ legal systems), where non-Muslims must either conform to the cultural, legal, and religious norms of fundamentalist Islam or expect to be greeted with violence. As Daniel Pipes puts it, “a more precise name for these zones would be Dar al-Islam” – the House of Islam, or the place where Islam rules.

Palestinians loosing support

More than 100 European parliamentarians sign letter objecting to unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence; only talks can bring peace, letter says, but US officials admit situation gloomy, depressing

Ronen Medzini

More than 100 European Union parliament members say they object to a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood in September.

In a letter addressed to EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, parliamentarians from severa

The Gateway to Hell in Iceland is about to erupt

One of Iceland’s most feared volcanoes looks ready to erupt, raising fears of a new ash cloud over Europe.

The Hekla volcano is close to the ash-spewing Eyjafjoell, which last year caused the world’s biggest airspace shut down since World War II, affecting more than 100,000 flights and eight million passengers.

Experts have said measurements of Hekla – dubbed “Gateway to Hell” by locals – indicate magma movement.

“The movements around Hekla have been unusual in the last two to three days,” University of Iceland geophysicist Pall Einarsson said.

While this might not necessarily mean an immediate blast, “the volcano is ready to erupt”, he stressed.

“The mountain has been slowly expanding in the last few years because of magma build up,” he explained.

Another geophysicist, Ari Trausit Gudmundsson, said measurements around Hekla were very “unusual” and the volcano looked ready to blow.