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IDF Withdraws All Troops from Southern Gaza

By NEWSRAEL Telling the Israeli Story

Only one brigade remains in the Strip; terrorists in Khan Yunis fire rocket barrage at Israeli towns.


The Israel Defense Forces has withdrawn all ground troops from the southern Gaza Strip, with only one brigade remaining in the coastal enclave, according to reports on Sunday.

This comes after four months of fighting in the former Hamas stronghold of Khan Yunis and six months since the start of the war.

According to IDF sources on Sunday, the IDF’s 98th Division has concluded its mission in Khan Yunis. The division left the Gaza Strip to recuperate and prepare for future operations. A significant force led by the 162nd Division and the division’s Nahal Brigade continues to operate in the Gaza Strip, and will preserve the IDF’s freedom of action and its ability to conduct precise intelligence-based operations, the sources said.

The move also comes after last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again reiterated that the IDF would defeat Hamas by entering the last terrorist stronghold of Rafah, south of Khan Yunis.

“There is no victory without entering Rafah; there is no victory without destroying the Hamas battalions there,” said Netanyahu in a primetime address, adding that the operation “will take time, but it will happen.”

The premier once again said that only a combination of military pressure and tough negotiations would bring about the release of the remaining 133 hostages taken to Gaza by Palestinian terrorists on Oct. 7.

Meanwhile, early on Sunday afternoon, red alert warning sirens sounded across parts of southern Israel as Hamas fired a rocket barrage at Israeli towns east of Khan Yunis.

Color Red alerts were activated in the “Gaza Envelope” moshavim of Ami’oz, Mivtahim, Ohad, Sde Nitzan, Talmei Eliyahu and Yesha, and the community settlement of Tzohar.

Terrorists in Khan Yunis fired four rockets towards towns in Israel’s Eshkol region, hours after the IDF withdrew from the Gazan city. The Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted two of the rockets.

According to the reports on Sunday, the last brigade remaining in the Strip is the Nahal infantry unit, which is there to secure the Netzarim Corridor that splits the Gazan north and south, enabling the IDF to control movements in the Strip. It crosses the Strip from the Be’eri area in southern Israel to the Mediterranean coast.

The Netzarim Corridor prevents Gazans from returning to the north of the Strip and allows for humanitarian aid to enter directly into northern Gaza.

Four Israel Defense Forces commandoes were killed in action in southern Gaza on Saturday, the IDF announced on Sunday. Terrorists emerged from a tunnel in Khan Yunis and ambushed the soldiers at close range, the army said.

The attack raised the military’s death toll to 604 on all fronts since the war started. Their deaths bring the number of soldiers slain since the start of Israeli ground operations in Gaza on Oct. 27 to 260.

The IDF said on Saturday that it had destroyed three Hamas attack tunnels in the Khan Yunis area, some of which reached into Israeli territory. The tunnels had been under intelligence and technological surveillance for several years, according to the military.

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VIDEO: April 8th Eclipse — Shofar of Warning

By Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D.

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a Word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me.”  — Ezekiel 3:17.

“If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood” — Ezekiel 33:6.


Mentioned below is both a teaching and warning from the Lord carried by Julie Green and Larry Ballard. The eclipse which will occur on Monday, April 8th is a direct message from the Lord to the people of America. As you will learn the Lord is sending a message to America, a nation He personally ordained. It is God’s will to have America turn from our ways and what we have accepted as the new normal, and come into submission (cooperation) with His will. You will hear and actually see what is ruling our nation’s capitol – a shadow government comprised of the demonic; Washington, D.C. has been turned over to Baal.

I am strongly asking you to take some time, step away from your phone and all other possible disruptions listen and learn the message just sent to you.

The Shofar of Warning is sounding!

The Shofar of Warning is sounding!

I am blowing the Shofar of Warning for you to stop and listen to the warning you were just sent.

A Bondservant to the Lord Yeshua.

©2024. Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D. All rights reserved.

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Israel: The Persian People of Iran Are Not Your Enemy

By Amil Imani

Persian Jews have lived in Iran for millennia.  In fact, the Jewish community in Iran is among the oldest in the world.  I personally dislike calling them Persian Jews; I prefer to call them just Persian.  They are just as Persian as any other Persians.  Iran belongs to them just as much as it belongs to every Iranian.

Historically, Judaism has been the second-oldest religion still practiced in Iran after Zoroastrianism, the original Iranian religion before the invasion of the Arabs.  The origin of the Jewish diaspora in Persia is connected to the deportation of the Israelites in 727 B.C. from Samaria to Medea and Persia.  The famous “Cyrus the Great declaration” allowed the Jews who were living in exile by the river of Babylon to return to their homeland, Judea, and Jerusalem to rebuild their Second Temple.  But some who had established themselves economically and socially preferred to remain in Persia and Babylon under the protection of Cyrus the Great.

Israel, we, the children of Cyrus the Great, understand your suffering through the passage of time.  Many of us Iranians suffer and share with you this tragic state of affairs that harms you.  We pray for an eternal peace between you and your neighbors.  We also earnestly hope ways can be found for a peaceful resolution of this destructive impasse.

As it has been said, if you don’t know who the enemy is, you can’t repel him.  One die-hard enemy, Islam, has been hard at work for some 1,400 years to finish off the Jews, completing the work Muhammad passed on to his followers.

Allah’s apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, ‘O Muslim!  There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him’” (Sahih Bukhari 4:52:177; see also Sahih Bukhari 4:52:176Sahih Bukhari 4:56:791).

Many of us, the children of Cyrus the Great, also would like to offer our heartfelt best wishes to the Jews at this critical moment in time.  We know that their towns have been hit for years by (made in Iran) Hamas rockets and missiles.  Although it is hard to see innocent civilians die, we believe that Israel is only defending itself.  That should not be too hard to understand.

I urge the Jews to make a distinction between the regime and the Iranian people.  True Iranians have remained friends of the Jews by belief and deed.  During the shameful Hitlerian campaign to exterminate the Jews, for instance, Iranian missions in Europe, notably the one in France, issued Iranian passports to facilitate the flight of French and other European Jews from the claws of Nazis and their gas chambers – the very gas chambers that the true Muslim, the disgraceful Iranian, former president of the Islamic Republic, Ahmadinejad, denies ever existed.  This historical act of humanity is known as the “Iranian Schindler.”

Regrettably, after Cyrus the Great’s declaration, the people of Israel were unable to settle down for long in their own homeland, to worship their God as they wished, and to live in peace.  They were assaulted once again by the forces of destruction that sent them scurrying for the relative safety of other lands.

Their resilience to follow your destiny is the culmination in thousands of years’ gestation during which the Jewish people, dispersed through much of the world, endured immense degrees and varieties of suffering.  The Nazi murderers and their collaborators capped the crimes committed against the Jewish people by slaughtering six million innocent men, women, and children.

We are grateful that Israel has welcomed Iranian Jews who could no longer tolerate the rule of the oppressive, venomous mullahs.  These mullahs are indeed traitors to the lofty longstanding tradition and values championed by Cyrus the Great and revered by Persians throughout the ages.

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Biden regime plans to label goods made by Jews in Judea and Samaria so they can be boycotted

By Jihad Watch

Government-led boycotts of Jewish businesses. Hmmm. Where have we heard of such a thing before?

U.S. plans to label goods from Jewish settlements in occupied West Bank

by Felicia Schwartz, Financial Times, April 5, 2024:

The Biden administration is drawing up plans to require goods produced in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank to be clearly labelled as coming from there, according to US officials, another sign of White House unhappiness with the government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

The final go-ahead for the move, and its timing, have not been decided but it is intended to increase pressure on Israel over rising settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, and comes amid US frustration with the Jewish state’s conduct of the war in Gaza.

The move would reverse a policy introduced by the Donald Trump administration in 2020 that required goods produced in the West Bank to be labelled as “Made in Israel”….

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Israel’s top police interrogator on Oct. 7th Hamas terrorists: ‘They cut off organs’ to trade during hostage negotiations

By The Geller Report

Police officers who interrogated Hamas Nukhba terrorists tell of the horrors that the terrorists partook in as the October 7 massacre unfolded.

We are in the presence of crime without a name. The West stands with the savages. The Biden regime stands with these animals. America has lost its moral compass. The West is no longer able to recognize evil or call a spade a spade, as it were, even since the “moral relativism” of the 1960s counterculture revolution, as well as the “multiculturalism” of the 1970s.

Western man currently lives in a Faustian Age of craven opportunists and despicable cowards, who would rather kick the proverbial can further down the lines to their eventual successors and subsequent generations, rather than dealing with an existential issue like Islam (the worldwide jihad, which was declared long ago), in the here and now.  This particularly applies to our elected officials, the lion’s share of whom only care about feathering their own corrupt nests.

Despite the well documented savagery of Hamas,  far-left leaders like Joe Biden, out of fear of offending and electorally alienating the ever growing Muslim voting blocks, fully expect Israel to fight an existential war for its very survival against these barbaric Islamic savages, with both hands tied behind her back.

‘They cut off organs’: Interrogator reveals Hamas terrorists’ Oct. 7 atrocities

Police officers who interrogated Hamas Nukhba terrorists tell of the horrors that the terrorists partook in as the October 7 massacre unfolded.

By Shlomi Heller, J Post, April 4, 2024:

“We interrogated hate-filled terrorists who were trading body parts of those murdered on October 7. They took a knife and murdered everyone in their wake. They cut off organs and took them to Gaza in order to trade with them in future hostage negotiations,” said “R,” a company commander in the Lahav 433 Unit and Superintendent Yaron Binyamin in a conversation with Israel Police spokesperson, Commander Eli Levy.

In a special interview for the “Police News” program, Superintendent Binyamin spoke about the investigations of Nukhba terrorists who committed brutal crimes on October 7, which included murder, massacre, rape, abuse of corpses, and the kidnapping of soldiers and civilians while setting fire to occupants’ houses.

The interview also included chilling evidence of the terrorists who confessed in the interrogation rooms how they committed unimaginable crimes.

“I say to those who deny the crimes committed by Nukhba terrorists that at the end of six months of investigation, there is no doubt at all about the number of horrible crimes they committed on October 7. Today, we understand this through the testimony of the terrorists who themselves carried out the terrible massacre,” said Binyamin.
The goal of extracting critical information

“When you sit in front of a terrorist, your main goal is to extract the whole truth from him and everything he knows,” he added.

Continue reading.

Top police interrogator: ‘We interrogated terrorists who dealt in victims’ body parts’

The head of the Israel Police Unit of International Crime Investigations Security Division, Chief Superintendent Yaron Binyaim said that there is no way to deny what happened on Oct. 7th after the perpetrators themselves admitted to it all.

The head of the Israel Police Unit of International Crime Investigations Security Division, Chief Superintendent Yaron Binyaim, discussed for the first time the interrogations of the terrorists who committed the October 7th massacre.

“We interrogated terrorists who dealt in the body parts of the victims of October 7th. They cut off limbs, took them with them to Gaza, and planned to trade them in future negotiations for hostages. We interrogated terrorists who were awash with hate, who took knives and murdered anything they got their hands on,” Binyamin recounted.

“I say to those who deny the crimes of the Nukhba terrorists that after six months of interrogations, there is no doubt at all regarding the horrifying quantity of crimes committed on October 7th. Today we understand this through the testimonies of the very terrorists who committed this terrible massacre.”

According to him, “When you sit in front of a terrorist, your top goal is to pull the truth and everything he knows out of him. Not only to know what he himself did, but to also know who his fellow terrorists were, who planned, who executed, who still hasn’t been caught, and what missions the terrorists were given before leaving Gaza.

“In the interrogation room, it is very difficult to remove emotions but that is exactly the difference between a good interrogator and a great interrogator. Every investigation like this one will stay with us, the interrogators for years to come,” he concluded.

Continue reading.

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Pamela Geller

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Jordan rocked by pro-Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood protests, ‘serious threat to Hashemite Kingdom’

By Jihad Watch

“Jordan’s government has been one of the most vocal opponents of Israel’s war to root out Hamas terrorists from Gaza.” The battle is on for control of the region, and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is infamous for destabilizing countries. Recall the upheaval in Egypt in 2012, before Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown. Other countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Syria, have joined Egypt in banning the MB.

Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement (which is no different from Hamas in its intention to obliterate Israel) recently slammed Iran for meddling in internal Palestinian affairs, and primarily for its support of Muslim Brotherhood offshoot Hamas. The Israeli war on Hamas is evolving to encompass divisions in the Islamic world which are moving toward a boiling point, particularly in regard to Muslim organizations and countries which either reject Muslim Brotherhood or, as in the case of Fatah, are competing with Hamas.

Jordan is now faced with internal instability and a grave threat to its government from the Muslim Brotherhood. According to MEMRI:

This incitement of the Jordanian public by Hamas and MB officials enraged the Jordanian establishment. Initially, this establishment thought that adopting Hamas’ rhetoric would protect it from the public fury, but it seems that this tactic has been unsuccessful, and that Hamas’ propaganda and incitement has weakened Jordan and today even threatens to destabilize the regime.

US ally Jordan rocked by pro-Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood protests over Gaza war

by Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, April 4, 2024:

One of the U.S.’s closest Mideast allies, Jordan, has been hit by demonstrations that, according to some analysts, have spilled over into a serious threat to the Hashemite Kingdom with open declarations of support for the Hamas terrorist organization.

Jordan’s government has been one of the most vocal opponents of Israel’s war to root out Hamas terrorists from Gaza after the jihadi movement slaughtered 1,200 people on Oct. 7, including many Americans.

Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi declared in November that “Hamas is an idea and ideas do not die.” Jordan’s Queen Rania cast doubt in a CNN interview on whether Hamas really committed atrocities on Oct. 7.

Veteran experts on Jordan view King Abdullah II and his inner circle as contributing, directly and indirectly, to the unrest that could potentially dislodge his regime.

The former Israeli ambassador to Jordan, Jacob Rosen, told Fox News Digital that “Jordan is walking on a very tight rope. The authorities let the Muslim Brotherhood under whatever cover they operate to voice out their message, but they disperse any demonstrations [that] may go ‘wrong’ or to turn against the government itself.”…

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CIA Says Iran About to Attack Israel

By Kenneth R. Timmerman

Hold the presses, folks! The CIA apparently has warned Israel that Iran is going to attack within 48 hours!

Now that warning, we are told by “press reports,” occurred on Thursday. And just to rub it in, a former CIA official told the New York Times that Israel’s precision strike on Damascus that killed the deputy commander of Iran’s Quds Force was “reckless.” Hence, Israel deserved to get hit.

But let’s take a closer look. For the CIA to actually warn Israel that Iran was about to launch a counterstrike on Israel from Iranian territory presumes that the CIA has some pretty good sources of intelligence inside Iran.

From what I have seen, the CIA has pretty good signals intelligence – that is, they can monitor what Iranian officials say on their cellphones  – but they don’t have any agents in place. They don’t have a clue what’s going on inside the Iranian regime leadership, other than what they say in public or on their phones (Hint: the Iranians know better than to use cellphones for sensitive conversations).

The Israelis, on the other hand, have absolutely stellar intelligence on Iran.

Their intelligence is so good that they were able to locate Iran’s secret nuclear weapons archive in a ordinary warehouse in south Tehran a few years ago, break in during the night, crack four giant bank vaults, and remove 500 bankers boxes of documents and several hundred CDs, and get it all out of Dodge before dawn.

One of the leaders of that operation was a woman – a Mossad “Amazon” – who was decorated (back to the camera) by Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Have you ever heard of the CIA carrying out a similar exploit? (And if they had, believe me today’s CIA would make sure it leaked to the NY Times).

The Iranians never realized they had been burgled until Prime Minister Netanyahu presented excerpts from Iran’s nuclear files at the United Nations more than a year later.

Israel’s intelligence is so good that they were able to track the deputy commander of the Quds Force to Damascus and kill him within twenty-four hours.

The Secretary General of the United Nations whined that Israel should be condemned for attacking a diplomatic facility – just as the Iranians did using local proxies in Benghazi on September 11, 2011, killing four Americans.

But in this case, the Iranian consulate in Damascus may have been a diplomatic facility on Sunday, but on Monday it had become a military headquarters where Brigadier General Zahedi and his deputy, Brigadier General Hadi Rahimi, were discussing military strategy with local Quds Force and militia commanders.

Take a look at photos taken after the strike, such as the one below. What do you notice about that beautiful building flying the Iranian regime flag to the left of the demolished “consulate?” Ah, yes. Not even a pane of stained glass has been broken, or the 50-foot tall signals intelligence antenna dented.

Pretty much the same accuracy as the Israelis have been practicing in Gaza, by the way.

Why am I convinced the Iranians won’t retaliate in any significant way, and certainly not by launching drones or missiles from Iranian territory, as the anonymous CIA “sources” are whispering?

Because to do so would give Israel the green light to finally strike Iran, something many in Israel have been wanting to do for years. And if one thing is sure, it’s this: the Iranian regime is terrified of an Israeli strike on Iran. They will fight Israel to the blood of the last Palestinian or Lebanese, but they will do nothing to bring the fight to Iran.

I discuss this and President Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren’s hyperventilating response to the Israel’s latest actions in Gaza, as well as NATO’s 75 birthday and a curious Easter ceremony in Florence, Italy, on Prophecy Today Weekend.

As always, you can listen live at 1 PM on Saturday in the Jacksonville, FL, area on 104.9 FM or 550 AM, or by downloading the Jacksonville Way Radio app. If you miss it live, you can listen to the podcast here.

Yours in freedom.

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Jihad Murderer of 5-Year-Old Girl Caught Hiding in Maternity Ward

By Jihad Watch

Justice comes for a Hamas child killer.

On a Sabbath morning, three Islamic terrorists invaded the Israeli village of Adora located in the Judean Mountains in the rebuilt vicinity of a city dating back to the reign of King Solomon.

The Jihadists had carefully picked the Sabbath morning when many of the men and some of the women would be praying in the synagogue. To fool what few families were at home, they wore the uniforms of Israeli soldiers as they entered their houses.

At the Shefi family home, Jacob Shefi, a policeman, was in the synagogue and his wife Shiri was in the bedroom playing with their three children, 5-year-old Danielle, 4-year-old Uriel and 2-year-old Eliad, when one the terrorists burst into the bedroom.

Danielle had wanted to go to the synagogue, but her mother insisted on doing her hair first.

Shiri told the children to hide under the bed and covered them with her body as the terrorist opened fire. Wounded, she still managed to force the door closed as the terrorists continued their rampage across the village. Uriel and Eliad were wounded, but Danielle, hiding under the bed, was dead.

Jacob Shefi, running home at the sound of gunshots, thought the terrorists were soldiers and asked them what was happening. They shot at him and he ran to a house nearby to find a gun. When he saw his wife again, she told him, “they murdered our daughter.”

Danielle Shefi was one of 4 people murdered in the Adora attack, including Katia Greenberg, a Russian immigrant and mother of 3 who worked with the disabled, Yaakov Katz, a Soviet dissident physicist, who left the USSR with Reagan’s help and was working on laser technology, and First Sergeant Arik Becker, a 22-year-old reservist who was killed trying to stop the attack.

It was the spring of 2002 and such Islamic terror atrocities still had the power to shock the world. Or those parts of it that were not the media which headlined the story as, “Palestinian Gunmen Kill 4 Israeli Settlers in West Bank.” And Danielle Shefi became just another “Israeli settler”.

“Anyone capable of looking a 4-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl in the face and then shooting them is not human,” Jacob Shefi told the press. “Danielle, who never hurt anyone and who was taught to love and respect all human beings, Jew or Arab, was murdered in her parents’ bedroom – which for her should have been the safest place.”

When her kindergarten classmates were told that the little girl had gone to heaven, they asked, “What is Danielle doing up there near the birds and planes?”

“Please remember Danielle Shefi, a little girl in Israel. Danielle was five. When the murderers came, she hid under her bed. Palestinian gunmen found and killed her anyway,” Elie Wiesel, the great writer of the Holocaust, urged President Bush. “Please remember that while Israelis mourned alongside us for our nation’s tragedy on September 11th, Yasir Arafat was busy suppressing footage of his constituents dancing in the streets.”

But few remembered and the world moved on. One of the terrorists from the Adora attack was released as part of the disastrous Shalit hostage exchange deal in 2011.

Fadi Mohammed Salaam Dewik, that terrorist, rose through the ranks and became a senior figure in Hamas. After Israel had finished its previous raid on the Al-Shifa hospital, the Qatari base used by Hamas, Dewik along with many other terrorists returned to the hospital.

They assumed that Israel would not come back without offering plenty of warning the way that it had during the previous raid on Al-Shifa under pressure from the Biden administration.

But this time the terrorists had made a fatal mistake.

After a campaign by Islamic terrorist supporters in Dearborn, Michigan, and their leftist allies, the Biden administration had turned on Israel to salvage his chances in the swing state.

Senator Schumer was chosen by the administration to denounce Israel and warn it not to endanger civilians by attacking Hamas. The weekend after Schumer’s shameful speech, Israel came back to Al-Shifa and this time there were no more warnings to tip off the terrorists.

Over the holiday of Purim, Israeli soldiers took out over 200 terrorists and captured over 650 terrorists. There were more terrorists at the hospital than its official number of 700 patient beds.

The terrorists included the top leadership of Islamic Jihad and senior Hamas officials. While most of the terrorists surrendered, expecting to be traded in a deal for the hostages, some of the most hardened holed up in the hospital’s maternity ward and wouldn’t come out.

Among them was Dewik.

Cartoons had often depicted Hamas hiding behind babies, and the terrorists made those cartoons come to life as they opened fire from the ER, threw grenades from the burn ward and when the maternity ward was finally liberated, IDF soldiers found sniper rifles, handguns and mortars hidden everywhere from beds to drop ceilings.

Dewik died alongside Zakariya Najeeb, a top terrorist who had coordinated operations for Hamas, in the maternity ward where mothers are supposed to bring life into the world.

The terrorist who had taken part in the murder of a 5-year-old girl died in a place of children.

Justice had been delayed for 22 years before finally catching up with Fadi Mohammed Dewik.

“When I heard my daughter was murdered, my first reaction was: there is no God,” Jacob Shefi said at the time. “Then I came to my senses. I thought to myself, here, my two sons and my wife were left alive, even though terrorists shot at them from point blank range. They also shot at me and didn’t hit me, there is a higher power watching over us.”

“She loved to pray, go to synagogue. If only she had gone out with me in the morning, maybe she would be alive,” he said.

Today, Jacob is one of the “Blue Riders” motorcyclists in Israeli law enforcement and posts inspirational religious messages in the wake of the Islamic terrorist attacks of Oct 7.

When Danielle was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said that she wanted to be a righteous woman. Today she would have been a young woman, perhaps married with children of her own. Islamic terrorists denied her the opportunity as they had so many innocent victims, from the dead in Adora to those murdered on 9/11, 7/7 in London and Oct 7 in Israel.

Justice under these conditions seems elusive and at times even impossible. And those who are left behind may even wonder if there is a God who sees and makes right a broken world.

Danielle’s full name was Danielle Bat-El Shefi. Bat-El means “Daughter of G-d.”

Murdered on a Sabbath, Danielle was avenged on Purim which commemorates the day when Haman had plotted to kill the Jews, “from the young to the old, little children and women”.

The Biden administration and the world had abandoned Israel, but that higher power had not.

AUTHOR

DANIEL GREENFIELD

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A beautiful Danielle Sheffy from Adorah, near Hebron, would have been 27 years old today.

Fadi Dewik came into her bedroom when she was 5 years old and murdered Danielle while she was trying to hide under the bed. He murdered a total of 4 innocent Jews. https://t.co/p3TujRUgOa pic.twitter.com/wrY21tUApR

— Rabbi E. Poupko. #IStandWithIsrael 🇮🇱 (@RabbiPoupko) March 31, 2024

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Gaza: Truths Behind the Lies

By ACT For America!

You’ll Want to Share it With the World!


VICTOR DAVIS HANSON | PJ MEDIA | MARCH 29, 2024

Occupied Gaza. Prior to October 7, there were roughly two million Arab citizens of Israel but no Jewish citizens in Gaza. Gazans in 2006 voted in Hamas to rule them. It summarily executed its Palestinian Authority rivals. Hamas canceled all future scheduled elections. It established a dictatorship and diverted hundreds of billions of dollars in international aid to build a vast underground labyrinth of military installations.

Collateral damage. Hamas began the war by deliberately targeting civilians. It massacred them on October 7 when it invaded Israel during a time of peace and holidays. It sent more than 7,000 rockets into Israeli cities for the sole purpose of killing noncombatants. It has no vocabulary for the collateral damage of Israeli civilians since it believes any Jewish death under any circumstances is cause for celebration.

Hamas places its terrorist centers beneath and inside hospitals, schools, and mosques. Why? Israel is assumed to have more reservations about collaterally hitting Gaza civilians than Hamas does exposing them as human shields.

Disproportionate. We are told Israel wrongly uses disproportionate force to retaliate in Gaza. But it does so because no nation can win a war without disproportionate violence that hurts the enemy more than it is hurt by the enemy.

The U.S. incinerated German and Japanese cities with disproportionate force to end a war both Axis powers started. The American military in Iraq nearly leveled Fallujah and Mosul by disproportional force to root out Islamic gunmen hiding among innocents. Hamas has objections to disproportionate violence — but only when it is achieved by Israel and not Hamas.

Two-state solution. Prior to October 7, there was a de facto three-state solution, given that Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza were all separate states ruled by their own governments, two of which were illegitimate without scheduled elections.

Israel would have been content to live next to an autonomous Arab Gaza and West Bank that did not seek to destroy Israel in their multigenerational efforts to form their own “one-state solution.”

Ceasefire. The so-called international community is demanding Israel agree to a “ceasefire.” But there was already a ceasefire prior to October 7. Hamas broke it by massacring 1,200 Jews and taking over 250 hostages.

Hamas violated that peace because it thought it could gain leverage over Israel by murdering Jews.

Hamas now demands another ceasefire because it thinks it is no longer able to murder more unarmed Jews. Instead, it now fears that Israel will destroy Hamas in the way Hamas sought but failed to destroy Israel.

Did Hamas call for a cease-fire after the first 500 Jews it massacred on October 7?

RamadanPresident Joe Biden believes that the Muslim religious holiday of Ramadan requires Israel to agree to a ceasefire.

But did either Hamas or any other Arab military ever respect Jewish — or even its own — religious holidays?

The October 7 massacre was timed to catch Israelis unaware while celebrating the Jewish religious holidays of Simchat Torah, Shemini Torah, and Shemini Atzeret on Shabbat.

Moreover, Hamas’s surprise attack was deliberately timed to commemorate the earlier sneak Arab attack on Israel some 50 years earlier.

On October 6, 1973, the Israelis were the target of a surprise attack when celebrating the religious holiday of Yom Kippur. Arab armies also assumed they would achieve greater surprise when attacking during their own religious holiday of Ramadan.

So, Arab militaries fight opportunistically both during Jewish and their own Islamic holidays. Egyptians and Syrians still boast of their 1973 surprise attack on Israel as the “Ramadan War.”

Only Westerners, not Arabs, believe there should be no war during Ramadan.

Civilian casualties. Israel risks the lives of its soldiers to prevent civilian deaths. Hamas risks the lives of its civilians to prevent terrorists’ deaths. Israel considers it a failure, and Hamas considers it globally advantageous when more civilians die than its soldiers.

Foreign aid. The Biden administration threatens to cut off or slow-walk aid to Israel if it continues to retaliate against Hamas even though they started the war. So the administration promises to give more aid to Gaza after the October 7 Hamas massacres than it gave to Gaza before Hamas’s attack.

Prisoners. The international community that favors Hamas, nevertheless, knows it would be safer to be a prisoner of Israel than of Hamas. It knows women are not going to be raped in custody by Israelis but are by Hamas. And the unarmed are more likely to be mutilated and decapitated by Hamas than Israelis.

Is the international community more likely to charge Israel than Hamas for war crimes because the Jewish state seeks to avoid civilian deaths that Hamas finds useful?

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Good Hate, Bad Love

By Amil Imani

“Love” is considered a virtue, while “hate” is considered a vice. But not all forms of love are good, and not all hates are bad. If you love to set buildings on fire, molest children, or steal, these are obviously bad loves. If you hate racism, sexism, or injustices of all sorts, then these are good hates.

Time and again, in response to exposing Islam for what it is, Islamists retort by calling me a hatemonger instead of refuting my assertions.

Hence, I am bringing my case to the fair-minded public to judge. I disapprove a great deal about Islam, its founder, its theology, and the crimes it has perpetrated throughout its history, past and present.

Islam is the creation of one man, Muhammad. The man claimed he was visited many times by jinni. He also claimed that the angel Gabriel commissioned him as the emissary of the Lord of the Lords, the one and only creator of the entire universe, Allah.

Muhammad was ridiculed for reporting his nonsensical revelations (hallucinations) from Allah as an “insane poet.” His own people, the Quraysh, custodians of the idolatry of Mecca, eventually laughed Muhammad out of town. Yet, the illiterate Muhammad persisted in his claim and revealed the Quran in bits and pieces over some twenty years.

Islam’s rules of conduct, as encapsulated in the Sharia, are based on the Quran and the life of the Prophet himself. Even a cursory examination of the Quran clearly demonstrates its confused verbiage, contradictions, and primitive provisions that can hardly be word-for-word dictates of the one and only all-knowing and all-wise creator of the universe, as Muhammad claimed and Muslims blindly believe. The Quran and the Sharia are nothing more than the products of the thinking and way of life of the Arabian Peninsula of long ago, with sprinklings from the Torah and the New Testament.

Islam considers itself the only and final valid religion. It allows a bit of tolerance for the “people of the book,” Jews and Christians, and none for billions of others with different religions or no religion at all.

Islam is a cult and not a religion. It meets all the criteria of cultism by imprisoning its adherents, dictating to them every detail of their lives, and condemning any member to the death of apostasy for daring to leave its fold.

So, here is a short list of Islamic beliefs and practices I abhor. In my view, it is good to hate them and demonic to love them.

  • Islam has a caste system with the male believer on top, the female believer next in rank, followed by the male slave believer, and finally, the female slave believer. I reject slavery, as well as stratifying people, and firmly believe in equality for all.
  • Islam is a misogynist cult where women are chattel. “Al-rejalo ghavamoon ala-alnesa,” men are rulers of women, asserts the Quran — one of hundreds of Islamic rulings that relegate women to subservience by virtue of their gender. Men are allowed four regular wives and numberless temporary ones, while any woman having a liaison with another man is automatically condemned to death by stoning.
  • Education is a sin for the true believers, particularly for women. It is in eradicating this sin that the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan have systematically destroyed thousands of schools. To keep females away from schools, true believers raze schoolhouses to the ground and splash acid on the faces of the females daring to head for school.
  • Freedom in all its forms, highly prized by free people, is taboo in Islam. The duty of the true believer is to surrender his humanness completely and will to the will of Allah as required in the Quran and dictated by the clergy.
  • Islam’s justice system itself is criminal. Just a few examples should suffice here. In the court of law, a woman’s testimony counts as one-half of that of a man; the due process is either absent or perfunctory; thieves are subjected to amputation of limbs; minors and homosexuals are executed; adulterers are stoned to death; apostates are executed, and the families of the victims are forced to pay for the bullets that murdered their loved ones.
  • Under Islam, collusion between the mosque and the state makes for the dehumanization of the citizenry. Any and all oppositions, be they religious, political, or otherwise, are brutally suppressed. The Islamic Republic of Iran, for instance, carried out summary execution of tens of thousands of opposition and dumped their bodies in mass graves in Khavaran, outside of Tehran, without even allowing the families of the victims to perform the burial rite.
  • Islam’s war is not limited to the living. Anything and everything that is non-Islamic is systematically subjected to elimination and destruction. Just two examples: the Buddha statues in Bamyan were dynamited by the Taliban of Afghanistan, while the cemeteries of the Baha’is in Iran were bulldozed by the Islamic Republic’s thugs.
  • Islamic clerics believe it their right to execute people they consider heretics and place bounties on the heads of those their bloody hands cannot reach. Salman Rushdie is one of the widely known cases.
  • Slaveholder Islam is not content to limit its inhuman barbaric system to its traditional homelands. It has penetrated millions of adherents throughout Europe, America, and much of the world. Many of the new arrivals from the failed Islamic states do not realize that it is Islam that is the root cause of their centuries of backwardness and misery. These imprinted-from-birth Muslims are robots who are programmed to do all they can in obedience to the dictates of Muhammad’s Mein Kampf, the Quran (My Ummah).

Beliefs are the impetus to action. Islamic belief is the cause of the misery visited upon Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Islam’s dogma is anathema to every provision of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

If you love the Islamic terror manual, the Quran, and what it perpetrates, that’s bad love. If you hate all the terrible things that Islam advocates and carries out, that’s good hate.

Muslims, the world over, must make a Herculean effort to de-program themselves of the barbaric ideology of Islam; the free people should assist the Muslims in this endeavor, and together, we can all embrace the promptings of good hate and reject the dictates of bad love.

©2024. Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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Downtrodden in The Netherlands

By Matthys van Raalten

In my country, The Kingdom of The Netherlands, there are tens of thousands of people that live on the street. These downtrodden fellow countrymen of mine try to find sleeping places in gardens, in cars, in shelters for the homeless. If they are lucky, they may be permitted to sleep once in a while in the attick of a real home of family or friends.

Holland is one of the richest countries in the world. The problem of the downtrodden could technically easily be solved. There are enough empty homes. But the Dutch government want to give all empty homes to Islamic asylum seekers from the Third World.

In short: our own people in need, come last.

A very good friend of mine is one of these downtrodden. His name is Imro Parami. He immigrated in his youth from Surinam to The Netherlands. He has been discriminated against because he is a black man. Because he couldn’t find work, out of desperation, he became a drug addict. In the year 2018 I met him in a park, where he was using crack, a deadly drug. I convinced him to stop using that drug, and we became friends. He had no home, but stayed over in a shelter for problematic people. I taught him Judo, so he could defend himself in the dangerous world that he was in.

Mr. Parami doesn’t use drugs now for a long period of time. He is a devout Christian. But the Dutch government doesn’t like him: he is outspoken and a real man. He doesn’t fit in modern feminine society. Thus, he gets in trouble with the authorities continuously. He is put in jail, he has to do unpaid labor, he is checked upon et cetera. And the worst thing is: he doesn’t own keys to his own home, but lives in a small room in a shelter, with many unpleasant characters around him.

I do not write this article to improve the life of Mr. Parami alone. I want all downtrodden fellow countrymen of mine to be treated with decency by the Dutch government!

And now over to your country, the USA. You people have to be very careful to avoid that you also get a very large government. A large government isn’t there to serve the common people. It is there solely to serve the higher-ups of the government itself.

That’s all. Now I have to do activism in The Netherlands in the Dutch language again. That means that you Americans have to fight for your own situation. To improve the lives of the American downtrodden. The government cannot be the solution. The large government is the reason there are homeless drug addicts everywhere in America these days.

I wish you all Godspeed, if you join ranks with people that care. In the past, the Hells Angels did marvelous work for the downtrodden. Where are they now?

©2024. Matthys van Raalten. All rights reserved.

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WATCH: Masih Alinejad explains why the people of Iran danced after the death of Qassem Soleimani

By Amil Imani

Iranian journalist and activist and President of the @WLCongress Masih Alinejad, “I will explain why the people of Iran danced after the death of Qassem Soleimani and now they are drinking wine to celebrate the death of seven more of Khamenei’s allies in the IRGC. This is a big no to the lobbies that made Soleimani a hero and whitewashed the murderous corps.”

در مصاحبه با جیک تپر مجری سرشناس CNN
شرح می‌دهم چرا مردم ایران بعد از کشته شدن قاسم سلیمانی رقصیدند و حالا هم به سلامتی کشته شدن هفت تن دیگر از یاران خامنه‌ای در سپاه شراب نوشیده‌اند.
این یک نه بزرگ است به لابی‌هایی که سلیمانی را قهرمان کردند و سپاه قاتل را سفیدشویی میکنند. pic.twitter.com/0dXeqAUyyu

— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) April 4, 2024

©2024. Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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Trump Declares November 5 ‘Christian Day of Visibility’

By Family Research Council

In response to incumbent President Joe Biden naming Easter Sunday the national “Transgender Day of Visibility,” former President Donald Trump is declaring a “Christian Visibility Day.” The 45th president announced on Truth Social, “Election Day, November 5th, will be the most important day in the History of our Country. It will also be Christian Visibility Day, the biggest turnout of Christians in the history of our Country!”

In a Tuesday speech delivered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Trump asked, “And what the hell was Biden thinking when he declared Easter Sunday to be trans visibility day?” He added, “Such total disrespect to Christians, and November 5th is going to be called something else. You know what it’s going to be called? ‘Christian Visibility Day,’ when Christians turn out in numbers that nobody has ever seen before.”

Trump’s national press secretary, Karoline Leavitt, called Biden’s “Transgender Day of Visibility” proclamation “appalling and insulting,” adding that it was simply part of the Biden administration’s “years-long assault on the Christian faith.”

In comments to The Washington Stand, FRC Action Director Matt Carpenter said, “The recent attempt by the Biden White House to overshadow Resurrection Sunday with so-called ‘Transgender Day of Visibility’ will undoubtedly have repercussions come November 5.” He continued, “Unlike Biden, Trump seems to be paying attention to what happened this past weekend when he said election day would be ‘Christian Day of Visibility.’ Christian voters are paying attention.”

“The Biden White House is not simply indifferent to America’s heritage as a Christian nation that marks its calendar with Christian holidays, his administration is openly hostile to that tradition,” Carpenter added. “I think former President Trump rightly sees the opening here to connect with Christian voters who are now seeing plainly the power of the presidency to point American civic life toward its harmful gender ideology or the resurrection of the Son of God from the grave.”

Ahead of Christmas, Trump pledged to form a task force if reelected in order to combat anti-Christian bias. “As soon as I get back in the Oval Office, I’ll also immediately end the war on Christians,” the 45th president promised. “Under crooked Joe Biden, Christians and Americans of faith are being persecuted and government has been weaponized against religion like never before.”

“Biden and his corrupt Department of Injustice have sent SWAT teams to arrest pro-life activists, they’ve targeted conservative parents at school board meetings who don’t want filth taught to their children, it’s filth, what they’re teaching in schools, it’s filth,” Trump stated. He then referred to the Biden Justice Department’s campaign spying on American Catholics who attend the pre-1969 Tridentine Mass, saying, “And now the communists, Marxists, and fascists are going hard after Catholics, even plotting to send spies into Catholic churches. … Just like in the Soviet Union from days gone by.” He asked, “If you’re a Catholic, why would you vote for a Democrat, with what they’re doing to Catholics? I don’t know what’s going on with the Catholics, but they’re really being persecuted.”

“A new report from the House Judiciary Committee proves that the Biden FBI actually targeted Catholics as potential domestic terrorists,” Trump noted, referring to a December congressional report. “And you know, evangelicals will not be far behind, because when that starts, it starts happening on a very major scale.”

Over the past several months, polls have consistently shown Trump beating Biden in November, both in hotly-contested battleground states and nationally.

AUTHOR

S.A. McCarthy

S.A. McCarthy serves as a news writer at The Washington Stand.

EDITORS NOTE: This Washington Stand column is republished with permission. All rights reserved. ©2024 Family Research Council.


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Powers and Principalities: America Is at Spiritual War

By Family Research Council

The hour is late, and open war rages across the United States. No sword is drawn, no shot is fired, yet lives, souls, and civilization itself all hang in the balance. This present war is not a political one — though politics and government are the weapons used in this combat — but a spiritual one. Two religions are struggling for supremacy over America: leftism and Christianity.

“Marxism,” “communism,” “socialism,” “progressivism,” and even “relativism” and “atheism” are common buzzwords among conservatives, but each of these political and social ideologies is merely a contributor to the emergent religion of leftism. Yes, leftism is a religion, it is not simply an ideology: it mandates its own worship, its own doctrine, and even its own sacraments. It promulgates its tenets, enforced by malleable legislation, as positive goods — that is, ends which are good in and of themselves, not simply means to achieve ends which are determined externally to be good, as most political forces do. It was once the norm for varying political factions to agree, largely, on what would be good for the nation — whether that be the support of families, the growth of the economy, or the bolstering of the nation’s borders — predicated on the express will of the people, but to simply differ on how best to achieve those goods.

Not so in the 21st century. Leftism differs fundamentally from its foe on what those ultimate goods are for the nation; in fact, its devoutly, fervently held positions place it in direct opposition not to a political force but to a religion — namely, Christianity, by far the most prevalent religion in America. Abortion, transgenderism, homosexuality, pornography, open borders, and all the agenda items of leftism are directly and incontrovertibly contradictory to the moral standards of Christianity. Of course, conservatism has long advanced Christian moral standards in the public and political spheres, but the increasingly-common brand of secular conservatism uprooted from Christianity has proven toothless in the snarling face of leftism.

Nearly 70 years ago, the Catholic author and orator Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen predicted the rise of the religion of leftism, orchestrated by Satan himself. “He will set up a counter church which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God,” Sheen wrote. “It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ.” The archbishop prophesied that the religion of leftism “will be brotherhood of Man without the fatherhood of God…”

Indeed, the good bishop’s words seem unnervingly more than prescient. For nearly 2,000 years, Christians have celebrated the solemn feast of Easter, commemorating and glorifying Christ’s triumphant resurrection from the dead and victory over the grave. It cannot be mere coincidence that, this year, President Joe Biden declared Easter Sunday to be a national “Transgender Day of Visibility.” Consider that this is more than simply spitting in the face of devout Christians; it is the institution of a new and fatal religion’s highest holy day, intentionally coinciding with the date of Easter Sunday. Christians believe that, through the sacrament of baptism, we are born again, shedding the stain of original sin with which we were born in order to share in the glories of life eternal, opened to us by Christ’s resurrection. Traditionally, baptized Christians would even take a new name, an outward sign of their new identities in Christ. Transgenderism is leftism’s diabolically inverted answer to this sacrament: death to the old self, shedding the identity (sex) with which one was born, and taking a new name to go with one’s new identity.

Every doctrine that Christianity preaches, leftism preaches its own perversion of it. The love advocated by Christianity is rooted in absolute truth, in “Love Himself,” as C.S. Lewis once put it. Leftism advocates “love” unmoored, anchored by nothing more absolute than the weight of fickle feelings and emotions — though, when those emotions are felt, they do reign supreme.

Christianity upholds sacrifice as virtuous — the giving of oneself for the sake of love is the zenith of the virtue of charity. Christ Himself tells His followers, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Leftism also values sacrifice, but never sacrifice of the self, only the sacrificing of others. Abortion is the ultimate example of this warped anti-virtue: sacrificing one’s own child for… financial comfort, a career, no responsibility, or even just consequence-free sex.

Christianity mandates submission to the will of God, accepting His design no matter how painful or difficult. Again, Christ Himself prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39). Leftism demands obeisance to the only god it recognizes: the self-centered self. Transgenderism is demonstrative of this: just as Christian martyrs have willingly suffered torture for the sake of their faith, so the confused, self-centered, and self-loathing suffer mutilation and torture for the sake of their own wounded and twisted egos.

Like the dominant Christianity of the Middle Ages, leftism even has its own office of the inquisition. Those who do not toe the leftist line, who dare to question the new religion’s dogmas, are hounded out of the anti-church. The famed “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is indicative of this. A multi-millionaire and self-declared feminist, Rowling was once a darling of leftist media and political activists. She supported the Labour Party in the U.K. and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Yet as soon as she voiced her concerns over transgenderism, she became a “heretic” to the church of leftism, targeted for disbarment from all the institutions controlled by leftism.

Although leftism is a uniquely 21st century phenomenon, its fundamental principles are nothing new. In fact, God has been dealing with the motivating mindset behind leftism since before the world began. The chief and unifying tenet of the leftist religion — indeed, that of all its precursors and predecessors, also — is naturalism. When first Lucifer said, in the words of the poet John Milton, “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven,” naturalism was born. Naturalism is the belief, the assertion that the creature can replace the Creator, that the peasant may, if he slays the King, rule in His stead. It is the hubristic declaration that “God is dead, I am god.”

Satan was the first to declare thus, in his immense pride, galled by the humility of God’s plan to become a man, to take on the form of a mere creature — “these disgusting little human vermin,” as Lewis called them in the character of Screwtape, a hateful demon. He has declared it ever since, leading countless souls astray. In the Garden of Eden, that was the temptation offered by the Serpent: “You shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5). Throughout Scripture and, certainly, throughout human history, that has been the great temptation, the great sin: to be as gods. When Moses ascended Mount Sinai, after God led the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt, that temptation reared its head and the Hebrews made for themselves an idol (Exodus 32). Even then, the Hebrews fell to worshipping the demon Baal, until the prophet Elijiah proved the supremacy of God and slayed the Baalite priests (1 Kings 18).

Whether in the twilight years of the Roman Empire, throughout the Middle Ages, into the age of discovery, or even now in the modern day, men are tempted to declare themselves God, to worship their own selves over the crucified and resurrected person of Christ, to adhere to their own principles or preachings as supreme. Leftism is simply the culmination of this evil, this unbridled, unrestrained pride, brought to the fore via political prowess and instituted in American culture via institutions long ago captured by the prophets of leftism: Marxists, communists, perverts, abortionists, eugenicists, atheists, relativists, and countless other little ideologues subservient to the Luciferian sin of naturalism.

The current division in America is not ultimately a matter of Left versus Right, of Democrat versus Republican, of communist versus capitalist, but of good versus evil, of naturalism (in the form of leftism) versus Christianity, of the fallen angel Lucifer and his minions versus the crucified and resurrected Christ and the forces of Heaven. The war being waged over America at present is not a matter of differing political opinions but of diametrically opposed religions.

One side says that unborn babies, the most innocent of all persons, may be executed at will, torn apart and unceremoniously vacuumed out of the wombs of their mothers; that children may, on a whim, decide to ingest hormones foreign and unnatural to their bodies before subjecting themselves to irreversible surgeries so horrific that not even the most warped and depraved authors of the 19th and 20th centuries could have imagined them; that procreation is wholly unrelated to the conjugal act, that two men might sodomize one another and call it “love”; that sex-trafficking and child sexual exploitation are just the price to be paid for virtual images of increasingly perverted sex acts, readily available to young and old at the mere click of a button; that a nation has no sovereignty and must be subjected to millions of unvetted, unrestricted immigrants.

The other side says that innocence is worth preserving, that unborn children and their mothers must be cherished and protected from the evils of the abortion mill; that children must be raised to think and think critically, think well, think deeply; that the family is the basic and fundamental unit of society, that the very fabric of civilization would unravel without the family as its basis; that love necessitates self-sacrifice, not self-gratification; that nations have a God-given right to defend their borders and preserve the safety and security of their own people; that Christ is indeed King.

This present war is not between two ideological factions but between powers and principalities, between leftism and Christianity, between good and evil, between God and Satan. “Choose you this day whom ye will serve… As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

AUTHOR

S.A. McCarthy

S.A. McCarthy serves as a news writer at The Washington Stand.

EDITORS NOTE: This Washington Stand column is republished with permission. All rights reserved. ©2024 Family Research Council.


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O’Biden plotting a Color Revolution in Israel to oust Netanyahu while the country is at war!

By Cherie Zaslawsky

Breitbart reports on the U.S. plan to topple Israel’s government.


On April 3rd, Breitbart published an article quoting top Israeli journalist Caroline Glick on the news that the Biden administration is planning to overturn the Israeli government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu.

Let’s connect some dots.

Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists is emblematic of the struggle to maintain Western civilization and liberty against the pressures of Islamic jihad and the globalist elites’ drive toward their long-hoped for One World Government.

And that is the context in which to view O’Biden’s ignominious push to overthrow the democratically elected Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, in favor of a NWO globalist puppet.

Why is America squandering billions of dollars that we can’t afford in order to take down Putin in Russia, under the guise of helping Ukraine? And why is our government attempting to actually overturn the government in our only democratic ally in the Middle East?

These two seemingly disparate questions have the same answer: The globalist elites— the real power behind the U.N., the W.E.F., the World Bank, the IMF, the Bank of International Settlements, the E.U., and more—require the ouster of the remaining anti-globalist, nationalist leaders in strong first-world countries.

That is also why our homegrown Leftist/Marxists/globalist Dems are frantically throwing a barrage of bogus lawsuits at Trump; they hope to bankrupt him or send him to prison or both, before November rolls around.

Why their incessant, furious attacks on him? Because he’s a not only a strong, America First nationalist—he’s also famously stated: “Nationalism, not globalism, will be our credo.” And that is anathema to TPTB—the Davos elites et al.

Our rogue government under Obama engineered a Color Revolution in Ukraine in 2014—aka “the mess that Victoria Nuland made”— and another one in 2020 here at home, to keep President Trump out of the White House. Now they’re planning to overturn the people’s will in Israel, by fomenting Leftist rioting in the streets in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, much as they did with AntiFa in D.C. on January 6th, 2021.

See Breitbart’s article, on America’s pulsillanious betrayal of our ally, Israel: White House Using 4-Part Plan to Overthrow Netanyahu

And Caroline Glick’s article: The Biden administration’s war against the government of Israel.

©2024. CHERIE ZASLAWSKY. All rights reserved.

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$1 Million Dollar Challenge to Replicate the Shroud of Turin

By Jerry Newcombe, D. Min.

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the cornerstone of historic Christianity. But is there scientific evidence it really happened? Some scholars believe that yes, there is and it’s in a cathedral in Turin, Italy.

The Shroud of Turin, a linen cloth 14 feet by 3 feet, contains the image of a man who was badly scourged, was crucified, wore a crown of thorns, and was stabbed in the chest with a Roman lance. Of course, all of these wounds fit what the Bible says happened to Jesus. Is the Shroud of Turin Jesus’ actual “clean linen shroud” given to Him in death by Joseph of Arimathea?

The word in Greek for shroud is sindon. There are many scientists who specialize in sindonology, which means study of the Shroud of Turin. Scientists such as physicist John Jackson, Ph.D. of Colorado Springs or the late biophysicist Dr. John Heller, author of the seminal book, Report on the Shroud of Turin.

The late Alan Whanger, M.D. of Duke Medical Center, once told me: “The Shroud is the most intensely studied single object in existence. There are probably 67 different fields of scientific and academic interests that have looked into the Shroud in one way in another.” He also said, “it provides scientific proof that something so extraordinary happened that there doesn’t seem to be anything else in human history that would fit.”

The Shroud was dismissed by some as a fake because of the carbon-dating in 1988 of a single specimen (divided into three tiny parts). They claimed the specimens dated to around 1260-1390. But critics of that particular test say that the sample chosen came from a rewoven (and dyed) part of the Shroud, which was often displayed during the Middle Ages.

Meanwhile, in February 2024 in Washington, D.C., there was a press conference at which British film-maker David Rolfe issued a million-dollar challenge: Make an accurate replica of the Shroud with the means available to a supposed Medieval forger, and you can win a million dollars. (The deadline is May 31).

Recently, I did a radio interview with Rolfe, who made such great documentaries as “The Silent Witness.”

Consider these facts. The Shroud is the most scientifically studied artifact in the world. That includes the 40 space age scientists who had round-the-clock access to the Shroud for five days in 1978. This group was known as “STURP,” The Shroud of Turin Research Project.

Some of them thought they would prove this thing to be a fake within 10 minutes. But they soon learned how wrong that assumption was.

A few years later, they sent out an official summary of their conclusions: “We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. It is not the product of an artist.” [emphasis added]

We know where the Shroud has been since 1357, when it showed up in the household of a French crusader. Consider these facts:

  • The human anatomy represented on the Shroud is 100% accurate—far ahead of what they knew back in 1357.
  • The Shroud’s image is a photographic negative—that’s 500 years before photography was developed.
  • The faint image on the Shroud was not painted on. It was somehow lightly burned on. Shroud-film-maker David Rolfe told me that the image was produced by “an unbelievable amount of energy in an infinitesimally small amount of time” (40-billionth of a second).
  • The blood on the Shroud is real human blood—with all the wounds corresponding with the passion of Jesus in the Gospels. The blood type was relatively rare—AB+. The blood did not see decay—meaning, He was sandwiched inside that cloth for about 36 hours. Yet the blood was undisturbed, which means He somehow went through the cloth (or dematerialized within the cloth). It was not yanked off Him.
  • The image of the Shroud is three-dimensional. Paintings and pictures don’t have that property.

And on and on it goes.

Long ago, author Marc Antonacci noted in his book, The Resurrection of the Shroud (2001), that if a Medieval artist put the Shroud together, he “would have had to have a knowledge of light negativity, light spectrometry, microscopy, radiology, human physiology, pathology, hematology, endocrinology, forensics, and archaeology.” (pp. 8-9)

In the colonial days, there was a common practice in the Anglican churches to display the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in large words. This panel on the walls is called a reredos. Of course, included in the creed is that Jesus rose from the dead.

In my view, the more you study about the Shroud, the more you realize, Wow, this is a scientific reminder of the fact that Jesus is risen. “He is risen indeed.”

For this piece, special thanks go to columnist Myra Kahn Adams

©2024. Jerry Newcombe, D. Min. All rights reserved.

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Houthi-Controlled Research Center Publishes Report Identifying U.S. Military Bases In 14 Countries Across The Middle East And Africa

By Middle East Media Research Institute

Houthi-Controlled Research Center Publishes Report Identifying U.S. Military Bases In 14 Countries Across The Middle East And Africa: ‘Every American Military Deployment In The Region Is A Source Of Threat And A Defensive Military Target For The Yemeni Armed Forces’

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

On March 29, 2024, the Saba News Agency’s Center for Research and Information, a Houthi-controlled broadcaster, published a research paper identifying American military bases in 14 countries around Yemen, including in the Middle East and Africa.[1]

The report was titled: “American Military Threats to the Yemeni Republic: Military Bases in the Areas of the ‘Central Command’ and the “Africa Command.’” It was authored by Anas Al-Qadi, a Sana’a-based Yemeni researcher.

The report opened: “The American aggression against Yemen has become a reality. Every American military deployment in the region is a source of threat to the Republic of Yemen and its people, and a defensive military target for the [Yemeni] Armed Forces, which are committed to the right of retaliation and self-defense in accordance with international conventions and national legislation.”

The 28-page report tapped open-source information to map the American military presence in and around Yemen. It detailed the names and locations of U.S. military installations in 14 countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Djibouti, the Seychelles, and Somalia. It also estimated the number of American soldiers based in each country, as well as the weaponry stationed at each installation.

Additionally, the report recounted American military involvement in Yemen from 2016-2024, casting the reported presence of American forces in the country as “colonial,” “hegemonic,” and “threatening.”

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General: Afghanistan Withdrawal Enhanced New Terror Threat to America

By Family Research Council

Resurgent Islamist terrorism poses a threat to the U.S. homeland, experts warned after a deadly attack in Moscow. “The deadly attack … has raised concerns that the terrorist group could potentially move to carrying out attacks in Europe and even here in the United States,” Family Research Council Action President Jody Hice summarized on “Washington Watch” Monday.

On March 22, terrorists armed with rifles, pistols, and knives opened fire at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow and lit fires that caused the roof to collapse, killing more than 100 concertgoers and injuring more than 500. Russian authorities have charged four men from Tajikistan with terrorism in the attack, for which the Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) has taken credit.

General Erik Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, recently warned that ISIS-K “retains the capability and the will to attack U.S. and Western interests abroad in as little as six months with little to no warning.”

ISIS-K’s Rapid Expansion

ISIS-K “morphed from a series of radical groups that were in eastern Syria [and] northern Iraq years ago, during the Obama administration,” Lt. Col. (Ret.) Robert Maginnis explained on “Washington Watch” Monday. During the Trump administration, a U.S.-led coalition dismantled the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but not before its radical jihadis “spread elsewhere in the Middle East all the way to Afghanistan,” said Maginnis. Additionally, “they have tentacles not only in Central Asia, but all the way to northern and central Africa.”

The ISIS offshoot is “as radical an Islamic group as we’ve ever seen,” Maginnis described, to the point that they target other Islamists for their alleged compromises. Not only is ISIS-K “in contest with al-Qaeda and the Taliban,” as Maginnis said, but they have also attacked neighboring Muslim countries. In 2023, ISIS-K killed more than 60 people by bombing a political rally in Pakistan, and two ISIS-K suicide bombers killed 90 and injured more than 200 Iranians in January.

“They’ve got tentacles located in places like Tajikistan to the north … where the four suspects that were involved in the Moscow attack on the 22nd of March came from,” Maginnis continued. “One of the reasons I suspect they went after the Muscovites was because of the Chechnya battle that claimed tens of thousands of Muslim lives in 1990, but also because of the history of the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s.”

ISIS-K’s Deadly Tactics

From suicide bombings and assassinations directed primarily at the Taliban, ISIS-K “has grown more ambitious and aggressive,” according to Clemson University professor Amira Jadoon, launching an international, “multilingual propaganda campaign and expanding the types of attacks it conducts.” The Moscow terror attack is among ISIS-K’s deadliest and most hazardous operations to date.

“They’re a very vicious group of people, very radicalized with their radical version of Islamic faith,” Maginnis noted. “They’ve always had, like al-Qaeda, an interest in using weapons of mass destruction (WMD): chemical, biological, radiological instruments. … These things are very, very serious.”

Maginnis added that ISIS-K “would do everything they can to come to this country.” Even if they couldn’t bring a WMD to the U.S., he suggested they might “attack a nuclear facility, or they would let off some sort of bomb near a chemical site that would have a mass casualty impact.”

U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Terror attacks perpetrated by ISIS-K have already resulted in the deaths of American citizens. This group was responsible for the 2021 suicide bombing at the Kabul airport, which resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. servicemembers, among nearly 200 casualties. That terror attack occurred amid the chaos of America’s precipitous withdrawal from the country.

In fact, Maginnis said the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan is one reason why ISIS-K has expanded its reach. “With our departure, they had not only more equipment that the Taliban didn’t claim, but also more freedom of navigation,” he said.

General Frank McKenzie, former head of U.S. Central Command, offered a substantially similar analysis Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “The threat is growing. It began to grow as soon as we left Afghanistan and took pressure off ISIS-K,” he warned. “We should expect further attempts of this nature against the United States as well as our partners and other nations abroad.”

U.S. Vulnerability to Attack

To Maginnis, this expectation of a radical Islamist terror attack heightens the urgency of securing the southern border. “With the open southern border, we’ve had many, many people that have crossed over that don’t have our best interests in mind,” he said. Even more concerning, many illegal border crossers evaded capture, leaving U.S. authorities “totally clueless on who they are, what their intentions are,” Hice added. “You would think those who sneak in … [are] probably here for nefarious reasons.”

ISIS-K “has a strong desire to attack our homeland. We should believe them when they say that they’re going to try to do it,” McKenzie declared. Maginnis agreed. “They would like to attack the ‘Great Satan,’ the United States, and will do everything possible to do that.”

Maginnis predicted that “there will be an effort by ISIS-K, which likely already has a number of its terrorists deeply embedded in the United States.” These terrorists “would like to use any mechanism of terror that they could,” he concluded. “There’s no doubt we’re vulnerable.”

AUTHOR

Joshua Arnold

Joshua Arnold is a senior writer at The Washington Stand.

EDITORS NOTE: This Washington Stand column is republished with permission. All rights reserved. ©2024 Family Research Council.


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Mob Takes Over NYC Park, Creates an ‘Autonomous Zone for Palestine’ Banning Cops, Jews, ‘No Pigs’ & ‘No Zionists’

By The Geller Report

A new “autonomous zone for palestine” has been set up by left wing activists in New York City.

This time on behalf of the Palestinian-Hamas movement in Zucotti Park.

The zone, which commandeers public property, boasts signs like “this is the people’s park,” “no more cops,” “no pigs allowed” and much more (Townhall).

Demands:

  • Liberation of Palestine
  • NYPD funds redistribution to community
  • No cops on MTA
  • Mayor to resign
  • Empty buildings to be used for migrants

This is public property. Bulldoze the bastards. This is against the law. Why allow this? It will only grow.

An “Autonomous Zone for Palestine” was set up today in Zucotti Park (Manhattan)

Demands:

– Liberation of Palestine
– NYPD funds redistribution to community
– No cops on MTA
– Mayor to resign
-Empty buildings to be used for migrants

Via @ScooterCasterNY pic.twitter.com/ixDm7WF3Dk

— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) April 1, 2024

Far-left extremists are trying to occupy Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan in a Palestinian version of “CHAZ.” The autonomous zone declares the land theirs and that zionists and “pigs” (law enforcement) are not allowed there. pic.twitter.com/OK9PwuSsyA

— Andy Ngô 🏳️‍🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) March 31, 2024

To be clear, the man who set up this “anti-Zionist autonomous zone” is Amin Husain.

Not only does he openly supports violent Jihadi attacks on NYC, but he has been teaching at NYC colleges for a decade.

In his own words: https://t.co/G8g8HS9bmk pic.twitter.com/ioKN4shUwq

— Jason Curtis Anderson (@JCAndersonNYC) April 1, 2024

Visgrad 24: An “Autonomous Zone for Palestine” was set up today in Zucotti Park (Manhattan). Demands: Liberation of Palestine, NYPD funds redistribution to community, No cops on MTA, Mayor to resign, and Empty buildings to be used for migrants (X).

An “Autonomous Zone for Palestine” was set up today in Zucotti Park (Manhattan)

Demands:

– Liberation of Palestine
– NYPD funds redistribution to community
– No cops on MTA
– Mayor to resign
-Empty buildings to be used for migrants

Via @ScooterCasterNY pic.twitter.com/ixDm7WF3Dk

— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) April 1, 2024

AUTHOR

Pamela Geller

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Misunderstanding Iran

By Harold Rhode

Periodically, the United States or Israel makes a concession to an adversary, planning—or hoping—for reciprocity. The underlying assumption is that, as the stronger party, they can afford to be generous and even, on occasion, to miscalculate. This is a fundamental misreading, not of the strength of the American or Israeli position, but of how the Muslim world will understand the concession. In the Muslim world, only weak people make concessions. An offer to compromise is a sign of weakness, encouraging those receiving one not only NOT to reciprocate, but to increase the pressure against their adversaries.

The frameworks are different.

For the US, the Cold War had a lot to do with the Western presumption of superiority. After decades of conflict with the Soviet Union around the globe, the balance of the West and its allies against the USSR and its allies tipped in favor of the West. The nuclear war everyone feared never happened, the Soviet Union collapsed, the “Captive Nations” were freed, and Russia became an acceptable trade and political interlocutor. For a while.

The US now seeks a balance with Iran, making the Islamic Republic an acceptable interlocutor in the region rather than an enemy of America and its allies. This sometimes is referred to as Security Architecture (whatever that means). On the surface it seems admirable/positive, but the idea of bringing Iran into a balanced relationship with its adversaries is not how things work in the Middle East.

Sadly, we don’t understand how people in that part of the world think. And more importantly, we seem almost never interested in learning. And in this case, our policy is based on a misunderstanding of how Iran sees itself.

Iran’s View

(Shiite) Iran doesn’t want a “balanced” policy with its neighbors, nor with us. It is pursuing a policy aimed at defeating and humiliating its Sunni Arab neighbors. And America is helping Iran do so.

How do we know? If we knew how to listen to and understand Iran’s subtle propaganda and nuances toward its Arab neighbors, we would realize that what concerns Iran most of all is to prove that its version of Islam – Shi’ism – is the correct one and to eviscerate Sunnism.

This battle may seem unimportant, even marginal to Westerners—that is, to us—but it is paramount to Iran and its Arab neighbors.

(Shiite) Iranians and their Arab (mostly Sunni) adversaries/enemies have been fighting this battle since their Prophet Muhammad died in 531 CE. We ask ourselves: Why can’t they sit down and find a compromise they can live with?

They Don’t Do Compromise

The Western concept of compromise does not exist in the Middle East. In that part of the world, giving in on issues before defeating one’s enemy means the person offering the compromise is humiliating/shaming himself. For those rooted in this culture, humiliation is worse than death. This, along with the historical enmity between Arabs and Persians, looms large in the background and percolates up to the surface, often to explode into the open when one side perceives a weakness in the other. This is all predicated on a tremendous sense of history and memory.

The Western concept of history is to bury it. “Let bygones be bygones.” Abraham Lincoln tried to set aside the raging emotions of the American Civil War in his second Inaugural Address, saying, “With malice toward none, with charity for all…” Americans often say, “that’s history” meaning something that happened in the past is of no importance.

This is alien to the Middle Eastern way of thinking. In that region, people have long memories.

Take, for example, President Joe Biden’s public berating of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sultan (MbS), holding him personally responsible for the murder of a Saudi journalist in Turkey. Almost two years later, Biden went to Saudi Arabia to beg MbS to increase oil production.

The Saudis knew exactly why Biden was coming. So, before the president arrived, MbS publicly announced the Kingdom would not increase oil output. The Saudis were humiliating Biden, who either didn’t understand why MbS announced this before his arrival—because to the American administration, Biden’s blistering accusation against the Saudi leader was “in the past”—i.e., “that’s history” – and therefore of no importance.

Saudis, like Iranians, harbor grudges and wait for the appropriate time to get even. And that is exactly why the Saudis who loathed Biden waited to get back and humiliate him for what Biden had said before he became president.

Another incident, this one involving Iran, comes to mind. From an Iranian perspective, the United States had been pro-Saudi for decades. So, when in 1988 the USS Vincennes mistakenly shot down an Iranian airliner carrying more than 200 civilian passengers flying from the Arab side of the Gulf to Iran, the Iranians “knew” America shot it down intentionally. They “knew” because they “knew” America loathed the Iranian regime. The US government went out of its way to apologize profusely and wanted to pay restitution, but Iran never believed Washington’s sincerity.

Broken Mirror-Imaging

Despite America’s protestations, some years later then-Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani in an interview mentioned that Iran knew for sure that America had intentionally shot down the plane. Some Iran specialists in the US government were flabbergasted by Rafsanjani’s claim. Some even had no memory of the incident. After all, it was “history.”

It is essential for us to understand the Iranian regime as it sees itself. How we define Iran’s interests is secondary. Iran has a long sense of history dating back more than 2600 years of which it is extremely proud. This is meaningless to us.

On the other hand, the Iranian government is filled with senior officials who do know Western/American culture and have learned to use it to their advantage. One of Iran’s former foreign ministers – Javad Zarif – was intimately familiar with American culture. Zarif “negotiated” with then-Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barak Obama in 2015 for the Iranian nuclear weapons deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Zarif wrapped Kerry around his little finger and wrote about how he did it in a “tell-all” book in Persian.

Kerry, during part of the talks, had injured his leg and was walking with crutches. Crutches are a sign of weakness in Middle Eastern culture, though certainly not in America’s. And Iranians love cynical cartoon caricatures. The more Kerry submitted to Iran’s demands, the larger Kerry’s crutches grew in the cartoons. And we were clueless.

When some Westerners, steeped in Iranian culture, tried to explain what these cartoons meant to our “negotiating partners,” the people dealing with the Iranians either responded that they are “only cartoons,” or belittled those who tried to warn our side.

Even worse for the US, Iranian culture sees lighter/whiter skin color as a sign of beauty. Darker skin, on the other hand, is a sign of inferiority. Interestingly, the depiction of President Obama’s skin color darkened in these disgusting cartoons the more we conceded to Iranian demands.

Clearly, we cannot stoop to the level of Iranian indignities, nor should we.

Understanding the Shiite-Sunni Rift

There are things we can do to make life difficult for Tehran by using Iranian culture to create discord within the senior levels of the regime. And that requires an understanding of the different forces at play, which seem not to be understood in the West. The US instead appears adamant about its “rightness” and declines to understand how the Shiite religious establishment works. It seems esoteric to Westerners and is therefore ignored.

An important – crucial, even – example is as follows: In Iranian Shi’ism, there is a question of when and how the return of their messiah (the 12th Imam – the Mahdi, descended directly from their prophet Muhammad), will reappear. The Mahdi is the only true leader of the Shiite world, which is to say the Islamic world from their perspective. He disappeared (went into occultation) in 870 CE. These Shiites “know” he will re-appear, but the overwhelming majority of senior clerics have historically believed that they cannot do anything to hasten his return. Until then, for them, all political rule is illegitimate. The senior clerics, therefore, cannot rule.

The most senior Grand Ayatollah – Ali al-Sistani – who has been living in Najaf, Iraq (one of Shiism’s two most important holy cities) since 1951, strongly supports the view that clerics should NOT hold political power. Their job, he believes, is to tend the spiritual and related needs of his flock.

After the Revolution

From time to time throughout history, a tiny group within the Shiite clerical establishment had argued that a cleric could rule until the Mahdi returns.

Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, was one of them. He believed in the concept of Velayat-e Faqih (the Rule of the Jurisprudent) which almost all of the Shi’ite 12er religious establishment opposed. But Khomeini had power, military and political, so the Shiite establishment (called Quietists) remained silent. History had taught them that it is dangerous to publicly confront power.

But then, an even tinier, even more extreme group emerged from within this small clerical class. They argued that if they provoked a conflagration, they could force their awaited 12th Imam to come down and save them, and thus show the rest of the Muslims world that their view of Islam was correct.

Khomeini strongly opposed them, believing that if they provoked a conflict, the reaction from the outside world could be so violent that Iran would not survive. He therefore did his utmost to keep them constrained and out of power.

But when Khomeini died in 1989, this extremist group managed to wrest power from those who had Khomeini’s view. Which is why the late Prof. Bernard Lewis often said that MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction, a Cold War concept) might very well not work with the Iranian regime. As he stated, “a conflagration might be an incentive, not a deterrent.”

To Westerners, and to most Shi’ites, and Sunnis as well, this might sound preposterous – even absurd, but that’s how Iran’s present rulers see things.

A Western Response

Could we use this dispute to our advantage, just as Zarif used American culture to his advantage against us?

From time to time, internal differences among the senior clerical establishment has led to violence – sometimes serious violence. Surely, we could use these fissures to our advantage, but it would require us to study and understand how the Shi’ite clerical establishment functions, to learn about its internal disagreements, etc., which are totally alien to our way of thinking.

These fissures might hold the key to aiding those Iranian Shiite figures who believe that the Iranian regime has seriously damaged the survival of their beloved Shiite 12er Islam. Yes, Iranians are overwhelming Shiite, but from what we can tell, they by and large seem to want all their clerics to return to their seminaries and worry only about the spiritual and economic needs for their flock.

We might think about using these internal and potential dangers of descent into an apocalyptic war to our advantage, and thus help the Iranian people liberate themselves from their tyranny and re-join the international community as a member of the forces of good, where the Iranian passport is again respected, and its holders welcomed throughout the world.

But here in the West, almost no one thinks about using these fissures to our advantage. Perhaps this is because we don’t take our own religions seriously anymore, and don’t take Islam seriously either.

©2024. Harold Rhode. All rights reserved.

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