German Railway Launches Gender Segregated Carriages in Wake of Moslem Sex Attacks

A central German regional railway is launching a special women and children only area for their trains, a move which has triggered controversy.

The announcement from the central German Regiobahn line came earlier this week, with the network stating the new compartment on their Leipzig and Chemnitz would admit women and young children only.

To ensure maximum peace for those choosing to travel in that compartment not only would it be sandwiched between the service’s two quiet coaches, but it would also be next to the on-board office of the “customer service representative. Traditionally known as a train guard or ticket inspector, the company said “the local proximity to the customer service representative is chosen deliberately”.

Yet despite the recent mass sex-attacks in Germany, and the official advice to young women that the best thing to do is to keep groping migrant men “at arms length” to prevent rape, the railway denies the segregated trains has anything to do with sexual harassment.

 

This denial has caused lively debate and controversy on German social media, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The launch of women’s only compartments puts Germany in a club of other nations who need to segregate the sexes on journeys including India, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt and Indonesia.

The suggestion of women’s only rail carriages was recently floated by British Labour Party leader and avid train enthusiast Jeremy Corbyn, who in contrast to Germany’s railway admitted it was to help combat harassment, as reported on by Breitbart London at the time.

Explaining the logic behind his idea, which was widely panned at the time, Mr. Corbyn said: “It is unacceptable that many women and girls adapt their daily lives in order to avoid being harassed on the street, public transport, and in other public places from the park to the supermarket.

“This could include taking longer routes to work, having self-imposed curfews or avoiding certain means of transport”.

Remarking he thought a solution to this could be women’s only carriages, Mr. Corbyn said: “piloting this at times and modes of transport where harassment is reported most frequently would be of interest”.

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Growing anti-Muslim rhetoric permeates French presidential election campaign

For some, the French presidential election will alter the course of a troubled nation steeped in economic and social turmoil. For others, it will alter the course of a troubled continent, challenging the very existence of European integration.

But in France itself, something far less abstract and far more intimate is at stake. In a country that remains under an official “state of emergency” following an unprecedented spate of terrorist violence in the past two years, the election also has become a referendum on Muslims and their place in what is probably Europe’s most anxious multicultural society.

Before the election’s first round of voting Sunday, each of the five leading contenders — from across the ideological spectrum — has felt compelled to address an apparently pressing “Muslim question” about what to do with the country’s largest religious minority.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front, has made her answer crystal clear. In February, in the same speech in which she declared her candidacy for president, she decried “Islamist globalization,” which she called an “ideology that wants to bring France to its knees.”

While Le Pen’s diverse array of opponents do not all share her extremity or conviction, each seems to agree that, when it comes to Muslims, something needs to be done.

“I want strict administrative control of the Muslim faith,” announced François Fillon, the now-disgraced mainstream conservative candidate, in a January campaign speech.

By contrast, Emmanuel Macron, the popular independent candidate, has spoken frequently of what he considers the urgent need to “help Muslims restructure the Islam of France.”

The far-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who has condemned Islamophobia, ultimately wants to stamp out “all communitarianisms” and has reiterated what he calls the “urgent” need to “put an end to the misappropriation of public funds attributed to private denominational education.”

Only Benoît Hamon, the Socialist candidate, has regularly defended the community interests of French Muslims, insisting — in the year of the “burkini” scandal — that French law protect “both the girl in shorts and the one who wants to wear the scarf.”

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With many of the devastating terrorist attacks perpetrated by French or European passport-holding militants affiliated with or inspired by the Islamic State, public opinion has grown increasingly suspicious of the Muslim population that has existed in this country for centuries.

Despite the intricate diversity of that population, there is widespread anxiety that if either Le Pen or Fillon is elected, things could get significantly worse. Both candidates probably would move quickly to advance crackdowns on veils, mosques and Muslim community organizations in the name of state secularism.

The alternatives also leave a profound sense of bitter resignation: Few French Muslims see a candidate in the running who would change a status quo that many view as unsustainable.

“There is no campaign for us — no one who understands our situation,” said Laorla Loub, 56, a fifth-generation French citizen and professor of Arabic literature in Clichy, a Paris suburb. She was waiting to enter the Annual Meeting of French Muslims, a large-scale community event held in several warehouses next to the tarmac of Paris-Le Bourget Airport.

As a result, voter abstention among French Muslims is rising, said Hakim El Karoui, the author of a widely circulated 2016 report on Islam in France published by the Institut Montaigne, a Paris-based think tank.

A principal reason, he said, is that the strict anti-terrorist stance adopted by the Socialist administration of President François Hollande — especially by his former prime minister, Manuel Valls, who famously persecuted the “burkini” last summer — has undercut the desire among French Muslims to support the left in the 2017 election, as many normally do.

“The right has always been against Muslims and immigrants,” El Karoui said. “But with Valls, it’s as if he gave up the left’s image of neutrality among Muslims. He gave it a toxic name.”

Chief among the concerns many Muslims harbor is over the so-called state of emergency, a security regime imposed by Hollande the day after the November 2015 Paris attacks, nominally to fight terrorism. The period of heightened scrutiny technically is slated to end this summer, but it already has continued for more than 16 months. Only one of the candidates — Mélenchon — has proposed ending it.

Since its imposition, French authorities have been permitted to carry out upward of 4,000 warrantless searches on French homes, and likewise have placed more than 700 people under house arrest.

But many Muslims say they have been targeted unlawfully. According to France’s Collective Against Islamophobia (in French, CCIF), an advocacy organization committed to fighting discrimination, more than 400 French Muslims reported having their homes searched for no clear reason in 2016. Approximately 100 of those also were placed under house arrest, while nearly 30 were asked to leave the country.

For some, the consequences have been dire.

On December 3, 2015, for example, Drissia — a Muslim resident of the French Alps who declined to give her last name for fear of professional reprisal — sat up in bed at 4:30 a.m. to the sound of 10 French police officers banging on her door, three wearing face masks. They searched her apartment until 6 a.m., she said, telling her and her 7-year-old daughter that everything was fine.

“But it was only the beginning of the nightmare,” she said, recounting how six days later she was fired from her job after 15 years as a traffic security regulator. The reason, she later learned through her lawyer, came from the regional prefect, who, in Drissia’s telling, had “confidential information proving that some of my close relatives were a threat to the security and staff of the Mont Blanc transit authority.”

“I had no idea who those ‘close relatives’ were,” she said.

She ultimately won her appeal in court, but her legal exoneration did little to overturn the harsh sentence she received in the court of public opinion.

“I’ve read horrible and hurtful things in the press about myself,” she said. “One headline was, ‘The ATMB fired a radicalized employee,’ ” a reference to her employer.

As central as French Muslims have become to the presidential campaign, they have rarely been included in the frequent debates among the non-Muslim candidates vying to be their president about how they should interpret their faith and live their lives.

If they are focal points of public discourse, they are also somehow absent from public view — and, some say, entirely unknown.

When presidential candidates pitch ideas such as “university training programs in the values of the Republic” for imams — as Emmanuel Macron did recently — many bristle at the suggestion that these are somehow values they do not already know.

Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, 40, is an openly gay imam and the founder of Europe’s first LGBT-inclusive mosque, which he runs weekly in a rented room in Marseille, the sprawling metropolis on France’s Mediterranean coast.

“If you think it’s not possible to be both of those things, then good for you,” he said of the apparent separation between “French” and “Muslim” identities. “But I have never felt the need to convince you otherwise.”

Much the same is true across the ideological spectrum.

“When Marine Le Pen says that imams should be preaching in French, she’s right — that’s normal. This is France,” said Farid Aït-Ouarab, a senior leader of Muslim Scouts of France, a youth organization that strives to teach young Muslims how to reconcile their faith with the values of the French republic.

“Islam is about doing things together — in a circle, by consensus,” Aït-Ouarab said. “We see exactly that in the National Assembly, in the Senate, where deputies gather to decide our laws in tandem, together. For a real Muslim, there is no difference between ‘French’ and ‘Muslim.’ ”

“People talk about Muslims as if we are all the same person, one single person,” said Asma Bougnaoui, 31, who was fired in 2009 for wearing a headscarf to her job as a design engineer at Micropole, a French IT consultancy. “There’s absolutely no recognition of the diversity.”

 

“Who are French Muslims?” she said recently, sitting in a cafe in Paris’s Gare de Lyon. “What are we?”

Muhammad was a Jew

http://www.thechristiansolution.com/doc2014/615_Amina.html

 

All Muslims will tell you they are descended from Abraham through Ismael. Well, there is far more truth to this than any Muslim would ever admit.

For if Muhammad was to have descended from Ismael, then his mother had to have been Jewish.

Thanks to a note from a non-believing Jewish writer to this website, it now seems she was and the unmistakable profundity of this fact bears out the Earth shattering statement —  “Muhammad was a Jew”!.

MUHAMMAD’S TRIBE HE LED WAS BOTH JEWISH AND ARAB.

MUHAMMAD BASED HIS QURAN ON THE JEWISH TORAH AND TALMUD.

ISLAM IS A SECT OF TALMUDIC JUDAISM?

MUHAMMAD WAS PART SPIRITUAL RABBI LEADER AND PART MILITARY LEADER

MUHAMMAD  WAS THE JEWISH  MESSIAH

Even before Muhammad began his religion, the fact that he was Jewish through his mother and had a Jewish first wife explains why Jewish tribes trusted Muhammad to lead them.

The more difficult explanation to make is to explain why Jews were so open to following Muhammad into his new religion of Islam , a religion much like their own in terms of Jericho-like “kill all the men, women and children”, don’t eat pork, and yet different in other areas, circumcise the men in one versus the women in another, rake in interest in one versus being forbidden in the other, and so on.

After our required history background refresher course, in “How Jews got to Arabia,” we will explain how ordinary Arabs came to trust Muhammad as well, and in the process, got swindled into the religion of Islam.

Lastly, since the Jews are traditionally such an exclusive tribe, we will also explain why the Jews even felt the need to convert these pagan Arabs.


How Jews got to Arabia


    •   Even before the Roman Era, being the traders they are, Jews had long been in Arabia as part of the silk route trading between the East and the West.

The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire
by Edward Gibbon,
volume 5, page 202:
“Seven hundred years before the death of Mahomet the Jews were settled in
Arabia; and a far greater multitude was expelled from the Holy
Land in the wars of Titus and Hadrian. The industrious exiles
aspired to liberty and power: they erected synagogues in the cities, and
castles in the wilderness; and their Gentile converts were confounded with the
children of Israel [Jews] …”

The Israelites had been aligned with the Persian Empire ever since the day Persian Emperor Cyrus the Great freed the Israelites from their Babylonian Captivity.
(For Rush’s people in Rio Linda, Persia is today’s Iran and Babylon is today’s Iraq)

Twice thereafter, the Eastern Persian Empire, with their Jewish allies, tried to subdue Western Greek civilization.  Once on the plains of Marathon under Persian King Darius where he was soundly defeated, and again, by his son King Xerxes, husband of the Israelite’s very own Queen Esther.

With the West victorious in both encounters, Alexander the Great would take the fight to the Persian Empire and subdue all of Persian and beyond under Hellenistic rule.

The Jews could not have been more unhappy and when the Western Romans overtook the Western Greeks, bringing Roman legions into Jerusalem, the Jews were lowered deeper into desperation.

Christ came of this desperation, and as Christ predicted, destruction would come on several fronts to the Jews who rejected Christ.

The Jews’ first disappointment
against Roman occupation
came on the battle field.


In their First Jewish Rebellion of 67AD-70AD against Roman rule, Roman punishment came as night follows day — Rome’s iron-handed destruction of the Jewish Temple, along with the taking of slaves to spread  throughout the Roman Empire.  Along with the losses of Jews into slavery within the Roman Empire, already there started a scattering of Jewish refugees into the Persian Empire and into Arabia in what the Jews have called their Diaspora.  But Jews were still the majority in Palestine.

    •  Jewish refugees from the First Jewish Revolt of 67-70 AD arrive in Arabia, helped by the resident Jewish traders.

In Arabia and Persia, the Babylonian Talmud was begun to record their side of history for all eternity.

As for the Jews in Diaspora throughout the Roman Empire, they attempted to duplicate what had worked so well for them in Babylon — rot the empire from the inside.   One region pitted against another — conquered nation against conquering nation — slave against master — man against woman — young against old — rich against poor– aristocrat against plebe, so that an outside power could be convinced to take it without a fight.

And indeed, while not as much as they would have hoped for, they had success!

Just like the 1,000 year old Babylon Empire fell apart by Jewish subversives, just a generation after absorbing the Jews they thought they had conquered, allowing for the Persian King Cyrus to take Babylon without a fight, so did the 500 year-old Roman Republic become rapidly ruined by Jewish subversion from within to the point that within a generation of Rome taking Palestine, a Roman General named Caesar killed off the Roman Republic in all but name only.

By 132 AD, the Jews figured they had subverted enough slaves and other disgruntled people yearning to be free throughout the Roman Empire, that they, the Jews, would lead the revolt against Rome.

And they had just the Messiah to accomplish this herculean feat – Simon Bar Kokhba.

It worked for a spell. Israel was free for a few years while Rome was busy putting down the internal rebellions the Jews had stirred up among their own people.

So many Jews believe that Simon was the messiah that they renamed Simon Bar Kosiba their liberator as Bar Kokhba, “son of the Star,” a reference to a verse in the Book of Numbers (24:17), “There shall come a star out of Jacob,”

An clear allusion to the arrival of a messiah  when numbers alignment in Numbers 24:24  is read,

“They shall come in galleys from Italy,
they shall overcome the Assyrians,
and shall waste the Hebrews,
and at the last they themselves also shall perish.”


Indeed, the rebellion of the false messiah Bar Kohkba allowed for Rome to finally lay waste to Israel, as every Jew the Romans could capture was relocated to the Eastern shores of the Mediterranean, in what is now Spain. 


    •   Jewish refugees from the Bar Kokhba Revolt, ones the Romans could not find, who had escaped to Arabia and even Persia, were helped by the Jewish traders and Jewish refugees in Arabia from the first revolt

There would be one final Cyrus the Great moment when in 617AD, the Jews had persuaded the Persian Empire to once again strike at the West, not as in Darius and Xerxes days, but as in the overthrow of the Babylonians.

For 5 years this worked. The Jews once again had their homeland back from the Christians, but Byzantine Emperor Heraclitus was finally able to  route the Persians and laid waste to all of Persia. Weakening them into societal collapse was the devastation so complete.

But it was a Pyrrhic victory, as both empires laid knockout blows to each other.

Lucky for the Jews that they had a backup plan waiting in the wings in Arabia.

The Jews’ second disappointment
against Roman occupation
came on a peaceful note.


The message of Christ was rapidly spreading far and wide in the Roman Empire. A empire who reluctantly opened its arms to the message of Christ, even with subversive Jews trying their best to have Rome persecute and destroy the fledging religion, but it was of no avail.  The result was an increasingly Christian Roman Empire.

As areas Christianized, they expelled the Jesus-denying Jews in their ranks, many of whom ended up in the only locations available to them, with their tribes in the Persian Empire and the Arabian desert.

    •   Jewish refugees from the Roman Empire Diaspora, kicked out as parts Christianized, started arriving in Arabia to join the other 3 waves of Jewish immigrants to Arabia.


This last wave of immigrants included people who are known in Islamic literature as the Aus and the Khazraj.

Around 300 CE, they were forced out of Syria by the rising strength of Christian Rome, and the adoption of the Ghassan leader, Harith I, of Christianity.

At first the Aus and Khazraj lived on the outskirts of Yathrib. According to Islamic sources, the Khazraj, headed by Malik ibn Ajlan, sought and obtained military assistance from the Bani Ghasaan; and having enticed the principal chiefs of Yathrib into an enclosed tent, massacred them.[4]

Then the citizens of Yathrib, beguiled into security by a treacherous peace, attended a feast given by their unprincipled foes; and there a second butchery took place, in which they lost the whole of their leaders.[5]

4.See Katib at Wackidi, p. 287.
5. “Life of Mohamet I”, by Sir Walter Muir, Chapter III, Section 6


Even by 300 AD, the Jewish homeland itself was majority Christian.

    •   Jewish refugees from the Jewish homeland itself arrived in Arabia.


This alone could not stand.

But religions know no borders and Christianity was also beginning to make in-rodes into Arabia, where the Jewish refugees were congregating.

With their backs to the wall, this threatened their very existence.

The era of Paganism
was quickly coming to a close 

and the Jews knew it


The Roman and Greek gods had been no match for the Christian God and the Jews knew that it was just a matter of time as well before the Arabian Gods of Al-Lah and his three daughters would be thrown away for a love of Christ.

The Jews knew that their religion would not be the answer; for otherwise, the Roman Empire would have been Judaic by now, would it not?  Instead it was devoutly Christian.

Judaism was an abject failure in winning over converts from either Christians or pagans.

Already the future prophet of Islam himself, Muhammad, living in non-Roman Arabia had a Christian uncle-in-law.

If Jews did not want Christianity to kick them out of the entire civilized world, they needed a counter-measure of equal and opposing strength.

And for their counter-attack, they needed to at least retake ground they had lost to the Christians — they needed to retake Jerusalem.  For a good balance, they also needed to take at least half of all Christian lands.

Their Messiah would be Muhammad.


Muhammad
the Jewish Messiah

But why Muhammad?

This site first discovered that Muhammad was trusted by the Jews to such an extent that 9-year-old Aisha was given to Muhammad by her Jewish father as his second wife to replace the first one who had died.  But that does not explain why all Muhammad’s top generals at the time of his death had been raised Jewish.  Why would they follow a non-Jew as a Messiah?

Did not make sense.

Subsequently, this site has discovered that Muhammad’s first wife was the Jewess Khadija.  So that seemed sufficient at the time for the Jews to trust him, since all his descendants would have all been Jewish.

So both the Arab tribes trusted him for being Arab and the Jewish tribes trusted him for haven taken a Jewish wife.

At least that began to make sense.  But before Muhammad started his religion, his first wife had already died, so there were no longer those Jewish strings in the wife, as Esther had with King Xerxes.

So, this still did not make sense.

But in fact, turns out even this was all all stealth and guile on the part of the Jewish masterminds of this plot.

Father or Mother linage?

In most of the world, the father defines the lineage.

In that sense, to all Arabs, Muhammad was a fine outstanding Arab member by birth  of the Banu Hashim clan of the Quraysh tribe.

The rewards (i.e. Jewish bribery) for this is that the Jews would insure that the Quraysh gained supremacy and produced the three dynasties of the Ummayad Caliphate, the Abbasid Caliphate and the Fatimid Caliphates.

However, in the Jewish world, the hand that rocks the cradle is from whom the lineage is traced – the mother.

So, to all Jews, making the most sense of all this would be the assertion out on the web that Muhammad’s mother Amina was a Jewess.


Muyhammad's Jewish Mother, Amina



And here is where it all ties together.

The father of Muhammad was of the priestly pagan tribe of Quaraysh, chiefs and keepers of the national treasure of the Kaaba, married to a Jewish lady who would insure Muhammad would be a Jew with divine rights to determine the fate of the pagan Kaaba – few questions asked by the Arabs.

The ones who did ask were beheaded.

Add in the power and might the large contingent of Jews in Arabia gave Muhammad, and he was all set to become their Messiah.

With Jewish help, Muhammad crushed all Quraysh resistance and forcibly converted them all to Islam. the rest of Arabia easily fell in line behind the “priestly tribe”.

From there it was on to Jerusalem and beyond from one bloody battle to another.

Within 100 years, Jerusalem was free of Christianity, half of Christianity was in the hands of the Muslims and all of the Persian Empire was now Muslim.

God’s Chosen People were once again saved.

Saved indeed from the followers of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ.


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UNITED STATES’ FIRST FEMALE MUSLIM JUDGE FOUND DEAD IN HUDSON RIVER

 

A groundbreaking black jurist who became the first Muslim woman to serve as a US judge was found dead in New York’s Hudson River on Wednesday, police said.

Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a 65-year-old associate judge of New York’s highest court, was found floating off Manhattan’s west side at about 1:45 p.m. EDT (1545 GMT), a police spokesman said.

 

Police pulled Abdus-Salaam’s fully clothed body from the water and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family identified her and an autopsy would determine the cause of death, the spokesman said.

Abdus-Salaam, a native of Washington, D.C., became the first African-American woman appointed to the Court of Appeals when Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo named her to the state’s high court in 2013.

“Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History said Abdus-Salaam was the first female Muslim to serve as a US judge.

Citing unidentified sources, the New York Post reported that Abdus-Salaam had been reported missing from her New York home earlier on Wednesday. Attempts to reach her family were unsuccessful.

A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School, Abdus-Salaam started her law career with East Brooklyn Legal Services and served as a New York state assistant attorney general, according to the Court of Appeals website.

She held a series of judicial posts after being elected to a New York City judgeship in 1991.

Jews, Muslims “Common Cause” To Oppose European Nationalists: Europe’s Top Rabbi

Jews and Muslims in Europe have a “common cause” in opposing the rise of pro-European parties, Pinchas Goldschmidt, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis, has announced.

 Speaking during his annual Passover message, Goldschmidt called on Jews to “show solidarity with Muslims.”

Goldschmidt warned that the rise of ultra-nationalist parties and damage to the European Union caused by Brexit threatened the security of Jewish and Muslim minorities.

“When there is tolerance for other languages, other cultures, religions, traditions, we Jews feel more accepted,” Goldschmidt, who is also chief rabbi of Moscow, said.

“At the moment when an ultra-nationalist wind begins to blow, it makes Jews, as a minority, uncomfortable.”

Goldschmidt said that Europe was heading into a period of fluidity and turbulence, “which raises the question to what extent can you ensure the continuity of the Jewish community in Europe.”

“In general what we see is a reaction to immigration from the Middle East which has brought millions of Muslims to Europe,” he continued.

“Europe is now engaging in anti-immigration measures and [dealing with] the fear of Islamic terrorism.

“We [Jews and Muslims] definitely have a common cause in fighting for religious freedoms.”

Goldschmidt cited calls to close mosques, ban ritual slaughter in the production of halal and kosher meat (which involves cutting the throats of non-stunned animals and letting them painfully bleed to death), outlaw circumcision—practiced by Jews and Muslims—and last month’s European court of justice ruling that employers could ban workers from wearing religious symbols or clothing.

Goldschmidt went on to discuss Muslim terrorism, saying that it could not be countered by “fighting Islam,” saying that there is a “red line” between Islam and “radical Islam.”

“We are the last ones to say it is not a problem. But what we are saying is that you don’t counter and fight Islamic terrorism by fighting Islam.

“But populist parties in France, Holland, Austria, and Germany are trying not to see this red line. It’s imperative for us and millions of Muslims living in Europe to show everyone this red line exists.”

Donald Trump’s victory in last year’s U.S. elections had raised fears that ultra-nationalist parties in Europe might benefit from a “tailwind,” he said.

The anti-Islam, anti-EU, populist Geert Wilders had been defeated in the Dutch elections last month, “but we need to see what happens in France and Germany.”

Goldschmidt added: “With the victory of Trump, we have ultra-nationalist parties feeling invigorated and strengthened, and they hope to have more influence in European politics. So it’s important to retain European common values and European unity.

Goldschmidt also warned against “covert antisemitism” under the banner of the movement to boycott Israel in protest of its 50-year occupation of Palestinian territories.

“It’s not politically correct to be an all-out anti-Semite, but in many instances the state of Israel has replaced the Jew. To some extent, organizations … which are trying to delegitimize the state of Israel is a covert expression of antisemitism.”

Of course, Goldschmidt ignored the fact that the state of Israel—which he fanatically supports—implements all of the policies to which he declared himself allegedly so opposed to in Europe: Israel is meant to be a Jews-only state, and has immigration, marriage, and social laws (including segregation) based on race and religion.

* The festival of Passover, during which Jews claim they commemorate the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt, as told in the biblical story of the Exodus, begins at sunset on Monday and lasts for eight days.

The word “pass over” refers specifically to the incident in the book of Exodus, where God helps the Jews escape Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the ancient Egyptians.

The tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian firstborn.

 

The Jews were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the angel of death sent by God to kill the firstborn of each house knew to “pass over” the firstborn in these homes, hence the name of the commemoration.

Denounced by his brothers, Pakistani Jew says he’s being thrown to an ‘apostate lynch mob’

With dueling allegations of “insanity” and “fear of anti-Semitism,” two Pakistani men have taken to international media to disprove their brother’s beliefs about their deceased mother’s faith.

After a protracted legal fight to be officially recognized as Jewish in Pakistan, based upon claims that his mother was born a Jew, Fischel (Faisal) Benkhald, 29, gained international media attention last week with the announcement that Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADA) will soon issue him a new identification card. It will be the first time in decades that Pakistan registers a citizen as Jewish.

Benkhald, whose story was documented in a 2014 Times of Israel article, maintains a high profile on social media, complete with the Twitter handle @Jew_Pakistani, and has been interviewed broadly about his campaign to preserve Karachi’s old Jewish cemetery.

In the lengthy 2014 interview, Benkhald described his earliest childhood memories of his mother, whom he said was born to an Iranian Jewish family. He recalled the aroma of his mother’s challah baking in the oven every Friday afternoon. He said that before dusk he would watch her recite blessings over the Shabbat candles.

“When she used to put her hands over her eyes it felt so serene, as if she has no worries of worldly life, reciting the blessing welcoming the holy day. Her lovely eyes and smile looking at me are engraved in my memory, I always prayed with her,” he told The Times of Israel.

Once Faisel Benkhald, now Fishel, this Pakistani's Jewishness is unrecognized by his country. (courtesy Fishel Benkhald)

Learning of the “happy ending” to Benkhald’s protracted legal saga last week from a Pakistani paper, older brother Mohammad Iqbal, a resident of Saudi Arabia, accused his much younger brother of lying and even insanity. He has gone on the offense to clear their mother’s name, calling Benkhald’s story a complete fabrication.

“Our mother and even her parents were born Muslims, and as I understand from [Benkhald’s] campaign, he wanted your [Jewish] communities’ sympathies, and afterward maybe some monetary benefits or asylum visa by pretending his life is in danger in Pakistan by the Muslim community,” wrote Iqbal in an email exchange with The Times of Israel.

An affidavit signed by Pakistani Jew Faisel Benkhald's brothers stating his claims their mother was Jewish are 'false.' (courtesy)

Iqbal, who works in high-tech, left Pakistan in 2009 and is 18 years older than Benkhald. Their mother died some 20 years ago, and their father a few years later. Benkhald was raised by an uncle. The brothers’ most recent meeting was in 2012, when Benkhald visited Iqbal in Jeddah.

As proof to his dismissal of their mother’s alleged Jewishness, Iqbal submitted two notarized affidavits, which were also signed by their three other brothers. The documents called Benkhald “insane and in need of mental treatment” and averred that their mother neither practiced Judaism nor hailed from Jewish ancestry.

“I’m not sure of his mental health or motive on his nonsense,” Iqbal told The Times of Israel, saying he and his brothers are working to protect their mother’s “credibility after her death.”

The primary issue is “not what Faisal wants for himself, for me and my brothers the hurting part is, he is falsely using our late mother’s name or her faith, which is a big shame for us in society,” said Iqbal.

Pakistan, where apostasy is a capital crime

Approached by The Times of Israel this week, Benkhald said he was not shocked by the brothers’ repudiation. In Pakistan, the word “Jew” is considered a slur, he said.

“I am surprised that they didn’t do what they’re doing now much earlier. And I am saddened that they are throwing me to the wolves of the apostate lynch mob,” added Benkhald.

‘I am saddened that they are throwing me to the wolves of the apostate lynch mob’

He reiterated the veracity of his story and cast doubt on his brother’s claims that he had only recently learned of his quest for official recognition as a Jew.

“My brothers knew about my views and thoughts about my campaign for the Jewish cemetery and for minority rights along with my openly and publicly professing Judaism as my religion from my mom’s side,” he said, and cited television appearances in Pakistan, as well as his high-profile social media presence.

“My brothers got cold feet fearing an exaggerated anti-Semitic backlash,” said Benkhald.

Pakistani relatives bring an injured child to the hospital in Lahore on March 27, 2016, after at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 injured when an apparent suicide bomb ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter. (AFP/ARIF ALI)

There are serious consequences in Pakistan for Benkhald’s disavowal of Islam. According to the Pew Research Center, “Blasphemy – defined as speech or actions considered to be contemptuous of God or the divine – is a capital crime in Pakistan.”

Unsurprisingly, therefore, Benkhald has no documentation that his mother was born Jewish. Although she died when he was only 9, he has said he has memories of her Jewish practice and stories as proof.

“Religion is such an intangible thing that it can neither be proved nor disproved except what is in the heart of a person,” said Benkhald. “She was observing Judaism and as a child I got naturally attached to it, and later in my life I grew up to study both Judaism and Islam… I checked them both and made a decision to observe Judaism.”

Is stating you’re a Jew enough to make you one?

According to Israel-based Orthodox conversion activist Rabbi Chuck Davidson, in Jewish practice, Benkhald’s personal claim that he is Jewish was traditionally enough to consider him as such.

“If a person says they’re Jewish, they’re Jewish. Documents, etc. is a new phenomenon, not more than circa 50 years ago,” Davidson said. The idea of taking a person’s claim to Jewishness at face value was supported by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in a legal decision that was published in 1993 in connection to the large wave of Russian immigration to Israel at the time.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in Jerusalem, September 2012 (photo credit: Flash90)

Essentially, said Davidson, “unless there is good reason to suspect they are lying,” a person who claims to be Jewish should be treated as such.

In the case of Benkhald and his dissenting brothers, Davidson said it would appear that there is cause to investigate his claims further, although there are no clear halachic guidelines.

Davidson mentioned one modern method of proving Jewish ancestry that was recently put forward by Rabbi Yosef Carmel, the rabbinical dean of Jerusalem’s Eretz Hemdah Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies. Carmel proposed using mitochondrial DNA, which is passed only through the mother, and can exhibit markers of Jewish ancestry.

Davidson, who is against this practice on the grounds that it would “lead to chaos,” said that while the mitochondrial DNA could prove Jewishness, whether the Israeli Interior Ministry would accept it is another matter.

Where Jews are forbidden from travel to Israel

Regardless of whether immigration to Israel is a consideration for him, Benkhald’s Pakistani passport clearly states, “This passport is valid for all countries of the World except Israel.”

According to Noor Dahri, a Times of Israel blogger and the London-based director of the Pakistan-Israel Alliance, “Since both the Muslim Dominion of Pakistan and the Jewish State of Israel emerged on the world map in the late 1940s, the hatred of Jews by Islamists soared in Pakistan and Jews feared for their safety.”

Most Pakistanis have never met a Jew or an Israeli, wrote Dahri in a post, “and yet Pakistanis hate Jews for no apparent reason other than their assumed obligation to support Palestinian Muslims. And besides, they are taught it’s their religious duty to hate Jews, Hindus and all other non-Muslims.”

The Pakistani Jewish community has largely fled, according to Dahri, and either become refugees in India or the West, or immigrated to Israel.

Those who remain in Pakistan, he wrote, have “hid their faith and ethnicity due to persecution in Pakistan.” He cited Benkhald’s case and described a situation in which Benkhald was beaten, “punched and kicked in his face by the Muslim mob.” When the police arrived, Benkhald was arrested, after being blindfolded and handcuffed.

“The Rangers [Pakistan’s paramilitary police] interrogated him and asked for his connection with Israel. They accused and charged him with being an Israeli spy,” wrote Dahri. Benkhald confirmed the veracity of the account.

Despite physical abuse and prejudice from some Pakistani Muslims, and now, the repudiation from his brothers, Benkhald told The Times of Israel, “I have no doubt that they get the same spirituality from God/Allah that I do from Judaism.”

His desire to be Jewish, he said, “is not a crime. It is just a fundamental freedom of religion.”

‘Trump, Le Pen have pro-Israel, anti-Muslim agenda’

Motivated by the UK’s Brexit vote and the victory of Donald Trump in the US 2016 presidential election, leader of French far-right National Front party Marine Le Pen has started her election campaign with a pledge to protect France from what she calls “Islamic fundamentalism,” globalization and the European Union. Press TV has asked two panelists about what the world would look like with far-right leaders in power in the US and France.

Journalist and political analyst from Paris, Gearoid O Colmain, believes that Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump have similar policies when it comes to demonizing Muslims and endorsing Israeli agenda in the Middle East.

Trump and Le Pen share an “Islamophobic agenda” and they are attempting to scapegoat immigrants for the failure of their respective states, Colmain said.

Elaborating on the reasons why both Le Pen and Trump approach the Muslim community with bias and aggression, Colmain said Le Pen and Trump are representatives of the Israeli anti-Muslim agenda in their countries. “She (Le Pen) is a Zionist. She appears to be very close to Israel and increasingly so, as is of course Trump.”

Le Pen herself and the vice president of her National Front party have close ties to Israel, he said, adding that “the French Jewish community is the ruling caste in France at this stage.”

The analyst warned that Le Pen is focusing on Muslims, while she should be focusing on the Tel Aviv regime’s policy which is to use the so-called war on terror to push forward its expansionist agenda in the region.

“If she cuts off support for Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it would damage the whole agenda of the war on terror, which is an Israeli project for global domination” and especially the American-Israeli hegemony in the Middle East, he argued.

Colmain said the French presidential candidate has supported xenophobic and anti-migrant policies which are in compliance with neither far-right nor far-left parties in France.

Meanwhile, John Mason, a professor of political science at William Peterson University from New York, said he sees “a parallel between Marine Le Pen’s appeal to former left-wing communist working class voters” and some policies that have been backed by the Trump administration.

According to Mason, right-wing leaders like Le Pen and Trump have common enemies; namely, foreign immigrants, people of color as well as non-Christians in both the United States and France.

“Le pen was into the right-wing populist mode. Whatever gesture she might make toward Muslim traditionalists, her basic policy is to restore dominance in France of French Catholic people,” he said.

The French politician is worried about the increasing population of Muslims and immigrants not only in France but also in Europe, the professor added.

Trump shares the same concerns about the percentage of foreign-born citizens in the United States, and therefore, his administration wants to expel citizens with green cards, Mason stated.

Commenting on Le Pen and Trump’s policy toward the Zionist regime, he argued that “there is no contradiction between being pro-Israeli and being anti-Semitic and that is true [both] in France and the United States.”

He opined that Le Pen stands no chance of becoming the president in 2017, but she may be elected in the next election in 2025.

Opinion polls suggest that Le Pen may win enough votes to reach the runoff in France’s presidential election in May, but she will lose to a mainstream candidate at that stage.

Jared Kushner (Kike) met secretly with US Muslims prior to Trump’s inauguration

Jared Kushner at a congressional listening session with Republican lawmakers at the White House, Feb. 16, 2017. (Ron Sachs/Pool/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Jared Kushner had a friendly but secret meeting with Muslim Americans prior to the inauguration of his father-in-law, Donald Trump, but contacts diminished after the president banned entry to refugees and to travelers from seven Muslim majority countries.

“We thought discussing our nation’s founding values and freedom for Americans of all faiths was the responsible thing to do before Mr. Trump came to power,” Farhana Khera, the director of Muslim Advocates and one of five Muslim leaders at the meeting, told BuzzFeed, which on Tuesday broke the story of the early January get-together.

“It soon became clear, however, that unless Trump makes drastic changes and shows he’s committed to being a president for all Americans, engagement is not an effective tool at this stage,” Khera said.

In addition to the travel ban, which Trump put in place a week into his presidency but has been stayed by the courts, tensions between the Trump administration and Muslims were exacerbated by a visit to the White House by Brigitte Gabriel, who leads a group that has been described as Islamaphobic.

Kushner asked those in attendance for suggestions on smoothing relations between his father-in-law and Muslims, and even sought recommendations for a liaison to the Muslim community. (Trump has not named a liaison, nor has he named one to the Jewish community.)

BuzzFeed said that Kushner, who is Jewish and is an unpaid adviser tasked with an array of assignments, including advancing Middle East peace, remains the conduit for Muslim contacts with the administration. However, the online news site said that relations with the community have been consigned to a “severely restricted” backchannel.

London attacker Khalid Masood said to be convert to Islam

LONDON (AFP) — The man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman in Wednesday’s deadly assault outside Britain’s parliament has been identified by police as 52-year-old former convict and convert to Islam, Khalid Masood.

Known by “a number of aliases”, London’s Metropolitan Police said he had been convicted for a string of offences but none of them terror-related.

Born on Christmas Day 1964 in Kent in southeast England, Masood had been living in the West Midlands where armed police have staged several raids since the attack, storming properties in the city of Birmingham.

The police confirmed he was a British citizen.

He was brought up by a single parent in the town of Rye, on the southern English coast, according to The Times.

In this March 22, 2017 file photo, the attacker Khalid Masood is treated by emergency services outside the Houses of Parliament London. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

Over the course of two decades, Masood chalked up a range of convictions for assault, grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences, police said, with the incidents taking place between 1983 and 2003.

Prime Minister Theresa May said he was once investigated by the intelligence service MI5 “in relation to concerns about violent extremism”.

But Masood had never been convicted of terrorism offences and “was not the subject of any investigations,” the police said, noting there was “no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack”.

At 52, his age has been highlighted by commentators as unusual, with most Islamist extremists behind similar attacks far younger.

Although the police believe Masood acted alone, the Islamic State group claimed he was one of its “soldiers” acting on a call to target countries fighting the jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

– ‘A nice guy’ –

Masood rented the car used in the attack from the Solihull branch of Enterprise, on the outskirts of Birmingham, the company confirmed in a statement.

According to the BBC, he told the car rental company that he was a teacher.

A spokeswoman for Britain’s education ministry told AFP Masood was not a qualified teacher and had therefore not taught in any state schools.

The Sun tabloid said Masood stayed in a hotel on the outskirts of Brighton, a seaside city south of London, on the night before the attack.

A residential building in Quayside, Winson Green in Birmingham connected to Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood which was raided overnight by anti-terror police on March 23, 2017 (AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS)

London’s Metropolitan Police would not confirm the newspaper’s report that investigators went to the hotel following the attack after finding a receipt in the hire car.

British media described Masood as a Muslim convert, with one source telling Sky News he was a “very religious, well spoken man”.

“You couldn’t go to his home in Birmingham on Friday because he would be at prayer,” said the source, who Sky said met Masood in a professional capacity.

“He was a nice guy. I used to see him outside doing his garden,” Iwona Romek, a former neighbour of his told the Birmingham Mail.

“He had a wife, a young Asian woman and a small child who went to school,” she said. Other media have reported that he was a married father-of-three.

Romek said the family had abruptly moved out of their house in Winson Green, a neighbourhood in western Birmingham, around Christmas without saying goodbye.

Romek said she could not imagine him carrying out an attack, adding: “Now I’m scared that someone like that was living close to me”.

More recently Masood may have been living in a flat next to a Persian restaurant and a pizza parlour in the upmarket Edgbaston neighbourhood, according to reports.

One neighbour at that address told The Telegraph newspaper they were fearful after the day’s events: “It’s left me so scared and I don’t know what to tell the children. He seemed like a normal calm and kind family man, always with a smile on his face.”

Following an armed raid on the property overnight, a man working in a shop nearby told the Press Association simply: “The man from London lived here”.

How Jews Worked to Promote a Positive Image of Islam in the Western Mind: Abraham Geiger

Abraham Geiger is best known as the founder of Reform Judaism, one of the major strains of Judaism in the world today. He also did pioneering scholarly research into the similarities between Judaism and Islam, arguing that Islam was not an authentically separate religion but rather a minor variant of Judaism. Later, Geiger made somewhat similar derogatory claims about Christianity, arguing that it was merely an evolution of Pharisaic Judaism. His work then can be viewed as an early instance of the now familiar strand of Jewish supremacist scholarship, in which Jewish scholars argue that some seemingly impressive non-Jewish achievement in fact “owes it all to the Jews”. Appropriately enough, given Geiger’s elaboration of the similarities between Judaism and Islam, Muslims have been known to make similar supremacist claims.

In various works, including the one I quote here – “From Mitteleuropa to the Middle East: Orientalism through a Jewish Lens”, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. 94, No. 3 (Summer, 2004) -, (((John M. Efron))) has promoted the notion of a Jewish Orientalism, arising particularly in 19th century Germany. He sees the work of the Jewish Orientalists as being characterised by the following considerations.

(1) the desire of Jewish Orientalists for Jewish civil equality through emancipation;
(2) their rejection (often virulent) of Orthodox Judaism;
(3) their antipathy to Christianity; and
(4) their Islamophilia which saw them tirelessly promote the idea of a genuine Muslim-Jewish symbiosis

Abraham Geiger was one of these Jewish Orientalists who pioneered the sympathetic representation of Islam in the west. He also made ready use of the technique that is still the principal tool of Jewish dialectic even today: invalidating another person’s point of view by attributing to them an impure emotional state.

Another of Geiger’s innovations, one that bespeaks a particular German Jewish Orientalism, is the great respect he accorded to Muhammad and Islam, a respect rarely paid by Gentile Orientalists. While the Enlightenment saw the beginnings of a more positive representation of Islam and its founder, many scholars continued to dismiss Muhammad as a hypocrite and deceiver, as Voltaire had done, or they concurred with Herder, who called the prophet a “fanatic,” while still others agreed with the great nineteenth-century Semiticist, Theodor Noeldeke, who diagnosed him as “hysterical.” Geiger declared such opinions to be the product of “outright bias and misunderstanding of the human heart”. By contrast, Geiger saw Muhammad as a “genuine enthusiast who was himself convinced of his divine mission, and to whom the union of all religions appeared necessary for the welfare of mankind.”

According to Geiger, Mohammed did not even intend to create a new religion. His belief system was basically Judaism modified here and there in places where it could not otherwise accommodate his own megalomania.

Because he sought to assert the foundational nature of Judaism, Geiger denied that Muhammad had created a new religion. Rather, he “was in favor of borrowing from earlier religions. He desired no peculiarity, no new religion which should oppose all that had gone before”. … So although a new religion did emerge, that was not Muhammad’s initial intent; rather, it was to incorporate Jews into “his kingdom of the faithful upon earth”.

Geiger was among the first to promote the idealised image of Islamic Spain, the supposed paradise of tolerance and learning, which he liked to compare unfavourably with Christian civilisation.

…for Geiger, the indissoluble links that bound Judaism and Islam together stood in marked contrast to the breach birth that characterized the origins of relations between Christianity and Judaism. Echoing the dictum of his German Jewish contemporary, the novelist Berthold Auerbach, who claimed that the barometer of a country’s morality was the way it treated its Jews, Geiger spoke highly of Arabia, for “it was very favorable to the Jews, who had fled to that country in large numbers after the destruction of Jerusalem, inasmuch as it enabled them to gather together and maintain their independence” (p. 7). In fact, thirty years later, in an essay on the medieval Hebrew poet Judah haLevi, Geiger expanded upon the idea that Judaism flourished under Islam, claiming that it “survived and took root in those countries which long before had produced the first fruits of civilization: Egypt, Phoenicia, Syria, Assyria and Babylonia.” While it was also later influenced by Parsiism and Hellenism, “it developed its own fullest potential in closest union with Arab civilization.”

Geiger noted that Judaism principally flourished among the Arabs where it did not stand in religious contention with the majority. As with most scholars of the Wissenschaft des Judentums school, Geiger looked beyond Arabia to Jewish life in Muslim Spain as an example of Jewish communal and cultural efflorescence and integration into the larger society. There, according to Geiger, Arab and Jewish culture were both intimately related and intertwined as Hebrew became Arabized and Arabic aesthetics became Judaized and even the deepest of Jewish religious writings were produced in Arabic.

he detected an admirable form of Judaism in the medieval Jewish culture that flourished under Islam in the Iberian Peninsula, one that differed markedly from that which emerged in Central and Eastern Europe. While he saw both Eastern Europe and the Orient as “culturally deficient,” Geiger emphasized, with obvious disapproval, the state of Judaism in Poland, which was charac- terized by “the new growth and further degeneration that is Hasidism.” While he recognized the impact of persecution in medieval France and Germany on Jewish intellectual life, Rashi notwithstanding, Geiger at- tributed much of the blame for what he regarded as the low level of early modern Polish Jewish culture to the generally anti-intellectual climate fostered by Christianity.

In contrast, the Islamic environment of Spain gave rise to Jews whom Geiger described as “heroes of Wissenschaft.” Their worldly poets, authors, and religious thinkers, especially those who wrote in Arabic (perhaps an oblique reference to his stance that German and not Hebrew should be the language of Jewish liturgy), were ideal role models for the Jews of Germany.

Geiger was animated by a fierce animus towards Christianity, which, for the most part, he took pains to disguise.

In fact, because Geiger was committed to a comparativist approach, his positive evaluation of Islam was to a great extent conditioned by his attitude toward Christianity, an attitude that hardened over time. In a letter of 1865 to his friend, the Gottingen mathematician Moritz Stern, Geiger bitterly declared, “I may be mistaken about many things but I am not mistaken when I view Christianity as the adversary of great cultural endeavor. Christianity takes great pains to reveal the full extent of its intolerance; the papal encyclicals and the spoutings of the High Consisto- ries, the synods and the Church Days truly contribute their fair share in this effort.”‘ Three years later, in 1868, Geiger compared the tolerance of the Muslim state that “admitted both Jews and Christians” with the exclusionary practices of Europe, claiming that not only were Catholic and Protestant clergy guilty of fomenting Jew hatred but that “even the nonbelievers cannot refrain from spouting invective against Jews and Judaism, simply because this hatred has been inculcated into their hearts by Christianity.”‘

Geiger also pioneered another now distressingly familiar Jewish technique of seeking to place a ban on those deemed to have an insufficiently favourable attitude towards Jews.

In the wake of intensifying anti-Semitism after 1871, Geiger spoke out against his detractors and his scholarship became more stridently anti- Christian. But Geiger the historian was especially stung by German bibli- cal scholarship, which was replete with anti-Semitism and bolstered by a sincere belief in Christian supersessionism. In 1872, he wrote to the lead- ing German Orientalist, Theodor Noldeke, complaining of the treatment of Jewish sources at the hands of Christian bible scholars. He assured Noldeke that Jewish scholars were not trying to dictate what the re- search agenda or methodological approach of Christians should be but “we do have the right to denounce the ignorance of those who, despite such ignorance, and with boundless arrogance and spite, air their deroga- tory opinions on such matters; and we are justified in banning such per- sons from the company of fair and honest scholars.”

In Germany there is now a rabbinic seminary called the Abraham Geiger College. Every 2 years it offers an Abraham Geiger Award which “recognizes contributions to Judaism in its many facets” and “honors people who rendered outstanding service to pluralism.”

In 2015, the recipient of the award was Angela Merkel.