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‘The Palestinian Delusion’ Untangles a Web of Fashionable Lies (Opinion)

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Chances are that if you know a college student, he or she believes these things: Israel exists on stolen land. Israelis are all just Europeans, anyway. The true inhabitants of the land that is called Israel today are the Palestinians, and their country is Palestine. The Israeli occupation is cruel, and marked by numerous human rights abuses perpetrated against the innocent Palestinians. One day, the occupation will end, and from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.

But fervently and passionately believed falsehoods are still just falsehoods. And now, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Islam and jihad, and author of the unique and groundbreaking The History of Jihad, has turned to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and delivered a concise but comprehensive refutation of all the false claims about this conflict that prevail today on college campuses and elsewhere. In the sharp and factual book The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process, historian Robert Spencer untangles the web of lies that envelop all discussion of this conflict in the international media, and gives us the unvarnished (and often unwelcome) truth.

One thing that nobody ever seems to wonder about is why this conflict is still going on so many decades after some of the most renowned and respected leaders in the world began to devote concerted efforts to ending it. Why has every one of the numerous attempts to bring peace failed, and failed consistently for seven decades now? In The Palestinian Delusion, Spencer answers that question and many others about this intractable dispute, and in the process, establishes definitively that Israel, contrary to the claims of so many among the academic, political, and media elites, not only has a right to exist, but has the best claim of any country to the supposedly occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza.

From the beginning of this book to its end, Spencer provides copious quotations of the primary actors in this ongoing drama, thereby providing a straight-from-the-horse’s-mouth account that would be difficult, and likely impossible, to refute. He explains not only why every attempt at hitting upon an agreement that will enable Israelis and Palestinians to live side by side in peace has failed, but also why they were doomed to fail from the start. He elucidates the key and almost totally overlooked element of this dispute that foredoomed all negotiations to failure, except insofar as they served as stepping stones to get the Palestinians what they wanted.

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Pursuing the question of why the negotiations were all foredoomed leads one straight into Islamic doctrine, and here The Palestinian Delusion intersects with and complements Spencer’s earlier work, which includes not just The History of Jihad, but a guide to the Qur’an, a biography of Muhammad, and much more. The Palestinian Delusion lays bare the Islamic beliefs and assumptions that preclude any peaceful agreement with the Jewish state that would allow that state to live in peace on an indefinite basis – not just the many antisemitic passages of the Qur’an, but the Qur’anic imperative to “drive them out from where they drove you out” (2:191).

At that point The Palestinian Delusion takes an ironic turn, for Spencer shows that it isn’t actually true at all that the Israelis drove the Palestinians from their land. On the contrary, he illustrates from numerous sources that the Arab Higher Committee actually ordered the Muslim Arabs of Palestine to leave the area, in anticipation of what the Committee thought would be a swift victory over the nascent state of Israel in 1948.

That victory was not to be, and the Palestinian “refugee” crisis was born, to be artificially kept alive over the decades by the United Nations and the Arab states bordering upon Israel, so as to provide a perpetual foundation for grievances against Israel and challenges to its very existence.

The Palestinian Delusion proves conclusively that the entire dispute is not, as most Western leaders assume, about land, and will not be solved by the creation of a Palestinian state. It is, rather, an Islamic imperative that Israel must be destroyed – hence the chant about freeing “Palestine” from the river to the sea, that is, destroying Israel utterly.

Not all people will find The Palestinian Delusion to be a book that tells them what they want to hear. But it does tell the truth, the truth that all too many people (particularly on college and university campuses) do not want to hear. That is all the more reason why this book should be heard, and heeded.

Steve Gruber is host of the nationally syndicated TV & radio program “The Steve Gruber Show,” seen on America’s Voice News and heard of radio stations across America.

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FBI Backtracks After Unconscionable Statement on Synagogue Hostage Situation

Wonder what took them so long?

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Earlier this week, the FBI caught a great deal of deserved flak over a ridiculously obtuse assessment of a nearly disastrous situation, and now they’re attempting to backtrack heavily.

It all began after the brother of one of the world’s most notorious terrorists took several people hostage at a synagogue in Texas, and on Saturday, no less.  Thankfully, the situation resolved with no innocent persons being killed, and only the perpetrator losing his life in the process.

But the FBI’s original assessment of the situation appeared to suggest that the targeting of a synagogue by a Radical Islamic sympathizer was somehow not a matter of antisemitism.  Twitter was soon full of angsty, shocked posts, blasting the FBI for their inability to see the forest for the trees.

Now, the Bureau is backtracking.  Big time.

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Malik Faisal Akram, the British national who was killed Saturday night after allegedly taking four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue, spoke “repeatedly” about a convicted terrorist during negotiations with law enforcement, according to an FBI statement obtained by Fox News.

The statement, which was released late Sunday, does not identify the terrorist serving an 86-year prison sentence in the U.S. on terrorism charges, but may shed new light on a possible motive.

Akram could be heard on a Facebook livestream demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having ties to al Qaeda who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan.

“This is a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted, and is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force,” the statement read.

The sudden change of tone may be a day late and a buck short, however, as this isn’t the first time that the FBI has engaged in such boneheaded behavior of late.

 

Earlier this week, the FBI caught a great deal of deserved flak over a ridiculously obtuse assessment of a nearly disastrous situation, and now they’re attempting to backtrack heavily. It all began after the brother of one of the world’s most notorious terrorists took several people hostage at a synagogue in Texas, and on Saturday, no less.  Thankfully, the situation resolved with no innocent persons being killed, and only the perpetrator losing his life in the process. But the FBI’s original assessment of the situation appeared to suggest that the targeting of a synagogue by a Radical Islamic sympathizer was somehow not a matter of antisemitism.  Twitter was soon full of angsty, shocked posts, blasting the FBI for their inability to see the forest for the trees. Now, the Bureau is backtracking.  Big time. Malik Faisal Akram, the British national who was killed Saturday night after allegedly taking four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue, spoke “repeatedly” about a convicted terrorist during negotiations with law enforcement, according to an FBI statement obtained by Fox News. The statement, which was released late Sunday, does not identify the terrorist serving an 86-year prison sentence in the U.S. on terrorism charges, but may shed new light on a possible motive. Akram could be heard on a Facebook livestream demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having ties to al Qaeda who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan. “This is a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted, and is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force,” the statement read. The sudden change of tone may be a day late and a buck short, however, as this isn’t the first time that the FBI has engaged in such boneheaded behavior of late.…

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UFC Chief Laments Lack of Available Monoclonal COVID Treatments

This, just days after Florida accused the federal government of hoarding the life-saving treatments.

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If you were to ask the government about the options that we have for defeating the coronavirus pandemic, you are likely to hear but one side of the story:  Vaccines.

The Biden administration has been unwavering in their support of these inoculations, even going so far as to attempt to install a constitutionally unsound vaccine mandate that took only two months for the Supreme Court to gut.

But there are other options too, induing the widely popular and effective monoclonal antibody treatments.  And, despite the government’s insistence on pushing vaccines on the masses, the Biden administration has also appeared to corner the market on these life-saving medicines…and they’re being awfully stingy with them.

“I bet I could get some f*****g pain pills quicker than I could get monoclonal antibodies,” UFC President Dana White said in regards to the rationing of monoclonal antibodies for treatment of COVID-19 during a press conference on Saturday following the UFC 45 Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.

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MMA Weekly asked White about a left-wing censorship campaign targeting Joe Rogan under the auspices of “misinformation” involving an “open letter” from assorted medical professionals and academic calling on Spotify, the distributor or Rogan’s eponymous podcast, to “take action” against what they described as “mass-misinformation” which is “medically and culturally dangerous.”

The exchange was lively to say the least.

MMA Weekly asked, “I was wondering what your thoughts were with the 200-plus doctors trying to put pressure on Spotify saying that Joe’s a menace.”

White replied, “Are they really? Well how about this, ever since I came out and said what I did, It’s almost impossible now to get monoclonal antibodies. They’re making it so you can’t get them — medicine that absolutely works, they’re keeping from us. I don’t want to get too political and start getting into all this s***, but ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies have been around for a long time. Now, all of a sudden, you can’t dig them up to save your life. The doctors won’t give them to you.”

The criticism arrives amid a flurry of complaints from Florida officials, complaining that the Biden administration simply will not ship these treatments to them, and without providing any reason as to why.

If you were to ask the government about the options that we have for defeating the coronavirus pandemic, you are likely to hear but one side of the story:  Vaccines. The Biden administration has been unwavering in their support of these inoculations, even going so far as to attempt to install a constitutionally unsound vaccine mandate that took only two months for the Supreme Court to gut. But there are other options too, induing the widely popular and effective monoclonal antibody treatments.  And, despite the government’s insistence on pushing vaccines on the masses, the Biden administration has also appeared to corner the market on these life-saving medicines…and they’re being awfully stingy with them. “I bet I could get some f*****g pain pills quicker than I could get monoclonal antibodies,” UFC President Dana White said in regards to the rationing of monoclonal antibodies for treatment of COVID-19 during a press conference on Saturday following the UFC 45 Vegas in Las Vegas, NV. MMA Weekly asked White about a left-wing censorship campaign targeting Joe Rogan under the auspices of “misinformation” involving an “open letter” from assorted medical professionals and academic calling on Spotify, the distributor or Rogan’s eponymous podcast, to “take action” against what they described as “mass-misinformation” which is “medically and culturally dangerous.” The exchange was lively to say the least. MMA Weekly asked, “I was wondering what your thoughts were with the 200-plus doctors trying to put pressure on Spotify saying that Joe’s a menace.” White replied, “Are they really? Well how about this, ever since I came out and said what I did, It’s almost impossible now to get monoclonal antibodies. They’re making it so you can’t get them — medicine that absolutely works, they’re keeping from us. I don’t want to get too political and start getting into…

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