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Today, Nidra Poller covered the Jew hating death march in Paris and Jiro Mochizuki sent us the pictures. Punk jihad. Oh and Nidra just checked the Indigènes video. Yes, they said, Obama deserved the shoe. But of course, it's America they hate. It's always been America - the POTUS is merely the most visible icon of the US.
The French Brigades…of Izzedine al Qassam
Nidra Poller, Paris 10 January 2009
Last Saturday they were 20,000 (police figures) or 25,000 (organizer’s claim). Today they were 30,000 (police estimate) or 100,000 (organizer’s assertion). With a dozen hefty police cars and several rows of riot policemen in the lead, he demonstration left Place de la République at 3 PM, went down boulevard Beaumarchais to the Bastille and from there to Place de la Nation. Some “minor” incidents have been reported in the press so far, attributed to “smashers” who didn’t really belong to the demonstration. For some mysterious reason they went straight to Place de la Nation, where they caused the usual trouble, until they were finally joined by the real demonstration, to which they were not really attached. This unlikely story will not convince anyone who actually saw the demonstration, with its smashers ready to smash. Their faces covered to show the heights of their courage, they ran in packs, often in the opposite direction to the rank and file.
The march was mean, ugly, raucous, defiant, hysterical, frightening. Hundreds of Palestinian flags, a few Hamas flags, and a huge banner proclaiming support for Hamas, carried by the Indigènes de la République. Watch their video on this site http://www.indigenes-republique.fr/ Pro-Hamas, pro-Hizbullah, unashamedly extremist, they claim to resist until all of Palestine (=all of Israel) is liberated. Chanting Palestine vivra, Hamas vaincra (Palestine will live, Hamas will win) the indigenes (the natives) vilify the French president, Arab leaders, Bush of course and, if I heard right, Obama as well. The Indigènes are the hardcore of the demonstration. They are the ultimate in humanitarian protest, n’est-ce pas? I don’t have to tell you, just watch the video, and you will understand that these people will do whatever their leaders tell them to do. There is no limit.
The rest of the demonstration stretched out in various degrees of jihadism. The banners were slapdash, the “bloodied” sheets were sloppy, the blood libel baby was a dummy. Occasional posters thanked Hugo Chavez (for kicking out the Israeli ambassador), hundreds bore portraits of the founding warlord Izzedine al Qassam. The usual slogans accused Israel of cold-blooded murder, proclaimed “We are all Palestinians of Gaza,” demanded that the media tell the “truth.” Meaning the whole truth, the Hamas truth, and no other truth. The sound trucks looked like IEDs. The keffieh was de rigueur. Some wore it around the shoulders, some wrapped it around the head…all that was missing was the RPG.
Extreme left anti-capitalist party leaders, Marie-Georges Buffet and Olivier Besancenot, were present and accounted for. There was mention of someone from the Human Rights League. Mouloud Aounit, president of the MRAP, an anti-racist association that known for its dallying with Islamists, announced that the demonstration was a warning to France. They must intervene for an immediate ceasefire and/ or send forces to protect the Palestinians from the Israelis. The demonstration, he said, is not communitarian (ethnic) or religious, it is in the name of justice.
The infidel minority was a bit stronger this time than a week ago. As I presumed then, the UOIF had a lot to do with the turnout. A colleague, Clément Weill-Raynal, confirms that the French branch of the Muslim Brotherhood told imams to talk up the Gaza crisis at Friday prayers, and get the people out into the streets. A week of phony humanitarian crisis and atrocity reports in French media has probably mobilized additional support for the Gazaouis and their Hamas government.
This week France 2 admitted, barely, that a 12-second sequence allegedly showing death and destruction caused by an Israeli airstrike on January 1st was in fact footage shot in 2005. They did not bother to explain that the footage in question was used at that time to falsely accuse Israeli forces of committing an atrocity when in fact the casualties were caused by a truck laden with explosives that went off accidentally in the midst of a crowd in Jabalya. The newscaster mumbled the half-hearted apology without bothering to rerun at least a few seconds of the fake footage so that viewers would know which sequence was being retracted and why. And, more important of all, she did not mention that most of the videos the station is showing these days from Palestinian sources are also faked.
French media have slipped headlong into blood libel mode. Just as they did in September 2000 when the pre-planned jihad attack against Israel was disguised as a popular uprising that turned radical because of a disproportionate Israeli reaction to perfectly normal protests. Today, French media are wallowing in blood, steaming hot libelous blood. If anyone in the French media’s Jerusalem studios is checking the videos that pour in, it must be a Hamas operative. Those courageous Hamas combatants are hiding underground and, with the help of Western media, launching lethal narratives at Israel. Talal Abou Rahma of Mohamed al Dura fame gets a credit now and then, but he has too much competition this time around. Not likely to reap rewards for any scoops!
I suppose the same stories are going around everywhere. The Israelis shot at a UN (they don’t like to say UNWRA) contractor trying to bring in humanitarian aid, forcing the UN to suspend distribution; the Israelis gathered over a hundred innocent civilians in a building… and then bombed it; etc. , etc., etc. Enough atrocities to go around the world…and strangle it. You can see some of them on the front page of the Communist newspaper, L’Humanité, displayed by demonstrators today.
And of course if we object to staged, faked, doctored, and photoshopped images it means we don’t care about the children who really did get killed or wounded. Tell it to the humanitarians who demonstrated today.
Someone from the Lyon branch of a Muslim association warned that France better heed the message delivered today and take a strong position (against Israel of course). If not, the banlieue is going to explode. That’s right, it’s going to explode. There are elements in the banlieue, he said, that can’t be controlled. No one—not the associations, the political parties, the imams—can control them. Israel can no longer be given special dispensation from respect for international law.
If Nicolas Sarkozy hoped to calm the banlieue by his strong condemnations of Israel’s disproportionate response to the Hamas rocket attacks, which he also condemned, it wasn’t worth the loss of dignity. Today’s demonstrators and the masses they speak for won’t be satisfied with half-measures.
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The French Brigades…of Izzedine al Qassam
Paris 10 January 2009
Here’s the story, the lethal narrative produced by the jihadis and relayed by our Western media: Gaza is the most densely populated place on earth. One and a half million, crammed tight as sardines. Israeli forces bomb blindly, this population moves frantically, seeking cover, and wherever they go, the bombs fall. Grasp the image they are imposing on the public mind with this astute use of chosen words, false facts, and intoxicating repetition. It is like a chess board, on which every square is filled with ten or twenty or let’s say a hundred small pieces. There is not a millimeter of empty space. Drop a bomb, kill a baby.
Evidence to the contrary is systematically suppressed. Or distorted. The Israeli air force is capable of the finest precision bombing. Furthermore, Israeli intelligence gathering is better than a thousand gossips per square inch. “Pinpoint” is too gross to describe the way they are taking out Hamasniks. However, all the videos coming out of Gaza are filmed by Hamas-approved cameramen, all the stats are from Hamas-approved sources. No combatants are getting killed or wounded, according to those sources. Only kids. And a few adult civilians.
It follows, then, that a demonstration against Israel and/or for Gaza must be peaceful, pacifist, conciliatory, humanitarian, smothered in respect for law and order, international law and exquisite justice, freedom, liberation, and the welfare of innocent children. Everything that does not fit into these laudable categories must be excluded from press reports or at least underplayed.
So, we learn that there were a few incidents on the fringes of the demonstration. OK, très bien, and…180 people were arrested. 180! You’ve got to be kidding! That’s enormous…for France. Twelve policemen were injured. Another minor detail. A young man named Jeremy expressed his disapproval to a France-Info journalist. “Why do they do it? They say they are making war against France. It was a peaceful demonstration, why do they spoil it?”
Let’s hope Jeremy checked out the Indigènes de la République video when he got home from the demonstration. If it doesn’t help him understand why they do it, at least he’ll know that they weren’t such a fringe after all, and the core is even scarier.
A Figaro reporter was honest enough to reveal some truths about the demonstration. “Insults, threats, and intimidation of journalists, flow of hatred against the Hebrew State [Israel]…a man in his forties shouts through a megaphone ‘Zionists, fascists, you’re the real terrorists!’” As night falls, the tension increases. A Palestinian flag is draped on the column at the Bastille, an Israeli flag is burned, the crowd applauds. Dozens of youths shout with hateful rage. Ali, 18, « Hamas is the résistance, just like Jean Moulin who defended France against the Nazis.” Rachid, 22: “The Israelis act like Hitler. »
The article is not signed. Could it have something to do with all that rage and hatred?
Le Parisien quotes Mohamed Mechmache (AC-le feu, a maximum- banlieue-demands association created in the flames of the 2005 uprising) who insists there was not the slightest incitement to hatred, just a determination to denounce the unacceptable. Hasmia Kenider, of the Indigènes expresses outrage at the “sterile gesticulations of the UN.” Talk about quoting out of context! Not a word in the article about the fertile gesticulations of the Indigènes, the Qu’ran held in shahid position, the Hizbullah and Hamas flags; the promise to liberate “all of Palestine,” to fight to victory; the cries of “glory to Sheikh Yassin, glory to Leila Khaled…”
Some readers of Le Monde noticed what the “newspaper of record” journalist ignored: Bernard M.: You call that a peace demonstration, when people shout “Death to the Jews” (in Arabic, picked up by a friend of Algerian origin) and Hezbollah (or sympathizers) join in? If you want peace you have to ask both sides to stop fighting (Israel and Hamas both rejected the UN demand) and negotiate. Alfred: Of course Le Monde would never tell about slogans like “La France t'es foutue, le Hamas est dans la rue" [France is f___ed, Hamas is in the streets] heard in the demonstration. Readers might understand that, as they look on with soft indulgence, Islam is making a show of force. Unfortunately, unlike the Israelis, we don’t have the courage to resist.
And, finally, in a private communication I received the text of a letter of protest addressed to the president, signed Julien Uzzan. Monsieur Uzzan asks politely how such a demonstration could be allowed in France. The display of racist slogans, such as “Death to the Jews,” is intolerable. “If my father-in-law, veteran of the 2nd DB, French and Jewish, a volunteer soldier who liberated Paris, were still alive, he would have gone down and silenced those people who came to enjoy the benefits of our dear country and soon will take it over.”