Thursday, May 5, 2016
University of Toronto "pro-Palestine" lecture featured Holocaust denial, claims of Jewish conspiracies, and praise for Hitler
Out of respect for the right to free speech, this sort of thing shouldn't be banned by law. But you'd imagine out of a sense of a commitment to truth, if not of decency, the University of Toronto would know better than to host an event featuring the demented antisemite, Ken O'Keefe.
Earlier in the week, O'Keefe was featured at a grubby little bunker called "Beit Zatoun," the hub of anti-Israel activism in Toronto.
The following day, he delivered a speech at The University of Toronto. Watch from here, and you'll see a man whose head is clearly filled with paranoid delusions and frizzled mental wiring claiming the Holocaust was a "myth," part of a Jewish conspiracy to oppress the Palestinians. His insanity extends to conspiracy theories childhood vaccines and the CIA creating ISIS.
This happened with the acquiescence and, by allowing it to take place unchallenged at one of its lecture facilities, the imprimatur of The University of Toronto. It's worth noting that O'Keefe's events were promoted by the so-called "progressive" magazine, NOW. Interestingly, a NOW editor notoriously has said that she believed in censorship of "hate speech." NOW editor Susan Cole said universities are not the place for "provocateurs" who "target minorities." More interestingly, Holocaust denial and overt antisemitism evidently don't qualify as such an example of hate speech for them. In fact, NOW referred to the Holocaust-denier O'Keefe as a "human rights activist."
This is what things have come to.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
As the Conservative caucus hosts Iran Accountability Week on Parliament Hill, we are concerned that the Liberal government will pursue policies with Iran that jettison Canada’s values and interests. In recent days alone, there have been worrisome signs that any rush to embrace Iran remains ill-advised and dangerous.
This month, Iranian officials have expressed outrage at the U.S. Supreme Court ruling freeing up billions in frozen Iranian assets to compensate victims of terror. Tehran has also made clear its displeasure with the U.S. increasing its military presence in Syria to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. At the same time, the U.S. has openly expressed its irritation at Russia’s early delivery of the sophisticated S-300 air defence system to Iran, an alarming development for our ally Israel.
These are only some of the indicators that dealing with Iran comes with no certainties. The regime is mounting little more than a marketing facade to attract foreign investment to its weakened economy. In truth, the regime has done little, if anything, to warrant a thaw in relations...
See also: Irwin Cotler: Naming Tehran’s victims
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
|"Queers for Palestine are probably the stupidest people on the planet" - Milo Yiannopoulos|
...The Haavara agreement allowed the escape of well-to-do German Jews in exchange for the liquidation of their property and the purchase and export of German goods to break the boycott of Germany’s Nazi-controlled economy. The deal deeply divided Europe’s Jews, but in any case, according to research published by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, at least a third of the 60,000 Jews who fled to Palestine from Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1939 managed to do so by resorting to the Haavara contract’s extortionate arrangements.
The point of rubbing everyone’s noses in the Haavara agreement, whether it’s some neo-Nazi Stormfront yob doing it or Ken Livingstone doing it, is to traffic with impunity in the anti-Israel slander that Adolph Hitler (who made his own belligerent antipathy to Zionism quite clear in his 1925 memoir and manifesto, Mein Kampf) “was supporting Zionism,” as Livingstone explicitly put it. This is a direct equation of Zionism with Nazism, which the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia defines as a clear manifestation of antisemitism disguised as criticism of Israel.
Predictably, unreconstructed Jew-haters joined “anti-Zionists” in the rush to Livingstone’s defence, led by Livingstone’s long-time political ally, the long-disgraced celebrity “anti-war” demagogue George Galloway. Now polling close to zero in his own bid for election as mayor of London, Galloway leaped straight into the muck last Friday on Sky News: “Ken Livingstone said absolutely nothing wrong … Nazism and Zionism were two sides of the same coin.”
The good news is that dozens of Labour MPs have expressed disgust with Livingstone, not least MP John Mann, a founder of an inter-parliamentary committee on antisemitism, who was seen on live television confronting Livingstone on the street and calling him a “Nazi apologist,” a “lying racist” and a “fucking disgrace.” The bad news: by the weekend, several thousand Labour Party members had signed a petition calling for Mann to be disciplined by the party brass.
Only by the skin of its teeth has Canada’s NDP avoided this kind of nauseating spectacle. Anti-Israel histrionics reached a crescendo during Jack Layton’s term as NDP leader, and Layton’s policy was to pretend it wasn’t happening except when it became too obvious to ignore — like when NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis was booed and hissed at an NDP national convention for proposing that an anti-Israel resolution before delegates should at least mention in passing that Hezbollah was a terrorist organization.
By the time Tom Mulcair took the party helm, it had become necessary to quarantine a noisy faction of the NDP nomenklatura that resembles nothing so much as an evangelical cult devoted to the notorious Galloway...
Monday, May 2, 2016
Trigglypuff's snowflake friend has epic meltdown after being mocked for disrupting "The Triggering" at U Mass
My name is Jennie Chenkin. I am a Hampshire College junior on a pre-law track with a concentration in political theory, carceral studies, and conflict resolution. I am writing this email because I have been harassed mercilessly online following “The Triggering” event and I have reason to believe that UMass Republicans have endorsed this harassment and libel against me.
On Monday night, I attended the event “The Triggering” hosted by UMass Republicans in protest of the panelists they had chosen to bring in to speak on “social justice, feminism, trigger warnings, microaggressions, and more.” My friends and I held up a banner outside the venue that said “content warning: bigotry inside” and we passed out fliers which explained what we believe political correctness stands for. When the panelists came on stage, we booed and heckled and disrupted, because that was what we were there to do...
...On Monday night, UMass Republicans asked their audience to be open to different opinions in the name of free speech. They then allowed their panelists to call Muslims rapists and dissenters in the audience, such as myself, pussies. They allowed their panelists to harass students on stage. The panelists got applauded and paid to do so. This makes me seriously wonder what kind of ship UMass Republicans run and why UMass has allowed them to get away with this atrocious behavior. I wonder why UMass Republicans care so much about protecting free speech, but only when it aligns with their views — and when it doesn’t, I wonder why they think it’s okay to publicly harass and bully and humiliate dissenters such as myself...
The skeptical documentary “Climate Hustle” doesn’t hit U.S. theaters until Monday, but it’s already unsettling the climate-change debate.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
It is simply astonishing how destructive John Kasich’s campaign has been to the Republican Party.
Right now, the evidence is on full view in Indiana. As part of a deal with the Ted Cruz campaign, Kasich isn't campaigning in the Hoosier State, which votes on Tuesday. But he and his supporters are still telling people to vote for him -- even though a vote for the Ohio governor is basically a vote for Donald Trump. If Kasich's supporters in Indiana want him to have any chance at the nomination, they will vote for Cruz.
Trump has a slim lead in current polling averages in Indiana. He’s at 37 percent, with Cruz close behind at 35 percent. Kasich is far behind with 16 percent. If Kasich’s voters switch to Cruz (and all else remains equal), then Cruz will win big. If they stay put, Trump might narrowly prevail. Indiana has 57 delegates: 30 will go to the statewide winner; of the remaining 27, 3 each will go to whomever wins in the state's nine congressional districts...
Being Prime Minister involves an awful lot of speechmaking. It’s why, pretty quickly, most Prime Ministers just start leaning on a toolbox of familiar tics and tropes. Through careful analysis of Justin Trudeau’s favourite rhetorical devices, the National Post presents: The All-Purpose Justin Trudeau Speech™...
Israel and the Jewish diaspora make leftist pieties look silly...
Why does the Left hate the Jews?
The Labour party in the United Kingdom is being convulsed at the moment with a public reckoning of the anti-Semitism of some of its most prominent members, including the former mayor of London, “Red” Ken Livingstone, who has just been suspended from the party for arguing that Adolf Hitler was, effectively, a Zionist. He was trying to explain away the anti-Semitic remarks of MP Naz Shah, who suggested that Israel be liquidated and its population forcibly resettled in the United States.
In the United States, the Harvard Law Record went to some lengths to conceal the identity of a law student who attacked a visiting Israeli dignitary as — in the classic anti-Semitic formulation — “smelly.” That student was Husam El-Qoulaq, a Palestinian leftist. The campus Left has, to no one’s surprise, rallied to his defense. Among those defending him were a number of Jewish law students, who insisted that El-Qoulaq couldn’t possibly have known the anti-Semitic history of “smelly Jew” rhetoric, in spite of his having been reared at the world center of such nonsense.
Others insisted that the Harvard case and the Labour cases are — this, too, will be familiar — not at all about anti-Semitism but about anti-Zionism.
That argument does not stand up to two seconds’ scrutiny, and never has...