White House spokesman: Iran’s seizure of Navy boats “precisely” why Obama made the nuke deal


“That is why the United States and this president made it a priority to organize the international community, to reach an agreement with Iran that will prevent them from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This agreement is actually the best way for us to ensure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon.” So let’s see. Iran is an aggressive rogue state, actively hostile to the U.S. So Obama concluded the nuclear deal with them, because it will supposedly prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Peace In Our Time, eh? But what makes Obama think that this aggressive rogue state that is actively hostile to the U.S. will abide by the deal?

“Earnest on Navy Incident: These Kinds of Iranian Hostilities are Why Obama Made Nuclear Deal,” by David Rutz, Washington Free Beacon, January 12, 2016:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest used the ongoing incident involving two U.S. Navy boats being held in Iranian custody as further justification for President Obama’s pursuit of the Iran nuclear deal.

Iranian aggression over the past few decades is “precisely” why Obama made the deal with the rogue nation a priority, Earnest said.

Earnest appeared on CNN’s The Lead to preview Obama’s State of the Union address, but the breaking news of the Iranian military seizing the two boats dominated the discussion. The sailors are reportedly safe.

“What do you say to people who say Iran … fired a warning shot of sorts towards an American ship in the last couple weeks?” CNN host Jake Tapper asked. “They test-fired, I believe, a ballistic missile in the last few weeks, and yet in a few days, they are scheduled to have a the relief of all those sanctions. The basic question being, this does not seem like a country that is ready to be welcomed back into the community of nations.”

“That’s right, Jake,” Earnest said.

Earnest said the U.S. has been concerned with Iran’s destabilizing behavior over the past few decades.

“That is why the United States and this president made it a priority to organize the international community, to reach an agreement with Iran that will prevent them from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Earnest said. “This agreement is actually the best way for us to ensure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon.”

Tapper bristled.

“I hear you, but they have 10 American sailors in their custody right now, Josh,” Tapper said. “I think there are probably a lot of Americans watching this thinking, ‘Why are we about to give them sanction relief?’ They have 10 Americans in … a boat, in a cell, whatever.”

“Because these were sanctions that were imposed on Iran over their nuclear program, and as soon as Iran takes the steps that they’ve committed to take and those steps can be verified by international nuclear experts, then we’ll know that Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon,” Earnest said.

Earnest said sanctions would continue against Iran over their support for terrorism and their ballistic missile program.

“We continue to be concerned about this situation,” he said. “That precisely is why the president made preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon a top national security priority, and we’re making progress in actually accomplishing that goal.”

Facebook swiftly removes anti- “Palestinian” material, keeps up incitement against Jews


You’re not really surprised, are you?

“When it comes to incitement, is Facebook biased against Israel?,” by Coral Braun, Jerusalem Post, January 5, 2016 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

…Shurat HaDin, an Israeli based civil rights organization, set out in late December to test whether Facebook holds double standards when it comes to incitement. The NGO launched “The Big Facebook Experiment,” which sought to expose the reality of anti-Israel sentiment vis-a-vis the simultaneous launch of two Facebook pages: “Stop Palestinians” and “Stop Israel.”

Following the launch of the two nearly-identical pages on December 29, the NGO posted hateful content simultaneously on both pages over the course of the next few days.

A post on the anti-Israel page read, “The Zionist bites Palestine part after part and the world is silent. We’ll stop them any way we can,” whereas an identical post calling to stomp on the Palestinian enemy on the pro-Israel page read: “Greater land Israel should return soon from the hands of the Muslim enemy back to Jewish sovereignty! We’ll do it in any way we can.”

The pro-Palestinian page promised to “demolish the Zionist invader,” and called for revenge against the “Zionist enemy that threatens al-Aksa.” A call to rise up against Israel was portrayed in a caricature featuring a Star of David bearing crocodile with the Temple Mount compound perched beneath the roof of its mouth and a knife nested against its snout – an accompanying post to the illustration called for “death to all the Jews.”

Meanwhile, on the pro-Israel page, a post calling to wage war against the “Palestinian enemy” claimed that “more and more soldiers in the IDF know that there is a need to destroy the Arab enemy.” Another post featured a collage of a handful of so-called “price tag” attacks and an accompanying caption calling for “death to all the Arabs.”

The next step in Shurat HaDin’s experiment was to report both faux-incitement pages to Facebook to see which, if either, would be removed under the auspices of hateful content.

Despite featuring identical content, however, only one was removed from the online platform.

The page inciting against Palestinians was closed by Facebook (on the same day that it was reported) for “containing credible threat of violence” which “violated our [Facebook’s] community standards.” The page inciting against Israelis, however, was not shut down, despite its identical hateful content. Facebook claimed that this page was “not in violation of Facebook’s rules.”

Shurat HaDin’s staged anti-Israel group “Stop Israel” still remains active on Facebook.

“The Big Facebook Experiment” backs an unprecedented lawsuit which was filed in October by Shurat HaDin law center against Facebook on behalf of 20,000 Israelis to stop allowing Palestinian terrorists to incite violent attacks against Israeli citizens on the social network’s platform.

The complaint, filed in response to the ongoing wave of terror in Israel, sought an injunction against Facebook which would require stricter monitoring of incitement and immediate response to complaints about anti-Israel or violence-inducing content.”…

Muslim cleric: Allah has given Pakistanis the honor of killing Hindus


“Pakistanis should consider themselves fortunate that Allah has bestowed the honour to wage war against India to them.” Unfortunately, many do.

“Allah has bestowed Pakistanis the honour to destroy India, kill Hindus: Islamic cleric​,” Zee News, January 3, 2016 (thanks to Lookmann):

New Delhi: Columnist and author Tarek Fateh on Sunday shared a video of a prominent Islamic cleric and former banker Irfan-ul-Haq provoking Pakistanis to destroy idol worship in India and kill Hindus.

In a lecture which the author said was held in 2011, the cleric said that if there is a place on earth where people worship stone idols, it is the Indian Subcontinent.

“Pakistanis should consider themselves fortunate that Allah has bestowed the honour to wage war against India to them,” the cleric said.

The cleric further went on to claim that the Prophet had said that there will be a war in India that will be ‘Ghazwa-e-Hind’.

“The genesis of Pakistan was prophesied to defeat India and Hinduism at the hands of Pakistan,” he further added.