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Newsweek Reports on the Growing Alliance Between Netanyahu’s Likud Party and Europe’s Anti-Semitic Far Right

The disturbing acceptance of European hate groups in Israeli politics
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Long-time readers of LGF will recognize many of the names of people and organizations called out in this piece by Charles Hawley; these are the very fascists and antisemites who made alliances with American “counter-jihad” groups years ago, leading me to make a clean break with them and their hateful agenda. (Click on any of the tags below this post for more information on this back story.)

For the past few years I’ve been watching in horror as Israeli political parties like Likud increasingly embrace these awful people: Netanyahu’s Unholy Alliance With Europe’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Far Right.

But one growing faction in Europe is welcoming Benjamin Netanyahu and his re-election with open arms. On the ultra-conservative periphery, among the xenophobic, nativist fringe, right-wing populists are unabashedly rejoicing. For them, Europe is engaged in a battle against encroaching Islam - and the hardliner Netanyahu, they believe, is doing yeoman’s work on the front lines. “Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory is a good thing for several reasons,” Geert Wilders, the vociferous anti-Islam incendiary from the Netherlands, said in an emailed statement. “We share his criticism of Iran … and his opposition to a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria.”

“We are very happy,” agrees Filip Dewinter, a leading member of Belgian right-wing party Vlaams Belang. “It is a good thing for Israel, but also good for right-wing parties in Europe because he understands that the first danger for Europe is Islamisation.” David Lasar, a foreign policy co-ordinator for the Austrian Freedom Party, echoed that sentiment. “For sure, I am very happy,” says Lasar, who has worked hard in recent years to develop ties with staunchly conservative parties overseas. “It is a very important step that Netanyahu has won the election.”

From the perspective of a European chauvinistic periphery that has increasingly been striving for mainstream legitimacy in the recent past, the enthusiasm is understandable. As groups like the Austrian Freedom Party, France’s Front National and the Swedish Democrats have long histories of anti-Semitism, recent years have seen them attempting to refocus their enmity on Islam and Islamists. With that shift has come a recognition that Israeli conservatives, with their rejection of a Palestinian state and hardline approach to Islamism, are their natural allies.

Edward Snowden Blinks - Wants to Return to the US and Face Trial

But can’t resist implicitly bashing the US
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After months of pretending to really enjoy living in Russia, Edward Snowden is reportedly blinking.

“With a group of lawyers from other countries, we are working on the question of his return to America,” Kucherena said.

“Snowden is ready to return to the States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial,” he said.

The lawyer said Snowden had so far only received a guarantee from the US Attorney General that he will not face the death penalty.

I wonder why Ed thinks he needs to receive special guarantees for something every American is guaranteed under the US Constitution? Maybe he’s been living in Russia a bit too long.

Video: President Obama’s Speech at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

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Right wing bloggers and media are busily distorting and taking out of context every word of this speech. But it’s worth watching the whole thing because President Obama has clearly thought deeply about these issues, and has some important insights that boil down to this: we’re not going to defeat ISIL by becoming like them.

At the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., the President delivers remarks at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, February 18, 2015.

Howard Jacobson: I Live in Terror of the Fanatic Who’s Only Read One Book

Calling out Glenn Greenwald’s irresponsible rhetoric
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British author/journalist Howard Jacobson is not impressed with The Mighty Greenwald.

So how fare our investigations into what makes someone want to kill cartoonists? (I’m assuming we know why they want to kill Jews.) Maybe, before pondering the education of a jihadist, we should ask a prior question: what makes a fanatic?

We were given some insight into this on Newsnight earlier this week when Evan Davis, growing nicely into his job, interviewed the lawyer, journalist and associate of Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald - a man strikingly deficient in the musculature necessary to essay a smile. The subject was surveillance and David Cameron’s call for more of it. There are, I accept, differing views on this. I, for example, am for having every member of the human family watched day and night by every possible means because the human family is currently dysfunctional and can’t be trusted. But I understand why others don’t think as I do. This puts me in a different category of person from Greenwald, who allows no beliefs that conflict with his and attributes those that do to a cowardly subservience to authority.

Leading Greenwald with expert gentleness into the gated hell that is his mind, Davis put the case for differing viewpoints. Nothing could have been more instructive than Greenwald’s dead expression - his mouth fixed in the rigor mortis of absolute conviction, his eyes unanimated by the pleasure of conversation or the excitement of controversy. Doubt honours a man, but this was the face of someone whom no ghost of a second thought dares visit. No consciousness of absurdity either. As for the humanity whose civil rights he champions with such icy rigidity, for that he had nothing but contempt. We are merely, if we don’t think what he thinks, the playthings of the powerful. This is the terrifying paradox of zealotry: no one hates humanity more than those who believe they know what’s best for it.

I don’t, I must say, see Greenwald launching rockets any time soon. The ideologue is still a long way from being the terrorist. These, though, are the first steps. Expelling doubt. Refusing contrariety. Hating play. Making oneself the human equivalent of a weapon, implacable, well aimed, reduced to a single function.

NPR: Some French Muslims See Conspiracies in Paris Shootings

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NPR’s All Things Considered had a segment yesterday on the disturbing support for the Charlie Hebdo terrorists in some Muslim areas of France, and the antisemitic conspiracy theories making the rounds.

For many years the French have been eager to import Muslims for cheap labor but not so eager to actually have them assimilate into French culture. They essentially treat their Muslim population as second class citizens and the suburbs are basically ghettos. It’s a bad situation in which extremists can take root and spread their poison.

Those World Leaders Who Were at the Paris Demonstration? They Weren’t Actually at the Paris Demonstration.

A photo op
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As American media goes into all-out concern troll mode because President Obama didn’t join other world leaders at the demonstration in Paris, it should be pointed out that those world leaders weren’t actually at the demonstration either.

They were in a separate isolated area, under heavy security. This was a staged photo op, made to look like they joined the marchers spontaneously.

Estimated 1 Million People Turn Out in Paris to Support Charlie Hebdo

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An enormous crowd has turned out in Paris for a demonstration of solidarity with French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, and the US right wing is going utterly batshit nuts denouncing President Obama for not being there. Because everyone knows a US president can just pick up and go anywhere he wants, on the spur of the moment.

Short NYT Documentary From 2006 Shows Charlie Hebdo Staff at Work

The last line is a punch to the gut
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In this short documentary filmed at Charlie Hebdo in 2006, cartoonists and editors design a satirical front page image of Muhammad.

Produced by: Jérôme Lambert and Philippe Picard
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NPR: Paris Attack Suspect Had Known Terrorism Connections

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In this NPR clip, former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times Elaine Sciolino talks about terror suspect Cherif Kouachi (whose trial she covered in 2008), describing him as basically a small-timer who fell through the cracks even though he’d been convicted of terror-related crimes before.

AirAsia Flight Loses Contact With Air Traffic Control After Reportedly Asking for “Unusual Route”

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Bad news from Southeast Asia, where another passenger plane has suddenly gone missing.

An AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday, Indonesian media said, citing a transport ministry official.

Transport ministry official Hadi Mustofa said the aircraft, flight number QZ 8501, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6.17am local time. (2317 GMT).

The aricraft was said to be an Airbus 320-200 with 155 people on board.

He said the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact.

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