Monday, March 17, 2014

A week of antisemitic attacks in Paris

From A7, 14 March 2014, by Giulio Meotti:

... in Paris ...a week of dramatic anti-Semitic attacks.

Two black men wielding a stun gun assaulted an Israeli man near a synagogue on Pavee Street in Marais, which once was the center of Jewish life in Paris. The man was knocked down by the gun.

A few hours before that, teenagers hurled stones at a Jewish institution in Sarcelles and shouted “death to Jews”, while a Jewish school bus was pelted with stones.
Several people chanted anti-Semitic slogans at a Jewish woman near a Jewish center in Strasbourg, including “Merah max”, referring to Mohammed Merah, the Islamist who killed four Jews at a school in Toulouse.

Then a young Jewish woman, who was wearing a Star of David, was assaulted in a suburb of Lyon by a mother and daughter of Arab descent. “Dirty Jew, go home to your country, Israel”, the daughter shrieked at Candace while striking her.

Last but not least, a Jewish man belonging to the Chabad movement was beaten on a Paris metro train by four Arabs. One of them told him: “Jew, we are going to lay into you, you have no country”.

Anti-Semitism lived in the French underground until it connected with the masses. Then it became a public disease.

This is what happened in the ‘30s, when France’s most important writer, anti-Semite Louis Ferdinand Céline, published a book titled “Bagatelles pour un massacre” (Trifles for a Massacre), a 400-page diatribe against the Jews planning to wage another world war against the “naive Aryans”....Céline, the genius of French literature, in 1939, published this call for Jews to disappear from France: “We will finish off the Jews, or we will die because of the Jews”. The trains then began to transport the French Jews to Auschwitz and Sobibor.

Anti-Semitism and French masses are connecting again under the influence of people like Dieudonné. If Cèline fomented a war against the Jews in the French high culture and middle class, Dieudonné got his anti-Semitic constituency out in the banlieues, the Islamic masses allied with the non-Islamist French leftist élite.

Don’t forget that France’s most important literary prize, the Goncourt, is named after an anti-Semite.

Ten years ago, one million Frenchmen took the streets to protest against anti-Semitism. Now you have three million French on Facebook and Twitter who are supporting Dieudonné.

A sour rain is falling, once again, on the heads of French Jews. People feel justified again to lynch them in the middle of Paris during the daylight hours....

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Israel upgrades Apache helicopters after U.S. blocked their modernization

From, 14 March 2014:

Israel, despite opposition from the Obama administration, has managed to upgrade its fleet of attack helicopters.

Military sources said the Israel Air Force has overseen a project to modernize its AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters.

Israeli AH-64D Apache Longbow
Israeli AH-64D Apache Longbow

The sources said the Air Force was equipping the Apaches with two new electronic warfare systems developed in the Jewish state.
“They are based on the huge operational experience of the force in using the Apache Longbow in a variety of combat scenarios,” an officer, identified only as Maj. Yonatan, said.

The upgrade has been developed amid the U.S. refusal to modernize Israel’s Apache fleet, employed in attacks on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. ...the administration of President Barack Obama blocked Israeli efforts to modernize the Apaches or purchase new helicopters from Boeing.

The new Israeli systems were cited by the official magazine of the Air Force. The sources said the sensors underwent trials in early 2014 and would be integrated on the Apaches later this year.
The sources said the Air Force would enhance the AH-64A helicopter to D configuration. They cited such capabilities as avionics, EW and advanced munitions, including the AGM-114 Hellfire, produced by the U.S. firm Lockheed Martin.
“The upgraded Apaches now also carry several new Israeli missiles,” a source said.
The sources said the modernization, conducted in the air force base of Ramon, was also meant to ensure interoperability between the Apaches as well as fixed-wing aircraft and ground assets. They cited communications and common digital maps of the helicopters and the Merkava Mk-4 main battle tank.
“There is now complete interoperability between the Apache with the Merkava and other vehicles,” the source said.