Ladies and gentleman… in case you needed any more proof that we are engaged in a clash of civilizations, a battle between good and evil, between enlightenment and the dark ages… If you’re not already aware that Israel is a lone oasis of refined, civilized, reasonable thinking, surrounded by a desert of Muslim/ Arab/ whatever barbarism, violence and blood lust… I present to you… major mensch and dialectical, rabbinical, skeptical and nuanced thinker Avigdor Lieberman.
Lieberman, the Foreign Minister and head of the right wing ultra nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, dropped one of his signature bombs during a post-speech Q & A at an election conference at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya on Sunday. When an Arab-Israeli woman in the audience asked how Lieberman’s policies would affect someone like her, he responded, “I have no problem with your being a citizen. I expect all Arabs, Christians and Jews to be loyal to the state, regardless of religious affiliation, and to serve in the IDF. We accept and encourage those who identify with us.” Oh, and then he added this nugget about Arab citizens of Israel, who make up 20% of the population:
Those who are against us, there’s nothing to be done – we need to pick up an ax and cut off his head.
Nothing underscores a campaign based, in large part, on standing up to ISIS like a good old fashioned call for beheadings!
Arab politician and Knessent Member Ahmad Tibi called Lieberman’s vision a “Jewish ISIS” and demanded a police investigation into the comments. And he’s not the only one. Avraham Diskin, a professor of political science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said that,
it’s against the law to call for violence and brutal executions in particular… He should be investigated, it is a criminal offense to say that, even with freedom of speech. Anyone who calls for such activities, the law is very clear. The criminal law and the basic law of the Knesset are very clear.
Even Israel’s former ambassadors to South Africa and France are appalled by Liberman’s rhetoric, telling the Jerusalem Post,
Israel’s No. 1 diplomat is waving an axe over the heads of citizens of the country that he represents, and in the same breath he preaches to the whole world about fighting anti-Semitism.
For some reason, the stuffy, traditional media isn’t really covering this story. No mention in the New York Times. Something tells me that a statement like this coming from a Palestinian politician about Israelis or Jews would provoke a bit of a response. But, in all fairness to the media, it’s hard to keep up with all the calls for genocide and ethnic cleansing coming out of Israel these days.
‘I have a son and I want you to meet him’: Anderson Cooper chokes up welcoming his baby to the world
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper announced on Thursday that he is now a father.
"It has been a difficult time in all of our lives and there are certainly many hard days ahead. It is, I think, especially important in these times of trouble to try to hold on to moments of joy and moments of happiness," Cooper said. "As we mourn the loss of loved ones, we're also blessed with new life and new love."
"On Monday, I became a father," Cooper revealed. "I am a dad, I have a son, and I want you to meet him.
He introduced Wyatt Morgan Cooper to CNN's viewers.
"He is sweet and soft and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I am so grateful for all those who paved the way and for the doctors and nurses and all those involved in my son's birth."
Trump’s decision to turn on Brian Kemp is a warning to other GOP governors: Columnist
On Thursday, writing for The Washington Post, Paul Waldman wrote that President Donald Trump's decision to throw Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) under the bus should serve as a warning to other Republican governors: Stop trying to govern the way you think Trump wants you to, and govern the way public health needs you to.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson and guest blame wildfires ravaging California on ‘woke’ culture
Fox News host Tucker Carlson and YouTube personality Dave Rubin on Tuesday attempted Tuesday to cast blame on the wildfires ravaging California on “woke” culture.
“PG&E strikes me as almost a metaphor for the destruction of the state,” Carlson said in reference to how some (though not all) of the California wildfires may have been caused by PG&E’s technical errors. He claimed that the company “doesn't really know anything about its own infrastructure” even though it “knows everything about the race of its employees.”