Archive for November 22, 2017

North Korean Soldier Escapes to South Korea With Several Gunshot Wounds

November 22, 2017

North Korean Soldier Escapes to South Korea With Several Gunshot Wounds, Washington Free Beacon , November 22, 2017

(What does this say about the loyalty of the Nork soldiers to the Kim regime? How about their military competence — only 4 shots out of 40 hit the fleeing and wounded soldier — and their vehicle maintenance — apparently the defector had to abandon the Nork jeep because a wheel fell off? Would Kim put his least competent soldiers and worst maintained equipment on display at the DMZ “peace village” for all to see? What does it say about the physical health of the Nork soldiers? What percentage of the Nork soldiers suffer from large numbers of big parasites?– DM)

The American-led United Nations Command on Wednesday released dramatic video showing a North Korean soldier escaping across the border into South Korea under gunfire.

CNN’s Anna Coren reported on the video, which reveals four North Korean soldiers on Nov. 13 opening fire on a comrade who tried to flee to the South.

The video starts with a lone soldier driving a dark olive-green jeep “down a straight, tree-lined road, past drab, barren fields and, headlights shining, across the replacement for the Bridge of No Return, which was used for prisoner exchanges during the Korean War,” the Associated Press reported.

Fellow North Korean soldiers realize that one of their comrades is trying to defect to South Korea and start chasing the jeep through the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMV, until the defector crashes and exits the vehicle under fire. He then sprints across the border before hitting the ground in critical condition but alive.

The four soldiers unloaded an estimated 40 rounds from multiple types of firearms.

The defector—a 24-year-old soldier surnamed Oh, according to CNN—was taken to a South Korean hospital in critical condition from the gunshot wounds and lost nearly half of his blood. Oh’s surgeon, Lee Cook-jong, said that he found four major wounds on the soldier, who received four pints of blood.

The soldier underwent multiple surgeries to repair damage, and in doing so, surgeons found dozens of parasites including a 10.6-inch roundworm, possibly indicating improper nutrition in North Korea’s military.

“His condition has become much better since yesterday. We’ve turned on the TV for him since yesterday,” Lee told reporters.

During the escape, North Korea violated the Korean War armistice by firing across the DMZ, according to the U.N. Command, which oversees the 1953 ceasefire agreement.

U.S. Col. Chad Carroll, a spokesman for U.S. Forces Korea, also told reporters that North Korea violated the armistice when a North Korean soldier crossed the military demarcation line.

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Humor | Turkey pardoned by Trump had multiple contacts with Russian officials

November 22, 2017

Turkey pardoned by Trump had multiple contacts with Russian officials, Duffel Blog, November 22, 2017

(Please see also, Special Counsel Mueller Probing Kushner’s Role in Blocking Obama’s Betrayal of Israel at UNSC. I initially thought it might be satire but concluded that it wasn’t.– DM)

WASHINGTON — The turkey pardoned by President Donald Trump has had multiple contacts with Russian officials over the past year, Duffel Blog has learned.

Grav E. Gobbles, a 4-year-old bird from western Minnesota, received a pardon Tuesday during a ceremony in the Rose Garden. But how Gobbles was able to secure a presidential pardon has come under scrutiny, sources say.

According to sources, Gobbles met privately on multiple occasions with Russian officials over the past year, leading some to allege a pumpkin pie-to-play scheme. In one instance, for example, Gobbles spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, though the details of what was discussed are still unknown.

“First, I’m never going to do that,” Kislyak told reporters when asked for details of the meeting. “But I can tell you, without any reservation, our conversation was totally gravy.”

Gobbles also reportedly met with Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to sources, in a campaign on his own behalf. At that meeting, Gobbles reportedly schemed with Flynn to kidnap a fellow turkey from his home, before stuffing him into a waiting van headed to The White House.

“You can say it was a recipe for deliciousness,” the source said.

The revelation comes just days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was grilled on Capitol Hill over his own recollections of meetings with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is already aware of the allegations against Gobbles, and sources say he is expected to roast him in the coming days

Exposing Muslim anti-Semitism in Germany

November 22, 2017

Exposing Muslim anti-Semitism in Germany, Israel National News, Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, November 21, 2017

(Please see also, France: Muslims In, Jews Out. — DM)

To what extent did top designer Karl Lagerfeld tell the truth when he attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Salut les Terriens! (Hello Earthlings!) Show on the C8 Channel on November 11 for her policy of open borders for refugees? He observed that one cannot – even if decades pass between these events – kill millions of Jews and put millions of their worst enemies in their place.

Lagerfeld added: “I know someone in Germany who took in a young Syrian. After four days, the young man said: ‘The greatest thing Germany invented was the Holocaust.’ The young man was thrown out.”

Lagerfeld also remarked that Merkel already had millions of immigrants who are well integrated thus she had no need to take in another million “to improve her image as the wicked stepmother after her handling of the Greek crisis.” 

Lagerfeld’s statement can be summarized as truthful in its core, however, partly distorted. The main truth – in addition to the obvious remark about Germany’s murderous behavior during the Holocaust — is that bringing huge numbers of Muslims into Germany from mainly Arab countries means that a large percentage of them are anti-Semitic to different degrees. 

The distortion in his statements is in asserting that the millions of immigrants already in Germany are well integrated. Among them there are significant numbers who do not want to integrate. The percentage of anti-Semites among Muslim immigrants is probably high as well. One might add that the situation in Germany as far as anti-Semitism among Muslim immigrants is concerned may not be dramatically different from some other European countries such as France.

In mid-November a study was released about internet anti-Semitism in the state of Hessen. It found that the number of perpetrators among the extreme right and Muslims were by far the highest at about the same level. This despite the fact that both are relatively small groups of the German population. The study is thus one more support for the essence of Lagerfeld’s statement.

Many media limited themselves to report only what Lagerfeld said. It would have been difficult for them to comment without admitting that Muslim anti-Semitism in Europe is widespread, and in its extreme expressions, violent and sometimes lethal. The more so as all Jews killed in Europe for ideological reasons during the new century were murdered by Muslims.

Admitting widespread Muslim anti-Semitism in Europe is often considered politically incorrect by those who call themselves ‘progressives.’ Negating it when discussing Lagerfeld’s remarks however would expose the extreme whitewashing of hatred by the media.

Nevertheless a few media outlets had no problem in attacking Lagerfeld while ignoring or minimizing Muslim anti-Semitism. One such outlet was the New York Times. It relegated the issue to its Fashion and Style section. There, its reporter, Valeriya Safronova, wrote: “Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel and Fendi, is known for making tactless and offensive comments.” She then listed a variety of his earlier remarks which had no relevance to his claim regarding Muslim anti-Semitism and the German willingness to let anti-Semites immigrate.

Safronova then wrote, commenting on Lagerfeld’s statements “His latest moment of inexplicable opinioneering arrived on Saturday.” ‘

The media-watch organization, Camera, has over the years published hundreds if not thousands of examples of the New York Times’ bias and manipulations. It can add Safranova’s article to its collection.
A lesser US news outlet which managed to attack Lagerfeld while minimizing Muslim anti-Semitism in Germany was Salon, a sizable American left wing news and opinion website. The deputy culture editor used more than a thousand words to say that Lagerfeld should be condemned and punished for what he said because he is an Islamophobe.

Probably the greatest manipulator of the issue was the German private television broadcaster RTL in its magazine Exclusiv. RTL journalist, Marc Sterzenbach, asked why Lagerfeld made these remarks. He answered: “Indeed Chanel is in the hands of a Jewish family, the Wertheimers.” The German daily, Die Welt, wrote that RTL used a ‘classic anti-Semitic cliché concerning the so-called “Jewish world conspiracy.”

For those who hadn’t understood what the latter meant, it was explained by the Jewish author Henryk Broder in another article in the same publication. He wrote: “Never before had this [television] magazine, which is focused on gossip on celebrities and their problems, mentioned the religious identification of any family which owns a company, for which one or another celebrity works. Besides that, there are quite a few fashion and cosmetic firms which are in ‘Jewish hands’ that have never been noticed by RTL, nor has it disturbed anybody there.”

After this criticism, RTL apologized. It admitted that it had lacked “semantic sensitivity.” It stated that its choice of words “in no way reflected the attitudes of the author and of course not of the broadcaster.”

Perhaps the best comment was found in the Austrian daily, Wiener Zeitung. Its guest commentator, Christian Ortner, wrote under the heading, “Can the truth be incitement?”: “The former proponents of the welcome culture of 2015 can still live, though barely, with the fact that it has brought with it high costs, major social problems, and huge hostility toward women. Yet, admitting that it has also caused anti-Semitism is, in Austria and Germany, unbearable. The more so if it is true.”

Hundreds of people complained about Lagerfeld’s statements to the French Supervisory Authority of Media (CSA) which now has to handle this hot-potato. If it does not mention the major Muslim anti-Semitism it will expose itself to justified criticism. The CSA has, however, substantial time to think about what it will say as it has a huge backlog of complaints about other broadcasts.

Special Counsel Mueller Probing Kushner’s Role in Blocking Obama’s Betrayal of Israel at UNSC

November 22, 2017

Special Counsel Mueller Probing Kushner’s Role in Blocking Obama’s Betrayal of Israel at UNSC, Jewish PressDavid Israel, November 22, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and President Donald Trump (left) with Jared Kushner (center) at the start of their May 22 meeting in Jerusalem.

Robert Mueller’s investigation is now moving to Jared Kushner’s interactions with foreign leaders during the presidential transition (between the Nov. 8, 2016 election and the January 20, 2017 inauguration), with an emphasis on his attempt to prevent President Barak Obama’s parting shot at Israel at the United Nations Security Council in December, when the US abstained in a landmark resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement in the “occupied territories,” the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Washington custom dictates that a president-elect is not expected to come to the nation’s capital until the inauguration other than for a few substantial policy or procedural discussions with the outgoing administration. Although this custom was violated by several incoming US president elects, it was rare for any of them to actually attempt to reverse the sitting president’s policies.

According to the WSJ, the Mueller team is now questioning witnesses about Kushner’s involvement in that controversial resolution, when Israeli officials asked the Trump team to help block the UNSC vote with a US veto, even though Trump was not yet in office.

The Obama administration held back its final and most stinging blow to its ally Israel until after the presidential vote so as not to cause Democratic Jewish voters to retaliate by abandoning presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, then signaled its approval for a vote condemning Israel as soon as the election results had been announced.

The UNSC then cast 14 votes with one US abstention for a resolution saying that Israeli settlements in the disputed territories liberated in 1967, including eastern Jerusalem, have “no legal validity” and demanding a halt to “all Israeli settlement activities,” saying this “is essential for salvaging the two-state solution.” The resolution reiterated that Israeli settlement was a “flagrant violation” of international law.

Among the Trump officials Israel contacted for help were Trump’s son-in-law Kushner and Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

According to the WSJ, Mueller is also looking into Kushner’s outreach to other foreign leaders during the presidential transition, and his role in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with representatives of the Russian government, presumably to “collect dirt” on Clinton.

Lawmakers to Trump: Stop Stalling on Moving U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

November 22, 2017

Lawmakers to Trump: Stop Stalling on Moving U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem,  Washinton Free Beacon , November 21, 2017

(Please see also, Holding the PLO Accountable. — DM)

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A group of leading House lawmakers have petitioned President Donald Trump to immediately move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem ahead of a deadline that could see the White House delaying the move for at least another six months, according to a letter sent to the president and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), chair of the House Subcommittee on National Security, spearheaded the letter, which urges Trump to finally make good on a heavily scrutinized campaign promise to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Jewish state’s capital city.

While Trump has promised to move the embassy—which Congress legally mandated in 1995—as one of his first moves in office, the White House sent shockwaves through the pro-Israel community earlier this year when it renewed a longstanding waiver that ignores the congressional mandate and requires the embassy to remain located in Tel Aviv.

Every president since the law was initiated has signed the waiver, claiming that moving the embassy would interfere with U.S. diplomatic efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Many observers in Congress and elsewhere thought Trump would finally break that cycle.

Since deciding to renew the waiver preventing the embassy’s move, DeSantis and other lawmakers have been pressuring the administration publicly and privately to make good on its promise.

The latest letter, sent to the White House on Tuesday, is a sign that Congress is becoming increasingly frustrated with Trump’s decision to delay the embassy move.

White House officials told the Free Beacon earlier this month that there is no decision yet on whether it will begin moving the embassy, saying, there is “no news to share” on the matter.

DeSantis told the Free Beacon on Tuesday that the letter is meant to show the Trump administration there is widespread support both in Israel and America for the embassy move.

“After 22 years, it is time to allow the Jerusalem Embassy Act to take effect,” DeSantis said. “I urge the president to decline to sign the impending waiver and announce the relocation of our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.”

The move would help rally U.S. support for Israel at a critical time, DeSantis said.

“Doing so during this calendar year—the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem—would be of incredible significant to millions of people in both Israel and the United States.”

The congressional letter to Trump echoes these sentiments and urges Trump to follow through with his earlier promises on the matter.

“We applaud your administration for standing strong in defense of Israel, and we urge you to fulfill your promise of relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the capital of Jerusalem as we approach the second waiver deadline of your administration under the Jerusalem Embassy Act on December 1, 2017,” the lawmakers write, referring to the upcoming deadline by which Trump must either renew the waiver or begin the process to relocate the embassy.

This is at least the second congressional letter on the issue since January and it follows a recent hearing on Capitol Hill in which top experts argued the Trump administration has no significant rationale for delaying the move.

“The upcoming deadline is the right time to enforce the Jerusalem Embassy Act,” the lawmakers write. “We are encouraged by the promise you made after the first waiver deadline of your administration in June 2017—that it is a question of when, not if, you will choose to relocate the embassy—and we hope to see your promise fulfilled this December.”

Other signers of the letter include: Reps. Brian Mast (R. Fla.), James Comer (R., Ky.), Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), Virginia Foxx (R., N.C.), Glenn Grothman (R., Wis.), Jody Hice (R., Ga.), Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.), Mark Meadows (R., N.C.), Dennis Ross (R., Fla.), and Lee Zeldin (R., N.Y.).

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, testifying earlier this month before lawmakers on the issue, maintained that arguments the move would negatively impact U.S. peace efforts in the region are unsubstantiated.

“Such a move, would not adversely effect negotiations over Jerusalem’s final status or the broader Middle East peace process,” Bolton told lawmakers. “Nor would it impair our diplomatic relations among predominately Arab or Muslims nations. In fact, by its honest recognition of reality, shifting the embassy would have an overall positive impact for U.S. diplomatic efforts.”