Israel calls for Arab countries to work togerther to disarm Hamas militants and rebuild Gaza

National Post | News

Israel and several Arab countries should work together to rebuild the Gaza Strip while disarming Hamas militants who rule the territory, Israel’s finance minister said Sunday.

The remarks by Yair Lapid come almost a week after Israel and Hamas militants reached a truce after almost two months of fighting that devastated parts of Gaza.

“We need a regional conference, with the Egyptians, the Saudis, the Gulf States,” Lapid, a member of the centrist Yesh Atid party, told reporters in Jerusalem. “That conference should focus on one thing, ensuring the rehabilitation takes place alongside demilitarization,” he said.

Our weapons are used to defend our people, and this right was granted by heaven and human laws

It is unclear how he foresaw the group demilitarizing Gaza as Hamas has vowed it will never give up its weapons. Nor was it clear how responsive Arab countries, some of whom like Saudi Arabia have…

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Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan writes letter to ISIS asking to join their terror group

National Post | News

Nidal Hasan, the former army psychiatrist convicted of killing 13 fellow soldiers in an attack on Fort Hood, has written a letter to the leader of Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), asking whether he may to join the terrorist group.

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“I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State,” Hasan wrote in a handwritten letter addressed to “Ameer, Mujahid Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” which was obtained by Fox News.

“It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers,” he says in the undated two-page letter.

Fox News does not indicate how they received the letter or when it was intercepted.

Hasan was convicted last year for the November 2009 mass shooting…

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The Messianic Melody

If I could write

If I could sing

If my heart could sense the pain and suffering

If I could feel

If I could bond

If my heart knew the song

I am sure it would say

What all hearts cry

I am sure it would feel

What all hearts feel

I am sure it would compose an ode

To the one thing, from young to old

It is the eternal longing

To belong

But as we seek unity

We seek individuality

As we seek compassion

We seek assertiveness

And to understand how to be me and we

Where can I meld without melt

Where can I be, together with we

Where can I shine, with other stars

For this my friend, is the Messianic-Dream

For in the knowledge of our mission

In the unity of our purpose

In our joint command

In our unified front

In our all-encompassing raison…

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After a serious heart-to-heart, the Parti Québécois declares it’s pushing forward with the sovereignty dream

and the incompetent enemy marches on

National Post | News

QUEBEC — The Parti Québécois is calling on the government to negotiate with municipal workers in the name of maintaining social peace and to come up urgently with a jobs plan.

And after a serious heart-to-heart behind closed doors, PQ MNAs decided they want to keep the sovereignty dream alive despite the negative message voters sent them in the April election.

“Our objective is not to be the flavour of the month,” interim PQ leader Stéphane Bédard said at a news conference where he reported on the work of a two-day party caucus meeting.

“We think Quebec should become a country. That will never leave me.

“The PQ is an agent of change. That means you have to convince people. Is the task more difficult? Maybe. Are we ready to take it on? Certainly.”

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Bédard then announced the party, even without its new leader, will…

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If you integrate nothing but this, your life will be well lived

Like most of the components of Iggeret HaKodesh, this pastoral letter too was addressed to the chassidic community as a whole. Why, then, echoing the words first addressed to Daniel (“To enlighten you with understanding”),1 does the Alter Rebbe open it in the singular?

In this letter the Alter Rebbe demands spiritual service of a caliber so seemingly formidable as to be attainable only by a chosen few. For in it he calls upon the reader not to desire physical things, even those things that are essential for his wellbeing and utilized in his service of G‑d.

Even such essentials, states the Alter Rebbe, should not be desired for their physicality but for their spirituality, for the spark of G‑dliness found within them. So much so, that even if a person finds that he is lacking (G‑d forbid) life’s essentials, he should not be pained by their absence…

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Today’s letters: Roger Waters — the face of modern-day anti-Semitism

National Post | Full Comment

Re: Dark Side of Roger Waters, Avi Benlolo, Aug. 27.
I agree with Avi Benlolo that the use of the Star of David at Roger Waters’ concerts is offensive, but I feel his critique doesn’t go far enough and omits a couple of pieces of essential information.

Sticking a Star of David on an inflatable pig is offensive enough, but Mr. Benlolo didn’t mention that at a 2013 concert in Belgium, Mr. Waters juxtaposed the Jewish symbol alongside symbols of communism, fascism and corporate greed, and that at a 2010 concert, images of falling bombs shaped as Stars of David were projected onto the stage.

Most modern day anti-Semites hide behind the cloak of anti-Zionism. But what could be more explicitly anti-Semitic? The media and arts community have a double standard regarding expressions of anti-Semitism vs other form of bigotry. Mr. Waters will soon be given the red carpet…

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Why did the BBC downplay years of Hamas extrajudicial killings?

BBC Watch

On August 22nd Quentin Sommerville produced a filmed report for BBC television news which also appeared on the BBC News website under the headline “Suspected informants killed in Gaza“.Sommerville 22 8 executions

The appearance of this filmed report and an accompanying written one on the BBC News website was particularly interesting because previous announcements in the local media with regard to the execution of four people on July 17th and the execution of thirty more people on or around July 28th had been completely ignored by the BBC despite its plethora of correspondents on the ground at the time. The reason for the anomaly appears to be that this time the information came from Hamas itself, as Sommerville noted in his report.

“On a Gaza City street just after Friday prayers a group of men are led to their deaths. Bound and hooded, they’re made to kneel. As…

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Daniel Tragerman OBM: A Commander in Hashem’s Army

Community of Readers

There are two things that typically result from reading recent news from Israel. The first is the response that yes this headline is upsetting, and yes the situation needs to improve … not just for 3, 24, or 72 hours, but that the threat—both the immediate and long-term threat—needs to be taken care of. The second are the personal stories that come from these headlines—the micro of the aforementioned macro—the individual lives that have been saved and lost. The faces behind the conflict

One such face that is still very much ingrained in our thoughts is that of a sweet four-year-old boy named Daniel Tragerman.

What can be said? What should be said? If you don’t know what happened … how this holy boy was taken from us, you can read this. But now is the time to reflect and learn. To learn some Torah in the merit of…

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