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Shoah: Soon there won’t be many left who can tell what happened

January 27th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg


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Shoah: Soon there won’t be many left who can tell what happened

Remembering the Holocaust – 70 years ago Auschwitz was liberated

As my young Armenian friend Emin Mailian told me so proudly, many years ago, it was Armenian troops under Soviet Russian command who were first on the scene, to liberate Auschwitz..

It’s the front-page headline of Dagens Nyheter:

Soon there won’t be many left who can tell what happened

Ferenc Göndör – the father of Eli Göndör is no longer with us. Always welcomed me to the synagogue, would take my hand, would smile and would tell me, “You’re welcome!”

He was a Holocaust survivor and for his work of going round to schools, colleges, workplaces and other assemblies to tell people about the Holocaust, he was awarded a medal by the king of Sweden

He too is no longer with us and we will always remember him for the mensch he is.

The Svenska Dagbladet also has the Auschwitz as its main theme today

Our former Prime Minister Göran Persson – he who gave out Tell Ye Your Children also says, “We must continue to tell!”

With anti-Semitism rearing its ugly head in Europe, once again, not least of all in the bastion of liberty known as France, the need to educate people out of racism and anti-Semitism and consequently, the Holocaust, cannot be overemphasized.

A couple of days ago my Better Half surprised me; she had gone to the theatre (a worthwhile pastime) with her friend Tiina but this time it was a little different – she had been weeping profusely – and now – just a few minutes ago she told me that it was probably the strongest emotional experience she has ever had in her life of theatre going and this impressed me – she is after all a connoisseur of several genres of the arts and btw she should be sitting in the Nobel Academy in Gamla Stan – but there again so should a couple of other people that I would like to nominate and not just members of the intellectual mafia or the Mafia Book Clubs – and then who should not be sitting there occupying space, and who’s places should they take?)

Still just a few minutes ago – and then she tells me that she started crying after the first part, was surprised to see people going out for the break and out there in the foyer, calmly sipping their coffee or wine (perhaps not as shaken as she was internally?). We have to be careful how we estimate what other people feel, are feeling or not feeling, simply because they don’t show it – and that glass of wine or calm sipping of the tea or coffee could be a means of calming the nerves, a means to temporary relief from heavy heartedness. I was also wondering like that as my mother’s funeral cortege moved slowly down the street to the Hendon Cemetery, in London – that the shops were still open, people hurrying back and forth in opposite directions, men and women wheeling prams, couples walking past hand in hand, only the pale yellow winter sun in the dim heavens above cast its weak rays and made shadows of pathetic fallacy over the whole scene as we progressed to the cemetery while I continued surprised that there were people hanging out in street corners still smoking their cigars, that life the life of the world was still going on and that all the clocks had not stopped

The theatre piece in question: Vår klass ( our Class(Teater Galeasen)

Our Class by Tadeusz Slobodzianek

((History in XIV Scenes/Lessons

Stephen Rappaport Band People on The Other Side

Later in the day : Prime Minister Stefan Löfven speaks at the great synagogue of Stockholm

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Monday, 26th January, still catching up with the newz…

January 26th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Joel Osteen is a genius! Always positive!

Here@639 is his latest joke :Jesus, Moses and the burglar

Airmail like the postal exchanges between these two
doesn’t happen anymore.

Come are the days of the more instant and immediate dispatches, the e-mail, the SMS, in fact the cellphone is no longer a ”hide and speak” and instant news with on the spot footage from BBC, CNBC, CNN, al-Jazeera , SVT, Sky News…

Charity they say begins at home and home is where you are, unless you are somewhere else , e.g. a-broad and this time they say that

Home is where the hatred is!

Sweden, Our Sweden :Surprise surprise: UN Criticize Sweden

I was half expecting our female minister of foreign affairs to say to them,

How Dare you!”

But it looks like we’re not all equal any more . It would seem that the Jante Law is long gone, no longer there to protect the poor or to knock the upstarts down…

UN worried about the increase of Hate Crimes in Sweden

Dear Göran Hägglund the KD (Christian Democrats) leader takes a stand and puts his foot down: Sweden needs a Minister of Integration, he insists.

More controversy! This debate article is going to come under fire for a long time: Hatred of Islam is not a phobia . She wants to dismantle the term Islamophobia but I’m afraid the term is here to stay no matter what you say!

Some will argue, how can you separate the dancer from the dance, the singer from the song?

By analogy, to hate any religion is not a phobia – to hate Judaism for example would not be the same as anti-Semitism – and to hate Christianity could not be the same as being an anti-Christ, would it ?

Some say they hate the sin but not the sinner.

Is there a connection between anti-Semitism and bearing ill will towards the Jewish Faith ? You decide.

I ask because even Wikipedia defines anti-Semitism as “prejudice against, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews as a national, ethnic, religious or racial group.[1][2] A person who holds such positions is called an “antisemite”. As Jews are an ethnoreligious group, antisemitism is generally considered a form of racism

Dear world :

A is for America ! President Obama: 2015 State of the Union Address

And Z is for Zimbabwe.

My world view gradually taking shape for the day…

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015

Elections in Greece, the guys who gave the world the word democracy !

After last week’s SVT duel between him and Lars Adaktusson, Jonas Sjöstedt must be feeling very happy and vindicated that his colleagues in the Syriza party won the anti-austerity battle! Not for sale !

India !

Two of the world’s greatest Democracies – USA and India take their relationship to another level!

Israel !

Hamas test fires missiles into the Gaza Sea

The frosty relationship between Bibi Netanyahu and Barack Obama continues : Netanyahu Visit Not Meant to Insult Obama

Nigeria : 20 days to the presidential elections

Terrorism update: Boko Haram declares Nigeria is dead

Nigeria: Report: US vetoed Israeli sale of attack helicopters to Nigeria (Maybe to avoid a war of extermination. It looks like in desperation to win the election Goodluck Jonathan would like to exterminate the Boko Haram)

Nigeria: This is serious : dwindling oil prices, endemic corruption, foreign reserves frittered way, Charles Soludo weighs in on Nigeria’s dire economic prospects

Exercise your visual imagination before you look at the answer.

What does a billion dollars look like??

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The whole world mourns the passing away of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

January 25th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

The whole world mourns the passing away of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, custodian of Islam’s two holiest mosques, al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina.

We can only wish his successor Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud continued good guidance

1. Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on CNN last night, mostly about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

2. Kenneth Clark on the Renaissance: Man the measure of all things

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Feminist Stockholm temperatures still steadfastly stuck at zero – lots of snow…

January 22nd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Take my word for it : Feminist Stockholm temperature still steadfastly stuck at zero – I look outside the kitchen window and see several feet of snow, the tree and branches all covered with snow, in fact that’s all I can see, lots of snow

Just as arguably, Jesus was a feminist when walked upon the water, oh, so I would also like to walk upon the not so thin ice.

Thinking ahead and it’s a recurrent situation, not surrealistic: If it rains there could be a sheet of ice under all that snow just outside my front door all the way to the main road and since I’m no slalom or ski champion and because I don’t want to break a hip or worse case scenario, break my neck, I will be needing to put on my cleats and to still walk carefully on all of that frozen water…

In such beautiful weather some keep themselves warm with brandy, the Scots – like my brother Patrick, with whisky, the Russians, vodka, and Mr Gordon, with his gin. All of the aforementioned beverages for non-Muslims; there are also blankets and hearths and for everybody, ginger…

Male and female created He them. Female boss, male boss.

These wintry days a social/moral question posed and answered by Guru Peter Letmark:

Is it okay to have a love affair with the boss?

A question I’ve heard discussed in King Creole, Stockholm, and Baldakinen in the later part of the last century…

Reality: Sweden must penetrate more markets

More good news:

It’s beginning to make a lot of sense why the ministry which in the previous government was one of “Integration and Gender Equality” manned successively by Nyamko Sabuni and Erik Ullenhag has now been scrapped and partly replaced by the Löfven government as the Ministry of Culture and Democracy currently being manned by Alice Bah Kuhnke with the responsibility of “integration” being equally shared by some of the other ministries

The good sense in this is clear to see when you look at the responsibilities of the other ministries in question.

The Swedish government is a feminist government. Gender equality is basically a matter of democracy and Justice” writes a smiling PM Stefan Löfven in facebook – and here is the article penned by him and Åsa Regnér in today’s Dagens Nyheter. :

Equality should be prioritized already in our amending budget

Indeed like a good seducer the prime minister knows that first you have to capture the female mind and the female imagination, in his case to muscle in to the territory most sacred to female voters – the “What’s in it for me?”

When I first read this I thought that it was also a pre-emptive strike at that woman Anna Kinberg Batra who in spite of whatever policy she represents (NATO etc), stands a good chance of harvesting all the female voters who think that it’s about time that liberal Sweden also gets its first female prime minister, wearing or not wearing a hijab – after all Pakistan followed by Turkey and for the past twenty three years Bangladesh, these countries have had their share of female prime ministers and heads of state and no matter who you tweet about Islam’s alleged suppression of women, Sweden is lagging behind in that sphere of female power.

I Like this: it sounds like Lars Vilks against Surat Al-Alaq 15-19 protesting before being dragged to his doom : “It is all right to talk about freedom of expression as long as you hold the whip” (Björn Wiman and Ola Larsmo)

Discipline! What about “Spare the rod and spoil the child”?

And for hypocrites, from Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell” the much quoted “Prisons are built with stones of Law, brothels with bricks of Religion

And now to some international news. The world is getting wilder by the minute. As the bard sang

Oh, man has invented his doom
First step was touching the moon

ISIS Supporter Threatens Wave Of Terror Attacks In Major Western Cities

It’s still freezing cold, below zero degrees Celsius and I’m not feeling like a motherless child but feeling a little like Jonathan Livingston Seagull at the moment, a feeling for flying from Stockholm to Jerusalem the way the winter crow flies.

After last night, even if fragmented into twenty five zillion individual pieces or souls in this world still spinning round, at the rate of for every two Jews, three opinions, Jerusalem still the epicentre of unity for world Jewry is pretty much in the heart-mind.


A lone Palestinian knifeman on the rampage, stabbed eleven people yesterday

Israel, Israel!

Iran: “Killing of Senior Hizbullah and IRGC Officials Will Hasten Israel’s Destruction

The Republican controlled Congress is on a collisions course with Brother Obama. They want to make him a lame duck president for the rest of his days as potus.

Brother Obama has already warned them he’s going to veto any sanctions against Iran whilst negotiations/ peace talks are still going on.

The Republican-controlled Congress is obviously on the war path and Republican Congress Speaker John Boehner has invited Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the Congress on Iran!

The anti-Iran Senator John McCain of Arizona
must be feeling thrilled!

The last word goes to Carl Bildt who over the past three years has been telling us periodically, that the world is getting to be a more dangerous place. He now says : Major War Possible in 2015

N.B. He said “major war” not WW3….

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Bad news, no good news and some of the in-between

January 21st, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Dayan Ha Emet

Peter Wallenberg, family man and finance icon passes on…
Today it’s a mixed bag of news from The Local (France) starting with

France’s €425 million plan to combat terrorism

This means that the rest of Europe will have to follow suit and earmark that much or more, to feel more secure. €425 more to the national budget for the war against terror or only have themselves to blame when disaster strikes again.

Up till now I have not been able to access the news page of The Local (Sweden) from my computer for months now; instead of the news page a blank page has been popping up with this inexplicable message: “Disallowed Key Characters”. I suspect Snowden & the SSI (the submarine surveillance intelligence) have been up to no good again. Neither have the SSS (the submarine surveillance scumbags) or the SDS (Sweden Democrats).

A few minutes ago I clicked on Sweden (at the top of the page – between Spain and Switzerland) and Bingo – all the news I’ve been missing popped up – no sign of any “disallowed characters”. As I scrolled downwards, the first headline to catch my eye is a bit of an exaggeration: Prime Minister survives vote of no confidence

Survives? Was there ever a threat or a doubt that he would not “survive” such a vote?

The second item to catch the eye. With bated breath man delved beneath the headline “Sweden Democrat leader breaks sick leave silence

Big deal! He has been missing in action, away on sick leave and has kept his mouth shut – mouth also on sick leave even before the ignominy of discrimination against him in his own country, the only party leader not invited to the Nobel Banquet – such a great international event. After a long silence, the first words are supposed to be revolutionary that’s why with bated breath man delved below the headlines – but that too was a disappointment. Nothing new, merely breaking wind, nothing to say. For how much longer will he continue to fade into oblivion? Will he ever return to the fray? If he doesn’t there are many who will breathe a sigh of relief and say, “Good riddance!”

The astounding news headlines for the day has been from my brother Patrick – and even more astounding when you read the fine print within:

France begins jailing people for ironic comments

Freedom of speech, freedom to speak. Freedom to read and freedom to not read.

Read! / IQRA! – is the first word of the Qur’anic revelation. The advice from Jesus could be relevant here, and my brother could take it to heart, since he attended a Catholic School: It’s freedom of speech and Jesus speaking, laying out a choice:

And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire!”

Then there’s poor Raif Badawi a Saudi national who ought to know better than tempting fate by insulting al-Islam. Should know better than Lars Vilks for example.

The DN headlines: World protests against the sentence lashes (1,000 )

Curiously enough I feel sorry for Badawi but if Vilks should be foolish enough to take a trip to Saudi Arabia as part of his universal mission to start some revolution in artistic expression there or to El Sisi’s Egypt to sketch the pyramids and get arrested there, I for one would not be very unhappy. He would then have to choose between freedom of artistic expression and 1,001 lashes on his bare bottom. Although he is a brave man, I don’t think that he would choose the martyrdom of 1000 lashes on his pink, artistic bottom which would turn to various shades of an artist’s crimson colours after the first few dozen lashes and he would already be feeling regret before he started screaming for Amnesty International and begging for mercy. It’s doubtful that he would survive the first two hundred lashes to learn the lesson…

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Remembering and applying Bishop Krister Stendahl’s three rules for comparing religions.

January 20th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Remembering and applying Bishop Krister Stendahl’s three rules for comparing religions.

I’m in the right mood as I write this. Nothing is as calming or nostalgically Swedish as Jan Johansson’s soulful solo piano in

Jazz på Svenska

makes you remember so many wonderful, peaceful summers

by the waters in Torö

idyllic Dalarna

the windmills and beaches in Öland

“Resting in the fields, far from the turbulent space
Half asleep near the stars with a small dog licking your face…”

I just got this from the latest entry in my son’s facebook timeline and he says it’s borrowed from his friend Rouzbeh:

“Obama and Bush are sitting on a park bench and discussing. A man comes by.

Man: What are you guys doing?
Obama: We’re planning to bomb the seven Muslim countries and Angelina Jolie’s house.
Man: What? Angelina Jolie’s house? Why?
Bush (to Obama): What did I tell you, no one cares about the Muslims. Everyone asks about Angelina.”

I should like to again point out that which we already know: That to successfully combat terrorism, without undue interference, the anti-terrorists have to engage

the ideological roots of Islamic terrorism -

to engage and to disarm some of the arguments of the ideology which is taught in the terror schools. I say “to engage” and not “to dismantle” – since you cannot and should not attempt as impossible and as hazardous a task as “dismantling” the Qur’an which according to various interpretations, serves as the source of inspiration and guidance to some of the terrorists who have gone astray.

I do not say “who have gone far astray” aware of what Rabbi Menachem Schneerson says (in Rebbe- by Joseph Telushkin) about those with the best of intentions who may accuse Jews of having gone “far astray”:

“The young rabbi Israel Meir Lau (later Israel’s chief rabbi) recalls that when he came to meet with the Rebbe and proudly explained that he was involved in Kiruv rechokim bringing back to Judaism lost Jews who had strayed far away, the Rebbe immediately corrected his inherently judgmental language: “ We cannot label anyone as being “far”. Who are we to determine who is far and who is near? They are all close to God”

Currently, Europe is experiencing her own share of problems. It’s not a fair share of problems. Apart from the economy, refugees and immigration, like Israel (currently anticipating some terror reprisals from Hezbollah at home or abroad after wiping out some Hezbollah commanders operating near the Golan Heights) everywhere, European security is also on high alert and is experiencing its own terrorism problem, a problem which along with the Islamization of Europe is here to stay, maybe forever. We will just have to wake up and smell the coffee, be real and know that we will just have to live with the reality.

Hopefully, in Europe and Scandinavia, eventually, all Muslims and non-Muslims will live side by side in peace and harmony, just as when it comes to Israel, Löfven & Wallström & the Social Democrats, Mehmet Kaplan & his young comrade and fellow activist Gustav Fridolin & the Greens dream that Israel and the Palestinian Arabs, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, the Islamic State, the Kurds and Yazdis, the Christians, the Shia and Sunni under one God will soon be living in peace and tranquillity in Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon, Somalia, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.

The vast majority of us (human beings) – including I myself – were born into this world sometime after that dreadful Holocaust. This means that most of us lack the historical memory as lived experience – and even those who could have been mentally conceived in concentration camps – or shortly after, do not necessarily carry that ephemeral event with us in our genetic code, even if there are the visceral traumas of recurrent nightmares that we remember, not to mention in spite of the motto “NEVER AGAIN“ that now for the first time appearing with the image of the four horsemen of the apocalypse on the horizon is the consciousness that in time it’s not just the possibility of Eurabia which like Rome not built in a day we see gradually taking shape, along with the possibility (God forbid) of Holocaust as a cycle of recurrent European reality in the sense in which Arnold Toynbee views history.

And now once more it is a post-Holocaust exodus from the bastion of freedom, France, erstwhile the home of 600, 000 Jews and currently also the home of not less than 5, 500, 000 Muslims.

One thinks in line with a second exodus,
this time Aliyah from 21st century France
after reading this news item in which Israel’s
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that because of what’s happening in Europe, Israel has to strengthen ties with Asia

And this comes at the point where I thought that for Annie Lööf in particular and the Government of Sweden in general, Israel is a role model from whom we in Sweden can learn when it comes to successful start up entrepreneurship.

We can also learn from Bishop Krister Stendahl’s three rules for comparing religions:

“1) When trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies.
(2) Don’t compare your best to their worst.
(3) Leave room for “holy envy.” “

First and foremost about Judaism and Islam is that they are uncompromisingly monotheistic

I should also like to point out that just as a Jew is commanded – as part of the Shema

And you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your resources

(Devarim/ Deuteronomy 6: 5)

So too a Muslim is required to love the Prophet Muhammad and this has to be understood in assessing Muslim outrage in reaction to any perceived insult or vilification of Islam’s number one role model.

Even for those who want to treat the great religion of Islam and Muslims as “the enemy” (the enemy of Allah sub han t’ala?) it should be wise to try and to understand the so called enemy (enemy of mankind?)

I’m emphasising mother here, since even Pope Francis being a little playful, nonetheless says that just like any other regular hooligan, “If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch.”

Here is the Quran and Hadith on the importance of Mother

From the Sahih Hadith:

“A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim).”

I should just like to add this little excerpt from the Last Sermon that the Prophet of Islam delivered and the racists should take note:

All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.

Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.”

For Muslims who go astray, there is Amr bil Maroof and Nahi Anil Munkar (enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong) whereby erring Muslims who want to be guided can be gently brought back to the Ihdina siratal mustaqim (the straight path

And I believe that a terrorist has gone far, far astray when he starts raping women and butchering children and old men. Even the Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria know that they have gone far astray, probably led by their nafs and assisted by the devil. As to their ideology, I don’t think that they have one other than that of inflicting the maximum pain of death and destruction on anyone and anything that stands in their way…

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“If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch” says Pope Francis.

January 20th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

How much more if somebody insults the Blessed Virgin Mary?

On the issue of freedom of speech, in some countries there’s something known as the Official Secrets Act just as there are guys like Assange and Snowden.

There are those who go out of their way to insult the prophet of Islam and his followers and take refuge in saying that it was only “satire” or that they were only “joking”

Others say they hate the sin but not the sinner

Yet others want to separate the dancer from the dance…

When they don’t respect the founder of the religion how then can they pretend that they respect his followers?

Pope Francis on Charlie Hebdo

” Regarding Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis he defended freedom of expression as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good. But he said there were limits to freedom of expression when it insults someone’s faith.

By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasparri,who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side. He said: “If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It’s normal. It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.” ( Pope Francis!!!)

N.B. He did not say to turn the other cheek…

Today it’s more than 40% of France against caricatures of the Prophet of Islam (s.a.w)

Here’s the worst article from today’s media jungle: “Je suis pissed off ” and he goes on to say, “This terror will not respond to reason or logic. There is no mercy for this. There is no rehabilitation here. It simply must be removed. Hunted down. Blown up. Destroyed. No trial. No talking.”

I wonder how Pope Francis would respond to this….

Here’s someone

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Anna Kinberg Batra is now in my good books…

January 19th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

And she was OK in Skavlan.

Anna Kinberg Batra – an economist by training, has delivered her first real punch on the Stefan Löfven-Margot Wallström duo on a foreign policy issue, namely the duo’s premature ”recognition” of the state of Palestine and their persistence in holding on to that position/ recognition (which isn’t going anywhere) and obdurately maintaining that position in spite of the furore such a decision has generated. It’s as if what best friend Israel thinks and from Jerusalem how best friend Israel reacts to Sweden’s boldfaced decision, doesn’t matter and is of no consequence to Sweden-Israel relations and thus Löfven and Wallström in particular is cutting off the nose to spite the face.

I’m beginning to start feeling sorry for Mr. Löfven : it looks as if the Pharaoh’s heart is hardened once again (like Swedish Steel) along with the heart of his foreign minister Margot Wallström, also hardened and maybe even harder

This we can tell because she is so much more strident with the words she utters. Mr Löfven should try to rein her in, tell her to curb the unnecessary fire that she is spitting out. Vladimir Zhirinovsky of course would put it to her a little differently, hard to hard, hardened Russian male chauvinist soul saturated with vodka to hard Swedish female, not even a minister of defence – and sweet Baby James too, would put it differently: Oh baby, don’t you loose your lip on me

Of course an exasperated Israeli Ambassador Isaac Bachman, as always, would still express himself diplomatically.

Peter Wolodarski is an influential opinion maker and you are that if you are editor of Dagens Nyheter – Sweden’s most important and most widely circulated newspaper. In his Sunday editorial he has said that proposing a two state solution (Israel + a state of Palestine) is not (necessarily) an enemy position but he has taken Margot Wallström to task for being so strident – so undiplomatic, so furious and unhelpful with her wordings:

Margot Wallström, does not promote peace or Sweden’s interests by throwing new word clouds at Jerusalem

But, as in the Bible – as in last Sabbath’s Torah portion Vaeira, the Pharaoh’s heart was hardened. And incidentally, last Sabbath’s Torah Portion begins with these words:

God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am Hashem. I appeared to Isaac and to Jacob as El Shaddai , but with My Name HASHEM I did not make Myself known to them. Moreover, I established My covenant with them to give the land of Canaan, the land of their sojourning, in which they sojourned. Moreover, I have heard the groan of the Children of Israel whom Egypt enslaves and I have remembered My covenant. Therefore, say to the Children of Israel: “I am Hashem, and I shall take you out from under the burdens of Egypt; I shall rescue you from their service; I shall redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I shall take you to Me for a people and I shall be a God to you; and you shall know that I am HASHEM your God, Who takes you out from the burden of Egypt. I shall bring you to the land about which I raised My hand to give it to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and I shall give it to you as a heritage – I am HASHEM” (Exodus 6. 2-8)

And the Haftaras Veira begins:

“So said my Lord HASHEM/ ELOHIM : “ When I gather in the House of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and I shall be sanctified by them in the eyes of the nations, and they shall dwell on their land that I gave to My servant , to Jacob; then they shall dwell upon it securely, and build houses, and plant vineyards and dwell securely – and when I execute judgments upon all who disdain them roundabout them – then they shall know that I am HASHEM, their God.” (Ezekiel 28: 25-26)

Empires may come and go, but step by step, step by step, the Almighty’s promise is being fulfilled. As I read this portion this Sabbath, I thought of the new wave of Aliyah from France and that they too will “build houses” in which to dwell securely according to the promise.

I know that Stefan Löfven, in his humble, mortal capacity as Prime Minister of Sweden does not think that he is like the Almighty even though for the time being, during this his brief sojourn down here on earth he may be thinking that compared to Bible Prophecy his speech (what he says) is very important and as important as his thoughts about the land which the Almighty has given to His beloved People.

Löfven defends Palestine decision,

He would like to see two states, an Israel with or without defendable borders living in peace and harmony, side by side with PLO’s Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. Then there’s the bigger international picture, he would like to see Israel living in tranquillity, side by side with Assad (means lion in Arabic), with Assad in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the wounded lions of Ikhwan al Muslimin (in Egypt) and on the rest of the Eastern flank the Deep Blue Sea.

Then there’s the wider international picture of that not so tranquil neighbourhood, just slightly further afield you have Iran, Islamic State in Iraq and al-Qaeda and al-Nusra grinding their teeth, impatient, eager to plunge the whole area into darkness. It’s Jihad time. The whole neighbourhood is already a sea of chaos, over which they want to create the Caliphate, with Israel as the twenty third Arab State.

The late Gaddafi had invited Israel to join the Arab League previously.

At this point we note that Löfven-Wallstrom are toying with the idea of committing Swedish troops to help our Kurdish Brethren fight the murderous butchers called “Islamic State” – but to our surprise they (Löfven-Wallström & the Social –Democratic flock) do not show the same urgency or commitment to what is feasible, could and should be an Independent Kurdistan.

Why not?

Indeed there is a Kurdish People and a million reasons why they should be self-governing, move from regional autonomy to independence, but they (the apologists) will probably tell us that the time is not yet ripe.

And a million other excuses.

Last night I was sad, very sad to learn that Jim Clancy is leaving CNN. I like the guy (and Femi Oke too) – and the CNN – In Atlanta, my younger brother was a friend and neighbour to Turner many years ago and I’ve heard a lot about him…

Doing some word juggling this evening, I came up with Mohammicide - that is what people who kill in the name of Muhammad commit – people who justify homicide and kill to avenge the Prophet Muhammad ( s.a.w.) could be charged with Mohammicide

It could be a handy word, laced with precision
and it could enter the penal code of Western Civilisation….

There’s deicide
There’s homicide
And since words are useful when they have meaning,
There could also be Mohammicide
spelled with either one of two ems.
English language words are not all pure word logic, sometimes they can be tricky, and sometimes a menace; they go with a feeling for the lingo.
Take the word ”vegetarians” for example – people who survive on vegetables.
By the same token, without feeling, you (or Robin Crusoe who didn’t get the language with his mother’s milk) would think that those who eat humans for survival would be called “humanitarians” wouldn’t you ?

There’s this joke, you’ve heard before:

“An elderly Jewish man who served his community as a religious teacher and butcher stood before a German judge who was known for his anti-Semitic views. During all the proceedings he never once called the defendant by his name but referred to him as “Mr Butcher”, throughout. When the hearing was over, the judge asked the old man, “Mr Butcher, do you wish to add anything to your statement?”

“Yes Sir”, replied the old man, “I would like to emphasize that to humans I’m a teacher and only to beasts am I a butcher.”

It’s 10.30 a.m. I had thought that perhaps I coined a new word earlier this morning but I just checked only to find that some Okuru curs with a slightly uglier tale have beaten me to it and here are their less sympathetic avowals of Muhammicide

Upon further reflection maybe not such an appropriate term after all since the name Muhammad far from being associated with crime or murder means “the praised one and not e.g. “the suffering servant” (Israel in Isaiah 53)
or “the crucified one” (They’re praise singing about him here)

The crucified one
about whom the Quran says :

They should not boast (the Jews)), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah” – for they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them to be so, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not..”

The Quran on the Crucifixion (Ahmed Deedat calls it “crucifiction”

If she (the good one) says this then it must be true: “Ik ben niet een stout meisje”

Miss Israel and Miss France, together against terror.

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Satire is very much in the air these days and almost anything goes but not everything is satire…

January 17th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

The Local (France

Swedish news

Dagens Nyheter

Svenska Dagbladet.

Radio Sweden

SVT text

Arbetaren (The Worker)

United With Israel

The Jewish Press

Israel News


Information Clearing House

MEMRI ( latest)

Real Clear World

Frontpage Magazine
Inter Press Service – News Agency

World newspapers

In the country Niger which is North of Nigeria

(At least Boko Haram has not got wild yet about fresh prints of any kinds of cartoons that they don’t like)

In the usual news sites there’s lots of news about Europe holding her breath in anticipation of the terrorists striking terror into the hearts of Islam’s enemies

As always, Pat Condell is funny and on the offensive with his latest “Nothing to do with Islam

Satire is very much in the air these days and almost anything goes but not everything is satire

Here is our Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven at his best: Speaking at Fadime’s memorial gala

Let’s move from the serious, through the ridiculous to the sublime.

Final Call :Charlie Hedbo

Also, the eloquent Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi speaketh, registering his ire with his initial, not wholly unexpected reaction to the unmerciful massacre of those in Charlie Hebdo who were deemed to be guilty to the first degree of having defamed the holy Prophet Muhammad of al-Islam.

Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi writes:

When the news came of the ugly assassination of the poor low-life caricaturists the first thing I did was turn off the television. The law of the state must be upheld and I knew that France with its superb state machinery could well restore order and punish the criminals” ( From France and the Irrational)

Followed by his part 2: France and the Rational

There are those who are still protesting the massacre at Charlie Hebdo and the rise of anti-Semitism by carrying placards, stickers and badges proclaiming in their own name and in the name of good conscience, “Je suis Charlie”. However, I’m not sure that Prince Charles the heir to the British throne is one of them – although he must be affectionately known as “Charlie” in some quarters of the British Isles and Australia and to be sure, as a true blue-blooded English guy he’s got a sense of humour and many a time he himself along with the royal family have been lampooned in “Private Eye”, without the cartoonists having to face the death penalty or putting out a contract on the cartoonist’s head – and that’s one of the differences between ribaldry and prophecy, between buffoonery and royalty – and just as some bard or other once proclaimed,

A glorious charter deny it who can
Is breathed in the words “I’m an Englishman

In the US there’s also the kind universally known as Mister Charlie (not the most popular figure in the world)

From the nations of the Ummah and from the Muslim Diaspora, others are shrilling “I am Muhammad!”

Here too, it’s a matter of context – in another context, say in a mosque, a mere mortal cannot go around saying “I am (the prophet) Muhammad“ without (depending on the severity of the claim/ attempt at impersonation/reincarnation), facing some serious consequences. Yet it’s exactly what I recommended for Naftali Bennett after his saying that “the day is near that the Jewish Home party will lead the State of Israel “ I recommended that, “All he has to do is raise his hands and say, “ ????? ??? ??? “

(I still cannot imagine Kent Ekeroth or Jimmie Åkesson or Mattias Karlsson beating their chests and saying “I am Muhammad”, but in my mind’s inner ear
I can hear Margot the wacky witch beating her breast and cackling
I am Mahmud Abbas!” or quacking, “I am Hamas!”

And yet others: “Je Suis CIA

Je suis Ali Abbas”:

or reciting “I Am a Cowboy in the Boat of Ra

In their preachments, the preachers can open themselves up to quoting the most famous seven egotistical “I am“ statements of Christian Scripture

1. I am the bread of life.
2. I am the light of the world
3. I am the gate
4. I am the good shepherd.
5. I am the resurrection and the life.
6. I am the way and the truth and the life.
7. I am the vine; you are the branches….

and 8. “I am Charlie!”

At Professor Harrow’s facebook timeline, I have been following very interesting discussions about freedom for satire and a few post-mortems on the Paris massacres. I was jerked into the reality of who I am and who I am not at the beginning of those discussions, the first time I came across a sentence that began “those who criticize CH” and found that I was already taking it personally, since CH are my initials by which I am sometimes referred to. Elsewhere at a rabbi’s timeline I found out even more about Charlie Hedbo from the point of view of Gematria that,

“Interestingly, the Hebrew letters of “Israel” (?????) and “Charlie” (?????) are exactly the same, only in a different order.”

This past week has been remarkable

Look at the scale of the destruction in Syria, with close to 300,000 frightened souls, bombed out of this life by Basher al Assad’s wonderful regime without even an inkling of a reflection about his crimes or his criminals being dragged to the ICC and yet the latest move by Abbas & PLO is to single out Israel and not himself and the other Palestinian terrorists hiding in hospitals, underground tunnels and schools, to appear before the ICC.

To top this, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter who has never got it right, was on the Daily Show where he managed to place the blame for the terror in Paris on Israel.

About Israel, “the tone is very harsh and unforgiving” chirps Margot Wallström about Israel’s reaction to her self-positioning, jumping the gun on the complex issue of the proposed state of Palestine with so many issues such as borders, security, capital etc. far from being resolved.

Of course she is merely stating a position that she has embraced in Christian ethics and that is that after slapping Israel on the face she expects Israel to turn the other cheek in a spirit of love, friendship, forgiveness, compassion and understanding of the enemy.

She should consider this:

Just hours before Hamas publicly condemned the murders in France, they were calling the terrorists heroes. And Abbas? He’s a terrorist himself!

A sublime lesson is to be learned from this past Sabbath’s Torah Portion, Parshat Va’eira

Lessons for Humanity from the Weekly Parshah

Vaeira commentaries

insights which I believe we can apply to the obduracy of some politicians such as Wallström but which certainly does not exonerate such obduracy, even if like the Pharaoh of Egypt, ostensibly she could be on a collisions course with the will of the Almighty. For in Shemos/ Exodus 7:3 and subsequently, we read the Almighty telling Moses, “But I shall harden the Pharaoh’s heart and I shall multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt” – so I’m not being surrealistic or facetious when I ask, is it possible that it’s the Almighty hardening her heart along with that of Mahmoud Abbas, Sheikh Nasrallah and Hamas?

I ask this after reading Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ commentary on the Torah portion in which he discusses the question of Freewill

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16.1.2015 re – Sweden – Nigeria relations

January 16th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Will Self: The Charlie Hebdo Attack and the Awkward Truths About Our Fetish for ‘Free Speech’

Other News

Nigeria – Africa’s most populous democracy wracked by terrorism

Sweden – Nigeria relations

Nigeria news

Here it is only the terrorism that I’m taking up. At the outset let me say this : all the old fault lines are vibrating and on the brink of collapse – it could be a major earthquake and I believe that if my man Muhammadu Buhari does not win the presidential elections as a result of the incumbent’s rigging, then peacefully or not peacefully, Nigeria is going to disintegrate. We won’t have long to wait to see whether this will happen or not. It will not be mere civil disobedience if there is massive election fraud – already we read that some 35 million voters are at risk of being disenfranchised. Another problem is, how can elections be held in the areas where Boko Haram is on the rampage and people are being daily uprooted and put to flight? (N.B. Boko Haram is still operating and causing mayhem in areas where Muhammadu Buhari is likely to make a strong showing at the polls)

Volumes can be written/said about Nigeria, all the wonderful people. I worked there in what was then Rivers State, 1981-1984. In 1981 when the oil boom was at its peak, the Nigerian Naira was worth Ten Swedish Kronor or £ 1 sterling whereas with the dramatic drop in oil prices and the devaluation of the naira over the years , today the Naira is worth 0.044 Swedish Krona/ 0.0035 British Pound Sterling

2000 Black

There’s even a problem with electricity production in Nigeria.

A rapid & comprehensive introduction to the oil problem is provided by

Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi on BBC Hardtalk

I’m writing this two days after reading the statements herein attributed to Biafra’s one time leader Emeka Ojukwu and a few days after we have been informed that the Swedish government is mulling over the idea of sending troops to help our beleaguered Kurdish brothers fight ISIL

I’m propelled into this blog update more in a spirit of Brothers keepers after reading this line from Adewale Maja-Pearce:

There is much talk here in Nigeria of the world’s muted response to the latest outrage by the Boko Haram Islamic insurgents who sacked the entire town of Baga in the beleaguered north-east while any number of heads of state gathered in Paris to mourn the deaths of 17 French citizens. Double standards?” ( LRB blog

In all fairness, to what extent can these most notorious Boko Haram terrorists be said to be representing al-Islam?

They have been on the rampage, spreading death and destruction for close to a decade and are now world famous (infamy), to the extent that our Prime Minister Stefan Löfven fresh from the anti-terror march in Paris, was mentioning them in the first few seconds of the first post-election debate in the Swedish parliament, just two days ago.(At precisely 14.21 minutes into this video of the debate which is dubbed in English)

According to a reliable Hausa linguistics authority, Boko Haram means ”fake knowledge” – it does not mean ”Western Knowledge is forbidden” although that is the popular rendition of the term according to the Nigerian media
– just as ”Muslim” does not mean someone whose main aim in life is the kidnapping of schoolgirls and marrying them off to their terrorist jihad warriors, burning down churches and sacking innocent communities like the Baga community – for no apparent reason whatsoever, unless their aim is to completely depopulate Nigeria through genocide and to build an Islamic Caliphate over the dead carcasses of unburied men, women and children.

Apart from the ritual fraud and the traditional rigging that has characterized previous Nigerian elections what we are now witnessing is the daily escalation of the terrorist threat from Boko Haram in the run up to the mother of all Nigerian presidential elections which is scheduled to take place on 14th of February this year. So far, Goodluck Jonathan the incumbent President, an Ijaw man from the Delta river area in the South East (the former Rivers State) has been like a toothless crocodile on the Banks of the River Nile or his favourite river in Israel – on the banks of the River Jordan where he has often been on pilgrimage to pray for salvation, while others (those who call him “Badluck Jonathan“) are saying that although he has passed over dozens of more senior officers and appointed one of his loyal Ijaw tribesmen as head of the Nigerian military, he has mostly been like a toothless chimpanzee when it comes to combating Boko Haram and even more toothless, when it comes to combating corruption.

A word that needs to be repeated : Corruption

How can he seem otherwise when the Nigerian military has been repeatedly committing terrible atrocities on civilians, many of his Nigerian soldiers are demoralised, haven’t been paid for some months now, are not cowards but are under-equipped, are deserting in droves and are being charged with “treason” and sentenced to death – unwilling and unable to fight because they are being outgunned by the Boko Haram terrorists who are well fed and are merciless, probably getting their ammunition and weapon supplies such as rocket launchers from Libya through Chad …

Whilst we may be discussing democracy, freedom of speech, censorship (”moderation”) in this and that occult club or tribal forum, the situation calls for outside help, since more than ever before Boko Haram is on the rampage, indiscriminately killing people and for everybody this question still looms large :

Exactly what does Boko Haram want?

Among other things they have been saying for a long time now, that they want their men who are in Nigerian prisons (probably being tortured/ killed) freed – ostensibly as part of a peace deal, but who is listening?

Prince David Bull & the Seagulls

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