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5 years presenting articles for you

On the 26th of March 2014 this blog started with calling you welcome at “Guestwriters for you” at a site on which we hoped to offer readings from several writers with different ideas. Our hope was that both the lifestyle magazine Stepping Toes and this “Guest-speaker” corner would be able to find writings by different authors, who could deliver material of interest for many.

At Marcus Ampe his personal WordPress blog could be found his own personal political views and at his religious sites, like Our World and his ecclesia site Free Belgian Christadelphian Ecclesia people could find articles written from his Christadelphian view as a Brother in Christ. Though well aware there are not enough Christadelphians willing to share interesting writings and thoughts from non-trinitarian but also from trinitarian and even non Christian writers he invited others to join the platform to create a readers digest of interesting articles on the World Wide Net.

Five years later we can only say we are a little-bit disappointed that not many writers presented themselves to write about historical, ecological, science and lifestyle matters like fashion and architecture, but also none who wanted to write about arts and / or education. So many subjects are not yet tackled at this blog.

We still would love a variety of articles about many aspects which may concern us to build up a better life. Once more we call for people to join us and to share their thoughts. Together we can build at better living conditions for everybody around us, humans but also animals.

We are convinced that whatever religion you may have, from whatever country you may be, whatever race you may have, we can and should be able to live together in peace. For that reason Marcus called for blogwriters to join the Movement Bloggers for Peace. But also there, not many were willing to connect.

At first we at the end of each article we presented a list of articles of interest by others. We stopped doing that, because of the continued complaints and several people asking us to take them out of the list (because the did not want to be associated with us – though they should not have to be associated with us). They should have been aware we provided free advertising for their writings and had many of our readers sent to visit their blog. This not being appreciated we thought it better then to keep our readers at our own place and at our own affiliated blogs.

In 2014 we had 234 articles published getting us 1847 visitors offering us 3 124 views. 296 articles the year after got 4 333 views and in 2016 7 782 views could be reached and 358 articles added. A dip in 2017 brought us 5 018 visitors for 395 articles, the site catching 6 888 views. With lesser articles for 2018 (366) we could reach 5 751 readers with 8 260 views. On February 9, 2018 we got our best views ever.

Up to today we have 1 736 posts which caught 22 211 visitors giving us 33 061 views. We are thankful we may count on 304 followers by Word Press and 3 per e-mail. – which is not much -. The 616 followers on Social Media do not always deliver readings, and as such we can not cunt on them really. We are in any case very grateful for those who are willing to take the time to read and to react at the writings. Thank You!

In case you know much about styling, fashion, gardening, interior decorating, inner being, psychology, anthropology, history, political analysation, arts, you are always welcome to present yourself as a guest-writer for us.  Even when you like to bring articles of other people to our attention you are welcome to let us know or to share them with us as an author presenting guest-writings.

Five years should be the sign we are getting out of our baby-years. You as reader may help us to grow.
Not only come to visit us regularly. Let this site be known by others. Let us know what you would love to see or find at this site, or give us some guidance to make this site better. All advice is welcome. Do also know that we do not mind some encouragement now and them. We are thankful for those few who do not mind to click the “Like” button. Thank you very much for that small but oh so important sign that can give us some encouragement.

On the 8th of April 2019 we still call everybody welcome who some way comes along this site.
Hopefully it shall not stay by a one visit.
May we look forward to more than one visit?

Welcome to this club of Bloggers for Peace and Understanding

 

Thank you very much for coming along this site and reading our articles.

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Going to the end of our 5th year of presenting interesting views from different authors

On the 26th of March 2014 we presented our first posting on this site “From Guestwriters” with Guestwriters for you and Welcome to “From guestwriters” expressing our hope to find more people interested in working together to spread the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God but also to aim for a better world trying to get all sorts of borders out of the way.

My hope for starting this site was to present a sort of Readers Digest and to present some of the many articles published on WordPress which I thought would be worthwhile to be read. My idea was also to present articles with at the end of them links to some related articles. Soon I came to learn that not everyone was pleased to find themselves linked to. Several times we got requests to take away the link to their article, because they did not want to be associated with our community. It took already a lot of time to select articles to link to them and when requested to take those links away that involved once more some extra work. We hoped to help the readers but also the writers with such links, because those links could bring more readers to their article. But because not favoured by many, from this year onwards you shall be finding less links to articles from non-associated people.

Our intention was also to present articles from non-christadelphians and sometimes even from non-religious people. The matter to select the writings was their importance for the community and their relevance for adding to the peace process.

In the first year of this publishing platform we presented 234 posts, catching 3124 views. the year later we got 4333 views for an added 296 articles. In 2016 358 articles got published whilst the site received 7782 views. In 2017 395 articles were added but not so many views gained (6888). Last year we got 366 articles added, fetching 8260 views bringing the total of views to 30 437 for 1646 articles. The most popular day seemingly to be the Sunday with 18% of the views.

We do not have many followers but are pleased with the 304 followers on Word Press of which the Opinionated ManC Washingtonmichelledipaola and The Mystic SandBox are subscribed from the first month and from the first hours. Our thanks goes to them and to those who followed. On Facebook we may reach 275 followers, whilst Twitter might catch 274 followers and Tumblr 121.
Thanks also for those who did not mind sharing our articles on social media. As such we got 670 times a share for those five years. (Not so magnificent, but something.)

We are also pleased to find some readers who regularly mention they “Liked” our writing.  Some of those regulars supporters are a.o.  which also present beautiful pictures of this world which also can be great and enjoyable. Such “Like” is very much appreciated and we are very thankful for that appreciated gesture which gives us also a feeling of support.

At this site we wanted to show people that the world is not just Black and White and that the political system is not linear. But also we wanted to point out that people can and should do much more than they think. Much more people should be aware of their possible power which has to come from them selves. The inner being by connecting to many others can present a greater power and be a rebuttal against the standard political parties. This site wanted to bring such possibilities more into the light. Therefore I had hoped to find many more writers willing to join us to write about positive elements in our life. There are already enough sites writing about the bad things in this world. As counter balance we could use some positive news. though that seems to be very scarce and hard to find.

Our offer for receiving voices who want to speak up and willing to bring some positive thoughts is till going.

We still miss a psychologist who can write about making a marriage life work of how to cope with one self and with others. We also could do with some historian who would like to compare what is happening now with what happened in the past, or who can shed a light on political situations in this world.

Wanting to be a lifestyle magazine we still can use some fashion freak or people who want to write about fashion, architecture and art.

In case you have already a blog on WordPress, do know that an extra writing platform can also help you to generate more readers to your main blog. At this site we do not mind, better … we also prefer you link also to other articles concerning the topic discussed, and as such you may also link to other articles written by you on your own or on other sites.

If you are a writer without a high opinion of yourself, able to write not very complex articles, not having too many hidden meanings or twists and turns, you could be the one we need. In case you are a  logical, rational thinker who tries to write that way as well, you too perhaps could be the one we are looking for. If you can play with words  and can create poems for sure such poetry should not stay in your own cupboard but could be shared on this platform.

All those who have much time to read, why do you not want to give those who have not so much time, a glimpse of what the written word has to offer? Why not telling others about what is interesting and a “should read”?

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If you feel called, do not hesitate to contact me or to offer your services here. We love to find more writers willing to share positive news and lifestyle matters.

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Jews In France Ponder Whether To Stay Or To Leave

“French-Jewish families are being forced from their homes in Paris suburbs as Europe continues to be convulsed by levels of anti-Semitism not seen since the end of the Second World War.

Rue Gabriel Péri, a pedestrian zone in Saint-Denis, in 2012.

The Paris commuter newspaper 20 Minutes documents an “internal exodus” during 2017 of Jews from the Seine-Saint-Denis department, saying

“it is emblematic of broader concerns that French Jews, like their brothers and sisters across Europe, are finding it increasingly difficult to reconcile their faith with the changing demographics of the continent.”

Who would ever have thought that after the lessons of World War 2 we’d see this sort of thing in Europe again. Well, we are, and we may not do if our node bleeds, or turn our heads when a car drives over the pavement to hit Jewish pedestrians, or have our ears shut when people shout

“Dirty Jews, You’re going to die!”

 

The third largest Jewish community in the world has seen growing anti-Semitism in France since the 2000s. Increasingly, the Jewish community in France no longer feels safe. The most salient events were the murder of Ilan Halimi in 2006, the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012 and the attack on the Hypercasher in Paris in 2015. These three events alone accounted for the murder of nine Jews, including three children who were murdered at close range.

In 2014, there were 851 antisemitic acts of violence in France as recorded by the Protection Service of the Jewish Community.  Indeed, some Jews in their private lives in France have given up wearing their kippa or the Star of David for fear of insults or aggression. This video from 2015 shows the kind of intimidation a Jew can face depending on what part of Paris they walk through.

The Aliyah In Israel 

The growing antagonism towards them has led some French Jews to make the drastic decision to leave the country.

For several decades now, Jews in France have been leaving for Israel. The attacks of 2015 doubled the figure of departures, which is now about 6,000 to 7,000 per year. Following the 2015 attacks, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu traveled to Paris, and while there did not miss the opportunity to mention that Israel was open to French Jews. The president of the Jewish Agency for Israel went further, stating that there was “no future for Jews in France.

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Preceding articles

Dr. Miller looking at Jews in France

Apocalyptic Extremism: No Longer a Laughing Matter

Anti-Semitic pressure driving Jews out of Europe

Growing anti-Semitism possible sign of certain times

What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism

Geen groeiende moslimhaat in Europa, maar groeiende jodenhaat

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Additional reading

  1. Religious Practices around the world
  2. Who is a Jew?

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  2. If you’re going to be a hater, make sure you’ve done your homework.
  3. French Jews will have to give up Israeli citizenship, says Le Pen
  4. French Jews imagine life under Marine Le Pen
  5. Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression

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Anti-Semitic pressure driving Jews out of Europe

It can not go unnoticed, since a decade lots of Jews feel the pressure of the growing anti-Semitism and an aversion against the Divine Creator. Some even feel like it is again as in the 1930ies and the fear is great that Jews could be experiencing the most difficult situation they have encountered since the end of World War II.

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Francis Kalifat, Président du Cirf

The Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France is fully aware of the bad situation and the 11th president of it looks at the present situation with Argus eyes. For him the Western world may not neglect the reason why we can see such a record emigration by Jews from France.

For him the year that lies before us is one full of challenges.

I hear pre-conceived ideas and dogma along with populist statements from some, and totalitarian reactions from more radical minds.

he says, looking at our society which is suffering and facing a climate of mistrust. Many French people are afraid or angry and democracy is on the back foot. According to an IPSOS survey taken in November last year, 32% of French people think that other political regimes would be equally effective. They long for a world of times gone by, looking for scapegoats and sweeping changes. This want to find a guilty one we can find back at several occasions in the past and today in many countries all over the world where the far right is gaining popularity.

Racist and anti-Semitic comments creep up out of the sewers, meeting an indifferent response or emerge from the online echo chamber of Facebook friends. And where there are disgraceful comments, there is always someone ready to laugh, offer approval or justification.

remarked Francis Kalifat, the Crif President at a speech at the annual Crif’s dinner 2017, where he said

When I take a step back, I am struck by a profound realisation: those in France who have a problem with Jews and Israel almost always have a problem with democracy, the rule of law and individual liberties. And vice-versa.

Ilan Halimi

Ilan Halimi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Following the murder of Ilan Halimi in 2006 and the massacre at the Ozar Ha Torah school in Toulouse in 2012, anti-Jewish hatred once again reared its ugly head in France on 9th January 2015 and thus reinforced the feeling of solitude and abandonment that had started to engulf the Jewish community.

Partly because of anti-Semitic violence that included hundreds of anti-Semitic incidents annually in recent years, and dozens of physical assaults, lots of Jewish brethren ans sisters found it wiser to look for other pastures.

Since 2012, attacks on Jewish targets by French Islamists in France and Belgium claimed the lives of 12 people. Last year, roughly 8,000 French Jews left for Israel — the highest number on record for any year, which made France for the second year straight Israel’s largest provider of newcomers.

We heard already of certain quarters which got French names, because so many French people came to settle over there. According to figures seen by AFP in total, 40,000 French Jews have emigrated between 2006 and the end of 2016.

“The aliyah (the act of moving to Israel) of French Jews has been significant over the last decade,”

said Daniel Benhaim, who heads the Israeli-backed group in France, and agreed that insecurity had been a “catalyst” for many Jews who were already thinking of leaving.

The French Jewish community is the biggest in Europe and is thought to number around 500,000 people. In the 1970ies there where also a lot of Jews in Antwerp, but their number has decreased a lot.

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The Jewish Museum of Belgium, between the Sablon in central Brussels and Brussels South, pictured in 2009

The Jewish communities form the Benelux and France were shocked in 2006 by the kidnapping and brutal anti-Semitic killing of a young Jewish man, Ilan Halimi, in the Paris suburbs, which was followed by a shooting in a Jewish school in the southwest city of Toulouse in 2012.
Two years later on 24 May 2014, in Brussels a gunman opened fire at the Jewish Museum of Belgium, killing four people. Three died at the scene; a fourth was taken to the hospital and died on 6 June. The attack is being investigated as terrorism by Belgian authorities. Several more threats followed on Belgian as well as on French Jewish sites, often coming from people having links with radical Islamists. By those terrorists many youngster felt called to do horrible things, not even afraid to carry loads of bombs from one place to another. Home made bombs but also professional weapons switched hands easily, to bring fear and terror in name of Allah.

Emblem of  United Nations Arabic: الأمم المتحدةSimplified Chinese: 联合国French: Organisation des Nations uniesRussian: Организация Объединённых НацийSpanish: Naciones Unidas  It also did not help that the problems of the settlers in Israel and the relationship between Israeli and Palestinian governement did not progress in the good direction. The anti-Israel resolution of the UN being considered by Israel as a “no” to the possibility of peace. Israel having the impression the UN gave a sign to continue on the path of terrorism and incitement.

Since the attacks of November 2015 the West of the European continent came to realise that it is the whole of our society has come under attack. It is not just any more about Jews, Israel, Christendom, Belgium or France but the citizens their culture, freedom, way of life and world view.

All French people are now aware that they are at threat and we are slowly but surely regaining our position on the national stage. We have always been vigilant and concerned and now we continue to be so. We remain alert and know that we are still the preferred target of Islamist totalitarianism. Today, we are no longer indifferent targets.

said Francis Kalifat.

Some now may have come to think it is more a battle against Islam. they should know fighting against Islam is as wrong as fighting against Judaism or Christianity. the world has to see it are just a few extremists who make life difficult for a whole group of people. Because the Brussels attacks of March 22, 2016 and later the Marseille and Nice attacks the governments focused Islamic terrorists and people where more afraid of such further terrorist acts. This made that 2016 saw a net drop in anti-Semitic acts and threats: a 58% reduction compared with 2015, though anti-Islamic acts also dropped by the same amount.

Kalifat warned that nevertheless, anti-Semitism remains at a historic high. Jewish people, who represent under 1% of the population, remained a focal point of over 30% of all reported racist acts committed in France throughout 2016, being subject to 335 anti-Semitic acts and threats.

The tell-tale signs of anti-Semitism never seem to be far away.

Probably less Jews where victims of harassment because the Jewish quarters had everywhere soldiers patrolling. The increased police patrols also made lost of place less vulnerable, which can also be seen in the lesser amount of robberies.

Leaders of French Jewry may have expressed both relief over the defeat of the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the presidential elections and concern over her receiving more than a third of the vote, they may not forget that those 11 million voters for the extreme right party can perhaps be only part of the many right wingers who would love all Jews and Muslims out of their ‘Catholic’ country.

Joel Mergui, the president of the Consistoire, was very fast to react on Sunday evening in a statement by his group, which is responsible for providing religious services to Jews to say he was happy with the result of Emmanuel Macron being elected president,

“which constitutes a veritable relief for all our nation and for the Jewish community of France”.

Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia, who is employed by the Consistoire, also spoke of his satisfaction from the vote. But in his statement, Korsia also referenced concerns over the support shown to Le Pen and those who would like to ban wearing Jewish and Muslim religious symbols in public, ritual slaughter and the provision of pork-free meals in school cafeterias, like they also have done in Belgium.

The ban for the religious symbols in the Belgian state schools is idiotic, because state-schools should just show they are free of any religious bias and that they are open to all sorts of religion. That ban is already some years in use by several Belgian schools and recently some complaints where made that elderly homes and prisons still provided pork-free meals. at first there was only a ban on ritual slaughter in private homes by ordinary citizens, but from 2017 onward there shall be a total ban of ritual slaughter in Belgium, which shall make it very difficult for religious Jews, Muslims and certain Christians to have kosher or halal meat from the own country. As long as importation would not be a problem, work of it can made that way, but it will also undermine the countries own economy.

Kalifat, who has lobbied intensively in favour of Macron in recent days, wrote optimistically on Twitter that everything starts now.

And that is what we can hope for … that a new start is made to bring non-Jews to come to understand why certain regulations are so important for the Jewish community, who want to put God’s mitzvot above the laws of man.

Also it is getting time that non-Jews come to see that there is a difference between secular (or apikorsim) – political Jews and religious Jews, who want to live according to the Law of God.

We only can hope that the new French president shall make work to bring Europeans of all sorts of religions together to live in peace and that he with the European Unions also shall try to get both parties Israel to come to negotiate directly in order to reach a point where they can live side by side in peace and security. All parties involved should recognise that as well as for Jews, Christians and Muslims, all having their faith build on the same root, our patriarch Abraham, that for all of them Jerusalem is a holy place. Real lovers of God, be them Jews, Christians or Muslims do know that Jerusalem in the end shall become the capital of the world. Therefore the lovers of God should also stimulate their politicians to get the political groups around the table to find a good solution for reconciliation and lasting peace.

I would love to see that all shall be able to come to believe that big picture Mr Kalifar wished to reiterate

that Israel is a democracy, a State respecting the rule of law and a country of freedoms. It is a democracy which has held 5 general elections since 2003 and now counts 13 Arab members among a total of 120 in the Knesset. This State, which respects the rule of law, is also home to a Supreme Court and judges whose independence is renowned and rulings are just.  It is a country where all are free to practice or change religion, or indeed not to follow one at all. It is a country where Jews, Christians and Muslims are afforded access to their holy sites within the ancient city of Jerusalem.  June 2017 will see the 50th anniversary of that freedom. Previously, and for centuries, Jews could do no more than dream of and pray for as much.

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Preceding

Kindertransport

Apocalyptic Extremism: No Longer a Laughing Matter

Seeds from the world creating division and separation from God

What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism

The Rise of Anti-Seminism

If you’re going to be a hater, make sure you’ve done your homework.

Dr. Miller looking at Jews in France

Bringers of agony, Trained in Belgium and Syria

Bruxelles Ma Belle

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  6. Brussels bombings
  7. Mediterranean bloodshed
  8. 2016 Nice attack
  9. 14 Year Old With Sack Full of Bombs Seized in Belgium
  10. Danny Dannon Complete Smackdown of the Anti-Israel UN Resolution
  11. Another 5,000 Jews quit France for Israel
  12. ‘French Jews experiencing worst situation since 1945’
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  15. 25 Orthodox rabbis issued a statement on Christianity
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  21. Natan Sharansky (Jew) : There is no future for Jews in France
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  18. Notes From Underground: Au Revoir, Marine Le Pen
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  23. Attacks on Holocaust survivors and pogroms in post-war Poland – a lecture by Dr. Edyta Gawron of Jagiellonian University
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  25. Marine Le Pen’s party president, holocaust denier
  26. The One Lesson of the Holocaust
  27. Israel Indicts US Hacker Linked To Threats To Jewish Centers
  28. Mugwump! – Election News In Brief
  29. Multiculturalism and the Jews
  30. There are more anti-Semitic posts on Twitter than Facebook, Instagram and YouTube combined
  31. Jews Are Still the Biggest Target of Religious Hate Crimes
  32. FTAC – Tip to the KGB’s Amplification of Middle Eastern Anti-Semitism
  33. It’s Hard Helping You When You Are Anti-Semitic, Among Other Things
  34. FTACT: Anti-Semitism and the Displacement of the Medieval Mode by a Developing Modern World
  35. Anti-Semitic Acts In Massachusetts More Than Doubled In 2016Keith Preston: US using anti-Semitism excuse to cover up growing opposition to Israel
  36. B’nai Brith records highest number of anti-Semitic incident in Canada in 2016
  37. Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression
  38. Report: The link between the election of Donald Trump and resurgent anti-Semitism is now undeniable
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  40. American Media Discriminate Against Jewish, For Muslim Single-Sex Pool Mark Regev at SOAS: a victory for free speech
  41. Fighting Back Is the Best Way to Combat Antisemitism on College Campuses
  42. UNESCO to fire another volley at Israel – on Independence Day
  43. Memorializing terror victims, Netanyahu urges Abbas to stop funding

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Dr. Miller looking at Jews in France

About the Author Dr. Yvette Alt Miller
Yvette Alt Miller earned her B.A. at Harvard University. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Jewish Studies at Oxford University, and has a Ph.D. In International Relations from the London School of Economics. She lives with her family in Chicago, and has lectured internationally on Jewish topics. Her book Angels at the table: a Practical Guide to Celebrating Shabbat takes readers through the rituals of Shabbat and more, explaining the full beautiful spectrum of Jewish traditions with warmth and humor. It has been praised as “life-changing”, a modern classic, and used in classes and discussion groups around the world.

Jews and France: 11 Interesting Facts

As France headed to the polls, Dr. Miller presented some fascinating points about Jews and France through the ages on Aish.com

As France went to the polls in the first round of its presidential election, France’s 500,000-strong Jewish community was in the spotlight: two front-runners, Marine Le Pen and Jean Luc Melenchon, having been accused of making high-profile anti-Semitic comments.

Long before France’s unpredictable election, Jews have been making history in France. Here are 11 interesting facts about Jews and France through the ages.

Greatest Jewish Scholar

Rashi

Rashi, acronym of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzḥaqi (born 1040, Troyes, Champagne—died July 13, 1105, Troyes), renowned medieval French commentator on the Bible and the Talmud (the authoritative Jewish compendium of law, lore, and commentary).

A modern translation of Rashi’s commentary on the Chumash, published by Artscroll

Rashi, as the great Medieval Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki is known, is the most widely consulted Jewish rabbi of all time. His commentaries on the Bible and Talmud are considered crucial to understanding these Jewish texts. Rashi’s explanations help us understand the Torah and at times, a knowledge of French can help us understand Rashi.

Monument in memory of Rashi in Troyes, France

That’s because this greatest of Jewish scholars had humble beginnings. Rashi lived in the northern French town of Troyes from 1040 to 1105. Out of a total population of 10,000, Troyes was also home to about 100 Jewish families. Jews travelled from far and wide to consult Rashi. Many of these visiting Jews lodged with nearby Christian families.

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Troyes centre ville – capital of the department of Aube in north-central France

In some respects, Rashi was very French. He earned his living as a vintner (wine maker), and incorporated some French words in his commentaries. A typical example comes in Rashi’s discussion of the Torah’s description of the beautiful golden Ark that our ancestors were commanded to build, which stood in the Temple in Jerusalem. Its gold ornaments were joined together, or soulderix (soldered in Old French), Rashi explained (Rashi on Ex. 24:18).

Rashi’s sons-in-law and grandsons – who continued to live in northern France – became rabbis of nearly his towering stature, penning additional commentaries on the Torah and leading European Jewry. Their scholarship continues to define Jewish life to this day.

Talmud on Trial

In the year 1239, Paris was witness to a very strange trial; the Talmud was accused of insulting Christianity.

The Talmud was defended by the Chief Rabbi of Paris, Rabbi Yechiel ben Joseph, though there were restrictions on what Rabbi Yechiel could say. Leading the charge against the Talmud was Nicholas Donin, a Jewish convert to Christianity who seemingly harbored an intense hatred of his fellow Jews or, possibly, a desire to impress his new Christian co-religionists. He was encouraged to make fun of the Talmud, quoting its text out of context and distorting its meaning. Presiding over the trial was none other than the Queen Mother of France, Blanche of Castille, and several Archbishops.
After hearing the “evidence”, the Talmud was found guilty and condemned as “dangerous to Christianity”. Volumes of the Talmud were confiscated. In 1242, 24 cartloads of hand-written tractates of the Talmud, representing countless thousands of hours of work, were brought to a public square in central Paris and burned.

Medieval Crusades

In 1095, Pope Urban II called for a holy Crusade to conquer Jerusalem and wrest it from Muslim rule. (The temptation to launch a crusade might have been closer to home. Historians note that the harvest of 1095 was particularly bad in northern Europe; calling for a crusade was a way to distract the population and encourage them to plunder wealth in other lands.)

100,000 men signed up for the Crusade. (The term “crusade” refers to the French word for the crosses they sewed on their clothes.) Soon, their attention turned from conquering Jerusalem to attacking Jewish communities along their path. In three waves, spanning a hundred years, over ten thousand Jews were murdered in Europe and Israel. Frenzied demonization of and violence against Jews became a hallmark of the Crusader period.

France’s Jews were periodically expelled during this intense period of Jew-hatred, as well. In 1182, and again regularly in the 13th Century, Jews were forced to leave French cities, only to be let in again a few years later. In 1306, a more organized expulsion was decreed by France’s King Philip. Short of money after war with Flanders, King Philip decided to force French Jews to flee, and compound their property.

The decree was handed down on July 21, 1306, which was Tisha B’Av, the Jewish day of mourning on which we mourn the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other calamitous events in Jewish history. The following day, July 22, 1306, 100,000 Jews were arrested. France’s Jews were ordered to leave the country within one month or face death. French Jews were allowed to leave only 12 sous (cents) apiece. Their property was confiscated, auctioned off, and all proceeds reverted to the French crown.

(King Philip’s decree was reversed by his son King Louis, but Jews continued to be banned from France and were ordered to leave in 1322 and 1394 again, before returning slowly over the subsequent years.)

French Chocolate’s Jewish Origins

Following the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and the introduction of the Inquisition into Portugal in 1536, some Jews fled to the French town of Bayonne, near the Spanish-French border. There, they used their contacts with Jewish traders in the New World to import materials and know-how to process cocoa, a New World product which was just starting to take Europe by storm.

Dark Chocolate with Espelette pepper.

Bayonne Jews adapted cocoa recipes to European tastes, creating sweet versions of chocolate and using additives like milk, butter and nuts. Jews built the Bayonne area into a chocolate center, but their very success undid them: once local Christians learned how to make chocolates too, they petitioned local authorities to ban Jews from the chocolate industry.


Jews were only permitted to resume making chocolate in 1767 when a court annulled the decree. In 2013, the town of Bayonne formally recognized the contribution of Jews to the region’s famed chocolates. “Since we are the inheritors of the Jews’ savoir faire”, explained Jean-Michel Barate, head of Bayonne’s Chocolate Academy, “it was our duty to thank them….” and to right the historical wrong of overlooking the fact that it was Jewish refugees who created sweet chocolate confections as we know them today.

Equality

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Palais des Papes – Avignon in south-eastern France in the department of Vaucluse on the left bank of the Rhône river

Although Jews were banned from France for many years after the 14th Century, by the 1700s about 40,000 Jews lived in France, particularly in Bordeaux and Avignon, which never formally expelled their Jewish inhabitants.

These 40,000 Jews became the first Jews in European history to gain full and equal rights with the French Revolution. The decision wasn’t easy: France’s new rulers deliberated for over two years about whether they should extend their new regime’s ideal of “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” to Jews. When they did, in 1791, it was seemingly with some regret: “The Jews” explained a leading revolutionary, “conscious of the error of their ways, have felt the need for a fatherland; we have offered them ours.”

Napoleon’s “Sanhedrin”

The Emperor Napoleon styled himself “defender” of the Jews, noting that he had (unsuccessfully) tried to conquer the Land of Israel for France. Back home, even though Jews were nominally recognized as citizens, Napoleon harbored much of the intense anti-Jewish prejudice that was typical in France at the time.
Seeking to assure himself that Jews were indeed “Frenchmen”, Napoleon decided to invite Jews from throughout France to participate in what Napoleon called, with much pomp, a “National Assembly of Notables”. Napoleon deliberately scheduled the Assembly for a Saturday; the “notables” he invited turned up despite the assembly’s scheduling on Shabbat, and voted yes or no to a series of questions Napoleon had devised to ascertain whether Jews could indeed be French. The “notables” were asked whether Jews could engage in manual labor, whether they could marry Christian women, whether Jews would help defend France, etc.

Cover page to siddur used at the Grand Sanhedrin of Napoleon, 1807.

Not satisfied with his Assembly, Napoleon sent word to the governors of France to elect Jewish representatives to a new group, which Napoleon grandly named the Sanhedrin, the ancient Jewish court that governed Jewish conduct for hundreds of years. Like the Sanhedrin of old, this new “Sanhedrin” contained 71 members, was governed by a leader (picked by Napoleon) whom he gave the traditional Hebrew title Nasi, or “prince”, and was meant to issue new decrees for the Jewish people.
Napoleon’s “Sanhedrin” met in Paris with great pomp, and the puppets making up this group did indeed go along with many of Napoleon’s requested declarations. They declared that Jews serving in the French army were free of Jewish mitzvot, or commandments, and (echoing long-held prejudice against Jews, who’d long been forced into the money-lending business by European rulers) declared money-lending illegal for Jews. Even the stooges on Napoleon’s “Sanhedrin” drew the line at some of the Emperor’s requests, refusing to countenance mixed marriages, for instance.

Despite the assurances of this “Sanhedrin”, Napoleon went on to issue a host of infamous Jewish decrees, restricting Jewish rights to live in certain parts of France, suspending repayment of debts to Jews for ten years, and limiting Jews’ rights to go into some areas of business.

Official Names

Another legacy of Napoleon’s rule was an official list of approved names that could be given to babies born in France. Most of these were Christian saints’ names, though a number of Jewish names were included on the list, as well.

The list was abolished in 1993, though even in recent years French authorities have banned some names. In 2016, for instance, a French judge ruled against two parents who wanted to name their newborn Mohamed Merah, after the terrorist who murdered a rabbi and three children outside of a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse in 2012.

The Dreyfus Affair

Jews were ostensibly equal French citizens, but the dramatic 1894 trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus exposed deep anti-Jewish hatred in France. After being arrested on manufactured charges of spying for Germany (Dreyfus was later exonerated; the real culprit had fled to England and some of Dreyfus’ fellow soldiers forged evidence against him), Dreyfus was publicly humiliated and sent to prison, while a mob of French men and women shouted “Death to Jews!”

Throughout Dreyfus’ trial, French Catholic authorities continued to stir up Jew-hatred. The intense bitterness made many in France conclude there was little future for Jews in France. Emile Zola, the non-Jewish great French author, wrote in 1896 “For some years I have been following with increasing surprise and disgust the campaign which some people are trying to carry on in France against the Jews. This seems to me monstrous….” Two years later, Zola wrote his famous open letter, beginning with J’accuse, or “I accuse”, directed against French President France Felix Faure, complaining about irregularities in Dreyfus’ trial. Zola was prosecuted and found guilty of libel and fled to England for a year to avoid imprisonment.
Another observer came to a similar conclusion during Dreyfus’ trial, realizing that Jews faced an uncertain future in France. Theodore Herzl was a young reporter for the Viennese newspaper the Neue Freie Presse, and he covered Dreyfus’ trial in Paris. He later wrote that the chants of “Death to Jews” shook him to the core, and helped him realize that only a Jewish state could provide security and safety for the world’s Jews. In 1897, Herzl organized a Zionist Congress in Zurich, where he called for the reestablishment of a Jewish country.

France and the Holocaust

With World War II looming, France became a destination for desperate Jewish refugees fleeing Germany and Eastern Europe. From a Jewish population of about 80,000 in 1900, by 1939 France’s Jewish population had swelled to 300,000 as Jews fled to France for safety.

Tragically, that safety proved illusory. After Germany invaded France, it divided the country into a northern, “occupied” zone, and a southern “free” zone which was allied with Nazi Germany. Both areas of France willingly participated in the deportation of Jews from France; in the nominally independent southern part of France, it was French policemen and authorities who helped implement Hitler’s so-called “final solution to the Jewish ‘problem’”. Over 70,000 French Jews were sent to concentration camps; only about 2,500 survived.

After the War, France’s devastated Jewish community was revived by an influx of Jews from former French colonies in North Africa. In the 1950s and 1960s nearly a quarter of a million Sephardi Jews moved to France from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

Resurgent Anti-Semitism

In recent years, tragically, the call “Death to Jews!” has once more rung out in the streets of Paris and elsewhere in France.

A string of horrific attacks has targeted Jews throughout France. In 2006, Ilan Halimi, a young Jewish man living in Paris, was lured into a trap by local Muslim hoodlums; he was tortured for a month in a public housing project in Paris before being murdered; it later emerged that his ordeal was an open secret in the neighborhood, but no one intervened. His mother later had Ilan buried in Israel, fearful, she explained, that if he was buried in France his grave would be desecrated by anti-Semites.

In 2012, in the central French city of Toulouse, a terrorist shot three children and a rabbi at point-blank range in front of a Jewish school. In 2014, a mob rampaging through the streets of Sarcelles, a Paris suburb, chanted “Death to Jews!”, burned Jewish-owned businesses, and surrounded a synagogue, baying for the murder of those Jews inside. For hours, scores of Jewish families cowered inside, fearing for their lives, until police finally managed to disperse the mob late that night. In 2015, terrorists murdered four hostages in a kosher synagogue in Paris. In 2017, two Jewish brothers were forced off the road in a heavily Muslim neighborhood near Paris and attacked by passers by; one of the brothers’ thumb was sawn off in the attack.

In fact, the number of anti-Jewish hate crimes is going up. In 2014, there were 423 reported hate crimes against Jews in France. In 2015, there were 851 reported anti-Jewish hate crimes.

In the face of rising hatred, more and more Jews are fleeing France. One 2016 poll found that fully 43% of French Jews are considering moving to the Jewish state. In 2014, a record-breaking 6,658 Jews moved to Israel from France. (By way of comparison, only 1,923 French Jews had moved to Israel in 2010, when the number of anti-Semitic crimes was lower.) In 2015, 7,469 French Jews moved to Israel.

France in Israel

Beach promenade of Netanya (Hebrew: נְתַנְיָה‎, lit., “gift of God”; Arabic: نتانيا‎‎) a city in the Northern Central District of Israel, and the capital of the surrounding Sharon plain.

As more French Jews move to the Jewish state, parts of Israel are gaining a distinctly French accent. In 2015, the Times of Israel noted that the Israeli seaside city of Netanya calls itself the “Israeli Riviera” and that in recent years, it has indeed come to resemble the famed French Riviera: “walking along its main pedestrian boulevard, one would be hard-pressed to tell it apart from its twin city of Nice” in France. French restaurants, French style – and French Jews – have given parts of Israel a very French feel.

One recent immigrant from France explained that the rising anti-Semitism in France sparked her family’s desire to move to Israel: “Here we get the feeling that we can protect ourselves. There we have the impression that we are on our own and if, God forbid, something happens we will have to manage.”

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Preceding articles

Kindertransport

Apocalyptic Extremism: No Longer a Laughing Matter

Seeds from the world creating division and separation from God

What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism

The Rise of Anti-Seminism

If you’re going to be a hater, make sure you’ve done your homework.

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Additional reading

  1. Religious Practices around the world
  2. January 27 – 70 years ago Not an end yet to genocide
  3. World remembers Auschwitz survivors
  4. Migrants to the West #6
  5. Protest against Tzahal concert in Antwerp
  6. 2014 European elections
  7. French Muslims under attack
  8. Objective views and not closing eyes for certain sayings
  9. At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights
  10. How importance on religion is placed
  11. Is Europe going to become a dictatorial bastion
  12. Declaration of war against Islam and Christianity
  13. 25 Orthodox rabbis issued a statement on Christianity
  14. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  15. Donald Trump after declining numbers of people victimised for their religion managed to increase the numbers again
  16. Incidents of hate have become commonplace in the U.S.A. anno 2017
  17. Today’s thought by the French elections and right-wing populism in the world

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Further reading

  1. Judaism Fast Facts
  2. History of the Jews in France
  3. France Virtual Jewish History Tour
  4. Jewish Attempts at Rejudaizing Converts
  5. The French Jews have landed – les juifs français sur Londres
  6. U.S. Immigration Policy and the Jewish Refugee Crisis of the 1930s
  7. Incarceration and Detention
  8. Villains, victims, untold stories of refugees and officials
  9. That proud History of welcoming refugees
  10. Jewish Refugees and Liberation
  11. Timeline of deportations of French Jews to death camps
  12. Drancy internment camp
  13. Criticism of the Talmud
  14. Alliance Israélite Universelle (political organization)
  15. Adolphe Feder at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum
  16. death camp showers in ww2
  17. Eisenhower’s Rhine Meadows Death Camps
  18. Was Soviet Jewish Identity Strengthened by Russian Anti-Semitism During the Second World War?
  19. Netanyahu: Allies could have saved 4 million Jews if they’d bombed death camps in 1942 (Lol…..)
  20. Himmler diaries found in Russia reveal daily Nazi horrors – BBC News
  21. Public Service Announcement
  22. Remembering Elie Wiesel
  23. Denial. . . . . . A Film
  24. The Tony Hall case revisited
  25. Never Again!!!
  26. Feast of Saint Edith Stein (9 August 2016)
  27. Surviving The Holocaust
  28. The Deep History of US, Britain’s Never-Ending Cold War On Russia by Finian Cunningham
  29. Bernie Sanders Talks Out of Both Sides of His Mouth, Tries to Justify Signing onto UN Letter
  30. Will We Live Out Our Heritage as People of Faith or Will We Succumb to fear?
  31. At home in London, French Jews dread vote on exiting the EU
  32. ‘French Jews experiencing worst situation since 1945’
  33. Natan Sharansky (French Zionist Jew) to French Jews mulling aliya: Do it!
  34. Natan Sharansky (Jew) : There is no future for Jews in France
  35. In Manuel Valls, French Jews get a presidential candidate they can trust
  36. In Manuel Valls, French Jews get a presidential candidate they can trust (Not good!!!!)
  37. Another 5,000 Jews quit France for Israel
  38. French Jews will have to give up Israeli citizenship, says Le Pen
  39. French Israelis fume at Le Pen’s plan to ban dual citizenship
  40. French Jews ‘will have to give up dual Israeli citizenship’ if Marine Le Pen wins presidential election
  41. French Jews imagine life under Marine Le Pen
  42. French Jews put off by Le Pen now worry about another presidential candidate
  43. French Jews worried over Le Pen’s success in presidential vote’s 1st round
  44. French Jews ‘relieved’ Macron won but worried over Le Pen’s electoral gains
  45. See you at the Demonstration: Protesters Remember the Refugees, Forget the Jews
  46. Looks like a Holocost to me
  47. Israel’s abuse of the Ethiopian Jews is a vital piece of the puzzle of Talmudism
  48. Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression
  49. How Information Is Controlled by Washington, Israel, and Trolls, Leading to Our Destruction
  50. Jews Are Still the Biggest Target of Religious Hate Crimes
  51. A New Kind of ‘Safety’ School: Coping With Campus Anti-Semitism
  52. What is the Federal Government Doing to Oppose Anti-Semitic Hate Crime?
  53. SPLC Grudgingly Admits Many Recent Hate Incidents Targeted Jews
  54. Politicians React to Vile and Vulgar Palestinian Hatred
  55. Who Is Behind Anti-Semitic Attacks in the U.S.?
  56. Denying Islamophobia is Islamophobia

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From Guestwriters 2016 in review

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Each day million articles are published, looking to find a reading eye. Every day thousands of new articles appear on WordPress. In 2016 one hundred seventeen billion nine hundred thirteen million one hundred forty-eight thousand three hundred fifty seven words got published on WordPress. {Automattic WordPress year-in-review-2016}

2016 in view

The year that David Bowie and Prince passed away, like several very well known figures of the arts world, it looked like some people who made it in their life did not want to stay here any longer. It was also the year of lots of terrorism and political correctness, where those who are different than the mainstream (disabled, transgender, refugees, extreme religious and non religious groups, jihad fighters,) got lots of attention.
In the United States of America Obama Care which at last had become a reality came back under threat. North America saw in Boston in November, the Disability Policy Consortium accepted proposals and held a Disability Intersectionality Summit. Presentations included topics on the intersections of being undocumented, being LGBTQ+, being a person of colour, having mental health disabilities, on #DisabilityTooWhite – the hashtag and movement around the the disability community’s failure to represent racially diverse voices – and more. Lots of things came on the American roller-coaster, having Michigan banned non-emergency restraint and seclusion for disabled students and Georgia’s governor speaking in favour of Employment First policies for disabled people in Georgia.

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Route of the attacker from west to east at the Promenade des Anglais, Nice

With the 15th anniversary of 9/11 the jihadi‘s made sure they would not be forgotten; ISIS/ISIL and BokoHaram being the new strongholders. In Europe the fear took so many people that politicians saw the opportunity to fuel the extreme right and come with absurd laws, like banning burkini‘s. All the fearmongering having fueled by the March 22 suicide bombings at Brussel’s Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, leaving around 35 victims dead and 360 seriously injured, ISIS claiming responsibility.
America also got its portion of  ISIS-madness with a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 – one of the bigger mass shootings in the U.S.A.. September 17 a terror bomb in Chelsea, New York injured 29 people. Lots of Americans got so frightened of Muslim people, looking at them if they all would be terrorist, though they under their own white Christian population had more victims by weapon violence this year than by terrorism. Several times the world could see how racism is still a big problem in the States and how police can not keep themselves in control when arresting black people. (African American Alton Sterling shot by Louisiana police in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile shot by police in St Paul Black on July 6; American Keith Lamont Scott September 20)
The Islamic militants for sure where very active all over the world. Some events called for more attention worldwide, having foreigners also under the victims or by being considered the country’s worse terror attack for the year, like at a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where a fighter killed 20 hostages and 2 police on July 1. The next day (July 2) a large lorry bomb in Baghdad killing at least 125 people and wounding 150, Islamic State claiming once more responsibility.  On December 11 a bombing at a chapel in Cairo, Egypt, killed 25 and wounded 45. December 19 again a truck was used to kill many people, like in Nice on the 14th of July now the target was a Christmas market in Berlin killing 12, injuring 48.

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Aftermath of the 2016 Berlin attack

In the States of America on January 17 the Fourth Democratic presidential candidates debate showed how Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed over healthcare and gun control in Charleston, South Carolina, and gave us an idea that though perhaps the best candidate of all Bernie Sanders would not going to make it to president elect. Two days later Sarah Palin officially endorsed Donald Trump‘s presidential bid at a Trump rally in Ames, Iowa. What nobody thought possible occurred when this man made it to the preselections, then to the selection to finally become what nobody would ever dreamed possible, him becoming president elect. November 8 Republican Donald Trump became elected President of The United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton despite Clinton winning 2.9 million more votes. Europe fell on its back for the second time, the first one having been the vote for the Brexit (June 23), who nobody had thought would come through. These two unexpected events show clearly how careful we must be when we think it not necessary to spend time on such personalities and situations.

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Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

For that reason we should much more react on what is going on on ecological level. The Paris Agreement on climate change signed in New York (on April 22) binding 195 nations to an increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C is only the beginning of a long road to run. Global warming is not only blamed the cause of many people having to flee for the rising water-level. On August 1 there was an anthrax outbreak in the Russian district Yamalo-Nenets, Siberia killing one and infecting 8 others, also killing 2,300 reindeer. Indian government declared levels of air pollution in Delhi an emergency situation, closing schools and construction sites on November 6.

Though 2016 seemed to be the year that people where more concerned about the whereabouts and the look of their friends on Facebook and Twitter. Social media being the major interest gainer of the year. Most people more concerned about their outfit, fashion, style and strangely enough books and films again.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly

Lots of people running with their heads in the skies did not notice that US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to earth, on March the 2nd, after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record. For the earthly matters it became time that the U.S.A. did something positive to restore the relations between them and Cuba. March 20 Barack Obama became the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 2 day tour.

The ‘Big Joke of the year’ (in April) was to see how many politicians who said something had to be done against fraud and how people had to pay honestly their taxes, their names could be found on the 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca , the Panama Papers exposing widespread illegal activities including fraud, kleptocracy, tax evasion and the violation of international sanctions by the world’s elite in the world’s largest ever data leak.

On April 11 UN-backed ceasefire came into effect in Yemen conflict between Iranian-backed Houthis rebels and government forces.

June 7 with a car bomb attack on a police bus in central Istanbul killing 11 was just a beginning of a whole series of bombings in Turkey of which there is no clarity if they are orchestrated by some political forces to have Erdogan in an even stronger dictatorial position. June 28 presented again a suicide bombings and gun attacks, at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport killing 42 and wounding more than 200. We have no idea if the coup d’etat was something set up by Erdogan himself. It gave him way to hold a big clean up and to get rid of all those who stood in his way.

In Colombia more than 50 years of conflict came in its last stadium, the governement and Farc rebels signing a ceasefire agreement on June the  23rd, followed by many talks to have the rebels not being sued.

2016 for this platform

WordPress Administration

WordPress Administration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of the 595,795,035 posts written on WordPress we only presented a mere 358 articles, hoping our humble little site could catch some interest by the many people who are scanning the worldwide internet for something interesting to read. From our tiny country not having any funds, not having serious backing and not able to afford much money on writers, designers or even having our own publishing space, just using the private limited funds of the editor and responsible publisher Mr. Marcus Ampe, we sincerely try to find some interesting literature on the net and present it to our readers and visitors. Because not having much GBites we are limited in re-blogging because pictorial content eats our internet data space, but when a must read is found with lots of photos we still do hope to be able to discuss it or to present it in one of our articles.

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Stats on Cross-ideological Blogging (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We must confess that we did not catch many readers for the many work-hours we invest searching for additional and further reading material. Luckily this was the first year we did not very angry letters of people being onerous that we included their article in the listing. In 2016 for the first time we even got a letter thanking us for having brought 1000 readers to someone’s site. Though we put a lot of work in creating all the links in the articles and in the accompanying list of interesting articles, to our sense or liking not enough people make use of those links and referential titles. For that reason from now on we shall perhaps start putting less url-backgroundlinks to words or tags, but still shall continue to try to offer you a list of noteworthy article by other bloggers.

It is a pity we only could find 7 782 views of only 4 827 visitors coming along.
Officially opened to the public on 2014/03/2 we got 1 847 visitors the first year and 2 764 visitors in 2015, so we may be satisfied it is a line going upwards. Though published from Belgium in the European Union, our ‘home-country’ only delivered 269 views. The United States being at the top with giving us 3745 views, followed by the United Kingdom delivering 852 views and our northern neighbours the Netherlands offering us 532 views may encourage us to continue.

The home page caught 2 118 views, followed by 349 for the About page. Of the articles “Religious celebrations in May 2016” got the most views (only 103) and got only 4 likes.

People naturally have to find us. 1 437 do so by using search machines, whilst 783 use the WordPress facilities. 155 come along by Facebook. But we too are happy to find other WordPress users referring to us and bringing readers to our site. Naturally our own authors or own sites like our ecclesia site (9 views), the Belgian Biblestudents and the Bijbelvorsers (each 8) and Stepping Toes (7), but non connected writers like ridzerdvandijk.wordpress.com with 8 views and sneakytwistedlittlewildheart.wordpress.com (good for 6), entering the promissedland (5), discoveronething (5), eternalhunt (5) and some others bringing us each 4 or less viewers.

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U.S. advertisement for the 11th edition from the May 1913 issue of National Geographic Magazine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most used search terms were ‘hoopvolle slogans’ and ‘bezinningsteksten zelfkritiek’ with each 3 hits.
We ourselves brought 110 readers to our other site “Our World” and for for other sources Wikipedia got 56 readers from us, whilst the Collins dictionary got 21 and the very good Encyclopaedia Britannica only 18 views. Abortion and crime rates by wordlifeandlight managed to get 6 views from us and Lizaborstlap received also 6 visitors, as far as we can see from our statistics.

imageThis last person who has always been a person with a to-do list is also one of the people who wanted to share some writing on this platform. But there were many days when she became a slave to her lists and she had to face that things don’t always happen as planned and that she would feel like a failure if she wasn’t able to cross out all the tasks that she allocated to a specific day.{a goal should scare you a little and excite you a Lot!}

She may perhaps had to become, like us, more specific and to be realistic in what she can (and can’t) achieve in one day; but we did want to reach so much and sometimes got frustrated not seeing our accomplishment for the day.

We are still looking for authors who would not mind to write about lifestyle, interior design, fashion, cooking, family life, gardening, nature and ecological matters and some persons who would not mind tackling the history and people who would love to write about education and health. There are so many subjects not covered yet by people who can tell more about it than we can.

From the end of 2016 onwards we added two viewpoints, namely two comparators, on one site the Muslim world and on the other site the Judaic world and traditions.

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English: Monkeys Blogging Español: Simios bloggeando (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We do know that certain subjects are not tackled here. Marcus Ampe would love to find some one talking about family matters, family life being one of the cornerstones of our society. To his regret he must also establish that in 2016 not enough regard was given to ecological matters. Man having to live in surroundings which are too polluted and which are filled with buildings and cars, but not given the freedom to have enough green to bring enlightenment and fresh air to people. It is really getting time that more people warn others about us, man, to take care of mother earth, before it is too late.

Whilst on WordPress in general 112 million posts were liked, we did not have many likes. 8 billion e-mails were send on WordPress, but in those there are not counted the very many e-mails we got in our own e-mail box, instead of reacting on the blog articles themselves. This is a pity, because other readers can not read the reactions and oh so often we have to reply to very similar questions, which is more time consuming than having a reply which can be read by thousands on the internet.

For 2017 may we hope that if there are even more articles written on the internet than the 595,795,035 posted on WordPress in 2016 and the huge amount of comments, making it up to 457,596,906 comments on WordPress, you shall be able to  find some very interesting articles and comments here too.

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Donald Trump enters the Oscar De LA Renta Fashion Show, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2016 we saw that it is possible that those with the biggest mouth and do not mind trampling over many can get their cause. 2016 may have been a disastrous year on several issues and lots of important issues where not even mentioned or got not the right attention. For this new year we love to repeat our call to get more people daring to come out for the poor and the maltreated. We also once more want to ask people to wake up the majority of the population who still keeps their eyes closed for what is really going on in this world. There is a need of more people who are willing to stand up to preserve and encourage the progress of humanity while resisting the forces that threaten to turn it backwards.

We have to be very cautious for what certain people try to do with their nation but also with the world. As citizen we should be aware that politicians are nothing without their people and that folks if they really want can be much stronger than those politicians, who dare to look away from the citizen who needs help and encouragement. Those who call themselves Christian should be there to give a hand to all that need help, not forgetting nature, plants and animals who do not have a voice. therefore we do hope to find more blogs tackling their problem, and would love to have an author on ecology writing for us from this year onwards.

Without you reader we are nothing and can do nothing. We thank you for being here with us and for the followers we are grateful and do hope we can please you with a varied menu.

Wishing everyone a great 2017.

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2014 in review

In 2015 finishing our first year: From Guestwriters 2015 in review

Pokémon craziness

2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Children of Men

Max Lucado: I Had a Dream That Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Reached a Truce

Leaders in disguise

Looking at man’s closest friend

Looking at an American nightmare

The twist of politics and expression

Tribes Redux

Darkest just before dawn

Bruxelles Ma Belle

Mountains of information, disinformation and breaking away

Women in France running with naked bosom all right but with covered bosom penalised

An American Embassy to the Eternal Capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem

Humanity Quote for Pax Populi

When will it stop

Not limiting others but sharing peace with all

Not missing your appointment in 2017

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Additional reading

  1. EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) asylum seekers and Eastern neighbours
  2. At the closing hours of 2016 #1 Looking down at terror
  3. At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights
  4. Suffering brothers and sisters in Malawi, Mozambique and surrounding areas
  5. Not much interest for English articles
  6. From Bibles and other religious writings and those who witness for Jehovah
  7. 2016 American Bible survey
  8. On April 21 brother Nelson, in the world better known as Prince was lost
  9. Social media, sympathy & shocks
  10. Foreign workers and immigrants
  11. A stain of shame for the European Union
  12. Voted against their system
  13. A sleeper cell of militants was said directing attackers sent back to France from Islamic State’s de-facto capital in Raqqa, Syria
  14. Daesh hits heart of Europe
  15. Islamism Rises from Europe’s Secularism
  16. March 22 2016, attacks in Brussels at airport and metro
  17. A Black day for Belgium – Brussels Airport ravage
  18. Knife-trust in democratic sore back
  19. For those who call the Brussels Airport attacks a fake or a conspiracy of the government
  20. Terrorist attacks in brussels
  21. Silence, devotion, Salafists, quietists, weaponry, bombings, books, writers and terrorists
  22. US President, Barack Obama Condemns The Outrageous Brussels Attacks
  23. What Associated Press released on Wednesday 23 March 2016
  24. Mediterranean bloodshed
  25. Nice attack, terror everywhere and coup attempt in Turkey
  26. Is Europe going to become a dictatorial bastion
  27. French showing to the whole world their fear and weakness
  28. On French beach French police forces woman to undress in public
  29. France and the Burkini
  30. Secularism in France becoming dangerous for freedom of religion
  31. Christians, secularism, morals and values
  32. Listening to the lessons of the Bible and looking for ways to please God
  33. Where’s the Outrage Over Nun Beachwear? – The Daily Beast
  34. You are what you wear
  35. Does Banning Face Veils Help Us Fight Terrorism?
  36. Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
  37. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  38. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo
  39. The clean sweeper of the whole caboodle
  40. Trump has been buffetted by accusations of miscunduct
  41. Fearmongering succeeded and got the bugaboo a victory
  42. Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses
  43. When so desperate to hold onto power
  44. Some quotes Americans should remember when going to the ballot office
  45. Brexit and British business
  46. Brexit No. 2 Blow-up
  47. Nigel Farage called Donald Trump’s victory ‘bigger than Brexit’
  48. A strong and wise fighter who keeps believing in America
  49. Bosphorus bloodshed
  50. Belgian aftershock from the Turkish coup d’état

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  117. My Blog in 2016 (by MS.L. Wheeler)
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  124. 2016 #DiversityJC – Doctor_PMS’s Year End Review
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  131. Jim Ryan: Looking Back At The Year in Music
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From Guestwriters 2015 in review

From the start in 2014, April the 26th

On 2014 April 26 we started offering a readers digest to you. We wanted to have different writers presenting their selection of most interesting articles found on the net. We regret we did not find enough people interested in co-operating to create a free lifestyle magazine where people could find uplifting stories.

We started talking about the dreams we all have or have to have, because he who beams never walks in the dark, and looked at our position in this world and how positivism should enter this world more. Our invitation to you reader to share those read articles you liked is still counting. We would love to present more interesting articles people can find on the net. For this reason we started the Reblog section in 2014, when we looked if we or you have something to say or not.

At the opening of 2016 we would like to remind you that you too are invited to share with us. You too may be sharing your words with us and many more readers. You don’t have to stay in the shadow.

At this site we want to speak about feelings and started to look at the worst feeling, the one which pulls us down. Depression is when we can’t walk in the light of life any more. Our intention is to show that each of us matter in this world and that we can get fate in our change to positiveness. You and us we all can contribute and help to create a positive attitude. You have to get the right attitude of an unstoppable success, and once more we do bring a call to help to create a positive attitude.

You may consider your own journey in life but we dared to ask which kind of attitude you want to take. In 2014, when we started we asked our readers to begin their day by living their positive attitude and in started also to point out to look at the way to come to the truth. We went in defence of it. For that, we also started looking at Who should be your closest friend.

Though we may be lonely in the crowd we wanted to build up a place where many could find each other and could overcome hurt feelings. we do not ask people to be some one else, but would love to see you smiling and with a positive attitude or positive disposition.

Perhaps what we hope for is what you hope for. In September 2014 we repeated our call to come to write for us and to share what you think interesting. A year after our question what our readers are seeking we did not receive many answers. We expressed our love to find more contributors who could show ways of fulfilling our dreams. We do hope you could find inspiration here and follow your dreams.

In 2015 finishing our first year

On the first of January we, like many others looked back at the previous year and presented our first review: 2014 in review.

Our first year we got visitors from 71 countries in all. 13 countries were added in 2015 bringing the total to 84 countries in all, with most visitors again coming from The United States (2467). Netherlands (351) & United Kingdom (341) were not far behind. Based in Belgium we only could get the attention of 181 viewers in Belgium in 2015, which is not much, but which can be caused by not many writings being in Dutch, French or German. We are pleased we also got 141 viewers from Down Under.

Knowing that we need light on our path in life, near the end of 2015 we also started placing some reflections or meditations texts, which we shall continue to do. Because we did so often got questions why we referred to some ones website article, or got requests to take some listed article out of the list of “Further reading” we shall enter less references or note lesser further readings. Normally you would think people would be pleased when there is placed a link to their site, but at several of our websites we got an other impression, hearing people not being pleased they being mentioned on one of our sites. Not being appreciated we bringing others to their writings or commenting on their writings, plus they not understanding we are helping them to get more readers and to get higher on the Google ranking, whilst we take them away from our own website, we will not any more invest so much time in looking for appropriate articles worth mentioning. Therefore in the future you will find lesser links and we shall be pleased keeping you more to our own websites.

Treats, fear and discussions in 2015

2015 was again a year were many civil rights were tread under foot. The Syrian war continued for its fourth year and brought many war refugees into Europe, a region where many do not seem to know themselves very well because kindness to others seemed to be far off. Though we are born to shine, not to fear, lots of people got over-manned by fear. At a time where there is not much knowledge of the truth, but lots of doubt and/or blindness, we tried to convince that less is still enough.

While viral moments and trends or fads, that took up lots of people their time and their Twitter feeds included viral phenomenon The Dress, pizza rat, dad bods and adult coloring books we looked at the major refugee crisis in Europe as well as numerous instances of terrorism and mass shootings. Whilst July, Caitlyn Jenner made her big debut via a sexy and scantily clad Vanity Fair cover shot…and her new reality was officially underway we also look at how we human beings manage with birth, our being and our behaviour and acceptance or not of certain situations. Bringing articles around abortion and life we were pleased to have as our 5 most active commenter  Blackhorn33 who is Comanche – Irish and a half-breed that’s Full Blooded American, who with “Our Circle of Friends” met on Google and was willing to contribute about Child Abuse -The Facts, and show the world the importance of the unborn life.

A place for a Higher Being and for His Creation

Svenska: "Stockholmsfyrens" ungefärl...

“Stockholmsfyrens” ungefärliga utseende vid Ropsten med vy från hotell Forestas entréplan på Lidingö. Det runda 187 m höga tornet innehållande både bostäder och kontorslokaler är föreslaget att uppföras omkring 2014-2015. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With less for more we looked at one of the major discussed issues of the year, bringing global warming and climate change at the second place and the refugees at the first place as major topics for 2015. Pointing out that it is important that we do know that we have to find the meaning of life and reach a state of peace, of old and new ideas to sustain power and to feel good by loving to be connected and worship something, we brought to the attention that we have our duties in this world and have to take our responsibility,making the right engagement in an actual two way conversation with your deities or more important to build up a good relationship with the Only One True God, the Divine Creator.

Throughout the year on this and our other sites we wanted to bring to understanding that we do have to come in a good relationship with others and with the Most High, even when we sometimes have to deal with the silence of God.

We asked not to forget that falsehood darkens the pure knowledge of God and that we should always turn to the Book of books, the Bible, to find the truth and Guidance. But to come to know the Creator and His creatures and creation, we do have to look with our eyes and to see with our heart. Some may think “God plays hide’n seek“, but He is always around us and sees everything we do.
The Almighty God above all other gods greater than all gods has given us His infallible Word, the Bible, helmet of salvation, God’s Words put in the mouth of prophets for perfecting, to reprove and correct. Searching or overlooking God’s presence more people do have to find His Word and take up that book that is Written by inspiration of God for our admonition, to whom it shall be imputed if they believe.

2015 once more showed to the world that human beings need a lot of correction. It was good to see that in France many nations also came to conclusion we have urgently to take care of mother earth. In this world were many have to learn that stuff is just stuff, it became time that man takes his position about materialistic desires.

The terrors which came over Europe should make those who call themselves Christian to think and have them remind and hear God’s voice, bringing them into the habit of dealing with God about everything.

Statistics for 2015

In 2015, there were 295 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 525 posts. On the 12th of January in total 534 articles have been published on this site. 

The busiest day of the year was October 19th with 175 views. The most popular post that day was Whoopi Goldberg commandments and abortion. But the most commented on post in 2015 was Bible, helmet of salvation, God’s Words put in the mouth of prophets for perfecting, to reprove and correct.

For 2016

We are thankful that you came along on this site and do hope to find you more than once at this and some other of our sites. We wish you all the best for 2016 and do hope you may be like a tree planted by streams of water.

Have faith in your faith…doubt your doubts and don’t throw a curtain across tomorrow… the star of its performance just may be you !

There still has to be done a lot before we shall have sustainable, green habits as a second nature, but at this site we do hope to bring incentives to work at it.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Preceding: 2014 in review

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Additional reading

  1. A look at materialism
  2. Our you taking a step back to think
  3. US must do more to protect its children
  4. A year coming to its end and our Spiritual Senses
  5. Summary for the year 2015 #1 Threat and fear
  6. Summary for the year 2015 # 2 Strewn with corpses and refugees
  7. 2015 In the Picture
  8. 2015 Human rights
  9. 2015 Health and Welfare
  10. 2015 Ecology
  11. Vatican against Opponents of immigration
  12. Greenpeace demands scale up of ecological farming
  13. Building a low-carbon world: the sixth industrial revolution
  14. Republican member of Congress from Arizona to boycott pope’s address over climate change
  15. Vatican meeting of mayors talking about global warming, human trafficking and modern-day slavery
  16. Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #1
  17. Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #2
  18. Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #3
  19. 2015 Summit of Consciences for the Climate
  20. A Miracle of Unity at COP21
  21. Charlie Hebdo
  22. Belgian Bible Students review of 2015
  23. Bijbelvorsers Blogging annual report and 2015 in review
  24. Refugee crisis, terrorist attacks and created fear
  25. Before you blame All Muslims for the terrorist attack in Paris
  26. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  27. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  28. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
  29. Hidden potential for helping others
  30. Only one person who has the power to cast the deciding vote that will kill your dream
  31. Have faith in your faith…doubt your doubts
  32. The inspiring divine spark
  33. Healthy life can be found in sacred books
  34. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  35. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  36. A heart in the right place and brightly burning faith
  37. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness
  38. If you want to go far in life
  39. Spread love everywhere you go
  40. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
  41. The truest greatness lies in being kind
  42. Kindness
  43. Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness
  44. Be kinder than necessary
  45. He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass
  46. Taking care of mother earth
  47. No curtain placed over tomorrow

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Further about what happened in 2015

  1. MSN 2015 in review
  2. 2015 in review: Memorable Journeys on EP
  3. 2015 Wrap Up!
  4. My most difficult travel moments of 2015
  5. The 2015 Eternal Hunt Awards, pt. 2: The Hobbyists
  6. Stay within the lines – or not!
  7. coloring to de-stress; I’ve joined the craze!
  8. Art and the Holidays
  9. Whatever Is Lovely
  10. Intuitive Coaching 101–Zen & The Art of Coloring Books
  11. Adults Coloring Kaleidoscopic Creatures
  12. Unique Sugar Gliders Chinchillas Reptile Adult Coloring Books
  13. Adult Coloring Worldwide & Tangle With Jessica Palmers Hidden Treasures
  14. What Amazon’s 2015 Bestsellers Say About Us
  15. Winter 2015: The rest of the field…
  16. Grandad, I can smell you …
  17. Kaleidoscope of 2015
  18. Reflecting on 2015
  19. My 2015 In Year Review
  20. 2015 In Review… (adventuretimealpacamybag)
  21. 2015 In Review (ingridandjimmy)
  22. 50 Things that made me smile in 2015
  23. The Year That Was…2015
  24. Favorite-est things from #2015
  25. Be Looking at 2015 in review
  26. 2015 in Review: Paradise River, Dusk
  27. The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 148 – 2015 in Review – Best and Worst Movies of the Year and Viewing Stats
  28. Looking Back at 2015
  29. Year in Review
  30. New Zealand’s 2015: the year we hid from a world in need
  31. End of the Year Survey 2015!
  32. 2015 in transit
  33. A New Year: 2015 In Review and Plans for 2016!
  34. Bye bye 2015 and welcome 2016
  35. Start 2016 with a Backwards Slide
  36. Let’s Commence to Coordinate our Sights
  37. Flee from Idolatry

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Geweld lokt geweld uit

2015 mag weer eens een jaar van terreur zijn waarbij veelmensen het leven moesten laten. Beweren dat er in Europa meer solidariteit zou zijn dan in Afrika is niet rechtvaardig doordat veel landen in Midden en Noord-Afrika niet de sociale middelen hebben en niet zulk een media voorziening hebben als hier. Indien zij even ontwikkeld zouden zijn als onze contreien zouden zij wie weet ook opkomen voor andere onrechtmatig gestorvenen.

Het Westen heeft zich handig onttrokken van geschillen die ze dachten niet tot hun te komen. Maar het is hun eigen afstandelijkheid, omdat er onvoldoende gewin voor hen was om zich met de strijd te moeien, die hen nu tot aan hun oren in het vuile slob heeft gebracht.

De repressieve maatregelen tegen hen die naar Syrië ten strijde trokken maakt het voor die strijders enorm moeilijk om nog ergens nar toe te gaan in het Westen. Als vogel voor de kat is er dan ook geen andere uitweg meer dan er hard tegen aan te gaan. Alles of niets.

Niet interveniëren brengt niet altijd de juiste oplossing. Maar als er een kans gemist is moet men soms inzien dat het dan toch te laat is en het kalf reeds verdronken is.

Maar men mag niet vergeten dat een vreedzame oplossing wel mogelijk kan zijn als er gepraat wordt. Voor de westerse mogendheden is het dan ook beter de weg van de dialoog te zoeken.

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Te onthouden

In november was het precies 10 jaar geleden dat in Irak een massamoord plaats vond =>  24 ongewapende burgers gedood <= niet gepleegd door ISIS, al Qaida of Sjiitische milities = maar door Amerikaanse soldaten = ‘’de bevrijders’’ = een van de ergste Amerikaanse oorlogsmisdaden sinds de Vietnamoorlog = geen eenmalig incident

  • 2012 Amerikaanse soldaat in Afghaanse provincie Kandahar 16 burgers koelbloedig executeren westerse media niet heel veel aandacht aan besteed.
  • moord en onthoofding van Britse soldaat in Londen = velen herinneren <= breed uitgemeten in de media.
  • aanslagen in Parijs =  ‘’eigen’’ doden meer aandacht = gevoel van solidariteit dat leeft onder Europeanen en Amerikanen
  • problematisch aan Amerikaanse oorlogsmisdaden zo weinig aandacht besteed = koelheid + afstandelijkheid van Europeaan en Amerikaan over wat er in het Midden-Oosten gebeurt
  • beeld oorlogsmisdaden westerlingen in verre Midden-Oosten dramatische impact + directe gevolgen
  • aanslagen Parijs tegenovergestelde effect van wat de terroristen misschien wel willen bereiken
  • antwoord van Poetin op neergeschoten Russische passagiersvliegtuig = nóg meer bommen op ISIS = => bombardeert gematigde rebellen => vele burgerdoden + steunt massamoordenaar Assad
  • antwoord van Hollande op bloedvergieten in Parijs = nóg meer bommen op ISIS = nóg meer oorlogspraat
  • door aanslagen in Boston, Parijs, en Londen de Europeanen = beetje koekje van eigen deeg
  • Irakezen, Syriërs, Afghanen + Pakistanen leiden al jaren onder de bombardementen van Amerikanen en hun bondgenoten => veel meer mensen komen om dan in Parijs in november
  • westen moet beginnen met hun verantwoordelijkheid te nemen voor de complete chaos die het Midden-Oosten is geworden + chaos hier
  • aanslagen in Parijs, Madrid, Stockholm + Londen = allemaal met situatie in het Midden-Oosten verbonden
  • Amerikaanse invallen => ontzettende haat voor het westen ontstaan
  • tot 11 september 2001 redelijk rustig, met name in Europa => inval van Irak aanleiding tot aanslagen => vicieuze cirkel
  • Taliban = een van gedoodverfde aartsvijanden van de VS + vrije westerse wereld = ontstaan voor een deel aan financiële en morele steun vanuit de VS. Afghaanse jihadisten werden in de jaren 70 en 80 met behulp van biljoenen Amerikaanse dollars opgeleid in trainingskampen om tegen de Sovjets te vechten die Afghanistan binnen waren gevallen. {VS en EU graven eigen graf}
  • In 1979 bracht de Amerikaanse Nationale Veiligheidsadviseur Zbigniew Brzezinski zelfs een bezoek aan een trainingskamp voor Jihadisten in Pakistan. ”Your cause is right, and God is on your side”, sprak hij ze aanmoedigend aan. Meer dan twintig jaar later kwam de boemerang die ze destijds gegooid hadden keihard in het gezicht van de Amerikanen terug. {VS en EU graven eigen graf}

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Rex Krankjorem

Deze maand precies 10 jaar geleden vond in Irak een massamoord plaats. 24 ongewapende burgers, waaronder veel vrouwen en kinderen, werden gedood. Deze massamoord werd niet gepleegd door ISIS, al Qaida of Sjiitische milities, maar door Amerikaanse soldaten. Door ‘’de bevrijders’’. Het is een van de ergste Amerikaanse oorlogsmisdaden sinds de Vietnamoorlog. Maar het was geen eenmalig incident. Er volgden meer, veel meer. In 2012 zou een Amerikaanse soldaat in de Afghaanse provincie Kandahar 16 burgers koelbloedig executeren. In de internationale westerse media werd hier niet heel veel aandacht aan besteed. Veel lezers zullen deze gebeurtenissen waarschijnlijk niet eens voor de geest kunnen halen. De moord en onthoofding van een Britse soldaat in Londen, daarentegen, kunnen velen van jullie vast nog wel herinneren. Dat werd dan ook breed uitgemeten in de media.

Ik zeg niet, zoals veel mensen sinds de aanslagen in Parijs, dat de media blijkbaar niet geeft…

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Het failliet van de war on terror

November en december waren twee maanden waarin men de inwoners van dit land er nog eens wenste aan te herinneren dat wij gewoon alweer eens een oorlog tegen gewoon alweer een vijand konden voeren, die men gewoon alweer als ongewoon en uitzonderlijk voorstelt. {Als één blok tegen de terreur. Ook de oppositie…}

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Edward James door René Magritte – La réproduction interdite (Reproductie verboden), 1937

Na de aanslagen in Parijs kon Belgiëland nog eens tonen aan de wereld wat een “apenland” dit wel kan zijn. Dat dit het land van Kafkiaanse toestanden is moet toch nu en dan eens bewezen worden aan de buitenwereld.  Dat wij ook allen aanverwanten zijn van Magritte moet ook voor iedereen zichtbaar zijn.

Eenheid in doelstelling werd nog maar eens vertaald als uniformiteit in politieke woorden en denken. {Als één blok tegen de terreur. Ook de oppositie…}

De vraag is hoe velen er wel mee willen gaan met dat denken van de regering. Hun pensée unique waarvan men uit angst voor de volgende peilingen zelfs de uitgangspunten niet durft te bevragen.

Voor velen was al het vroegere terreur gebeuren een “ver weg van mijn bed show”, maar nu leek het plotseling oh zo nabij. Voor velen is terreur minder erg naarmate die verder van huis toeslaat,

maar het teneergeslagen gevoel dat het je geeft, is toch onmiskenbaar sterker wanneer het gevaar dichterbij komt. Dichter in de buurt van je geliefden. Het roept dan persoonlijke vragen op, in plaats van alleen wereldverbeteringsvraagstukken. {La Douleur}

De politici en de media hielpen elkaar gretig om de mensen met angst op te zadelen en zelfs buitenlanders te doen geloven dat men maar beter niet onze contreien kwam bezoeken wegens véél te gevaarlijk.

Het diplomatiek en materieel isoleren en uitputten van IS door een boycot van Saudi-Arabië en Israël, lijkt vast en zeker te moeilijk daar koning Boudewijn vroeger de Saudi’s nog die mooie Brusselse moskee voor de radicalisering in België had geschonken en er zojuist nog een delegatie naar dat land was gegaan om onze economische betrekkingen te verbeteren. Want rond geld draait het uiteindelijk toch. Met de wapenleveringen aan de jihadisten gecompenseerd met de nieuwe geldinbreng voor de Antwerpse haven en enkele plaatsingen van Belgische bedrijven in Saudi Arabië moet alles toch gecompenseerd kunnen worden, of niet?

Men kan toch niet eisen dat men alle Europese wapentrafiek naar de hele regio zou stilleggen (volgens de lui met geld). Maar wat met

het sluiten van bondgenootschappen met de zovele Moslimlanden die zich volkomen hebben gedistantieerd van IS en die hun steun aan de strijd daartegen al hebben uitgesproken (?). Het zou de regio eindelijk “opkuisen” zoals het nu heet. En het is een methode die historisch haar nut al uitgebreid heeft bewezen.

Verspreiding van oemma (1995) - Al-oemma al-islamiyya of kortweg: Al-oemma = wereldwijde islamitische gemeenschap

Verspreiding van oemma (1995) – Al-oemma al-islamiyya of kortweg: Al-oemma = wereldwijde islamitische gemeenschap

Ga je zweepslagen uitdelen omdat je laveert tussen twee culturen? Vrouwen verkrachten omdat je in een schotelwijk woont? Dan zouden er beduidend meer moslims geradicaliseerd zijn. {Waarom jihadi’s niet onze eigen schuld zijn}

Zoals in Nederlands zijn er hier in België heel wat opiniestukken neergepend en televisiedebatten gevoerd over de bekeerde Belgen en Nederlanders die als ‘geradicaliseerde’* moslims afreisden naar het kalifaat. Al maanden kun je geen krant openslaan, geen opiniesite bezoeken, televisie noch radio aanzetten of het gaat erover. *(voor duiding zie Migratie en veiligheid even geherformuleerd)

Anno Bunnik

Anno Bunnik schreef ruim drie jaar geleden samen met Peter Knoope, de toenmalig directeur van een internationaal terrorisme instituut “Al Qaida is geschiedenis”.

De gedachte was dat de Arabische opstanden aantoonden dat alleen vreedzame protesten de machthebbers in het Midden-Oosten omver konden werpen, iets wat Osama Bin Laden jarenlang tevergeefs probeerde te bereiken. Na de dood van Bin Laden enkele maanden later werd onze stelling definitief overgenomen door vele politici en journalisten. Al Qaida was dood en begraven. {Al Qaida is nu echt dood}

Nu kunnen zij met ons er niet naast zien dat ruim drie jaar later Jihadistische milities vaker het nieuws beheersen  dan ooit te voren.

ShababFlag.svgIn Mali wisten de lokale Jihadisten een stuk land ter grootte van Frankrijk te veroveren. Al Shabaab haalde de voorpagina’s met een grote aanslag op een winkelcentrum in Kenia. In Nigeria doet Boko Haram steeds vaker van zich spreken. En Syrië veranderde in het epicentrum van de internationale Jihad door de introductie van ruim 12.000 buitenlandse strijders aan de zijde van de oppositie, waaronder ook ruim 100 Nederlandse jongeren. {Al Qaida is nu echt dood}

Latest portrait of Osama bin Laden.jpgDe Jihad is in Syrië, Irak, Mali, Somalië, Nigeria en vele andere landen springlevend. Het succes van ISIS bewijst dit meer dan ooit. Maar in plaats van dat we het over al Qaida hebben, heeft niemand het meer over het centrale gezag van de organisatie. De vervanger van Bin Laden, de Egyptenaar Ayman al-Zawahiri, wie kent hem nog? In plaats van ellenlange discussies over al Qaida hebben we het nu over ISIS, Jabhat al Nusra, Boko Haram en al Shabaab. Deze namen zijn inmiddels gemeengoed voor Jan met de Pet. Alleen in Jemen hebben we het nog over “al Qaida op het Arabisch Schiereiland”. {Al Qaida is nu echt dood}

Velen mogen dan wel vinden dat de Jihad dus meer lokaal is dan ooit, nochtans kan men zien dat zij over het zuidelijk halfrond zeer actief zijn. Maar wij moeten beseffen dat het neit zozeer om het Westen te doen is, zoals sommige media willen doen uitschijnen.

De huidige Jihad heeft vooral oog voor de lokale en regionale vijanden, zoals de Syrische en Iraakse autoriteiten en de Sjiieten. {Al Qaida is nu echt dood}

De vele buitenlandse strijders hebben tot nog toe hebben slechts tot enkele geweldfeiten in België en Frankrijk terwijl er in het Midden-Oosten bijna dagelijks terreuraanslagen plaats, vooral gericht tegen Sjiitische burgers.

De Sjiitische versie van Jan met de Pet heeft veel meer te vrezen van de Jihad dan wij. Alle buitenlandse strijders in Syrië die zover zijn geradicaliseerd dat zij bereid waren een zelfmoordaanslag uit te voeren deden dit ter plekke, niet in Londen, Parijs of Amsterdam. Ten minste twee Nederlandse jongeren brachten tot dusver het ultieme offer. {Al Qaida is nu echt dood}

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Te onthouden

  • Enige vorm van terreurbestrijding = die echt terreur doet ophouden = conflict dat aan basis ligt aanpakken + vrede stichten, schrijven Jan Blommaert en Christophe Callewaert.
  • 15 jaar war on terror > militarisering => meer bloedvergieten + globale veiligheid = op achteruitgegaan
  • Na verschrikkelijke aanslagen in Parijs => overheerst de oorlogsretoriek =>aanpak terreur voorgesteld als oorlog die gewonnen kan worden door gemeenten waar de daders van afkomstig zijn ‘op te kuisen’ en hun ideologische basis in Syrië uit te roeien.
  • Frankrijk voert bombardementen in Syrië op.
  • reacties emotioneel + brutaal = weinig plaats voor de rede
  • geopolitieke strategie, die afstapt van de roep om meer oorlog.
  • Internationale conflictenneiging te delokaliseren
  • niet afsluiten van wereld > worden afgerekend op wat we elders in die wereld uitrichten
  • in straten van Europese steden zwaarbewapende politiemensen zij aan zij met militairen in oorlogsuitrusting = repressief + agressief apparaat
  • Algerijnse onafhankelijkheidsstrijd > golf aanslagen in Frankrijk hield op zodra Algerije onafhankelijk werd
  • IRA stopte bommencampagne > eerbaar compromis in Noord-Ierland
  • India reeks aanslagen tegen hotels, een treinstation en een ziekenhuis in Mumbai = provoceren > Indiase regering hield hoofd koel
  • geschiedenis leert > Terreurbestrijding > één deugdelijk recept: conflict aanpakken door vrede te stichten
  • pacificering + einde militarisering = enige realistische + haalbare oplossing.

Het geweld dat ons zo schokt, is precies hetzelfde is als datgene wat miljoenen heeft doen vluchten

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  3. African misery and women inequality
  4. Women their education and chances to become a parliamentary
  5. 2014 Religion
  6. 2014 Human Rights
  7. Do Al-Qaeda, Islamic State, ISIS and ISIL belong to true Islam
  8. Being Charlie 2
  9. Being Charlie 8
  10. Being Charlie 9
  11. Niger churches burned in Charlie Hebdo protest
  12. Rellen in Frankrijk en Belgë
  13. Fundamentalisme en religie #2 Frankrijk en België
  14. Fundamentalisme en religie #4 Verdrukking
  15. Fundamentalisme en religie #5 Verguisde Koran
  16. 2015 het jaar dat ISIS duidelijk maakte dat het ook in Europa is
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Op het net verder ook

  1. Al Qaida is nu echt dood
  2. Goed artikel over de beweegredenen van #IS: ‘Het brute geloof van IS’ #trouw #radicalismeIS #mondialestrijdtegenongelovigen #eu
  3. 1-8-2015 Demonstratie: Solidariteit met de Koerden. Nee tegen IS en Erdogan!
  4. Frankrijk is oorlog verklaard
  5. In tijden van hoax aanslagen worden de bepaalde types op een heldenschild getild
  6. Waarom jihadi’s niet onze eigen schuld zijn
  7. Waarom gebeurt dit allemaal?
  8. Waarschuwing
  9. Wat menselijkheid naast het mens-zijn
  10. Een kattebelletje in de kantlijn
  11. La Douleur
  12. Je Suis ISIS
  13. You might be an Extrimist If…
  14. Priorities
  15. Libya’s Oil and ISIS
  16. The Beachhead: Islamic State Uses Libya to Gain African Foothold
  17. Olivier Roy on European Jihadis
  18. What ISIS Really Wants? To Kill You
  19. ODNI Confirms Terrorists Tried to Enter U.S. as Syrian Refugees
  20. Damascus and Moscow in a Fight Against Terrorism in Syria
  21. Six Mistakes on the Road to Permanent War
  22. DHS Rarely Deports for Terrorism: 1,000th of 1 % of Cases
  23. What Orwell Can Teach Us About the Language of Terror and War
  24. A Special Relationship: The United States Is Teaming Up With Al Qaeda, Again
  25. Is It Time To Make Saudi Arabia Pay For Underwriting International Terrorism?
  26. As It Fights ISIS, Pentagon Seeks String of Bases Overseas
  27. Defeating ISIS by Condemning Islam and Embracing Muslims
  28. What’s up with Islamic State’s Oil Business?
  29. In France, whiplash from rotten Syria policy
  30. False Flag Islamophobia Conference: Live Stream from Paris
  31. The great Muslim ban controversy
  32. Idiocracy or Democracy: You Decide
  33. Fences and Windows, Naomi Klein
  34. Pentagon: Trump’s Muslim ban call ‘endangers US security’

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Jan Blommaert (en z'n gedachten)

12219320_10153373171447669_537450437088953296_nJan Blommaert en Christophe Callewaert

(De Standaard 19/11/2015)

De enige vorm van terreurbestrijding die echt terreur doet ophouden, is het conflict dat aan de basis ligt aanpakken en vrede stichten, schrijven JAN BLOMMAERT en CHRISTOPHE CALLEWAERT. Hebben vijftien jaar war on terror nu nog niet aangetoond dat militarisering alleen maar naar meer bloedvergieten leidt?

Na de verschrikkelijke aanslagen in Parijs overheerst de oorlogsretoriek. De aanpak van terreur wordt voorgesteld als een oorlog die gewonnen kan worden door gemeenten waar de daders van afkomstig zijn ‘op te kuisen’ en hun ideologische basis in Syrië uit te roeien.

De Franse president François Hollande heeft de noodtoestand afgekondigd en nog meer militairen zullen worden ontplooid ‘om terreur te bestrijden’. Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy stelt voor om de 11.000 mensen, die in de gaten worden gehouden door de staatsveiligheid, preventief huisarrest te geven. Ondertussen voert Frankrijk de bombardementen in Syrië op.

De reacties zijn…

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Migratie en veiligheid even geherformuleerd

Naarmate de maand december vordert beginnen velen stilaan terug te blikken op 2015.

Jan Blommaert (en z’n gedachten) vindt dat dezelfde thema’s periodiek op nagenoeg precies dezelfde manier publiek besproken worden. Hij vindt dat we ons het jaar 2015 om vele redenen zullen herinneren, maar twee elementen zullen we wel allemaal belangrijk blijven vinden:

  1. = jaar van vluchtelingencrisis
  2. = jaar van terreuraanslagen in Parijs –in januari tegen, onder andere, redactie van Charlie Hebdo, + in november tegen een aantal uitgaansgelegenheden, met gevolgen tot in Molenbeek.
  • hebben vele jaren achter de rug waarin een rechtse hegemonie zowat alle politieke thema’s domineerde, dit zowel in beleid, media + in de publieke uitingen van doorsnee burger (blonk doorgaans uit in gelatenheid en passiviteit) > in schril contrast met rechts denkende burger => permanent vocaal overwicht had op grote discussiefora. {De aarde warmt op – voor vluchtelingen en andere slachtoffers + Hoe Vlaanderen debatteert, deel 3: De Tijd}
  • BartDeWever.jpgklassenstrijd stierf zachte dood met Sociaal Pact van na WO II => ons beroemde sociaal overleg-systeem => Klassenstrijd niet meer nodig <= sociale partners bereid met elkaars belangen rekening te houden. // Dhr. De Wever heeft de strijd echter doen herrijzen
  • Migratie + veiligheid = twee thema’s die publieke opinie heftig beroerd hebben in 2015 > horen – jammer genoeg – al een hele tijd samen
  • richten ons op fenomenale hoeveelheid kromspraak omtrent die twee verweven thema’s
  • Vanaf late voorjaar van 2015 over hele EU over een “vluchtelingencrisis” >  Tienduizenden vluchtelingen aanspoelen op stranden – in Malta, Italië, + bovenal in Griekenland (Vanaf begin januari tot 1 december 2015 Griekenland zo’n 600.000 vluchtelingen te verwerken)
  • English: Flag-Map of Germany EU

    Flag-Map of Germany EU (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Eurocrisis => Griekenland  onder curatele geplaatst door beruchte Trojka => geen cent ter beschikking voor infrastructuur + mankracht om  immigratie te verwerken => liet vluchtelingen doorstromen naar rest van de EU => hoofdzakelijk Duitsland => aantallen vluchtelingen over EU verspreidden groot + stroom ongecontroleerd + ongeordend => “crisis”

  • Schäuble: “Capaciteit van Duitsland om vluchtelingen op te vangen is beperkt”
  • Overal regeringen aan het bewind die migratie wilden “beperken” + “controleren” > plannen lelijk gedwarsboomd door tienduizenden nieuwe vluchtelingen die kwamen aankloppen + honderdduizenden EU burgers spontaan + kordaat solidariteit met die vluchtelingen
  • ongecontroleerde vluchtelingenstroom => behoorlijke hoeveelheden onvoorziene middelen aan ongewenste doel uit te geven
  • neoliberale systeem van Euro-austeriteit – steeds minder middelen voor de sociale opvang van “ongewenste” mensen
  • N-VA partij voorziet
    • twee “rangen” van burgerschap
    • voert permanente strijd tegen armen + neemt voortouw in afbraak van sociale zekerheid
    • wil Conventie van Genève herzien
    • slaakte “noodkreet” aan EU in open brief omwille van “vloedgolf” die ons overspoelde, + waarschuwde dat de keuze er één was tussen opvang van vluchtelingen of behoud van onze sociale zekerheid
    • échte vluchteling tot men over de grens in Turkije een veilig onderkomen had gevonden
    • Wie vanaf dat punt verder trok naar de EU = niet meer om aan dood + vervolging te ontsnappen => om “een beter leven” te hebben = economisch vluchteling + verzaak je aan onze solidariteit
    • vindt racisme een relatieve kwestie
  • In media berichten over verkrachtingen van lokale meisjes door vluchtelingen, diefstallen, vandalisme + vechtpartijen met en onder vluchtelingen => onder vluchtelingen misdadigers + terroristen => economische vluchtelingen + nog minder criminelen of terroristen, onder geen beding in ons land toelaten
  • => moeten ons verdedigen tegen grote nieuwe dreiging <=  geen echte vluchtelingen
  • === lange lijst van dwaasheden in deze argumenten
  • in ons bestaan bedreigd door mensen die regime van IS in Syrië ontvluchten > echte vluchtelingencrisis = crisis van  austeriteitspolitiek die opvangmogelijkheden drastisch heeft beperkt, waardoor systeem nu zeer snel “overloopt”.
  • onwil van overheden om middelen voor administratieve + materiële opvang van vluchtelingen te voorzien
  • toevloed van aanvragers naar een veel te klein + zwak opvangsysteem = vele aanvragers die jarenlang moeten wachten op uitspraak over hun aanvraag => huidige knoeiboel bij aanpakken van vluchtelingencrisis schept nieuw migrantenprobleem voor toekomst.
  • => jarenlang in zeer precaire administratieve + sociale toestand blijven hangen => zeer grote rechtsonzekerheid + geen enkele mogelijkheid om hun toekomst te plannen
  • al twintig jaar immigratie via asiel, met pieken die huidige benaderen + overstijgen => volkomen geabsorbeerd in samenleving waarin ze zijn opgenomen => winkelier, kapper, bouwvakker, boekhouder, opvoeder, buurtwerker, zelfs politieagent + ambulancier => mythe weerlegd =  vluchteling = leeft niét jarenlang van bijstand; OCMW-steun e.d.

 

  • vluchtelingenstroom vanuit IS-gebied enkele “terroristen” aan boord had. Terroristen~~term vandaag gebruikt = fanatieke Jihadistische Moslims die met extreem en willekeurig geweld onze Westerse levenswijze willen vernietigen + vervangen door een op de Sharia gebaseerde samenleving =  term klinkt objectief + wordt door de meeste mensen zonder slag of stoot in de mond genomen + geloofd als ware het een simpel feitelijk gegeven. <= moreel + politiek begrip =Terroristen zijn ergste vijanden => verdienen geen mededogen + moeten vernietigd worden = zware artillerie in politieke vocabularium = meest negatieve politieke kwalificatie die men als vijand kan krijgen = uitgesproken propagandadimensie
  • Iedereen is goed geïntegreerd in bepaalde delen van de samenleving, matig tot slecht geïntegreerd in andere, en niet geïntegreerd in nog andere.
  • wat is de “mainstream”? Wie vertegenwoordigt mainstream? => “geïntegreerd” + “mainstream” = vaste baan + stabiele gezinssituatie + eigen woning bezit + standaard Nederlands spreekt en schrijft.
  • eindpunt van integratie?
  • Integratie + inburgering = feit dat mensen die buiten onze samenleving staan inspanningen moeten doen om er binnen te raken, via aanpassing aan ons.
  • nieuwkomers als onze samenleving blijken best in staat om behoorlijk grote aantallen nieuwkomers op te vangen
  • Vrijheidstrijder – rebel – opstandeling – terrorist
  • =>  wiens begrip +  in wiens ogen?
  • “terroristen” op een zeker ogenblik in hun leven = “helden”, “bevrijders” of “staatslieden” => niets absoluuts aan die term
  • Wanneer conflict uitkomst krijgt => verdwijnt begrip “terrorist” => kwalificatie van “terrorist” = niét afhangt van aard van handelingen die gesteld worden, van vormen van geweld die gebruikt worden > politieke context nodig waarin die handelingen als “terreur” bestempeld kunnen worden.
  • handelingen absoluut + onbetwistbaar slecht (onthoofdingen, brandstapels, massale verkrachtingen, verminkingen, willekeurige slachtpartijen op onschuldige mensen) => IS = “terreurorganisatie” < absolute kwaad + gruwelen zonder enig respect voor menselijkheid van hun slachtoffers
  • geen toeval dat IS z’n slachtoffers vaak aankleedt in de oranje overalls die de Guantanamo-gedetineerden dragen.
  • eenvoudige zin “Allahoe Akbar” (God is de grootste) op enkele jaren tijd veranderd – indexicaal – van simpel gebed dat elke devote Moslim uitspreekt, tot een kreet die terreur aankondigt + die mensen van angst doet wegduiken + Arabisch – taal van honderden miljoenen mensen = evengoed een “verdacht” ding geworden => “aanwijzing” die voldoende kan zijn voor een agressieve identiteitscontrole + ondervraging = drie decennia zeer diep verankerd vijandbeeld gegroeid < = Islam vijand van het Westen + waarden van Islam fundamenteel onverzoenbaar met die van het Westen = nonsens
  • Islam ook “bij ons” aanwezig is (er zijn zo’n 700.000 Moslims in België) = uiteraard goeie mensen bij + ook slechten > slechten = sinds kort “geradicaliseerden” =>  “deradicaliseringsbeleid” + “deradicaliseringsambtenaren”
  • Geradicaliseerde Moslimjongeren = jongeren die effectief of potentieel “Syriëstrijder” zijn en bij hun terugkeer terreurdaden kunnen stellen = dwaze politieke term = alsof hij waarneembare + feitelijke, absolute realiteit aangeeft = aan déze term simpelweg niéts objectiefs.
  • “radicaal” = “gradatieterm” = meer + erger dan “normaal” of “gematigd”=> eerst weten wat “normaal” is <= Radicaal in vergelijking waarmee? + Wat = nulpunt => eerst weten wat “normaal” is.
  • term = pure interpretatie van iets > wat precies? welke fenomenen?
  • “radicalisering” moet iets met geloof van Moslims te maken hebben => wij (niet-Moslims) interpreteren er wel op los =>Hoe bepalen niet-Moslims mate van “radicalisering” van geloofsovertuiging van Moslim? <=  als niet-Moslims niet al te best voor gewapend =>vragen aan niet-“geradicaliseerde” Moslims te bepalen wat zij binnen hun godsdienst als “normaal” en “radicaal” bepalen => gesprek over “radicalisering” met overgrote meerderheid van Belgische Moslims die daar ook zo hun gedacht over hebben
  • Waarom gebruiken we een woord dat op een vorm van geloofsbeleving slaat (“radicalisering”) voor een zeer uitzonderlijke daad die zelfs voor de meeste “radicale” Moslims ondenkbaar is (naar Syrië gaan strijden)?
  • “Syriëstrijder” – suïcidale militie = bedreigt niet alleen onze veiligheid + ons hele samenlevingsmodel
  • levensbedreigende zaken => heuse militarisering van veiligheidsapparaat
  • in 2015 zo’n 700 verkeersdoden op de Belgische wegen <= regeringen weigeren al decennia lang fundamentele maatregelen aan te nemen die gebruik van openbaar vervoer drastisch zouden aanmoedigen
  •  2015  periode van Klimaattop in Parijs <= luchtvervuiling veroorzaakt in ons land jaarlijks 11.000 vroegtijdige overlijdens => onze regeringen maakten zich onsterfelijk belachelijk door op de Parijse klimaattop te verschijnen zonder een nationaal klimaatplan
  • afbouw van de sociale zekerheid en de toenemende armoedeproblematiek => scheppen allerhande zeer ernstige vormen van onveiligheid = toenemende onveiligheid op arbeidsmarkt, gezondheidszorg, ouderenzorg > financiële onveiligheid, onveiligheid inzake onderwijskansen = elk van die domeinen = “dreigingen” voor levenstandaard van mensen
  • = dreigingen zeer ernstig + vaak dramatisch. Dus:

Waarom kijken we slechts naar één “dreiging” en zoeken we slechts één vorm van veiligheid, terwijl we zovele andere vormen van onveiligheid toelaten?

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Jan Blommaert (en z'n gedachten)

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Voorpublicatie van een hoofdstuk uit “Let op je woorden: Taal, politiek en strijd” (Berchem: EPO 2016)

We zullen ons het jaar 2015 om vele redenen herinneren, maar twee elementen zullen we wel allemaal belangrijk blijven vinden: het was het jaar van de vluchtelingencrisis en het jaar van de terreuraanslagen in Parijs – één in januari tegen, onder andere, de redactie van Charlie Hebdo, en één in november tegen een aantal uitgaansgelegenheden, met gevolgen tot in Molenbeek. Migratie en veiligheid zijn de twee thema’s die de publieke opinie heftig hebben beroerd in dat jaar, en ze horen – jammer genoeg – al een hele tijd samen. Dat is op zich voer voor een analyse, maar die doen we later wel eens. Nu richten we ons op de fenomenale hoeveelheid kromspraak die omtrent die twee verweven thema’s is geproduceerd. Want, ja, we hebben al gezien hoe zowel de frames van…

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