The EU’s Bigotry Against Israel


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The European Union announced last week its decision to classify the Israeli city of Modi’in (Pop. 80,000) as a “settlement” and thus deprive it of tax benefits.  The Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported on August 14, 2012 that “[Israeli] Foreign Ministry officials claim that the surprise move came after the EU unilaterally pulled out of negotiations that have been conducted on the matter.”  Israeli officials fear that the move will encourage a European ban on products made in Modi’in.

In 2005, Israel and the EU agreed to create a free trade zone between Israel and the EU.  The agreement stipulated that products originating from within the Green Line would receive tax import exemptions while those products from outside the Green line would be subjected to a tax.  Modi’in is, by all accounts, considered part of Israel, and the EU’s politicization of the nature of Modi’in is merely a result of political pressure coming from some EU member states, who under the guise of tighter supervision of products that should be taxed, are carrying out a pro-Arab-Palestinian agenda, which also satisfies their domestic Arab-Muslim constituents.

When it comes to the attitude of the European Union towards the Arab (Palestinian)-Israeli conflict one can discern a number of clear trends.  Appeasement of Arab-Palestinian-Islamist terror and hate groups like Hezbollah, Hamas, and Fatah, and their unwillingness to consider Islamic intolerance domestically within Europe and in the Islamic Middle East, especially among the Palestinians as a major factor in the absence of peace, is clearly one example.  Latent anti-Semitism also plays a role in formulating European attitudes. A strong anti-Israel bias in the European media and academia already has penetrated many European Union institutions whose policies reflect a similar bias, albeit, some EU officials with strong democratic values, many representing right-of-center parties, are still sympathetic to Israel as a fellow democracy.

The EU, meanwhile, has refused Israel’s request to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist group in the aftermath of last month’s terror attack against Israeli civilians in Bulgaria that killed six Israeli tourists.  The EU claimed it lacked tangible evidence that Hezbollah was involved in this horrific act of terrorism.  Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel knows “with absolute certainty, without a shred of doubt, that this was a Hezbollah operation,” citing it had “rock solid evidence” the terror group was responsible.

The British Mail-Online reported on August 7, 2011 that the Palestinian Authority is receiving the equivalent of $135 million of British taxpayer aid per year and, further reporting that the PA has authorized the payment of £5 million to families of “martyrs,” while another £3 million has been given to 5500 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. These payments to terrorists and their families, made using European Union and British taxpayers cash, was described by a British Tory MP as “ludicrous.”  According to Hamas militants, the families of the so-called ‘martyrs’ are given millions by the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the PA has in fact introduced a new law that pays the families of suicide bombers out of its civil service budget, which is funded by the EU.

According to Gatestone Institute (March 12, 2012), “The EU does not seem to mind that the PA is rife with corruption.  In 2005, the EU anti-fraud office (OLAF) investigated allegations of abuse of funding by the PA to support terrorist activities.  OLAF found no conclusive evidence of the abuse.”

Catherine Ashton, European Union Foreign Affairs Chief, when speaking about Palestinian Arab young adults at a forum organized by UNRWA in cooperation with the EU and the Government of Belgium in Brussels on March 19, 2012, said: “Young people have been in the front line of change, they’ve been courageous in having their voices heard and they continue to speak out. As the young people who have joined us today, they want freedom, they want opportunities, they want jobs, they want education, they want a future, and they want a country. They want a place where they can live in peace and security, where they can grow and develop, and have their own families, a future and a place that belongs to them. I will argue that the young people sitting here are the true members of this conference. We are privileged to be in their presence and have their inspiration. Over the coming two days we will listen to the voices of the future leaders of their communities and the future leaders of a Palestinian state.”

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  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Puder says "The European Union announced last week its decision to classify the Israeli city of Modi’in (Pop. 80,000) as a 'settlement.'"

    Of course it is a settlement. Just look at it. It's a radial and makeshift overnight boomtown:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Modi%27in_02003

    It litters the hill like a cheap Holiday Inn, crammed hastily and junkily on top of where Israelis think the Hasmonean Dynasty approximately was.

    Then it was combined in 2003 with the settlement Maccabim-Re'ut built in 1985.
    It is a planned city with a planned population goal of 240,000 residents, which is deliberately to match what the total number of all Israelis in all West Bank settlements used to be.

    Why can't Mr. Puder call a spade a spade? Because the settlement authorities want favorable tax breaks. If countries don't give them this favor, then they are "bigots."

    • http://www.facebook.com/introvert321 Shmuel Malov

      So according to you Las Vegas is a settlement, Los Angeles is a settlement. Both of these places were over night "boomtowns," one because of gold and the other because of casinos.

      • Schlomotion

        No. That's according to you. I know I didn't write my comment walleyed. I think you just read it walleyed. Turn down the AC, maybe your beard was flapping in front of your face. I don't recall talking about Las Vegas. Las Vegas isn't a crappy condominium with a desired overnight population goal of 240,000 built on an olive grove in 1996.

        • PaulRevereNow

          No, Las Vegas is a crappy strip of casinos, strip joints, and prostitutes, founded by Bugsy Siegel and other assorted mobsters, in 1936. And the casinos, strip joints, and prostitutes are still there. Cheap enough for you? I doubt it.

          • aspacia

            Agreed about the strip, but Green Valley and Anthem are upper middle-class suburbs, albeit I hate the Strip and North LV.

        • Drakken

          If you are so in love with those pali savages, put your money where your muslim loving mouth is and go there and tell those jews how naughty they are and hopefully Darwin smiles your way.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Drakken, Schlockmoron is a Chickenhawk Jihadi.

          • Kufar Dawg

            He's all jihadi walk but no talk. He's the most sophisticated and urbane islamonazi propagandist I've read here though, he's good at disguising the various fallacies of argumentation he employs to disenfranchise the Jewish people from their right to the state of Israel. It's interesting to note that his arguments could be just as easily employed against the many muslo-nazi states of the world, but he has no problem with them, which really speaks volumes about his motivations and rationale.

          • aspacia

            The Darwin Award is heading in Schlock's direction.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          gaza is a hellhole run by genocidal islamofascists who eat their black hearts out due to their limited ability to wage Jihad.

          Happy Eternal Nakba HAM -ASS!

        • aspacia

          Actually, I live in LV and hate its plastic atmosphere, and there is a huge number of illegal immigrants who live in North LV who live in crappy condos and apartment, and it has a huge transient population of illegals and homeless.

          Keep on blogging Schlock to show everyone how liberals lack critical thinking skills.

    • http://www.facebook.com/introvert321 Shmuel Malov

      And just because you want to deny Jewish history doesn't make the Israelis wrong. Citing Wikipedia does not count as history.

      • Jerry

        Well said, thank you. A highly respected British historian once wrote that there could be no other possible reason for London suffering such devastation during WW11 other than the way they had betrayed the Jewish people. It was, as he said "the revenge of God!"

        • Alan

          Mabye Britain should have cut a peace deal with Hitler and saved themselves "the revenge of God!"
          Sorry Jerry, but your remark is utterly dispicable and an insult to brave people who stood up to Hitler.

          • gaborfrankl

            No. In fact it's nothing, but the truth. Kind humane anti-antisemitic people admit this. Bye!

          • gaborfrankl

            rubbish.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Alan, The insult to the brave Brits who withstood the bombs by the National SOCIALIST Germany is that claimed "progressive" people side with those who bombed London on 7/7/05, who hijacked passenger planes on 9/11, who murders policewoman Yvonne Fletcher.

    • Stern

      Wow, you could make the same "cheap Holiday Inn" comment about a suburb built in just about country, anywhere in the world. But because it's Israel, your sneering, venomous and hate-filled bigotry shines through. Thinking about what it must be like to live in your head, I almost feel sorry for you.

    • Hank Rearden

      Slomo – clicked on your link. Looks like a pretty nice place to me! Settlements are going to continue as long as there is no peace treaty between the Palestinians and the Israelis. When you institute the "3 no's" history doesn't wait. The Arabs didn't want peace after the Six-day War. History is proceeding without them. In fact, Israel has been amazingly generous to the Palestinians. Look what happened to the Germans after they lost WWII.

    • PaulRevereNow

      And what about that Jewish shop-owner in Vancouver, that waa boycotted by EU types, last year? Was SHE looking for a favorable tax break? Incidentally, I've visited Mod'in, and there are no cheap Holiday Inns there, or anything else that's cheap. Mod'in is a handsome city, with many stone two story houses, that front on the tops of the hills, while the backs have nice patios, with tall, dignified palm trees on the streets. Its easy to see how Mod'in was the home of Matthias, and Judah Maccabee, and his brothers. But yes– there is something cheap here; its the chip on your shoulder.

      • Schlomotion

        Right. As you know, Matthias, when he wasn't selling bagels in Vancouver was living behind a big separation wall and machine guns in a house built by the army and a casino gangster. One can almost sense history.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          The wall is an Anti-Islamofascist Wall. Similar to the checkpoints at every airport in the world to screen passengers and cargo for bombs and jihadis, post 9/11.

    • aspacia

      Schlock,

      Wiki is not considered a valid source, which reveals your lack of critical thinking skills.

  • crackerjack

    This is Israel's and not the EU's problem. After a near half century of military occupation, Israel must decide what status the West-Bank is to have.

    The current inner Israeli narrative of "occupied" mutated to "disputed" mutated to " Jewish Homeland" has no legal implications for international agreements whatsoever. The EU can only deal with a State, not with Areas A, B or C, or with "Biblical Homeland" fantasy entitys such as "Judea" or "Samaria".

    Until the status of the West Bank is finally determined, it remains occupied under inter. law and not only the EU but the whole international community deals with it accordingly.

    • Stern

      What international law? Provide one credible "international law" that overrules the very clear international law documented by Dr. Jean Gauthier in his 1,200 page, 25-years in the making, Phd thesis on Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. (Note: because it was a Phd thesis, Dr. Gauthier had to defend and prove every conclusion. The fact that he was awarded the degree demonstrates that he was successful in doing so.)

      Oh, and as for fantasy – even you must concede the Bible is an ancient document. Read it and you will find that it refers to Judea and Samaria, proving conclusively that these names have been around for thousands of years. In contrast, "West Bank" was a term coined by Jordan when it occupied the area in 1948 – and the entire world, apart from Britain and Pakistan – certainly agree that Jordan's occupation was illegal.

      It's so easy to spout the usual Palestinian propaganda. Not so easy to provide any proof to back up your ridiculous claims.

      • Stern

        Apology, that should have been Dr. Jacques Gauthier

      • crackerjack

        If it be so, what is preventing Israel from assuming full sovereignty and full responisbility for the area and its population?

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          What is preventing islamofascists from waging jihad on Israel?

          The IDF.

          Chant this:

          From the River to the Sea,

          Pal-e-SWINE Will Never Be!

        • aspacia

          The Levy Report argues Israel should annex the land since your idols will not negotiate.

      • aspacia

        Yes Stern,

        Jordan occupied The West Bank and expelled all the Jews from their homes. Notice how Schlock, Cracked, and Nakbar will not apologize to this or the 650,000 Jewish refugees driven from Muslim majority lands.

        F!@#$ing Hypocrites

    • Drakken

      Well I am all for throwing the savage muslims out and calling it a day. No more sympathy for those fakestinians, may they all rot!

    • aspacia

      Cracked,

      Why should Israel allow another terror state as a neighbor after what happened in Gaza. Muslims, quite frankly, simply want to decimate all Jews and Israel and it is not about any land you fool.

    • aspacia

      Cracked,

      Under the international law that the Muslim majority world ignored in 48.

  • e.kenter

    most of europines baked hitlers policies so what do expect from them

  • http://frontpage richard sherman

    The EU has the identical policy toward the existence of the Jewish people as Hitler…As Martin Luther King Jr so wisely stated in March 1968: If you are antizionist then you are antisemetic.

  • EthanP

    Of course Anti-Semitism is involved. But at the end of the day, European Jews will do nothing in their own defence, just like in WW2. The Muslims, on the other hand will/are resort to riots, murder and terror to get what they want. French rabbis are already telling their flocks there is no future in Europe for Jews.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Europeans didn't want Jews.

      Now they have Muslims. Millions and millions of Muslims. 10% of France is Muslim.

      Looks like Europe will be punished for the Holocaust/Inquisition/Crusades/pogroms after all.

  • Katharina Sri

    Well, what to expect from this arrogant Islam-loving Labour party hard-line Communist Ashton! Look at the British Labour Party’s brutal history to the Jews after WW2! Where, after they defeated the great Mr. Churchill right after WW2 in 1945, see their betrayal to the much suffering and persecuted Jews from the savage Jewish Holocaust – see geography.about.com/…/a/displacedjews_2.htm:“One shipload of refugees heightened concern for DPs throughout the world. Brichah moved 4,500 refugees from DP camps in Germany to a port near Marseilles, France in July 1947 where they boarded Exodus. The Exodus departed France but was being watched by the British navy. Even before it entered the territorial waters of Palestine, destroyers forced the boat to the port at Haifa. The Jews resisted and the British killed three and wounded will machine guns and teargas. The British ultimately forced the passengers to disembark and they were placed on British vessels, not for deportation to Cyprus, as was the usual policy, but to France. The British wanted to pressure the French to take responsibility for the 4,500. The Exodus sat in the French port for a month as the French refused to force the refugees to disembark but they did offer asylum to those who wished to voluntarily leave. Not one did. In an attempt to force the Jews off the ship, the British announced that the Jews would be taken back to Germany. Still, no one disembarked. When the ship arrived in Hamburg, Germany in September 1947, soldiers dragged each passenger off of the ship in front of reporters and camera operators. Truman and the much of the world watched and knew that a Jewish state needed to be established…”

  • Western Spirit

    When Thomas Jefferson went to Europe he saw the leaders as wolves feeding on the people who were like sheep. Because of their arrogance Europeans also made fun of America.

    In short Europe has never been quite right in the head.

  • Dram

    There never was a state of Palesine before the creation of Israel. No state had staked any claims to the area. Then the Arabs refused Israel's concession to give them a portion of land. Since Israel was created civilian population centers have been indiscriminately targeted by islamist missle attacks. Even when Israel aids so many countries with agriculture/democracy/technology; even its neighbors who are bent on destroying them; the world seems to stand on the other side.

    The Palestinian conflict is a manufactured oppression. Fact is, there is no occupation of a previous soveriegn territory. Regardless, the palestinian leaders harm their own people, do not aid them in any way, and brainwash them to celebrate a culture of suicide martyrs.

    All the while, Israel accomodates muslims in their country and treats them with respect and dignity. All muslims living in Israel enjoy the freedoms that the democracy offers. The palestinian propaganda machine is so easy to see. The arguments they provide play to emotions while distorting or flat out neglecting facts.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Muslime MP's in Israel have committed acts of treachery against Israel while in office.

  • Ghostwriter

    And what are we going to get from younger Palestinians? More screams of "Death to America,Death to Israel,"more terrorism,more violence,more hatred. We already hear more of that hatred from slime like Schlomotion and crakerjack every day.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Time for people to walk on the flags of Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia.

      Something about 9/11 and islamofascism and jihad and OPEC.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    No, he was not a Christian.

    You keep trying to tie the hate of Nazi Germany to Christ and none of His teachings were a part of it.

    You are just a hate filled bigot.
    We've been over this before wee, you keep coming back to it like a dog to his vomit.

    Unless you can show the teachings of Christ led hitler, than don't blame it on Christ.

  • aspacia

    So did Martin Luther, but this is not the argument because both sects have decried antiSemitism, but Islam has not.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    And you can't show it was due to the teachings of Christ, so the church was not acting in a manner compatible with Christianity. You only show that they were flawed, not that they were Christians or that Christiainity as it's followed today deserves the hate you keep dumping on it.

    You muslim friendly troll you, why do you ignore that islam is doing worse today, because they do follow their teachings. That they have no choice in islam but to do the very kinds of things you keep trying to blame on the followers of Christ?

    Why wee? Does the hate rule you?

  • http://twitter.com/ygalg @ygalg

    "The yellow badge was first introduced by a caliph in Baghdad in the 9th century, and spread to the West in medieval times." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_badge#Muslim_

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    The Euros would have forced Jesus to wear a yellow star and would have murdered him because he was born a Jew.

  • Kufar Dawg

    What did the Catholic clergy have to say about the fact that Yeshua and all his apostles were Jewish? I can't imagine Yeshua and his apostles supporting the persecution and murder of Jews, except maybe in your demented, delusional mind. Yeshua's preached and practiced ideology was pacifism, kinda like Gandhi.

  • aspacia

    Actually, WTE, your claims are factual. The Europeans did not realize that the Jews did not die as often because of their Kosher laws.

  • Kufar Dawg

    The only religion Hitler ever expressed admiration for was islam:

    According to Speer, Hitler stated in private, "The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?"[71] Speer also stated that when he was discussing with Hitler events which might have occurred had Islam absorbed Europe:

    "Hitler said that the conquering Arabs, because of their racial inferiority, would in the long run have been unable to contend with the harsher climate and conditions of the country. They could not have kept down the more vigorous natives, so that ultimately not Arabs but Islamized Germans could have stood at the head of this Mohammedan Empire."[71]

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Yes, he is using Hitlers words to show why he acted the way he acted.

    That may prove your lies are just that, lies. But you can't show he's actually wrong. And the fact you used your lame multi-part rants since one comment couldn't confuse enough is prove on it's own.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Any honest truth seeker (that isn't you) would take one look at his life, and one look at the teachings of Christ and know they didn't have any influence in Hitler's life.

    See how that works? It's so easy even you could do it if the hate wasn't so blinding you.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Oh wee.

    You desperate little lying piece of pig leftovers.
    That text is in a story, Jesus was having a character make a point, He was not using it first person. Is that the best you can do? Really?

    And when Hitler would do those things he was not pretending to be the ruler in the 'ten minas' parable. He was just an evil man doing what evil men do.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Wee, you are floundering.
    John was the one speaking in Revelations. You are also not reading the chapter leading up to that one verse. It was the children of Jezebel and we know God took care of her. So you haven't shown it was Christ. Once more you lie and fail.

    All that hate blinds you, it really does. But it does with most muslims too, you're not alone.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    So what, Hitler made sure that wasn't true in his case.

    So, that proves they were opposites. You make this way to easy.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Wee, you small little man. All these fake points spread out into multi part rants doesn't make any one of them any more true. You just like to confuse the issues because the hate and bigotry drives you to it.

    And Hitler kept track of things, as you pointed out a couple of comments up. So that proves by your own texts that Hitler ignored the teachings of Christ.

    You make this way to easy. Your muslim friendly temper isn't working this time.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    But Christ didn't fight it.
    Hitler did.

    Your own text proves Hitler didn't follow the teachings of Christ.

    Wee, you tiny itty bitty little excuse of a man. You are failing, as you always do. And you know why? Besides the obvious that you're a hate filled troll? You won't grow and stretch to make your opinions fit any of the facts.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Stupid, yes really.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    And you would have had to find another pic to mock on your profile.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Wee, you are not an expert on this. Christianity came out of Judaism. It wasn't a shift towards Judaism at any time, it was already there. Paul a leading missionary was a Jew's jew.

    You ought to stick to the things you do know about. Calling jihad, advocating for violence.. you know the obviously apparent muslim friendly things you usually stick to.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Where is there any mention of pay?

    Oh, there isn't.

    I might break 97,000 comments today, if you keep up your stream of hate and lies.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    You haven't shown you are right.

    I say Princess Leah has vericose veins and you can't prove me wrong…

    See how that works? Just because you say some nonsense doesn't mean anyone has to take you seriously. And It doesn't look like anyone does. You're just background noise to be filtered out for any normal dialogue.

  • WTE

    Roger 166p • 2 days ago And when would I want to do other comments? It would cost me the total I'm working towards on my profile Notice the word “cost” Wow 97,000 comments. Something someone with no life would be proud. 97,000 hate filled troll comments. Pathetic. <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Why would the Romans have saved any records when they destroyed Jerusalem shortly after?

    You have no records to prove that people caught Jesus lying or faking miracles.

    You are just a hate filled bigot.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    I never claimed to be a perfect Christian, and my lack of advocating for violence proves there is an influence in my life.

    So, burn any churches down full of people lately? See the difference?

    You are really a sad little man.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Yes, it would cost me the total of 97,000 perhaps as early as today.

    Wee, you small little man. Are the muslim trolls you coordinate with off forum pushing you to spread all this hate today? Is that what's going on?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    No, you didn't. And I can prove I was right.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-205_162-10007876.html

  • WTE

    97,000 hate filled worthless trollcomments. <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

  • aspacia

    Roger,

    I am a Goy and a Zionist, but WTE's claims are factual, albeit not presently.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Really? Says the troll who declared jihad?

    24 minutes ago @ Breitbart.tv – Soldier Found Guilty i… · 1 reply · +1 points
    The whole town needs locked in the church and the church set on fire. IMO

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    There is a difference. In the past those things may have happened with the IDF, but it was not accepted or cheered.

    In the muslim quarter, if they had been able to do that to children it would have been.