Saturday, 30 April 2011

Islamist-Holocaust Denying-NDP Endorsement

The Jew-hate bone's connected to the Islamist bone, the Islamist bone's connected to the NDP bone, the NDP bone's connected to the......
OK I was going to make a joke (given recent revleations about a certain NDP leader), but I am trying, really trying, to stay classy.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Sky News: 31 arrests on night before royal wedding

But sources say officers are concerned about activities by anarchist groups ahead of the big day and carried out pre-emptive raids on squats in London this morning, in which 20 were arrested.

Sky sources said a separate operation saw three more arrested tonight in Brockley, southeast London, and a large guillotine seized. It is thought protesters were planning to use it to slice heads off effigies

Just how real was this guillotine?

(Note - these were anarchists not, anti-terror raids)

Good luck to all the officers and agents working the beat in London tomorrow.

McDonald's Fires Employee who filmed and posted beating

Last week I heard about the savage beating of a transgendered man/woman at a Maryland McDonald's. The video of the beating and the reaction of the restaurant's employees is sickening. Much has already been written about the topic and I am not feeling a need to add any additional commentary. However, I did contact McDonald's and they confirmed that the employee who made this video (and laughed while doing so), then posted it on the internet has been fired.

Excerpt from SMW's email to McDo:
Throughout the video the employees are heard snickering and laughing, then telling the attackers to run away because the police are coming. There is only one half-hearted attempt by someone who appears to be the manager to help this young woman. What would McDonald's reaction be if a black woman was severely beaten in one of its franchises by two white women, while a group of white male employees laughed and then encouraged the attackers to flee before the police could arrest them?

Excerpt from McDonald's reply:
There's no room for violence under the Golden Arches. We strongly condemn the videotaped assault in one of our Baltimore franchised restaurants. Working with the authorities, we now have more facts, and we want to share our actions with you.

First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim during this time.

Our franchisee is investigating the behavior and response of his employees. Action has been taken, and the crew member who made the video is no longer employed by his organization. Appropriate action regarding other employees will take place as warranted.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Voting Advice from a former member of the Canadian Islamic Congress' BoD

We should support only those non-Muslim candidates who are willing to present and support a Private Members’ Bill making it a hate-crime to publicly associate Islam to terrorism, whether in written, spoken, printed, broadcast or electronic media.

Sounds like this guy should be working for Eric Holder.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

In bid to avoid royal wedding SMW leaves London

Yes, I have left the centre of the universe and have been touring around Canada and the US. It's always good to be back, espcially at election time. Will be returning to the nest after the nuptuals. I left the husband behind only to find out that he will not be allowed to go to work due to royal wedding related security measures. I don't really have any feeling invested in Will & Kate's big day, but I do hope that everything goes off without a hitch. When I say "without a hitch" I don't mean 'I hope it doesn't rain', I mean I hope that no Islamist scumbags (or anybody for that matter) disrupt the festivities and endanger the thousands of tourists who will be in the area.

However I have discovered that leaving the UK means the only thing I have avoided is the crowds. This wedding is everywhere. It is making me crazy. Apparently because I live in London I am supposed to be a walking encyclopedia of royal wedding trivia. Please stop asking me about the wedding!!! I really do not understand why everyone talks about Will & Kate as if they know them. "Oh did you see those dresses she bought at Warehouse?" "Oh her parents are so proud of her." "Oh Will is really going to miss his mom on his wedding day." Eck. I do not know Will & Kate. I have never seen them in person. I am pretty sure that we have absolutely none of the same friends. Just because I love shopping on King's Road does not mean that I care what kind of underwear Kate picked up when she was out with her protective detail last week. Honestly. Stop. Asking.

I will be honest and say they are two things about this wedding that interest me: what Catherine wears, and what Victoria Beckham wears. (Hey we all have mindless indulgences). Otherwise, I just want to go about my business. On that note - allow me to direct you to Rick McGinnis's hilarious column on how to avoid the royal wedding.

London still a terror hub

You don't say.

Rusty @ Jawa Report:
That's five centers of Islamic worship in and around London that were directly responsible for radicalizing and then recruiting Muslims for the global jihad -- including serving as a conduit for al Qaeda.

And I've been to what was formerly the Finsbury Park Mosque. It's not small. I can only imagine how big the others -- especially the "Islamic center" -- were.

This is the real news, that as bad as mosques in Riyadh and Peshewar are the same political, anti-Western, conspiratorial, and radically conservative brand of Islam was not only being preached in the UK, but that such preaching was also widespread.

And these are just the mosques we know were directly recruiting for such groups as al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Chechen Islamic State. Not the ones which indirectly lend their support for the global jihad through their overtly Salafist message or through their grand "the West is killing Muslims" conspiracty theories.

Which means radical Islamists with ties to global jihad were to be found in nearly all walks of British life shortly after 9/11 ... and possibly still are. And by "ties" here I mean direct ties, such as monetary or other support, through much more indirect ties such as having a cousin in this or that jihadi group in Pakistan. The kinds of ties that would normally mean that your number is programmed into my phone. We should expect to find them everywhere.

Click the link above and read the rest. Rusty is right on the money.

Hey speaking of the Finsbury Park Mosque (now called the North London Central Mosque, but forever known by its original name).....I wonder why nobody from the Board of Directors is on the guest list for Friday's royal wedding?? Prince Charles was, after all, such an avid supporter of the FPM when it opened.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Ban Fraternities?

Earlier this week, an article appeared in the WSJ about a movement to ban fraternities from university campuses. Essentially the argument is that a woman was gang-raped in fraternity house, fraternities instill fear in women - they should be banned. You can read the article here.

The article is based on a book written by Liz Seccuro, who was gang-raped in a fraternity house in the early eighties. Seccuro now believes fraternities should be banned. To support Ms. Seccuro's argument, the author of the WSJ article includes an anecdote:
I had an advantage that Liz did not have. I was a transfer student, and so my new friends had already been at the university two years and were in possession of valuable information, much of it learned the hard way: I was never, ever to go upstairs at a fraternity house. To do so was to invite assault. That I could be raped by a fellow student and that the event would somehow be my fault was an idea I found alarming and intimidating.

My fourth night at school, I went with some friends to Rugby Road, where the fraternity houses are located. They are built of the same Jeffersonian architecture as the rest of the campus. At once august and moldering, they seemed sinister, to stand for male power at its most malevolent and institutionally condoned. I remember standing there thinking I'd made a terrible mistake. It wasn't worth it, I decided. The next day I withdrew from the university.

Um, am I actually supposed to feel sorry for this lady??? She stood in front of a building and got scared, dropped out of the university as a result, and the fraternity is to blame? Does the women's movement never realize how incredibly weak they make women seem? You don't need to actually be a victim of male violence to be a victim of male violence - apparently standing in front of a building where something bad might happen to you if you choose to go inside is all it takes.

Based on this logic campuses should also ban male sports teams, political clubs, and comic book clubs. I am pretty sure that members of these groups have raped a woman at some point in time. Maybe universities should just ban men?

The reality is that there are some men out there who are trash and who will subject women to violence. They can be found anywhere. They should be prosectued. Blanket bans of organizations is not going to stop violence against women.

No Easter shout-outs from the White House.


Why talk about Jesus when the Messiah is in the White House?

The lightning strike is brilliant.

Imam Idol???

Things are gettin' mighty weird.

Canadian Comic Ordered to Pay Thousands in Damages for Hurt Feelings

Red alert!!!
Good Lord. "Earle has been ordered to pay Pardy $15,000 for injury to dignity, feelings, and self respect. Zesty and Ismail have been ordered to pay Pardy $7,500 for injury to dignity, feelings, and self respect."

BCF has all the details.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Infidelista Goes Undercover in Dubai - Part 2 *Updated*

If you missed Part One, click here.

Look, it's me in my little black dress.

Clothing in Dubai is pretty important. The abaya is not obligatory, but many women wear one (along with a niqab). The black drape thrown on over designer clothes can be pretty fancy - SMW calls the fancy smocks a Bedazzlebaya. Many expats tell me there is something mysterious and alluring about the Bedazzlebaya, the women who peak out from them with what the Saudis call "seditious eyes", and the Christian Louboutin's that they make sure are noticeable as they stroll through the malls. Some of the Bedazzlebaya's are beautiful garments, they look more like flowing dresses than a big black sheet. However, there is nothing mysterious or alluring about wearing a bag over your face. It makes you anonymous and erases your identity. When I am in the Bath and Body Works (yes, they are in the UAE too)a woman comes in wearing a black burqa (a fancy one, a bedazzleburqa if you will). I cannot see her eyes, face, nose or any part of her body. I am not even sure there is a woman underneath the cloth, nor am I convinced that she can actually see where she is going. Not only can men not interact with her, I cannot interact with her. There is no looking over with a friendly smile, telling her that Coconut Lime Verbara is one of my favourites. There is no exchange of glances or idle chatter as I try to navigate around her in the store. I am not sure if she is looking at me, my husband, the wall, the soaps, or if her eyes are closed. She is isolated. Not just from men, but from women. From interaction with the rest of the world. The burqa is about segregation and isolation. There is nothing mysterious or alluring about this.

The flip side is that if you are not covered up, you are a nice piece of meat for men to look at. For Westerners the main rules are cover up your breasts, shoulders and the top half of your legs. Not playing by the rules can get you kicked out of shopping centres, arrested, or harrassed as you go about your business. A friend of mine (white, Western) goes running with her husband and is shocked, shocked!, when a group of boys (who appear to be no older then 12 or 13) start cat-calling her, whistling at her, and yelling that she is sexy from across a parking lot. She is stunned that boys would be so vocal towards her when she is running with a man, a man who is clearly capable of manhandling the boys. That evening at dinner she relays the story to our friend Bella, who lives in Dubai. Bella asks my friend what she was wearing on the run: shorts and a tank top (not spaghetti straps). "Oh," laughs Bella, "of course you got yelled at - you were wearing shorts and you had no sleeves."

While in Dubai, we spend a fair amount of time driving around, and we see many construction sites. One of my colleauges spent a decade in the construction business, and expresses his disbelief that none of the workers appear to be wearing any safety equipment. No steel-toe boots, no hard hats, no safety harnesses. He is informed that these workers are expendable.

21st century pyramids.

The stories continue. There is more that I would like to write, but for the time being I have decided not to, as I do not want to jeopordize our contacts who still live in Dubai. Maybe at some point in the future I will write more.

The level of government propaganda and censorship is astounding. At a cocktail reception we ask an expat about Dubai's economic woes. "What woes?" he asks. "The media has overplayed everything, the finances are fine. Dubai is still booming." Yet on our way home that night we drive past an entire development that has been abandoned, concrete housing blocks stand empty and unfinished.

And this is how many expats live in Dubai. Seemingly intelligent and fully capable of accessing information (especially considering most of them travel outside the UAE frequently for business and pleasure), it is much easier for them to turn a blind eye to the reality of Dubai and instead live in the Disney World version. "Look at the beautiful mosques," they say, "these Muslims are so devoted." Two breaths later someone asks if they know any Emiratis who have converted to Christianity. "Yes, we know of a couple but they cannot be identified because they would be killed." So matter of fact. So blasé. I am not sure if this is total stupidity or a supersized ability to ignore reality. Is it really that difficult to put two and two together?
So what if labourers here are modern day slaves? So what if women here are a second class and do not have the freedom to dress as they choose? So what if being alone with an unmarried man can get you sent to jail? So what if next door in Abu Dhabi they still chop off people's hands? So what if apostates get killed? So what if there is no freedom of expression, religion, assembly? So what if we hang out at the spa with the wives of arms dealers and break bread with people who want Jews wiped off the planet? We are making loads of money. And it's tax free.

Updated: Kaffir Kanuck has more useful info on this topic. Check it out.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Dubai Part 2 is coming.....

I know I said it would be Friday, but it will now be posted later this weekend.

Have been flying around all week and I have to finish an article for my real job before I write one for my fake job.

Happy Easter to everyone and chag sameach to my Jewish readers.

Thursday, 14 April 2011


SMW is away until Friday the 22nd, at which point she will be posting more from the Infidelista Travel Diaries.

In the meantime check out the usual suspects (Jawa, BCF, Closet Conservative, Kaffir Kanuck, Moose and Squirrel, etc)

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Infidelista goes undercover in Dubai - Part 1 *Updated*

Ed. Note: No Hamas operatives were harmed during the making of this post.

SMW recently embarked on a supersekrit mission to the UAE but has been waiting to write about it in order to protect the identity of her co-conspirators. The wait is over.

No doubt many of you are familiar with the 'real' Dubai, but if you need a refresher check out Kaffir Kanuck's posts on Dubai here and here.

Dubai is a masquerade. It is a mirage. It is a place where expats turn a blind eye to reality, or where they suspend reality so they do not have to feel guilty about their own complicity. How do they do this? Well, it's not so hard if you choose to put blinders on your conscience, or if you are ignorant of world affairs.

The husband and I went to get on the subway and realized the front carriage is for women only. Apparently having every part of your body except your eyes covered is not enough temptation control, some women just need to be segregated. Everywhere we went there were signs reminding me to cover-up, to hide my evil-inducing shoulders, and to never, ever touch my husband in public! However, if you get past the clothing regulations, all the Islamic garb and the people, Dubai feels a little bit like......America. Actually - like Disney World. I hesitated to make this comparison because I love Disney World, but the thing about Disney is that it is fake, make believe, and so is Dubai. Driving around Dubai felt like driving around a city in the SouthWest US. The husband and I both agreed that going to the malls there felt like being in the States, it felt far more American than anything we have experienced in Europe. Everything in the tourist areas was spotless. Service workers (read modern day slaves) were incredibly friendly, the service was amazing. Everything was ultra luxe and the shopping was incredible. Well, it would have been if I had been willing to spend any money there. This is the Dubai that people choose to embrace, but it is the Disney Dubai, the make-believe-that-we-are-moderate-Dubai. One does not have far to look so see another side.

A contact arranges for us to go dune bashing. Not for the weak of stomach. Our guide, 'Mohamed', is friendly enough, although he seems hesitant. We stop at what I guess is the UAE equivalent of a "rest stop" (that looked like some kind of cover for a bomb making factory pulled straight from the set of The Kingdom) and three well-dressed Indian looking men are standing where our guide wants to park. He all but runs them over, shaking his head in disgust, then looks at us and says 'these idiots should not be allowed on these tours, they are for tourists, they are NOT for workers.' Convinced that these Indian men are not workers, the husband and I conclude that what Mohamed actually meant was, "these idiots should not be allowed on these tours, they are for white people and Arabs only."

Later we head out for a nice dinner, complete with music and a belly dancer. The music was kind of catchy, but before they started playing it the manager announced over a loudspeaker that nobody was allowed to dance. Only the belly dancer could dance, all other dancing is illegal. Illegal. Not only is it illegal, but the government supposedly sends spies (read morality police) to make sure that nobody has a good time, er I mean dances, and if there are any violations the perps are fined and the business is shut down. So we learn that in this particular part of Dubai dancing is very naughty.
Compare and contrast:

Once you leave the beautiful tourist meccas and head towards the souky part of town things change a little bit. The touristy people I know say they like to go to the souk because it is so 'authentic.' I think these are the same people who claim they always find the 'best stuff' at flea markets. The waterfronts are filled with migrant workers, piles of junk, and boats that look like they belong on the Mississippi two hundred years ago. There is laundry hanging everywhere and traffic is at a standstill.
One of my co-conspirators (who henceforth I will be calling Cocon)is researching knock-offs and asks if I am willing to participate in some recon. As we stroll through the souk we are approached by numerous shady characters asking if we want to buy Ipods, Macs, Christian Louboutin, Rolexes, etc. Next thing I know Cocon and I are being led into a back alley. We follow a guy into an apartment building with controlled entry and walk up several flights of stairs. I start to wonder if my participation is a good idea and try to identify possible exits. Cocon and I are led into a room with a massive steel door, we step inside and it is locked. Nobody in, nobody out. I look around the room and see tv screens above the door, showing the stairs that we have just walked up. The room is about half full of purses and watches, and bags full of merchandise. Apprently this is serious business. Cocon thinks something is off, and asks why the inventory appears to be low. Our 'host' tells us that the police are onto them and they are preparing to move to another location. Great. As Cocon goes about his business I pretend to be interested in a Hermès bag while a German couple beside me tries to bargain with a worker. After Cocon finishes his recon I tell our host that the Hermès bag is not my colour and ask to be let out. The door is unlocked (from both sides) and we stroll back into the alley. Later we meet up with an expat who shops at these backrooms regularly. Cocon asks him if he is bothered knowing that the people selling these goods are often trafficked, that the goods are likely stolen or at best illegal knockoffs and that the profits are used to fund major crime syndicates and terrorists? His reply: No, this stuff is cheap.

Update: For more commentary on Dubai from Kaffy click here.

Uppitier update: British tourist beaten to death in Dubai Jail

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Little Town, USA Agrees to fly Old Glory on 4th of July

See how stupid that sounds?

Hats off to Peter Smith for taking up this fight:
Peter Smith, 76, stood outside Hackney Town Hall for eight hours on St George’s Day last year waving the flag in protest at the council’s decision not to mark saints’ days.

But with the help of his local councillor Mr Smith has convinced chief executive Tim Shields to display the flag on April 23.

Mr Smith, of Banister House, Homerton Row, said: “I was born and raised here and I do feel strongly about the flag. Why can’t they fly it for one day of the year?

“It’s the way I was brought up. When I was a child, if the national anthem came on the television, my family used to stand because that was the way it was respected.”

In London you can only count on yourself....

One of the most valuable things London has taught me is self-sufficiency. Back in North America I used to walk around with the attitude that if something bad happened to me, others would step in to offer assistance, and if they didn't I could at least count on first responders. I am fortunate to have several friends involved in martial arts, the military or police work and I had no shortage of 'lessons' on how to defend myself, tend to an injury, or take-out a potential attacker. A very over-protective friend once put me through a somewhat ridiculous self-preservation exercise (but hey now I can swim with my hands tied behand my back, and can make a weapon out of almost anything haha). I rarely, if ever, put these 'lessons' into practice until I moved to the UK.

Living here has taught me that not only can I not count on other people, but I cannot count on emergency service providers. When they are not crippled by political correctness and elf and safety, they are overwhelmed with work, understaffed, and/or incompetent. Many try to do their best, but in a system that is largely broken this has little impact. My experiences with the Met have not been entirely negative, but overall I feel that I cannot depend on first responders in a critical situation - especially when they show up unarmed. When my husband was seriously injured I did not call 999, I ran to my neighbour's house who thankfully was kind enough to rush us to the nearest hospital. Otherwise I probably would have called a cab. I could insert several dozen anecdotes here, but I think this story pretty much sums it up:

More than three years after Caren Paterson, a talented King’s College university student, collapsed and later suffered a cardiac arrest in her flat in Hargrave Road, the London Ambulance Service (LAS) have finally admitted liability.

They refused to go to 33-year-old Caren’s home until they had police back-up because the block of flats she lived in had been designated as a “high-risk address”.

While no police cars were available on that day in October 2007, there was an ambulance sitting just 100 yards away from her home. It took 102 minutes for one to arrive and take her to the Whittington Hospital. But by then her brain had been starved of oxygen.

She now lives in a brain injury clinic in Leeds and needs round-the-clock care.

On Jewish Impotence....

I love this lady:

No matter how much proof they get, they retreat into a world where dialogue and interfaith discussions are the answer, negotiations more powerful than tanks and where they wish to buy the affection of our enemies with scholarships (Canadian Jewish Congress and the Somalis) and fund trips to the death camps for imams, which more likely results in inspiration rather than understanding.

A large number of Jews, and non-Jews are not happy with Jews being strong and having their own army.

Rather than recognize that it was precisely our lack of a state and army that doomed us in previous history-up to the Holocaust, they keep wrongly looking into themselves, asking 'why do they hate us', or some such combination of 'what did we do wrong'. They cannot bare to look at the truth, which is that the fact that you are a breathing, living Jew is your crime.

National Post happily recycles last week's stories...

Magically forgets to credit the people who did their job for them:

Dear Mr. Bell, your story in today's National Post entitled "Ex-KKK leader featured on Muslim group's website" is why people are sick of the the Dead Tree media. The National Post's article on the Muslim group CASMO was lifted directly from our blogs at Sassywire and Blazingcatfur respectively.Our posts appeared on April 5 2011 a full 6 days before your "me too" effort.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Kaffir Kanuck's new blog...

Kaffir Kanuck, who many of you probably know from his posts over at Moose and Squirrel, is back from Afghanistan and has started his own blog.

Check it out!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Man of the Week - Inspector Gadget - Policeman Slams Political Correctness

Be sure to read this in its entirety.
The warped priorities of this culture are also reflected in the ridiculous amount of time we have to devote to the creed of diversity.

At times it seems as if the modern police force is seen by senior managers as a vehicle for social engineering rather than deterring crime.

My internal office phone directory lists no fewer than 32 officers with ‘diversity’ in their job title, all of them working nine-to-five in desk-bound jobs, while we slog it out on the front line. I was half-hoping that, given their irrelevance to the battle against crime, they might be made redundant in the public-sector cuts, but that was far too optimistic.

Diversity is sacrosanct, its commissars are protected and its influence is all dominant.

So in our training, for instance, just one day a year is devoted to practical instruction in officer safety, dealing with procedures such as correct use of handcuffs, Tasers and batons, or how to put a violent suspect in a van or cell.

Yet the effort devoted to diversity is far greater. We have to carry out two days of diversity training a year at headquarters, another day at our divisions, go through an eight-hour ‘e-learning’ package on our computers and, in our annual performance appraisal forms, show that we have accomplished three separate objectives ‘to raise diversity awareness’.

In addition, during weekly individual meetings with our supervisor, we have to explain what we have done to promote cultural diversity.

There is a reason why I have little faith in the Met's ability to protect the public...and why seeing officers on the street does not make me feel safer...

Odd Hour Ramblings....

No, I am not blogging under the influence. Just the first moment I have had to sit down at the keyboard this week. SMW is not feeling overly inspired by anything at the moment, in fact she is feeling a little blue. Weird news week I guess. But let us not wallow......just in case you missed any of the following:

This teeny apartment really intrigues me. I don't think I could do it, but I tip my hat to this lady.

Caroline Glick was in Toronto! Toronto!!!

Multicult = the clan???? Apparently for some.......

Daniel Greenfield has a good sum-up of what is going on in the Ivory Coast. And yes, there is some stuff going on in the Ivory Coast (you may not have heard). Quite nasty stuff.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Media Silent on Soros Conferences

Go read it all.

But the over-arching theme is getting government to fix the media. Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, whose school also includes the well-known and partly Soros-funded Columbia School of Journalism, is one of several speakers advocating for increased government funding for media. He called for federal funding of the media in a 2010 Wall Street Journal piece with the terrifying headline: “Journalism Needs Government Help.” Bollinger pushed for the creation of a public media that combines NPR, PBS and Voice of America. He also wants to “end to the regulation of ‘indecent’ language and images in broadcast programming” and return to the Fairness Doctrine.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Cameron Follows Obama's Apology Doctrine

Itt sounds more polite than the Bend Over doctrine.

He insisted that it was not his place to intervene in the dispute, saying: “I don’t want to try to insert Britain in some leading role where, as with so many of the world’s problems, we are responsible for the issue in the first place.”

What a baffoon.

It has been awhile since the West has looked so pathetic and weak.

If Chris Packham is so concerned about population growth...

I wonder if he has connsidered taking one for the team? Just saying. Does he know how much CO2 he is spewing out just by talking and breathing?

Instead of rewarding families for not having kids, the goverment should stop making it so easy for Baby Mammas to live on the dole. The average tax paying family in the UK is having a very small number of children, not too many.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Whitewashing the past

Something to mull over....

Simultaneously with the accusations against Israel, many Germans are whitewashing their country’s past. Historian Susanne Urban writes about current narratives that should be seen as modern German myths. In her view, an impression is fostered of a National Socialism without National Socialists and a Holocaust without or almost without perpetrators.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Who is with me? *UPDATED*

Welcome BCF readers,

*UPDATED see below*

One sunny afternoon a group of locals decided it was time to tell the world that their town was no place for businesses owned by Jews. The group met outside a local Jewish-owned shop. They were determined to shut it down, they brought with them signs to remind people that Jews were baby killers, that they were murderers and thieves who could not be trusted, that they stole from their neighbours and ruined their livelihoods. Standing outside the store, the group spent hours shouting at people as they entered the shop, chanting and intimidating the workers inside. The shop remained open, but the owners decided it was time to hire some extra security. The locals decided they would not stop until the store was run out of town.

Week after week the group met outside the shop continuing their tirades and making every possible effort to discourage people from going in the store. The shop began losing business, the employees began to lose morale – they hoped their gentile neighbours would support them. After all, they had been good neighbours and only wanted to service their customer so they could support their family. As it turns out, their neighbours were not so interested in supporting them, they were losing business too and they wanted the weekly bullying to stop. Sure, it’s too bad that your shop is being targeted, but it is hurting our bottom line. Those Jews are causing trouble wherever they go, they should only sell their goods through catalogues, if at all. They talked amongst themselves and came up with a solution: it was time for the Jews to go. The entire street would be better off without them. Jews bring trouble wherever they go. So the neighbouring businesses complained to the landlord – can’t you do something about these pesky Jews and their little shop? It is hurting our business and we do not want them here! And the landowner agreed. It was time for the Jews to go. He would not renew their lease. And that was the end of the Jewish owned shop. And all the shop owners and all the townspeople rejoiced, they had finally gotten rid of the Jews.

This was not a Jewish owned shop in Warsaw in 1935, this is an Israeli owned store in London in 2011. As regular readers now, SMW has been following the BDS movement’s efforts to shut down London’s Ahava store since the regular protests began after Operation Cast Lead. These bi-weekly events were initially small, but they grew in numbers and ferocity – you can read coverage of them here. After over a year of regular protesting, the Ahava store in Covent Garden has been forced to close its doors. The landowners refuse to renew their lease. And their neighbours are happy to see them go:
Colin George, manager of clothes shop The Loft, next door to Ahava, said:
"I'm pleased Ahava is leaving. It's brought the street down. I've complained to the landlords, as has everyone here. Everyone would like them to leave. I wish they had left two years ago.
"Protesters are just going to follow them around, wherever they go. Maybe they should be an online business instead."

During the 1930s, countries across Eastern Europe became increasingly hostile towards their Jewish populations. Aside from anti-Semitic rhetoric coming from the pulpit and the press, generally the first active steps taken against the Jewish community were numerus clausus laws (law regulating the number of Jewish students allowed in schools) and boycotts of Jewish owned businesses. These movements, combined with a turbulent economy led to the pauperization of many Jewish communities. However restrictions on education and economic isolation were not enough to satisfy the anti-Semitic fever sweeping the region, and so they were followed by the removal of Jews from public service, medical and legal professions, some beatings, some killings, a pogrom here, a pogrom there, the complete and utter delegitimizing of the Jew’s right to exist, and six million Jews starved, shot, gassed, burned, beaten, and suffocated to death. Their neighbours were not there to help them, in many cases their neighbours were more than willing to round Jews up and lock them in a burning barn or hand them over to the local police; the Jews were bringing the whole neighbourhood down and something had to be done.

After the Shoah public anti-Semitism was not so stylish, but it still existed, it was just undercover. Europe did not and for the most part still does not want to talk about the Shoah. Sure some monuments have gone up here and there, a nice token to remember those dead Jews, and a rather sanitized Holocaust curriculum is taught in some countries, but for the most part it is a blip on Europe’s collective memory. It is there, it happened everyone knows that (with some notable exceptions), but the details are fuzzy. Anti-Israel films are churned out by art houses on a regular basis; however it took a full 68 years before a movie about Opération Vent Printanier (perhaps one of the most taboo events in France’s recent history) was made. This is not an accident.

In the 21st century it is not acceptable to be identified as an anti-Semite, but it is du rigeur to be anti-Israel, or as the kids call it a ‘social justice advocate.’ And so within the BDS movement there is a convergence of various groups; the Hamas loving terror supporters, the democracy hating socialist-communists, the women’s libbers who turn a blind eye to how women are treated in Israel’s neighbouring countries, the student activists who believe whatever their professors tell them as long as it is anti-Israel and anti-American, the gay rights groups who don’t care that Hamas’ sugar daddy hangs gays from cranes, the social justice activists who are so busy condemning Israel they forgot to protest women being stoned to death in Afghanistan, and a few randoms. But they all have something in common: they hate Israel and they want Israel as it is to cease to exist. They want Israeli businesses to suffer. If you suggest there is a touch of anti-Semitism lingering in the BDS air, or compare BDS to the boycotting of Jews before the Shoah they will accuse you of using the Holocaust to shield Israel from criticism. The thing is I don’t think these groups want all Israeli businesses to suffer, just the ones that are owned by the Jews. Delegitimizing Israel helps a number of groups work towards their goals, and it gives Europe a chance to ease its post-Shoah guilt, ‘hey all these years those Jews have been trying to make us feel sooooo bad about the Holocaust, but they got their own country and look what happened – they are the new Nazis….maybe it’s a good thing we got them out of Europe.’ And the Arab world wants them out of Israel.

The closing of London’s Ahava store is a victory for the BDS movement, one that will embolden them. They did not need a big budget, large crowds, or massive support – all they needed was a few dozen people to show up outside the store for a couple hours every Saturday and stir up trouble. The cowardly behaviour of Ahava’s neighbouring businesses and landlords only strengthened their stance. What is to stop them now from targeting every Israeli owned business in London, one at a time, until they are all shut down? What is to stop them from going into Waitrose every week and smashing up their Israeli produce until they stop stocking it?

Most people who read this will shake their heads and sigh, ‘that is so terrible’ and then go to the next link and forget about it. This is not acceptable. Doing nothing is not acceptable unless you want to keep being the loser. The only reason I ever went to Monmouth Street (where the Ahava shop is) was to buy Ahava products. It is in a very touristy area and it is just not my favourite place. I will never, ever again shop at ANY store on this street and I will certainly never again step in the door of The Loft where the staff are apparently ready to cheerlead for a 21st century Kristallnacht. More importantly – tomorrow I am going to be purchasing a boxload of Ahava products. I don’t care if fascist bullies stand outside every store I shop at, I will not turn a blind eye to this thuggery, I will not be intimidated and I will not back down.

Who is with me?

Editor's Note: Just to clarify any confusion - the Ahava store in Covent Garden remains open until their lease expires. So far now, you can still head down there and give them some business. I am stocking up on Ahava products today.

UPDATE: Apparently Colin George of The Loft has had a change of heart.....or he was misquoted by The JC.....or the flood of emails complaining about these ridiculous alleged statements caused him to rethink his position......or all of the above. Call me a cynic but I am not sure how one goes from I wish they had left two years ago, to I love Ahava. But hey....take from this what you will....