Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

"On the Front Lines of Free Speech" (videos)

The Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OCSE), to quote Wikipedia,
"is the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Its mandate includes issues such as arms control, promotion of human rights, freedom of the press, and fair elections. It employs around 3,460 people, mostly in its field operations but also in its secretariat in Vienna, Austria and its institutions. It has its origins in the 1975 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) held in Helsinki, Finland. The OSCE is concerned with early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation. Its 57 participating states are located in Europe, northern and central Asia, and North America. The participating states cover much of the land area of the Northern Hemisphere. It was created during the Cold War era as an East–West forum."
 It's currently holding (11-22 September 2017), in Warsaw,
"The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE ... Europe's largest annual human rights and democracy conference. It is organized every year by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) as a platform for the 57 OSCE participating States, the OSCE Partners for Co-operation, OSCE structures, civil society, international organizations and other relevant actors to take stock of the implementation of OSCE human dimension commitments, discuss associated challenges, share good practices and make recommendations for further improvement."
Representatives of NGOs are entitled to have their say at the conference regarding items on the agenda, and among those this year attending to express apprehension regarding the unfettered migration of anti-assimilationist Muslims to Europe and the imposition of legislation that would effectively silence related concern and criticism as "hate speech" are the Austrian activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, who is on record as fearing for the future of her young daughter in an islamified continent,  and the American former CIA operative Claire Lopez, who represents the Center for Security Policy in Washington. 

In the first video ( the two women, both of whom resist the erosion of the Liberal principles of the eighteenth century Enlightenment by speak about their motivations in attending the conference, and in the second ( Claire Lopez addresses the conference, citing the Enlightenment's debt to Judeo-Christian values.

There are on the Vlad Tepes YouTube channel more videos of persons worried about the islamification of Europe addressing the conference, and it speaks volumes that at the conclusion of their remarks the (female) moderator of the conference reminds participants "to adhere to principles of tolerance and non-discrimination in line with OCSE commitment".

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