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July 28, 2016

Everything's Awesome, The God-King Proclaimed

In Germany, nude bathers (at a legal nude beach) had to call police when harassed and threatened by "Mediterranean-looking men" who shouted "Allahu Akbar at them.

Anti-semetic attacks and vandalism are rising in Malmo, Sweden. Don't worry, though: The Mayor of Malmo has forthrightly stated who's responsible for the rising anti-Jewish crimes: the Jews themselves.

The Jews of Malmö, a community of about 1,500 in a city of 300,000, are living through a new form of anti-Semitism. This kind does not stem from neo-Nazis or right-wing extremists—traditional perpetrators of European Jew-hatred—but has come to the city through immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East and is part of a larger, countrywide problem of failed integration. According to the 2011 census, one in 10 Malmö citizens comes from the Middle East and North Africa, and ethnic Swedes are no longer in the majority among 15-year-olds. In 2009, 60 hate crimes against Jews were reported in Malmö, ranging from hate speech to assault. The city’s Chicago-born Chabad rabbi, Shneur Kesselman, estimates that he alone has been the victim of 100 incidents during his few years in the city. A dozen families have already left Malmö for Stockholm, Israel, or the United States because of anti-Semitism, according to community leaders.

If only this were the whole problem. But Malmö’s mayor of 17 years, Ilmar Reepalu, has “Tourettes syndrome with respect to Jews,” according to Kvällsposten, a Swedish newspaper. Last week, Reepalu, a Social Democrat, made headlines across the country after I published an interview with him in which he said that Sweden Democrats, an anti-immigrant party with its roots in the Swedish neo-Nazi movement, had “infiltrated” Malmö’s Jewish community in order to turn it against Muslims. On Monday, he was publicly reprimanded by the head of his party.

At a memorial for the victims of the shootings in Munich last week, angry Muslims chant "Allahu Akbar" at the grieving.

During the incident, a group of Muslim men arrived at the memorial and disrupted silent mourners who had gathered together at the scene to pay their respects to the dead.

They repeatedly chanted “Allahu Akbar!", an Islamic phrase that translates to “God is the greatest.”

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The disturbance at the memorial became so fraught that police had to eventually intervene.

In the short video, a well-built man tries to shout down "a group of young Muslim men" who are all chanting “Allahu Akbar”.

One of the men in the video can be seen criticising the "unjust world we live in".

Angela Merkel, however, has a forward thinking plan to quell the rising tensions: import more immigrants from the Middle East.

But other politicians are now calling for Germany to change its immigration policy from "Wilkommen" to Auf Wiedersehen.

On this point, Byron York wonders if the American public has gotten sick of President Bobby McFerrin's act.

In the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 73 percent of registered voters said the country is on the wrong track, while just 18 percent said it is headed in the right direction. The 73 percent figure is the second-highest in the president's nearly eight years in office.

The poll was no outlier. These are the wrong-track numbers for the last ten polls in the RealClearPolitics average of polls: 67, 70, 67, 71, 73, 69, 79, 68, 60 and 66.

And yet, in spite of clear evidence that a majority of Americans believe the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction, the president exhorted the nation, "Thank you for this incredible journey — let's keep it going."

Obama spoke as if broad areas of American life are better than ever, even if there remains work to be done. When Obama said, "My time in this office — it hasn't fixed everything," the millions of voters who believe the country is on the wrong track might have seen that as a significant understatement.

Another reason to support Trump: Only with the election of Trump will the media return to reporting bad news.

And boy how they'll return to it.


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