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Wednesday, 19 November 2014
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From Jewish News

Druze Policeman Zidan Saif has become the fifth victim of the terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue in Har Nov. Saif who was 30 and from Yanuh-Jat in the Galilee, was praised as a hero by his community and by the Police force.

He was the first policeman at the scene of the attack, to confront two Palestinian terrorists wielding knives, axes and pistols, according to Haaretz.

Israeli politician Naftali Bennet paid tribute to the his family, and the Druze population . . . The Israel Police echoed Bennet’s tributes, tweeting that Saif “risked his life to save lives.. May his memory be blessed.” 

Saif is survived by a wife and a daughter of under a year old.

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Posted on 11/19/2014 11:17 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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From an article in today's New York Times on censorship in Turkey:

But government influence could be felt even earlier. Lemi Bilgin, 58, who was ousted as director of state theaters in 2013 after he openly criticized the government’s plans to change how arts funding is allocated, said the pressure has grown since 2002.

“First, they started asking which plays we planned to include in our repertoire,” he said. “Then they began suggesting plays by conservative playwrights,” including Necip Fazil Kisakurek, a 20th-century writer who was sympathetic to the anti-Semitic forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and whose work Mr. Erdogan often quotes in speeches.

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Posted on 11/19/2014 5:08 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Posted on 11/19/2014 5:03 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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From the Norwegian edition of the Local

Two Norwegian citizens, known militants for the Isis terrorist group, have been killed in recent battles in Syria, NTB reported on Tuesday. Both men travelled to Syria from Norway to fight for Isis against the US-led coalition.

The first victim was a 24-year-old Eritrean Norwegian and the other a 23-year-old person whose identity was not disclosed, said TV2. The Norwegian TV channel reported that the 24-year-old, came to Norway alone as an asylum seeker Norway from the African country. The man has been in Syria for one of the longest stays of all known Norwegian citizens.

PST, the Norwegian Police Security Service, estimate that more than 60 people have travelled from Norway to Syria to fight. Before the latest casualties were reported on Tuesday, PST believed that around ten of those going has been killed.

The typical person who goes to fight in Syria is a man in his twenties with family background from a country in the Middle East. Some of them are women, while an increasing amount of Syria-farers are Norwegians who converted to Islam, said NTB.

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Posted on 11/19/2014 4:16 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014
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To Derna, near the border with Egypt.

Here.

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Posted on 11/18/2014 8:13 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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A Myanmar national, Khaled Mohammad (or name to that effect), made his way to  Bangladesh, where he was right at home with people identical to him in appearance,ethnicity, language, and religion, and thence to Hyderabad, once a Muslim-ruled state, to do what Muslims resentful that Muslims do not rule everywhere, have been doing,more and more, all over the world. 

Story here. 

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Posted on 11/18/2014 8:05 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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At the website of Haaretz, I find the following:

Wave of terror starting to resemble religious war

 
 
Can it really be that even Haaretz writers and their confused readers still can't figure out that Islam explains the deep and permanent Arab hatred of Israel, that the war against the Jews having a state, that began long before the state existed, is explained by the texts and tenets of Islam, that there is no "solution" to this, that the Jihad against Israel ought to be accepted, wearily, and Israelis act and plan accordingly, and that acting, and that planning, includes the need to constantly attempt to make the Western (and other parts of the non-Muslim world) understand that what Muslims wish to do to Israel and Israelis is what, if they could, they would do to Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, and to their polities.
 
At Haaretz, someone -- Amos Harel -- says, as of today, that the war in Jerusalem is "beginning to resemble a religious war." 
 
Intolerable blindnes, the result of a long-held desire not to see things as they are, and certainly not to study either Qur'an and Sunnah, or to study the history of  the conquest by Muslims of many different non-Muslim peoples and lands, and the subsequent subjugation of those peoples.
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Posted on 11/18/2014 6:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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At Palestinian Media watch, here.

And even more important is the second  article posted at Palestinian Media Watch here, which shows that Abbas and his men wanted to make clear to the Arabs and Muslims that he didn't mean a word of his condemnation of the attacks, that he was merely acting as Arafat had acted before him, that is lying, in order to placate the West and keep that terminally gullible West's support, and the money flowing. 

Please make sure that both are sent far and wide. 

 

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Posted on 11/18/2014 6:38 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0J20ZQ20141118?irpc=932

MOMBASA Kenya (Reuters) - A group of youths with machetes and knives killed three people on Kenya's coast after police raided two mosques that officials said were used to recruit Islamist militants, police said on Tuesday.

At least two of the three were Christian.

About 10 youths chanting "Allahu Akbar", or "God is greatest", killed a shopkeeper who tried to close his store in case of a riot, police had said late on Monday. The man's brother said he was Christian. On Tuesday, police said two more people had been killed, at least one of them Christian.

Police had raided two Mombasa mosques on Monday, seizing weapons and literature, which officials said was evidence of militant activity. They shot one man dead, who they said was trying to attack them, and arrested 251 other people

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Posted on 11/18/2014 3:24 PM by Esmeralda Weatherwax
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Rabbi murdered at Kehillat Yaakov Synagogue in Jerusalem

Novemebr 18, 2014

The attack by two Palestinian terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) early today at 7:00AM Israel Standard Time at the Kehillat Yaakov synagogue in  Jerusalem send a shock wave through Israel and the Jewish diaspora.  The perpetrators shot and slaughtered four rabbis; three Americans and one  Briton, dual citizens, six other worshipers were wounded  at early morning minyan prayers   CNN reported:

The four killed were all rabbis: Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 58; Aryeh Kopinsky, 43; Moshe Twersky, 59; and Calman Levine. Goldberg was a dual British-Israeli citizen, and the other three were U.S.-Israeli citizens -- which is why the FBI is investigating the attack, according to a U.S. law enforcement official.

 An arm of a Jewish worshipper wrapped in tefillin (phylacteries) was chopped off by one of the two assailants. Blood according to one of the eyewitnesses was splattered over the pews, prayer books and prayer shawls or tallit of the dead and wounded. 

Watch this CNN video of the bloody carnage left behind at the Kehillat Yaakov Synagogue attack:

 

Palestinian Cousins who perpetrated he Jerusalem

Members of the PFLP

Synagogue Attack

A third  suspect is still being  pursued by Israel police.  The perpetrators came equipped with guns, knives and a meat cleaver to conduct their barbarous rampage on the early morning worshippers at the Jerusalem synagogue. UPDATE . They were shot dead by two police officers who rushed to the scene, one of whom was attacked by the perpetrators and  succumbed to his wounds in hospital bringing  to death toll to five victims. The perpetrators came from the Jebel Mukhaber section of East Jerusalem.  One of them had worked at a grocery near the Kehillat Yaakov synagogue.  That gave rise to comments on a CNN report about today’s  synagogue  attack   by  long term US Middle East negotiator  Aaron David Miller. He called it the new wave of  “proximity” violence. The perpetrators were allegedly motivated by the  apparent suicide of a Palestinian Bus Driver, Youseff  al Roumani , who hung himself at an Egged Bus terminal.  Palestinians seeking revenge seized upon al Roumani’s death alleging it had been perpetrated by Jews.  

Jeff Dunetz of Yid with a Lid blog posted a graphic portrayal of the synagogue attack, “Murder in Jerusalem Synagogue-Terrorists Slaughter At Least Four during Morning Prayers”:

This is the first time Palestinian terrorists have targeted and murdered worshipers inside synagogue (there have been attacks outside synagogues).
Shas Party member Aryeh Deri, who was in the Shul during the attack  told Army Radio there was  blood on the pews and floor, with wounded and dead worshipers still wrapped in talit and tefillin. “They were shouting ‘Allah Akbar,’ as they carried out the attack,” he said, and he tried to call police as the murder spree unfolded.

Vic Rosenthal, an American Israeli of the Abu Yehuda blog, posted his views of this latest Palestinian slaughter, This is the Jewish state — get used to it.  He had just finished walking his two grandsons to pre-school in Jerusalem when news broke about the attack. He inserted a Tweet from the head of the Israel Zaka emergency service on the horror at the scene:

I cannot remember a sight as shocking as the scene in the synagogue. Jews wrapped in prayer shawls and [tefillin] wallowing in puddles of blood … images we saw only in the Holocaust. Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, head of Zaka emergency service cited by from Avi Mayer via Twitter.

Palestinian Cartoon ‘celebrating’ Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

11-18-14

 Today’s murderous Islamikaze attack at the Kehillat Yaakov synagogue signaled that nowhere in Jerusalem are Jews safe from barbaric attacks.  This was only surpassed in recent memory by the 2008 attack by a Palestinian who machine gunned and killed eight Yeshiva students in Jerusalem.  It is also reminiscent of the historic slaughter of 200 Jews in Hebron in 1929.  The Second Intifada was perpetrated by the late Yassir Arafat over the Temple Mount visit by the late Israeli PM Ariel Sharon on September 28, 2000. More than 1,038 Jewish Israelis were killed in suicide bus bombings and attacks perpetrated by Palestinians terrorists.  One grisly horror during the Second Intifada was the heinous suicide bombing of a group of holocaust survivors gathered to celebrate a Passover Seder at the Park Hotel in Netanya on March 27, 2002; 30 were killed and 140 were injured. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomber was identified as Abdel-Basset Odeh, a 25-year-old from the nearby West Bank city of Tulkarm.  Use of cyanide was planned in the Park Hotel bombing.  The IDF launched Operation Defensive Shield following the Park Hotel bombing.  The Second Intifada didn’t end until 2005, nearly a year following Arafat’s death.  

PM Netanyahu announced that this latest abomination would be “dealt with a heavy hand”.  Already Israeli police and security forces are combing through the Jebel Mukhaber looking for other terrorists and perhaps getting ready to evacuate for destruction the houses occupied by the two perpetrators.  While President Abbas may have condemned today’s Jerusalem synagogue attack, he nevertheless has been inciting violence in East Jerusalem over alleged Jewish presence on the Temple Mount,  what Muslims refer to as their Noble Sanctuary.  Curiously, while Hamas hasn’t claimed responsibility it welcomed the synagogue slaughter “as a heroic act”.  Palestinians in Gaza were celebrating the murderous Jerusalem synagogue attack with sweets.

This morning, Ted Belman, editor/publisher of the blog Israpundit, a Canadian-Israeli residing in Jerusalem, held a Skype  discussion about the messages that today’s synagogue attack conveys.  Listen here

For Israelis, Belman believes the implications of today’s attack were best captured in the  Abu Yehuda post by Vic Rosenthal and a recent Jerusalem Post column by Martin Sherman.  Rosenthal wrote:

We know that despite the fact that last week John Kerry announced after meeting with Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinian leader “restated his commitment to nonviolence and to restoring calm,” official Palestinian Authority media continues to broadcast incitement against Israel and Jews (see also here).

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We know that the Palestinian Authority as well as Hamas-linked media have been stirring up trouble by claiming that Israel intends to take over or destroy the al-Aqsa mosque.

It’s time for a reevaluation of the relationship between Israel and the PA, as well as its Arab residents. I suggest that we start with the passage of the Basic Law that defines Israel as the state of the Jewish people, and follow up with the annexation of Area C, the parts of Judea and Samaria that are under Israeli control and where all the Jewish communities are. Areas A and B, where 97% of the Arabs live, can be granted political autonomy, but must remain under Israeli security control — borders, airspace, etc.

Is this a problem? Too bad. A completely sovereign ‘Palestine’ in the territories is inconsistent with the continued existence of a Jewish state. This is true regardless of the “aspirations of the Palestinian people.” This isn’t something that can be negotiated; it’s a fact of geography.

“Israel Alone but Afraid”

Last Sunday, The Lisa Benson Show explored the conflict between free speech and incitement to violence on a program, presciently titled, “Israel Alone and Unafraid”.  Our two  guests were Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, adviser  on domestic counterterrorism to the British government and expert witness at the UN Human Rights Council on IDFconduct of operations against Hamas. Also appearing was Dr. Raphael Israeli, noted author, lecturer and retired Hebrew University Scholar on Islamic and East Asian Studies. They drew attention to the common tactics that Hamas and the Al Aqsa brigade of Fatah-PLO to manipulate blood libels and Islamic doctrine to justify attacks against Jews, Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East and in the West.  Col. Kemp suggested that incitement to violence should be made subject to domestic legal prohibitions, subject to rules of what constitutes free speech in the West. Dr. Israeli addressed why his term Islamikaze, derived from a book of the same name, reflects  the Islamic doctrinal imperative to commit barbarous jihad against unbelievers that we have seen in the Jerusalem synagogue attacks and others in Great Britain, the EU, Canada  and America.

Listen to the Lisa Benson Show discussion with Col. Kemp and Dr. Israeli.

Sherman, in his usual elegance wrote in a Jerusalem Post, “Into the Fray” column, On the cusp of carnage:  

After years of counterproductive concessions and compromise, it is unlikely that the situation is still retrievable by consensual means, and remedial measures will require coercive action on a wide scale.

What is called for today is not a repetition of reticent restraint, but the demonstration of ruthless resolve.

Unless the Jews convey the unequivocal message that any such challenge to their sovereignty will be met with overwhelming lethal force, they will increasingly be the victims of such force at the hands of their Arab adversaries.

As discussed with Belman  this may mean revising Israel’s Basic Law to conform to what we in the US know is the  legal doctrine propounded by the revered US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. That is the limits of free speech verging on incitement, the famed yelling fire in a theater paradigm.  But there is more that  might be considered by Likud and junior coalition partners in the  Netanyahu government on the verge of a new election campaign.  That is punishing sedition by sitting Members of the Arab Knesset list seeking Israel’s destruction  at the hands of its Muslim fundamentalist enemies.  Witness Salafist Israeli Sheik Rael Salah perennially  jailed for violent incitement to create a Caliphate  in Jerusalem.  He and others like him should be deprived of citizenship and ejected from Israel.   Israel should foster loyalty among its Muslim citizens by including them in service to the State. Israeli Arab Muslims already have the fourth highest level of living standards in the region and live under the rule of law; something they can’t claim elsewhere.  Minority Christians and Druze  in Israel know that. They readily admit, the Jewish nation is the only safe place for Druze and Christians in the Middle East with civil and human rights. They demonstrate that loyalty by serving in the IDF and the border police.

The message for Americans.

The wake up message to Americans is that the Administration has fostered this violence by suggesting that Jerusalem, Israel's capital, must be divided to provide a capital for a Palestinian State.  That is exemplified by the mantra of the West Wing and the State Department that  no peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians will continue to  inflame violence by Salafist jihadists like the Islamic State, formerly ISIS.  That myopic delusion must end. For the incoming GOP controlled Congress, it means sending a message  in Twitter terms to #defund the PA and #depopulate Gaza instead of reconstructing it. Israel has valued allies in the new 114th Congress, perhaps those initiatives could be brought to the fore for  possible legislative action. Already we read of stirrings by Congress to deal with possible Administration unilateral action  implementing a  P5+1 deal with a nuclear Iran, Israel’s mortal threat in the region. In the meantime, Israel knows that notwithstanding the attempts at isolating it by the Administration and by some members of the EU, America has the Jewish nation’s back.

 

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Posted on 11/18/2014 1:59 PM by Jerry Gordon
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On French Muslims returning to France from waging Jihad in Syria and Iraq: 
 

Quelques déclarations de Valérie Pécresse ce soir 16/11/2014 sur I-Télé :

"Il faut prévoir des lieux d'accueil séparés pour les personnes qui rentrent du djihad".

"Il faut les traiter comme des personnes qui n'ont plus leur libre-arbitre".

Des barbares ayant décidé, en toute liberté et en toute connaissance de cause, de partir à l'étranger pour violer, torture, assassiner, égorger, il faut donc les accueillir lors de leur retour, avec leurs mains pleines de sang, les accueillir dans des "lieux d'accueil".

Et bien sûr, l'éternelle victimisation et minoration de leur culpabilité dont bénéficient toutes ces ordures : "ils n'ont plus leur libre-arbitre"

Vous noterez enfin la déférence, presque le respect qui suinte de l'emploi du mot "personne" pour désigner ces tueurs sadiques.

Ces déclarations donnent envie de vomir tant elles sont ignobles.

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Posted on 11/18/2014 1:54 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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From the Jerusalem Post

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip celebrated an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left four dead and others wounded on Tuesday. Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun carried out the attack at the synagogue before being shot dead by police.

Gazan revelers in Rafah handed out sweets and brandished axes and posters of the said perpetrators in praise of the deadly attack.Palestinian radio reports described the attackers as "martyrs" and Hamas praised the attack.

Loudspeakers at mosques in Gaza called out congratulations.

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Posted on 11/18/2014 12:21 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Reuters:

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe with an index on Monday listing Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India as the nations where modern-day slavery is most prevalent.

The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated in its inaugural slavery index last year that 29.8 million people were born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, trapped in debt bondage or exploited for forced labour.

Releasing its second annual index, Walk Free increased its estimate of the number of slaves to 35.8 million, saying this was due to better data collection and slavery being uncovered in areas where it had not been found previously.

For the second year, the index of 167 countries found India had by far the greatest number of slaves. Up to 14.3 million people in its population of 1.25 billion were victims of slavery, ranging from prostitution to bonded labour.

Mauritania was again the country where slavery was most prevalent by head of population while Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, rose up the rank from 96th place to be listed as the fourth worst country by percentage of the population.

"From children denied an education by being forced to work or marry early, to men unable to leave their work because of crushing debts they owe to recruitment agents, to women and girls exploited as unpaid, abused domestic workers, modern slavery has many faces," the report said.

"It still exists today, in every country - modern slavery affects us all."

The index defines slavery as the control or possession of people in such a way as to deprive them of their freedom with the intention of exploiting them for profit or sex, usually through violence, coercion or deception.

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From the Telegraph and the Daily Mail

Two Palestinian men armed with axes, knives and a pistol killed four people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, Israeli police and emergency services said.

The attack, the deadliest in Jerusalem in years, is bound to increase fears of sustained violence in the city, already on edge amid soaring tensions over a contested holy site. 

The attack took place shortly after 7am in an ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of West Jerusalem. At least six people were wounded in the attack, including two police officers. Wounded worshippers were being assisted by paramedics and a bloodied butcher's knife lay near the scene of the attack.

Yaacov Cohen, 60, said he witnessed the shoot-out at the door of the Bnei Torah synagogue from his balcony across the street. "I had been ready to go to pray at the synagogue when my wife, who was out walking, called me on the phone and told me not to go because there was shooting," he said. 

Anther eyewitness, Stephen Engel, 36, said that most of the people praying in the synagogue at that time of day would have been aged 50 upwards. People who pray there are very organised people," he said. "They rise early in the morning and pray. People start praying before they go to work." He added: "The first prayers start at 6.25am, so if the shooting happened around 7am, the prayers would have been almost finished."

Ya'akov Amos, who was inside the synagogue and witnessed the attack, described how he saw one of the gunmen at point-blank range: 'The first thing I recall of the incident is seeing a man close to me bleeding through his prayer shawl. Moments later the terrorist moved to within a metre of me then started shooting in the other direction. One, two, three, bang, bang, bang. I immediately hit the ground and tried to protect myself with a prayer stand. I was completely in shock. It all happened in a matter of moments. He kept screaming 'Allah hu'Akbar'.

'I didn't see his face, but through the gap in the stand I saw him shooting from almost point blank range. I then stood up and threw the stand in his direction and simply ran for my life. The man was working his way round to me, so I just ran. I ran outside with the shooting continuing in the background. I ran out and screamed at people "they're shooting us... call the police!" I didn't see the second attacker, but I saw that something was going on at the other side [of the synagogue]. There were 25 to 30 people praying there. What a shock. It would seem that I know one of the men that was murdered.

'I need to think how God protects us. I got to my house ([nearby] in hysterics. It's a terrible feeling, but we won't give in. We will continue to pray. They're big heroes killing people from behind. . .' 

Akiba Pollack, a paramedic with the Magen David Adom ambulance service, arrived at the synagogue to find a man sitting on the steps saying he had been shot. Mr Pollack lifted his shirt and found not gunshot wounds but a series of cuts that looked as if they had been inflicted with an axe. He and a fellow paramedic were also shot at. They then saw a policeman shot in the head and attended to him. He is in a critical condition. 

The attackers were identified as cousins Uday and Ghassam Abu Jamal from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber. Neighbours said Uday was 22 years old and Ghassam was 32 and had three children. They were reportedly inspired by calls from Hamas through Palestinian media and on social media to attack Israeli targets to 'protect the Al Aqsa mosque'. It is not known if they were members of any militant groups. Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service are questioning relatives of the two killers to determine the extent of the family involvement in the attack.

Witnesses said Israeli security forces sealed off the neighbourhood this morning. Around 200 border police were reported to have entered the area around the brothers' home and fired tear gas and stun grenades.

Islamist group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, praised the killings, describing them as a fitting "response" to Israeli actions in annexed east Jerusalem. 

Violence in Jerusalem, areas of Israel and the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories has surged in the past month . . . Five Israelis and a foreign visitor have been deliberately run over and killed or stabbed to death by Palestinians. About a dozen Palestinians have also been killed, including those accused of carrying out those attacks. On Monday a Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in a vehicle in Jerusalem. Israeli police, citing autopsy results, said he had committed suicide but the driver's family said they suspected foul play and the incident led to clashes.

Hamas called for retaliation after the bus driver's death. 

UPDATE: Three of the four worshippers killed in a Jerusalem synagogue attack are Americans, according to multiple media reports.

And the fourth is an Englishman, a Londoner recently of Golder's Green. 
 

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In Obama's case, it was to re-interpret a trivial dinner for a barbaric envoy into an "Iftar Dinner" for an "ambassador," the "first Iftar Dinner" hosted by an American President -- Thomas Jefferson. That makes Obama's own Iftar dinners seem to be not something new (and to almost all Americans, entirely uncalled-for and unwelcome) but part of a tradition that goes back to Jefferson. 

A report on this, put up at NER a few years ago, here. 

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And a Harvard specialist in sea urchins, who had a sideline in fantasies about predecessors of Columbus (not only Islamic ones, who were tangential to his other bizarre claims), is quoted as authority by others in Turkey supporting Erdogan's claim. The claim itself is nonsense; what matters is what the claim tells us about Islamic desires to rewrite history, not only to make Islam look good, or at least better, but these claims of "Muslim discoveries" and a Muslim presence pre-dating that of others is also a land claim, not understood by non-Muslims. 

The story, at Hurriyet Daily News, here.

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Dutch Protesters

The New American Magazine reported, "Jihad Is Fine? So Says 80 Percent of Holland’s Young Turkish Muslims."

Is the Netherlands becoming a netherworld of Islamic extremism? If a new poll can be believed, this very well may be the case.

The research, conducted by the Motivaction group in Amsterdam, concerns the attitude of Dutch Turks between the ages of 18 and 34 about the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and found that “80% saw nothing wrong in jihad, or holy war, against non-believers,” writes DutchNews.nl. The website also reports, “The survey found 90% of young Turks think those fighting against Syrian president Assad’s troops are ‘heroes’ and half thought it would be a good thing if Dutch Muslims went to join the fight.”

The reaction by Dutch politicians has been swift and unsure. During a Wednesday debate on integration, Dutch members of parliament (MPs) “from across the political spectrum,” writes Dutch News, “called for more research … to investigate why youths have such radical views.”

 

 

But one MP who will be neither shocked by the poll nor unsure about its meaning is the founder and leader of the Party for Freedom, Geert Wilders. The most colorful and controversial Dutch politician in recent memory, the blonde-haired Wilders has long inveighed against the inroads Islam has made into his nation and Western Europe in general. He bluntly states that Islam — not just “Islamism” — poses a clear and present danger to the West. And he is currently making this case while on a tour of the United States.

For instance, Wilders said in a Palm Beach, Florida, “Restoration Weekend” speech just yesterday, “Of course, there are many moderate Muslims. I believe in moderate people, but I do not believe in a moderate Islam. There is only one Islam — the Islam of the Koran, the Hadith and the life of Muhammad, who was a terrorist and a warlord.”

Wilders refers to the fact that, unlike Jesus, known as the “Prince of Peace,” Muhammad launched exactly 100 military campaigns, 27 of which he participated in himself. And much as how Christians would ask, “What would Jesus do?” when seeking guidance, Muslims view Muhammad as “the perfect man” and a role model. Speaking on Saturday of how this influences believers today, Wilders said, “Last Summer, my home town, The Hague, witnessed scenes which brought back memories of the darkest period in our history, the Nazi era. Sympathizers of the Islamic State paraded in our streets. They carried swastikas; they carried the black flags of the Islamic State. They shouted ‘Death to the Jews’ and ‘Oh Jews, the army of Mohammed is coming for you.’”

Citing another example in a Nashville, Tennessee, speech on October 21, Wilders said:

In Britain, Australia and Canada, soldiers wearing their uniform in public have been attacked and even murdered by jihadis.

… In Germany, the authorities fear for an Islamic "holy war" in the streets of the German towns. Earlier this month, Kurds were attacked by ISIS sympathizers in Hamburg, Bremen, Hannover and other German cities.

In Belgium, a non-Muslim shopkeeper has been threatened with decapitation if he does not pay 50,000 euros to the Syria fighters.

… 65 percent of [Dutch] Moroccans between 12 and 23 are suspected of a crime.  (READ MORE)

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Kobani, Syria  under Air attacks as seen from Suruc, Turkey 11-17-14

Source: Vadim Ghirda / Associated Press

The Los Angerles Times reported, "Kurds say Islamic State militants near defeat in Kobani."

Kurdish forces say the battle against Islamic State for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani has turned definitively in their favor following weeks of punishing U.S.-led airstrikes and the arrival of Kurdish reinforcements from Iraq.

Commanders belonging to the Popular Protection Units – YPG, by its Kurdish initials – said the intensive bombardment in recent days had allowed their fighters to seize several strategic hills from Islamic State militants.“Daesh is not retreating as much as we want, but it is retreating,” said Anwar Muslim, a political leader in Kobani reached by telephone, who used the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

About 250 Islamic State fighters remain in Kobani, concentrated in the southeastern corner of town, Rafiq Baradar, a YPG commander from Kobani, said during a visit to the Turkish border town of Suruc.

“They will probably be finished in four or five days,” Baradar said in an interview here.

But the Kurds say it will likely take weeks and possibly months to clear traces of the militants from the area, in part because of lingering snipers, roadside bombs and explosive-rigged buildings. Islamic State also seized scores of villages outside Kobani that must be secured, the Kurds note.

“Daesh is not retreating as much as we want, but it is retreating,” said Anwar Muslim, a political leader in Kobani reached by telephone, who used the Arabic acronym for Islamic State. “The initiative is now with the YPG and the coalition’s air power.”

Many Kurds in the region and elsewhere view the fight for Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, as a global symbol of resistance against Islamic State’s extreme interpretation of Islam. The Kurdish militia defending Kobani has a strong secular orientation.

Islamic State is reported to have lost hundreds of fighters in the two-month siege of Kobani, situated just south of the Turkish border. A defeat in Kobani would be a major strategic blow for the militants, who have also seen their advances in Iraq stall in recent weeks.

“The initiative is now with the YPG and the coalition’s air power.”“The airstrikes have allowed us to capture the hills,” said Nareen Khalil, 19, one of many female fighters with the Kurdish forces in Kobani.

“As soon as my wound heals, I will go back to Kobani to fight and die there,” said Khalil, who was recovering from a bullet to the abdomen sustained in Kobani.

Several of her women comrades were captured by the militants and beheaded, she said. (READ MORE)

 

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And Death to Israel, Death to America, Death to England, and Death to all those who oppose The Rule of the Jurisprudent. 

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