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These are all the Blogs posted on Thursday, 5, 2012.
Thursday, 5 April 2012
More Whack-a-Mole in the Caucasus: Russia Takes Out Five Jihadis

The Reuters version, as reproduced in the Jerusalem Post.

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=264693

'Russia says kills five Islamists in Caucasus' 

'Moscow - Russian security forces killed five Islamist rebels (that is, five jihadists, or Mohammedan Mobsters - CM), suspected of plotting suicide attacks in the capital of the republic of Ingushetia on Tuesday, Russia's anti-terrorism committee (NAK) said in a statement.

'The Kremlin is struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus (that is, the Kremlin is struggling to defeat Jihad in the North Caucasus - CM) and President Dmitry Medvedev has called the North Caucasus separatist movement (that is, the North Caucasus jihad - CM) Russia's top domestic security problem.

'The NAK statement said the rebels opened fire on security forces after they attempted to stop their car.  It said all five were killed in the shooting.  It said two of the rebels had belts loaded with explosives, which are often used by suicide bombers.

And now Reuters trots out the usual misdirections and obfuscations, resolutely refusing to see the obvious - CM

'More than a decade after federal troops toppled an Islamist government in Chechnya (and installed a different regime which is, alas, likewise Going Sharia at a gallop - CM), security forces are fighting militants (i.e. jihadists - CM) in a region-wide insurgency fuelled by anger at poverty, clan feuds and corruption.

The insurgency - the Jihad to achieve a regional overthrow of non-Muslim authority and replace it by Muslim rule in a sharia-suffused state - is fuelled by Islam.  The anger, the poverty, the feuding and the corruption are not the causes of Jihad; they are, like Jihad itself, the fruits of Islam.  Anger, poverty, feuds and corruption are found, of course, outside of dar al Islam as well; but wherever Islam prevails they tend to be found to a degree significantly worse than in non-Islamic regions.   V S Naipaul in 'Among the Believers' observed that Islam 'sanctifies rage'; anger, together with suspicion and aggression and a zero-sum approach to conflict resolution, suffuses the core texts of Islam and, therefore, the psyche and society of  Muslims.  One can see how clan feuds, for example, would fester in such an environment.  And then there is the jihad imperative, the never-ending drive - hardwired into Islam - to achieve global dominance for Muslims by the absorption, subjugation or extermination of all non-Muslims everywhere.  Muslims are programmed to feel 'oppressed' and bitterly resentful in any situation in which they do not wield total dominion and dominance over the Infidels living around them or next door to them. 

The jihad in the Caucasus, like the jihad in the Philippines and in S Thailand and in Western China and in and around Israel and in Kashmir, and in Nigeria, and in the Sudan, is waged in order to achieve Muslim dominance over non-Muslims (hence the immediate goal of the Jihad, when Muslims form a local or regional majority but a national minority, is to separate their 'turf' from the overarching majority-kafir state, which separation once achieved, the Ummah pockets its gains - a new patch of Muslim-ruled 'turf' - but does not settle down, indeed, usually jihad continues with redoubled force against  what remains of the original non-Muslim entity from which the new Muslim turf has been cut off), and also - within Islamic entities - in order to impose and enforce the sharia.

Were the Russian Federation to give the jihadis what they say they want, and release the majority-Muslim southern republics from the Federation so that they can be turned into Islamic sharia states (with their non-Muslim residents driven out, or converted, or killed, or reduced to actual or de facto dhimmitude),  I do not believe for one second that the jihad waged against and from within Russia would cease.  It would indeed be likely to grow worse.

And I will also state that should these republics separate from the Federation and become independent Islamic states, the anger, corruption, feuding and poverty that are rife within them will not ameliorate but will instead grow steadily worse,the more sharia is adopted and enforced.  - CM

Posted on 04/05/2012 12:01 AM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Another Day in Jerusalem, Another Arab Muslim Tries to Kill a Jew

A middle-aged Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem was attacked by a young Arab Muslim wielding an axe.  Fortunately, the attacker did not succeed in killing his victim.

As reported by ynet and by the Jerusalem Post.

The Ynet version first, Raanan Ben-Zur reporting.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4211119,00.html

'Jerusalem: Man Lightly Hurt in Ax Attack'.

'A 55 year old ultra-Orthodox man was lightly hurt Monday by an Arab youth wielding an axe, the police said.  The attack took place near the city's Damascus Gate.

'The assailant fled the scene on foot.  Police and emergency services team are on the scene, and a manhunt is in progress.

'The man was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

'According to the police, "An Arab assailant attacked a Jewish haredi man near the Damascus gate.  He struck him on the head (I wonder whether he was aiming for the neck, trying to behead his victim as per the Quranic instruction to 'smite at their necks'? - CM) and the two struggled, before the assailant fled the scene".

'The ax was found at the scene.

Good. Let's hope it has lots of fingerprints on it...With any luck, the attacker will have a criminal record of some sort and can be identified. - CM

'Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller told Ynet that, "At 8.21 am we received a call saying a man was attacked on the corner of Ha Nevi'im and Bar-Lev streets, near the Damascus Gate.

"An ambulance arrived at the scene within minutes.  The paramedics found the man who was attacked sitting on the sidewalk and presenting with head and torso injuries.  He told them he had fought off his assailant."

An unarmed haredi dad of 55, taken totally by surprise, having to defendi himself against a crazed Arab Muslim 'youth' (a teenager? in the twenties?) who had an axe - and he prevailed, putting his attacker to flight.  What a mensch. - CM

'Heller added that the man suffered wounds to the back of his head (oho - this tells me that the Arab Muslim attacked from behind - CM), his hands and his waist, adding that he told paramedics he was attacked by an Arab man.

'Jerusalem Police spokesman Shmulik Ben Rubi told Ynet that police and Shin Bet forces were canvassing the area for the suspect.

There were Comments to the article; no 11 stated "when I go to the Western Wall on Shabbat I always look around.  Once I was assaulted by a young Arab man (that is, by a young Arab Muslim man - CM) wielding a stick at a deserted corner, but I managed to run away.  I didn't alert the police.  It's simply useless...".

And now for what Jerusalem Post 's Jeremy Sharon, and J Post Staff, made of the same incident.

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=264571

'Arab attacks Jewish man in east Jerusalem'.

That should be 'Muslim attacks Jew in Jerusalem'. - CM

'Haredi moderately hurt by axe-wielding assailant.

'An Arab youth wielding an axe attacked and injured an elderly Jewish man in Jerusalem Monday morning, in what the police described as a nationalistic or terror-motivated attack (oh please, Jerusalem police, face the facts: this attack, just like the murders in Itamar and Toulouse, was driven by the Jew-hatred hard-wired into Islam - CM) on Hanevi'im Street, just outside the Old City's Damascus Gate.

'The victim, identified as Nahum Weisfish, suffered light to moderate wounds, including cuts to the head, waist and hands...

'The assailant fled the scene following the attack.  Police forces said they were conducting a broad search operation to apprehend the suspect.

'According to eyewitnesses, Weisfish struggled with the youth in an attempt to fight him off.

And none of the eyewitnesses tried to help? - CM

'Yitzhak weiner, an MDA paramedic who treated the victim at the scene, said that Weisfish sustained several wounds and was in shock when the ambulance arrived to treat him.

"He was in shock and extremely scared", Weiner said.

'Weiner added that eyewitnesses at the scene had told the MDA personnel that an Arab youth ran toward the victim, and struck him several times with the axe.

'Monday's attack comes after a similar attack in the capital less than three weeks ago, when a Palestinian teenager (that is, an Arab Muslim teenager - CM) named Muhammad Shuman (named Muhammad - what a surprise! - CM) stabbed a 19-year-old female soldier on the capital's light rail network, seriously wounding her.

'In response to an inquiry by The Jerusalem Post about the attacks and further such incidents, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that police officials are assessing the security situation "on an operational and intelligence level in order to prevent future attacks".

And the Jerusalem Post proceeds to engage in a spot of 'yes, but we're as bad as they are'. - CM

'Last week, two Jewish men, one adult and one minor, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a 20 year old Arab resident of East Jerusalem with a wooden beam on the light rail network.  The victim was lightly injured."

I would like to know much more about this incident - are the alleged perpetratora, perhaps, known criminals? did they attack the Arab out of the blue? is there CCTV footage, and/ or eyewitnesses, and are the witnesses Muslims or Jews, and what do the alleged attackers say happened? -  before assuming that there is any sort of equivalence between it and the Muslim stabbing of the female soldier (which just missed killing her) and the Muslim axe attack on Mr Weisfish.  Furthermore, the number of individual Arab Muslim assaults upon - and killings of - random Jews in the street within Israel would far outnumber, I suspect, the number of attacks that can be classified as unprovoked attacks by Jews upon random Arab Muslims. -

A further thought: had Mr Weisfish, in the struggle at the Damascus Gate, wrested hold of the axe and scored a return blow on his assailant with it, would the Muslim now be crying victim and pressing charges? - CM

Posted on 04/05/2012 12:51 AM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Islamist site threatens strike 'at heart of Berlin'

From AFP via NDTV: Dubai: A statement posted on Tuesday on an Islamist website used by Al Qaeda threatened a strike at the "heart of Berlin" unless Germany releases a jailed female militant.

"This is a special message to the old lady of Germany (Chancellor Angela) Merkel... you should learn from what happened in France," said the unsigned statement on one of the group's main sites. "Immediately release Um Seif Al-Islam Al-Ansariya before another Mohammed Merah strikes at the heart of Berlin,"

Al Qaeda's North Africa branch, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), says it is holding German engineer Edgar Raupach, kidnapped in Kano, Nigeria in January. It wants to exchange him for Felis Lowitz, whose Muslim name was given as Um Seif Al-Islam Al-Ansariya.

"Many Muslims have heard about what you have done to Um Seif...you tore off her veil and tore off her clothes," said the statement.

Nigerian authorities have detained five men, including a Mauritanian, believed to be linked to the January kidnapping.

Posted on 04/05/2012 2:46 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Rocket hits Israeli tourist town Eilat

AFP: JERUSALEM — A rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula slammed into the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat on Thursday, police said, causing no injuries in the town packed with tourists ahead of a Jewish holiday.

Eilat police were put on the highest state of alert following the blast, which occurred shortly after midnight, officials said. "This rocket, which was fired from Egypt, exploded in the town but did not cause any injuries or damage," Eilat district police chief Ron Gertner told Israel's army radio. Gertner said a Grad rocket slammed into a construction site in the city, about 300 metres (yards) from a residential area, shortly after midnight (2100 GMT on Wednesday).

The blast occurred as thousands of Israeli and foreign tourists descended on the resort town to celebrate the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins at sundown on Friday. Later this month the city will host the European Triathlon Championships.

In Egypt, officials said publicly that the attack was not staged from Sinai. Mahmud al-Hifnawy, south Sinai's security chief told AFP there had been no attack from Egyptian territory, adding "the situation is completely secured." And South Sinai governor Khaled Fouda said, "Israel has become accustomed to spreading such rumours, to harm tourism."

But privately, security officials said they were investigating and combing the border area.

And from Haaretz. Israel will strike those who attack its citizens, and all those who support them, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following a rocket attack on the southern town of Eilat onThursday, adding that the Sinai has long become a base for terror attacks against Israelis.

. . . defense officials indicated Thursday that there were no clear warnings of the intention to strike the southern town.

Posted on 04/05/2012 4:50 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Passover 2002 The Park Hotel Massacre in Netanya- Israel’s 9/11

         

Park Hotel Netanya, Israel March 27, 2002                               IDF Tanks at Siege of the  Mukkata, Yasser Arafat's HQ

Source: Reuters                                                                                  April 2002, Operation Defensive Shield  Source: AP          

On March 27, 2002, a Hamas suicide bomber disguised as a woman passed through security at the Park Hotel in Netanya, Israel and detonated a bomb that killed more than 30 and injured over 140 others. The victims were elderly Jews, many of whom were Holocaust Survivors were over the age of 70.  They were gathered there for a festive Passover Seder with more than 250 attendees including tourists from abroad.  The blood and horror of the heinous attack was not lost on the Israeli public, its leaders and the Jewish World.  2002 was the peak of the Second Intifada, which some believe never ended.  

On March 29th, 2002, PM Ariel Sharon ordered the IDF to retaliate. Upwards of 30,000 reservists were called up and entered the West Bank in Operation Defensive Shield. IDF forces sealed off several cities and towns and began full scale military operations, hunting down terrorists, destroying arms and weapon caches, restricting the late PLO-Fatah Leader Yasser Arafat in a siege at his ruined fortress the Makkata in Ramallah. It was called Black March by Israelis. In March alone 130 Israelis, 100 of them civilians were killed in terrorist actions. More than 23 IDF soldiers were killed in operations in the Jenin refugee camp. IDF operations killed more than 238 Palestinians, 400 were injured and 5000 were arrested including Marwan Barghouti, former Secretary general of Fatah. What happened at the Park Hotel in Passover in 2002 forced Israel to come to terms with launching an effective counterterrorism program and building physical security to protect its citizens.

Marc Kahlberg, an Israeli of South African origin is a colleague in The United West and heads a counterterrorism consultancy in Israel. In March 2002, he was an Israel police Inspector involved in the devastating aftermath of the Park Hotel Passover Massacre.  This is his story of what he experienced and how it changed his life, as published in The Jerusalem Post.  It is a cautionary tale given the occurrence of Passover 2012 that begins at sundown, tomorrow Friday, April 5th.

Watch this You Tube Video One Family Fund Report on the 10th Anniversary of the Park Hotel Massacre from the vantage point of the surviving relatives.

The Jerusalem Post

Remembering the Carnage a Decade Later

04/02/2012 14:01

By MARC KAHLBERG

First responder that saw terror and bloodshed during 2002 attacks never shared his heartache.

If my story, through the eyes of the Israeli people and especially the first responders, has real themes over the last decade, it is surely one of silence, heroism, patience, pain and ongoing suffering, but most of all, one of resilience. Unlike the United States, which on the 10th anniversary of 9/11honored the fallen and the heroes of that tragic day in a way that will forever be etched in my memory, officially no one in Israel has revisited the people who were first responders in the attacks 10 years ago.

No one has stepped forward to acknowledge my dedicated fellow professionals and simply thank them for giving up so much. I now share my reflection on Ten Years of carnage, chaos and hell while providing testimony of the 131 terror attacks that took place in Israel in 2002. There were almost 500 innocent lives lost, and thousands more who were injured and never again able to enjoy some of the simple things in life. Shock and trauma set in like a cancer and destroyed so many people; in some cases only to be discovered 10 years later. Survivors and families of those murdered or injured suffered excruciating pain because of suicide bombers’ ruthless, cowardly acts. Where the survivors of these inhumane terrorist attacks jump at the sound of a siren or a car backfire, all I can offer to inspire my fellow first responders is a simple memory and a simple hug of affection.

The heroic first responders of Ground Zero defined what it means to meet adversity and then overcome it. In Israel, our first responders relentlessly meet the same adversity again and again, and we have to overcome it each time. A very ordinary, human approach permeates my account of extraordinary and highly unsettling events but hidden deep within is agony stored like a massive archive of data, and it needs to be unearthed. There are the struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder that we as first responders all stubbornly refused to accept. There is the silent battle we all wage to ultimately rid ourselves of a tormenting life changing condition. We as first responders served, and still do, on the frontlines against carnage and terrorism for many years.

As an Israeli policeman in one of the more volatile regions in the world, where the media are ever present, I was bound by an unwritten code of silence forbidding even a hint of self-expression. I start and finish my day by scanning the global news to see where another deadly terror attack has occurred. I deplore hearing of these events, no matter where they may be, but still I seek the news, just like in 2002, when I incessantly listened to the police radio, not wanting to miss a suspect or a suspicious object, trying to thwart the next blast, the next attack and more terror, more blood. I refuse to give in or give up. I spent almost seven years on the front line of a war of terror, witnessing Palestinian suicide bombers launch one bloody attack after another.

Witnessing the horrors of these attacks over and over again certainly takes its toll. My own family became secondary and I became sleep deprived, as the battle to prevent another attack was constant. I have been physically present and active at 16 terrorist attacks. I have responded to well over 50. I have spent many hours blocking roads and on covert “stakeouts’ so that terror could be contained and thwarted. I have faced my own mortality more times than I care to remember, yet I didn't talk about it with anyone. I never dared to speak. In every such I left these scenes with a heavy load on my chest.

For 10 long years I kept this all sealed inside of me, not daring to mention anything for fear of being seen as weak. As the bombing continued, I spent up to 20 hours a day at work. I'd come home, take my shoes off, lie on the couch for three to four hours and leave the police radio blaring next to my ear, on alert for the next blast. Gradually, nothing else seemed to matter. I missed bringing up my kids. I missed out on the best years of their lives.

Once upon a time I was an avid red meat eater – a relic of my South African origins. I stopped eating meat for months after the attacks in 2002. It reminded me of the bombing scenes. It still does at times. The smell lingers, as does the taste in my mouth.

As March 30 passed and the “million man march” turned out to be a predictive non event due to the brilliant composure and resilience of our first responders; our simple right to exist and live in peace was yet again challenged; this time by a provocation that could have sparked a grave unrest anew. This year, this Pesach, pause for just a short minute and remember not only the freedom we gained from the Egyptians, but the victims of terror in Israel. May this Pesach be the beginning of new joy and new freedom?

_________________________________________________

The writer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a former Israel Police officer who commanded the Tourist Police in Netanya during the epicenter of the Palestinian terror campaign against Israel in 2002. He was present at sixteen fatal terror attacks as a first responder and responded to scores more. He was also an English language spokesman for the Israel National Police during Israel's disengagement from Gaza in 2005. His much awaited autobiography is currently in the works.

Posted on 04/05/2012 5:31 AM by Jerry Gordon
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Helen Thomas' Palestinian Authority Award for Antisemitism

                        Helen Thomas and her PA Award

Michael Taube, former speechwriter for Canadian PM Stephen Harper has this devastting profile in today's Washington Times of the media queen of antisemitism, Helen Thomas, who received an award this week from the Palestinian Authority  at an event in Washington. The honor was bestowed by none other than Hanan Ashwari, a Palestinian Christian and member of what passes for the Palestinian Legislative Council. Dr. Ashwari is  notorious anti-Israel propagandist, a frequent guest speaker on college campuses in the US during the past decade.  The 91 year old Ms. Thomas, a UPI correspondent  at White House Press Conferences for decades , is a child of Lebanese Christian immigrants who came to this country in the early decades of he 20th Century.  Beginning with a speech at MIT in 2002, Thomas revealed her long held hatred of Israel and Jews, That festering antisemitism was graohically revealed in a video that went viral on the internet in which  she uttered the fateful antisemitic remarks, 'that Jews should get the hell out of Palestine" caught after a Jewish Heritage White House  celebration on May 27, 2010. See our post  and the video on the 2010 incident. .Ms. Thomas, apologized, but  fell from grace in high dudgeon from the Washington Press corps. This was  until this week's "honor"  bestowed on her from the Palestinian Authority. 

Taube writes:

The Washington Times

Taube: Helen Thomas Uncensored

Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has made many foolish decisions in past negotiations with the United States and Israel. Yet his decision to honor disgraced former reporter Helen Thomas really takes the cake.

On April 1, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) General Mission to the United States gave Ms. Thomas an award for her “long career in the field of journalism, during which she defended the Palestinian position every step of the way.” According to Haaretz, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi came to Washington and presented the medal, “bestowing upon her the honor said to have come from Abbas himself.”

Ms. Thomas, who is of Lebanese descent, is indeed a fierce supporter of a Palestinian state. But when you consider her notorious anti-Israel bias - and her anti-Semitic rant a couple of years ago - Mr. Abbas should be ashamed of himself for giving her this recognition.

For 57 years, Ms. Thomas was a United Press International (UPI) reporter. She was a well-known member of the White House press corps, impossible to miss (although many tried) sitting in her very own front-row-center seat and traditionally asking the first question at White House news conferences. Early on, the “first lady of the press” was a respectable individual. She asked tough questions of U.S. presidents and other world figures, such as Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and started the tradition of ending each news conference with, “Thank you, Mr. President.”

Somewhere along the line, she snapped. After Ms. Thomas‘ departure from UPI in May 2000, she started a column with Hearst newspapers. She let down her guard and revealed her true views on domestic and international politics in her poorly written and barely read columns.

In a 2002 speech at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ms. Thomas said, “I censored myself for 50 years when I was a reporter. Now I wake up and ask myself, ‘Who do I hate today?’ “Suffice to say, we quickly found out the answer: Israel and its allies.

For more than a decade, Ms. Thomas blasted Israel for military action against Lebanon and relations with the Palestinians. She despised President George W. Bush and his senior officials for their support of Israel and strong defense of the war in Iraq. Many pundits on the right and left became increasingly disgusted with her venomous comments about the Jewish state and snide remarks about the brave men and women serving their country overseas.

The final straw occurred on May 27, 2010. David Nesenoff, a New York-based rabbi and blogger who was in Washington to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month, happened to come across Ms. Thomas. He asked her for a comment about Israel, and Ms. Thomas stunningly replied, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” He then went on to ask her where they should go, and she said, “They can go home - Poland, Germany. And America and everywhere else. Why push people out of there who have lived there for centuries?” Mr. Nesenoff posted a one-minute excerpt of this interview on his website, RabbiLive.com, on June 3. It went viral, and Ms. Thomas apologized the next day on her website. It was too late; she was widely condemned for her comments, including by President Obama, and she resigned from Hearst shortly thereafter.

If you listened very closely, cries of “Ding dong, the witch is dead!” rang throughout the nation’s capital.

All kidding aside, it’s clear that her apology wasn’t genuine. During a December 2010 speech at the Images and Perceptions of Arab Americans conference, she said, “Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by Zionists. No question, in my opinion.” Tolerance, thy name isn’t Helen Thomas.

I’m a strong defender of free speech. If Ms. Thomas wants to condemn Israel and the Jewish community at every turn, that’s her call. You can’t force a person to like another person, a place or thing. In a free and democratic society, she’s entitled to her repulsive views.

Yet it puzzles me why anyone would want to give a medal to this bitter, resentful and hateful 91-year-old woman. Her fall from grace is on the public record and can be researched easily on the Internet. The only individual or group who would want to honor someone like Ms. Thomas would have to share some or all of her repulsive views.

Mr. Abbas and the PLO may think otherwise, but their actions speak for themselves.

Michael Taube is a former speechwriter for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Posted on 04/05/2012 6:10 AM by Jerry Gordon

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