Allegations range from military cooperation and weapons transfers to logistical support, financial assistance, and the provision of medical services. It is also alleged that Turkey turned a blind eye to ISIS attacks against Kobani.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu strongly deny complicity with ISIS. Erdogan visited the Council on Foreign Relations on September 22, 2014. He criticized “smear campaigns [and] attempts to distort perception about us.” Erdogan decried, “A systematic attack on Turkey’s international reputation, “complaining that “Turkey has been subject to very unjust and ill-intentioned news items from media organizations.” Erdogan posited: “My request from our friends in the United States is to make your assessment about Turkey by basing your information on objective sources.”
Columbia University’s Program on Peace-building and Rights assigned a team of researchers in the United States, Europe, and Turkey to examine Turkish and international media, assessing the credibility of allegations. This report draws on a variety of international sources — The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, BBC, Sky News, as well as Turkish sources, CNN Turk, Hurriyet Daily News, Taraf, Cumhuriyet, and Radikal among others.
Turkey Provides Military Equipment to ISIS
• An ISIS commander told The Washington Post on August 12, 2014: “Most of the fighters who joined us in the beginning of the war came via Turkey, and so did our equipment and supplies.”
• Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), produced a statement from the Adana Office of the Prosecutor on October 14, 2014 maintaining that Turkey supplied weapons to terror groups. He also produced interview transcripts from truck drivers who delivered weapons to the groups. According to Kiliçdaroglu, the Turkish government claims the trucks were for humanitarian aid to the Turkmen, but the Turkmen said no humanitarian aid was delivered.
• According to CHP Vice President Bulent Tezcan, three trucks were stopped in Adana for inspection on January 19, 2014. The trucks were loaded with weapons in Esenboga Airport in Ankara. The drivers drove the trucks to the border, where a MIT agent was supposed to take over and drive the trucks to Syria to deliver materials to ISIS and groups in Syria. This happened many times. When the trucks were stopped, MIT agents tried to keep the inspectors from looking inside the crates. The inspectors found rockets, arms, and ammunitions.
• Cumhuriyet reports that Fuat Avni, a preeminent Twitter user who reported on the December 17th corruption probe, that audio tapes confirm that Turkey provided financial and military aid to terrorist groups associated with Al Qaeda on October 12, 2014. On the tapes, Erdogan pressured the Turkish Armed Forces to go to war with Syria. Erdogan demanded that Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MIT), come up with a justification for attacking Syria.
• Hakan Fidan told Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Yasar Guler, a senior defense official, and Feridun Sinirlioglu, a senior foreign affairs official: “If need be, I’ll send 4 men into Syria. I’ll formulate a reason to go to war by shooting 8 rockets into Turkey; I’ll have them attack the Tomb of Suleiman Shah.”
• Documents surfaced on September 19th, 2014 showing that the Saudi Emir Bender Bin Sultan financed the transportation of arms to ISIS through Turkey. A flight leaving Germany dropped off arms in the Etimesgut airport in Turkey, which was then split into three containers, two of which were given to ISIS and one to Gaza.
Turkey Provided Transport and Logistical Assistance to ISIS Fighters
• According to Radikal on June 13, 2014, Interior Minister Muammar Guler signed a directive: “According to our regional gains, we will help al-Nusra militants against the branch of PKK terrorist organization, the PYD, within our borders…Hatay is a strategic location for the mujahideen crossing from within our borders to Syria. Logistical support for Islamist groups will be increased, and their training, hospital care, and safe passage will mostly take place in Hatay…MIT and the Religious Affairs Directorate will coordinate the placement of fighters in public accommodations.”
• The Daily Mail reported on August 25, 2014 that many foreign militants joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq after traveling through Turkey, but Turkey did not try to stop them. This article describes how foreign militants, especially from the UK, go to Syria and Iraq through the Turkish border. They call the border the “Gateway to Jihad.” Turkish army soldiers either turn a blind eye and let them pass, or the jihadists pay the border guards as little as $10 to facilitate their crossing.
• Britain’s Sky News obtained documents showing that the Turkish government has stamped passports of foreign militants seeking to cross the Turkey border into Syria to join ISIS.
• The BBC interviewed villagers, who claim that buses travel at night, carrying jihadists to fight Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq, not the Syrian Armed Forces.
• A senior Egyptian official indicated on October 9, 2014 that Turkish intelligence is passing satellite imagery and other data to ISIS.
Turkey Provided Training to ISIS Fighters
• CNN Turk reported on July 29, 2014 that in the heart of Istanbul, places like Duzce and Adapazari, have become gathering spots for terrorists. There are religious orders where ISIS militants are trained. Some of these training videos are posted on the Turkish ISIS propaganda website takvahaber.net. According to CNN Turk, Turkish security forces could have stopped these developments if they had wanted to.
• Turks who joined an affiliate of ISIS were recorded at a public gathering in Istanbul, which took place on July 28, 2014.
• A video shows an ISIS affiliate holding a prayer/gathering in Omerli, a district of Istanbul. In response to the video, CHP Vice President, MP Tanrikulu submitted parliamentary questions to the Minister of the Interior, Efkan Ala, asking questions such as, “Is it true that a camp or camps have been allocated to an affiliate of ISIS in Istanbul? What is this affiliate? Who is it made up of? Is the rumor true that the same area allocated for the camp is also used for military exercises?”
• Kemal Kiliçdaroglu warned the AKP government not to provide money and training to terror groups on October 14, 2014. He said, “It isn’t right for armed groups to be trained on Turkish soil. You bring foreign fighters to Turkey, put money in their pockets, guns in their hands, and you ask them to kill Muslims in Syria. We told them to stop helping ISIS. Ahmet Davutoglu asked us to show proof. Everyone knows that they’re helping ISIS.” (See HERE and HERE.)
• According to Jordanian intelligence, Turkey trained ISIS militants for special operations.
Turkey Offers Medical Care to ISIS Fighters
• An ISIS commander told the Washington Post on August 12, 2014, “We used to have some fighters — even high-level members of the Islamic State — getting treated in Turkish hospitals.”
• Taraf reported on October 12, 2014 that Dengir Mir Mehmet F?rat, a founder of the AKP, said that Turkey supported terrorist groups and still supports them and treats them in hospitals. “In order to weaken the developments in Rojova (Syrian Kurdistan), the government gave concessions and arms to extreme religious groups…the government was helping the wounded. The Minister of Health said something such as, it’s a human obligation to care for the ISIS wounded.”
• According to Taraf, Ahmet El H, one of the top commanders at ISIS and Al Baghdadi’s right hand man, was treated at a hospital in Sanliurfa, Turkey, along with other ISIS militants. The Turkish state paid for their treatment. According to Taraf’s sources, ISIS militants are being treated in hospitals all across southeastern Turkey. More and more militants have been coming in to be treated since the start of airstrikes in August. To be more specific, eight ISIS militants were transported through the Sanliurfa border crossing; these are their names: “Mustafa A., Yusuf El R., Mustafa H., Halil El M., Muhammet El H., Ahmet El S., Hasan H., [and] Salim El D.”
Turkey Supports ISIS Financially Through Purchase of Oil
• On September 13, 2014, The New York Timesreported on the Obama administration’s efforts to pressure Turkey to crack down on ISIS extensive sales network for oil. James Phillips, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, argues that Turkey has not fully cracked down on ISIS’s sales network because it benefits from a lower price for oil, and that there might even be Turks and government officials who benefit from the trade.
• Fehim Ta?tekin wrote in Radikal on September 13, 2014 about illegal pipelines transporting oil from Syria to nearby border towns in Turkey. The oil is sold for as little as 1.25 liras per liter. Ta?tekin indicated that many of these illegal pipelines were dismantled after operating for 3 years, once his article was published.
• According to Diken and OdaTV, David Cohen, a Justice Department official, says that there are Turkish individuals acting as middlemen to help sell ISIS’s oil through Turkey.
• On October 14, 2014, a German Parliamentarian from the Green Party accused Turkey of allowing the transportation of arms to ISIS over its territory, as well as the sale of oil.
Turkey Assists ISIS Recruitment
• Kemal Kiliçdaro?lu claimed on October 14, 2014 that ISIS offices in Istanbul and Gaziantep are used to recruit fighters. On October 10, 2014, the mufti of Konya said that 100 people from Konya joined ISIS 4 days ago. (See HERE and HERE.)
• OdaTV reports that Takva Haber serves as a propaganda outlet for ISIS to recruit Turkish-speaking individuals in Turkey and Germany. The address where this propaganda website is registered corresponds to the address of a school called Irfan Koleji, which was established by Ilim Yayma Vakfi, a foundation that was created by Erdogan and Davutoglu, among others. It is thus claimed that the propaganda site is operated from the school of the foundation started by AKP members.
• Minister of Sports, Suat Kilic, an AKP member, visited Salafi jihadists who are ISIS supporters in Germany. The group is known for reaching out to supporters via free Quran distributions and raising funds to sponsor suicide attacks in Syria and Iraq by raising money.
• OdaTV released a video allegedly showing ISIS militants riding a bus in Istanbul.
Turkish Forces Are Fighting Alongside ISIS
• On October 7, 2014, IBDA-C, a militant Islamic organization in Turkey, pledged support to ISIS. A Turkish friend who is a commander in ISIS suggests that Turkey is “involved in all of this” and that “10,000 ISIS members will come to Turkey.” A Huda-Par member at the meeting claims that officials criticize ISIS but in fact sympathize with the group (Huda-Par, the “Free Cause Party”, is a Kurdish Sunni fundamentalist political party). BBP member claims that National Action Party (MHP) officials are close to embracing ISIS. In the meeting, it is asserted that ISIS militants come to Turkey frequently to rest, as though they are taking a break from military service. They claim that Turkey will experience an Islamic revolution, and Turks should be ready for jihad. (See HERE and HERE.)
• Seymour Hersh maintains in the London Review of Books that ISIS conducted sarin attacks in Syria, and that Turkey was informed. “For months there had been acute concern among senior military leaders and the intelligence community about the role in the war of Syria’s neighbors, especially Turkey. Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was known to be supporting the al-Nusra Front, a jihadist faction among the rebel opposition, as well as other Islamist rebel groups. ‘We knew there were some in the Turkish government,’ a former senior US intelligence official, who has access to current intelligence, told me, ‘who believed they could get Assad’s nuts in a vice by dabbling with a sarin attack inside Syria – and forcing Obama to make good on his red line threat.”
• On September 20, 2014, Demir Celik, a Member of Parliament with the people’s democratic party (HDP) claimed that Turkish Special Forces fight with ISIS.
Turkey Helped ISIS in Battle for Kobani
• Anwar Moslem, Mayor of Kobani, said on September 19, 2014: “Based on the intelligence we got two days before the breakout of the current war, trains full of forces and ammunition, which were passing by north of Kobane, had an-hour-and-ten-to-twenty-minute-long stops in these villages: Salib Qaran, Gire Sor, Moshrefat Ezzo. There are evidences, witnesses, and videos about this. Why is ISIS strong only in Kobane’s east? Why is it not strong either in its south or west? Since these trains stopped in villages located in the east of Kobane, we guess they had brought ammunition and additional force for the ISIS.” In the second article on September 30, 2014, a CHP delegation visited Kobani, where locals claimed that everything from the clothes ISIS militants wear to their guns comes from Turkey. (See HERE and HERE.)
• Released by Nuhaber, a video shows Turkish military convoys carrying tanks and ammunition moving freely under ISIS flags in the Cerablus region and Karkamis border crossing (September 25, 2014). There are writings in Turkish on the trucks.
• Salih Muslim, PYD head, claims that 120 militants crossed into Syria from Turkey between October 20th and 24th, 2014.
• According to an op-ed written by a YPG commander in The New York Times on October 29, 2014, Turkey allows ISIS militants and their equipment to pass freely over the border.
• Diken reported, “ISIS fighters crossed the border from Turkey into Syria, over the Turkish train tracks that delineate the border, in full view of Turkish soldiers. They were met there by PYD fighters and stopped.”
• A Kurdish commander in Kobani claims that ISIS militants have Turkish entry stamps on their passports.
• Kurds trying to join the battle in Kobani are turned away by Turkish police at the Turkey-Syrian border.
• OdaTV released a photograph of a Turkish soldier befriending ISIS militants.
Turkey and ISIS Share a Worldview
• RT reports on Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks detailing Turkish support to ISIS.
• According to the Hurriyet Daily News on September 26, 2014, “The feelings of the AKP’s heavyweights are not limited to Ankara. I was shocked to hear words of admiration for ISIL from some high-level civil servants even in ?anliurfa. ‘They are like us, fighting against seven great powers in the War of Independence,’ one said.” “Rather than the [Kurdistan Workers' Party] PKK on the other side, I would rather have ISIL as a neighbor,” said another.”
• Cengiz Candar, a well-respected Turkish journalist, maintained that MIT helped “midwife” the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria, as well as other Jihadi groups.
• An AKP council member posted on his Facebook page: “Thankfully ISIS exists… May you never run out of ammunition…”
• A Turkish Social Security Institution supervisor uses the ISIS logo in internal correspondences.
• Bilal Erdogan and Turkish officials meet alleged ISIS fighters.
Mr. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He served as a Senior Adviser and Foreign Affairs Expert for the U.S. Department of State.
Author’s Note: Information presented in this paper is offered without bias or endorsement.
Molenbeek. Time to declare it an Islamic Republic?
On my last visit but one to Brussels, my hosts asked me what I would like to see. "Molenbeek,' I replied, for I had heard that much of it was virtually a North African ghetto and I wanted to see it for myself.
My hosts were game and took me there. They told me that it was de facto extraterritorial to Belgium and it was advisable not to go at night. Taxes were not collected from businesses there, and the only functioning activity of the state was the payment of social security.
Practically everyone in the streets seemed of North African origin. The women in particular were not sartorially assimilated and, I suspect, would not dare to try to assimilate even if they wanted to. Life went on peacefully enough around me while I was there, but Molenbeek struck me as a walled city without the walls.
Its connection with Islamic terrorism is now indisputably strong: but how many terrorists does an area have to harbour or produce for that connection to be recognised? Quite a few, it seems, for an article on the Guardian newspaper's website yesterday was headlined "Is Molenbeek Europe's Jihadi Central?" It's not that simple.
Of course nothing ever is that simple concerning a human population of 90 - 100,000. There is no place in the world where the overwhelming majority of such a population are terrorists. The article's standfirst continues:
The Belgian suburb is home to two brothers involved in the Paris attacks, but as someone who works with its community I know it's far from a hub of Isis supporters.
What the author doesn't ask himself is how many terrorists and supporters of terrorists would be necessary to make Molenbeek a true centre or hub of terrorism. Just because most of the people go about their normal business most of the time is not sufficient to prove that it isn't.
The author of the article says, inter alia:
Molenbeek, while it has its problems with unemployment, crime and drugs, is also a place where anyone can easily hide.
Surely it's because it's a place where people can easily hide that it has its problems with crime and drugs - and terrorism. Thought is perhaps not the author's strong point. Then again there are those who would have written an article about Munich in 1932 with the headline:
Is Munich Germany's Nazism central? It's not as simple as that. After all, the cafés were still open, people still had lunch, etc., and not everyone was a Nazi.
The United Nations General Assembly: Prejudice without Pride
The UN General Assembly has the tiresome habit of almost always being wrong. No one expected the 193-member international organization to be the pinnacle of political wisdom, but few had thought it would become base clay.
It showed its habitual lack of balance and its persistent prejudice once again on November 19, 2015 when it passed six Resolutions on the Middle East, none of which addressed the real outstanding problems, Islamist terrorism, the continuing advance of ISIS, or the ongoing slaughter in the civil war in Syria.
It was left to the Russian delegate, Vladimir K. Safronkov, who spoke of the chaos in the Middle East, of ISIS and the terrorist group al-Nusra fighting for territory and expanding their terrorist activities.
Instead, there were the customary repetitive resolutions with only one objective, criticism or condemnation of Israel. Rather than forwarding the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the resolutions make it virtually impossible because of the one sided hostility against Israel.
A few of the six can be considered. One resolution on Jerusalem was passed by a vote of 153 to 7 with 8 abstentions. It declared that any actions by Israel to impose its jurisdiction on Jerusalem were illegal, and called on Israel to stop all such measures.
It implicitly accepted the Palestinian falsehood, its Narrative of Victimhood, by indirectly indicting Israel and calling for respect for the historic status quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Places, especially the Haram al-Shariff or Temple Mount, as if Israel was harming it.. The UNGA forgot it was the Palestinians who were using the Mosque as the center for aggressive action. The UN also said nothing about the Palestinian absurd assertion that the Western Wall was part of the al-Aqsa Mosque, thereby denying the link of the Jewish people with its holy sites.
The most dishonorable resolution was A/70/L.17 on the Golan Heights. The resolution, which was adopted by a vote of 105 to 6 with 56 abstentions, repeated the UN Security Resolution 497 of December 17, 1981 that the Israeli decision of December 14, 1981 to impose its law, jurisdiction, and administration, on the “occupied Syrian Golan Heights” was null and void. It demanded that Israel withdraw from that territory to the line of June 4, 1967.
What is remarkable in all this was the claim by the Syrian representative, Bashar Ja’afari, who spoke twice on the issue, that his country had an inalienable right to recover its territory that had been annexed by Israel by force. The resolution reaffirmed the fundamental principle of the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force, but limited its application to one country.
The Syrian regime led by Bashar al-Assad regime today controls only about a third of the area of Syria. In the context of a civil war in his country between rival forces with which Israel has nothing to do, Ja’afari declared that the Syrian people were determined to regain their land, not from ISIS, Iran, or Hizb’allah, but from Israel, which currently subjected them to oppression, racial discrimination, and arbitrary detention.
Let’s spend a few moments on the truth rarely recognized by the automatic anti-Israeli majority in the UNGA. One might ignore the fatuous remarks of the Cuban representative that the Israeli representative was not familiar with what was going on her own country of Israel. Though there seems to be no relationship with that impertinent remark, the Cuban explained that was why Cuba would continue to defend the cause of the Palestinian people.
In the 1960s, Syria, ruled by the Ba’ath party, had been attacking northern Israeli communities from positions in the Golan Heights and used the area to stage incursions into Israel territory. In 1964 Syria attempted to divert the headwaters of the Jordan River.
After false information given to Egypt and Syria by the Soviet Union on May 13, 1967 that Israeli troops were massing on the Syria border, a Syrian-Egyptian mutual defense past was signed, and Syria moved 40,000 troops to its border. On June 5, 1967 Syrian jets and also artillery attacked Israel northern communities, thus provoking the war. The next day Syrian forces attacked a number of Israeli areas but they were beaten back. Syria declared it was not bound by any cease-fire. An Israeli counterattack drove Syrians from the Golan Heights as the Six Day War ended.
Immediately after the war, Israel declared that the areas it had captured, the Golan Heights, Gaza, the West Bank, and Sinai, would be returned in exchange for Arab recognition of the right of Israel to exist and for guarantees against future attacks.
Another resolution, A/70/L.11, passed by a vote of 99 to 8 with 59 abstentions, was to continue to “provide resources,” to fund the UN Secretariat’s Division for Palestinian Rights. Few outsiders remember that this Division, in fact a lobby for Palestinians, was created on December 2, 1977 to “create an informed public opinion around the world in support of the achievements of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.” It prepares studies, issues publications, and promotes maximum publicity for them. The U.S. funds a good part of this expense.
Around the same time, in 1977, the UN created the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Ironically this Day is usually celebrated on November 29, a date to mark the anniversary of UN General Assembly Resolution 181 (II) of November 29, 1947 passed by a vote of 33 to 13 with 10 abstentions. In the topsy-turvy UN world, what is forgotten is the content and the consequence of the resolution. It called for the creation of two states, an independent Arab state, a Jewish state, and a special status for Jerusalem. The resolution was accepted by the Jewish Agency, which then acted to establish the State of Israel, but it was rejected by all Arab authorities. The opportunity to create a Palestinian state was lost.
The conclusion can only be that these UN resolutions are a stumbling block in the way of achieving a just, comprehensive, and lasting peace in the Middle East. Anyone genuinely interested in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians should call for the cessation of these resolutions that inflame hostility towards Israel and prevent the resumption of peace talks.
A German newspaper has reported possible links between the illegal arms trade in Germany and the November 13 terrorist attacks. Officials have declined to comment on the report.
34-year old German man was arrested on suspicions of illegal weapon trade earlier in the week, officials said Friday. "He was allegedly converting non-lethal weapons to firearms and then selling them online," a spokeswomen of Stuttgart prosecutors office said.
However, the authorities declined to comment on the Friday report by German mass-circulation newspaper "Bild," which claimed that the Paris attackers used at least four rifles supplied by the alleged arms dealer, Sascha W., from southeast Germany.
According to "Bild," the German man had sold two Chinese-made Kalashnikovs and two Zastava M70 machine guns to an "Arab in France," on November 7. French officials believe that the guns were among those used in the Paris attacks, the newspaper said, citing sources close to the German prosecution and investigators.
The police allegedly discovered four emails concerning the sale to an "Arab in Paris" while searching the suspect's smartphone.
We live in a golden age of unctuousness, at least if the covers of the Lancet, one of the most important medical journals in the world, are anything to go by. On those covers, the editor, or some employee of the journal, chooses a sentence from the current edition to be inscribed upon it in large letters, presumably on the grounds of its importance or elegance.
The last time I looked, the sentence picked out for this distinction was as follows:
Put simply, planetary health is the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends.
Perhaps I should not criticise the sentence too severely for as Dr Johnson said it is useless to criticise what will not be read: but is there any other kind of civilisation, I wonder, than human? Armadillo civilisation, for example, or anaconda?
If, as Buffon remarked, the style is the man himself, then whoever wrote the above had the soul of an apparatchik: but also of a moral exhibitionist. He was not so much trying to convey a truth - it is not altogether easy to discern what the words actually mean - as convey an impression of himself as a person of vast intellectual concern and moral vision.
What is 'planetary health'? Does it mean the health of the planet itself, or of the people living on it? If the former, what exactly is a healthy planet? Is Pluto or Uranus a healthy planet because there are no living creatures on it to pollute its atmosphere?
What exactly is a healthy civilisation? A civilisation in which all people are healthy, or at least as healthy as possible? But how does health differ from civilisation? Is civilisation more important than health or the other way round? The people of many civilisations were not healthy by our standards, but their civilisations were magnificent. Are we to believe that no civilisation was healthy until our own? And will our civilisation cease to have been healthy once a future population is heathier than ours?
It is hardly worth pondering these questions, because the meaning of the words, if any, is not their point. Put simply, indeed! Put simply, our age, or at least the Lancet, seems to have an infinite appetite for high-sounding, sanctimonious, sentimental, self-righteous, Pecksniffian guff of this kind, a kind of substitute for evangelical preaching at its most nauseatingly complacent. The covers of the Lancet are like a hybrid of Pravda and Elmer Gantry.
With as many as 1000 active cases, Fox News has learned at least 48 ISIS suspects are considered so high risk that the FBI is using its elite tracking squads known as the mobile surveillance teams or MST to track them domestically.
“There is a very significant number of people that are on suspicious watch lists, under surveillance," Republican Senator Dan Coats said.
Coats, who sits on the Select Committee on Intelligence, would not comment on specifics, but said the around the clock surveillance is a major commitment for the bureau. "The FBI together with law enforcement agencies across the country are engaged in this. It takes enormous amount of manpower to do this on a 24-7 basis. It takes enormous amount of money to do this," Coats explained.
These elite FBI teams are reserved for espionage, mob violence and high priority terrorism cases, like a joint terrorism task force case last June, where a 26 year old suspect Usaama Rahim, was killed outside a Massachusetts CVS. When a police officer and FBI agent tried to question him, the Boston Police Commissioner said Rahim threatened them with a knife, and was shot dead.
With at least a dozen agents assigned to each case, providing 24/7 coverage, this high level of surveillance reflects the severe risk associated with suspects most likely to attempt copycat attacks after Paris.
"It is a big resource drain. Yes it is. Almost overwhelming," Coats said when asked about the demand placed on the FBI. "There will be a lot of people over the Thanksgiving weekend that will not be enjoying turkey with their family. They'll be out there providing security for the American people and the threat is particularly high during this holiday period." ...
Another Friday, another (attempted) massacre. Reuters:
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Bangladesh on Thursday, killing one person and wounding three as they prayed, the second attack on the country's tiny Shia Muslim community in a month.
Witnesses said three young men stormed into the mosque in northwestern Bogra district and shot at worshippers indiscriminately.
"The attackers entered the mosque and opened fire on the devotees after locking the main gate and then fled immediately after the shooting," police official Ahsan Habib said.
Two people from two nearby villages had been picked up for questioning about the attack, another police officer Arifur Rahman said.
SITE monitoring service said that Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack, just as it did for the previous bombing on the biggest Shi'ite shrine in the country.
Muslim-majority Bangladesh has seen a rise in Islamist violence in recent months, with two foreigners, four secular writers and a publisher killed this year...
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of a hospital in France, which had enforced a ban on headscarves at work. The court said the ban did not affect religious freedom.
The Strasbourg-based international court's ruling upholds a ban on employees in the public sector wearing headscarves and other religious symbols. In 2000, Muslim social worker Christiane Ebrahimian, who worked in the psychiatric department of a hospital in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre.
When she learned that her contract would not be renewed because she refused to take off her headscarf despite complaints from patients and colleagues, she decided to sue the hospital, taking her case all the way to the European Court of Justice.
The Strasbourg judges argued that the ban did not violate freedom of religion in a country where secularism and strict religious neutrality is enshrined in the constitution.
Religious freedom, they stressed, did not mean a right to express their religious views in the workplace.
In 2014, the Strasbourg court also rejected a challenge to France's general ban on the burqa - a full-face veil for women - in public places. The ban came into force in 2010. Belgium also banned the burqa in 2011
German police have raided a mosque in Berlin where a bombing attack was allegedly being planned.
Two suspected Islamists accused of belonging to an unidentified extremist group were arrested in Britz as part of the operation today.A spokesperson for Berlin police said special forces stormed the Seituna Mosque in Charlottenburg, an affluent western district in the German capital, at 3pm local time. A car thought to be associated with the arrested men, aged 28 and 46, has also been cordoned off after a suspicious object was found, with police evacuating homes within a 300m safety cordon.
Officers also searched an Islamic centre in Sophie-Charlotten-Straße in the western district of Charlottenburg, a police spokesman told The Local, but no weapons or dangerous items had been found by the time the raid ended.
Police said that they launched the raids after receiving clues from members of the public about a "dangerous situation" - but insisted there was no evidence of a plan to attack the German capital.
'Op:Ed: In the Beginning There Was an Arab With a Knife. 100 Years of Excuses."
'A trip down the blood-soaked timeline of Arab (that is: Muslim Arab, or indeed, one might just say, Muslim - CM) violence against Jews.'
'During the height of the second Intifada, the media and politicians in general were adamant that only total desperation could cause one human being to walk onto a bus full of innocent civilians and blow himself up.
'This twisted logic unashamedly blames the victims for the act of violence that kills them and removes personal responsibility from the terrorist.
'It is also a logic that only applies in Israel as we find [that] the same media and the same politicians have no trouble identifying the true cause of the brutal violence when it hits closer to home.
I'm not so sure about that, given the amount of hand-wringing bleatings of NothingtodowithIslam and Whatdidwedotoupsetthem that I am seeing in the western press in the wake of the latest Allahu-akbaring Muslim butchery of helpless unarmed Infidels in Paris, France...- CM
'On April 30th 2003, at about 00.45, 22 year old Asif Muhammad Hanif entered Mike's Place, a live music tourist pub on the Tel Aviv beachfront.
'Asif, from London, and his friend, Omar Khan Sharif from Derby, had been born, grew up and were educated in the UK. Their entire itinerary had been planned using the latest Lonely Planet Guide book, and they had spent the evening with a hundred other tourists at the Hayarkon Hostel, just up the road.
'Upon entering the pub, Asif detonated his bomb, killing 3 and injuring 50, with the damage restricted by the brave actions of Avi Tabib, the security guard.
'One of the fatalities was 29 year old French-born Dominique Haas, a personal friend of mine.
'It would be difficult to argue that Asif and Omar were any more desperate than you or I. Young, British, and university-educated, they had their whole lives before them, but simply believed there was more to gain from murdering Jews in Tel Aviv instead.
'It is now October 2015, and Jews are again being murdered on the streets of Israel.
Rephrase: "It is now October 2015, and Muslims are murdering Jews on the streets of Israel." - CM
'Today, we are being told that the reason that Arabs (sic: say rather, Muslim Arabs - CM) are murdering innocent Jews is because the 'status quo' on the Temple Mount is being threatened.
'It is a false rumour that has been used before, but let us embark on an historical exercise, and follow this logic to its obvious conclusion.
'This from Gaza, in October 2015. For those that haven't watched it, the call for stabbing, the knife, the religious references are highly disturbing viewing.
[Mr Collier links the footage of the Muslim cleric who called for the stabbing of Jews in Israel. - CM]
'But logic works a certain way, and in the given argument if we remove the said cause, the effect should just disappear. So let us step back a year.
'It is 2014. The status quo on the Temple Mount is not being threatened. This is an attack by a 16-year-old terrorist (that is: a 16 year old Muslim Arab jihadist - CM) who began stabbing Jewish customers at the Rami Levy supermarket in Mishor Adumim.
[Mr Collier links the footage. - CM]
'You can read more about it here [link provided in original - CM]. The reason given by Western media and politicians alike, for the violence of late 2014, was that the conflict in Gaza earlier in the year had created a feeling of desperation, and a need for revenge.
'If that is the case, let us go further back.
'It is October 2000, the conflicts against Hamas-run Gaza (jihad armed camp Gaza - CM) are still a decade away, but the Second Intifada is upon us. Israelis (specifically, Jews - CM) are about to be murdered on the streets of Netanya, Afula, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, anywhere in fact that they can be reached.
Anywhere that Muslims can get at them. - CM
'Two Israelis (Two Israeli Jews - CM) Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami, having accidentally entered Ramallah, were "arrested" by P.A. policemen and taken to the local Police Station. There they were "beaten, stabbed, had their eyes gouged out, and were disembowelled" by a mob of Palestinians.
By a mob of Allahu-akbaring Muslim Arabs enacting the Jew-hatred that is hard-wired into the canonical texts of Islam.
Mr Collier includes the horrifying picture of one of the Muslim mobsters joyfully displaying his bloody hands. - CM
'The picture is of Aziz Salha, one of the lynchers, waving his blood-stained hands from the police station window.
'Salha was later arrested by Israel and sentenced to life imprisonment, but was released in 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.
'The general consensus amongst politicians and the Western media was that this outbreak of brutal violence was the result of Ariel Sharon provoking the Palestinians (i.e. provoking the Muslims - CM) by stepping foot on the Temple Mount.
'If that is the case, let us go further back.
'It is September 1999 and Ariel Sharon's foot has not yet been placed on the Temple Mount.
'Haifa couple Sharon Steinmetz and Yehiel Finfeter went hiking in the Megiddo region, when they were stabbed and murdered by an Israeli Arab (i.e. an Israel-passport-holding Muslim Arab - CM) , Abdullah Salah Aghbariya.
'Aghbariya reportedly first attacked Finfeter, 25, with a knife and stabbed him several times in front of his girlfriend, before hitting her with a rock and stabbing her to death.
'Although the terrorist suggested that he had murdered these two "because they were Jewish", the media and politicians of the time were having none of it. They suggested that the late 1999 tension was caused not by the self-declared hatred of Jews of the terrorist, but by the friction and stagnation of the peace process.
'If that is the case, let us go further back.
'It is late 1993, and the stagnation of the peace process is yet to be seen on the distant horizon. "Hope" is now the keyword as Israelis and Palestinians (as Jews and mostly-Muslim Arabs - CM) embark on a mission of mutual recognition that results in the beginning of the Oslo peace process.
'Within weeks, on 24.9.1993, Yigal Vaknin became the first of many victims of this process, as he was stabbed to death (as a local Muslim stabbed him to death - CM) in an orchard near the trailer home where he lived. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
'The violence over the coming years, some of it the most brutal seen inside Israel since 1948, was explained away as a 'side effect' of the peace process itself.
'Over 250 Israelis died (that is: "Muslims murdered more than 250 Jews in Israel" - CM) in the years immediately following the Oslo accord, sacrificed for a peace that never came.
'Western media and politicians explained away these terrorist actions as the desperate measures of extremists intent on stopping the process.
'If that is the case, let us go further back.
'It is 21st March 1989 and the Oslo Peace Process is not yet even a seed in Yossi Beilin's mind.
'The First Intifada has hit its peak, and Muhammad Zakut, an Arab (Muslim - CM) construction worker in Tel Aviv began randomly stabbing Israeli civilians (that is: stabbing Jews - CM) in Tel Aviv on the Jewish holiday of Purim.
'Zakut stabbed three Israelis with a commando knife as he shouted "God is great".
A slight correction. "Zakut stabbed three Jews with a commando knife as he shouted "Allahu akbar", "Allah is greater"."- CM.
'One of the victims, Kurt Moshe Schallinger, 73, was killed as he left his car on a Tel Aviv street full of children in costume.
'Zakut received a life sentence, but like Aziz Salha from the Ramallah lynching, Zakut was released as part of the Gilad Shalit exchange.
'Around 160 Israelis were murdered during the first Intifada (ie. 'During the First Intifada Muslim Arabs murdered around 160 Israeli Jews' - CM) with western press and politicians blaming frustration at the "occupation" and the building of settlements (that is: the building of Jewish homes, farms and towns in Judea and Samaria - CM) for the outbreak of violence.
'So if that is the case, let us go further back.
'It is 1966. The entire West Bank (that is: all of the Old City of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount, historic Jewish Quarter, and Mount of Olives, together with Judea and Samaria - CM) and Gaza are in Arab hands (that is, in Arab Muslim hands - CM) and there is no "occupation". Not a single settlement exists.
Not one Jew is present anywhere in the Old City nor even permitted to visit and no Jew is living anywhere within Muslim-dominated and Muslim-ruled Judea and Samaria, all these places - where substantial numbers of Jews had somehow managed to persist in despite of the Muslim imperium 7th-19th century - having been rendered entirely Judenrein by the British-armed and British-supported Jordanian Muslim regime during the war in 1948. - CM
'The situation has been the same for 17 years and because most of the attacks against the Jews in Israel began beyond the border, the terrorists were armed with guns or explosives rather than knives.
'There were massacres on buses, attacks on trains, [attacks on] archaeologists, cross-border shootings, and numerous sniper attacks.
'The knife still made its appearance with an attack against the odd shepherd, kidnap rape and murder of women, and various random attacks where specific details have been lost through time.
'Between 1949 and 1967, when Israel was in existence completely behind the "Green Line", hundreds of Jewish people were murdered in Israel.
That is, "Muslim Arabs murdered hundreds of Jews in Israel". - CM
'Rather than take the available option and declare a Palestinian State, the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) was formed in Cairo in 1964 with the express intention of destroying Israel.
'Through all this violence, western media and the politicians placed the blame on the tensions in the region caused by the status of the refugees created during the War of Independence that followed the birth of the State of Israel.
'If that is the case, let us go further back.
'It is December 2nd 1947. There are no refugees, no occupation, and Israel does not yet even exist.
'The Arabs of the area (that is: "the Muslim Arabs of the area and the Dhimmified Christians among them" - CM) have not yet even labelled themselves as "Palestinians".
'It is three days after the United Nations voted in favour of Partition, pushing a two-state solution that the Arabs totally rejected.
'The Arabs (that is, the Muslim Arabs - CM) begin a riot in Jerusalem, with 8 Jews reported as being killed.
'The New York Times pointed out that it was the knife that was the weapon of choice.
The knife is the ritual instrument used in halal slaughter of animals, one might remember. I think that might have something to do with this Muslim obsession with knives and the letting of blood, Jewish blood, infidel blood. - CM
'The killings had begun even earlier with an ambush against buses near Kfar Syrkin on November 30th, and the following months were to see escalating violence as civil war erupted throughout the British Mandate of Palestine.
'Arabs began to leave the region within weeks, with 100,000 having fled by March.
'In January irregular Arab armies entered the arena to wipe the Jews out, and the neighbouring Arab countries declared openly that Israel would never be born.
Wherever one sees the word 'Arab' in this context one must remember that it has to be understood as "Muslim Arab". Those who departed from Egypt, for example, to attack the Jews of nascent Israel, were all Muslims who believed themselves to be engaging in Jihad against the Jews for whom they had a Quranically-driven murderous hatred; one has only to read John Roy Carlson's "Cairo to Damascus" to understand that. - CM
'It is impossible to calculate precise Jewish losses over each period in a conflict that was to turn from civil to regional war, but in total over 6000 Jews were to be killed in the following 18 months.
'Proportionally, more than the UK lost in the entire 7 years of WWII.
'According to Western politicians and media of the time, this was all because of the "understandable" Arab reaction to the resolution 181 and partition.
'If this is the case, let us go further back.
'It is April 19-20, 1936. There is no partition, no Israel, no settlements, no occupation and no refugees.
'Even the original suggestions of partition first raised by the Peel Commission are still some time away.
'But "The Bloody Day in Jaffa" is upon us, and the first day of the "Great Arab Uprising". By the end of the first week, 17 Jews had been murdered.
Or, to put it another way, "By the end of the first week, Muslim Arabs had murdered 17 Jews". - CM
'The revolt was to last 3 years and led to an almost absolute curb on Jewish immigration into British Palestine.
Which meant that European Jews would nearly all be trapped where Hitler could kill them. - CM
'The British and the media placed the blame for the murders and the violence of the revolt on Arab opposition (which was, essentially, Muslim Arab opposition - CM) to growing Jewish immigration that was caused by Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.
'If that is the case, let us go further back.
'It is 19th August, 1929. There is no partition, no Israel, no settlements, no occupation and no refugees.
'Adolf Hitler is out of jail, but yet to receive major popular support at an election. Zionist immigration is still on the slow-dripping Fourth Aliyah rather than the fast-flowing Fifth Aliyah.
'A young Sephardic Jew named Abraham Mizrachi was stabbed to death by an Arab (by a Muslim Arab - CM) near Mea Shearim.
'The following Friday, August 23rd, a violent Arab demonstration took place at the Western Wall, and that afternoon a massacre of Jews in Jerusalem began (17 Jews murdered). The violence spread across British Palestine and in the coming days Hevron (65+ massacred and tortured) and Safed (18+ massacred) saw the worst of the incidents.
One may note, incidentally, that the Jewish communities that the Muslims targeted for slaughter - Jerusalem, Safed, Hebron - were ancient, with a documented continuity of Jewish presence reaching back into the early middle ages. Jews, stubbornly enduring despite the humiliation, degradation and constant physical peril of Dhimmitude, had been living and studying Torah in all three places for centuries before the birth of Theodore Herzl. - CM
'The massacres and killings were to lead to the Shaw Commission analysing the cause of tension.
'It found that Arab leaders had created and spread propaganda to incite the trouble. They spread rumours of a Jewish takeover of the Temple Mount (sound familiar?).
'The Commission believed that the underlying cause was Jewish immigration and the threat that local Arabs felt a Jewish presence in Palestine brought.
Never mind that the Jews of Safed, Hebron and Jerusalem could claim an unbroken presence running back into the 17th, 16th, 15th and 14th centuries, and before. - CM
'This is no different than if today wild mobs streamed into towns in Europe or the US that have large immigrant populations with the intent to carry out bloody massacres against innocent civilians.
'But for the British, world politicians and the media this was excuse enough for Jews to be killed.
'So if this is the case, let us go even further back.
'It is 1920. There is no partition, no Israel, no settlements, no occupation, little immigration, and no refugees.
'Even the Mandate has not yet officially begun.
'San Remo, the conference that was to decide the fate of the Middle East, has not yet occurred.
'We are now back in Jerusalem at the time of the Nebi Musa festival. A time that was to see riots that had Arabs (Muslim Arabs - CM) murdering Jews in yet another "excusable" massacre in Jerusalem. The knives were out again.
'5 Jews were murdered and 216 were injured.
The Muslims murdered 5 Jews and injured 216. - CM
'The Palin Commission of Inquiry (don't the British love making up excuses for violence against Jews?) found that Arab disappointment at the non-fulfilment of the promises of independence was the primary cause.
'So if that is the case, let us go even further back.
'It is 1910.
'We have left British Palestine, because it does not yet exist.
'There has been no promise of independence to the Arabs, there is no Balfour declaration, no Mandate, no partition, no Israel, no settlements, no occupation, and no refugees. Ariel Sharon's foot has not even been born.
'We are in Shiraz to witness a massacre (a Muslim massacre - CM) of Jews in 1910 that was sparked by a blood libel (also in 1892 and 1897). Twelve were killed, another fifteen were stabbed or hit with bludgeons or bullets and many more were injured.
'We can then travel back even further before the very beginning of the Zionist movement, to the Damascus Affair and the blood libel of 1840.
'And we find contemporary "mob attacks on Jewish communities throughout the Middle East".
Mob attacks carried out by Muslims, against stateless and powerless Dhimmi Jews. - CM
'We also find Jews were being murdered throughout the 19th century, just for being Jews, in Aleppo (1850 and 1875), in Damascus (1840, 1848, 1890), in Beirut (1862, 1874), in Dayr Al-Qamar (1847), in Jaffa (1876), in Jerusalem (1847, 1870 and 1895), in Cairo (1844, 1890), in Mansura (1877), in Alexandria (1870, 1882), and in Damanhur (1871, 1873, 1877, 1891).
'Each and every one before the first Zionist congress took place in 1897.
'Before the Partition, before Israel, before the settlements, before the 'occupation', before the 'refugees', before Sharon walked on the Temple Mount, before the 'wall', before immigration, before Balfour, and before even Zionism (or, to be precise, modern Zionism - CM) itself.
'In the beginning there was an Arab with a knife and he murdered a Jew simply because he was a Jew.
Or, to refine this, "In the beginning, from the time of the rise of Islam and Mohammed's attacks upon Jews in Arabia, most notably those of the Khaybar Oasis, there was a Muslim Arab - or, one might say simply, a Muslim, since non-Arab Muslims, such as Persian or Turkish Muslims, animated by the Jew-hatred that is coded into the canonical texts of Islam, have been equally eager to kill Jews - with a knife and he murdered a Jew simply because he was a Jew." - CM
'It is an absurd logic that attempts to blame Zionism for creating violence against Jews when modern Zionism only came about because of relentless violence against Jews, both in (Christian and secular - CM) Europe and in the (Muslim - CM) Middle East.
'You cannot place the cart before the horse.
'Enough with the excuses."
Click on the link and read the original of this powerful piece in situ, so as to take advantage of the many embedded links and images of historic newspaper headlines that the author has provided.
Post scriptum:As testimony from the pre-Mandate period I would like to offer a further glimpse of the situation of the Jews in the land of Israel late in 1917, as described by a young Australian Light Horse trooper who took part in the campaign there that broke Ottoman Turkish power and thus ended the Muslim imperium. In December 1917, in his book "The Desert Column", which is based on the detailed daily diaries that he kept during the campaign (up until the point where he was severely wounded at Jaffa and invalided out of the war), he writes as follows:
"I think this is the 17th (December, 1917). Yesterday we rode by numbers of vividly-pretty little red-roofed towns. The inhabitants are very fair-skinned, mostly Jews. They are by far the most cleanly people we have yet met. They are very hospitable, although they do charge us a hefty price for brown bread, honey and tobacco.
"Lots of them have had a hard time from the Turks. They seem to live between two devils, the Turk and the Arab. (That is: "between the Muslim Turk and the Muslim Arab" - CM). Apparently the Turk prevents the Arab from massacring them outright, because the Jews are a very handy people to squeeze taxes (that is, JIZYA - CM) from...".
Next time you hear anybody waffling on about how Jews and Muslims 'lived together in peace' and 'shared the same plate' in the Holy Land under Ottoman Muslim rule just recall these words grimly to mind - "They (the Jews) seem to live between two devils, the Turk and the Arab. Apparently the Turk prevents the Arab from massacring them outright, because the Jews are a very handy people to squeeze taxes from."
Furthermore, when Idriess says "Lots of them (Jews in the land of Israel in 1917) have had a hard time from the Turks", this is if anything an understatement. In 1914 there had been perhaps 110 000 Jews in Ottoman-ruled 'Palestine'; by 1917 - as noted by, for example, Adolf Boehm in his book "The Zionist Movement" - only 55000 remained, the others having been murdered, or driven out, or forcibly rounded up and deported. Between 1914 and 1917 the Turks, for example, evicted 2000 Jews from Gaza, though after the British victory there, these people returned. They were driven out of Gaza again - and let us bear in mind that Jews were not johnny-come-lately foreign blow-ins in Gaza, the Sabbath hymn Ya ribon olam was composed by the chief rabbi in Gaza in 1600 - by Muslim mob violence in 1929 that killed 150 Jews. In 1917 the Muslim Turks also drove out 8000 Jews from Tel Aviv; indeed, many Jews who had been living in 'Palestine' in 1914 were forced to flee during the war. Boehm argued that if the British had not defeated the Ottomans in the Holy Land in 1917 all the Jews then resident there - both the new Zionist communities and those whose roots went all the way back to pre-Islamic times - might well have been slaughtered or driven out.
What's More Important to the EU: Terrorism or Bananas?
Brussels, the capital of Belgium, has been on alert for several days because of fear of serious and imminent Islamist terrorist attacks on various places in the city. Schools and universities, many workplaces, and the subway system for a time have been closed, and parts of the city were sealed off.
The Belgian government is now considering making changes to improve its security against terrorism. It is now aware that the area of Brussels named Molenbeck, with a large Turkish and North African population, was the place where those responsible for the Paris massacres on November 13, 2015 had planned the attacks.
Brussels is also the capital of Europe, since it is the headquarters of the European Union (EU). In the city, those headquarters are separated geographically by a canal from Molenbeck and seemingly dwell in a different political universe. The 28-member EU entity has been less concerned with responding to the terrorists in Molenbek and to the challenge of the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) than with the momentous question of making sure that European consumers eat the right kind of banana – or, more strictly, that they do not eat the wrong king of banana.
On May 24, 2014, a 29-year-old French national of Algerian origin killed three people at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels. He had fought with Islamist rebels in Syria and had links to ISIS. On January 7, 2015, the massacres took place in Paris at Charlie Hebdo and at the Jewish supermarket. These Islamist attacks were supposed to lead the EU, at a minimum, to greater cooperation among the security forces of the EU countries in order to stop further Islamist terrorism in Europe.
The Paris attacks clearly showed the deficiencies in that security cooperation and the insufficient sharing of intelligence data and information. If the EU had, for the most part, open borders, it did not have open information among European countries. The alleged mastermind behind the Paris attacks, who had evaded intelligence gathering, was an accomplice of two jihadists who had been killed by the police in the Belgian town of Verviers, near the German border, on January 15, 2015. Another of the terrorists had a Syrian passport and had entered Greece as a "refugee" in October 2015.
Shamefully, some political figures do not understand the threat, but instead concentrate their fire on Israel. The chairman of the Dutch Socialist Party, Jan Marijnissen, claimed on November 16, 2015 that it was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that explains the terrorist attacks and that the conflict is "the growth medium for such an attack." Similarly, the Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, on Swedish TV linked ISIS with "Palestinian frustration." She held that the problem is that the Palestinians see no future – either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.
One need make only four brief comments about these absurd statements. The EU politicians betray the innate obsession with and hostility toward the State of Israel, which had no connection, direct or indirect, with the Islamist massacres. Their statements ignore the nature of the Islamist ideology of the perpetrators. They do not help, but rather hinder further response against all forms of Islamist terrorism. And they ignore the disturbing fact of continuing Palestinian terrorism that has led to more than 20 Israeli civilians being murdered and many more injured by Palestinian terrorists since October 2015 in Jerusalem, Hebron, Tel Aviv, and Netanya.
The EU is unwilling or hesitant to deal with ISIS since it has been preoccupied with the more momentous appeal of bananas. The European Commission on November 11, 2015 adopted a notice providing interpretation of the origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967. It provided information, supposedly helpful to member states, businesses, and consumers about the products originating in Israeli settlements "beyond Israel's 1967 borders." The fact that there are no 1967 borders appears to have escaped the notice of the EU, or more likely the EU is inventing them.
The essence of the EU notice is that products – e.g., fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, honey, olive oil, eggs, poultry, and cosmetics – entering the EU and coming from Israeli settlements must not be labeled "Made in Israel" because that would be misleading. Since 2009, the U.K. has had, as have also Denmark and Belgium, voluntary guidelines distinguishing produce coming from Israeli settlements in the West Bank from Palestinian West Bank produce. The EU notice asserts that the indication of origin of the products from the settlements will give European consumers the possibility to make an informed choice on what banana not to buy, an otherwise difficult choice, since all bananas look alike. The choice will no doubt be important for the increasingly large Muslim minorities in Europe, especially in France, the country with the largest number of Muslims in Europe.
It is true that Israel, as defined by the EU, has by the EU-Israel Association Agreement preferential tariff treatment into the EU. It is also true that the bilateral trade amounted to 30 billion euros in 2014. EU imports from Israel were 13 billion euros, and exports to Israel were 17 billion euros.
Moreover, the EU claims that it does not support any form of boycott or sanction against Israel. But the new policy is discriminatory and can be considered supportive of the BDS movement, a movement with anti-Semitic implications. The EU should be helping to stop BDS, not moving toward it with its restrictive and probably illegal trade rules.
Two other comments are relevant. One is that the EU guidelines will be unhelpful in any attempt to bring peace to the region and to negotiate an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. They may also hinder the bilateral negotiations between the U.S. and the EU over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
In contrast to the unfriendliness towards Israel, the EU has been more helpful to Palestinians in a number of ways: financial bilateral allocation, which amounts to 620 million euros in 2015; the European Neighborhood Instrument of 309 million euros; the PEGASE program of direct support to the Palestinian Authority of about 160 million euros a year to support the PA recurrent costs; and support for Palestinian refugees through UNRWA of about 80 million euros a year.
It is paradoxical and incongruous that in the same week as the November 11 guidelines, the EU issued a statement of its new funding for Palestinian refugees and vulnerable Palestinian families through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. It will provide an additional 10 million euros for UNRWA schools and services for Palestinian refugees. The EU support in 2015 for UNRWA is 102 million euros. In addition, Austria and Portugal provide 1.5 million euros in financial aid through the PEGASE scheme.
In view of the EU's lack of support for Israel, it is worth pointing out that that the EU is the largest multilateral donor of international assistance to Palestinian refugees since 1971. Between 2007 and 2014, it gave over 1 billion euros in support of UNRWA.
Surely, the EU might be equally generous towards its own citizens. Withdraw the iniquitous guideline notice and instead let the hungry European consumers know that Israeli bananas, whatever the piece of land from which they come, are delicious, very good, and healthy for you.
Reports that Quds Force Commander Gen. Suleimani Injured in Syria
Iranian Quds Force Commander, Gen. Qassem Suleimani
US Amy Brig. Gen. (ret.) Ernie Audino, former Combat Adviser to the Kurdish Peshmerga, brought us interesting news. Kurdish sources reported Iranian Quds Force commander, Gen. Qasem Suleimani has been wounded in action near Aleppo, Syria and evacuated to Tehran. If confirmed this is a stunning development as Suleimani was de facto commander of combined Iranian, Syrian national and Hezbollah forces propping up the Assad regime and directing Shiite militias in Iraq. This news comes following reports of IRGC heavy casualties in Syria. This will not be good news for the alleged interests of Putin in Syria. The issue is who caught Suleimani and his security unawares in Syria, Was it the Free Syrian Army, ISIS, al Nusrah, or the Syrian Kurdish YPG?
TEHRAN – Local media are reporting that Iranian Quds Force Commander General Qassem Suleimani has been wounded in fighting in Syria, and is currently receiving medical treatment in Tehran.
Al-Arabiya TV claims that Amir Mousavi, director of the Center for Strategic Studies and International Relations in Tehran has confirmed Suleimani is injured and is in a stable condition in hospital.
In a press conference, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that while they have heard the news, they cannot confirm it.
Syrian opposition media reported that Suleimani wounded about 12 days ago in clashes around Aleppo, northern Syria, with two others. So far the Iranian government has not commented.
There were also reports in late October that claimed Suleimani was wounded in Syria; however the Iranian army dismissed the rumors. Iranian casualties in Syria are on the rise, notably the death of Hussein Hamadani, a senior Iranian commander and close friends of Suleimani.
According to media reports, in the last two months alone almost 80 Iranian soldiers have been killed by anti-Syrian regime forces.
Investigation uncovers ISIS sympathising women meeting in council-owned centre
The ISIS supporting women uncovered by Channel 4 met in the Asian centre in Orford Road Walthamstow. I recognised the hall. So did the council who own the hall and I'm glad to see that they took immediate action. From the Waltham Forest Guardian
A COUNCIL owned community centre being used by a group of ISIS sympathising women has stopped the group from meeting there after their shocking preaching was exposed.
The Asian Centre in Orford Road has been used for a ladies group every Tuesday, but undercover filming shown on Channel 4 on Monday revealed the shocking preaching of those attending.
In the documentary ‘ISIS: The British Women Supporters Unveiled’ a woman went undercover to meet with women supporting jihadists. After eight months of talking to them online she met with them and was allowed to attend an invitation-only meeting – which was held in Walthamstow.
A woman named Umm Saalihah, who says online Muslims should go to Syria, preached to the group. Speaking about the bombing campaigns in Syria, she said: “Not like the cowards throwing air strikes at the Khilafah (Islamic State) and killing innocent people."
Umm Saalihah also praises hate preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed, who has been banned from Britain and is now in jail in Lebanon, and speaks of her admiration for jihadi fighters saying ‘hasten his release’. Umm went on to brag about ISIS fighters she is in contact with over the internet.
During filming, the women can be seen contacting each other over Twitter and meeting with members associated with banned group They Tweet and tell people not to vote in the UK, not to wear the poppy and they re-tweet messages from jihadists.
The investigation was brought to a close a month before the terrorist attacks in Paris when one of the female ISIS supporters became suspicious of an undercover reporter.
Last night, the Orford Road Asian Centre displayed a sign stating women’s groups were cancelled from yesterday. The council has been asked to comment,
The comments are good. There was a time when the comments of the Waltham Forest Guardian were full of the sort of naive well-meaning people who insisted that Islam is a religion of peace and anybody who raises valid criticism is a vile racist. Three EDL demos faced enormous opposition. But I believe that a combination of the nature of that opposition, and events such as the Muslim Patrol have opened a few eyes, and given the courage to speak to others whose eyes were never shut.
President Obama's open-door immigration policy is set to accept more immigrants from Muslim nations over the next five years than the entire population of Washington, D.C., according to federal documents.
Figures from the Department of Homeland Security show that the president has already issued 680,000 green cards to immigrants from Muslim nations over the past five years. Unless Congress changes his policy, that number will be repeated in the next five years.
What's more, the president is also planning to add over 100,000 more with refugee status, many from Syria. Refugees can also petition the government for their relatives.
DHS data released by the Sen. Jeff Sessions' Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, noted that refugees, who must apply for a green card within one year, have instant access to federal welfare and entitlements, along with local benefits and education services; these costs are not offset.
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The DHS number of 680,000 does not include temporary migrants who return home nor births or deaths.
The subcommittee said that "assuming no change in visa policy, the U.S. can expect to give green cards to another 680,000 more migrants from these countries over the next five years. A green card entitles recipients to access federal benefits, lifetime residency, work authorization, and a direct route to becoming a U.S. citizen."
That is a group bigger than Washington, D.C.'s population of 658,893.
And it could grow far more. The Census Bureau suggests that migration fromthe Middle East is fast growing.
Immigration is one of the most controversial topics in the nation due to Obama's policies on undocumented children and parents and lately his plan to settle up to 85,000 Syrian refugees. Several governors and the House have caused for a pause on the program due to concerns it will let terrorists pretending to be Syrians into the U.S.
Already, the foreign-born population in the United States is at a record 41.3 million.
Critics are considering limits to green cards and student visas,
"Without such changes, the Census Bureau projects that, for each coming year the total number of immigrants in the United States will increase, the annual rate of immigrant admissions will increase, and the foreign-born share of the population will increase," said the Alabama Republican's subcommittee release.
"Pew polling data shows that 83 percent of the public (across all parties) opposes this baseline and believes the level of immigration should either be frozen or reduced. By a nearly 10-1 margin, Americans of all backgrounds are united in their shared belief that companies with positions to fill should raise wages instead of bringing in new lower-wage labor from abroad. And yet, despite this, the Senate's Gang of Eight bill would have tripled the issuance of green cards over the next decade, and this year's I-Squared bill would substantially increase both low-wage guest worker admissions and green card allotments – all on top of the existing record-breaking and unprecedented growth in future immigration," it added.
Muslim female governor 'chose to sit apart from men'
The female governor at a private Muslim school in Birmingham - at the centre of criticism from Ofsted - chose to sit separately from men, says the school.
Inspectors criticised Darul Uloom school when they saw a "female governor sat out of sight of the male governors in an adjacent room".
They highlighted particular concern about Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham, where inspectors observed that "the only female governor sat out of sight of the male governors in an adjacent room to the main meeting. As a result, she could only contribute to the meeting through a doorway. Governors told inspectors this was their usual arrangement. A senior HMI has pointed out to the school that this practice is unacceptable as it fails to show proper respect for women."
In response, a statement from the school says that visitors, parents and governors can "sit where and how they wish as they feel comfortable, and we never assert any restrictions on this".
The school issued a statement from the unnamed governor saying that "my request to sit as I please" was a way of "demonstrating the school's strong promotion of both Islamic and British values". "The right for a person to choose is a universal value," she said. But she claimed that the "British values" requirement was opposed to this.
Darul Uloom, now rated as inadequate, had been inspected by Ofsted inspectors since 2011.
Sen. Jeff Sessioans is out with a list of 12 vetted refugees who quickly joined jihad plots to attack the United States.
He’s spotlighting the refugees-turned-jihadis because he’s trying to prod GOP leaders into halting Congress’ normal practice of giving the president huge leeway to import foreign migrants and refugees into the United States.
This year, Obama is promising to bring in an extra 10,000 low-skill, potentially difficult-to-integrate Syrian migrants into the United States. Sessions and other critics fear he’ll use his many powers — and Congress’ autopilot funding for refugee programs — to bring in far more than 10,000 migrants.
In fact, from 2010 to 2015, Obama has allowed more than 200,000 low-skill migrants from Central American to enter the United States, and then disappear into the nation’s growing population of at least 11 million illegal immigrants.
Obama says the new refugees will be vetted. But top security officials say the Syrians can’t be vetted because the U.S doesn’t know what they were doing in Syria before they applied for refugee status.
Besides, many of the jihad attempts in the United States are launched by the children of Muslim refugees and migrants. That list include the two Chechen brothers who bombed the Boston Marathon, and Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed by a U.S missile strike when he fled to Yemen after the 9/11 atrocity. That means the Americans’ federal government is actively importing national-security problems that will eventually cost billions of dollars to manage, but cannot be eliminated.
Congressional leaders will set funding levels, and possible curbs, during the December appropriations debate.
“This list — which only covers 2015 and not the many jihadis from prior years — illustrates just how incapable our government is of vetting refugees or predicting post-entry radicalization,” said a Hill aide. “Yet the president wants a completely blank-check [in the appropriaitons bill] to fund not only all of these existing refugee programs from across the globe, but to add a permanent Syrian resettlement program to it — funded directly out of Americans’ paychecks and retirement accounts,” the aide said.
The new — but incomplete — list of refugees-turned-jihadis include:
On January 29, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, a federal warrant was unsealed for the arrest of Liban Haji Mohamed – a native of Somalia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – for allegedly providing material support to Harakat Shabaab Al-Mujahidin, also known as Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda. Mohamed is believed to have left the U.S. on July 5, 2012, with the intent to join Al-Shabaab in East Africa. Mohamed previously lived in the metro D.C. area and worked as a cab driver, and is believed to have snuck across the border to Mexico after being placed on the no-fly list. Carl Ghattas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington, D.C. Field Office emphasized the importance of locating Mohamed, “because he has knowledge of the Washington, D.C. area’s infrastructure such as shopping areas, Metro, airports, and government buildings . . . [t]his makes him an asset to his terrorist associates who might plot attacks on U.S. soil.” Arrest Warrant
On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Abdinassir Mohamud Ibrahim – a native of Somalia who came to the United States as a refugee in 2007 at the age of 22 and subsequently adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status – was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to Al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and for making a false statement in his immigration paperwork. Ibrahim knowingly lied in his application for citizenship, and previously lied on his request for refugee status, by falsely claiming that he was of a member of the minority Awer clan in Somalia and subject to persecution by the majority Hawiye clan. However, Ibrahim was actually a member of the Hawiye clan and not subject to persecution. In fact, according to the Complaint, “Ibrahim’s family was famous . . . [and] [t]hrough his clan lineage, Ibrahim was related to known Somali terrorists[.]” Ibrahim also admitted he had lied on his citizenship application by having previously lied on his refugee application by falsely claiming that he had not provided material support to a terrorist group, when he had in fact provided material support in the form of cash to an Al-Shabaab member. Criminal ComplaintIndictment
On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic – a native of Bosnia, and a purported Bosnian war herowho came to the United States as a refugee – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, with providing material support to terrorists, and conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country. According to the indictment, among other things, Hodzic obtained money that he used to “purchase materials and supplies including: United States military uniforms, tactical combat boots, military surplus goods, tactical gear and clothing, firearms accessories, optical equipment and range finders, rifle scopes, equipment, and supplies . . . intending that the materials and supplies would thereafter be transferred to, and used to support” Abdullah Ramo Pazara and ISIS. Indictment
On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Sedina Unkic Hodzic – the wife of Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, and a native of Bosniawho came to the United States as a refugee – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to the indictment, Sedina, along with her husband, collected money from third parties and wired it to terrorists abroad. Also according to the indictment, Sedina shipped six boxes of U.S. military uniforms, combat boots, tactical clothing and gear, military surplus – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to the indictment, Sedina, along with her husband, collected money from third parties and wired it to terrorists abroad. Also according to the indictment, Sedina shipped six boxes of U.S. military uniforms, combat boots, tactical clothing and gear, military surplus items, firearms accessories, rifle scopes, optical equipment, first aid supplies, and other equipment to terrorists abroad. Indictment
On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Nihad Rosic – a native of Bosnia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, providing material support to terrorists, and conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country. According to the indictment, Rosic sent funds to terrorists abroad, and attempted to travel to Syria to join terrorists in Syria and Iraq. According to press accounts, Rosic was a truck driver and former mixed martial arts fighter who had previously been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after punching a woman in the face while she held a child, and in a separate incident, was charged with assault after allegedly beating his girlfriend with a belt. Indictment
On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Mediha Medy Salkicevic – a native of Bosnia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to press accounts, Salkicevic was formerly an employee with a cargo company that deals with items coming in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. According to the indictment, Salkicevic collected money from third parties and wired it and her own funds to terrorists abroad. Indictment
On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Jasminka Ramic – a native of Bosnia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to the indictment, Ramic collected money from third parties and wired it and her own funds to terrorists abroad. Indictment
Hungarian anti-terrorist police last week detained four people heading to the capital with explosives in their car, and found a bomb-making laboratory set up for a mass killing, the unit's chief said on Tuesday, declining to rule out a link to Islamist militants.
Security has been tightened for senior officials entitled to "top protection", the Counter Terrorism Centre said in a statement.
The center's director general, Janos Hajdu, said the suspects had been detained last week as police stepped up investigations that touched on the security of these officials, whom he declined to name.
After the suspects in the car were detained, a subsequent house search revealed a bomb-making laboratory with "explosives and devices that were suitable for killing people to the utmost extent", Hajdu told the state television channel M1.
He said police had also caught two other people with submachine guns, ammunition and silencers in their car, and that it was not clear whether the two groups were connected.
Asked whether the suspects had jihadist links, he said: "Let me reply to that in the next few days."...
The president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, fears that Saudi Arabian financing of a Reykjavík mosque will fuel radical Islam in Iceland. The president told the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service that he was shocked to the point of paralysis when he learned last March, in a meeting with Saudi Arabian Ambassador, that the government of Saudi Arabia had decided to interfere in Icelandic religious life by donating one million US Dollars to the planned mosque.
The president claimed Saudi Arabia has not only fostered religious extremism but also forces which have attacked the West and western values.
In a second interview with the local radio station Bylgjan, following the Paris terrorist attacks, the president had warned that Iceland could no longer act as if violent religious extremism did not concern Iceland and that we should not let "childish naiveté" delude us to think these problems could be solved simply with tolerance and social reforms.
“But we must come to terms with, in a realistic way, that we are not an island in the world. And when we learn, as I did while meeting the representatives of a foreign state some while back, that a state which has fostered radical Islam and the forces which have attacked Western Civilization, has decided to interfere in the religious life of Iceland, it is of course a sign that we are not an island in the word. And there are many examples which show us we cannot discuss this issue as if it was a problem of somebody else. This decision by a foreign state to begin to interfere in Icelandic religious life in the same way as it has done around the world, financing schools where radical Islam is cultivated, and young men trained in those views, it is a reminder to us Icelanders we must begin a new discussion. At the same time we must not condemn refugees and run away from a society of multiculturalism and tolerance we should not live in childish naiveté that we can deal with this problem with some actions of tolerance and social reform.”
These statements, especially the statement about “childish naiveté”, has caused some controversy in Iceland, as some feel the president has been stoking the fires of islamophobia. Others have raised questions as to why the president did not make his concerns over the planned Saudi Arabian funding of the Reykjavík mosque known immediately.
In an interview on Sunday for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service Ólafur Ragnar said he had been shocked by the announcement. Asked whether he had protested the planned gift at the meeting in March the president explained he had not because the news had taken him by complete surprise. In fact, he been virtually paralyzed by surprise and shock:
“I didn’t [register objections] at that meeting, because this took me completely by surprise, and I was, at the end of the meeting, I simply didn’t know how to react. So, I was really just so surprised, and so paralyzed, by this announcement, that I just accepted it, and then sat down and thought it over, and decided I should make it public, as I did.”
At the time the president did make the announcement known on his web page. He has not explained why he choose to stay quiet about his concerns for more than eight months.
He was damned if he did and damned because he didn't. The apologists would have criticised him whatever. Also I suspect that the massacre in Paris, a worldshattering single event, is actually less of a worry than the constant and increasing state of fellow Scandinavian countries. The violence in Malmo, the rape epidemic in Oslo, he won't want that in Reykjavík.
"Paris Attacks Lead to Surge in Applications to Join French Army".
'Military says requests for information and applications through website trebled to 1,500 a day after massacre.
'Applications to join the French army have soared since the Islamic State attacks on Paris, according to figures obtained by the newspaper Le Monde.
'The military did not want to announce the figures during France's three-day period of national mourning, but has now said that requests for information and applications through its website had tripled, from about 500 a day to about 1,500 a day, since the 13 November attacks, the paper reported.
Dear France: if they're sound in wind and limb and of sound mind sign them all up (except for any that are Muslim; you don't want a Fort Hood-style attack from within) and put them through boot camp. You will need them all, and then some, for homeland security, soon enough. - CM
'The series of suicide bombings and shootings (carried out by Muslim ghazi terror raiders - that's the bit that "The Guardian" prefers not to mention - CM) at a popular music venue, the national stadium, cafes and restaurants killed (sic: murdered - CM) 129 people from 19 countries, but most of the victims were French and many of htem young, on a Friday night out.
On a Friday, nota bene. This attack was carried out, as so many Muslim terror raids are carried out, on a Friday, the Muslim 'holy' day. - CM
"I'm staggered", Col Eric de Lapresle, head of the army recruitment service's marketing and communications department, told the paper. "This is an entirely unprecedented phenomenon".
'The French president, Francois Hollande, partially reversed planned military personnel cuts in the wake of January's Charlie Hebdo attacks, which left 17 people dead (sic: which murdered 17 people - CM), and has now frozen them entirely.
Common-sense kicking in. And if the flood of eager and rationally angry new recruits wanting to sign up to defend their country - themselves, their families, their friends and fellow citizens - against the Global Jihad that struck home so horribly on 13 November continues, then M le President would be wise to increase resourcing of the military and sign up every one of those new recruits who is capable of holding and firing a rifle and put them through boot camp, pronto. - CM
'As a result, De Lapresle said, the army needed 15,000 new recruits this year, and 16,000 in 2016.
If 1500 a day are applying, and this maintains itself over the next year, say, without falling off, then the numbers will more than exceed requirements. Sign them all up, mate, while the iron is hot. - CM
'Applications had already jumped from around 130 a day in 2014 to 500 a day since the Charlie Hebdo attacks (what a fascinating coincidence - CM) and had now multiplied further.
Excellent. - CM
'De Presle said the army's five recruitment centres were also experiencing unprecedented demand.
Like I said; if they're sound of mind, wind and limb and can hold and fire a rifle, sign them all up and put them in boot camp. Whatever it costs. This is about the survival of France as a free Infidel country. - CM
'The French army had around 115,000 personnel in 2014, some 3,000 of them deployed across Africa.
They will be needed on home ground, soon enough, to combat the Mohammedan fifth columnists, now reinforced by the thousands upon thousands of menacing, glowering military-age Muslim males that are pouring into Europe from the south-east. Time to take a leaf out of Israel's book - or Switzerland, or Singapore - and focus grimly on training your young people for homeland defence. One day soon you will need to take back the banlieues, and the only thing that works with the Mohammedan Mob is overwhelming force unhesitatingly deployed. Those young French Infidels - I would hazard the guess that those rushing to sign up, in the wake of the jihad ghazi raids, are all Infidels - who are now showing fight must be welcomed and trained in the arts of war, as quickly as possible. - CM
'In the past it has relied heavily on conscription to fill its ranks, but military service was abolished by President Jacques Chirac in 1996 and formally ended in 2001 - although young people must still register with the armed forces for possible conscription if needed.
If 1500 would-be French soldiers a day continue to apply over the next year, that would add up to at least 300 000 young French volunteering to fight for their country - more than twice the number of the present standing army.
Here is another story on the same topic, on what seems to be a military-issues website.
'Young French People are Flocking to Enlist in the Wake of Paris Attacks".
'The number of young French people hoping to enlist in the armed forces has tripled since the November 13 terror attacks that killed 129 people in the French capital (sic: "since the November 13 terror attacks in which seven Muslim ghazi raiders murdered 129 people in the French capital". - CM), army officials have said.
'Colonel Eric de Lapresle, head of marketing and communications for the army's recruitment arm, told French daily "Le Monde", that he was "floored" by the surge in applications.
'According to de Lapresle, the army's recruitment website - sengager.fr, which translates as "enlisting" - is currently fielding an average 1,500 applications a day, versus 500 a day before the attacks.
'France's Armed Forces Information and Recruitment Centres are also facing an influx of candidates, although exact figures have yet to be released.
'On the "Why Enlist?" page of its website, the army's recruitment service lists several arguments for joining the military, including the chance to "defend the French, France and its values", and to "experience a brotherhood of arms".
'The site offers recruitment options to candidates who have dropped out of high school, candidates with a degree, and those with up to five years of secondary education.
'The rise in enlistment comes just three days after President Francois Hollande opened his extraordinary address to both houses of parliament with the statement, "France is at war".
'In a speech that indeed had all the tones of a call to arms, the president compared Friday's tragic attacks to "acts of war".
Correction. That should have been, "The president identified the attacks on Friday as acts of war." They were not 'tragic'. They were acts of war, acts of deliberate and focused human malevolence with the aim of furthering the expansion and dominance of the Dar al Islam. - CM
"I know I can count on the devotion of police officers, gendarmes, soldiers, and you, representatives of the nation", Hollande said in the televised speech. "You know the meaning of duty and, when the circumstances require it, the spirit of sacrifice."
'Holland also announced that he would freeze planned military personnel cuts through 2019, and suggested using the country's reservists to form a home guard.
Good idea. - CM
'The government had already reviewed proposed defense cuts in the wake of the January 2015 attacks that left 17 people dead (that murdered 17 people - CM) in and around Paris, when radical Islamic militants (sic: Muslims engaging in a ghazi terror raid - CM) attacked the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.
'According to Le Monde, the French army will have 15,000 new recruits by the end of 2015 - 5,000 more enlistments than in 2014. The estimated number of new recruits for 2016 is 16,000.
'The 15,000 who join the army in 2015 will be recruited from a pool of 160,000 applicants, with only 60,000 candidates submitting to the various physical, medical and psychological evaluations and tests required to join. Still, the number of people considering a career in the military is significantly up from 2014, when 120,000 people filed their initial application.
Soon enough, they will find they need every French non-Muslim of fighting age who is capable of firing a rifle and following orders. And not for any overseas adventures, but for taking back control of the soil of France. - CM
'This can partly be explained by the army boosting its recruitment efforts following the January attacks, and raising the number of annual recruitment drives from three to five. But, according to de Lapresle, "Even when we stopped advertising, numbers did not go down or went down very little."
'In 2014, he told Le Monde, the army's website was fielding an average of 130 requests a day through its website (up to 300 or 400 during an advertising campaign) with those numbers soaring to 500 in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks (up to 800 during an advertising campaign),,,",
There were Comments permitted for this story. One read as follows, from 'Rothbard' - "For better or for worse, I'll be off to join them in the FFL in July."
Paris, bloodied and disfigured by the global Jihad, is calling....Which makes one wonder just how many applications the French Foreign Legion will be receiving, too, from now on, from among Infidels of suitable age, fitness, freedom of action and grim Islamo-awareness.
And now, a final piece, written by one Theo Chapuis, that introduces us to a few of these young Infidel French - three men, and a young woman - who are seriously considering joining the army.
'Four Young French People Explain Why They Want to Join the Army'.
'Laura, Maxandre, Theo and Benjamin - four young French natives with one thing in common: they are all seriously considering joining the army following the Paris terror attacks of Friday 13 November.
'And, as it happens, they're not alone. According to the French army, unprecedented numbers have started inquiring about the recruitment process; Colonel de Lapresle...speaks of "colossal" popularity.
',,,While not everyone has the makings of a career in the military, the enthusiasm for the job is very real.
'We spoke to these four young people to find out how the current climate has led them to reflect upon a career in the army.
'I've come to realize that no-one is safe'.
'Maxandre lives in Paris's 17th arondissement. The 17-year-old high school student explains that, while the idea of becoming a soldier had already crossed his mind, last week's attacks triggered something else within him. He wants to fight against "insecurity" and "defend others".
He states: "You can hear everyone offering up ideas each better than the next, but for me, the best thing to do is to get moving and defend ourselves...I told myself, "Shit, I can't sit here with my arms crossed."
Bravo, mate. Now, study the stories of Jean Parisot de Valetta, and Charles Martel - and find out that you are the but the latest to step forward to defend the Camp of the Infidels. Go to the great basilica Saint Denis and at the tomb of Charles Martel "the Hammer' swear to him that what he saved, you will defend, so that he may sleep in peace. - CM
'The same motivations are cited by Theo, an 18 year old studying economic science and management at Lille University. Referring to his twelve years of karate, he states that he has no problem with "discipline and respect" which are "the bases of martial arts". He claims simply to want to "defend [his] country" and others:
"I've come to realize that no-one is safe, and that we need to defend the people, whether they be in France or elsewhere. To defend them, we need to be deployed where the threat is."
I hope you will soon come to understand, dear Theo, that the main threat is now within, lodged within all the cities of France, wherever there are mosques, wherever there are Muslims swarming and strutting and threatening jihad and teaching their children to hate and despise everything that we mean by France. Wherever there are Msulims, there is Jihad. There are many Muslims in France, and they feel very strong, and so there is Jihad: attacks upon and murder of Infidels, Jews and Christians and atheists, first many smaller attacks (e.g. the kidnap and murder of the Parisian Jew, Ilan Halimi, and the murderous attacks by Mohammed Merah upon French soldiers and French Jews) and finally, this year, the mass murder of 'blasphemous' cartoonists and of Jewish shoppers, and the massacre at the Bataclan. - CM
'Laura is 19 years old and has lived in Aix-en-Provence for a short time; before, she lived in the Paris region. "Shocked" by the attacks, and undecided on her future career path, she saw the army as more than just a vocational stream; she saw it as a real "revelation". Just like the others, her willingness to serve comes from altruistic and selfless reasoning. Talking to these young people, one would assume that it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.
"I want to do something meaningful, and help people....But it would be much better if we didn't need this kind of job".
'She continues, speaking of her "admiration" for the men and women (I assume, law enforcement, first responders, and the military - CM) that she has seen risking their lives, sometimes live on television, such as last Friday, when she was impressed by these peoples' "courage".
'Benjamin is 22 years old, and has all the airs of a true sportsman. A third-year student of a physical education course, this young man from Nantes - who lifeguards when he's not in school - states that he trains "six days out of seven" with the idea of joining the French Armed Forces at the back of his mind.
"In the long term, I would like to join an intervention platoon; at best GIGN (National Gendarmerie Intervention Group), at worst PSIG (The Gendarmerie Investigation and Surveillance Platoon)." It is not that he does not enjoy the studies that he has undertaken but he fears "regretting not getting involved now".
"I said to myself that France needed a certain number of people(given Muslim demographics, Infidel France will need every able-bodied son and daughter that she has, in the near future - CM) and upon inquiring here and there, I came across entry tests for the GIGN and information about their daily life (training, etc). That's exactly what I think I am made for. As well as that, you have to add in the gratifying aspect of protecting other innocent human beings".
And sometimes, to do that, you have to kill those who intend murder and not only murder but the destruction and enslavement of your entire society and the civilisation of which it is a part. - CM
'These young people, among whom some are currently destined for something else entirely, know that they will have to carry a gun...and sometimes use it. They have shared their desire to become a soldier with their friends and family.
'The parents of 18 year old Theo aren't opposed to the idea, "But they want me to start off as a sous-officier (a non-commissioned officer) not a militaire du rang (a superior ranking)". There is no talk of discouraging him; on the contrary, his friends support him, while some of them even tell him he is "made for it". "That's perhaps a sign", he says.
'On the other hand, Maxandre's family and friends are much more doubtful. Like when one of his friends asked him if he "wanted to kill", an issue he admits he still feels uncomfortable with. "That is very awkward as a question, so I avoid talking about it".
'As for his family, he counts on his parents-in-law to "sweeten the pill" at the dinner table when the conversations are sometimes "stormy" owing to his parents' anti-military sentiment.
One may hope that his parents, reflecting on the Muslim massacre of hapless unarmed Infidel civilians in Paris, may be rethinking their opposition to the army. - CM
'Benjamin is still at the research phase, and hasn't spoken about it to his parents, yet..."...".
'While they all refer to the need to "protect their country' not one among them evokes a feeling of vengeance or a blind need for violence...".
Of course. These are civilised young French people, not Mohammedan mobsters.God bless them, and all the others like them who - whether they understand fully what they are doing, or not - are preparing to step up and into the firing line against the Global Jihad.
TUNIS — At least 12 people were killed on Tuesday after an explosion tore through a bus full of Tunisian presidential guards in an attack one source said was probably carried out by a bomber detonating his explosives in the vehicle.
Ambulances rushed wounded from the scene and security forces closed off streets around Mohamed V Avenue, one of the major streets in the capital Tunis and where the charred wreckage of the bus lay not far from the interior ministry.
It is the third major attack to strike Tunisia this year after a militant killed 38 foreigners at a beach hotel in June and gunmen killed 21 tourists at the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March. Islamic State claimed both those attacks.