Friday, March 13, 2015

What Extremist Islam Thrives On - Bassam Tawil



by Bassam Tawil


The claim of the Muslim Brotherhood, that men should be ruled not by men but by Allah, is a fraud and a lie, because what mortal can claim the right to rule in Allah's name: the various backward Sunni sheikhs such as ISIS's "Caliph," Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, or the power-mad Shi'ite Ayatollahs in Iran?
Promoting such a fraud not only allows the extremist proselytizers of Islam to acquire both dominance and exclusivity among Muslims, as bearing the "true" message of Islam. Above all, it prevents their power and leadership from being challenged.
Getting nuclear arms is meant to enable the extremist Muslims to market Islam to the masses by force, and hide their failures in technological, societal and economic development.
The time has come to make it clear to the world that neither the West, nor the so-called Israeli "occupation," nor imperialism nor colonialism is in any way responsible for the atrocities carried out by these fanatics. Those are only excuses feeding off the many mistakes made by the West.
What is responsible is social and religious backwardness, the work of the Islamist forces of reaction, and their inability to adjust to the progress made by the Western world during the past 1200 years.
Blaming the West seeks to prevent Muslims from using their intelligence to compare the failure of extremist Islam to anything else that is Islamic.
The Jordanian Sheikh Ahmed Adwan named as liars those who distort the Qur'an; that these liars did so only to fight the Jews, against the will of Allah. Those who refuse to recognize the fact that that Allah granted the Blessed Land to the Jews are, in effect, attacking Allah and the Qur'an.
Despite being proud Palestinians, we here know that the Palestinian Authority must not, at present, be allowed military weapons; it must not be allowed to admit ISIS operatives; it must not be allowed to have an airport or a seaport. Such an event would turn not only Israel, but also Jordan, Egypt and the region, into an explosion of terrorism, death and destruction.
And until there is a more responsible Palestinian leadership that will not, a week later, be taken over by Islamist terrorists, it must not at present be allowed a Palestinian state.

The unhappy state of Islam is the result of a rule by dictators dictated by cruelty, a slanted interpretation of Islam, laziness, corruption and internal decay -- all racing towards the social, economic and scientific destruction of the Islamic nation.

The claim of the Muslim Brotherhood, that men should be ruled not by men but by Allah, is a fraud and a lie, because what mortal can claim the right to rule in Allah's name -- the various backward Sunni sheikhs such as ISIS's "Caliph," Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, or the power-mad Shi'ite Ayatollahs in Iran?

Many Muslims rejoiced when Sheikh Dr. Ahmed al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar University, the most important religious institution in the Sunni Muslim world, gave a speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which he came out against Islamic terrorism. He said a misinterpretation of the Qur'an and life of the Prophet (S.A.A.W.) were what led to Muslim extremism. He condemned terrorism and said that reforms had to be made in religious studies so that they put more emphasis on tolerance.

For a moment, it seemed as if the time had come to call him a genuine hero of millions of Muslims in general and those in the Middle East in particular. But many of us were painfully disappointed when he warned of a Zionist-colonialist "conspiracy to divide and conquer Muslims." We realized we had rejoiced too soon, and that the sheikh blamed others, as usual, for the failures of Muslims, and was not planning to either examine our mistakes or correct them.

Many Muslims rejoiced when Ahmed al-Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar University, came out against Islamic terrorism -- only to be disappointed when he spoke of a Zionist-colonialist "conspiracy to divide and conquer Muslims." (Image source: Erem News video screenshot)

The time has come to make it clear to the world that neither the West, nor the so-called Israeli "occupation," nor imperialism nor colonialism is in any way responsible for the atrocities carried out by the Islamist fanatics. Those episodes of history are in no way responsible for the burnings-alive, beheadings, abductions, rape, pillage and slaughter carried out by the jihadists in the name of "Islam." Those are only excuses feeding off the many mistakes made by the West.

What is responsible is social and religious backwardness, the work of the Islamist forces of reaction, and their inability to adjust to the progress made by the Western world during the past 1200 years.

The Muslim Brotherhood claims it does not use force to convince people to convert to Islam, and that the decision can be freely made. It claims it only uses force against those who keep the message of Islam from reaching the masses who have not yet decided.

Promoting such a fraud not only allows the extremist proselytizers of Islam to acquire both dominance and exclusivity among Muslims as bearing the "true" message of Islam. Above all, it prevents their power and leadership from being challenged. It is this fraud that makes it possible for Islamist terrorists to use force against anyone they choose on the pretext that their victims block the da'wah (religious instruction and proselytization).

The achievements of the West frustrate the Islamists because Islamism is neither democratic nor in tune with the modern world. What extremist Islam thrives on is religious fanaticism and the desire to destroy the successes of the West, in order to "prove" Islam's superiority.

To keep Muslims from despair, blaming the West seeks to prevent Muslims from using their intelligence to compare the failure of extremist Islam to anything else that is Islamic.

The frantic arms race towards more and more deadly weapons engaged in by the various radical organizations, such as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's ISIS, Hassan Nasrallah's Hezbollah, Ismail Haniyeh's Hamas and by the radical Islamist states such as Iran, has as its only objective the ability to carry out such destruction.

Getting nuclear arms, long-range missiles and other means for an ultimate end-of-days is meant to enable the extremists in Islam to market their religion to the masses by force; to rule the world according to their interpretations of Islam, and to use weapons of mass destruction, blackmail, fraud and threats to bridge the gaps and hide their failures in technological, societal and economic development.

One reason the Arab and Muslim countries find it so hard to fight against extremist Islamic terrorism is that this wish to "repair by destroying others" is rooted deep within their regimes, and through all the wars they carry out with each other through proxies.

Another reason is that many terrorism-supporting countries, such as Saudi Arabia, get rid of opposition by sending dissidents out of the country, or by murdering them, as they seem to be doing with the blogger, Raif Badawi, who may be facing a new trial and a death sentence, ostensibly for "apostasy." Another man in his 20s was also sentenced last week, by the three judges of the court of Hafar al-Batin, to be executed by the sword for "insulting Islam." In this way, and under the heading of the da'wah (religious instruction and proselytization), many dissidents have reached foreign shores.

With unlimited oil funds at their disposal, these men buy influence, infrastructure, weapons, explosives and, most importantly, people. They set out to enlist local Muslims, whom they then turn against the host countries that good-heartedly take them in.

These men with unlimited oil funds reach the shores of Europe and the United States; they build mosques, and social and economic institutions. They insinuate themselves into the corridors of power and purchase chairs at universities. Once established, they begin preaching and using money and scare tactics to enlist terrorist operatives from within the local Muslim communities. From these, they form a hard core of terrorists, in place today and just waiting for orders.

Divine retribution came during the so-called Arab Spring: now it seems the countries that supported terrorism -- or chose to ignore it out of self-interest or political correctness -- were the first to suffer: the terrorists could see their inherent weakness. This is what took place recently in France. Unfortunately, if the scales do not fall from U.S. President Barack Obama's eyes, and he persists in his stubborn naïveté, the same thing will happen in the United States -- to say nothing of Britain, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia and the rest of the civilized world.

The same is true of the Arab states that hosted and encouraged the various terrorist movements: they became the first victims. You can see it happening today in Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon -- all paying the price for the haven they gave to terrorism -- Hezbollah terrorism, Hamas terrorism and Palestinian terrorism -- for allowing these groups to operate from within their borders.

As far as "Palestine" is concerned, we here still remain optimistic. The number of voices calling for change in our leadership -- to one that cares about improving the lives of its people instead of crushing them under a boot (with the complicity of Europe) -- is growing.

The Jordanian Sheikh Ahmed Adwan wrote on his Facebook page, and said in an interview with the "Israel in Arabic" website, that there was no mention of any such thing as "Palestine" in the Qur'an. He said that Allah had granted the Blessed Land to the Israelites, who would be the Chosen People until Judgment Day, according to sura 5, verse 21, and sura 26, verse 59, and others.

He labeled as liars those who distort the Qur'an, who call the country "Palestine," and who deliberately changed the name of the Blessed Land that Allah granted to the Israelites according to the Qur'an. These liars did so only to continue to fight the Jews, against the will of Allah. We Muslims have to realize that all those who refuse to recognize the fact that Allah granted the Blessed Land to the Jews are, in effect, attacking Allah and the Qur'an.

Sheikh Adwan said the Jews were the Chosen People -- and peaceful. He said they respond with violence only when they have to defend themselves. He attacked the Palestinian leadership, which to this day preaches the deliberate killing of Jews -- men, women, infants and the aged -- while it hides behind Palestinian civilians, in order to increase the number of Palestinian dead to show on television. This display seems meant to goad naïve international institutions into attacking the Jews for defending themselves against the Palestinians.

Sheik Adwan said that even in the 1970s, he had seen the Palestinians' heartless, humiliating behavior when they tried to topple King Hussein of Jordan. Then as well, they hid behind their children in order to accuse the king of killing civilians, and exploit the international community for their own dishonorable ends.

The Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, is in a unity government with Hamas and is therefore responsible for Hamas's terrorism against his own people. He is just as responsible for his own stepped-up campaign not only against the Jews, but also against Palestinian journalists and his own people.

The last thing Abbas is doing is preparing his people for peace with Israel. If he were interested in peace, he would not be escalating his campaign of "no normalization" with either Israelis or their products, not just from what he calls the settlements, but from all of Israel. He is leading his people to think: If the Israelis are that terrible, how could one want peace with them?

In spite of being proud Palestinians, we here know that the Palestinian Authority must not, at this time, be allowed four things.

It must not be allowed military weapons, especially on the borders of Egypt or Jordan.
It must not be allowed to admit ISIS operatives, who are already in Gaza and targeting the West Bank. ISIS in the West Bank would only endanger Jordan, the same way Hamas, recently designated by Egypt as a terrorist group, has constantly been endangering Egypt.

It must not be allowed to control a seaport or airport. Such control would enable them to import weapons and turn not only Israel, but also Jordan, Egypt and the region into an explosion of terrorism, death and destruction.

And until there is a more responsible Palestinian leadership that will not, a week later, be taken over by Islamist terrorists, it must not at present be allowed a Palestinian state.


Bassam Tawil is a scholar based in the Middle East.
Source: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5345/extremist-islam-thrives

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The Arab vote and the US dollars - Miri Eden and Eli Leon



by Miri Eden and Eli Leon

U.S.-based NGO Ameinu may be involved in effort to increase turnout among "young secular Israelis, non-wealthy secular Jews and the Arab community," internal memo shows • Ameinu: Efforts aren't aimed at helping any specific party; we parted ways with V15.


An internal Ameinu memo shows alleged efforts to increase Arab turnout in Israel
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Photo credit: The Washington Beacon


Miri Eden and Eli Leon

Source: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=24107

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Kuwaiti Researcher Abdulazziz Al-Qattan: ISIS Is The Product Of Islamic Heritage - MEMRI



by MEMRI


The following report is from MEMRI's Counter-Radicalization Initiative.
In a recent TV show, Kuwaiti researcher Abdulazziz Al-Qattan said that the ISIS ideology existed long before the emergence of ISIS and Al-Qaeda, and that it was a product of Islamic heritage. "All the books of Islamic heritage, without exception... have enough ISIS ideology to turn your hair white," said Al-Qattan, speaking on Al-Mayadeen TV on March 3, 2015.
Following are excerpts:


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Abdulaziz Al-Qattan: "ISIS did not come out of nowhere. It's not an aberration. By no means. ISIS adopts the Salafi-Wahhabi ideology of Al-Qaeda. If you look at Durur Al-Saniyah by Muhammad Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab, you will see that ISIS is implementing the ideas of that book to the letter. They are doing it step by step, word by word.

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"The problem of us Arabs is that we are not being honest with ourselves. We do not acknowledge our mistakes. We refuse to break away from that heritage. Our Islamic heritage is a minefield of these deviant ideas. Unfortunately, even some contemporary muftis, sheiks, and Islamic scholars subscribe to this reactionary ideology and to this backwardness. To this day, some of them consider photography to be prohibited polytheism, and view statuses as idols that are worshipped instead of Allah.

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"Even in the days of the Islamic conquests, 'Amr Ibn Al-'As did not destroy the Sphinx and did not shatter statues in Egypt. I cannot imagine Islam, or any civilization, without art. I cannot imagine the beauty of Islam without art. Art is sublime. Art means progress. Art means civilization. Can you possibly imagine humanity without art? Inconceivable! Inconceivable!
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"The ISIS [ideology] existed even before ISIS and Al-Qaeda emerged, but we turned a blind eye, and some Arab governments still prefer not to face the plain truth. All the books of Islamic heritage, without exception – from all Islamic sects and denominations – have enough ISIS ideology to turn your hair white. Therefore, what we need to do is sift through Islamic heritage. We must go back to the book of Allah, for it gives guidance to humanity. Islam does not, under any circumstances, run counter to human nature. Allah created Man free and gave him freedom of thought, but the problem is that the Muslims have begun to worship people. We have begun to worship our heritage. We have begun to worship books.

[…]

"I say "Islamic heritage," but that is not what it is. It is the heritage of the jurisprudents, not of the Prophet Muhammad. The books of Islamic heritage – Al-Bukhari and Muslim hadith collections, and the other canonical hadith books, as well as the Kitab Al-Kafi and all the other books of the Shiites... All these books need to be sifted through by real institutions. "These stories should be sifted through in order to filter out all their blemishes. Politics played a role in the evolvement of this heritage. The Islamic scholars of the Sultan's court played a role in this. The hadith narrators were not infallible. Some of them were liars, cheats, and so on."

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MEMRI

Source: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/4821.htm

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Good news: Iran declares 'victory' in nuke talks - Rick Moran



by Rick Moran

The foreign minister can smell the surrender of the West to Iran's nuclear ambitions and doesn't even feel the need to downplay their victory.

Iran's state-run press is reporting that foreign minister Javad Zarif has declared "victory" in the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.  He said no matter how the negotiations conclude, Tehran has come out “the winner.”

Washington Free Beacon:
Javad Zarif, the Islamic Republic’s foreign minister, stated in remarks before the country’s powerful Assembly of Experts, which recently installed a hardline new cleric as its leader, that the nuclear negotiations have established Tehran as a global power broker.
“We are the winner whether the [nuclear] negotiations yield results or not,” Zarif was quoted as saying before the assembly by the Tasnim News Agency. “The capital we have obtained over the years is dignity and self-esteem, a capital that could not be retaken.”
Zarif’s comments were accompanied by a host of bold military displays by Tehran in recent weeks, including the announcement of one new weapon that Iranian military leaders have described as a “very special” missile.
As the United States and Iran rush to hash out a final nuclear agreement ahead of a self-imposed July deadline, Zarif also lashed out at congressional Republicans who have expressed skepticism over the Obama administration’s diplomacy and have fought to exert control over the implementation of any deal.
Zarif dismissed as a “propaganda ploy” a recent letter signed by 47 Senate Republicans that warned Tehran against placing too much stock in a weak deal agreed to by the Obama administration.
Meanwhile, Iran’s military continues to unveil a range of new strategic missiles and advanced weapons meant to project strength throughout the region.
Iran disclosed during military drills late in February that it is developing a missile capable of being fired from a submerged submarine. Top Iranian military leaders have described the missile as a “very special weapon,” according to IHS Jane’s, a defense industry news source.
The foreign minister's statements are a taunt aimed directly at President Obama.  And in a very large way, the FM is correct.  Any agreement that maintains Iran's ability to quickly construct a nuclear weapon is a victory for the Islamic republic. 

From top to bottom, this deal stinks.  And given Iran's propensity to interpret agreements any way they wish – as they did with centrifuge technology in the interim agreement – even strict controls on Iran's uranium processing will likely be honored in the breach.

The U.S. will dutifully return to the negotiating table and continue to cave to Iranian demands.  The foreign minister can smell the surrender of the West to Iran's nuclear ambitions and doesn't even feel the need to downplay their victory.


Rick Moran

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/03/good_news_iran_declares_victory_in_nuke_talks.html

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Netanyahu: Security cannot be founded on delusions - Mati Tuchfeld, Efrat Forsher and Nitzi Yakov



by Mati Tuchfeld, Efrat Forsher and Nitzi Yakov


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Israel Hayom that it is "mistaken" to assume he will win the election, says his job is to lead in a sober manner • PM: The people who supported Oslo haven't sobered up yet and still believe their own delusions.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Park Hotel in Netanya on Wednesday


Mati Tuchfeld, Efrat Forsher and Nitzi Yakov

Source: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=24103

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Spain: "The Mediterranean Corridor of Jihadism" - Soeren Kern



by Soeren Kern


The arrests have, once again, cast a spotlight on the problem of radical Islam in Catalonia, which has the largest Muslim population in Spain. The region is home to an estimated 465,000 Muslims, who account for more than 6% of the total Catalan population of 7.5 million.
Catalonia is home to approximately 465,000 Muslims. At least 10% of them are estimated to be "radicals" who are hardcore believers in the "doctrine of jihadism." — Jofre Montoto, Catalan terrorism analyst.
In February, the lower house of the Spanish Congress approved far-reaching changes to the country's penal code, as a way to combat Islamic extremism and support for the Islamic State.
Under the new law, anyone convicted of carrying out a terrorist attack will be subject to a life sentence (35 years) without the possibility of parole. The law also calls for 20-year sentences for anyone convicted of supplying weapons to terrorists, or ten-year sentences for funding terror networks.

Spanish police have arrested a Moroccan woman on suspicion of running a jihadist recruiting network for the Islamic State.

Samira Yerou, 32, was arrested at Barcelona's El Prat airport on March 7 upon her arrival on a flight from Turkey, where authorities had detained her for trying illegally to enter Syria with her three-year-old son, a Spanish citizen.

Police say Yerou, who lives in Rubí, a Catalan town situated 15 kilometers north of Barcelona, disappeared in December 2014, while her son's father, a Moroccan-Spaniard, was away on a trip to Morocco. Spanish authorities issued an international warrant for Yerou's arrest.

In a statement, the Spanish Interior Ministry said Yerou had specialized in recruiting women from Europe and North Africa to join the Islamic State. She allegedly became interested in militant Islam after visiting Morocco during the summer of 2013, and later became radicalized through the Internet by "spending many hours consulting" jihadist websites. The boy, who was unharmed, has been returned to his father.

Samira Yerou was arrested March 7 at Barcelona's airport, on suspicion of running a jihadist recruiting network. (Image source: Spanish Ministry of the Interior)

Yerou is one of at least 50 jihadists who have been arrested in Spain during the past twelve months alone. Most of the arrests have taken place in Catalonia and in Spain's North African exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

In February, police arrested four jihadists — two in Melilla, one in Barcelona and one in the Catalan city of Girona — for training and recruiting for the Islamic State.

In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that the two arrested in Melilla used Internet platforms to post "all types of terrorist propaganda, especially from the group known as Daesh." (Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.) The two edited and translated the material into Spanish and were also responsible for recruiting women as potential jihadist fighters.

The two jihadists arrested in Catalonia were allegedly responsible for a 2014 social media campaign aimed at generating support for the Islamic State. The campaign involved posters that included images of famous Spanish landmarks and monuments emblazoned with Arabic slogans such as, "We are all the Islamic State" and "Long Live the Islamic State."

In January, police in Ceuta arrested four jihadists — Spanish citizens of Moroccan origin — who were "fully prepared and ready to attack in Spain" on behalf of the Islamic State. Police seized a pistol, combat uniforms, machetes, automobile license plates, documents and computer equipment.

In December, police in Barcelona arrested a single mother named Francis Peña Orellana for allegedly recruiting young women to join the Islamic State. Peña Orellana, a 25-year-old Chilean national, was among seven jihadists arrested in Barcelona, Ceuta and Melilla for belonging to the network. Police said the group, which was "consciously convinced and radicalized in the service of the Islamic State," used social media to convince at least a dozen females to marry jihadists or to become jihadist fighters themselves.

The arrests have, once again, cast a spotlight on the problem of radical Islam in Catalonia, which has the largest Muslim population in Spain. The region is home to an estimated 465,000 Muslims, who account for more than 6% of the total Catalan population of 7.5 million.

In his book "Jihadism: The Radical Islamic Threat to Catalonia," the Catalan terrorism analyst Jofre Montoto estimates that at least 10% of the Muslims in Catalonia are "radicals" who are hardcore believers in the "doctrine of jihadism." He describes Catalonia, which constitutes an important transit point and destination for migration flows, as the "Mediterranean corridor of jihadism."

According to the Spanish Interior Ministry, Muslims are more likely to become radicalized in Catalonia than in any other region in Spain. A new computer model, which seeks to determine the "risk of violent radicalization" in any part of Spain based on census data, puts the Spanish region of Andalusia in second place, followed by Valencia and Madrid. The numbers show that the risk of radicalization is three times greater in Catalonia than in Madrid.

At the same time, Ceuta and Melilla have also emerged as key centers for the recruitment of Islamic radicals. Over the past twelve months, police have dismantled at least five jihadist recruitment networks linked to the two cities, which border the Rif, one of the poorest and most underdeveloped regions of Morocco.

According to an analysis published by the Spanish newspaper La Rioja, the population of Melilla has increased by 60% over the past 25 years, three times the Spanish average; roughly 15% of the city's population consists of illegal immigrants from Morocco. The unemployment rate in Melilla remains consistently above 30% and the smuggling of contraband comprises a significant portion of the city's economy.

The La Cañada de Hidum neighborhood of Melilla is considered the second-most dangerous in the European Union, followed only by the El Príncipe district in Ceuta. The areas, which are marked by high rates of youth unemployment, truancy, illiteracy, drug use and crime, are fertile ground for jihadist recruiters.

One of the four jihadists arrested in Ceuta in January was Fareed Mohammed Al Lal, a Moroccan-Spaniard who had three prior convictions for the illegal possession and use of firearms. Police say he became radicalized in prison where he was exposed to Salafism. This form of Islam is a virulently anti-Western ideology, committed to re-establishing an Islamic Caliphate (empire) across the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe, including Spain, which Salafists view as a Muslim state that must be reconquered for Islam.

Much of Spain was ruled by Muslim conquerors from 711 to 1492; Salafists believe that the territories the Muslims lost during the Spanish Reconquista still belong to them, and that they have a right to return and establish their rule there — a belief based on the Islamic doctrine that territories once occupied by Muslims must forever remain under Muslim domination.

Since the raid in Ceuta, the Interior Ministry has stepped up its monitoring of at least 150 Muslim inmates, to prevent them from organizing jihadist activities in and from Spanish prisons. These include between 50 and 60 inmates who are in prison on terrorism charges, another 10 or 15 who are in prison on other charges but who have displayed an interest in radical Islam, and about 70 or 80 inmates who are believed to be susceptible to radicalization.

Meanwhile, a poll conducted immediately after the terrorist attacks in Paris found that 58% (up from 31% in April 2012) of Spaniards believe it is likely that a major terrorist attack on the scale of the 2004 Madrid train bombings will happen again, and 64% (up from 44% in April 2012) say it is probable that "isolated attack of Islamic character" will occur.

In February, the lower house of the Spanish Congress approved far-reaching changes to the country's penal code, as a way to combat Islamic extremism and support for the Islamic State.

Under the new law, anyone convicted of carrying out a terrorist attack will be subject to a life sentence (35 years) without the possibility of parole.

The law also calls for 20-year sentences for anyone convicted of supplying weapons to terrorists, or ten-year sentences for funding terror networks. Spanish citizens who join foreign terrorist groups can also receive up to five years in prison. The Senate is expected to approve the bill before the summer, and the new measures are set to take effect in 2016.

Unlike similar laws in Britain and France, however, the new law does not include a provision to revoke Spanish citizenship from terrorism suspects. At last count, least 100 Spanish jihadists are believed to have joined the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.


Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter

Source: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5368/spain-mediterranean-jihadism

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The Left’s Destruction of Inner-City Communities - David Horowitz



by David Horowitz


FrontPage Editor’s note: Below is the transcript to David Horowitz’s introduction to Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke’s speech at the Freedom Center’s 2015 West Coast Retreat. The event was held March 6-8 in Palos Verdes, CA. 

When Peter Collier and I left the Left 30 years ago we took an inventory of what their successes were so we would focus our efforts on fighting them where they had essentially won ground, and we saw that they had captured already our universities and our schools and the media, but I also noted because I had spent years fighting for civil rights since I was a child that the Left had taken over the political structure of the black community.  It was totally dominated by the Left, which is how two race hustlers and extortionists managed to succeed Martin Luther King as the head of the so-called civil rights movement. I knew that the Left’s domination of the black community was very bad news for African Americans in this country.

Progressives and Democrats control every major city of any size and every major inner city of any size in America, as you’ve heard me say before.  Everything’s that’s wrong with the inner cities of America, that policy can affect progressives, leftists, Democrats are responsible for.  They have monopoly control in all these cities:  Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis.  There’s not a Republican in sight.  Progressive welfare policies destroyed the black family beginning in the 1960s.  Seventy-five percent of African American children were born to two parents at that time.  Now, 80 percent in the inner cities are born out of wedlock.  The absence of a father and authority figure in the home, often complicated when the mother works as well as raising her children, has produced a series of pathologies which we summarize as the underclass, which were predicted by Daniel Moynihan in 1965, of violence, drug abuse, and criminality.

Leftists controlled all the public schools in which inner city kids are failing, all these failed schools that year in and year out don’t teach the kids basic tools they need to succeed, so that 30 to 40 percent of inner city kids don’t graduate and 30 to 40 percent of those who do graduate functionally illiterate and will never get a shot at the American dream, and yet, all the Democrats in Congress send their kids to private schools.  They fight vouchers.  They won’t let these kids get a private school education, including the President of the United States, they get it for their kids, and it’s always very, very frustrating to me to watch this taking place and not know exactly what could be done about it, which I’ll get to in a moment.

Now, we’re witnessing a war against the police conducted by the same Left.  I can tell you exactly when that war began.  It began with the creation of the Black Panther party in the 1960s, who patrolled the streets with loaded shotguns and harassed police officers making arrests, and started this mythology of a vast police oppression in the inner cities.  I was a radical as you know at that time and I bought into this, and when the police were investigating the Panthers, I bought the argument that it’s a racist police force and they’re harassing the Panthers because they’re militant black leaders.  I raised a lot of money to buy a school for the Panthers.  They used the school money to buy drugs.  They conducted drug deals in the school.  There was a fatality.  A friend of mine, whom I had recruited to keep the books in the school, was murdered and that was the end of my career in the left, but I did investigations for many years after that.  They had killed 13 people that I could identify, all of them black except this woman.

When I left the Left, I joined the Open Athletic Club and my workout partner was a recently retired head of homicide, and I said to him why didn’t you guys ever nail Huey Newton and the Black Panthers, and he said, oh, we never wanted to get a call from that side of town because you guys would be on our ass, calling us racists, saying, “police brutality,” and you’d have your lawyers all over us and your press all over us, and I had an epiphany in that moment that the left, the progressive left, the civil rights left is a protection racket for black criminals and for criminals generally.

We witnessed in Ferguson a 4-month modern-day lynch mob convict the cop because he’s white, convict him in advance of the evidence or else, and then when the evidence comes in and shows that this individual was resisting arrest — I mean how many people would attack an armed police officer in his police car, and that police officer was fighting for his life — and yet so powerful is this leftist ideology that you have sports athletes, hero figures to American youth, “hands up, don’t shoot,” or “can’t breathe,” an assault on the police force.

Eric Holder, a leader of that lynch mob, had just issued his report from Ferguson.  Even though he had all these leftwing lawyers looking for evidence, anything they could twist into saying that the cop was racist, they couldn’t find any evidence whatsoever for the incident that triggered their investigation, but they have indicted the whole police force. And how are they indicted?  Sixty-seven percent of Ferguson residents are African American.  Ninety-three percent of the arrests are of African Americans.  That disparity is their evidence of racism.  Well, I’ve got news for them.  There’s other statistics.  Black males constitute 6 percent of the population and they are responsible for 40 to 50 percent of all violent crimes.  That explains that other disparity.  If you’ve committed a crime, you’re going to be arrested.  And there’s another statistic. Ninety-five percent of the victims of black criminals are blacks.

What the Left has done, what the Democratic Party is doing is making African Americans, who are unfortunate to have to live in the inner cities, victims of crime.  You see that in New York already.  Because of De Blasio stopping the stop and frisk policy, murders are up 20 percent.  Now, another thing the Left has done — they’ve done it to us nationally in many areas like our universities, but to the black community as well — is to create a one-party state, which means if you stand up to them, you are going to be cut down.  I have a lot of scars to show, but it’s nothing compared to what black conservatives or blacks who challenge this orthodoxy — they don’t have to be even conservative, just challenge this orthodoxy — have to bear.

In the midst of these terrible national events and this incredible tragedy for the black community, because there is suffering doing [sic] on right now because of what Eric Holder and Barack Obama and his advisor on race relations, the chief lynch mob leader in the country, Al Sharpton, and a criminal himself, have done, is there is so much suffering going on.  Our guest today, in the midst of this wave of bigotry against police — I mean they attacked the New York Police Department whose majority are Hispanics and blacks, not even a white majority, as racist.  Suddenly, you see on your television screens a voice speaking reason, speaking the truth, defending the facts, and not backing down doing it.

Our guest today has been a Sheriff of Milwaukee for 13 years, and because Milwaukee is one of these cities that has all these pathologies, but is controlled politically and has been for I can’t remember, I think it’s a hundred years, by the Democratic Party, Sheriff Clarke runs as a Democrat, just to give you an idea of the environment that he has to operate in.  I’ve learned in politics, if Victor Davis Hanson was here, he would tell you in words, to turn a tide, to turn a battle, you need people who are ready to stand up and fight.  It’s very, very difficult to be the first ones out there, standing up and taking the fire.

Our guest today, David Clarke, is an American hero.  I wrote a book called Hating Whitey and other Progressive Clauses, and I learned from that experience that there’s no way that, even though I had spent my life fighting in civil rights struggles, even though I had supported the Black Panther Party, there’s no way my voice would be listened to because this ideology of the left is a racist ideology, so as a white person, none of my words mean anything, but on the other hand, if you were black, as my teachers, Tom Sowell, Walter Williams have experienced, you get the worst kind of attacks, or Tim Scott, our Republican Senator from South Carolina, you’re called a race traitor and other ugly, ugly names.

So I am really proud and honored to introduce to you today this man who has stood up and I will tell you there were many, many young African Americans watching him on television who will hopefully turn the tide in the next generation, David Clarke.


David Horowitz

Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/frontpagemag-com/david-horowitz-the-lefts-destruction-of-inner-city-communities/

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UCLA Jews: Stop Fighting and Start Winning - David Suissa



by David Suissa

How do we do that? By turning the image of Israel upside down: Not only is Israel not worthy of a boycott, it’s actually the #1 solution to the problems the Middle East.

plLearn about the Freedom Center’s “Jew Hatred on Campus” Campaign.

Reprinted from JewishJournal.com.

When someone punches you in the face, there are three ways to fight back: One, you punch him back. Two, you complain to authorities. Three, you drive him crazy.

Unfortunately, pro-Israel groups on U.S. campuses are very good at complaining, but very bad at punching back or driving our enemies crazy.

And let’s not mince words — the BDS movement is an enemy movement. Groups like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) have no interest in promoting peace between Israel and Palestinians. What they want to do is punch Israel in the face. Forget anti-Semitism — it’s bad enough that these groups are single-mindedly focused on crushing Israel any way they can.

So, how are pro-Israel groups fighting back against this onslaught? Mostly by complaining. It’s getting so bad that we’re settling for lame resolutions that condemn anti-Semitism. Uh, no kidding.

When one Jew — David Horowitz of the Freedom Center — tried punching back recently at UCLA, he got attacked by…other Jews. “We don’t fight like that!” was their message. “We don’t stoop to their level!”

Horowitz fought back with a nasty poster campaign that ridiculed the word “Justice” in the name Students for Justice in Palestine. By showing the horror of what a Palestinian group like Hamas can do to other Palestinians, he was basically saying: Now THIS is an injustice against Palestinians worth fighting. He was exposing SJP’s hypocrisy.

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Whether you agreed with the posters or not, they were a punch in the face.

Now, I acknowledge that the great majority of pro-Israel groups are not comfortable with this approach. They’re more comfortable with things like “education” and “debates” and submitting complaints to authorities and editorial columns and peaceful demonstrations.

I have sympathy for that view. I also love a great debate or a great editorial or a great letter. The problem, of course, is that we’re dealing with an enemy that has no interest in those things. The BDS movement attacks Israel with bare knuckles, while Jews often fight back with complaint letters.

So far, nothing we do seems to work. Our enemy just keeps punching away. Frankly, if their goal is to crush us, I don’t blame them.

But if we insist on not punching back, then we should at least fight back with option 3: Drive our enemies crazy.

How do we do that? By turning the image of Israel upside down: Not only is Israel not worthy of a boycott, it’s actually the #1 solution to the problems the Middle East.

This is not just a clever strategy, it’s also true: If every country in the Middle East offered the same human rights and civil rights as Israel does, the whole region would be a lot better off. No one can argue with that.

Pro-Israel groups should stop dignifying anti-Israel groups with reactions to their attacks. If they want to make some real headway in this war of messages, they must create a new, fresh, positive attack line: Israel is the solution to the Middle East.

This shock and awe approach will disarm and confuse the enemy.

Sure, they will continue to malign Israel any way they can. Nothing will stop that. But that’s even more reason to strengthen the image of Israel. You don’t strengthen an image by defensing yourself.

Right now, anti-Israel groups are exploiting the Achilles heel of Israel’s image — the conflict with the Palestinians. Let’s face it, that problem ain’t going away any time soon. But Israel is a lot more than that conflict. It is the only society in the region that allows the freedom to make things better. That simple freedom alone can transform the region.

The key to communication is to start with accepted truths. These are the two big truths of the Middle East that work to Israel’s advantage: One, the region is a chaotic, violent mess that tramples on human rights, and two, no country in the region offers more rights and freedoms and economic opportunities than Israel.

I don’t have to draw a blueprint. Pro-Israel groups are smart enough to put that together. What they need is to change their messaging.

Position Israel as a key resource to help transform the Middle East and you will drive the BDS people crazy.

That’s not fighting — that’s winning.


David Suissa is president of TRIBE Media Corp./Jewish Journal and can be reached at davids@jewishjournal.com.

Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/david-suissa/ucla-jews-stop-fighting-and-start-winning/

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Concerns about Clinton private emails expressed early on - Rick Moran



by Rick Moran


If Hillary thought that press conference would tamp down the controversy, she was deluding herself.

Aides to former President Bill Clinton expressed concern as far back as 2009 that adding Hillary Clinton's email account to the private server in their Long Island home would be an invitation for hackers, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal:
A private server had obvious advantages. It would give Mrs. Clinton more control over her email, people familiar with her team’s reasoning said. Privately, aides of the former president worried that adding her account would make the system a target for hackers. They also weren’t aware she would use it for all her official correspondence.
That decision has now invited the kind of relentless public scrutiny it was designed to avoid, while also maximizing Mrs. Clinton’s control over sensitive email correspondence that she might not want to get out.
In addition, though Mrs. Clinton plans to run a 2016 presidential campaign focused on the future, the email furor has evoked bitter controversies from her past, in particular the notion that she is overly secretive in her dealings.
Mrs. Clinton didn’t appear to violate any laws in choosing to use private email, but she did run afoul of long-standing guidelines over the use of private email and likely prevented official records from being entered into the public record in a timely fashion.
Republicans from several committees, including the Select Committee on Benghazi, want to examine the 32,000 emails that Hillary says she may have destroyed. Access to that private server is vital if any documents are to be retrieved. It may be possible to restore at least some of the emails if a forensic analysis of the server can be undertaken.

It seems clear that Clinton will fight any effort to do that. The Republicans will probably have to go to court to get them - a longshot given the privacy issues involved and lack of evidence that any crime was committed. But we are only at the beginning of this probe and it's possible emails will surface from other sources that would suggest other avenues of investigation.

If Hillary thought that press conference would tamp down the controversy, she was deluding herself.


Rick Moran

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/03/concerns_about_clinton_private_emails_expressed_early_on.html

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Obama and the Clinton emails - Andrew P. Napolitano



by Andrew P. Napolitano


Mr. President, did you cut a deal with Mrs. Clinton’s husband that permits her to get away with this type of behavior? Mr. President, is it true that there are standards of behavior for Bill and Hillary Clinton and their friends and other standards for the rest of us?


Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former first lady, U.S. senator from New York and secretary of state, used a private email server for all of her emails when she was President Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

During that time, she enjoyed a security clearance identical to that of the president, the secretary of defense, the director of the CIA and others. It is the highest level of clearance the government makes available.

She had that classified clearance so that she could do her job, which involved knowing and working with military, diplomatic and sensitive national security secrets. The government guards those secrets by requiring high-ranking government officials to keep the documents and emails that reflect them in a secure government-approved venue and to return any retained records when leaving office.

I have not seen Mrs. Clinton’s signature on any documents, but standard government procedure is for her to have signed an agreement under oath when she began her work at the State Department requiring her to safeguard classified records, and another agreement under oath when she ended her work that she had returned all records to the government.

She violated both agreements, and she violated numerous federal laws.

By using her personal email address — @clintonemail.com — she kept her work documents from the government. Concealing government documents from the government when you work for it is a felony, punishable by up to three years in prison and permanent disqualification from holding public office.
Failing to secure classified secrets in a government-approved facility or moving them to a non-secure facility outside the government’s control is a misdemeanor, punishable by a hefty fine and a year in jail. Using a false email address that gives the clear impression that the user is not using a government server when she is, or one that creates the false impression that the emailer is using a government server when she is not, is also a felony.

The legal issues in Mrs. Clinton’s case are all the more curious when one hears Mr. Obama’s tepid reaction to this latest scandal. Asked by Bill Plante of CBS News last weekend when he first learned of Mrs. Clinton’s use of a personal email server instead of the government‘s, the president told Mr. Plante he learned of it from the media, last week, when the rest of us did. He later had his press secretary state that he did recognize her use of a nongovernmental email address, but did not know it was unlawful or unsecured until last week.

Does the White House not know where the president’s emails are coming from and where they are going?

I wish Mr. Plante had followed up with that question and more: Mr. President, are you not troubled that your secretary of state had a non-secure email account and used it for all of her work? Are you not troubled that she might have kept classified secrets on a server in her barn on her estate in Chappaqua, New York, that the Secret Service might or might not have known about, or at a computer company in Texas that the Secret Service was unable to protect?

Does it not trouble you, Mr. President, that foreign intelligence services likely would have had a far easier time hacking into the emails of your secretary of state because of all this? Mr. President, will your Department of Justice prosecute Mrs. Clinton for retaining 48 months of classified records on her personal server after she left office, as it did Gen. David Petraeus, who kept 15 months of classified records in a desk drawer in his home after he left office?

Mr. President, the premise of the law regulating government records is that the government owns them all, and when a high-ranking government official leaves office, the ex-official may ask the government for copies of her personal emails, and the government decides which ones it will give her. Mr. President, don’t you realize that Mrs. Clinton turned the law on its head by keeping all of her emails from the government?

Thus, rather than the government deciding which emails were personal, Mrs. Clinton decided which emails were governmental, and she turned those over to the government. How does the government know what is contained in the emails she kept? Mr. President, this is a privilege that even you don’t have, and it is the very behavior that the laws you have sworn to uphold were written to prevent.

Mr. President, did you cut a deal with Mrs. Clinton’s husband that permits her to get away with this type of behavior? Mr. President, is it true that there are standards of behavior for Bill and Hillary Clinton and their friends and other standards for the rest of us?

Mr. President, do you remember that crackpot Sandy Berger, who was Bill Clinton’s national security adviser from 1997 to 2001, and Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy adviser when she ran against you in 2008, and who stole documents from the National Archives in 2003 by hiding them under an on-site construction trailer? Do you know that Bill got Sandy a no-jail-time deal, including the return of his security clearance, and he got Sandy’s prosecutor a federal judgeship?

Mr. President, when you ran against Hillary Clinton, you promised the most transparent government in history. Do you honestly think you have given us that?


Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is an analyst for the Fox News Channel. He has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution.

Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/11/andrew-napolitano-do-hillary-and-bill-clinton-get-/

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