Friday, September 29, 2017

Israel foils ISIS-inspired attack at Jerusalem holy site - Lilach Shoval




by Lilach Shoval

Three Arab Israelis from the northern town of Umm al-Fahm are arrested on suspicion of planning a shooting attack inside the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem




The Temple Mount in Jerusalem
Photo: AFP

Three Arab Israelis from the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm were arrested in early September on suspicion of planning a shooting attack inside the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem, the Shin Bet security agency revealed Thursday.

Said Ghasoub Mahmoud Jabareen, 26, and Firas Saleh Mahmoud Muhajanah, 24, who identify as Islamic State sympathizers, were arrested on suspicion of "support for the Islamic State terrorist group's murderous ideology, which inspired their planned attack," the Shin Bet said in a statement.

A third suspect, 16, was arrested as an accomplice.

The three were arrested following a joint Shin Bet-Israel Police investigation, which concluded that Jabareen and the minor had planned to carry out a shooting attack on the Temple Mount, similar to the July 14 terrorist attack in which two policemen were murdered at the holy site.

Security forces who raided the suspects' homes seized two guns and ammunition, allegedly meant to be used in the attack. The raid on Muhajanah's home yielded a Carl Gustav submachine gun.

During their interrogation, the suspects confessed to supporting Islamic State's radical ideology, which they said inspired them to plan the attack. The three's arrests implicated several arms dealers operating in the Umm al-Fahm area. Several suspects were arrested and a number of illegal weapons were seized as well.
Shin Bet security agency
One of the guns seized as part of the investigation

"The investigation indicated that shortly after the murderous Temple Mount attack in July 2017, three residents of Umm al-Fahm began planning a similar attack at the site," a senior Shin Bet official told Israel Hayom.

"Thanks to accurate intelligence, the Shin Bet was able to arrest the members of this cell before they could carry out this serious attack," he said.

He stressed that the Shin Bet views Israeli Islamic State sympathizers and anyone who maintains contacts with the jihadi group's operatives outside Israel or who operate under the auspices of the organization on Israeli soil as a serious security threat.

Defense officials said Tuesday that dozens of planned Islamic State attacks around the world have been thwarted in the recent past thanks to intelligence gathered by Israel and shared with other countries, saving scores of lives.


Lilach Shoval

Source: http://www.israelhayom.com/2017/09/28/israel-foils-isis-inspired-attack-at-jerusalem-holy-site/

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What Parades in Pyongyang Ends Up in Tehran - Uzi Rubin




by Uzi Rubin

The Khorramshahr could eventually enable Tehran to threaten the capitals of Europe with nuclear warheads, and it raises the level of the Iranian missile threat to Israel.



Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ( IRGC ) airspace Gen. Hajizadeh confirms test of Khorramshahr ballistic missile, screen capture from YouTube video by Ali Javid
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 598, September 28, 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The latest parade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard displayed a new ballistic missile, the Khorramshahr. Though it had been modified to appear less threatening, the new missile matches a North Korean ballistic missile known by different names in the West, including BM25. The Khorramshahr could eventually enable Tehran to threaten the capitals of Europe with nuclear warheads, and it raises the level of the Iranian missile threat to Israel.

Iran’s leaders love military parades and hold them twice a year. The first is in April, when the Iranian Armed Forces – the legacy of the Shah’s imperial military machine – celebrates “Army Day.” During the second annual parade, in September, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) celebrates “Sacred Defense Week,” which commemorates the eight-year Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

The IRGC overlaps the official armed forces in almost every respect, deploying its own infantry, armor, air force, and navy. But it possesses one service that is uniquely its own: a strategic missile force. The IRGC is tasked by the regime to develop, manufacture, and deploy Iran’s long-range as well as tactical-range missiles, including the famous liquid propellant Shahab 3 missiles and the somewhat less renowned solid propellant Sejjil 2 missiles.

The IRGC’s annual parade is a combination of carnival, exhibition of future projects, and demonstration of military power. The parade is arranged by order of significance. It ends with columns of mobile long-range ballistic missiles on their launchers, preceded by trucks bearing banners that read “Death To America” and “Death To Israel” in three languages: Persian, Arabic, and English (the English version is somewhat more polite: “Down With” rather than  “Death To”). This latter part of the parade gets most of the world’s attention because it flaunts Iran’s new missiles.

At the latest parade, on September 22, the Iranians displayed a brand new ballistic missile, dubbed the “Khorramshar” (after a border city where an epic battle of the Iran-Iraq war took place). It was hauled on the same TEL (transporter erector launcher) that is used for the Shahab 3 and the Sejjil, but the missile itself was evidently thicker and shorter. The Iranians covered its bottom section, presumably to hide its propulsion system and thus obscure its source. But this precaution did not help: Most observers immediately associated the “Khorramshar” with the North Korean HS10 IRBM, first displayed in Pyongyang in 2010. Indeed, in a video the Iranians released shortly after the Tehran parade showing a flight test (the only one to date) of the Khorramshar, it appeared to be leaving a trail of flame similar to that of its North Korean twin.

These two missiles – the North Korean and the Iranian – originated in development programs that North Korea commissioned at the Makeyev missile factory in Russia immediately after the fall of the Soviet Union. At the time, Russia’s defense industry, like the country in general, had reached a nadir, and the new government of President Yeltsin had difficulty supervising the arms factories. The Makeyev factory had been one of the pillars of the Soviet ballistic missile industry; it had developed the original Scud and the first seaborne ballistic missile of the Soviet Union, originally called the R27. This submarine-launched missile carried a single nuclear warhead of an unknown weight with a range of about 2,500 km (in improved models, the range increased to 3,500 km).

When Pyongyang came calling in the early 1990s, the Makeyev factory, like all the other former Soviet arms factories, was out of work and its engineers out of a livelihood. Almost anything could be bought from them. The North Koreans exploited the Russians’ distress and commissioned the Makeyev factory to develop two new missiles: a 1:1.5 scale-up of the Scud missile with a range of over 1,000 km; and a conversion of the sea-launched R27 (which was being phased out by the Russian Navy) into a mobile ground-launched missile.
The first project ended successfully, and the new missile, which in the West was called the Nodong (or Rodong), was displayed in Pyongyang in 2010. The second project was apparently stopped by the Russian government before completion, but the design documentation and the already manufactured components were transferred to North Korea along with a quantity of parts – mostly rocket engines – of R27 missiles that had been collected from Russian junk yards.

It appears the North Koreans continued the development themselves (perhaps with the help of private Russian advisers) while using and replicating parts that had been smuggled in from Russia. The Soviet seaborne missile was more advanced and complex than the Scud and the North Korean version and required substantial changes, including a considerable elongation and an increase in the missile’s weight so it could reach the required range.

Because of the project’s complexity and the inexperience of the North Korean engineers, development took a long time and the results were not especially successful: the new missile’s flight tests failed again and again. It was only about 15 years after the program had started, in June 2016, that a successful flight test was finally recorded. The North Koreans displayed this success with great pride, renaming the missile the Huasong-10 (after the planet Mars). As far as is known, all subsequent flight tests have failed.

Whether the Iranians were involved in those programs from the start, or whether they bought into them later on, remains unclear. However, the proximity of key dates hints that they were aware of them early on and perhaps even financed them.

As long ago as 1993, when the Nodong program was in its early phase, Israeli sources revealed that Iran has purchased a new, 1300 km range ballistic missile from North Korea. The new missile, dubbed the Shahab (“comet”) 3, was unveiled by Iran in July 1998. Tehran established production lines and improved the missile, which today can carry a payload of approximately 750 kg a range of nearly 2000 km. The Shahab 3 and its variants are the pillars of Iran’s strategic missile forces.

The second and heavier missile was kept secret, and the West was unaware of its existence for more than a decade. It was not until early 2003 that the Japanese press first reported a North Korean project based on the Soviet R27 missile. Not long after that, in 2006, Western newspapers quoted intelligence sources who reported that Tehran had purchased 18 (or 19) missiles with a 3,500-km range from Pyongyang, to which the name BM25 had been given. This information was confirmed by then head of Israeli Military Intelligence Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, though he said the missiles’ range was only 2,500 km.

It appears that the Iranians, like the North Koreans, had trouble getting those missiles to work. While they were trying, they denied that they had any such missiles at all. In 2010, in secret US-Russian talks on the North Korean and Iranian missile programs (talks that were revealed by Wikileaks), the Russians stated that in their opinion, “the BM25 does not exist and appears to be a myth;” hence, such missiles could not have been transferred to Iran.

In January 2017, about 11 years after the purchase of the BM25 missiles became known, it was revealed in the West – again as a result of an intelligence leak – that the Iranians had tested a new missile of North Korean origin. Analysts in Israel and around the world assessed it as a BM25. At first, the Iranians did not react, but media reports about the failure of the test goaded them to acknowledge that it had occurred and to claim that it had succeeded.

Only in September 2017 was the BM25 displayed in Tehran for the first time and its Iranian name declared. A quick glance is enough to discern its similarity to the North Korean original. The videos of its flight, apparently during the test in January of this year, were a final verification.

The Iranian BM25 – the Khorramshahr – does differ from its North Korean progenitor, the HS10, in its declared performance and the manner in which it is launched. Whereas the North Korean version is launched from a dedicated multi-wheel vehicle with a high cross country capability, the Iranian version is launched from a customized tank-transporter trailer adapted for missile launching, similar to the way the other Iranian strategic missiles are launched.

Based on the single test that was done of the HS10 in North Korea, one can reasonably assess that its maximum range is about 3,500 km and perhaps more. Although the weight of the North Korean missile’s warhead has not been published, observers put it at about 500-600 kg – enough to carry a first-generation nuclear warhead. The performance of the Iranian version, however, appears to be quite different. According to an announcement by the commander of the Revolutionary Guard’s missile force, the Khorramshahr’s range is only 2,000 km but the weight of its warhead comes to 1,800 kg – three times that of the North Korean version.

Although the missiles thus appear to be different, the performances of the two versions are actually quite similar. With ballistic missiles, as with any delivery vehicle, the payload determines the range. The lighter the warhead, the greater the maximum range, and vice versa. The two versions of the BM25, the Iranian and the North Korean, are practically identical in terms of dimensions, rocket engines, and rocket fuels, and differ only in the geometry and weight of their warheads. The original warhead of the BM25 developed in North Korea weighed 500-600 kg, which enabled the missile to reach as far as the distant American military base in Guam in the Pacific Ocean. When the weight of the warhead is tripled to 1,800 kg, the range decreases to 2,000 km. In other words, the Iranian version is heavier and therefore of shorter range – but it is essentially the same missile.

Why did Tehran decrease the missile’s range? The answer lies in Iran’s relations with Europe and Russia. A missile that can carry a 500 kg warhead a range of 3,500 km can deliver a nuclear weapon to most of the countries of Western Europe, including Germany, from a launching site in western Iran. Such a missile constitutes a real threat to the core countries of the EU. It is, then, no surprise that the first leak in 2006 about the sale of these missiles to Iran came from German intelligence.

The existence of this missile in Iran was the main reason the NATO alliance agreed to the deployment of an American defensive system in Eastern Europe against “the missile threat from the south” – a polite euphemism for the missile threat from Iran. This defensive system is anathema to Russia and remains one of the main sources of its tension with the West. It is no wonder that the Russians claimed decisively that the BM25 – the threat that impelled the deployment of the American system – was nothing but a “myth.”

Iran, which is in a growing conflict with the Trump administration, does not want to antagonize the European signatories of the nuclear deal (the JCPOA) – especially not Germany. Russia and Iran have a clear interest in curtailing the range of the Khorramshahr missile, however fictitious such curtailing might be. Indeed, the Iranians hastened to announce that they had “reduced the dimensions of the missile relative to other Iranian ballistic missiles” – a tortuous phrasing meant to calm the Western countries.

There is, nonetheless, no doubt that the Khorramshahr missile constitutes a potential threat to Europe. If and when Iran develops a nuclear weapon, it will not be complicated to fit a lighter weight nuclear warhead on the Khorramshahr and thereby threaten Berlin, Brussels, Paris, and Rome.

Although the Khorramshahr does not constitute a dramatic change in the Iranian missile threat to Israel, it raises the level of that threat. The Iranians claim they have equipped the missile with a multiple warheads, meaning it can carry a cluster of bombs. If these bombs are not precision-guided (which is probably the case at this time), they will not be able to hit specific targets such as civilian and military infrastructure. The threat they pose will grow quantitatively but not qualitatively compared to Iran’s other, less accurate missiles.

It should be taken into account that the missile’s reliability is not especially high, and that Iran has only a limited number of missiles of this kind. There are signs that the North Koreans intend to replace their HS10s with a more modern missile. If so, they might try to sell their surplus HS10s to Tehran for conversion into Khorramshahrs. In view of the Iranians’ probable difficulties and delays in making the Khorramshahr work, it is not clear that they will be interested.

The appearance of the Khorramshahr did not surprise Israel because its emergence in the arena had been known for over a decade, as the Military Intelligence chief’s words in 2006 indicate. Most likely the planners of Israel’s missile-defense systems have taken this threat into account. It is to be hoped that the multilayered system now being deployed will be able to contend with it effectively.

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Uzi Rubin was founding Director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization, which managed the Arrow program. He is now a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

Source: https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/parades-pyongyang-ends-up-tehran/

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Florida Islamist's "Human Rights" Organization Needs to Be Investigated for Possible Terrorism Ties - Joe Kaufman




by Joe Kaufman

"WE WILL OVERTHROW them ALL. US WILL PAY FOR ITS CRIMES" — Nidal Mohamed Sakr.

  • "WE WILL OVERTHROW them ALL. US WILL PAY FOR ITS CRIMES" — Nidal Mohamed Sakr.
  • Sakr is a prime example of a radical Islamist taking advantage of the freedoms that the United States has to offer all its citizens, in order to undermine its existence -- in the name of "human rights."
  • Although voicing his enmity is precisely one of those rights, membership in a terrorist group is not, particularly if he is using his March of Justice organization as a front. A serious investigation into Sakr and his operations needs be launched to determine whether and to what extent he is a threat to US national security.
On March 19, 2014, Nidal Mohamed Sakr, an American citizen from Providence, Rhode Island, was detained by Homeland Security upon his arrival in the United States from an extended stay in Egypt, the country of his mother's birth. Although Sakr is an active member of the Muslim Brotherhood and former al-Qaeda associate, he was released and has been operating freely in the U.S., traveling back and forth between Florida and California as the head of a Miami-based, self-described "human rights" organization called The March for Justice.

This was not the first time that Sakr, who describes himself as "US born from Palestinian origin," had been interrogated by American authorities. According to an account he posted on the March for Justice website, he was questioned by Palm Beach police in January 2002 about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. This occurred as he, Sakr, left an event held by a Jewish organization to express unity and solidarity in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, which had taken place less than four months earlier. At the time, he penned a letter to President George W. Bush complaining that he was being victimized by anti-Muslim Jews.

Prior to 2014, when he was temporarily detained at a US airport, Sakr had spent time in Egypt, where he actively participated in the eruption of the "Arab Spring" -- which led to the ouster and imprisonment of then-President Hosni Mubarak and the rise of Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Morsi as Egypt's president. While in Egypt, Sakr gave a lecture in which he recounted how he was recruited by al-Qaeda co-founder and bin Laden mentor Abdullah Azzam to a Palestinian terrorist cell operating out of Jordan in the 1970s and '80s. He also spoke about having gotten to know bin Laden and his family.

In the aftermath of the July 2013 military coup against Morsi, which led to the current presidency of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed and anyone associated with it became a target. Thousands of people were arrested and hundreds sentenced to death, including Morsi -- whose sentence was later reversed, but recently reinstated for a term of 25 years in prison.

Sakr was allegedly among 529 Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death by an Egyptian court "for murder and other offenses."

Sakr managed to abscond from Egypt and return to the US before his court hearing. Since then, he has used his March for Justice organization as a platform not only for attacking President el-Sisi and defending the Muslim Brotherhood -- and its offshoot Hamas -- but to assail America in general and for its support of Israel and Jews in particular. Among its many hostile Facebook posts is one with a cartoon showing the White House as "Israel's other occupied territory."

Recently, he called US President Donald Trump a "white trash supremacist," and issued threats against the government, such as: "WE WILL OVERTHROW them ALL. US WILL PAY FOR ITS CRIMES;" and "TODAY: RESIST. TOMORROW: REVOLUTION. ONLY THEN AMERICA CAN BE UNITED." He also warned: "Civil war imminent... From North Dakota 2 Chicago, Texas & Southern Plains American blood will be spilled." In February this year, he retweeted an article in Salon about then-White House adviser Steve Bannon, commenting: "Only Jihad can put this trash in check. Learn what Jihad really is."

Sakr is a prime example of a radical Islamist taking advantage of the freedoms that the United States has to offer all its citizens, in order to undermine its existence -- in the name of "human rights."


Nidal Mohamed Sakr is a prime example of a radical Islamist taking advantage of the freedoms that the United States has to offer all its citizens, in order to undermine its existence -- in the name of "human rights."
Although voicing his enmity is precisely one of those rights, membership in a terrorist group is not, particularly if he is using his March of Justice organization as a front. A serious investigation into Sakr and his operations needs be launched to determine whether and to what extent he is a threat to US national security.


Joe Kaufman was the 2016 Republican nominee for United States House of Representatives in Florida's 23rd Congressional District. He is an expert in the fields of counter-terrorism, foreign affairs and energy independence for America. Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11078/nidal-mohamed-sakr-muslim-brotherhood

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Palestinian Wife Beater Murders Israelis For Abbas Cash - Dr. Aaron Lerner




by Dr. Aaron Lerner

When Palestinian wife beater Nimer Jamal murdered three Israelis this week he didn't do it as an act of "resistance" against the "occupation".

A few weeks ago Palestinian wife beater Nimer Jamal fled to Jordan leaving him with the couple's four children.

Under normal circumstances this would be a matter for the PA's police and social welfare people to take care of.


But the situation isn't normal.


It isn't normal because Israel's "moderate peace partner", Mahmoud Abbas, insists that the family of any Palestinian who murders Israelis should be financially set for life.


When Palestinian wife beater Nimer Jamal murdered three Israelis this week he didn't do it as an act of "resistance" against the "occupation".


He murdered three Israelis for the Abbas cash.


Here's what he wrote his wife via Facebook Messenger only minutes before he started shooting:


"Share this message on my profile to silence your conscience. You were a good wife and a merciful mother, whereas I was a poor husband in the way I treated you. I say this with intact faculties: what you see tomorrow has nothing to do with my wife, and I provide her with the fullness of her rights. I beg your forgiveness and ask you to raise our children."

The message: when the wife of Nimer Jamal returns to raise the four kids while enjoying generous financial support from the Palestinian Authority for the rest of their lives, she shouldn't be blamed for the family situation that spurred this course of events.


To be clear:  PA money for terrorists and their families murders Israelis.


And as long as murdering Israelis can set one's family for life we are going to continue having Palestinians murdering Israeli for all kinds of reasons having absolutely nothing to do with the "occupation." 



Dr. Aaron Lerner

Source: www.imra.org.il

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Plundered and looted by the mullahs, Iran's angry people protest - Hassan Mahmoudi




by Hassan Mahmoudi

The plunder of Iran's wealth by the ayatollahs, who claim to be Muslim leaders, has left almost nothing for the Iranian people.

The plunder of Iran's wealth by the ayatollahs, who claim to be Muslim leaders, has left almost nothing for the Iranian people. Under their rule, Iran has grown poorer and its citizens more powerless. Only a tiny rich section remains in the country, comprising mullahs and their families. Make no mistake: these rulers are rich because they have usurped the entire wealth of the rest of the country.

How did this come to pass?

Over the past two decades, mullahs established lucrative credit institutions in Iran, which eventually spread out to a network of branches. These institutions were launched with political backing and as such were capable of circumventing any law. Yet they had the appearance of lawful, legal institutions. Like legitimate banks, they solicited and took deposits from the people, yet because of their political muscle, they were eventually able to plunder citizens' savings with impunity.

Probably the worst example of this was called the Caspian Credit Institution. It had links with Iran's hated Revolutionary Guards and Supreme Leader Khamenei's office, which enabled the institution to get permits from the regime's central bank, which lacks any sort of independence.

More than five thousand institutions of this kind were authorized by the Revolutionary Guards and the regime's police-state officials. With the help of public broadcasting and state media, the institutions launched years-long advertising blitzes, claiming to be credible and authorized by the central bank, in order to gain people's confidence.


It was misplaced, because eventually, these deposits were taken from those who trusted the institutions, leaving the people destitute. Coming from such a large network of banks, the impact was felt across society, impoverishing many. 


Just this week, in Tehran, hundreds of people who were not able to withdraw their deposits from Caspian Credit Institution staged a protest, gathering outside the regime's judiciary office in the capital, chanting angry slogans on Sept. 24, 2017. One depositor who denounced "being cheated by the central bank" said in this regard that the central bank first gave an official, unconditional permit to the institute. The institute then advertised across the city and encouraged people on state TV to make investments there. And finally, the people were robbed.

At the protest, some of the slogans heard were as follows:

"We have been running back and forth for the past ten months but heard only lies."
"Rouhani, Rouhani, let go of the U.S. and think about us."
"Rouhani, Rouhani, let go of Syria and think about us."
"No to Syria, no to Lebanon, only the Iranian people."


The plundered shareholders said they would continue with their sit-in demonstration until their money is returned to them by the IRGC-backed Caspian Credit Institution.

It wasn't the only protest against Caspian, whose network was national.

In Rasht, a large city in the northern part of Iran, angry plundered shareholders shouted: "Let go of Syria; think about us."

In Kerman, a large city in the eastern part of Iran, the protesters set up a symbolic table with nothing on it to show their plundered lives. The children were holding placards with slogans addressed to Iran's rulers such as "Let go of Myanmar; think about us."

In the last several months, people who lost their money to the Caspian financial firm have held continuous rallies across Iran. It's emblematic of the financial ruin seen in all parts of Iran – not just from bank malfeasance, but from failures in industry as well. Plunder in Iran is not confined to banks.

In a separate event last Wednesday, on Sept. 20, the National Council of Resistance in Iran reported that 1,800 workers of the Azarab factory in Arak gathered there for a fourth day, protesting the company's failure to pay their salaries and benefits for six months. The regime's repressive forces attempted to disperse these workers by firing tear gas, shooting into the air, and beating the workers with clubs. The enraged workers resisted, taking some of the regime goons' clubs.


Then the workers of this factory gathered at the entrance of the Tehran-Arak road Monday and closed the road. Anti-riot motorized and infantry guards, plainclothes police, and regime guards beat them in a brutal attack and arrested dozens with their siege. 



The enraged workers confronted the repressors with slogans such as "Innocent workers must be freed" and "Mercenary, go away" and "Jerk, jerk."

A number of detainees were freed by workers' efforts, and others were transferred to unknown locations. The workers of the factory, one of the major manufacturing units of the country's largest industrial hubs in Arak, have so far been protesting for their right to earn a living. These workers are also worried about being unemployed because the factory works at only 20% capacity.


On Monday, workers from the Arak's Hepco Company also gathered on the rail track route of Arak to Tehran. Some 900 workers of the factory were not paid salaries since the previous winter. Hepco is one of the largest manufacturers of heavy equipment, such as road construction, mining, and agriculture machinery, in the Middle East. The factory has been in operation for 42 years and is a large, specialized factory. Under the guise of "privatization," it was handed over to the regime's inner circles and agents and has undergone catastrophic decline over the past 10 years.

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate, specializing in political and economic issues relating to Iran and the Middle East. @hassan_mahmou1

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/09/plundered_and_looted_by_the_mullahs_irans_angry_people_protest.html

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Brooklyn College: Advocating Genocide and a Third Intifada - Sara Dogan




by Sara Dogan


SJP issued demands for “Zionists off campus”.




FrontPageMag Editor’s note: he David Horowitz Freedom Center is naming the “Top Ten Worst Schools that Support Terrorists.” The latest school to be named to this list is Brooklyn College (CUNY). Known for a highly aggressive SJP chapter that has called for a “third intifada,” Brooklyn College joins the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Irvine, the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Brandeis University, and San Francisco State University on the list. Coinciding with the naming of Brooklyn College to this list, the Freedom Center placed posters on the Brooklyn College campus exposing the links between Students for Justice in Palestine and the terrorist organization Hamas, whose stated goal is the destruction of the Jewish state.

As revealed in recent congressional testimony, Students for Justice in Palestine is a campus front for Hamas terrorists. SJP’s propaganda activities are orchestrated and funded by a Hamas front group, American Muslims for Palestine, whose chairman is Hatem Bazian and whose principals are former officers of the Holy Land Foundation and other Islamic “charities” previously convicted of funneling money to Hamas. The report and posters are part of a larger Freedom Center campaign titled Stop University Support for Terrorists. Images of the posters that appeared at Brooklyn College and other campuses may be viewed at www.stopuniversitysupportforterrorists.org.

Brooklyn College:

Brooklyn College is home to a Students for Justice in Palestine chapter which has repeatedly promoted Hamas propaganda and defended terrorism against Israel. BC SJP posted an advertisement titled “The Third Intifada” on its Facebook page, and has also used the slogan “From the River to the Sea” which is a genocidal threat to destroy Israel and its Jewish population. BC SJP continues to promote the Hamas-inspired and funded Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and held an event to discuss its policy of refusing to dialogue or establish “normalization” of relations with pro-Israel organizations and students. A gang of 10 campus activists affiliated with SJP stormed a campus faculty meeting, calling one faculty member a “Zionist pig” and issuing demands for “Zionists off campus.” In spite of these actions, Brooklyn College President Michelle Anderson ordered posters exposing the links between SJP and Hamas be immediately torn down and called them “hate speech,” while defending SJP’s right to continue its operations on campus.

Supporting Evidence:

In January 2017, BC SJP shared an announcement from NYC SJP about a protest on its Facebook page. The protest announcement stated “Fight Trump, Free Palestine, From the River to the Sea.”  The statement “From the River to the Sea” is a genocidal call for the elimination of the entirety of Israel and its Jews which lie between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

In November 2016, Brooklyn College President Michelle Anderson responded to posters exposing the links between the campus chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine and Hamas by tearing them down and denouncing their sponsor, the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Anderson’s response included lofty passages about the importance of free speech and intellectual diversity on a college campus, yet she exempted the Freedom Center from these protections by calling its posters “hate speech” and accusing the posters of “target[ing] individual SJP leaders with the aim of bullying them and making them vulnerable to additional harassment or worse.”

In May 2016, Brooklyn College SJP held a demonstration at City Hall Park in New York to commemorate “Al-Nakba.” Nakba is an Arabic term meaning “catastrophe” that is used by Hamas and its supporters to describe the creation of Israel. For the record, Israel was created by the United Nations on land that belonged to the Turks (who are not Arabs, let alone “Palestinians”) for 400 years previously. Israel was created in the same way Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq were created, without becoming the targets of terrorist aggression.

On April 15, 2016, the Doctoral Students Council of the City University of New York (CUNY), of which Brooklyn College is a subsidiary, voted 42-19-9 in favor of a resolution calling for a boycott of “Israeli academic institutions for as long as the Israeli state continues to violate Palestinian rights under international law,” thereby endorsing the Hamas-sponsored BDS movement and its false claims that Israel violates Palestinian rights. In fact, the million plus Arabs who are Israeli citizens have more rights than the Arabs of any other Middle Eastern state, including the territories of the West Bank and Gaza.

On April 03, 2016, Brooklyn College SJP posted an article defending terrorism and the BDS movement.

On February 17, 2016, a gang of approximately 10 anti-Israel activists stormed a campus faculty meeting, calling one faculty member a “Zionist pig” and issuing demands for “Zionists off campus” and for an end to supposedly “racist” course offerings. Some of the faculty present applauded the student demands.

On November 26, 2015, Brooklyn College SJP shared a video link on its Facebook page purporting to show the “loss of land” that occurred through a series of maps as Jews allegedly colonized Palestine. These fraudulent maps which begin with a map showing a non-existent “Palestine” in 1947, were created by Hamas to justify its terrorist war against the Jewish state.

On November 18, 2015, Brooklyn College SJP invited students to attend an event held at the CUNY graduate center titled: “Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities.” The event advertisement promises it will be a “vital discussion on the importance—and challenges—of boycotting Israeli universities.”

On November 17, 2015, SJP held a “Normalization Workshop” to discuss why SJP refuses to dialogue with pro-Israel students and groups on campus.  This refusal to allow any discussion with groups supporting Israel is in line with the policies of Hamas and in direct conflict with the aims of a liberal arts university.

On November 12, 2015, Brooklyn College SJP endorsed a statement from the SJP contingent of the “Million Student March” which describes CUNY’s leadership as “the Zionist administration” and uses Hamas terminology to claim that it “reproduces settler-colonial ideology throughout CUNY through Zionist content of education.” The statement also refers to Israel as “occupied Palestine.” The reference to “Palestine” is to a political entity that has never existed in the fourteen hundred year history of the Middle East from the time of Mohammed. It is a Hamas fabrication.

On November 04, 2015, Brooklyn College SJP sponsored an event featuring Canadian-Israeli journalist David Sheen gave a talk on “Israel & Palestine: The Bullet, the Ballot and the Boycott,” during which he repeated common Hamas libels attacking Israel as a racist state and “theocracy” that is attempting to start a “race war” through “burning babies” and other acts of violence against Arabs and blacks.

On November 02, 2015, Brooklyn College SJP co-sponsored a vigil at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City in support of the “Holy Land Five,” high level employees of the Holy Land Foundation who were convicted of funneling millions to Hamas.

On October 08, 2015, Brooklyn College SJP posted an online poster labeled “The Third Intifada” on its Facebook page. While “Intifada” literally means “shaking off,” it is the name assigned by terrorists to their suicide bombing and stabbing attacks against Jewish civilians in Israel.

On October 07, 2015, Brooklyn College SJP held a “die-in” on campus to accuse Israel of murdering Palestinian civilians as part of an international “Day of Rage.” The fake corpses were covered in fake blood with signs around their necks accusing Israel of various crimes. One sign read “This is just a fraction of life under Israeli Apartheid.”  The protest was accompanied by numerous chalked slogans, including some endorsing the Hamas-funded BDS movement such as “Boycott Israel.”

On March 25, 2015, anti-Semitic graffiti reading “Jews – root of all evil” was found in a men’s bathroom stall in the Brooklyn College library.

Over the past few years, Brooklyn College SJP members and their supporters at Brooklyn College expressed vehement Jew hatred and support for anti-Israel terrorism on social media. SJP member Ayah Aly tweeted such sentiments as “Anyone supporting Israel is living in a constant state of delusion. Exterminate yourselves” and “If you’re a zionist, you israeli the lowest piece of scum on earth.”  She also tweeted that “Jews” are one of the “top10thingsIhate” and claimed that the United States government was behind the 9/11 attacks, stating on twitter “Never Forget this day, 14 years ago, when the U.S Government conspired against its’ own Country and blamed it on Islam.”

Brooklyn College graduate student Raja Abdulhaq wrote on Facebook that “It’s very important to always remember that Western colonial powers are as guilty as Israel in the mass-murder of Palestinians, especially the USA.” He also condoned anti-Israel terrorism, sharing on Facebook that “If you preach about popular resistance by calling it ‘non-violent’ resistance in the international arena and indirectly condemn other forms of resistance, mainly armed, then you don’t represent Palestine.”

Sara Dogan

Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/267996/brooklyn-college-advocating-genocide-and-third-sara-dogan

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Networks not showing fans booing kneeling players during anthem - Rick Moran




by Rick Moran

What are they afraid of?

Networks broadcasting NFL games refused to allow camera shots of angry fans booing kneeling players during the National Anthem. The Sporting News also reports that one behind-the-scenes TV employee said networks told the camera operators not to pan the crowd during the anthem, which would have shown what viewers could easily hear: booing fans.
Networks typically do not televise the national anthem except for the Super Bowl and other special occasions, but they recognized there would be intense viewer interest this past weekend.
Some fans, if they reacted at all, happily clapped and cheered during protests, but others did not, and they angrily let their home teams know it. The audio mics picked up the boos. Yet the TV networks mostly avoided crowd shots Sunday, so there was never a chance for viewers to see fans jeering players.
A segment of Patriots fans in Foxborough, Mass., for example, nearly booed their own players off the field when some Pats sat or kneeled, with some screaming, "Stand up!"
WATCH: Patriots fans boo their team during anthem protest in wake of Trump's comments. More from @arniestapleton: https://t.co/5dfjstwRJs pic.twitter.com/kvLmSzG28w
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) September 24, 2017
One behind-the-scenes TV staffer at another stadium told Sporting News that camera operators were ordered to avoid crowd shots in case they showed fans counterprotesting the protests.
What is happening here is easy to see. Recent polls have shown that while the public doesn't want teams to fire players who kneel, by wide margins, the public wants the players to stand. (Of course, the stories about the polls all highlighted the public "disagreeing" with Trump about firing the players and not agreeing with Trump that the players should stand.)

In fact, the whole game is to isolate those who don't agree with the protests. But anyone who had the sound up during the playing of the anthem last Sunday could hear the outpouring of anger and booing at the players.

It really doesn't matter if the media show angry football fans booing players for kneeling during the anthem. I think there's a growing realization that this is an issue Trump can't lose on. The more the media dote on kneeling players, the more resentment of ordinary fans is stoked, and the more likely that marginal fans – the fans the league and TV networks depend on for about one third of their audience – will change channels or not bother to turn the game on at all.

That would be a catastrophe for the league and the networks. Opposition to the protest will continue to build week by week. And if teams and the league don't believe that, they are in for a very rude awakening.


Rick Moran

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/09/networks_not_showing_fans_booing_kneeling_players_during_anthem.html

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Switzerland: The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Jihad - Bruce Bawer




by Bruce Bawer

Instead of trying to defend their country from radicalism, they think their job is to "protect minorities and multiculturalism."

  • What you would never know, from all this hand-wringing about "Islamophobia," is that only a few weeks before the conference, the country's media had reported on a popular imam in Biel who, in his sermons, "asked Allah to destroy the enemies of Islam -- Jews, Christians, Hindus, Russians, and Shiites."
  • The imam in question, Abu Ramadan, preached that Muslims who befriended infidels were "cursed until the Day of Judgment" -- which, of course, is not radical at all, but is straight out of the Koran.
  • The crisis is real. But, says Swiss Muslim author Saïda Keller-Messahli, Swiss politicians, "especially on the left," refuse to address it. Instead of trying to defend their country from radicalism, they think their job is to "protect minorities and multiculturalism."
  • Mosque kindergartens and youth groups, too, are "places of religious indoctrination" for Swiss Muslims. So are the German-speaking public schools, in which imams are permitted to teach classes in Islam using instructional materials from Saudi Arabia or Turkey.
If you listen to some of Switzerland's pollsters and government officials, the country is suffering from a serious and ever-intensifying crisis -- anti-Muslim bigotry.

In August, a study concluded that Swiss Muslims "are generally well integrated into Swiss society." Their main problem? They face "Islamophobia."

Another study the same month found that the percentage of Swiss non-Muslims who feel "threatened" by Islam had more than doubled since 2004, from 16% to 38%.

At a September 11 conference, Switzerland's Federal Commission against Racism (FCR) issued an explicit alert: "hostility toward Muslims," it warned, was rising – and was "fed by facts that have nothing to do with Muslims themselves."

Conference organizers blamed this "hostility" on online "propaganda"; Interior Minister Alain Berset accused Swiss citizens of erroneously holding "Islam responsible for all the extremist acts committed in its name."
What you would never know, from all this hand-wringing about "Islamophobia," is that only a few weeks before the conference, the country's media had reported on a popular imam in Biel who, in his sermons, "asked Allah to destroy the enemies of Islam -- Jews, Christians, Hindus, Russians, and Shiites." The imam in question, Abu Ramadan, preached that Muslims who befriended infidels were "cursed until the Day of Judgment" -- which, of course, is not radical at all, but is straight out of the Koran.

Abu Ramadan has been living in Switzerland for almost two decades. In 1998, he came to the Alpine country from Libya as an asylum seeker, but over the years has returned home several times -- in addition to visiting Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries. This fact should have automatically negated his right to asylum and resulted in his expulsion. But the years went by, and the government, ignoring the evidence right there on his passport, did nothing.

On the contrary: over the years, in fact, the Swiss state had given Ramadan the equivalent of $620,000 in welfare payments.

Reportedly, some public officials were well aware of his hate sermons -- but until the content of those sermons surfaced in the media, nobody in the government had made any effort to do anything about him. Instead, people such as Interior Minister Berset and the members of the FCR had kept busy going to conferences and tarring the general public as "Islamophobes".

At least one high-profile individual in Switzerland has long rejected the official line about successful Muslim integration and unfounded infidel Islam-hatred: Saïda Keller-Messahli. Of Tunisian descent, living in Zurich, she has spent years investigating institutional Islam in Switzerland and urging politicians to take action against it. Asked in a recent interview whether Abu Ramadan is an isolated case, Keller-Messahli said no: such preaching, she explained, is common in Swiss mosques, part of an international strategy to plant a "discriminatory" and "violent" Islam in Switzerland and elsewhere in the West.

Keller-Messahli has just published a book entitled, Switzerland: An Islamist Hub ("Islamistische Drehscheibe Schweiz"). It is sort of a field guide to Islam in Switzerland. The country's mosques belong to various networks based here and there in the Muslim world; many of the imams have been trained in Egypt or Saudi Arabia; many of the mosques receive funding -- and take orders -- from organizations in Turkey. In her book, Keller-Messahli draws all the connections, follows all the money trails, and spells out the poisonous articles of faith. And she prescribes strong medicine: monitor the mosques, cut off the foreign cash, and expel the preachers of jihad.


Saïda Keller-Messahli, the Swiss Muslim author of Switzerland: An Islamist Hub, has spent years investigating institutional Islam in Switzerland and urging politicians to take action against it. (Switzerland photo by Monk/Wikimedia Commons)
Keller-Messahli has not only probed the mosques. She has also visited prisons. In some of the prison libraries, she reports, she had found not a copy or two but hundreds of copies of pro-jihadist works. When she told a reporter that imams who work as prison chaplains are past masters at turning Muslim inmates into jihadists, and argued that the position of Muslim chaplain should therefore be eliminated, her interviewer asked whether that wouldn't amount to "unequal treatment." Keller-Messahli pointed out that the concept of prison chaplain does not even exist in Islam but "was invented precisely for the sake of equality."

Mosque kindergartens and youth groups, too, are "places of religious indoctrination" for Swiss Muslims. So are the German-speaking public schools, in which imams are permitted to teach classes in Islam using instructional materials from Saudi Arabia or Turkey: "All they do," complains Keller-Messahli, "is give them suras to learn by heart, the veil for the girls and the segregation of the sexes as soon as possible. And all the 'students' do is learn words without understanding them." The result: "social segregation, exclusion, contempt for women, honor crimes."

The crisis is real. But, says Keller-Messahli, Swiss politicians, "especially on the left," refuse to address it. Instead of trying to defend their country from radicalism, they think their job is to "protect minorities and multiculturalism." Keller-Messahli actually took part in the design and implementation of a course that warned prison employees about the dangers of Islamic radicalization. It was, she said, "a huge success" -- but an order by a Zurich court put an end to it. "Right and center," she laments, "politicians prefer to stay in their comfort zone and close their eyes."

Keller-Messahli does not mince words. The relentless spread of jihadist Islam in Switzerland, and the see-no-evil response by Swiss authorities, give her "a tremendous sense of betrayal. We trusted these people, we opened the doors of our country and our institutions. They say they want to be our partners in dialogue. But none of it is true." She reports that some Swiss residents with Muslim backgrounds have thanked her for speaking up and have told her that organized Islam does not speak for them. She is grateful for their support, she says, but she "would prefer it if they did not keep so silent."

The picture Keller-Messahli paints is a grim one. Is there any hope for change? Well, during the last few days it has become clear that at least some Swiss officials do not wish to remain silent about the enemy within. On September 21, it was reported that federal prosecutors had brought charges against the president and two members of the board of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS), the country's largest Islamic organization. The charge: making videos in Syria featuring a top Al-Qaeda member and posting them on YouTube and other sites.

Only days later, the lower house of the Swiss parliament voted by a narrow margin to prohibit mosques from taking foreign money and to require that imams preach in the local language. The upper house has yet to debate the bill; the Federal Council, which constitutes the government's executive branch, opposes the measure on the grounds that it places Muslims "under general suspicion" and "fuels the argument of extremists."

It will be interesting to see where these developments lead. Will the bill pass the upper house? Are federal prosecutors looking into non-ICCS mosques? Stay tuned.

Bruce Bawer is the author of the new novel The Alhambra (Swamp Fox Editions). His book While Europe Slept (2006) was a New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11082/switzerland-islam

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