Friday, June 13, 2014

'We will Hunt Down and Lay our Hands on Anyone who Threatens us'

by The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon says Israel will not tolerate even a drizzle of rocket fire from Gaza after Israel kills terrorist involved in multiple rocket attacks • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: This is the true face of Hamas.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon
Photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef

The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


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Prosecute the President

by Ben Shapiro

To order Ben Shapiro’s new book, “The People Vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration,” click here.

President Barack Obama believes he is above the law.

That’s because he is.

This week alone, Obama announced that he would unilaterally change student loan rules, allowing borrowers to avoid paying off more of their debt; he signaled that he would continue his non-enforcement of immigration law, even as thousands of children cross the border; he defended his non-disclosure of a terrorist swap to Congress.

And, he said, more such actions were in the offing. “I will keep doing whatever I can without Congress,” Obama explained.

This is not just executive overreach. In many cases, Obama’s exercise of authoritarian power is criminal. His executive branch is responsible for violations of the Arms Export Control Act in shipping weapons to Syria, the Espionage Act in Libya, and IRS law with regard to the targeting of conservative groups. His executive branch is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Benghazi and in the Fast and Furious scandal, and bribery in its allocation of waivers in Obamacare and tax dollars in its stimulus spending. His administration is guilty of obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
And yet nothing is done.

Impeachment, which has been suggested as a solution by many, is a non-starter. In the entire history of the republic, the House has impeached just 19 officials, and just eight were actually removed from office after Senate trial. Impeachment is a political solution to a criminal problem — and politicians are far too fearful of blowback to use it as a tool in upholding law.

Thanks to presidential immunity and executive control of the Justice Department, there are no consequences to executive branch lawbreaking. And when it comes to presidential lawbreaking, the sitting president could literally strangle someone to death on national television and meet with no consequences.

As Professor Akhil Reed Amar of Yale Law School has written, “a sitting President is constitutionally immune from ordinary criminal prosecution — state or federal.”

So what can we do? We can tell Congress to delegate its power to check the executive branch. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act creates a broad capacity for prosecution of criminal conspiracies; it also provides for civil lawsuits against such conspiracies, turning American citizens into, as the Supreme Court puts it, “‘private attorneys general’ on a serious national problem for which public prosecutorial resources are deemed inadequate.” Minor changes to the law should allow citizens to sue federal officials within the executive branch under RICO, unmasking criminal enterprises within the Obama administration and future administrations.

The checks and balances of the Constitution have failed. The result has been, for a century, the nearly unchecked growth of the power of the executive branch. That growth has created an executive tyranny, unanswerable and inescapable under law. Our legislators have proved themselves too cowardly to fight back using the tools at their disposal. They are obviously happy delegating their power to the executive branch. Now it’s time for them to delegate their power to the people.

Ben Shapiro is an attorney and writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, and author of the new book “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How The Left Took Over Your TV” from Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.


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Obama Rebuffs Iraqi Government Request for US Air Attacks on Terrorists

by Rick Moran

Iraq is splintering into at least 3 pieces and president Obama hasn't lifted a finger to help

For several months, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has been begging the US for manned or unmanned air strikes on the staging areas for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces. These are the terrorists who have now captured 4 cities and are headed for Baghdad. President Obama has refused. What we may see in the next few days in Iraq is the government fleeing Baghdad and the Sunni terrorists holding a large chunk of the country, in addition to territory they control in next door Syria.

Boundary lines in the Middle East are being redrawn while the US sits on the sidelines.

New York Times:

Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq’s foreign minister, last year floated the idea that armed American-operated Predator or Reaper drones might be used to respond to the expanding militant network in Iraq. American officials dismissed that suggestion at the time, saying that the request had not come from Mr. Maliki.
By March, however, American experts who visited Baghdad were being told that Iraq’s top leaders were hoping that American air power could be used to strike the militants’ staging and training areas inside Iraq, and help Iraq’s beleaguered forces stop them from crossing into Iraq from Syria.
“Iraqi officials at the highest level said they had requested manned and unmanned U.S. airstrikes this year against ISIS camps in the Jazira desert,” said Kenneth M. Pollack, a former C.I.A. analyst and National Security Council official, who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and who visited Baghdad in early March. ISIS is the acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as the militant group is known.
As the Sunni insurgents have grown in strength those requests have persisted. In a May 11 meeting with American diplomats and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the head of the Central Command, which oversees American military operations in the Middle East, Mr. Maliki said he would like the United States to provide Iraq with the ability to operate drones. But if the United States was not willing to do that, Mr. Maliki indicated he was prepared to allow the United States to carry out strikes using warplanes or drones.
In a May 16 phone call with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Mr. Maliki again suggested that the United States consider using American air power. A written request repeating that point was submitted soon afterward, officials said.
Some experts say that such American military action could be helpful but only if Mr. Maliki takes steps to make his government more inclusive.
“U.S. military support for Iraq could have a positive effect but only if it is conditioned on Maliki changing his behavior within Iraq’s political system,” Mr. Pollack said. “He has to bring the Sunni community back in, agree to limits on his executive authority and agree to reform Iraqi security forces to make them more professional and competent.”

Also, the Kurds have moved into the vacuum created when Iraqi forces fled and taken the oil center of Kirkuk. The Kurds have made no secret of their desire for a fully independent state and the oil revenue from Kirkuk is an excellent means to fund such a venture.

Iraq is much to blame for their predicament. They refused to compromise on a new status of forces agreement, insisiting that any American soldier accused of breaking the law be tried in Iraqi courts. That just wasn't going to happen, but many observers believe President Obama cut the negotiations off prematurely. The consequence of that failure was that all American forces were withdrawn in 2011, instead ofd a residual force being left behind to continue training the Iraqi military. 

By the looks of things, they could have used our expertise. The Iraqi army has collapsed.

And as the Times notes, Maliki's Shia dictatorship has excluded Sunni's from government jobs, the military and police, and has demonstrated unrelenting hostility to them. ISIS recruiting has found fertile ground in Sunni Iraq, and Maliki is paying for his religious fanaticism and short sightedness.

Long ago, it was proposed that Iraq be divided into three separate countries; one for the Kurds, one for the Sunnis, and one for the Shias. Most military and diplomatic experts at the time scoffed at the notion.

Now it appears that this nightmare scenario is coming true. Anyone want to bet when the Kurds are going to give back Kirkuk to the Baghdad government? Or if the terrorists will even bother to negotiate better terms for the Sunnis  with Maliki? 

We are witnessing a terrorist state rising from the ruins of Iraq. And using the resources they've already captured - much if it US military equipment - the ISIS may take the fight to Bashar Assad in Syria as well.

The Taliban poised for an Afghanistan takeover when we leave. Pakistan under seige from terorists. Syria and Iraq in flames. And President Obama surveys the world and can only sit back and wait for the world community to lead the way.

Military force isn't always the answer. Except when it is. It may already be too late to retreive the situation in Iraq. But don't worry. Obama will blame Bush for everything and he will emerge unscathed; befuddled, but unscathed.

Rick Moran


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First Benghazi Whistleblower Emerges

by Thomas Lifson

It’s subpoena time. And Hillary Clinton’s book tour may not be a warm-up for a presidential campaign so much as a financial and ego exercise. There will be hell to pay on the campaign trail, unless the GOP nominates a dummy.

President Obama is poised to reap a whirlwind of consequences for his conduct of the war on terror. Iraq is falling into the hands of the enemy President Bush had defeated on the battlefield. The fact that the Obama administration lied to the American people about the Benghazi attack in order to smooth his re-election makes his failures in conducting the affairs of state not merely a matter of incompetence or honest mistakes but actual venality.
A new report makes these consequences closer to reality.

The Obama administration knew that the Benghazi attack was carried out by terrorists right away, because they listened in on cell phone conversations between the raiders and their leaders, according to testimony given by the first whistleblower to break through the wall of silence. Bret Baier and James Rosen of Fox News (the most trusted TV news source in America) have broken the story and put the lie to Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton and all the president’s men and women.
The terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 used cell phones, seized from State Department personnel during the attacks, and U.S. spy agencies overheard them contacting more senior terrorist leaders to report on the success of the operation, multiple sources confirmed to Fox News.
The disclosure is important because it adds to the body of evidence establishing that senior U.S. officials in the Obama administration knew early on that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video that had gone awry, as the administration claimed for several weeks after the attacks.
Eric Stahl, who recently retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force, served as commander and pilot of the C-17 aircraft that was used to transport the corpses of the four casualties from the Benghazi attacks – then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – as well as the assault’s survivors from Tripoli to the safety of an American military base in Ramstein, Germany.
In an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “Special Report,” Stahl said members of a CIA-trained Global Response Staff who raced to the scene of the attacks were “confused” by the administration’s repeated implication of the video as a trigger for the attacks, because “they knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.” Asked how, Stahl told anchor Bret Baier: “Right after they left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the [CIA] safehouse, they were getting reports that cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers' higher ups.”
A separate U.S. official, one with intimate details of the bloody events of that night, confirmed the major’s assertion. The second source, who requested anonymity to discuss classified data, told Fox News he had personally read the intelligence reports at the time that contained references to calls by terrorists – using State Department cell phones captred at the consulate during the battle – to their terrorist leaders. The second source also confirmed that the security teams on the ground received this intelligence in real time.
The report of the so-called Accountability Review Board – which is the screen behind which Hillary Clinton is attempting to hide – did not include any testimony from people with knowledge of these cell phone conversations. The fact the cell phones were stolen and listened in on does not appear in that report.
Major Stahl was never interviewed by the Accountability Review Board, the investigative panel convened, pursuant to statute, by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as the official body reviewing all the circumstances surrounding the attacks and their aftermath. Many lawmakers and independent experts have criticized the thoroughness of the ARB, which also never interviewed Clinton.
In his interview on “Special Report,” Stahl made still other disclosures that add to the vast body of literature on Benghazi – sure to grow in the months ahead, as a select House committee prepares for a comprehensive probe of the affair, complete with subpoena power. Stahl said that when he deposited the traumatized passengers at Ramstein, the first individual to question the CIA security officers was not an FBI officer but the senior State Department diplomat on the ground.

Thomas Lifson


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Obama’s Border Crisis: Facilitating Child Trafficking

by Ian Smith


Last week, the lawlessness of Obama’s non-deportation policy came home to roost when Homeland Security (DHS) estimated 60,000 “unaccompanied alien children” were expected to enter the country illegally this year. The figures have since gone up to 90,000, which is more than a ten-fold increase from 2011. Unsurprisingly, according to interviews with those caught, the news waves are directly related to Obama’s rolling orders to DHS to ramp up amnesty efforts wherever possible.  Yesterday, Senator Cornyn of Texas called Obama’s continued amnesty push an “extremely dangerous incentive for children” and “a painful example of the law of unintended consequences.”

Stories have been ongoing of illegal alien children, teens and adults being flown around the Border States in search of any government facility that may have available space. After it was reported last week that Greyhound stations in Phoenix were becoming drop-off points for detained-illegals flown in from border-checkpoints in Texas, Arizona’s Governor Brewer fired off a letter to the President asking him to end his “unconscionable policy.”

Considering the depth and scale of Obama’s subversion of our immigration laws, the prospect of thousands more children and teens illegally entering the country won’t likely change his approach to border security any time soon. After all, as it was revealed last December, DHS has actually been directly and proactively facilitating human-trafficking for quite some time.

In the case of U.S. v. Nava-Martinez, border agents busted a repeat-felon attempting to smuggle a 10-year old El Salvadorian girl across a checkpoint in Texas later discovering that the operation was organized by the girl’s mother, an illegal alien living in Virginia. But when the agents contacted DHS officials they refused to arrange for her arrest. Instead, according to Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District Court of Texas, DHS “successfully complet(ed) the mission of the criminal conspiracy” by flying the child to her mother in Virginia at taxpayer expense.

The order issued by Judge Hanen is a crushing rebuke of Obama’s DHS. In it he warns that such immoral and illegal policies would dramatically increase the number of minors attempting to make the dangerous trip across the border. With DHS’s new estimates and the huge problems hitting the Border States, we can now see how right the good judge was.

In just the previous month alone, Judge Hanen had seen four cases of “DHS completing [a] criminal conspiracy… by delivering [minors caught at the border] to the custody of parents illegally living in the United States.” In none of the cases were the children detained or the illegal alien parent deported.

Besides the concerns that DHS’s facilitation of illegal activities works to decrease border agents’ morale and helps fund drug cartels (the chief operators of human smuggling rings), the remarkably prescient judge had noted that such a policy “undermines the deterrent effect the laws may have and inspires others to commit further violations.” The consequences of this undermining effect we’re now seeing and hopefully it’s becoming clear to the elite and media classes just how dangerous it is to play politics with immigration enforcement.

Since the first amnesty in 1986, the illegal alien population has ballooned from 3 million to 12 million with most of that increase coming in the last decade. Obama’s first administrative amnesty in 2012, the “Deferred Action for Children Arrivals” program, applied specifically to children and young adults, which, along with further mini-amnesties since, has acted as an announcement to the people of Mexico and Central America that the US is not at all serious about its border security.

Who knows what the next round of figures from DHS will be, but it’s possible they’ll be double or even triple the recent estimates. The same goes for deaths at the border, which have already been on the increase since Obama started his amnesty-push. As Judge Hanen devastatingly wrote at the close of his order, if DHS persists with such a policy, “more children are going to be harmed, and DHS will be partly responsible because it encourages this kind of Russian roulette.” It’s now time for Obama and Democrats to finally consider the consequences of their policies, which harm citizens on both sides of the border, and turn off the amnesty magnet.

Ian Smith


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ISIS Threatens to Invade Jordan, 'Slaughter' King Abdullah

by Khaled Abu Toameh

The recent victories in Iraq and Syria by the terrorists of ISIS -- said to be an offshoot of al-Qaeda -- have emboldened the group and its followers throughout the Middle East. Now the terrorists are planning to move their jihad not only to Jordan, but also to the Gaza Strip, Sinai and Lebanon.
Failure to act will result in the establishment in the Middle East of a dangerous extremist Islamic empire that will pose a threat to American and Western interests.
"The danger is getting closer to our bedrooms." — Oraib al-Rantawi, Jordanian political analyst

Islamist terrorists in Iraq and Syria have begun creeping toward neighboring countries, sources close to the Islamic fundamentalists revealed this week.

The terrorists, who belong to The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS -- known as DAESH in Arabic] and are said to be an offshoot of al-Qaeda, are planning to take their jihad to Jordan, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula -- after having already captured large parts of Syria and Iraq, the sources said.

The capture this week by ISIS of the cities of Mosul and Tikrit in Iraq has left many Arabs and Muslims in the region worried that their countries soon may be targeted by the terrorists, who seek to create a radical Islamist emirate in the Middle East.

According to the sources, ISIS leader Abu Baker al-Baghdadi recently discussed with his lieutenants the possibility of extending the group's control beyond Syria and Iraq.

One of the ideas discussed envisages focusing ISIS's efforts on Jordan, where Islamist movements already have a significant presence. Jordan was also chosen because it has shared borders with Iraq and Syria, making it easier for the terrorists to infiltrate the kingdom.

Jordanian political analyst Oraib al-Rantawi sounded alarm bells by noting that the ISIS threat to move its fight to the kingdom was real and imminent. "We in Jordan cannot afford the luxury of just waiting and monitoring," he cautioned. "The danger is getting closer to our bedrooms. It has become a strategic danger; it is no longer a security threat from groups or cells. We must start thinking outside the box. The time has come to increase coordination and cooperation with the regimes in Baghdad and Damascus to contain the crawling of extremism and terrorism."

The ISIS terrorists see Jordan's Western-backed King Abdullah as an enemy of Islam and an infidel, and have publicly called for his execution. ISIS terrorists recently posted a video on YouTube in which they threatened to "slaughter" Abdullah, whom they denounced as a "tyrant." Some of the terrorists who appeared in the video were Jordanian citizens who tore up their passports in front of the camera and vowed to launch suicide attacks inside the kingdom.

A Jordanian ISIS terrorist wearing a suicide bomb belt and holding his Jordanian passport declares his willingness to wage jihad in an ISIS video. (Image source: All Eyes on Syria YouTube video)

Security sources in Amman expressed deep concern over ISIS's threats and plans to "invade" the kingdom. The sources said that King Abdullah has requested urgent military aid from the U.S. and other Western countries so that he could foil any attempt to turn Jordan into an Islamist-controlled state.

Marwan Shehadeh, an expert on Islamist groups, said he did not rule out the possibility that ISIS would target Jordan because it views the Arab regimes, including Jordan's Hashemites, as "infidels" and "apostates" who should be fought.

The recent victories by ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria have emboldened the group and its followers throughout the Middle East. Now the terrorists are planning to move their jihad not only to Jordan, but also to the Gaza Strip, Sinai and Lebanon.

This is all happening under the watching eyes of the U.S. Administration and Western countries, who seem to be uncertain as to what needs to be done to stop the Islamist terrorists from invading neighboring countries.

ISIS is a threat not only to moderate Arabs and Muslims, but also to Israel, which the terrorists say is their ultimate destination. The U.S. and its Western allies need to wake up quickly and take the necessary measures to prevent the Islamist terrorists from achieving their goal.

Failure to act will result in the establishment in the Middle East of a dangerous extremist Islamist empire that will pose a threat to American and Western interests.

Khaled Abu Toameh


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

UK: "Culture of Fear" in Birmingham Schools

by Soeren Kern

Sky News reported on June 3 that senior leaders at three schools in Birmingham alerted the government more than two decades ago about the rising influence of Muslim extremists in the school system, but that their concerns were dismissed because of political correctness.
Separately, the BBC reported on May 28 and June 2 that [there were similar warnings] in 2010 and 2008. But no action was taken in either case.
"Some staff told Her Majesty's Inspectors that thy feel afraid to speak out against recent changes in the academy for fear of losing their jobs." — Inspection report, Oldknow Academy.
British regulators have placed five Muslim-dominated public schools in the city of Birmingham under "special measures" after inspectors found that pupils there were being systematically exposed to radical Islamic propaganda.

Ofsted, the agency that regulates British schools, carried out emergency inspections of 21 primary and secondary public schools in Birmingham after a document surfaced in March 2014 that purported to outline a plot—dubbed Operation Trojan Horse—by Muslim fundamentalists to Islamize public schools in England and Wales.

The inspection reports, which Ofsted made public on June 9, show that Muslim hardliners are indeed seeking to run at least five public schools in Birmingham according to a "conservative Islamic perspective." But the report does not cite evidence of an organized plot by extremists.

Ofsted inspectors found that one school was playing the Muslim call to prayer over loudspeakers in the playground, while another was found with books promoting stoning, lashing and execution. Yet another school had invited a Muslim hate preacher known for his support of militant Islam to speak to students.

In some schools, girls are actively being dissuaded from speaking to boys and from taking part in extra-curricular visits and activities. Boys and girls are also taught separately in religious education and personal development lessons.

The inspection report for the Nansen Primary School reveals that when teachers wanted pupils to take part in a nativity play, Muslim administrators "insisted on vetting a copy of the script for its suitability and told staff they must not use a doll as the baby Jesus." The report also says:
"Pupils do not get a broad education. Subjects such as art and music have been removed for some year groups at the insistence of the governing body.
"Pupils have only a superficial knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs other than Islam. The lack of leadership of religious education means that teachers are ill-informed about what to teach and how to teach this subject. Pupils' cultural development is inadequate because the academy does not help pupils to develop an understanding of the diversity of traditions, religions and customs in modern British society. This leaves pupils at risk of cultural isolation.
"Currently, the academy has a weekly whole-school assembly, which is of an Islamic character. The governing body has not received permission from the Education Funding Agency for an exemption from providing a broadly Christian act of worship. This means that [the] governing body fails to meet this aspect of their responsibilities."
The inspection report for the Oldknow Academy says the school is "taking on the practices of an Islamic faith school" and that non-Muslim staff and pupils have been excluded from an annual trip to Saudi Arabia for three years running. The report adds:
"The curriculum is inadequate because it does not foster an appreciation of, and respect for, pupils' own or other cultures. It does not promote tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions. In addition, a small group of governors is making significant changes to the ethos and culture of the academy without full consultation. They are endeavoring to promote a particular and narrow faith-based ideology in what is a maintained and non-faith academy.
"Some staff told Her Majesty's Inspectors that they feel afraid to speak out against recent changes in the academy for fear of losing their jobs.
"Currently, the academy has two Islamic faith assemblies each week and additional, optional Friday prayer. Birmingham City Mission has been delivering Christian Acts of Collective Worship at Oldknow, once a term, since 2006. Its recent assembly was cancelled and the Mission's offer of an alternative date was not taken up. No further visits have been requested. The academy's Christmas special assembly was also cancelled.
"During a recent academy fĂȘte, raffles and tombolas were banned because they are considered un-Islamic.
"During the inspection senior leaders told Her Majesty's Inspectors that a madrasa [a school for teaching Islamic theology] had been established in the academy and had been paid for from the academy's budget."
Oldknow Academy in Birmingham, England. (Image source: BBC video screenshot)

In a so-called advice note summarizing the inspections, Ofsted Director Michael Wilshaw writes that his inspectors found a "culture of fear and intimidation" in some schools and that not enough was being done to "protect children from extremism." He adds:
"Some head teachers, including those with a proud record of raising standards, said that they have been marginalized or forced out of their jobs.
"Some head teachers reported that there has been an organised campaign to target certain schools in Birmingham in order to alter their character and ethos.
"In one primary school, governors opposed the head teacher's commitment to mixed-gender swimming lessons. The Chair of Governors in another school, against the wishes of the head teacher, introduced madrasa programs of study into the personal, health and social education curriculum.
"The evidence shows that governors have recently exerted inappropriate influence on policy and the day-to-day running of several schools in Birmingham. In other schools, leaders have struggled to resist attempts by governing bodies to use their powers to change the school in line with governors' personal views.
"In several of the schools inspected, children are being badly prepared for life in modern Britain. It is my view that the active promotion of a narrow set of values and beliefs in some of the schools is making children vulnerable to segregation and emotional dislocation from wider society.
"They do not ensure that a broad and balanced curriculum equips pupils to live and work in a multi-cultural, multi-faith and democratic Britain. As a result, children are not being encouraged to develop tolerant attitudes towards all faiths and all cultures.
Wilshaw also berates the Birmingham City Council for failing to "keep pupils safe from the potential risks of radicalization and extremism."

In response to the findings, British Education Secretary Michael Gove told Parliament on June 9 that from now on, all 20,000 primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom will be required to "actively promote British values."

Gove also said he would revamp the regulatory process to allow more centralized control of British schools. Moreover, he promised to draft new rules allowing Ofsted to conduct snap inspections of any school with no warning.

The move comes amid reports that the previous practice of giving advance notice of an inspection allowed schools in Birmingham to put on hastily arranged shows of cultural inclusivity.

A report by the Education Funding Agency—which conducted its own investigation of the so-called Trojan Horse schools—indicated that school administrators ordered teachers to temporarily add Christianity to the learning schedule to appease visiting inspectors.

This may explain why several of the schools that failed Ofsted inspections in 2014 were rated good or outstanding in 2012 and 2013.

But the heads of the downgraded schools say they are the subject of a government witch-hunt. David Hughes, the vice chair of Park View Educational Trust—which runs three of the schools at the center of the row—said he would file a lawsuit against the government to try to force Ofsted to reverse its findings. In a statement Hughes said:
"We wholeheartedly dispute the validity of these gradings. Park View, Golden Hillock and Nansens are categorically not inadequate schools. Our Ofsted inspections were ordered in a climate of suspicion, created by the hoax Trojan letter and by the anonymous unproven allegations about our schools in the media. Ofsted inspectors came to our schools looking for extremism, looking for segregation, looking for proof that our children have religion forced upon them as part of an Islamic plot."
Meanwhile, Sky News reported on June 3 that senior leaders at three schools in Birmingham alerted the government more than two decades ago about the rising influence of Muslim extremists in the school system, but that their concerns were dismissed because of political correctness.

In a letter to education ministers—copied to then Prime Minister John Major—the school heads warned that the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir was gaining an alarming influence over schools in Birmingham.

The former chair of governors at Golden Hillock School, John Ray, told Sky News that had the government acted back then, the current trend—in which conservative Muslims have been able to dominate school leaderships—could have been averted.

"The Trojan Horse plot reveals something, something that is true," Ray said. "It reveals a mess that the city council has not been able to check—the development of this whole infiltration of this ceding in of governors of one particular ideology. They are not people who have the welfare of these children at heart."

"I think the city council but also central government and all parties were very reluctant to question the received wisdom that suggests it is fair enough that a separate Islamic identity should be stressed," Ray added.

Separately, the BBC reported on June 2 that Birmingham officials were warned that hardline Muslims were trying to extend their influence in Birmingham schools as early as 2008. The BBC also reported on May 28 that the British Education Ministry was warned of the same problem in 2010, about three years before the document alleging the Trojan Horse plot became public. But no action was taken in either case.

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.


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Defense Minister Ya'alon: Hamas could seize Judea and Samaria

by Shlomo Cesana, Daniel Siryoti, Eli Leon, Israel Hayom Staff and Reuters

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon: Claims that Israel will turn into an apartheid state are "nonsense" • Senior Hamas leader Hassan Yousef: Since reconciliation pact was signed, the gap between Fatah and Hamas has widened.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, center, and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz on Tuesday
Photo credit: Defense Ministry

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, center, and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz on Tuesday
Photo credit: Defense Ministry

Shlomo Cesana, Daniel Siryoti, Eli Leon, Israel Hayom Staff and Reuters
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, center, and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz on Tuesday
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, center, and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz on Tuesday
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