Thursday, April 17, 2014

Judge slams politicians and police for UK’s ‘soft justice’

A no-nonsense judge famous for his straight-talking and stern sentences has delivered a harsh ­verdict on Britain’s justice system. As he stepped down from the bench, Judge Richard Bray ­condemned the police for failing to bring criminals to court to save themselves time and governments for creating useless policy in a bid to cut costs and win votes. The judge said: “Over the years I’ve seen a number of government initiatives with sentencing. We’ve had suspended sentences introduced, abolished then introduced again. "All this tinkering about is more to do with money and votes rather than criminal justice while all the while the prison population has continued to rise. None of the government initiatives have worked. “The final solution government has reached is by preventing courts from being given the chance to send offenders to prison and make their savings that way.” The judge’s reputation is such that a former pupil said many of those who had been jailed by him called it a rite of ­passage to be “Brayed”. In his retirement speech after 30 years at Northampton Crown Court last week, Judge Bray, 69, also lashed the police saying: “We’ve now got warnings, reprimands, cautions, conditional ­discharges that prevent ­people from appearing in court. “The figures have been massaged. Robbery is now classified as ‘theft from a person’, burglary is downgraded to criminal damage. “­Cautions and reprimands are used to save police time.” In a swipe at former Labour Home Secretary John Reid, who told judges not to pass prison sentences because jails were full, he said: “It is not up to the executive to tell the jurisdiction what to do. “It is up to the executive to ensure they have enough spaces in prison for the judge to send them to."In a separate interview Judge Bray attacked soft sentences. “The average prisoner now doesn’t even serve half of his sentence. In the old days it used to be closer to two thirds,” he said. “It’s certainly disconcerting for a judge to pass a sentence when he doesn’t even know how long or how much of it the prisoner is going to serve.” Last night Justice Minister Jeremy Wright denied the Government had asked for more lenient sentences and said: “Since 2010 criminals are more likely to go to prison and for longer.” He also said it was restricting the use of cautions.
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The EU was Hitler's idea and it proves Germany won the Second World War, claims new book

The 'fascist' EU was inspired and designed by the NAZIS and is proof Hitler won the Second World War, an outrageous new book is claiming.'The EU: The Truth About The Fourth Reich - How Hitler Won The Second World War' argues the single currency, the free market and even the phrase "United States of Europe" were all dreamt up by high ranking Nazis, including the Fuhrer himself. It also claims the only country which benefits from the EU is Germany - just as Hitler planned. A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats - which its leader Nick Clegg describes as the "party of in" when it comes to the EU - dismissed the authors of the book as "peddling outlandish myths". The book, co-written by Daniel J Beddowes and Falvio Cipollini, says: "What is the EU for? Who really benefits? And the answer is of course Germany. "It is no coincidence that just about every country in the European Union is getting poorer while Germany continues to get richer and richer. "We may think we won the Second World War. But we lost. It is no surprise that we are all living in the Fourth Reich. "Knowingly or not those who support and defend the European Union are supporting the Nazi legacy." Under a chapter heading 'The EU was inspired an designed by Nazis', the authors claim: "Hitler was the man who gave bones to the dreams first expressed by Charlemagne and Napoleon but the finishing touches to the EU as we know it were put in place during World War II by a man called Walther Funk, who was President of the Reichsbank and a director of the Bank for International Settlements. "It was Funk who predicted the coming of European economic unity. Funk was also Adolf Hitler's economics minister and his key economics advisor." It continues: "The Nazis wanted to get rid of the clutter of small nations which made up Europe and their plan was quite simple. The EU was Hitler's dream." The book argues it is no coincidence that the EU is so close to Hitler's plan for post-war Europe. According to the authors: "In 1945, Hitler's Masterplan was captured by the Allies. The Plan included details of his scheme to create an economic integration of Europe and to found a European Union on a federal basis. "The Nazi plan for a federal Europe was based on Lenin's belief that 'federation is a transitional form towards complete union of all nations'. "It is impossible to find a difference between Hitler's plan for a new United States of Europe, dominated by Germany, and the European Union we have today." The book also claims Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath - "a self-confessed liar and a traitor" - was paid £35,000 to take Britain into the European Economic Community in 1973 and Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels would be proud of the BBC's support of the EU. The final part of the book lists "73 things you ought to know about the EU (Facts the BBC forgot to tell you)". In amongst concerns about immigration and the Common Agricultural Policy, the authors argue "The EU is making DIY illegal", "EU law forces pig owners to apply for walking licences" and "The EU wants to control the music you listen to". It also claims: "The EU has forced us to use light bulbs which are more dangerous and more expensive than the old ones. "The first problem with the new EU light-bulbs is that the light produced by them is so poor that people have difficulty seeing where they are going - let alone being able to see well enough to read or work." According to the book, European Commission vice-president Viviane Reding crystallised "Hitler's dream, Hitler's words" earlier this year when she "called for a 'true political union' and a campaign for the European Union to become a 'United States of Europe'." A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said: “People have been peddling outlandish myths about the EU for decades and this book is an example of that. Some of the suggestions made are completely ludicrous. Winston Churchill called for a “United States of Europe” and I doubt the author would call him a Nazi. “The Liberal Democrats want Britain to stay in the EU because we are fighting for a stronger economy – fighting to defend millions of British jobs which are linked to our trade with the EU. "Being in Europe gives us more strength when negotiating trade deals with global players on the world stage.” It is not the first time the EU has been described as a German plot to take over Europe. In 1990, Cabinet Minister Nicholas Ridley - a close ally of Margaret Thatcher - was forced to resign after he described proposed Economic and Monetary Union as "a German racket designed to take over the whole of Europe" and said that giving up sovereignty to the European Union was as bad as giving it up to Hitler.
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Sweden Is Beginning To Realize That They Have Lost Their Country To The Religion Of Peace


Sweden Begins To Realise What A Serious Muslim Infiltration Means (from Jews News)
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Prince Charles Sided with Islam Over Salman Rushdie

By Daniel Greenfield


That’s not a major surprise considering how much Prince Charles has been pandering to Islam. But Charlie’s view was also that of much of the lefty crowd that Rushdie had been part of.
The Vanity Fair piece on the writers who defended Rushdie screens out that larger truth.
Martin Amis tells Elie that Prince Charles refused to support the British-Indian Rushdie. “I had an argument with Prince Charles at a small dinner party,” Amis recollects. “He said—very typically, it seems to me—‘I’m sorry, but if someone insults someone else’s deepest convictions, well then,’ blah blah blah . . .
And I said that a novel doesn’t set out to insult anyone. ‘It sets out to give pleasure to its readers,’ I told him. ‘A novel is an essentially playful undertaking, and this is an exceedingly playful novel.’ The Prince took it on board, but I’d suppose the next night at a different party he would have said the same thing.”
Considering the fact that Charlies hasn’t a single original thought in his head, that’s not surprising. But some of the massacres in the Middle East seem to have woken him up a little bit.
“It seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that Christians in the Middle East are, increasingly, being deliberately attacked by fundamentalist Islamist militants. Christianity was, literally, born in the Middle East and we must not forget our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters in Christ.
“For 20 years, I have tried to build bridges between Islam and Christianity and to dispel ignorance and misunderstanding. The point though, surely, is that we have now reached a crisis where the bridges are rapidly being deliberately destroyed by those with a vested interest in doing so, and this is achieved through intimidation, false accusation and organised persecution, including to Christian communities in the Middle East at the present time.”
Charles is being a bit vague about the culprits, though he apparently does get around to calling them, “fundamentalist Islamist militants”.
And I wouldn’t be too confident that he wouldn’t take the same line on The Satanic Verses today.
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Bizarre: British Royal Visit to Australia Fire Victims Interrupted by Pair ‘Pretending to Be Jewish’

By Joshua Levitt


The visit of British royal new parents William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to meet victims of last year’s brush fire in Australia’s Blue Mountains, was interrupted on Wednesday by two men “pretending” to be Orthodox Jews, the UK Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
Pictures published by the Mail show the bearded men in traditional long black overcoats, wearing shades, tzitzit and black hats.
The Daily Mail said: “Two men were detained… one of whom was wearing what a witness earlier described as a bullet-proof vest. However pictures show that the vest is in fact made of mesh, with pro-Israel stickers attached. The men were seen in the village of Winmalee shortly after the Royals arrived to meet people who lost their homes in catastrophic bush fires which swept through the region six months ago.”
“One of the males was taken away by police, while another was let go. He was seen approaching a woman waiting at a bus stop and asked to use her mobile phone. In the lead-up to the dramatic incident the men were seen talking on headsets.”
David Berger, president of residents’ group Shalom Aleichem Blue Mountains, was quoted as saying that he believed the two were “pretending” to be Jewish.
“I don’t recognize them but I get the immediate feeling that they are not kosher, pretenders,” he said.
New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff also said he didn’t recognize the pair, adding, “No one in the office has set eyes on them.”
A New South Wales police spokeswoman said the two men, aged 37 and 21, were “stopped and searched” by officers at the scene.
“About 12.10pm police stopped and spoke to two men who were allegedly harassing members of the crowd gathered at the corner of Singles Ridge Road and Buena Vista Road, Winmalee,” she said. “They were stopped and searched and moved on from the area.”
After the kerfuffle, the Royals met and consoled many local families who suffered the loss of homes from the fires. Some 400 people gathered to meet them and tell their stories.
Miranda Hansen, 67, a widow who lost the home she built with her husband, spoke to them and was then quoted as saying, ‘The prince just said that they were very sorry that I lost my house. It was built by my husband and I – we actually built it brick by brick. He said that when my house is rebuilt they are going to come back for a cup of tea with me. Isn’t that lovely? They are really lovely people. For somebody who has been through such a lot of trauma, it is a real highlight. We are so happy that they care.”
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Turkey No Longer Respects Europe

 By Peter Martino
Europe's biggest failure vis-à-vis Turkey is another example of its unwillingness to face unwelcome truths: that whenever Islamists go into politics, they never turn out to be moderates.
EU leaders are now, belatedly, coming to realize that Erdogan is not their friend.
Last week, German politician David McAllister, the leading candidate of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for next month's European Parliament election, had a message for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. There is no room in the European Union, McAllister said, for "the Erdogan Turkey of 2014." The politician, whose father was Scottish, is the former Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Germany's second largest state, and a heavyweight in Merkel's party.
The CDU has always been ambivalent about Turkey's EU membership. Like other major parties in Germany, the CDU hopes to attract the votes of the growing number of Germans of Turkish origin, while, at the same time, the party is well aware that a majority of indigenous Germans oppose Turkey's entry into the EU.
Europe's political leaders have been promising the Turks EU membership for decades. The recent actions of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, however, offer the CDU a perfect excuse to distance itself from Turkey at a moment when it is politically expedient to do so. Whenever national elections are due, it is always electorally advantageous to cater to the Turkish vote. However, when European elections are due and parties need to convince as many indigenous voters as possible to turn out and vote, it is rewarding to speak out against Turkey. Lambasting "the Erdogan Turkey of 2014" is then an opportunity not to be missed.
"The Erdogan Turkey of 2014 has moved further away from the standards of the European Union," McAllister said, referring to Erdogan's recent ban of Twitter and YouTube in Turkey. The bans were prompted by postings referring to corruption and abuse of power by Erdogan cronies.
"The current assault on freedom of expression [in Turkey] in no way conforms with European standards," McAllister said. He is right, of course. However, one wonders why the CDU is suddenly disturbed by the "current" assault, while it has been common knowledge for years that the Erdogan regime does not respect freedom of expression. The Erdogan Turkey of 2012 held the world record for jailing journalists, but that did not seem to bother the CDU much at the time.
Also last week, the Netherlands, whose Prime Minister Mark Rutte is a close ally of German Chancellor Merkel, decided to lobby the EU for the suspension of EU funds to Turkey. Here, too, the reason for the sudden Dutch concern is said to be Turkey's treatment of Twitter and YouTube.
Europe's, and in particular Germany's, exasperation with Erdogan's Turkey, however, has a deeper cause than the EU's concern for ordinary Turks' access to social media outlets. Germany, which for over a century has been a traditional ally of Turkey, is simply responding to the cooling of Turkey's affection for Berlin. Ankara seems to be no longer interested in close links with a Europe that is becoming increasingly irrelevant in world politics.
That, too, became apparent last week. Indeed, writing for a pro-government Turkish newspaper, Erdogan's chief economic advisor, Yigit Bulut, explained last week that Europe is rapidly losing its political and economic importance in the world. Bulut said that the United States is currently the sole representative of Western values, while Europe no longer matters. He consequently called on Turkey to "end the relations with Europe," adding "we don't need [the EU] anymore."
Bulut's views come as no surprise. In August last year, Bulut declared that there are only two-and-a-half leaders in the world who really matter. The two leaders are Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the "half-leader" is U.S. President Barack Obama.
In last week's op-ed piece, Bulut wrote: "In the new equation, the new West for Turkey means only the U.S. We no longer need Europe and its material and moral affiliates which may become a burden to us." Last March, Turkey's Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci already announced that by June, Turkey is going to re-open the negotiations about its 1996 Customs Union Agreement with the EU. The Customs Union Agreement is a prerequisite for EU membership, but Zeybekci claims the agreement restricts the competitiveness of Turkey's exports. The global potential of Turkey's exports outweighs the eventual benefits of EU membership. This analysis is not very different from that of British diplomat Iain Mansfield, who last week published a report arguing that a British exit from the EU – the so-called Brexit – could lead to greater trade with emerging economies and, hence, an increase of the British GDP. Last February, another report reached similar conclusions regarding Nexit – a Dutch exit from the EU.
The way in which the EU has mismanaged the crisis in the Ukraine, creating the situation which allowed Putin to annex Crimea and leaving a diplomatic and geopolitical mess which the Americans now have to solve, will only have reinforced Ankara's view that the EU is powerless.
But Europe's biggest failure vis-à-vis Turkey is another example of its unwillingness to face unwelcome truths. Ironically, this unwillingness has so far benefitted Erdogan, although it did not lead him to respect the EU.
The truth, which Europe fails to confront, is that whenever Islamists go into politics, they never turn out to be moderates. For years, EU leaders such as Merkel saw Erdogan and his Islamist AKP party as the proof that there was a moderate political Islam. They are now, belatedly, coming to realize that he is not their friend. They hope that he will lift his ban on the social media, so that they can welcome him back into their midst, but they refuse to see that his agenda is one of Islamic imperialism. And that the only politicians whose power he fears are Putin's and, to half of that, Obama's.
A world where Turkey no longer respects, let alone fears, Europe, is a more dangerous world than one in which the opposite was the case. David McAllister announced on Merkel's behalf that there is no room for the Erdogan Turkey of 2014 in the European Union. The really sad thing, however, is that there is no longer any room for Europe and its values in contemporary Turkey. And Europe is at least as much to blame for that situation as Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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UK: Probe of Islamic Takeover Plot Widens

 By Soeren Kern
The problem of Islam in public schools has been allowed to snowball to vast proportions... not hundreds but thousands of British schools have come under the influence of Muslim radicals.
Bains was also instructed to stop teaching citizenship classes because they were deemed to be "un-Islamic," and to introduce Islamic studies into the curriculum, even though Saltley is a non-faith school.
Schools should not be allowed to become "silos of segregation." — Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
British authorities say they have widened their investigation into an alleged plot by Muslim fundamentalists to Islamize public schools in England and Wales.
The expanded probe now encompasses at least 25 schools in Birmingham, up from four initially. Investigators are also looking into new allegations that Muslim extremists have infiltrated schools in other British cities, including Bradford and Manchester.
The plot—dubbed Operation Trojan Horse—consists of a strategy to wrest control of schools by ousting non-Muslim head teachers and staff at secular state schools and replacing them with individuals who will run the schools according to strict Islamic principles.
A copy of a strategy document outlining the plot was sent to the Birmingham City Council in November 2013, but its existence did not become known to the public until March 2014, when it was leaked to the London-based newspaper, the Sunday Times.
Although police are still working to determine the authenticity of the document, what remains beyond dispute is that Muslim hardliners are subverting the British school system in ever greater numbers.
Since Operation Trojan Horse came to light, British authorities have been inundated with more than 200 whistleblower complaints in Birmingham alone—including emails, letters and telephone calls from parents, teachers and school leaders—about the imposition of conservative Islamic practices in primary, secondary and community schools, as well as in publicly-funded academies.
Allegations include the takeover of school governing bodies by Islamic fundamentalists, harassment and squeezing-out of non-Muslim teachers, forcing female students to cover their hair, banning sex-education classes, bullying female staff, and segregating boys and girls in classrooms.
Over the past several weeks, Ofsted, the official agency for inspecting British schools, has carried out surprise inspections of at least 18 schools in Birmingham, under orders from the British Department for Education. This is in addition to a separate investigation being conducted by the Birmingham City Council. The initial findings of these investigations are to be published in May, with full reports following in July.
But critics say the schools inspected so far represent only the tip of the iceberg. The problem of Islam in public schools has been allowed to snowball to vast proportions—not dozens, nor hundreds, they say, but thousands of British schools have come under the influence of Muslim radicals—and they accuse the British government of willful complacency driven by blind obeisance to multiculturalism.
One such critic is Michael White, a former teacher at Birmingham's Park View School, which is at the center of the controversy. White recently told the BBC that concerns of an "Islamic takeover plot" were first raised more than 20 years ago, but they were ignored by government officials obsessed with enforcing political correctness.
White said he was "forced out" after he challenged attempts by the Muslim governors of the school to ban sex education and stop the teaching of non-Islamic faiths in religious education classes.
Another critic, Birmingham's Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, says the majority of the governors at the school are Salafists and Wahhabis, Muslim hardliners who are "trying to import their views into classrooms and the day to day running of the school." In an interview with the Birmingham Mail, Mahmood said he believes British education officials have previously resisted getting involved in disputes with Muslim schools for fear of being called racist or anti-Islamic.
Ofsted is now investigating allegations that Muslim hardliners at the school are indoctrinating pupils by—among other tactics—teaching them to praise the anti-Western sermons of firebrand Muslim preachers such as the late Anwar al-Awlaki, who planned terrorist operations for the Islamist group al Qaeda. They are also accused of misusing £70,000 (€85,000; $120,000) of taxpayers' money to purchase playground loudspeakers to call pupils to Islamic prayers.
Muslim school officials insist the allegations are unfounded and motivated by Islamophobia. "There is no evidence for any of these things whatsoever," one of the governors of the school, Tahir Alam, told BBC Radio. "I believe it is a witch-hunt based on all sorts of false allegations which have been repeated over many weeks. I also believe it is motivated by anti-Muslim, anti-Islam sentiment that is also sort of feeding this frenzy," he added.
But similar allegations abound at other schools in Birmingham. The head teacher of the Saltley School was forced out after he opposed plans by the Muslim governors of the school to scrap sex education and allow only halal food.
Balwant Bains, who is of Sikh origin, was also instructed to stop teaching citizenship classes because they were deemed to be "un-Islamic," and to introduce Islamic studies into the curriculum, even though Saltley is a non-faith school.
Bains says he was "bullied and intimidated" in the months before he left Saltley School in November 2013. After Muslim governors overturned his decision to expel a Muslim pupil found with a knife, Bains was also targeted in an anonymous text message that branded him a "racist, Islamophobic head teacher."
Bains resigned after an Ofsted report concluded he had a "dysfunctional" relationship with the school's governors. In recent months, five non-Muslim governors of the Saltley School have resigned, leaving 12 Muslim governors out of a total of 14.
This is not the first time the Saltley School has been linked to Muslim extremists. Previously, an "achievement mentor" at the school was arrested for his involvement in a terror cell which planned to behead a British soldier. Zahoor Iqbal was jailed for seven years in 2008 for supplying equipment for terrorist acts and supplying money or property for use in terrorism.
Another whistleblower told the Sunday Times that the new Muslim head teacher at Ladypool Primary School in Birmingham stopped Christmas celebrations after her appointment in September 2013.
The teacher, Huda Aslam, who was recruited from an Islamic secondary school near Ladypool, told teachers organizing last year's Christmas party that Santa Claus was banned from the school and that there would be no presents and "no mention" of Jesus being the son of God.
Fresh allegations have also emerged in Manchester and Bradford. At Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College and Carlton Bolling College, both in Bradford, there are claims that head teachers have come under pressure from Muslim governors to introduce Islamic practices.
Meanwhile, Birmingham's ten MPs have united to demand that Education Secretary Michael Gove launch a full inquiry into Operation Trojan Horse. The MPs from all three main parties presented a united front in a joint letter urging Gove to establish a cross-party review with the city council to build a "full picture" of what has happened.
Amid mounting criticism for failing to act swiftly over the crisis, Gove said on April 13 that he would send teams of inspectors into dozens of state schools and order them to fail any schools where "religious conservatism is getting in the way of learning and a balanced curriculum."
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has also backed the investigations. Schools should not be allowed to become "silos of segregation," he said.
The investigation will be carried out in phases, with a second wave of snap inspections of state and private schools taking place later in the year, once Ofsted determines the scale of the Problem.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Revealed: Masked al-Qaeda fighter who was described as 'Arsenal football player' is believed to be Portuguese citizen who may have attended coaching sessions at the club

In a video posted on an extremist website on Saturday a man claimed to be a former Arsenal footballer now fighting in Syria
A masked Al Qaida terrorist described as a former Arsenal player in an online video has been identified, it was claimed today. The man, who appeared in the film using a false name, is a Portuguese citizen called Celso Rodrigues Da Costa, sources have disclosed. It is believed he had been living in Leyton, east London, but it is unclear whether he had trials with Arsenal or any association with the club. Sources told The Guardian they do not believe he was a full-time player but he may have attended coaching sessions when potential players are assessed. A spokesman for the club said: 'We do not recognise the individual from the published clips and we don't have any record or a Mr Celso Rodrigues Da Costa representing the club at any level.' Rumours had spread that he was former Premiership football star Lassana Diarra, 29, who played for a number of big name English clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth. As a result, Mr Diarra was forced to deny claims that he had become an Islamic warrior fighting in Syria, saying he had never set foot in the war-torn country. The footage, which appeared two weeks ago and is apparently shot in Syria, shows the man calling on Muslims in the West to travel to the war-torn region and fight with radical militants. The man, whose face is hidden by a balaclava and is seen clutching a AK47 rifle, is identified as Abu Isa al-Andalus. According to FiSyria.com, the site that posted the video, the man moved to London from his native country to play for Arsenal after growing up alongside a world-famous footballer. It claims the man was radicalised in the capital two years ago before 'leaving everything' to join the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He later adds: 'We have conquered many cities and we are now implementing the Sharia. We have areas where the kaffirs (non-Muslims) are paying us the tax. 'If we stay in the kaffir countries we have to pay (taxes) to them. Do you want to be humiliated by this? Think about it. 'If you have family in these (Western) countries it's a must for you to put your children in the kaffir schools. "Who is going to teach your children?" It's going to maybe be a gay, maybe a drug dealer, maybe a paedophile. 'It's very important for you to protect your children. Allah says they are the worst of creatures.' The Russian-based website does not confirm the man's previous identity on the page, which shows two videos each roughly four-minutes long.
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UK: Top judge’s fury at human rights ban on sending ‘jihadist’ to US

Britain's most senior judge hit out yesterday at meddling European human rights judges for tying his hands over the extradition of an Al Qaeda suspect. Haroon Aswat, 39, is wanted in the US where he allegedly plotted to set up a terrorist training camp along with hate preacher Abu Hamza. Home Secretary Theresa May had vowed to defy a European Court of Human Rights ruling which banned her from sending him for trial because he has paranoid schizophrenia. But the British-born Islamist’s lawyers appealed against her decision in the High Court. And judges yesterday ruled he cannot be flown to the US until the court has cast-iron assurances that he will be treated in a specialist psychiatric hospital and not prison. The Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and Mr Justice Mitting delayed a final decision on Aswat’s fate for 60 days pending the US response. But delivering his judgement Lord Thomas said he had reached his conclusion “only because of the approach taken by the Strasbourg court”. Using diplomatic language, the furious judge said: “This case involved an intensive and difficult fact-finding exercise. I would respectfully venture to suggest that for the future such fact-finding exercises are best undertaken by a national court. “A national court is much better equipped to hear the evidence and clarify difficulties through a trial process conducted by a national judge.” Lord Thomas said that because the case involved an assessment of Aswat’s serious mental illness, it “illustrates a substantial difficulty that can arise when such a fact-finding exercise is undertaken by the Strasbourg court in place of the national court”. Aswat, 39, from Dewsbury, Yorks, was suspected of having links to the 7/7 London suicide bombers but was never charged with any offences. He is accused by the US of conspiring with Hamza to establish a jihadi training camp in Oregon. Hamza was extradited to the US in 2012 with four other terrorism suspects and is currently on trial there. Last night, Jack Hart of campaign group The Freedom Association said: “This is yet another example of the European Court of Human Rights interfering in UK justice.” A Home Office spokesman said: “We have noted the High Court’s judgment and shall consider the issues raised as a matter of urgency.”
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French Muslims Lash Out on Facebook Over Black Interracial Dating


By Daniel Greenfield


Multiculturalism doesn’t mean that a country is not racist. It just means that there are many new complicated flavors of racism between all the new ethnic and racial groups, which happen to be far more racist than the ‘racist white natives’ they are displacing.
Take France, Europe’s future Muslim superpower. There’s a lot of anger over girls dating black men. Except the girls aren’t French. They’re Arab Muslims.
Scrolling through Facemook—a sort of Facebook within Facebook, with more than 70,000 members—I stumbled upon countless offensive posts by groups with names such as “Anti beurette à khel” (“No to Arab girls dating black guys”) and “Les beurettes utilisent l’Islam pour justifier leurs débauches” (Arab girls use Islam to justify their debauchery).
Clicking through the groups’ pages, I realized this has evolved into a sort of modern-day witch hunt: Girls’ photos, names, and even phone numbers are posted on the groups’ “Timelines,” often with humiliating captions. These girls are criticized for drifting away from Muslim traditions and for using something called the “Bilal excuse”—Bilal was the only black companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
Haissam: I don’t think I’ve ever come across anything like this. There has always been a rivalry between North African teenagers and black teenagers, but it was more like banter. We knew it wasn’t serious. Today, I see a lot of people insulting these girls.
What is their problem?
They are accusing those girls of wearing too much makeup, staying out late at night, drinking, smoking, and using Islam as an excuse to redeem themselves. They say that these girls go out with young black guys because they think North African boys are too narrow-minded and bossy. When Muslim girls are criticized by their older brothers for their behavior, they’ll say things like “He may be black, but he is Muslim, so you can not judge us. Only Allah can judge us,” and that makes the bigots even angrier.
What is the situation like on a daily basis?
If an Arab girl walks with a black boy, they will be pointed at and called names. Some Arab teenage boys see this as a betrayal. A few years back, the problem was Arab girls who dated French boys; they were accused of doing that only to Westernize themselves. Now it’s even worse, though. As this phenomenon is growing, you get black guys fighting back and going around saying stuff like ”We’ll make all your sisters pregnant, and tomorrow Arab boys won’t exist any more.”
Multicultural France… moving forward to a post-racial and very racist future.
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Sweden: seeking ‘women who’ve had positive experiences with genital mutilation’

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There's No Consent for a 'United States of Europe' says UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

Democracy is the best safeguard against war says UKIP Leader Nigel Farage in his latest speech in the European Parliament.

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Nigeria: Abuja Blast Linked to UK White Widow

British international terrorist, 'White Widow,' real name Samantha Lewthwaite, may be the mastermind behind the horrific Monday attack in Nyanya, near Abuja. While nobody has officially claimed responsibility 48 hours after the blast, UK security sources, according to reports, fear the bombing may have been a revenge attack for the death of Lewthwaite's mentor - al-Shabaab terror chief Makaburi, A. K. A. Sheikh Abubakar Shariff Ahmed - two weeks ago. A senior security source told UK's Daily Star that agents across Africa were on high alert after the assassination of Makaburi, reportedly by the UK and US funded Kenyan Anti-Terror Police Unit, ATPU, 14 days ago, adding that Lewthwaite and her associates "wanted revenge." The source said: "Makaburi was always believed to be at the very top of the hierarchy of terror organisation, al-Shabaab. Intelligence suggests he introduced Samantha Lewthwaite to many influential figures within the al-Shabaab network. "He guided her on her path to Jihad. His murder was seen as yet another act of war." Lewthwaite, 30, is believed to be in Nigeria, Kenya or Somalia, where Islamist terror networks are closely linked, making it far easier for her to evade detection than in Europe, the paper said. The daughter of a British Army soldier, she is already on Interpol's most wanted list in connection with seven murders and the siege of the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in September last year which left 67 dead and nearly 200 injured. The paper said: "The world's most wanted woman was reportedly caught at a checkpoint in Nigeria just six months ago, but managed to bribe her way to freedom. "It is thought she commands enormous loyalty and power as a white convert female jihadist, having proved her worth in previous attacks." As both a mother and widow of a 7/7 bomber, she also provides the groups with invaluable propaganda. The White Widow, who has been on the run since January 2012, got her grim nickname after husband Germaine Lindsay blew up a London Tube train in the 7/7 bombings in 2005. Fifty six people were killed and more than 700 injured. Interpol has issued a rare 'Red Notice' for the White Widow's arrest. Lewthwaite, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, is believed to have widely used the alias 'Natalie Webb' and travelled on a forged South African passport. She is now officially being hunted by 190 countries and is one of the most wanted international fugitives in the world. Police seized her laptop in 2011 and found details of how to build bombs and evidence she was planning multiple terrorist attacks both in Africa and the West. She has also been linked to grenade attacks at non-Muslim places of worship in Africa and a terrorist attack on western football fans watching Euro 2012 in the Jericho bar in Mombasa. Head of Interpol, Ronald Noble, said: "There is a global 'tripwire' for this fugitive. All 190 member-countries are aware of the danger posed by this woman, not just across the region but also worldwide."
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With silence, official Bosnian Muslim Islamic community approves of Jihad killing recruitments

Bosnia’s official Islamic Community is very silent about the spread of radical Islam in Bosnia and is keeping silent about the latest recruitment drive of local to go on Jihad killing in Syria, is the conclusion of terror experts in the Balkans, often dismissed by those is Washington’s power circles that run media.
Web sites such as “Put vjernika”, “Balkanski emirat”, “Essune”, “Vijesti ummeta”, “Poziv u raj” are open in their extremist views and people who run those sites are Imam’s associated with the official Islamic Community of Bosnia.
In turn, the Islamic Community of Bosnia is regarded as “moderate” in many Washington circles with various Imams from this group taking part in speech tours in the US, lectures on tolerance or boards in such high places as Harvard.
Below is one of the recruitment videos on YouTube used to entice Bosnian Muslims to join Syrian war by touting the glory of martyr’s death.
“None of the Bosnian Muslim political parties have ever distanced itself from radical Islam. That is the way that they are sending a message that it is good to go to war for Islam. Of course, various websites come in to fill in this silence but also many NGOs though which they spread radical Islam. A significant part in this belongs to the Islamic Community of Bosnia because it is known that in many mosques in Bosnia radical Islam is being thought and Bosnians are called upon to go to war,” says Dzevad Galijasevic, Bosnian Muslim terror expert.
Recently, 2 Bosnian Muslim teen girls have decided to join Jihad in Syria where they will likely be assigned to perform sexual services male Jihad killers.
Two teens, Sabine Selimovic and Samre Kešinovic left a letter to their parents in Vienna that they are going on the “righteous path”. One is 15 the other16 years of age.
Galijasevic says that Vienna is the epicenter of Bosnian Muslim recruitment.
“All those who want to go to war in Syria first go to Vienna. There they are moved onto airplanes to Istanbul and Adan, city near Syria. Turks have established a well run scheme on moving the Jihadists into Syria,” says Galijasevic.
Galijasevic has been voicing concern for a long time over the tacit support the official Islamic Community of Bosnia (IC) is offering to the Islamic terrorists. Western powers, particularly US, consider IC a moderate organization and an American ally. ICs former chief Imam, for example, toured US many times meeting with high ranking Senators such as McCain and others, and giving numerous radio interviews and lectures on “tolerance” in places like Harvard all the while providing tacit support for the world wide Islamic Jihad and the Islamic Brotherhood terror organization.
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German clothing brand favoured by neo-Nazis sparks anger by opening shop yards from office of UK's Chief Rabbi

A German clothing brand favoured by neo-Nazis has caused horror by opening a branch yards from the office of the UK’s Chief Rabbi. Thor Steinar, which is notoriously worn by right-wing thugs, has been banned in the German Bundestag and many of the country’s football stadiums for its links to neo-Nazism. But in a move described as ‘deliberately provocative,’ the first British store opened a fortnight ago in North Finchley, in the heart of the Jewish community. The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is based a few doors away, as is the Islamic Association of North London, a mosque which serves the large local Muslim population. Jewish and Muslim residents, charities and community leaders yesterday called for the shop to be boycotted amid fears it will attract racist thugs to the area. Residents walking past said the store, manned by a heavily tattooed Slovakian man, was ‘scary,’ ‘confrontational’ and ‘offensive’, while charities described its opening as a ‘disgrace’. Thor Steinar has attracted huge amounts of controversy since it was launched in Germany in 2002. Its original logo featured runes placed together to look like the insignia of the SS under Adolf Hitler. In 2012, it named a new German store Brevik, which critics claimed was in honour of right-wing Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik. While it uses the Norwegian flag and other Nordic symbols on its products, Norway has long sought to distance itself from the German brand. Wearing its products is banned in the German parliament and state assemblies in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Saxony. Many of the country’s football clubs have also barred fans from wearing the clothing to games and online retailer Amazon refuses to sell its products. In North Finchley, the brand is being sold exclusively in a store called Viking ThorShop, which opened two weeks ago. The office of the Chief Rabbi is a few doors down on the same road and the Islamic Association mosque is about 100 metres away. A war memorial, dedicated to local men who lost their lives fighting in the Second World War, is also moments away. The store, which is surrounded by Asian-owned shops and Afghan and Persian restaurants, has been discussed on British neo-Nazi websites, with one person writing: ‘I hate north London. It’s full of Jews.’ Mother-of-two Danielle Benson, 51, an interior designer who has lived in the area for 23 years, visited the store on Sunday. ‘I found it quite scary. The shop was manned by a heavy-accented guy with a shaved head and lots of tattoos. ‘I find it extremely confrontational and offensive that they have opened in an area where so many cultures and ethnic minorities intermix.’ Surveyor Ben Glickman, 43, from North Finchley, said: ‘it is disgraceful that this store has opened in a such a prominent Jewish area of London, and with so many other ethnic minorities that make up the area. It is a deliberately provocative act.’ ‘As a result of the store being advertised on a neo-Nazi website, it is likely also that it would attract far-right hooligans to the area. This is extremely worrying.’ Masood Afzali, who owns a Persian food shop across the road, said: ‘It is very worrying for all of us. These people are hating the Jews and anyone different. This is an area with all different people living together. We don’t need this here.’ Chief Rabbi Mirvis was yesterday travelling abroad ahead of the Jewish festival of Passover, which started on Monday night. A spokesman for the Community Security Trust, which provides security for Jewish people and public figures in Britain, said: ‘This is a multi-cultural area with very few problems from racism and neo-Nazism and the like. ‘This shop is not welcome here and the sooner it moves on the better.’ Yad Vashem-UK Foundation was established to ensure the horrors of the Holocaust are never forgotten. Trustee Ashley Rogoff said: ‘One of the tasks we set ourselves is to monitor and act when we identify an event that glorifies and supports the far right or neo-Nazism. ‘Such an issue has now arisen with the opening of the Thor Steiner shop in North Finchley. ‘Its original logo is linked to the insignia of the Schutzstaffel, which perhaps says it all. This is a very worrying development.’ Alan Aziz, ceo of the UK Zionist Federation added: ‘It is a disgrace that someone is allowed to sell these items in the UK that glorify the worst atrocity in our history. This is banned in Germany so why is it legal here?’ Store owner Zsolt Mogyorodi insisted he was not racist. He said he chose to open the store in North Finchley because there are lots of Eastern European people living nearby who like the brand. ‘I’m really upset about this. I have lots of black people friends. I’ve got lots of Indian friends. I’m not Nazi. I’m not racist. ‘It is just stupid things they write on websites.’
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British Woman May Face Execution in Iran for Insulting Islam

 By Shadi Paveh
The notes from Dr. Azam's medical journal include a crushed toe, broken fingers, missing fingernails, broken ribs, a skull fracture, severe abdominal bruising, marks of flogging on her back and feet [and] extensive damage to her genitals.
Dutch authorities expressed shock and sadness over her execution and cut off diplomatic relations with Iran for approximately 20 days.
Roya Nobakht, 47, presently being detained as a political prisoner in Iran, may face execution for insulting Islam. She has lived in Stockport, England with her husband for the last six years and holds dual British-Iranian citizenship.
Her husband, Daryoush Taghipoor, has stated that his wife was arrested while visiting a friend at Iran's Shiraz airport last October for comments she had made on a Facebook group calling the government of Iran "too Islamic." According to a copy of her charge sheet seen by the UK's Independent; she was transferred to Tehran and charged with "gathering and participation with intent to commit crimes against national security and insulting Islamic sanctities"-- crimes punishable by death.
In an interview, Mr. Taghipoor told the Manchester Evening News that "his wife is not well at all...she has lost three stones [42 lbs]… and is scared that the government will kill her." He also said that a confession had been extracted from his wife "under duress." As is well documented, torture is systematically used by Iranian authorities to obtain confessions from political dissidents and even from some common prisoners.
Ms. Nobakht's fears are not unfounded. Iran's persecution of expatriates is nothing new. The first known case was that of Ms. Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist who died under torture in 2003 while in custody. Ms. Zahara Bahrami, a Dutch-Iranian, was hanged in 2011. Three Canadian-Iranians; Saeed Malekpour, Hossein Derakhshan and Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, along with American Amir Hekmati, were all arbitrarily arrested while visiting relatives in Iran on vague anti-government charges. With the exception of Mr. Ghassemi-Shall, who was recently released, each one presently languishes inside Iran as political prisoners under dire conditions.
Ms Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist who had left Iran in 1974, returned in 2003 to cover a story about Iran. She was soon arrested and detained in Evin prison on charges of espionage. As Iran does not recognize dual citizenships, Ms. Kazemi was not allowed representation by Canadian authorities. She later died in custody. The Iranian officials claimed she had died as a result of a stroke but refused to return her body to Canada. In 2005, however, Dr. Shahram Azam, a doctor with the Iranian security forces who had examined Ms. Kazemi's half-dead body, fled Iran. He testified that the victim's body showed extensive signs of torture administered over a few days. The notes from his medical journal include a crushed toe, broken fingers, missing finger nails, broken ribs, a skull fracture, severe abdominal bruising, marks of flogging on her back and feet, extensive damage to the genitals and peculiar deep scratches on her neck. She was 52 years old and the first victim of the Islamic regime's war of terror on Iranians holding dual citizenship. Her body has never been returned to her son in Canada. After her murder, especially under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, diplomatic relations between Iran and Canada deteriorated significantly.
Ms Zahra Bahrami, 45, who held dual Dutch-Iranian citizenship, had travelled to Iran to visit her ailing daughter. She was arrested in 2009 for participating in anti-regime protests and taken to the dreaded Evin prison. According to eyewitnesses, Ms Bahrami was tortured so severely she could not sit or stand easily and was denied medical care for serious lung complications. On Jan 29, 2011, she was suddenly hanged at 5:00 a.m. without anyone's knowledge. She was then hastily buried by the authorities in the absence of her children. Dutch authorities expressed shock and sadness over her execution and cut off diplomatic relations with Iran for approximately 20 days.
Mr. Amir Hekmati 31, an American born in Arizona to Iranian parents and who was visiting Iran for the first time, was arrested in 2011 and charged with "spying for the CIA." He was tortured until he finally gave a televised confession. As a result he was sentenced to death but thanks to heavy international pressure, in 2014 his sentence was finally changed to 10 years in prison. Three Canadians -- Mr. Saeed Malekpour, 39; Mr. Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, 45; and Mr. Hossein Derakhshan, 38 -- were arrested while visiting relatives in Iran in 2008, on various charges. Malekpour was charged with designing software that was used in an "un-Islamic" way by third parties, whereas Ghassemi-Shall was accused of the customary espionage. Both were tortured while kept in solitary confinement for over a year and sentenced to death. Malekpour wrote from prison that his jaw had been broken while his interrogators were trying to extract his teeth with pliers, and that he had only confessed to crimes dictated to him by his interrogators under torture and threats to his family. Malekpour's death sentence was eventually commuted to life in prison, while Mr. Ghassemi-Shall, was released in September 2013 -- both due to successful campaigns by various international human rights organizations.
Derakhshan -- nicknamed the "blogfather" -- is best known for introducing blogging to Iran in 2001. He was sentenced for the contents of his blogs to 19.5 years in prison -- the heaviest sentence ever handed down to a blogger.
The Islamic Republic of Iran does not recognize dual citizenships and considers all those who were born in Iran or to Iranian parents as Iranian citizens subject to its deadly Islamic penal code. One hundred and thirty-one offenses are punishable by death including theft, adultery, homosexuality, political dissidence, drug possession and blasphemy. It would be fair to conclude that travelling to Iran with any citizenship carries a risk. One enters a lawless and unaccountable country that lacks any degree of human rights, and where torture and hangings are an integral part of its government's rule and survival.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Facebook Exec to Attend Islamist Group’s Event on “Countering Internet Hate”

By Daniel Greenfield


Censorship. It’s coming. And some even say that it’s already here. As Pamela Geller writes,
The Islamic supremacist group Muslim Advocates has announced that its Annual Gala 2014 on May 3 will host an “onstage conversation” about “countering hate on the internet” featuring Monika Bickert, the Head of Global Policy Management for Facebook, along with Muslim Advocates’ Executive Director Farhana Khera and Hilary Shelton of the NAACP.
Who exactly is Monika Bickert? As Head of Global Policy Management for Facebook, she is Facebook’s speech police. So is it any wonder that groups like Muslim Advocates would be feting her? Muslim Advocates is an organization of Sharia enforcers, enforcers of the blasphemy laws under Sharia…
Groups like these have millions of dollars and an obviously subversive mission, and for them someone like Bickert is a key player. How many of you who are reading this know exactly what I’m talking about? How many of you have been banned from Facebook for twenty-four hours for posting a jihad story or saying something that might offend Muslims? I myself have been banned numerous times for merely posting a link to a jihad article.
The well-oiled machine of Islamic supremacists descends daily on Facebook and flags or reports stories that they deem unacceptable for the eyes of the Facebook user and American news consumer.
Islamic groups have been very effecting at using similar tactics in Hollywood to achieve industry self-censorship. With the internet, they face a more complex problem, but ultimately resolvable, of convincing companies to censor content.
Their endgame would be getting Google, which now has a virtual search monopoly, to purge blasphemous material from the internet entirely by manipulating pagerank.
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Two teenage girls go missing as they fly from Austria to fight in Syria

Two teenager girls who say they have left Austria to fight in Syria have trigged an international search operation from the Austrian police. The two - a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old - left identical letters behind telling their families goodbye and that "we will meet in in Paradise". The letters told of their plans to go to Syria to "fight for Islam". The parents of the girls reported that their children had gone missing last week and since then the police tracked them to Turkish city of Adana, where they had flown to from Austria - after that the police lost track of the girls. Adana is 75 miles northwest of Aleppo, a city that became a major battleground during the civil war taking place in Syria. Police spokesman Thomas Keiblinger say that the police are taking the farewell letters "very seriously" and are now conducting an international search for two teenage girls who left farewell letters announcing plans to "fight for Islam" in Syria. Both girls come from families who immigrated from Bosnia but have not been fully identified by Austrian police.
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The Times launches new attack on UKIP as the party surges further upwards in the polls, threatening the grip of the political establishment

The newspaper known as the mouthpiece of the political establishment is about to launch yet another attack on UKIP following new polls showing that the party is on course to win the European elections next month.

The Times is set to make more allegations about Nigel Farage’s use of European parliamentary allowances, many of which rely on claims made by convicted fraudster Jasna Badzak who is currently serving a suspended prison sentence.

The latest attack comes after opinion polls published at the weekend showed Mr Farage’s approval ratings soaring and UKIP easily ahead of the Conservative Party and neck and neck with Labour in voting intentions for the European elections.
Set out below is UKIP’s detailed response to new smears being peddled by the Times, which has run wave after wave of attacks in recent months:

“Nigel Farage is confident that he has abided by European parliamentary rules at all times when spending allowances.
“The Times has raised a number of “fishing type” allegations, all of which lack substance as to their formulation and provide no substantive questions needing to be answered. In fact many of your questions are probably just as applicable to any of the other political parties contesting the forthcoming European Elections with figures and statements duly amended to suit.

“The Lyminster office is not the sole address that incurs expenditure in the pursuance of Mr Farage’s job as an MEP, though it is the most important one. It is quite wrong to claim that he did not declare the rental arrangement with J. Longhurst LTD. until 2013. It has been in the register of members’ interests since 2003.

“Jasna Badzak is a convicted fraudster serving a suspended sentence, whose allegations are unfounded and vexatious. She has never been a press secretary or confidant of Mr Farage’s. To allege that he has transferred EU funds to an offshore account is entirely untrue. Your use of her indicates that you are writing an article with a defined end by inventing a road to achieve that end.

“Mr Martin Haslam never had any responsibility for EU money. He was, for a brief period responsible for the UKIP South East accounts.

“In relation to UK based staff paid from EU funds, they are approved constituency managers in line with advice given to us by the members’ services in Strasbourg.

“You are expected to quote this statement in full in any article you choose to publish.”
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Israeli Hackers Counter-Hack Anonymous, Expose Names

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By Daniel Greenfield


At least those members of Anonymous taking part in #OpIsrael, a regular series of attacks against Israeli websites. Participants in #OpIsrael tend to be from the Muslim world.
The #OpIsrael Twitter feed is a collection of the same inane propaganda you would find on any Muslim website. There’s nothing particularly “Anonymous” about it aside from the use of the mask.
Israeli hackers broke into the computers of Anonymous members that attacked Israel a few days ago, led them to the computer, photographed them and showed them the message: “Hey, next time do not take part in an offensive against Israel. We know who you are, we know where you are. Praise Israel.” The images and their full details were published on the web.
Wednesday morning the hacker team published an “Israeli Elite Force” document with details of 16 Internet users from around the world that allegedly participated in OpIsrael, which was organized by an anti-Israeli network. The document shows the details of the attack participants, including names, country of origin and usernames and passwords to various websites they use. Most participants came from Malaysia and Indonesia, while others scattered around Portugal, the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Algeria and Saudi Arabia.
The hacker who carried out the counterattack, and called himself Buddhax, managed to infiltrate the computers of participants, capture screenshots and in some cases their pictures with webcams on their computers.
He said it was not very complicated, and that it is proof of how Anonymous anti-Israeli attackers are amateurs. “I’m not a great hacker, but I’m at least good enough to expose you,” he wrote. After he got to their the computer screens, he warned them against future participation in similar operations: “Hey, next time do not take part in an offensive against Israel. We know who you are, we know where you are. Praise Israel.”
The so-called hackers were probably for the most part using Anon’s Ion Cannon to carry out Denial of Service attacks against Israeli websites. Anon DDoS attacks rely on people downloading the Low Orbit Ion Cannon which allows more experienced attackers to launch attacks using your computer. The attacks send large numbers of messages from your machine to the target server hoping to overwhelm it.
Obviously giving hackers control of your computer is a really, really bad idea. But some clueless people still downloaded the Low Orbit Ion Cannon which is probably how they got hacked.
The hacker’s message includes the statement “DDoS & Deface small sites are not hacking” suggesting that this is how the Anonymites went wrong.
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UK: Did Muslim hardliners try to infiltrate and takeover twenty five Birmingham schools? Probe into 'Trojan horse' plot expands

Thousands of schoolchildren's education could have been threatened by a hardline Muslim plot to force out moderate school governors and heads and replace them with extremists. It emerged today that 25 Birmingham schools are now being investigated for links to the alleged radicalisation plot, and while Birmingham City Council has refused to name the schools, some of which have upwards of 600 students, it means that vast numbers of pupils could have been at risk. The number of schools allegedly involved rose today from 15 to 25 as Education Secretary Michael Gove is said to have told Ofsted inspectors to fail any school 'where religious conservatism is getting in the way of learning and a balanced curriculum'. This afternoon Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backed the investigations, saying schools should not be allowed to become 'silos of segregation'. As the scale of the alleged plot became apparent, Birmingham City Council appointed a new chief adviser, former head teacher Ian Kershaw, to handle at least 200 complaints received in relation to the 'Trojan Horse' alleged plot to take over primary, secondary, and community schools as well as academies in the city. The unsigned and undated Trojan Horse letter claimed that a small but radical group of Muslims was pursuing its own agenda in the classrooms, with uncooperative headteachers and governors forced out. It said that the plot had caused 'a great amount of organised disruption' in the city, crediting it with forcing a change of leadership at four schools. At the centre of the scandal is Birmingham’s Park View Academy, where it is alleged that £70,000 was spent on loudspeakers to call pupils to Islamic prayers. Birmingham City Council's investigation will run beside a separate inquiry by the Department for Education (DfE), and will report back on 15 schools initially next month, with a fuller report due in July. Headteachers and governors judged to be performing 'inadequately' in terms of pushing religious views to the detriment of children's education may be immediately dismissed. Since the appearance of the letter in March, anonymous whistle-blowers including former staff have come forward, making claims that boys and girls were segregated in classrooms and assemblies, and sex education was banned. It was also alleged that non-Muslim staff had been bullied, and in one case it was alleged that the teachings of a firebrand Al Qaeda-linked Muslim preacher praised to pupils. Birmingham City Council today announced the six-month appointment of Mr Kershaw, managing director of Northern Education, to handle the investigation, and the council said it was also setting up a review group made up of MPs, councillors, police and faith groups. The council's leader, Sir Albert Bore, said the investigation was slowed by the two-tier school system, which meant that academies, which are at the centre of the allegations, were answerable not to the local authority but to the DfE, calling the situation 'frustrating in the extreme'. And Sir Albert suggested that the alleged Muslim extremist plot may extend beyond Birmingham, saying that his authority had spoken to councils in both Manchester and Bradford. He said: 'There are certainly issues in Bradford which have similarities with the issues being spoken about in Birmingham.' Fresh claims have emerged in Manchester and at Bradford's Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College and Carlton Bolling College. An Ofsted spokesman said it had not begun inspections there, but did not rule it out. Sir Albert also said that West Midlands Police, which has reopened a fraud inquiry into one of the schools caught up in the allegations, was still looking into the authorship of the Trojan Horse document, the authenticity of which is still unclear. But a DfE official said yesterday: ‘Extreme religious conservatism often acts as an entry to later problems. ‘A child who is brought up age eight, nine, ten, believing that you should segregate the sexes and hand out Islamic textbooks is more likely to be radicalised in later life.’ David Cameron has promised ‘swift action’ to ensure schools are not used to spread terrorist ideology. Birmingham city council froze appointments of any new school governors last week. But MPs said change should have come sooner. Liam Byrne, Labour MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, which covers several of the schools, said the probe was moving at ‘glacial’ speed. Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood said that the council has known of the claims for ‘eight years at least’ but had failed to act for fear of ‘appearing anti-Muslim’.
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The U.K.’s Ed Miliband is No Friend of Israel

By Ronn Torossian


A recent headline carried by The Telegraph, a leading British newspaper, read “Ed Miliband’s Hope To Be ‘Britain’s First Jewish Prime Minister.’”
Count me – along with many other Jews – among those who are hoping that the U.K. has to keep waiting for its first Jewish Prime Minister.
While Miliband proclaims “I am not religious. But I am Jewish. My relationship with my Jewishness is complex. But whose isn’t?” – the man doesn’t believe in God and describes himself as a “Jewish atheist” –  he is no friend to the State of Israel.
There is plenty of history to show the Jewish community should have many concerns about Miliband. While he has visited Israel (including as a child), and has said he supports “the homeland for the Jewish people,” there is ample evidence that should lead to many questions and concerns in the Jewish community.
Miliband has repeatedly imposed an unfair double standard on Israel, continually criticizing the Jewish State. Last week, while in Israel, he said that the Jewish state’s policy on settlements was “wrong and illegal,” and that expanding Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria poses “a mortal threat to the two-state solution.”
Mr. Miliband: Can Jews live in any areas they choose in Europe? Why not in the Holy Land?
He said the Gaza blockade must be lifted, proclaiming “the attack on the Gaza flotilla was so wrong,” and pledged to “strain every sinew to make that happen.” Of course, his mother was aboard the “New Gaza Flotilla” and is a long-standing supporter of organizations such as Jews for Justice for Palestinians.
Quite a personal connection with very anti-Israel organizations, which are also seen throughout his U.K. Labor Party. The man known as “Red Ed” is an unabashed socialist, and his father was a prominent Marxist theorist. The fact that his family fled the Nazis and found refuge in Israel doesn’t give him carte blanche to espouse his many anti-Israel viewpoints. Let’s hope that the U.K. keeps waiting for the first Jewish prime minister.
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Islamic terror recruitment intensifies in Serbia

Serbian authorities have identified 500 Islamic terror leaders that operate inside Serbia whose activities include drug smuggling, human trafficking and recruiting locally to send Jihad fighters to Syrian war.
No longer are these Islamic terror leaders concentrated in the Muslim-dominated Raska region (aka Sandjak) the report says, noting that 200 of the identified terror leaders operate freely in the capital of Belgrade. Others operate in Novi Sad, Loznica, Sjenica, Tutin and across Sumadija region.
Leader of the Belgrade Islamic terror cell is Goran Pavlovic (47), known as Abdulah. Pavlovic was born a Christian Orthodox Serb but in 2002 he converted to Islam.
Pavlovic comes from a Serbian village of Bosuta where his father still resides. Villagers live in fear there and after Bosnian Muslim attack on the US Embassy in Sarajevo Serb authorities have raided his father’s house where they found typical terrorist propaganda stuff and weapons.
Mirza Ganic
Mirza Ganic
Pavlovic has moved to the Bosnian village of Gornja Maoca where he got terror training with the radical leaders Nusret Imamovic. There, Pavlovic decided not to change his Serbian name into Islamic out of respect for his family but he married his pre-teen daughter to a Bosnian Muslim extremist Samir Cicvara.
Pavlovic is well connected with the Bosnian Muslim radical posse in Vienna, especially with Imam Safet Kuduziovic whose Vienna-based operation is very successful in recruiting Balkan radicals. Kuduzovic’s hutbas are well read among prisoners and criminals in Serbia whom he teaches that one of the things a good Muslim must do is kill anyone who insults Prophet Muhamed.
Balkan Islamic fighters have gotten notoriety in Syria by capturing a Kurdish village of Azaz near Syrian-Turkish border and live in a villa where they have been raping women and moving heroin. One such Balkanite Muslim, Mirza Ganic, seen in the photo above lying dead, has been gunned down and pronounced martyr.
The so-called FURQAN Islamic community in the Balkans is the epicenter of recruitment and Pavlovic runs the most successful branch out of Belgrade. Some suspect that heroin from Syria is handled by his group and moved on to Western Europe.
M. Bozinovich

Tony Blair's religious charity's 'links to extremism': Advisers claimed to be tied to the Muslim Brotherhood which is being investigated by British spies

Tony Blair's religious charity has links to an Islamic extremist group being investigated by MI5 and MI6, it has been alleged. It has been claimed that two Muslim leaders, who have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, are advising The Tony Blair Faith Foundation. The organisation has been declared a terrorist group in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and could be banned in Britain, despite insisting they do not have links to extremist factions. The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, which has been looking into the group for 13 years, revealed that Dr Ismail Khudr Al-Shatti, an adviser to the Kuwaiti government and a member of Mr Blair’s advisory council, is a leading member of the Kuwaiti branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM). He is said to have told a crowd of Kuwaitis protesting over Palestine: 'Israel is an evil, and we can never live with evil,' according to a news agency report in 2000. In 1995, it was reported in America that a Palestinian terrorist group wrote to him requesting funds. Another Islamic adviser to Mr Blair is Mustafa Ceric, a Bosnian Muslim cleric who has made controversial statements about Islam in the Balkan states. The former Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina has been linked to the the global Muslim Brotherhood through his membership of the European Council for Fatwa and Research.
The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch says Mr Blair’s links to the Brotherhood through the men threatened to overshadow the charity's work.
Steven Merley, a US investigator of extremist movements, who runs Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, told The Sunday Telegraph: 'Many groups don’t call themselves Muslim Brotherhood but they are linked to what I call the 'Global Muslim Brotherhood’.
'These individuals have fooled a lot of politicians, like Blair, who should know better. The very presence of people like Shatti and Ceric in the same room as him is a judgment on Blair.'
The Muslim Brotherhood denies being an extremist organisation, and has asked Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, to help defend them.
It has even threatened legal action against people who try to restrict their activities.
David Cameron has asked the British intelligence agencies to investigate the Islamic group, after they opened an international office about a disused kebab shop in Cricklewood, London.
After news of the inquiry into the activities emerged, it was revealed the group is moving its headquarters from London to Austria.
A spokesman for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation told the paper they were 'grateful' for the work done by the pair and described them as 'great supporters of the foundation'.
The oragnisation said they were not aware of the men's alleged links.
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US Government Promoting Islam in Czech Republic

 By Soeren Kern
Critics say the project's underlying objective is to convert non-Muslim children to Islam by bringing proselytizing messages into public schools under the guise of promoting multiculturalism and fighting "Islamophobia."
The group recently ran an advertisement promising to pay 250 Czech korunas ($13 dollars) to any student aged 15 to 18 years who would attend a two hour presentation about Islam.
More recently, Muslims in the Czech Republic have tried to ban a book they say is Islamophobic, and have filed a ten-page criminal complaint against its formerly-Muslim author.
The Czech government has approved a new project aimed at promoting Islam in public elementary and secondary schools across the country.
The project—Muslims in the Eyes of Czech Schoolchildren—is being spearheaded by a Muslim advocacy group and is being financed by American taxpayers through a grant from the US Embassy in Prague. (The US State Department is also promoting Islam in other European countries.)
The group says the Czech Ministry of Education has authorized it to organize lectures and seminars aimed at "teaching Czech schoolchildren about Islamic beliefs and practices" and at "fighting stereotypes and prejudices about Muslims."
But critics—there are many—say the project's underlying objective is to convert non-Muslim children to Islam by bringing proselytizing messages into public schools under the guise of promoting multiculturalism and fighting "Islamophobia."
The group's website says the first phase of the project involves "analyzing the accuracy of the information about Islam in Czech textbooks on history, geography and social sciences, and mapping the level of teaching about Islam in Czech grammar schools and other secondary schools."
The second phase of the project involves the implementation of a three-level program that will "acquaint both pupils and teachers with Islam and Muslims" and help them to develop better "critical reception skills" when analyzing supposedly Islamophobic information.
According to the group's website:
"The first level acquaints the reader with the history of Islam, the basic religious concepts of tradition and contemporary issues such as family [Sharia] law, the veiling of women and Islamophobia."
"The second level offers a deeper look at the issues and puts more emphasis on the involvement of the pupils.… Pupils will be divided into three groups within which they will study any of the following topics: the veiling of women, media coverage of Islam and Muslims in the Czech Republic. Each group will be led by an experienced tutor, who will acquaint students with the problems by means of prepared materials and subsequent debate."
"The third level provides schools with artistically oriented projects or discussions with Muslims and professionals dealing with Islam. Artistic activities would involve making a film or taking photographs focused on a day in the life of a Muslim or art workshops and competitions focused on the possibility of integrating Muslims into Czech society."
The group also organizes thematic lectures, workshops and debates for schools or groups of students, many of which are held at the Municipal Library in Prague—and which are more openly geared toward converting Czech youth to Islam.
One such lecture entitled "Paths of Young Czech Women to Islam" answers questions such as: What makes a young Czech woman want to become a Muslim? It is the main motive always falling in love with a Muslim man or are there other reasons? How does one convert to Islam? How can new Muslims cope with non-Muslim relatives?
Another lecture entitled "Koran, Sunna and the Internet: Where to Do Muslims Get Their Information?" answers questions such as: Where can one get information about the Muslim faith? Is the Koran the only source of information about Islam or are there other sources? Where can one find information that is not mentioned directly in the Koran? The lecture is supplemented by providing students with hands-on opportunities to work with various Islamic texts, including the Koran and the Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet Mohammed].
Students wanting to participate in the lectures but lacking previous knowledge of Islam are advised to attend a 15-minute introductory course that "represents the characteristics of Islam and advocates it in the context of Christianity and Judaism." The lectures are "suitable for children from about the age of 15, although it is possible to customize the program for younger pupils."
A statement on the group's website justifies the project this way:
"The Muslim community in the Czech Republic is small, but it raises strong emotions. Issues relating to Muslims or Islam appear almost daily in television news, newspapers and Internet debates. But the topic is discussed only marginally in regular school lessons. This condition leads to acceptance and subsequent consolidation of prejudices and stereotypes that are supported by latent Islamophobia. We would like this project to contribute to improving the situation. We provide information about Islam that is factually accurate. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with Muslims and get to know them before forming an opinion of them."
One of the co-founders of the project, a Czech-Palestinian named Sadi Shanaah, was quoted by the Prague Post as saying, "School lessons do not pay sufficient attention to Islam. Pupils want to learn more about it."
But the group recently ran an advertisement promising to pay 250 Czech korunas ($13 dollars) to any student aged 15 to 18 years who would agree to attend a two-hour presentation about Islam.
The ad—which indicates that the American embassy in Prague was financing the April 2 event—states: "Event will take place at a school in New Butovice (7 minutes' walk from the metro station). You get a brief introduction to Islam through which you can learn more about the veiling of Muslim women, media coverage and Muslims in the Czech Republic. Then you will have the opportunity to meet with Amirah, a Malaysian Muslim who is studying medicine in Prague, and to ask her everything you want about Islam or Muslim life in the Czech Republic."
The Czech Republic is home to a small but rapidly growing Muslim population. Although reliable figures do not exist, it is estimated that the number of Muslims in the country now exceeds 10,000 (some say the figure is closer to 5,000, while others say it exceeds 15,000), up from 3,699 in the 2001 census, and 495 in the 1991 census.
Using 10,000 as the baseline figure, the Muslim population currently comprises around 0.1% of the total Czech population of 10.4 million. This percentage is far lower than most European countries, but the rate of increase is nearly 2,000% since 1991, and 170% since 2001.
Most Muslims in the Czech Republic are immigrants from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria and Turkey. But a study produced for the Czech Interior Ministry in 2007 (it estimated there were a total of 11,235 Muslims in the country in 2005) found that there were also a large number of Czech converts to Islam.
It is estimated that at least 2,000 Czechs have converted to Islam since the end of Communist rule in 1989. Many are women who have married Muslims, but just as many are young males who are "looking to Islam in their search for spirituality," according to Radio Free Europe.
The Interior Ministry report says the majority of Muslims in the Czech Republic are well educated and economically successful. "Muslims who belong to the core of the community are often university-educated people. Among them are doctors, architects, teachers, economists, businessmen and others," the report says.
On the other hand, as the Muslim population grows, so do tensions with the population at large.
In November 2013, two Muslim women threatened to file an anti-discrimination lawsuit against a nursing school in Prague after they were asked to remove their hijab head covering in class.
"The principal summoned me and told me: 'If you want to be in the school, you must not wear the scarf.' I said this was against my religion as I am a Muslim," Nasra, one of the women, told Czech Television.
The school defended itself, saying that although Czech law does not regulate the wearing of headgear, the school's dress code bans the practice. The school also said the women, one from Somalia aged 23, and another from Afghanistan aged 25, disagreed with the compulsory physical education and the conditions of compulsory practice.
More recently, Muslims in the Czech Republic have tried to ban a book about Islam they say is Islamophobic.
The book, Islam and Islamism, was written by Lukas Lhot'an, a former Muslim who is now an apostate from Islam. Released in 2011, the book describes how some Muslims are abusing the ideology of multiculturalism to infiltrate Czech schools.
Lhot'an, who spent 12 years among Muslims in Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic, says Muslim institutions in the country are now headed by Islamists who dominate the entire Islamic community. He accuses Muslim extremists of giving lectures aimed at recruiting converts and new jihad fighters, and alleges that Czech mosques are being controlled by Saudi Arabia.
The Islamic Center of Prague has filed a ten-page criminal complaint against Lhot'an, accusing him of promoting hatred, while the head of the Muslim community in Brno, Muneeb Hassan Alrawi has this to say about Lhot'an: "He is a hyperactive idiot, but also an unhappy man. He makes his living from doing harm. The police investigation will only provide publicity to him. He desires nothing but this."
But others say the objective of the criminal complaint is obvious: Its aim to prevent Lhot'an from disseminating his view of Islam. According to Týden, the book describes extremist tendencies inside the Czech Muslim community and tries to highlight their contempt for democracy and women's rights and their justification of suicide Bombers.
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