Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Turkey? Antisemitic? Who, Me?

By Burak Bekdi
"Why are you running away, you sperm of Israel?" — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to a Muslim protestor.
"Being a sperm of Israel in Turkey means... to get used to living on hate speech, insults and curses every day; held accountable for every act of the Israeli government although you may never even have stepped foot in Israel; treated as a 'foreigner' in the country where you were born, served in the military and you pay taxes." — Vedat Haymi Behar, digital marketing solutions coordinator, in Radikal.
Last May an explosion at a mine in western Turkey killed 301 miners. Ankara declared national mourning. But President (then-Prime Minister) Recep Tayyip Erdogan's response to the town's grief was unusual for a head of a government.
After protestors scolded him, he, with his bodyguards, went into a supermarket and, as video footage revealed, Erdogan grabbed one protestor, a Muslim, by the nape of the neck and yelled: "Why are you running away, you sperm of Israel!" After the incident the man also told the press that he was slapped by Erdogan; then, thinking better of it, the man testified that he had been beaten by Erdogan's bodyguards, not by the prime minister; and he finally apologized to Erdogan for "forcing the prime minister to insult him."
The man had been one of the protesters demanding an explanation for the negligence that caused the tragedy. Three months before the accidental explosion occurred, members of the opposition in parliament had claimed that there could be an accident due to bad safety procedures at the mine. Members of the government benches had claimed everything was fine.
A few days ago Erdogan was in the US, and, as Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum put it most realistically, the only content specifically designed for a New York audience was a protracted "I'm not an anti-Semite" defense: "I am very sad to see that my country, myself, and my colleagues, sometimes, are labeled as being antisemitic." Pipes wrote: "As he [Erdogan] spoke about being labeled an anti-Semite... I was glad to be in New York and not Istanbul."
What would an American expatriate think, for instance, if a terrorist organization kidnaps three American teenagers, brutally murders them, then a senior member of the same terrorist organization publicly confesses to the crime, but the local authorities do not even raise a finger to indict the man? This is exactly what happened in Turkey, except that the victims were not American, but Israeli.
Saleh al-Arouri, a veteran Hamas official and one of the founders of its military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was in 2010 forced to leave Israel after serving more than 15 years in prison. Since then he has lived in Istanbul – courtesy of the Turkish government.
On Aug. 21, at a meeting of the International Union of Islamic Scholars in Istanbul, al-Arouri said that Hamas was behind the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, an incident that triggered a spiral of violence in Gaza and Israel this summer. It was the first time any senior Hamas figure linked the group to the abduction of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16 and Naftali Frenkel, 16: "The popular will was exercised throughout our occupied land, and culminated in the heroic operation by the Qassam Brigades in imprisoning the three settlers in Hebron," al-Arouri said.
A couple of weeks after al-Arouri confessed to Hamas's crimes, and a few days before Erdogan, in New York, expressed his disappointment that he is "very sad to see that my country, myself, and my colleagues, sometimes, are labeled as being anti-Semitic," a Turkish Jew wrote a powerful blog post in the newspaper Radikal, about what it really meant "to be a sperm of Israel in Turkey."
Vedat Haymi Behar is the digital marketing solutions coordinator at Turkey's biggest and most influential media outlet, Hurriyet group, which also owns Radikal.
"Allow me to tell you what being a sperm of Israel in Turkey means," he wrote.
It means, Behar said, to have first and family names in Hebrew or Spanish and to have a middle name in Turkish; and to learn at the age of three to be called by your first name only at home and by your middle name elsewhere.
Being a sperm of Israel in Turkey means, Behar wrote, to gain the ability, at the age of primary school, to sensibly answer questions such as, "Why is your family name different?"
It means, he wrote, to get used to living on hate speech, insults and curses every day.
Behar bravely wrote:
"It means to be held accountable for every act of the Israeli government although you may not even have stepped foot in Israel…
"It means to be treated as a 'foreigner' by the state of the country where you were born, where you did your military service and you pay taxes…
"It means to try to enjoy the sunny days when everyone from politicians to street vendors curse at your holy book and your faith…
"It means having to choose a profession knowing that you will never become a judge, a prosecutor, a military officer or a bureaucrat…"
Behar lives in a country where President Erdogan, when he speaks to a New York audience, complains sorrowfully that sometimes "he, his country and his colleagues are being labeled as being anti-Semitic". But he also lives in a country where the same Erdogan had only a few months ago "insulted" a Turkish Muslim by calling him "a sperm of Israel." One of the two Erdogans must be a terrible liar.
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Last Day of Conservative Party Conference Brings a Fresh Ukip Defection, in the Form of Arron Banks, Multimillionaire Donor

By Donna Rachel Edmunds

The Conservative to Ukip defection announcement have come thick and fast throughout the Conservative party conference in Birmingham this week, as Ukip piles on the pressure before next year’s general election. And today is no different. In a few hours when Prime Minister David Cameron takes to the stage to present his leader’s address, he’ll do so knowing that he’s just lost a major donor to the party. Ukip have this morning released a statement announcing the switch of allegiance by multimillionaire Arron Banks, who will this afternoon present Ukip leader Nigel Farage with a cheque for £100,000 ($162,000). The insurance entrepreneur has previously donated £300,000 to the Conservatives, but this morning explained that he was making the move as he had come to realise that he Conservative party no longer represented his views on Europe.
He said: “I've supported the Conservatives for a number of years but have come to the realisation that only UKIP supports my views.
“Being a member of the EU is like having a first class ticket on the Titanic. Economically, remaining in the EU is unsustainable. We are being dragged down to the lowest common denominator of financial growth when we should be looking to trade worldwide and should be basing our future prosperity on a long term global outlook.”
In reference to Cameron’s plan to renegotiate the terms of the European treaties with Europe before putting the results to an ‘In/Out’ referendum on membership of the European Union in 2017, Mr Banks said “The Conservative party try to sell us the myth that EU reform is achievable when frankly all Cameron can offer is tinkering around the edges. He is not even able to bring himself to say that he would support UK exit if his supposed reforms do not work”.
His views are markedly similar to those of Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless, the two Members of Parliament to have defected to Ukip in recent weeks and stepped down from their positions as MPs, prompting by-elections in their constituencies. Both men spoke of a moment of realisation during a backbench meeting with the Prime Minister, in which they understood that Mr Cameron only intended to secure fig-leaf changes in Europe as a way to persuade the people of Britain to stay within the European Union.
Commenting on the defection, Ukip leader Nigel Farage said “I am delighted to welcome Arron's support to UKIP. His generosity will go a long way in our campaign. It shows a real development of UKIP that we are now attracting serious financial backers that will help secure our position in the premier league of politics. Arron recognises that it is the European Union that is holding Britain and her businesses back.
“The other parties are losing Councillors, MPs and backers to UKIP, not only voters, and they are all playing their part in changing the course of politics in the UK for good. Our people's army is really starting to grow”.
Mr Banks follows in the footsteps of multi-millionaire Paul Sykes, another ex-Conservative backer who this year bankrolled Ukip’s advertising budget for the European Elections to the tune of a reported £1.5m, according to the Guardian.
The defection will fuel speculation that the Conservative Party is finally being split asunder by the ‘Europe Question’. It is certainly a battle that has been raging within the party for many years, even bringing about the demise of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister in the early 1990s. Geoffrey Howe’s resignation speech, which is widely considered to have been instrumental in bringing about Thatcher’s overthrow three weeks later, heavily referenced European Community, as it was then known.
It is remarkable how similar Howe’s rhetoric on Europe is to what is being said by today's politicians. In his speech, Howe said “We must at all costs avoid presenting ourselves yet again with an over-simplified choice, a false antithesis, a bogus dilemma, between one alternative, starkly labelled "co-operation between independent sovereign states" and a second, equally crudely labelled alternative, "centralised, federal super-state", as if there were no middle way in between.
“We commit a serious error if we think always in terms of "surrendering" sovereignty and seek to stand pat for all time on a given deal--by proclaiming, as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister [Thatcher] did two weeks ago, that we have "surrendered enough".”
His speech came just one day after Thatcher’s famous “No, no, no!” speech in which she vowed that Britain would never join a single currency, something which Howe and her Chancellor Nigel Lawson had been trying to persuade her to do for many years.
Ukip will now be attempting to win their first two elected MPs in Clacton and Rochester and Strood, Mr Carswell’s and Mr Reckless’s respective former constituencies. The newly donated money will be a boost to both campaigns, and can only serve to make the Conservative party more nervous ahead of those ballots.

Germany: Tourist attacked in Berlin park for wearing Star of David necklace

Via JFDA:

A tourist was attacked in Görlitzer Park in Berlin on Rosh Hashana (Sept 25th).  A man called antisemitic insults at him and snatched a pendant with a Star of David from around his neck.
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Salmond's Legacy for Scotland: Civil War

By Malcolm Lowe
The losers are declaring war on all who disagree with them. They have adopted Salmond's attempts to pit one part of the population against another: not just young against old, but manual workers against the middle classes, city slum dwellers against country people, men against women, any section of the population that preferred Yes against another section that did the opposite.
The foolish devotion of Labour councilors to Palestinian militancy paved the way for nationalist mania.
By a 10% majority, the inhabitants of Scotland voted No to the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" The first reaction of Alex Salmond, the leader of the Yes campaign, was to admit defeat and resign as head of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and as First Minister of the devolved Scottish government. Within a day or two, however, he began urging the minority of Yes voters to delegitimize the majority and to work for a seizure of independence in the future by any available maneuvers.
The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the Greek Civil War (1954-1949), not to mention the whole history of Yugoslavia, showed that Europeans are as capable of treating one another vilely as Muslim fanatics in the Middle East. Some five times more Spaniards perished then than all the victims to date of the current fighting in Syria. The red terror and the white terror in Spain were as murderous as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Salmond's legacy may turn out to be the spark that kindles similar misery in Scotland.
Salmond's post-referendum musings started from the premise that the No voters were "tricked" and so their opinion should be disregarded. He went on to suggest that a future Scottish Parliament could simply declare independence without bothering about a fresh referendum. A close associate, Jim Sellars, claimed that the SNP could do this immediately if it wins the next Scottish elections in 2016.
That is, an SNP majority in the Scottish Parliament would declare itself the government of an independent country and defy the sovereign UK government to do anything about it. It would also defy the wishes of a majority of Scotland's inhabitants to remain in the UK. Remember that this time about 14% of SNP voters chose No to independence: they had voted in 2011 to put the SNP in charge of internal government in Scotland, not to break up the UK. So Salmond is ready to delegitimize even his own local voters if their wishes offend him.
Such a decision by an SNP government to exceed its powers would be both a rebellion and an attempt to impose the will of a ruling clique upon a vast number of unwilling Scots. In short, a recipe for civil war as well as for forceful intervention by the UK to check a violation of the constitution. What would follow, no one can tell. But it took less, for instance, to start the Lebanese Civil War in 1975: shots fired at a church from a passing car, to which a Christian militia responded by firing on a bus carrying Palestinians. Hostilities spiraled and the war went on for fifteen years.
Another suggestion of Salmond focused upon two polls which examined the breakdown of voters for and against independence, one by YouGov and one by Lord Ashcroft. The pollsters questioned 3188 and 2047 individuals respectively about how they had voted. In a typical massaging of the facts, the 59-year-old Salmond claimed that it was only "old people" like himself who had registered a majority No vote, so they were imposing their will on younger generations that would outlive them.
This was a disgusting attempt to pit the young against the old in Scotland, as if pensioners had no right to an opinion, let alone to worry whether a Scottish government could guarantee the pension levels provided by the UK as a whole. That is, it was another attempt to create civil strife in pursuit of Salmond's aims. In addition, his facts were wrong. According to YouGov, it was all age groups above 39 that gave a majority to No, so for Salmond it is not "life" but "old age" that begins at 40. Moreover, the age group 16-24 also voted No by 51% to 49%. Lord Ashcroft's poll had given a majority to Yes in this age group, but based on only 14 persons asked, which is far too low for reliable conclusions.

An apartment building in Leith, Scotland with both YES and NO referendum posters and Union flag. September 2014. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons/Brian McNeil)


Prevarication about the facts characterized Salmond throughout the run-up to the referendum and especially during the two television debates with Alastair Darling, a former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (secretary of the treasury) who led the No campaign. General opinion awarded victory to Darling in first debate, staged by Scottish Television, as reported here and here. Darling argued convincingly that the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh already controlled most internal affairs in Scotland, but that the creation of any barriers between Scotland and the rest of the UK would hamper Scottish economic activity. In particular, Salmond had no coherent answer when Darling pointed out that if Scotland continued to use the pound sterling – as Salmond wants even after independence – then Scottish financial policy would be dictated from a London where Scots no longer had a say.
Salmond's main argument was that the oil fields in Scottish territorial waters would provide an endless source of riches to subsidize all Scottish dreams. In fact, tax revenues from the oil have been falling, the fields are running down and they may not survive another forty years. Amazingly, Salmond received a degree in economics in 1978 and was employed as an economist for several years. For sure, economics has been revolutionized by developments in Game Theory in the meantime. But Salmond should still have learned enough to know that there is no economic argument for Scottish independence, but rather the opposite.
For the second debate, staged by the BBC, Salmond changed his tactics. Instead of listening to Darling's arguments, Salmond started interrupting him in mid-sentence whenever he opened his mouth and generally shouting him down, to the enthusiastic applause of part of the studio audience. So while Darling politely listened when it was Salmond's turn to speak, he could not even be heard when it was his own turn. Whereas the Scottish Television moderator had strictly enforced the rules, the BBC moderator abandoned his task and simply watched the spectacle. As a result, popular opinion gave victory to Salmond.
That "victory," however, galvanized the Scottish business community, which had previously kept quiet in order not to annoy anyone. Leading figures in the oil industry denounced Salmond's claims of inexhaustible riches. The four main Scottish banks announced that in the event of Scottish independence they would move their headquarters to London. The big supermarket chains stated that food prices would rise because they would no longer subsidize higher distribution costs in Scotland from profits in England. Even Irn Bru, the iconic Scottish fizzy soft drink, now sells less in Scotland than from a factory located near London.
Take the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of those four main banks. Its holding company bought up the National Westminster Bank in 2000, so it has vastly more customers south of the border and could not afford to have its headquarters outside the UK. In 2008, moreover, it ran into a crisis after the ill-judged acquisition of a Dutch bank. Thereupon the UK government had to arrange a massive bailout, a financial burden that Salmond's Scotland could not have managed on its own.
Moreover, the UK Prime Minister at the time happened to be a Scot, Gordon Brown. As the date of the referendum approached, Brown came out of semi-retirement with a proposal for greater Scottish devolution, to which the leaders of the unionist parties quickly agreed. He then went on campaign in Scotland and gave a brilliant last-minute speech: he listed the advantages for Scotland in the UK, something he knew only too well, but also reminded his audience how the four home countries had constantly fought together for the liberty of Europe and great things in the world. A late surge for No was credited to this, "the speech of the campaign."
Lord Ashcroft's poll indicated that it was above all economic concerns that impelled the No vote. So Salmond may have won the second debate, but he lost the argument.
Realizing that they could win the referendum only on emotion, the Yes campaigners turned to systematic intimidation of everyone who revealed any inclination to vote No. This had already begun earlier, when the so-called "cybernats" emerged as internet trolls showering abuse on prominent personalities, such as Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who supported the No campaign. After the television debates, however, the aggression intensified, as can be read here, here, here and here. Businesses were threatened with nationalization after independence, farmers were told their cattle would be let loose, and people who put No posters in their windows were threatened that their houses would be torched. Campaigners for No, besides suffering personal abuse, reported that people were whispering their intention to vote No, but refusing to take publicity material. Despite the BBC's inadvertent contribution to this phenomenon by way of the second debate, it too came under attack and especially its political correspondent, Nick Robinson, who insisted on asking the questions that Salmond wanted to suppress.
A fascinating account from inside the Yes campaign was written by Scottish author Ewan Morrison, who joined it and was ultimately impelled to vote No by the authoritarian character of the campaign. He "noticed that whenever someone raised a pragmatic question about governance, economics or future projections for oil revenue or the balance of payments in Scotland, they were quickly silenced by comments such as 'We'll sort that out after the referendum, this is not the place or the time for those kinds of questions.' Or the people who asked such questions were indirectly accused of 'being negative' or talking the language of the enemy." All this reminded him of his youthful flirtation, like Salmond's, with a Trotskyite group, where unquestioning conformity with the party line was combined with ruthless activism.
Morrison does not notice that the tactics of the intimidators were also typical of fascists. He saw, however, that the Yes coalition, made up of nationalists, greens and the far left, had contrary visions for an independent Scotland. The coalition would have dissolved into mutual warfare if independence had been achieved.
The referendum gave a clear majority to No, despite the impression of a close vote suggested by the noise of the Yes campaign. But this has not deterred the intimidators. They have adopted Salmond's attempts to pit one part of the population against another: not just young against old, but manual workers against the middle classes, city slum dwellers against country people, men against women, any section of the population that preferred Yes against another section that did the opposite. (In fact, contrary to expectations, Lord Ashcroft's poll suggests that a majority of men as well as of women voted against independence.)
Almost 100,000 infuriated Yes voters have signed a petition claiming that the vote was rigged and must be repeated. A group has emerged calling itself "The 45" and announcing a boycott of all firms, media and institutions that supported a No vote. Echoing Salmond, they trumpet that they "were not fooled by their dirty tricks." Never mind if the boycotters have to give up their bank accounts, avoid supermarkets and stop consuming famous Scottish brands. And stop watching BBC television and reading any of the newspapers that Salmond excluded from his post-referendum news conference.
The point is that the losers are declaring war on all who disagree with them. They received further encouragement when Salmond absented himself from the "service of reconciliation" that the Moderator of the Church of Scotland held in Edinburgh's St. Giles Cathedral on the Sunday after the referendum. Nicola Sturgeon, his deputy and likely successor, also stayed away, although some lesser SNP figures did attend.
A glance at the map of referendum results shows that there was a majority for No across all but two tiny parts of Scotland. The exceptions were the cities of Dundee and Glasgow, together with two small areas in the latter's hinterland on the Clyde (West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire). The oilfields, by the way, lie off the coast of Aberdeenshire, where Salmond has his constituency, and off the Shetland Islands. But Aberdeenshire, the city of Aberdeen and the Shetlands all voted against independence by margins of around 20%. If a Trotsky-Fascist Clydeside and the Dundee Strip were awarded independence, they would have to survive without oil revenues.
An interesting coincidence is that both cities have taken to flying the Palestinian flag on their town halls. Dundee has been doing this since 1980; Glasgow and neighboring West Dunbartonshire adopted the practice recently. Dundee has been twinned with Nablus since 1996; Glasgow twinned with Bethlehem in 2012; no other Scottish city is currently twinned with a Palestinian town. All three councils started this policy under Labour Party administrations, but Dundee is now in the hands of the SNP. The foolish devotion of Labour councilors to Palestinian militancy paved the way for nationalist mania. Certainly, the SNP now has its eyes on Glasgow. As in many instances, excessive enthusiasm for matters Palestinian is linked to trouble.
Edinburgh, by contrast, voted 61% to 39% against independence. Although it is the country's capital, independence would have meant mass migration of its financial sector to England.
Another Palestinian connection comes via Glasgow-born Humza Yousaf, a Member of the Scottish Parliament whom Salmond appointed as his Parliamentary Liaison Officer in 2012. In the meantime, although only 29 years old, he serves as Minister for External Affairs and International Development. That is, he would have been Scotland's Foreign Minister had Salmond achieved independence. Reportedly, he was once linked with the charity Islamic Relief and he "recently called for Scotland to take in Palestinian refugees, and urged a full arms embargo of the State of Israel." He has denied any intention of seeking to become SNP leader or even deputy leader after Salmond's resignation, but is well placed to seek the leadership at a later date.
The leaders of the UK's Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties, who hastily embraced Gordon Brown's proposal for enhanced devolution for Scotland, now think that their greatest problem will be fleshing out that scheme within the remaining months of the current Westminster Parliament. They seem not to realize that the deeper problem will be averting increasingly vicious civil strife in Scotland by Yes voters against No voters. They will also have to find safeguards against the scheme of Salmond and Sellars for a sudden grab of independence. For instance, the legislation could prescribe that if the Scottish Parliament should declare independence, then that body and the Scottish government would be adjudged dissolved ipso facto in virtue of that transgression of their powers.
One area that need not worry Westminster for the moment is any spillover of Salmond's agitation to Wales. In the wake of the Scottish referendum, a poll in Wales has shown that support for independence is at its lowest point of just 3%. Plaid Cymru (the Welsh nationalist party) currently polls less even than the fervently unionist UK Independence Party [UKIP]. This is not a big surprise. The big issue of national identity in Wales has always been the preservation and advancement of the Welsh language (this author is a Welsh speaker). The Welsh are, however, keen on further devolution.
In Scotland, the language issue is quite different, despite the appearance of bilingual English-Gaelic road signs in recent years. In Roman times, southern Scotland actually spoke Welsh, while northern Scotland spoke Pictish (whatever that was). The latter was displaced by Gaelic due to immigration from Ireland; elsewhere immigration from northern Europe led to the replacement of Welsh by the ancestors of English in Scotland and England alike. Scottish nationalism has only superficial connections with language. To the average Englishman, Shakespeare and Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, are similarly difficult – or easy – to understand.
During the last half century, Conservative governments gave much practical support to the Welsh language. The Welsh Conservative Party also quickly learned that the devolved Welsh Assembly was an opportunity to be embraced. This is why Conservatives are still second after Labour in Welsh elections.
Also in Scotland, the Conservatives still have voters, but many "natural" Conservatives vote for other parties because the Conservative Party became identified with hostility to the very idea of devolution. A Scottish Conservative Party that combined a genuine Scottish identity with unionism might have checked the dangers of Salmond. It remains a need – and an opportunity. They could learn from Gordon Brown.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

US: To Better Protect Muslims, AG Holder Set To Ban 'Religious Profiling'

 
By Thomas Rose 

 If one is looking for reasons why Washington has become so caustic, divisive and bitter, look no further than retiring Attorney General Eric Holder. If reports first published by the Los Angeles Times are correct, the always controversial Holder, aged 63, will soon announce a new and permanent ban on so-called ‘religious profiling’ designed to better protect those suspected of jihadist or Islamist activities from federal surveillance. 
At the very moment the American state, local and federal law enforcement are trying to get a handle on a spate of Islamist-inspired beheadings and the discovery that Islamic State terror cells are active in at least three major US cities-- LA, Boston, and Minneapolis-- the US attorney general seems prepared to make it even harder for US law enforcement to crack down against jihadist recruiters and terrorist plots.  
Despite the rise of the Islamic State's terrorist army that proudly boasts of its US citizen-fighters, as well as growing evidence that domestic jihadist extremism is far more prevalent inside the United States than previously thought, the always controversial Holder appears undeterred in his quest to ban federal agents from trying to prevent domestic Islamist terrorism by investigating hubs of suspected jihadist activities. If the ban on ‘religious profiling’ is enforced, federal agents will no longer be able to conduct surveillance inside even the most radical of US mosques, where nearly all recent US based jihadists have been recruited, trained and dispatched. 
The LA Times even reports that Holder’s ban will no longer even include “an exemption for national security investigations." Without pre-existing, admissible evidence that ongoing criminal activity is occurring, federal agents will no longer be permitted to conduct any undercover surveillance in any clearly identified Islamic institution. If enacted, such a policy would represent the starkest reversal yet to bi-partisan post 9/11 changes that permitted law enforcement agencies like the FBI greater ability to monitor suspected Islamist outfits, including mosques.
The FBI claims that those standards have enabled them to disrupt or scuttle at least 42 planned Islamist attacks against the US homeland adopted since 2001. 
How extending greater legal protections to those suspected of jihadist plots against US citizens will help protect law abiding citizens from those plots remains to be seen. The connections between Islamic State operatives, recent domestic terrorist acts, and several radical US mosques are undeniable. The recent Muslim convert in Oklahoma who murdered and decapitated a 54-year-old grandmother was radicalized in a mosque run by the very same people who run a Boston mosque that served as headquarters for ISIS’s US social media campaign. 
Terrorism authority Steve Emerson told IBD this could be just the tip of the ISIS-ice berg. "There are tens of thousands of others like him lurking in the United States who haven't done this but are jihadists just waiting to do it," Emerson, who runs the New York-based Investigative Project for Terrorism, says the Islamic State is actually pre-selecting new US based recruits based upon their state willingness to conduct suicide/terrorist operations against innocents inside the US.
Of course, since Attorney General Holder had previously ordered the Justice Department and the FBI to scrub all its training manuals and support documentation to insure words like “jihad” and "Islamic terrorism" do not appear, it is difficult to predict how such directives will even be adequately conveyed to US law enforcement personnel.
Had such prohibitions against even considering the religious beliefs or associations of suspected jihadist elements been in effect, many recent Federal indictments of terrorists could never have been obtained, since nearly ever single one of them contained evidence demonstrating their connections with and radicalizations inside US mosques. Nearly every single defendant so indicted has confessed that their motivations were religiously based upon their interpretation of Islam and its commands to attack non-believers.
The same Eric Holder now considering increased protections for those suspected of jihadist activities authorized domestic illegal surveillance actions, including wiretapping, against reporters at the Associated Press and sought to prosecute Fox News' James Rosen under, of all things, the Espionage Act.   
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, “You know the famous American saying that all politics is local? Well, for militant Islamists, all politics is global, because their ultimate goal is to dominate the world." If Holder has his way and can prohibit US law enforcement from investigating domestic militants Islamists in places where militants Islamists plot and plan, American jihadists will be able to pursue that ultimate goal of global dominance with greater freedom and security than ever before.
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Jewish Stars of ‘Star Trek’ Shill for VW: Volkswagen tries to cleanse its Nazi-linked past.

The German automaker Volkswagen has recruited the two Jewish stars of the original “Star Trek” series to plug its new e-Golf electric car in the United States in another attempt to rid itself of its stigma of having helped the Hitler regime. Many Jews boycott Volkswagen and other industries that cooperated with the Nazis. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy apparently were tapped because the “Vulcan salute and the Volkswagen logo have so much in common,” the auto industry publication Auto Evolution reported. That salute, as any Jewish Trekkie worth his salt will know, is similar to a Jewish blessing sign – two hands forming the Hebrew letter Shin — that frequently appears on Jewish gravestones. Volkswagen donated more than a million dollars to an international youth center at Auschwitz last year, and in 2011 gave $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.
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German Social Democratic Party branch puts anti-Semitic posts on Facebook


A local chapter of Germany’s second largest party, the Social Democrats (SPD), posted anti-Semitic conspiracy theory entries on its Facebook page in Hagen, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia state. “Anti-Jewish agitation appeared on the Facebook page of SPD Hagen,” went the headline in a piece in regional paper WAZ on Sunday. The hardcore anti-Semitic statements allegedly came from Osman Demir, an SPD chapter committee member in the Wehringhausen neighborhood, and were on the Hagen branch’s Facebook page for a lengthy period and available to its 150 members. Under the headline “Incitement by the Zionist media and press and press powers in Germany," the post's author engaged in a rant about Jewish media reports shaping the February 2012 resignation of German president Christian Wulff, WAZ reported. Wulff resigned facing allegations of corruption relating to his prior service as prime minister of Lower Saxony. He was acquitted of the allegations at a trial last February. The postings on the SPD Hagen Facebook page prompted a prominent veteran SPD member to resign. “It is bad when a person posts anti-Jewish agitation on the Internet. When a person does that on the page of a political party, it is worse. When the article remains on the page for weeks, it is even worse,” Martin Schlegel said about the direction of his former party. Schlegel, who served as the director of the city’s statistics and research division, pulled the plug on his membership because of the anti-Semitic postings. Timo Schisanowski, the head of SPD Hagen, appeared to defend the postings. “We did not want to face the accusation that we closed down a discussion,” he said. He added that he “was not happy about the statements” on the Facebook page. Nesrin Öcal, the administrator of the website, was removed and there may be a disciplinary process against Demir, WAZ reported. The SPD leadership appeared to show little appetite to confront the anti-Jewish outbursts. Robin Baranski, the business manager of the SPD chapter, has declined to schedule meetings to address the matter. Schlegel and his wife, Erika, have been members of the SPD for a combined 85 years. The party’s failure to confront hatred of Jews left them dissatisfied with its direction. “A party that gives space to disgusting anti-Jewish slogans, and with difficulty removes the agitation from the Facebook page, cannot be trusted,” they said in an email. “A party that refuses to stop the author of this article can no longer be in our party,” the Schlegels added. Anti-Israel controversies have rocked the SPD over the past few months. The national SPD, which has designated Fatah as its sister party, is struggling with its commitment to Israel’s security. Bundestag deputy Rainer Arnold, the party’s top defense spokesman, earlier this month compared Israel to Hamas.
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Algeria Identifies Suspects in Frenchman's Beheading

The Algerian government has identified the suspects in the beheading of Frenchman Hervé Gourdel, Algerian Justice Minister Tayeb Louh said Tuesday, according to the International Business Times.
Soldiers of the Caliphate, or Jund al-Khilafa, claimed responsibility for the beheading, which was recorded and distributed last week.
Gourdel was kidnapped while hiking southeast of Algiers on September 14. Soldiers of the Caliphate announced it had captured Gourdel on Monday and gave France 24 hours to call off airstrikes against the “Islamic State” (IS or ISIS) in Iraq, to which they pledged allegiance, or they would execute Gourdel.
French President Francois Hollande refused and said France "will give in to no blackmail, no pressure, no ultimatum."
Gourdel's beheading was similar to the deaths of U.S. journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley by the Islamic State. The Islamic State group also claimed those beheadings were in retaliation for American strikes against its fighters in Iraq.
The group is also holding British journalist John Cantlie, and on Monday released a third video of him, in which he delivers a scripted propaganda attack against U.S. President Barack Obama's strategy in Iraq and Syria.
 israelnationalnews

Muslim Groups Pressure Canadian Police To Abandon Terms 'Islamic Extremism,' 'Jihad' When Evaluating Terror

By Jordan Schachtel 

Some of Canada’s nationwide Islamic organizations have come together to release a ‘counter terror’ handbook that urges intelligence and law enforcement officials to stop using the terms “Islamist terrorism,” “Islamic extremism,” and “jihad,” when officers of the law. The 37-page handbook, which was released on Monday, was supposedly designed in order to prevent further radicalization of Canada’s Muslim community, according to the groups involved in its creation.
Shahina Siddiqui, president of the Islamic Social Services Association, said about her efforts to institute the handbook into law enforcement strategy:
We want a made-in-Canada solution. Our biggest defence that we have against this is our multiculturalism, which Europe and the United States doesn’t have — Canada does. Canada has to be an example on how we can reverse this, because if you have a youth who feels accepted for who he is ... we can prevent this from getting to a crisis where we lose our youth.
Siddiqui then insinuated that “Islam is on attack from within.” She stated, “This is an attack we don’t take lightly, so we are gathering forces, we are gathering our resources to address this.. (the handbook) is timely, but it is also very urgent right now.”
Canada’s Federal Police, known as the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), has thus far rejected the pressure from Islamic groups to change their intelligence collection and law enforcement strategy.
“The RCMP hasn’t issued any guidance or guidelines to other departments, nor has it agreed not to use terms such as ‘Islamist terrorism, ‘Islamic extremism,’ or jihad,” said police spokesman Sgt. Greg Cox.
In mid September, Breitbart News reported on the surge of Canadian Muslims linking up with Islamic radical groups in Iraq and Syria. According to a report by Public Safety Canada, at least 130 Canadians have left their homeland in order to wage jihad in the Middle East.
In 2012, the FBI removed hundreds of pages of law enforcement training documents because it was thought to be too offensive to Islam.
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German Broadcaster Compares Foreign IDF Recruits With Islamic State Terrorists



By Ben Cohen 

Is there a difference between young American Jews who join the Israel Defense Forces and young Muslims who flock to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist organization?
Apparently, according to the German broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, the answer is “no.”
A piece published earlier today on the DW website, entitled “US recruits join foreign forces to find acceptance,” notes that 100 American Jews joined the IDF during the recent war in Gaza, and goes on to claim that these recruits may find themselves indicted on war crimes charges. Observing that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday “used the UN stage to launch a blistering attack on those alleging that his forces committed war crimes during the war against Hamas,” the article asserts that “those accusations – if proven – could also affect foreign soldiers.”
The article contains an interview with an anonymous Israeli soldier who is identified as “an American Israeli from a Muslim family.” The soldier is said to have told DW that “an investigation into potential Israeli war crimes is a fair assessment as long as Hamas is investigated too and other independent authorities conduct investigations.” Later on, the anonymous soldier says that “Jihadis… remind me of Zionists going to Israel to serve.”
DW then adds that Americans joining a foreign military “now accused of war crimes comes at a time when Americans are also in the spotlight for joining extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.” Making no mention of the atrocities committed by the Islamic State against Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities, as well as its gruesome practice of beheading its enemies, the article quotes an American writer, Michael Muhammed Knight, who toyed with the idea of joining a jihadi organization before opting not to do so. “Maybe the Islamic State is trying to deliver justice as they see it,” Knight is quoted as saying.
The closing paragraph of the article makes no distinction between the armed forces of Israel, a member state of the United Nations, and Islamic State. “When former Israeli Americans return to the US after their military service, they will be treated much differently than those who wish to return, tired of fighting with extremist groups,” the article says. “The former will be welcomed and commended and accepted by family and friends, while the latter will likely be arrested, imprisoned and interrogated with little chance of returning to an American way of life.”
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Bristolian Schoolgirl Heads to Syria to Marry Jihadi; Family Pleads “Please Come Home”

By Donna Rachel Edmunds 

A 15 year old girl from Bristol is missing from her family home, and is believed to have travelled to Istanbul in Turkey with another teenage girl. It is thought that the pair plan to travel on to Syria to wed jihadi fighters, although it is not known how the girls became radicalised. Yusra Hussien, a grade-A student who dreamed of becoming a dentist, was last seen by her parents leaving her family home in the Easton area of the city for school last Wednesday morning. When she wasn’t at school when her father came to pick her up in the afternoon, her parents reported her missing, the Daily Mail has reported.
Her mother Safiya, a primary school dinner lady, and father Mohammed, a youth worker, both from Somalia, are said to be devastated and “really confused” at her disappearance. They have said that they have “no idea” where she is, and pleaded “Please come back, we just want you to be safe”. Yusra has three brothers and a baby sister, all of whom were, like Yusra, born in the UK and are British citizens.
Their local councillor Hibaq Jama delivered a statement to the media on their behalf, saying “You're not in any trouble, we just want you to be safe.  Come home as soon as possible.”
Speaking on her own behalf she added “It is really important to understand that at the heart of it is a grieving mother and a grieving father who, as yet, have no idea where their 15-year-old daughter is.
“What we know about [Yusra] is that she is an incredibly bright, incredibly articulate, popular, gifted young lady who was admired by, and very much looked up to, by her peers.
“She was doing very well in school, she is in year 11 and has started that final year of her education. She was very aspirational, wanting to go on and become a dentist, so it has come as a complete shock to the parents.
“This has also come as a shock to the community who are now understandably asking questions about the fact that if she, as a 15-year-old girl from this community - very articulate, very well accomplished - has disappeared then there are understandably concerns for others as well.”
Ujima, a Bristol community radio station today reported that Yusra has travelled from Bristol to Heathrow by bus. A spokesman for Scotland Yard has confirmed they believe that at Heathrow she met a 17 year old girl from Lambeth, South London, and that the two together flew to Istanbul, Turkey, with plans to go on to Syria.
Louisa Rolfe, assistant chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police, spoke to reporters, saying “Since she was reported missing by her parents, we've carried out extensive work to trace her footsteps from the time she left home to her arrival in Istanbul, Turkey.
“There are indications she may have been radicalised but at the moment our priority is to find her before she crosses the border to Syria and make sure she is safe.
“We must all be vigilant and ready to spot the signs of radicalisation. Often, young Muslims who go to Syria can be naive and don't recognise that they are being sucked into joining extremist groups.
“This is not about criminalising these young people, it's about preventing tragedies.”
Haras Rafiq, an outreach officer for the counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, has told Good Morning Britain that in all likelihood the girls had left with romantic notions of becoming brides to Islamic fighters. He said “We suspect what's happened is that she met up with somebody here in London, she travelled from Bristol to London, so she already had this romantic notion.
“It's more than likely that she will actually go and become a jihadi bride. She at the age of 15 will marry somebody who she considers to be a holy warrior and that's how she will play a part in the jihad.”
The Daily Mail spoke to a number of her friends, who described her as “very religious”, “very intelligent”, and “a really nice girl”. None of them had noticed signs of her becoming radicalised.
A neighbour said of Safiya, Yusra’s mother “She is very nice - they are a very hard-working family and get on with everyone.” Another neighbour, Gloria Maloney who has lived on the street for 40 years said “It's a very nice family. The husband is always there for his kids - he is always taking them to the shops.”
As soon as she heard the news, Mrs Maloney went to comfort the family: “I gave the dad a hug. He said that he was still worried. He didn't speak much. I told him I would pray for her. The wife was crying. The family was in shock.”
Yusra and her travelling partner are following in the footsteps of around 50 young girls and women who are understood to have travelled to Iraq and Syria to support jihadi fighters. Together they make up ten percent of the 500 or so British people who have gone to support Islamic militants. Many of the women head for the Syrian city of Raqqa, where they are understood to be influential in the Al-Khanssaa brigade, a police force tasked with enforcing Sharia law in the city.
Home secretary Theresa May has promised to crack down on fighters returning to the UK, by introducing new measures to strip duel nationals of British citizenship and prosecute those who return. Speaking at a recent campaign launch, she said “I’m very clear that in relation to people who go to Syria and return to the UK with terrorist intent, then of course the government will take appropriate action.
“What we’ve seen in Syria is a terrible humanitarian tragedy… there will be people who will be travelling to Syria to give what they believe to be help. But the message from Syria is very clear: Syrians do not want people coming in to Syria.
“What the Families Matter campaign is doing, is saying to young people: think of the anguish you will create for your family if you go out to Syria, they don’t know where you are, you might get caught up in the fighting.
“If you want to help, there are better ways to help the people of Syria from here within the United Kingdom”.
 breitbart

Eurosceptic Tory Torch Bearer's Son Defects to UKIP, Will Stand for Parliament

 
The son of Conservative Party MP Sir Bill Cash has been revealed as a new UKIP spokesperson today, on the eve of David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative Party conference. Cash senior has been a Tory MP for 30 years, and is a high profile draw to eurosceptic causes and events on the British political right. His son’s elevation to Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party is likely to cause further ructions in the Tory parliamentary party, and fuel the already rampant speculation over a major UKIP defection before the conference closes tomorrow.
William Cash Jr is the proprietor of Spears Magazine, an influential publication aimed at high net worth individuals, which raises the question as to whether his defection to UKIP will open up new revenue streams for the insurgent party.
Cash junior will take up the position of Heritage Spokesman for UKIP and is hoping to stand for the party in Warwickshire in the general election next year.
Nigel Farage, UKIP’s leader said: “I am delighted to be welcoming William to the party and am appointing him as our Heritage spokesman. William is already a consultant on National Heritage for the Government and various other organisations. He has vast experience in the field and will be a great addition to the team, working closely with Stuart Agnew on Countryside matters and Peter Whittle on Cultural affairs”.
Mr Cash said: “This decision has been a long time coming. I have been a passionate advocate of Britain’s successful heritage business but believe that it and the countryside have been badly let down by this Conservative led government.  
"There is a critical need to get the policies right in relation to Green Belt, tourism, heritage and countryside planning.  This is especially the case with local economies in areas like the South-East and the West Midlands where tourism is critical to the regional economies.
"Taxation on repairs for historic buildings is invidious and is damaging a £6billion per year industry. It is cultural, historical and economic vandalism to allow this to continue.”
Cash senior is known as perhaps the most Eurosceptic of all Tories. His son's defection is already being commented upon at the Tory Conference. 
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Islamic State/ISIS Opens First Consulate in Islamist Turkey

By Daniel Greenfield 

Al Qaeda has operated openly in Turkey for years. A top adviser of Erdogan, the country’s Islamist tyrant, had Al Qaeda links. ISIS openly operates in Turkey, its fighters travel through its cities and utilize its hospitals.
Why not open a consulate there? Qatar would be even more welcoming, even the Taliban have a consulate there, but Turkey is more convenient.
The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) intends to inaugurate its first diplomatic mission in Istanbul in order to provide consular services for all who wish to join the extremist group in Iraq, reported Turkish daily Aydinlik as saying.
Abu-Omar Al-Tunisi, the ISIS de facto head of foreign relations issued a statement, saying that the Islamic Caliphate is determined to launch its first diplomatic mission in a friendly and Muslim country. He further noted that the ISIS hopes that the bilateral relations with Ankara will witness more developments under the aegis of newly-elected president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
ISIS also claims that its consulate in Istanbul will pay the hospital bills of all wounded Islamist militants who traveled to turkey to receive medical treatment.
CHP (Republican People’s Party) , a leading Turkish opposing party issued a communique condemning Turkish government decision to allow ISIS to open a legal diplomatic office  in Çankaya – the central and elegant metropolitan district of the city of Istanbul.
If this turns out to be true, Turkey should be expelled from NATO. And it goes without saying that it should be barred from the EU and its dual citizens should be expelled back to their homeland from Austria, Germany and other parts of Europe.
Their Caliph Erdogan, whom they cheered enthusiastically on his visit there, can cover their welfare instead of German taxpayers.
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Former London Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes Defects to UKIP

By Donna Rachel Edmunds

Richard Barnes, the former right hand man to Mayor of London Boris Johnson, has become the latest high profile Conservative to defect to Ukip. Last night his former boss accused Ukip defectors of being the type to have sex with vacuum cleaners. This morning Mr Barnes declared that he was moving to Ukip because the other parties did not “speak the language of normal people,” the Evening Standard has reported. Mr Barnes was personally appointed Deputy Mayor of London by Johnson in 2008, becoming the first LGBT person to hold the post. He remained in place until he lost his seat to Labour in the 2012 elections.  When it was put to Mr Barnes that Ukip was a homophobic party as one Ukip councillor had blamed last winter’s floods on Prime Minister David Cameron’s gay marriage policy, he was dismissive, saying “I’ll stand my ground against any prat. They are in all the parties. I don’t think they become homophobic the moment they join Ukip.”
Mr Barnes explained that he was defecting because the Conservatives could not be trusted on Europe, because the government is failing to tackle immigration, and because the Westminster parties are out of touch with ordinary people.
On Cameron’s plans to renegotiate a treaty with the rest of the EU before 2017, Mr Barnes labelled the idea as “unrealistic”, saying “Do we really believe they can create a new settlement by 2017, with the agreement of all the member states. It’s just unrealistic. There has to be more clarity and it’s not there at the moment.” Instead he would like to see the UK pull out of the EU entirely and form a free trade agreement with the rest of Europe. His thinking on this is therefore in-line with Ukip policy, but at odds with his former leader David Cameron, who on the weekend reiterated his commitment to keeping the UK inside the EU.
On immigration he told the Standard “Our borders are massively porous. Immigration is a good idea, but it has to bring a benefit to our economic, social and cultural life. It cannot be to take advantage of the NHS or to exploit the benefits system. At the moment it’s a mess. We don’t count people in, or count them out. That would be a good place to start.”
He continued “There seems to be a detachment from ordinary people’s lives in the Westminster Village. The parties just don’t seem to relate and talk the language of normal people.”
The move is unlikely to win the support of Boris Johnson, who, whilst addressing a Conservative Rally last night titled How we win in 2015, said “The EU commission wants to ban vacuum cleaners on the grounds that they are too powerful. If you do not handle your vacuum cleaner correctly, you may end up inhaling the hamster – the budgerigar through the bars of the cage.
“And I have read that there are some people – probably the type who are thinking of defecting to UKIP – who present themselves at A&E with barely credible injuries sustained through vacuum cleaner abuse.”
The defection is the second high profile move from the Conservatives to Ukip, after Mark Reckless’s announcement at Ukip conference on Saturday that he too would be changing parties, resigning his seat and forcing a by-election in his constituency. He follows in the footsteps of Douglas Carswell, who is due to go to the polls in Clacton on October 9th after invoking the same plan. Both Members of Parliament said that they had had a damascene moment in which they realised that Cameron planned to secure just enough measures in a European renegotiation to persuade the people of Britain to vote to stay in the EU. Both men are committed to seeing the UK leave the EU.
Making his announcement, Mr Reckless said “It’s a decision I make from optimism. A decision that is born of belief that Britain can be better, of my knowledge of how the Westminster parties hold us back, but also of my belief in the fresh start UKIP offers.”
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Anjem Choudary, in His Own Words

By Soeren Kern
"In the Quran it is not allowed for you to feel sorry for non-Muslims. I don't feel sorry for him." — Anjem Choudary.
"Eventually the whole world will be governed by Shari'ah & Muslims will have authority over China Russia USA etc This is the promise of Allah." — Anjem Choudary.
"Under the Koran the sale of alcohol is prohibited and if one were to also drink alcohol, that would be 40 lashes." — Anjem Choudary.
"We [Muslims] take the Jizya, which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the kuffar [non-Muslim]. They give us the money. You work, give us the money, Allahu Akhbar. We take the money." — Anjem Choudary.
The British Islamist firebrand Anjem Choudary has been released from police custody after he was arrested for allegedly being a member of a banned terrorist group.
Choudary and nine other radical Muslims were detained during dawn raids in London on September 25 as part of an ongoing Metropolitan Police investigation into Islamist-related terrorism.
Choudary—one of the most high-profile jihadists in the United Kingdom, and well known for his relentless resolve to implement Islamic Sharia law there—is a former spokesman of the Muslim extremist group, al-Muhajiroun (Arabic: The Emigrants).
Al-Muhajiroun—which repeatedly celebrated the terrorist attacks on the United States in September 2001—was banned under the UK Terrorism Act 2000, in January 2010.
Since then, al-Muhajiroun has repeatedly reinvented itself under an array of successor aliases. These include, among others: Islam4UK, Call to Submission, Islamic Path, Islamic Dawa Association, London School of Sharia, Muslims Against Crusades and Need4Khalifah, all of which have also been proscribed.
A study published by the London-based Henry Jackson Society in September 2014 found that one in five terrorists convicted in Britain over more than a decade have had links to al-Muhajiroun.
An investigative report published by the British anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate in November 2013 concluded that al-Muhajiroun was "the single biggest gateway to terrorism in recent British history."
Al-Muhajiroun—founded by Choudary and the exiled preacher, Omar Bakri Mohammed—is said to have also played a major role in radicalizing Michael Adebolajo, who was found guilty of murdering (and attempting to decapitate) the British soldier Lee Rigby outside London's Woolwich Barracks in May 2013.
Choudary said Rigby would "burn in hellfire" as a non-Muslim, and also praised Adebolajo as a "martyr." He said:
"Allah said very clearly in the Koran 'Don't feel sorry for the non-Muslims.'
"So as an adult non-Muslim, whether he is part of the Army or not part of the Army, if he dies in a state of disbelief then he is going to go to the hellfire.
"That's what I believe so I'm not going to feel sorry for non-Muslims.
"We invite them to embrace the message of Islam. If they don't, then obviously if they die like that they're going to the hellfires."

Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary (right) praised one of the murderers of British solider Lee Rigby (left) as a "martyr" and said Rigby would "burn in hellfire" as a non-Muslim.


According to police, over the past several months, groups believed to be successors to al-Muhajiroun have been circulating material highly sympathetic to the jihadist group Islamic State [IS], which has declared that it wants to establish an Islamic theocracy in the Middle East, and has threatened to attack targets in Europe and North America.
British police said the nine men, aged between 22 and 51, were arrested on suspicion of being members of a proscribed organization and supporting a proscribed organization, contrary to Section 11 and 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000, and of encouraging terrorism, contrary to Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
After a day of questioning, Choudary and eight others were released on bail on September 26. The men have been ordered to return to police stations in central London in January. In the meantime, police say they will continue their investigation.
A close friend of Choudary, Trevor Brookes (aka Abu Izzadeen), remains in custody after being charged with breaching his obligations under the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, for allegedly failing to notify police that he had moved to a new address.
Choudary—whose bail-restrictions include a ban on foreign travel and public preaching—said his arrest was a "politically motivated" effort by the government to silence him on the eve of a Parliamentary vote on military intervention in Iraq.
On September 26, the House of Commons voted 524 to 43 to approve a request by British Prime Minister David Cameron to join the American-led coalition against the jihadist group Islamic State, albeit only in Iraq and not in Syria.
Speaking to the Guardian newspaper minutes after he was released, Choudary said:
"I think that David Cameron has plunged Britain into a very bloody war, which will manifest itself on the streets of London. We saw it before with 7/7 [July 7, 2005 bombings in London], 9/11 [Sept 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S.], it's inevitable, if they are going to attack Muslims abroad.

"I'm not involved in any terrorism. I have and will continue to expose the British government for their foreign policy. I fight ideas with ideas."
Until now, Choudary, a lawyer by training, has managed to tread the fine legal line between the inflammatory rhetoric of Islamic supremacism and the right to free speech. He has never been convicted of any offense, presumably much to the frustration of British authorities.
Nor has Choudary expressed a fear of being imprisoned. "If they arrest me and put me in prison," he has said, "I will carry on in prison. I will radicalize everyone in prison."
Police say that Choudary has become far more brazen since the IS proclaimed the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate in Iraq and Syria in June 2014. Since then, they say, he has repeatedly crossed the legal threshold for criminal prosecution for encouraging terrorism, such as recently justifying the beheading of the American journalist, James Foley.
In an interview with the Washington, D.C.-based Clarion Project, Choudary said that the beheading of Foley by IS operatives is authorized under Sharia law because as a journalist, Foley attacked the IS. Choudary said:
"Muslims who abide by the Sharia and follow the jurisprudence do not make a distinction between civilians and army. This fellow [Foley] was not just a civilian of America. He was a journalist."
Separately, Choudary has insisted that he does not know the knifeman who decapitated Foley. "I'd recognize his voice if it was someone I knew," he said. But he refused to condemn the execution:
"There are circumstances in Sharia where there is capital punishment for crimes that have been committed. Now I do not know anything about these journalists, why they were there, whether they were spying or in fact part of the military. Often it turns out that people have other roles as well."
Choudary is, however, adamant that the United States is responsible for the murder of Foley:
"If you look at the death of James Foley, you only have to listen to the person who is executing him to know that the blame is the Americans' because of their own foreign policy. The fact is that decades of torture, cruelty and mass murder will have repercussions."
Choudary also said he feels no sympathy for another British hostage, Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker marked as the next individual to be beheaded by the IS. Choudary said:
"In the Quran it is not allowed for you to feel sorry for non-Muslims. I don't feel sorry for him."
In an August interview with the UK-based Fubar Radio, Choudary admitted that pro-IS protesters in London were his students.
Radio host Jon Gaunt asked Choudary: "Are these students of yours... the ones handing out the leaflets?" Choudary responded: "Yes... I have known them for several years, they have attended many demonstrations... many lectures of mine. Very good chaps."
And in a Tweet sent hours before his arrest, Choudary condemned U.S. air strikes against the IS:
"The Islamic State could not wish for a better rallying call for Muslims worldwide to join them than for the USA to start bombing again."
Another Tweet stated:
"FACT: The war being waged by the US/UK & co is a war against Islam & Muslims. The objective is to take Muslims away from the Shari'ah (Islam)."
Yet another Tweet said:
"Eventually the whole world will be governed by Shari'ah & Muslims will have authority over China Russia USA etc This is the promise of Allah."
In September 2014, Choudary said that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is "the caliph of all Muslims and the prince of the believers."
Choudary has also been insistent in his demands that Sharia law be enforced in the UK.
In December 2013, for instance, Choudary led a group of more than 60 Muslim protesters on a march through east London to demand that businesses stop selling alcohol:
"What we did is we posted a notice to the shop owners saying that under Sharia and under the Koran the sale of alcohol is prohibited and if one were to also drink alcohol, that would be 40 lashes.
"We were there to teach them that just because they are living among non-Muslims is no excuse because Sharia law will be implemented in Britain, and so they should be aware that just because it is not Sharia today, they can't just do whatever they like.
"There will be no more pubs, no more gambling houses, no more national lottery.
"All women would have to be covered up appropriately and wear the niqab or veil and so there will be no prostitution. By 2050, Britain will be a majority Muslim country.
"It will be the end of freedom of democracy and submission to God. We don't believe in democracy, as soon as they have authority, Muslims should implement Sharia. This is what we're trying to teach people."
Choudary said the group, known as the Shariah Project (which police say is a successor to al-Muhajiroun), would be arranging many more similar rallies in the future. "This is just the beginning," he promised.
Choudary, who is married and has four children, enjoys a comfortable lifestyle that is being paid for, year after year, by British taxpayers. In 2010, the newspaper The Sun reported that he takes home more than £25,000 ($40,000) a year in welfare benefits.
In February 2013, Choudary urged his followers to quit their jobs and claim unemployment benefits so that they could have more time to plot holy war against non-Muslims. He said Muslims are entitled to welfare payments because they are a form of jizya, a tax imposed on non-Muslims in countries run by Muslims, and a reminder that non-Muslims are permanently inferior and subservient to Muslims.
In a video, Choudary said:
"We [Muslims] take the Jizya, which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the kuffar [non-Muslim]. They give us the money. You work, give us the money, Allahu Akhbar. We take the money."
Choudary added: "Hopefully there's no one from the DSS [Department of Social Security] listening to this."
In a recent interview with the American news outlet, Fox News, Choudary warned that Westerners have no choice: "Sharia law is coming to a place near you."
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Monday, September 29, 2014

After Oklahoma Beheading and ISIS Threats, Arkansas Firing Range Becomes First To Exclude Muslims

 Jan Morgan, owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Range, has declared her facility a "Muslim free zone." (image via JanMorganMedia.com)
Jan Morgan, owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range, has declared her facility a “Muslim free zone.” (image via JanMorganMedia)

The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range is now a a MUSLIM FREE ZONE.
To understand why I arrived at this decision, you must first take in to consideration the nature of my business.
This is not a coffee and donut shop. This is a live fire indoor shooting range. People come here to buy, rent, and shoot lethal weapons.
In the range, people are shooting guns in close proximity to each other, so my patrons depend on me and my discretion regarding who I allow to shoot beside them.
One mistake in judgement on my part could cost innocent people their lives.
The primary reasons I do not want muslims shooting at my range are listed:
1) The Koran (which I have read and studied thoroughly) and (which all muslims align themselves with), contains 109 verses commanding hate, murder and terror against all human beings who refuse to submit or convert to Islam. Read those verses of violence here.
2) My life has been threatened repeatedly by muslims in response to my publication of those verses from their Koran. Why would I want to rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me?
3) * The barbaric act of beheading an innocent American in Oklahoma by a muslim
* the Boston bombings(by muslims)
* the Foot Hood mass shooting (by a muslim) that killed 13 people and injured over 30 people
* and the murder of 3000 innocent people (by muslims) on 9/11
This is more than enough loss of life on my home soil at the hands of muslims to substantiate my position that muslims can and may follow the directives in their Koran and kill here at home.
4) Two muslims walked in to my range last week with allah akbar ring tone and message alert tones on their smart phones. They spoke very little english, one did not have proof of U.S. citizenship, yet they wanted to rent and shoot guns.
Their behavior was so strange, it was unnerving to my patrons. No one would enter the range to shoot while they were there. Some of my customers left.
(can you blame them?)
5) * Muslims, who belong to and, or, support ISIS, are threatening to kill innocent Americans.
* Muslims, who belong to or support AL Qaeda, are threatening to kill innocent Americans.
* Muslims who belong to or support HAMAS are threatening to kill innocent Americans.
See a common thread here?
6) I have a federal firearms licence… The ATF informed us when we received the license that if we feel any reason for concern about selling someone a firearm, even sense that something is not right about an individual, or if we are concerned about that persons mental state, even if they pass a background check, we do not have to sell that person a gun.
In other words, a federal agency has given us this kind of discretion for service based on the nature of the business. I can and have turned people away if I sense an issue with their mental state.
7) I understand that not all muslims are terrorists. I also believe there are as many Muslims who do not know what is in their Koran as there are Christians who do not know what is in their Bible.
Since I have no way of discerning which muslims will or will not kill in the name of their religion and the commands in their koran…I choose to err on the side of caution for the safety of my patrons.
8) On the issue of religious discrimination:
I view Islam as a theocracy, not a religion. Islam is the union of political, legal, and religious ideologies. In other words, law, religion and state are forged together to form what Muslims refer to as “The Nation of Islam.”
It is given the sovereign qualities of a nation with clerics in the governing body and Sharia law all in one. This is a Theocracy, not a religion.
The US Constitution does not protect a theocracy.
The 1st Amendment is very specific about protecting the rights of individuals from the government, as it concerns the practice of religions, not theocracies.
It clearly differentiates between government and religion. Again protecting the individual’s religious beliefs and practices from (the state) government.
In Islam religion and state are one.
We are a Nation governed by laws, the U.S. Constitution. We are not a Nation that is governed by religion, politicians or clerics.
How then can Islam be protected by the U.S. Constitution?
9) Islam allows Muslims to kill their own children, (honor killing) if the behavior of those children embarrasses or dishonors the family name. (which has already occurred on American soil)
Why would I allow people (whose religion allows them to murder their own children), be in the presence of other children?
My patrons often bring their kids to the range to teach them to shoot.
I am responsible for providing a safe environment for those children to learn gun safety and shooting sports.
10) In the 14 hundred year history of Islam, muslims have murdered over 270 million people.
Since 9/11 muslims have committed over 21 thousand deadly terror attacks world wide.
In summary, people who shoot at my range come from all religious backgrounds… some are atheists… I do not care about their religious beliefs until or unless those beliefs command them to commit violent crimes against innocent people and I witness those crimes increasing, as we all have lately.
If you had received death threats by muslims, would you want the government telling you that you had to allow them in to your home or business and hand them a loaded gun?
I will do whatever is necessary to provide a safe environment for my customers, even at the cost of the increased threats and legal problems this decision will likely provoke.
Jan Morgan- owner / The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range
1225 Blacksnake Road
Hot Springs, Arkansas
(501) 767-9944
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Police Raids in Melbourne

A joint operation between AFP & Victoria Police is underway in Seabrook, Flemington & Meadow Heights
AFP and Victoria police execute raids in Melbourne
So far not much, there seems to be a news blackout.
VICTORIA police and Australian Federal Police officers are raiding a property in Melbourne’s southwest.
The raids follow the biggest ever counter-terror operation in Australia earlier this month involving joint operations between the AFP and NSW police.
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'Trojan Horse' Scandal 'Worse in London than Birmingham' Claims Department for Education

Some schools in east London are being taken over by Muslim extremists who are trying to convert pupils and staff to their hardline ideology, according to a report in today's Sunday Times.
The newspaper spoke to a contact within the Department for Education (DfE) who clams the problem there is even worse than in Birmingham, where a 'Trojan Horse' plot to take over schools was revealed this year."Tower Hamlets is expected to be the next Birmingham," said the DfE source, "but even worse, because the problems surrounding Muslim fundamentalists imposing their views on education seems to be more embedded.One of the schools highlighted in the report is Marner Primary School, which has been inspected by Ofsted following the raising of concerns by the Home Office. The council said it expects Marner to be given a "clean bill of health" within coming days.
Tower Hamlets has a large Muslim population, and recently hit the headlines when an Islamic State flag was draped at the entrance to one of its housing estates. The flag was torn down by 77-year-old nun Sister Christine Frost.
The area has also seen occasional problems with small groups of Muslims harassing people for drinking alcohol or wearing 'immodest' clothing, although community relations in the area are relatively good.
When approached by the Mail on Sunday the DfE wouldn't confirm that Tower Hamlets was being highlighted, saying only: "If any evidence of extremism is presented to us we will investigate it.
"All schools are subject to a tough inspection regime and we have been clear we will not hesitate to take firm and swift action if pupils are being let down or placed at risk. Keeping our children safe, and ensuring our schools prepare them for life in modern Britain, could not be more important."
In Birmingham 21 schools were subject to spot inspections by Ofsted, and five were placed in special measures following allegations of a similar plot to infiltrate schools. However, Ofsted says the issue is far from resolved and other schools are also being monitored. It emerged that one school had even allowed the screening of an extreme jihadist video to students.
Inspections have taken place at faith schools across the country, including Jewish and Christian schools, as well as state schools in areas with large Muslim populations. As a result of the inspections more visits were necessary because of concerns they did not offer a broad enough curriculum in certain subjects, including religious tolerance.
 ibtimes

South African BDS Activists Storm Woolworths Store in Johannesburg

By Ben Cohen 

Scuffles broke out at a Woolworths store in the South African city of Johannesburg on Saturday, after Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists staged a protest over the stocking of Israeli goods.
Activists brandishing pro-Palestinian banners rushed into the store chanting “Free Palestine, boycott Woolworths.” After security guards attempted to move the protestors, many of whom were dancing and leaping around, out of the store, a brief confrontation ensued. The store closed its doors temporarily as a result.
“Woolworths sources products to the value of 12 million Rands from Israeli companies in violation of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) consumer boycott,”  Muhammad Desai of BDS South Africa told a local news agency. In a statement responding to the protest, the retailer said that it “abhors violence and loss of life, particularly of children,” adding that “Less than 0.1 percent of our food is sourced from Israel.”
BDS activists warned that further protests would target other retailers stocking Israeli goods. “We are sending a clear message to the retail industry stores like Pick n Pay and Checkers that continue to stock Israeli products – we are coming for them,” said BDS South Africa spokesperson Kwara Kekana.
The BDS movement has been gaining support in South Africa, attracting considerable sympathy from the country’s influential Muslim organizations as well as within the ruling African National Congress. COSATU, the powerful labor union federation in South Africa, recently reaffirmed its support for the BDS movement. However, at the height of Israel’s military operation in Gaza in August, South African President Jacob Zuma stated that the Israeli Ambassador, Arthur Lenk, would remain in Pretoria, despite calls for his expulsion.
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