Sunday, December 17, 2017

Austrian government treats Israel as Jewish state for first time

The new Austrian government, headed by conservative Sebastian Kurtz, whose establishment was announced at the end of the week, includes in its platform a clear reference to the Jewish character of the State of Israel, reports Israel Hayom's Eldad Beck.
This is the first time that an Austrian government has included such unequivocal recognition of Israel as a Jewish state alongside a commitment to continue efforts to reach a two-state political solution between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs that will provide Israel with long-term security borders alongside a viable Palestinian state.
Among European countries, up to now, only the platform of the German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel has included a reference recognizing Israel's Jewish character.
The platform of the new Austrian government also includes explicit reference to the recognition of Austria's guilt in the Holocaust and its responsibility for it. This, too, is a political precedent, accompanied by a clear reference of the need next year to cite, in a respectful fashion, during commemorations of the 80th year since the Anschluss - the annexation of Austria to the Nazi Reich - "one of the greatest tragedies in human history," the Holocaust.
The consent of the rightist Freedom Party to include these points in the new government's platform indicates the party's new policy regarding Israel and Austria's Nazi past.

The Trump Effect Is Coming To Austria – New Government Announces Program

An original translation from Die Welt:
Austrian Government Program
Asylum seekers to hand over mobile phones and cash
Austria will adopt a new style with the new ÖVP-FPÖ government. This had been clear for quite a while. But what are the plans of the coalition under the new chancellor Kurz? The government program “For our Austria”, Für unser Österreich, details it.
After seven weeks of negotiations, ÖVP and FPÖ agreed on a 182 pages strong government program for the next five years. The coalition of conservatives and right-wing-populists declare their clear dedication for the EU.
The preface of the pact says: “A strong Austria, where we can seize the opportunities of the 21st century, can only exist in a strong Europe”. A fundament of solid politics was, among others, comprised of the basic principles of the European Union. The parties’ councils approved the pact late Friday evening unanimously.
But what exactly does “Together. For our Austria” say? Some of the points were already extracted on Saturday. But what do general statements like “stop illegal migration” and “speed up asylum proceedings” really mean? These are the most important of the planned measures.
Migration and refugees
– Whoever applies for asylum in Austria will have to hand over all of his cash at the application. The sum is to be used to cover the basic supply costs.
– Asylum seekers have to hand over their mobile phones to the authiorites. These will analyse the phone data, to clarify identities (for examle in social netowrks) and to verify the denoted travel route. The smart phones won’t be completely confiscated though.
– Qucker withdrawal of the protection status at travels to the homeland.
– During the asylum proceedure, asylum seekers will receive non-cash benefits only, no more cash.
– The doctoral obligation to confidentiality will be suspended, when illnesses of an asylum seeker are “relevant to the basic supply”.
– Refugee children will learn German in so-called bridge classes. Until now, they were integrated directly into the school system.
– The list of safe countries of origin will be expanded.
– The monetary benefit for asylants and subsidiary protected will be reduced to a base benefit of 365 Euro and a potential integration bonus of 155 Euro. Family benefits will be capped to 1,500 Euro.
– The government will lower the tax burden in the next five years. The lowering of the wage- and income-tax will mean keeping more net from your gross.
– Especially families will be disburdened with a tax bonus. Among others, a tax bonus of 1,500 Euros per child and family is offered.
– The tax burden will be lowerd towards 40 percent.
– 2,100 additional police officers will be hired during the next five years.
– Citizenship will be “newly reshaped”, according to the coalition paper. It is now defined as the “completion of a successful process of integration”.
– Closing-down of Islamic kindergartens and Islamic private schools when they do not fulfil the legal requirements.
– The government intends a dramatic toughening of punishments for sex crimes. Particularly for assaults on women and children.
– Clubs that are financed by, for example, religious societies in foreign countries, will be consequently shut down. The club law will be reworked to plug loopholes.
Employment Law
– Employment Law will be eased to make the Austrian employment market more attractive for companies.
– More flexible working hours for employees.
– considering to enshrine Christmas and holiday benefits for employees in law.
– A minimum pension of 1,200 Euros for low-paid workers after 40 years on the job.
– More funding and more positions at universities, to counteractthe exodus of young scientists.
– ÖVP and FPÖ want a definite termination of the EU accession negotiations with Turkey, and they are looking for “allies” for that. Instead, Vienna wants a “European-Turkish neighbor concept”.
– The government wants to promote better coordination of the EU member states in protecting the outer European borders.
– As long as this is not secured, the national borders will be secured by all measures.
Download the full program as PDF here (in German).
Translator’s note: remember how bleak Austria’s prospects seemed not long ago.

Hamburg: Explosion Of Improvised Device In Subway

An original translation from MoPo (Hamburger Morgenpost)
Perpetrator On The Run – Explosion at the Subway Station Veddel
Explosives-alarm on the Veddel! According to first information, Sunday evening, around 5:30, an explosion took place at the subway station. The perpetrator(s) apparently are on the run. Fortunately, no one was wounded, according to the police.
According to the police, a pyrotechnic item exploded in a plastic bag deposited at the train station. The windows of an air trap were damaged, people were not harmed, according to police.
The perpetrator used a stop of the subway. He exited, deposited the bag on the platform, and quickly entered the train again. Shortly thereafter, there was a small detonation.
Witnesses report that after the bang, a lot of screws flew through the air. A policeman replies to this that indeed, screws were found at the scene.
It is now being investigated if these are connected to the explosive. The police was still working on the scene in the late evening. Several police deployments combed the area for more traces. The manhunt is in full swing. It is currently investigated as to whether the surveillance cameras give cues.
The subway traffic has just resumed. The S3 line was not able to stop at Veddel station until 10PM.

Syrian Asylum Seeker Pair Murdered By Another Migrant In Knife Attacks

A 37-year-old Syrian asylum seeker has been arrested in the Dutch city of Maastricht after stabbing two other Syrians to death. and wounding several others.

The Dutch police claim that they are not investigating the attacks, which took place on Thursday night, as terrorism with some believing instead that the man arrested may have been motivated by revenge, the Telegraaf reports.
The first attack occurred at the home of the 46-year-old male victim, while the second attack happened around a mile away. Both victims are said to have been married but were living in separate homes due to alleged abuse from the 46-year-old victim against his 56-year-old wife and their children.

A local resident who knew the murdered Syrian man and his wife said, “We knew that there were major problems. The man who is now dead was a bully. It was known that he abused his wife and children.”“I can just imagine that a family member of that abused woman came to get revenge,” the resident added.
It is unclear why the 37-year-old attacked the 56-year-old wife of the man and ended up wounding her 21-year-old daughter along with a neighbour who attempted to intervene to stop the attack.
The suspected attacker, who was also injured, was found inside a nearby mosque and arrested shortly after the second attack. He was initially taken to hospital but was soon released into the custody of the police who have interrogated him but have not released any information regarding a potential motive.
The case is similar to a number of domestic abuse related cases that have evolved into murder involving asylum seekers. In Germany last year, a Chechen asylum seeker was arrested after he allegedly threw his wife out of a window and then proceeded to stab her to death over an argument.
In April of 2016, a Syrian woman was killed and her abusive husband arrested. The  32-year-old woman was beaten to death with the leg of a table in front of her three young children.
Children have also been victims of abuse and murder within asylum seeker households with one man throwing his children out of a window after getting into an argument with his wife about adapting to “western freedom.”

What Was The Role Of Intelligence Services In The Berlin Christmas Market Attack?

Germany – The following research by Stefan Aust and Helmar Büchel suggests that all the unexplainable “accidents” the German authorities made in dealing with Anis Amri in the year leading up to his attack might not have been accidents after all.
An original translation from Die Welt/Welt Am Sonntag.
Anis Amri under surveillance as early as 2015
By Stefan Aust, Helmar Büchel
Dec. 17, 2017, 00:01h
New insights in the case Amri: The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution had already appointed a dedicated case handler to Amri. Why did she not raise the alarm?
The Berlin Christmas Market attacker Anis Amri was under surveillance, being shadowed and intercepted, much earlier than authorities and Federal government have admitted until now.
This is what emerges from thousands of files, dozens of confidential informant reports, and the protocols of the telephone and internet surveillance, which Welt Am Sonntag have exclusively obtained.
No later than November 2015, the Federal Attorney in Karlsruhe had the Tunisian pointedly surveyed by the Federal Office For Criminal Investigations (BKA) and the Land Office For Criminal Investigations (LKA) North Rhine-Westphalia, by a confidential informant of the police who calls himself “Murat” and appears in the documents as “VP01”.
The measure was part of the covert investigations against the alleged IS terror cell of the hate preacher Abdullah Abdullah from Hildesheim who is known under his pseudonym“Abu Walaa”.
As early as November 24., 2015, more than one year before the attack on the Breitscheidplatz, “VP01” reported concrete terror plans of Amri to the LKA Düsseldorf. From there, they were – just as all further insights – reported on to the BKA, the General Attorney, and the Federal Office For The Protection Of The Constitution. From no later than December 3., 2015, on, the often changing mobile phones of Amri were intercepted, and his internet connections surveyed.
Amri downloaded instructions for explosives
Already on December 14., 2015, Anis Amri downloaded detailed instructions for mixing explosives, and for the construction of bombs and hand grenades, on his smart phone that was intercepted 24/7. From no later than February 2, 2016 on, Amri had phone conversations on this intercepted telephone with two IS cadres on the intermediate level of command, and offered himself as suicide attacker for an attack in Germany.
With the help of the police informant “VP01”, the Intelligence Officers managed the same month to enter the encrypted chat communication of Amri with the IS cadres in the messenger services telegram and whatsapp. While the Federal Government is claiming until now that BND (German Intelligence Service) and BfV (Office For The Protection Of The Constitution), had no operative parts in the Amri case, Welt am Sonntag have obtained emails and files from the authorities that prove a greater role of the German intelligence services. Already in January 2016, the BfV authored a two-page analysis of Anis Amri that was signed by BfV chief Maaßen personally.
12.000 The BKA (Federal Office For Criminal Investigation) sent 12,000 documents to the Office For Protection Of The Constitution.
More than 12,000 files, among them the communication with Amri’s IS contacts in Libya, which were secured from Amri’s smart phone on February 18., 2016, were sent by the BKA to the BfV. This is proven by the evaluating report of the BKA. The Federal Office For Protection Of The Constitution even appointed a dedicated case handler to Anis Amri. This agent (her name is known to Welt Am Sonntag) is employed in the anti terror department of the BfV in Berlin. She is on the same compound with the BKA’s Department 33 for the Protection Of The State which is responsible for Amri, too.
Welt Am Sonntag’s research also proves that Amri had even before his arrival in Italy in April 2011 close personal and even family ties with fighters and leading cadres of the Islamic State in Libya. These contacts were known to the Tunisian secret service for years. BKA and Federal Attorney demonstrably learnt of these family ties of Amri to the Islamic State, when they intercepted a phone call where Amri talked about a death of a cousin, fighting for the IS.
The reason why, in spite of these early, and crushing, findings of the German intelligence agencies, Amri was not arrested already one year before the attack in Berlin, does not emerge from the files available. But several months of investigations by Welt Am Sonntag suggest an involvement of international intelligence services. They might have seen a bait in Amri which would lead them to his instigators, the IS terror attack planners, in Libya.
US air force attacked IS camp
Indeed, Amri was, according to findings of Welt am Sonntag, put under the Italian intelligence service AISI’s surveillance immediately after he was released from deportation custody in May 2015. Allegedly, they lost him, when he went on his way to Germany. Few weeks after he was shot near Milano, B2 stealth bombers from the US air force attacked, in a secret operation managed from Germany, exactly that IS desert camp in Libya, where the instigators of the Breitscheidplatz are suspected.
Hans-Christian Ströbele, member of the secret service control committee of the Bundestag, therefore suspects in an interview with Welt am Sonntag the “governing hand” of a US intelligence service or the US military behind the „otherwise inexplicable“ non-arrest of Anis Amri. The fact that the Federal government has not delivered the solving of the background, which was promised by Merkel the day after the attack,“is a massive scandal”, says Ströbele.
Translator’s note:
BfVBundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany’s domestic security agency.
BKABundeskriminalamt, Federal Criminal Office, Germany’s authority for investigating international organized crime, terrorism and other cases related to national security.
BNDBundesnachrichtendienst, Federal Intelligence Service, Germany’s foreign intelligence agency.
LKALandeskriminalamt, State Criminal Office, national, independent law enforcement agency in each of the 16 German states.

No Prosecution for Islamist Al Quds Speaker Who Blamed Grenfell Tower Disaster on ‘Zionists’


An Islamist activist who claimed the 71 victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster “were murdered” by Zionists who fund the Conservative party will not face prosecution for hate speech.

Chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Nazim Ali, made the allegation at the anti-Israel, Khomenist al-Quds Day march in July. As Breitbart News reported, Mr. Ali was recorded saying that victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, “were murdered by Theresa May’s cronies, many of which are supporters of Zionist ideology”.
“Let us not forget that some of the biggest corporations who were supporting the Conservative Party are Zionists. They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell, in those towers in Grenfell, the Zionist supporters of the Tory Party,” the IHRC chairman continued.

In another heated outburst, he said: “It is the Zionists who give money to the Tory party, to kill people in high rise blocks…. Careful, careful, careful of those rabbis who belong to the Board of Deputies, who have got blood on their hands.”A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokesperson has now confirmed to the Jewish News that they “received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police in relation to the actions of an individual at a demonstration on 18 June 2017.
“We considered whether offences of inciting racial or religious hatred or a public order offence had been committed, in line with the tests set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We concluded that the evidential test in the Code was not met and therefore no charges have been authorised.”
The decision not to charge Mr. Ali comes just days after a second activist made a similar wild claim.
As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, Tahra Ahmed, 47, told reporters that the south-west London fire was a “holocaust” and shared her view that Jews were responsible for the tragedy on her Facebook page. She wrote:
Watch the live footage of people trapped in the inferno with flames behind them. They were burnt alive in a Jewish sacrifice.
Grenfell is owned by a private Jewish property developer just like the Twin Towers. I wonder how much Goldman [Goldman Sachs,] is standing to make in the world’s most expensive real estate location [Kensington].
There is no indication any charges will be laid in relation to her claims.

Sweden Forced to Raise Retirement Age To Pay For Mass Immigration Policy

The increasing costs of population growth in Sweden, drivenalmost entirely mass migration, have forced the government to seriously consider raising the national retirement age to pay for the additional costs.

Swedish Socialist party Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson announced that the retirement age would likely be raised in the near future in order to offset increased welfare costs, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports.
“Looking at those who start working at 30, there should be opportunities to work longer than 65,” Andersson said.
The minister made her remarks following an economic report from the Local Authorities and County Council (SKL) released earlier this week. The report claimed that the welfare state would grow faster than revenue obtained through taxation due to the dramatic rise of Sweden’s population.

Due to the influx of migrants during the migrant crisis and Sweden’s growing birthrate, the population of the country has expanded faster than almost any other European country.
Some Swedish cities, like the southern city of Malmo, owe their population growth almost entirely to mass migration from predominantly Middle Eastern countries.
The SKL study claims there is a 47 billion SEK (£4.1 billion) gap between current revenue and welfare state costs that will have to be made up either by tax increases or increasing the retirement age.
While migrants are increasing the cost of the Swedish welfare state in terms of added infrastructure and cost for services, many are unemployed and directly on welfare. A recent report showed that while the native Swedish unemployment rate was around 3.9 percent, it stood at 21.8 percent for Swedish residents from foreign backgrounds.
A 2016 report claimed that the one-year cost of the migrant crisis for the Swedish taxpayer could amount to as much as 600 billion Swedish Kronor (£48.3 billion), enough to pay for the national armed forces for the next 14 years. Stockholm University associate professor Jan Tullberg made the calculations based on welfare and housing costs, education costs and other factors.