Sunday, June 30, 2019

Intelligence agencies trying to access Merkel's medical records

Foreign intelligence agencies have been trying to access the medical records of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in recent weeks, the German newspaper Bild reported.
The reports are in the wake of two incidents, in which Merkel was seen twice trembling uncontrollably during public ceremonies in the past two weeks.The Bild claims that the foreign intelligence agencies are trying to gain access to Merkel's medical records in an attempt to reveal what caused the tremors and whether it was a disease or only dehydration, as Merkel claimed.
The first time that Merkel was seen trembling - at a ceremony with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zlanski - the chancellor claimed that she "was dehydrated and after drinking a few cups of water, she felt back to herself." But last week Merkel was trembling again during a ceremony with the German prime minister. The second time, she claimed that "this is a psychological tremor, as a result of the first time I trembled."
However, according to Bild's report, "Merkel has not said a word about the causes of the tremors and whether she is under any kind of treatment. Some intelligence services around the world are convinced that they have an explanation and are trying to get their hands on Merkel's medical records."
Doctors who were interviewed by Bild claimed that "this is a matter that needs to remain private. However, as soon as the chancellor refuses to talk about it, it's seen as a sign of weakness, that she has something to hide."
Merkel also seemed lethargic at the G20 conference at the end of last week, and told reporters that "I'm convinced that the trembling will disappear just like it appeared."

Germany: Arabic/North African looking man attempts to rape young woman

Yesterday morning, an unknown person wanted to drag a young woman into a bush in the Nuremberg district of Sündersbühl. The victim managed to escape. The young woman was walking from the Sündersbühl underground station via Bertha-von-Suttner-Street towards Witschel street at about 8:30 a.m..A young man was already following her from the underground station. On a footpath between Bertha-von -Suttner-Street and Witschel street, the stranger grabbed her and tried to drag her into the bushes. Only with great effort the victim managed to tear herself away and flee. The young man also moved in an unknown direction. Description: Approx. 25 years old, about 165 cm tall, thin stature, Arabic/North African appearance, completely dressed in white with shirt and trousers. Despite a search with several police patrols the perpetrator disappeared. Further measures were taken by the Criminal Investigation Department of Middle Franconia. The further investigations are taken over by the Special Commission of the Nuremberg Criminal Police. Witnesses who have made observations in this connection are asked to report to the Kriminaldauerdienst Mittelfranken by calling 0911 2112 - 3333.

Germany: Woman sexually assaulted by dark-skinned man

Today, Sunday, around 02:00 a.m., a 31-year-old woman was on her way home in Kaiserslautern.In Kantstraße a man suddenly approached from behind. He kept the woman's mouth shut and touched her immorally at her clothes and crotch. When a passer-by came up to the man by chance, he let go of the woman and fled.He was described as a 20 to 30 year old dark-skinned man with short black hair. He wore dark shorts and a blue shirt with white speckles. The criminal investigation department of Kaiserslautern asks witnesses who can provide information about the described facts by calling 0631/369-2620 or respectively.

Germany: Knife fight between Afghans and Iraqis in a residential building

Last Thursday evening, a dispute between five people escalated in an apartment on Gräfin-Bertha-Street in Steinfurt-Borghorst. According to previous investigations, a 22-year-old Afghan accompanied by an 18-year-old compatriot came to the apartment of his former female partner that evening. In addition to the 33-year-old woman, three male acquaintances of hers aged 22, 28 and 39 (all Iraqi citizens; note: these persons are the suspects) were staying in the rooms. When a dispute quickly broke out between the five men, the woman fled with her children to the upper floor and alerted the police from there.Meanwhile, the dispute on the ground floor came to a head. In the course of this dispute, the three Iraqis are said to have beaten the 22-year-old Afghan and brought him to the ground. The 22-year-old accused is said to have stabbed the victim with a knife and the 28-year-old with scissors. The 39-year-old is said to have held the victim during the incident. When the 18-year-old companion tried to help the assaulted man, the 22-year-old Iraqi is said to have stabbed him in the chest. The alarmed policemen arrested the three accused Iraqis in their apartment. The two injured Afghans were taken to special clinics after emergency medical care. The Münster police have set up a homicide commission under the leadership of the chief superintendent Ulrich Bux.The Münster police have set up a homicide commission under the leadership of the chief superintendent of crime Ulrich Bux. "The two injured are now out of danger," said the head of the homicide department. "The background to the dispute may be due to a previous relationship between the 22-year-old injured person and the 33-year-old woman," Bux continued. "We are investigating the urgent suspicion of a dangerous assault," explained Chief Public Prosecutor Martin Botzenhardt. The detainees were brought before a judge yesterday. The judge ordered immediate custody of the three Iraqis at the request of the public prosecutor's office. "The 22-year-old would have died without the immediate emergency medical intervention according to medical assessment," Botzenhardt continued.

Katie Hopkins explores Europe's loss of its Homelands

By Ruth King

A new 42-minute documentary titled Homelands by British pundit Katie Hopkins (embedded below) is a cautionary tale for Americans. In England, Belgium, Italy, France, sovereignty and national culture are threatened by immigrants who openly reject the language, mores, laws of their host nations. European nationals, including former immigrants who have assimilated, are pushed out by a growing number of radical Moslems who are taking over towns, boroughs and sections rendering them “no-go zones” by menacing existing neighbors. Women and girls not clad in Islamic garb, as well as men going about diurnal chores are all threatened and harassed in their own countries.

Hopkins travels and interviews citizens of all ages who no longer feel at home in their respective cities. The globalist leaders like Merkel, Macron and May are indifferent and impotent in dealing with the problem.

The second half of the film concentrates on the plight of Jews in France. In spite of the street theater marches and perfunctory denunciations by politicians, all French Jews are in peril from marauding and violent Moslem gangs. An unprecedented number of French Jews have left with an equal number preparing to do so.

The documentary ends in Israel, where she visits recent immigrants from Europe, and in a most touching moment she reflects that Jews have a nation that will welcome them and wonders where all non-Jewish Europeans who are increasingly doubtful of their survival can go.

In a surprise move for an organization that condemned Evangelical Christians and conservatives for purported anti-Semitism, between 2014 and 2017 the ADL conducted global and national surveys which disclosed the alarming fact that among Moslems there is a significant and outsize index of anti-Semitism.Andrew Bostom summarizes:

—The prevalence of extreme Antisemitism in the West:—Belgium, 68% of Muslims vs. 21% of the general population; Spain, 62% of Muslims vs. 29% of the general population; Germany, 56% of Muslims vs. 16% of the general population; Italy, 56% of Muslims vs. 29% of the general population; United Kingdom, 54% of Muslims vs. 12% of the general population; France, 49% of Muslims vs. 17% of the general population
—The prevalence of extreme Antisemitism in the U.S., 34% of Muslims vs. 14% of the general population
—The prevalence of extreme Antisemitism, globally, by religious affiliation—Muslim, 49%; Christian, 24%; No religion, 21%; Hindu, 19%; Buddhist, 17% .
This is nothing new as Dr. Bostom demonstrated in his essential books, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History and The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non -Muslims. Islamic hatred for Jews and Christians dates from the advent of Mohammed and is expressed in many passages of the Koran repeated daily in mosques in every corner of the world.

While decent people may bristle when Jews are called “descendants of pigs and apes” few are familiar with the quotes of the late Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi Grand Imam of Al Azhar University who described the Jews as: “enemies of Allah, descendants of apes and pigs.”

Since 2009, Raymond Ibrahim has published over 200 columns at the Gatestone Institute and over 100 here at American Thinker, on the systematic and unrelenting persecution of Christians by Moslems. In his recently published bookSword and Scimitar-Fourteen Centuries of War Between Islam and the West he provides a historical context to the jihads against Christendom. In June, the US Army War College shamefully bowed to pressure from CAIR and “postponed” a scheduled lecture he was to offer.

In our own nation petulant and partisan legislators refuse to confront any peril or selective immigration.

Clergy and commentators and media of both faiths airbrush the faith-driven hatred and violence against western culture and values. Katie Hopkins, to her enormous credit, looks it square in the eye.

Watch the film, embedded below.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Over Half of Arab Young Adults Want to Migrate

More than half of the young people in the Arab world are looking to leave the area and migrate elsewhere, according to a survey by BBC Arabic and the Arab Barometer.

The survey revealed that an average of 52 per cent of those aged 18 to 29 said that they were looking to migrate abroad. With some countries surveyed the proportion is much higher, such as Morocco, where 70 per cent — more than two-thirds — claiming to be considering emigrating, The Jerusalem Post reports.

Dr Mohammed Masbah, director of the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis in Rabat, commented on the data saying: “The number itself is alarming and has several components.

“Politically, there is a lack of confidence in the government as youth believe the government cannot solve their problems,” he said, adding: “Socioeconomically, youth unemployment is high; the belief is it will get worse.”

The most sought after destination for migration, according to the BBC, is Europe, followed by North America.

While the survey shows a rise in the number of non-religious people in the Arab world, it also suggests more respondents in countries like Morocco and Algeria believe that honour killings are more acceptable than homosexuality.

Experts have previously predicted huge waves of migrants coming to Europe, mainly from Africa, with French-American journalist and professor Stephen Smith claiming that within 30 years Europe could have a population of 150 to 200 million Africans.

In 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared that Europe had a “clear need” for mass migration from Africa, stating that Europe “will clearly need immigration in the coming decades”.

Globally, the number of people wanting to migrate is thought to be around 750 million, according to research published by Gallup. The research firm found several countries where more than half of the adult population wanted to move abroad, such as Sierra Leone — where 71 per cent said they would like to leave their country.

Germany: Unknown man with firearm robs Shisha bar owner - mug shot

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With photos from surveillance cameras of a Shisha bar in downtown Cologne, Cologne police are searching for a suspected robber. According to previous investigations, the wanted man met with the bar owner (26 y/o) on Friday morning (May 10) in the restaurant on the street Hohenzollernring.There, the 26-year-old wanted to buy gold jewellery from the perpetrator. For this he had 23.000 Euro with him.Shortly after the man with the hat (on the mug shot above)  had shown the gold jewellery to his "customer" and the bar operator had taken out the envelope containing the money, the gold seller pulled out a black firearm, aimed it at his counterpart and fled with jewellery and money. Information to the police Cologne by calling 0221 229-0 or by Mail to

UK Labour member suspended again days after being readmitted

A member of the British Labour party whose suspension over anti-Semitic comments was lifted earlier this week has once again been suspended following backlash.
The decision to cancel the readmission of Chris Williamson, who was suspended from the party for saying it is “too apologetic” over anti-Semitism, came after a group of 90 MPs and peers from Labour signed an open letter condemning the decision to reinstate him.
Party deputy leader Tom Watson was among dozens of senior figures who spoke of their "hurt and anger" at the move, Sky News reported Friday.
Labour suspended Williamson in February pending an ethics review, after he said earlier in the year that when it comes to Labour’s anti-Semitism problem, its deniers “have backed off too much, we have given too much ground, we have been too apologetic.”
On Wednesday, the MP had his suspension lifted after a hearing of Labour's National Executive Committee (NEC) anti-Semitism panel.
Watson told Sky News he was "bewildered" by the decision, which he said was "made by only two members of a three person panel of our NEC", and said those who signed the letter were "shocked by it because we know the offence caused by Chris Williamson to the Jewish community in Britain."
"The magnitude of the upset and the anger was palpable when he was suspended and therefore it obviously required a full inquiry," he said.
"Their decision has stopped that from happening, it's closed down the party procedure, which is a great shame and very regrettable and it's the wrong decision," added Watson.
Watson said he had not spoken to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn about the decision, but called on him to "step in and remove the whip and ask our chief whip to investigate and do a parliamentary inquiry through the parliamentary party."
"I don't want this century old institution to be tainted. These two committee members have let half a million party members down in their decision and it's completely wrong," added Watson.
Following the criticism, Labour reinstated the suspension on Williamson, according to The Independent.
The party said the decision to lift his suspension was now under review and he would therefore not be allowed to sit as a Labour MP.
Jennie Formby, Labour’s general secretary, wrote to members of the NEC to inform them that the case would be discussed at their next meeting.
A Labour source said, “Subsequently, the whip is not restored as the decision is still pending.”
Williamson is one among dozens of Labour members who have been suspended over their anti-Semitic statements in recent years.
Corbyn himself has been accused of holding anti-Semitic views by senior UK Jewish leaders. Corbyn has also been criticized for calling Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends" and for outright refusing to condemn those two terrorist organizations despite being urged to do so by local Jewish groups.
Much of the criticism against Corbyn is over his playing down the anti-Semitism in his party and alienating Jews. A report released in October of 2016 determined that the Labour party’s leadership is failing to seriously confront the anti-Semitism among its ranks.
Corbyn insists he is not an anti-Semite. In an interview with the BBC in September of 2018 he described anti-Semitism “as a scourge in any society, I have opposed it all my life…I have spent my whole life opposing racism in any form and I will die fighting racism."
Asked about Williamson’s reinstatement, Corbyn told reporters he was not involved in the decision.
"It was an independent panel set up through the national executive, they examined the case and they've decided to let him back in, albeit with a reprimand,” he said.
"They went through the case, they interviewed him and they went through the case in great detail. The three of them on the panel made that decision," added Corbyn.

Islam, Terrorism, and Censorship

By Janet Levy

In his newest book, Paul Cliteur, author and jurisprudence professor at Leiden University, examines a largely forgotten 1987 German television comedy skit that sparked Muslim protests. Cliteur asserts that the incident, involving Dutch comedian Rudi Carrell, became the forerunner for other protests, many of them deadly violent, that now characterize the ongoing conflict between Islamic theoterrorism and Western free speech. In Theoterrorism v. Freedom of Speech: From Incident to Precedent (Amsterdam University Press, 2019), Cliteur calls the Carrell incident a turning point in global politics. It made the West conclude that offending Islam was a global capital offense and it brought about the start of a precipitous decline in Western civil liberties.

Born in the Netherlands, Carrell began appearing on German television in the mid-1960s, ultimately attracting 20 million viewers. In 1987, eight years after the Ayatollah Khomeini established an anti-Western theocracy in Iran and instituted strict Islamic sharia, Carrell depicted women throwing their underwear at Khomeini’s feet. The sketch poked fun at the Ayatollah’s edict forbidding Iranian women to show their hair or body shape.

After the show aired, an Iranian ambassador complained to the German government that Muslims “all over the world” had hurt feelings. Iranian consulates in West Berlin and Hamburg closed. A Frankfurt-to-Tehran flight was delayed for six hours while the ground crew, under Tehran’s command, protested. Iran expelled two West German diplomats and Iranian students demanded an apology during a government-incited protest at the West German Embassy. Carrell received death threats and required police protection.

The German Foreign Ministry apologized for Carrell’s insensitivity but restated the German government’s commitment to freedom of the press and artistic expression. The entertainer feared for his life and issued a public apology, saying he hadn’t meant to “offend the feelings of believers.” He also expressed regret to the Iranian ambassador.

The Carrell broadcast also impacted the Netherlands. Eight days after the German program, Dutch radio scheduled a rebroadcast. Minutes before it began, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs asked the broadcaster to reconsider, even though shutting down the program violated Dutch laws guaranteeing freedom of the press from government interference. The Dutch Minister was concerned a rebroadcast would cause repercussions, especially for Dutch citizens living in Tehran after the Dutch embassy had said embassy workers were at risk.

In his comprehensive analysis of the incident, Cliteur examines the impact of appeasing Iran’s theocratic dictatorship. He asserts it validated the assumption that insulting the Iranian regime was an insult to all Islam and was, in effect, a capitulation to sharia blasphemy laws. Cliteur asks if appeasing Muslim sensitivities and bowing to threats set a precedent for other nations to follow, thereby altering culturally acceptable norms of Western behavior.

“What is the appropriate response when a foreign power threatens violence to one of your citizens when nothing has been done to violate national law or when the event is protected by national law?,” Cliteur writes. Are national sovereignty, civil liberties, free speech, and the safety of citizens within the borders of threatened nations undermined, Cliteur asks? In the Carrell case, a fanatical religious leader essentially set TV programming standards for a free nation in which freedom of the press is essential to democracy. A foreign power issued threats, causing a faraway democracy to willingly disavow its own constitution.

Cliteur then examines other incidents. In 2004, Theo Van Gogh, an Islamic critic since 9/11, and Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim who denounced Islam’s anti-feminist doctrine, co-produced a film exposing Islam’s subjugation of women. The film, which depicted a veiled actress on whose naked body verses from the Koran were painted, drew praise and anger. A few months later, Van Gogh was shot to death and his body left with messages denouncing Hirsi Ali, Jews, and Western democracies.

The murder sent a clear message to Europeans that mocking the prophet and criticizing Islam was a death penalty offense. Did Van Gogh’s assassination reveal the true nature of jihadist ideology or did Van Gogh cause his death by coarsely criticizing a religion? According to Cliteur, these questions after Van Gogh’s murder revealed a cleavage in Dutch society mirrored in other western European countries.

Cliteur also analyzes controversial cartoons of Mohammed published in Jyllands-Posten in 2005. The publisher wanted to advance the debate about criticism of Islam and self-censorship. When only 12 out of 42 cartoonists queried by the publisher agreed to depict Mohammed, it proved that cartoonists engaged in self-censorship. The subsequent destruction of property and deaths of over 200 people after the cartoons’ publication clearly demonstrated the need for such concern. It also ironically supported the idea that so offended Muslims: that Islam is violent and related to terrorism. Although some critics rebuked the cartoons as a “senseless provocation” like shouting “fire” in a crowded theater, Cliteur writes that Islam is in fact a real “fire” and that people needed to be warned.

The author also examines in depth what was considered a supreme test of the commitment of western democracies to free speech: the 1988 publication of Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Satanic Verses. Khomeini issued a fatwa that included a $1.5 million reward for killing the author. The book was banned in India, South Africa, Venezuela, and eight other countries. Protestors burned the book in England and the publisher, Penguin, was petitioned to cease publication. Despite Muslim demands, the British government announced that blasphemy laws would not be changed. Rushdie went into hiding, eventually issuing an apology that was rejected with his death sentence reconfirmed. Massive rioting took place in Bombay, demonstrations occurred in New York City, two Berkeley bookstores were firebombed and 50,000 Muslims protested in London.

The Rushdie incident illustrated the contradiction between secular constitutions and Islamic blasphemy laws, Cliteur says. The author maintains that eliminating offensiveness in a free society is not possible and asks, if a religion can be offended, then how about a philosophy, a political ideology or a scientific theory? He also asks that if respect is required for all religions, even cults and satanic beliefs, is it legitimate to discriminate?

He astutely observes that Rushdie and his work would not have been criticized if a fatwa hadn’t been issued. Cliteur asserts that Rushdie’s critics, primarily multiculturalists, rejected The Satanic Verses based on the interpretations and feelings of others. Many critics denounced Rushdie for offending Muslims and failing to consider their response, mistakes that justified the call to violence. They viewed consciousness raising and critical discussion of religious beliefs as misguided and felt that Western liberal thinkers needed to “learn to reach out more” and be less “self-satisfied.” They focused on understanding the terrorists and not the cartoonists, novelists and artists threatened by religious zealots.

The author asks if by calling for “respect for Muslims,” multiculturalists were, in fact, condoning Islamic violence. Furthermore, the novel’s publication was completely legitimate under the legal system where Rushdie resided. Was it fair for him to be punished under the laws of an unknown and foreign legal system by a self-appointed judge with no respect for national sovereignty?

Common to all incidents cited by the author in Theoterrorism is that “Islamophobia” accusations and retaliation threats can be instruments of hostage-taking of entire populations, spreading fear among targeted citizens, entire societies and governments. They impose Islamic blasphemy laws or sharia on non-Muslim societies, democracies that honor citizen rights to free expression without censorship or restraint. Cliteur wonders if the careers of cartoonists and political satirists could end as a result of Muslim appeasement. A fatwa of unknown duration creates fear everywhere when people realize they lack government protection in their own lands under their own laws. Can hurt feelings by any group be a precondition to undermine core values of free speech, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion by democratic societies? If so, the creep of sharia law will surely annihilate these western values.

Europe's Missing Islamic State Fighters

The German government has lost track of scores of Germans who travelled to Iraq and Syria in recent years to join the Islamic State (IS). The revelation comes amid growing fears that some of these fighters are returning to Germany undetected by authorities.
The German Interior Ministry, in response to a question from the Secretary General of the classical liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), Linda Teuteberg, revealed that German authorities lack information on the whereabouts of at least 160 Germans who left to fight with the IS, according to Welt am Sonntag. The ministry said that while some had probably been killed in combat, others have gone into hiding and may be trying to resettle in Germany.
"In view of the very fragmented protection of the EU's external borders, it is particularly worrying that the federal government appears to have taken no further measures to prevent the uncontrolled re-entry of underground IS fighters," Teuteberg told Welt am Sonntag. She added that the government "still has no concept" for dealing with former IS fighters from Germany, including "Germans detained in the war zone as well as the more than 200 former IS supporters who are now back in Germany."
Teuteberg said that the Interior Ministry should come up with a plan for how to deal with IS returnees and how to hold them accountable, by, for example, strengthening the legal capacity to investigate and prosecute war crimes abroad.
Of the estimated 1,050 Germans who travelled to Iraq and Syria in recent years, approximately one-third (350) have returned to Germany. Another 220 are believed to have been killed on the battlefield. According to government sources cited by the German television program Tagesschau, approximately 120 are being detained in Iraq and Syria. In addition, at least 138 children of German IS fighters are being held Iraq and Syria. The whereabouts of the others are unknown.
The German government downplayed Teuteberg's concerns that IS fighters can return to Germany unnoticed:
"Given the different measures (including most-wanted lists or entry barriers) that make uncontrolled re-entry significantly more difficult, it is also assumed in the future that entry without the knowledge of the German security authorities should remain the exception."
It is known, however, that IS fighters have entered Europe — including Germany — undetected by posing as migrants: a majority of the terrorists who carried out the November 2015 Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed and 360 injured, entered Europe by posing as migrants, according to counter-terrorism investigators. Most of the attackers were well-known to police and at least nine were on terrorist watch lists. Once they passed through the EU's porous borders in southern Europe, they were able to travel throughout the rest of Europe undetected.
Missing IS fighters are a Europe-wide problem. A July 2018 study by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR) at King's College London estimated that more than 5,900 people — 3,379 men, 1,023 women, 1,502 minors — from Western Europe joined the Islamic State. Another 7,250 people from Eastern Europe joined the group.
According to ICSR estimates, around 1,765 IS fighters have returned to Western Europe, and 784 have returned to Eastern Europe. At least 800 IS fighters are being held at Kurdish detention camps in northern Syria. Around 700 of the fighters' wives and 1,500 of their children are also in camps, according to Reuters. It remains unclear how many of the unaccounted IS fighters have been killed on the battlefield, and how many have gone into hiding.
In Austria, for instance, of the 250 IS fighters, 93 have returned. In Belgium, of the 500 IS fighters, 123 have returned. In Britain, of the 850 IS fighters, 425 have returned. In Denmark, of the 145 IS fighters, 72 have returned. In France, of the 1,900 IS fighters, 400 have returned. In Italy, of the 129 IS fighters, 11 have returned. In the Netherlands, of the 300 IS fighters, 60 have returned. In Spain, of the 210 IS fighters, 30 have returned.
In Sweden, of the estimated 300 people who left the country to join the Islamic State, approximately 150 have returned, according to the Swedish Security Service (Säpo). Around 100 Swedish fighters are believed to have died on the battlefield; the government does not have information on the whereabouts of the others.
Between 35 and 40 Swedish IS fighters have returned to Stockholm, but the municipality has not made contact with a single returnee, and may not even know where any of them live, according to an exposé by Swedish Television (SVT), the national public television broadcaster.
SVT surveyed officials in the five Swedish municipalities — Gothenburg, Stockholm, Örebro, Malmö and Borås — that are home to most of the 150 IS returnees, and found that those municipalities combined only have knowledge of the whereabouts of a maximum of 16 adults and 10 children.
The apparent apathy has been attributed to Sweden's lack of legislation. "We are almost the only country in the EU that lacks legislation against participation and cooperation with terrorist organizations," said Magnus Ranstorp, a counter-terrorism expert at the Swedish Defense University in Stockholm. "We are of course vulnerable," he added. "Those who are dangerous and out on our streets can recruit more, and they can even plan terrorist acts."
Meanwhile, hundreds of foreign jihadi fighters who are being held in Syria represent a "time bomb" and could escape and threaten the West unless countries do more to take them back, according to the Kurdish-led, U.S.-backed authorities holding them.
"It seems most of the countries have decided that they're done with them, let's leave them here, but this is a very big mistake," said Abdulkarim Omar of the Syrian Democratic Forces. "Their home countries must do more to prosecute foreign fighters and rehabilitate their families, or else this will be a danger and a time bomb."
In February 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump called on European countries to repatriate and prosecute their foreign fighters:
"The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them...
"The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so much. Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!"
In April, Trump tweeted:
"We have 1,800 ISIS Prisoners taken hostage in our final battles to destroy 100% of the Caliphate in Syria. Decisions are now being made as to what to do with these dangerous prisoners.... European countries are not helping at all, even though this was very much done for their benefit. They are refusing to take back prisoners from their specific countries. Not good!"
On June 24, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called for all foreign fighters who are being detained in Syria and Iraq to be repatriated, investigated and prosecuted, or released. "The continuing detention of individuals not suspected of crimes, in the absence of lawful basis and regular independent judicial review, is not acceptable," she said.
Europe's reluctance to take back their IS fighters is based on a mix of legal, financial and political factors. Some countries have begun repatriating the children of IS jihadis on a case-by-case basis but taking back foreign fighters and their families is deeply unpopular and carries political risk.
In France, for instance, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe recently said that he preferred that French jihadis were repatriated rather than them risk evading justice. They should be "tried, convicted and punished in France rather than disappearing in the wild to plan other actions, including against our country," he said in a January 30 interview with France Inter. His comments sparked an immediate backlash. Valérie Boyer of the center-right party Les Républicains toldparliament that the government must "prevent the return of jihadists who betrayed France and fought against our civilization."
National Assembly MEP Nicolas Bay, who is also a member of the executive board of Marine Le Pen's National Rally (RN), added:
"The French jihadis, by their commitment alongside groups that declared war on our country, having committed ignoble attacks on our territory, these jihadists have deliberately chosen to break with France and there is no justification for granting them any protection.
"Rather than preparing for their return, the government should do everything possible to prevent them from returning to French territory! They must be judged by the competent Syrian and Iraqi authorities."
Philippe subsequently did an about-face. In a March 6 interview with BFM TV, he said:
"We will not bring back anybody. The French doctrine has always been that the French fighters who are going to combat zones are fighting against us. When they are detained, they are to be judged and, if necessary, punished on the spot [in Iraq or Syria]."
The Wall Street Journal, in a recent editorial, "The West's Foreign Fighter Problem," noted that European governments face a "Catch-22" situation: either repatriate and prosecute their jihadis, or risk that they disappear off the radar and carry out new attacks in Europe. The Journal wrote:
"In February President Trump tweeted that the U.S. 'is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back' their ISIS fighters and prosecute them at home. Indonesia, Morocco, Russia, and Sudan started the process months ago, but Western European governments are resisting.
"Bending to domestic political pressure, European politicians like U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid have vowed to reject ISIS members and even strip them of citizenship. German and French officials also publicly express skepticism about accepting imprisoned terrorists. Countries that criticized the U.S. over Guantanamo Bay now are turning a blind eye to the detention of their citizens elsewhere....
"The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have treated detainees humanely, but it can't hold them forever. The group eventually will have no choice but to let the prisoners go — making a manageable security threat much worse. These battle-hardened fighters are especially dangerous given their practical knowledge and the respect they could command among would-be jihadists.
"Many released fighters would slip into Iraq, blend in with sympathetic Sunni populations, and prepare for an ISIS revival. Others could exploit security vacuums in Libya or Somalia or jump-start conflicts in other unstable regions. Perhaps the greatest risk is that some will return to the West undetected alongside refugees. Countries hesitant to take back their citizens now should realize they might return anyway—clandestinely."

Friday, June 28, 2019

3 kippahs attacked in just 24 hours. Jews, get out of Germany

by Giulio Meotti

Last month Fritz Klein, delegate of the German government for the fight against anti-Semitism, shocked Germany with these words: “Jews should avoid wearing the kippah”.

The Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herman replied: “Everyone should be able to wear a kippah everywhere”.

The Federal Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, added: “The state must guarantee the exercise of religion everywhere”.

And Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: “No one should ever hide their Jewish convictions”.

Klein also got harsh criticism from Israel through its president, Reuven Rivlin, who spoke of “surrender” to anti-Semitism. A few days ago the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, told the Heidelberg College of Jewish Studies that the country had to do more to make its Jewish community feel safe.

Unfortunately, a German chronicle of just 24 hours seems to agree with the pessimist Klein.

German police arrested a Moroccan man accused of threatening, insulting and spitting at two Jews in the northern city of Hamburg. Shlomo Bistritzky, the chief rabbi of Hamburg, and the member of the local Jewish community Eliezer Noe, had just come out of a meeting with Mayor Peter Tschentscher in the town hall. Bistritzky told the Hamburg-based Abendblattnewspaper that the man told them “shalom”. “Then he said something that looked threatening. We approached him and asked him what he had said. He pulled something out from under his shirt ... and started to threaten us verbally”. Bistritzky explained to Abendblatt that “he would never have thought that such a thing could happen in Hamburg. It is a bad sign that the attacker was released after two hours”.

A few hours passed and an American tourist was beaten in a park in the Steglitz district of Berlin. A man asked the fellow what his religion was. When he replied that he was Jewish he was punched in the face.

A year ago, 951 cases of anti-Semitic incidents had been reported in the German capital. The episode in the Steglitz park comes a few days after another boy was attacked in the Prenzlauer Berg district in Berlin for wearing a kippah.

Two days ago, Rabbi Chaim Barkahn was the victim of a similar anti-Semitic attack in Dusseldorf, where he wore a kippah. Barkahn told Bild: “So far I have always been proud of my city, Dusseldorf. It's quiet here, it's all right. But on Sunday evening, a man on Collenbachstrasse called me 'Jewish s...t', he said something about Israel and Palestine. This is the first time this has happened to me”. The man began to chase after the rabbi, who found shelter in the center of the Jewish community.

Speaking with Die Welt, Barkahn explained: “I have close ties to the Düsseldorf police department and I really appreciate what they do. But I can also say out loud: it's not enough. We need more protection. The Jews who go to the synagogue are afraid”.

Meanwhile, there is the controversy over the resignation of the director of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Peter Schafer, who invited Iranian officials to speak and supported the boycott of Israel. Gerald Steinberg , director in Israel of NGO Monitor, renamed the institution created by the famous architect Daniel Libeskind “the anti-Jewish museum”.

Again, Jews in Germany find themselves in danger. Why are they waiting to get out that country?

Germany: Two brothers on their way home attacked and beaten up by Arab-looking men

Last Sunday morning, two brothers on their way to their sister's home in the street Untere Seefeldstraße in Wessling were attacked and seriously injured by a group of previously unknown persons.Around 2 am, the two brothers were attacked by six men of Arab appearance, according to their own statements, and asked to hand over cigarettes. After they had no cigarettes with them, the unknowns massively struck the brothers and injured them with punches and kicks. Then the perpetrators fled in unknown directions. With serious injuries, the injured continued their way home on foot and went to sleep at home. When the 46-year-old sister found her brothers, aged 41 and 43, injured in her apartment, she contacted a doctor. The doctor immediately had the younger one admitted to the clinic. There the victim was immediately operated on with severe rib fractures. He is now out of danger. After an initial police interrogation, the unknown group of suspects can be described vaguely by the two victims as follows: All suspects are male, between 25 and 30 years old and spoke foreign languages.
After the facts described above have become known, the Fürstenfeldbruck Criminal Investigation Department is now investigating and asking for relevant witness information by calling 08141-612-0.