…לפני כל העמים
by, Soeren Kern | Liberty GB
Dear friends, dear fellow citizens, dear patriots! Monday is PEGIDA Day and today too we want to show that we are peaceful. Bring your friends and neighbors and let us show the counter-demonstrators that we are not xenophobic.
There are limits to the political battle of ideas. All political parties should clearly distance themselves from these protests. We cannot be silent if a xenophobic atmosphere is being built on the backs of people who have lost everything and come to us for help: We have to be clear that the demonstrators are not the majority.
Italy is in clear violation of the Schengen accords. If this does not stop, Germany has seriously to consider stopping this violation via border controls. We must set quotas for refugees in Europe. And we have to deal with the fact that refugees need to be shared out among EU members fairly.
Many people in Germany have legitimate concerns about the spread of radical Islamic ideology, which promotes violence against non-Muslims, robs women and girls of their natural rights, and seeks to require the application of Sharia law. That citizens are expressing these concerns in nonviolent demonstrations is good and right. It is a sign that these people do not feel that their concerns are being taken seriously by politicians. It is an incentive for all politicians to act more decisively at a time when political Islam is challenging and calling into question our rule of law.
That PEGIDA protesters have advertised their goals in an exclusively peaceful manner is to be welcomed. Because the rule of law, tolerance and freedom of religion are fundamental Western values, the PEGIDA movement must leave no doubt that it is precisely these values that it seeks to defend.
by, Joe Stepansky, Erik Badia, Rocco Parascandola, Thomas Tracy & Corky Siemaszko | New York Daily News
by, Ryan Mauro | The Clarion Project
by, DEBKA File
A gag order on the seizure was lifted on Thursday.
The containers were shipped from China under the guise of Christmas decorations and addressed to a resident of Beit Hanina, a largely Christian neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem have made extensive use of fireworks during clashes with police in recent months. Police say that high-caliber fireworks can penetrate police protective gear at close range and cause serious burns.
The discovery of the containers and the arrest of the suspects was the culmination of a joint investigation by detectives from the police’s central district, Tax Authority officials and Ashdod port customs personnel.
The containers were tagged as suspicious when they arrived at the port on November 12. Police launched a covert operation and were on hand when three of the suspects, reported to be Israeli Arabs from the north, arrived at the port with a power of attorney to release the containers.
The suspects, with the containers on trailers, were followed by the police to a warehouse in Afula, where they were detained.
Two of the suspects were released after questioning and the other three arrested. Their detention was extended until next Wednesday.
According to the police, the containers held 18,000 fireworks, including those of calibers that are restricted in Israel; 5,200 commando knives; 4,300 flashlights that can be used as electro-shockers; 5,500 Taser electro-shockers; and 1,000 swords.
“The police will continue to work with civilian enforcement agencies on intelligence gathering that leads to the seizure of dangerous articles, and we will arrest the criminals who transfer them to lawbreakers who threaten lives,” said Jerusalem District Commander, Maj. Gen. Moshe Edri.
The Knesset Economic Affairs Committee on Tuesday approved a three-month ban on the import of fireworks due to their use as weapons.