Iranian blogger, Soheil Arabi. Photo courtesy of: HRANA
by, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran | David Wood @ Answering Muslims
IRAN: A blogger found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammad in his postings on Facebook has been sentenced to death. An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the blogger, Soheil Arabi, will be able to appeal the decision until September 20, 2014.
Agents from the Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Sarallah Base arrested Soheil Arabi, 30, and his wife in November 2013. Arabi’s wife was released a few hours later, but he was kept in solitary confinement for two months inside IRGC’s Ward 2-A at Evin Prison, before he was transferred to Evin’s General Ward 350. Branch 76 of the Tehran Criminal Court, under Judge Khorasani, found Arabi guilty of “sabb al-nabi” (insulting the Prophet), on August 30, 2014.
“The way he was arrested was illegal. It is not clear how the agents were able to enter their home at that time in the morning. All the doors were locked and family members were asleep. Agents entered his home and bedroom. He and his wife were arrested and some of their photographs and personal belongings were taken after their home was searched,” said the source.
“Soheil had eight Facebook pages under different names, and he was charged with insulting the Imams and the Prophet because of the contents of those pages. He has accepted his charges, but throughout the trial, he stated that he wrote the material without thinking and in poor psychological condition,” the source told the Campaign.
The source noted that the Tehran Penal Court issued its ruling without regard for Article 264 of the Islamic Penal Code. “Article 262 of the Islamic Penal Code states that if a person insults the Prophet of Islam, his punishment is death. But in Article 264, it explicitly says that if a suspect merely claims in court that he said the insulting words in anger, in quoting someone, or by mistake, his death sentence will be converted to 74 lashes. I would like to emphasize that if only the suspect claims this, he will not be eligible for death, and there is no need to even prove his claim,” added the source.
“Unfortunately, despite this Article and the explanations provided, the judges issued the death sentence. They didn’t even take any notice of Soheil’s statements in court in which he repeated several times that he wrote the posts under poor [psychological] conditions, and that he is remorseful. Three of the judges ruled for the death sentence, and two ruled for imprisonment,” said the source.
According to the source, Soheil Arabi has another judicial case. On September 4, 2014, Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Salavati sentenced Arabi to the maximum punishment of three years in prison on charges of “insulting the Supreme Leader” and “propaganda against the state,” through his writings on Facebook.
All photos in this article courtesy of: The Daily Telegraph
Muslim Terrorists Were Planning to Carry Out
‘..Mass Casualty Shootings and Beheadings..’
by, Simon Benson & Matthew Benns | The Daily Telegraph | h/t F/j
Pre-dawn operation in Sydney and Brisbane involving 600 officers
15 people arrested, one charged
Suspected terrorist cell was ‘close to an attack’
Scipione: ‘intended to hurt random member of public’
Tony Abbott says orders coming from local senior member of ISIL
Hundreds of ASIO and heavily armed police officers swooped in anti-terrorism raids to prevent a mass casualty shooting in Sydney and possible beheadings.
Police backed up by armoured cars arrested dozens of people in a dozen separate pre-dawn operations across NSW and Brisbane.
The combined effort amounted to the largest anti-terrorism operation in Australian history — and senior officers revealed the attack by a suspected terrorist cell was imminent.
It is believed the plan was to kidnap a random member of the public and murder them by beheading, while filming the act to post on social media.
It is also understood the group had planned to target a tourist, possibly in Martin Place in the CBD.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said intelligence showed there were orders coming from an Australian who is senior in ISIL or Islamic State.
He said this morning the planned attacks were “not about people’s religion”.
“These people do not hate us for what we do, they hate us for who we are and how we live … That is what makes us a target,” Mr Abbott said.
“We have got to guard against terror attacks in Australia … and that’s exactly what our security forces have done today.”
Mr Abbott said he was briefed on the raids last night and that they went “smoothly” and “professionally”.
He said he would be going to the air force base to farewell armed forces travelling to the Middle East today.
Police have arrested at least 15 people during the raids and one has been charged with “terrorism-related offences”.
The charged man has been named as Omarjan Azari, who will face court today.
The AFP does not believe the raids in Queensland are directly linked to those in NSW, but are investigating links.
Australian Federal Police Acting Commissioner Andrew Colvin said this morning the anti-terror operation, dubbed Operation Hammerhead, started earlier this year and “the decision was made by the experts that now was the time to move”.
Meanwhile, controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernadi has this morning stood by a controversial tweet linking Australia’s biggest terror raids with the burqa.
Mr Bernadi was commenting on the largest terror raids in Australia’s history when he appeared to call for the head dress to be banned: “Note burqa wearers in some of the houses raided this morning? This shroud of oppression and flag of fundamentalism is not right in Aust.”
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the group intended to target random members of the public on Sydney streets.
“The intent was to commit serious violence on a member of the public on the streets,” he said.
“We won’t be letting that happen … We will not be tolerating misbehaviour on our streets.”
Mr Scipione said this morning’s operation involved more than 500 police officers and would be ongoing.
He said they have seized “at least one weapon” during the raids.
Meanwhile, a Facebook page has been launched this morning calling on Muslims to attend a “snap protest” at Lakemba station tonight.
The page has invited 1500 people to attend to “stand as one tonight” to “denounce this demonisation and oppression of Muslims”.
The protest meeting will start at 7pm.
ABC is reporting a man involved in this morning’s raids has been taken to hospital with injuries he claims he received from police.
The arrests follow the execution of a number of search warrants in Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park.
Guilford residents woke to the sound of a helicopter overhead and heavily armed police calling through a loud speaker: “Your house is surrounded with armed police.”
The esidents have described their horror at the arrest of an alleged terrorist in Bursill Street Guildford before dawn.
One woman who wished not to be named said she was woken by the sound of a helicopter and her dog barking about 4.20am.
She said she heard police say five times over a loud speaker: “ You have to come to your front door, your house is surrounded with armed police.”
“It still took them a long time to come out,” she said.
Another woman, who wished not to be named, said the people moved in only two weeks ago, but she had not seen them.
Neighbour, Hassan Albatat, a Shia Muslim who emigrated from Iraq 12 years ago, was horrified by the allegations that his neighbours were involved in a terrorist plot.
“Some people are crazy,” he said.
“I come here to Australia to live to be safe, not in a dangerous way.”
Federal and NSW police continue to search the home.
One man was arrested at the Bursill Street address soon after police raided the home before dawn.
Another man with grazes to his forehead and left cheek walked free about 9.45am.
The man ran from the media’s cameras calling out: “come here and do it.”
Two women, including one whose face is hidden behind a head-to-toe niqab, remain in the house.
Detectives have brought cards and counted cash on the porch of the house.
Other items have been taken behind the closed roller doors of the garage.
Eyewitness Chris from Chester Hill told Triple M he looked out of his window at 5am and “saw 30 or 40 coppers” in the street.
“They had blocked off the road, it was only six doors down. It was pretty surreal,” he said.
The raids are linked to an earlier raid on an Islamic bookshop in Brisbane last week, where two men were arrested and charged with recruiting and funding people to travel to Syria to engage in hostile acts.
Warrants are also being executed in the Brisbane suburbs of Mount Gravatt East, Logan and Underwood.
Police sources said that raids, which involved more than 600 officers from the Australian Federal Police, NSW counter terrorism unit and ASIO, were ordered because it was understood a terrorist network had been planning to carry out a series of attacks in Australia.
The raids follow the lifting of the national security alert level from medium to high last Friday by the outgoing director general of ASIO David Irvine. Commuters on the Manly ferry this morning were reminded to take their bags with them because of the heightened security level.
It is believed the size of the raid eclipsed that of Operation Pendennis in 2005 when several hundred ASIO, AFP and NSW police arrested 13 men across Melbourne and the Sydney suburb of Bankstown, who had been planning bomb attacks in both capitals.
Australians have travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State with two of the most notorious, Mohamed Elomar and Khaled Sharrouf, posting pictures of themselves holding up the severed heads of Syrian soldiers.
In Marsfield, female forensics officers clad in hijabs joined the raids at a number of addresses.
They are focusing on a number of garages and vehicles and a short time ago took fingerprint swabs from a white Toyota Hilux ute.
Residents say they pounced on Waterloo Road early this morning and were assisted from the air by police helicopters around 5:30am.
Officials are focusing on a property along the street and it is understood a number of forensic tests have been performed.
Albert, a taxi driver, said the property houses a number of men who wear “long white gentlemen’s hijabs” and sport beards.
“They are often walking along the street very early, like 5am,” Albert said.
They are receiving support from others in Australia. Yesterday the Lakemba money transfer business Bisotel Rieh, which is owned by Sharrouf’s sister Damour and her husband Ahmed Alwash, was suspended amid concerns that it was sending millions of dollars to terrorists in the Middle East.
Australia has vowed to fight the Islamic State. Later today Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Labor leader Bill Shorten will meet at Amberley RAAF Base, 40 kilometres southwest of Brisbane, to farewell air force personnel being deployed to the United Arab Emirates.
Some of the 600 Australian troops to be deployed to Iraq left Sydney on Tuesday.
President Barrack Obama told troops at MacDill air force Base in Florida that Australia was part of a coalition joining forces to target ISIS. “We’re going to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.”
“But — and this is something I want to emphasise — this is not and won’t be America’s fight alone.”
He said Australia and Canada were sending military advisers to Iraq, France and the UK were flying missions, Saudi Arabia was hosting training programs for Syrian rebels and German paratroops were providing training.
Senior government ministers were unable to shed more light on the raids in Sydney and Brisbane, but praised the work of authorities.
“I note the security agencies, the Police, ASIO are working hard to ensure that we are safe,” Coalition frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull told ABC radio this morning.
“Our security is the consequence of continued vigilance and hard work on the part of the security agencies.
“There is no cause for being complacent about security.”
by, Tarek Fatah | Middle East Forum
When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat down in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, surrounded by the leaders of 10 Arab states, to build a coalition against Islamic State (ISIS), the scene dripped with irony.
For decades, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, along with Arab billionaires in Gulf Arab states, have financed the breeding grounds of Islamic extremism in the tens of thousands of madrassas spread around the world, from Philippines to Philadelphia.
Take the case of the al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, whose death President Barack Obama boasted about at the Wales NATO summit as an example of America’s approach to dismantling al-Qaida-affiliated groups.
What Obama failed to mention was the fact Godane became a jihadi terrorist only after obtaining a Saudi scholarship to study radical Islam at madrassas in Sudan and later Pakistan.
Assuming the objective of the American/Arab coalition was to fight the misogynist murderers of ISIS, it was also ironic not a single woman sat at the table. Not even a female State Department staffer or assistant.
This was not a coalition that will defeat ISIS; it was a coalition that will end up reinforcing Islamic State as the one true answer to the crimes being committed against the Arab people by its own leaders.
Islamic State is being formed exactly the way Saudi Arabia was formed when thousands of bloodthirsty jihadis rose from the Sultanate of Nejd and invaded the Kingdom of Hejaz, slaughtering the country’s citizens into submission in 1925.
Sen. Ted Cruz Q&A in Armed Services Committee Hearing on ISIS:
Remember, Saudi Arabia is a kingdom where the king had his own daughters held hostage to force their mom, his runaway wife, to return.
Then we have Turkey as a NATO ally sitting in on secret meetings where the West bungles its way trying to figure out the difference between “strategy” and “tactic”.
As the New York Times disclosed today “one of the biggest source of (ISIS)recruits is neighboring Turkey, a NATO member.”
The challenge posed by ISIS will not be resolved with the American airstrikes or by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s declaration echoing George Bush’s cliched chant that, “Islam is a religion of peace”.
This will merely strengthen the jihadis’ resolve and make more Muslims turn to ISIS.
Here is a five-point plan that will make ISIS weak from within:
Recognize Iraqi Kurdistan as an independent country, a UN member state with a security pact with NATO.
Recognize the Kurdish Workers Party in Turkey (PKK) as an ally, not a terrorist group.
Recognize the exiled Iranian Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) as an ally, not a terrorist group.
Recognize the Balochistan struggle for independence from Pakistan and Iran as a legitimate national liberation struggle, similar to those of the Baltic Republics, Kosovo, East Timor and Eritrea
Expel Turkey from NATO as it is an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood and represents a threat to the West.
As for Islamic leaders in North America and Europe, they should stop their exercise in “Muslim patriotism” and for once speak the truth.
Listening to the rhetoric from some leaders of my Muslim community reminds me of car company executives who, instead of addressing the problems with their cars, are more concerned with protecting the reputation of their brand.
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Sen. Ted Cruz Discusses ISIS with Sean Hannity:
by, Katie Yoder | MRC NewsBusters | h/t Brandon Watkins III
Sometimes it takes a David to defeat a Goliath – or, in this case, unassuming nuns to speak where the media remain silent. Speaking out for Christians persecuted in the Middle East, Mother Olga Yaqob and Sister Hatune Dogan slammed the American media for keeping silent. The nuns spoke with MRC during the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Inaugural Summit in Washington, D.C. Sept. 9-11. Both told the stories journalists ignore: of refugees displaced and Christian girls “repeatedly raped” and “misused” – some as young as 5-years-old. Mother Olga of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, an Iraqi native recognized by the Iraqi government for her care of the poor, recently established a religious order in Boston. Raised in Germany after fleeing from Turkey, Sister Hatune Dogan, is an Orthodox Christian nun who aids Christians in Syria and Turkey through her organization, “A Helping Hand to the Poor.” Addressing the American coverage of Christian persecution in the Middle East, Mother Olga stressed, “In the early months, there wasn’t much coverage.” “Some of the Christian networks – media networks – were covering [the persecution]. But not very much the secular media.”
Sister Hatune expressed similar dismay. “The media make a mistake,” she began, “Because they don’t say the truth.” She criticized, “But the media has big duty to tell the truth, to make Americans see what is really going on.”
That truth, she explained, consists of “slaughtering, raping, kidnapping, taking ransom, killing, crucifying, and ridding the Christians of what they need.”
As one of her “thousands of stories” of Christian persecution, Sister Hatune began:
“I met an Iraqi girl, five-and-a-half-years maybe, and they kidnapped her. I met her at seven-and-a-half-years. Until today, she [will not] say, no one knows, what happened to her, because she was misused. They [were] paid $30,000 dollars to release her. They released her, but under that condition. I am sorry for her. That was the youngest girl that I met. She was misused.”
Sister Hatune also told of meeting a 21-year-old Christian girl from Jordan. Once a captive, her abductors “every day” “were raping her all night.” When they weren’t satisfied with her ransom money, they “cut her face in different ways.” Another time, Sister Hatune met 280 girls. She described how they were “misused” by their kidnappers, some of whom “cut breasts and other [sensitive areas].” “I saw them with my own eyes,” she emphasized. Those are the stories the media should report – the “human face of this tragic reality,” as Mother Olga described. Mother Olga compared the news coverage of Christian persecution to the coverage of NFL player Ray Rice’s abuse scandal. “I know he’s probably a famous player, and this [football] team, it’s a big, big issue in America, but this is a personal life of two people.” While, at the same time, she continued, “200,000 people are displaced” and “people are dying from hunger” in the Middle East.
“It’s just like I try to put in perspective these kind of things,” she explained. “I’m just surprised how much sometime our secular media they cover some things over and over and they miss such a big picture.” Raised in Kirkuk, Iraq, Mother Olga had some stories of her own. “My old parish, and other parishes, and my sisters’ home and lot of church communities there and houses,” she said, are “full of refugees from Nineveh region, from Mosul.” The locals, “are cooking meals every day, and bringing mattresses and pillows.” “It’s too big of a reality,” she concluded.
She called for “raising awareness” in the States. “People are just frustrated with our own politics here,” she acknowledged, “so we don’t have time to worry about the foreign policies.” But, she added, “If we don’t stop this, this is dangerous for the whole Middle Eastern region.”
“Now it’s Iraq, but if we don’t stop it, it will impact the whole Middle Eastern region, and it will impact us in the West,” she continued.
She offered an additional warning on the silence of Christian persecution:
“Only recently, after, unfortunately, the tragedy of beheading two of our American journalists we realize now how many we have foreigners who are, whether American, Canadian, Australian, British, who have joined ISIS. And they have access to come back to the Western countries, and so, if they have such a radical mentality, and this is what they’re doing in the Middle East, do we think we will be safe here?”
Sister Hatune similarly concluded, “The media have to condemn this, and to be a witness, and to tell the truth.”
“What is going on here?” she asked at one point. “We are human beings.”
For Mother Olga’s full interview, please click here.
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Sister Hatune Dogan:
by, Megyn Kelly | Fox News
A Minnesota youth center is at the heart of a federal grand jury investigation into a suspected ISIS terrorist pipeline.
The FBI says that someone on the ground in Minnesota is convincing young people to join the terror fight in Syria, then giving them money to get there.
Up to 30 Somali-Americans who have reportedly joined or tried to join terrorist groups overseas had attended Al Farooq Youth and Family Center in Minnesota. That’s the same mosque that kicked out 31-year-old Amir Meshal this summer for allegedly proselytizing radical Islam ideologies.
Photo courtesy of: Zee News
by, Supriya Jha | Zee News | h/t Trop
Washington, D.C.: Notorious for having decapitated three Westerners in less than a month, the barbaric extremists of the Islamic State are now almost synonymous with ‘beheaders’. However, there is much more to their barbarism, than they flaunt in videos posted online.
Having annexed huge swathes of occupied territory across Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State established an Islamic Caliphate there in June. And then then they started unleashing a bloody and barbaric trail of terror, torturing and murdering people, and the ugliest element being the abduction, torture, forced conversion and rape of women.
According to a blog posted by the US State Department, “thousands of women and girls abducted from their families and sold in markets”over the last two months”.
The blog paints a sad and painful portrait of Iraqi women, who have been taken from their homes in Iraq and subjected to unspeakable atrocities including rape, torture, forced conversion to Islam, kept as sex slaves, etc. Some of them are reportedly forced to watch their children being thrashed badly by the IS extremists until they convert to Islam.
Citing a plethora of reports, the blog post written by Catherine Russell, goes on to describe the tragic plight of thousands of innocent women, and calls for directing the use of resources and expertise from anti-IS coalition (whose making is in process), to ensure that the women in the captivity of the extremists return safely to their homes.
“Now, as we galvanize an international coalition to work with the newly formed Iraqi government to confront the evil represented by these extremists, we need to ensure ISIL’s horrendous treatment of women and girls is front and center,” reads the blog.
The blog further cites reports of abduction of some 1,500 to 4,000 women and girls, mainly from Iraqi minorities and regrets how even the young ones of age 12 and 13, too, were auctioned to the IS monsters “like cattle”.
“Girls as young as 12 or 13 have been forced to marry extremists or sold to the highest bidder — like cattle at an auction”.
Reportedly, many women have begged to die rather than to bear with the intolerable trauma and brutality meted out to them by the IS men.
There is a sea of “heartbreaking and terrifying” stories of such Iraqi women in IS captivity who prefer to die than to live as Islamic State extremists’ concubines.
Explaining how the “de-humanization of women and girls is central to ISIL’s campaign of terror”, the blog recommends the newly formed Iraqi government and the international coalition being formed to hold discussions on how to ensure the safe return of “those who have been abducted and trafficked”.
Patriarch Gregory III Laham from Syria, demanding that Senator Ted Cruz be removed from the summit.
by, Alana Goodman | The Washington Free Beacon
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon that the “hatred and bigotry” he encountered when he was booed off the stage at a Middle Eastern Christian conference for defending Israel on Wednesday night was like nothing he has previously seen in his political career.
“I’ve certainly encountered audiences that disagreed with a particular point of view. But this virulent display of hatred and bigotry was remarkable, and considerably different from anything I’ve previously encountered,” Cruz said, just a few hours after his pro-Israel speech to the In Defense of Christians conference was drowned out by shouts and jeers from the audience.
The senator was booed off stage at the conference, which is aimed at raising awareness for the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, after saying that Christians “have no greater ally than Israel” and calling on the audience to support the Jewish state.
“The division and anti-Semitism expressed tonight by some of the crowd is not reflective of the teachings of Christ, and is in fact directly contrary to the tenets of Christianity,” Cruz said.
In a video posted by the Daily Caller, audience members can be heard shouting at Cruz during his keynote address.
“I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate,” said Cruz, before he was interrupted with shouts of “all of us!” from the audience.
“You speak for yourself!” one participant yelled during the senator’s defense of Israel.
“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you,” said Cruz, as audience members drowned him out with boos and cries of “enough!,” “no!” and “never!”
The Free Beacon reported on Wednesday that several Hezbollah and Syrian regime supporters were scheduled to speak at the conference. Numerous members of Congress were scheduled to attend, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), and Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.).
The speakers included Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Raï, who has defended Hezbollah’s right to attack Israel and has called for a meeting with the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Another speaker, Syriac Orthodox Church Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, boasted on his official Facebook page last week about his Sept. 5 meeting with a “high level delegation from Hezbollah.”
The conference also featured Antioch Church patriarch Gregory III Laham, who has blamed terrorist attacks against Iraqi Christians on a “Zionist conspiracy against Islam” aimed at making Muslims look bad.
“It is actually a conspiracy planned by Zionism and some Christians with Zionist orientations, and it aims at undermining and giving a bad image of Islam,” Laham said in 2010, according to the Daily Star.
Despite the controversial speakers, Cruz decided to speak at the conference because he wanted to bring attention to the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, his office told the Free Beacon on Wednesday afternoon.
He said Wednesday night that he was disappointed he was unable to give the speech he had planned.
“I’d intended to talk tonight about Pastor Saeed Abedini, wrongfully imprisoned in the nation of Iran for practicing his Christian faith. I’d intended to talk tonight about Mariam Ibrahim, wrongfully imprisoned and sentenced to torture and death for her Christian faith,” said Cruz. “I had intended to talk about the three Jewish teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas simply because they were Jews.”
“Radical Islamic terrorists do not distinguish between Christians and Jews,” he added. “They hate us both, they murder us both.”
Funding for the conference was provided by top Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, organizers told the Free Beacon on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the conference did not immediately respond to request for comment.
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Here is a video of Patriarch Gregory III Laham from Syria, demanding that Senator Ted Cruz be removed from the summit..
More on this incident can be read here
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by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Let me first say, this comment is NOT directed towards the Middle-Eastern Christians as a collective, but rather towards those individuals in attendance at the IDC Summit, that were hateful and disrespectful. Many of those in attendance were very cordial and respectful and this message is not in reference to them.
Secondly, they invite Sen. Cruz to speak at the IDC summit as their keynote speaker and then, they disrespect him while he is there speaking on their behalf. He just happens to be one of the most genuine defenders of Middle-Eastern Christians, in their plight to end their persecution. Furthermore, Senator Ted Cruz was absolutely and unequivocally correct in his message and the “Christians” that showed objection were merely purveyors of hate and facilitated division.
On a personal note, a substantial portion of my life has been spent working to end the persecution of faith. Being a ‘..voice for the persecuted..’ is an honor and a privileged, of which I am not worthy. I never ‘chose’ to do it, but rather I feel as though I was ‘chosen’ to do it. Having said that, let me be very clear..
To those rude and disrespectful “Christians.” You should be ashamed of yourselves!
I will speak for you, to the extent that “you” speak for the Jews. I will defend your nation and your people, to the extent that “you” defend Israel and the Jewish people.
If “you” do not stand with Israel and the Jewish people, then likewise..
I cannot stand with you.
3 of the 8 Rapists are the son’s of the Chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League
by, Shamsul Islam | The Express Tribune | h/t Trop
FAISALABAD, Pakistan: Police on Friday registered a case against three sons of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Mian Farooq and five other unknown persons for allegedly raping a girl.
According to details, the victim Naz* herself moved a complaint before the Madina Town police in which she alleged that Muazzam Farooq, former chairman Zila Council Faisalabad, his two brothers Saad Farooq, Qasim Farooq and five others harassed her.
The complainant mentioned to have identified the accused Muazzam, Saad and Qasim but doesn’t know the other five persons; however, she claimed that she can also identify them if brought before her.
SHO Madina Town police station Farukh Waheed told The Express Tribune that, “In the medical examination of the victim it was confirmed that she had been gang raped. However, a DNA test will establish whether or not the alleged persons have committed the crime.”
Meanwhile, City Police Officer (CPO) Faisalabad Dr Sohail Habib Tajik has formed a committee under the supervision of SP Madina Town Nasir Sial to probe the incident. “If it was proved that the alleged persons were involved in the gang rape, the police will not hesitate to proceed against them in accordance with law, said Tajik.
Sources privy to the matter have claimed the arrest of one accused, Muazzam Farooq, but police are not confirming it.
* Victims name has been changed to protect her identitiy
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by, Phil Helsel | NBC News
Terrorist group ISIS released a video Saturday purportedly showing the execution of British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines.
If confirmed, it is the third time the organization, which has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria, beheaded a captive and released a video of the execution, intending to send a message to Western nations. Britain recently said it wouldsend machine guns and ammunition to Iraq to help that government battle the militants, and it is weighing whether to participate along with the U.S. in possible airstrikes in Syria against the terror group.
Haines, 44, like others in taped executions by the terror group, is forced in the new video to read a script in which he blamed his death on British Prime Minister David Cameron and the British government’s decision to join the U.S. in its battle against ISIS.
A black-clad, masked militant holding a knife then says the execution is in retaliation for Britain’s decision to supply arms to Kurdish fighters battling ISIS in Iraq.
After the murder, another captive is shown and the executioner warns Cameron, “you will have the blood of your people on your hands,” if the U.K. continues to ally with the U.S. in its campaign against the group.
Cameron called the execution “an act of pure evil,” and vowed, “We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.”
President Barack Obama said in a statement that the United States “strongly condemns the barbaric murder of David Hains” and offered his condolences to the family and the people of the U.K.
“The United States stands shoulder to shoulder tonight with our close friend and ally in grief and resolve. We will work with the United Kingdom and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice, and to degrade and destroy this threat to the people of our countries, the region and the world,” Obama said in the statement.
A spokesperson for the British Embassy said the government is offering Haines’ family “every support possible.”
Haines did security work for peacekeeping groups in the region when he was reportedly abducted in Syria in early 2013.
ISIS released a video Sept. 2 showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped in Syria in August 2013. Another American journalist, James Foley, was executed in a video released Aug. 19.
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Windows at a newspaper office in Spremberg, Germany, were sprayed with anti-Semitic grafitti this month, reading “Jews” and “We’ll catch you all.” Agence France-Presse/Getty Images. Photo courtesy of: Blazing CatFur
by, Frau Katze | Blazing CatFur
BERLIN, Germany: On a recent Monday morning, two police officers stood guard outside the Lauder Nitzan Kindergarten, a white, three-story house marked by a discreet nameplate. Shortly after 9 a.m., a dozen children walked out and headed for the playground, minded by a nervous-looking civilian with a pistol protruding from a belt holster.
Most Jewish institutions in Germany have long had 24-hour police protection. Many, like the kindergarten, also employ private security. But such vigilance, usually intended to stave off neo-Nazis, has taken on fresh urgency amid an upsurge in anti-Semitic acts this year that some authorities and Jewish community leaders blame on Muslims.
Chancellor Angela Merkel will address a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin on Sunday, underlining the government’s concern. But many Jews in Germany are worried their country doesn’t have a clear plan.
This summer, protesters against Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip unleashed a barrage of abuse, calling Jews “cowardly pigs,” “child murderers” and fodder for the gas chambers, according to witnesses and Jewish organizations. On the sidelines, a mob hounded a Jewish couple in Berlin and Jews were beaten in Hamburg and Frankfurt.
Similar incidents were taking place elsewhere in Europe, but in the country that masterminded the Holocaust, they evoked particularly painful memories.
“We haven’t heard these things on German streets for 50, 60 years,” said Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews, sitting in his office on a Frankfurt side street. “The fact that people on German streets are saying Jews should burn, Jews should be slaughtered, Jews should be gassed. It hits a particular nerve for us.”
Through education and prevention, but also repression, successive German governments largely succeeded in banning anti-Semitic speech from the public domain. Yet these efforts focused on the far-right; anti-Semitism in Muslim communities was left unchecked, according to community activists and government officials.
“The protests got a lot of attention, but ‘Jew’ has been used as an insult by young Muslims in schoolyards, on sports grounds, for years,” said Ahmad Mansour, an Israeli Arab who has led initiatives against prejudice and radicalization among Muslims in Germany since 2007. “There is a group of people that Germany’s fight against anti-Semitism passed by.”
Aiman Mazyek, president of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, said that Islam forbids anti-Semitism, but that some Muslims blur the border between criticism of Israel and hate speech.
“It must be addressed, but community leaders can’t do this on their own,” he said. “The state must step in, too, as it has done against right-wing anti-Semitism.”
In a radio interview two weeks ago, Hans-Georg Maassen, president of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, said “we’ve always associated anti-Semitism with national socialism [Nazis], the extreme right. We are now realizing that many immigrants who came to Germany harbor anti-Semitic prejudice.”
Long-term studies by Bielefeld and Leipzig universities show anti-Semitic prejudice in Germany is less widespread today than it was 10 years ago. Police records of anti-Semitic acts show the same trend.
But starting in 2002, the year of the second intifada, bouts of violence in the Middle East have coincided with spikes of anti-Semitism here, according to police, fanning fear among Jews.
“If you look back over 30 years, the statistics haven’t changed that much,” said Daniel Alter, a Berlin rabbi who survived a vicious attack in 2012 and now works with imams on outreach programs. “But anti-Semitism has become more visible, more accepted.”
Mr. Alter now wears a cap over his yarmulke. “There are too many places in Berlin where it would be irresponsible to advertise yourself as a Jew,” he said.
Esther Mizrahi, director of the Lauder Nitzan Kindergarten in central Berlin, said she doesn’t feel comfortable taking her children to the kosher store. A 31-year-old woman from an Orthodox household said Lebanese boys threw a stone through her window last month after arguing with her children over the Gaza conflict.
One obstacle to combating anti-Semitism among Muslims has been reluctance among politicians and the police to stigmatize a community that faces racism itself. Last week, a study by the government’s antidiscrimination watchdog showed far more antipathy in Germany against Gypsies and Muslims than against Jews. A mosque was burned in Berlin last month in a suspected arson attack.
Immigration from the former Soviet Union after the Berlin Wall fell saw Germany’s Jewish community grow to about 130,000 from 30,000 in the late 1980s. That doesn’t count an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Israelis living here.
The spread of anti-Semitic speech, from online forums to schoolyards, risks sending the community retreating in its shell, said Deidre Berger, director of the American Jewish Committee Berlin Office.
“Frictions with Muslims mean more and more Jewish families are deciding to send their children to Jewish schools,” she said. “There’s a tendency to seclude. If you can’t send your child to the local school, it’s a daunting challenge for society.”
A year ago, Ms. Merkel said she was ashamed that Jewish institutions still required police protection. Mr. Graumann thinks it will be a long time before the guards become superfluous.
“I wish we no longer needed them,” he said. “But that may have to wait until the Messiah comes.”
*This story has been updated to note that all the sites included in a list of “official Islamic State accounts” have now been suspended by VKontakte
by, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai | Mashable
The Islamic State may soon be running out of social networks.
When Twitter ramped up its crackdown on several accounts in the wake of the brutal beheading of James Foley, the militants were forced to move on to different social networks like Diaspora and VKontakte (or VK), the Russian equivalent of Facebook, looking for more permissive digital pastures.
But VKontakte, which boasts of 260 million users, has also started to crack down on accounts related to the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL).
“We are shutting down all communities and personal accounts that promote ISIS and have been found by our moderators or reported by users,” George Lobushkin, VKontakte’s spokesperson, told Mashable.
Experts who track Jihadists online confirmed that the crackdown has indeed started. “They have just suspended two of their top accounts,” Laith Alkhouri, a researcher with Flashpoint Partners, told Mashable.
J.M. Berger, who writes the influential Intelwire report also confirmed that two popular pages, named “al Hayat” and “Ajnad” — ISIS used both accounts for propaganda and recruiting — had been suspended.
Until Thursday, however, experts were critical of VKontakte’s leniency with ISIS accounts.
“VKontakte is their safe haven for now,” said Pieter Van Ostaeyen, a researcher who’s been tracking ISIS fighters and supporters on the Internet for months. “The main fact for these guys to move there is because they don’t get kicked off all the time.”
In the last three months, as ISIS fighters have carved a bloody path through Syria and Iraq, the group has shown an unprecedented ability among Jihadist groups to use social media to spread propaganda and recruit new fighters. But as large social networks like Facebook and Twitter crack down on their accounts, they have been forced to move to smaller networks with a more limited reach, but also more freedom to operate.
Even after the suspension of “al Hayat” and “Ajnad,” Alkhouri told Mashable that VKontakte is “not doing enough.”
On Thursday morning, Van Ostayen also pointed to a list of VKontakte profiles circulated on Twitter in the last week, titled “The Official Accounts of the Islamic State.”
Of the 16 links on the list, nine were still active at the time this article was written. And four of the ones that are now suspended were still active on Thursday, according to an analysis conducted by Mashable with the help of Dlshad Othman, a Syrian hacker and technologist who now lives in D.C. (After this story was published, VKontakte blocked all the links in the list.)
Vkontakte’s seemd to ramp up its crackdown on the same day a Russian news site Apparat published an investigation into Islamic State activities on VKontakte, revealing that the militants were widely recruiting and fundraising on the site, which Apparat defines as “free” and “comfortable” for the militants.
But VKontakte’s spokesperson Lobushkin rejected the idea that they’ve been too slow in their crackdown. He said the first account of the 62 was blocked on Aug. 7, but he also said that in the last two days, they shut down “about 20.”
For Alkhouri, compared to other social media companies, 62 “is a very small number” that dwarfs compared to others. Even after this fresh round of suspensions, “[VKontakte]‘s standards remain lackluster,” he said.
This story has been updated to note that all the sites included in a list of “official Islamic State accounts” have now been suspended by VKontakte.