Victim remains in stable condition in hospital after police arrest attacker at the scene
by, Lizzie Dearden | The Independent – UK
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A Jewish man has been stabbed in France by an attacker heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” in the latest attack to shake the country.
The victim, Chalom Levy, was taken to hospital after the assault in Strasbourg on Friday morning and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police arrested the attacker at the scene and were holding him in custody while investigating his motives.
Mendel Samama, a local rabbi and good friend of Mr Levy, toldThe Independent the 62-year-old victim was wearing a Jewish kippa when he was targeted.
“He had been shopping for Shabbat [the Jewish day of rest on Saturday] and he was walking back home when it happened, on the corner right by his house,” Mr Samama said.
“He was stabbed once and the guy shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, and when he took the knife out to stab him again he ran away.
“I don’t know how he had the power but he managed to run to a bar. I think it saved his life.”
The bar staff barricaded the doors and called the emergency services while helping Mr Levy.
He has been taken to hospital to be treated for a stab wound to his abdomen, which missed any vital organs.
After visiting his friend, Mr Samama said: “He’s in shock, when I spoke to him he was crying. He told me he thinks it’s a miracle, he told me ‘I think God saved me today’.”
The suspect, said to be mentally ill, is believed to be known to police in relation to another attack on a Jewish victim in 2010.
Mr Samama said the man had recently been held in a psychiatric hospital and that Mr Levy’s family were demanding to know why he had been freed.
He described Mr Levy as a gentle man who “loves taking care of people”.
The grandfather lives with his wife in Strasbourg and is retired, having formerly worked at a local factory.
“He is a very quiet man, a gentle man – he is the type of person you would love to have in your family or in your community,” Mr Samama said.
Judicial police are investigating the suspected anti-Semitic attack, which came in Strasbourg’s Jewish quarter at around 11.45am local time (10.45am BST).
Officers have not confirmed any motive or possible link with foreign terrorist groups.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which raised tensions after a series of stabbings and attempted killings by Isis supporters elsewhere in France and Europe.
2 Palestinian terrorists, dressed in suits, open fire in restaurant at popular Sarona center; arrested gunmen are relatives from Hebron area
by, Judah Ari Gross | The Times of Israel
Three people were murdered in a shooting terror attack in Tel Aviv’s popular Sarona Market Wednesday evening.
Four others were seriously hurt, with another person said to be in critical condition.
Police said two Palestinian gunmen were involved in the terror attack. One shooting was said to have occurred inside the Sarona complex while another was reported on the adjacent Ha’arba’ah Street.
Officials said one gunman was arrested and another was shot by security forces and taken into custody. Police later confirmed they were Palestinian relatives from the Hebron area in the West Bank.
Some unconfirmed reports spoke of a third gunman who escaped, but police and soldiers deployed in the surrounding streets called off the search after an hour.
Chico Edri, head of Israel Police’s Tel Aviv district, told reporters the incident was over and no other suspects were thought to be at large. He said one gunman had been arrested, the other shot and then taken into custody. Edri said the police had seized the weapons used in the attack.
Police said there had been no warning of an imminent attack.
8.6.2016 תיעוד חיסול המחבל – פיגוע במתחם שרונה בתל אביב
Less than an hour after the gunfire was first reported, Ichilov Hospital confirmed that three victims had succumbed to their injuries. They were not immediately identified.
Of the wounded, one person was reported to be in critical condition, and four others in serious condition.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who landed in Tel Aviv around 10 p.m. following a two-day trip to Moscow, was being briefed on the attack and was set to go directly to the Tel Aviv army headquarters, which is across from the Sarona Market. The head of Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevy, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich, and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan were at the scene.
An eyewitness told Israel Radio that the gunmen were dressed up as ultra-Orthodox men. Other reports said they were dressed in semi-formal attire: black pants, white shirts and ties. Police wouldn’t address the claims.
A bartender confirmed to The Times of Israel that the two gunmen were sitting at Sarona’s Max Brenner restaurant before beginning their shooting spree. Yousef Jabarin, a resident of Umm al-Fahm, said the pair were dressed as “warriors” — wearing black suits, white shirts, skinny ties. He said he knew they were from the West Bank by the way they were dressed. The terrorists sat down and ordered a dessert, he said, and after 15 minutes, they stood up and started shooting.
The gunfire lasted about a minute, he said. Jabarin said the Max Brenner restaurant does not have its own security guard.
The Hamas terror group hailed the attack, but stopped short of claiming responsibility.
Yechiel Miller, a volunteer medic with United Hatzalah, related from the scene of the attack: “When I arrived at the scene I saw a woman who was unconscious and not breathing and in critical condition. We began resuscitation efforts. We also treated numerous other individuals who suffered gun shot wounds and wounds from shrapnel.”
Davidi Dahan, another medic with United Hatzalah, said: “When I arrived at the scene I saw two young people who were suffering from gunshot wounds outside of a restaurant at the Sarona center. We treated them as well as numerous other individuals who were suffering from shock.
“While we were treating them other volunteers from the ambucycle unit of United Hatzalah reported that they were treating an unconscious woman behind the Sarona center and that she was in critical condition. We are currently searching for and treating other people who are suffering from shock and who have fed to nearby streets due to the incident.”
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai arrived at Ichilov Hospital, and sent condolences to the families of the victims.
“We in Tel Aviv have for years been a target of terrorism,” he said. “No terrorism will defeat us.”
Police were warning civilians to stay away from the scene of the attack.
In April, Israeli police moved to close down Sarona Market over fears that the commercial center was not sufficiently secure, but the site’s management said it would stay open. The popular compound is home to Israel’s largest indoor culinary market. Its 8,700 square meters (93,000 square feet) of market space hosts 91 shops of all varieties.
At the time, police asked the Tel Aviv Municipality to revoke Sarona’s business license, arguing that lax security put the visiting public at risk.
Since October, 29 Israelis and four others have been killed and hundreds more injured in the spate of attacks, though the violence had dramatically waned of late. Some 200 Palestinians have also been killed, some two-thirds of them while carrying out attacks and the rest in clashes with troops, Israeli officials say.
Wednesday’s attack was the second deadly shooting in Tel Aviv in six months.
In January, 29-year-old Nashat Milhem of the northern Israeli Arab town of Arara opened fire outside a bar on Tel Aviv’s busy Dizengoff Street, killing two Israelis. After fleeing, Milhem killed Bedouin taxi driver Ayman Shaaban some 60 minutes later. Milhem was killed in a shootout with police days later while hiding out in a building in his hometown.
In a stabbing spree in the city’s Jaffa neighborhood in March, 22-year-old Palestinian Bashar Massalha killed US citizen Taylor Force and injured 10 others in a rampage along the Jaffa boardwalk. He was killed by security forces during the attack.
by, RT | Sharona Schwartz | The Blaze
Video captured by drone reveals just how devastating the destruction has been in a Damascus suburb where the buildings might be divided into two categories: partially damaged and totally demolished.
As the drone camera makes its way from one block to the next, it seems there is no end in sight to the complete and utter ruin characterizing today’s suburb of Jobar.
The Burden of Damascus: “..Behold, Damascus is Taken Away From Being a City and it Shall be a Ruinous Heap..” – Isaiah 17:1 [Torah and Holy Bible]
Video courtesy of: Ruptly TV
“Apocalyptic scenes of Damascus suburb obliterated by violent clashes” was how RT described the drone video which the Russian network obtained.
By contrast, here’s how RT described what Jobar was like five years ago:
Before the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011, the neighborhood was home to some 300,000 residents, most of whom were Sunni Muslims. The suburb contained a number of ancient landmarks, most notably the Green Synagogue, the oldest Jewish synagogue in the world. It also contained the Grand Jobar Mosque in addition to the tomb of the Prophet Elijah. Jobar also housed ancient baths that were built during Ottoman times.
The clashes continue in Jobar between the Syrian Army and rebel forces aiming to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. The suburb is now in the hands of rebels.
The Tomb of Muhammad in Medina.
by, William Kilpatrick | Crisis Magazine | h/t Raymond Ibrahim
With all the talk about the Syrian refugees, one point is often overlooked. Much of the debate focuses on the question of whether or not the refugees can be reliably vetted. If they can be certified as one hundred percent terrorist-free, then, presumably, the resettlement can safely proceed.
But even if every terrorist could be excluded from the ranks of the refugees, a problem would remain. Many analysts are concerned that the resettlement program might facilitate the growth of terrorist-tolerant communities in America. By “terrorist-tolerant” I don’t mean that its members are thinking every minute about what they can do to support jihad, but rather that they have come to take for granted things that aren’t assumed in other societies.
Terror, for instance. Nonie Darwish, a former Muslim who grew up in Egypt, puts it this way:
One of the reasons that the so-called moderate Muslims have become irrelevant … is that over the centuries they have become tolerant of Islamic terrorism and considered it as part of normal life.
“Life under Sharia itself is a life under terror,” observes Darwish. And that daily low-level terrorism accustoms Muslims to view it as something “like a natural disaster or part of life that must be tolerated.”
So, although a Syrian refugee may have no personal taste for terror, he can be surprisingly tolerant of it. A 2007 public opinion poll of Syrians revealed that 75 percent of those polled supported financial aid for Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and “Iraqi fighters” (at that time, mostly al-Qaeda). Need it be mentioned that all these groups are designated as terrorist organizations by the U.S. government? A more recent poll of 1,365 Syrians found that one out of five considered ISIS to be a positive influence on the country. And living in the West doesn’t seem to change these attitudes. A 2014 opinion poll showed that 27 percent of the French population in the 18-24-year-old demographic supported ISIS. Assuming a random sample, and assuming that the majority of pro-ISIS respondents were Muslim, that would mean that the vast majority of young French Muslims support ISIS.
That kind of supportive environment is a factor that’s often overlooked in the debate over Syrian refugees. As defenders of the resettlement program like to point out, terrorists can get into the U.S. by other means than by mingling with refugees. But once here, they need a network to support them and give them cover. And the network itself can only function if the larger community is willing to look the other way.
Europe is now dotted with such networks—in the Paris suburbs, in the Brussels borough of Molenbeek, in the Neukölln district of Berlin, and in numerous other places. There isevidence that similar networks already exist in nascent form in the U.S. Beyond the question of whether terrorists will mix in with refugees lies a larger question about the refugee resettlement program. Will it contribute to a strengthening of our society, or will it lead instead to the strengthening and expansion of terror-supportive networks?
Whether or not a particular group of refugees has been infiltrated by ISIS, there remains the fact that many refugees subscribe to the same general worldview held by members of the Islamic State. After all, they’ve been steeped in the same cultural-religious milieu that produced the terrorists. Many of them will take it for granted that Islam is the supreme religion, that Muhammad was the perfect man, and that Jews and Christians are unclean. They may be averse to committing violence, but they may find it perfectly understandable if other Muslims resort to violence in order to avenge a real or perceived insult to Islam. Although that mindset is alien to us, it shouldn’t be incomprehensible. At the time that a death fatwa was issued against the author Salman Rushdie, I remember talking with several Catholics who felt quite sympathetic to the Ayatollah Khomeini (who issued the fatwa), and rather unsympathetic to Rushdie and his “blasphemous” attitude toward religion.
Given their cultural background, it’s reasonable to expect that Sunni Muslim refugees will bring with them a set of beliefs and attitudes conducive to the incubation of terrorism. Even if there were a foolproof method for excluding active terrorists from their midst, there is no way of vetting for future terrorists—young Muslims who at some point in their development decide that ISIS or some similar movement is the logical conclusion of all they have been taught.
This “conversion” to radical Islam can come quite suddenly. Mohamed Abdelslam, the brother of two of the Paris terrorists, told reporters that his brothers began to change roughly six months before the attack, when they, “stopped drinking and started praying.” Likewise, the radicalization of Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the Chattanooga jihadist who killed five servicemen, could not easily have been forecast. To his classmates and teachers, he seemed like a normal American boy, and if he had problems, they were of the normal young American male variety—pot-smoking, heavy drinking, and fast driving. Unlike other young Americans, however, he would have been exposed—either at home or on Islamist websites—to the belief that one can wipe out one’s sins by an act of martyrdom.
This “sudden conversion syndrome” to more radical forms of Islam is increasingly common among Muslim youth. But, as I said, it’s not easy to predict. If you’re a government official whose job it is to vet refugees, how can you know if the smiling fourteen-year-old boy standing in front of you and surrounded by his polite and pleasant family is going to go radical three years down the line?
Absent other information and unfair as it may seem, his family’s culture has to be taken into account. To some extent, we are all creatures of our culture, and Islamic cultures seem to produce a disproportionate number of terrorists. Contemporary Western culture, on the other hand, seems to produce a disproportionate number of naïve egocentrics who are incapable of imagining that other cultures may be radically different from their own. Their tendency is to automatically project their own values and attitudes on to all they see.
But, as should now be clear to anyone willing to look, Islamic culture is not simply a colorful variation of our own. In those places where traditional Islam is the governing principle—whether in the Islamic State, or in parts of Pakistan, Indonesia, or Nigeria—the same disdain for non-Muslims and their religions can be found. This attitude is common not just among terrorists, but also among ordinary Muslims. By all accounts, the fifteen Muslim migrants who threw twelve Christians overboard during a Mediterranean crossing were not terrorists, they were simply Muslims who took offense when some of the Christians began to pray. Some of the Muslims who attacked Christians in European refugee camps appear to have been members of ISIS, but others were not. Blind to the differences in culture, European officials initially put Christian and Muslim migrants together in the same camps. With a bit more cultural awareness under their belts, they came to the politically incorrect conclusion that the two groups had to be housed separately. A less violent example of Islamic contempt for other cultures was provided by the Turkish soccer fans who booed and chanted when, during a Turkish-Greek soccer match, a moment of silence was requested for the victims of the Paris massacre.
As concerns the Syrian refugee crisis, Christians are regularly reminded that the Holy Family were once refugees in Egypt. Yes, but the culture brought into the world by the Holy Family is worlds apart from the one introduced six centuries later by Muhammad.
Let’s not forget that the Holy Family were once refugees. But in regard to the present crisis there’s another and perhaps more appropriate analogy to consider: Muhammad and his followers were also once refugees. He and his group of about 100 men, women, and children had long overstayed their welcome in Mecca. According to Muslim chroniclers, they had to flee in order to avoid persecution. Fortunately for Muhammad, the more “enlightened” citizens of Medina extended an invitation to the Muslims to come and live in their city. It is not recorded whether or not they held up large “welcome refugees” banners as is now the custom at European train stations, but they soon enough experienced the kind of regrets that Europeans are now having. Muhammad gradually acquired wealth and converts, and within a half-dozen years he was the master of Medina. Those Medinans who were not exiled or slaughtered were thoroughly subjugated. Muhammad then used Medina as the launching pad for his conquest of all Arabia. Within a century of his death, his followers had conquered nearly half of the civilized world.
The relevant analogy for our society is not the flight to Egypt, but the flight to Medina and the subsequent colonization of that city by the Muslims. A similar process of cultural conquest by migration is now underway in Europe. Citizens of the United States would be well-advised to monitor the situation over there before embarking on their own ill-considered experiment in welcoming the stranger.
- A Racist Muslim, 39, assaulted a group of Jewish men outside Melbourne synagogue
- He was filmed shouting ‘Go back to Israel’ and ‘swear to Allah’ on Thursday
- Man then tried to strangle one of the Rabis from Adass Israel Synagogue
- He had allegedly stolen a child’s scooter from outside the synagogue
- He was charged with theft, criminal damage and unlawful assault
by, Emily Crane | Daily Mail (Australia) | h/t AFF and Judy D. Lanza
MELBOURNE, Australia: A man who shouted ‘swear to Allah’ as he tried to strangle a Jewish Rabi outside a synagogue was tackled by a group of men dressed in religious attire when he became violent.
Video footage shows the 39-year-old man arguing with a group of Orthodox Jews outside the Adass Israel Synagogue in Ripponlea, south of Melbourne, on Thursday night.
The Reservoir man, who was drunk at the time, had been walking with three others towards the nearby train station when he allegedly stole a child’s scooter from outside the synagogue.
He got into a verbal argument with several Jewish men who came out of the synagogue to question him over the alleged theft.
Video courtesy of: Daily Mail (Australia)
The man, who was wearing a red shirt, pair of board shorts and no shoes, then slapped one of them in the face after he was told to ‘talk nicely’.
The victim and another man quickly cornered him on the ramp of the synagogue and told him to settle down because the police were on their way.
‘You settle down right now. You’ve got booze inside of you, true or not?’ the Jewish Rabi said in the video.
The man, who repeatedly said he was Aboriginal, started shouting at one of the men: ‘Go back to Israel’ and asked ‘Do you want to swear to Allah?’.
The man was then caught on camera trying to grab hold of the Jewish man’s throat.
The group of men, dressed in religious attire, quickly tackled him and pinned his arms and legs to the concrete until police arrived a short time later.
The man was arrested and charged with theft, criminal damage and two counts of unlawful assault over the incident.
A Rabi from the synagogue told Daily Mail Australia the man who bore the brunt of the attack was not injured in the scuffle. He said police told him at the time the man was on drugs.
‘It was an isolated incident and it was handled very well. It wasn’t anti-Semitic. The guy was on drugs and ice,’ he said.
‘A group of four were walking through the lane and they walked past some of the kids. I think they made a comment and then they started stealing their scooters.
‘This guy decided to stay for some odd reason and that’s when it happened. We handed the footage over to police.’
The man was held by police for several hours before being released on bail. He will front Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on January 19 next year.
Actual photo from the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, France. Photo courtesy of: (My dear friend “Maggy Read“)
by, Tom Cleary | Heavy.com
Daniel Psenny recorded the video from his apartment window as victims poured out of the Paris concert hall. Gunfire can be heard from inside. Some of the victims collapse outside the door, and remain motionless throughout the video. Another victim is dragged down the alleyway by a friend. At lest two people can be seen hanging from second-floor windows.
Sporadic gunfire can be heard as the victims leave the building.
Psenny was later shot in the arm while trying to rescue wounded victims, he told Le Monde. He said the bullet was fired from a window.
He told the newspaper he was watching TV and heard what he thought was firecrackers. At first he thought it was coming from the TV. He then saw people leaving the Bataclan, with “all the world” running from the building. He said he saw blood and a woman clinging from the window, and thought of the images of the September 11 attacks.
Video courtesy of: Le Monde | Heavy.com | JSMedia Productions
After filming for a few minutes, he went downstairs to help someone who had collapsed in the alley. He was then shot.
He said the victim he rescued was American, and had been shot in the leg. The other man vomited and was cold. Psenny wrapped the man’s leg in a tourniquet and they waited until police raided the building.
According to CNN, at least 100 people were killed inside the theater, where multiple gunmen opened fire, through grenades into the crowd and then took hostages, killing victims one by one until police officers stormed the building. The attackers then detonated suicide vests, killing themselves.
The Bataclan theater has a capacity of 1,500 people and was said to be sold out. Concertgoers posted photos from inside the venue before the shooting began:
The victims at the Bataclan theater were watching a concert by the American band Eagles of Metal.
Here is a video of the shoot-out between police and terrorists outside the Bataclan Theatre:
(Clearly the French Police are ‘out-gunned’ by the Muslim Terrorists.)
Chilling footage shows female terrorist prepare to strike outside Beitar Illit.
by, Tova Dvorin | Arutz Sheva | h/t Seth Charnes
Footage has emerged of the brutal stabbing attack outside Beitar Illit on Sunday afternoon, showing the terrorist coldly waiting to strike a security guard outside the gate, as he checked her ID card.
The terrorist, whom unconfirmed reports identify as 23 year-old Halva Alian of Bethlehem, was neutralized by security forces at the scene shortly after the attack.
The guard, an unnamed 35 year-old Israeli, is listed as suffering from light injuries to the hand or stomach.
One of Judaism’s/Judeo-Christianity’s Holiest Sites, the Tomb of Joseph (Father of Jesus)..Destroyed by Muslim Terrorists.
by, Grant | Breaking 911 | Sakir Khader
According to multiple reports and witness video (Scroll down), Palestinian terrorists have set fire to Joseph’s Tomb on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Nablus.
This is not the first time the Holy Site has been attacked or vandalized.
On December 22, 2014, Jews who were visiting the tomb to light candles for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah discovered that the site had been vandalized.
Lights were broken and electrical wiring had been cut. It was the first time Jews were allowed to visit the tomb in over a month.
On July 7, 2014, Palestinians tried to burn down Josephs Tomb while protesting. Palestinian Authority security forces were able to stop the protesters before they were able to burn it down.
On April 24, 2011, Palestinian Authority police officers opened fire on three cars of Israeli worshipers after they finished praying at Joseph’s Tomb.
An Israeli citizen was killed and three others were wounded. The fatality was identified as Ben-Joseph Livnat, 25, the nephew of Culture Minister Limor Livnat.
Both the Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian Authority ordered investigations into the incident.
According to an initial investigation, three cars full of Israelis entered the compound of Joseph’s Tomb without coordination with the Israeli military or Palestinian security forces and then tried to break through a Palestinian Authority police checkpoint.
The IDF investigation concluded that the Palestinian police officers had acted “maliciously” and with the intent to harm the Jewish worshipers.
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz added that they fired “without justification and with no immediate threat to their lives.”