by, The Right Scoop
Mona Walter, an ex-Muslim living in Sweden
‘..Reading al-Qur’an turns Muslims into killing machines..’
CBN reporter Dale Hurd recently interviewed Mona Walter, an ex-Muslim living in Sweden, to learn about her spiritual journey. After she left Somalia for Scandinavia as a refugee, she read the Koran for the first time and discovered the truth of what Islam is about. Her search eventually led her to Christianity, but her mission is still with Islam, namely to tell Muslims what the Koran really says.
Video courtesy of: The Christian Broadcasting Network
Truth-tellers, particularly when the subject is Islam, often face a lot of resistance. Walter gets death threats and sometimes needs security when she travels. She is brave to do outreach to the Allah tribe, but the hostile reaction of Muslims again demonstrates what a monster the west has created by allowing Islam immigration.
Ex-Muslim: Koran Revealed a Religion I Did Not Like, CBN News, By Dale Hurd, April 28, 2015
GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Mona Walter is on a mission. Her mission is for more Muslims to know what is in the Koran. She says if more Muslims knew what was in the Koran, more would leave Islam.
Walter came to Sweden from Somalia as a war refugee when she was 19. She says she was excited about joining a modern European nation with equal rights for women. But as a young Muslim woman, that was not the Sweden she encountered.
A Real Introduction to Islam
It was in Sweden that she first experienced radical Islam on a daily basis.
“I discovered Islam first in Sweden. In Somalia, you’re just a Muslim, without knowing the Koran. But then you come to Sweden and you go to mosque and there is the Koran, so you have to cover yourself and you have to be a good Muslim.”
Walter says she grew up in Somalia never having read the Koran.
“I didn’t know what I was a part of. I didn’t know who Mohammed was. I didn’t know who Allah was. So, when I found out, I was upset. I was sad and I was disappointed,” she recalled.
And it was in Sweden that Walters says she discovered Allah is a god who hates, and that Islam is not a religion of peace.
“It’s about hating and killing those who disagree with Islam. It’s about conquering. Mohammed, he was immoral. He was a bloodthirsty man. He was terrible man, and Muslims can read that in his biography — what he did to Jews, how he raped women, how he killed people. I mean, he killed everyone who didn’t agree with him,” she explained.
Discouraged, Walter left Islam and became an atheist, until one day a family member encouraged her to read the Bible. She still remembers the first time she read Matthew 5:44, where Jesus said to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Christianity, a New Perspective
“It was very strange for me to ‘love your enemy,’ because in Islam it is ‘kill your enemy.’ ‘Kill your enemy and anyone who refuses Islam.’ But Jesus Christ was all about love and peace and forgiveness and tolerance, and for some reason, I needed that,” she said.
She went to see Pastor Fouad Rasho of Angered Alliance Church, a Syrian immigrant who ministers to former Muslims in Sweden.
“She started to believe and she came to me. And that was the beginning of her trusting,” he said.
When she accepted Christ, Walter said she felt “so happy” and “filled with joy.”
Walter says the Lord gave her a burden for Muslims who still do not know the truth about Islam. And she began to study the Koran, and began copying verses from the Koran and handing them out on the street to Muslim women.
Rescuing Muslims with Truth
“Sometimes they listen and sometimes they become very upset, and I tell them, ‘You know your husband has a right to beat you if you don’t obey him?’ And they say ‘No, It does not say that.’ ‘Yes, it does say that.’ I thought if I tell them about Muhammed and about the Koran and about this god of Islam who hates, who kills, who discriminates against women, maybe they will have a choice and leave,” she explained.
But in politically correct Sweden, Walter has come under attack for simply repeating what is in the Koran.
“I’ve been called an ‘Islamophobe,’ and yeah [they tell me], ‘You’ve been bought,’ ‘You’re a house nigger,’ and stuff like that, terrible things, ” she said.
She has also been called a racist. Walter warns that Islamic radicalism is a serious threat in Sweden, and says Swedish society should care more about women trapped in Islam.
“[Swedes] will think, ‘Oh, we’re in Sweden; we have freedom of religion,’ but Muslim women don’t have freedom of religion. They live under the law of Allah, not under Swedish law. So they will suppose everyone has freedom of religion. We don’t have freedom of religion. It’s not for Muslim women. It’s for everyone else,” Walter argued.
Walter lives under death threats and sometimes travels with police protection. She wanted to show us Muslim areas around Gothenburg, but had to first dress as a Muslim. She believes if she were to show her face, she would be attacked.
“I can never go to those areas just being me, flesh and blood Mona. I would never get out of there alive,” she said.
“I mean, Muslims are normally good people like everyone else,” she continued. “But then when they read the Koran, then they become a killing machine.”
“This so-called ISIS, al Shabab or Boko Haram, they’re not like extremists. They’re not fanatical. They’re just good Muslims, good Muslims who follow the teachings of Islam. The prophet Mohammed, he did that. They’re doing what he did,” she explained.
Walter now uses videos and speaking appearances to spread her message. And she says she won’t stop, even though her life is in danger.
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
If ‘anyone’ ever harms a hair on this woman’s head…
I will make it my personal mission to harm every hair on their head.
by, Arutz Sheva
After fighting with rebels in Libya and embracing the revolt in Syria, Matthew VanDyke has rolled up in northern Iraq, but the celebrity American revolutionary filmmaker has now traded in his three-piece suit for a set of military fatigues.
VanDyke, who rose to fame as a foreign fighter after backing Libyan rebels against Muammar Gaddafi, has just finished leading his new military contracting firm through its first assignment: training Christian volunteers to take on jihadists.
Funded by Christian groups from abroad, mainly from the United States, the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit (NPU) aims to bring a local Christian militia to bear against the Islamic State group (also known as ISIS or ISIL) that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.
VanDyke is one of the best known and least camera-shy figures in an ever expanding and complex constellation of foreign fighters, organisations and donors getting involved in a private war against the jihadists.
“This is an extension of my work as a revolutionary,” he says as he takes a sip from his cappuccino in a cafe in the Kurdish capital of Arbil. “What gives somebody else the right to sit home and do nothing?”
The 35-year-old came to prominence in 2011 when he joined Libyan rebels in the fight to overthrow Gaddafi. He was held by regime forces in solitary confinement for more than five months.
The film “Point and Shoot” directed by Marshall Curry, which won the best documentary award at the Tribeca Festival last year, recounts the 35,000-mile motorcycle odyssey that led VanDyke to Libya, which he describes as “a crash course in manhood”.
Not one to shy away from self-aggrandizement, VanDyke’s official website claims that his own documentary on the Syrian conflict, in which he volunteered in 2012, won no fewer than 82 prizes.
A few months ago, VanDyke changed tactics and decided to form a military contracting firm, known as the ‘Sons of Liberty International’ (SOLI), with the training of a few hundred NPU volunteers as a first assignment.
The Nineveh in the NPU’s name refers to a northern region which Iraq’s Assyrian Christians and other religious minorities consider their ancestral home.
ISIS last year declared a “caliphate” over parts of Iraq and Syria it had seized, forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes, including many Iraqi Christians.
The Sunni Islamist group has embarked on a systematic campaign to wipe out non-Sunni-Muslim minorities, including a massive campaign of ethnic-cleansing against Iraq’s Yazidi minority, which some rights group say amounted to genocide.
But Christians – in Iraq and Syria – have also suffered greatly at ISIS’s hands, with whole communities driven to the brink of extinction. Earlier this year, in an illustration of its brutality against Christians, the jihadist group took several hundred Assyrian Christians hostage in northeastern Syria.
A US-led international coalition launched an air war on the jihadists in August and dispatched forces to train Kurdish and Iraqi federal troops who have since made ground with the controversial help of Iranian-backed Shia militias. Several days ago the anti-ISIS ground forces in Iraq scored their most significant victory yet, retaking the city of Tikrit after weeks of heavy fighting.
In the meantime other – less official – parties have been drawn into the conflict from abroad.
The NPU, for example, is being funded by the American MesopotamianOrganization (AMO), a California-based group founded by Assyrian-Americans.
It claims to have raised more than $250,000 for the NPU – which has not yet seen combat – since December through an initiative dubbed “Restore Nineveh Now”.
More than 80 percent of the donations come from the United States, the group’s chairman, David Lazar, told AFP by telephone from the United States.
He says telethons on the Assyrian National Broadcasting satellite channel generated donations “as high as $50,000 from one person”.
As well as financing food, clothing and protection gear, the AMO has hired a “top five” private contracting firm to provide risk assessments and possibly advanced training to NPU recruits, he says.
Many of the donations are coming from members of the Assyrian-American community, like Joseph Baba, a car salesman from Tehran who has lived in the US since 2000 who donated a little less than $10,000 to the group.
“I’m a firm believer that the Middle East has to have this indigenous population,” he says of Iraq’s Christians, speaking to AFP by telephone from his home in California.
‘In a grey area’
Baba said he had concerns over the legality of funding a militia – though the NPU and its supporters balk at the term – but was reassured by the AMO that it posed no problem.
Still, the issue of training a private force on foreign soil is highly sensitive and the NPU has sent out conflicting messages.
Lazar initially told AFP that Walid Phares, a Fox News terrorism analyst and formerly a prominent leader of the Lebanese Forces Christian militia during the 1975-1990 civil war, was a key supporter.
“He’s an adviser to us to this whole project, not only the NPU, but he’s an adviser to the Restore Nineveh Now initiative and the American Mesopotamian Organization,” Lazar said.
But he later denied making the remark and Restore Nineveh Now’s spokesman Jeff Gardner said Phares had no involvement.
In an email to AFP, Phares denied any role with the NPU, though he said he advises “a large coalition of US-based Middle East minorities NGOs, known as MECHRIC”, of which AMO is a member.
VanDyke’s role also seems to have stirred controversy.
Restore Nineveh Now issued a statement on February 25 acknowledging VanDyke’s involvement in the training program but also stating it had ended and accusing him of attempting to use the NPU to promote his business.
VanDyke also admits his firm is operating “perhaps in a grey area” in northern Iraq.
“We’re legally registered as a company. We’re not registered as anything else right now.”
A US State Department spokesman confirmed to AFP that a licence is needed when defense services, including military training, are provided.
VanDyke throws legal concerns to the wind.
“Generally the attitude of the United States seems to be as long as you shoot in the right direction they don’t care,” he says.
“You know, I go and risk my life in other countries, why would I be all that concerned about that?”
Muslim murderer and rapist surrounded by police. Photo courtesy of: Gistmania Naijapals
A middle aged man was arrested for molesting a woman and beheading her two-year-old son in Ofada town in Obafemi/Owode local government area of Ogun State. The suspect, identified as Mamodu Bashir Ibrahim, allegedly had a carnal knowledge of the mother of the boy, while she detoured to ease herself in a bush in the town.
The police reported that the rapist trailed his victim into the bush, pounced on her and dragged the woman into an uncompleted building. All this time the baby was being tied to her back. The man molested the woman, and then stabbed her. The monster has also cut the boy’s head off. A passer by frightened the suspect. He has initially escaped, so it was possible to rescue the woman. But nothing could have been done for the boy. He was dead and his severed head had been taken away. The knife with which the suspect perpetrated the act was discovered at the scene.
Further investigation by the police revealed that the murderer had sold the head of the boy to a woman in Ibadan. The detectives from the State Police Command are currently on the trail of the buyer. Journalists spoke with the monster-man at the scene of the crime, which was filled with blood stains. Ibrahim confirmed he molested the woman, killed her son and severed his head which he claimed he threw away into the bush. He also informed the detectives that he has an accomplice, who resides in Ibadan.
Moslem Male Rapes a Woman and Beheads Her 2-Year-old Baby Boy on Ogun,Nigeria:
Video courtesy of: nollygrio
‘..Is it just me, or does he look like a monkey with a tablecloth over his head?..’
Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Madi, Palestinian Authority cleric:
“I was delighted when a youth said to me: ‘Oh, Sheikh, I am 14 years old, I have 4 more years, and then I will blow myself up among Allah’s enemies. I will blow myself up among the Jews.’
I said: ‘My little son, I’ll ask Allah [to grant] you Martyrdom…’ If there is no way out of death, it is shameful for us to die as cowards. The Jews have bared their teeth, they have said what they have said and have done what they have done… They will not be deterred except by the color of the blood of their filthy people. They will not be deterred unless we blow ourselves up willingly and voluntarily among them…
The Prophet Muhammad said in the Islamic tradition:
‘The Jews will fight against you but Allah will make you masters over them.’ That is, not only through the bravery of our sons but also through the mastery that Allah gave the Muslim over the Jew. We are blowing them up in Hadera, we are blowing them up in Tel-Aviv and in Netanya in the mastery that Allah gave us over this riff-raff… We shall enter Jerusalem as conquerors and Jaffa as conquerors, and Haifa as conquerors and Ashkelon as conquerors…
Blessings upon anyone who has charged at a soldier for the sake of Allah. Blessings upon anyone who has acted for the sake of Allah and has gone on raids for His sake. Blessings upon anyone who has brought up his sons with the education of Jihad and Martyrdom-seeking. Blessings upon anyone who has saved a single bullet in order to put it through a Jew’s head.”
Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Madi, Palestinian Authority cleric:
Video courtesy of: palwatch | The Israel Project | h/t Janna Brock
by, Daud Olatunji, Aeokuta | Vanguard
Nigeria: Ogun State Police Command, yesterday, arrested five suspected ritualists, including two women, with human head and other parts in Joju area of Ota in Ado Odo-Ota local government.
This came barely one month after a herbalist was caught with 18 human skulls in the same local government.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, said the suspects were arrested during a joint operation by men of the state Police Command and the Special Anti- Robbery Squad from Lagos Command.
The suspects were reportedly caught following a tip-off.
“The Divisional Police Officer in charge Otta Division, CSP Gabreal Idibie, led a team of operatives to assist the SARS Lagos, who got first hand information, to Joju area where the five suspects were arrested and exhibits recovered for further investigation and adequate prosecution,” Adejobi said.
“The suspects arrested are Kubura Salami, Tantolorun Abimbola, Kafaya Popoola, Wahid Ibrahim and Adamu Rafiu.”
by, Bill Muehlenberg | Tulisan Murtad
When it comes to understanding the true nature of Islam, just like the true nature of communism decades earlier, there are basically two groups of people out there: those who know what a genuine menace and threat it is, and those who are utterly clueless, and think we can somehow just accommodate and appease our sworn enemies.
The communists never covered up their aims of wishing to destroy America and the West, and Islam too has not been coy about publically stating its ultimate aims: taking over the West, stamping out freedom and democracy, and instituting a universal Caliphate with sharia law becoming the law of the planet.
There have been plenty of gullible and ignorant Westerners who actually applauded the spread of communism, as there are many people today foolishly endorsing and promoting the spread of the political ideology known as Islam. Lenin called such folks “useful idiots” and we still have plenty of them around today it seems.
Throughout so much of the Western world creeping sharia and stealth jihad have been occurring at a rapid rate, but most Westerners have been sleeping right through it. In one country after another ignorance, appeasement and apathy have allowed the Islamists to cement their positions in the West.
The UK is an obvious case in point. While Christianity seems to be all but dead there, Islam is on the move big time. Simply look at how houses of worship reveal these truths. In 1960 there was one mosque in all of London. Today there are many hundreds of them and incredibly many of these are former churches! Yet most folks there have snoozed through all this.
Of course there have been plenty of voices sending out warnings – often falling on deaf ears however. For example Melanie Phillips wrote an important book back in 2006 called: Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within. I wrote a review of this incisive volume back then.
But she has basically been a voice crying out in the wilderness. Most English leaders have been woefully ignorant and appallingly clueless about the real nature of Islam. That is why I was quite startled to learn that not one but two major English leaders recently have come out slightly aware of Islamic matters for a change.
It may well be too late, but these two leaders may finally be waking up at least to some extent, and can see that not everything is sweetness and light in their nation, and elsewhere. Both men had in the past been almost sycophantic over Islam, seemingly believing it could do no wrong.
Consider a minor awakening from Prime Minister Cameron. Audrey Russo offers this commentary: “It appears that the UK’s great advocate for Islam has had a change of heart. The constant display of barbaric acts and Islamic cries of hate for the West, was never enough to open the eyes of the UK PM David Cameron. The question must be asked: What magical smelling salts was the PM given … because these suckers appear to have grown a spine!
“Cameron’s rabid defense for Islam in the past, almost required shots. He condemned the EDL (a grassroots movement of citizens desiring to retain the freedoms and culture of their homeland) with egregious barbs … but fell all over himself to protect this vile lot of Mohammedans. Now we are to believe he agrees with those who oppose Islamists?
“So, let me get this straight … Mr. Cameron has awoken out of his deep Islamic slumber. Well, then I’d like to know what it finally took for this man to awaken. The tragic event of his soldier Lee Rigby’s beheading, didn’t move him. The kidnapping and rape of British teenage girls by grooming gangs wasn’t enough. And the rallying cry of the British people in the streets, desperately trying to bring attention to the daily Islamic hate crimes committed against fellow citizens, moved him not. But now, suddenly he’s startled into reality?”
She says it may be too early to tell if this is a real change, or just more political grandstanding. But hopefully he is beginning to become aware of a few inconvenient truths here. Another English leader who finally seems to have seen a bit of light is Prince Charles.
As one news report said, “Christianity is beginning ‘to disappear’ in its own birthplace after 2,000 years because of a wave of ‘organised persecution’ across the Middle East, the Prince of Wales has warned. In an impassioned intervention, he said that the world is in danger of losing something ‘irreplaceably precious’ with communities tracing their history back to the time of Jesus now under threat from fundamentalist Islamist militants.
“Speaking openly of his own Christian faith, he said he had become ‘deeply troubled’ by the plight of those he described as his ‘brothers and sisters in Christ’. And the Prince, a long-standing advocate of dialogue between religions, voiced personal dismay at seeing his work over the last 20 years to ‘build bridges and dispel ignorance’ being deliberately destroyed by those attempting to exploit the Arab Spring for their own ends. He devoted a Christmas reception for religious leaders at Clarence House to draw attention to the threat Christians have come under in recent months across Egypt, Syria, Iraq and other parts of the region.”
Nice of him to finally wake up to some reality here, although anyone without Islamist eyeglasses on knew full well the horrific condition of Christians in the Middle East and Muslim-majority countries. They have been suffering terribly for so very long, yet most Western leaders have chosen to ignore all this.
Indeed, Islamic persecution of Christians has been a hallmark of Islam’s 14-century history, but it has been especially ferocious in more recent times. So I am glad the Prince of Wales has finally caught on here. Whether his ongoing attempts at interfaith dialogue will now be hampered remains to be seen, but at least he is finally a bit aware.
Hopefully many other Western leaders will wake up to the real nature of Islam, their tremendous persecution of Christians, and their openly-stated goal of taking over the West. Until we wake up to these basic home truths, the future of the West remains very dim indeed.
Prince Charles: Christians ‘deliberately targeted’ in Middle East
The brothers of a Skaf gang rapist have been jailed for a brutal attack on a Sydney cleaner, with a magistrate condemning increasing violence in the community.
Brothers Mahmoud Sanoussi, 28, Ahmed Sanoussi, 31, and another man, Armed Breaery, 31, were charged after a cleaner at a smash repairs store in Revesby, in Sydney’s southwest, was bashed in September last year.
They pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and the two brothers, who are siblings to convicted Skaf gang rapist Mohammed Sanoussi, also pleaded guilty to intimidating police.
In dramatic scenes at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Roger Clisdell handed down 18-month jail sentences to each of the men and called the unprovoked attacks “cowardly and despicable”.
Ahmed Sanoussi and Armed Breaery will be eligible for parole in nine months while Mahmoud Sanoussi could be out in eight months after already spending time in jail for the offences.
“Violence in our community is prevalent,” Mr Clisdell told the court.
“It couldn’t be a worse time for people to come before the courts in this environment.”
Partners and family members of the men began sobbing as they were taken away by court officers.
Lawyers have appealed the punishments and sought bail for Ahmed Sanoussi and Armed Breaery. Bail was denied.
The court was told the victim was hosing down a building when one of the men shouted “Hey f***wit you got a s*** job” to which he replied “Someone has to do it”.
It was soon after this that they set upon the victim who they called a “smartass f***wit”.
Their brother Mohammed Sanoussi had his parole revoked the day after the attack by his brothers in September.
Mohammed Sanoussi was meant to reside with his brothers after spending 13 years in jail for a series of gang rapes.
He was later given parole and ordered to stay in a halfway house.
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Here is some excellent information on: Muslims in Australia
Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl, “Pretend-to-be” Jew.
They didn’t all get together, hold hands and sing Kumbaya – but they came pretty close.
Participants in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s trip to Israel were positively gushing about the prime minister’s performance on the world stage, with several referring to his speech in the Knesset as the highlight.
Rabbis on the trip also mentioned the interaction between colleagues from various denominations of Judaism as a happy unintended consequence of the trip, which saw more than 200 community leaders, rabbis and businesspeople join the Canadian delegation as an “accompanying party.”
Referring to Harper’s address to the Knesset, Toronto lawyer Berl Nadler, a member of the board of directors of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) called it “a stirring piece of oratorical clarity on the issues.
“I think he was intellectually honest on the origins of anti-Zionism in a way even Jewish community leaders are not,” he said.
“There are very few world leaders who have as well thought-out a position,” he said. And considering the criticism he faced for drawing too close to Israel, Nadler said, “I think it’s a pretty gutsy thing to do. The prime minister has the courage of his convictions. They’re well thought-out political positions, based on facts, and well articulated.”
Nadler said the prime minister’s forceful address seemed to catch even members of the Knesset off guard, with his address being greeted by standing ovations.
Later, Harper visited the Western Wall. “You should have seen the cheering at the Kotel. It was heartwarming. It was like he was being welcomed as a genuine political and moral hero, a person prepared to take positions that are unpopular,” Nadler said.
Rabbi Philip Scheim, spiritual leader of Toronto’s Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am Congregation, said, “For all of us, the highlight was the appearance at the Knesset. The sense of pride we had of the prime minister standing up in the Knesset, giving as pro-Israel a speech as can be, from the heart…
“He knew he would get flack” from some opponents, he said, referring to critics who say Canada is best served with a more even-handed approach to the Middle East.
“We were so taken by this man’s love of Israel, and without an ulterior motive,” he said. “He feels that Israel is a manifestation of justice and a rectification of the wrongs of history.
“When a prime minister stands up and positions Israel as a manifestation of light in the world, I can’t imagine anything more heartwarming,” Rabbi Scheim said.
Rabbi Jarrod Grover of Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto, called the trip a “wonderful moment after wonderful moment – with a lot of waiting in between.”
Harper’s Knesset speech, his welcome by Israeli parliamentarians were “very powerful moments,” Rabbi Grover said.
“We’ve been working at this for a long time. It’s a dream come true.
“What’s the point of Israel advocacy if not this,” he continued. “We’ve been working to convince not just the Harper government, but Canadians in general, that they should be more [favourable] to Israel,” he said.
He rejected suggestions that political leaders should be more even-handed. “Why be temporizing every comment of support for Israel with ‘buts,’ ‘howevers’? That’s singling out Israel unfairly for everything wrong in the country instead of celebrating the many things they got right in a region that is collapsing. That even-handed position did us no good. We should be proud the prime minister sees that.”
For Vancouver lawyer Bernard Pinsky, Harper’s visit marked “the conjunction of two things I love – my country Canada and the country of Israel.
“I don’t see any conflict between loving and supporting them both. You can do both unconditionally. I want to be involved in making both places successful.”
Pinsky, past chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and past member of CIJA’s board, among other community leadership roles, said there were several memorable events during the trip. Standing at the Kotel as the prime minister approached, he was surprised to see “a group of Chassidim… shouting and excited and frenzied with joy” to see Harper.
On another occasion, on a bus to Tel Aviv University, the group could see Israelis standing on the roadside “with signs saying, ‘We love you Harper.’”
And at Yad Vashem, the group waited for quite awhile as the prime minister took a private tour of the Holocaust museum.
“We waited a long time, because he spent a lot of time at Yad Vashem,” Pinsky said. “To me, that was meaningful… He really feels that’s important. I really feel he got it. He’s a deep, intellectual guy who thinks things through.”
Rabbi Grover spoke of the benefit of spending time with his Jewish colleagues, as well as a few Christian ministers. “We spoke on the religious direction of the country and the challenges we face,” he said.
“This was really not just about Harper and the trip to Israel. It was a bonding experience for people who accompanied him. The Jewish community should feel good that we have so many friends in the government and across the country,” he added.
The one regret Rabbi Grover expressed was that “the visits were exclusive and secluded.” Even the highway was cleared to ensure Harper’s safety, he said.
“The prime minister saw the major sites, but he didn’t really get to see Israel.” Even taking him out for a coffee on Ben Yehuda, a pedestrian street in Jerusalem, would have exposed him “to the people, the culture, the real vibrancy of the country,” he said.
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Though some 200 individuals were part of the “accompanying party” that joined the official delegation, questions have been raised as to who made the list and who didn’t.
Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl of Beth Tzedec Congregation, one of Toronto’s largest synagogues, was not among those invited on the trip.
He’s not sure why. There has been some discussion in the community about the list. “Jews talk about all kinds of things. People talk, who is on, who was not on.”
According to Rabbi Frydman-Kohl, Pinsky and Nadler, the Prime Minister’s Office made the final list after soliciting suggestions from major Jewish organizations. MPs submitted their own lists.
Rabbi Grover said that’s how he was included, noting he has developed a personal relationship with his shul’s local MP, Chungsen Leung.
How the list was chosen is less significant than the trip itself, Rabbi Frydman-Kohl stated.
“What’s really important is what the prime minister did there and what it represents, both to him personally and as head of government, and to us, as a statement on Canadian policy in the Middle East. So we have to keep our eyes on the big picture.
“I’m thrilled. I think this has been a home run for the prime minister and, more importantly, a home run for Canada,” he added.
Tenant Rasel Siddiquee, left, was arrested after his landlord, Mahuddin Mahmud, right, was found dead in the basement of his building in Brooklyn. Photo Courtesy of: NBC 4 NY
A 27-year-old man has been charged with murder after the landlord of his Brooklyn building was found nearly decapitated in the basement Tuesday, police say.
Rasel Siddiquee was arrested early Wednesday in connection with the death of Mahuddin Mahmud, a 57-year-old businessman and father of three who was found with his head nearly cut off and his face burned in the basement of a building he owned, according to the NYPD.
Police found Mahmud’s body after getting a 911 call about an assault at the building on McDonald Avenue in Kensington. Siddiquee lived in the basement, police say.