Monthly Archives: February 2015

Iran cleric vows to ‘raise flag of Islam on White House’ to avenge Israeli attack

A senior Iranian cleric with close ties to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Friday that “we will raise the flag of Islam over the White House” in response to the killing of Hezbollah and Revolutionary Guards operatives on the Golan Heights last month.

Peter Kent in House of Commons – Anti-Semitism in Canada and around the world

Kerry to Royce: ‘Pledging Allegiance to ISIL Is Not Necessarily Joining the Fight’

On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), that “Pledging allegiance to ISIL is not necessarily joining the fight.”

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) responded by asking, “So we’re going to wait until they kill a bunch of people before we attack them. Is that what you’re saying the administration’s fight is?”

Kerry replied, “No. We are going to and see whether or not they are in fact, really joined in the fight against ISIL.” He explained his belief, and the administration’s policy, that “a group that simply embraces the ideology, pledges allegiance is not necessarily fighting for, alongside, or against the United States and our associated forces.”

OXFAM says it will take 100 years to rebuild Gaza unless the Jews are willing to commit suicide

At current rates it could take more than 100 years to complete essential building of homes, schools and health facilities in Gaza unless the Israeli blockade is lifted, Oxfam warned today as new figures show the amount of vital construction materials entering Gaza dropped last month.

Less that 0.25 percent of the truckloads of essential construction materials needed have entered Gaza in the past three months. Six months since the end of the conflict, the situation in Gaza is becoming increasingly desperate. Oxfam is calling for an urgent end to the blockade of Gaza, which has now been in place for nearly eight years.

Gaza needs more than 800,000 truckloads of construction materials to build homes, schools, health facilities and other infrastructure required after repeated conflicts and years of blockade, according to aid agencies on the ground. Yet, in January only 579 such trucks entered Gaza. This is even less than the 795 trucks that entered the previous month. Around 100,000 people – more than half of them children – are still living in shelters, temporary accommodation or with extended family after their homes were destroyed. Tens of thousands more families are living in badly damaged homes.

Catherine Essoyan, Oxfam’s Regional Director, said: “Only an end to the blockade of Gaza will ensure that people can rebuild their lives. Families have been living in homes without roofs, walls or windows for the past six months. Many have just six hours of electricity a day and are without running water. Every day that people are unable to build is putting more lives at risk. It is utterly deplorable that the international community is once again failing the people of Gaza when they need it most.”

Turkish ‘permissiveness’ is aiding IS jihadists, US spy chief says

Turkey does not place a high priority on fighting Islamic State jihadists and as a result foreign fighters are able to travel through the country into Syria, US intelligence chief James Clapper said Thursday.

ISIS: Pro-Palestinians in Europe Actually Sleeper ISIS Cells

Pro-Palestinian rallies and groups are being used to aid the rise of Islamic State (ISIS) in Europe, according to a book the group released this month – united under the front of “bringing down Zionsim.”

The book, Black Flags from Rome, encourages European Muslims to rise up and aid ISIS from within, according to a report on the PJ Media website – and notes that terror cells have already been formed.

“There were small armies of the Islamic State within every country of Europe by late 2014, and the intelligence agencies didn’t even know about it!” the book exclaims.

“If you have ever been at a pro-Palestine / anti-Israel protest, you will see many activists who are not even Muslims who are supportive of what Muslims are calling for (the fall of Zionism),” it continues. “It is most likely here that connections between Muslims and Left-wing activists will be made, and a portion from them will realize that protests are not effective, and that armed combat is the alternative.”

Human rights group describes ISIS executioner as a ‘beautiful, extremely kind and gentle young man’ – then blames BRITAIN for radicalising him

 Asim Qureshi, research director at the rights group CAGE

Asim Qureshi, research director at the rights group CAGE

The group who helped name Mohammed Emwazi as ISIS executioner Jihadi John caused outrage today after blaming MI5 for pushing him towards his killing spree in Syria. 

Asim Qureshi, research director at the rights group CAGE, described the world’s most wanted man as ‘extremely kind, extremely gentle and the most humble young person that I ever knew’.

At a press conference today Mr Qureshi was close to tears as he said Emwazi, who is linked to a string of executions of ISIS prisoners, ‘was such a beautiful man’.

Mr Qureshi said he was radicalised after the security services harassed him and alienated him because ‘the man I knew would never hurt a single person.’

He said: ‘When are we going to finally learn that when we treat people as if they’re outsiders, they are going to feel like outsiders and they will look for belonging elsewhere.’

ISIS recruit ‘Toronto Jane’ on front line of Iraq, Syria war

A mysterious woman who left Toronto last year to join ISIS has been travelling throughout Iraq and Syria, puzzling security analysts who think she may be playing an intelligence-gathering role for the Islamic extremist group.

The Photos That Maddened The Mullahs

Iranian documentary photographer Milad Alaei, a former employee of the semiofficial Fars news agency, recently fled Iran and is now seeking asylum in Austria. Alaei told RFE/RL that he decided to leave after his editor assaulted him. He filed a complaint but was met with threats and legal charges, including “disrupting public opinion” and “ties with media opposed to the Islamic establishment.”

In an interview with RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari, Alaei said that photographers in Iran are accustomed to censorship of their work and know which subjects are considered off-limits. He said the Fars news agency is considered more restrictive than many media outlets because it is affiliated with the hard-line Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Alaei also noted that even formerly acceptable subjects can fall under a media blackout. For example, Iran’s judiciary has banned all media from publishing photos of, or even mentioning, reformist former President Mohammad Khatami.

Here are some of Alaei’s photos that have been barred from publication in Iran.

“Pictures of pets and domestic animals are banned to a certain extent, unless they deal with forest preservation, hunting, or wildlife. But showing affection to animals and bringing them home is prohibited -- especially dogs, which are considered dirty. [Pictures of pets] are censored and considered red flags," Alaei said. This picture was rejected from a series on daily life.

“Pictures of pets and domestic animals are banned to a certain extent, unless they deal with forest preservation, hunting, or wildlife. But showing affection to animals and bringing them home is prohibited — especially dogs, which are considered dirty. [Pictures of pets] are censored and considered red flags,” Alaei said. This picture was rejected from a series on daily life.

New Secret Iranian Nuclear Facility Revealed

An Iranian opposition group has disclosed the existence of a secret uranium enrichment site in Iran that has been operating since 2008. The revelation comes as the U.S. and Iran come close to an “historic compromise” on its nuclear program ahead of a March 31 deadline for a deal.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a controversial opposition group, is known for its expansive intelligence network inside Iran that regularly delivers detailed information about the regime’s secret activities.

In 2002, NCRI exposed that Iran had a secret uranium enrichment facility at Natanz and was building a heavy water reactor at Arak suitable for making plutonium-based nuclear weapons. The Iranian regime was forced to admit their existence and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has inspected the sites.

The specifics contained in the NCRI’s report give it credibility because they make the report easy to either verify or debunk.

PLO after US terror trial: Palestinians don’t have funds to compensate victims’ families

The Palestinians don’t have the money to compensate families of terror victims as ruled by a jury in New York earlier this week, PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi said Tuesday.

Ashrawi’s announcement came in response to the jury’s verdict, which found the PLO and the Palestinian Authority liable for supporting terrorist attacks in Israel more than a decade ago.

The jury in Manhattan federal court awarded $218.5 million in damages to 10 American families. The sum is expected to rise to $655.5 million under a 1992 US anti-terrorism law.

“The PLO and the Palestinian Authority don’t have the money to pay compensation to these families,” Ashrawi told reporters in Ramallah.

She pointed out that the PA has been facing a severe financial crisis that has been aggravated by Israel’s decision to withhold tax revenues belonging to the Palestinians.

“All the money in the world won’t be sufficient to compensate the Palestinians for what they have been subjected to as a result of the Israeli occupation,” Ashrawi said.

She said that the Palestinians would appeal the verdict. She also claimed that many of the witnesses who appeared before the Manhattan court were “soldiers in the occupation army who stole documents from the Mukata (presidential compound in Ramallah).”

Ashrawi said that the testimonies of the soldiers should be dismissed “because they had participated in occupying Palestinian territories.” She denied any link between the terrorist attacks and the PLO and PA.


Today in ungrateful, terrorist pali hags

Hanan Ashrawi — Lee Berthiaume Photo

Ignore the bullshit headline — and you have to read 13 paragraphs to get to the denial of the accusation. Journalism!


Forced from Damascus, Hamas establishing itself in Turkey

Islamist group sets up ‘West Bank and Jerusalem Headquarters’ in Istanbul, taking advantage of deteriorating ties between Ankara and Jerusalem, using it as base for recruitment.

New Israel Fund Should Be Shunned for Siding With Terrorists in New York Trial

Yesterday, a Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) were responsible for encouraging and inciting terror attacks during the Second Intifada. After weeks of trial, a New York jury found that both organizations supported international terrorism and as a result, 10 American families who had their loved ones murdered and maimed were awarded $655.5 million. This jury, comprised entirely of African-Americans, rightfully decided that Jewish blood is not cheap.

Those guilty of murdering Americans and Israelis have been brought to justice. Civilized people the world over echo the words of the heroic lawyer, Nitsana Darshan Leitner, who brought this case forward and proclaimed outside of the courthouse, “This historic verdict against the defendants will not bring back these families’ loved ones nor heal the physical and psychological wounds inflicted upon them but it truly is an important measure of justice and closure for them after their long years of tragic suffering and pain.”

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, called on the international community to follow the court’s example and punish those who support terrorism. Just as the PA and PLO were brought to justice yesterday, I believe the New Israel Fund must be punished for their support of terrorist activities.

A bewildering—and infuriating—tidbit that will be missed by the mainstream media is the fact that a liberal, extremist “human-rights” Israeli attorney, Michael Sfard, testified as an expert witness for the PLO during trial. Mr. Sfard—no stranger to the media—has previously provided paid testimony for the PLO. Mr. Sfard is an attorney for a number of organizations that are funded by the New Israel Fund, including Yesh Din, Breaking the Silence, and Al-Haq. He also worked on a lawsuit filed in Canada seeking a judicial declaration of Israel’s guilt in committing “war crimes” and deeming the security barrier illegal. As the lawyer who won the case, Ms. Darshan-Leitner said of Mr. Sfard, “In a state of conflict, you can’t give both sides equal rights. Sometimes it comes to a situation of either them or us. If he comes to defend them, he certainly hurts us.”

The New Israel Fund has long believed in using the legal process to harm Israel—as made evident by Mr. Sfard assisting the PLO in court during this historic trial. Additionally, The NIF contributed to the infamous Goldstone Report, which accused Israel of “war crimes” during its 2009 war in Gaza and recommended indicting it in the International Criminal Court.

While my colleague and friend Ronn Torossian recently wrote in the Observer about the New Israel Fund’s support for Jewish groups that are against the Jewish state, I want to emphasize that the hatred of this organization for Israel seemingly has no boundaries. As Naftali Balanson, Managing Editor of NGO Monitor, an Israeli non-profit noted, Mr. Sfard “is at the center of the NGO industry that exploits the rhetoric of human rights in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict.”

An all-black jury in New York found the PLO guilty of terror—and a New Israel Fund lawyer testified for the PLO. An A-list star, Scarlett Johannson, fights against the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement—and Jewish leaders from the UJA support the New Israel Fund as the JCRC lets them march in the Israel Day parade.

Those who stand with New Israel Fund are standing against Israel. To suggest otherwise is a lie. I urge anyone affiliated with the NIF to stop supporting this organization financially.

The New Israel Fund must be ostracized by the Jewish community. An ideal starting point? Do not allow NIF to march with its banner at the annual Israel Day Parade. Don’t allow the parade to be maligned by traitors whose activities prove they stand against Israel.

If you care for Israel, walk away from the New Israel Fund. There is no other choice.

Boycott Israel Movement Stunts The Palestinian Economy

A push to “boycott, divest and sanction” (BDS) Israeli companies has limited impact on the credit profile of Israel, yet it directly harms its intended beneficiaries, the Palestinians. The BDS movement, including universities, pension funds and leaders of some Christian denominations (to the chagrin of many congregants), ignores economic data. And it coincides with a disturbing rise of violent anti-Semitism across Europe.

“The impact of BDS is more psychological than real so far and has had no discernible impact on Israeli trade or the broader economy,” Kristin Lindow, senior vice president at Moody’s Investors Service and Moody’s lead analyst for Israel (in full disclosure, a former Moody’s colleague) told Forbes. “That said, the sanctions do run the risk of hurting the Palestinian economy, which is much smaller and poorer than that of Israel, as seen in the case of SodaStream.”

While the broader Israeli economy is presently shielded from BDS, one victim is SodaStream, an Israeli company manufacturing DIY soda that shuttered a West Bank factory and moved it to southern Israel. This cut hundreds of jobs for Palestinians that reportedly paid between three and five times the local prevailing wage.

SodaStream’s CEO Daniel Birnbaum denied the move was BDS-related, though its profits plunged after BDS activists locked the fizzy pop maker in its crosshairs.

“It has nothing to do with politics; we’re relocating to a modern facility that is three times the size,” Birnbaum told The Independent. “But if it was up to me, I would have stayed. We showed the world Arabs and Jews can work together.”

The numbers speak for themselves: Israel (population 8.3 million) has GDP of $291 billion, the Palestinian Territories (population 4.1 million), $11.3 billion. In 2012, Israeli sales to the Palestinian Authority were $4.3 billion, about 5% of Israeli exports (excluding diamonds) less than 2% of Israeli GDP, according to the Bank of Israel. In 2012, Palestinian sales to Israel accounted for about 81% of Palestinian exports and less than a percentage point of Israeli GDP. Palestinian purchases from Israel were two-thirds of total Palestinian imports (or 27% of Palestinian GDP).

Such trade flow asymmetry shows Palestine needs Israel, economically speaking. Yet the BDS crowd would impair economic ties between these areas, despite evidence that trade between peoples lessens outbreak of war. BDS-ers want to obliterate the vast trade surplus Israel extends to Palestine and offer nothing in its place.

It’s easy to cast digital stones from the comfort of a California dorm room or a posh British mansion. It’s difficult to gainfully employ some 110,000 Palestinians as Israel does, or build 16 industrial parks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem hosting 1,000 facilities where Jews and Arabs work shoulder-to-shoulder.


Bill Nye the Jew-hatin’ douche guy

As the specter of European anti-Semitism raises its head once again, a global community hungry for answers turns its weepy eyes to … Bill Nye the Science Guy?

Historic US terror verdict charges Palestinian Authority with over $655m. in damages

Ending a saga dating back to the end of the Second Intifada in 2004, a US jury on Monday handed down a historic verdict against the Palestinian Authority for involvement in six terror attacks from that time period, charging them with $655.5 million in damages.

Lead trial counsel Kent Yalowitz of Arnold & Porter said that  “The Palestinian Authority and the PLO have been found liable by an American jury for six heinous terrorist attacks that killed and injured hundreds of civilians.”

He continued, “The PA and PLO policies of financial inducements and rewards for terrorism that are at the center of this case unfortunately continue today, more than a decade later.”

Holy crap: Mystery tunnel discovered near Pan Am Games venue

National security officials have been notified about the discovery of an underground tunnel near one of the event venues for this summer’s Pan Am Games in Toronto, CBC News has learned.

The large and sophisticated tunnel was dug underneath the woods near Toronto’s Rexall Centre and York University.


CONFIRMED: Any stupid jackass can become a “professor”

Four months after the end of the bruising Toronto mayoral race, Olivia Chow is going back to school.

Ryerson University will on Monday announce that the former Trinity-Spadina MP and city councillor has accepted a three-year visiting professorship at Ryerson University’s faculty of arts starting March 1.

‘The Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom in a Generation’

Many reporters have contentious relationships with sources and with the government, but James Risen is in a class of his own. The veteran New York Times national-security reporter has scored some notable scoops the authorities didn’t want him to—most notably about a failed CIA sabotage operation on Iran’s nuclear program. When Risen got the story the first time, the government convinced The Times to quash it for national-security reasons. (He eventually published it in a book).

The CIA thought it knew who leaked the info, and it subpoenaed Risen to reveal his source. Demanding this of a journalist is technically legal, but is highly unusual and often frowned-upon. Risen refused to divulge the source and said he’d go to jail instead, setting up a long showdown with the Justice Department. Ultimately, Risen won. Under pressure, Attorney General Eric Holder vowed, ambiguously, “As long as I’m attorney general, no reporter who is doing his job is going to go to jail.” Risen testified, refusing to name his source, and the Justice Department still managed to convict Jeffrey Sterling for leaking. Everyone else lived happily ever after.

Or not. Risen has launched a one-man crusade against Holder and the Obama administration. Risen escalated that this week with a series of angry tweets replying to a speech Holder gave the National Press Club, in which the reporter blasted the current White House as the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation and accused the attorney general of shredding the First Amendment.

Girl suicide bomber, 7 years old, kills five in Nigeria

A young girl suicide bomber blew herself up and killed five others Sunday in an attack on a market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum.

Headline: Gazans flee floods caused by Israel’s dams opening

Except Israel doesn’t have any dams…….

Women’s rights prof arrested for beating up boyfriend on Valentine’s Day


Joann Baney, a professor at Columbia University, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on Valentine’s Day after beating up her boyfriend as he slept in her home.
Baney teaches peacekeeping skills to the FDNY and the NYPD as part of Columbia’s business school while also advocating for women’s rights and awareness of domestic violence against women.

ISIS vow to take over Rome and ‘throw homosexuals off of your leaning tower of PIZZA’

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For Asian Americans, a changing landscape on college admissions

n a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.

Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take.

Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid.

“Let’s talk about Asians,” she says.

Lee’s next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant’s race is worth. She points to the first column.

African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.

She points to the second column.

“Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.”

The last column draws gasps.

Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission.

Reminder: The Danish government is anti-semitic

When Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt laid the wreath outside of the synagogue, she offered her condolences to the slain man’s family and to the whole Jewish community. She said she and her entire country were devastated by Uzan’s murder, and by all that happened in Copenhagen on Feb. 14.

“A man has lost his life in a service of that synagogue and we are devastated,” Thorning-Schmidt said, speaking to Jewish Danes.

“Our thoughts go to the whole of the Jewish community today. They belong in Denmark, they are a lasting part of our community. And we will do everything we can to protect the Jewish community,” the Prime Minister concluded, before turning towards the makeshift shrine to Uzan, and then briefly embracing two members of the Jewish community.

On Sunday evening, Thorning-Schmidt spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. She provided him with the details of the weekend’s terrorist attacks. During the conversation, Netanyahu told his Danish counterpart that Israel and Denmark must together fight the current terrorism, one that knows no borders.

Netanyahu also told Thoring-Schmidt that “countries which do not fight terrorism today will deal with much worse terrorism tomorrow.”

But other than when a Jew is killed – in a spectacular way – on its soil, does Denmark show support for its Jewish community or the Jewish people? Or does its action actually contribute to the demonization of the Jewish State and of Jews?

Montreal imam whose passport was revoked is in Lebanon, lawyer won’t say how he got there


A Montreal imam has responded to the revocation of his passport, saying that while he had been “interviewed many times over the years by Canadian authorities,” he had no idea why the government took away his travel document.

“To this day I still do not know why the authorities invalidated my passport,” Ali Sbeiti wrote in an affidavit released Friday by the Federal Court. “Like any Canadian citizen, I wish to have the right to travel with my Canadian passport.”

The affidavit was sworn before a notary public in Beirut on Wednesday. Mr. Sbeiti’s lawyer, Mitchell Goldberg, declined to explain how his client was able to travel to Lebanon when his passport had been seized three months ago.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf wrote her college honors thesis on “how conservative evangelical support for Israel complicates U.S. foreign policy”


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Jewish Voice for Peace Takes Off Its Mask

Jewish Voice for Peace was a major force behind Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 2014 divestment from companies, like Caterpillar, said to profit from Israel’s activities in the West Bank. They provided a useful Jewish fig leaf for the Church, who could assert that some of divestment’s best friends are Jews. JVP has also eagerly made itself useful to Students for Justice in Palestine, which seeks to promote divestment, among stronger measures against Israel, at our colleges and universities.

JVP’s position has always been merely tactical. As the organization explained in a 2005 statement, “we face a more hostile environment than our European comrades, and thus we cannot uncritically adopt” direct sanctions against Israel. In a 2011, statement, JVP again affirmed its preference for the tactic of selective divestment, but fully endorsed the overall goals of the BDS movement, including the right of return, or, in effect, the end of Israel as a Jewish state. JVP never really so much distanced itself from BDS as reluctantly concluded that only BDS-lite was possible in the U.S. for the time being. Yet in both the Presbyterian debate and the Stanford debate over divestment, at least some advocates insisted that a vote for divestment was not, in fact a vote for BDS.

It is therefore refreshing that JVP has finally come out and joined the BDS movement, openly endorsing not only the goals but also the strategy of that movement, complete isolation and demonization of Israel as an apartheid state.

Terror attack in Jerusalem

The stabber, an 18-year-old Arab, was caught by a security guard from nearby Municipal Hall, who held on to him until police arrived.

Mayor Nir Barkat was present on the scene. He said that he and his bodyguard spotted the terrorist and that they both jumped on him. Once they had him under control, they saw that he had stabbed and wounded a man.

No Jews on German panel on anti-Semitism

Jewish leaders in Germany are blasting the government’s latest plan to address anti-Semitism, noting the proposed eight-member commission assembled to address the problem does not include a single Jew.

Al-Shabaab threatens malls in Canada, UK, U.S. in new video

Terror group Al-Shabaab has released a video calling for attacks on shopping malls in Canada, the UK and the United States.

In the propaganda video released Saturday, the al Qaeda-linked terror group talks about its September 2013 attack on a mall in Kenya. The brazen siege, which went on for days, left more than 60 people dead at an upscale mall in Nairobi.

In its new video, it calls for similar attacks on malls in the three Western countries. Al-Shabaab identified specific malls, but CNN will not list them unless they respond publicly.

Mall of America said it’s aware of the video listing it as a potential target.

“We take any potential threat seriously and respond appropriately,” the Minnesota mall said in a statement. “We have implemented extra security precautions, some may be noticeable to guests and others won’t be.”

The West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, which was also listed, said it has implemented extra security and is working with federal and local law enforcement agencies.

Oslo synagogue ‘peace ring’ organizer blamed Jews for 9/11

Several hundred people gathered at a Norwegian synagogue to support Jews at an event which drew praise but also criticism because of an organizer’s anti-Israel and anti-Jewish statements.

The event Saturday night featured a human chain around Oslo’s main synagogue by more than 1,000 people, many of them Muslim, who had gathered there at the invitation of organizers who titled the event “Peace Ring.”

The organizers, many of them Muslims, had planned the initiative with the endorsement of the Jewish community to protest the slaying on Feb. 15 by an Islamist of a Jewish volunteer guard at the main synagogue of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Ervin Kohn, head of the Jewish community of Oslo, told JTA he thought the initiative was “extremely positive” and said it could change the dynamics of minority relations in Scandinavia.

But some members of his community said the event was tainted because of anti-Semitic statements that one of its eight organizers made in 2008, and because he said this week that he dislikes people who support Israel.

Ali Chishti confirmed on Saturday in an interview with Verdens Gang, a highbrow Norwegian newspaper, that he delivered on March 22, 2008, in Oslo a speech on the alleged involvement of Jews in planning the 9/11 Twin Towers bombings in New York. The speech’s title was: ”Therefore I Hate Jews and Gays,” the paper reported, though Chishti said he was not the one who came up with the title.

“There were several thousand Jews away from work in the World Trade Center, and why there were more Jews in Mumbai when Pakistani terrorists attacked than usual?” he said then, repeating the conspiracy theory that Jews knew in advance of the attack that killed thousands. “Jews are a small group, but everyone knows that they have a lot of power,” he said.

In Saturday interviews, he retracted his words. In an interview with the daily Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, he said they were “anti-Semitic” and “unacceptable.”

“I was angry,” he told Verdens Gang. “I have since changed my views.” But he also said he “dislikes” people who support “an occupying force that has been condemned in several United Nations resolutions.”

“I think it is important to distinguish between being critical of Israel and anti-Semitism,” he also told Verdens Gang.

Eric Argaman, a pro-Israel activist and member of Norway’s Jewish community, said Chishti’s involvement “stained the event, which now feels more like a spin, on our backs, than a gesture of good will.”


CIJA board members having a ball!

Good times!

CIJA Board members David Koschitzky and Nancy Rosenfeld laid a wreath at the Kosher supermarket in Paris.

CIJA Board members David Koschitzky and Nancy Rosenfeld laid a wreath at the Kosher supermarket in Paris.

North Korea Exports Forced Laborers for Profit, Rights Groups Say

When the North Korean carpenter was offered a job in Kuwait in 1996, he leapt at the chance.

He was promised $120 a month, an unimaginable wage for most workers in his famine-stricken country, where most people are not allowed to travel abroad.

But for Rim Il, the deal soured from the start: Under a moonlit night, the bus carrying him and a score of other fresh arrivals pulled into a desert camp cordoned off with barbed-wire fences.

There, 1,800 workers, sent by North Korea to earn badly needed foreign currency, were living together under the watchful eyes of North Korean government supervisors, Mr. Rim said. They worked from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or, often, midnight, seven days a week, doing menial jobs at construction sites.

“We only took a Friday afternoon off twice a month but had to spend the time studying books or watching videos about the greatness of our leader back home,” Mr. Rim said at a recent news conference in Seoul, the South Korean capital. “We were never paid our wages, and when we asked our superiors about them, they said we should think of starving people back home and thank the leader for giving us this opportunity of eating three meals a day.”

Sweden ends job-seeker program accused of recruiting militants

The Swedish government is shutting down a job coaching program for new immigrants after complaints that it was being used to recruit people for militant groups, a state official said on Friday.

The decision comes days after a gunman killed two people in neighboring Denmark at a synagogue and an event promoting free speech, increasing concerns about the threat of home-grown militancy in the Scandinavia region.

“We have been alerted by participants that coaches have tried to recruit them to terrorist organizations,” said Patrik Svensson, spokesman for the National Labor Agency that runs the scheme, adding that the government had passed on the information to the Swedish security service to investigate.

Svensson said the alleged recruitment drive might be linked to the Islamic State group that controls swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Around 32,000 job-seekers have a coach assigned under the scheme, which was introduced in 2010 to address high unemployment among new immigrants.

Sweden saw a botched suicide bombing in Stockholm four years ago and the conviction in 2012 of three Swedes for plotting to kill people at a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.


Hundreds of terror supporters attend burial for Danish gunman

Scores of mostly men have attended the burial of the 22-year-old Danish Muslim who shot two people dead and wounded five others at a free speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen last weekend.

Police called it “a private ceremony” and declined to comment on media reports that up to 500 people attended Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein’s funeral Friday in suburban Broendby. Denmark’s TV2 channel said many didn’t know him but came out of respect for his family.


DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat

Yes, really:

A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security this month and reviewed by CNN, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists and comes as the Obama administration holds a White House conference to focus efforts to fight violent extremism.

Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.​

The Murder of Adele Biton and the Glorification of Terrorism at York University

Adele Biton is dead. The toddler, who was critically injured in 2013, spent the last two years fighting for her life after being struck in the head by stone-throwing Palestinian terrorists. She died this Tuesday, following pneumonia complications, for the crime of being a Jew.

As the fatal attacks against Adele Biton (2013), Asher and Yonatan Palmer ( 2011), and Yehudam Shoham (2001) have made perfectly clear, rocks are thrown with the intent to wound, maim, and kill. In 2013 alone, there were more than 2400 rock throwing attacks in Israel, injuring over 100 civilians. No decent person can proffer an exculpatory explanation for the routine targeting of innocent civilians; to justify Palestinian stone throwing as a legitimate form of resistance is to incite and promote terror.

However, a terrorist-glorifying mural at York University’s student center is doing exactly that. In a topsy-turvy perversion of morality, not only is violent stone-throwing depicted as a valid form of protest against Israel, but this murderous act becomes the embodiment of “peace” and “justice”.


In defence of the Jewish Defence League

It was not the official Jewish community that got the infamous Holocaust denier and Judeophobe Ernst Zundel busted and returned to Germany. It was information turned over to Attorney-general Roy McMurtry by the JDL working in collaboration with Holocaust survivor Sabrina Citron that lost Zundel his mailing privileges, and subsequently to charges that stuck. It was not CIJA that got the despicably and overtly anti-Semitic Palestine House in Toronto defunded of their millions in grants; it was the JDL, through information they dug out and passed along to grateful government authorities. It is not CIJA that stands shoulder to shoulder in the streets with Jews protesting Hamas and Hizbollah supporters screaming “Death to Israel”; it is the JDL. It wasn’t CIJA that organized a counter-rally to the 2014  Toronto Al-Quds Day rally, whose members in 2013 had called for the shooting of Jews in Jerusalem; it was the JDL.

Gaza donations fall way short of pledges

UN runs out of funds for relief efforts after just five percent of pledged donations reach Islamonazis.

Defence of VIA rail accused seems to be that they were too inept to actually cause any damage

John Norris isn’t done yet with his cross-examination of the undercover FBI agent who is the key witness in the trial of two men accused of terrorism charges in the alleged plot to attack a VIA passenger train.

Thus it may be too soon to say what is the end game of Mr. Norris, who represents accused plotter Raed Jaser.

But part of his defence, it appears, is that Mr. Jaser and his co-accused, Chiheb Esseghaier, were a pair of schmoes who were all over the map with their terrorist plans, too inept and full of baloney to pose a real danger, and further, that his guy at least, Mr. Jaser, wasn’t serious anyway and was just trying to put the arm on the purportedly rich agent for money.

Four-year-old girl hurt in 2013 rock-throwing terror attack dies


“There is no doubt that it stems from the neurological damage which she suffered, which makes dealing with all medical issues more difficult.”

“Every little thing puts her body into major stress,” she added.

Biton was hospitalized on Monday at Schneider Children’s Hospital when her conditioned worsened.

In April of 2013, five Palestinian rock-throwers were charged with throwing rocks onto the highway that caused the crash which injured Biton.


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Update: Salman Rushdie death fatwa still on

The death sentence issued in 1989 by Khomeini against British author Salman Rushdie remains in force and only Ali Khamenei, the regime’s Supreme Leader can rescind it, a senior cleric has declared.

Mohsen Gharavian said: “Salman Rushdie is a mercenary of the world arrogance… Years has passed since Khomeini made the ruling but the decree continues to remain live and valid and no one except the person in the position of Velayat-e faqih can rescind it.”

Sweden: Rape Capital of the West

Forty years after the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the formerly homogenous Sweden into a multicultural country, violent crime has increased by 300% and rapes by 1,472%. Sweden is now number two on the list of rape countries, surpassed only by Lesotho in Southern Africa.

Terrorist mother lovingly prepares her son for killing Jews


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Nick Ocean sings the theme from Jaws

Israeli hospital rebuilds injured Syrian man’s face

At least 1,500 Syrians have been treated so far, about 20% of them at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital.

Denmark terrorist was palestinian


The man suspected of killing two people in shootings in Copenhagen was identified in several Danish media outlets on Sunday as Omar El-Hussein. Reports in Lebanon said he was the child of Palestinian immigrants from Ain al-Hilweh, a refugee camp in Lebanon.