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Boston Marathon Bomber Sentenced to Death

Friday, May 15th, 2015

The Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to death in Boston by a federal jury of seven women and five men on Friday.

The verdict was reached after 14 hours of deliberations over how to sentence the 21-year-old terrorist, who was convicted on all 30 charges against him. Seventeen of the charges carried the death penalty.

Tsarnaev, a failed college student, set off a series of bombs in what became the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the Al Qaeda attack on America on September 11, 2001, known as “9/11.”

The bombs were built from pressure cookers packed with shrapnel and stuffed into backpacks. The “dirty bombs” were gauged to maximize the number of deaths and severity of wounds inflicted in the crowd at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The terrorist, a radical Islamist, allegedly scribbled a note on the boat where he was captured, saying the attack was in retaliation for Muslims killed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to USA Today.

Four people died and hundreds more were wounded in the attack, including many whose injuries have left them permanently traumatized, maimed and disabled to this day.

The case will go to appeal over the issue of venue; in other words, whether in fact it was possible for Tsarnaev to receive a fair trial in Boston, the site of the attack.

Exposé: Former MIT Muslim Professor Raised Money for Al Qaeda [video]

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

A MIT professor who formerly was the on-campus Muslim preacher raised money for Al Qaeda and recruited for jihad, according to an exposé from the Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT).

Laher’s career goes back to the 1990s, when he helped recruit for jihad in Chechen and led fund-raising for Al Qaeda while he was a MIT chaplain. Today, he preaches at the Islamic Society of Boston, an extremist mosque founded by MIT students near their campus. It is the same mosque where Boston Marathon bombers Chechen refugees Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worshipped.

APT research director Ilya Feoktistov and president Charles Jacobs wrote in their mini-documentary:

“Suheil Laher …became president of a Muslim charity based in Boston called Care International, which was founded by Osama Bin Laden’s mentor Abdullah Azzam and was…essence, a fundraising vehicle for mujahideen….

“Laher, then, was quite an important figure in Al Qaeda’s leadership here. His perch at MIT meant that he had easy access to the best American Muslim minds – and their world-class technical skills….

“He pioneered the Jihadist use of the new Internet medium to fundraise and recruit for Al Qaeda causes online. Laher’s personal website prominently featured Abdullah Azzam’s notorious call to Jihad, a tract called “Join the Caravan:

‘Beloved brother! Draw your sword, climb onto the back of your horse, and wipe the blemish off your ummah. If you do not take the responsibility, who then will?’

“Laher’s website contained a large collection of his writings and of sermons he gave in the Boston area. These sermons are replete with calls for Jihad, such as this passage:

When the Muslim lands are being attacked, and the Muslims are being raped and killed, the only solution prescribed by Allah is jihad. Jihad is for all times. […] Jihad does not stop. Those of us who have not yet managed to go and physically help our brothers and sisters should support […] our mujahidin brethren with prayer, with money, with clothes, by taking care of their families, and at some point in person. Otherwise, we must face the wrath of Allah.

One of Laher’s followers on MIT was a biology student named Aafia Siddiqui, who later became known as “Lady Al Qaeda.” She now is serving an 86-year prison sentence for attempting to kill FBI agents who arrested her when she was carrying two pounds of cyanide and plans for mass casualty attacks on New York using chemical and biological weapons.

Laher left his post as Muslim chaplain at MIT last year but continues to preach at Boston mosques.

Feoktistov and Jacobs wrote, “There is no evidence to indicate that Laher influenced the Tsarnaevs directly. Nevertheless, the legacy of radicalism at the Tsarnaevs’ mosque is very much tied to MIT and the Jihadist ideology that Laher preached as its Muslim chaplain.”

Sources: Al Qaeda Bombed Hezbollah and Framed Israel

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Israeli media have quoted “reliable sources.” probably Israeli officials, that Al Qaeda-linked rebels and not the Israel Air Force bombed Hezbollah targets early this morning.

Several Hezbollah fighters in Syria were killed in the attack near the Lebanese border, according to the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera, which said the IAF was behind the attack.

A Syrian army base, where long-range missiles are kept, reportedly was bombed.

The Israeli sources said that the Al Nusra front, affiliated with Al Qaeda, was behind Monday morning’s attack and took advantage of Israel’s killing four Hezbollah terrorists last night as they were planting a bomb along the border with Israel at the Golan Heights. A Hareidi unit spotted the terrorists.

Arab media quickly picked up the thread Monday morning, connected the dots and concluded that the bombing was a continuation of Israel’s reported strikes on Friday and last Wednesday  deep inside Syria.

Sources said Al Nusra is trying to force Hezbollah back into Lebanon. Hezbollah is fighting with forces loyal to the Assad regime and against rebels and a host of terrorist organizations that include Al Nusra. The elephant on the war front is the Islamic State (ISIS), which controls a large part of the war-torn country.

Israel consistently does not confirm or deny reports of strikes in Lebanon, Syria and other terror-based countries. The possibility remains that the Israeli Air Force indeed bombed Hezbollah again but wants to avoid appearing too offensive in the eyes of Iran and Russia, which has agreed to ship to Iran the advanced S-300 anti-missile system.

 

Weinstein Family ‘So Hopeful,’ No Words for ‘Disappointment, Heartbreak’

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The family of of Dr. Warren Weinstein is “devastated,” says the wife of the American Jewish aid worker killed in a CIA drone strike aimed at an Al Qaeda senior operative in January, “devastated” and “heartbroken” by their loss.

Weinstein was abducted by Al Qaeda in 2011 while stationed in Pakistan on behalf of the USAID humanitarian organization funded by the U.S. government. Held captive ever since, his family had desperately pleaded with government officials in the U.S. and abroad to “do everything possible” to free the husband, father and grandfather whose health was not robust.

“We were so hopeful that those in the U.S. and Pakistani governments with the power to take action and secure his release would have done everything possible to do so and there are no words to do justice to the disappointment and heartbreak we are going through,” Elaine Weinstein said in a statement.

“We do not yet fully understand all of the facts surrounding Warren’s death but we do understand that the U.S. government will be conducting an independent investigation of the circumstances,” she added.

“We look forward to the results of that investigation. But those who took Warren captive over three years ago bear ultimate responsibility.”

Still, Weinstein’s wife was deeply disappointed with the lack of support her family received from her country’s government.

“Unfortunately, the assistance we received from other elements of the U.S. Government was inconsistent and disappointing over the course of three and a half years.

“We hope that my husband’s death and the others who have faced similar tragedies in recent months will finally prompt the U.S. Government to take its responsibilities seriously and establish a coordinated and consistent approach to supporting hostages and their families,” Weinstein said.

As for the Pakistani government, she said: “They failed to take action earlier in his captivity when opportunity presented itself, instead treating Warren’s captivity as more of an annoyance than a priority.”

In a statement, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told journalists Thursday the operation had targeted a compound in the border region between eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan in which the U.S. had no reason to believe that either Weinstein, or the Italian national also being held captive with him – Giovanni LaPorto, also killed in the strike – was present in the compound at the time of the attack.

Israel’s UN Ambassador Calls Sexual Violence ‘Crime against Humanity’ [video]

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Islamic State and other terrorists have turned sexual violence into an “epidemic” and is a “crime against humanity,” Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor told the Security Council.

In his remarks in a Council session on Women, Peace and Security, Prosor stated:

Sexual violence in conflict has become a weapon of choice because it is cheap, silent and effective. Instead of bullets or bombs, the perpetrators employ barbarism and brutality….

Sexual violence as a tool in war is not a women’s issue. It is a crime of humanity against humanity.

ISIS, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda have publicized and boasted of their rapping women and using them as sex slaves.

Prosor cited several examples and said, “Women are raped numerous times a day. Young girls are forced to call their parents to detail being gang-raped by dozens of men.  The captured women and girls are sold as brides to Islamist fighters for as little as $25 or given as “sabaya” – a reward for fighters.”

No less significant is that many countries, especially those in the Middle East and North Africa, condone crimes against women and often accept mistreatment as a proper way of life.

“If a nation refuses to prosecute domestic sexual abuse, marital rape, and honor killings in times of peace then there is little hope for justice in times of war and conflict,” Prosor stated.

So which country did the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women single out in its annual report last month?

Saudi Arabia, where women lashed for not behaving according to Islamic law in public?

Somalia, where women are sold?

Iran, where there are no laws against domestic violence and where adultery is punishable by stoning?

In Egypt, where there is no law criminalizing domestic violence specifically and where forms of violence against women, including child marriage and female genital?

Of course not.

The only Middle East country named in the report was Israel, where the “occupation” has supposed caused high “unemployment and poverty, especially among women,” in Judea and Samaria.

And what does the United States have to say about sexual violence against women in Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries.

Washington speaks out forcefully against it in the politically proper forums while continuing “business as usual” when it sells weapons and makes deals with Iran to allow it retain its nuclear development infrastructure.

ISIS Expands To Afghanistan and Kills 35 in Suicide Attack

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed its first “success” in Afghanistan by staging a suicide attack on Saturday that killed at least 35 people and wounded 125 others.

The motorcycle bombing at a bank branch was aimed at soldiers and civilians who were lined up to receive their monthly salaries.

Afghanistan is trying to keep the Taliban terror organization under control following the US Army invasion of the country after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The United States’ mission, later joined by NATO, was to destroy Al Qaeda and remove Taliban from power.

President Barack Obama declared “victory” over Al Qaeda with the assassination of its leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.

The victory was illusory. Despite all the headlines focusing on the Islamic State, Al Qaeda also has gained large swaths of territory in Syria and Yemen.

The Islamic State’s expansion into Afghanistan, following attacks in Libya and Egypt, follows a warning to the Obama administration last month by President Ashraf Ghani:

If we don’t stand on the same line united, these people are going to destroy us.

A White House statement said:

This visit…was an opportunity to review the remarkable strategic, political and economic achievements of this partnership and the successful completion of the security transition in Afghanistan.

He has said the same thing about Yemen and Iraq.

Who’s next?

ISIS Raids Palestinian Camp and Begins to Fulfill Netanyahu’s Prophecy

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) has take control over most of a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria from a rival terrorist group in what is a major step towards confirming Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s warning that a Palestinian Authority stage would fall under the control of the ISIS.

The Al-Nusra Front, linked with Al Qaeda, opened the road for the ISIS to take over UNRWA’s Yarmouk refugee camp four miles south of central Damascus, according to Anwar Raja, the spokesman for the pro-Assad Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Meanwhile, Jordan closed its last remaining border with Syria after pro-Assad forces lost the checkpoint to rebel forces.

If the ISIS takes full control of the Yarmouk camp, it will give the Islamic State a launching pad to threaten the capital. Moreover, it would turn the Palestinian camp into an arm and army of the ISIS that has been recruiting members from the Palestinian Authority and Israel as well from all over the world with the promise to turn the entire Middle East into an Islamic Caliphate state.

Prime Minister Netanyahu warned here last month that recognizing the Palestinian Authority at this time would in effect open the door to Israel for the Islamic State.

ISIS control of a refugee camp also would be a severe blow the United Nations, whose UNRWA agency has turned millions of Arabs into stateless people on the premise that one day they will move to Israel and reduce the Jewish population to a minority.

UNRWA’s institutionalized impiety has created fertile ground for terrorism, the last hope of hopeless people.

UNRWA stated after the ISIS insurgency Wednesday:

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said it was “extremely concerned” about the safety of civilians in Yarmouk and that some 3,500 children were in “extreme risk of death, serious injury, trauma, and displacement.

Yarmouk has been controlled by the anti-Assad PLFP since a year ago, when rebel fighters withdrew. Yarmouk’s population once was 160,000 but has been devastated by the civil war.

The fighting at the Jordan border was between the Al-Nusra Front and Assad’s army. If the PFLP claim is true that Al Nusra let ISIS into the Yarmouk refugee camp, any cooperation between the two terrorist organizations could place ISIS on Jordan’s neck.

Jordan said it closed the border “temporarily… to keep the safety for the passengers and those who are trying to cross between the two countries.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/isis-raids-palestinian-camp-and-begins-to-fulfill-netanyahus-prophecy/2015/04/02/

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