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October 31, 2014 / 7 Heshvan, 5775
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Islamist Terrorism: Practice, Not Preach, Zero Tolerance

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

I wonder if I should take seriously what our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been promising around : zero tolerance to terrorism. So far the successive dispensations in New Delhi have hardly meant what they said on this .

Immediately after India’s Independence, Islamabad sent its armed forces in the guise of tribals (October 26, 1947) to capture Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir’s Maharaja Hari Singh signed instruments of accession to India ( October 27, 1947). Henceforth, it was the duty of the Indian state to protect this province and its people . The Indian Army was in a position to take care of India’s integrity. Yet New Delhi lost 2/5ths of Kashmir to Pakistan. Ever since then India has suffered a lot at the hands of the jihadists . According to an estimate, since 1980 the jihadists have claimed 1.5 lakh lives in different parts of India.

Ironically, things have improved little in India even in the post- 9/11 landscape. There has of late emerged a plethora of literature on the socio-economic political ideologies, goals , strategies and tactics of the phenomenon of Islamist terrorism. This has led to a near consensus across the enlightened international community that this phenomenon constitutes a great threat to the contemporary enlightened humanity’s shared fundamental rights and values.

In order to combat this threat the world’s leading liberal democracies have come to adopt many new diplomatic , legislative and security measures . New Delhi has, however, done little to address this threat . It seems to have been content with its conventional, stereotype explanation that the terrorism it is confronted with has been conceived, conspired and sponsored by certain elements in the Pakistan establishment and is being perpetrated by them in coalescence with a handful of local elements within India.

As a result of New Delhi’s approach on this issue , the influence of violent Islamists has increased in India over the years . It is well documented that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba andJaish-e-Mohammed are seeking accession of Kashmir to Pakistan. They have carried a series of attacks against India. Jaish-e-Mohammed was formed in 1994 after the supporters of Maulana Masood Azhar split from Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. It is the deadliest terrorist organization in Jammu and Kashmir. Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed have long been branded as terrorist organizations by the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia .

In a video posted last week al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri is said to have vowed to spread Islamic rule and raise the flag of jihad across the Indian subcontinent. In this message the notorious Egyptian cleric Zawahri , who became this outfit’s head after Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011, termed the formation of al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent as glad tidings for Muslims in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujarat, Ahmedabad and Kashmir.

It would be naïve to overlook the influence such forces have had on the disgruntled elements within India. Recently, in a related Islamist development, Sunni theologian Maulana Salman Nadvi of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama reportedly greeted the self-appointed caliph and head of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi . He also asked the Saudi government to prepare an army of five lakh Indian Sunni Muslim youth to join the new caliph led fight against the Shia militias in Iraq and elsewhere. Besides , some Indian youths called up their families from Syria and confirmed they were fighting for ISIS.

I would suggest New Delhi could better remain vigilant against such fanatic elements at home and abroad . Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh , Defence Minister Arun Jetley and Foreign Minister Sushama Swaraj could see to it that all appropriate measures were adopted to deter the Islamists . India may perhaps practise the kind of zero tolerance Israel does in combating Islamist terrorism .

Moshe Feiglin: Netanyahu Has Conceded Temple Mount [video]

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has conceded sovereignty over the Temple Mount to Jordan, and the holy site is being overrun by jihadists, Likud MP and Jewish Leadership chairman Moshe Feiglin wrote on his Facebook page Thursday.

The Prime Minister announced on Thursday that following protests from Jordan over a new bridge for non-Muslims leading from the Western Wall Plaza to the Temple Mount, he ordered its removal.

His office stated, “There was a structure built without proper authority; there is no real need for this structure. When the Jordanians approached us, we of course agreed. There was no objective reason to have it there in first place. Everyone understands the sensitivity of the area and there’s no logical reason to add extra sources of friction.”

MK Moshe Feiglin wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday, “About half a year ago I submitted a Knesset query to PM Netanyahu on the topic of Israel’s loss of sovereignty on the Temple Mount and its transfer to Jordan. This query has not yet been addressed.

“But yesterday, it became clear that PM Binyamin Netanyahu is transferring the sovereignty on the Temple Mount to Jordan in practice.

“The only approach for non-Muslims to the Temple Mount is via the Mugrabim Gate, overlooking the Western Wall. Following an earthquake, the original approach to the gate collapsed in 2004. The government had planned to build a new stone bridge to the Mugrabim Gate, but capitulated to world pressure and sufficed with a rickety, temporary wooden bridge.

“Engineers from the Jerusalem Municipality declared the temporary bridge unsafe, and over the past few weeks a new, safer wooden bridge has been built under the older bridge. Jordan, however, demanded that the bridge be removed and yesterday, work to dismantle it began.

“This capitulation to the Jordanian demand and the dismantling of a safety bridge that was erected over the Western Wall Plaza (it is not even on the Temple Mount) testifies to the fact that the PM has indeed conceded Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount.

“When ISIS and Hamas flags fly freely on the Temple Mount and when the Prime Minister transfers sovereignty on the Mount to radical Islam, Israel’s hold on the Negev, Galil and mixed Jewish-Arab cities is lost.

“ISIS flags can already be seen in Sachnin and Taibeh, Arab towns in northern Israel. The PM’s demonstration of weakness encourages Israel’s enemies in the south and north, infusing them with hope to continue to fight us.”

Israel Gets ‘Tough’ with ISIS and Declares it ‘Unauthorized’

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

The beheaders in Syria must be dropping their butcher knives in fear knowing they are unwanted in Israel.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon officially has outlawed the Islamic State ISIS terrorist organization with a signed statement that it is now “unauthorized.”

Ya’alon signed a statement Wednesday designating IS as an “unauthorized organization.” The official declaration means that Israel now can legally seize its assets, just in case the butchers have parked their assets from drug smuggling in an Israeli bank. That would be something like Obama investing his money with Donald Trump.

Ya’alon’s daring counter-terrorist action follows by one day the posting of a video showing the beheading of Jewish journalist Steven Sotloff.

The DEBKA File website that Ya’alon also acted after Al Qaeda flags were spotted in several parts of Israel.

Oh, yes, Hamas and Al Qaeda flags also have been outlawed, by Palestinian Authority flags are just fine, as reported earlier here.

Al Qaeda Announces New Branch in India

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

The Al Qaeda international terrorist organization has announced the formation of a new branch in India.

‘Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent’ was announced by leader Ayman al-Zawahiri Wednesday in a 55-minute video posted online. During the video al-Zawahiri also renewed a vow of loyalty to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

The move was seen as a slap to the Islamic State terror organization, headed by Abu Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has set himself up as a so-called “caliph” and is demanding the loyalty of all Muslims worldwide.

The Islamic State’s efforts at ethnic cleansing (ie: the Yazidis in Iraq), numerous beheadings, crucifixions and mass executions were condemned by Al Qaeda in 2013. The two groups have since competed for followers.

‘Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent’ was touted as a message of ‘glad tidings’ for Muslims “in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujurat, Ahmedabad and Kashmir.” Al-Zawahiri said the new terror group would rescue Muslims in those areas from injustice and oppression.

Terror Tunnel Used to Attack Egyptian Soldiers Near Gaza

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

A terrorist tunnel was used to attack and kill 11 Egyptian soldiers Tuesday near the Gaza border town of Rafah, according to an Egyptian security source.  According to an Egyptian security source quoted by the Associated Press on Wednesday, an explosive device was planted in a tunnel beneath a main traffic artery in the town.

Two of the soldiers died immediately in the explosion, which at first appeared to be a roadside bomb. The other nine soldiers were shot as they tried to flee, the sources said. Two more soldiers were wounded, according to a report in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm al-Saba’a.

According to the report, the Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Beit al-Maqdis terrorist organization, based in Sinai, may be connected to the Islamic State. The group claimed responsibility for the attack on the 11 Egyptian soldiers.

In addition, the group has claimed responsibility for beheading four Egyptians last month. Four bodies that had been decapitated were found in the Sinai Peninsula; Ansar Beit al-Maqdis later said it had beheaded four Egyptians it believed were collaborating with Israel. It was the first time that beheading was made public in Egypt.

Links have also been found between Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, which appear to have joined together in Egypt in attempts to topple the administration of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who deposed Muslim Brotherhood-backed former president, Mohammed Morsi, in July 2013.

Egyptian border police reported they destroyed eight new tunnels in the Sinai Peninsula, raising the total to 1,718 destroyed to this point, according to the Al Ahram newspaper.

On Wednesday, terrorists shot and killed a 32-year-old Egyptian off-duty police officer in northern Sinai Peninsula. The officer was walking home from work in the provincial capital of el-Arish when the gunmen opened fire, killing him on the spot. It is not clear which terrorist group was responsible for the attack.

On Monday, two jihadists died during a raid at a farm in Sinai whose owner was suspected of shooting at military aircraft, according to sources quoted by the Aswat Masriya website.

Al Qaeda and ISIS are Israel’s New Northern Neighbors

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Al Qaeda, ISIS, Syrian rebels, and soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bassar al-Assad are engaged in free-for-all and barbaric war that is taking place dangerously close to the Golan Heights border with Israel.

The Syrian government announced Sunday that it has reclaimed control only parts of Kuneitra, on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has jumped on the chaos to thump his comparison of ISIS with Hamas, while President Barack Obama shocked Americans with a candid appraisal that the United States “does not have a strategy yet” to deal with the New Middle East, light years away from what then-President Bill Clinton promised when he sold the snake oil known as the Oslo Accords.

So long as terrorists kill each other in Syria, Israel can relax, but if and when one terrorist group survives and takes over, the IDF will be wishing for the good ‘ol days of fighting Hamas in Gaza, despite Netanyahu’s description that if a rose is a rose is a rose, ISIS is Islamic Jihad is Hamas. To paraphrase his famous “duck” statement in the United Nations, concerning a nuclear Iran, “if it looks like a wild animal, and if it walks like a wild animal, and if it talks like a wild animal, it is a wild animal – and not a duck.”

The radical Islamic movement has proven that extremism and barbarity are relevant terms, and the ISIS has made Assad look human, more or less, and made Al Qaeda look like middle-of-the-road Islam.

The Syrian government has not admitted the ISIS massacre of approximately 150 of its soldiers, who dropped their weapons and ran for what they thought was their lives in a battle. Instead, the ISIS caught up with them and murdered them. Before their deaths, several of them were “convicted” after their admissions of sins against Islam by not having raped and murdered enemies.

Naughty, naughty radical Muslims, they were.

It is difficult to express ”good news” when beheadings and kidnappings are common are Syria, but Obama’s “we do not have a strategy yet” comment on Thursday should be interpreted positively and not negatively.

It is a bit shocking that the Obama administration’s foreign policy gurus have been standing aside for more than three years during the bloodbath in Syria, after initially siding with Assad.

However, considering that everything his administration touches turns to you know what, Israel and the rest of the world might be better off to the let animals act like animals, pity the innocent civilians who are caught in hell on earth, and let the United States worry about Ferguson and immigrants from Mexico.

Israel also is undoubtedly anxiously preparing for a potential future battle against ISIS or Al Qaeda domination on the Golan Heights.

ISIS, Al Qaeda and Syrian rebels have common enemies in Basher Assad and Israel, but they also are battling each other in order to stake a claim of which terrorists will rule whatever is left of Syria in the future.

The Al-Nusra terrorists long ago split off from Al Qaeda, engaged in its own civil war while fighting both rebels and Assad.

It is all in the name of Allah.

“We in the Al Nusra Front only fight to raise the word of Allah, to make the oppressed triumphant,” one fighter said, according to Fox News. “We only fight to get rid of the enemy Bashar and his soldiers. We have come to fight them so that we can impose Allah’s laws on the country.”

Al Qaeda distances itself from ISIS and announced that ISIS “is not a branch of the Al Qaeda group [and] does not have an organizational relationship with it and is not the group responsible for their actions.”

Australian Rabbi: Love Muslims and Everything Will Be OK

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Christian and Jewish religious leaders in Australia have launched a “We’ll love Muslims 100 years” campaign to express love and support for the country’s Muslim population, the JTA reported.

“We have Muslims who are made to feel like terrorists in the past few years and they report the atmosphere is similar to post-9/11 and it is simply as a result of cultural incompetence,” explained Rabbi Zalman Kastel, of the Together for Humanity Foundation.

He and pastor Brad Chilcott, national director of Welcome to Australia, a non-profit that focuses on issues relating to immigration and asylum, are heading the campaign that is supposed to make Islamic jihadists love Christians and Jews.

The name of the campaign – loving Muslims for 100 years – is a riff on a recent headline, published in the Weekend Australian, that stated, “We’ll fight Muslims 100 years,” according to a report in The Guardian.

It is clear why they will love Muslims for only 100 years and not any longer because if “love” is the solution to Muslim terror, there won’t be any Christians and Jews left in the world in the year 2114.

The year is 2024 is more likely, but let’s not quibble about the extra zero added on to 10 years.

Any assumption that Rabi Kastel is another Reform “rabbi” smoking The New York Times is dead wrong.

Believe it or not, he is a strictly Orthodox rabbi born and raised in Brooklyn.

He and his non-Jewish pals plan three major love events in Australia to rally Australian Muslims around the banner of love.

The Together for Humanity Foundation has been around for 12 years, in which time its love has paralleled the spread of fanatical Islam to the point that many Muslim countries as well as almost the entire non-Muslim world, except Israel, is scared to death, literally.

The Humanity Foundation was launched less than year after 9/11 and 12 years before the Islamic State ISIS has declared war on the United States, although President Barack Obama dismisses the declaration while ISIS beheads one American journalist, prepares another one for death and claims it has cells in the United States ready to strike fear into the hearts of heathen Christians and Jews who do not accept Islam. It does not mean middle class Islam but the real stuff that also expresses love – love for hate and love for death.

The catalyst for the “We’ll Love Muslims for 100 Years’ campaign was a recent headline the Weekend Australian, “We’ll fight Islam 100 years.”

It is forbidden to express the words “fight” in the world of Woodstock, unless one is fighting for “love” of everything, including hate. Or as John Lennon sang, “Imagine.” That is far as Rabbi Kastel’s reality goes – imagination.

But he insists he is not living in Woodstock.

It would be interesting to know what Talmudic discussion he uses for his outlook. But so far he is using his foundation’s Muslim president, Christian chairman and an atheist patron to back him.

The good rabbi, may God grant him a speedy spiritual recovery, is bothered by the “harsh talk” against Muslims in mainstream and social media.

“I was concerned about shrill, harsh talk we see both in social and mainstream, even though there is a lot of good interfaith work going on in Australia every day,” he said, quoted by the London Guardian.

“As a result, we have Muslims who are made to feel like terrorists in the past few years and they report the atmosphere is similar to post-9/11 and it is simply as a result of cultural incompetence.

“We are all on the same team, if I may use that word, in terms of the result, and that is peace.”

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