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In First Public Visit to US Mosque, Obama’s Choice Hosted Global Jihadist Leaders

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Barack Obama is in the final stretch of his time as President of the United States. It was announced on Sunday that Obama will make his first public appearance at a U.S. mosque to show solidarity with Muslims, whom many blame for all those terrorist attacks they commit.

The White House announced that Obama would be visiting the Islamic Society of Baltimore, which is located in Woodlawn, Maryland, just west of Baltimore. The ISB started in 1969 as a prayer group at Johns Hopkins University, which is located in Baltimore, according to the mosque’s website. A little more than a decade later, the community purchased an eight acre plot of land where the mosque is now located, as well as a school and a multi-purpose hall.

The vision of the ISB is “to be the anchor of a growing Muslim community with diverse backgrounds, democratically governed, relating to one another with inclusiveness and tolerance, and interacting with neighbors in an Islamic exemplary manner.”

Background information about the ISB uncovered a singularly alarming fact: two of the greatest supporters and promoters of a global Islamic caliphate spoke at ISB at least once, according to a “former regular.” This person commented that because it is located near Washington, D.C., “often celebrity guest speakers show up out of the blue. Like Dr. Israr Ahmed, Anwar al-Awlaki and many others.”

So who are those two celebrity guest speakers mentioned by the commenter on Salatomatic, which describes itself as “the most comprehensive guide to mosques and Islamic schools?

None other than two of the most influential jihadists this planet has ever seen.

ANWAR AL-AWLAKI

Most Americans will recognize the name Anwar al-Awlaki, the recruiter for al Qaeda who was responsible for so much terrorism that he was the first American the U.S. has ever put on the  CIA’s “kill or capture list.”

Al-Awlaki preached to several of the 9/11 bombers; was in contact with the Fort Hood military psychiatrist, Nidal Malik Hasan, just before the shootings; and was believed to be involved in the planning of the attempted bombing by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “underwear bomber,” as well as having numerous other terrorist credentials.

At various times al-Awlaki was believed to be working with Hamas. He also stated online, just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, that Israeli intelligence agents may have been responsible for the attacks.

Al-Awlaki “is a magnetic character,” said Philip Mudd, a veteran of the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorism Center who spent nearly five years as a top F.B.I. intelligence adviser. “He’s a powerful orator in a revolutionary movement,” Mudd said in 2010.

This charismatic jihadist was also the one who, in 2010, put a fatwa on the life of a Seattle, Washington cartoonist who dared to launch “Everybody Draw Muhammed Day.” That reporter, Molly Norris, was forced to change her name, move and go into hiding.

Numerous terrorists said their inspiration came from al-Awlaki, and many incidents of terrorism were traced to al-Awlaki whose charisma and ability to use the internet to influence followers around the world was unequaled. This terrorist was killed in a U.S. drone attack in late Sept., 2011.

ISRAR AHMED

The second “celebrity guest speaker” mentioned by the ISB commenter was Israr Ahmed. Who was Ahmed? A Pakistani with ties to two of the major Pakistani Islamic jihadist groups, Tanzeem-e-Islami and Jamaat-e-Islami.

Israr Ahmed believed in the use of revolution to bring about the caliphate, and withdrew from Jamaat-e-Islami when it chose to engage in “electoral activities,” which was fundamentally contrary to his own revolutionary views.

Tanzeem-e-Islami seeks to establish a global caliphate, is anti-modernity and wants Sharia to control all spheres of life.

According to a report in Asia Times, Ahmed spoke in 1995 at an Islamic Society of North America convention in Columbus, Ohio. At that convention, Ahmed said:

The process of the revival of Islam in different parts of the world is real. A final showdown between the Muslim world and the non-Muslim world, which has been captured by the Jews, would soon take place. The Gulf War was just a rehearsal for the coming conflict.

Just because two leaders of several different radical Islamist jihadist groups spoke at the ISB does not mean that the mosque promotes the ideologies of those two men.

But it is worth finding out how carefully this mosque was vetted.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Iran’s Holocaust Denial Film Strikes Deep Chord

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Iran’s Supreme Leader is once again working hard to incite the haters of the world against global Jewry.

On the day the United Nations marked for commemoration of the world’s worst genocide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei uploaded a three-minute, English-subtitled video denying the Holocaust to his website called “Are the Dark Ages Over?”

The film features audio of a March 2014 speech during which Khamenei claimed that “No one is European countries dares to speak about the Holocaust, while it is not clear whether the core of this matter is reality or not.

“Even if it is reality, it is not clear how it happened.”  Images of infamous British Holocaust denier David Irving and others are featured in the film.

In June, Iran has announced a contest for satirical cartoons relating to the Holocaust as part of the Teheran International Cartoon Biennial. The winner is to be awarded a prize of $50,000 – a sum four times that of the previous year.

Last year, Iran announced a similar Holocaust denial cartoon exhibit just days before the Al Qaeda/Da’esh terrorist attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satire magazine in Paris.

Israeli officials and Knesset members expressed their disappointment with France and Italy for inviting and hosting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani – of all people – to visit on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“We all learned yesterday that the president of Iran, who we thought was a cruel and insensitive man who holds Holocaust denial exhibits, is actually such a sensitive person that the statues in Rome were covered in his honor, so as not to offend him,” Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein noted with sarcasm from the podium.

U.S. President Barack Obama was also blunt about the rising anti-Semitism around the world Wednesday in his speech at the Israel Embassy in Washington DC.

Obama declared that it would be necessary for American to take the lead in fighting the phenomenon. “We must confront the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise,” Obama said. “We cannot deny it… I’ve made sure that the United States is leading the global fight against anti-Semitism,” he said.

Ira Forman, the US State Department’s special envoy to combat and monitor antisemitism, told JNS.org, “We’re really concerned this contest is used as a platform for Holocaust denial…and antisemitic speech,” Forman told JNS.org.

Yet in Europe, where Rouhani is being welcomed with open arms, at least some government leaders are still awake enough to warn others about what is coming.

Speaking in Brussels Wednesday, European Parliament President Martin Schulz told Jewish and European leaders, “It pains me that in today’s Europe Jews again fear for their lives; that they ask themselves ‘will I be safe going to a synagogue, or a Jewish job? Will my children be safe in a Jewish school… some consider leaving Europe for good because they no longer feel safe.”

It is the responsibility of Europe’s leaders to fight the “demons of anti-Semitism… intolerance” he said. “Some deny the Holocaust ever happened, they try to convince us that the pain and loss inflicted on innocent victims are illusions, are lies. What makes me angry every day is that these people are sitting in the parliament here. The Holocaust deniers are electted to the European parliament.”

At the start of January, following reports of the latest cartoon contest in Iranian media, Israel’s envoy to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-HaCohen wrote to Irina Bokova, director-general of the UN agency, to bring the issue to her attention. “It is time for UNESCO to demand accountability from the Iranian regime with regard to its malicious rhetoric, Holocaust denial and global negative activity.”

Hana Levi Julian

Obama: US Must Lead Fight Against Rising Anti-Semitism

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama told a gathering at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday that America has an obligation to lead the fight against rising anti-Semitism.

“We are all Jews,” Obama said. “All of us have a responsibility.”Obama’s presence at the embassy signaled a thaw in relations between the White House and Jerusalem. Or at least, an effort by the president to win back Jewish voters before they go to the polls in November.

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Speaking at a ceremony to present Righteous Among the Nations awards marking International Holocaust Day, Obama said the rise in anti-Semitism is “undeniable.” It is the first time that this event has ever been held at the Israeli embassy as well.

The families of Walery and Maryla Zbijewski of Poland, teacher Lois Gunden and Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds came to accept the honors for their deceased, heroic loved ones. They were presented with the “Righteous Among the Nations” awards by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Israel on behalf of the Jewish People for risking their lives to save Jews from the Nazis.

Without fanfare, the U.S. president entered the room together with Israeli Ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, who was clearly, deeply appreciative of the honor granted him. “This is the first time a sitting president has ever spoken to our embassy,” Dermer said in his introduction.

Obama himself turned to the issue of the rising anti-Semitism around the globe, and in the United States as well.

“We must confront the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise. We cannot deny it,” the president said. “When we see some Jews leaving major European cities where their families have lived for generations, because they no longer feel safe; when Jewish centers are targeted from Mumbai to Overland Park, Kansas; when swastikas appear on college campuses – when we see all that and more, we must not be silent,” he continued.

“As president, I’ve made sure that the United States is leading the global fight against anti-Semitism. And it’s why, with Israel and countries around the world, we organized the first United Nations General Assembly meeting on anti-Semitism. It’s why we’ve urged other nations to dedicate a special envoy this threat, as we have.”

Obama also spoke of his own family experience with the Holocaust, a memory of his grandmother’s narration. He spoke of how his great uncle returned home from helping to liberate Buchenwald so shaken by what he had seen that “he did not speak to anyone for six months, just went up in his attic, couldn’t fully absorb the horror that he had witnessed.”

The U.S. president also took his own family to Buchenwald, to see for himself the place where his great uncle had been so traumatized, and where he had helped save so many lives. He also brought his two daughters to the Holocaust Museum “because our children must know this chapter of our history and must never repeat it.”

He underlined the difference between criticizing Israeli policies, and denying Israel’s right to exist, and said “when Israel faces terrorism we stand up forcefully and proudly in defense of our ally, in defense of our friend, in defense of the Jewish State of Israel.

“America’s commitment to Israel’s security remains, now and forever, unshakeable,” Obama said. “It would be a fundamental moral failing if America broke that bond.”

Hana Levi Julian

Obama Seeks to Reassure Frightened US With Recycled Pablum

Monday, December 7th, 2015

In a rare speech to the nation from the Oval Office, on Sunday evening, Dec. 6, U.S. President Barack Obama sought to use the solemn setting to calm a frightened nation, one that no longer trusts his ability to respond to the barbaric terrorism of a now unified-in-hatred-and-modi-operandi global radical Islam.

It is hard to imagine a single person who was nervous about the security of this country before Obama’s Sunday night speech who felt reassured by the President’s pablum.

There was virtually nothing in the President’s speech Sunday night that wasn’t already trotted out during his recent three other speeches during which the President sought to convince the American people that his is the right approach to dealing with terrorism.

On Nov. 16, just three days after the Paris massacre, the President spoke about the threat of global terrorism from the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. In that speech, the President was adamant that his was the right strategy. He refused to consider the possibility that he may have misjudged ISIS and may have pursued the wrong strategy thus far with the growing barbaric and now global threat to civilization, ISIS.

In Antalya, Obama referred to the Paris massacre as a “setback,” and described ISIS as a “handful of people” with “not wildly sophisticated weapons.”

On Nov. 24, President Obama and French President François Hollande held a joint press conference at the White House. That day Hollande uttered a litany of limited steps the coalition forces intended to employ in order to “destroy Isis.”

These measures, Hollande said, and Obama concurred, would not include sending in ground troops. Instead, the renewed commitment to fighting ISIS would consist of  “intensifying strikes, with more specific targets.” They will “focus on cutting off Daesh resources, taking out their command and training centers, reducing the flow of foreign fighters, targeting the hearts of the cities where Daesh is,” and helping to ensure the local forces on the ground are able to complete the tasks of destroying ISIS.

That litany was closely tracked in President Obama’s speech on Sunday night, when he described what his plans include for fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

And Obama spoke to the nation again, on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, in what appeared to be a hastily-arranged statement to allay the fears of holiday travelers in the face of recent terrorist threats and attacks. Obama entered the briefing room through a side door, accompanied by his national security advisers: FBI Director James B. Comey, Director of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.

Obama spoke to the American people following a briefing in the situation room from those advisers. His major point was that “there is currently no specific intelligence indicating there is any plot on the homeland, going into this holiday season.”

Well, here we are, still in the throes of that holiday shopping season. Despite the assurances, the homeland has indeed endured a major terrorist attack, one perpetrated by at least two Americans, one of whom pledged her loyalty to ISIS, and both of whom used bombs apparently built according to instructions found in the online Al Qaeda magazine, Inspire.

The female half of the San Bernardino terrorist couple who slaughtered 14 people and wounded nearly another two dozen came into the United States on a special “fiancé” K-1 visa, and had reportedly supplied a false address on her papers — a home address that was apparently never checked when her eligibility for that visa was being assessed. That doesn’t do much to reassure the American people that the Homeland Security and national security networks are doing their job well enough to rely on their assurances that there are no indications that “there is any plot on the homeland, going into this holiday season.”

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

A Misquoted MK Michael Oren Analyzes President Obama

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

The original article has been removed and will be updated on Sunday, along with important clarifications requested by MK Michael Oren regarding parts of the interview.

MK Michael Oren spoke Saturday morning at a cultural event in Be’er Sheva, addressing Israel—US relations and President Obama’s worldview.

The spokesman for the Beersheba municipality has apologized for misquoting Mk Michael Oren, clarifying that Oren did not say that Obama introduced “radical Muslim values into the White House.”

MK Oren wants to make absolutely clear that he was not attacking President Obama in any way during the discussion, and he was presenting a “controlled and responsible analysis.”

Oren adds that he “praises the close security cooperation between Israel and the US under President Obama.”

Oren did say, “It’s the president’s right to bring into the White House a different worldview that’s unlike his predecessors’” and “It is our responsibility to recognize this fact and to act accordingly.”

During the discussion, Oren mentioned Obama’s childhood as well as influences in college as helping shape the President’s worldview.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israeli PM Netanyahu Heads to White House

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing for his upcoming visit to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House next week.

On the laundry list for his visit is a request for a $50 b, 10-year military foreign aid package for Israel.

It has been a very long time since Netanyahu was welcomed by Obama to the White House — or invited for any reason, for that matter. White House officials have already told reporters they are receptive to the idea of increasing aid to Israel but are not specifying what or how much.

Also on the agenda are two other issues that have consistently remained areas of contention between the two leaders throughout their terms: Iran and “peace” with the Palestinian Authority.

Netanyahu has told his constituency that he will not limit building within Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria – a key demand by Obama. But quietly it appears the Israeli prime minister has done that very thing several times and may even be doing it again, perhaps at the request of the U.S. to jumpstart talks once more. Who knows?

Regardless, “Israel and America are fundamental and strategic allies that share the same interests and values,” maintained officials on both sides of the Atlantic on Thursday.

Israel receives the most defense aid from the United States than from any other nation at present. That is, when it is not engaged in a war for survival with Hamas in Gaza, when suddenly its combat supplies were frozen by Washington in summer 2014 during Operation Protection Edge as missiles rained down on Israeli civilians.

Hana Levi Julian

US Presidents Urge Israelis at Rabin Rally to Risk Lives for Peace But Neither Has Taken Personal Risks

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Two American presidents urged Israelis at a peace rally marking the 20th anniversary of the murder of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to take risks for peace — but neither has ever had any personal experience with taking such a risk themselves.

Thousands attended the rally Saturday night in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square marking the 20-year anniversary of the assassination of the late prime minister during a peace rally on Nov 4, 1995.

Two U.S. presidents spoke at the event, and while both spoke on the importance of taking risks for peace, neither personally risked anything for that lofty cause at the rally, nor in the past, ever.

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin also declared, “We should have no fear. Israel’s democracy is solid enough, and we are brave enough and strong enough to open wide Israel’s gates so that all the groups within us may play an equal part in shaping the character and future of the State of Israel.”

And Israel has indeed opened her gates. The gates are opened so wide that Israeli Arab Knesset members legally call upon constituents to destroy the very nation in whose parliament they participate, and with whose tax monies their salaries and benefits are paid.

“We should have no fear,” declared President Rivlin, but the question is, from what? Thousands of police forces have been called in to beef up security in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and Arab terror attacks continue to escalate in the current wave of terror.

Both American leaders called on Israelis to take risks for peace, while neither has ever physically done so themselves.

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke in a pre-recorded video, intoning, “A bullet can take a man’s life, but his spirit and his dream of peace will never die.” It was a message nearly identical to that of Hezbollah and Hamas, if one deletes the “dream of peace.”

Hugely popular former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who was the keynote speaker at the event, spoke from behind bulletproof glass.

“After all the fighting and battles he engaged in, he never stopped seeing other people, including his adversaries, as human beings,” Clinton said.

“All of you must decide … how to finish his legacy, for the last chapter must be written by the people he gave his life to, to save and to nourish.

“You have to decide that the risks for peace are not as severe as the risks of walking away from it,” he told those who attended the rally.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is more than familiar with those risks, having served in the IDF’s elite Sayeret Matkal special ops unit in his youth, met with Clinton at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem on Friday.

Hana Levi Julian

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