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ISIS Shows Off 13-Year-Old Belgian Boy Jihadist

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

ISIS has posted a picture of a 13-year-old Belgian Muslim boy armed with an assault rifle and ready for action in Syria.

The young jihadist was identified as Younes Abaaoud. Keeping it all in the family, he traveled to Syria with his big brother, 27-year-old Abdelhamid, whom his father said was brainwashed to become a real man and become member of the ISIS, which has become the new international symbol of fear.

Brainwashed? Maybe, but the father reportedly once was jailed in Australia for plotting terror. He set a sterling example for his child but apparently was not so happy that the 13-year-old opted for orthodox jihadism.

It is not clear if Younes is actually fighting with the ISIS or simply serving as a model for other 13-year-old radical Muslims.

Belgium leads Europe in the number of citizens per capita who have joined ISIS, which Brussels estimates has snared approximately 200 Belgians among 2,000 Europeans.

The United States “boasts” around 100 ISIS fighters.

ISIS has released a 55-minute video featuring an English-speaking terrorist with an accent that indicates he might be from the United States.

“Clearly ISIS had a calculated step to be able to put this guy on camera,” Frank Cilluffo, a security analyst at George Washington University, told CNN. “Why? Because he seems American. The message is aimed at a Western audience.”

A linguistics professor told The Intercept that the man probably is not a native English speaker but his accent indicates he may be from Minnesota, North Dakota, or even Canada.

Brussels Jewish Museum Reopens with Upgraded Security

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Almost four months after a shooting attack that left four people dead, the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels reopened its doors on Sunday with upgraded security and a greater awareness of the risks its staff faces.

Last May, a terrorist from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) murdered four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

To contend with the possibility of future such attacks, the museum has upgraded its security measures. Two armed police officers are now stationed at the site, and security checks at the entrance are to be tightened. Visitors will have to pass through newly-installed metal detectors.

The city of Brussels dedicated 30,000 euros ($39,000) to finance the measures.

“We had a certain innocence about us before. It’s not that we took things lightly, but we hadn’t considered the risks, that we could be a possible target of this kind of attack,’’ said Chouna Lomponda, responsible for the communication at the museum.

The museum, a 19th Century town house in the fashionable Sablon area of Brussels, shut down after the attack.

Sunday’s reopening coincided with the 15th European Day of Jewish Culture. It took place during an official event attended by several political, cultural, diplomatic and religious personalities, including Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo.

“We don’t want to serve the interests of extremists who want to muffle our culture,” said Philippe Blondin, the museum director. “We wanted to reopen our doors as soon as possible, but the Belgian authorities had to do their investigation work,” he said.

A memorial plaque bearing the names of the 4 victims of the attack – a couple of Israeli tourists from Tel Aviv, Emmanuel Riva, 54, and Myriam Riva, 53, as well as a French volunteer, Dominique Sabrier, 66, and a museum employee Alexandre Strens, 25 – has been affixed to the building.

“We have lots of exhibitions planned for the future,” says the museum’s president, Philippe Blondin.”Of course, it will be different now. We carry the burden and weight of this event and this wound will stay with us. It will not be destroyed with time. But we carry on.”

The museum staff are determined it will be business as usual – or at least as close to usual as it can be.

“We are continuing our educational work,” says Norbert Cige, the museum’s general secretary. “Those who tried to silence us: well, that objective has failed.”

Arson Attack on Brussels Synagogue

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Arsonists set fire to a Brussels synagogue on Tuesday, that was previously firebombed in 2010, but Jewish officials are not ready to declare the incident as anti-Semitic.

The wife and two children of the synagogue’s caretaker, who was not present at the time of the arson, suffered slight smoke inhalation after the fire broke out on the fourth floor of the building, where they live.

“It would seem that the fire was set deliberately,” Laurens Dumont, a spokesman for the city prosecutor, told AFP.

Jewish community officials were even more careful and declared that anti-Semites may not have torched the synagogue because Torah scrolls and sacred books were not burned.

Of course, the arsonists could have anticipated that the fire would spread and would destroy the Torah scrolls, but Jews in the Diaspora often prefer to suppose that they are not targets of hate crimes and that they are not in danger.

Maybe it was not an arson.

Maybe it was not anti-Semitic.

We hope it wasn’t, but don’t be surprised if it was.

Maybe the fact that the synagogue is located in a heavily-populated Muslim area is only coincidental.

Maybe.

ISIS Terrorist Identified as Murderer in Brussels Jewish Museum Attack

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

The murderer of four people, including two Jews from Tel Aviv, in the attack last May on the Jewish Museum in Brussels was an ISIS terrorist who was one of the captors and torturers of James Foley, Steve Sotloff and a French journalist, who was released and now had identified the killer.

The terrorist is Medhi Nemmouche, a French citizen who is to go on trial in Belgium on Friday for the murders at the museum. He was arrested several days after the terrorist attack, and he fought for the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2013 only three weeks after he was released from prison, where he served five years for armed robbery.

The immediate reaction of Brussels officials after the attack was typical of the head in the sand illusion that makes believe that many terrorists are “lone wolves,” that many attacks on Jews or Jewish institutions are just a coincidence and that the radical Islamic movement in Europe does not threaten to overthrow the entire continent.

The fact that at that time of his arrest he had a white sheet emblazoned with the name of the ISIS clearly indicates Nemmouche, even if he acted alone, was not just some jihadist who woke up one morning and decided to become a terrorist.

Anti-Semitism in France is rampant. Considering that the motive was “open” was a denial of reality.

Nemmouche was identified by French journalist Nicolas Henin as the terrorist who attacked the museum. The fact that he is a French citizen belies the false belief among many European leaders that the jihadists are imports.

“The accused gunman is also French, increasing fears in Europe over European citizens’ ties to extremist groups,” National Public Radio reported. French authorities estimate that nearly 1,000 other people from France have joined the jihadists in Syria, and every one of them, unless they are killed first, could be the next Nemmouche.

Henin, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2013 and held for almost a year, said that Nemmouche was only one of several French citizens who were in charge of the prison where he was held.

The journalist has known for some time that one of his captors was Nemmouche but did not say anything in order to protect other Westerners held by ISIS. He broke his silence after Le Monde reported that investigators have linked the killer with ISIS, which really should not be a surprise considering that the sheet with the name ISIS n it at the time of his arrest was widely reported.

“When Nemmouche wasn’t singing, he tortured,” Henin wrote in Le Point. “The torture lasted the night, up until the dawn prayer,” when radical Muslims appeal to Allah to give them the strength for more barbarism.

Europe’s “everything is just dandy” mirage is its own death sentence. Nemmouche used his French citizenship to return to enter Belgium from Germany and is “a perfect example of the difficulty in tracking European jihadists, reported NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley.

Henin’s lawyer Marie-Laure Ingouf told AFP that “Nemmouche was one of his jailers. All the hostages confirm this. They lived alongside him for several months.”

Henin spent part of his time as hostage along with journalists Foley and Sotloff, who were beheaded by ISIS in the past two weeks. He added that it was clear to him and others in captivity that Nemmouche did not leave Syria in order to become a good citizen.

“It seemed to us that he did not leave for Syria because of some grand ideals but, above all, to make his mark, to carry out a murderous path that he had traced,” Henin said.

Bye Bye Antwerp

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

A Hareidi family from Antwerp are packing up their belongings as they prepare to make Aliya from Belgium on August 07, 2014.

Europe has seen a massive outbreak of anti-Semitic attacks on Jews, and many Jews are considering leaving to escape before it gets worse.

‘No Jews Allowed’ Sign Removed from Belgian Cafe Following Complaint

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

(JTA) — Police removed a sign from a Belgian cafe saying that Jews were not allowed following a complaint by an anti-Semitism watchdog.

The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, filed the complaint Wednesday with the mayor of Saint-Nicolas against the parties responsible for hanging a Turkish- and French-language sign at a cafe in the Liege suburb.

The Turkish text reads, “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Jews are not under any circumstances.” The French text replaces “Jews” with “Zionists.”

Following the LBCA complaint, Saint-Nicolas Mayor Jacques Heleven dispatched police to the cafe, who had the sign removed and confirmed the LBCA report.

The window display also included a Palestinian flag, an Israeli flag crossed out with a red “X” sign and a kaffiyeh, or Palestinian shawl, draped around it.

“LBCA will file in the coming hours a criminal complaint with the Liege prosecutor over the actions of those responsible for this violation of the July 30 law against racism and xenophobia of 1981,” LBCA said in a statement.

Last week, the Belgian Jewish newspaper Joods Actueel reported that a shop owner in Antwerp had refused to sell an Orthodox Jewish woman clothes “out of protest.” An employee confirmed that the shop had temporarily adopted a policy of not selling to Jews.

Western Europe has seen a significant rise in anti-Semitic hate speech and attacks — including against nine synagogues in France — since Israel launched its Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza on July 8 following a barrage of rockets from Gaza into Israeli cities and towns.

Jewish Museum Shooter Doesn’t Want Extradition to Israel

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Mehdi Nemmouch has conditioned his acceptance of extradition to Belgium to stand trial there, on the condition he won’t be extradited to Israel.

Mehdi Nemmouch (29) is the French Muslim who killed 4 people at the Brussel’s Jewish Museum on May 24, 2014. He was captured in France when his car was pulled over for other unrelated reasons.

The French court will decide by June 26 whether to accept his request. If turned down, Nemmouch can appeal the extradition order in a higher court.

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