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Lubavitch Emissary in Russia Shot in Chest

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Ovadia Isikoff, who is the Rav of the city of Derbent, the southernmost city in Russia and the second most important city in the Dagestan region, was seriously injured after being shot in the chest by an unidentified man, the website COL reported Thursday.

Rabbi Isikoff, in his 40s, was coming out of his car, returning home from a ritual slaughtering. He is in the local hospital where the doctors are described as fighting for his life. Local police is conducting a manhunt for the suspect, who fled after the incident.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry stated that they are familiar with the incident in the city which is located about six hours from Moscow, and are awaiting a report from local police.

Chief Rabbi of Russia Rabbi Berel Lazar, who is himself part of Chabad Lubavitch, has hired a medical airplane that will leave Israel at 3 PM local time ((8 AM Eastern) with a qualified surgeon, a paramedic and an intensive care doctor to aid in Rabbi Isikoff’s treatment.

Should the medical team deem it necessary, they will transport the injured rabbi to Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel.

Police spoke to Rabbi Isikoff’s wife and four children, and shared with them that their current theory is that the shooting was antisemitic in nature.

Baruch Grin, spokesman for the Jewish Communities in Russia told Israel Channel 2 News that Rabbi Isikoff “has been living there nine years already. No one knows why it happened, but it’s a very Islamist place and I suspect that’s the connection.”

Dagestan, in northern Caucasia, is considered the most violent region in Russia today. Various extremist Islamist organizations conduct daily attacks on government and civilian targets with the aim of establishing a Muslim state in southern Russia.

Tsarnaev-Connected Waltham Murders Occurred on 9/11

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

One aspect of the unsolved brutal throat-slashing murders of three men in a Waltham apartment in 2011, all three of whom knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the dead suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombings, has been overlooked.

It may be pure coincidence, but it turns out that Erik Weissman, 31 of Waltham, Raphael Terek, 37, of Waltham and Brendan Mess, 25, of Waltham were murdered on September 11, 2011. Terek and Weissman were Jewish.

That Tamerlan Tsarnaev knew the three men who were murdered became known recently, and the fact that Tamerlan was very close with at least one of them but never showed up for the funeral or memorial services, was considered odd at the time, but memory faded.

The exact date of the murders  – September 11 – and its significance, had not yet been recognized.

Despite efforts of officials and the mainstream media to avoid any linkage between the bombings just two weeks ago and a violence emanating from a particular form of radicalized Islam, everyone has now been forced to acknowledge that connection.

The younger brother, Dzohkar, has admitted to authorities that his older brother Tamerlan was infuriated by the  United States, in particular for what he believed was its attacks on Islam through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The current narrative seems to be an effort to localize the radicalization and to believe what some authorities say that the murders were acts taken without direction, support or connection to any terrorist groups outside of the United States.

It beggers the imagination to believe that there are no outside connections, as the major media would have us believe.  This is particularly so since Tamerlan traveled to Dagestan, a brutally violent area of Russia riddled with Islamist terrorism in the year before the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Even more significantly, Russian authorities alerted U.S. authorities about Tamerlan, asking for information about him “based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.”

Still, as pieces continue to slip into place about the backgrounds of the Tsarnaev brothers, the fact that three unsolved grisly murders took place on September 11, the anniversary of the attacks on America by radical Islamist murderers, is one that cannot be ignored.

We Need a Better FBI

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

According to NBC News, the FBI was alerted as recently as last November by Russia’s security services regarding serious new concerns about one of the Boston bomber brothers. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, while spending half a year with his family back in the city of Makhachkala, in the Republic of Dagestan, made six visits to see an Islamic terrorist in a mosque.

A case file on Tsarnaev was sent over to the FBI, and the Russians pleaded with the agency to check the guy out. The FBI never called back.

They interviewed the nice young man in 2011, after Russia had raised earlier concerns that he was becoming a radical Islamist, but found nothing “derogatory” against him and did not pursue the case further.

“Derogatory?” Really? That’s FBI speek nowadays for crazed Muhamadians looking to mass murder American civilians?

How different was the FBI’s failure in this case from that famous 2001 flop, when they ignored alerts from field agents about a bunch of Arabs taking flight lessons who asked to skip the part about landing their plane?

Not so different at all, since the New York Times reported that the Department of Homeland Security put a “hold” on Tsarnaev’s citizenship application, after a routine background check came up with the 2011 FBI interview. Why didn’t the FBI show the same level of interest in the FBI interview? And why was he allowed to stay in the country at all? He’s not a citizen, you don’t owe him a nice life in the Land of the Free – if you suspect him enough to deny him citizenship – kick him the heck out!

Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN the other day: “Either our laws are insufficient or the FBI failed, but we’re at war with radical Islamists and we need to up our game.”

In my view, the Patriot Act has already gutted the constitution sufficiently. What else are they going to take away, on top of habeas corpus? Americans are already enduring so much deprivation of their civil rights – the problem is not the laws, it’s bad police work.

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