The Palestinian Authority has warned that “hundreds” of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists are setting up bases in Gaza for attacks on the Sinai Peninsula, and at least one of four recent attacks in Saudi Arabia has been linked the fanatic Islamic group.
The Palestinian Authority said that eight Salafist groups have set up bases in Gaza, and that many of its recruits are former Hamas members, Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio reported Sunday morning. Hamas denies that the ISIS poses a threat to stability of its regime and said “only” a few dozen Salafists, supporting the ISIS, are in Gaza.
Hamas arrested a senior Salafist terrorist last month as well as dozens of the group’s terrorists in recent weeks.
A group that itself as the ISIS stated on Friday it launched mortar shells are a Hamas base in central Gaza.
Each radical Muslim group is competing to be more monstrous than the other, and Hamas last week even destroyed a tent that was turned into a mosque that ISIS supporters used.
Egypt is vulnerable to terror in the Sinai and has suffered the loss of dozens of soldiers and policemen in recent months at the hands of terrorists. If the ISIS can gain a foothold in the Sinai, it will be on the doorstep of both Israel and Egypt.
In Saudi Arabia, unknown terrorists shot and killed a policeman last week, the fourth shooting incident in the past two months. Saudi authorities have admitted that at least one of the attacks was carried out by an ISIS-linked group.
Saudi Arabia has arrested nearly 100 ISIS suspects since last December, including a cell that plotted to attack the U.S. Embassy with a car bomb.
The kingdom has become a clearer target for the Islamic State since Saudi Arabia joined the American-led coalition’s war against the terrorist organization that has take control of large areas in Syria and Iraq.
Following is a Saudi news report on the murder of the policemen.
Muslim Brotherhood-backed former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Muslim Brotherhood organization founded the Gaza-based Hamas terror organization that now is generously patronized by Iran.
Morsi was held responsible by an Egyptian court for the torture of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012. He stood trial with 14 co-defendants, including some of his staff.
All 14 co-defendants were convicted on charges of violence and inciting violence. However, all were acquitted of murder, as was the former president.
Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party – the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – called the trial a “travesty of justice” according to CNN. In a statement released to media, the party said, “This is a sad and terrible day in Egyptian history. Coup leaders have sentenced Mohamed Morsi to decades in prison for nothing more than championing the democratic will of the people.”
Morsi was deposed one year after taking office in a coup that was supported by more than one million protesters in the streets of Egypt. His Islamist administration, which also had control of both houses of parliament, came into office through a democratic electoral process that many in Egypt said was rigged. Numerous others simply refused to participate, convinced a fair process would never take place.
Turkey criticized the verdict on Wednesday in a written statement issued by its Foreign Ministry. The two countries declared each other’s ambassadors persona non grata late in 2013, after Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was elected president of Egypt in June of that year following the coup.
“We deplore the sentencing of former President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted from his position as a result of a military coup staged in 2013 even though he was the first democratically elected president of Egypt, to 20 years in the case in which he was tried with other suspects,” the statement read.
It went on to say that “arbitrary” trials in Egypt further doubts over the objectiveness of the trial that convicted the former president and “reinforced concerns” over the future of democracy in Egypt.
“Our sincere calls for heeding the legitimate demands of the Egyptian people for a genuine democracy and rule of law continue,” it read.
An Egyptian court Tuesday morning sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in jail for inciting to kill protesters in 2012. He could have been sentenced to death.
Morsi still faces a possible death sentence for other crimes, including espionage, after he won the elections after the Muslim Brotherhood, with the support of President Barack Obama, forced Hosni Mubarak to resign.
Mubarak eventually was tried, convinced and sent to jail for corruption.
If the Muslim Brotherhood has its way, current president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is next in line to go to prison. The terrorist party called for pro-Morsi demonstrations Tuesday and stated, “The coup commander [Al-Sisi] is exploiting the judiciary as a weapon in the battle against popular will and the democratic and revolutionary legitimacy represented by President Mohamed Morsi.”
Morsi will join in jail hundreds of other Muslim Brotherhood members who have been convicted for helping to kill hundreds of people, among those who still were alive after Mubarak’s forces killed nearly 1,000 people and before Al-Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime murdered more than 1,000 protesters since taking power.
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.
The Egyptian army has destroyed 185 smuggling and terror tunnels under the border between Egypt and Gaza since February, according to the country’s military spokesman.
Sixty-nine of them were destroyed in the past three weeks. One of them was more than a mile long and 10 feet deep and was used for smuggling weapons and people.
Cairo has proposed that digging a tunnel along the border is a crime, with a punishment of life in prison.
The clampdown on the tunnels, following several murderous terrorist attacks on Egyptian soldiers, has been met with almost total silence by the United Nations and foreign media, unlike the condemnation of Israel when the IDF used to shut down the tunnels.
Egypt also has created a buffer zone and destroyed more than 1,100 houses on the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza.