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US Lawmakers Call on EU to Put All of Hezbollah on Terrorist List

Friday, March 11th, 2016

In a letter to the European Union’s Ambassador to the United States, David O’Sullivan, U.S. Representatives took the EU to task for pretending there is a legitimate “political” wing of Hezbollah. The EU has labeled Hezbollah’s “military arm” as a terrorist organization, distinguishing it from the group’s political wing, which is not so designated.

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL-06) and Grace Meng (D-NY-06) sent the letter to O’Sullivan following the recent decision by an organization of Gulf States (GCC) to designate the entire Hezbollah enterprise as a terrorist organization.

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.)

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.)

Queens. New York City Rep. Grace Meng.

Queens. New York City Rep. Grace Meng.

“While the 2013 EU designation of Hezbollah’s military wing was a step in the right direction, distinguishing between Hezbollah’s military and political arms is a distinction without a difference,” Roskam and Meng wrote. “Hezbollah can easily transfer money within its organization, rendering EU attempts to effectively sanction its terrorist activities meaningless. The entire organization is implicated in Hezbollah’s nefarious activities.”

The U.S. lawmakers made no bones about the extent of mayhem Hezbollah has unleashed on the world:

Since its founding, Hezbollah, funded in part by Iran, has been responsible for thousands of deaths in Lebanon, Turkey, Bulgaria, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and many more. There is no indication that Hezbollah has slowed its terrorist activities. In recent years, Hezbollah has been implicated in plots in Cyprus, Thailand, Nigeria, Uruguay, the U.S. and more.

Roskam and Meng then turned to the dangers posed to Israel by Hezbollah.

Hezbollah is also in possession of approximately 150,000 rockets and missiles, some of which are capable of precision targeting nearly anywhere in Israel. In February, Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah declared his intention to target an ammonia plant in Haifa and boasted that such an action will ‘lead to the deaths of tens of thousands of inhabitants.’ This type of action goes against international law, all recognized norms of armed conflict, and basic morality. We are inching closer to another Hezbollah-initiated war against Israel that would be disastrous for all involved.

“The European Union is a vital partner to the United States in addressing global issues,” the two Members of Congress added. “Given our collective importance to the global financial system, a unified approach to countering terrorist financing would be a formidable obstacle for terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. We urge the European Union to immediately designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and work to oppose their global terrorist ambitions.”

The letter was sent to O’Sullivan on March 9.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

ISIS Using ‘Nazi Methods’ to Transform Children into Killers – But That’s Not All

Monday, March 7th, 2016

It’s not just the Islamic State terrorist group that is working on transforming children into parts of The Borg in a future terrorist machine.

For those of you who grew up watching ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation‘ the reference will be horribly clear, and you can skip down to paragraph 9. For those of you who do not understand this paragraph — please grab a cup of chammomile tea, preferably with an anti-nausea remedy, and read on.

A study published by the ‘Quilliam’ think tank warns the ISIS terror group is indoctrinating children from birth using the system employed by the Nazis to create “more lethal than themselves.”

The London counter terrorism think tank that authored the report, “Children of Islamic State” draws a parallel between the methods being used by the terror group and the Third Reich.

“Elements from Nazi Germany can be glimpsed in the systematic indoctrination of children through schools and training camps in IS,’ the authors write. “The concepts used by the Nazis are perfectly applicable to the Islamic State.”

According to reports gleaned from children who have managed to escape from ISIS enclaves, the group has also created a youth division called Fityan al-Islam, “Boys of Islam,” according to a report by The Sun newspaper.

ISIS quickly seized control of the education systems in Syria and Iraq and developed a curriculum to cultivate a second-generation “mujahideen” youth corps. These children are now growing into teens who were conditioned from their elementary years to hold extremist values, nurtured towards the goal of becoming future terrorists.

“The area of most concern is that Islamic State is preparing its army by indoctrinating young children in its schools and normalizing them to violence through witnessing public executions, watching Islamic State videos in media centers and giving children toy weapons to play with.”

Iranian Proxy Groups Also Use Nazi Methods
The terrorist organizations sponsored and generously supported by Iran have grown and proliferated over the past decade but all are similar in their desire to annihilate Israel.

The Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group is perhaps the oldest and most well-developed of them all. Its military wing has become a guerrilla fighting force complete with uniforms, sophisticated Iranian and Russian-made weaponry, with crack discipline to match.

Headed by Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the group also has spent the past four decades carefully cultivating future generations towards combat.
At present, Hezbollah has a trained corps of close to 100,000 professional military fighters, according to the Al-Monitor site. “A high percentage of its ranks consist of youth with specialized degrees, making it an educated army,” Nasser Chararah wrote in Al-Monitor.

The group also instituted the Imam al-Mahdi Scouts, a Hezbollah youth movement that began in Lebanon in May 1985. With 500 local chapters comprised of 42,000 members of both genders between ages 8 to 16, the organization named for Muhammad al-Mahdi became a member of the Lebanese Scouting Federation, and thereby belongs to the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

But in addition to regular scouting activities, this group is also taught military tactics and indoctrinated with the principles of radical Iranian Islam at summer training camps at Shi’ite sites in Beirut, the Beqa’a Valley and in southern Lebanon. At age 17, the males “graduate” in Hezbollah fighting units, albeit without obligation, according to the Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC).

German psychologist and researcher Peter Conzen described in a 2006 German-language article the striking similarity between the Imam al-Mahdi Scouts and the Hitler Youth; he noted that both defrauded children of their youth.

Nazi Indoctrination by Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad
So too it is with Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and its allies Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group – both also Iranian proxies.

Both have received technical and other support from Hezbollah, mostly likely at Iran’s direction.

In August 2015 thousands of older Gaza Arab teens proudly showed off their new military skills at summer camp “graduation day” ceremonies.

Each year the terror group’s armed wing organizes “Liberation Youth Camps” for Gaza teens ages 15 to 21 – the incubator in which children and youths are programmed to become the group’s next generation of guerrilla fighters in the war to annihilate Israel.

The 17,000 teen “campers” exhibited their abilities to carry out hand-to-hand combat, aim and fire various guns, jump through fiery hoops, climb ropes and walls, and to camouflage themselves well enough to avoid detection.

A 16-year-old camper told a reporter from The Washington Post, “I wish I could join Qassam Brigades now. I want to fight Israel. I want to kick them out of our land. I am ready now…”

Similar military camps are run by Hamas for elementary school-age children as young as five years old.

All ages are taught to hate Israel and to “love death.” There is no money in Gaza for building homes, but there is certainly enough cash to ensure that every child learns to throw a grenade and to use an AK-47 or a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad military summer camp was an equally popular hit for the 8 to 21-year-olds, with 6,000 male “graduating” campers in Gaza alone.

The PIJ held its Youth Military Camp, Fohtwat al-Nassir, last summer in Khan Younis.

The budding fighters were dressed in battle fatigues and taught to apply black grease under their eyes by the PIJ Al Aqsa Brigades military arm for their final ceremony.

But lest the reader reach the end of this lengthy piece thinking, “Well, the head of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, Mahmoud Abbas, is still a partner for peace with Israel – things are okay in Judea and Samaria,” please understand that all of the above taking place in Gaza would not have been possible without the entire cooperation of Abbas, known in the Arab world as “Abu Mazen.”

Abu Mazen is Point Man for Nazi Tactics in Terror
For countless generations, Abu Mazen has carefully, patiently, quietly cultivated this culture of hate. Abbas is a Holocaust denier of the first order: in fact, his doctoral dissertation was an attempt to prove the Nazi murder machine was not an attempt to wipe out Jews.

More than anyone else, Abu Mazen is the person probably most responsible for the terrorism being perpetrated against Israel today, absolutely responsible for the last two intifadas and the current wave of terror.

Final approval for every media incitement campaign against Israel, every decision to pay monthly stipends, salaries and financial reward bonuses to convicted terrorists and their families, are signed off by Abbas. He maintains an iron-fisted control over everything in the Palestinian Authority government he still heads, more than seven years past the end of his four-year electoral term.

That means it is Abu Mazen who approves the PA TV children’s programming that has for decades indoctrinated children from the time they are toddlers that it is right to hate Israel; that all of the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea is “Felestine” – belonging to the Arab citizens of the Palestinian Authority and simply occupied by the Big Bad Israelis.

That it is the highest, supreme honor to die in jihad, the “holy war” of murdering an Israeli.

That message is drummed into Arab children’s minds from the time they are old enough to understand language in the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, at home and in school via textbooks, school lectures, field trips and extra-curricular activities.

It is driven home by Muslim clerics in their sermons at the mosque every week during prayers on Friday, the Islamic Sabbath. On social media and in Islamic programs, classes and lectures over the Internet. At special ceremonies in Palestinian Authority villages, towns and cities where events, public squares, buildings and holidays are used as opportunities to commemorate and honor bloodthirsty terrorists who have murdered Israelis and Jews.

It is an outright miracle when any Arab born into such a society does manage to escape or see through such thorough, complete conditioning.

Some do.

Bottom Line: Nazi Methods Used by Arab Terror Groups In, Around Israel
The bottom line is that ISIS is not the only terrorist entity using Nazi indoctrination tactics. It’s used by all of the major Arab terrorist organizations both in and around the borders of Israel, blue, green, gold, recognized, unrecognized, annexed and otherwise. It doesn’t matter. Dead is still dead and all of them want to see the Jewish State in the sea.

Worse, some of this propaganda also gets transmitted via satellite television and the Internet to Israeli Arabs so there is a peripheral, overflow effect as well.

The Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization, first under Yasser Arafat and then under Mahmoud Abbas has been doing this for decades — far longer than ISIS ever dreamed of.

So has Iranian-controlled Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the Muslim Brotherhood-spawned Hamas terror group in Gaza, also backed by Iran, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The only difference between all of them is the length of time they’ve been at it, the sheer creativity in the brutality demonstrated by ISIS and the fact that ISIS answers to no master.

Oh yes – and the fact that ISIS is aiming at everyone ELSE in the world, besides Israel.

Maybe that’s why everyone noticed.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab League Mulls Formally Declaring Hezbollah a Terror Entity

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

The Arab League is considering a move to join the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United States and the European Union in listing Lebanon-based Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

It is a move aimed not only at Hezbollah, but rather at isolating Iran, which is increasing its hold on the region via its proxies.

Arab nations in the region particularly fear Iran’s galloping progress in the nuclear technology field, which the United Nations and world powers failed to restrain.

Bahrain is behind the move. The tiny island kingdom, a member of the GCC and the Arab League, was the first Arab nation to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist entity in March 2013.

Saudi Arabia’s neighbor has struggled since the Arab Spring of 2011 with violence from its Shi’ite population, which was stirred up into a hornet’s nest by outside agitators.

King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa of Bahrain has been the driving force to persuade the Arab League to designate Hezbollah a terror group.

The GCC designation can result in sanctions against businesses and institutions associated with Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran.

Hana Levi Julian

Turkey, Iran Talk Unity on Syria as Kremlin Punishes Tehran

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Saturday in Tehran with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the final day of a two-day official visit to the Islamic Republic.

Rouhani said cooperation between Iran and Turkey will play a positive role in the settlement of regional issues, according to Iran’s official Press TV.

“Iran and Turkey have common objectives and interests and must strengthen the foundations for peace and stability in the region through [improving] bilateral cooperation and focusing on the fight against terrorism as a common enemy,” Rouhani said.

“We believe that regional problems should be settled by regional countries and nations and Iran-Turkey cooperation will undoubtedly play a constructive role in establishing sustainable peace in the region,” the Iranian president pointed out.

The Iranian president said Tehran and Ankara enjoy great potential to expand ties in different sectors including transportation, energy, trade, joint investment, tourism, science and technology and expressed the country’s readiness to bolster cooperation with Turkey.

Davutoglu arrived in Tehran at the head of a high-ranking political and economic delegation on Friday hoping to expand the trade between the two nations to $30 billion – triple the current amount.

He told Rouhani that Ankara is determined to open a “new chapter” in relations with Tehran, according to Press TV.

The Turkish prime minister also “expressed Turkey’s readiness to cooperation with the Islamic Republic in the campaign against terrorism,” the state news agency reported.

Since Iran is a generous sponsor of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization as well as the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza and their Palestinian Islamic Jihad allies, the statement raises questions.

The international headquarters of Hamas are still located in Istanbul, as they have been for about a year or more. Nevertheless, Turkish officials did deport a top Hamas official who masterminded the abduction and murder of three Israeli yeshiva teens in 2014 — the attack that launched Operation Protective Edge that summer.

Over the past several weeks, Turkish officials have been deeply involved in talks with Israeli representatives to resolve differences and repair the broken ties between the two nations. At last report, two of the three demands of the Turkish government had been met by Israel, and the third was allegedly well on the way towards resolution, according to an announcement by Turkish government officials.

That was a week prior to Davutoglu’s meeting with Rouhani. How is Israel to interpret this latest move?

“It is extremely important for Turkey and Iran to develop some common perspectives in order to end our region’s fight among brothers, to stop the ethnic and sectarian conflicts,” the Turkish prime minister told reporters in Tehran.

Although the two nations are backing different sides in the Syrian civil war, it seems they may have developed a common antipathy for Russia.

The Kremlin has been adamant that Iran withdraw its forces from Syria – including its proxy, the Lebanon-based Hezbollah guerrilla terrorist fighters – who are backing President Bashar al-Assad. Russia has reportedly told Iran their interests are different in Syria.

A highly-placed source told Kuwait’s daily Al-Jarida newspaper that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is retracting the sale of the S-300 anti-missile system. The moves comes as punishment to Iran for violating its pledge not to hand over any of its sophisticated weaponry to terrorist groups.

Israel brought Moscow clear evidence that Iran gave Hezbollah SA-22 surface-to-air missiles. The intelligence was confirmed by reports by Russian fighter pilots who flew sorties over Syria and Lebanon and whose radar could detect SA-22 systems in areas under Hezbollah control.

Hana Levi Julian

Argentina Spymaster Testifies Fernandez Govt Involved in Death of Prosecutor Alberto Nisman

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The most famous spy chief in Argentina told a local judge this week that he believes prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered by someone linked to the government of former President Cristina Fernandez.

Santiago Blanco, attorney for Jaime Stiuso, told the Vorterix radio station on Wednesday that his client does not have “direct proof” that Nisman was murdered. “He is interpreting the precedents and motives that might have led to Nisman’s killing,” Blanco told the station.

Nisman was found dead of a gunshot to the head at his apartment on Jan. 18, 2015, just before he was to publish the findings of an investigation of the deadly July 18, 1994 bombing at the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires.

On October 25, 2006, Nisman and a colleague had formally accused the government of Iran of having directed the bombing, and the Lebanon-based Iranian proxy Hezbollah terror group with carrying it out.

But according to a report by the New York Times, Nisman was holding a warrant for the arrest of Fernandez. Had he lived he would have presented his findings the next day to the court, including a claim that Fernandez had conspired to derail his investigation and had conspired with the Iranians to protect them from implication in the bombing. After his death the case against Fernandez was dismissed.

But his evidence did not die with him, as many probably hoped.

Just days before Nisman was found dead, he took measures to make sure his research into the bombing and high-level conspiracy didn’t disappear with him, according to a Makor Rishon report.

Nisman sent an email to three friends with a backup of his research and report. One of them was Israeli-Argentine writer and educator, Gustavo Daniel Perednik.

A month before, Perednik met with Nisman in a cafe, where Nisman told him about what he was working on. Nisman told Perednik, “In case someone murders me, all the data is saved.”

The emails were sent from Nisman’s private, secure account in the prosecutor’s office. It was the last email from Nisman Perednik received.

Another recipient is believed to be Jaime Stiuso, the country’s former chief of counterintelligence. Stiuso was fired last year by then-President Cristina Fernandez.

Attorney Federico Casal, representing Nisman’s family, was present in the courtroom for Stiuso’s testimony. He told local media the former intelligence director directly blamed the former president for the prosecutor’s death. Stiuso also reportedly implicated Fernandez administration officials in Nisman’s death, including former Cabinet chief Anibal and former legal secretary Carlos Zannini.

It was Ricardo Sáenz, the prosecutor at the Buenos Aires Criminal Appeals Court who insisted that the probe into Nisman’s death be handled by federal judicial authorities.

Sáenz also confirmed Nisman’s death was a homicide, the Buenos Aires Herald reported last week.

In a ruling presented to the Appeals Court, Sáenz supported the hypothesis of the plaintiffs in the case, Nisman’s daughters, his ex-wife Sandra Arroyo Salgado, and his mother and sister, arguing the case could no longer be handled by Judge Fabiana Palmaghini, who took over the probe from prosecutor Viviana Fein last December. He insisted the investigation required a federal magistrate.

“The procedural action in this case according to the evidence produced until now is the hypothesis that Alberto Nisman was the victim of a homicide,” the prosecutor said. Sáenz raised the issue of Diego Lagomarsino, the IT engineer who worked with Nisman at the AMIA special unit, and was the source of the .22 caliber Bersa gun that ended Nisman’s life.

The 1994 attack killed 85 people and left hundreds wounded. It was the deadliest bombing in the history of the country. Argentina is home to 200,000 Jews – the largest such community in Latin America and the sixth largest Jewish community outside the State of Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council Declares Hezbollah a Terror Group

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council led by Saudi Arabia formally declared Hezbollah to be a terrorist organization on Wednesday (March 2). The group has already been declared a terrorist entity by the European Union and the United States.

Hezbollah was blacklisted by the group in response to hostile acts perpetrated within GCC member states, the GCC said in a statement. Among the offenses listed were attempts to recruit new terrorists and smuggling weapons and explosives. In particular, Hezbollah’s support for the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen is of great concern to the Saudis and its Gulf partners.

The other five members of the GCC are the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. All have recently withdrawn staff members from their embassies in Beirut and issued warnings to their citizens against travel to Lebanon.

The move is seen by analysts as the lining up of Sunni Muslim nations against the Shi’ite Iranian axis being formed in the region. But it is also a move by Saudi Arabia to draw closer to the Western world at a time when radical Islamists are pulling Muslim-majority nations in the opposite direction.

Arab leaders are being faced with a difficult choice: join the 21st century with the West or risk one’s role at the top by either doing nothing or siding with extremist Islamists. As deeply conservative and even radical Saudi Arabia itself might be, it appears that its leadership sees the writing on the wall and has opted to avoid another Arab Spring.

Hezbollah has been sending fighters to the Syrian front for years to battle on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad alongside the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Hezbollah has also provided training and other technical assistance to Hamas on behalf of Iran prior to the Gaza-based terrorist group’s wars with Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Analysis: Iran, ISIS Likely to Unite for WWIII

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Israeli military analysts are now beginning to prepare top officials, who are in turn beginning to prepare the nation, for what eventually may become the start of World War III.

Most analysts still believe the Syrian crisis is a sectarian conflict between the Sunni, Shi’a and Alawite Muslims. But that time is long gone.

A cataclysmic clash of civilizations is taking place in Syria, one that a number of nations have patiently awaited for decades.

Turkey, so deeply invested in the glorious history of its Ottoman Empire period, would find great satisfaction in stretching its influence with a modern-day “Turkish Islamic Union” that might embrace like-minded nations in the region and perhaps also beyond.

Da’esh, as it is known in the Middle East and which in English calls itself the “Islamic State” (known by others as ISIS or ISIL) is rapidly stretching its influence to build a worldwide Sunni caliphate. It began as a splinter group from the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, and then morphed into the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (hence “ISIS”) — but at last count had successfully recruited more than 41 other regional Muslim terrorist organizations to its cause from around the world on nearly every continent.

And then there is the Islamic Republic of Iran, a Shi’ite Muslim nation, which is extending its tentacles as rapidly throughout the world as Da’esh, but far more insidiously and certainly more dangerously. If in this world one might define any nation today as Amalek, that ice-cold, black-hearted evil that first picks off the weakest of the Jewish nation, it is Iran, which has quietly extended its influence and control farther and more deeply than any other enemy Israel has ever had. Wealthy, patient, smiling and calculating, Iran acquires new allies each year, even among those Israel once counted as friends. Meanwhile, Iranian officials never forget to keep the home fires burning, to stir the pot and keep it simmering, and always to nurture the various conflicts at home in the Middle East.

This past week, Iran announced the money it donates to families of Arab “martyrs” who murder Israelis will be paid via its own special charity organization, and not through the Palestinian Authority government.

But Tehran has yet to reveal the details of exactly how it intends to pay.

Instead, a high-ranked government official simply made an announcement this weekend saying Iran did not trust the Ramallah government, driving a deeper wedge already dividing the PA’s ruling Fatah faction from Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization — Iran’s proxy group.

Hamas has been planting sleeper cells and budding regional headquarters, however, throughout the PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, and it is clear the group’s next goal is an attempt to wrest control of those two regions from the PA, thus completing Iran’s takeover of the PLO — the PA’s umbrella organization and liaison to the United Nations.

Money is always helpful in such an enterprise, and Iran has recently enjoyed a massive infusion of cash that came courtesy of the United States and five other world powers after sanctions were lifted last month as part of last July’s nuclear deal.

Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fath’ali announced last Wednesday that Iran would pay Arab families for each “martyr” who died attacking Israelis in Jerusalem and each Arab family whose home was demolished by Israel after one of its occupants murdered Israelis in a terror attack.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani last week underlined Tehran’s continued strong support for the wave of terror against Israel.

“The Islamic Republic supports the Palestinian Intifada and all Palestinian groups in their fight against the Zionist regime. We should turn this into the main issue in the Muslim world,” Larijani said in a meeting with a number of “resistance” groups in Tehran, FARS reported Sunday (Feb 28).

Hana Levi Julian

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