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‘Powerful Coalition’ of ISIS, Al-Qaeda is Narrowly Averted

Friday, December 19th, 2014

An American Jewish lawyer claims he nearly got Al-Qaeda to unite with ISIS as part of an attempt to free an American hostage. The unification of the two terrorist movements could have had huge implications in the Middle East and worldwide.

Attorney Stanley Cohen told the British Guardian that ISIS and Al-Qaeda nearly bridged the gap between them during negotiations, led by him, to free American aid worker Peter Kassig.

Cohen is a radical figure who has worked with Hamas and Al-Qaeda in the past. He openly supports Hamas, which is fighting to obliterate Israel and replace it with an Islamic caliphate.

He says he got involved in efforts to save Kassig after he was approached by Arabs from a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. They told him that Kassig, a former US soldier who later became an anti-war activist, was “a good guy.”

Cohen told the Guardian that he was uniquely able to help Kassig due to his contacts in Al-Qaeda. He claimed to have the FBI’s support in pursuing Kassig’s request, although it is not clear if the FBI was aware of the details of Cohen’s work.

Cohen’s contacts put him in touch with Abu Muhammed al-Maqdisi, one of the world’s most infamous preachers of radical Islam. Maqdisi’s former pupils include Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who plotted countless murders in Iraq, Turkey, Morocco and Europe, and – more importantly for Cohen – Turki al-Binali, a senior member of ISIS.

The negotiating team hoped Maqdisi could influence Binali to order ISIS to release Kassig. And apparently he nearly did: with a proposal that would have created a united Al-Qaeda-ISIS terror front. Maqdisis suggested that Al-Qaeda and ISIS stop their mutual criticism and work toward reconciliation; in exchange, ISIS would free Kassig and stop taking Western hostages.

An alliance between the ISIS and Al-Qaeda could have turned the bloody civil war in Syria in ISIS’s favor – a change that would have portended disaster for Kurds, Shia Muslims, and other minorities in Syria, as well as for Israel, which could have found itself facing an ISIS-led caliphate on its northern border.

The scheme failed when Jordan moved to arrest Maqdisi over his contacts with ISIS. While Cohen expressed regret at the lost opportunity to save Kassig – who was killed by ISIS a short time later – millions of others can sleep more safely knowing that the Middle East’s bloodiest terrorist groups remain, for now, divided.

Australian Jews on High Security Alert Amid Hostage Crisis

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Jewish communities in Australia remained under lockdown as a hostage crisis continued at a café in Sydney.

The Community Security Group, which handles security for the Jewish communities of Australia, raised the threat level to severe on Monday after an apparent Islamist gunman entered a café in downtown Sydney and took dozens of hostages, the Australian Jewish News reported.

The Australian Jewish News reported that Jewish day schools throughout the country tightened security measures on Monday and cancelled all planned excursions.

The heightened alert will remain in effect on Tuesday, on orders from the Community Security Group, according to the newspaper.

The armed hostage-taker ordered his hostages to hold up a black flag with Islamic symbols and Arabic writing in the window of the Lindt Chocolate shop. Police reportedly made contact with the gunman on Monday night in Sydney. Five hostages have escaped and at least 30 remain.

Pre-Hanukkah Miracle for Israeli in Sydney Siege [video]

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Israeli religious singers Benny Elbaz and his son Gad left Sydney’s Lindt’s Café now under siege only moments before it was under siege by one or more Islamic fanatics, COL Live reported.

“Several minutes before the kidnapping…, all of our friends left after sitting there and hour and 15 minutes,” Elbaz wrote on Facebook.

“After several moments, it happened! A miracle, a miracle, a miracle of Hanukkah. There are no other words.”

The Elbaz father-and-son team is on tour in Australia and performed Sunday night. They were drinking coffee in the Lindt Café before preparing to fly to New York, via Singapore, for a performance.

“While thankful, my father and I are praying and hoping for a quick release of all the hostages safely and without harm,” Gad Elbaz told COLlive in a phone conversation. “We hope the light of Chanukah will shine their glow on the nation of Israel and the rest of the world,” he said.

Five hostages have escaped from the café, and two of the nearly 50 hostages that remain have been forced by their armed captor to hold up a black flag with Islamic symbols and Arabic writing in the Lindt’s store window.

An Australian broadcaster who refused to speak with the captor on air said that the hostages have been forced to call him “The Brother.” The abductor also has demanded to speak with Australian Prime Tony Abbott.

There no signs that he will talk with the man.

Police have made contact with the gunman

Hundreds of police have placed central Sydney on lockdown, and U.S. officials have evacuated staff from its nearby consulate.

So far, no one has been injured although one of the hostages who escaped was treated at a hospital for undisclosed reasons.

Jerusalem Cleric Shares Tale of 4 Childred Martyred by ISIS

Monday, December 15th, 2014

‘A great miracle happened there, in our days,’ each year reminds us of the historic events that led to the creation of the ancient Jewish Festival of Lights, Chanukah.

The story is told about the Jewish revolt of the Macabees and the miracle of the single cruse of purified oil for the Holy Temple which lasted an entire eight days until a new supply could be secured. And it includes the tale of Chana and her seven sons who were involved in the war, each of whom refused to bow down to an idol – right down to the youngest, a mere young child – preferring to die for the sanctification of God’s Name rather than profane it.

Imagine the irony, therefore, to know that now and in our present day, there are Christian children led by a cleric who once learned in a yeshiva in Jerusalem, who this year were faced with the very same dilemma.

The little Christian children were threatened with death by extremist “Muslim” monsters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, if they would not convert to a faith not their own.

Like the Jewish children of old, they refused.

All four children were under age 15, according to Canon Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad,” who told the tale from Jerusalem in late November to the Orthodox Christian Network.

“ISIS turned up and said to the children, ‘You say the words that you will follow Muhammad, and the children, all under 15, four of them, they said, ‘No we love Yeshua… We have always followed Yeshua.’

“They said, ‘Say the words! They said, ‘No, we can’t.’ They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that? You just cry,” recounted Canon White.

“They are my children. That is what we have been going through and that is what we are going through.”

ISIS is currently hunting for the vicar, he was warned. The Archbishop of Canterbury has ordered him to leave Iraq as a result, for his own safety. Having once learned Old Testament from its original sources in an Orthodox Yeshiva in Jerusalem’s ancient neighborhoods, and Biblical analysis from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, perhaps it was only natural for him to return to the Holy Land when it was time to leave Iraq.

“I am in Israel now,” he explained, adding that some 250,000 Iraqi Christians are displaced. The group once numbered 1.5 million. There once were more than 300 churches in Iraq; most recently there were 58.

On Monday, ISIS launched a siege on a cafe in the busy commercial and government center in Sydney, Australia. As of 6:30 am Monday morning Israel time, the terrorists were still holding customers hostage in the cafe.

BREAKING: ISIS Hostage Situation in Australia

Monday, December 15th, 2014

UPDATE #1: There are some unconfirmed reports that instead of 13 hostages, there may be as many as 50 hostages inside either the cafe itself or the building. There are other reports that Islamists have threatened that there are four locations with explosives in different areas of Sydney.

According to Australian media, ISIS has taken thirteen people hostage in a chocolates café in the business district of Sydney, Australia known as Martin Place. The situation began shortly after 10:00 a.m. local time. A television station directly across the street from the café has been monitoring what is happening thus far.

Some of the hostages inside the Lindt’s Chocolate Cafe are reportedly being forced to hold up ISIS flags against the windows of the building, others are being forced to press their hands up against the windows.

Police have cleared the area, all public transportation in the area has been stopped, including all flights over Sydney.

According to News 7 in Sydney, Australian Parliament member Bernie Finn posted on his Facebook page: “Islamic terrorists have taken hostages in a Martin Place cafe in Sydney. This could be the day we’ve been fearing.

Finn may have been referring to a threat issued over the summer by an Australian citizen, Mohamed Elomar, who joined ISIS. He pledged to bring terrorism to his country, and warned that Australia should be worried.

This story shall be updated.

The Tony Abbot, the Australian Prime Minister, issued the following statement:


Reports: ISIS Hurled Gay Man from Rooftop, then Stoned Him

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The barbaric terrorist group known as ISIS has allegedly murdered a man because he was gay, throwing him from the highest rooftop in the area and then stoning him to make sure he was dead.

The Daily Star of Lebanon reported that ISIS posted photographs appearing to confirm the claims.

“The Islamic court in Wilayet al-Furat decided that a man who has practiced sodomy must be thrown off the highest point in the city, and then stoned to death,” read a statement accompanying the images.

Wilayet al-Furat refers to an area spanning the Syrian-Iraqi frontier, where the Euphrates flows from Syria into Iraq.

In November ISIS stoned two men to death in Syria, claiming they were gay.

Kerry Omits Israel as Essential Stakeholder for ME Peace

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Of course it was just a slip. It had to be, right?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the new European Union’s High Representative Federica Mogherini spoke together to the international press following their “working lunch” in Brussels on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

First Mogherini mentioned some of the topics she and Kerry had just discussed, such as the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership, Russian activity in Ukraine, the situation in Syria and Iraq, and the fight against ISIS – she referred to it by the Arabic name, Daesh – and other “terrorists in the area.”

The new High Representative ticked off the “extremely worrying situation” in Libya, implementation of the Minsk Agreement and a “discussion on the Middle East peace process” – the latter being something “where we are looking forward to work together.”

Mogherini let everyone know that the Middle East peace work Kerry “has done in the last months needs to be resumed,” and that the EU knows how dedicated Kerry is to the peace process and stands ready to “support the continuation” of his efforts.

Then it was Kerry’s turn to speak.

The U.S. secretary of state pretty much repeated the list of topics Mogherini had just mentioned. But he strung together a very odd constellation of words to discuss the Mideast peace process.

He did this by starting with a brief feint towards humor or exasperation or something less than diplomatic:

We also talked about the Mideast peace process, which may at this particular moment be a misnomer but nevertheless something that we are deeply committed to, and we will work on it.

Then Kerry explained what he thought was absolutely essential if there is to be any solution achieved with respect to mideast peace.

Kerry ticked off the various stakeholders who need to be committed and who must lend their support to any Middle East peace solution. He said that the global community must support any solution. Kerry also said any solution needs the support of the Arab community, and he also made clear he intends to work with the EU, by consulting and working closely with Mogherini.

Here is what he said about the Middle East peace process:

The United States believes that any solution that is ultimately going to be achieved, if there can be one, is going to achieved on a multilateral basis; it needs the support of the EU, it needs the support of the Arab community, it needs the support of the global community in order to take effect. And we will continue to work, and I will continue to consult with and work closely with Federica with respect to that.

Apparently Kerry forgot that Israel’s support will be essential for any Middle East peace process. At least we hope he just forgot.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/kerry-omits-israel-as-essential-stakeholder-for-me-peace/2014/12/04/

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