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September 18, 2014 / 23 Elul, 5774
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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.”

New York Man Recruiting for ISIS, Prosecutors Say

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

A U.S. naturalized citizen was indicted Tuesday in New York federal court on charges of recruiting people to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group.

Mufid A. Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old business owner from Yemen, allegedly tried to recruit people to join ISIS and shoot people in the U.S., NBC News reported Tuesday.

Elfgeeh was arrested in May after attempted to buy two handguns with silencers from an informant for the FBI. Although the firearms charges were made public in June, the charges on recruiting for ISIS were gagged until the grand jury indictment held on Tuesday.

According to prosecutors, Elfgeeh tried to persuade two undercovers and a third person in Yemen to travel to Syria and “fight on behalf of ISIS.” He also told the undercovers he wanted the guns to carry out shootings, and suggested he might target Shia Muslims and U.S. veterans returning from the Middle East, in the Rochester area.

The FBI probe began a year ago when he allegedly started posting a series of tweets expressing support for Al Qaeda, ISIS and other international terror groups. In one message, Elfgeeh even suggested people donate a third of their salaries to jihadists.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

ISIS Sends Obama Fiery Video Response [video]

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The terrorist network ISIS responded to U.S. President Obama’s warning to it with a message of its own.

The video response is entitled “Flames of War.” The 50-second video is replete with music and sophisticated graphics and logos worthy of a Hollywood trailer. Created by the al-Hayat Media Center, the media arm for ISIS, the video mimics a movie trailer, and includes a clip of Obama saying, “U.S. combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq.” It follows with more shots of fiery destruction, the words (in English) “the fighting has just begun,” then fades out with the words “coming soon.”

According to MEMRI, the Al Hayat Media Center distributes diverse materials in several languages, including new videos, subtitling for videos, news articles and reports and translated jihadi materials.

Al Hayat also an an online English-language magazine, Dabiq. 

Here is what ISIS wants the U.S. to see:

German Man on Trial for ISIS Membership Played On Jewish Soccer Team

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

A German man who went on trial in Frankfurt, Germany Monday for being a member of the extremist ISIS group once played for a Jewish soccer club.

Kreshnik Berisha, 20, is alleged to have traveled to Syria where he fought with the group for five months before he returned to Germany, according to the Associated Press.

Berisha, 20, reportedly comes from a Muslim family from Kosovo. He was arrested in Germany in December on charges of membership in a foreign terrorist organization and is believed to be one of about 400 German citizens who have joined jihadist groups fighting in Syria since the beginning of the more than three-year-long civil war.

State prosecutors said he underwent firearms training in Syria and reportedly worked as a medic for ISIS.

“On top of this, he took part in combat missions that occasionally lasted several days,” the charge sheet read.

He has since “turned his back” on ISIS, defense lawyer Mutlu Günal told the British newspaper The Guardian. The judge reportedly is working with prosecutors on a plea deal in exchange for information about the extremist group.

Berisha played on the under-17 youth team of Makkabi Frankfurt, a prominent Jewish soccer club, as recently as 2011.

Membership in the team is not restricted to Jews and is described as diverse. Israeli teams also are also careful not to discriminate with regard to race, religion or color.

All that matters is to win and be proud to say that the team is from Israel, even if not one player is Israeli and not one is even Jewish.

When you hear the lefties talks about a “Jewish democratic state of Israel,” the “Jewish” is in name only.

JTA contributed to this report.

 

Report: ISIS Shoots Down Syrian Regime Plane

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

ISIS shot down a Syrian regime’s warplane on Tuesday, Sept. 16, according to a report based on information from the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

The Syrian plane was engaged in attacking the ISIS base in Raqqa when it was shot down. Raqqa, used as the headquarters by ISIS,  is a city in north central Syria, on the north bank of the Euphrates River, approximately 100 miles east of Aleppo.

After being shot down, the plane crashed into a house. Rami Abdul Rahman, the SOHR director, said there were casualties on the ground. Other reports claimed there were eight casualties following the crash.

“It is the first aircraft shot down since the regime launched air strikes against the jihadists in July following their declaration of a caliphate in late June,” according to an SOHR statement.

Another account of the downed Syrian war plane declined to confirm whether ISIS was responsible for the crash. The Syrian air force has been bombing ISIS controlled territory continually since the group seized control of  Mosul, a city in Iraq near the Syrian border, when the group declared a caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria.

A Syrian air strike on an ISIS training camp killed more than a dozen terrorists on Saturday.

The U.S. is assembling a coalition to fight against the ISIS terrorists. Syria allegedly offered to join the coalition but the offer was rebuffed. Syria is fighting against ISIS and a US-assembled coalition which has only been operating in Iraq is expected to take the fight to Syria as well.

With the fight against ISIS taking place within the same relatively small geographic region, the potential for perceived interference either by the western-backed coalition or by Syria poses additional problems or, perhaps, opportunities.

Too Much Disturbing News About ISIS and Arab Terror Threats‏

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

This morning’s news sites show how dangers of international Arab ISIS terrorism, Iran etc. just can’t be swept under the rug.

One of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s greatest international failures is that he not only never succeeded in convincing the United States of the dangers of Iran, but he did so badly that the USA seems to trust Iran more than it trusts Israel. Obama and Kerry have been begging Iran to talk. They don’t treat Iran as a world danger, a pariah, which it should be.

PARIS — The Obama administration is open to talking with Iran on the security crisis in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, even after Iran’s supreme leader angrily said Tehran would no longer discuss Middle East issues with the United States…He acknowledged that he had opposed Iran’s attendance, but he stressed that the United States was still prepared to speak with the Iranians about Iraq and Syria, including on the margins of the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program that will resume in New York on Thursday. Just because the Iranians were not invited to the conference, Mr. Kerry said, “doesn’t mean that we are opposed to the idea of communicating to find out if they will come on board or under what circumstances or whether there is the possibility of a change.” …The Obama administration has long sought to separate the nuclear talks with Iran from discussions of regional issues, out of concern that Tehran might seek concessions in the nuclear negotiations in return for cooperating on Syria or Iran.

I don’t understand how the Americans can disassociate the Iranian nuclear threat to world peace from the character and aims of the Iranian leadership. They’re using modern child psychology in dealing with dangerous psychopaths. Modern child psychology tells us to separate the child from his bad actions by saying:

“What you just did was bad.” Instead of saying: “You are a bad boy.”

This may work with young children who are inherently good, but it won’t work with Iranians, ISIS and the volunteers/recruits to Arab terrorism. There’s an excellent interactive article on the New York Times site about the rise of ISIS. It’s worth using one of your limited number of free NYT articles to read it. (If you know of a place it can be accessed freely, please let me know in the comments, thanks.) Here’s the opening:

A Rogue State Along Two Rivers How ISIS Came to Control Large Portions of Syria and Iraq By JEREMY ASHKENAS, ARCHIE TSE, DEREK WATKINS and KAREN YOURISH July 3, 2014

The militant group called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria seemed to surprise many American and Iraqi officials with the recent gains it made in its violent campaign to create a new religious state. But the victories achieved in the past few weeks were built on months of maneuvering along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which define a region known as the cradle of civilization.

Not only has countries like Turkey proven fertile ground for recruits, but so has Europe and even the United States.

At least three Somali families in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have female relatives who have gone missing in the past six weeks and may have tried to join Islamic State, said community leader Abdirizak Bihi. He said that while the reasons for their disappearance were unclear, he had told the families to contact police.

Not long ago, I watched a very panicky news report on television about how shocked the British are that the ISIS be-headers had good middle-class British accents. We must remember that many of the worst and most brutal terrorists are educated.

First Time: US Bombs ISIS Near Baghdad to Support Iraqi Troops

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

For the first time, U.S. warplanes this week bombed terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) operating near Baghdad.

The air strikes were coordinated with Iraqi forces and came in support of ground troops fighting to defend that nation’s capital.

Six ISIS vehicles were destroyed near Sinjar, along with a ISIS position southwest of Baghdad that had been the source of gunfire directed at Iraqi troops.

Thus far, the United States has carried out 162 air strikes against the terror group in Iraq since it began missions early last month.

But this is the first time American warplanes have carried out a bombing mission in direct support of Iraqi troops.

“U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIS (IS) terrorists in Iraq, employing attack and fighter aircraft to conduct two air strikes Sunday and Monday in support of Iraqi security forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad,” US Central Command said in a statement.

“The air strike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit ISIS targets as Iraqi forces go on offense, as outlined in the president’s speech last Wednesday.”

Nevertheless, President Barack Obama’s administration has harshly criticized Israel for carrying out similar actions against Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization in this summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge.

The U.S. State Department attacked Israel last week at a briefing in which spokesperson Marie Harf said, “We were horrified by the strikes that hit UNWRA facilities.”

UNWRA is the United Nations Work and Relief Agency that provides humanitarian aid in Palestinian Authority territories. The agency operates some 200 schools and food storage warehouses in Gaza, along with other facilities. More than a few were discovered to have been used by terrorists during the war as missile storage hideouts; others served as convenient human shields in and around which the terrorists were able to launch rocket and missile attacks against Israeli civilians, assuming there would be no return fire due to the displaced Gazans sheltering within the “neutral” buildings they used for cover.

The situation made a very juicy, deliberate photo op for the terrorists, as noted in a terrorist training manual captured earlier in the summer by the IDF. All this has been documented and published in the media as well as submitted to international authorities.

Nevertheless, Harf scored Israel for returning fire to the source of attacks on its civilians and soldiers — even though it was not even clear that any Israeli shells actually hit UNRWA facilities while they were occupied. In fact, satellite imagery and video documentation exists showing that the buildings were empty at the time that a lone Israeli shell struck an UNWRA building. Other shells that struck around UNRWA buildings and in a courtyard and were aimed directly with surgical precision at the terrorists who were being targeted precisely because they were firing rockets at Israeli civilians, and at Israeli soldiers.

Pot calling the kettle black? No way to know because oddly enough, unlike with Israel, the United States has not seen fit to share any information about collateral damage from its own air strikes in Iraq. And the international media has been equally silent on the matter. How odd.

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