Posts Tagged ‘Islam’
By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS
This morning, Thursday December 24, a worker who had previously worked at the Israeli Ministry of Health was sentenced following a serious security-related trial which lasted seven month between June 2014 – January 2015.
The trial was concluded following a serious security related trial for his attempt to join the terrorist organization, ISIS.
According to the indictment, Halil Halil, a 25-years-old resident of Abu-Tur, a mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem sought to join the ranks of ISIS in Syria when he attempted to exit the country illegally to Turkey en route to Syria.
Halil was caught however, by chance misfortune, when he attempted to cross the border from Turkey to Syria. Moreover, Halil stood accused of establishing contact with a foreign agent in Turkey and also attempted to connect with activists and with illegal associations such as ISIS.
According to the indictment, Halil first made contact with ISIS members in Israel by way of social media videos and Facebook.
The official sentencing, by Judge David Minetz, read “In light of all the information and after weighing up of all considerations I sentenced the defendant to 24 months in prison on condition that if he commits any offence to the security of the state during the first three years following his release from prison he will be immediately reimprisoned.”
Following the sentencing Halil’s attorney, Wasim Darosher, told TPS that “The supreme court accepted the majority of defense team’s positions and concluded that the crimes were personally motivated rather than national.”TPS / Tazpit News Agency
(JNi.media) Rage over a homework assignment became so harsh and abusive, school officials in Augusta County, Virginia decided to keep all 10,000 county students at home this past week, and to suspend school sports activities over the weekend.
This WW3 battle began when Cheryl LaPorte, who teaches world geography at Riverheads High in Staunton, Virginia, gave her students a homework assignment: to copy by hand a line of Arabic script. The lovely arabesque calligraphy happened to be the shahada, an Islamic statement of faith bearing witness that “there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.” It has been established, incidentally, that LaPorte did not compose the assignment based on secret instructions she received from her operators in ISIS, but rather picked it from a workbook created by teachers called “World Religions.” The book also includes assignments about Christianity and Judaism.
It took only a few hours before some angry parents demanded LaPorte’s firing for “violating children’s religious beliefs,” but the Virginia Department of Education and Augusta County Superintendent Eric Bond announced they reviewed the material and they don’t believe it violated student rights.
Nevertheless, the county school system removed the offensive statement from the curriculum, replacing it with “a different, non-religious sample of Arabic calligraphy.” The county also issued a statement saying it was not leading a drive to convert students to Islam. Augusta County Schools official Eric Bond said in a statement that none of the “lessons in the world geography course are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief.”
That was too little, too late, as far as some parents were concerned. Kimberly Herndon told WHSV, “The sheet she gave out was pure doctrine in its origin,” adding, “I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian.”
Megan Williams, reporting for the News Leader, noted that “increased police presence and national media attention have made for a weird week as Riverheads High School headed into winter break.” The decision to end the school week early was reached on Thursday, “after district offices were hit by a firestorm of phone calls and emails over the controversy.” Williams reported that “Augusta County Sheriff’s deputies were in all schools and the front doors were locked.”
A Facebook group calling itself SUPPORT LAPORTE was started and to date attracted 5,653 members. Most of the reactions on the social network are expressions of disbelief at the parents’ heightened sensitivity to other people’s religions and cultures.
Williams quoted Prof. Nancy Klancher of Bridgewater College, which serves Augusta County, who explained that county students come from the Shenandoah Valley, and “don’t know anything about any other religions besides their own.”JNi.Media
“By the Numbers” is an honest and open discussion about Muslim opinions and demographics. Narrated by Raheel Raza, president of Muslims Facing Tomorrow, this short film is about the acceptance that radical Islam is a bigger problem than most politically correct governments and individuals are ready to admit. Is ISIS, the Islamic State, trying to penetrate the U.S. with the refugee influx? Are Muslims radicalized on U.S.Video of the Day
The French government has shut down three mosques under emergency laws passed in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist massacre in Paris.
Those laws gave police sweeping new authority until February 2016, despite rights groups and politicians who expressed concerns about reports of police abuses of power.
“Measures to close down mosques on the grounds of radicalization … have never been made by any previous government, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve noted in his briefing with media on Wednesday.
He added that police have carried out 2,235 raids across France since the massacre; 334 weapons were seized, including 24 military-grade assault weapons.
The criticism was dismissed by the Interior Minister, however. “It is terrorism, not the state of emergency, which threatens freedoms,” said Cazeneuve.
The multi-site attack by Da’esh (ISIS) operatives and suicide bombers claimed the lives of 130 victims and wounded 350 others.
One of the mosques that was closed is located in the eastern Paris suburb of Lagny-sur-Marne, according to France 24. During the process, nine people were placed on house arrest. Another 22 were banned from leaving the country.
“Police searches [there] turned up a 9mm caliber pistol, a hidden hard drive, documents and files on jihad and a life insurance policy subscribed in 2012,” Cazeneuve said, according to the RFI news outlet.
“The Council of Ministers will now dissolve these three pseudo-cultural organizations which used clandestine prayer rooms on the premises,” he added. Mosques in Lyon (in central eastern France) and Gennevilliers (near Paris) were also closed on grounds of spreading radicalism as well.Hana Levi Julian
A lot of negative adjectives can be used to describe U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, but calling him a terrorist is a bit much.
Shi’ite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has labeled Kerry as a “terrorist,” the Shi’ite web site and Iraqi News.com reported Saturday.
Al-Sadr ranted that Kerry does not have the right to rate who is the “terrorist” and labeled Israel “a spoiled son” for America.
The Muslim cleric, in response to a question about Kerry’s statement in Israel this past week that an Arab who stabs a Jew is guilty of a “terrorist act,” said:
We do not need his silly and biased opinion; he doesn’t have the right to rate who is the terrorist.
Arabic writing was found written on the inside of fuel panels of 4 separate EasyJet planes in France, as well as inside the bathroom of one of the planes, according to a report in the UK Telegraph.
Lisa King, an easyJet cabin safety manager sent out an email:
“EasyJet assessed this issue, each time working in full consultation with the authorities, and is entirely satisfied it is nothing more than graffiti. EasyJet takes very seriously any security related issue and would not operate a flight unless we are entirely satisfied it is completely safe to do so. EasyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in full compliance with all regulations. The safety and security of its passengers and crews is always easyJet’s highest priority.”
An investigation is underway to determine who wrote the graffiti and how they had access to the fuel panels on 4 airplanes.Jewish Press News Briefs