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2 Islamic Holidays to Close NYC Public Schools Next Year

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

New York City public schools will close next year for two Muslim holidays – Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

The two Islamic celebrations were officially designated as public school holidays by the New York State Department of Education this week.

Mayor Bill DeBlasio made the announcement Wednesday (March 4) at a news conference, saying it was “only fair.”

Children from a community that is an “integral part of the city” should be able to celebrate their holidays as do others in New York, DeBlasio said.

‘Alliance Between Israel & US Must Always Remain Above Politics’

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s historic speech to the joint session of Congress lasted about 40 minutes Tuesday morning, was interrupted 40 times and brought the chamber to its feet nearly every time.

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, however, was seen in tears, distraught over its content. More than 30 other Democratic members of the Congress actually boycotted the address; U.S. President Barack Obama didn’t even watch, nor did any member of his staff attend the session, completing the total boycott from the Obama White House and his administration.

As promised, Israel’s prime minister focused solely on substance and no politics after first addressing, as he did at the AIPAC convention a day earlier, the “controversy” over his appearance at the direct invitation by GOP House Speaker John Boehner months earlier.

“It was never my intention,” Netanyahu said. “Thank you for your support for Israel, year after year, decade after decade… The remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States has always been above politics and must always remain above politics,” he said.

“Israel is grateful for the support of America’s people and its presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.”

Some of what Obama has done for Israel is widely known, he commented, and some is not known, and “may never be known.”

But while Netanyahu was praising the American president, Obama made sure that every media outlet carried the news that neither he nor his staff watched the speech. Nor was any member of his staff present in the chamber during Netanyahu’s address. That point was repeated by every American media outlet; one has to wonder why.

“Israel is grateful to you, the American Congress, for supporting us in so many ways,” Netanyahu continued. “Thank you, America, thank you for everything you have done for Israel.”

The Message Netanyahu Came to Deliver Netanyahu then turned to the reason he had come to speak to the joint session of America’s lawmakers so close to Israeli elections, risking his own position to do so.

“We are an ancient people,” he began. “In our nearly four thousand years of history many have tried to destroy” us. The Israeli leader went on to briefly summarize the story of Purim, how 2500 years ago, a Persian potentate named Haman nearly succeeded in his genocidal attempt to wipe out the Jews.

“Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate, Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who spews the oldest hatred, anti-Semitism, with the newest technology. He tweets – in English – that Israel must be destroyed.”

Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror chief Hassan Nasrallah has been coordinating with Iran, as has been clear from recent speeches; Netanyahu noted Nasrallah has urged the “ingathering” of Jews to Israel “so we can destroy them all.”

Netanyahu also pointed out that Israel is now surrounded by Iran on three borders: “Iran’s goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror.”

Iran also currently “dominates four Arab capitals” in the Middle East – Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sana’a — and if left unchecked “more will surely follow.” So while the major nations led by the U.S. are trying to reach an agreement with Tehran over its nuclear program and bring them into the family of nations, “Iran is busy gobbling up the nations,” he said.

ISIS and Iran As frightening, Netanyahu told the Congress that the battle between Iran and ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror organization, or Daesh), “does not turn Iran into a friend of America.

“Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam… first in the region, and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire.

Egyptian Imam Says ‘Corrupt Interpretation’ Led to Radical Islamic Terror

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The head of the centuries-old Al-Azhar Islamic Center, Grand Imam El-Tayeb, blamed “corrupt interpretations of some texts in the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah” for the spread of radical Islamist groups.

“The most striking reason, that I see, is the historical accumulation of extremist tendencies,” the country’s top Islamic cleric said, according to the Al Ahram newspaper.

Speaking at an anti-terrorism conference in Mecca on Sunday, El-Tayeb said it is essential to impose a “control” on the “chaos of fatwas (religious rulings) against other Muslims as infidels.”

Otherwise, he said, there will be “no hope” for the Islamic Ummah – the Islamic world – to retrieve its unity.

The Imam called for a conference of Muslim scholars, to create a set of common values, yet allow the people of each nation to follow their own set of agreed-upon unique teachings. Such a system would create “social stability,” he said.

El-Tayeb also called for the introduction of a special education curriculum to correct “false and ambiguous concepts.”

In addition, the Muslim leader underlined the importance of ‘tolerance’ in dialogue.

Taliban Ready for Peace Process with Obama

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A senior Pakistani official said Thursday that Taliban is prepared to open peace talks with the United States with the first rounds of talks today and Friday in Qatar.

Back in 2002, peace talks between the Bush administration and Taliban ended without any results, one year after the United States invaded Afghanistan as part of its war on terror.

Pakistan’s military chief of staff told Afghan leaders that Taliban is prepared for a sudden shift in policy, which also would signal a change for the Pakistani military that is considered to be behind  Taliban.

The peace overture is not official and needs a wider agreement among Pakistani officials and the  approval of Taliban’s spiritual leaders Mullah Mohammed Omar.

One factor working help compel the military to change course and go with a peace overture is last December’s savage Taliban attack against children in a school, which evoked shock among citizens and more suspicion of the military’s involvement with Taliban.

Using Qatar as the host to talk peace is interesting since it backs Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and perhaps can convince Obama that they represent Islam and not those “who have perverted Islam.”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said last month that Taliban is an “”armed insurgency” and not a terrorist group.

Earnest said, as heard and seen in the video below:

It is important to draw a distinction between the Taliban and al Qaeda. The Taliban has resorted to terror tactics, but those terror tactics have principally been focused on Afghanistan.

They do carry out tactics that are akin to terrorism, they do pursue terror attacks in an effort to try to advance their agenda.

The State Department does not include Taliban on its list of foreign terrorist organizations, while the Treasury Department defines it as a group of  “specially designated global terrorists.”

Earnest explained that the Treasury Dept.’s designation means the United States can impose financial sanctions against Taliban’s leaders.

Surprise! White House Reveals Kayla Mueller Was NOT ‘Last American Hostage’

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

One wonders who was the more surprised Tuesday: the White House staff or the American people, upon being told there is at least one more U.S. national and possibly more being held hostage in Syria.

In either case, it makes no difference to humanitarian aide worker Kayla Mueller, who was being held captive by Daesh, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). She was officially confirmed dead by White House officials Tuesday night.

Daesh claimed last Friday that Mueller died in a Jordanian air strike targeting the group in Raqqa, Syria. Jordan has intensified its attacks on the terror group following its barbaric execution of a Jordanian pilot captured after his fighter jet crashed in December 2014 in northeastern Syria. The group released an execution video of the pilot being burned alive in a metal cage earlier this month, but said the victim had been killed on January 3, about 10 days after he was captured.

The terrorist group sent photos of Mueller’s dead body to her family to confirm her death, a detail not immediately released when her death was first confirmed to media. According to a New York Times report published Wednesday, the Mueller family contacted Daesh separately in order to obtain the proof of their daughter’s death. In return they received at least three photos: One showed her wrapped in a Muslim funeral shroud and in two others she was alive, wearing a hijab and with her face partly covered. In all three photos, her face was reportedly covered in bruises.

The circumstances of Mueller’s death have remained unclear; high-ranking sources within the U.S. government have told media she could have died in a building next to a weapons storage facility targeted in an air strike. Or not.

However, intelligence officials have said that Daesh treats its female hostages differently, often forcing them to convert to Islam and then “marrying” them off to male commanders of the terrorist group.

Three male Americans have also died in the hands of Daesh: two journalists and another humanitarian aide worker trying to help Syrians caught in the crossfire of the savage civil war ripping apart the country. All three were beheaded by the group.

According to a report by Haaretz, Mueller volunteered for the International Solidarity Movement, living and working with Arabs in the Palestinian Authority. In a blog post about her stay in Israel and the PA, she posted the following:

“Do not be fooled, resistance lives… Oppression wails from the soldiers radio and floats through tear gas clouds in the air … But resistance is nestled in the cracks in the wall, resistance flows from the minaret 5 times a day and resistance sits quietly in jail knowing its time will come again. Resistance lives in the grieving mother’s wails and resistance lives in the anger at the lies broadcasted across the globe. Though it is sometimes hard to see and even harder sometimes to harbor, resistance lives. Do not be fooled, resistance lives.”

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest refused to identify the newly-revealed American captive being held in Syria. Nor would he say which group kidnapped the hostage, or when the victim was seized.

“We have avoided discussing the individual cases of Americans who have been held hostage, but we are aware of other American hostages being held in the region,” Earnest said, according to Reuters.

“I’m not going to get into the specific discussions of the cases of individuals who are being held hostage, principally because we don’t believe that it’s in their best interests for me to discuss them publicly,” Earnest told reporters, according to Reuters. “But there have been public reports of at least one other American hostage being held in Syria,” he said.

The family of Austin Tice, a journalist who disappeared in Damascus in August 2012, held a news conference in Washington last week about his case.

Obama: Murdered Jews Were Just Random Victims [video]

Monday, February 9th, 2015

This is how President Obama described the terror attack in Paris against French Jews in a Kosher Supermarket…

“It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.”

Its all random…it just randomly happened that the religiously unaffiliated zealots chose a Jewish target.

And don’t mention “Radical Islam” at all costs.

Go to the video tape at 1:45:

Don’t Mention God on the Temple Mount

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Rabbi and Professor Yoel Elitzur caused a massive disruption on the Temple Mount (Har HaBayit) on Thursday resulting in his being removed from the Jewish holy site by police.

Rabbi Elitzur of Ofra ascends to the Temple Mount every month.

On Thursday, when the Rabbi ascended, he was harassed by members of the radical Islamic group Marabtat, who get paid to harass and intimidate Jews visiting the Jewish holy site.

After one Muslim extremist approached Rabbi Elitzur and cursed him with the traditional Islamic phrase “Allahu achbar”, the good rabbi responded with, “Hashem Hu HaElohim”, which in English means, “The Lord, He is God”.

Police detained the Rabbi and expelled him from the Temple Mount for disturbing the public order.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/dont-mention-god-on-the-temple-mount/2015/02/06/

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