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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Friday Night Massacre in Paris

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

The Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization claimed responsibility for the multi-site massacre that took place in Paris on Friday night, leaving 129 dead, 352 wounded and the entire nation of France in shock.

In a communique published in Arabic, French, Bosnian and Russian, along with corresponding audios, distributed via its supporters on Twitter, Da’esh called the attacks “the first of the storm.”

The statements, translated by the SITE Intelligence Group Enterprise, reported that eight suicide attackers struck multiple sites in Paris in a “blessed invasion.” They referred to the city as the “capital of prostitution and obscenity and the “carrier of the banner of the Cross in Europe.” The statements were later released in English as well.

The communique went on to declare: “Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State, and that the smell of death will never leave their noses as long as they lead the convoy of the Crusader campaign. and dare to curse our Prophet, Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him, and are proud of fighting Islam in France and striking the Muslims in the land of the Caliphate with their planes, which did not help them at all in the streets of Paris and its rotten alleys. This attack is the first of the storm and a warning to those who wish to learn.”

The statement went on to call the attackers the “eight brothers wrapped in explosive belts and armed with machine rifles” who “targeted sites that were accurately chosen in the heart of the capital of France…”

“Allah is Great,” the communique continues. “But honor, power and glory belong to Allah, and to His Messenger (Muhammad), and to the believers, but the hypocrites know not.” [From Al-Munafiqun:8]”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday night it could not yet say for sure whether any Israelis had been killed or wounded in the attacks.

“It’s a little hard to say for sure,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emanuel Nachshon said, “but we are not aware at this point of any Israeli who was hurt in the attacks in any way.”

There were a number of U.S. citizens among the injured; the State Department said Saturday night it was seeking to establish the whereabout of 70 Americans known to be in France.

“The U.S. Embassy in Paris is working around the clock to assist Americans affected by this tragedy,” deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said in a statement Saturday.

Public transportation, public institutions, schools, museums, libraries, pools and food markets remained closed over the weekend as Paris was held in lockdown. “Public cultural sites” were closed throughout the Paris region, in fact, as directed by the French Culture Ministry. These included sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and other top tourist sites, until further notice.

The summit of the Group of 20 nations which begins Sunday in Turkey is also expected to discuss the attacks, and the threat to Europe from Da’esh that looms ahead.

Israeli Researchers Develop Method to Profile Potential ‘School Shooters’

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Ben-Gurion University (BGU) researchers have developed a personality profiling technique that automates the identification of potential school shooters by analyzing personality traits that appear in their writings.

“School shooters present a challenge to both forensic psychiatry and law enforcement agencies,” explains Prof. Yair Neuman, a member of the BGU Homeland Security Institute.

He said in an article published in Frontiers in Forensic Psychiatry:

There is currently no clear consensus or clinical diagnosis that can be used for screening shooters. Finding a single shooter in a large population, as well as a lack of clinical diagnosis before an occurrence adds to the complexity.

The study details the text-based computational personality-profiling tool, which uses “vector semantics.” This involves constructing a number of vectors representing personality dimensions and disorders, which are analyzed automatically by computer to measure the similarity with texts written by the human subject.

“For example, an investigator may want to measure the extent in which narcissism is manifested in a text,” Neuman explains. “First, we define a vector of words representing this personality such as ‘arrogant,’ ‘manipulative,’ ‘egocentric,’ and ‘insensitive.’ The computer measures the distance between the vector of words comprising our target text and those representing narcissism in a high-dimensional semantic space. The closer the vectors appear, the higher the writer’s narcissistic ranking.”

In this study, BGU researchers selected writings by six shooters involved in a number of high-profile scenarios worldwide, including the Virginia Tech Massacre in 2007. Then they analyzed and compared these with writings by 6,000 bloggers and tasked the computer to identify the shooters.

Although pinpointing a single person wasn’t the goal, the tool was able to significantly reduce the pool of suspects to only three percent of the original sample, which included the writings of all six shooters. This shows that using intelligent technology can significantly reduce the effort needed to identify shooters or even solo terrorists.

The methodology is automatic, which also enables screening a massive number of texts in a short time, which could aid in detection.

“While ethical considerations are inevitable, we can definitely imagine a situation in which parents give the school permission to scan their teenagers’ social media pages under certain limitations. In this context, using our automatic screening procedure, a qualified psychiatrist or psychologist who is trained may automatically get red flag warnings for students whose texts express a high level of potential danger,” explains Neuman.

He added:

The proposed methodology does not pretend to solve the enormous difficulties in profiling and identifying school shooters, but modestly adds another tool to the tool kit of forensic psychiatry and law enforcement agencies.
We believe our methodology can gain more validity with the ranking/prioritization process of suspects, similar to the automatic identification of sexual predators created to prioritize an investigation.

20 Druze Civilians Massacred in Syria

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Twenty Syrian-Druze civilians were murdered in their village of Qalb al-Loza, in the Idlin region of Syria, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The civilians were massacred by Jabhat al-Nusra rebels, who are associated with Al-Qaida.

It began when the Tunisian-born Jabhat al-Nusra leader killed one of the Druze villagers.

The locals then killed one of the al-Nusra rebels in response. The rebels called in reinforcements, who then proceeded to kill the Druze civilians, including a child.

Druze are considered infidels by the various Muslim sects.

Israeli-Druze have been warning of a potential massacre against their relatives in Syria.

EU Says ‘Europe Will Not Be Intimidated’ by Terror

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The European Union vowed, “Europe will not be intimidated” in the wake of another round of Paris-style terror attacks over the weekend striking the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

“The European Commission and the High Representative (Federica Mogherini) deplore the attacks in Copenhagen costing the life of at least two citizens and injuring several others,” said the EU delegation to Israel in a statement sent to media by email late Sunday.

“Even one life is too many. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. Europe stands united with Denmark in upholding freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” the statement continued.

“We stand against anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. Europe will not be intimidated.”

But while Europe issues statements about not being intimidated by anti-Semitism, Jews are dying for the cause.

Dan Uzan, 37, donated his life to stop the terrorist’s bullets with his own body, thus preventing the attack from becoming a massacre. Uzan was guarding a Bat Mitzvah being held at a Copenhagen synagogue at the time of the attack.

Hours earlier, 55-year-old documentary film-maker Finn Noergaard died from wounds sustained after absorbing gunshots fired in the first attack; it appears, however, that the gunman’s target may have been Lars Vilk, the Danish cartoonist known for his satiric caricatures of the founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammad, which Muslims have found offensive.

Palestinian Authority TV Blames ‘Occupation’ for Killing Har Nof ‘Martyrs’ [video]

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Palestinian Authority television went off the planet last week by telling its viewers that the “occupation” forces killed two “martyrs, and the news report did not even mention the “martyrs'” massacre of Jews praying in a synagogue.

Even for Palestinian Authority media lies, the report set a new low for lies and incitement in relating events of the barbaric murders that shocked the world, even the U.S. State Dept.

In addition, Palestinian Authority Arabs now know that all of the hit-and-run attacks killing and wounding Jews, including a three-month-old baby, were “accidents,” but the cruel “occupation” police killed the drivers anyway,

For anyone who has the stomach to read the transcript of the television report, translated and published on Tuesday by the Palestinian Media Watch, here it is.

Don’t say you have not been forewarned.

PA TV newsreader:

Here are the most prominent attacks Israel carried out against our people in ‎occupied Jerusalem in October: The death of Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi as a Martyr [terrorist ‎who ran over and murdered two Jews]. He was shot by the occupation after a car accident.

The death of ‎Mutaz Hijazi as a Martyr [terrorist who tried to murder Rabbi Yehuda Glick] and the wounding of other ‎‎[Palestinians] by shots fired by the occupation police in Silwan…

And in November, the death of ‎Ibrahim Al-Akari as a Martyr [terrorist who ran over and murdered two people] in Sheikh Jarrah after a run-over ‎incident…

The latest reaction to Netanyahu’s policy and means was the death of 2 Palestinians as ‎Martyrs [terrorists who murdered four Jews in synagogue and a Druze policeman] from occupation police fire in West Jerusalem.

PMW set out the facts for the record.

Ibrahim Al-Akari was a Hamas terrorist from eastern Jerusalem who carried out a terror attack by car on November 5 at a light-rail station in Jerusalem, killing two and injuring at least 14 others. He was shot and killed ‎by Israeli police officers who arrived on the scene.‎

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi drove his car into a light-rail station in ‎Jerusalem on October 22, killing three-month-old Israeli-American Haya Zissel-Brown and Karen Mosquera, 22, of ‎Ecuador, and injuring seven others. He was shot by police while attempting to flee the scene, and he later died ‎of his wounds.‎

Mutaz Hijazi was a Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner who attempted to assassinate Rabbi ‎Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple ‎Mount, on October 29. The assassination attempt took place following a conference on establishing ‎times and places for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. Glick was seriously wounded in the attack; ‎Hijazi was killed soon afterwards when he opened fire on an Israeli police force attempting to ‎arrest him.‎

Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal carried out the Jerusalem synagogue murders last Tuesday ‎when they entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, ‎killing four of them and a police officer. Seven others worshippers were wounded, three of them seriously.

The terrorists ‎were killed in an exchange of fire with police who arrived on the scene.

Canadian-Israeli in Coma from Har Nof Massacre

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Canadian native and long-time Israeli citizen Howie Rothman remain s in a coma from wounds from a giant meat cleaver in week’s savage massacre of Jews praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Haredi Har Nof community.

Howie Rothman, raised in Toronto and now 53 years old, lost vision in one eye and suffered brain damage,” a Toronto woman who knows the Rothman family told Canadian media. He has undergone three operations.

Rothman and his wife moved to Israel three decades ago and have 10 children, one of them a new mother while the youngest is only three years old. He was working for the State Comptroller before the barbaric attack, in which four Jews and a Druze policeman were killed.

“Yesterday we cried; today we gather strength. My father is strong and I believe he’ll overcome this,” Zehava Farago, who gave birth to her father’s first grandchild several weeks ago, told Israei radio.

His sister, Shelley Rothman-Benhaim of Montreal, told the Toronto Sun that her brother remains “in a medically induced coma.” She added, “He was very seriously injured and has already undergone several surgeries due to the attacks to his head, eyes and arms” the National Post of Canada reported.

United Jewish Appeal member Steven Shulman told the 500-member Beth Torah synagogue during prayers on the Sabbath. “This was an attack on Jews at prayer and an attack on the Jewish people. If we don’t support Howie Rothman and Jews around the world, no one else will.”

“We don’t do this kind of fundraising; we do it for the community at large,” he was quoted by the Toronto Sun as saying. “We have made an exception in this case. Howie is a product of this community and in terms of need it’s tremendous. He has 10 children and six are still at home,” Shulman added.

“He was attacked and his life has changed forever. We had to do something. That is the essence of being Jewish.”

Pray for the recovery of Chaim Yechiel ben Malka.



Listen To Sarah

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

First published: Jewish Business News.

I’m writing this about half an hour after having heard the news of the murder of at least four Jews who were praying in a synagogue in a Haredi neighborhood in West Jerusalem. If anyone has had any delusions about this not being a religious war, and anything but a religious war, one need only connect the images that are emerging from this morning’s massacre of four Jewish men in the middle of their morning prayer to the images of Jews massacred in Hebron, in 1929.

In both instances, and in so many others, many of them in just the past few weeks, it was always an enraged, maddened Arab attacker, having been stuffed to the gills with hate by his environment—real and virtual—who exited civilization to become the avenging angel of whatever god he imagined was blessing this horror.

Being a pragmatic person, I, like so many of you, immediately started thinking of, well, what to do next. One really has to be nearly as mad as this morning’s two grocery workers-turned murdering butchers, to suggest they went on their murder spree to advance the cause of independence for their downtrodden Palestinian brothers and sisters. Clearly, they were out to kill as many Jews as they could before some policeman managed to shoot them dead. They were driven by religious hatred, determined to strike at the conquering enemy, wherever they could find him.

They must have talked about it beforehand. Schemed just how to acquire a gun, collect and hide butcher knives, coordinate their attack so as to inflict maximum damage before the unavoidable end. They were seeking only one thing: kill as many Jews as they could, while they still could. They had no concern for their own well being or even their lives. They sought death, willingly, lovingly.

Over the past two decades, the imaginations of a billion and a half Muslims have been ignited by a call to arms the likes of which they had not experienced since the crusades. With 9/11, followed by the emergence of Muslim zeal everywhere on the planet, and recently with the undeniable rise of the new caliphate in Syria and Iraq, Muslims young and old are awash in orgiastic fantasies of the rebirth of their old glory.

This is not a conspiracy, nor is this the actual wish of most Muslims in the world, it’s a fantasy. And the longer Western countries, including Israel, continue to respond to events around us as if they were localized emergencies, to be solved, managed, contained – the fantasy will grow more powerful.

Already we hear the president of Egypt accusing the Turkish secret service of supporting Muslim terrorists. And we’ve known for years of Pakistani secret service support for the Taliban and, by extension, Al Qaeda. The secret services of Muslim countries represent the vanguards of these nations. They’re not only living the fantasy in their everyday lives, they also know how far it can be taken if only they could master whole countries and their weapons.

Left unchecked, this Muslim fantasy will only fester and grow beyond anything our leaders in the west can imagine. I suspect that every erupted murder episode like this morning’s attack on Jews in prayer represents hundreds, perhaps thousands of others, yet unquenched.

Unfortunately, the only way to end this fantasy before it becomes so big it will envelope whole countries, is to crush it.

Which brings me to our beautiful matriarch, Sarah.

Sarah saw through Ishmael, the offspring of her slave girl Hagar and her husband, Abraham. He was up to no good, either plotting to rape her son Isaac or kill him, depending on which interpreter you prefer.

At another point, an angel of God told Hagar exactly who her son, Ishmael, father of all the Arabs was: “This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.” (Gen, 16:12)

Biblical prophesies can be so annoying when they come true right in front of your eyes.

Sarah was no fool. She was, actually, the greatest prophet of her time. So she ordered her husband, Abraham, to get rid of the kid and his mother. Chase them out, she told him, in no uncertain terms.

She had no delusions about Ishmael.

This was the hardest moment in Abraham’s life. He just couldn’t being himself to do something this cruel. He resisted. He wouldn’t do it.

And so, according to our biblical account, God intervened:

God told Abraham, “Do not be upset over the boy and your maid. Do whatever Sarah tells you.” (Gen. 21:12)

And so Abraham, finally, obeyed his wife. There was no discussion of rehabilitation for the boy, no talk of cultural assimilation. He had to go.

I have no idea what will happen next in our war-torn Middle East and in the rest of the world. I suspect Sarah’s command still seems too harsh to most of us, myself included. It’s one thing to chase a woman and her son out into the desert, but what do you do with millions of Muslims? How do you recover from something like that? It’s one mad fantasy touching on another, evoking a third.

But if you’d like to know what our great grandmother Sarah, if she woke up today, would have told us, I can assure you, she would have said: “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” (Ge. 12:10)

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