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UK Vows to ‘Strengthen Resolve’ in Response to ISIS Murder of Jordanian Pilot

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron slammed the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Tuesday evening for its “sickening murder” of a captive Jordanian pilot. He pledged solidarity with Amman in response to news of the execution of 26-year-old Muath al-Kasaesbeh.

In a statement released by Downing Street, Cameron condemned the sickening act by what he called the “barbaric terrorists” of ISIL, another acronym for the terror group.

“I pay tribute to the dedication and bravery of Lieutenant Moaz al Kasasbeh, who as a member of the Jordanian Armed Forces serving in the anti-ISIL Coalition, paid with his life while protecting his country and us all.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight at this tragic time. “These terrorists’ brutal behaviour will only strengthen our resolve. We stand in solidarity with our Jordanian friends and we will continue to work with them and our other Coalition partners to defeat ISIL.

“Together we are making progress. In the last week, ISIL has been thrown out of Kobane.

“The Iraqi Armed Forces, with Coalition support, are steadily re-taking territory in Northern Iraq, freeing many thousands from ISIL’s utter cruelty. We will not stop until these evil extremists and their poisonous ideology are defeated.”

Saudis Hold Body of U.S. Elbit Subcontractor After Mysterious Death in Tabuk

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Saudi Arabia has yet to release the body of a U.S. defense subcontractor who was working for Israel’s Elbit Systems when he died under mysterious circumstances after being sent to the country to help complete a weapons deal.

Christopher Cramer was working for Kollsman Inc., a firm that subcontracted for the Israeli defense electronics company, when he was found dead last month on the ground outside his third-floor hotel room in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.

“We received a message from Kollsman Inc., Elbit Systems’ subcontractor in America, saying its employee Chris Cramer passed away during a work trip,” said a spokesperson for Elbit Systems.

“The circumstances of his death are being investigated by the American State Department. We have no further details at this stage and we are waiting for the State Department to update our American subcontractor. Cramer worked for the company for 12 years. We cannot provide details on the project he was working on, but this is a Kollsman product, an American product with no Israeli technologies involved in its production.”

Cramer, 50, provided technical assistance for a demonstration and sale of a TOW anti-armor missile system as an employee of Kollsman Inc., Fox News reported over the weekend. Authorities in Saudi Arabia claim that Cramer committed suicide by jumping to his death from the third floor of a hotel – but the facts just don’t add up. His family does not believe he committed suicide; they say he was murdered because he appeared to be a threat to the lucrative arms deal that was in process.

Noah Mandell, the family attorney and a longtime friend of Cramer’s, told Fox News the problem was with the customer. “The missile system was already sold to the Saudi company and they were complaining that it wasn’t working,” Mandell said.

“He was basically sent to see if he could prove that they were firing it incorrectly.” Mandell added that he believes the company that purchased the equipment wanted the missiles to malfunction. “The point of sabotaging equipment is you get a customer who has to buy a new set, and you’ve still got the old equipment,” Mandell said.

A spokesperson for Kollsman Inc. said Cramer had even posted a video of one of the missile firings, showing that everything was operating and fully functional. Mandell received messages from Cramer on the night that he died, saying his life was in danger and asking his friend to contact the State Department.

“I’m at the Marakim Tabuk Hotel in Saudi,” he texted his roommate back in New Hampshire when he could not reach Mandell. “I think something bad is going to happen to me tonight. Please contact State Dept. ASAP. Bad things were said.”

Mandell missed three calls within eight minutes on his voice mail that night. Cramer may not have trusted his own employers as well; the company rushed to inform his family that his death was a suicide. Now Kollsman says it will wait for the outcome of the Saudi probe.

“The question is… Why was Chris calling his dog sitter and his lawyer in America instead of his own company? They sent him into hell and had no plan to get him back,” Mandell charged. More to the point, the delivery of Cramer’s body to the United States has been delayed and has still not arrived on U.S. soil. His family is waiting to be able to send it for an autopsy.

Under American law, it is up to the FBI to investigate the circumstances when an U.S. citizen dies overseas – but the FBI gets involved only “if they are invited to do so by the local authorities,” according to the State Department. “They don’t have the jurisdiction to go into a country and start an investigation. They have to be invited in,” an FBI official told The Daily Beast. “Our standard practice is to neither confirm nor deny FBI investigations.”

Argentine Journalist Flees for Life, Lands in Israel

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Jewish journalist Damian Pachter has arrived in Israel from Argentina via Uruguay, having fled for his life after having been the first to report the death of Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman. What was first believed to have been a suicide is now known to have been the murder of the high-ranking official.

The prosecutor was investigating the possible coverup of involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center. Eighty-five people died and more than 200 were wounded in the deadly terror attack.

Pachter, an Israeli citizen,works for the English-language Buenos Aires Herald. He said his phones were being tapped and that he believed he was being followed. “I believe my life is in danger,” he told his colleagues.

His employer said in a statement the newspaper was willing to help him in any way possible and that he had not expressed his concerns at the time.

 

NY Police Search for Missing Links on Deranged Muslim Murderer of Cops

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Although investigators have learned more information about the man who shot and killed two police officers on Saturday, they still have no idea what set off Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley in the first place.

The 28-year-old Brooklyn-born murderer had a long history of problem behavior; born to a Muslim family, he was estranged from his mother for some time.

He was described by police and family as being “very troubled” in his youth: so much so that his own family feared him.

So did his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore County; he shot and nearly killed her at 5:45 am Saturday before stealing her iPhone. He used it to post an anti-government, anti-cop rant on Instagram, and then headed north to New York to kill cops. On earlier posts, he had shown an effigy of a burning American flag.

Police are not sure where he was between 12 noon and 2:47 pm that day, but from then, events moved very fast. He asked bystanders in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn what gangs they were with, told them to “follow him on Instagram” and then said, “Watch what I’m going to do.”

He walked up to the passenger side of a squad car where two police officers were peacefully eating their lunch, pulled a gun and shot both at point-blank range, each in the head. Then he made a run for the nearby subway station, chased by SWAT team members down the stairs. When he got to the bottom, he pointed the gun at himself, and pulled the trigger.

Brinsley was listed in the Georgia arrest database on nine separate charges. They included crimes such as: “use of fighting words,” carrying a concealed weapon, tampering with evidence, theft, receiving stolen property and reckless behavior, as listed in Arrest.org.

Brinsley’s Facebook page – which has been taken down since the murders — carried a photo of a page from the Qur’an, and a quote from it as well: “Strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies, And others besides, whom Ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know.” His comment on the quote was long and rambling, but significantly, he ended it with, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Kills You.”

Before he made it to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant, he bragged on Instagram, “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours… Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner #MikeBrown This May Be My Final Post “ (sic)

The word “pigs” is a ghetto epithet for police officers; the references to Brown and Gardner follow deaths in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York of people, both of black men killed by white police officers while resisting arrest. In both cases, grand juries declined to indict and charge the police officers with murder. The decisions ignited massive violence in Ferguson, and endless protests that began in New York but have since continued nationwide.

Seconds before shooting the two officers, he asked those standing nearby for their gang affiliations, advised them to follow him on social media and then said, “Watch and see what I’m going to do.”

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Sunday that Brinsley had also been in the city earlier in the week; police are still trying to figure out why.

His estranged mother said in a statement she was “deeply sorry for the loss of the two innocent men who were killed.” She offered “sincerest condolences to their families” and added, “I am also grieving for my son.” Brinsley allegedly also tried to hang himself a year ago, according to ABC Channel 7 News.

High Court Maintains Ban on Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zoabi

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The High Court has rejected an attempt by Israeli Arab Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi of the Balad party to block the parliament from banning her activity.

One after another, the five-member panel of justices scored Zoabi for her claims that she backs non-violence. Zoabi clearly identifed with the Hamas kidnap-murderers of three yeshiva students in Gush Etzion in a broadcast interview on Radio Tel Aviv last June, before it was known that the boys had been murdered.

Zoabi was barred for six months from all Knesset activity other than voting in response to a flurry of complaints from her colleagues — including Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein — about a statement she made regarding the abduction and particularly brutal murder of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha’ar  were not guilty of terrorism.

“Is it strange that people living under occupation and living impossible lives, in a situation where Israel kidnaps new prisoners every day, is it strange that they act this way? They are not terrorists. Even if I do not agree with them, they are people who do not see any way open to change their reality, and they are compelled to use means like these until Israel wakes up and sees the suffering, feels the suffering of the other.”

The complaints charging Zoabi with incitement led the Knesset Ethics Committee to ban Zoabi at the end of July from making speeches, submitting legal questions or initiating debates from the plenum or in committee for half a year. It was the maximum punishment the committee was allowed to impose.

On October 7 Zoabi tried to appeal the ruling in committee, calling it a violation of freedom of speech. That effort failed, and the ban was confirmed by the full plenum at the end of October.

However, Zoabi has still won a victory: despite breaking the laws of the state by repeatedly visiting enemy nations and participating in events clearly as an advocate for an enemy entity (the Palestinian Authority), Zoabi has yet to be charged with treason.

Moreover, despite her verbal support for an enemy during wartime in July – when Israel was facing impending conflict with the Hamas terrorist organization, as she obviously knew, being a privileged lawmaker – Zoabi is free.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein ruled in the current case that Zoabi’s statements in July did not constitute criminal incitement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Rivlin Bans Performance of Singer because of Anti-Arab Song

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

President Reuven Rivlin announced Tuesday he has cancelled the scheduled performance of musician-singer Amir Benayoun because of a song he wrote and released after last week’s Har Nof massacre and which is called “Ahmed Loves Jerusalem.”

Benayoun wrote the lyrics of a fictitious Arab who learns at a government-funded university and plans to kill Jews.

“Ahmed” sings, “I will send a Jew or two to Hell…. I am just an ungrateful piece of scum. The day will come when you turn your back on me and I will stick a sharp knife into it, I will shoot you in the back.”

That was too much for President Rivlin, whose office said he would not allow Benayoun to perform next Sunday at the Present’s residence at an event marking the exile and expulsion of Jews from Arab Lands and Iran.

“Against the background of the release of Amir Benayoun’s latest song yesterday, I wish to notify you that we will not be able to allow him to perform at the President’s Residence,” the office wrote in a letter that was distributed as a press release.

“Amir Benayoun is a renowned and exceptional artist, and his talent has greatly contributed to Israeli music” the statement continued. “However, his statements made at this time of conflict and tension, even if uttered out of frustration and pain, do not, to say the least, help bring calm to the streets, and are inconsistent with the responsibility required of the President’s Residence, and of all institutions with influence over the public discourse, to work to alleviate tensions, and promote cooperation rather than division in Israeli society.”

Liberals on the left have charged that Benayoun should be arrested for incitement.

Benayoun said he did not intend to promote violence, which he opposes.

One of his former compositions is “Jerusalem of Hussein,” which describes President Barack Obama’s policies.

They Are Murderers and not ‘Terrorists’

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Elevating the murderers of four Jews, who were praying in a synagogue, to the status of “terrorists” grossly distorts the concept of terrorism.

They are murderers, just like those who gunned down eight young men studying in the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in the heart of Jerusalem six years ago; and just like the barbaric killers of five members of the Fogel family on Erev Shabbat in Samaria three and a half years ago.

They are murderers just like Hamas “militants” and  just like Hezbollah “guerillas” and “resistance fighters” in the Palestinian Authority.

They are murderers just those in the ISIS who behead hostages because they are human beings who act like human beings.

The dictionary, media, sociologists and professors can define terrorism whatever they want, but once it is used to include murder even for ethnic cleansing and genocide, as American sociologist Charley Tilly has claimed, cold-blooded murder for the sake of cold-blooded murder is given an implicit justification.

The Palestinian Authority has incited an entire generation of youth to become “martyrs,” resistance fighters against the ‘occupation.’” It has excited them with a cause that is the personification of evil.

The enemy is not the “occupation.” The enemy is not the Jews. The enemy is not the Jewish religion

This is not a religious war nor is a war for land.

This is a war of the “Children of Light against the Children of Darkness.”

If the world – including Israel – had related to the “resistance fighters” as murderers and not as terrorists, perhaps the same youth would not have felt so exuberant,

No one joining ISIS does so to become a “murderer.” He signs up for the sake of some supposed ideology that is a thin disguise for killing.

Defining them as “terrorists” would put the Nazi butchers in the same category.

They are killers, murderers, butchers, barbarians and evil.

They are not human enough to be terrorists.

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