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Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Black Panther Leader Wants State Within A State

Babu Omowale, the so-called national minister of defense for the People’s New Black Panther Party, says his group and allied organizations have their sights set on establishing “our own government in a nation within a nation.”

Omowale made this statement during an interview on this reporter’s talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and News Talk 990 AM in Philadelphia.

Omowale used the interview to claim five states as belonging to the “Black Nation”: Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.

The revolutionary stated: “We just need to start migrating back to those states and taking control of the economics in those states. If black people move in, most definitely white people will move out. So it’s not a hard process for us to have our own country within a country.”

Omowale is also co-founder of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, a black militant gun group named after Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton. According to reports, Dallas shooter Micah X. Johnson “liked” the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, and Omawale has said that he recognized Johnson from black community events in Dallas.

Asked by this reporter what his group’s endgame is, Omowale replied: “The end game is land ownership. The endgame is our own government in a nation within a nation. Okay. So we claim the states of Louisiana, we claim the states of Mississippi, we claim the states of South Carolina, we claim the states of Alabama, and we claim the states of Georgia.”

 

Critical Portion Of Benghazi Report Was Redacted

A description of the alleged purpose of the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi was redacted by the Obama administration in the final Republican House Select Committee’s report on the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks.

A spokesman for the Committee confirmed to this reporter that the administration “determined those words were classified and made the redaction.”

The description in question comes from a section of the report that cited an e-mail from the lead Diplomatic Security Agent at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, who wrote about the stated purpose of the U.S. Mission in Benghazi.

The lead agent wrote that the incoming Principal Officer, meaning the lead security agent in Benghazi, was under the impression that the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi was there for “reporting,” ostensibly meaning reporting on information on the ground in Benghazi to the Tripoli Embassy.

The Benghazi report then quotes the e-mail response from the lead Diplomatic Security Agent at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, with one critical portion redacted. Missing is the word or words that cited the purpose of the Mission during that time period.

In an email to the diplomatic security agent in Benghazi, the Diplomatic Security Agent wrote: “[U]nfortunately, nobody has advised the PO that Benghazi is there to support [redacted] operations, not conduct substantive reporting.”

 

Hamas Foils ISIS Attack In Gaza

Hamas has foiled a large-scale attack on Gaza government institutions, facilities, and officials that was planned by Islamic State loyalists, a senior official in the movement told Breitbart Jerusalem.

Ten jihadi activists from the southern Gaza Strip were arrested by Hamas last Tuesday, the last day of Ramadan, and admitted that they had pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the official disclosed.

Hamas police seized large sums of money and weapons that were presumably to be used against Hamas targets, the official said, predominantly the internal security department, which is in charge of imposing a ban on rocket fire.

Several Hamas officers have been accused of torturing the suspects.

The suspects allegedly admitted to having planned the attack independently of ISIS headquarters in Syria and Iraq, but were inspired by the organization and adhere to its ideology, the official said. Dozens of other jihadists who have gone underground are expected to be arrested over the coming days, as information on their whereabouts emerges from the investigation.

Last week, Breitbart Jerusalem reported that Hamas arrested six jihadists who returned from fighting for ISIS in the Sinai.

The six, who returned to Gaza separately, were sent by ISIS’s Sinai franchise to review the feasibility of setting up an ISIS chapter in the Strip that would attempt to unify all currently active Salafi organizations under the banner of ISIS, a Hamas official said.

The Sinai has become one of the region’s top ISIS zones. Breitbart Jerusalem reported that, in the month of April alone, 12 jihadists departed Gaza to join the Islamic State in the Sinai.

The recruitment of Gazan jihadists by ISIS in the Sinai comes after a top jihadist official threatened in a recent exclusive interview on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” that it is only a matter of time before the Islamic State’s branch in the Sinai carries out a “big operation” in the Israeli resort town of Eilat and other parts of southern Israel.

 

ISIS Finds Recruiting In West Difficult

ISIS has faced significant difficulties enlisting Western recruits, an Arab intelligence official has told Breitbart Jerusalem.

The organization has returned to its original recruitment material, alluding to a doomsday war that is to take place near Aleppo in Syria.

“In returning to its initial recruitment methods, IS signals that it seeks to return to propaganda that has proven itself, but mostly it reveals great distress,” the official said.

The main difficulties stem from successful anti-ISIS coordination between Western countries as well as between Europe and Middle Eastern countries, the official said.

The organization’s distress has prompted it, on the one hand, to carry out attacks that are much more violent, but also, on the other, to look for new potential arenas, like Jordan.

ISIS has focused its efforts on creating an infrastructure of sympathizers, supporters, and informants among Jordanian Salafi groups, one that would substitute for the lost infrastructure in Syria and Iraq.

In relation to this, the official added, the Jordanian security services have stepped up surveillance on Salafi strongholds such as Salt, Maan, Irbid, and Zarqa, the birthplace of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the mastermind behind the idea of an Islamic State.

Aaron Klein

NY Daily News: BDS DOA at DNC

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

The feisty tabloid that gave the world the immortal 1976 headline “Ford to City: Drop Dead” has done it again on Tuesday, with the headline “BDS is DOA at the DNC,” which continued, “Staving off challenges from Bernie Sanders’ delegates, Democrats under Hillary Clinton’s leadership do right by Israel.”

The grownups have prevailed, apparently, at the 2016 democratic platform committee, according to the Daily News report, drafting a platform that would “stop the party from destructively setting benchmarks for negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians by calling for ‘an end to occupation and illegal settlements.” Not on Hillary’s watch, Mr. Sanders.

The draft platform reportedly suggests that “a just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian accord, producing two states for two peoples, would contribute to regional stability and help sustain Israel’s identity.” Folks on the right may not like it, but the current, subdued version, beats whatever crazy talk had been suggested by Bernie Sanders’ five proxies on the platform committee— Keith Ellison, Bill McKibben, Dr Cornel West, James Zogby and Deborah Parker—including a call to “end Israel’s illegal settlements and military occupation of the Palestinian territories.”

While Sanders has 5 out of the 15 spots on the Democratic party’s platform committee, presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has 6, and DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has 4. That’s 10 political grownups who actually want to win in November, versus 5 sons of Abbie Hoffman, who can be immensely entertaining in a debate, but usually lead to a GOP landslide come November.

But the Clinton-Wasserman Schultz platform draft doesn’t only push back the anti-Zionist crazies, according to the Daily News, it also commits to “retaining [Israel’s] qualitative military edge” in the region, and to Democrats opposing “any effort to delegitimize Israel, including at the United Nations or through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.”

Like they said it so eloquently at the start: BDS is DOA at the DNC.

JNi.Media

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

State Department Official Blames
Ambassador Stevens For Benghazi Fiasco

In testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, a former top State Department official shifted blame for the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi from the Obama administration on to Stevens himself and the ambassador’s security team.

The final report of the House Republicans Select Committee on Benghazi, released last Tuesday and reviewed in full by Breitbart Jerusalem, further documents that the State Department was in touch with Stevens about how to publicly respond to violent attacks on Western diplomatic outposts in Benghazi.

The committee found the State Department’s public relations requests “noteworthy” because “Stevens’ expertise was being sought on the messaging of violence in Libya as opposed to his expertise being sought on how best to protect against that violence.”

The placement of blame for Stevens’s death was made in testimony by Charlene Lamb, then Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security and International Programs. Lamb was one of four State Department officials disciplined in response to the attacks for her alleged role in denying security requests to the U.S. Benghazi mission. She was placed on administrative leave but was subsequently reinstated to a State Department job by John Kerry.

The final Benghazi report reveals that Lamb told the Committee: “The RSO [Regional Security Officer] and the Ambassador are ultimately responsible for security at post. It is very unfortunate and sad at this point that Ambassador Stevens was a victim, but that is where ultimate responsibility lies.”

 

Ambassador Stevens Lacked Security
From The Very Beginning

Chris Stevens originally planned to arrive in Benghazi with Pentagon assistance and attempted to coordinate with the Defense Department in order to be housed on a protected coalition naval vessel for a period of time. However, the Obama administration’s “no boots on the ground” policy directly precluded such protection, which would have required Stevens to stay overnight with the military at sea and take a boat to land when he was required to be on the ground in the chaotic country of Libya.

Stevens traveled to Benghazi, Libya via a Greek cargo ship on April 5, 2011 in the midst of the civil war there. It has been revealed that instead of being housed on a naval vessel, Stevens originally stayed at a hotel that was so dangerous that there were routinely “explosions occurring near and around” the facility.

At one point, Stevens and the Swedish Consul were in the hotel’s dining room when a small-caliber round penetrated the walls while the two were dining, according to a member of Stevens’s security team.

Separately, Hillary Clinton’s publicly released e-mails, previously reviewed by this reporter, take on renewed significance in light of this newly released information about Stevens’s hotel stay. The e-mails show Clinton was updated about the status of Stevens’s travels during the period in question, including threats to Benghazi hotels.

The Republican report documents Stevens traveled to Benghazi from Malta “by Greek cargo ship with $60,000 in currency and an eight-member Diplomatic Security protective detail.” Also in the group was a junior reporting officer tasked with conducting political reporting, and two members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team from the United States Agency for International Development.

This unusual arrangement was not how Stevens intended to arrive in Benghazi. The Republican report reveals that weeks before his departure to Benghazi, Stevens traveled to Stuttgart, Germany to meet with General Carter F. Ham, commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), to “discuss the trip into Libya, including any potential rescue operations.”

Stevens discussed with Hamm and other top Pentagon officials an original plan to travel to Benghazi with the military: “Stevens discussed traveling to Benghazi on a ‘helicopter to a coalition naval vessel that can go close to shore,’ and then ‘zodiac transport from ship to shore’ for ‘day trips only, returning to the naval vessel to RON [rest overnight].’ The report continued: “While Stevens was still in Europe coordinating his entry, the National Security Council ordered him to deploy ‘as soon as possible.’”

Aaron Klein

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

This week’s column is dedicated to the memory of Irving Moskowitz, a warrior who dedicated his life to Israel and the Jewish nation. His legacy shines on through his beautiful family and the critical work he did for the integrity of the Jewish state.

 

Israeli Left Takes Advantage Of Brexit

The Israeli left is seeking to hijack the “Brexit” victory in the United Kingdom by pushing for an Israeli exit from the strategic West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem in order to create a Palestinian state.

Seemingly ignoring the fact that successive Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have expressed willingness to offer the Palestinians a state while the Palestinian leadership has rejected these offers and even negotiations on the subject, Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Sunday implied the Israeli public should hold a referendum on a Palestinian state.

In a similar vein, Amir Oren, senior correspondent and columnist for the left-leaning Haaretz and a member of the newspaper’s editorial board, wrote an op-ed on Sunday titled, “Time for ‘Israexit’ From the Occupied Territories.”

Oren claims that Israel’s presence in the so-called occupied territories is endangering the Jewish state’s diplomatic support in the West.  He fails to recall that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sold Israel’s Gaza evacuation to the Israeli public by claiming that the international community would strongly support future Israeli defensive measures should the Gaza Strip be used to attack Israel.

Instead, Israel is routinely condemned for its anti-terrorism operations in the Gaza Strip, and the international community led ceasefire efforts to stop Israel’s defensive wars in Gaza.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, the only binding resolution pertaining to the West Bank, calls on Israel to withdraw under a future final-status solution “from territories occupied” as a result of the 1967 Six-Day War.  The resolution does not call for a withdrawal from “all territories,” a designation deliberately left out to ensure Israel’s allowance under a future deal to retain some territory for security purposes.

 

PA Accuses Israel Of ‘Executing’ 15-Year-Old Teen

The Palestinian Authority, which incites its citizens to carry out murderous attacks on Israelis, is cynically accusing the Israel Defense Forces of committing an “execution” when soldiers last Tuesday mistakenly shot and killed a Palestinian teen while searching for Palestinians carrying out potentially deadly attacks on Israeli vehicles – attacks encouraged by the PA itself.

Many in the international news media are claiming the teen, Mahmoud Rafat Badran, 15, was suspected of “stone throwing,” as if he were accused of tossing pebbles at Israelis.

“Palestinian, 15, Killed as Israeli Forces Sought to Halt Stone Throwing,” read a New York Times headline.

“Palestinian teen killed by Israeli military after stone-throwing incident,” declared a Washington Post header.

These are just a few samples of similar such reporting across the English-language mainstream news media.

In actuality, just before Badran was mistakenly killed, two tourists and one Israeli were lightly wounded when a group of Palestinians attacked moving vehicles on an Israeli highway that straddles the West Bank. The Palestinians lobbed stones and firebombs at speeding vehicles, and poured oil on the road with the goal of causing accidents.

Such attacks can be potentially fatal for obvious reasons. One stone can shatter a windshield and cause a driver to lose control. A firebomb can potentially create a vehicular explosion. Indeed, on Tuesday, an Israeli bus passenger and two tourists were injured in an accident caused by the Palestinian troublemakers.

Because Israel is a democracy with the rule of law, as opposed to the terror-stained PA tyranny, the IDF has already opened an investigation into the incident. Haaretz points out that the investigation will focus on whether the soldiers “opened fire according to protocol and if the forces felt a clear and immediate threat from the family car.”

Aaron Klein

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

More Attacks To Come, Says Intelligence Official

Intelligence indicates there will most likely be more attempted terror attacks in the West in the coming weeks and that ISIS is focusing its current recruitment efforts on women, a knowledgeable Arab intelligence source told Breitbart Jerusalem.

Based on dozens of interrogations of jihadists in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and North Africa, he said, “It remains beyond doubt that the Islamic State and also al Qaeda will try to carry out attacks during Ramadan in the United States and Europe, especially in the French cities where the European football championship is taking place.”

Dozens of phone calls between Syria and France have been intercepted over the past few weeks leading to dozens of arrests in France and Belgium, the source said.

However, he says, there may have been other messages that fell through the cracks, all the more so since ISIS has concentrated its efforts on recruiting “lone wolves” on social media.

Estimates of hundreds of terrorists-in-waiting on American soil are exaggerated, he added, “but we may certainly come to a point where there’ll be hundreds of lone wolves on American soil.”

This might happen, he said, if an American drone attack leads to many casualties, or if ISIS made a surge in recruitment to counter its retreat in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. “We believe that there are dozens of sympathizers who wanted to sign up but changed their mind at the last minute, based on the interrogations and discoveries that were made around the world.”

 

Islamist Preacher Lays Down The Law

Homosexuals should be put to death under sharia law whether the Islamic doctrine is implemented in Muslim countries or the West, said Britain’s most notorious radical Islamist preacher, Anjem Choudary, during an interview.

Asked whether gays who were confirmed to have engaged in homosexual activity should be stoned under sharia law, Choudary replied: “They would be wherever you are, whether in the East or the West, if we had the Sharia implemented, as you say, with a judiciary, with a legitimate leader and the courts, etc., were there. Then yes. They will face capital punishment. I mean, people differ about the way that punishment would be implemented, but it would be the death penalty.”

Choudary made this statement on this reporter’s Sunday night weekend national talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.”

Choudary is a founder of the outlawed pro-al Qaeda Al Muhajiroun organization in Britain. He is currently awaiting trial in the UK for allegedly encouraging support for ISIS.

 

ISIS Fighter: This Won’t Be The Last Time

The U.S. should expect more attacks like the terrorist massacre at the Orlando gay nightclub, according to Abu Bakr al-Maqdisi, an ISIS fighter who recently returned to the Gaza Strip after being wounded in Mosul, Iraq.

Maqdisi, a Palestinian, is not an ISIS leader or senior member.  His opinions reflect his own analysis as an ISIS jihadist who says he spent time last year in Syria and Iraq with ISIS senior members and claims to be in regular contact with ISIS members via encrypted online forums.

Below is a partial transcript of this reporter’s exclusive interview with Maqdisi.

Abu Bakr, what is your opinion on the Orlando attack?

In the name of Allah the merciful and compassionate, and after our prayers and praise to the prophet Muhammad, the heroic attack Allah made possible for our martyr brother Omar Mateen is being praised. Allah helped, by the hands of the courageous martyr brother Omar, to deal a painful blow to the country that is the head of the infidels in the world. This is a painful blow to the fool American president, Obama, who enjoys killing Muslims in the name of democracy and the fight against terror. Obama leads a coalition of terror that kills Muslim women and children day and night in Islamic countries that he occupies with the help of local infidel leaders.

Aaron Klein

Old News In A New Age: Online Dating For Cheating Spouses

Monday, June 20th, 2016

He taught me housekeeping; when I divorce I keep the house.” – Zsa Zsa Gabor

 

As phone calls and e-mails from clients, friends and family poured in several months ago, I quickly learned that information from an online dating website had been leaked to the public. As some of you may know, the reason this made the news was because the website catered to married persons seeking relationships outside of the marital relationship, i.e. a new avenue for those looking to commit adultery.

The media had a field day, calling it “Christmas in July for divorce lawyers” and saying things like, “Divorce lawyers brace for ‘tsunami.’”

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound? I wonder: If there had not been a breach in the security of the dating website, would there have been an outcry over the fact that the website existed or would any of the alleged millions of subscribes felt a backlash.

It is surprising that so many people feel comfortable joining these types of sites; those who do believe they will not get caught. They see these sites and all the other avenues available on the web as part of a fantasy world and convince themselves that they will not be held accountable for their actions.

Then there those who are shocked that such websites exist and are even advertised in conventional media with catchy jingles that run during prime time listening – rush hour traffic.

Under Jewish Law, those who committed adultery were historically subject to an array of punishments, the most severe of which was death. Among the punishments prescribed for the “Great Sin,” as it is referred to in Bereishis, was a public stoning.

Interestingly, this type of punishment was often prescribed for crimes that were a threat to the welfare of the nation as a whole. Other crimes which the Torah lists as punishable by stoning include breaking the Sabbath, cursing G-d, engaging in idolatry, and enticing others to engage in polytheism (the belief in/worship of more than one god.)

So, once again, people’s lives are being devastated (cheaters and cheatees alike), and the community reaches out to me for advice. As a matrimonial attorney I am quite used to getting calls about infidelity. In fact, many new clients call me with specific details of or suspicions of a spouse’s infidelity. Not surprisingly, in most cases, these claims are from enraged spouses seeking to punish their spouse – I don’t blame them.

The reality, however, is that those of us who live in New York find ourselves in what matrimonial attorneys refer to as a “no-fault” state. And, except for in certain extreme circumstances that reflect egregious conduct, New York will not punish a spouse for committing adultery. Again, that is not to say it may not be relevant in a divorce case or in a rabbinical court, but, it is rare that one would be entitled to monetary compensation as a result.

That having been said, adultery is grounds for a divorce under Jewish Law. As we all know, the Ten Commandments dictate, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” In fact, the Bible describes adultery as punishable by death, and according to rabbinical tradition, adultery, along with murder and idol worship, is a sin that one should not commit even to avoid death. While this originally applied only to women, fortunately, centuries ago our esteemed rabbis recognized the need to protect the marital relationship and instituted rules to safeguard it, restricting multiple spouses. Unfortunately, that does not insulate the Jewish community from the temptation or the transgression of extramarital affairs.

Esther M. Schonfeld

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Gazan Jihadist: Killing Homosexuals Is Allah’s Will

When the Islamic State throws gay men from rooftops, they are simply enacting “the laws of Allah and of his Prophet,” a top ISIS-tied jihadist in the Gaza Strip exclaimed in an interview with this reporter.

Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari, a Salafist movement senior official in the Gaza Strip, was asked about the murderous practice and the selection of Orlando’s Pulse gay night club as the target in Sunday’s deadly mass terrorist shooting.

Stated Ansari: “When the Islamic State throws gays from the roofs, it is not a sanction that they decided upon. This is our Sharia. These are the laws of Allah that were made by Allah and implemented by his prophet and our brothers in the Islamic State are only implementing these laws and instructions of Allah and of his prophet.”

Regarding the targeting of a gay night club, Ansari said: “Now for the target. It is known that gays are people who are challenging Allah. Who are not respecting his instruction. Who are spreading corruption and immorality all around. But I don’t believe they were the target. American and the infidels in America were the target.

“…I don’t have any specific information about this specific target but I can tell you from my knowledge that the general goal was the Americans, the Crusaders, the Infidels who are leading this coalition with some Arab countries against the Islamic State.”

Ansari also claimed there are many more than 900 Islamic State jihadists living in the United States who are prepared to strike if the opportunity arises and instructions are given.

 

Gag Order Imposed On Shooting Incident

A gag order has been imposed on the investigation into last Monday’s shooting at Jordan’s Baqa’a refugee camp, in which five people, including three intelligence officers, were killed.

Jordanian authorities have insisted that it was a lone-wolf attack rather than an act of terror, in spite of ISIS threats to retaliate against the kingdom’s participation in the Western coalition against it.

An Arab intelligence source, who is well acquainted with Jordan, told Breitbart Jerusalem that the authorities haven’t completely ruled out an organized terrorist attack. He said that many Syrian refugees, Palestinian residents, and Jordanian citizens have been arrested on suspicion of supporting ISIS.

 

More Questions For Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is facing controversy over the appointment of a Clinton Foundation donor, who also served as a financial bundler for Clinton’s campaigns, to a sensitive State Department intelligence advisory board.

Businessman Rajiv K. Fernando seems to have no obvious qualification to serve on the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), which, according to its charter, provides the State Department with “independent insight and advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, international security, and related aspects of public diplomacy.”

Fernando’s position on the board came with top secret security clearance and provided him with access to highly sensitive U.S. government information.

E-mails obtained by the conservative Citizens United group under a Freedom of Information Act show that after ABC News sent inquiries on the matter, Clinton’s staff worked to “protect the name” of Clinton, and “stall” the news network in its reportage on the matter. Days later, Fernando resigned from the board, claiming he did not have any more time to spare due to work constraints.

Following requests for comment on his July 2011 appointment, State Department official Jamie Mannina sent an August 15, 2011 e-mail expressing concern about the issue. “We must protect the secretary’s and under secretary’s name, as well as the integrity of the board. I think it’s important to get down to the bottom of this before there’s any response,” he wrote, in the e-mail released by Citizens United.

Aaron Klein

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