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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

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Syria Sees Outbreak Of Skin Disease

The Syrian refugee crisis has precipitated a “catastrophic outbreak” of a flesh-eating disease that is spreading across the Middle East and North Africa, according to research published in the scientific journal PLOS.

Largely missing from news media coverage is that the same news-making scientific report warned that the ongoing violence in Syria has “created a setting in which we have seen the re-emergence of polio and measles, as well as tuberculosis, hepatitis A, and other infections in Syria and among displaced Syrian refugees.”

Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by protozoan parasites. It is spread almost entirely by sandflies, including those present in the U.S. There are three main types of the disease: cutaneous, mucocutaneous, and visceral leishmaniasis.

Cutaneous is the most common form among Syrians. It manifests in skin sores that typically develop within a few weeks or months from a sand fly bite. The sores can initially appear as bumps or nodules and may evolve into volcano-like ulcers.

Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis causes skin ulcers like the cutaneous form, as well as mucosal ulcers that usually damage the nose and mouth.

Visceral leishmaniasis, which has also been found among Syrian refugees, is the most serious form and can be fatal. It damages internal organs, usually the spleen and liver, and also affects bone marrow.

Refugees who enter the U.S. must undergo medical screening according to protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. Each refugee must submit to a physical examination, including a skin test and possibly a chest x-ray to check for tuberculosis, as well as a blood test for syphilis.

The blood tests do not currently look for leishmaniasis. Clearly, an attending doctor could easily spot a patient with obvious skin ulcers. However, leishmaniasis cannot be detected upon physical examination if the patient is asymptomatic, as can be the case with people with leishmaniasis for years.

Dr. Heather Burke, an epidemiologist from the CDC’s Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Health Branch, explained to this reporter that there is generally a window of three to six months from the initial physical examination until a refugee departs for the U.S.

She said a medical examination is valid for six months, and explained that patients undergo a second examination just prior to departure – a quicker “fitness to fly” screening. While she conceded that this final examination is not thorough, she said it would pick up any visible skin lesions. Burke told Breitbart Jerusalem that she is not aware of a single case of leishmaniasis entering the U.S. via Syrian refugees.

 

IDF Arrests 11 Palestinians

The Israel Defense Forces on Monday arrested 11 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus and the surrounding refugee camps on suspicion of illegal possession of firearms. This is the latest in a series of measures taken against the territory’s militants and came one day after Hamas operatives were arrested for masterminding a bus attack in Jerusalem last month in which 19 Israelis were injured.

At least nine of the 11 arrested on Monday are affiliated with Fatah, President Mahmoud Abbas’s movement, a Palestinian Authority security officer told Breitbart Jerusalem.

The officer said it wasn’t clear whether the militants were planning to use the weapons to attack Israelis or rival armed factions.

But he said that Hamas and Iran-backed Hizbullah efforts to recruit young Palestinians, mainly Fatah members, from the Nablus area have increased.

“We informed Israelis of our actions to foil the formation of any kind of militia in the West Bank, whether it plans to attack the Palestinian Authority or Israel,” the officer said. “Sometimes they make do with our operations, and sometimes, like last night, they carry out their own.”

Aaron Klein

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

ISIS Terrorist Predicts Victory Over Israel

During a radio interview on Sunday, this reporter asked an ISIS-aligned terrorist whether he believes his group can truly defeat the Jewish state.

“Don’t you think if Israel really wanted to, and I think that one attack will prompt them, they can wipe you guys out in a matter of minutes?” asked Klein.

The terrorist’s reply included a line about Jews being the “sons of pigs and monkeys,” prompting this reporter to ask whether the jihadist truly believes Jews are descended from apes and swine.

The exchange took place with Abu Huzaifa Al-Maqdisi, a 24-year old Gaza-based jihadist who is a deputy to Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari, a Salafist movement senior official in the Gaza Strip. Ansari is a well-known Gaza Salafist allied with Islamic State ideology.

Maqdisi appeared on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” in place of Ansari because Ansari’s house has been bombarded in recent days by Hamas militants fighting ISIS ideologues in Gaza, causing Ansari to temporarily go underground, the jihadist group told Klein.

The following is a transcript of the exchange:

KLEIN: Let’s get realistic here… Does the Islamic State really believe that it can go up and defeat the Israeli military? Don’t you think if Israel really wanted to, and I think that one attack will prompt them, they can wipe you guys out in a matter of minutes?

MAQDISI: This is wrong that the Israeli army can defeat us. We were promised by the prophet that we will win this war. And recently we sent a couple of messages. We shot a month ago rockets against Eilat in the south of the country of the sons of pigs and monkeys. We exploded a bomb against an Israeli force in the region of Taim Abu Salem also in the south. And this was only a message to say to the Israelis that we are preparing to lead [a] major operation, including inside the Israeli areas.

KLEIN: Now when you say the sons of pigs and monkeys, I want to ask you, is that a metaphor? Or do you really believe that Israelis, that Jews, are actually the sons, as in really descended, from pigs and monkeys?

MAQDISI: This is an expressive way to define them but the truth is even they are not worthy to be described as pigs and monkeys. They are less than that.

 

Leaked E-Mails Reveal Talking Points On Iran Deal

An arms control group tied to White House efforts to sell the Iran nuclear agreement to the public helped craft talking points for a network of advocates, experts, and messaging specialists on how to frame Iran’s nuclear program while attacking opponents of dialogue with Tehran.

Writing at Bloomberg, reporter Eli Lake reveals he obtained “leaked e-mails and documents from an internal listserv operated by the arms control nonprofit Ploughshares Fund.”

In August 2011, Ploughshares and its allies formed the Iran Strategy Group, which worked, Lake reported, to create a “sophisticated campaign to reshape the national narrative on Iran,” and to play “down the dangers of the Iranian nuclear program before formal negotiations started in 2013.”

Part of the strategy singled out Iran dialogue critics who advocated military strikes, with a deliberate effort to label them as “pro-war.”

“On a messaging note, it would be best to describe them as ‘pro-war,’ and leave it to them to back off that characterization of their position,” the listserv advocated.

Lake revealed a specific set of “talking points” when it came to engaging with the media and public on Iran. The talking points included “An Iranian nuclear program is not imminent”; “An Iranian nuclear weapon is not inevitable”; and, most controversial, “If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, the United States and the West could live with it, without important compromise to U.S. interests.”

 

Clinton Ought To Look In The Mirror

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is airing an attack ad accusing Donald Trump of “root[ing] for the real estate crash,” while ignoring the fact that many of Clinton’s own top corporate donors were implicated in helping to cause the subprime-mortgage crisis. Furthermore, the roots of the crisis, many argue, trace back to Bill Clinton’s administration.

The video features audio of Trump from 2006 speaking of the possibility of a housing crash, “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy. If there is a bubble burst, as they call it, you know, you could make a lot of money.”

The ad ends with the words, “If Donald wins, you lose.”

Trump’s comments came in the context of explaining how he himself was “in a good cash position,” meaning he’d made wise investments as opposed to others in the same business, and “If you’re in a good cash position — which I’m in a good cash position today — then people like me would go in and buy like crazy.”

In 2013, former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) claimed in the Wall Street Journal that the roots of the financial crisis trace back to so-called affordable-housing goals established by Bill Clinton’s administration, which “led to a massive increase in risky, subprime mortgages.”

Clinton successfully drafted Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the commercial banking system into his affordable housing efforts “by exploiting a minor provision in a 1977 housing bill, the Community Reinvestment Act, that simply required banks to meet local credit needs,” Gram wrote.

Top Clinton campaign contributor Goldman Sachs, which paid the candidate $675,000 in speaking fees, originally won big from the mortgage meltdown. Clinton has yet to release the transcripts of her speeches to Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms.

Goldman Sachs eventually settled with government regulators for $1.5 billion for its role in the crisis.

CBS News reported on the settlement: “Goldman admitted that in bundling mortgages from subprime loan specialists like Countrywide Financial – and then selling them to investors as bonds – it largely failed to address financial problems it knew about.”

Other banks that settled for their own roles in the mortgage meltdown read like a who’s who of top Clinton donors: “In February, Morgan Stanley settled for $3.2 billion, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $1.2 billion, J.P. Morgan Chase paid $13 billion three years ago, and Bank of America coughed up a whopping $16.6 billion in 2014.”

Bank of America reportedly paid Bill and Hillary Clinton more than $1 million for four speaking gigs between 2011 and 2014.

Hillary Clinton’s campaigns have received major support from Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and J.P. Morgan Chase.

Aaron Klein

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

J Street ‘Proud’ Of Its Role In Pushing Iran Deal

The pro-Palestinian lobby group J Street stated that it was “proud” of its role in pushing the controversial Iran nuclear agreement amid reports that it received $576,500 to promote the deal from a group tied to White House efforts to sell the agreement to the public.

J Street’s financing to push for the deal came from the Ploughshares Fund, a group that advocates a nuclear-free world and was identified earlier this month by the White House as central in helping to market the Iran nuclear deal to the news media.

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that Ploughshares has also funded National Public Radio since 2005, and has provided financing to U.S.-based foreign policy think tanks.

Unmentioned by the AP is that the Ploughshares Fund is financed by billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Institute. Soros is also a top donor to J Street.

The involvement of Ploughshares in selling the Iran agreement to the public was revealed in an extensive New York Times Magazine profile of Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes titled, “The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru.”

Robert Malley, senior director at the National Security Council, explained the genesis and execution of the marketing plan to sell the Iran deal. Malley said “experts” were utilized to create an “echo chamber” that disseminated administration claims about Iran to “hundreds of often-clueless reporters” in the news media.

Rhodes told writer David Samuels that the marketing strategy took advantage of the “absence of rational discourse” and utilized outside groups, including Ploughshares.

A previous investigation by this reporter showed Ploughshares has partnered with a who’s who of the radical left, including Code Pink, the pro-Palestinian J Street, United for Peace & Justice, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and Demo, a progressive economic advisory group where President Obama’s controversial former green jobs czar, Van Jones, served on the board.

The group says its mission is to support the “smartest minds and most effective organizations to reduce nuclear stockpiles, prevent new nuclear states, and increase global security.”

Ploughshares is in turn financed by Soros’s Open Society Institute, the Buffett Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Another Ploughshares donor is the Tides Foundation, which is one of the largest funders of the radical left. Tides is funded by Soros.

Ploughshares has donated to the Institute for Policy Studies, which calls for massive slashes in the U.S. defense budget. It has also financed the International Crisis Group, a small organization that boasts Soros on its board.

 

EgyptAir Airbus A320’s Prior Stops

The missing the EgyptAir Airbus A320 that disappeared from radar after leaving Greek airspace had made prior stops in the hotspots of Tunisia and Eritrea. Both countries have documented airport security issues.

In an advisory last May, the State Department warned security at the Asmara International Airport in Eritrea can be “unpredictable” and that “airport security lacks technology to detect fraudulent documents.”

Last November, after the midair destruction of a Russian Metrojet over Egypt, the Daily Mail reported British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond expressed concern about security at airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

Among them are the airports in the North African cities of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia. “All these countries contain an ISIS presence, though Tunisia – the site of two massacres this year in which 31 Britons were killed – remains the most risky.

“Tunisian authorities have warned further attacks in tourist resorts are highly likely – and by unknown individuals ‘inspired by terrorist groups via social media.’”

Tunisia is a known Islamic State stronghold.  Last November, IS militants took responsibility for the suicide bombing of a presidential guard bus, killing at least 12 troops.  As Reuters reported, more than 3,000 Tunisians are said to be fighting for the Islamic State or other jihadist groups in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Aaron Klein

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