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Toulouse Killer Mohammed Merah Visited Israel in 2010

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, has confirmed that the man responsible for last week’s shooting rampage at Toulouse Jewish school Ozar HaTorah visited Israel in 2010.

According to a Shin Bet investigation, Mohammed Merah entered Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan in September 2010, before traveling on to Afghanistan,where he attended an al-Qaeda training camp. The investigation also revealed that the Shin Bet questioned Merah at the time, but having found nothing to arouse suspicion, permitted him to enter Israel.

Merah, who entered on a French passport, is reported to have stayed in Israel for three days. The Shin Bet has yet to turn up any evidence of terror-related links or activities during his stay, and thus could not confirm the claim made by a French intelligence chief last Friday that Merah was arrested with a knife while in Jerusalem.

This revelation comes amid confirmed reports that the killer was on the U.S. ‘no-fly’ list. U.S. officials have said that Merah was placed on the list some time ago, but have thus far refused to provide more details. Pressure is mounting on French intelligence agencies to admit to serious intelligence lapses and submit to a government inquiry.

Yesterday, a French judge brought Merah’s brother closer to criminal trial by placing Abdelkader Merah under formal investigation for complicity in Mohammed Merah’s shooting spree. Abdelkader has denied involvement in his brother’s attacks, but said that he was “proud” of what he had done.
Mohammed Merah died after resisting police who stormed his apartment last Thursday after a 32 hour stand-off. In the course of the siege, he told the police that he was responsible for the killings and that he planned to kill again. He expressed no regret and said it was too bad he did not “take out” more victims. He also expressed pride that he had “brought France to its knees.”

Four British Muslims Plead Guilty to Bomb, Murder Plots

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Four British Muslims pleaded guilty on Wednesday to involvement in an al Qaeda-inspired terror cell that planned to bomb the London Stock Exchange and the American embassy, and murder London’s mayor and two rabbis.

The men were among nine defendants charged with the plot in December 2010. Initially, all nine pleaded not guilty to the charges. The five other men pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

A target list recovered from one of the defendant’s residences had the personal information of London’s mayor and two rabbis.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Anti-War Group Supporting
Would-Be Terrorist

An anti-war group calling itself Courage to Resist started a legal defense fund for Pfc. Naser Abdo, the Muslim soldier arrested Wednesday who reportedly admitted planning a terror attack on Fort Hood soldiers, this column has learned.

The organization last year also featured Abdo, 21, in its newsletter, branding him a “Muslim peacemaker.”

Less than a year after the Fort Hood shooting massacre by Muslim U.S. Army major Nidal Malik Hasan, Abdo was caught last week with a bomb in a backpack and weapons stashed in a motel room meant for another attack at the base.

RawStory.com reported that Abdo has ties to a number of antiwar organizations, including Iraq Veterans Against the War and Courage to Resist.

Both groups supported Abdo’s petition for conscientious objector status, which he was eventually granted after he wrote in an application he that he was conflicted about “whether going to war was the right thing to do Islamically.”

This column has learned that Courage to Resist initiated a legal defense fund for Abdo’s conscientious objector petition. The fund is still available online.

In its December 2010 newsletter, Courage to Resist promoted Abdo as a “Muslim peacemaker.” The group wrote an item on Abdo entitled “The missing story of a Muslim peacemaker.”  

Media Choose Odd Context

For Glen Beck Remark

 

Scores of major news media outlets published pictures of Glenn Beck in Israel while reporting on the radio host’s seemingly unrelated controversial comments regarding a Norwegian summer camp that was the site of a shooting massacre last week.
 
In a radio segment last week on “The Glenn Beck Program,” the former Fox News star described the deadly attack “as a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth. I mean who sends their kids to a political camp?”
 
Beck was referring to the shooting allegedly carried out by Anders Behring Breivik at a Norwegian Labor Party youth camp, killing at least 68 people, many teenagers, and wounding 66.
 
Beck’s remarks about the summer camp received a significant amount of news media coverage.
 
Some major media outlets reporting on the comments published images of Beck in Israel even though none of the reports mentioned the Jewish state.
 
Beck visited Israel last month to address the Knesset, the country’s parliament. On Aug. 24, Beck is planning a rally in Israel called “Restoring Courage.” The event is purportedly a follow up to Beck’s massive “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington, D.C., last summer.
 
The Los Angeles Times published an article entitled “Glenn Beck hits ‘new low’; compares Norway victims to Hitler Youth.” Splashed across the top is a picture of Beck sitting in front of two Israeli flags.
 
The photo has no caption. No explanation is given as to why the particular image of Beck was used. Thousands of images of Beck are readily available.
 
The same picture accompanied a CNN.com posting entitled “Overheard on CNN.com: Beck’s camp comments appalling.”
 
The CNN blog post didn’t mention Israel. Even the photo’s caption did not explain the choice of an image that included Israeli flags.
 
The caption stated, “Glenn Beck is taking heat for comparing the Norwegian summer camp, run by the Labour Party and where most of the 76 victims in the terror attacks died, to the Hitler Youth organization.”
 
USA Today published a similar image in its article titled “Glenn Beck compares Norwegian victims to ‘Hitler Youth.’ “
 
However, in the image used, there is only one Israeli flag and it is less visible. The photo has no caption.
 
Reporting “Glenn Beck says Norway camp like ‘Hitler Youth,’ ” Newsday, meanwhile, used an Associated Press image of Beck with a caption stating the photo depicts Beck gesturing as he speaks in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
 

CBS News.com took an alternative route altogether, using a picture of Beck addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Feb. 20. The CBS piece was titled “Glenn Beck criticized for comparing Norway victims to ‘Hitler Youth.’ “

 

Egypt Accuses Ex-Fatah Official

Of Involvement In Attacks

 

A U.S.-financed Palestinian strongman was accused by Egypt this week of backing al-Qaeda-allied jihadists who attacked an Egyptian police station and a pipeline that supplied Israel with about 30 percent of its gas needs.
 
This column first reported in 2008, quoting informed Mideast security officials, that Mahmoud Dahlan had been providing financial support to al-Qaeda allies in the Gaza Strip, including some of the most radical Islamist organizations in the territory. The officials said Dahlan supported the al-Qaeda allies to cause trouble for Fatah rival Hamas.
 
Dahlan, an outcast leader in PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, has until recently closely coordinated security with the U.S. His security agencies have been the direct recipient of over $300 million in U.S. financial aid and scores of U.S. weapons transfers for over a decade.
 

On Friday, six people were killed and more than 20 injured when gunmen reportedly attacked a police station in the Al-Arish section of the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. About 100 masked jihadists reportedly carrying flags with Islamic and al-Qaeda-oriented slogans attempted to storm the police station, prompting a firefight that lasted several hours.

The assault was followed by an overnight attack on a cooling system in the Sinai pipeline that ships Egyptian natural gas exports to Israel. It was the third such attack in recent months.
 
Al Arish’s military commander told Egyptian state television the jihadists responsible for the attacks were backed by Dahlan. The Palestinian strongman denied the accusations.
 
In April, this column obtained an internal report prepared by the Egyptian government, with input from Hamas, showing an unexpected rise in al-Qaeda abilities in Gaza.
 
The report put the number of armed al-Qaeda terrorists in Gaza at between 2,600 and 3,000. Previous estimates, both from within Hamas and from Israel, put the number in the hundreds.
 
According to the Egyptian report, there is no specific information that the al-Qaeda group is planning imminent large-scale attacks against Israel. Instead, the report claims, the armed Islamists are focused on building their bases in the Gaza Strip and connecting the bases to the neighboring Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.
 
Hamas has worked with al-Qaeda-allied groups in Gaza. But Jihadiya Salifiya and Jaish al-Islam have been regularly publishing pamphlets labeling Hamas as “non-Muslim” since the terror group ran in 2006 democratic elections, which the Islamist organizations see as an expression of Western values. Hamas several times has engaged in heavy fire clashes with Islamist organizations in Gaza.
 
 
Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Bin Laden Is Dead, But Our Delusions Live On

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The death of Osama bin Laden has some symbolic value, particularly for theUnited States. A great power exercises influence not just through its military and economic assets, but through its prestige. A power that can be relied on to punish its enemies, no matter how long it takes, and reward its friends will be respected, and that respect will figure into the calculations of other nations as they pursue their interests.

Killing bin Laden may go a little way to repairing our prestige by undoing the recent foreign policy mistakes in the Middle East. Apart from that slim possibility, however, the practical effects of bin Laden’s death will be minimal.

There is much wishful thinking right now about the negative impact of his demise on the morale of al Qaeda and other jihadist outfits. Yet the flashpoint of al Qaeda activity is no longer in Afghanistan but in Yemen. Then there are the other, more dangerous groups such as Hizbullah in Lebanon, Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan, and Hamas in Gaza, all of which share al Qaeda’s aim of attacking the West and using violence to change our behavior.

Meanwhile, in Egypt the Muslim Brothers, the theoretical godfather of modern jihadism, are enjoying new political power and support from the people.

And, as the recently thwarted terrorist plot in Germany demonstrates, there are an unknown number of autonomous jihadist cells throughout the world that will not stop plotting and attempting terrorist attacks just because bin Laden is now a “martyr.” Religious movements pursuing spiritual aims are not dependent on the life of any one or even a thousand mortal men.

Even more important is what the operation reveals about the duplicity of Pakistan. President Obama’s diplomatic nod to that country’s cooperation can’t hide the obvious: it is highly unlikely that bin Laden could have holed up for six years in a million-dollar compound with 12-foot high barbed-wire fences, in a city of 100,000 that hosts Pakistan’s most prestigious military academy, without the knowledge and sufferance of highly placed Pakistani military and security officials.

That’s why the operation was kept secret from our so-called allies until the very last minute. But we know Pakistan has been playing a double game for almost a decade, cooperating just enough to keep receiving billions in aid and military hardware, at the same time supporting and protecting the insurgents and terrorists killing our troops in Afghanistan.

More broadly, removing bin Laden from the scene will do little to change the delusional interpretation of jihadism that has compromised our policies no matter which political party is in power. This is the idea that Islamists have “hijacked” the “religion of peace” in order to pursue their totalitarian aims.

So far, though, we haven’t seen huge demonstrations in the Muslim world celebrating the death of a man who brought such disorder and opprobrium to Muslims, despite a plunge in support for bin Laden and al Qaeda – a result not of his “distortion” of Islam, but of attacks on Muslims in Afghanistan.

But, then, we never have seen over the past decade mass demonstrations by “moderate” Muslims protesting the Islamist distortion of Islamic doctrine, or marching to condemn terrorist violence against Westerners.

What we have seen are large celebrations of the 9/11 attacks, and violent riots about various perceived “insults” to Islam and Mohammed. Nor was bin Laden a fringe figure like pseudo-Christians David Koresh or Jim Jones, a bearded maniac living in a cave and concocting bizarre interpretations of Islamic doctrine. On the contrary, bin Laden knew Islam’s doctrine, history, and theology. In his writingsand those of his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, we find arguments for jihadist violence buttressed with quotations from the Koran and references to other Islamic texts. And these arguments are consistent with the views of other respected Muslim figures.

Even someone armed with a dull Occam’s razor can figure out from all this evidence that far from being outside the Islamic tradition, the jihadists are squarely within it in the view of millions of Muslims. That helps explain Pakistan’s support for the Taliban, and the billions of dollars flowing to jihadist organizations from Gulf petrocracies. Yet we persist in imposing our materialist philosophy on a spiritual struggle, and rationalizing away the religious dimension of jihadism.

Stopping The Gaza Flotilla: A Wider Look Behind The News

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
             Current news about Israel’s interdiction of the Gaza flotilla centers entirely on more or less pertinent operational and legal details. It is also important, however, to look beyond this particular event and toward the more critical underlying issue of a Palestinian state. To be sure, once such a state was established, the tragic cycle of anti-Israel terrorism, Israeli blockade and Palestinian counter-blockade would only accelerate.

 

            President Obama favors the creation of a Palestinian state. Such creation, of course, is the core of his proposed Road Map to Peace in the Middle East. Ironically, however, any state of Palestine would quickly become a primary launching point for both “ordinary” terrorism and mega-terrorism. Such terror-violence could be directed not only at Israel, but also against the United States. 

 

            The Arab/Islamic world generally commends only a one-state solution. For Israel, this can mean only a “Final Solution.”

 

            What is going on in the “Palestinian Territories?” Gaza is already the site of close and growing cooperation between Hamas and al-Qaeda. The “good offices” of Iran make much of this tactical and strategic cooperation possible.

 

             Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Lebanon are also witnessing a determined al-Qaeda push to establish more terror bases. In the West Bank, American military units, vainly seeking to blunt Hamas and al-Qaeda, are actively assisting Fatahin the training of their “security forces.” Led by U.S. Lt. General Keith Dayton, this plainly self-defeating program will significantly enhance the effectiveness of Fatah terrorists once they inevitably begin to turn their weapons against Americans and Israelis in Palestine.

 

             For some time now, al-Qaeda has been asserting its commitment to wage jihad against Israel (always the individual Jew writ large) and against Jews in general.  Only recently, however, has this genocidal commitment begun to elicit serious Western attention. In a Jihadi website posting, bin Laden warned: “We will not recognize a state for the Jews, not even one inch of the land of Palestine.”

 

             The physical destruction of Israel has always been Hamas’ unhidden objective, but al-Qaeda, which has proven adept at inserting itself into local conflicts around the world and then incorporating them into the broader Wahhabi-Salafi war against the West, has more recently fixed its operational sights on “Palestine.”

 

             A “Two-State Solution?” The fragmented and fratricidal Palestinian Territories are not about to morph into a decent and democratic national society. Instead, they have become the newest front in a well-organized international jihad movement. With Gaza now an active forward base for global terrorism, Shi’a Iran, long a close partner of Hamas as well as an al-Qaeda ally, has been intensifying and diversifying its own existential threat to Israel.

 

            Iran’s existential threat is not “only” nuclear. Further, close collaboration between various Shia and Sunni groups will not be prevented because of religious differences. It is a pipe dream to think otherwise.

 

            While Israel was reluctantly engaged in Operation Cast Lead, Palestinian civil warfare revealed expanding concentric circles of jihadi alignment. Already, in a February 2008 interview with the al-Hayat Arab language newspaper, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas repeated claims that al-Qaeda’s growing presence in both Gaza and the West Bank would destabilize the entire region.  Abbas, who quickly became an object of ridicule and vilification in Gaza, had earlier warned that Hamas was enhancing al-Qaeda’s power.

 

            The January 2008 breach in the Gaza border with Egypt along the Philadelphia Corridor represented a pivotal development. This well-coordinated attack had permitted not only large quantities of Iranian-made weapons to enter Gaza; it also admitted scores of al-Qaeda operatives. This breach had enabled Hamas to bring back those who had left for training in Syria and Iran, including snipers, explosives experts, rocket experts and engineers.

 

After the Sharm El Sheikh attacks of July 2005, al-Qaeda terrorists moved to the West Bank and Gaza from their bases in the Sinai. Backed by Iran, al-Qaeda is now steadily moving in on Israel from the north, first by establishing its secure presence in Lebanon. Despite their religious differences, Sunni al-Qaeda and Shia Hezbollah now form a true partnership, led by Iran, whose common goal is the destruction of Israel, the toppling of less radical Arab-Muslim regimes (such as that of the Palestinian Authority’s Abu Mazen) and the establishment of a core territory around which a new Islamist Caliphate might ultimately be formed.

 

 Radical Islamist behavior is now de rigeur in Gaza. Several al-Qaeda-linked groups have emerged openly, such as the Army of Islam, and the Swords of Islamic Righteousness. Several are clan-based and affiliated with Fatah and/or Hamas. They are also reliably reported to be offshoots of al-Qaeda.

 

            President Obama should understand that a Palestinian state would be contrary to the security interests of the United States. Sobering, too, would be the inevitable competition for control of such a fragile and anarchic state by the various Sunni Arab regimes, now being armed by Washington, and by Shiite Iran, now still being armed by Russia.  Naturally, a Palestinian state would most clearly endanger Israel, creating irresistible new opportunities for both conventional and unconventional acts of aggression.

 

              New wars could be launched by enemy states directly or by their proxies from Gaza.  The attackers might assume the posture of suicide bombers, thus immobilizing the normal security bases of rationality and deterrence. Under even the most optimistic assumptions, a Palestinian state, any Palestinian state, could spawn a grievously unstable balance of power in the region.

 

             Any Palestinian state would embolden and strengthen al-Qaeda and other terrorist enemies of the United States. What was once a basically secular nationalist territorial dispute between Israel and its Arab neighbors has now become a primary battlefront in a no-holds-barred international jihad. Failure to understand this could even render moot all current U.S.-led counter-terrorist operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

            In the final analysis, the Gaza flotilla episode was merely the tip of a much larger iceberg. That menacing iceberg is a Palestinian state.

 

LOUIS RENÉ BERES was educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), and is an expert on international relations and international law. The author of many major books and articles in the field, Professor Beres was born in Zurich, Switzerland, on August 31, 1945. He is Strategic and Military Affairs columnist for The Jewish Press.

This Is War, Mr. President

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

In 2004, I supported George W. Bush for a second term as president because I believed the most important issue facing the United States was the threat posed by Islamic terrorism, a life or death issue.

Even though I did not agree with President Bush on a single domestic issue, I nevertheless supported him because I believed the Democratic candidate, John Kerry, took positions that were not adequate for the struggle ahead.

Moreover, I believed the Democratic Party was not up to the responsibility to protect America and its allies from those in al Qaeda and the Taliban who had made clear they were committed to murdering every Christian, Jew and Hindu who refused to convert to Islam or pay tribute. I have no regrets in having taken that position.

When the choices for president were presented in 2008, the candidates being Barack Obama and John McCain, I chose to support Obama, who called me on the phone to say that if I had any questions on his positions on different issues, he was ready to answer them. I told him he did not have to worry about me and the decision I would be announcing. He immediately asked if I would go to Florida and campaign for him in the large Jewish community in that state. I said I would and I did. I also campaigned for him in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

(More than 75 percent American Jews ended up voting for Obama. The magnitude of his Jewish support had nothing to do with me. The Jewish community is overwhelmingly liberal and most Jews could not abide the thought of domestic issues being ill-served by another Republican administration. I discovered when I went to Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey that those Jewish communities had already made up their mind and needed no sales pitch from me.)

Charles Krauthammer began a recent column (“War? What War?”) with a knockout punch, quoting Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano saying “the system worked” when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian Muslim terrorist, was apparently used by al Qaeda in an attempt to bring down an American airliner with 288 people on board.

I won’t cite all the facts as to why the system in fact did not work and how lucky we were that a Dutch passenger tackled and restrained the terrorist. (Why haven’t we honored that brave civilian? And why haven’t we publicly shown appreciation to the two police officers who risked their lives to take down the Fort Hood Muslim terrorist before he could kill and maim others?)

Krauthammer made a telling point when he wrote: “The reason the country is uneasy about the Obama administration’s response to this attack is a distinct sense of not just incompetence but incomprehension. From the very beginning, President Obama has relentlessly tried to downplay and deny the nature of the terrorist threat we continue to face. Napolitano renames terrorism ‘man-caused disasters.’ Obama goes abroad and pledges to cleanse America of its post-9/11 counterterrorist sins. Hence, Guantanamo will close. CIA interrogators will face a special prosecutor, and Khalid Sheik Mohammed will bask in a civilian trial in New York – a trifecta of political correctness and image management.”

Krauthammer went on to point out that the president has made a point of banishing the phrase “war on terror.” The president’s initial statements following the act of terrorism over Detroit were tepid, referring, as Krauthammer notes, to Abdulmutallab as “an isolated extremist.” On the third day, apparently recognizing the inadequacy of his earlier comments, he referred to the incident as potentially “catastrophic,” and the lack of adequate security measures as “systemic.”

In my opinion, after the president finally recognized the gravity of the situation he should have flown home from his vacation in Hawaii.

Krauthammer ended his column with another knockout punch, writing, “Any government can through laxity let someone slip through the cracks. But a government that refuses to admit that we are at war, indeed, refuses even to name the enemy – jihadist is a word banished from the Obama lexicon – turns laxity into a governing philosophy.”

Mr. President, I hope you read the Krauthammer column. It is not too late for you to recover from the setbacks you suffered in the year just ended. Your commitment to battling Islamic terrorism led by al Qaeda, which has a presence in an estimated 62 countries, must be believably reaffirmed, with both words and deeds.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

 

      A top Palestinian Authority official told this column that the PA reached an understanding with the Obama administration regarding a Palestinian threat to unilaterally ask the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state outside of negotiations with Israel.
 
      Ahmed Kurei, former PA prime minister and member of the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee, said in an interview that the PA “reached an understanding with important elements within the administration” to possibly bring to the UN Security Council a resolution to unilaterally create a Palestinian state.
 
      Asked to which “elements” he was referring, Kurei would only say they were from the Obama administration.
 
      Separately, a top PA negotiator, speaking on condition of anonymity, named the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, and National Security Council member Samantha Power as among the Obama administration officials who were involved with the Palestinians’ UN threat.
 
      Despite widespread assumptions that the U.S. would veto any such UN Security Council resolution, the PA negotiator said that in initial discussions, the Obama administration did not threaten to veto their potential unilateral resolution.
 

      “The U.S. told us that they prefer a negotiated settlement with Israel, but if we insist on a resolution, the Americans will not necessarily reject it,” the PA negotiator said.

 

Freeman’s Israel

 

      The Obama administration’s withdrawn nominee for a top intelligence post delivered a speech to a pro-Arab U.S. group in which he claimed that Israel has assassinated peace-loving Palestinian leaders.
 
      He also falsely accused the Jewish state – which doesn’t publicly comment on its alleged nuclear weapons program – of threatening to nuke Iran.
 
      Charles “Chas” Freeman, the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War, used the speech to the 18th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference to suggest that America was attacked on 9/11 largely due to its support for Israel. He further stated that if the White House attempts to pressure Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “American lobby” will arrange for Congress to punish President Obama.
 
      Freeman was slated to head the National Intelligence Council but withdrew his nomination in March following revelations – some first reported at this column – that he has financial ties to the infamous bin Laden family and that he sits on the board of a major oil company owned by the Chinese government that had been in the midst of a multibillion-dollar deal with Iran that may violate U.S. sanctions.
 

      This column also reportedthat Freeman once peddled a Saudi-funded book to U.S. public schools that falsely claims Muslims inhabited North America far before European explorers.

 

What A Robe Tells You

 

      Does the traditional South Asian garb Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is wearing in a surveillance video provide a clue into his Islamic ideology, perhaps tying him to support for al Qaeda?
 
      Hasan was videoed at a local 7-Eleven convenience store just seven hours before the attack in which he shot dead 13 and wounded dozens of others. He was seen wearing what has been broadly identified by much of the mainstream media as traditional Muslim garb.
 
      Specifically, he was wearing a white shalwar camise, a traditional dress worn by both women and men in South Asia. It is particularly popular in Pakistan and Afghanistan and is also the traditional garb of al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood acolytes.
 
      Muhammad Abdel-Al, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees terrorist group, which is allied with al Qaeda ideology, explained to this reporter that some Palestinians in Gaza are wearing the shalwar camise as a sign of solidarity with al Qaeda. He cited the trend as proof of the rise of this ideology in Gaza.
 
      Abu Saqer, a Gazan Islamic cleric and leader of the Jihadiya Salifiya extremist movement, also affirmed that the shalwar camise was associated with al Qaeda ideology.
 
      A Muslim cleric in Jaffa, however, explained that religious Palestinians consider the shalwar camise more comfortable than the djellaba, which is the traditional Muslim garb. The djellaba is a simple robe and does not include pants.
 

      “While it is associated with al Qaeda, it’s also become a fashion trend. Many who wear it are doing so out of comfort. It absolutely does not mean they support any jihad movement,” explained the Jaffa cleric.

 

Ayers Plays The Race Card

 

      Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination deliberately appealed to white supremacy, fear and anxiety, charge longtime Barack Obama colleague and Weatherman terrorist William Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn.
 
      In a co-authored article in the socialist Monthly Review magazine, the two radicals argue that last year’s national elections had “racist” undertones and that President Obama’s ascent to power can be used to “build a new society.”
 
      “[Hillary] Clinton flagrantly appealed to white voters’ identity as ‘workers’ or ‘women’ – offering white people any reason to vote against Obama without saying he’s black – and followed the ancient and dismal road of racial discourse that appeals to white supremacy, fear and anxiety,” wrote Ayers and Dohrn.
 
      Ayers generated controversy in last year’s presidential campaign when it was disclosed the radical worked with Obama for years. Obama also was said to have launched his political career at a 1995 fundraiser in Ayers’ apartment.
 
      Obama and Ayers sat together on the board of a Chicago nonprofit, the Woods Fund. Ayers also was a founder of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, where Obama was appointed as its first chairman in 1995. Ayers reportedly was involved in hiring Obama for the CAC- a job which the future president later touted as qualifying him to run for public office.
 
      Ayers and his wife, Dohrn, were two of the main founders of the Weather Underground, which bombed the New York City police headquarters in 1970, the Capitol in 1971 and the Pentagon in 1972. The group was responsible for some 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S.
 

      Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the book “The Late Great State of Israel.” Follow Klein on Twitter under the name “AaronKleinWND.”

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