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Why French Jewry Cannot Afford to Sleep

Monday, January 12th, 2015

It appears the Jewish community in France has more to fear than simple anti-Semitism in Europe. Jews have often ended up in history’s crossfire when the winds of war were raging. This time appears to be no exception as the world wrestles with radical Islam.

There are two main issues that are endangering French Jewry. The first danger can be likened to the proverbial clash of the stags, so to speak. And the Jews are underfoot. Or fodder.

Al Qaeda is in competition with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), via its affiliates, each of which operates independently. An operative recruited by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, led the first of last week’s series of terror attacks in Paris. But the siege of terror was actually carried out by two separate teams from the competing terror groups who joined together for the purpose of making a statement in France.

The first team, comprised of Cherif Koachi, 32 and his brother Said, 34, also included 18 year old Hamid Mourad and a fourth person – as yet unidentified – who drove the getaway car. That group is linked to Al Qaeda; Cherif had been recruited while on the streets and then in the jails of France. His brother Said had actually traveled to Yemen and met with AQAP leader Anwar al-Awlaki, and trained at the terrorist bases there.

The second team – that of Amedy Coulibaly and his common-law wife, Hayat Boumedienne – belongs to ISIS. Coulibaly was seen on Sunday in the traditional terror shahid (martyr) video that was produced at some time prior to carrying out the attacks. Someone – possibly Boumedienne – uploaded the video to the Twitter social networking site two days after he died in a blaze of French SWAT team gunfire.  In the video he appears to be seated below the flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The footage was authenticated by a former lawyer for the terrorist as well as by the SITE research group that tracks terrorist propaganda. “We managed to synchronize to come out at the same time. What we have done is completely legitimate, given what they have done. If you attack the caliphate, we will attack you,” Coulibaly says in the video.

It is clear that Al Qaeda and ISIS, rivals who compete for the prestige of being able to claim control over the world of terror, have nevertheless found a way to work together when the goal is worthy. This is the first instance in which the two groups are known to have collaborated on any operation.

The Jews of France are a convenient target, where it is estimated that 1,000 Muslims have left to join the jihad abroad. Those fighters are expected at some point to return – as trained terrorists.

Not so far away, in Belgium, a French terrorist with links to ISIS left a river of Jewish blood in his wake last May after slaughtering staff and visitors to the Jewish Museum of Brussels. Despite the massacre, it took months for Jewish community leaders to convince the government — the same leadership which hosts the headquarters of the European Union and the European Parliament — to increase protection to the site following the attack.

Even though France has the largest Jewish population in Europe, it is dwarfed by that of the Muslim population, which more than 10 times larger. Muslims comprise 10 percent of the population of France; 6.5 million French citizens are Muslims. Only 500,000 are Jews.

In 2012, an Al Qaeda terrorist of Algerian descent attacked a Jewish elementary school in Toulouse, murdering three children and a rabbi.

Terror Alerts Highest in France, Raised Around the World

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

 

Security personnel are at the highest alert level that exists in France: they’ve been told to clear profiles on social media and remain armed at all times, CNN reported.

The new instructions came in the wake of new information received by authorities revealing that terrorist sleeper cells were activated this weekend in France.

Some 800 extra police have been activated to patrol the streets and sites ranging from schools to the Metro and all iconic landmarks. Another 33,000 security forces were on the street last week in order to fight the terrorists.

But France is not the only country facing potential terror attacks this weekend.

Americans were warned by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta about potential terror threats in Indonesia against U.S.-linked banks and hotels, tourist hotspots and popular nightclubs.

Australia warned its citizens last week about travel to India due to concrete terror warnings. The U.S. State Department has validated those warnings, by the way. Upscale hotels packed with tourists appears to be a particularly tempting target, and especially women.

While on that topic, incidentally, Australia itself is currently on high alert for terrorists threats following a terrorist siege at the Lindt chocolate cafe in Sydney in mid-December. Three people died in that attack, including the ISIS-linked terrorist.

The Philippines is also seeing an upswing in terror warnings, and increased “chatter” with alerts about kidnapping, violence and possible attacks.

Closer to Israel, Egypt has decided to double its buffer zone and clear out the last set of houses that obstruct the view at a one-kilometer buffer zone at the Gaza line. In addition, last week the government announced it would also raze the city of Rafah – that part of the city on the Egyptian side – to the ground and rebuild it elsewhere.

Rafah is the sole border crossing between Gaza and the rest of the world that does not go through Israel. However, Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group has shamelessly abused this privilege and instead honeycombed the area with underground smuggling and terrorist tunnels.

Myriad terror groups have set up training camps and operational bases in the Sinai Peninsula. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has since ordered a crackdown aimed at eliminating the glut of terrorists in the northern region of his nation. The terror tunnels are marked for elimination by Egyptian forces.

Likewise, terrorists have abused Turkey’s hospitality as well. Although Turkey has bent over backwards to be more than cordial to the Muslim Brotherhood and its allied terror protege, Hamas, its own citizens have paid the price for that loyalty and now are far from safe.

In Istanbul on Saturday, bombs were found in two separate shopping malls, according to police quoted in a report in the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News. One of the incidents took place in a shopping mall at the Basaksehir shopping mall, located in western Istanbul, the Dogan news agency reported.

A second homemade explosive was discovered in the nearby Sefakoy neighborhood.

The first bomb was successfully defused; the second, involving butane fuel refills, was safely detonated by the bomb squad. Police have not officially confirmed either report, and no terror group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The incidents came just days after an Islamist female suicide bomber detonated herself at an Istanbul police station in the historic tourist district of Sultanahmet on January 6. One police officer was killed in the attack.

It is believed the latter attack may have been linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization. Turkey has offered its assistance to France in connection with last week’s terror attacks.

Europe is not the only continent being targeted by the nightmare of global jihad, however; Nigeria is also in the cross hairs. In the northeastern part of the country on Saturday 20 people were killed in a suicide bombing carried out by a 10 year old girl.

‘Honorable Imam, You Bear Responsibility Before Allah’

Friday, January 9th, 2015

A bare two weeks before radical Islamist terrorists calmly emptied the clips of their AK-47 assault rifles into the bodies of 12 journalists at the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly magazine, Egypt’s president warned clerics at the Al Azhar Islamic Center of the urgent need to combat extremist ideology.

In his speech delivered at the centuries-old worldwide center for Islamic studies, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called on the imams to “revolutionize” Islam.

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Excerpts of the president’s address were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) in Washington, DC.

“I would like to reiterate that we are not doing enough with regard to true religious discourse,” the president stated. “The problem has never been with our faith. Perhaps the problem lies in ideology, and this ideology is sanctified among us. I am talking about religious discourse that is in keeping with its times.

“… I am addressing the religious scholars and clerics. We must take a long, hard look at the current situation. I have talked about this several times in the past. We must take a long, hard look at the situation we are in. It is inconceivable that the ideology we sanctify should make our entire nation a source of concern, danger, killing, and destruction all over the world. It is inconceivable that this ideology…

“I am referring not to “religion,” but to “ideology” – the body of ideas and texts that we have sanctified in the course of centuries, to the point that challenging them has become very difficult. “It has reached the point that [this ideology] is hostile to the entire world. Is it conceivable that 1.6 billion [Muslims] would kill the world’s population of seven billion, so that they could live [on their own]? This is inconceivable.

“I say these things here, at Al-Azhar, before religious clerics and scholars. May Allah bear witness on Judgment Day to the truth of your intentions, regarding what I say to you today.

“You cannot see things clearly when you are locked [in this ideology]. You must emerge from it and look from outside, in order to get closer to a truly enlightened ideology. You must oppose it with resolve. Let me say it again: We need to revolutionize our religion. “Honorable Imam [the Grand Sheik of Al-Azhar], you bear responsibility before Allah. The world in its entirety awaits your words, because the Islamic nation is being torn apart, destroyed, and is heading to perdition. We ourselves are bringing it to perdition.”

For the first time ever, Coptic Christians were honored with a visit from the nation’s leader at Christmas mass, as President el-Sisi visited Cairo’s Abbasiya Cathedral on the holy day. El-Sisi congratulated the small Coptic community on the occasion of the holiday earlier this week, and said in a brief address that all Egyptians are as “one hand.”

 

Report: ‘Raid in Progress’ in Hunt for Paris Terrorists

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

French police narrowed down their search and told media late Wednesday night local time that a raid is currently in progress at a city “some distance” from Paris — but would say little else. It is possible that authorities have tracked down and cornered the terrorists who attacked the offices of a much-loved and very irreverent satiric magazine in Paris earlier in the day.

Sources said police positively identified the terrorists who earlier in the day had slaughtered 12 people at the offices of the Paris-based French satiric magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo‘ and wounded 11 others.

The suspects were identified as Said and Cherif Kouachi, ages 34 and 32 respectively — brothers of Algerian descent — and Hamid Mourad, age 18. All three are French nationals. Said allegedly has previously faced terrorism charges in connection with his membership in an Iraqi-linked terror organization in metro Paris that has since been dismantled by authorities, Fox News reported. The group was tied to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), authorities said.

All three spoke fluent, colloquial French. One shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (Allah is Great!) in Arabic at the start of the attack. Another reportedly proclaimed “The prophet (Islam’s founder, Muhammed) is avenged!” as they were leaving the scene.

Analysts said all three appeared highly trained and experienced in the way they were handling their AK47 assault rifles and in the way they carried out the attack, one even stopping to pick up a shoe that was dropped as they headed to their getaway car to escape.

 

 

Suspects Identified in France Terror Attack, Demonstrators Tell Victims: ‘We Are Charlie’

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

French security personnel  are searching for three terrorists — all French nationals — who murdered 12 people and wounded a dozen more at the offices of a satiric magazine in Paris that had previously published cartoon depictions of the founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammed.

The suspects have been identified as two brothers from the Paris region, approximately age 32 and 34. The third man is approximately age 18, not related and is from the northeastern city of Reims, police said. All three speak a fluent, colloquial French.

French police said the elder brother was previously tried on charges of terrorism. He was a member of an Iraqi terrorist network in the Paris area that was dismantled by security personnel, Fox News reported Wednesday night. The group had ties to Algiers, Yemen and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), authorities said.

The elder brother and his co-terrorists carried out a massive, methodical attack Wednesday on specific journalists at the offices of the satirical weekly magazine, ‘Charlie Hebdo’. The editor of the magazine and two police officers who responded to the attack were among the dead.

A young female cartoonist at the magazine who arrived with her small daughter was grabbed by the terrorists and ordered to tap in the security code allowing the attackers to enter the building. She and her daughter raced to cover, huddling under a desk, as she watched with horror while the men quickly but calmly fired AK47 assault rifles to kill her co-workers, first asking each his or her name, one by one. At the start of the assault, at least one of the attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (Allah is Great! in Arabic) and while leaving the building, one allegedly proclaimed, “The prophet is avenged!”

After completing their bloody mission the attackers – suspected radical Islamists – raced out to a getaway car. They are still at large at this time, with security personnel across Europe. There are currently five million Muslims in France, comprising approximately eight percent of the total population in the country.  Moreover, the suspects may have a head start due to the fact that France is part of the European Union, with its borders wide open, without any security or border checkpoints between EU member nations.

Thousands of French citizens have gathered in cities around the country to show their solidarity with the victims of the attack, waving signs that read (in French) “I Am Charlie.” A huge neon sign proclaimed the same message from a billboard above the crowd: “Nous sommes Charlie” (We Are Charlie.)

France has raised its security level to the highest alert possible nationwide, and other countries have tightened security measures around vulnerable targets as well.

In New York City, police officers were posted outside the French Consulate. NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton said, however, there appears to be no sign of any direct threat to the city at this time.

Egypt’s Pres. Sisi Urges Clerics, ‘Confront Misleading Islamic Ideology’

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

In a statement clearly intended to end terror recruitment at home and abroad, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi urged clerics Thursday to confront “misleading ideologies harming Islam and Muslims worldwide.”

Many terrorist groups broadcast radical Islamist sermons via the Internet and satellite television as well as social networking sites in order to recruit new members to their jihadist cause. At least one produces a full-fledged Internet magazine.

Egyptian military and police forces have been focusing their efforts on eliminating terror bases and training camps embedded in the Sinai Peninsula over the past several years.

The local Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis recently swore allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization. Also in Sinai are Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and Army of Islam terror bases, among others.

Sisi also told the clerics at al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry it is important to renew “religious discourse” and spread moderate teachings of Islam, and urged Muslims to “follow the prophet.”

The Egyptian leader offered his greetings Muslims and Christians on the occasion of the birthday of the prophet Muhammed, founder of Islam, and on the New Year.

He praised efforts by the country’s armed forces and the police to provide security and defend the nation. Sisi underlined in particular the importance of fighting terrorism, which he pointed out “tarnishes the image” of the greater Islamic nation in the world.

The Egyptian leader made the statements during the Awqaf Ministry’s celebrations of the anniversary of the birthday of the prophet Muhammed, the founder of Islam. The Awqaf is the ministry of religious endowments; in Israel it is known as the “Waqf.” The Cairo-based Al-Azhar, founded in 970 CE, is known as the primary global center of Islamic and Arabic learning.

Al Aqsa Mosque ‘Stand-Up’ Preacher Calls for Annihilation of the United States

Friday, November 28th, 2014

A spur of the moment speech by a Muslim at the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount called for annihilation of the United States.

The speech was translated and posted this week by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), and the video shows the young man, named Ali Abu Ahmed, railing against the Jews and West.

Ahmed’s voice and delivery definitely show him as having great potential to be a real Islamist preacher, breathing fire and brim storm against the evils of Islam, mainly Israel, Jews and the United States. The Palestinian Authority should place him on the “Arabs Got Talent.”

The “freedom of speech” in the mosque is a result of “goodwill measures” by Israel, at the insistence of the United States and King Abdullah of Jordan, to “reduce tensions” by eliminating restrictions on the ages of who can enter the Temple Mount.

If this reducing tension, what does “escalating tensions” mean?

Ahmed spoke from the mosque that is Islam’s third most holy site, proving once again what the worshippers pray for.

The Western world, as well as Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch and national police commissioner Yohanan Danino, don’t want Jews praying near the mosque or even on the Temple Mount at all.

They are afraid that a Jewish presence will cause violence, but the freedom of people like Ahmed to scream for the destruction of Israel and the United States apparently is not incitement. It is the radical Islamic version of prayer.

If Jews were allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, the prayers for peace would certainly upset the Muslims. If there were peace, their preachers would be out of a job.

As for the speech itself, which can be seen with English sub-titles in the video below, Ahmed said Jews are “the most vile of creatures. Tune in around 2:00 into the video, towards the end, and you can see and hear Ahmed declaring,” Oh, Allah, annihilate America and its coalition.”

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