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US: Canceling Olympics an Option Due to Terrorism Threats

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, had some ominous statements to share about the upcoming 2014 Olympics, set to begin Feb. 7,  in Sochi, Russia.

“I would say that the security threat to this particular Olympics are the greatest I think I’ve ever seen,” McCaul said.

He also said that canceling the Olympics is an option that has to remain on the table.

“If this thing gets worse, maybe we would consider that,” McCaul said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Jan. 26.

McCaul was particularly concerned about a recent statement made by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who called for a global jihad against the Olympics.

That makes three separate Islamist terrorist threats against next month’s winter Olympics.  Doku Umarov, a terrorist leader who resides in the Caucasus Mountains not far from Sochi, called for jihad against the Olympics this past summer.  A second terrorist group, Ansar al-Sunna, released a video last week threatening terrorism against the games.

Canada has a different response to the very serious threat of terrorism at the Sochi games.  It has issued a warning to its athletes, calling on them to “carefully consider” whether to attend the games.

In an advisory late Friday, Jan. 24, Canada’s Public Safety Minister and the ministers of state of foreign affairs and sport said the Games were an “attractive” terrorist target and that airports and border crossings were “particularly vulnerable,” according to the National Post.

“Canadians should be aware that, although the host country will have special security arrangements in place at Olympic venues, this does not eliminate the risk of terrorist attacks,” the Public Safety Minister said. “The decision to travel despite these concerns rests with the traveler, and such decisions should be considered carefully.”

Israel has a five person delegation set to travel to Sochi for the Olympics, three figure skaters, a speed  and one skier.  So far Israel has not made any public statements about specific security steps for its Olympic athletes, but the safety of Israeli athletes at global events has been an especial concern ever since 11 Israelis were murdered at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Security Report: Tsarnaev Sought Insurgents Near 2014 Olympic Site

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

When the Boston Marathon bombings occurred last April 15, most commentators split along two positions. The first position was that it was an act of foreign terrorism. The second, and this one grew louder and stronger, was that this was a vicious act by a “lone wolf” whose religion and ideology had little to do with his actions. Eventually the story became clearer. Religion and ideology certainly played a role, but the terrorists were home grown.

In a radio interview from Russia, Massachusetts Congressman Bill Keating (MA-9)(D), said he believes “that Tamerlan Tsarnaev did meet with insurgents here.” The phone interview was with the Boston Herald Radio and it took place on Monday, Jan. 20. Keating and several other members of the congressional committee investigating the Boston Marathon bombings traveled to Russia to investigate Tsarnaev’s connections to local terrorist groups.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two Tsarnaev brothers, the prime suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, traveled to Dagestan in 2012. The following year, he and his brother allegedly placed the bombs along the end of the route of the Boston Marathon, and then detonated them, killing three and wounding nearly 300 others.

Dagestan is a republic of Russia to its southeast, along the Caspian Sea. Within Dagestan lies some of the densest parts of the Caucasus Mountains. Dagestan means “mountain land.”

Keating said a House Homeland Security Committee report will become public in two weeks, and it will contain new information on deceased Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev time in Dagestan.

2014 OLYMPICS NEAR CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS, TERRORISTS’ HAVEN

Keating was in Russia for another reason.  The 2014 Olympics will start Feb. 7. The site of the Olympics this year is Sochi, which is in Southern Russia. Sochi is 1,000 miles from Dagestan and the rest of the Caucasus Mountains, a lawless frontier where brutal Islamist terrorists reign.

Over the past several weeks there have been several terrorist bombings in Russia which have killed many dozens. Credit for some of those bombings was claimed by a particularly brutal band of Muslim terrorists, headed by the charmless Doku Umarov, sometimes referred to as the “Russian bin Laden.”

News outlets are beginning to focus on the recent wave of terrorism in Russia, as the opening of the 2014 Olympics draws nearer. Some note that Umarov and his comrades are eager to interrupt the Olympics and humiliate Russian president Putin. But few acknowledge that what Umarov and the Caucasian Islamic Terrorist claim is their opposition to the Olympics.

This past June, Umarov released a video in which he called on his followers to use “maximum force” to ensure the Olympics not take place. Umarov claims that the land on which the Olympics are to be held contains the bones of many dead Muslims. “Today we must show those who live in the Kremlin … that our kindness is not weakness,” Umarov said.

“They plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many dead Muslims buried on our land by the Black Sea. We as mujahideen are required not to allow that, using any methods that Allah allows us,” Umarov stated in the video.

On Sunday these terrorists released another video. In this one they claim that Putin and all the tourists who come to watch the Olympics should expect “a surprise.”

“We’ll have a surprise package for you,” one of them said, addressing Russian officials. “And those tourists that will come to you, for them, too, we have a surprise.”

This Sunday the talk shows finally began airing discussions of potential terrorism at the Olympics next month. U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine said he would not go to Sochi due to security concerns.  Cong. Keating said he “wouldn’t go so far” as King, but said he is “aware of the dangers.”

New Torah Scroll for Sochi Synagogue ahead of Winter Olympics

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

The synagogue in Sochi in Russia has been renovated and a new Torah scroll acquired ahead of the city’s hosting of the Winter Olympics next year.

Rabbi Ari Edelkopf, director of the Jewish Community of Sochi, told JTA the renovation was completed this month and “will help our synagogue serve not only thousands of local Jews, but also Jews from around the world who come to Sochi for business and the thousands expected during the Winter Olympics.”

The previous Winter Olympics, held in 2010 in Vancouver, drew in thousands of athletes from dozens of countries and tens of thousands of spectators.

The new Torah scroll was brought to Sochi’s synagogue, housed in the local Jewish Community Center, after a colorful procession earlier this month through the main streets of the resort city of 500,000 on the eastern shores of the Black Sea.

The Kaganovich family in St. Petersburg paid for the Torah. Berel Lazar, a chief rabbi of Russia, and rabbis from the Jewish community of St. Petersburg led a ceremony marking its arrival.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/new-torah-scroll-for-sochi-synagogue-ahead-of-winter-olympics/2013/06/02/

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