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Syrian Regime Encourages Israeli Druze Lynch of IDF Ambulance

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Not everyone condemned the lynch by Israeli Druze on an IDF ambulance bearing Syrian wounded in the Golan Heights on Monday night, the second such attack in fewer than 24 hours.

Syrian state media was filled with praise for the attack, lauding Druze villagers from Majdal Shams who killed one of the two wounded Syrians in the ambulance. The injuries of the second were worsened to a critical level.

Both were believed to have been rebels fighting against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. But they are also suspected to be members of the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist organization.

But Israel has made it clear it intervenes only in humanitarian cases. Terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and Da’esh (ISIS) are not allowed to receive medical treatment in the Jewish State.

Nevertheless, the villagers of Majdal Shams were seen celebrating Monday night after the lynching – dancing with joyous chants and waving flags, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News. The resulting late-night traffic jam and blasting music was filmed by the Karmel website, which posted a brief slice of the footage on YouTube.

Many Israeli Druze have immediate family living across the northern border in Syria, about whom they are desperately worried.

They have repeatedly expressed their concern for the welfare of their families and have stated their willingness to cross that border to protect their loved ones.

A recent massacre of Druze in Syria by radical Islamists became the “red line” for many in the Israeli Druze community, in fact, and has gone far in whipping up passions against jihadists.

Ya’alon Condemns Druze Lynch of Israeli Ambulance Carrying Syrian Wounded

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Israeli media was buzzing Tuesday morning over the lynch by Israeli Druze in the Golan Heights of an ambulance carrying Syrian wounded to a local hospital late Monday.

The attack, which took place near Majdal Shams, left one Syrian rebel fighter dead and a second critically injured. It is suspected the two may have been members of the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist group.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon condemned the attack and told reporters Tuesday that authorities would pursue the arrest of those who organized the deadly mob.

“We will not go back to a normal routine,” Ya’alon vowed. “Israel is a nation of law. We will not allow anarchy, violent behavior and small groups of vigilantes to take the law into their own hands.”

Israel has quietly been providing medical treatment for various select individuals with severe injuries throughout the savage civil war that has raged in Syria since March 2011.

“This incident is a violation of our values which are expressed by humanitarian medical treatment to injured Syrians and to every individual who needs it,” he added.

A small group of violent vigilantes will “not harm the special alliance the State of Israel has with its Druze civilians and will not succeed in tarnishing the face of that community [either],” he continued.

“I call on public officials who are discussing this issue to show discretion and refrain from fiery rhetoric,” Ya’alon cautioned.

“The reality in Syria is complex. We are dealing with the situation responsibly – with sound judgment – and we are updating the Druze leadership in accordance with developments.”

Druze Mob Attacks IDF Ambulance, Reportedly Kills Syrian Wounded

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

A Druze mob attacked an IDF military ambulance on Tuesday evening in the village of Majdal Shams in the Northern Golan in Israel.

The IDF ambulance was transporting 2 wounded Syrian to an Israeli hospital — and according to Channel 10 Israel TV, the 2 were beaten to death by the mob.

An IDF doctor and driver were lightly wounded by the mob.

Some of the Majdal Shams Druze are pro-Syrian (they are concerned that eventually Israel will leave the Golan and if they aren’t pro-Assad they will be slaughtered), and they are angry that Israel is providing medical aid to rebel forces, in addition to the daily death count of the bloody civil war in Syria.

The IDF has increased security at Israeli hospital beds where wounded Syrians are receiving medical care, due to concerns that Druze will attack the wounded in their beds.

At least one of the Syrians being transported tonight has been confirmed as being killed by the lynch mob.

ISIS Giving Away Young Girls as Prizes in Qur’an Competition

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Terrorists from Da’esh (ISIS) have come up with a new way to pump up enthusiasm in the ranks.

A Qur’an (Koran) Contest offers a “beautiful young girl” to tempt group members to compete for the top three grand prizes, “or at least a few hundred dollars” to be awarded as seven consolation prizes.

The beautiful young girls and teenagers are prisoners that are being held as sex slaves by Islamic State.

This Qur'an Competition for Ramadan 1436 / 2015 to Ramadan 1437 / 2016, held to "inspire" ISIS fighters, offers a "beautiful young girl" as the Grand Prize for the top winner.

This Qur’an Competition for Ramadan 1436 / 2015 to Ramadan 1437 / 2016, held to “inspire” ISIS fighters, offers a “beautiful young girl” as the Grand Prize for the top winner.

The contest, which began last week on the first day of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, ends on the 20th of Ramadan. The announcement of the winners will be on the 21st of Ramadan, while the awards will be distributed on the night of Eid al-Fitr.

The notice about the contest, which according to the Hebrew-language PZM website was posted on Twitter, read as follows:

‘Soldiers of the Islamic State, Commanders and Troops, Greetings and salutations upon the advent of Ramadan, May it be the will of Allah to accept our fasts and prayers May Allah protect us all from the fires of hell.

Da’wa institutions and mosques hereby declare the opening of the Qur’an memorization competition, To include the following traditions (chapters):

Surat Al-Anfal (Surah prey), (Surah a-Ta’uvah) Surat Muhmad, and Surat Patikha (Surat opening). The competition will be held from 1 Ramadan 1436 to 21 Ramadan 1437.

Those who wish to participate may register at the following mosques: Mosque of Abu Bakr, Mosque of Osama Bin Laden, Mosque of Abu Musab a-Zarqawi (senior Al Qaeda official, the founder of ISIS assassinated in Iraq in 2006), and the Al Taqwa Mosque.

Allah willing, winners will be chosen between 21 Ramadan 1436 and 27 Ramadan 1437.

Competition Prizes:
Grand Prize Winner: ‘Sabia’ (a young girl)
Second Prize: Teenage girl
Third Prize: Teenage girl
Fourth place: 100,000 Syrian pounds ($530)
Fifth place: 90,000 Syrian pounds ($477)
Sixth place: 80,000 Syrian pounds ($424)
Seventh place: 70,000 Syrian pounds ($370)
Eighth place: 60,000 Syrian pounds ($317)
Ninth place: 50,000 Syrian pounds ($265)
Tenth place: 50,000 Syrian pounds ($265)

We ask Allah the Great to ease and help you on your way in serving Him as He desires.
Da’wa Institutions and Mosques

Druze Block IDF Ambulance with Syrian Patient

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Israeli Druze in the northern town of Hurfeish for the first time actually attacked an IDF ambulance on Monday as it was transporting a wounded Syrian to an Israeli hospital.

It was the first act of violent protest carried out by the generally peaceful community.

The Druze surrounded the ambulance and blocked it from proceeding down the road – as they did last week with others in similar cases — but then they also attacked it.

Leaders of the Druze community in the Israeli Golan Heights claim the IDF medical teams are aiding fighters with the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist organization.

Al Nusra is one of the groups responsible for attacking and murdering Druze communities on the Syrian side of the border. Their relationship to Da’esh (ISIS) or lack thereof is also not clear.

But the terror organization has maintained a firm grip on the town of Quneitra in which the sole border crossing between Syria and Israel is located.

Israel has not commented on the incident.

ISIS Terrorists Mine, Booby-Trap Ancient Palmyra, UNESCO Site

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Archaeologists and history buffs have been holding their breath for weeks, wondering what Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists in Syria were going to do following their capture of the ancient Roman-era ruins of the city of Palmyra.

The picture is getting clearer.

According to a report Sunday from the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIS terrorists have planted land mines and bombs in and around ancient Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Palmyra has been an important caravan center since ancient times, dating back to the Roman Empire, due to its central location in Syria.

“Culturally, Palmyra has been the crown jewel of Syria’s heritage,” commented JewishPress.com blogger Aboud Dandaci, a Syrian refugee now living in Turkey.

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/the-ramifications-of-isis-conquest-of-palmyra/2015/06/01/

It is not yet clear whether the terror organization is preparing the destroy the ancient ruins, or has planted the explosives in order to deter government forces from advancing towards the city.

Located in an oasis in the middle of the Syrian Desert, 215 kilometers (150 miles) northeast of Damascus, the ancient ruins are actually situated about 500 meters (half a mile) southwest of Tadmor.

The city of Tadmor, located in the center of the subdistrict and district of the same name, had a population of more than 51,000 Sunni Muslims in the 2004 census. The city has grown by at least five times that many, however, due to the savage civil war being waged since March 2011.

Dandaci has long predicted “the ancient city [will] succumb to the ravages of the conflict tearing Syria apart… The prospects for both the town’s inhabitants and its famous ruins could not be any bleaker, judging by ISIS’ past behavior in Iraq and the east of Syria.”

ISIS seeks to present itself as an entity that destroys idols in its zeal to create a world caliphate. It recently released a video showing its fighters bashing apart one of Iraq’s priceless cultural treasures – the ancient site of Nimrud.

The terror group also seized two gas fields north of Palmyra that were previously used to provide electricity to the areas around Tadmur now under ISIS control. This means it is increasing its wealth while securing its grip on those under its regime. Both are ever more ominous signs.

Israel Saved Obama’s Neck on Assad’s Chemical Weapons

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Israel let President Barack Obama off the hook on which he hanged himself by saying he would bomb Syria because of Bashar Assad’s’ use of chemical weapons, former Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren wrote in his new book.

The man behind the covert plan was none other than Yuval Steinitz, who at the time was Minister of Intelligence. He also is one of the loudest hawks when it comes to warning that President Obama and the other P5+1 powers are in the midst of making a terrible if not lethal mistake by dealing with Iran over its nuclear weapons program.

Assad’s use of chemical weapons, a war crime – as if he were not guilty of others – was discovered in 2013.

President Obama had done everything possible to avoid getting directly involved in the war in Syria, where any result would be a bad result.

However, the use of chemical weapons was a red line President Obama could not ignore.

Obama threatened several times to bomb Syria, and after a month he suddenly changed course 180 degrees.

Oren said it was due to Steinitz, who with the approval of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu came up a plan for Assad to turn over his chemical weapons stockpile to Russia, Assad’s ally.

Bloomberg News reported that Oren wrote in his new book “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide,” to be launched next week but not yet released to the public, that Israel was not against an American aerial attack but was willing to help the president avoid it.

Steinitz was the source of the idea even if it was not a plan so much as an off-the-cuff remark that set off a domino chain reaction.

According to Oren, Steinitz mentioned the idea to the Russians, and then to the State Dept., which did not take him too seriously. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov took it very seriously, and the plan quickly moved forward in the United States and United Nations, with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s blessing.

Oren wrote:

The idea originated with an Israeli minister, Yuval Steinitz, who first pitched it to the Russians, who were eager to avoid an American intercession that they could not stop. Netanyahu next brought it to Obama and received a green light.

Before Obama changed course, he had gone so far as to ask the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby to lobby for a war resolution, Oren writes.

Obama never credited Israel, which Steinitz and Netanyahu agreed would not be a good idea,

Steinitz told The New York Times that that he and Prime Minister Netanyahu kept their mouths shut about their role in helping Obama so that no one would say “it’s an Israeli strike [or] Israeli conspiracy, [and] maybe it’s a reason to stop it.”

He told the newspaper:

They never asked if they can give us credit, and we never asked them to give us credit,” he added. “Until today, it was a secret.”

Israel didn’t want credit, giving both Russia and Obama the opportunity to boast.

Oren wrote:

In subsequent interviews, Obama rarely missed the chance to cite the neutralization of Syria’s chemical capabilities as an historic diplomatic achievement.

Russian president Vladimir Putin also took credit for the initiative and praised this ‘vivid example of how the international community can solve the most complex disarmament and non- proliferation tasks.’

Israel’s role remained unmentioned, but its citizens were relieved not to have to sign up for more gas masks.

Granted that President Obama may not think that Israel should bow down to him for not bombing Syria instead of risking retaliation against Israel and the horrendous scene of Israelis walking around with gas masks on their faces because of a chemical attack.

And granted that Obama should not let Israel dictate policy on key issues just because Israel helped him in another area.

But it is one thing not to thank Israel, at least not in public so the the Arabs won’t get upset, and it is another matter to create an image of hate of the leader of an ally that, intentionally or not, may have saved President Obama from one of the worst of the many disasters of his foreign policy.

No one is asking him to say, “Thank you,” but it is reasonable to expect a bit of civility. Obama simply can’t get over his control trip complex.

The president’s obsession with the non-existent “peace process” and with a deal with Iran, no matter what, has blinded him into treating Netanyahu like a voodoo doll in which he has to stick pins.

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