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Jerusalem Arab Family Confirms Son an ISIS Hostage but not a Spy

Friday, February 13th, 2015

A Jerusalem Arab family has confirmed that the young man whom the Islamic State says it has taken as hostage is their son but vehemently denied the ISIS claim that he is a spy.

The Jewish Press reported here Thursday night that the ISIS’ English magazine published an “interview” with Mohammed Musallem, originally identified as Mohammed Ismail, who the terrorist organization claimed was a  spy.

His brother Ahmed told the Yediot Acharonot newspaper that Mohammed told his family he was going  to a firefighting course but remained out of contact until he called from Syria, after crossing the border from Turkey last October.

His father Sayid said that his son called to say he had been abducted and told him, “Dad, I need $200 or $300 so they will let me go.”

Before he was able to send the money, another man called to say that ISIS terrorists had taken him hostage.

The story sounds strange, especially since the ISIS interview claimed that Mohammed was trained by the Mossad for a month before traveling to Syria. There is no way that the Mossad would train someone for only a month and then ship him off as a spy.

The Jewish Press suggested it is more likely that Mohammed joined the ISIS and was being used by the terrorist organization as a tool for propaganda, or that he was kidnapped after having fought with a rival jihadist group.

Either way, his family is dumbstruck. “It can’t be. He’s a man that has no connections to these things,” Ahmed said

The ISIS claimed that it was suspicious of Mohammed’s behavior and suspected him of being a spy, which he allegedly admitted.

“When I saw his picture today I was shocked,” Ahmed told Yediot. “I saw how he looks with a beard and hair.”

After the family members learned that Mohammed had traveled to Turkey, they figured he had gone on vacation.

The last contact with Ahmed was made a month ago through Facebook, where he posted that he was feeling good and was traveling in Syria.,

Israeli police informed the family that Mohammed has joined ISIS.

“In one of the last conversations we had, he said his passports were taken and he has no way to come back,” Ahmed said,

His family did not know of any inclinations of Mohammed to join the radical Islamic movement.

At a Congressional hearing this week in Washington, Congressmen learned that ISIS is exploiting social media to recruit members, and Mohammed may have been attracted by Islamic State propaganda.

“Now that we’ve seen the images of horror with the Jordanian pilot, we don’t know what to do. I don’t think he’ll return to us,” Ahmed said.

Several Arabs from Israel have traveled to Turkey to join the ISIS, and one of them returned on his own last year and was promptly sentenced to 22 months in jail for aiding an enemy. He escaped a heavier sentence by promising to cooperate with Israeli authorities by supplying information, presumably about the Islamic State.

ISIS Claims US Female Hostage Killed in Jordanian Air Strike – But Shows No Proof

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed Friday that an American female hostage being held by the group is dead. The group said 26-year-old Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian aide worker, was killed when a Jordanian air strike hit the building in Syria where she was being held hostage, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.

ISIS said on Twitter that Mueller was buried under the rubble of a building near Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital. “The failed Jordanian aircraft killed an American female hostage,” the message said. “No mujahid was injured in the bombardment and all praise is due to Allah.”

A State Department spokeswoman said the U.S. was investigating the claim but could not confirm them.

“We are obviously deeply concerned by these reports,” National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan told Business Insider. “We have not at this time seen any evidence that corroborates ISIL’s claim.”

Mueller, a native of Prescott, Arizona, was captured in August 2013 after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria. She is the last known American hostage being held by ISIS.

If the reports turn out to be true, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) will likely step up its attacks against the group as they will no longer pose danger to any Americans. Some plans to strike at the group until this point were rejected on the grounds “these things would be too risky to Kayla” said a military official interviewed by Foreign Policy magazine, on condition of anonymity.

The terror group demanded a ransom of more than $6 million in exchange for her freedom, according to The Daily Beast.

Jordan stepped up its own attacks last week after the video announcement by ISIS that it had executed a Jordanian pilot being held hostage by burning him alive in a cage. Amman has since intensified its bombing raids daily in retaliation against the group.

242 Killed in Syria on Thursday

Friday, February 6th, 2015

On Thursday, 242 people were killed in Syria in their civil war, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This is the largest number of people killed in Syria in a single day since the beginning of 2015.

Jordan Bombs ISIS while US Debates

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Jordan vowed to chased the Islamic State (ISIS) “wherever they are” in Iraq as well as in Syria while President Barack Obama is afraid to be more aggressive in the face of Congressional ambivalence.

Following Thursday’s raids by Jordan that hit ISIS training centers and weapons storage sites, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told Fox News:

We said we are going to take this all the way, we are going to go after them wherever they are and we’re doing that.They’re in Iraq and they are in Syria and therefore you have to target them wherever they are.

U.S. military aircraft provided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to Jordan.

Jordan has a stronger reason than the United Starts to attack ISIS because the terrorist organization controls parts of two countries on Amman’s borders, and Kong Abdullah does not have to deal with the Constitution, Congress and leftist media. However, the ISIS has been a golden opportunity for President Obama to show the world that the United States still is a world leader.

The U.S. Air Force has joined the strike force. That helps Obama “spread the blame” but he also will to spread the credit when ISIS finally is defeated.

Most Americans favor the U.S. Air Force’s bombing of ISIS targets, and Obama has the back of the Western world, shocked by ISIS barbarity. The ISIS is an easier target than a country with established leaders, such as Syrian president  Bashar al-Assad, but Obama reflects the timidity of an American that has lost its confidence.

Previous presidents have launched military attacks on Serbia, Panama, Grenada, and even the Korean War was carried out without Congressional approval. Obama authorized bombing Libya without asking Congress.

Obama has not relied on his presidential power to  bomb the ISIS to smithereens.

Instead, he has been leaning on previous authorization from Congress to support the American participation in the war on terror.

Despite polls that show backing for U.S. bombing missions against ISIS, Americans are paralyzed by dumb, costly and useless wars, dating back to the war in Vietnam and including the supposed “defeat” of terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Obama is prepared to ask Congress for specific authority to bomb the ISIS, but Congress is doing a good of talking. Wimpy Democrats want a time frame that would place a deadline so that military operations won’t drag on like previous wars.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner put the onus on the president to convince the American people. He said Thursday:

His actions are going to be an important part of trying for us to get the votes to actually pass an authorization. This is not going to be an easy lift.

Democrats are hesitant and want any authorization to be limited for three years, while most  Republicans want a broader authorization.

Republican Sen. John McCain said Thursday, “Overall, there’s still no strategy from this administration as to how to combat ISIS.”

Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter told McCain at a Senate hearing on Wednesday that he “absolutely” believes the U.S. needs an ISIS strategy, but he disappointed McCain when asked for specifics.

“I think the strategy connects ends and means…to strengthen” Iraq’s security forces…and to try to build the forces to keep them defeated” in Syria, he said.

McCain shot back, “Well, it doesn’t sound like a strategy to me.”

Woman in ISIS ‘Blow up France’ Video May Be Linked to Attack on Jews [video]

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

A woman holding a rifle in a new ISIS video may be Hayat Boumeddiene, who is wanted by French authorities for possible involvement in the murderous attack on a Paris kosher deli where four people were killed by her husband, Amedy Coulibaly.

The new video is called “Blow Up France 2″ and shows a woman with a camouflage uniform and holding a weapon.

“French authorities are investigating the possibility this woman could be Hayat Boumeddiene,” a source told CNN.

The new video encourages more terrorist attack in France as part of the “fight for Islam” against French soldiers and police officers.

 

Hayat Boumeddiene, whose husband killed four Jews in Paris, may the new star in an ISIS video.

Hayat Boumeddiene, whose husband killed four Jews in Paris, may the new star in an ISIS video.

Pro-Arab Lobby Wants Facebook to Ban Ads for ‘Illegal Settlements’

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The anti-Israel is using the left-wing oriented Avaaz web platform to petition Facebook to ban promotions for homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria based on the claim they are “illegal.”

A Facebook representative told The Washington Post it is “investigating” the claim.

Several promotions on Facebook are sponsored by the Israeli branch of the American real estate company RE/MAX.

“For Palestinians, seeing settlement ads is a reminder of the pain and humiliation they have to endure as a result of these war crimes,” Fadi Quran, Avaaz’s campaign director in the West Bank, said in a statement.

Facebook’s policy prohibits advertising of illegal activity.

The question boils down to whether there is a case that it is illegal for Jews to live in Judea and Samaria as stated, but not decided in any court, by the United Nations and most of the international community.

A committee of three legal experts tabled a report to the Netanyahu government three years ago that not only are “settlements” legal but also that Jews have the right to live anywhere they want in all areas under Israel control.

Israel has passed legislation to put under its sovereignty some areas under Israeli control since the Six-Day War in 1967, namely the Golan Heights and half of Jerusalem, but the United Nations does not accept the Israeli law. Judea and Samaria remain under the authority of the military.

A Washington Post foreign affairs reporters’ article on the petition noted that Facebook previously has banned all advertisements that were in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

If ads for Assad, guilty of war crimes, are banned by Facebook, the implicit and ludicrous conclusion is that promoting homes for Jews should be banned because the Palestinian Authority calls them “war crimes.”

That explains the sudden shift in the Palestinian Authority strategy to accuse Israel of war crimes in the International Criminal Court. Instead of trying to prove Israel committed war crimes against Hamas, whose inhumanity easily could be exposed , PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas is headed for the ICC with a sheaf of documents to claim that building homes for Jews are war crimes.

Supporters of the anti-Israeli petition wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg:

We were shocked to see ads for illegal Israeli settlements on Facebook. The establishment and expansion of settlements is considered a war crime.

Settlements are a main cause of violence and discrimination in the region. Facebook’s advertising guidelines state that “Ads may not constitute, facilitate or promote illegal activity.” We therefore call upon you to ban all advertisements for settlement homes or settlement based products from showing on Facebook.”

Nearly 30,000 people have signed the petition, and that number is likely to grow geometrically following the free promotion for the petition provided by The Washington Post.

 

Dramatic Video Shows Syrian Rebels Blowing up Assad Compound [video]

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

A video released by the Free Syrian Army shows the explosion in a tunnel dug underneath a large base manned by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The attack took place last month in northwestern Syria and shows rebels deploying M-40 recoilless rifles to attack the compound after the blast.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/dramatic-video-shows-syrian-rebels-blowing-up-assad-compound-video/2015/02/02/

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