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Posts Tagged ‘Syrian refugees’

Car Bomb in Jordan Kills 6

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

A car bomb exploded along the Jordanian-Syrian border on Tuesday morning, according to a Reuters report.

Six Jordanian guards were killed and 14 more were injured in the attack that was a few hundred meters from a refugee camp for Syrian refugees.

The attack comes on the heels of the attack against a Jordanian intelligence office in Amman, which killed 5 people.

The King of Jordan how vowed to hit back at the terrorists.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Beyond The Matrix – The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis [audio]

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Rod and Ira speak with internationally-renowned expert Chaim Marcinkowski on the current state of Syrian refugees and the impact that the crisis is having on Europe.

Beyond The Matrix 16May2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Intelligence Thinks Terror-Linked Refugees Tried to Enter US

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Syrian refugees linked with terror have tried to enter the United States, according to U.S. intelligence officials quoted by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul.

He said in a national security speech that the National Counterterrorism Center sent him an unclassified letter that in effect stated:

Individuals with ties to terrorist groups in Syria attempt[ed] to gain entry into the U.S. through the U.S. refugee program.

Previously, officials have said only that terrorist groups have wanted to exploit the refugee program into the United States.

The report that they actually have tried severely damages President Barack Obama’s campaign to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. More than half of U.S. governors have said they will not cooperate with the program.

Rep. McCaul a Texas Republican, also said:

Make no mistake: we are a nation at war. Fourteen years after 9/11, the fight against Islamist terror rages on, and our adversaries have opened up new battlegrounds across the world. Our own city streets are now the front lines.

His words were worlds away from those of President Barack Obama’s address to the nation on Sunday that tried to calm, everyone down but offered no specifics.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

White House: Hanukkah Lights Flicker for Saving Syrian Refuges

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The Obama administration has followed up on exploiting Passover for its political agenda by coming out with a new interpretation of Hanukkah, whose lights supposedly are to enlighten Jews to back the President’s program to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said at the annual lighting of the National Hanukkah Menorah:

So this is a joyous occasion, and yet as we heard earlier we are mindful that even as we gather here tonight, that while the light of freedom burns brightly for us and for our generation, it flickers for others.

Refugees fleeing religious intolerance and oppression. People targeted for their faith, people whose faith is perverted by others.

He suddenly dropped the Jewish angle and switched to speaking for all Americans, saying:

We are Americans, and as Americans we do not turn our backs on those who seek sanctuary. Nor do we stay quiet in the face of bigotry or intolerance. We stand up for those persecuted around the world.

McDonough then switched back to express his ignorance of Judaism and continued:

We remember this season that we too were once strangers, that our inheritance gives an obligation to remain true to our values, that as Jewish tradition teaches, by saving one life, we save the world.

He seems to be getting Passover, when Jews recall being “strangers in a strange land,” with Hanukkah, the celebration of twin miracles of the victory of a small number of Jews over Greek invaders of Jerusalem and of a one-day’s supply of pure olive oil burning for eight days after the holy Menorah was relit.

It is no wonder he got confused because Passover also has been used by President Barack Obama to promote his political agenda. This past year, as in previous years, the President acted as a would-be Torah sage to declare that Jews must drive into their minds that Arabs deserve their freedom just like Jews won their freedom with the help of God.

He meant freedom for Arabs in Judea and Samaria, where their main lack of freedom is to kill Jews at will, and not in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria and other Muslim countries where freedom is a strange word in a strange land.

Chabad Rabbi Levi Shemtov expressed a different political interpretation on whose lack of freedom should be remembered.

After declaring his sorrow for the victims of the terror attack in San Bernardino, he said:

They, their families, their loved ones that are mourning are with us in our prayers and in our celebration today. So are the families of all those innocent souls in Paris. … We must remember them as we celebrate our freedom.
Because even though we and France are two free countries, freedom is not free, and when it is disrupted, we must pause and remember those who give their lives in that cause.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

US Evangelists Up in Arms over Entry for ‘Muslim-Only’ Refugees

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

U.S. evangelists are up in arms over the disproportionate number of Muslim refugees who have entered the United States.

However, a Bloomberg poll has shown that two-thirds of Americans don’t discriminate between Christian and Muslim refugees and that they don’t want either of them in the country.

The Christian News Service (CNS) claimed that since the Paris massacres last month, “the State Department has admitted 132 Syrian refugees into the United States, and all 132 are Sunni Muslim.”

It added:

No Christian, Druze, Shi’ite, Alawite, or member of any other religious minority in Syria has been admitted over that period, according to data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center.

The Washington Free Beacon reported, shortly after the Paris attacks, that a grand total of five non-Muslims entered the United States since October 1. Three of the five were Catholics, one was Christian and the fifth was an “Orthodox believer.”

“This accounts for just 1.6 percent of all refugees accepted, far below the 10 percent of the population Syrian Christians comprise,” according to the website. CNS reported this week:

A similar trend can be seen over the entire period of the Syrian civil war, which began in mid-March 2011.

Over that time, a total of 2,296 Syrian refugees have been admitted into the U.S. as of Monday. Of those, 2,137 (93 percent) were Sunni Muslims, an additional 60 were described simply as “Muslim,” and 13 were Shia.

Only 53 (2.3 percent) were Christian (including five Orthodox and four Catholics). The remaining religious breakdown was eight Jehovah’s Witness, six Zoroastrians, three atheists, two Baha’i, one Yazidi, seven ‘no religion’ and six ‘other religion.’

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said in a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday in Iowa that the Obama administration should be more open to admitting Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria because of the persecution they face.

He explained said Christians face rape, slavery and beheading at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) and that if they are able to escape, other Muslims persecute them.

President Barack Obama plans to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees and has sharply criticized Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz for saying priority should be given to Christians.

President Obama said:

When I hear folks say that, well maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of the those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful.

Hillary Clinton also has come out against favoring Christians. She said, “Turning away orphans, applying a religious test, discriminating against Muslims, slamming the door on every Syrian refugee—that is just not who we are.”
Since January, 1,875 Syrians have arrived in the United States, but only 30 (1.6 percent) of them were Christian, compared with 1,833 Muslims (97.8 percent).

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Obama Compares First US Pilgrims with Syrian Refugees

Friday, November 27th, 2015

President Barack Obama has connected the dots in his unique way again, this time comparing the 17th century pilgrims on the Mayflower with Syrian refugees.

He used his weekly speech on Wednesday to make another pitch to Americans to embrace 10,000 Syrian refugees, and said:

Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims — men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families. What makes America America is that we offer that chance.

So far, 30 governors have said their states will not cooperate with the federal program, but President Obama is undaunted.

Adopting time-tested legends for political purposes has become one of President Obama’s favorite hobbies, after golf.

His use of the Thanksgiving appeal to compare refugees with pilgrims parallels his constant refrain that Palestinian Authority Arabs are just like the Jews who fled slavery from Egypt to enter the Promised Land.

President Obama’s understanding of the message of Thanksgiving is far different from that of Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who stated in his holiday message:

When we think back to that first Thanksgiving in 1621, and all that the Pilgrims endured, only half surviving the first brutal winter, we remember sacrifice upon which this land was built – and the sacrifice that continues to keep us free and safe….

In the struggle for independence, the brave motley group of soldiers defeated the greatest military force in the world. In the battle against slavery, the bloodshed to purge this people from our original sin. In the World Wars, the thousands who fought in the trenches and scaled the cliffs of Normandy to save the American idea…..

We are grateful for all those who have gone before us and for those who continue to serve: for the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who courageously defend our freedom…..And remembering to give thanks to God:

Below is President Obama’s Thanksgiving sermon.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Security Against Foreign Enemies Act Passes House

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday, Nov. 19, to impose tougher screening measures on incoming Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The vote was 289 – 137.

The measure, H.R. 4038, the America Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. Passage of the measure would ensure additional delays before any former residents of either Syria or Iraq could be admitted into the United States.

The measure, if passed by both Houses, requires the FBI director, to certify a background investigation for each refugee that each refugee is not a security threat to the U.S. The Director of National Intelligence and the Director of Homeland Security must also concur in that assessment before a refugee from Iraq or Syria can be admitted.

The additional requirements apply to everyone seeking admission to the U.S. who is a national or resident of Iraq or Syria, or has no nationality and whose last residence was in Iraq or Syria, or who has been present in Iraq or Syria at any time on or after March 1, 2011.

Forty-seven Democrats joined in approving the measure. If they all remain supportive of the measure it will mean a promised veto by President Barack Obama will be overridden.

The SAFE Act was sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX-10), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC).

In a statement released yesterday, when the measure was introduced, both McCaul and Hudson stated that America is a compassionate nation with a proud tradition of welcoming refugees, but that “our top responsibility is to protect the American people.”

McCaul said he wrote to President Obama earlier this week, asking the president to temporarily suspend the refugee admissions until there was a full review of the resettlement program. But, he said: “It is apparent that the President will ignore these concerns, making this legislation necessary to toughen security measures in order to keep terrorists from infiltrating America disguised as refugees. We cannot afford to play Russian roulette with our national security.”

“I was glad to work with Chairman McCaul on this reasonable approach to stop the open flow of 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States without adequate vetting,” said Congressman Hudson.

“Our top responsibility is to protect the American people and this common sense approach is one step necessary to do just that.” continued Hudson. “America is a compassionate nation. No country on Earth does more or spends more to care for our fellow man. But being compassionate doesn’t mean we have to have reckless policies that put American lives at risk.”

Among those voting in favor of the measure were the following Democrats: Rep. John Garamendi (CA-03), Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26), Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Rep. Janice Hahn (CA-44), Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA-08), Rep. William Keating (MA-09), Rep. Brad Ashford (NE-02), Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01), Rep. Steve Israel (NY-03), Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Rep.Jim Langevin (RI-02), Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34), Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) and Rep. Gerald Connolly (VA-11).

The measure now goes to the Senate for a vote.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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