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A view of the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada -- the largest shopping mall in North America.

A Canadian-based business family is not waiting for a terror attack before tightening security: the Ghermezian Brothers have already taken measures to prevent an attack. The four brothers – Eskandar, Nader, Raphael and Bahman – own a construction and real estate empire in addition to the shopping malls developed by the family patriarch, Jacob Ghermezian, who died in 2000.

The preparations came in response to a call to jihad against “American and Jewish-owned” shopping malls made in a video by the Al Qaeda-linked Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab over the weekend.


The Jewish Iranian-Canadian family is known for having developed some of the world’s largest shopping malls, and is no stranger to the need for security; its West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has already put security measures into place to prevent an attack.

Edmonton Deputy Police Chief Brian Simpson told CTV News, “West Edmonton mall is very safe; I also feel that this community is very safe,” Jewish Business News reported.

In Bloomington, Minnesota, the family’s Mall of America stands out as the largest shopping mall in the United States – which made it one of the top targets for al-Shabaab. The terror group even provided the coordinates for its “Muslim brethren” in the West to more easily be able to find the shopping mall, in order to be able to attack it.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. "Prevent an attack" ? Not likely. They might "Respond vigorously" but "prevent" ? Seriously ?

    And the Minnesota Mall of America ? I cannot believe the rags have not already shed blood there. It would have the two fold effect of affecting both revenue flows and causing the Allah-inspired terror that He apparently craves.

    Why a mall attack, beheading and mass murder event has not happened already in the USA/Canada is a complete mystery. Unless Mossad, FBI and CIA are taking them out in the shadows. Still, The Insipid One would probably NOT allow that.

  2. Best way to prevent one is to have carried out violent revenge for any and all attacks my muslims!! Sharing he pain with the average muslim who thinks they are impervious to retaliation will go a long way in stopping muslim on non-muslim violence!

  3. Let's see Minnesota is home to the largest exile Somali community that has already supplied Jihadi cannon fodder to Al Shabbab. Minnesota home to America's only Muslim Congressman Ellison. I don't think it's a coincidence and note the targets are Jewish owned as was the mall in Kenya. What is our resident Kenyan going to do about it?

  4. Steve, I worked for the West Edmonton Mall for 6 years. Throughout those years I was surprised, too, that our Muslim peace activists didn't come in to blow up hundreds of people. There are days and locations in the mall, where one bomb can kill nearly hundred people, and maim and injure scores more. (I don't wanna give advice to our Muslim "friends" here so I won't tell where.)
    In case they decide to have a coordinated attack by suicide bombers and by shooters there is absolutely nothing or nobody who can stop them. The mall's security guards are armed with cobras, and there are two policemen in the mall. They can't possibly prevent an attack. Anybody can walk in with suicide west or with a back-pack loaded with TNT.

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