AN OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR PORTMAN OF OHIO

09/11/2014

Dear Senator Portman,

I wrote to you two weeks ago regarding this matter, you did not bother to respond to me then and I am certain you won’t this time either.

Me and three million other Caring American signed a petition asking congress to move forward on a constitutional amendment to reverse the SCOTUS decisions in the matter of Citizens United, an organization that does not stand for democracy in the USA but the the interests of a few big money and corporate entities not a very distinguished cabal other than their influence in GOP circles.

You and your confederates did not have the courtesy to even give us the honor of voting on the Amendment in the Senate of the USA and that is a direct insult to three million signers and to all citizens of the US, depriving us all from the ability to affect the outcome and our rights as voters.

You are not representing as any longer, you ought to be ashamed of yourself pretending to do so.

It would be quite alright for you to cede the seat you occupy in this venerable institution and let the voters select someone more attuned to our wishes and needs not those of some money bags who exploit our national resources for their personal benefit.

Disrespectfully,

Thanks, Ami

A TIME CAPSULE: AN ARTICLE WRITTEN IN 1955 BY THE ISRAELI DAILY MAARIV EDITOR!

09/03/2014

ARTICLE BY: Azriel Carlebach Oct 10. 1955 in Maariv.

I used google translation and took out the most obvious mis-translations and added in parenthesis comments to reflect today’s comparisons!

A view of REALITY, by the first editor of “Ma’ariv”, written in 1955, is just as happening in our day!
(ARTICLE BY. Carlebach Oct 10. 1955)

Borders are not a source of conflict between the Arabs and Israel or the western world, Islamic psychology, religion and sectarianism are.

Between the world of Islam in the Western world there is no common language, never was and never will be. This does not refer just to religion. It refers to the effects of Islam on social life and Society, and relationships with other human beings.

Muslims do not agree on anything even among themselves, not only in matters of Israel. Their reactions to everything are all emotionally calculated. With everything …. You can talk about “business”, even with the devil, but not with Allah …

We (Israel) are adding insult to injury when we distort the image and reduce the dispute to a border or land dispute between Israel and its neighbors (or the PA). (In 1955 pre-dating the Six Day war no PA only terror attacks from all sides).

Conquest by the sword in the eyes of Islam is not a wrong, on the contrary. Conquer and proselytize. Concern for refugees, dispossessed brothers, are not part of the world of Islamic thought. If Allah expelled, Allah will take care of.

Israel is debating with them on the basis of Western concepts, we (then Israel, now the western world) are addressing savages in the language of European justice. Instead of alarming the peoples of the world, we anesthetize them (even now it is not too late). This is the basis of our ( then Israel now the Western World) mistake, and in my opinion, the key to Israel’s isolation and failures.

The truth is that the enemy of Israel is the spirit of Islam. (and today of the western civilization).

Islam is the enemy of all free societies.
Islam is the enemy of fertile thought, all initiative and creativity.
Islam is the enemy of every Jew, every Christian and every Muslim.
Islam has not contributed anything to lead the world forward in any area.
Islam is a prison for 500 million (today over a Billion) people, who are being tortured.

Islam is the inherent obstacle to peace of the world, and as long as we can not make the effort to impart this knowledge to the free world, it will always be us (Israel) the victims because of lack knowledge and understanding.

ARTICLE BY. Carlebach Oct 10. 1955

CURRENT PHOTOS OF ISLAMIC INTERPRETERS COMMENTING ON ISIS ACTIVITIES AND LOGIC:

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YOUR PERCEPTION WILL CHANGE: If indeed you can be persuaded by rational argument rather than by preconceived opinions and emotions.

08/27/2014

DO TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS!

An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story about Israel and how its image is shaped!

A former AP correspondent explains how and why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it matters

By Matti Friedman|August 26, 2014 12:00 AM (FROM: THE TABLET)

The Israel Story
Is there anything left to say about Israel and Gaza? Newspapers this summer have been full of little else. Television viewers see heaps of rubble and plumes of smoke in their sleep. A representative article from a recent issue of The New Yorker described the summer’s events by dedicating one sentence each to the horrors in Nigeria and Ukraine, four sentences to the crazedgénocidaires of ISIS, and the rest of the article—30 sentences—to Israel and Gaza.

When the hysteria abates, I believe the events in Gaza will not be remembered by the world as particularly important. People were killed, most of them Palestinians, including many unarmed innocents. I wish I could say the tragedy of their deaths, or the deaths of Israel’s soldiers, will change something, that they mark a turning point. But they don’t. This round was not the first in the Arab wars with Israel and will not be the last. The Israeli campaign was little different in its execution from any other waged by a Western army against a similar enemy in recent years, except for the more immediate nature of the threat to a country’s own population, and the greater exertions, however futile, to avoid civilian deaths.

The lasting importance of this summer’s war, I believe, doesn’t lie in the war itself. It lies instead in the way the war has been described and responded to abroad, and the way this has laid bare the resurgence of an old, twisted pattern of thought and its migration from the margins to the mainstream of Western discourse—namely, a hostile obsession with Jews. The key to understanding this resurgence is not to be found among jihadi webmasters, basement conspiracy theorists, or radical activists. It is instead to be found first among the educated and respectable people who populate the international news industry; decent people, many of them, and some of them my former colleagues.

While global mania about Israeli actions has come to be taken for granted, it is actually the result of decisions made by individual human beings in positions of responsibility—in this case, journalists and editors. The world is not responding to events in this country, but rather to the description of these events by news organizations. The key to understanding the strange nature of the response is thus to be found in the practice of journalism, and specifically in a severe malfunction that is occurring in that profession—my profession—here in Israel.

In this essay I will try to provide a few tools to make sense of the news from Israel. I acquired these tools as an insider: Between 2006 and the end of 2011 I was a reporter and editor in the Jerusalem bureau of the Associated Press, one of the world’s two biggest news providers. I have lived in Israel since 1995 and have been reporting on it since 1997.

This essay is not an exhaustive survey of the sins of the international media, a conservative polemic, or a defense of Israeli policies. (I am a believer in the importance of the “mainstream” media, a liberal, and a critic of many of my country’s policies.) It necessarily involves some generalizations. I will first outline the central tropes of the international media’s Israel story—a story on which there is surprisingly little variation among mainstream outlets, and one which is, as the word “story” suggests, a narrative construct that is largely fiction. I will then note the broader historical context of the way Israel has come to be discussed and explain why I believe it to be a matter of concern not only for people preoccupied with Jewish affairs. I will try to keep it brief.

How Important Is the Israel Story?

Staffing is the best measure of the importance of a story to a particular news organization. When I was a correspondent at the AP, the agency had more than 40 staffers covering Israel and the Palestinian territories. That was significantly more news staff than the AP had in China, Russia, or India, or in all of the 50 countries of sub-Saharan Africa combined. It was higher than the total number of news-gathering employees in all the countries where the uprisings of the “Arab Spring” eventually erupted.

To offer a sense of scale: Before the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, the permanent AP presence in that country consisted of a single regime-approved stringer. The AP’s editors believed, that is, that Syria’s importance was less than one-40th that of Israel. I don’t mean to pick on the AP—the agency is wholly average, which makes it useful as an example. The big players in the news business practice groupthink, and these staffing arrangements were reflected across the herd. Staffing levels in Israel have decreased somewhat since the Arab uprisings began, but remain high. And when Israel flares up, as it did this summer, reporters are often moved from deadlier conflicts. Israel still trumps nearly everything else.

The volume of press coverage that results, even when little is going on, gives this conflict a prominence compared to which its actual human toll is absurdly small. In all of 2013, for example, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict claimed 42 lives—that is, roughly the monthly homicide rate in the city of Chicago. Jerusalem, internationally renowned as a city of conflict, had slightly fewer violent deaths per capita last year than Portland, Ore., one of America’s safer cities. In contrast, in three years the Syrian conflict has claimed an estimated 190,000 lives, or about 70,000 more than the number of people who have ever died in the Arab-Israeli conflict since it began a century ago.

News organizations have nonetheless decided that this conflict is more important than, for example, the more than 1,600 women murdered in Pakistan last year (271 after being raped and 193 of them burned alive), the ongoing erasure of Tibet by the Chinese Communist Party, the carnage in Congo (more than 5 million dead as of 2012) or the Central African Republic, and the drug wars in Mexico (death toll between 2006 and 2012: 60,000), let alone conflicts no one has ever heard of in obscure corners of India or Thailand. They believe Israel to be the most important story on earth, or very close.

What Is Important About the Israel Story, and What Is Not

A reporter working in the international press corps here understands quickly that what is important in the Israel-Palestinian story is Israel. If you follow mainstream coverage, you will find nearly no real analysis of Palestinian society or ideologies, profiles of armed Palestinian groups, or investigation of Palestinian government. Palestinians are not taken seriously as agents of their own fate. The West has decided that Palestinians should want a state alongside Israel, so that opinion is attributed to them as fact, though anyone who has spent time with actual Palestinians understands that things are (understandably, in my opinion) more complicated. Who they are and what they want is not important: The story mandates that they exist as passive victims of the party that matters.

Corruption, for example, is a pressing concern for many Palestinians under the rule of the Palestinian Authority, but when I and another reporter once suggested an article on the subject, we were informed by the bureau chief that Palestinian corruption was “not the story.” (Israeli corruption was, and we covered it at length.)

Israeli actions are analyzed and criticized, and every flaw in Israeli society is aggressively reported. In one seven-week period, from Nov. 8 to Dec. 16, 2011, I decided to count the stories coming out of our bureau on the various moral failings of Israeli society—proposed legislation meant to suppress the media, the rising influence of Orthodox Jews, unauthorized settlement outposts, gender segregation, and so forth. I counted 27 separate articles, an average of a story every two days. In a very conservative estimate, this seven-week tally was higher than the total number of significantly critical stories about Palestinian government and society, including the totalitarian Islamists of Hamas, that our bureau had published in the preceding three years.

The Hamas charter, for example, calls not just for Israel’s destruction but for the murder of Jews and blames Jews for engineering the French and Russian revolutions and both world wars; the charter was never mentioned in print when I was at the AP, though Hamas won a Palestinian national election and had become one of the region’s most important players. To draw the link with this summer’s events: An observer might think Hamas’ decision in recent years to construct a military infrastructure beneath Gaza’s civilian infrastructure would be deemed newsworthy, if only because of what it meant about the way the next conflict would be fought and the cost to innocent people. But that is not the case. The Hamas emplacements were not important in themselves, and were therefore ignored. What was important was the Israeli decision to attack them.

There has been much discussion recently of Hamas attempts to intimidate reporters. Any veteran of the press corps here knows the intimidation is real, and I saw it in action myself as an editor on the AP news desk. During the 2008-2009 Gaza fighting I personally erased a key detail—that Hamas fighters were dressed as civilians and being counted as civilians in the death toll—because of a threat to our reporter in Gaza. (The policy was then, and remains, not to inform readers that the story is censored unless the censorship is Israeli. Earlier this month, the AP’s Jerusalem news editor reported and submitted a story on Hamas intimidation; the story was shunted into deep freeze by his superiors and has not been published.)

But if critics imagine that journalists are clamoring to cover Hamas and are stymied by thugs and threats, it is generally not so. There are many low-risk ways to report Hamas actions, if the will is there: under bylines from Israel, under no byline, by citing Israeli sources. Reporters are resourceful when they want to be.

The fact is that Hamas intimidation is largely beside the point because the actions of Palestinians are beside the point: Most reporters in Gaza believe their job is to document violence directed by Israel at Palestinian civilians. That is the essence of the Israel story. In addition, reporters are under deadline and often at risk, and many don’t speak the language and have only the most tenuous grip on what is going on. They are dependent on Palestinian colleagues and fixers who either fear Hamas, support Hamas, or both. Reporters don’t need Hamas enforcers to shoo them away from facts that muddy the simple story they have been sent to tell.

It is not coincidence that the few journalists who have documented Hamas fighters and rocket launches in civilian areas this summer were generally not, as you might expect, from the large news organizations with big and permanent Gaza operations. They were mostly scrappy, peripheral, and newly arrived players—a Finn, an Indian crew, a few others. These poor souls didn’t get the memo.

What Else Isn’t Important?

The fact that Israelis quite recently elected moderate governments that sought reconciliation with the Palestinians, and which were undermined by the Palestinians, is considered unimportant and rarely mentioned. These lacunae are often not oversights but a matter of policy. In early 2009, for example, two colleagues of mine obtained information that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had made a significant peace offer to the Palestinian Authority several months earlier, and that the Palestinians had deemed it insufficient. This had not been reported yet and it was—or should have been—one of the biggest stories of the year. The reporters obtained confirmation from both sides and one even saw a map, but the top editors at the bureau decided that they would not publish the story.

Some staffers were furious, but it didn’t help. Our narrative was that the Palestinians were moderate and the Israelis recalcitrant and increasingly extreme. Reporting the Olmert offer—like delving too deeply into the subject of Hamas—would make that narrative look like nonsense. And so we were instructed to ignore it, and did, for more than a year and a half.

This decision taught me a lesson that should be clear to consumers of the Israel story: Many of the people deciding what you will read and see from here view their role not as explanatory but as political. Coverage is a weapon to be placed at the disposal of the side they like.

How Is the Israel Story Framed?

The Israel story is framed in the same terms that have been in use since the early 1990s—the quest for a “two-state solution.” It is accepted that the conflict is “Israeli-Palestinian,” meaning that it is a conflict taking place on land that Israel controls—0.2 percent of the Arab world—in which Jews are a majority and Arabs a minority. The conflict is more accurately described as “Israel-Arab,” or “Jewish-Arab”—that is, a conflict between the 6 million Jews of Israel and 300 million Arabs in surrounding countries. (Perhaps “Israel-Muslim” would be more accurate, to take into account the enmity of non-Arab states like Iran and Turkey, and, more broadly, 1 billion Muslims worldwide.) This is the conflict that has been playing out in different forms for a century, before Israel existed, before Israel captured the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank, and before the term “Palestinian” was in use.

The “Israeli-Palestinian” framing allows the Jews, a tiny minority in the Middle East, to be depicted as the stronger party. It also includes the implicit assumption that if the Palestinian problem is somehow solved the conflict will be over, though no informed person today believes this to be true. This definition also allows the Israeli settlement project, which I believe is a serious moral and strategic error on Israel’s part, to be described not as what it is—one more destructive symptom of the conflict—but rather as its cause.

A knowledgeable observer of the Middle East cannot avoid the impression that the region is a volcano and that the lava is radical Islam, an ideology whose various incarnations are now shaping this part of the world. Israel is a tiny village on the slopes of the volcano. Hamas is the local representative of radical Islam and is openly dedicated to the eradication of the Jewish minority enclave in Israel, just as Hezbollah is the dominant representative of radical Islam in Lebanon, the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and so forth.

Hamas is not, as it freely admits, party to the effort to create a Palestinian state alongside Israel. It has different goals about which it is quite open and that are similar to those of the groups listed above. Since the mid 1990s, more than any other player, Hamas has destroyed the Israeli left, swayed moderate Israelis against territorial withdrawals, and buried the chances of a two-state compromise. That’s one accurate way to frame the story.

An observer might also legitimately frame the story through the lens of minorities in the Middle East, all of which are under intense pressure from Islam: When minorities are helpless, their fate is that of the Yazidis or Christians of northern Iraq, as we have just seen, and when they are armed and organized they can fight back and survive, as in the case of the Jews and (we must hope) the Kurds.

There are, in other words, many different ways to see what is happening here. Jerusalem is less than a day’s drive from Aleppo or Baghdad, and it should be clear to everyone that peace is pretty elusive in the Middle East even in places where Jews are absent. But reporters generally cannot see the Israel story in relation to anything else. Instead of describing Israel as one of the villages abutting the volcano, they describe Israel as the volcano.

The Israel story is framed to seem as if it has nothing to do with events nearby because the “Israel” of international journalism does not exist in the same geo-political universe as Iraq, Syria, or Egypt. The Israel story is not a story about current events. It is about something else.

The Old Blank Screen

For centuries, stateless Jews played the role of a lightning rod for ill will among the majority population. They were a symbol of things that were wrong. Did you want to make the point that greed was bad? Jews were greedy. Cowardice? Jews were cowardly. Were you a Communist? Jews were capitalists. Were you a capitalist? In that case, Jews were Communists. Moral failure was the essential trait of the Jew. It was their role in Christian tradition—the only reason European society knew or cared about them in the first place.

Like many Jews who grew up late in the 20th century in friendly Western cities, I dismissed such ideas as the feverish memories of my grandparents. One thing I have learned—and I’m not alone this summer—is that I was foolish to have done so. Today, people in the West tend to believe the ills of the age are racism, colonialism, and militarism. The world’s only Jewish country has done less harm than most countries on earth, and more good—and yet when people went looking for a country that would symbolize the sins of our new post-colonial, post-militaristic, post-ethnic dream-world, the country they chose was this one.

When the people responsible for explaining the world to the world, journalists, cover the Jews’ war as more worthy of attention than any other, when they portray the Jews of Israel as the party obviously in the wrong, when they omit all possible justifications for the Jews’ actions and obscure the true face of their enemies, what they are saying to their readers—whether they intend to or not—is that Jews are the worst people on earth. The Jews are a symbol of the evils that civilized people are taught from an early age to abhor. International press coverage has become a morality play starring a familiar villain.

Some readers might remember that Britain participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the fallout from which has now killed more than three times the number of people ever killed in the Israel-Arab conflict; yet in Britain, protesters furiously condemn Jewish militarism. White people in London and Paris whose parents not long ago had themselves fanned by dark people in the sitting rooms of Rangoon or Algiers condemn Jewish “colonialism.” Americans who live in places called “Manhattan” or “Seattle” condemn Jews for displacing the native people of Palestine. Russian reporters condemn Israel’s brutal military tactics. Belgian reporters condemn Israel’s treatment of Africans. When Israel opened a transportation service for Palestinian workers in the occupied West Bank a few years ago, American news consumers could read about Israel “segregating buses.” And there are a lot of people in Europe, and not just in Germany, who enjoy hearing the Jews accused of genocide.

You don’t need to be a history professor, or a psychiatrist, to understand what’s going on. Having rehabilitated themselves against considerable odds in a minute corner of the earth, the descendants of powerless people who were pushed out of Europe and the Islamic Middle East have become what their grandparents were—the pool into which the world spits. The Jews of Israel are the screen onto which it has become socially acceptable to project the things you hate about yourself and your own country. The tool through which this psychological projection is executed is the international press.

Who Cares If the World Gets the Israel Story Wrong?

Because a gap has opened here between the way things are and the way they are described, opinions are wrong and policies are wrong, and observers are regularly blindsided by events. Such things have happened before. In the years leading to the breakdown of Soviet Communism in 1991, as the Russia expert Leon Aron wrote in a 2011 essay for Foreign Policy, “virtually no Western expert, scholar, official, or politician foresaw the impending collapse of the Soviet Union.” The empire had been rotting for years and the signs were there, but the people who were supposed to be seeing and reporting them failed and when the superpower imploded everyone was surprised.

Whatever the outcome in this region in the next decade, it will have as much to do with Israel as World War II had to do with Spain
And there was the Spanish civil war: “Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which do not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie. … I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what had happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines.’ ” That was George Orwell, writing in 1942.

Orwell did not step off an airplane in Catalonia, stand next to a Republican cannon, and have himself filmed while confidently repeating what everyone else was saying or describing what any fool could see: weaponry, rubble, bodies. He looked beyond the ideological fantasies of his peers and knew that what was important was not necessarily visible. Spain, he understood, was not really about Spain at all—it was about a clash of totalitarian systems, German and Russian. He knew he was witnessing a threat to European civilization, and he wrote that, and he was right.

Understanding what happened in Gaza this summer means understanding Hezbollah in Lebanon, the rise of the Sunni jihadis in Syria and Iraq, and the long tentacles of Iran. It requires figuring out why countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia now see themselves as closer to Israel than to Hamas. Above all, it requires us to understand what is clear to nearly everyone in the Middle East: The ascendant force in our part of the world is not democracy or modernity. It is rather an empowered strain of Islam that assumes different and sometimes conflicting forms, and that is willing to employ extreme violence in a quest to unite the region under its control and confront the West. Those who grasp this fact will be able to look around and connect the dots.

Israel is not an idea, a symbol of good or evil, or a litmus test for liberal opinion at dinner parties. It is a small country in a scary part of the world that is getting scarier. It should be reported as critically as any other place, and understood in context and in proportion. Israel is not one of the most important stories in the world, or even in the Middle East; whatever the outcome in this region in the next decade, it will have as much to do with Israel as World War II had to do with Spain. Israel is a speck on the map—a sideshow that happens to carry an unusual emotional charge.

Many in the West clearly prefer the old comfort of parsing the moral failings of Jews, and the familiar feeling of superiority this brings them, to confronting an unhappy and confusing reality. They may convince themselves that all of this is the Jews’ problem, and indeed the Jews’ fault. But journalists engage in these fantasies at the cost of their credibility and that of their profession. And, as Orwell would tell us, the world entertains fantasies at its peril.

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THE FACTS ABOUT RACISM AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, SEPARATING THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF.

08/24/2014

Quoted verbatim from a the original!
Written and Delivered by Simon Deng, a former slave, a survivor of Genocide par excellence and ethnic cleansing.

A REMARKABLE SPEECH. I HOPE IT WILL GO AROUND THE WORLD.

The words of Simon Deng, addressing the Durban Conference in NY:

‘I want to thank the organizers of this conference, The Perils of Global Intolerance. It is a great honour for me and it is a privilege really to be among today’s distinguished speakers.

I came here as a friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I came to protest this Durban conference, which is based on a set of lies. It is organized by nations who are themselves guilty of the worst kind of oppression.

It will not help the victims of racism. It will only isolate and target the Jewish state. It is a tool of the enemies of Israel.

The UN has itself become a tool against Israel. For over 50 years, 82 percent of the UN General Assembly emergency meetings have been about condemning one state – Israel. Hitler couldn’t have been made happier!

The Durban Conference is an outrage. All decent people will know that.

But friends, I come here today with a radical idea. I come to tell you that there are peoples who suffer from the UN’s anti-Israelism even more than the Israelis. I belong to one of those people.

Please hear me out.

By exaggerating Palestinian suffering, and by blaming the Jews for it, the UN has muffled the cries of those who suffer on a far larger scale.

For over fifty years the indigenous black population of Sudan — Christians and Muslims alike — have been the victims of the brutal, racist Arab Muslim regimes in Khartoum.

In South Sudan , my homeland, about 4 million innocent men, women and children were slaughtered from 1955 to 2005. Seven million were ethnically cleansed and they became the largest refugee group since World War II.

The UN is concerned about the so-called Palestinian refugees. They dedicated a separate agency for them, and they are treated with a special privilege.

Meanwhile, my people, ethnically cleansed, murdered and enslaved, are relatively ignored. The UN refuses to tell the world the truth about the real causes of Sudan ‘s conflicts. Who knows really what is happening in Darfur? It is not a “tribal conflict.”

It is a conflict rooted in Arab colonialism well known in north Africa. In Darfur, a region in the Western Sudan , everybody is Muslim. Everybody is Muslim because the Arabs invaded the North of Africa and converted the indigenous people to Islam. In the eyes of the Islamists in Khartoum, the Darfuris are not Muslim enough. And the Darfuris do not want to be Arabized.

They love their own African languages and dress and customs. The Arab response is genocide! But nobody at the UN tells the truth about Darfur.

In the Nuba Mountains, another region of Sudan, genocide is taking place as I speak. The Islamist regime in Khartoum is targeting the black Africans – Muslims and Christians. Nobody at the UN has told the truth about the Nuba Mountains …..

Do you hear the UN condemn Arab racism against blacks?

What you find on the pages of the New York Times, or in the record of the UN condemnations is “Israeli crimes” and Palestinian suffering.

My people have been driven off the front pages because of the exaggerations about Palestinian suffering.

What Israel does is portrayed as a Western sin. But the truth is that the real sin happens when the West abandons us: the victims of Arab/Islamic apartheid.

Chattel slavery was practiced for centuries in Sudan. It was revived as a tool of war in the early 90s.

Khartoum declared jihad against my people and this legitimized taking slaves as war booty.

Arab militias were sent to destroy Southern villages and were encouraged to take African women and children as slaves.

We believe that up to 200,000 were kidnapped, brought to the North and sold into slavery.

I am a living proof of this crime against humanity!

I don’t like talking about my experience as a slave, but I do it because it is important for the world to know that slavery exists even today.

I was only nine years old when an Arab neighbour named Abdullahi tricked me into following him to a boat. The boat wound up in Northern Sudan where he gave me as a gift to his family. For three and a half years I was their slave going through something that no child should ever go through: brutal beatings and humiliations; working around the clock; sleeping on the ground with animals; eating the family’s left-overs. During those three years I was unable to say the word “no”.

All I could say was “yes,” “yes,” “yes.”

The United Nations knew about the enslavement of South Sudanese by the Arabs. Their own staff reported it. It took UNICEF – under pressure from the Jewish–led American Anti-Slavery Group — sixteen years to acknowledge what was happening. I want to publicly thank my friend Dr. Charles Jacobs for leading the anti-slavery fight.

But the Sudanese government and the Arab League pressured UNICEF, and UNICEF backtracked, and started to criticize those who worked to liberate Sudanese slaves. In 1998, Dr. Gaspar Biro, the courageous UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Sudan who reported on slavery, resigned in protest of the UN’s actions.

My friends, today, tens of thousands of black South Sudanese still serve their masters in the North and the UN is silent about that. It would offend the OIC and the Arab League.

As a former slave and a victim of the worst sort of racism, allow me to explain why I think calling Israel a racist state is absolutely absurd and immoral.

I have been to Israel five times visiting the Sudanese refugees. Let me tell you how they ended up there. These are Sudanese who fled Arab racism, hoping to find shelter in Egypt. They were wrong. When Egyptian security forces slaughtered twenty six black refugees in Cairo who were protesting Egyptian racism, the Sudanese realized that the Arab racism is the same in Khartoum or Cairo. They needed shelter and they found it in Israel. Dodging the bullets of the Egyptian border patrols and walking for very long distances, the refugees’ only hope was to reach Israel’s side of the fence, where they knew they would be safe.

Black Muslims from Darfur chose Israel above all the other Arab-Muslim states of the area. Do you know what this means!!!?? And the Arabs say Israel is racist!!!?

In Israel, black Sudanese, Christian and Muslim, were welcomed and treated like human beings. Just go and ask them, like I have done. They told me that compared to the situation in Egypt , Israel is “heaven.”

Is Israel a racist state? To my people, the people who know racism – the answer is: ‘absolutely not’. Israel is a state of people who are the colours of the rainbow. Jews themselves come in all colours, even black. I met with Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Beautiful black Jews.

So, yes … I came here today to tell you that the people who suffer most from the UN anti-Israel policy are not the Israelis, but all those people whom the UN ignores in order to tell its big lie against Israel: we, the victims of Arab/Muslim abuse: women, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, homosexuals, in the Arab/Muslim world. These are the biggest victims of UN Israel hatred.

Look at the situation of the Copts in Egypt, the Christians in Iraq, and Nigeria, and Iran, the Hindus and Bahais who suffer from Islamic oppression. The Sikhs. We — a rainbow coalition of victims and targets of Jihadis — all suffer. We are ignored, we are abandoned. So that the big lie against the Jews can go forward.

In 2005, I visited one of the refugee camps in South Sudan. I met a twelve year old girl who told me about her dream.

In a dream, she wanted to go to school to become a doctor. And then, she wanted to visit Israel. I was shocked.

How could this refugee girl who spent most of her life in the North know about Israel ? When I asked why she wanted to visit Israel , she said: “This is our people.” I was never able to find an answer to my question.

On January 9 of 2011 South Sudan became an independent state. For South Sudanese, that means continuation of oppression, brutalization, demonization, Islamization, Arabization and enslavement.

In a similar manner, the Arabs continue denying Jews their right for sovereignty in their homeland and the Durban III conference continues denying Israel’s legitimacy.

As a friend of Israel, I bring you the news that my President, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir — publicly stated that the South Sudan Embassy in Israel will be built— not in Tel Aviv, but in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

I also want to assure you that my own new nation, and all of its peoples, will oppose racist forums like the Durban III. We will oppose it by simply continuing to tell the truth! Our truth!

My Jewish friends taught me something that I now want to say with you.

AM YISROEL CHAI !

The people of Israel lives!

Thank you

Simon Deng, once a Sudanese slave, addressing the Durban Conference in NY

DENNIS PRAGER’S OPEN LETTER TO THE HYPOCRITES AND THE PHONIES CALLING THE DEATH TOLL IN GAZA ‘GENOCIDE’

08/18/2014

NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF HUMAN KIND HAD ONE BATTLE BRING ABOUT SUCH INDIGNATION IN THE PUBLIC FORUMS. NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF HUMAN KIND HAS ANY REGIME USED HUMAN SHIELDS TO THIS ABOMINABLE EXTENT AND GOT A PASS FOR IT!

By Dennis Prager,
An Open Letter To Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem

All who love freedom, democracy, and the State of Israel, are offended by your flagrant show of hypocrisy. Our respect for you has ended forever. You and the other 100 so called Spanish artists are the last people on Earth to pass judgment on the Jewish people and the definition of genocide. It was your ancestors who committed one of the greatest crimes against humanity 500 years ago, massacring, burning and expelling 600,000 Jews, in an event that is commonly acknowledged as the beginning of the end of the Spanish Empire, and from which Spain has never fully recovered.
You, Mr. Bardem and Ms. Cruz, need to hang your heads in shame and educate yourselves on the pain and suffering that your people inflicted on the Jews which, along with the pogroms of Russia and the Holocaust, forced Jews to return to their ancient homeland and bring about the re-birth of Israel. You and the anti-Semitic Left need to stop using the word genocide so gratuitously, because when you throw that word around so flippantly, you diminish that term and it looses all significance.

You, Ms.Cruz and Mr. Bardem, need to be reminded that genocide is the extermination of 6 million Jews, representing one third of the entire world Jewish population. Genocide is the slaughter of over 1 million Armenians by the Turks, who now side and do the bidding for Hamas. Genocide is the killing of over 1 million people in Rwanda, and another 1 million in Cambodia. Genocide is what was enacted by your beloved Queen Isabella’s Grand Proclamation of 1492, and explicitly reaffirmed and expanded upon in the charter of your beloved Hamas. Genocide is the slaughter of 200,000 people in Syria these past three years, a tragedy for which neither you nor others on the Left have ever once raised a whimper in protest.

Only when it comes to the Jews is it easy for you to raise your voices to denigrate a tiny nation fighting for its survival against tens of millions of Arabs dedicated to its destruction and whose vow is to kill every Jew who lives in it.

The day is rapidly approaching when there will be no Jews left in Europe, only to be replaced by millions of Muslims in every country on that continent, including Spain. You and your like-minded friends will then be happy, your unused churches converted into mosques, and your societies forced to accommodate Sharia Law. Only then will you realize the consequences of your actions.

In the meantime, hang your heads in shame for what you have put your names to and take pause from the anti-Semitic vitriol you so openly and proudly embrace.

SOME EUROPEAN HISTORY AND THE FRICTION BETWEEN ISLAM AND WESTERN CIVILAZATION

08/10/2014

What does the future hold and what are geopolitical indicators.

Some historical facts and current trends:

These are all historically correct – and verifiable:

In 732 AD the Muslim Army which was moving on Paris
was defeated and turned back at Tours , France , by Charles Martell.

In 1571 AD the Muslim Army/ Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross
the Mediterranean to attack southern Europe in the Battle of Lapanto.

In 1683 AD the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian Armies.

An Islamic march of conquest and prosletizing has been going on for 1,400 years and half of the world politicians and particularly Americans don’t even know it.

If these battles had not been won we might be speaking Arabic and Christianity could be non – existent; Judaism certainly would be… And let us not forget that Hitler was an admirer of Islam and that the Mufti of Jerusalem was Hitler’s guest in Berlin and raised Bosnian Muslim SS Divisions: the 13th and 21st Waffen SS Divisions who killed Jews, Russians, Gypsies, and any other “subhumans”.

The following events are actual recent events:

1. In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim.

2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslims.

3. In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where a fuse was lit on final approach, it was blown up shortly after landing by Muslims.

4. In 1973 a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome, with 33 people killed, when it was attacked with grenades by Muslims.

5. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslims.

6. During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslims.

7. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslims.

8. In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by Muslims.

9. In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by Muslims.

10. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim Jihadists.

11. In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by Muslim Jihadists.

12. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim Jihadists.

13. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were
killed by Muslim Jihadists.

14. In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim Taliban.

15. In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by—you guessed it was a— Muslims Jihadists.

16. In 2013, Boston Marathon Bombing 4 Innocent people including a child killed, 264 injured by Muslim Jihadists.

And now there are two emerging threats to world peace Iran which supports and calls for resurrection of a Shiite Caliphate and ISIS which declared a Sunni Caliphate and actively pursuing it while Turkey’s Erdogan is harboring dreams of resurrecting the Islamic Ottoman Empire and embodying a also a Sunni Caliphate after all Saudi Arabia was part of the old Ottoman Empire until WWI. All the through migration and natural growth there are significant Muslim minority practically in every European country large enough to have a political voice and presence in all walks of life, a prominent Spanish journalist observed that the holaucast gave rise to a vacuum that was filled by Muslims and will play a role in affecting a geopolitical transformation.

In the background there are two dominant Muslim organizations the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation which practically is a stand up for over a billion Muslims world wide:

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A GAZAN POURING HIS HEART OUT IN A LETTER SENT TO A FRIEND IN ISRAEL!

08/05/2014

The original is in Arabic and this is a translation.

I have no way to verify the veracity of this narrative but the circumstances are fitting.

The truth about Hamas
True and heart breaking story
By Itzik Azar,
Translated by Moshe Mekler
July 2014
A letter from Ahmed, son of a friend of mine from Gaza.
This letter came to my hands from Ahmed that lives in Gaza.
Background:
I knew Ahmed’s father, Mussah, who worked many years ago at a metalworking shop in south Tel Aviv district.
A very nice man who used to leave every morning Gaza at 04:00 am and start working at 6:30am at the metalworking shop in the Tel Aviv.
Mussah worked hard in order to provide for his family to buy an apartment in the city of Gaza.
Ahmed, Mussah’s son used to come once in a while to help his father with his work.
Today Ahmed, a is a 30 year old father writes his history:
“Many years ago when my father had to leave his work in Tel Aviv he started to work in a small metalworking shop in Gaza.
Economy was hard and I used to help him work in order to provide for our family.
A minute after Israel had to leave the Gaza strip at 2006, Pickup trucks started driving around the city with thugs from Hamas raged the streets of the city, They were shooting everywhere and hitting every person that looked like he was against their agenda, people were afraid to walk the streets, my father banned my family to leave the house for a few days.
After a few days only me and my father went outside to the metalworking shop in order to provide for our family, every time we heard a vehicle we would fear and look for a hideout at the shop.
One day a pickup truck filled with Hamas thugs stopped by the shop, they went in and took the owner, two days after he came back with his face down and talked to my father, I sat aside and listened.
I understood Hamas notified him that from today his shop will work for Hamas, and Hamas only.
They set the prices and the demand that was ordered from the shop.
Since that day every morning an armed Hamas member used to come to the shop and give us orders to make winged metal pipes and straight ahead I understood that they were used to launch rockets.
One day a pickup truck drove by and stopped, the Hamas members came down and took my father from the shop, we never saw him again, later I understood they killed him and threw his body to a pit.
Life became harder and harder, work wasn’t easy, we got a small allowance that barely was enough for bread and milk.
One day a friend of mine offered me to come with him to do some work, since I needed the money I went with him.
We came to an apartment in Gaza, we were six guys, they put us at the back of a truck, we sat in the dark and couldn’t see where were going, we drove for an hour and finally they stopped and we come out of the truck standing in a closed building, we didn’t know where we are.
They showed us a whole in the ground and told us to go down, the slope was scary and we found ourselves inside a tunnel, we walked for a few hundred meters and we got to the end where two Hamas members waited for us, they gave us working tools and explained us what to do in order to make the tunnel longer.
Work was hard, we were suffocating from lack of air, we used to work 8 hour shifts and then 4 hours of rest, we stayed in the tunnel for 10 days.
The Hamas members changed every day, they used to scream on us and hit us when they thought supply of work was low, after 10 days they took us out, put us in a truck, gave us little money and drove us back to someplace in Gaza.
We didn’t know where we’ve been, what tunnel we dug, the pay was low but they did pay, I never came back to do that work.
I went back to try to get some work at the metalworking shop but I found that it was closed, I asked the neighbours what happened and they answered with fear that Hamas moved the shop to another location and nobody knew where, they told me that every morning a truck with Hamas members comes, picks up the workers, puts them at the closed back of the truck and drive them away and bring them back late at night.
I found my self working in temporary jobs in order to provide for my family.
We live in constant fear, once in a while a truck full with armed Hamas members comes by and attacks civilians.
We see in Gaza the rich Hamas members living in glamorous houses, driving new cars, sending their children to universities abroad while most of Gaza’s citizens living fear and poverty, without the ability to work.
Sometimes the kids are telling that Hamas giving away free candies in different locations around Gaza, the kids go to get the sweets and right after we hear that rockets were launched from the same location.
Israel retaliates to the same location and kids get hurt.
I write you this letter because the situation is very bad.
Luckily for us we are living in the city of Gaza but we have families that live in other parts of the Gaza strip, the Hamas runs a war against Israel, shooting rockets constantly on your communities and we the people of Gaza suffer the consequences, we just have no place to hide.
The members of Hamas are hiding in their bunkers under ground, some of them are not even in the Gaza strip, they are protected and they have no problem to continue to fight.
There were many families that rented Hamas rooms and yards at the back of their homes, the Hamas gave them money to put food on the table and now they fire rockets to Israel from those people’s homes, many of the homes get blown by your airforce strikes.
We suffer so much, we’re afraid of the Hamas, we’re afraid of your bombings, there are huge explosions all the time, we hear the sound of Hamas launching their rockets and we know that a minute their will be another sound of blast from your rockets.
We heard about the tunnels that Hamas dug and I understood that I helped them, what I don’t understand is why Hamas is doing everything possible to hurt Israel instead of developing the Gaza strip to make the peoples live better.
I hope everything will end and me and my family will survive, but I lost hope, I know that Hamas will take all the money that the world gives to restore Gaza and use it to build more tunnels, buy more weapons and build more villas for the heads of Hamas.
Hamas’s thugs will continue to drive the streets and hurt the civilians.
The only thing I can say is that some of Hamas leaders are hiding in bunkers under hospitals and schools because they know Israel won’t hurt them there and that’s a shame.
We part that the world will help to free us from the fearful and cruel Hamas rule in the Gaza strip.
I’m sure that if you’ll spread this letter you won’t expose my fathers real name who was your friend and neither my name.
I pray for death to all Hamas members and that we will get freedom and a chance to live a normal life for our children in Gaza.
I wish we can go back to the days my father worked in Tel Aviv with his good friends in Israel
Inshalla! مرحبا — ‏עם

AN OPEN LETTER TO NURETE AND HER FRIEND KHALIL

08/02/2014

Khalil commented on one of my postings and ask why are things the way they are. And rightfully so.
Khalil Shreateh wrote:

“Ami J Kopstein i cant find your words are right , at least not for me , a simple question as an answer for your theory , if the fault goes for hamas only , so why israel did not give PA ( westbank) its freedom and its independence ! why israel continuing building new colonies in westbank ! why the (zionism) still stealing my friends and neighbors lands ! why and why … etc .
if you have any excuse about my words above you can not have an excuse about this one :
where is my freedom !?”

This is my answer. And these are my views:

No excuses, the facts are that Israel removed itself and all the settlers from Gaza and stayed out of its running its day to day affairs. Israel left behind the infrastructure and productive facilities so that Gazans could benefit from them. Israelis kept working with Gaza farmers on several joint ventures. There was no blockade and there was commerce in goods with the other PA areas and Gazans worked in Israel. And what happened ? here comes Hamas after the elections throws out forcibly the PA security forces and Gaza becomes Hamastan and instead of continuing the process of building the Gaza infrastructure and economy and working with the PA and Israel to show a model of what could become a model of how PA in Gaza will engender peace and relations turns the place into a launch pad for terror against Israeli citizens. It was painful to listen to the Israeli and Gazan partner talk on the phone how things soured up leading up to Cast Lead and how they were trying to salvage the operation to no avail.
So having learned the bitter lesson of Gaza Israel froze in its tracks, Hamas reversed the Oslo agreement process and turned it on its head and the Gaza evacuation turned most Israelis against the progression toward peace because it gave rise to more violence and more uncertainty in other words it was a slap in the face to many peace supporters.
The fact that Hamas refuses to disavow its goal of destroying Israel and killing all the Jews does not help engendering good will, and adding to that their track record of breaking all humanitarian cease fires flagrantly trust is not a realistic outcome.
I feel for all the people of our land and Hamas is the enemy of all peace loving people and all moderates in the Middle East.
No excuses just facts and reality. Israel can not survive with another Gaza in its midst and it will not let it happen.
So I guess it is time for the people in Gaza and the PA to eject Hamas and send it out to cool off and come to its senses it has done a great disservice to all of us and worse off are the people of Gaza!
Oh and by the way everything that Israel left behind was destroyed and Gazans could not benefit from it.

FROM MEMRI WEEKLY SUMMARY THE EXTENT OF THE REAL THREAT TO ISRAEL

08/02/2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Urdu Daily: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Calls Upon ‘Jihadi Organizations’ To Target Israel, ‘Turn The Direction Of Their Jihad Towards Israel, Where There Is Need For Jihad’

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has called upon jihadi organizations in Pakistan to turn their attention toward Israel, according to an Urdu-language daily. Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007, and her husband Asif Zardari served as Pakistan’s president from 2008 to 2013.

A report in the Urdu-language daily Roznama Nai Baat carries the headline (see the image above): “Jihadi Organizations [Should] Turn Their Direction Toward Israel – People’s Party.” There are two sub-headlines which read: “Israel has made hot the market of oppression, more than 630 innocent Palestinians have become martyred so far; the world of Islam [should] adopt a serious stand against the Israeli aggression…”

EXCLUSIVE: Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Calls For Attacks On Jewish Targets Worldwide

Crowd gathered in Barawa mosque listening to Dhere’s sermon

On July 25, 2014, Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen spokesman ‘Ali Dhere delivered a sermon in a mosque in the town of Barawa in the Lower Shebelle region of Somalia. Speaking about the conflict in Gaza, Dhere called upon Muslims to attack Jewish targets everywhere. The contents of Dhere’s sermon were reported by Al-Shabab’s news agency, Al-Shahada.

Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis: We Will Do All We Can To Help Gaza, And We Will Take Vengeance On The Egyptian Regime

On July 30, 2014, the Sinai-based Salafi-jihadi organization Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis released a 19-minute video featuring a sermon by the organization’s preacher, Abu Osama Al-Masri. In the video, he appears, with his face blurred, speaking to a group of people sitting out in the open, presumably in the Sinai. Also seen in the video are other activists who are securing the site, surrounding it with vehicles and weapons.

ISIS Militant In Turkey: ‘AKP Gave Us A Lot Of Assistance’

Turkish journalist Deniz Kahraman of left liberal Aydinlik interviewed an ISIS militant who is in Ankara for medical care. During the interview the ISIS militant who came out of the recent fighting in Musul, said, “Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis AKP government has helped us a lot.”

He continued, “It’s been 12 years that I am with Jihadist groups. Initially I took part in the resistance in Fallujah against the Americans. (…) Later, I established relationships with some in the Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda. I received training within small groups. I learned to fight, to gather intelligence. I received political education and learned Sunni jurisprudence. I joined the system of cells in 2010 and moved into Syria in 2011. At that time all groups fighting against Assad were joining forces. We fought in multiple fronts with different groups and under different commanders. But when the lack of faith among the Free Syrian Army became apparent, we changed our paths.”

ISIS Video Documents Massacres Of Hundreds Of Iraqi Soldiers

Following are excerpts from an ISIS video showing the massacre of Iraqi soldiers. The video was posted to the internet on July 28, 2014.

Click here to view this clip on MEMRI TV

“Motivational Speech Before The Conquest of Samarra”

Speaker 1 To Crowd: “My brothers in faith, you are going to enter the capital of polytheism in the Sunni regions. We did not make the precise location of your raid public, but we can now tell you that you are going to enter Samarra, Allah willing – our target is Samarra, brothers.”

Crowd: “Allah Akbar.”

Speaker 1 To Crowd: “We did not disclose the target until now for security reasons, but today we disclose the target, allowing you to prepare yourselves, because we are ready for the zero hour. Say: ‘Allah Akbar!'”

Crowd: “Allah Akbar!”

Islamic State Releases 2nd Issue Of English-Language Magazine

On July 28, 2014 Al-Hayat Media, the Islamic State’s (IS) media company, which is aimed at a Western English-speaking audience, released the second issue of its English-language magazine Dabiq. The issue was called “The Flood” and it depicted an ark-like vessel on its cover.

Like the magazine’s first issue, which was released less than a month ago, the current issue calls upon Muslims to join the ranks of the IS, focuses on religious justification for doing so, and reports on IS military operations as well as on civilian activities that it carries out.

The following is a review of the issue:

The issue’s foreword stresses the obligation upon Muslims to migrate from their home countries in order to join the IS. Making hijrah [emigration to an Islamic land] is of paramount importance, it says, adding that it is also necessary to the success of the Khalifa. The foreword promised the newcomers that there are homes available for families, and that those who join can play a part in liberating Mecca, Al-Madina, and Jerusalem. It also asks, “Would you not like to reach Judgment Day with these grand deeds in your scales?”

Indian Daily: 80 Indian Muslim Youths Have Joined Jihadists In Iraq And Syria; Singapore-Based Jihadist From Tamil Nadu State Moved To Syria With Wife And Three Kids

In the image above that was posted on Twitter, Muslim youth in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu, where a number of youth are recently joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), proudly wear t-shirts to demonstrate support for ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Following are excerpts from a report, which estimates that 80 Muslim youth have joined the jihadists of ISIS and others in Iraq and Syria:

The Story of Fakkurudeen

“In March this year, Usman Ali of Paranagipettai near Cuddalore, a picturesque coastal village north of Tamil Nadu, was shaken out of his stupor. It was a call on his wife Rokhyaa’s mobile. Their son Haja Fakkurudeen (37) had phoned to say he was well and his dream had come true. He was now living in Syria with wife Ayesha Siddika and their three children, and fighting alongside ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants against the Bashar al-Assad regime. The voice crackled after a brief exchange of words and the connection snapped.”

Indian Daily: Two Of Four Youth Missing From Mumbai Call Relatives And Confirm They Are Fighting As Part Of ISIS-Led Jihad

Image courtesy: Timesofindia.com

According to an Indian media report, two of four Muslim youth that went missing from a suburb of Mumbai called up their homes last week and confirmed that they are fighting as part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria’s Raqqa province.

Aarif Majid and Saleem Tanki, the two youths who spoke to their families in Kalyan (a suburb of Mumbai), told their family members that they are safe and that their entire family would go to “jannat,” or heaven, because of the “work” they were doing as part of ISIS, according to a report in The Times of India daily.

AQAP Publishes Video Documenting Attack On Drone Base, Threatens U.S. Embassy

AQAP’s media company Al-Malahem published a video on July 28, 2014 called “Thwarting Aggression 5.” The video documents three simultaneous attacks in the city of Seiyun in the Hadhramaut province in late June 2014. AQAP claims the targets were espionage centers that help direct and control American drones in Yemen. The video also features recordings of the fighters and suicide bombers taken before they embarked on their mission, as well as threats to carry out more attacks against Yemeni government interests, due mainly to it being complicit in the killing of Sunnis via U.S. drones. One attacker said that attacks on government offices, bases, and embassies (likely referring to foreign embassies in Yemen) would continue in full force due to its assistance to the U.S. in its drone strikes, its contribution to Iranian expansion in the Arabian Peninsula, and other reasons.

AQAP Video Documents Combined Operation Deep In Saudi Territory

AQAP fighters en route to Saudi territory

On July 27, the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) media company Al-Malahem released a video clip documenting an operation that the organization carried out in early July. The operation that was titled “The Raid of Revenge for the Female Prisoners” was targeted at Saudi forces on the Saudi-Yemen border and included an attack along three axes and a 40 km deep penetration of Saudi Arabia till the city of Al-Sharurah. The clip contains testimony from the Saudi women’s prison’s inmates, documentations and commentary on the action’s nature, testimony by fighters who were killed in the action made before they embarked on the operation as well as explicit threats to Muhammad Bin Naif and other members of the Saudi Royal family.

In Video, AQIM Celebrates Algerian Salafi-Jihadi Group ‘Humat Al-Da’wa’ Joining Its Ranks

‘Abd Al-Wadoud (middle)

On July 25, 2014, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video documenting the merger of the Algerian Salafi-jihadi group Jama’at Humat Al-Da’wa Al-Salafiyya (HDS) with AQIM.

The video includes footage of the merger meeting, held on December 22, 2013, between representative of the two groups, including AQIM leader Abu Musa’b ‘Abd Al-Wadoud and HDS leader Abu Ja’far Muhammad (aka Salim Al-Afghani).

AQIM first announced the merger in December 2013.

The video is dated July 8, 2014, and is 32:09 in duration.

Following are the main speakers appearing in the video (in order of appearance):

Abu Mus’ab ‘Abd Al-Wadoud – Leader of AQIM

‘Abd Al-Wadoud says that the mujahideen and Muslims have been waiting for this day, which marks the merger of HDS with AQIM. The merger, he says, signals another step towards achieving unity among all Muslims. ‘Abd Al-Wadoud notes that HDS leadership was the one to initiate contact with AQIM for the purpose of joining it.

Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis Announce Killing Of Egyptian Officers

On July 28, 2014, the Sinai-based jihad group Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis announced the killing of two senior Egyptian military officers whom the group charged with “securing the border of the Zionist entity and laying siege to our people in Gaza.”

In Eid-ul-Fitr Greeting, Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Urges Afghans To Wage Jihad, Says Disputed Presidential Election ‘Has Plunged The Kabul Administration And Western Democracy Into Disrepute’

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has released his annual message on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, the annual Muslim festival that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is celebrated across the Muslim world on July 29th or 30th.

The statement was published by one of the official websites of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban’s umbrella organization in the country). While extending greetings to Muslims on Eid-ul-Fitr, Mullah Omar speaks of military successes in Afghanistan, stating:

“It is a matter of joy and gratitude that Allah the Almighty has bestowed on us this day in a time that we are witness to consecutive victories and achievements on the ground of jihad. Praise be to Allah … the military situation is in favor of mujahideen at the country’s level. The blanket of invasion has rolled back from vast areas… Vital centers of the enemy have come under successful attacks in cities.”

To Western Governments: “We Want To Tell American And European Governments Who Have Troops In Afghanistan… Let The Afghans Establish An Independent Islamic Government On The Basis Of Their Religious And National Aspirations”

Expressing “pity” that Afghans are helping foreign troops, he appeals: ” I call on all soldiers, police, and generally, on the very opposition, not to destroy yourselves for the goals of the invaders and against your own people. Come and wage jihad alongside your own people and together with the mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate against the common enemy in order to gain the bliss of the two worlds. I urge religious scholars, tribal elders, and the influential to convince these unaware (youngsters) who are being used by the enemy [not to support them].”

Urdu Daily: Reports About Arrest Of Taliban Commander Adnan Rasheed Are Baseless; TTP’s Affairs Being Run By Omar Khalid Khorasani; A Dozen TTP Groups Come To Front

According to an Urdu-language daily, recent Pakistani media reports that leading Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Adnan Rasheed was recently arrested from South Waziristan by the Pakistani military are incorrect.

The Urdu daily Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt of July 23 (see the image above) reported: “Rejecting the reports about the arrest of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban commander Adnan Rasheed, Taliban commander Tahseel Khan Wazir from Shakai in South Waziristan said that he [Adnan Rasheed] was not arrested.

“Speaking to journalists from an undisclosed location by telephone, Taliban commanders belonging to South Waziristan Tahseel Khan Wazir, Sabir Wazir and Rasool Khan Wazir said that after consulting with Taliban commander Ayubi present in Wana [town of South Waziristan] we are stating that the reports about the arrest of Adnan Rasheed… are baseless.”

Indian Daily: ‘Mujahideen’ Letter Threatens Attack In Mumbai In Revenge For Israeli Action In Gaza

Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria

According to an Indian media report, Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria has received a letter that threatens a terror attack in the Indian metropolis “to take revenge for Gaza.” It especially targets the Mumbai police chief.

“We will take revenge for Gaza. In 1993, you (Maria) got a chance. This time you won’t. Stop us if you can,” reads the letter signed simply as “Mujahideen.” The reference to “1993” is a series of bombings that took place that year in Mumbai in revenge for the demolition of the Babri mosque by extremist Hindus in December 1992.”

Indian Daily: Leading Indian Cleric Salman Al-Husaini Al-Nadwi Asks Saudi Arabia To Train Half A Million Indian Sunni Muslims To Fight Shia Militias In Iraq

Maulana Salman Al-Husaini Al-Nadwi

Just days after it emerged that India’s leading Islamic scholar Maulana Salman Al-Husaini Al-Nadwi wrote a letter to greet Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the jihadist commander in Iraq who declared himself as the Caliph of all Muslims, an Indian newspaper reports that Mualana Al-Nadwi has written a letter to Saudi Arabia asking it to train Sunni Muslim youth from India to fight against Shia militias in Iraq.

Maulana Salman Al-Husaini Al-Nadwi is an influential cleric based at the Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, an internationally recognized Islamic seminary based in the northern Indian city of Lucknow. He also represents a number of Islamic institutions across India, and is also a member of the decision-making committee that governs the Aligarh Muslim University, near Delhi.

Pakistani Daily: New Pakistani Militant Group ‘Ahrar-ul-Hind’ Names Emir, Identifies Support From Leading Taliban Commanders

In February, Ahrar-ul-Hind issued a statement opposing Pakistan-Taliban talks

Excerpts are given below from a Pakistani media report that examines the organizational leadership of Ahrar-ul-Hind, a militant group that emerged earlier this year to oppose the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s talks with the Pakistani government:

“The Shadowy Group Splintered From The Taliban During The Government’s Peace Talks With The Group, And Said That It Rejected Negotiations”

“In a statement… Ahrar-ul-Hind spokesperson Asad Mansoor said the group has ‘a well-organized structure now, and some founding TTP commanders and close aides of [slain TTP] emir Baitullah Mehsud are its members.’ He said Maulana Umar Qasmi will be the emir of Ahrar-ul-Hind.”

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DENNIS TRAINOR JR CRITICISM OF BILL MAHAR IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON ISRAEL

07/30/2014

AN OPEN LETTER TO DENNIS TRAINOR JR ON HIS RESPONSE TO BILL MAHAR TWEET REGARDING ISRAEL AND GAZA:
Dennis,
I tend to agree with your abhorrence of Bill’s analogy. To me the way Israel deals with Hamas is more like the father/teacher trying to bring back in line a criminally insane progeny by beating him while he is still holding the murder weapon in his hands.
Israel and the international community need to disarm Hamas and then sit it down for a discussion or treat it with electroshock.
Your dismissal of Israel and the information it disseminate as propaganda in collusion with the US is out of line.
For 66 plus years the Arab world ignored the plight of its brethren and in four attempts plus continuous terror campaigns tried to destroy Israel, today is no different Hamas had doomsday plan for this coming Jewish new year which has been foiled now.
There has been no other nation put under the gun like that compared to others having treated their minorities far worse and executed ethnic cleansing ruthlessly such as Pakistan, india, USSR, Russia, Ireland, former Yugoslavia partners, Former Eastern European block countries, Germany, African countries, millions of Arabs and muslims killed by their correligionists and you call Israeli press releases propaganda, wake up and open your mind and heart to the plight of Israel to survive.
The only reason Israel is strong and survives the worst air bombings since world war 2 and vietnam is because the Arab world put it in that position!


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