They just can’t help themselves: Predictably outrageous international reactions to Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

Posted December 12, 2017 by anneinpt
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They just can’t help themselves: Predictably outrageous international reactions to Trump’s Jerusalem declaration | Anne’s Opinions, 11th December 2017

 

The Israeli flag flies over the Old City of Jerusalem

Just like the Palestinians and their supporters simply can’t help themselves but resort to violence whenever a political decision is not anti-Israel enough, similarly the UN, the EU, and many other countries, whether civilised or not, feel it incumbent upon them to condemn Israel or the US or both if an action or statement is undertaken from which Israel benefits.

The case of Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration was no exception. We could have written the script ourselves.

The UN convened an emergency discussion to “debate”, i.e. to condemn, Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital:

Washington’s move left it isolated as one after another fellow UN Security Council members — Russia, France, the UK, China, Egypt, Jordan and a host of others — condemned the announcement.

The debate unfolded at a largely symbolic emergency meeting of the council — no vote on a resolution was planned, as the US has veto power — two days after Trump reversed two decades of US policy on the holy city.

The meeting was convened by eight of the 14 non-US members of the council. It seemed a vivid show of the discord triggered by Trump’s announcement, which included plans to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Asked what he expected to come from the UN meeting, one diplomat said: “Nothing.” Another said the session would show US “isolation” on the issue.

That very attitude is the essence of what is wrong with the UN. They are all about empty declarations on the one hand, or about rejectionism – opposing the US and Israel almost automatically. This time it is the US in the hot seat, being isolated for its views. More often it is Israel in this position.

Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour spoke of the “global consensus” against Washington’s recognition and said Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ultimately move the US embassy there should be reconsidered and rescinded.

Palestinian envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour at the UN Security Council, December 8, 2017 (United Nations)

“There can be no just and lasting solution to the Palestine question without a just solution” to Jerusalem, he said, calling the city “the heart of Palestine.”

This is a flat-out lie. When Jerusalem was in the hands of “Palestine”, aka Jordan, during the years 1949-1967, the Jordanian Arabs (or Palestinians or whatever they want to call themselves) did absolutely zilch for Jerusalem besides emptying it of Jews in a horrific act of ethnic-cleansing never acknowledged by the world. They destroyed 58 synagogues and turned the Western Wall into a rubbish dump. They severely damaged and partially destroyed the ancient, 3,000 year old Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, using some gravestones for latrines. THIS is called “being the heart of Palestine”??? I hate to think what their brain looks like. Their mendaciousness is beneath contempt.

Even before the UN debate, individual countries also chided him for his recognition of reality. Sweden led the charge with the demand for the UN debate:

Replies came thick and fast, for example:

Turkey accused Trump of “putting the region in a ring of fire”. The only “ring of fire” is the one of their own making. Again: violence is a choice. The Turks don’t HAVE to whip up their streets into a frenzy. They could also call for calm and restraint. But pigs could also fly.

Erdogan had earlier threatened to sever diplomatic ties with Israel if the president recognized Jerusalem as the capital.

To be honest I did not realise that Turkey and Israel had renewed relations at all. Would it be such a great loss if Erdogan carried through on his threat? He is forever trying to hold Israel hostage to his tantrums. Maybe it’s time to call his bluff.

Theresa May at the debate in the Commons about Trump’s declaration

Britain said Trump’s declaration was “unhelpful”. The British would know all about being unhelpful in the Middle East, particularly during the infamous White Paper years of 1939-1948 when the doors of Palestine were shut to the fleeing Jews of Europe. Prime Minister Theresa May said:

‘Our position on the status of Jerusalem has been clear and long-standing: it should be determined in negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states.

As Arlene Kushner below remarks, the two parts of the above paragraph contradict each other. Either Jerusalem’s status should be determined in negotiations, or it should ultimately be a shared capital. But there is no point in negotiations if the “ultimate” solution is pre-determined. And if if it is OK to determine that the capital should be shared, it can equally be acceptable to pre-determine that it is the Israeli capital.

France’s Emanuel Macron urged Trump to desist from his declaration – to no avail evidently.

Even the US State Department itself has not caught up with the statements of its President, and is still not listing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital!

The United States still will not formally recognize Jerusalem as being located in Israel on official documents, maps, and passports, despite President Donald Trump’s announcement earlier this week that America is formally recognizing the holy city as Israel’s capital, according to State Department officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the matter.

Despite Trump’s declaration, which was formally codified on Wednesday into U.S. policy, the State Department is taking a more nuanced position on the matter, drawing some ire in Congress among pro-Israel lawmakers who accuse the State Department of undermining Trump’s efforts.

State Department officials this week had difficulty stating as fact that Jerusalem is located within Israel, instead trying to parse the issue as still subject to diplomatic negotiations.

State Department officials who spoke to the Free Beacon about the situation said that while it supports Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, it is not yet at the point where it will list Jerusalem as part of Israel on passports, maps, and official documents. This means that official documents, such as passports, will not, at this point, list “Jerusalem, Israel” as a place that exists.

The State Department’s careful parsing of the issue has already drawn outrage on Capitol Hill, where some lawmakers are describing this as part of an effort to undermine the Trump White House’s clear-cut declaration on the matter.

Arlene Kushner sums up the situation excellently when she writes that the world is crazy:, making note of the pretzel-logic needed to explain the EU’s position: (last emphases are mine):

But look at the line-up that includes: France, Germany, Sweden, Italy and the UK, as well as the EU, Russia, etc. etc.

Incredibly, EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini declared that the Trump declaration “has the potential to send us backward to even darker times than the ones we are already living in.”

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There is an inherent lack of logic in the position routinely embraced by these nations and the EU: They insist that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is premature because this issue must be resolved via negotiations. And besides, they insist, Jerusalem must be the capital of both Israel and a Palestinian state.

That is to say, they have no trouble prematurely advancing a scenario that has not been determined via negotiations, as long as it is their scenario.

Thank goodness for the breath of fresh air that is US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. She launched a blistering attack on the UN that was condemning the President, accusing it of causing more damage to Middle East peace than advancing it.

UN Watch brings us the full text of her speech:

“Thank you, Mr. President. The Jewish people are a patient people. Throughout three thousand years of civilization, foreign conquest, exile, and return, Jerusalem has remained their spiritual home. For nearly 70 years, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel, despite many attempts by others to deny that reality.

The American people are less patient. In 1948, the United States was the first nation to recognize the independent state of Israel. In 1995, the U.S. Congress declared that Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel, and that the U.S. Embassy should be located in Jerusalem.

Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama all agreed with that position, but they did not act. They delayed, in the hopes that a peace process would produce results – results that never came.

For 22 years, the American people have overwhelmingly supported that position, and they have waited . . . and waited. This week, President Trump finally made the decision to no longer deny the will of the American people…

Israel, like all nations, has the right to determine its capital city. Jerusalem is the home of Israel’s parliament, president, prime minister, Supreme Court, and many of its ministries.

It is simple common sense that foreign embassies be located there. In virtually every country in the world, U.S. embassies are located in the host country’s capital city. Israel should be no different.

The United States took this step in full knowledge that it will raise questions and concerns. Our actions are intended to help advance the cause of peace. We must recognize that peace is advanced, not set back, when all parties are honest with each other. Our actions reflected an honest assessment of reality.

I understand the concern members have in calling this session. Change is hard. But we should never doubt what the truth can do. We should never doubt that when we face the truth, believe in the human spirit, and encourage each other, that peace can happen.

To those who have good faith concerns about the future of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, let me again assure you that the President and this administration remain committed to the peace process.

To those who do not act in good faith – to any person, leader, country, or terrorist group that uses this week’s decision as a pretext for violence – you are only showing yourselves to be unfit partners of peace.
Finally, I will not let this moment pass without a comment about the United Nations itself. Over many years, the United Nations has outrageously been of the world’s foremost centers of hostility towards Israel.

The U.N. has done much more to damage the prospects for Middle East peace than to advance them. We will not be a party to that. The United States no longer stands by when Israel is unfairly attacked in the United Nations. And the United States will not be lectured to by countries that lack any credibility when it comes to treating both Israelis and Palestinians fairly.”

Once again, kol hakavod to Nikki Haley who is not afraid to speak truth to power and put the UN in its place. Let’s hope her words start to sink in and begin to have an effect.

Binyamin Netanyahu, on a trip to Paris, was not backwards in coming forward to counter French Prime Minister Emanuel Macron’s pleas to Trump to refrain from his declaration:

Prime Minister Netanyahu ridiculed continued opposition to President Trump’s declaration, and the ongoing refusal of most of the international community to acknowledge the reality that Jerusalem is and has been the Jewish capital city.

“There is an effort, continually, in UN forums – UNESCO, and elsewhere – to deny the millennial connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem. And that’s absurd.”

“You can read it in a very fine book – it’s called the Bible,” Netanyahu said. “You can read it after the Bible. You can hear it in the history of Jewish communities throughout our diaspora – ‘Next year in Jerusalem’,” continued Netanyahu, referencing a phrase from the Passover Seder.

“Where else is the capital of Israel, but in Jerusalem? Where is our Knesset – our parliament? Where is our supreme court? The seat of our government? The Prime Minister’s Office? The President’s Office? It’s not in Beer Sheva, it’s not in Ashdod – these are wonderful cities, but its in Jerusalem.”

And there has been other positive fallout from Trump’s declaration. A few countries have expressed their interest in moving their embassies to Jerusaelm too:

The Phillipines sent a message to Israel:

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte sent a message to Israel that he wanted to move his country’s embassy to the capital, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported Wednesday.

The Czech Republic too, always a good friend of Israel, is similarly weighing up an embassy move, and Hungary joined in:

The Czech Republic and Hungary have broken ranks with the European Union on President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the EuObserver reported this week. Czech president Milos Zeman on Thursday announced: “[Trump’s decision] makes me truly happy […] We may, sooner or later, follow the United States.”

Both countries refused to endorse the EU’s statement that was going to express “serious concern” on the part of the entire organization of states. As a result, the statement was issued only by the EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini.

Just imagine a day in the not too distant future when it will be simply a matter of course for countries to have their embassies in Jerusalem. They should be brave like the Czechs and Phillipines, and give it a go. I’m sure the sky will not fall in.

They just can’t help themselves: Predictably violent reactions to Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

Posted December 12, 2017 by anneinpt
Categories: Islamic antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Jerusalem - status, Media and Palestinians, Palestinians in Jerusalem, Trump and Jerusalem, U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem, Unified Jerusalem under Israeli control

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They just can’t help themselves: Predictably violent reactions to Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration | Anne’s Opinions, 10th December 2017

(This post was accurate as at the time of writing. Events have since overtaken us, with more rockets, stonings and shootings, thankfully with no more serious injuries.– anneinpt)

The reactions to Donald Trump’s historic speech recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel were as predictable as they were outrageous and violent. In this post I will record only the civilian protests and anti-Israel violence:

Inside Israel:

The Palestinians of course did what comes naturally to them:

They rioted – in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Gaza and elsewhere. Disgracefully, Arab members of the Knesset took part in a protest in Umm El Fahm (an Arab town within Israel) against Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem. So much for “loyal” members of the opposition. An Israeli journalist reported that he was almost lynched in Wadi Ara.

They threw stones – injuring three people on a bus in Wadi Ara (near the above Umm el Fahm).

A 9 year old girl was injured this morning in Gush Etzion by rocks thrown at the family car:

Car damaged by rocks thrown by Palestinians

Elsewhere they used ambulances as cover for throwing stones – contravening all human rights and Geneva Conventions

Stone thrower using an ambulance as cover to throw stones

They launched rockets at Sderot – one of which hit a kindergarten – and which only by a miracle did not kill or maim anyone.

Damage to a Sderot kindergarten from rocket fired from Gaza

The Israeli Air Force hit back – and of course the press got it all backwards. See Peter Lerner’s tweets:

An Israeli bus came under fire between Ofra and Bet El but thank G-d there were no injuries.

Worst of all, earlier today, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed and severely wounded a security guard at Jerusalem’s central bus station:

A Palestinian terrorist stabbed a security guard in the chest, seriously wounding him, at the entrance to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station on Sunday, before being tackled by police and a passerby, officials said,

Graphic video footage from the scene showed the terrorist slowly handing his belongings to the security guard, who was checking travelers at the door to the station, before suddenly taking out a knife and plunging it into the guard’s chest.

The terrorist then tried to flee the scene, but a police officer and civilians chased after him and tackled him to the ground. Police denied media reports that the terrorist had been shot or killed. He was taken into custody for further questioning.

The victim, 46, was taken to the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment where doctors were battling to stabilize his condition and save his life, said Dr. Ofer Merrin, the head of trauma center.

“The knife, unfortunately, hit his heart. His condition has stabilized, but I cannot say that there’s not threat to his life because, like I said, he’s in serious condition,” the doctor said, adding that he was unconscious and connected to a respirator.

Update:

Outside Israel:

Antisemites – yes, common-or-garden Jew-haters, not “pro-Palestinian” or merely “anti-Zionist” activists – attacked the central shul in Gothenberg, Sweden where students were holding a party.

Gothenberg synagogue attacked by firebombs

Yes! A synagogue! Why not at the Israeli Embassy which would make more sense (though equally unacceptable)? Because despite all claims to the contrary, all those “pro-Palestinian” anti-Israel “activists” are at heart raving antisemites.

The Swedish government itself is not much better:

The kosher restaurant in Amsterdam attacked by a Muslim

A kosher restaurant in Amsterdam was attacked by a Muslim – not because of Jerusalem but because of “the miserable situation in Palestine” according to the attacker. As if attacking a Jewish restaurant is going to improve the situation in the Middle East. Again, as above, it would have made more sense to attack the Israeli embassy (not that I am recommending this). The reactions of Dutch MK’s and the Dutch police are significant for their contrasting attitudes:

But police sources told daily Het Parool Friday that during questioning the man did not mention the US declaration. He also denied having any anti-Semitic sentiments, saying he vandalized the kosher restaurant, which is owned by Dutch Jews, to protest “the miserable reality in Palestine.”

If he is so not antisemitic, why attack a Jewish restaurant?

… On Thursday, a dozen-odd lawmakers, including Han Ten Broeke of the ruling People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, patronized the restaurant as a sign of solidarity and condemned it as an anti-Semitic incident.

The Palestinian is suspected of vandalism, which he admitted to in his investigation. Prosecutors did not say yet whether they will recommend prosecuting him and if so, whether they will indict him for a hate crime.

If this is not a hate crime I don’t know what is.

In London, there were outright calls to murder Jews at a shameful demonstration protesting Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. David Collier brings us the report:

The event itself was full of religious incitement and anti-Jewish hatred. The crowds were chanting anti-Jewish (not anti-Zionist) statements in Arabic. Calling for a war to free Al Aqsa, and reciting the phrase ”Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud’ ( Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, The Army of Muhammad Will Return ) – in reference to the attack by Muslim soldiers on native Jews in Khaybar in 628ad. There were also cries of death to America and Israel. You can see a short clip of the footage here:

… Within the crowd, comments about ‘bloodsuckers’ could be heard, also ‘believe me we’ll eat your blood’, along with other antisemitic statements. These groups, all of them, need to be held to account for aligning with blatant anti-Jewish activity in London.

Establishment inaction

In the name of Free Speech, cries of ‘death to America’ ‘death to Israel’ and calls for an Islamic war against Jews go unanswered on our streets. The Jews of the UK look around and ask themselves when somebody, anybody, will take any notice. Our Government and police operate a strategy of containment. Let them get on with it, they think, because again, the alternative is to face the hate down – the last thing that any Western government really wants to do.

One day it will have to act, because this type of hate, will eventually force the issue. In the meantime, for as long as only ‘Jews’ are the target – it is far more convenient for everyone to pretend that the toothache will go away all by itself.

Protestors in Vienna, Austria, too, also used that same kind of antisemitic cry:

Earlier that day in Vienna, hundreds of participants in a rally shouted in Arabic, “Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.” The cry relates to an event in the seventh century when Muslims massacred and expelled Jews from the town of Khaybar, located in modern-day Saudi Arabia.

Again – just to remind you all, when these haters claim to be “only” anti-Israel or anti-Zionist, they are in fact out and out antisemites. Judge them by their actions not by their words, as Avi Mayer remarks:

As for the culprit in chief leading the charge against Israel – I am speaking of the UN here, in typical form they held an emergency session to discuss Donald Trump’s declaration. It would be funny were it no so dangerous to consider how ridiculous the UN looks, calling an emergency debate to discuss a statement which actually changes nothing on the ground, while that same UN cannot get its act together to bring some kind of end to the real conflicts raging right now in the Middle East: Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, ISIS in Sinai and more.

I would call them pathetic but they are much worse than that. They are criminally insane cowards.

More on the UN, as well as all the rest of the hypocritical international community, in my next post.

Decrying False Genocide, Palestinian Advocates Call for Genocide

Posted December 11, 2017 by danmillerinpanama
Categories: Jerusalem - status, Palestinian advocates, Palestinian call for genocide, Peace process

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Decrying False Genocide, Palestinian Advocates Call for Genocide, Investigative Project on Terrorism, December 11, 2017

No one expected universal praise for the new U.S. policy toward Jerusalem. What too many Palestinian advocates are doing here, however, is dropping any veneer of moderation or hopes for peace. They will only accept peace when an existing nation and its people are wiped.

There’s a word for that.

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Angered by President Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, Palestinian advocates took to the streets throughout the country during the weekend to express their anger and frustration.

But the message often was telling. Few echoed media analysts’ concerns that the move might hurt future peace efforts. Instead, there were taunts of what Mohamed’s army has waiting for Jews and calls for new violence.

“We don’t want 2 states! We want 48!” was among the chants Friday night at a Times Square rally. The “48” refers to Israel’s 1948 independence, and the message calls for a return to a world before there was a Jewish state.

Other chants at the rally, sponsored by a group of organizations including American Muslims for PalestineStudents for Justice in Palestine and Al-Awda/the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, similarly called for Israel’s elimination or for a massacre of Jews:

“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”

Khaybar O Jews, Muhammad’s army will return.”

A Palestine “from the river to the sea” erases Israel from the map. “Khaybar” is a taunt invoking a 7th century massacre of Jews by Mohammed’s army. It is considered a “battle cry” before attacks on Jews or Israelis.

Palestinians are quick to accuse Israel of genocide – the systematic destruction of a culture and its people – a sign at Friday’s rally said, “Israel= racism + genocide.”

Yet that’s exactly what they pray would happen to Israel. We reported Friday on a Texas-imam’s prayer that “Allah destroy the Zionists and their allies.” The prayer generated an “Amen, amen” comment from Said Abbasy, a New York-based supporter of the “moderate” Muslim Brotherhood.

Abbasy appeared pleased by the attention, confirming the sentiment in Arabic on Facebook and justifying it because “the world Zionists are my enemies, because you are all killers and enemies of humanity.”

Imagine what would happen if a mainstream pro-Israel advocate voiced a reciprocal sentiment. Imagine a pro-Israel rally featuring similar rhetoric – taunting Palestinians over a massacre or advocating the elimination of Palestinians as a people. Imagine a rally which demanded more violence. The international shock and outrage would dominate news coverage and debate for days or longer.

But in Times Square Friday night, Mohammad Qatanani did just that. Qatanani, the imam at Paterson, N.J.’s Islamic Center of Passaic County, has spent a decade battling the government’s efforts to deport him over his failure to disclose Hamas ties, told the crowd that all peace efforts should be cut off.

(Video at the link. — DM)

“Our message to the Palestinian authority, you have to stop all kinds of peace process, no peace process and negotiation with the occupation in Palestine. Oslo has to be stopped and to be finished. We have to start a new intifada.” He then led the crowd in chanting, “intifada, intifada!”

Previous intifadas featured deadly terrorist attacks, including suicide bombingsshootings and deadly knife attacks.

We have chronicled the effect blind hatred for Israel has on Palestinian advocates. It leads them to treat terrorist murderers and their enablers as heroes. It causes otherwise rational people to see no moral distinction between Israel and ISIS.

No one expected universal praise for the new U.S. policy toward Jerusalem. What too many Palestinian advocates are doing here, however, is dropping any veneer of moderation or hopes for peace. They will only accept peace when an existing nation and its people are wiped.

There’s a word for that.

Putin lands in Syria on announced visit to create false impression war is over

Posted December 11, 2017 by danmillerinpanama
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Putin lands in Syria on announced visit to create false impression war is over, DEBKAfile, December 11, 2017

The fact remains that US and Kurdish forces control parts of northern Syria; Islamist extremists groups led by the Al Qaeda-affiliated Hayat Tahrir al-Sham rule much of Syria’s largest province of Idlib, and motley Syrian rebel groups hold onto areas around Damascus. Southern Syria is pretty much the same sort of patchwork quilt. The Syrian war is therefore very far from over.

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The Russian President Vladimir Putin’s airplane made a surprise landing Monday. Dec. 11, at the Russian Hmeimim air base in Latakia and announced he had ordered Russian troops to start withdrawing from Syria.

Putin arrived with defense minister Col. Gen. Sergey Shoigu. Straight after his welcome by a guard of honor composed of Russian units serving in the Syrian war, Putin took the microphone for this announcement: “I order the defense minister and chief of the general staff to start the withdrawal of Russian troops to their permanent bases.” He went on to say: “In the space of two years, the Russian and Syrian militaries have defeated the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists.” He then issued a warning to the various terrorist elements still operating in Syria, “Russia will strike them as they have been seen before.”

Putin then sat down with Syrian President Bashar Assad who came to the base to see him. Later Monday, the Russian president has scheduled trips to Egypt and Turkey.

DEBKAfile adds: Putin staged his surprise visit to Syria and comments in order to generate the impression that the Syrian war was over – which he has been trying to do for some weeks – that it had ended in victory for the “Russia and Syrian militaries” and that the time had come for a political resolution.

He omitted mention of the Iranian and pro-Iranian Shiite militias, including Hizballah, their partners in combat on the ground, in which very few Russian troops took part. The main Russian contribution to Assad’s war was and is air support for those ground troops, who filled the depleted ranks of the Syrian army. In ordering the withdrawal of Russian units from Syria, Putin did not specify whether the air units were also being withdrawn. But his warning to “terrorists” still fighting in Syria indicated that in reality the war is far from over. Assad’s heavily reduced army lacks manpower for holding onto areas recently liberated from Syrian rebel forces and he is hard put just to defend his capital, Damascus. The Shiite militias fighting under Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders can’t do without massive Russian air and intelligence support

The Russian president also skipped reference to the US coalition fighting ISIS in Syria, including the Kurdish YPG militia which liberated Raqqa, pretending the “victory” was just down to the Russian and Syrian armies. But his presentation of the situation is bound to boomerang. The fact remains that US and Kurdish forces control parts of northern Syria; Islamist extremists groups led by the Al Qaeda-affiliated Hayat Tahrir al-Sham rule much of Syria’s largest province of Idlib, and motley Syrian rebel groups hold onto areas around Damascus. Southern Syria is pretty much the same sort of patchwork quilt. The Syrian war is therefore very far from over.

Bangladeshi Muslim Suicide Bomber Blows up in New York

Posted December 11, 2017 by danmillerinpanama
Categories: Bangladeshi bomber in NY, Islam and Western civilization, Islam in America, Islamic immigration, Islamic terrorism in NYC, Islamists in America, Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Bangladeshi Muslim Suicide Bomber Blows up in New York. The Point (Front Page Magazine), Daniel Greenfield, December 11, 2017

(Three cheers for the bomber. It’s just a shame that he failed and didn’t take some of his co-religionists with him. — DM)

 

(Video at the link — DM)

The Port Authority bomber is Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old from Bangladesh. He came to the US 7 years ago.

Ullah means Allah. If there were any ambiguity.

After 9/11, New York City successfully shut down Islamic terrorism. Under Mayor Bill de Blasio, deals were made with CAIR and Linda Sarsour. The terrorists were protected. And this is the result.

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi native, detonated part of his “low tech” explosive at 7:30 a.m. and was injured in an underground subway passage just 200 feet from the bus terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., officials said. Three commuters suffered minor injuries, officials said.

After the explosion, Port Authority cops moved in and struggled with Ullah, who had wires attached to his body, sources said.

He tried to set off the rest of his bomb, but only part of it went off. Two PAPD officers grabbed him and successfully removed the explosives without further incident.

The Port Authority may be obscure to most non-New Yorkers, but PAPD was on the scene in 9/11. And a number of PAPD officers lost their lives. Muslim terrorists are increasingly targeting bus and train stations. And so PAPD will be on the front lines.

The Port Authority is massive. And crowded. He picked a good target. If he had better technical skills, this story would be much more horrific. And the next Muslim terrorist might be more adept. And then we would be reading about 20-30 dead.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with burns to the hands and the abdomen and also lacerations and is expected to survive, sources said.

And will now become a permanent taxpayer burden for Americans and a civil rights cause for Muslims. I look forward to all the claims of entrapment and mental illness. So far the media hasn’t begun blaming Trump, but I give it a few hours.

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said preliminary information suggests Ullah “supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS, so definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended.”

The man has been in the country for about seven years, Bratton said. The device was affixed to his body with velcro and zip ties.

He came under Obama.

So much for vetting. You can’t vet what a Muslim migrant will do in 7 years. But you can reduce Bangladeshi migration to America. And let’s forget the “technical labor” nonsense. Our friend the Bangladeshi suicide bomber was tech labor. Don’t pin green cards to future suicide bombers.

I wrote about Brooklyn’s Little Bangladesh back in 2014.

Little Bangladesh has been cut off from Brooklyn and attached to a country thousands of miles away. Immigrants step off a plane from Bangladesh at JFK airport, get into a taxi driven by a Bangladeshi playing Bengali pop tapes and step out into a small slice of Bangladesh on McDonald Avenue.

And when the infidels of Brooklyn wander into their territory, they are glared at as the foreign intruders that they are.

In Chinatown, Buddhist temples and protestant churches sit side by side and in Latino neighborhoods, Adventist storefront churches and massive Catholic edifices co-exist; along with them can be found synagogues, Hindu and Zoroastrian temples and the whole dizzying array of religious diversity of a port city defined by its swells and tides of immigrants.

Bangladesh is more than 90 percent Muslim. Hindus are being attacked in the streets of its cities by Islamist mobs because Islam does not co-exist. The other religions of the city do not demand that everyone join them or acknowledge their supremacy and pay them protection money for the right to exist.

Islam does.

The number of Bangladeshis in New York has increased by 20 percent in only four years to an estimated 74,000. And those numbers don’t take into account the unofficial Mohammeds living in basements while nursing their murderous grudges.

Jamaica, Queens is becoming the center of the Bangladeshi presence in New York. Another Mohammed, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, lived here in a low rise development of indistinguishable buildings crammed together and studded with satellite dishes so the dwellers could watch the television programs of their home countries, and plotted the mass murder of Americans.

“We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom,” he said in a video recorded before his planned attack.  His modest goal, in his own words, was to “destroy America” and quoted “Sheikh Osama” to justify the killing of American women and children.

“I just want something big. Something very big,” Mohammed said, “make one step ahead, for the Muslims . . . that will make us one step closer to run the whole world.”

At this hour no one in Little Korea, Little Italy, Little Brazil, Brighton Beach or Koreatown is plotting to destroy America so that his religion can rule the world. That is what sets the Little Bangladeshes, Little Pakistans, Little Mogadishus and Little Egypts apart from every other immigrant group whose dreams for the future are not overshadowed by the iron dream of Islam.

We need to wake up.

Netanyahu: Iran eyes sending 80,000 Shiite fighters to ME

Posted December 11, 2017 by joopklepzeiker
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In press briefing before concluding European trip, PM Netanyahu says Iran seeks to shore up Syrian entrenchment, intends to use 80,000 Shiite fighters to ‘spark religious wars anew’; in prior statement to 28 EU foreign ministers, Netanyahu chides them to ‘stop pampering Palestinians’, says Palestinians need ‘reality check.’
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5055337,00.html

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday of Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, as his official visit to Paris and Brussels was winding down.

“If Iran makes good on its threat, it will do so by utilizing 80,000 Shiite fighters, which will cause religious wars to erupt again,” Netanyahu said in a press briefing before returning to Israel.

PM Netanyahu (L) and EU chief diplomat Mogherini (Photo: AP)

PM Netanyahu (L) and EU chief diplomat Mogherini (Photo: AP)

Earlier Monday Netanyahu convened with the European Union’s chief diplomat Federica Mogherini, after which he proceeded to attend an informal breakfast with 28 of the EU’s foreign ministers, which the Lithuanian foreign minister organized without Mogherini’s knowledge.

“I stressed we have to find a new discourse on the region,” Netanyahu explained to the ministers before chiding them to “stop pampering the Palestinians.”

“I think the Palestinians need a reality check. You have to stop cutting them slack. That’s the only way to move forward towards peace,” the prime minister opined.

Netanyahu also denied to the ministers the allegation settlements were at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying, “They consider the real settlements to be in Jaffa. Trump merely told them the truth.”When the ministers asked him if Israel was willing to undertake certain actions to improve Palestinians’ lives, Netanyahu replied, “I told them we already were: on matters relating to water, work permits and—in the future—creating a train line transporting good from Haifa to the Arab world through the bridges over the Jordan and a linkup to Jenin.”

 (Photo: AP)

(Photo: AP)

In his meeting with Mogherini, Netanyahu said it was time for most of the European Union’s member countries to follow in the Unites States’ footsteps and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The American president’s recognition of Jerusalem did not hinder peace efforts, Netanyahu said, but allowed them to move forward. “Trump put the facts squarely on the table, and recognizing reality is the substance of peace.

“It’s time that the Palestinians recognize the Jewish state and also recognize the fact that it has a capital. It’s called Jerusalem.

“It has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years, since it was founded by King David. We’ve never lost our bond to it, and yet this bond is being denied in United Nations forums and in laughable UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) decisions seeking to deny history and historical truth.

“Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish state for 70 years. Peace is predicated on reality and or recognizing reality. I think the fact Jerusalem is Israel’s capital is completely obvious to any of you who have visited Israel,” the prime minister said.”Europe and Israel are partner significantly on three major areas: security, prosperity and peace. On security, Israeli intelligence has prevented dozens of terrorist attack, many of them on European soil, and I think the lives of many people were saved thanks to that cooperation, so well-known to the security services of many European governments,” Netanyahu added at the joint press conference.

Prior to Netanyahu’s remarks, Mogherini said the EU will continue respecting international consensus on Jerusalem and made it clear she nevertheless denounced any attacks in Europe against Israel or Jews.

The EU’s foreign minister also noted she gave her full support to King of Jordan Abdullah II‘s peace initiative. “The only realistic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is predicated on the two-state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital,” Mogherini elucidated.

Palestinian official urges Istanbul summit: Recognize Jerusalem as our capital

Posted December 11, 2017 by joopklepzeiker
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By Seth J. Frantzman
December 11, 2017 18:28
http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinian-official-Recognize-Jerusalem-as-Palestinian-capital-517735
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) address the media at the Presidential Palace in Ankara January 12, 2015.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Organization of Islamic Cooperation meets Wednesday at invitation of Turkish President

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to bring together Muslim countries in Istanbul on Wednesday as part of Ankara’s response to Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The meeting is likely to ramp up tensions surrounding Jerusalem, after the Turkish president also called Israel a “state of occupation and a terror state” on December 10 and the Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem governor called on Muslim countries to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine at the meeting.

On December, 6 Erdogan invited the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to an emergency meeting in Istanbul. Ibrahim Kalin, the President’s spokesperson, said that Erdogan had spoken with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other Muslim heads of State in Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Tunisia and Indonesia.

Ankara was outraged by the US president’s Jerusalem decision.

“We will continue to stand with the oppressed, we will use every opportunity we have for our first qibla, Jerusalem,” the Turkish president said on Sunday, referring to Islamic prayers and the holy city.

Turkey has accused the US of being a “partner in bloodshed,” and Turkish media has widely circulated a photo of a blindfolded Palestinian teenager being led away by IDF troops.

This comes in the context of Turkish anger over the US support for the Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Syria, which Turkey sees as a partner of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units and Kurdistan Workers Party, which the latter Turkey and other countries view as a terrorist organization. In October, the US and Turkey were embroiled in a controversy over visas and the two countries have strained relations.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will attend the Istanbul summit and deliver a speech, Iranian media reported. He is supposed to leave for Turkey the night of December 12. Erdogan and Rouhani met in Sochi in late November with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Jerusalem issue has united some in the OIC.

Last year in Istanbul, Iran was criticized for “interference” in the region and “support for terrorism.”

The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is likely to attend and Lebanese President Michael Aoun will also attend. King Abdullah of Jordan, who was just in Turkey, is also likely to attend.

The Istanbul meeting comes two days after the Arab League condemned the Jerusalem decision on Saturday. On Monday, Abbas went to Cairo to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Paris.

Adnan al-Husayni, the Palestinian Authority’s designated “governor” for Jerusalem claimed declaring Jerusalem the Palestinian capital would be an answer to Trump’s speech. “It can have a very strong impact on the political level.”

It is still unclear whether some of the key leaders in the region will attend or send a high level representative to the Istanbul meeting.

On December 11, Sisi met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Cairo. Putin had just come from a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, where he ordered some troops withdrawn from Syria. Saudi Arabia’s attendance will also be key to any important decisions to come from Istanbul.