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  • Sources: NYPD Hatchet Attacker May Have Been ISIS Supporter

    10/23/2014 5:23:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Vocativ ^ | 10/23/14 | M.L. Nestel
    The hatchet-wielding man who attacked four NYPD officers earlier today and was then shot dead by police may have had ties to ISIS, sources told Vocativ. Law-enforcement sources we spoke with identified Zale Thompson as the armed man who charged at a group of NYPD uniformed police assembled on a street corner in Jamaica, Queens, at around 2 p.m. today. The 32-year-old Muslim, who lived in Queens, struck one of the officers in the back of the head with his hatchet and gashed another on the arm, the police said. After they were provoked, two of the four cops drew...
  • In the West, a Growing List of Attacks Linked to Extremism

    10/23/2014 6:04:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2014 | by SHREEYA SINHA
    Canadian authorities identified the gunman in the deadly shooting Wednesday of a soldier guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982. The episode was the latest in a growing list of attacks in the West by individuals who have professed their affinity for radical Islam or sympathy to militant ideology. Oct. 20, 2014: Hit-and-Run Kills Canadian Soldier Sept. 25, 2014: Woman Is Beheaded in Oklahoma Sept. 26, 2014: ISIS Lieutenant Tries to Coordinate Attacks in Australia May 24, 2014: 3 Shot Dead at Jewish Museum in Brussels May 22, 2013: Attack Near Military...
  • China, Iran defense officials pledge closer ties

    10/23/2014 3:17:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 5:15 AM EDT
    China’s defense minister met Thursday with Iran’s navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries following their first joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf last month. […] China has been building closer ties with the militaries of U.S. rivals such as Russia to help counter American naval dominance in the Asia-Pacific region.China and Iran also maintain close economic links, although Beijing has joined international efforts to prod Iran into cooperating with the global community over its nuclear programs. …
  • Irish senators build EU momentum on Palestine recognition

    10/23/2014 2:57:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 23.08.14 @ 09:28 | Andrew Rettman
    Irish senators have adopted a non-binding motion on Palestine recognition, as the EU prepares to set out new red lines on Israel relations. The motion, tabled by Averil Power from the opposition Fianna Fáil party, passed without a vote on Wednesday (22 October) after winning cross-party support. It urges the Irish government “to formally recognize the state of Palestine and do everything it can to help secure a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”. Power told the Senate that in the past 20 years “while pretending to talk peace … [Israel’s] illegal settlements in the West Bank have trebled...
  • Suspected shooter identified in Canada attack (CNN identified him as a "convert to Islam")

    10/22/2014 5:00:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 22, 2014 | By Ashley Fantz, Josh Levs and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
    Michael Zehaf-Bibeau has been identified by Canadian officials to their American counterparts as the suspected gunman, multiple U.S. officials told CNN. The gunman was killed after two shooting incidents -- one at the Canada War Memorial, and another just minutes later nearby inside Parliament. Bibeau, who was born in 1982, was a convert to Islam and had a history of drug use before he converted, two sources said. Investigators haven't provided any possible motives for the shooting. The violence at Parliament comes just days after Canada raised its terror alert Friday. The suspect in Monday's vehicle attack, Martin Rouleau Couture,...
  • Is Canadian parliament shooting a terrorist attack?

    10/22/2014 10:13:44 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 22, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    The situation in Canada is still developing and many reports regarding the violence in Canada are unconfirmed, but what is known is that at least one police officer was wounded when a shooter attacked him at the war memorial in Ottawa. What was described as a “lone gunman” then entered Canada’s parliament building where this person engaged in a firefight with police before he or she was incapacitated. It seems that early reports which indicated the attack on parliament was the work of a “lone gunman” were inaccurate. At least one Canadian police official told an MSNBC anchor that multiple...
  • Ottawa: Third shooting at shopping mall

    10/22/2014 9:54:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/22/14 | Robert Spencer
    MallshootingThis may or may not be jihad, but it is certainly a planned, coordinated series of attacks. “Third shooting in shopping mall confirmed,” by Steve Robson, Mirror, October 22, 2014 (thanks to Marc): Police have now confirmed there has been a third shooting at the Rideau Centre shopping mall near to the Parliament building. Armed officers were rushing towards the scene with guns drawn.
  • Terrorists to be banned from running UK charities

    10/21/2014 10:47:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:00AM BST 22 Oct 2014 | Peter Dominiczak and Christopher Hope
    Convicted terrorists will be banned from running charities under a new law to stop donations being funneled to extremist groups, David Cameron has said. The Prime Minister said that the Government will “confront the menace of extremism” by ensuring that the Charity Commission is given new powers to prevent dangerous criminals misusing money that is donated to charities. Officials have expressed concerns that money donated to charities has been funding extremist groups in countries like Syria and Iraq. Previously, convicted terrorists and pedophiles have still been able to act as charity trustees in the UK. As part of the new...
  • Death of Klinghoffer Is Your Problem, I’m Not Jewish!

    10/21/2014 8:10:40 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 19 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | October 21, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyNew York — October 21, 2014 … Over 4,000 people attended a demonstration yesterday against the “Death of Klinghoffer” opera in New York City. Many were Jewish, some were Christian. All were angry. They all had one objective – to illustrate that this opera about a 69-year-old wheelchair-bound man, who was shot in the head by Palestinian terrorists on the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985 was an act of terror – not art. After hearing former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani discuss the First Amendment and how it also applied to the protesters, listening...
  • Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism: U.N.

    10/21/2014 5:32:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:23pm EDT | Michelle Nichols
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence. “Our long-term strategic objective in Syria remains a political solution,” Ban told the U.N. Security Council. The United Nations is spearheading efforts to end a civil war sparked by President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests more than three years ago. “A purely military response to the vicious new threat posed by (Islamic State) could ultimately contribute to the radicalization of other Sunni armed groups and spark a...
  • ISIS Says It Seized U.S. Weapons Intended for Kurdish Forces

    10/21/2014 5:17:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Oct 21, 2014 7:32 pm
    ISIS is bragging that it seized weapons that the U.S. airdropped into Kobani to arm the Kurds. CENTCOM acknowledged that at least one of 28 bundles of ammunition, small arms, and medical supplies that was dropped on Sunday ended up falling into ISIS-held territory. The U.S. then performed a follow-up airstrike to destroy the bundle. …
  • Poll: 3 in 4 Israeli Jews oppose a Palestinian state if it means dividing Jerusalem

    10/21/2014 5:10:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/20/2014 07:21 | Herb Keinon
    Even as Jerusalem and Washington locked horns earlier this month in a very public spat over construction in Jerusalem, more than three-fourths of the Jewish-Israeli public is opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state if it means dividing Jerusalem, according to a poll released on Sunday. The poll, sponsored by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and conducted by the Shvakim Panorama research institute, found that 76 percent of the Jewish public opposed a Palestinian state if it meant dividing the capital, indicating that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took no political risks—and indeed reflected a wide consensus opinion—when he...
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • ISIS releases sickening video clip showing Syrian woman being stoned to death by group of men

    10/21/2014 7:51:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2014 | John Hall
    Islamic State militants fighting in Syria and Iraq have released a sickening video of a young woman being stoned to death by a group of men - including her own father. The shocking footage is understood to have been filmed in the city of Hama and shows a bearded cleric ranting at the woman in Arabic and accusing her adultery while she pleads for her life. The woman turns to her father and begs his forgiveness but he coldly rejects her, saying he would rather please God. He then turns to the men to give the signal for his daughter's...
  • Protests Greet Met’s Premiere of ‘Klinghoffer’

    10/20/2014 8:42:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10/20/14 | MICHAEL COOPER
    At the Metropolitan Opera’s first performance of John Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer” on Monday night, men and women in evening attire walked through a maze of police barricades, while protesters shouted “Shame!” and “Terror is not art!” One demonstrator held aloft a white handkerchief splattered with red. Others, in wheelchairs set up for the occasion, lined Columbus Avenue. Political figures, including former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, joined a rally, several hundred strong at Lincoln Center, to denounce an opera that has become the object of a charged debate about art, anti-Semitism and politics. But after months of escalating protests,...
  • COVERUP: UNRWA removes “human rights” webpage after hate and lies exposed

    10/20/2014 8:25:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Elder of Ziyon ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014
    It’s happened again. For the second time, after I exposed that UNRWA’s Gaza school curricula include many examples of promoting hateful ideas that directly contradict those of the UN and UNRWA themselves, the organization has stealthily removed the evidence without any acknowledgment or apology. My 2012 exposé of how UNRWA schools were teaching hate, martyrdom and jihad to students, with many examples of essays and poems, resulted in UNRWA removing many individual school sites and specific pages and domains from the Internet without any public notice. Now, my latest exposés showing explicit antisemitism and hateful historical lies in the UNRWA...
  • Australia’s Parliament House lifts face veil ban

    10/20/2014 10:27:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 9:31 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s Parliament House on Monday lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.The department that runs Parliament House had announced earlier this month that “persons with facial coverings” would no longer be allowed in the open public galleries. Instead, they were to be directed to galleries usually reserved for noisy schoolchildren where they could sit behind soundproof glass. That announcement was made just as Parliament’s last two-week session was ending and had no practical effect. On Monday, the Department of Parliamentary Services, or DPS, said people wearing face coverings would be allowed...
  • West Midlands Police report reveals 75 per cent of known on-street child sex groomers are Asian (UK)

    10/19/2014 7:14:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Birmingham Mail ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | Jeanette Oldham
    A bombshell police report has revealed 75 per cent of known on-street child sex groomers in the West Midlands are Asian – with 82 per cent of victims, aged 14 to 16, being white. And a Birmingham Mail investigation has discovered how police, councils and social services have been failing vulnerable victims in a new abuse scandal which follows those identified in Rotherham, Rochdale and Derbyshire. The shocking statistics are contained in a confidential report from West Midlands Police. Another report identified 111 youngsters at risk of child sexual exploitation in Birmingham last year, with the youngest aged just 11,...
  • World Ignores as Hamas Boasts of Continued Tunnel-Digging

    10/19/2014 11:43:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 10/20/2014, 7:25 AM | Hillel Fendel
    The destruction of the widespread Hamas tunnel network was considered a major Israeli achievement of the recent war in Gaza, but the Hamas weekly newspaper Al-Risalah reports that Hamas continues digging tunnels from Gaza into Israel. A reporter for Al-Risalah claims to have visited an “offensive tunnel”—a term referring to an underground conduit planned to be used in an attack against Israel. Hamas has attacked Israel via tunnels of this nature in the past, either by sending armed terrorists into Israel to target Israelis, or—as in the famous case of Gilad Shalit—by capturing a soldier nearby and abducting him into...
  • Muslim Man Beats Wife, Drags Her Body with Car as his Children Watch (Dearborn, MI)

    10/19/2014 2:08:36 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 84 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/19/14 | Aurelius
    Hassan Sayed is looking at years in prison after beating his wife as their children looked on, then dragging her with a car. The incident was caught on tape. Sayed's wife was driving when he started to threaten her. She was so frightened, she pulled over and began to run from Hassan as their children watched. Away from her enraged husband, she called police. In the meantime, Sayed had gotten into the driver's seat. When his wife started to walk back to the car, Sayed started pushing her and punching her in the face. As she stumbles back to once...
  • Shocking: Muslims Daub Swastika on Temple Mount

    10/19/2014 11:50:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    INN ^ | 10/19/2014, 12:08 PM | Ari Soffer
    On Sunday morning, Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount—the holiest site in Judaism—were appalled to find that Muslim worshipers had daubed anti-Semitic graffiti equating the Jewish Star of David to the Nazi swastika. Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick first uploaded a photo of the shocking graffiti onto his Facebook account, along with a statement blaming the lack of proper response by authorities to Islamist rioting and provocations, and accusing the government of burying its head in the sand. “When they make light of the torching of a police station on the Temple Mount, when the sole response to daily Muslim...
  • Abbas Calls Jews Visiting Temple Mount 'Herd of Cattle'

    10/18/2014 3:56:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman called Jews visiting the Temple Mount a "herd of cattle" on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he incited violence against Jews visiting Judaism's holiest site and called to prevent their access "by all means." "The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque," Abbas said in a speech to the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah party. "We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque," he added, referring to Jews visiting the site as a "herd of cattle." On Saturday, Abbas...
  • Boko Haram attack survivor: I'm ready to die as a Christian (Fascinating video interview with Greta)

    10/18/2014 9:10:41 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/17/2014 | Greta Van Susteren
    VIDEO (19:55)- Uncut: Victim recounts how Boko Haram extremists attacked him in front of his wife and children just because he is a Christian and left him for dead, plus the plight of hundreds of kidnapped girls.
  • German judge sparks outrage, says anti-Semitism was only limited to Nazi period

    10/18/2014 1:29:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/17/2014 04:28 | Benjamin Weinthal
    A regional judge in Munich is embroiled in a highly charged dispute over her statement in a civil case that German anti-Semitism was limited to the Nazi period of 1933-1945, suggesting that post-Holocaust anti-Semitism is not a factor in Jew-hatred. The Munich regional judge, Petra Grönke-Müller, sparked outrage on October 8 with her courtroom assertion during a civil case that “a fiery anti-Semite is someone in Germany who talks, with conviction, in an anti-Semitic way and, with conviction, does not condemn the Third Reich and cannot view the period 1933-1945 as separate from the background of history.” […] Speaking to...
  • Palestinians want Israel pullout vote this year

    10/18/2014 12:13:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 17, 2014 10:34 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Friday his government wants the U.N. Security Council to vote on a resolution before the end of the year that would set November 2016 as the deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from all Palestinian territories. Riyad Mansour said Friday that if the resolution is defeated—which is almost certain because of opposition from Israel’s closest ally the United States and others—the Palestinians have other options. …
  • Abbas suggest banning Jews from holy site (i.e. Temple Mount)

    10/17/2014 9:49:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 10.17.14, 21:34 | News Agencies (AP, AFP, Reuters)
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suggested Jews should be banned from a holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims after hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza participated in a Hamas-organized rally Friday over Jerusalem’s flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque, the scene of recurring clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in recent days. […] Abbas said Jews should be prevented from entering the site “by any means,” adding that “this is our Noble Sanctuary… they have no right to enter and desecrate it.” Palestinians also say Israel is unfairly restricting access at the site. Israel limited male Muslim worshippers this past week to...
  • [Germany] Diverse Berlin could get first mayor ‘with accent’ (a ‘Palestinian’ candidate)

    10/17/2014 12:34:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 17.10.2014 | Jefferson Chase
    For more than a decade, Berlin has been governed by an openly homosexual mayor. But is the city, renowned for its tolerance, ready for a leader from a Palestinian background? It may have to be. […] … Berlin SPD parliamentary leader Raed Saleh only needs to open his mouth to stand out from the crowd. Saleh came to Berlin at the age of five with his Palestinian parents, and although his German is beyond reproach, he speaks the language with a distinct Arabic twang. “Berlin is a city of diversity; a city of 100 different accents,” Saleh told DW. “People...
  • Boko Haram agrees to ceasefire, release of school girls

    10/17/2014 12:22:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 17.10.2014 | slk/shs (AP, AFP, Reuters)
    The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has agreed to a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped school girls, according to Nigerian officials. The girls were abducted six months ago from a school in Chibok. […] “Boko Haram issued the ceasefire as a result of the discussions we have been having with them,” said Hassan Tukur, who represented the Nigerian government at talks with the militant organization in neighboring Chad. “They have agreed to release the Chibok girls,” he continued. The girls have been missing for the past six months, despite international efforts mobilized by the Twitter hashtag...
  • UK Student Union Boycotts Israel—But Won’t Condemn ISIS (or support Kurds against them)

    10/17/2014 10:50:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 10/16/2014, 11:29 PM | Ari Soffer
    The UK’s National Union of Students (NUS) has rejected a motion condemning the radical Islamic State terrorist group—also known as ISIS or ISIL—on the grounds that it could be considered “Islamophobic,” sparking a row over the dominance of radical-left groups within the student body. The decision by NUS’s National Executive Committee to shoot down the motion is all the more shocking given that the same body adopted an aggressive bill just over two months ago condemning Israel and calling for a boycott of the Jewish state. The anti-Israel motion was adopted despite objections that it risked alienating Jewish students, who...
  • ISIS in Jets for First Time, US Reportedly Trains Rebel Pilots

    10/17/2014 10:40:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    INN ^ | 10/17/2014, 1:59 PM | Ari Yashar
    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed on Friday that the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terror group has begun training pilots on three captured fighter jets, relying on the knowledge of Iraqi pilots who have joined the group. Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the monitoring group, said witnesses in northern Syria have seen the group flying the three MiG 21 or MiG 23 model jets above the al-Jarrah airbase east of Aleppo, in the first instance of ISIS going airborne, reports Reuters. […] ISIS has captured several fighter jets during its conquest of Syria and Iraq. In August it...
  • (George) Galloway Won’t be Prosecuted Over ‘Israel-Free Zone’ Remarks

    10/17/2014 1:46:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 10/15/2014, 7:17 PM | Elad Benari
    Anti-Israel British MP George Galloway will not be prosecuted over remarks in a speech during which he declared that his constituency, Bradford, was “an Israel-free zone”, reports Jewish News Online. The comments, made by the Bradford West MP in August, caused an outcry on social media and complaints were made to West Yorkshire Police. On Wednesday, the force said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) did not believe there was sufficient evidence to support charges but also said it had logged it as a “hate incident”. …
  • Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg

    10/16/2014 8:36:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 32 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 15, 2014 | Soeren Kern
    Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg by Soeren Kern October 15, 2014 at 5:00 am "We are living in Hamburgistan." — Daniel Abdin, imam of Hamburg's Al-Nour Mosque.One politician has been repeatedly threatened with beheading as the price to pay for leading a fundraising campaign to provide food and water for Kurds in northern Iraq."As a society we must ask ourselves: how can it be that people who live in Germany and... born and raised here, are supporters of a brutal, inhuman and fundamentalist group such as the IS and attack peaceful protestors with knives, sticks and machetes. Here...
  • Is the Islamic State the Islamic "Reformation?"

    10/16/2014 7:16:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Fjordman
    The self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has shocked the world with its brutality. The British Prime Minister David Cameron, along with other Western leaders, claims that the Islamic State has “nothing to do with the great religion of Islam, a religion of peace.” The former British PM Tony Blair states that IS’ ideology is “based in a complete perversion of the proper faith of Islam.”
  • German jihadist in Syria threatens ‘filthy’ Merkel

    10/16/2014 5:59:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Oct 2014 10:50 GMT+02:00
    A German Islamist fighting for the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria has released a propaganda video threatening Germans and Chancellor Angela Merkel. […] The German jihadist, who has the name Abu Dauoud al-Almani, first rants against the US and President Barack Obama, before turning his attention to his homeland. “The same to you O Germans and to filthy Merkel who gave gifts to Israel” He then calls for his “brothers” in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to join jihad. …
  • Turkish football coach attacked by fans after trainer’s anti-ISIL tweets

    10/16/2014 4:58:38 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | October/15/2014
    A group of Sarıyer supporters attacked coach Turhan Özyazanlar on Oct. 14 outside the club’s facilities as he was trying to defend trainer Erdal Elgörmüş (L). The coach of Sarıyer, a third-division football team headquartered on Istanbul’s Bosphorus, was beaten by fans after the team’s goalkeeper trainer posted messages on social media decrying atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Kobane. A groups of Sarıyer supporters attacked coach Turhan Özyazanlar on Oct. 14 outside the club’s facilities as he was trying to defend trainer Erdal Elgörmüş. Ergörmüş, who was born in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern...
  • [Palestinian Authority] PA Cited for Anti-Semitic Works at Int’l Book Fair (Frankfurt, Germany)

    10/15/2014 9:46:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:39 AM | Moshe Philips and Benyamin Korn
    International donors this week praised the leaders of the Palestinian Authority as moderate peace-seekers who can be trusted with billions of dollars in aid for Gaza—at the very same time the PA was being named “second worst offender” for distributing anti-Semitic publications at Europe's largest book fair. The European branch of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, headed by Dr. Shimon Samuels, this week released its list of those who circulated anti-Semitic books and magazines at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest annual gathering of publishers in Europe. Qatar was cited as the “Worst Offender of 2014.” But the Qataris had stiff...
  • ISIS ‘Declares War on Christians’

    10/14/2014 5:12:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    INN ^ | 10/14/2014, 4:00 PM | Dalit Halevy, Tova Dvorin
    Islamic State (ISIS) has published a new edition of the propaganda booklet Dabiq, which is again signaling its primary enemy—Christianity. On the cover page of the booklet is a photo of the Vatican bearing the ISIS flag, along with the terror group’s desires to conquer Rome and “break the cross.” According to some Islamic traditions, the founder of Islam Mohammed predicted that the occupation of the three cities of Istanbul, Jerusalem and Rome pave the way for the appearance of the Mahdi, the Islamic Messiah. The declaration surfaces amid growing concern over the widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle...
  • CNN lays off New York staff of correspondent Christiane Amanpour in network-wide restructuring

    10/14/2014 4:26:33 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/14/14 | DON KAPLAN
    The ax has fallen on the New Yorkers who work for storied foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour. CNN has canned Amanpour's entire New York City-based staff — four producers — as part of the troubled cable news channel's restructuring, sources said.
  • British ex-PM Blair may have been terrorism target, court hears

    10/14/2014 10:33:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:07am EDT | Michael Holden
    A man charged in Britain with terrorism offenses at a trial so sensitive that prosecutors sought to have it heard entirely in secret might have been planning an attack on ex-prime minister Tony Blair, a court heard on Tuesday. Erol Incedal, 26, was arrested in October last year with another man, Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadja, who last week admitted possessing a bomb-making document on a memory card, prosecutor Richard Whittam said. Incedal, who lives in London and is a British citizen, denies charges of preparing for acts of terrorism with unnamed others abroad and possessing information useful to terrorism. …
  • Diplomats: EU weighs steps to curb settlements, including blacklisting convicted settlers

    10/14/2014 10:15:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters via Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/14/2014 17:29 | (Luke Baker)
    European officials are looking at new ways to press Israel to halt its building of settlements on land the Palestinians want for a state, as frustration over the construction program reaches a new high, European diplomats say. The discussions are at an early stage, but officials say the European Union may look at stopping Jewish settlers convicted of crimes from visiting the EU and could examine the fine print of a free-trade agreement, although there is no talk of sanctions. A series of steps by Israel in recent weeks, including the seizure of 1,000 acres of land near the Palestinian...
  • France says will recognize Palestinian state if negotiations fail

    10/14/2014 10:11:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters via Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/14/2014 19:18 | (Reuters: John Irish)
    France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that Paris should recognize a Palestinian state only if doing so would help achieve peace, not as a symbolic gesture. However, if negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel fail, Paris “would not shirk its responsibilities” but would recognize the Palestinian state, the minister, Laurent Fabius, said in answer to a question in parliament. His remarks came a day after British lawmakers voted to recognize Palestine. Their vote will not alter government policy, but it does carry symbolic value as Palestinians pursue international recognition. “From the moment when we say that there are two states,...
  • Golders Green MP Resigns Gov’t Role Over UK ‘Palestine’ Vote

    10/14/2014 9:38:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 10/14/2014, 2:18 PM | Tova Dvorin
    The British MP representing two of London’s primary Jewish neighborhoods resigned as a parliamentary private secretary on Monday, in direct protest of the UK’s vote to recognize “Palestine.” Following the resignation—which he announced on Twitter—MP Mike Freer stated he had no regrets. “I had to vote and it was therefore easy to quit,” Freer told the British Jewish News daily on Tuesday. “It would have been easy to hide behind the protocol, but the two-state solution we all want to see should be the end, not start, of the process. The Government had to follow the protocol, but the irony...
  • Divided Bosnia elects nationalists

    10/13/2014 10:50:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Published: 13/10/2014 - 10:53 | Updated: 13/10/2014 - 14:52 | (With Reuters)
    Nationalists with little shared vision of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s future were in the lead in an election for the three-person presidency yesterday (12 October), likely portending more dysfunction in a country still haunted by the divisions of a 1992-95 war. Based on a partial vote-count, authorities said Bakir Izetbegović, Dragan Čović and Željka Cvijanović were out in front in the race for the tri-partite state presidency, as the Bosniak, Croat and Serb representatives respectively. […] Izetbegovic campaigned on the need for a strong, unified state, Čović on the creation of a Croat entity within Bosnia, while Cvijanović is part of...
  • Kissinger: ‘Iran Is a Natural Ally of the United States’

    10/13/2014 9:15:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 191 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 13, 2014 - 11:49 AM | Melanie Hunter
    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “Iran is a natural ally” of the U.S. “As long as Iran is ruled by the ayatollah and bases itself on its sectarian philosophy, we have to be careful. But basically, as a country, Iran is a natural ally of the United States. It’s the ideological, religious component that makes it an antagonist,” said Kissinger, who served as Secretary of State for the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford administrations. …
  • British Parliament Votes to Recognize Palestine

    10/13/2014 7:13:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | 10/14/2014, 12:29 AM | Elad Benari
    The British parliament on Monday night officially voted in favor of recognizing the “state of Palestine”. The non-binding resolution was passed by 274 in favor to 12 votes against, to “recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel” as part of a “contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution”, according to AFP. The motion, while non-binding, is heavy with symbolism but is unlikely to change government policy, the report noted. […] British Prime Minister David Cameron said prior to the vote that he would not take part in it. …
  • Arabs Caught on Film in Another ‘Tree Libel’ (cut down olive trees, blame Jews)

    10/13/2014 7:08:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 10/13/2014, 5:29 PM | Moshe Cohen
    Arabs on Monday were caught red-handed cooking up another “tree libel” against Jewish residents of Samaria. The Arabs were seen cutting down olive trees and demolishing fences in an Arab olive grove near Har Bracha in Samaria, apparently intending to blame the damage on Jews. Two volunteers working with the Samaria Residents Council caught the vandals on film. The volunteers were on special patrol, after Council director Benny Katsover urged Jewish residents of the area to watch out for Arab provocations during the olive harvest season. Katzover called on residents to carry video-filming equipment as they traveled the roads, in...
  • Abbas Threatens, Again, to Cut Ties With Israel

    10/13/2014 5:33:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/10/14 | Dalit Halevy & Elad Benari
    PA Chairman says he plans to move ahead with his latest unilateral UN move and if all else fails, he will hand the keys to Netanyahu. video .....
  • Tenant nearly beheaded Brooklyn landlord who had 'humiliated'him...

    10/13/2014 2:47:56 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/13/14 | ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
    ...for being short on cash: NYPD sources The Brooklyn tenant accused of butchering his landlord nearly chopped the man’s head off in a fit of rage because he felt the 57-year-old victim had “teased" him for being poor, police sources said on Wednesday. Hours after the NYPD pulled off a nick-of-time arrest as Mohammed Siddiquee tried to flee the country, the suspect admitted to perpetrating the vicious killing of Mahuddin Mahmud. “Yes, I did it,” Mohammed Siddiquee, 27, said nervously when the Daily News asked if he was the culprit as cops hauled him out of a Brooklyn police station...
  • Arab MK Tibi Leads Push for ‘Palestine’ in London

    10/13/2014 11:27:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 10/13/2014, 2:44 PM | Yedidya Ben-Or, Ari Yashar
    Despite being a citizen of Israel and a member of the Israeli Knesset, radical Arab MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List) is in London on Monday to take part in a diplomatic push urging the British parliament to recognize “Palestine” in a non-binding vote. Tibi is talking with British MPs of the Labour Party, whose member Grahame Morris proposed the vote, and trying to convince them that voting to recognize the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a state will advance the “peace process.” In fact, the Labour Party is reportedly highly divided over the vote, with many senior members of the...
  • Merkel ‘wants to extend Afghan mission’

    10/13/2014 11:22:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Oct 2014 08:34 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel wants German troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016, fearing Afghan security forces will not be ready to take over by then, according to a report on Sunday. News weekly Der Spiegel reported that Merkel told a parliamentary committee that she doubted the Afghan army and police would be ready to take over by the time the final German troops are slated to withdraw. She said the complete withdrawal in 2011 of US troops from Iraq, which is now engulfed in Islamist violence, served as a cautionary tale and wanted to talk to Washington about an extension...