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What if Terrorists Ran the News Media?

November 27th, 2015

Media bias against Israel shows in news headlines that distort the cause and effect of incidents, focusing only on the effects.
This one-minute video demonstrates what headlines would look like if Islamist sympathizers wrote news headlines and how they might mischaracterize the perpetrators and victims of 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, and France’s Charlie Hebdo shooting.

Then it shows actual headlines. There’s no difference!

An Israeli-Zionist-Arab-Muslim Speaks –video

November 27th, 2015

Sarah Zoabi is an Israeli-Arab citizen who eloquently expresses her Arab-Israeli-Zionist identity. Despite the inevitability of receiving death threats, she is outspoken about the Jewish people’s right to their own state. Like her son Mohammed, she believes that the State of Israel is a “paradise” for Arabs to live as citizens. Hear her speech at the Israeli Knesset on October 14, 2015 as she explains that Israeli-Arabs enjoy freedoms that do not exist in any Arab country.

Kay Wilson’s TED Talk on surviving a knife attack

November 21st, 2015

In May 2015, at Ben-Gurion University, Kay Wilson described how she survived an attack by a machete-wielding Palestinian Moslem, and how her life has continued. She offers a reminder of what a life-affirming culture looks like, as opposed to the death cult that is trying to stamp it out.

Step By Step: The Idiot’s Guide To Surviving A Machete Attack | Kay Wilson | TEDxBGU

Jonathan Pollard released from U.S. prison after 30 years

November 20th, 2015
Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C., in 1998.  (Karl DeBlaker / Associated Press)

Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C., in 1998. (Karl DeBlaker / Associated Press)

By Timothy M. Phelps /

Jonathan Pollard, the American citizen whose spying for Israel led to a serious rift between the Israeli and U.S. governments and between U.S. and Israeli Jews, was released from prison Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 after serving 30 years of a life sentence.

But even freedom for the former civilian naval intelligence analyst did not put the continuing controversy over Pollard to rest, as his Israeli wife criticized the U.S. government for refusing to allow him to move to Israel — where Pollard is seen as a hero — for at least five years during his parole.

A Justice Department official said parolees require special permission for foreign travel and must demonstrate “a substantial need for such travel.”

According to Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Eliot L. Engel, Pollard is willing to renounce his U.S. citizenship to facilitate his being sent to Israel. The two New York Democrats wrote a letter to Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch asking her to grant permission.

The White House has previously said President Obama has no plans to alter the terms of Pollard’s parole.

Pollard, 61, was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C. His lawyers have said that they have arranged unspecified work for him in the New York area.

Pollard’s release was not opposed by the Justice Department last summer, much to the disappointment of a bipartisan coalition of the country’s national security elite, who have long argued that he had severely damaged U.S. interests.

Pollard’s dramatic arrest by FBI agents in 1985 — after his plea for asylum was rebuffed at the gates of the Israeli Embassy in Washington — triggered a crisis between the two allies. Initially, Israel denied any official connection to Pollard, but it was quickly revealed that the operatives for whom he was working reported to an intelligence advisor to then-Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

The arrest also revealed an uncomfortable divide in the American and Israeli Jewish communities, which are usually closely bound by religion and shared history. American Jews complained bitterly that the Pollard operation had exposed them to questions about their loyalty to the U.S., while some Israelis responded that their nervousness was proof that life in the Diaspora was untenable.

Pollard said that he acted out of love for Israel, and that the U.S. was not sharing crucial intelligence about Arab countries with its ally.

But prosecutors and U.S. intelligence analysts said that he did it for cash, and that spies for the U.S. in the Soviet Union were discovered and probably killed because of Pollard’s actions.

“It is my belief, and the intelligence community was of the nearly certain belief, that assets [agents working for the U.S. overseas] were compromised,” said Joseph diGenova, who prosecuted Pollard.

DiGenova said Pollard passed the Israelis thousands of documents that had nothing to do with Israel’s enemies, including technical information about U.S. information systems and satellites, photographs, maps, and classified manuals.

“It was a gigantic amount of information and stuff of the highest top-secret code word classification,” DiGenova said. He said that Israel bartered the information to the Soviet Union in return for the release of Soviet Jews to Israel, compromising agents who quickly disappeared.

Pollard got $10,000 and an expensive diamond ring for his girlfriend from his Israeli handler when he started passing on documents, and was given a stipend of $2,500 a month. After his arrest, Pollard said he had intended to return the money to Israel. He allegedly also passed or offered documents to other countries, including South Africa, Pakistan, and Australia.

Israel did not officially acknowledge that Pollard was its spy until 1998, by which time the country’s failure to support him and fight for his release had became a political issue.

Pollard first wife, Anne, was convicted of helping him try to cover up his crime, and spent three years in prison. He divorced her after she was released from prison and, in a secret prison ceremony in 1996, married his second wife, Esther, who moved to Israel and helped orchestrate the campaign for her husband’s release.

Then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to make Pollard’s release a condition of agreeing to a peace deal with Palestinians. But President Clinton said his security advisors were hard against such an arrangement.

By then, many leaders of the American Jewish community were also arguing that Pollard had been incarcerated too long. But successive presidents, including Obama, refused to grant him clemency.

When Pollard came up for parole this summer, the Justice Department did not oppose his release, saying he was automatically eligible for “mandatory parole” after serving three decades.

But his former prosecutor argued that Pollard should have remained behind bars. “The Department of Justice decided not to oppose his release,” DiGenova said. “They own it. President Obama owns his release.”

Jonathan Pollard in his first photograph following his release from prison Friday, with wife Esther | Photo credit: Courtesy, Justice for Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard in his first photograph following his release from prison Friday, with wife Esther | Photo credit: Courtesy, Justice for Jonathan Pollard

Israel helping France with intelligence on Paris attack

November 19th, 2015

By Dan Williams /

Israel said after the Paris attacks that its spy services were helping France investigate the Paris gun and bomb attacks, and Israeli media suggested that intelligence being provided drew on surveillance of militant groups in Syria and Iraq.

After the Nov. 13 rampage, which killed at least 129 people, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered full cooperation with French and other European authorities trying to identify the perpetrators and prevent further attacks.

“The cooperation is ongoing, but in accordance with the prime minister’s directive, intelligence material relevant to what happened has been relayed, and we will also deepen the cooperation,” Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told reporters.

“This information can help the French – and not just the French, by the way – to deal with the aftermath, and not just with what happened, but also with terrorist attacks planned for the future,” Katz said. He declined to give further details.

Israel’s Army Radio said electronic surveillance of Syria and Iraq – where Islamic State insurgents have conquered swathes of territory – may have yielded intelligence on the organization of the Paris attacks.

According to the Israeli television station Channel Two, Israel had no advance warning of the Paris attacks but within hours of the assaults gave France details on some of the Islamic State militants believed to have carried them out.

Citing an unnamed senior Israeli official, Channel Two said Israel saw a “clear operational link” between the Paris attacks, the Nov. 12 Beirut suicide bombings and the Oct. 31 downing of a Russian airliner in the Egyptian Sinai.

A Western diplomat said last year that Israel was providing the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State with information gleaned from international travel databases about Western citizens suspected of joining the insurgents.

Europe’s Terrorist War at Home

November 18th, 2015

Learn from Israel, end the open-borders policy, and dig in for a long war of ideas against Islamists.

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali /

French President François Hollande declared the Nov. 13 terrorist attack in Paris an “act of war” by Islamic State, and he was right, if belated, in recognizing that the jihadists have been at war with the West for years. Islamic State, or ISIS, is vowing more attacks in Europe, and so Europe itself—not just France—must get on a war footing, uniting to do whatever it takes militarily to destroy ISIS and its so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq. Not “contain,” not “degrade”—destroy, period.

But even if ISIS is completely destroyed, Islamic extremism itself will not go away. If anything, the destruction of ISIS would increase the religious fervor of those within Europe who long for a caliphate.

European leaders must make some major political decisions, and perhaps France can lead the way. A shift in mentality is needed to avoid more terror attacks on an even bigger scale and the resulting civil strife. Islamic extremists will never succeed in turning Europe into a Muslim continent. What they may well do is provoke a civil war so that parts of Europe end up looking like the Balkans in the early 1990s.

Here are three steps that European leaders could take to eradicate the cancer of Islamic extremism from their midst.

First, learn from Israel, which has been dealing with Islamist terror from the day it was born and dealing with much more frequent threats to its citizens’ security. True, Islamic extremists inside Israel today resort to using knives and cars as their weapons of choice, but that is because attacks like those in Paris last week are now simply impossible for the terrorists to organize. Instead of demonizing Israel, bring their experienced, trained experts to Europe to develop a coherent counterterror strategy.

Second, dig in for a long battle of ideas. European leaders will have to address the infrastructure of indoctrination: mosques, Muslim schools, websites, publishing houses and proselytizing material (pamphlets, books, treatises, sermons) that serve as conveyor belts to violence. Islamic extremists target Muslim populations through dawa (persuasion), convincing them that their ends are legitimate before turning to the question of means.

European governments must do their own proselytizing in Muslim communities, promoting the superiority of liberal ideas. This means directly challenging the Islamic theology that is used by the Islamist predators to turn the heads and hearts of Muslims with the intent of converting them into enemies of their host countries.

Third, Europeans must design a new immigration policy that admits immigrants only if they are committed to adopt European values and to reject precisely the Islamist politics that makes them vulnerable to the siren song of the caliphate.

There are distinct weaknesses in Europe’s current immigration policy: It is too easy to gain citizenship without necessarily being loyal to national constitutions; it is too easy for outsiders to get into European Union countries with or without credible claims for asylum; and, thanks to the open-borders policy known as Schengen, it is too easy for foreigners, once they are in the EU, to travel freely from country to country. This state of affairs has been revealed as unsustainable by this year’s migrant flood into Europe.

Does this amount to “Fortress Europe,” with a new Iron Curtain to the east and a naval cordon sanitaire in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic? Yes. For no other strategy makes sense, given a threat like the one posed to Europe by Islamic extremism. And if Europe’s leaders persist, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in making a virtue of the openness of their borders, they will soon be chased out of office by populists better attuned to public feeling.

The trouble is that such people generally bring to the table other ideas beyond immigration control—not least the kind of fervent, illiberal nationalism that has torn Europe apart in the past.

To achieve all this, Europe would need to overhaul treaties, laws and policies—in other words, take steps that before the atrocities in Paris on Friday couldn’t even be discussed. Maybe this will be the watershed moment for Europe to rethink the path it has been traveling.

Video By Iranian Leader Khamenei’s Office: U.S. And Its Allies Were Behind Paris Attacks

November 17th, 2015

A video posted November 17, 2015 on an IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps)-affiliated Facebook page, titled “Who Was Behind the Paris Attacks” and produced by the office of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, claimed that the real culprits behind the attacks were the U.S. and its allies, who, it said, had created ISIS and provided it with arms and training in order to further its own goals in the world.

The thumbnail preceding the video shows Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, U.S. President Obama, and Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in collusion.

Thumbnail preceding the video showing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, U.S. President Obama, and ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in collusion.

Thumbnail preceding the video showing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, U.S. President Obama, and ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in collusion.

The following are excerpts from the video, which was narrated in computer-generated English [though with a distinctly Scandinavian accent]:

Narrator: “France is going through sad bloody nights. Bloodiest blood has been shed on the streets of Paris, reportedly by the ISIS terrorists. Many express condolences. Even the Saudi king and the U.S. president. The same ones whose involvement in creating the ISIS project is being exposed more than ever.

“All right, we’d better have a flashback to find out where the ISIS emerged from.

“Western media on November 2014 revealed that the ISIS was established as a results of a mistake by the government of the United States in Camp Bucca [in Iraq] during the process of creating an alliance between Al-Qaeda and the Ba’th party. When [ISIS leader Abu Bakr] Al-Baghdadi was released from the American Bucca prison in Iraq, he had already turned from a typical Ba’thi fellow into a super professional terrorist who had established a deep and rare relationship with both [the] Ba’th party and the Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

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“Considering that this story happened in an American prison and through a special process, the relationship could not be regarded as a mere coincidence.

“After the creation of ISIS, which was an outcome of creating an alliance between the Ba’th party and the Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the U.S. dropped weapons for ISIS forces and claimed it was done by accident.

“Through a similar process, the United States trained forces in the name of moderate Syrian rebels who would join the ISIS through two or three intermediaries. The process did not end there and reports reveal that ISIS had been enjoying financial adds [sic] from the U.S. and its allies.

Wesley Clark, former NATO supreme commander, in CNN interview (Feb 17, 2015): “Look, ISIS got started through funding from our friends and allies, because, as people will tell you in the region, if you want somebody who will fight to the death against Hizbullah, you don’t put out a recruiting poster and say, you know, sign up for us, we’re gonna make a better world. You go after zealots and you go after these religious fundamentalists. That’s who fights Hizbullah.”

Narrator: “Of course, no one should be surprised by U.S. support for ISIS, as this was not unprecedented and American politicians had already admitted having supported Al-Qaeda.”

Hillary Clinton Testimony (April 23, 2009): “I mean, let’s remember here, the people we are fighting today, we funded. We funded.”

Narrator: “When the 9/11 tragedy occurred in the U.S., and while the main perpetrators of this event have not yet been introduced to the world, the U.S. government launched attacks Iraq and Afghanistan as a response, and started to spread insecurity and terrorism in the region for a decade.

“This act of war, in turn, distracted public opinion from Israeli crimes, the spread of terrorism in West Asia, and set many Muslim countries against one another.

“What are we going to witness after the Paris attacks?”

On screen: “” (website of Supreme Leader Khamenei)


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Israel hints at Air Force cooperation with Jordan, Egypt

November 16th, 2015

By Dan Williams

JERUSALEM, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Israeli fighter pilots recently trained with Arab counterparts in the United States, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Nov. 3, referring to a joint exercise that a U.S. official described as involving Jordanian planes.

The remarks by Yaalon followed Israel’s disclosure that its air force helped locate a Russian passenger plane that crashed in the Egyptian Sinai on Saturday – both rare departures from a policy of keeping Israeli-Arab military cooperation under wraps.

Bruised by an Iranian nuclear deal with world powers that it had lobbied against, and hoping to skirt deadlocked Palestinian peace talks through wider regional engagement, Israel has been hinting it enjoys burgeoning secret ties with some Arab powers.

In a speech, Yaalon alluded to Israel finding common cause with countries opposed to Iran and its allies such as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia.

Mentioning Israel’s participation in “Red Flag”, a U.S.-hosted air force exercise in July, Yaalon said: “There were Arab pilots there too, and pilots from the various branches of the United States military and other countries.”

He did not elaborate. But a U.S. official who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity said Jordan took part in Red Flag, sending warplanes that flew out with Israel’s jets and refuelled from an Israeli tanker over the Atlantic Ocean.

Last month, Israel hosted a follow-up exercise, “Blue Flag”, saying U.S., Polish, Greek and unspecified other air forces had taken part. Asked whether Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, was among the Blue Flag participants, Israeli military spokesmen declined to comment.

Jordanian officials also declined comment on both drills.

On Saturday, after a Russian passenger jet crashed in the Egyptian Sinai, the Israeli military issued a statement saying it had “assisted with aerial surveillance” to locate the plane.

This help was provided with an Israeli spotter aircraft, an Israeli military officer told Reuters without elaborating.

Asked about Israel’s statements, an Egyptian security source said no Israeli spotter aircraft entered Egypt’s airspace. That met scepticism from one Israeli aerospace expert, Uzi Rubin, given the crash site’s distance from the Israel-Egypt border.

“That part of Sinai is very hilly and a good 100 km (62 miles) from Israel, so if we have the means to surveil it from the border, it would be a feat that I would doff my hat to,” said Rubin, a former consultant for Israel’s Defence Ministry.

Egypt and Israel made peace in 1979 and in recent years have stepped up security cooperation over the Sinai desert, where Islamist insurgents operate. But relations with Israel remain unpopular among many Egyptians, as they do among Jordanians.

Jordanian sheik clarifies: It’s ‘mandatory’ to kill Jews — video

November 13th, 2015

Ali Al-Halabi said the Jews should be killed, but the Palestinians and the Arab world are not strong enough to do so yet. (Screenshot from MEMRI)

Ali Al-Halabi said the Jews should be killed, but the Palestinians and the Arab world are not strong enough to do so yet. (Screenshot from MEMRI)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jordanian sheik who said it is forbidden to kill Jews except in a time of war clarified his statements, saying that jihad against the Jews is a “mandatory duty.”

Watch the video:

In a video distributed November 3, 2105, Ali Al-Halabi said the Jews should be killed, but the Palestinians and the Arab world are not strong enough to do so yet. The video was translated into English by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Halabi, the director of the Imam Albani Center for religious and methodological studies in Jordan, had said in a videotaped statement made last year but distributed recently on social media that it is permitted to kill Jews during a declared war or clashes with Jewish soldiers, but that at other times it is a betrayal.

In the new video, he said, “Unfortunately tens of thousands of Palestinians work with the Jews, they get money from the Jews. They need the Jews. Sadly this is the reality of an occupied people.

“I am not saying this as some people mistakenly understood it, as praise for the Jews, who deserve nothing but more and more curses. I am talking about the reality,” Halabi said, acknowledging that the Muslim community would lose an “asymmetrical war” against Israel and the Jews.

“Jihad against the Jews, fighting them and liberating the land from them, is a binding and mandatory duty, incumbent upon the Islamic countries and upon the Muslim individuals, but it depends on capabilities, because everybody knows that America has Israel’s back,” he said.

Israel keeps its own counsel on Assad as big powers wade into Syria

November 11th, 2015

By Dan Williams /

Israel is no longer taking a public position on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s prospects of staying in power, its defense minister said on Tuesday, citing the opposing goals of the United States and Russia as they intervene in the civil war.

Seeing enemies on all sides of the insurgency that erupted in the neighboring Arab state in 2011, Israel has been formally neutral but initially called for Assad to be toppled, arguing this would deny its arch-foe Iran a key ally in the Levant.

That view hewed to the strategy of the United States and its Arab partners, which back some Syrian rebels and say Assad has lost legitimacy to lead. But with Assad holding on and now helped by a Russian military intervention, Israel has gone mum.

“What is our policy in Syria? We say: We do not intervene. We have an opinion as to what we would like to be there. But we are not in a position nor do we have the status, for sensitive reasons, to say we are in favor of Assad or against Assad,” Yaalon said in a speech to a farm collective near Jerusalem.

At a rare but inconclusive round of talks in Vienna on Friday that brought together many of the main countries involved in Syria, “the Russians were in favor (of Assad), the Americans were against, the Turks were against, the Saudis were against, the Iranians were in favor”, Yaalon said.

“We are not at that level. We deal with our own interests,” he said, reiterating “red lines” that Israel says will trigger military action by it if crossed – attacks from Syria or attempted transfers to Lebanon’s Hezbollah or other militias of advanced weapons systems or chemical warfare agents.

To avoid accidentally trading fire and becoming entangled in the fighting, Israel has agreed with Russia to coordinate military action over Syria.

Various forces clashing in Syria have at times tried to discredit each other with charges of collaboration with Israel.

Yaalon said Israel had armed no side in the civil war and provided only limited humanitarian aid to villages on the Syrian Golan Heights next to lines it holds on the strategic plateau.

This assistance had been conditioned on the recipients pledging to keep Islamist insurgents away and not to attack Syrian Druze Arabs, whose brethren in Israel have pressed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to help the imperilled community.

“We do not supply weaponry, but humanitarian (aid), yes. On two conditions: You do not allow the jihadis to get to the (Golan) fence, and you do not touch the Druze, who are a sensitive issue for us. And it works – ad hoc agreements on the basis of common interests,” Yaalon said.

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