Roughly 200 Salafi-Jihadis in Gaza rallied outside of the French Cultural Institute on Monday, denouncing the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and praising the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reports.
The protesters raised black Jihadi flags and carried posters featuring the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly, the terrorists who carried out the deadly attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Paris kosher supermarket. The Salafis threatened attacks on French citizens and attempted to storm the cultural institute before being prevented by Hamas security forces.
"We were going to cut off [i.e. boycott] your products and now we will cut off your heads" and "Frenchmen, leave Gaza or else we will slaughter you," chanted the Islamic State [IS] supporters.
"I direct a message to our leader [IS leader Abu Bakr] Al-Baghdadi: God willing, you have an army in Greater Syria and Iraq that will take revenge on behalf of the noble Prophet. They will never forego or neglect bringing victory to Allah's religion… I direct a message to the French newspaper: God willing we will come to you with explosives. You will not hear the news but witness it, and I will say no further," said demonstrator Abu Hassan.
Another IS supporter called for the deaths of anyone who insults the Prophet Muhammad.
"We say to the whole world that the Islamic State is here to stay and to expand. Allah willing, we will slaughter whoever mocks the Prophet Muhammad. This is our message."
One protester shouted a revised version of an infamous Jihadi chant, which is frequently chanted at radical protests to call for the destruction of Israel and murder of Jews.
"Khaybar, Khaybar, oh France, the army of Muhammad is returning."
In this case, "France" replaced "Jews" [Yahud].
The Palestinian territories, particularly Gaza, are experiencing a growing presence of Islamic State supporters.
The French cultural center also was defaced by graffiti last weekend. "You will go to hell, French journalists," was spray painted on the building, along with "Anything but the prophet."
A Palestinian terrorist stabbed and injured nine Israelis, four of whom remain under serious condition, on Wednesday morning after boarding a Tel Aviv bus. Security camera footage obtained by Israel's Channel 10 shows the terrorist chasing after civilians running from the bus following the initial attack, stabbing a woman in the back, reports the Jerusalem Post.
Click here to watch the security footage.
Witnesses and police said the terrorist repeatedly stabbed the bus driver before attacking other passengers. Three Israel Prison Service officers driving behind the bus chased the terrorist through parking lots and alleyways before shooting him in the leg and arresting him.
The Shin Bet, Israel's domestic intelligence agency, revealed that the 23-year old terrorist, Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matrouk from Tulkarem, admitted that he was motivated by this past summer's war in Gaza, recent Temple Mount unrest, and radical Islamic propaganda that glorifies "the reaching of heaven."
Hamas leaders quickly praised the attack and called for others to conduct similar attacks.
"A morning of resistance, a morning for the nation," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum wrote on his Facebook page, the Times of Israel reports. His post featured a photo of a combat knife on the ground surrounded by police tape.
Hamas official Husam Badran referred to the terrorist attack as "extraordinary" on Facebook and called for further "acts of resistance" by groups and individuals.
Hamas and Palestinian Authority officials and media frequently incite their populations to commit violence against Israeli civilians. Palestinian institutions systematically glorify terrorist attacks and praise the attackers, advocating for other Palestinians to emulate their violent actions.
Only an hour after the terrorist attack ended, Palestinian media glorified the Tel Aviv stabbing with numerous cartoons.
One of the cartoons, posted within 90 minutes after the attack, features a smiling terrorist with a bloody knife, praising the attack. The cartoon bus includes a Jewish star and the number of the bus line where the attack occurred with blood pouring out of the doors onto the street.
The images later were removed from Twitter, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Palestinian media often boasts of terrorist attacks shortly after they have occurred. Numerous social media posts, for example, called for a "Knife Intifada," an uprising that entailed widespread stabbing of Israeli civilians.
Click here for an Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) comprehensive report on recent Palestinian terrorist attacks and incitement to violence.
A letter from a top British government official calling on United Kingdom mosques to root out "men of hate" is generating push-back from the Muslim Council of Britain.
The letter from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles was co-signed by Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, a member of the House of Lords and sent to 1,100 imams and other Islamic religious leaders.
It called on the imams to dissuade young Muslims from following extremists, urging them to emphasize the threat the extremists pose to British freedoms.
"We must show them the multitude of statements of condemnation from British Muslims; show them these men of hate have no place in our mosques or any place of worship, and that they do not speak for Muslims in Britain or anywhere else," the letter said.
The letter offended some Muslim leaders. The Muslim Council of Britain responded with its own letter saying it resented the "idea that Muslims and Islam are inherently apart from British society." The letter from MCB Secretary General Shuja Shafi also disputed the notion "that extremism takes place at mosques, and that Muslims have not done enough to challenge the terrorism that took place in our name. We also reject suggestions that Muslims must go out of their way to prove their loyalty to this country of ours."
British Prime Minister David Cameron called the letter's tone "reasonable, sensible and moderate."
Security services estimate that at least 500 British citizens are fighting for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. One of them, known as "Jihadi John," is believed responsible for beheading American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and well as Britons Alan Henning and David Haines.
To combat such trends, Pickles and Ahmad suggested the need for the imams to "demonstrate the true nature of British Islam today" and to show that the extremists do not represent Islam.
"You have a precious opportunity and an important responsibility in explaining and demonstrating how Islam can be part of British identity," they wrote.
It was accepted more eagerly by other British Muslims.
"If non-Muslims intervene in the Islamic reform debate, they get told: 'stay out of it' … It's a lose/lose scenario for the poor folks. But there is *no* way to undermine both Islamism & fundamentalism if Muslims don't join everyone else in challenging them," Maajid Nawaz wrote on Twitter Monday.
Nawaz is the co-founder and chairman of the anti-extremist think tank Quilliam Foundation.
"If we keep shirking, sidestepping [and] obfuscating on the reform debate," Nawaz added, "it appears o others that we're happy with the status quo, which is *clearly* very bad."
Israel is bracing for potential attacks from Hizballah, after an airstrike in the Syrian Golan Sunday killed 11 members of the Hizballah-Iranian axis. The dead include Jihad Mughniyeh, a son of former Hizballah leader Imad Mughniyeh, Iranian General Mohamed Allahdadi and Mohammed Issa, the leader of Hizballah's operations in Syria and Iraq.
In response, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, warned of a "destructive" retaliatory actions against Israel and called for the destruction of the Jewish state.
"The Zionists should await annihilating thunderbolts," Jafari told Iranian media.
While on high alert in the north, Israel deployed several Iron dome anti-missile systems on the border in case Hizballah decides to launch rockets into Israel.
Despite Israel's officials silence on the matter, former Shin Bet head Yaakov Peri referred to the strike as an "intelligence and operational success."
Peri, a member of Knesset, alluded to Hizballah's terrorist activities and preparations close to the mountainous border with Israel.
"In my analysis this was meant to facilitate a series of terrorist attacks inside Israeli territory," Peri told Israel's Army radio. He also suggested that Israel was aware of the identities of the people killed.
Another Israeli source suggests that Israel intended to target low-ranking militants in Syria and not an Iranian general.
"We did not expect the outcome in terms of the stature of those killed – certainly not the Iranian general," the source told Reuters.
It is unlikely that the terrorist organization seeks to escalate the violence into a major confrontation with Israel. However, Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah's threats in recent months and provocative activities on the Lebanese border indicate that some type of response from Hizballah is likely. Potential retaliatory responses include a minor attack on Israeli patrols, large-scale terrorist operation targeting Israeli civilians or even terrorist attacks against Israelis abroad.
An Argentinian prosecutor is suing Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and the Argentinian government for allegedly covering up Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, the Algemeiner reports.
According to Argentine newspaper La Nacion, Argentinian special prosecutor Alberto Nisman uncovered a plot designed by the President to overlook Iran's role in the terrorist attack. The motivation behind the plan was to "make a geopolitical move closer to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and to establish full economic ties" and to help alleviate "Argentina's energy crisis through a 'grain for oil' deal."
Nisman claims that President Kirchner created a backdoor channel with Iran to collude on the plot. Other major figures have also been accused of engaging in secret talks with Iran on the matter, including members of the Argentinian intelligence services, a parliamentarian, pro-government activists and Jorge "Yussuf" Khalil, a major figure in Argentina's Muslim community who reportedly maintains close relations with Iran.
"Every message from the President was communicated in detail to the fugitive Mohsen Rabbani, who was Iran's Cultural Attache in Buenos Aires at the time of the attack," according to La Nacion.
Some of the evidence was derived from phone taps. Nisman's formal complaint "presents irrefutable evidence that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner ordered Federal Planning Minister Julio De Vido to meet with D'Elia [former member of Kirchner's cabinet], and through him, to transmit the government's interest in swapping grain for oil."
Eamonn MacDonagh, a Buenos Aires based political analyst, told The Algemeiner about the significance of Nisman's phone records acquisition.
"If he has hundreds of pages of phone taps, that can only indicate that some part of Argentina's vast and unaccountable intelligence system is assisting him," said Macdonagh.
These developments come two years following the memorandum of understanding between Argentina and Iran regarding a "truth commission" into the AMIA terrorist attacks which killed 85 and injured many more.
These allegations would demonstrate that the President of Argentina and other senior officials are directly responsible for attempting to cover up the worst terrorist attack in Argentina's history.
Oxford University Press (OUP) has banned authors from depicting pork-related products in their children's books in an apparent attempt to avoid offending Jews and Muslims, the Daily Mail reports.
The new prohibition came up during a conversation about free speech on Radio 4's Today program and was referred to as "nonsensical political correctness."
"I've got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people. Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following: Pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as pork," state Radio 4's Today presenter Jim Naughtie.
An OUP spokesman justified the new regulations.
"Many of the educational materials we publish in the UK are sold in more than 150 countries, and as such they need to consider a range of cultural differences and sensitivities."
However, these new measures have received considerable backlash from prominent figures.
Tory Member of Parliament (MP) Philip Davies stated that "no word is offensive. It is in the context in which it is used that is offensive ... we have to to get a grip on this nonsensical political correctness."
"That's absolute utter nonsense. And when people go too far, that brings the whole discussion into disrepute," agreed Muslim Labour MP Khalid Mahmood.
These new rules have serious implications for the freedom of speech, particularly in context of the recent deadly terrorist attacks in Paris initially targeting the satirical Charlie Hebdo publication.
"Jewish law prohibits eating pork, not the mention of the word, or the animal from which it derives," said a spokesman for the Jewish Leadership Council.
This is not the first time that non-Muslims in Britain have attempted to self-censor in an effort to avoid actions they believed would offend Muslims. In 2007, organizers of a performance of a children's play by Roald Dahl at a school in West Yorkshire originally removed the "Three Little Pigs" from the show, in favor of the "Three Little Puppies." Councillors reversed that decision.
Likewise, two major banks in England in 2005 banned the use of piggy-banks in advertising or as gifts for children because of a perception that the banks would offend Muslims.
A federal court in Manhattan sentenced a radical British cleric to life in prison Friday after he was convicted for conspiracies connected to a 1998 attacks on tourists in Yemen in 1998, building a terrorist training camp in Bly, Ore.
In December 1998, extremists tied to Abu Hamza took 16 tourists, including two Americans, hostage after attacking sport utility vehicles carrying the tourists. Abu Hamza gave a satellite telephone to the terrorists' leader and provided advice to him over the telephone, court records show. Just before the attack, Abu Hamza publicly warned "infidels" not to travel to Yemen. Four people were killed and several others wounded during a rescue operation launched by the Yemeni military.
In 1999, Abu Hamza and several followers tried to establish a terrorist training camp in Bly. Although the idea was later abandoned, some of the individuals tied to the plot were subsequently arrested and sentenced for conspiring to provide material support and resources to al-Qaida, including plotting to establish a jihad training camp.
At Abu Hamza's urging, two of his followers went al-Qaida's al Faruq training camp in Afghanistan and met with senior leaders from the terrorist group.
Abu Hamza, who preached at the radical Finsbury mosque in North London, was sentenced in to seven years in prison the U.K. in February 2006 for stirring racial hate and inciting followers to kill non-Muslims.
"Abu Hamza's blood-soaked journey from cleric to convict, from Imam to inmate, is now complete," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a Justice Department press release. "... After years of fighting extradition, Abu Hamza finally faced justice, as all those who engage in terrorism against innocent civilians must, here in the U.S., and all around the globe, as the terrible events in Paris remind us."
For sheer brutality, it pales in comparison to the massacre of journalists and cartoonists Wednesday at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, but Saudi Arabia's flogging of a liberal blogger Friday further shows how rooted the concept of violence is in response to any insult of Islam.
Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1,000 lashes – he received the first 50 in a public square in Jeddah Friday – along with 10 years in prison and a fine equal to $266,666, Reuters reports. His crime? Creating a website called "Free Saudi Liberals," which advocated greater religious freedom. Saudi Arabia found this "insulting to Islam."
In a statement, the International Humanist and Ethical Union called Badawi's punishment "savage, and an absolute violation of human rights and dignity" intended to cow other potential free thinkers into silence.
"Only yesterday it was reported that Saudi Arabia condemned the Charlie Hebdo shootings, and yet the authorities choose this week to brutalize a young man because he had the audacity to stand up and say that his countrymen should have greater liberty," Union spokesman Bob Churchill said. "The Saudi state's condemnation of terror in Paris is hypocrisy of the highest order."
Amnesty International also condemned Badawi's treatment as "a vicious act of cruelty which is prohibited under international law" showing Saudi Arabia's "abhorrent disregard for the most basic human rights principles."
The Paris jihadists acted on their own belief that Charlie Hebdo's cartoons were a crime against Islam warranting mass slaughter in response. Badawi was flogged at the demand of a national government, one which was invited to join the United Nations Security Council just two years ago and turned it down.This has been a horrible week for violence waged in defense of Islam. It's not a great week for those who insist this violence is rooted in anything but theology.
A Palestinian Authority newspaper praised the Dec. 25 stabbing of two Israeli soldiers, referring to the act as Palestinian "pride," a Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translation of a story in Al-Asima shows.
"Every Palestinian has the right to feel proud of what is seen in the video of the stabbing of the two soldiers in Jerusalem. The Arab has the right to hold his head high and to assert with confidence: There are people among our nation such as this young man, who armed himself with a kitchen knife and attacked Israeli soldiers face to face…," Hamas affiliated columnist Faiz Abu Shamala wrote for the official PA daily.
The Al-Asima article also glorified the terrorist who tried to kill the Israelis and called for similar attacks in the future.
"These kinds of confrontations which frighten the enemy are excellent Palestinian examples of willpower and determination to win... The video of the Palestinian storming and stabbing of Zionists serves as a school... Now, every Palestinian raises his hand holding a knife together with this young Palestinian, and stabs the Zionists."
In recent months, Palestinian Authority and Fatah affiliated media outlets and officials have increasingly resorted to inciting violence against Israelis and glorifying the terrorists who commit attacks.
Click here for an Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) compilation of recent Palestinian attacks and incitement to violence.
نشر موقع مراقبة وسائل الإعلام الفلسطينية تقريراً يتحدث عن قيام وكالة الأنباء الرسمية الفلسيطينية وفا، بالأضافة إلى حركة فتح بتثمين قتل اراهبيان فلسطينيان ل خمسة اسرائيليين في كنيس يهودي في اورشليم القدس خلال الشهر الماضي
وقد نشرت الصفحة الرسمية الخاصة بحركة فتح صورة لقبور الإرهابيان وتم التعريف عنهما على أنهم شهداء " هنا كان الرقود الأبدي للشهيدين غسان وعدي أبو جمل من جبل المكبر بالقدس المحتلة والذين ارتقيا قبل شهر ونصف في عملية في أحد كنس الإحتلال بالعاصمة المحتلة. وقد شيعا فجر اليوم إلى مثواهما الاخير في السواحرة الشرقية"
وعلى الرغم من أن الإعتداء الإرهابي حصل في القسم الغربي من القدس، إلى ان حركة فتح تصر على تسمية مكان وقوع الجريمة ب " القدس المحتلة"
وقد قام إرهابيان فلسطينيان بالهجوم على المصلين في احد الكنس في الثامن عشر من نوفمبر من العام الماضي مستخدمين أسحلة نارية وسكاكين وبلطات. واثر ذلك قتل أربعة مصلين مع ضابط شرطة، وتم جرح سبعة مدنيين"
بالأضافة لذلك قامة وكالة وفاء الإخبارية بتكريم الإرهابيان ووصفتهم بالشهداء في تقرير نشرته عن جنازتهم. هذا فقط مثال حصل مؤخراً يثبت قيام السلطات الفلسطينية وحركة فتح بتعظيم من يقومون بقتل المدنيين الإسرائيليين. وخلال الفترات الأخيرة تم ملاحظة وجود علاقة طردية بين التحريض ضد قتل اليهود من الإسرائيليين وبين الإعتداءات الإرهابية على المدنيين اليهود.
يمكنك الضغط على الرابط التالي لقراءة تقرير شامل على موقعنا والذي يغطي كل الإعمال التحريضية الفلسطينية على العنف.
إلا ان مدح حادثة القتل المروعة من قبل السلطات الفلسطينية، يأتي في وقت تحاول فيه السلطات الفلسطينية كسب موقف دولي يعترف بالدولة الفلسطينية من دون الوصول إلى اتفاق سلام.
وقد نشر صحيفة الواشنطن بوست، مقالة أنتقدت محمود عباس الديبلوماسية ووصفتها بالعقيمة والغير مجدية، مدللة على رفضه لمقترح أمريكي لقيام دولة فلسطينية ضمن حدود عام 1967 الأسرائيلية.
على خلاف ذلك، قام محمود عباس بالطلب من مجلس الأمن لإجبار إسرائيل على الإنسحاب من الضفة الغربية خلال سنة واحدة. وبسبب احتمال صدور فيتو امريكي، علقت الصحيفة بأن هذه المحاولة" لن تقرب الفلسطينيين قيد انملة من إمكانية قيام دولة"
وتصر واشنطن على أن مسودة المشروع غير مجدية، ولم تنجح في الإجابة على التساؤلات الأمنية لدى الإسرائييلين. بالأضافة إلى أمريكا، فإنه ووفقاً لرويترز، لن تقوم المملكة المتحدة بدعم هذا المشروع
فشل عباس في الإستجابة لمقترح السلام الأمريكي، في الوقت الذي يسعى فيه إلى التحرك من طرف واحدة. وكل هذا يأتي في الوقت الذي تستمر فيه حركته وحكومته بتمجيد الإرهابيين على الرغم من أن السلطات الفلسطينية تطرح نفسها كشريكاً حقيقياً لأجل السلام.