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Jihad Report: Social Media Blackout in Iran

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Posted: January 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm   /   by

Anti-government demonstrations in western Iran turn deadly: Two protesters taking part in demonstrations roiling Iran were killed at a rally overnight, a semi-official news agency reported Sunday, the first deaths attributed to the ongoing protests.

Trump Revives Claim That the One Thing Iran’s Leaders Fear Other Than US Military Lies Within Their Own Borders

Jenni Fink                Independent Journal Review                    Dec 30, 2017

Fed up with the alleged corruption in the government and poor living conditions, Iranians took to the streets this week in protest. Demonstrators yelled “political prisoners should be freed,” “freedom or death,” and “the people are begging; the clerics act like God.”

In response to the unrest, President Donald Trump offered his support to the peaceful protesters and a word of caution to Iran’s leaders:

Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017

According to the Associated Press, police issued a warning to demonstrators in Tehran, the capital city, and those that did not disperse were arrested and temporarily detained Friday.

During a speech at the United Nations in September, Trump criticized Iran, which he revived in a tweet Saturday. He declared: “The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most.”

He also tweeted a second clip of his speech, during which he declared that “oppressive regimes cannot endure forever.”…

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Iran blacks out social media as President Rouhani slams Trump in address to his nation after defiant protesters face water cannon and hundreds of arrests on the fourth day of demonstrations

The Latest: Trump tweets new support for Iranian protesters

Associated Press                  December 31, 2017

2:05 am: President Donald Trump is continuing to voice support for protesters in Iran, saying the government there is trying to throttle the demonstrations by cutting off communications. In a tweet Sunday, Trump says: “Iran, the Number One State of Sponsored Terror with numerous violations of Human Rights occurring on an hourly basis, has now closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators cannot communicate. Not good!”

The public discontent has been fanned by messages sent on the Telegram messaging app, which Iranian authorities blocked Sunday along with the photo-sharing app Instagram, which is owned by tech giant Facebook.

Trump has repeatedly tweeted support for the protesters. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized Trump in comments published Sunday. He says Trump “has forgotten that he had called Iranian people ‘terrorists’ a few months ago.”

9:20 pm: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has made his first speech since widespread protests began in the Islamic Republic. Rouhani said in comments published Sunday night that people have the right to protest, but those demonstrations should not make the public “feel concerned about their lives and security.”

Rouhani also criticized U.S. President Donald Trump over his tweets about the protest, saying he “has forgotten that he had called Iranian people ‘terrorists’ a few months ago.” The Iranian president also acknowledged the public’s worries extend beyond economy to corruption allegations and government transparency.

8:10 pm: A semi-official news agency in Iran is reporting that police arrested around 200 people during protests in Tehran on Saturday. The ILNA news agency report on Sunday quoted Ali Asghar Nasserbakht, a security deputy governor of Tehran, offering the figure.

Nasserbakht said that police arrested those who were planning on rioting and destroying public property. He also said that around 40 leaders were arrested…

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Sanctuary policies make us more, not less safe

Most Americans tend to associate “sanctuary policies” with illegal aliens from countries in Latin America…

…but Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America are attempting to take on a leadership role in the sanctuary movement.

A nation without true borders has no real sovereignty. Sanctuary policies not only undermine national sovereignty, they also render useless the rule of law.

We must ask ourselves: why is the Muslim Brotherhood taking such an active role in promoting sanctuary policies?

The facts indicate that if an accused thief, fraudster, or even murderer can receive protection from sanctuary policies, an accused terrorist can too.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has been documented as a Muslim Brotherhood front group operating in the United States.

MPAC played a key role in the passage of sanctuary policy legislation in California this past spring…   Christopher Holton

As for the actual arguments MPAC makes, they are fallacious…

The number of cases where illegal aliens report crimes committed by other illegal aliens is tiny…

…compared to the number of crimes committed by illegal aliens that police deal with as a whole…

…the proof of which we can see in the fact that more than one third of Federal sentences apply to illegal aliens…

Most of the time, the criminal illegals that California refuses to hand over to the Feds were caught without the aid of other illegals…

And then there is the fact that illegal entry into the United States is a prosecutable crime in itself…

Finally, Supreme Court decisions are reversed on a regular basis, most notably Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson

One or two more conservatives on the Supreme Court would turn the tide, and reverse Roe v. Wade as well…   Dave

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)                   March 30, 2017

Notice the similarity of MPAC’s slogan to that of the terrorist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood…

Islam is the solution”…    Dave

California is leading an effort to protect immigrant communities from the fear and terror caused by ICE raids. Senate Bill 54 (SB 54) — a sanctuary state bill — would prevent California law enforcement agencies from aiding in immigration enforcement. While the Trump administration has threatened to withhold federal grant funds from local and state municipalities that enact sanctuary legislation, it would be unconstitutional to do so.

California Paving the Way for a National Sanctuary Movement

SB 54 prohibits California state and local police from using state resources to enforce federal immigration laws and requires state agencies to protect the confidentiality of immigrants’ data. Those who oppose the bill, like Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, have expressed concern that the bill may increase community mistrust toward local law enforcement. This is not the case.

A report by the University of Illinois found that “70 percent of undocumented immigrants reported they are less likely to contact law enforcement authorities if they were victims of a crime.” Additionally, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has stated that criminal reporting has dropped by 25% since the beginning for 2017 as compared with the same period last year. Similar decreases were not seen in reports by other groups.

To strengthen policing models and increase public safety, President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommended decoupling federal immigration enforcement from routine local policing. SB 54 strikes the right balance and would help to preserve the hard-won trust between immigrants and law enforcement.

Federal Government Cannot Legally Defund Sanctuary Spaces

Trump promised to restrict federal funding to sanctuary spaces and carried through on this promise with an executive order. Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions doubled down on this threat. These threats are hollow.

According to federalist principles articulated in two key Supreme Court casesPrintz v. US and NFIB v. Sebelius, the federal government cannot legally coerce states to comply with federal mandates by threatening to withhold federal funds. These precedents make clear that the Trump administration’s coercive efforts to pressure states to support federal immigration enforcement are illegal. Therefore, sanctuary spaces are safe and free to refuse compliance with immigration officials…

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Pence’s Mid-East Trip Shifts Focus Following Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement

Brittany Shepherd                   Independent Journal Review                   Dec 29, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence will kick off his new year agenda by traveling to the Middle East, a trip which the White House is hoping will appeal to Christians across the region. Pence believes it is important to communicate to the Arab and Muslim world following President Trump’s recent announcement regarding the capital status of Jerusalem, a White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity told IJR. It will mark the first trip to Israel since the president’s historic — and controversial — acknowledgment of Jerusalem as the nation’s capital city coupled with a directive to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv.

Trump’s recent decision regarding Israel may knock the administration’s vision for the trip out of focus, experts tell IJR. Key Christians in the region will likely back out of meetings, “putting a damper on some of the projected goals for the trip,” Jim Phillips, senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the Heritage Foundation, told IJR. “Arab-Christian leaders may be so fearful of provoking a backlash against their communities that they’ll probably begin distancing themselves from him,”…

And several Arab-world leaders have begun to do just that. The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Church and religious figurehead for Egyptian Christians, Pope Tawadros II, promptly canceled a meeting with the vice president in an act of protest against the Jerusalem announcement. In a statement, the Church said it “excused itself from hosting Mike Pence” during “an unsuitable time and without consideration for the feelings of millions of people.”

The grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque followed quickly in Tawadros’s footsteps, also denying an audience with Pence, Al Jazeera reported. “How can I sit with those who granted what they do not own to those who do not deserve it?” Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb said.

As a result, Pence will kick off his trip in Cairo with a bilateral meeting with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to speak on counter-terror goals and the persecution of religious minorities, a White House official confirmed to IJR…

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Residents prevented much worse attack on church in Egypt, witnesses say

Associated Press                     December 31, 2017

CAIRO –  The deadly attack outside a church in Egypt lasted up to 20 minutes and it was another 10 more minutes before police shot and wounded the assailant, according to witnesses who spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday.

Local media initially effusively praised the police’s “alertness” during Friday’s attack on the church and a nearby Coptic Christian-owned store that left at least nine people dead, saying they prevented it from turning into a larger massacre. Witnesses, however, said it was the residents and worshippers that may have prevented a much higher death toll.

Worshippers, mindful in the fog of the attack, closed the church’s iron gate to prevent the assailant from entering and killing more people, said the witnesses. The brave actions of a 53-year-old resident who pounced on the gunman as he was reloading his automatic rifle likely also saved dozens of lives, they added.

The witness accounts of Friday’s attack in the southern Cairo suburb of Helwan, together with others published in local media, paint a picture of Christian-Muslim unity in the face of danger. Courageous residents pelted the assailant with rocks and soda cans as he walked away from the church, occasionally pausing to fire warning shots from his AK-47 rifle…

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Pope Francis Uses Christmas Message to Call for Two-State Solution in Israel and Palestine

William Steakin                Independent Journal Review                    Dec 25, 2017

Pope Francis used his traditional Christmas address to reiterate calls for a peaceful two-state solution to the continued conflict between Israel and the Palestinians weeks after President Donald Trump heightened regional tensions by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,” the pope said, speaking before the faithful in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. “Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders,”…

Following Trump’s recognition that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, violent protests intensified in the region, resulting in numerous deaths.

Francis’s words come days after over 120 countries voted for a U.N. resolution urging the U.S. to reverse its decision on Jerusalem…

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Has Terror Wrecked New Year’s Eve?

Remember… The jihadists know that the West is too strong to defeat in open military conflict…

Their goal for now is simply to soften us up… weaken us… undermine us from the inside…

…engage us in psychological warfare to sow paranoia and chaos, and weaken our traditions…

…drive down our economies, and along with them, the tax revenues that pay for our security…

…so that when open warfare comes, we will be too weak and confused to defend ourselves…   Dave

Clarion Project                         Sunday, December 31, 2017

Security at Times Square on New Year’s Eve (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  1. ‘Security Pens’ for Screening at Times Square – New York City:Unprecedented security measures will be undertaken in New York City to protect the festivities on New Year’s Eve when close to a million revelers are expected to gather around Time Square to watch the iconic ball drop at midnight
  2. ‘Safe Zone’ for Women in Berlin:A “safe zone” for women will be set up at the giant “party mile” inBerlin – an annual event along a stretch at Brandenburg Gate that features fireworks, bands and DJs and parties lasting well past midnight
  3. Party Cancelled: ‘We Can’t Afford the Security’ – Sydney:An annual family-oriented street party at a church-owned venue in Sydney was cancelled due to the cost to secure the site…
  4. ‘We’re Stretched” to the Max — London:Police resources in the UK are stretched thin, resulting in a smaller number of police officers on duty in London and other locations this New Year’s Eve – despite the fact that terror attacks have been on the rise in the city…
  5. After Foiled Christmas Attack – San Francisco:Police have added backup to their security teams after an Islamic-State-inspired attack planned for Christmas Day in San Francisco was foiled…

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Ring of steel around London as armed police take to the streets with dogs and vehicle barriers are erected after ISIS threaten to unleash ‘New Year’s Eve hell’ in the capital

UK officials call for Franklin Graham to be barred from entering the UK — see their reasoning why

Some leaders in the UK are more concerned about preventing those who commit speech crimes from entering the country…

…than it is about letting in people who represent a genuine physical threat…

And while Franklin Graham only wants to come for a visit

Thousands of Islamists enter UK each year to stay…   Dave

Chris Enloe                 The Blaze                Dec 30, 2017

Franklin Graham, son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham, won’t be allowed entry into the United Kingdom for an event next year if several UK government officials have their way. They accuse Graham of speech crimes that would be covered by the First Amendment in the United States.

What’s going on? According to the Asheville Citizen Times, several government officials have asked the UK home secretary, Amber Rudd, to consider refusing Graham entry into the country next year when he is slated to be a featured speaker at a September festival. Ironically, the event is being organized by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association U.K., of which Graham is the president and CEO.

The officials have accused Graham of “hate speech,” citing his rhetoric against Islam, Muslims and the LGBT community. As the Guardian noted, Graham has said Islam is “an evil and very wicked religion.”

Graham’s critics even began a Change.org petition calling for the evangelist to be barred entry into the U.K. for the event. So far, the petition has 7,300 signatures.

What do Graham’s critics say? The Change.org petition reads in part: “Unlike his father, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham engages in outspoken bigotry targeting refugees, Muslims and LGBT people…

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Is Extra Security Worth the Hassle? Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Prof. Ryan Mauro discusses Disney’s decision to replace its “Do Not Disturb” signs with “Occupied” and requiring daily inspection of its hotel rooms in order to enhance security. Mauro talks about the line between wise security and privacy invasions and hassles.

Facebook, Google could face new tax in Britain for failing to tackle extremism

Christopher Carbone                      Fox News                  December 31, 2017

Tech giants like Google and Facebook, already under fire for not doing enough to combat extremism and fake news, could face new taxes in the United Kingdom if a government official has his way. Britain may impose new taxes on tech companies unless they do more to fight online extremism by removing material that radicalizes people or helps them to prepare attacks, Conservative Party security minister Ben Wallace said.

Wallace claimed tech firms were happy to sell people’s data but not to give it to the government, which is spending vast sums on de-radicalization programs, surveillance and other counter-terrorism measures. “If they continue to be less than cooperative, we should look at things like tax as a way of incentivizing them or compen­sating for their inaction,” Wallace told the Sunday Times newspaper in an interview…

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Manhattan Bomber Trying to Radicalize Inmates In Prison

Elliot Friedland                     The Clarion Project                    Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The terrorist who injured 30 people in a bombing in Manhattan’s Chelsea district last year has been accused of attempting to radicalize other prisoners while incarcerated. In a letter written to Judge Richard Berman, acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim alleged Ahmed Khan Rahimi had provided other inmates with access to speeches by Osama Bin Laden and the late al-Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki.  Rahimi also reportedly gave them “books on jihad, bomb-making instructions and issues of Inspire, the online magazine published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” according to The New York Times.

The materials were stored on Rahimi’s laptop. One of those he is accused of sharing the extremist materials with is Sajmir Alimehmeti, who is charged with providing material support for a terrorist organization. Rahimi allegedly handed over the materials at the Metropolitan Correction Center during Friday prayers. Guards searched his personal effects and found a list of the names and inmate numbers of other prisoners in on terrorism charges.

Rahimi will be sentenced on January 18. The Afghanistan-born New Jersey resident faces a possible life sentence.

Radicalization has been a problem in prisons for some time. Part of the problem is inmates radicalizing each other. France began separating radical prisoners from the rest of the population in October 2014, to prevent them from radicalizing other prisoners. However, in 2015, the Controller-General Adeline Hazan warned the policy may be making matters worse. Isolating terror suspects in a specific area risks having creating “time bombs.”

The other part of the problem is institutional. Patrick Dunleavy, a former New York Deputy Inspector General in charge of Criminal Intelligence Division and author of The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism’s Prison Connection, broke the issue down in an interview with Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro, especially highlighting the role of ignorance.

In prisons there is a “lack of understanding by some correctional officials as to the radical theology of certain forms of Islam,” Dunleavy told Mauro. “Without that knowledge, they lack the ability to discern between literature calling for a holy life and literature calling for jihad against infidels.”

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CNN Host Don Lemon Blows up on Air: ‘I Don’t Want to Hear About Benghazi’

Even on the air, liberals can’t bear to hear truths that invalidate their narratives…

Are we to believe that Benghazi is ancient history…

…but Trump’s “locker-room talk” from 10 years prior is still relevant???   Dave

Jenni Fink                Independent Journal Review                    Dec 30, 2017

On Friday night, CNN’s Don Lemon hosted political commentator Ben Ferguson for what would turn out to be a rousing exchange. The panel of guests was on to discuss President Donald Trump’s interview with The New York Times; however, it quickly turned to his former political opponent.

Ferguson argued that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been privy to special treatment and cited her use of a personal server as an example. He noted that Clinton sent “those top-secret classified documents to people that aren’t even cleared to see them,” which were then forwarded by Huma Abedin to her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY).

Lemon fired back with the comment that the FBI has already investigated her emails, there’s been “a million hearings on it,” and he called it “water under the bridge.” While Lemon wondered what Ferguson’s comment had to do with anything, he retorted it isn’t “water under the bridge” for “the rest of the people in this country.”

The CNN host repeatedly said “no” before he cut to a commercial break. However, it wasn’t long before the two were again sparring over Clinton’s past.

“Listen, I don’t want to hear about Benghazi; I don’t want to hear about uranium,” he explained to his guest when they returned to the air. “It has been litigated a million times.” Ferguson interjected with the allegation that Lemon doesn’t want to hear about Benghazi because it “doesn’t fit the narrative,” to which the host retorted it’s “irrelevant.”…

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BOMBSHELL: WikiLeaks Drops Damning Email Alleging Hillary Clinton Colluded With The New York Times

Caleb Hull                Independent Journal Review                 Dec 31, 2017

Perhaps Hillary Clinton’s biggest enemy during her presidential campaign, besides herself, was WikiLeaks as it published emails sent by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta. The emails strongly suggested that the primary election was rigged in favor of Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), among many other revelations.

But it looks like Clinton has left a paper trail behind that just keeps getting worse — and it’s not going to go away just because the election is over. In what was likely a response to The New York Times piece headlined “Republican Attacks on Mueller and F.B.I. Open New Rift in G.O.P.,” WikiLeaks released an alleged email between a New York Times reporter and the U.S. Department of State, which was headed by Clinton at the time.

According to WikiLeaks, the email shows that the “New York Times handed over Cablegate’s publication schedule to the US government (without telling @WikiLeaks) giving the State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton, up to 9 days in advance to spin the revelations or create diversions.”

The email was sent by Scott Shane, the national security reporter for The New York Times and received by Philip Crowley, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs at the time…

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Hillary Clinton backer paid $500G to fund women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct before Election Day, report says

Robert Gearty                Fox News                   December 31, 2017

One of Hillary Clinton’s wealthy pals paid $500,000 in an unsuccessful effort to fund women willing to accuse President Trump of sexual misconduct before the 2016 election, The New York Times reported Sunday. Susie Tompkins Buell, the founder of Esprit Clothing and a major Clinton campaign donor for many years, gave the money to celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom who was working with a number of Trump accusers at the time, according to the paper’s bombshell report. Bloom solicited donors by saying she was working with women who might “find the courage to speak out” against Trump if the donors would provide funds for security, relocation and possibly a “safe house,” the paper reported.

Former Clinton nemesis turned Clinton operative David Brock also donated $200,000 to the effort through a nonprofit group he founded, the paper reported in an article entitled, “Partisans, Wielding Money, Begin Seeking to Exploit Harassment Claims.”

Bloom told the Times that the effort was unproductive. One woman requested $2 million then decided not to come forward. Nor did any other women…

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CNN Legal Analyst Said He Was Mad at Trump’s Attacks on FBI, But Then He Looked ‘Into the Facts’

Julio Rosas                 Independent Journal Review                    Dec 28, 2017

As questions are being raised about the impartiality of the FBI agents working with Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to go after the FBI. The tweets have people worried that Trump may end up firing Mueller, which they claim would be an abuse of power.

CNN legal analyst Paul Callan said he was at first very angry that Trump would publicly go after the FBI, but as more and more information has come to light, he actually changed his mind.

“Originally, I was angered at the president’s attacks on the FBI,” Callan said. “I thought they were unjustified… But when I started to delve into the facts, boy there’s some really disturbing stuff here… What [Sen.] Grassley is talking about is this agent, his name is Strzok and he’s a counterintelligence agent for the FBI, he’s exchanging text messages with his girlfriend, Lisa Page, which just trashed the president…. The lawyer and the agent agreed [Trump], the president, is a threat or would be a threat to the country if elected,”…

Callan pointed out Peter Strzok was also heavily involved in the investigation of Hillary Clinton‘s email server and how he changed the language in the report to make her actions non-criminal…

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Professors at Jerusalem Fund Conference Slander Israel on All Fronts

Andrew Harrod                   Campus Watch                    December 14, 2017

“Israel and the Zionist project are anachronisms; much like white South Africa was an anachronism,” announced retired West Chester University professor Lawrence Davidson on November 17 in Washington, DC. His comment—before about seventy listeners at the Jerusalem Fund’s annual conference, titled “The Palestinian Struggle: Adversity on All Fronts”—typified the day-long hate-fest against Israel promoted by Middle East studies academics, and their allies in policy and media circles.

Building on his history of anti-Zionist activism, Davidson used the 2017 centenary of the 1917 British Balfour Declaration to attack Israel’s rebirth. He condemned the first international recognition of a renewed Jewish homeland in the Holy Land as an “imperial and colonial document in which a European power promised a non-European parcel of land to another European people.”

Davidson claimed the Jewish state’s goal of “an exclusive community for it alone” necessitates “ethnic cleansing [and] racist laws.” Consequently, Israel “has to become a non-colonial settler state; it has to give up Zionism” lest the world “revert back [sic] to an acceptance of at least some of the colonial practices of the nineteenth century.” In this morally warped vision, the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement is a “tactic to defend modernity, to defend modern decency.”

Such animosity befitted Southern Illinois University-Carbondale professor Virginia Tilley. This rabid Israel-hater recently coauthored a scandalous—and ultimately withdrawn— United Nations report with the anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist academic Richard Falk. Tilley went so far as to reject a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict as “unacceptable because it preserves Israel in its present form as an apartheid state.” “Israel will be the same state, with the same character, with the same racist laws, with the same self-declared mission, within just different borders,” she declared. Without evidence, she asserted that under the British-administered League of Nations mandate, “Palestine had never been intended to be a Jewish state.”

Sara Roy, a researcher at Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies and Hamas apologist, extended the litany of horrors against Israel. “Gaza is in a state of humanitarian shock, due primarily to Israel’s intensified closure or blockade,” she claimed, apparently unaware that obesity is a major Gaza health concern. This alleged state of affairs is “disgracefully supported by the U.S. the EU, and Egypt, among other countries,” she added, disregarding Israel’s need to defend itself against a Hamas-ruled Gaza bent on Israel’s destruction.

Roy blamed poverty for the Gaza-based jihadist terrorism against Israel, even as Hamas regularly diverts international aid from welfare to warfare. As she put it, “Young people have increasingly turned towards militancy as a livelihood, joining different militant and extremist organizations simply to secure a paying job.” For Gazans, she noted melodramatically, “within such incarceration there is simply no place for dreams.”…

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Soros Defends Sarsour: The Soros network’s campaign for an anti-Semite.

Daniel Greenfield             FrontPage Mag                November 22, 2017

After Hurricane Harvey hit, Islamist activist Linda Sarsour put out a call for donations. But instead of the money going to hurricane victims, it was actually being directed to the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund. TOP is a spinoff of ACORN, a disgraced organization shut down in the wake of scandals involving embezzlement and internal cover-ups, and was backed by Hungarian anti-Semitic billionaire George Soros who continues to invest his ill-gotten wealth into a war against the Jewish State.

Soros has blamed Jews for anti-Semitism and described his period as a Nazi collaborator as the “most exciting time of my life.” He claims to have grown up in a “Jewish, anti-Semitic home” and called his mother a “typical Jewish anti-Semite” who hated his first wife because she was “too Jewish”. He has written an article insisting that, “America and Israel must open the door to Hamas.”

As controversy mounts over Sarsour’s appearance on a panel denying the existence of leftist and Islamist anti-Semitism, especially among activists waging a campaign of hate against Israel, her defenders are recycling a letter by “Jewish leaders” defending the anti-Semitic Islamist activist.

The “Jewish Leaders Statement Against Attacks on Linda Sarsour” contains rather few Jewish leaders. Behind “Jews for Linda”, the group linked to the letter, is Rafael Shimunov. Shimunov is the National Creative Director of the Working Families Party. The WFP is yet another spinoff of ACORN. And Shimunov is also a member of the hate group If Not Now which targets Jewish charities.

Three of the signatories to the Sarsour letter are with the Working Families Party. They include the WFP’s biggest bigwigs, Dan Cantor, its National Director, Joe Dinkin, its National Communications Director, and Bill Lipton, its New York State Director. Cantor is a former ACORN activist and Lipton is a former ACORN employee who studied under Eric Foner, an apologist for Communism and Iran.

Both of the New York City Council members who signed on to the Sarsour letter, Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, are WFP endorsed. Lander had formerly worked for the Pratt Center which was funded by Soros. Even while serving in the City Council, Lander leads Toward a 21st Century City for All. The group thanks Soros’ Open Society for its funding on almost every single page.

What makes any of the WFP types, “Jewish leaders”? Nothing. But their presence, like Shimunov’s, in the awkward ‘Jewashing’ reflex of the left which in classic Stalinist style tries to cover up its anti-Semitic ideology and abuses by putting Judeophobic leftists of Jewish ancestry out front, shows the growing importance of Sarsour to the organizations bankrolled by the sugar daddy of the anti-Semitic left.

The WFP has been heavily backed by anti-Semitic billionaire George Soros. It also appears on the list of groups to whom “partners” of Soros’ Democracy Alliance cartel must donate between $200K and $1 million if they want to retain their seat at the SPECTRE board table of leftist politics. One of those partners is the American Federation of Teachers whose president, Randi Weingarten, also signed the Sarsour letter. Weingarten had previously defended former Nation of Islam member Keith Ellison by claiming that she can, “smell anti-Semitism. Keith Ellison is no anti-Semite.” And Ellison had touted the support of Soros’ son. So it’s not hard to smell something…

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Toll from Afghan funeral bombing rises to 17: A bombing has targeted the funeral of a local official in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people.

The Pro-Islamic West: Born 500 Years Ago Today

Sometimes the West’s most dangerous enemy is itself, through infighting…

Oftentimes a body gets sick, not because of exposure to bacteria and viruses, which are always present…

…but because of weakness within the body itself, making it unable to fight off the diseases…

The same can be said of countries and civilizations…

…which can only be conquered once they are weakened by internal dissent…

I have spoken with liberals who honestly believe that conservatism is a greater threat to our country than Islam…

These are the very people who are actively putting Muslims into positions of power in America…   Dave

Raymond Ibrahim                   10/31/2017

Five-hundred years ago today, on October 31, 1517, a Catholic monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a German church, thereby launching what would come to be known as the Protestant Reformation.  Whatever else can be said of him, Luther unwittingly initiated something else that is often overlooked.  As European historian Franco Cardini explains it, “The Reformation produced one logical if unexpected result: a definite boost to the positive evaluation of Islam, and therefore to the birth and development of an often conventional and mannered pro-Islamic stance” in the West.

Thus, although Luther maintained the traditional Christian view of Islam—denouncing the Koran as a “cursed, shameful, desperate” book filled with “dreadful abominations”—he condemned the concept of crusading, which had been essential for the survival of some European Christians, such as those of Spain: since its conquest by Islam in the eighth century, the Iberian Peninsula had faced wave after wave of Islamic incursions emanating from North Africa (especially at the hands of the Almoravids and the Almohads, whose jihadi zeal and barbarous means far surpassed anything ISIS can come up with).

Nor was Luther merely against crusading “over there” (e.g., to liberate the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, etc.). In 1517, the same year that he nailed his theses, history’s greatest jihadi empire—that of the Ottoman Turks—absorbed the vast domains of the Mameluke sultanate in the Middle East and North Africa and, having already conquered much of the Balkans, prepared to renew the jihad into the heart of Europe.  Against this, Luther originally preached passivity—going so far as to say that, although the Muslim sultan “rages most intensely by murdering Christians in the body … he, after all, does nothing by this but fill heaven with saints.”   When the Turks marched to and besieged the walls of Vienna in 1529, rebellious Lutheran soldiers were heard to cry out that the “Unbaptized Turk” (meaning the sultan) was preferable to the “Baptized Turk.”

By portraying the Catholic pope as more of an “Antichrist” figure than Europe’s hitherto traditional Antichrist figure, the Turkish sultan—an office held by Muslim leaders who had been responsible for the slaughter and enslavement of hundreds of thousands of Christians in the name of jihad—men such as Luther and John Calvin, who held that Islamic prophet Muhammad and the Pope were “the two horns of Antichrist,” ushered in a sort of relativism that prevails to this day in the West; one which instinctively cites (often distorted) episodes from Catholic history to relativize and minimize ongoing Muslim atrocities.

To be sure, the Catholic Church responded with its own invective “and frequently tried to discredit Protestant doctrine by likening it to Islam—Muhammad was an early Protestant and the Protestants were latter day Saracens,” explains Bernard Lewis.  Cardini elaborates:

The Reformation generated more vehement and coherent arguments between Christians, the ultimate effect of which was to favour the Muslims.  It became customary amongst Catholics and Protestants for each to censure the “vices” of the other’s religion and to emphasize that the infidel [Muslims] exemplified the corresponding “virtue,” which naturally would have been much better suited to the Christians….  In fact the arguments between Catholics and Protestants frequently led to a competition as to which of the two could hurt the adversary more by heaping praise upon the infidel.

All the while, Muslims sat back and laughed—to the exasperation of sensible men such as the Renaissance humanist, Erasmus: “While we have been endlessly fighting among ourselves,” argued the Dutchman, “the Turks have vastly extended their empire or, rather, their reign of terror.”…

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