Saturday, November 22, 2014

Egypt closes schools in Sinai towns in anticipation of open war with jihadists

ISMAILIA Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt has indefinitely shut schools in two border towns in northern Sinai as the army prepares to intensify a battle with Islamist militants that turned the daily trip to lessons into a "journey of death".

Local people say children's education has fallen victim while the military stages air strikes against jihadists, who are targeting soldiers and police, and have started beheading army informers.

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Somalia's Al-Shabab jihadists murder 28 non-Muslims in Kenya

(Nairobi) Every day we hear from somebody that Islam is a religion of peace, that actually Islam is a victim of the West and that if Israel was to be destroyed, peace will befall the Earth. And every day we hear of the latest Islamic outrage where all of the above statements are shown to be false.

Which is why today we hear about how Islamic terrorists, angry that arms and ammo have been confiscated from 4 Kenyan mosques, decided to get their own back on the so-called intolerant Kenyans by stopping a bus near the Somali border, separating the Somali passengers from the non-Somali passengers and demanded at gunpoint for the non-Muslims to read from the Islamic holy book, the Koran. Those that failed this test were murdered in cold blood. A few Somali passengers who protested met the same fate.

And the apologists for Islamic intolerance will blame something or someone for this latest outrage.

According to the bBC, the Kenyan government is to blame. Strange, as I would be pointing at the Islamic bigots who carried out this ugly act.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Russian gang picks on wrong man

(Russia) When-29-year old Nicolai Vlasenko, took his wife out for a drink, I suspect they expected a simple night. However, when Nicolai returned from a visit to the toilet, he found his wife surrounded by a gang of men who were trying to get her to join their table. After Nicolai told them that she was married, the gang leader asked if Nicolai wanted to take the argument outside. Once outside, it appears that the gang tried to blind side Nicolai by distracting him by keeping him talking as the hardest of their posse took of their shirts.

Big mistake.

It transpires that Mr Vlasenko is not only a professional boxer, but a martial artist as well.

Afterwards, the gang tried to sue Nicolai for assault, but after the police looked at the video, they dropped the charges.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Palestinian Authority Must Face U.S. Trial Over Terror Support: Judge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. victims of bombings and shootings in Jerusalem more than a decade ago have cleared a final hurdle to take the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization to trial in New York for supporting the attacks.

U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan largely denied bids by the Palestinian Authority and the PLO to dismiss the long-running $1 billion lawsuit ahead of a jury trial scheduled for Jan. 12.

At a court hearing on Thursday, Daniels also reaffirmed his decision in 2008 finding that his court had jurisdiction over claims against the Palestinian Authority and PLO despite changes in law at the appellate level.

Mark Rochon, a lawyer for the Palestinian Authority, said in court his client was "considering whether to seek appellate relief on that issue." He declined to comment after the hearing on Daniels' other rulings.

Daniel's ruling on the dismissal motion was issued late on Wednesday.

The lawsuit seeks $1 billion on behalf of 11 families who say the PLO and Palestinian Authority provided material support and resources for seven separate attacks in Israel that killed and injured American citizens.

"We are looking forward to presenting the evidence to the jury," said Kent Yalowitz, a lawyer for the families.

Should the case go to a jury, it would mark a rare trial in a lawsuit under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act. A federal jury in Brooklyn in September found Arab Bank Plc liable under the law for providing material support to Hamas.

The judge's decision allowing the case to go forward comes amid continued unrest in recent weeks in Jerusalem. On Tuesday, two Palestinians killed five people at a Jerusalem synagogue during morning services, the worst attack in the city since 2008.

The lawsuit, filed in 2004, accused the PLO and the Palestinian Authority of violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act through support of Hamas and the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which the U.S. government deems terrorist organizations.

In his ruling, Daniels said the plaintiffs had presented triable issues over whether the PLO and the Palestinian Authority directly supported Hamas and the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades with money, weapons and personnel, as well as by harboring purported terrorists.

The judge also said most of the plaintiffs could pursue claims that the Palestinian Authority was vicariously liable for its employees' alleged participation in attacks in 2001 and 2002.

The case is Sokolow v. Palestine Liberation Organization, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 04-00397.

Egypt closes Gaza border, leaving thousands of Palestinians stranded, and nobody cares

(The Daily Star) Egypt’s decision to shut its border with the Gaza Strip has stranded thousands of Palestinians on the Egyptian side of the border while around a thousand people in Gaza are desperate to get out for medical treatment in Egypt, officials in Gaza say.

Egypt closed Rafah, the only crossing point between Egypt and the Palestinian territory, Oct. 25 after attacks by Islamist militants which killed 33 Egyptian soldiers, an assault that prompted Cairo to declare a state of emergency in the area.

It is also pressing ahead with a 1-kilometer buffer zone with Gaza, partly to clamp down on the smuggling of arms and other goods across the border, a business that helps finance Hamas.

One of the unintended consequences of the security clampdown is that some 6,000 Palestinians are now stuck in Egypt or third countries waiting to get back into Gaza.

Another 1,000 people suffering from medical problems including kidney failure, cancer and blood-related diseases seek urgent treatment or further diagnosis in Egypt, said Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry. “If the closure continues, their health conditions will deteriorate and we may start to witness some deaths,” he said.

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