Thursday, October 8, 2015

"I am embarrassed to be an Arab"

Op-ed by Fred Maroun at Times of Israel.
I have long resisted saying this, but the ongoing Arab violence in Jerusalem has pushed Arab idiocy beyond my capacity for tolerance. I now need to say it and to say it publicly: I am embarrassed to be an Arab.

From the start, we have refused to accept the existence of one tiny Jewish state. We fought that state tooth and nail using all the venom and anti-Semitism that we could muster. We isolated and mistreated our own Palestinian siblings so we could use them as tools against the Jews. We have not relented. We have not shown an ounce of compassion, humanity, or even smarts. We made the destruction of the Jewish home our signature cause. We made hate our religion. When will this nonsense stop?

Even some of us Arabs who have the privilege of also being Israeli have not learned to behave like civilized people. We dismissed, threatened, and silenced Mohammad Zoabi, one of our own, because he dared profess love for his country and revulsion towards terrorists. We have demonstrated in support, not of our own state, Israel, but in support of the terrorists who want her destroyed.

Those of us who are able to accept Jews as the brothers and sisters that they are, are few and far between. I can count on the fingers of my hands the honorable Arabs who take such a stand publicly. The rest of us are an embarrassment, the plague of the Middle East, and a blotch on humanity.

We created Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda, Daesh, and scores of other terrorist groups. We also created generations of tyrannical dictatorships across the Middle East. Some of those dictatorships are the best we can show for in a world that sees us as leeches incapable of building democracies or even economies.

Jerusalem belongs to the Jews, not only because it is rightfully theirs, but also because we don’t deserve any of it. Those of us Arabs who live in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, would long ago have been deported if Jews behaved like us. Yet we keep pushing and pushing, hoping to break them.

The Jews will not break. They will not break in Jerusalem or anywhere else because they are much better than us. We will continue to wallow in our own victimhood complex while the Jews thrive, and this, my fellow Arabs, is all that we deserve.

SAS deploy 'mannequin army' of shop dummies to lure ISIS jihadis into ambush

British Special Forces used mannequins as a decoy to lure Islamic State fighters into an ambush
(Daily Express) The operation targeted an ISIS unit that had been making repeated strikes on Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

The top-secret mission took place two weeks ago near the town of Bussayrah, close to the Euphrates River, and involved a joint force of UK and American troops.

At least a dozen shop mannequins were dressed in Kurdish combat uniforms before being flown in by members of the SAS.

Some were posed holding weapons, as if on lookout, while others were arranged to look like they were sleeping or talking.

Within hours IS fighters, tipped off by local tribesmen, arrived and attacked the buildings with rocket-propelled grenades.

The Special Forces unit, which had lain in wait in three separate groups, opened fire, trapping the insurgents in the open ground and preventing any escape.

Last night a senior Army officer said: "Sometimes you have to think like the enemy in order to defeat your enemy.

"If you can force him to come to you at a time of your choosing then stun him with surprise, you will succeed."
Best comment: "Should have used an army of goat mannequins. Would have attracted more of them."

Israel under terror (October 8, 2015): Palestinian terror intensifies, fueled by the Palestinian leadership

Islamic invasion of Europe update (October 8, 2015)

Muslim Migrants Increase Crime in Germany by 65%

The Men Who Pretend to Be Syrian Refugees
KARA TEPE, Greece — “Oh, you’re from Syria,” said one of the officials holding up a spiral-bound book with color pictures of 100-pound notes. “Can you point to which of these pictures is your home currency?”

One by one, the head of the vetting team led by Frontex, a European Union agency that works between member states to secure EU borders, quizzes men and families claiming to be from Syria who arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos.

“I’m a Syrian,” the man repeated to the official cautiously, his shoes and clothing still wet from the journey by sea earlier that day. “From Deir Ezzor.”

The man, who had arrived from Turkey that morning, hesitated and pointed to a yellow bill, a fake note that vaguely resembled Lebanese currency but was clearly not from Syria.

“Are you originally from Iraq, maybe?” the officer asked. After some whispered words with his wife and brother, the man explained that, yes, his family is Iraqi, but they had lived in Syria for many years. [...]

The man who initially claimed to be from Deir Ezzor but was in fact Iraqi was just one of many who was cycled through this haphazard process. After being questioned by the Frontex official, he was waved through to other agents who helped him fill out a palm-sized slip of paper with his name, the names of his father, mother, and grandfather, and his nationality. At the next kiosk, that slip of paper became a legal document stamped and signed by a Greek civil servant. After being fingerprinted, the man was handed a single sheet of paper — a transit document — which allowed him to travel through Greece to the rest of Europe.

The next man in line approached the official. “I’m just asking for a friend, not for me, but is it OK if you’re Libyan, will you still get the papers?”

In the back of the crowd, one family debated among themselves whether to try to pass for Syrian. When asked where exactly they were from in Syria, one woman paused and smiled: “From Syria, for sure.” [...]

At the Kara Tepe registration center, only a fraction of new arrivals receive any sort of vetting at all. Greek officials lack the capacity to carry it out themselves, and Frontex employees are only present at the registration center for a fraction of the day.

At around 4 p.m., after most employees had left, a group of men arrived at the camp asking how to register; they were directed by fellow refugees and migrants to a messy pile of blank slips of paper stacked on an abandoned desk. The men, speaking Iraqi-accented Arabic and slang, said they were from the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and lacked documentation because all their belongings had been lost at sea.

The men wrote “Syria” under nationality and proceeded directly to the local police officer, where the information was notarized. Within an hour, they were fingerprinted and had received letters of transit listing them as Syrian nationals.

“We are so thankful to the Greek government to give us this chance at a peaceful life,” said one of the men, who asked to be called Ali.

Aid workers say about half the people at this registration center show up without any kind of documentation. Along the island’s beaches, residents have collected identity documents from the rocky shores — Pakistani and Iraqi passports and Turkish national IDs, all presumably abandoned because people from these countries have slimmer chances of being granted asylum and being allowed to stay in Europe.

“We just have to trust what they write down,” said Dimitris Sarras, a civil servant and architect who now works part time at the registration center to help fill out paperwork. “There was one man from an NGO who spoke Arabic, but he left last week, so there is no way to know, really.” [...]

German officials have said that 30 percent of the people claiming to be Syrian asylum-seekers in Germany are not in fact from Syria, but officials in Greece with knowledge of the initial registration process on the Aegean island estimate the number is much higher.

“Honestly, it’s really not that hard. You just need to start by asking the guy about himself,” explained one official involved in EU vetting procedures who asked that his name be withheld as he was not authorized to speak to the media. “One guy, I could tell from his teeth he’s a smoker, so I asked, oh, you smoke cigarettes? Yeah? What is that Syrian brand again? Anyone who is actually from Syria will know, but Iraqis would never know.”


Swedish police manhandles unruly Palestinian settlers, arrests 3 for violence against civil servants and refusing to obey police orders
Police in southern Sweden say they have removed an illegal tent camp that stateless Palestinians set up in early August outside the Swedish Immigration Agency to protest against the rejection of their asylum applications.

Ewa-Gun Westford, police spokeswoman in Malmo, says the protesters are welcome to stay but their tents have been removed.

She said Thursday's action came after Sweden's third- largest city on Sept. 22 banned the camp housing some 100 people on public property.

Westford said three people were arrested for violence against civil servants and refusing to obey police orders. It was not immediately clear whether they would be charged.

Eastern European countries gear up to protect EU's external border
The Czech Republic is ready to dispatch 50 police officers and up to 100 soldiers in Hungary to help protect the external border of the European Union and Europe's visa-free Schengen zone.

Interior Minister Milan Chovanec says he offered that at a meeting of interior ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia in Luxembourg Thursday ahead of a meeting of interior ministers of all EU countries.

Chovanec says Slovakia is also likely offer officers while Poland is considering a possible help.

Over 324,000 migrants and refugees entered Hungary, which has built fences on its southern borders with Serbia and Croatia in an attempt to control their flow.

The Czech government already agreed to dispatch 25 soldiers on the Hungarian border with Croatia to help protect the Schengen border.

France proposes to beef up EU's external border with mandatory personnel and fund commitments by member states
France is proposing to beef up the European Union's external borders by committing member states to contribute more personnel to the EU's border agency and eventually setting up a largely autonomous international "corps" that could intervene wherever a crisis appears.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve made the proposal to his EU counterparts at Thursday's meeting in Luxembourg. French officials said it would be developed by EU leaders at next week's summit.

The EU is struggling to contain a migrant crisis which has exposed huge weaknesses in both cooperation and manpower as hundreds of thousands have entered the continent fleeing war and seeking a better life.

French officials, who spoke under the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said that in the short term, member states would be obliged to contribute more personnel to the Frontex border agency based on their population, wealth and other criteria.

In the long term, France proposes a multinational European border guard corps which would have much more autonomy to act along the EU's external frontiers when crises appear.

EU to intensify deportation of asylum seeking migrants who don't qualify as refugees
The European Union has committed to speeding up and intensifying the deportation of people who do not qualify for asylum.

A statement of the meetings said: "Increased return rates should act as a deterrent to irregular migration."

A meeting of EU interior ministers agreed that the Frontex border agency set would start the organization of return flights and promised more staff for the organization to deal with the crisis.

It said detention could be used as a measure of last resort to make sure failed applicants actually go back and insisted enough pre-departure detention centers should be available.

At the same time most member states backed proposals to reinforce the EU's porous external borders.

Hungary authorizes EU and NATO troops to help defend the country's borders from Muslim hordes
The Hungarian government has authorized allowing troops from countries in the European Union or NATO to help defend the country's borders in the midst of the migrant crisis.

A government decree published Thursday says up to 1,000 troops from Hungary's allies can take part until March 15 in the "Common Will" operation of border defense. Their tasks may include participating in joint exercises as well as direct support of the Hungarian troops on the border. Some 4,700 Hungarian soldiers are now at the country's southern borders with Serbia and Croatia.

Zsolt Nemeth, head of Parliament's foreign relations committee, saw nothing unusual about EU countries sending troops to guard a border with another EU country, even if Croatia is not in the EU's Schengen zone of passport-free travel.

"The EU has to be able to defend border sections which some countries can't protect from migrants," Nemeth said earlier this week in an interview with The Associated Press.

Over 330,000 migrants have entered Hungary this year.

Bavaria is considering "self-defense measures" against the influx of Muslim migrants
The governor of Bavaria says his government is considering "self-defense measures" in response to the influx of migrants across the German border.

Horst Seehofer told German daily Bild that the state government will agree on a wide-ranging package of measures Friday that includes "integration, education and training."

Bild quoted him saying Thursday that "this explicitly also includes self-defense measures to restrict immigration, such as turning people back at the border with Austria and immediately sending asylum seekers elsewhere in Germany."

Seehofer's office confirmed the accuracy of the quotes.

Any move to close the German border to migrants would require authorization from federal authorities in Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she doesn't support limiting the number of asylum seekers coming to Germany.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Kurds say blood tests show ISIS used mustard gas in Iraq

ERBIL (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters fired mortar rounds containing mustard agent at Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq during clashes in August, the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, which oversees Kurdish armed forces there, said on Wednesday.

Blood samples taken from around 35 fighters who were exposed in the attack southwest of the regional capital Erbil, along with an examination of wounds, showed "signatures of sulfur mustard", the ministry said in a statement.

It did not say if any of the peshmerga had died as a result of the attack or how severely they had been wounded.

Mustard gas, which can burn skin and mucus tissue and cause severe respiratory problems, is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, an arms treaty intended to stop the use of chemical weapons.

Child ISIS jihadi taunts 'Dog of Rome' Obama to submit to the 'Caliphate' or die in direct video threat

(Daily Mail) A child jihadi armed with a rocket-propelled grenade has threatened to behead 'Dog of Rome Obama' in a chilling new video released by ISIS.

The boy, who is only about ten-years-old, tells US President Barack Obama he is 'dreaming' if he thinks American soldiers will enter the large swathes of land the terror group controls.

With one finger pointed to the sky - a hand signal which has become synonymous with ISIS - he warns: 'Wake up from your sleep and pay the jiz' yah (religious tax) in submission before the swords of the khalifah (caliphate) reach you and cut your filthy head.'

The child, dressed in army fatigues, calls Obama the 'Dog of Rome', which means servant of the Vatican, and references the US' military intervention in Syria and Iraq.

'If you think your soldiers will enter the land of the khilafah and pollute it with their filth, then you're dreaming,' the boy, one of the so-called 'cubs of the caliphate', says.

The video ends with an image of a motorboat travelling through an expanse of water - possibly referencing a journey across the Atlantic or the threat of terrorists slipping into Europe hidden among the hundreds of thousands of migrants.


"Day of terror" - non-stop Palestinian terror attacks across Israel

2015 hajj stampede aftermath - Saudi Arabia bulldozing bodies of dead hajj pilgrims like garbage and dumping them into a pile

Egypt dynamites, fills with water, sewage and poison gas Palestinian smuggling tunnels, destroying or damaging some of them

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (NYT) — On a humid night in Rafah recently, six Palestinian smugglers sat around a backyard table, ticking off the damage that Egypt has done to their tunnels over the past two years.

It dropped dynamite and floated poison gas into them. It filled them with sewage.

Last year, it took the extraordinary step of razing more than 3,000 homes on its side of the border to create a buffer zone that would seal off access to the tunnels, creating a humanitarian catastrophe in the process.

Now, the smugglers fear that Egypt has settled on a strategy that could spell doom for their trade: flooding the tunnels so they collapse. Within the past month, Egypt has flooded part of the nine-mile border area twice, causing two tunnels to cave in completely and damaging another 10 or so.
Abu Khalil, 34, said he was working on repairs to his 2,000-foot tunnel when he heard the water rushing in.

“We saw the water,” he said. “We could have been washed away.”

He returned with 15 workers and a pump. For two days, they pumped water out of the tunnel, trying to keep the walls from collapsing. Abu Khalil said that once all the water was pumped out he would shore up the walls with pieces of wood.

“God willing, we’ll take control,” he said.

If the recent episodes of flooding were a trial run, as many Palestinians here suspect, a more sustained flooding would be a disaster, because Gaza officials could not pump the water out fast enough into the sea.

“All this area will be destroyed,” said Wael Abu Omar, a Gaza Interior Ministry official, gesturing at the pools of muddy water drying in the sun.

An Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest measures to destroy the tunnels.

If flooding recurs, it may have other consequences: harming nearby agricultural lands and exacerbating the salinity of Gaza’s badly damaged aquifer. It has already terrified residents near the border, who fear their homes will buckle.

“They say the water is coming from Egypt,” Mansoura Abu Shaer, 73, said in the doorway of her small house. She and her 74-year-old husband had been forced to leave two other homes because of Israeli shelling. This time, she feared Egypt would prompt their displacement.

Islamic invasion of Europe update (October 7, 2015)

EU assembles multi-national task force to go after migrant smugglers
The European Union says it is going after suspected migrant trafficking and smuggling vessels in the international waters of the Mediterranean with an Italian aircraft carrier and five other vessels.

In reaction to the tens of thousands of people crossing the Mediterranean and the thousands of lives lost, the EU set up an operation that initially centered on saving those drifting on the high seas and would later also include directly targeting smuggling and trafficking operations.

Led by the Italian flagship Cavour, the flotilla also includes two German and a British, French and Spanish warship each. Seven planes and helicopters are also part of Operation Sophia.

Naval personnel of EU nations are allowed "to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for human smuggling or trafficking on the high seas, in line with international law" as of Wednesday.

Eritrean migrants to be moved to Sweden
A small group of Eritrean asylum seekers is to be moved to Sweden on Friday as the European Union's effort to relocate migrants away from overburdened Italy and Greece gains momentum.

The Eritreans will be sent to Sweden from Italy under the EU's plan to eventually share 160,000 refugees from countries hardest hit by the arrival of more than half a million people this year.

The EU has deployed asylum and border teams to Italy to identify people who might qualify for asylum or those coming to Europe in search of jobs and who should probably be sent home.

EU spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Wednesday that similar fast-track asylum teams could also be operational in Greece within two weeks.

Hungary wants US, Canada and China to take in Muslim refugees migrants
Hungary's president says the United States, Canada and China are secure countries "and therefore suited for taking in refugees."

Ader, speaking after a meeting with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, noted that the United States "has taken in 1,500 Syrian refugees so far." Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and other officials have also called for non-European countries to accept their share of refugees in a system of global quotas.

Grabar-Kitarovic said the migrant crisis had "cast a shadow" on the rapport between Hungary and Croatia, but she agreed with Ader that this should not ruin their traditionally strong relations.

This year, over 324,000 migrants and refugees entered Hungary, which has built fences on its southern borders with Serbia and Croatia in an attempt to control their flow.

Slovak President criticizes his government for opposing EU migrant redistribution quotas, wants to take in thousands of Muslim migrants
Slovak President Andrej Kiska is criticizing the government for its handling of the migrant crisis and opposition to EU quotas.

The leftist government of Prime Minister Robert Fico is challenging a European Union decision to redistribute 120,000 asylum-seekers among the bloc's 28 nations.

Slovakia voted against the plan along with the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary.

Addressing the country's Parliament on Wednesday, Kiska said the government doesn't understand that the quota plan shows solidarity among EU member states.

Kiska said Slovakia is in a position to take in thousands of refugees fleeing war and that it would not harm his country. Kiska says it is the refusal to accept to the quota system that harms Slovakia and has led it to isolation.

Hollande and Merkel live in an alternate reality
French President Francois Hollande is calling on the European Union to adopt a common asylum policy.

In a speech Wednesday before the European Parliament, Hollande said it would be a "tragic error" to call into question Europe's open borders. Instead, he said, the member states need to come up with a coherent asylum policy.

Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were speaking before a sometimes skeptical audience in Strasbourg, France, as the EU faces bitter divisions over how to cope with the influx of migrants, including many fleeing the ravages of war and dictatorship.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told European lawmakers that Europe can't shut itself off from the outside world in an effort to keep out migrants.

European Union countries have squabbled over how to deal with this year's influx, with Hungary building a fence on its border with Serbia to try to halt it.

Merkel told the European Parliament on Wednesday: "We have to recognize that, even if we tried to seal ourselves off completely — even at the price that people could suffer at our borders — that would help no one." [...]

Germany has struggled to get other EU countries to share the burden of hosting refugees. Merkel said: "In the refugee crisis, we must not succumb to the temptation of falling back into national action. Quite the contrary: now we need more Europe."

EU may start enforcing deportation of failed asylum seekers
European Union countries are set to agree on a crackdown on migrants refused entry into the bloc and move to swiftly send them home.

More than 500,000 people have arrived this year seeking sanctuary or jobs, sparking the EU's biggest refugee emergency in decades.

But some 40 percent of people who fail to obtain asylum or residency in the 28-nation EU over the past several years have been sent home.

EU interior ministers will agree on Thursday that "all measures must be taken to ensure irregular migrants' effective return," according to a draft statement seen by The Associated Press.

Those measures include the "use of detention as a legitimate measure of last resort." Even though member states have had the right to do so, it has rarely been enforced.

Germany: Sharp increase in migrants to Europe this year
German authorities say 164,000 asylum seekers arrived in the country last month, reflecting the sharp increase in migrants to Europe this year.

Figures released Wednesday by the Interior Ministry show that about 577,000 people seeking asylum came to Germany between the start of the year and the end of September.

The number of formal asylum requests last month was 43,071 — an increase of 126 percent compared to September 2014. That figure lags behind actual arrivals as officials struggle to process all applications.

Out of those who submitted a request, about a third — 16,838 — came from Syria. This was followed by asylum seekers from Albania, Afghanistan, Iraq and Serbia.

Estonian anti-immigrant party calls for referendum to oppose the influx of migrants
A small, anti-immigrant opposition party in Estonia is calling for a referendum to make sure the tiny Baltic country doesn't increase the number of refugees it has agreed to take in.

EKRE Chairman Mart Helme says the populist, nationalist party has mailed a petition to 530,000 Estonian households this week. So far, about 2,000 have signed the petition calling for the plebiscite.

Helme said Wednesday the three-party government coalition "has betrayed the Estonian people" by agreeing to take in about 550 migrants. In Estonia, any lawmaker or parliamentary faction has the right to initiate a referendum.

There was no immediate comment from the government.

UK wants UN vote soon on refugee smuggling
Britain says it is hoping for a vote in the coming days on a U.N. resolution that would authorize the European Union and individual countries to take "enforcement action" on the high seas off Libya against vessels trying to smuggle refugees to Europe.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said Wednesday the Libyan government has approved the EU mission and expressed hope for a vote possibly this week with a high number of "yes" votes.

But Russia's deputy ambassador, Petr Iliichev, said "we still have concerns" about the proposed resolution, which would also allow the seizure and destruction of boats after the migrants were taken to safety.

Several African countries have objected to the resolution being drafted under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter which can be militarily enforced.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pregnant Yazidi sex slaves were forced to undergo barbaric abortions which left them unable to walk or talk

Pregnant Yazidi sex slaves were forced to undergo barbaric abortions which left them unable to walk or talk, reveals freed ISIS captive who was told: 'Once ten of us rape you, you become Muslim'
(Daily Mail) Pregnant women abducted and sold as sex slaves by Islamic State fighters have been forced to undergo abortions leaving them unable to move or speak, freed Yazidi girls have revealed.

ISIS jihadists would bring their own gynaecologists to 'slave markets' in the Sinjar region of Iraq where captured Yazidi women who were found to be pregnant would be subjected to painful abortions so they could be used for sex.

One woman, Bushra, 21, revealed that her friend was three months pregnant when she was captured, and that ISIS forced her to undergo a termination.

'Afterwards, they brought her back. I asked her what happened and how they did it. She said the doctors told her not to speak,' Bushra told CNN.

The young woman was bleeding heavily after the forced abortion, which left her in so much pain that 'she could not talk or walk.'

Another young Yazidi escapee, Noor, revealed that the jihadist she was sold to waited two days before he forced himself on her.

'He showed me a letter and said 'This shows any captured women will become Muslim if ten ISIS fighters rape her.''

She told CNN that he proceeded to rape her before passing her on to 11 fellow fighters who all forced themselves on her.


Palestinian terror continues, Israel retaliates

Palestinians inspect the home of the Abu Jaber family that was demolished by the Israeli military in east Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. The Israeli military on Tuesday demolished homes of two Palestinian militants in east Jerusalem, one of which belonged to family of Ghassan Abu Jaber who killed four worshippers in an attack on a synagogue last year. Although Ghassan Abu Jaber was immediately killed, Israel often carries out such demolitions of the homes of militants' families, believing it will deter future attacks. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)