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  • Kerry: Iran deal made Israel safer

    12/05/2016 10:41:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/16 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry argued on Monday that the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers last year had made the world – including Israel – safer. Kerry rejected President-elect Donald Trump's references to the agreement as a "disaster" and "the worst deal ever negotiated". "The region is safer, Germany and the United States are safer, Europe is safer, Israel is safer and the world is safer... It depends on all of us to keep this alive," he said at an event at which he was awarded the German Order of Merit, according to Reuters. The Secretary of...
  • Paris plans to sell old love locks to raise €100,000 for refugees

    12/05/2016 10:39:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 5 December 2016 13:16 CET+01:00 | Oliver Gee
    Authorities have announced plans to give refugee groups the proceeds from a huge sale of love locks that were removed from Paris bridges last year. A year and a half ago, workers stripped the Pont des Arts of around 1 million padlocks that had been attached by lovers over the years. Since then, the 65 tonnes of love locks (this inludes 20 tonnes taken from the nearby Pont de l’Archevêché) have been gathering dust. But not for much longer. Bruno Julliard, the environment chief at Paris City Hall, has announced that ten tonnes worth of the locks would be sold...
  • John Kerry’s Dangerous Ignorance On The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    12/05/2016 9:32:31 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/5 | Aaron Klein
    “There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world – I want to make that clear to all of you,” Kerry lectured, “without the Palestinian process and without Palestinian peace.” Perhaps the esteemed diplomat forgot that Israel already signed peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, two moderate Arab countries that enjoy normalized relations with the Jewish state despite the absence of an Israeli-Palestinian deal. And Kerry may have missed that under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there have been numerous reports of security cooperation between Israel and Sunni Arab states like Saudi Arabia that are deeply concerned by...
  • Cops: Muslim worker pushed down stairs and called terrorist [Grand Central, NYC]

    12/05/2016 3:54:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 2:22 PM EST
    Authorities say a New York City transit worker who is Muslim was pushed down the stairs at Grand Central Terminal by a man who called her a terrorist. The station agent was wearing a Muslim head covering and was attacked before 7 a.m. Monday while on her way to work. …
  • Freiburg murder: Germans urged not to scapegoat migrants

    12/05/2016 3:20:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/04/2016
    Germans have been urged not to scapegoat migrants, after an Afghan youth was arrested over the rape and murder of a German student. A 17-year-old Afghan boy is under suspicion because a DNA test appears to link him to the spot in Freiburg where the woman was attacked in October. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned Germans not to exploit the crime "for incitement and conspiracy propaganda". Last year's massive influx of migrants fuelled tensions over immigration. The 19-year-old medical student disappeared in mid-October on her way home from a party in Freiburg, south-western Germany. Her body was found in the...
  • Man accused of threatening Muslim officer faces hate charge [NYPD]

    12/05/2016 3:18:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 6:07 PM EST
    A man who authorities said shouted “go back to your country” at a Muslim woman wearing a religious head covering may have picked the wrong target: a decorated New York City police officer. Officer Aml Elsokary, a New York City native who joined the force after the Sept. 11 attacks, said she was off duty in her Brooklyn neighborhood Saturday when she encountered a man yelling and pushing her 16-year-old son. When she intervened, she said, the man referenced the Islamic State group and threatened to slit her throat. …
  • In signal to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

    12/05/2016 5:41:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 5:03 AM EST
    The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit to Beijing that the seven nations who agreed to the deal in July 2015 “have the obligation to fully implement” it. “Iran will not allow any country to take unilateral action to violate the agreement and Iran has the right to take action against that,” Zarif said at a news conference after...
  • UN humanitarian aid agency: Record $22.2B needed in 2017

    12/05/2016 5:15:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 4:53 AM EST | Jamey Keaten
    The U.N.’s humanitarian aid coordination agency says it and partners require a record $22.2 billion next year to help people hit by conflict and disasters around the world, a 10 percent increase from this year. The appeal announced Monday from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs seeks to help nearly 93 million people in 33 countries — nearly two-thirds of them in Africa. More than one-third of the total appeal — $8.1 billion — aims to help people in Syria and refugees from it, and another $4.4 billion would support people inside or fleeing war-torn Yemen and South...
  • In Harsh Terms, Kerry Says Israel Is Undermining Peace Efforts

    12/04/2016 8:58:59 PM PST · by detective · 37 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 5, 2016 | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday accused right-wing Israelis of deliberately thwarting efforts to broker a peace deal with the Palestinians. In unusually stark terms, Mr. Kerry warned that the building of Israeli settlements was undermining any hope of an agreement to allow two states to live side by side.
  • CNN’s Van Jones: Muslims turn to jihad “when people say stuff like Trump.(tr)

    12/04/2016 9:17:21 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 79 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 12/04/2016 | Robert Spencer
    full title :CNN’s Van Jones: Muslims turn to jihad “when people say stuff like Trump. Trump kind of helps make people radical”. Dylann Roof wasn’t screaming “Jesus is Lord!” as he murdered people in the Mother Emanuel Baptist Church. He didn’t quote the Bible to justify his actions. Islamic jihadists routinely scream “Allahu akbar!” as they are killing, and invoke the Qur’an and Sunnah to justify their actions. But for Van Jones and Paul Begala, it is simply not possible that Muslims might kill Infidels for reasons that are found within the Islamic religion. The poor dears must have been...
  • Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

    12/03/2016 11:23:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2016 12:31 PM EST | Eric Tucker and Darlene Superville
    U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who’s accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials on Saturday said Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the latter of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. …
  • Muslims Rally in Jakarta, Demanding Christian Governor Be Punished for Blasphemy

    12/02/2016 6:41:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 2, 2016 | 4:21 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    The capital of the world’s biggest Islamic country was the scene Friday of the latest in a series of mass demonstrations by Muslims demanding that the Christian governor of Jakarta be punished for “blasphemy.” More than 22,000 police officers were deployed to maintain control of the “Defend Islam” rally, which drew an estimated 150,000 people. The protesters already chalked up one victory earlier this week, when the Attorney General’s Office announced that it will proceed with a trial against Gov. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. Unappeased, they continue to demand his immediate arrest. The U.S. Embassy closed its consular section Friday and...
  • President François Hollande of France Won’t Seek Re-Election

    12/01/2016 12:00:41 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 1, 2016 | Aurelien Breeden
    PARIS — President François Hollande stunned France on Thursday when he announced that he would not run for a second term in next year’s presidential election. In a televised address from the Élysée Palace, Mr. Hollande said that he was “aware of the risks” of a candidacy that would not “rally” enough people to it. “I have thus decided not to be a candidate in the presidential elections,” Mr. Hollande said. Mr. Hollande, a Socialist, ended weeks of speculation about his intentions to participate in a re-election bid that few observers thought he could win. He has had some of...
  • Syrian teen kicked off Berlin tram for food, not headscarf

    12/01/2016 10:07:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Dec 2016 17:35 GMT+01:00
    On Wednesday a Syrian teenager reported she had been kicked off Berlin public transport for wearing a headscarf. It now appears that was a misunderstanding. The 14-year-old had told authorities that the bus driver had refused to leave the tram stop, instead announcing over the loudspeaker that he would not drive anyone wearing a headscarf. […] But the Berlin Transport Company (BVG) say that after reviewing video footage, they believe that the driver asked her to leave the tram because she was eating a Döner kebab, something which is against their regulations, the Berliner Morgenpost reports. …
  • A Minute of Silence for Fidel Castro, Then UN Resumes Condemnation of Israel

    12/01/2016 8:31:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2016 | 4:19 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    After a minute of silence in honor of Fidel Castro, United Nations member-states on Tuesday turned to the regular General Assembly agenda item entitled “the question of Palestine,” in preparation for votes on several resolutions condemning Israel. “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Fidel Castro,” began the president of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson of Fiji. He described the Cuban dictator as “one of the iconic leaders of the 20th century, with a great love for his homeland and the Cuban people, he dedicated his life to their welfare and development.” […] On a day when the U.N. marks...
  • Swiss police take up assault rifles over terror threat

    12/01/2016 7:37:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 30 November 2016 11:20 CET+01:00
    Police in Switzerland are arming themselves with assault rifles to be better prepared in the event of a terrorist attack, according to reports. Stefan Blättler, chief of Bern cantonal police, told Swiss-German TV program 10vor10 that his service had bought assault rifles for its police officers and that “several” other cantonal police services in the country were doing the same, reported news agencies on Wednesday. […] The advantage of assault rifles — a long-range selective-fire gun frequently used by the military — is that “they can be used over a longer distance”, he said. …
  • Jimmy Carter's Anti-Semitism

    12/01/2016 6:00:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 1, 2016 | Fay Voshell
    It appears former president Jimmy Carter, now 92 years old, has yet to meet a tyrant he doesn’t admire. His continuing embrace of terrorist regimes makes some wonder when we will see the cessation of his continual self-exhumations from political burial in order to once again resume his prophetic declamations on behalf of odious regimes, past and present. Carter’s latest declamation on the demise of the pitiless tyrant Fidel Castro reveals once again his lifelong empathy for totalitarian regimes: “Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We...
  • Abbas: We will never recognize Israel

    12/01/2016 5:17:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | 12/01/16 04:12 | Dalit Halevi
    Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is also leader of Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Wednesday declared that Fatah will never give up on its principles, its character and its identity in order to achieve the dream of freedom and an independent state. Abbas was speaking at the Fatah congress being held in Ramallah, a day after he was re-elected by consensus as Fatah leader. Attendees at the congress, which is being held for the first time since 2009, include representatives of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups, who were invited directly by Fatah, despite...
  • Syrian teen kicked off Berlin tram 'for wearing headscarf'

    11/30/2016 5:09:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 30 Nov 2016 16:39 GMT+01:00
    A 14-year-old from Syria has reported a Berlin tram driver to police, claiming he told her to get off the vehicle because she was wearing a headscarf. The incident took place in the southeastern neighborhood of Friedrichshagen on Tuesday, according to the police report. The teen got onto the tram shortly after 2 pm, intending to ride to the nearest S-Bahn stop. But the driver announced over the loudspeaker that she should get out of the vehicle, saying he would not drive anyone who wears a headscarf, the girl told police. According to her account, she did not receive support...
  • FBI: Islamic State group might have inspired OSU attacker

    11/30/2016 2:22:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 30, 2016 5:03 PM EST | Mike Householder and Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    A Somali-born student who carried out a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University might have been inspired by the Islamic State group and a former al-Qaida leader, investigators said Wednesday. Law enforcement officials said that it’s too soon to say the rampage that hurt 11 people on Monday was terrorism. They said they aren’t aware of any direct contact between the Islamic State group and the attacker, Ohio State student Abdul Razak Ali Artan. “We only believe he may have been inspired” by the group, said Angela Byers, the top FBI agent overseeing federal investigations in the southern half of...
  • UN official: Palestinian recognition was historic milestone

    11/29/2016 10:38:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2016 12:53 PM EST
    A top U.N. official says the admission of Palestine to the United Nations as a non-member Observer State in 2012 was a historic milestone. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, reflecting on the state of the Israel-Palestinian conflict as part of the U.N.’s “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” acknowledged both the achievements and lost opportunities related to the conflict as he and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon near the end of their tenure this year. …
  • Official: Ohio attacker was angry about treatment of Muslims

    11/29/2016 8:33:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2016 11:30 AM EST | Julie Carr Smyth and Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    The Somali-born student who carried out a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University complained on his Facebook account about U.S. interference in countries with Muslim communities, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. Abdul Razak Ali Artan warned about Muslims he described as belonging to “a sleeper cell, waiting for a signal.” He said that if the U.S. wanted “Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace with ‘dawla in al sham,’” a term for the Islamic State group, according to the law enforcement official, who was briefed on the investigation but wasn't authorized to discuss it...
  • OHIO STATE ATTACK: Twitter EXPLODES On John Kasich For Opening State’s Borders To Refugees

    11/29/2016 7:53:26 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 70 replies
    ohn Kasich was the recipient of a tidal wave of Twitter hate Monday, as countless users blamed the Ohio governor for Monday’s horrific attack on Ohio State University’s campus.
  • Progressives Demand Gun Control After Knife Attack At Ohio State University

    11/29/2016 7:37:00 AM PST · by detective · 31 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 28, 2016 | Bre Payton
    Progressives used a brutal knife attack at Ohio State University (OSU) on Monday as an excuse to demand more gun control, even after authorities declared that they had no evidence the attacker even used a gun during his rampage. The attacker reportedly struck pedestrians with his vehicle and proceeded to stab several others, harming at least nine individuals, one of whom is in critical condition. Despite OSU’s initial tweets stating there was an active shooter on campus, authorities later said there was no evidence that the attacker used a gun during his attack. The victims are being treated for stab...
  • Jimmy Carter to Obama: Recognize State of Palestine

    11/28/2016 9:45:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 29, 2016, 6:01 am | Eric Cortellessa
    Former US president Jimmy Carter penned an op-ed in The New York Times Monday imploring President Barack Obama to formally recognize a Palestinian state before Donald Trump takes office in January. Carter, who helped broker the 1978 Camp David Accords that brought peace between Israel and Egypt, argued the possibility of solidifying a two-state outcome between Israelis and Palestinians was dwindling because of continued settlement activity in the West Bank. Carter’s controversial 2006 book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” designated Israel an apartheid state “with two peoples occupying the same land, but completely separated from each other, with Israelis totally dominant...
  • Former PM Barak accuses Netanyahu of inciting against Arabs [self-hatred barf]

    11/28/2016 9:42:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 29, 2016, 5:37 am | Times of Israel Staff
    Former prime minister Ehud Barak sharply criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, saying he was “possessed” by a “nationalist spirit” that posed a threat to Israel’s future. Speaking at a publicity event for a new book by former military intelligence chief Shlomo Gazit, Barak said that Netanyahu’s right-wing ideology endangered Israel’s existence. “The nationalist spirit of the leaders of the right, chief among them Netanyahu, is the central threat today to Israel’s future, its identity, its cohesiveness, and its strength,” Barak said. […] Barak also accused Netanyahu and members of his government of exploiting the recent wave of fires,...
  • 22 U.S. jihadist villages prepare for "Trump-ordered" raids

    11/28/2016 8:39:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    INN ^ | 11/29/16 01:16 | Hillel Fendel
    Officials in the Christian Action Network and the Clarion Project have been warned to be “on alert,” as a Pakistani-rooted jihadist group in the U.S. prepares to defend against anticipated raids by the incoming Trump Administration. The jihadist organization, knownn as Muslims of America (MOA), has been instructed by its spiritual leader in Pakistan, Sheikh Jilani, to take measures against the expected raids on its some 22 compounds. These including having all unarmed members obtain firearms, licenses and hunting permits in order to resist the expected Trump Administration offensives. […] Why does MOA fear Trump so much? Its members believe...
  • Islamofascist Abdul Razak: still "searching" for motive - Obama's legacy

    11/28/2016 7:50:13 PM PST · by FreedomUS · 16 replies
    Is it just me? What does "searching for motives" mean? As if Islamist like this Abdul Razak didn't clarify himself well enough. An Ohio State University student posted a rant shortly before he plowed a car into a campus crowd and stabbed people with a butcher knife in an ambush that ended when a police officer shot him dead, a law enforcement official said. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, wrote on what appears to be his Facebook page that he had reached a "boiling point," made a reference to "lone wolf attacks" and cited radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.Stop interfering with...
  • Police mull helicopters, CCTV to fight New Year sex crimes [Köln, Germany]

    11/28/2016 11:05:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Nov 2016 17:29 GMT+01:00
    As Cologne prepares for New Year’s Eve a year after a spate of sexual assaults, officials are considering ramping up security with helicopters, video surveillance and restricted entry to certain places, according to a media report. A group of experts from state and federal police have been analyzing the events of New Year’s Eve last year under a project called “Silvester” — meaning New Year’s Eve in German. Their final report is set to be discussed at a conference of interior ministries starting on Tuesday, and Cologne’s Express newspaper obtained a copy of the police recommendations, the newspaper reported on...
  • Muslim woman wears hijab, burkini in Minnesota pageant

    11/28/2016 10:08:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 28, 2016 6:11 AM EST
    A Muslim woman has become the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant while fully clothed. Halima Aden made the semifinals of the competition over the weekend while wearing a hijab. She also wore a full-body outfit called a burkini during the swimsuit competition. …
  • Bomb found near US embassy in Philippines

    11/28/2016 9:22:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 11/28/16 16:09 | Gary Willig
    Authorities detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) Monday that was found in a trash bin near the U.S. Embassy to the Philippines in Manila. There were no injuries reported during the incident. […] National police chief Director-General Ronald dela Rosa said at a news conference that police believe that Maute militants could be behind what he called an “attempted act of terrorism” against the embassy. …
  • Swiss probe top Muslim leader over jihadi propaganda

    11/27/2016 8:41:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 26 Nov 2016 17:05 GMT+01:00
    Swiss federal prosecutors on Saturday expanded a criminal probe into jihadist propaganda to take in the leader of the country’s largest Islamic organization. The office of Switzerland’s attorney general confirmed in an email to AFP that Nicolas Blancho, of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS), was under investigation. The ICCS slammed the move as “political” and said it was ready to “counter the accusations in a courtroom.” Prosecutors opened the case last December, charging that an ICCS board member — German national Naim Cherni — had violated “the prohibition of groups like Al-Qaeda, Islamic State and similar organizations.” …
  • Asylum report: 8 out of 10 want to stay in Sweden

    11/27/2016 8:38:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 27 Nov 2016 17:03 GMT+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Although most asylum seekers in Sweden are happy with the accommodation provided for them, many are worried about the long waits to be granted residence permits, according to a survey. An overwhelming majority — 84 percent — also stated their wish to remain in Sweden permanently, although only half believe they are likely to succeed. The survey, conducted by Expressen, asked 1,691 people in 18 asylum centers across Sweden, finding that the majority wish to establish a permanent life for themselves in the country. Seven percent said that they would prefer to return to their home countries once the situations...
  • Iraq's parliament adopts law legalizing Shiite militias

    11/26/2016 7:04:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 26, 2016 9:24 AM EST | Hamza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to accord full legal status to government-sanctioned Shiite militias as a “backup and reserve” force for the military and police and empower them to “deter” security and terror threats facing the country, like the Islamic State group. […] The Shiite militias, most of which are backed by neighboring Shiite Iran, have been bankrolled and equipped by the government since shortly after IS swept across much of northern and western Iraq in 2014. Many of these groups existed long before IS emerged, fighting American troops in major street battles during the U.S. military presence in Iraq...
  • Prosecutors say British housing benefits funded terrorism

    11/26/2016 6:46:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 25, 2016 12:35 PM EST
    Prosecutors say two British men accused of providing cash to a key figure in the mass terror attacks in Brussels and Paris used a bank account that included government money from excess housing benefits. The information was revealed Friday in a court hearing for Zakaria Boufassil and Mohammed Ali Ahmed, two men from England accused of providing money to Mohamed Abrini, who has been charged in the terror attacks in Brussels on March 22 and in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015. …
  • Reporter becomes Canada's first hijab-clad news anchor

    11/25/2016 6:56:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 25, 2016 8:01 PM EST | Charmaine Noronha
    A Toronto television journalist is believed to be Canada’s first anchor to don a Muslim head scarf at one of the city’s major news broadcasters. Ginella Massa was asked to fill in on the anchor desk for CityNews’ 11 p.m. broadcast last week and created a buzz after the broadcast ended and she Tweeted, “That’s a wrap! Tonight wasn’t just important for me. I don’t think a woman in hijab has ever anchored a newscast in Canada.” Massa, 29, said Friday that she became Canada’s first hijab-wearing television news reporter in 2015 while reporting for CTV News in Kitchener, Ontario,...
  • Canadian imam asks Allah to burn all of Israel

    11/25/2016 6:09:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 11/25/16 04:44 | Dalit Halevi
    A Canadian imam expressed joy over the fires that have broken out throughout Israel over the last few days and prayed that Allah would burn all of Israel. Mazin AbdulAdhim, a prominent imam of Iraqi descent in London, Ontario who is affiliated with the radical Hizb ut-Tahrir group, wrote on Facebook, “Aside from the interesting coincidence that all these fires spread wildly due to ‘unusually strong winds’ just as they are trying to ban the Athan [call to prayer] across the lands they occupy, what’s even more interesting is how this event further exposes their severe weakness and near-total dependency...
  • France urges labelling goods from Israeli settlements

    11/24/2016 2:48:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2016 5:42 PM EST | Philippe Sotto
    France published an official notification Thursday urging businesses to use labels to identify goods produced in the Israeli settlements, prompting a swift condemnation from Israel. It was not immediately clear whether the notice published in the French Official Journal is binding for retailers or a recommendation. A press official with the trade ministry said late Thursday she was not aware of the notification and couldn’t immediately say whether it was mandatory or advisory. In Nov. 2015, the European Union recommended that its member states put special labels on exports from the West Bank, but said the technical guidelines on the...
  • Attacks on asylum centers increase in Austria

    11/24/2016 10:08:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.at | 23 Nov 2016 12:06 GMT+01:00
    Link only: http://www.thelocal.at/20161123/attacks-on-asylum-centres-increasing-in-austria
  • Mail service stops some deliveries to 'risky' Berlin area

    11/24/2016 9:50:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Nov 2016 13:55 GMT+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    German mail service DHL said that it had not made certain personal deliveries through its express service to the Berlin district of Wedding due to fraud and attacks on their carriers, but tamped down reports of “no-go” areas. A DHL spokesman told news agency DPA on Wednesday that the company has asked certain people who live in the Wedding neighborhood to pick up their packages at a DHL Express station in Wilmersdorf instead, noting that this policy has only been applied in a few isolated cases. The spokesman further explained that DHL will ask recipients in the future to also...
  • German police 'are completely failed by justice system'

    11/23/2016 3:54:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Nov 2016 15:12 GMT+01:00
    The head of Germany’s second largest police union has harshly attacked the country’s justice system, after a court in Wuppertal ruled that so-called “sharia police” are legal. Rainer Wendt, head of the German Police Union (DpolG), told the Passauer Neue Presse (PNP) on Wednesday that the German judiciary are far too weak in dealing with known criminals. “These days the full force of the law often means we collect personal details from offenders and the judges let them go free,” said Wendt. …
  • Keith Ellison’s ascent signals the Democrats’ willingness to redefine ‘pro-Israel’

    11/22/2016 6:02:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | November 22, 2016 5:38pm | Ron Kampeas
    The most shocking thing about talk of Keith Ellison’s Israel record as he rises within the Democratic Party is how few think it’s shocking. Rep. Ellison, D-Minn., is a leading contender for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, despite a record of tough criticism of Israel that pro-Israel insiders say would easily have disqualified him a decade ago. A supporter of the two-state solution and a frequent visitor to Israel, he also voted against additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system in 2014. In 2009, Ellison spear-headed a letter from 54 Democrats to Presdient Obama urging him to...
  • 'Sharia police' are not illegal, rules German court

    11/22/2016 8:59:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Nov 2016 08:48 GMT+01:00 | AFP
    A German court on Monday ruled that a group of Islamists did not break the law in forming “sharia police” street patrols and telling people to stop drinking, gambling and listening to music. The ultra-conservative Muslim group around German Salafist convert Sven Lau sparked public outrage with their vigilante patrols in the western city of Wuppertal in 2014, but prosecutors have struggled to build a case against them. The city’s district court ruled that the seven accused members of the group did not breach a ban on political uniforms when they approached people while wearing orange vests bearing the words...
  • Swedish paper criticized for 'anti-Semitic' Trump cartoon

    11/21/2016 6:04:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 21 Nov 2016 17:30 GMT+01:00
    A Swedish newspaper has been criticized for running a cartoon of Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President-elect Donald Trump in which the two are being carried by an Orthodox Jew, a KKK member and a gun-carrying figure branded with the Israeli flag, with critics calling the drawing anti-Semitic. A speech bubble placed above the two politicians in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) drawing says “Finally!” in Swedish (“Äntligen”). An image of the cartoon started to spread on Twitter over Sunday and Monday. Journalist Annika H Rothstein called it “anti-Semitic”, as did Swedish writer Rebecca Weidmo Uvell. When Weidmo Uvell...
  • Merkel seeks new term ‘to defend democratic values’

    11/21/2016 6:27:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 Nov 2016 09:53 GMT+01:00 | AFP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she would seek a fourth term in elections next year to defend democratic principles, but that she expected her toughest campaign to date. Merkel told reporters at a meeting of her Christian Democratic Union party that she would run again to “fight for our values and our way of life”, but added that she expected strong challenges from both the right and the left of the political spectrum. […] Citing the uncertainties created by the British vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as US president, she said she...
  • Senior Hamas official: Trump might be a Jew

    11/21/2016 6:32:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/21/2016 12:40 | JPost.com Staff
    Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar has suggested that US President-elect Donald Trump is secretly a Jew. In an interview with Al-Jazeera earlier this month, translated by MEMRI, Zahar said that “Trump loves the Jews, and not only because he likes the Jewish religion. I do not rule out the possibility that he is a Jew.” “He loves the Jewish religion,” Al-Zahhar continued, “and the most important thing in the Jewish religion is Jewish money.” Zahar then went on an antisemitic rant, saying that Harry Truman was bought by $2 million in “Jewish Money” and therefore recognized the State of Israel....
  • Priebus: No ‘Registry Based on a Religion,’ But Temporary Bar on Visitors from Some Countries [tr]

    11/21/2016 6:07:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 20, 2016 | 7:40 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    President-elect Donald Trump is not proposing a “registry based on a religion,” his incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus said Sunday, adding that people from countries posing terrorism concerns would be temporarily barred from entry into the U.S. “until a better vetting system is put in place.” Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether he could “equivocally rule out a registry for Muslims,” Priebus replied, “Look I'm not going to rule out anything, but I wouldn’t — we’re not going to have a registry based on a religion.” He continued that “there are some people, certainly not all people,” who...
  • Turkey's Erdogan says he's been 'disillusioned' by Obama

    11/20/2016 4:58:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 20, 2016 7:23 PM EST | Jeff Horwitz
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he’s “disillusioned” with the Obama administration for failing to address Middle Eastern refugees and extradite one of Erdogan’s political rivals. “They failed to rise to the occasion and handle these issues seriously,” Erdogan said of the refugee problem during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Turkey has taken in roughly 3 million refugees from Syria and elsewhere, twice the number that have fled to Europe. …
  • Pope decries 'epidemic of animosity' against immigrants and other faiths

    11/19/2016 6:14:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Nov 19, 2016 | 4:09pm EST | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis on Saturday said an “epidemic of animosity” against people of other races or religions was hurting the weakest in society, striking a note of caution against the rise of populist nationalism. Little more than a week after Donald Trump was elected the next U.S. president, buoying anti-immigrant parties in Europe and elsewhere, the pope noted “how quickly those among us with the status of a stranger, an immigrant or a refugee become a threat, take on the status of an enemy…” “An enemy because they come from a distant country or have different customs. An enemy because of...
  • Sweden paid ISIS fighter $600 a month in child benefits

    11/19/2016 6:46:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 19 Nov 2016 14:35 GMT+01:00
    A Swedish fighter for the terror group ISIS claimed over 50,000 Swedish kroner in benefits while living and working in its Raqqa stronghold. Michael Skråmo, 31, took his wife and four small children to Syria in August 2014, settling in Raqqa, from where he has appeared in a string of propaganda videos, sometimes with his children, posing with a Kalashnikov assault rifle. He now goes by the name of Abdul Samad al Swedi. According to Sweden’s Göteborgs Tidning (GT) newspaper, it took more than a year for Sweden’s welfare agency Försäkringskassan to sent a letter to Skråmo’s Gothenburg address informing...