3 Conspirators In Bronx Synagogue Bomb Plot Get Minimum Sentence
3 Conspirators In Bronx Synagogue Bomb Plot Get Minimum Sentence
June 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Onta Williams, James Chromitie, and David Williams, who engaged in a conspiracy to bomb the Riverdale Temple in the Bronx, the Riverdale Jewish Center and to shoot down military aircraft with Stinger missiles, received what amounts to a slap on the wrist today in Manhattan Dist. Court, as judge Coleen McMahon [a Clinton appointee, 1998] imposed the minimum sentence of 25 years. Laguerre Payen, the fourth defendant, will be sentenced after a psychiatric evaluation.
Government prosecutors had demanded life sentences because of the serious nature of the case which the plotters thought involved blowing up the Jewish sites with extraordinarily powerful IEDs containing 30 lbs each of the plastic explosive C-4 and using surface to air Stinger missiles to bring down the military jets.
The three believed they were working with Jaish-e-Mohammad [the "Army of Mohammed"] a designated Foreign Terrorist Group based in Pakistan.
The outline of the plot was detailed in an FBI statement, "In June 2008, an informant working with the FBI was approached by Chromitie in Newburgh, New York. Chromitie explained to the informant that his parents had lived in Afghanistan and that he was upset about the war there. Chromitie expressed interest in returning to Afghanistan and said that if he were to die a martyr, he would go to "paradise." He also expressed an interest in doing "something to America." The following month, Chromitie and the informant discussed Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, with which the informant claimed to be involved. Chromitie stated that he would be interested in joining the organization to "do jihad." [source, FBI press release][Read More]
Victory - Islamist Trojan Horse Khalil Gibran International Academy Finally Dies
Victory - Islamist Trojan Horse Khalil Gibran International Academy Finally Dies
June 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - After a multi-year struggle the so-called Kahlil Gibran International Academy in New York is finally shackling its doors.
The move represents a major victory for local citizens and those concerned about national security who drew attention to the hidden agenda behind the school, that it was intended to serve as a publicly funded madrassa, a pathway to instilling a radical Islamic perspective in unsuspecting children lured into the institution upon the false promise of it being some manner of multicultural nirvana.
Perhaps now, the know-it-nothing do-gooders and Islamists, will halt the use of the children of this district as pawns in a larger political battle.
Regarding the battle, Mayor Bloomberg, the various school boards, bureaucrats and the private philanthropy attempting to underwrite this monstrosity all deserve shared blame for pushing an obviously fraudulent idea in the first place.
Congrats to those who fought so successfully and valiantly in the face of a campaign of left-wing invective to see this through to the end. It's truly a victory for sanity in an area where that is in short supply.[Read More]
Major Terror Attack On Inter-Continental Hotel In Kabul - Obama Afghan Pullout Bears Immediate Fruit
Major Terror Attack On Inter-Continental Hotel In Kabul - Obama Afghan Pullout Bears Immediate Fruit
June 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a late night raid, Afghani terrorists attacked the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul. The location was chosen as the site for an important upcoming security conference necessitated by plans by Team Obama to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan by 2014, with major cuts coming just before the 2012 presidential election.
The attackers used automatic weapons as well as grenade launchers. Dozens are feared dead.
A report from NPR stated, "The attack occurred the day before a conference was scheduled in Kabul to discuss plans for Afghan security forces to take the lead for securing an increasing number of areas of the country between now and 2014 when international forces are expected to move out of combat roles. Afghans across the country were in the city to attend, though it's not known if any where staying at the Inter-Continental." [source, http://www.npr.org/2011/06/28/137481552/gunmen-attacks-kabul-hotel-at-least-10-dead]
Many U.S. based national security experts feared that Obama's planned abrupt departure from the war-torn country would produce disastrous results at some point in time.
It appears that time is here.[Read More]
Outrage: Why Is Iranian Defense Minister - One of Interpol's Most Wanted - Meeting With Team Obama?
By Reza Khalili, Author of Time To Betray
June 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Saturday, June 18, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi started his two-day visit to Afghanistan at the invitation of Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak.
Mr. Vahidi, who served as the chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit and later as the commander of the Quds Force, has been involved in worldwide terrorism against America and Israel for years. He established ties with al-Qaeda and expanded his network of terrorism, which was then fully established through the auspices of Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. These collaborations resulted in several major terrorist attacks, including the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut in 1983 and the Jewish community center bombing in Argentina in 1994, which earned him a spot on Interpol's most-wanted list.
However, Mr. Vahidi was warmly welcomed by the Afghan officials and held several meetings with Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, Afghan Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili, and Afghan President Karzai. In every meeting, Mr. Vahidi blamed America for all the problems facing Afghanistan and blasted U.S. plans for the establishment of permanent military bases in Afghanistan, warning that Washington seeks to strengthen its hegemony in the region. He further stated that:
If Americans were wise, they would avoid causing long-term trouble for themselves by trying to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan.
An informed source within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps reports that Mr. Vahidi also held secret talks with an American delegation consisting of political and military officials. According to the source, the Americans discussed Irans potential role in helping with stability and security in Afghanistan, while Vahidi insisted on Irans position of a speedy removal of U.S. forces and a rejection of U.S. plans for establishing permanent bases in Afghanistan.
Though much of the details of the meeting are not known, this serves as another black spot on Americas policy of negotiating with jihadists, who have sworn to do all they can to destroy America and Israel.
Interesting to note: just two days after the meeting, President Obama announced plans to reduce U.S. forces in Afghanistan. It appears that Iran is dictating events and the U.S. is obliging.[Read More]
Congressman Frank Wolf Calls On IRS To Investigate Potential Foreign Funding Of CAIR
June 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Following on the heels of the IRS' announcement that CAIR's tax exempt status has been revoked, Representative Frank Wolf [R-VA] today asked "the IRS to also investigate whether CAIR has illegally received or solicited funds from foreign governments or agents."
CAIR's tax exempt status was terminated because the organization [named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas funding prosecution, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation] consistently failed to file the required reporting form 990.
Wolf, along with many others wants to resolve the question of whether foreign and potentially hostile governments have funded the tainted organization. Wolf called attention and forwarded to the IRS a, "copy of a recently disclosed letter from CAIR executive director Nihad Awad to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in which he appears to solicit money for a CAIR project."
About the matter Wolf stated, "I am concerned that Awad and CAIR may be soliciting - and receiving - funds from other unsavory foreign governments and organizations, including some that may be sponsors of terror," Wolf wrote, citing reports that indicate Awad and other CAIR representatives may have traveled to Sudan to solicit funds from Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir."
Below please find the text of Mr. Wolf's letter.
[Read More] I write in regard to the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) recent decision to terminate the tax-exempt status of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). I have long been concerned that CAIR may be in violation of federal tax law and applaud the agency for pursuing this matter and acting decisively. It is my understanding that CAIR repeatedly failed to file its annual disclosure report, Form 990, for at least the last three years. Compliance with this law is the only assurance the public has that an organization claiming tax-exempt status is not abusing this privilege. Given CAIR's status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing case, this failure to comply with federal disclosure laws is all the more troubling. In light of CAIR's flaunting of tax rules regarding Form 990, I also wanted to share the enclosed copy of a recently disclosed letter from CAIR executive director Nihad Awad to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in which he appears to solicit money for a CAIR project. Specifically, Awad detailed an effort to set up the "Muslim Peace Foundation," discusses the need to raise $15 million and thanks Gaddafi for his "generous support." Long before Gaddafi's brutal and murderous assault on his own people, which has dominated the news in recent months, his deplorable human rights record was well-known. Gaddafi also has a long history of supporting international terrorist attacks. Earlier this year, former Libyan justice minister officially confirmed that Gaddafi personally ordered the terrorist attack on Pan Am flight 103 that exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 innocent victims. It was to this same Gaddafi that Awad wrote, "I am pleased to send Your Excellency in my name the most solemn assurances of thanks and appreciation for the efforts you exert in the service of Islam, Muslims and all mankind through your initiative to teach Islam, spread the culture of Islam, and solve disputes, for which you are known internationally." I am concerned that Awad and CAIR may be soliciting -- and receiving -- funds from other unsavory foreign governments and organizations, including some that may be sponsors of terror. Additional information has come to my attention that Awad and other CAIR representatives may have traveled to Sudan to solicit funds from Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir, an internationally indicted war criminal. Are you aware of these reports? Today in Sudan we see unfolding before us what can only be described as a recurring nightmare -- a genocidal government hell-bent on maintaining its grip on power, treating civilian populations as mere collateral damage. Recently I met with a young former intern in my office who has been living in Sudan for the last two years and engaged in humanitarian and development work. He was back in the U.S. briefly but remains in close contact with folks in Sudan, including in areas that are presently cut off from the rest of the world. What he described is bone-chilling door-to-door targeted killings of southern Sudanese supporters, mass graves, and Antanov bombers indiscriminately shelling civilian populations. In short, Bashir's assault on southern Sudan is an emerging tragedy of the highest order, unfolding before our eyes. I have enclosed graphic photos of some of these atrocities. A June 20 New York Times article confirmed many of these reports: "Over the last two weeks, northern Sudanese forces have led an unbridled assault in the volatile Nuba Mountains region of southern Kordofan. Witnesses describe execution-style killings of ethnic Nubans. In surrounding areas, the Sudanese government has acknowledged carrying out an aerial bombardment, forcing tens of thousands to flee." For these reasons, I request that the IRS investigate whether Awad and CAIR may have violated U.S. law in soliciting or accepting money from foreign governments or agents during the period that CAIR failed to file Form 990. I look forward to a full report on your findings. Best wishes. Sincerely, Frank R. Wolf
Dear Mr. Shulman:
Member of Congress
I write in regard to the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) recent decision to terminate the tax-exempt status of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). I have long been concerned that CAIR may be in violation of federal tax law and applaud the agency for pursuing this matter and acting decisively.
It is my understanding that CAIR repeatedly failed to file its annual disclosure report, Form 990, for at least the last three years. Compliance with this law is the only assurance the public has that an organization claiming tax-exempt status is not abusing this privilege. Given CAIR's status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing case, this failure to comply with federal disclosure laws is all the more troubling.
In light of CAIR's flaunting of tax rules regarding Form 990, I also wanted to share the enclosed copy of a recently disclosed letter from CAIR executive director Nihad Awad to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in which he appears to solicit money for a CAIR project. Specifically, Awad detailed an effort to set up the "Muslim Peace Foundation," discusses the need to raise $15 million and thanks Gaddafi for his "generous support."
Long before Gaddafi's brutal and murderous assault on his own people, which has dominated the news in recent months, his deplorable human rights record was well-known. Gaddafi also has a long history of supporting international terrorist attacks. Earlier this year, former Libyan justice minister officially confirmed that Gaddafi personally ordered the terrorist attack on Pan Am flight 103 that exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 innocent victims.
It was to this same Gaddafi that Awad wrote, "I am pleased to send Your Excellency in my name the most solemn assurances of thanks and appreciation for the efforts you exert in the service of Islam, Muslims and all mankind through your initiative to teach Islam, spread the culture of Islam, and solve disputes, for which you are known internationally."
I am concerned that Awad and CAIR may be soliciting -- and receiving -- funds from other unsavory foreign governments and organizations, including some that may be sponsors of terror. Additional information has come to my attention that Awad and other CAIR representatives may have traveled to Sudan to solicit funds from Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir, an internationally indicted war criminal. Are you aware of these reports?
Today in Sudan we see unfolding before us what can only be described as a recurring nightmare -- a genocidal government hell-bent on maintaining its grip on power, treating civilian populations as mere collateral damage. Recently I met with a young former intern in my office who has been living in Sudan for the last two years and engaged in humanitarian and development work. He was back in the U.S. briefly but remains in close contact with folks in Sudan, including in areas that are presently cut off from the rest of the world. What he described is bone-chilling door-to-door targeted killings of southern Sudanese supporters, mass graves, and Antanov bombers indiscriminately shelling civilian populations. In short, Bashir's assault on southern Sudan is an emerging tragedy of the highest order, unfolding before our eyes. I have enclosed graphic photos of some of these atrocities.
A June 20 New York Times article confirmed many of these reports: "Over the last two weeks, northern Sudanese forces have led an unbridled assault in the volatile Nuba Mountains region of southern Kordofan. Witnesses describe execution-style killings of ethnic Nubans. In surrounding areas, the Sudanese government has acknowledged carrying out an aerial bombardment, forcing tens of thousands to flee."
For these reasons, I request that the IRS investigate whether Awad and CAIR may have violated U.S. law in soliciting or accepting money from foreign governments or agents during the period that CAIR failed to file Form 990. I look forward to a full report on your findings.
Frank R. Wolf
Hamas Prisoners Stage Hunger Strike
June 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Hamas prisoners being held in at least one Israeli jail have started a hunger strike, in response to the Netanyahu government's decision to remove a small number of them from the general prison population and place them in solitary confinement.
Netanyahu's move was driven by growing public outrage over the refusal of Hamas leaders to permit human rights groups from visiting Gilad Shalit and IDF soldier who was kidnapped in 2006.
Hamas has repeatedly used Shalit as a bargaining chip in order to secure the release of hundreds of Hamas prisoners.
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz [see, http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-prisons-service-hamas-prisoners-abandon-hunger-strike-despite-threat-1.369830] so far, the hunger strike is only being held at Hadarim prison with the hope that a senior Hamas leader being held there will be released.[Read More]
Dearborn Arab Festival: The City, "Is Lost...No Longer Part Of America"
June 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a hard hitting report regarding the recently concluded Dearborn International Arab Festival, Stuart Kaufman, a regional coordinator for the anti-Islamist organization The United West found that the city has become overrun by Muslim extremists and has, in a de-facto manner, essentially seceded from the United States.
"...my reflections upon having returned...from Dearborn after this eventful weekend...was one of unease because of a palpable feeling that bad things were happening all around me. I came to the conclusion that Dearborn is a very, very bad place. It is lost. It is no longer part of America. It is a primary source of a virus that is spreading throughout this country..."
The event being referred to has been held for 16 years in a row.
In recent times, local police, who have become total dhimmis rather than enforcing American law, spent their time harassing Christians exercising their First Amendment rights. Significantly, last year the Dearborn police arrested members of a Christian group, which then sued to secure their rights - slapping the Dearborn PD down in a very unsubtle manner. To review our June 28, 2010 story, covering last year's event please take this link Dhimmi Alert - Christian Missionaries Arrested at Dearborn Islam Festival - Presence Offensive to Muslims.
At last weekend's festival one of Mr. Kaufman's colleagues was spit upon and struck by Muslim youths while filming video. The spirit and tenor of the event was expressed by a fair peddler, displaying pro-Palestinian propaganda. She, according to Kaufman stated that she would have killed Anwar Sadat [the Egyptian president who made peace with Israel] herself.
As these pages have continually noted, one of the methods whereby the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists intend to destroy the West is through a process of colonization. Often using the mechanism of chain migration, these seditious-minded individuals establish outposts in American cities and proceed to Islamize them, along the way cowing the police and elected officials, who quake at the thought of being called Islamophobic.
The result is that slowly the complexion of these areas change, with intolerant Muslims eventually forcing out those who are not co-religionists. These cities then become "no go" areas which are increasingly becoming beyond the reach of the American legal system.
One should expect nothing less when the Thin Blue Line grows a yellow stripe down its back a foot wide, standing idly by while Rome burns, or worst, arresting those with the fire hoses.
In a closely related item, Kaufman explains how local politicians are actually often complicit in this process, noting how the disposition of a parcel of land in a Detroit suburb, Farmington Hills, was handled.
"...The Farmington Public Schools had voted unanimously (literally under cover of darkness and in the middle of the night) to accept a no-bid contract to sell a surplus school property to a group of Muslims for the establishment of an Islamic center (whether it would be for a school, a cultural center or mosque was unclear) on a major commercial corner - IN A PREDOMINATELY JEWISH NEIGHBORHOOD. They never listed the property for sale nor disclosed to the community that the district had been negotiating for months to finalize the sale based on what the district claimed was an unsolicited offer from the Islamic group. When a group of residents learned of this stealthy action in a newspaper article, they raised a howl, drawing a record crowd of over 200 to the school board meeting. The school board shrewdly barred public comment on the issue until close to 11 PM (after the news crews left in order to meet their deadlines). Despite a long parade of residents who articulated their concerns that the school board had kept secret their plans to sell, failed to put the property on the market to net top dollar, and violated due process in rushing through this back room deal, the local CAIR spokesman predictably labeled them bigots - and the local president of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the local director of the ADL (the former president of which is the current school board president) predictably took the side of the Muslims!"
It's clear that this process then is not restricted to Dearborn [more appropriately, Dearbornistan]. That city just happens to be the largest source of the contagion which is attempting to sweep everything in its path away in a grand plan to establish the Caliphate and Shari'a.
To view video and related news and information regarding the event and the overall Islamist threat, please visit The United West[Read More]
Team Obama Giving Taliban Keys To The Store
June 20, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a desperate effort to secure a smoke and mirrors peace in Afghanistan, the Obama Administration is seriously negotiating with elements of the Taliban, thus immeasurably increasing their stature and ultimate importance.
The end game this policy represents is a total negation of Obama's own words when he claimed in a two-part interview with Fox's Bill O'Reilly, "I can say we will defeat al Qaeda and that the Taliban will not be retaking Afghanistan..."
By "negotiating" with the Taliban, Team Obama is actually guaranteeing its survival and continued vitality. Under such a forced U.S. withdrawal either the already faltering central government will immediately fall or a more deadly civil-war will ensue. Either prospect is unthinkable against the sacrifice of blood and honor which constitutes America's 10 year presence in the country.
These dog-and-pony-show negotiations are designed almost exclusively for U.S. consumption, so as to allow candidate Obama to disingenuously claim that he ended the war on terms favorable to the U.S.
Of course nothing could be further from the truth.
It's the Obama administration which has ensured the political resurgence of the Taliban through its lack of commitment to conducting a real war against it so that it can take what this group of amateurs feels is the expedient route, and vacate Dodge asap. The constant undercutting of Hamid Karzai, the U.S.' hand-picked chief of state has forced him into negotiating with people to whose historic lack of forbearance he and his countrymen will be left, when the last American soldier departs. At the same time it scrambled Afghanistan's internal politics through injudicious meddling, the administration also denied [Obama's handpicked] American ground commander sufficient troops for a successful war and then pulled the surge's architect, General Petraeus, out of the country and chained him to a desk in DC.
The bottom line here is that Obama's actions guarantee that the Taliban will continue to be a source of concern for national security planners long after we are forced to slink out of the country. If this isn't handing an eventual total victory to the Taliban - and consigning Afghanistan to the group's tender mercies - it's indistinguishable from the real thing.[Read More]
Muslim Rep Keith Ellison Conflates Christians And Jews With Jihadists
June 15, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - During an MSNBC interview [see, http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/15/muslim-rep-keith-ellison-to-herman-cain-review-that-pledge-of-allegiance/] Representative Keith Ellison [who took the oath of office on a Qur'an] tried to draw some equivalency between Islamic jihadists and Christian and Jewish Americans.
Regarding GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain's debate statement, that he would permit Muslims in his cabinet only if they took some form of loyalty oath, Ellison stated, "Well, you got violent Christians and good Christians...You got violent Jews and good Jews. You got people of all...what he said about Muslims is true for every community."
We would expect nothing less than this type of double-talking takiyya from Mr. Ellison. His continued support for two groups, ISNA and CAIR [both unindicted co-conspirators in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, the largest and most successful prosecution of American Hamas funders to date] mark him indelibly as an Islamist.
One measure of this is Ellison's obvious hate for Israel. He apparently doesn't even support the Jewish state's right to self defense, explaining in a video feed at a 2009 ISNA conference why he voted "present," rather than "yea or nay" to a House resolution in support of Israel's inherent right to defend itself against the Islamic jihad it has withstood since the country's inception. [see his comical parsing on YouTube, [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmSg6ksKjdk]
In a recent video address to a CAIR conference, he said in part, "I am very very proud, very very honored that the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] is continuing to do the excellent work around civil and human rights that you've been doing for so many years..." [source, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuzQame_LPA]
We believe that Ellison's very words affirm the wisdom of Mr. Cain's statement, that some Muslim Americans must be kept as far as possible from the seat of government because their loyalty is to Shari'a and not the U.S. Constitution.[Read More]
Rep King, "Danger Remains Clear And Present...[Dirty Bomber] Jose Padilla...Converted To Islam In A Florida Jail"
June 15, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Today's Congressional hearings, "Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons," helped to outline the process whereby American prisoners are converting to radical Islam.
Peter King [R, NY] Chair of the House Homeland Security in a prepared statement said, "Today we hold the second in a series of hearings on radicalization in the Muslim American community; specifically, on the important issue of the threat of Islamic radicalization in U.S. prisons. I welcome our distinguished panel of witnesses. They have first-hand insights into this problem, and we appreciate their willingness to share their experiences with the Committee. This issue of Islamic radicalization in U.S. prisons is not new. In fact, this is the third Congressional hearing on this problem in recent years. It is a hearing which is necessary because the danger remains real and present, especially because of Al Qaeda's announced intention to intensify attacks within the United States. A number of cases since 9/11 have involved terrorists who converted to Islam or were radicalized to Islamism in American prisons, then subsequently attempted to launch terror strikes here in the U.S. upon their release from custody.
Showing bipartisan concern King related the recent experience of Senator John Kerry [D, MA]who last year stated, "Three dozen U.S. citizens who converted to Islam while in prison have traveled to Yemen, possibly for Al Qaeda training."
Mr. King added, "Dozens of ex-cons who became radicalized Muslims inside U.S. prisons have gone to Yemen to join an Al Qaeda group run by a fellow American, Anwar al-Awlaki, whose terrorists have attacked the U.S. Homeland several times since 2008 and generally acknowledged to be Al Qaeda's most dangerous affiliate."
He also made reference to the fifth column work being done by American Islamist organizations [aided by the MSM] in an attempt to quash the investigation, "...the first radicalization hearing which this Committee held in March of this year was met with much mindless hysteria - led by radical groups such as the Council of Islamic Relations and their allies in the liberal media personified by the New York Times."
Emphasizing his feeling that bipartisanship on this matter is possible, Mr. King said, "...the Department of Homeland Security is formulating a comprehensive plan to stop terrorist radicalization and recruitment in America's prisons" appealing to the administration for a coordinated effort to deal with the danger irrespective of party differences.[Read More]
Iranian Double Agent Kahlili - Rape And Torture Common Under Iran's Islamic Regime
By REZA KAHLILI
June 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Ever since the Islamic revolution of 1979 in Iran and the rule of the clerics, rape, torture and execution has been a common practice by the Iranian rulers.
The clerics even honored those who killed the most. Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi Gilani, as the chief judge of the Revolutionary Courts, had ordered demonstrators killed and virgin girls raped prior to execution so they could not go to heaven. He called the torture and killing of male and female opponents of the regime fair and just. All for no other reason than they violated the Islamic law as viewed by the mullahs. He was awarded the highest judicial honor for his 30 years of service to the Islamic Republic.
Recently Mohammad-Javad Larijani - head of the human rights council in Iran's judiciary called Execution, Eye Gouging, Cutting off Hands and Feet and stoning 'Beautiful and Necessary' under Islam.
Ayatollah Haeri Shirazi, a member of the Assembly of Experts (The body that chooses the Supreme Leader) in a meeting with the Iranian officials asked to implement the cutting off hands with the same persistence of wanting to wipe Israel off the map!
We recently interviewed Mr. Kahlili and found his story compelling.Iranian Defector Reza Kahlili - Iran Runs "Large Network" Through U.S. Mosques And Islamic Organizations
For more information regarding these issues please visit A Time To Betray[Read More]
Pete King Muslim Radicalization In Prison Hearings - Converts Are Radicalized And "Become Jihadists When They Get Out Of Jail"
June 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - On June 15 Representative Peter King [R, NY] will call to order the next in his series of national security hearings dealing with the alarming rise of radicalized American Muslims.
According to Mr. King, "The hearing, entitled "The Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons," will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15th, in 311 Cannon House Office Building."
As we go to press the slated witnesses include:
Patrick Dunleavy: Is a retired Deputy Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Unit, New York Department of Correctional Services. He has has investigated terrorist recruitment in New York State prisons, and is author of the soon-to-be-published book, The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Prison's Terrorism Connection.
Kevin Smith Smith: The former Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, and prosecuted the Kevin James/JIS case, a prison radicalization case involving one of the most serious domestic terror plots since 9/11.
Smith with undoubtedly be asked about the prosecution and conviction of Kevin James.
King's office detailed this important terror prosecution as, "James formed Jam'iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (JIS), or Assembly of Authentic Islam, while serving time at California's New Folsom State Prison. James recruited fellow prisoner Levar Washington, an ex-gang member paroled in late 2004. Washington successfully executed "Blueprint 2005," James's terror plan to radicalize and recruit new JIS operatives with clean criminal records in a local mosque. They had a long target list that included Los Angeles International Airport and a Jewish children's camp near Malibu, but settled on striking a U.S. military recruiting station on the 9/11 anniversary and a Jewish temple. James' plan was thwarted in 2005. James, Washington and two other defendants pleaded guilty to the charge of seditious conspiracy to levy war against the United States. James is serving a 16-year prison term. Washington is serving a 22-year prison term. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney said at sentencing that, "Mr. James was the architect and mastermind of a very serious, very troubling offense."
Deputy Chief Michael Downing: Currently serves as the Commanding Officer, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department. In this capacity, Chief Downing leads one of the Nation's premier counter-terror units.[Read More]
California Legislative Analysis - Pushing The Nanny State Full Time
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
June 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA -
To understand the intent of the legislature at this time it is necessary to look at the bills that have passed out of their house of origin as of 6/10, 2011.
So far the emphasis is on education. Of a total of 78 bills on education that I have been watching, 47 have passed over to the other house.
Assembly members Julia Brownley, (D) and Marty Block,(D), are the top with 4 bills apiece with Gil Cedillo and his Dream Act following (AB130, AB 131).
Of the 66 health bills I have been following 13 have crossed over.
Sometimes a health bill is really an education bill and vice versa depending upon where the mandates of the specific bill will be played out.
Brownley wants federally funded "free" and reduced price school breakfasts, AB 839, Pupil Nutrition: Federal School Breakfast Program, and expanded school based clinics. AJR 10. These are really health bills but because they will be operated in schools, they are education bills.
To further confuse the issue Brownley thinks the parents aren't capable of caring for or properly feeding their children, but she thinks they are smart enough to know when the schools are not properly teaching the students so she wants parents to be able to confront school boards and demand better educational programs, AB 203, Public Schools: Parent Empowerment: School Intervention. She also wants a better recording of data on students instructional material in order to obtain a proper assessment of the student's progress, AB 250.
Of course, all of these are federal mandates contained in the Affordable Care Act, or an Obama Executive Order or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. And, further, these bills call for an increased amount of data collection on students.
Marty Block seeks a mandate on the schools to allow college students to self identify their sexual preference, AB620, Post-Secondary Education: Non-Discrimination, which preference, by the way, may fluctuate daily. Or, as Tina Fey (Palin impersonator) said, tongue in cheek, regarding her pregnancy and the baby's sex..."we'll wait and see what it wears to the senior prom"
And, if trying to figure out one's sexual preference each day is too difficult and tiring for the student Block wants to allow college students to be able to take tests when it's convenient for them, AB 668, University Exams: Hardship. Of course he seeks first of all to make college admissions as easy as possible on the future student, AB 670, University Admissions: Appeals following Denial.
This last bill, perhaps, is paving the road for Gil Cedillo's two bills on the Dream Act, AB 130, Dream Act, and AB 131, Student Financial Aid. The first would open up college to illegal aliens with minor and meaningless restrictions. AB 131 would assure that they got tax funded financial aid to attend at least community colleges.
Both bills are supported and actively promoted by the ACLU and the California Catholic Conference. Although what good it will do a student who will need considerable remedial education and is illegal as well, to get into college, if when they graduate, they can't get a job because they still have no Social Security Number, is beyond me.
The only thing that makes it any sense is that college is so dumbed-down and so lacking in intellectual stimulation that it is basically a training ground for various levels of the workforce. The education/business partnership elites just want parents and students to think that they are getting a college level education.
What all levels of students may well in fact be getting this next school year is mental health counseling if Assembly woman Toni Atkins' AB499 gets sent to the governor. This would allow students 12 years of age and up to request or be sent to mental health counselors.
The students who will be sent there, probably will be the children of Christian and Catholic parents who have not accepted the Mark Leno, SB 48 LGBT enlightenment they may well begin receiving. Neither of these last two bills have anything to do with education but that's where they were placed because they will be administered during and in the school setting.
And, if your child gets bored with all this wonderful education and decides to cut classes, be aware that you, the parents could be fined and your child designated as a truant merely by skipping one class one day, according to Roderick Wright, (D), SB 477, Truancy.
Your precious toddlers could be starting school a year earlier if SB 30, Kindergarten admission age by Sen. Joe Simitian passes. This will create a two year kindergarten program putting older 4 year olds in with younger 5 year olds. The reason, according to the author for this plan is because of the rigors of kindergarten making that experience - of only one year of kindergarten, too traumatic for the older 4 year olds.
So, everybody may deserve college and the education professionals are going to try their darndest to get everyone into college, but they are not going to make it unless they have two years of public school, aka government schools kindergarten education first, according to analysis of who fails to achieve in school put forth by the special interests involved in creating a two year kindergarten program. I think this has to do more with child day care job security than it does with expanding the intelligence of 4 year olds.
All of you parents who may be signing your children up for Charter School entry next year may be surprised to find several unacceptable restrictions on the local control of charters if AB 925, CalWorks Eligibility, by Ricardo Lara, passes.
The Mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan, is rushing the city into the arms of Kaiser Foundation/Hospital to form a partnership turning schools into community centers where all human services will be delivered. This was the enlightenment that she received from her pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. earlier this year after winning the election.
These bills may seem trivial. I know that I have treated them in a somewhat cavalier manner. Separately they may not be able to do much, but in combination with other bills and with bills of the last couple of terms, they will devastate the academic halls of learning and set children's intellectual development back to the middle ages.
On a different matter there are two bills needing your attention, one in Sacramento and one in Congress.
As you are aware initiatives to mandate parental notification prior to a minor girl receiving an abortion has been on the ballot several times. Even though it failed passage each time, the numbers of supporters steadily rose until this last election when it came very close to passing.
The reason it and the Prop 8 were able to get on the ballot in the first place is due, in part, to the ability to go and get volunteer signature gatherers such as church members or club members as well as paid gatherers to distribute the petitions.
Newly elected state Assembly member Richard Gordon, (D-Los Altos) apparently needing to show his pro abortion supporters that the benefit of casting their votes for him was worth the cost, has submitted AB 481, Petitions: Signature Gatherers which has quickly passed the Assembly and is on its third reading in the Senate. Word has it that the Governor may well sign it.
This requires all petition signature gatherers to be identified with an official badge in order to circulate petitions. It would further require that the badge worn by the signature gatherer state, in prescribed print style and size, whether he/she is a paid or volunteer gatherer. The bill has passed every committee and floor vote on a partisan - Democrat - vote which indicates that the unions and their minions don't mind this at all knowing that they have enough funds to conform to this limitation on the rights of the people to be heard.
This bill will need a tremendous number of letters to the Governor urging him to reconsider what he will be about to do to the freedoms of California's citizens.
In Washington HR 1179 by Jeff Fortenberry, Right of Conscience for Medical Workers needs letters of support in order to get the bill a hearing and enthusiastically support Fortenberry's efforts.
This is an effort that requires all members of the medical profession, doctors, nurses, dentists, nursing assistants, and so forth to join together and consider forming within your own communities, ad hoc committees and Medical Guilds to protect your freedom of conscience.
I would like to be able to begin receiving the names of medical personnel who would be willing to form a Guild. Do you know of anyone in California who would be willing to join in support of the effort to protect conscience rights for medical workers?Next alert will report on the Health bills.[Read More]
Netanyahu To J Street - Get Lost
June 9, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Israeli PM Netanyahu has refused to meet with a group of anti-Israel U.S. legislators in the Hamas hotbed of Ramallah. The delegation consisted of some of the most strident leftists in the House including Sam Farr (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN], Lynn Woolsey (D-CA], John Yarmuth (D-KY] and Steve Cohen (D-TN]. [see, YnetNews, http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4078936,00.html]. The George Soros funded agitprop organization, J Street organized the event.
J Street operates as a hard-left pressure group whose advocacy of accepting Israel's indefensible 1967 borders would result in the destruction of the Jewish state. It also favors negotiations with the Muslim Brotherhood created Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, "we would not oppose a decision by the Israeli government, the United States, or other countries to find unofficial, indirect ways to engage Hamas..." [source, J Street website, http://jstreet.org/the-us-and-palestinian-statehood/]
The organization is run by a lifelong Democrat operative, Jeremy Ben-Ami, who held a position in the Clinton administration and later signed on to the ill-fated Dean campaign.
J Street reps have also recently met with Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas [aka Abu Mazen] [see, http://jstreet.org/blog/j-street-meets-palestinian-president-mahmoud-abbas/]. Abbas was a long time functionary in the PLO terrorist group founded by Yasser Arafat.
In his memoirs Abu Daoud [architect of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre] charged that Abbas had written the check which was responsible for, "the financing of the Munich attack."[source, CNN, http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/si_online/news/2002/08/20/sb2/]. Creating a chimera of plausible deniability, Daoud additionally stated that Abbas [Mazen] didn't know for what use the money was intended.
To additionally flesh out Abbas' real agenda, upon his election as President of the Palestinian Authority, "Abu Mazen did little to allay Israeli fears that he is no different than Arafat. He said he dedicates his victory to "brother shahid [martyr] Yasser Arafat," to the "shahids and prisoners," and to the "Palestinian people from Rafiach to Jenin." The crowd responded, "A Million Shahids Marching to Jerusalem!" [source, Arutz Sheva, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/75030]
Last year the Washington Times revealed that despite denials to the contrary placed on the organization's website, that George Soros was one of J Street's primary funders, "Tax forms obtained by The Washington Times reveal that Mr. Soros and his two children, Jonathan and Andrea Soros, contributed a total $245,000 to J Street from one Manhattan address in New York during the fiscal year from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. [see, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/sep/24/soros-funder-liberal-jewish-american-lobby/]
If Mr. Ami wants to be a Soros puppet and jump to his master's commands, so be it, just don't expect anyone to believe that J Street is, as it claims, "pro Israel." The organization is an impediment to the security of Israel which no amount of sophistry will undo.[Read More]
Ex Iranian CIA Operative - Revolutionary Guard Receives Nuke Capable Missile Warheads
May 31, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - According to Reza Kahlili [pseudonym, a CIA operative and former member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, now living in the U.S.] a consortium consisting of Iran, Pakistan, China and the Ukraine has very likely made it possible for, "two missile warheads with nuclear capability [to] have been delivered to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)." [see, http://atimetobetray.com/blog/does-iran-now-have-nuclear-capable-warheads/]
One of the sources used in making this determination is a Farsi language website, The Green Experts [see, http://www.greencorrespondents.com/2011/05/2_27.html] which has broken several stories regarding internal machinations within the Islamic Republic of Iran and seems to have unusually in-depth information regarding the country's expanding military capabilities.
The same source is also claiming that due to assistance provided by North Korea, the Revolutionary Guard now has missiles with a range of 2,000 miles, long enough to threaten "capitals in Western Europe."
Apparently all that stands in the way of a nuclear Iran is their ability to make the warheads fully operational, with the report claiming that, "the nuclear and military industries in Iran are scheduled to weaponize at least two of the warheads with a nuclear payload no later than March, 2012."[Read More]
Iran's Khamanei Pushes Development Of Deployable Nukes
June 2, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - In an interview given to the Cairo based, Al Qanat newspaper, Reza Kahlili [a former member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard and CIA operative now living in the U.S] is claiming that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamanei has ordered that the production of tactical nuclear warheads must be accelerated so that they may be deployed on Iran's newly improved long range missile force as soon as possible.
This serious allegation follows on the heels of a related one, covered in a May 31 piece Ex Iranian CIA Operative - Revolutionary Guard Receives Nuke Capable Missile Warheads where we noted that the delivery apparatus for such warheads may already be in place.
"According to Reza Kahlili [pseudonym, a CIA operative and former member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, now living in the U.S.] a consortium consisting of Iran, Pakistan, China and the Ukraine has very likely made it possible for, "two missile warheads with nuclear capability [to] have been delivered to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)." [see, http://atimetobetray.com/blog/does-iran-now-have-nuclear-capable-warheads/]
The matter is of such concern to defense planners that according to the Al Qanat story, Mr. Kahlili recently presented his evidence to the House Intelligence Committee.[Read More]
Iranian Defector Reza Kahlili - Iran Runs "Large Network" Through U.S. Mosques And Islamic OrganizationsAs interviewed by WILLIAM MAYER
June 8, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Reza Kahlili [a pseudonym] is the author of a revealing new book A Time To Betray - The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran which details his journey from member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard to CIA informant. The book has been widely noted as an important work, awarded the 2011 International Book Awards in two categories, "Autobiography/Memoirs" and "Best New Non-Fiction." The book also was named, by the National Best Book Awards as the best non-fiction narrative in 2010.
On June 7 we interviewed Mr. Kahlili and are pleased to present excerpts from that interview here.
As an idealistic student studying in the U.S. back during the tumultuous 70s, Reza Kahlili returned to his native country and became active in Iranian politics, inspired by the revolution that swept Ayatollah Khomeini into power, believing - as did many - that Khomeini would usher in a watershed period in the wake of Shah Reza Pahlavi, who was forced to leave office.
Kahlili became involved with the IRG, Iran's Revolutionary Guard at an early point when it was comprised mainly of "common kids from the neighborhood," thinking its intent was solely to "support and protect the country." At the time Khomeini mouthed platitudes such as, "a nation that does not have freedom does not have civilization."
Q. Was it your opinion at the time you started getting involved with these folks that Islam was compatible with a Western conception of freedom, civil liberties, freedom of expression and equal rights for women?
A. "Just a few months down the road I was shocked by what was taking place...the clerics started interfering in the government...they started to construct their power...then they started to form a revolutionary court and prosecute old military officers under the Shah executing thousands...then the trial of 50,000...then the takeover of the U.S. embassy which was a big slap in my face...[it became clear that]...the clerics were going to enforce Islamic law...it was then that I realized that the country was moving towards Islamization and a hard core radical was taking hold of power...universities where shut down...political parties were banned...that was when I thought that I needed to take whatever action I could to confront the regime...it happened very fast...it became the country of the jihadists...that's when I decided to come back to the U.S..."
Q. Do you have any knowledge that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was personally involved in the takeover of the embassy?[Read More]
Two "Palestinian" Animals Charged In Butchering Of Fogel Family
June 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Hakim Awad and Amjad Awad - both teenagers from the same clan - have been charged in the horrific murders committed against the Israeli family of Abraham and Ruth Fogel in March of this year.
About this bloody act we noted at the time, Atrocity In Israel - Islamists Butcher Family, Including Babies - Gaza Rejoices [WARNING: graphic, violent images are contained in the linked-to article].
What followed were acts of cruelty so ghastly that most media sources have refused to publish the images, assuming they gave the attack any mention at all. Entering the home, apparently through an open window, during the Jewish Sabbath [Shabbat] these barbarians proceeded to butcher the family. According to combined sources, they somehow missed the family's 6 year old son, who was sleeping on the couch but found the father in the bedroom, asleep with a new born baby whereupon their throats were slashed, nearly to the point of decapitation. The mother, upon leaving the bathroom while the mayhem was occurring, was set upon by these animals, and stabbed to death. They then entered the bedroom of the 11 year old son, who was reading on his bed. They also slashed his throat, killing him like the parents. The also killed his three year old brother, stabbing him several times through the heart. Fortunately, in their haste, they missed the 2 year old who was also sleeping, but apparently in a separate room. The killers then left the residence and fled through the same breach in the security fence they has used as an entry point."
"On Friday night, in the Jewish town of Itamar, Israel, a team of Muslim terrorists slipped through the security barrier and broke into the residence of Udi and Ruth Fogel.
What followed were acts of cruelty so ghastly that most media sources have refused to publish the images, assuming they gave the attack any mention at all.
Entering the home, apparently through an open window, during the Jewish Sabbath [Shabbat] these barbarians proceeded to butcher the family.
According to combined sources, they somehow missed the family's 6 year old son, who was sleeping on the couch but found the father in the bedroom, asleep with a new born baby whereupon their throats were slashed, nearly to the point of decapitation.
The mother, upon leaving the bathroom while the mayhem was occurring, was set upon by these animals, and stabbed to death.
They then entered the bedroom of the 11 year old son, who was reading on his bed. They also slashed his throat, killing him like the parents. The also killed his three year old brother, stabbing him several times through the heart.
Fortunately, in their haste, they missed the 2 year old who was also sleeping, but apparently in a separate room.
The killers then left the residence and fled through the same breach in the security fence they has used as an entry point."
At their arraignment in a military court they were each charged with five acts of murder. Typical of the jihadi mindset, rather than expressing remorse or regret, the two defiantly stated they would do it all again in the name of "Palestine."[Read More]
Mosques as Barracks in America
By Andrew G. Bostom
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan represents the triumphant Janus-faced approach to the fundamentalist global Islamic revival." He and his pious forbears have now completed dismantling Turkeys secular experiment, and achieved the full-throated re-Islamization of Turkish society, an insidious process begun already within the decade after Ataturks death, in 1938. When currying favor with gullible Western audiences, Erdogan burbles disingenuous ecumenical platitudes about the Alliance of Civilizations." But in reality, this is an Islamization campaign promoted by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, notably Saudi Arabia, which rewarded Erdogan, for his role in the Alliance, specifically, as services to Islam," with the King Faisal International Prize," considered the Nobel prize" of the Arab world. Regardless, Erdogan has always aroused his Muslim constituencies by brazenly appealing to their deep-seated jihadist sentiments as he did while mayor of Istanbul, in 1997, delivering a fiery speech that reminded the masses of these words from the poem The Soldiers Prayer," written (in 1912) by Turkish nationalist poet Ziya Gokalp:
The minarets are our bayonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the faithful our army.
Cited appropriately by successful opponents of minaret construction in Switzerland, such rhetoric should now resonate uncomfortably in America with the online release Monday June 6, 2011 of alarming survey data from a representative national sample of US mosques.
During August 2007, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) released Radicalization in the West The Homegrown Threat." This insightful 90-page report evaluated the threat that had become apparent since 9/11/2001, analyzing the roots of recent terror plots in the United States, from Lackawanna in upstate New York to Portland, Ore., to Fort Dix, NJ. Based upon these case-study analyses of individuals arrested for jihadist activity, the authors concluded that the journey" of radicalization that produces homegrown jihadists began in so-called Salafist" (fundamentalist" to non-Muslims) mosques characterized by high levels of ShariaIslamic Lawadherence. The landmark study just published, Sharia and Violence in American Mosques" (Kedar M, Yerushalmi D. The Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2011, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 59-72) sought to expand considerably upon the NYPDs post-hoc, case study approachsystematically gathering objective survey data, with much greater methodological rigorand address these two a priori questions: I) Is there a robust association between observable measures of religious devotion, coupled to Sharia-adherence in US mosques, and the presence of violence-sanctioning materials at these mosques?; and II) Is there a robust association between the presence of violence-sanctioning materials at a mosque, and the advocacy of jihadism by the mosques leadership via recommending the study of these materials, or other manifest behaviors?
Full details of the sampling methodology, extracts of representative jihad promoting materials (texts), and specific Sharia-compliant behaviors recorded, are provided in the accompanying appendices, reproduced from the full study (which will be available here 6/6/11). In brief, survey data were collected from a nationally representative, random statistical sample of 100 US mosques, covering 14 states, and the District of Columbia. This concise overview of the basic data collection proceduresincluding a self-critical, honest caveat by the authors about completeness" of the available information on US mosque locationsis reproduced verbatim from the report (p. 68):
A surveyor visited a subject mosque in order: (a) to observe and record 12 Sharia-adherent behaviors of the worshipers and the imam (or lay leader); (b) to observe whether the mosque contained the selected materials rated as moderate and severe; (c) to observe whether the mosque contained materials promoting, praising, or supporting violence or violent jihad; and (d) to observe whether the mosque contained materials indicating the mosque had invited guest speakers known to have promoted violent jihad. Thus, the survey only examined the presence of Sharia-adherent behaviors, the presence of violence positive materials in mosques, whether an imam would promote the study of violence-positive materials, and whether a mosque was used as a forum to promote violent jihad. Since there is no central body to which all mosques belong, it was difficult to ascertain that the sampling universe list was complete. This may have introduced bias into the sampling although the authors find no evidence of any systemic distortions.[Read More]
Anti-Semitism Among Muslim Immigrants in Europe
By EMERSON VERMAAT
June 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLinenews.org - It was a fairly unique conference in the German city of Cologne on May 29. A highly interesting topic was being discussed: "Dimensions of Anti-Semitism in a Society of Immigrants." The focus was largely on Muslim immigrants in Europe, notably in Germany, France and Britain. Within that Muslim immigrant community anti-Jewish sentiments are still fairly common. Anti-Semitism has been exported by these immigrants from their home countries to Europe. Anti-Semitism is deeply rooted in Muslim countries such as Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Even Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad has recently been accused of being "a Jew" by a number of his opponents, although the same Assad is a staunch enemy of both the Jews and Israel.
Most Muslim immigrants in Europe live in the big cities. In Germany's capital of Berlin, for example, the bulk of the immigrant population consists of Turks and Palestinians most of whom live in the Berlin quarters of Kreuzberg and Neukölln. The worrying increase of anti-Semititic incidents in Kreuzberg led to a new local inititiave, the "Keuzberg Initiative Against Anti-Semitism" ("Keuzberger Initiative gegen Antisemitismus" or KIGA), founded in 2004. Anti-Semitism in Germany is traditionally linked to the Nazis, neo-Nazi groups and the extreme right. But now the focus is on Muslim immigrants some of whom even align themselves with the extreme right.
One of the speakers at the recent Cologne conference was Mehmet Can. He said that KIGA is keeping track of articles published by Islamist newspapers. Thus, the Turkey's daily "Vakit" wrote that the Jews are a cursed people. (They also frequently attacked Christians.)
KIGA also recently sponsored a trip of Kreuzberg youths to Israel and the Westbank. Mr. Can showed an interesting documentary film about the trip. Most of those teen-agers were second-generation Palestinian immigrants who strongly sympathized with the Palestinian cause, some of them probably even sided with Hamas and Hezbollah. They showed little understanding for the Jews and Israel. But the attitude of some of these youths began to change during their visit to Israel. They met Muslims in Israel with Israeli passports who told them that they fully accepted the Israeli state. They met Turkish Jews with both Israeli and Turkish passports. Other Arab Israelis told them: "I am an Israeli and want to stay here. I don't want to go to the Palestinian territories." They also discovered that the myth of "the rich capitalistic Jew" was not true: In Tel Aviv they met poor Israeli Jews. They further discovered that Christians, Jews and Muslims can very well live together in harmony with each other. At the Wailing Wall some of the Berlin Muslim youths even showed respect for the Jewish tradition by wearing a kippa. vThey also met an Auschwitz survivor – a Jewish lady from Eastern Europe. Her story made a deep impression on them. Many Muslim youths and neo-Nazis in Berlin and other European cities believe that the Holocaust or Shoah is "a Jewish myth" to justify the existence of Israel. "Her story made me sad," one of the teen-agers from Berlin-Kreuzberg said.
The case of Dieter Tamm, a Jew from Berlin who fled to Israel
Such visits to Israel are long overdue. Especially in Berlin where German Jews are sometimes forced to leave Germany and emigrate to Israel. One of them was Dieter Tamm. Christian Brühl told Tamm's story at the Cologne conference on anti-Semitism in a society of immigrants. Tamm was born in Berlin in 1943 and survived the Holocaust due to the fact that others hid him from the Nazis. All his relatives died in Nazi concentration camps. Nevertherless, he stayed in Germany after the War and grew up in West-Berlin. He believed Jews could still live in Germany – even after the Holocaust. And he preferred not to go to Israel to accept Israeli citizenship. He felt quite at home in Berlin, the city where he was born during World War Two. He even spoke the local dialect. Indeed, he was real "Berliner." But after the 1970s Berlin began to change. It became a typical "multicultural city."[Read More]