10/25/14

Qatar is Financing ISIS, Cash for Daesh

By: Denise Simon
Gulag Bound

Gulag Note: After we help our fellow patriots and patriot media understand The Qatar Problem, it will be time to broaden our scope from there, to look at the overall network, not just heavily financed, also the heavies financier — and in points east and west, north and south… red, brown, yellow, black, and… white. Think Ottoman and not footrest, unless by that we mean all who are banking on their footholds among the denizens in Asia Minor. And do what our Denise Simon and Terresa Monroe-Hamilton (both of the Qatar Awareness Campaign) say. – AW

Denise says, follow the money and we see Qatar, a terrorist financing state. Our U.S. Treasury and State Department have rather quietly confirmed this status. After this article, see what finally getting done and creeping into the news: “Qatari Businessman’s Accounts Frozen over al-Qaeda Links,” The Times of London, October 20.

Newsdesk, Al Jazeera, headquartered in Dohar, Qatar

Newsdesk, Al Jazeera, headquartered in Dohar, Qatar; photo: Wittylama, Wikimedia

Part 1 of 2: Blow the Whistle on Qatar

Originally posted July 12 at FoundersCode.com

Several months ago, many members in the Gulf States have declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terror organization, but Qatar is a devout host and supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, the acme of global Islamic factions.

Then there is Hamas which holds the same stellar standing in Qatar as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban.

Israel is the only Middle East ally and it is time for the West to come together and challenge the Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas such that this collective opposition would stop the constant conflict between Gaza and Israel.

The United States is complicit in funding Hamas and the Palestinian Authority and some of the facts are presented below.

Only this week did Politco publish a piece that Barack Obama enjoys almost complete favoritism from the Muslim world, while his ratings among Americans is in the 30% range.

Hamas has been at war with Israel for countless years, lobbing rockets from their arsenal of 10,000 into Israel without provocation. The recent kidnapping and deaths of three teens has nothing to do with the latest barrage of aggression, it was only a catalyst laying the false blame on the death of the Palestinian teenager at the hands of Israeli police. One has nothing to do with the other, it is Hamas as directed by Iran and the al Thani dynasty of Qatar.

  • Qatar is a rogue regime without dispute. [at commentarymagazine.com]
  • Israel was forced to release prisoners at the demands of the United States, Israel complied in order to get a seat at the table for the peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Since the release, Israel has re-arrested at least 600 in part due to their return to Jihad, but it cannot be overlooked that many of those released sought and found a safe-haven in Doha. [qatarchronicle.com]
  • The terror financing in Qatar is well known as CENTCOM Part 2 is located in Qatar. [centcom.mil]
  • Qatar has been the host of the Taliban leadership for years as well as Hamas. [cnn.com]
  • The release of the Taliban 5 from Gitmo are living large in a Qatari resort. [thedailybeast.com]
  • A sample of the al Thani global interests and corruption, the United States and Britain [getnetworth.com]
  • Most disturbing of all is the Qatari investment into Western real estate, universities and into top government officials. [washingtonpost.com]
  • Just a few months ago, Barack Obama gave his foreign policy speech at West Point, where curiously a few days later the Taliban 5 were released. While at West Point, a son of the Al Thani regime, happened to graduate West Point that very same weekend, the first Qatari ever to be at West Point. [gulf-times.com]
  • Then there is al Jazeera fully financed by al Thani who supports Hamas. A Democrat Congressman from California even says every Hamas rocket into Israel is a war-crime. [pjmedia.com]
  • Now enter the Clinton clan and their Clinton Foundation, receiving millions upon millions from Qatar while at the same time Qatar funds Hamas. [freebeacon.com]
  • Barack Obama has hosted al Thani at the White House to establish all kinds of interesting agreements. [whitehouse.gov]
  • Qatar has been funding the wrong, repeat wrong anti-Assad Syrian factions and Barack Obama has relied on the agenda and funds to handle Syria so Barack Obama does not have to adhere to his ‘red-line threat’. [udanvisiondaily.com]
  • Qatar funding terror factions in video form. [shariaunveiled.wordpress.com]
  • Qatar funds mosques globally that enforces Sharia Law. [barenakedislam.com]
  • An insight into the fake Qatari Constitution relating to religious freedom. [state.gov]

And in summary…

Treasury official says Qatar sponsors terrorism

March 14, 2014

In the bluntest comments yet by U.S. officials about Qatar’s role in financing international terrorism, Treasury undersecretary David Cohen cited Qatar while speaking about state sponsors of terrorism during remarks to the Center for a New American Security on March 4.

Cohen referred to Qatar immediately after stating that “Iran is not the only state that provides financial support for terrorist organizations.” Cohen pointed to Qatar’s funding of Hamas and terrorists in Syria as problematic areas.

Previously, Treasury officials have stopped just short of suggesting official state sponsorship by the Qatari monarchy, focusing rather on private fundraisers and donor networks based in Qatar.

Excerpts from Cohen’s speech follow. Kuwait doesn’t come off too in his remarks either:

…But, distressingly, Iran is not the only state that provides financial support for terrorist organizations.

Most notably, Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally, has for many years openly financed Hamas, a group that continues to undermine regional stability. Press reports indicate that the Qatari government is also supporting extremist groups operating in Syria. To say the least, this threatens to aggravate an already volatile situation in a particularly dangerous and unwelcome manner.

With new leadership in Doha, we remain hopeful that Qatar – a country that in other respects has been a constructive partner in countering terrorism – will continue to work closely with us to oppose and combat those who adhere to the warped and murderous ideology of Hamas and al-Qa’ida…

[A] number of fundraisers operating in more permissive jurisdictions – particularly in Kuwait and Qatar – are soliciting donations to fund extremist insurgents, not to meet legitimate humanitarian needs. The recipients of these funds are often terrorist groups, including al-Qa’ida’s Syrian affiliate, al-Nusrah Front, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the group formerly known as al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI)…

Constraining this flow of funds is particularly challenging in an era when social media allows anyone with an Internet connection to set himself up as an international terrorist financier. We see this activity most prominently in Kuwait and Qatar, where fundraisers aggressively solicit donations online from supporters in other countries, notably Saudi Arabia, which have banned unauthorized fundraising campaigns for Syria.

Private fundraising networks in Qatar, for instance, increasingly rely upon social media to solicit donations for terrorists and to communicate with both donors and recipient radicals on the battlefield. This method has become so lucrative, and Qatar has become such a permissive terrorist financing environment, that several major Qatar-based fundraisers act as local representatives for larger terrorist fundraising networks that are based in Kuwait…

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Doha at night, photo Nuroptics, Wikimedia

Doha at night, photo Nuroptics, Wikimedia

Part 2 of 2: It is Qatar, Stupid: Part 2

Originally posted October 6 at FoundersCode.com

If you live in Houston, the person next to you may be a Qatari either in country for medical care or working for a petroleum company either owned or partially owned by Qatar like Golden Pass Products.

If you live in Chicago, you may have dinner at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, owned by the Qatar Investment Authority. If you live in Washington DC, you may work or live at City Center, a fully owned Qatar real estate development.

If you walk through airports in Houston, Washington DC, New York or Chicago, you will see arrival and departure gates for Qatar Airlines. If your children are in university and want to learn Arabic, they are doing so with foreign language departments paid for in full by Qatar. In other classes, your son or daughter may be sitting next to a Qatari student or your child may have never been accepted to the school of their choice as that place was handed over to a foreign student instead getting in-State tuition. It should be noted that Sheik al Mayassa al Thani was educated both at Duke University and Columbia. He runs the Qatari Foundation that has it’s headquarters at City Center in Washington DC.

If you happen to work at a cargo port or two or more that imports natural gas, you may be employed by Qatar. One reason for terminating the Export Import Bank is due in part that the U.S. invests $2 billion in loan guarantees in a country that has an established wealth within the top world ranking, yet the bank supports operations for natural gas in Qatar that supplies Japan, India and the UK, such that the United Kingdom has enjoyed a $33 billion investment by Qatar that Great Britain received 85% of their natgas from Qatar.

Now, the United States has had a relationship with Qatar since the 1990’s and since that time, the al Thani monarchy has toggled their foreign policy relationships for many years, meaning they are manipulating for the sake of moving into a higher regional power.

This toggle/manipulation agenda is described as removing Bashir al Assad from power but yet Qatar works diligently with Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and the Taliban and Barack Obama has and is deferring all negotiations with those terror groups to the al Thani monarchy.

With a population of just 2.0 million, it should be noted that each resident is way above the norm for wealth and the style of living is so luxurious that up to 20% of those that live in Qatar are foreign nationals.

Qatar maintains a Shura council for day to day domestic policy and law enforcement. Political parties in Qatar are forbidden completely and their own Constitution is thin on substance, checks and balances and protections except for the monarchy ruling family and party.

When it comes to the United States and the ‘defensive’ component, sure America has CENTCOM part two there but another key military asset is al Udeid base that is designed to support efforts in Afghanistan, and this base has been expanded from the original footprint by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Secretary Chuck Hagel just recently extended a joint military cooperation agreement with Qatar for another ten years. At this location, the United States trains the Qatari military paid for by U.S. grants.

France is the largest exporter of arms to Qatar and Qatar maintains a large inventory of ‘stinger’ missiles which are sold, traded and smuggled through a black market. There are real questions that need to be answered as to why Qatar has received and bought huge numbers of various and high tech-based military assets for a military that is quite small in scale and without knowing the real outside threat to their sovereignty and safety.

While that U.S. State Department has maintained a very wide, deep and comprehensive list of terror groups, it is well known by the State Department that Qatar has key people that support these terror groups and coordinate donations from outside sources. Due in part to negotiations of the Iranian nuclear program, the Taliban, Gitmo and al Qaeda, Secretary Hillary Clinton and now John Kerry only mention these matters in passing to Qatar just to get it on the record, but otherwise nothing outside a feeble attempt to pinpoint these illicit activities has created any traction as our NSC and State needs Qatar for nefarious objectives as has been noted least of which is the Taliban 5.

The illicit activities include the facts that the Taliban 5 live in ClubMed conditions, Khalid Sheik Mohammed was provided safe haven in Qatar, Khaled Mashaal, the leader of Hamas lives fully protected in Doha and Yusuf al Qaradawi, a very old man, lives in Qatar running the Syrian and Egyptian Islamic jihad. Only recently did Qatar dispel a few Muslim Brotherhood leaders to Syria but they are well protected and other Muslim Brotherhood leadership remains in Qatar with funding continuing as it began during the Arab Spring from the elitists in Qatar. At the core of support for the Muslim Brotherhood objectives in Qatar is Emir Tamin bin Hamad. These objectives include construction projects in Gaza including electrical power plants.

Then in closing there is yet another satellite headquarters for Qatari investments that is located in Switzerland named the al Karana Foundation. This effort is led by Abdelrahman bin Umayer al Nuaymi and is well known to the global banking system(s) while no one dares to either challenge or exam the connections, transactions or causes that mostly will translate to funding going to terror groups that includes al Nusra and the Ennahda Party in Tunisia.

So you see ladies and gentlemen, dollars and terrorism is in fact a global enterprise that occurs even in alleged neutral countries, or are they in fact neutral?

 

10/24/14

Beware of Marxist-Leninist Supporter Leon Panetta’s New Book

By: Brent Parrish
The Right Planet

YouTube/TheJohnBirchSociety: In this week’s analysis behind the news video, JBS CEO Art Thompson discusses Leon Panetta’s early career as a liberal Republican and later career as a Democrat; how as a Democratic congressman he started to cooperate with and endorse the policies of the Marxist Institute of Policy Studies; how Russia is starting to intrude on the airspace and waters of Sweden, which is similar to what they did back in the late 1970s and early 1980s; how the EU has vetoed France’s budget; how the EU wants to merge the United States into the EU; how a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Conspiracy Theorists Need a Pep Talk,” appears to be taking note of the JBS campaign to stop the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; and how the supposed conflict between “ex-Communist” leaders in Germany and Russia over Ukraine is just an example of “show business.”

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10/24/14

Qatar Awareness Campaign – Senator John McCain @StopQatarNow


QATAR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Senator John McCain
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Dear Senator McCain:

This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar. In light of your unwavering support for the Arab Spring, it is important to weigh your concerns for “democracy” against empowering the nation’s enemies. The State of Qatar was a consistent advocate for the Arab Spring, precisely because they are the home of the terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Even before President Obama, reacting to events in Tahrir Square, called for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down, you, Senator McCain, did so. “Regrettably the time has come 4 Pres. Mubarak 2 step down & relinquish power. It’s in the best interest of Egypt, its people & its military,” you tweeted on February 2, 2011. Mubarak’s resignation was the first significant step toward destabilizing the Middle East, which has led to anarchy across the entire region and the proliferation of Jihadi militias.

The power vacuum left by Mubarak in Egypt was filled by the Muslim Brotherhood, a revolutionary, stateless organization currently based out of Qatar. In the coming months, there would be government sanctioned pogroms against the Coptic Christians, as well as other religious minorities, in Egypt: entire faith communities came under assault from Muslim Brotherhood gangs, and dozens of Churches were burned.

The Egyptian debacle was repeated in Libya, as NATO airstrikes deposed a then-U.S. friendly Muammar Gaddafi. Once again, you publicly called for deposing Gaddafi, and supporting the Qatari-backed rebels. Libya’s Christians were treated as brutally as Egypt’s, or worse, and today Libya is a failed state tantamount to Afghanistan under the Taliban. It is a haven for murderous and revolutionary Islamists, smugglers and roving, lawless cartels. It poses a security threat to all of North Africa.

Even as Syria is under siege by the same ideological group of Jihadis, who have proven beyond reproach to be genocidal psychopaths, you still call for ousting Assad. While no patriotic American wants to support a dictator, the real question to consider is: who will fill this vacuum? Recent experience forewarns that something far worse will replace Assad and indeed they already control parts of Syria and Iraq – ISIS.

Each one of these experiments in capricious regime change has a common backer (besides you and President Obama) – the State of Qatar. Morsi was a Muslim Brother President of Egypt, fully backed by the Al-Thani monarchy in Doha. In Libya, Qatar had ground troops training al Qaeda “linked” rebels and even deployed fighter jets. In Syria, PBS has reported that the American government has trained Syrian rebels in Qatar!

There are more relevant facts to consider when evaluating your positions over the last several years concerning Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood:

  • You came out in support of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, whose family has been conclusively linked to the Muslim Brotherhood in Pakistan.
  • You were arguably the loudest Republican voice supporting the Arab Spring from the beginning. You called it a “collective demand for human dignity, economic opportunity and peaceful political change.” Yet, it has led to more indignities upon humanity than anything in recent memory.
  • After the Egyptian military removed the criminal Morsi regime, an action you determined to be a “coup,” you urged the punishing of Egypt by restricting military aid to the new government.
  • In Tunisia in April, 2013, you met with Prime Minister Ali Larayedh. Larayedh is a member of the Ennahda Movement, which is a Muslim Brotherhood-allied political party.

Additionally, Qatar is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell and profits from operating a virtual slave state. A recent press report explained how a Qatari citizen was the money man for an Al Qaeda group in Syria. His alias? Umar al-Qatari.

The QAC Coalition and petitioners ask that you consider the attached sourced report on Qatar’s activities. The links cited are vetted and credible sources. We hope you take the time to verify the truth of the statements for yourself.

After doing so, the Coalition of the Qatar Awareness Campaign calls on you to exert due influence on the Qatari government and the Muslim Brotherhood to cease any type of involvement in all forms of Islamic terrorism, slavery and drug trafficking!

Sincerely,

Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret)
AllenBWest.com

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Center for Security Policy

Pamela Geller
Atlas Shrugs

Walid Shoebat
Shoebat.com

Charles Ortel
Washington Times

Paul E Vallely, US Army (Ret)
Chairman, Stand Up America

Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
NoisyRoom.net

Trevor Loudon
New Zeal **

& the entire Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition.

Qatar Research Report: http://www.stopqatarnow.com/p/research-report.html
Sign the Petition! Visit www.stopqatarnow.com
Facebook: Stop Qatar Now
Twitter: @stopqatarnow

** Select signatures as of 9/27. The Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition is comprised of more than 25 journalists, national security experts, publishers, and independent researchers. To view all Coalition participants, please visit the Campaign’s website.

10/24/14

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results – 10/24/14

The Watcher’s Council


In remembrance of the soldier, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who died in Canada this past week at the hands of a radical Jihadist. We also honor Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers for his bravery in taking down said Jihadist and saving untold lives.

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

Babası oğluna bir bağ bağışlamış, oğul babaya bir salkım üzüm vermemiş (“The Father gave his son a vineyard, the son didn’t give a single bunch of grapes to the father.” – Turkish Proverb

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

“Alliances are broken from considerations of interest.” – Niccoló Machiavelli, The Discourses, 1517

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This week’s winner, The Razor’sThe RazorKick Turkey Out Of NATO is a persuasively written essay that embodies the thoughts expressed above… it makes little sense to hold on to an alliance that really isn’t one. Here’s a slice:

Lord Palmerstone once noted that nations do not have permanent allies, only permanent interests. This statement assumes that a nation always acts in its own best interest, and this assumption is the basis for the realist school of international relations. Realists always expect national actors to do what is best for themselves. If an action does not benefit the nation in any particular way, or worse threatens it, then one cannot reasonably expect it to act even though one might think and others might agree that it is the right course of action. In international relations at least according to the realist school, there are no completely altruistic acts by nations or their actors.

I’ve been rooted in the realist school of international relations well before I got my degree in political science, having grown up while Henry Kissinger acted as Nixon’s national security advisor and later secretary of state under him and his successor Gerald Ford.Realists not only expect nations to act in their best interests, but regimes and the organizations constituting them to do the same. In statecraft realists aren’t surprised when regimes do what’s best for them even when it might compromise or damage others, but are willing to act in their own best interest when the opposite party acts in theirs.

Case in point: Turkey. Under the regime of Recep Erdogan for the past 12 years Turkey has been acting in the best interest of Erdogan and his ruling party the AKP. Erdogan is an Islamist in a nation where political Islam had been banned for decades after its re-founding under Kamal Ataturk. While Ataturk and the secularists saw Europe as a useful ally that would strengthen Turkey and their regime in the Middle East, Erdogan has instead positioned Turkey as the next Islamic Caliphate more in line with the Ottoman Empire of the 17th century rather than secular and Democratic Western Europe.

Perhaps the biggest interest Erdogan has besides the desire to remain in power is to avoid empowering the Kurdish minority within Turkey. Unlike the Palestinians, the Kurds have a much longer claim to their land stretching from northern Syria across southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq to Iran. One commonality between Erdogan and his secular predecessors has been the oppression of the Kurds in Turkey and their nationalist aims. The no-fly zone established in northern Iraq after the first Gulf War led to autonomy under Saddam and later the post-Saddam Iraqi government. Iraqi Kurds are as close to independent as Kurds have ever been, and their Syrian, Iranian and Turkish cousins recognize this.

From Erdogan’s perspective the decimation of the Syrian Kurds by the Islamic State (IS) is welcome. It weakens the Kurdish cause by reducing the number of Kurds in the region. Plus the Syrian Kurds were also strong supporters of the PKK, Turkey’s al-Qaida. From the realist perspective Erdogan will not act against IS on behalf of the Kurds unless there is an even greater, more pressing interest to do so.

And that’s the problem. Current American and European leadership is run by idealists not by realists. American and Europeans leaders simply do not understand why Erdogan and to more worrying degree Vladimir Putin act the way they do. To them bombing Kurds in Turkey instead of IS in Syria makes absolutely no sense just as annexing Crimea and dismembering Ukraine. They do not see the world the way Erdogan and Putin do, but realists do. Realists recognize that Putin and Erdogan will only act when the pressure applied to them is real and painful.

For Erdogan that pressure should include Turkey’s rejection from NATO and any possible future admittance to the EU under his regime. If Turkey acts in its own interests, so should the EU and the United States. The truth is that instead of being a beacon of secular Islam as Turkey once was, Turkey under Erdogan has become just another corrupt, Islamic Middle Eastern dictatorship with caliphate dreams. Turkey has condoned the rise of IS as well as backed other terrorist groups such as Hamas. It has kept a tight leash on the American base in Incirlik, preventing it from participating in the second Gulf War and in attacks on IS.

More at the link

In our non-Council category, the winner was Volokh Conspiracy’sCan ministers who make a living by conducting weddings be required to conduct same-sex weddings? submitted by Rhymes with Right. The piece examines the latest bit of bullying by same sex marriage advocates.

Here are this week’s full results. The Right Planet, The Independent Sentinel and Ask Marion were not able to vote this time out. None were affected by the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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10/23/14

Burning Hatred and Darkness

Arlene from Israel

Chaya Zissel Braun the three-month old baby girl killed by a terrorist using his car as a weapon, was laid to rest at midnight last night.  Her death came about after the terrorist’s car slammed into her stroller, sending her flying some ten meters into the air. She landed on her head, and fractured her skull; doctors could not save her because of internal hemorrhaging.

President Ruby Rivlin, who attended the funeral said (emphasis added):

“We are standing before a tiny, silent body, before a small grave, standing against haters and murderers whose hands slaughter without distinction, without mercy.  An innocent baby was butchered by burning hatred and darkness.”

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Her parents – who had waited years to have a child, and had just returned from bringing her to the Kotel (the Western Wall) for the first time – are traumatized and in shock.  This picture – courtesy of the family – was taken at the Kotel, shortly before she was killed.

Baby Chaya Zisel at the Kotel

At the funeral, her weeping father said, “You made us happy from the moment you [arrived]… You were pure. I want you to look down at me and smile. Tomorrow is your three-month birthday. It’s all now in God’s hands.”

Her maternal grandfather, Rabbi Shimshon Halpern, spoke of her holy soul.

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The Arab terrorist Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi (Al Shaludi is an alternate spelling of his name) died at the hospital last night of wounds inflicted upon him by Israeli security at the site of the attack.

He possessed a Jerusalem residency card, and was a staunch Hamas supporter.  These two factors should, in the best of circumstances, be mutually exclusive; but of course this is not the case. We’ve got a whole lot of Hamas-associated Arabs with Jerusalem residency cards running around the city.  Not only did he support Hamas, his uncle – who was assassinated 14 years ago, reportedly in the course of inter-militia tensions – was a master bomb-maker for Hamas.  Hamas allegiance is very often a family affair.

Al-Shaludi was also into social media communication.  Less than two weeks ago, he posted on his Facebook page a picture of Al Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount, with a caption “Al Aksa is in danger.” Just two days ago, he posted: “now is the time to defend your home, Muslims – go out on a crusade to protect the Al-Aksa mosque.”

Yesterday I reported that he had been in Israeli prison.  I do not believe he was released in the course of a prisoner trade; rather, he was released after he completed a 16-month sentence.

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That Hamas would praise this despicable attack is a given.  But what we are seeing is the same from Fatah, the party of our “peace partner” Abbas:

As described and translated by the Palestinian Media Watch, Fatah posted on its official Facebook page an obituary for Al-Shaludi that used the words “heroic Martyr.” His death was portrayed as “’his wedding’ – a reference to the Islamic belief that Martyrs for Allah are wedded to 72 virgins in Paradise.”

”Rest in peace! We are loyal to you,” it said. (Emphasis added)

According to The Elder of Ziyon, the poster of Al-Shaludi that went up on the Fatah FB page is even more explicit (emphasis added):

“The martyr hero Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi performs a sacred act of running over the settlers in occupied Jerusalem.”

Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Abbas advisor and a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, also posted praise for the terrorist on his FB page.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu pointed a finger directly at Abbas with regard to this terror attack.  And he is absolutely correct.  Just days ago Abbas called upon Arabs to protect the Temple Mount from Jews.

What is more, he expressed anger at the international community for its failure to criticize Abbas in this regard.  At a security briefing at police headquarters, he said:

“[Abbas] glorifies the murderers and also embraces the organization to which the terrorists belong, Hamas. And faced with these actions of the Authority chairman, we find only a flaccid [response] internationally. [World leaders] are unwilling to say two words, even one word of criticism of him [Abbas]. We do not share this weakness. We will stand firmly for our rights and obligations to defend our capitol.”

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Highly relevant to this issue is a piece by Michael Freund, “Mahmoud Abbas, enemy of Israel”:

”For the past decade, ever since Mahmoud Abbas took the reins of the Palestinian Authority in January 2005, the international community has gone out of its way to portray him as a moderate.” Ignoring his long record of anti-Israel incitement and Holocaust denial, American presidents, European prime ministers and even various Israeli leaders often spoke of Abbas in glowing terms, describing him as a man of peace and a visionary.

”Indeed, earlier this year, when Abbas visited the White House on March 17, US President Barack Obama told reporters, ‘I have to commend President Abbas. He has been somebody who has consistently renounced violence, has consistently sought a diplomatic and peaceful solution that allows for two states, side by side, in peace and security.’

“…Calling him a moderate is simply dishonest and deceptive. Abbas is not a friend of peace, he is an enemy of Israel, one who has refused to end the conflict and has incited to violence against the Jewish state.” He may not don the keffiyeh that was worn by Yasser Arafat, nor wave a gun in the halls of the United Nations. But even if the packaging is slightly different, the contents remain the same.

”Abbas, like his predecessor, stands in the way of peace and aims to do Israel harm.

”The time has come to treat him accordingly.”

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Today Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat called for a tightening of security in order to quell the violence Jerusalem is experiencing.

After the police security meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement indicating that Netanyahu had “instructed that sovereignty be enforced in all parts of the city by positioning additional forces throughout the capital…united Jerusalem was, and will remain, the capital of Israel forever … Every attempt to harm its residents will be met with the harshest of responses – we will restore quiet and security to Jerusalem.”  (Emphasis added)

A good and appropriate statement.  Particularly with regard to sovereignty being enforced.  There has been a horrifying tendency for police to let sovereignty slip in certain eastern areas of Jerusalem.  It is my distinct impression that our prime minister means it when he speaks about a united Jerusalem, Israel’s capital forever.

But…but…

I want to tell him, enough words. We’ve heard them before.  Don’t tell us. Show us.  I want to learn about arrests being made, with prosecutions following.  No more policy of containment. I want to know about the police out on the street in large numbers and a major reduction in the amount of Arab violence the city is enduring.  I want these Arab bums who are seeking to terrorize innocent Jews in Jerusalem to be genuinely afraid of the police.

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“A Border Patrol officer serving in eastern Jerusalem has for the first time revealed the police helplessness in dealing with the ‘silent intifada’ that has been gripping the capital in recent months…

“Speaking on Channel 2…TV Thursday…the officer admitted the Border Patrol warriors are forced to ‘stand like dolls’ against the Arab terror.

“We feel like our hands are tied,’ the combat officer revealed, placing the blame squarely on the shoulders of Interior Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich for the collapse of security.

“According to the officer, senior captains as well as Aharonovich are trying to calm things down and hush up the ‘silent intifada’ rather than fight Arab terror to the end.”

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In the last day or so, the terror attack that killed the baby girl, while the worst of the violence by far, has not been the only incident of violence. We’re seeing incidents of Arab harassment and violence in the neighborhoods of Armon Hanatziv, Har Homa, and Gilo in southern Jerusalem, through the Mount of Olives area, Issawiya and Silwan, northward to Shuafat and Beit Hanina.

In the Mount of Olives area, there is the small Jewish community of Ma’aleh HaZeitim. This morning, not for the first time, the nursery building was stoned.  Masked Arab men, pelting rocks, with the children huddled in one area of the building for safety.  What sort of scum are they, throwing stones at a nursery?

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Minister Naftali Bennett had severe words for the current situation. The anger he expressed was appropriate.  As was his called for an “iron fist.”

Then he called for additional construction in Jerusalem as a response to terror, to show that we are here to stay when they are trying to drive us out.  But linking terrorism and building always unsettles me.  It gives the wrong message.

Jewish building in Jerusalem isn’t a response to violence or some sort of revenge. It is our right. The world must know that we build because we claim that right. Period.

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What really enraged me was this statement by Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the State Department:

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured. We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.” (Emphasis added)

How morally obtuse can they be?  They sound like parents, speaking to two squabbling boys, “Now, now, play nice.”

This was a terror attack, as I made quite clear above, the worst incident of terror amidst a rash of terror incidents.  Escalation of Israeli police response is precisely what is needed.  If it makes Palestinian Arabs in eastern Jerusalem tense, that’s quite fine.

The US has no vision of justice or Israeli right in this matter at all.  American officials, by design, are morally blind.