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House votes to kick Rep. Ilhan Omar off committee over anti-Semitic remarks

The GOP-led House voted Thursday ​to boot Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee over her past anti-Semitic comments after two Republicans once reluctant to oust her decided to support the resolution for removal. The vote to remove Omar (D-Minn.) from the powerful panel after a heated floor debate broke along party lines, with 218 Republicans voting to strip her of the assignment and 211 Democrats backing their colleague. One Republican, David Joyce of Ohio, voted present. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced the vote Wednesday after ​the chamber approved the Democratic assignments for the committee, setting the stage for Omar’s ouster. “Oh, so now we can vote her off,” McCarthy told reporters​ after the assignments were finalized.

Utter temper tantrum on House U.S floor after Ilhan Omar REMOVED from Foreign Affairs Committee

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POLICE STATE NEW JERSEY: Newark, N.J. Resolution Proclaims ‘World Hijab Day’ as Iranians Die for Freedom~NEW JERSEY-Muslim migrant steals school bus, his journal says ‘Blood, blood, destruction, destruction. Allah.’

This Week In Jihad with David Wood and Robert Spencer (World Hijab Day Edition)

Newark, N.J. Resolution Proclaims ‘World Hijab Day,’ and This Year, That’s Particularly Grotesque

New York Governor Hochul Recognizes World Hijab Day

World Hijab Day in the Public Schools

Sources are saying that Newark Central Ward Councilwoman Lamonica McIver, a political ally of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, would not openly challenge U.S. Rep. Donald Payne for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. However, she may consider running should he retire.

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/culture/robert-spencer/2023/02/01/newark-n-j-resolution-proclaims-world-hijab-day-and-this-year-thats-particularly-grotesque-n1666822;

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, is No Hijab Day, a Western feminist expression of solidarity with Muslim women in the United States who are supposedly oppressed and discriminated against (by those fictional but omnipresent MAGA-hat-wearing thugs) because they wear the hijab. Accordingly, Newark, N.J. city council President LaMonica McIver is set to introduce a resolution declaring Wednesday World Hijab Day in the City of Newark. McIver, of course, has all the proper Leftist intentions: celebrating “diversity,” standing against “hatred,” and all that. But this year, in particular, her gesture is nothing short of grotesque. In Iran, women are dying for the freedom not to wear the hijab. And in Newark, witless Leftists are celebrating the symbol of their oppression.

Back on Sept. 16, 2022, in Tehran, the Iranian morality police arrested Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, for not wearing her hijab properly. Amini later died in a hospital in Tehran, and numerous Iranians charged that she had been tortured to death while in custody. All over the country, protesters took to the streets to protest not against the hijab laws, but against the repressive and brutal Islamic Republic itself. Other women, and male protesters as well, were killed as the Iranian regime ruthlessly applied the Qur’anic injunction to “strike terror in the enemies of Allah” (8:60). The protests went on for months until the regime began summarily executing protesters, and even then some indomitably courageous Iranians continued to take to the streets to demand their freedom.

It is against that backdrop that the Newark World Hijab Day resolution will be introduced. For innumerable women in Iran, the hijab is the most visible sign of their second-class status, and of the brutality of the regime that will imprison them for years or even kill them outright for daring to venture out in public without wearing it. The Iranian authorities call their morality police the “Guidance Patrol,” an Orwellian name that makes them sound like a bunch of benign, avuncular individuals selflessly dedicated to helping young Iranians avoid moral pitfalls and stay on the straight and narrow. A more accurate name, however, would be the Terror Patrol, for the morality that these officials enforce is not the virtuous person’s free choice of the good, but the enforced obedience of those who are frightened into submission.

Is that really what the city of Newark wants to celebrate? It’s likely that LaMonica McIver didn’t consider what has been happening in Iran even for one second before deciding to introduce her resolution. She was just upholding the Left’s mythology about rampant “Islamophobia” in the United States. Actual incidents of Muslim women being harassed or discriminated against for wearing the hijab, however, are extraordinarily hard to find. It’s much easier to find examples of Muslim women in America who falsely claimed that they were being harassed or discriminated against in order to score points on the Left’s insane scale of victimhood worship.

In one such incident, an eleven-year-old girl in Toronto made international headlines with her claim that a man had followed her and cut her hijab with scissors. After an investigation, police concluded that the attack never happened. Likewise, Yasmin Seweid, a Muslim teen, claimed in December 2016 that Trump supporters on a New York subway tore off her hijab and no one in the packed subway car helped her. She, too, gained international media attention, and she, too, made up the whole thing. Shortly before that, a hijab-wearing Muslim student at San Diego State University also falsely claimed that she was assaulted by Trump supporters. In July 2017, a Muslim in Britain falsely claimed that a man had pulled off her hijab in a “race hate attack.” In November 2016, a University of Michigan Muslim student claimed she was “accosted by a white man who told her to remove her hijab or he would set her ablaze with a cigarette lighter.” She also fabricated the whole event. And there are many others of this kind, but the World Hijab Day feminists, of course, have taken no notice.

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Nor have they ever acknowledged the fact that women are far more likely to be oppressed for not wearing the hijab than for wearing it, and not just in Iran. In Mississauga, Ontario, a few years back, Aqsa Parvez’s Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it. Amina Muse Ali was a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab. Forty women were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab. Alya Al-Safar’s Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm her family because she stopped wearing the hijab in Britain. Amira Osman Hamid faced whipping in Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab. An Egyptian girl, also named Amira, committed suicide after being brutalized by her family for refusing to wear the hijab. Muslim and non-Muslim teachers at the Islamic College of South Australia were told they had to wear the hijab or be fired. Women in Chechnya were shot with paintballs by police because they weren’t wearing hijab. Other women in Chechnya were threatened by men with automatic rifles for not wearing hijab.

Such examples could be multiplied endlessly. When is LaMonica McIver going to introduce a resolution recognizing the women who have been brutalized and killed for not wearing the hijab? I won’t be watching the news feeds for any word of that.

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SEE: https://www.thnk.org/community/people/bader-alzahrani/

Bader Alzahrani

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SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/02/new-jersey-muslim-migrant-steals-school-bus-his-journal-says-blood-blood-destruction-destruction-allah;

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Bader Alzahrani is charged with transporting a stolen New Jersey school bus across state lines.

On Jan. 15, 2023, a break-in was reported in an unoccupied residential home in Livingston, New Jersey. During a search of a backpack in that home, law enforcement saw a Saudi Arabian passport with the name Bader Alzahrani, along with other items that appeared to belong to Alzahrani. On Jan. 17, 2023, the Livingston Board of Education reported that a school bus was stolen from a parking lot across the street from the unoccupied residential home where the break-in was reported. Law enforcement officers located Alzahrani in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and was later found to be in possession of the keys to the stolen school bus.

As noted in the article below, a subsequent investigation found Alzahrani was keeping a journal with entries including:

“God I am ready for your orders. I want to live the rest of my life to serve you and the religion.” “Blood, blood, destruction, destruction. Allah.” and “Jews control everything.”

NJ.com reports that:

Livingston police said after his arrest that Alzahrani acted alone and that there was no threat to the public.

“Court documents: Man accused of stealing school bus had an antisemitic journal,” News 12 New Jersey, January 30, 2023:

A man accused of stealing a school bus in Livingston on Jan. 17 faced a federal judge on Monday.

Bader Alzahrani was arrested in Pennsylvania. The 22-year-old man was charged with receipt of a stolen vehicle and transportation of a stolen vehicle.

Court documents states that a bag with journals of antisemitic messages was found in a house across from the parking lot where the bus was stolen from at the Livingston Senior and Community Center on Hill Side Avenue. The documents also states that a Saudi Arabian passport with Alzahrani’s name was also found.

Authorities say that the journals had entries in English and Arabic. They contained such phrases as “God I am ready for your orders. I want to live the rest of my life to serve you and the religion.” “Blood, blood, destruction, destruction. Allah.” and “Jews control everything.”

Alzahrani is in the United States on a student visa. Officials say that he went missing in October from the university he was attending. Officials would not name that university….

“I have a daughter and that’s just it freaks you, that something could happen,” says Miles Finney. “He could’ve tried to pick up kids, that’s crazy that they let that happen.”…

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SEE ALSO: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/saudi-arabian-national-charged-interstate-transportation-stolen-school-bus

 

 

It’s Official: Russia is Now Biggest Foreign Investor in Iran

It’s Official: Russia Now Biggest Foreign Investor in Iran

BY LUIS MIGUEL

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/its-official-russia-now-biggest-foreign-investor-in-iran/;

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Russia continues to further cement its influence abroad, expanding its economic and political reach even deeper into the Middle East with strategic investments.

In major news, Moscow has now become the number one foreign investor in Iran, according to the latter’s deputy finance minister, Ali Fekri.

Fekri stated that Russia “had brought some $2.7 billion worth of investment to two petroleum projects in Iran’s Western province of Ilam in the past 15 months,” accounting for 45 percent of all foreign investment secured by Tehran within that time frame.

The other top foreign investors in Iran for that reporting period were China, Turkey, Afghanistan, and the United Arab Emirates. Fekri pointed out that Beijing had decreased its spending in Iran in 2022, saying, “China has invested nearly $185 million in Iran over that period, which we are not happy with given the number of negotiations and meetings we had.”

Per the deputy finance minister, during the last 15-month period, Tehran failed to meet its goal of $10.2 billion in foreign investment, making it only $5.95 billion.

Between expanded trade agreements and oil-pipeline contracts, Iran and Russia significantly increased their work together in 2022 in order to get around sanctions that western powers have slapped on both nations.

In total, there was a trade turnover surge of 15 percent between Russia and Iran last year, which came out to a sum of $4.6 billion.

The collaboration was punctuated by the signing earlier this month of a free-trade memorandum between Iran and Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) — a move anticipated to grow the relationship between the two countries.

Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s State Duma, called the mutual trade “extremely important in the conditions of sanctions pressure on our countries.”

Praising the free-trade memorandum, Volodin asserted that Moscow and Tehran should work on improving collaboration in finance and banking and that they can achieve this, in part, by using national currencies more often in settlements.

“It is important to use settlements in national currencies more actively. Much has already been done in this regard — now the share of the ruble and the rial in mutual settlements exceeds 60%. The work on the joint application of national payment systems is being completed. This will minimize the impact of sanctions, but also, of course, address issues related to mutually beneficial cooperation,” said Volodin.

Russia also notably increased its trade with China last year. As seen in a Wall Street Journal report, Moscow ramped up its importation from China of technologies key to the war in Ukraine. Per data that came from the D.C.-based Free Russia Foundation, China’s purchase of Russian goods more than made up for the trade Moscow lost due to western sanctions — essentially rendering those sanctions ineffectual.

“As the U.S., EU, the U.K. have all scaled back operations with Russia, China has emerged, by a wide margin, to be Russia’s most important trade partner,” the Free Russia Foundation’s report reads.

The Journal further notes:

China has become a supplier of some key technologies that can have a military purpose despite the Western sanctions. China sold $3.3 million worth of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to Russia last year, according to the data. The report noted that drone deliveries to Russia continued in November and December from the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. 

Russia last year increased its imports of semiconductors and microchips by around 34%, with China emerging as the major source. That has helped Russia increase its overall import of chips to $2.45 billion in 2022 from $1.82 billion in 2021, despite Western sanctions targeting that trade. 

Russia and China have spent years forging stronger economic ties, including a $55 billion gas pipeline and Russia’s increased usage of China’s yuan. The economic relationship has deepened even as long-simmering concerns remain among officials in Moscow that Russia could become captive to China’s economic orbit.

The information on which the Free Russia Foundation based its analysis came from a third-party data provider, and it was compiled in partnership with Madrid-based IE University by a team that included Russian economists and former Russian officials.

The data indicates that trade between Moscow and Beijing rose by approximately $27 billion in the period from March to September 2022 compared to the same period the year before. In total, trade between the two giants has now reached $99 billion.

A great deal of this is owing to larger sales of crude, a result of Russia sending more of its product to eastern trade partners such as China, India, and Turkey as western nations have imposed restrictions on the purchase of Russian oil.

Trade has gone both ways. Russia has increased its dependence on Chinese goods, with 36 percent of its imports coming from China during the March-September period. In the comparable period in 2021, Russia’s imports from China were at 21 percent, meaning the figure went up by a significant 15 percent.

This comes as the war between Russia and Ukraine rages on. Western nations have escalated their involvement in the conflict; Joe Biden authorized sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, while Germany is sending Leopard 2 tanks. That’s on top of all the ammunition, anti-ship, and air-defense systems, and thousands of armored vehicles that the United States and its allies have already sent to Ukraine.

Gradually, Russia and China are building a formidable global hegemony that is taking the teeth out of the western powers’ economic threats and boxing the United States into irrelevance.

These are the Republicans Protecting Ilhan Omar

Rep. Matt Gaetz: Ilhan Omar shouldn't be lumped with Schiff and Swalwell

Ilhan Omar's is unfit to serve: Andy Biggs

Ilhan Omar claims Republicans don’t want a Muslim on foreign affairs committee, are ‘OK with Islamophobia’

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/ilhan-omar-claims-republicans-dont-want-a-muslim-on-foreign-affairs-committee-are-ok-with-islamophobia;

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Maybe the Republicans don’t want someone on the foreign affairs committee who is so far to the Left that she equates the U.S. and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban. But Omar knows how to play the Left and its media, and so she is making this all about identity politics.

“Islamophobia,” in this context as in all others, is a manipulative term designed to intimidate people into thinking it is wrong to oppose jihad violence and Sharia oppression, or even to criticize any Muslim, especially, in this case, Ilhan Omar.

“Omar says some Republicans don’t want a Muslim in Congress: ‘These people are OK with Islamophobia,’” by Julia Mueller, The Hill, January 29, 2023:

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Sunday said some Republicans are “OK with Islamophobia” in response to questions about efforts by Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to block her from continuing to sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“You remember Donald Trump coming into my state and saying, ‘Muslims, Somali refugees are infiltrating our country.’ You remember [Rep.] Marjorie Taylor Greene [R-Ga.] coming to Congress after [Rep.] Rashida [Tlaib (D-Mich.)] and I got sworn in and saying, ‘Muslims are infiltrating Congress.’ You remember [Rep. Lauren] Boebert [R-Colo.] saying that I was a terrorist. What did McCarthy do? He said, ‘She apologized, and we don’t have to worry about her Islamophobia. That never happened,’” Omar said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“And so these people are OK with Islamophobia. They’re OK with trafficking in their own ways in antisemitism. They are not OK with having a Muslim have a voice on that committee,” Omar said.

McCarthy targeted Omar, the first Somali American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, for removal from Foreign Affairs. He also booted Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) from the House Intelligence Committee.

Omar’s removal requires a vote by the entire chamber, while Swalwell’s and Schiff’s removals could be made by McCarthy alone due to rules around the Intelligence Committee.

“If they want to debate political differences, and that’s something that we should all have the opportunity to do so, but to smear someone and their character, their love for their country and the work that they get to do on a committee is wrong,” Omar said.

“And it is politically motivated. And, in some cases, it’s motivated by the fact that many of these members don’t believe a Muslim, a refugee, an African should even be in Congress, let alone have the opportunity to serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee.”

Omar has been accused of making antisemitic comments relating to American support of Israel. She has since apologized for the remarks and said on Sunday that “I might have used words at the time that I didn’t understand were trafficking in antisemitism.”

“To insinuate that I knowingly said these things, when people have read into my comments to make it sound as if I have something against the Jewish community, is so wrong. … I voted for every single resolution — no Republican can say that — condemning antisemitism. My work is clear,” Omar said….

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BY DANIEL GREENFIELD

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/these-are-the-republicans-protecting-ilhan-omar;

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“We should be better than what the Democrats were.”

Can the new House GOP majority do anything? Even something as simple as booting Rep. Ilhan Omar off the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she belongs as much as I belong on Al Qaeda’s councils, can’t proceed because some House Republicans are protecting her.

Why would they protect Miss “Some People Did Something?”

Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) on Friday joined a group of House Republicans opposed to kicking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) off the Foreign Affairs Committee, putting the high-profile effort dangerously close to failing.

Buck, a member of the right-wing Freedom Caucus, told NBC News’ Chuck Todd he is against Republicans removing Democrats like Omar from their committees.

Buck is the third House Republican to say they oppose removing Omar, along with Reps. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) and Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.).

“I think that we should not engage in this tit-for-tat,” Buck said.

Not engaging in tit-for-tat, better known as not fighting back, has worked brilliantly for Republicans thus far.

So what’s the plan to dissuade Democrats from doing this when they’re next in the majority? Scold them by emphasizing that Republicans will not lower themselves to engaging in any tit-for-tat. Do anything you like to us, but we will not respond with tit-for-tat.

Beautiful.

After saying he’s opposed to Omar’s removal, Buck added: “I have a little bit less certainty about Congressman Schiff and Swalwell on Intelligence just because it’s a little bit different than a regular committee. But I’m going to think through that and make a decision.”

Deep thoughts are needed.

Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio), the chair of the moderate Republican Governance Group, told Axios on Tuesday that Omar “should at least be given the opportunity to defend her prior statements” on the House floor.

“I haven’t taken a position on it because I haven’t seen a case against her, but I think she’s entitled to due process and she should be able to make her case on why she shouldn’t be [removed].”

“I don’t think tit for tat is necessary here,” said Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.). “We should be better than what the Democrats were.”

Dis someone send out a tit-for-tat memo?

The emerging consensus is that Republicans were elected to be “better” than Democrats by surrendering to them. It’s worked brilliantly for generations. Bound to work again now.

“When I am weaker than you, I ask you for Freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your Freedom because that is according to my principles.” ― Frank Herbert

Islamic Republic of Iran expands naval operations in Latin American waters

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/islamic-republic-of-iran-expands-naval-operations-in-latin-american-waters;

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Weakness invites aggression. Thanks, Joe!

“Iranian Navy Expands Operations in Latin American Waters,” by Maria Zuppello, IPT News, January 26, 2023:

The presence this week of two Iranian warships docked in Rio de Janeiro reinforces a top commander’s pledge that the Islamic Republic wants an offensive military capability in Latin American waters.

Frigate Dena and the warship Makran docked Monday for a reported one-week stay in Brazil. The specifics of the visit remain unclear.

In addition to being the Iranian Navy’s newest warship, the former oil tanker Makran also is its largest. Like the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base, the Makran is expected to serve as a mobile sea base for small boats and planes capable of operating anywhere in the world.

In 2021, the Pentagon learned that Makran was en route to Venezuela with seven high-speed missile boats on board. Following U.S. diplomatic pressure, Venezuelan officials ultimately denied the ship’s entry.

Dena is armed with four Qader anti-ship missiles that have a range of 300 km and are described by Iranian officials as “the most powerful and precise missile of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Navy.”

“So far, we have been present in all the strategic straits of the world,” Iranian Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said Jan. 11. “This year we are planning to be present in the Panama Canal.”

Panama, which is about 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) from the southern United States border, may be the ships’ next stop. The canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and is one of the world’s most strategic waterways.

As a result, the Panama Canal is an essential shipping lane for international trade, and any disruption in its operations would have enormous consequences for the global economy. Furthermore, Venezuela, Iran’s primary regional ally, is located near the maritime routes to and from the Panama Canal.

Iran has increased its naval activities in recent years, including in the Red Sea, Raz Zimmt, a research fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) told the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).

“It seems that Iran is interested in expanding its military, and especially its naval cooperation with Brazil as part of its efforts to improve its military, including its naval, capabilities through joint cooperation with countries willing to do that,” Zimmt said. “Such joint activities with its partners in Latin America could be used as a deterring message to the U.S., which is engaged in military joint efforts with Israel and its Arab partners in the Gulf.”…

Eight of the countries that are the top ten persecutors of Christians are majority-Muslim

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/eight-of-the-countries-that-are-the-top-ten-persecutors-of-christians-are-majority-muslim;

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How strange! Why might this be? Could it have something to do with these teachings of Islam?

Jesus is not the Son of God and belief in the Trinity is “excess”: “O people of the book, do not exaggerate in your religion or say anything about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and his word that he conveyed to Mary, and a spirit from him. So believe in Allah and his messengers, and do not say Three, Stop, it is better for you. Allah is only one God. It is far removed from his transcendent majesty that he should have a son. Everything that is in the heavens and everything that is on the earth is his. And Allah is sufficient as a defender.” — Qur’an 4:171

And: “It is not fitting for Allah that he should take to himself a son. Glory be to him when he decrees a thing, he says to it only, Be, and it is.” — Qur’an 19:35

Jesus was not crucified: “And because of their saying, We killed the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, the messenger of Allah, they did not kill him nor crucify him, but it seemed so to them, and indeed, those who disagree about this are in doubt about it, they have no knowledge of it except the pursuit of a supposition, they did not kill him for certain.” — Qur’an 4:157

Those who believe in the divinity of Christ are unbelievers: “They indeed have disbelieved who say, Indeed, Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. Say, Who then can do anything against Allah, if he had willed to destroy the Messiah son of Mary, and his mother and everyone on earth? To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them. He creates what he wills. And Allah is able to do all things.” — Qur’an 5:17 (cf. 5:72)

Christians have forgotten part of the divine revelations they received: “And with those who say: Indeed, we are Christians, we made a covenant, but they forgot a part of what they were reminded about. Therefore we have stirred up enmity and hatred among them until the day of resurrection, when Allah will inform them of their handiwork.” — Qur’an 5:14

Those who believe that Jesus is God’s Son are accursed: “And the Jews say, Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say, The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the statements of those who disbelieved before. May Allah curse them. How perverse they are.” — Qur’an 9:30

Christians who do not accept Muhammad and the Qur’an are the vilest of created beings: “Indeed, the unbelievers among the people of the book and the idolaters will remain in the fire of Gehenna. They are the vilest of created beings.” — Qur’an 98:6

Muslims must fight against and subjugate Christians: “Fight against those who do not believe in Allah or the last day, and do not forbid what Allah and his messenger have forbidden, and do not follow the religion of truth, even if they are among the people of the book until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel subdued.” — Qur’an 9:29

Also, a hadith has Muhammad predicting that Jesus will return at the end of the world and break the cross, as it is an insult to Allah’s power to say that he would have allowed one of his prophets to be crucified: “Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, ‘By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, son of Mary [Jesus] will shortly descend amongst you people [Muslims] as a just ruler and will break the Cross and kill the pig and abolish the Jizya [a tax taken from the non-Muslims, who are in the protection, of the Muslim government]. Then there will be an abundance of money and nobody will accept charitable gifts.’” — Bukhari 3.34.425

“Iran ranked eighth hardest country to be Christian,” Article 18, January 18, 2023:

Iran has risen back to eighth place on an annual list of the countries where it is hardest to practise the Christian faith.

This marks a return to Iran’s 2021 ranking on the World Watch List, which is produced by Christian charity Open Doors International, after a year in ninth place.

For the past five years, Iran has oscillated between eighth and ninth place on the list.

This year, Iran has moved back above Afghanistan, which last year topped the list, even ahead of perennial “winner” North Korea.

The other countries in the top 10 are Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan.

Iran’s rise by one point in Open Doors’ scoring system was “mainly caused by an increase in reported violent incidents”, said the charity, “including an abduction”.

“The outlook for Iranian Christians, in particular converts from Islam to Christianity, is by no means improving,” Open Doors said….

Pope Benedict’s Secret Book is Out, Blasting Pope Francis

NO CATHOLIC NEWS SOURCES ARE REPORTING THIS! GAY CLUBS IN SEMINARIES?

Pope Benedict Unleashes Posthumous BOMBSHELL on the Catholic Church

Benedict XVI: Most Catholic Bishops Are Enemies Of The Church

Pope Benedict says Time of the ANTICHRIST is NOW...Is the Pope right?

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/culture/robert-spencer/2023/01/24/pope-benedict-unleashes-posthumous-bombshell-on-the-catholic-church-n1664629;

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When Pope Benedict XVI died on December 31 at the age of 95, it turns out that he had a completed book ready for publication upon his death. Written in Italian, that book, Che cos’è il Cristianesimo: Quasi un testamento spirituale (What Is Christianity: Almost a Spiritual Testament), is full of explosive revelations and trenchant criticism of his woke successor, Pope Francis. Could Pope Benedict begin a counter-revolution within the Roman Catholic Church from the grave? Stranger things have happened, although it would take any one of us a good while to think of one.

Pope Benedict explains that he did not want the book published while he was still living because of the furious reaction his writings inspired: “For my part, in life, I no longer want to publish anything. The fury of the circles against me in Germany is so strong that the appearance of my every word immediately causes murderous shouting from them. I want to spare myself and Christendom this.”

It’s easy to see why this book would inspire “murderous shouting” from some corners of the Roman Catholic Church. Benedict writes that the Church is close to “collapse” and paints a picture of seminaries in the United States as centers of promiscuous homosexuality and perversion. “In various seminaries,” the pope explained, “homosexual ‘clubs’ were formed which acted more or less openly and which clearly transformed the atmosphere in the seminaries. In a seminary in southern Germany, candidates for the priesthood and candidates for the lay office of pastoral referent lived together.”

The corruption was more or less out in the open. “During common meals,” Benedict noted, “the seminarians were together with married pastoral representatives, partly accompanied by their wives and children and in some cases by their girlfriends. The climate in the seminary could not help priestly formation.” He said that a “bishop who had previously been rector had allowed seminarians to be shown pornographic films, presumably with the intention of thereby enabling them to resist against behavior contrary to the faith.”

These allegations are all too plausible. On Sunday, the Times of London reported that “the Roman Catholic church is investigating allegations of a lockdown ‘sex party’ at a cathedral as part of an inquiry into a former bishop’s tenure. In a highly unusual move, the Vatican has ordered an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Robert Byrne’s resignation as the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle in December.” It appears that “a number of complaints were made by individuals within the diocese after information came to light about a sex party taking place in the priests’ living quarters attached to Newcastle cathedral.” As a result of all this, “the cathedral had become a laughing stock.”

Amid the steady stream of news about sexual misconduct by priests, this kind of story is sadly unsurprising, and comes, according to Pope Benedict, amid the effort of some Catholic leaders to remake the faith itself: “There were individual bishops, and not only in the United States, who rejected the Catholic tradition as a whole, aiming in their dioceses to develop a kind of new, modern catholicity.” Pope Benedict, who respected Catholic tradition, was the enemy in these circles: “Perhaps it is worth mentioning the fact that, in not a few seminaries, students caught reading my books were considered unfit for the priesthood. My books were concealed as harmful literature and were read only in secret, so to speak.”

Related: Pope Benedict XVI Has Died; NOW Who’s the Pope?

Pope Benedict criticized Pope Francis for doing nothing to stop the rampant corruption: “In the context of the meeting of the presidents of the episcopal conferences of the whole work with Pope Francis, it is at heart above all the question of priestly life and also that of seminaries. As regards the problem of preparation for priestly ministry in seminaries, we note in fact a vast collapse of the current form of this preparation.”

Pope Benedict also warned that amid the Church’s disarray, the world was becoming increasingly anti-Christian. He noted that the “great powers of tolerance do not grant to Christianity the tolerance they propagate, adding that their “radical manipulation of man” and “distortion of the sexes through gender ideology” were inherently anti-Christian, and regarded the Church as an obstacle: “The intolerance of this apparent modernity towards the Christian faith has not yet turned into open persecution, and yet it manifests itself in an increasingly authoritarian way with the aim of achieving, by appropriate legislation, the eradication of what is essentially Christian.” Anyone who doubts that should just consult the daily headlines.

Against this, the Roman Catholic Church and all the churches need to recover their faith and sense of themselves and stand to battle for the truth. Instead, they are consumed with the same “progressive” virus that infects everything else.

New Jersey: Army veteran sent her jihadi lover money as he fought in Syria and threatened to strike in U.S.

'I AM WITH YOU'

"Bell allegedly asked the man in one message if he was ready to fight “on the front line,” adding that he was “no longer a young child," according to the complaint. “It will be frightening. But I am with you,” she allegedly wrote.

Bell also had tickets to travel to Turkey through Egypt on the same day of her arrest, according to a criminal complaint."

'I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH'

"The former soldier was denied boarding before her flight from New York City to Istanbul.

Just days before she was denied boarding, Bell and the man had a quarrel when he refused to let her meet his family, according to a government transcript of their online communication.

“This trip is exhausting enough," Bell wrote. "I love you very much but it is hard for me to accept how you direct my life. I am an independent woman in America.

“If I was not the woman I am, I wouldn't be able to support you.”"

ABOVE QUOTES FROM: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13334667/army-veteran-sent-money-terrorist-syria-falling-in-love/

A screenshot of an interview with Abdullah Flayes, a man the FBI says is a terrorist who was in contact with Maria Bell, 53, a U.S. Army veteran. Bell was arrested Nov. 25, 2020, on charges connected to providing material support to Flayes. (YouTube/OGN TV):

A screenshot of an interview with Abdullah Flayes, a man the FBI says is a terrorist who was in contact with Maria Bell, 53, a U.S. Army veteran. Bell was arrested Nov. 25, 2020, on charges connected to providing material support to Flayes.

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/new-jersey-army-vet-sent-her-jihadi-lover-money-as-he-fought-in-syria-and-threatened-to-strike-in-u-s;

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This lady was seriously in love. In her New Jersey home, the feds claim to have found “136 operable handguns and rifles, 15 canisters of ammo, and a short-range rocket launcher.”

“NJ Army Vet Who Supported Syrian Terrorist Lover Gets 3 Plea-Bargained Years In Federal Prison,” by Jerry DeMarco, Franklin Daily Voice, January 24, 2023:

A U.S. Army veteran from Sussex County must spend more than three years in federal prison for deliberately concealing money and guidance she gave to a Syrian terrorist she’d fallen in love with.

Because there’s no parole in the federal prison system, Maria Bell, 55, must serve out just about all of the plea-bargained 36-month sentence approved by a federal judge in Newark on Tuesday, Jan. 24,

Bell, of Hopatcong, offered not only money and military intelligence but the benefit of her experience in specialized weapons training to Syria-based factions fighting the Assad regime, a complaint on file in U.S. District Court says.

Bell, who was also a member of the U.S. National Guard, wired at least 18 payments totaling around $3,150 via Western Union to a self-identified member of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alias for the al-Nusra Front (ANF), the complaint says….

Although the complaint doesn’t name him, Stars and Stripes identified Bell’s lover as Abdullah Flayes.

HTS reportedly is led by Mohammad al-Jolani, the founder of al-Nusra Front, which has which has been described as the “most aggressive and successful” jihadist organization looking to establish an Islamic state in Syria. The group includes many al-Qaeda militants while claiming to be independent of al-Qaeda, federal authorities say.

According to the complaint, Bell advised her lover to make sure the terrorist group’s leaders kept American journalists from interviewing their fighters.

He at one point told her the group would attack New York City if the U.S. government tried to help the Syrian regime, it says.

Bell, in their discussions, referred tp 9/11 as “the big attack in New York,” the complaint filed in Newark says. She called it “sad,” then followed by saying that Americans “have little idea of consequences.”

Bell urged her lover to fight “on the front line” while also reassuring him that “I am with you,” the complaint says….

FBI agents arrested her at her home in late November 2020. According to the complaint, Bell was carrying travel tickets to Turkey through Egypt for that same day.

Agents search the two-bedroom home that was left to Bell by her late husband. They reported finding 136 operable handguns and rifles, 15 canisters of ammo and a short-range rocket launcher.

‘Horrifying Growth of Persecution’: Christians Are Under Attack Across the Globe, ‘No End in Sight’

Christian persecution continues to rage across the globe, with believers facing killings, kidnappings, chaos, and crises at the hands of governments, extremists, and even family members. Among the persecution trends unfolding today, Open Doors, an organization monitoring Christian persecution worldwide, warns that "Sub-Saharan Africa faces catastrophic collapse" as Islamist violence breaks out in the region. The organization's 2023 World Watch List, which ranks the 50 nations where persecution is the worst, warns of the "horrifying growth" of these terrors. As it has for many years in the past, the report ranked North Korea as the most sinister place for Christians. The nation's newfound "anti-reactionary thought law" reportedly cracks down on any foreign materials, putting residents in danger for simply possessing or sharing outside content. One report indicates three minors were reportedly executed for sharing South Korean TV shows, offering a lens into the diabolical nature of these regulations. "North Korea returns to No. 1, with its highest levels of persecution ever," Open Doors said in a press release. "Over the 30 years of the Open Doors World Watch List reporting, the global phenomenon of Christian persecution has grown alarmingly." Lisa Pearce, the interim CEO of Open Doors' U.S. office, reflected on the dire nature of these findings. In an interview with CBN's Faithwire, she stressed the importance of Christians knowing and understanding the full scope of global persecution, citing biblical commands for believers to offer love, support, and prayer for one another.

Turkey’s Latest Genocide

BY RAYMOND IBRAHIM

SEE: https://www.frontpagemag.com/turkeys-latest-genocide/;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

Many in the West heard of the severe atrocities the jihadists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) committed against the religious minorities of the Fertile Crescent, especially Christians and Yazidis.  Several Western governments later classified these atrocities—which included massacres, crucifixion, torture, and sex slavery—as genocides.

Today, however, few are unaware that these same genocidal atrocities have resumed against the very same religious minorities who most suffered at the hands of ISIS in northern Syria—this time by another Muslim force with caliphal aspirations: Turkey, under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Between November 20-25, 2022, Turkey launched 2,500 attacks—air, mortar, drone, artillery, etc.—several miles deep into Syria’s northern border.  Governed by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), this also happens to be where most of the formerly persecuted religious minorities, Christians, Yazidis, and Kurds, live.

During late November’s so-called Operation Claw Sword, Turkey killed 48 people, wounded dozens, and destroyed or damaged 2,300 civilian homes and buildings, including a children’s hospital, a health center, an electrical power station, essential oil and gas processing facilities, critical grain towers, and a major bakery.

As Save the Persecuted Christians noted, “Turkey appears focused on depriving the civilian population of food, heat, and water as winter sets in. It even dropped bombs on tent camps housing survivors of its earlier invasions,” as well as helped ISIS terrorists escape prison.

Lethal Turkish attacks have continued, prompting Genocide Watch to issue a Genocide Emergency Alert on December 7, 2022:

These military attacks by Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime are part of a wider Turkish policy of annihilation of the Kurdish and Assyrian [Christian] people in northern Syria and Iraq. Turkey has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including bombing, shelling, abduction, torture, and extrajudicial killings. The attacks are part of Turkey’s genocidal policies towards Kurds, Christians, and Ezidis.

Unlike the atrocities committed by ISIS in the same region, however, those now being committed by Turkey have received zero attention from Western “mainstream media”—not least because Turkey is a member of NATO, and therefore, apparently, shielded from criticism.

Fortunately, others are not silent.  In a recent webinar titled, “Is it Genocide? Turkey Targets Syria’s Christians, Yazidis & Kurds,” an expert panel hosted by Save the Persecuted Christians discussed and offered evidence against what they all referred to as Turkey’s “genocidal” actions against Christians, Yazidis, Kurds, and other ethnoreligious minorities of north Syria, as well as how the US and international community should respond.

Webinar moderator, Frank Gaffney, executive chairman of the Center for Security Policy, began by placing these developments on Erdoğan, “who fancies himself a new caliph,” and who is committed to resurrecting the Ottoman caliphate and enforcing “sharia, the supremacist doctrine of Islam,” which is “especially oppressive to Christians.”

Most if not all of the panelists agreed on and stressed various points, including that:

Turkey’s stated purpose for its aggression against northern Syria—that is, to create a “safe zone” along its southern border with Syria—is a pretext and excuse for its true motivation: “to remove religious and ethnic minorities,” said Charmaine Hedding, president of the Shai Fund.  Erdoğan’s ground forces, she added, include former ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Tahrir al-Shams jihadists who  “are committing massive human rights abuses and have an agenda to create a caliphate, and they will eradicate the religious minorities in this area.”

What Turkey is doing in northern Syria is not just a genocide, according to the international community’s legal definition of that word, but the continuation of an old policy.  As panelist Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch, flat out asserted, “Turkey is a genocidal society… Turkey has conducted so many genocides in history,” with an apparent animus for one particular group: “Going back many centuries, it [Turkey] has been anti-Christian, and has tried to slaughter as many Christians as possible.”

Hedding agreed: “This genocide is a pattern we see, and it’s certainly nothing new….  What we will see is the end of Christianity and some Yazidis in this area if we allow Turkey to get away with it.  There will be a humanitarian crisis.”  Hedding added, “for those who say ‘Not on our watch!’ or ‘Never again!’—here it is, happening again.”

Turkey’s current victims—especially Christians and Yazidis—are, tragically, the descendants of Turkey’s previous victims, which it also “genocided” during the late 19th and early 20th-century death marches. As explained by Lauren Homer, president of Law and Liberty Trust, north Syria is precisely where the Ottomans had slaughtered countless Christians over a century ago.  Those now being targeted are their descendants.  Similarly, Turkey’s goal is “to finish what it started,” said Hedding, and “displace hundreds of thousands of people to recreate the demography of northern Syria and erase two thousand years of history.”

What Turkey is doing to the Christians and other minorities of northern Syria is part of a much larger plan to cleanse all of the descendants of the Ottoman Empire’s former Christian subjects, including those of Armenia and Greece, who both experienced genocides under the Turks and who are, once again, also being targeted by Turkey, as “part of its genocidal policies,” to quote Stanton.  “As soon as it was declared that ISIS was defeated,” Homer emphasized, “Turkey began attacking the very people who fought and defeated ISIS,” that is, the Kurds and other religious minorities who formed the AANES.

Turkey’s recent military actions in Arfin were highlighted as emblematic of that nation’s genocidal campaign.  There, hundreds of thousands of Christians and Yazidis fled, even as the Turks “were hunting them [Christians and Yazidis] down, going door to door,” said Hedding.

There was a “jihadi fatwa against these people,” said Homer, confirming that “Turkey has the same goal as ISIS which is to turn all of these areas into radicalized Islamist states.”  In the end, they destroyed 18 of 19 Yezidi temples; Afrin’s population of Yazidis has now declined by 90 percent since 2014. As for Christians, all of them, about a thousand families, have fled this most recent jihadist advance.

Kino Gabriel, a Christian (Assyrian) and leader of the Syriac Military Council, offered a unique “from the ground” perspective.  He stressed that the war on Christians in Syria has taken many forms over the years, and, in the modern era, traces back to the al-Assad dynasty’s implementation of Arabization, which saw Christians go from 25 percent of Syria in 1950 to 12 percent in 2010, with that number only getting smaller following ISIS, and now Turkey, which he reminded viewers is “a big supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and even those most radical factions.”

The panelists all agreed that the best way of moving forward was for the US, which “holds all the cards,” to call on Turkey, its NATO ally, to cease and desist.  While Turkey is and can exploit its NATO membership to get away with murder, Stanton explained that the US could easily suspend its membership, which would likely be enough for Turkey to decide its new genocide is not worth it.

For her part, Nadine Maenza, president of the International Religious Freedom Secretariat, repeatedly stressed that US support for AANES is essential, as it is the only suitable and democratic bulwark for protecting the religious minorities under its jurisdiction.

This article first appeared on The Stream.

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Raymond Ibrahim, author of Defenders of the West, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Muslim Thug in NYC Attack On Jewish Man to Get Slap on the Wrist

BY DANIEL GREENFIELD

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/muslim-thug-in-nyc-attack-on-jewish-man-to-get-slap-on-the-wrist;

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“If I could do it again, I would do it again.”

The only surprising part of the story is that Manhattan DA  Alvin Bragg is even prosecuting anyone aside from mass murderers and people who are accused of racism out of context viral videos.

You may remember this story from last year.

A Jewish man was attacked Thursday in the Diamond District, as pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters clashed in Times Square.

The clash was strictly one-sided.

Police said a group of five to six men attacked the 29-year-old victim around 6:30 p.m. on Broadway near West 49th Street.

“My whole face… felt like it was on fire for hours,” Joseph Borgen said.

“They were macing me for like a minute straight,” he said. “Kicked me, punched me, beat me with crutches, hit me with flags.”

He says he’s bruised all over and has a concussion.

The attack was condemned by public officials. One of the arrested thugs made no secret of his guilt.

The Brooklyn man accused of beating a Jewish man in a hate attack in Midtown proclaimed from his jail cell that he would “do it again,” prosecutors said on Saturday.

“If I could do it again, I would do it again,” he told one of his jailers, according to a prosecutor at Awawdeh’s Saturday arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court. “I have no problem doing it again.”

Awawdeh, who has at least one open case in Brooklyn for allegedly speeding and running a red light in March, was charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

The Midtown attack was a hate crime, the Manhattan assistant district attorney told Paek, adding Awawdeh called Borgen a “dirty Jew” and said, “F–k Israel, Hamas is going to kill all of you.”

Looks like he’ll get the chance.

Raina Raskin at the New York Sun reports that “The Manhattan district attorney’s office is taking heat for offering a plea deal for an alleged assailant in a brutal 2021 beating of a Jewish man. The office confirmed to the Sun that it has offered a plea deal to Waseem Awawdeh that would land him in jail for just six months for his alleged role in the assault of Joseph Borgen. The deal would give Mr. Awawdeh a six-month prison stay in exchange for a guilty plea on charges of second-degree attempted assault with hate motives.”

This is a videotaped assault in which the defendant bragged that he would do it again. Why is there even a plea deal? Is Bragg’s office worried that they’re going to get a conviction under these circumstances?

Except that plea deals and diversions are being handed out like candy in typical fashion by pro-crime prosecutors.

Mr. Awawdeh is being charged with second-degree attempted assault as a hate crime. The deal could reduce his punishment for the crime from a potential of seven years in prison to six months in jail, with five years of parole.

“This Office does not tolerate antisemitic attacks and will continue prosecuting hate crimes vigorously, using every tool at our disposal to address hate,” a representative of the district attorney’s office said, noting that prosecutors from the DA’s hate crimes unit offered the “appropriate” plea deal “based on the facts, available evidence and varying levels of culpability.”

Seems very “vigorous” to me.

But intersectionality states that Awawdeh is a victim and Joseph Borgen is the oppressor. Isn’t that the whole premise of Islamic terrorism?

If Awawdeh gets a slap on the wrist, whom will he attack next?

ISLAMIC City Council In Michigan Approves ISLAMIC Animal Sacrifice At Home

Religious animal sacrifice to continue in Hamtramck as both sides sound off in council meeting

Michigan City Council Votes to Let You Sacrifice a Goat in Your Bathtub

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/culture/robert-spencer/2023/01/12/michigan-city-council-votes-to-let-you-sacrifice-a-goat-in-your-bathtub-n1661093;

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

Hamtramck, Mich., used to be a Polish town, but as America has become more “diverse,” Hamtramck has become less so: Kevin Downey Jr. tells me that there are only two Polish restaurants and two bars left there, and the Hamtramck City Council, according to Fox News, is now made up entirely of Muslims. That’s the kind of monochromatism that the Left celebrates as “diversity,” and the diversity celebrations will be even more exciting in Hamtramck now: on Tuesday, according to Fox News, Hamtramck’s city council approved the practice of animal sacrifice at home.

Muslims sacrifice animals, usually sheep or goats, on the Islamic Feast of Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, and Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, not Isaac as in the Bible, but Ishmael. The legalization of animal sacrifice at home in Hamtramck opens up all sorts of possibilities as America descends further into the wonderful world of multiculturalism. Breitbart reported back in August 2020 that “a Muslim resident of the southern French city of Nice recorded himself slaughtering a sheep in his bathtub for the Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday and posted the video on social media.”

In line with that, the Detroit Free Press noted Wednesday that “Some residents and animal rights advocates have expressed opposition to the ordinance changes, saying they will lead to animal cruelty and sanitation problems in Hamtramck, one of the most densely populated cities in Michigan. They said they worry about people being traumatized by seeing the throats of goats, lambs, and cows being slit in backyards, with blood splattering and entrails falling out.”

Another problem comes from a piquant news item in 2013 from, oddly enough, the far-Left Guardian: the animal sacrifices, the paper reported, “will also generate an extraordinary cash windfall for some of Pakistan’s most dangerous militant groups….‘For us it is second only to Ramadan for our income,’ says an official from the Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF). FIF is the charitable wing of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), itself the reincarnation of one of south Asia’s most dangerous militant groups, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a banned organization dedicated to fighting jihad against India.” Surely there won’t be any connection between jihad groups and the sacrifices in Hamtramck, right? Such a connection would be inconceivable!

It’s also worth noting the meaning of the feast of Eid al-Adha. In thinking of Abraham, most Americans think of the Biblical figure. In Genesis 22:15-18, Abraham is rewarded for his faith and told he will become a blessing to the nations: “by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves because you have obeyed my voice.”

But Muslims don’t read Genesis. They read the Qur’an, in which Allah says that Abraham is an “excellent example” for the believers when he tells his pagan family and people that “there has arisen between us and you hostility and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone.” (60:4). The same verse relates that Abraham is not an excellent example when he tells his father, “I will ask forgiveness for you.” Thus the Qur’an in its portrayal of Abraham holds up hatred as exemplary while belittling the virtue of forgiveness. This everlasting enmity between Muslims and non-Muslims is consequently an integral part of Eid al-Adha.

Related: This Imam Quoted the Qur’an. You’ll Never Believe What Happened Next.

None of that came up during the Hamtramck City Council meeting, where Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Mohammed Hassan said: “If somebody wants to do it, they have a right to do their practice,” and added reassuringly that the city would not “blow up with the nasty blood, contamination.” Dawud Walid of the Michigan chapter of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) declared: “It’s not something new or novel. This is when Muslims recognize Abraham sacrificing a sheep instead of having to sacrifice his son.” When the city council voted to approve the practice, Walid stated: “We welcome the Hamtramck City Council’s vote, which blocked those who sought to place an undue burden on Muslim residents who uphold their sincerely held religious practice in conjunction with Eid al-Adha.”

Well, great. We certainly don’t want to place an undue burden on anyone who upholds his or her sincerely held religious practice. Will Hamtramck authorities, however, be vigilant regarding animal cruelty and hygienic issues? Will they enforce ordinances concerning those matters, or would that be “Islamophobic”? Will they be paying attention to where the Eid al-Adha money is going, or would that be “Islamophobic” as well? In “diverse” America, such questions will not even be asked of Hamtramck city council members, as they would be “Islamophobic” in themselves. So we’ll just all lock arms and march together into the glorious multicultural future. What could possibly go wrong?

Georgia: Hijabbed state rep has ties to Hamas-linked CAIR and Islamic Relief, which has history of terror financing

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/georgia-hijabbed-state-rep-has-ties-to-hamas-linked-cair-and-islamic-relief-which-has-history-of-terror-financing;

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If she had supported “white supremacist” terror groups, if there are any actual ones, she would already have been forced to resign. But this? No one will mind.

“Islamist in Georgia Falsely Portrays Herself as Cinderella Candidate,” by Susannah Johnston, Focus On Western Islamism, January 9, 2023:

Georgia swore in its first female Islamist, Ruwa Romman, into public office on January 9, 2023. Despite spending years preparing herself for public life and winning her first election by 15 percentage points, Romman seems keen on portraying herself as a reluctant Cinderella candidate who came out of nowhere to serve as state representative for Georgia’s 97th district.

Upon winning her seat last November, she told CNN she had no plans to run for office until a reporter falsely reported she was “contemplating a run” after seeing her attend a training session for potential political candidates. “That article sparked such an intensely positive community response that I launched my campaign 15 days later,” she said.

After a successful campaign, she referred to her election as “something I never would have imagined, not even five, ten years ago” in an interview with Atlanta station, WSB-TV. Romman earned a bachelor’s in politics at Oglethorpe University where she served as president of the school’s student government. She attended Georgetown where she obtained a master’s in public policy. While there, she served as president of the McCourt Student Association which represents students at Georgetown’s school of public policy.

A cursory review of her career indicates Romman has been preparing herself for a life in politics for quite some time. Her self-portrayal as a reluctant candidate who was uninterested in running for office until a wave of support forced her hand seems a bit far-fetched. In 2015, Romman worked as a field coordinator at the Georgia Muslim Voter Project. Romman has spent years studying and working in politics and public policy and has helped draft federal legislation. In 2016, she told a group of students, “I really do want to become Secretary of State.”

The newly elected state representative has been involved in Islamist-related activism since childhood. Romman’s LinkedIn page lists her as a speaker for the Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB) from 2011-2017. Romman, a Jordanian-Palestinian by birth, came to the United States as a child and grew up in Georgia. She says she first gained exposure to the ISB in 7th grade, eventually serving as a speaker for the organization.

The ISB was founded in 2001 and listed as an “affiliate” of the Islamic Networks Group (ING). A deleted webpage from 2010 detailed its mission as countering “prejudice and discrimination, promot[ing] intercultural understanding, and foster[ing] mutual respect through education and community engagement.” The webpage also stated that “ING achieves its mission through regional volunteers and affiliated organizations…”

In the early 2000s, the network boasted leadership that had promoted jihad as “the only way” and downplayed the evils of U.S.-designated terror group, Hamas. One prominent ING board member, well-known apologist John Esposito, dismissed the evils of Hamas, declaring the organization “was distinguished by concern for ‘community social services’ and ‘small business ventures,’ including honey production, cheese-making and clothing manufacture.’” Hamas has perpetrated numerous suicide bombings against Israeli civilians since the 1990s.

Romman served as a speaker for the Atlanta based Islamic Speakers Bureau, which lists “ICNA Relief” and “Islamic Relief USA” as partners. Both of these groups have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. ICNA Relief also happens to be listed as a donor to the “violent South Asian Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami.” And Islamic Relief stands accused of funding terror. Both Israel and the United Arab Emirates list it as a terror-financing organization.

If Romman’s only connection to Islamism lay in her association with the Islamic Speakers Bureau, it might be overlooked. However, Romman helped establish the Georgia branch of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and became communications director for the branch in 2017. In 2008, the US government listed CAIR National as an unindicted co-conspirator in one of the largest terror financing cases in US history, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. The court found the Holy Land Foundation and its leadership guilty of funneling millions to the terror group Hamas. As of 2008, the FBI “suspended all formal contact between CAIR and the FBI.” And in 2014 the United Arab Emirates listed CAIR as a terror organization.

Romman has not disavowed her involvement with CAIR. She remained silent after her opponent, John Chan, sent out flyers in October pointing out Romman’s work for CAIR and the fact that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has designated CAIR a terror organization.

When talk show host Rico Figlioni asked Romman about the UAE’s terror designation of CAIR, she said that “the last time I checked, we live in the US. The UAE is not a civil rights friendly country…There are literal (sic) think tanks whose entire, for a while it was like a $300 million industry to increase fear about Muslims in America. And they literally would fundraise off of, ‘Let’s find the terrorists among us.’ And we’d see these, like, it was truly like that’s how they would fundraise. And they went after everyone. I mean, they went after CAIR Georgia,” she said.

Romman didn’t stop there. She also defended Islamic Relief, which has a history of terror financing. “They went after an organization called Islamic Relief whose literally only job is to feed and house poor people. That’s truly all that they do,” said Ruwa. Both the UAE and Israel list Islamic Relief (IR) as a terror organization and both the Swiss bank UBS and British bank HSBC have closed its bank accounts. IR has financial ties to proxies for numerous terror groups including Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Al-Qaeda.

In addition to defending CAIR and Islamic Relief, Romman has promoted the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel and called for donations to American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA). In 2007 ANERA gave $140,000 to a rocket and explosive producing university founded by Hamas “spiritual leader” Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. In November 2022, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) listed Romman as a speaker for their annual convention. The organization is currently being sued as a revamped successor to several American non-profits found guilty of providing material support to Hamas.

And if all this were not concerning enough, Romman has accepted campaign funds from Huwaida Arraf and Linda Sarsour. Arraf co-founded the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which she herself acknowledges works with the terror groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Sarsour, another Palestinian-American, had her picture taken with a Hamas operative and fundraises for the pro-Palestinian group, Al-Awdah, which endorses terrorism.

Romman has made her support for Sharia (Islamic law) clear too, “We don’t want thinly veiled anti-Muslim laws known as anti-Shariah laws; going after the Muslim community for enhanced surveillance is unacceptable; working with anti-Muslim think tanks that have been fueled by dark money is unacceptable.”…

US Navy intercepts fishing boat smuggling over 2,000 AK-47 rifles from Iran to Shi’ite jihadis in Yemen

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/us-navy-intercepts-fishing-boat-smuggling-over-2000-ak-47-rifles-from-iran-to-shiite-jihadis-in-yemen;

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Despite nationwide protests, the Islamic Republic remains as belligerent in the international arena as it has always been. This could be evidence that the mullahs aren’t in the least worried about being overthrown, or simply evidence that they want to give the appearance of being unworried.

“US Navy Ships Caught a Fishing Boat Smuggling Over 2,000 AK-47 Rifles from Iran,” by Jake Epstein, Business Insider, January 10, 2023:

US Navy forces recently intercepted a fishing vessel smuggling thousands of AK-47 rifles from Iran to Yemen, the US military said on Tuesday.

The vessel, which was crewed by six Yemeni nationals, was sailing through the Gulf of Oman on January 6 when it was caught, US 5th Fleet said in a statement. A team from the patrol coastal ship USS Chinook discovered and boarded the ship with support from fellow Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Monsoon and the guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans. Navy forces found that the ship was carrying 2,116 AK-47 assault rifles.

The vessel was traveling along a route historically understood to be used for the transfer of lethal aid to Yemen’s Houthi rebels — a violation of a UN Security Council resolution and international law, 5th Fleet said….

Over the past few months, US forces have intercepted several vessels transferring lethal aid from Iran to Yemen. In November, 5th Fleet seized a “massive amount” of explosive chemical material that can be used to fuel ballistic missiles. A few weeks later, the service said it recovered more than 50 tons of ammunition and rocket parts….

Malign Iranian activities have been reported in waters off the coast of Middle East countries multiple times in recent weeks — sometimes leading to run-ins with US Navy and US Coast Guard vessels….

France: Muslim migrant screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ stabs six people at Paris train station

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/france-muslim-migrant-screaming-allahu-akbar-stabs-six-people-at-paris-train-station;

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Celebrate diversity!

In total, 5 victims were slightly injured: 1 policeman from the PAF and 4 users. The author, in his thirties, has his vital prognosis involved. The police officer who opened fire was off duty, in civilian clothes, and was returning home. (@Europe1)

#GareDuNord The perpetrator, on whom no identity papers were found, declared his name to be Mohamed Amine M., of Algerian nationality. He says he is 31 years old. The investigators of the criminal brigade, to whom the investigation was entrusted, are trying to cross-check his statements. (@Europe1)

Two police officers, including one who was off duty, opened fire. Three casings were found. The investigators verify by means of the testimony of the victims and witnesses that the suspect shouted “Allah akbar” during the attack. Among the victims was a 40-year-old Belgian. (@Europe1)

UK: Muslim screams ‘May Allah destroy you’ as he’s sentenced for using government Covid loans to fund ISIS

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/uk-muslim-screams-may-allah-destroy-you-as-hes-sentenced-for-using-government-covid-loans-to-fund-isis;

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Namouz was operating according to the principle that non-Muslims owe the jizya to Muslims (cf. Qur’an 9:29) in using taxpayer funds he had been given in order to fund the Islamic State.

Note also that Namouz is a convicted rapist. Was he taking advantage of the Qur’an’s implication that uncovered women may lawfully be molested (33:59)?

As this unrepentant jihadist warrior heads off to jail, he’s likely already geared up to continue his jihadist mission from jail. UK prisons were long ago dubbed “jihadi training camps.”

“Ex-pub landlord jailed for 12 years after funding Islamic State,” by Adela Whittingham and Rachel Hains, Express, January 5, 2023:

A former pub landlord who used Government Covid loans to help send £25k to Islamic State terrorists shouted “May Allah destroy you” as he was jailed for 12 years.

Tarek Namouz, 43, sent the money to a school friend fighting in Syria after being paid the loans by his local council.

The Covid “bounceback” loans were launched by then-Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help small British businesses stay afloat during the pandemic. Namouz, who is a convicted rapist and ran a barber shop in west London, which he lived above, sent the money to his contact Yahya Ahmed Alia between November 2020 and May 2021.

He denied this but was convicted, after a trial last month of eight counts of providing money for terrorism and two counts of possessing information useful for terrorism.

After his sentencing at Kingston Crown Court today, Namouz thanked the judge and then announced to the court: “May Allah destroy you, may Allah destroy you. We will meet on judgment day. You are a Catholic and you will end up in hell.”

The court heard Namouz, who was born in Syria and came to the UK aged 14, was on licence from a ten-year sentence for raping a woman in 2014 when he was the landlord of a pub in Finsbury Park. He was released in September 2019 and opened Boss Crew Barbers in Olympia.

The court heard Namouz claimed Covid loans from Hammersmith and Fulham Council in 2021, which he sent along with other cash.

Rhode Island: Hamas-linked CAIR virtue signals over racist flyers in North Kingstown

BY LARRY ESTAVAN

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/rhode-island-hamas-linked-cair-virtue-signals-over-racist-flyers-in-north-kingstown;

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Corey Saylor, the Director of Research and Advocacy at the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has given us his reaction to the distribution of racist flyers in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

So this is a group that has become more active in the last few years. They recently had a march in Maine where they held up anti-Somali flyers.

It is unusual for CAIR ever to provide any information in its appearances on the news, but based on this clue about a demonstration in Maine, we see that Saylor is talking about the Nationalist Social Club 131.

The NSC 131 is not acting against Muslims. Whatever objections these Nazis have to Somalis are due to the fact that the Somalis are black.

It should be a member of the Jewish community who makes a statement about the flyers, not CAIR.

The truth is that CAIR has more in common with the NSC 131 on the subject of Jews than it would have us believe. As a group, CAIR stands with Jew-haters including Zarha Billoo, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, the BDS movement, and Hamas.

Of course, CAIR would counter by saying that it is criticizing Israel and Zionists, not all Jews. But this fails to convince. After all, when is CAIR going to condemn an anti-Semitic imam who is reciting the genocidal passages from the Hadith (such as Sahih Muslim 6985)?

Apparently, CAIR will never condemn Louis Farrakhan for his incitement against the Jews. Even when presented with a golden opportunity.

If Corey Saylor is implying that the NSC 131 is cowardly, he should consider how vulnerable CAIR is to accusations of cowardice.

For example, CAIR never said anything after it kicked off a series of events that resulted in an underage girl receiving rape threats.

When the entire town of Dearborn, Michigan, including local news camera crews, were coming down on one man for a Facebook post, CAIR thought that was appropriate, and never said anything against it.

CAIR defamed a sitting judge on TV in order to overturn a legal decision. CAIR then had the TV station pursue the judge to her new job and broadcast CAIR’s demand that she be fired.

CAIR will have a chance to test its mettle in court soon because it is being sued for defamation in New Jersey. Not exactly a badge of courage.

Is bravery the reason CAIR has yet to issue a condemnation of a newly converted Muslim who attacked police officers on New Year’s Eve? Because when a similar thing happened again a few days later, CAIR issued a statement in support of the assailant. Is that bravery or just plain nerve?

CAIR has more in common with the NSC 131 than lack of courage. Like that small band of Nazis, CAIR strews its messages all over the country; the only difference is that CAIR does it on TV. All of CAIR’s TV appearances are self-promotion. CAIR litters the nation’s airwaves with its statements about things in the news that have nothing to do with its stated mission.

And while the NSC 131 hates Jews and blacks, CAIR hates white people. CAIR uses its media access to attack individual people several times each month. There are a hundred examples from the last five years. The targets are almost all white.

Congratulations on confirming the warnings of the NSC 131.

Corey Saylor says the neighborhood would reject the NSC131 if they knew what the Nazi group was about. But that is also true of CAIR. The public should reject CAIR for the incompetent, racist, terror-tied anti-American group that it is.

“North Kingstown police investigating white supremacist flyer in the neighborhood,” by Tolly Taylor, WPRI, January 5, 2023 

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The North Kingstown Police Department is investigating a white supremacist flyer distributed in the town, Target 12 has learned.

Captain John Urban said the department received an email on Tuesday from a resident on Wickham Road, who wrote that he found a flyer from a neo-Nazi group called Nationalist Social Club 131 inside a “plastic ziplock bag with a rock, presumably thrown from a car to recruit additional members.”

The man added that the discovery in his driveway was “unacceptable” and that he doesn’t want the town to be “threatened by such groups.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights group, lists the Nationalist Social Club as a hate group on its website. Photos of the flyer obtained by Target 12 described the group as “pro-white” and said the group seeks men of “European descent in the New England area.”

The Anti-Defamation League said the neo-Nazi group “espouses racism and antisemitism,” and in 2021 “disbanded all chapters outside of the New England area and are now focused solely on a six-state geographic area that includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.”…

Afghanistan: Taliban, China Sign Oil Exploration Deal

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SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/afghanistan-taliban-china-sign-oil-exploration-deal;

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Chinese oil company “will invest as much as $150 million in the first year and $540 million over the subsequent three years.”

Seventeen months after taking power, the Taliban signed a major oil deal with Communist China. On Thursday, a Chinese state-linked energy company sealed a 25-year oil exploration agreement with the Taliban regime.

The deal is expected to bring in nearly $700 million in investment in the next four years to the Taliban-run Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, news reports suggest. “Xinjiang Central Asia Petroleum and Gas Co. will invest as much as $150 million in the first year and $540 million over the subsequent three years to explore five oil and gas blocks” covering an area of around 1,738 square miles in northern Afghanistan, the newspaper Times of India reported citing Taliban-regime sources.

“The militant group will earn 15% royalty fees from the 25-year contract. Daily oil production will start at 200 tons and gradually rise to 1,000 tons. The five blocks are estimated to hold 87 million barrels of crude oil, according to a previous survey.” the Indian daily added.

The BBC reported the details of the China-Taliban deal:

Afghanistan’s Taliban government is to sign a contract with a Chinese firm to drill for oil in the country’s north.

It would be first major energy extraction agreement with a foreign firm since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 2021.

The 25-year deal underscores China’s economic involvement in the region. (…)

The oil extraction agreement would see Xinjiang Central Asia Petroleum and Gas Company (CAPEIC) drilling for oil in the Amu Darya basin, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said.

“The Amu Darya oil contract is an important project between China and Afghanistan,” China’s ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu told a news conference in the capital Kabul. A Chinese state-owned company is also in talks over the operation of a copper mine in the east of the country.

The massive oil deal comes as the Biden administration and its western allies are pouring in millions to sustain the Taliban-controlled country. “Forty-one countries and organizations committed $2.44 billion in humanitarian aid,” The Wall Street Journal reported in March. “The U.S. committed $204 million at the conference, a bit over half of the U.K.’s pledge of about $376 million (£286 million),” the business daily added.

While the West feeds impoverished Afghans, the Taliban are busy converting the country back into a safe haven for fellow terrorist groups seeking to wage global jihad. Afghanistan “could once again become a base for international terrorist attacks after the withdrawal of US and Nato troops last year,” a United Nations report feared in June 2022. Al-Qaida, the Taliban’s main ideological ally, is operating under the protection of the new Islamic Emirate and enjoys an “increased freedom of action,” the report found.

China’s Long Game in Afghanistan

President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan has opened up the jihad-ridden country to Beijing’s strategic and commercial exploitation. The oil deal will serve as a blueprint for China’s access to Afghanistan’s untapped resources estimated to be worth over $1 trillion, news reports suggest.

“The progress of this project has created a model for China-Afghanistan cooperation in major projects in energy and other fields,” China’s ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu said Thursday.

 

‘Superdiversity’ in Malmö, SWEDEN

The Swedish city that’s the canary in Europe’s coal mine.

BY BRUCE BAWER

SEE: https://www.frontpagemag.com/superdiversity-in-malmo/;

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With a population of roughly 350,000, Malmö, which is located on the other side of the Örebro Bridge from Copenhagen, is, after Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden’s third largest city. It has the country’s highest unemployment rate and one of its youngest populations – both of which can be explained by the fact that in Sweden, which is perhaps Western Europe’s most heavily Islamized nation, Malmö is perhaps the most heavily Islamized city. Its high Muslim population is also the reason why Malmö has been known for years as the rape capital of Sweden – which, in turn, has been known for years as the rape capital of Europe.

Which is not to say that the situation in Malmö has been static. On the contrary, since I began writing about the Islamization of Europe two decades ago, it’s gone from bad to worse – to even worse. It’s no exaggeration to say that Malmö is the canary in Sweden’s – indeed, in Europe’s – coal mine. At a time when the novelist Michel Houellebecq has been under attack by the entire French cultural establishment for saying that the “Great Replacement” theory – the hypothesis that Europe’s natives are gradually being replaced by Muslims – is not theory but fact, no city on the entire continent does a better job than Malmö of proving him right.

And no American website, I daresay, has done more to chart Malmö’s precipitous decline than FrontPage. A brief sampling:

  • On March 21, 2012, I wrote at FrontPage that “anti-Semitic activity by Muslim youth” was driving more and more Jews out of Malmö. With typical Swedish-elite gall, however, a newspaper editor named Kaj Schueler blamed this exodus not on Muslims but on Malmö’s proximity to Denmark. You see, Danes, in the eyes of self-righteous Swedes like Schueler, tend to be “anti-immigrant”; so all those Jews weren’t fleeing Malmö because of a genuine Muslim threat, but because they’d been infected by Danish Islamophobia. Got that? The problem wasn’t that Muslims hate Jews; it’s that Jews hate Muslims.
  • On May 20, 2013, I noted here that Eurovision had been held in Malmö a few days earlier. And guess which country’s delegation was harassed and threatened on that city’s streets? Hint: its Eurovision entry was entitled “ רק בשבילו.”
  • On September 5, 2013, I reported that the city of Malmö, in order to cover “its ever-rising expenditures on immigrants,” was proposing drastic cuts in spending on “sick and elderly native Swedes.” In fact, such cuts have been common throughout Sweden in recent years: people who’d paid high taxes all their lives to their beloved welfare state because it promised to spend that money taking care of them when they experienced medical or financial crises now see their cash being used to provide all of life’s necessities – and not a few luxuries – to Muslim immigrants. (In 2017, an article at the Gatestone Institute’s website stated that while many elderly Swedes in Malmö can’t afford decent housing, immigrant families were being given free apartments and almost-free dental care, along with many other amenities.)
  • On December 19, 2013, I wrote at FrontPage that despite constant denials that there existed “no-go zones” in Sweden, the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan had just published a map “showing the relative levels of danger in the various neighborhoods of Malmö.”
  • On April 10, 2014, Peder “Fjordman” Jensen reported that Malmö was undergoing a crime wave several of whose teenage Muslim perpetrators had said they were “waging a war against the Swedes.” One of them added: “Power for me means that Swedes shall look at me, lie down on the ground and kiss my feet.” Of course, if you’ve been following these developments for any length of time, you’ll know that the Swedes have been engaged for years in precisely that kind of pathetic kowtowing.
  • On April 11, 2016, Joseph Puder wrote here about a teacher who’d been fired from a Malmö public school because, as the principal explained, the pupils “hate[d] the Jews” and would’ve abused her terribly if she’d stayed on in the job. The principal made it clear that he wasn’t just talking about the Muslims – the Swedish kids hated Jews, too. True enough: in an attempt to make nice with Muslims, many Swedes have indeed adopted their Koran-based Jew hatred. How sweet is it that Swedes are willing to go so far as to make their new countrymen feel welcome?
  • On February 22, 2017, I quoted Malmö police chief Stefan Sinteus’s comment that the city was experiencing an “upward spiral of violence” by Muslim immigrants.
  • On April 11, 2017, I recounted an episode of a 60 Minutes-type Danish TV show featuring a Malmö do-gooder who’d spent decades trying, as I put it, “to cozy up to her Muslim neighbors and help them become full members of Swedish society.” But her attitude had changed. Once an open-borders advocate, she now “look[ed] around and f[ound] herself thinking: ‘What has happened to my little Sweden?’” Having formerly dismissed the goal of assimilation, she now recognized the folly of multiculturalism. Still, she didn’t want to complain too much, lest she be – horrors! – “linked to the Sweden Democrats,” the only political party in the country that actually calls a spade a spade.
  • Finally, on August 24, 2022, I quoted a sermon by Malmö imam Basem Mahmoud: “Sweden is ours. It’s ours, whether they like it or not. In ten to fifteen years, it will be ours.”

It’s hard to argue with Mahmoud. The numbers certainly don’t lie. In his above-quoted 2014 article, Fjordman pointed out that Malmö was “set to become the first Scandinavian town with a Muslim majority population.” He was right. While official figures – which don’t include Muslims living in the city illegally – suggest that the 50% point hasn’t yet been passed, sources that adjust for those illegals indicate that Malmö has been majority non-Swedish since 2015.

Even government statistics acknowledge that, in 2021, 58% of the babies in Malmö were born to immigrants and that, in 2022, 57.7% of Malmö men between the ages of 15 and 44 had foreign backgrounds. Indeed, Swedes are in the minority in Malmö in every age cohort except the over-60 crowd. And so many members of the non-Swedish majority live on the dole that Malmö survives economically only thanks to massive annual infusions from the national treasury.

As for crime, not only have the figures risen dramatically, but the very nature of the offenses has worsened; in the last year, Malmö has been beset by bombings, school murders, car burnings, and riots that have led observers to speak of “civil war.” Only a few days ago, on January 3, Hugh Fitzgerald cited here at FrontPage a news story from Malmö about five Muslim teenagers who are suspected of raping a Swedish woman in her twenties. A generation ago, such events were virtually unheard of in Malmö, or anywhere else in Sweden; now nobody’s taken aback by them anymore.

Now, in a new report sponsored by Malmö’s “Growth Commission,” Erica Righard, a Professor of Social Work at the University of Malmö professes to address the city’s demographic challenges. She uses the term “super-diversity,” which she defines as a situation in which a city’s population is characterized by “more and more countries of birth, nationalities, and ethnicities.”

In fact, while such a term may fairly describe a city like New York, whose residents come from dozens of different countries and have dozens of different mother tongues, the state of affairs in Malmö is far simpler: Swedes are giving way to Muslims, period. Yes, there are Finns and Germans and so in Sweden. But that’s not the problem. The problem is Islam. And Sweden’s ever-rising Muslim population isn’t a question of “super-diversity.” No, it’s “the great replacement.”

Whatever name you put to it, however, Righard deftly uses Malmö’s minority-Swedish situation as an excuse to junk, once and for all, the goal of integration, at least as traditionally understood. To be sure, ever since Sweden began taking in Muslim immigrants in considerable numbers, its cultural elites have dismissed integration efforts as racist: newcomers, they’ve argued, should not only be allowed to keep their own languages and customs; they should be praised for having contributed these precious patrimonies to the glorious Swedish mosaic. In any event, the stark reality is that Muslims, by and large, have not integrated into Swedish society but have, rather, formed their own isolated sharia enclaves and, to a staggering extent, behaved toward the natives less like neighbors than like – well – predators.

Unsurprisingly, Righard pretty much ignores these inconvenient truths, choosing instead to engage in euphemism, circumlocution, and doubletalk, to speak of immigration in the abstract, and to serve up anecdotes about immigration (for example, about Uzbeks moving to Turkey) that have absolutely nothing to do with the situation in Sweden. And what she ultimately proffers is the pompous assertion that “on a comprehensive level, one can say that superdiversification as a perspective contributes here to the displacement of the very ontological basis for the study of language.” Meaning what? Meaning that there’s a need for “a transformation of how national belonging is understood.” And among much else, “politicians must unlearn the habit of speaking about integration in a way that identifies certain groups and places as problems.”

In short, it’s not sufficient to “tolerate” the existence of foreign languages, religions, and cultural practices in Malmö; instead, they must be recognized by all and sundry not as foreign but as intrinsic and valuable aspects of the Malmö community, no less fundamental to the city’s identity than the Swedish language, the Lutheran faith, and Midsummer celebrations.

Since Muslims are the majority in Malmö, indeed, integration must be redefined: both Swedes and immigrants, Righard maintains, need to find their places in Malmö’s new, mostly non-Swedish urban reality. This apparently means, among much else, that Muslim schoolchildren shouldn’t be expected to learn Swedish, but should instead receive instruction in their own languages.

All of which, as it happens, is pretty much what the smart set in Sweden has been saying all along, anyway: don’t push immigrants to assimilate; stay mum about Muslim crime, unemployment, and self-segregation; keep compromising, keep giving in, keep giving, and eventually it’ll all work itself out. Of course, it’s become increasingly clear that the way this crisis will “work itself out” is through the transformation of Sweden into a far-north version of the Islamic world, funded not by oil revenues but by the taxes levied on an ever-dwindling native population.

This is, after all, why the Sweden Democrats keep gaining strength with every election. But academics like Erica Righard plainly see it as their job to double down on the same threadbare old mantras even as their country – with Malmö proudly in the lead – proves Michel Houellebecq’s case by tumbling steadily downhill from centuries of peace, prosperity, and glory into the slough of despond.

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Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

 

Islamic State threat rises in Syria and Iraq as U.S. and allied forces crumble in face of Turkish offensive

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/islamic-state-threat-rises-in-syria-iraq-as-u-s-and-allied-forces-crumble-in-face-of-turkish-offensive;

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An article published in Sahara Reporters provides immediate insight into an ongoing, but largely forgotten battle with the Islamic State. The Islamic State (ISIS) threat continues in the Levant, despite the destruction of the caliphate by American and allied forces several years ago. In 2022 in Syria, America and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) killed 466 ISIS jihadis; 215 were taken prisoner. In Iraq, 220 ISIS jihadis were killed and 159 captured. The consequent total of 686 killed and 374 captured doesn’t provide the full picture. Between July and September, ISIS carried out 74 attacks in Syria and 73 attacks in Iraq. In addition, “there is a literal ‘ISIS army’ in detention in Iraq and Syria,” according to American Army Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla. There are over “10,000 ISIS leaders and fighters in detention facilities throughout Syria and more than 20,000 ISIS leaders and fighters in detention facilities in Iraq,” according to Kurilla. In total: 30,000 ISIS leaders and fighters remain in detention centers. Who is guarding them? That question will become clearer further on.

Turkey’s role in all this managed to escape mainstream media scrutiny during the height of the Islamic State caliphate. Even now, the question of Turkish influence in ISIS remains elusive. The Syrian Democratic Forces have been a crucial American ally in crushing ISIS in the region and continue to keep the Islamic State from proliferating once again. Yet our putative ally Turkey recently launched an assault against the Syrian Democratic Forces, which are made up mostly of Kurds. Turkey remains determined to drive the SDF out of Northern Syria and has been killing off SDF members. Once Turkey began its offensive in the region, America “reduced the number of partnered patrols in northern Syria with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)…. ahead of a feared ground invasion by Ankara.”

To further illustrate the threat of the Islamic State, a Carnegie report stated: “the Turkish bombardment has recently targeted the security forces responsible for protecting Al-Hol camp which houses more than 55,000 families (some with ties to ISIS fighters), thus depleting the ability of our security and military forces to ensure the safety of the camps and the security of other detention centers.” The report further indicated an increase in ISIS activities that correlated with Turkish attacks, and stated that ISIS is “taking advantage of the fact” that the SDF “are busy defending the region and protecting the citizens against the Turkish aggression in the north.” The report concluded that “any Turkish military escalation against American forces “directly leads to an increase in ISIS activity.” The Syrian Democratic Forces declared in late November that they no longer have the capacity to continue guarding the Islamic State detention compounds if Turkey continued its offensive.

Inevitably, the 30,000-strong ISIS “army” in detention in Syria and Iraq, about which General Kurilla warned, is now a grave security risk, and a catastrophe waiting to happen.

This is also not the first time Turkey aided ISIS indirectly and underhandedly. Turkey has a problematic history of supporting Islamic State jihadists. The US Treasury Department has also stated that “throughout 2019 and 2020, Khanfurah’s Turkey-based money service business transferred funds to ISIS members throughout Syria.” Yet no one is adequately confronting Turkey as ISIS rebuilds.

The Kurds, meanwhile, have long struggled with statelessness and seek independence from Turkey. Their minority populations are significant in Iran, Iraq, and Syria, as well as Turkey. But Turkey demands that they submerge their identity and accept Turkish citizenship. Turkey views the SDF as a terrorist threat because it has direct links to the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which seeks an independent Kurdish State. The SDF’s mission, aside from battling the Islamic State, ostensibly remains the establishment of a secular, free state in Syria. According to the Middle East Research and Information Project, Arabs across Syria have joined the SDF despite the fact that it is Kurdish-led. The SDF has thus become a formidable force against Turkey, gaining increased support from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, despite being previously regarded as intertwined with the earlier and wider Syrian opposition.

Russia has warned Turkey to avoid escalation with the SDF in Syria. But where does America now stand in this battle? This question must be considered in light of the added component of sizable jihad forces (in addition to the Islamic State) that are calling for the murder of American troops and the U.S.’s evacuation from the region. The answer is that Joe Biden’s handlers are characteristically indecisive. According to an Atlantic Council report, Biden’s handlers have “approached Syria without a clear direction and purpose since taking office in January 2021,” while “Moscow further strives to situate itself as a dedicated mediator and guarantor of the status quo, warming its relations with Syria’s Kurdish leadership.” Biden’s handlers’ indecisiveness once again shows an America in decline as new global alliances are being created. The SDF now views America as a traitor. Increasing the complexity of the situation, which Biden’s handlers are ill-equipped to handle, is Russia’s war with Ukraine. Russia became close to al-Assad back when the Syrian president was weak. Now, Russia’s activities in Syria are linked to Moscow’s Ukraine strategy, as Russia has reportedly been recruiting Syrians to help fight in Ukraine. Israel is also busy in Syria, defending itself against Iranian proxies.

But the most important question remains: where does all this leave the battle against the Islamic State, which remains a global threat? One thing we do know: America isn’t dependable under Joe Biden’s handlers. It is no longer the leader of the free world. Recall how Biden’s handlers stepped aside in Iran deal negotiations and gave Russia a lucrative edge.

Turkey does not belong in NATO, but its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is erratic, unpredictable, and prone to rage, which is likely a primary reason why no one relishes a confrontation with the country. Yet to turn a blind eye to a sustained attack on the SDF will have adverse consequences on many levels. With respect to controlling the resurgence of ISIS, the threat is not only regional but also global, via open-door immigration policies which provide an easy opportunity for ISIS infiltration.

Back in June, renewed talk about kicking Turkey out of NATO circulated.

At the time, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham suggested Turkey’s membership in NATO should have been suspended, if Turkish troops attacked the Kurdish forces who had helped the U.S. destroy the ISIS Caliphate.

Turkey did attack, and nothing happened. According to Newsweek: “NATO does not have the option to suspend or even expel members,” but “NATO members can unanimously decide to stop assisting that ally.” It’s high time that NATO shuns Turkey, a blatant enemy of freedom. Erdogan unequivocally declared his country’s values in 2021 when he stated about the Taliban that “Turkey has nothing that contradicts their beliefs.”

As the Islamic State capitalizes on the now-scattered American presence in northern Syria, and a diminishing Syrian Democratic Forces as a result of a Turkish offensive, it is difficult to avoid concluding that Russia and al-Assad are now the main foes of the Islamic State. Thanks to Turkey, a renewed caliphate will likely appear, stronger than the first one, given the fact that ISIS is thriving in Africa and the eagerness with which useful idiot globalists have welcomed the worst possible elements into their countries.

Biden’s handlers send air marshals to border: ‘We’re not going to catch al Qaeda trying to grab a plane in El Paso’

Ex-Air Marshal claims airlines are 'playing politics' with passengers

After numerous reports that flyers were ‘kicked off’ of flights over mask and face covering concerns, former Air Marshal Sonya Labosco claims that airlines may be ‘playing politics’ with their customers’ rights to free expression. – with Newsmax TV’s Chris Salcedo

SEE: https://www.foxnews.com/video/6318137030112:

Biden admin sending air marshals to the border amid terror threat is 'absolutely madness': Sonya Labosco

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/bidens-handlers-send-air-marshals-to-border-were-not-going-to-catch-al-qaeda-trying-to-grab-a-plane-in-el-paso;

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Is there anything that makes Americans less safe that Biden’s handlers wouldn’t do?

“Air marshals outraged at Biden admin for border deployments despite terror threat: ‘Absolutely madness,'” by Bailee Hill, Fox News, January 3, 2023:

Air Marshal National Council Executive Director Sonya Labosco joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss why it is ‘insane’ the Biden administration is sending air marshals to the border amid a terror threat.

Federal air marshals are outraged as the Biden administration continues to send them to the southern border despite a renewed terror threat from al Qaeda.

Air Marshal National Council Executive Director Sonya Labosco joined “Fox & Friends First” Tuesday to discuss why the diversion has put Americans at risk and why they are going to “suffer” as a result of the move.

“It looks absolutely insane,” Labosco told co-host Todd Piro. “We don’t understand why these decisions are being made. The intel is clear. Al Qaeda is watching for our weak areas. Our aviation is a high-risk area. We’re not protecting our aviation domain, and we’re going to the border. It is absolutely madness.”

High-level Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sources told Judicial Review that “al Qaeda says upcoming attacks on US possibly involving planes, will use new techniques and tactics.”

Despite the looming terror threat, the Biden administration announced mandatory deployments to the border as the migrant surge continues to strain already-worsening conditions amid staffing shortages.

Air marshals urge Biden White House to stop sending them to border ahead of holiday seasonVideo
Many agents pushed back on the Biden administration over the move, expressing willingness to refuse the deployment and face possible termination.

Labosco suggested the mandatory diversions may not have sufficient legal grounds.

“We do believe it’s a violation,” Labosco said. “We do believe that DHS has overstepped their bounds. We are waiting for Congress to get sworn in, hopefully today, and we can get some movement here. We need someone to step in, in Congress, and stop the deployment of federal air marshals.”

“This statute, when it was originally a tent and set by Congress, was not to deploy air marshals to the border, and to be clear, there is no national emergency,” she continued. “There’s been no national emergency declared at this point. So we’re still saying that it is we need an injunction from Congress that they cannot send us to the border.”

The Air Marshal National Council sent a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over the weekend, calling out the administration for the policy since the border crisis has garnered little attention.

“How can you justify sending FAMs to the border in huge numbers, when the border is in your words secure, and there is no emergency yet?” the letter read. “Yet we have major security incidents happening right now affecting our aviation security.”

Even amid the diversion, Labosco noted the American people have not forgotten the critical lessons learned following the devastating 9/11 attacks, more than two decades after thousands lost their lives.

“I can tell you who hasn’t forgotten, we haven’t forgotten,” Labosco said. “The American people, the family and friends of those that died on 911, they haven’t forgotten.”

“We’re not we’re not [sic] going to catch al Qaeda trying to grab an airplane down in El Paso,” she continued. “It’s going to happen right here in a commercial airport, in a commercial aircraft.”…

Hamas-linked CAIR still hasn’t condemned the New Year’s Eve jihad attack in Times Square

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/hamas-linked-cair-still-hasnt-condemned-the-new-years-eve-jihad-attack-in-times-square;

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NYPD’s counterterrorism top dog: Time Square jihadi ‘is not representing, you know, the Islamic religion’

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/nypds-counterterrorism-top-dog-time-square-jihadi-is-not-representing-you-know-the-islamic-religion

Thomas Galati, the department’s chief of intelligence and counterterrorism, was quoted as having told ABC News in an interview….”He is not representing, you know, the Islamic religion but rather, you know, a very, very small percentage of people that get radicalized,” Galati added….

Screenshot taken from the press releases section of the website of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) at 6:30AM PT / 9:30 AM Eastern on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. There is no mention whatsoever of the Times Square jihad attack. Plenty of room, however, for condemnations of an Israeli politician and claims of dubious “anti-Muslim hate crimes.”

After past jihad attacks, Hamas-linked CAIR was likewise silent for days, until after their silence was noted, a backdated press release suddenly appeared. So don’t be surprised if a press release dated January 1 suddenly turns up. But there isn’t one there as of this writing.

In the absence of any action to teach young Muslims to reject the jihad ideology, such condemnations are spurious and misleading anyway.

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Hamas-linked CAIR: Irrelevant, self-serving, dangerous, and constantly on the TV news

BY LARRY ESTAVAN

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/01/hamas-linked-cair-irrelevant-self-serving-and-dangerous;

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Two stories reported in the news in rapid succession featured the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

On December 28, we learned that Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of CAIR in Minnesota, welcomed charges brought against Minneapolis Police Department officer Justin Stetson for the violent arrest of a man named Jaleel Stallings.

Police fired rubber bullets at Stallings when they saw him out after curfew during the George Floyd riots. Stallings began blindly returning fire but surrendered when he saw that he was shooting at the police. Nonetheless, Stallings was beaten and is now the recipient of a one-million-dollar settlement from the city of Minneapolis.

Jaylani Hussein had nothing to do with any of this. Nor should he have had any influence in the bringing of charges against Justin Stetson. Yet NBC affiliate KARE11 justified its inclusion of Hussein in its broadcast about the Stetson case by saying that Hussein had “led calls for accountability in this case for months.” But what exactly does that mean?

Could it be that what KARE is calling leadership is simply KARE paying attention to Jaylani Hussein’s press conferences? Did Hussein really have a role in the decision to charge Stetson, or was he simply using the incident to draw attention to himself, with eager help from the media?

We have seen in the past that both the city and police have ignored Jaylani Hussein’s calls for police reform. As a result, Hussein got angry and went to his friends at the TV stations, who then put him on air saying “Minnesota does not care about black lives” and “Minnesota killed George Floyd.”

There is no evidence that Jaylani Hussein had anything to do with the case against Justin Stetson. Instead, we have yet another example of a TV station promoting CAIR and building it up into something it is not.

In the second story we learn that CAIR is calling for hate crime charges in the case of an assault of a Salt Lake City bus driver.

After asking “Where are you from?,” Cameron Michael Ward viciously assaulted bus driver Neil Uemura.

“All that trauma caused my left eardrum to be ruptured, a scratch in my cornea, and a laceration about that big on the back of my head that required six staples to close it up,” he said.

Investigators have not yet determined a motive in Uemura’s case, but Uemura believes he may have been targeted because of his race.

So even though authorities have not determined whether hate was a factor, and even when a hate crime investigation is almost certainly going on without any prompting from CAIR, the TV station broadcast CAIR’s demand that police should investigate this as a hate crime.

However, there is actually evidence that this is not a hate crime. The assailant, Cameron Michael Ward, has been in the news previously. Last July, KSL.com reported that police had another violent encounter with him:

Police were called Tuesday afternoon to the area of 8000 S. State Street on a report of a man climbing pillars near an overpass, according to a police booking affidavit. As officers approached Ward, who was only wearing a pair of shorts, he “immediately lunged at an officer causing both (men) to fall to the ground. The officer struck the back of his head against the concrete sidewalk and obtained a concussion due to the impact,” the affidavit states.

As a second officer attempted to place handcuffs on Ward, Ward bit the officer’s hand and squeezed it to the point that the officer had to be treated for possible broken bones, according to the affidavit.

If it is determined that Cameron Michael Ward is not well, that would not change CAIR’s position one iota, because CAIR wants inflated hate crime numbers, which it can exploit for its own purposes. Nor does it care whom it harms in pursuit of its agenda; that includes other Muslims including former CAIR National board member Lori Saroya and former CAIR Ohio executive director Roman Iqbal, as well as children and the mentally ill. There is an entire category of CAIR broadcasts in which the organization demands hate crime charges against people who are clearly in need of medical attention. In fact, Jaylani Hussein said it himself recently when he was asked if the woman who tried to set fire to the East Grand Forks mosque was possibly mentally ill. He said it didn’t matter, it was still a hate crime.

Two things need to become common knowledge:

First, CAIR is irrelevant. All of its TV news appearances are statements about its opinion or feelings about something in the news. The organization itself has no value as news.

Second, CAIR is dangerous. Through either malevolence or incompetence, it managed to touch off a terrorist incident in Colleyville, Texas. There are over 100 examples of CAIR representatives using the media against individuals including school principals, elementary school plays, elected officials, judges, business owners, Facebook groups, children, the mentally ill, and other Muslims, and they have been doing this for years. Tamar Herman is suing CAIR in New Jersey for exactly this kind of behavior. An elementary school teacher, Herman sought police protection after she became the subject of a rumor on social media. Instead of cooperating with the police and school investigations, CAIR reps got on TV repeatedly calling for Herman to be fired.

In her state lawsuit, she claims that Ms. Muhammad, the fencer, and CAIR-NJ were “motivated by a combination of greed and a fierce desire to burnish their brands as fighters against Islamophobia,” and that her reputation was so damaged that she can never be hired by another public school district.

The legal papers also cite Governor Murphy’s social media commentary, but he is not named as a defendant.

Filed on Oct. 5 in Union County Superior Court, the state suit also alleges that Ms. Herman is so afraid for her safety in the community where she taught for 20 years and also lived that she has had to permanently move out of her home. – NY Times

It is going to take more strong pushback such as the Herman lawsuit to get the media and CAIR to modify their conduct; otherwise, this sinister organization is going to hurt more people.

“MN AG: Ex-MPD officer Stetson charged with assault in Jaleel Stallings case,” by Samantha Fischer, KARE 11, December 28, 2022:

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office announced former Minneapolis police officer Justin Stetson will face assault charges for his alleged use of force against Jaleel Stallings in the 2020 unrest that followed the murder of George Floyd.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says his office charged Stetson, 34, with one count of third-degree assault. The felony offense carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison if convicted….

Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Minnesota (CAIR-MN) and a leading voice for police accountability in this case, said he welcomes the attorney general’s decision to charge Stetson.

“The third-degree charge here is appropriate. Obviously, we could charge more,” Hussein said. “But it also shows that we do need independent prosecution when police officers are involved.”…

“Man charged in attack on UTA bus driver and police officers,” by Pat Reavy, KSL.com, December 27, 2022:

SOUTH SALT LAKE — A man accused of “brutally assaulting a UTA bus driver for no reason and with zero provocation,” according to prosecutors, and then trying to disarm two police officers, is facing several felony charges.

Cameron Michael Ward, 25, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with two counts of disarming an officer, a first-degree felony; aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; two counts of assault on an officer, a class A misdemeanor; and interfering with an arrest, a class B misdemeanor.

On Dec. 20, a Utah Transit Authority bus driver pulled into the Millcreek Trax Station at 210 W. 3300 South, and stepped off the bus. Ward approached the bus driver and asked, “Where are you from?” according to charging documents.

Ward then “punched (the bus driver) several times in his face and head” and continued to punch and kick him after he was knocked to the ground, the charges state. After getting up, the bus driver was knocked to the ground a second time and Ward “attempted to gouge out (the man’s) left eye, which caused a crescent shaped laceration to (his) left cornea,” according to the charges.

The bus driver was taken to a local hospital to be treated for several injuries and received six staples to close a cut. He told police he believes the incident was a hate crime and that he was attacked because he is Asian-American, the charges state….

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